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Cuba’s Official Press Treads Carefully With Panama Papers

Cuba’s Official Press Treads Carefully With Panama Papers / 14ymedio,
Yoani Sanchez
Posted on April 11, 2016

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 5 April 2016 – The name of Cuba has not
appeared among the so-called Panama Papers, but the official press is
displaying caution over leaked documents that reveal fortunes hidden by
politicians, athletes and entertainment figures. The national media has… Continue reading

Google Jumps Through Hoops In Cuba

Google Jumps Through Hoops In Cuba / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar
Posted on April 11, 2016

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 7 April 2016 — Google may be the Internet giant,
but in Cuba it has had to jump through hoops. This Wednesday, the newly
inaugurated Google+Kcho.MOR site opened its doors late because the
employee who keeps the keys arrived late and because… Continue reading

El Paquete – How Cuba’s data pirates hand-feed an internet-starved nation

El Paquete: How Cuba’s data pirates hand-feed an internet-starved nation
CBC
April 12, 2016

The traffickers often move by bicycle, criss-crossing Havana with the
week’s digital stash tucked in small slipcases.

They ply their trade in the backs of cellphone repair shops, or climb
stairs in creaky tenements to make their drops at clients’ doors.

In internet-starved Cuba, these black-market… Continue reading

The woman trying to change Cuba’s cultural landscape – and stay out of jail

The woman trying to change Cuba’s cultural landscape – and stay out of jail
Tania Bruguera raised more than $100,000 to open the Institute of Art
Activism in Havana, where Pussy Riot are the first artists-in-residence
Hannah Ellis-Petersen
Sunday 10 April 2016 15.09 BST Last modified on Monday 11 April 2016

In the past decade, few have been more of… Continue reading

How to do good business in Cuba

How to do good business in Cuba
Lindsay Lloyd 12:32 a.m. EDT April 5, 2016

President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Cuba showed the same fault
lines in American attitudes toward the communist island that have
existed since 1959.

But it remains to be seen if the administration’s decision to engage
with Havana will produce improvements in Cuba’s dismal human… Continue reading

Yoani Sanchez on Castro and Obama’s Key Moment

Yoani Sanchez on Castro and Obama’s Key Moment
April 1, 2016
By Carlos F. Chamorro

HAVANA TIMES – In defining the key moment of President Barack Obama’s
visit to Cuba, journalist and blogger Yoani Sanchez, who directs the
site known as 14yMedio, doesn’t hesitate in naming the live press
conference when – to the general astonishment of Cubans – President… Continue reading

MININT Confronts What Could Be Its Worst Challenge -Information Theft

MININT Confronts What Could Be Its Worst Challenge: Information Theft /
Juan Juan Almeida
Posted on April 1, 2016

Juan Juan Almeida, 31 March 2016 — Not so long ago there was a rumor
that high officials of MINIT had been arrested by the Ministry. In
agreement with those implicated in the event and making a clear allusion
comparable to… Continue reading

State Security fears a Cuban Snowden

State Security fears a Cuban Snowden / Somos+, Javier Cabrera
Posted on April 1, 2016

Somos+, Javier Cabrera, 1 April 2016 — Yesterday the news came out in
various media: Ultra-secret information has been stolen from the Cuban
Ministry of the Interior. The poor proclamation “Raúl’s Sovereign
Technology” showed itself more focused on censorship of content and
limiting communication than… Continue reading

Tania Bruguera Commits To Civic Education Of Cubans

Tania Bruguera Commits To Civic Education Of Cubans / 14ymedio, Mario Penton
Posted on April 1, 2016

Kickstarter campaign will fund “civic and artistic alternative to the
emphasis in Cuba on money as the unique salvation to the problems of the
country”

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 1 April 2016 — When in late 2014 the
Cuban artist Tania Bruguera attempted… Continue reading

What Cubans don’t know, and don’t know they don’t know

What Cubans don’t know, and don’t know they don’t know

A Miami Herald reporter reflects on five days covering President Obama
in Havana
BY PATRICIA MAZZEI

HAVANA
A few steps from la esquina caliente, the shady spot in Havana’s Parque
Central where men gather at all hours to engage in their favorite Cuban
pastime — talking baseball — a… Continue reading

Vargas Llosa “Cuba will become a capitalist dictatorship and then a democracy”

Vargas Llosa: “Cuba will become a capitalist dictatorship and then a
democracy” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
Posted on March 29, 2016

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Madrid, 29 March 2016 — Literature, politics
and love were the three main protagonists on Monday evening for the 80th
birthday of Mario Vargas Llosa. The winner of the Nobel Prize for
Literature attended a dinner… Continue reading

