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One Year of Relations. Now What?

One Year of Relations. Now What? / Somos+
Posted on December 21, 2015

Somos+, Eliecer Avila, 17 December 2015 — Today marks one year of the
historic reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the governments
of Cuba and the United States. At this point, although it’s true that
there has been no notable change in the quality of life of Cubans… Continue reading

In Miami, WeAllMarch

In #Miami, #WeAllMarch / Luis Felipe Rojas
Posted on December 21, 2015

Luis Felipe Rojas, Miami, 8 November 2015 — This past Sunday, I went to
the mythical and cloyingly Cuban Versailles Restaurant. There were a
handful of Cubans there who believe that solidarity doesn’t have
borders, and can’t be imposed from any corner.
On this day, November 8th, I… Continue reading

Cuban protest artist El Sexto – ‘You have to keep at it until you change their minds’

Cuban protest artist El Sexto: ‘You have to keep at it until you change
their minds’
By Louise Tillotson, Researcher on the Caribbean at Amnesty
International, 21 December 2015, 00:01 UTC

Danilo Maldonado Machado, known as “El Sexto”, is a Cuban artist and
former prisoner of conscience who spent 10 months behind bars for
planning a performance last Christmas Day… Continue reading

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

Business leaders pen ‘open letter’ urging fellow Cuban Americans to embrace U.S. policy changes

Business leaders pen ‘open letter’ urging fellow Cuban Americans to
embrace U.S. policy changes

Ten businessmen, mostly from Miami, traveled to Cuba this month
They say they saw ‘progress’ in a fledgling entrepreneurial class
They want to give cover to more Cuban Americans to engage with the island
BY PATRICIA MAZZEI

Earlier this month, nearly a year to the… 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

U.S. and Cuba at Odds Over Exodus of the Island’s Doctors

U.S. and Cuba at Odds Over Exodus of the Island’s Doctors
By VICTORIA BURNETT and FRANCES ROBLES DEC. 19, 2015

As he came of age in Cuba, José Angel Sánchez enrolled in medical school
for the usual reasons: to help the sick and to make a better living than
most in his destitute eastern town. But he had another motive,… Continue reading

Critics fear Cuban consulate in Tampa would become a ‘spy hotbed’

Critics fear Cuban consulate in Tampa would become a ‘spy hotbed’
Published: December 18, 2015Updated: December 19, 2015 at 09:52 AM

TAMPA — As civic leaders from both sides of Tampa Bay jockey to host a
Cuban consulate, a small group of naysayers sees a darker side to the
prospect — one rooted in continuing Cold War tensions and the… 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 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

Held 5 years by Cuba, Alan Gross calls his first year of freedom ‘surreal’

Held 5 years by Cuba, Alan Gross calls his first year of freedom ‘surreal’
By Fenit Nirappil December 16 at 2:43 PM

As a prisoner of the Cuban government for five years, Alan Gross walked
10,000 steps a day to pass the time and preserve his strength.

Now, a year after his release, his daily strolls take him through 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

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

Why Cuba’s economy could stay trapped in the Stone Age

Why Cuba’s economy could stay trapped in the Stone Age
By Rick Newman

Google (GOOGL) wants to help the Cuban government roll out broadband
Internet across the country. The Cuban government appears to prefer
dial-up service.

Not for themselves, of course. Roughly 5% of Cubans—mostly elites such
as government officials and favored citizens—already have broadband at
home. But the Communuist… Continue reading

Texas Eyes Expanded Export Ties With Cuba

Texas Eyes Expanded Export Ties With Cuba
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s three-day visit to Havana was designed to find
ways for Texas to capitalize on what he sees as a growing economic
opportunity.
ED MAYBERRY | POSTED ON DECEMBER 14, 2015, 10:29 AM

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently led an entourage of business leaders and
port and airport officials on… Continue reading

In tourist-deluged Cuba, Canadian firms are noticeably absent

In tourist-deluged Cuba, Canadian firms are noticeably absent
STEPHANIE NOLEN
HAVANA — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 7:03PM EST
Last updated Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 3:54PM EST

The cobbled streets of Old Havana are choked with tourists these days:
sweaty, sunburned tourists from the United States, most of them, who
make the rounds of the small… Continue reading

El Sexto in New York: Cuban political prisoner visits HRF‏

El Sexto in New York: Cuban political prisoner visits HRF‏
[15-12-2015 01:10:25]
Human Rights Foundation.

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- NEW YORK (December 14, 2015) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) met with Cuban artist and dissident Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado last Tuesday. After being imprisoned for ten months, without trial, for creating art that Cuban authorities considered “defamatory,” the graffiti artist arrived in New… Continue reading

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