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As Cubans await policy changes, Trump sends a message on Cuban Independence Day

As Cubans await policy changes, Trump sends a message on Cuban
Independence Day
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

On the 115th anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba, President
Donald Trump on Saturday extended his “warmest wishes” to Cuban
Americans and promised that he will work for Cubans on the island to
have a government that respects democracy… Continue reading

Merecido reconocimiento a Damas de Blanco

Merecido reconocimiento a Damas de Blanco
19 de mayo de 2017 – 21:05 – Por Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Cada domingo, las Damas de Blanco luchan por sus familiares cautivos y
todos los presos políticos en Cuba, en demostraciones pacíficas mientras
caminan hacia la iglesia. Pero cada domingo son acosadas y arrestadas
por los secuaces del régimen

Esta semana tuve el honor… Continue reading

Activists on both sides still await President Trump’s reset with Cuba

Activists on both sides still await President Trump’s reset with Cuba
Ledyard King and Alan Gomez, USA TODAY Published 5:41 p.m. ET May 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — Four months after he was sworn in, President Trump has yet
to make good on his vow to undo his predecessor’s Cuba policies.

There were reports the president would unveil his plan on… Continue reading

Cuban Government Extends Censorship To The Digital Site Somos+

Cuban Government Extends Censorship To The Digital Site Somos+

14ymedio, Havana, 16 May 2017 — The digital site of the Somos+ (We Are
More) Movement has now joined the list of pages censored on the servers
of the Cuban Telecommunications Company (ETECSA) which supply public
WiFi. The leader of the organization, Eliecer Avila, links this measure
to “the growing influence”… Continue reading

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom / Iván García

Iván García, 3 May 2017 — Let’s step back in time. One morning in 1985,
Yndamiro Restano Díaz, a thirty-seven-year-old journalist with Radio
Rebelde, took out an old Underwood and wrote a clandestine broadsheet
entitled “Nueva Cuba.” After distributing the single-page, handmade
newspaper up and down the street, one copy… Continue reading

El Gobierno extiende la censura al sitio digital de Somos+

El Gobierno extiende la censura al sitio digital de Somos+
14YMEDIO, La Habana | Mayo 16, 2017

El sitio digital del Movimiento Somos+ se sumó en los últimos días a la
lista de páginas censuradas en los servidores que brindan acceso a la
red en las zonas wifi y los locales de la Empresa de Telecomunicaciones
de Cuba (Etecsa). El… Continue reading

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

While the new U.S. president’s policies on Cuba remain uncertain, the
government in Havana appears to be more nervous about its domestic
opposition than usual, as the island heads into a complicated political
transition.

Authorities have expelled students from universities, arrested
dissidents who want to run in the… Continue reading

It’s Wearing Thin

It’s Wearing Thin
WALDO FERNÁNDEZ CUENCA | La Habana | 15 de Mayo de 2017 – 11:51 CEST.

It was one of the few functions at the University of Havana that I will
never forget. The event for “Young Communists” took place in the year
2010. It was held to assess the insistence of a Journalism student, who
wished to… Continue reading

LGBTQ Americans meet in Havana with fellow Cuban activists

LGBTQ Americans meet in Havana with fellow Cuban activists
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
srothaus@miamiherald.com

A delegation of American LGBTQ advocates met Saturday in Havana with
“leaders of Cuban civil society” who are demanding that the government
there recognize marriage for same-sex couples and create legal
protections for transgender Cubans.

The group from the U.S., organized by Cuban-American civil-rights
attorney Tico Almeida,… Continue reading

The Archbishop Of Santiago de Cuba Says In The Vatican That The Island “Is Waiting For Changes”

The Archbishop Of Santiago de Cuba Says In The Vatican That The Island
“Is Waiting For Changes”

14ymedio, Havana, 5 May 2017 — “Cuba is waiting for changes,” said
Archbishop Dionisio García Ibáñez Friday on Radio Vatican; he has also
said that “the Cuban people can live in better spiritual and material
conditions.”

The statements of García Ibáñez, collected in… Continue reading

Karla Pérez Arrives In Costa Rica To Continue Her Studies In Journalism

Karla Pérez Arrives In Costa Rica To Continue Her Studies In Journalism

14ymedio, Havana, 11 May 2017 — Karla Pérez González, the student
expelled from the University of Las Villas for her membership in the
dissident organization Somos+, arrived in San José, Costa Rica, this
morning after receiving an offer to continue her studies there.

