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Sunday Respite for the Ladies in White

Sunday Respite for the Ladies in White
14YMEDIO, Havana | Diciembre 22, 2014

The Ladies in White marched for the freedom of political prisoners as
they left mass this Sunday, an activity held every week and one which
had special significance on this occasion because it was the first time
since the announcement of reestablishment of relations with the United… Continue reading

The beginning of the end of ‘Castroism’

The beginning of the end of ‘Castroism’
JOSÉ GABRIEL BARRENECHEA, Havana | Diciembre 20, 2014

Cubans continue to be as impressionable as ever. In the Island, the
masses have been only able to see the release of the three spies who
were released from American prison, and nothing else. Many members of
the opposition and exiles, in the meanwhile, only… Continue reading

5 ways Cuba-US agreement will make waves

5 ways Cuba-US agreement will make waves
The historic opening between the two countries could have an impact on
travel and business in the long-term, though changes are likely to
happen gradually.
By Whitney Eulich, Staff writer DECEMBER 19, 2014

MEXICO CITY — US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro
made history this week in announcing a plan… Continue reading

From Discontent to Joy in Twenty-four Hours

From Discontent to Joy in Twenty-four Hours / Cubanet, Miriam Leiva
Posted on December 20, 2014

Cubanet, Miriam Leiva, HAVANA, 18 December 2014 — President Barack Obama
announced a new direction in US policy toward Cuba, on December 17. The
Cuban population has expressed great joy at the news, both within the
archipelago and abroad. It is a brave and… Continue reading

US-Cuba deal to restore ties puts spotlight on island’s human rights record

US-Cuba deal to restore ties puts spotlight on island’s human rights record
Published December 19, 2014 Associated Press

HAVANA – To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a
brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out
political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.

Cuba’s supporters see the government as heroic, its sins… Continue reading

The opposition hopes that a dialogue will open between the Government and civil society

The opposition hopes that a dialogue will open between the Government
and civil society
14YMEDIO, Santiago de Cuba | Diciembre 18, 2014

The news of the reestablishment of relations between Cuba and the
United States has been embraced by opposition organizations in Cuba with
optimism and hope that this agreement may facilitate the establishment
of a dialogue between the Government… Continue reading

WHEN WILL CUBA IMPROVE RELATIONS WITH ITS OWN JOURNALISTS?

WHEN WILL CUBA IMPROVE RELATIONS WITH ITS OWN JOURNALISTS?
PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY 18 DECEMBER 2014.

In the wake of the US and Cuban announcements of a resumption in the
diplomatic relations severed more than half a century ago, Reporters
Without Borders would like to draw attention to the lack of freedom of
information in Cuba and to call for the… Continue reading

Cuban Baptist Pastor Speaks Out on Human Rights

Cuban Baptist Pastor Speaks Out on Human Rights

United for Human Rights, a non-profit organization that assists
educators, organizations and governmental bodies to implement the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, invited Pastor Mario Felix
Lleonart Barroso to be the featured speaker at an event to commemorate
the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Cuban Human Rights Activist… Continue reading

Cuba’s Reforms Fail to Reduce Growing Inequality

Cuba’s Reforms Fail to Reduce Growing Inequality
By Patricia Grogg

HAVANA, Dec 16 2014 (IPS) – One of the major challenges assumed by
President Raúl Castro when he launched a series of reforms in Cuba is
improving living standards in a country still suffering from a recession
that began over 20 years ago and has undermined the aim of achieving… Continue reading

U.S. sees more immigrants from Cuba as laws are relaxed

U.S. sees more immigrants from Cuba as laws are relaxed
POSTED ON DECEMBER 13, 2014
Michael Weissenstein and Christine Armario
The Associated Press

HAVANA — The number of Cubans heading to the United States has increased
dramatically since the island lifted travel restrictions last year,
eliminating a costly exit visa and making it easier for emigrants to
return, new U.S.… Continue reading

Cardinal Bertono Returns to Cuba

Cardinal Bertono Returns to Cuba
Posted: 12/12/2014 3:18 am

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 12 December 2014 — Six years ago Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone came through the front door to Cuba. This December, however, he has returned on a private visit which is evidence of the discrete recognition of failure. For the former Vatican Foreign Minister, the time between one stay… Continue reading

To Cuba, for haute cuisine

To Cuba, for haute cuisine
UCSD-based think tank sponsors tour of Fidel’s food and politics
By Matt Potter, Dec. 4, 2014

