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You Can’t Come In

You Can’t Come In / 14ymedio, Rosa Lopez
Posted on August 28, 2014

14ymedio, Havana, Rosa Lopez, 27 August 2014 – “You can’t come in,” a
young doorkeeper emphatically tells a young man, while gesturing for him
to move away from the door. When the target protests, he receives the
explanation that in this crowded Havana club, “you can’t enter… Continue reading

In Cuba, entrepreneurial spirits sparkle

In Cuba, entrepreneurial spirits sparkle
Alan Gomez, USA TODAY 2:28 p.m. EDT August 26, 2014

MIAMI – Cuba is a land that remains a mystery to most Americans.

Are the economic changes instituted in recent years by President Raul
Castro working? Can the dissident movement ever gain enough traction to
overthrow the Communist government? Just how good is its acclaimed… Continue reading

Cuba cracks down on Christians

Cuba cracks down on Christians
PERSECUTION
By JULIA A. SEYMOUR
Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

Cuba’s communist government has increased its oppression of religious
institutions, according to a Christian watchdog group, with reports of
religious liberty violations almost doubling in the last six months.

According to a new report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW),
there were 170 religious freedom… Continue reading

Angel Santiesteban Transferred to La Lima Prison

Angel Santiesteban Transferred to La Lima Prison / 14ymedio
Posted on August 24, 2014

14YMEDIO, Havana, August 22, 2014 – The writer Angel Santiesteban might
have been transferred to La Lima prison, located in the Havana
municipality of Guanabacoa. The information was provided to 14ymedio by
Lilianne Ruíz, a freelance journalist who visited the police station at
Acosta and Diez… Continue reading

Yusnabi – La USAID, la amenaza a la seguridad nacional y el gusanito anestesiado

Yusnabi: La USAID, la amenaza a la seguridad nacional y el gusanito
anestesiado
Periodistas y abuelitos políticos, que una organización de cooperación
norteamericana financie el intercambio de jóvenes y que pueda tener una
coyuntura política, eso mis queridos amigos, no atenta contra la
seguridad nacional de Cuba ni de ningún país
domingo, agosto 24, 2014 | Yusnaby Pérez

LA HABANA.… Continue reading

Why NPR’s David Greene Thinks All Americans Should Visit Cuba Now

Why NPR’s David Greene Thinks All Americans Should Visit Cuba Now
Written by: Paul Brady
August 21, 2014

NPR Morning Edition host David Greene spent a week in June reporting
from Cuba, the country that few Americans have had the chance to
visit—even though new “people-to-people” trips make it legal to tour on
certain itineraries. Greene shared his memories of… Continue reading

Letter to Pope Francis from the Christian Liberation Movement Youth

Letter to Pope Francis from the Christian Liberation Movement Youth
Posted on August 21, 2014

“But Cubans are tired, Cubans want changes. More than ten years ago more
than 25,000 Cubans supported a legal reform project. Called the Varela
Project, it called for a plebiscite to ask the people, yes or no, did
they want free elections. The Cuban Constitution… Continue reading

The Cuba Debate – Can Capitalist Rookies Thrive In A Communist Revolution?

The Cuba Debate: Can Capitalist Rookies Thrive In A Communist Revolution?
By TIM PADGETT

When you’ve spent your entire life on a communist island where staples
like eggs and chicken are rationed, lunch in Miami can be overwhelming.

Ask Sandra Aldama, a Cuban mother and former special education teacher
who made her first visit to the United States this month.… Continue reading

Amidst Rumors and Disinformation, Angel Santiesteban Continues Missing

Amidst Rumors and Disinformation, Angel Santiesteban Continues Missing
Posted on August 18, 2014

{*Translator’s Note: Angel disappeared from prison on July 21, 2014. As
of today he has not been heard from for 29 days.}

Five days* have passed now since the disappearance of the writer Angel
Santiesteban in Havana, barely hours after he wrote a post from Lawton
prison,… Continue reading

The Associated Press Calls Us ‘Mercenaries’

The Associated Press Calls Us ‘Mercenaries’ / 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua
Posted on August 17, 2014

14ymedio, Havana, Manuel Cuesta Morua, 14 August 2014 — Two separate
reports from the American Associated Press (AP) agency, published urbi
et orbi, reproduce a syndrome of certain US media in relation to Cuba,
at least in the last 55 years.
The syndrome began… Continue reading

Four Cardinal Points

Four Cardinal Points / Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on August 17, 2014

They are difficult to count, not to mention uncountable, the projects
carried out in order to find alternative solutions to Cuba’s problems.
When I say “alternatives” I’m obviously referring to a broad set of
programs, documents, statements not coming from governmental
institutions, but from that disjointed amalgamation of opposition… Continue reading

Alan Gross: Trapped in a Cold War Tale

Alan Gross: Trapped in a Cold War Tale / Ivan Garcia
Posted on August 15, 2014

In the Zamora neighbourhood, next to the Carlos J. Finlay military
hospital, in the Marianao Council area, in Eastern Havana, many of the
neighbours don’t know anything about the background of Allan Gross, the
US contractor, who is stuck there.

