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Ricardo Alarcon

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

Injustices of a Debate

Injustices of a Debate / 14ymedio Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana 10 August 2016 – The recent broadcast of a television program from Miami with Maria Elvira Salazar as moderator, where there was a heated debate between the well-known Cuban opposition leader, Jose Daniel Ferrer, and the also well-known Castro regime panderer, Edmundo Garcia […] Continue reading

Dissident group says Cuba holds 93 political prisoners

Dissident group says Cuba holds 93 political prisoners Published April 25, 2016 EFE The dissident Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation said Monday that there are currently 93 political prisoners on the island, and that 21 of them have been behind bars for between 13 and 24 years. The latest release adds 22 […] Continue reading

My History

My History / Somos+, Frank Rojas Posted on January 26, 2016 Somos +, Frank Rojas, 26 January 2016 — My history is like that of most Cubans born during the Revolutionary period. My generation grew up with our lives administered by others, carrying ration cards and bearing witness to those great moments that marked the […] Continue reading

Quo Vadis Francis?

Quo Vadis* Francis? / Mario Lleonart Posted on October 9, 2015 Those of us who lived through the repressive crackdown that took place in Cuba in 2012 during the visit of Benedict XVI have never received a response from the Vatican, although it was informed of the facts. Jose Conrado—the priest who is a maverick […] Continue reading

A Simple Proposal for Elections

A Simple Proposal for Elections REGINA COYULA, La Habana | Marzo 16, 2015 I always heard Ricardo Alarcon repeat, during his time as President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, that the Cuban electoral system was the most democratic in the world. The truth is that the weighted advantages of this system not only […] Continue reading

Times writer gets Earful from Cuba dissidents

Times writer gets Earful from Cuba dissidents Guillermo I. Martinez SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL guimar123​@gmail.com Cuban dissidents don’t see lifting embargo as way to help Once again Ernesto Londoño, the newest member of The New York Times Editorial Board, writes about Cuba. That makes it four editorials and now three columns in less than two months. […] Continue reading

Time for an evolution in U.S. policy on Cuba

Time for an evolution in U.S. policy on Cuba By Katrina vanden Heuvel, Tuesday, June 10, 2:00 PM The sad irony of U.S.-Cuban relations is that Cuba, under the leadership of 83-year-old Raúl Castro, is changing rapidly, and the United States, despite President Obama’s promises of a “new beginning,” remains largely frozen in a self-destructive […] Continue reading

Aide to Cuba’s Ricardo Alarcon sentenced to 30 years for spying

Posted on Saturday, 02.08.14 CUBA Aide to Cuba’s Ricardo Alarcon sentenced to 30 years for spying BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM A top aide to one of Cuba’s veteran political figures, Ricardo Alarcón, and the aide’s wife, have been convicted of spying and sentenced to 30 and 15 years in prison, according to persons close […] Continue reading

Eliezer Avila Commits to a Green Party

Eliezer Avila Commits to a Green Party / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on October 8, 2013 Cubanet interviewed Eliezer Avila, the computer scientist who once faced Ricardo Alarcon, former president of the National Assembly. He moved to the capital in order to participate more directly in the changes in civil society. What have you been doing […] Continue reading

Response to Ricardo Alarcon

Response to Ricardo Alarcon / Eliecer Avila Posted on July 18, 2013 This morning I was awakened by a call from a friend to tell me that finally señor Ricardo Alarcón had uttered words referring to our encounter*. I immediately started to make arrangements to see where I could download this post, but nothing worked. […] Continue reading

Globe-trotting Cuban activists sway world opinion

Posted on Friday, 04.26.13 Cuban dissidents Globe-trotting Cuban activists sway world opinion BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com At least a half dozen Cuban activists are now crisscrossing the globe, more or less at the same time, publicly airing their grievances against the Cuban government and meeting with high-level officials and politicians abroad. What gives? Many Cuba [...] Continue reading

Counterrevolutionary

Counterrevolutionary / Yusnaby Perez Posted on April 10, 2013    I recall that all my life I've been characterized as a rebel, protesting what I considered wrong or unfair and most of the time proposing solutions. In the Cuban political environment I've experienced agonizingly slowly a change that has cost me 25 years of life. If [...] Continue reading

Is Eliecer Avila Frustrated?

