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Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Declares Hunger Strike After Six Days In Custody

Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Declares Hunger Strike After Six Days In Custody / 14ymedio, Mario Penton & Abel Fernandez 14ymedio, Mario Penton & Abel Fernandez, Miami, 2 December 2016 – The Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (the Sixth), declared a hunger strike this Thursday, according to reports to this newspaper from his […] Continue reading

Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Eats But Rejects Food from Police

Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Eats But Rejects Food from Police / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 2 December 2016 — Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (The Sixth), began to eat the food, his mother, Maria Victoria Machado, told this newspaper. A week after his arrest for painting graffiti on a central Havana street corner and posting […] Continue reading

Assassins, Accomplices, and Victims (II)

Assassins, Accomplices, and Victims (II) / Ángel Santiesteban Ángel Santiesteban, 2 September 2016 — After writing what will now be considered the first part of this post, and publishing it under this same title, I was arrested by State Security; however it was not the writing, and much less the visibility that it would attain […] Continue reading

A judge, then an independent lawyer, and currently in prison, JulioFerrer Tamayo talks about the corruption of the Cuban judicial system

A judge, then an independent lawyer, and currently in prison, Julio Ferrer Tamayo talks about the corruption of the Cuban judicial system WALDO FERNÁNDEZ CUENCA | La Habana | 25 de Octubre de 2016 – 08:00 CEST. Before becoming an independent lawyer, Julio Ferrer Tamayo had a long career as a judge and attorney within […] Continue reading

The Enemies of Modern Democracy

The Enemies of Modern Democracy / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 28 April 2016 — What do the autocratic Castro brothers, the solemn Vatican, Islamic fundamentalists and the madhouse that is North Korea have in common? The answer is simple: devotion to dogma, lack of transparency and unchecked caste-based power. In theory communism should be music […] Continue reading

A Year After Rapprochement, Cubans Still Waiting for Change

A Year After Rapprochement, Cubans Still Waiting for Change Alberto Pimienta Last updated on: December 17, 2015 11:30 AM WASHINGTON— A year ago, after months of secret negotiations, the leaders of Cuba and the U.S. announced in almost simultaneous speeches the two nations were restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years. Around noon on national television, […] Continue reading

Yamilé Garro Alfonso – ‘Being a Lady in White has taught me to appreciate the desire for freedom’,Posted on December 11, 2015

Yamilé Garro Alfonso: ‘Being a Lady in White has taught me to appreciate the desire for freedom’ Posted on December 11, 2015 Diario de Cuba, Havana, 10 December 2015 — Yamilé Garro Alfonso was just a housewife, the mother of a baby and a teenager, when regime forces arrested her sister Sonia and her brother-in-law […] 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

“El Sexto,” on a Hunger Strike and in a Punishment Cell

“El Sexto,” on a Hunger Strike and in a Punishment Cell / Cubanet, Camilo Ernesto Olivera Posted on September 18, 2015 The artist’s mother denounces her son’s treatment Cubanet.org, Camilo Ernesto Olivera Peidro, Havana, 17 September 2015 – Danilo Maldonado, “El Sexto,” is being held in a punishment cell, and his hunger strike continues. His […] 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

Two Accursed Words

Two Accursed Words / Fernando Damaso Posted on August 3, 2015 Fernando Damaso, 30 July 2015 — Prohibition and prosecution are two words widely used by Cuban authorities since their accession to power an amazing fifty-six years ago. From the first months they prohibited political parties and organizations, free speech and the free press, the […] Continue reading

The Lives Of Opposition Leaders Have Their Names On The Government’s Blacklist

The Lives Of Opposition Leaders Have Their Names On The Government’s Blacklist / Angel Santiesteban Posted on July 1, 2015 Ángel Santiesteban-Prats, 3 June 2015If the Cuban dictatorship has an enemy, it is themselves, as an institution of evil. After committing their outrages, the injustices and atrocities carried out by their henchmen who commit the […] Continue reading

From Villa Marista They Threaten to Delay Angel Santiesteban’s Release

From Villa Marista They Threaten to Delay Angel Santiesteban’s Release / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on June 13, 2015 Lilianne Ruiz, 12 June 2015 –Last Saturday, officials of Section 21 of the Ministry of the Interior returned to take Santiesteban from the prison where he is held in Jaimanita to Villa Marista. There he spent twelve […] Continue reading

