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"Un triunfo en Venezuela es un triunfo contra el totalitarismo castrista, contra el castrochavismo", dijo la activista Ailer González Mena en un vídeo difundido este sábado por el Foro por los Derechos y Libertades (ForoDyL).

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"Todo lo que esté dando beneficio al régimen y no al pueblo debe ser revertido", consideraron los opositores Antonio G.

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El opositor hizo un llamado a reorientar el deshielo entre EEUU y Cuba Continue reading

"Tarde o temprano en Cuba la situación se tornará violenta" y por eso es necesaria la ayuda de Estados Unidos para que esta transición "se haga de una manera pacífica", dijo el opositor Antonio Rodiles este miércoles en la tarde durante el panel "Cuba en una encrucijada: Cómo el presidente Trump puede apoyar la libertad en la Isla" que tuvo lugar en Lehrman Auditorium de la

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Entrevista a Ailer González Mena, directora artística del proyecto Estado de Sats y miembro de #TodosMarchamos Continue reading
Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 9 November 2016 – The elections in the United States, with the victory of the Republican Donald Trump and the defeat of the Democrat Hillary Clinton, contrary to the predictions of most polls, has captured the attention of the world’s public opinion in recent hours due to the decisive nature … Continue reading "Opponents of the Cuban Regime React to the Election of Trump / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 6 November 2016 – On Sunday morning, the police arrested for the third time this week the researcher and marine biologist Ariel Urquiola, who has been holding a peaceful protest in front the National Oncology and Radiology Institute (INOR) since Thursday. He is demanding medical treatment for his sister, Omara Isabel Ruiz Urquiola, … Continue reading "Biologist Ruiz Urquiola Arrested for Demanding Medicine for His Sister / 14ymedio" Continue reading
EFE (via 14ymedio), 29 September 2016 — The dissident and leader of the Cuban punk-rock band Porno para Ricardo, Gorki Águila, said in Miami on Thursday that the “plan” of the Cuban regime is “to mutate into a perfect tyranny” with an “image much more whitewashed before the world. ” The government of “the Castros … Continue reading "Gorki Águila: “The Castro Regime Wants To Mutate Into A Perfect Tyranny” / EFE – 14ymedio" Continue reading

There are trying times up ahead for the opposition, as the regime continues to act with impunity, reported members of civil society consulted by DIARIO DE CUBA after a week of intense repression and violent surgical strikes against the independent Legal Information Centre (Cubalex).

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El activista del Foro por los Derechos y Libertades (Foro DyL), Rolando Reyes Rabanal, fue detenido por fuerzas del régimen a su llegada el sábado a La Habana, procedente de Colombia, informó a DIARIO DE CUBA el líder de la organización Antonio Rodiles.

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Los medios de comunicación de Cuba no son cronistas de su época, como ocurre en todo país normal. Cuando el castrismo sea ya solo el recuerdo de una  larga pesadilla, muy poco de lo escrito en la prensa plana, o difundido en la TV, la radio, el cine, internet  o los ensayos publicados en la Isla, tendrá realmente valor histórico o sociológico.

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El American Enterprise Institute (AEI) de Washington organiza un conservatorio este 18 de mayo con el opositor Antonio G. Rodiles, quien analizará la situación de los derechos humanos en Cuba y el papel de la política de EEUU hacia la Isla, indica la institución en nota de prensa.

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Varios activistas fueron detenidos por agentes de la Seguridad del Estado y la PNR Continue reading

Fuerzas del régimen desplegaron un operativo el jueves en La Habana para impedir a numerosos activistas asistir a un taller sobre derechos humanos y otros temas, organizado por el Foro por los Derechos y Libertades (Foro DyL), denunció uno de sus líderes, Antonio Rodiles.

"Íbamos a hacer un taller sobre derechos humanos y discutir otros temas de actualidad, pero organizaron (la Seguridad del Estado) un operativo en los alrededores de mi casa y arrestaron a todas las personas que venían".

