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    "Ladies in White" say Cuba prisoner plight goes on

    "Ladies in White" say Cuba prisoner plight goes on
    Reuters
    By Jeff Franks Jeff Franks – Sun May 30, 6:20 pm ET

    HAVANA (Reuters) – The Cuban government has not yet improved conditions
    for political prisoners or released any as had been hoped after recent
    talks between Catholic Church leaders and President Raul Castro, Cuba's
    "Ladies… Continue reading

    Cuban Protestors Thank Church for Mediation

    Cuban Protestors Thank Church for Mediation
    Wives Hoping for Release of Political Prisoners

    HAVANA, Cuba, MAY 27, 2010 (Zenit.org).- "We still have a lot of hope,"
    says Laura Pollán when she speaks of the possible release of political
    prisoners in Cuba. Her own husband, Héctor Maseda, is completing a
    20-year sentence.

    Pollán is the spokeswoman for… Continue reading

    Is Raul Castro taking risk in church talks?

    Posted on Wednesday, 05.26.10
    CUBA | ANALYSIS
    Is Raul Castro taking risk in church talks?
    Raúl Castro's negotiations with the Catholic Church have sparked hope,
    but recognizing the church as a mediator is uncharted territory.
    BY JUAN O. TAMAYO
    jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com

    Raúl Castro's talks with the Catholic Church on political prisoners have
    sparked hopes, skepticism and assertions… Continue reading

    Cuban Bishops Meet With President Castro

    Cuban Bishops Meet With President Castro

    HAVANA, Cuba, MAY 25, 2010 (Zenit.org).- In a historic meeting,
    representatives of the Catholic Church in Cuba spoke with President Raul
    Castro about the release of political prisoners, among other items.

    The archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, gave a press
    conference on Thursday in which he reported… Continue reading

    Cuban embargo turns 50 but must live a little longer

    Cuban embargo turns 50 but must live a little longer
    Last Updated: May 23. 2010 7:29PM UAE / May 23. 2010 3:29PM GMT

    The world’s longest running and least successful trade embargo will this year “celebrate” its 50th anniversary.

    Washington’s restrictions on trade with Cuba, which were first imposed in 1960, have not only failed to… Continue reading

    Leadership, at last, for Cuba's people

    Posted on Monday, 05.24.10
    Leadership, at last, for Cuba’s people
    OUR OPINION: Catholic Church can be a catalyst for change

    Finally, after a long silence, Cuba’s Catholic Church is taking a stand, calling on the Castro regime to free 26 political prisoners who are in failing health.

    About time.

    Cardinal Jaime Ortega and Santiago Archbishop Dionisio… Continue reading

    Cuban prisoners 'win concessions' after Church talks

    Cuban prisoners ‘win concessions’ after Church talks
    Page last updated at 16:28 GMT, Sunday, 23 May 2010 17:28 UK

    Cuba has relaxed the prison regime for political detainees after talks with Roman Catholic leaders, a prominent dissident has said.

    Prisoners held far from their homes will be moved closer and sick inmates will be admitted to… Continue reading

    Cuba to move prisoners, treat the sick: hunger striker

    Cuba to move prisoners, treat the sick: hunger striker
    AFP
    Sun May 23, 3:51 am ET

    HAVANA (AFP) – Cuba’s government will begin moving political prisoners to jails in their home provinces and provide the sickest inmates with hospital treatment, a dissident on a three-month hunger strike said.

    The decision appears to be a step towards… Continue reading

    Cuba to transfer political prisoners close to home

    Posted on Sunday, 05.23.10
    Cuba to transfer political prisoners close to home
    By ANNE-MARIE GARCIA
    Associated Press Writer

    HAVANA — The Cuban government has agreed to move many of the country’s 200 political prisoners to jails closer to their homes, and will give medical attention to some ailing prisoners, a church official told The Associated Press… Continue reading

    Cuban dissident to end hunger strike if others freed

    Cuban dissident to end hunger strike if others freed
    AFP/File Adalberto Roque

    A Cuban opposition journalist said Saturday he was ready to end his nearly three-month hunger strike if the Cuban regime releases 10 political prisoners and agrees to a timeline to free others.

    “When the number of those released reaches 10 and the Church tells… Continue reading

    Human rights abuse in Cuba: Canadians should be alarmed

    Human rights abuse in Cuba: Canadians should be alarmed
    by John Geddes on Thursday, May 20, 2010

    When Canadians concern themselves with human rights abuses these days—if they do at all— their minds tend to turn to jailed Chinese dissidents, to detainees in Afghan prisons, and maybe to Omar Khadr, the young Canadian citizen still held… Continue reading

    The fight against racism in Cuba goes viral

    The fight against racism in Cuba goes viral
    By Marlie Hall
    9:28 AM on 05/14/2010
    Tags: Afro Cubans, Cuba, Discrimination, Raul Castro

    Rosa Parks refused to stand. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. Barack
    Obama won the presidential election. America' s plight for racial
    equality has had its struggles, its heroes and its progress. But… Continue reading

    Cuba Dissidents Launch Petition to Free Political Prisoners

    Cuba Dissidents Launch Petition to Free Political Prisoners

    HAVANA – A dissident group calling itself the Orlando Zapata Tamayo
    Committee on Thursday announced a campaign to collect signatures to ask
    Cuba's National Assembly to free the island's political prisoners.

