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Cuba’s Proxy War in Venezuela

Cuba’s Proxy War in Venezuela Mary Anastasia O’Grady in The Wall Street Journal The commitment to Maduro among soldiers and police is breaking down Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro is responding to mass demonstrations by selectively killing civilians. If, as a result, some branch of the military breaks with the regime, the country will descend into […] Continue reading

In a first, Cuba loses patience with Trump’s “ridiculous” statements

In a first, Cuba loses patience with Trump’s “ridiculous” statements US president criticizes regime on Independence Day; Havana chides “millionaire-tycoon-turned-president” Miami 22 MAY 2017 – 17:36 CEST For the first time, the Cuban government has responded to US President Donald Trump in an exasperated tone. On Saturday, when the island nation was observing the anniversary […] Continue reading

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Cuban Independence Day

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Cuban Independence Day On Cuban Independence Day, I extend my warmest wishes to the Cuban American community and the people of Cuba as our whole Nation joins you in celebrating the anniversary of Cuban Independence. Americans and Cubans share allegiance to the principles of self-governance, dignity, and freedom. […] Continue reading

Havana lashes out against Trump’s May 20 message to the Cuban people

Havana lashes out against Trump’s May 20 message to the Cuban people BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Havana has reacted strongly to a statement issued by President Donald Trump to the Cuban people over the weekend to mark the 115th anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba. A statement read on Cuban state […] Continue reading

As Cubans await policy changes, Trump sends a message on Cuban Independence Day

As Cubans await policy changes, Trump sends a message on Cuban
Independence Day
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

On the 115th anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba, President
Donald Trump on Saturday extended his “warmest wishes” to Cuban
Americans and promised that he will work for Cubans on the island to
have a government that respects democracy… Continue reading

Activists on both sides still await President Trump’s reset with Cuba

Activists on both sides still await President Trump’s reset with Cuba Ledyard King and Alan Gomez, USA TODAY Published 5:41 p.m. ET May 18, 2017 WASHINGTON — Four months after he was sworn in, President Trump has yet to make good on his vow to undo his predecessor’s Cuba policies. There were reports the president […] Continue reading

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom / Iván García Iván García, 3 May 2017 — Let’s step back in time. One morning in 1985, Yndamiro Restano Díaz, a thirty-seven-year-old journalist with Radio Rebelde, took out an old Underwood and wrote a clandestine broadsheet entitled “Nueva Cuba.” After distributing the single-page, handmade newspaper up and […] Continue reading

Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts

Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts HAVANA — An independent Cuban LGBT rights advocate claims authorities prevented him from traveling to Havana late last week to meet with a delegation of U.S. advocates. Nelson Gandulla, president of the Cuban Federation for LGBTI Rights, told the Washington Blade he received a summons that ordered him […] Continue reading

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com While the new U.S. president’s policies on Cuba remain uncertain, the government in Havana appears to be more nervous about its domestic opposition than usual, as the island heads into a complicated political transition. Authorities have expelled students from universities, arrested dissidents who […] Continue reading

The Archbishop Of Santiago de Cuba Says In The Vatican That The Island “Is Waiting For Changes”

The Archbishop Of Santiago de Cuba Says In The Vatican That The Island “Is Waiting For Changes” 14ymedio, Havana, 5 May 2017 — “Cuba is waiting for changes,” said Archbishop Dionisio García Ibáñez Friday on Radio Vatican; he has also said that “the Cuban people can live in better spiritual and material conditions.” The statements […] Continue reading

Here’s why Cuba should be on Francis’ agenda when he meets Trump

Here’s why Cuba should be on Francis’ agenda when he meets Trump William M. LeoGrande | May. 11, 2017 President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis in Rome May 24, as part of the president’s first trip abroad. No specific agenda has been announced, but the last time a U.S. president stopped […] Continue reading

Here's why Cuba should be on Francis' agenda when he meets Trump

Here’s why Cuba should be on Francis’ agenda when he meets Trump
William M. LeoGrande | May. 11, 2017

President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis in Rome
May 24, as part of the president’s first trip abroad. No specific agenda
has been announced, but the last time a U.S. president stopped by the
Vatican to see… Continue reading

The Government Unleashed a Crackdown on Journalists After Hurricane Matthew

The Government Unleashed a Crackdown on Journalists After Hurricane Matthew 14ymedio, Havana, 10 May 2017 –The independent Cuban press has been especially harassed after the passage of Hurricane Matthew in the eastern part of the country. Several reporters were arrested while trying to cover the situation of the victims, reports the Association for Freedom of […] Continue reading

Christians in Cuba worry about student’s alleged persecution

Christians in Cuba worry about student’s alleged persecution After trip to the U.S., Cuban pro-democracy student gets expelled By Andrea Torres – Digital Reporter/Producer , Hatzel Vela – Reporter Posted: 2:01 PM, May 10, 2017 Updated: 2:11 PM, May 10, 2017 HAVANA – A 20-year-old history student dared to publicly criticize the Cuban government. He […] Continue reading

