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There are no free elections without free people, free citizens, free men and free women

There are no free elections without free people, free citizens, free men and free women / Oswaldo Paya Oswaldo Paya, Translator: Cleonte We are on the eve of new elections in Cuba. And I am reminded that the first law issued in Sierra Maestra during the anti-Batista insurrection before the elections scheduled in 1958, was [...] Continue reading

Documentary exposes poverty in Cuba

Documentary exposes poverty in Cuba Written By: Vanessa Remmers October 1, 2012 There is a place in Havana where the drains run brown and green sludge gathers around an old refrigerator at the water's edge. A onesie dries on a clothesline as a child grabs a rusted window frame to swing over a cracked pipeline. [...] Continue reading

A liberal view of tyranny at distance

A liberal view of tyranny at distance By Michael Moynihan 11:30 AM Tuesday Oct 2, 2012 In 1933, as Joseph Stalin was busy purging his enemies and building a murderous cult of personality, the New York-based left-wing magazine The Nation advised readers interested in travelling to Moscow that Intourist, the Soviet Union's official travel agency, [...] Continue reading

They Rule Because You Obey

"They Rule Because You Obey" / Angel Santiesteban Angel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated I read this phrase that I chose as a title on Facebook, and in the background were photos of Fidel and Raul Castro, the brothers who have tyrannically ruled Cuba for more than fifty years. It's true, those Dictators rule because we Cubans [...] Continue reading

Fortune Empress of the World

Fortune Empress of the World / Lilianne Ruiz Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated Leaving the house, any indistinguishable morning, on the park's second bench a group of neighbors. Happy retirees. It is not that they are happy for having learned some kind of existential revelation in the autumn of their lives. It would not be impossible [...] Continue reading

A Good Psychiatrist

A Good Psychiatrist / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Dámaso, Translator: Unstated Cubans who did not have to rush off to a psychiatrist's office in order to prevent a nervous breakdown after reading their nation's newspapers this week should consider themselves lucky. The front page began with an official announcement on the moringa plant—a type of American [...] Continue reading

Cuba: Being Informed Is Not Enough

Cuba: Being Informed Is Not Enough June 20, 2012 By Yusimi Rodriguez (Photos: Caridad) HAVANA TIMES — I'm becoming mono-thematic. Every time I write, it's to criticize the lack of press freedom and access to information that we Cubans are subjected to. When it seems that I'm finally going to talk about something else, I [...] Continue reading

Cuba and the Value of Silence

Cuba and the Value of Silence April 29, 2012 Veronica Vega (Amrit) HAVANA TIMES, April 29 — Last night I attended a meeting in my building to appoint a new president of the CDR (Committee for the Defense of the Revolution). The previous president resigned nine months ago, but after several attempts at holding a [...] Continue reading

To the Outraged / Lilianne Ruíz

To the Outraged / Lilianne RuízLilianne Ruíz, Translator: Unstated I understand that Western countries, where the government emerges from a multi-party democracy, must have their problems. Here the scriptwriters of any news report broadcast are very pleased when they comment on (because they almost never let you hear the voices of the international reporters) the [...] Continue reading

Our Responsibility in Cuba

Our Responsibility in CubaMarch 20, 2012Yusimi Rodriguez HAVANA TIMES, March 20 — Just a little while ago I finished writing the last line of my blog entry "In Cuba, the Party Doesn't Need Elections" and I'm already starting this second entry, almost without taking a breath. But far from feeling particularly productive, I feel ashamed. [...] Continue reading

My Wish for 2012: Outraged People in Cuba / Miriam Celaya

My Wish for 2012: Outraged People in Cuba / Miriam CelayaMiriam Celaya, Translator: Norma Whiting Santana Cartoon illustrating the post in Penúltimos Days A European friend who recently visited Havana asked me what my greatest wish for this year 2012 was. Of course, she expected me to express to her the same old litany: the [...] Continue reading

CDR, Castro’s Popular Weapon / Iván García

CDR, Castro's Popular Weapon / Iván GarcíaIván García, Translator: Regina Anavy On September 28, 1960, while homemade bombs and firecrackers were being detonated by his political opponents, an angry Fidel Castro created the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR). From the balcony of the north wing of the Presidential Palace, the guerrilla commander, [...] Continue reading

Cuban blogger pays price for her opinions

Human Rights | 26.05.2011 Cuban blogger pays price for her opinions Cuban native Yoani Sanchez isn't known for holding her tongue, even in a country without freedom of expression. Her outspokenness has earned her the label of "mercenary of imperialism" and around-the-clock surveillance. There are some lessons we learn without needing a teacher. They're the [...] Continue reading

Libya is no Cuba, Gadaffi is no Castro or Che

Libya is no Cuba, Gadaffi is no Castro or CheHumberto Fontova"The only real power comes out of a rifle." Joseph Stalin"Death is the solution to all problems - no man, no problem." Joseph Stalin"I trust no one, not even myself.&... Continue reading

Love, Freedom and Human Rights

Love, Freedom and Human Rights "¡A mí no me llevan preso por delincuente, ni por drogas ni por asesino! ¡Yo soy un hombre pacífico, defensor de los derechos humanos que Fidel le viola al pueblo cubano! ¡Vivan los derechos humanos! ¡Libertad para los presos políticos! ¡Abajo la dictadura!"Ángel Moya Acosta, Alamar, Habana, Cuba19 de marzo [...] Continue reading

Future China of the Caribbean?

Future China of the Caribbean?
Raul rolls the dice
KONRAD YAKABUSKI
Globe and Mail Update
April 19, 2008 at 12:05 AM EDT

HAVANA — Alejandro, a 20-year-old history student at the Universidad de
la Habana, proudly shows off a sampling… Continue reading

Cuba's Dissident Movement Grows Stronger as Castro Weakens

Cuba’s Dissident Movement Grows Stronger as Castro Weakens
By Stefania Lapenna
Sunday, October 29, 2006

Despite the official claims from the communist regime in Cuba that the
tyrant Fidel Castro is recovering, and could soon return to power, the
reality… Continue reading

State security agents arrest 21-year-old independent journalist in Havana

State security agents arrest 21-year-old independent journalist in Havana

Reporters Without Borders, 18 de septiembre de 2006.

Reporters Without Borders today condemned the detention of Ahmed
Rodríguez Albacia, 21, a member of the independent news agency Jóvenes
sin Censura, who… Continue reading

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