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Legal Process Opens Against ‘14ymedio’ Reporter in Camagüey

Legal Process Opens Against ‘14ymedio’ Reporter in Camagüey

14ymedio, Havana, 23 March 2017 – This Wednesday the gates have begun to
close around independent journalist Sol Garcia Basulto, who has been
charged with the crime of “usurpation of legal capacity.” (In other
words, “practicing journalism without a license.”) The correspondent for
this newspaper in Camaguey is facing a sentence of… Continue reading

Censored at the Camaguey Festival, Rapper ‘Raps hela’ Denounces “Fear of Liberty”

Censored at the Camaguey Festival, Rapper ‘Rapshela’ Denounces “Fear of
Liberty” / 14ymedio, Sol Garcia Basulto

14ymedio, Sol Garcia Basulto, Camaguey, 22 March 2017 – Hip Hop has
become that redoubt of rebellion that other musical genres, like rock
and roll, used to embody. The Trakean2 Fesitval, which ended Monday in
Camaguey, gave voice to performers who sing as if… Continue reading

‘When I’m 64’: Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba

‘When I’m 64’: Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba
Carlos BATISTA
AFP March 22, 2017

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Havana (AFP) – While their American and European peers twisted and
shouted to The Beatles in the 1960s, in Cuba childhood sweethearts
Gisela and Hector kept their Beatlemania a naughty secret.

Now, still Beatles-crazy after all these years, but with the communist
island’s Cold War-era… Continue reading

A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship?

A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship?
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Cuban filmmaker Carlos Lechuga has pulled an acclaimed film, based on
repression against gay writers in the early years of the Revolution,
from an upcoming presentation in New York after festival organizers
banned it from official competition and instead categorized the
screening as… Continue reading

Police Accuse Journalist Henry Constantin Of “Usurpation Of Legal Capacity”

Police Accuse Journalist Henry Constantin Of “Usurpation Of Legal
Capacity” / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 17 March 2017 – Journalist Henry Constantin, director
of La Hora de Cuba (Cuba Hour) magazine and regional vice president of
the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), was formally charged Friday
with the crime of “usurpation of legal capacity,” he told 14ymedio.

Constantin received a subpoena… Continue reading

Cuban Journalists Demand Greater Access To Sources

Cuban Journalists Demand Greater Access To Sources / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 14 March 2017 – Whether they are
independent or official, reporters share the same complaint against
institutions, which they accuse of hindering access to information and
hiding data. And for this reason all informants have the same
requirement: greater access to sources.

Gabriela Daihuela studies… Continue reading

Cuba tries to reboot its creaky state news apparatus

Cuba tries to reboot its creaky state news apparatus
MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
Associated Press March 15, 2017

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government is trying to reboot its Soviet-era
style news programming with a high-definition current affairs channel
staffed by young journalists.

The Caribe channel is starting slowly, with 3½ hours of offerings a
night on a new channel available to… Continue reading

The Official Press and the Art of “Sweetening The Pill”

The Official Press and the Art of “Sweetening The Pill” / 14ymedio,
Reinaldo Escobar

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 14 March 2017 – After contemplating
several ideas of what to write about on this Day of the Press in Cuba, I
decided to share with my readers an extract from an unpublished
autobiography where I relate the vicissitudes of a journalist… Continue reading

Nauta Hogar – expensive, slow and bug-ridden Internet service

Nauta Hogar: expensive, slow and bug-ridden Internet service
JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 8 de Marzo de 2017 – 08:51 CET.

The Nauta Home project, implemented as a free pilot test starting in
January by the telecommunications monopoly ETECSA, in an effort to get
Internet service into homes, will begin to charge fees, despite
technical failures in its… Continue reading

Castro’s daughter favors bold legislative weapon to combat prostitution — punish the client

Castro’s daughter favors bold legislative weapon to combat prostitution
— punish the client
BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ
abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com

The daughter of Cuba’s most powerful man is publicly discussing —
perhaps in search of academic support before taking her idea to the
legislature — a bold proposal to combat prostitution: penalize the
clients who pay for sexual services.

“We have to act.… Continue reading

Cuba Announces Exorbitant Rates for Limited Home Internet

Cuba Announces Exorbitant Rates for Limited Home Internet / 14ymedio,
Luz Escobar

Luz Escobar, Havana, 1 March 2017 — After a two month free trial, the
fees for government-run home internet service, known as “Nauta Hogar,”
were announced on Wednesday. The Telecommunications Company of Cuba
(ETECSA) will charge between 15 and 115 Cuban convertible pesos (CUC)
for packages of 30… Continue reading

Cuba – No Country for Slow DSL Home Internet Plans

Cuba: No Country for Slow DSL Home Internet Plans
Written by Larry Press

Two years ago, leakers suggested that Cuba might build its home internet
plan on super-slow DSL connections. They were wrong, suggests Larry
Press. Analysis

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aNewDomain –There will be no Cuban home Internet plan.

