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The New Robin Hoods (II)

The New Robin Hoods (II) / Angel Santiesteban Posted on October 5, 2014 Granting the wish of Ángel Santiesteban-Prats, who remains unjustly imprisoned, that his voice is not silenced, and while I await for him to find a way to send me his posts, I will be publishing, starting today, the ones he sent me […] Continue reading

Angel Santiesteban’s New Dossier

Angel Santiesteban’s New Dossier Posted on September 26, 2014 The mechanism of annulment is cleanly bureaucratic: You can’t hire an attorney without having completed the dossier. The prosecution prepares its case in the dungeons. Lilianne Ruiz Havana, Cuba. In the doorways of Avenue Acosta, in the neighborhood of La Vibora, some faded beings sell aluminum […] Continue reading

The “Hero” Who Couldn’t Find the Entrance

The “Hero” Who Couldn’t Find the Entrance / Angel Santiesteban Posted on September 26, 2014 A great truth was revealed at the VIII Conference of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC, by its Spanish initials). We have to admit when our detractors speak the truth. There’s no other option than –for […] Continue reading

Liberty Costs Dearly, and Angel Santiesteban Decided to Buy It for Its Price

Liberty Costs Dearly, and Angel Santiesteban Decided to Buy It for Its Price Posted on September 3, 2014 “In the world there has to be a certain quantity of decency, just as there has to be a certainly quantity of light. Where there are many men without decency, there are always others who have in […] Continue reading

RWB Exhorts Cuban Authorities to Clarify Angel Santiesteban-Prats’ Situation

RWB Exhorts Cuban Authorities to Clarify Angel Santiesteban-Prats’ Situation Posted on August 12, 2014 Published Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Cuban writer and blogger Angel Santiesteban-Prats disappeared from the jail at San Miguel del Padron on July 21, 2014. Authorities at first said that he had escaped; nevertheless, ten days later his daughter managed to speak […] Continue reading

On Cuba, Hillary Clinton’s not as smart as she seems

Posted on Sunday, 06.22.14 On Cuba, Hillary Clinton’s not as smart as she seems BY HUMBERTO FONTOVA HFONTOVA@EARTHLINK.NET “The Smartest Woman in the World” flunked her foreign-policy exam. Worse still, she was U.S. secretary of state. Back in the ’90s, when first lady, Hillary Clinton was widely known as “The Smartest Woman in the World.” […] Continue reading

Answer To Those Who Don’t Accept the Embargo

Answer To Those Who Don’t Accept the Embargo / Angel Santiesteban Posted on May 31, 2014 A public letter addressed to President Obama with the intention of lifting the embargo or, at least, lessening it, has been signed by figures who demonstrate that Human Rights on the Island do not matter to them at all. […] Continue reading

New book sparks renewed discussion of jailed Cuban novelist

Posted on Thursday, 05.29.14 New book sparks renewed discussion of jailed Cuban novelist BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM The publication in Miami of the novel El verano en que Dios dormía (The Summer When God Was Sleeping) has revived the controversy surrounding Cuban dissident writer Angel Santiesteban, who is serving a five-year sentence on the […] Continue reading

New Prize for Angel Santiesteban

New Prize for Angel Santiesteban Posted on May 28, 2014 Miami: Presentation of Ángel Santiesteban’s novel also includes a tribute to him Bacardi House, Rosa Blanca Institute, Chef Paella, Connect Cuba, Neo Club Editiones, Green Designs and Alexandria Library welcome to the presentation held on Tuesday, 3 June at 6 pm, of the book by […] Continue reading

A Light on My Path

A Light on My Path / Angel Santiesteban Posted on May 25, 2014 I Raise My Glass to Freedom Day I must confess that when they seized Raul Rivero in the Black Spring, and he was part of “The Group of 75″ that was seeking political change in Cuba, at that time I had no […] 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

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

Angel Santiesteban’s Work Again Recognized in France

Angel Santiesteban’s Work Again Recognized in France Posted on April 18, 2014 The dictator Raul Castro continues stubbornly to make the world believe that he’s bringing to Cuba an opening that in reality doesn’t exist. He continues being the same dictator as always, violating the rights of all Cubans, submitting them to misery, censoring the […] Continue reading

UNEAC – A VIII Congress Like the Previous

UNEAC: A VIII Congress Like the Previous / Angel Santiesteban Posted on March 30, 2014 If Fidel and Raul Castro should be delegates to the UNEAC Congress again, we can predict right now that it will be a copy of the previous, which, viewed from a distance, did not achieve any social scope, saving to […] Continue reading