    The group, created after the death of dissident prisoner Orlando Zapata
    Tamayo after an 85-day hunger strike,… Continue reading

    Human rights campaigners appeal to Vatican

    Cuba: Human rights campaigners appeal to Vatican
    Wednesday, May 12, 2010
    By CNA See all articles by this author

    Berta Soler, a member of the Women in White in Cuba, said this week that
    the group will ask the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States,
    Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, to provide mediation for the release of
    the… Continue reading

    Molina stands by 'my truth' about Cuba

    Addresses select audience to dodge violent hecklers

    Molina stands by 'my truth' about Cuba
    By Michael Soltys
    Herald staff

    After last month's violent incidents at the Book Fair, Cuban dissident
    Hilda Molina went "clandestine" yesterday in a discreet fourth-floor
    salon of a downtown hotel at an event organized by CADAL (the Centre for
    the Opening and… Continue reading

    DECLARATION OF THE CUBA´S WORKING GROUP OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF HUMAN RIGHTS

    DECLARATION OF THE CUBA´S WORKING GROUP OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF
    HUMAN RIGHTS
    11-05-2010.
    Cuba's Working Group of the International Society of Human Rights.

    (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- The Cuba's Working Group of the
    International Society of Human Rights, ISHR, in its today's meeting, has
    agreed to issue the present document, in order to signify once more… Continue reading

    Cuba—A Way Forward

    Cuba—A Way Forward
    by Nik Steinberg, Daniel Wilkinson

    In a 1980 interview, Gabriel García Márquez told The New York Times that
    he had spent three years writing a book about life in Cuba under Fidel
    Castro. But, he said, "now I realize that the book is so critical that
    it could be used against Cuba, so… Continue reading

    Plotting the way forward

    Posted on Thursday, 05.06.10
    Plotting the way forward
    BY MARIFELI PEREZ-STABLE
    MarifeliPerezStable.com

    Last Sunday the Damas de Blanco — dressed in white with coral gladioli
    in their hands — resumed their customary walk after Mass at the Church
    of Santa Rita. Freedom again rang along the stately Fifth Avenue in
    Miramar, a Havana suburb.

    For three… Continue reading

    Cuba’s ‘Ladies in White’ at risk of beatings and intimidation

    Posted on 05-05-2010

    Cuba's 'Ladies in White' at risk of beatings and intimidation
    Staff
    news@lavozcolorado.com
    Source: Amnesty International

    Editor's note: Recently, the 'Ladies in White' have been stopped from
    holding their Sunday protests for three weeks now. The women, who have
    held protests for seven years now, were corralled and harassed by a
    pro-Castro group last… Continue reading

    Church Protects Protestors in Cuba

    Church Protects Protestors in Cuba

    HAVANA, Cuba, MAY 3, 2010 (Zenit.org).- A group of wives and mothers
    protesting the imprisonment of their loved ones in Cuba have been given
    permission to continue their marches.

    The group, known as the "Ladies in White," carried out their weekly
    protest last Sunday, as they have for seven years. They… Continue reading

    Cuban-Americans march in support of Ladies in White

    Cuban-Americans march in support of Ladies in White
    Posted: May 3, 2010 – 12:51am
    By By ANTHONY DeMATTEO

    A strong Matanzas breeze stirred flags of two countries and the white
    outfits of about 30 mostly Cuban-born Floridians as they marched along
    St. Augustine's bayfront on Sunday afternoon.

    The march, led by 91-year-old Fidela Carballeira, recognized Cuba's… Continue reading

    Cardinal gets Cuba to lift ban on 'Ladies in White' protest

    Cardinal gets Cuba to lift ban on 'Ladies in White' protest
    Published on Monday, May 3, 2010

    HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega said on
    Sunday he managed to convince the Cuban government to lift its nearly
    month-long ban on street protests by "Ladies in White" — the wives and
    mothers of political… Continue reading

    Hundreds of thousands march to mark Cuba's May Day

    Posted on Saturday, 05.01.10
    Hundreds of thousands march to mark Cuba's May Day
    By WILL WEISSERT
    Associated Press Writer

    HAVANA — Hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through the sprawling,
    concrete expanses of Revolution Plaza on Saturday in annual May Day
    celebrations that the government said prove the island supports its
    communist system even amid mounting… Continue reading

    Cuba: Nothing against the Revolution

    Cuba: Nothing against the Revolution

    Cuba is opening up to public criticism — but not from the Ladies in White.
    By Nick Miroff
    Published: April 30, 2010 19:09 ET

    HAVANA, Cuba — In June 1961, Fidel Castro summoned Cuba's leading
    writers and intellectuals to a meeting at Havana's Bibleoteca Nacional.
    There, he issued a warning that… Continue reading