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An Academy for Civil Society

An Academy for Civil Society / 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez Posted on March 18, 2015 14ymedio, Víctor Ariel González, Mantilla (Havana), March 12 2015 – Fifteen minutes until class begins and the students that have been arriving converse under the shade of a tree. Once a week, Carlos Millares’ humble patio hosts a very peculiar […] Continue reading

Maria Castro’s Eloquent Silence

Maria Castro’s Eloquent Silence / Cubanet, Tania Diaz Castro Posted on February 22, 2015 Cubanet, Tania Díaz Castro, Havana, February 19, 2015 — Homosexuality has been around longer than humans have been walking upright. But Fidel Casto — working through State Security, an organization he founded and of which he has always been in charge […] Continue reading

Cuban dissidents, divided on U.S. outreach, call for more consultation

Cuban dissidents, divided on U.S. outreach, call for more consultation By Karen DeYoung February 3 2015 Visiting Cuban dissidents told Congress on Tuesday that while they might disagree on the wisdom of President Obama’s new policy toward Cuba, they were united in believing that further U.S. engagement with Havana should be based on consultation with […] Continue reading

Cuban Dissidents – Some in the Trenches, Others Applauding

Cuban Dissidents: Some in the Trenches, Others Applauding / Ivan Garcia Posted on February 3, 2015 Iván García, 27 January 2015 — The shifting political landscape of the Middle East is probably more complicated. No doubt it is. But given the spectacular diplomatic about-face on December 17 between Cuba and the United States — two […] Continue reading

U.S. outreach to Cuba opens fissures among dissidents

U.S. outreach to Cuba opens fissures among dissidents By Karen DeYoung February 2 at 7:56 PM HAVANA — President Obama’s outreach to Cuba, intended to open doors for human rights and political activists here, has also opened divisions within the island’s small, tight-knit dissident community. While many here see opportunity in restored diplomatic ties and […] Continue reading

State Department negotiator meets with Cuban cardinal, dissidents

State Department negotiator meets with Cuban cardinal, dissidents BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 01/23/2015 7:00 AM 01/23/2015 9:57 PM U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson hosted a group of seven dissidents for breakfast Friday as part of an American commitment to keep human rights front and center in its evolving relationship […] Continue reading

Cubans Euphoric Over the New Regulations

Cubans Euphoric Over the New Regulations / 14ymedio Posted on January 16, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 15 January 2015 — The new regulations on travel, insurance, the import of goods, remittances and telecommunications that the United States will put into effect with respect to Cuba as of Friday, have already provoked the first reactions on the […] Continue reading

Cuban opposition group – 8,900 political arrests in Cuba during 2014

Cuban opposition group: 8,900 political arrests in Cuba during 2014 Published January 05, 2015 EFE The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation on Monday said that Cuban authorities made 8,899 arbitrary arrests for political reasons during 2014, some 2,500 more than during the previous year. According to a report released by the dissident […] Continue reading

Are You One of Those Human Rights People?

Are You One of Those Human Rights People? / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on December 15, 2014 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 9 December 2014 — Victims of political illiteracy — as so aptly described by Dagoberto Valdés — many people do not know the difference between being a member of an opposition party, a civil […] Continue reading

Diario de las Americas Interview with Ivan Garcia

Diario de las Americas Interview with Ivan Garcia Posted on December 14, 2014 After participating in a workshop about investigative journalism in San Diego, California from November 10 to 14, Ivan Garcia spent four days in Miami. During his stay in that city a reporter from Diario de las Americas — a Miami-based Spanish-language newspaper […] Continue reading

Times writer gets Earful from Cuba dissidents

Times writer gets Earful from Cuba dissidents Guillermo I. Martinez SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL guimar123​@gmail.com Cuban dissidents don’t see lifting embargo as way to help Once again Ernesto Londoño, the newest member of The New York Times Editorial Board, writes about Cuba. That makes it four editorials and now three columns in less than two months. […] Continue reading

Let him go now!

‘Let him go now!’ 12/02/2014 7:34 PM 12/02/2014 11:11 PM Five years after the detention and subsequent imprisonment of U.S. citizen Alan Gross in Cuba, pleas for his release continue to fall on deaf ears in Havana. His prolonged detention confirms the capricious and mean-spirited nature of the Castro regime. Mr. Gross was on a […] Continue reading

The Cuban Journalist Miriam Leiva Writes About Relations With the U.S.

