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HBO Documentaries Illuminate Castro’s Brutal Cuba

HBO Documentaries Illuminate Castro’s Brutal Cuba Two offerings coincide with strongman’s death. Glenn Garvin | December 3, 2016 HBO should get a little trophy from the television industry for giving executives something to talk about at holiday parties besides falling ratings and the specific level of Hell that should be reserved for whoever invented this […] 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

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

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

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

Congress Should Put the Brakes on ‘Engaging’ Cuba

Congress Should Put the Brakes on ‘Engaging’ Cuba U.S. exporters can sell to only one customer—the Castro government. Ana QuintanaRandall Ramos October 6, 2016 Will Congress lift the ban on private financing towards Cuba’s agriculture sector? Proponents of a bill to do just that claim it would benefit American farmers as well alleviate the suffering […] 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

Cuban press makes strides despite controls

Group: Cuban press makes strides despite controls WORLD by MICHAEL ASTOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Posted Sep 28, 2016 9:27 am PDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2016 at 10:00 am PDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – An independent press is emerging in Cuba despite a constitutional requirement that media be controlled by the one party communist state, […] Continue reading

Even tougher times loom ahead for the opposition, warn activists, predicting more violence

Even tougher times loom ahead for the opposition, warn activists, predicting more violence DDC | La Habana | 29 de Septiembre de 2016 – 12:54 CEST. There are trying times up ahead for the opposition, as the regime continues to act with impunity, reported members of civil society consulted by DIARIO DE CUBA after a […] Continue reading

The regime unleashes repression all over the island

The regime unleashes repression all over the island DDC | La Habana | 26 de Septiembre de 2016 – 20:39 CEST. The Cuban regime launched a massive crackdown on the offices of the Legal Information Center (Cubalex), headed up by attorney Laritza Diversent, according to information received by DIARIO DE CUBA, just hours after the […] Continue reading

Guillermo Fariñas abandons his hunger strike

Guillermo Fariñas abandons his hunger strike DDC | La Habana | 14 de Septiembre de 2016 – 06:49 CEST. On Monday dissenter Guillermo Fariñas decided to abandon a hunger strike he had been on for 54 days to demand that Raúl Castro desist from his persecution of protestors on the Island. His spokesman, Jorge Luis […] Continue reading

Despite Obama’s claims, Cuba’s the same

Despite Obama’s claims, Cuba’s the same Thursday, September 8, 2016 | Bill Bumpas, Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com) Christian human rights organizations are alarmed at the wave of repression against Christians in Cuba – despite the normalization of relations between the United States and the communist island. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports a government crackdown on freedom […] 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

The Hidden Pastors Of Cuba’s Evangelical Churches

The Hidden Pastors Of Cuba’s Evangelical Churches / 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 26 June 2016 – Religious visas for foreign pastors invited to Christian events exist in all countries, but in Cuba they serve as a mechanism of repression and blackmail by the state, with the aim of silencing the […] Continue reading

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

Assassins, Accomplices and Victims

Assassins, Accomplices and Victims / Ángel Santiesteban 14 May 2016 — We are now looking at another anniversary of the execution of the young men who, in 2003, tried to hijack the Regla ferryboat and were shot by the dictatorship. As is well known, it was one of the most vile assassinations of the so-called […] Continue reading

‘The Totalitarian Regime Is Intact’ – One Cuban’s Message to Obama

‘The Totalitarian Regime Is Intact’: One Cuban’s Message to Obama The U.S. is pressing ahead with its opening to Cuba. What does that mean for democracy on the island? URI FRIEDMAN JUN 22, 2016 GLOBAL Earlier this month, Ben Rhodes, the architect of Barack Obama’s diplomatic opening to Cuba, characterized the full restoration of U.S.-Cuban […] Continue reading

The Road to Cuba: Three Scenarios for U.S. Business Relations

The Road to Cuba: Three Scenarios for U.S. Business Relations Apr 26, 2016 On December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced his intention to normalize relations with Cuba. Since that time there have been a number of changes in U.S. policy and regulations affecting trade, investment and travel. To provide business leaders with the latest […] Continue reading

