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Red ink – The high human cost of the Cuban revolution

Red ink: The high human cost of the Cuban revolution BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@miamiherald.com LINKEDIN Danilo Maldonado’s collision with the Cuban revolution is, in some ways, a silly asterisk to history. And in others, it practically defines the country’s dilemma of the past 57 years, a state that defines itself as the people’s political vanguard, […] Continue reading

Cuba detains dissident artist for celebrating Castro’s death

Cuba detains dissident artist for celebrating Castro’s death By Nicole Martinez Reuters November 29, 2016 MIAMI (Reuters) – Cuban police have detained dissident artist Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado, once declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, after he made a video celebrating the death of Fidel Castro, a dissident human rights group and the […] Continue reading

Cuban exiles in Miami’s Little Havana rejoice as Castro’s estrangedsister vows not to attend funeral

Cuban exiles in Miami’s Little Havana rejoice as Castro’s estranged sister vows not to attend funeral Ruth Sherlock, miami 27 NOVEMBER 2016 • 1:28AM Fidel Castro’s estranged sister has said she will not return to Cuba to attend the late leader’s funeral and has promised to continue her fight against the Communist regime he brought […] 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

Political Arrests Increase

Political Arrests Increase / 14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco 14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco, Havana, 23 November 2016 — I learned via the internet that 14ymedio’s Camaguey correspondent, Sol Garcia Basulto, was illegally and arbitrarily arrested on the night of November 3 when she was travelling to Havana to get a visa for her passport. As she […] 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

Trump in Miami, Clinton in Havana

Trump in Miami, Clinton in Havana / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar and Mario Penton 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 8 November 2016 – With the presidential election this Tuesday, not only is the fate of the United States in play. Its results will also affect the future of the island. In Miami, the South Florida […] 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

Hillary Clinton Endorsed By Cuba’s Mass-Murdering Castro Brothers

Hillary Clinton Endorsed By Cuba’s Mass-Murdering Castro Brothers HUMBERTO FONTOVA 4:18 PM 10/21/2016 “It’s Hillary’s hour!… The only hope of defeating Donald Trump is Hillary Clinton…the difference between the two candidates is vast. Barack Obama did not exaggerate when he claimed that she was better prepared to be a U.S. President than even he was—or […] Continue reading

Maykel González Vivero “You cannot imagine what a cell is like”

Maykel González Vivero: “You cannot imagine what a cell is like” DDC | Madrid | 14 de Octubre de 2016 – 09:16 CEST. Journalist Maykel González Vivero, a DIARIO DE CUBA collaborator, was released Wednesday after spending three days in a cell in Baracoa, where he had been travelled to report on the ravages of […] 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

Gorki Águila “The Castro Regime Wants To Mutate Into A Perfect Tyranny”

Gorki Águila: “The Castro Regime Wants To Mutate Into A Perfect Tyranny” / EFE – 14ymedio EFE (via 14ymedio), 29 September 2016 — The dissident and leader of the Cuban punk-rock band Porno para Ricardo, Gorki Águila, said in Miami on Thursday that the “plan” of the Cuban regime is “to mutate into a perfect […] 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

UNPACU Reaches 5th Anniversary Amid Achievements And Criticisms

UNPACU Reaches 5th Anniversary Amid Achievements And Criticisms / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Luz Escobar/Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 24 August 2016 – Five years can be a long time in Cuba, when we’re talking about an opposition organization. In the complex kaleidoscope of dissident groups and parties that make up civil society on the […] Continue reading

Deteriorating health of Cuban dissident on hunger strike worries international observers

Deteriorating health of Cuban dissident on hunger strike worries international observers By Elizabeth Llorente Published August 16, 2016Fox News Latino Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas is on the fourth week of a hunger strike, and his health continues to deteriorate, his mother told Fox News Latino in a telephone interview from Cuba. Fariñas started his hunger […] Continue reading

Do Hunger Strikes Work as a Strategy to Pressure the Cuban Government?

