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One Year After December 17, Who Took The Lead?

One Year After December 17, Who Took The Lead? / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos
Posted on December 20, 2015

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 17 December 2015 – Several articles have
already appeared alluding to the first anniversary of the normalization
of relations between Cuba and the USA and evaluating the results.

For some nothing has happened: nothing has changed. But diplomatic… Continue reading

More Counterrevolutionary (?) Artists Speak up for Their Freedoms (Part I)

More Counterrevolutionary (?) Artists Speak up for Their Freedoms (Part
I) / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on December 20, 2015

Angel Santiesteban “on probation,” Havana, 5 December 2015 — On
Saturday, November 28th, there was a meeting at the “Fresa y Chocolate”
center in Havana, of the Assembly of the G-20 as they have been called,
this group of twenty directors… Continue reading

More Artists? Counterrevolutionaries? Speak Up For Their Freedom (II)

More Artists? Counterrevolutionaries? Speak Up For Their Freedom (II) /
Angel Santiesteban
Posted on December 19, 2015

The latest: the government’s reaction

In the midst of the Assembly of the G-20 (as a group of twenty film
directors call themselves), while the filmmakers debated the need for
the approval of a Film Act and continued to denounce the hairy hand… Continue reading

Beating A Dead Horse Between Brussels And Havana

Beating A Dead Horse Between Brussels And Havana / Rosa Maria Paya
Posted on December 19, 2015

The issue of human rights must permeate every point of the agreement
between the EU and Cuba

El País, Rosa Maria Paya, 18 December 2015 – In more than a year of
negotiations with the Cuban government, the European Union still does
not… Continue reading

Ladies in White Headquarters Surrounded by State Security

Ladies in White Headquarters Surrounded by State Security / 14ymedio,
Orlando Palma
Posted on December 18, 2015

14ymedio, Orlando Palma, Havana, 18 December 2015 — On Friday morning,
the political police surrounded the headquarters of the Ladies in White
in the Havana’s Lawton district, blocking entrance to several activists
who arrived for the traditional literary tea held every Friday, as… 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

A warning to America from a Cuban dissident

A warning to America from a Cuban dissident
By Editorial Board December 18 at 6:47 PM

WHEN PRESIDENT Obama began the opening to Cuba a year ago, one of the
arguments the White House advanced was that a full-fledged embassy in
Havana would give U.S. diplomats more freedom to roam the island than
was the case with the constricted “interests… Continue reading

The Path To Learning, Paved With Politics

The Path To Learning, Paved With Politics / 14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz
Posted on December 16, 2015

14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz, Havana, 15 December 2015 — “On the path of Martí, with the guidance of Fidel, for the homeland and socialism: Moncadistas* always ready.” With that motto the school day begins every morning for Claudia Martinez, a fifth grader in Havana’s Plaza… Continue reading

After Obama’s thaw, bad year for Cuban citizens

After Obama’s thaw, bad year for Cuban citizens
By Charles Lane
The Washington Post
Published: December 17, 2015

Much has changed in Cuba since President Barack Obama and the island’s
dictator, Raul Castro, announced their rapprochement a year ago.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have flowed into Cuban government
coffers, due to more U.S. tourism and remittances. Havana has negotiated… Continue reading

Key moments in US-Cuba thaw, one year on

Key moments in US-Cuba thaw, one year on
AFP
December 17, 2015

A year since the United States and Cuba announced their historic
decision to restore diplomatic ties, here is a list of key developments:

May 29, 2015: The United States removes Cuba from its list of state
sponsors of terrorism.

July 20: The two countries formally restore diplomatic relations.… Continue reading

A year after US-Cuba thaw, change too slow for some

A year after US-Cuba thaw, change too slow for some
By Alexandre Grosbois

Havana (AFP) – Cuba’s tourism and foreign trade are booming a year after
the decision to restore diplomatic ties with Washington, but ordinary
Cubans and some in the United States complain change is slow.

