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CUBA’S SUICIDE RATE HIGHEST IN THE AMERICAS IN LAST AVAILABLE YEAR

NEW REPORT: CUBA’S SUICIDE RATE HIGHEST IN THE AMERICAS IN LAST
AVAILABLE YEAR
by FRANCES MARTEL 25 Oct 2014

Out of every 100,000 people in the island nation of Cuba, 16.3 commit
suicide, the highest rate of any country in the Americas in 2009.
According to a study by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)–the
regional subdivision of the World Health… Continue reading

August 1994 – Safeguarding the Physical Well-Being of the ”Leaders of the Revolution”

August 1994: Safeguarding the Physical Well-Being of the ”Leaders of the
Revolution” / Juan Juan Almeida
Posted on September 3, 2014

1994 began with uncertainty and ended in despair. A number of
astrologers were in agreement: there was reason to believe something
unusual would happen later that year. This was partly due, they said, to
increased solar activity. In early… Continue reading

The Day the People of Havana Protested in the Streets

The Day the People of Havana Protested in the Streets / Ivan Garcia
Posted on August 18, 2014

1994 was an amazing year. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the
disappearance of the USSR had been the trigger for the beginning in Cuba
of the “Special Period in Times of Peace,” an economic crisis which
lasted for 25 years.… Continue reading

20 years ago, 35,000 ‘balseros’ fled Castro’s Cuba on anything that would float

20 years ago, 35,000 ‘balseros’ fled Castro’s Cuba on anything that
would float
By Fabiola Santiago, Miami Herald
Monday, August 18, 2014 2:55pm

When the tiny Guantánamo-bound jet took off from the Fort Lauderdale
airport, the door handle fell into my lap.

The handful of journalists on board laughed nervously, eyeing the ripped
roof cover and beat up seats of… Continue reading

A revisit to the Cuban Balsero crisis and the people who found freedom in America

Posted on Saturday, 08.16.14

A revisit to the Cuban Balsero crisis and the people who found freedom in America
Miami Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago recalls the stories of Cuban refugees she met two decades ago in the Guantánamo camps and how they carved out new lives in America.
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO

When the tiny Guantánamo-bound jet took off from… Continue reading

Cubans get assistance and rest

Cubans get assistance and rest
Posted By Mona Tatum
Monday, 28 July 2014 8:01 pm

Immigration officials confirm a boatload of Cuban migrants passed by
Cayman Brac today (28 July). The 18 men anchored off-shore for most of
the day.
It is rumoured the men received assistance in the form of food, water
and fuel from a passing tugboat around… Continue reading

Remembering the Tugboat Massacre of 1994

Remembering the Tugboat Massacre of 1994 / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Posted on July 27, 2014

During the summer of 1994, death ruled with impunity in my country.
During that period, Cuba, which had been a civilian graveyard for
decades, more closely resembled the gallows.

In the early hours of July 13, the whirlwind of violence to which the
Cuban… Continue reading

How would you feel if you were innocent but still thrown in jail each Sunday?

How would you feel if you were innocent but still thrown in jail each
Sunday?

As a result of the Ladies in White movement continuing to be a target of
Cuban state authorities, the Czech NGO People in Need would like to
bring greater public attention to two cases of Ladies in White members
who have been forced to contend… Continue reading

‘Ladies in White’ protesters held in Cuba crackdown

14 July 2014 Last updated at 11:50 GMT

‘Ladies in White’ protesters held in Cuba crackdown

“Ladies in White” activists said Cuban police rounded them up during a regular protest in Havana

Dozens of “Ladies in White” opposition activists say they were detained during a protest march in Cuba.

The women, who were freed after several hours, were marking the… Continue reading

US slams Cuba dissident arrests as ‘intimidation tactic’

US slams Cuba dissident arrests as ‘intimidation tactic’

Washington (AFP) – The United States on Monday blasted Cuba’s recent
mass arrest of dissidents as an “intimidation tactic” to silence
critics, and called for the end to such detentions.

Cuban authorities broke up a Sunday march by the Ladies in White,
arresting about 100 of the opposition activists as they marked… Continue reading

Cuba cracks down, arrests 100 women dissidents

Cuba cracks down, arrests 100 women dissidents
Reuters: Jorge Silva

Cuban authorities arrested an unusually large group of about 100
dissident marchers Sunday, breaking up a march by the Ladies in White
opposition activists.

