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Persecution Grows Against Independent Journalism In Cuba

Persecution Grows Against Independent Journalism In Cuba

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 26 June 2017 — Independent communicators
in Cuba are victims of an escalating repression, according to a
complaint filed Monday by the Cuban Observatory of Human Rights (OCDH),
based in Madrid. The alarm sounded by the organization coincides with an
increase in complaints from journalists on the island as… Continue reading

Violent Weekend in Cuba: 30 Ladies in White Arrested Again Trying to Attend Mass

Violent Weekend in Cuba: 30 Ladies in White Arrested Again Trying to
Attend Mass
by FRANCES MARTEL26 Jun 2017

Over thirty members of the Ladies in White, a peaceful Catholic
dissident group in Cuba, were violently arrested over the weekend for
attempting to attend Sunday Mass, including leader Berta Soler.
The Cuban government recently banned Soler from leaving the country… Continue reading

Independent journalist detained in eastern Cuba

Independent journalist detained in eastern Cuba
June 23, 2017 5:12 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2017–Cuban authorities should immediately release
independent journalist Manuel Alejandro León Velázquez and return his
equipment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. State
security forces and Interior Ministry officials detained León Velázquez
around 4 p.m. yesterday in the eastern province of Guantánamo, according
to… Continue reading

Vancouver skateboarder helps spread sport in Cuba

Vancouver skateboarder helps spread sport in Cuba
Norma Ibarra is on her 2nd trip to Cuba to donate boards from Vancouver
CBC News Posted: Jun 20, 2017 7:55 AM PT Last Updated: Jun 20, 2017 7:55
AM PT

For a country with no skate shops, Cuba’s skateboarding scene is
incredibly vibrant.

That’s what Vancouver skateboarder and photographer Norma Ibarra says.… Continue reading

Cuba Won’t Negotiate Trump’s New Policy

Cuba Won’t Negotiate Trump’s New Policy
At a Monday news conference, the nation’s foreign minister called the
latest deal “a grotesque spectacle straight from the Cold War.”
ARIA BENDIX JUN 19, 2017 NEWS

Speaking at a news conference in Vienna, Austria on Monday, Cuba’s
foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, said his nation was not interested in
negotiating with the Trump administration… Continue reading

Three “Paladares” Closed Were Among The Best Restaurants In Havana

Three “Paladares” Closed Were Among The Best Restaurants In Havana

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 June 2017 – The closure of three
private restaurants in Havana last week has sparked doubts among owners
of food service businesses. The fact that the three paladares – private
restaurants – were rated “excellent” on Trip Advisor, one of the most
important travel sites… Continue reading

The good, bad, and ugly of Trump’s new Cuba policy

The good, bad, and ugly of Trump’s new Cuba policy
By Ilya Somin June 18 at 3:18 PM

Late last week, President Trump announced a change in US policy towards
the communist dictatorship in Cuba. Although Trump claimed he was
“canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with
Cuba,” his new approach actually leaves most of Obama’s policies in
place.… Continue reading

Trump And Cuba, Or How To Bet On The Wrong Winner

Trump And Cuba, Or How To Bet On The Wrong Winner

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 13 June 2017 – In less than 72 hours
President Donald Trump will declare in Miami the new basis for the
United States government’s policies towards Cuba. At that time the
decisions of his predecessor Barack Obama, during the process of
normalization of diplomatic relations… Continue reading

Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations

Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations
Darlene Superville, Michael Weissenstein and Josh Lederman, Associated
Press, Associated Press • June 17, 2017

MIAMI (AP) — Pressing “pause” on a historic detente, President Donald
Trump thrust the U.S. and Cuba back on a path toward open hostility with
a blistering denunciation of the island’s communist government. He
clamped… Continue reading

Cuba to President Trump: We need to continue to cooperate and coexist

Cuba to President Trump: We need to continue to cooperate and coexist
BY MAUREEN WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com

Noting the hostile rhetoric of President Donald Trump in his Miami
speech and saying the United States was in no position to be giving
lessons on human rights, Cuba still extended an olive branch and said it
wanted to continue a dialogue with its… Continue reading

Private Carriers in Santiago de Cuba Complain About Inspections

Private Carriers in Santiago de Cuba Complain About Inspections

14ymedio, Havana, 12 June 2017 –Authorities have taken a firm stand with
private transportation in Santiago de Cuba and have begun to demand
exhaustive proof of fuel purchases from the state gas stations to verify
that they are not from the black market.

