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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
Interview with El Sexto (Danilo Maldonado) in San Francisco Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado is in San Francisco, planning for the opening of his art exhibit, “Angels and Demons,” at the Immersive ART LAB, 3255A Third Street, May 11, 6-10pm. His exhibit is sponsored by the Human Rights Foundation as part of its Art in Protest […] Continue reading
Trump in Miami, Clinton in Havana / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar and Mario Penton 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 8 November 2016 – With the presidential election this Tuesday, not only is the fate of the United States in play. Its results will also affect the future of the island. In Miami, the South Florida […] Continue reading
Obama vs. the dissidents By Jackson Diehl Deputy Editorial Page Editor June 12 There are two ways dictatorships can end, says Óscar Elías Biscet. “One is a revolution of the superstructure, where the top changes itself. The other is a change from the bottom up,” like those that introduced democracy to Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe […] Continue reading
Cuba Dissident Says He Gave Obama Political Prisoner List Alberto Pimienta March 22, 2016 6:00 PM In a small, white room of the newly opened United States embassy in Havana, the simple exchange of a document summed up the significance of a meeting between President Barack Obama and 13 Cuban dissidents. “Do you have a […] Continue reading
In Cuba and U.S., Expectations Are Mixed on Obama’s Historic Trip by SANDRA LILLEY , JOHN BRECHER and CARMEN SESIN The 90 miles separating the island of Cuba from the United States seem just a little closer as Havana prepares to host an American president for the first time in almost ninety years. “No American […] Continue reading
Transparency, Honesty and Free Information: Exotic Ideals in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 31, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 21 June 2015 — When Berta Soler, leader of one of three splinter groups of the Ladies in White, convened a referendum on her continued command of the organization following a scandal in Fall 2014 regarding […] Continue reading
Cuban Dissidents Buoyed in a New Era AUG. 24, 2015 Editorial Observer By ERNESTO LONDOÑO Critics of President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba have accused him of abandoning dissidents on the island, a marginalized group that had been at the heart of American policy toward Havana. Republican politicians and the editorial pages of […] Continue reading
After embassy opening, next chapter in U.S.-Cuba relationship begins BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com WASHINGTON For Secretary of State John Kerry, Monday’s resumption of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba was a day to celebrate but also to begin to repair a relationship that had been broken for more than a half-century. Just after […] Continue reading
Juan Abreu: “Executions in Cuba Are an Untold Story” / 14ymedio, Yaiza Santos Posted on June 28, 2015 14ymedio, Yaiza Santos, Mexico, 27 June 2015 – Painter and writer Juan Abreu (b. Havana, 1952) has taken on the inordinate task of painting, one by one, all those executed by the Castro regime. The work in […] Continue reading
¿Los únicos culpables? mayo 13, 2015 10:53 am· Cuba actualidad, Lawton, La Habana, (PD) Ya se repite hasta la saciedad que desde 1996 el Congreso de los Estados Unidos, su Departamento de Estado, USAID y NED han gastado mil millones de dólares en la democratización de Cuba sin que la disidencia haya logrado arrastre popular […] Continue reading
Cuba: My State of Conflict Posted: 02/17/2015 10:30 am EST Elinor Robin Tomorrow I leave for six days in Cuba. Some months ago, before the recent diplomatic adjustment, Cuba seemed to be calling me. I’ve lived in South Florida for most of my adult life. And, Cuba’s culture and people have profoundly influenced Florida, despite […] 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
Castros the beneficiaries of perilous policy shift BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ HAGUIRREFERRE@GMAIL.COM 12/20/2014 2:00 PM 12/20/2014 7:00 PM President Obama just blew oxygen into the moribund Cuban economy — and its governing elite — by announcing the reestablishment of full diplomatic relations and economic concessions, a dramatic shift in diplomatic relations between the two countries. […] Continue reading

Posted on Thursday, 05.08.14

The plight of Alan Gross
BY BASILIO GUZMAN
CUBACENTER.ORG

I sympathize with the plight of Alan Gross, a USAID contractor unjustly
sentenced to 15 years in a Cuban prison. Some reports have said he is,
or was, waging a hunger strike to protest his confinement; other reports
say he is “fasting.” I,… Continue reading

O’Grady: Behind the Turmoil in Venezuela Cuba is worried about losing 100,000 barrels of oil per day if its man in Caracas falls. By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY Feb. 23, 2014 6:47 p.m. ET The bloodshed in Caracas over the past 12 days brings to mind the 2009 Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, […] Continue reading
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