Shouting “Freedom! Freedom!,” the women offered no resistance as they
were put on buses by dozens of police and plainclothes agents of the
only communist-ruled country… Continue reading

The Massacre in Canimar River – 34th Anniversary

The Massacre in Canimar River: 34th Anniversary / By Enrisco in the Blog
of Luis Felipe Rojas
Posted on July 12, 2014
By Enrisco

Today, July 6th, is the 34th anniversary of what is regarded as (only by
a few certainly) as “The Massacre in Canimar River” because 14 years
before the sinking of the “March 13th” tugboat there was… Continue reading

A Light for My Loved Ones

A Light for My Loved Ones / Estado de Sats
Posted on July 11, 2014

“Una luz por los míos” / Collective Action

To all Cubans

July 13 marks the 20th anniversay of the 13th-of-March* tugboat crime
against a boat that carried 72 Cubans, sunk by the Cuban regime off the
Havana Bay to prevent their escaping to the United… Continue reading

Join HRF and DDC for “20 minutes of silence for 20 years of impunity”

Cuba: Join HRF and DDC for “20 minutes of silence for 20 years of impunity”
[09-07-2014 00:01:00]
Human Rights Foundation

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- NEW YORK (July 8, 2014)—Directorio
Democrático Cubano (DDC) and the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) invite
you to join in a symbolic act of peaceful protest in honor of the
20-year anniversary of the “13 de Marzo” tugboat killings. On… Continue reading

On the 20th aniversary of the tugboat massacre

Cuba: On the 20th aniversary of the tugboat massacre
[02-07-2014 09:55:43]
Maria C. Werlau
Directora Ejecutiva de la organización de derechos humanos sin fines de
lucro Cuba Archive

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).-
Summit, New Jersey. Among the most flagrant atrocities committed by the
Castro regime in its long history of human rights’ abuses, two incidents
stand out that took place in the month… Continue reading

Children Screaming

Children Screaming / Armando Anel, Luis Felipe Rojas
Posted on June 30, 2014
By Armando Añel

What happened can be briefly summarised: on July 13th 1994 – 17 years
ago today – at the crack of dawn, 72 people tried to escape from the
island in a tug. When they were some 12 km from the coast of Havana,
three… Continue reading

Cuban exiles to commemorate tugboat drownings

Posted on Monday, 05.19.14

Cuban exiles to commemorate tugboat drownings
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MIAMI — The 20th anniversary of the deaths of 41 Cubans trying to cross
the Florida Straits is being remembered with a flotilla.

The Miami Democracy Movement plans to announce details Wednesday for a
July event commemorating the tragedy.

The drownings occurred when a group of some… Continue reading

Humberto Real Suarez: 16 Years Old, Condemned to Death

Humberto Real Suarez: 16 Years Old, Condemned to Death / Lilianne Ruiz
Posted on October 20, 2013

Havana, Cuba, October 2013, www.cubanet.org – Humberto Real Suarez is
another of the men who disembarked on the night of 15 October 1994 on
the coasts of Caibarien, along with Armado Sosa Fortuny.

Today he is serving a sentence of 30 years imprisonment… Continue reading

19th Anniversary of the Massacre of the Tugboat 13 de Marzo

19th Anniversary of the Massacre of the Tugboat 13 de Marzo / Julio
Cesar Alvarez
Posted on July 18, 2013
Havana, Cuba, July, www.cubanet.org

The sinking of the tugboat 13 de Marzo, on the morning of July 13, 1994,
with over 70 people on board, ordered by the dictatorship that governs
us, does not appear in the nation’s list of… Continue reading

Ladies in White say they want both material and moral support

Posted on Monday, 05.20.13

Ladies in White say they want both material and moral support
By Juan Carlos Chavez and Juan O. Tamayo

Leaders of Cuba’s dissident Ladies in White group rejected Havana’s
claims they are mercenaries and said on Monday that there is nothing
wrong with receiving help from abroad because the Cuban government “is
trying to asphyxiate… Continue reading

Quinones breaks the silence of UNEAC with respect to the case of Angel Santiesteban

Quinones breaks the silence of UNEAC with respect to the case of Angel Santiesteban / Angel Santiesteban

Posted on April 11, 2013   
From Montenegro to Santiesteban
By Roberto Jesus Quinones Haces

Guantanamo, Cuba, Apri, http://www.cubanet.org — Carlos Montenegro and Angel Santiesteban are not the only Cuban writers to have suffered the misfortune of incarceration; the latter twice.… Continue reading

Who Are The Criminals in Cuba?

Who Are The Criminals in Cuba? / Lilianne Ruíz

Lilianne Ruíz, Translator: Unstated

The faces of some who died in the 13 de Marzo Tugboat incident

A friend called to ask me an important question about criminality in

Cuba. Is Cuba a safe country with a crime rate lower than other

countries in Latin America? In my haste to answer… Continue reading

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