Do Hunger Strikes Work as a Strategy to Pressure the Cuban Government? / 14ymedio Guillermo Fariñas, UNPACU Activist: “With this [hunger strike] I am giving the Castro regime leaders to decide if they want to assassinate me publicly.” Eliécer Ávila, President of Somos+ (We Are More): “I don’t see how the death of leaders who […] Continue reading

The Peace the Castros are Looking For

The Peace the Castros are Looking For / Luis Felipe Rojas Luis Felipe Rojas, 13 August 2016 — Now, in the second week of August, dozens of members of the Cuban opposition have been trapped in their houses. The Cuban political police have been instructed to close off the streets and mount patrols to prevent […] Continue reading

Ivan Hernandez And Felix Navarro Prevented From Leaving Cuba “A Second Time”

Ivan Hernandez And Felix Navarro Prevented From Leaving Cuba “A Second Time” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 11 August 2016 – Cuba’s immigration authorities prevented activists Ivan Hernandez and Felix Navarro from traveling outside Cuba this Thursday. The former prisoners of the 2003 Black Spring were invited to participate in the 2nd […] Continue reading

Cuba- 90 years of Fidel Castro

Cuba: 90 years of Fidel Castro NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Fidel Castro turns 90 Saturday among official tributes and rumors of a new economic crisis. Few would have imagined that the former Cuban leader could have survived assassination attempts, a near-fatal surgery a decade ago and even outlived his closest ally, the late Venezuelan President […] Continue reading

Chronology – Ten Years Without Fidel Castro

Chronology: Ten Years Without Fidel Castro / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 31 July 2016 – Since the proclamation in which Fidel Castro temporarily delegated power on 31 July 2006, the former president has met with two popes, has received visits several European, Asian and Latin American leaders and has written hundreds of articles under the title […] Continue reading

Three Months Later, The Residents Of Havana Still Remember Obama

Three Months Later, The Residents Of Havana Still Remember Obama / Iván García Iván García , 22 June 2016 — The park at Galiano and San Rafael is a beehive of activity. At one end, several teenagers play soccer, using a school desk as the goal, while 50 men and women are connecting to the […] Continue reading

Revenue for the regime, a crackdown on society, and the repression of dissidents

Revenue for the regime, a crackdown on society, and the repression of dissidents DDC | La Habana | 21 de Julio de 2016 – 14:10 CEST. Antonio Rodiles, Coordinator of the Forum for Rights and Freedoms (ForoDyL): A year ago relations were restored but, if one counts the 18 months of the confidential political process […] Continue reading

Cuban Poets – Exile, Prison and Oblivion

Cuban Poets: Exile, Prison and Oblivion / Luis Felipe Rojas Luis Felipe Rojas, 9 July 2016 — José Abreu Felippe has become a goldsmith. He’s a guy who’s creating a city that will be lost, and he wants to change it into a jewel that we all will carry with us. Poesía exiliada y pateada […] Continue reading

Cuban human rights leader – Obama policy undermines American values

Cuban human rights leader: Obama policy undermines American values Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet won Presidential Medal of Freedom for his dedication to advancing human rights, democracy in Cuba Biscet spent more than 9 years as a political prisoner for speaking out against the communist government White House argues that after 50 years a new approach […] Continue reading

A Cuban doctor who moves history

A Cuban doctor who moves history Posted: Saturday, July 2, 2016 10:00 am By MICHAEL GERSON WASHINGTON — When awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2007, Dr. Oscar Biscet had a scheduling conflict, being in a Cuban prison. At the White House ceremony, Bush called him a “dangerous man … […] Continue reading

Berta Soler – ‘Let them take the equipment, but broken’

Berta Soler: ‘Let them take the equipment, but broken’ DDC | La Habana | 28 de Junio de 2016 – 15:13 CEST. The leader of the Ladies in White, Berta Soler, and her husband, the former political prisoner from the “Group of 75,” Ángel Moya, were arrested early Monday morning, for the second time in […] Continue reading

Another Sunday Of Repression For The Ladies In White

Another Sunday Of Repression For The Ladies In White / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 12 June 2016 – This Sunday there was, again, a operation around the Ladies in White headquarters in the Lawton area of Havana, organized by the National Revolutionary Police (PNR), State Security agents and civilians called up for Rapid Response Brigades. Lady […] Continue reading

Obama vs. the dissidents

Obama vs. the dissidents By Jackson Diehl Deputy Editorial Page Editor June 12 There are two ways dictatorships can end, says Óscar Elías Biscet. “One is a revolution of the superstructure, where the top changes itself. The other is a change from the bottom up,” like those that introduced democracy to Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe […] Continue reading

Are there political prisoners in Cuba?

