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Director of U.S. office that oversees Radio, TV Martí resigns

Director of U.S. office that oversees Radio, TV Martí resigns
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

The director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, the U.S. federal body
that oversees Radio and TV Martí as well as the Martí Noticias website,
resigned last week amid complaints by some dissidents and exiles about
OCB’s editorial line.

“Every pressure cooker needs an escape… Continue reading

The surveilled university

The surveilled university
MICHAEL H. MIRANDA | Fayetteville | 8 de Junio de 2017 – 09:33 CEST.

Last week several photos of American students with their professors
appeared on the social networks in Havana. The images would not have
drawn too much attention if it were not due to the fact that the
situation demands some wariness regarding the consumption… Continue reading

Oil in Cuba: Dream or Nightmare?

Oil in Cuba: Dream or Nightmare?

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 11 April 2017 — HAVANA, Cuba. – “Thank
goodness oil is something we don’t have in Cuba.” So said the lyrics of
a popular song by Cuban musical group Habana Abierta. However, now
Cuba’s official media insist the opposite is true: “The enterprise
Cuba-Petroleum Union (CUPET), which promotes prospecting projects… Continue reading

Official Fervor Towards Fidel Castro Contrasts With the Indifference of Young People

Official Fervor Towards Fidel Castro Contrasts With the Indifference of
Young People / EFE-14ymedio, Lorena Canto

EFE (via 14ymedio), Lorena Canto, Havana, 5 March 2017 — A hundred days
after his death and although Cuba has limited by law the use of his name
and image, the figure of Fidel Castro is more present than ever on the
island, where… Continue reading

Family, Freedom and the Oswaldo Payá Prize

Family, Freedom and the Oswaldo Payá Prize
BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 26 de Febrero de 2017 – 12:04 CET.

The home of Oswaldo Payá, the Cuban political leader who was killed,
along with Harold Cepero, under murky circumstances in 2012, has a small
living room. It is a space consonant with a house of modest dimensions,
for… Continue reading

Trump, Rodiles and the Cuban Opposition

Trump, Rodiles and the Cuban Opposition / Juan Orlando Perez

Juan Orlando Pérez, 1 February 2017, (re-published in Ivan Garcia’s blog
on 7 February 2017) — Antonio Rodiles, one of the Cuban government’s
most tireless enemies, or at least one of its most eloquent, has said
that the arrival of Donald Trump at the White House is “good news for… Continue reading

Cubans Dismiss Obama as Persona Non Grata

Cubans Dismiss Obama as Persona Non Grata / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 19 January 2017 — As if by magic, the irreverent and
prosaic Donald Trump is the man of the hour for Cubans who have plans to
emigrate. “He’s the guy; there’s no one else. If he orders it, the
United States will open its doors,” says Miguel, emphatically,… Continue reading

Fidel Castro – The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains

Fidel Castro: The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains / Jeovany Jimenez Vega

Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 29 November 2016 — The dictator Fidel Castro died
last Friday at the age of 90. The extensive news coverage was to be
expected. After all, he was both the object of the most romantic,
idealized love and the most scathing, caustic hatred. Gone… Continue reading

It’s Time For Politics To Stop Separating Families And Friends

It’s Time For Politics To Stop Separating Families And Friends /
14ymedio, Pedro Campos

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 29 December 2016 — The model imposed in
Cuba in the name of a socialism that never existed had, among its worst
results, the politicization of everything. Families fought over
politics. Friends became enemies. This was one of the most disastrous
consequences… Continue reading

In Castro’s Cuba, freedom of humor went first

In Castro’s Cuba, freedom of humor went first
BY KRISTINA ARRIAGA – 12/21/16 07:00 PM EST 19

The olive green military jeep that carried Fidel Castro’s ashes broke
down. It is fitting. In a country where everything is a façade, it took
the death of a tyrant to pull the curtain back. For a moment, the world
got a glimpse… Continue reading

Google, the Phone Company and Censorship in Cuba

Google, the Phone Company and Censorship in Cuba / Mario Lleonart

Young women connect from a cellphone in a newly enabled wifi zone in
Cuba, where one hour’s connection cost the equivalent of two days’ pay.
Mario Felix Lleonart, 14 December 2016 — Google recently signed an
agreement with ETECSA, Cuba’s telecommunications monopoly, owned by the
Castros. As of 2011,… Continue reading