“Last Friday there was a massive operation, and… Continue reading

Drug smuggling a risk if US relations with Cuba shift, officials say

Drug smuggling a risk if US relations with Cuba shift, officials say
By Patrick Oppmann, CNN
Updated 1005 GMT (1805 HKT) June 12, 2017

Havana, Cuba (CNN)For Cuban officials on the front lines of the fight
against drug trafficking, the Trump administration’s threat to roll back
improved relations between the United States and the communist-run
island comes at a dangerous… Continue reading

The Cuban Government, Complicit in Corruption and Peddling Favours

The Cuban Government, Complicit in Corruption and Peddling Favours /
Iván García

Iván García, 26 MAY 2017 — Ideology is no longer the most important
consideration if you want to get an administrative position in Cuba’s
chaotic business and commercial network. They only ask you to do two
things: fake support for the autocracy and show loyalty to government
business.… Continue reading

The Unqualified Cuban Truth

Reinaldo Escobar: The Unqualified Cuban Truth / Somos+

Somos+, Leyla Belo, 23 MACH 2017 — Those who ever speak with Reinaldo
cannot deny his innate genius, his sense of humor and gentleness of
expression. A matter of decorum, isn’t it? That quality which is so
scarce among many people nowadays. He does what he considers to be his
duty: to… Continue reading

The poet says…

The poet says…
ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 7 de Junio de 2017 – 10:19 CEST.

Poets, they say, are usually noble people. They write of beauty and
pain, rise above the banality of everyday life, and turn the simplest
elements of the universe into magic. Poets, they say, have sensitive
souls. But I’m not so sure that… Continue reading

Cubans Want More Severe Laws for Criminals

Cubans Want More Severe Laws for Criminals / Iván García

Iván García, 6 May 2017 — Some people in Cuba, not just a minority, want
blood. And more severe laws for criminals.

While the Catholic Church and different international institutions are
advocating a crusade to eliminate the death penalty on the Island, there
are people who, for many reasons, think… Continue reading

They Deceived Us With Tourism

They Deceived Us With Tourism

14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, 29 May 2017 — There was a time when I saw it
as natural. I understood, to say it in a certain way, that Varadero
beach was not ours despite its being in Cuban territory.

My unconscious viewed the image of that strip of land, like many, as if
it were part… Continue reading

Activist Joanna Columbie Deported to Camaguey

Activist Joanna Columbie Deported to Camaguey

14ymedio, Havana, 2 June 2017 – The principal of Academy 1010 and Somos+
(We Are More) Movement activist, Joanna Columbie, was deported Friday
from the Vivac detention center in Havana to Camaguey province, as
reported to 14ymedio by the leader of the Somos+ organization, Eliecer
Avila.

“Joanna called from Vivac to say that she… Continue reading

Cuba, Pensioners and Respect for the Law

Cuba, Pensioners and Respect for the Law
May 29, 2017
Jimmy Roque Martinez

HAVANA TIMES — Some people usually sell goods on Tulipan Street, in the
Revolution Square municipality, just like they do in almost every
neighborhood throughout the country. Generally-speaking, these are
industrial and/or craft goods, and the people selling them are people
aged 65 years old and over,… Continue reading

Havana: Clandestine Business Deals, Poverty and Glamor

Havana: Clandestine Business Deals, Poverty and Glamor / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 26 April 2017 — When night falls, it’s not advisable to
walk through certain neighborhoods in Havana. Like the one from El
Curita Park, on Reina and Galiano, up to the corner of Monte and Cienfuegos.

In addition to the disagreeable odor from the sewer water running
through… Continue reading

The Future Is Built With Cement … But There Isn’t Any

The Future Is Built With Cement … But There Isn’t Any

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 26 May 2017 — The cranes show off
their slender anatomy in some areas of Havana where several luxury
hotels are being built. Apart from this landscape of progress, private
construction and repairs face technological problems and shortages. This
week it has been cement’s turn.… 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

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