S.O.S. The Soldiers Are Suffocating Us

S.O.S. The Soldiers Are Suffocating Us / Angel Santiesteban Posted on March 29, 2014 A daring prisoner has revealed to me the intention of high-ranking soldiers to become my enemies. To accomplish this they took away a pass, the most sacred thing for them; then they reduced even more the precarious nutrition. The ration of […] Continue reading

S.O.S.: They Continue Harassing Angel Santiesteban in Prison

S.O.S.: They Continue Harassing Angel Santiesteban in Prison / Angel Santiesteban Posted on March 24, 2014 My incarceration is not enough for the dictatorship At dawn on last March 22, we prisoners, once again, were awakened by henchmen’s boots for another search procedure. Several officers, directed again by Major Cobas, ousted us from the barracks […] 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

When Freedom Becomes Agony

When Freedom Becomes Agony / Angel Santiesteban Posted on March 15, 2014 “Thank you Fidel, for all you give us…” Prisoners curse their freedom Convicts say that when they get a pass for almost 72 hours every 10 days, their worries increase. They experience a major agony in the sense of feeling useless before the […] Continue reading

The Last in History’s Line

The Last in History’s Line / Angel Santiesteban Posted on March 14, 2014 Cuba has always been the last in line in terms of positive results compared to the rest of Latin America. By a wide margin we were the last ones to abolish slavery, and also the last to achieve decolonization from Spain. After […] Continue reading

Open Letter to the European Community

Open Letter to the European Community / Angel Santiesteban Posted on March 5, 2014 I am addressing each one of the twenty-eight nations which make up the European Community, to demand more depth, through an exhaustive investigation with free people, unencumbered and unafraid, to find a just consensus to the national issues of the Island, […] Continue reading

Cuba and the European Union – Oil and Water

Cuba and the European Union: Oil and Water / Angel Santiesteban Posted on February 27, 2014 If the European Union only recommends that its chief of diplomacy, Catherine Ashton, “talk” with Havana’s dictatorship, it won’t serve any purpose other than to understand one more time that totalitarian governments cannot transform themselves nor do they want […] Continue reading

Castro Logic? Covering up an Injustice by Making it Worse

Castro Logic? Covering up an Injustice by Making it Worse / Angel Santiesteban Posted on February 24, 2014 Neither the righteous nor the sinners The settlement where I find myself detained is a fine example of the slave labor that exists in the Castro brothers’ dictatorship. The prisoners are up at five in the morning, […] Continue reading

Cuba and Its Parts in Conflict

Cuba and Its Parts in Conflict / Angel Santiesteban Posted on February 21, 2014 We know that in more than a half century of command, the only thing that has interested the Castro brothers is to keep their damn power. For that they have submerged the nation in profound poverty. In order to maintain their […] Continue reading

Details of Insularity

Details of Insularity / Angel Santiesteban Posted on February 20, 2014 Historically, we Cubans have been separated politically, and although diversity is healthy for free thought and democracy, we have been marked by the extreme of what we wish to attain and defended it at all costs. José Martí never was understood by those upper […] Continue reading

Gorki Aguila in the Dock of the Accused

Gorki Aguila in the Dock of the Accused / Angel Santiesteban Posted on February 14, 2014 A drop of rain won’t make the swimming pool overflow; nor will a difference be apparent to those who see the little circles that widen when it falls, but this drop, although it appears to disappear, to dissolve among […] Continue reading

The Common Position and Selective Blindness

The Common Position and Selective Blindness / Angel Santiesteaban Posted on February 11, 2014 The worst blind spot is the one you don’t want to see. While the European Union was planning to change its Common Position, the totalitarian Cuban regime was imprisoning the opposition on the eve of receiving the presidents for the CELAC […] Continue reading

For Cubans, freedom remains elusive

For Cubans, freedom remains elusive By Elsa Morejon, Published: November 30 Elsa Morejon is a human rights activist and registered nurse who resides in Cuba. She has been forbidden from medical work since 1998. A few weeks ago, President Obama invited my husband, Oscar Elías Biscet, and me to a dinner to celebrate the 50th […] Continue reading

DESPITE REFORM TO MIGRATION LAW, CUBA CONTINUES TO RESTRICT FREEDOMS OF EXPRESSION, ASSOCIATION AND ASSEMBLY AND TO HOLD PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE

DOCUMENT – CUBA: DESPITE REFORM TO MIGRATION LAW, CUBA CONTINUES TO RESTRICT FREEDOMS OF EXPRESSION, ASSOCIATION AND ASSEMBLY AND TO HOLD PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT AI Index: AMR 25/007/2013 20 September 2013 Despite reform to migration law, Cuba continues to restrict freedoms of expression, association and assembly and to hold prisoners of […] Continue reading

Amnesty names Cuban dissident a ‘prisoner of conscience,’ a month after recognizing 5 others

