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Director of U.S. office that oversees Radio, TV Martí resigns

Director of U.S. office that oversees Radio, TV Martí resigns
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

The director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, the U.S. federal body
that oversees Radio and TV Martí as well as the Martí Noticias website,
resigned last week amid complaints by some dissidents and exiles about
OCB’s editorial line.

“Every pressure cooker needs an escape… Continue reading

Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial

Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial / Iván García

Iván García, 1 June 2017– The majority of the openly anti-Castro
opponents I know do not live in lavish mansions nor do they possess
items fashioned with the latest technology. Neither do they boast bank
accounts in financial paradises and they do not own yachts or beach
houses. I… Continue reading

Jesus Hernandez-Guero Or The Art Of Provoking

Jesus Hernandez-Guero Or The Art Of Provoking

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 30 May 2017 — If something is clear in
the work of Jesus Hernández- Güero is that he is not a complacent
artist. His transgressive look is insolent and unrelated to any
political militancy, religious creed or commercial convenience. The
artist raises sparks everywhere: in Cuba where he was… Continue reading

State Security Offensive Against ICLEP Citizen Journalists

State Security Offensive Against ICLEP Citizen Journalists

14ymedio, Havana, 23 May 2017 — Raúl Velázquez, executive director of
the Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and the Press (ICLEP) was
released last Friday after being held for 72 hours in the second unit of
the People’s Revolutionary Police (PNR) in Santiago de Cuba, as
confirmed Monday by the agency through… Continue reading

The crisis in Venezuela, according to Cuba’s official press

The crisis in Venezuela, according to Cuba’s official press
BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 2 de Junio de 2017 – 11:20 CEST.

On Tuesday, May 23 journalist Irma Shelton Tase, of Cuban Television’s
daily news broadcast, spotlighted statements made by Carlos Aquino, a
member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Venezuela.
Commenting on the spread… Continue reading

Los ‘youtubers’ cubanos se vuelven virales a pesar de la falta de internet

Los ‘youtubers’ cubanos se vuelven virales a pesar de la falta de internet
AGENCIAS | La Habana | 30 de Mayo de 2017 – 19:50 CEST.

De manera paralela a la tímida apertura de internet en Cuba, se abre
paso una pequeña e incipiente comunidad de “youtubers”, una generación
de milenials que comparte su vida con humor en la red… Continue reading

We Have Survived

We Have Survived

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 21 May 2017 — Three years ago this
digital daily was just a dream, a project on paper and a desire in the
heads of several colleagues. On that 21 May 2014, the mirage took shape
on the first cover of a site that robs us of our nights, brings us
frequent moments… Continue reading

“We Are Not Leaving Cuba”, Say Members Of The Center For Coexistence Studies

“We Are Not Leaving Cuba”, Say Members Of The Center For Coexistence Studies

14ymedio, Havana, 16 May 2017 — In the midst of a wave of pressure from
the authorities, members of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC)
have issued a declaration of commitment to their work on the island. “We
are not leaving Cuba, we are not leaving the… Continue reading

Democracy in Cuba is smuggled on thumb drives, spreads on street networks

Democracy in Cuba is smuggled on thumb drives, spreads on street networks
Revolution in the time of the internet
by Brian Crecente@crecenteb May 19, 2017, 4:30pm EDT

Cuba is like the memory of somewhere you’ve never been.

It’s the bilinearity of capitalism and commercialism, rum and coke,
offline and on, that takes two opposing ideas and turns them into some… Continue reading

Cuban Government Extends Censorship To The Digital Site Somos+

Cuban Government Extends Censorship To The Digital Site Somos+

14ymedio, Havana, 16 May 2017 — The digital site of the Somos+ (We Are
More) Movement has now joined the list of pages censored on the servers
of the Cuban Telecommunications Company (ETECSA) which supply public
WiFi. The leader of the organization, Eliecer Avila, links this measure
to “the growing influence”… Continue reading

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom / Iván García

Iván García, 3 May 2017 — Let’s step back in time. One morning in 1985,
Yndamiro Restano Díaz, a thirty-seven-year-old journalist with Radio
Rebelde, took out an old Underwood and wrote a clandestine broadsheet
entitled “Nueva Cuba.” After distributing the single-page, handmade
newspaper up and down the street, one copy… Continue reading

Cuba: Where underground arcades, secret networks and piracy are a way of life

Cuba: Where underground arcades, secret networks and piracy are a way of
life
A look at how Cubans play, make, critique and find video games
by Brian Crecente@crecenteb May 15, 2017, 9:00am EDT

Like its music, like its art, Cuba is a complex, colorful mash-up of
dichotomous ideas, cultures and emotions.

