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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

Activist In Exile – It Is Sad That a “Tyrant” Dies and Freedom Doesn’t Come

Activist In Exile: It Is Sad That a “Tyrant” Dies and Freedom Doesn’t Come EFE/via 14ymedio, 26 November 2016 — Ramon Saul Sanchez, leader of the Cuban exile organization Democracy Movement, lamented today that the death of a “tyrant,” as he defines Fidel Castro, will not mean “freedom for the people of Cuba”. “It is […] 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

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

The Cuban Nation Is Wounded, But It Will Laugh Again

“The Cuban Nation Is Wounded, But It Will Laugh Again” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 8 August 2016 – Everyone in the Versalles neighborhood in the city of Camagüey knows Bernardo de Quesada Salomon. Loquacious, restless and the founder of the Apostolic Movement, he has experienced intense months this year, especially January […] Continue reading

Rafter who climbed lighthouse left Guantánamo Navy base, returned to Cuba

Rafter who climbed lighthouse left Guantánamo Navy base, returned to Cuba Alexei Leyva Céspedes, one of the 24 Cuban rafters who sought refuge on the American Shoal lighthouse on May 20 and were taken to the U.S. Navy base in Guantánamo Bay while their cases were reviewed, has returned to his hometown of Puerto Padre. […] Continue reading

Guilty!

Guilty! / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 20 July 2106 – At the beginning of the year evil was incarnated in the intermediaries, who were blamed for the high food prices in the produce markets. At the end of 2013, the boogeymen were those who worked for themselves selling imported clothes and other […] Continue reading

Former Political Prisoners Say US Failed on Promise To Bring Their Families From Cuba

Former Political Prisoners Say US Failed on Promise To Bring Their Families From Cuba / 14ymedio, Abel Fernandez, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Abel Fernandez and Mario Penton, Miami, 28 April 2016 – Former Cuban political prisoners Niorvis Rivera, Aracelio Riviaux and Jorge Ramirezmet Thursday in Miami with staff for Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for help in bringing […] Continue reading

Facts Prove Obama’s Cuba Policy Counter-Productive

Facts Prove Obama’s Cuba Policy Counter-Productive 02/05/2016 04:33 pm ET | Updated 18 hours ago Mauricio Claver-Carone Director, Cuba Democracy Advocates in Washington, D.C. President Obama announced a new Cuba policy on Dec. 17, 2014. It gave diplomatic recognition to the sole remaining dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere, unilaterally eased U.S. trade and travel restrictions, […] Continue reading

A Glance at Cuba in 2015

A Glance at Cuba in 2015 / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 6, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2016 — Joel Castillo, 19, passed from expectation to frustration in 12 months. After graduating in 2014 in electronics from a technology school south of Havana, he still hasn’t been able to work in his specialty. “With […] Continue reading

Proposal with Regards to the Retirement of a Tyrant

Proposal with Regards to the Retirement of a Tyrant / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on November 16, 2015 Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 12 November 2015 — Recently the octogenarian Raul Castro again spoke about his upcoming retirement in February of 2018. For someone who has never not heard the same last name leading the country during […] Continue reading

An upsurge in misery in Cuba

An upsurge in misery in Cuba The Castro brothers crack down in the wake of the Obama wooing By THE WASHINGTON TIMES – – Monday, November 9, 2015 Barack Obama’s attempt to woo Fidel and Raul Castro away from their regime’s totalitarian roots has turned from disaster to catastrophe, giving a new and ugly meaning […] Continue reading

Cuba-USA Embassies and Average Cubans

Cuba-USA: Embassies and Average Cubans / Ivan Garcia Posted on July 28, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 19 July 2015 — Norge imagines himself sipping Cuban coffee at the Versailles restaurant in Miami on July 20 as officials of the Castro regime in white guayaberas and Americans in jackets and ties listen to their national anthems being […] Continue reading

Top American diplomat in Cuba in line to head new embassy

Top American diplomat in Cuba in line to head new embassy BY ANITA SNOW Associated Press HAVANA From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba’s defiance of the United States. “Homeland or Death!” reads the sign erected in front of […] Continue reading

CARDINAL SINS

CARDINAL SINS A Castro cleric brings disgrace. By Jay D. Homnick – 6.26.15 Have you heard about the awful Cardinal hack scandal? It brings shame and obloquy upon a respected organization which has spent many years building up its good name. How could moral myopia prevail at such a critical time? What manner of insensitivity […] Continue reading

For Sucelys, to Be Reborn Tomorrow

For Sucelys*, to Be Reborn Tomorrow / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on June 4, 2015 And Jesus said: Father, forgive them, because they know not what they do. Luke 23:34 I write without knowing if she will get to read these words, or if she would understand them, because there are matters in life that […] Continue reading

