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I do not know if it makes much sense to try to legalize the Hispano-Cuban Foundation on the Island

“I do not know if it makes much sense to try to legalize the
Hispano-Cuban Foundation on the Island” / 14ymedio, Marta Beatriz Roque
Posted on July 19, 2014

14YMEDIO, Havana, 18 July 2013 — The Cuban economist Martha Beatriz
Roque has just been named president of the Hispano-Cuban Foundation
(FHC). The institution has tried to “promote the presence and… 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

Journalist Roberto de Jesus Guerra Perez Beaten

Journalist Roberto de Jesus Guerra Perez Beaten / Luis Felipe Rojas
Posted on July 13, 2014

Independent journalist Roberto de Jesus Guerra Perez was beaten on
Wednesday, 11 June by a regime partisan. Guerra Perez uploaded a photo
to his Facebook account where he appears with contusions on his face.

Guerra Perez is director of the Information Center and Prensa… 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

An Optimistic Map of the Cuban Opposition

An Optimistic Map of the Cuban Opposition
July 12, 2014
Erasmo Calzadilla

HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban opposition is a mind-boggling issue. The State
has shrouded itself with so much smoke and fear that it is practically
impossible to know the identity of those who confront it. From its point
of view, all are mercenaries, supporters of the US blockade… Continue reading

Man accuses Cuban agents of insidious, ‘psychological’ intimidation

Posted on Sunday, 07.13.14

Man accuses Cuban agents of insidious, ‘psychological’ intimidation
A man who threw a party for a friend in a punk-rock band that has been
critical of Fidel Castro says that he has been the target of a
‘psychological’ campaign of intimidation.
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

Oscar Casanella, a 35-year old cancer researcher in Havana, says… Continue reading

They Direct the Machinery of Harassment Against a Cancer Researcher

They Direct the Machinery of Harassment Against a Cancer Researcher /
Lilianne Ruiz
Posted on July 11, 2014

Young Oscar Casanella is threatened in the public roadway by “factors”
of the revolution. State Security wants him fired from his work.

HAVANA, Cuba. — Someone must have heard the telephone conversations of
Oscar Casanella. Those days he was organizing a party… Continue reading

Festivities, Vandalism and Sarcasm in Santiago de Cuba

Festivities, Vandalism and Sarcasm in Santiago de Cuba
July 10, 2014
Dariela Aquique

HAVANA TIMES — When I got back home, after nearly two weeks in Havana
and having recovered from the tortuous journey from the Cuban capital to
my neck of the woods, I decided to find out what had been going on here
in my absence.

At around… Continue reading

Cuban ‘dissident’ says he was really an infiltrator

Posted on Wednesday, 07.09.14

Cuban ‘dissident’ says he was really an infiltrator
Lawyer Ernesto Vera said his main task was to attack and sow discord
within two key Cuban opposition groups on the island.
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

A Cuban lawyer has confessed that he was a State Security collaborator
for the four years he spent portraying himself as… Continue reading

Cuba Wants You To Think It’s a Gay Paradise. It’s Not.

Cuba Wants You To Think It’s a Gay Paradise. It’s Not.
Cuba has come a long way on LGBT rights since putting gays in labor
camps. But don’t believe the Castro family’s gay-friendly PR.
BY JUSTIN ROHRLICH JULY 3, 2014

TRINIDAD, Cuba — I’m surprised to see a rainbow flag outside a tiny bar
called Gats Loco in Trinidad, an… Continue reading

Pioneering Editor Sees Open Internet in Cuba’s Future

Pioneering Editor Sees Open Internet in Cuba’s Future
Reuters, July 05, 2014

A magazine editor who has tested the limits of free speech in Cuba
believes the Cuban government has no option but to allow universal
Internet access, and he plans to exploit that opening to promote a more
pluralistic Cuba.

“The government is obligated to allow it because the… Continue reading

Cuba responds to Google CEO’s call for open Internet

Cuba responds to Google CEO’s call for open Internet
Published July 02, 2014 EFE

The U.S. economic embargo prevents Cubans from accessing many Google
services, Communist Party daily Granma said Wednesday, reacting to
comments by the search giant’s chief during a recent visit to the island

CEO Eric Schmidt and three other Google executives traveled to Cuba last
week “to… Continue reading

Opposition Group Slams Cuba’s 963 Political Arrests in June

Opposition Group Slams Cuba’s 963 Political Arrests in June

HAVANA – The dissident Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National
Reconciliation (CCDHRN) said on Tuesday that at least 963 arrests were
made for political reasons last month on the Communist-ruled island.

In its monthly report, the commission noted the cases of independent
journalists Guillermo Fariñas and Roberto de Jesus Guerra,… Continue reading

Cuban opposition is worried about post-Castro era

Posted on Saturday, 06.28.14

Cuban opposition is worried about post-Castro era
‘What actually robs us of our sleep is . . . the reconstruction of our
national homeland,’ a Cuban activist said.
BY NORA GAMEZ TORRES

The opposition in Cuba has a young leadership that fights for human
rights and is already thinking about the reconstruction of the country… Continue reading

Google executives visit Cuba for first time to promote open Internet

Google executives visit Cuba for first time to promote open Internet
BY DAVID ADAMS
MIAMI Sun Jun 29, 2014 3:13am EDT

(Reuters) – A team of top Google executives is visiting Cuba to promote
open Internet access, according to a dissident blogger who says she met
the group in Havana.

The team, led by Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, met with… Continue reading

“Looking for a Handout” Between Miami and Cuba

“Looking for a Handout” Between Miami and Cuba
June 26, 2014
Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — Last week, a campaign calling for lower Internet rates
began on the island and Radio and TV Marti – US government stations that
broadcast propaganda to Cuba – announced they would use the web to send
their messages to the population.

People say extremes… Continue reading

14ymedio As Viewed by the International Press

14ymedio As Viewed by the International Press / 14ymedio
Posted on June 25, 2014

How the worldwide media reported on the birth of this newspaper and its
subsequent censorship on the island
14ymedio, June 21, 2014

Hours before 14ymedio was born, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo published
a column by Gina Montaner, “14ymedio’ against ’55ymedio” contrasting the
name of our… Continue reading

How Cuba’s State Security Welcomed Me on Returning to Havana

How Cuba’s State Security Welcomed Me on Returning to Havana
June 25, 2014
Isbel Diaz

HAVANA TIMES – After participating in the congress of the Association of
Latin American Studies in Chicago, I returned home to Cuba this past
June 20th, following a one-month stay in the United States. I arrived at
terminal 2 of Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport… Continue reading

Antunez Under Cautionary Injunction

Antunez Under Cautionary Injunction / 14ymedio
Posted on June 23, 2014

14ymedio, Placetas | June 22, 2014 — The activist Jorge Luis Garcia
Perez, known as Antúnez, was released last Friday with an injunction
that prevents him from leaving the municipality of Placetas without
permission. His arrest last Sunday at 10:30 p.m. generated many
expressions of concern and solidarity from… Continue reading

JOURNALIST THREATENED AND ATTACKED – ROBERTO DE JESÚS GUERRA – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

DOCUMENT – CUBA: JOURNALIST THREATENED AND ATTACKED: ROBERTO DE JESÚS GUERRA
UA: 159/14 Index: AMR 25/001/2014 Cuba Date: 20 June 2014
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journalist threatened and attacked

Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez, director of the independent news agency
Hablemos Press has been receiving threatening telephone calls and was
assaulted on the streets of Havana, the capital. He believes these are… 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

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