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Change in Cuba policy is a nod to reality

Change in Cuba policy is a nod to reality
By Katrina vanden Heuvel December 23

President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba is a
decision to recognize reality. For 50 years, the United States has
pursued a policy that has failed. The embargo hurt the Cuban people it
claimed to help and bolstered the regime that it intended to… Continue reading

Sunday Respite for the Ladies in White

Sunday Respite for the Ladies in White
14YMEDIO, Havana | Diciembre 22, 2014

The Ladies in White marched for the freedom of political prisoners as
they left mass this Sunday, an activity held every week and one which
had special significance on this occasion because it was the first time
since the announcement of reestablishment of relations with the United… Continue reading

Cuba says it might not turn over fugitive cop killer Chesimard

Cuba says it might not turn over fugitive cop killer Chesimard
Print By The Associated Press
on December 22, 2014 at 6:42 PM, updated December 23, 2014 at 12:55 AM

HAVANA — Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S.
fugitives, the clearest sign yet that the communist government has no
intention of extraditing America’s… Continue reading

Cuba harbors one of America’s most wanted fugitives, JoAnne Chesimard, a.k.a. Assata Shakur

Cuba harbors one of America’s most wanted fugitives, JoAnne Chesimard,
a.k.a. Assata Shakur
BY TINA GRIEGOTHE WASHINGTON POST
12/22/2014 1:00 AM 12/21/2014 9:34 PM

Last week’s announced shift in relations between Washington and Havana
has renewed the call for Cuba to turn over one of the United States’
most controversial fugitives — a woman U.S. law enforcement officials
call a… Continue reading

Obama Defends Actions on Cuba and Promises Some Compromise With Congress

Obama Defends Actions on Cuba and Promises Some Compromise With Congress
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVISDEC. 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday rejected criticism that he should
not have reopened American relations with Cuba because of the nation’s
human rights record, saying the historic thaw would give the United
States more sway over the Cuban government.

“I share the… Continue reading

Many Cubans optimistic – and cautious – about new U.S. ties

Many Cubans optimistic – and cautious – about new U.S. ties
BY TIM JOHNSON MCCLATCHY FOREIGN STAFF
12/20/2014 7:39 PM 12/20/2014 7:39 PM

HAVANA
Francisco Gavez, a barber, shoved a newspaper into a visitor’s hands.

“Have you seen how the newspapers are covering this? Take a look at
Granma,” he said.

The mouthpiece of Cuba’s Communist Party, Granma reprinted the… Continue reading

How to Tell Whether Obama Did the Right Thing on Cuba

How to Tell Whether Obama Did the Right Thing on Cuba
If the restoration of diplomatic ties leads to greater openness, then
the president’s bold move will be justified.
JEFFREY GOLDBERGDEC 19 2014, 2:53 PM ET

A narrow selection of books on the Plaza de Armas (William Z. Goldberg)
On my most recent visit to Cuba this past March, I… Continue reading

Goliath Opens His Wallet

Goliath Opens His Wallet / Yoani Sánchez: A New Era for Cuba and the
United States
Posted on December 18, 2014

[From the New York Times] HAVANA — In one of my earliest memories, I am
in a schoolyard before a campfire. The kids are screaming and jumping
around it while the teacher stokes the flames, where a ridiculous Uncle… Continue reading

Mr. Obama’s Historic Move on Cuba

Mr. Obama’s Historic Move on Cuba
By THE EDITORIAL BOARDDEC. 17, 2014

Following months of secret negotiations with the Cuban government,
President Obama on Wednesday announced sweeping changes to normalize
relations with Cuba, a bold move that ends one of the most misguided
chapters in American foreign policy.

The administration’s decision to restore full diplomatic relations, take
steps to remove… Continue reading

Probably too soon to call Cuba policy change ‘historic’

Andres Oppenheimer: Probably too soon to call Cuba policy change ‘historic’
BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER
12/17/2014 7:44 PM 12/18/2014 12:06 AM

While President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday that he will
normalize relations with Cuba is the biggest diplomatic breakthrough
with the island after six decades of hostilities, his speech may have
been less “historic” than he portrayed it, according to… Continue reading

Choreography of an Interrogation

Choreography of an Interrogation / 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez
Posted on December 14, 2014

Arrests at a gathering on Human Rights Day (14ymedio)

“Sit down!” ordered ‘Number One.’

“I’m comfortable like this, thanks,” I responded.

