Raul Castro’s Migratory Reform Falters / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila

14ymedio, ELIECER AVILA, Las Tunas/November 15, 2014 — Officials, opposition and public opinion in general have recognized as positive the implementation of the Migratory Reform (covering emigration and travel) promoted by the Cuban government at the beginning of 2013. In spite of the fact that the trips for many dissidents continue to be marked by … Continue reading “Raul Castro’s Migratory Reform Falters / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila”

University (for the Tenacious) / 14ymedio, Henry Constantin, Reinaldo Escobar

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 28 August 2014 — Henry Constantin is a native of Camagüey province, born in Las Tunas on Valentine’s Day, 30 years ago. He has been expelled from university three times for his ideas, but still believes he will obtain his journalism degree. This slender, plain-spoken young man has founded two independent publications … Continue reading “University (for the Tenacious) / 14ymedio, Henry Constantin, Reinaldo Escobar”

“One of the Hallmarks of the Twenty-first Century Will Be Overcoming the Burden of Political Labels” / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, Reinaldo Escobar

We speak with the founder of the political movement Somos+ (We Are More) Reinaldo Escobar, Havana | May 30, 2014 – Eliécer Ávila launched the website this week of the political movement Somos+ (We Are More), which he created in June 2013. This 29-year-old computer engineer published a letter to young Cubans asking them to … Continue reading ““One of the Hallmarks of the Twenty-first Century Will Be Overcoming the Burden of Political Labels” / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, Reinaldo Escobar”

We Were Young / Reinaldo Escobar

Almost 27 years ago the magazine Somos Jóvenes (We Are Young) was born. That edition was historic because of the publication of two investigations, one, The Sandra Case, about prostitution, and the other titled Academic Fraud? In that era we were able to publish a note in the state-owned newspaper Juventude Rebelde (Rebel Youth) announcing … Continue reading “We Were Young / Reinaldo Escobar”

Eliezer Avila Commits to a Green Party / Lilianne Ruiz

Cubanet interviewed Eliezer Avila, the computer scientist who once faced Ricardo Alarcon, former president of the National Assembly. He moved to the capital in order to participate more directly in the changes in civil society. What have you been doing in your public life lately? Since I arrived in Europe I have focused on my … Continue reading “Eliezer Avila Commits to a Green Party / Lilianne Ruiz”

We aren’t the kind of people they are trying to make us out to be / Ernesto Santana Zaldivar, Antonio Rodiles

HAVANA, Cuba, August, www.cubanet.org- The organizers of Estado de SATS have worked very hard and the result is that, three years after its inception, in July 2010 in Casa Gaia, this civic project is a fundamental component in the network of organizations that, from civil society and with great variety in points of view, fight … Continue reading “We aren’t the kind of people they are trying to make us out to be / Ernesto Santana Zaldivar, Antonio Rodiles”

Contrasts / Ernesto Hernandez Busto

There are contrasts that make one think. While Eliecer Avila convokes an opposition movement “We are more,” from the island Wendy Guerra offers us this culinary chronicle about the restaurant “El cocinero” – The Cook. The story begins like this: “A few months ago Camila and Rafa, two young people, with the help of their … Continue reading “Contrasts / Ernesto Hernandez Busto”

“The Role Intellectuals Have Played in Cuba is Terrible, In the Face of History it is Shameful” #YoTambienEscriboInclinado / Angel Santiesteban

Supreme Court ratifies the sentence against the writer Angel Santiesteban The writer Angel Santiesteban is waiting for the call to serve his sentence in prison. From Café Fuerte By Wilfredo Cancio Isla About to go to prison with a five-year sentence, the writer Angel Santiesteban says his only regret is not having taken off the … Continue reading ““The Role Intellectuals Have Played in Cuba is Terrible, In the Face of History it is Shameful” #YoTambienEscriboInclinado / Angel Santiesteban”

Reynaldo Gonzales and The False Death of Fidel / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

REYNALDO GONZALEZ Y LA FALSA MUERTE DE FIDEL, originally uploaded by orlandoluispardolazo. Source: From a meeting of the Cuban Writers and Artists Union (UNEAC) on 11 February 2012. Note: Because this video is on Flickr, our subtitling site can’t handle it. So here is the translation and you can read along. ….he/she wins by making … Continue reading “Reynaldo Gonzales and The False Death of Fidel / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo”

We are an active part of the transition, not just observers / Antonio Rodiles, Estado de SATS

From civil society, the Estado de SATS project, is an attempt to create a space for citizen participation. Its director, Antonio G. Rodiles, responds to questions from the readers of DIARIO DE CUBA. Omar Laffita: First, greetings. I have seen your programs and I want to say that the interview with El Sexto has been one … Continue reading “We are an active part of the transition, not just observers / Antonio Rodiles, Estado de SATS”

Dilma’s Agenda / Yoani Sánchez

“I prefer a million critical voices before the silence of the dictatorships.” Dilma Rousseff Choosing the time for a presidential visit can be an exceedingly thankless task in this so unpredictable and changeable world. When the date of the visit of a head of state is placed on the agenda, announced, and reconciled with the … Continue reading “Dilma’s Agenda / Yoani Sánchez”

What Being Translated Means to Me / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

Translator’s note: We recently asked the bloggers to describe what it means to them to be translated into different languages. Their responses are being published on the Roots of Hope blog, and here. You, the reader, can join this effort by clicking HERE to TRANSLATE. By Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo The word of independent Cuban … Continue reading “What Being Translated Means to Me / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo”

UNLIMITED READINGS / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

HOWLABANA (Allen Ginsberg howls back in La Habana) Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo [Performed in La Madriguera (Finca de Los Molinos), at 9 PM in Friday 18 September 2009, as a part of the poetry reading of Mundo Beatnik/Hippie.] I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through … Continue reading “UNLIMITED READINGS / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo”