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Haunted by cancer after Cuba’s Black Spring

Haunted by cancer after Cuba's Black Spring By Alfredo Felipe Fuentes/ CPJ Guest Blogger As the world welcomes celebrated Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez on her first international tour in a decade, we must also remember journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, who continues to be confined not only to the island nation, but to a prison [...] Continue reading

Oswaldo Payá’s death must not be squelched

Oswaldo Payá's death must not be squelched By Editorial Board, Published: March 31 WHAT WAS it about a simple petition drive more than a decade ago that so frightened Fidel Castro? Cuba's constitution provides that a law may be proposed by citizens if 10,000 people or more sign a petition. The dissident Oswaldo Payá and [...] Continue reading

In solidarity with Cuba’s voices of opposition to Castro’s tyranny

Posted on Saturday, 03.30.13 YOANI SANCHEZ In solidarity with Cuba's voices of opposition to Castro's tyranny BY MARIO DIAZ-BALART AND ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN As we celebrate Passover and Easter, we cherish the freedom to practice our beliefs and express our views, but are also reminded of those 90 miles away who suffer under an evil communist [...] Continue reading

Three Cuban women speak out

Posted on Friday, 03.29.13 Three Cuban women speak out AP For the first time in more than 50 years, Cubans in exile have been able to see firsthand the work of three of the bravest women opposing the Castro regime: • Yoani Sánchez, who arrived in Miami on Thursday, has won numerous awards for her [...] Continue reading

Bill Nelson: U.N. must investigate Oswaldo Payá’s death

Posted on Sunday, 03.24.13 Bill Nelson: U.N. must investigate Oswaldo Payá's death BY BILL NELSON billnelson.senate.gov Like so many of her followers, we've been watching Yoani Sánchez's international speaking tour. Just this month, the well-known Cuban opposition blogger came at my invitation to our nation's capital, where, in a rare appearance, she shared her views [...] Continue reading

Spring Kidnappers

Spring Kidnappers Posted on March 23, 2013 At present, despite the continued omnipresence of the political police–which hinders the proper performance of our work, systematically violates our rights and freedoms, and harasses us and threatens us with many years of jail–alternative civil society is strengthened numerically and deontologically and labors for certain potential destinations definitely [...] Continue reading

10 years after arrests, Cubans split on pace of change

Updated: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 05:52:11 GMT | By Agence France-Presse 10 years after arrests, Cubans split on pace of change Ten years after the "Black Spring" arrest of 75 Cuban dissidents, some in the opposition perceive signs of greater openness while others see a regime that is merely changing tactics to improve its image. [...] Continue reading

Cuba’s Black Spring remembered

Posted on Thursday, 03.21.13 Cuba's Black Spring remembered By The Miami Herald Editorial HeraldEd@MiamiHerald.com Ten years ago this week, Cuba cracked down on independent journalists, librarians and other opposition leaders. Many of the 75 Cubans locked up during Cuba's Black Spring belonged to the Christian Liberation Movement, a group formed by Oswaldo Payá to collect [...] Continue reading

Seeing Berta Soler off at the airport

Seeing Berta Soler off at the airport / Agustin Lopez Posted on March 12, 2013 Between hugs, handshakes and some tears we said goodbye at the Havana aiport last night, Sunday, 10 March, to the leader of the Ladies in White, Berta Soler. She was accompanied more than fifty of these brave women and about [...] Continue reading

Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez recalls Black Spring detentions

Posted on Monday, 03.18.13 Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez recalls Black Spring detentions BY JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ jcchavez@ElNuevoHerald.com NEW YORK — Renowned Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez ended her three-day participation in a technology and information seminar in New York remembering the impact of the Black Spring, a wave of massive detentions that took place in Cuba [...] Continue reading

Cuban activists talk about lack of basic freedoms, 10 years on from mass crackdown

18 March 2013 Cuban activists talk about lack of basic freedoms, 10 years on from mass crackdown "The catalogue of repression and harassment suffered by José Daniel Ferrer García since his release illustrates the current strategy by the Cuban authorities under which activists are arrested for short periods of time to discourage them from speaking [...] 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

Lack of basic human rights one reason to keep embargo

Lack of basic human rights one reason to keep embargo Guillermo I. Martinez Columnist November 22, 2012 Last weekend, during a presentation of the book "Cubans: An Epic Journey," which Sam Verdeja and I co-edited, a man in the audience asked the most expected question: "Why doesn't the United States lift the embargo on Cuba?" [...] Continue reading

Who Is Antonio Rodiles, What Is ‘State of Sats,’ and Why Is Rodiles in Jail?

