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U.S. Has Made an ‘Irreversible Step’ With Cuba, Kerry Says

U.S. Has Made an ‘Irreversible Step’ With Cuba, Kerry Says
by JON SCHUPPE

Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that despite opposition to
historic agreements with longtime rivals Cuba and Iran, history will
prove that the United States did the right thing.

Speaking just hours after the United States formally restored full
diplomatic relations with Cuba, Kerry told NBC… Continue reading

After embassy opening, next chapter in U.S.-Cuba relationship begins

After embassy opening, next chapter in U.S.-Cuba relationship begins
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD

WASHINGTON
For Secretary of State John Kerry, Monday’s resumption of diplomatic
relations between the United States and Cuba was a day to celebrate but
also to begin to repair a relationship that had been broken for more
than a half-century.

Just after the red, white and blue… 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

Calls to end so-called ‘wet-foot-dry-foot’ policy grow as ties between U.S., Cuba improve

Calls to end so-called ‘wet-foot-dry-foot’ policy grow as ties between
U.S., Cuba improve
By Elizabeth Llorente Published July 13, 2015 Fox News Latino

Calls are growing for the Obama administration to end the decades-long
practice of allowing Cubans who make it onto U.S. soil to stay here.

The practice, which stems from the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act and is
informally… Continue reading

Tania Bruguera Now Has Her Passport

Tania Bruguera Now Has Her Passport / 14ymedio
Posted on July 11, 2015

14ymedio, 11 July 2015 — The Cuban government finally returned her
passport to the artist Tania Bruguera, who can now travel outside the
island, she reported this Saturday in a statement on her Facebook site
#YoTambiénExijo. The document had been seized last December when she was
arrested… Continue reading

Left-Wing Magazine Plans Posh Trip To Castro’s Cuba

Left-Wing Magazine Plans Posh Trip To Castro’s Cuba
BLAKE NEFF Reporter
11:24 AM 07/11/2015

The Nation, one of America’s premier left-wing magazines, is advertising
a trip to Communist Cuba where it touts that visitors will be able to
meet spies who helped kill Americans.

An email sent out Friday invites loyal friends of The Nation to purchase
one of the… Continue reading

More tough talks ahead as U.S., Cuba seek to normalize relations

More tough talks ahead as U.S., Cuba seek to normalize relations
– Accord on embassies just a first step
– Other topics: human rights, legal disputes, extradition
– Unsettled: 5,913 American claims for expropriated property
BY HANNAH ALLAM AND MIMI WHITEFIELD
McClatchy Staff

WASHINGTON
July 20 is the date when the United States and Cuba officially restore
diplomatic ties. But… Continue reading

Cuban Police Arrest More Than 220 Dissidents, According To Activists

Cuban Police Arrest More Than 220 Dissidents, According To Activists /
Hablemos Press, Roberto de Jesús Guerra
Posted on June 29, 2015

The most arrests took place on Sunday in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago
de Cuba

Hablemos Press, Roberto de Jesús Guerra Peréz, Havana, 29 June 2015 —
Offices of the National Police, the Department of State Security, and
other… Continue reading

Without Freedom, Without Justice, Without Law

Without Freedom, Without Justice, Without Law / Amir Valle and Elisa
Tabakman
Posted on June 29, 2015

New Violations of Ángel Santiesteban’s Rights

Amir Valle and Elisa Tabakman, 28 June, 2015 — Today, June 28, 2015,
Angel Santiesteban Prats should have been released on parole after
having served exactly half of his unjust sentence. In fact, if they had
not… Continue reading

Inventory of Differences

Inventory of Differences
REINALDO ESCOBAR, Havana | Junio 26, 2015

To talk about a lack of unity within the Cuban opposition has already
become commonplace. Among the causes of these lamentable circumstances
are enumerated some peculiarities rooted in the greatest depths of our
history, whose paradigmatic example is warlordism.

