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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 Rodriguez from the
Christian Liberation… Continue reading

Who Should Be Apologizing?

Who Should Be Apologizing? / Rebeca Monzo
Posted on March 25, 2016

Rebeca Monzo, 24 March 2016 — No sooner had Air Force One taken off for
Buenos Aires from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana with
President Barack Obama, his family and entourage onboard than Cuban
media began broadcasting distorted commentary by a twisted and
pretentious Roundtable, which tried… Continue reading

Dissidents Call Meeting With Obama Positive And Give Him A List Of Political Prisoners

Dissidents Call Meeting With Obama Positive And Give Him A List Of
Political Prisoners / EFE, 14ymedio
Posted on March 23, 2016

EFE (14ymedio), Havana, 22 March 2016 – Several dissidents who met with
President Barack Obama in Havana this Tuesday, assessed the meeting as
“positive” and “frank,” and one of them delivered a list of 89 political
prisoners recorded… Continue reading

From the Black Spring to a Rolling Stones Concert

Cuba: From the Black Spring to a Rolling Stones Concert / Iván García
Posted on March 18, 2016

Iván García, 16 March 2106 — Around 12 midnight on Tuesday, 18 March
2003, I was en route to my apartment in the La Víbora neighborhood when,
from the balcony, some incomprehensible signs coming from my mother set
off the alarms.

Those… Continue reading

More than 200 Activists Arrested Throughout the Island

More than 200 Activists Arrested Throughout the Island / 14ymedio
Posted on March 20, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 19 March 2016 — The arrests of 209 activists is the
final result this Saturday, a day on which several opposition groups
demanded the release of political prisoners. The majority of those
arrested are members of Unión Patriótica de Cuba (Cuban Patriotic Union,… Continue reading

Obama Advisor Ben Rhodes Meets With Cuban Activists In Miami, During A “Historic” Meeting

Obama Advisor Ben Rhodes Meets With Cuban Activists In Miami, During A
“Historic” Meeting / 14ymedio, Marion Penton
Posted on March 11, 2016

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 11 March 2016 – President Obama’s top
advisor on US policy toward Cuba, Ben Rhodes, met this Friday with
representatives from the island’s Civil Society and exile organizations.
The meeting took place in… Continue reading

Cuba, European Union to finalize deal amid thaw in relations

Cuba, European Union to finalize deal amid thaw in relations
By Patrick Oppmann, CNN
Updated 0739 GMT (1539 HKT) March 11, 2016

Story highlights
European Union foreign policy chief to meet with island’s foreign minister
The two will nail down deal, two years in the making, that seeks to
improve relations
Havana, Cuba (CNN)The chill may soon be gone in… Continue reading

CSW marks ongoing struggle of Ladies in White on International Women’s Day

Cuba: CSW marks ongoing struggle of Ladies in White on International
Women’s Day
Monday, March 7, 2016 8:29 pm.

Ladies in White, Havana 2012 Wiki image CC BY-SA 3.0
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is marking the ongoing struggle and
enduring courage of Cuba’s Ladies in White ahead of International
Women’s Day on 8 March.

The Ladies in White (known as… Continue reading

José Daniel Ferrer Arrested To Prevent His Participation In Forum Otro18

José Daniel Ferrer Arrested To Prevent His Participation In Forum
#Otro18 / 14ymedio
Posted on March 9, 2016

14ymedio, 8 March 2016 — According to various opposition sources, the
leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), Jose Daniel Ferrer, was
arrested Tuesday in Havana with two other activists. The former prisoner
of the Black Spring was going to to… Continue reading

Martha Beatriz Roque Believes That The US Should “Straighten Out” The Normalization With Cuba

Martha Beatriz Roque Believes That The US Should “Straighten Out” The
Normalization With Cuba / EFE, 14ymedio
Posted on March 4, 2016

EFE/14ymedio, Miami, 4 March 2016 — The Cuban dissident Martha Beatriz
Roque told EFE on Friday in Miami that she would like to be received by
the US President, Barack Obama, to ask him to “straighten out” the… Continue reading

He is Obama, Not God

He is Obama, Not God / Iván García
Posted on February 28, 2016

Ivan Garcia, 24 February 2016 — Neither American economic power nor
Barack Obama’s oratorical skills seem to be enough to satisfy
exaggerated, unreasonable or personal demands from the diverse group of
Obama fans who make up Cuban society.

