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Fidel Batista Leyva y Anairis y Adairis Miranda Leyva Amnesty International last week called for "urgent action" on behalf of three imprisoned siblings, who their mother says are in poor health after starting hunger strikes on March 7 to demand... Continue reading
Fidel Batista Leyva y Anairis y Adairis Miranda Leyva Amnesty International last week called for "urgent action" on behalf of three imprisoned siblings, who their mother says are in poor health after starting hunger strikes on March 7 to demand... Continue reading
Fidel Batista Leyva y Anairis y Adairis Miranda Leyva Amnesty International last week called for "urgent action" on behalf of three imprisoned siblings, who their mother says are in poor health after starting hunger strikes on March 7 to demand... Continue reading
Members of the Cuban Damas de Blanco were arrested during a demonstration in March. (AP photo) In the post-fact world we live in, you can interpret numbers anyway you want, even when they reflect the absolute tyranny of the Castro... Continue reading
Members of the Cuban Damas de Blanco were arrested during a demonstration in March. (AP photo) In the post-fact world we live in, you can interpret numbers anyway you want, even when they reflect the absolute tyranny of the Castro... Continue reading
Members of the Cuban Damas de Blanco were arrested during a demonstration in March. (AP photo) In the post-fact world we live in, you can interpret numbers anyway you want, even when they reflect the absolute tyranny of the Castro... Continue reading
Members of the Ladies in White Human Rights organization are arrested by Cuban police on December 10, 2015 in Havana. (ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images) Fidel Castro's death alone, as welcome as it was, will not free Cuba from political repression. If... Continue reading
Members of the Ladies in White Human Rights organization are arrested by Cuban police on December 10, 2015 in Havana. (ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images) Fidel Castro's death alone, as welcome as it was, will not free Cuba from political repression. If... Continue reading
Members of the Ladies in White Human Rights organization are arrested by Cuban police on December 10, 2015 in Havana. (ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images) Fidel Castro's death alone, as welcome as it was, will not free Cuba from political repression. If... Continue reading
Fidel Castro could always count on sympathetic, if not outright fawning coverage in the international media. It's too much to say the media created Castro, but in his more than 60 years in the public spotlight many in the media,... Continue reading
Fidel Castro could always count on sympathetic, if not outright fawning coverage in the international media. It's too much to say the media created Castro, but in his more than 60 years in the public spotlight many in the media,... Continue reading
Eduardo Cardet, left, and Danilo "El Sexto" Maldonado Cuban democracy activist Rosa Maria Paya says she will present to United Nations human rights officials information about the arrests of activists Danilo Maldonado and Eduardo Cardet in the days after the... Continue reading
Eduardo Cardet, left, and Danilo "El Sexto" Maldonado Cuban democracy activist Rosa Maria Paya says she will present to United Nations human rights officials information about the arrests of activists Danilo Maldonado and Eduardo Cardet in the days aft... Continue reading
Fidel Castro could always count on sympathetic, if not outright fawning coverage in the international media. It's too much to say the media created Castro, but in his more than 60 years in the public spotlight many in the media,... Continue reading
Eduardo Cardet, left, and Danilo "El Sexto" Maldonado Cuban democracy activist Rosa Maria Paya says she will present to United Nations human rights officials information about the arrests of activists Danilo Maldonado and Eduardo Cardet in the days after the... Continue reading
El Sexto Amnesty International has declared Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado -- better known as El Sexto -- a prisoner of conscience after he was arrested not long after he posted on Facebook a video in which he mocked the death... Continue reading
El Sexto Amnesty International has declared Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado -- better known as El Sexto -- a prisoner of conscience after he was arrested not long after he posted on Facebook a video in which he mocked the death... Continue reading
El Sexto Amnesty International has declared Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado -- better known as El Sexto -- a prisoner of conscience after he was arrested not long after he posted on Facebook a video in which he mocked the death... Continue reading
Cubans in Miami celebrate after the death of Fidel Castro, Nov. 26, 2016. (Photo: Marc R. Masferrer) The death of Fidel Castro, as significant as it was, does not change a thing in Cuba. Cuba and Cubans remain enslaved by... Continue reading
Cubans in Miami celebrate after the death of Fidel Castro, Nov. 26, 2016. (Photo: Marc R. Masferrer) The death of Fidel Castro, as significant as it was, does not change a thing in Cuba. Cuba and Cubans remain enslaved by... Continue reading
Cubans in Miami celebrate after the death of Fidel Castro, Nov. 26, 2016. (Photo: Marc R. Masferrer) The death of Fidel Castro, as significant as it was, does not change a thing in Cuba. Cuba and Cubans remain enslaved by... Continue reading
