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    Cuba arrests eight more dissidents

    Cuba arrests eight more dissidents
    August 30, 2010 – 8:59AM
    AFP

    Cuban dissidents have accused the government of rounding up more
    political prisoners — even as Havana continued freeing dozens of
    detained activists in a deal reached last month with Catholic leaders
    and Spain.

    Activists said on Sunday three of the newly detained dissidents were
    being… Continue reading

    Cuban survivor of `hell' retains his fighting spirit

    Posted on Saturday, 08.28.10
    Cuban survivor of `hell' retains his fighting spirit
    BY CARLOS FRIAS
    Palm Beach Post

    There's a stranger in the photograph that friends have placed in Ariel
    Sigler Amaya's Jackson Memorial Hospital room.

    The muscles in the stranger's shoulders merge with the ones in his neck,
    and his chest swells through a plain… Continue reading

    Obama's ill-timed Cuba move

    Obama's ill-timed Cuba move
    Posted By José R. Cárdenas Thursday, August 26, 2010 – 11:52 AM Share

    For weeks now, the Obama administration has been leaking to reporters
    its intention to modify U.S. travel regulations to Cuba. Reportedly, the
    administration will announce the policy change during the current
    congressional recess to avoid political blowback (so much… Continue reading

    Juan Juan Almeida's Hunger Strike Succeeds: He Is Allowed to Leave Cuba

    Yoani Sanchez Award-Winning Cuban Blogger
    Posted: August 27, 2010 03:10 AM

    Juan Juan Almeida's Hunger Strike Succeeds: He Is Allowed to Leave Cuba

    The day that Juan Juan Almeida announced the start of his hunger strike
    was like reliving the nightmare we'd experienced with the long fast of
    Guillermo Fariñas. "This is the worst of all… Continue reading

    Finally given Cuban exit permit, dissident savors Miami welcome

    Posted on Friday, 08.27.10

    Finally given Cuban exit permit, dissident savors Miami welcome

    Capping a seven-year period during which the Cuban government repeatedly
    rejected his travel requests, dissident Juan Juan Almeida arrived in
    Miami with a temporary permit to get medical care.
    BY JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ
    El Nuevo Herald

    Juan Juan Almeida, the son of the… Continue reading

    Congressional Black Caucus Still Stuck on Castro

    Congressional Black Caucus Still Stuck on Castro
    Humberto Fontova

    Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who also serves as chairperson for the
    Congressional Black Caucus, has composed an entreaty to President Obama
    for an end to the "embargo" on Cuba. "Mr. President: Lift the travel
    ban," reads the title of her post on The Hill's Congress Blog.

    "[W]e… Continue reading

    Church helps son of ex-Cuban leader leave for US

    Posted on Wednesday, 08.25.10
    Church helps son of ex-Cuban leader leave for US
    By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
    Associated Press Writer

    HAVANA — The Roman Catholic Church said Wednesday it has intervened
    again on behalf of a political dissident, this time helping the ailing
    son of one of Cuba's top revolutionary heroes go to the United States
    for… Continue reading

    Cuba to allow ill dissident to leave for the United States

    Cuba to allow ill dissident to leave for the United States
    Posted : Wed, 25 Aug 2010 06:46:01 GMT
    By : dpa

    Havana – Cuban authorities have given permission for the dissident Juan
    Juan Almeida to go to the United States following the mediation of the
    Catholic Church, a church spokesman said Tuesday.

    Almeida is the… Continue reading

    Former Cuban freedom fighter now confined to wheelchair

    Former Cuban freedom fighter now confined to wheelchair

    In his Cuban homeland, Ariel Sigler was a champion boxer and a powerful
    voice against the Castro government.
    Sigler is being rehabilitated and hospitalized at Jackson Memorial
    Hospital in Miami.
    By CARLOS FRÍAS
    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
    Updated: 8:07 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010

    MIAMI — There's… Continue reading

    Cuba Church defends brokering prisoner release

    Cuba Church defends brokering prisoner release
    AP
    By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press Writer Will Weissert, Associated
    Press Writer – Fri Aug 20, 5:37 pm ET

    HAVANA – Roman Catholic officials said Friday they had a humanitarian
    obligation to broker a landmark deal in which Cuba promised to free 52
    political prisoners — answering island opposition activists… Continue reading

    Mom of dead Cuban hunger striker allowed to march

    Posted on Sunday, 08.22.10
    Mom of dead Cuban hunger striker allowed to march
    By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
    Associated Press Writer

    HAVANA — The mother of a Cuban political prisoner who died following a
    hunger strike held a march in her son's honor without incident Sunday,
    as pro-government mobs that had broken up the demonstration for weeks
    stayed… Continue reading

    LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

    LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
    22-08-2010.
    Joaquin F. Otero

    (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- August 17, 2010

    The President
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
    Washington, D.C.

    Dear Mr. President,

    I am writing to request your personal attention and assistance, and that
    of the U.S. Government, on behalf of a mother in Cuba who has been
    suffering and… Continue reading

    Exiles emphasize Cuban people's lack of hope

    Exiles emphasize Cuban people's lack of hope
    Aug, 19, 2010 01:49 PM – EFE Ingles
    By Alida Juliani.

