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The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba

The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 21 March 2017 – This Tuesday, the Cuban government
prevented Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White movement, from
traveling outside the country because of an unpaid fine for for an
alleged infraction “against public adornment.” Meanwhile, the
authorities accuse her of having thrown “papers in the… Continue reading

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy /
14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 19 March 2017 – It rained when the presidential
plane touched down on the tarmac at Havana’s Airport. On 20 March 2016,
Barack Obama began a historic visit to the island that awakened hopes
and sparked questions. One year after that visit,… Continue reading

José Daniel Ferrer “This Type Of Assault Does Not Discourage Us”

José Daniel Ferrer: “This Type Of Assault Does Not Discourage Us” / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 9 March 2017 — The leader of the Patriotic Union of
Cuba, José Daniel Ferrer, was released Thursday after being detained for
more than 24 hours. The opponent denounced an “increase in
the repression” against the activists of his movement, in a phone call
to… Continue reading

50 Ladies in White Arrested After Communist Mob Stones HQ

Cuba: 50 Ladies in White Arrested After Communist Mob Stones HQ
Kyodo via AP Images
by FRANCES MARTEL 6 Mar 2017

The Cuban anti-Communist group Ladies in White reports at least 50 of
its members were arrested this weekend following a mob attack on their
headquarters in Havana, in which the dissidents were forced to hide as
the mob hurled… Continue reading

The Countdown Begins For Raul Castro’s Departure From Power

The Countdown Begins For Raul Castro’s Departure From Power / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 24 February 2017 — On February 24 of next year Raul
Castro must leave the presidency of Cuba if he is to fulfill the
promise he has made several times. His announced departure from power is
looked on with suspicion by some and seen as an inescapable… Continue reading

Felipe Calderón “I Ask The Cuban Government To Rectify This Absurdity”

Felipe Calderón: “I Ask The Cuban Government To Rectify This Absurdity”
/ 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2017 — Just five years ago, Mexican
President Felipe Calderón was greeted warmly in Havana during an
official visit. However, this week the now former president was denied
entry to the island to participate in the Oswaldo Payá “Freedom and
Life” awards to… Continue reading

Jose Marti’s Birthday Is Marked By House Arrests

Jose Marti’s Birthday Is Marked By House Arrests / 14ymedio

14ymedio, 28 January 2017 – On the 164th anniversary of the birth of
José Martí, the day was marked by house arrests of several activists and
the arrest of the regime opponent Manuel Cuesta Morúa. The most intense
operation has been against those involved in a global action to demand… Continue reading

Obama Left, Trump Arrived, the Repression Continues

Obama Left, Trump Arrived, the Repression Continues / 14ymedio, Reinaldo
Escobar

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 23 January 2017 — Within 48 hours of
Donald Trump being declared President of the United States, the
political police maintained their repression against opponents
unchanged. The hard hand of State Security begins to contradict the
claim that “Barack Obama’s concessions” to the Plaza of… Continue reading

Police Raid the House of Activist Belkis Cantillo in Palmarito Del Cauto

Police Raid the House of Activist Belkis Cantillo in Palmarito Del Cauto
/ 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 14 January 2017 — At six on Saturday morning the
police raided the house of Belkis Cantillo, leader of the Citizens for
Democracy movement in Palmarito del Cauto, Santiago de Cuba. The
officers showed up a few hours after about a dozen women of… Continue reading

Prominent Cuban dissidents detained by state security agents

Prominent Cuban dissidents detained by state security agents
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Cuban dissident Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet, recipient of the U.S.
Presidential Medal of Freedom, was taken into custody by police and
state security agents Wednesday morning in Havana and briefly detained.

