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The Solitude of the Desert

The Solitude of the Desert / Angel Santiesteban Angel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated

Translator's note: This post does NOT relate to Angel's most recent arrest this week. It relates to a series of criminal charges the regime fabricated against him in order to be able to imprison him as a "criminal" rather than as a "/ Continue reading

Socialist Legality

Socialist Legality / Lilianne Ruiz Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Boston College CASA

Lourdes Esquivel, Lady in White, was also detained in the jails of the Santiago Station of Vegas last October 14. When she left her house, 20 men — at least those whom she could count — threw themselves on her and told her: "There is no mass; jail." She… Continue reading

The Cuban Regime’s Destructive Acts Against the Dissidence Have Come to Seem Normal to the World

The Cuban Regime's Destructive Acts Against the Dissidence Have Come to Seem Normal to the World / Ivan Garcia Ivan Garcia, Translator: Russell Conner

Monday, September 17th marked the first week of a hunger strike carried out by the well-known economist and opposition figure Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, 67 years old, "to demand the of political Jorge Vázquez… Continue reading

Cuba frees dissident who sparked hunger strike

Cuba frees who sparked hunger strike Friday, 12.10.2012, 16:19

Cuba has released Jorge Vazquez Chaviano, a dissident whose case sparked a hunger strike by 30 protesters last month, though he remains under "many restrictions," he told AFP.

"I'm very happy… But I'm on probation, with many restrictions. I cannot go to public places or leave the province," he said… Continue reading

Don’t Shoot! I’m Che!

'Don't Shoot! I'm Che!' October 9, 2012 By Humberto Fontova

Forty-five years ago this week, Ernesto "Che" Guevara got a major dose of his own medicine. Without trial he was declared a murderer, stood against a wall and shot. If the saying "What goes around comes around" ever fit, it's here.

"When you saw the beaming look on Che's face… Continue reading

Nothing New Under the Sun

Nothing New Under the Sun / Lilianne Ruiz Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated

Now one of the photos I had put in my posts has been taken by State Security and put in a 17 minute documentary to try to accuse Señora Martha and twenty other Cubans of faking their hunger strike.

I wasn't able to watch the documentary… Continue reading

Cuban gov’t accused of smearing dissidents

Cuban gov't accused of smearing dissidents Cuban Marta . EFE/File

Havana, Sep 26 (EFE).- Former Marta Beatriz Roque on Wednesday said that Cuba's Communist government "is using low and dirty methods" to discredit the opposition and confuse public opinion. Roque earlier this month headed a hunger strike that was joined by a score of other… Continue reading

Cuban dissidents: We’re "very weak" on 6th day of hunger strike

Cuban dissidents: We're "very weak" on 6th day of hunger strike Published September 16, 2012 EFE

The Cuban dissidents who launched a collective hunger strike six days ago to demand the release of an imprisoned colleague said Sunday that they felt "very weak," but they insisted that they would continue with their protest.

Rosa Maria Naranjo, one of the five… Continue reading

The Oswaldo Payá mystery continues

The Oswaldo Payá mystery continues By Jackson Diehl, Monday, September 17, 1:40 AM

On the evening of July 22, a string of revealing text messages and phone calls circulated between Cuba, Sweden and and back to Cuba — where Oswaldo Payá, one of the country's bravest and most influential dissidents, was lying dead on a rural highway. That, anyway,… Continue reading

25 Cuban Dissidents Launch a Hunger Strike

Yoani Sanchez – Award-winning Cuban blogger

25 Cuban Dissidents Launch a Hunger Strike Posted: 09/12/2012 10:58 pm

This Monday several Cuban dissidents started a hunger strike which has already been joined by 25 people throughout the country. At a press conference, Martha Cabello explained that that the strikers are demanding the immediate release of Jorge Vázquez Chaviano, age… Continue reading

