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04/28/2017 05:11 PM
The alliance between Spanish colonialism and the Castroist leadership
The alliance between Spanish colonialism and the Castroist leadership PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 28 de Abril de 2017 – 11:54 CEST. An article appearing in the Spanish newspaper El País, entitled “España no puede perder Cuba dos veces” (“Spain cannot lose Cuba twice”), analyzes the machinations of the latest Spanish Governments’ policies towards […]
04/27/2017 08:20 PM
Two Cuban Activists From Otro18 Arrested
Two Cuban Activists From Otro18 Arrested 14ymedio, Havana, 26 April 2017 — Activists Arturo Rojas Rodríguez and Aida Valdés Santana were arrested at noon on Tuesday as they tried to reach the Justice Ministry in Havana. The dissidents planned to enter into the associations register the Citizens Observers of Electoral Processes (Cope) initiative, one of […]
04/26/2017 08:30 PM
Independent Journalist Arrested For Investigating The Case Of Karla Pérez González
Independent Journalist Arrested For Investigating The Case Of Karla Pérez González 14ymedio, Havana, 25 Havana, 25 April 2017 — The independent magazine El Estornudo (The Sneeze) has denounced Monday’s detention of its collaborator Maykel González Vivero. The young journalist was detained at Marta Abreu de las Villas Central University, while reporting on the expulsion of […]
04/26/2017 08:29 PM
Lady In White Sentenced To Almost Three Years In Prison For Alleged Crime Of ‘Attack’
Lady In White Sentenced To Almost Three Years In Prison For Alleged Crime Of ‘Attack’ 14ymedio, Havana, 25 April 2017 — On Tuesday morning the Court in Havana’s municipality of Diez de Octubre, confirmed the prosecutor’s request of two years and eight months in jail for Micaela Roll Gibert, 53. The woman, a member of […]
04/26/2017 08:27 PM
How Cuban State Security Intimidates Potential Informants
How Cuban State Security Intimidates Potential Informants / Iván García Iván García,9 April 2017 — They did not put a Makarov pistol to his head or torture him with electric prods. Let’s call him Josué. (The names in his article have been changed). He is a guy who wears American-made jeans, listens to jazz by […]
04/26/2017 06:58 PM
Former CIA Operative Argues Lee Harvey Oswald’s Cuba Connections Went Deep
Former CIA Operative Argues Lee Harvey Oswald’s Cuba Connections Went Deep Olivia B. Waxman Apr 25, 2017 After Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F. Kennedy shortly after noon on Nov. 22, 1963, things moved quickly. About an hour later, Oswald fatally shot Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit. Thirty minutes after that, police found Oswald […]
04/25/2017 08:21 PM
Cuban Counterintelligence Plays Hardball with Journalists
Cuban Counterintelligence Plays Hardball with Journalists / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 17 April 2017 — Money is no object. When it comes to thwarting, harassing and repressing intellectuals or journalists, there are always enough funds in military’s coffers to write a blank check. Solid numbers are hard to come by but, according to conservative estimates, […]
04/25/2017 08:20 PM
The King, The President and The Dictator
The King, The President and The Dictator 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 23 April 2017 — In the palace of the Captains General in Havana there is a throne awaiting its king. It was prepared when Cuba was still a Spanish colony and a monarch has never sat in its imposing structure. The visit of Spain’s […]
04/25/2017 01:48 AM
Cuba’s foreign minister reiterates the island’s desire for dialogue with the U.S.
Cuba’s foreign minister reiterates the island’s desire for dialogue with the U.S. BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com In another apparent attempt to get a high-profile message to Washington, Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs during a swing through Europe repeated the island’s desire to maintain the level of dialogue and cooperation that started under former President […]
04/23/2017 04:16 PM
Police Forces Raid Headquarters of ‘Captain Tondique’ Project in Matanzas
Police Forces Raid Headquarters of ‘Captain Tondique’ Project in Matanzas 14ymedio, Havana, 21 April 2017 — The headquarters of the Captain Tondique project in the municipality Matancero de Colón, was raided Friday by combined Police and State Security forces, according to a report received by this newspaper from Yelena Marrero Burunate, daughter of Caridad Burunate, […]
04/23/2017 04:14 PM
Tell Us, General, What’s Plan B?