Amnesty names Cuban dissident a ‘prisoner of conscience,’ a month after recognizing 5 others BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 HAVANA – Amnesty International designated a sixth Cuban dissident jailed in the island nation as a “prisoner of conscience” Wednesday and called for his immediate and unconditional release. Ivan Fernandez Depestre, 40, […] Continue reading

Amnesty recognizes Cuban ‘prisoner of conscience’

Posted on Wednesday, 09.11.13 Amnesty recognizes Cuban ‘prisoner of conscience’ BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — Amnesty International designated a sixth Cuban dissident jailed in the island nation as a “prisoner of conscience” Wednesday and called for his immediate and unconditional release. Ivan Fernandez Depestre, 40, was arrested July 30 in the central province […] Continue reading

NEW PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE – IVÁN FERNÁNDEZ DEPESTRE

CUBA: NEW PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE: IVÁN FERNÁNDEZ DEPESTRE UA: 240/13 Index: AMR 25/008/2013 Cuba Date: 11 September 2013 URGENT ACTION NEW prisoner of conscience on hunger strike Cuban activist Iván Fernández Depestre was arrested on 30 July during a peaceful march, and has been on hunger strike since. He was sentenced on […] Continue reading

Cuba must immediately release prisoner of conscience

Cuba must immediately release prisoner of conscience 11 September 2013 “It is a sad reflection of the state of the rule of law in Cuba, when people are convicted to prison terms not for what they have done but for what they might do.” Javier Zúñiga, Special Advisor for Amnesty International. Authorities in Cuba must […] Continue reading

Sonia Garro’s Husband to Restart Hunger Strike

Sonia Garro’s Husband to Restart Hunger Strike / Augusto Cesar San Martin Posted on August 21, 2013 Havana, Cuba, 19 August 2013, Augusto César San Martín Albistur/ www.cubanet.org.- On a phone call this morning, from the Combinado del Este prison, political prisoner Ramón Alejandro Muñoz González declared that as of August 26 he would restart […] Continue reading

Cuba – Release five prisoners of conscience immediately

Cuba: Release five prisoners of conscience immediately The Cuban authorities must immediately and unconditionally release five men who have been named prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International. The cases of the five men – Rafael Matos Montes de Oca, Emilio Planas Robert and the brothers Alexeis, Diango, and Vianco Vargas Martín – are indicative of […] Continue reading

Amnesty names 5 Cubans ‘prisoners of conscience’

Posted on Sunday, 08.04.13 Amnesty names 5 Cubans ‘prisoners of conscience’ BY PETER ORSI ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — Amnesty International designated five Cubans detained on the island as “prisoners of conscience” on Sunday and called for their immediate release. The New York-based human rights watchdog highlighted the cases of Rafael Matos Montes de Oca, Emilio […] Continue reading

More Jail Time for Shouting and Handing out Leaflets than Castro got for Assaulting an Army Barracks

More Jail Time for Shouting and Handing out Leaflets than Castro got for Assaulting an Army Barracks / Angel Santiesteban Posted on July 17, 2013 Prisoner of conscience in punishment cell Piloto Barceló is in the punishment cell for demanding his rights. He has served more than half of his sentence, so he should be [...] Continue reading

A week after his promised release, Cuban political prisoner Calixto Martinez still in jail

April 05, 2013 A week after his promised release, Cuban political prisoner Calixto Martinez still in jail A week after Cuban prisoner of conscience Calixto Ramon Martinez ended his hunger strike when his jailers promised his release was imminent, he remains in jail. Not a surprise in the least — a promise from the Castro [...] Continue reading

Cuban editor starts hunger strike to demand release of his reporter from Castro gulag

Cuban editor starts hunger strike to demand release of his reporter from Castro gulag (UPDATED) UPDATED, 8 p.m. EDT — Via Twitter, Roberto Guerra reports that Calixto Martinez has resumed his hunger strike. Cuban independent journalist Roberto de Jesus Guerra on Monday started a hunger strike to force the release of his imprisoned colleague, Calixto [...] Continue reading

Haunted by cancer after Cuba’s Black Spring

Haunted by cancer after Cuba's Black Spring By Alfredo Felipe Fuentes/ CPJ Guest Blogger As the world welcomes celebrated Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez on her first international tour in a decade, we must also remember journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, who continues to be confined not only to the island nation, but to a prison [...] Continue reading

Prisoner of conscience on hunger strike: Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias

Document – Cuba: Further information: Prisoner of conscience on hunger strike: Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias Further information on UA: 25/13 Index: AMR 25/002/2013 Cuba Date: 14 March 2013 URGENT ACTION PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE image1.png Independent journalist and prisoner of conscience Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias is on hunger strike to protest against his [...] Continue reading