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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

    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

    A Bill to Penalize Acts of Repudiation

    Cuba: A Bill to Penalize Acts of Repudiation / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on May 1, 2015 To guarantee the prevalence of solidarity and respect, a bill is urgently needed that would penalize acts of repudiation, and hold their perpetrators and accomplices criminally responsible. Help me to promote this bill. A Bill to Penalize Acts […] 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 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 LGBT rights advocates arrive in D.C.

    Cuban LGBT rights advocates arrive in D.C. July 29, 2013 By Michael K. Lavers on July 29, 2013 Two Cuban LGBT rights advocates who are visiting the United States for three months on Monday arrived in D.C. Ignacio Estrada Cepero and Wendy Iriepa Díaz on Monday met with staffers of Us Helping Us, an HIV/AIDS […] 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

    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

    Transgender woman 1st to win office in Cuba

    Posted on Friday, 11.16.12 Transgender woman 1st to win office in Cuba By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press HAVANA — Adela Hernandez, a biologically male Cuban who has lived as a female since childhood, served two years in prison in the 1980s for "dangerousness" after her own family denounced her sexuality. This month she made history […] Continue reading

    Home is sweet – compared to Cuba

    Home is sweet – compared to CubaBy Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now June 10, 2011 There's nothing like a trip abroad to make you appreciate home. And after a recent sojourn in Cuba, I've come to appreciate things formerly taken for granted in Canada: things like fully stocked grocery shelves, freedom of the press and toilet […] 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

    Amnesty: Cuba courts complicit in stifling dissent

    Posted on Wednesday, 06.30.10 Amnesty: Cuba courts complicit in stifling dissentBy WILL WEISSERTAssociated Press Writer HAVANA — Cuba uses repressive laws, a well-oiled state security apparatus and complicit courts to stifle political dissent as it harasses, spies on and imprisons those who openly oppose its communist system, Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday. […] 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

    RACE AND COLOR IN CONTEMPORARY CUBA

    RACE AND COLOR IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAGayle McGarrity When I first returned to the United States in 1982, after living for a year and a half in Cuba, I was eager to share with my colleagues the extent to which racism and class divisions were still a glaring reality in ´Revolutionary Cuba´. However, no one wanted […] Continue reading

    Guerrilla Blogging

    INSIDE CUBA: Guerrilla Blogging
    A virtual democracy against all odds.
    By Orlando Pardo Lazo

    Blog." Many people in Cuba don't understand all the fuss regarding this
    mono-syllabic word that seems to have no relationship to the daily
    routine of survival.

    On the Island, the blogosphere is an incipient media and, outside of
    Havana, all but invisible. Though their work generates controversies and
    awards worldwide, Cuban… Continue reading

    New Castro, Same Cuba, Same Ignorant Apologists

    New Castro, Same Cuba, Same Ignorant ApologistsPosted by Lloyd Billingsley on Nov 25th, 2009 and filed under FrontPage. New Castro, Same Cuba, a new report from Human Rights Watch, notes that under Raul Castro, Fidel's brother, Cuba continues to harass and imprison dissidents. The criminal code punishes "dangerousness," which punishes such crimes as handing out […] Continue reading

    Raúl Castro Imprisons Critics, Crushes Dissent – HRW

    Cuba: Raúl Castro Imprisons Critics, Crushes DissentObama Should Replace Failed Embargo With Effective Multilateral PolicyNovember 18, 2009 "In his three years in power, Raúl Castro has been just as brutal as his brother. Cubans who dare to criticize the government live in perpetual fear, knowing they could wind up in prison for merely expressing their […] 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 UNDER RAUL: DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN POLICIES: THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION

    CUBA UNDER RAUL: DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN POLICIES: THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION2009-06-19.Ambassador James Cason (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Bucharest, Romania. May 28, 2009.- Cuba continues to be one of the worst violators of human rights in the world, and certainly the worst in Latin America. It systematically violates almost all of the articles of the Universal declaration of Human […] Continue reading

    Amnesty International Cuba 2008 Report

    REPUBLIC OF CUBAHead of state and governmentRaúl Castro Ruz (provisionally replacing Fidel Castro Ruz)Death penalty retentionistPopulation 11.3 millionLife expectancy 77.7 yearsUnder-5 mortality (m/f) 6/6 per 1,000Adult literacy 99.8 per cent Restrictions on freedom of expression, association and movement remainedsevere. At least 62 prisoners of conscience remained imprisoned andpolitical dissidents, independent journalists and human rights activistscontinued […] Continue reading

    Cuba: Amnesty International’s human rights concerns

    AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Media Briefing AI Index: AMR 25/003/2007 (Public)News Service No: 01829 January 2007 Cuba: Amnesty International's human rights concernsFor the past 40 years, Amnesty International (AI) has campaigned against human rights violations committed by the Cuban government, in particular, the imprisonment of political dissidents and journalists as a result of severe restrictions on the […] Continue reading

    Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2005

    Cuba Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – 2005Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and LaborMarch 8, 2006 Cuba, with a population of 11 million, is a totalitarian state led by a president, Fidel Castro, whose regime controls all aspects of life through the Communist Party (CP) and its affiliated mass organizations, the […] Continue reading

    Situation of Human Rights in Cuba

    Situation of Human Rights in Cuba 2005-10-23 1. IntroductionFor the past 46 years Cuba has been, and continues to be, a totalitarian state controlled single-handedly by Fidel Castro, who occupies all the relevant: Head of State, Head of Government, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and First Secretary of the Communist Party. The authority […] Continue reading