Tell Us, General, What’s Plan B? 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 20 April 2017 — The Venezuela of “XXI Century Socialism” is wavering and threatening to collapse. It’s only a matter of time, soon, perhaps, as to when it will tumble. And since the economic and political crisis of the country has slipped from the government’s […]
04/23/2017 03:07 PM
Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?
Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba? Apr 20, 2017 President Trump’s government has yet to reveal its hand on the issue of reconciliation with Cuba. There had been a lot of progress towards greater ties following President’s Obama’s overtures in December 2014: Some cooperation agreements were signed – particularly in aviation […]
04/22/2017 02:48 PM
Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking – UN rights expert
Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking – UN rights expert 21 April 2017 – A United Nations human rights expert has urged Cuba to consider introducing new legislation to ensure that everyone who falls victim to trafficking in persons can be identified and helped, and the authorities can take action against […]
04/22/2017 01:36 AM
For Ordinary Cubans, Democracy Isn’t a Priority
For Ordinary Cubans, Democracy Isn’t a Priority / Iván García Iván García, 19 April 2017 — When evening falls, Yainier and a group of friends who live in El Canal, a neighborhood in the Cerro municipality, 20 minutes by car from the center of Havana, grab a table by the door of an old bodega, […]
04/20/2017 05:15 PM
Cuban State Security and Police Prevent Screening of Independent Film in Havana
Cuban State Security and Police Prevent Screening of Independent Film in Havana Statement from Miguel Coyula and Lynn Cruz 15 April 2017, 8:00 PM, Havana: Cuban State Security and Police blocked the street leading to the Gallery El Circulo in Havana in order to prevent the audience from attending the screening of Miguel Coyula’s independent […]
04/19/2017 07:50 PM
When Your Ally’s Beards are on Fire
When Your Ally’s Beards are on Fire*… / Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 April 2017 — According to an old adage, when you see you neighbor’s beard on fire, go soak your own*. The maxim should be applied to the elderly Cuban dictator, especially if we take into account that the erratic performance […]
04/18/2017 11:33 PM
The Risks of Defending Human Rights in Cuba
The Risks of Defending Human Rights in Cuba / Cubalex Cubalex, 4 April 2017 — In the cycles of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR), held in 2009 and 2013, the Cuban State rejected 32 recommendations calling for an end to repression against human rights defenders and lifting restrictions that impede freedom of speech, […]
04/18/2017 10:47 PM
Spain’s King Felipe and PM Rajoy to visit Cuba “as soon as possible”
Spain’s King Felipe and PM Rajoy to visit Cuba “as soon as possible” Cuban foreign minister describes ongoing talks between Havana and Madrid “beneficial” JAVIER CASQUEIRO Madrid 18 ABR 2017 – 12:11 CEST Spain’s King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy have accepted an official invitation to make an official visit to Cuba, which […]
04/18/2017 08:41 PM
Emulating exclusion
Emulating exclusion ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 18 de Abril de 2017 – 16:03 CEST. Years back what they call “civil society” became part of my life through my early engagement in a combination of community activism and links to the few NGOs working in Cuba, followed by participation in Latin American social […]
04/17/2017 04:54 PM
State Security Prevents Screening Of Miguel Coyula’s Documentary ‘Nadie’
State Security Prevents Screening Of Miguel Coyula’s Documentary ‘Nadie’ 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 April 2017 – Cuba’s State Security and the National Revolutionary Police surrounded the independent gallery El Círculo to prevent this Saturday’s screening of the documentary Nadie (Nobody), directed by Miguel Coyula and featuring the censored poet and writer Rafael Alcides. The […]
04/16/2017 04:33 PM
The Student Body Will Never Accept The Counterrevolution
“The Student Body Will Never Accept The Counterrevolution” 14ymedio, Havana, 15 April 2017 — A statement signed by the Council of the University Student Federation (FEU) of ‘Marta Abreu’ Central University of Las Villas ratified the expulsion of student Karla Pérez González from the journalism department. “The university students will never accept the counterrevolution within […]
04/16/2017 03:24 AM
In Cuba, a battle against racism persists, activists say
