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    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

    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

    Clinton Needs to Read Up on the Castros

    Clinton Needs to Read Up on the Castros The embargo does not block the sale of books to Cuba, or isolate its economy from the world. By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY Getting to the left of Vermont senator and avowed socialist Bernie Sanders is no easy feat. But Hillary Clinton’s speech in Miami Friday was an […] Continue reading

    Forum for Rights and Freedoms, Declaration, VII Summit of the Americas

    Forum for Rights and Freedoms, Declaration, VII Summit of the Americas Posted on April 8, 2015 Forum for Rights and Freedoms: Declaration VII Summit of the Americas April 2015 Violations of fundamental rights in Cuba are enshrined in the current legal system. The full exercise of these fundamental rights is considered directly opposed to the […] Continue reading

    The “Yumas” Pay Between 80 and 120 CUC per Night

    The “Yumas” Pay Between 80 and 120 CUC per Night / Leon Padron Azcuy Posted on July 31, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, www.cubanet.org Recently Cuban “parliamentarians” discussed the issue of prostitution among young people. According to the press official, they drafted strategies to face this evil, as well as pandering, widespread today all across the Island. […] Continue reading

    A Dreamed of, Possible and Future Cuba, Laboratorio Casa Cuba Proposal

    A Dreamed of, Possible and Future Cuba, Laboratorio Casa Cuba Proposal / Catholic Archdiocese of Havana Posted on April 8, 2013 Site manager's note: This document/proposal, published by the Catholic Archdiocese of Havana, is generating discussion among the bloggers and is posted here for the convenience of our readers. The following translation is taken from […] Continue reading

    Proposals for a Possible Cuba

    Proposals for a Possible Cuba March 18, 2013 HAVANA TIMES — A group of Cuban researchers have just released a document containing a list of 23 proposals "for our immediate future." While the Cuban economy remains in crisis and with the death of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, the consideration of measures that can inject new […] Continue reading

    Canadians are major customers in Cuba’s child sex market

    Canadians are major customers in Cuba's child sex market Canada is lax when it comes to stopping its sex offenders from going to Cuba and preying on underage prostitutes. Most tourists are drawn to Cuba by the sand, the sunshine, and the culture. But a few tourists – including some Canadians – are drawn by […] Continue reading

    The Paths of the General / Luis Felipe Rojas

    The Paths of the General / Luis Felipe RojasLuis Felipe Rojas, Translator: Raul G. This article was written by Luis Felipe Rojas for 'Diario de Cuba'. It has been re-posted on this blog: In regards to the year which has just begun, it is evident that the directions of the Cuban government are like forked […] Continue reading

    “House Agent”: A Very Lucrative Business in Havana / Iván García

    "House Agent": A Very Lucrative Business in Havana / Iván GarcíaIván García, Translator: JT Genovevo, age 58, has been imprisoned twice and on three occasions has been arrested for criminal dangerousness. He is a 'house agent', as they call those who — under the table — dedicate themselves to transmit trades, purchases, or sales of […] Continue reading

    DECLARATION OF SANTIAGO

    DECLARATION OF SANTIAGO03-03-2011.Concilio Cubano(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- The Cuban people live in very difficult times. However, this is not news. For more than fifty years we have witnessed increasing poverty and the ongoing violation of our hum... Continue reading

    Premature thanks in Cuba

    Premature thanks in CubaThe myth of Raul the ReformerBy Daniel AllottThe Washington Times4:21 p.m., Wednesday, November 24, 2010 It has been more than four years since Raul Castro assumed the duties of the presidency of Cuba and more than 2 1/2 years since he officially took over for his older brother, Fidel. In that time, […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s pre-existing condition

    José Azel:Cuba's pre-existing condition12:00 AM CDT on Sunday, October 24, 2010 José Azel is a senior scholar at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami and author of "Mañana in Cuba." This essay was first published in Foreign Policy. He can be reached at jazel@miami.edu. Last month, the Cuban government […] Continue reading

    Cuban Government Continues to Stifle Dissent, Despite Assertions that Freedom of Expression is Respected, Says New Amnesty International Report

    Cuban Government Continues to Stifle Dissent, Despite Assertions that Freedom of Expression is Respected, Says New Amnesty International Report June 30, 2010 Cuba's government continues to stifle dissent through arbitrary arrests, surveillance, intimidation and harassment of journalists, dissidents and activists, despite recent assertions that freedom of expression is respected inside Cuba, Amnesty International said in […] Continue reading

