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Mariela Castro promotes pro-LGBT ‘legislative package’ in Cuba

Mariela Castro promotes pro-LGBT ‘legislative package’ in Cuba

The daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro on Wednesday said there is a
“legislative package” that would extend rights to LGBT Cubans.
Diario de Cuba, an independent website that is blocked in Cuba, reported
Mariela Castro, who is director of the country’s National Center for
Sexual Education, did not provide specific details… Continue reading

Evangelical Churches Booming In Cuba Amid Tensions

Evangelical Churches Booming In Cuba Amid Tensions
March 27, 2017 7:47 AM

HAVANA (CBSMiami/AP) — Fidel Castro’s government punished Rev. Juan
Francisco Naranjo and sent him to two years of work camp for preaching
in Cuba where atheism was law. For years, Naranjo’s church was almost
abandoned, with just a handful of people daring to attend services.

Naranjo died in… Continue reading

‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail

‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail
A brutal high-security prison was the last place Stephen Purvis expected
to end up when he moved to Havana. Stephen Gibbs tells his story
Stephen Gibbs
Sunday 19 March 2017 09.00 GMT

If you happened to go to a British embassy reception in Havana… 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

Raul Castro at the Crossroads

Raul Castro at the Crossroads / Carlos Alberto Montaner

Carlos Alberto Montaner, 10 December 2016 — Raúl Castro is on his own.
Gone is his mentor, his paternal figure, the man who molded his life and
led him at gunpoint — literally — from insignificance to the nation’s
leadership. But he did so brusquely, reminding him every so often that… Continue reading

Fidel’s best-sold myth

Fidel’s best-sold myth
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 8 de Diciembre de 2016 – 01:47 CET.

Free education and public health as the “genuine feat of the revolution”
constitute, in my opinion, the best and most sophisticated (dual) myth
that Fidel Castro has “sold” to Cubans and the world, among the many
that he peddled in his time… Continue reading

Will history absolve Fidel Castro, or will he end up vilified?

Will history absolve Fidel Castro, or will he end up vilified?
BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER
aoppenheimer@MiamiHerald.com

How will Fidel Castro be remembered? Will history absolve him, as he
defiantly proclaimed as a young revolutionary in the early 1950s? Or
will he end up like so many other Latin American strongmen, who wielded
immense power in their time but are now vilified… Continue reading

Gay Cuban journalist, activist fired from radio station

Gay Cuban journalist, activist fired from radio station

A gay Cuban journalist and activist says he was fired from a
government-run radio station because he worked with independent media.
Maykel González Vivero hosted a program on Radio Sagua that highlighted
the history of Sagua la Grande, a small city that is roughly 165 miles
east of Havana.
González, who is… Continue reading

Obama Betrayed Cuba’s Dissidents

Obama Betrayed Cuba’s Dissidents
Civil liberties have deteriorated since the U.S. said that it would
normalize ties.
By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY
Aug. 14, 2016 5:43 p.m. ET

Fidel Castro turned 90 years old on Saturday, adding plausibility to the
popular Cuban theory that even hell doesn’t want him. Meanwhile Cuba’s
military dictatorship, now headed by his 83-year-old brother Raúl, is… Continue reading

Cuba same-sex marriage campaign gains traction

Cuba same-sex marriage campaign gains traction

CARDENAS, Cuba — Niurca Rodríguez is a housewife with a gay son, Onasis,
who lives in the Cuban city of Cárdenas that is near the beach resort of
Varadero.
She told Victor Manuel Dueñas of the Babel Sociocultural Project, a
group based in the city of Santo Domingo in the province of Villa Clara… Continue reading

Evan Wolfson travels to Cuba

Evan Wolfson travels to Cuba

Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson arrived in Cuba on May 11, 2016,
to take part in International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
commemorations. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)
Two American LGBT rights advocates arrived in Cuba on Wednesday to take
part a series of events that will commemorate the International Day
Against Homophobia… Continue reading

Cuba to mark global day against homophobia, transphobia

Cuba to mark global day against homophobia, transphobia

The daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro on Tuesday spoke about her
organization’s plans to commemorate the International Day Against
Homophobia and Transphobia.
Mariela Castro, director of Cuba’s National Center for Sexual Education,
told reporters and her supporters in Havana that her organization, which
is known by the Spanish acronym CENESEX, will… Continue reading

