CDR, Castro’s Popular Weapon / Iván García

On September 28, 1960, while homemade bombs and firecrackers were being detonated by his political opponents, an angry Fidel Castro created the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR). From the balcony of the north wing of the Presidential Palace, the guerrilla commander, recently returned from a tour of New York, argued the need … Continue reading “CDR, Castro’s Popular Weapon / Iván García”

The Extraordinary and Efficient Machine to Manufacture Calumnies

14ymedio, Xavier Carbonell, Salamanca, 5 June 2022 — The extraordinary and effective Slander Manufacturing Machine is not a single device, but a complex system for organizing informers, informants, police officers, files, compromised neighbors and improvised agents. There is an instruction manual to understand the Machine, but I could never find it in Cuba, when I … Continue reading “The Extraordinary and Efficient Machine to Manufacture Calumnies”

Remnants of the Cuban Censor Who Attends Me

14ymedio, Xavier Carbonell, Salamanca, May 22, 2022–Those who think that all ciberclarias* are slick and anonymous are mistaken. Some come with pedigree and martial ranks. There is a group of ever-loyal comrades, trained in military or Party schools, who do not understand the Five Grey Years, nor the special periods, nor have they foreseen crises … Continue reading “Remnants of the Cuban Censor Who Attends Me”

Cuban Regime Prohibits Activists From Stepping on the Street on May Day

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 29 April 2022 –President Miguel Díaz-Canel’s invitation to participate in the May Day parade is not extended to all Cubans. The exception is the numerous activists and independent journalists who this week have received a blunt warning from State Security: do not leave your homes this Sunday. The last of them, the writer … Continue reading “Cuban Regime Prohibits Activists From Stepping on the Street on May Day”

How to Overthrow the Cuban Regime from a Havana Barbershop

14ymedio, Havana, 20 March 2022 — Regardless of the more than a thousand political prisoners, the surveillance of any place where a riot could take place – the latest one, the Embassy of Panama – the harassment of any discordant voice, the discrediting of activists and opponents in the official media, small corners of freedom … Continue reading “How to Overthrow the Cuban Regime from a Havana Barbershop”

Four People Hospitalized After the Collapse of Part of a Building Under Repair in Cardenas, Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 21 February 2022 — 14ymedio, Havana, 21 February 2022 — At least 21 workers were injured, four of them seriously, in the city of Cárdenas (Matanzas) when a cement slab under construction collapsed. The accident occurred around one o’clock in the afternoon on Sunday at Genes 562 between Calzada and Coronel Verdugo, according to Yumurí public TV. … Continue reading “Four People Hospitalized After the Collapse of Part of a Building Under Repair in Cardenas, Cuba”

What Remains of the Cuban Revolution

14ymedio, Photo of the Day, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 22 November 2021 — A crumbling building, eaten by moisture, with plants growing wild from the cornices. On the columns, several slogans against the dirty white that seem recent: “Long live the CDRs” (Committees for the Defense of the Revolution), “Long live the 9th [sic] Congress” (of … Continue reading “What Remains of the Cuban Revolution”

Yunior Garcia: ‘Now the Important Thing is Those Who are Detained Inside Cuba’

14ymedio, Havana, 17 November 2021 — Leaving Cuba was a “personal” decision that Yunior García Aguilera made at the end of the day on Sunday, November 14, he said this Wednesday. Traveling to Spain was “the only way he had” so that he would not be silenced and thus avoid being annulled by the regime, he … Continue reading “Yunior Garcia: ‘Now the Important Thing is Those Who are Detained Inside Cuba’”

Cuba: Following July 11th, Now What? / Jeovany Jimenez Vega

Jeovany Jiminez Vega, 24 July 2021 — “Our enemy follows one plan: to anger us, scatter us, divide us, drown us. That’s why we must follow another plan: to demonstrate our greatness, to come together, join each other, outwit them, to finally make our homeland free. Plan against plan.” What did July 11th mean for … Continue reading “Cuba: Following July 11th, Now What? / Jeovany Jimenez Vega”

Six Hours in a Police Station for Placing a White Rose on a Bust of Jose Marti

14ymedio, Havana, 12 November 2021 — Yahima Díaz, a member of the Archipiélago group that convened the Civic March for Change and a resident of Consolación del Sur (Pinar del Río), was detained this Thursday for several hours in a police station for placing a white rose on a bust of José Martí. The opposition … Continue reading “Six Hours in a Police Station for Placing a White Rose on a Bust of Jose Marti”

Havana Cuba, The City and Its Urban Context – 2003 Report / Mario Coyula

This report was prepared by Mario Coyula and Jill Hamburg in 2003 for a project titled: UNDERSTANDING SLUMS: Case Studies for the Global Report on Human Settlements 2003. It is posted here as an invaluable resource not only for all of its contents, but also a guide to the terminology of urban development in Cuba. … Continue reading “Havana Cuba, The City and Its Urban Context – 2003 Report / Mario Coyula”

With the Death of an Assailant of the Moncada Barracks, the End of Cuba’s ‘Historical Generation’ is Accelerated

14ymedio, Havana, 24 October 2021 — Multiple organ failure ended the life of of Alejandro Ferrás Pellicer last Friday, at the age of 99. He was one of the last living assailants at the Moncada barracks, according to the official press. His body will be cremated and his ashes will be exhibited on October 27 … Continue reading “With the Death of an Assailant of the Moncada Barracks, the End of Cuba’s ‘Historical Generation’ is Accelerated”

Cuba Hid the Death of an Engineer and Now Uses His Name in a ‘Revolutionary’ Act

14ymedio, Havana, 22 October 2021 — Almost a month after the death of the engineer Miguel Díaz Sistachs in a work accident, the Central Equipment Company, known as Cubiza, has mentioned his name for the first time in public. It was in an act of “revolutionary reaffirmation” in Havana, with the presence of former spy … Continue reading “Cuba Hid the Death of an Engineer and Now Uses His Name in a ‘Revolutionary’ Act”

Santiago de Cuba’s Self-Employed Desperate With the Covid Shutdown

14ymedio, Alberto Hernández, Santiago de Cuba 10 September 2021 — “I feel like the government has abandoned us to our fate.” The person complaining is Manuel, a private transporter from Santiago de Cuba who has been unable to work for more than two months. “It’s been more than a month since I wrote to the governor of the city, Beatriz … Continue reading “Santiago de Cuba’s Self-Employed Desperate With the Covid Shutdown”

In Santiago de Cuba, Shopping in the Ration Stores has Become Mission Impossible

14ymedio, Alberto Hernández, Santiago de Cuba | 2 Septiembre 2021 — The harsh restrictive measures that came into force last August in Santiago de Cuba to try to contain the contagion of covid-19 have made the purchase of the products of the basic basket an impossible mission. The new hours of the ration stores (called bodegas), restricted the … Continue reading “In Santiago de Cuba, Shopping in the Ration Stores has Become Mission Impossible”