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    “American-Philia” Conquers Cuba

    “American-Philia” Conquers Cuba / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 29 June 2017 — Ten days have passed since Donald Trump announced his “new” political strategy toward Cuba, and while the official Cuban press monopoly has wasted gallons of ink on newspapers and on dozens of reports, interviews and TV programs to show the […] Continue reading

    PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE – URGENT ACTION

    UA: 76/17 Index: AMR 25/6001/2017 Cuba Date: 31 March 2017 URGENT ACTION PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE Two days after Fidel Castro’s death, a family of four human rights defenders were arrested in Holguín, south-east Cuba. They received a one-year sentence, and the three siblings are currently on hunger strike. They are prisoners of […] 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’s strides under Castro offset by decades of repression, reports say

    Cuba’s strides under Castro offset by decades of repression, reports say By Joe Sterling, CNN Updated 0626 GMT (1426 HKT) November 27, 2016 (CNN)The relentlessly brutal legacy of political repression that marked Fidel Castro’s rule in Cuba offset and undermined his achievements, two major human rights groups said on Saturday. Amnesty International and Human Rights […] Continue reading

    Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces “Unstoppable Deterioration Of Civil And Political Rights”

    Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces “Unstoppable Deterioration Of Civil And Political Rights” / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 2 November 2016 — The arbitrary arrests of peaceful dissidents in Cuba marked the highest figure in the last three months in October, with 620 cases, according to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation’s (CCDHRN) monthly […] Continue reading

    Normalization of Relations With Cuba Is All But Irreversible Now

    Normalization of Relations With Cuba Is All But Irreversible Now President Obama’s new directive mandates positive engagement, as opposed to perpetual hostility, as the new modus operandi. By Peter KornbluhTwitterYESTERDAY 2:37 PM With just under 100 days remaining in office, President Obama has launched a final offensive to assure that his administration’s effort to normalize […] Continue reading

    Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime

    Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime / Somos+, Roberto Camba How much truth can a man take? Friedrich Nietzsche Somos+, Roberto Camba, 12 September 2016 — They say it began with the fight to return the young rescued rafter Elian Gonzalez from the United States to Cuba. Really it was much earlier, since the […] Continue reading

    The Cuban Regime Brings Back the Weapon of Fear

    The Cuban Regime Brings Back the Weapon of Fear / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 7 September 2016 — In the autumn of 2002 at an event in a Havana theater, the dictator Fidel Castro sent a clear message to independent journalists and regime opponents in an effort to downplay their importance. Referring to dissidents, he […] 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 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

    Cuban Alternative Journalism: Challenges and Commitments

    Cuban Alternative Journalism: Challenges and Commitments / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 3 May 2016 — One morning in 1996, the poet and journalist, Raúl Rivero, Director of the press agency Independent Cuba Press, called me at home in Víbora, to ask me to cover the trial of a dissident in a municipal court in Cerro. […] 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

    Party Congress – Neither More Of The Same Nor Surprising News

    Party Congress: Neither More Of The Same Nor Surprising News / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on April 12, 2016 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 12 April 2016 — Ruperto, the comedic character in Vivir del Cuento (Living the Story), woke up after a 28-year coma and still doesn’t understand Cuba’s dual currency system nor the end […] 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Same Hatred, Different Collar

    Same Hatred, Different Collar / Rosa Maria Rodriguez Posted on August 28, 2015 Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lord Acton Hate crimes are violent acts induced by prejudices against a person or group considered “different,” owing to their social class, race, ethnicity, nationality, political affiliation, ideology, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or […] Continue reading

    UNPACU Reports More Than A Hundred Activists Arrested

    UNPACU Reports More Than A Hundred Activists Arrested / 14ymedio Posted on August 16, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 16 August 2015 — From the early hours of Sunday the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) denounced the arrest of more than 130 of its activists. Several sources within the organization told this newspaper that the detainees were […] Continue reading

    Another Sunday, Another 89 Political Arrests in Cuba

    Another Sunday, Another 89 Political Arrests in Cuba April Tally Reaches 350 as Ladies in White Bear the Brunt SABRINA MARTÍN MAY 4, 2015 AT 7:24 PM The Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported on Monday that Cuban security forces made 338 politically motivated arrests during April alone. While the figure is lower than […] Continue reading

    Is Cuba ready to come in from the cold?

    Is Cuba ready to come in from the cold? 14 April 2015, 17:44 UTC By Robin Guittard, Caribbean Campaigner at Amnesty International The Cuban government marked a historic first in Panama over the weekend, as the Caribbean island’s President, Raúl Castro, joined leaders from around the region at the Summit of the Americas. Despite all […] Continue reading

    Exiled Ladies in White members demand leader’s resignation after YouTube video

    Exiled Ladies in White members demand leader’s resignation after YouTube video NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 02/18/2015 7:38 PM 02/18/2015 11:07 PM After appearing before two recent U.S. congressional hearings seeking freedom for political prisoners and respect for human rights in Cuba, the leader of Ladies in White now faces calls for her resignation from exiled […] Continue reading

    El Crítico – Music as a subversive instrument in Cuba

    El Crítico: Music as a subversive instrument in Cuba 02/06/2015 2:38 PM 02/06/2015 10:08 PM HAVANA During his years behind bars, Angel Yunier Remón Arzuaga staged a 27-day hunger strike and refused to wear the prison uniform. Now, as the rapper known as “El Critico” returns to his music, he plans to do so with […] Continue reading

    SENTENCING OF THREE BROTHERS POSTPONED – Amnesty International

    DOCUMENT – FURTHER INFORMATION: CUBA: SENTENCING OF THREE BROTHERS POSTPONED Further information on UA: 201/13 Index: AMR 25/003/2014 Cuba Date: 15 July 2014 URGENT ACTION sentencing of three brothers postponed The sentencing of three prisoners of conscience originally scheduled for 1 July has been postponed with no further information. They are prisoners of conscience and […] Continue reading

    Demystifying las UMAP – The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba

    Demystifying las UMAP: The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba Joseph Tahbaz ’15 History major Dartmouth College Joseph.A.A.Tahbaz.15@dartmouth.edu Abstract: The UMAP, las Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción, were forced-work agricultural labor camps operated by the Cuban government during the mid-1960s in the east-central province of Camagüey. The current academic literature […] Continue reading

    Five dissident journalists freed after short detention

    Cuba – Five dissident journalists freed after short detention Source: Reporters Without Borders – Tue, 15 Oct 2013 04:35 AM Author: Reporters Without Borders Mario Echevarría Driggs, David Águila Montero and William Cacer Díaz, arrested in Havana last week, were freed on 14 October 2013. Two correspondents for the Hablemos Press news center, Denis Noa […] Continue reading

    THREE DISSIDENT JOURNALISTS ARRESTED IN SPACE OF 24 HOURS

    THREE DISSIDENT JOURNALISTS ARRESTED IN SPACE OF 24 HOURS PUBLISHED ON MONDAY 14 OCTOBER 2013. Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of three dissident journalists who were arrested within the space of 24 hours at the end of last week in Havana. Mario Echevarría Driggs, a reporter for the Misceláneas de Cuba website, […] Continue reading

    THREE BROTHERS DETAINED FOR DISSENT – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

    DOCUMENT – CUBA: THREE BROTHERS DETAINED FOR DISSENT UA: 201/13 Index: AMR 25/005/2013 Cuba Date: 2 August 2013 URGENT ACTION THREE BROTHERS DETAINED FOR DISSENT Three brothers who are members of a dissident organization are being detained on trumped-up charges. Amnesty International believes them to be prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising their […] Continue reading