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Gagged Words

Gagged Words / 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenechea 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenchea, Santa Clara, 27 June 2016 – The Eva Tas Foundation, located in Amsterdam, publishes and promotes texts that have been and are censored, regardless of where or how. Indeed, as a part of this laudable and necessary work, this institution just published two books […] Continue reading

Interview with Mary Jo Porter

Interview with Mary Jo Porter If paradise ends where choice begins, as Arthur Miller observed, then our digital age fantasy of paradise as a tropical island with no Internet collapses with our choice to travel to one. The permanent inhabitants of such an island, who live without Internet access or the luxury of travel, would […] Continue reading

Open Letter to ETECSA Against Its Continuous Privacy Violations

Open Letter to ETECSA Against Its Continuous Privacy Violations / Somos+ Posted on February 25, 2016 SOMOS+, 20 February 2016 — We’ve got a special post today, an Open Letter written for us by Lizet González Rodríguez, a mother from Cienfuegos who recounts her battle against the ETECSA monopoly, in addition to giving us important […] Continue reading

Marco Rubio’s cold war

Marco Rubio’s cold war By Mary Jordan January 24 at 1:20 PM Marco Rubio had been in Washington just five months when Jonathan Farrar, a career Foreign Service officer, stepped into a Capitol Hill hearing room and into the senator’s crosshairs. Farrar, as the top U.S. diplomat in Havana, had overseen some of President Obama’s […] Continue reading

The Other Flag

The Other Flag / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on August 15, 2015 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 15 August 2015 — Six hours after the hoisting of the Stars and Stripes at the US embassy along the Malecon, a similar ceremony occurred on 150th Street in the Cubanacan neighborhood where the official residence of Jeffrey DeLaurentis, charge […] Continue reading

Martha Beatriz Roque -“In Cuba there are political prisoners, but they don’t all appear on the lists”

Martha Beatriz Roque: “In Cuba there are political prisoners, but they don’t all appear on the lists” / 14ymedio Posted on July 7, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 6 June 2015 — The opposition leader Martha Beatriz Roque witnessed the controversial incident that occurred last Thursday, 2 July, at the residence of the head of the United […] Continue reading

Drive harder bargain on Cuba

Drive harder bargain on Cuba By Ana Quintana President Obama announced Wednesday that the United States and Cuba have reached an agreement on re-establishing diplomatic relations. As part of his normalization bid with the Castro regime, the president has granted the dictatorship another in a series of dangerous concessions. Throughout the past 18 months of […] Continue reading

Great Expectations And Some Criticism For The Reopening Of Embassies

Great Expectations And Some Criticism For The Reopening Of Embassies 14YMEDIO, Havana | Julio 01, 2015 This morning, like any other, outside the building of the United States Interests Section in Havana, the day dawned full of people waiting to apply for a visa to visit or settle in the neighboring country. Few of those […] Continue reading

Despite Mr. Obama’s ‘engagement,’ Cuba continues its repression

Despite Mr. Obama’s ‘engagement,’ Cuba continues its repression By Editorial Board July 1 at 3:37 PM IN ANNOUNCING the reopening of the U.S. embassy in Havana, President Obama said “nobody expects Cuba to be transformed overnight” by his policy of “engagement.” That’s just as well because in the first six months of Mr. Obama’s normalization […] Continue reading

Menendez Confident Cuba Trade Embargo Will Hold

Menendez Confident Cuba Trade Embargo Will Hold By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 11:21 a.m. today A Senate opponent of rolling back a U.S. embargo with Cuba says supporters are putting the financial benefits ahead of the well-being of the Cuban people. “Evidently … for many members trade and money is more important than human rights, […] Continue reading

Forging a new path to cultural exchanges with Cuba

Forging a new path to cultural exchanges with Cuba BY JORDAN LEVIN jlevin@MiamiHerald.com Negotiations between the United States and Cuba to reopen diplomatic relations may be proceeding in fits and starts. But the rapprochement between the two countries is turning what was a small stream of artistic exchanges into a powerful river. From classical orchestras […] Continue reading

U.S. and Cuban Negotiators Can’t Quite Seal a Deal

U.S. and Cuban Negotiators Can’t Quite Seal a Deal By MICHAEL R. GORDON and RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLDMAY 22, 2015 WASHINGTON — Despite a wave of optimism, United States and Cuban negotiators this week failed to reach an accord on re-establishing diplomatic ties that had been fractured during the Cold War, United States and Cuban officials […] Continue reading

Opposition candidates are “counterrevolutionaries” according to their official biographies

Opposition candidates are “counterrevolutionaries” according to their official biographies / 14ymedio Posted on April 3, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 2 April 2015 — The official biographies* of Hildebrando Chaviano Montes y Yuniel López O´Farrill have been posted this Thursday for the information of the voters in Havana. The two opposition candidates will stand for election in […] Continue reading

