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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

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

Is Obama’s Cuba policy set in stone?

Is Obama’s Cuba policy set in stone? October 14, 2016 Normalizing relations with countries like Cuba and Iran has been near the top of President Obama’s agenda since he took office in 2008. Now, he’s looking to make current relations irreversible after his term is up. On Friday, the White House announced a new round […] Continue reading

The Private Press In Cuba

The Private Press In Cuba / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Miami, 30 June 2016 — In a recent discussion among colleagues of the national press, the issue of ownership of the mass media came up. With the firmness that characterizes those convinced that something is wrong, comments were made that in Cuba 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

Havana, Waiting for Obama… and The Beast

Havana, Waiting for Obama… and The Beast / Iván García Posted on March 13, 2016 Iván García, 10 March 2016 — It does not take a Secret Service expert to determine, by the rush of the building work, the sites which Barack Obama is predicted to pass by or stop at during his two days […] Continue reading

Lobbyists bullish that Cuban trade embargo will soon end

Lobbyists bullish that Cuban trade embargo will soon end By Megan R. Wilson and Vicki Needham – 03/10/16 06:00 AM EST U.S. businesses and other advocates are increasingly optimistic that the last trade barriers with Cuba are crumbling. President Obama’s decision to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba has triggered a chain reaction that is bringing […] Continue reading

Civil Society in Cuba?

Civil Society in Cuba? February 11, 2016 By Alejandro Armengol HAVANA TIMES — Cuban-American dissidents, activists and legislators continue to make contradictory statements which the press eats up and amplifies without questioning: they speak of strengthening or fostering Cuban civil society while referring to the regime’s totalitarian nature, calling the changes implemented mere “cosmetic” touchups. […] Continue reading

Cuban Filmmakers Mobilize Against Censorship

Cuban Filmmakers Mobilize Against Censorship / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar Posted on December 4, 2015 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 30 November 2015 – The G-20 group of filmmakers voted unanimously at a meeting on Saturday in favor of supporting the filmmaker and playwright Juan Carlos Cremata by writing a letter denouncing the censorship of his work […] Continue reading

It is a good time for Cuban independent journalism

“It is a good time for Cuban independent journalism” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on November 4, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 3 November 2015 – He just won the top prize in the Havana Newsprint journalism contest, but Roberto de Jesus Quinones feels that reporting is only one part of his civic responsibility. A lawyer by […] Continue reading

Farewell Letter from El Sexto

Farewell Letter from El Sexto / Danilo Maldonado Posted on September 24, 2015 Valle Grande Prison From the “cell” (of punishment) September 16, 2015… Where I am there is little light and I am in my underwear because I do not want to wear the prison uniform. They give me a mattress for 5 or […] Continue reading

Pope Francis Careful in Navigating Cuban Politics

Pope Francis Careful in Navigating Cuban Politics By JIM YARDLEY and AZAM AHMEDSEPT. 20, 2015 HAVANA — Revolution Square is the political stage of revolutionary Cuba. Fidel Castro held huge rallies here to castigate the imperialists up north. Looming over the square are immense portraits of the revolutionaries Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos. Into this […] Continue reading

The other embargo – Cuba and church schools

The other embargo: Cuba and church schools BY PAUL WEBSTER HARE paulhare@bu.edu This week, Pope Francis is visiting Cuba and the United States, the two countries whose deal he brokered last year. That deal may have been the easy part; he now has to engineer a new path for the Catholic Church in Cuba. For […] Continue reading

U.S. concessions not justified

U.S. concessions not justified BY SEBASTIAN A. ARCOS arcoss@fiu.edu And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts? Hot ashes for trees? Hot air for a cool breeze? Cold comfort for change? “Wish You Were Here,” PINK FLOYD Seven months after Dec. 17, President Obama’s process of normalization with the Castro regime seems […] Continue reading

Why the U.S. Should Be Wary of Cuba

Why the U.S. Should Be Wary of Cuba Analysis JULY 14, 2015 | 09:30 GMT By Fred Burton Editor’s Note: The following piece is part of an occasional series in which Fred Burton, our vice president of intelligence, reflects on his storied experience as a counterterrorism agent for the U.S. State Department. After decades of […] Continue reading

With respect to Cuba – Is Obama Guileful, Duped or a Dim Bulb?

