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Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Declares Hunger Strike After Six Days In Custody

Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Declares Hunger Strike After Six Days In Custody / 14ymedio, Mario Penton & Abel Fernandez 14ymedio, Mario Penton & Abel Fernandez, Miami, 2 December 2016 – The Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (the Sixth), declared a hunger strike this Thursday, according to reports to this newspaper from his […] Continue reading

Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Eats But Rejects Food from Police

Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Eats But Rejects Food from Police / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 2 December 2016 — Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (The Sixth), began to eat the food, his mother, Maria Victoria Machado, told this newspaper. A week after his arrest for painting graffiti on a central Havana street corner and posting […] Continue reading

How should we memorialize Castro? By freeing Cuba.

How should we memorialize Castro? By freeing Cuba. He was a tyrant whose death should be welcomed by anyone who loves liberty. By Daniel Morcate December 3 at 6:00 AM Daniel Morcate is a reporter for Univision News. The death of a dictator, not his final memorial, is — and should be — a happy […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro – Unwitting father of modern Miami

Fidel Castro: Unwitting father of modern Miami BY ANDRES VIGLUCCI The Gateway to the Americas: That’s how Miami’s business and civic leaders would grandly if sporadically label the city in the middle of the last century. In reality, the slogan was wishful thinking, little more than the stuff of promotional brochures. Contrary to the historic […] Continue reading

Activist In Exile – It Is Sad That a “Tyrant” Dies and Freedom Doesn’t Come

Activist In Exile: It Is Sad That a “Tyrant” Dies and Freedom Doesn’t Come EFE/via 14ymedio, 26 November 2016 — Ramon Saul Sanchez, leader of the Cuban exile organization Democracy Movement, lamented today that the death of a “tyrant,” as he defines Fidel Castro, will not mean “freedom for the people of Cuba”. “It is […] 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

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

Will history absolve Fidel Castro, or will he end up vilified?

Will history absolve Fidel Castro, or will he end up vilified? BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER aoppenheimer@MiamiHerald.com How will Fidel Castro be remembered? Will history absolve him, as he defiantly proclaimed as a young revolutionary in the early 1950s? Or will he end up like so many other Latin American strongmen, who wielded immense power in their […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Frozen Revolution

Cuba’s Frozen Revolution September 27, 2016 By Tad Boniecki HAVANA TIMES — I came to write this piece because I was fascinated reading the Lonely Planet’s account of Cuban history. Wanting to share it, I summarized it. Yet I realized that something vital was missing from the Lonely Planet, namely a summing up of Cuba […] Continue reading

Why Trump wants to reverse the normalization of ties with Cuba

Why Trump wants to reverse the normalization of ties with Cuba September 17, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told supporters in Miami on Friday that if elected, he would reverse President Obama’s steps to normalize relations with Cuba unless the government there assented to US demands on political and religious freedoms. “The president’s one-sided […] Continue reading

Jose Marti, Tell the Tyrant…

Jose Marti, Tell the Tyrant… / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Commentary by Carmen Zampallo in the forum of the article “Martí and his Myth,” by José Gabriel Barrenechea, published at 14:30m on the 17 May 2015. Thanks, Carmen, wherever you may be! Where are you Martí? What have you become? In your name have been created […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro – Ignoring Him is the Best Punishment

Fidel Castro: Ignoring Him is the Best Punishment / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, La Voz del Morro, August 15, 2006 — Humans eat meat; cattle feed on forage and in their own way find the nutrients in the soil populated by worms, which probably eat other bugs that I don’t know about; but […] Continue reading

Hunger strikes against State terrorism

Hunger strikes against State terrorism JOSÉ HUGO FERNÁNDEZ | Miami | 2 de Agosto de 2016 – 22:36 CEST. It is disturbing that 20 Cubans on hunger strikes do not even constitute an event capable of affecting the course of daily life on the island. And it is outrageous that it does not produce headlines […] Continue reading

Assassins, Accomplices and Victims

Assassins, Accomplices and Victims / Ángel Santiesteban 14 May 2016 — We are now looking at another anniversary of the execution of the young men who, in 2003, tried to hijack the Regla ferryboat and were shot by the dictatorship. As is well known, it was one of the most vile assassinations of the so-called […] Continue reading

Protesters, proponents of Cuban consulate in Miami Beach spar outside City Hall

Protesters, proponents of Cuban consulate in Miami Beach spar outside City Hall Cuban exiles, many from Southwest Miami-Dade, said idea of consulate in the Beach was “disrespectful” to exile community A few dozen Cuban supporters of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine came out to defend him Two groups shouted at each other around noon Thursday […] Continue reading

