Redefining the Cuban Opposition After 17 December / Cubanet, Alexis Jardines Chacon

Cubanet, Alexis Jardines Chacon, Miami, 7 August 2015 – The First National Cuban Conference will be held August 13-15 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is an event that Cubans United of Puerto Rico have been preparing for a year, inviting organizations from both shores. The meeting hopes to focus on the unity of diversity. … Continue reading “Redefining the Cuban Opposition After 17 December / Cubanet, Alexis Jardines Chacon”

“The Left will become More Pluralistic in Cuba” / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya

14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Miami, 3 August 2015 — Historian and activist Armando Chaguaceda defines himself as a defender of “democratic socialism that does not sacrifice freedoms for goods or services.” In Cuba, he associates with the independent left and currently resides in Mexico. Last week, he traveled to Miami for a meeting of the Association … Continue reading ““The Left will become More Pluralistic in Cuba” / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya”

My Minutes With the Pope / Jeovany Jimenez Vega

Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 9 May 2015 — What would I say to Pope Francis if I could speak with him minutes before his meeting with Raúl Castro?*  If Jesus came into the world to save the impure, to sit also at the table of the Pharisees (those with souls most contaminated by the splinter of evil), what … Continue reading “My Minutes With the Pope / Jeovany Jimenez Vega”

Rosa María Payá announces the creation of the initiative “Cuba Decides” / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, April 6 2015 – Rosa María Payá, daughter of the late Cuban activist Oswaldo Payá, has announced this Monday the creation of the citizen initiative Cuba Decide, or “Cuba Decides.” The goal of the project, presented during the Forum of Youth Movements in Panama, is for Cubans to pronounce themselves through a plebiscite … Continue reading “Rosa María Payá announces the creation of the initiative “Cuba Decides” / 14ymedio”

A Mutilated Civil Society / 14ymedio, Regina Coyula

14ymedio, Regina Coyula, Havana, 23 March 2015 — Just try it. On the street, randomly ask: What is civil society? You’ll be lucky if you find any satisfactory answer and will have better luck if, unlike for me, more than one person even deigns to answer you. To speak of civil society in Cuba is like … Continue reading “A Mutilated Civil Society / 14ymedio, Regina Coyula”

Crisis Among Cuban Dissidents? / Ivan Garcia

The egos and grandstanding are projecting an uncertain outlook within the peaceful opposition in Cuba. It’s like a symphony orchestra without a conductor, where musicians play their own tunes. It’s not for lack of political programs that Cuban activists cede space. They are overflowing with ideas, projects and platforms aimed at democratic change. Some are … Continue reading “Crisis Among Cuban Dissidents? / Ivan Garcia”

The Political Legacy of Oswaldo Paya / 14ymedio

14YMEDIO, 22 July 2014 – On 22 July 2014, the opposition leader Oswaldo Payá and the activist Harld Cepero died. Payá led the Christian Liberation Movement and promoted the Varela Project, which managed to collect some 25,000 signatures to demand a national referendum. Freedom of expression, of association, freedom of the press and of business, … Continue reading “The Political Legacy of Oswaldo Paya / 14ymedio”

Judge or Divide? / Antonio Rodiles

HAVANA, Cuba – The debate set off by the letter from more than 40 personalities asking for the relaxation of restrictions towards the Havana regime letter from more than 40 personalities asking for the relaxation of restrictions towards the Havana regime has been copious. Those who support, as a premise, that Cubans must regain their … Continue reading “Judge or Divide? / Antonio Rodiles”

Goodbye to a Summit to Forget / Ivan Garcia

If you walk through the marginal and mostly black neighborhoods of Havana, you will not hear people talking about integration, inequality, human rights, democracy or freedom of expression. They are hard neighborhoods. Their priorities run toward having containers full of potable water: it’s been decades since the precious liquid arrived in their precarious dwellings through … Continue reading “Goodbye to a Summit to Forget / Ivan Garcia”

A Year Without the White Card (Travel Permit) / Lilianne Ruiz

HAVANA, Cuba, 14 January 2014, www.cubanet.org.- How has the Cuban political scene changed for human rights activists and leaders of the political opposition who have left and returned to Cuba? Is the day after the fall of the Castro regime close? To answer, Cubanet contacted some of the protagonists of this story. Miriam Celaya (blogger … Continue reading “A Year Without the White Card (Travel Permit) / Lilianne Ruiz”

Money is a Mighty Lord / Agustin Lopez

Under the title “Tampa seeks to do business with Cuba” in the Miami Herald, we learn that Tampa City Council members Harry Cohen, Yvonne Yolie Capin, and Mary Mulhern, along with Kathy Castor, will soon be traveling to Cuba. Castor traveled to Havana in the first week of April with a team of advisers and … Continue reading “Money is a Mighty Lord / Agustin Lopez”

The Shocked Silence / Rosa María Rodríguez Torrado

Ignacio Ramonet. Taken from wwwunmundoperfecto.blogspot.com Ignacio Ramonet is a Spanish journalist working in France who was, for 18 years, editor-in-chief of the French edition of Le Monde Diplomatique. Nobody doubts that his journalistic skill or his comprehensive general knowledge. To his name there are several books, many articles, essays and lectures. He is also the … Continue reading “The Shocked Silence / Rosa María Rodríguez Torrado”

The Shocked Silence

Ignacio Ramonet is a Spanish journalist working in France who was, for 18 years, editor-in-chief of the French edition of Le Monde Diplomatique.  Nobody doubts that his journalistic skill or his comprehensive general knowledge.  To his name there are several books, many articles, essays and lectures.  He is also the driving force of the Social … Continue reading “The Shocked Silence”