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The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared where a […] Continue reading

Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever

Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 27 de Marzo de 2017 – 16:38 CEST. The best way to appreciate how that Cuba’s economy today depends on the US more than ever before in its history is to engage in a very simple mental exercise: imagine that […] Continue reading

Legal Process Opens Against ‘14ymedio’ Reporter in Camagüey

Legal Process Opens Against ‘14ymedio’ Reporter in Camagüey 14ymedio, Havana, 23 March 2017 – This Wednesday the gates have begun to close around independent journalist Sol Garcia Basulto, who has been charged with the crime of “usurpation of legal capacity.” (In other words, “practicing journalism without a license.”) The correspondent for this newspaper in Camaguey […] Continue reading

Censored at the Camaguey Festival, Rapper ‘Raps hela’ Denounces “Fear of Liberty”

Censored at the Camaguey Festival, Rapper ‘Rapshela’ Denounces “Fear of Liberty” / 14ymedio, Sol Garcia Basulto 14ymedio, Sol Garcia Basulto, Camaguey, 22 March 2017 – Hip Hop has become that redoubt of rebellion that other musical genres, like rock and roll, used to embody. The Trakean2 Fesitval, which ended Monday in Camaguey, gave voice to […] Continue reading

The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba

The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 21 March 2017 – This Tuesday, the Cuban government prevented Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White movement, from traveling outside the country because of an unpaid fine for for an alleged infraction “against public adornment.” Meanwhile, the authorities accuse her of […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident leader to Trump – ‘Treat Cuba like a dictatorship’

Cuban dissident leader to Trump: ‘Treat Cuba like a dictatorship’ BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Frustrated by what they see as “indolence” from the previous administration, some Cuban government opponents are urging President Donald Trump to backtrack current Cuba policy and speak out about increased government repression on the island. Antonio G. Rodiles and his […] Continue reading

A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship?

A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship? BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Cuban filmmaker Carlos Lechuga has pulled an acclaimed film, based on repression against gay writers in the early years of the Revolution, from an upcoming presentation in New York after festival organizers banned it from official competition and […] Continue reading

Cuba capitalism blinds tourists from Communist reality

Cuba capitalism blinds tourists from Communist reality George Diaz Orlando Sentinel “So when are you going to Cuba?” I get that a lot, maybe once a week. It’s understandable, since I am a home-grown Cubano, at least until I was almost 5 years old. That’s when my parents, in an act of ultimate sacrifice, left […] Continue reading

The case of Omara Isabel Ruiz Urquiola

The case of Omara Isabel Ruiz Urquiola BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 10 de Marzo de 2017 – 09:21 CET. This interview is important in many ways. But, if I had to choose one, it would be how it illustrates the existence of Cuba’s civil society. Castroism has endured by enfeebling the individual, […] Continue reading

Cuba’s self-imposed embargo is hurting Cubans more than the US embargo

Cuba’s self-imposed embargo is hurting Cubans more than the US embargo By KATARINA HALL • 3/8/17 8:00 PM At the end of January, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., introduced the Agricultural Export Expansion Act aimed at removing restrictions on United States agricultural exports to Cuba. Following the steps of 16 other states, Virginia also launched its […] Continue reading

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms March 7, 2017 By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — Every Sunday, there is the “Los Chinos” agro-market fair in the city of Holguin in eastern Cuba. Trucks loaded with produce come from all over the country, mainly from its central provinces. As there is competition and since […] Continue reading

Cuban Police Prevent Joanna Columbié From Boarding A Plane To Mexico

Cuban Police Prevent Joanna Columbié From Boarding A Plane To Mexico / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 6 March 2017 – Cuban police prevented activist Joanna Columbié from boarding a plane this Monday heading to Mexico. The car in which she was raveling was intercepted on the way to the airport and a State Security official warned […] Continue reading