The bastard is dead. The death of Fidel Castro is the best news ever for Cuba and Cubans, whether they are on the island or in exile. Maybe, finally, real change -- that is, freedom -- will come to Cuba.... Continue reading
The bastard is dead. The death of Fidel Castro is the best news ever for Cuba and Cubans, whether they are on the island or in exile. Maybe, finally, real change -- that is, freedom -- will come to Cuba.... Continue reading
The bastard is dead. The death of Fidel Castro is the best news ever for Cuba and Cubans, whether they are on the island or in exile. Maybe, finally, real change -- that is, freedom -- will come to Cuba.... Continue reading
Amnesty International is sounding the alarm on behalf of Cubalex, a Cuba-based group of human rights lawyers that AI says has been subjected in recent months to increased harassment and intimidation by the Castro dictatorship: Progressively since Septe... Continue reading
Amnesty International is sounding the alarm on behalf of Cubalex, a Cuba-based group of human rights lawyers that AI says has been subjected in recent months to increased harassment and intimidation by the Castro dictatorship: Progressively since September, Cuban authorities... Continue reading
President Barack Obama and Guillermo Farinas, in Miami in 2013. (Photo: Martinoticias.com) Cuban human rights activist Guillermo Farinas is urging President-elect Donald Trump to halt or suspend trade and investment deals between the United States and ... Continue reading
President Barack Obama and Guillermo Farinas, in Miami in 2013. (Photo: Martinoticias.com) Cuban human rights activist Guillermo Farinas is urging President-elect Donald Trump to halt or suspend trade and investment deals between the United States and Cuba until the Castro... Continue reading
Amnesty International is sounding the alarm on behalf of Cubalex, a Cuba-based group of human rights lawyers that AI says has been subjected in recent months to increased harassment and intimidation by the Castro dictatorship: Progressively since September, Cuban authorities... Continue reading
President Barack Obama and Guillermo Farinas, in Miami in 2013. (Photo: Martinoticias.com) Cuban human rights activist Guillermo Farinas is urging President-elect Donald Trump to halt or suspend trade and investment deals between the United States and Cuba until the Castro... Continue reading
Former Cuban political prisoner Jorge Alberto Liriano Linares, who spent several years in the Castro gulag, has died, according to journalist Roberto de Jesus Guerra Perez, who reported the news on Facebook. As I noted in a 2008 profile of... Continue reading
Former Cuban political prisoner Jorge Alberto Liriano Linares, who spent several years in the Castro gulag, has died, according to journalist Roberto de Jesus Guerra Perez, who reported the news on Facebook. As I noted in a 2008 profile of... Continue reading
Cubans use a Wi-Fi hot spot. (EFE photo via Martinoticias.com) Internet freedom remains almost nonexistent in Cuba, despite "modest steps" to increase the public's access, according to a new Freedom House report on internet freedom around the world. Ou... Continue reading
Cubans use a Wi-Fi hot spot. (EFE photo via Martinoticias.com) Internet freedom remains almost nonexistent in Cuba, despite "modest steps" to increase the public's access, according to a new Freedom House report on internet freedom around the world. Out of... Continue reading
Former Cuban political prisoner Jorge Alberto Liriano Linares, who spent several years in the Castro gulag, has died, according to journalist Roberto de Jesus Guerra Perez, who reported the news on Facebook. As I noted in a 2008 profile of... Continue reading
Pope Francis and Raul Castro, during the pope's visit to Cuba in March. (Getty Images) In response to Pope Francis' call for a show of mercy, the Castro dictatorship this week pardoned 787 "common prisoners." But human rights activists said... Continue reading
Pope Francis and Raul Castro, during the pope's visit to Cuba in March. (Getty Images) In response to Pope Francis' call for a show of mercy, the Castro dictatorship this week pardoned 787 "common prisoners." But human rights activists said... Continue reading
Cubans use a Wi-Fi hot spot. (EFE photo via Martinoticias.com) Internet freedom remains almost nonexistent in Cuba, despite "modest steps" to increase the public's access, according to a new Freedom House report on internet freedom around the world. Out of... Continue reading
Pope Francis and Raul Castro, during the pope's visit to Cuba in March. (Getty Images) In response to Pope Francis' call for a show of mercy, the Castro dictatorship this week pardoned 787 "common prisoners." But human rights activists said... Continue reading
Sol Garcia Basulto (photo via Facebook) Cuban independent journalist Sol García Basulto is pleading with the world to take up her cause, after the Castro secret police threatened to imprison her and punish her family because of her work. Garcia,... Continue reading
Sol Garcia Basulto (photo via Facebook) Cuban independent journalist Sol García Basulto is pleading with the world to take up her cause, after the Castro secret police threatened to imprison her and punish her family because of her work. Garcia,... Continue reading
Sol Garcia Basulto (photo via Facebook) Cuban independent journalist Sol García Basulto is pleading with the world to take up her cause, after the Castro secret police threatened to imprison her and punish her family because of her work. Garcia,... Continue reading