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The Student Who Did Not Want To ‘Ride With Fidel’

The Student Who Did Not Want To ‘Ride With Fidel’ / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Excobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 16 February 2017 — David Mauri Cardoso, a 24-year-old from Cienfuegos, dreamt of being lawyer but could not successfully pass a test of dishonesty. In appearance it was a test of Spanish, but what was being evaluated […] Continue reading

The Two Marielas

The Two Marielas / Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, Havana, 14 February 2017 – The story I want to relate has two parts, one is true and the other is fiction. The real one is an event I was involved in at the Carlos III market while in line to […] Continue reading

Visiting Julio Ferrer Tamayo in jail

Visiting Julio Ferrer Tamayo in jail BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 20 de Enero de 2017 – 06:05 CET. Cuban misery really stands out when it is cold. In a country without much of a winter it is not worth spending much on jackets, which are passed down for decades. On January 15th, […] Continue reading

Time Takes Another Life In Cuban Politics

Time Takes Another Life In Cuban Politics / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 8 January 2017 — Faithful, hard-line and knowledgeable of the ultimate secrets of dissidents and ministers, Carlos Fernandez Gondín made his mark on the Ministry of Interior (MININT), the most feared Cuban institution. But shortly after taking over the portfolio in 2015, life played […] Continue reading

Reggaeton, Reality’s Soundtrack

Reggaeton, Reality’s Soundtrack / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 27 December 2016 — The car is about to come apart at the seams every time it hits a bump in Havana’s crumbling streets. The passengers in the shared taxi vibrate with the rattling of the vehicle and the reggaeton blasting from the speakers. […] Continue reading

In realist foreign policy, Obama found limits

In realist foreign policy, Obama found limits By Bradley Klapper | AP December 23 at 3:18 AM WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s foreign policy legacy may be defined as much by what he didn’t do as by what he did. Over eight years, Obama ushered in a new era of diplomacy, re-establishing the United States as the […] Continue reading

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2)

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 December 2016 — According to Luisa, 76, a former prostitute, the first time she collected money for sex, she bathed herself three times trying to remove the smell of an old man who sweated over her body. “I was once young and […] Continue reading

Cuban Government Launches Ideological Offensive On Human Rights Day

Cuban Government Launches Ideological Offensive On Human Rights Day / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 10 December 2016 — For several years on International Human Rights Day, the Cuban government has strengthed its ideological battle on the internet with police operations around the country. The volume of epithets posted on social networks and […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro is laid to rest – so what next for Cuba?

Fidel Castro is laid to rest – so what next for Cuba? Harriet Alexander, santiago de cuba 6 DECEMBER 2016 • 4:55PM In the hallway of his apartment building, with a statue of a Greek goddess looking down, Josue Carmona Ramos was leading his people in a particularly Cuban prayer. World leaders were gathering at […] Continue reading

Castro’s Death Reminds Aging Cuba of Generation Gap

Castro’s Death Reminds Aging Cuba of Generation Gap December 02, 2016 10:45 PM Reuters SANTA CLARA/HAVANA — Fidel Castro’s death has highlighted a yawning generational gap between older Cubans who remember grim poverty before his 1959 revolution, and youngsters who appreciate free health care and education but fear the 21st century is leaving them behind. […] Continue reading

The Death of Fidel Castro: What Awaits Us Now?

The Death of Fidel Castro: What Awaits Us Now? / Iván García Iván García, 28 November 2016 — It was half past ten at night in the privately-owned Perla Negra bar in Havana’s populous La Viñora neighborhood and thirty minutes by car from the center of the city, where the locals were drinking mojitos, caipirinhas […] Continue reading

One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views of Fidel Castro’s Revolution.

One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views of Fidel Castro’s Revolution. By DAMIEN CAVE NOV. 27, 2016 HAVANA — When Fidel Castro rode victoriously into Havana on Jan. 8, 1959, Juan Montes Torre rushed into the streets to cheer. A poor, uneducated laborer from the eastern countryside of Cuba, he had arrived in the capital a […] Continue reading

‘Cuba Libre’ Young Cubans in Miami rejoice in Castro’s death

‘Cuba Libre’: Young Cubans in Miami rejoice in Castro’s death Maryann Batlle , maryann.batlle@naplesnews.com; 239-263-4790 9:11 p.m. EST November 26, 2016 Carole Sague never has spent a day of her 17 years in Cuba. But Saturday afternoon, she was part of the growing crowd of people in Little Havana in South Florida celebrating the death […] Continue reading