Cuba – Capitalism has Won the War

Cuba: Capitalism has Won the War / Miriam Celaya Posted on June 11, 2015 Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 8 June 2015 — In the beginning, there were the cassettes, first the ones we viewed on ancient Betamax equipment, and a bit later on VHS. In those dark years in the 90’s, the illegal dealers, better […] Continue reading

More than 70 Ladies in White and Activists Arrested

More than 70 Ladies in White and Activists Arrested / Diario de Cuba Posted on June 9, 2015 Diario de Cuba, Havana, 7 June 2015 – Over 40 Ladies in White and some 27 activists were arrested this Sunday, the ninth of repressive operations in Havana, according to dissidents. Among those arrested were the musician […] Continue reading

Pelosi, Dems silent on latest political arrests during Cuba visit

Pelosi, Dems silent on latest political arrests during Cuba visit Feb. 18, 2015 11:32am Pete Kasperowicz A delegation of House Democrats visiting Cuba this week had nothing to say about a new wave of political arrests on the island, which prompted more criticism that the Obama administration has jettisoned human and political rights issues in […] Continue reading

The spy who never wanted to be one

The spy who never wanted to be one / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on January 28, 2015 The unusual story of ‘Granma’ journalist sentenced to 14 years in prison 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Santiago de Cuba, 27 January 2015 — Just outside the building, a ditch carries sewage down the street. Several children jump from side […] Continue reading

If it were up to them, they’d shoot me

If it were up to them, they’d shoot me / Angel Santiesteban Posted on January 20, 2015 Warning: The regime in Havana has prepared a new legal trap for Ángel. As is already public knowledge, Ángel Santiesteban has been held in a military border patrol base in Jaimanitas since August 13. He was placed there […] Continue reading

Tania Bruguera on her art, her detentions and what happens next

Tania Bruguera on her art, her detentions and what happens next Cuba Caribbean Art Crime Homes History U.S. Department of State Carolina A. Miranda LOS ANGELES TIMES carolina.miranda​@latimes.com Exclusive Q&A: Artist Tania Bruguera discusses her arrests, the medal she returned, next steps for her case Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera has never been one to […] Continue reading

“You Are A Confrontational Media Outlet,” Security Official Tells ‘14ymedio’ Correspondent

“You Are A Confrontational Media Outlet,” Security Official Tells ‘14ymedio’ Correspondent / 14ymedio Posted on November 30, 2014 Juan Carlos Fernández Hernández 14YMEDIO, Havana, 28 November 28 — At nine in the morning Friday, 14ymedio correspondent Juan Carlos Fernandez attended his summons at the Piñar del Rio police station. It was the third interrogation to […] Continue reading

Artist El Sexto Will Face Trial in a Few Hours

Artist El Sexto Will Face Trial in a Few Hours / 14ymedio Posted on October 22, 2014 The trail of the independent artist Danilo Maldonado, known as El Sexto – “The Sixth” – has been set for tomorrow at 8:30 AM in the Plaza of the Revolution municipal court. The cartoonist and creator of numerous […] Continue reading

The Baptist pastor Mario Felix Lleonart appears before the police

The Baptist pastor Mario Felix Lleonart appears before the police / 14ymedio Posted on October 10, 2014 14YMEDIO, Havana, October 9, 2014 – The Baptist pastor Mario Felix Lleonart refused to sign the official warning he received yesterday morning as part of a police citation. Although the document does not explicitly mention his recent journey […] 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

Amidst Rumors and Disinformation, Angel Santiesteban Continues Missing

Amidst Rumors and Disinformation, Angel Santiesteban Continues Missing Posted on August 18, 2014 {*Translator’s Note: Angel disappeared from prison on July 21, 2014. As of today he has not been heard from for 29 days.} Five days* have passed now since the disappearance of the writer Angel Santiesteban in Havana, barely hours after he wrote […] Continue reading

CUBAN AUTHORITIES URGED TO EXPLAIN DETAINED BLOGGER’S DISAPPEARANCE

CUBAN AUTHORITIES URGED TO EXPLAIN DETAINED BLOGGER’S DISAPPEARANCE PUBLISHED ON WEDNESDAY 6 AUGUST 2014. When detained Cuban writer and blogger Angel Santiesteban-Prats disappeared from San Miguel del Padrón prison on 21 July, the authorities said he had escaped but his daughter managed to talk briefly with him in a police station ten days later. His […] Continue reading

