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The energy that Castroism is stifling

The energy that Castroism is stifling ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 21 de Febrero de 2017 – 09:05 CET. In recent weeks the regime of General Raúl Castro has “spooked,” and is now galloping in the wrong direction, in defiance of time and history. The economic crisis is compounded daily, and the dictator […] Continue reading

McGovern in Cuba to discuss new partnerships

McGovern in Cuba to discuss new partnerships Worcester Democrat is part of bipartisan delegation By Anthony Fay Published: February 20, 2017, 9:48 am WASHINGTON (WWLP) – Congressman Jim McGovern is in Cuba with a group of other members of Congress, to discuss increasing cooperation between the two nations. McGovern (D-Worcester), who has long advocated for […] Continue reading

Vermont US Sen. Patrick Leahy Heading to Cuba, Colombia

Vermont US Sen. Patrick Leahy Heading to Cuba, Colombia Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is headed to Cuba and Colombia during the President’s Day congressional recess. Feb. 19, 2017, at 8:18 a.m. MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is headed to Cuba and Colombia during the President’s Day congressional recess. Leahy, a […] Continue reading

The Student Who Did Not Want To ‘Ride With Fidel’

The Student Who Did Not Want To ‘Ride With Fidel’ / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Excobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 16 February 2017 — David Mauri Cardoso, a 24-year-old from Cienfuegos, dreamt of being lawyer but could not successfully pass a test of dishonesty. In appearance it was a test of Spanish, but what was being evaluated […] Continue reading

Trump – Rubio and I have ‘very similar views on Cuba’

Trump: Rubio and I have ‘very similar views on Cuba’ BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com President Donald Trump said during a press conference Thursday that he shares Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio’s views on Cuba. “We had dinner with Senator Rubio and his wife, who was by the way, lovely, and we had a very […] Continue reading

Trump, Rodiles and the Cuban Opposition

Trump, Rodiles and the Cuban Opposition / Juan Orlando Perez Juan Orlando Pérez, 1 February 2017, (re-published in Ivan Garcia’s blog on 7 February 2017) — Antonio Rodiles, one of the Cuban government’s most tireless enemies, or at least one of its most eloquent, has said that the arrival of Donald Trump at the White […] Continue reading

Top diplomat to accept award from democracy group in Cuba

Top diplomat to accept award from democracy group in Cuba By LUIS ALONSO LUGO AND ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Feb 15, 2017, 2:07 PM ET A prominent diplomat is planning a politically sensitive trip to Cuba to accept an award from a pro-democracy group on the island. Luis Almagro, secretary general of the […] Continue reading

“Those Who Do Not Help the Victims of Castro-ism Are Complicit in the Oppression,” says Rocio Monasterio

“Those Who Do Not Help the Victims of Castro-ism Are Complicit in the Oppression,” says Rocio Monasterio / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Miami, 11 February 2017 – Rocio Monasterio, a Cuban living in Spain who became popular after starring in a televised debate at the end of November in which she confronted […] Continue reading

Measuring Hopelessness

Measuring Hopelessness / Yoani Sanchez Yoani Sanchez, El Pais, 12 February 2017 — Statistics are deceiving. They only reflect measurable values, tangible realities. International agencies cram us with numbers that measure development, life expectancy or educational attainment, but seldom succeed in grading dissatisfaction, fear, and discouragement. Frequently in their reports they describe a Latin America […] Continue reading

Another Democrat visits Cuba

Another Democrat visits Cuba By Silvio Canto, Jr. Governor John Hickenlooper (D) of Colorado spent a few days in Cuba. He spoke about doing business with Cuba but not about human rights. This is a summary of his visit: The governor of Colorado said on Sunday he believes the Cuban government wants to further improve […] Continue reading

The MUAD and Otro18 lament that the electoral process will not be held under the ‘Law promised by the Government’

The MUAD and #Otro18 lament that the electoral process will not be held under the ‘Law promised by the Government’ DDC | La Habana | 10 de Febrero de 2017 – 00:09 CET. The Democratic Action Unity Roundtable (MUAD) and the Civic Platform #Otro18 expressed their regret Wednesday that the electoral process initiated on the […] Continue reading

Portraits of Cubans executed by Castro regime on display in the European Parliament

Portraits of Cubans executed by Castro regime on display in the European Parliament BY LUIS DE LA PAZ More than 100 portraits of Cubans executed by the Castro regime are on display at the European Parliament offices in Brussels thanks to the support of three parliament members from Spain and the Czech Republic. The three […] Continue reading

One of Obama’s parting acts – Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton

One of Obama’s parting acts: Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com In his last month in office, former President Barack Obama preempted what could have been one of President Donald Trump’s first actions on Cuba: he suspended a section of the Helms-Burton Act that allows former owners of commercial property expropriated by […] Continue reading

