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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

Interview with El Sexto (Danilo Maldonado) in San Francisco

Interview with El Sexto (Danilo Maldonado) in San Francisco

Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado is in San Francisco, planning for the
opening of his art exhibit, “Angels and Demons,” at the Immersive ART
LAB, 3255A Third Street, May 11, 6-10pm. His exhibit is sponsored by the
Human Rights Foundation as part of its Art in Protest series. This
interview took place… Continue reading

Dozens Of Ladies In White Arrested On The 100th Day Of TodosMarchamos

Dozens Of Ladies In White Arrested On The 100th Day Of TodosMarchamos

14ymedio, Havana, 8 May 2017 – At least 38 Ladies in White were arrested
this Sunday in Havana, Matanzas, Guantanamo, Ciego de Avila and Santa
Clara, during the 100th day of the #TodosMarchamos (We All March)
campaign for the release of Cuba’s political prisoners.

The leader of the… Continue reading

Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington

Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington
by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 05, 2017

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (BP) — Religious liberty leaders are interceding on
behalf of a college student interrogated, threatened and charged with
public disorder by the Cuban government because of his work to expose
Christian persecution there.

Felix Yuniel Llerena López, far left, is shown with… Continue reading

‘We have an advantage. We’re not scared.’ A former political prisoner to run in the ‘elections’

‘We have an advantage. We’re not scared.’ A former political prisoner to
run in the ‘elections’
YUSIMÍ RODRÍGUEZ LÓPEZ | La Habana | 12 de Abril de 2017 – 12:10 CEST.

‘We will take the voter’s voice wherever necessary’, says José Díaz Silva.

For his anti-Government activism José Díaz Silva has received four jail
sentences totaling 16 years. He is… Continue reading

“The Politician Of The Week,” A Citizens’ Initiative

“The Politician Of The Week,” A Citizens’ Initiative

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 10 April 2017 — Facing the times
that we live in can be an unpleasant task. And doing it without
discrimination based on ideological viewpoints and with immediacy, takes
visions of daring. This is the challenge that the Center for the
Application of Political Marketing and Political assumes… Continue reading

CCDHRN – 482 arbitrary arrests on the Island in February and a political activist, dead in prison

CCDHRN: 482 arbitrary arrests on the Island in February and a political
activist, dead in prison
DDC | La Habana | 8 de Marzo de 2017 – 20:48 CET.

In its monthly report the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National
Reconciliation (CCDHRN) denounced the “482 arbitrary arrests” of
peaceful opponents and dissidents that took place in Cuba in the… Continue reading

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces The Death Of A Political Prisoner Pending Trial

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces The Death Of A Political Prisoner
Pending Trial / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 7 March 2017 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights
and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) has denounced the death of
political prisoner Hamel Santiago Maz Hernández, an activist from
UNPACU, who died* on February 24 at Combinado del Este prison in
Havana. The opponent… Continue reading

Cuba’s Ladies In White Report 50 Arrests This Sunday

Cuba’s Ladies In White Report 50 Arrests This Sunday / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 19 February 2017 — Some fifty Ladies in White were
detained this Sunday on the Island, according to members of that
dissident organization.

Former political prisoner and regime opponent Angel Moya told 14ymedio
by phone that Berta Soler had been arrested by members of a State
Security… Continue reading

Trump – Rubio and I have ‘very similar views on Cuba’

Trump: Rubio and I have ‘very similar views on Cuba’
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

President Donald Trump said during a press conference Thursday that he
shares Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio’s views on Cuba.

“We had dinner with Senator Rubio and his wife, who was by the way,
lovely, and we had a very good discussion about Cuba because… Continue reading

Portraits of Cubans executed by Castro regime on display in the European Parliament

Portraits of Cubans executed by Castro regime on display in the European
Parliament
BY LUIS DE LA PAZ

More than 100 portraits of Cubans executed by the Castro regime are on
display at the European Parliament offices in Brussels thanks to the
support of three parliament members from Spain and the Czech Republic.

