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    Expand the modern tools of liberation

    Posted on Saturday, 07.31.10
    Expand the modern tools of liberation
    BY CARLOS SALADRIGAS
    www.cubastudygroup.org

    Information has always been a liberating force, and throughout history,
    authoritarian regimes have always attempted to control it — Cuba is no
    exception.

    Still, Cuba's recent liberalization of communication and technology has
    had a great impact.

    In March, the mothers, daughters and… Continue reading

    Rebellious Spain stands firm in pursuit of change to EU Cuba policy

    International Relations | 28.07.2010

    Rebellious Spain stands firm in pursuit of change to EU Cuba policy

    Officially, the European Union has a Common Position on relations with
    Cuba. In reality, Spain has deviated from that position to such an
    extent that it sees itself as a lone force pushing for change in the
    EU's stance.

    How… Continue reading

    The Castros blink

    Posted on Friday, 07.30.10
    POLITICAL PRISONERS

    The Castros blink
    BY JORGE G. CASTANEDA
    jorgecastaneda.org

    Finally, someone in Cuba went eyeball to eyeball with the Castro
    brothers, and they blinked.

    On July 7, Guillermo Fariñas, a dissident on a hunger strike for more
    than four months, achieved what no one has done before. Through a
    combination of… Continue reading

    Cuban ex-hunger striker Farinas home from hospital

    Posted on Thursday, 07.29.10
    Cuban ex-hunger striker Farinas home from hospital
    By ANNE-MARIE GARCIA
    Associated Press Writer

    HAVANA — Cuban opposition activist Guillermo Farinas returned home from
    the hospital Thursday three weeks after ending a 134-day hunger strike
    that left him sluggish, with neck pain and difficulty walking.

    The 48-year-old psychologist and freelance journalist said he… Continue reading

    Race in Cuba: Yes, Virginia, There Is Racism on the Island

    Race in Cuba: Yes, Virginia, There Is Racism on the Island
    By: Achy Obejas
    Posted: July 26, 2010 at 6:17 AM

    When it comes to race, Cuba is far from the utopia that black
    intellectuals like to think it is. Today, on the 57th anniversary of the
    start of the Cuban Revolution, The Root launches its… Continue reading

    Political prisoners in Spain confronted with maze of immigration rules

    Posted on Sunday, 07.25.10
    SPAIN | CUBA'S EX-POLITICAL PRISONERS

    Political prisoners in Spain confronted with maze of immigration rules

    Cuban ex-political prisoners in Spain face an uncertain immigration
    status and can be caught in a maze of rules.
    BY JUAN O. TAMAYO
    jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com

    Cuban refugee Jorge Pérez Fernández has the promise in writing: The
    Spanish government… Continue reading

    Cuba's opposition, on a plane to Spain

    Cuba's opposition, on a plane to Spain
    Analysis: After amnesty, a tough path for Castro opponents.
    By Nick Miroff
    Published: July 23, 2010 06:19 ET in The Americas

    HAVANA, Cuba — Just as the Cuban government's political opposition is
    getting out of jail, it seems to be at risk of disappearing altogether.

    Of the 52 political… Continue reading

    Dressing Cuban Political Prisoners

    Dressing Cuban Political Prisoners

    Anthony DePalma
    Author of City of Dust (FT Press), Reporter, Writer-in-Residence at
    Seton Hall University
    Posted: July 22, 2010 01:17 PM

    Before they were flown from Havana to Madrid last week, seven Cuban
    prisoners of conscience were taken from their stinking cells to a
    hospital where for three days they were screened,… Continue reading

    Are the brothers Castro at it again?

    Are the brothers Castro at it again?

    Raul Castro's insistence that the 52 political prisoners leave Cuba
    means he wants to get rid of the independent journalists and the Ladies
    in White

    Alvaro Vargas Llosa

    You have to hand it to Fidel and Raul Castro. They are masterful
    tacticians. Whenever they've needed to diffuse pressure, they… Continue reading

    Out of Prison, Still Not Free

    Op-Ed Contributor

    Out of Prison, Still Not Free
    By RICARDO GONZÁLEZ ALFONSO
    Published: July 16, 2010
    Madrid

    I NEVER imagined I would be born at the age of 60, at an altitude of
    several thousand feet above the Atlantic. That isn't gibberish; it's
    what I felt when I was released from jail in Cuba and exiled… Continue reading

    Freed dissidents urge EU not to soften its Cuba policy

    20 July 2010 Last updated at 08:48 GMT

    Freed dissidents urge EU not to soften its Cuba policy

    Eleven freed Cuban dissidents have urged the European Union not to
    soften its long-standing demands for democratic change in Cuba.

    The group, who arrived last week in Spain, said their release was not a
    gesture of good faith… Continue reading

    Cuba ready to free more political prisoners

    20 July 2010 Last updated at 15:54 GMT

    Cuba ready to free more political prisoners

    The president of Cuba's parliament, Ricardo Alarcon, has said the
    island's government is ready to release more political prisoners after
    announcing this month it would free 52.

    They could remain on the island if they wished, he added.

