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06/02/2017 07:18 PM Jesus Hernandez-Guero Or The Art Of Provoking Jesus Hernandez-Guero Or The Art Of Provoking 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 30 May 2017 — If something is clear in the work of Jesus Hernández- Güero is that he is not a complacent artist. His transgressive look is insolent and unrelated to any political militancy, religious creed or commercial convenience. The artist raises sparks everywhere: […] 04/28/2017 06:39 PM Corruption Versus Liberty: A Cuban Dilemma Corruption Versus Liberty: A Cuban Dilemma / Dimas Castellano Dimas Castellanos, 18 November 2016 — The evil of corruption–the act of corruption and its effects–has accompanied the human species since its emergence. It has been present in all societies and in all ages. Its diverse causes range from personal conduct to the political-economic system of […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 02/25/2017 06:51 PM Appeasement Never Works Appeasement Never Works by GEORGE WEIGEL February 25, 2017 4:00 AM And it’s making matters worse in Cuba. At first blush, Luis Almagro would seem an unlikely candidate for the disfavor of the current Cuban regime. A man of the political Left, he took office as the tenth secretary general of the Organization of American […] 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 06:48 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 […] 01/28/2017 05:33 PM Former Political Prisoner Arturo Pérez De Alejo Dies Former Political Prisoner Arturo Pérez De Alejo Dies / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Miami, 25 January 2017 — The former political prisoner Arturo Perez de Alejo, who was part of the Group of 75, died Wednesday in Miami at 66, as reported by MartíNoticias . Pérez Alejo was born in Manicaragua, in the then province of Las […] 01/07/2017 07:26 PM Cuba had been unplugged from American culture for generations. What happens now? Cuba had been unplugged from American culture for generations. What happens now? Randy Lewis CUBA’S ROBERTO GOMEZ HAD a single night free on his first trip to San Francisco, part of a short performance visit in his role as lead guitarist for singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, often referred to as “The Bob Dylan of Cuba,” and […] 12/23/2016 07:26 PM In Cuba Everybody Wants My Money In Cuba Everybody Wants My Money December 22, 2016 By Yudarkis Veloz Sarduy (Progreso Semanal) HAVANA TIMES — In my household, nobody could believe what journalist Boris Fuentes was telling us on the “Cuba Says” segment of the National News on Cuban TV one night at the end of November. If a bunch of onions […] 11/26/2016 02:03 PM Prison, death, exile – Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communist Cuba Prison, death, exile: Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communist Cuba BY JUAN O. TAMAYO AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES email@example.com There are 44 years of dissidence between Cuban human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez and street protester Sara Martha Fonseca, four and a half decades of peaceful opposition to a communist system that jails people for […] 11/15/2016 01:56 PM Trump’s Promised Deportations Could Affect 35,000 Cubans in the US Trump’s Promised Deportations Could Affect 35,000 Cubans in the US / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 14 November 2016 – On Sunday, Donald Trump promised to repatriate up to three million undocumented immigrants who have had legal problems, to their countries of origin. This group includes 34,525 Cubans who have a deportation order […] 11/07/2016 03:20 PM Another Point For The Cuban Human Rights Agenda Another Point For The Cuban Human Rights Agenda / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, 20 October 2016 — An article I wrote was published on this site in March 2015, on the subject of the announcement in the official Cuban press that a new electoral law was to be enacted in Cuba in March […] 09/16/2016 07:55 PM Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime / Somos+, Roberto Camba How much truth can a man take? Friedrich Nietzsche Somos+, Roberto Camba, 