The Lack of Journalism Freedom Stays the Same Under Diaz-Canel

14ymedio, Havana, 19 October 2018 — Nothing has changed for freedom of the press on the island since Miguel Díaz-Canel became president last April. This is the conclusion reached by the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) in its report presented this Friday at the organization’s General Assembly that will continue until the 22nd in Buenos Aires. … Continue reading “The Lack of Journalism Freedom Stays the Same Under Diaz-Canel”

Cuban Police Seize APLP Equipment After Search of its Headquarters

14ymedio, Havana, 30 May 2018 — The police search that took place on Wednesday against the headquarters of the Pro Free Press Association (APLP) resulted in the seizure of two computers, two external hard drives, twelve USB memory sticks, three printers and dozens of documents, Amarilis Corty, head of the public relations of the independent organization, told 14ymedio. … Continue reading “Cuban Police Seize APLP Equipment After Search of its Headquarters”

What Will Happen in Cuba on April 19, 2018?

14ymedio, Dagoberto Valdes, Pinar del Rio, 20 March 2018 — Just one month until April 19, 2018, the date chosen to end the mandate ofRaúl Castro, President of the Council of State and Ministers, many Cubans and friends of Cuba are asking ourselves what will happen in just 31 days. Nobody, not even the ones who … Continue reading “What Will Happen in Cuba on April 19, 2018?”

Transfermovil Starts Off On The Wrong Foot In Camaguey

14ymedio, Ricardo Fernández, Camagüey, 9 March, 2018 — The poor coordination between the Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA) and the Bank of Credit and Commerce (BANDEC) has meant that the activation of Transfermóvil, the mobile payment service, started off on the wrong foot in Camagüey. Individuals can not use it on their cell phones because, despite having the … Continue reading “Transfermovil Starts Off On The Wrong Foot In Camaguey”

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces Threat to One of its Members

14ymedio, Havana, 1 March 2018 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) denounced, in its last report on repression on the Island, the case of one of its members, Amanda Durán Dalmau, “cited twice during the month of February, under the credible threat that she would be imprisoned if she did not … Continue reading “Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces Threat to One of its Members”

Cuban Faces 2017: Karina Gálvez, Economist

14ymedio, Havana, 30 December 2017 — For a whole decade the economist Karina Gálvez Chiu (b. 1966, Pinar del Río) has contributed to the development of the Convivencia (Coexistence) Project in a constant and effective manner. Editor, lecturer and a keen analyst of the Cuban reality, this woman from Pinar del Río born in the complicated … Continue reading “Cuban Faces 2017: Karina Gálvez, Economist”

Cuban Court Ratifies Three-Year Sentence Against Karina Gálvez

14ymedio, Havana, 10 November 2017 — The Provincial Court of Pinar del Río ratified the sentence of three years of deprivation of liberty against Karina Galvez issued last September. The economist was informed on Wednesday of the sentence on appeal and must spend the time of imprisonment under “limitation of freedom” at the home of her … Continue reading “Cuban Court Ratifies Three-Year Sentence Against Karina Gálvez”

Self-Employed Workers In Cuba Show Little Enthusiasm For Bank Loans

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 31 October 2017 — Gustavo Romero’s grandfather opened a hardware store in Cuba in the 1950s and a decade later it was confiscated during the “Revolutionary Offensive.” The old Canary Islander lost all his merchandise, but he had protected the cash under his mattress. A lesson that his grandson remembers now that he … Continue reading “Self-Employed Workers In Cuba Show Little Enthusiasm For Bank Loans”

Yoandy Izquierdo, Banned From Leaving Cuba, Unable to Travel to Spain

14ymedio, Havana, 23 October 2017 — The authorities prevented Yoandy Izquierdo Toledo, a member of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC), from boarding a plane to Spain on Saturday to attend a conference at the European University of Valencia, as confirmed by the activist himself to 14ymedio. Izquierdo, who was also going to participate in a youth … Continue reading “Yoandy Izquierdo, Banned From Leaving Cuba, Unable to Travel to Spain”

Cuban Authorities Secretly Disinter Remains of Céspedes and Grajales

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 9 October 2017 – Months ago, surrounded by strict discretion, the remains of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and Mariana Grajales were exhumed in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba. The operation was led by the same specialist who, two decades ago, led the search for the remains of Ernesto Che … Continue reading “Cuban Authorities Secretly Disinter Remains of Céspedes and Grajales”

Cuban Economist Karina Gálvez Sentenced To Three Years In Prison

14ymedio, Havana, 21 September 2017 — Economist Karina Gálvez was sentenced Thursday by the Municipal Court of the city of Pinar del Rio to three years of deprivation of liberty and the confiscation of her home for the crime of tax evasion, a member of the Center for Coexistence Studies CEC) confirmed 14ymedio. A court decision … Continue reading “Cuban Economist Karina Gálvez Sentenced To Three Years In Prison”

Under Raúl Castro, Cuban Education Has Lost Teachers And Budget

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 31 August 2017 — The red and white uniform has been washed and ironed for two days; next to it, a blue neckerchief. Eddy Alberto is eight years old and is starting the second grade at the Héroes de Yaguajay elementary school in the province of Sancti Spiritus. When he grows up, he wants … Continue reading “Under Raúl Castro, Cuban Education Has Lost Teachers And Budget”

Prosecutors Demand Three Years in Prison for Karina Gálvez and the Confiscation of Her Home

14ymedio, Havana, 5 August 2017 — Economist Karina Gálvez received the prosecution’s petition on Saturday for the alleged crime of “tax evasion.” According to this petition, the member of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC) could be sentenced to three years of house arrest and confiscation of her home, she informed 14ymedio. “A messenger from the Tribunal, … Continue reading “Prosecutors Demand Three Years in Prison for Karina Gálvez and the Confiscation of Her Home”

Persecution Grows Against Independent Journalism In Cuba

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 26 June 2017 — Independent communicators in Cuba are victims of an escalating repression, according to a complaint filed Monday by the Cuban Observatory of Human Rights (OCDH), based in Madrid. The alarm sounded by the organization coincides with an increase in complaints from journalists on the island as a result of … Continue reading “Persecution Grows Against Independent Journalism In Cuba”

Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 19 June 2017 – Over the weekend the official media have repeated ad nauseam the declaration of the government in response to Donald Trump’s speech about his policy toward Cuba. The declaration’s rhetoric recalls the years before the diplomatic thaw, when political propaganda revolved around confrontation with our neighbor to the … Continue reading “Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy”