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Rene Gonzalez eyes fellow agent’s US release

Cuba: Rene Gonzalez eyes fellow agent’s US release
February 19
BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
Associated Press
HAVANA — When Fernando Gonzalez walks out of an Arizona prison next
week, the “Cuban Five” will be down to three.

Intelligence agents in the employ of Fidel Castro’s Cuba, they were
arrested in the United States in 1998 and given terms ranging from 15… Continue reading

Community Network Journalists Arrested and Beaten

Community Network Journalists Arrested and Beaten / Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello
Posted on February 18, 2014

Juliet Michelena Díaz, José Antonio Sieres Ramallo and Billy Joe Landa Linares, were stopped on San José between Belascoaín and Manrique, talking with me, on the balcony, which they’ve dubbed “The Ferns,” an allusion to the Cuban telenovela, when Patrol Car No 767 appeared… Continue reading

Keep the embargo until Castro relents

Posted on Tuesday, 02.18.14
U.S. POLICY

Keep the embargo until Castro relents
BY MICHAEL PUTNEY

The U.S. trade embargo against Cuba is a fiction, a fraud, a failure and
has been for a long time. It’s a Potemkin Village embargo. But it has
served the purposes of both Washington and Havana.

When it was imposed more than half a… Continue reading

Barbarism in Cuba Wears a Uniform and Police Badge

Barbarism in Cuba Wears a Uniform and Police Badge / Lilianne Ruiz
Posted on February 16, 2014

The men who sawed through the metal bars at Jorge Luis Garcia Perez’s
(Antunez) house at 5:30 in the morning last Tuesday were police, After
cutting the fence, they broke the latch and drove everyone sleeping in
the house out with blows, taking… Continue reading

Cuba’s Dictatorial Triumph – On the Backs of Submissive Neighbors

Cuba’s Dictatorial Triumph: On the Backs of Submissive Neighbors
Even the Last Bastion of Opposition, the United States, Is Softening
By María Teresa Romero on Friday, February 14, 2014

EspañolWhen assessing the current state of radical collectivist and
authoritarian governments in the continent, there is no doubt that the
Cuban regime is enjoying one of the most favorable periods of… Continue reading

Husband-Wife Human Rights Defenders in Imminent Danger: “Don’t allow them to kill us.”

Husband-Wife Human Rights Defenders in Imminent Danger: “Don’t allow
them to kill us.”
Posted on February 13, 2014
Urgent Alert

List email from Cuba, from Martha Beatriz Roque, 2/13/2014, 2:15 PM
(translated from Spanish): “Jorge Luis García Pérez Antúnez just called
to tell me that his house was invaded for the third time, his wife was
arrested, and he regained… Continue reading

CELAC Summit Passed Like a Storm

CELAC Summit Passed Like a Storm / Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello
Posted on February 11, 2014

HAVANA, Cuba — There is not a single time that the phone rings for good
news; these days every conversation is based on arrests, beatings and
demonstrations, an eloquent way to carry out the Summit of CELAC
(Community of Latin-American and Caribbean States) which… Continue reading

With latest hunger strike, Antunez challenges the world to take a stand for Cuban freedom

February 11, 2014

With latest hunger strike, Antunez challenges the world to take a stand
for Cuban freedom

Cuban activist Jorge Luis Perez Garcia, or “Antunez.” one of the most
eloquent and forceful leaders of the opposition, is much more valuable
to Cuba alive than as another martyr in the struggle versus communism.
So it was alarming to hear that… Continue reading

Kerry appeals to Vatican to help free American jailed in Cuba

Kerry appeals to Vatican to help free American jailed in Cuba
Tuesday Jan 14, 2014 1:23 PM
By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News

Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday called on the Vatican to help
secure the release of an American contractor who has been jailed in Cuba
for nearly five years.

“I raised the issue of Alan… Continue reading

Street protest in Cuba draws at least 500, sparks clash with police

Posted on Wednesday, 01.22.14

Street protest in Cuba draws at least 500, sparks clash with police
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

At least 500 Cubans staged a rare street protest and clash with police
in the eastern city of Holguin after municipal authorities confiscated
household goods being sold in an open-air market by the island’s nascent
private business owners, according… Continue reading

Cuban police detain dissident known as Antunez and his wife

Posted on Thursday, 02.06.14

Cuban police detain dissident known as Antunez and his wife
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

Cuban police and State Security agents Wednesday detained a top
dissident — Jorge Luis García Pérez who is also known as “Antúnez” — and
his wife and seized computers, clothes, a TV, and even cooking pots
during a raid of their… Continue reading

Aide to Cuba’s Ricardo Alarcon sentenced to 30 years for spying

Posted on Saturday, 02.08.14

CUBA
Aide to Cuba’s Ricardo Alarcon sentenced to 30 years for spying
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

A top aide to one of Cuba’s veteran political figures, Ricardo Alarcón, and the aide’s wife, have been convicted of spying and sentenced to 30 and 15 years in prison, according to persons close to the case.

Miguel Alvarez… Continue reading

Plane hijacker William Potts, who was jailed in Cuba, seeks U.S. plea deal

Plane hijacker William Potts, who was jailed in Cuba, seeks U.S. plea deal
By Patrick Oppmann, CNN
December 19, 2013 — Updated 2155 GMT (0555 HKT)

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
William Potts, who hijacked a plane and forced it to Cuba in 1984,
served time in Cuba
He returned to the United States last month and seeks a plea deal in
federal… Continue reading

Cuba president notes tone of recent relations with U.S.

Cuba president notes tone of recent relations with U.S.
BY MARC FRANK
HAVANA Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:03pm EST

(Reuters) – Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday called on the United
States to establish civilized relations with his country, recognizing a
new tone in bilateral talks on secondary issues while reiterating that
the country’s political and economic system were non-negotiable.… Continue reading

North Americans Eye Opener in Havana

North Americans Eye Opener in Havana / Miriam Celaya
Posted on December 18, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba, December, www.cubanet.org – During the days when the
cruise ship Semester at Sea was anchored on Cuban territory, over 600
visitors, including students and teachers -mostly Americans– carried out
a tight schedule of “meetings” with Cuban university students and toured
“sites of historical and… Continue reading

U.S. man accused of hijacking Miami-bound jetliner to Cuba 30 years ago gears up to plead guilty

Posted on Wednesday, 12.18.13

U.S. man accused of hijacking Miami-bound jetliner to Cuba 30 years ago
gears up to plead guilty
BY JAY WEAVER

A former New Jersey man who hijacked a Miami-bound commercial jet to
Cuba almost 30 years ago and finally surrendered to U.S. authorities
last month is gearing up to plead guilty to an air-piracy charge,… Continue reading

More Than 300 Opponents Arested on International Human Rights Day

More Than 300 Opponents Arested on International Human Rights Day
Posted on December 12, 2013

HAVANA, Dec. 11, 2013 , Let’s Talk Press / www.cubanet.org.- Repressive
forces of Raul Castro’s military regime arrested several correspondents
from the Hablemos (We Speak) Press Information Center who were trying to
take pictures of the repression against activists and opponents gathered
on Tuesday, 10… Continue reading

Cuba Without Rights on Human Rights Day

Cuba Without Rights on Human Rights Day / Luis Felipe Rojas
Posted on December 11, 2013

The Cuban government has cracked down hard on dissidents who dared to go
out on December 10th, the day when the world celebrated Human Rights
Day, according to sources from the island who have posted on the social
networks.

In Baracoa, Jorge Feria Jardinez… Continue reading

Antonio Rodiles boldly confronts the Castro regime

Antonio Rodiles boldly confronts the Castro regime
By Editorial Board, Published: December 10

A HUMAN rights conference is scheduled to open Tuesday in Havana, the
capital of a regime with one of the world’s worst human rights records.
A driving force behind the conference is Antonio Rodiles, a democracy
activist trained in physics and mathematics who has been working for… Continue reading

Cuba won’t budge on jailed American contractor, insists on prisoner swap

Cuba won’t budge on jailed American contractor, insists on prisoner swap
By Mary Murray, NBC News

Cuba’s government on Wednesday continued to tie the fate of an American contractor jailed there for four years to the release of four Cuban spies imprisoned in the U.S. since 1998.

Responding to renewed calls for Havana to free 64-year-old American contractor Alan Gross,… Continue reading

Cuba’s American hostage 11-2013

Posted on Monday, 12.09.13
MIAMI HERALD | EDITORIAL

Cuba’s American hostage
OUR OPINION: Alan Gross should not be swapped for Cuban spies

Alan Gross began his fifth year as a prisoner of Cuba’s unjust “justice” system last week, a symbol of the continuing estrangement between that island nation and the United States, and, more important, the fundamentally unchanged nature… Continue reading

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