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Exiled Ladies in White members demand leader’s resignation after YouTube video

Exiled Ladies in White members demand leader’s resignation after YouTube video NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 02/18/2015 7:38 PM 02/18/2015 11:07 PM After appearing before two recent U.S. congressional hearings seeking freedom for political prisoners and respect for human rights in Cuba, the leader of Ladies in White now faces calls for her resignation from exiled […] Continue reading

My State of Conflict

Cuba: My State of Conflict Posted: 02/17/2015 10:30 am EST Elinor Robin Tomorrow I leave for six days in Cuba. Some months ago, before the recent diplomatic adjustment, Cuba seemed to be calling me. I’ve lived in South Florida for most of my adult life. And, Cuba’s culture and people have profoundly influenced Florida, despite […] Continue reading

Notes About a Polemic

Notes About a Polemic / 14ymedio, Antonio Rodiles Posted on February 10, 2015 14ymedio, Antonio G. Rodiles, Havana, 6 February 2015 – My article published this Wednesday on the site Diario de Cuba has provoked a criticism from blogger Miriam Celaya that motivates me to touch on various points I consider important. In order to […] Continue reading

Ex-political prisoner warns Congress on U.S.-Cuba accord

Ex-political prisoner warns Congress on U.S.-Cuba accord By William E. Gibson Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s outreach to Cuba will only perpetuate the torture, beatings and harsh imprisonment faced by Cubans who dare speak out against the Castro regime, former political prisoner Jorge Garcia Perez Antunez told members of Congress on Thursday. Republicans […] Continue reading

Cuban dissidents testify on Capitol Hill against Obama policy

Cuban dissidents testify on Capitol Hill against Obama policy BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 02/05/2015 3:31 PM 02/05/2015 9:21 PM Cuban dissident Jorge Luis García Pérez, who spent 17 years in jail as a political prisoner, said Thursday during a House subcommittee hearing that U.S. efforts for a rapprochement with Cuba are a “betrayal.” “These agreements […] Continue reading

If it were up to them, they’d shoot me

If it were up to them, they’d shoot me / Angel Santiesteban Posted on January 20, 2015 Warning: The regime in Havana has prepared a new legal trap for Ángel. As is already public knowledge, Ángel Santiesteban has been held in a military border patrol base in Jaimanitas since August 13. He was placed there […] Continue reading

Miami lawmakers join Cuban advocates to blast Obama plan

Miami lawmakers join Cuban advocates to blast Obama plan BY CHRIS ADAMS MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU 01/20/2015 8:29 PM 01/20/2015 10:28 PM WASHINGTON Cuban democracy activists and Republican lawmakers on Tuesday blasted the White House and its proposed easing of tension with the Castro government, saying during a Capitol Hill press conference that the Obama administration […] Continue reading

One name on the list

One name on the list YOANI SANCHEZ, Enero 15, 2015 Living in Caimanera is like living on an island within the island. On either side of the highway at the entrance can be read “This is the first anti-imperialist trench in Cuba.” The land is arid and three points of police control block any unauthorized […] Continue reading

Dissidents struggle to regroup as US, Cuba move closer

Dissidents struggle to regroup as US, Cuba move closer Havana (AFP) – Dissidents in Cuba keen to get off the sidelines are reeling after the United States and the communist government said they will seek to end decades of Cold War bad blood. Following news of the historic shift, announced December 17, many members of […] Continue reading

Miami’s Younger Cubans Break With Past

Miami’s Younger Cubans Break With Past Native-Born Cuban Americans More Open to Detente With Havana Than Their Exiled Kin, Amid Changing Demographics By REED JOHNSON Jan. 6, 2015 7:46 p.m. ET MIAMI—Last month, President Barack Obama proclaimed “a new approach” to U.S.-Cuba relations. But Nilda Pedraza sees only the same entrenched communist regime that she […] Continue reading

Cuba Frees Three People Believed to be on U.S. Political Prisoner List

Cuba Frees Three People Believed to be on U.S. Political Prisoner List Helen Regan @hcregan Jan. 7, 2015 A Cuban flag hangs from a building in Havana December 27, 2014. Enrique de la Osa— Reuters Cuba has pledged to release 53 political prisoners as part of a deal with Washington The Cuban government freed three […] Continue reading

Sudden U.S. Thaw Worries Cuban Dissidents

Sudden U.S. Thaw Worries Cuban Dissidents By VICTORIA BURNETT and WILLIAM NEUMANDEC. 26, 2014 HAVANA — Sitting in her brother’s spare apartment, near a blinking plastic Christmas tree, Sonia Garro was relishing her newfound freedom, happily trading her prison garb for a purple dress and flip-flops with bright pink plastic bows over the toes. Ms. […] Continue reading

Cuba harbors one of America’s most wanted fugitives, JoAnne Chesimard, a.k.a. Assata Shakur

Cuba harbors one of America’s most wanted fugitives, JoAnne Chesimard, a.k.a. Assata Shakur BY TINA GRIEGOTHE WASHINGTON POST 12/22/2014 1:00 AM 12/21/2014 9:34 PM Last week’s announced shift in relations between Washington and Havana has renewed the call for Cuba to turn over one of the United States’ most controversial fugitives — a woman U.S. […] Continue reading

Castros the beneficiaries of perilous policy shift

Castros the beneficiaries of perilous policy shift BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ HAGUIRREFERRE@GMAIL.COM 12/20/2014 2:00 PM 12/20/2014 7:00 PM President Obama just blew oxygen into the moribund Cuban economy — and its governing elite — by announcing the reestablishment of full diplomatic relations and economic concessions, a dramatic shift in diplomatic relations between the two countries. […] Continue reading

Obama jokes that long-winded speeches run in the Castro family

Obama jokes that long-winded speeches run in the Castro family BY MIMI WHITEFIELD AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 12/19/2014 2:48 PM 12/19/2014 6:45 PM When President Barack Obama spoke by phone to Cuban leader Raúl Castro earlier this week, they even had time for a bit of levity about Fidel Castro’s legendarily long speeches. The […] Continue reading

Activists gather around four points of consensus

Activists gather around four points of consensus / 14ymedio Posted on October 9, 2014 14YMEDIO, Havana, September 25, 2014 – An important meeting of Cuban civil society took place this Thursday in Havana, involving 16 activists from across the country, including five ex-prisoners from the 2013 Black Spring. The meeting was not announced ahead of […] Continue reading

Cuban journalist arrested for second time in a month

Cuban journalist arrested for second time in a month Published on October 4, 2014 HAVANA, Cuba (RSF) — The National Revolutionary Police in Cuba have arrested and threatened independent journalist Bernardo Arévalo for the second time in a less than month. This time they arrested both him and his wife as they were travelling to […] Continue reading

INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST ARRESTED, PRESSURED TO LEAVE CUBA

INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST ARRESTED, PRESSURED TO LEAVE CUBA PUBLISHED ON TUESDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2014. A former political prisoner, Bernardo Arévalo is being threatened with another jail term if he does not leave. Bernardo Arévalo Padrón, an independent journalist based in Cienfuegos, 250 km southeast of Havana, said the police of pressured him to leave Cuba when […] Continue reading

Opposition Group Slams Cuba’s 963 Political Arrests in June

Opposition Group Slams Cuba’s 963 Political Arrests in June HAVANA – The dissident Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) said on Tuesday that at least 963 arrests were made for political reasons last month on the Communist-ruled island. In its monthly report, the commission noted the cases of independent journalists Guillermo Fariñas […] Continue reading

Two top dissidents still held day after crackdown

Posted on Thursday, 06.12.14 Two top dissidents still held day after crackdown Jorge Luis García Pérez and his wife Yris Pérez Aguilera were rousted from their beds during an early morning raid BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Cuban police and State Security agents were still holding dissidents Jorge Luis García Pérez and his wife Thursday, […] Continue reading

