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Obama in Cuba – Three Months Later

Obama in Cuba: Three Months Later
06/27/2016 12:57 pm ET
Miriam Leiva
Havana-based independent journalist

In Cuba, time goes by slowly. Raul Castro proudly declares he moves
without rush. Cubans have been waiting 57 years, so in three month
nothing usually happens apart from queues, boring meetings, soap operas,
propaganda, spinning out the ridiculous salaries and pensions, and
selling in… Continue reading

Another Sunday Of Repression For The Ladies In White

Another Sunday Of Repression For The Ladies In White / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 12 June 2016 – This Sunday there was, again, a
operation around the Ladies in White headquarters in the Lawton area of
Havana, organized by the National Revolutionary Police (PNR), State
Security agents and civilians called up for Rapid Response Brigades.

Lady in White Luisa Ramona Tuscany… Continue reading

Radio and Television Marti: Notes from Havana

Radio and Television Marti: Notes from Havana / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 28 May 2016 — Thirty-one years after its founding, the
government annoyingly continues to jam broadcasts by Radio Marti and its
television signal still cannot be picked up in Cuba.

Its website is censored and this media empire was a point of contention
in negotiations with the Havana… Continue reading

Private Property Returns to Cuba

Private Property Returns to Cuba
06/03/2016 04:39 pm ET
Miriam Leiva
Havana-based independent journalist

Private property will no longer be considered a capitalist disease,
according to a draft document published by the ruling Communist Party to
be ratified in 2017. In the Fundamental Law of the Republic, enacted a
month after seizing power in January 1959, the revolutionary government
recognized… Continue reading

Hollywood Conquers Havana with a Fistful of Dollars

Hollywood Conquers Havana with a Fistful of Dollars / Ivan Garcia

Ivan Garcia, 7 May 2016 — A black helicopter hovers at low altitude over
Havana Bay. Meanwhile, dozens of pedestrians on the streets below wave
and try to capture the image on their mobile phones.

The aircraft makes an acrobatic turn and flies back towards the port.
“Mijail, hurry… Continue reading

State Security Tactics in Cuba

State Security Tactics in Cuba / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 11 May 2016 — Daniel Llorente Miranda, 52, is a spontaneous
dissident. He doesn’t belong to any opposition party, nor is he an
un-gagged journalist. He is on his own.

Last 22 March, with the stars and stripes on his shoulders, Llorente
found himself in the area of the United… Continue reading

The Repression Obama Did Not See in Havana

The Repression Obama Did Not See in Havana / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 22 March 2016 — Just when Air Force One landed at 2 pm at
the Andrew military base on the way to Havana, forty-six Damas de Blanco
(Ladies in White) walked in file along the central promenade of 5th
Avenue, with photos, placards with slogan against the… Continue reading

Raul Castro: More Boring and Conservative Than Ever

Raul Castro: More Boring and Conservative Than Ever / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 17 April 2016 — A little bent and dressed in civilian clothes, with a dark blue suit, light blue shirt, no tie, gold metallic glasses, and a star on his bag, Raul Castro Ruz, 84, president hand-picked by his brother Fidel in 2006, among applause advanced to… Continue reading

‘Yes, we do need the empire, or aliens, to give us everything’

‘Yes, we do need the empire, or aliens, to give us everything’
JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 1 Abr 2016 – 9:44 am.

The article by Fidel Castro published Monday by state media, entitled
“Brother Obama,” has sparked strong criticism in the streets of Havana.

The text, in which “the historic leader of the revolution” – as the… Continue reading

Obama in Cuban History

Obama in Cuban History / Cubanet, Miriam Leiva
Posted on March 28, 2016

Cubanet, Miriam Leiva, Havana, 28 March 2016 – Barack Obama’s stay in
Havana between the 19th and 22nd of March was described as historic
before it even took place. In reality, it was the cusp of a new cycle in
the history of Cuba, begun in 2009,… Continue reading

Dissidents Call Meeting With Obama Positive And Give Him A List Of Political Prisoners

Dissidents Call Meeting With Obama Positive And Give Him A List Of
Political Prisoners / EFE, 14ymedio
Posted on March 23, 2016

EFE (14ymedio), Havana, 22 March 2016 – Several dissidents who met with
President Barack Obama in Havana this Tuesday, assessed the meeting as
“positive” and “frank,” and one of them delivered a list of 89 political
prisoners recorded… Continue reading

Cuba Dissident Says He Gave Obama Political Prisoner List

Cuba Dissident Says He Gave Obama Political Prisoner List
Alberto Pimienta
March 22, 2016 6:00 PM

In a small, white room of the newly opened United States embassy in
Havana, the simple exchange of a document summed up the significance of
a meeting between President Barack Obama and 13 Cuban dissidents.

