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Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Still Under Arrest, Mother Says

Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Still Under Arrest, Mother Says / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 27 November 2016 — The Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado, known as “El Sexto” (The Sixth), remains under arrest, according to a report from his mother, Maria Victoria Machado, to14ymedio. Maldonado was arrested on Saturday and taken to the police unit at 51st […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro is dead – He leaves behind a dysfunctional legacy

Fidel Castro is dead: He leaves behind a dysfunctional legacy BY ALFONSO CHARDY achardy@MiamiHerald.com During the almost five decades that Fidel Castro ruled Cuba, he steadily boasted of his revolution’s achievements in health, education and welfare. Yet Castro’s critics insist that the pillars of those achievements were hollow from the start, and crumbling by the […] Continue reading

Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, who went on a hunger strike to protest the lackof medicine for his sister, talks about the irregularities affecting cancerpatients

Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, who went on a hunger strike to protest the lack of medicine for his sister, talks about the irregularities affecting cancer patients BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 12 de Noviembre de 2016 – 09:47 CET. The story of the siblings Omara and Ariel Ruiz Urquiola is a moving one. For […] Continue reading

Normalization of Relations With Cuba Is All But Irreversible Now

Normalization of Relations With Cuba Is All But Irreversible Now President Obama’s new directive mandates positive engagement, as opposed to perpetual hostility, as the new modus operandi. By Peter KornbluhTwitterYESTERDAY 2:37 PM With just under 100 days remaining in office, President Obama has launched a final offensive to assure that his administration’s effort to normalize […] Continue reading

Contributions to a dictionary of late Castroism

Contributions to a dictionary of late Castroism BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 6 Mayo 2016 – 7:59 am. It was not difficult to foresee that Castroism, due to the way in which it had become a reflection of the political practices and personality of Fidel Castro, would slip into a deep crisis when […] Continue reading

5 myths about Cuba

5 myths about Cuba Christopher Sabatini President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba this past week returned U.S. and world attention to the small Caribbean island of 11 million people and the long, curious history between it and the United States. It’s hard to think of a similarly sized country that has had such a […] Continue reading

Proposal with Regards to the Retirement of a Tyrant

Proposal with Regards to the Retirement of a Tyrant / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on November 16, 2015 Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 12 November 2015 — Recently the octogenarian Raul Castro again spoke about his upcoming retirement in February of 2018. For someone who has never not heard the same last name leading the country during […] Continue reading

Is Now the Right Time?

Is Now the Right Time? PABLO DÍAZ ESPÍ | Madrid | 6 Oct 2015 – 2:37 am. Will a lifting of the US embargo be beneficial with the Castros still in power? The most recent and vocal proponents of the lifting of the American embargo on Cuba wield as their main argument that this measure […] Continue reading

Cuba: Human Rights at a glance

Cuba: Human Rights at a glance 17 September 2015, 07:33 UTC Short-term arbitrary detention Peaceful demonstrators and human rights activists are routinely detained for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly and movement. Activists are often detained to stop them from attending public demonstrations or private meetings. Independent journalists reporting on these detentions […] Continue reading

“We Will Be More Effective In Promoting Human Rights,” Says Kerry’s Assistant

“We Will Be More Effective In Promoting Human Rights,” Says Kerry’s Assistant / 14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz Posted on August 28, 2015 14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz, Havana, 27 August 2016 — In mid-August Tom Malinowski was part of the delegation accompanying John Kerry during his visit to Cuba. The Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights was […] Continue reading

How will financial ties with Cuba change now that it’s off the terrorism list?

How will financial ties with Cuba change now that it’s off the terrorism list? May 30, 2015 at 6:18 PM EDT The State Department on Friday officially lifted its designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, in one of the many recent steps by the Obama administration to reestablish diplomatic ties between Cuba […] Continue reading

Outspoken Cuban priest José Conrado Rodríguez shares his thoughts on Cuba

Outspoken Cuban priest José Conrado Rodríguez shares his thoughts on Cuba By Nora Gamez Torres ngameztorres@elNuevoHerald.com It is difficult to find a person who speaks with as much passion and authenticity as Cuban priest José Conrado Rodríguez. He promises to speak “a calzon quitado” — without underwear, or with no holds barred — a phrase […] Continue reading

Pritzker on Cuba – ‘I will lead a delegation there’

Pritzker on Cuba: ‘I will lead a delegation there’ U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker plans a trip to Havana to help promote trade. She also discussed the need for trade promotion authority and making sure the United States remains competitive in a global economy. BY MIMI WHITEFIELDMWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 04/28/2015 2:46 PM 04/28/2015 7:23 PM U.S. […] Continue reading

