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03/22/2017 07:08 PM
Raul Castro Squandered His Last Chance
Raul Castro Squandered His Last Chance / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 22 March 2017 — A year ago Cuba had a once in a lifetime opportunity. US President Barack Obama came to the island willing to turn the page on political confrontation. The gesture transcended the diplomatic situation, but Raul […]
03/22/2017 07:07 PM
Obama’s Unquestionable Imprint
Obama’s Unquestionable Imprint / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 20 March 2017 — Putting aside the passions of supporters and detractors of the policies drawn up by President Barack Obama for Cuba, there is no doubt that, for better or worse, it set indelible before and after benchmarks in the lives of the […]
03/22/2017 07:06 PM
The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba
The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 21 March 2017 – This Tuesday, the Cuban government prevented Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White movement, from traveling outside the country because of an unpaid fine for for an alleged infraction “against public adornment.” Meanwhile, the authorities accuse her of […]
03/22/2017 05:23 PM
‘When I’m 64’: Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba
‘When I’m 64’: Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba Carlos BATISTA AFP March 22, 2017 More Havana (AFP) – While their American and European peers twisted and shouted to The Beatles in the 1960s, in Cuba childhood sweethearts Gisela and Hector kept their Beatlemania a naughty secret. Now, still Beatles-crazy after all these years, but with […]
03/22/2017 05:17 PM
Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better U.S. relations
Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better U.S. relations UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 9:28 P.M. By Emily Swanson and Michael Weissenstein Associated Press WASHINGTON – A rare poll of Cuban public opinion has found that most of the island’s citizens approve of normal relations with the United States and large majorities want more tourists […]
03/22/2017 05:15 PM
How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business
How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business The challenge of running a restaurant “a la izquierda” by Suzanne Cope Mar 21, 2017, 2:02pm EDT On a recent January evening, tourists and a few Habaneros sat under a palm frond canopy sipping rum cocktails, listening to a live band playing Cuban folk songs […]
03/22/2017 05:07 PM
Activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel Castro – Amnesty International
Cuba: Activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel Castro 21 March 2017, 16:58 UTC A three year sentence against the leader of a Christian pro-democracy movement after he criticized Fidel Castro is a stark illustration of ongoing restrictions to the right to free expression in Cuba, said Amnesty International. Dr. Eduardo Cardet […]
03/22/2017 05:06 PM
How Congress Can Send a Strong Message to Cuban Diplomats in DC
How Congress Can Send a Strong Message to Cuban Diplomats in DC Jackson Ventrella / Ana Quintana / @Ana_R_Quintana / March 20, 2017 COMMENTARY BY Jackson Ventrella Jackson Ventrella is a member of the Young Leader’s Program at The Heritage Foundation. Ana Quintana @Ana_R_Quintana Ana Quintana is a policy analyst for Latin America and the […]
03/22/2017 05:04 PM
Congratulations To Cuban Socialists – 95% Of Cubans Want Economic Growth, 13% Think They Have It
Congratulations To Cuban Socialists – 95% Of Cubans Want Economic Growth, 13% Think They Have It Tim Worstall , CONTRIBUTOR I have opinions about economics, finance and public policy. Other than the very few remaining deluded lefties out there there’s no one who thinks that the Cuban government has done a good job these past […]
03/22/2017 04:58 PM
Cuban dissident leader to Trump – ‘Treat Cuba like a dictatorship’
Cuban dissident leader to Trump: ‘Treat Cuba like a dictatorship’ BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Frustrated by what they see as “indolence” from the previous administration, some Cuban government opponents are urging President Donald Trump to backtrack current Cuba policy and speak out about increased government repression on the island. Antonio G. Rodiles and his […]
03/22/2017 04:55 PM
A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship?
