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Felipe Calderón “I Ask The Cuban Government To Rectify This Absurdity”

Felipe Calderón: “I Ask The Cuban Government To Rectify This Absurdity” / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2017 — Just five years ago, Mexican President Felipe Calderón was greeted warmly in Havana during an official visit. However, this week the now former president was denied entry to the island to participate in the Oswaldo Payá […] 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

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

Press Workshop with Raul Rivero

Press Workshop with Raul Rivero / Ivan Garcia Posted on November 23, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 23 November 2015 — On these hot nights in Havana, when nostalgia, that silent thief that robs you of strength, strikes without warning, Raúl Rivero, the poet, sneaks through my window and offers me a workshop specifically on the latest […] Continue reading

3,522 Pardoned in order to Cover Up Cuba’s Sad Reality

3,522 Pardoned in order to Cover Up Cuba’s Sad Reality / 14ymedio, Marlene Azor Hernandez Posted on September 20, 2015 14ymedio, Marlene Azor Hernandez, Mexico City, 18 September 2015 – The pardon of 3,522 ordinary prisoners in Cuba is excellent news, above all for their relatives. At the beginning of July something similar occurred when […] Continue reading

What do Cubans Hope For in the New Year?

What do Cubans Hope For in the New Year? / Ivan Garcia Posted on December 22, 2013 December is a month of epilogues. 2013 brought new things for Cubans. After the 14th of January, those born on the island could travel abroad without so much government oversight. Even the dissidents. Although with exceptions. Opponents, hostages […] Continue reading

Independent Journalists Live on the Razor’s Edge in Cuba

Independent Journalists Live on the Razor's Edge in Cuba / Iván García Ivan Garcia, Translator: mlk Every day when they go out to report or write some story about daily reality, invisible to official media, the murky Gag Law that can land them in jail for 20 years or more floats over their heads. It's [...] Continue reading

First Anniversary of the Death of Laura Pollan

First Anniversary of the Death of Laura Pollan Translating Cuba Of short stature, with blue eyes and a firm voice, Laura Pollan was for years one of the most visible faces in Cuba of the Ladies in White. A teacher by profession and a civic activist by choice, she participated in the creation and strengthening [...] Continue reading

Cuba: Petitions and Apprehensions

Cuba: Petitions and Apprehensions August 20, 2012 Dariela Aquique HAVANA TIMES — For more than a half a century, we Cubans have suffered from apprehension, as we have gone through an adverse social juncture in which our civil rights have been constantly vetoed by the government. Beyond the prohibitions themselves, the cardinal problem lies in [...] Continue reading

Meñique Went out to Travel / Luis Felipe Rojas

Meñique Went out to Travel / Luis Felipe Rojas Translating Cuba "Meñique Went out to Travel" — that's the name of a famous children's song. Those same travels were awarded to me by the combined forces of State Security (G-2) and the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) on April 28th. At 7:39 AM, Lieutenant Yasmani Suarez [...] Continue reading

Not Twelve, Seventeen / Miguel Iturria Savón

Not Twelve, Seventeen / Miguel Iturria SavónMiguel Iturria Savón, Translator: Unstated Since the release of latest political prisoners from the repressive crackdown known as the Black Spring of 2003, foreign correspondents in Cuba cling to a mythical number twelve, referring to those who refused exile and stayed on the island, which is a half truth. [...] Continue reading

Authorities Step Up Harassment Of Independent News Centre – RSF

Cuba: Authorities Step Up Harassment Of Independent News CentreWritten by: Reporters Without BordersJuly 2, 2011Bookmark and Share The Cuban authorities are waging a campaign to intimidate Hablemos Press, a Havana-based independent news centre, presumably because of its criticism of the government. In the past three months, 14 of its correspondents have been threatened and 10 [...] Continue reading

Cuban dissident Oscar Biscet is released after 8 years in prison

Posted on Friday, 03.11.11 Cuban dissident Oscar Biscet is released after 8 years in prison Cuba's best-known dissident says he'll continue to fight the government after eight years in prison.BY JUAN O. TAMAYOjtamayo@elnuevoherald.com Cuba's government Friday freed Oscar Elias Biscet, a leading dissident who served more than 11 years in prison and was awarded the [...] Continue reading
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