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Fidel Castro is laid to rest – so what next for Cuba?

Fidel Castro is laid to rest – so what next for Cuba? Harriet Alexander, santiago de cuba 6 DECEMBER 2016 • 4:55PM In the hallway of his apartment building, with a statue of a Greek goddess looking down, Josue Carmona Ramos was leading his people in a particularly Cuban prayer. World leaders were gathering at […] Continue reading

How should we memorialize Castro? By freeing Cuba.

How should we memorialize Castro? By freeing Cuba. He was a tyrant whose death should be welcomed by anyone who loves liberty. By Daniel Morcate December 3 at 6:00 AM Daniel Morcate is a reporter for Univision News. The death of a dictator, not his final memorial, is — and should be — a happy […] Continue reading

Opposition Alliance Calls To Open An Inclusive National Dialog

Opposition Alliance Calls To Open An Inclusive National Dialog / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 1 December 2016 – The Democratic Action Unity Roundtable (MUAD) has made a call to open a national dialog a few days after the death of former Cuban president Fidel Castro. The opposition alliance believes that the country is entering a new […] Continue reading

The Death of Fidel Castro: What Awaits Us Now?

The Death of Fidel Castro: What Awaits Us Now? / Iván García Iván García, 28 November 2016 — It was half past ten at night in the privately-owned Perla Negra bar in Havana’s populous La Viñora neighborhood and thirty minutes by car from the center of the city, where the locals were drinking mojitos, caipirinhas […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s Death Elicits Mixed Reactions in Cuba

Fidel Castro’s Death Elicits Mixed Reactions in Cuba Some expect little real change, others see a new chapter opening in island nation’s history Juan Forero Nov. 27, 2016 7:50 p.m. ET HAVANA—Cubans have stumbled through a collective haze since Fidel Castro died Friday night at age 90. Many have known him only as a grandfatherly […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro Dies for Real

Fidel Castro Dies for Real / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 26 November 2016 — At midnight no one was talking about the biggest news story of the year along crowded Tenth of October Avenue. A group of drunks was downing white rum from little cardboard cartons, cheap hookers were plying their trade in a tiny […] Continue reading

Despite Fidel Castro’s death, few expect rapid political changes inCuba

Despite Fidel Castro’s death, few expect rapid political changes in Cuba Tracy Wilkinson, Patrick J. McDonnell and Cecilia Sanche For Amalia Cortes, a loyal member of Cuba’s “revolutionary” generation, there is no question that Fidel Castro helped transform the country for the better. “Of course I will be in the Plaza de la Revolución to […] Continue reading

Even dissidents hold back as Castro’s death casts a pall over Cuba

Even dissidents hold back as Castro’s death casts a pall over Cuba By Nelson Acosta and Ana Isabel Martinez | HAVANA Cuba’s most prominent dissident group called off its weekly protest march for the first time in 13 years on Sunday following the death of its nemesis Fidel Castro, the revolutionary leader whose passing has […] Continue reading

Cuba After Castro – How Much Change, and How Quickly?

Cuba After Castro: How Much Change, and How Quickly? by CARMEN SESIN MIAMI — As the world takes in the news that Fidel Castro has died, many people are asking what will happen next in one of the last remaining Communist countries. Raul Castro has been the leader of Cuba since his brother handed over […] Continue reading

Tania Bruguera – Cuban artist fights for free expression

Tania Bruguera: Cuban artist fights for free expression How the internationally renowned dissident artist turned a performance piece into a fight for freedom of expression. by Carlos Manuel Alvarez Carlos Manuel Alvarez is a Cuban journalist. Havana, Cuba – It is December 17, 2014 and the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera is at Pope Francis’ weekly […] Continue reading

Miami’s exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s

Miami’s exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s BY ANA VECIANA SUAREZ Miami’s tightly knit and often contentious exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s. They knew him when he was a college student struggling for attention, when he was holed up in the Sierra Maestra mountains […] 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

Prison, death, exile – Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communistCuba

Prison, death, exile: Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communist Cuba BY JUAN O. TAMAYO AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com There are 44 years of dissidence between Cuban human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez and street protester Sara Martha Fonseca, four and a half decades of peaceful opposition to a communist system that jails people for […] Continue reading

Will history absolve Fidel Castro, or will he end up vilified?

