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Dissident artist jailed in Cuba beaten and fed sedative-laced food,family says

Dissident artist jailed in Cuba beaten and fed sedative-laced food, family says By Elizabeth Llorente Published December 05, 2016 One of Cuba’s most prominent anti-Castro artists is refusing to eat food served by his jailers, alleging that they have laced it with pills that induce drowsiness, those close to him say. Danilo Maldonado, known as […] Continue reading

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

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

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

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

‘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

Cuban Faces of 2015: Danilo Maldonado, ‘El Sexto’, Graffiti Artist

Cuban Faces of 2015: Danilo Maldonado, ‘El Sexto’, Graffiti Artist / 14ymedio Posted on December 31, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 29 December 2015 — Irreverent and daring, the graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado, known as El Sexto (The Sixth)—in a satirical reference to the ‘Five Heroes’—organized a performance for Christmas 2014 under the title Animal Farm. In […] Continue reading

Cuba One Year After Obama’s Olive Branch

Cuba One Year After Obama’s Olive Branch Thousands of political arrests, migrants flee, and Russia wants in. Sound familiar? By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY Dec. 20, 2015 4:13 p.m. ET This month marks the first anniversary of President Obama’s unilateral rapprochement with Cuba. Upon making the Dec. 17 announcement, the Obama administration immediately moved to ease […] Continue reading

Cuban protest artist El Sexto – ‘You have to keep at it until you change their minds’

Cuban protest artist El Sexto: ‘You have to keep at it until you change their minds’ By Louise Tillotson, Researcher on the Caribbean at Amnesty International, 21 December 2015, 00:01 UTC Danilo Maldonado Machado, known as “El Sexto”, is a Cuban artist and former prisoner of conscience who spent 10 months behind bars for planning […] Continue reading

Cuba One Year After Obama’s Overtures

Cuba One Year After Obama’s Overtures Thousands of political arrests, migrants flee, and Russia wants in. Sound familiar? By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY Dec. 20, 2015 4:13 p.m. ET This month marks the first anniversary of President Obama’s unilateral rapprochement with Cuba. Upon making the Dec. 17 announcement, the Obama administration immediately moved to ease restrictions […] Continue reading

For a true Art Basel VIP, look to Cuba’s El Sexto

Fabiola Santiago: For a true Art Basel VIP, look to Cuba’s El Sexto He spent 10 months in prison without trial for his artwork Visiting Miami to accept human rights prize To leave, escape Cuba, not the solution, he says BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com After spending 10 months in prison without a trial for making […] Continue reading

Cuban Man Says He Relied on God to Survive 22 Years of Torture in Castro’s Gulag

Cuban Man Says He Relied on God to Survive 22 Years of Torture in Castro’s Gulag BY SAMUEL SMITH , CP REPORTER November 21, 2015|11:20 am A former Cuban prisoner of conscience who was imprisoned for opposing the Communist regime of Fidel Castro and used his own blood to write poetry throughout his 22-year detention […] Continue reading

Cuba frees artist ‘El Sexto’

Cuba frees artist ‘El Sexto’ The Cuban artist was freed Tuesday morning Despite having resumed a hunger strike on Saturday, he says he’s in good health He assures he won’t “slack off” in the work he has ahead of him BY NORA GAMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado, better known as “El Sexto” (The […] Continue reading

CUBAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE DANILO MALDONADO MACHADO ( EL SEXTO ) RELEASED

CUBAN PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (‘El Sexto’) was released on 20 October after spending almost 10 months in prison without trial following accusations of “aggravated contempt”. Amnesty International considered him a prisoner of conscience. Around 11am on 20 October, Danilo Maldonado Machado, known by his artistic name ‘El Sexto’, […] Continue reading

PIGS!

