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Changes to immigration policy will not stem the Cuban exodus, those on the island say

Changes to immigration policy will not stem the Cuban exodus, those on the island say BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com When Washington put an end to a preferential immigration policy for Cuban migrants nearly two weeks ago, the official reasoning behind the move was to stem the flow of an increasing exodus and prompt democratic […] Continue reading

Three Key Proposals for Reforming the Cuban Electoral System

Three Key Proposals for Reforming the Cuban Electoral System / Laritza Diversent Posted on April 6, 2016 Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016 — On February 23, 2015 the Plenum of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) announced that its VII Congress would take place in April 2016 and that the National Assembly […] Continue reading

Academies To Produce Macho-Men In Cuba

Academies To Produce Macho-Men In Cuba / Abel Sierra Madero Posted on February 19, 2016 In the 1960s, close to 30,000 young men were detained in forced-labor camps. The mistreatments that took place in these camps, known as Military Units to Aid Production UMAP, in the name of “social hygiene,” testify to the homophobic component […] Continue reading

To the Righteous (?!) Women from UNEAC*, When is Your Statement Expected’

To the Righteous (?!) Women from UNEAC*, When is Your Statement Expected’ Posted on July 5, 2015 Ángel Santiesteban-Prats, 3 June 2015 — There is not a single day of my existence in prison in which I don’t feel embarrassed for those women who, at the beginning of 2013, once I was jailed, made a […] Continue reading

Cuba – Capitalism has Won the War

Cuba: Capitalism has Won the War / Miriam Celaya Posted on June 11, 2015 Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 8 June 2015 — In the beginning, there were the cassettes, first the ones we viewed on ancient Betamax equipment, and a bit later on VHS. In those dark years in the 90’s, the illegal dealers, better […] Continue reading

They Voted for Everything to Continue the Same

They Voted for Everything to Continue the Same / Ana Mercedes Torricella Posted on April 23, 2015 My neighbor Nelly, when she learned that I did not go vote and I again clarified that I did not want to leave Cuba, told me: “You independent journalists and dissidents are going to be alone with the […] Continue reading

The Mariel Exodus – State Terrorism

The Mariel Exodus: State Terrorism / Cubanet, Roberto Jesus Quinones Posted on April 1, 2015 Against the “scum,” acts of repudiation, beatings and humiliations. Against Florida, an invasion of the unemployed Cubanet.org, Roberto Jesus Quinones Haces, Guantanamo, 1 April 2015 – On the first of April 1980 a bus was driven through the entrance to […] Continue reading

Polarization and civil society

Polarization and civil society / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on March 27, 2015 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 26 March 2015 – The family of Yamila, age 41, is a sample of Cuban society. The father is a member of the Communist Party, the mother a Catholic who never embraced the Revolutionary Process, there is a […] Continue reading

Cubans find their voices of discontent

Voices: Cubans find their voices of discontent Alan Gomez, USA TODAY 8:18 p.m. EST December 28, 2014 HAVANA — On one of my first trips to Cuba, I was sitting in a friend’s living room when he got to talking about politics. As he complained about the state-run economy and how its restrictions made it […] Continue reading

The Maleconazo Seen Through the Blinds

The Maleconazo Seen Through the Blinds / 14ymedio, Ignacio Varona Posted on August 9, 2014 14ymedio, Ignacio Varona, 5 August, 2014 – Amalia Gutierrez was living on Gervasio Street in the San Leopoldo neighborhood when she heard the shouting on the other side of her blinds. Roberto Pascual was a patient waiting for dialysis outside […] Continue reading

Cuba fed a president’s fears and took over Venezuela

April 15, 2014 5:49 pm Cuba fed a president’s fears and took over Venezuela By Moisés Naím Caracas is paying the price for Chávez’s misplaced trust, writes Moisés Naím The enormous influence that Cuba has gained in Venezuela is one of the most underreported geopolitical developments of recent times. It is also one of the […] Continue reading

Demystifying las UMAP – The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba

Demystifying las UMAP: The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba Joseph Tahbaz ’15 History major Dartmouth College Joseph.A.A.Tahbaz.15@dartmouth.edu Abstract: The UMAP, las Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción, were forced-work agricultural labor camps operated by the Cuban government during the mid-1960s in the east-central province of Camagüey. The current academic literature […] Continue reading

The General Gains Time

The General Gains Time / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on October 2, 2013 To the President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, the words freedom, prosperity, love and family are plain and simple “persuasion” that, when it comes time for manipulation and pressure, have more of an effect than […] Continue reading

CDR Symbol of Snitching

CDR: Symbol of Snitching / Julio Cesar Alvarez Posted on September 28, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, September, www.cubanet.org – In the same way that a blind woman with scales is an allegory of justice and a skeleton with a scythe is the allegory of death, the image that identifies the CDR should be the allegory of […] Continue reading

Why Not Just Dissolve the CDR?

Why Not Just Dissolve the CDR? / Regina Coyula Posted on July 24, 2013 Comments on the recent speech by General-President Raul Castro can be heard in a pharmacy line as well as in an almendrón.* People in general are pleased that the country’s top leadership is finally acknowledging the presence of the invasive social […] Continue reading

“The Lives of Others” Cuban Version

“The Lives of Others” Cuban Version / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on July 9, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, June 2013, Lilianne Ruiz, www.cubanet.org — On every street in Cuba there are so-called “revolutionary vigilantes,” people who work independently for the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR). They meet periodically with an official from the State […] Continue reading

For the Freedom of Calixto

For the Freedom of Calixto / Lilianne Ruiz #Cuba Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated My friend Calixto R. Martinez (far left in photo), a reporter for Hablemos Press, is now on the 23rd day of a hunger strike in the punishment cells of the Combinado del Este prison. Prosecutors charged him with the crime of "contempt […] Continue reading

Out of the Game

http://translatingcuba.com/out-of-the-game-lilianne-ruiz/ Out of the Game / Lilianne Ruiz Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated This Monday, my daughter and I went to her school at 9:15 in the morning. The neckerchief ceremony had already ended. The teacher did not ask me why we were late this Monday, but she didn't want to know why my daughter had [...] Continue reading
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