I’d Rather go Back to Prison / Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello

HAVANA, Cuba, January www.cubanet.org – The building where I live has 42 apartments and three floors. Most of the time did not see anyone in the hallways. However, on January 13, at 9 pm, for the second time since the last beating I received (November 19)  a group of about 8 or 10 neighbors stood … Continue reading “I’d Rather go Back to Prison / Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello”

Fun (or not!) with Fridges, Part 2: The arrival of the refrigerator / Claudia Cadelo

Chronicle of an absurd day (incomplete but will be continued) Thursday, 9 pm The president of my CDR, whom I’ve already said is the best, shouts at me that the fridges will come tomorrow. What time? Who knows. I go down to try to find out what she knows, I have work in the morning … Continue reading “Fun (or not!) with Fridges, Part 2: The arrival of the refrigerator / Claudia Cadelo”

Operation Counterrevolutionary Toys / Lilianne Ruiz

HAVANA, Cuba, January 2014, http://www.cubanet.org.- The police operation started at 5:00 in the morning of January 3. They knocked on the door of Hector Maseda’s house, one of the former political prisoners from the 2003 Black Spring Cause of the 75, husband of the late Laura Pollan — the site of the national headquarters of … Continue reading “Operation Counterrevolutionary Toys / Lilianne Ruiz”

The Silence of the Lambs / Angel Santiesteban

After reading “The ’correct’ intellectual of the Revolution” last December 20, by the independent journalist and human rights activists, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces,making a tour of the silence of UNEAC (Cuban Writers and Artists Union), which makes it complicit with the dictatorship, the saddest thing is that the majority of its officials who run it, … Continue reading “The Silence of the Lambs / Angel Santiesteban”

Booby-trapped Roofs / Pablo Pascual Mendez Pina

It was the evening of November 29, it was still raining in Havana and Rebollar Augustine, a retired 71-year-old resident of Vedado, stood crestfallen covering his face with his hands so no one would see him cry. His mattress, appliances, clothing, furniture were all wet and to worsen his mood, his neighbor below started to … Continue reading “Booby-trapped Roofs / Pablo Pascual Mendez Pina”

Life and Death of Cuban Railways / Ernesto Garcia Diaz

Havana, Cuba, December 27, www.cubanet.org – In Havana’s Central Railway Station, they were fumigating — against the Egyptian aedes mosquito — with passengers inside (children, pregnant women, old people), violating all health standards.  And don’t mention freshening up.  They charge a dollar to use the bathrooms.  And even paying, the bathrooms do not have soap … Continue reading “Life and Death of Cuban Railways / Ernesto Garcia Diaz”

“The psychological torture was intense, permanent. They wanted to erase his mind.” / Lilianne Ruiz

HAVANA, Cuba, December, www.cubanet.org-It was raining heavily in Havana. It was the first day of December and Miriam Leiva had come to Cuba carrying the ashes of her husband and the memories of their almost 40 years together. Oscar Espinosa Chepe had died after a long illness that they shared together like so many things … Continue reading ““The psychological torture was intense, permanent. They wanted to erase his mind.” / Lilianne Ruiz”

Downpours Emphasize the Chaos / Martha Beatriz Roque

HAVANA, Cuba, December 2013,  www.cubanet.org.- . It’s frightening the number of housing collapses that have occurred in Havana, up to the end of November and in the first days of December. Officially, there have been 227 collapses, including 26 which were total and the rest partial. 627 individual families have been affected. They haven’t listed … Continue reading “Downpours Emphasize the Chaos / Martha Beatriz Roque”

Humanitarian Demand / Rosa Maria Rodriguez

In recent weeks we have heard some information in the United States media about the possibility of selling medicines produced in Cuba in that country, particularly Heberprot-P, a drug for the treatment of diabetic foot. On the other hand, the Cuban authorities continue to express themselves about the obstacles facing them in buying certain medications … Continue reading “Humanitarian Demand / Rosa Maria Rodriguez”

Testimonies And Evidence Puts The Hitmen In The Dock Of The Accused / Angel Santiesteban

Viewing the videos of the assassins of the regime, especially against the Ladies in White, their constant abuse, cynical laughter and death threats after forceful beatings, we can assure ourselves that they are ruthless beings who do not deserve to be born of a woman. It is so obvious that their feelings belong to mercenaries, … Continue reading “Testimonies And Evidence Puts The Hitmen In The Dock Of The Accused / Angel Santiesteban”

Malmierca or Death: We Will Overcome! / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

A Cuban Minister announces that Castroism will reign in perpetuity. Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment. Photo: Ministério da Saúde via Flickr. When the Cuban government acts with complete impunity and without transparency, it could be useful to know what destiny our leaders have in store for us millions of Cubans. … Continue reading “Malmierca or Death: We Will Overcome! / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo”

She Can’t Return to Cuba: She’s on the Blacklist / Lilianne Ruiz

HAVANA, Cuba, December 2013, www.cubanet.org. – Guadalupe Bustos left Houston, Texas on November 27, enthusiastic about her upcoming trip to Cuba. But she didn’t know that she is on the “black list,” delivered to the Miami airport authorities by the Cuban Immigration Office, with the names of Cubans who are forbidden, for political reasons, from … Continue reading “She Can’t Return to Cuba: She’s on the Blacklist / Lilianne Ruiz”

Karina Aspires to be a Successful Prostitute / Orlando Freire Santana

HAVANA, Cuba , November www.cubanet.org – Karina laments having come rather late to Havana from her native Santiago de Cuba. According to her, if her arrival in the capital had happened five or six years ago, the job of becoming a successful prostitute would have been much less work. Because the competition here is huge, … Continue reading “Karina Aspires to be a Successful Prostitute / Orlando Freire Santana”

Social-political Inventory of the Dictator / Angel Santiesteban

1959: “I have said very clearly that we are not communists.” Several posts back I claimed that if Fidel Castro was once a communist, even he him himself didn’t know it; ultimately he ceased to be one from the time when he put his personal interests ahead of those of the Cuban people. And the … Continue reading “Social-political Inventory of the Dictator / Angel Santiesteban”

Bastion 2013 and the Ghost of the Enemy /Orlando Delgado

It happened in the early morning hours of Monday, 19 November: suddenly the usual transmissions were cut and all the official TV channels were linked. Many thought it might be news of great impact: the death of Fidel Castro or something like that. The image of Raul Castro raised the expectation. But it was all … Continue reading “Bastion 2013 and the Ghost of the Enemy /Orlando Delgado”