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    Cuba challenges US to lift embargo 'even for a year'

    Cuba challenges US to lift embargo 'even for a year'
    AFP

    HAVANA (AFP) – Cuba challenged the United States Sunday to lift a
    decades-old trade embargo "even for a year" to test its contention that
    the island's leaders do not want the embargo lifted or normal relations
    with Washington.

    The challenge by National Assembly president Ricardo… Continue reading

    Fariñas Slams Cuba Local Elections as "Farce" after 60 Days of Hunger Strike

    Fariñas Slams Cuba Local Elections as "Farce" after 60 Days of Hunger Strike

    HAVANA – Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas, who completed 60 days of his
    hunger strike on Saturday, called the local elections to be held Sunday
    on the island "a big farce," and said that he will vote against "the
    Castro dynasty" if he is… Continue reading

    Cuban cardinal says too little, too late

    Posted on Thursday, 04.22.10
    THE OPPENHEIMER REPORT
    Cuban cardinal says too little, too late
    BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER
    aoppenheimer@MiamiHerald.com

    After many years of shameful passivity, Cuba's Roman Catholic Church
    leader is finally beginning to speak out against the most blatant abuses
    of Cuba's dictatorship. But he may be doing it too timidly and too late.

    Earlier this… Continue reading

    OAS chief asks Cuba to free ailing political prisoners

    OAS chief asks Cuba to free ailing political prisoners
    Apr, 20, 2010 03:13 PM – EFE Ingles

    Madrid, Apr 20 (EFE).- The secretary-general of the Organization of
    American States asked the Cuban government on Friday to free ailing
    political prisoners, as demanded by hunger-striking dissident Guillermo
    Fariñas.

    "There's a hunger strike going on, that of Mr.… Continue reading

    Cubans united on need for change, says Roman Catholic cardinal Jaime Ortega

    April 21, 2010

    Cubans united on need for change, says Roman Catholic cardinal Jaime Ortega
    James Bone in New York

    Cuba's foremost Roman Catholic said that Cubans are growing impatient
    for change to address the island's worst crisis in more than a decade.

    Cardinal Jaime Ortega told the church newsletter Palabra Nueva (New
    Word) that Cubans… Continue reading

    Church urges Cuba to make 'necessary' economic changes

    Church urges Cuba to make 'necessary' economic changes
    Published on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

    HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Cuba's Catholic Church on Monday called on the
    country's regime to make "necessary changes" to reverse a spreading
    economic crisis and urged dialogue without conditions between Havana and
    arch foe Washington.

    Church leader Cardinal Jaime Ortega pressed the… Continue reading

    Church warns Cuban leaders to heed call for change

    Church warns Cuban leaders to heed call for change
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    April 20, 2010 — Updated 1001 GMT (1801 HKT)

    * Cardinal Jaime Ortega: Cuba reeling from effects of 2008 hurricanes,
    economic downturn
    * He warned Cuba's president that citizens are clamoring for change
    * Urged Raul Castro to work toward normalization of… Continue reading

    Cuban security agents again halt march by Ladies in White

    Posted on Sunday, 04.18.10
    Cuban security agents again halt march by Ladies in White
    For the second time in as many weeks, security agents denied the female
    relatives of jailed dissidents permission to hold their protest Sunday.
    BY JUAN O. TAMAYO
    jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com

    Cuban security agents and pro-government civilians blocked the Ladies in
    White from marching for… Continue reading

    Cuba is at a critical turning point.

    The End May Be Near
    Cuba is at a critical turning point.
    By Jorge Castañeda | NEWSWEEK
    Published Apr 16, 2010
    From the magazine issue dated Apr 26, 2010

    Since 1959, fortunes have been lost betting on the end of the Cuban
    revolution. Countless books, essays, articles, statements, and
    resolutions have predicted the fall of Fidel… Continue reading

    Gloria Estefan seeks Obama help for Cuba dissidents

    Gloria Estefan seeks Obama help for Cuba dissidents
    Pascal Fletcher
    MIAMI
    Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:17pm EDT

    MIAMI (Reuters) – Cuban-American pop star Gloria Estefan asked President
    Barack Obama to work for the freedom of jailed dissidents in Cuba during
    a political fundraising event that seemed certain to anger the island's
    communist rulers.

    Estefan and her… Continue reading

    Intransigent Cuba

    Intransigent Cuba
    Protest songs
    Grumbling is not the same as dissent

    Apr 15th 2010 | HAVANA | From The Economist print edition
    Brave but few

    WHEN one of Cuba's leading musicians, Silvio Rodríguez, took to the
    stage at a hastily organised "Concert for the Motherland" in Havana on
    April 10th the audience of a few thousand… Continue reading

    Police bar Cuba's 'Ladies in White' from marching

    Posted on Sunday, 04.11.10
    Police bar Cuba's 'Ladies in White' from marching
    By WILL WEISSERT
    Associated Press Writer

    HAVANA — Police broke up a weekly march by wives and mothers of
    imprisoned Cuban opposition leaders Sunday, forcing them onto a bus and
    driving them home as a pro-government crowd screamed insults.

    Uniformed police and plainclothes security… Continue reading

    Cuba concert to counter critics draws sparse crowd

    Posted on Saturday, 04.10.10
    Cuba concert to counter critics draws sparse crowd
    By WILL WEISSERT
    Associated Press Writer

    HAVANA — A surprisingly small crowd sweated and sang along to
    performances by Cuban rock, folk and salsa stars Saturday, at what the
    communist government billed as a politically important "concert for the
    homeland."

