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”

Laura Pollán Ladies in White Civic Movement Letter to President Obama

10 March 2016 His Excellency Mr. Barack Obama President of the United States of America I extend to you the most cordial welcome to our country and wish you a happy stay in this land, which you can now feel as your own. Cuba and the United States of America share a long history of … Continue reading “Laura Pollán Ladies in White Civic Movement Letter to President Obama”

Marching on their own? / Miriam Celaya

The official press has been announcing the parade this May 1st with a newly added component to the “army” of workers that will march in support of the revolution and socialism: the self-employed. I’ve been reflecting on the theme (I’m showing an alarming tendency to reflections) and I cannot quite understand the issue. Aren’t the … Continue reading “Marching on their own? / Miriam Celaya”

Do We Have Changes? / Fernando Dámaso

Taking into account the time elapsed between the first and the second papal visit (fourteen years and two months), for most of my generation, this was the last chance to see a pope at home. The Pope came, bowed, prayed, celebrated two Masses, talked, met and prayed to God for all Cubans. In the media … Continue reading “Do We Have Changes? / Fernando Dámaso”

Cuban History Marches Backward / Dimas Castellanos

For any society, it will be frustrating if its history, instead of progressing forward, heads backwards by leaps and bounds. This is the case for Cuban society, whose situation with regards to freedom and rights is the same or worse than it was leading to the Ten Years’ War. In mid-nineteenth century Cuba, when the … Continue reading “Cuban History Marches Backward / Dimas Castellanos”

CALL TO MARCH: ZAPATA LIVES! / Antunez

February 7 2011 The National Orlando Zapata Tamayo Civic Resistance and Disobedience Front is calling on all activists and members of the Cuban resistance to participate in the “Zapata Lives!” march, which will take place throughout the nation on February 23rd, the one year anniversary of the assassination of political prisoner Orlando Zapata. Brothers, Sisters, … Continue reading “CALL TO MARCH: ZAPATA LIVES! / Antunez”

Updating the Model Versus Comprehensive Changes / Dimas Castellanos

(Originally published on Monday, October 10, 2010 on the site www.diariodecuba.com) In updating the model — a euphemism used to describe the changes that are taking place in the Cuban economy —  what is happening is the same thing that happened with Spanish colonialism in the late nineteenth century. Spain took so long to grant … Continue reading “Updating the Model Versus Comprehensive Changes / Dimas Castellanos”

Cuban Court in Cienfuegos Agrees to the Request of the Prosecutor’s Office and Denies Bail to ‘Ktivo Disidente’

14ymedio, Madrid, 27 July 2022 — The Municipal Court of Cienfuegos reversed its decision to release Carlos Ernesto Díaz González (known on social networks as Ktivo Disidente) on bail, and in prison since last April 28. His offense: he climbed a wall on the boulevard of San Rafael in Havana to claim the freedom of Cubans. According to Diario … Continue reading “Cuban Court in Cienfuegos Agrees to the Request of the Prosecutor’s Office and Denies Bail to ‘Ktivo Disidente’”

Dissidents Locked Up in Their Homes and Internet Outages to Prevent the Repetition of July 11th Protests (11J) in Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, July 8, 2022 — As July 11 approaches, State Security deploys its tentacles to neutralize any attempt to celebrate the first anniversary of the historic protests that took place in dozens of places throughout the island. This Friday, independent reporter Luz Escobar was summoned to receive a very clear warning: On July 11, … Continue reading “Dissidents Locked Up in Their Homes and Internet Outages to Prevent the Repetition of July 11th Protests (11J) in Cuba”

Saily Gonzalez Arrives in the US in the Face of Growing Threats from the Cuban Police

14ymedio, Havana, 19 June 2022 — Due to the “episode of repression” that activist Saily González Velázquez suffered last Thursday, she decided to leave Cuba and this Sunday she arrived in Miami in the United States. According to what she made known through her social networks, her decision was made “very hastily and I have told … Continue reading “Saily Gonzalez Arrives in the US in the Face of Growing Threats from the Cuban Police”

Cuban Regime Prevents Saily Gonzalez from Going to U.S. to Attend Summit of the Americas

14ymedio, Havana, May 29, 2022 — Villa Clara businesswoman and activist Saily Gonzalez was informed by State Security that she would not be allowed to attend the ninth Summit of the Americas, which she was invited to attend as a representative of Cuban civil society. Word was sent through her family that the activist will … Continue reading “Cuban Regime Prevents Saily Gonzalez from Going to U.S. to Attend Summit of the Americas”

For Asking for Freedom in the Streets of Havana, Ktivo Disidente is Imprisoned in Cienfuegos

14ymedio, Havana, 5 May 2022 — Carlos Ernesto Díaz González (known on social media as Ktivo Disidente) is accused of disobedience and contempt after climbing a wall on San Rafael Boulevard in Havana last Thursday, April 28, and demanding freedom for Cubans. According to his Facebook account, which is managed by another person, the rapper is detained in … Continue reading “For Asking for Freedom in the Streets of Havana, Ktivo Disidente is Imprisoned in Cienfuegos”

Standing on a Wall in Central Havana, an Activist Asks for Freedom for Cubans

14ymedio, Havana, 28 April 2022 — “If you want Fidel to live, well let Fidel live, that is your problem. I do not want to be a communist!” The phrase was spoken very loudly early on Thursday morning on San Rafael boulevard in Havana. Some stood and watched, others filmed with their cell phones. The … Continue reading “Standing on a Wall in Central Havana, an Activist Asks for Freedom for Cubans”

Cuban Opponent, Silverio Portal, is Released from Prison After Completing His Sentence

14ymedio, Havana, February 22, 2022–Activist Silverio Portal, leader of Independent and Democratic Cuba (CID), was released on Monday after fully serving his four-year prison sentence for contempt and public disorder. “This is the letter, releasing me from the little prison, to the big prison. Homeland, life, and liberty,” wrote Portal on his Facebook profile along … Continue reading “Cuban Opponent, Silverio Portal, is Released from Prison After Completing His Sentence”

Two Jurists Harassed by State Security Leave Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2022 — Cuban activist Fernando Almeyda joined this weekend the list of dissidents who are leaving the island. After requesting a humanitarian visa from Spain, which was not granted, the former Archipiélago coordinator decided to go to Serbia, a country that currently does not require a visa for Cubans, although his intention does … Continue reading “Two Jurists Harassed by State Security Leave Cuba”