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Tania Bruguera – “Cuba needs massive civic literacy in the streets”

Tania Bruguera: “Cuba needs massive civic literacy in the streets” /
Diario de Cuba
Posted on October 7, 2015

Diario de Cuba, Joan Antoni Guerrero Vall, 4 October 2015 — After being
held in the country for eight months by the regime, in punishment for
attempting to bring her performance Tatlin’s Whisper to the Plaza of the
Revolution, Tania Bruguera… Continue reading

What the ‘Pope Francis effect’ hasn’t delivered in Cuba

What the ‘Pope Francis effect’ hasn’t delivered in Cuba
By Nick Miroff October 7 at 4:08 PM

HAVANA — Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1998 put Christmas back on the
Cuban calendar. When Pope Benedict XVI arrived in 2012, the Cuban
government made Good Friday a national holiday. Both men brought the
Catholic Church a bigger role in Cuba’s… Continue reading

Tampa men on opposite sides of the Cuba question to debate in Ybor

Tampa men on opposite sides of the Cuba question to debate in Ybor
By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff
Published: October 4, 2015

TAMPA — Al Fox and Ralph Fernandez are strident champions of opposite
positions on the Cuba question, but the two Tampa men might agree on one
thing: When it comes to their personal relationship, the best policy… Continue reading

Stonegate Bank sees more opportunities for growth

Banking on Cuba: Stonegate Bank sees more opportunities for growth

10-year-old Pompano Beach bank has jumped at opportunities
Bank made global headlines when it agreed to provide financial services
for Cuba
Deposits have more than tripled since 2010
Wall Street investors have been big backers
BY NICHOLAS NEHAMAS

When Stonegate Bank opened its doors in 2005 with 16 employees… Continue reading

Arkansas tries to be first in line for Cuba trade

Arkansas tries to be first in line for Cuba trade
By ANDREW DeMILLO – Associated Press – Saturday, September 26, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – As a congressman, Asa Hutchinson supported the
United States’ trade embargo with Cuba and later enforced it as a member
of former President George W. Bush’s administration. The Republican
governor of Arkansas is now… Continue reading

Pinning hopes on the leadership of Pope Francis

Pinning hopes on the leadership of Pope Francis
Expectations for Pope Francis’ visit run the gamut
Political fireworks implicit in his Cuba-U.S. schedule
Dissidents, Ladies in White on government lockdown
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO

I confess: I’m a bad Catholic. I’m a bad Cuban, after four decades of
citizenship, too Americanized. In Trumpian corners, I’m a bad American
for feeling… Continue reading

The Church, Pope Francis, and Cuba

The Church, Pope Francis, and Cuba
[15-09-2015 22:39:00]
José Azel
Investigador, Universidad de Miami

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Eight hundred years ago, the Magna Carta
laid the foundations for individual freedoms, the rule of law and for
limits on the absolute power of the ruler.
King John of England, who signed this great document, believed that
since he governed by divine right, there… Continue reading

Open Letter to Pope Francis for the Release of “El Sexto”

Open Letter to Pope Francis for the Release of “El Sexto”
Posted on September 14, 2015
Freedom for Danilo
Open Letter to the Pope
Havana, September 8, 2015

Your Holiness, Pope Francis:

In advance of your visit to our island, a group of Cuban citizens wish
to call your attention to a case that needs an immediate solution. This
is… Continue reading

Woman who married Cuban spy suing JPMorgan for $57M for hiding country’s cash

Woman who married Cuban spy suing JPMorgan for $57M for hiding country’s
cash
BY DAREH GREGORIAN NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, August 21, 2015, 9:44

Ana Margarita Martinez won a $7.1 million judgment against the Cuban
government for ’emotional distress’ in 2001, after she found out her
husband, Juan Pablo Roque, wasn’t the man she thought he was.
A Miami… Continue reading

Did The Kerry Visit To Cuba Matter?

Did The Kerry Visit To Cuba Matter?
by Elliott Abrams
August 17, 2015

Secretary of State Kerry traveled to Havana to raise the flag at the
U.S. Embassy there last week. As has been noted here in this blog and in
many news articles and columns, no dissidents or human rights activists
were invited to the ceremony.