Christians in Cuba worry about student's alleged persecution

Christians in Cuba worry about student’s alleged persecution
After trip to the U.S., Cuban pro-democracy student gets expelled
By Andrea Torres – Digital Reporter/Producer , Hatzel Vela – Reporter
Posted: 2:01 PM, May 10, 2017
Updated: 2:11 PM, May 10, 2017

HAVANA – A 20-year-old history student dared to publicly criticize the
Cuban government. He also defied them when he… Continue reading

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to the Freedom of Expression

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to theFreedom of Expression / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 10 May 2017 — When he is particularly bored, after flicking through the eight channels that there are on the island, 56 year old civil engineer Josuan watches the national news some nights with a smirk only to later write […] Continue reading

Interview with El Sexto (Danilo Maldonado) in San Francisco

Interview with El Sexto (Danilo Maldonado) in San Francisco Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado is in San Francisco, planning for the opening of his art exhibit, “Angels and Demons,” at the Immersive ART LAB, 3255A Third Street, May 11, 6-10pm. His exhibit is sponsored by the Human Rights Foundation as part of its Art in Protest […] Continue reading

US to press Cuba on human rights

US to press Cuba on human rights AFP May 10, 2017 Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump’s administration will press Cuba on human rights progress, a top US official said Tuesday. The White House is carrying out a “comprehensive policy review,” said Francisco Palmieri, a senior regional official in the State Department. “I suspect that […] Continue reading

Cubadecide Activists Arrested A Few Hours Before Rosa Maria Paya Arrives On The Island

Cubadecide Activists Arrested A Few Hours Before Rosa Maria Paya Arrives On The Island 14ymedio, Havana, 8 May 2017 — Activist Rosa Maria Payá denounced Monday the arrest of three coordinators of the CubaDecide initiative in Matanzas. The opponents were arrested early in the morning as they headed to Jose Marti International Airport in Havana […] Continue reading

Can Libertarians End the Communist Monopoly in Cuba?

Can Libertarians End the Communist Monopoly in Cuba? Quornsum May 8, 2017 By Dries Van Thielen Ever since some guy on a motorcycle and another guy in the Sierra Maestra hunted President Fulgencio Batista away, the government in Cuba consisted solely of members from the Cuban Communist Party. Thusly, all 612 seats in parliament are […] Continue reading

Cuban man carrying U.S. flag rewrote monotonous script of Havana’s annual celebration

Cuban man carrying U.S. flag rewrote monotonous script of Havana’s annual celebration BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com The rehearsals for Havana’s annual May Day celebration went on for weeks. The Plaza of the Revolution was to host hundreds of thousands of Cubans as they marched past top government leaders in the best Soviet tradition. But […] Continue reading

Cuba: Another perspective

Cuba: Another perspective U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall wants to sell Kansas wheat to Cuba (“Congressman reflects on a recent Cuba trip,” High Plains Journal, April 10), and has filled a bill that “allows” American banks and to finance the Cuban government’s purchase. Really? Cuba has one of the worst credit records in the world. Americans […] Continue reading

The ‘Little Packet’, A Clandestine Rival For The ‘Weekly Packet’

The ‘Little Packet’, A Clandestine Rival For The ‘Weekly Packet’ 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 5 May 2017 — Uncensored, fun and with many varied themes — this defines the producers of the paketito (little packet), a new compendium of audiovisual material that aims to fill the gaps left by the popular weekly packet. Unlike its […] Continue reading

Camaguey Police Prohibit Sol Garcia and Henry Constantin From Exercising Journalism

Camaguey Police Prohibit Sol Garcia and Henry Constantin From Exercising Journalism 14ymedio, Havana, 4 May 2017 — Journalists Sol García Basulto and Henry Constantín were summoned Thursday to Camagüey’s Third Police Unit, where they were threatened with having their homes searched and the equipment they use to do their work confiscated if they do not […] Continue reading

When The Abuser Is The Government

When The Abuser Is The Government 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 4 May 2017 – I was in the third grade and the teacher chose the most aggressive girl in my class to be the room monitor. She was given carte blanche to control the other children. Later, the abuser rose to a position […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Official Press Attempts To Discredit Protester Wrapped In American Flag

Cuba’s Official Press Attempts To Discredit Protester Wrapped In American Flag 14ymedio, Havana, 2 May 2017 – On Tuesday, the official press railed against a citizen who raised an American flag during the May Day parade, and accused him of “building a counterrevolutionary file to emigrate to the United States” (i.e. to be qualify for […] Continue reading

State Security Summons for Ivan Garcia

State Security Summons for Ivan Garcia / Ivan Garcia Ivan Garcia, 5 April 2017 — He says his name is Alejandro. A thin, timid mulatto, dressed in light-blue jeans, a pullover sweater with Prussian-blue collar, and low-cut black sneakers. In one hand is a dark briefcase. He speaks quietly and deliberately. He looks like a […] Continue reading

