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A Wi-Fi network for Cuba? Maybe

Juan Tamayo in The Miami Herald: A Wi-Fi network for Cuba? Maybe A program financed by the U.S. Agency for International Development to develop the technology for a novel Wi-Fi network in Cuba has not been deployed on the island and is under review, a USAID spokesman said Monday. USAID approved the grant to the […]

Blinded by 21st Century Socialism

Garrincha in Yahoo Noticias:

Dialogue? For what?

By Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo in El Nacional (translation by Translating Cuba): Dialogue? For What? In my country, for more than half a century, the government hasn’t dialogued with anyone. The Cuban Revolution doesn’t recognize any other interlocutor than itself, incarnated in the figure of the Maximum Leader, the now decrepit Fidel. Executions, thirty-year sentences, […]

Image of the Day – The beauty of resistance against Cuba’s tyranny in Venezuela

On this Date in History: Elian Gonzalez’s only chance of freedom is stolen from him

In the early morning hours of April 22, 2000, President Bill Clinton and his Justice Department sheepishly submitted to the demands of Cuba's Fidel Castro and violently seized a six-year-old boy from his uncle's home. This excessive and violent show of force was carried out with one single purpose: to forcibly return the little boy […]

Castro dictatorship’s vaunted real estate ‘reforms’ have done nothing to ease housing crisis in Cuba

Just like all of the other "reforms" of the Castro dictatorship, they look wonderful on paper -- and by paper we mean the pages of the foreign press who are all too willing to disseminate Castro propaganda. In practice, however, these so-called reforms do absolutely nothing to ease the misery and squalor of life as […]

Dozens of Cuba’s Ladies in White suffer brutal beatings and arrests for 41st Sunday in a row

What do you get for peacefully practicing your faith on Easter Sunday in the reformed Cuba of the benevolent apartheid dictatorship of the Castro family? The same thing you got for the 40 Sundays before that: A brutal beat down and jail. Via Capitol Hill Cubans: 41st Sunday in a Row: Ladies in White Beaten, […]

Reports from Cuba: A law with dark corners

By Fernando Damaso in Translating Cuba: A Law with Dark Corners The Foreign Investment Law, debated and approved by the National Assembly in extraordinary session, has some worrisome aspects, both for foreign investors as well as for Cuban citizens. It seems that Cubans living in other countries are not covered under the law since the […]

Reports from Cuba’s Venezuela: Incitatii Bolivariani

By Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez in Caracas Chronicles: Incitatii Bolivariani … or a modest proposal for Venezuela (A guest post by friend-of-the-blog Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez) The Emperor Gaius Caligula Caesar enjoys a hallowed a place within popular imagination. With the possible exception of Nero, whose alleged stint at fighting fire with music has historically received mixed reviews, it is […]

The ‘Peace’ of Cuba’s ’21st Century Socialism’ in Venezuela

By Jorge Cruz:

Reinaldo Arenas on Gabo: Gabriel García Márquez: ¿Esbirro o es burro? (Tool or fool?)

The following is a translation by Asombra of a text by the highly acclaimed Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas. It was initially written in 1981 in New York City and published in Mexico (Kosmos; 1986) and in Miami (Ediciones Universal; 2001) as part of the book Necesidad de libertad--Grito luego existo. A special thanks to our […]

We must never forget: ‘My father died at the Bay of Pigs Invasion’

A letter written to The Miami Herald by Ceci Sanchez, whose father was martyred during the Bay of Pigs: My father died at the Bay of Pigs Invasion This Easter Sunday is especially sad for me. My father died this weekend 53 years ago at the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. My dad, Jose Ignacio […]

Easter Sunday in Venezuela: Pro-democracy protestors demonstrate against Cuba-backed dictatorship

Yesterday on Easter Sunday, pro-democracy activists and student protestors came together in a massive demonstration against the Cuban puppet dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro. Photos via Maduradas: See more HERE.

Easter No. 3 for a Prisoner of Castro

Mary Anastasia O'Grady in the Wall Street Journal: Easter No. 3 for a Prisoner of Castro Bearing witness to Cuba's political persecution costs Sonia Garro her freedom. Christians the world over celebrated the resurrection of their savior on Sunday with worship services and family gatherings. Thirty-eight-year-old Sonia Garro shares the faith too, but she spent […]

Cuba’s Castro regime says: ‘Those condoms aren’t expired, the expiration date is wrong…’

Of course, the date printed on the condom packets indicating they are expired is just a typo according to Cuba's Castro regime. Those condoms are still good and there is no shortage of prophylactics on the island. Just like there is no shortage of food, medicine, clothing, freedom, or anything else in Cuba either. So […]