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Cuba, on human rights day, denies holding political prisoners

Cuba, on human rights day, denies holding political prisoners
AFP

Cuba has no political prisoners, only jailed common criminals who “call
themselves dissidents,” Attorney General Dario Delgado asserted Thursday
in an interview marking International Human Rights Day.
“It is sometimes said there are political prisoners here. There aren’t,”
Delgado told the official Communist Party daily Granma.
“The majority of those… Continue reading

Being in prison should not deprive one of his human rights

‘Being in prison should not deprive one of his human rights’
BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 10 Dic 2015 – 3:09 pm.

Rolando Ferrer Espinosa is the coordinator of the Frente Antitotalitario
Unido (FANTU), the organization of which Guillermo Fariñas is the
national coordinator. A lawyer by trade, Ferrer was incarcerated between
1999 and 2006, mainly in Manacas… Continue reading

Family of political prisoner in Miami refuses to visit Cuba

Family of political prisoner in Miami refuses to visit Cuba
Cuban politics continues to divide families across Florida Straits
Author: Hatzel Vela, Reporter,
Andrea Torres, Local10.com Reporter,
Published On: Nov 20 2015 10:30:02 PM EST Updated On: Nov 23 2015
02:06:42 PM EST

HOLGUIN, Cuba –
The small town of Rafael Freyre, about a nine hour drive east… Continue reading

Revolution 2.0 – What 40 American Entrepreneurs Learned In Cuba

Revolution 2.0: What 40 American Entrepreneurs Learned In Cuba
Loren Feldman
FORBES STAFF

Not long after we arrived in Cuba last month, we heard our first jokes
about the country. In one, Presidents Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush and
Fidel Castro have all died and gone to Hell. There, they meet the devil
who tells them that for a price… Continue reading

Winds of change hit Cuba’s Mariel port

Winds of change hit Cuba’s Mariel port
Site of massive exodus in 1980s now free trade zone project
Author: Andrea Torres, Local10.com Reporter,
Hatzel Vela, Reporter,
Published On: Oct 29 2015 06:42:25 PM EDT

Roberto Damas’ beloved island was in the hands of Fidel Castro’s
revolution, and after spending years as a political prisoner, he fled to
Miami… Continue reading

El Sexto Resumed Hunger Strike Two Days Ago, According To His Mother

El Sexto Resumed Hunger Strike Two Days Ago, According To His Mother /
14ymedio
Posted on October 17, 2015

14ymedio, 17 October 2015 — The artist Danilo Maldonado, “El Sexto,”
resumed his hunger strike two days ago, his mother, Maria Victoria
Machado, said on Saturday. By telephone from Valle Grande prison, the
graffiti artist said he would maintain the strike… Continue reading

Abandoned by the Pope, Will Cuba’s Political Prisoners Abandon All Hope?

Abandoned by the Pope, Will Cuba’s Political Prisoners Abandon All Hope?
By Nat Hentoff
This article appeared on Cato.org on October 14, 2015.

In my last column, I reported on the suffering of Cuba’s dissidents and
political prisoners, which has only increased since President Obama
normalized relations.

The reconciliation between Cuba and the United States was facilitated by
Pope Francis… Continue reading

U.S. welfare flows to Cuba

U.S. welfare flows to Cuba
“They’re taking benefits from the American taxpayer to subsidize their
life in another country.”
By Sally Kestin, Megan O’Matz and John Maines with Tracey Eaton in Cuba

Cuban immigrants are cashing in on U.S. welfare and returning to the
island, making a mockery of the decades-old premise that they are
refugees fleeing persecution at home.… Continue reading

With restored US-Cuba ties, a long trip home for Miami Cubans

With restored US-Cuba ties, a long trip home for Miami Cubans
Many expected Cuban-Americans to rise up in anger at the restoring of
relations. That hasn’t happened. Instead, a yearning has taken hold
among both younger generations and older exiles to know the Cuba of today.
By Ariel Zirulnick

Raul Moas’s family has a 1982 bottle of Dom Pérignon sitting… Continue reading

Activists Arrested for Approaching the Pope on Hunger Strike

Activists Arrested for Approaching the Pope on Hunger Strike / 14ymedio
Posted on September 24, 2015

14ymedio, 24 September 2015 — The three activists of the Patriotic Union
of Cuba (UNPACU) arrested on Sunday during Pope Francis’s Mass Francisco
in the Plaza of the Revolution in Havana remain on hunger strike,
according to a Thursday statement from UNPACU.
The regime… Continue reading

Letter from Cuban Pro-Democracy Leaders to the U.S. Congress

Letter from Cuban Pro-Democracy Leaders to the U.S. Congress
at 8:58 PM Thursday, September 24, 2015

It is with profound concern that we implore the Congress of the United
States of America to read this letter directed against the strong
campaign being waged to unconditionally lift the economic sanctions that
weigh upon the Cuban dictatorship.

