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In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable Gray Area

In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable
Gray Area
July 2, 20178:26 AM ET
CARRIE KAHN

In recent years, a growing number of news and political websites have
popped up in Cuba. Some are taking advantage of what they say has been a
small but vibrant opening afforded them since former President Obama
reestablished U.S.… Continue reading

Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow Cuba’s progress

Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow Cuba’s progress
Committee to Protect Journalists 2 May 2017
By Carlos Lauría

Cuba’s media landscape has begun opening up in recent years, transformed
by a lively blogosphere, an increasing number of news websites carrying
investigative reporting and news commentary, and an innovative breed of
independent reporters who are critical of, yet still… Continue reading

The Risks of Defending Human Rights in Cuba

The Risks of Defending Human Rights in Cuba / Cubalex

Cubalex, 4 April 2017 — In the cycles of the United Nations Universal
Periodic Review (UPR), held in 2009 and 2013, the Cuban State rejected
32 recommendations calling for an end to repression against human rights
defenders and lifting restrictions that impede freedom of speech,
opinion, association, assembly and peaceful… Continue reading

Rosa María Payá and Castroism’s fear

Editorial: Rosa María Payá and Castroism’s fear
DDC | Madrid | 23 de Febrero de 2017 – 12:37 CET.

In Havana, Rosa María Payá, President of the Latin American Youth
Network for Democracy, was going to bestow the Oswaldo Payá Freedom and
Life Award on Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS, and to honor
late Chilean President Patricio Aylwin,… Continue reading

Arkansas congressman to reintroduce legislation to ease trade restrictions with Cuba

Arkansas congressman to reintroduce legislation to ease trade
restrictions with Cuba
By Frank E. Lockwood
This article was published today at 5:45 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A congressman from northeast Arkansas will reintroduce
legislation to ease trade restrictions with Cuba, and says he’s hopeful
that barriers to agricultural sales will be addressed early in 2017.

But there’s plenty of uncertainty after… Continue reading

We need a Cuba policy that truly serves the Cuban people

We need a Cuba policy that truly serves the Cuban people
José R. Cárdenas

As the 2016 presidential campaign began heating up – and Florida
appeared more and more winnable – the Donald Trump campaign began
increasing its criticisms of President Barack Obama’s 2014 decision to
reverse the United States’ longstanding policy towards Cuba. In Miami in
September, then-candidate Trump… Continue reading

Cuba After Castro – Bloomberg

Cuba After Castro
NOV 27, 2016 7:57 AM EST

History will absolve me, said Fidel Castro in 1953, shortly before he
took the world stage. He was wrong. In power for nearly a half-century,
he brought the U.S. and Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear war,
exported revolution and repression, and turned his island into a
penurious police state.… Continue reading

Whether covering an ice cream company or a hurricane, Government and independent journalists encounter the same obstruction of their work

Whether covering an ice cream company or a hurricane, Government and
independent journalists encounter the same obstruction of their work
OSMAR LAFFITA ROJAS | La Habana | 27 de Octubre de 2016 – 10:59 CEST.

The arbitrary arrest of a group of Cuban journalists on October 12 while
covering the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa has sparked outrage.

The… Continue reading

Improved U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Creating A Surge Of Cuban Migrants

Improved U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Creating A Surge Of Cuban Migrants
October 24, 20169:23 AM ET

You might assume that with the thawing of relations between Cuba and the
U.S., Cubans would see positive change at home, and less reason to
attempt the perilous water crossing to Florida. You’d assume wrong.

U.S. law enforcement authorities are confronting a surge of Cuban… Continue reading

‘Periodismo De Barrio’ Discovers The Harsh Reality Of Repression Against The Press

‘Periodismo De Barrio’ Discovers The Harsh Reality Of Repression Against
The Press / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 17 October 2016 — In an editorial published Monday,
the independent medium Periodosmo de Barrio (Neighborhood Journalism)
distances itself from the ruling party to explain the circumstances of
the arrest of its director, Elaine Diaz, and several members of her team
while covering, last… Continue reading

Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens

Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens /
Periodismo de Barrio

Periodismo de Barrio, 16 October 2016 – On 11 October 2016, six members
of our Periodismo de Barrio (Neighborhood Journalism) team and two
collaborators were arrested in the town of Baracoa, Guantanamo province.
We were not arrested for smiling. Nor we were arrested for… Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime

Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime / Somos+, Roberto Camba

How much truth can a man take?
Friedrich Nietzsche

Somos+, Roberto Camba, 12 September 2016 — They say it began with the
fight to return the young rescued rafter Elian Gonzalez from the United
States to Cuba. Really it was much earlier, since the strategy never
changes: silence and… Continue reading

Deteriorating health of Cuban dissident on hunger strike worries international observers

Deteriorating health of Cuban dissident on hunger strike worries
international observers
By Elizabeth Llorente Published August 16, 2016Fox News Latino

Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas is on the fourth week of a hunger
strike, and his health continues to deteriorate, his mother told Fox
News Latino in a telephone interview from Cuba.