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La policía política cubana volvió a reprimir y arrestar a las Damas de Blanco y Antonio Rodiles, entre otros disidentes Continue reading
Cubanet, Rafael Alcides, Havana, 13 May 2015 – Extremely worried, doctoral candidate in physics Antonio Rodiles and his wife the actress and political activist Ailer Gonzalez, in their home, related to me two events that I have prayed over, that … Continue reading Continue reading
Cubanet, Ignacio Gonzalez and Osmel Almaguer, Havana, 13 May 2015 – A Mass for the deceased Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, opposition leader, and Harold Cepero, activist, was held this afternoon at the Church of Los Pasionistas in Havana, with Rosa María … Continue reading Continue reading
The repression against the Ladies in White, opposition activists and human rights defenders in Cuba, that we have seen during the last couple of weeks is alarming. The increase of violence from the authorities has come as a result from … Continue reading Continue reading
Cerca de 56 Damas de Blanco y 38 miembros de diferentes movimientos opositores del país, fueron detenidos por la Seguridad del Estado Continue reading
Unfortunately we do not have the resources to translate and subtitle all the wonderful videos coming out of Estado de Sats and the Forum for Rights and Freedom, but for our many readers who do understand spoken Spanish, we just … Continue reading Continue reading
Tercer domingo consecutivo en que la Seguridad del Estado interviene de forma violenta en la manifestación pacífica de las Damas de Blanco Continue reading
[1]14ymedio, 17 April 2105 – This Friday morning, the Forum for Rights and Freedoms convened a group of activists to a meeting under the title After the Summit in Panama, what next?  The event took place at the home of Antonio González Rodiles, director of the opposition group Estado de Sats.About 70 attendees heard testimony from Berta Soler, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez Antunez, Gorki Águila, Roberto de Jesús Guerra and other activists who participated in the Civil Society Forum during the recently concluded Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama.The discussions addressed issues related to the restoration of relations between Cuba and the United States and on the actions taken by the representatives of civil society sent to Panama by the Cuban government.[1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/468.thumbnail.png Continue reading
[1]Violently arrested at Carlos III and Infanta, a large group of Ladies in White and activists, among them Angel Juan Moya [2].12April 2015, 2:40 PM Havana time [1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Screen-Shot-2015-04-12-at-11.40.45-AM.png [2] https://twitter.com/jangelmoya Continue reading
[1] [2]Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 9 April 2015 – The discussion parallel to the Panama Summit (Summit of the Americas) lacks the presence of Antonio G. Rodiles, because the Cuban government, very "opportunistically," has retained his passport.A recognized opposition activist and director of the Estado de Sats (State of Sats) civic project, this talkative, jovial, controversial man who was young athlete, doctor of science and professor at prestigious universities in the United States, one day decided to leave the comfort of academic life to return to Cuba and challenge the regime, building, in his own home, a space for public debate as an alternative to the stagnation that affects Cuban society.The announcement of the conversations between the governments of the Cuba and the United States has generated different positions among the Cuban dissidence. The opinions of Antonio G. Rodiles in a certain way deviate from those of the rest of the opponents, calling attention to those things that should be paramount at the dialog table where many do not feel represented.“From my point of view,” warns Rodiles, “is very illogical to accept a path where there is no clear request to the regime in Havana. We all know that the principal objective of the regime is to maintain itself in power. They cannot maintain it much longer because this elite is going to die of natural causes and clearly they are working for the transfer of power to their family. (…)"If the international community (…) allows them to make this transition without asking anything in return it is going to be happiness for them, and anguish for us Cubans (…). Our position has been made clear against a political process, we are peaceful fighters and we believe the solution for Cuba has to be a peaceful and a political one but this must be through a clearly defined process, there must be transparency, which was not what happened (…)."It is clear that in a negotiation process not everything is going to be said, not all points are going to be put on the table, but at least the line and the logic of what you want to accomplish should be, and so far we have not seen that Cubans’ civil and political rights are the end point of this conversation, and this is what overwhelmingly concerns us.”Although the constant dedication of the Estado de Sats project consumes a great part of his social and family life, Antonio G. Rodiles – who affirms that he grew up “hearing the Voice of America and Radio Marti,” and without hearing “that Fidel and Raul Castro were heroes,” despite being the nephew of one of Raul Castro’s trusted confidants – agreed to meet with us, for hours, to talk about what we wanted to know about his past, his obsessions, his personal perspectives on a democratic future, and even his daily life, shaped by a sense of commitment to his ideas and with respect for dialogue, qualities that have made him a true leader for a good part of the opposition within and outside Cuba.Video below is in Spanish[embed]https://youtu.be/z9O4mPLu-fA[/embed][1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Screen-Shot-2015-04-09-at-12.26.11-PM.png [2] http://www.cubanet.org Continue reading
