Cuba: Confusion Over Andy Garcia’s Return to Prison Following his Release

14ymedio, Havana, 31 May 2022 — Andy García Lorenzo, one of the July 11 (11J) prisoners released in Santa Clara last Wednesday, was newly arrested on Monday and his situation is confusing, although, according to the latest information, his transfer to an “open regimen”* was revoked and he must return to prison. His sister, Roxana García Lorenzo, explained … Continue reading “Cuba: Confusion Over Andy Garcia’s Return to Prison Following his Release”

Father of Andy Garcia Lorenzo, one of the July 11th (11J) Prisoners in Cuba, is Stabbed

14ymedio, Havana, 4 February 2022 — Nedel García Pacheco, father of Andy García Lorenzo, one of the prisoners from the 11J (July 11th) protests in Santa Clara, was stabbed on Friday in that city. The incident occurred around 5:45am today, at the edge of the dam where 48-year-old García Pacheco was fishing with several friends … Continue reading “Father of Andy Garcia Lorenzo, one of the July 11th (11J) Prisoners in Cuba, is Stabbed”

Andy Garcia’s Lawyer Confirms His Transfer to Guamajal Prison in Villa Clara

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, December 8, 2021 — On Tuesday, Cuban political prisoner Andy García Lorenzo, detained following the protests on July 11th (11J), received a visit from his lawyer at the Guamajal prison in Villa Clara, where he had been transferred last week from La Pendiente prison in that same province. The young man’s … Continue reading “Andy Garcia’s Lawyer Confirms His Transfer to Guamajal Prison in Villa Clara”

Being a Dandy is Now an Official Trade in Cuba / Iván García

On the streets of Havana you can see older men dressed like dandies, which used to be seen as an eccentricity. Not anymore. It is one of the 178 activities the government has authorized for self-employment. It is one of the most striking, but not unique. The activities also include fortune teller, and the “Havana … Continue reading “Being a Dandy is Now an Official Trade in Cuba / Iván García”

Cubans Adrian Lopez Gonzalez, Geandy Pavon, Waldo Perez Cino and David Virelles Win the Cintas Scholarship

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 15 December 221 — For the first time, the Cintas Foundation has recognized with its annual scholarship, endowed with $20,000, a Cuban resident on the Island, Adrián López González. Founder and leader of the Grupo Matiz de restauradores (Matiz Restoration Group0 in Matanzas, he was the recipient of the award in the architecture … Continue reading “Cubans Adrian Lopez Gonzalez, Geandy Pavon, Waldo Perez Cino and David Virelles Win the Cintas Scholarship”

Thousands of People Need Urgent Help in Havana (and the Names of the Deceased) / Ivan Garcia

Iván García, 2 February 2019 — “An organized society, a planned economy, a socialist government, will always have reserves so that no one is left homeless,” President Miguel Diaz-Canel wrote in his Twitter account. Nobody in Cuba is left homeless after a natural catastrophe, tragic accident or serious illness, said Fidel and Raul Castro in the … Continue reading “Thousands of People Need Urgent Help in Havana (and the Names of the Deceased) / Ivan Garcia”

Camaguey Police Prohibit Sol Garcia and Henry Constantin From Exercising Journalism

14ymedio, Havana, 4 May 2017 — Journalists Sol García Basulto and Henry Constantín were summoned Thursday to Camagüey’s Third Police Unit, where they were threatened with having their homes searched and the equipment they use to do their work confiscated if they do not stop “publishing on social networks and in independent magazines.” An official, … Continue reading “Camaguey Police Prohibit Sol Garcia and Henry Constantin From Exercising Journalism”

Price Reductions on Food Items in Cuba Are Not Enough / Ivan Garcia

Ivan Garcia, 25 April 2016 — It is a Black Friday of a different sort. In the United States the morning after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Christmas discount season, where people wait in long lines to buy electronics, computers and clothing. But in Cuba on Friday, April 22 — a date when the … Continue reading “Price Reductions on Food Items in Cuba Are Not Enough / Ivan Garcia”

Cuba, One Year After December 17, 2014 / Ivan Garcia

Ivan Garcia, 14 December 2015 — In a basement blackened by humidity and soot, Leonardo Santizo and two workers make cookies, candy and peanut nougat, as a private enterprise. At the back of the room, piled up in nylon sacks, are hundreds of kilograms of unroasted peanuts, bottles of vegetable oil and all-purpose flour. On … Continue reading “Cuba, One Year After December 17, 2014 / Ivan Garcia”

Having a Garage in Havana / Ivan Garcia

Ivan Garcia, 2 October 2015 — While waiting for the intermittent autumn drizzle to stop, Cecilio, a housing-swap* broker in Havana, watches the re-broadcast on a local sports channel of a bio about Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan on his 42-inch flat screen TV. He glances at his watch from time to time and peers … Continue reading “Having a Garage in Havana / Ivan Garcia”

The Mass and Repression in Revolution Square / Ivan Garcia

Ivan Garcia, Havana, 21 September 2015 — Almost everyone in Cuba remembers what they were doing on January 21, 1998. Stephen, who works in a steel factory southeast of the capital, recalls that he walked more than nine miles to attend the Mass of Pope Wojtyla in Revolution Square, the sacred precinct of the olive-green … Continue reading “The Mass and Repression in Revolution Square / Ivan Garcia”

New U.S. Measures on Cuba Not Featured in the Island’s Headlines / Ivan Garcia

On December 17 Noemi and her coworkers at the telecommunications company ETECSA were surprised to hear their boss hastily reading “the day’s top news story” to their entire workforce in a tone of voice that was intended to sound solemn. “Comrades, after the conclusion of agreements with President Obama, three of the five heroic Cuban prisoners … Continue reading “New U.S. Measures on Cuba Not Featured in the Island’s Headlines / Ivan Garcia”

What the Soviet Union Left Cubans / Ivan Garcia

To this day, in the universal history books in junior high or high schools in Cuba, the Soviet theme is handled with kid gloves. They recall its founding father Vladimir Illych Lenin, the epic of the Second World War with its 20 million dead (old data, it was 27 million and more than a few … Continue reading “What the Soviet Union Left Cubans / Ivan Garcia”

No-one Knows What Fish They are Buying / Ernesto Garcia Diaz

Havana, Cuba – At la Playa de El Chivo (El Chivo beach ), on the northeast coast of Havana, at the foot of the Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro (Three Kings Castle), people carry on fishing for sport and business, between the marine waters and sewage, without the health authorities, environmental authorities or … Continue reading “No-one Knows What Fish They are Buying / Ernesto Garcia Diaz”

Arturo Sandoval: I Have Fulfilled My Dreams / Ivan Garcia

To speak about music in Cuba is an analogy. Cuba is the music. There are nice people, splendid weather, the smell of salty residue, and there’s always a reason to party. Other things, like the shrimp, tropical fruits, or beef are a luxury after 54 years of misrule. Cuba lacks essential liberties, but the music … Continue reading “Arturo Sandoval: I Have Fulfilled My Dreams / Ivan Garcia”