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    Warning to the Repressors – “We Are Watching You ”

    Warning to the Repressors: “We Are Watching You” 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 31 March 2017 — The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba (FDHC) launched its new program Artists For Rights in Miami on Friday and sent a strong message to the Cuban government’s “repressors”: You are being watched and your actions will not go […] 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

    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

    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

    Former Political Prisoners Say US Failed on Promise To Bring Their Families From Cuba

    Former Political Prisoners Say US Failed on Promise To Bring Their Families From Cuba / 14ymedio, Abel Fernandez, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Abel Fernandez and Mario Penton, Miami, 28 April 2016 – Former Cuban political prisoners Niorvis Rivera, Aracelio Riviaux and Jorge Ramirezmet Thursday in Miami with staff for Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for help in bringing […] 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Talk to Cuba’s democracy advocates

    Talk to Cuba’s democracy advocates BY FRANK CALZON FRANK.CALZON@CUBACENTER.ORG 01/19/2015 5:06 PM 01/19/2015 5:06 PM This week, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson will travel to Havana to continue negotiations with the Cuban authorities. We wish her Godspeed, and hope that besides talking with her Cuban counterparts, Ms. Jacobson will meet […] Continue reading

    Forum for Rights and Freedoms

    Forum for Rights and Freedoms / Estado de Sats (see endnote) Posted on January 17, 2015 Announcements made by United States President Barack Obama and his administration have sparked an intense controversy about the Cuban conflict. Many opponents and civil society activists, within the island and in exile, have lamented, especially, the lack of transparency […] Continue reading

    Test for U.S. Shift on Cuba Is Whether Rights Improve

    Test for U.S. Shift on Cuba Is Whether Rights Improve By MICHAEL R. GORDONDEC. 24, 2014 WASHINGTON — President Obama’s decision to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba will face an early test next year as the White House tries to make good on its contention that the policy shift will lead to a gradual […] 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

    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

    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

    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

    Cuban activists talk about lack of basic freedoms, 10 years on from mass crackdown

    18 March 2013 Cuban activists talk about lack of basic freedoms, 10 years on from mass crackdown "The catalogue of repression and harassment suffered by José Daniel Ferrer García since his release illustrates the current strategy by the Cuban authorities under which activists are arrested for short periods of time to discourage them from speaking […] 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

    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