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Cuba’s 14ymedio Journalists Spend Two hours With the New York Times’ Ernesto Londoño

Cuba’s 14ymedio Journalists Spend Two hours With the New York Times’
Ernesto Londoño
Posted: 12/06/2014 4:24 am EST

14ymedio, 1 December 2014 — Ernesto Londoño, who authored six
editorials on Cuba published recently by The New York Times engaged in a
friendly conversation on Saturday with a part of the 14ymedio team, in
the hotel where he is staying in… Continue reading

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez says her digital newspaper is launching soon

Posted on Tuesday, 04.01.14

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez says her digital newspaper is launching soon
BY IVONNE GOMEZ AND JUAN O. TAMAYO

Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez says her planned digital newspaper is just
weeks away from its debut, with a dozen staffers getting last minute
training and looking for novel ways to distribute the reports with text
messages, emails… Continue reading

What do Cubans Hope For in the New Year?

What do Cubans Hope For in the New Year? / Ivan Garcia
Posted on December 22, 2013

December is a month of epilogues. 2013 brought new things for Cubans.
After the 14th of January, those born on the island could travel abroad
without so much government oversight.

Even the dissidents. Although with exceptions. Opponents, hostages of
the Black Spring of… Continue reading

Journalism in the Cross-Current

Cuba: Journalism in the Cross-Current / Ivan Garcia
Posted on October 21, 2013

An autocracy’s efficiency can be measured by, among other things, its
immutable capacity for controlling information. Everything passes
through an ideological filter. Some guys sitting in an air-conditioned
office minutely evaluating it to determine what people can see, hear or
read.

Books, records, news, novels, films and… Continue reading

Independent Journalists Live on the Razor’s Edge in Cuba

Independent Journalists Live on the Razor's Edge in Cuba / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, Translator: mlk

Every day when they go out to report or write some story about daily

reality, invisible to official media, the murky Gag Law that can land

them in jail for 20 years or more floats over their heads.

It's not just the legal harassment.… Continue reading

The Need for Light

The Need for Light / Lilianne Ruiz

Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated

"Declaration of the Minister of Foreign Affairs." The article accuses

the U.S. Interests Section in Havana of fabricating an opposition

movement against Cuba's legitimate government, creating dissidents, and

trying to provoke "regime change."

For the first time I feel like a target of attack by the State

dictatorship in… Continue reading

First Anniversary of the Death of Laura Pollan

First Anniversary of the Death of Laura Pollan

Translating Cuba

Of short stature, with blue eyes and a firm voice, Laura Pollan was for

years one of the most visible faces in Cuba of the Ladies in White. A

teacher by profession and a civic activist by choice, she participated

in the creation and strengthening of the most important dissident… Continue reading

Cuba: Petitions and Apprehensions

Cuba: Petitions and Apprehensions

August 20, 2012

Dariela Aquique

HAVANA TIMES — For more than a half a century, we Cubans have suffered

from apprehension, as we have gone through an adverse social juncture in

which our civil rights have been constantly vetoed by the government.

Beyond the prohibitions themselves, the cardinal problem lies in that

most Cubans do not… Continue reading

Justice

Justice / Rafael León Rodríguez

Rafael León Rodríguez, Translator: Unstated

Elias Carranza. From adelante.cu

Dr. Elias Carranza, Director of the United Nations Latin American

Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders,

shocked us when he said that Cuba is the safest country in the region,

during his Keynote Address at the Sixth International Meeting on Justice… Continue reading

Meñique Went out to Travel / Luis Felipe Rojas

Meñique Went out to Travel / Luis Felipe Rojas

Translating Cuba

"Meñique Went out to Travel" — that's the name of a famous children's

song. Those same travels were awarded to me by the combined forces of

State Security (G-2) and the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) on

April 28th. At 7:39 AM, Lieutenant Yasmani Suarez Ramirez showed up at

my… Continue reading

Not Twelve, Seventeen / Miguel Iturria Savón

Not Twelve, Seventeen / Miguel Iturria Savón
Miguel Iturria Savón, Translator: Unstated

Since the release of latest political prisoners from the repressive
crackdown known as the Black Spring of 2003, foreign correspondents in
Cuba cling to a mythical number twelve, referring to those who refused
exile and stayed on the island, which is a half truth.