The Big Change

Cuba: The Big Change Alma Guillermoprieto MAY 12, 2016 ISSUE One could swear that nothing has changed. The chaotic lines we travelers form in front of Cuba’s stern immigration officers; their belligerent slowness; the noise and heat in the too-small room; the echoing shouts across the room from one olive-green-clad person to another (an argument […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Path to the Future Is Shrouded in Secrecy

Cuba’s Path to the Future Is Shrouded in Secrecy By THE EDITORIAL BOARDAPRIL 15, 2016 Cuba’s ruling Communist Party is expected to announce a series of economic and political reforms next week that it hopes to put in place as the country prepares for the end of the Castros’ rule in 2018. The proposals will […] Continue reading

Castro Inc. – Cuba as Family Business

Castro Inc.: Cuba as Family Business 04/04/2016 10:28 am ET | Updated 22 hours ago Daniel Williams Author of “Forsaken: The Persecution of Christians in Today’s Middle East,” available from O/R Books. Everyone is all aflutter about the coming changes for Cuba now that US President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro have attended a […] Continue reading

Cuban Refugees Flocking to Texas Border

Cuban Refugees Flocking to Texas Border by Julián Aguilar March 22, 2016 The same week President Obama makes the first trip to Cuba by an American president in almost 90 years, The Rolling Stones will play a free concert in Havana — the first open-air show there by a British rock band. But changing times […] Continue reading

The Role of the Spoilsport

The Role of the Spoilsport / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on March 18, 2016 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 18 March 2016 – During his press conference on Thursday, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez tried to diminish the importance of the United States’ most recent package of relaxations toward the island. His remarks were an attempt […] Continue reading

Cuban Americans are divided on immigration policy

Cuban Americans are divided on immigration policy Cindy Carcamo To her family, Ada Caso is known as la comunista — the communist. And in a Cuban American family, that’s as bad as it gets. Though the label is mostly tongue-in-cheek, her liberal political bent makes her an outlier in her mostly conservative family. “I’ve always […] Continue reading

The New York Times, a Branch of Granma

The New York Times, a Branch of Granma / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Posted on March 11, 2016 Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 9 March 2016 – The New York Times (NYT) has just dedicated a new editorial to Cuba. Or, to be more accurate, the article, signed by Colombian Ernesto Londoño, makes a whole accolade about […] Continue reading

The Limits of Obama’s Trip to Cuba

The Limits of Obama’s Trip to Cuba 125 FEB 23, 2016 8:00 AM EST By Editorial Board With all due respect to Mick and Keith, a Rolling Stones concert is no longer a life-changing experience. Nor is a visit from a U.S. president, necessarily. Change in Cuba — where these two events are scheduled for […] Continue reading

Surviving Persecution in Cuba

Surviving Persecution in Cuba 02/22/2016 04:45 pm ET Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 22 February 2016 — He was an acknowledged homosexual and she a convinced Jehovah’s Witness. One lived in the same tenement where I was born and the other in the dreaded “218,” where violence and sewage competed for a starring […] Continue reading

Cuban dissidents to receive human rights award

Cuban dissidents to receive human rights award ČTK | 8 FEBRUARY 2016 Prague, Feb 5 (CTK) – Eleven Cuban dissidents and former political prisoners will receive the Homo Homini award for human rights promotion from the Czech People in Need organisation at the beginning of the One World film festival on March 7, Adela Pospichalova, […] Continue reading

Cuba Attacks Religious Believers Even As It Liberalizes Economic Rules

Cuba Attacks Religious Believers Even As It Liberalizes Economic Rules By DOUG BANDOW The Obama administration has been easing restrictions on travel, exports, and export financing. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker spoke of “building a more open and mutually beneficial relationship.” However, the administration expressed concern over Havana’s dismal human rights practices. Despite the warm reception […] Continue reading

Cuba Attacks Christians As Washington Liberalizes Economic Ties

Cuba Attacks Christians As Washington Liberalizes Economic Ties Doug Bandow CONTRIBUTOR Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The Obama administration has continued its effort to expand contact between the U.S. and Cuba by easing restrictions on travel, exports, and export financing. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker spoke of “building a more open and mutually […] Continue reading

