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The Tragic Island’s Anagnorisis

The Tragic Island’s Anagnorisis
[04-09-2014 11:01:58]
José Azel
Investigador, Universidad de Miami

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- The Story of Cuba, a book by Murat Halsted
published in 1896, begins with a prescient phrase: “The story of Cuba is
a tragedy.” Tragedies often have a pivotal moment of revelation when a
character makes a critical discovery; a change from ignorance to
knowledge. Aristotle calls… Continue reading

Liberty Costs Dearly, and Angel Santiesteban Decided to Buy It for Its Price

Liberty Costs Dearly, and Angel Santiesteban Decided to Buy It for Its Price
Posted on September 3, 2014

“In the world there has to be a certain quantity of decency, just as
there has to be a certainly quantity of light. Where there are many men
without decency, there are always others who have in themselves the
decency of many… Continue reading

Cuba cracks down on Christians

Cuba cracks down on Christians
PERSECUTION
By JULIA A. SEYMOUR
Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

Cuba’s communist government has increased its oppression of religious
institutions, according to a Christian watchdog group, with reports of
religious liberty violations almost doubling in the last six months.

According to a new report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW),
there were 170 religious freedom… Continue reading

Why NPR’s David Greene Thinks All Americans Should Visit Cuba Now

Why NPR’s David Greene Thinks All Americans Should Visit Cuba Now
Written by: Paul Brady
August 21, 2014

NPR Morning Edition host David Greene spent a week in June reporting
from Cuba, the country that few Americans have had the chance to
visit—even though new “people-to-people” trips make it legal to tour on
certain itineraries. Greene shared his memories of… Continue reading

Letter to Pope Francis from the Christian Liberation Movement Youth

Letter to Pope Francis from the Christian Liberation Movement Youth
Posted on August 21, 2014

“But Cubans are tired, Cubans want changes. More than ten years ago more
than 25,000 Cubans supported a legal reform project. Called the Varela
Project, it called for a plebiscite to ask the people, yes or no, did
they want free elections. The Cuban Constitution… Continue reading

Investment in Cuba? What for?

Investment in Cuba? What for? / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

ASCE XXIV / 2014 Annual Conference, Miami Hilton Downtown Hotel,
Florida, USA
Panel 12. Concerto Ballrom B – Friday, August 1st, 2:45-4:15pm

1.

In Cuba during the 1970s, historian Manuel Moreno Fraginals challenged
poet Jose Lezama Lima with his trendy scientific notions about the laws
of objectivity and the transition… Continue reading

Soldiers of Information 08-2014

Soldiers of Information / Rosa Maria Rodriguez
Posted on August 1, 2014

March 14 turned out to be yet another Cuban press day with more shame
than triumph. As in previous years there were media warriors who
committed themselves to forging a more critical form of journalism. I
ask myself, With whom? With society and its leaders? That doesn’t work!… Continue reading

U.S. turns back Central Americans, welcomes ‘dusty foot’ Cubans

U.S. turns back Central Americans, welcomes ‘dusty foot’ Cubans
By By Patricia Zengerle and David Adams
By Patricia Zengerle and David Adams

WASHINGTON/MIAMI (Reuters) – Yasel Lopez’s journey to the United States
was as harrowing as any endured by the thousands of people rounded up in
recent months at the Mexican border – he survived days without food and
water… Continue reading

HRF asks U.N. to inquire into attack on journalist

Cuba: HRF asks U.N. to inquire into attack on journalist
[30-07-2014 11:13:48]
The Human Rights Foundation,

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- NEW YORK. —The Human Rights Foundation
(HRF) has submitted a petition to the United Nations Special Rapporteur
on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and
expression (U.N. Special Rapporteur), requesting that he send an urgent
appeal to the… Continue reading

The Political Legacy of Oswaldo Paya

The Political Legacy of Oswaldo Paya / 14ymedio
Posted on July 22, 2014

14YMEDIO, 22 July 2014 – On 22 July 2014, the opposition leader Oswaldo
Payá and the activist Harld Cepero died. Payá led the Christian
Liberation Movement and promoted the Varela Project, which managed to
collect some 25,000 signatures to demand a national referendum. Freedom
of expression, of… Continue reading

Payá family launches new effort for plebiscite in Cuba

Posted on Tuesday, 07.22.14

Payá family launches new effort for plebiscite in Cuba
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES

On the second anniversary of the death of Cuban opposition leader
Oswaldo Payá, his daughter, Rosa María Payá, announced Tuesday that the
Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) he founded is preparing a campaign
to demand a plebiscite on the island’s future.

