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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

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

‘Experiencing Cuba’ while under government surveillance

‘Experiencing Cuba’ while under government surveillance

CAIBARIÉN Cuba — Caibarién is a town on a bay that separates it from
Cayo de Santa María, which is located on Cuba’s northern coast. It’s
proximity to the city of Santa Clara, which is less than an hour to the
south, provided the perfect place to escape “experiencing Cuba” and all
that it… Continue reading

Trump will not announce highly anticipated changes in Cuba policy

Trump will not announce highly anticipated changes in Cuba policy
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

After much anticipation that an announcement on Cuba policy changes
would be made no later than Saturday, President Donald Trump — in the
midst of various political crises — has not decided what to do,
officials said.

The White House had considered holding an event… 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

State Security Prevents Yoandy Izquierdo From Boarding A Flight For Sweden

State Security Prevents Yoandy Izquierdo From Boarding A Flight For Sweden

14ymedio, Havana, 14 May 2017 – This Sunday Cuban State Security
prevented Yoandy Izquierdo, a member of the Center for Coexistence
Studies (CEC), from boarding a flight to Sweden to participate in the
Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF). The car in which the activist was
traveling to José Martí International… Continue reading

Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts

Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts

HAVANA — An independent Cuban LGBT rights advocate claims authorities
prevented him from traveling to Havana late last week to meet with a
delegation of U.S. advocates.
Nelson Gandulla, president of the Cuban Federation for LGBTI Rights,
told the Washington Blade he received a summons that ordered him to
report to police headquarters… Continue reading

Protests mark decade of LGBT activism in Cuba

Protests mark decade of LGBT activism in Cuba

Calling for same-sex marriage, Cubans have chanted “revolution yes,
homophobia no” in the streets of Havana. Until the early 1980s, gays and
lesbians were routinely rounded up and forced to work in labor camps.

Hundreds of Cuban nationals gathered in the streets of central Havana on
Saturday to protest homophobia and demand… 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

Cuba ambassador sees hope for closer links

Cuba ambassador sees hope for closer links
Caitlin Johnston, Times Staff Writer
Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:12pm

ST. PETERSBURG — Cuba’s first ambassador to the United States in more
than 50 years has seen the impact of renewed bilateral ties between the
two countries continue to grow over the last two years

José Ramón Cabañas, the former head of the… 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

Here’s why Cuba should be on Francis’ agenda when he meets Trump

Here’s why Cuba should be on Francis’ agenda when he meets Trump
William M. LeoGrande | May. 11, 2017

President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis in Rome
May 24, as part of the president’s first trip abroad. No specific agenda
has been announced, but the last time a U.S. president stopped by the
Vatican to see… Continue reading

Number of Political Prisoners Doubles In Last Year, According To Human Rights Group

Number of Political Prisoners Doubles In Last Year, According To Human
Rights Group

14ymedio, Havana, 8 May 2017 – The number of political prisoners has
doubled this year, according to the most recent report from the Cuban
Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), which
counts 140 people charged for these reasons in April, compared to 70 for
the… Continue reading

‘El Sexto’ revive su último encarcelamiento para concienciar al público

‘El Sexto’ revive su último encarcelamiento para concienciar al público
Con una muestra en San Francisco, California
Viernes, mayo 12, 2017 | Agencias

LOS ÁNGELES, Estados Unidos.- La última obra del artista cubano Danilo
Maldonado, “El Sexto”, no es un grafiti, sino encerrarse en una celda,
réplica de la que tuvo en una cárcel de máxima seguridad de su país,… 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

US to press Cuba on human rights

US to press Cuba on human rights
AFP May 10, 2017

Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump’s administration will press
Cuba on human rights progress, a top US official said Tuesday.

The White House is carrying out a “comprehensive policy review,” said
Francisco Palmieri, a senior regional official in the State Department.

“I suspect that there will be important differences… Continue reading

Dozens Of Ladies In White Arrested On The 100th Day Of TodosMarchamos

Dozens Of Ladies In White Arrested On The 100th Day Of TodosMarchamos

14ymedio, Havana, 8 May 2017 – At least 38 Ladies in White were arrested
this Sunday in Havana, Matanzas, Guantanamo, Ciego de Avila and Santa
Clara, during the 100th day of the #TodosMarchamos (We All March)
campaign for the release of Cuba’s political prisoners.

The leader of the… 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

Communist-ruled Cuba hosts first transgender Mass

Communist-ruled Cuba hosts first transgender Mass
By Sarah Marsh and Anett Rios | MATANZAS, CUBA

For decades belonging to a religion and being anything but heterosexual
was stigmatized in Communist-ruled, macho Cuba, making the Mass held by
three transgender pastors in the western Cuban city of Matanzas all the
more groundbreaking.

Rainbow flags decorated the chapel, while the pastors, who… 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

Laritza Diversent and Cubalex Begin Their Life In Exile

Laritza Diversent and Cubalex Begin Their Life In Exile

14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Miami/Havana, 4 May 2017 — The team at the
Cubalex Legal Information Center and its director, attorney Laritza
Diversent, have obtained political refuge in the United States following
the intensification of repression against the nonprofit organization
dedicated to legally advising Cubans.

Diversent, told 14ymedio, from a stop… Continue reading

Raul Castro’s daughter: His successor may surprise Cubans

Raul Castro’s daughter: His successor may surprise Cubans
MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
Associated PressMay 4, 2017

HAVANA (AP) — One of the highest-profile members of Cuba’s ruling family
said Wednesday that the country could be surprised by the person who
succeeds her father as president.

Mariela Castro’s uncle Fidel led Cuba for a half century before he was
succeeded as president by… Continue reading

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