It’s a poor district,… Continue reading

If Alan Gross Dies in Cuba… Who Is Responsible?

If Alan Gross Dies in Cuba… Who Is Responsible?
Posted: 08/15/2014 3:27 pm EDT Updated: 08/15/2014 3:59 pm

Raul Castro, Barack Obama, Bob Menendez, Marco Rubio, Ileana
Ros-Lehtinen, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Mario Diaz-Balart or Joe Garcia?

All of the above!!!! But especially the last six.

The government of the United States and the government of Cuba should
feel deeply ashamed by… Continue reading

Cuban defector says he has information about Payá’s death

Posted on Friday, 08.15.14

Cuban defector says he has information about Payá’s death
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

An officer in Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior who claims to be related
to former MININT chief Jose Abrantes and to have valuable information
has defected and is being held in a migrant detention center in the Bahamas.

Ortelio Abrahantes Bacallao, 42,… Continue reading

New Alliance Between Dissident Groups

New Alliance Between Dissident Groups / 14ymedio
Posted on August 13, 2014

14YMEDIO, Havana, 12 August 2014 — The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU)
and the Pinero Autonomous Party (PAP) formalized an alliance Monday in
Santiago de Cuba.

Speaking to 14ymedio, José Daniel Ferrer, executive secretary of UNPACU
said that both organizations share a commitment to strengthening the
activities of… Continue reading

Cuban dissidents: We have nothing to celebrate on Castro’s birthday

Cuban dissidents: We have nothing to celebrate on Castro’s birthday
EFE | HAVANA 13 AUG 2014

Cuban dissidents said Wednesday they had no reason to celebrate the 88th
birthday of former President Fidel Castro, for whom the event is being
commemorated with assorted activities.

Castro’s birthday “is more or less the same, it’s as if it was some
other person’s… Continue reading

RWB Exhorts Cuban Authorities to Clarify Angel Santiesteban-Prats’ Situation

RWB Exhorts Cuban Authorities to Clarify Angel Santiesteban-Prats’ Situation
Posted on August 12, 2014
Published Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cuban writer and blogger Angel Santiesteban-Prats disappeared from the
jail at San Miguel del Padron on July 21, 2014. Authorities at first
said that he had escaped; nevertheless, ten days later his daughter
managed to speak with him briefly at a… Continue reading

Critics Question Sources for AP Report on Cuba Democracy Program

Critics Question Sources for AP Report on Cuba Democracy Program
Say sources had political agenda to undermine U.S. policy
BY: Daniel Wiser
August 11, 2014 5:00 am

Critics are raising questions about the Associated Press’s recent report
on a U.S. program to foster civil society in Cuba and have accused the
news organization of cooperating with sources who have a… Continue reading

Angel Santiesteban and the Path of the Fugitive

Angel Santiesteban and the Path of the Fugitive
Posted on August 8, 2014
By Armando Añel, July 30, 2014

The confused news that comes from Havana indicates that either Angel
Santiesteban ran away from the prison-settlement where he was unjustly
imprisoned or the political police have launched a fabrication to
condemn him to a longer term of imprisonment and keep… Continue reading

CUBAN AUTHORITIES URGED TO EXPLAIN DETAINED BLOGGER’S DISAPPEARANCE

CUBAN AUTHORITIES URGED TO EXPLAIN DETAINED BLOGGER’S DISAPPEARANCE
PUBLISHED ON WEDNESDAY 6 AUGUST 2014.

When detained Cuban writer and blogger Angel Santiesteban-Prats
disappeared from San Miguel del Padrón prison on 21 July, the
authorities said he had escaped but his daughter managed to talk briefly
with him in a police station ten days later. His present whereabouts are
unknown.

After… Continue reading

US contractor Alan Gross ‘may not survive’ Cuba jail term

US contractor Alan Gross ‘may not survive’ Cuba jail term
By Sarah Rainsford
BBC News, Havana

The lawyer of a US government contractor imprisoned in Cuba says he
doesn’t know how long he will survive in prison.

Alan Gross has served four years of a 15-year term for taking internet
equipment to Cuba illegally.

According to his lawyer, Scott Gilbert,… Continue reading

What This Media Outlet Got Wrong About Efforts to Promote Freedom in Cuba

What This Media Outlet Got Wrong About Efforts to Promote Freedom in Cuba
Ana Quintana / @Ana_R_Quintana / August 06, 2014

Ana Quintana is a research associate in The Heritage Foundation’s
Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies. She specializes in U.S.
policy toward Latin America.
Earlier this week, the Associated Press ran an investigative piece on
the U.S. Agency for… Continue reading

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