A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship? BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Cuban filmmaker Carlos Lechuga has pulled an acclaimed film, based on repression against gay writers in the early years of the Revolution, from an upcoming presentation in New York after festival organizers banned it from official competition and […]
03/21/2017 06:46 PM
We’ve Been Investigating Ivan Garcia for Five Years
“We’ve Been Investigating Ivan Garcia for Five Years” / Iván García Iván García Quintero, Havana, 19 March 2017 — When the summons arrived for an interview with a police official, the girl’s puzzled family thought it was a mistake. Let’s call them Kenia, Pedro, and Camila. They are neighbors of mine and prefer to remain […]
03/21/2017 06:45 PM
To Live As Third Class Citizens
Cuba: To Live As Third Class Citizens / Iván García Iván García, 17 March 2017 — On a wooden shelf are displayed two bottles of liquid detergent, a dozen packs of Populares cigarettes, a packet of coffee, and, on a hastily-drawn poster, a quotation from the deceased Fidel Castro. Past 10:30 am, the hot bodega […]
03/21/2017 03:48 PM
UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Bangladesh
UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Bangladesh By UN Watch —— Bio and Archives March 21, 2017 GENEVA— Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Bolivia, UAE, Iran, Bangladesh, and Venezuela today attempted to silence UN human rights council testimony by the head of UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights […]
03/21/2017 03:43 PM
As further US airlines exit Cuba, what does the future hold for US-Cuba relations?
As further US airlines exit Cuba, what does the future hold for US-Cuba relations? Karen Gilchrist | @_karengilchrist Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 | 9:02 AM ET CNBC.com U.S. airlines Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines have become the latest to bow out of Cuba due to weakened demand, posing new questions about the U.S’s future relationship […]
03/21/2017 03:30 PM
Tourists, private enterprise give Cuba much needed boost
Tourists, private enterprise give Cuba much needed boost Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 11:30 am By David Bordewyk Running an Italian restaurant plus a small bed and breakfast keeps owner Yucimy on her feet from sunrise to well past sunset. It’s 7 a.m., and she is already preparing omelets for her five B&B guests. Her […]
03/21/2017 03:15 PM
How Can You Fight Injustice in Cuba?
How Can You Fight Injustice in Cuba? March 20, 2017 By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — A political system which doesn’t have feedback, nor is founded on democratic elections, will never be able to truly fight injustice, anywhere! If those who rule the country and decide for the rest of us what will happen […]
03/20/2017 04:46 PM
A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy
A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 19 March 2017 – It rained when the presidential plane touched down on the tarmac at Havana’s Airport. On 20 March 2016, Barack Obama began a historic visit to the island that awakened hopes and sparked questions. […]
03/20/2017 04:44 PM
Ecuadorian Presidential Candidate Says Cuban Medical Missions “Are Slavery” and Vows to End Them
Ecuadorian Presidential Candidate Says Cuban Medical Missions “Are Slavery” and Vows to End Them / 14ymedio 14ymedio (with information from Diana Ramos), Quito, 17 March 2017 – Guillermo Lasso, a candidate for president of Ecuador, is against the Cuban medical missions in his country and promised to end them, should he triumph in the upcoming […]
03/19/2017 03:06 PM
‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail
‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail A brutal high-security prison was the last place Stephen Purvis expected to end up when he moved to Havana. Stephen Gibbs tells his story Stephen Gibbs Sunday 19 March 2017 09.00 GMT If you happened to go to a […]
03/19/2017 02:35 PM
Cuba’s Children of Power Take Possession
Cuba’s Children of Power Take Possession / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 13 March 2017 — The appointment of architect Perla Rosa Rosales Aguirreurreta to succeed historian Eusebio Leal as head of Havana’s Office of the Historian is the most recent example of the Cuban regime’s making strategic decisions whose sole purpose is to […]
03/18/2017 07:28 PM
Police Accuse Journalist Henry Constantin Of “Usurpation Of Legal Capacity”
