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    Cuba and the new normal

    Cuba and the new normal BY MICHAEL PUTNEYMPUTNEY@WPLG.COM 03/03/2015 6:22 PM 03/03/2015 6:22 PM There is deep ambivalence in our community over normalizing relations with Cuba. For the first wave of Cubans, those relations will never be normal. Not when their homes, stores, factories, farms and fincas are in the hands of Cuban communists who […] Continue reading

    Amnesty International Denounces Increase in Arbitrary Detentions in Cuba

    Amnesty International Denounces Increase in Arbitrary Detentions in Cuba / 14ymedio Posted on February 26, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 24 February 2015 — Short-duration detentions increased considerably in Cuba in 2014, according to the annual report published today by Amnesty International. The human rights organization, with headquarters in London, emphasizes that the situation with respect to […] Continue reading

    El Crítico – Music as a subversive instrument in Cuba

    El Crítico: Music as a subversive instrument in Cuba 02/06/2015 2:38 PM 02/06/2015 10:08 PM HAVANA During his years behind bars, Angel Yunier Remón Arzuaga staged a 27-day hunger strike and refused to wear the prison uniform. Now, as the rapper known as “El Critico” returns to his music, he plans to do so with […] Continue reading

    The ‘Sandor Case’

    The ‘Sandor Case’ / 14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz Posted on January 31, 2015 In tribute to El Caso de Sandra (The Sandra Case) by Luis Manuel García Méndez 14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz, Havana, 30 January 2015 — A farmer wakes up before dawn to brand with a burning iron the last cow he has left. It’s a […] Continue reading

    Talk to Cuba’s democracy advocates

    Talk to Cuba’s democracy advocates BY FRANK CALZON FRANK.CALZON@CUBACENTER.ORG 01/19/2015 5:06 PM 01/19/2015 5:06 PM This week, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson will travel to Havana to continue negotiations with the Cuban authorities. We wish her Godspeed, and hope that besides talking with her Cuban counterparts, Ms. Jacobson will meet […] Continue reading

    Activists present proposals for the next phase of US/Cuba relations

    Activists present proposals for the next phase of US/Cuba relations / 14ymedio Posted on January 17, 2015 14ymedio, 16 January 2014 – This Friday, almost 300 activists, artists, journalists, academics and trade unionists representing diverse groups within the Cuban opposition presented a roadmap of proposals for what the civil society movement hopes to see beyond […] Continue reading

    Forum for Rights and Freedoms

    Forum for Rights and Freedoms / Estado de Sats (see endnote) Posted on January 17, 2015 Announcements made by United States President Barack Obama and his administration have sparked an intense controversy about the Cuban conflict. Many opponents and civil society activists, within the island and in exile, have lamented, especially, the lack of transparency […] Continue reading

    53 Cuban political prisoners are free, but controversy remains

    53 Cuban political prisoners are free, but controversy remains BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 01/14/2015 7:00 AM 01/14/2015 8:03 PM Even though the United States has verified that all 53 Cuban political prisoners on a list it submitted to Havana last summer have been freed, the list continues to stir controversy. First, human rights monitors said […] Continue reading

    Cuba: Prisoner releases must lead to new environment for freedoms

    8 January 2015 Cuba: Prisoner releases must lead to new environment for freedoms The Cuban authorities have released at least eight jailed activists, with hopes of more to follow. The release of at least nine jailed opposition activists by the Cuban authorities since last night is a positive step which should be followed by a […] Continue reading

    Five Years of “Crossing the Barbed Wire”: How Long Should I Continue?

    Five Years of “Crossing the Barbed Wire”: How Long Should I Continue? / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on December 29, 2014 My baby, my third child, this blog, is five years old and at times I ask myself this question. How long should I continue? I started writing against the grain of what a blog […] Continue reading

    Test for U.S. Shift on Cuba Is Whether Rights Improve

    Test for U.S. Shift on Cuba Is Whether Rights Improve By MICHAEL R. GORDONDEC. 24, 2014 WASHINGTON — President Obama’s decision to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba will face an early test next year as the White House tries to make good on its contention that the policy shift will lead to a gradual […] Continue reading

    What I Said at FIU

    What I Said at FIU / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on December 9, 2014 Translator’s Note: On Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo participated in a panel discussion at Florida International University, in Miami. The program announcement is here. Since the time of the Iron Curtain and Soviet socialism, the word, “solidarity,” […] Continue reading

    The Gorki Aguila Case

    The Gorki Aguila Case / Lia Villares Posted on February 23, 2014 The trial schedules for this Tuesday against Gorki Águila, leader of the punk rock band Porno para Ricardo, was postponed because of the health problems of his defense attorney, according to the musician himself on his Facebook page. Gorki spoke about the background […] Continue reading

    Keep the embargo until Castro relents

    Posted on Tuesday, 02.18.14 U.S. POLICY Keep the embargo until Castro relents BY MICHAEL PUTNEY MPUTNEY@LOCAL10.COM The U.S. trade embargo against Cuba is a fiction, a fraud, a failure and has been for a long time. It’s a Potemkin Village embargo. But it has served the purposes of both Washington and Havana. When it was […] Continue reading

    Czech ambassador says his country’s experiences may be useful to Cuba’s transition to democracy

    Posted on Wednesday, 12.11.13 Czech ambassador says his country’s experiences may be useful to Cuba’s transition to democracy BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM For the Czech Republic’s ambassador to the United States, Petr Gandalovic, Cuba’s future might well follow the path of his country’s past. His European nation of 10 million people lived under Communist […] Continue reading

    DESPITE REFORM TO MIGRATION LAW, CUBA CONTINUES TO RESTRICT FREEDOMS OF EXPRESSION, ASSOCIATION AND ASSEMBLY AND TO HOLD PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE

    DOCUMENT – CUBA: DESPITE REFORM TO MIGRATION LAW, CUBA CONTINUES TO RESTRICT FREEDOMS OF EXPRESSION, ASSOCIATION AND ASSEMBLY AND TO HOLD PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT AI Index: AMR 25/007/2013 20 September 2013 Despite reform to migration law, Cuba continues to restrict freedoms of expression, association and assembly and to hold prisoners of […] Continue reading

    Havana abuzz over singer’s bold concert lyrics

    Posted on Friday, 09.13.13 Havana abuzz over singer’s bold concert lyrics BY PETER ORSI ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — It was a day when Cubans were called to speak with one voice to demand the return of intelligence agents serving long prison terms in the United States. Then, at a nationally televised event outside the U.S. […] Continue reading

    Amnesty names Cuban dissident a ‘prisoner of conscience,’ a month after recognizing 5 others

    Amnesty names Cuban dissident a ‘prisoner of conscience,’ a month after recognizing 5 others BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 HAVANA – Amnesty International designated a sixth Cuban dissident jailed in the island nation as a “prisoner of conscience” Wednesday and called for his immediate and unconditional release. Ivan Fernandez Depestre, 40, […] Continue reading

    Amnesty recognizes Cuban ‘prisoner of conscience’

    Posted on Wednesday, 09.11.13 Amnesty recognizes Cuban ‘prisoner of conscience’ BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — Amnesty International designated a sixth Cuban dissident jailed in the island nation as a “prisoner of conscience” Wednesday and called for his immediate and unconditional release. Ivan Fernandez Depestre, 40, was arrested July 30 in the central province […] Continue reading

    NEW PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE – IVÁN FERNÁNDEZ DEPESTRE

    CUBA: NEW PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE: IVÁN FERNÁNDEZ DEPESTRE UA: 240/13 Index: AMR 25/008/2013 Cuba Date: 11 September 2013 URGENT ACTION NEW prisoner of conscience on hunger strike Cuban activist Iván Fernández Depestre was arrested on 30 July during a peaceful march, and has been on hunger strike since. He was sentenced on […] Continue reading

    Cuba must immediately release prisoner of conscience

    Cuba must immediately release prisoner of conscience 11 September 2013 “It is a sad reflection of the state of the rule of law in Cuba, when people are convicted to prison terms not for what they have done but for what they might do.” Javier Zúñiga, Special Advisor for Amnesty International. Authorities in Cuba must […] Continue reading

    Cuban dissident on hunger strike was sent back to prison

    Posted on Tuesday, 08.27.13 Cuban dissident on hunger strike was sent back to prison BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM A Cuban dissident who declared a hunger strike four weeks ago to protest his arrest, trial and conviction — all in just three days — is suffering from bouts of dizziness and other health problems, opposition […] Continue reading

    Latest Cuban police tactic – Freeing detained dissidents in remote areas far from their homes

    Posted on Tuesday, 08.20.13 Latest Cuban police tactic: Freeing detained dissidents in remote areas far from their homes BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Cuban dissident Ana Celia Rodríguez Torres says police arrested her, punched her and kept her all day in a scorching hot bus, then freed her the next morning in a remote farming […] Continue reading

    Workers for the Nomenklatura

    Workers for the Nomenklatura / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on August 16, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, August, www.cubanet.org.- Similar to the theme of Steven Spielberg’s movie Minority Report, where someone is imprisoned for crimes they had not yet committed but it was assumed they might commit, the Cuban Criminal Code devotes several articles to “the state of […] Continue reading