Obama and Raul Castro – Encounters and Disagreements

Obama and Raul Castro: Encounters and Disagreements / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner Posted on February 21, 2016 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami, 20 February 2016 — Obama will go to Havana in March. The trip is part of his change of policy regarding the island. He wants, as John Paul II asked, for “Cuba to […] Continue reading

Against Raúl Castro’s visit to France

Against Raúl Castro’s visit to France J. MACHOVER / L. MULLER / J. ZÚÑIGA | París | 21 Ene 2016 – 9:11 am. Cuban dictator Raúl Castro, invited by François Hollande, is scheduled to arrive in Paris on February 1, 2016. The President of the Council of State and of Ministers and the First Secretary […] Continue reading

More Counterrevolutionary (?) Artists Speak up for Their Freedoms (Part I)

More Counterrevolutionary (?) Artists Speak up for Their Freedoms (Part I) / Angel Santiesteban Posted on December 20, 2015 Angel Santiesteban “on probation,” Havana, 5 December 2015 — On Saturday, November 28th, there was a meeting at the “Fresa y Chocolate” center in Havana, of the Assembly of the G-20 as they have been called, […] Continue reading

Revolution 2.0 – What 40 American Entrepreneurs Learned In Cuba

Revolution 2.0: What 40 American Entrepreneurs Learned In Cuba Loren Feldman FORBES STAFF Not long after we arrived in Cuba last month, we heard our first jokes about the country. In one, Presidents Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush and Fidel Castro have all died and gone to Hell. There, they meet the devil who tells […] Continue reading

Proposal with Regards to the Retirement of a Tyrant

Proposal with Regards to the Retirement of a Tyrant / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on November 16, 2015 Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 12 November 2015 — Recently the octogenarian Raul Castro again spoke about his upcoming retirement in February of 2018. For someone who has never not heard the same last name leading the country during […] Continue reading

The Cuban Assassination That Could Kill Obama’s Detente Deal

The Cuban Assassination That Could Kill Obama’s Detente Deal Could the murder of an anti-Castro dissident—and billions of dollars in damages from that and related cases—threaten Obama’s peace plan with Havana? It was just past 7:30 on a muggy night in the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan, in late October of 1976, and the […] Continue reading

After Francis, will things improve for Cuba’s Catholics?

After Francis, will things improve for Cuba’s Catholics? The GroundTruth Project September 23, 2015 · 12:15 PM EDT By Jason Berry (follow) Leaning on a cane in her small living room in this rural Cuban village of Rodas, Gladys Cristina del Caridad Gonzalez, 84, reflected on Pope Francis’s historic visit and what she hopes is […] Continue reading

Persecuted political artists defy Cuba crackdown

Persecuted political artists defy Cuba crackdown Al Jazeera Havana, Cuba – Walking up the stairs to the apartment of Gorki Aguila, lead singer of the Cuban punk band Porno Para Ricardo (PPR), the scene is anything but striking – greyish-white doors with tan borders. But when you reach the last one on the right, Aguila’s […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s Legacy for Cuba

Fidel Castro’s Legacy for Cuba / 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenechea Posted on August 18, 2015 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenchea, Holguin, 15 August 2015 — For many, Fidel Castro has been “a light in the street and darkness at home.”* Although I don’t believe that either outside or inside Cuba’s borders this gentleman has illuminated a […] Continue reading

From John Paul II to Francis – Opening and Reconciliation, the Path Towards Change (II)

From John Paul II to Francis: Opening and Reconciliation, the Path Towards Change (II) / Somos+, Carlos Hernandez Posted on August 19, 2015 Somos+, 10 August 2105 — Between March 26th and 28th , 2012, His Holiness Benedict XVI, today Pope Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Church, conducted a very intensive visit to Cuba as […] Continue reading

Restore Sovereignty to the People If You Want To Avoid another Revolution

Restore Sovereignty to the People If You Want To Avoid another Revolution / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos Posted on July 27, 2015 A pandemic of freedom floods our senses. Juan Carlos Cremata 14ymedio, Pedro Campos and other authors, Havana, 25 July 2015 – It will soon be 62 years since a group of young men headed […] Continue reading

The Pope Has Left Me and My Fellow Citizens Discouraged

The Pope Has Left Me and My Fellow Citizens Discouraged / Hablemos Press, Rafael Molina Rodríguez Posted on July 15, 2015 Hablemos Press, Rafael Molina Rodríguez*, Santiago de Cuba, 10 July 2015 – The message put out by the Holy See that Pope Francis is not planning to touch on political matters during his upcoming […] Continue reading

