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    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

    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

    Girls For Sale

    Girls For Sale / 14ymedio, Pedro Acosta Posted on March 10, 2016 14ymedio, Pedro Acosta, Havana, 9 March 2016 – The teenage girl looks at the display window of CUPET at Santa Catalina and Vento with greedy eyes, a girl hungry for candy. She is tall, thin and fragile. She looks at me and seems […] 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

    The ‘Sandor Case’

    The ‘Sandor Case’ / 14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz Posted on January 31, 2015 In tribute to El Caso de Sandra (The Sandra Case) by Luis Manuel García Méndez 14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz, Havana, 30 January 2015 — A farmer wakes up before dawn to brand with a burning iron the last cow he has left. It’s a […] 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

    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

    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

    Cuba a prison masquerading as a nation

    Cuba a prison masquerading as a nationBy Ian RobinsonLast Updated: August 2, 2010 2:00am Hmm. Looking for a vacation spot. Gotta have sun and sand and beaches. Cheap would be good. Let's see. Is there a repressive police state lacking in anything resembling rule of law as I know it that I could go to? […] 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

    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

    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

    Permission to speak

    Posted on Saturday, 09.26.09GORKI AGUILAPermission to speakBY GINA MONTANERwww.firmaspress.com `There's a man seated on a throne / who perpetuates himself as an executioner / and he promises everyone / a happy, happy, happy future.'' By Porno for Ricardo Gorki Aguila, leader of the Cuban punk band Porno for Ricardo, has come to the United States […] 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

    No glory in spying for Castro

    No glory in spying for CastroBy Vincent CarrollPosted: 06/09/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT Anyone who hung around leftists in the 1960s or '70s knew someone like Walter Kendall Myers, the former State Department official charged last week along with his wife, Gwendolyn, with spying for Cuba. Privileged, intelligent and self-righteous, the Myers of that era were […] 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