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Cuba cracks down on Christians

Cuba cracks down on Christians
PERSECUTION
By JULIA A. SEYMOUR
Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

Cuba’s communist government has increased its oppression of religious
institutions, according to a Christian watchdog group, with reports of
religious liberty violations almost doubling in the last six months.

According to a new report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW),
there were 170 religious freedom… Continue reading

Amidst Rumors and Disinformation, Angel Santiesteban Continues Missing

Amidst Rumors and Disinformation, Angel Santiesteban Continues Missing
Posted on August 18, 2014

{*Translator’s Note: Angel disappeared from prison on July 21, 2014. As
of today he has not been heard from for 29 days.}

Five days* have passed now since the disappearance of the writer Angel
Santiesteban in Havana, barely hours after he wrote a post from Lawton
prison,… Continue reading

The Associated Press Calls Us ‘Mercenaries’

The Associated Press Calls Us ‘Mercenaries’ / 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua
Posted on August 17, 2014

14ymedio, Havana, Manuel Cuesta Morua, 14 August 2014 — Two separate
reports from the American Associated Press (AP) agency, published urbi
et orbi, reproduce a syndrome of certain US media in relation to Cuba,
at least in the last 55 years.
The syndrome began… Continue reading

US sees surge in Cuban rafters aiming for Florida

Posted on Friday, 08.15.14

US sees surge in Cuban rafters aiming for Florida
BY CHRISTINE ARMARIO
ASSOCIATED PRESS

MIAMI — One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the… Continue reading

The End of the Cuban Rafters

The End of the Cuban Rafters
August 14, 2014
Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — Twenty years ago, a massive exodus of Cuban rafters –
some 35 thousand left the country – marked the beginning of the end for
this type of illegal emigration. Washington and Havana reached an
agreement whereby all Cubans captured at sea would be returned to the… Continue reading

Sen. Marco Rubio addresses U.S. policies on Cuba, migration

Sen. Marco Rubio addresses U.S. policies on Cuba, migration
Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief
Friday, August 8, 2014 11:23am

Buried amid widespread calls that the young migrants fleeing to the
southern U.S. border be returned home is a question of fairness with a
strong Florida connection: If Cubans who flee their country are
welcomed, why aren’t those escaping gang… Continue reading

Havana’s Ocean Drive Protests: 20 Years Later

Havana’s Ocean Drive Protests: 20 Years Later
August 6, 2014
Jimmy Roque Martínez

HAVANA TIMES – Twenty years have passed since Cuba’s maleconazo, the
demonstrations that took place down Havana’s ocean drive on August 5,
1994 – in protest of the extreme economic crisis the Cuban people were
enduring at the beginning of the 1990s as a result of the… Continue reading

Soldiers of Information 08-2014

Soldiers of Information / Rosa Maria Rodriguez
Posted on August 1, 2014

March 14 turned out to be yet another Cuban press day with more shame
than triumph. As in previous years there were media warriors who
committed themselves to forging a more critical form of journalism. I
ask myself, With whom? With society and its leaders? That doesn’t work!… Continue reading

Imagining Cuba’s future

Imagining Cuba’s future
Aug 01, 2014 by Philip Jenkins

Cuba is nothing like as central to U.S. policy as it once was, but that
may change when the current regime either implodes or accelerates its
tentative steps toward liberalization.

At present, Cuba survives only on massive hand­outs from Venezuela,
which could be curtailed over­night. If and when Cuba leaves its… Continue reading

U.S. turns back Central Americans, welcomes ‘dusty foot’ Cubans

U.S. turns back Central Americans, welcomes ‘dusty foot’ Cubans
By By Patricia Zengerle and David Adams
By Patricia Zengerle and David Adams

WASHINGTON/MIAMI (Reuters) – Yasel Lopez’s journey to the United States
was as harrowing as any endured by the thousands of people rounded up in
recent months at the Mexican border – he survived days without food and
water… Continue reading

HRF asks U.N. to inquire into attack on journalist

Cuba: HRF asks U.N. to inquire into attack on journalist
[30-07-2014 11:13:48]
The Human Rights Foundation,

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- NEW YORK. —The Human Rights Foundation
(HRF) has submitted a petition to the United Nations Special Rapporteur
on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and
expression (U.N. Special Rapporteur), requesting that he send an urgent
appeal to the… Continue reading

U.S. report says religious freedom in Cuba is bad but getting better

Posted on Monday, 07.28.14

U.S. report says religious freedom in Cuba is bad but getting better
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

Cuban government restrictions on religion remain severe although they
have been eased on several fronts over the past year, according to the
U.S. State Department’s annual report on freedom of religion around the
world.

“In China, Cuba, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,… Continue reading

Remembering the Tugboat Massacre of 1994

Remembering the Tugboat Massacre of 1994 / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Posted on July 27, 2014

During the summer of 1994, death ruled with impunity in my country.
During that period, Cuba, which had been a civilian graveyard for
decades, more closely resembled the gallows.

In the early hours of July 13, the whirlwind of violence to which the
Cuban… Continue reading

Being a Teenager in Cuba

Being a Teenager in Cuba
July 23, 2014
Mercedes Gonzalez Aguade

HAVANA TIMES — At the pharmacy, I ran into some of the mothers of my
son’s friends. We had a long conversation and, like always, almost every
topic had to do with the central issue in our lives: children.

We spoke about education, clothing, teenagers and their changes, in… Continue reading

The Political Legacy of Oswaldo Paya

The Political Legacy of Oswaldo Paya / 14ymedio
Posted on July 22, 2014

14YMEDIO, 22 July 2014 – On 22 July 2014, the opposition leader Oswaldo
Payá and the activist Harld Cepero died. Payá led the Christian
Liberation Movement and promoted the Varela Project, which managed to
collect some 25,000 signatures to demand a national referendum. Freedom
of expression, of… Continue reading

Tampa delegation sees ways to help during Cuba visit

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

Tampa delegation sees ways to help during Cuba visit
As Darryl Rouson, center, recited “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” Cubans
walking by stopped to listen, forming a crowd around him. VICTOR DIMAIO
By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff
Published: July 22, 2014 | Updated: July 23, 2014 at 12:31 AM

TAMPA — A delegation that traveled… Continue reading

School Violence and Social and Legal Indiscipline in Cuba

School Violence and Social and Legal Indiscipline in Cuba / Dayanara
Vega, Cuban Law Association
Posted on July 10, 2014
By Dayanara Vega

School violence is considered an intentional act or omission that is
hurtful and practiced among members of the educational community
(students, professors, parents, entry-level employees) and that is done
within the physical space of school facilities and… Continue reading

Join HRF and DDC for “20 minutes of silence for 20 years of impunity”

Cuba: Join HRF and DDC for “20 minutes of silence for 20 years of impunity”
[09-07-2014 00:01:00]
Human Rights Foundation

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- NEW YORK (July 8, 2014)—Directorio
Democrático Cubano (DDC) and the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) invite
you to join in a symbolic act of peaceful protest in honor of the
20-year anniversary of the “13 de Marzo” tugboat killings. On… Continue reading

Alienation

Alienation / Fernando Damaso
Posted on July 7, 2014

The subject of lost values, poor education, a lack of respect, coarse
and vulgar language, violence in the street and a lack of social
discipline remains a popular topic in our impoverished society.

Though late in coming, calls by the authorities to reverse this
situation continue to be made through official… Continue reading

Opportunistic Foreigners Who Suck the Dictatorship’s Tit – Alessandra Riccio, the Most Castroite of All the Neapolitans

Opportunistic Foreigners Who Suck the Dictatorship’s Tit: Alessandra
Riccio, the Most Castroite of All the Neapolitans / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on July 7, 2014

Alessandra Riccio, a Neapolitan who resides in Cuba, knew how to live,
like so many leftist foreigners, from the benefits that the totalitarian
regime offered them. I don’t know if she came to be one more… Continue reading

Putting the Military Back in its Barracks

Cuba: Putting the Military Back in its Barracks
July 3, 2014
“One cannot found a nation, General, as one commands a military
encampment” – Jose Marti
Pedro Campos

HAVANA TIMES — Not a day goes by without a report published by Cuba’s
alternative or official media telling us of important decisions made and
regrettable actions taken by high or mid-level… Continue reading

CUBA DETAINED ALMOST 1,000 DISSIDENTS IN JUNE, TORTURED POLITICAL PRISONERS

CUBA DETAINED ALMOST 1,000 DISSIDENTS IN JUNE, TORTURED POLITICAL PRISONERS
by FRANCES MARTEL 2 Jul 2014

While many in the mainstream media push the narrative that Cuba’s
communist government is somehow more “open” than in the past, the Cuban
government is exploiting that good will to violently detain and torture
political dissidents. According to one NGO, 963 dissidents were
arbitrarily… Continue reading

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