14ymedio, VICTOR ARIEL GONZALEZ, Havana, 12 December 2014 — “But you didn’t come here to be comfortable,” he concluded, and for once we were in… Continue reading

Prohibition at G Street, Havana

Prohibition at G Street, Havana
December 12, 2014
Ernesto Carralero Burgos

HAVANA TIMES — Havana’s renowned Parque G has been under a “local
Prohibition” for some weeks now.

After some time away, I went to G Street with some friends, only to find
that the food and drinks stand located at the intersection of 23rd
Street (usually teeming with people)… Continue reading

The Counterrevolutionary Activities of the Associated Press

The Counterrevolutionary Activities of the Associated Press / 14ymedio,
Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on December 13, 2014

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 11 December 2014 — After reading the
latest investigation published by the Associated Press involving Cuban
musicians, I no longer have the least doubt that the AP is developing
the most subtle and treacherous counterrevolutionary campaign of all
time. Obviously… Continue reading

Senator: USAID’s Cuba hip-hop project ‘reckless’

Senator: USAID’s Cuba hip-hop project ‘reckless’
By DESMOND BUTLER, MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ

HAVANA (AP) — A U.S. agency’s secret infiltration of Cuba’s underground hip-hop scene to spark a youth movement against the government was “reckless” and “stupid,” Sen. Patrick Leahy said Thursday after The Associated Press revealed the operation.

On at least six occasions, Cuban authorities… Continue reading

Requiem for the 10th of December

Requiem for the 10th of December (International Day of Human Rights) /
by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Posted on December 11, 2014

The 10th of December is one of the saddest days. That day the political
police – only source of governance in our island – brings out all of its
henchmen to suppress dissent. Many are dressed with their… Continue reading

Cuban rapper denies receiving money from USAID

Cuban rapper denies receiving money from USAID
NORA GAMEZ TORRES
12/11/2014 10:08 PM 12/11/2014 10:21 PM

Cuban rapper Aldo Rodriguez Baquero, a member of the popular hip hop
group Los Aldeanos, said he has “never” received money from the United
States Agency for International Development (USAID), despite news
reports published Thursday in Cuba and Venezuela that say otherwise.

The… Continue reading

A Disappointing International Human Rights Day in Cuba

A Disappointing International Human Rights Day in Cuba
December 11, 2014
Dariela Aquique

HAVANA TIMES — International Human Rights Day has just been celebrated
and Ziad Abu Ein, a Palestinian minister who took part in a planting of
olive trees near Ramala, was murdered by an Israeli soldier. The soldier
hit the minister on the chest with his rifle and… Continue reading

A “Clandestine” Meeting with Ernesto Londoño

A “Clandestine” Meeting with Ernesto Londoño / Miriam Celaya
Posted on December 10, 2014

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, HAVANA, Cuba, 2 December 2014 — Young journalist
Ernesto Londoño should feel very gratified professionally: he has not
only managed to raise a bitter media controversy in recent weeks,
stemming from his uncharacteristic editorial which appeared in the New
York Times (NYT), in… Continue reading

Parades and rights

Parades and rights / Yoani Sanchez
Posted on December 10, 2014

Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 10 December 2014 — The carnival was planned for
days, months. The background music would slogans and false joy. The
venue, the same Havana corner where the Ladies in White were called to
remember the International Day of Human Rights. Meanwhile, the “corps de
ballet” would… Continue reading

Twenty activists arrested in central Havana

Twenty activists arrested in central Havana / 14ymedio
Posted on December 10, 2014

TranslatingCuba.com note: Updates to this article made after what is
translated below report more arrests, with more details from around the
country.

14ymedio, Havana, 10 December 2014 — The central corner of 23 and L
dawned on Wednesday amid expectation and the utmost vigilance. For days,
the… Continue reading

Lady in White Sonia Garro and two other activists released

Lady in White Sonia Garro and two other activists released / 14ymedio
Posted on December 10, 2014

14ymedio, Havana, 9 December 2014 — On the afternoon of Tuesday, 9
December, Sonia Garro, Ramón Alejandro Muñoz and Eugenio Hernández were
released from prison and are now in their respective homes. In a clear
political gesture, Raul Castro’s government has given way… Continue reading

Harassment and insults for Ladies in White during human rights march

Harassment and insults for Ladies in White during human rights march
EFE | HAVANA 11 DEC 2014

Members of the Cuban dissident group Ladies in White on Wednesday were
subjected to harassment and insults by Cuban government supporters as
they tried to meet at a crowded point in Havana for their traditional
march on International Human Rights Day, Efe learned.… Continue reading

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