That’s my conclusion after having followed Cuban Internet developments
for more than two… Continue reading

The IAPA Demands The Government Of Cuba Release Its Regional Vice President On The Island

The IAPA Demands The Government Of Cuba Release Its Regional Vice
President On The Island / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Miami, 21 February 2017 — The Inter American Press
Association (IAPA) condemned the arrest in Cuba of Henry Constantin
Ferreiro, director of the magazine Hour of Cuba and regional vice
president of its Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information and… Continue reading

Books Banned at Cuba’s Book Fair

Books Banned at Cuba’s Book Fair / Cubanet, Roberto Quinones

Cubanet, Roberto Jesus Quinones Haces, Guantanamo, 10 February 2017 –
The Havana International Book fair and its provincial offshoots would be
more important events if there were debates where all Cuban
intellectuals could participate without exclusions. But they are walled
prosceniums where there is only room for writers who never… Continue reading

Official Journalism in Cuba – Empty Nutshells

Official Journalism in Cuba: Empty Nutshells
February 14, 2017
By Vicente Morin Aguado

HAVANA TIMES — On February 7th, the Cuban Communist Party’s (PCC) press
published several articles about the reporting behavior of young people
belonging to the government’s journalism sector. Before that, on January
20th, a comment made by Yeilen Delgado Calvo in Juventud Rebelde under
the heading “I… Continue reading

American Publishers Return to Cuba

American Publishers Return to Cuba
By Calvin Reid | Feb 13, 2017

The second U.S. Publishing Mission to Cuba, an official contingent of
American publishers and publishing professionals organized by Publishers
Weekly and Combined Book Exhibit, arrived in Cuba to mount a selection
of nearly 400 American titles at the U.S. Pavillion at the Havana Book
Fair, to be held… Continue reading

Young Cuban Journalists Look at Their Profession

Young Cuban Journalists Look at Their Profession / 14ymedio, Reinaldo
Escobar

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 8 February 2017 – Now underway is
the second meeting of young journalists at the Jose Marti International
Journalism Institute in Havana. The main objective of the event,
organized by the Cuban Journalists Union (UPEC), is to discuss
“journalism and citizen participation, and communication in… Continue reading

Voices Of Official Journalism Strike Against A Foreign Correspondent

Voices Of Official Journalism Strike Against A Foreign Correspondent /
14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 30 January 2017 — The controversy between
the most radical wing of Cuban officialdom and the correspondent of
Uruguayan origin resident in Cuba, Fernando Ravsberg, is rising in tone.

The latest blasts from the most orthodox defenders of “revolutionary”
journalism call out nine… Continue reading

Waiting for change in Cuba

Waiting for change in Cuba
BY JOHN CAULFIELD, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 01/30/17 07:00 PM EST

When I took up my assignment as chief of the U.S. Interests Section in
Havana in 2011, my biggest question was how had Cuba survived as one of
the world’s last remaining Marxist Leninist systems? Strong and
sometimes brutal internal controls were important, but in… Continue reading

Cuba crea la supermalanga

La Guayaba de Cartón: Cuba crea la supermalanga
Posted on 29 enero, 2017

Con lo ocupado que ha estado el país en asuntos de noticias, abrumando
por la avalancha informativa que marcó la muerte de Fidel Castro, los
homenajes póstumos, el desfile militar de la Plaza y luego toda la
estela de visitas a la tumba y recordaciones de que… Continue reading

Tania Bruguera Withdraws Her Work From the Bronx Museum – ‘A Moral Decision’

Tania Bruguera Withdraws Her Work From the Bronx Museum: ‘A Moral
Decision’ / 14ymedio

14ymedio, 27 January 2017 — The artist Tania Bruguera said Friday that
her withdrawal from the exhibition Wild Noise at the Bronx Museum “is a
moral decision.” During a press conference in New York’s Central Park,
the director of the Hannah Arendt International Institute of Artivism… Continue reading

Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick

Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick
Totalitarianism touches every aspect of every person’s life, and Cuban
communism has been traumatic for adults and children not drunk with
fanaticism.
By Armando Simón
JANUARY 16, 2017

Ever since the death of that psychotic dictator Fidel Castro, I have
been experiencing déjà vu. At age ten, I fled my… Continue reading

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