    Madrid, Aug 19 (EFE).- Freed Cuban political prisoners Fabio Prieto
    Llorente and Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta, who arrived on Thursday in
    Madrid with some of their relatives, said they were happy to be out of
    prison but also… Continue reading

    Non! Not good enough, Mr Castro!

    "Non! Not good enough, Mr Castro!"
    18 August 2010 at 15:01 by Yule E

    As a wee young thing my mum used to send me to ballet lessons. A
    bittersweet pill I recall because while I disliked immensely ballet, I
    used to love the tap dance and jazz dance classes which followed.

    One of the reasons… Continue reading

    Dissident Accuses Cuban Government Of Harassing Mother Of Deceased Political Prisoner

    Dissident Accuses Cuban Government Of Harassing Mother Of Deceased
    Political Prisoner
    Havana, Cuba (CNA) –

    The coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswald Paya,
    recently charged that the mother of a deceased political prisoner is
    being mistreated by the Cuban government. Paya noted that the harassment
    is preventing the mother of Orlando Zapata from even attending… Continue reading

    Regime's rigidity

    Posted on Thursday, 08.19.10
    Regime's rigidity

    OUR OPINION: Cuba's “softening'' all offensive and no charm

    Cuba's attempt to put a kinder, gentler face on the Castro brothers'
    hard-line government is beginning to look more and more like a flop.

    The regime would have the world believe that it has a generous side,
    allowing some 26 political… Continue reading

    Campaign against mother of dead hunger striker must end – Amnesty International

    Cuba: Campaign against mother of dead hunger striker must end
    17 August 2010
    AI Index: PRE01/284/2010

    The Cuban authorities must act to end the harassment of the mother of a
    prisoner of conscience who died following a hunger strike to push for
    the release of other prisoners, Amnesty International said today.

    Reina Luisa Tamayo, whose son… Continue reading

    Mother of dead Cuban prisoner of conscience prevented from attending church

    Mother of dead Cuban prisoner of conscience prevented from attending church
    17/08/2010

    Christian Solidarity Worldwide is calling on the Cuban government to
    allow Reina Luis Tamayo Danger, the mother of Orlando Zapata Tamayo who
    died in Cuban prison earlier this year, to attend religious services and
    to cease their harassment of Tamayo Danger and her family.… Continue reading

    Dead Dissident's Mom Harassed, Cuban Opposition Says

    Dead Dissident's Mom Harassed, Cuban Opposition Says

    HAVANA – A group comprising relatives of political prisoners said they
    will ask Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega to mediate with the island's
    government to stop the harassment of Reina Tamayo, mother of deceased
    dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo.

    "We're going to ask the cardinal to intercede on Reina's behalf," the… Continue reading

    Cuban dissidents say regime is only whitewashing its image

    Cuban dissidents say regime is only whitewashing its image
    Posted : Tue, 17 Aug 2010 14:42:48 GMT
    By : dpa

    Madrid – Three more Cuban dissidents arrived in Spain on Tuesday, part
    of a group of 52 dissidents whom Havana has agreed to release.

    The release of dissidents did not mean that Cuba was "opening up,"… Continue reading

    Amnesty: Cuba harassing dead hunger striker's mom

    Posted on Tuesday, 08.17.10
    Amnesty: Cuba harassing dead hunger striker's mom
    By WILL WEISSERT
    Associated Press Writer

    HAVANA — Amnesty International is calling on Cuban authorities to stop
    disrupting weekly marches by the mother of a political prisoner who died
    following a lengthy hunger strike.

    The London-based human rights group said in a statement Tuesday that… Continue reading

    Six Cuban dissidents 'ready' for release

    Six Cuban dissidents 'ready' for release
    (AFP)

    HAVANA — A new batch of six Cuban political prisoners is ready to be
    released and sent to Spain having undergone medical tests and filled out
    the necessary paperwork, friends and family said Sunday.

    Relatives of the dissidents planning to travel to Spain with them said
    the prisoners had… Continue reading

    We are playing Fidel Castro's game

    Posted on Saturday, 08.14.10
    THE OPPENHEIMER REPORT
    We are playing Fidel Castro's game
    BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER
    aoppenheimer@MiamiHerald.com

    Here's the question being asked by almost anybody who is following the
    latest news from Cuba — what on earth is Fidel Castro up to?

    Since he made his first public appearance in four years last month,
    Cuba's officially… Continue reading

    Public Appearances Raise Questions about Fidel Castro's Role in Cuba

    Public Appearances Raise Questions about Fidel Castro's Role in Cuba
    Brian Wagner | Miami, Florida 13 August 2010

    A series of recent public appearances by Fidel Castro is raising
    questions about what role the former president is taking in Cuba's
    communist government, and what impact that might have on the island
    nation's decades-old differences with the… Continue reading

    Mother harassed for marching for dead son: Reina Luisa Tamayo – Amnesty International Urgent Action

    Cuba:

    Mother harassed for marching for dead son: Reina Luisa Tamayo

    UA: 174/10 Index: AMR 25/012/2010 Cuba Date: 11 August 2010

    URGENT ACTION

    MOTHER HARASSED FOR MARCHING FOR DEAD SON

    The mother of a Cuban prisoner of conscience who died after hunger
    striking has been repeatedly harassed and intimidated in an attempt to
    stop her from… Continue reading