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Ladies in White Report the Repression They Suffer to Attorney General

Ladies in White Report the Repression They Suffer to Attorney General

14ymedio, Havana, 2017 — The Ladies of White Yamile Garro Alfonso,
Lázara Barbara Sendilla and Maria Cristina Labrada delivered on Monday,
as representatives of the whole movement, a summary report to the
Attorney General’s Office on the repression they have suffered over the
last fifteen months.

The leader of… Continue reading

Thugs Beat Pregnant Pro-Democracy Dissident ‘in the Belly,’ Put Father in the Hospital

Cuba: Thugs Beat Pregnant Pro-Democracy Dissident ‘in the Belly,’ Put
Father in the Hospital
by FRANCES MARTEL29 Mar 2017110
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An unidentified mob attacked two members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba
(UNPACU) – a pregnant teen and her activist father – on Sunday night,
hurling bottles at them and reportedly punching the woman in the… Continue reading

Activist on hunger strike is transferred to an isolated intermediate care room

Activist on hunger strike is transferred to an isolated intermediate
care room
DDC | Holguín | 30 de Marzo de 2017 – 11:20 CEST.

On Monday Cuban activist Anairis Miranda Leyva was moved to an isolated
intermediate care room at the provincial hospital of Holguin after
spending 22 days on a hunger strike, her mother, Maydolis Leyva, told
Martí Noticias.… Continue reading

Health Of Three Siblings On Hunger Strike In Cuba Worsens

Health Of Three Siblings On Hunger Strike In Cuba Worsens

14ymedio Havana, 27 March 2017 — The health of the siblings Fidel
Batista Leyva, and Anairis and Adairis Miranda Leyva is worsening, as
Monday marked their 21 days on a hunger strike, according to their
mother, Maydolis Leyva Portelles, who spoke with 14ymedio.

Members of the Cuban Reflection Movement, the… Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García

Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the
need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow
passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or
bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared
where a dozen families reside, living on… Continue reading

Never belonging – Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba

Never belonging: Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba
OPINIONMIGUEL DE LA TORRE | MARCH 28, 2017

Returning to the land which witnessed my birth is always a gut-wrenching
experience. Separation from my island has now been five times longer
than Odysseus’ was from his. But unlike Odysseus, who was returning to a
place he was familiar with, I… Continue reading

Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever

Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 27 de Marzo de 2017 – 16:38 CEST.

The best way to appreciate how that Cuba’s economy today depends on the
US more than ever before in its history is to engage in a very simple
mental exercise: imagine that Washington banned travel, remittances and… Continue reading

When Pope Benedict was in Cuba, he added a politically charged word at the last minute

When Pope Benedict was in Cuba, he added a politically charged word at
the last minute
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD, KEVIN G. HALL AND FRANCO ORDOÑEZ
Miami Herald Archives

SANTIAGO, CUBA
From the Miami Herald archives: Five years ago, Pope Benedict visited
Cuba, greeting tens of thousands of Cubans on March 26, 2012 on the
first leg of his visit to… Continue reading

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

PostCastro Cuba isn’t that different from before

Post-Fidel-Castro Cuba isn’t that different from before
Deepa Fernandes, PRI’s The World

For years, opponents of Cuba’s socialist revolution pegged the system’s
downfall to the inevitable death of its leader, Fidel Castro. Yet,
months after Castro’s death, there have been no major protests on the
streets of Havana, no popular uprising against the ruling Communist Party.

As Gladys Esther Marta… Continue reading

Mother and son of 2015 machete attack victim receive death threat from Castro regime agent

Mother and son of 2015 machete attack victim receive death threat from
Castro regime agent
“I am obliged to once again denounce the dictatorial regime of the
Castros, this time as a mother and human rights defender.” – Sirley
Avila Leon, March 20, 2017

Las Tunas, Cuba: Yoerlis Peña Ávila on March 15, 2017 received a death
threat against him… 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

Raul Castro Squandered His Last Chance

Raul Castro Squandered His Last Chance / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 22 March 2017 — A year
ago Cuba had a once in a lifetime opportunity. US President Barack Obama
came to the island willing to turn the page on political
confrontation. The gesture transcended the diplomatic situation, but
Raul Castro – fearful of losing… Continue reading

Obama’s Unquestionable Imprint

Obama’s Unquestionable Imprint / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 20 March 2017 — Putting aside the
passions of supporters and detractors of the policies drawn up by
President Barack Obama for Cuba, there is no doubt that, for better or
worse, it set indelible before and after benchmarks in the lives of the
Cuban people.

The first benchmark… Continue reading

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

‘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

Activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel Castro – Amnesty International

Cuba: Activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel
Castro
21 March 2017, 16:58 UTC

A three year sentence against the leader of a Christian pro-democracy
movement after he criticized Fidel Castro is a stark illustration of
ongoing restrictions to the right to free expression in Cuba, said
Amnesty International.

Dr. Eduardo Cardet Concepción, leader of the Christian… Continue reading

How Congress Can Send a Strong Message to Cuban Diplomats in DC

How Congress Can Send a Strong Message to Cuban Diplomats in DC
Jackson Ventrella / Ana Quintana / @Ana_R_Quintana / March 20, 2017

COMMENTARY BY
Jackson Ventrella
Jackson Ventrella is a member of the Young Leader’s Program at The
Heritage Foundation.
Ana Quintana
@Ana_R_Quintana
Ana Quintana is a policy analyst for Latin America and the Western
Hemisphere in The Heritage… Continue reading

Cuban dissident leader to Trump – ‘Treat Cuba like a dictatorship’

Cuban dissident leader to Trump: ‘Treat Cuba like a dictatorship’
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Frustrated by what they see as “indolence” from the previous
administration, some Cuban government opponents are urging President
Donald Trump to backtrack current Cuba policy and speak out about
increased government repression on the island.

Antonio G. Rodiles and his partner Ailer González — both… 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

We’ve Been Investigating Ivan Garcia for Five Years

“We’ve Been Investigating Ivan Garcia for Five Years” / Iván García

Iván García Quintero, Havana, 19 March 2017 — When the summons arrived
for an interview with a police official, the girl’s puzzled family
thought it was a mistake.

Let’s call them Kenia, Pedro, and Camila. They are neighbors of mine and
prefer to remain anonymous.

Kenia was summoned to… Continue reading

UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Bangladesh

UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia,
China, Iran, Bangladesh
By UN Watch —— Bio and Archives March 21, 2017

GENEVA— Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Bolivia, UAE, Iran,
Bangladesh, and Venezuela today attempted to silence UN human rights
council testimony by the head of UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights
non-governmental organization, after he criticized… Continue reading

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