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Ángel Santiesteban

Bufonadas en la Feria del Libro Continue reading
No cesan los abusos contra quienes denuncian al régimen Continue reading
Así funciona la maquinaria fascista de los Castro Continue reading
Serán más, muchos más, los religiosos, los cubanos todos, que harán exigencias al régimen Continue reading
A esos escritores que prefieren las “garantías” del régimen cubano Continue reading
Testimonios de corrupción y abusos en un centro de Trabajo Correccional con Internamiento Continue reading
Wednesday, 10 October 2017  Ángel Santiesteban Havana, Cuba. Your Holiness: Now that your name is no longer so popular on the Island of Cuba, I have decided to write you these lines. I suspect that this decline in your prestige has to do with the scant companionship you have provided us, as well as with … Continue reading "Open Letter to Pope Francis / Ángel Santiesteban" Continue reading
Angel Santiesteban, 16 October 2017 — Another title of this book could be A Cuban History of Fear. The fear of living (and, above all, of writing) surrounded by an army of police, undercover agents, collaborators and simple snitches in charge of rounding up the misguided souls of Cubans, be they writers or not. But … Continue reading "The Compañero Who Looks After Me" Continue reading
Su Santidad, ahora que su nombre no está tan de moda en la isla de Cuba me decido a escribirle estas líneas Continue reading
Hoy el opositor está haciendo una huelga de hambre, mucho más peligrosa que aquella hambruna que muy bien conocimos los cubanos Continue reading
Desde prisión, Roberto Rodríguez y Lamberto Hernández han decidido exponerse a la muerte Continue reading
¿La nueva generación colabora con agencias independientes solo porque se gana más dinero que en los medios oficiales? Continue reading
La alta jerarquía católica cubana se atribuye el derecho de negar a algunos fieles la entrada al templo por filiaciones políticas Continue reading
Creer que el gobierno de los Castro nos dará la oportunidad de enfrentarlo en las urnas es demasiada candidez Continue reading
¿Acaso aparecerá la próxima vez con una película bien alejada de la realidad y sin la profundidad de Santa y Andrés? Continue reading
El régimen está eligiendo, de entre toda la oposición, el “mal” menor Continue reading
Estrategias para castigar a un preso político Continue reading
Por fin se concretó una valiosa y muy esperada reunión entre el Arzobispo de La Habana, Juan García Rodríguez, y las líderes del movimiento opositor Continue reading
El régimen castrista festeja cada día la derogación de la política “pies secos, pies mojados” Continue reading
Muchos son los debates que se suscitaron tras la elección de un nuevo presidente en los Estados Unidos Continue reading
María Evelia Ruiz sufre un cáncer, pero curarse no es su mayor deseo Continue reading
La oposición en la Isla ha perdido todas las esperanzas de que la jerarquía eclesiástica tenga una postura noble y consecuente Continue reading
La campaña contra la revista Convivencia es otra muestra de cómo el Estado se niega a relajar la censura Continue reading
Daniel Santovenia continúa preso y debemos exigir su libertad Continue reading
Álvarez Pedroso fue arrestado en 1991 cuando intentó infiltrarse en Cuba desde EEUU Continue reading
Así es la situación de algunos presos en Cuba Continue reading
Los represores nunca perdonan Continue reading
¿Ahora, y tras la muerte de Castro, cambiarán las cosas? Continue reading
“Aquí llegué cuando era casi un niño, y hoy soy un hombre maduro con canas y arrugas… Aquí fui perdiendo cada diente.” Continue reading
Ángel Santiesteban, 2 September 2016 — After writing what will now be considered the first part of this post, and publishing it under this same title, I was arrested by State Security; however it was not the writing, and much less the visibility that it would attain in my blog, that was the real cause for the … Continue reading "Assassins, Accomplices, and Victims (II) / Ángel Santiesteban" Continue reading
La gente no estuvo dispuesta a entregar una patente de corso a los terroristas, a mercenarios y capos de la droga Continue reading
A Sandra la detuvieron, le cerraron el negocio, y ni siquiera le permitieron llamar a su casa para tranquilizar a su familia Continue reading
Quienes me atacaron defienden únicamente su permanencia en ese gremio oficial que es la UNEAC Continue reading
Angel Santiesteban, 30 March 2016 — The denunciation of the violation of Ángel Santiesteban’s human rights has been accepted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The organization has given the Castro dictatorship a three-month deadline to respond. – The Editor [A translation of the letter from the IACHR, addressed to Ángel Santiesteban’s editor, Elisa Tabakman, follows … Continue reading "ICHR Accepts Denunciation of #CUBA for Violation of Ãngel Santiesteban’s Human Rights / Ángel Santiesteban" Continue reading
14 May 2016 — We are now looking at another anniversary of the execution of the young men who, in 2003, tried to hijack the Regla ferryboat and were shot by the dictatorship. As is well known, it was one of the most vile assassinations of the so-called “Cuban Revolution, on an extensive list that has … Continue reading "Assassins, Accomplices and Victims / Ángel Santiesteban" Continue reading
Angel Santiesteban, 12 May 2015 — At the Summit of the Americas, the Bolivian president told journalists about the arrests, humiliations and violations of human rights he suffered when he opposed the officialdom of his country, from the beginning of his union movement … Continue reading Continue reading
