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Human Rights Violations: How to Report them?

Human Rights Violations: How to Report them? / Somos+

Somos+, 20 March 2017 — During the last session of Academia 10/10, we
were joined by renowned Prof. Moisés Rodríguez Valdés, a physicist by
profession but one with ample knowledge of human rights and civil liberties.

He is the chief spokesperson in Cuba for Corriente Martiana. Attendees
enjoyed this very valuable… Continue reading

State Security Offensive Against ICLEP Citizen Journalists

State Security Offensive Against ICLEP Citizen Journalists

14ymedio, Havana, 23 May 2017 — Raúl Velázquez, executive director of
the Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and the Press (ICLEP) was
released last Friday after being held for 72 hours in the second unit of
the People’s Revolutionary Police (PNR) in Santiago de Cuba, as
confirmed Monday by the agency through… 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

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

Lia Villares Finally Makes it to the United States

Lia Villares Finally Makes it to the United States

Lia Villares is considered a “persecuted political” who is “under
paramilitary harassment”. (Facebook)
14ymedio, Havana, 3 May 2017 – The independent activist Lia Villares
finally traveled to the United States on Wednesday, as confirmed to
14ymedio by the dissident musician Gorki Aguila.

On Tuesday, Villares was not able to board her… Continue reading

Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free

Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free
By Marta Dhanis Published March 13, 2017 Fox News.com

The Cuba experience: This is what you get after all the exhaustive planning

Getting to the communist island after a 50-year hiatus is surprisingly
easy. There’s still a couple challenges to overcome when planning your
trip, but if you follow some simple… Continue reading

Cuba’s nascent tech industry is growing fast

Cuba’s nascent tech industry is growing fast
As icy U.S.-Cuba relations begin to thaw, Cuba’s knowledge economy is
waking up. But it’s a delicate process

Like many Cubans, Ubaldo Huerta left his homeland during a time of deep
economic crisis following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1989,
which decimated Cuba’s economy and sent tens of thousands of Cubans… Continue reading

Dancers who defected from Cuba are building new dreams in Syracuse

Dancers who defected from Cuba are building new dreams in Syracuse
mgreenlar@syracuse.com
Michael Greenlar | mgreenlar@syracuse.com

on March 09, 2017 at 1:54 PM, updated March 09, 2017 at 2:11 PM
Syracuse, N.Y. — Alejandro Cobus would leave his apartment in Syracuse
for his ballet class three hours early. He’d walk nearly six miles in
the snow and cold in sneakers.… 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

Report – Cuba has kept drug trafficking, consumption in check

Report: Cuba has kept drug trafficking, consumption in check
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Although Cuba sits in close proximity to Caribbean drug lanes and the
U.S. market, the U.S. State Department’s annual narcotics control report
found that it’s not a major consumer, producer or transit point for
illegal narcotics, and drug consumption on the island remains low.

The report to… Continue reading

Cuban Government Blocks Several Guests From Entering Cuba For The Oswaldo Payá Award

Cuban Government Blocks Several Guests From Entering Cuba For The
Oswaldo Payá Award / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 21 February 2017 – The Cuban government has mobilized
in the last hours to prevent several guests from arriving in Havana to
attend to Oswaldo Paya Award ceremony, scheduled for tomorrow,
Wednesday, at 11:00 am. Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon has
been the… Continue reading

Black Gold

Black Gold / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 6 February 2017 — In a dark corner
along the national highway, with no lights to identify it, the
connoisseurs of the secret enter an unpaved road. A few minutes earlier
they had called from their cell phone asking if there were any ripe
papayas. They park in the middle… Continue reading

Continuity guaranteed

Continuity guaranteed
VERÓNICA VEGA | La Habana | 6 de Febrero de 2017 – 11:19 CET.

Last Sunday during the plenary session of the National Council of the
University Students Federation (FEU), Vice-President Miguel Díaz-Canel
stated that “Cuban youth is responsible for the historical continuity of
the Island’s social project.”

Since we are immersed in a controversial rapprochement with the… Continue reading

Cordoba Park – Internet, History and Business

Cordoba Park: Internet, History and Business / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 27 January 2017 — As soon as the sun warms this frigid
tropical autumn, Cordoba Park, located at San Miguel, Revolucion,
Lagueruela and Gelanert, in the Havana neighborhood of La Vibora,
resembles a picnic and leisure area.

Young people sit on the lawn and some families spread large towels… Continue reading

Fire Destroys Cultural Assets Warehouse in Central Havana

Fire Destroys Cultural Assets Warehouse in Central Havana

14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta, Havana, 31 January 2017 — A fire reduced to
ashes, on Monday, a warehouse and the offices of the Cultural Assets
Fund, which managed raw materials for artistic productions on Subirana
Street, between Benjumeda and Santo Tomás, in Central Havana. The fire
spread quickly and it required several fire… Continue reading

Unusually large group of Cuban migrants lands in Marquesas Keys

Unusually large group of Cuban migrants lands in Marquesas Keys
BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ
abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com

An unusally large group of Cuban migrants landed in the Keys this week
at Marquesas Keys, about 20 miles west of Key West.

The group of 41 — 30 men, 10 women and a minor — landed Tuesday. They
claimed to have departed from Cojímar, east… Continue reading

She is a Castro capitalist. And here is why she mourns the dictator’s death

She is a Castro capitalist. And here is why she mourns the dictator’s death
BY TIM PADGETT
tpadgett@wlrnnews.org

HAVANA
Hundreds of thousands of Cubans filled Havana’s Revolution Square
Tuesday night to bid farewell to Fidel Castro, who died Friday. We can’t
know how many of them will actually miss the communist leader. But some
of the mourners are not who… Continue reading

Detained Cuban artist who mocked Castro’s death ‘was badly beaten,’ family says

Detained Cuban artist who mocked Castro’s death ‘was badly beaten,’
family says
BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ
abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com

Cuban dissident artist Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado, who was detained by
authorities on Saturday after mocking Fidel Castro’s death, was severely
beaten, according to relatives who saw him at the detention center in
Guanabacoa.

“Danilo’s mom saw him,” the artist’s girlfriend, Miami resident
Alexandra… Continue reading

Trump win prompts fear, uncertainty in Cuba

Trump win prompts fear, uncertainty in Cuba
Carlos BATISTA
AFP November 10, 2016

Havana (AFP) – Just when Cuba was starting to warm up to the United
States, Americans elected Donald Trump president, throwing the
countries’ rapprochement into doubt and causing stunned reactions in Havana.

The brash Republican billionaire’s shock victory cast uncertainty over
two years of moves by President… Continue reading

Patience an asset for U.S. businesses seeking opportunities in Cuba

Patience an asset for U.S. businesses seeking opportunities in Cuba
By Marc Frank | HAVANA

Red tape and slow approvals from Washington and Havana make it hard for
U.S. companies to do business in Cuba despite a detente between the U.S.
and Cuban governments, according to American executives in Havana for an
annual trade fair this week.

Many vowed to… Continue reading

From Today Your Life Will Be “Very Difficult,” State Security Tells Dagoberto Valdes

From Today Your Life Will Be “Very Difficult,” State Security Tells
Dagoberto Valdes / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 28 October 2016 — The director of the Center for
Coexistence Studies (CEC), Dagoberto Valdes, summoned to a meeting with
State Security on Thursday, received “an official warning” which
anticipates “the possibility of committing crimes against State Security
as defined in the Penal… Continue reading

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