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Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 19 June 2017 – Over the weekend the official media have repeated ad nauseam the declaration of the government in response to Donald Trump’s speech about his policy toward Cuba. The declaration’s rhetoric recalls the years before the diplomatic thaw, when […] Continue reading
When Pope Benedict was in Cuba, he added a politically charged word at the last minute BY MIMI WHITEFIELD, KEVIN G. HALL AND FRANCO ORDOÑEZ Miami Herald Archives SANTIAGO, CUBA From the Miami Herald archives: Five years ago, Pope Benedict visited Cuba, greeting tens of thousands of Cubans on March 26, 2012 on the first […] Continue reading
The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 21 March 2017 – This Tuesday, the Cuban government prevented Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White movement, from traveling outside the country because of an unpaid fine for for an alleged infraction “against public adornment.” Meanwhile, the authorities accuse her of […] Continue reading
Cuba 2016: The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2017 — A spring rainstorm with light gusts of wind fell over metropolitan Havana on Sunday, March 20th, when at 4:30 PM Air Force One landed at the first terminal of the José Martí International Airport […] Continue reading
Threats and Arrests if Dissidents Continue in Cuba / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 15 December 2016 –The leader of the Ladies in White, Berta Soler, was arrested Thursday in the morning when she was about to leave the headquarters of the organization in the neighborhood of Lawton, Havana, in order to connect to the Internet. Angel […] Continue reading
Prison, death, exile: Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communist Cuba BY JUAN O. TAMAYO AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com There are 44 years of dissidence between Cuban human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez and street protester Sara Martha Fonseca, four and a half decades of peaceful opposition to a communist system that jails people for […] Continue reading
Cuban Human Rights Group: 570 Arbitrary Arrests in September / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 5 October 2016 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) reported Wednesday that, during the month of September, there were at least 570 arbitrary arrests for political reasons, more than the 517 similar arrests of the previous month. The […] Continue reading
CCDHRN: At least 570 arbitrary, politically motivated arrests on the Island in September DDC | Madrid | 7 de Octubre de 2016 – 08:54 CEST. The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) has reported that in September the organization documented at least 570 arbitrary political arrests of Cuban dissidents, peacefully expressing their […] Continue reading
Ivan Hernandez And Felix Navarro Prevented From Leaving Cuba “A Second Time” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 11 August 2016 – Cuba’s immigration authorities prevented activists Ivan Hernandez and Felix Navarro from traveling outside Cuba this Thursday. The former prisoners of the 2003 Black Spring were invited to participate in the 2nd […] Continue reading
U.S. chain in bed with Cuban military July 3rd, 2016by Miami Herald Mr. President, what’s wrong with this picture? Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide opens the first U.S.-operated hotel in Cuba in more than five decades. But it’s not a joint enterprise between an American firm and a Cuban entrepreneur, the kind that is supposed […] Continue reading
American hotel deal with Cuba just helps the oppressors Starwood opens first U.S.-operated hotel in in Havana in more than five decades It’s not an opportunity for Cubans to earn a living independent of government Neither is sending Shaquille O’Neal as “Sports Envoy to Cuba” to join celebrity circus BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com Mr. President, […] Continue reading
Lady in White Berta Soler Threatened With Prison / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 24 May 2016 — Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White, faces a prison sentence of three months to five years for the alleged crime of resistance. The activist was arrested last Sunday when she attempted to go to the Cathedral of […] Continue reading
Two days that shook Cuba JUAN ANTONIO BLANCO | Miami | 25 Mar 2016 – 10:39 am. In the coming weeks we will have time to fully assess the implications of President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba. Its impact reminds me of the concentric circles caused by a stone thrown into a body of water, […] Continue reading
Who Should Be Apologizing? / Rebeca Monzo Posted on March 25, 2016 Rebeca Monzo, 24 March 2016 — No sooner had Air Force One taken off for Buenos Aires from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana with President Barack Obama, his family and entourage onboard than Cuban media began broadcasting distorted commentary by a twisted […] Continue reading
Obama arrives in Cuba; hopes visit will usher in change By Kevin Liptak, CNN White House Producer Updated 1139 GMT (1939 HKT) March 21, 2016 Story highlights The presidential trip to Havana is the culmination of a three-year effort to restore ties to the island The regime in Havana has shown little movement toward improving […] Continue reading
Here’s What Obama and Castro Will Discuss During Their Meeting in Cuba by Reuters MARCH 21, 2016, 10:50 AM EDT The two leaders have deep differences to address. U.S. President Barack Obama turns from sightseeing to state business on his historic Cuba trip on Monday, pressing President Raul Castro for economic and democratic reforms while […] Continue reading
Despite Obama visit, global spotlight, Havana cracks down on dissidents Dozens of protestors were detained in Cuba Critics accuse Obama of ignoring the island’s human-rights record Short-term arrests and detentions are common tactics BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com As they have for 46 straight Sundays, the dissident Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) marched quietly along […] Continue reading
Obama and Raul Castro: Encounters and Disagreements / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner Posted on February 21, 2016 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami, 20 February 2016 — Obama will go to Havana in March. The trip is part of his change of policy regarding the island. He wants, as John Paul II asked, for “Cuba to […] Continue reading
Will the Pope Swallow the Castros’ Bait? / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 23, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 19 September 2015 — Right at noon on Thursday, September 17, two enormous Soviet-era KP3 trucks filled with trash were rumbling along Tenth of October Avenue towards the garbage dump on 100th Street in eastern Havana, escorted by […] Continue reading
Pope Takes Cautious Stance in Cuba on Dissidents Pope Francis says religious life for Catholics difficult but doesn’t directly criticize communist government By FRANCIS X. ROCCA Sept. 21, 2015 1:50 p.m. ET HOLGUÍN, Cuba— Pope Francis commiserated with Cuba’s Catholics about the difficulty of religious life in a communist country but stopped short on Monday […] Continue reading
Pope tells U.S. and Cuba to push detente further By Andrew Cawthorne and Philip Pullella HAVANA (Reuters) – Pope Francis exhorted Cuba and the United States on Saturday to set an example for the world by deepening the recent rapprochement that he helped secretly broker between the former Cold War foes. His zucchetto skullcap flying […] Continue reading
Cuba prepares for arrival of Pope Francis Pontiff expected to touch down at 4:05 p.m. Saturday Large group of Miami pilgrims in Cuba for the visit Miami archbishop mistaken for ‘pope’s cousin’ BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com When Pope Francis arrives in Cuba late Saturday afternoon he’ll find a country in transition that is forging a […] Continue reading
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