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Pro-government bloggers in Cuba use the web to discredit dissidents

APRIL 8, 2016 12:02 PM

Pro-government bloggers in Cuba use the web to discredit dissidents
ABEL FERNÁNDEZ

A Spanish blog titled Comunidad del Parque de Santa Rita (Neighbors of
Santa Rita Park) recently posted a series of videos of protests against
the Ladies in White, a group of dissident Cuban women who march in the
Havana neighborhood every Sunday… Continue reading

Remembering founder of Ladies in White movement

Cuba: Remembering founder of Ladies in White movement
Tim MacGabhann
Al Jazeera
9 April 2016

La Havana, Cuba – The ashes of Laura Pollan, the talismanic leader of
Cuba’s Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) human rights movement, were
recently laid to rest under a pine tree on Havana’s Quinta Avenida.

The former English and Spanish literature teacher had spent… Continue reading

The Voice Of Your Rights

The Voice Of Your Rights / 14ymedio, Generation Y
Posted on April 4, 2016

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, 4 April 2016 — What to do when
you have a loudspeaker in your hand? Since 2007 when I started my blog
Generation Y, this question has haunted me. Often the visibility does
not benefit those who need it most and… Continue reading

Yoani Sanchez on Castro and Obama’s Key Moment

Yoani Sanchez on Castro and Obama’s Key Moment
April 1, 2016
By Carlos F. Chamorro

HAVANA TIMES – In defining the key moment of President Barack Obama’s
visit to Cuba, journalist and blogger Yoani Sanchez, who directs the
site known as 14yMedio, doesn’t hesitate in naming the live press
conference when – to the general astonishment of Cubans – President… Continue reading

‘Yes, we do need the empire, or aliens, to give us everything’

‘Yes, we do need the empire, or aliens, to give us everything’
JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 1 Abr 2016 – 9:44 am.

The article by Fidel Castro published Monday by state media, entitled
“Brother Obama,” has sparked strong criticism in the streets of Havana.

The text, in which “the historic leader of the revolution” – as the… Continue reading

A Battle For Democratization In Cuba

A Battle For Democratization In Cuba / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos
Posted on April 2, 2016

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 1 April 2016 – Cuban Communist Party
(PCC) member Francisco Rodriguez Cruz, a journalist for the newspaper
Trabajadores (Workers) and an activist against homophobia and for sexual
rights, wrote an open letter to the first secretary of the Party Central
Committee,… Continue reading

“Otro18” Elections Project Presented in Madrid

“Otro18” Elections Project Presented in Madrid / 14ymedio
Posted on April 2, 2016

14ymedio, Madrid, 31 Mach 2016 – Like “a small crack in the Cuban
political system” from which an opening coming. Thus did the attorney
and activist Rolando Ferrer define the Otro18 (Another 2018) project
during a meeting with journalists this Thursday at the Madrid Press
Association. Four… Continue reading

Obama’s feckless defense of human rights in Cuba

NAT HENTOFF: Obama’s feckless defense of human rights in Cuba
POSTED: 04/02/16, 2:00 AM EDT

On Jan. 8, the Associated Press reported that President Barack Obama
“may travel to Cuba as early as this spring if he feels the rights
situation here is improving and a presidential trip will help.”

The Castro dictatorship’s response was immediate and severe. According
to… Continue reading

Vargas Llosa “Cuba will become a capitalist dictatorship and then a democracy”

Vargas Llosa: “Cuba will become a capitalist dictatorship and then a
democracy” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
Posted on March 29, 2016

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Madrid, 29 March 2016 — Literature, politics
and love were the three main protagonists on Monday evening for the 80th
birthday of Mario Vargas Llosa. The winner of the Nobel Prize for
Literature attended a dinner… Continue reading

Rolling Stones Ink Business Partnership With Cuba’s Castro Family

Rolling Stones Ink Business Partnership With Cuba’s Castro Family
HUMBERTO FONTOVA
12:44 PM 03/30/2016

What? You missed that news item? Well, you probably read about it, but
under a different headline last weekend. You probably read about a
“Historic!” — even an “Epochal!” — Rolling Stones concert in Havana
Friday night. The hyperventilating “reporters” probably followed up by
mentioning “historic… Continue reading

Unusual dissent erupts inside Cuban Communist Party

Unusual dissent erupts inside Cuban Communist Party
By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN

ANA (AP) — Days after President Barack Obama’s historic visit, the
leaders of Cuba’s Communist Party are under highly unusual public
criticism from their own ranks for imposing new levels of secrecy on the
future of social and economic reforms.

