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Cuba Willing To Continue Human Rights Talks With EU

Cuba Willing To Continue Human Rights Talks With EU

HAVANA, June 27 (Bernama) — Cuba reiterated its willingness on Friday
to participate in further meetings with the European Union (EU) to
discuss human rights on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual
respect, Xinhua news agency reported.

A report published by Cuban Foreign Ministry confirmed the island’s
decision to “continue… Continue reading

Different Methods, Same Objective: To Annihilate the Opposition

Different Methods, Same Objective: To Annihilate the Opposition / Angel
Santiesteban
Posted on June 25, 2015

Ángel Santiesteban-Prats, June 3, 2015 — No “disinterested” person would
say that the encounter by José Alberto Botell, the aggressor, with
Guillermo Fariñas and his companions was casual, of a personal nature,
or even an ordinary attempted mugging.

On the contrary, we know that… Continue reading

Repressors Salaries Have Been Doubled

Repressors Salaries Have Been Doubled / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on June 26, 2015

Ángel Santiesteban-Prats, 6 June 2015 — In essence, the President of a
country should not serve another function but, first of all, manage the
assets of people with ethics, fairness and the highest honesty, and
never, ever should he believe that the state treasury can be used… Continue reading

Rights issues dog EU-Cuba talks, progress on trade

Rights issues dog EU-Cuba talks, progress on trade
17 June 2015, 15:44 CET

(BRUSSELS) – The EU and Cuba have made progress on normalising strained
ties but sharp differences over human rights remain a problem and
require more work, EU sources said Wednesday.

The European Union froze relations with Cuba in 2003 after a crackdown
on activists and journalists but… Continue reading

Cuba, EU to continue talks on normalizing ties

Cuba, EU to continue talks on normalizing ties
2015/6/15 8:09:22

HAVANA, June 14 (Xinhua) — Cuba and the European Union (EU) will hold a
fourth round of talks starting Monday on normalizing bilateral ties, and
paving the way for unrestricted trade and political cooperation.

The talks, to be held in Brussels, Belgium, aim to address the fact that
Cuba is… Continue reading

EU, Latin America urge US to lift embargo on Cuba

EU, Latin America urge US to lift embargo on Cuba

Brussels (AFP) – The EU joined Latin America and the Caribbean in calling Thursday for the United States to lift its decades-old embargo on Cuba and in vowing to help secure a global deal in Paris to curb climate change.

Leaders of the three regions ended a two-day summit in… Continue reading

Western Union – Remittances help accelerate economic change in Cuba

Western Union: Remittances help accelerate economic change in Cuba
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD

As the Cuban economy flirts with market-oriented changes, remittances
from the United States have been helping fuel private enterprise on the
island and at least one U.S. company is already encouraging that trend.

Although U.S. investment is still prohibited in Cuba, with the exception
of possible U.S.… Continue reading

In Congress, a new push seeks to end stalemate over Cuba embargo

In Congress, a new push seeks to end stalemate over Cuba embargo
LINDSAY WISE AND CHRIS ADAMS
McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON
With efforts to lift the Cuban embargo stalled in Congress, a pro-trade
senator from Kansas will try to break the stalemate on Thursday by
offering new legislation designed to win over his reluctant Republican
colleagues.

Republican Sen. Jerry Moran,… Continue reading

Cuban dissident, hunger strike survivor, to receive Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

Cuban dissident, hunger strike survivor, to receive Truman-Reagan Medal
of Freedom
By Elizabeth LlorentePublished June 10, 2015Fox News Latino

A Cuban dissident who has won numerous awards for his longtime efforts –
including 23 hunger strikes, some of them near-fatal – to bring
democratic changes to his homeland is expected to receive the 2015
Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom on Friday.… Continue reading

More than 70 Ladies in White and Activists Arrested

More than 70 Ladies in White and Activists Arrested / Diario de Cuba
Posted on June 9, 2015

Diario de Cuba, Havana, 7 June 2015 – Over 40 Ladies in White and some
27 activists were arrested this Sunday, the ninth of repressive
operations in Havana, according to dissidents.

Among those arrested were the musician Gorki Aguila, the director of… Continue reading

Cuba and Paris Club members agree on debt total – $15 bln

By Marc Frank

HAVANA, June 8 (Reuters) – Cuba and the Paris Club of wealthy creditor
nations have agreed that Cuba owes $15 billion stemming from a 1986
default, an important first step toward renegotiating the debt, Western
diplomats said.