Don’t expect rapid change

Don’t expect rapid change BY JERRY HAAR HAARJ@FIU.EDU 01/06/2015 6:37 PM  01/06/2015 6:37 PM Curb your enthusiasm. That’s my advice, inspired by the HBO series of the same name, for wishful thinkers across the globe who have manifested unbridled euphoria ever since President Obama announced the normalization of diplomatic ties with Cuba. It is just […] Continue reading

Misguided Opinions

Misguided Opinions / Fernando Damaso Posted on October 20, 2014 It comes to my attention that in recent months the World Bank has reported that, according to their evaluation, Cuba has one of the best public education systems in the world, with acceptable teacher pay, and the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has said […] Continue reading

Cuba fed a president’s fears and took over Venezuela

April 15, 2014 5:49 pm Cuba fed a president’s fears and took over Venezuela By Moisés Naím Caracas is paying the price for Chávez’s misplaced trust, writes Moisés Naím The enormous influence that Cuba has gained in Venezuela is one of the most underreported geopolitical developments of recent times. It is also one of the […] 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

Shifting tactics, dissidents help average Cubans

Posted on Wednesday, 10.02.13 Shifting tactics, dissidents help average Cubans BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM When about 200 owners of horse-drawn carts in the Cuban city of Santa Clara gathered recently outside a government office to protest their stiff taxes, dissident Guillermo Fariñas and a dozen other democracy activists stood with them. The cocheros, who […] Continue reading

Cuba and the High Cost of Political Apathy

Cuba and the High Cost of Political Apathy August 12, 2013 Pedro Campos “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” – Plato HAVANA TIMES — The debates surrounding Cuba’s new Labor Law are starting on the island. In this connection, it is not enough to […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident says security forces are studying Vladimir Putin’s rule

Posted on Wednesday, 05.29.13 Cuban dissident says security forces are studying Vladimir Putin’s rule By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com Cuban security officers are studying post-communist changes in Russia — and being nicer to dissidents — in preparation for a possible transition away from the island’s totalitarian system, leading opposition activist Guillermo Fariñas said Tuesday. Some [...] Continue reading

Prison Diary XXI I Accuse: If something happens to me it is NOT an accident

Prison Diary XXI: I Accuse: If something happens to me it is NOT an accident Posted on May 27, 2013 Last Friday, May 17, I was led to the punishment cell. In the morning I was visited by the prison director, Lieutenant Colonel Villarrueta Reinaldo Vargas, Chief Interior, Major Erasmus, and First Lieutenant, serving as [...] Continue reading

Parish priests in rural Cuba are stepping in where the government is falling short

Posted on Friday, 05.24.13 Parish priests in rural Cuba are stepping in where the government is falling short How to help: Donations to help the placetas can be made out to the Fundacion Monsignor Fernando Prego and sent to Santiago Alpizar, a Placetas native and Miami lawyer, at 1699 Coral Way, Suite 512, Miami, 33145. [...] Continue reading

Castro wants money, not a dialogue

Posted on Sunday, 04.14.13 CUBAN EMBARGO Castro wants money, not a dialogue BY FRANK CALZON frank.calzon@cubacenter.org Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died, and Raúl Castro is searching for "investors" in Cuba. Chávez spent billions of Venezuela's petro-dollars shoring up Cuba's economy but Venezuela's new leaders may not be as beneficent. Venezuela may cut off its Cuban [...] Continue reading

Jorge Olivera: The History of the Cuban Dissidence is Long

Jorge Olivera: The History of the Cuban Dissidence is Long / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 12, 2013 For someone from Havana, the best thing is to walk the streets in spring. These March days, Jorge Olivera Castillo, 52, poet and journalist, is delighted by the green of the trees, the salty aroma, and the [...] Continue reading

Cuba stays silent about deadly cholera outbreak

Posted on Saturday, 12.08.12 Life on the island Cuba stays silent about deadly cholera outbreak It's the disease that the government doesn't acknowledge, because it might deter tourists from coming to the island. By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com Cuban dissident Walter Clavel says that when he took his 2-year-old son to a hospital Wednesday with [...] Continue reading

Obama victory leaves Cubans relieved, hopeful

Obama victory leaves Cubans relieved, hopeful Wed Nov 7, 2012 3:35am EST * Cubans feared Romney would toughen U.S. policy * Obama lifted restrictions on remittances, travel to Cuba * U.S.-Cuba relations slightly improved under Obama By Jeff Franks HAVANA, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Cubans breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday over U.S. [...] Continue reading

Seven Proposals After Hurricane Sandy

Seven Proposals After Hurricane Sandy / Yoani Sanchez Translator: Unstated, Yoani Sanchez Thursday morning will never be forgotten by thousands of people in Eastern Cuba. The wind, flying roofs, heavy rains and trees falling on streets and houses, will remain as permanent memories of Hurricane Sandy. Nor will they be able to get out of [...] Continue reading

Hablemos Press Correspondent Calixto R. Martnez Will Be Charged for “Contempt for Authority”