5 myths about Cuba

5 myths about Cuba
Christopher Sabatini

President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba this past week returned
U.S. and world attention to the small Caribbean island of 11 million
people and the long, curious history between it and the United States.
It’s hard to think of a similarly sized country that has had such a
memorable, tumultuous, often romantic hold… Continue reading

Thermometers Again Available in Cubam, But Only on the Ration Book

Thermometers Again Available in Cubam, But Only on the Ration Book /
14ymedio
Posted on January 18, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 15 January 2016 – After disappearing for months, this
January thermometers have returned to some pharmacies in Havana,
although they can only be purchased through the ration book.

In 2015, about 60 medications included in the “basic health core” where… Continue reading

Naming the Wounds

Naming the Wounds / Wendy Guerra
Posted on January 15, 2016

Wendy Guerra, Havana, 9 January 2016 (from El Nuevo Herald) – It wasn’t
hard to know the number of my friends who, during their childhoods,
remained with their parents in special situations, parents who needed to
hide who they were to survive in a country that, based on accusations,… Continue reading

National News in Cuba – 6 Bloggers Who Cover Nation

National News in Cuba: 6 Bloggers Who Cover Nation
By Brigitte Yuille | Sunday, 13 Dec 2015 01:11 AM

Cuba’s state-run media has been one source for national news in Cuba,
but a community of bloggers is providing a new and powerful alternative.
Their blogs share the realities of life in Cuba and advocate for change
by denouncing certain government… Continue reading

Cuba slowly accepting LGBT community

Cuba slowly accepting LGBT community
Being gay in Cuba means many still have to live a double life
Will Ripley, CNN
Published: December 10, 2015, 1:30 am Updated: December 10, 2015, 1:30 am

Cuba, US begins talks on confiscated property, damages
Cuba imposes travel permit for doctors to limit brain drain
HAVANA (CNN) – As Cuba opens its doors to… Continue reading

Cuba still hides sites of when armageddon loomed

Cuba still hides sites of when armageddon loomed
Local 10 News visits ruins of Soviet tactical nuclear weapons site in
Villa Clara
Author: Hatzel Vela, Reporter, hvela@Local10.com
Andrea Torres, Local10.com Reporter, atorres@local10.com
Published On: Nov 02 2015 09:07:53 PM EST Updated On: Nov 23 2015
10:45:29 PM EST

In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris and with the… Continue reading

Black Woman – Double or Triple Discrimination?

Black Woman: Double or Triple Discrimination? / Diario de Cuba, Laritza
Diversent
Posted on October 7, 2015

Diario de Cuba, Laritza Diversent, Havana, 31 July 2015 —In Cuba there
is a myth that says that there is no racism here because “all the races
and cultures melded together forever in a happy synthesis.”

Nonetheless, in reality, invisibility is on the… Continue reading

Cuba and LGBT Rights

Cuba and LGBT Rights
ERNESTO ANTUNEZ 08.08.15
Reuters

LGBT rights in Cuba are perplexing from an ideological standpoint.
Communist theory itself is unclear on the issue of homosexuality.
Logically, one would assume that, given communism’s emphatic support of
abortion, disdain for the family unit and rejection of religiously based
morality, its position on homosexuality would that of acceptance or
indifference.… Continue reading

How Will Cuba’s Real Estate Market Adjust to a New Era?

How Will Cuba’s Real Estate Market Adjust to a New Era?
Thursday, July 30, 2015, by Curbed Staff

“Come on, this is bullshit, this is for show, it can’t actually be real.”

When travel journalist Nick Watt was told that travelers to Havana’s
Paseo del Prado could find not just snack vendors and tourists on the
famous promenade, but a… Continue reading

International Road Safety Expert Advises Cuban Authorities

International Road Safety Expert Advises Cuban Authorities / 14ymedio
Posted on July 16, 2015

14ymedio, 15 July 2015 — The president of the International Automobile
Federation (FIA), Jean Todt, met in Havana with Cuban authorities in
charge of transport to find ways to reduce accidents on the island’s
roads. Todt is in Cuba on Monday in his capacity as United… Continue reading

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