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    UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Bangladesh

    UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Bangladesh By UN Watch —— Bio and Archives March 21, 2017 GENEVA— Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Bolivia, UAE, Iran, Bangladesh, and Venezuela today attempted to silence UN human rights council testimony by the head of UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights […] Continue reading

    Legacy and End Point

    Legacy and End Point / Somos+, Pedro Acosta Somos+, Pedro Acosta, 6 December 2016 — After your departure the Cuban people should be eternally grateful for: The fall of the dictatorship. Fulfilling your political promises, especially the respect for the 1940 Constitution, the quick holding of free elections, and not placing yourself permanently in power. […] Continue reading

    The Legacy of Fidel Castro and the Future of Cuba

    The Legacy of Fidel Castro and the Future of Cuba / Iván García Iván García, 6 December 2016 — Some large scale political events, the ones where people are weeping over the death of a “venerated leader” or yelling slogans like ventriloquists, are really smoke and mirrors. A dishonest trick. On April 7, 1957, a […] Continue reading

    Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This?

    Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This? / Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces, Guantanamo, Cuba, 3 November 2016 — In talking to fellow countrymen and foreigners, the question comes up: Why do we Cubans have put up with so much abuse from the Castros? The question is raised […] Continue reading

    How to do good business in Cuba

    How to do good business in Cuba Lindsay Lloyd 12:32 a.m. EDT April 5, 2016 President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Cuba showed the same fault lines in American attitudes toward the communist island that have existed since 1959. But it remains to be seen if the administration’s decision to engage with Havana will produce […] Continue reading

    Beating A Dead Horse Between Brussels And Havana

    Beating A Dead Horse Between Brussels And Havana / Rosa Maria Paya Posted on December 19, 2015 The issue of human rights must permeate every point of the agreement between the EU and Cuba El País, Rosa Maria Paya, 18 December 2015 – In more than a year of negotiations with the Cuban government, the […] Continue reading

    US-Cuba Deal at One Year – Castros Stronger than Ever

    US-Cuba Deal at One Year: Castros Stronger than Ever / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on December 16, 2015 Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Reykjavik, 15-December 2015 — A non-interventionist US president, a Peronist Catholic pope, and a right-wing military dictator exalted by the Latin American left was bound to be a winning ticket. And so […] Continue reading

    Rosa María Paya – Totalitarianism Does Not Tolerate Participation

    Rosa María Paya: Totalitarianism Does Not Tolerate Participation / Leonel Luis Leon Posted on December 7, 2015 Diario Las Americas, Leonel Luis Leon, 5 December 2015 — Rosa María Payá, daughter of the deceased Cuban opposition leader Oswaldo Payá – who received the Andrei Sakharov Human Rights Prize from the European Parliament and founded the […] Continue reading

    Why the Dissidence is Irrelevant for Ordinary Cubans

    Why the Dissidence is Irrelevant for Ordinary Cubans / Ivan Garcia Posted on November 13, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 5 November 201 5 — Daniela Sarmiento, 61, has exhausted all the legal options with State institutions to complete the process for a new home She lives with her three children in a house cracked because of […] Continue reading

    Advancing human rights in Cuba

    Advancing human rights in Cuba The pope might start with embracing Cuba’s true heroes By George Phillips – – Thursday, September 10, 2015 In the 1980s when Lech Walesa boldly stood up to his oppressive Communist government in Poland, he was embraced by Pope John Paul II, the news media and opponents of communism everywhere. […] Continue reading

    Easterners in Havana: An Exodus Hushed Up by the Cuban Regime

    Easterners in Havana: An Exodus Hushed Up by the Cuban Regime / Ivan Garcia Posted on June 15, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 30 May 2015 — One hot and boring night, drinking a tear-inducing moonshine, Yosvany and a group of friends in a remote sugar-workers’ town in Yateras, Guantanamo province, more than a 600 miles east […] Continue reading

    Racial Prejudice Begins in Childhood

    Cuba: Racial Prejudice Begins in Childhood / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 28, 2015 Iván García, 29 April 2015 — The first time that Yumilka, a teacher, felt discriminated against because of the color of her skin she was only four years old. “It was in the daycare center. I remember coming home crying. A […] Continue reading

    WHEN WILL CUBA END ITS ‘INTERNAL EMBARGO’?

