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02/23/2017 07:26 PM
Cuba says it foiled plot to destabilize country, slams dissidents and OAS
Cuba says it foiled plot to destabilize country, slams dissidents and OAS By Sarah Marsh and Nelson Acosta | HAVANA Communist-ruled Cuba on Wednesday said it had foiled a serious plot aiming to destabilize the country by preventing the chief of the Organization of American States traveling to the island to attend an award ceremony […]
02/23/2017 07:24 PM
U.S. senators say Cuba’s Castro keen to continue detente
U.S. senators say Cuba’s Castro keen to continue detente By Sarah Marsh | HAVANA Cuban President Raul Castro made it clear to a visiting U.S. congressional delegation that his country was intent on pursuing market reform and detente with the United States, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy told a news conference on Wednesday. Leahy, a Democrat […]
02/23/2017 07:23 PM
Cuba Blocks Chilean Student from Entry for Award Ceremony Honoring Dissident
Cuba Blocks Chilean Student from Entry for Award Ceremony Honoring Dissident BY: SABRINA MARTÍN – @SABRINAMARTINR – FEB 22, 2017, 12:21 PM Cuba removed a Chilean student leader from Cuba hoping to attend an award ceremony dedicated to Cuban political activist Oswaldo Payá. Juan Carlos Vargas, a former student at the Central University of Chile […]
02/23/2017 06:53 PM
Rosa María Payá and Castroism’s fear
Editorial: Rosa María Payá and Castroism’s fear DDC | Madrid | 23 de Febrero de 2017 – 12:37 CET. In Havana, Rosa María Payá, President of the Latin American Youth Network for Democracy, was going to bestow the Oswaldo Payá Freedom and Life Award on Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS, and to honor […]
02/23/2017 06:50 PM
Oswaldo Payá Award Ceremony Is Absent The Winners
Oswaldo Payá Award Ceremony Is Absent The Winners / 14ymedio, EFE 14ymedio/EFE, Havana, 22 February 2017 — The presentation of the Oswaldo Payá “Freedom and Life” Prize has led to a diplomatic conflict, after the Cuban government vetoed the entry into the country of three of the guests: OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, Former Mexican […]
02/23/2017 06:48 PM
Felipe Calderón “I Ask The Cuban Government To Rectify This Absurdity”
Felipe Calderón: “I Ask The Cuban Government To Rectify This Absurdity” / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2017 — Just five years ago, Mexican President Felipe Calderón was greeted warmly in Havana during an official visit. However, this week the now former president was denied entry to the island to participate in the Oswaldo Payá […]
02/23/2017 06:46 PM
Alexei Gámez “Before Wifi This Was a Dead Town”
Alexei Gámez: “Before Wifi This Was a Dead Town” / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 21 February 2017– Surrounded by cables and circuits Alexei Gámez has spent his life. From an early age he became passionate about technology despite growing up amidst the rigors of the Special Period. At age ten, he had […]
02/23/2017 06:45 PM
The IAPA Demands The Government Of Cuba Release Its Regional Vice President On The Island
The IAPA Demands The Government Of Cuba Release Its Regional Vice President On The Island / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Miami, 21 February 2017 — The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) condemned the arrest in Cuba of Henry Constantin Ferreiro, director of the magazine Hour of Cuba and regional vice president of its Committee on Freedom of […]
02/23/2017 06:44 PM
Cuba Refuses OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro Entry To The Island
Cuba Refuses OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro Entry To The Island / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2017 — The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has published a letter explaining why he can not attend the Oswaldo Payá “Freedom and Life” Award ceremony. In the letter, addressed to Rosa […]
02/23/2017 06:42 PM
Cuban Government Blocks Several Guests From Entering Cuba For The Oswaldo Payá Award
Cuban Government Blocks Several Guests From Entering Cuba For The Oswaldo Payá Award / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 21 February 2017 – The Cuban government has mobilized in the last hours to prevent several guests from arriving in Havana to attend to Oswaldo Paya Award ceremony, scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, at 11:00 am. Former Mexican President […]
02/22/2017 06:28 PM