From Havana, a Prominent Voice for Change The Cuban Journalist Miriam Leiva Writes About Relations With the U.S. OCT. 17, 2014 To the Editor: Re “The Moment to Restore Ties to Cuba” (editorial, Oct. 12) and “Still Pondering U.S.-Cuba Relations, Fidel Castro Responds” (Editorial Observer, by Ernesto Londoño, Oct. 15): Latin America and the Caribbean […] Continue reading

Cuban journalist arrested for second time in a month

Cuban journalist arrested for second time in a month Published on October 4, 2014 HAVANA, Cuba (RSF) — The National Revolutionary Police in Cuba have arrested and threatened independent journalist Bernardo Arévalo for the second time in a less than month. This time they arrested both him and his wife as they were travelling to […] Continue reading

INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST ARRESTED, PRESSURED TO LEAVE CUBA

INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST ARRESTED, PRESSURED TO LEAVE CUBA PUBLISHED ON TUESDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2014. A former political prisoner, Bernardo Arévalo is being threatened with another jail term if he does not leave. Bernardo Arévalo Padrón, an independent journalist based in Cienfuegos, 250 km southeast of Havana, said the police of pressured him to leave Cuba when […] Continue reading

Journalist Roberto de Jesus Guerra Perez Beaten

Journalist Roberto de Jesus Guerra Perez Beaten / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on July 13, 2014 Independent journalist Roberto de Jesus Guerra Perez was beaten on Wednesday, 11 June by a regime partisan. Guerra Perez uploaded a photo to his Facebook account where he appears with contusions on his face. Guerra Perez is director of […] Continue reading

Cuba Wants You To Think It’s a Gay Paradise. It’s Not.

Cuba Wants You To Think It’s a Gay Paradise. It’s Not. Cuba has come a long way on LGBT rights since putting gays in labor camps. But don’t believe the Castro family’s gay-friendly PR. BY JUSTIN ROHRLICH JULY 3, 2014 TRINIDAD, Cuba — I’m surprised to see a rainbow flag outside a tiny bar called […] Continue reading

State Security Summons Estado de Sats Members to “Warn” Them About “For Another Cuba” Graffiti

State Security Summons Estado de Sats Members to “Warn” Them About “For Another Cuba” Graffiti Posted on June 24, 2014 Several members of Estado de Sats were summoned by State Security to a Havana police station this Saturday, to “warn” them about the Grafiti Colectivo Por otra Cuba, organized by the independent project for this […] Continue reading

I Always Did What My Conscience Dictated

“I Always Did What My Conscience Dictated” / Dimas Castellano, Oscar Espinosa Chepe Posted on June 21, 2014 One of the central figures of the Cuban opposition, who participated in the revolution before its ultimate victory but ended up being sentenced to 20 years in Castro’s prisons, was the independent economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe, who […] Continue reading

IS CUBA HEADING TOWARDS A REPEAT OF THE 2003 BLACK SPRING?

IS CUBA HEADING TOWARDS A REPEAT OF THE 2003 BLACK SPRING? PUBLISHED ON MONDAY 16 JUNE 2014. Reporters Without Borders is worried about the situation of journalists in Cuba, where there have been cases of physical attacks, arbitrary detention, death threats and blocking of access to information in recent days. Hablemos Press, an independent news […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident says he was beaten and choked

Posted on Friday, 06.13.14 Cuban dissident says he was beaten and choked BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Cuban dissident Jorge Luis García Pérez, known as Antúnez, said Friday he was beaten, choked into unconsciousness and injected with an unknown substance by security agents who warned him to stop working against warmer U.S.-Cuba relations. The U.S. […] Continue reading

Detentions of Activists in Cuba – Press Statement

Detentions of Activists in Cuba Marie Harf Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 12, 2014 We have seen reports of the latest arbitrary detentions by Cuban authorities of dozens of civil society members and activists, including prominent pro-democracy activist Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, also known as “Antunez,” his wife, Yris Perez […] Continue reading

Top dissidents detained in Cuba

Posted on Wednesday, 06.11.14 Top dissidents detained in Cuba Most were freed later in the day but one alleges he was severely beaten BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Cuban police detained four top pro-democracy activists and at least 40 other dissidents Wednesday in a crackdown in which an independent journalist alleges he was severely beaten […] Continue reading

JOURNALIST HELD FOR PAST TEN DAYS, CHARGED WITH “TERRORISM”

JOURNALIST HELD FOR PAST TEN DAYS, CHARGED WITH “TERRORISM” PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY 17 APRIL 2014. Reporters Without Borders condemns independent journalist Juliet Michelena Díaz’s detention since 7 April, three days before the publication of a by-lined report she wrote for the Miami-based independent news platform Cubanet about a case of ordinary police violence she had […] Continue reading

The Loyal Opposition

The Loyal Opposition / Reinaldo Escobar Posted on March 15, 2014 I recently attended an academic event at the Felix Varela Chair. Lay Space magazine opened the doors of the old San Carlos and San Ambrosio Seminary for the public to freely participate in an exchange of ideas about the reforms undertaken by the Cuban […] Continue reading

The Gorki Aguila Case

The Gorki Aguila Case / Lia Villares Posted on February 23, 2014 The trial schedules for this Tuesday against Gorki Águila, leader of the punk rock band Porno para Ricardo, was postponed because of the health problems of his defense attorney, according to the musician himself on his Facebook page. Gorki spoke about the background […] Continue reading

Five in Cuban home for the elderly died under disputed circumstances.