Nothing better describes the island nation than the image… Continue reading

Karla Pérez Arrives In Costa Rica To Continue Her Studies In Journalism

Karla Pérez Arrives In Costa Rica To Continue Her Studies In Journalism

14ymedio, Havana, 11 May 2017 — Karla Pérez González, the student
expelled from the University of Las Villas for her membership in the
dissident organization Somos+, arrived in San José, Costa Rica, this
morning after receiving an offer to continue her studies there.

“This opportunity came to me… Continue reading

The Government Unleashed a Crackdown on Journalists After Hurricane Matthew

The Government Unleashed a Crackdown on Journalists After Hurricane Matthew

14ymedio, Havana, 10 May 2017 –The independent Cuban press has been
especially harassed after the passage of Hurricane Matthew in the
eastern part of the country. Several reporters were arrested while
trying to cover the situation of the victims, reports the Association
for Freedom of the Press (APLP) in its… Continue reading

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to the Freedom of Expression

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to theFreedom of Expression / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 10 May 2017 — When he is particularly bored, after flicking
through the eight channels that there are on the island, 56 year old
civil engineer Josuan watches the national news some nights with a smirk
only to later write a critical analysis on the… Continue reading

Manipulation And Silence, Cuba’s Information Policy On Venezuela

Manipulation And Silence, Cuba’s Information Policy On Venezuela

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 9 May 2017 — Cubans have not seen the
images of that lady who, armed only with her determination, stopped an
armored police tank in the streets of Caracas. The official press also
conceals the tears of those who have lost their children because of the
repression of… Continue reading

Cuban town hooked on pirate social network

Cuban town hooked on pirate social network
Alexandre GROSBOIS
AFP May 9, 2017

Gaspar (Cuba) (AFP) – On a traffic island in a country town, young
Cubans are doing what most of their compatriots cannot: surfing an
online social network.

In one of the least wired countries on Earth, Gaspar, population 7,500,
is one of the most connected towns of… Continue reading

A double standard

A double standard
ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 8 de Mayo de 2017 – 14:18 CEST.

Within the framework of the Congress of the Latin American Studies
Association (LASA), a group of Cuban academics and former officials
recently circulated a document protesting the LASA’S position regarding
the wave of repression and political crisis in Venezuela.

In their missive… Continue reading

The ‘Little Packet’, A Clandestine Rival For The ‘Weekly Packet’

The ‘Little Packet’, A Clandestine Rival For The ‘Weekly Packet’

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 5 May 2017 — Uncensored, fun and with
many varied themes — this defines the producers of the paketito (little
packet), a new compendium of audiovisual material that aims to fill the
gaps left by the popular weekly packet.

Unlike its predecessor, which is made and… Continue reading

Cuba a mix of corruption, impressive beauty, people

Cuba a mix of corruption, impressive beauty, people
By Amelia Rayno / Minneapolis Star Tribune

The uniformed woman’s eyes narrowed as she looked me up and down, assessing.

Seconds earlier, she had told me that the currency exchange was one
floor up at the Havana airport. Now, after processing my poor Spanish,
blond hair and unaccompanied state, her tune quickly… Continue reading

Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow Cuba’s progress

Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow Cuba’s progress
Committee to Protect Journalists 2 May 2017
By Carlos Lauría

Cuba’s media landscape has begun opening up in recent years, transformed
by a lively blogosphere, an increasing number of news websites carrying
investigative reporting and news commentary, and an innovative breed of
independent reporters who are critical of, yet still… Continue reading

Cuban state news agency restarts operations in Washington

Cuban state news agency restarts operations in Washington
AFP April 28, 2017

Washington (AFP) – Cuba’s state news agency Prensa Latina officially
restarted journalism operations in the US capital of Washington on
Friday, unfreezing 50 years of inactivity and marking another step in
the rapprochement between America and the Communist island.

“The agency had a functioning office in Washington from… Continue reading

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