The three politicians are “sensitive to Cuban… Continue reading

“I come from the street, but I did not want to stay there,” says ‘El Sexto

“I come from the street, but I did not want to stay there,” says ‘El
Sexto’ / 14ymedio, Mario Penton

Danilo Maldonado (El Sexto) after his release from prison. (14ymedio)
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 3 February 2017 — The uniform haircut
imposed upon entering the Combinado del Este prison contrasts with the
stains of fresh paint on the shoes of… Continue reading

For Cubans stranded in third countries, few options remain

For Cubans stranded in third countries, few options remain
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

The recent U.S. immigration policy changes first ordered by former
President Barack Obama and then by sitting President Donald Trump have
left a particular group of Hispanics caught in the immigration
crossfire: Cubans.

On Jan. 12, just a few days before his departure, Obama signed an… Continue reading

Former Political Prisoner Arturo Pérez De Alejo Dies

Former Political Prisoner Arturo Pérez De Alejo Dies / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Miami, 25 January 2017 — The former political prisoner Arturo
Perez de Alejo, who was part of the Group of 75, died Wednesday in Miami
at 66, as reported by MartíNoticias .

Pérez Alejo was born in Manicaragua, in the then province of Las Villas,
on 23 May 1951… Continue reading

PolitiFact – Were there five times the number of political arrests in Cuba in 2015 as there were in 2010?

PolitiFact: Were there five times the number of political arrests in
Cuba in 2015 as there were in 2010?

PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter rates a claim about political arrests in
Cuba, and whether or not there have been five times as many in 2015 as
there were in 2010.
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 10:57 AM EST

POLITIFACT RULING

Were there… Continue reading

Cubans Newly Blocked at U.S. Border Place Hopes in Trump

Cubans Newly Blocked at U.S. Border Place Hopes in Trump
By FRANCES ROBLESJAN. 22, 2017

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — She spent weeks hiking through the Amazon,
crossing a crocodile-filled river. She scaled border walls, escaped from
immigration detention in Panama and slept in a church. Broke, hungry and
exhausted, she found refuge with indigenous people in the jungle who
took… Continue reading

Prominent Cuban dissidents detained by state security agents

Prominent Cuban dissidents detained by state security agents
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Cuban dissident Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet, recipient of the U.S.
Presidential Medal of Freedom, was taken into custody by police and
state security agents Wednesday morning in Havana and briefly detained.

Miami-based Inspire America Foundation, a super PAC that supports
pro-democracy leaders and policies in Cuba and the… Continue reading

UNPACU suffers at least 13 raids on homes in 48 hours, in addition to thefts and arrests

UNPACU suffers at least 13 raids on homes in 48 hours, in addition to
thefts and arrests
DDC | Santiago de Cuba | 23 de Diciembre de 2016 – 09:06 CET.

In the last 48 hours regime forces have carried out raids on the homes
of at least 13 human rights activists, reported the Coordinator of the
National Patriotic Union… Continue reading

Regime forces ‘assault’ the headquarters of the UNPACU and the homes of several activists

Regime forces ‘assault’ the headquarters of the UNPACU and the homes of
several activists
DDC | Santiago de Cuba | 20 de Diciembre de 2016 – 10:08 CET.

Early Sunday regime forces simultaneously “assaulted” the headquarters
of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) in Santiago of Cuba and another
eight houses of activists in that city and Palma Soriano, reported… Continue reading

Harsh Police Operation Against the Patriotic Union of Cuba

Harsh Police Operation Against the Patriotic Union of Cuba / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 18 December 2016 – Beginning at 6:00 AM on Sunday
morning, Cuban State Security forces attacked nine homes of members of
the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU); six in Santiago de Cuba, two in
Palma Soriano, and one in Palmarito de Cauto. More details are expected
in… Continue reading

Red ink – The high human cost of the Cuban revolution

Red ink: The high human cost of the Cuban revolution
BY GLENN GARVIN
ggarvin@miamiherald.com
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Danilo Maldonado’s collision with the Cuban revolution is, in some ways,
a silly asterisk to history. And in others, it practically defines the
country’s dilemma of the past 57 years, a state that defines itself as
the people’s political vanguard, but more often seems to… Continue reading

Cuban exiles in Miami’s Little Havana rejoice as Castro’s estranged sister vows not to attend funeral

Cuban exiles in Miami’s Little Havana rejoice as Castro’s estranged
sister vows not to attend funeral
Ruth Sherlock, miami
27 NOVEMBER 2016 • 1:28AM

Fidel Castro’s estranged sister has said she will not return to Cuba to
attend the late leader’s funeral and has promised to continue her fight
against the Communist regime he brought to power.

Juanita Castro, 83,… Continue reading

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