Police Accuse Journalist Henry Constantin Of “Usurpation Of Legal Capacity” / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 17 March 2017 – Journalist Henry Constantin, director of La Hora de Cuba (Cuba Hour) magazine and regional vice president of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), was formally charged Friday with the crime of “usurpation of legal capacity,” he told […]
03/18/2017 07:24 PM
Directives for Cyber-offensive from the Ministry of Public Healt
Cuba: Directives for Cyber-offensive from the Ministry of Public Health / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 15 March 2017 — The Cuban government is preparing an insightful cyber-offensive and to do so plans to increase the army of cyber-combatants where, in addition to the well-known guerrillas of cyberspace — that is the students at […]
03/18/2017 05:14 PM
Cuba capitalism blinds tourists from Communist reality
Cuba capitalism blinds tourists from Communist reality George Diaz Orlando Sentinel “So when are you going to Cuba?” I get that a lot, maybe once a week. It’s understandable, since I am a home-grown Cubano, at least until I was almost 5 years old. That’s when my parents, in an act of ultimate sacrifice, left […]
03/16/2017 03:55 PM
The Day Castro Buried Capitalism
The Day Castro Buried Capitalism / Cubanet, Tania Diaz Castro Cubanet, Tania Diaz Castro, 13 March 2017 – This 13 March is the 49th anniversary of the Great Revolutionary Offensive, that economic project that emerged from the little brain of the “Enlightened Undefeated One,” to ruin the Cuban economy even further. Although each year the […]
03/16/2017 03:54 PM
The Taliban Has Returned
The Taliban Has Returned / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, 15 March 2017 – At the beginning of the last decade, when Fidel Castro would call a “march of the fighting people” for any reason whatsoever and the multitudes who seemed to have arrived from Pyongyang would chant slogans and wave little […]
03/16/2017 03:53 PM
Cuban Journalists Demand Greater Access To Sources
Cuban Journalists Demand Greater Access To Sources / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 14 March 2017 – Whether they are independent or official, reporters share the same complaint against institutions, which they accuse of hindering access to information and hiding data. And for this reason all informants have the same requirement: greater access […]
03/16/2017 01:55 PM
The Cuba travel bubble is popping
Analysis: The Cuba travel bubble is popping Fabiola Santiago Miami Herald At the height of the Cuba travel frenzy, unleashed by the restoration of diplomatic relations and relaxed U.S. travel rules, not a day went by without an onslaught of photos on social media of americanos cruising Havana in antique convertibles and puffing on cigars. […]
03/16/2017 01:47 PM
Cuba tries to reboot its creaky state news apparatus
Cuba tries to reboot its creaky state news apparatus MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press March 15, 2017 HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government is trying to reboot its Soviet-era style news programming with a high-definition current affairs channel staffed by young journalists. The Caribe channel is starting slowly, with 3½ hours of offerings a night on […]
03/15/2017 04:23 PM
The Official Press and the Art of “Sweetening The Pill”
The Official Press and the Art of “Sweetening The Pill” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 14 March 2017 – After contemplating several ideas of what to write about on this Day of the Press in Cuba, I decided to share with my readers an extract from an unpublished autobiography where I relate […]
03/14/2017 05:04 PM
The Nomads Of The Commerce Travel The Towns Of Cuba
The Nomads Of The Commerce Travel The Towns Of Cuba / 14ymedio, Bertha Guillen 14ymedio, Bertha K. Guillen, Candelaria, Cuba, 13 March 2017 — Apples, disposable diapers and fried foods are some of the products on display on the stands of the traveling fairs that make the rounds of Cuban towns. Nomadic caravans that recall […]
03/14/2017 04:59 PM
13 March 1957 – The Assault on the Presidential Palace
13 March 1957: The Assault on the Presidential Palace / Somos+ We trust in the purity of our intention, May God favor us, To achieve the Empire of Justice in our country. José Antonio Echeverría Bianchi Somos+, Jose Presol, 13 March 2017 — Today, March 13, we celebrate a date that, fifty years ago, could […]
03/13/2017 04:21 PM
