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Cuba and the United States Return to the Trenches

Cuba and the United States Return to the Trenches / Iván García Iván García, 19 June 2017 — For both countries it amounts to a remake of the Cold War, this time in version 2.0. It will take time to determine the scope of the contest or if the new diplomatic battle will involve only […] Continue reading

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom / Iván García Iván García, 3 May 2017 — Let’s step back in time. One morning in 1985, Yndamiro Restano Díaz, a thirty-seven-year-old journalist with Radio Rebelde, took out an old Underwood and wrote a clandestine broadsheet entitled “Nueva Cuba.” After distributing the single-page, handmade newspaper up and […] Continue reading

The Countdown Begins For Raul Castro’s Departure From Power

The Countdown Begins For Raul Castro’s Departure From Power / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 24 February 2017 — On February 24 of next year Raul Castro must leave the presidency of Cuba if he is to fulfill the promise he has made several times. His announced departure from power is looked on with suspicion by some […] Continue reading

Cuba’s strides under Castro offset by decades of repression, reports say

Cuba’s strides under Castro offset by decades of repression, reports say By Joe Sterling, CNN Updated 0626 GMT (1426 HKT) November 27, 2016 (CNN)The relentlessly brutal legacy of political repression that marked Fidel Castro’s rule in Cuba offset and undermined his achievements, two major human rights groups said on Saturday. Amnesty International and Human Rights […] Continue reading

Whether covering an ice cream company or a hurricane, Government andindependent journalists encounter the same obstruction of their work

Whether covering an ice cream company or a hurricane, Government and independent journalists encounter the same obstruction of their work OSMAR LAFFITA ROJAS | La Habana | 27 de Octubre de 2016 – 10:59 CEST. The arbitrary arrest of a group of Cuban journalists on October 12 while covering the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in […] Continue reading

Tallies and Tales of the Reforms

Cuba: Tallies and Tales of the Reforms / Vicente Botín Once upon a time… A female cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to turn her into a woman. The goddess, pitying the cat’s yearning, transformed her into a beautiful maiden, and the young man, captivated by […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Brings Back the Weapon of Fear

The Cuban Regime Brings Back the Weapon of Fear / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 7 September 2016 — In the autumn of 2002 at an event in a Havana theater, the dictator Fidel Castro sent a clear message to independent journalists and regime opponents in an effort to downplay their importance. Referring to dissidents, he […] Continue reading

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 5 May 2016 — Since early this month, members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) have begun to disseminate the document Minimum Program and Projections, which outlines guidelines for the actions of the opposition organization, forms of struggle, […] Continue reading

Cuba says Obama ‘welcome’ but shouldn’t expect much

Cuba says Obama ‘welcome’ but shouldn’t expect much Havana (AFP) – Cuba’s state newspaper said Wednesday US President Barack Obama will be warmly welcomed when he makes a historic visit this month, but warned him not to expect political concessions. “The US leader will be welcomed by the government of Cuba and its people with […] Continue reading

He is Obama, Not God

He is Obama, Not God / Iván García Posted on February 28, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 24 February 2016 — Neither American economic power nor Barack Obama’s oratorical skills seem to be enough to satisfy exaggerated, unreasonable or personal demands from the diverse group of Obama fans who make up Cuban society. The national psyche is […] Continue reading

CUBA’S ‘BLACK SPRING’ STILL HAUNTS JOURNALISTS

CUBA’S ‘BLACK SPRING’ STILL HAUNTS JOURNALISTS David Soler 8 February 2016 Years after their release, two Cuban journalists look back at lost years. In March 2003 the world’s attention was transfixed on Iraq as the United States prepared to launch a divisive military assault on Saddam Hussein’s government. Meanwhile just 90 miles from U.S. shores, […] Continue reading

Against Raúl Castro’s visit to France

Against Raúl Castro’s visit to France J. MACHOVER / L. MULLER / J. ZÚÑIGA | París | 21 Ene 2016 – 9:11 am. Cuban dictator Raúl Castro, invited by François Hollande, is scheduled to arrive in Paris on February 1, 2016. The President of the Council of State and of Ministers and the First Secretary […] Continue reading

Cuban Activists Celebrate The Victory Of The Venezuelan Opposition

Cuban Activists Celebrate The Victory Of The Venezuelan Opposition / 14ymedio Posted on December 7, 2015 Venezula’s Democratic Unity Roundtable opposition alliance won an absolute majority, according to official data (Fotograma) 14ymedio, Havana, 7 December 2015 – Satisfaction in the triumph of the opposition, words of encouragement to the great loser of the contest, Venezuelan […] Continue reading

Vladimiro Roca: “Many just saw me as the son of Blas Roca”

Vladimiro Roca: “Many just saw me as the son of Blas Roca” / Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello Posted on November 23, 2015 Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, Havana, 16 November 2015 – Vladimiro Roca Antunez is one of “the old guard” group of dissidents who is still in Cuba. He holds a degree in […] Continue reading
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