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The New Robin Hoods (II)

The New Robin Hoods (II) / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on October 5, 2014

Granting the wish of Ángel Santiesteban-Prats, who remains unjustly
imprisoned, that his voice is not silenced, and while I await for him to
find a way to send me his posts, I will be publishing, starting today,
the ones he sent me in the past, as to… Continue reading

Angel Santiesteban’s New Dossier

Angel Santiesteban’s New Dossier
Posted on September 26, 2014

The mechanism of annulment is cleanly bureaucratic: You can’t hire an
attorney without having completed the dossier. The prosecution prepares
its case in the dungeons.

Lilianne Ruiz

Havana, Cuba. In the doorways of Avenue Acosta, in the neighborhood of
La Vibora, some faded beings sell aluminum scouring pads, Band-Aids and
little… Continue reading

The “Hero” Who Couldn’t Find the Entrance

The “Hero” Who Couldn’t Find the Entrance / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on September 26, 2014

A great truth was revealed at the VIII Conference of the National Union
of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC, by its Spanish initials).

We have to admit when our detractors speak the truth. There’s no other
option than –for the sake of honesty– to… Continue reading

Liberty Costs Dearly, and Angel Santiesteban Decided to Buy It for Its Price

Liberty Costs Dearly, and Angel Santiesteban Decided to Buy It for Its Price
Posted on September 3, 2014

“In the world there has to be a certain quantity of decency, just as
there has to be a certainly quantity of light. Where there are many men
without decency, there are always others who have in themselves the
decency of many… Continue reading

RWB Exhorts Cuban Authorities to Clarify Angel Santiesteban-Prats’ Situation

RWB Exhorts Cuban Authorities to Clarify Angel Santiesteban-Prats’ Situation
Posted on August 12, 2014
Published Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cuban writer and blogger Angel Santiesteban-Prats disappeared from the
jail at San Miguel del Padron on July 21, 2014. Authorities at first
said that he had escaped; nevertheless, ten days later his daughter
managed to speak with him briefly at a… Continue reading

On Cuba, Hillary Clinton’s not as smart as she seems

Posted on Sunday, 06.22.14

On Cuba, Hillary Clinton’s not as smart as she seems
BY HUMBERTO FONTOVA

“The Smartest Woman in the World” flunked her foreign-policy exam. Worse
still, she was U.S. secretary of state. Back in the ’90s, when first
lady, Hillary Clinton was widely known as “The Smartest Woman in the
World.” Her husband, Bill, supposedly coined… Continue reading

Answer To Those Who Don’t Accept the Embargo

Answer To Those Who Don’t Accept the Embargo / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on May 31, 2014

A public letter addressed to President Obama with the intention of lifting the embargo or, at least, lessening it, has been signed by figures who demonstrate that Human Rights on the Island do not matter to them at all.

For some, shame means a… Continue reading

New book sparks renewed discussion of jailed Cuban novelist

Posted on Thursday, 05.29.14

New book sparks renewed discussion of jailed Cuban novelist
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES

The publication in Miami of the novel El verano en que Dios dormía (The
Summer When God Was Sleeping) has revived the controversy surrounding
Cuban dissident writer Angel Santiesteban, who is serving a five-year
sentence on the island for allegedly breaking into… Continue reading

New Prize for Angel Santiesteban

New Prize for Angel Santiesteban
Posted on May 28, 2014

Miami: Presentation of Ángel Santiesteban’s novel also includes a
tribute to him

Bacardi House, Rosa Blanca Institute, Chef Paella, Connect Cuba, Neo
Club Editiones, Green Designs and Alexandria Library welcome to the
presentation held on Tuesday, 3 June at 6 pm, of the book by Ángel
Santiesteban-Prats called The Summer… Continue reading

A Light on My Path

A Light on My Path / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on May 25, 2014

I Raise My Glass to Freedom Day

I must confess that when they seized Raul Rivero in the Black Spring,
and he was part of “The Group of 75″ that was seeking political change
in Cuba, at that time I had no political conscience, or maybe I… Continue reading

A Hero and a Villain

A Hero and a Villain / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on May 9, 2014