Posted on Tuesday, 01.28.14 Five in Cuban home for the elderly died under disputed circumstances. BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Five people at a state-run home for the elderly in Havana died in a 24-hour period last week from what the home’s administrator said were normal causes but dissidents say was a lack of proper […] Continue reading

Humanitarian Demand

Humanitarian Demand / Rafael León Rodríguez Posted on November 22, 2013 In recent weeks we have heard some information in the United States media about the possibility of selling medicines produced in Cuba in that country, particularly Heberprot-P, a drug for the treatment of diabetic foot. On the other hand, the Cuban authorities continue to […] Continue reading

Prison Diary LXI Solidarity with Dania Virgen Garcia

Prison Diary LXI: Solidarity with Dania Virgen Garcia / Angel Santiesteban Posted on October 23, 2013 Today I heard that the independent journalist Dania Virgen García is being warned by State Security that her constant opposition to the system is disturbing to them. For this, as is their modus operandi, they use criminals, who are […] Continue reading

Journalism in the Cross-Current

Cuba: Journalism in the Cross-Current / Ivan Garcia Posted on October 21, 2013 An autocracy’s efficiency can be measured by, among other things, its immutable capacity for controlling information. Everything passes through an ideological filter. Some guys sitting in an air-conditioned office minutely evaluating it to determine what people can see, hear or read. Books, […] Continue reading

DESPITE REFORM TO MIGRATION LAW, CUBA CONTINUES TO RESTRICT FREEDOMS OF EXPRESSION, ASSOCIATION AND ASSEMBLY AND TO HOLD PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE

DOCUMENT – CUBA: DESPITE REFORM TO MIGRATION LAW, CUBA CONTINUES TO RESTRICT FREEDOMS OF EXPRESSION, ASSOCIATION AND ASSEMBLY AND TO HOLD PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT AI Index: AMR 25/007/2013 20 September 2013 Despite reform to migration law, Cuba continues to restrict freedoms of expression, association and assembly and to hold prisoners of […] Continue reading

Eliecer Avila Defends His Right To Be Politically Active

Eliecer Avila Defends His Right To Be Politically Active / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on September 9, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, September 6, 2013, Lilianne Ruiz / www.cubanet.org. – Recently, the Patmos Forum held its third conference. This time the topic of discussion was The Quality of Life, in connection with politics. The meeting was attended by […] Continue reading

The Party Hasn’t Died, It’s Rotted Alive

The Party Hasn’t Died, It’s Rotted Alive / Jose Hugo Fernandez Posted on September 7, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba , September, www.cubanet.org – Out of every ten members of the Communist Youth League, when they get to the age when they should become members of the Cuban Communist Party (CCP), or, on the contrary, become politically […] Continue reading

Public Trials, a Clear Message to Citizens

Public Trials, a Clear Message to Citizens / Alejandro Tur Valladares Posted on August 19, 2013 CIENFUEGOS, Cuba, August, www.cubanet.org- As if it were serialized novel, the Public Prosecutions in the city of Cienfuegos just started what we could say is their third season, when on August 6 two citizens were processed and convicted in […] Continue reading

Tight Controls Over Cuban Web Access

Tight Controls Over Cuban Web Access By Nico Cervantes – Latin America 16 Aug 13 Internet users in Cuba say the first few months of an initiative to increase access to the web have been marred by tight government controls and censorship. Access has also been restricted by high costs and the uneven distribution of […] Continue reading

Childcare Centers are Almost a Luxury

Childcare Centers are Almost a Luxury / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on August 15, 2013 The possibility of getting a place for a child in a childcare center in Cuba has become a real search for the impossible. The small capacity in these nurseries, the bad food, and the reduction in the requirements of admission […] Continue reading

Journalism in the street

Journalism in the street / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 10, 2013 Owing to the lack of statistics and figures, independent Cuban reporters have to reinvent certain rules when providing information. We don’t have access to government press conferences and no minister gives interviews or comments. Nor can we rival the foreign agencies accredited in […] Continue reading

Amnesty names 5 Cubans ‘prisoners of conscience’

Posted on Sunday, 08.04.13 Amnesty names 5 Cubans ‘prisoners of conscience’ BY PETER ORSI ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — Amnesty International designated five Cubans detained on the island as “prisoners of conscience” on Sunday and called for their immediate release. The New York-based human rights watchdog highlighted the cases of Rafael Matos Montes de Oca, Emilio […] Continue reading

Life or Death of a Political Prisoner – Instructions in a Sealed Envelope

Life or Death of a Political Prisoner: Instructions in a Sealed Envelope / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on July 18, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, July 2013, www.cubanet.org. In Combinado del Este Prison, in the presence of a lieutenant from the Ministry of the Interior, a common prisoner threatened political prisoner Ernesto Borges with death. This past June, [...] Continue reading

They Are Prosecuting an Activist Against Evictions in Old Havana

They Are Prosecuting an Activist Against Evictions in Old Havana / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on July 13, 2013 The opponent Madelín Lázara Caraballo, detained for nine months in a prison for HIV-AIDS sufferers, in San Jose de las Lajas, will be tried Wednesday at the Old Havana municipal court. She is accused of the [...] Continue reading