Are there political prisoners in Cuba? Alexandre GROSBOIS •June 10, 2016 Havana (AFP) – It was one of the most awkward moments of a press conference that was full of them: when an American journalist asked Cuban President Raul Castro about the fate of political prisoners on the island. Castro, who had only reluctantly agreed […] Continue reading

Backlash in Cuba

Backlash in Cuba Obama’s historic visit was a smash hit in Havana. Fidel Castro wasn’t going to take that lying down. By ANN LOUISE BARDACH June 10, 2016 HAVANA—These days Fidel Castro doesn’t often leave his comfortable home in Siboney, a leafy suburb west of this city. But on April 19, the 89-year-old Cuban leader […] Continue reading

Oscar Biscet Fights For “The Disintegration of the Dictatorship of the Castros”

Oscar Biscet Fights For “The Disintegration of the Dictatorship of the Castros” / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 4 June 2016 — On his first trip to the United States, former political prisoner Oscar Elias Biscet has shown once again that he doesn’t mince words: he has criticized President Barack Obama’s visit to […] Continue reading

Tiananmen Square, Shared Silence

Tiananmen Square, Shared Silence / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 4 June 2016 – Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution shows its loyalty to its friends in many ways. One of them is complicit silence. When the Tlateloico Massacre happened in 1968, Fidel Castro did not condemn it because his ally, the Institutional Revolutionary […] Continue reading

Former Cuban Prisoner Rights Violations Remain

Former Cuban Prisoner: Human-Rights Violations Remain Armando Valladares 9:25 AM ET Armando Valladares is the author of Against All Hope, about the 22 years he spent as a prisoner in Castro’s gulags. Despite renewed ties with the U.S. Many of the Damas de Blanco—Cuba’s infamous wives, mothers and daughters of jailed political dissidents—were recently detained […] Continue reading

A Cuban dissident able to travel for the first time praises new U.S. ties and warns of hazards

A Cuban dissident able to travel for the first time praises new U.S. ties and warns of hazards Tracy Wilkinson Fast-talking and often harassed, Cuban political dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer could hold himself up as Exhibit A in the improving relations between Washington and Havana. Ferrer, 45, has been allowed to travel abroad for the […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident leader takes his message to the United States – ‘We’re not afraid’

Cuban dissident leader takes his message to the United States: ‘We’re not afraid’ By Karen DeYoung May 31 at 6:01 PM For most of his career as a Cuban dissident leader, through his 2003 arrest and seven years as a political prisoner, José Daniel Ferrer was repeatedly pressed by the Cuban government to leave the […] Continue reading

José Daniel Ferrer, the man behind Cuba’s largest opposition group

José Daniel Ferrer, the man behind Cuba’s largest opposition group Former political prisoner heads the Cuban Patriotic Union, an organization in eastern Cuba that has launched a campaign urging the island’s people to let go of their fear. NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Irreverent youth, activist in the Christian Liberation Movement’s early days, political prisoner and […] Continue reading

‘El Sexto’ – “Myths are very dangerous, but an idea can break them.”

‘El Sexto’: “Myths are very dangerous, but an idea can break them.” / 14ymedio, Maria Tejero Martin EFE (via 14ymedio), Maria Tejero Martin, Oslo, 24 May 2016 – Danilo Maldonado is known as El Sexto the name engraved in ink on his skin and that he paints on the walls of Havana to plant an […] Continue reading

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 5 May 2016 — Since early this month, members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) have begun to disseminate the document Minimum Program and Projections, which outlines guidelines for the actions of the opposition organization, forms of struggle, […] Continue reading