"La disidencia no crece más por la represión del gobierno cubano". Vea vídeo con entrevista a Antonio G. Rodiles Continue reading
[1] Forum for Rights and Freedoms: Declaration VII Summit of the Americas April 2015 Violations of fundamental rights in Cuba are enshrined in the current legal system. The full exercise of these fundamental rights is considered directly opposed to the interests “of the Cuban people in building socialism and communism.” The so-called constitution establishes the ownership and control of the State and the Communist Party over the communication media and mass distribution. The Law of Protection of National Independence and the Economy of Cuba, known as the Gag Law, sets sentences of up to 20 years for those who attempt to violate this provision. Trade unions, civic, professional and human rights associations that do not profess the official ideology are not recognized. Those who attempt to organize meetings or found independent associations can suffer imprisonment, dismissal, harassment or intimidation. Thousands of Cubans have paid, even with their lives, for trying to exercise their freedoms. The Penal Code defines “pre-criminal dangerousness” and applies it according to the standards of a supposed “socialist morality.” Arrests, imprisonments and beatings of human rights activists, political opponents and independent journalists are recurring. The use of violence on the part of paralegal groups as a form of social control has been one of the most abhorrent practices of the Castro regime. This deplorable experience has been exported to other Latin American nations, as was the case of the Dignity Brigades 25 years ago in Panama, and the so-called Collectives in Venezuela today. Economic rights are also violated and the entrepreneurial capacity and character of Cubans struggling against a regime obsessed with control. Corruption, taxes that smother micro-businesses, total State control over imports and exports, the absence of property rights, make up a part of our scenario. The economic situation is dire. The regime has ratified dozens of international treaties on the issue of Human Rights, although it refuses to ratify the Human Rights Covenants of the United Nations. However, the majority of these standards have not been applied to the legal system, becoming a dead letter. The Castro regime continues to hide fugitives from justice for common crimes and terrorism. It violates international norms as in in the case of the recent arms trafficking and maintains a “complicit silence” about the trafficking of Cubans to the United States through third countries. We do not accept the mutation of a neo-Castro authoritarianism, where the old elite transfers power to its political and family heirs. The sovereignty of our country does not rest on a despotic and corrupt regime. It rests in the people and, in particular, in those of us who fight for a true democracy: with political pluralism, an independent judiciary, freedom and human rights. Where we Cubans can define our destinies through consultations and free and transparent electoral processes, as set out in important opposition documents such as: The Agreement for Democracy, or the Forum for Rights and Freedoms Roadmap. No society can be viable if it oppresses the human being. To accept that there are different interpretations of our freedoms constitutes a tactic that validates authoritarianism as an alternate form to democracy on our continent. We appeal to the solidarity and the just support of the entire regional and international community to initiate the urgent path to the democratization of our nation.[1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Screen-Shot-2015-04-08-at-12.21.54-AM.png Continue reading
Your speech at the extraordinary ALBA summit reconfirms that you and your group are going to try to hold onto power at all costs. It doesn’t matter if the Cuban people are sunk in misery and desperation, it doesn’t matter if your children continue to escape this disaster, you people intend to remain and to demolish everything.Your speech said that Cuban “civil society” will unmask the mercenaries and their bosses, I again remind you, your brother and your group are the greatest traitors and anti-Cubans and your spokespeople and repressors are the real mercenaries.You have imprisoned, executed, expelled, punished, harassed and humiliated great Cubans, you and your brother will go down in history as the worst sons of this land.If you are so sure of your pathetic spokespeople, why do you block an important group of Cubans who