Even with Fidel Castro gone, Cuba’s future is in doubt

Even with Fidel Castro gone, Cuba’s future is in doubt By Judith Miller, Douglas E. Schoen Published November 26, 2016 FoxNews.com With the death of the man who for so long embodied Cuba’s communist revolution, many Cubans and Americans are hoping for a change in Cuban-American relations and more freedom on the island. Not so […] Continue reading

Cuban exiles in Miami’s Little Havana rejoice as Castro’s estrangedsister vows not to attend funeral

Cuban exiles in Miami’s Little Havana rejoice as Castro’s estranged sister vows not to attend funeral Ruth Sherlock, miami 27 NOVEMBER 2016 • 1:28AM Fidel Castro’s estranged sister has said she will not return to Cuba to attend the late leader’s funeral and has promised to continue her fight against the Communist regime he brought […] Continue reading

Tania Bruguera – Cuban artist fights for free expression

Tania Bruguera: Cuban artist fights for free expression How the internationally renowned dissident artist turned a performance piece into a fight for freedom of expression. by Carlos Manuel Alvarez Carlos Manuel Alvarez is a Cuban journalist. Havana, Cuba – It is December 17, 2014 and the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera is at Pope Francis’ weekly […] Continue reading

Miami’s exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s

Miami’s exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s BY ANA VECIANA SUAREZ Miami’s tightly knit and often contentious exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s. They knew him when he was a college student struggling for attention, when he was holed up in the Sierra Maestra mountains […] 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

Prison, death, exile – Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communistCuba

Prison, death, exile: Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communist Cuba BY JUAN O. TAMAYO AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com There are 44 years of dissidence between Cuban human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez and street protester Sara Martha Fonseca, four and a half decades of peaceful opposition to a communist system that jails people for […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro is dead – He leaves behind a dysfunctional legacy

Fidel Castro is dead: He leaves behind a dysfunctional legacy BY ALFONSO CHARDY achardy@MiamiHerald.com During the almost five decades that Fidel Castro ruled Cuba, he steadily boasted of his revolution’s achievements in health, education and welfare. Yet Castro’s critics insist that the pillars of those achievements were hollow from the start, and crumbling by the […] Continue reading

Political Arrests Increase

Political Arrests Increase / 14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco 14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco, Havana, 23 November 2016 — I learned via the internet that 14ymedio’s Camaguey correspondent, Sol Garcia Basulto, was illegally and arbitrarily arrested on the night of November 3 when she was travelling to Havana to get a visa for her passport. As she […] Continue reading

Serious And Decent Worker Seeking Employment

“Serious And Decent Worker Seeking Employment” / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, 17 November 2016 — Discriminated against for decades, Cuba’s Jehovah’s Witnesses just opened an employment agency that focuses on the “honesty and decency” of its people. The database “is an opportunity to advertise the skills that the brothers have in different professions […] Continue reading

Cuba, Getting On-line to be Informed: This is the Dilemma

Cuba, Getting On-line to be Informed: This is the Dilemma / Iván García Iván García, 27 October 2015 — Roberto, age 47, is a balding athletic type who usually has earphones hanging around his neck, he’s an engineer, an expert in bridge construction. For a decade now, twice a year he goes to Miami where […] Continue reading

Business or Politics? What Trump Means for Cuba

Business or Politics? What Trump Means for Cuba By FRANCES ROBLESNOV. 15, 2016 MIAMI — To Chad Olin, it seemed like the perfect opportunity: Decades of animosity between the United States and Cuba were peeling away, opening a final frontier in the Caribbean to dollar-wielding Americans. Mr. Olin, 30, a Harvard Business School graduate, gave […] Continue reading

Donald Trump has a choice to make on Cuba

Donald Trump has a choice to make on Cuba Ted A. Henken, author of “Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Landscape” Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 | 9:17 AM ET CNBC.com One example of freer markets in Cuba is the Paladar La Cocina de Lilliam (Lilliam’s Kitchen), a home-based restaurant garden where President Jimmy Carter ate on […] Continue reading

Police Forces Arrest Professor Jose Luis Artiles Salinas

Police Forces Arrest Professor Jose Luis Artiles Salinas / Somos+ Somos+, 12 November 2016 — Cuban State Security forces arrested professor Jose Luis Artiles Salinas of the Santa Clara Vocational School of Exact Sciences in Villa Clara, to keep him from traveling to Barcelona, Spain, where he planned to take a course in audiovisuals along […] Continue reading

