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Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime / Somos+, Roberto Camba How much truth can a man take? Friedrich Nietzsche Somos+, Roberto Camba, 12 September 2016 — They say it began with the fight to return the young rescued rafter Elian Gonzalez from the United States to Cuba. Really it was much earlier, since the […] Continue reading
New Cuban journalism emerges on the internet, beyond official and opposition media Digital journalism has arrived in Cuba, in the Cuban way. BY DANIEL WIZENBERG Knight Center Rodolfo Romero is 27 years-old. He received money from the government to finance a news site. It was going to be called Cuba accuses (Cuba acusa) but he […] 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
Obama’s trip to Cuba provokes strong emotions Obama will make the first visit by a sitting president in nearly 90 years Major issues still separate the two countries But progress has been made since rapprochement announced Dec. 17, 2014 BY MIMI WHITEFIELD Symbolic, an effort to burnish his legacy and prevent his Cuba policies […] Continue reading
Obama tells Cuban dissidents he will discuss rights with Castro By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama promised one of Cuba’s most prominent dissident groups he would raise the issues of freedom of speech and assembly with Cuban President Raul Castro during his March 20-22 visit to the Caribbean island. In a […] Continue reading
My view: The U.S. should keep the Cuba embargo in place By Daisy Penaloza For the Deseret News Published: Friday, Jan. 29 2016 12:10 a.m. MST Summary A year has elapsed since normalization talks were divulged between the United States and Cuba, and the prophetic words of Cuba’s dissidents reverberate within the current, grim reality […] Continue reading
No change in Cuba, totalitarianism persists – dissident in Prague published: 25.11.2015, 18:13 Prague – The situation of the Cuban opposition has not changed in the past year of warmed relations between Havana and Washington, and the totalitarian regime persists in the county, Cuban dissident Maria Paya, on a visit to Prague, has told CTK. […] Continue reading
Cuban Dissidents Face Uphill Fight Published October 31, 2015 TRACEY EATON The graffiti artist jailed for 10 months after he painted the names “Fidel” and “Raúl” on two pigs said today he isn’t backing down. “Art is my life and I can’t breathe without a life,” said Danilo Maldonado, also known as “El Sexto.” “Of […] Continue reading
Declaration of San Juan / Cuban National Conference Posted on August 22, 2015 Declaration of San Juan The first Cuban National Conference met in San Juan, Puerto Rico from August 13 to 15, 2015. Twenty-three organizations from the Cuban archipelago and 32 from the exile participated, duly represented by more than 100 of their leaders. […] Continue reading
Kerry Should Welcome Cuban Dissidents to the Embassy BY ELLIOTT ABRAMS 8/8/15 AT 1:58 PM Secretary of State Kerry will visit Cuba soon—on August 14. Since the opening of diplomatic relations and of the Cuban embassy in Washington, what’s been going on in Cuba? More repression. There were 630 political arrests in June, according to […] Continue reading
It’s time for Kerry to engage with Cuban dissidents BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER If Secretary of State John Kerry is serious when he claims that the Obama Administration will keep pressing for democracy and human rights in Cuba, this is the least he should do: invite Cuban dissidents to the flag-raising ceremony at the U.S. […] Continue reading
Tania Bruguera Now Has Her Passport / 14ymedio Posted on July 11, 2015 14ymedio, 11 July 2015 — The Cuban government finally returned her passport to the artist Tania Bruguera, who can now travel outside the island, she reported this Saturday in a statement on her Facebook site #YoTambiénExijo. The document had been seized last […] Continue reading
Cubans pay the price for Obama’s ‘engagement’ with the Castros By Jeff Jacoby GLOBE COLUMNIST JULY 07, 2015 GLOBE STAFF ILLUSTRATION On July 1, President Obama announced the formal resumption of diplomatic relations with Cuba, asserting confidently that “American engagement . . . is the best way to advance our interests and support for democracy […] Continue reading
Cuban artist pushes boundary between art and politics, and pays a price NICK MIROFF | THE WASHINGTON POST HAVANA, Cuba – It was probably inevitable, given the trajectory of her career, that Cuban artist Tania Bruguera’s creative vision would collide some day with her country’s less-expansive political reality. From a young age, Bruguera, 46, won […] Continue reading
Laritza Diversent, the Cuban Lawyer who met with Obama / Cubanet, Manuel Guerra Perez Posted on May 28, 2015 Cubanet, Manual Guerra Perez, Havana, 30 April 2015 — Laritza Diversent is a lawyer and director of the Cubalx Center of Legal Information, an independent office that has offered free legal advice since 2010. She graduated […] Continue reading
On Cuban Independence Day: Freedom is the goal BY MARCO RUBIO As we mark Cuban Independence Day this Wednesday, we must never forget that the only true form of independence for the Cuban people is freedom and democracy, and we must recommit our state and nation to the goal of helping them achieve that vital […] Continue reading
The Castros’ New Friend [14-05-2015 22:57:34] James Kirchick ( Obama’s change of policy helps Cuba’s oppressive regime, not its democratic dissidents I’ve visited more than my fair share of dictatorships, but Cuba is the only one where travelers at the airport must pass through a metal detector uponentering, in addition to leaving, the country. Immediately […] Continue reading
Cuban dissidents will head to Summit of the Americas BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 03/26/2015 4:10 PM  03/26/2015 6:05 PM HAVANA Cuban opposition leaders and activists Manuel Cuesta Morúa, Guillermo Fariñas, and Berta Soler will take part in civil-society events at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, according to the Miami-based Cuban Soul Foundation. […] Continue reading
Cuba: Leader of Dissident Group Retains Her Post After Challenge By VICTORIA BURNETTMARCH 11, 2015 Cuba’s most high-profile opposition group, the Ladies in White, voted Wednesday to keep their leader, Berta Soler, in a referendum prompted by complaints that she was autocratic and should resign. The challenge to Ms. Soler’s leadership exposed divisions within the […] Continue reading
Dissidents struggle to regroup as US, Cuba move closer Havana (AFP) – Dissidents in Cuba keen to get off the sidelines are reeling after the United States and the communist government said they will seek to end decades of Cold War bad blood. Following news of the historic shift, announced December 17, many members of […] Continue reading
Sudden U.S. Thaw Worries Cuban Dissidents By VICTORIA BURNETT and WILLIAM NEUMANDEC. 26, 2014 HAVANA — Sitting in her brother’s spare apartment, near a blinking plastic Christmas tree, Sonia Garro was relishing her newfound freedom, happily trading her prison garb for a purple dress and flip-flops with bright pink plastic bows over the toes. Ms. […] Continue reading
Posted on Saturday, 02.15.14 EMBARGO Let the Cuban regime change first BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ HAGUIRREFERRE@GMAIL.COM I do not have any radical friends, although I do have friends with radically different ideas as to how to deal with Cuba. Much of the debate focuses on the embargo and how it affects making positive change in […] Continue reading
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