want to travel to Panama? Why impose limits on our freedom of movement? Why have you cancelled passports? If you and your band weren’t so sinister, your false discourse would be laughable.You won’t allow ex-prisoners from the Group of 75 to travel, people like: Ángel Juan Moya, Arnaldo Ramos Lauzarique, Eduardo Díaz Fleitas, Félix Navarro, Héctor Fernando Maseda, Iván Hernández Carrillo, Jorge Olivera, Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello, José Daniel Ferrer, Oscar Elías Bicet. And artists like: Ailer González Mena and Tania Bruguera. And activists like: Egberto Escobedo, Hugo Damián Prieto Blanco and Antonio G. Rodiles, among others.You fear being face to face with worthy Cubans, you tremble at the mere thought that you will hear sharp and direct truths face-to-face. You and your brother, you are nothing more than dark dictators whom we will manage to throw out so that our people, once and for all, can live in freedom, peace and prosperity.Antonio G. Rodiles, 17 March 2015 Continue reading
Se informó que los días 19 y 20, la Red de Bibliotecas Cívicas Comunitarias celebrará el Primer taller de Derechos Humanos, en los predios de la sede de Estado de Sats Continue reading
El líder opositor y coordinador del proyecto Estado de Sats ha cuestionado al gobernante cubano y sus declaraciones el día de ayer, en la Cumbre del ALBA Continue reading
Entrevistada por Antonio G. Rodiles, la líder de las Damas de Blanco habló sobre la actualidad de la organización, y sobre la polémica generada alrededor de la misma en los últimos días Continue reading
En la sede del proyecto Estado del Sats se realizó ayer “El Café Satso”, con la artista Tania Burguera como invitada Continue reading
[1]14ymedio, Antonio G. Rodiles, Havana, 6 February 2015 – My article published this Wednesday [2] on the site Diario de Cuba has provoked a criticism from blogger Miriam Celaya [3] that motivates me to touch on various points I consider important. In order to mainly refer to the political themes, I will avoid personal attacks; yet without failing to mention that the blogger has, in other instances, published high flown articles riddled with offenses and ill intent against highly respectable people like ex-political prisoner, journalist, and writer Jorge Olivera, among others. If she intends to really take part in a political debate, she should cast this habit aside and concentrate on the points that are fundamental.The polarization that exists today within the ranks of country’s opposition regarding the United States’ new policy toward Cuba does not necessarily imply a confrontation but does, in fact, reveal each person’s position quite clearly.The position to be adopted by the North American government in supporting change in our country will be of vital importance. We should not feel any sense of shame in accepting it. In a global world such as the one in which we live, it would be naïve not to accept that fact, even more so if in that country resides an important portion of the Cuban population. The presence of political exiles, professionals, entrepreneurs, and even Cuban Americans within the ranks of government provides for a unique and maybe even special feature in our country’s transition and its future reconstruction. In that respect, it becomes very difficult to find a similar political, economic, and social setting when speaking of transition in Cuba. Likewise, blocs such as Europe can be key actors in the process of change if they assume their corresponding leadership role within the international scene.The usual comparisons with other transition processes should be carefully selected. To take the Spanish transition as a reference turns out to be inexact at the extreme due to the enormous distance between Francoism and Castroism, but some elements can be considered. Spain’s economic condition in the 1960s, the makeup of a social fiber that included trade unions and politicians that favored a transformative process for a society that pushed toward modernization and for which the regime was a nuisance. The country possessed all of the ingredients to enter a process of transformation taking Western Europe as a reference.In the Polish case we should point out that the negotiating table was set up after years of struggle and repression where the international scene also exerted constant and effective pressure. The signing of the Helsinki Accords and support from the West and leaders of such importance as Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, and the crucial role of Pope John Paul II allowed the independently run Polish trade Union Solidarity to reach 10 million members. When in 1989 the Soviet Union advised General Jaruzelski that it would not intervene under any circumstance, the Polish elite understood that time was slipping away. Only under these conditions could the negotiating table come to pass.The Chilean case is also very distinct from ours. Stability depended on a middle class formed under a series of liberal economic transformations promoted by Milton Friedman that strayed far from those started by Raúl Castro and his advisory group, spearheaded by Marino Murillo. Once again, there was a great international pressure that obligated the regime, and the dictator especially, to accept the undertaking of a