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07/07/2017 07:40 PM Low wages apparently spurring Manzana Kempinski workers to quit Low wages apparently spurring Manzana Kempinski workers to quit DDC | La Habana | 7 de Julio de 2017 – 11:28 CEST. Some workers at the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski, Cuba’s most luxurious and expensive, earn salaries even lower than the national average, which seems to be prompting them to leave, according to the Uruguayan […] 07/02/2017 05:23 PM A Cuban Fight Against The Demons Of Machismo A Cuban Fight Against The Demons Of Machismo 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 1 July 2017 — A man looks over my shoulder because I talk about cables and circuits. He grimaces in disgust when he sees my clumsy nails cut short and is annoyed because I reject his “compliments,” which I should accept […] 07/02/2017 05:00 PM In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable Gray Area In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable Gray Area July 2, 20178:26 AM ET CARRIE KAHN In recent years, a growing number of news and political websites have popped up in Cuba. Some are taking advantage of what they say has been a small but vibrant opening afforded them since […] 06/27/2017 09:19 PM Persecution Grows Against Independent Journalism In Cuba Persecution Grows Against Independent Journalism In Cuba 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 26 June 2017 — Independent communicators in Cuba are victims of an escalating repression, according to a complaint filed Monday by the Cuban Observatory of Human Rights (OCDH), based in Madrid. The alarm sounded by the organization coincides with an increase in complaints from […] 06/24/2017 06:59 PM The Cuban Republic: Buried by Official Decree The Cuban Republic: Buried by Official Decree / Iván García Iván García, 24 May 2017 — May 20 of this year with mark the 115th anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba. In the Throne Room of the Palace of the Captains General, a building which now serves as the City Museum, Tomás […] 06/24/2017 05:18 PM Independent journalist detained in eastern Cuba Independent journalist detained in eastern Cuba June 23, 2017 5:12 PM ET New York, June 23, 2017–Cuban authorities should immediately release independent journalist Manuel Alejandro León Velázquez and return his equipment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. State security forces and Interior Ministry officials detained León Velázquez around 4 p.m. yesterday in the eastern […] 06/20/2017 07:50 PM Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 19 June 2017 – Over the weekend the official media have repeated ad nauseam the declaration of the government in response to Donald Trump’s speech about his policy toward Cuba. The declaration’s rhetoric recalls the years before the diplomatic thaw, when […] 06/17/2017 09:25 PM Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GÁMEZ TORRES [email protected] In an overhaul of one of his predecessor’s signature legacies, President Donald Trump will redraw U.S. policy toward Cuba on Friday, tightening travel restrictions for Americans that had been loosened under President Barack Obama and […] 06/13/2017 08:46 AM Trump’s announcement on Cuba could clash with Central American summit Trump’s announcement on Cuba could clash with Central American summit BY MIMI WHITEFIELD [email protected] If President Donald Trump outlines his new Cuba policy in Miami on Friday, it could upstage a Central American conference that is bringing regional presidents and Mexican and U.S. Cabinet members to town this week. Sources have told the Miami Herald […] 06/09/2017 06:46 PM The Unqualified Cuban Truth Reinaldo Escobar: The Unqualified Cuban Truth / Somos+ Somos+, Leyla Belo, 23 MACH 2017 — Those who ever speak with Reinaldo cannot deny his innate genius, his sense of humor and gentleness of expression. A matter of decorum, isn’t it? That quality which is so scarce among many people nowadays. He does what he considers […] 06/09/2017 03:09 PM Trump Will Reverse Damage Done by Obama’s Cuba Policy Trump Will Reverse Damage Done by Obama’s Cuba Policy Jun 8th, 2017 3 min read COMMENTARY BY Mike Gonzalez @Gundisalvus Senior Fellow Mike Gonzalez is a senior fellow at the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies. KEY TAKEAWAYS The administration is about to announce it is reinstating the limits on travel and […] 06/06/2017 02:31 PM Cuba then and now: LGBT progress is real Cuba then and now: LGBT progress is real As the country opens its doors even farther, U.S. fundamentalists are looking for influence and to proselytize — not a good omen for LGBT Cubans. Mark Segal, Philadelphia Gay News Jun 5, 2017 It was 20 years ago when I first reported on the state of LGBT […] 06/03/2017 01:38 PM More than 2,000 people in Cuba are 100 years old or older, study finds More than 2,000 people in Cuba are 100 years old or older, study finds Published June 02, 2017 Fox News Cuba is home to some 2,000 people over 100 years old, according to data released by the Ministry of Public Health. In the first quarter of 2017, a total of 2,153 centennials lived in the […] 06/02/2017 07:16 PM Cuba: More Castroism but Without the Castros Cuba: More Castroism but Without the Castros / Iván García Iván García, 17 May 2017 — In front of an old mansion on 17th Street in Vedado that