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the announcement by the two
countries that… Continue reading

17D – How Optimism Fades

17D*: How Optimism Fades / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on December 17, 2015

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 17 December 2015 – Perhaps the most
visible impact of the restoration of relations between the US and Cuba,
begun a year ago today, is expressed in the hopes that it awoke in third
countries. Governments, businesses and independent institutions, sensing
that the… Continue reading

Jose Daniel Ferrer Arrested at UNPACU Headquarters in Havana

Jose Daniel Ferrer Arrested at UNPACU Headquarters in Havana / 14ymedio
Posted on December 17, 2015

14medio, Havana, 17 December 2015 – Early this morning State Security
arrested Jose Daniel Ferrer at the national headquarters of the Cuban
Patriotic Union (UNPACU), in Havana, according to sources of the
opposition organization.

Several UNPACU activists denounced through the social networks that the… Continue reading

Electoral Defeat in Venezuela Could Accelerate Reforms in Cuba

Electoral Defeat in Venezuela Could Accelerate Reforms in Cuba / Ivan Garcia
Posted on December 16, 2015

Iván García, Diario de las Américas, 8 December 2015 — Just past
midnight, when Cuba’s military bigwigs heard the president of the
Venezuelan electoral college, Tibisay Lucena, confirm the loss of
Nicolas Maduro’s PSUV (United Socialist Party of Venezuela) in the
December 6… Continue reading

The Inebriated Pupil

The Inebriated Pupil / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila
Posted on December 16, 2015

14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, Havana, 14 December 2015 – The Astonished Pupil
is a recent program on Cuban TV directed by Iroel Sanchez. The show
continues the logic that has characterized Sanchez in recent years.
Every time the gentleman opens his mouth it is to speak badly of
everything… Continue reading

A Year After Rapprochement, Cubans Still Waiting for Change

A Year After Rapprochement, Cubans Still Waiting for Change
Alberto Pimienta
Last updated on: December 17, 2015 11:30 AM

WASHINGTON—
A year ago, after months of secret negotiations, the leaders of Cuba and
the U.S. announced in almost simultaneous speeches the two nations were
restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years.

Around noon on national television, President Raul Castro addressed
millions… Continue reading

U.S.-Cuba relations – A year of change

U.S.-Cuba relations: A year of change

First anniversary of new relationship is Dec. 17
Symbolic and tangible changes mark the year
Much work remains before there is a normal relationship
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD

In the year since the U.S.-Cuba rapprochement began, some things have
seemed to move at warp speed, but others have smacked into the reality
that the… Continue reading

10 seek to boost U.S. ties to Cuba

10 seek to boost U.S. ties to Cuba
State’s Crawford joins 9 in House
By Frank Lockwood

WASHINGTON — First District U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford and nine of his
colleagues Wednesday announced that they’re creating what they’re
calling a Cuba Working Group that will work “to advance policy proposals
that are in our national interest in an era in which… Continue reading

US-Cuba Deal at One Year – Castros Stronger than Ever

US-Cuba Deal at One Year: Castros Stronger than Ever / Orlando Luis
Pardo Lazo
Posted on December 16, 2015

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Reykjavik, 15-December 2015 — A
non-interventionist US president, a Peronist Catholic pope, and a
right-wing military dictator exalted by the Latin American left was
bound to be a winning ticket.

And so it has been. One year… Continue reading

Neither McDonald’s, nor Freedom

Neither McDonald’s, nor Freedom / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
Posted on December 15, 2015

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 15 December 2015 — A year ago, at noon
on 17 December, the national clock was restarted and we became a country
filling the headlines and people’s expectations. With the
reestablishment of relations between the governments of Cuba and the
United States, our… Continue reading

UN rights chief urges Cuba to halt harassment of activists and respect human rights

UN rights chief urges Cuba to halt harassment of activists and respect
human rights

15 December 2015 – The top United Nations human rights official
expressed concern today over the extremely high number of arbitrary
arrests and short-term detentions of individuals, including human rights
defenders and dissidents, in Cuba in recent weeks.

“There have been many hundreds of arbitrary arrests… Continue reading

One year on, embargo still overshadows US-Cuba thaw

One year on, embargo still overshadows US-Cuba thaw
By Alexandre Grosbois

Havana (AFP) – Thursday marks one year since the United States and Cuba
surprised the world by announcing they would end decades of Cold War
hostility, but the budding rapprochement is still overshadowed by the US
embargo.

After months of secret negotiations, Presidents Barack Obama and Raul
Castro announced… Continue reading

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