12 September 2016 — They say it began with the fight to return the young rescued rafter Elian Gonzalez from the United States to Cuba. Really it was much earlier, since the […] 07/31/2016 06:51 PM Pope Francis Asks Young Cubans “Don’t Be Afraid” Pope Francis Asks Young Cubans “Don’t Be Afraid” / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 29 July 2016 – A message from Pope Francis aimed at young Cubans raised spirits Thursday in celebrations that took place in Havana simultaneously with World Youth Day held in Krakow, Poland. “Young Cubans: open yourselves to great things! […] 06/28/2016 02:50 PM Who judges them? ‘Who judges them?’ BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 27 de Junio de 2016 – 14:34 CEST. Doraisa Correoso Pozo was born in Santiago de Cuba on 11 April, 1969. When she was five years old she and her siblings witnessed the murder of their mother, Ladis Luisa Pozo, stabbed by a man who […] 06/27/2016 03:00 PM The social consequences of a Government that resorts to thugs to stay in power. The case of Doraisa Correoso Pozo The social consequences of a Government that resorts to thugs to stay in power. The case of Doraisa Correoso Pozo BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 27 de Junio de 2016 – 2:34 pm. Doraisa Correoso Pozo was born in Santiago de Cuba on 11 April, 1969. When she was five years old she […] 06/04/2016 12:58 PM Cuba Posible – The Same Old Challenges Cuba Posible: The Same Old Challenges FRANCISCO ALMAGRO DOMÍNGUEZ | Miami | 3 Jun 2016 – 8:48 pm. On May 26 the “Cuba and Its Current Challenges event was held in New York, organized by the Cuba Posible Laboratorio de Ideas and sponsored by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) at a facility belonging […] 06/01/2016 04:38 PM Cuban dissident leader takes his message to the United States – ‘We’re not afraid’ Cuban dissident leader takes his message to the United States: ‘We’re not afraid’ By Karen DeYoung May 31 at 6:01 PM For most of his career as a Cuban dissident leader, through his 2003 arrest and seven years as a political prisoner, José Daniel Ferrer was repeatedly pressed by the Cuban government to leave the […] 05/24/2016 04:00 PM What’s behind the changes to the Constitution? What’s behind the changes to the Constitution? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 24 Mayo 2016 – 1:36 pm. At the VII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), the most regressive of all those held thus far, Gen. Raul Castro announced that major amendments will be made to the socialist Constitution. The […] 05/20/2016 03:47 PM Revolutions and Democracy Revolutions and Democracy / 14ymedio, Regina Coyula We observe a man who always speaks of patriotism and he is never patriotic, or only with regards to those of a certain class or certain party. We should fear him, because no one shows more faithfulness nor speaks more strongly against robbery than the thieves themselves. Felix […] 04/28/2016 01:22 PM A ‘Bishop Of The People’ For A Cuba In Transition A ‘Bishop Of The People’ For A Cuba In Transition / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 26 April 2016 — After nearly 35 years as head of the Archdiocese of Havana, Jaime Ortega y Alamino, the only Cuban cardinal and a crucial figure in the thaw with the United States, has been replaced. […] 04/27/2016 03:20 PM A Government-spread rumor attempts to denigrate Cubans who believe in prosperity A Government-spread rumor attempts to denigrate Cubans who believe in prosperity VERÓNICA VEGA | La Habana | 26 Abr 2016 – 11:17 pm. “Obama’s children.” This is what some are surreptitiously branding the participants in the Cuba Emprende project, an initiative backed by the Archbishopric of Havana at the Centro Cultural Padre Félix Varela, which […] 04/23/2016 07:55 PM Performances and jam sessions break the ice during first U.S. cultural mission to Cuba Performances and jam sessions break the ice during first U.S. cultural mission to Cuba A 33-member delegation that included Usher and Smokey Robinson visited the island From a hip-hop block party to impromptu jam sessions, they shared American culture More cultural exchanges with Cuba are in the works BY MIMI WHITEFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org They came, they […] 03/25/2016 08:35 PM Activists Deliver 10,000 Varela Project Signatures to Cuba’s National Assembly Activists Deliver 10,000 Varela Project Signatures to Cuba’s National Assembly / 14ymedio Posted on March 24, 2016 14ymedio, 24 March 2016 – On Thursday morning several activists delivered 10,000 signatures on the Varela Project, which are in addition to the 25,404 signatures previously provided to this legislative body. Participating in the delivery were Rosa Maria […] 03/25/2016 08:34 PM Between a Historic Milestone and the Horror of History Between a Historic Milestone and the Horror of History / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on March 25, 2016 Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, 21 March 2016 – A “historic milestone”: This is what Americans call President Obama’s visit to the Cuba of Fidel and Raul Castro. That is, the Cuba that has not had a […] 02/25/2016 05:43 PM Will Obama Speak at the University of Havana? Will Obama Speak at the University of Havana? / 14ymedio Posted on February 24, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 24 February 2016 – For several days students at the University of Havana have observed with surprise several teams of builders who are refurbishing and repairing the common areas and the most important areas on “The Hill,” the […] 02/08/2016 01:11 PM CUBA’S ‘BLACK SPRING’ STILL HAUNTS JOURNALISTS CUBA’S ‘BLACK SPRING’ STILL HAUNTS JOURNALISTS David Soler 8 February 2016 Years after their release, two Cuban journalists look back at lost years. In March 2003 the world’s attention was transfixed on Iraq as the United States prepared to launch a divisive military assault on Saddam Hussein’s government. Meanwhile just 90 miles from U.S. shores, […] 12/09/2015 05:13 PM Rosa María Paya – Totalitarianism Does Not Tolerate Participation Rosa María Paya: Totalitarianism Does Not Tolerate Participation / Leonel Luis Leon Posted on December 7, 2015 Diario Las Americas, Leonel Luis Leon, 5 December 2015 — Rosa María Payá, daughter of the deceased Cuban opposition leader Oswaldo Payá – who received the Andrei Sakharov Human Rights Prize from the European Parliament and founded the […] 11/24/2015 03:11 PM Eight Years of the Cuban Independent Writers Club Eight Years of the Cuban Independent Writers Club / Ivan Garcia Posted on November 23, 2015 Iván García, 16 November 2015 — In the depths of the peeling, unpainted building where the journalist and independent writer Víctor Manuel Domínguez lives, a lady, who is waiting for customers behind a display counter of cheap Chinese jewelry, […] 11/14/2015 03:17 PM Why the Dissidence is Irrelevant for Ordinary Cubans Why the Dissidence is Irrelevant for Ordinary Cubans / Ivan Garcia Posted on November 13, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 5 November 201 5 — Daniela Sarmiento, 61, has exhausted all the legal options with State institutions to complete the process for a new home She lives with her three children in a house cracked because of […] 10/05/2015 12:48 PM ‘The only thing they can´t take from me is my body’ ‘The only thing they can´t take from me is my body’ ERNESTO SANTANA | La Habana | 5 Oct 2015 – 12:05 pm. A look of the career and meaning of the artist Danilo Maldonado (‘El Sexto’). Danilo Maldonado, aka “El Sexto” and Tania Bruguera were the protagonists, albeit absent, behind the last Bienal de […] 08/20/2015 01:42 PM From John Paul II to Francis – Opening and Reconciliation, the Path Towards Change (II) From John Paul II to Francis: Opening and Reconciliation, the Path Towards Change (II) / Somos+, Carlos Hernandez Posted on August 19, 2015 Somos+, 10 August 2105 — Between March 26th and 28th , 2012, His Holiness Benedict XVI, today Pope Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Church, conducted a very intensive visit to Cuba as […] 07/24/2015 07:17 PM The Forgotten, Mysterious Death of Cuba’s Top Dissident The Forgotten, Mysterious Death of Cuba’s Top Dissident BY ELIAS GROLLJULY 22, 2015 – 5:25 PMELIAS.GROLL@ELIASGROLL Exactly three years ago, prominent Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá was traveling in a Hyundai