Cuba Kills Another Dissident

Cuba Kills Another Dissident After Obama’s detente: More tourists on the island and more repression. By Mary Anastasia O’Grady March 5, 2017 5:08 p.m. ET Score another kill for the Cuban military dictatorship: Last month it eliminated Afro-Cuban dissident Hamell Santiago Más Hernández, an inmate of one of its most notoriously brutal prisons. The remarkable […] Continue reading

Otto Rivero’s March 2nd

Otto Rivero’s March 2nd / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 2 March 2017 — Otto Rivero directed the most powerful entity in Cuba at the beginning of this century, the Battle of Ideas, but was ousted by Raúl Castro a few months after the latter assumed the presidency. Now, the former youth leader […] Continue reading

Cuban Activist Juan Goberna Arrested

Cuban Activist Juan Goberna Arrested / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 25 February 2017 — Human rights activist Juan Goberna Hernández was arrested around 9 am this Saturday when he left home to attend a meeting of the Inclusive Culture Network, a project to defend the rights of people with disabilities. On Friday night Goberna, who is […] Continue reading

Family, Freedom and the Oswaldo Payá Prize

Family, Freedom and the Oswaldo Payá Prize BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 26 de Febrero de 2017 – 12:04 CET. The home of Oswaldo Payá, the Cuban political leader who was killed, along with Harold Cepero, under murky circumstances in 2012, has a small living room. It is a space consonant with a […] Continue reading

The Countdown Begins For Raul Castro’s Departure From Power

The Countdown Begins For Raul Castro’s Departure From Power / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 24 February 2017 — On February 24 of next year Raul Castro must leave the presidency of Cuba if he is to fulfill the promise he has made several times. His announced departure from power is looked on with suspicion by some […] 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

Cuban Government Blocks Several Guests From Entering Cuba For The Oswaldo Payá Award

Cuban Government Blocks Several Guests From Entering Cuba For The Oswaldo Payá Award / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 21 February 2017 – The Cuban government has mobilized in the last hours to prevent several guests from arriving in Havana to attend to Oswaldo Paya Award ceremony, scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, at 11:00 am. Former Mexican President […] Continue reading

OAS chief denied visa to visit Cuba

OAS chief denied visa to visit Cuba Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 10:38 AM WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Cuban authorities have denied a visa to the head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, to travel to the communist-ruled island to receive a prize from a dissident organisation, he said Wednesday. Almagro had […] Continue reading

Cuba blocks Chilean, Mexican former officials from entry

Cuba blocks Chilean, Mexican former officials from entry Cuba stoked tensions across Latin America on Tuesday by blocking a former Chilean minister and one of Mexico’s ex-presidents from traveling to the island to attend an award ceremony hosted by political dissidents. Chile said it was recalling its ambassador to Cuba for consultation and asking the […] Continue reading

McGovern in Cuba to discuss new partnerships

McGovern in Cuba to discuss new partnerships Worcester Democrat is part of bipartisan delegation By Anthony Fay Published: February 20, 2017, 9:48 am WASHINGTON (WWLP) – Congressman Jim McGovern is in Cuba with a group of other members of Congress, to discuss increasing cooperation between the two nations. McGovern (D-Worcester), who has long advocated for […] Continue reading

Top diplomat to accept award from democracy group in Cuba

Top diplomat to accept award from democracy group in Cuba By LUIS ALONSO LUGO AND ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Feb 15, 2017, 2:07 PM ET A prominent diplomat is planning a politically sensitive trip to Cuba to accept an award from a pro-democracy group on the island. Luis Almagro, secretary general of the […] 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

Continuity guaranteed

Continuity guaranteed VERÓNICA VEGA | La Habana | 6 de Febrero de 2017 – 11:19 CET. Last Sunday during the plenary session of the National Council of the University Students Federation (FEU), Vice-President Miguel Díaz-Canel stated that “Cuban youth is responsible for the historical continuity of the Island’s social project.” Since we are immersed in […] Continue reading

The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba

The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba by MARIO T. DE LA PENA February 5, 2017 4:00 AM Fidel Castro is dead, but Castroism still needs to be defeated Fidel Castro died on November 25, but Castroism — the one-party, neo-Stalinist system that has tyrannized Cuba for more than half a century — still needs […] Continue reading