After months of simmering discontent, complaints among… Continue reading

Cuban Communist Party Guidelines Will Not Be Changed, Only Updated

Cuban Communist Party Guidelines Will Not Be Changed, Only Updated /
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on March 28, 2016

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 28 March 2016 – Just 18 days before
the start of the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), the
Party’s newspaper Granma tries to explain in an editorial dated this
Monday the reasons why it… Continue reading

Obama in Cuban History

Obama in Cuban History / Cubanet, Miriam Leiva
Posted on March 28, 2016

Cubanet, Miriam Leiva, Havana, 28 March 2016 – Barack Obama’s stay in
Havana between the 19th and 22nd of March was described as historic
before it even took place. In reality, it was the cusp of a new cycle in
the history of Cuba, begun in 2009,… Continue reading

Sympathy for the devil? Rolling Stones’ Cuba concert a business deal with the Castros

Sympathy for the devil? Rolling Stones’ Cuba concert a business deal
with the Castros

Concert seemed to be a sign of ‘historic change’ in Cuba. It wasn’t.
But it was a great way to enrich the ‘Castro Family crime syndicate’
Cubans continue to flee the repressive island

BY HUMBERTO FONTOVA

You probably read about the item, but under a… Continue reading

Ricardo Fernandez – “Freedom is Respect”

Ricardo Fernandez: “Freedom is Respect” / 14ymedio, Juan Carlos Fernandez
Posted on March 27, 2016

14ymedio, Juan Carlos Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 27 March 2016 – He moves
his fingers at full speed over the screen of his phone without ceasing
to talk. The modern gadget keeps him in touch with the most important
part of his life: friends, other… Continue reading

“I Am Optimistic About Obama’s Policy Towards Cuba” – Ben Rhodes

Ben Rhodes: “I Am Optimistic About Obama’s Policy Towards Cuba” / Iván
García
Posted on March 26, 2016

Ivan Garcia, Havana, 24 March 2016 — On any given day, getting to the
residence of the press attaché for the United States public affairs
office in Cuba, located at 7th Avenue and 24th Street in the Havana
suburb of Miramar, never… Continue reading

Cuban Reporter Yuri Valle Roca Released After Five Days of Detention

Cuban Reporter Yuri Valle Roca Released After Five Days of Detention /
14ymedio
Posted on March 25, 2016

14ymedio, 24 March 2016 — The freelance reporter Yuri Valle Roca was
released Thursday after being detained for five days in a police
station. The activist was arrested last Sunday and Freedom House, an
organization in support of human rights, today asked… Continue reading

Post-Obama Cuba ask – And now what? No satisfaction in government response

Post-Obama Cuba asks: And now what? No satisfaction in government response

As soon as Obama leaves, regime propaganda unleashed to quell aspirations
Inspired Cubans rocking and making bold moves
Americans need to keep their eyes on Cuba after the music ends

BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO

“You come here wanting to hear salsa. I want to hear rock ’n’ roll.”
Cuban… Continue reading

Tangential Reaction to Obama’s Visit

Tangential Reaction to Obama’s Visit / Regina Coyula
Posted on March 23, 2016

Regina Coyula, 23 March 2016 — The reactions of the press have been
quick to come. Yet, the visit from the American president has given us
much to talk about. But I want to talk about comments from Rosa Miriam
Elizalde yesterday on the Roundtable program on… Continue reading

Dissidents Call Meeting With Obama Positive And Give Him A List Of Political Prisoners

Dissidents Call Meeting With Obama Positive And Give Him A List Of
Political Prisoners / EFE, 14ymedio
Posted on March 23, 2016

EFE (14ymedio), Havana, 22 March 2016 – Several dissidents who met with
President Barack Obama in Havana this Tuesday, assessed the meeting as
“positive” and “frank,” and one of them delivered a list of 89 political
prisoners recorded… Continue reading

Cuba Dissident Says He Gave Obama Political Prisoner List

Cuba Dissident Says He Gave Obama Political Prisoner List
Alberto Pimienta
March 22, 2016 6:00 PM

In a small, white room of the newly opened United States embassy in
Havana, the simple exchange of a document summed up the significance of
a meeting between President Barack Obama and 13 Cuban dissidents.

“Do you have a copy of the list?” Elizardo… Continue reading

Cuba Says It Has Solved Racism. Obama Isn’t So Sure.

Cuba Says It Has Solved Racism. Obama Isn’t So Sure.
By DAMIEN CAVEMARCH 23, 2016

HAVANA — President Obama spoke of his Kenyan heritage. He talked about
how both the United States and Cuba were built on the backs of slaves
from Africa. He mentioned that not very long ago, his parents’ marriage
would have been illegal in America, and… Continue reading

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