Continuity guaranteed

Continuity guaranteed VERÓNICA VEGA | La Habana | 6 de Febrero de 2017 – 11:19 CET. Last Sunday during the plenary session of the National Council of the University Students Federation (FEU), Vice-President Miguel Díaz-Canel stated that “Cuban youth is responsible for the historical continuity of the Island’s social project.” Since we are immersed in […] Continue reading

The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba

The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba by MARIO T. DE LA PENA February 5, 2017 4:00 AM Fidel Castro is dead, but Castroism still needs to be defeated Fidel Castro died on November 25, but Castroism — the one-party, neo-Stalinist system that has tyrannized Cuba for more than half a century — still needs […] Continue reading

The Internet In Cuba: Strict Control And Excessive Prices

The Internet In Cuba: Strict Control And Excessive Prices / Iván García Iván García, 30 January 2017 — Five or six abstract oil paintings are tastelessly jumbled together in the living room of a house in the west of Havana, next to a collection of laptops and ancient computers waiting to be repaired. We can […] Continue reading

Cubans anxious about change in US relations under Trump

Cubans anxious about change in US relations under Trump Trump threatened to remove embassy in Havana By: PATRICK OPPMANN Updated: Feb 04, 2017 12:22 AM CST HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) – As US President Donald Trump lashes out at US enemies and allies alike, many Cubans wonder which Trump they will face. Will it be the […] Continue reading

Donald Trump ‘reviewing Cuba policy’, says White House

Donald Trump ‘reviewing Cuba policy’, says White House Possible hardening of stance towards communist island follows improving relations under Barack Obama Tom Batchelor White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on 3 February AP Donald Trump is to conduct a “full review” of America’s […] Continue reading

Ports deserve state support in dealing with Cuba

Editorial: Ports deserve state support in dealing with Cuba Posted: 5:43 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Port of Palm Beach officials see an opportunity in normalizing relations with the communist island of Cuba. As well they should. The port is in an advantageous position geographically. It has a deep and rich history of trade with […] Continue reading

DEMAND RELEASE OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER EDUARDO CARDET – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

URGENT ACTION DEMAND RELEASE OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER Five days after Fidel Castro’s death, human rights defender Eduardo Cardet was detained and has since been held in provisional detention in Holguín, south-east Cuba. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally. Dr. Eduardo Cardet Concepción, leader of the Christian Liberation […] Continue reading

Waiting for change in Cuba

Waiting for change in Cuba BY JOHN CAULFIELD, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 01/30/17 07:00 PM EST When I took up my assignment as chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana in 2011, my biggest question was how had Cuba survived as one of the world’s last remaining Marxist Leninist systems? Strong and sometimes brutal internal […] Continue reading

La única solución

La única solución En buena medida depende de las, como otrora se les llamaba, “fuerzas vivas” del exilio y su disposición a hacer algo útil por sus compatriotas en desgracia Waldo Acebo Meireles, Miami | 30/01/2017 10:48 am Para los miles, no se sabe cuántos, de cubanos que han quedados varados en las fronteras de […] Continue reading

“That day, like the kids, I went out to play,” says El Sexto

“That day, like the kids, I went out to play,” says El Sexto / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 27 January 2017 — Since late last November Danilo Maldonado, El Sexto, has lived a nightmare. He passed from one police station to another until he reached the dreaded Combinado del Este jail in […] Continue reading

The Punk Who Didn’t Cry For Fidel

The Punk Who Didn’t Cry For Fidel / 14ymedio, Pablo De LLano 14ymedio, Pablo de Llano, Miami, 22 January 2017 — Minutes after the announcement of the death of Fidel Castro, last November 25, Danilo Maldonado Machado passed by his mother’s house and knocked on the window of her room. Maria Victoria Machado opened and […] Continue reading

Obama Left, Trump Arrived, the Repression Continues

Obama Left, Trump Arrived, the Repression Continues / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 23 January 2017 — Within 48 hours of Donald Trump being declared President of the United States, the political police maintained their repression against opponents unchanged. The hard hand of State Security begins to contradict the claim that “Barack Obama’s […] Continue reading

Changes to immigration policy will not stem the Cuban exodus, those on the island say

Changes to immigration policy will not stem the Cuban exodus, those on the island say BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com When Washington put an end to a preferential immigration policy for Cuban migrants nearly two weeks ago, the official reasoning behind the move was to stem the flow of an increasing exodus and prompt democratic […] Continue reading

