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Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial

Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial / Iván García

Iván García, 1 June 2017– The majority of the openly anti-Castro
opponents I know do not live in lavish mansions nor do they possess
items fashioned with the latest technology. Neither do they boast bank
accounts in financial paradises and they do not own yachts or beach
houses. I… Continue reading

Felipe Calderón “I Ask The Cuban Government To Rectify This Absurdity”

Felipe Calderón: “I Ask The Cuban Government To Rectify This Absurdity”
/ 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2017 — Just five years ago, Mexican
President Felipe Calderón was greeted warmly in Havana during an
official visit. However, this week the now former president was denied
entry to the island to participate in the Oswaldo Payá “Freedom and
Life” awards to… Continue reading

Whether covering an ice cream company or a hurricane, Government and independent journalists encounter the same obstruction of their work

Whether covering an ice cream company or a hurricane, Government and
independent journalists encounter the same obstruction of their work
OSMAR LAFFITA ROJAS | La Habana | 27 de Octubre de 2016 – 10:59 CEST.

The arbitrary arrest of a group of Cuban journalists on October 12 while
covering the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa has sparked outrage.

The… Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Brings Back the Weapon of Fear

The Cuban Regime Brings Back the Weapon of Fear / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 7 September 2016 — In the autumn of 2002 at an event in a
Havana theater, the dictator Fidel Castro sent a clear message to
independent journalists and regime opponents in an effort to downplay
their importance. Referring to dissidents, he said, “We are not going… Continue reading

In Castroism, Those Who Deviate From the Script Are Adversaries

In Castroism, Those Who Deviate From the Script Are Adversaries / Iván
García

Ivan Garcia, 1 September 2016 — While certain groups and people on the
island try to distance themselves from the openly anti-Castro
dissidence, however they can, they will always be marked with a scarlet
letter by the Department of State Security and its guardians of the
faith,… Continue reading

Journalism on Demand

Cuba: Journalism on Demand / Iván García

Iván García, 27 August 2016 — I still remember that two-day trip to
Pinar del Río. I stayed in a Communist Party hotel at the side of the
old central highway. I visited the province’s outstanding factories,
cooperatives and work centers.

Then in Havana, I wrote three or four sugar-coated articles about the… Continue reading

The New Gospel, According to the General

The New Gospel, According to the General / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 26 May 2016 — The Cuban
Party-State-Government has just published a tabloid containing two of
the root documents analyzed and approved during the VII Congress of the
Cuban Communist Party (PCC) last April, 2016. These are the Project for
the Conceptualization for the Economic and… Continue reading

Declaration from Cuba’s Independent Civil Society in Advance of Obama’s Visit to the Island

Declaration from Cuba’s Independent Civil Society in Advance of Obama’s
Visit to the Island
Posted on March 20, 2016
Declaration from Cuba’s Independent Civil Society
19 March 2018

The March 20 to 22 visit [to Cuba] of Mr. Barack Obama, president of the
United States, in the company of his wife, Mrs. Michelle Obama, closes a
cycle of political boldness… Continue reading

55 years of dogma

55 years of dogma
HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 9 Dic 2015 – 5:34 pm.

Cuba is one of the countries holding the most celebrations every year.
As part of its mission to create another history, in our country even
debacles are celebrated as if they were victories, and the founding of
different institutions and agencies forms part… Continue reading

Press Workshop with Raul Rivero

Press Workshop with Raul Rivero / Ivan Garcia
Posted on November 23, 2015

Ivan Garcia, 23 November 2015 — On these hot nights in Havana, when nostalgia, that silent thief that robs you of strength, strikes without warning, Raúl Rivero, the poet, sneaks through my window and offers me a workshop specifically on the latest news from modern journalism.

