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WHEN WILL CUBA END ITS ‘INTERNAL EMBARGO’?

WHEN WILL CUBA END ITS ‘INTERNAL EMBARGO’? by SPYRIDON MITSOTAKIS 13 Apr 2015 When I travelled for two weeks in working class areas of Cuba last year, a Cuban worker explained to me that while they hear endlessly from the government about the “American embargo against Cuba,” the real problem is the “internal embargo”—the embargo […] Continue reading

Cuba dissidents say 38 activists freed as part of deal with U.S.

Cuba dissidents say 38 activists freed as part of deal with U.S. BY DANIEL WALLIS AND NELSON ACOSTA HAVANA Fri Jan 9, 2015 5:00pm EST (Reuters) – Cuba has freed 38 opposition activists from prison over the past two days, including a popular hip-hop artist, as part of a deal to improve relations with the […] Continue reading

Open Letter From the MCL to Pablo Iglesias and His Hatred of Cubans

Open Letter From the MCL to Pablo Iglesias and His Hatred of Cubans / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on October 8, 2014 MCL (Movimiento Cristiano Liberación / Christian Liberation Movement) in La Razón: “Mr. Pablo Iglesias, There is Poverty in Cuba and Leftist People are Repressed” How can you deem it a campaign against […] Continue reading

Chikungunya outbreak in Cuba

Chikungunya outbreak in Cuba Well, it had to happen. Via Hablemos Press, a dissident news site in Cuba: Brote de fiebre Chikungunya en Cuba. [Outbreak of chikungunya fever in Cuba] Excerpt, with my translation: Médicos del Hospital General Universitario Vladimir Ilich Lenin, ubicado en la oriental provincia de Holguín, informaron sobre la existencia de casos […] Continue reading

HOLLYWOOD RAVES, WHILE CASTRO DIGS GRAVES

HOLLYWOOD RAVES, WHILE CASTRO DIGS GRAVES Exclusive: Marisa Martin blasts celebs for ignoring Cuba’s persecuted artists MARISA MARTIN Fidel Castro, Hollywood’s favorite living dictator, and his li’l bro Raul arrested more than 360 political prisoners in the first 13 days of May alone. Perhaps Kings Castro I and II are just trying to balance out […] Continue reading

OLPL Speaks at Johns Hopkins

OLPL Speaks at Johns Hopkins / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on May 17, 2014 Speech by OLPL in Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC, 16 May 2014. Dear friends: As a Cuban from the Island —and all Cubans are, no matter how far and how much time has […] Continue reading

Innermost thoughts of Raúl Castro president of the Council of State, “tired predator” – Cuba

Innermost thoughts* of Raúl Castro president of the Council of State, “tired predator” – Cuba “Although nearly 82, I secured a new five-year term as president in February 2013. It will be the last one. It is time for me to stand down after making some concessions… in a manner of speaking, at least. I […] Continue reading

How Cuba is exporting repression to Venezuela

How Cuba is exporting repression to Venezuela By Marco RubioFebruary 28, 2014 | 11:29pm Excerpted from the Florida senator’s Feb. 24 remarks on the Senate floor, following a speech by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). The senator from Iowa bragged about a number of things that he learned on his trip to Cuba that I’d like […] Continue reading

Rubio Destroys Harkin on Cuba

Rubio Destroys Harkin on Cuba February 26, 2014 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I’m kind of torn here ’cause I’ve really got some interesting callers on and I’ve gotta do this Marco Rubio response to Tom Harkin because he just nails Harkin, and this is classic. So I’m gonna try to get a lot of stuff done […] Continue reading

The Gorki Aguila Case

The Gorki Aguila Case / Lia Villares Posted on February 23, 2014 The trial schedules for this Tuesday against Gorki Águila, leader of the punk rock band Porno para Ricardo, was postponed because of the health problems of his defense attorney, according to the musician himself on his Facebook page. Gorki spoke about the background […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident rejects offer, continues hunger strike

Posted on Saturday, 11.09.13 Cuban dissident rejects offer, continues hunger strike BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM The wife of a Cuban dissident and rapper hospitalized amid a lengthy hunger strike said Friday that he rejected an offer by a top State Security official to fully investigate his complaint that he was unfairly jailed if he […] Continue reading

Justice and Prayers for Angel Yunier Remon Arzuga

Justice and Prayers for Angel Yunier Remon Arzuga #FreeElCritico / Angel Santiesteban Posted on November 6, 2013 Ángel Yunier Remon Arzuaga ’El Critico.’ Jailed since March 2013 for being a non-conformist rapper and an opponent of the Cuban dictatorship. In July he contracted cholera in prison. Jailed since March 2013 for being a non-conformist rapper […] Continue reading