El Sexto Released, After Almost Two Months Detention

El Sexto Released, After Almost Two Months Detention / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 21 January 2017 — Danilo Maldonado, known as El Sexto, was released this Saturday after spending nearly two months in prison after being arrested on 26 November of last year for painting graffiti with the phrase “He left” on a wall of the […] Continue reading

An end to wet foot, dry foot

An end to wet foot, dry foot The outgoing American president makes it harder for Donald Trump to undo the rapprochement with Cuba Jan 21st 2017 | HAVANA AND MEXICO CITY Floating to Florida is now futile AMONG a group of young men gathered in a tin-roofed telephone-repair shop in Havana, the topic of conversation […] Continue reading

FNCA envía mensaje a los cubanos tras derogación de “pies secos/pies mojados”

FNCA envía mensaje a los cubanos tras derogación de “pies secos/pies mojados” enero 19, 2017 Rosa Tania Valdés En medio de la desesperanza surgida tras la reciente eliminación de la política de “pies secos/pies mojados”, la Fundación Nacional Cubano Americana insta a los cubanos a “no dejar de luchar por un futuro mejor” para la […] Continue reading

Trump team doesn’t seem to oppose Obama’s shift in immigration policy for Cubans

Trump team doesn’t seem to oppose Obama’s shift in immigration policy for Cubans BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The Obama administration has worked until its final days to try to ensure the continuity of its Cuba policy, but Ben Rhodes, one of the chief architects of the rapprochement with the island, says he’s still not sure […] Continue reading

Visiting Julio Ferrer Tamayo in jail

Visiting Julio Ferrer Tamayo in jail BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 20 de Enero de 2017 – 06:05 CET. Cuban misery really stands out when it is cold. In a country without much of a winter it is not worth spending much on jackets, which are passed down for decades. On January 15th, […] Continue reading

And Now What?

And Now What? / Somos+, Jose Presol Somos+, Jose Presol, 18 January 2017 — We expected it for a long time and it happened, but when we weren’t in the line for the ration book. I am referring to the end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy. We all knew that it would end, […] Continue reading

Obama and the Cuban opposition

Obama and the Cuban opposition DDC | Madrid | 19 de Enero de 2017 – 11:47 CET. Both Barack Obama and the main dissidents in Cuba consulted by this publication believe that the elimination of the dry foot/wet foot policy will give rise to a momentous situation on the Island. At the end of his […] Continue reading

Belkis Cantillo Launches A New Fight From Santiago De Cuba

Belkis Cantillo Launches A New Fight From Santiago De Cuba / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 17 January 2017 — Talking with Belkis Cantillo these days can be an impossible mission. With her home raided on several occasions, a daughter about to give her her first granddaughter and the foundation of the new […] Continue reading

Economist Karina Gálvez Released On Bail, After Six Days Of Arrest

Economist Karina Gálvez Released On Bail, After Six Days Of Arrest / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 17 January 2017 — On Tuesday night, economist Karina Gálvez was released after her family paid a bond of 2,000 Cuban pesos. The editor of the magazine Convivencia (Coexistence) thanked the solidarity of all those who denounced her arrest on […] Continue reading

Cuba 2016 – The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro

Cuba 2016: The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2017 — A spring rainstorm with light gusts of wind fell over metropolitan Havana on Sunday, March 20th, when at 4:30 PM Air Force One landed at the first terminal of the José Martí International Airport […] Continue reading

Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick

Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick Totalitarianism touches every aspect of every person’s life, and Cuban communism has been traumatic for adults and children not drunk with fanaticism. By Armando Simón JANUARY 16, 2017 Ever since the death of that psychotic dictator Fidel Castro, I have been experiencing déjà vu. At […] Continue reading

WPLG debuts a Havana-based reporting team

WPLG debuts a Havana-based reporting team BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com WPLG Local 10 News reporter Hatzel Vela and photojournalist Brian Ely have become the ABC affiliate’s men in Havana. The pair arrived last Wednesday to become the South Florida station’s full-time Havana-based crew. That gives WPLG the distinction of being the first local station in […] Continue reading

Cuban Police Detain Activists For Second Consecutive Day

Cuban Police Detain Activists For Second Consecutive Day / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 12 January 2017 — Police maintained a strong operation Thursday around the headquarters of the 1010 Academy in the neighborhood of Cerro, in Havana. Activists Joanna Columbié and Georlis Olazabal were arrested while trying to access the site to participate in a conference […] Continue reading

Obama Ends Exemption for Cubans Who Arrive Without Visas

Obama Ends Exemption for Cubans Who Arrive Without Visas By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and FRANCES ROBLES JAN. 12, 2017 WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday that he was terminating the 22-year-old policy that has allowed Cubans who arrived on United States soil without visas to remain in the country and gain legal residency, an unexpected […] Continue reading