As rumors of an impending thaw in relations with Cuba make the rounds,
some well-heeled tourists affiliated with a UCSD-related think tank had
planned to set off this weekend on a seven-day, $6100-a-person haute
cuisine tour of the island.… Continue reading

Alan Gross, ‘The New York Times’ And The Spies

Alan Gross, ‘The New York Times’ And The Spies / 14ymedio, Mario Felix
Lleonart
Posted on December 3, 2014

14ymedio, Mario Felix Lleonart, Havana, 1 December 2014 — Last November
4, the White House reiterated that the case of citizen Alan Gross,
prisoner in Cuba for bringing electronic equipment onto the Island, is
not comparable to that of the Cuban… Continue reading

Cuban doctor in US – ‘I have a really good resume which is of no value here’

Cuban doctor in US: ‘I have a really good resume which is of no value here’
BY ABEL FERNANDEZ
Miami HeraldDecember 1, 2014

MIAMI — Every weekend Duvier Gomez, a Cuban doctor who specialized in
gynecologic oncology, is a server at a Miami restaurant.

Gomez, born in Las Villas province in Cuba, emigrated a year ago with
his wife –… Continue reading

Spain-Cuba Relations Still Far From Normal

Spain-Cuba Relations Still Far From Normal
November 26, 2014
By Isaac Risco (dpa)

HAVANA TIMES— “This trip is part of our country’s normal bilateral
relations,” Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo insisted on leaving Havana, but
the circumstances in which the Spanish Foreign Minister ended his visit
to Cuba suggest that the two countries are still far from achieving the
rapprochement sought by… Continue reading

Spain asks Cuba to grant free travel to dissidents

Spain asks Cuba to grant free travel to dissidents
HAVANA Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:13pm EST

(Reuters) – Spain’s foreign minister asked Cuba on Tuesday to grant free
travel rights to dissidents arrested in the “black spring” of 2003 and
released years later under strict conditions.

Spain mediated historic talks between the Cuban government and the Roman
Catholic Church that… Continue reading

Visiting Communist Cuba beguiling, bedeviled with problems

Visiting Communist Cuba beguiling, bedeviled with problems
22 hours ago • By JEANNE BAER / For the Lincoln Journal Star4

Only 93 miles, the distance from Lincoln to Grand Island, separate the
United States from “the great unknown” floating in the Caribbean — the
mysterious island of Cuba.

Cuba is not so mysterious to Canadians and Europeans; several million of… Continue reading

Extolling Moderation to Get Cubans Talking About Politics

Extolling Moderation to Get Cubans Talking About Politics
Nov. 21 2014

MEXICO CITY — FROM a lectern covered in a lacy, white cloth at a
provincial Cuban church center last month, Roberto Veiga González and
Lenier González Mederos took turns talking before about 60 intellectuals
and activists about the value of political dialogue.

Not, perhaps, the most electrifying topic, but… Continue reading

Havana, how you hurt me!

Havana, how you hurt me! / Yoani Sanchez
Posted on November 16, 2014

Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 16 November 2004 – To be a Havanan is not having
been born in a territory, it’s carrying that territory on your back and
not being able to put it down. The first time I realized I belonged to
this city I was seven… Continue reading

Cuba Rejects Erdogan’s Offer to Build Country’s First Mosque

Cuba Rejects Erdogan’s Offer to Build Country’s First Mosque
Communist government says no thanks to Turkish leader’s offer during
speech in which he claimed ‘Muslims discovered American.’
By Ari Soffer
First Publish: 11/16/2014, 9:55 PM

Cuba has reportedly rejected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s
offer to build the country’s first mosque.

Erdogan’s offer came during a speech in Istanbul to… Continue reading

We journalists are the witnesses to history

“We journalists are the witnesses to history” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
Posted on November 8, 2014

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 7 November 2014 – Of all the faces that
circulate on the illegal information networks, there is a very serene
and well-known one that has been with us for decades. This well-spoken
man who never seems to get upset has received… Continue reading

Migrants endure loss of raft, collision with freighter in harrowing journey to Florida

Migrants endure loss of raft, collision with freighter in harrowing
journey to Florida

‘I thought it was the end of me,’ migrant says of perilous voyage from Cuba
Cuban rafter Michel Goris Suarez was certain of this: Death would meet
him at sea somewhere between Cuba and Florida.

Yet he was rescued after eight — or was it nine? —… Continue reading

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