Cenesex Talks About Political Manipulation and Yusimi Persists

14ymedio, Havana, July 16, 2020 – The discussion about the homophobic statements attributed to an official of the Cuban Institute for Radio and Television (ICRT) has prompted the National Center of Sex Education (Cenesex) to make a statement giving a soft rap on the knuckles to Yusimi González Herrera and the organization, whom we’ve invited … Continue reading “Cenesex Talks About Political Manipulation and Yusimi Persists”

Cenesex and the Political Police Coordinate to Block the LGBTI March

14ymedio, Havana, 9 May 2019 — A few hours after the National Center for Sexual Education (Cenesex), led by National Assembly deputy Mariela Castro, denounced that the independent march called for this Saturday in the Central Park of Havana had been organized from Miami, some activists have suffered harassment of the Political Police to prevent … Continue reading “Cenesex and the Political Police Coordinate to Block the LGBTI March”

Images That Once Again Tarnish the Work of CENESEX / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada

From May 8 to 17, the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) returns to the official stage with the terrible theatrical work directed by Ms. Mariela Castro Espin entitled “State Faggotry” It’s not that I have anything against the experienced sexologist’s forays into the world of performing arts, but what I do object to is … Continue reading “Images That Once Again Tarnish the Work of CENESEX / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada”

Cuban Reporter Covering the Rape Case of a Minor Arrested for 24 Hours

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 18 June 2021 — Writer Jorge Enrique Rodríguez, a journalist for Diario de Cuba and a collaborator of the International Institute of Artivism Hannah Arendt (Instar), was released this Friday after being detained for 24 hours. The journalist was arrested this Thursday around two in the afternoon outside the Western Army Military … Continue reading “Cuban Reporter Covering the Rape Case of a Minor Arrested for 24 Hours”

All Those Involved in the Rape of a Young Girl in Havana Are Under Arrest

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 6 October 2020 — The six men implicated in the rape of a 13-year-old girl in the Havana municipality of Cotorro were detained by the police. The mother of the minor communicated this to 14ymedio, while thanking the newspaper for publishing information about the case. “I want to thank you for the complaints … Continue reading “All Those Involved in the Rape of a Young Girl in Havana Are Under Arrest”

‘Sierra Maestra’ Newspaper Withdraws an Article Criticized by Cuba’s LGTB Community

14ymedio, Havana, 31 August 2020 — On Monday, the Sierra Maestra newspaper withdrew from its website a news item that included the new measures taken by the Government of Santiago de Cuba to “increase control and discipline in the lines” and that had led to multiple protests from the LGTB community. The article, published this weekend, read: “Establish three … Continue reading “‘Sierra Maestra’ Newspaper Withdraws an Article Criticized by Cuba’s LGTB Community”

Police Operation in Havana Prevents Activists and Journalists from Leaving Their Homes

14ymedio, Havana, 30 July 2020 —  From the early morning hours on Thursday,  several activists and independent journalists began to denounce police operations around their homes. More than a dozen people have reported that members of the State Security are preventing them from going out, although the reason for this prohibition is, so far, unknown. Journalists … Continue reading “Police Operation in Havana Prevents Activists and Journalists from Leaving Their Homes”

From the Gulag to the UMAP: Official History and the Control of Memory

Abel Sierra Madero, Hypermedia Magazine, 15 May  2020 — Yuri Brokhin, a Soviet filmmaker who defected in 1972 and settled in the United States, described his experience trying to purchase a Volga automobile in the late 1960s. In all of Voroshilovgrad, Ukraine, there were only twelve of these cars available for sale to the public, … Continue reading “From the Gulag to the UMAP: Official History and the Control of Memory”

Mariela Castro’s “Trivial Ticks” / Maykel Gonzalez Vivero

Tremenda Nota, Maykel González Vivero, 6 May 2020 — Mariela Castro Espín caused another controversy on Tuesday when, in deference to social distancing, she opened online the annual day against homophobia and transphobia organized since 2008 by the National Center for Sex Education (Cenesex). During the transmission she made in the company of lawyer Manuel … Continue reading “Mariela Castro’s “Trivial Ticks” / Maykel Gonzalez Vivero”

The Covid-19 Emergency in Cuba, Days 45-47: Animal Insults and Verbal Poverty

14ymedio Yoani Sánchez, Havana, 7 May 2020 — Just outside the Havana cafe which, until a month ago, was open on Tulipán street, a stray dog waits patiently. He doesn’t know why the place where some customers used to throw him bones is now empty and doesn’t even smell like food. In the midst of the pandemic … Continue reading “The Covid-19 Emergency in Cuba, Days 45-47: Animal Insults and Verbal Poverty”

Official Twitter Accounts Return, But Not Raul Castro’s

14ymedio, Havana, 13 September 2019 — Twitter started unlocking some of the official accounts closed last Wednesday. At the moment, the profiles of Granma, Mesa Redonda, Radio Rebelde, Dominio Cuba , the journalist Leticia Martínez Hernández and the deputy and director of the National Sex Education Center, Cenesex, Mariela Castro, have recovered their activity. Among those … Continue reading “Official Twitter Accounts Return, But Not Raul Castro’s”

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”

Gay Pride in Cuba: Without a March, Matrimony or Adoption

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 28 June 2019 — Tonight, in the privacy of their home and surrounded by some friends, René and Richard will have a symbolic wedding ceremony. “We were waiting for the Constitution to permit gay marriage to do it, but it looks like that will happen when it snows in Cuba,” jokes … Continue reading “Gay Pride in Cuba: Without a March, Matrimony or Adoption”

Why Do Independent Journalists Matter? / Cubanet, Luis Cino

Cubanet, Luis Cino Álvarez, Havana, 11 March 2019 — Oftentimes while traveling in other countries, independent journalists are challenged for, as some say, being “hyper-critical” and “lacking objectivity.” Thus, their dispatches are received with doubts and skepticism. But it turns out that the detractors of Cuban independent journalism do not harbor good intentions. Among those … Continue reading “Why Do Independent Journalists Matter? / Cubanet, Luis Cino”

Fuenteovejuna: Lessons of a Leaderless March

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 20 May 2019 — Echoes of the peaceful independent march carried out last May 11th by Cuban LGBTI activists in Havana’s Central Park and along the Paseo del Prado, continue to move social networks with mostly messages of support and solidarity towards this historically victimized community, which has been discriminated against, … Continue reading “Fuenteovejuna: Lessons of a Leaderless March”