Will history absolve Fidel Castro, or will he end up vilified? BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER aoppenheimer@MiamiHerald.com How will Fidel Castro be remembered? Will history absolve him, as he defiantly proclaimed as a young revolutionary in the early 1950s? Or will he end up like so many other Latin American strongmen, who wielded immense power in their […] Continue reading

Cuba Orders North Korea-Style ‘Fighting People’s March’ Following Military Exercises

Cuba Orders North Korea-Style ‘Fighting People’s March’ Following Military Exercises by FRANCES MARTEL23 Nov 201628 The communist government of Cuba has announced a “Fighting People’s March” in Havana on December 2 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Castro brothers landing in Cuba after fleeing a confrontation with Fulgencio Batista’s forces. The march follows the […] Continue reading

CONSISTENT KILLING BY THE CASTRO REGIME FOR ALMOST SIX DECADES

CONSISTENT KILLING BY THE CASTRO REGIME FOR ALMOST SIX DECADES The Cuban regime has killed systematically since the start of its 57-year dictatorship. 345 documented disappearances and fatalities occurring in the month November, as in any other month, illustrate the widespread atrocities occurring over decades, continuing to date, and taking thousands of lives. This is […] Continue reading

A Second Day Of Police Harassment For Somos+ Academy

A Second Day Of Police Harassment For Somos+ Academy / 14ymedio Academy 1010, an initiative of the Somos+ (We Are More) Movement, experienced a second day of police harassment with a strong Sttae Security operation around the homes of several activists, including arrests and deportations to home provinces. Today, no participants were able to reach […] Continue reading

U.S. businesses to pressure Trump to keep ties to Cuba

U.S. businesses to pressure Trump to keep ties to Cuba Alan Gomez , USA TODAY 4:12 p.m. EST November 20, 2016 MIAMI — A powerful coalition of U.S. companies is preparing to appeal to President-elect Donald Trump’s business instincts and drop his vow to reverse one of President Obama’s signature achievements: renewed relations with Cuba. […] Continue reading

Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This?

Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This? / Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces, Guantanamo, Cuba, 3 November 2016 — In talking to fellow countrymen and foreigners, the question comes up: Why do we Cubans have put up with so much abuse from the Castros? The question is raised […] Continue reading

Opponents of the Cuban Regime React to the Election of Trump

Opponents of the Cuban Regime React to the Election of Trump / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 9 November 2016 – The elections in the United States, with the victory of the Republican Donald Trump and the defeat of the Democrat Hillary Clinton, contrary to the predictions of most polls, has […] Continue reading

The power of the people

The power of the people BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 10 de Noviembre de 2016 – 11:03 CET. At the end of the last decade Raúl Castro’s government agreed to reform education in order to slash costs. Obsessed with balances of payments, deficits and inflation, reductions in social security and education outlays seemed […] Continue reading

Another Point For The Cuban Human Rights Agenda

Another Point For The Cuban Human Rights Agenda / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, 20 October 2016 — An article I wrote was published on this site in March 2015, on the subject of the announcement in the official Cuban press that a new electoral law was to be enacted in Cuba in March […] Continue reading

Cuba with a Little “Help” from the USA

Cuba with a Little “Help” from the USA November 4, 2016 Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES — “Napoleon was to them, an Italian man, who organized the fight without the US; and people are more than sure, that he wouldn’t have lost Waterloo with the US’ help” (1), says an upbeat song from Rio de la […] Continue reading

Dissidents accuse the EU’s representative in Cuba of “collusion” withthe regime

Dissidents accuse the EU’s representative in Cuba of “collusion” with the regime DDC | La Habana | 6 de Noviembre de 2016 – 12:37 CET. On Thursday Guillermo Fariñas and the Ladies in White, winners of the Sakharov Prize, lamented the announcement by the EU’s representative on the island, Herman Portocarero, of the signing of […] Continue reading

Former Cuban Political Prisoner Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique Dies

Former Cuban Political Prisoner Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique Dies / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 3 November 2016 — On Thursday morning former political prisoner Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique died in Havana at age 74 after a long battle with cancer. The funeral of the regime opponent, sentenced to 18 years in prison during the Black Spring of 2003, […] Continue reading

Cuba – Journalists, That’s All

Cuba: Journalists, That’s All / Iván García Iván García, 25 October 2016 — Erasmo Calzadilla, a columnist for the Havana Times digital newspaper, is a controversial chap who listens to opposing arguments but but hangs on doggedly to his own opinions. In a forum on Cuban journalism, organised by the IWPR (Institute for War and […] Continue reading

Guillermo Fariñas – ‘I am hopeful as I bid Europe farewell’

Guillermo Fariñas: ‘I am hopeful as I bid Europe farewell’ DDC | Madrid | 24 de Octubre de 2016 – 11:20 CEST. Guillermo Fariñas, a winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, has just completed a tour visiting various European institutions, accompanied by a delegation that included members of the Cuban Human Rights […] Continue reading