now serves as the headquarters of the Union of Writers and Artists, there is a poster showing hundreds of men dressed in battle fatigues and lined up […] 06/02/2017 06:59 PM State Security Offensive Against ICLEP Citizen Journalists State Security Offensive Against ICLEP Citizen Journalists 14ymedio, Havana, 23 May 2017 — Raúl Velázquez, executive director of the Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and the Press (ICLEP) was released last Friday after being held for 72 hours in the second unit of the People’s Revolutionary Police (PNR) in Santiago de Cuba, as confirmed […] 06/02/2017 06:55 PM Economic Crime, the Pitfall in the Path Economic Crime, the Pitfall in the Path 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 22 May 2017 — The saleswoman described her merchandise in a murmur: loggerhead turtle steaks, beef and shrimp. The man salivated, but replied that he could not buy any of those products, the most persecuted in the informal market. Every opponent knows that […] 06/02/2017 06:51 PM A Taxi Cooperative Proposes To Lower Private Transport Prices A Taxi Cooperative Proposes To Lower Private Transport Prices 14ymedio, Havana, 17 May 2017 — In the midst of the morning hustle and bustle, residents of Havana are trying to reach their destinations on time, a challenge because of the inefficient public transport and the sky high prices charged by the private operators of fixed-route […] 06/02/2017 03:21 PM The crisis in Venezuela, according to Cuba’s official press The crisis in Venezuela, according to Cuba’s official press BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 2 de Junio de 2017 – 11:20 CEST. On Tuesday, May 23 journalist Irma Shelton Tase, of Cuban Television’s daily news broadcast, spotlighted statements made by Carlos Aquino, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of […] 05/22/2017 09:42 PM We Have Survived We Have Survived 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 21 May 2017 — Three years ago this digital daily was just a dream, a project on paper and a desire in the heads of several colleagues. On that 21 May 2014, the mirage took shape on the first cover of a site that robs us of our […] 05/20/2017 07:58 PM Cuba: Forbidden Fruit Cuba: Forbidden Fruit / Iván García Iván García, 11 May 2017 — Scarcely a block away from the majestic Grand Hotel Manzana Kempinski, whose inauguration is expected next June 2nd, next to the Payret cinema, a state-owned cafeteria sells an acidic and insipid hamburger with bread for the equivalent of 50 centavos. Workers in the […] 05/19/2017 05:19 PM ‘Experiencing Cuba’ while under government surveillance ‘Experiencing Cuba’ while under government surveillance CAIBARIÉN Cuba — Caibarién is a town on a bay that separates it from Cayo de Santa María, which is located on Cuba’s northern coast. It’s proximity to the city of Santa Clara, which is less than an hour to the south, provided the perfect place to escape “experiencing […] 05/16/2017 09:59 PM Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom / Iván García Iván García, 3 May 2017 — Let’s step back in time. One morning in 1985, Yndamiro Restano Díaz, a thirty-seven-year-old journalist with Radio Rebelde, took out an old Underwood and wrote a clandestine broadsheet entitled “Nueva Cuba.” After distributing the single-page, handmade newspaper up and […] 05/16/2017 07:09 PM Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts HAVANA — An independent Cuban LGBT rights advocate claims authorities prevented him from traveling to Havana late last week to meet with a delegation of U.S. advocates. Nelson Gandulla, president of the Cuban Federation for LGBTI Rights, told the Washington Blade he received a summons that ordered him […] 05/16/2017 07:08 PM Protests mark decade of LGBT activism in Cuba Protests mark decade of LGBT activism in Cuba Calling for same-sex marriage, Cubans have chanted “revolution yes, homophobia no” in the streets of Havana. Until the early 1980s, gays and lesbians were routinely rounded up and forced to work in labor camps. Hundreds of Cuban nationals gathered in the streets of central Havana on Saturday […] 05/12/2017 07:03 PM Karla Pérez Arrives In Costa Rica To Continue Her Studies In Journalism Karla Pérez Arrives In Costa Rica To Continue Her Studies In Journalism 14ymedio, Havana, 11 May 2017 — Karla Pérez González, the student expelled from the University of Las Villas for her membership in the dissident organization Somos+, arrived in San José, Costa Rica, this morning after receiving an offer to continue her studies there. […] 05/10/2017 08:55 PM Interview with El Sexto (Danilo Maldonado) in San Francisco Interview with El Sexto (Danilo Maldonado) in San Francisco Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado is in San Francisco, planning for the opening of his art exhibit, “Angels and Demons,” at the Immersive ART LAB, 3255A Third Street, May 11, 6-10pm. His exhibit is sponsored by the Human Rights Foundation as part of its Art in Protest […] 05/04/2017 06:54 PM Cuba: When “Winning” is Losing Cuba: When “Winning” is Losing By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES — The violent reaction to the dissident who ran through Revolution Square carrying a US flag on May Day has been the last of a series of failed responses. The guy was beaten up and arrested in the middle of Revolution Square, during the rally […] 05/02/2017 