plebiscite and its result, even though it was against his wishes. Despite how bloody the Chilean dictatorship was, its social structure and dynamics were far more complex than ours, preventing political patronage from establishing as a form of government.Never will Cubans be responsible for their futures if the regime can continue to violate fundamental freedoms with complete impunity.As I’ve mentioned in various previous articles, the primary promoters of the Espacio Abierto, or “Open Space,” Reinaldo Escobar, Yoani Sánchez, and Dagoberto Valdés, have been fervent defenders of the unconditional lifting of the embargo and also of seeking dialogue with the regime. If those are their visions, why not say so and debate them publicly?Why deny the existence of polarization, divergences, and even confrontation if it is a reality? We attempt to construct a democracy, and within one those are very natural elements. Open debate will be crucial not only for political actors but also for Cubans to discover what positions they agree with the most and which they are willing to stand by. Current positioning regarding today’s policies does exhibit different political profiles, visions of transition, and forms of building the future of the Island.This group’s arguments, as well as those of the North American administration, are unstable and should be submitted to greater debate. Of what empowerment do we speak when no Cuban can survive without breaking the law and personal success is based on the capacity to cheat and corrupt? Of what empowerment do we speak when the differences between those who have profitable businesses and those who don’t are based on nepotism and political loyalty to the regime? To start a successful small business with such high taxes and inspectors’ constant harassment is an impossible task.To use a supposed logic of strengthening society and to generate the false image that any Cuban can grow as an entrepreneur is to play sadly along with the regime and allow it to further postpone a successful transfer of power. Never will Cubans be responsible for their futures if the regime can continue to violate fundamental freedoms with complete impunity. Never will Cubans be able to become empowered if the regime enjoys access to economic resources that will allow it to maintain and develop its repressive apparatus. The reality of 57 years is there to show us what Castroism really is.To construct hope for change on a foundation of corruption, political patronage, and nepotism is to condemn the future of our nation. It’s not to understand that a nation can only be reborn when it springs from more clean and fresh bases. We will not be the first to transit down those roads of decomposition and arrive at places that will later be extremely difficult to dismantle.To defend a position and to act in a moment as delicate as this one without stopping to consider other highly probable scenarios is proof of having little political vision, of being unable to adapt or change one’s views or of having only a personal interest.To say that all of us who oppose the government have no rallying power or that we do not represent the people is to play the regime’s tune.The “Open Space” promoters have hoped to demonstrate that it is they who hold the greatest consensus within the country’s internal opposition. That Obama’s measures enjoy wide acceptance, and that is false. At first and simple sight, one can observe the number and diversity of signatures supporting one initiative or another. It would also be important to observe the “Open Space” and the “Forum” (el Foro) managers’ ability to rally followers and the true level of their current commitment to the cause of meaningful democratic change.To say that all of us who oppose the government have no rallying power or that we do not represent the people is to play the regime’s tune. The impact of some opposition groups cannot be measured in all its magnitude because of the high levels of repression before any kind of rally. Many of us who signed the “Forum” have had to face violent acts of repudiation aimed at preventing a larger base of followers.Those who, from Obama’s administration, have promoted the new measures have not facilitated the building of consensus among Cubans on the Island and in exile. They have, however, sought out a way to demonstrate a greater acceptance of their policies. That was what happened during the recent visit of American legislators to the Island as well as that of Assistant Secretary Roberta Jacobson. That was the reason for which Berta Soler decided to decline breakfast, and why we, the members of the “Forum,” later decided not to attend dinner.If the Obama administration wishes to brand itself as supportive of the transition process, something we also hope from Europe and some nations in Latin America, it should promote greater consensus.We’ve repeated innumerable times that it is a mistake to grant the status of a legitimate State to a despotic regime, an action that disregards the pain and moral and physical damage it has inflicted on thousands and thousands of Cubans. This Thursday, Berta Soler, Sara Marta Fonseca, and José Luis Pérez Antúnez gave important testimony regarding these points before the United States Congress.As peaceful activists, we defend a