There were 52 remaining… Continue reading

Strange "Estrangement" of the Foreign Press in Cuba / Miriam Celaya

Strange "Estrangement" of the Foreign Press in Cuba / Miriam Celaya
Miriam Celaya, Translator: Norma Whiting

An article by a foreign news agency recently reported on the Internet,
"Cuban Dissidents at a Crossroads"by Paul Haven and Andrea Rodríguez of
the Associated Press, suffers from, at least, two of the most common and
serious limitations of accredited journalism in Cuba: contempt… Continue reading

Cuba: The Gag Law / Laritza Diversent

Cuba: The Gag Law / Laritza Diversent
Laritza Diversent, Translator: Unstated

In the first of the two annual sessions of the National Assembly, held
in the final days of last July, the International Relations committee
agreed to instruct its counterpart on Constitutional and Legal Matters,
an aggravation of the measures contained in the No. 88.

The Gag Law, as this… Continue reading

Cuba, the Same Ration of Hate / Luis Felipe Rojas

Cuba, the Same Ration of Hate / Luis Felipe Rojas
Luis Felipe Rojas, Translator: Raul G.

This article was written by Luis Felipe Rojas and published on the
digital newspaper, Cubaencuentro.

Little time has passed since the conclusion of the VI Cuban Communist
Party Congress, and now very few have faith in those promises. In the
spectrum known as Social… Continue reading

Authorities Step Up Harassment Of Independent News Centre – RSF

Cuba: Authorities Step Up Harassment Of Independent News Centre
Written by: Reporters Without Borders
July 2, 2011
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The Cuban authorities are waging a campaign to intimidate Hablemos
Press, a Havana-based independent news centre, presumably because of its
criticism of the government. In the past three months, 14 of its
correspondents have been threatened and 10 have been… Continue reading

Political Decisions Above Cuban Laws / Laritza Diversent

Political Decisions Above Cuban Laws / Laritza Diversent
Laritza Diversent, Translator: Raul G.

The American contractor, Alan Gross, was sentenced this past March 4th
in Havana for carrying out acts which uphold the interests of a foreign
State with the "objective of damaging Cuban state independence or
territorial integrity", according article 91 of the Penal Code.

The choice of the… Continue reading

Cuban dissident Oscar Biscet is released after 8 years in prison

Posted on Friday, 03.11.11

Cuban dissident Oscar Biscet is released after 8 years in prison

Cuba's best-known dissident says he'll continue to fight the government
after eight years in prison.
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

Cuba's government Friday freed Oscar Elias Biscet, a leading dissident
who served more than 11 years in prison and was awarded the U.S.
Presidential Medal… Continue reading

What Cuba’s dissidents want

What Cuba's dissidents want
27/07 20:16 CET
Human Rights

On July 13, seven freed Cuban dissidents arrived at Madrid airport in
Spain. They were part of a group of 75 people who were given long prison
sentences in a crackdown in early 2003. Their release followed
negotiations between the Cuban Catholic church and Raúl Castro.

The Cuban president had promised… Continue reading

20 journalists in prison since March 2003

20 journalists in prison since March 2003

In Cuba, they don’t just censor you now – they throw you in jail.

President Fidel Castro’s police rounded up 27 independent journalists on
18 March 2003, along with more than 50 political dissidents, all for the
same reason. At the beginning of April, Cuban courts dispatched each of
these journalists to prison… Continue reading

CUBAN DENTIST, A PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE IN CUBA, GRAVELY ILL,CLAIMS HE PREFERS TO DIE RATHER THAN RENOUNCE HIS IDEALS

CUBAN DENTIST, A PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE IN CUBA, GRAVELY ILL
CLAIMS HE PREFERS TO DIE RATHER THAN RENOUNCE HIS IDEALS

Camaguey
Testimony of Rebeca Rodriguez Sauto
Taped, transcribed, and translated into English
Coalition of Cuban-American Women
Laida Carro / Tanya Wilder
La Nueva Cuba
April 25, 2006

On April 18, 2006, Rebeca Rodriguez Sauto went to Kilo 7 Prison in… Continue reading

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