Ricardo Fernandez – “Freedom is Respect”

Ricardo Fernandez: “Freedom is Respect” / 14ymedio, Juan Carlos Fernandez
Posted on March 27, 2016

14ymedio, Juan Carlos Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 27 March 2016 – He moves
his fingers at full speed over the screen of his phone without ceasing
to talk. The modern gadget keeps him in touch with the most important
part of his life: friends, other… Continue reading

Rolling Stones make history with free concert in Cuba

Rolling Stones make history with free concert in Cuba
POSTED 9:22 AM, MARCH 26, 2016, BY CNN WIRE, UPDATED AT 09:26AM, MARCH
26, 2016

HAVANA, Cuba (March 26, 2016) — It may have only been rock ‘n’ roll —
but Cubans seemed to like it.

On Friday, the Rolling Stones became the first major international rock
band to play in… Continue reading

There Is No Excuse For The Government To Limit The Internet, Obama Adviser Says

There Is No Excuse For The Government To Limit The Internet, Obama
Adviser Says / 14ymedio
Posted on March 23, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 22 March 2016 — Ben Rhodes, senior adviser to
President Barack Obama on policy toward Cuba, said Tuesday that today
connection to the internet is “the right to access information. There
are no limitations now from the… Continue reading

Google and Obama Administration Connect Over Cuba

Google and Obama Administration Connect Over Cuba
Company’s interests aligned with White House’s on bringing Internet to
island
By BRODY MULLINS and CAROL E. LEE
Updated March 23, 2016 7:46 p.m. ET

When President Barack Obama was working secretly to restore diplomatic
and business relations with Cuba two years ago, he got some help from an
unlikely place.

Google Executive… Continue reading

Cuba Dissident Says He Gave Obama Political Prisoner List

Cuba Dissident Says He Gave Obama Political Prisoner List
Alberto Pimienta
March 22, 2016 6:00 PM

In a small, white room of the newly opened United States embassy in
Havana, the simple exchange of a document summed up the significance of
a meeting between President Barack Obama and 13 Cuban dissidents.

“Do you have a copy of the list?” Elizardo… Continue reading

Cuba dissident and wife detained on way to CNN interview

Cuba dissident and wife detained on way to CNN interview
By Jim Acosta and Tiffany Ap, CNN
Updated 1040 GMT (1840 HKT) March 22, 2016

Story highlights
Around 20 dissidents were rounded up that day, according to another activist
President Barack Obama is in Cuba for a historic three-day trip
Arrests made the same day Cuban leader Raul Castro denied… Continue reading

LETTER TO OBAMA – MAKE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION PRIORITIES IN CUBA – RSF

LETTER TO OBAMA: MAKE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION
PRIORITIES IN CUBA
PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY 18 MARCH 2016.

Next week, President Barack Obama will visit Cuba, the first sitting
President of the United States to do so since 1928. Reporters Without
Borders (RSF) has written an open letter to President Obama asking him
to consider freedom of… Continue reading

Five 14ymedio Journalists Invited To A One-Year Course In Miami

Five 14ymedio Journalists Invited To A One-Year Course In Miami / 14ymedio
Posted on March 16, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 15 March 2016 — Five 14ymedio journalists will
participate in a program organized by the International Center for
Journalists (ICFJ) in the United States, according to a statement
released Tuesday. Over the course of a year, the independent Cuban
writers will… Continue reading

The Monopoly on Political Truth in Cuba

The Monopoly on Political Truth in Cuba / Somos+
Posted on March 16, 2016

Somos+, Evangelical Pastor Raúl Macías López, M.D., 23 February 2016 —
Across the broad spectrum of Cuban reality, certain aspects stand out
quite markedly. All around us we see contrasts and inequalities that
give rise to fear over what the future holds in store and civic… Continue reading

Amnesty International Warns About Censorship In Cuba

Amnesty International Warns About Censorship In Cuba / 14ymedio
Posted on March 15, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 13 March 2016 — On the occasion of World Day Against
Internet Censorship, Amnesty International (AI) has published the
obstacles that Cuban internet users must overcome to access the web and
break the blockade against web pages that dissent from official policy.
Under the… Continue reading

Miami fellowships for Cuban journalists announced by Knight Foundation

Miami fellowships for Cuban journalists announced by Knight Foundation

The $110,000 program is a collaboration with the International Center
for Journalists
Five participants will be chosen from the Cuban independent digital
newspaper 14ymedio
The journalists will spend a year learning about multimedia storytelling
and report the rapidly-changing relations between the U.S. and Cuba

BY RENE RODRIGUEZ

The John S.… Continue reading

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