Obama heads for showdown over Cuba embassy

Obama heads for showdown over Cuba embassy By Jordain Carney President Obama is heading for a showdown with Congress after announcing plans to reopen the U.S. embassy in Cuba. The administration’s move is part of a months-long discussion between the two countries to normalize relations that could hand Obama a needed foreign policy win, but […] Continue reading

The Church That Is Oblivious to Reality

The Church That Is Oblivious to Reality / Angel Santiesteban Posted on June 24, 2015 Ángel Santiesteban-Prats, 23 May 2015 — The beatification of Father Arnulfo Romero is the mirror where, for El Salvador, Latin America, and the world, the pastors of God should look and reflect, in order to attend the spiritual and material […] Continue reading

For Sucelys, to Be Reborn Tomorrow

For Sucelys*, to Be Reborn Tomorrow / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on June 4, 2015 And Jesus said: Father, forgive them, because they know not what they do. Luke 23:34 I write without knowing if she will get to read these words, or if she would understand them, because there are matters in life that […] Continue reading

Obama Dances with Wolves

Obama Dances with Wolves / Angel Santiesteban Posted on May 1, 2015 Angel Santiesteban-Prats, Unidad de Guardafronteras Prison, Havana, April 10, 2015 — President Obama is surrounded by Castros. In front he has the old wolf Raul, taking his turn as tyrant. To his left is Raul’s grandson and chief bodyguard. To his right, just […] Continue reading

The Specter of Castro Haunts Panama Summit

The Specter of Castro Haunts Panama Summit / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on April 8, 2015 PanAm Post, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, 8 April 2015 — A ghost ship haunts the halls of this week’s Summit of the Americas in Panama: the Chong Chon Gang. The vessel, seized in the Panama Canal in July […] Continue reading

OLPL in “A New U.S.-Cuba Policy: Did Cuba Win?”

OLPL in “A New U.S.-Cuba Policy: Did Cuba Win?” Posted on March 1, 2015 Video: Fifty-plus years of US diplomatic stalemate and economic sanctions have failed to bring freedom to the Cuban people because they were not designed to bring freedom to the Cuban people, but to penalize a regime that started by sequestering Cuban […] Continue reading

Rubio – Cuba taking advantage of U.S.

Rubio: Cuba taking advantage of U.S. By Marco Rubio Updated 1722 GMT (0122 HKT) February 2, 2015 Story highlights Sen. Marco Rubio: Castro regime wants even more in exchange for nothing When dealing with tyrants, you can’t wear them down with kindness, Rubio says Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, is a member of […] 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

U.S.-Cuba deal only enriches ‘a tyrant and his regime’ – Rubio

Rubio: U.S.-Cuba deal only enriches ‘a tyrant and his regime’ Published January 16, 2015 EFE Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, one of the U.S. lawmakers who is most hostile toward the Cuban government, said Thursday that the announced economic aid from Washington to Havana will only serve to enrich “a tyrant and his regime” as well […] Continue reading

Capitulation to Cuba is par for the course for Obama

Capitulation to Cuba is par for the course for Obama By Jennifer Rubin January 15 at 2:45 PM The magnitude of the administration’s sellout of the Cuban people became clear today. The Post reports: Men play chess on the sidewalk in downtown Havana January 9, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini (CUBA – The Obama administration took its […] Continue reading

The Empty Rostrum

Cuba: The Empty Rostrum January 6, 2015 Irina Echarry HAVANA TIMES — The last moments of 2014 were quite eventful. Occupied in my own, personal matters, I haven’t been out of the house in many days, but have kept abreast of what is happening in the country. I want to condemn the criminal proceedings that […] Continue reading

How Do the Dissidents Feel? Cinematic Thoughts on the Cuba Deal

How Do the Dissidents Feel? Cinematic Thoughts on the Cuba Deal By Carl Eric Scott January 5, 2015 9:07 PM “You have no idea how many people are in here due to senseless heroics.” That’s a line from The Lives of Others, in which Stasi interrogator Gerd Wiesler, speaking to Christa-Maria Sieland in the main […] Continue reading

Obama and Cuba

January 3, 2015 Obama and Cuba By Eileen F. Toplansky As a direct result of Obama’s intervention in Cuba, “a large group of prominent Havana dissidents — activists, civil society advocates and independent journalists — were arrested as they headed for a pro-free speech… event.” Among the arrested were writer Yoani Sanchez and her husband […] Continue reading