Leading Cuban dissident hospitalized

Posted on Monday, 09.03.12

Leading Cuban dissident hospitalized The Associated Press

HAVANA — A leading Cuban dissident who was once a state-economist has been hospitalized for 10 days with serious liver problems, but his wife said Monday he was responding positively to treatment.

has been on an intravenous drip at a Havana for more than a… Continue reading

Jose Daniel Ferrer Will Not Allow Threats of Being Returned to Prison Impede his Activism

Jose Daniel Ferrer Will Not Allow Threats of Being Returned to Impede his Activism Posted by Pedazos de la Isla on August 27, 2012

Former political and general coordinator of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, was kept in a dungeon for more than 72 hours during his most recent detention and was threatened… Continue reading

Dissidents report a crackdown in Cuba

Posted on Saturday, 08.25.12

Dissidents report a crackdown in Cuba By Juan O. Tamayo [email protected]

Cuban dissidents Friday reported a crackdown across the island, with more than 30 activists detained to keep them from marking the monthly "Day of Resistance" and the one-year anniversary of one of the most active opposition groups.

Fourteen members of the Cuban Patriotic Union were… Continue reading

Cuban police detain 3 dissidents handing out leaflets demanding human rights

Posted on Thursday, 08.16.12

Cuban detain 3 dissidents handing out leaflets demanding

The leader of an opposition group in Cuba said the high number of police searches of dissidents' homes reported in recent weeks has been the result of government efforts to seize leaflets reproducing or supporting the Citizens' Demand. By Juan O. Tamayo [email protected]

Cuban police… Continue reading

Cuban opposition figure released after almost 2 days under arrest

Cuban opposition figure released after almost 2 days under arrest Published August 15, 2012 EFE

Former political Angel Moya was released after almost two days in the custody of Cuban State Security, he told Efe.

Moya, 47, was along with four other dissidents, who have also been released, on Sunday afternoon in the town of Pedro Betancourt, 173… Continue reading

May being brave not be so costly, and being a coward not so worthwhile

May being brave not be so costly, and being a coward not so worthwhile* / Lilianne Ruíz Lilianne Ruíz, Translator: Unstated

In one of those programs that State Security shows on Cuban television, I have seen one of the men I most admire for his courage in this saga for the of Cuba. But State Security did not really… Continue reading

Pastors For What?

Pastors For What? / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Dámaso, Translator: Maria Montoto

The caravans for Cuba, which are organized annually by the so-called Pastors for Peace, force one to think. In the one held this year (the 22nd), which already crossed the border between and the United States, they orchestrated the usual media show with allegorical posters to the blockade… Continue reading

Citizen Insomnia

Citizen Insomnia / Luis Felipe Rojas Luis Felipe Rojas, Translator: Raul G.

As I write this post, the "#FestivalCLIC" (or 'Click Festival') is underway in Havana–a citizen undertaking to try and channel information between Cubans in the island. May Cuba connect to the world, and the world connect to Cuba, or as the graffiti-artist El Sexto says: "Gimme Cable", alluding… Continue reading

Cuba’s cardinal under fire for comments

Posted on Wednesday, 06.13.12

Cuba's cardinal under fire for comments By PAUL HAVEN Associated Press

HAVANA — For months, Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega has been under fire: called a lackey and political ally of 's communist government, asked to resign over his treatment of protesters and ridiculed in Miami as a snobby elitist.

Now, Cuba's Roman Catholic Church… Continue reading

Human Rights Still Suffer In Cuba

06-04-2012

Still Suffer In Cuba

Citizens are harassed and intimidated to keep them from speaking out on the island nation's political conditions.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sent Congress the Department's assessment of human rights around the world during 2011. The reports, required by law, evaluate the human rights performance of the governments of every country… Continue reading

Cuban Opposition Says Regime Arrested 402 Dissidents in April

Cuban Opposition Says Regime 402 Dissidents in April

HAVANA – The opposition Cuban Commission on and National Reconciliation on Thursday reported that the regime made 402 political arrests in April, a "notable reduction" compared with March, although Cuba continues to be in first place in Latin America in this type of abuse.