Obama to the Castro regime – Do whatever you want

Obama to the Castro regime: Do whatever you want By Editorial Board October 18 at 8:07 PM ON FRIDAY, President Obama unveiled a Presidential Decision Directive trumpeting further overtures to the Cuban government designed to make the thaw he announced on Dec. 17, 2014, “irreversible.” That would imply “regardless of results” — which so far […] Continue reading

Times changing in Cuba, says dissident at Forum 2000

Times changing in Cuba, says dissident at Forum 2000 ČTK | 19 OCTOBER 2016 Prague, Oct 18 (CTK) – Many things have changed in Cuba over the past year, people are no longer afraid of expressing their views and they have a bigger awareness of their rights, Cuban dissident Manuel Cuesta Morua, a guest to […] Continue reading

Can a challenge to Obama’s Cuba policies succeed?

Can a challenge to Obama’s Cuba policies succeed? BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ fordonez@mcclatchydc.com WASHINGTON It’s not that he’s not interested nor does he feel like he doesn’t have a strong case, but the idea of taking on the Obama administration in court is not something Javier García-Bengochea is eager to do. It’s been suggested to him […] Continue reading

Information as Treason

Information as Treason / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, 14 October 2016 – Authoritarians aren’t very given to calm. They need the citizens to feel widespread discomfort to be able to govern them with ease. This scenario of fears has sharpened recently in Cuba, where the government has strengthened or opened new […] Continue reading

At least stories of Cuba persecution are being told

At least stories of Cuba persecution are being told | Opinion Don’t get me wrong. I am still strongly opposed to President Barack Obama’s Cuba policy. It is a one-way street where the United States gives and keeps on giving while Raul Castro says thank you very much, but we are not going to make […] Continue reading

The Thaw Is Upsetting The Penguins

The Thaw Is Upsetting The Penguins / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 13 October 2016 — The thaw between the US and Cuba, which has not yet risen to the level of normalized relations, has been greeted with mixed reactions by the Cuban opposition and independent civil society. We cannot speak of an […] Continue reading

‘Artivism’ Institute Calls For Solidarity With Victims Of Matthew

‘Artivism’ Institute Calls For Solidarity With Victims Of Matthew / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 8 October 2016 — The Hanna Arendt Artivism Institute (Instar), led by the artist Tania Bruguera, began operations in Cuba with a call to “encourage solidarity, always latent in the Cuban people, with those affected by Hurricane Matthew,” according to a note […] Continue reading

Building Socialism in Cuba

Building Socialism in Cuba As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy? by Samuel Farber In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident calls on EU not to forget human rights

Cuban dissident calls on EU not to forget human rights By Javier Albisu | euroefe.es | Translated By Samuel Morgan 11:46 (updated: 14:59) While the EU wraps up a new framework for relations with Havana, Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas warns that his country could descend into civil war if this deal is not made dependent […] Continue reading

CCDHRN – At least 570 arbitrary, politically motivated arrests on the Island in September

CCDHRN: At least 570 arbitrary, politically motivated arrests on the Island in September DDC | Madrid | 7 de Octubre de 2016 – 08:54 CEST. The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) has reported that in September the organization documented at least 570 arbitrary political arrests of Cuban dissidents, peacefully expressing their […] Continue reading

CUBA’S RAÚL CASTRO – REFORMER OR UNREFORMABLE? – THE EVIDENCE TO DATE

CUBA’S RAÚL CASTRO: REFORMER OR UNREFORMABLE?: THE EVIDENCE TO DATE Today, even the world’s largest democracies have embraced the idea that unconditional “engagement” with Cuba’s “reformist” military dictatorship will bring about economic and political reform. As a result, they have afforded it widespread impunity, legitimacy, and support. Yet, Raúl has been supreme leader of Cuba […] Continue reading

Laritza Diversent, Devastated by the Police Operation Against Cubalex

Laritza Diversent, Devastated by the Police Operation Against Cubalex / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 28 September 2016 — After passing the crossing of La Palma, two kilometers from the old bus stop of Mantilla, El Calvario is found nestled, a district of one-story houses, roads without asphalt and a multitude of dogs without owners. At […] Continue reading

Cuba Forbids Opposition Observers from Traveling to Columbia Because President Raul Castro “Is Visiting There”

Cuba Forbids Opposition Observers from Traveling to Columbia Because President Raul Castro “Is Visiting There” / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 28 September 2016 – The reason put forth by the Cuban authorities to block travel to Colombia by opposition members called to be observers in the plebiscite on the that country’s agreement with the FARC, is […] Continue reading