    WHEN WILL CUBA END ITS ‘INTERNAL EMBARGO’? by SPYRIDON MITSOTAKIS 13 Apr 2015 When I travelled for two weeks in working class areas of Cuba last year, a Cuban worker explained to me that while they hear endlessly from the government about the “American embargo against Cuba,” the real problem is the “internal embargo”—the embargo […] Continue reading

    No blogger, no Obama

    No blogger, no Obama / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on March 29, 2015 No blogger, no cry. Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo 1 In the beginning was the Blog. 2 But blogs were formless and empty. 3 Repression was all over the blogosphere. 4 And the citizens saw the blogs were good. 5 So that […] Continue reading

    The Truth About ‘Tourist Apartheid’ in Cuba

    The Truth About ‘Tourist Apartheid’ in Cuba Kim-Marie Evans February 16, 2015 Contrary to recent headlines, Cuba is not flinging open its doors for tourist travel. Although there have been recent changes in U.S. regulations, it is still technically illegal for an American to be a tourist in Cuba. In fact, during a recent art-buying […] Continue reading

    What I Said at FIU

    What I Said at FIU / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on December 9, 2014 Translator’s Note: On Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo participated in a panel discussion at Florida International University, in Miami. The program announcement is here. Since the time of the Iron Curtain and Soviet socialism, the word, “solidarity,” […] Continue reading

    Between confrontation and dialogue

    Between confrontation and dialogue / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on November 1, 2014 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 31 October 2014 – There has been a lot of talk lately of the presumed improvement in relations between the governments of the United States and Cuba. In both countries there are tons of supporters for two antagonistic positions, […] Continue reading

    You Can’t Come In

    You Can’t Come In / 14ymedio, Rosa Lopez Posted on August 28, 2014 14ymedio, Havana, Rosa Lopez, 27 August 2014 – “You can’t come in,” a young doorkeeper emphatically tells a young man, while gesturing for him to move away from the door. When the target protests, he receives the explanation that in this crowded […] Continue reading

    Forbidden Magazines for Cuba’s Higher-Ups

    Forbidden Magazines for Cuba’s Higher-Ups June 9, 2014 Martin Guevara* HAVANA TIMES — I was allowed to return to Cuba in 1986. They had told me I didn’t have permission to study, that I had to work. I had profound knowledge about books and rum and – arbitrarily, it seems – they gave me a […] Continue reading

    An eyewitness account of Cuba’s shocking wretchedness

    Michael J. Totten: An eyewitness account of Cuba’s shocking wretchedness Michael J. Totten, National Post | June 6, 2014 12:01 AM ET Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 science-fiction film Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, takes place in Los Angeles, circa 2154. The wealthy have moved into an orbiting luxury satellite — the Elysium of the […] Continue reading

    Foreign Investors Won’t Liberate Cuba

    Foreign Investors Won’t Liberate Cuba The billions already poured into the island have done nothing to advance civil society. By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY June 1, 2014 6:24 p.m. ET Attitudes toward the 52-year-old—though much-modified—U.S. embargo of Cuba’s military dictatorship have changed a lot in recent years. But not always in the ways you might expect. […] Continue reading

    The Last Communist City, A visit to the dystopian Havana that tourists never see

    Cuba Brief: The Last Communist City, A visit to the dystopian Havana that tourists never see [02-06-2014 14:08:24] Cuba Transition Project (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 science-fiction film Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, takes place in Los Angeles, circa 2154. The wealthy have moved into an orbiting luxury satellite—the Elysium of the title—while the […] Continue reading

    OLPL Speaks at Johns Hopkins

    OLPL Speaks at Johns Hopkins / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on May 17, 2014 Speech by OLPL in Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC, 16 May 2014. Dear friends: As a Cuban from the Island —and all Cubans are, no matter how far and how much time has […] Continue reading

    A Miami Congressman Adamantly Defends Isolating Cuba

    A Miami Congressman Adamantly Defends Isolating Cuba By DAMIEN CAVEMARCH 4, 2014 Representative Mario Díaz-Balart, the Republican congressman from Miami, has been a leader among the pro-embargo constituency for years, serving in Congress since 2003. His aunt, Mirta, was Fidel Castro’s first wife, leading many to argue that the divide between Cuba and the United […] Continue reading