Rio Mar, a Restaurant Under Surveillance by Alejandro Castro
Rio Mar, a Restaurant Under Surveillance by Alejandro Castro / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 28 February 2017 — An unusual combination of powerful forces has conspired to put Río Mar, a privately owned restaurant, in the defendant’s dock. Who has broken the rules this time? Río Mar occupies an enviable location on the […]
03/11/2017 06:39 PM
The Useless Exercise of Rendering Accounts in Cuba
The Useless Exercise of Rendering Accounts in Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 7 March 2017 — The days of the anachronistic “process of rendering accounts” are approaching. This is period known as the genuine exercise of socialist democracy because they are neighborhood meetings in which the people and the leadership (at the […]
03/11/2017 06:36 PM
Very Little Unites Us
Very Little Unites Us / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Damaso, 9 March 2017 — The Electric Union (UNE), the Cuban State Electric Company, plans blackouts for repairs, maintenance and tree pruning that affect its aerial networks. Generally, the extend from 8:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon, directly affecting citizens in their homes, and […]
03/10/2017 10:53 PM
An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name
An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 9 February 2017 — In Cuba being a member of the Castro family is like having a modern-day license to commit piracy. This inalienable right comes in handy for the dynasty’s descendants, especially those born with the compound […]
03/10/2017 09:07 PM
In Miami, politicians struggle with ethics of doing business with Cuba
In Miami, politicians struggle with ethics of doing business with Cuba BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND MIMI WHITEFIELD pmazzei@miamiherald.com The panel of three local mayors discussing how the United States should approach doing business with Cuba was going predictably Friday until Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, a likely Democratic candidate for Florida governor, brought up a […]
03/10/2017 07:49 PM
The case of Omara Isabel Ruiz Urquiola
The case of Omara Isabel Ruiz Urquiola BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 10 de Marzo de 2017 – 09:21 CET. This interview is important in many ways. But, if I had to choose one, it would be how it illustrates the existence of Cuba’s civil society. Castroism has endured by enfeebling the individual, […]
03/09/2017 11:43 PM
ROSA MARÍA PAYÁ | LET CUBA DECIDE | 2016
ROSA MARÍA PAYÁ | LET CUBA DECIDE | 2016 Tags: dissident
03/09/2017 10:28 PM
Do You Want to be Free?
Do You Want to be Free? / 14ymedio, Jose Azel In memory of Oswaldo Payá Video: https://youtu.be/TB0m5Euv1Ag 14ymedio, Jose Azel, Miami, 9 March 2017 – We take as a given that all people aspire to be free, but the idea of ​​individual freedoms is not universally accepted. Defenders of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes argue that […]
03/09/2017 10:23 PM
José Daniel Ferrer “This Type Of Assault Does Not Discourage Us”
José Daniel Ferrer: “This Type Of Assault Does Not Discourage Us” / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 9 March 2017 — The leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, José Daniel Ferrer, was released Thursday after being detained for more than 24 hours. The opponent denounced an “increase in the repression” against the activists of his movement, […]
03/09/2017 10:21 PM
Police Forces Assault UNPACU Headquarters, Activists Arrested
Police Forces Assault UNPACU Headquarters, Activists Arrested / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 8 March 2017 — The headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) were assaulted by police forces in the early hours of Wednesday. The troops forcibly entered five homes located in the Altamira and José María Heredia areas in Santiago de Cuba, where […]
03/09/2017 10:19 PM
Renting Out Medical Specialists
Cuba: Renting Out Medical Specialists / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 4 March 2017 — Twenty years later, Nivaldo (names changed), 43, an orthopedist, still remembers the hot morning when his parents said goodbye to him in the old train station in a small village in the depths of Cuba. The economy of his native village, […]
03/09/2017 09:57 PM
Freedom House denuncia arrestos de opositores en Cuba