    Organizers had said the… Continue reading

    Castros sabotage ending U.S. Cuba embargo: Clinton

    Castros sabotage ending U.S. Cuba embargo: Clinton
    Reuters
    Friday, April 9, 2010; 8:13 PM

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cuba's President Raul Castro and his brother,
    ex-leader Fidel Castro, have sought to sabotage U.S. moves to improve
    ties because they fear it will threaten their power, Secretary of State
    Hillary Clinton said on Friday.

    Clinton said Cuba's response… Continue reading

    Cuba dissidents propose vote on freeing prisoners

    Cuba dissidents propose vote on freeing prisoners
    Reuters
    Thursday, April 8, 2010; 6:57 PM

    HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban dissidents proposed on Thursday that the public
    vote on whether the island's political prisoners should be freed, while
    Cuba said its enemies are using human rights to "demonize" it.

    The dissidents acknowledge their idea is unlikely to be… Continue reading

    Standing up to Cuba's crisis

    Posted on Friday, 04.09.10
    Standing up to Cuba's crisis
    OUR OPINION: Political, economic challenges hard to surmount

    Raúl Castro is feeling the heat.

    He flew into an insane rage a few days ago, claiming Cuba is the target
    of unfair condemnation around the world prompted by the death of
    political dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo from a… Continue reading

    Cuba democracy trips can resume, U.S. says

    Posted on Friday, 04.09.10
    STATE DEPARTMENT
    Cuba democracy trips can resume, U.S. says
    Organizations that receive U.S. funds to help dissident groups in Cuba
    can once again deliver assistance.
    BY JUAN O. TAMAYO
    jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com

    The Obama administration has lifted its ban on trips to Cuba to deliver
    U.S. aid to pro-democracy groups, apparently toughening its posture… Continue reading

    US senator phones Cuban hunger striker

    US senator phones Cuban hunger striker
    Published on Thursday, April 8, 2010

    WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) — US Senator Robert Menendez spoke by telephone
    with Guillermo Farinas, a cyber journalist on a hunger strike in Cuba,
    the US politician said on Wednesday.

    Farinas has "undertaken tremendous personal risk and sacrifice to simply
    expose the ongoing human rights… Continue reading

    After Fidel and Raúl, Alejandro and Antonio?

    Posted on Thursday, 04.08.10
    THE OPPENHEIMER REPORT
    After Fidel and Raúl, Alejandro and Antonio?
    The Oppenheimer Report: After Fidel and Raul
    Andres Oppenheimer talks about his discussion with Cuban dissident,
    Guillermo Fariñas and his views on the Castro dynasty.
    Miami Herald Studio
    BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER
    aoppenheimer@MiamiHerald.com

    Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas is making headlines around the world… Continue reading

    Cuba's starving martyrs hunger for democracy

    Cuba's starving martyrs hunger for democracy
    Alvaro Vargas Llosa
    From: The Australian
    April 08, 2010 12:00AM

    NOWADAYS, most of those who die for a cause either perish for the wrong
    cause or in order to bring death to innocent people.

    Islamist and nationalist terrorists have turned the noble concept of
    martyrdom into the opposite of what… Continue reading

    International community can no longer ignore fate of Cuba's imprisoned journalists and dissidents

    International community can no longer ignore fate of Cuba's imprisoned
    journalists and dissidents

    Published on 7 April 2010

    17 March 2010 – President Lula told action on Cuba should no longer be
    Latin American taboo as Havana continues to crack down

    18 February 2010 – Reporters Without Borders correspondent turns 60 in
    prison

    1 February 2010… Continue reading

    Castro Confronts US, EU

    POLITICS-CUBA:
    Castro Confronts US, EU
    By Patricia Grogg

    HAVANA, Apr 5, 2010 (IPS) – Cuban President Raúl Castro has confirmed
    the worst economic forecasts for his country, in an international
    context that could become even more complicated following his refusal to
    address demands on human rights issues.

    Possibly confirming the view of those who observe that… Continue reading

    Cuban dissident says will not stop hunger strike

    Cuban dissident says will not stop hunger strike
    Published on Tuesday, April 6, 2010
    By Rosa Tania Valdes

    HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters) — A day after Cuban President Raul Castro said
    his government would not accede to "blackmail" by its enemies, dissident
    hunger striker Guillermo Farinas vowed on Monday to continue his protest
    until he dies, if… Continue reading

    Ladies powerful in their silence

    Salinas:
    'Ladies' powerful in their silence
    Tuesday, April 6, 2010
    Herald News

    White: the purest of colors. Ladies dressed in white, marching through
    the streets of Havana, Cuba, in silence: the purest of protests. Yet a
    group of Cuban women known as "Las Damas de Blanco," or "Ladies in
    White," have been victims of cruel repression… Continue reading

    Cuba: Reason vs. Barbarism

    Cuba: Reason vs. Barbarism
    de Jorge Olivera Castillo Sindical Press
    Mar?i, 6 aprilie 2010, 15:12

    The Cuban government has shown its true face to the world. However, what
    could be plainly seen was not an expression of goodness or sound
    judgment – what explanation could there be for a crowd attacking with
    impunity three or four… Continue reading