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One Year After December 17, Who Took The Lead?

One Year After December 17, Who Took The Lead? / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos
Posted on December 20, 2015

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 17 December 2015 – Several articles have
already appeared alluding to the first anniversary of the normalization
of relations between Cuba and the USA and evaluating the results.

For some nothing has happened: nothing has changed. But diplomatic… Continue reading

In Cuba and Iran, Change Is Slower Than Obama Would Like

In Cuba and Iran, Change Is Slower Than Obama Would Like
By AARON DAVID MILLER

Iranians holding anti-U.S., anti-Israel and anti-Saudi placards in
Tehran in April. Associated Press
Heading into 2016, it looks like there’s going to be far more continuity
in how Iran and Cuba deal with the U.S., and vice versa, than some might
have hoped after President… Continue reading

Cuba, Cubans celebrate the 17th of December. Or do they cry for it?

Cuba, Cubans celebrate the 17th of December. Or do they cry for it? /
Angel Santiesteban
Posted on December 19, 2015

For Cubans, as long as I can remember and from the history I learned,
December 17th is a sacred day in which St. Lazarus calls his devotees to
the shrine at El Rincon, on the outskirts of Havana, to… Continue reading

Beating A Dead Horse Between Brussels And Havana

Beating A Dead Horse Between Brussels And Havana / Rosa Maria Paya
Posted on December 19, 2015

The issue of human rights must permeate every point of the agreement
between the EU and Cuba

El País, Rosa Maria Paya, 18 December 2015 – In more than a year of
negotiations with the Cuban government, the European Union still does
not… Continue reading

Cuba’s Castro says U.S. can do more to normalize relations

Cuba’s Castro says U.S. can do more to normalize relations
By Jaime Hamre

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba is willing to keep improving relations with the
United States even though Washington has failed to meet its key demands
for normalization, Cuban President Raul Castro said on Friday, a day
after the anniversary of detente.

Castro, 84, the younger brother of retired… Continue reading

A warning to America from a Cuban dissident

A warning to America from a Cuban dissident
By Editorial Board December 18 at 6:47 PM

WHEN PRESIDENT Obama began the opening to Cuba a year ago, one of the
arguments the White House advanced was that a full-fledged embassy in
Havana would give U.S. diplomats more freedom to roam the island than
was the case with the constricted “interests… Continue reading

After Obama’s thaw, bad year for Cuban citizens

After Obama’s thaw, bad year for Cuban citizens
By Charles Lane
The Washington Post
Published: December 17, 2015

Much has changed in Cuba since President Barack Obama and the island’s
dictator, Raul Castro, announced their rapprochement a year ago.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have flowed into Cuban government
coffers, due to more U.S. tourism and remittances. Havana has negotiated… Continue reading

A year after US-Cuba thaw, change too slow for some

A year after US-Cuba thaw, change too slow for some
By Alexandre Grosbois

Havana (AFP) – Cuba’s tourism and foreign trade are booming a year after
the decision to restore diplomatic ties with Washington, but ordinary
Cubans and some in the United States complain change is slow.

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the announcement by the two
countries that… Continue reading

Jose Daniel Ferrer Arrested at UNPACU Headquarters in Havana

Jose Daniel Ferrer Arrested at UNPACU Headquarters in Havana / 14ymedio
Posted on December 17, 2015

14medio, Havana, 17 December 2015 – Early this morning State Security
arrested Jose Daniel Ferrer at the national headquarters of the Cuban
Patriotic Union (UNPACU), in Havana, according to sources of the
opposition organization.

Several UNPACU activists denounced through the social networks that the… Continue reading

The Inebriated Pupil

The Inebriated Pupil / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila
Posted on December 16, 2015

14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, Havana, 14 December 2015 – The Astonished Pupil
is a recent program on Cuban TV directed by Iroel Sanchez. The show
continues the logic that has characterized Sanchez in recent years.
Every time the gentleman opens his mouth it is to speak badly of
everything… Continue reading

A Year After Rapprochement, Cubans Still Waiting for Change

A Year After Rapprochement, Cubans Still Waiting for Change
Alberto Pimienta
Last updated on: December 17, 2015 11:30 AM

WASHINGTON—
A year ago, after months of secret negotiations, the leaders of Cuba and
the U.S. announced in almost simultaneous speeches the two nations were
restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years.