Yoani Sanchez – Award-winning Cuban blogger Who Is Antonio Rodiles, What Is 'State of Sats,' and Why Is Rodiles in Jail? Posted: 11/20/2012 1:59 pm Hands clasped in front, deep breaths, the lights come up and the curtain begins to rise. The actor is not yet in front of his audience, but he's already about [...] Continue reading

EU to explore new bilateral accord with Cuba

EU to explore new bilateral accord with Cuba Published November 19, 2012 EFE European Union foreign ministers agreed here Monday to explore crafting a bilateral accord with Havana that would permit the 27-nation bloc to go beyond the "common position" that governs its relations with the island. The ministers, meeting in Brussels, urged top EU [...] Continue reading

Raul Castro Avoids the Ibero-American Summit in Cadiz

Raul Castro Avoids the Ibero-American Summit in Cadiz / Yoani Sanchez Translating Cuba, Translator: Unstated, Yoani Sanchez People visiting Havana for the first time agree on the similarities of this city with Cadiz. The cultural similarities and certain visual resemblances tie the Cuban capital to its Andalusian first cousin. The presence of the sea, some [...] Continue reading

Independent journalists hounded and arrested, while Granma reporter get 14 years on spying charge

Independent journalists hounded and arrested, while Granma reporter get 14 years on spying charge Published on Wednesday 14 November 2012. Updated on Friday 16 November 2012. Reporters Without Borders condemns a worrying increase in harassment of dissidents in recent months, which has yet again contradicted the intentions manifested by the Cuban government when signing two [...] 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

The Solitude of the Desert

The Solitude of the Desert / Angel Santiesteban Angel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated Translator's note: This blog post does NOT relate to Angel's most recent arrest this week. It relates to a series of criminal charges the regime fabricated against him in order to be able to imprison him as a "criminal" rather than as a [...] 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

The Cuban Regime’s Destructive Acts Against the Dissidence Have Come to Seem Normal to the World

The Cuban Regime's Destructive Acts Against the Dissidence Have Come to Seem Normal to the World / Ivan Garcia Ivan Garcia, Translator: Russell Conner Monday, September 17th marked the first week of a hunger strike carried out by the well-known economist and opposition figure Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, 67 years old, "to demand the freedom [...] Continue reading

Nothing New Under the Sun

Nothing New Under the Sun / Lilianne Ruiz Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated Now one of the photos I had put in my posts has been taken by State Security and put in a 17 minute documentary to try to accuse Señora Martha Beatriz Roque and twenty other Cubans of faking their hunger strike. I wasn't [...] Continue reading

Cuba’s Ladies in White say celebration blocked

Cuba's Ladies in White say celebration blocked Published September 24, 2012 EFE The dissident Ladies in White group denounced repressive action by the Cuban government to keep its members from taking part in activities they organized to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, patroness of prisoners. "The purpose of the repression is to [...] Continue reading

25 Cuban Dissidents Launch a Hunger Strike

Yoani Sanchez – Award-winning Cuban blogger 25 Cuban Dissidents Launch a Hunger Strike Posted: 09/12/2012 10:58 pm This Monday several Cuban dissidents started a hunger strike which has already been joined by 25 people throughout the country. At a press conference, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello explained that that the strikers are demanding the immediate release [...] Continue reading

13 Cuba dissidents go on hunger strike to protest government abuses

Posted on Tuesday, 09.11.12 13 Cuba dissidents go on hunger strike to protest government abuses The dissidents, including Martha Beatriz Roque, are protesting government abuses. By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com One of Cuba's most tenacious dissidents, Martha Beatriz Roque, announced Monday that she and 12 other opposition activists had launched hunger strikes to highlight the [...] 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

Cuban opposition figure released after almost 2 days under arrest

Cuban opposition figure released after almost 2 days under arrest Published August 15, 2012 EFE Former political prisoner Angel Moya was released after almost two days in the custody of Cuban State Security, he told Efe. Moya, 47, was arrested along with four other dissidents, who have also been released, on Sunday afternoon in the [...] Continue reading

Cuban Prisons: History Repeats Itself

Cuban Prisons: History Repeats Itself / Iván García Iván García, Translator: Unstated One cold evening with a persistent drizzle, the poet and journalist Raul Rivero in his apartment in the Havana neighborhood of La Victoria, told me that the worst thing in prison was when it came time to sleep. Every night, while sleeping in [...] Continue reading
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