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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

Canadians are major customers in Cuba’s child sex market

Canadians are major customers in Cuba's child sex market Canada is lax when it comes to stopping its sex offenders from going to Cuba and preying on underage prostitutes. Most tourists are drawn to Cuba by the sand, the sunshine, and the culture. But a few tourists – including some Canadians – are drawn by [...] Continue reading

Raul Castro’s Racist Grandson

Raul Castro's Racist Grandson / Juan Juan Almeida #Cuba Juan Juan Almeida, Translator: Unstated RaulitoI do not mean to criticize children for being children, nor grandchildren for being grandchildren, I will just talk about a sector that just because we haven't heard of them, that doesn't mean they are not full of it. Today I'm [...] 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

Interview with a State Security Official

Interview with a State Security Official / Anddy Sierra Alvarez #Cuba Anddy Sierra Alvarez, Translator: Marina Villa At 2:00 PM on November 22, 2012, I was interviewed at the People's Revolutionary Police (PNR) Capri Station, located in the Arroyo Naranjo municipality of Havana, with the Lieutenant called "Junior" from Department 21 (the State Security department [...] Continue reading

Treatment and Classification of Prisoners

Treatment and Classification of Prisoners / Cuban Law Association, Dayami Pestano Lazos Cuban Law Association, Dayami Pestano Lazos, Translator: Unstated Under the Geneva Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (1955), are rules 57 and 59 which address Imprisonment and other measures whose effect is to separate the criminal from the outside world, which are afflicting [...] Continue reading

Other Citizens Without Rights

Other Citizens Without Rights / Cuban Law Association, E. Javier Hernandez H. Cuban Law Association, E. Javier Hernandez H. In a previous post we talked about Cuban Immobility (stagnation), an issue that has many sides, or as we say in "good Cuban": "There is a lot of fabric to be cut." The issue of civil [...] 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

Cuba Needs a Constitution That Serves Everyone

Cuba Needs a Constitution That Serves Everyone / Ivan Garcia Ivan Garcia, Translator: Unstated Some dissidents believe the best place for the current constitution is a waste basket. Laura Diversent, an independent attorney, is more circumspect. "Certainly, today's constitution has innumerable shortcomings. I don't believe it would be adequate in a democratic Cuba. But in [...] Continue reading

Cuba accuses US of training dissidents via Internet

Cuba accuses US of training dissidents via Internet Agence-France PresseAgence-France Presse Cuba accused the United States Friday of helping its opponents access the Internet as part of a drive to undermine the Havana government. The accusation, leveled in a foreign ministry statement, comes amid a simmering dispute over the jailing of American contractor Alan Gross [...] Continue reading

Democracy Cuban-style gets under way

Posted on Saturday, 10.20.12 Democracy Cuban-style gets under way By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press HAVANA — There are no flashy television ads or campaign signs spiked into front yards. And candidates definitely don't tour the island shaking hands and kissing babies. Elections in Cuba lack the hoopla they have in other countries, but authorities here [...] Continue reading

Fleeing from Wise Monkeys

Fleeing from Wise Monkeys / Ivan Garcia Ivan Garcia, Translator: Unstated I am not given to interviews. Nor do I like them. Ninety percent of the time I turn down requests for them. A journalist's role is to question, investigate, analyze and write. What I like about print journalism is the anonymity. Information, news, reporting [...] Continue reading

Call for release of independent journalist accused of insulting president

Call for release of independent journalist accused of insulting president Published on Monday 24 September 2012. Harassment of dissidents has never really stopped since Raúl Castro became president in 2006 but, if they are detained, it is usually for short spells. The arrest of Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, a reporter for the independent Hablemos Press [...] Continue reading

Cuban journalist arrested for his investigative reporting

Cuban journalist arrested for his investigative reporting The Paris-based press freedom watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), is concerned that the detention of Cuban reporter Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias is a return to darker days. Martínez, who works for the independent Hablemos Press agency, was arrested on 16 September on a charge of insulting the president, [...] Continue reading

Elections in Cuba, Venezuela and the USA

Elections in Cuba, Venezuela and the USA September 18, 2012 Fernando Ravsberg* HAVANA TIMES — Nominating is underway in Cuba for candidates who will run in the general elections, which will end with the election of parliament deputies and the president of the republic. In this first stage, grassroots assemblies are being organized in all [...] Continue reading