OAS chief denied visa to visit Cuba
OAS chief denied visa to visit Cuba Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 10:38 AM WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Cuban authorities have denied a visa to the head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, to travel to the communist-ruled island to receive a prize from a dissident organisation, he said Wednesday. Almagro had […]
02/22/2017 06:26 PM
Cuba blocks Chilean, Mexican former officials from entry
Cuba blocks Chilean, Mexican former officials from entry Cuba stoked tensions across Latin America on Tuesday by blocking a former Chilean minister and one of Mexico’s ex-presidents from traveling to the island to attend an award ceremony hosted by political dissidents. Chile said it was recalling its ambassador to Cuba for consultation and asking the […]
02/21/2017 02:55 PM
Broken Dreams
Broken Dreams / Cubalex Translator’s note: The references here to the empty offices and the inability to work relate to a police raid that occurred in September of last year, during which much of the organization’s equipment was confiscated. Cubalex, 20 February 2017 – It is an ordinary November day. Cubalex members are visiting the […]
02/21/2017 01:38 PM
Serious Threat against Journalist in Cuba
Serious Threat against Journalist in Cuba February 20, 2017 HAVANA TIMES – Today the journalist Fernando Ravsberg warns of the public threats he has received from people linked to the most extremist side of Cuban officialdom. Ravsberg, who currently works for the Spanish newspaper Publico.es and writes his blog “Cartas desde Cuba” has been the […]
02/21/2017 01:22 PM
The energy that Castroism is stifling
The energy that Castroism is stifling ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 21 de Febrero de 2017 – 09:05 CET. In recent weeks the regime of General Raúl Castro has “spooked,” and is now galloping in the wrong direction, in defiance of time and history. The economic crisis is compounded daily, and the dictator […]
02/21/2017 12:51 AM
Cuba’s Ladies In White Report 50 Arrests This Sunday
Cuba’s Ladies In White Report 50 Arrests This Sunday / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 19 February 2017 — Some fifty Ladies in White were detained this Sunday on the Island, according to members of that dissident organization. Former political prisoner and regime opponent Angel Moya told 14ymedio by phone that Berta Soler had been arrested by […]
02/20/2017 11:30 PM
McGovern in Cuba to discuss new partnerships
McGovern in Cuba to discuss new partnerships Worcester Democrat is part of bipartisan delegation By Anthony Fay Published: February 20, 2017, 9:48 am WASHINGTON (WWLP) – Congressman Jim McGovern is in Cuba with a group of other members of Congress, to discuss increasing cooperation between the two nations. McGovern (D-Worcester), who has long advocated for […]
02/20/2017 11:12 PM
The Catholic Church takes a good step
Editorial: The Catholic Church takes a good step DDC | Madrid | 20 de Febrero de 2017 – 09:41 CET. Ever since the trip to Cuba taken by Pope John Paul II, the Cuban Catholic Church’s dedication to the defense of human rights has clearly been insufficient. Understandably, some have come to describe this failure […]
02/19/2017 05:55 PM
Private Taxi Drivers Feel Harassed By The Cuban Government
Private Taxi Drivers Feel Harassed By The Cuban Government / Iván García Iván García, 15 February 2017 — Decidedly, equanimity isn’t one of Pastor’s strong points. He’s an industrial engineer transformed into a private taxi driver, and six days a week he drives a 1954 Dodge with a body from a Detroit factory, patched up […]
02/19/2017 05:10 PM
Vermont US Sen. Patrick Leahy Heading to Cuba, Colombia
Vermont US Sen. Patrick Leahy Heading to Cuba, Colombia Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is headed to Cuba and Colombia during the President’s Day congressional recess. Feb. 19, 2017, at 8:18 a.m. MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is headed to Cuba and Colombia during the President’s Day congressional recess. Leahy, a […]
02/18/2017 05:03 PM
The Spirit Of The Executions Still Haunts La Cabaña
The Spirit Of The Executions Still Haunts La Cabaña / Cubanet, Tania Diaz Castro Cubanet, Tania Diaz castro, 14 February 2017 — Nelson Rodríguez Leiva, 26, was shot in La Fortaleza de la Cabaña in 1971, along with his dearest friend, Angelito de Jesús Rabí, 17. Also in the same place, but a century earlier, […]
02/18/2017 05:01 PM
