Cuba, Dignified (?!), Custodian of UN Human Rights Teaches Its Citizens The Art (?!) Of Repression / Angel Santiesteban

The Cuban musicians who sell their soul to the dictatorship What was always everyday, the times of freedom reject. This happens in the country’s culture. A great share of Cuban artists have always allowed themselves to be used for political purposes. They never asked why or for what. They only agreed to hold their concerts, … Continue reading “Cuba, Dignified (?!), Custodian of UN Human Rights Teaches Its Citizens The Art (?!) Of Repression / Angel Santiesteban”

Reasons to be Incredulous / Fernando Damaso

John Lennon statue in Havana park. Photo: Rebeca When we talk among friends of the things we discuss in Cuba, some label me incredulous. I will tell you the reason, and try to explain my incredulity, in that they are too old (older than 54) listening to the old and new storytellers telling the same … Continue reading “Reasons to be Incredulous / Fernando Damaso”

Laritza Diversent: The Pending Emigration Law Should Make No Distinctions Because of Citizens’ Political Views #Cuba

Readers’ interview from Diaro de Cuba The attorney and independent blogger, Laritza Diversent, responds to questions by readers of Diaro de Cuba regarding emigration reform. Ricardo E. Trelles: In your professional life you have to deal with the country’s existing legal system in which laws are formulated and established in an illegitimate way, without citizen participation, … Continue reading “Laritza Diversent: The Pending Emigration Law Should Make No Distinctions Because of Citizens’ Political Views #Cuba”

My Reasons for the Bridge / Yoani Sánchez

With regards to the new amendment presented in the U.S. Congress to restrict travel and remittances to Cuba. We lived in a dark time in 1992 and this daughter of a train engineer with no train had decided to drop out of high school. I got up early and told my mother. Hands on my … Continue reading “My Reasons for the Bridge / Yoani Sánchez”

Absurd Reasons / Fernando Dámaso

I have often questioned the existence of a single party. I think it’s exclusive, unnatural, and directly undermines the very nature of human beings. It is very difficult to find absolute coincidence of views between different people. It does not happen in the family nor in other groupings such as the block, neighborhood, municipality, province … Continue reading “Absurd Reasons / Fernando Dámaso”

Reasons for an Injustice / Miriam Celaya

As if the proverbial mediocrity of the usual television programming weren’t enough, in recent weeks there is a new series, incredibly badly made and edited even worse, that has been presented on the screen. “Cuba’s Reasons,” is the title of this latest garbage, which clearly intends to disinform the national population trying to create a … Continue reading “Reasons for an Injustice / Miriam Celaya”

Citizen Reasons / Reinaldo Escobar

A television program, in order to be classified as such, needs to be broadcast through a channel and aired on television. For now, we Cuban citizens disconnected from the State institutions lack the necessary resources to produce a program completely within the law. We have to content ourselves recording from an amateur cameraman or two, … Continue reading “Citizen Reasons / Reinaldo Escobar”

The Five Reasons of a Blogger / Luis Felipe Rojas

Photo: Exilda Arjona I’ve spent weeks developing today’s explanation. My colleague Miriam Celaya has given me, as we Cuban peasants say, “the forced foot”, a shove in the ass. I think I did it once, in my previous blog. Even now I fear that if other colleagues from the free and alternative blogosphere decide to … Continue reading “The Five Reasons of a Blogger / Luis Felipe Rojas”

Pedro Pablo Oliva and Henry Constantin: Two Examples of the Blockade on the World of the Cuban Culture / IntraMuros, Dagoberto Valdes

By Dagoberto Valdes and the Editorial Board In editorial No. 14 of Convivencia Magazine (www.convivenciacuba.es) of March-April 2010, we said that: “In the last year there has been a visible increase of the natural diversity of expressions of men and women in Cuba. This plurality has been manifested, mainly, in the cultural world. This world … Continue reading “Pedro Pablo Oliva and Henry Constantin: Two Examples of the Blockade on the World of the Cuban Culture / IntraMuros, Dagoberto Valdes”

E-Commerce in Cuba with Nothing to Buy

14ymedio, Elías Amor Bravo, September 11, 2019 — Amazing. We had to wait until the now distant point in time — April 2016, when Guideline #108 of the Economic and Social Policy of the Party and the Revolution was approved — before Cubans could start engaging in e-commerce transactions in accordance with the country’s computerization … Continue reading “E-Commerce in Cuba with Nothing to Buy”

Police Assault National Unpacu Headquarters in Santiago de Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 7 September 2019 — The headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu) in Santiago de Cuba was assaulted by police at dawn on Saturday, according to Martha Beatriz Ferrer, daughter of opposition leader José Daniel Ferrer, who reported it on her Facebook account. “They arrested 24 people. My father was forcibly prevented from leaving … Continue reading “Police Assault National Unpacu Headquarters in Santiago de Cuba”

The Official Cuban Press Discovers “Freedom of Expression” Thanks to Twitter

14ymedio, Havana, 12 September 2019 — The Union of Journalists of Cuba (Upec) called on Wednesday against “the limits to the freedom of expression of Cuban institutions and citizens.” The complaint responded to Twitter’s blocking of several official media and other institutional accounts which is limiting those who, in Upec’s opinion, and trying to “silence the … Continue reading “The Official Cuban Press Discovers “Freedom of Expression” Thanks to Twitter”

Several Professors Denounce Political "Discrimination" in Cuban Universities

14ymedio, Havana, 30 August 2019 —  A group of university professors published an open letter to the Cuban Government on Thursday, in which they criticize the Vice Minister of Higher Education, Martha Mesa Valenciano, for her “open apology for discrimination” against those who do not share “the revolutionary politics” of the Communist Party. Initially signed by … Continue reading “Several Professors Denounce Political "Discrimination" in Cuban Universities”