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State Security Bars Belkis Cantillo From Leaving Cuba

State Security Bars Belkis Cantillo From Leaving Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 4 May 2017 — State Security prevented Belkis Cantillo,
the leader of the Dignity Movement, from boarding a flight to the United
States on Wednesday afternoon. The activist explained to 14ymedio via
telephone that State Security agents and immigration officials notified
her that she was “restricted.”

Cantillo explained that she… Continue reading

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 unnoticed.

The artistic project seeks… Continue reading

Belkis Cantillo, Leader Of The Dignity Movement Released

Belkis Cantillo, Leader Of The Dignity Movement Released / 14ymedio, Luz
Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 23 January 2017 — The leader of the
Dignity Movement, Belkis Cantillo, who was arrested last Thursday was
released Monday afternoon, as confirmed to 14ymedio by Moraima Diaz, an
activist of the same movement.

Shortly after being released, in a telephone conversation with this… 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 Dignity Movement, the life
of… Continue reading

Leadership and Dissidence

Leadership and Dissidence / Rebeca Monzo

Rebeca Monzo, 6 January 2017 — The leadership and the dissidence seem
more and more the same to me. Is it coincidence or lack of experience?

At this very moment, if suddenly there were free elections on my planet
Cuba, supervised by the United Nations or other countries, I would not
know who to… 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 family—his father was a judge… 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

Castro’s Kicks and the Applause of the Sheep

Castro’s Kicks and the Applause of the Sheep / Luis Felipe Rojas

Luis Felipe Rojas, 3 May 2016 — They’ve barely finished giving a slap
before they give another. The insult-spitting machine of the Castro
regime is fired up week after week.

Arbitrary arrests, repudiation rallies, and beatings calibrated from the
offices of the Ministry of the Interior (MININT) in… 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 their relatives from Cuba.

The… 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 can that judicial aberration which… 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 Miami,
where they performed shows… 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 to be saying “throw me… 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 reality, invisibility is on the… Continue reading

3,522 Pardoned in order to Cover Up Cuba’s Sad Reality

3,522 Pardoned in order to Cover Up Cuba’s Sad Reality / 14ymedio,
Marlene Azor Hernandez
Posted on September 20, 2015

14ymedio, Marlene Azor Hernandez, Mexico City, 18 September 2015 – The
pardon of 3,522 ordinary prisoners in Cuba is excellent news, above all
for their relatives. At the beginning of July something similar occurred
when the Pope visited Bolivia, Ecuador… 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 jails certainly do no reeducate… 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 are themselves harassed by the… 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 door, you are
greeted by… Continue reading

Transparency, Honesty and Free Information – Exotic Ideals in Cuba

Transparency, Honesty and Free Information: Exotic Ideals in Cuba / Ivan
Garcia
Posted on August 31, 2015

Ivan Garcia, 21 June 2015 — When Berta Soler, leader of one of three
splinter groups of the Ladies in White, convened a referendum on her
continued command of the organization following a scandal in Fall 2014
regarding alleged verbal abuse of a… Continue reading

“El Sexto” in the Clutches of the Castro Beast

“El Sexto” in the Clutches of the Castro Beast / Luis Felipe Rojas
Posted on August 29, 2015

Danilo Maldonado is a Cuban political prisoner who just embarked on the
terrible path of committing to a hunger strike. This was confirmed by
his family members from Havana late on August 25th.

“El Sexto” (as in “The Sixth [hero]”, referring to… 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 excellent effort. What could be… 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 established by the United
Nations… Continue reading

Human Rights Group Estimates At Least 71 Political Prisoners In Cuba

Human Rights Group Estimates At Least 71 Political Prisoners In Cuba /
EFE (14ymedio)
Posted on June 19, 2015

EFE (via 14ymedio), 19 June 2015 – The dissident group Cuban Commission
for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) estimates that
there are at least 71 people imprisoned on the Island for “political
reasons or through politically directed procedures,” almost half… Continue reading

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