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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

Fake news

FAKE NEWS

This title is now a common phrase in our daily living. But in reality
had been around since many years back.

When I was living peacefully in my native Country (Cuba) Bohemia
Magazine, José Pardo Llada, Mario Kuchilán and others in the media were
expelling their lies to make the Cuban people to succumb to their
extermination by… 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

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

Raúl Castro slams Trump – and I’m forced to agree with the dictator. How sick is that?

Raúl Castro slams Trump – and I’m forced to agree with the dictator. How
sick is that?
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO
fsantiago@miamiherald.com

Cuban dictator Raúl Castro has no moral authority to condemn any
democratically elected world leader.

Not when the most distinguishing trait of his and his late brother’s
legacy is death, prison and exile for millions of his critics and… 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

Cuban Double Agent Fears for His Life after Revealing His True Identity

Cuban Double Agent Fears for His Life after Revealing His True Identity
/ Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 27 February 2017 — Luis Enrique Cepero García was an
opponent of the Cuban regime serving a sentence in the Combinado del
Este prison when he decided to infect himself with a disease rather than
continue being subjected to mistreatment in… 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

Exile initiative aims to help hundreds of Cubans stranded in Mexico

Exile initiative aims to help hundreds of Cubans stranded in Mexico
BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ

A group of exile organizations and volunteers are trying to help
hundreds of Cubans who are stranded in Mexico following the end of the
so-called “wet foot, dry foot” policy on Jan. 12.

Vigilia Mambisa, Democracy Movement, WWFE La Poderosa radio station and
other organizations and… Continue reading

U.S. deports first Cubans since end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’

U.S. deports first Cubans since end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Two Cuban women who were deemed “inadmissible” for entry to the United
States were placed on a morning flight to Havana on Friday, becoming the
first to be deported since the Jan. 12 elimination of an immigration
policy known as “wet foot, dry foot.”… Continue reading

How does Cuba manage to achieve first-world health statistics?

How does Cuba manage to achieve first-world health statistics?
The island’s medical system is envied throughout the region and is a
major foreign revenue earner
Havana 10 FEB 2017 – 16:08 CET

Cuba’s healthcare system is a source of pride for its communist
government. The country has well-trained, capable doctors, the sector
has become an important export earner and gives… Continue reading

Last Cuban doctor defectors arrive in US after policy change

Last Cuban doctor defectors arrive in US after policy change
Thursday, February 9th 2017, 9:30 am CET

MIAMI (AP) – Yoandri Pavot applied just in time for a visa under a
recently scrapped U.S. policy that had long welcomed doctors from Cuba
who defected while on assignment in third countries.

Pavot and other Cuban doctors arriving this week in Miami… Continue reading

Former Political Prisoner Arturo Pérez De Alejo Dies

Former Political Prisoner Arturo Pérez De Alejo Dies / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Miami, 25 January 2017 — The former political prisoner Arturo
Perez de Alejo, who was part of the Group of 75, died Wednesday in Miami
at 66, as reported by MartíNoticias .

Pérez Alejo was born in Manicaragua, in the then province of Las Villas,
on 23 May 1951… Continue reading

The Punk Who Didn’t Cry For Fidel

The Punk Who Didn’t Cry For Fidel / 14ymedio, Pablo De LLano

14ymedio, Pablo de Llano, Miami, 22 January 2017 — Minutes after the
announcement of the death of Fidel Castro, last November 25, Danilo
Maldonado Machado passed by his mother’s house and knocked on the window
of her room. Maria Victoria Machado opened and her son asked: “Mom, are… Continue reading

Changes to immigration policy will not stem the Cuban exodus, those on the island say

Changes to immigration policy will not stem the Cuban exodus, those on
the island say
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

When Washington put an end to a preferential immigration policy for
Cuban migrants nearly two weeks ago, the official reasoning behind the
move was to stem the flow of an increasing exodus and prompt democratic
changes on the island.

Many… Continue reading

Cuban immigrants facing humanitarian crisis near U.S. border, Tampa helping out

Cuban immigrants facing humanitarian crisis near U.S. border, Tampa
helping out
Non-profit sending non-monetary donations to help
Isabel Rosales
3:28 PM, Jan 22, 2017

TAMPA, –
A pair of wrinkled hands are proof of a long fight in escaping a regime.

“11 years in an inferno. In hell,” said Oscar Rodriguez, a Cuban exile.

For 11 years in 1960s he… Continue reading

703 euros for Lesiat

703 euros for Lesiat
DDC | Santiago de Cuba | 21 de Enero de 2017 – 11:32 CET.

The campaign undertaken by DIARIO DE CUBA to help the child Lesiat
Torres Carrión, age four, suffering from cerebral paralysis and hearing
difficulties, has been a success.

In just 9 hours the initial objective of raising 500 euros was met, and
in… Continue reading

And Now What?

And Now What? / Somos+, Jose Presol

Somos+, Jose Presol, 18 January 2017 — We expected it for a long time
and it happened, but when we weren’t in the line for the ration book. I
am referring to the end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy. We all knew
that it would end, but what we least imagined… Continue reading

Artist jailed in Cuba since November for anti-Fidel Castro graffiti may be released Jan. 28

Artist jailed in Cuba since November for anti-Fidel Castro graffiti may
be released Jan. 28
By Elizabeth Llorente Published January 18, 2017 FoxNews.com

A prominent graffiti artist in Cuba who was jailed the day after Fidel
Castro died for actions that appeared to celebrate the late Cuban
leader’s passing, reportedly will be released on Jan. 28, his girlfriend
told FoxNews.com… Continue reading

Cuba 2016 – The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro

Cuba 2016: The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2017 — A spring rainstorm with light gusts of
wind fell over metropolitan Havana on Sunday, March 20th, when at 4:30
PM Air Force One landed at the first terminal of the José Martí
International Airport carrying President Barack Obama to… Continue reading

Detention has begun for some Cubans, causing anguish and fear of deportation

Detention has begun for some Cubans, causing anguish and fear of deportation
BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ
abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com
LINKEDIN

Before being detained Friday at Miami International Airport, Cuban
couple Aquilino Caraballo and Georgina Hernandez, 67 and 64, had visited
their relatives in the United States six times.

The husband and wife, who had tourist visas for five years, did not
expect any… Continue reading

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