Ladies in White


The Thaw Is Upsetting The Penguins / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 13 October 2016 — The thaw between the US and Cuba, which has not yet risen to the level of normalized relations, has been greeted with mixed reactions by the Cuban opposition and independent civil society. We cannot speak of an […] Continue reading
Cuba’s Democrats Need U.S. Support Obama has helped the dictatorship but ignored the dissidents. By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY Jan. 24, 2016 4:16 p.m. ET Miami Cuban dissident leader Antonio Rodiles has been harassed, beaten, imprisoned and may have been injected with a foreign substance—more on that in a minute—by Castro goons. Yet he is calm […] Continue reading
Cuban protest artist El Sexto: ‘You have to keep at it until you change their minds’ By Louise Tillotson, Researcher on the Caribbean at Amnesty International, 21 December 2015, 00:01 UTC Danilo Maldonado Machado, known as “El Sexto”, is a Cuban artist and former prisoner of conscience who spent 10 months behind bars for planning […] Continue reading
A Year After Rapprochement, Cubans Still Waiting for Change Alberto Pimienta Last updated on: December 17, 2015 11:30 AM WASHINGTON— A year ago, after months of secret negotiations, the leaders of Cuba and the U.S. announced in almost simultaneous speeches the two nations were restoring diplomatic ties after 54 years. Around noon on national television, […] Continue reading
We Cubans Need to Solve Our Own Problems / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 27, 2015 Fifty-four years, seven months and eleven days after that January 3, 1961— the day on which American diplomatic personnel closed their embassy — seventy-three year old Denis Sentizo, a heavy-set African-Cuban with an easy smile, did not want to […] Continue reading
Welcome, Mr. Kerry / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 16, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 15 August 2015 — In Luis García Berlanga’s impressive 1953 film, Welcome Mr. Marshall, the mayor, priest and townspeople of Villar del Río await the visit of George Marshall, the American secretary of state from 1947 to 1949. In the film, Marshall […] Continue reading
May Cuba Not Owe Its Democracy To America / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on August 14, 2015 “Those who believe that the Cuban government is democratic are the same ones who claim that our principal problem lies in the dispute between the governments of the United States and Cuba.” 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 12 August […] Continue reading
Redefining the Cuban Opposition After 17 December / Cubanet, Alexis Jardines Chacon Posted on August 12, 2015 Cubanet, Alexis Jardines Chacon, Miami, 7 August 2015 – The First National Cuban Conference will be held August 13-15 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is an event that Cubans United of Puerto Rico have been preparing for […] Continue reading
“If You Keep Bothering Me, I’ll Have Them Call the Police,” Says Cardinal Jaime Ortega / Ivan Garcia Posted on July 6, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 4 July 2015 — Diplomacy does not seem to be Cardinal Jaime Ortega’s strongpoint. The archbishop of Havana behaved badly to a group of anti-Castro activists who were distributing a […] Continue reading
Cuba has failed to expand freedom BY JAMES C. CASON It is unfortunate that the discussion about U.S.-Cuba relations remains so focused on the embargo. It obscures developments within Cuba and excludes considerations on what should be done to free Cubans to choose their own destiny. Cubans aspire to live in a democracy and […] Continue reading
In normalization talks, U.S. gives, Cuba takes BY JOE CARDONA Ever since President Obama began charting a new policy track toward Cuba, I have followed the negotiations carefully and have remained cautiously optimistic. Until now. As we pass the half-year threshold of his decision, sadly, all I see so far are several important concessions […] Continue reading
Dissident leaders carry a united message to the Americas Summit in Panama / 14ymedio, EFE Posted on April 4, 2015 14ymedio/EFE, Havana, 3 April 2015 –Several leaders of the Cuban opposition and independent civil society made public Friday a document title “A United Message to the Seventh Summit of the Americas” under the slogan “Yo […] Continue reading
Exiled Ladies in White members demand leader’s resignation after YouTube video NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 02/18/2015 7:38 PM 02/18/2015 11:07 PM After appearing before two recent U.S. congressional hearings seeking freedom for political prisoners and respect for human rights in Cuba, the leader of Ladies in White now faces calls for her resignation from exiled […] Continue reading
U.S. hints that it won’t oppose Cuban participation in Summit of the Americas BY JIM WYSS JWYSS@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/10/2014 8:19 PM 12/10/2014 8:19 PM In an apparent reversal of decades-long policy, Washington will not stand in the way of Cuban participation in the next Summit of the Americas, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Wednesday. […] Continue reading
“The Most Important Title is ‘Citizen'”: President Obama on the Significance of a Civil Society Tanya Somanader September 23, 2014 05:09 PM EDT The courage of Berta Soler, the leader of Cuba’s Ladies in White who endure harassment and arrest to win freedom for the Cuban people. The determination of Russians in Moscow and St. […] Continue reading
Posted on Sunday, 06.01.14 Cuban high schoolers may come to U.S. BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM The U.S. State Department is offering $1.2 million to bring 75 to 100 Cuban high school students to the United States for “summer leadership” sessions, in a ongoing effort to provide educational opportunities to island youths. Sessions will focus […] Continue reading
A Sentimental Education / Regina Coyula Posted on October 24, 2013 Phrases and slogans are often survival strategies, empty expressions that are repeated time and again until they form a part of the landscape. The University is for Revolutionaries is one of these phrases that nevertheless makes sense when we can peek inside a protest […] Continue reading
Human Rights Defender Kidnapped In His Home / Veizant Boloy Posted on October 18, 2013 Havana, Cuba, 11 October 2103, Veizant Boloy / Today, Friday, 11 October at 6:45 AM, Andres Perez Suarez, president of the opposition group Commission for Assistance to Political Prisoners and Their Families (CAPPF, was arbitrarily arrested. The arrest was […] Continue reading
They Are Prosecuting an Activist Against Evictions in Old Havana / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on July 13, 2013 The opponent Madelín Lázara Caraballo, detained for nine months in a prison for HIV-AIDS sufferers, in San Jose de las Lajas, will be tried Wednesday at the Old Havana municipal court. She is accused of the […] Continue reading
Forgiveness or Justice / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on June 1, 2013 The dictators and their henchmen, as a rule, are extravagant, autocratic, narcissistic, hypochondriac, provocative, enigmatic and disturbing individuals. Because of this, and more, anyone who grew up in any of the links in the chain of a dictatorial regime, shares a psychosocial trauma […] Continue reading
Protesting in Cuba May 29, 2012 Veronica Vega HAVANA TIMES — When working with the multidisciplinary cultural group Omni Zona Franca back in 2007, I read an essay about the phenomenon of graffiti. Someone in the group had the outlandish idea that such an effort set to prose could be done in the lobby of […] Continue reading
Declaration of Principles / Miriam CelayaMiriam Celaya, Translator: Unstated Yesterday, February 23, 2012, for a second time, Cuban TV has honored me by exposing my image — along with those of several other independent journalists and dissidents — in the national news. The previous occasion occurred months ago, during an unfortunate program televised through the [...] Continue reading
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