The Crisis Of The ‘Boteros’ – The First Bean To Burst Into The Pot
The Crisis Of The ‘Boteros’: The First Bean To Burst Into The Pot / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 17 February 2017 – The ending of the United States’ Wet-Foot/Dry-Foot policy – that allowed Cubans who touched American soil to stay – crushed the hopes of many Cubans of being able to achieve […]
02/17/2017 09:08 PM
Cuban Doctors and Nurses in Exchange for Angolan Oil
Cuban Doctors and Nurses in Exchange for Angolan Oil / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 14 February 2017 — In a memorable address on December 18, 2008 in Salvador de Bahía, Brazil, Raúl Castro referred to what we now know as Operation Carlota, saying, “We told the Angolan people we will only take with […]
02/17/2017 09:06 PM
Cuban Customers – Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom
Cuban Customers: Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 February 2017 – In the photo the couple smiles with one glass of beer in hand, all they were able to obtain after waiting in a long line at a Varadero resort. Nine years after the government allowed […]
02/17/2017 09:03 PM
The Student Who Did Not Want To ‘Ride With Fidel’
The Student Who Did Not Want To ‘Ride With Fidel’ / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Excobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 16 February 2017 — David Mauri Cardoso, a 24-year-old from Cienfuegos, dreamt of being lawyer but could not successfully pass a test of dishonesty. In appearance it was a test of Spanish, but what was being evaluated […]
02/17/2017 09:01 PM
Havana’s Archbishop Asked Cuban Government “To Sit Down And Talk To The Opposition,” Says Berta Soler
Havana’s Archbishop Asked Cuban Government “To Sit Down And Talk To The Opposition,” Says Berta Soler / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 16 February 2017 — Berta Soler, after meeting this Wednesday with Archbishop of Havana Juan de la Caridad Garcia Rodriguez, said that he has offered his full support to the Ladies in White and that […]
02/17/2017 07:56 PM
In Cuba Most Small Businesses Are Still Illegal
In Cuba Most Small Businesses Are Still Illegal February 17, 2017 By Eileen Sosin Martinez HAVANA TIMES — Mairim Rodriguez* used to spend her days looking through Revolico and other ad websites, seeing “what jobs were out there on the market.” She quickly found out that there were lots of other people in the same […]
02/17/2017 07:52 PM
Trump – Rubio and I have ‘very similar views on Cuba’
Trump: Rubio and I have ‘very similar views on Cuba’ BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com President Donald Trump said during a press conference Thursday that he shares Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio’s views on Cuba. “We had dinner with Senator Rubio and his wife, who was by the way, lovely, and we had a very […]
02/17/2017 07:35 PM
The Archbishop of Havana Receives the Ladies in White
The Archbishop of Havana Receives the Ladies in White DDC | La Habana | 17 de Febrero de 2017 – 10:54 CET. The leader of the Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco), Berta Soler, and María Cristina Labrada Varona, representing the women’s movement, met on Wednesday morning with the Archbishop of Havana, Juan de la […]
02/16/2017 11:39 PM
The Two Marielas
The Two Marielas / Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, Havana, 14 February 2017 – The story I want to relate has two parts, one is true and the other is fiction. The real one is an event I was involved in at the Carlos III market while in line to […]
02/16/2017 11:30 PM
Too Young for the Party and Too Old for the Communist Youth
Too Young for the Party and Too Old for the Communist Youth / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, Havana, 9 February 2017 — Try as I might—to avoid being a bore and accused of holding a grudge against the boy—I cannot leave Harold Cárdenas, the ineffable blogger at La Joven Cuba, in […]
02/16/2017 10:19 PM
Cuba’s Social Control, A Highly Effective Weapon
Cuba’s Social Control, A Highly Effective Weapon February 15, 2017 By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban system is well thought out, that doesn’t mean to say that it is flawless though. It works; it holds itself up and manages to keep afloat in spite of shortages and its lack of success. How […]
02/16/2017 01:00 AM
Trump, Rodiles and the Cuban Opposition
