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Desperately Seeking Proof of Cuba’s Role in Venezuela?

Victoria Henderson in PanAm Post: Desperately Seeking Proof of Cuba’s Role in Venezuela? Scholars and Journalists Should Question State's Incentive to Conceal Information Why does the mention of Cuba’s influence in Venezuela throw otherwise reasonable people into a seeming state of incredulity? This week, Moisés Naím (a former minister of trade and industry for Venezuela […]

Reports from Cuba: The Means and the End

By Regina Coyula in Translating Cuba: The Means and the End Much has been written about Zunzuneo and Piramideo and I’m not going to be an analyst. My reflection is simple: Could a mass messaging through Twitter subvert governments like those of Great Britain, Canada, France, Australia, Sweden, Costa Rica? Beyond the well-known 15-M (May […]

Reports from Cuba: #MejorDesnudosQue: Better Naked Than

By Yoani Sanchez: #MejorDesnudosQue: Better Naked Than Better naked than… A woman with her breasts bare is an oracle in an ephemeral work of art. It is Havana in the eighties and the scandal caused by the exhibition “Nine Alchemists and a Blind Man” ends with its closing and the demonization of more than a few […]

Photo of the Day – Cuba’s Yoani Sanchez meets Vice President Biden

Via the Twitter feed of Vice President Joe Biden:

Reports from Cuba: Why Don’t I Want to be ‘Federated’?

By Yoani Sanchez: Why Don’t I Want to be “Federated”? The Congress of the Cuban Women’s Federation (FMC) ended a few days ago. At its closing ceremony, a man uttered the final words. But this wasn’t the only, nor the last, mistake of an antiquated organization marked by ideology. After listening to the sessions in […]

Media gets all hot and bothered over latest meeting of Cuban spies and Castro sycophants

Few things get the media all hot and bothered like a gathering of Cuban intelligence agents and Castro sycophants in the U.S. The appeal is irresistible, and the heady aroma of pro-Castro propaganda and anti-Cuban exile diatribes always seem to get the best of them. But alas, just like every other pro-Castro orgy they are […]

Courageous women of the opposition in Cuba stage protest and are arrested in Central Havana

Via Capitol Hill Cubans: Cuban Women Staged Protest, Arrested in Central Havana This morning, four courageous Cuban women staged a peaceful protest near Havana's famed ice cream shop, Coppelia. They held signs calling for the release of political prisoners and an end to the Castro dictatorship. The women, who have yet to be identified, were […]

“Gosh! But a hard-line U.S. policy will push the Castros further into the arms of Venezuela!” (warns Cuba “expert”)

(Cuba "expert" Christopher Sabatini of Council of the Americas--Americas Society) "Venezuela’s problems are “precisely why Cuba has tried – in its own prickly, nationalistic way – to open the door to the US, and why the US needs to move forward rapidly with its rapprochement [to Cuba]...If the US can ease the sense of insecurity […]

Dissident groups in Cuba come together and form unified voice to address the European Union

Via the Latin American Herald Tribune: Cuban Dissidents Promoting Group to Negotiate with EU on Rights MADRID – Representatives of different Cuban opposition movements on Wednesday reached an agreement in Madrid to promote a group that will act as a “channel for dialogue” with international institutions like the European Union. “In the face of the […]

Senator Marco Rubio on Cuba and the crisis in Venezuela

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers a brilliant speech on the Senate floor yesterday in response to Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-Iowa) glowing tribute to the Cuba's apartheid Castro dictatorship and addressing the crisis in Venezuela: Full transcript of the speech below the fold.

The Doberman in Havana and the White House

Carlos Alberto Montaner in The Miami Herald: The Doberman in Havana and the White House President Obama wants to modify U.S. policy toward Cuba. It is not an important priority, so he won’t put too much effort into it, but he will try to do something if he doesn't find too much resistance on the […]

Reports from Cuba: From Paranoia to a Scream (Freeing Gorki “Last Time”)

By Claudia Cadelo in Translating Cuba: From Paranoia to a Scream (Freeing Gorki “Last Time”) PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO FREE GORKI THIS TIME On Friday night, after the release of Gorki and when we had already been to his house, he asked Lía if she had been to the beach. Well, it is simply […]

Mexico’s president is all for ‘reform,’ except in Cuba

The insidious duplicity of Latrine America's leaders. Carlos Puig in Bloomberg: Mexico’s Pena Nieto Is for Reform, Just Not in Cuba Last February, Mexico’s former president, Felipe Calderon, posted 22 tweets about Yoani Sanchez, the Cuban dissident blogger. Each tweet was more enthusiastic than the last. “Brave activist for freedom,” Calderon called her. Ten months […]

‘Engagement’ with Cuba’s repressive apartheid dictatorship in full display, and it’s not pretty

Via Capitol Hill Cubans: The Engagement Model in Full Display This week we've seen the "engagement model" with the Castro regime in full display. And its ugly. This is the same model that some -- whether for ideological, business or ingenious reasons -- would like to see the U.S. adopt as well. After the shameful […]

Yoani Sanchez to team up with Che Guevara hagiographer Jon Lee Anderson

The setting for the Sanchez/Anderson conversation/presentation will be Colombia's Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias , where the participants are "all writers committed to freedom of expression," says the flier, and the theme will be "the ethical responsibilities of Latin American writers today." Specifically Yoani Sanchez will explore with (Che Guevara glorifier) Jon Lee Anderson (who […]