sedan from Havana to Santiago de Cuba along with three other people when the car struck a patch of gravel and veered off the road, […] 07/23/2015 06:40 PM Paya Was An Example Of Dedication And Persistence “Paya Was An Example Of Dedication And Persistence” 14YMEDIO, Havana | Julio 22, 2015 Three years after the death of Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero, 14ymedio has collected the opinions of some Cuban activists who knew the leader of the Christian Liberation Movement. They are people who shared projects and risks with him, and who […] 07/22/2015 06:34 PM Cuban dissident’s daughter demands autopsy results from fatal 2012 crash Cuban dissident’s daughter demands autopsy results from fatal 2012 crash Oswaldo Paya-Sardines’ supporters don’t believe fatal car crash was accident Author: Glenna Milberg, Reporter, gmilberg@Local10.com Dawn Brooks, Online Editor, Producer Published On: Jul 21 2015 06:22:51 PM EDT Updated 2 h WASHINGTON – One day after the Cuban embassy opened in Washington, D.C., the daughter […] 07/21/2015 06:31 PM U.S. diplomats in Cuba would do well to focus on human rights U.S. diplomats in Cuba would do well to focus on human rights By Editorial board July 20 at 8:31 PM PRESIDENT OBAMA’S opening to Cuba is based on the hope that, after more than a half-century of hostility from the United States, a surge of commerce, information and travel will somehow erode the rigid authoritarian […] 06/21/2015 01:09 PM Obras de hasta medio millón de dólares se vendieron en la Bienal de La Habana Obras de hasta medio millón de dólares se vendieron en la Bienal de La Habana Coleccionistas de arte de Estados Unidos y sus representantes sobre cómo la escena artística de La Habana se ha desarrollado y el impacto de la distensión. Agencias junio 20, 2015 La exposición de arte Bienal de La Habana, que concluye […] 06/21/2015 01:07 PM Coleccionistas constatan una importante subida de precios en la actual Bienal de La Habana Coleccionistas constatan una importante subida de precios en la actual Bienal de La Habana AGENCIAS | La Habana | 20 Jun 2015 – 9:40 pm. La Bienal de La Habana se ha llevado a cabo 12 veces desde la década de los ochenta, pero la edición que concluye el lunes es la primera que marcada […] 05/18/2015 02:44 PM The Cuban people must get their voice back to begin the transition “The Cuban people must get their voice back to begin the transition” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Rosa Maria Paya Posted on May 17, 2015 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 17 May 2012 — In the summer of 2012, Rosa María Payá had just started out in the political arena. She moved among the young people who […] 05/13/2015 03:10 PM I come to my country because it is my right “I come to my country because it is my right” — Rosa Maria Paya / Cubanet, Ignacio Gonzalez and Osmel Almaguer Posted on May 12, 2015 Cubanet, Ignacio González and Osmel Almaguer, Havana, 11 May 2015 — Rosa María Payá, daughter of the late fighter for human rights in Cuba, Oswaldo Paya, arrived in Havana […] 05/12/2015 12:32 PM Rosa María Payá Returns to Cuba to Honor Father’s Memory Rosa María Payá Returns to Cuba to Honor Father’s Memory Activist Defies Threats to Continue Oswaldo’s Struggle for Freedom BELÉN MARTY MAY 11, 2015 AT 2:53 PM After nearly two years of living in exile, Cuban political dissident Rosa María Payá will return to Havana on Monday, May 11, to pay her respects at the […] 05/01/2015 06:19 PM No More Blackouts? No More Blackouts? / Cubanet, Gladys Linares Posted on April 30, 2015 The blackouts occur very frequently “at the time of the water,” in those 4 or 5 hours on alternate days that the liquid arrives at our houses “If water and electricity have the same owner, why do they turn off my power when […] 04/12/2015 03:07 PM Cuba Decides – Continuing Oswaldo Paya’s Work for a Plebiscite Cuba Decides: Continuing Oswaldo Paya’s Work for a Plebiscite Posted on April 11, 2015 For over half a century Cubans have been excluded from the political, economic and social decisions made in our nation. The group in power in Cuba has never been legitimized by democratic elections. The government is responsible for the repression