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If Trump Ends Our Remittances?

If Trump Ends Our Remittances? / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 8 July 2017 — Without too much caution, the CUPET tanker truck painted green and white begins to deposit fuel in the underground basement of a gas station located at the intersection of Calle San Miguel and Mayía Rodríguez, just in front of Villa Marista, […] Continue reading

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba MEMORANDUM FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES […] Continue reading

Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel

Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GÁMEZ TORRES pmazzei@miamiherald.com In an overhaul of one of his predecessor’s signature legacies, President Donald Trump will redraw U.S. policy toward Cuba on Friday, tightening travel restrictions for Americans that had been loosened under President Barack Obama and […] Continue reading

The Treatment Of ‘White Coats’

The Treatment Of ‘White Coats’ 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 11 April 2017 – The treatment of blacks and the market in slaves brought from Africa developed by the European colonists has clearly been established as a crime against humanity before all contemporary civilized beings without the slightest doubt. It was a practice that “sold” human […] Continue reading

Cynicism to disguise defeat

Cynicism to disguise defeat
PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 10 de Abril de 2017 – 13:43 CEST.

Cynicism is, according to the dictionary definition, the attitude of one
who lies shamelessly, and defends or practices in a brazen, impudent and
dishonest way something that deserves general disapproval.

Cynicism has always characterized the Government headed by the Castro
brothers. But… Continue reading

Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever

Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 27 de Marzo de 2017 – 16:38 CEST. The best way to appreciate how that Cuba’s economy today depends on the US more than ever before in its history is to engage in a very simple mental exercise: imagine that […] Continue reading

Cuban Faces of 2016 – Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, Scientist (b. 1974)

Cuban Faces of 2016: Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, Scientist (b. 1974) / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 26 December 2016 – Cuban Faces of 2016: Ariel Urquiola, a biologist and doctor of science, has participated in several research projects on Cuban biodiversity, especially related to marine and terrestrial species. He directed an international research project carried out between […] Continue reading

2016 was a truly historic year for Cuba

2016 was a truly historic year for Cuba BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The death of Fidel Castro marked the end of a truly historic year for Cuba. After years of false rumors that he had died, the former Cuban ruler finally passed away at 10:29 p.m. Nov. 25, according to a statement read by […] Continue reading

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