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Reports from Cuba’s Venezuela: Was the government ‘strengthened’ after the protests?

Juan Cristobal Nagel in Caracas Chronicles: Was the government “strengthened” after the protests? People who put all blame for the opposition’s current woes on the #LaSalida protests – we need a hashtag for them, can we call them the #2019 folks? – say that the street protests enden up “strengthening the government.” (Re. Masó, Fausto, last Sunday’s […]



Civil Rights Defenders NGO to EU: You must put pressure on Cuba to respect human rights

Via Civil Rights Defenders: The EU must put pressure on Cuba to respect human rights The EU and Cuba held subsequent negotiations concerning the possibility of future political dialogue and assistance between the two sides. To ensure that the agreement will lead to human rights improvements in Cuba, Civil Rights Defenders, together with the Cuban […]

Photo of the Day – Nothing says ‘I miss you’ better in Venezuela than paint balloons

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Sergeant honored for her role in capturing Cuban espionage agent spying in U.S.

Via Cuba Confidential: US Honors Sergeant For Role in Cuban Spy Case The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) awarded its Bronze Medal to Master Sergeant Tessa M. Fontaine for helping lead a counterespionage investigation that resulted in a 13-year sentence for an unidentified Cuban spy. Then assigned as the chief of NRO’s Counterintelligence and Cyber-Counterintelligence Inquiries, […]

Yet another magnanimous ‘reform’ from Cuba’s repressive (but benevolent) apartheid dictatorship

Just when you thought Cuba's repressive (but benevolent, the media and "Cuba Experts" assure us) apartheid Castro dictatorship could not be anymore magnanimous and generous with their "reforms," here comes another one. Can you really have too much of a good thing? Via The Guardian: Cuba imposes restrictions on goods in travellers' luggage Government clamps […]

Reports from Cuba: Different times

By Fernando Damaso in Translating Cuba: Different Times In my far-off childhood, extracurricular organizations — whether public or private — were concerned principally with sponsoring weekend trips to interesting natural locations, cultural institutions or factories. The goal was to encourage our love of nature, expand our general knowledge, provide opportunities to attend age-appropriate entertainment events, […]

Reports from Cuba’s Venezuela: There is too much money to be made in the Bolivarian Revolution I: The Gasoline Racket

Via The Devil's Excrement: There Is Too Much Money To Be Made In The Bolivarian Revolution I: The Gasoline Racket. “You will never win this war when there is so much money to be made. Never” Jhon Popeye Velasquez alias “Marino” in an interview before he was released. To those that watched Escobar, El Patron del […]

Cuba: religious freedom violations continue to rise

Frank Calzon in Democracy Digest: Cuba: religious freedom violations continue to rise The Cuban government continues to repress religious believers and its Office of Religious Affairs, responsible for official permits to worship, continues to monitors and harasses churches, according to a new report from the widely-respected, UK-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide. The well-documented report, which covers […]

Havana: Beaten up and sad

A video on the sad state of Cuba's capital, Havana, from dissident blogger and photographer Yusnaby Perez. Watch it HERE.

Tourism to Cuba’s island slave plantation down, sale of slave labor remains top revenue source for Castro slave masters

International tourism to Cuba, the Caribbean's island slave plantation, is down for 2014. This keeps the illegal sale of slave labor to foreign countries and companies as the top source of revenue for the Castro slave masters in Havana. Via EFE in Fox News Latino: Slowdown Of Tourist Arrivals To Cuba Continued In July Havana […]

Reports from Cuba’s Venezuela: Chavismo promoting CITGO sale tells us more than what we care to know

Via Venezuela News & Views: Chavismo promoting CITGO sale tells us more than what we care to know Of course, I could regale you with further tales of corruption and economic failure. But this blog is not that much about information these days, rather about the wonderment of being the deer in the headlights while […]

Reports from Cuba: You can’t come in

By Rosa Lopez in Translating Cuba: You Can’t Come In “You can’t come in,” a young doorkeeper emphatically tells a young man, while gesturing for him to move away from the door. When the target protests, he receives the explanation that in this crowded Havana club, “you can’t enter wearing shorts.” A sign posted at […]

Cuba’s princess Mariela Castro speaks again, this time in Uruguay

Garrincha in Martí Noticias: "The UMAP* camps were just camping trips." *UMAP concentration camps were used by the Castro dictatorship to hold and reeducate gay Cubans rounded up by the regime for their "counterrevolutionary" orientation. The victims were forced to do hard labor and reminiscent of Nazi concentration camps, signs were placed at the entrances […]

Providing internet access in Cuba without helping the repressive Castro dictatorship

Via Capitol Hill Cubans: Internet for Cubans vs. Helping Castro's Censorship A centerpiece of recent lobbying efforts by Cuba sanctions foes is for U.S. companies to be allowed to invest in the Castro regime's telecom monopoly ("ETECSA"). Pursuant to the 1992 Cuba Democracy Act -- and subsequent regulations -- there's nothing in U.S. law that […]