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Fidel Castro’s 13 Most Notorious Failures

Fidel Castro’s 13 Most Notorious Failures / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 30 November 2016 – Cuba’s official press and, oddly, a good part of the international media, never stop repeating that Fidel Castro brought Cubans free education and healthcare for all. Cuba was already, however, one of the most developed countries on […] 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

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

Cuba Orders North Korea-Style ‘Fighting People’s March’ Following Military Exercises

Cuba Orders North Korea-Style ‘Fighting People’s March’ Following Military Exercises by FRANCES MARTEL23 Nov 201628 The communist government of Cuba has announced a “Fighting People’s March” in Havana on December 2 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Castro brothers landing in Cuba after fleeing a confrontation with Fulgencio Batista’s forces. The march follows the […] Continue reading

Professor Jose Luis Artiles Salinas is Released Under Investigation

Professor Jose Luis Artiles Salinas is Released Under Investigation / Somos+ Somos+, 12 November 2016 — Professor Jose Luis Artiles Salinas, Coordinator of the Somos+ (We Are More) Movement in Santa Clara, has been released after 24 hours of detention. With the aim to frustrate his participation in an course on audiovisuals in Barcelona Spain, […] 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

Nominated for Reporters Without Borders Prize

Nominated for Reporters Without Borders Prize / Iván García, Tania Quintera Tania Quintero and Iván García, Lucerne and Havana, 25 October 2016 — To all our friends: Thank you for the congratulatory emails to Ivan and me (Tania Quintera) for having been nominated by Reporters Without Borders for their Press Freedom Prize in the category […] 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

Cuban-born Tulsans have different perspectives on policy shift

Cuban-born Tulsans have different perspectives on policy shift Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:00 am By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer | 31 comments Tulsa neurologist Jorge Gonzalez left Cuba at age 5 and hasn’t been back since. And he won’t return, Gonzalez said Wednesday, until the Castro regime is replaced by a democratic government. […] 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

Guillermo Fariñas abandons his hunger strike

Guillermo Fariñas abandons his hunger strike DDC | La Habana | 14 de Septiembre de 2016 – 06:49 CEST. On Monday dissenter Guillermo Fariñas decided to abandon a hunger strike he had been on for 54 days to demand that Raúl Castro desist from his persecution of protestors on the Island. His spokesman, Jorge Luis […] Continue reading

The “Fariñas Amendment” does not exist, clarifies a European Parliament group

The “Fariñas Amendment” does not exist, clarifies a European Parliament group DDC | Madrid | 15 de Septiembre de 2016 – 09:18 CEST. The alleged “Fariñas Amendment,” which, it was claimed, ratified the demands of the Cuban Sakharov Prize winner and spurred him to abandon his hunger strike “does not exist,” said the Alliance of […] Continue reading

The Alternative To Socialism – A Solidarity Market Economy

The Alternative To Socialism: A Solidarity Market Economy / 14ymedio, Mauricio Rojas Chile uneasy with success 14ymedio, Mauricio Rojas, Santiago de Chile, 9 September 2016 — Since 2011 the Chilean left has launched a search for “another model,” an alternative to the social market economy that has led the country to remarkable economic and social […] Continue reading

The Sorry Tale Of Cuban Communism

The Sorry Tale Of Cuban Communism Daniel J. Mitchell – September 06, 2016, 11:25 am Before communism arrived in Cuba, it was one of the most prosperous societies of the Americas. Now, its economy and society are both severely crippled by it. Communism should be remembered first and foremost for the death, brutality, and repression […] Continue reading

How many Cubans read?

How many Cubans read? JOSÉ PRATS SARIOL | Miami | 2 de Septiembre de 2016 – 15:11 CEST. An article by Juan Cruz in the Spanish daily El País features frightening figures about reading habits in Spain: 39.4% of Spanish adults have not read a book in the last 12 months. It adds that 57.5% […] Continue reading

Journalism on Demand

Cuba: Journalism on Demand / Iván García Iván García, 27 August 2016 — I still remember that two-day trip to Pinar del Río. I stayed in a Communist Party hotel at the side of the old central highway. I visited the province’s outstanding factories, cooperatives and work centers. Then in Havana, I wrote three or […] Continue reading

Black and Counter-revolutionary in Cuba?

Black and Counter-revolutionary in Cuba? August 23, 2016 By Yusimi Rodriguez HAVANA TIMES — I regularly read the articles written by my fellow writer, Elio Delgado Legon, who adds a touch of humor to this website for many of its readers. Personally, his greatest virtue, without him intending to do this, is to show the […] Continue reading

Kaine – U.S., Cuba should discuss human rights

Kaine: U.S., Cuba should discuss human rights PATRICIA MAZZEI pmazzei@miamiherald.com Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine said Monday that the U.S. should seek some sort of human-rights agreement with Cuba, as both nations continue to expand their diplomatic relationship. Speaking in Spanish to W Radio, Kaine praised President Obama’s renewal of U.S.-Cuba ties — he and […] Continue reading

Cuba- 90 years of Fidel Castro

Cuba: 90 years of Fidel Castro NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Fidel Castro turns 90 Saturday among official tributes and rumors of a new economic crisis. Few would have imagined that the former Cuban leader could have survived assassination attempts, a near-fatal surgery a decade ago and even outlived his closest ally, the late Venezuelan President […] Continue reading

Seven signs Cuban media is moving toward openness

Seven signs Cuban media is moving toward openness By Jon Elliston AUGUST 9, 2016 THE MASS MEDIA IN CUBA for decades was exclusively run by a rigid state monopoly, and even now, the government controls most of the news that makes its way to citizens. But significant cracks may be opening. As I’ve learned during […] Continue reading

Cuba Must Decide Between Journalism & Propaganda

Cuba Must Decide Between Journalism & Propaganda July 28, 2016 By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES – A leader of the Communist Youth organization told me she was a faithful reader of Cartas desde Cuba, clarifying that she does not always agree with the articles of the site. She was very surprised when I said that […] Continue reading

The Emigrant Must Earn Brownie Points to Enter Cuba

The Emigrant Must Earn Brownie Points to Enter Cuba / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Miami, 21 July 2016 — With blood-stained clothes and wounds and bruises on her arms, Ana Margarito Perdigon Brito returned to Miami from Havana’s Jose Marti Airport this past June. No one knew how to rationalize that the […] Continue reading

When we achieve justice we can build a new society

“When we achieve justice we can build a new society” / 14ymedio, Ofelia Acevedo, Mario Penton, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Luz Escobar, Miami, 22 July 2016 – His name is tattooed on the skin of a Cuban graffiti artist (Danilo Maldonado, known as El Sexto) or is suggested by the letter L, standing for […] Continue reading

A Conversation with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

A Conversation with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo / Regina Anavy Regina Anavy, Reykjavic, June 27, 2016 — Crossing paths with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo in Reykjavic, Iceland, on June 27, 2016, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with him. Iceland And Future Plans Regina Anavy: I understand you are here on a special […] Continue reading

The Totalitarian Left and Their “Escraches”

The Totalitarian Left and Their “Escraches” / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner 14ymedio, Carlos A. Montaner, Miami, 2 July 2016 – Cesar Nombela is the chancellor of the Menendez and Pelayo International University located in Santander, Spain. He is a renowned researcher in the world of microbiology. It occurred to Dr. Nombela and the Governing Council […] Continue reading

Oscar Biscet Fights For “The Disintegration of the Dictatorship of the Castros”

Oscar Biscet Fights For “The Disintegration of the Dictatorship of the Castros” / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 4 June 2016 — On his first trip to the United States, former political prisoner Oscar Elias Biscet has shown once again that he doesn’t mince words: he has criticized President Barack Obama’s visit to […] Continue reading

Cuba’s opposition movement has grown stronger since U.S.-Cuba deal, dissident says

Cuba’s opposition movement has grown stronger since U.S.-Cuba deal, dissident says By Elizabeth Llorente Published June 03, 2016 Fox News Latino The thawing of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States is having a little-spoken-about side effect – people on the island are feeling bolder about challenging the government, says one of Cuba’s leading […] Continue reading

A Cuban dissident able to travel for the first time praises new U.S. ties and warns of hazards

A Cuban dissident able to travel for the first time praises new U.S. ties and warns of hazards Tracy Wilkinson Fast-talking and often harassed, Cuban political dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer could hold himself up as Exhibit A in the improving relations between Washington and Havana. Ferrer, 45, has been allowed to travel abroad for the […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident leader takes his message to the United States – ‘We’re not afraid’

Cuban dissident leader takes his message to the United States: ‘We’re not afraid’ By Karen DeYoung May 31 at 6:01 PM For most of his career as a Cuban dissident leader, through his 2003 arrest and seven years as a political prisoner, José Daniel Ferrer was repeatedly pressed by the Cuban government to leave the […] Continue reading

Liberal Republic – Socialist Revolution

Liberal Republic / Socialist Revolution MIGUEL SALES | Málaga | 1 Jun 2016 – 9:43 am. May 20 will mark 114 years since the founding of the Republic of Cuba. The date, which went unnoticed by almost everyone, is important in itself, because it marks the moment when Spain’s last holding in the Americas broke […] Continue reading

Oscar Elias Biscet Says That Cuba Can No Longer “Bring Down” The Opposition

Oscar Elias Biscet Says That Cuba Can No Longer “Bring Down” The Opposition / EFE (14ymedio) EFE (via 14ymedio), Miami, 26 May 2106 — Cuban dissident Oscar Elias Biscet said Wednesday, on arriving at the Miami airport from Spain, that the opposition on the island is “well defined” and that the regime “can no longer […] Continue reading

“Totalitarianism is not broken in Cuba, we can not pretend it is” – Rosa María Payá

Rosa María Payá: “Totalitarianism is not broken in Cuba, we can not pretend it is” / EFE (14ymedio), María Tejero Martín EFE (via 14ymedio), María Tejero Martín, Oslo, 23 May 2016 — Cuban opposition member Rosa María Payá said Monday ,in an interview with EFE, that the “totalitarianism” of the government led by Raul Castro […] Continue reading

Garcia-Margallo calls for Spain to play leadership role in EU-Cuba dialogue

Garcia-Margallo calls for Spain to play leadership role in EU-Cuba dialogue Published May 14, 2016 EFE Spain’s acting foreign minister said here Saturday that Spain “needs to play a leadership role” in negotiations between the European Union and Cuba stemming from an agreement to normalize relations. “Spain is looking to accompany the rapprochement process between […] Continue reading

57 Years Later – Towards a New Contract for Cuba (Pt. 2)

57 Years Later: Towards a New Contract for Cuba (Pt. 2) / 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Havana, 8 May 2016 — The only certainty in Cuba in political terms is that the government accumulates a lot of power but lacks leadership. The kind of leadership required when a country faces an […] 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

Jose Antonio Torres: “Only International Pressure Will Get Me Out Of Jail”

Jose Antonio Torres: “Only International Pressure Will Get Me Out Of Jail” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez For background on this interview read: The Spy Who Never Wanted to Be One 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 3 May 2016 — Last week the United States Department of State chose Cuban journalist Jose Antonio Torres to lead off the […] 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

Raúl Castro retorna a la confrontación verbal con los EEUU

Raúl Castro retorna a la confrontación verbal con los EEUU Miriam Leiva Periodista en La Habana y activista por los Derechos Humanos Publicado: 24/04/2016 10:12 CEST Actualizado: 24/04/2016 10:12 CEST El VII Congreso del Partido Comunista de Cuba (PCC), que ha tenido lugar entre el 16 y el 19 de abril, era un evento muy […] 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