What This Media Outlet Got Wrong About Efforts to Promote Freedom in Cuba

What This Media Outlet Got Wrong About Efforts to Promote Freedom in Cuba Ana Quintana / @Ana_R_Quintana / August 06, 2014 Ana Quintana is a research associate in The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies. She specializes in U.S. policy toward Latin America. Earlier this week, the Associated Press ran an investigative piece […] Continue reading

Sonia Garro’s trial postponed once more

Sonia Garro’s trial postponed once more As Sonia Garro’s trial has been again postponed, after initially being announced for June 30th, the Czech NGO People in Need would like to express its concerns about the potential outcome of her case. She has been accused of aggression, public disorder and attempted murder against a policeman who […] Continue reading

Groups call for arrests in alleged Cuba plot

Posted on Thursday, 05.29.14 Groups call for arrests in alleged Cuba plot BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Two pro-Havana groups have called for the prosecution of Miami exiles who the Cuban government has alleged were behind a plot by four other men, arrested in Cuba last month, to attack military installations on the island. The […] Continue reading

Easter No. 3 for a Prisoner of Castro

Easter No. 3 for a Prisoner of Castro Bearing witness to Cuba’s political persecution costs Sonia Garro her freedom. By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY April 20, 2014 5:34 p.m. ET Christians the world over celebrated the resurrection of their savior on Sunday with worship services and family gatherings. Thirty-eight-year-old Sonia Garro shares the faith too, but […] Continue reading

UNEAC Complicit In Its Silence

UNEAC Complicit In Its Silence / Angel Santiesteban Posted on April 18, 2014 Previously I have said that in the circus exercise called court, which I attended with the sentence already dictated by State Security, as I was made to know long before by one of their henchmen, a fact that I made known publicly […] Continue reading

Eleven Years Since the Baragua

Eleven Years Since the Baragua / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on April 15, 2014 HAVANA, Cuba – On April 12, 2003, media throughout the world carried the news of the execution of three young Cubans for their involvement in the hijacking of the Regla-based boat “Baraguá.” They were trying to flee the country and get 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

Answering the Requests of Those Who Are Looking for Holes

Answering the Requests of Those Who Are Looking for Holes / Angel Santiesteban Posted on March 22, 2014 Many people ask me to clarify some points that tarnish the credibility of my case and situation. As Internet is the playground of all, we can utter truths, but also otherwise. And every time, after every event, […] Continue reading

The Dictatorship’s Gift

The Dictatorship’s Gift / Angel Santiesteban Posted on March 18, 2014 February 28, 2013, the day that the Castro brothers’ totalitarian regime jailed me, was not a day chosen randomly by the political police. That day, several events happened simultaneously, and it was significant for many reasons in my case. Firstly, that day was the […] Continue reading

The Dictatorship’s Annoying Writer

The Dictatorship’s Annoying Writer / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on March 8, 2014 HAVANA, Cuba. This past February 28, Reporters without Borders issued a statement attaching the second Open Letter from Angel Santiesteban to General-President of Cuba, Raul Castro, on exactly the day that the writer finished a year in jail. Santiesteban published the first letter, […] Continue reading

File 444 – New Proof of My Innocence

File 444: New Proof of My Innocence / Angel Santiesteban Posted on February 24, 2014 The accusations against me began a few months after I opened my blog, The Children Nobody Wanted. And when the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) informed State Security that they were handling an invitation for me […] Continue reading

Keep the human rights abusers off U.N. council

Keep the human rights abusers off U.N. council By Editorial Board, Published: November 10 IN RECENT WEEKS, an imprisoned Cuban human rights activist and rapper, Angel Yunier Remón, known as “El Critico,” has been on a hunger strike against his incarceration, and is reported to be near death. An innovative artist with an underground following […] Continue reading

Justice and Prayers for Angel Yunier Remon Arzuga

Justice and Prayers for Angel Yunier Remon Arzuga #FreeElCritico / Angel Santiesteban Posted on November 6, 2013 Ángel Yunier Remon Arzuaga ’El Critico.’ Jailed since March 2013 for being a non-conformist rapper and an opponent of the Cuban dictatorship. In July he contracted cholera in prison. Jailed since March 2013 for being a non-conformist rapper […] Continue reading

Sonia Garro, Optimistic in Prison Remains a Lady in White

Sonia Garro, Optimistic in Prison Remains a Lady in White / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on November 2, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, November 1, 2013, www.cubanet.org.- The trial of the White Lady Sonia Garro, which had been scheduled for today, was suspended yesterday without explanation by the authorities. Her lawyer, Amelia Rodriguez Cala, appeared before the People’s […] Continue reading