The national psyche is fixated on the underlying and… Continue reading

Seven of Eleven Former Black Spring Prisoners Allowed to Travel for “Good Behavior”

Seven of Eleven Former Black Spring Prisoners Allowed to Travel for
“Good Behavior” / 14ymedio
Posted on February 22, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2016 — Former prisoners of the Black
Spring Martha Beatriz Roque and Arnaldo Lauzurique received from the
authorities “a unique opportunity to travel,” Roque informed 14ymedio
this Monday, adding that today she will begin the paperwork… Continue reading

Ladies In White Pay Tribute To Laura Pollan

Ladies In White Pay Tribute To Laura Pollan / 14ymedio
Posted on February 15, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 14 February 2016 — Several groups of Cuban activists
paid tribute on Sunday to Laura Pollan, the late leader of the Ladies in
White. The weekly pilgrimage of the human rights movement along 5th
Avenue in Havana honored the 68th anniversary of the… Continue reading

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, Cuban
President Fidel Castro seized… Continue reading

People In Need Award Goes To Former Cuban Prisoners Of The Black Spring

People In Need Award Goes To Former Cuban Prisoners Of The Black Spring
/ 14ymedio
Posted on February 3, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 3 February 2016 — The Czech organization People in
Need has given its Homo Homini Award for this year to the 11 former
prisoners of the 2003 Black Spring who continue to live in Cuba, as
confirmed to… Continue reading

Twenty Independent Communicators to Consult in Cuba

Twenty Independent Communicators to Consult in Cuba / Luis Felipe Rojas
Posted on February 1, 2016

Luis Felipe Rojas, 1 February 2016 — This list is not intended to be a
“Top Ten,” as is so common on internet publications. The list of names
that follows carries the history of the men and women who believe in
words and images… Continue reading

Jose Daniel Ferrer Arrested And Beaten In Santiago De Cuba

Jose Daniel Ferrer Arrested And Beaten In Santiago De Cuba / 14ymedio
Posted on January 26, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 25 January 2016 — Cuban activists have again
experienced a repressive Sunday with the arrest of more than a hundred
opponents throughout the island. The leader of the Patriotic Union of
Cuba (UNPACU), Jose Daniel Ferrer, was violently arrested in Santiago… Continue reading

Against Raúl Castro’s visit to France

Against Raúl Castro’s visit to France
J. MACHOVER / L. MULLER / J. ZÚÑIGA | París | 21 Ene 2016 – 9:11 am.

Cuban dictator Raúl Castro, invited by François Hollande, is scheduled
to arrive in Paris on February 1, 2016. The President of the Council of
State and of Ministers and the First Secretary of the Communist Party
(to… Continue reading

Three Members of Cuban Opposition Released After Three Months’ Detention

Three Members of Cuban Opposition Released After Three Months’ Detention
/ 14ymedio
Posted on January 21, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 21 January 2016 – Released on Wednesday, after three
months detention, were two members of the Cuban opposition: Hugo Damián
Prieto Blanco, leader of the Orlando Zapata Tamayo Front for Civic
Action, and Wilberto Parada Milan, a member of the Patriotic… Continue reading

Cuban Activist On The Brink Of Death After A Prolonged Hunger Strike

Cuban Activist On The Brink Of Death After A Prolonged Hunger Strike /
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on December 27, 2015

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 26 December 2015 – A blacksmith by
profession, he never imagined that after so many years of fabricating
bars for his neighbors’ homes, he would end up locked behind prison
bars. The activist Vladimir Morera… Continue reading

Jose Daniel Ferrer Barred from Havana and Warned He Could Return to Prison

Jose Daniel Ferrer Barred from Havana and Warned He Could Return to
Prison / 14ymedio
Posted on December 18, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 18 December 2015 — The leader of the National
Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), Jose Daniel Ferrer, was deported to
Santiago de Cuba by order of a Havana judge who warned him that he could
return to prison… Continue reading

Press Workshop with Raul Rivero

Press Workshop with Raul Rivero / Ivan Garcia
Posted on November 23, 2015

Ivan Garcia, 23 November 2015 — On these hot nights in Havana, when nostalgia, that silent thief that robs you of strength, strikes without warning, Raúl Rivero, the poet, sneaks through my window and offers me a workshop specifically on the latest news from modern journalism.

The… Continue reading

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