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Ricardo Alarcon

The Cuban Regime Brings Back the Weapon of Fear

The Cuban Regime Brings Back the Weapon of Fear / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 7 September 2016 — In the autumn of 2002 at an event in a Havana theater, the dictator Fidel Castro sent a clear message to independent journalists and regime opponents in an effort to downplay their importance. Referring to dissidents, he […] Continue reading

Injustices of a Debate

Injustices of a Debate / 14ymedio Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana 10 August 2016 – The recent broadcast of a television program from Miami with Maria Elvira Salazar as moderator, where there was a heated debate between the well-known Cuban opposition leader, Jose Daniel Ferrer, and the also well-known Castro regime panderer, Edmundo Garcia […] Continue reading

Dissident group says Cuba holds 93 political prisoners

Dissident group says Cuba holds 93 political prisoners Published April 25, 2016 EFE The dissident Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation said Monday that there are currently 93 political prisoners on the island, and that 21 of them have been behind bars for between 13 and 24 years. The latest release adds 22 […] Continue reading

Quo Vadis Francis?

Quo Vadis* Francis? / Mario Lleonart Posted on October 9, 2015 Those of us who lived through the repressive crackdown that took place in Cuba in 2012 during the visit of Benedict XVI have never received a response from the Vatican, although it was informed of the facts. Jose Conrado—the priest who is a maverick […] Continue reading

A Simple Proposal for Elections

A Simple Proposal for Elections REGINA COYULA, La Habana | Marzo 16, 2015 I always heard Ricardo Alarcon repeat, during his time as President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, that the Cuban electoral system was the most democratic in the world. The truth is that the weighted advantages of this system not only […] Continue reading

Times writer gets Earful from Cuba dissidents

Times writer gets Earful from Cuba dissidents Guillermo I. Martinez SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL guimar123​@gmail.com Cuban dissidents don’t see lifting embargo as way to help Once again Ernesto Londoño, the newest member of The New York Times Editorial Board, writes about Cuba. That makes it four editorials and now three columns in less than two months. […] Continue reading

Time for an evolution in U.S. policy on Cuba

Time for an evolution in U.S. policy on Cuba By Katrina vanden Heuvel, Tuesday, June 10, 2:00 PM The sad irony of U.S.-Cuban relations is that Cuba, under the leadership of 83-year-old Raúl Castro, is changing rapidly, and the United States, despite President Obama’s promises of a “new beginning,” remains largely frozen in a self-destructive […] Continue reading

Eliezer Avila Commits to a Green Party

Eliezer Avila Commits to a Green Party / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on October 8, 2013 Cubanet interviewed Eliezer Avila, the computer scientist who once faced Ricardo Alarcon, former president of the National Assembly. He moved to the capital in order to participate more directly in the changes in civil society. What have you been doing […] Continue reading

Response to Ricardo Alarcon

Response to Ricardo Alarcon / Eliecer Avila Posted on July 18, 2013 This morning I was awakened by a call from a friend to tell me that finally señor Ricardo Alarcón had uttered words referring to our encounter*. I immediately started to make arrangements to see where I could download this post, but nothing worked. [...] Continue reading

Globe-trotting Cuban activists sway world opinion

Posted on Friday, 04.26.13 Cuban dissidents Globe-trotting Cuban activists sway world opinion BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com At least a half dozen Cuban activists are now crisscrossing the globe, more or less at the same time, publicly airing their grievances against the Cuban government and meeting with high-level officials and politicians abroad. What gives? Many Cuba [...] Continue reading

Counterrevolutionary

Counterrevolutionary / Yusnaby Perez Posted on April 10, 2013    I recall that all my life I've been characterized as a rebel, protesting what I considered wrong or unfair and most of the time proposing solutions. In the Cuban political environment I've experienced agonizingly slowly a change that has cost me 25 years of life. If [...] Continue reading

Is Eliecer Avila Frustrated?

Is Eliecer Avila Frustrated? April 8, 2013 Veronica Vega HAVANA TIMES — A while ago, someone I think highly of said to me: "Yeah, that student (Eliecer Avila) had the courage to ask those questions to (National Assembly President) Ricardo Alarcon, making the official look ridiculous, and the student himself even became a popular figure. [...] Continue reading

Eliecer Avila announces new political organization

Cuba: Eliecer Avila announces new political organization March 28, 2013 HAVANA TIMES – The young Cuban political activist Eliecer Avila said Tuesday in a video posted on YouTube from Poland, that the new organization Somos+ (We are+), aims to "unite wills" to "negotiate" with the Cuban government. "We all win if we unite and we [...] Continue reading

Obama victory leaves Cubans relieved, hopeful

Obama victory leaves Cubans relieved, hopeful Wed Nov 7, 2012 3:35am EST * Cubans feared Romney would toughen U.S. policy * Obama lifted restrictions on remittances, travel to Cuba * U.S.-Cuba relations slightly improved under Obama By Jeff Franks HAVANA, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Cubans breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday over U.S. [...] Continue reading

Travel may free up for Cubans

Travel may free up for Cubans Change only weeks away, official insists By Paul Haven Associated Press Monday, May 7, 2012 HAVANA — After controlling the comings and goings of its people for five decades, communist Cuba appears on the verge of a decision to lift many travel restrictions. One senior official says a "radical [...] Continue reading

After 50 years, Cubans hope to travel freely

Posted on Tuesday, 05.01.12 After 50 years, Cubans hope to travel freely By PAUL HAVEN Associated Press HAVANA — After controlling the comings and goings of its people for five decades, communist Cuba appears on the verge of a momentous decision to lift many travel restrictions. One senior official says a "radical and profound" change [...] Continue reading

No more deception, FREEDOM NOW / Oswaldo Payá

No more deception, FREEDOM NOW / Oswaldo PayáOswaldo Payá, Translator: Cleonte The government representing the military regime has denied Cubans the universal right to travel freely for more than half a century and still denies this right without any clear prospects towards change. With the greatest cruelty, it has torn millions of Cuban families apart [...] Continue reading

Cuba: The second revolution?

Cuba: The second revolution? For the first time since the 1959 coup, Cubans are able to buy and sell property, set up businesses and farm their own land. Could these new liberties signal a move towards a free-market economy? Don't count on it, says Margareta Pagano.Margereta PaganoSunday 15 April 2012 It's the sort of glitz [...] Continue reading

Raul Castro’s Daughter Launches Blog

Raul Castro's Daughter Launches BlogPublished December 22, 2011EFE Just a few weeks after going tweet-to-tweet with dissident Yoani Sánchez in a bracing welcome to the open debate that reigns online, Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and director of the National Sexual Education Center, has launched a blog. "El blog de Mariela [...] Continue reading

The Return of Eliécer / Yoani Sánchez

The Return of Eliécer / Yoani SánchezTranslator: Unstated, Yoani Sánchez Distrust is a fundamental part of the negative legacy of this system. The doubt when receiving a hug, suspicion in the face of candor, and phrases such as "I'm sure he's with State Security" instead of "I'm glad he dares!" There is nothing more frustrating, [...] Continue reading