The Decay of the Neighborhoods / Fernando Dámaso

I admire the City Historian for the work he has done and is doing, and for his dedication to beautification. And also his numerous collaborators. I believe that, together with some of the provincial historians, they are the only ones who have done a commendable job of preservation, although it should be noted that, for … Continue reading “The Decay of the Neighborhoods / Fernando Dámaso”

A Story from Peru / Juan Juan Almeida

1 – Yesenia Álvarez, young intelligent, successful….strange combination. Tell me about yourself, this organization over which you preside, your professional and family education, and when and why you had this passion for Cuba. If in our countries we let our talents flourish in freedom we would not talk about a strange combination. I am sure … Continue reading “A Story from Peru / Juan Juan Almeida”

The Buried Revolution / Yoani Sánchez

On December 31, precisely at midnight, a waterfall poured from every balcony of my Yugoslav-style building. Cubans keep the tradition of throwing a bucket of water at year’s end to clean all the bad brought by previous months and to spiritually “clean” the January about to begin. This year there were infinite reasons to throw … Continue reading “The Buried Revolution / Yoani Sánchez”

The Worst Guarded Secrets in the World / Ernesto Morales Licea

The Australian Julian Assange has succeeded: his Wikileaks website is today’s star of the headlines. I do not think that the history of politics contains another incident more exotic and fit for Hollywood, and one where the revelations of the diplomacy of a certain government mixes so many nations in a complex skein, to the … Continue reading “The Worst Guarded Secrets in the World / Ernesto Morales Licea”

Estrada Palma and the Re-election / Dimas Castellanos

The current state of Cuba confirms the impossibility of social progress without civic participation of citizens. The structural crisis in which we are immersed and the obstacles to overcome it, are closely related to the absence of popular participation as a dependent of history. A reality exacerbated by the fact that our country, in terms … Continue reading “Estrada Palma and the Re-election / Dimas Castellanos”

A Superfluous List / Miriam Celaya

In late November, a kind reader wrote to me suggesting I prepare a list of all dissident groups and political parties on the Island. Since the proposal has appeared publicly in the comments on more than one occasion, I propose –in turn- to answer publicly and take the opportunity to share some impressions, given that … Continue reading “A Superfluous List / Miriam Celaya”

The Persistence of Fear / Ernesto Morales Licea

An anecdote not often shared relates that, at the end of a meeting between Fidel Castro and Cuban artists in 1969, where he pronounced his polysemic “Words to the Intellectuals,” a discordant — and unexpected — voice spoke up. It was Virgilio Piñera, perhaps the most immortal and lacerated playwright our Island has given birth … Continue reading “The Persistence of Fear / Ernesto Morales Licea”

Cuba: More than 50 Opponents Arrested on Human Rights Day / Iván García

More than 50 dissidents and activists were arrested on December 10 in Cuba by the combined forces of the National Police and State Security for attempting to mark the International Day of Human Rights, according to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation led by Elizardo Sánchez Santacruz. The Universal Declaration of Human … Continue reading “Cuba: More than 50 Opponents Arrested on Human Rights Day / Iván García”

Legal Process to Officially Cite a Citizen / Laritza Diversent

Procedural law governs, albeit sketchily, its own process. In concept, the governing body must substantiate, by its own judicial decision, before the clerk of the court, the reasons for its decision. Then the judicial officer signs and issues the respective warrant. The process should ensure that citizens are not unnecessarily disturbed. Under Article 91 of … Continue reading “Legal Process to Officially Cite a Citizen / Laritza Diversent”

Cuba: Toward a New Political Scenario / Dimas Castellanos

The elimination of civil society within Cuba — solid base of totalitarianism and source of immobility — was accompanied by a foreign policy based on confrontation. The dispute with the United States, the rejection of re-entry into the OAS conditioned on the acceptance of the 2001 Inter-American Democratic Charter, which requires respect for human rights … Continue reading “Cuba: Toward a New Political Scenario / Dimas Castellanos”

Censorship: Are You There? (1) / Carlos Espinosa / Polemica, The 2007 Intellectual Debate

During the time in which I lived in Madrid, a friend of mine from the Island came to visit. Unable to resist his curiosity, he immediately began to pry into my bookshelves (a habit I have to confess, I do not like). When he came across a shelf lined with cassettes, he smirked and in … Continue reading “Censorship: Are You There? (1) / Carlos Espinosa / Polemica, The 2007 Intellectual Debate”

Who Said All Is Lost? / Ernesto Morales Licea

One Anyone seeing all six-feet-eight of him go by, looking like a basketball forward, would never guess his true profession and what he cares about. Unless he puts on, obviously, the huge white coat he wears which marks him as a saver of lives. His name: Fernando Mederos. For a long time he’s been the … Continue reading “Who Said All Is Lost? / Ernesto Morales Licea”

Cuban Laws Favor State Arbitrariness / Laritza Diversent

There are many who say that Ministry of Interior agents do not need judicial authorization to officially summon a citizen. However, the Criminal Procedure Act, approved by the Cuban Parliament in 1977, requires that such diligence is done “through a summons issued by the Secretary,” a court official. The official citation is intended to clarify … Continue reading “Cuban Laws Favor State Arbitrariness / Laritza Diversent”

In Dante’s Ninth Circle / Ernesto Morales Licea

One of the merits which I believe can be attributed to the government of Raul Castro, since he took office on the island in 2008, is his obvious concern for the national economic condition. Being conservative, I believe that in just two years the Army General has publicly shown far more interest and willingness to … Continue reading “In Dante’s Ninth Circle / Ernesto Morales Licea”

Orphaned From Journalism (Part 2, Almost Final) / Ernesto Morales Licea

If someone were to ask me, what is the principal weakness, the most glaring problem suffered by Cuban journalism today, I believe I could summarize it without hesitation: It doesn’t resemble Cubans. It doesn’t resemble anyone. Neither the audience to whom it is addressed, which recognizes less and less these triumphalist news items they read … Continue reading “Orphaned From Journalism (Part 2, Almost Final) / Ernesto Morales Licea”