Brazen Cuban street artist El Sexto talks about his work, prison and activism

Brazen Cuban street artist El Sexto talks about his work, prison and activism BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com Danilo Maldonado, the Cuban graffiti artist and human rights activist known as El Sexto, is the very antithesis of the communist “new man” the Castro revolution was supposed to create. Maldonado spent 55 days in prison after […] Continue reading

Artist Pulls Her Work From Bronx Museum of the Arts Cuba Exhibition

Artist Pulls Her Work From Bronx Museum of the Arts Cuba Exhibition JAN. 26, 2017 A long-planned exchange of works between the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Cuban national collection, recently scrambled by the complexities of international relations, has hit another snag. Tania Bruguera, a prominent Cuban-born performance artist and activist who has […] Continue reading

Google entering Cuba is ‘Trojan Horse’ that could reinforce regime, residents say

Google entering Cuba is ‘Trojan Horse’ that could reinforce regime, residents say By Marta Dhanis Published January 25, 2017 FoxNews.com HAVANA, Cuba – In signing a deal with the Cuban authorities last December, Google took on the challenge of improving internet access in what many consider to be one of the worst places in the […] Continue reading

An end to wet foot, dry foot

An end to wet foot, dry foot The outgoing American president makes it harder for Donald Trump to undo the rapprochement with Cuba Jan 21st 2017 | HAVANA AND MEXICO CITY Floating to Florida is now futile AMONG a group of young men gathered in a tin-roofed telephone-repair shop in Havana, the topic of conversation […] 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

Activist Abandons Hunger Strike After Promise Of Not Being Deported To His Home Province

Activist Abandons Hunger Strike After Promise Of Not Being Deported To His Home Province / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 10 January 2017 — Vladimir Martín Castellanos, a member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu), abandoned his hunger strike this Monday after the authorities promised that he would not be deported from Las Tunas to Santiago […] 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

Cuban Dissident Arrested For Democracy Campaign

Cuban Dissident Arrested For Democracy Campaign Marcy Kreiter International Business Times January 12, 2017 Biscet and four other dissidents were arrested by Cuban security agents as they prepared to hand out leaflets promoting the Emilia Project. More A U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom winner was arrested and held briefly Wednesday by Cuban security agents who […] Continue reading

So much for Obama’s ‘new chapter’ with Cuba

So much for Obama’s ‘new chapter’ with Cuba By DANIEL ALLOTT (@DANIELALLOTT) • 1/11/17 6:39 PM “If I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people…you might have said our sights were set a little too high.” So said President Obama in his farewell address to the country […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro – The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains

Fidel Castro: The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 29 November 2016 — The dictator Fidel Castro died last Friday at the age of 90. The extensive news coverage was to be expected. After all, he was both the object of the most romantic, idealized love and the […] Continue reading

Cuba arbitrary arrests soared in 2016, dissidents say

Cuba arbitrary arrests soared in 2016, dissidents say Cuban opposition activists have said the number of arbitrary arrests of dissidents rocketed to nearly 10,000 last year. The government on the one-party communist island denies holding any political prisoners. In a report published on Thursday, the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) found […] Continue reading

Cuban troops’ bizarre chant – We’ll make Obama ‘a hat out of bullets to the head’

Cuban troops’ bizarre chant: We’ll make Obama ‘a hat out of bullets to the head’ BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com In a particularly absurd display of military might and tropical folklore, Raúl Castro presided over a military parade in Havana on Monday to honor his dead brother and mark the 58th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. […] Continue reading

Kerry’s ‘exit’ memo to Obama on Cuba, other countries sounds as if it’s aimed at Trump

Kerry’s ‘exit’ memo to Obama on Cuba, other countries sounds as if it’s aimed at Trump BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ fordonez@mcclatchydc.com WASHINGTON Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States needed to deepen its ties with Cuba if it truly wanted to help the Cuban people and advance U.S. interests. In an exit memo […] Continue reading