This campaign seeks to unconditionally… Continue reading

Pope On Dissidents In Cuba “I Did Not Give Audiences To Anyone”

Pope On Dissidents In Cuba: “I Did Not Give Audiences To Anyone” / EFE,
14ymedio
Posted on September 24, 2015

EFE (14ymedio), Aboard the Papal plane, 22 September 2015 — Pope Francis
said Tuesday that during his stay in Cuba he had no plans to grant
audiences to “anyone,” on being questioned about why he had not held a
meeting… Continue reading

Regime Arrests Berta Soler and Martha Beatriz Roque When They Go to Greet the Pope

Regime Arrests Berta Soler and Martha Beatriz Roque When They Go to
Greet the Pope / Diario de Cuba
Posted on September 20, 2015

Diario de Cuba, 20 September 2015, Havana–The government opponent Martha
Beatriz Roque was arrested this Saturday in Havana, activist Ailer
González reported via Twitter. Sources from the Ladies in White informed
Diario de Cuba that Roque… Continue reading

Cuban-American family differs on politics but unites on helping the Cuban people

Cuban-American family differs on politics but unites on helping the
Cuban people
Idea to help La Merced church had genesis during Pope Benedict’s visit
South Florida family says it wants to directly help Cuban people
They will meet the families they’ve aided during papal visit
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD

Like many Cuban-American families in South Florida, Andy Gomez and his… Continue reading

Cuban dissidents demand more active Church mediation with Havana

Cuban dissidents demand more active Church mediation with Havana
13/09/2015 – 20:34

Havana, Sep 13 (EFE).- Dissidents in Cuba are awaiting the visit of Pope
Francis to the island with moderate expectations and praised the
pardoning of about 3,500 prisoners announced by the Raul Castro
government but are demanding that the Catholic Church take on a more
active role as… Continue reading

About 140 dissidents arrested in Cuba while heading to Mass to celebrate feast day

About 140 dissidents arrested in Cuba while heading to Mass to celebrate
feast day
Published September 09, 2015 EFE

HAVANA – About 140 Cuban dissidents were arrested Tuesday as they were
going to attend a Mass at the Lady of Caridad del Cobre Church to
celebrate the feast day of the island’s patron saint, sources within the
dissident movement told… Continue reading

More than 100 dissidents arrested in Cuba while heading to Mass

More than 100 dissidents arrested in Cuba while heading to Mass
Published September 08, 2015 EFE

About 140 Cuban dissidents were arrested Tuesday as they were going to
attend a Mass at the Lady of Caridad del Cobre Church to celebrate the
feast day of the island’s patron saint, sources within the dissident
movement told EFE.

“Most of the arrests… Continue reading

Transparency, Honesty and Free Information – Exotic Ideals in Cuba

Transparency, Honesty and Free Information: Exotic Ideals in Cuba / Ivan
Garcia
Posted on August 31, 2015

Ivan Garcia, 21 June 2015 — When Berta Soler, leader of one of three
splinter groups of the Ladies in White, convened a referendum on her
continued command of the organization following a scandal in Fall 2014
regarding alleged verbal abuse of a… Continue reading

“El Sexto” in the Clutches of the Castro Beast

“El Sexto” in the Clutches of the Castro Beast / Luis Felipe Rojas
Posted on August 29, 2015

Danilo Maldonado is a Cuban political prisoner who just embarked on the
terrible path of committing to a hunger strike. This was confirmed by
his family members from Havana late on August 25th.

“El Sexto” (as in “The Sixth [hero]”, referring to… Continue reading

Cuban Dissidents Buoyed in a New Era

Cuban Dissidents Buoyed in a New Era
AUG. 24, 2015
Editorial Observer
By ERNESTO LONDOÑO

Critics of President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba
have accused him of abandoning dissidents on the island, a marginalized
group that had been at the heart of American policy toward Havana.

Republican politicians and the editorial pages of The Washington Post
and The… Continue reading

Reporting from Havana, without Press Credentials

Reporting from Havana, without Press Credentials / Ivan Garcia
Posted on August 19, 2015

Ivan Garcia, 16 August 2015 — Twenty-three-year-old Liudmila spent the
evening of August 13 dancing the guanicheo —Cuba’s latest dance craze —
at a discotheque in the quiet neighborhood of Miramar in western Havana
with her latest romantic conquest: a tall young man from Kansas with… Continue reading

An opening for Cuban freedom?

An opening for Cuban freedom?
Aug 18 2015 12:01 am

The re-opening of the America Embassy in Havana on Friday was a historic
occasion. So fittingly, Secretary of State John Kerry was there — as
were three U.S. Marines who took down the U.S. flag from our embassy 54
years ago — along with many Cuban dignitaries, including private
citizens… Continue reading

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