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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

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

Cuba: Human Rights at a glance

Cuba: Human Rights at a glance
17 September 2015, 07:33 UTC

Short-term arbitrary detention

Peaceful demonstrators and human rights activists are routinely detained for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly and movement.

Activists are often detained to stop them from attending public demonstrations or private meetings. Independent journalists reporting on these detentions are themselves harassed by the… Continue reading

Easterners in Havana: An Exodus Hushed Up by the Cuban Regime

Easterners in Havana: An Exodus Hushed Up by the Cuban Regime / Ivan Garcia
Posted on June 15, 2015

Ivan Garcia, 30 May 2015 — One hot and boring night, drinking a
tear-inducing moonshine, Yosvany and a group of friends in a remote
sugar-workers’ town in Yateras, Guantanamo province, more than a 600
miles east of Havana, made plans to… Continue reading

Laritza Diversent, the Cuban Lawyer who met with Obama

Laritza Diversent, the Cuban Lawyer who met with Obama / Cubanet, Manuel
Guerra Perez
Posted on May 28, 2015

Cubanet, Manual Guerra Perez, Havana, 30 April 2015 — Laritza Diversent
is a lawyer and director of the Cubalx Center of Legal Information, an
independent office that has offered free legal advice since 2010. She
graduated from the University of Havana… Continue reading

American Tourists Won’t Bring Democracy to Cuba

American Tourists Won’t Bring Democracy to Cuba
[02-02-2015 14:24:56]
Jaime Suchlicki
Director del Instituto de Estudios Cubanos y Cubano-Americanos de la
Universidad de Miami

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Over the past decades hundred of thousands
of Canadian, European and Latin American tourists have visited the
island. Cuba is not more democratic today. If anything, Cuba is more
totalitarian, with the state and its… Continue reading

Why Doesn’t the Cuban Regime Dialogue With the Dissidence?

Why Doesn’t the Cuban Regime Dialogue With the Dissidence? / Ivan Garcia
Posted on April 19, 2014

Luis, retired military and supporter of the regime, has a few arguments
to debate with several neighbors playing dominoes in the doorway of a
bodega in the Havana neighborhood of Lawton.

The theme of the day is the dialog between the opposition and… 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

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

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

Meñique Went out to Travel / Luis Felipe Rojas

Meñique Went out to Travel / Luis Felipe Rojas

Translating Cuba

"Meñique Went out to Travel" — that's the name of a famous children's

song. Those same travels were awarded to me by the combined forces of

State Security (G-2) and the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) on

April 28th. At 7:39 AM, Lieutenant Yasmani Suarez Ramirez showed up at

my… Continue reading

Cuba, the Same Ration of Hate / Luis Felipe Rojas

Cuba, the Same Ration of Hate / Luis Felipe Rojas
Luis Felipe Rojas, Translator: Raul G.

This article was written by Luis Felipe Rojas and published on the
digital newspaper, Cubaencuentro.

Little time has passed since the conclusion of the VI Cuban Communist
Party Congress, and now very few have faith in those promises. In the
spectrum known as Social… Continue reading

After the Black Spring, Cuba’s new repression

After the Black Spring, Cuba's new repression

When the last of 29 journalists jailed in a notorious 2003 crackdown was
finally freed this year, it signaled to many the end of a dark era. But
Cuban authorities are still persecuting independent journalists through
arbitrary arrests, beatings, and intimidation. A CPJ special report by
Karen Phillips
Published July 6, 2011

Juan… Continue reading

Authorities Step Up Harassment Of Independent News Centre – RSF

Cuba: Authorities Step Up Harassment Of Independent News Centre
Written by: Reporters Without Borders
July 2, 2011
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The Cuban authorities are waging a campaign to intimidate Hablemos
Press, a Havana-based independent news centre, presumably because of its
criticism of the government. In the past three months, 14 of its
correspondents have been threatened and 10 have been… Continue reading

Cuba: Freedom on the Net 2011 – Freedom House

FREEDOM HOUSE Freedom on the Net 2011

CUBA

2009 2011
INTERNET FREEDOM STATUS Not Free Not Free
Obstacles to Access 25 24
Limits on Content 30 30
Violations of User Rights 33 33
Total 88 87

POPULATION: 11.3 million
INTERNET PENETRATION: 1 percent
WEB 2.0 APPLICATIONS BLOCKED: Yes
SUBSTANTIAL POLITICAL CENSORSHIP: Yes
BLOGGERS/ONLINE USERS ARRESTED: Yes
PRESS FREEDOM STATUS: Not… Continue reading

Political Decisions Above Cuban Laws / Laritza Diversent

Political Decisions Above Cuban Laws / Laritza Diversent
Laritza Diversent, Translator: Raul G.

The American contractor, Alan Gross, was sentenced this past March 4th
in Havana for carrying out acts which uphold the interests of a foreign
State with the "objective of damaging Cuban state independence or
territorial integrity", according article 91 of the Penal Code.

The choice of the… Continue reading

Does last Black Spring journalist’s release mark turning point for free expression?

Does last Black Spring journalist's release mark turning point for free
expression?
Published on Monday 7 March 2011.

The last journalist detained since the March 2003 "Black Spring"
crackdown, Pedro Argüelles Morán, was released from a prison in Ciego de
Ávila, his home town, on the evening of 4 March and was reunited with
his family, concluding a sad episode… Continue reading

Cuban dissident Oscar Biscet is released after 8 years in prison

Posted on Friday, 03.11.11

Cuban dissident Oscar Biscet is released after 8 years in prison

Cuba's best-known dissident says he'll continue to fight the government
after eight years in prison.
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO
jtamayo@elnuevoherald.com

Cuba's government Friday freed Oscar Elias Biscet, a leading dissident
who served more than 11 years in prison and was awarded the U.S.
Presidential Medal… Continue reading

Last Black Spring reporter freed; one still jailed in Cuba

Last Black Spring reporter freed; one still jailed in CubaNew York, March 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of Cuban independent journalist Pedro Argüelles Morán on Friday, and calls on Cuban authorities to el... Continue reading

DECLARATION OF SANTIAGO

DECLARATION OF SANTIAGO03-03-2011.Concilio Cubano(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- The Cuban people live in very difficult times. However, this is not news. For more than fifty years we have witnessed increasing poverty and the ongoing violation of our hum... Continue reading
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