solution without violence that is also grounded in the realities we have lived. To work in the way that we have until now does not build a solid path and does instead bring forth a scenario that in the medium and long term will work against us. To allow the elite to inherit power will be the worst thing to happen to us as a nation.These subjects are of great importance and depth. Miriam Celaya has the right to defend her position, but I do believe that these policies’ main promoters on the Island could participate in a debate with those of us who defend the other vision, so as to enrich the political scenario. I propose to Yoani Sánchez, Reinaldo Escobar, and Dagoberto Valdés to sustain a debate and show Cubans how we think of this process and what vision we have for the future. Without a doubt, we will all end up winners.[1] http://www.14ymedio.com/ [2] http://translatingcuba.com/speaking-with-one-voice-antonio-rodiles/ [3] http://translatingcuba.com/a-sterile-conf…-miriam-celaya/%20 Continue reading
ANTONIO G. RODILES, Havana, 4 February 2015 – Days ago the attorney Rene Gomez Manzano wrote an article about the similarities of the Roadmap formulated by the Forum for Rights and Freedoms and the four points of the Civil Society Open Forum. Upon hearing yesterday of the regime opponent Manuel Cuesta Morua’s remarks at the US Senate hearing on Cuba, it seems appropriate to me to point out as clearly as possible what are the points on which the two predominant positions within the Cuban opposition agree and differ.The announcement by President Barack Obama last December 17 polarized the opposition into two trends. The essential differences between the two groups are not only about whether or not they support the measures launched by Obama, but the focus on how we conceive the transition and the kind of country we see in the future.Both positions show our commitment to democracy, human rights and the end of totalitarianism. But are we giving the exact same same connotation to these terms?Obama's policy is applauded by those joined together in the Open Space, which has several visible elements:It gives legitimacy to the regime to restore diplomatic relations, that is it accepts the government as legitimate.There is no roadmap or preconditions for the political process although it mentions four points without fixing a methodology.It accepts that the transition process will be principally, at least at the beginning, in the hands of the political actors of the regime, which presupposes that they will be part of the future of the island.It considers that the democratic changes will come as an evolution of supposed economic transformations that the regime will be motivated or pressured to pursue from the new measures implemented.And something that has not formed part of the measures but that has happened in practice, it accepts that the Obama administration gives preference to those from the opposition and within the Island, who share this view.Those of us who join together in the Forum believe that the political process must be based on a different logic:The Cuban regime is not a government elected by the people and therefore is not legitimate for representing a sovereign people, although for reasons of logical survival we have to accept certain rules. As a sovereign people, i.e. as Cubans, we have the right to demand with regards to the relations of democratic nations with our country.We do not conceive the future of Cuba in the hands of the political heirs and relatives of the Castro. We will not join the construction of a new authoritarianism that will continue the process of destruction of our nation.We consider that any political process must have full transparency in its objectives, must be well considered if it is to at least have some certainties at the end. Hence the Roadmap with the points raised.Human rights and the promotion of democracy, as primary objectives, should not be masked by other elements. They must be shown especially to the Cuban people, confused after 57 years of dictatorship, so they can decide in what direction they want to take this country.So yes, it belongs to Cubans, inside the Island and in exile, to find their way, giving space to the political actors of civil society to give direction to the real changes.It is time to discuss with total clarity. The serious and direct debate should be in the maturation of the actors and the political scenario. The distinct visions about how to construct a nation are natural and healthy, but we can play our roles effectively only if there is a certain political confidence among the actors. Perhaps we do not form a symphony orchestra, although we could be a jazz ensemble, where everyone plays their parts without strident or abusive sounds. Continue reading
Son naturales y saludables las distintas visiones sobre cómo construir una nueva nación, pero podremos jugar nuestros roles con efectividad sólo si existe cierta confianza política entre los actores Continue reading