Obama Vows to Defend Human Rights in Talks With Cuba’s Raul Castro as He Prays at National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in Miami

Obama Vows to Defend Human Rights in Talks With Cuba’s Raul Castro as He Prays at National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in Miami BY STOYAN ZAIMOV , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER June 1, 2015|8:15 am President Barack Obama has promised a Cuban priest that he will defend human rights despite restoring diplomatic relation with […] Continue reading

NO EMBARGO, NO CRY

NO EMBARGO, NO CRY ORLANDO LUIS PARDO LAZO MARCH 18, 2015 This article is part of The Mantle’s series Against Censorship. The U.S. embargo against the Cuban government is like those recurrent childhood nightmares, for both Cubans living on the Island and abroad. Oh, the Embargo Embargo: limit of our life, fire of our leaders… […] Continue reading

Ángel Santiesteban “I am a social reflection of my times”

Ángel Santiesteban: “I am a social reflection of my times” / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on February 16, 2015 Luis Felipe Rojas, 12 February 2015 — Just days after Ángel Santiesteban Prats sent this interview to Martí Noticias, he was transferred in an untimely manner to Villa Marista, the general barracks of Cuban State Security. […] Continue reading

US-Cuba talks – deportation, diplomats and decades-old dogma dominate

US-Cuba talks: deportation, diplomats and decades-old dogma dominate US wants Cubans to have unfettered access to future embassy in Havana while Cuba seeks removal from state terrorism list in second day of talks theguardian.com, Thursday 22 January 2015 21.58 GMT Thw US and Cuba clashed over immigration at start of historic talks. The US and […] Continue reading

US, Cuba address obstacles to resuming diplomatic ties

US, Cuba address obstacles to resuming diplomatic ties BY BRADLEY KLAPPER AND MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN ASSOCIATED PRESS 01/22/2015 3:57 AM 01/22/2015 3:57 AM HAVANA The United States and Cuba are trying to eliminate obstacles to normalized ties as the highest-level U.S. delegation to the communist island in more than three decades holds a second day of […] Continue reading

US, Cuba spar over migration policy at historic Havana talks

US, Cuba spar over migration policy at historic Havana talks BY BRADLEY KLAPPER AND MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN ASSOCIATED PRESS 01/22/2015 2:12 AM 01/22/2015 2:12 AM HAVANA The United States said Wednesday it dispatched additional ships to the Florida Straits to halt Cuban rafters but rebuffed demands for broader changes to U.S. migration rules that dominated the […] Continue reading

F.A.C.E. Obama’s Cuba move is misguided

F.A.C.E.: Obama’s Cuba move is misguided 12/21/2014 2:00 PM 12/22/2014 7:15 PM What’s next for the Cuban people? F.A.C.E., Facts About Cuban Exiles, usually does not enter the strictly political arena, but as its name implies, it is an organization that aims to tell the truth. President Obama, in his broadcast to the nation, dedicated […] Continue reading

Alan Gross losing hope after 5 years in Cuban prison

Alan Gross losing hope after 5 years in Cuban prison BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 11/30/2014 7:01 PM 12/01/2014 12:01 AM In this Dec. 3, 2013 file photo, supporters of Alan Gross, on poster at left, mark his fourth year in a Cuban prison with a protest in Lafayette Park, across from the White House in […] Continue reading

Why communism collapsed 25 years ago

Why communism collapsed 25 years ago BY CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER ELBLOGDEMONTANER.COM 11/10/2014 6:01 PM 11/10/2014 6:01 PM Twenty-five years ago, communism was symbolically buried. A crowd of Germans filled with hope ran to the Berlin Wall and demolished it with hammer blows. It was as if they were pounding on the heads of Marx, Lenin, […] Continue reading

How Business Can Change Cuba

How Business Can Change Cuba By Tim Padgett October 16, 2014 Yamina Vicente has lived in communist Cuba her whole life. But it didn’t take her long to learn one of capitalism’s handier skills: creating market demand. Baby showers were practically unheard of in Cuba until last year, when Vicente started an event planning company […] Continue reading

The Real Reason It’s Nearly Impossible to End the Cuba Embargo

The Real Reason It’s Nearly Impossible to End the Cuba Embargo Bill Clinton tried engaging Castro. After Havana shot down two U.S. planes, it all fell apart. PETER KORNBLUH AND WILLIAM M. LEOGRANDEOCT 5 2014, 11:09 AM ET “I think we should—we should advocate for the end of the embargo” on Cuba, Hillary Clinton said […] Continue reading

