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A subdued Cuba comes to grips with news of Fidel Castro’s death

A subdued Cuba comes to grips with news of Fidel Castro’s death BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com He was a master of stagecraft until the end. Fidel Castro’s death, announced Friday night, came on the same day in 1956 — Nov. 25 — when he, his brother Raúl, Che Guevara and 79 other revolutionaries boarded a […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro is dead

Fidel Castro is dead BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@MiamiHerald.com Fidel Castro, who towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow spread across Latin America and the world, is dead at age 90. His brother Raul announced the death late Friday night. Millions cheered Fidel Castro on […] Continue reading

Assassins, Accomplices, and Victims (II)

Assassins, Accomplices, and Victims (II) / Ángel Santiesteban Ángel Santiesteban, 2 September 2016 — After writing what will now be considered the first part of this post, and publishing it under this same title, I was arrested by State Security; however it was not the writing, and much less the visibility that it would attain […] Continue reading

A judge, then an independent lawyer, and currently in prison, JulioFerrer Tamayo talks about the corruption of the Cuban judicial system

A judge, then an independent lawyer, and currently in prison, Julio Ferrer Tamayo talks about the corruption of the Cuban judicial system WALDO FERNÁNDEZ CUENCA | La Habana | 25 de Octubre de 2016 – 08:00 CEST. Before becoming an independent lawyer, Julio Ferrer Tamayo had a long career as a judge and attorney within […] Continue reading

A Bold Attempt to Redefine ‘Dissidence’ in Cuba

A Bold Attempt to Redefine ‘Dissidence’ in Cuba Editorial Observer By ERNESTO LONDOÑO SEPT. 3, 2016 “Dissident” is a loaded word in Cuba, a label used to discredit and punish. Those who have embraced the term can be shut out of public jobs and are often subjected to arbitrary detentions and beatings. This year, with […] Continue reading

THE AMERICAN FUGITIVES OF HAVANA

THE AMERICAN FUGITIVES OF HAVANA By Jon Lee Anderson , AUGUST 31, 2016 When a cold war winds down, what happens to its spies and traitors? The British double agents Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, and Donald Maclean were able to see out their days in Moscow while it was still ruled by Communists, without fears […] Continue reading

Rafter who climbed lighthouse left Guantánamo Navy base, returned to Cuba

Rafter who climbed lighthouse left Guantánamo Navy base, returned to Cuba Alexei Leyva Céspedes, one of the 24 Cuban rafters who sought refuge on the American Shoal lighthouse on May 20 and were taken to the U.S. Navy base in Guantánamo Bay while their cases were reviewed, has returned to his hometown of Puerto Padre. […] Continue reading

New Cuban journalism emerges on the internet, beyond official and opposition media

New Cuban journalism emerges on the internet, beyond official and opposition media Digital journalism has arrived in Cuba, in the Cuban way. BY DANIEL WIZENBERG Knight Center Rodolfo Romero is 27 years-old. He received money from the government to finance a news site. It was going to be called Cuba accuses (Cuba acusa) but he […] Continue reading

The Tentacles of Castroism Are Long

“The Tentacles of Castroism Are Long” / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 13 July 2016 — Desolate, but firm and willing to continue fighting for Cubans, whom he calls “my brothers.” Thus, Efrain Sanchez Mateo defines himself after serving a sentence of five days in jail for allegedly assaulting a police officer during […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Constitution of 1976 – An Historic Setback

Cuba’s Constitution of 1976: An Historic Setback / Dimas Castellano Posted on April 11, 2016 Dimas Castellano, 1 March 2016 — “Two Benchmarks of the Cuban Republic” — an article by Pedro Antonio Garcia which appeared in the journal Granma on February 24 — makes a comparison between the 1901 and 1976 constitutions that merits […] Continue reading

Obama Invades Cuba

Obama Invades Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on April 8, 2016 Juan Juan Almeida, 28 March 2016 — I do not generally like rehashing old topics. It tends to squash conversation. But I am making an exception in this case because a critical reader, who in a confrontational tone accused me of being one […] Continue reading

How were democracy and civil liberties laid to rest in Cuba? A summary timeline.

