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‘It was terrible’ – Alan Gross gives first interview after being

‘It was terrible’: Alan Gross gives first interview after being released
from a Cuban prison
By Ian Shapira November 30 at 12:13 PM

It’s been nearly a year since Alan P. Gross was finally released from a
Cuban prison. The Maryland man had been there for five years, on charges
he was working in Cuba as an American spy instead… Continue reading

Former Cuba prisoner Alan Gross details torture threats and survival strategies

Former Cuba prisoner Alan Gross details torture threats and survival
strategies
Government contractor spent five years in jail on espionage charges
Release in December 2014 was part of thaw in US-Cuba relations
Friday 27 November 2015 18.48 GMT Last modified on Friday 27 November
2015 18.50 GMT

Alan Gross, the American government contractor who spent five years in a
Cuban… Continue reading

Alleged spy Gross felt abandoned by US in Cuba

Alleged spy Gross felt abandoned by US in Cuba

Washington (AFP) – US contractor Alan Gross says he was mistreated by
his captors and felt abandoned by his own government after Cuba arrested
him and accused him of spying.

In his first major interview since his release last year, Gross said
exercise, family memories and humor kept him going though… Continue reading

Cuban Man Says He Relied on God to Survive 22 Years of Torture in Castro’s Gulag

Cuban Man Says He Relied on God to Survive 22 Years of Torture in
Castro’s Gulag
BY SAMUEL SMITH , CP REPORTER
November 21, 2015|11:20 am

A former Cuban prisoner of conscience who was imprisoned for opposing
the Communist regime of Fidel Castro and used his own blood to write
poetry throughout his 22-year detention will be honored as the… Continue reading

Cuban Dissidents Face Uphill Fight

Cuban Dissidents Face Uphill Fight
Published October 31, 2015
TRACEY EATON

The graffiti artist jailed for 10 months after he painted the names
“Fidel” and “Raúl” on two pigs said today he isn’t backing down.
“Art is my life and I can’t breathe without a life,” said Danilo
Maldonado, also known as “El Sexto.”
“Of course I’m going to continue… 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

Tough Times in Cuba’s Prisons

Tough Times in Cuba’s Prisons

Former inmates describe abuse by warders as well as poor health,
sanitation and nutrition.

Former political prisoners in Cuba say conditions in jail are poor and
inmates are often subject to abuse.

Official data from 2012 showed Cuba with a prison population of 57,300,
or 508 per 100,000 people. A study by the International Centre… Continue reading

Tampa men on opposite sides of the Cuba question to debate in Ybor

Tampa men on opposite sides of the Cuba question to debate in Ybor
By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff
Published: October 4, 2015

TAMPA — Al Fox and Ralph Fernandez are strident champions of opposite
positions on the Cuba question, but the two Tampa men might agree on one
thing: When it comes to their personal relationship, the best policy… Continue reading

Pope Francis Desecrates Memory of Catholic Martyrs in Cuba

Pope Francis Desecrates Memory of Catholic Martyrs in Cuba
Humberto Fontova | Sep 26, 2015

“Dear Mom and Dad,

I’ve just received the news that I’ll be executed by firing squad in the
morning. I assure you, dear parents, that I’ve never felt such spiritual
tranquility as I do now. I feel content knowing that very shortly I’ll
be with… Continue reading

Remembering when the Catholic schools were closed in Cuba

Remembering when the Catholic schools were closed in Cuba
By Silvio Canto, Jr.

Just read a story about a man known as Padre Gilberto, an American from
Mississippi who is a priest in Cuba:

The parishioners at La Merced church in Old Havana, one of Cuba’s most
important shrines, know their bearded, soft-spoken priest as Padre Gilberto.

But his real… Continue reading

From Political Violence to Citizen Participation

From Political Violence to Citizen Participation / Somos+, Alfonso Susano
Posted on September 13, 2015

Alfonso Susano, 20 August 2015 — The highest level of conscience is
required amongst those who practice politics. On the other hand, the
same activity which should promote liberty and creativity of individuals
can transform into the worst form of violence and suffering.