The power of the people

The power of the people BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 10 de Noviembre de 2016 – 11:03 CET. At the end of the last decade Raúl Castro’s government agreed to reform education in order to slash costs. Obsessed with balances of payments, deficits and inflation, reductions in social security and education outlays seemed […] Continue reading

Lawyers and journalists, in danger

Lawyers and journalists, in danger HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 9 de Noviembre de 2016 – 13:34 CET. There are two vexing occupations for the Cuban government. One of them is the legal profession, a career only open to those deemed reliable by the political police. But when they leave classrooms Law graduates […] Continue reading

In Cuba, online media pry open state grip on news

In Cuba, online media pry open state grip on news October 27, 2016 Havana (AFP) – Abraham, Elaine and Jose are under 30, and they’ve pulled off the unthinkable in Cuba — they are producing online news, prying open the state’s half-century grip on the media. The Castro government created a crack in the Cuban […] Continue reading

Speaking of Human Rights Talks Between the US and Cuban Governments

Speaking of Human Rights Talks Between the US and Cuban Governments… / Lilianne Ruíz Lilianne Ruiz, 13 October 2016 — Cubans are a captive people. The first evidence of this is that the island’s government will not talk to dissident voices about human rights. It does it with the US government. In the island’s 43,190 […] Continue reading

Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens

Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens / Periodismo de Barrio Periodismo de Barrio, 16 October 2016 – On 11 October 2016, six members of our Periodismo de Barrio (Neighborhood Journalism) team and two collaborators were arrested in the town of Baracoa, Guantanamo province. We were not arrested for smiling. […] Continue reading

Periodista independiente es detenido sin cargos durante casi 48 horas

Periodista independiente es detenido sin cargos durante casi 48 horas Denuncia una creciente política de “cero tolerancia” hacia el trabajo que realiza Miércoles, octubre 12, 2016 | CubaNet MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- El periodista independiente y director de la agencia En Caliente Prensa Libre (ECPL), Ignacio González, fue liberado este martes a las 6:00 p.m. tras […] Continue reading

Building Socialism in Cuba

Building Socialism in Cuba As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy? by Samuel Farber In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut […] Continue reading

Obama nominates the first ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years

Obama nominates the first ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The White House Tuesday nominated Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who has been the chief of the U.S. Embassy in Havana since it reopened in July 2015, as the “first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years.” “Jeff’s leadership has […] Continue reading

The regime blocked a meeting of trade unionists who sought to create a broad and independent coalition

The regime blocked a meeting of trade unionists who sought to create a broad and independent coalition DDC | La Habana | 21 de Septiembre de 2016 – 21:47 CEST. The spokesman for the Independent Trade Union Coalition, Iván Hernández Carrillo, reported that State Security deployed forces on Tuesday to thwart a meeting of several […] Continue reading

Millennials lead private media opening in Communist-run Cuba

Millennials lead private media opening in Communist-run Cuba By Sarah Marsh HAVANA (Reuters) – A handful of independent, web-based news outlets in Cuba are chipping away at the Communist-run island’s half-century state media monopoly, challenging the official version of reality. While low levels of internet access across the Caribbean island limits the outlets’ domestic reach […] Continue reading

Sirley Avila’s New Battle

Sirley Avila’s New Battle /14ymedio 14ymedio, 10 September 2016 — Shortly after returning to Cuba on September 7, the activist Sirley Ávila learned that her house, located on a farm in Las Tunas province, had been occupied by another family. “This house was a ‘basic medium’ and it has been given to us,” the new […] Continue reading

Ex-jailed American subcontractor – Cuba needs to join the 21st Century

Ex-jailed American subcontractor: Cuba needs to join the 21st Century NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Alan Gross, the U.S. government subcontractor who spent five years in a Havana prison for providing the means for Cuban Jews to connect to the digital world, is in Miami to take part in a conference on how to expand the […] Continue reading

Castroist nepotism steadily spreads

Castroist nepotism steadily spreads PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 5 de Septiembre de 2016 – 22:58 CEST. Raúl Guillermo Rodríguez Castro,alias “El Cangrejo” (“The Crab”), grandson of President/General Raúl Castro, has just been named Personal Security Chief, replacing General Humberto Omar Francis Pardo, one of the few holdovers from the old guard at the […] Continue reading

Thinking With Our Stomachs

Thinking With Our Stomachs / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 2 September 2016 – At the dining room table the grandparents are playing with their two granddaughters. They ask them what they would ask the genie for if they happened to stumble on a magic lamp in the corner. “I want a plate […] Continue reading