    Restrictions to freedom of expression create climate of fear in Cuba

    Restrictions to freedom of expression create climate of fear in Cuba30 June 2010 Full report:http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR25/005/2010/en/62b9caf8-8407-4a08-90bb-b5e8339634fe/amr250052010en.pdf Cuba's repressive legal system has created a climate of fear among journalists, dissidents and activists, putting them at risk of arbitrary arrest and harassment by the authorities, Amnesty International said in a report released on Wednesday. The report Restrictions on […] Continue reading

    Cuba—A Way Forward

    Cuba—A Way Forwardby Nik Steinberg, Daniel Wilkinson In a 1980 interview, Gabriel García Márquez told The New York Times that he had spent three years writing a book about life in Cuba under Fidel Castro. But, he said, "now I realize that the book is so critical that it could be used against Cuba, so […] Continue reading

    Che Guevara’s History: First Time as Tragedy, Second Time as Greeting Cards

    Che Guevara's History: First Time as Tragedy, Second Time as Greeting Cardsby Nick Gillespie How resilient is the ghost of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary who ably assisted the Castro brothers' sadly successful mission to turn Cuba into an island hellhole? His legend survives even a lackluster, long-winded biopic released in 2008 and […] Continue reading

    Yoani Sanchez, Cuba’s most popular blogger, has been beaten up by thugs for the offence of describing life under the Castro regime

    Yoani Sanchez, Cuba's most popular blogger, has been beaten up by thugs for the offence of describing life under the Castro regimeBy Andrew Hamilton in Mexico CityPublished: 5:47PM GMT 28 Nov 2009 With her platted hair and bookish demeanour, Yoani Sanchez does not look like a threat to the Cuban State. But her blog, an […] Continue reading

    Resisting carrots and sticks in Cuba

    Resisting carrots and sticks in CubaMICHAEL OSBUN / Tribune Media ServicesBy THE ECONOMISTPublished: Monday, November 23, 2009 at 3:00 a.m. Those who hoped that the arrival in power of Barack Obama and Raul Castro would bring a thaw in the continuing 50-year cold war between the United States and Cuba so far have little to […] Continue reading

    La Lucha: The Human Cost Of Economic Repression In Cuba

    La Lucha: The Human Cost Of Economic Repression In Cubaby Patricia Linderman for the Foundation For Economic Education As I opened the gate of the high security fence around my yard inHavana, a black woman in her 30s glanced left and right and quicklywheeled her rusty Chinese bicycle inside. Her name was Marta, and shewas […] Continue reading

    Cuba: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review: Fourth session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council, February 2009 Amnsety International

    Document – Cuba: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review: Fourthsession of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council, February 2009 8 September 2008 Publicamnesty internationalCuba Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review Fourth session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council February 2009 Executive summary In this submission, Amnesty […] Continue reading

    Cuban punk rocker escapes ‘social dangerousness’ conviction with £15 fine

    Cuban punk rocker escapes 'social dangerousness' conviction with £15 fine A Cuban punk rocker who was put on trial for his subversive lyrics hasexposed the fragility of the country's Communist dictatorship by walkingfree with only a £15 fine. By Angus McDowall and our correspondent in HavanaLast Updated: 10:14AM BST 31 Aug 2008 Gorki Aguila, the […] Continue reading

    Cuba Solidarity Day 2008: Remembering Our Totalitarian Neighbor

    May 20, 2008Cuba Solidarity Day 2008: Remembering Our Totalitarian Neighborby Ray WalserWebMemo #1928 May 21 is Cuba Solidarity Day. The day seeks to remind Americans that 90miles away from the United States is an island nation controlled by agovernment that remains by all objective definitions a Communist,totalitarian regime. In the globalizing, market-based world and more […] Continue reading

    HRW 2008 Cuba report

    CubaEvents of 2007 Cuba remains the one country in Latin America that represses nearlyall forms of political dissent. There have been no significant policychanges since Fidel Castro relinquished direct control of thegovernment to his brother Raul Castro in August 2006. The governmentcontinues to enforce political conformity using criminal prosecutions,long-term and short-term detentions, mob harassment, police […] Continue reading