In Cuba, a battle against racism persists, activists say BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS More than 30 Cuban activists, writers, academics and entrepreneurs, mostly of African descent, gathered at Harvard University for an unprecedented meeting to celebrate the achievements of the Afro-Cuban movement on the island and set the course for future work. […]
04/15/2017 03:48 PM
In the twilight of the Castros
In the twilight of the Castros By Stephen Kinzer APRIL 14, 2017 SANTA CLARA, Cuba THIS PROVINCIAL CAPITAL in central Cuba throbbed with life on a recent Saturday night. In one plaza, a Beatles cover band sang “Ticket to Ride” for an enthusiastic crowd. Exuberant groups of gay men made their way toward a club […]
04/13/2017 09:02 PM
Journalism Student Expelled from University For “Political Reasons”
Journalism Student Expelled from University For “Political Reasons” 14ymedio, Havana, 13 April 2017 — Karla Pérez González was not summoned to the meeting where her future was decided. The first-year Journalism student received a telephone call on Wednesday to notify her of her expulsion from Marta Abreu University in Santa Clara. Her crime? Having contacts […]
04/13/2017 08:35 PM
Madre de la estudiante expulsada por “motivos políticos” publica carta abierta
Madre de la estudiante expulsada por “motivos políticos” publica carta abierta “¿Hasta cuándo vamos a permitir la impunidad?” Jueves, abril 13, 2017 | CubaNet MIAMI, Estados Unidos. – Liset González, madre de Karla Pérez González, estudiante de periodismo expulsada de la Universidad de las Villas por sus contactos con el movimiento opositor Somos +, ha […]
04/13/2017 02:04 PM
Cuba Denies the Work of Informal Civil Society in Defending Human Rights
Cuba Denies the Work of Informal Civil Society in Defending Human Rights / Cubalex Cubalex, 3 April 2017 — The defense and promotion of human rights in the world depens on the work done on the ground by civil society organzations, documenting human rights violations. It does not matter whether the internal context of a […]
04/13/2017 01:10 PM
Cuban-American Relations in 2017
Cuban-American Relations in 2017 BY SAMANTHA MENDIGUREN AND JORGE DUANY • APRIL 12, 2017 In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute. Upon Fidel Castro’s arrival to power in 1959, the United States and Cuba built up an oppositional animosity toward one another. The US […]
04/13/2017 02:13 AM
Lysandra Does Not Want To Be Reeducated
Lysandra Does Not Want To Be Reeducated 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 12 April 2107 — Confined for more than 80 days in a punishment cell, without a single contact with the outside, the activist Lisandra Rivera Rodríguez of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) received her first family visit this Tuesday, in the Mar Verde […]
04/12/2017 02:37 PM
Cuba opposition candidates say targeted for reprisals
Cuba opposition candidates say targeted for reprisals AFP April 12, 2017 Havana (AFP) – Cuban dissidents planning to run in the communist country’s local elections in November have been arrested, threatened and otherwise harassed by the authorities, one of their leaders said Tuesday. At least five would-be candidates have been charged with crimes such as […]
04/12/2017 01:08 PM
‘We have an advantage. We’re not scared.’ A former political prisoner to run in the ‘elections’
‘We have an advantage. We’re not scared.’ A former political prisoner to run in the ‘elections’ YUSIMÍ RODRÍGUEZ LÓPEZ | La Habana | 12 de Abril de 2017 – 12:10 CEST. ‘We will take the voter’s voice wherever necessary’, says José Díaz Silva. For his anti-Government activism José Díaz Silva has received four jail sentences […]
04/11/2017 09:27 PM
“The Politician Of The Week,” A Citizens’ Initiative
“The Politician Of The Week,” A Citizens’ Initiative 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 10 April 2017 — Facing the times that we live in can be an unpleasant task. And doing it without discrimination based on ideological viewpoints and with immediacy, takes visions of daring. This is the challenge that the Center for the Application of […]
04/11/2017 09:25 PM
The Right of Assembly
The Right of Assembly / Somos+ Somos+, Ezequiel Álvarez, 27 March 2017 — I believe that, in the resistance against the totalitarian, military dictatorship of the Castros, the existence of diverse organizations is essential and necessary. If we fight against a monolithic system, it is indispensable to start from a pluralist base wherein there is […]
04/11/2017 09:24 PM
Ten Years, A Blog