Opening of embassy in Cuba sets up showdown over U.S. ambassador

Opening of embassy in Cuba sets up showdown over U.S. ambassador By Andrew O’Reilly Published March 18, 2015 Fox News Latino The recent announcement that the United States and Cuba plan to restore full diplomatic relations April 10th is setting up a battle between President Barack Obama and Congress over whom – if anyone – […] 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

Cuba to US – We’re sticking with one-party state

Cuba to US: We’re sticking with one-party state As US negotiators begin talks in Havana, Cuban officials insist they will not reform the communist one-party system or centrally planned economy By Philip Sherwell, New York5:57PM GMT 21 Jan 2015 The highest-level US delegation to visit Havana in decades has opened two days of historic talks […] Continue reading

Cuba lowers expectations on eve of talks with US on restoring diplomatic ties

Cuba lowers expectations on eve of talks with US on restoring diplomatic ties A Cuban official says restoring normal relations will take a long time after more than half a century of enmity theguardian.com, Wednesday 21 January 2015 02.30 GMT A senior Cuban official said on Tuesday that restoring diplomatic ties with the United States […] Continue reading

We hope the government will announce the names of the prisoners benefiting in the coming hours

“We hope the government will announce the names of the prisoners benefiting in the coming hours” REINALDO ESCOBAR, Havana | Diciembre 18, 2014 The spokesperson for the Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation, Elizardo Sánchez, shares with the readers of 14ymedio his reflections on the rapprochement between Havana and Washington announced this Wednesday, after […] Continue reading

Has D-Day Arrived?

Has D-Day Arrived? YOANI SÁNCHEZ, La Habana | Diciembre 17, 2014 Today has been one of those days we imagine a thousand ways, but never as it finally happened. You prepare for a date on which you can celebrate the end, hug your friends who return home, wave a flag in the middle of the […] Continue reading

Alan Gross: Cuba Releases Him After Five Years in Prison

Alan Gross: Cuba Releases Him After Five Years in Prison Dec 17, 2014, 8:48 AM ET By JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL Senior National Correspondent Held for five years in Cuba, 65-year-old American contractor Alan Gross has been released from prison and is en route to U.S. soil, ABC News has learned exclusively. In a […] Continue reading

Back Channel to Cuba

Back Channel to Cuba / 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez Posted on October 15, 2014 The Villena room was too small for the audience, which endured sweltering heat during the two hours of the presentation of the book “Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana.” The free event, at the […] Continue reading

The Real Reason It’s Nearly Impossible to End the Cuba Embargo

The Real Reason It’s Nearly Impossible to End the Cuba Embargo Bill Clinton tried engaging Castro. After Havana shot down two U.S. planes, it all fell apart. PETER KORNBLUH AND WILLIAM M. LEOGRANDEOCT 5 2014, 11:09 AM ET “I think we should—we should advocate for the end of the embargo” on Cuba, Hillary Clinton said […] Continue reading

Cuban diplomat promotes trade opportunities while in Pittsburgh

Cuban diplomat promotes trade opportunities while in Pittsburgh July 1, 2014 10:11 PM Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette Jose Cabanas, top diplomat to the United States from Cuba, speaks to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board at the Post-Gazette building in Downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The head of Cuba’s diplomatic interest section in Washington was in Pittsburgh the past […] Continue reading

Cuba Focusing on Transparency

Cuba-United States: Focusing on Transparency / Ivan Garcia Posted on May 7, 2014 There are not always good arguments for trampling on the jurisdiction of a foreign nation. The Cold War mentality is still latent in the behavior of certain U.S. institutions. If a government believes in democracy and political freedom, it shouldn’t go around […] Continue reading

A Conversation with the Consul General of the United States in Cuba

A Conversation with the Consul General of the United States in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on March 20, 2014 The old United States embassy in Havana, today the headquarters of the United States Interest Section (USIS, also known as SINA for its Spanish acronym), is a seven-story building with a surfeit of glass windows […] Continue reading

Center for Support of the Transition Created in Havana

Center for Support of the Transition Created in Havana / Rinaldo Emilio Cosano Alen Posted on October 24, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, October, http://www.cubanet.org — On October 5 a press conference took place in Havana announcing the formation of the Center for Support of the Transition (CAT). During a break we talked to its coordinator, attorney […] Continue reading

The Cuban Adjustment Act – Does it Contribute to Demoralizing and Draining the Opposition?