09:41 PM State Security Summons for Ivan Garcia State Security Summons for Ivan Garcia / Ivan Garcia Ivan Garcia, 5 April 2017 — He says his name is Alejandro. A thin, timid mulatto, dressed in light-blue jeans, a pullover sweater with Prussian-blue collar, and low-cut black sneakers. In one hand is a dark briefcase. He speaks quietly and deliberately. He looks like a […] 04/28/2017 05:36 PM 48 Days: Photographer captures 8,000-mile journey from Cuba to the US 48 Days: Photographer captures 8,000-mile journey from Cuba to the US By ALEX SCOTT Apr 27, 2017, 10:14 AM ET Lisette Poole There are currently more than 20 daily flights from the United States to Cuba. The 330-mile trip from Miami takes a little over an hour and helped fill the streets of Cuba with […] 04/26/2017 08:30 PM Independent Journalist Arrested For Investigating The Case Of Karla Pérez González Independent Journalist Arrested For Investigating The Case Of Karla Pérez González 14ymedio, Havana, 25 Havana, 25 April 2017 — The independent magazine El Estornudo (The Sneeze) has denounced Monday’s detention of its collaborator Maykel González Vivero. The young journalist was detained at Marta Abreu de las Villas Central University, while reporting on the expulsion of […] 04/26/2017 08:27 PM How Cuban State Security Intimidates Potential Informants How Cuban State Security Intimidates Potential Informants / Iván García Iván García,9 April 2017 — They did not put a Makarov pistol to his head or torture him with electric prods. Let’s call him Josué. (The names in his article have been changed). He is a guy who wears American-made jeans, listens to jazz by […] 04/25/2017 08:21 PM Cuban Counterintelligence Plays Hardball with Journalists Cuban Counterintelligence Plays Hardball with Journalists / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 17 April 2017 — Money is no object. When it comes to thwarting, harassing and repressing intellectuals or journalists, there are always enough funds in military’s coffers to write a blank check. Solid numbers are hard to come by but, according to conservative estimates, […] 04/21/2017 04:18 PM Is Raul Castro in Hibernation Mode? Is Raul Castro in Hibernation Mode? / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 11 April 2017 — Right now the most closely guarded secret in Cuba is the protocols for succession of the nation’s president, army general Raul Castro, after his retirement in February 2018. I will tell you what is rumored among some officials close to […] 04/19/2017 07:50 PM When Your Ally’s Beards are on Fire When Your Ally’s Beards are on Fire*… / Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 April 2017 — According to an old adage, when you see you neighbor’s beard on fire, go soak your own*. The maxim should be applied to the elderly Cuban dictator, especially if we take into account that the erratic performance […] 04/16/2017 03:24 AM In Cuba, a battle against racism persists, activists say In Cuba, a battle against racism persists, activists say BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES [email protected] CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS More than 30 Cuban activists, writers, academics and entrepreneurs, mostly of African descent, gathered at Harvard University for an unprecedented meeting to celebrate the achievements of the Afro-Cuban movement on the island and set the course for future work. […] 04/13/2017 01:33 AM Cuba after Fidel Castro: Full of life, but it is life on the brink of death Cuba after Fidel Castro: Full of life, but it is life on the brink of death By ANNIKA HERNROTH-ROTHSTEIN • 4/10/17 8:00 PM HAVANA — The young woman sees me watch in amazement as she gets up from her seat and attempts to carry the four bags with her through the aisle of the plane, […] 04/11/2017 09:27 PM “The Politician Of The Week,” A Citizens’ Initiative “The Politician Of The Week,” A Citizens’ Initiative 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 10 April 2017 — Facing the times that we live in can be an unpleasant task. And doing it without discrimination based on ideological viewpoints and with immediacy, takes visions of daring. This is the challenge that the Center for the Application of […] 04/11/2017 07:07 PM Castroism unable to explain the censure of ‘chavismo’ Castroism unable to explain the censure of ‘chavismo’ ORLANDO FREIRE SANTANA | La Habana | 11 de Abril de 2017 – 13:58 CEST. There is no doubt that Cuban rulers are concerned about the progressive isolation of Nicolás Maduro’s chavista (inspired by the legacy of the late Hugo Chávez) government. The official newspaper Juventud Rebelde, […] 04/11/2017 01:58 PM Why Did I Stay in Cuba, Why Didn’t I Leave? Why Did I Stay in Cuba, Why Didn’t I Leave? April 10, 2017 By Lilibeth Alfonso (La Esquina de Lilith) HAVANA TIMES — Staying in Cuba is reason to be asked one fine day why you didn’t leave, and it’s asking yourself what would have happened if you had left. This “what if” is the […] 04/06/2017 05:31 PM This Is How Cuba Threatens, Intimidates, Controls and Punishes Its Own Citizens This Is How Cuba Threatens, Intimidates, Controls and Punishes Its Own Citizens To citizen Ivan Garcia Quintero, resident of 12 Carmen Street, Apt 3, between San Lazaro and Calzada 10 de Octubre. Your presence is required at the 10 de October PNR (People’s Revolutionary Police) [station] on 2 April 2017 at 10:00 PM with the […]