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    Violent Weekend in Cuba: 30 Ladies in White Arrested Again Trying to Attend Mass

    Violent Weekend in Cuba: 30 Ladies in White Arrested Again Trying to Attend Mass by FRANCES MARTEL26 Jun 2017 Over thirty members of the Ladies in White, a peaceful Catholic dissident group in Cuba, were violently arrested over the weekend for attempting to attend Sunday Mass, including leader Berta Soler. The Cuban government recently banned […] Continue reading

    Cuban migrants stranded in Mexico claim abuse by authorities following protest

    Cuban migrants stranded in Mexico claim abuse by authorities following protest BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com A group of Cuban migrants detained in the southern Mexico city of Tapachula have accused authorities of beating and mistreating them after they staged a hunger strike — some by sewing their lips together — to demand their release. […] Continue reading

    Cuban dissident calls on EU not to forget human rights

    Cuban dissident calls on EU not to forget human rights By Javier Albisu | euroefe.es | Translated By Samuel Morgan 11:46 (updated: 14:59) While the EU wraps up a new framework for relations with Havana, Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas warns that his country could descend into civil war if this deal is not made dependent […] Continue reading

    Prominent Cuban opposition leader abandons long hunger strike

    Prominent Cuban opposition leader abandons long hunger strike Cuban opposition leader Guillermo Fariñas abandons 54-day hunger strike. BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Cuban opposition leader Guillermo Fariñas ended his 54-day-old hunger strike Monday, following unconfirmed reports that the European Parliament approved a measure that links aid to the island to Cuban government compliance with his […] Continue reading

    Biden – U.S. can talk human rights in Cuba ‘without pushback’

    Biden: U.S. can talk human rights in Cuba ‘without pushback’ By SUSAN CRABTREE (@SUSANCRABTREE) • 9/7/16 7:14 PM Vice President Joe Biden touted the Obama administration’s ability to talk to Cuba and other Latin-American countries about human rights “without pushback,” on the same day a Senate critic of the diplomatic thaw said the Castro regime’s […] Continue reading

    Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation – August 2016 Report

    Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation: August 2016 Report In August of 2016, our Commission registered at least 517 arbitrary detentions, for political reasons, of peaceful Cuban opponents, which represents an increase from the previous month. The figures associated with political repression in Cuba continue to be unacceptably high for a country with […] Continue reading

    FANTU Activists Ask Obama to “Save the Life” of Guillermo Farinas

    FANTU Activists Ask Obama to “Save the Life” of Guillermo Farinas / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 21 August 2016 — A group of activists from the Anti-Totalitarian Forum (FANTU) have sent an open letter to President Barack Obama, asking him to “save the life of Guillermo Fariñas Hernández” who, as of Sunday, has been on a […] Continue reading

    Coco Farinas Lost Consciousness Again

    Coco Farinas Lost Consciousness Again / Lilianne Ruíz Lilianne Ruiz, 19 August 2106 — Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas had to be taken to the hospital again yesterday, at 4:40 in the afternoon The photo at the top of this post was taken several weeks ago but it shows how FANTU activists take him to the hospital. […] Continue reading

    Activists Ask Pope Francis to Take an Interest in Health of Guillermo Fariñas

    Activists Ask Pope Francis to Take an Interest in Health of Guillermo Fariñas / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 17 August 2016 — In a letter to Pope Francis, eight activists from the Anti-Totalitarian Forum (FANTU) have asked “his Holiness to take an interest” in the condition of regime opponent Guillermo Fariñas after 27 days on hunger […] Continue reading

    Opinion – U.S. must stand with the opponents of Castros’ tyranny

    Opinion: U.S. must stand with the opponents of Castros’ tyranny BY TED CRUZ I had the honor recently to meet with Cuban dissident Oscar Biscet, who was visiting the United States to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom that President George W. Bush had awarded him in 2007. Then serving a 25-year prison sentence for […] Continue reading

    Guillermo “Coco” Farinas – Hunger and Thirst Strike Continues

    Guillermo “Coco” Farinas; Hunger and Thirst Strike Continues / Lilianne Ruíz Lilianne Ruiz, 29 July 2016 — Guillermo ‘Coco’ Fariñas lost consciousness on Thursday, 28 July at noon, the eighth day of his hunger and thirst strike. He had to be taken to the main hospital of Santa Clara by the group of activists who […] Continue reading

    Guillermo “Coco” Farinas; Hunger and Thirst Strike Continues

    Guillermo “Coco” Farinas; Hunger and Thirst Strike Continues / Lilianne Ruíz Lilianne Ruiz, 29 July 2016 — Guillermo ‘Coco’ Fariñas lost consciousness on Thursday, 28 July at noon, the eighth day of his hunger and thirst strike. He had to be taken to the main hospital of Santa Clara by the group of activists who […] Continue reading

    Cuba Post-‘Normalization’ – Tortured Dissident Begins 24th Hunger Strike to Protest