Angel Santiesteban-Prats, Unidad de Guardafronteras Prison, Havana, April 10, 2015 — President Obama is surrounded by Castros. In front he has the old wolf Raul, taking his turn as tyrant. To his left is Raul’s grandson and chief bodyguard. To … Continue reading Continue reading
Angel Santiesteban, Border Control Prison, Havana, 13 April 2015 — I met him at the beginning of the 90s. I was introduced to him after reading one of my stories and he liked it. He signed one of his books … Continue reading Continue reading
“The Editor”, 4 April 2015 — But you are not one of those worthy men who serve a prison sentence in Cuba for raising his voice against the abuses of the dictator. You are a prisoner of conscience, because your … Continue reading Continue reading
Every 21st of the month, my family — in their visits to my penitentiary —  supply me with the national newspapers. Many times they accuse me of masochism, but I find it necessary because it helps me understand where the … Continue reading Continue reading
“What new trap will the dictatorship lay for April 25, the date when Angel Santiesteban-Prats should be released on parole?” Justice continues to impose itself. In Cuba, behind the bars with which they have tried to imprison his body, without … Continue reading Continue reading
For a few seconds you could see the video on Telesur of the blows given by the official Cuban delegates in Panama. I managed to see, and it’s the gesture I remember the most, a man who, above the rest, … Continue reading Continue reading
With the organization “Creative Time,” on Friday, April 13, there was a performance of Tania Bruguera’s “Tatlin’s Whisper #6,” in solidarity with her, Angel Santiesteban-Prats, Danilo Maldonado “El Sexto,” and all other artists in the world who face criminal charges … Continue reading Continue reading
[1] Ángel Santiesteban-Prats, 31 March 2015 — In the Alamar police station in Havana, the stepfather of a 14-year old minor has been accused by his ex-wife after discovering that the man who helped her to raise her daughter was having sexual relations with the child. Years later, with the visits of this “stepfather” to the home, since he felt he had the rights of a father over the girl, he discovered the love she had for him. The police interrogated the parties, proving then what was certain, only that the minor child declared herself profoundly enamored of her “Papi,” that he never approached her, not even if it had been insinuated at some time. But she began to observe by the manner in which she dressed — because she had family abroad — but above all she called attention by a tactile cell phone of the latest generation and it rang that some day he gave it to her. Already at 14 she was giving away her recent-woman’s body, and she unlocked her virginity to that man who was 26 years older. It was barely noticeable when she showed her phone or the brand-name tennis shoes that none of the young boys of her generation could offer. Finally, the police determined that if they were to lock up every man who let himself be seduced by a minor, the prisons wouldn’t be big enough. Today they’re already full; that while there was no rape, it was permissible. And they freed him. “It’s normal,” said the official who led the investigation. “I’ve had worse cases of girls up to 12 years old, who have relations with mature men.” The stepfather sighed, relieved. “Every night we detain girls practicing prostitution with the consent of their parents,” continued the official, who shook the stepfather’s hand before saying goodbye to him. “It’s no wonder,” he said, looking at the cellphone in the stepfather’s hand, “with such a tool anyone can make a gift.” [2] Ángel Santiesteban-Prats Border Guard Prison Unit. Havana. February 2015. Translated by Regina Anavy [1] [2] Continue reading
[1] Today, April 9, 2015, we are just 19 days away from the date in which the dictatorship of the Castro clan should have granted probation to Angel Santiesteban-Prats, a prisoner wrongfully for crimes he did not commit as has been widely attested. So within days of him being about to be released, we have learned that they have planned to move him again. We don’t know where or why. We have also found out that on the last visit he received, he was monitored by cameras set up for this occasion. [2] This Friday, April 10, he should again receive a visit, and this visit coincides with the Americas Summit in Panama City, where Raúl Castro will be with his entourage. There will also participate members of civil society, a fact that – after having done the impossible – he has not managed to avoid, and for days, their henchmen have not stopped trying to disqualify and detract them. The Panamanian state collaborated with the dictatorship of Castro, harassing and arresting dissidents just as they were arriving in the country, and in the last hours there have been acts of condemnation and beating of Cubans, organized by the embassy and Panamanian groups of solidarity with Cuba, against opponents who have been invited to Civil Society Forum of the summit, a thing really embarrassing, although it was predictable. [3] We hope that this new transfer of Angel Santiesteban-Prats, and the recent cameras that violate the privacy of his visits, have nothing to do with the Summit and is not an attempt to silence his voice on this issue. [4] Whether or not Angel gets to send his opinion pieces on the subject — and especially on the dictatorship — we know what he thinks, and know better still that he is imprisoned just for thinking thus. We warn again that all eyes are on Angel and we will not wait a second to denounce new abuses that can be prepared for him. The editor [5] Translated by: Hombre de Paz [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] Continue reading