Deputies of the European Union Request Freedom for Angel Santiesteban

Justice continues to impose itself. In Cuba, behind the bars with which they have tried to imprison his body, without being able to capture his spirit and his ideas, Angel Santiesteban-Prats is today a little freer. The world, Europe in particular, is making a new gesture, showing that dignity still is not lost in the … Continue reading “Deputies of the European Union Request Freedom for Angel Santiesteban”

European Parliament Members call for EU mediation to release Cuban artists from prison / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 24 April 2015 — The vice presidents of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party of the European Parliament, Fernando Maura and Pavel Telicka, have asked the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Frederica Mogherini, to intervene with the Havana Government for the release from … Continue reading “European Parliament Members call for EU mediation to release Cuban artists from prison / 14ymedio”

Important Global Event Supports Freedom for Angel Santiesteban

With the organization “Creative Time,” on Friday, April 13, there was a performance of Tania Bruguera’s “Tatlin’s Whisper #6,” in solidarity with her, Angel Santiesteban-Prats, Danilo Maldonado “El Sexto,” and all other artists in the world who face criminal charges and violence for exercising their basic human right to free expression. The solidarity event invoked … Continue reading “Important Global Event Supports Freedom for Angel Santiesteban”

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”

An Afternoon for Danilo (El Sexto) / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 29 March 2015 – As part of the campaign to demand freedom for the artist Danilo Maldonado, known as “El Sexto,” several artistic activities took place this Saturday at la Paja Recold, the studio of the band Porno para Ricardo. On the walls of the place were works by the graffiti artist … Continue reading “An Afternoon for Danilo (El Sexto) / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Two Types of Dissidence, Two Policies / Angel Santiesteban

Angel Santiesteban, 25 March 2015 — For the first time in the history of the violations against the Cuban dissidence by the political police of the totalitarian Regime, there are two lines of thought: one subdued and the other more severe. Those in the opposition who have publicly supported the intention of the governments of … Continue reading “Two Types of Dissidence, Two Policies / Angel Santiesteban”

Raul Castro, you fear being unmasked / Antonio Rodiles

Your speech at the extraordinary ALBA summit reconfirms that you and your group are going to try to hold onto power at all costs. It doesn’t matter if the Cuban people are sunk in misery and desperation, it doesn’t matter if your children continue to escape this disaster, you people intend to remain and to … Continue reading “Raul Castro, you fear being unmasked / Antonio Rodiles”

Rosa Maria Paya For the Future of All Cubans Without Castro

In recent years my country has been engaged in a deception. The Cuban government is changing the Law, but ignoring the rights of the people, which were sequestered over half a century ago. More people are allowed to enter and leave the country, but the regime decides who can enjoy this “privilege”. The migratory reform … Continue reading “Rosa Maria Paya For the Future of All Cubans Without Castro”

Reentry to Cuba Includes a Conversation with State Security / Eliecer Avila

Eliecer Avila, 26 February 2015 — After having “conversations” like these, I always ask myself is it is worth the trouble to publish an account of them or not. I do not like even giving these people the impression that I have blabbed about everything. But I also believe not publishing such accounts only hurts … Continue reading “Reentry to Cuba Includes a Conversation with State Security / Eliecer Avila”

Why Raul Castro Will Not Allow Political Discourse / Ivan Garcia

Ivan Garcia, Havana, 31 January 2015 — After secret negotiations with his lifelong enemy lasting a year and a half, General Raul Castro seems to have come out ahead early in the game. But Barack Obama has been shrewd. He is playing for the long-term and has a different perspective and strategy. The United States thinks and … Continue reading “Why Raul Castro Will Not Allow Political Discourse / Ivan Garcia”

“Check out how free this country is!” / 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez

14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez, Havana, 29 January 2015 — “In Vietnam, Yoani Sanchez would be in prison,” says Rafael Hernandez, editor of the magazine Temas (Topics), comparing the Cuban regime with the Vietnamese one. And he adds: “Check out how free this country is!” According to the official researcher, Cuban bloggers “are arrested and released, … Continue reading ““Check out how free this country is!” / 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez”

“I Live Happy Because I Live Without Fear” / 14ymedio, El Sexto

El Sexto tells of his incarceration in the Valle Grande prison 14YMEDIO, Havana, 28 January 2015 — Danilo Maldonado, the graffiti artist known as El Sexto, finished a month in prison this January 25. He was arrested while riding in a taxi whose trunk was carrying two live pigs. The animals were painted green and … Continue reading ““I Live Happy Because I Live Without Fear” / 14ymedio, El Sexto”

Yes to Regulation, No to Control / 14ymedio, Henry Constantin

14ymedio, Henry Constantin, Camagüey, 21 January 2015 — I interviewed Fernando Pérez in a small room of that little movie theater is still left in Camagüey one day after the premiere of his latest production, La pared de las palabras (Wall of Words), a stellar film about which I didn’t ask a single question. I … Continue reading “Yes to Regulation, No to Control / 14ymedio, Henry Constantin”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, from Cuba / Mario Lleonart

Although today [15 January] is a holiday only in the USA, I also in my own way celebrate it in Cuba. Why not join in the celebration of the birth of the Baptist pastor and fighter for civil rights, Martin Luther King Jr.? His life is inspirational for many of us, including me, who every … Continue reading “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, from Cuba / Mario Lleonart”

Behind the Performances / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya

To think that the “common Cuban on the street” –not the dissidents or the usual disobedient individuals- would spontaneously make use of the open microphones at “that” Square, to demand rights from the government is naive, a utopia. The idea is beautiful and romantic, but far, far away from reality. HAVANA, Cuba. – During the final days of 2014 and the first three of … Continue reading “Behind the Performances / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya”