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    Belkis Cantillo, Leader Of The Dignity Movement Released

    Belkis Cantillo, Leader Of The Dignity Movement Released / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 23 January 2017 — The leader of the Dignity Movement, Belkis Cantillo, who was arrested last Thursday was released Monday afternoon, as confirmed to 14ymedio by Moraima Diaz, an activist of the same movement. Shortly after being released, in […] Continue reading

    When Castro destroyed home for one child of Cuba

    When Castro destroyed home for one child of Cuba December 8th, 2016by Michael Smerconish I was worried that I’d offended Carlos Eire. The Yale professor of history and religious studies authored the definitive narrative of Fidel Castro’s destruction of Cuban family life with his 2003 memoir, “Waiting for Snow in Havana.” Born into an upper-middle-class […] Continue reading

    MEMBERS OF CUBAN BAND PORNO PARA RICARDO DETAINED UPON RETURN TO CUBA

    MEMBERS OF CUBAN BAND PORNO PARA RICARDO DETAINED UPON RETURN TO CUBA BY ALEXANDRA MARTINEZFRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016 | 20 HOURS AGO Gorky Aguila and Lia Villares, members of Cuban rock band Porno Para Ricardo, were detained Wednesday afternoon for 24 hours upon returning to Cuba’s Jose Marti Airport. The activists were coming back from […] Continue reading

    Black Woman – Double or Triple Discrimination?

    Black Woman: Double or Triple Discrimination? / Diario de Cuba, Laritza Diversent Posted on October 7, 2015 Diario de Cuba, Laritza Diversent, Havana, 31 July 2015 —In Cuba there is a myth that says that there is no racism here because “all the races and cultures melded together forever in a happy synthesis.” Nonetheless, in […] Continue reading

    The Crumbs That Pope Francis Will Eat in Cuba

    The Crumbs That Pope Francis Will Eat in Cuba / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on September 19, 2015 Luis Felipe Rojas, 12 September 2015 — Joy came to 3,522 Cuban homes, this being the the number of prisoners serving sentences for (technically) common crimes who set to be released. Indeed, this calls for celebration, as […] Continue reading

    Persecuted political artists defy Cuba crackdown

    Persecuted political artists defy Cuba crackdown Al Jazeera Havana, Cuba – Walking up the stairs to the apartment of Gorki Aguila, lead singer of the Cuban punk band Porno Para Ricardo (PPR), the scene is anything but striking – greyish-white doors with tan borders. But when you reach the last one on the right, Aguila’s […] 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 […] Continue reading

    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

    The Tragedy of Cuban Racism

    The Tragedy of Cuban Racism February 9, 2015 By Carlos Cabrera Perez (Café Fuerte) A group of dissidents protested last Thursday before the Cuban Parliament located in Havana’s Playa municipality. HAVANA TIMES — A video showing a group of Cuban dissidents protesting in front of the Cuban parliament in Havana to demand a series of […] 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

    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

    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

    Cuba – Release five prisoners of conscience immediately

    Cuba: Release five prisoners of conscience immediately The Cuban authorities must immediately and unconditionally release five men who have been named prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International. The cases of the five men – Rafael Matos Montes de Oca, Emilio Planas Robert and the brothers Alexeis, Diango, and Vianco Vargas Martín – are indicative of […] Continue reading

    Amnesty names 5 Cubans ‘prisoners of conscience’

    Posted on Sunday, 08.04.13 Amnesty names 5 Cubans ‘prisoners of conscience’ BY PETER ORSI ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — Amnesty International designated five Cubans detained on the island as “prisoners of conscience” on Sunday and called for their immediate release. The New York-based human rights watchdog highlighted the cases of Rafael Matos Montes de Oca, Emilio […] Continue reading

    GOVERNMENT CRITICS JAILED FOR SPEAKING OUT – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

    DOCUMENT – CUBA: GOVERNMENT CRITICS JAILED FOR SPEAKING OUT UA: 205/13 Index: AMR 25/006/2013 Cuba Date: 2 August 2013 URGENT ACTION GOVERNMENT CRITICS JAILED FOR SPEAKING OUT Two government critics are serving prison sentences in Cuba on politically motivated charges, following summary trials. Amnesty International considers them prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising […] Continue reading

    Cuban Dissidents Harness Blogs, Social Media to Spread Cause Globally

    Cuban Dissidents Harness Blogs, Social Media to Spread Cause Globally By Curt Devine July 22, 2013 Fewer than half of Middle East residents think it’s safe to express political opinions online, according to a study by sponsor Northwestern University in Qatar. Explore the data on this interactive site and watch a recent MediaTwits chat about […] Continue reading

    A glimpse inside Cuba’s prisons

    1 May 2013 Last updated at 14:28 GMT A glimpse inside Cuba’s prisons Sarah Rainsford By Sarah Rainsford BBC News, Havana Proportionately, Cuba has one of the highest prison populations in the world The whitewashed buildings of the Combinado del Este prison are surrounded by watch-towers and layers and layers of coiled barbed wire. One […] Continue reading