    Cuba has agreed… Continue reading

    Cuban Prisoner Gonzalez Recalls Rage, Rats, Starving: Interview

    Cuban Prisoner Gonzalez Recalls Rage, Rats, Starving: Interview
    July 20, 2010, 12:22 AM EDT
    Interview by Jeremy Gerard and Sharon Smyth

    July 20 (Bloomberg) — After seven years and four months in some of
    Cuba's most infamous prisons, journalist and poet Normando Hernandez
    Gonzalez is finally free.

    Last week, the ailing writer was hastily released and… Continue reading

    Fidel Castro's appearances have experts guessing

    Posted on Sunday, 07.18.10
    Fidel Castro's appearances have experts guessing
    BY JUAN O. TAMAYO
    jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com

    Was Fidel Castro reminding everyone that he still has power? Was he
    silently endorsing his brother's promise to free 52 political prisoners?
    Or was it simply a narcissist's grab for the limelight?

    Whatever the reason, Castro's flurry of five highly public… Continue reading

    Guillermo Farinas reacts to Cuban dissident releases

    Guillermo Farinas reacts to Cuban dissident releases
    16/07 22:10 CET

    The prominent Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas has given his reaction
    to the release of 52 political prisoners by authorities there. He gave
    an exclusive interviewspoke ex to euronews from a hospital in Santa
    Clara where he is recovering after ending a hunger strike that lasted
    134… Continue reading

    Cuba's freed dissidents vow to fight on

    16 July 2010 Last updated at 12:19 GMT
    Cuba's freed dissidents vow to fight on
    By Sarah Rainsford BBC News, Madrid

    They began by making the "L" sign for liberty and the "V" sign for
    victory with their fingers.

    The six independent journalists from Cuba gathered at a news conference
    in Madrid were among the first… Continue reading

    Scores to Go

    Scores to Go
    Published: July 14, 2010

    Nine Cuban political prisoners tasted freedom this week after they were
    allowed to fly to exile in Spain. They pledged to keep fighting for
    democracy in Cuba. They must not fight alone.

    The president of Cuba, Raúl Castro, has said he would free 43 more
    prisoners. But Cuba is… Continue reading

    Release of Dissidents Still Leaves Scores in Prison,Raul Castro Government Continues to Criminalize Dissent

    Cuba: Release of Dissidents Still Leaves Scores in Prison
    Raul Castro Government Continues to Criminalize Dissent
    July 8, 2010

    (Washington, DC) – The plan to release a group of Cuban political
    prisoners is a positive step, but the Cuban government should release
    all political prisoners, Human Rights Watch said today. Cuba should also
    dismantle its authoritarian… Continue reading

    Cuba's Changes

    Cuba's Changes
    By Stabroek staff | July 14, 2010 in Editorial

    A sustained effort of relatively quiet European diplomacy on the part of
    the European Union and the Roman Catholic Church towards Cuba on the
    issue of human rights, has brought a result, with the Cuban Government's
    announcement at the end of last week of its… Continue reading

    The U.S. shouldn't reward Castro regime with bad policy

    The U.S. shouldn't reward Castro regime with bad policy
    Posted By José R. Cárdenas Tuesday, July 13, 2010 – 12:30 PM Share

    The announcement that the Castro regime is prepared to release 52
    prisoners of conscience has provoked a flurry of commentary as to its
    broader "meaning" for Cuba's future. Others don't care much what it… Continue reading

    Cuba dissident says prisoner release is 'clemency gesture'

    Cuba dissident says prisoner release is 'clemency gesture'
    Published on Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Recovering hunger striker Guillermo Farinas said
    on Tuesday that Fidel Castro's TV interview signaled "tacit support" for
    Cuba's release of 52 political prisoners and that nothing has changed on
    the communist island.

    "Undoubtedly, the government made a clemency… Continue reading

    Dissidents' release does not signal Cuban shift, say experts

    Dissidents' release does not signal Cuban shift, say experts
    Published on Wednesday, July 14, 2010
    by Juan Castro Olivera

    MIAMI, USA (AFP) — Cuba's decision to release 52 political prisoners
    Havana does not signal any shift in the communist regime's hold over the
    island, US analysts said Tuesday.

    Havana's release of seven of the dissidents to… Continue reading

    Cuba frees prisoners to improve image, economy

    Tuesday July 13, 2010
    Cuba frees prisoners to improve image, economy
    By Jeff Franks

    HAVANA (Reuters) – The Cuban government's surprising decision to free 52
    political prisoners enables President Raul Castro to reduce political
    friction both inside and outside Cuba, and focus on pulling the island
    out of financial crisis, Cubans and Cuba experts said.
    Cuba's… Continue reading

    New Tactics for an Old Regime in Cuba

    New Tactics for an Old Regime in Cuba

    With last Wednesday's announcement of plans to release 52 political
    prisoners who were arrested during a 2003 crackdown, Cuban President
    Raúl Castro took his first major step away from decades of hardline
    policy. Under the deal negotiated with Cardinal Jaime Ortega of the
    Roman Catholic Church, five of… Continue reading

    Brief biographies on 7 Cubans released to Spain

    Posted on Tuesday, 07.13.10
    Brief biographies on 7 Cubans released to Spain
    The Associated Press

    A brief biography on the seven Cuban political prisoners released and
    then sent to Spain:

    LESTER GONZALEZ – Independent journalist from Santa Clara, youngest of
    the 75 opposition members arrested in Cuba in March 2003. Member of
    Reason, Truth and… Continue reading