Fidel’s Legacy – Null or Empty

Fidel’s Legacy: Null or Empty
Dec 12, 2016 | Opinion

The death of Fidel Castro leaves a huge void, difficult to fill. It
seems practically impossible, given the conditions of the modern world,
that somebody may achieve his dictatorial power, his military
interventionism in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East, quite
disproportionate for a nation of only 11 million… Continue reading

Fidel Castro Sent My Father to the Firing Squad; I Do Not Regret the Tyrant’s Death

Fidel Castro Sent My Father to the Firing Squad; I Do Not Regret the
Tyrant’s Death / 14ymedio, Ileana de la Guardia

14ymedio, Ileana de la Guardia, Paris, 5 December 2016 – Dawn comes to
Paris, this 26 November, the sun barely over the horizon. From the
depths of my dreams I hear the phone ring. I don’t want to… Continue reading

Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Declares Hunger Strike After Six Days In Custody

Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Declares Hunger Strike After Six Days In
Custody / 14ymedio, Mario Penton & Abel Fernandez

14ymedio, Mario Penton & Abel Fernandez, Miami, 2 December 2016 – The
Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (the Sixth), declared
a hunger strike this Thursday, according to reports to this newspaper
from his mother Maria Victoria Machado. The… Continue reading

Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Eats But Rejects Food from Police

Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Eats But Rejects Food from Police / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 2 December 2016 — Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El
Sexto’ (The Sixth), began to eat the food, his mother, Maria Victoria
Machado, told this newspaper. A week after his arrest for painting
graffiti on a central Havana street corner and posting a video on his
Facebook… Continue reading

Castro’s last stop – inside a cave-like crypt that says ‘Fidel’

Castro’s last stop: inside a cave-like crypt that says ‘Fidel’
adiaz@miamiherald.com
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com

SANTIAGO DE CUBA
As a new day dawned Sunday in this city, the launching site for the
Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro was laid to rest in a private ceremony
for family and friends.

His ashes were interred in a crypt next to the 85-foot mausoleum… Continue reading

Tourists came to Cuba for fun but got Castro funeral instead

Tourists came to Cuba for fun but got Castro funeral instead
By Daniel Trotta | HAVANA

They came to Cuba for an education, plus some fun and games, but got a
state funeral instead.

Some of the Americans touring Cuba when Fidel Castro died on Friday at
age 90 feared there might be civil unrest and a major security
operation.… Continue reading

How should we memorialize Castro? By freeing Cuba.

How should we memorialize Castro? By freeing Cuba.
He was a tyrant whose death should be welcomed by anyone who loves liberty.
By Daniel Morcate December 3 at 6:00 AM
Daniel Morcate is a reporter for Univision News.

The death of a dictator, not his final memorial, is — and should be — a
happy occasion for the people who… Continue reading

Fidel Castro – Unwitting father of modern Miami

Fidel Castro: Unwitting father of modern Miami
BY ANDRES VIGLUCCI

The Gateway to the Americas: That’s how Miami’s business and civic
leaders would grandly if sporadically label the city in the middle of
the last century. In reality, the slogan was wishful thinking, little
more than the stuff of promotional brochures.

Contrary to the historic image as a sleepy tourist… Continue reading

Leftist allies fly in to pay tribute to Cuba’s Castro at mass rally

Leftist allies fly in to pay tribute to Cuba’s Castro at mass rally
Raul Castro swears allegiance in front of Fidel Castro’s urn
By Sarah Marsh | HAVANA

(Reuters) – Leaders of Cuba’s leftist allies and other developing
countries arrive in Havana on Tuesday for a mass rally commemorating
Fidel Castro, the rebel who seized power in a 1959 revolution… Continue reading

Authorities Attempt to Impose Mourning on Cuban Churches

Authorities Attempt to Impose Mourning on Cuban Churches / Mario Lleonart

Mario Lleonart, 27 November 2016 — What is happening to the poor people
of the island – as the also deceased former president of El Salvador,
Salvador Flores, might have once told Fidel Castro to his face — is
utterly intolerable. It is as though the authorities want to… Continue reading

Memorial ceremonies for Fidel Castro begin in Havana

Memorial ceremonies for Fidel Castro begin in Havana
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Cubans will begin paying their respects Monday to former Cuban leader
Fidel Castro in an all-day tribute at Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution,
a massive concrete expanse where papal masses have been celebrated and
Cubans have gathered at key moments in the island’s history.

The plaza will be… Continue reading

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