In a communique released in… Continue reading

Opposition members take exception to remarks at Harvard by Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino, Archbishop of Havana,

Posted on Friday, 04.27.12

Opposition members take exception to remarks at Harvard by Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino, Archbishop of Havana,

Opposition members both in and outside Cuba take exception to some remarks made by Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino, Archbishop of Havana. BY JUAN CARLOS

Members of the opposition both inside and outside Cuba rejected recent statements by Cardinal… Continue reading

Cuban Dissident Held Without Charges for Weeks

Cuban Held Without Charges for WeeksPublished April 20, 2012FoxNews.com

Havana – The opposition Cuban Commission on and National Reconciliation on Thursday denounced the fact that former political José Daniel Ferrer remains in jail without any charges being filed against him more than two weeks after being .

"He continues to be detained, allegedly under 'provisional… Continue reading

SOS For a Woman from Bayamo / Luis Felipe Rojas

SOS For a Woman from Bayamo / Luis Felipe RojasLuis Felipe Rojas, Translator: Raul G.

The authorities of Las Mangas Penitentiary in Bayamo are prohibiting that the Cuban Ariel Arzuaga Pena, who is serving a sentence of 6 years for the supposed crime of double attempt, receive his medications, according to his wife, Lady in White Yakelin Garcia… Continue reading

10 Cuban Ex-Political Prisoners Launch Hunger Strike in Spain

10 Cuban Ex-Political Prisoners Launch Hunger Strike in Published April 13, 2012EFE

Madrid – Ten Cuban former political prisoners protesting their "total abandonment" in Spain have launched a hunger strike to press their demands for government assistance, one of the participants in the fast told Efe Friday.

"It's the only alternative we have," said Ernesto Durán Rodríguez, who along… Continue reading

Havana prisoner who took video transferred to isolation cell in notorious prison

Posted on Tuesday, 04.10.12

Havana who took video transferred to isolation cell in notorious

José Daniel Ferrer García, a leading Cuban dissident in eastern Santiago de Cuba last week, remains in custody.By Juan O. [email protected].com

An inmate who shot several videos inside a Havana prison to publicize its awful conditions has been transferred to an isolation… Continue reading

Dissidents who asked to meet with the Pope are now being arrested.

Cuba After BenedictApril 8, 2012, 6:50 p.m. ET

Dissidents who asked to meet with the Pope are now being .

Pope Benedict XVI's recent trip to Cuba was described by the Vaticanas way to spread the gospel to a nation captured by an atheist state.And surely it was the Pope's purpose to inspire as many Cubans aspossible. The irony… Continue reading

Cuba arrests 43 dissidents in areas visited by Pope

Cuba arrests 43 dissidents in areas visited by PopeThursday, April 05, 2012

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — At least 43 Cuban dissidents have been arrested in areas near where Pope Benedict XVI visited last week, dissidents said Tuesday, as the United States urged their immediate release.

"We have been able to confirm that 43 opposition members have been detained — 10… Continue reading

Cuba diverts dissidents’ phone numbers in pope crackdown

Posted on Friday, 03.30.12

CRACKDOWN IN HAVANA

Cuba diverts dissidents' phone numbers in pope crackdown

A number for the Cuban Interior Ministry was used to block calls to dissidents while Pope Benedict XVI was on the island.By Juan O. [email protected]

Cuba's Interior Ministry doesn't have to be subtle when it represses dissidents. In charge of the communist-ruled country's domestic security,… Continue reading

Message of the Cuban Regime to the Resistance

"As soon as the PapaCuba leaves, we are going to disappear all of you"

Message of the Cuban Regime to the ResistanceGuest Column Assembly of the Cuban Resistance Tuesday, March 27, 2012

(Partial List below of defenders taken to cells and under house arrest)

MIAMI, March 27, 2012. Assembly of the Cuban Resistance. The Information and Support… Continue reading

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