As the… Continue reading

Obama’s New Cuban Partners, My Old Jailers

Obama’s New Cuban Partners, My Old Jailers
The regime was built on the blood of dissidents like those the U.S. now
avoids acknowledging.
By ARMANDO VALLADARES
Aug. 20, 2015 7:23 p.m. ET

All Rosa Maria Payá wants is a copy of her father’s autopsy report. All
her father wanted before he was murdered by Castro’s thugs was free
elections. These… Continue reading

Obama is taking the wrong side in Cuba

Obama is taking the wrong side in Cuba
By WASHINGTON EXAMINER • 8/17/15 12:01 AM

A memorable line from Ronald Reagan’s famous 1964 speech, “A Time for
Choosing,” pertained to some left-leaning politicians’ accommodationist
attitude toward communism. The line stood out last week, as the United
States resumed diplomatic relations with Cuba’s oppressive Communist regime.

“We cannot buy our security,… Continue reading

After ceremonial flag raising, real talk of diplomacy begins in Cuba

After ceremonial flag raising, real talk of diplomacy begins in Cuba
BY BRADLEY KLAPPER AND MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS August
15, 2015 at 12:56 PM EDT

HAVANA — A jubilant flag-raising at the reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana
is giving way to serious talk about the road ahead in improving
relations between the United States and Cuba.

Capping off a… Continue reading

LETTER TO JOHN KERRY – “MAKE SURE ALL OF CUBA’S MANY VOICES ARE HEARD”

LETTER TO JOHN KERRY: “MAKE SURE ALL OF CUBA’S MANY VOICES ARE HEARD”
PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY 13 AUGUST 2015.

On August 14, Secretary of State John Kerry will fly to Cuba in order to
celebrate the renewal of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
It is the first time since 1959 that the head of American diplomacy
takes an official… Continue reading

What Can Journalists Do For Cuba?

What Can Journalists Do For Cuba? / Somos+, Kaned Garrido
Posted on August 10, 2015

Somos+, 20 July 2015 — In 2014 the organization Reporters Without
Borders released a list of “100 Heroes of Information.” They are
journalists from 65 nations who have denounced crimes against humanity.
From 25 to 75 years of age, they report from the most solid… Continue reading

Cuba and LGBT Rights

Cuba and LGBT Rights
ERNESTO ANTUNEZ 08.08.15
Reuters

LGBT rights in Cuba are perplexing from an ideological standpoint.
Communist theory itself is unclear on the issue of homosexuality.
Logically, one would assume that, given communism’s emphatic support of
abortion, disdain for the family unit and rejection of religiously based
morality, its position on homosexuality would that of acceptance or
indifference.… Continue reading

Without Freedom, Without Justice, Without Law

Without Freedom, Without Justice, Without Law / Amir Valle and Elisa
Tabakman
Posted on June 29, 2015

New Violations of Ángel Santiesteban’s Rights

Amir Valle and Elisa Tabakman, 28 June, 2015 — Today, June 28, 2015,
Angel Santiesteban Prats should have been released on parole after
having served exactly half of his unjust sentence. In fact, if they had
not… Continue reading

The Indomitable Opposition

The Indomitable Opposition / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on June 22, 2015

I am startled at the idea that the Cuban spies captured in the United
States were at one time kept isolated, and that odes are written about
this, as if it were an unheard of injustice.

I don’t want to make comparisons, but the five spies were sentenced with… Continue reading

The Caravan Of Terror Expands Its Impunity

The Caravan Of Terror Expands Its Impunity / Agustin Lopez
Posted on June 9, 2015

Dekaisone, Agustin Lopez, Havana, 8 June 2015 – It is 8:30 in the
morning on Sunday, 7 June. I am at my sister’s house and go down to the
street with the intention of buying bread for breakfast. A People’s
Revolutionary Police (PNR) patrol car… Continue reading

Reporters Without Borders to Hollande: “Mr. President, France should…”

Reporters Without Borders to Hollande: “Mr. President, France should…”
Posted on May 27, 2015

Reporters Without Borders to Hollande: “Mr. President, France should
seek the immediate and unconditional release of Yoennis de Jesus Guerra
Garcia, Juan Antonio Torres, and Angell Santiesteban-Prats.”

Note: This post was written by the editor of Angel’s blog.

Once again, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) demonstrates its… Continue reading

The slow thaw of US-Cuba relations

The slow thaw of US-Cuba relations
By Judy Robbins, Special to the BDN
Posted May 24, 2015, at 6:48 a.m.

One might perceive change is happening apace in this new era in
U.S.-Cuba relations. But in the five months since the declarations of
presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro that diplomatic relations
between the two nations would resume, nothing substantial… Continue reading

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