However, there are also rational reasons because opponents gather in
separate… Continue reading

CATHOLIC CHURCH BANS RELATIVES OF POLITICAL PRISONERS FROM MASS

CUBA: CATHOLIC CHURCH BANS RELATIVES OF POLITICAL PRISONERS FROM MASS
by FRANCES MARTEL29 Jun 20153

A Catholic church in the central Cuban city of Cienfuegos has banned
female relatives of political prisoners from attending mass unless they
no longer wear white, a color associated with political imprisonment in
the nation. The slight to families of the abused follows the bewildering… 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

Cuban Cardinal Set Straight after “No Political Prisoners” Claim

Cuban Cardinal Set Straight after “No Political Prisoners” Claim
Dissidents Call Out Archbishop for Currying Favor with Castro Regime
BELÉN MARTY JUNE 22, 2015 AT 4:01 PM

According to the Cuban Cardinal and Havana Archbishop Jaime Ortega,
there are no political prisoners on the island, just common criminals.

His statements during an interview on a Spanish radio show on June… Continue reading

Why is Minnesota’s congressional delegation so focused on Cuba?

Why is Minnesota’s congressional delegation so focused on Cuba?
By Sam Brodey | 06/22/15

REUTERS
Ever since the thaw in relations that began late last year, Minnesota’s
representatives in Congress have been especially focused on Cuba policy.
WASHINGTON — Since the thaw in relations that followed an unexpected
prisoner swap late last year, Minnesota’s members of Congress have
wasted no… Continue reading

The Regime Releases Activist After 46 Days On Hunger Strike

The Regime Releases Activist After 46 Days On Hunger Strike
Posted on June 21, 2015

DiariodeCuba.com, Vladimier Ortiz Suarez, Havana, 21 June 2015 — The
human rights activist Rolando Perez Morera Yusef was released on
Thursday after 46 days on hunger strike to protest his imprisonment.

Pérez Morera, 37, is in very deplorable state of health. Despite being
released, his… Continue reading

A Castro son rises in Cuba

A Castro son rises in Cuba
By Daniel Trotta

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban President Raul Castro’s son has emerged as one
of his father’s closest aides, taking on an increasingly important role
reminiscent of the one Raul used to play for his older brother Fidel Castro.

Alejandro Castro Espin, 49, is a colonel in Cuba’s interior ministry and
was until… Continue reading

Cuban exile community outraged over Cardinal’s comments

Cuban exile community outraged over Cardinal’s comments
Author: Hatzel Vela, Reporter,
Published On: Jun 16 2015 06:47:04 PM EDT Updated On: Jun 16 2015
10:47:44 PM EDT

MIAMI, Fla. –
The Cuban exile community, including former political prisoners, is
outraged over comments Cardinal Jaime Ortega made during an interview
with Spanish media outlet, Ser.

“In Cuba now, you won’t… Continue reading

To Die of Hunger

To Die of Hunger / Rosa Maria Rodriguez
Posted on June 13, 2015

This February 23 marks five years since the death of Orlando Zapata
Tamayo. This humble black native of Santiago de Cuba, dissident mason
and plumber, died after carrying out an 86-day hunger strike in the
prison where he was being held, as an act of protest against… Continue reading

The Cardinal’s Bad Memory

The Cardinal’s Bad Memory / 14ymedio, Mario Felix LLeonart
Posted on June 14, 2015

14ymedio, Mario Felix Lleonart, Havana, 12 June 2015 – As was expected,
Cardinal Jaime Ortega’s flat denial of the fact that there are still
political prisoners in Cuba has leaked from the interview granted to
Spain’s Ser Chain program Hour 25. It borders on the enigmatic… Continue reading

Restoring US and Cuba ties not a done deal as Congress may still be a threat

Restoring US and Cuba ties not a done deal as Congress may still be a threat
As countries move to reopen embassies, analysts warn Republicans pose
potential hurdle in agreement to end more than 50 years of hostility
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President Obama’s goal of restoring diplomatic… Continue reading

Cuban dissident, hunger strike survivor, to receive Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

Cuban dissident, hunger strike survivor, to receive Truman-Reagan Medal
of Freedom
By Elizabeth LlorentePublished June 10, 2015Fox News Latino

A Cuban dissident who has won numerous awards for his longtime efforts –
including 23 hunger strikes, some of them near-fatal – to bring
democratic changes to his homeland is expected to receive the 2015
Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom on Friday.… Continue reading

An appalling indictment of Fidel

An appalling indictment of Fidel
BY BRIAN LATELL

Juan Reinaldo Sánchez Crespo was one of the dozen or so defectors from
Cuba’s intelligence and security services I interviewed when researching
Castro’s Secrets. We met on a number of occasions in Miami after his
arrival from Cuba in 2008. He confirmed for me that Fidel had ordered an
assassination attempt… Continue reading

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