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When Pope Benedict was in Cuba, he added a politically charged word at the last minute

When Pope Benedict was in Cuba, he added a politically charged word at
the last minute
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD, KEVIN G. HALL AND FRANCO ORDOÑEZ
Miami Herald Archives

SANTIAGO, CUBA
From the Miami Herald archives: Five years ago, Pope Benedict visited
Cuba, greeting tens of thousands of Cubans on March 26, 2012 on the
first leg of his visit to… Continue reading

The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba

The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 21 March 2017 – This Tuesday, the Cuban government
prevented Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White movement, from
traveling outside the country because of an unpaid fine for for an
alleged infraction “against public adornment.” Meanwhile, the
authorities accuse her of having thrown “papers in the… Continue reading

Cuba capitalism blinds tourists from Communist reality

Cuba capitalism blinds tourists from Communist reality
George Diaz
Orlando Sentinel
“So when are you going to Cuba?”

I get that a lot, maybe once a week. It’s understandable, since I am a
home-grown Cubano, at least until I was almost 5 years old. That’s when
my parents, in an act of ultimate sacrifice, left everything behind
except their dignity… Continue reading

CCDHRN – 482 arbitrary arrests on the Island in February and a political activist, dead in prison

CCDHRN: 482 arbitrary arrests on the Island in February and a political
activist, dead in prison
DDC | La Habana | 8 de Marzo de 2017 – 20:48 CET.

In its monthly report the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National
Reconciliation (CCDHRN) denounced the “482 arbitrary arrests” of
peaceful opponents and dissidents that took place in Cuba in the… Continue reading

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces The Death Of A Political Prisoner Pending Trial

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces The Death Of A Political Prisoner
Pending Trial / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 7 March 2017 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights
and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) has denounced the death of
political prisoner Hamel Santiago Maz Hernández, an activist from
UNPACU, who died* on February 24 at Combinado del Este prison in
Havana. The opponent… Continue reading

50 Ladies in White Arrested After Communist Mob Stones HQ

Cuba: 50 Ladies in White Arrested After Communist Mob Stones HQ
Kyodo via AP Images
by FRANCES MARTEL 6 Mar 2017

The Cuban anti-Communist group Ladies in White reports at least 50 of
its members were arrested this weekend following a mob attack on their
headquarters in Havana, in which the dissidents were forced to hide as
the mob hurled… 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

Cuba’s Ladies In White Report 50 Arrests This Sunday

Cuba’s Ladies In White Report 50 Arrests This Sunday / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 19 February 2017 — Some fifty Ladies in White were
detained this Sunday on the Island, according to members of that
dissident organization.

Former political prisoner and regime opponent Angel Moya told 14ymedio
by phone that Berta Soler had been arrested by members of a State
Security… Continue reading

The Catholic Church takes a good step

Editorial: The Catholic Church takes a good step
DDC | Madrid | 20 de Febrero de 2017 – 09:41 CET.

Ever since the trip to Cuba taken by Pope John Paul II, the Cuban
Catholic Church’s dedication to the defense of human rights has clearly
been insufficient. Understandably, some have come to describe this
failure as constituting collusion with the… Continue reading

Havana’s Archbishop Asked Cuban Government “To Sit Down And Talk To The Opposition,” Says Berta Soler

Havana’s Archbishop Asked Cuban Government “To Sit Down And Talk To The
Opposition,” Says Berta Soler / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 16 February 2017 — Berta Soler, after meeting this
Wednesday with Archbishop of Havana Juan de la Caridad Garcia Rodriguez,
said that he has offered his full support to the Ladies in White and
that the prelate told her he… Continue reading

The Archbishop of Havana Receives the Ladies in White

The Archbishop of Havana Receives the Ladies in White
DDC | La Habana | 17 de Febrero de 2017 – 10:54 CET.

