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Mariela Castro promotes pro-LGBT ‘legislative package’ in Cuba

Mariela Castro promotes pro-LGBT ‘legislative package’ in Cuba

The daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro on Wednesday said there is a
“legislative package” that would extend rights to LGBT Cubans.
Diario de Cuba, an independent website that is blocked in Cuba, reported
Mariela Castro, who is director of the country’s National Center for
Sexual Education, did not provide specific details… Continue reading

“Adequate Social Behavior” Is The Requirement For A Sports Contract Abroad for a Cuban Athlete

“Adequate Social Behavior” Is The Requirement For A Sports Contract
Abroad for a Cuban Athlete

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 18 March 2017 — To the voices that
call for more autonomy for athletes, the Cuban government has just
responded with a clear message. “To enter into a contract abroad, the
athlete” must have “adequate social behavior,” according to Ramiro
Domínguez,… 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

Task for Alejandro Castro: Protecting Cuba’s Disabled

Task for Alejandro Castro: Protecting Cuba’s Disabled / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 22 March 2017 — On March 17 of this year, a group of
NGO (non-governmental organization) representatives from Latin America
and the Caribbean celebrated in Havana Cuba’s political agenda in
support of people with disabilities of every kind. The next day, for
the twentieth time, Cuban… Continue reading

Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom?

Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom?
By Neal Simpson
The Patriot Ledger

HAVANA – At a small beach town on the Bay of Pigs, 27-year-old Kenny
Bring Mendoza approached to see if we needed a taxi.

We didn’t, but Kenny was happy to show off his proficiency in English
and even willing to answer a… Continue reading

From revolution to Raul: A brief history of Cuba

From revolution to Raul: A brief history of Cuba
Friday
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at 2:58 PM
Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 9:54 PM

1959 – After years of fighting, Fidel Castro succeeds in overthrowing
the authoritarian government of Fulgencio Batista. Castro launches a
series of reforms, including the nationalization of private property and
business and improvements to health, education… Continue reading

The LGBT community in Cuba is going through a transition

“The LGBT community in Cuba is going through a transition”
Daniel Abma, director of ‘Transit Havana’ says the regime is now
integrating gays into society
IÑAKI MAKAZAGA
Bilbao 20 MAR 2017 – 15:50 CET

“El colectivo LGTB de Cuba vive un momento de apertura y transición”
A meeting with a Belgian surgeon gave the Dutch documentary filmmaker
and human rights… Continue reading

Biotech Mission to Cuba

Biotech Mission to Cuba
BETC director Kamal Rashid hopes to develop collaborations in
biomanufacturing
March 20, 2017

As the 1950s vintage cars course through city streets seemingly frozen
in time, a vibrant biopharmaceutical sector flourishes in Cuba,
supplying most of the country’s essential medicines and exporting
life-saving vaccines to developing countries.

“It was not what I expected to find,” says… Continue reading

Cuba’s Children of Power Take Possession

Cuba’s Children of Power Take Possession / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 13 March 2017 — The appointment of architect Perla
Rosa Rosales Aguirreurreta to succeed historian Eusebio Leal as head of
Havana’s Office of the Historian is the most recent example of the Cuban
regime’s making strategic decisions whose sole purpose is to implement a
very well-organized dynastic… Continue reading

Cuba Will Pay For 500 Former FARC Guerillas To Study Medicine

Cuba Will Pay For 500 Former FARC Guerillas To Study Medicine / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 16 March 2017 — The Cuban Government will offer to
Colombia one thousand scholarships to study medicine on the Island, of
which 500 will go to former FARC guerrillas and another 500 to civilians
without ties with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

The proposal… Continue reading

Cuba offers Colombia 1,000 medical school scholarships

Cuba offers Colombia 1,000 medical school scholarships
By Associated Press March 16 at 5:09 PM

HAVANA — Cuba has offered Colombia 1,000 medical school scholarships to
support a peace accord in which the South American country’s largest
rebel army will relinquish its weapons, officials announced on Thursday.