Fariñas started his hunger strike in July, he told… Continue reading

New Cuban journalism emerges on the internet, beyond official and opposition media

New Cuban journalism emerges on the internet, beyond official and
opposition media

Digital journalism has arrived in Cuba, in the Cuban way.
BY DANIEL WIZENBERG
Knight Center

Rodolfo Romero is 27 years-old. He received money from the government to
finance a news site. It was going to be called Cuba accuses (Cuba acusa)
but he did not like the belligerent… Continue reading

Cuba’s human rights abuses worse despite U.S. ties

Cuba’s human rights abuses worse despite U.S. ties

One year after Cuba reopened its embassy in Washington on July 20, 2015,
Cuba’s human rights situation is much worse. It’s time for Latin America
and the U.S. to stop clapping, and demand that Cuba’s dictatorship start
allowing fundamental freedoms.
BY ANDRÉS OPPENHEIMER
aoppenheimer@miamiherald.com

On the first anniversary since Cuba reopened its… Continue reading

Connected Cuba Is Pipedream for U.S. TelecomsL

Connected Cuba Is Pipedream for U.S. TelecomsL
By Lydia Beyoud and Lenore Adkins

July 13 — The normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba has stirred
interest among tech and telecommunications companies such as Alphabet
Inc.’s Google and Verizon Inc. seeking to break into Cuba’s nearly
virgin telecommunications market. Other industries, from agriculture to
transportation to hospitality, are also in hot… Continue reading

As Cubans rush through Texas, immigration policy questioned

As Cubans rush through Texas, immigration policy questioned

From February to May, about 4,000 Cubans crossed over the Rio Grande
River into Texas’ westernmost city. As they settle across the U.S., a
broader immigration debate has emerged over whether Cuban immigrants
should still be allowed to simply walk into the country and
automatically be able to gain legal residency after… Continue reading

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires
They’re caught between a government that denies the existence of racism
and fellow black Cubans who lack racial consciousness.
By Sujatha FernandesTwitterTODAY 8:00 AM

A “home for sale” sign in Santiago de Cuba. Far fewer Afro-Cubans get
remittances from family overseas, and residents of eastern Cuba, more
heavily Afro-Cuban than the west, migrate… Continue reading

Families who fled not thrilled with renewed US-Cuba relations

Families who fled not thrilled with renewed US-Cuba relations
Jake Whittenberg, KING 11:53 AM. EST May 19, 2016

SEATTLE — Not everyone is ready to paint a rosy picture when it comes
to renewed US – Cuba relations.

Images of President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro are drawing a
mixed reaction from families who fled the communist regime years… Continue reading

Cuba finds it hard to dampen afterglow of Obama visit

Cuba finds it hard to dampen afterglow of Obama visit
By Michael Weissenstein | AP April 29 at 9:30 AM

HAVANA — Thursday morning was looking bad for Lazaro Martinez, who makes
his living playing trombone for tourists on the Malecon, the sweeping
boulevard overlooking the jewel-clear Florida Straits.

Police shunted everyone onto side streets as a sleek… Continue reading

Quebec wants to open a permanent office in Cuba

Quebec wants to open a permanent office in Cuba
‘We have to seize moment,’ says International Relations Minister
Christine St-Pierre
By Ryan Hicks, CBC News Posted: Apr 18, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated:
Apr 18, 2016 6:45 AM ET

Quebec wants to seize the opportunity presented by the thawing of
diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States to… Continue reading

Cuba Must End “Apartheid Against Its Citizens”

Cuba Must End “Apartheid Against Its Citizens” / Oscar Arias, Laura
Chinchilla

The undersigned, Latin Americans and diverse in our allegiances,
professions and interests, but united by a common aspiration for
freedom, democracy, equality and well-being throughout the hemisphere,
address our fellow citizens and governments, especially those in Cuba,
to express the following:

We celebrate the growing process of normalization… Continue reading

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