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A chat with Orestes Matacena & Fausta Wertz about Cuba today

A few days ago, Alberto introduced some of our readers to Orestes Matacena, the very successful Cuban-American filmmaker: "His most recently produced screenplay was "Bitter Sugar," a love story that takes place in today's tyrannical Cuba. It opened to excellent reviews and has done extremely well at the box office both in the US and […]

Cuban opposition leader Jorge Luis Garcia “Antunez” arrested, whereabouts unknown

While Alfy and other morally compromised individuals are busy making deals with the murderous Castro regime, in Cuba, those who disagree and dare to stand up for their human rights suffer violent repression and arrest. Jorge Luis Garcia "Antunez" along with family members were arrested Wednesday. His whereabouts is unknown at this time. Various posts […]

A new story about gay rights in Cuba

Really, it’s the same old story, but this saga of one gay man’s journey through arrest and internment in a “rehabilitation center” at age 15, in 1974, to his current position as a refugee in Ecuador at the mercy of a Castro ally, exposes the ugly truth about the regime's repressive anti-gay policies. Via MinnPost: […]

Tourist response to info about human rights in Cuba: “Please don’t talk to me anymore.”

I received this question from Klout, asking me to respond to an inquiry from a reader whom I assumed was planning a visit to Cuba. What are some things to do in Cuba? My response: I don’t know why you’re visiting Cuba, an island suffering from 54 years of rule by a ruthless dictatorship that […]

Arturo Sandoval: I Have Fulfilled my Dreams

English translation of an excellent interview with Arturo Sandoval, from Ivan's File Cabinet: To speak about music in Cuba is an analogy. Cuba is the music. There are nice people, splendid weather, the smell of salty residue, and there’s always a reason to party. Other things, like the shrimp, tropical fruits, or beef are a […]

Jorge Luis Garcia Perez “Antunez” is coming to Los Angeles

It is perfect that the southern California Cuban community welcomes to Los Angeles a hero dedicated to Cuba's freedom, Jorge Luis Garcia "Antunez", and his wife, Yris Tamara Perez Aguilera, founder of the Rosa Parks Feminist Movement for Civil Rights, as we commemorate the revered hero of Cuba's wars for independence, the great patriot and […]

Meet agent Camilo-political police kidnapper

Add this man to your list of those deserving justice when Cuba is free. From Translating Cuba, and in Spanish at Cubanet: Political Police Kidnappers Identified / Leon Padrone Posted on September 12, 2013 agente-camilo-300x209 The political police agent known as Camilo followed the route of the P1 bus, on which the Ladies in White […]

Cuba: Dr. Biscet denied right to travel

It's wonderful that Cubans, or at least some Cubans, are now allowed to travel. Unfortunately, who gets to enjoy that benefit is not based on human rights, but by the arbitrary criteria of what best preserves the power of a dictator. According to Dr. Oscar Biscet's Twitter account, the Castro regime has decided that Dr. […]

Remembering Col. Cornelio Rojas Fernandez

Tonight on Cubanarama Blog Talk Radio, Barbara Rangel and Silvio Gonzalez, grandchildren of Col Rojas, along with guests, will discuss the life of Col. Cornelio Rojas Fernandez. Born in Cuba in the early 1900's, following family tradition, he spent his life in the service of his country. He was Chief of Police in the Leoncio […]

“The Cuban nation has died, it was murdered”

Far too little attention is given to the true story of the Bay of Pigs invasion, the men who risked and sacrificed their lives in the hope of liberating their homeland, and the international repercussions of that failure. I urge you to watch this interview with Bay of Pig veterans Javier Souto and Jose Regalado. […]

Hollywood premier of ¨Soy La Otra Cuba¨ at Macha Theatre

CUBAN CULTURAL NIGHT Macha Theatre part of Macha Theatre/Films, presents Cuban Cultural Night, celebrating Cuba's independence from Spain, with the premier of the documentary “I Am The Other Cuba" (Soy La Otra Cuba) which sheds light on the current state of Cuba, its revolutionary past, and its uncertain path toward an unknown future. Featuring interviews […]

Remembering Laura Pollan and the Ladies in White

Laura, in her own words on why the Ladies in White are out on the street, "We cannot allow our men, our families to be destroyed. We cannot allow them to die in prison." I will always remember Laura Pollan. This inspiring lady, wife, mother, and teacher, never imagined that she would become a political […]

Amnesty International Concerned for Safety of Cuba’s “Ladies in White”

Relieved that their oil supply is safe, at least for now, the Castro's are busy at what they do best: Complaining about the non-existent embargo, promoting failure as accomplishment, and repressing peaceful unarmed women wearing white. From Capitol Hill Cubans: AI Concerned For Safety of Ladies in White Amnesty International Calls on Cuba to Allow […]

Cuba reports drastic decline in medical services

If Cuban officials admit a decline in Cuba's Healthcare, how bad is it really? Cafe Fuerte reports a drastic fall in medical services in Cuba. 18.5% decrease in patient beds 33% decrease in the number of hospitals and clinics 9.6%  decrease in the number of public health employees (there are no private health employees in Cuba) […]

More proof that there is no rule of law in Cuba

In normal countries, the family of murder victims have the right to attend the trial of accused perpetrator.  They have a right to witness the judicial process, to know that justice has been fairly served.   We've all seen televised high-profile murder trials over the years, and empathized with the grief and anger displayed by members of […]