?HOLLYWOOD RAVES, WHILE CASTRO DIGS GRAVES

HOLLYWOOD RAVES, WHILE CASTRO DIGS GRAVES Exclusive: Marisa Martin blasts celebs for ignoring Cuba’s persecuted artists MARISA MARTIN Fidel Castro, Hollywood’s favorite living dictator, and his li’l bro Raul arrested more than 360 political prisoners in the first 13 days of May alone. Perhaps Kings Castro I and II are just trying to balance out […] Continue reading

Foreign Investors Won’t Liberate Cuba

Foreign Investors Won’t Liberate Cuba The billions already poured into the island have done nothing to advance civil society. By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY June 1, 2014 6:24 p.m. ET Attitudes toward the 52-year-old—though much-modified—U.S. embargo of Cuba’s military dictatorship have changed a lot in recent years. But not always in the ways you might expect. […] Continue reading

Martin Guevara: Leftist, Rightist or Centrist?

Martin Guevara: Leftist, Rightist or Centrist? May 27, 2014 Yusumi Rodriguez HAVANA TIMES – I love reading things when I find ideas that I can identify with, or reflections that could have come from me. I enjoy even more reading pieces whose contents force me to pause and consider arguments that I hadn’t thought about […] Continue reading

Letter to Obama Sparks Controversy

Letter to Obama Sparks Controversy / 14ymedio Posted on May 24, 2014 14ymedio, Havana | May 23, 2014 A letter published this week, signed by more than forty American personalities, asked Barack Obama to ease measures toward Cuba. In an unusual gesture of consensus, former senior U.S. politicians, military, analysts and businessmen advocate relaxing the […] Continue reading

A Hero and a Villain

A Hero and a Villain / Angel Santiesteban Posted on May 9, 2014 To be a Cuban dissident in prison — who doesn’t tremble at denouncing the Castro dictatorship — and to be designated by Reporters without Borders as one of the “100 Heroes of Information,” is not only an immense honor but also makes […] Continue reading

The plight of Alan Gross

Posted on Thursday, 05.08.14 The plight of Alan Gross BY BASILIO GUZMAN CUBACENTER.ORG I sympathize with the plight of Alan Gross, a USAID contractor unjustly sentenced to 15 years in a Cuban prison. Some reports have said he is, or was, waging a hunger strike to protest his confinement; other reports say he is “fasting.” […] Continue reading

Raul Castro, Think Again

Raul Castro, Think Again / Angel Santiesteban Posted on May 1, 2014 The months keep passing, and Angel Santiesteban — the only “common prisoner” to whom the political police have offered “freedom” in exchange for his renouncing his political position, witnessed in a video — continues punished, victim of constant inspections and deprived of passes […] Continue reading

Serious Denunciations Before the IACHR – Human Rights Situation of Journalists in Cuba. The Santiesteban Case

Serious Denunciations Before the IACHR: Human Rights Situation of Journalists in Cuba. The Santiesteban Case Posted on April 1, 2014 The lawyer, Veizant Boloy, and the journalists Roberto de Jesús Guerra and Julio Aliaga have presented before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights denunciations about the permanent violations of human rights of the independent journalists, […] Continue reading

S.O.S. Another Brave Man is Dying

S.O.S. Another Brave Man is Dying / Angel Santiesteban Posted on March 21, 2014 Alcibíades Guerra Marín is in a hunger strike after being sentenced to a year in prison for demonstrating in public against totalitarianism. He was charged with the supposed crime of “CONTEMPT”. His wife, who is also a Lady in White approached […] Continue reading

If this country needs a “Revolution” it is not in industry but in Human Rights

If this country needs a “Revolution” it is not in industry but in Human Rights / Angel Santiesteban Posted on March 13, 2014 There is no economy without liberty The last visit by the Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to the Mariel Container Terminal, accompanied by the dictator Raul Castro — in order […] Continue reading