Trump, Rodiles and the Cuban Opposition / Juan Orlando Perez Juan Orlando Pérez, 1 February 2017, (re-published in Ivan Garcia’s blog on 7 February 2017) — Antonio Rodiles, one of the Cuban government’s most tireless enemies, or at least one of its most eloquent, has said that the arrival of Donald Trump at the White […]
02/16/2017 12:55 AM
Books Banned at Cuba’s Book Fair
Books Banned at Cuba’s Book Fair / Cubanet, Roberto Quinones Cubanet, Roberto Jesus Quinones Haces, Guantanamo, 10 February 2017 – The Havana International Book fair and its provincial offshoots would be more important events if there were debates where all Cuban intellectuals could participate without exclusions. But they are walled prosceniums where there is only […]
02/15/2017 11:03 PM
Top diplomat to accept award from democracy group in Cuba
Top diplomat to accept award from democracy group in Cuba By LUIS ALONSO LUGO AND ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Feb 15, 2017, 2:07 PM ET A prominent diplomat is planning a politically sensitive trip to Cuba to accept an award from a pro-democracy group on the island. Luis Almagro, secretary general of the […]
02/15/2017 10:45 PM
Official Journalism in Cuba – Empty Nutshells
Official Journalism in Cuba: Empty Nutshells February 14, 2017 By Vicente Morin Aguado HAVANA TIMES — On February 7th, the Cuban Communist Party’s (PCC) press published several articles about the reporting behavior of young people belonging to the government’s journalism sector. Before that, on January 20th, a comment made by Yeilen Delgado Calvo in Juventud […]
02/15/2017 10:08 PM
Taxi drivers – ‘Their trick, in the end, is to pit Cubans against each other’
Taxi drivers: ‘Their trick, in the end, is to pit Cubans against each other’ JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 15 de Febrero de 2017 – 13:53 CET. “Now the race to get an almendrón (taxi) will be liked a marathon,” warned writer Yani Monzón on the social networks last weekend. Private-sector workers holding […]
02/14/2017 05:28 PM
Taxi Prices – Raul’s Reform Is Not Working
Taxi Prices: Raul’s Reform Is Not Working ORLANDO FREIRE SANTANA | La Habana | 13 de Febrero de 2017 – 22:04 CET. When a society manages to liberalize prices – that is, they are determined by the relationship between supply and demand – they constitute an indicator of economic health. This is so because a […]
02/13/2017 08:46 PM
Private Taxi Drivers Close Ranks Against Fixed Prices Charged By The State
Private Taxi Drivers Close Ranks Against Fixed Prices Charged By The State / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 12 February 2017 – “Take me, I’ll pay you double,” implores a woman to a taxi driver on the main route of Prado y Neptuno. The car is empty, but the driver does not stop to […]
02/13/2017 08:43 PM
“Those Who Do Not Help the Victims of Castro-ism Are Complicit in the Oppression,” says Rocio Monasterio
“Those Who Do Not Help the Victims of Castro-ism Are Complicit in the Oppression,” says Rocio Monasterio / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Miami, 11 February 2017 – Rocio Monasterio, a Cuban living in Spain who became popular after starring in a televised debate at the end of November in which she confronted […]
02/12/2017 07:32 PM
Measuring Hopelessness
Measuring Hopelessness / Yoani Sanchez Yoani Sanchez, El Pais, 12 February 2017 — Statistics are deceiving. They only reflect measurable values, tangible realities. International agencies cram us with numbers that measure development, life expectancy or educational attainment, but seldom succeed in grading dissatisfaction, fear, and discouragement. Frequently in their reports they describe a Latin America […]
02/12/2017 07:31 PM
Informers Approved by the Cuban Government
Informers Approved by the Cuban Government / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 10 February 2017 — Seven years ago, when the roar of the winds of a hurricane devastated Havana and the water filtered through the unglazed living room door of Lisvan, a private worker living in an apartment of blackened walls which urgently needed comprehensive […]
02/12/2017 07:28 PM
Cubans In Ecuador Ask Ecuador’s Next President To End The Medical Missions
Cubans In Ecuador Ask Ecuador’s Next President To End The Medical Missions / 14ymedio, Diana Ramos and Mario Penton 14ymedio, Diana Ramos and Mario Penton, Quito/Miami, 10 February 2017 — A group of Cubans in Ecuador united in the Movement X Cuba (MXC) requested in an open letter to the next present of Ecuador, the […]
02/12/2017 07:25 PM
A Day Without Private Taxis
