The Spy’s Retirement / 14ymedio, Boris Gonzalez Arenas

14ymedio, Boris Gonzalez Arenas, Havana, 11 August 2016 — My friend Adriana Gutierrez suggested I write this, only asking that, out of respect for her father, I change the names. She has lived in Spain since 2007, when she went to do a degree that also offered the occasion to stay and live outside of … Continue reading “The Spy’s Retirement / 14ymedio, Boris Gonzalez Arenas”

The Keys of Time /  Boris Gonzalez Arenas

This photo has come to me somehow, has opened a door and I could see, within what I have at home, the formation of the rooms that I’ve designed in the last twenty years with the help of my country. The photo came accompanied by a text attributed to a gentleman called Jose Garcia Poveda, … Continue reading “The Keys of Time /  Boris Gonzalez Arenas”

"They’re terrified," says Iliana Hernandez About the Repressors Who Arrested Her

14ymedio, Havana, 7 July 2019 — The activist and independent reporter Iliana Hernández was released this Sunday after spending almost 24 hours in detention after being arrested the previous day at a bus stop in Cojímar, in the province of Havana, while participating through the social network Twitter in the campaign to #BajenLosPreciosDeInternet (Lower the … Continue reading “"They’re terrified," says Iliana Hernandez About the Repressors Who Arrested Her”

Cuban State Security Represses the Independent LGBTI March in Havana

Note: See links at end of post for numerous photos and videos of the day. 14ymedio, Luz Escobar and Mario J. Pentón, Havana, 11 May 2019 — State Security agents clashed with activists of the LGBTI community and sympathizers of this group who went to Havana’s Central Park on Saturday to demonstrate in favor of … Continue reading “Cuban State Security Represses the Independent LGBTI March in Havana”

Cuban Biologist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola Sentenced To One Year In Prison For Contempt

14ymedio, Havana, 9 May 2018 — Cuban biologist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola was condemned on Tuesday by the court of Viñales, in Pinar del Río, to one year in prison for the alleged offense of contempt, a sentence that has affected his closest relatives because it is the maximum penalty for this type of fault. According to El … Continue reading “Cuban Biologist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola Sentenced To One Year In Prison For Contempt”

Opposition Alliance Calls To Open An Inclusive National Dialog / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 1 December 2016 – The Democratic Action Unity Roundtable (MUAD) has made a call to open a national dialog a few days after the death of former Cuban president Fidel Castro. The opposition alliance believes that the country is entering a new stage in its history, according to a declaration signed by its … Continue reading “Opposition Alliance Calls To Open An Inclusive National Dialog / 14ymedio”

Opposition Coalition Elects New Executive Secretariat / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 11 December 2015 — After months of gestation and discussion, the opposition Democratic Action Unity Roundtable (MUAD) elected its executive secretariat Friday. With this structure composed of various organizations and independent activists, the coalition expects to gain in unity and visibility on the stage of democratic activism within the island. During a meeting held … Continue reading “Opposition Coalition Elects New Executive Secretariat / 14ymedio”

Open Letter to Pope Francis for the Release of “El Sexto”

Freedom for Danilo Open Letter to the Pope Havana, September 8, 2015 Your Holiness, Pope Francis: In advance of your visit to our island, a group of Cuban citizens wish to call your attention to a case that needs an immediate solution. This is the politically motivated imprisonment of Danilo Maldonado Machado, a young artist … Continue reading “Open Letter to Pope Francis for the Release of “El Sexto””

Arrested: 90 dissidents and Ladies in White Who Protested in Obama Masks / Diario de Cuba

DiariodeCuba.com, Havana, 9 August 2015 – Some 60 Ladies in White and 30 human rights activists were arrested this Sunday in Havana where they protested while wearing masks with the image of United States President Barack Obama and carrying photos of political prisoners. The Obama masks signaled the participating activists’ rejection of the Washington-Havana rapprochement, … Continue reading “Arrested: 90 dissidents and Ladies in White Who Protested in Obama Masks / Diario de Cuba”

Another Sunday of Beatings for the Ladies in White /14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 6 July 2015 — The project director of the independent Estado of Sats project, Antonio Rodiles, underwent emergency surgery Sunday for a nasal bone fracture after being detained and beaten by security forces in Havana while participating in the weekly march of the Ladies in White. Opposition sources reported that about 80 members of … Continue reading “Another Sunday of Beatings for the Ladies in White /14ymedio”

Roads to Democracy for Cuba / 14ymedio

14ymedio, 20 June 2015 — The second edition of the event Roads for a Democratic Cuba is taking place in Mexico from 18 to 23 June 2015 under the auspices of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Christian Democrat Organization of America (ODCA). Participating in this meeting are dozens of political activists and civil society leaders … Continue reading “Roads to Democracy for Cuba / 14ymedio”

Diplomacy, yes. Democracy, what for? / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

The potential complications  of the renewed diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo It was about time. Uber taxi drives agree. Academics agree. Minority leaders agree. American social activists agree. Radio, TV and press editors agree. Even comedians agree. It’s the only point of consensus in the polarized US politics. No need … Continue reading “Diplomacy, yes. Democracy, what for? / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo”

LIBERTAD! FREEDOM! / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

Link to Facebook Here Declaration No. 2, 11 November 2012 On Wednesday, November 7, a group of citizens was arrested outside the so-called Section 21 of State Security, at 31st Avenue and 110th Street, in the municipality of Marianao. The group of about ten people was there to inquire about the legal status and whereabouts … Continue reading “LIBERTAD! FREEDOM! / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo”

Declaration No. 1 of Thursday November 8, 2012, About the Arbitrary Arrests Happening in the Last Hours / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

Since yesterday, November 7, 2012, there have been numerous arbitrary arrests, which continue to today. The number arrested at this time is impossible to determine because, as on previous occasions, the mobile and fixed phones of those involved have been interrupted and cut off. Among the arrested are Antonio Rodiles and Yoani Sanchez. The trigger … Continue reading “Declaration No. 1 of Thursday November 8, 2012, About the Arbitrary Arrests Happening in the Last Hours / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo”

Citizen Demand for Another Cuba – 536 Signatures and Counting

Citizen Demand for Another Cuba As Cubans, legitimate children of this land and an essential part of our nation, we feel a deep sorrow at the prolonged crisis that we are experiencing and the demonstrated inability of the current government to make fundamental changes. This obliges us, from civil society, to seek and demand our … Continue reading “Citizen Demand for Another Cuba – 536 Signatures and Counting”