and […] 04/07/2015 02:59 PM Rosa María Payá announces the creation of the initiative “Cuba Decides” Rosa María Payá announces the creation of the initiative “Cuba Decides” / 14ymedio Posted on April 7, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, April 6 2015 – Rosa María Payá, daughter of the late Cuban activist Oswaldo Payá, has announced this Monday the creation of the citizen initiative Cuba Decide, or “Cuba Decides.” The goal of the project, […] 03/08/2015 02:33 PM Rosa Maria Paya For the Future of All Cubans Without Castro Rosa Maria Paya For the Future of All Cubans Without Castro Posted on March 7, 2015 In recent years my country has been engaged in a deception. The Cuban government is changing the Law, but ignoring the rights of the people, which were sequestered over half a century ago. More people are allowed to enter […] 03/01/2015 02:39 PM An Ethical Roadway for Civil Society An Ethical Roadway for Civil Society / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Posted on March 1, 2015 Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 25 February 2015 — This Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, a new meeting of the members Espacio Abierto [Cuban Civil Society Open Forum] of the independent civil society took place with a broad representation of members of […] 02/24/2015 11:32 AM Are There Reasons to be Hopeful in Cuba? Are There Reasons to be Hopeful in Cuba? February 23, 2015 Veronica Vega HAVANA TIMES — Some days ago, a French journalist who was shooting a documentary here told me he was surprised I could speak of hope when referring to Cuba – not because he doesn’t want to be hopeful, but because the impressions […] 02/02/2015 12:16 PM Activist Blames Cuban Government for Her Father’s Death. Now, She Wants to Make the Island Free in His Memory. Activist Blames Cuban Government for Her Father’s Death. Now, She Wants to Make the Island Free in His Memory. Josh Siegel / @SiegelScribe / February 02, 2015 Living out the legacy of her late father, Rosa María Payá pushes for democracy in Cuba. Photo: Ivan Franco/Newscom More than two years after her father died in […] 01/26/2015 09:15 PM Tiempo de transiciones Tiempo de transiciones La enajenación generacional provocada por el arribo de Fidel Castro al poder está al terminar Arnaldo M. Fernández, Broward | 26/01/2015 12:40 pm Mientras Chirino cantaba Nuestro día ya viene llegando (1990) y Oppenheimer sonaba La hora final de Castro (1992), la caribóloga Dr. Gillian Gunn Clissold armaba su Cuba Project en […] 01/20/2015 01:59 PM Castor, Rubio put Cuba politics on display at the State of the Union,Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief Castor, Rubio put Cuba politics on display at the State of the Union Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief Monday, January 19, 2015 12:12pm Two Florida lawmakers with polar opposite views of Cuba will use the State of The Union to highlight the politics of Obama’s effort to nomalize trade relations with the communist country. […] 12/30/2014 12:13 PM Cuban artist confirms public rally despite prohibition of authorities Cuban artist confirms public rally despite prohibition of authorities BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 12/29/2014 3:20 PM 12/29/2014 7:48 PM Claiming the performance is not an artistic work but a political provocation, Cuban authorities denied artist Tania Bruguera the permission to hold a rally at Havana’s revolutionary square Tuesday afternoon. Cuban pro-government bloggers have called […] 12/28/2014 09:09 PM Shifting Dynamics for Cuba’s Dissidents Shifting Dynamics for Cuba’s Dissidents By THE EDITORIAL BOARDDEC. 