To be a Cuban dissident in prison — who doesn’t tremble at denouncing
the Castro dictatorship — and to be designated by Reporters without
Borders as one of the “100 Heroes of Information,” is not only an
immense honor but also makes Angel Santiesteban-Prats worthy of some… Continue reading

Raul Castro, Think Again

Raul Castro, Think Again / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on May 1, 2014

The months keep passing, and Angel Santiesteban — the only “common
prisoner” to whom the political police have offered “freedom” in
exchange for his renouncing his political position, witnessed in a video
— continues punished, victim of constant inspections and deprived of
passes to which by law he… Continue reading

Burn Your Neighbor’s Beard

Burn Your Neighbor’s Beard / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on April 25, 2014

The hypocritical “conversation” that Nicolas Maduro held with the
opposition indicates the political temperature of what is happening in
Venezuela.

Against his will, the dictator sat down at the table of dialogue.
Although he does not want to recognize it, he did it at the demand of
his… Continue reading

Easter No. 3 for a Prisoner of Castro

Easter No. 3 for a Prisoner of Castro
Bearing witness to Cuba’s political persecution costs Sonia Garro her
freedom.
By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY
April 20, 2014 5:34 p.m. ET

Christians the world over celebrated the resurrection of their savior on
Sunday with worship services and family gatherings.
Thirty-eight-year-old Sonia Garro shares the faith too, but she spent
the holiday in… Continue reading

Angel Santiesteban’s Work Again Recognized in France

Angel Santiesteban’s Work Again Recognized in France
Posted on April 18, 2014

The dictator Raul Castro continues stubbornly to make the world believe that he’s bringing to Cuba an opening that in reality doesn’t exist. He continues being the same dictator as always, violating the rights of all Cubans, submitting them to misery, censoring the press, harassing, beating and imprisoning… Continue reading

UNEAC Complicit In Its Silence

UNEAC Complicit In Its Silence / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on April 18, 2014

Previously I have said that in the circus exercise called court, which I
attended with the sentence already dictated by State Security, as I was
made to know long before by one of their henchmen, a fact that I made
known publicly — and which the judges… Continue reading

Group says jailed Cuban journalist should be freed

Posted on Thursday, 04.17.14

Group says jailed Cuban journalist should be freed
Report says the reporter was jailed because she wrote about alleged
police abuse.
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

Cuban authorities should immediately free a journalist jailed for
reporting on a case of alleged police abuse involving a man bitten by a
police dog, the Paris-based Reporters Without Frontiers… Continue reading

UNEAC – A VIII Congress Like the Previous

UNEAC: A VIII Congress Like the Previous / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on March 30, 2014

If Fidel and Raul Castro should be delegates to the UNEAC Congress
again, we can predict right now that it will be a copy of the previous,
which, viewed from a distance, did not achieve any social scope, saving
to mitigating development, destroying illusions and… Continue reading

S.O.S. The Soldiers Are Suffocating Us

S.O.S. The Soldiers Are Suffocating Us / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on March 29, 2014

A daring prisoner has revealed to me the intention of high-ranking soldiers to become my enemies. To accomplish this they took away a pass, the most sacred thing for them; then they reduced even more the precarious nutrition. The ration of chicken, which is provided two… Continue reading

S.O.S.: They Continue Harassing Angel Santiesteban in Prison

S.O.S.: They Continue Harassing Angel Santiesteban in Prison / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on March 24, 2014

My incarceration is not enough for the dictatorship

At dawn on last March 22, we prisoners, once again, were awakened by henchmen’s boots for another search procedure. Several officers, directed again by Major Cobas, ousted us from the barracks with the intention of distancing… Continue reading

S.O.S. Another Brave Man is Dying

S.O.S. Another Brave Man is Dying / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on March 21, 2014

Alcibíades Guerra Marín is in a hunger strike after being sentenced to a
year in prison for demonstrating in public against totalitarianism. He
was charged with the supposed crime of “CONTEMPT”. His wife, who is also
a Lady in White approached the place where they have… Continue reading

When Freedom Becomes Agony

When Freedom Becomes Agony / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on March 15, 2014

“Thank you Fidel, for all you give us…”

Prisoners curse their freedom

Convicts say that when they get a pass for almost 72 hours every 10
days, their worries increase. They experience a major agony in the sense
of feeling useless before the economic situation of their families.… Continue reading

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