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PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE – URGENT ACTION

UA: 76/17 Index: AMR 25/6001/2017 Cuba Date: 31 March 2017 URGENT ACTION PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE Two days after Fidel Castro’s death, a family of four human rights defenders were arrested in Holguín, south-east Cuba. They received a one-year sentence, and the three siblings are currently on hunger strike. They are prisoners of […] Continue reading

‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail

‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail A brutal high-security prison was the last place Stephen Purvis expected to end up when he moved to Havana. Stephen Gibbs tells his story Stephen Gibbs Sunday 19 March 2017 09.00 GMT If you happened to go to a […] Continue reading

Oswaldo Payá Award Ceremony Is Absent The Winners

Oswaldo Payá Award Ceremony Is Absent The Winners / 14ymedio, EFE 14ymedio/EFE, Havana, 22 February 2017 — The presentation of the Oswaldo Payá “Freedom and Life” Prize has led to a diplomatic conflict, after the Cuban government vetoed the entry into the country of three of the guests: OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, Former Mexican […] Continue reading

Cubans Wanting To Emigrate See The United States As First Option

Cubans Wanting To Emigrate See The United States As First Option / Ivan garcia Ivan Garcia, 19 January 2017 — There are few things that spontaneously bring Cubans on the island together. For example, if the provincial team is crowned champion in the national baseball series, where, in between the infamous beer and a noisy […] Continue reading

One of Obama’s parting acts – Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton

One of Obama’s parting acts: Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com In his last month in office, former President Barack Obama preempted what could have been one of President Donald Trump’s first actions on Cuba: he suspended a section of the Helms-Burton Act that allows former owners of commercial property expropriated by […] Continue reading

Waiting for change in Cuba

Waiting for change in Cuba BY JOHN CAULFIELD, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 01/30/17 07:00 PM EST When I took up my assignment as chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana in 2011, my biggest question was how had Cuba survived as one of the world’s last remaining Marxist Leninist systems? Strong and sometimes brutal internal […] Continue reading

La única solución

La única solución En buena medida depende de las, como otrora se les llamaba, “fuerzas vivas” del exilio y su disposición a hacer algo útil por sus compatriotas en desgracia Waldo Acebo Meireles, Miami | 30/01/2017 10:48 am Para los miles, no se sabe cuántos, de cubanos que han quedados varados en las fronteras de […] Continue reading

Trump team doesn’t seem to oppose Obama’s shift in immigration policy for Cubans

Trump team doesn’t seem to oppose Obama’s shift in immigration policy for Cubans BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The Obama administration has worked until its final days to try to ensure the continuity of its Cuba policy, but Ben Rhodes, one of the chief architects of the rapprochement with the island, says he’s still not sure […] 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

WPLG debuts a Havana-based reporting team

WPLG debuts a Havana-based reporting team BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com WPLG Local 10 News reporter Hatzel Vela and photojournalist Brian Ely have become the ABC affiliate’s men in Havana. The pair arrived last Wednesday to become the South Florida station’s full-time Havana-based crew. That gives WPLG the distinction of being the first local station in […] Continue reading

Tania Bruguera Detained in Cuba While Delivering Supplies to Hurricane Victims

Tania Bruguera Detained in Cuba While Delivering Supplies to Hurricane Victims No explanation was given for the artist’s detention, but she was allegedly interrogated for six hours. Benjamin Sutton The artist Tania Bruguera and the biochemist Oscar Casanella were stopped and detained by Cuban authorities yesterday as they were driving out of Havana to deliver […] Continue reading

Amnesty International – Where to Write for Release of El Sexto

Amnesty International: Where to Write for Release of El Sexto UA: 273/16 Index: AMR 25/5244/2016 Cuba Date: 29 November 2016 URGENT ACTION CUBAN GRAFFITI ARTIST ARRESTED AGAIN Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (‘El Sexto’) – named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International in 2015 – was re-arrested on 26 November, shortly after the […] Continue reading

A Trump attempt to reverse Obama’s Cuba policies could be too complicated and costly

A Trump attempt to reverse Obama’s Cuba policies could be too complicated and costly BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com President-elect Donald Trump has said “concessions” the Obama administration made to Cuba can easily be reversed and that he will unravel them unless U.S. demands are met, but some of the commercial initiatives may be a bit […] Continue reading

Another Point For The Cuban Human Rights Agenda

Another Point For The Cuban Human Rights Agenda / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, 20 October 2016 — An article I wrote was published on this site in March 2015, on the subject of the announcement in the official Cuban press that a new electoral law was to be enacted in Cuba in March […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident calls on EU not to forget human rights

Cuban dissident calls on EU not to forget human rights By Javier Albisu | euroefe.es | Translated By Samuel Morgan 11:46 (updated: 14:59) While the EU wraps up a new framework for relations with Havana, Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas warns that his country could descend into civil war if this deal is not made dependent […] Continue reading

A Disappointing And Unfair Report

A Disappointing And Unfair Report / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, 30 September 2016 — The most recent report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on the state of journalism in Cuba is, more than disappointing, worrisome. It is not that its authors are uninformed about the Cuban reality. Rather, they […] Continue reading

Tallies and Tales of the Reforms

Cuba: Tallies and Tales of the Reforms / Vicente Botín Once upon a time… A female cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to turn her into a woman. The goddess, pitying the cat’s yearning, transformed her into a beautiful maiden, and the young man, captivated by […] 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

Cuba dissident – Fake site duped me into ending hunger strike

Cuba dissident: Fake site duped me into ending hunger strike Published September 14, 2016 Associated Press HAVANA – Guillermo “Coco” Farinas became one of Cuba’s best-known dissidents by starving himself — launching two dozen hunger strikes demanding government concessions on human rights. He started his 25th strike in late July with the demand that President […] Continue reading

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

A Bold Attempt to Redefine ‘Dissidence’ in Cuba

A Bold Attempt to Redefine ‘Dissidence’ in Cuba Editorial Observer By ERNESTO LONDOÑO SEPT. 3, 2016 “Dissident” is a loaded word in Cuba, a label used to discredit and punish. Those who have embraced the term can be shut out of public jobs and are often subjected to arbitrary detentions and beatings. This year, with […] Continue reading

An Enslaved People

An Enslaved People / 14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco 14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco, Camagüey, 24 August 2016 – The level of enslavement of a people is determined by the sum of freedoms that are restricted. Slavery and freedom are two ends of a scale that, as one side slants downward from the weight of the load […] Continue reading

Activists Ask Pope Francis to Take an Interest in Health of Guillermo Fariñas

Activists Ask Pope Francis to Take an Interest in Health of Guillermo Fariñas / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 17 August 2016 — In a letter to Pope Francis, eight activists from the Anti-Totalitarian Forum (FANTU) have asked “his Holiness to take an interest” in the condition of regime opponent Guillermo Fariñas after 27 days on hunger […] Continue reading

What next for US-Cuba relations?

What next for US-Cuba relations? By Will Grant BBC News, Havana 15 August 2016 From the section Latin America & Caribbean A year has passed since one of the most symbolic moments in the long and tangled history between the United States and Cuba: the official reopening of the long-shuttered US embassy in Havana. On […] Continue reading

The Stasi’s Sad Footprint

The Stasi’s Sad Footprint / Hablemos Press, Armando Soler Hernández Hablemos Press, Armando Soler Hernández, 1 August, 2016 — Timothy Garton Ash is a well-known journalist, editorial writer and British researcher. His books on history are notable, above all for their distinctive focus on recent contemporary history. During the 1970s, Ash became interested in researching […] Continue reading

US Embassy Official Visits Guillermo Fariñas

US Embassy Official Visits Guillermo Fariñas / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 9 August 2016 – A note published on the digital site of the Anti-totalitarian Forum (FANTU) reports that Dana Brown, Political and Economic Section Chief of the United States Embassy in Havana visited Guillermo Fariñas at his home in Santa Clara on Monday. The official […] Continue reading

Military and family remittances, a well-kept secret

Military and family remittances, a well-kept secret OSMAR LAFFITA ROJAS | La Habana | 28 de Julio de 2016 – 21:21 CEST. On July 8, the then Minister of Economy and Planning Marino Murillo Jorge reported in the National Assembly of the People’s Power on the state of the Cuban economy during the first half […] Continue reading