    Cuba Post-‘Normalization’: Tortured Dissident Begins 24th Hunger Strike to Protest by FRANCES MARTEL21 Jul 20167 Guillermo Fariñas, a Cuban human rights activist who has been a vocal critic of President Barack Obama’s concessions to dictator Raúl Castro, has declared himself on a hunger strike following a severe beating in which communist agents tortured him for […] Continue reading

    Guillermo Fariñas Letter to Raul Castro

    Guillermo Fariñas Letter to Raul Castro Fariñas’ Letter to Raul Castro Santa Clara, Cuba, 20 July 2016 General of the Army Raul Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba Sir: Yesterday, on 19 July of the present year, I was tortured while handcuffed by troops of […] Continue reading

    Cuban Activist On The Brink Of Death After A Prolonged Hunger Strike

    Cuban Activist On The Brink Of Death After A Prolonged Hunger Strike / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on December 27, 2015 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 26 December 2015 – A blacksmith by profession, he never imagined that after so many years of fabricating bars for his neighbors’ homes, he would end up locked behind prison […] Continue reading

    Electoral Defeat in Venezuela Could Accelerate Reforms in Cuba

    Electoral Defeat in Venezuela Could Accelerate Reforms in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on December 16, 2015 Iván García, Diario de las Américas, 8 December 2015 — Just past midnight, when Cuba’s military bigwigs heard the president of the Venezuelan electoral college, Tibisay Lucena, confirm the loss of Nicolas Maduro’s PSUV (United Socialist Party of […] Continue reading

    The Cardinal’s Bad Memory

    The Cardinal’s Bad Memory / 14ymedio, Mario Felix LLeonart Posted on June 14, 2015 14ymedio, Mario Felix Lleonart, Havana, 12 June 2015 – As was expected, Cardinal Jaime Ortega’s flat denial of the fact that there are still political prisoners in Cuba has leaked from the interview granted to Spain’s Ser Chain program Hour 25. […] Continue reading

    The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile

    The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile / Ivan Garcia Posted on March 20, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 11 March 2015 — During the hot summer of 2013 I remember Blanca Reyes, wife of the poet and journalist Raul Rivero, writing letters to the pope in the Vatican, to the Mothers of the Plaza […] Continue reading

    Five Years of “Crossing the Barbed Wire”: How Long Should I Continue?

    Five Years of “Crossing the Barbed Wire”: How Long Should I Continue? / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on December 29, 2014 My baby, my third child, this blog, is five years old and at times I ask myself this question. How long should I continue? I started writing against the grain of what a blog […] Continue reading

    Uncovering a dark secret at ‘Model Prison’

    Uncovering a dark secret at ‘Model Prison’ BY NORA GAMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 10/26/2014 9:46 AM 10/26/2014 2:46 PM On a remote island off the southwest coast of Cuba stands a complex of circular structures once described by French philosopher Michel Foucault as a perfect model of disciplinary power. Those held there can’t tell if an […] Continue reading

    Cuban dissident says he was beaten and choked

    Posted on Friday, 06.13.14 Cuban dissident says he was beaten and choked BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Cuban dissident Jorge Luis García Pérez, known as Antúnez, said Friday he was beaten, choked into unconsciousness and injected with an unknown substance by security agents who warned him to stop working against warmer U.S.-Cuba relations. The U.S. […] Continue reading

    Exiles captured in Cuba during armed infiltrations cannot return to the U.S.

    Posted on Sunday, 05.11.14 Exiles captured in Cuba during armed infiltrations cannot return to the U.S. South Florida exiles captured in Cuba during armed infiltrations served long prison terms and now cannot return to the United States. BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Branded as a terrorist by both the Cuban and U.S. governments, Tomas Ramos […] Continue reading

    Vigil at FIU to mark Brothers to the Rescue anniversary

    Posted on Monday, 02.24.14 Vigil at FIU to mark Brothers to the Rescue anniversary BY CBS4 A silent vigil took place at the main fountain of FIU Monday afternoon to remember the four victims of the 1996 Brothers to the Rescue shoot down that took place 18 years ago. The vigil began at 3:21 p.m. […] Continue reading

    Barbarism in Cuba Wears a Uniform and Police Badge

    Barbarism in Cuba Wears a Uniform and Police Badge / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on February 16, 2014 The men who sawed through the metal bars at Jorge Luis Garcia Perez’s (Antunez) house at 5:30 in the morning last Tuesday were police, After cutting the fence, they broke the latch and drove everyone sleeping in the […] Continue reading

    Keep the human rights abusers off U.N. council

    Keep the human rights abusers off U.N. council By Editorial Board, Published: November 10 IN RECENT WEEKS, an imprisoned Cuban human rights activist and rapper, Angel Yunier Remón, known as “El Critico,” has been on a hunger strike against his incarceration, and is reported to be near death. An innovative artist with an underground following […] Continue reading