A Day Without Private Taxis / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 10 February 2017 — Without posters, lists of demands or protest demonstrations, Havana’s private taxi drivers are responding to the recently imposed fare caps. The authorities made a bold move, adjusting their previous fare caps – which the drivers got around by […]
02/10/2017 07:26 PM
New Price Caps For Cuba’s Private Taxi Drivers
New Price Caps For Cuba’s Private Taxi Drivers / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 9 February 2017 — Private taxi drivers in Havana woke up this Thursday with the news of the imposition of price caps on the six most important routes served by their vehicles. The government has taken the measure so as “not to allow […]
02/10/2017 07:19 PM
Police Search Home of Cuban ‘YouTuber’
Police Search Home of Cuban ‘YouTuber’ / 14ymedio 14ymedio Havana, 8 February 2017 – Officers from Cuba’s National Revolutionary Police searched the home of ‘YouTuber’ and activist Alexei Gamez, in Jagüey Grande in the province of Matanzas. According to Eliecer Avila, leader of the Somos+ (We Are More) Movement, the agents entered the house in […]
02/10/2017 07:18 PM
Young Cuban Journalists Look at Their Profession
Young Cuban Journalists Look at Their Profession / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 8 February 2017 – Now underway is the second meeting of young journalists at the Jose Marti International Journalism Institute in Havana. The main objective of the event, organized by the Cuban Journalists Union (UPEC), is to discuss “journalism and […]
02/10/2017 05:28 PM
Another Democrat visits Cuba
Another Democrat visits Cuba By Silvio Canto, Jr. Governor John Hickenlooper (D) of Colorado spent a few days in Cuba. He spoke about doing business with Cuba but not about human rights. This is a summary of his visit: The governor of Colorado said on Sunday he believes the Cuban government wants to further improve […]
02/10/2017 04:53 PM
The MUAD and Otro18 lament that the electoral process will not be held under the ‘Law promised by the Government’
The MUAD and #Otro18 lament that the electoral process will not be held under the ‘Law promised by the Government’ DDC | La Habana | 10 de Febrero de 2017 – 00:09 CET. The Democratic Action Unity Roundtable (MUAD) and the Civic Platform #Otro18 expressed their regret Wednesday that the electoral process initiated on the […]
02/09/2017 07:55 PM
Portraits of Cubans executed by Castro regime on display in the European Parliament
Portraits of Cubans executed by Castro regime on display in the European Parliament BY LUIS DE LA PAZ More than 100 portraits of Cubans executed by the Castro regime are on display at the European Parliament offices in Brussels thanks to the support of three parliament members from Spain and the Czech Republic. The three […]
02/08/2017 09:09 PM
More Than 50% Of Cuba’s Political Prisoners Belong To UNPACU, According To Human Rights Group
More Than 50% Of Cuba’s Political Prisoners Belong To UNPACU, According To Human Rights Group / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 6 February 2017 – A report released this Monday by the National Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) counts 478 arbitrary arrests against dissidents throughout the island during the month of January. The […]
02/08/2017 07:35 PM
Dangerous Current
Dangerous Current / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 8 February 2017 – In Central Havana where people live in very close quarters, popular speech develops at a dizzying speed and the illegal sellers have their kingdom among the corridors and passageways. But this part of the city is also among the few areas […]
02/07/2017 03:11 PM
Eusebio Leal’s Social Programs in Old Havana Disappear under GAESA
Eusebio Leal’s Social Programs in Old Havana Disappear under GAESA / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 2 February 2017 — On July 30, 2016 the new military management that officially took over the Cuban tourism company Habaguanex and other business entities that had belonged to the Office of the Historian of the City of […]
02/07/2017 02:23 PM
One Cuban Artist Depicts The Sea As A Deadly ‘Iron Curtain’
One Cuban Artist Depicts The Sea As A Deadly ‘Iron Curtain’ David Alm , CONTRIBUTOR Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. With one week left in his presidency, Barack Obama ended a policy that allowed Cuban migrants who’d survived the perilous, often fatal 90-mile journey to the United States to stay, even without […]