Ten Years, A Blog 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 10 April 2017 — Dawn, the sound of the keyboard marks the beginning of the day. I start a blog that will make me experience the most gratifying and terrible moments of my existence. I go out with the USB stick around my neck, climb the […]
04/11/2017 07:07 PM
Castroism unable to explain the censure of ‘chavismo’
Castroism unable to explain the censure of ‘chavismo’ ORLANDO FREIRE SANTANA | La Habana | 11 de Abril de 2017 – 13:58 CEST. There is no doubt that Cuban rulers are concerned about the progressive isolation of Nicolás Maduro’s chavista (inspired by the legacy of the late Hugo Chávez) government. The official newspaper Juventud Rebelde, […]
04/11/2017 12:55 PM
UN expert probes human trafficking in Cuba
UN expert probes human trafficking in Cuba Associated Press 3:59 p.m. ET April 10, 2017 Havana — An independent expert from the United Nations was in Cuba on Monday for a four-day visit to evaluate the human trafficking situation on the island for the first time in a decade. Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro is […]
04/10/2017 07:44 PM
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 […]
04/10/2017 05:13 PM
Cynicism to disguise defeat
Cynicism to disguise defeat PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 10 de Abril de 2017 – 13:43 CEST. Cynicism is, according to the dictionary definition, the attitude of one who lies shamelessly, and defends or practices in a brazen, impudent and dishonest way something that deserves general disapproval. Cynicism has always characterized the Government headed […]
04/08/2017 09:16 PM
Police Arrest Activist Eliécer Ávila and Raid His Home
Police Arrest Activist Eliécer Ávila and Raid His Home The video shows Eliecer Avila and other human rights activists at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, protesting the confiscation of Avila’s laptop when he returned to the country from abroad. https://youtu.be/0d9qfL6qOmg 14ymedio, Havana, 8 April 2017 – Some fifty uniformed members of the National […]
04/08/2017 03:21 PM
Danilo Maldonado Machado, the dissident artist called ‘El Sexto,’ on art and liberty in Cuba
Danilo Maldonado Machado, the dissident artist called ‘El Sexto,’ on art and liberty in Cuba Carolina A. Miranda At the tail end of 2014, Danilo Maldonado Machado, the graffiti artist known as “El Sexto,” was detained by the authorities as he made his way to a public park in Havana to stage a work of […]
04/07/2017 10:29 PM
Several Opposition Leaders Detained On Their Return To Cuba
Several Opposition Leaders Detained On Their Return To Cuba 14ymedio, Havana, 6 April 2017 — Cuban opposition leaders were detained at Havana’s international airport on Thursday, when they arrived from Colombia, according to sources in the political movement Somos+ (We Are More) speaking with 14ymedio. Eliécer Ávila, president of that movement remains “in open protest” […]
04/07/2017 04:34 PM
Cuba invites first U.N. rights investigator in a decade
Cuba invites first U.N. rights investigator in a decade Reuters April 6, 2017 GENEVA (Reuters) – Cuba has agreed to a visit by a United Nations human rights investigator for the first time in decade, inviting an expert on human trafficking this month, a U.N. statement said on Thursday. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, U.N. special rapporteur […]
04/07/2017 12:27 AM
Cuba will open up to a U.N. human rights expert for first time in a decade
Cuba will open up to a U.N. human rights expert for first time in a decade BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The first independent United Nations human rights expert to visit Cuba in a decade will travel to the island next week. U.N. Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, a member of the United Nation’s Human Rights […]
04/06/2017 05:31 PM
This Is How Cuba Threatens, Intimidates, Controls and Punishes Its Own Citizens
This Is How Cuba Threatens, Intimidates, Controls and Punishes Its Own Citizens To citizen Ivan Garcia Quintero, resident of 12 Carmen Street, Apt 3, between San Lazaro and Calzada 10 de Octubre. Your presence is required at the 10 de October PNR (People’s Revolutionary Police) [station] on 2 April 2017 at 10:00 PM with the […]
04/06/2017 05:30 PM
State Security Doctors Constantly Mistreated Us
“State Security Doctors Constantly Mistreated Us” 14ymedio, Havana, 4 April 2017 — Maydolys Leyva can breath easy for the first time since last March 7. Her three children have abandoned their hunger strike after being released on parole. This Monday, their mother prepared a meal of mild creamed vegetables, root vegetables and meat for her […]

 

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