Angel Santiesteban Admitted to Salvador Allende Hospital with Dengue Fever

Official Communication: Angel Santiesteban Admitted to Salvador Allende Hospital with Dengue Fever / Angel Santiesteban Posted on September 18, 2013 From Friday the 13th, Angel Santiesteban Prats presented with sporadic fever spikes, without the prison authorities responding to his requests for medical attention. Just yesterday afternoon, Tuesday the 17th, they decided to send him “just […] Continue reading

Una Noche, A Film about Cuba You Have to See

Una Noche, A Film about Cuba You Have to See September 16th, 2013 – 10:39 am Reading Charles Lane’s important column in The Washington Post about a new indie film, Una Noche (One Night), I promptly rented it “On Demand” on my cable system. It is also available as an iTunes download. Filmmaker Lucy Mulloy […] Continue reading

Report chronicles Cuba’s rights abuses

Report chronicles Cuba’s rights abuses Apr. 28, 2013 The State Department’s latest report on human-rights practices effectively puts the lie to the idea that the piecemeal and illusory changes in Cuba under Gen. Raúl Castro represent a genuine political opening toward greater freedom. If anything, things are getting worse. The report, which covers 2012, says […] Continue reading

Human rights under abuse in Cuba

Posted on Monday, 04.22.13 The Miami Herald | EDITORIAL Human rights under abuse in Cuba By The Miami Herald Editorial HeraldEd@MiamiHerald.com The State Department’s latest report on human-rights practices effectively puts the lie to the idea that the piecemeal and illusory changes in Cuba under Gen. Raúl Castro represent a genuine political opening toward greater […] Continue reading

Calixto, the Resolute

Calixto, the Resolute* / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on April 15, 2013 This past Tuesday, the Cuban authorities finally acknowledged Calixto R. Martinez Arias's right to go free, after he had served more than six months in prison, initially for the crime of "insulting the leadership figures of the Revolution." He had no trial. Martinez Arias […] Continue reading

Castro wants money, not a dialogue

Posted on Sunday, 04.14.13 CUBAN EMBARGO Castro wants money, not a dialogue BY FRANK CALZON frank.calzon@cubacenter.org Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died, and Raúl Castro is searching for "investors" in Cuba. Chávez spent billions of Venezuela's petro-dollars shoring up Cuba's economy but Venezuela's new leaders may not be as beneficent. Venezuela may cut off its Cuban […] Continue reading

Independent reporter released after seven months in detention

Independent reporter released after seven months in detention Published on Wednesday 10 April 2013. Reporters Without Borders hails yesterday's release of Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, an independent reporter for the Hablemos Press information centre, after several weeks of mounting calls for his release from Cuban civil society and international organizations. On being freed, Martínez immediately […] Continue reading

Prisoner of conscience on hunger strike: Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias

Document – Cuba: Further information: Prisoner of conscience on hunger strike: Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias Further information on UA: 25/13 Index: AMR 25/002/2013 Cuba Date: 14 March 2013 URGENT ACTION PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE ON HUNGER STRIKE image1.png Independent journalist and prisoner of conscience Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias is on hunger strike to protest against his […] Continue reading

Cuban activists talk about lack of basic freedoms, 10 years on from mass crackdown

18 March 2013 Cuban activists talk about lack of basic freedoms, 10 years on from mass crackdown "The catalogue of repression and harassment suffered by José Daniel Ferrer García since his release illustrates the current strategy by the Cuban authorities under which activists are arrested for short periods of time to discourage them from speaking […] Continue reading

Cuba cracks down on activists, journalists

Cuba cracks down on activists, journalists After a year away, Cuba returns to the list of countries imprisoning journalists. Alex Pearlman December 11, 2012 13:56 Human rights defenders, political dissidents and journalists have been threatened, beaten and arbitrarily imprisoned in Cuba recently, and the widespread government crackdown continued on International Human Rights Day yesterday. On […] Continue reading

Cuba stays silent about deadly cholera outbreak

Posted on Saturday, 12.08.12 Life on the island Cuba stays silent about deadly cholera outbreak It's the disease that the government doesn't acknowledge, because it might deter tourists from coming to the island. By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com Cuban dissident Walter Clavel says that when he took his 2-year-old son to a hospital Wednesday with […] Continue reading

Independent journalists hounded and arrested, while Granma reporter get 14 years on spying charge

Independent journalists hounded and arrested, while Granma reporter get 14 years on spying charge Published on Wednesday 14 November 2012. Updated on Friday 16 November 2012. Reporters Without Borders condemns a worrying increase in harassment of dissidents in recent months, which has yet again contradicted the intentions manifested by the Cuban government when signing two […] Continue reading

When Sandy Hit Cuba

November 4, 2012, 6:45 p.m. ET When Sandy Hit Cuba The regime in Havana would rather watch the Cuban people annihilated than risk losing its lock on power. By MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY A day after the worst of extratropical cyclone Sandy—once a hurricane—had pulled out of town, I strolled around Lower Manhattan expecting to find […] Continue reading