Cuba and the European Union – A Change of Tone and a New Dynamic

Cuba and the European Union: A Change of Tone and a New Dynamic / Dimas Castellano Posted on March 10, 2014 In a statement issued on Tuesday, February 11th, Rogelio Sierra Diaz, Cuba’s deputy foreign minister, reported that the Council of Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU) had authorized the European Commission and the […] Continue reading

Behind the Turmoil in Venezuela

O’Grady: Behind the Turmoil in Venezuela Cuba is worried about losing 100,000 barrels of oil per day if its man in Caracas falls. By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY Feb. 23, 2014 6:47 p.m. ET The bloodshed in Caracas over the past 12 days brings to mind the 2009 Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, […] Continue reading

Mandela Has Died – Hopefully One Day His Real Thoughts About The Dictator Fidel Castro Will Come To Light

Mandela Has Died: Hopefully One Day His Real Thoughts About The Dictator Fidel Castro Will Come To Light / Angel Santiesteban Posted on December 22, 2013 I always assumed, out of respect and ethics, not to speak disparagingly of the dead. This time I will not. To this I will turn to a literary level […] Continue reading

El Critico Stops Hunger and Thirst Strike

El Critico Stops Hunger and Thirst Strike / UNPACU Posted on November 12, 2013 The political prisoner Ángel Yunier Remón Arzuaga, the rapper known as El Critico (The Critic), decided to abandon his hunger and thirst strike after authorities committed to “do justice” in the case, according to the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) the […] Continue reading

Paramilitary Units and Organized Mobs Lay Siege to Meeting of Cuban Dissidents in San Juan y Martinez

Paramilitary Units and Organized Mobs Lay Siege to Meeting of Cuban Dissidents in San Juan y Martinez / Leon Padron Azcuy Posted on November 11, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, November 11, 2013, León Padrón Azcuy/ www.cubanet.org.- The home of opposition activist Sandra Ace Rramos in the town of San Juan y Maritnez was the scene this […] Continue reading

NGOs Release Report Urging EU & US to Oppose China, Russia, Cuba & Saudi Arabia

NGOs Release Report Urging EU & US to Oppose China, Russia, Cuba & Saudi Arabia By UN Watch Monday, November 4, 2013 Maldives, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, South Sudan, Uruguay are “Questionable” GENEVA, – As the U.N. prepares to elect 14 nations next week to its highest human rights body, a coalition of non-governmental human […] Continue reading

The Pathology of Ethics

The Pathology of Ethics / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on October 18, 2013 Heartbreaking, repulsive, are adjectives that describe the act of repudiation of Monday outside the headquarters of the Ladies in White on Neptune Street between Aramburu and Hospital. Many who were mobilized there to shout insults and threats were young university students, members of […] Continue reading

Che Guevara’s image doesn’t fit ghastly reality

Posted on Wednesday, 10.16.13 Che Guevara’s image doesn’t fit ghastly reality BY HUMBERTO FONTOVA HFONTOVA.COM Good thing the college “hipsters” who wear Che T-shirts didn’t live in Stalinist Cuba under their idol. “Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates!” snarled the KGB-mentored Che Guevara in 1961. “Instead they must dedicate themselves to study, […] Continue reading

Political Prisoner’s Life In Danger After 3 Weeks on Hunger Strike

Political Prisoner’s Life In Danger After 3 Weeks on Hunger Strike / Juan Carlos Gonzalez Leiva Posted on October 15, 2013 LA HABANA, Cuba, 8 October 2013, Juan Carlos González Leiva/ www.cubanet.org.- The life of political prisoner is in serious danger. He has been on a hunger strike for three weeks, in Guamajal prison in […] Continue reading

Cubans Are Losing Their Fear

Cubans Are Losing Their Fear / Antonio Rodiles, Estado de Sats Posted on September 27, 2013 By Carmen Muñoz for ABC.es To Antonio G. Rodiles (born Havana, 1972) it seemed “unthinkable” that a Cuban musician would dare to ask for free elections during an official concert, until the jazz musician Roberto Carcassés did it last […] Continue reading