With respect to Cuba: Is Obama Guileful, Duped or a Dim Bulb? By Jerry Brewer ● An interview with Pedro Riera Escalante, a cashiered former Cuban spymaster now living in exile, as regards to U.S.-Cuba détente On July 1, President Barack Obama formally announced that the United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies […] Continue reading

Will better relations with U.S. mean an easing of censorship in Cuba?

Will better relations with U.S. mean an easing of censorship in Cuba? June 17, 2015 at 8:10 PM EDT Cuba has one of the lowest rates of Internet connectivity in the Western Hemisphere. In this installment of our continuing series “Cuban Evolution,” Jeffrey Brown looks at Cuban access to the Internet, the effect it has […] Continue reading

Easterners in Havana: An Exodus Hushed Up by the Cuban Regime

Easterners in Havana: An Exodus Hushed Up by the Cuban Regime / Ivan Garcia Posted on June 15, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 30 May 2015 — One hot and boring night, drinking a tear-inducing moonshine, Yosvany and a group of friends in a remote sugar-workers’ town in Yateras, Guantanamo province, more than a 600 miles east […] Continue reading

Deportees in Their Own Country

Deportees in Their Own Country / Cubanet, Reinaldo Cosano Posted on May 18, 2015 Cuban Apartheid, suffered by families who abandoned their homes and went to Havana in search of a new life Cubanet.org, Reinaldo Emilio Cosano Alen, Havana, 15 May 2015 – Rodolfo Castro, from Santiago de Cuba, met with three other young men […] Continue reading

Cuomo ends Cuba trip with some deals

Cuomo ends Cuba trip with some deals Alan Gomez, USA Today 5:14 p.m. EDT April 21, 2015 HAVANA, CUBA– A trade delegation led by Gov. Andrew Cuomo left the island on a high note Tuesday, announcing several agreements struck with the Cubans and promising to return soon. While he didn’t meet with Cuban President Raúl […] Continue reading

OBAMA MUSCLES IN ON PUTIN’S PLANS FOR CUBA

OBAMA MUSCLES IN ON PUTIN’S PLANS FOR CUBA 1st substantial discussions between U.S., Havana since 1956 AARON KLEIN TEL AVIV – One day after a news-making handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro yesterday, the two leaders are reportedly set to meet for policy talks today, marking the first substantial discussions between U.S. […] Continue reading

Obama-Castro Meeting Stirs Mixed Emotions In Miami

Obama-Castro Meeting Stirs Mixed Emotions In Miami BY CARMEN SESIN MIAMI — As U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro prepare for their first in-person discussion after their historic handshake Friday night at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, there are mixed feelings in the heart of the Cuban community in Miami. […] Continue reading

The Cuban Money Crisis

The Cuban Money Crisis The biggest change to the island’s economy isn’t the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations April 1, 2015 by Patrick Symmes The currency crisis starts about 75 feet into Cuba. I land in the late afternoon and, after clearing customs, step into the busy arrivals hall of Havana’s airport looking for help. I […] Continue reading

An Academy for Civil Society

An Academy for Civil Society / 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez Posted on March 18, 2015 14ymedio, Víctor Ariel González, Mantilla (Havana), March 12 2015 – Fifteen minutes until class begins and the students that have been arriving converse under the shade of a tree. Once a week, Carlos Millares’ humble patio hosts a very peculiar […] Continue reading

In Cuba we have learned our duties very well, but not our rights

“In Cuba we have learned our duties very well, but not our rights” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Tania Bruguera Posted on February 6, 2015 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 4 February 2015 – This coming February 22 Tania Bruguera should be in Madrid to present one of her works at the ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair, […] Continue reading

Cuban Dissidents – Some in the Trenches, Others Applauding

Cuban Dissidents: Some in the Trenches, Others Applauding / Ivan Garcia Posted on February 3, 2015 Iván García, 27 January 2015 — The shifting political landscape of the Middle East is probably more complicated. No doubt it is. But given the spectacular diplomatic about-face on December 17 between Cuba and the United States — two […] Continue reading

What Will We Do With the Hope?

What Will We Do With the Hope? / Yoani Sanchez Posted on February 3, 2015 “Any frustration is the daughter of excessive expectations,” I shared my concern with the U.S. members of Congress who visited Cuba in January. The phrase was designed to stress the flow of illusions that has been let loose in the […] Continue reading

Talk to Cuba’s democracy advocates

Talk to Cuba’s democracy advocates BY FRANK CALZON FRANK.CALZON@CUBACENTER.ORG 01/19/2015 5:06 PM 01/19/2015 5:06 PM This week, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson will travel to Havana to continue negotiations with the Cuban authorities. We wish her Godspeed, and hope that besides talking with her Cuban counterparts, Ms. Jacobson will meet […] Continue reading

Cuba, US on the Mend, But at What Price?