Cuba’s War on Christianity – Evangelical Church Demolished Overnight

Cuba’s War on Christianity: Evangelical Church Demolished Overnight Reuters by FRANCES MARTEL12 Jan 2016 The pastor of an underground Evangelical church in Camagüey, Cuba, has denounced the communist government for leveling the building in which he holds religious services as a warning to others that openly practicing Christianity on the island will result in government […] Continue reading

Cuba – From Thaw to Disillusion

Cuba: From Thaw to Disillusion [07-01-2016 23:49:55] Carlos Alberto Montaner Escritor, periodista y político (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- The Cuban-American thaw is back to a freeze. Or at least the temperature has dropped a lot. From the torrid beginning one year ago, when Obama and Raúl Castro, virtually hand in hand through television, announced the rapprochement, disillusionment has […] Continue reading

Deal paves way for thousands of Cuban immigrants heading to U.S.

Deal paves way for thousands of Cuban immigrants heading to U.S. By Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN Updated 2343 GMT (0743 HKT) January 5, 2016 | Video Source: CNN Story highlights Five Central American countries and Mexico ink a deal to help Cuban immigrants Thousands of them have been stranded in Costa Rica for weeks Soon, […] Continue reading

A New Cuban Exodus

A New Cuban Exodus By THE EDITORIAL BOARD DEC. 21, 2015 Tens of thousands of Cubans have taken to the seas and embarked on perilous journeys by land this year, headed to the United States. The new exodus, the largest wave of Cuban migrants since the 1990s, is driven by hopelessness at home and fear […] Continue reading

Keep the Cuban Adjustment Act, but clamp down on its abusers

Keep the Cuban Adjustment Act, but clamp down on its abusers ‘The spirit of the CAA continues to be relevant’ Many Cubans risk their safety and their lives to escape Some come to reap U.S. benefits and return to island BY CARLOS CURBELO In 1965, one year before signing the Cuban Adjustment Act into law, […] Continue reading

Cuban Man Says He Relied on God to Survive 22 Years of Torture in Castro’s Gulag

Cuban Man Says He Relied on God to Survive 22 Years of Torture in Castro’s Gulag BY SAMUEL SMITH , CP REPORTER November 21, 2015|11:20 am A former Cuban prisoner of conscience who was imprisoned for opposing the Communist regime of Fidel Castro and used his own blood to write poetry throughout his 22-year detention […] Continue reading

Cuban Adjustment Act inextricably tied to the embargo

Cuban Adjustment Act inextricably tied to the embargo CAA drives a wedge between Cuban exiles U.S. can confront fraud while leaving CAA intact BY RIC HERRERO ricardoherrero@cubanow.us The Obama administration has repeatedly said that the Cuban Adjustment Act — CAA — is not up for negotiation with the Cuban government, much to the chagrin of […] Continue reading

Rethinking the Cuban Adjustment Act’s goals

Rethinking the Cuban Adjustment Act’s goals Fifty years ago, in a speech delivered on the site in New York Harbor that is home to the Statue of Liberty, President Lyndon Johnson made a solemn vow: “I declare this afternoon to the people of Cuba that those who seek refuge here in America will find it.” […] Continue reading

Quo Vadis Francis?

Quo Vadis* Francis? / Mario Lleonart Posted on October 9, 2015 Those of us who lived through the repressive crackdown that took place in Cuba in 2012 during the visit of Benedict XVI have never received a response from the Vatican, although it was informed of the facts. Jose Conrado—the priest who is a maverick […] Continue reading

‘The only thing they can´t take from me is my body’

‘The only thing they can´t take from me is my body’ ERNESTO SANTANA | La Habana | 5 Oct 2015 – 12:05 pm. A look of the career and meaning of the artist Danilo Maldonado (‘El Sexto’). Danilo Maldonado, aka “El Sexto” and Tania Bruguera were the protagonists, albeit absent, behind the last Bienal de […] Continue reading