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“We Are Not Leaving Cuba”, Say Members Of The Center For Coexistence Studies

“We Are Not Leaving Cuba”, Say Members Of The Center For Coexistence Studies

14ymedio, Havana, 16 May 2017 — In the midst of a wave of pressure from
the authorities, members of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC)
have issued a declaration of commitment to their work on the island. “We
are not leaving Cuba, we are not leaving the… Continue reading

Castro Regime Rushes Unfinished Business Before Raul Leaves the Presidency

Castro Regime Rushes Unfinished Business Before Raul Leaves the Presidency

14ymedio, Havana, 19 May 2017 — The government rushed on Friday to
accomplish some pending tasks before Raul Castro leaves the
presidency. The Third Plenary Session of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party ratified two programmatic documents at a meeting where
Marino Murillo reappeared, vice-president of the Council of… Continue reading

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

Democracy in Cuba is smuggled on thumb drives, spreads on street networks

Democracy in Cuba is smuggled on thumb drives, spreads on street networks
Revolution in the time of the internet
by Brian Crecente@crecenteb May 19, 2017, 4:30pm EDT

Cuba is like the memory of somewhere you’ve never been.

It’s the bilinearity of capitalism and commercialism, rum and coke,
offline and on, that takes two opposing ideas and turns them into some… Continue reading

Behind the ‘Information Note’

Behind the ‘Information Note’

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 18 June 2017 — The regular readers of the
official press have learned that the most innocent headlines can hide
the most interesting news. Phrases such as Notice to the
population or Information note, which defy any elementary lesson in
journalism, alert those initiated into the special “granmer” of the
Granma newspaper that,… 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

Cuban Government Extends Censorship To The Digital Site Somos+

Cuban Government Extends Censorship To The Digital Site Somos+

14ymedio, Havana, 16 May 2017 — The digital site of the Somos+ (We Are
More) Movement has now joined the list of pages censored on the servers
of the Cuban Telecommunications Company (ETECSA) which supply public
WiFi. The leader of the organization, Eliecer Avila, links this measure
to “the growing influence”… 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

El Sexto’ Will Stay In The US But Will Continue To Fight Against Arbitrary Detentions In Cuba

El Sexto’ Will Stay In The US But Will Continue To Fight Against
Arbitrary Detentions In Cuba

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 15 May 2017 — The artist Danilo
Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (The Sixth), announced his desire to
reside in the United States, although he will remain attentive to what
happens in Cuba to be able to denounce the… 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

Cuba Raises Taxes on Real Estate Transactions

Cuba Raises Taxes on Real Estate Transactions

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escober, Havana, 15 May 2017 — On 11 May a new law
went into effect in Cuba that imposes a determined price on the buying
and selling of housing. The simple announcement, a month earlier, set
off a frenzy in the notary offices to complete the paperwork for pending
sales before… 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

Vilma Espín, Homophobe

Editorial: Vilma Espín, Homophobe
DDC | Madrid | 16 de Mayo de 2017 – 12:46 CEST.

When the first police raids of homosexuals were carried out in
revolutionary Cuba, Vilma Espín was already the wife of the head of the
armed forces, the sister-in-law of the regime’s top leader, the woman
with the highest political position among the elite, and… Continue reading

It’s Wearing Thin

It’s Wearing Thin
WALDO FERNÁNDEZ CUENCA | La Habana | 15 de Mayo de 2017 – 11:51 CEST.

It was one of the few functions at the University of Havana that I will
never forget. The event for “Young Communists” took place in the year
2010. It was held to assess the insistence of a Journalism student, who
wished to… Continue reading

Why Not Connect Cuba’s Gaspar Social Streetnet to the Internet?

Why Not Connect Cuba’s Gaspar Social Streetnet to the Internet?
May 13, 2017 9:56 AM PDT

I’ve been covering Cuban streetnets (local area networks with
independent users that are not connected to the Internet) for some time.
Reader Doug Madory told me about Gaspar Social, a new streetnet in
Gaspar, a small town in central Cuba. Gaspar Social opened to… Continue reading

The Archbishop Of Santiago de Cuba Says In The Vatican That The Island “Is Waiting For Changes”

The Archbishop Of Santiago de Cuba Says In The Vatican That The Island
“Is Waiting For Changes”

14ymedio, Havana, 5 May 2017 — “Cuba is waiting for changes,” said
Archbishop Dionisio García Ibáñez Friday on Radio Vatican; he has also
said that “the Cuban people can live in better spiritual and material
conditions.”

The statements of García Ibáñez, collected in… 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

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