Miami-based Inspire America Foundation, a super PAC that supports
pro-democracy leaders and policies in Cuba and the… Continue reading

Fidel Castro – The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains

Fidel Castro: The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains / Jeovany Jimenez Vega

Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 29 November 2016 — The dictator Fidel Castro died
last Friday at the age of 90. The extensive news coverage was to be
expected. After all, he was both the object of the most romantic,
idealized love and the most scathing, caustic hatred. Gone… Continue reading

Pagan, A Very Bad Man With a Cuban Ministry of the Interior ID

Pagan, A Very Bad Man With a Cuban Ministry of the Interior ID / Luis
Felipe Rojas

Luis Felipe Rojas, 20 December 2016 — Today I am going to tell you
something you absolutely are not going to believe. But I don’t care, the
military dictatorship violates human rights in cold blood and many don’t
even want to know. Great… Continue reading

Threats and Arrests if Dissidents Continue in Cuba

Threats and Arrests if Dissidents Continue in Cuba / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 15 December 2016 –The leader of the Ladies in White,
Berta Soler, was arrested Thursday in the morning when she was about to
leave the headquarters of the organization in the neighborhood of
Lawton, Havana, in order to connect to the Internet.

Angel Moya, a former prisoner of… Continue reading

Cuban Authorities Block Travel Of Dissident Amel Carlos Oliva

Cuban Authorities Block Travel Of Dissident Amel Carlos Oliva / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 14 December 2016 – Yesterday, Tuesday afternoon,
Carlos Amel Oliva checked in well in advance with his ticket to take Air
Europe Flight 052 that was leaving for Madrid just after 10:00 PM,
intending to connect from the Spanish capital to travel on to Poland.
However, the… Continue reading

Cuba’s strides under Castro offset by decades of repression, reports say

Cuba’s strides under Castro offset by decades of repression, reports say
By Joe Sterling, CNN
Updated 0626 GMT (1426 HKT) November 27, 2016

(CNN)The relentlessly brutal legacy of political repression that marked Fidel Castro’s rule in Cuba offset and undermined his achievements, two major human rights groups said on Saturday.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch issued reports on the… Continue reading

Prison, death, exile – Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communist Cuba

Prison, death, exile: Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communist Cuba
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

There are 44 years of dissidence between Cuban human rights activist
Elizardo Sánchez and street protester Sara Martha Fonseca, four and a
half decades of peaceful opposition to a communist system that jails
people for simply “disrespecting” Fidel Castro.

In… Continue reading

Former Cuban Political Prisoner Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique Dies

Former Cuban Political Prisoner Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique Dies / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 3 November 2016 — On Thursday morning former political
prisoner Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique died in Havana at age 74 after a long
battle with cancer. The funeral of the regime opponent, sentenced to 18
years in prison during the Black Spring of 2003, will take place at 7:50… Continue reading

Whether covering an ice cream company or a hurricane, Government and independent journalists encounter the same obstruction of their work

Whether covering an ice cream company or a hurricane, Government and
independent journalists encounter the same obstruction of their work
OSMAR LAFFITA ROJAS | La Habana | 27 de Octubre de 2016 – 10:59 CEST.

The arbitrary arrest of a group of Cuban journalists on October 12 while
covering the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa has sparked outrage.

The… Continue reading

Reflections Against a “Black Winter”

Reflections Against a “Black Winter” / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya

Miriam Celaya, Havana, 4 October 2016 — CUBALEX, an independent
organization dedicated to providing free legal aid to Cubans — an
essential service in a society where the abuse of rights is a permanent
part of daily life — in recent days suffered a sudden and brutal attack
at its headquarters… 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 her beauty, married her. But,… Continue reading

Laritza Diversent, Devastated by the Police Operation Against Cubalex

Laritza Diversent, Devastated by the Police Operation Against Cubalex /
Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 28 September 2016 — After passing the crossing of La Palma,
two kilometers from the old bus stop of Mantilla, El Calvario is found
nestled, a district of one-story houses, roads without asphalt and a
multitude of dogs without owners.

At the end of a narrow… Continue reading

Even tougher times loom ahead for the opposition, warn activists, predicting more violence

Even tougher times loom ahead for the opposition, warn activists,
predicting more violence
DDC | La Habana | 29 de Septiembre de 2016 – 12:54 CEST.

There are trying times up ahead for the opposition, as the regime
continues to act with impunity, reported members of civil society
consulted by DIARIO DE CUBA after a week of intense repression and… Continue reading

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