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Cuban migrants stranded in Mexico claim abuse by authorities following protest

Cuban migrants stranded in Mexico claim abuse by authorities following
protest
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

A group of Cuban migrants detained in the southern Mexico city of
Tapachula have accused authorities of beating and mistreating them after
they staged a hunger strike — some by sewing their lips together — to
demand their release.

The Quadratín news agency reported… Continue reading

The case of Omara Isabel Ruiz Urquiola

The case of Omara Isabel Ruiz Urquiola
BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 10 de Marzo de 2017 – 09:21 CET.

This interview is important in many ways. But, if I had to choose one,
it would be how it illustrates the existence of Cuba’s civil society.
Castroism has endured by enfeebling the individual, fomenting his social
diminution and… Continue reading

Broken Dreams

Broken Dreams / Cubalex

Translator’s note: The references here to the empty offices and the
inability to work relate to a police raid that occurred in September of
last year, during which much of the organization’s equipment was
confiscated.

Cubalex, 20 February 2017 – It is an ordinary November day. Cubalex
members are visiting the headquarters, the emptiness of the… Continue reading

Cuban emigrants declare a hunger strike in Panama

Cuban emigrants declare a hunger strike in Panama
JUAN ARTURO GÓMEZ TOBÓN | Turbo | 31 de Enero de 2017 – 11:13 CET.

A group of six Cuban emigrants, including several identifying themselves
as members of the Movimiento Prodemocrático Pedro Luis Boitel, declared
themselves on a hunger strike in the locality of Laja Blanca,
Darien (Panama)

Another group of 13… 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

Activist Abandons Hunger Strike After Promise Of Not Being Deported To His Home Province

Activist Abandons Hunger Strike After Promise Of Not Being Deported To
His Home Province / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 10 January 2017 — Vladimir Martín Castellanos, a
member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu), abandoned his hunger
strike this Monday after the authorities promised that he would not be
deported from Las Tunas to Santiago de Cuba, as confirmed by… Continue reading

Cuban Faces of 2016 – Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, Scientist (b. 1974)

Cuban Faces of 2016: Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, Scientist (b. 1974) / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 26 December 2016 – Cuban Faces of 2016: Ariel
Urquiola, a biologist and doctor of science, has participated in several
research projects on Cuban biodiversity, especially related to marine
and terrestrial species. He directed an international research project
carried out between the University of Havana, the… Continue reading

Regime forces ‘assault’ the headquarters of the UNPACU and the homes of several activists

Regime forces ‘assault’ the headquarters of the UNPACU and the homes of
several activists
DDC | Santiago de Cuba | 20 de Diciembre de 2016 – 10:08 CET.

Early Sunday regime forces simultaneously “assaulted” the headquarters
of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) in Santiago of Cuba and another
eight houses of activists in that city and Palma Soriano, reported… Continue reading

Two Years After U.S.-Cuba Opening, What’s Next Under Trump?

Two Years After U.S.-Cuba Opening, What’s Next Under Trump?
by CARMEN SESIN

MIAMI, Fla. — After recently returning from her first trip to Cuba,
Elizabeth Díaz, 24, went to her grandmother’s house to show her pictures
of the home she left behind in 1962. It still had the same furniture.
Her grandmother cried looking at pictures of where she had… Continue reading

Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Declares Hunger Strike After Six Days In Custody

Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Declares Hunger Strike After Six Days In
Custody / 14ymedio, Mario Penton & Abel Fernandez

14ymedio, Mario Penton & Abel Fernandez, Miami, 2 December 2016 – The
Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (the Sixth), declared
a hunger strike this Thursday, according to reports to this newspaper
from his mother Maria Victoria Machado. The… Continue reading

U.S. businesses to pressure Trump to keep ties to Cuba

U.S. businesses to pressure Trump to keep ties to Cuba
Alan Gomez , USA TODAY 4:12 p.m. EST November 20, 2016

MIAMI — A powerful coalition of U.S. companies is preparing to appeal to
President-elect Donald Trump’s business instincts and drop his vow to
reverse one of President Obama’s signature achievements: renewed
relations with Cuba.