“This opportunity came to me… Continue reading

The Government Unleashed a Crackdown on Journalists After Hurricane Matthew

The Government Unleashed a Crackdown on Journalists After Hurricane Matthew

14ymedio, Havana, 10 May 2017 –The independent Cuban press has been
especially harassed after the passage of Hurricane Matthew in the
eastern part of the country. Several reporters were arrested while
trying to cover the situation of the victims, reports the Association
for Freedom of the Press (APLP) in its… Continue reading

Cuba’s crazy used-car market

Cuba’s crazy used-car market
Why it behaves like the prime-property market
The Americas
May 11th 2017 | HAVANA

MULTIMARCAS, a car dealership on the outskirts of Havana, is not a
conventional showroom. On a recent visit it contained one salesman and,
despite the promise of variety in its name, just one car: a 2014-model
Kia Picanto with no miles on… Continue reading

Christians in Cuba worry about student’s alleged persecution

Christians in Cuba worry about student’s alleged persecution
After trip to the U.S., Cuban pro-democracy student gets expelled
By Andrea Torres – Digital Reporter/Producer , Hatzel Vela – Reporter
Posted: 2:01 PM, May 10, 2017
Updated: 2:11 PM, May 10, 2017

HAVANA – A 20-year-old history student dared to publicly criticize the
Cuban government. He also defied them when he… Continue reading

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to the Freedom of Expression

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to theFreedom of Expression / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 10 May 2017 — When he is particularly bored, after flicking
through the eight channels that there are on the island, 56 year old
civil engineer Josuan watches the national news some nights with a smirk
only to later write a critical analysis on the… Continue reading

Interview with El Sexto (Danilo Maldonado) in San Francisco

Interview with El Sexto (Danilo Maldonado) in San Francisco

Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado is in San Francisco, planning for the
opening of his art exhibit, “Angels and Demons,” at the Immersive ART
LAB, 3255A Third Street, May 11, 6-10pm. His exhibit is sponsored by the
Human Rights Foundation as part of its Art in Protest series. This
interview took place… Continue reading

El Gobierno desató una ola represiva contra periodistas tras el huracán Matthew

El Gobierno desató una ola represiva contra periodistas tras el huracán
Matthew
14YMEDIO, La Habana | Mayo 10, 2017

La prensa independiente cubana fue especialmente acosada tras el paso
del huracán Matthew por la zona oriental del país. Varios reporteros
resultaron detenidos cuando intentaban cubrir la situación de los
damnificados, informa la Asociación Pro Libertad de Prensa (APLP) en su… Continue reading

Asociación Pro Libertad de Prensa: 40 periodistas cubanas fueron arrestadas en 2016

Asociación Pro Libertad de Prensa: 40 periodistas cubanas fueron
arrestadas en 2016
Luis Felipe Rojas

“Una de cada seis detenciones es contra una mujer”, revelan los datos de
la APLP.
Un informe sobre la censura en Cuba, elaborado por la Asociación Pro
Libertad de Prensa (APLP), reveló que 40 mujeres fueron detenidas en el
país en 2016 en el ejercicio… Continue reading

Cuban man carrying U.S. flag rewrote monotonous script of Havana’s annual celebration

Cuban man carrying U.S. flag rewrote monotonous script of Havana’s
annual celebration
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

The rehearsals for Havana’s annual May Day celebration went on for
weeks. The Plaza of the Revolution was to host hundreds of thousands of
Cubans as they marched past top government leaders in the best Soviet
tradition.

But a man who came out… Continue reading

Cuba: Another perspective

Cuba: Another perspective

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall wants to sell Kansas wheat to Cuba
(“Congressman reflects on a recent Cuba trip,” High Plains Journal,
April 10), and has filled a bill that “allows” American banks and to
finance the Cuban government’s purchase. Really? Cuba has one of the
worst credit records in the world. Americans shouldn’t be dragooned into
the… Continue reading

Freedom House Rates Cuba Among the Worst Countries for the Practice of Journalism

Freedom House Rates Cuba Among the Worst Countries for the Practice of
Journalism

According to Freedom House, the Government “could not prevent an
improvement in the scope and quality of the information available.”
14ymedio, Havana, 28 April 2017 — Freedom House has again placed Cuba
among the worst countries to exercise journalism in and continues to
assign the 91 points… Continue reading

Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington

Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington
by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 05, 2017

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (BP) — Religious liberty leaders are interceding on
behalf of a college student interrogated, threatened and charged with
public disorder by the Cuban government because of his work to expose
Christian persecution there.

Felix Yuniel Llerena López, far left, is shown with… Continue reading

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