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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

    Belkis Cantillo Launches A New Fight From Santiago De Cuba

    Belkis Cantillo Launches A New Fight From Santiago De Cuba / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 17 January 2017 — Talking with Belkis Cantillo these days can be an impossible mission. With her home raided on several occasions, a daughter about to give her her first granddaughter and the foundation of the new […] Continue reading

    Tallies and Tales of the Reforms

    Cuba: Tallies and Tales of the Reforms / Vicente Botín Once upon a time… A female cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to turn her into a woman. The goddess, pitying the cat’s yearning, transformed her into a beautiful maiden, and the young man, captivated by […] Continue reading

    Castro’s Kicks and the Applause of the Sheep

    Castro’s Kicks and the Applause of the Sheep / Luis Felipe Rojas Luis Felipe Rojas, 3 May 2016 — They’ve barely finished giving a slap before they give another. The insult-spitting machine of the Castro regime is fired up week after week. Arbitrary arrests, repudiation rallies, and beatings calibrated from the offices of the Ministry […] Continue reading

    A Glossary Against the Deafness of Raul Castro

    A Glossary Against the Deafness of Raul Castro / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on April 10, 2016 Luis Felipe Rojas, 28 March 2016 — With mouths agape and arms extended to the heavens, Cubans of goodwill are still awaiting the night on which Raúl Castro will liberate all political prisoners and fling into the garbage […] 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

    Cuba: Human Rights at a glance

    Cuba: Human Rights at a glance 17 September 2015, 07:33 UTC Short-term arbitrary detention Peaceful demonstrators and human rights activists are routinely detained for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly and movement. Activists are often detained to stop them from attending public demonstrations or private meetings. Independent journalists reporting on these detentions […] 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

    Transparency, Honesty and Free Information – Exotic Ideals in Cuba

    Transparency, Honesty and Free Information: Exotic Ideals in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 31, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 21 June 2015 — When Berta Soler, leader of one of three splinter groups of the Ladies in White, convened a referendum on her continued command of the organization following a scandal in Fall 2014 regarding […] Continue reading

    “El Sexto” in the Clutches of the Castro Beast

    “El Sexto” in the Clutches of the Castro Beast / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on August 29, 2015 Danilo Maldonado is a Cuban political prisoner who just embarked on the terrible path of committing to a hunger strike. This was confirmed by his family members from Havana late on August 25th. “El Sexto” (as in […] 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

    Human Rights Group Estimates At Least 71 Political Prisoners In Cuba

    Human Rights Group Estimates At Least 71 Political Prisoners In Cuba / EFE (14ymedio) Posted on June 19, 2015 EFE (via 14ymedio), 19 June 2015 – The dissident group Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) estimates that there are at least 71 people imprisoned on the Island for “political reasons or through […] Continue reading

    Raúl Castro gobernará reprimiendo hasta el 2018

    Raúl Castro gobernará reprimiendo hasta el 2018 [14-04-2015 11:52:06] Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez Hablemos Press (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- LA HABANA.- El general presidente Raúl Castro dijo a la periodista Glenda Umaña, de Telemetro de Panamá, que permanecerá en el poder “hasta el 2018”. “Le pregunté si habría entonces elecciones, a lo que me contestó: ‘siempre han […] 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

    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

    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