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50 Ladies in White Arrested After Communist Mob Stones HQ

Cuba: 50 Ladies in White Arrested After Communist Mob Stones HQ Kyodo via AP Images by FRANCES MARTEL 6 Mar 2017 The Cuban anti-Communist group Ladies in White reports at least 50 of its members were arrested this weekend following a mob attack on their headquarters in Havana, in which the dissidents were forced to […] Continue reading

Cubacel Censors Texts With The Words “Democracy” Or “Hunger Strike”

Cubacel Censors Texts With The Words “Democracy” Or “Hunger Strike” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez/Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 3 September 2016 — If you are considering sending a text message to a friend to wish him a “happy coexistence” with his family or to suggest that he not give in to “the […] Continue reading

First Report of the Advisory Group

First Report of the Advisory Group / Cuban Civil Society Advisory Group Posted on October 26, 2013 A brief summary of topics that describe the situation of Cuba in late 2013 could be summed up in two words: reform and repression. The reforms have been directed mostly in the right direction, but in a superficial […] Continue reading

Rodiles, Targeted by the Regime

Rodiles, Targeted by the Regime / Luis Felipe Rojas Antonio Rodiles, Luis Felipe Rojas, Translator: Raul G., Yoani Sanchez Two opposite dynamics have had to change their actions in order to prevail: government repression and the peaceful opposition. Everyday Cubans have taken up arms with new technologies, they have supported each other with the scarce [...] Continue reading

OUR SHARE OF REPRESSION FOR THE VISIT OF BENEDICT XVI / Mario Barroso

OUR SHARE OF REPRESSION FOR THE VISIT OF BENEDICT XVI / Mario Barroso Mario Barroso, Translator: mlk The 103rd Annual Assembly of the Baptist Association of Western Cuba, to which I belong, concluded Saturday the 24th at 6:00pm. That was why my wife Yoaxis and I found ourselves in Havana from the Monday before, the [...] Continue reading

Whatever We Need to Do for the Freedom of Cuba, We Will Continue Doing

"Whatever We Need to Do for the Freedom of Cuba, We Will Continue Doing" Translating Cuba, Translator: Raul G. After being confined to a dungeon of the Versalles Police Unit in Santiago de Cuba for 27 days, the leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, narrates how his recent arrest occurred, [...] Continue reading

Why José Daniel? / Yoani Sánchez

Why José Daniel? / Yoani Sánchez Translator: Unstated, Yoani Sánchez I knew they would go after him. When I spoke with José Daniel Ferrer for the first time, by phone, I immediately noticed his exceptionality. Shortly after, we talked around the table in our house and this impression was further confirmed. While outside night was [...] Continue reading

After the Black Spring, Cuba’s new repression

After the Black Spring, Cuba's new repression When the last of 29 journalists jailed in a notorious 2003 crackdown was finally freed this year, it signaled to many the end of a dark era. But Cuban authorities are still persecuting independent journalists through arbitrary arrests, beatings, and intimidation. A CPJ special report by Karen PhillipsPublished [...] Continue reading

DEATH, DEATH AND MORE DEATH / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

DEATH, DEATH AND MORE DEATH / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Translator: Unstated

DEATH IN MAY
Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

It begins happening more every day. First as an accident, then as
business-as-usual. The despicable childishness of the police beating
innocents (in the street and in prison) is also a sinister little game,… Continue reading

Dissidents placed under house arrest, intimidated to avoid marking Zapata Tamayo’s death

Posted on Wednesday, 02.23.11Cuba dissident clampdownDissidents placed under house arrest, intimidated to avoid marking Zapata Tamayo's deathBy JUAN O. TAMAYOjtamayo@elnuevoherald.comCuban security officials tightened an already harsh clampdown on ... Continue reading

Dissidents placed under house arrest, intimidated to avoid marking Zapata Tamayo's death

Posted on Wednesday, 02.23.11Cuba dissident clampdownDissidents placed under house arrest, intimidated to avoid marking Zapata Tamayo's deathBy JUAN O. TAMAYOjtamayo@elnuevoherald.comCuban security officials tightened an already harsh clampdown on ... Continue reading

It's time to lift the communications embargo on Cuba.

Havana Calling

It's time to lift the communications embargo on Cuba.
BY CHRISTOPHER SABATINI | JULY/AUGUST 2010

Fidel Castro may have looked weak and confused at times during his TV
appearance this week, but the rare prime-time address by the former
Cuban leader had the desired effect: He managed, for a day, to recapture
the media… Continue reading

Cuba's Long Black Spring

Cuba's Long Black Spring
By Carlos Lauria, Monica Campbell, and María Salazar

Five years after the Castro government cracked down on the independent
press, more than 20 journalists remain behind bars for the crime of free
expression.

In her kitchen overlooking Havana's crumbling skyline, Julia Núñez
Pacheco recalls the day five years ago when plainclothes state… Continue reading

Cuba’s Long Black Spring

Cuba's Long Black Spring
Five years after the Castro government cracked down on the independent
press,
more than 20 journalists remain behind bars for the "crime" of
free expression. The island nation has paid the price of international
isolation.
The journalists and their families have paid in human misery.

March 18, 2008

In her kitchen overlooking… Continue reading

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