The Stigma Of Having Fought Alongside Huber Matos / Cubanet, Frank Correa

Cubanet, Frank Correa, Havana, 18 September 2015 – Many stories of the struggle in the Sierra Maestra against the Batista government survive into oblivion, like its protagonists. Tomasa Guerra, 92, a native of Palma Soriano, wasa messenger, cook and sometimes guide for the “Antonio Guiteras” Column 9, under the command of Comandante Huber Matos, one … Continue reading “The Stigma Of Having Fought Alongside Huber Matos / Cubanet, Frank Correa”

The Day I Asked Forgiveness from Huber Matos / Camilo Venegas

For years I tried to imagine his face, but it didn’t appear anywhere. He had been erased from the national history with meticulous cruelty. They airbrushed him out, even in one of the most iconic images of the Revolution, the one where he and Camilo Cienfuegos accompany Fidel on top of a Jeep, during the … Continue reading “The Day I Asked Forgiveness from Huber Matos / Camilo Venegas”

Huber Matos’ 1959 Letter to Fidel Castro

Letter from Hubert Matos to Fidel Castro Camagüey, 19 October 1959 To Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz, Prime Minister, Havana Compañero Fidel: Today I have sent to the Chief of Staff, through regulation channels, a radiogram regarding my position in the Rebel Army. I am assured that this matter will be elevated to you for your … Continue reading “Huber Matos’ 1959 Letter to Fidel Castro”

Former Commander Huber Matos Dies

Former commander of the Cuban revolution Huber Matos Benítez, one of the most important figures of the opposition to the regime of the Castros, died early Thursday morning in a Miami hospital, reported his organization Independent and Democratic Cuba (CID). He was 95. Matos (born in Yara, Granma province, on November 26, 1918) had  been … Continue reading “Former Commander Huber Matos Dies”

Huber Matos: “The struggle continues. Viva Cuba Libre!” / CID

Huber Matos died on the morning of 27 February in Miami. On the 25th he was admitted to Kendall Regional Hospital where he was diagnosed with a massive heart attack. On the 26th he asked that they withdraw his respirator because he wanted to say goodbye to his wife María Luisa Araluce and to his … Continue reading “Huber Matos: “The struggle continues. Viva Cuba Libre!” / CID”

“Whoever loses their faith has nothing more to lose.” / Huber Matos, CID

 Cubans have been fighting against the dictatorship for more than half a century and this should be a source of pride, not shame. We have never given up, year after year, generation after generation many brave Cubans have refused to capitulate. Whoever says we’ve done nothing is wrong, we have done a great deal and … Continue reading ““Whoever loses their faith has nothing more to lose.” / Huber Matos, CID”

Cuba: The Unfinished Dream

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami, 28 August 2022 — “It’s in the genes.” Javier Figueroa de Cárdenas is a relative of Miguel Figueroa, a brilliant 19th century autonomist. Autonomism was a way of being patriotic in Cuba, especially since the “Pact of Zanjón,” which in 1878 put an end to the “Ten Years War,” until 1898, when the … Continue reading “Cuba: The Unfinished Dream”

Rolando Cubela, the Cuban Commander who Conspired to Kill Fidel Castro, Dies in Miami

14ymedio, Havana, 24 August 24, 2022 — Commander, former political prisoner and doctor Rolando Cubela died at the age of 90 on Tuesday morning in the Miami hospital where he had been admitted for several weeks, according to family sources. A member of the Rebel Army, the guerrilla leader was part of a conspiracy to … Continue reading “Rolando Cubela, the Cuban Commander who Conspired to Kill Fidel Castro, Dies in Miami”

One Day, Cubans Will Find Out How Cowardly Fidel Castro Was All His Life

14ymedio, Frank Calzón, Miami, 13 August 2022 — In the midst of the tragedy of the oil tank accident in Matanzas, Cuban President Díaz-Canel made some triumphalist statements modeled on the speeches of the former Maximum Leader. The declarations almost coincide with a birthday of Fidel Castro, a man whose regime is still in power on … Continue reading “One Day, Cubans Will Find Out How Cowardly Fidel Castro Was All His Life”

Che Guevara Was Not James Bond and That’s Why it Ended Badly

14ymedio, Xavier Carbonell, Salamanca, 16 July 2022 — Ernesto Guevara’s incursion into Bolivia to organize a guerrilla is the only espionage story that Castroism tells children. The story has all the ingredients of a James Bond movie: a charismatic and cynical protagonist, false passports, codes and code words, disguises to mislead the enemy and, of … Continue reading “Che Guevara Was Not James Bond and That’s Why it Ended Badly”

January 1959: Batista Left, Fidel Hadn’t Arrived, and the Boy Scouts Directed Traffic in Havana

14ymedio, Frank Calzón, Miami, 5 January 2021 — Neither my friend Guillermo nor I was bothered by the northerly, the winter front that for a few days had been throwing the waves against the wall of Havana’s Malecón. The two of us, ages 13 and 14, were happy directing traffic at one of the most … Continue reading “January 1959: Batista Left, Fidel Hadn’t Arrived, and the Boy Scouts Directed Traffic in Havana”

Cuba and the Protests of November 15

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami, 7 November 2021 — I have not been able to find out, for sure, why Raúl Castro authorized the appearance of Carlos Lage asking for “deep changes.” Lage is the former Cuban vice president purged a few years ago along with former Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque. I have asked … Continue reading “Cuba and the Protests of November 15”

A Brief Chronology of Disregard and Intolerance in Cuba

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, November 2, 2021 — The dictatorship’s most frequently recurring formula to impede or interfere with changes that do not align with their interests has been to incarcerate. They’ve raised the bar in two ways: first, by presenting as apocalyptic the results of anything they consider a “return to the past,” and … Continue reading “A Brief Chronology of Disregard and Intolerance in Cuba”