Raul Castro Reappears After a Long Public Absence

14ymedio, Havana, 18 April 2020 — Raúl Castro reappeared this Friday after a long public absence to preside over a meeting to analyze the current situation of Covid-19 in Cuba, according to official press reports. The former president had not been seen in any official image since late February. As first secretary of the Communist Party, … Continue reading “Raul Castro Reappears After a Long Public Absence”

Out of "Fear of the US" Several Spanish Businesspeople do Not Want to Accompany King Felipe VI to Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 30 October 2019 — “It is normal for them to be afraid of the United States,” Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said in reply to a question from the online media OKdiario about the decision of some Spanish businesspeople not to accompany the Spanish Royals on their visit to Cuba. “They will know what they are … Continue reading “Out of "Fear of the US" Several Spanish Businesspeople do Not Want to Accompany King Felipe VI to Cuba”

King Felipe VI Will Arrive in Cuba on 11 November and His "Visit is Not a Sign of Support for Anything"

14ymedio/EFE, Havana, 31 October 2019 — The Spanish royals will make a state visit to Cuba between November 12 and 14, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs published in Madrid on Thursday. “This state trip is part of the commemorative events of the 500th Anniversary of the foundation of the city … Continue reading “King Felipe VI Will Arrive in Cuba on 11 November and His "Visit is Not a Sign of Support for Anything"”

Spanish Royal Palace Upset over Government Forcing King to Visit Cuba

14ymedio, Jorge Sainz, October 21, 2019 — The royal palace is very upset with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez for committing King Felipe VI to a visit of Cuba in mid-November. Irritation at Zarzuela Palace is palpable, as Vozpópuli has learned. The monarch does not understand how the caretaker government could authorize a visit of such importance, especially … Continue reading “Spanish Royal Palace Upset over Government Forcing King to Visit Cuba”

The ‘Indigenas’ Beat Ecuador’s President in a Battle Without Winners

14ymedio, Elías L. Benarroch /Daniela Brik, Quito, 15th October, 2019 — The “indigenous spectre” has beaten Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno and forced him to repeal the controversial decree that raised the price of fuel, putting him and Ecuador between a rock and a hard place with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Decree 883 will be remembered … Continue reading “The ‘Indigenas’ Beat Ecuador’s President in a Battle Without Winners”

AMLO and Uncertainty

14ymedio, Carlos A. Montaner, Miami, July 14, 2019 — Mexico is trembling. It occurs every once in a while. AMLO is the acronym for Andrés Manuel López Obrador, its president. The word that best describes all that is happening there is “uncertainty.” No one knows what could happen. When societies are in this situation, generally … Continue reading “AMLO and Uncertainty”

In Cuba Fear Won / Ivan Garcia

Iván García, 27 February 2019 — Ten minutes before 7:00 am on Sunday, February 24, the president of Electoral College Number 3 of District 68 hurried his meager breakfast of bread with mortadella and a cup of a beverage that was brewed from a mixture of coffee and ground peas. He already had the ballots in … Continue reading “In Cuba Fear Won / Ivan Garcia”

Repression Does Not Rest in Summer

14ymedio, Havana, 3 September 2018 — The two main human rights organizations in Cuba published Monday their reports about repression during August. The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), with headquarters in Cuba, puts the number of arbitrary political arrests at 219 in August.  For the CCDHRN the most serious event last … Continue reading “Repression Does Not Rest in Summer”

Cuban Opposition Prepares its Proposals for the Summit of the Americas / 14ymedio

Representatives of civil society meeting in Madrid agree on a set of strategies for 2015 14ymedio, Madrid, 6 March 2015 — Cuban dissidents, gathered in Madrid on Thursday and Friday at the Transitions in Latin American Societies conference, have agreed on a set of actions for 2015.Their proposals include: Implement actions to maintain the demands … Continue reading “Cuban Opposition Prepares its Proposals for the Summit of the Americas / 14ymedio”

Forum for Rights and Freedoms / Estado de Sats (see endnote)

Announcements made by United States President Barack Obama and his administration have sparked an intense controversy about the Cuban conflict. Many opponents and civil society activists, within the island and in exile, have lamented, especially, the lack of transparency and the unilateral and unconditional nature of the new measures. It is indisputable and indispensable that … Continue reading “Forum for Rights and Freedoms / Estado de Sats (see endnote)”

Castroniria / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

Castroneirics: Is there Cuban literature after the Revolution? Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo This story started long before the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, on January 1st1959. In the beginning it was not the Word, but the War. And in the war Fidelity is the utmost value, its betrayal usually paid with death, whether civil or political, … Continue reading “Castroniria / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo”

Eighty Palma Soriano CID Activists Accuse the Dictatorship / CID

Eighty activists of the Independent and Democratic Cuba party (CID) in Palma Soriano denounce the government for its incompetence, its abuses, corruption and deceit. This government is leading the population to despair. It mistreats and exploits citizens. It harasses and punishes the opposition without reason or justification. There are political prisoners because of the fear … Continue reading “Eighty Palma Soriano CID Activists Accuse the Dictatorship / CID”

The United Nations Human Rights Council and its Great Challenge With Cuba / Angel Santiesteban

Tomorrow, May 1, the United Nations Human Rights Council will meet in Geneva, where Cuba will present a report with notes on its prison policy. “Dressing up” for the occasion, for the first time in nine years the Castro regime opened its jails to the national and international press accredited in Cuba. It is public … Continue reading “The United Nations Human Rights Council and its Great Challenge With Cuba / Angel Santiesteban”

Spring for Cuba / Lilianne Ruíz

The situation in which we live incites violence in many ways, and we must not allow ourselves to provoke it. Not only because they have the weapons and the power to annihilate any popular uprising, but also because we do not have to be like them, the men and women who have managed to free … Continue reading “Spring for Cuba / Lilianne Ruíz”

Pablo (not so) Loved in Miami / Ernesto Morales Licea

On August 27th, Pablo Milanes will sing in Miami. According to the billboard ads, it will be a historic concert. Of course it will: for his followers as well as for the Vigilia Mambisa. Some will lose their voices for singing along to his songs; others, outside American Airlines Arena, will lose theirs screaming out … Continue reading “Pablo (not so) Loved in Miami / Ernesto Morales Licea”