Cuba, US on the Mend, But at What Price? By Heather Sells and Stan Jeter Friday, January 09, 2015 Now that Cuba and the United States have unexpectedly decided to renew diplomatic relations, many are asking – what’s next? After five decades of cold war isolation, will the Cuban people experience new opportunities, including new […] Continue reading

Free Trade with Cuba? Not Anytime Soon

Free Trade with Cuba? Not Anytime Soon Diplomatic relations with Cuba! Wow! Did anybody see that coming? You’ve probably heard the political bickering about it, so there’s no need to get into that. Instead, let’s address the question that’s foremost in people’s minds: Can you buy Cuban cigars legally now? Yes, but not easily. You’ll […] Continue reading

MONEY MONEY MONEY

MONEY MONEY MONEY / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo and Clive Rudd Posted on December 27, 2014 How to Raise Funds: A Manual for Cuban Democrats Clive Rudd, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo The successive “investigations” (or filtrations of intelligence) of the Associated Press (AP) and other media, that try to demonize the material support of Non […] Continue reading

Settlement results in $3.2 million check for Alan Gross

Settlement results in $3.2 million check for Alan Gross BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/23/2014 7:00 AM 12/23/2014 10:05 PM The U.S. Agency for International Development and Development Alternatives Inc. finalized a settlement this week for claims related to USAID subcontractor Alan Gross, who was released from a Cuban prison last week. Development Alternatives is the […] Continue reading

The Wall Around Cuba is Falling

The Wall Around Cuba is Falling December 18, 2014 Fernando Ravsberg* HAVANA TIMES — I got wind that Cuba and the United States were exchanging prisoners while interviewing a group of medical doctors who left for Brazil this Wednesday. When I told them the Cuban agents imprisoned in the United States were on their way […] Continue reading

The pain of Cuban exiles

The pain of Cuban exiles 12/18/2014 7:50 PM 12/18/2014 7:53 PM Though President Obama’s announcement of relaxed relations between the United States and Cuba spurred excitement in many circles, the news felt like a kick in the gut for many in our community. Older Cuban exiles — the ones who have never stopped chanting “Viva […] Continue reading

How She Did It – Yoani Sánchez, TIME 100 Most Influential Person, Launches Cuban News Outlet 14ymedio

How She Did It: Yoani Sánchez, TIME 100 Most Influential Person, Launches Cuban News Outlet 14ymedio A groundbreaking Cuban journalist and entrepreneur, Yoani María Sánchez Cordero gained international recognition for her depiction of Cuban life under its present government — observed with a critical eye. Listed as one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in […] 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

Foreign Investors Won’t Liberate Cuba

Foreign Investors Won’t Liberate Cuba The billions already poured into the island have done nothing to advance civil society. By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY June 1, 2014 6:24 p.m. ET Attitudes toward the 52-year-old—though much-modified—U.S. embargo of Cuba’s military dictatorship have changed a lot in recent years. But not always in the ways you might expect. […] Continue reading

Former US officials urge easing embargo on Cuba

Posted on Monday, 05.19.14 Former US officials urge easing embargo on Cuba THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — A group of former high-ranking U.S. officials, business executives and academics is asking President Barack Obama to loosen the five-decade embargo on Cuba in order to stimulate the flow of capital and expertise to the island’s nascent class […] Continue reading

Does D.C. Stand for “Donate to Castro?”

Does D.C. Stand for “Donate to Castro?” / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on May 13, 2014 Snoozing on the Washington, D.C. subway early one morning with my dreams still flitting between Franz Kafka and Stephen King after a evening filled with nightmares of State Security bursting into the apartment I’m staying in—which is near […] Continue reading

Cuban-American leaders helped ‘Cuban Twitter’

Posted on Tuesday, 04.22.14

Cuban-American leaders helped ‘Cuban Twitter’
BY CHRISTINE ARMARIO AND LAURA WIDES MUNOZ
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MIAMI — Leaders with the largest nonprofit organization for young
Cuban-Americans quietly provided strategic support for the federal
government’s secret “Cuban Twitter” program, connecting contractors with
potential investors and even serving as paid consultants, The Associated
Press has learned.

Interviews and… Continue reading