Diario de Cuba [1], Antonio G. Rodiles, Havana, 28 January 2015 -- The recent visits to Havana by American legislators and by Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, have reawakened controversy over the transparency in the process of political dialogue between the Obama administration and the Castro regime. So far, the aim of furthering a previously determined plan has been evident, as well as raising the profile of those political actors who support and conform to this policy.Indispensable voices from the opposition movement have been conspicuously absent from the meetings held. Equally apparent was the reluctance to have a balance of opinions in these contacts.On multiple occasions, in support of the new policy, the Obama administration has posited the premise that the Cuban people should be the ones who guide the process of change on the Island. This pronouncement implicitly seeks approval for the new measures and opens the door to strong criticisms of those of us who reject the unconditionality -- and the notable lack of transparency and consensus -- that have characterized the start of this process.This premise, presented simplistically and with an added dose of false nationalism, tries to label those of us who demand firm commitments to the advancement of democracy and human rights,as individuals who are incapable of assuming our political responsibilities -- stuck in the past or wanting foreign governments to come in and make the needed changes. The administration's theory is curiously parallel to the old idea of "national sovereignty [2]" employed by the regime for so many years and echoed as a part of the arguments of the self-declared "loyal" opposition.Do Obama's measures promote the Cuban people's empowerment, insofar as their civil and political rights are concerned? Can the opposition generate a broad social compact, given the degrees of control, repression and impunity with which the regime operates? Are there guarantees that the new measures will generate a Cuban entrepreneurial class in the medium term? Can Cuban society move toward a Rule of Law, given the atomization, evasion and corruption in which the vast majority of Cubans live?If we are realists, the answers are obvious. The current Cuba only functions through corruption and patronage. We lack the legal framework that permits the empowerment of the people in any aspect. There cannot exist any broad and extensive leadership by Cuban democrats and entrepreneurs as long as the regime can maintain these high levels of repression and social control without paying a large political price. And a peaceful transition to full democracy requires such leadership.Peaceful and sufficiently ordered transitions of despotic regimes to democracies have occurred under intense international pressure coupled with an effective internal push. Political results have emerged when these regimes sense that their permanence in power is impossible and they start to fear that a total social collapse will put them in disadvantageous or dangerous situations.The continued presence of the political heirs as a part of the new system is one of the flashpoints in any transition. Experience also shows that, in the majority of cases, this continued presence brings with it an inheritance of corruption and a web of influences, and that it ultimately hijacks the genuine interests in building full democracies. To allow a transfer of power to the heirs correlates to perpetuating the poverty of the Cuban people, and sacrificing the future of our nation in the medium and long terms.The dialogue conducted by the current American administration has not achieved even the release of all political prisoners and the annulment of their sentences. Many of the freed prisoners were released conditionally and not to full liberty. Such is the case of the 12 prisoners from the wave of repression of 2003 [3], released in 2010, who decided to remain in Cuba and who now find themselves on parole and prohibited from traveling outside the country. This dialogue also has not managed to prevent further imprisonments and waves of arrests [4], such as the ones that occurred at the end of 2014 [5] and start of the new year.To insist on the idea that Cubans don't understand fundamental rights and that only basic necessities are their priority demonstrates ignorance of our reality and gives a biased view of our genuine democratic aspirations. Freedoms don't need to be explained; even when they have not been experienced, the human being can recognize them. We Cubans are not the exception.A probable failure of this political process would be very harmful for all concerned, but most of all for the Cuban people. The Obama administration should combine effective pressure on the regime with the consensual work of a large group of democratic actors from within the Island and in exile. If the desired ultimate result is truly the democratization of our nation, a change of direction is needed.Translated by Alicia Barraqué Ellison[1] http://www.diariodecuba.com/ [2] http://translatingcuba.com/the-cuban-sovereignty-fable-14ymedio-miriam-celaya/ [3] http://translatingcuba.com/why-the-black-spring-of-2003-pablo-pacheco/ [4] http://translatingcuba.com/at-least-34-activists-detained-in-cuba-on-human-rights-day-14ymedio/ [5] http://translatingcuba.com/political-repression-increases-in-cuba-during-the-month-of-december-according-to-cchrnc-14ymedio/ Continue reading