Freedom House denuncia arrestos de opositores en Cuba Pablo Alfonso “El gobierno de Cuba está tratando de silenciar a cualquiera que llame la atención sobre el arresto y encarcelamiento de los opositores, incluidos los miembros de UNPACU (Unión Patriótica de Cuba)”, dijo Carlos Ponce director del programa de América Latina de esa organización. Freedom House […]
03/09/2017 08:31 PM
Cuba’s self-imposed embargo is hurting Cubans more than the US embargo
Cuba’s self-imposed embargo is hurting Cubans more than the US embargo By KATARINA HALL • 3/8/17 8:00 PM At the end of January, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., introduced the Agricultural Export Expansion Act aimed at removing restrictions on United States agricultural exports to Cuba. Following the steps of 16 other states, Virginia also launched its […]
03/09/2017 08:19 PM
Future of democracy in Cuba
Future of democracy in Cuba Posted: Mar 08, 2017 5:48 AM Updated: Mar 08, 2017 6:09 AM Two human rights activists from the island nation spoke about what it will take to secure democracy in the country. Rosa María Payá with the Christian Liberation Movement and Cuba Decide and Oswaldo Payá were invited to the […]
03/09/2017 07:49 PM
CCDHRN – 482 arbitrary arrests on the Island in February and a political activist, dead in prison
CCDHRN: 482 arbitrary arrests on the Island in February and a political activist, dead in prison DDC | La Habana | 8 de Marzo de 2017 – 20:48 CET. In its monthly report the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) denounced the “482 arbitrary arrests” of peaceful opponents and dissidents that took […]
03/08/2017 06:12 PM
Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces The Death Of A Political Prisoner Pending Trial
Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces The Death Of A Political Prisoner Pending Trial / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 7 March 2017 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) has denounced the death of political prisoner Hamel Santiago Maz Hernández, an activist from UNPACU, who died* on February 24 at Combinado del Este […]
03/08/2017 06:10 PM
Havana Taxi Drivers Up In Arms
Havana Taxi Drivers Up In Arms / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 27 February 2017 — After working twelve hours driving a vintage 1957 Chevrolet for a collective taxi company on the Cotorro-Central Park route, twenty-nine year old Osdiel sits down to have a beer at a dark bar in the south end of Havana, where […]
03/08/2017 04:32 PM
Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms
Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms March 7, 2017 By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — Every Sunday, there is the “Los Chinos” agro-market fair in the city of Holguin in eastern Cuba. Trucks loaded with produce come from all over the country, mainly from its central provinces. As there is competition and since […]
03/08/2017 04:29 PM
Raúl Castro slams Trump – and I’m forced to agree with the dictator. How sick is that?
Raúl Castro slams Trump – and I’m forced to agree with the dictator. How sick is that? BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com Cuban dictator Raúl Castro has no moral authority to condemn any democratically elected world leader. Not when the most distinguishing trait of his and his late brother’s legacy is death, prison and exile for […]
03/07/2017 06:08 PM
Cuban Police Prevent Joanna Columbié From Boarding A Plane To Mexico
Cuban Police Prevent Joanna Columbié From Boarding A Plane To Mexico / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 6 March 2017 – Cuban police prevented activist Joanna Columbié from boarding a plane this Monday heading to Mexico. The car in which she was raveling was intercepted on the way to the airport and a State Security official warned […]
03/07/2017 04:26 PM
Enslaved Doctors
Enslaved Doctors ANTONIO JOSÉ PONTE | Madrid | 7 de Marzo de 2017 – 14:48 CET. They say that they fulfill their mission when they serve in countries that have signed agreements with the Cuban regime. “Mission.” It is a term that supposes a zeal to spread the faith, and entails a set of diplomatic […]
03/07/2017 03:39 PM
50 Ladies in White Arrested After Communist Mob Stones HQ
Cuba: 50 Ladies in White Arrested After Communist Mob Stones HQ Kyodo via AP Images by FRANCES MARTEL 6 Mar 2017 The Cuban anti-Communist group Ladies in White reports at least 50 of its members were arrested this weekend following a mob attack on their headquarters in Havana, in which the dissidents were forced to […]
03/07/2017 02:21 PM