02/07/2017 02:20 PM
U.S. travelers wait to see if Cuba strides will be undone
U.S. travelers wait to see if Cuba strides will be undone By Spud Hilton, San Francisco Chronicle February 6, 2017 Updated: February 6, 2017 12:54pm Pouring the first of what would be many Cuba Libres he would make that day, Israel the bartender at Hotel Nacional said he was excited that restrictions on U.S. travelers […]
02/07/2017 02:02 PM
One of Obama’s parting acts – Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton
One of Obama’s parting acts: Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com In his last month in office, former President Barack Obama preempted what could have been one of President Donald Trump’s first actions on Cuba: he suspended a section of the Helms-Burton Act that allows former owners of commercial property expropriated by […]
02/07/2017 01:44 PM
Maderas Mayarí – how a company is destroyed
Maderas Mayarí: how a company is destroyed OSMEL RAMÍREZ ÁLVAREZ | Holguín | 6 de Febrero de 2017 – 23:30 CET. One of the landmark companies in Mayarí, Holguín, is MADEMA (Maderas Mayarí), among the largest of its kind in the country. It boasts a combine that processes wood, workshops that turn out rustic-style finished […]
02/06/2017 01:37 PM
Continuity guaranteed
Continuity guaranteed VERÓNICA VEGA | La Habana | 6 de Febrero de 2017 – 11:19 CET. Last Sunday during the plenary session of the National Council of the University Students Federation (FEU), Vice-President Miguel Díaz-Canel stated that “Cuban youth is responsible for the historical continuity of the Island’s social project.” Since we are immersed in […]
02/05/2017 05:46 PM
I Did Not Enter This House Through The Window
“I Did Not Enter This House Through The Window” / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar Every night when Bisaida Azahares Correa goes to bed and looks at the ceiling, she is afraid that when the sun comes up she will have leave the house where she lives with her two children. This dwelling in the Siboney neighborhood […]
02/05/2017 05:24 PM
The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba
The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba by MARIO T. DE LA PENA February 5, 2017 4:00 AM Fidel Castro is dead, but Castroism still needs to be defeated Fidel Castro died on November 25, but Castroism — the one-party, neo-Stalinist system that has tyrannized Cuba for more than half a century — still needs […]
02/04/2017 10:54 PM
The Internet In Cuba: Strict Control And Excessive Prices
The Internet In Cuba: Strict Control And Excessive Prices / Iván García Iván García, 30 January 2017 — Five or six abstract oil paintings are tastelessly jumbled together in the living room of a house in the west of Havana, next to a collection of laptops and ancient computers waiting to be repaired. We can […]
02/04/2017 10:19 PM
Cubans anxious about change in US relations under Trump
Cubans anxious about change in US relations under Trump Trump threatened to remove embassy in Havana By: PATRICK OPPMANN Updated: Feb 04, 2017 12:22 AM CST HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) – As US President Donald Trump lashes out at US enemies and allies alike, many Cubans wonder which Trump they will face. Will it be the […]
02/04/2017 10:15 PM
Donald Trump ‘reviewing Cuba policy’, says White House
Donald Trump ‘reviewing Cuba policy’, says White House Possible hardening of stance towards communist island follows improving relations under Barack Obama Tom Batchelor White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on 3 February AP Donald Trump is to conduct a “full review” of America’s […]
02/04/2017 10:09 PM
Brazen Cuban street artist El Sexto talks about his work, prison and activism
Brazen Cuban street artist El Sexto talks about his work, prison and activism BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com Danilo Maldonado, the Cuban graffiti artist and human rights activist known as El Sexto, is the very antithesis of the communist “new man” the Castro revolution was supposed to create. Maldonado spent 55 days in prison after […]
02/04/2017 02:24 AM
Inspections and Fines in Cuban Private Restaurants
Inspections and Fines in Cuban Private Restaurants / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 30 January 2017 — A fine that is stranger than fiction. More than 400,000 Cuban convertible pesos (roughly the same in dollars), is the astronomical figure set as a penalty for La California restaurant, a palader (private restaurant) a few steps […]