How were democracy and civil liberties laid to rest in Cuba? A summary timeline. ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 31 Mar 2016 – 2:44 pm. An anonymous commentator recently wrote, under an article by Dimas Castellanos about Castro’s conception of human rights, published in this newspaper, that he would like to read details […] Continue reading

Six facts about censorship in Cuba

Six facts about censorship in Cuba By Josefina Salomon, 11 March 2016, 00:00 UTC To mark the World Day against Cyber Censorship on 12 March, here are six things you should know about free speech, the internet and online censorship in Cuba. The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba in December 2014 […] Continue reading

The Foreign Investment Law – A Litany of Squandered Opportunities

The Foreign Investment Law: A Litany of Squandered Opportunities DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 11 Mar 2016 – 8:56 pm. Entitled “Inversión extranjera, puntal para el desarrollo (Foreign investment, Key to Development” on Friday, March 4, 2016, the daily paper Granma published a conversation between journalists Sheyla Delgado and Óscar Sanchez with Déborah Rivas, […] Continue reading

Martha Beatriz Roque Believes That The US Should “Straighten Out” The Normalization With Cuba

Martha Beatriz Roque Believes That The US Should “Straighten Out” The Normalization With Cuba / EFE, 14ymedio Posted on March 4, 2016 EFE/14ymedio, Miami, 4 March 2016 — The Cuban dissident Martha Beatriz Roque told EFE on Friday in Miami that she would like to be received by the US President, Barack Obama, to ask […] Continue reading

10 N.J. legislators in center of storm over unauthorized trip to Cuba

10 N.J. legislators in center of storm over unauthorized trip to Cuba on January 30, 2016 at 3:45 PM, updated January 31, 2016 at 2:22 AM TRENTON — Angry Cuban exiles in New Jersey are demanding state Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto condemn a trip 10 state lawmakers quietly made to Cuba this week, an action […] Continue reading

January 1, 1959 – The Beginning of a Betrayal? (Part 2)

January 1, 1959: The Beginning of a Betrayal? (Part 2) / Somos+ Posted on January 5, 2016 SOMOS+, Jose M. Presol , 3 January 2016 — Part 1 enunciated what I consider to be the four main points of the “Manifesto to the People of Cuba,” but there are many more. Let’s recall these four […] Continue reading

Cuban protest artist El Sexto – ‘You have to keep at it until you change their minds’

Cuban protest artist El Sexto: ‘You have to keep at it until you change their minds’ By Louise Tillotson, Researcher on the Caribbean at Amnesty International, 21 December 2015, 00:01 UTC Danilo Maldonado Machado, known as “El Sexto”, is a Cuban artist and former prisoner of conscience who spent 10 months behind bars for planning […] Continue reading

Jose Daniel Ferrer Barred from Havana and Warned He Could Return to Prison

Jose Daniel Ferrer Barred from Havana and Warned He Could Return to Prison / 14ymedio Posted on December 18, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 18 December 2015 — The leader of the National Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), Jose Daniel Ferrer, was deported to Santiago de Cuba by order of a Havana judge who warned him that […] Continue reading

The Cuban Assassination That Could Kill Obama’s Detente Deal

The Cuban Assassination That Could Kill Obama’s Detente Deal Could the murder of an anti-Castro dissident—and billions of dollars in damages from that and related cases—threaten Obama’s peace plan with Havana? It was just past 7:30 on a muggy night in the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan, in late October of 1976, and the […] Continue reading

Cuba: Authorities miserably fail on their promise to release graffiti artist unfairly held