Newly found letters offer glimpse into life of US dancer married to Cuban spy chief
Newly found letters offer glimpse into life of US dancer married to Cuban spy chief BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com She was a Connecticut-born American ballerina and the wife of the notorious chief of Cuba’s intelligence and subversive operations — Manuel Piñeiro Losada, better known as Barbarroja, or “Red Beard.” And now a trove of […]
03/06/2017 07:05 PM
Cuba Kills Another Dissident
Cuba Kills Another Dissident After Obama’s detente: More tourists on the island and more repression. By Mary Anastasia O’Grady March 5, 2017 5:08 p.m. ET Score another kill for the Cuban military dictatorship: Last month it eliminated Afro-Cuban dissident Hamell Santiago Más Hernández, an inmate of one of its most notoriously brutal prisons. The remarkable […]
03/06/2017 06:28 PM
Official Fervor Towards Fidel Castro Contrasts With the Indifference of Young People
Official Fervor Towards Fidel Castro Contrasts With the Indifference of Young People / EFE-14ymedio, Lorena Canto EFE (via 14ymedio), Lorena Canto, Havana, 5 March 2017 — A hundred days after his death and although Cuba has limited by law the use of his name and image, the figure of Fidel Castro is more present than […]
03/06/2017 04:19 PM
How Cubans’ gift for improvization sustained the politics and pleasures of Havana
How Cubans’ gift for improvization sustained the politics and pleasures of Havana By Michael Mewshaw March 3 Michael Mewshaw is writing a memoir about his friendship with Pat Conroy. A happy hybrid, “Havana: A Subtropical Delirium” invokes the Cuban capital as an occasion to discuss the country’s history, politics, food, architecture, music, religion and passion […]
03/05/2017 05:14 PM
The Prosecution Asks For Three Years In Prison For The Opponent Eduardo Cardet
The Prosecution Asks For Three Years In Prison For The Opponent Eduardo Cardet / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 3 March 2017 — This Friday, the trial against Eduardo Cardet, a doctor and the national coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL), was concluded. The prosecution has maintained its original request for three years of deprivation of […]
03/05/2017 05:09 PM
Luxury and Excess in Socialist Cuba
Luxury and Excess in Socialist Cuba / 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, Miami, 26 February 2017 – I don’t know how my mother managed always to know a little more about my friends and their customs, and even those of the neighbors, because her limited time did not allow her to gossip; but she […]
03/05/2017 04:40 PM
HUMAN RIGHTS? CUBA ARRESTS, ORDERS TRIAL FOR HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS
HUMAN RIGHTS? CUBA ARRESTS, ORDERS TRIAL FOR HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS Father reports: ‘They are making inquiries as if we were criminals’ Published: 16 hours ago BOB UNRUH Even as President Trump prepares to undo some of Barack Obama’s executive orders to normalize America’s relations with Cuba, the communist island nation remains far short of international human-rights […]
03/04/2017 09:40 PM
Cuba “Revolutionary Integration” As A Form Of Social Control
Cuba: “Revolutionary Integration” As A Form Of Social Control / Cubalex Cubalex, 2 March 2017 – It is common for people living in Cuba, once they start school at about six and pass from one educational level to another, to join social and mass organizations. First, in elementary school, the Pioneers, and then, at age […]
03/04/2017 09:36 PM
Cuban Double Agent Fears for His Life after Revealing His True Identity
Cuban Double Agent Fears for His Life after Revealing His True Identity / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 27 February 2017 — Luis Enrique Cepero García was an opponent of the Cuban regime serving a sentence in the Combinado del Este prison when he decided to infect himself with a disease rather than continue […]
03/04/2017 07:47 PM
The Government Puts the Screws to Pedicab Operators Too
The Government Puts the Screws to Pedicab Operators Too FRANK CORREA | La Habana | 3 de Marzo de 2017 – 16:44 CET. Another ordinance to regulate transport in the capital has come to light, this one persecuting pedicabs and consisting of a prohibition against operating outside the municipality where the vehicle is registered. “Imagine. […]
03/03/2017 02:43 PM
Ten Years of Raulism – From “Reformism” to the Abyss