The leader of the Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco), Berta Soler, and
María Cristina Labrada Varona, representing the women’s movement, met on
Wednesday morning with the Archbishop of Havana, Juan de la Caridad
García Rodríguez.

Soler informed… Continue reading

More Than 50% Of Cuba’s Political Prisoners Belong To UNPACU, According To Human Rights Group

More Than 50% Of Cuba’s Political Prisoners Belong To UNPACU, According To Human Rights Group / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 6 February 2017 – A report released this Monday by the National Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) counts 478 arbitrary arrests against dissidents throughout the island during the month of January. The text states that during the… Continue reading

“I come from the street, but I did not want to stay there,” says ‘El Sexto

“I come from the street, but I did not want to stay there,” says ‘El
Sexto’ / 14ymedio, Mario Penton

Danilo Maldonado (El Sexto) after his release from prison. (14ymedio)
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 3 February 2017 — The uniform haircut
imposed upon entering the Combinado del Este prison contrasts with the
stains of fresh paint on the shoes of… Continue reading

The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba

The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba
by MARIO T. DE LA PENA February 5, 2017 4:00 AM

Fidel Castro is dead, but Castroism still needs to be defeated

Fidel Castro died on November 25, but Castroism — the one-party,
neo-Stalinist system that has tyrannized Cuba for more than half a
century — still needs to be defeated.

Fidel’s brother,… Continue reading

Brazen Cuban street artist El Sexto talks about his work, prison and activism

Brazen Cuban street artist El Sexto talks about his work, prison and
activism
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

Danilo Maldonado, the Cuban graffiti artist and human rights activist
known as El Sexto, is the very antithesis of the communist “new man” the
Castro revolution was supposed to create.

Maldonado spent 55 days in prison after spray painting “Se Fue” —… Continue reading

Obama Left, Trump Arrived, the Repression Continues

Obama Left, Trump Arrived, the Repression Continues / 14ymedio, Reinaldo
Escobar

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 23 January 2017 — Within 48 hours of
Donald Trump being declared President of the United States, the
political police maintained their repression against opponents
unchanged. The hard hand of State Security begins to contradict the
claim that “Barack Obama’s concessions” to the Plaza of… Continue reading

Thousands Of Cubans Stranded Along The Continent Put Their Hope In Trump

Thousands Of Cubans Stranded Along The Continent Put Their Hope In Trump
/ 14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 18 January 2017 — Abandoned to their fate
on islands, in jungles and at borders, thousands of Cubans have not
recovered from the surprise measure of Barack Obama’s administration
that frustrated the trip for which they sold their few belongings… Continue reading

Belkis Cantillo Launches A New Fight From Santiago De Cuba

Belkis Cantillo Launches A New Fight From Santiago De Cuba / 14ymedio,
Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 17 January 2017 — Talking with Belkis
Cantillo these days can be an impossible mission. With her home
raided on several occasions, a daughter about to give her her first
granddaughter and the foundation of the new Dignity Movement, the life
of… 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

Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick

Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick
Totalitarianism touches every aspect of every person’s life, and Cuban
communism has been traumatic for adults and children not drunk with
fanaticism.
By Armando Simón
JANUARY 16, 2017

Ever since the death of that psychotic dictator Fidel Castro, I have
been experiencing déjà vu. At age ten, I fled my… Continue reading

How Trump could bring real change to Cuba

How Trump could bring real change to Cuba
By Editorial Board January 10 at 7:46 PM

THE LASTING foreign policy legacy of a president often doesn’t become
clear until years after he leaves office. That may be particularly true
of President Obama, because some of his most distinctive initiatives
were, in large part, bets on long-term results. The ultimate success… Continue reading

Fidel Castro – The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains

Fidel Castro: The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains / Jeovany Jimenez Vega

Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 29 November 2016 — The dictator Fidel Castro died
last Friday at the age of 90. The extensive news coverage was to be
expected. After all, he was both the object of the most romantic,
idealized love and the most scathing, caustic hatred. Gone… Continue reading

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