“The final amount of $15 billion has been approved by both parties, so
that is a big first step and… Continue reading

Spain’s economy minister to visit Cuba to meet authorities

Spain’s economy minister to visit Cuba to meet authorities
MADRID

Spain’s Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said on Tuesday he would visit
Cuba, in a sign of increased contact between the communist island and
Madrid’s conservative government.

Spain has frequently served as a bridge between Cuba and the EU,
although relations have tended to be frostier under center-right Spanish
administrations… Continue reading

Germany and Cuba See Benefits of Rapprochement

Germany and Cuba See Benefits of Rapprochement
On eve of EU-Latin American summit, foreign ministers play up improved
atmosphere between Havana and West
By NAFTALI BENDAVID And GABRIELE STEINHAUSER
June 9, 2015 1:16 p.m. ET

BRUSSELS—On the eve of a summit between the European Union and Latin
America, the foreign ministers of Germany and Cuba said thawing
relations between Havana… Continue reading

Republicans Try to Use Spending Bills to Stop Obama’s Plans For Cuba

Republicans Try to Use Spending Bills to Stop Obama’s Plans For Cuba
By Roberto Ontiveros ()First Posted: Jun 07, 2015
02:40 PM EDT

It is not just U.S. citizens and Cubans that are excited about the
current thaw that is taking place between the two nations that have have
experienced icy relation for over five decades.
Much of… Continue reading

What Is the General Plotting?

What Is the General Plotting? / Cubanet, Rafael Alcides
Posted on June 3, 2015

Cubanet, Rafael Alcides, Havana, 26 May 2015 – From a distance I saw
them arguing. They were father and son—they could not be heard, but
their animated gesticulations spoke volumes. The son, already in his
60s; the father, a captain in the Sierra, who escaped from… Continue reading

A ‘Green Light’ to ‘Crush Civil Society’

A ‘Green Light’ to ‘Crush Civil Society’
by JAY NORDLINGER June 1, 2015 7:57 AM

My “Oslo Journal” reports from the Oslo Freedom Forum, and Part I
features a conversation with Berta Soler. She is the leader of the
Ladies in White, the human-rights group in Cuba. It would be hard to
overstate how demoralized the Cuban democracy movement is,… Continue reading

One Year, Despite Censorship

One Year, Despite Censorship / 14ymedio
Posted on May 23, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 21 May 2015 – The greatest satisfaction we have
experienced in this first year of work has been reporting every day and
doing it with our own voice with independent judgment, and without
compromising with third parties. Having weathered the technological
censorship that our digital site has… Continue reading

The Risks of Journalism

The Risks of Journalism / Yoani Sanchez
Posted on May 21, 2015

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 21 May 2015 – If you has asked me a
year ago what would be the three greatest challenges of the digital
newspaper 14ymedio, I would have said repression, lack of connection to
the Internet, and media professionals being afraid to work on… Continue reading

When the victim’s time comes

When the victim’s time comes / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on May 21, 2015

God forbid that another death is necessary in order to understand the
abusive attitude of the Cuban government against dissidents. I learned
by telephone that last Sunday the government authorized the political
police to use teams of athletes—judokas and boxers, among others—in
combat mode, in another desperate… Continue reading

What will happen in Cuba?

What will happen in Cuba? / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on May 19, 2015

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana 16 May 2015 – On the back of a copy
of the I Ching were examples of questions about which one might consult
this Chinese. Should I marry X? Is this the time to take a trip to Y?
What will happen… Continue reading

The Cuban people must get their voice back to begin the transition

“The Cuban people must get their voice back to begin the transition” /
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Rosa Maria Paya
Posted on May 17, 2015

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 17 May 2012 — In the summer of 2012,
Rosa María Payá had just started out in the political arena. She moved
among the young people who animated the Varela Project, El… Continue reading

Rosa Maria Returns to the Revolution of Death

Rosa Maria Returns to the Revolution of Death / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Posted on May 13, 2015

ROSA MARIA AND DEATH

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, 11 May 2015

Since she was a little girl, death was a guest in her home. A guest no
one invited in the midst of the family happiness, rather an intruder
imposed by a… Continue reading

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