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    Speech in Cuba – A Freedom under Threat

    Speech in Cuba: A Freedom under Threat / Luis Felipe Rojas Luis Felipe Rojas, 20 May 2016 — Every day it becomes more dangerous. Engaging in speech and dissent in Cuba is still like a throwing a rock against the door of Castroism. After their cell phones were returned to them, Pastor Mario F. Lleonart […] Continue reading

    Lady in White Berta Soler Threatened With Prison

    Lady in White Berta Soler Threatened With Prison / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 24 May 2016 — Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White, faces a prison sentence of three months to five years for the alleged crime of resistance. The activist was arrested last Sunday when she attempted to go to the Cathedral of […] Continue reading

    State Security Tactics in Cuba

    State Security Tactics in Cuba / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 11 May 2016 — Daniel Llorente Miranda, 52, is a spontaneous dissident. He doesn’t belong to any opposition party, nor is he an un-gagged journalist. He is on his own. Last 22 March, with the stars and stripes on his shoulders, Llorente found himself in […] Continue reading

    Castro’s Kicks and the Applause of the Sheep

    Castro’s Kicks and the Applause of the Sheep / Luis Felipe Rojas Luis Felipe Rojas, 3 May 2016 — They’ve barely finished giving a slap before they give another. The insult-spitting machine of the Castro regime is fired up week after week. Arbitrary arrests, repudiation rallies, and beatings calibrated from the offices of the Ministry […] Continue reading

    The Repression Obama Did Not See in Havana

    The Repression Obama Did Not See in Havana / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 22 March 2016 — Just when Air Force One landed at 2 pm at the Andrew military base on the way to Havana, forty-six Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) walked in file along the central promenade of 5th Avenue, with photos, […] Continue reading

    A Glossary Against the Deafness of Raul Castro

    A Glossary Against the Deafness of Raul Castro / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on April 10, 2016 Luis Felipe Rojas, 28 March 2016 — With mouths agape and arms extended to the heavens, Cubans of goodwill are still awaiting the night on which Raúl Castro will liberate all political prisoners and fling into the garbage […] Continue reading

    Turning the Page

    Turning the Page / Fernando Dámaso Posted on April 9, 2016 Fernando Damaso, 4 April 2016 — Given President Barack Obama’s intelligent proposal to leave the past behind, turn the page, and together build a better present, some Cuban fossils have cried to the heavens, or to hell, go figure. After the Revolutionary War, Cubans […] Continue reading

    Pro-government bloggers in Cuba use the web to discredit dissidents

    APRIL 8, 2016 12:02 PM Pro-government bloggers in Cuba use the web to discredit dissidents ABEL FERNÁNDEZ staff@InCubaToday.com A Spanish blog titled Comunidad del Parque de Santa Rita (Neighbors of Santa Rita Park) recently posted a series of videos of protests against the Ladies in White, a group of dissident Cuban women who march in […] Continue reading

    A Before and After

    A Before and After / Fernando Dámaso Posted on March 30, 2016 Fernando Damaso, 29 March 2016 — The official journalists and the functionaries of the Cuban government, all in chorus, just to prove that the Guantanamo Naval Base is illegal have taken up against the presidents and Cuban governments from the years 1903 and […] Continue reading

    Ladies in White and Opponents Arrested After Sunday March in Havana

    Ladies in White and Opponents Arrested After Sunday March in Havana / EFE, 14ymedio Posted on March 20, 2016 EFE/14ymedio, Havana, 20 March 2016 – Some fifty Ladies in White and other opposition members such as the graffiti artist El Sexto and Antonio Gonzales Rodlies were arrested in Havana today after the usual Sunday march […] Continue reading

    From the Black Spring to a Rolling Stones Concert

    Cuba: From the Black Spring to a Rolling Stones Concert / Iván García Posted on March 18, 2016 Iván García, 16 March 2106 — Around 12 midnight on Tuesday, 18 March 2003, I was en route to my apartment in the La Víbora neighborhood when, from the balcony, some incomprehensible signs coming from my mother […] Continue reading

    Cuban Dissidents in Western Democrats’ Selfies

    Cuban Dissidents in Western Democrats’ Selfies / Iván García Posted on March 12, 2016 After leaving mass at St. Rita of Casia Church in Miramar, members of the Ladies in White gather a few meters from the church at Ghandi Park under a banner that reads, “TodosMarchamos” (We All March). The have been coming here […] Continue reading

    The New York Times, a Branch of Granma

    The New York Times, a Branch of Granma / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Posted on March 11, 2016 Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 9 March 2016 – The New York Times (NYT) has just dedicated a new editorial to Cuba. Or, to be more accurate, the article, signed by Colombian Ernesto Londoño, makes a whole accolade about […] Continue reading

    Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces 1,414 Political Arrests in January

    Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces 1,414 Political Arrests in January / EFE (14ymedio) Posted on February 4, 2016 EFE (14ymedio), Havana, 4 February 2016 — The dissident Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) reported Thursday that political repression continues its ascent on the island, where in January there were at least 1,414 […] Continue reading

    Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy

    Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 17, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 13 January 2016 — There were more than seven thousand arrests of dissidents in 2015, with most detentions lasting several hours. Beatings, harassment, acts of repudiation and degrading treatment by police are common in Cuba. Political reforms are not […] Continue reading