Around noon on national television, President Raul Castro addressed
millions… Continue reading

U.S.-Cuba relations – A year of change

U.S.-Cuba relations: A year of change

First anniversary of new relationship is Dec. 17
Symbolic and tangible changes mark the year
Much work remains before there is a normal relationship
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD

In the year since the U.S.-Cuba rapprochement began, some things have
seemed to move at warp speed, but others have smacked into the reality
that the… Continue reading

Held 5 years by Cuba, Alan Gross calls his first year of freedom ‘surreal’

Held 5 years by Cuba, Alan Gross calls his first year of freedom ‘surreal’
By Fenit Nirappil December 16 at 2:43 PM

As a prisoner of the Cuban government for five years, Alan Gross walked
10,000 steps a day to pass the time and preserve his strength.

Now, a year after his release, his daily strolls take him through the… Continue reading

US-Cuba Deal at One Year – Castros Stronger than Ever

US-Cuba Deal at One Year: Castros Stronger than Ever / Orlando Luis
Pardo Lazo
Posted on December 16, 2015

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Reykjavik, 15-December 2015 — A
non-interventionist US president, a Peronist Catholic pope, and a
right-wing military dictator exalted by the Latin American left was
bound to be a winning ticket.

And so it has been. One year… Continue reading

UN rights chief urges Cuba to halt harassment of activists and respect human rights

UN rights chief urges Cuba to halt harassment of activists and respect
human rights

15 December 2015 – The top United Nations human rights official
expressed concern today over the extremely high number of arbitrary
arrests and short-term detentions of individuals, including human rights
defenders and dissidents, in Cuba in recent weeks.

“There have been many hundreds of arbitrary arrests… Continue reading

One year on, embargo still overshadows US-Cuba thaw

One year on, embargo still overshadows US-Cuba thaw
By Alexandre Grosbois

Havana (AFP) – Thursday marks one year since the United States and Cuba
surprised the world by announcing they would end decades of Cold War
hostility, but the budding rapprochement is still overshadowed by the US
embargo.

After months of secret negotiations, Presidents Barack Obama and Raul
Castro announced… Continue reading

December 17th, One Year On: Balance and Responsibility

December 17th, One Year On: Balance and Responsibility / Convivencia
Posted on December 14, 2015

Coexistence Magazine, Pinar del Rio, Cuba

Convivencia, Pinar del Rio, 20 November 2015 — December 17, 2014 opened,
without a doubt, a new stage, a new phase in the recent history of Cuba:
it was the announcement of the process of restoration of diplomatic
relations… Continue reading

How Cuba is, and isn’t, changing, one year after the thaw with the U.S.

How Cuba is, and isn’t, changing, one year after the thaw with the U.S.
By Nick Miroff December 15 at 7:00 AM

HAVANA — No event in decades shook up Cuba like the announcement last
Dec. 17 by presidents Obama and Raul Castro that their countries would
begin normalizing long-broken relations. In the 12 months since, Cubans
have witnessed scenes… Continue reading

El Sexto in New York: Cuban political prisoner visits HRF‏

El Sexto in New York: Cuban political prisoner visits HRF‏
[15-12-2015 01:10:25]
Human Rights Foundation.

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- NEW YORK (December 14, 2015) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) met with Cuban artist and dissident Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado last Tuesday. After being imprisoned for ten months, without trial, for creating art that Cuban authorities considered “defamatory,” the graffiti artist arrived in New… Continue reading

Cuba’s police state remains intact

Cuba’s police state remains intact

No political reform almost a year after ‘normalization.’
Dozens arrested before International Human Rights Day
Cuba has done little to warrant lifting U.S. embargo

One year after the half-century diplomatic estrangement between Cuba and
the United States came to a well-deserved end, the unremitting harshness
of the dynastic police state run by Raúl Castro remains… Continue reading

Engaging Cuba – The academy’s responsibility

Engaging Cuba: The academy’s responsibility
By Miguel Martinez-Saenz

Since Obama’s December 2014 announcement that the United States would
normalize its relations with Cuba, there has been an onslaught of
communication about what this means, how it can help Cubans on the
island, why it is problematic, why this is a defiant attempt by Obama to
win political points and why… Continue reading

State Security is Outside 14ymedio’s Newsroom

State Security is Outside 14ymedio’s Newsroom / 14ymedio
Posted on December 10, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 10 December 2015 – State Security agents who
introduced themselves as members of counterintelligence are outside
14ymedio’s newsroom right now to keep our reporters from covering the
events of Human Rights Day, celebrated this Thursday.

Several neighbors sounded the alert when, from the early hours… Continue reading

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