Independent Activism in Cuba

Independent Activism in Cuba August 5, 2012 June Fernandez* HAVANA TIMES — "Come wearing something red and kiss someone, because all forms of love are important." Last June 28, forty-six people who had received this message via instant messaging or e-mail met in the Havana bus terminal, near the Plaza of the Revolution, to kiss [...] Continue reading

The Conspiracy Theorists

The Conspiracy Theorists July 14, 2012 Armando Chaguaceda HAVANA TIMES — Over the past several day there have appeared in various blogs from the island, and in their international replicas, accusations pertaining to the counterrevolutionary, conspiratorial and mercenary character of different cultural and media projects – including Havana Times. The casual repetition of the attack [...] Continue reading

U.S. tries to expand flow of information to and from Cuba

Posted on Monday, 06.25.12 U.S. tries to expand flow of information to and from Cuba The State Department has increased funding for the technology component of Cuba democracy programs in a bid to get more uncensored information into and out of the island. By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com The U.S. State Department is increasing funding [...] Continue reading

Not All in Cuba Are Proud of Being Black / Iván García

Not All in Cuba Are Proud of Being Black / Iván García Iván García, Translator: mlk A drunk, off duty, enforcement agent, white, justified the racist Cuban police archetype that turns a black or mestizo into a presumed delinquent with an old refrain learned from his mother: "Not all blacks are thieves, but all thieves [...] Continue reading

Revolution in retreat

Revolution in retreat Under Raúl Castro, Cuba has begun the journey towards capitalism. But it will take a decade and a big political battle to complete, writes Michael Reid Mar 24th 2012 | from the print edition WHEN ON JULY 31st 2006 Cuban state television broadcast a terse statement from Fidel Castro to say that [...] Continue reading

UN panel on torture wants information on Cuban prison deaths and dissident arrests

Posted on Tuesday, 05.22.12 CUBA UN panel on torture wants information on Cuban prison deaths and dissident arrests The same day the Cuban media published stories defending the island's prison system By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com A U.N. panel on torture Tuesday demanded that Cuba provide information on the deaths of several political prisoners, the [...] Continue reading

Cuban Regime Disguises Paramilitary Agent as Red Cross Worker

Yoani Sanchez – Award-winning Cuban blogger Cuban Regime Disguises Paramilitary Agent as Red Cross Worker Posted: 05/11/2012 9:53 am During the last week, the official media have greatly emphasized the origin and workings of the Red Cross in Cuba. Around May 8th, the founding date of this humanitarian body, they published several reports about its [...] Continue reading

Being Black in Cuba / Iván García

Being Black in Cuba / Iván García Iván García, Translator: Unstated A white-skinned off-duty law enforcement officer, having a drink, justifies the Cuban police force's racist archetype that turns a black or mixed-raced person into a presumed criminal with the old refrain he learned from his mother, "All blacks are not thieves but all thieves [...] Continue reading

Cuban dissidents say Cardinal Ortega was wrong to call them criminals

Posted on Tuesday, 05.01.12 Cuban dissidents say Cardinal Ortega was wrong to call them criminals The dissidents were part of a group of 13 who occupied a Catholic church to press political demands in March. By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega has said that the 13 dissidents who occupied a Havana church [...] Continue reading

Cuba, the Diaspora and the "Revolutionary Worms" / Iván García

Cuba, the Diaspora and the "Revolutionary Worms" / Iván García Iván García, Translator: Unstated When Norberto (alias) defected from a sports tournament in Canada, the Cuban authorities, as usual, tried to erase him from the collective memory of fans who deliriously cheered his spectacular shots at the basket. No journalist dared to write his name. [...] Continue reading

Imagining Cuba after Chávez

Imagining Cuba after Chávez Venezuela provides Cuba with up to $15 billion a year, which helps offset the US embargo. But there is the real possibility Chávez may not win or survive another six-year term as president.By Girish Gupta, Correspondentposted April 17, 2012 at 8:29 am EDTHavana Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez views Cuban revolutionary and [...] 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
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