    Human Rights in Cuba – Nothing Has Changed

    Human Rights in Cuba: Nothing Has Changed / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on January 17, 2016 Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 11 December 2015 — Seven years have passed since the signing of two United Nations’ covenants on civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, and exactly one week from the first anniversary of the announcement of […] Continue reading

    Cuban activists report mysterious marks after attack

    Cuban activists report mysterious marks after attack Cuban activists were attacked during a march in which they protested the liberation of political prisoners They are now en route to the United States, where they will be medically examined for further health complications BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@alnuevoherald.com Two Cuban human rights activists traveled to Miami […] Continue reading

    Cuba – From Thaw to Disillusion

    Cuba: From Thaw to Disillusion [07-01-2016 23:49:55] Carlos Alberto Montaner Escritor, periodista y político (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- The Cuban-American thaw is back to a freeze. Or at least the temperature has dropped a lot. From the torrid beginning one year ago, when Obama and Raúl Castro, virtually hand in hand through television, announced the rapprochement, disillusionment has […] Continue reading

    Vladimir Morera Bacallao Ends Hunger Strike

    Vladimir Morera Bacallao Ends Hunger Strike / 14ymedio Posted on January 4, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 4 January 2016 – Government opponent Vladimir Bacallao Morera has ended his hunger strike, having begun to eat on 30 December, according to information received by 14ymedio from Librado Linares. The prisoner spent more than 80 days without eating to […] Continue reading

    Cuban Activist On The Brink Of Death After A Prolonged Hunger Strike

    Cuban Activist On The Brink Of Death After A Prolonged Hunger Strike / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on December 27, 2015 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 26 December 2015 – A blacksmith by profession, he never imagined that after so many years of fabricating bars for his neighbors’ homes, he would end up locked behind prison […] Continue reading

    Why Do Cubans Emigrate?

    Why Do Cubans Emigrate? / Ivan Garcia Posted on December 22, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 16 December 2015 — Laying the blame on “Yankee imperialism” or the “perverse and criminal” Cuban Adjustment Act will not stem the flow of people escaping poverty and bleak futures. The national debate should be of a different nature. A responsible […] Continue reading

    Cuban Dissidents – Obamas Castro Deal Has Made It Worse

    Cuban Dissidents: Obamas Castro Deal Has Made It Worse This article first appeared on the Council on Foreign Relations site. This past week marked the anniversary of President Obamas new Cuba policy. That policy is failing to produce any human rights improvements in Cuba. So 126 Cuban former political prisoners who together have served 1,945 […] Continue reading

    Neither McDonald’s, nor Freedom

    Neither McDonald’s, nor Freedom / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on December 15, 2015 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 15 December 2015 — A year ago, at noon on 17 December, the national clock was restarted and we became a country filling the headlines and people’s expectations. With the reestablishment of relations between the governments of Cuba […] Continue reading

    December 17th, One Year On: Balance and Responsibility

    December 17th, One Year On: Balance and Responsibility / Convivencia Posted on December 14, 2015 Coexistence Magazine, Pinar del Rio, Cuba Convivencia, Pinar del Rio, 20 November 2015 — December 17, 2014 opened, without a doubt, a new stage, a new phase in the recent history of Cuba: it was the announcement of the process […] 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

    On Censorship And Its Demons

    On Censorship And Its Demons / 14ymedio, Enrique Colina Posted on November 14, 2015 14ymedio, Enrique Colina, 30 October 2015 – The artistic censorship practiced in Cuba during these 56 years, against works and creators, from a culture in favor of a supposed defense of the Revolution, has paradoxically resulted in a backlash against the […] Continue reading

    Cuban Journalists are in No-Man’s Land

    Cuban Journalists are in No-Man’s Land / Ivan Garcia Posted on November 3, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 31 October 2015 — It seems much time has passed since the ’80s, when a stern official from State Security, dressed in civilian clothing, solemnly intimidated us, a group of fresh youngsters, who were studying at La Vibora’s pre-university. […] Continue reading

    The Weighty Legacy of ‘Furry’

    The Weighty Legacy of ‘Furry’ / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on October 31, 2015 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 27 October 2015 — Every Cuban has a minister in charge of his or her affairs, but the Ministry of the Interior is responsible for everyone. This is the reason why, when someone says “The Ministry” everyone […] Continue reading

    Cuba: Human Rights at a glance

    Cuba: Human Rights at a glance 17 September 2015, 07:33 UTC Short-term arbitrary detention Peaceful demonstrators and human rights activists are routinely detained for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly and movement. Activists are often detained to stop them from attending public demonstrations or private meetings. Independent journalists reporting on these detentions […] Continue reading

    “The Cuban Regime Seeks A 2018 Generational Shift Without Democratization” – Rafael Rojas

    Rafael Rojas: “The Cuban Regime Seeks A 2018 Generational Shift Without Democratization” / 14ymedio, Yaiza Santos Posted on September 15, 2015 14ymedio, Yaiza Santos, Mexico, 11 September 2015 — Rafael Rojas (b. Santa Clara, 1965) has published Historia mínima de la revolución cubana (A Brief History of the Cuban Revolution) in Mexico, where he has […] Continue reading