“Do you have a copy of the list?” Elizardo… Continue reading

Cuba Says It Has Solved Racism. Obama Isn’t So Sure.

Cuba Says It Has Solved Racism. Obama Isn’t So Sure.
By DAMIEN CAVEMARCH 23, 2016

HAVANA — President Obama spoke of his Kenyan heritage. He talked about
how both the United States and Cuba were built on the backs of slaves
from Africa. He mentioned that not very long ago, his parents’ marriage
would have been illegal in America, and… Continue reading

Cuban dissidents meet Obama to air grievances about Castro — and about new U.S. policy

Cuban dissidents meet Obama to air grievances about Castro — and about
new U.S. policy

The president sat down privately with 13 political activists
All appreciated the recognition
But some wanted more from him

BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES

HAVANA
President Barack Obama granted outspoken political dissidents of the
Cuban government the highest level of recognition they’ve… Continue reading

Dissident Would Thank Obama for ‘Improving Cubans’ Lives’

Dissident Would Thank Obama for ‘Improving Cubans’ Lives’
March 18, 2016 8:49 PM

HAVANA—
Cuban dissident Miriam Leiva says that if she could meet President
Barack Obama, she would tell him that she is thankful for his policies
toward the island nation that are “improving Cubans’ lives, Cubans’ way
of looking at the world.”

Leiva, a co-founder of Ladies in… Continue reading

He is Obama, Not God

He is Obama, Not God / Iván García
Posted on February 28, 2016

Ivan Garcia, 24 February 2016 — Neither American economic power nor
Barack Obama’s oratorical skills seem to be enough to satisfy
exaggerated, unreasonable or personal demands from the diverse group of
Obama fans who make up Cuban society.

The national psyche is fixated on the underlying and… Continue reading

“Periodismo de Barrio” (Neighborhood Journalism)

“Periodismo de Barrio” (Neighborhood Journalism) / Regina Coyula
Posted on February 5, 2016

Regina Coyula, 5 February 2016 — With a low media profile, sidestepping
the incomprehension of establishment colleagues and the suspicions of
the independent press, Periodismo de Barrio has begun its journey.
Meanwhile, journalism-in-praise-of-the-government on one side and
of-criticisms on the other, has appeared in this digital space… Continue reading

Cuba, through rose-colored lenses

Cuba, through rose-colored lenses

Official media fail to show the reality of today’s Cuba
No dissenting voices or complaints allowed
Not worthy of calling itself ‘the press’
BY YOANI SÁNCHEZ
14ymedio.com

Sometimes I wish I lived in the country they show on television. This
hopeful nation of rose-colored dreams presented by the official press. A
place of props and slogans,… Continue reading

French Press Describes Cuba as “The New El Dorado”

French Press Describes Cuba as “The New El Dorado” / 14ymedio
Posted on February 1, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 1 February 2016 – Raul Castro’s current visit to Paris
is receiving widespread coverage in the French press, focused on the
possibilities offered by Cuba’s appearance in the international market.
The island is considered the new El Dorado by many of the… Continue reading

Rep. Diaz-Balart pushes Cuba to free dissident journalist on hunger strike

Rep. Diaz-Balart pushes Cuba to free dissident journalist on hunger strike

Misael Canet has been on a hunger strike for 4 weeks
Miami congressmen says he’s being held with no mattress, clothes
Congressman says Cuba has arrested 8,000 since rapprochement began
BY JAMES ROSEN

WASHINGTON
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart called Tuesday for the Cuban government to
release an independent journalist… Continue reading

National News in Cuba – 6 Bloggers Who Cover Nation

National News in Cuba: 6 Bloggers Who Cover Nation
By Brigitte Yuille | Sunday, 13 Dec 2015 01:11 AM

Cuba’s state-run media has been one source for national news in Cuba,
but a community of bloggers is providing a new and powerful alternative.
Their blogs share the realities of life in Cuba and advocate for change
by denouncing certain government… Continue reading

Police Raid UNPACU’s Children’s Party

Police Raid UNPACU’s Children’s Party / 14ymedio
Posted on December 6, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 6 December 2015 – Police officers raided a house in
Palma Soriano in the city of Santiago this Sunday, where the Patriotic
Union of Cuba (UNPACU) was holding a children’s party. At the time of
the assault there were “nearly 40 children” in the house, according… Continue reading

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