The Ochoa Case – A Point of Inflection

The Ochoa Case: A Point of Inflection / 14ymedio Posted on July 17, 2014 IGNACIO VARONA, 14ymedio, Havana, Cuba | 13 July 2014 – The Cuban government’s support for the Soviet tank invasion of Czechoslovakia, the failure of the 10 Million Ton Sugar Harvest, the case of Heberto Padilla, the repudiation rallies of 1980, and […] Continue reading

Carlos Alberto Montaner – Someday God Will Awaken

Carlos Alberto Montaner: Someday God Will Awaken / Angle Santiesteban Posted on June 9, 2014 I thank Neo Club Editions, Armando Anel and Idabell, his wife; Barcardi House of the University of Miami and the Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, and the Alexandria Library for the opportunity to present this excellent novel by Angel […] 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

Exiles captured in Cuba during armed infiltrations cannot return to the U.S.

Posted on Sunday, 05.11.14 Exiles captured in Cuba during armed infiltrations cannot return to the U.S. South Florida exiles captured in Cuba during armed infiltrations served long prison terms and now cannot return to the United States. BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Branded as a terrorist by both the Cuban and U.S. governments, Tomas Ramos […] Continue reading

The Body of an Island, the Soul of a Continent

The Body of an Island, the Soul of a Continent / Yoani Sanchez Posted on November 17, 2013 A walk in Cuba, where the future left one day for the north, and never returned. The most famous Cuban not named Castro, Yoani Sánchez, offers her vision of its unique streets. El Pais, 14 November 2013 […] Continue reading

Key West should not fete Castro regime

Posted on Saturday, 10.19.13 Key West should not fete Castro regime BY RAFAEL PEÑALVER AND SAN CARLOS INSTITUTE BOARD MEMBERS Key West officials dropped plans last week to invite Cuban officials to the Conch Republic and hold events at the historic San Carlos Institute after a controversy erupted about the political implications of such an […] Continue reading

Rep. Joe Garcia, district are at center of Cuba clashes, policy changes

Posted on Sunday, 10.13.13 Rep. Joe Garcia, district are at center of Cuba clashes, policy changes BY MARC CAPUTO MCAPUTO@MIAMIHERALD.COM Congressman Joe Garcia had to choose between two worlds. At one end of Garcia’s district, an ally persuaded fellow Key West city commissioners to unanimously pass a resolution inviting Cuban diplomats to the San Carlos […] Continue reading

Novel by Imprisoned Cuban Writer Wins Prize

Novel by Imprisoned Cuban Writer Wins Prize / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on September 18, 2013 “He deserves it twice over, for suffering an unjust imprisonment for his gifts, as status as a narrator,” said the writer Jorge Olivera Castillo in celebration of the news that his colleague Angel Santiesteban-Prats received the Franz Kafka Novels […] Continue reading

Not Surprised by Cuba’s Weapons Smuggling to North Korea

Mauricio Claver-Carone Director, Cuba Democracy Advocates in Washington, D.C. Not Surprised by Cuba’s Weapons Smuggling to North Korea Posted: 08/09/2013 11:14 am A lot of people were baffled — although it’s not clear why the befuddlement — that Cuba’s Castro brothers were caught red-handed smuggling fighter jets, radar and missile components, and other weaponry to […] Continue reading

U.S., Cuba resuming migration talks

By PORTIA SIEGELBAUM / CBS NEWS/ July 17, 2013, 2:32 AM U.S., Cuba resuming migration talks HAVANA Cuban and U.S. officials will hold the first migration talks between the two nations since 2011 in Washington on Wednesday. Analysts believe both countries have a strong interest in getting them off the ground again. “I think there [...] Continue reading

Chipping away at Cuba’s totalitarian state

Posted on Saturday, 06.08.13 Chipping away at Cuba’s totalitarian state BY MIRTA OJITO mao35@columbia.edu These days it is really hard to know whether to feel optimistic or pessimistic about Cuba. And that’s a good thing. For too many years most exiles have had only one view of the island: It was all bad and getting [...] Continue reading

Complicity in Murder: Shades of Cuba in Benghazi

April 7, 2013 Complicity in Murder: Shades of Cuba in Benghazi By Janet Levy Almost seven months have passed since the attack on the Benghazi consulate building and nearby CIA annex by al-Qaeda affiliate Ansar al-Sharia, in which four Americans were murdered, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Despite demands for further information into why the [...] Continue reading

Do You Like Cafe?

Do You Like Cafe? May 3, 2012 Haroldo Dilla Alfonso* HAVANA TIMES, May 3 – "CAFE" is the acronym of a new Cuban-American organization. It stands for Cuban Americans for Engagement, a promising name that seems to indicate the will of their supporters to involve themselves in actions and policies in support of the Cuban [...] Continue reading