Candidate Trump pledged to close… Continue reading

Cuban human rights activist urges U.S. to suspend trade and investment in Cuba until regime stops oppression

Cuban human rights activist urges U.S. to suspend trade and investment
in Cuba until regime stops oppression
By Elizabeth Llorente Published November 18, 2016

One of Cuba’s most prominent human rights activists is in the U.S. to
push for a halt or suspension of U.S.-Cuba trade and investment changes
that he and other leaders say are enriching and empowering the… Continue reading

Cuban-American leaders, dissidents urge Trump to get tough with Castro regime

Cuban-American leaders, dissidents urge Trump to get tough with Castro
regime
By Elizabeth Llorente Published November 16, 2016

Cuban-American leaders and human rights activists within the island
nation are hoping that the incoming Trump administration will scale back
President Obama’s efforts to restore relations between the two
countries, measures they say emboldened the communist regime and brought
the U.S. little… Continue reading

Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, who went on a hunger strike to protest the lack of medicine for his sister, talks about the irregularities affecting cancer patients

Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, who went on a hunger strike to protest the lack of
medicine for his sister, talks about the irregularities affecting cancer
patients
BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 12 de Noviembre de 2016 – 09:47 CET.

The story of the siblings Omara and Ariel Ruiz Urquiola is a moving one.
For the 4 ½ days the… Continue reading

Biologist Ruiz Urquiola Arrested for Demanding Medicine for His Sister

Biologist Ruiz Urquiola Arrested for Demanding Medicine for His Sister /
14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 6 November 2016 – On Sunday morning, the police
arrested for the third time this week the researcher and marine
biologist Ariel Urquiola, who has been holding a peaceful protest in
front the National Oncology and Radiology Institute (INOR) since
Thursday. He is demanding medical treatment… Continue reading

Cuban dissident calls on EU not to forget human rights

Cuban dissident calls on EU not to forget human rights
By Javier Albisu | euroefe.es | Translated By Samuel Morgan 11:46
(updated: 14:59)

While the EU wraps up a new framework for relations with Havana, Cuban
dissident Guillermo Fariñas warns that his country could descend into
civil war if this deal is not made dependent on respecting human rights.
EurActiv… Continue reading

Cuba dissident – Fake site duped me into ending hunger strike

Cuba dissident: Fake site duped me into ending hunger strike
Published September 14, 2016 Associated Press

HAVANA – Guillermo “Coco” Farinas became one of Cuba’s best-known
dissidents by starving himself — launching two dozen hunger strikes
demanding government concessions on human rights.

He started his 25th strike in late July with the demand that President
Raul Castro halt what Farinas… Continue reading

Guillermo Fariñas abandons his hunger strike

Guillermo Fariñas abandons his hunger strike
DDC | La Habana | 14 de Septiembre de 2016 – 06:49 CEST.

On Monday dissenter Guillermo Fariñas decided to abandon a hunger strike
he had been on for 54 days to demand that Raúl Castro desist from his
persecution of protestors on the Island. His spokesman, Jorge Luis
Artiles Montiel, confirmed the development… Continue reading

The “Fariñas Amendment” does not exist, clarifies a European Parliament group

The “Fariñas Amendment” does not exist, clarifies a European Parliament
group
DDC | Madrid | 15 de Septiembre de 2016 – 09:18 CEST.

The alleged “Fariñas Amendment,” which, it was claimed, ratified the
demands of the Cuban Sakharov Prize winner and spurred him to abandon
his hunger strike “does not exist,” said the Alliance of Liberals and
Democrats for Europe… Continue reading

Cuban dissident Coco Farinas ends hunger strike

Cuban dissident Coco Farinas ends hunger strike
Published September 12, 2016 Associated Press

HAVANA – A Cuban dissident says fellow activist Guillermo Farinas has
ended a nearly two-month hunger strike in response to an apparently
false report about the European Parliament taking up his case.

Dissident Jorge Luis Artiles told The Associated Press on Monday that
Farinas ended his protest… Continue reading

Prominent Cuban opposition leader abandons long hunger strike

Prominent Cuban opposition leader abandons long hunger strike
Cuban opposition leader Guillermo Fariñas abandons 54-day hunger strike.
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Cuban opposition leader Guillermo Fariñas ended his 54-day-old hunger
strike Monday, following unconfirmed reports that the European
Parliament approved a measure that links aid to the island to Cuban
government compliance with his demands.

“We never thought this… Continue reading

Guillermo Farinas’ Daughter Calls For A Social Campaign In Support Of Her Father

Guillermo Farinas’ Daughter Calls For A Social Campaign In Support Of
Her Father / EFE, 14ymedio

EFE (via 14ymedio), 8 September 2016 – From Puerto Rico, the daughter of
Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas called today on the international
community to join together tomorrow at noon in a campaign on social
networks to support her father, who on Thursday completed 50… Continue reading

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