27, 2014 The words were scrawled in graffiti on a street near the house of the Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá a few years before his suspicious death in 2012. “In a plaza under siege, dissidence is treasonous.” Over the decades, Cuba’s authoritarian government has relied on […] 12/21/2014 12:05 PM Here’s what Cuba really needs, Mr. Obama Here’s what Cuba really needs, Mr. Obama By Rosa María Payá Acevedo December 19 Rosa María Payá Acevedo is a member of the Cuban Christian Liberation Movement. Sr. Barack Obama President of the United States of America I am writing to you because I assume that goodwill inspired your decision to change U.S. policy toward […] 12/12/2014 03:25 PM Requiem for the 10th of December Requiem for the 10th of December (International Day of Human Rights) / by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on December 11, 2014 The 10th of December is one of the saddest days. That day the political police – only source of governance in our island – brings out all of its henchmen to suppress dissent. […] 12/09/2014 02:04 PM What I Said at FIU What I Said at FIU / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on December 9, 2014 Translator’s Note: On Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo participated in a panel discussion at Florida International University, in Miami. The program announcement is here. Since the time of the Iron Curtain and Soviet socialism, the word, “solidarity,” […] 10/27/2014 11:39 AM Truth and freedom in Cuba Other voices: Truth and freedom in Cuba Pioneer Press POSTED: 10/26/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT The other day, Fidel Castro wrote an opinion column for Cuba’s state-run newspaper, Granma, as he has done periodically from retirement. He lavished praise on an editorial in The New York Times that called for an end to the U.S. trade […] 10/21/2014 01:04 PM Cuba should not be rewarded for denying freedom to its people Cuba should not be rewarded for denying freedom to its people By Editorial Board October 20 at 7:56 PM THE OTHER day, Fidel Castro wrote an opinion column for Cuba’s state-run newspaper, Granma, as he has done periodically from retirement. He lavished praise on an editorial in the New York Times that called for an […] 10/10/2014 10:01 PM Open Letter From the MCL to Pablo Iglesias and His Hatred of Cubans Open Letter From the MCL to Pablo Iglesias and His Hatred of Cubans / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on October 8, 2014 MCL (Movimiento Cristiano Liberación / Christian Liberation Movement) in La Razón: “Mr. Pablo Iglesias, There is Poverty in Cuba and Leftist People are Repressed” How can you deem it a campaign against […] 08/28/2014 08:33 PM THE TRANSITION THAT IS ABOUT NOT TO COME THE TRANSITION THAT IS ABOUT NOT TO COME / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on August 27, 2014 THE TRANSITION THAT IS ABOUT NOT TO COME The power of Castro’s dictatorship couldn’t rely only in the annihilation of all kind of opposition, despite the fact that, since January 1959, its governability depended on fear (out […] 08/22/2014 01:57 PM Letter to Pope Francis from the Christian Liberation Movement Youth Letter to Pope Francis from the Christian Liberation Movement Youth Posted on August 21, 2014 “But Cubans are tired, Cubans want changes. More than ten years ago more than 25,000 Cubans supported a legal reform project. Called the Varela Project, it called for a plebiscite to ask the people, yes or no, did they want […] 07/23/2014 03:15 PM The Political Legacy of Oswaldo Paya The Political Legacy of Oswaldo Paya / 14ymedio Posted on July 22, 2014 14YMEDIO, 22 July 2014 – On 22 July 2014, the opposition leader Oswaldo Payá and the activist Harld Cepero died. Payá led the Christian Liberation Movement and promoted the Varela Project, which managed to collect some 25,000 signatures to demand a national […] 07/23/2014 02:44 PM Payá family launches new effort for plebiscite in Cuba Posted on Tuesday, 07.22.14 Payá family launches new effort for plebiscite in Cuba BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM On the second anniversary of the death of Cuban opposition leader Oswaldo Payá, his daughter, Rosa María Payá, announced Tuesday that the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) he founded is preparing a campaign to demand a plebiscite on […] 06/22/2014 01:48 PM I Always Did What My Conscience Dictated “I Always Did What My Conscience Dictated” / Dimas Castellano, Oscar Espinosa Chepe Posted on June 21, 2014 One of the central figures of the Cuban opposition, who participated in the revolution before its ultimate victory but ended up being sentenced to 20 years in Castro’s prisons, was the independent economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe, who […] 06/05/2014 03:07 PM New movement tackles constitutional changes in Cuba Posted on Wednesday, 06.04.14 New movement tackles constitutional changes in Cuba BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM More than 300 roundtable sessions that attracted 2,400 people were held last weekend in Cuba, part of a project to reach a consensus among political players and civil society — inside and outside Cuba — on a proposed constitution. […] 05/13/2014 02:43 PM Widow of Cuban Dissident Appeals for Outside Investigation Into His Death Widow of Cuban Dissident Appeals for Outside Investigation Into His Death Former Spouse of Oswaldo Paya Tells ZENIT She Has Proof He Was Murdered Havana, Cuba, May 13, 2014 (Zenit.org) Ivan de Vargas Cuban Ofelia Acevedo, widow of dissident Oswaldo Paya, who died in unclear circumstances, asked that an international investigation be opened to know […] 03/14/2014 06:39 PM Cuba – the Invented Country Cuba: the Invented Country March 14, 2014 Veronica Vega HAVANA TIMES — I have never understood that device so often used in the popular soap operas, whereby the romantic protagonists who have finally managed to get together after numerous reverses (and chapters) are then separated again through the machinations of a rival. There’s always such […] 02/11/2014 02:03 PM The Silent Successes of the Cuban Dissidence The Silent Successes of the Cuban Dissidence / Ivan Garcia Posted on February 7, 2014 Before the olive-green autocracy designed economic reforms, the peaceful, illegal opposition was demanding opportunities in small businesses and in the agricultural sector as well as repeal of the absurd apartheid in the tourist, information and technology spheres that turned the […] 10/12/2013 03:47 PM Spain grants citizenship to family of late Cuban dissident Spain grants citizenship to family of late Cuban dissident (Globalpost/GlobalPost) Madrid, Oct 11 (EFE).- Spain’s government granted citizenship Friday to the widow and two children of late Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya. The beneficiaries of the royal decree are Ofelia Acevedo Maura and Rosa Maria and Oswaldo Jose Paya Acevedo. The younger sibling of Rosa Maria […] 09/23/2013 01:36 PM Espinosa Chepe, Cuban dissident economist, dies Posted on Monday, 09.23.13 Espinosa Chepe, Cuban dissident economist, dies BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — Oscar Espinosa Chepe, a high-level Cuban economist and diplomat who broke with Fidel Castro’s government in the 1990s and was imprisoned for dissident activities, died in Spain Monday. He was 72 and had been hospitalized for a liver […] 09/14/2013 02:54 PM The Magazine We Want for the Cuba We Dream Of The Magazine We Want for the Cuba We Dream Of September 13, 2013 Isbel Diaz Torres HAVANA TIMES — In the course of these past few years, the Cuban journal Espacio Laical (“Secular Space”) has demonstrated that the much-needed space for a gathering of Cubans and a debate among them can be created in every […] 09/10/2013 12:03 PM The Catholic Left and Changes in Cuba The Catholic Left and Changes in Cuba September 9, 2013 Armando Chaguaceda HAVANA TIMES — In a post published in Havana Times a year and a half ago, I addressed the situation of Cuba’s Catholic Church, its similarities and links to the Communist Party and its contribution to the reform process on the island. In […] 09/05/2013 06:43 PM No Good, Attractive, Cheap Shoes in Cuba No Good, Attractive, Cheap Shoes in Cuba / Gladys Linares Posted on September 4, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, August 2013, www.cubanet.org — The school year is about to begin and parents are now shopping around for shoes for their kids. It has been many years since those lace-up leather shoes, known as school shoes, have been […] 08/22/2013 05:38 PM More Theft and More Corruption More Theft and More Corruption / Gladys Linares Posted on August 21, 2013 Havana, Cuba, August, www.cubanet.org — More than a month has passed since the words of army general Raul Castro Ruz in the first ordinary session of the eighth legislature of the National Assembly of Popular Power in the Convention Hall, July 7, […]