May Day in Havana Dedicated To Maduro, Interrupted by a US Flag

May Day in Havana Dedicated To Maduro, Interrupted by a US Flag 14ymedio, Havana, 1 May 2017 — The mobilization for the May Day parade began in Havana before midnight the day before. With the first light of dawn, the mass rally in Plaza of the Revolution began, with allusions to the late President Fidel […] Continue reading

Protester disrupts start of Cuba’s annual May Day parade

Protester disrupts start of Cuba’s annual May Day parade President Raul Castro in attendance as man breaks through security By Associated Press , Hatzel Vela – Reporter Posted: 11:40 AM, May 01, 2017 Updated: 12:37 PM, May 01, 2017 HAVANA – A protester has briefly disrupted the start of Cuba’s largest annual political event, sprinting […] Continue reading

Protester disrupts start of Cuba's annual May Day parade

Protester disrupts start of Cuba’s annual May Day parade
President Raul Castro in attendance as man breaks through security
By Associated Press , Hatzel Vela – Reporter
Posted: 11:40 AM, May 01, 2017
Updated: 12:37 PM, May 01, 2017

HAVANA – A protester has briefly disrupted the start of Cuba’s largest
annual political event, sprinting in front of May Day… Continue reading

Cuban activists fighting racism weigh their fragile relationship with the government

Cuban activists fighting racism weigh their fragile relationship with the government BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Almost apologizing because he “doesn’t want to make things worse,” Afro-Cuban activist Norberto Mesa Carbonell recalled how Cuban police arrested him for trying to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination last month. “I was jailed […] Continue reading

The alliance between Spanish colonialism and the Castroist leadership

The alliance between Spanish colonialism and the Castroist leadership PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 28 de Abril de 2017 – 11:54 CEST. An article appearing in the Spanish newspaper El País, entitled “España no puede perder Cuba dos veces” (“Spain cannot lose Cuba twice”), analyzes the machinations of the latest Spanish Governments’ policies towards […] Continue reading

Former CIA Operative Argues Lee Harvey Oswald’s Cuba Connections Went Deep

Former CIA Operative Argues Lee Harvey Oswald’s Cuba Connections Went Deep Olivia B. Waxman Apr 25, 2017 After Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F. Kennedy shortly after noon on Nov. 22, 1963, things moved quickly. About an hour later, Oswald fatally shot Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit. Thirty minutes after that, police found Oswald […] Continue reading

Former CIA Operative Argues Lee Harvey Oswald's Cuba Connections Went Deep

Former CIA Operative Argues Lee Harvey Oswald’s Cuba Connections Went Deep
Olivia B. Waxman
Apr 25, 2017

After Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F. Kennedy shortly after
noon on Nov. 22, 1963, things moved quickly. About an hour later, Oswald
fatally shot Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit. Thirty minutes after
that, police found Oswald and arrested him. Two days… Continue reading

Cuban Counterintelligence Plays Hardball with Journalists

Cuban Counterintelligence Plays Hardball with Journalists / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 17 April 2017 — Money is no object. When it comes to thwarting, harassing and repressing intellectuals or journalists, there are always enough funds in military’s coffers to write a blank check. Solid numbers are hard to come by but, according to conservative estimates, […] Continue reading

The King, The President and The Dictator

The King, The President and The Dictator

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 23 April 2017 — In the palace of the
Captains General in Havana there is a throne awaiting its king. It was
prepared when Cuba was still a Spanish colony and a monarch has never
sat in its imposing structure. The visit of Spain’s King Felipe VI visit
may… Continue reading

Cuba’s foreign minister reiterates the island’s desire for dialogue with the U.S.

Cuba’s foreign minister reiterates the island’s desire for dialogue with
the U.S.
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

In another apparent attempt to get a high-profile message to Washington,
Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs during a swing through Europe
repeated the island’s desire to maintain the level of dialogue and
cooperation that started under former President Barack Obama.

“The current government… Continue reading

Tell Us, General, What’s Plan B?

Tell Us, General, What’s Plan B?

14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 20 April 2017 — The Venezuela of “XXI
Century Socialism” is wavering and threatening to collapse. It’s only a
matter of time, soon, perhaps, as to when it will tumble. And since the
economic and political crisis of the country has slipped from the
government’s grasp, President Nicolás Maduro, in… Continue reading

Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?

Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?
Apr 20, 2017

President Trump’s government has yet to reveal its hand on the issue of
reconciliation with Cuba. There had been a lot of progress towards
greater ties following President’s Obama’s overtures in December 2014:
Some cooperation agreements were signed – particularly in aviation and
communications — and Google… Continue reading

For Ordinary Cubans, Democracy Isn’t a Priority

For Ordinary Cubans, Democracy Isn’t a Priority / Iván García Iván García, 19 April 2017 — When evening falls, Yainier and a group of friends who live in El Canal, a neighborhood in the Cerro municipality, 20 minutes by car from the center of Havana, grab a table by the door of an old bodega, […] Continue reading