PIGS! / Mario Lleonart Posted on October 20, 2015 Mario Lleonart, 18 October 2015 — For the second time they have lied about a release date for prisoner-of-conscience (so designated by Amnesty International) Danilo Maldonado, better known by his artistic name “El Sexto” (The Sixth). First they announced his release for August 24. Then for […] Continue reading

Art A Crime? Cuban Government Fails On Promise To Release Graffiti Artist #ElSexto

Art A Crime? Cuban Government Fails On Promise To Release Graffiti Artist #ElSexto Viva Tony Centeno | October 19, 2015 – 12:09 pm The Cuban Government has failed to live up to their promise to release from prison Danilo Maldonado Machado, a.k.a. “El Sexto.” Family, friends, and supporters of the out-spoken artist are outraged that […] Continue reading

The unlikely chance of a serious human rights debate in Cuba

The unlikely chance of a serious human rights debate in Cuba 19 October 2015, 13:08 UTC Nearly a month since Pope Francis ended his historic visit to Cuba, any hope that authorities would loosen control on free expression in the country is fading as fast as the chants that welcomed him. At the start of […] Continue reading

El Sexto Resumed Hunger Strike Two Days Ago, According To His Mother

El Sexto Resumed Hunger Strike Two Days Ago, According To His Mother / 14ymedio Posted on October 17, 2015 14ymedio, 17 October 2015 — The artist Danilo Maldonado, “El Sexto,” resumed his hunger strike two days ago, his mother, Maria Victoria Machado, said on Saturday. By telephone from Valle Grande prison, the graffiti artist said […] Continue reading

Cuba: Authorities miserably fail on their promise to release graffiti artist unfairly held

Cuba: Authorities miserably fail on their promise to release graffiti artist unfairly held 16 October 2015, 09:33 UTC The Cuban authorities’ failure to keep to their commitment to release a graffiti artist unfairly imprisoned nearly a year ago is a painful illustration of their disregard for freedom of expression, said Amnesty International. “Committing to release […] Continue reading

CUBA – FURTHER INFORMATION: AUTHORITIES FAIL TO RELEASE ARTIST AS PROMISED – DANILO MALDONADO MACHADO

CUBA: FURTHER INFORMATION: AUTHORITIES FAIL TO RELEASE ARTIST AS PROMISED: DANILO MALDONADO MACHADO By Amnesty International, 15 October 2015, Index number: AMR 25/2673/2015 Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado remains in prison after the authorities failed to uphold their promise to release him by 15 October. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be […] Continue reading

What pigs protest says about Cuba

What pigs protest says about Cuba By Will Grant Cuba correspondent, BBC News 13 October 2015 In the days after last December’s historic announcement that the US and Cuba were to re-establish diplomatic relations, a number of dissidents were released from Cuban jails as part of the deal. Among them was Roberto Hernandez. In a […] Continue reading

El Sexto Will Resume His Hunger Strike Next Week If He Is Not Released

El Sexto Will Resume His Hunger Strike Next Week If He Is Not Released / 14ymedio Posted on October 7, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 7 October 2015 – The mother of Danilo Maldonado, El Sexto, has talked by phone with the artist, who reaffirmed his decision to resume his hunger strike if he is not released […] Continue reading

‘The only thing they can´t take from me is my body’

‘The only thing they can´t take from me is my body’ ERNESTO SANTANA | La Habana | 5 Oct 2015 – 12:05 pm. A look of the career and meaning of the artist Danilo Maldonado (‘El Sexto’). Danilo Maldonado, aka “El Sexto” and Tania Bruguera were the protagonists, albeit absent, behind the last Bienal de […] Continue reading

El Sexto – He Who Laughs First, Laughs Twice

El Sexto: He Who Laughs First, Laughs Twice / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on October 3, 2015 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 3 October 2015 — There was no mistaking it. It was the same face that smiles defiantly from some paintings in which it resembles an unrepentant Christ. I had seen the signature of El […] Continue reading