02/02/2017 07:51 PM
Amnesty International Calls For Release Of Cuban Opponent Eduardo Cardet
Amnesty International Calls For Release Of Cuban Opponent Eduardo Cardet / EFE, 14ymedio EFE (via 14ymedio), Havana, 1 Februday 2017 — The global organization Amnesty International on Tuesday called for the “immediate and unconditional” release of Cuban dissident Eduardo Cardet, who has been detained for two months accused of the crime of assault. Amnesty International […]
02/02/2017 06:36 PM
Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market
Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market Less than 100 miles south of Key West sits a socialist country forbidden from doing business with the U.S. for 57 years. Now it’s on the brink of being opened to American entrepreneurs. Meet the ones hoping to cash in first. By David Whitford The Friday before […]
02/01/2017 08:52 PM
Coexistence Profiles Future Proposals For Cuban Education And Culture
Coexistence Profiles Future Proposals For Cuban Education And Culture / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 30 January 2017 — A pluralistic education, deeply democratic, with a privileged use of technology and communications together with a vision of culture open to universality: these were some of the proposals of the third meeting of the […]
02/01/2017 08:49 PM
On Notice – Cuban Repressor Dainier Suarez Pagan
On Notice: Cuban Repressor Dainier Suarez Pagan / Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, 30 January 2017 — To Mr. Suarez Pagan: For six months, since we took the initiative to identify those people who exercise the repression of the Cuban tyranny, your name is repeated more often than […]
02/01/2017 07:32 PM
Ports deserve state support in dealing with Cuba
Editorial: Ports deserve state support in dealing with Cuba Posted: 5:43 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Port of Palm Beach officials see an opportunity in normalizing relations with the communist island of Cuba. As well they should. The port is in an advantageous position geographically. It has a deep and rich history of trade with […]
02/01/2017 07:20 PM
Gov. Scott puts provision in proposed budget to block trade with Cuba
Gov. Scott puts provision in proposed budget to block trade with Cuba BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Following on the heels of last’s week threatened retaliation against Florida ports that sign agreements with Cuba, Gov. Rick Scott has tucked another anti-Cuba provision into his proposed state budget that is even more far-reaching. Port Everglades and the […]
02/01/2017 07:10 PM
DEMAND RELEASE OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER EDUARDO CARDET – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
URGENT ACTION DEMAND RELEASE OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER Five days after Fidel Castro’s death, human rights defender Eduardo Cardet was detained and has since been held in provisional detention in Holguín, south-east Cuba. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally. Dr. Eduardo Cardet Concepción, leader of the Christian Liberation […]
02/01/2017 06:55 PM
Striving to convince young people of the ‘blessings’ of Castroism
Striving to convince young people of the ‘blessings’ of Castroism ORLANDO FREIRE SANTANA | La Habana | 1 de Febrero de 2017 – 10:26 CET. We have recently borne witness to a kind of government offensive seeing to convince young people of the blessings of the political system prevailing on the Island. The regime is […]
01/31/2017 08:13 PM
Voices Of Official Journalism Strike Against A Foreign Correspondent
Voices Of Official Journalism Strike Against A Foreign Correspondent / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 30 January 2017 — The controversy between the most radical wing of Cuban officialdom and the correspondent of Uruguayan origin resident in Cuba, Fernando Ravsberg, is rising in tone. The latest blasts from the most orthodox defenders of […]
01/31/2017 06:24 PM
Waiting for change in Cuba
Waiting for change in Cuba BY JOHN CAULFIELD, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 01/30/17 07:00 PM EST When I took up my assignment as chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana in 2011, my biggest question was how had Cuba survived as one of the world’s last remaining Marxist Leninist systems? Strong and sometimes brutal internal […]

 

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