It’s fair to… Continue reading

John Kerry – We will not give Cuba a pass on human rights

John Kerry: We will not give Cuba a pass on human rights
By Tal Kopan and Elise Labott, CNN
Updated 0044 GMT (0744 HKT) August 15, 2015

Story highlights
The Secretary of State said the U.S. had “no plans whatsoever to alter
the current migration policy.”
Kerry said it was too early to judge how the rapprochement was
proceeding and… Continue reading

Eight undocumented Cubans apprehended in Mona Island

Eight undocumented Cubans apprehended in Mona Island
Published on July 29, 2015

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico — US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border
patrol agents apprehended eight undocumented immigrants from Cuba, after
they landed on Tuesday morning in Mona Island, an uninhabited US
territory located approximately 42 miles west of Puerto Rico.

With this group, a total of 47 Cuban… Continue reading

Restore Sovereignty to the People If You Want To Avoid another Revolution

Restore Sovereignty to the People If You Want To Avoid another
Revolution / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos
Posted on July 27, 2015

A pandemic of freedom floods our senses.
Juan Carlos Cremata

14ymedio, Pedro Campos and other authors, Havana, 25 July 2015 – It will
soon be 62 years since a group of young men headed by Fidel Castro
attacked the… Continue reading

Was Cuba behind Menendez investigation? His attorneys want to know

Was Cuba behind Menendez investigation? His attorneys want to know
Ted Sherman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
By Thomas Zambito | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on July 22, 2015 at 1:56 PM, updated July 23, 2015 at 3:09 AM

NEWARK — Attorneys for U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez want to know whether an
agent of the Republic of Cuba… Continue reading

Opponents Tried for Common Crimes

Opponents Tried for Common Crimes / Cubanet, Augusto Cesar San Martin
Posted on July 15, 2015

The preference of trying political opponents for common crimes is not
new. Thus is prevented the sullying of the regime’s image while giving
cover to those who assert that in Cuba there are no political prisoners.

Cubanet.org, Augusto Cesar San Martin, Havana, 10 July… Continue reading

On Cuban Political Prisoners

On Cuban Political Prisoners / 14ymedio, Martha Beatriz Roque
Posted on July 14, 2015

14ymedio, Martha Beatriz Roque, Havana, 11 July 2015 — What classifies
as a political prisoner is a cause for disagreement among the Cuban
opposition. There are varying opinions about who has been jailed for
political reasons or not, despite the criteria established by the United
Nations… Continue reading

We All March (#Todosmarchamos) for No Violence (#NOviolencia) in Cuba (#Cuba). Stop the Violence! (#stopviolence)

We All March (#Todosmarchamos) for No Violence (#NOviolencia) in Cuba
(#Cuba). Stop the Violence! (#stopviolence) / Somos+
Posted on July 12, 2015

Somos+, 12 July 2015 — Violence (#violencia) is the fear of others’
ideas, and the lack of faith in one’s own. All the force of reason fits
in a word, in arguments. That will always be the weapon… Continue reading

Delusions of Sovereignty

Delusions of Sovereignty / Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on July 3, 2015

Reinaldo Escobar, 28 June 2015 – Despite nationalist excesses that have
reached the official Cuban discourse, to some it seems that the
Government should be even more intransigent in defense of the
sovereignty of the country. Stigmatizers of everything foreign, these
individuals end up boasting of a chauvinism that… Continue reading

Juan Abreu – “Executions in Cuba Are an Untold Story”

Juan Abreu: “Executions in Cuba Are an Untold Story” / 14ymedio, Yaiza
Santos
Posted on June 28, 2015

14ymedio, Yaiza Santos, Mexico, 27 June 2015 – Painter and writer Juan
Abreu (b. Havana, 1952) has taken on the inordinate task of painting,
one by one, all those executed by the Castro regime. The work in
progress is entitled 1959 but… Continue reading

LGBT immigrants may obtain asylum easier if they are not in detention deportation proceedings

Report: LGBT immigrants may obtain asylum easier if they are not in
detention deportation proceedings
ALFONSO CHARDY

A new report says LGBT immigrants stand a better chance of winning their
asylum cases in the United States if the are not in detention or in
deportation proceedings.

The Washington-based group Center for American Progress (CAP) issued the
46-page report titled… Continue reading

Ladies in White on My Street Corner

Ladies in White on My Street Corner
May 27, 2015
Vicente Morin Aguado

HAVANA TIMES — I took the photo from a prudent distance, as the incident
took me by complete surprise. A reporter armed with equipment more
powerful than my modest cell phone was also covering all developments.

Absorbed by her work, much like the director of a chorus… 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

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