The IAPA Does Not See Progress In Press Freedom In Cuba

The IAPA Does Not See Progress In Press Freedom In Cuba / 14ymedio Posted on October 3, 2015 14ymedio, 2 October 2015 — Within a few hours of the opening of the 71st General Assembly of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), scheduled between 2 and 6 October in Charleston (South Carolina), regional reports from […] Continue reading

‘El Sexto’ Abandons Hunger Strike After 24 Days

‘El Sexto’ Abandons Hunger Strike After 24 Days / 14ymedio Posted on October 2, 2015 Danilo Maldonado (El Sexto) ends 24-day hunger strike with promise from prison authorities that he will be released in 15 days. 14ymedio, Havana, 1 October 2015 — The artist Danilo Maldonado, El Sexto, abandoned the hunger strike he had maintained […] Continue reading

Amnesty International declares Cuba graffiti artist a prisoner of conscience

Amnesty International declares Cuba graffiti artist a prisoner of conscience By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) – Amnesty International on Tuesday declared a Cuban graffiti artist as the country’s only prisoner of conscience, demanding the release of a man held for “disrespect of the leaders of the revolution” over a satire of Fidel and Raul Castro. […] Continue reading

Cuba must release graffiti artist jailed for painting Castros’ names on pigs’ back

Cuba must release graffiti artist jailed for painting Castros’ names on pigs’ back 29 September 2015, 14:50 UTC A Cuban graffiti artist who has been unfairly held in prison for nearly a year after he painted “Raúl” and “Fidel” on the backs of two pigs has been named as a prisoner of conscience, said Amnesty […] Continue reading

Letter from Cuban Pro-Democracy Leaders to the U.S. Congress

Letter from Cuban Pro-Democracy Leaders to the U.S. Congress at 8:58 PM Thursday, September 24, 2015 It is with profound concern that we implore the Congress of the United States of America to read this letter directed against the strong campaign being waged to unconditionally lift the economic sanctions that weigh upon the Cuban dictatorship. […] Continue reading

Open Letter to Pope Francis for the Release of “El Sexto”

Open Letter to Pope Francis for the Release of “El Sexto” Posted on September 14, 2015 Freedom for Danilo Open Letter to the Pope Havana, September 8, 2015 Your Holiness, Pope Francis: In advance of your visit to our island, a group of Cuban citizens wish to call your attention to a case that needs […] Continue reading

Transparency, Honesty and Free Information – Exotic Ideals in Cuba

Transparency, Honesty and Free Information: Exotic Ideals in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 31, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 21 June 2015 — When Berta Soler, leader of one of three splinter groups of the Ladies in White, convened a referendum on her continued command of the organization following a scandal in Fall 2014 regarding […] Continue reading

On Cuban Political Prisoners

On Cuban Political Prisoners / 14ymedio, Martha Beatriz Roque Posted on July 14, 2015 14ymedio, Martha Beatriz Roque, Havana, 11 July 2015 — What classifies as a political prisoner is a cause for disagreement among the Cuban opposition. There are varying opinions about who has been jailed for political reasons or not, despite the criteria […] Continue reading

To Die of Hunger

To Die of Hunger / Rosa Maria Rodriguez Posted on June 13, 2015 This February 23 marks five years since the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo. This humble black native of Santiago de Cuba, dissident mason and plumber, died after carrying out an 86-day hunger strike in the prison where he was being held, as […] Continue reading

Cardinal Ortega – You Are a Prisoner of Conscience

Cardinal Ortega: You Are a Prisoner of Conscience Posted on April 30, 2015 “The Editor”, 4 April 2015 — But you are not one of those worthy men who serve a prison sentence in Cuba for raising his voice against the abuses of the dictator. You are a prisoner of conscience, because your conscience is […] Continue reading

Political dissident must be released – Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez – Amnesty International

Cuba: Political dissident must be released: Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez By Amnesty International, 2 April 2015, Index number: AMR 25/1379/2015 Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez has been detained in Cuba since June 2014. He was sentenced in December 2014 to one year’s imprisonment for “public disorder”. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely […] Continue reading