[caption id="attachment_38215" align="aligncenter" width="623"] [1] Patrick Leahy, Debbie Stabenow, Chris Van Hollen and Sheldon Whitehouse entering their hotel in Havana. (EFE / Ernesto Mastrascusa)[/caption]14ymedio, Havana, 19 January 2015 -- On Sunday afternoon a dozen activists and representatives of Cuban civil society met with the American congressional delegation visiting Cuba. Chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy, the group was able hear diverse opinions in response to the announcement of the reestablishment of relations between the two countries.A member of the delegation confirmed that the Cuban authorities were aware of the meeting with the activists and had made known to the American side their displeasure with the meeting.In a relaxed atmosphere, several of those present expressed the conviction that "this opens a new era" and demanded greater transparency in negotiations, according to what they themselves reported after the meeting. Elizardo Sanchez [2], president of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation [3], gave lawmakers a list with the names of 24 prisoners who, on humanitarian grounds, should be included in an upcoming release process.The leader of the movement Somos + (There are more of us), Eliecer Avila [4], said on leaving that he told the visitors that "Throughout this time there has been talk about the agenda of the US government or the agenda of the Cuban government, but the most important thing to consider is the agenda of the Cuban people." According to the activist, “Before December 17 people said ‘no one can fix this,’ now the expression most heard in the street is ‘let’s see what happens’ and the great challenge for the civic forces is to get people asking, ‘What can we do to change things?’”Manuel Cuesta Morua [5] said that he had shared with Leahy and the rest of the group that, “This is a historical event and it is very difficult to have a perspective on something so close.” Nevertheless, he reaffirmed that “A new era is opening for Cuba.”Several participants in the meeting noted the expectations that the December 17 announcement had awakened in the Cuban people. José Daniel Ferrer [6], leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, expressed the appreciation of the activists of his movement who had been released from prison as a result of the negotiations between the two governments.Berta Soler [7], for her part, reaffirmed the position of the Ladies in White [8]against the negotiations and questioned whether the Cuban people would benefit directly from relations between the two countries. The activist cited the continuation of the repression and police harassment against the women who belong to this human rights movement. Her position was echoed by Antonio Rodiles [9], director of the opposition group Estado de Sats [10] (State of Sats).Yoani Sánchez [11], director of 14ymedio, emphasized that "The Cuban government is not willing to negotiate with its own people and yet has chosen to negotiate with the American government." Hence, “Given the absence of the people’s voice at the negotiating table, it’s important to pressure the authorities to allow freedom of expression and of the press, as this will be the way we disseminate our demands and programs."Others present at the meeting confirmed the positive nature of the new scenario and the need for the Cuban civic movement to exploit the advantages it offers, and to be the people who to determine their own future.[1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Patrick-Stabenow-Whitehouse-EFEErnesto-Mastrascusa_CYMIMA20150119_0001_13.jpg [2] http://translatingcuba.com/category/authors/elizardo-sanchez/ [3] http://ccdhrn.org/ [4] http://translatingcuba.com/category/authors/eliecer-avila/ [5] http://translatingcuba.com/category/authors/manuel-cuesta/ [6] http://translatingcuba.com/category/authors/jose-daniel-ferrer/ [7] http://translatingcuba.com/?s=Berta+Soler&submit=Search [8] http://translatingcuba.com/category/authors/ladies-in-white/ [9] http://translatingcuba.com/category/authors/antonio-rodiles/ [10] http://translatingcuba.com/category/authors/estado-de-sats-state-of-sats/ [11] http://translatingcuba.com/category/authors/yoanisanchez/ Continue reading
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Líderes de la disidencia interna y de proyectos independientes consultados por DIARIO DE CUBA valoran el acuerdo anunciado por la Administración de Barack Obama y el régimen de Raúl Castro.

1-¿Cuál es su opinión sobre el anuncio de restablecimiento de relaciones entre Washington y La Habana y las medidas que prepara la Casa Blanca.

2-¿Cómo cree que se comportará el gobierno de Raúl Castro en esta nueva coyuntura?

3-¿Cómo se posicionará su organización es este contexto?

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Veinte años después el castrismo se muere. El neocastrismo, que pretende venderse como la única opción de gobernabilidad y estabilidad, no puede postergar más su aparición ante la comunidad internacional. Los presuntos herederos políticos necesitan con urgencia de esa legitimidad Continue reading
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En las últimas semanas, el movimiento Damas de Blanco se ha visto estremecido por un aparente cisma interno. La principal figura del grupo, Berta Soler, está enfrentando un reto que por momentos parece desbordarla.

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