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    Martha Beatriz Roque: “The Cuban Opposition Has Not Found The Right Path”

    Martha Beatriz Roque: “The Cuban Opposition Has Not Found The Right Path” 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miamia, 25 May 2017 — On the verge of being operated on in Miami for a traumatic cataract caused by a punch from a Cuban State Security agent during one of the many acts of repudiation against her, the dissident […] Continue reading

    Number of Political Prisoners Doubles In Last Year, According To Human Rights Group

    Number of Political Prisoners Doubles In Last Year, According To Human Rights Group 14ymedio, Havana, 8 May 2017 – The number of political prisoners has doubled this year, according to the most recent report from the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), which counts 140 people charged for these reasons in April, […] Continue reading

    Health Of Three Siblings On Hunger Strike In Cuba Worsens

    Health Of Three Siblings On Hunger Strike In Cuba Worsens 14ymedio Havana, 27 March 2017 — The health of the siblings Fidel Batista Leyva, and Anairis and Adairis Miranda Leyva is worsening, as Monday marked their 21 days on a hunger strike, according to their mother, Maydolis Leyva Portelles, who spoke with 14ymedio. Members of […] Continue reading

    Invasive Marabou Weed, An Enemy That Became An Ally

    Invasive Marabou Weed, An Enemy That Became An Ally / 14ymedio, Bertha Guillen and Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Bertha Guillen and Ricardo Fernandez, Artemisa/Pinar del Rio, 9 February 2017 – When he was a boy, Jorge Luis Ledesma Herrera played around the charcoal ovens his father had built. Now, approaching 50, this Pinar del Rio man […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s New Minister of the Interior Inaugurates His Tenure With a Repressive Wave Across the Country

    Cuba’s New Minister of the Interior Inaugurates His Tenure With a Repressive Wave Across the Country / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 11 January 2017 — While in the United States Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, made it clear that human rights will be an important part of Washington’s […] 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

    Fidel Castro’s 13 Most Notorious Failures

    Fidel Castro’s 13 Most Notorious Failures / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 30 November 2016 – Cuba’s official press and, oddly, a good part of the international media, never stop repeating that Fidel Castro brought Cubans free education and healthcare for all. Cuba was already, however, one of the most developed countries on […] Continue reading

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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

    The Thaw and St. Lazarus Fight Over a Date: 17D

    The Thaw and St. Lazarus Fight Over a Date: 17D* / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma Posted on December 17, 2015 14ymedio, Orlando Palma, 17 December 2015 — Dawn broke, this Thursday, to hundreds of pilgrims and promise keepers in the sanctuary of Rincón, south of Havana. The front pages of the world’s newspapers celebrated the first […] 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

    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 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

    “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

    Cuba’s controversial cardinal takes center stage with pope’s visit

    Cuba’s controversial cardinal takes center stage with pope’s visit HAVANA | BY DANIEL TROTTA Cardinal Jaime Ortega rose from labor camp inmate in the 1960s to become one of Cuba’s leading political figures, leveraging a non-confrontational style into a rare position of influence for someone outside the Communist Party. With Pope Francis visiting Cuba next […] Continue reading

    Cuban dissidents heckled at Americas Summit

    Cuban dissidents heckled at Americas Summit BY JOSHUA GOODMAN AND ANDREA RODRIGUEZ ASSOCIATED PRESS 04/08/2015 9:00 PM 04/08/2015 9:59 PM PANAMA CITY About 100 supporters of Cuba’s government aggressively heckled dissidents from the communist-run island attending a civil society forum Wednesday at the start of the Summit of the Americas in Panama. Opponents of President […] Continue reading

    Cuba Without Rights on Human Rights Day

    Cuba Without Rights on Human Rights Day / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on December 11, 2013 The Cuban government has cracked down hard on dissidents who dared to go out on December 10th, the day when the world celebrated Human Rights Day, according to sources from the island who have posted on the social networks. […] Continue reading

    Golpean al Premio Sájarov 2010

    Golpean al Premio Sájarov 2010 Guillermo Fariñas fue atacado por turbas castristas cuando caminaba hacia la 5ª Estación de Policía de Santa Clara, para denunciar la golpiza y arresto de varias Damas de Blanco. Jorge P. Martínez / martinoticias.com noviembre 03, 2013 El Premio Sájarov 2010 a la Libertad de Conciencia Guillermo Fariñas fue golpeado […] Continue reading

    Cuba Dissident Blogger Yoani Sanchez Confronted by Italian Pro-Castro Fanatics

    Cuba Dissident Blogger Yoani Sanchez Confronted by Italian Pro-Castro Fanatics By Gianluca Mezzofiore: Subscribe to Gianluca’s RSS feed April 28, 2013 9:59 PM GMT Cuba dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez has been confronted by pro-Castro fanatics at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia A group of around twenty demonstrators accused Sanchez of being pro-American, shouting “Yes […] Continue reading

    Pro-govt crowds surround Cuban dissident home

    Posted on Thursday, 02.23.12 Pro-govt crowds surround Cuban dissident home By ANNE-MARIE GARCIA Associated Press HAVANA — A crowd of government supporters surrounded the home of a leading Cuban dissident on Thursday where opposition activists were quietly paying homage to a hunger striker who died two years ago. Some 200 pro-government protesters shouted slogans and […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Ladies in White dissidents honor late leader on Human Rights Day, amid counterprotest

    Cuba’s Ladies in White dissidents honor late leader on Human Rights Day, amid counterprotest By Associated Press, Published: December 10 HAVANA — Cuba’s Ladies in White dissident group paid homage to their late leader while observing International Human Rights Day at her home Saturday, surrounded by a jeering pro-government crowd for a second straight day. […] Continue reading

    Exile fireworks show off Cuba irks Castro govt

    Posted on Saturday, 12.10.11 Exile fireworks show off Cuba irks Castro govtBy PETER ORSIAssociated Press HAVANA — Fireworks shot from a flotilla organized by Miami exiles exploded in red and white balls off the coast of Havana to call attention to Cuba's human rights record. The stunt irritated Cuban officials but drew few spectators. The [...] Continue reading

    Cubans test official limits on criticism

    Cubans test official limits on criticismBy Peter OrsiAssociated PressPublished: Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011 6:50 a.m. MDT PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba — Pedro Pablo Oliva was the kind of model citizen the Cuban government wants to show the world. Oliva proclaimed his loyalty to Fidel Castro's revolution, his support for its goal of social equality and [...] Continue reading

    Cuban Ladies in White harassed by pro-Castro hecklers

    Monday, March 21st 2011 – 07:34 UTC

    Cuban Ladies in White harassed by pro-Castro hecklers

    Cuban government supporters harassed a group of dissidents who met at a
    home in Havana to commemorate the eighth anniversary of a sweeping
    crackdown on… Continue reading

    Pro-government crowd taunts dissidents in Havana

    Posted on Friday, 03.18.11

    Pro-government crowd taunts dissidents in Havana
    By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
    Associated Press

    HAVANA — Pro-government demonstrators surrounded the home of a leading
    Cuban dissident Friday, yelling insults at her and other opposition
    figures gathered inside to mark… Continue reading