Rosa Maria… Continue reading

What Vladimir Putin and Raúl Castro want from each other

Posted on Monday, 07.21.14

What Vladimir Putin and Raúl Castro want from each other
BY CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER
ELBLOGDEMONTANER.COM

Vladimir Putin sharply made it clear that his country does not plan to
restart electronic intelligence operations at the “Lourdes” base near
Havana. That was predictable. Getting in bed with the Castros again
makes no sense at all.

The espionage installations… Continue reading

I owe to my father the hatred of authoritarianism that he embodied

“I owe to my father the hatred of authoritarianism that he embodied” /
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Mario Varga Llosa
Posted on July 16, 2014

The writer Mario Vargas Llosa discusses literature, democracy and Latin
America in the second part of an interview with 14ymedio. First part of
the interview: “The myth of Cuba has been cut to shreds”

Yoani Sánchez,… Continue reading

SENTENCING OF THREE BROTHERS POSTPONED – Amnesty International

DOCUMENT – FURTHER INFORMATION: CUBA: SENTENCING OF THREE BROTHERS POSTPONED

Further information on UA: 201/13 Index: AMR 25/003/2014 Cuba Date: 15
July 2014
URGENT ACTION
sentencing of three brothers postponed

The sentencing of three prisoners of conscience originally scheduled for
1 July has been postponed with no further information. They are
prisoners of conscience and should be released immediately and… Continue reading

Roman Catholic magazine in Cuba might soften its political side

Roman Catholic magazine in Cuba might soften its political side
Franklin Reyes/Associated Press
Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2014 11:28 am
Associated Press |

HAVANA — Launched as a bulletin for Catholic lay people, Espacio Laical
magazine became an unusually open and critical forum for debate in Cuba,
a rarity in a country where the state has controlled all media for… Continue reading

Why Is Another Cuba Necessary?

Why Is Another Cuba Necessary? / Jeovany Jimenez Vega
Posted on July 10, 2014
By Jeovany Jimenez Vega

Among the series of international instruments related to the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights are the International Convention on Civil
and Political Rights and the Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural
Rights. Implementing them requires two basic steps. First, they must be… 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

Putting the Military Back in its Barracks

Cuba: Putting the Military Back in its Barracks
July 3, 2014
“One cannot found a nation, General, as one commands a military
encampment” – Jose Marti
Pedro Campos

HAVANA TIMES — Not a day goes by without a report published by Cuba’s
alternative or official media telling us of important decisions made and
regrettable actions taken by high or mid-level… Continue reading

Google exec says Cuban internet is old and censored

Posted on Tuesday, 07.01.14

Google exec says Cuban internet is old and censored
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

Fresh from a visit to Havana, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has
described the Internet in Cuba as “trapped in the 1990s,” heavily
censored and with a weak infrastructure dominated by Chinese equipment
because of the U.S. trade embargo.

The embargo “makes… Continue reading

Critical forum may end with Cuban magazine changes

Posted on Monday, 06.30.14

Critical forum may end with Cuban magazine changes
BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — Launched as a bulletin for Catholic lay people, Espacio Laical
magazine became an unusually open and critical forum for debate in Cuba,
a rarity in a country where the state has controlled all media for five
decades.

Now, the sudden departure… 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

Setting the Record Straight

Setting the Record Straight* / Rafael Leon Rodriguez
Posted on June 24, 2014

In recent years, every time the issue of Cuba comes up, whether in
relation to the transition to democratic freedoms or to other topics of
a political nature, from any place in the world, our repressed national
island passions are unleashed. It doesn’t matter whether it’s about… Continue reading

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