The scholarships will be distributed mostly to members of the
Revolutionary Armed Forces… 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

Enslaved Doctors

Enslaved Doctors
ANTONIO JOSÉ PONTE | Madrid | 7 de Marzo de 2017 – 14:48 CET.

They say that they fulfill their mission when they serve in countries
that have signed agreements with the Cuban regime. “Mission.” It is a
term that supposes a zeal to spread the faith, and entails a set of
diplomatic shenanigans. And, indeed, there is… Continue reading

Cuba Kills Another Dissident

Cuba Kills Another Dissident
After Obama’s detente: More tourists on the island and more repression.
By Mary Anastasia O’Grady
March 5, 2017 5:08 p.m. ET

Score another kill for the Cuban military dictatorship: Last month it
eliminated Afro-Cuban dissident Hamell Santiago Más Hernández, an inmate
of one of its most notoriously brutal prisons.

The remarkable thing was not the death… Continue reading

Cuba Seeks To Encourage Women To Enter Military Service

Cuba Seeks To Encourage Women To Enter Military Service / 14ymedio,
Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 3 March 2017 – With the opportunity to
study at the university by passing the University entrance exams with
the “minimum score,” the Ministry of Higher Education (MES) is offering
an incentive for young women who want to enlist in Military Service,
which… Continue reading

HUMAN RIGHTS? CUBA ARRESTS, ORDERS TRIAL FOR HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS

HUMAN RIGHTS? CUBA ARRESTS, ORDERS TRIAL FOR HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS
Father reports: ‘They are making inquiries as if we were criminals’
Published: 16 hours ago
BOB UNRUH

Even as President Trump prepares to undo some of Barack Obama’s
executive orders to normalize America’s relations with Cuba, the
communist island nation remains far short of international human-rights
standards.

For example, government officials… 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

Pastor and Wife Arrested for Homeschooling Children in ‘Normalized’ Cuba

Pastor and Wife Arrested for Homeschooling Children in ‘Normalized’ Cuba
Courtesy Home School Legal Defense Association
by PENNY STARR 28 Feb 2017

A pastor and his wife have been arrested in Cuba for homeschooling their
children, according to Mike Donnelly, director of global outreach for
the Home School Legal Defense Association, a U.S.-based organization
that has offered legal assistance to… Continue reading

Brothers To The Rescue – A Crime That Hurts “Like The First Day”

Brothers To The Rescue: A Crime That Hurts “Like The First Day”/
14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 24 February 2017 – Members of the Cuban
exile remembered the anniversary of the death of four Cuban Americans
after the shooting down of two planes of the humanitarian NGO Brothers
to the Rescue by the Cuban Air Force in 1996.… Continue reading

A brave act in Cuba deserves American support

A brave act in Cuba deserves American support
By Editorial Board February 24 at 7:13 PM

BRINGING FREEDOM and democracy to totalitarian Cuba will be no easy
task. Two indispensable ingredients, though, must be courage on the part
of the country’s dissidents and democrats, and international solidarity
with them.

Both were on display in Havana over the past week. At… Continue reading

Oswaldo Payá Award Ceremony Is Absent The Winners

Oswaldo Payá Award Ceremony Is Absent The Winners / 14ymedio, EFE

14ymedio/EFE, Havana, 22 February 2017 — The presentation of the Oswaldo
Payá “Freedom and Life” Prize has led to a diplomatic conflict, after
the Cuban government vetoed the entry into the country of three of the
guests: OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, Former Mexican President
Felipe Calderón, and Mariana… Continue reading

Cuba Refuses OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro Entry To The Island

Cuba Refuses OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro Entry To The Island /
14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2017 — The Secretary General of the
Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has published
a letter explaining why he can not attend the Oswaldo Payá “Freedom and
Life” Award ceremony. In the letter, addressed to Rosa Maria Paya,
Almagro states that… Continue reading

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