Revenue for the regime, a crackdown on society, and the repression of dissidents

Revenue for the regime, a crackdown on society, and the repression of dissidents DDC | La Habana | 21 de Julio de 2016 – 14:10 CEST. Antonio Rodiles, Coordinator of the Forum for Rights and Freedoms (ForoDyL): A year ago relations were restored but, if one counts the 18 months of the confidential political process […] Continue reading

Resumption of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic ties hits one-year mark

Resumption of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic ties hits one-year mark In an onging rapprochement that was formalized with the restoration of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba on July 20, 2015, many diplomatic steps have been taken. But there are still big areas of contention between the two nations. BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com At a minute […] Continue reading

Gagged Words

Gagged Words / 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenechea 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenchea, Santa Clara, 27 June 2016 – The Eva Tas Foundation, located in Amsterdam, publishes and promotes texts that have been and are censored, regardless of where or how. Indeed, as a part of this laudable and necessary work, this institution just published two books […] Continue reading

Backlash in Cuba

Backlash in Cuba Obama’s historic visit was a smash hit in Havana. Fidel Castro wasn’t going to take that lying down. By ANN LOUISE BARDACH June 10, 2016 HAVANA—These days Fidel Castro doesn’t often leave his comfortable home in Siboney, a leafy suburb west of this city. But on April 19, the 89-year-old Cuban leader […] Continue reading

The New Gospel, According to the General

The New Gospel, According to the General / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 26 May 2016 — The Cuban Party-State-Government has just published a tabloid containing two of the root documents analyzed and approved during the VII Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) last April, 2016. These are the Project for the […] Continue reading

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires They’re caught between a government that denies the existence of racism and fellow black Cubans who lack racial consciousness. By Sujatha FernandesTwitterTODAY 8:00 AM A “home for sale” sign in Santiago de Cuba. Far fewer Afro-Cubans get remittances from family overseas, and residents of eastern Cuba, more heavily […] Continue reading

Inside The World’s Slowest Newsroom

Inside The World’s Slowest Newsroom Staff at Granma, the official newspaper of Cuba’s Communist Party, are facing a new challenge — how to embrace the openness of the internet while still pleasing ruthless censors. Karla Zabludovsky visited its newsroom in Havana to find out. posted on Jul. 8, 2015, at 5:24 p.m. Karla Zabludovsky BuzzFeed […] Continue reading

The EU opposes publishing its agreement with Havana because it could ‘undermine’ its process of dialogue with the regime

The EU opposes publishing its agreement with Havana because it could ‘undermine’ its process of dialogue with the regime DDC | Madrid | 23 Mayo 2016 – 11:48 am. The European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU’s diplomatic division, has refused to disclose to the “general public” the contents of the bilateral treaty signed on […] Continue reading

Interview with Mary Jo Porter

Interview with Mary Jo Porter If paradise ends where choice begins, as Arthur Miller observed, then our digital age fantasy of paradise as a tropical island with no Internet collapses with our choice to travel to one. The permanent inhabitants of such an island, who live without Internet access or the luxury of travel, would […] Continue reading

Czech foreign minister – Thaw in relations with Cuba does not mean

Czech foreign minister: Thaw in relations with Cuba does not mean Prague will abandon human rights agenda 03-05-2016 14:08 | Daniela Lazarová A thaw in diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and Cuba should soon see the two countries appointing ambassadors and reviving trade ties that go back half a century. Czech government officials stress […] Continue reading

Controversial Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega retires

Controversial Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega retires He will be replaced as archbishop of Havana by Archbishop Juan de la Caridad García Rodríguez A new cardinal may be named at a later date Ortega presided over visits to Cuba by three popes, created more space for church BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who presided […] Continue reading

The Castros’ Party-State

The Castros’ Party-State ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 15 Abr 2016 – 3:25 pm. The phrase which best defines, in broad strokes, the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), which in the coming days will hold its VII Congress is the celebrated quote by King Louis XIV of France: “L’Etat, c’est moi” ( “I […] Continue reading

Fidel followers remain nervous of US thaw

Cuba: Fidel followers remain nervous of US thaw By Will Grant Cuba correspondent, BBC News 18 March 2016 From the section Latin America & Caribbean The museum at Cuba’s most famous beach, the Bay of Pigs, is under renovation. Inside, workers are busily installing new multi-media exhibits while outside a team of builders is laying […] Continue reading