Cuba: Authorities miserably fail on their promise to release graffiti artist unfairly held 16 October 2015, 09:33 UTC The Cuban authorities’ failure to keep to their commitment to release a graffiti artist unfairly imprisoned nearly a year ago is a painful illustration of their disregard for freedom of expression, said Amnesty International. “Committing to release […] Continue reading

El Sexto “Should Not Spend Another Day Behind Bars,” Says Amnesty International

El Sexto “Should Not Spend Another Day Behind Bars,” Says Amnesty International / 14ymedio Posted on October 16, 2015 14ymedio, 16 October 2015 — The organization for the defense of human rights Amnesty International has denounced in a statement Friday that the authorities of Cuba failed “miserably” in keeping their promise to release Danilo Maldonado, […] Continue reading

Tania Bruguera – “Cuba needs massive civic literacy in the streets”

Tania Bruguera: “Cuba needs massive civic literacy in the streets” / Diario de Cuba Posted on October 7, 2015 Diario de Cuba, Joan Antoni Guerrero Vall, 4 October 2015 — After being held in the country for eight months by the regime, in punishment for attempting to bring her performance Tatlin’s Whisper to the Plaza […] Continue reading

What the ‘Pope Francis effect’ hasn’t delivered in Cuba

What the ‘Pope Francis effect’ hasn’t delivered in Cuba By Nick Miroff October 7 at 4:08 PM HAVANA — Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1998 put Christmas back on the Cuban calendar. When Pope Benedict XVI arrived in 2012, the Cuban government made Good Friday a national holiday. Both men brought the Catholic Church […] Continue reading

Tampa men on opposite sides of the Cuba question to debate in Ybor

Tampa men on opposite sides of the Cuba question to debate in Ybor By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff Published: October 4, 2015 TAMPA — Al Fox and Ralph Fernandez are strident champions of opposite positions on the Cuba question, but the two Tampa men might agree on one thing: When it comes to their […] Continue reading

Pinning hopes on the leadership of Pope Francis

Pinning hopes on the leadership of Pope Francis Expectations for Pope Francis’ visit run the gamut Political fireworks implicit in his Cuba-U.S. schedule Dissidents, Ladies in White on government lockdown BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com I confess: I’m a bad Catholic. I’m a bad Cuban, after four decades of citizenship, too Americanized. In Trumpian corners, I’m […] Continue reading

The Church, Pope Francis, and Cuba

The Church, Pope Francis, and Cuba [15-09-2015 22:39:00] José Azel Investigador, Universidad de Miami (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Eight hundred years ago, the Magna Carta laid the foundations for individual freedoms, the rule of law and for limits on the absolute power of the ruler. King John of England, who signed this great document, believed that since he […] Continue reading

Open Letter to Pope Francis for the Release of “El Sexto”

Open Letter to Pope Francis for the Release of “El Sexto” Posted on September 14, 2015 Freedom for Danilo Open Letter to the Pope Havana, September 8, 2015 Your Holiness, Pope Francis: In advance of your visit to our island, a group of Cuban citizens wish to call your attention to a case that needs […] Continue reading

Did The Kerry Visit To Cuba Matter?

Did The Kerry Visit To Cuba Matter? by Elliott Abrams August 17, 2015 Secretary of State Kerry traveled to Havana to raise the flag at the U.S. Embassy there last week. As has been noted here in this blog and in many news articles and columns, no dissidents or human rights activists were invited to […] Continue reading

John Kerry – We will not give Cuba a pass on human rights

John Kerry: We will not give Cuba a pass on human rights By Tal Kopan and Elise Labott, CNN Updated 0044 GMT (0744 HKT) August 15, 2015 Story highlights The Secretary of State said the U.S. had “no plans whatsoever to alter the current migration policy.” Kerry said it was too early to judge how […] Continue reading

