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Ladies in White

Whom Do They Serve?

Whom Do They Serve? / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Damaso, 28 June 2017 — Whether at the municipal or provincial level, the people’s administrative councils are supposed to be looking out primarily for the interests of their constituents and, in conjunction with them, carrying out the duties of local governance. But due to the inaccessible and […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared where a […] Continue reading

Revenue for the regime, a crackdown on society, and the repression of dissidents

Revenue for the regime, a crackdown on society, and the repression of dissidents DDC | La Habana | 21 de Julio de 2016 – 14:10 CEST. Antonio Rodiles, Coordinator of the Forum for Rights and Freedoms (ForoDyL): A year ago relations were restored but, if one counts the 18 months of the confidential political process […] Continue reading

Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy

Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 17, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 13 January 2016 — There were more than seven thousand arrests of dissidents in 2015, with most detentions lasting several hours. Beatings, harassment, acts of repudiation and degrading treatment by police are common in Cuba. Political reforms are not […] Continue reading

A Glance at Cuba in 2015

A Glance at Cuba in 2015 / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 6, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2016 — Joel Castillo, 19, passed from expectation to frustration in 12 months. After graduating in 2014 in electronics from a technology school south of Havana, he still hasn’t been able to work in his specialty. “With […] Continue reading

We Cubans Need to Solve Our Own Problems

We Cubans Need to Solve Our Own Problems / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 27, 2015 Fifty-four years, seven months and eleven days after that January 3, 1961— the day on which American diplomatic personnel closed their embassy — seventy-three year old Denis Sentizo, a heavy-set African-Cuban with an easy smile, did not want to […] Continue reading

“They forced me not to dream” – Interview with Angel Santiesteban

“They forced me not to dream”: Interview with Angel Santiesteban / 14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz Posted on July 25, 2015 14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz, 24 July 2015 – In the Border Guard facility where Angel Santiesteban spent his last year in prison, he heard the sound of the sea. Inside his less than nine by twelve foot […] Continue reading

Why The Beatings?

Why The Beatings? / Mario Lleonart Posted on June 23, 2015 Mario Lleonart, 5 June 2015 — Beatings of peaceful demonstrators in Havana have been in the news for eight consecutive Sundays. In one of the first rounds, the son of the labor leader Jesús Menéndez was dragged for several yards along the ground with […] Continue reading

The Kindness of the Cuban Aristocracy?

The Kindness of the Cuban Aristocracy? / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 20, 2013 While in Sao Paulo and other cities in Brazil the outraged people flooded the streets to protest the increase in transportation prices, rampant corruption and the millions in public expenditures for the World Cup and the Olympic Games, in Cuba the […] Continue reading

Seven Years of Governing

Raul Castro: Seven Years of Governing / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 4, 2013 Giving an accounting of their administration was never among the priorities of the Castro brothers. The modern caudillos are considered beyond good and evil. Indeed, Fidel Castro managed the nation like a private bodega, with outlandish economic plans, bypassing the state […] Continue reading

An Interview with Berta Soler, Leader of the Ladies in White

An Interview with Berta Soler, Leader of the Ladies in White / Ivan Garcia Posted on July 28, 2013 (Exclusive, Iván García in Havana) If you want confirmation that socialism does not work, do yourself a favor and visit Alamar. This community, twenty minutes east of Havana, is an example of real urban chaos. A […] Continue reading

Fortune Empress of the World

Fortune Empress of the World / Lilianne Ruiz Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated Leaving the house, any indistinguishable morning, on the park's second bench a group of neighbors. Happy retirees. It is not that they are happy for having learned some kind of existential revelation in the autumn of their lives. It would not be impossible […] Continue reading

The Streets Belong to Cubans / Rosa María Rodríguez Torrado

The Streets Belong to Cubans / Rosa María Rodríguez TorradoRosa María Rodríguez Torrado, Translator: Unstated Cuba's leaders and their acolytes have warned for years and without the least reserve, that the streets belong to the Revolutionaries. This amounts to the segregation that only government sympathizers can march and protest peacefully and publicly, but always in [...] Continue reading

The Right to Know / Cuban Law Association – Wilfredo Vallin Almeida

The Right to Know / Cuban Law Association – Wilfredo Vallin AlmeidaCuban Law Association, Translator: Unstated by Wilfredo Vallin Almeida The Conference of the Communist Party of Cuba is over. From it, what we have left is a single phrase: "no illusions." This is equivalent to saying — in good Cuban — that things will [...] Continue reading

Cubans stage rallies, test new openness,

Posted on Thursday, 12.02.10Cubans stage rallies, test new openness In separate actions, ordinary citizens in Cuba are increasingly protesting everything from high taxes to poor bus services. Activists say civil unrest could result.BY FRANCES ROBLESfrobles@MiamiHerald.com The streets of Bayamo, Cuba, are blocked by horse-drawn carriages, whose drivers for two days have protested a fivefold increase [...] Continue reading