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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

    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

    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

    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

    CDR: Citizen Representation or Political Control?

    http://translatingcuba.com/cdr-citizen-representation-or-political-control-yoani-sanchez/ CDR: Citizen Representation or Political Control? / Yoani Sanchez Translator: Unstated, Yoani Sanchez The stew was cooked on firewood collected by some neighbors, the flags hung in the middle of the block and the shouts of Viva! went on past midnight. A ritual repeated with more or less enthusiasm every September 27 throughout the […] Continue reading

    The Punks on G Street: Tracking Cuba’s Rebellious Youth 50 Years After the Revolution

    The Punks on G Street: Tracking Cuba's Rebellious Youth 50 Years After the Revolution Julia Cooke I met Liván, Takeshi and the rest of their band of frikis—rock and metal fans of the punk-and-anarchist subcategory—around nine one Thursday night on the median of Havana's G Street. I'd come to Havana to write a book about […] Continue reading

    Briefing Note No. 3 Cuban League against AIDS

    Briefing Note No. 3 Cuban League against AIDS / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Translator: Unstated, Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada During the month of June and the first days of of July The Cuban League Against AIDS has monitored the rise of protests in Cuban jails for inmates with HIV / AIDS. The protests […] 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 political prisoners list dips to 167

    Cuban political prisoners list dips to 167By WILL WEISSERT (AP) HAVANA — The number of political prisoners in Cuba continued a notable decline in the first half of 2010, the island's top human rights monitor said Monday, meaning their ranks have dropped by nearly half since Raul Castro took power in 2006. The Cuban Commission […] 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

    Dissident’s death spurs new protests in Cuba

    Dissident's death spurs new protests in CubaBy Rick Jervis, USA TODAY Dissidents are going on hunger strikes in Cuba after the death of aprisoner of conscience in an attempt to bring global attention to theoppression of the Castro regime, dissidents and rights groups say. "If they allow me to die, it will demonstrate to the […] Continue reading

    Most deaths largely ignored

    Posted on Friday, 03.05.10CUBAN PRISONSMost deaths largely ignoredBY MARIA C. WERLAUwww.CubaArchive.org The recent death by hunger strike of Orlando Zapata Tamayo is not a first-time event in Cuba. Sadly, we have records of another 12 political prisoners who died in hunger strikes during the Castro regime. More such deaths are probably unrecorded. The Cuban regime […] Continue reading

    Report hits at Cuban regime on human rights

    Report hits at Cuban regime on human rightsBy Adam Thomson in Mexico CityPublished: November 19 2009 00:25 | Last updated: November 19 2009 00:25 Cuba's regime has failed to improve its dire record on human rights under the leadership of Raúl Castro, imprisoning scores of people for exercising basic freedoms and refusing to release dozens […] 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

    Hunger, unsated

    Posted on Sunday, 09.20.09PANFILOHunger, unsatedBY MIRTA OJITOmao35@columbia.edu Was it the song? Jama y Libertad. Food and freedom, croons Boris Larramendi. The Madrid-based Cuban songwriter wrote the tune as part of the campaign to free Pánfilo, imprisoned last month in Cuba after he drunkenly declared in a YouTube video that there is hunger on the island. […] Continue reading

    Cuban freed after being sentenced over YouTube video

    Cuban freed after being sentenced over YouTube video18 September 2009 4:13 by James "Dela" Delahunty Cuban freed after being sentenced over YouTube video A Cuban man has been freed after being sentenced to two years in prison for posting a YouTube video protesting a food shortage in the country. Juan Carlos Gonzalez Marcos was sentenced […] Continue reading

    Journalism watchdog calls for Cuba blogger freedom

    Posted on Thursday, 09.10.09Journalism watchdog calls for Cuba blogger freedomBy PAUL HAVENAssociated Press Writer HAVANA — A U.S.-based journalist watchdog group called Thursday for an end to what it described as "systemic harassment" of bloggers and independent journalists in Cuba, and urged the international community to step up its lobbying on the bloggers' behalf. The […] 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 2009 Cuba Report

    CubaHead of state and government Raúl Castro RuzDeath penalty retentionistPopulation 11.3 millionLife expectancy 77.7 yearsUnder-5 mortality (m/f) 7/6 per 1,000Adult literacy 99.8 per cent Restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly persisted. Journalists and political dissidents faced harassment and intimidation by security officials. Four prisoners of conscience were released early in the year; 58 […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Hidden Heroes

    Cuba's Hidden Heroes By Jordan Allott & Daniel Allott on 12.30.08 @ 6:07AM "If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." — Frederick Douglass December marks the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Crafted in the […] 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

    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