Is Eliecer Avila Frustrated? April 8, 2013 Veronica Vega HAVANA TIMES — A while ago, someone I think highly of said to me: "Yeah, that student (Eliecer Avila) had the courage to ask those questions to (National Assembly President) Ricardo Alarcon, making the official look ridiculous, and the student himself even became a popular figure. [...] Continue reading

Eliecer Avila announces new political organization

Cuba: Eliecer Avila announces new political organization March 28, 2013 HAVANA TIMES – The young Cuban political activist Eliecer Avila said Tuesday in a video posted on YouTube from Poland, that the new organization Somos+ (We are+), aims to "unite wills" to "negotiate" with the Cuban government. "We all win if we unite and we [...] Continue reading

Cuba pushes swap: its spies jailed in US for American contractor held in Havana

Cuba pushes swap: its spies jailed in US for American contractor held in Havana In what could be the setting for a gripping thriller, Cuba and the U.S. are reportedly locked in a standoff this weekend, with the fate of an American contractor hanging in the balance. NBC's Michael Isikoff reports. By Michael Isikoff NBC [...] Continue reading

Hostages of the Revolution

Hostages of the Revolution / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Translator: Unstated The media coverage (the nonsense of international reporters excitedly applauding on my cellphone until its batteries nearly ran out) is overwhelming: everyone is convinced that Raul's reforms deepen and expand (metastasis of Marxist materialism?), because Cubans can finally buy and [...] Continue reading

Cuba: Being Informed Is Not Enough

Cuba: Being Informed Is Not Enough June 20, 2012 By Yusimi Rodriguez (Photos: Caridad) HAVANA TIMES — I'm becoming mono-thematic. Every time I write, it's to criticize the lack of press freedom and access to information that we Cubans are subjected to. When it seems that I'm finally going to talk about something else, I [...] Continue reading

Travel may free up for Cubans

Travel may free up for Cubans Change only weeks away, official insists By Paul Haven Associated Press Monday, May 7, 2012 HAVANA — After controlling the comings and goings of its people for five decades, communist Cuba appears on the verge of a decision to lift many travel restrictions. One senior official says a "radical [...] Continue reading

After 50 years, Cubans hope to travel freely

Posted on Tuesday, 05.01.12 After 50 years, Cubans hope to travel freely By PAUL HAVEN Associated Press HAVANA — After controlling the comings and goings of its people for five decades, communist Cuba appears on the verge of a momentous decision to lift many travel restrictions. One senior official says a "radical and profound" change [...] Continue reading

No more deception, FREEDOM NOW / Oswaldo Payá

No more deception, FREEDOM NOW / Oswaldo PayáOswaldo Payá, Translator: Cleonte The government representing the military regime has denied Cubans the universal right to travel freely for more than half a century and still denies this right without any clear prospects towards change. With the greatest cruelty, it has torn millions of Cuban families apart [...] Continue reading

Cuban government to remove foreign travel restrictions for citizens

Cuban government to remove foreign travel restrictions for citizensAFP Apr 14, 2012, 01.57AM IST HAVANA: The Cuban government plans to remove many of the restrictions that have prevented its citizens from travelling abroad for decades, National Assembly president Ricardo Alarcon said in an interview published today. Alarcon said Cuba is "working towards a profound radical [...] Continue reading

Cuba: The second revolution?

Cuba: The second revolution? For the first time since the 1959 coup, Cubans are able to buy and sell property, set up businesses and farm their own land. Could these new liberties signal a move towards a free-market economy? Don't count on it, says Margareta Pagano.Margereta PaganoSunday 15 April 2012 It's the sort of glitz [...] Continue reading

Cuba should finally release Alan Gross

Cuba should finally release Alan GrossBy Editorial Board, Sunday, January 1, 12:29 AM TWO LEADERS of Cuba's Jewish community have visited American Alan Gross at the maximum-security military hospital in Havana where he has been confined since Dec. 3, 2009. They lighted Hanukkah candles with him, emerging later to pronounce him healthy and hopeful. But [...] Continue reading

Cuba’s Citizens Freer Movement

Cuba's Citizens Freer MovementDecember 1, 2011Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES, Dic 1 — The recent reform of the law that limited migration from the provinces to the capital seems a step in the right direction, though it still doesn't completely respond to the spirit of the constitution entitling Cubans to live wherever they see fit. In [...] Continue reading

The Return of Eliécer / Yoani Sánchez

The Return of Eliécer / Yoani SánchezTranslator: Unstated, Yoani Sánchez Distrust is a fundamental part of the negative legacy of this system. The doubt when receiving a hug, suspicion in the face of candor, and phrases such as "I'm sure he's with State Security" instead of "I'm glad he dares!" There is nothing more frustrating, [...] Continue reading

Cleric hopes to meet with jailed US man in Cuba

Posted on Tuesday, 11.29.11 Cleric hopes to meet with jailed US man in CubaBy ANDREA RODRIGUEZAssociated Press HAVANA — A delegation of U.S. religious leaders visiting Cuba has asked for access to an American man imprisoned for bringing restricted communications equipment to the island, a leading clerical official said Tuesday. The 15-member delegation is still [...] Continue reading

Cuba pol cool to talk of release, swap for US man

Posted on Friday, 11.11.11 Cuba pol cool to talk of release, swap for US manBy ANDREA RODRIGUEZAssociated Press HAVANA — The president of Cuba's parliament said Friday no one should expect the island to unilaterally free an imprisoned American aid contractor and threw cold water on hopes he could be swapped for five Cuban agents [...] Continue reading
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