Ten Years of Raulism: From “Reformism” to the Abyss / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 27 February 2017 — As the second month of 2017 comes to a close, the Cuban panorama continues to be bleak. Material difficulties and the absence of a realistic economic recovery program – the ineffectiveness of the chimerical […]
03/03/2017 02:39 PM
Otto Rivero’s March 2nd
Otto Rivero’s March 2nd / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 2 March 2017 — Otto Rivero directed the most powerful entity in Cuba at the beginning of this century, the Battle of Ideas, but was ousted by Raúl Castro a few months after the latter assumed the presidency. Now, the former youth leader […]
03/03/2017 01:00 PM
Castro’s daughter favors bold legislative weapon to combat prostitution — punish the client
Castro’s daughter favors bold legislative weapon to combat prostitution — punish the client BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com The daughter of Cuba’s most powerful man is publicly discussing — perhaps in search of academic support before taking her idea to the legislature — a bold proposal to combat prostitution: penalize the clients who pay for sexual […]
03/01/2017 11:28 PM
Revolutionary ‘Justice’
Revolutionary ‘Justice’ / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 28 February 2018 — The distance between the Havana Capitol and the Ciudad Deportiva (Sport City) remains the same and yet it seems to have changed. With the capped prices imposed by local government on the private taxi routes, this journey has become immense […]
03/01/2017 06:34 PM
Pastor and Wife Arrested for Homeschooling Children in ‘Normalized’ Cuba
Pastor and Wife Arrested for Homeschooling Children in ‘Normalized’ Cuba Courtesy Home School Legal Defense Association by PENNY STARR 28 Feb 2017 A pastor and his wife have been arrested in Cuba for homeschooling their children, according to Mike Donnelly, director of global outreach for the Home School Legal Defense Association, a U.S.-based organization that […]
02/28/2017 08:09 PM
Police In Havana Deploy In Response To Taxi Driver Strike
Police In Havana Deploy In Response To Taxi Driver Strike / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 27 February 2017 — Residents of Havana woke up on Monday morning to a strong police deployment, motivated by the announcement of a strike by private taxi drivers. In response to a question from 14ymedio, a uniformed officer said that it […]
02/28/2017 08:07 PM
Why Foreign Investments Don’t Work in Today’s Cuba
Why Foreign Investments Don’t Work in Today’s Cuba / Dimas Castellano Dimas Castellanos, 17 January 2017 — By 2007, after forty-eight years of revolutionary rule, inefficiency and a lack of productivity had turned state-run farmland into fields infested with marabú weed. Meanwhile, food prices were increasing on the world market. In light of this situation, […]
02/28/2017 08:06 PM
The First Tangible Labor Strike
The First Tangible Labor Strike / Rebeca Monzo Rebeca Monzo, 21 February 2017 — New bureaucratic regulations governing the routes of shared fixed-route taxis have led to the first tangible labor strike by drivers. Of course, strikes have gone on for many years in our country due to the poverty-level wages paid to workers in […]
02/28/2017 06:16 PM
Cuba – No Country for Slow DSL Home Internet Plans
Cuba: No Country for Slow DSL Home Internet Plans Written by Larry Press Two years ago, leakers suggested that Cuba might build its home internet plan on super-slow DSL connections. They were wrong, suggests Larry Press. Analysis Facebook6GoogleTwitterEmailMore aNewDomain –There will be no Cuban home Internet plan. That’s my conclusion after having followed Cuban Internet […]
02/27/2017 06:52 PM
Weakness, Fear And Inability Erode The Cuban Government
Weakness, Fear And Inability Erode The Cuban Government / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 23 February 2017 — The recent “diplomatic” action by the Cuban Government to try to prevent the presence of foreign personalities in a private event in Havana to receive a symbolic prize bearing the name of the late regime […]
02/26/2017 03:18 PM
Cuban Activist Juan Goberna Arrested
Cuban Activist Juan Goberna Arrested / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 25 February 2017 — Human rights activist Juan Goberna Hernández was arrested around 9 am this Saturday when he left home to attend a meeting of the Inclusive Culture Network, a project to defend the rights of people with disabilities. On Friday night Goberna, who is […]

 

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