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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

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

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

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

December 17th, One Year On: Balance and Responsibility

December 17th, One Year On: Balance and Responsibility / Convivencia
Posted on December 14, 2015

Coexistence Magazine, Pinar del Rio, Cuba

Convivencia, Pinar del Rio, 20 November 2015 — December 17, 2014 opened,
without a doubt, a new stage, a new phase in the recent history of Cuba:
it was the announcement of the process of restoration of diplomatic
relations… Continue reading

How Cuba is, and isn’t, changing, one year after the thaw with the U.S.

How Cuba is, and isn’t, changing, one year after the thaw with the U.S.
By Nick Miroff December 15 at 7:00 AM

HAVANA — No event in decades shook up Cuba like the announcement last
Dec. 17 by presidents Obama and Raul Castro that their countries would
begin normalizing long-broken relations. In the 12 months since, Cubans
have witnessed scenes… Continue reading

Yamilé Garro Alfonso – ‘Being a Lady in White has taught me to appreciate the desire for freedom’,Posted on December 11, 2015

Yamilé Garro Alfonso: ‘Being a Lady in White has taught me to appreciate
the desire for freedom’
Posted on December 11, 2015

Diario de Cuba, Havana, 10 December 2015 — Yamilé Garro Alfonso was just
a housewife, the mother of a baby and a teenager, when regime forces
arrested her sister Sonia and her brother-in-law Ramón Alejandro Muñoz
in a… Continue reading

State Security is Outside 14ymedio’s Newsroom

State Security is Outside 14ymedio’s Newsroom / 14ymedio
Posted on December 10, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 10 December 2015 – State Security agents who
introduced themselves as members of counterintelligence are outside
14ymedio’s newsroom right now to keep our reporters from covering the
events of Human Rights Day, celebrated this Thursday.

Several neighbors sounded the alert when, from the early hours… Continue reading

Cuban dissidents report crackdown on Human Rights Day

Cuban dissidents report crackdown on Human Rights Day
DEC 10, 2015 – 21:38
By Daniel Trotta and Nelson Acosta

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban police detained at least six protesters
shouting “Freedom!” and “Long live human rights!” in Havana on Thursday
and dissidents reported 100 detentions nationwide on U.N. Human Rights
Day, when some Cubans call unauthorised demonstrations.
Police and protesters… Continue reading

Opposition Will Gather at 23 and L on Thursday, Human Rights Day

Opposition Will Gather at 23 and L on Thursday, Human Rights Day / 14ymedio
Posted on December 9, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 9 December 2015 – December 10, Human Rights Day, in
Cuba has become a framework for various opposition activities and
countless arrests. This year, several independent civil society groups
have planned public activities, despite the possible repression. The
Ladies… Continue reading

Searches And Arrests On The Eve Of Human Rights Day

Searches And Arrests On The Eve Of Human Rights Day / 14ymedio
Posted on December 10, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 9 December 2015 – In the morning hours on Wednesday,
the political police undertook a thorough search of the Patriot Union of
Cuba (UNPACU) headquarters in the Playa district of Havana. A portable
computer and other belongings were seized, a few… Continue reading

Human Rights Day crackdown on dissidents likely after month of mass arrests – Amnesty International

Cuba: Human Rights Day crackdown on dissidents likely after month of
mass arrests
10 December 2015, 13:34 UTC

Cuban human rights activists are at increased risk of detention or
harassment from the authorities amid demonstrations on International
Human Rights Day, 10 December, said Amnesty International following a
wave of almost 1,500 arbitrary arrests in just over a month.

Yesterday, police… Continue reading

Police Raid UNPACU’s Children’s Party

Police Raid UNPACU’s Children’s Party / 14ymedio
Posted on December 6, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 6 December 2015 – Police officers raided a house in
Palma Soriano in the city of Santiago this Sunday, where the Patriotic
Union of Cuba (UNPACU) was holding a children’s party. At the time of
the assault there were “nearly 40 children” in the house, according… Continue reading

Cuban Activists Celebrate The Victory Of The Venezuelan Opposition

Cuban Activists Celebrate The Victory Of The Venezuelan Opposition /
14ymedio
Posted on December 7, 2015

Venezula’s Democratic Unity Roundtable opposition alliance won an
absolute majority, according to official data (Fotograma)

14ymedio, Havana, 7 December 2015 – Satisfaction in the triumph of the
opposition, words of encouragement to the great loser of the contest,
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro: these, respectively,… Continue reading

Tania Bruguera – Rebel With a Cause

Tania Bruguera: Rebel With a Cause
For the cuban artist Tania Bruguera, free expression comes at a price.
December 2, 2015 12:15 PM | by Linda Yablonsky

As an artist of conscience, Tania Bruguera speaks truth to power in
unforgettably visceral terms. For a performance at the 1997 Havana
Biennial, she addressed the collective suicides of indigenous Cubans
during the… Continue reading

In Cuba, it turns out, security forces really are everywhere

In Cuba, it turns out, security forces really are everywhere
By Nick Miroff December 1 at 2:30 PM

HAVANA — The protests that erupted Friday in Havana at airline offices
and outside Ecuador’s Embassy were a rare occurrence in this tightly
controlled society, where street demonstrations and anti-government
activism are essentially forbidden.

As such, the protests were an opportunity to… Continue reading

For a true Art Basel VIP, look to Cuba’s El Sexto

Fabiola Santiago: For a true Art Basel VIP, look to Cuba’s El Sexto

He spent 10 months in prison without trial for his artwork
Visiting Miami to accept human rights prize
To leave, escape Cuba, not the solution, he says
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO

After spending 10 months in prison without a trial for making art the
Cuban government considered… Continue reading

No change in Cuba, totalitarianism persists – dissident in Prague

No change in Cuba, totalitarianism persists – dissident in Prague
published: 25.11.2015, 18:13

Prague – The situation of the Cuban opposition has not changed in the
past year of warmed relations between Havana and Washington, and the
totalitarian regime persists in the county, Cuban dissident Maria Paya,
on a visit to Prague, has told CTK.

Paya, who gives a lecture… Continue reading

About 300 Activists Arrested This Sunday

About 300 Activists Arrested This Sunday / 14ymedio
Posted on November 23, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 23 November 2015 — During the day this Sunday nearly 300 activists were arrested across the country, according to what Cuban opposition sources told this newspaper. Most of those arrested belong to the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) and the Ladies in White. UNPACU activist… Continue reading

Cuban State Security Warns Berta Soler “The End Of Opposition” Has Arrived

Cuban State Security Warns Berta Soler “The End Of Opposition” Has
Arrived / 14ymedio
Posted on November 20, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 20 November 2015 — The leader of the Ladies in White,
Berta Soler, was arrested Friday outside Havana’s Fifth Police Station
and held for several hours. The regime opponent was there to show her
solidarity with the the activist… Continue reading

Writer Angel Santiesteban is Released

Writer Angel Santiesteban is Released / 14ymedio
Posted on November 5, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 5 November 2015 — The writer Angel Santiesteban was
released Thursday after appearing before the Provincial Court of
Havana. The journalist had been arrested yesterday afternoon, accused by
his ex-wife of the supposed crime of “violation of domicile,” the same
charge he was convicted of 2012.… Continue reading

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