Hablemos Press Correspondent Calixto R. Martnez Will Be Charged for "Contempt for Authority" / Yaremes Flores, Cuban Legal Advisor Cuban Legal Advisor, Translator: Eduardo Alemán, Yaremis Flores By Yaremis Flores Independent journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias continues to be jailed in the Santiago de las Vegas police station, and "will be charged with the crime [...] Continue reading

Call for release of independent journalist accused of insulting president

Call for release of independent journalist accused of insulting president Published on Monday 24 September 2012. Harassment of dissidents has never really stopped since Raúl Castro became president in 2006 but, if they are detained, it is usually for short spells. The arrest of Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, a reporter for the independent Hablemos Press [...] Continue reading

Cuban journalist arrested for his investigative reporting

Cuban journalist arrested for his investigative reporting The Paris-based press freedom watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), is concerned that the detention of Cuban reporter Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias is a return to darker days. Martínez, who works for the independent Hablemos Press agency, was arrested on 16 September on a charge of insulting the president, [...] Continue reading

Cuban Journalist Charged with Disrespecting Castros

Cuban Journalist Charged with Disrespecting Castros by IWPR September 25, 2012 By Yaremis Flores Press rights group highlights absurdity of arresting Calixto Ramón Martínez Árias for reporting on matters of public interest. An independent journalist in Cuba, Calixto Ramón Martínez Árias, is to be charged with being disrespectful towards Raúl and Fidel Castro, the country's [...] Continue reading

13 Cuba dissidents go on hunger strike to protest government abuses

Posted on Tuesday, 09.11.12 13 Cuba dissidents go on hunger strike to protest government abuses The dissidents, including Martha Beatriz Roque, are protesting government abuses. By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com One of Cuba's most tenacious dissidents, Martha Beatriz Roque, announced Monday that she and 12 other opposition activists had launched hunger strikes to highlight the [...] Continue reading

More Testimonies from House Raid Victims: “I was threatened that If I don’t Leave the Ladies in White, They’d Kill Us All”

More Testimonies from House Raid Victims: "I was threatened that If I don't Leave the Ladies in White, They'd Kill Us All" Posted by Pedazos de la Isla on August 25, 2012 After the brutal house raid which occurred in the home of Lady in White Glisedis Pina Gonzalez in Holguin this past Saturday August [...] Continue reading

Jose Daniel Ferrer Will Not Allow Threats of Being Returned to Prison Impede his Activism

Jose Daniel Ferrer Will Not Allow Threats of Being Returned to Prison Impede his Activism Posted by Pedazos de la Isla on August 27, 2012 Former political prisoner and general coordinator of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, was kept in a dungeon for more than 72 hours during his most [...] Continue reading

Briefing Note No. 3 Cuban League against AIDS

Briefing Note No. 3 Cuban League against AIDS / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Translator: Unstated, Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada During the month of June and the first days of of July The Cuban League Against AIDS has monitored the rise of protests in Cuban jails for inmates with HIV / AIDS. The protests [...] Continue reading

U.S. tries to expand flow of information to and from Cuba

Posted on Monday, 06.25.12 U.S. tries to expand flow of information to and from Cuba The State Department has increased funding for the technology component of Cuba democracy programs in a bid to get more uncensored information into and out of the island. By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com The U.S. State Department is increasing funding [...] Continue reading

Remittances and the Silence of Their Beneficiaries on the Island / Iván García

Remittances and the Silence of Their Beneficiaries on the Island / Iván García Iván García, Translator: AnonyGY    To ask for money from relatives who live in the United States of America is a constant in Cuba. Whether it is done through one of most expensive international collect calls from the island, an e-mail, or through [...] Continue reading

Until When … / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada

Until When … / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Translator: AnonyGY, Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Havana, Cuba: Once again human rights activists denounce the repression in the Eastern provinces, against a group of women who belong to the organization Ladies in White. Such an embarrassing event was characterized by a group of elderly and [...] Continue reading

SOS For a Woman from Bayamo / Luis Felipe Rojas

SOS For a Woman from Bayamo / Luis Felipe RojasLuis Felipe Rojas, Translator: Raul G. The authorities of Las Mangas Penitentiary in Bayamo are prohibiting that the Cuban political prisoner Ariel Arzuaga Pena, who is serving a sentence of 6 years for the supposed crime of double attempt, receive his medications, according to his wife, [...] Continue reading

Cuba replaces senior revolutionary figure

Cuba replaces senior revolutionary figureBy PETER ORSIHAVANA Cuba replaced the oldest official in Raul Castro's Cabinet on Thursday, an 88-year-old ex-general who helped mold the communist country's new army and commanded defenses at the Bay of Pigs invasion. Jose Ramon Fernandez, a longtime member of Communist Party's ruling Central Committee, is out as vice president [...] Continue reading