Restore Sovereignty to the People If You Want To Avoid another Revolution

Restore Sovereignty to the People If You Want To Avoid another Revolution / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos Posted on July 27, 2015 A pandemic of freedom floods our senses. Juan Carlos Cremata 14ymedio, Pedro Campos and other authors, Havana, 25 July 2015 – It will soon be 62 years since a group of young men headed […] Continue reading

Opponents Tried for Common Crimes

Opponents Tried for Common Crimes / Cubanet, Augusto Cesar San Martin Posted on July 15, 2015 The preference of trying political opponents for common crimes is not new. Thus is prevented the sullying of the regime’s image while giving cover to those who assert that in Cuba there are no political prisoners. Cubanet.org, Augusto Cesar […] Continue reading

On Cuban Political Prisoners

On Cuban Political Prisoners / 14ymedio, Martha Beatriz Roque Posted on July 14, 2015 14ymedio, Martha Beatriz Roque, Havana, 11 July 2015 — What classifies as a political prisoner is a cause for disagreement among the Cuban opposition. There are varying opinions about who has been jailed for political reasons or not, despite the criteria […] Continue reading

We All March (#Todosmarchamos) for No Violence (#NOviolencia) in Cuba (#Cuba). Stop the Violence! (#stopviolence)

We All March (#Todosmarchamos) for No Violence (#NOviolencia) in Cuba (#Cuba). Stop the Violence! (#stopviolence) / Somos+ Posted on July 12, 2015 Somos+, 12 July 2015 — Violence (#violencia) is the fear of others’ ideas, and the lack of faith in one’s own. All the force of reason fits in a word, in arguments. That […] Continue reading

Juan Abreu – “Executions in Cuba Are an Untold Story”

Juan Abreu: “Executions in Cuba Are an Untold Story” / 14ymedio, Yaiza Santos Posted on June 28, 2015 14ymedio, Yaiza Santos, Mexico, 27 June 2015 – Painter and writer Juan Abreu (b. Havana, 1952) has taken on the inordinate task of painting, one by one, all those executed by the Castro regime. The work in […] Continue reading

Ladies in White on My Street Corner

Ladies in White on My Street Corner May 27, 2015 Vicente Morin Aguado HAVANA TIMES — I took the photo from a prudent distance, as the incident took me by complete surprise. A reporter armed with equipment more powerful than my modest cell phone was also covering all developments. Absorbed by her work, much like […] Continue reading

The Risks of Journalism

The Risks of Journalism / Yoani Sanchez Posted on May 21, 2015 Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 21 May 2015 – If you has asked me a year ago what would be the three greatest challenges of the digital newspaper 14ymedio, I would have said repression, lack of connection to the Internet, and media professionals […] Continue reading

Abel Prieto – Cuba does not dialogue with puppets of the United States

Abel Prieto: Cuba does not dialogue with puppets of the United States BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 04/09/2015 10:26 PM 04/09/2015 10:28 PM PANAMA CITY The events parallel to the VII Summit of the Americas have become a stage for confrontations between those in opposition, independent Cuban activists and the official Cuban delegation. Several Cuban […] Continue reading

Coding for a More Open Cuba

Coding for a More Open Cuba Nonprofit group’s ‘hackathon’ invites U.S. programmers to create apps for the isolated island PHOTO: DESMOND BOYLAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS By KEJAL VYAS Updated April 7, 2015 8:37 p.m. ET Internet access in Cuba is among the world’s most restricted and expensive, but a rapprochement with Washington is boosting hopes for connectivity […] Continue reading

Cuba’s wrongdoing goes unchallenged

Cuba’s wrongdoing goes unchallenged BY FRANK CALZON FRANK.CALZON@CUBACENTER.ORG 03/09/2015 6:05 PM 03/09/2015 6:05 PM A few days after American negotiators met with Cuban officials to continue talks to reestablish formal diplomatic relations, a Chinese ship bound for Cuba was intercepted near Colombia’s Port of Cartagena carrying 100 tons of gunpowder, almost 3 million detonators and […] Continue reading