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No need to puzzle over Time Magazine’s admiration of King Raul Castro

Time Magazine didn't have to search very hard for token Lateen-ohs to include in its list of the world's 100 most influential people. Well, come to think of it, it didn't actually search very hard. As is all too common in the mainstream news media their bigotry prevents them from thinking that any Lateen-ohs could […]

Reports from Cuba: Adventures and misfortunes of a correspondent in Cuba

By Yoani Sanchez in Translating Cuba: Adventures and misfortunes of a correspondent in Cuba Fernando Garcia del Rio was a correspondent in Cuba for the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia (Barcelona), from 2007 until his expulsion from Cuba in 2011. He has just published a book,“The Island of the Mills,” where he relates the “adventures and misfortunes of […]

No blogger, no Obama

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo in Post Revolution Mondays: No blogger, no Obama No blogger, no cry. 1 In the beginning was the Blog. 2 But blogs were formless and empty. 3 Repression was all over the blogosphere. 4 And the citizens saw the blogs were good. 5 So that lacking other channels of expression, the Cuban […]

Reports from Cuba: Suspended or censored?

By Miriam Celaya in Translating Cuba: Suspended or Censored? The members of the Taliban of the Cuban official web Reflejos, offended by the presence of an independent site like 14Ymedio should be celebrating: after a week of putting up with such dangerous neighbors, it withdrew the Yoani Sanchez’s daily from its platform. Authorities have demonstrated […]

Cuban dissidents head to Summit of the Americas in Panama

Via The Miami Herald: Cuban dissidents will head to Summit of the Americas Cuban opposition leaders and activists Manuel Cuesta Morúa, Guillermo Fariñas, and Berta Soler will take part in civil-society events at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, according to the Miami-based Cuban Soul Foundation. The foundation — which promotes independent Cuban artists […]

Reports from Cuba: By secret and direct ballot

By Yoani Sanchez in Translating Cuba: By Secret and Direct Ballot A few years ago I asked a friend why he had voted for a candidate he barely knew during the election of delegates to the municipal assemblies. His response at the time was simple and full of wisdom. “I don’t want to get into trouble, […]

Reports from Cuba: Reentry to Cuba includes a conversation with State Security

By Eliecer Avila in Translating Cuba: Reentry to Cuba Includes a Conversation with State Security After having “conversations” like these, I always ask myself is it is worth the trouble to publish an account of them or not. I do not like even giving these people the impression that I have blabbed about everything. But […]

Reports from Cuba: Notes about a polemic

By Antonio Rodiles in Translating Cuba: Notes About a Polemic My article published this Wednesday on the site Diario de Cuba has provoked a criticism from blogger Miriam Celaya that motivates me to touch on various points I consider important. In order to mainly refer to the political themes, I will avoid personal attacks; yet without […]

Reports from Cuba: The official press: ‘Made to conceal, not to publicize’

By Luis Cino in Cubanet via Translating Cuba: The official press: “Made to conceal, not to publicize” “Cubans are seeking a new conception of the press within socialism. All that can be predicted, without a doubt, is that it will be a democratic press, lively and original,” wrote Gabriel García Márquez in 1975. That Gabo […]

Dissident artist ‘El Sexto,’ imprisoned in Cuba for ‘insulting’ Castro brothers falls ill

Obama's unilateral concessions and appeasement of Cuba's vicious apartheid regime is paying off in spades. Via Uncommon Sense: Cuban artist falls ill while in jail on charges he 'insulted' Castro brother-dictators El Sexto Despite the recent giddiness by some about Cuba, there remain in the Castro gulag numerous political prisoners, including at least one -- Danilo […]

Breaking news: Report on the meeting between Cuban dissidents and visiting American congressional delegation

"It is wrong to think that the gerontocracy [that rules Cuba] will change its internal policies, especially its laws, in order to please the Americans, because to do so would cause them to lose their power...." From Martha Beatriz Roque; (A loose , hurried, and abridged  translation of a two-page report emailed less than an […]

Cubans have the right to live in truth and liberty

"The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Timely words we Americans should act on as we commemorate Dr. King this holiday weekend. U.S. citizens have a long history of standing in solidarity with those oppressed […]

Reports from Cuba: Political repression increases in Cuba during the month of December

14yMedio in Translating Cuba: Political repression increases in Cuba during the month of December, according to CCHRNC 14ymedio, Havana, 5 January 2015 — According to its monthly report, during the month of December the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and reconciliation (CCDHRN) registered at least 489 arbitrary arrests for political reasons, closing out 2014 with […]

Where are Cuba’s political prisoners?: Obama acquiesces to another despotic tantrum by the apartheid Castro regime

Mary O'Grady in The Wall Street Journal: Where Are Cuba’s Political Prisoners? Fifty-three of those jailed by the Castros were supposed to have been freed in the Obama deal. Who and where are the 53 Cuban political prisoners that President Obama promised would be freed by Havana as part of a deal to liberate three […]

Only one winner in Obama-Castro deal: Cuba’s apartheid dictatorship

In order for someone to win, someone else has to lose. In the recent deal struck between President Obama and Cuba's apartheid dictatorship, the Castro regime is the hands-down winner and as it has seemingly been the case for more than five decades, the Cuban people were once again the losers. Alvaro Vargas Llosa in […]