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    Eliécer Ávila, The ‘New Man’ Who Became An Opponent

    Eliécer Ávila, The ‘New Man’ Who Became An Opponent 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 8 April 2017 – Walking along the streets with Eliécer Ávila can be a complicated task. His face is well known thanks to a viral video broadcast almost a decade ago. However, before fame came into his life, this young man born […] Continue reading

    At 55, Cuba’s Young Communist Union Loses Relevance But Does Not Want To Retire

    At 55, Cuba’s Young Communist Union Loses Relevance But Does Not Want To Retire 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, 4 April 2017 — There was a time when its red card was a source of pride and most teenagers dreamed of entering its ranks. But those days have been left behind for the Young Communists Union (UJC), […] Continue reading

    Cuban emigration – causes and incentives

    Cuban emigration: causes and incentives DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 24 de Enero de 2017 – 10:40 CET. From the 16th century until the first half of the 20th Cuba was a country of immigrants. In spite of the close relationship with the United States, in 1959 the number of Cubans in the latter […] 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

    The Meteoric Rise Of Susely Morfa González

    The Meteoric Rise Of Susely Morfa González / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 28 December 2016 — The political career of the psychologist Susely Morfa González has been meteoric. This Tuesday she was chosen to be a deputy in Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power and a member of the Council of State, barely two years after […] 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

    The Ancient Dictator Died Long Ago

    The Ancient Dictator Died Long Ago / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 26 November 2016 — The official media have just announced the last and definitive death of Fidel Castro, and I think I have perceived more relief than bereavement in the mournful message. If I were a religious person, I would feel […] 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

    Cuban Youth From US ‘World Learning’ Course Find Themselves Amid Slogans And Fear

    Cuban Youth From US ‘World Learning’ Course Find Themselves Amid Slogans And Fear / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 1 October 2016 — Their names are barely known, but now they find themselves in the middle of acts of political reaffirmation and facing police interrogations. They are young people between the ages of […] Continue reading

    Cuban Government Lashes Out At Scholarships For Young Cubans In The United States

    Cuban Government Lashes Out At Scholarships For Young Cubans In The United States / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 25 September 2016 — The ideological battle of officialdom has a new enemy: the scholarships offered by the American organization World Learning to young Cubans between 16 and 18 years of age. In Cuban […] Continue reading

    They Wanted to be Like Che… and They Are

    They Wanted to be Like Che… and They Are / Luis Felipe Rojas Luis Felipe Rojas, 31 August 2016 — Abusers, they beat women in the street, participate in acts of repudiation, and monitor those who think differently. They are the kids of the feared Rapid Response Brigade. Now they are thirty-somethings. They graduated from […] Continue reading

    Journalism on Demand

    Cuba: Journalism on Demand / Iván García Iván García, 27 August 2016 — I still remember that two-day trip to Pinar del Río. I stayed in a Communist Party hotel at the side of the old central highway. I visited the province’s outstanding factories, cooperatives and work centers. Then in Havana, I wrote three or […] Continue reading

    You bring out the Cuban in me, Randy!

    You bring out the Cuban in me, Randy! BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com Dear Randy, What a sweet name for such a nasty character. For me, it conjures the infectious loud laugh of a football player I knew in high school, a friend during a time when I was still privately heartsick over losing country and […] 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

    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

    Cuba’s Communist Youth Union And The Devaluation Of Its Militancy

    Cuba’s Communist Youth Union And The Devaluation Of Its Militancy / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on April 6, 2016 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 5 April 2017 — Social stereotypes have their moment. In the Cuba of the 50s, being baptized, making one’s first communion, or being married in the church, were the rites of passage […] 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

    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

    Female Caricature

    Female Caricature / Yoani Sanchez Posted on August 23, 2014 14yMEDIO, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 22 August 2014 – A woman on national television said that her husband “helps” her with some household chores. To many, the phrase may sound like the highest aspiration of every woman. Another lady asserts that her husband behaves like a […] 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

    Cuba suspends dissidents’ trial

    Posted on Friday, 11.01.13 Cuba suspends dissidents’ trial BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Cuba suspended the trial scheduled for Friday of three democracy activists arrested during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit last year, and a jailed dissident rapper was reported to be maintaining his two-week-old hunger strike in a hospital. No explanation was given why the […] Continue reading

    Yoani y el exilio

    Publicado el lunes, 04.01.13 Yoani y el exilio Armando González La gira internacional de la disidente cubana Yoani Sánchez ha sido ampliamente cubierta por los medios informativos en Estados Unidos, Europa y América Latina. En el ámbito local, mi colega Fabiola Santiago en su columna semanal en The Miami Herald nos brindó una información excelente [...] Continue reading

    Disruption of Yoani speech in New York carries echoes of Cuba

    Posted on Tuesday, 03.19.13 Fabiola Santiago: Disruption of Yoani speech in New York carries echoes of Cuba By Fabiola Santiago fsantiago@MiamiHerald.com NEW YORK — What do you know? I came to the hip "capital of the world" to attend an unprecedented conference on digital media in Cuba — and ended up witnessing an American-style version [...] Continue reading

    The Preponderance of the Small

    The Preponderance of the Small / Lilianne Ruiz Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated Yesterday I decided to go to Neptune Street between Aramburu and Hospital Streets to see about and receive impressions of the site where from 7:35 in the morning on Friday until today, Tuesday, September 25, the repressive organs have established themselves in front [...] Continue reading

    Estado de Sats Responds to Threat of “Act of Repudiation”

    Estado de Sats Responds to Threat of "Act of Repudiation" / Estado de Sats, Antonio Rodiles Antonio Rodiles, Estado de Sats / State of Sats This morning we heard through a friend that on Thursday the workers of the Labiofam company were notified that they would participate, today, in an act of repudiation* in front [...] Continue reading

    MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IN CUBA

    MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IN CUBA

    Elections for delegates of the municipal assemblies of People's Power
    have begun in Cuba. These elections are of considerable importance for
    two reasons: they determine who these local authorities will be and it
    serves as the… Continue reading

    “The Gray Quinquennium” Or Five Black Decades?

    "The Gray Quinquennium" Or Five Black Decades?
    2007-02-22.
    Oswaldo José Payá Sardiñas, Movimiento Cristiano Liberación
    Havana, February 1 2007- I will never be able to forget the days of
    captivity and liberation on the Island of Pinos, where I, among… Continue reading

    Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2005

    Cuba

    Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – 2005
    Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
    March 8, 2006

    Cuba, with a population of 11 million, is a totalitarian state led by a
    president, Fidel Castro, whose… Continue reading