The Cuban Adjustment Act: Does it Contribute to Demoralizing and Draining the Opposition? / Miriam Celaya, Jose Hugo Fernandez, Luis Cino, Posted on October 23, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, October, www.cubanet.org – Should the controversial law be annulled or changed? No Cuban who emigrates does so for purely ‘economic’ reasons. Hundreds of thousands of our fellow […] Continue reading

Cuba – The Other Embargo

Cuba: The Other Embargo / Ivan Garcia Posted on October 17, 2013 Although you can fly coach from Miami to Havana in less than forty-five minutes, the customs duties and price of an airline ticket are enough to give you a heart attack. For Cuban residents living in Florida, it is probably cheaper to travel […] Continue reading

Edmundo and Robertico – The Opportunist and the Opportune

Edmundo and Robertico : The Opportunist and the Opportune / Miriam Celaya Posted on September 25, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, September, www.cubanet.org – Edmundo Garcia, ardent defender and offshore soldier of the Cuban dictatorship, hosts in Miami — in Miami no less! — a radio program that constitutes an extension of the Roundtable TV talk show […] Continue reading

We Want Many Things More

“We Want Many Things More” / Rebeca Monzo Posted on September 17, 2013 Thursday the 12th of this month everything was ready for the presentation of the big concert, “dyed yellow” by suggestion of the agent himself Rene, in the “Protestdrome,” as the “Hill of Flags” is popularly known, in front of the United States […] Continue reading

Where is Robertico?

Where is Robertico? / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on September 17, 2013 This is the question many are asking after the events at the “Protestdrome,” where the Cuban musician Roberto Carcassés let loose with good things. The first thing that happens in these cases is a silence that is scary … the repressed and repressor […] Continue reading

Robertico Carcasses, The Monster

Robertico Carcasses, The Monster / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on September 17, 2013 I am happy and confident that at some point in the future, the world’s dictionaries will exclude some words, among them Ideology and Dictator. By then, most fortunately, no one will speak of Fidel, Hitler or Pinochet; and in the schools they […] Continue reading

Uninformed or Poor?

Uninformed or Poor? / Yusimi Rodriguez Lopez Posted on August 29, 2013 A couple days ago two neighbors were talking outside my house about the notice published in the newspaper Granma, official organ of the Communist Party. I don’t know what the news was, but one said to the other, “It came out in Granma, […] Continue reading

Obama vote surges among Miami Cubans, but what does election mean for Cuba?

Obama vote surges among Miami Cubans, but what does election mean for Cuba? By William Booth, Saturday, November 10, 2:19 AM MEXICO CITY — President Obama won a historic share of Cuban American ballots in Florida this week, challenging the Republican Party's lock on a voting bloc that for decades has defined U.S. policy toward [...] Continue reading

Fleeing from Wise Monkeys

Fleeing from Wise Monkeys / Ivan Garcia Ivan Garcia, Translator: Unstated I am not given to interviews. Nor do I like them. Ninety percent of the time I turn down requests for them. A journalist's role is to question, investigate, analyze and write. What I like about print journalism is the anonymity. Information, news, reporting [...] Continue reading

Resorting to Lies

Resorting to Lies / Cuban Law Association Cuban Law Association, Translator: Maria Montoto, Wilfredo Vallin Almeida By Wilfredo Vallin Almeida I always thought that when the situation came to be the present one, the authorities (especially the political police) would behave with a greater degree of seriousness and, above all, of professionalism. The reality ruins [...] Continue reading

Cuban Payback

Cuban Payback By MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY Being a black dissident in "revolutionary" Cuba has always been an especially dangerous vocation. That's because the military dictatorship attaches its hopes for legitimacy, in part, to the claim that it rescued Cuban blacks from a life of strife. When an Afro-Cuban objects to that narrative, it makes the [...] Continue reading

Cuban Solidarity Plus

Cuban Solidarity Plus Helle Dale May 18, 2012 at 10:48 am Cuban Solidarity Day should make us renew efforts to extend a little more freedom to the Cuban population, which is still effectively imprisoned under their creaky Communist autocracy. May 20 marks the 110th year of Cuba's independence, of which 53 long years have been [...] Continue reading

Serene Among the Vile / Lilianne Ruíz

Serene Among the Vile / Lilianne Ruíz Lilianne Ruíz, Translator: Unstated I wanted to say hello to Jose Daniel Ferrer of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), the next time he was in Havana. On Monday I learned that police had kidnapped him while he walked down a street of the capital, and sent him [...] Continue reading

Eliecer Avila’s Father Denounces Cuban State Security’s Threats to Him and His Son / Eliécer Ávila

Eliecer Avila's Father Denounces Cuban State Security's Threats to Him and His Son / Eliécer Ávila Eliécer Ávila, Translator: Unstated I Eliécer Avila Perez, father of Eliecer Avila Cicilia, desire to make public that at 9:30 AM on April 24, 2012, an Official from State Security, Manuel Sosa Lozada, met with me on the premises [...] Continue reading