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

Forum for Rights and Freedoms, Declaration, VII Summit of the Americas

Forum for Rights and Freedoms, Declaration, VII Summit of the Americas
Posted on April 8, 2015

Forum for Rights and Freedoms: Declaration
VII Summit of the Americas
April 2015

Violations of fundamental rights in Cuba are enshrined in the current
legal system. The full exercise of these fundamental rights is
considered directly opposed to the interests “of the Cuban people… Continue reading

Obama’s new policy toward Cuba could mark the end of the olive-green autocracy

Obama’s new policy toward Cuba could mark the end of the olive-green
autocracy / Ivan Garcia
Posted on January 7, 2015

I understand the discontent of an important sector of Cubans in exile
and within the internal dissidence.

On 17 November, just one month before the momentous diplomatic turn of
events between Cuba and the United States, I was charring… Continue reading

Cuba’s 14ymedio Journalists Spend Two hours With the New York Times’ Ernesto Londoño

Cuba’s 14ymedio Journalists Spend Two hours With the New York Times’
Ernesto Londoño
Posted: 12/06/2014 4:24 am EST

14ymedio, 1 December 2014 — Ernesto Londoño, who authored six
editorials on Cuba published recently by The New York Times engaged in a
friendly conversation on Saturday with a part of the 14ymedio team, in
the hotel where he is staying in… Continue reading

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez says her digital newspaper is launching soon

Posted on Tuesday, 04.01.14

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez says her digital newspaper is launching soon
BY IVONNE GOMEZ AND JUAN O. TAMAYO
JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM

Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez says her planned digital newspaper is just
weeks away from its debut, with a dozen staffers getting last minute
training and looking for novel ways to distribute the reports with text
messages, emails… Continue reading

What do Cubans Hope For in the New Year?

What do Cubans Hope For in the New Year? / Ivan Garcia
Posted on December 22, 2013

December is a month of epilogues. 2013 brought new things for Cubans.
After the 14th of January, those born on the island could travel abroad
without so much government oversight.

Even the dissidents. Although with exceptions. Opponents, hostages of
the Black Spring of… Continue reading

Journalism in the Cross-Current

Cuba: Journalism in the Cross-Current / Ivan Garcia
Posted on October 21, 2013

An autocracy’s efficiency can be measured by, among other things, its
immutable capacity for controlling information. Everything passes
through an ideological filter. Some guys sitting in an air-conditioned
office minutely evaluating it to determine what people can see, hear or
read.

Books, records, news, novels, films and… Continue reading

Independent Journalists Live on the Razor’s Edge in Cuba

Independent Journalists Live on the Razor's Edge in Cuba / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, Translator: mlk

Every day when they go out to report or write some story about daily

reality, invisible to official media, the murky Gag Law that can land

them in jail for 20 years or more floats over their heads.

It's not just the legal harassment.… Continue reading

The Need for Light

The Need for Light / Lilianne Ruiz

Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated

"Declaration of the Minister of Foreign Affairs." The article accuses

the U.S. Interests Section in Havana of fabricating an opposition

movement against Cuba's legitimate government, creating dissidents, and

trying to provoke "regime change."

For the first time I feel like a target of attack by the State

dictatorship in… Continue reading

First Anniversary of the Death of Laura Pollan

First Anniversary of the Death of Laura Pollan

Translating Cuba

Of short stature, with blue eyes and a firm voice, Laura Pollan was for

years one of the most visible faces in Cuba of the Ladies in White. A

teacher by profession and a civic activist by choice, she participated

in the creation and strengthening of the most important dissident… Continue reading

Cuba: Petitions and Apprehensions

Cuba: Petitions and Apprehensions

August 20, 2012

Dariela Aquique

HAVANA TIMES — For more than a half a century, we Cubans have suffered

from apprehension, as we have gone through an adverse social juncture in

which our civil rights have been constantly vetoed by the government.

Beyond the prohibitions themselves, the cardinal problem lies in that

most Cubans do not… Continue reading

Justice

Justice / Rafael León Rodríguez

Rafael León Rodríguez, Translator: Unstated

Elias Carranza. From adelante.cu

Dr. Elias Carranza, Director of the United Nations Latin American

Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders,

shocked us when he said that Cuba is the safest country in the region,

during his Keynote Address at the Sixth International Meeting on Justice… Continue reading

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