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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

State Security Tactics in Cuba

State Security Tactics in Cuba / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 11 May 2016 — Daniel Llorente Miranda, 52, is a spontaneous dissident. He doesn’t belong to any opposition party, nor is he an un-gagged journalist. He is on his own. Last 22 March, with the stars and stripes on his shoulders, Llorente found himself in […] Continue reading

Broken Families in Cuba

Broken Families in Cuba / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 2 April 2016 — The dilapidated old house where the Varona family lives, in the Lawton district of Havana, could serve very well as a set for a television series about marginalisation and violence. The front wall cries out for a coat of paint. Cracked roof […] Continue reading

When will Cuba pass a law against domestic violence?

When will Cuba pass a law against domestic violence? ADRIANA ZAMORA | La Habana | 8 Mar 2016 – 6:00 pm. The Chinese did it first. On Tuesday a law enters into force that classifies domestic violence as a crime, not a private or family matter. In response to the demands of Chinese feminists both […] Continue reading

Teenage Gangs Assault And Rob Residents Of Havana Neighborhoods

Teenage Gangs Assault And Rob Residents Of Havana Neighborhoods / Diario de Cuba, Jorge Enrique Rodriguez Posted on November 24, 2015 Diario de Cuba, Jorge Enrique Rodriguez, Havana, 24 November 2015 — Two teenage gangs disturb the public peace on the streets of the Havana municipality of Cerro, while the police remain passive. Known as […] Continue reading

The Crumbs That Pope Francis Will Eat in Cuba

The Crumbs That Pope Francis Will Eat in Cuba / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on September 19, 2015 Luis Felipe Rojas, 12 September 2015 — Joy came to 3,522 Cuban homes, this being the the number of prisoners serving sentences for (technically) common crimes who set to be released. Indeed, this calls for celebration, as […] 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

The Castros’ New Friend

The Castros’ New Friend [14-05-2015 22:57:34] James Kirchick (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Obama’s change of policy helps Cuba’s oppressive regime, not its democratic dissidents I’ve visited more than my fair share of dictatorships, but Cuba is the only one where travelers at the airport must pass through a metal detector uponentering, in addition to leaving, the country. Immediately […] 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

Internet in Cuba: A Success in Spite of Everything

Internet in Cuba: A Success in Spite of Everything / Ivan Garcia Posted on June 11, 2014 Eight in the morning. On the ground floor of the Focsa building – Cuba’s Empire State – on M between 17 and 19 Vedado, in a shop between the Guiñol theatre and a beaten-up bar at the entrance […] Continue reading

Some Thoughts on How Cuba Can Undo the Disaster

Some Thoughts on How Cuba Can Undo the Disaster April 4, 2014 Verónica Vega HAVANA TIMES — The title of my post alludes to the question with which blogger Yoani Sanchez closes Devaluación (“Devaluation”), an article addressing the question of how the marked and profound damage the revolution has caused Cuban society could be fixed […] Continue reading

How Low Can We Stoop?

Cuba: How Low Can We Stoop? October 4, 2013 Warhol P HAVANA TIMES — I recently read an article by a fellow Havana Times blogger which mentions how the renowned Cuban actress Ana Luisa Rubio was beaten up as part of a government reprisal. When I first read her name, I had the impression I […] Continue reading

Open Letter to Cuba’s Two-Faced Writers

Open Letter to Cuba’s Two-Faced Writers September 18, 2013 Alfredo Fernández HAVANA TIMES — Around six months ago, when Cuban writer Angel Santiesteban was imprisoned for the “crime” of openly expressing himself against the island’s government – on domestic abuse charges – the State’s repressive apparatus, bold as brass, organized a smear campaign against the […] Continue reading

Actress Ana Luisa Rubio, Savagely Beaten by Alleged Neighbors

Actress Ana Luisa Rubio, Savagely Beaten by Alleged Neighbors Posted on September 9, 2013 “Violence has reached critical levels in Cuba,” says activist Antonio Rodiles, and actress Ana Luisa Rubio, 62, just experienced it. The photo above is her face after a severe beating given to her by a group of supposed neighbors last Friday. […] Continue reading

A Kick Start for Cuba’s Civil Society

A Kick Start for Cuba’s Civil Society September 6, 2013 Fernando Ravsberg* HAVANA TIMES — Young independent film producer Claudia Calviño explains to me that the Cuban Film Art and Industry Institute (ICAIC) has become the State’s representative among filmmakers, and that what these artists need is exactly the opposite. This problem isn’t limited to […] Continue reading

Cuba and the Communist Moral Code

Cuba and the Communist Moral Code April 29, 2013 By Martin Guevara* HAVANA TIMES — Mayte, the head of the Young Communist League (UJC) committee at my high school, was the girl who presided over those summary trials we would hold in the classroom after school hours. The meetings, then referred to as “Communist Moral […] Continue reading
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