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14ymedio, Havana, 19 March 2018 — It was early morning when the police arrived at the door of the first of the opponents who were arrested on March 18, 2003. During that operation, 75 activists and independent journalists were sentenced to long prison terms under the so-called Gag Law, which is still in force today. … Continue reading "Black Spring, The Fertile Repression" Continue reading
14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 16 March 2018 — When, in December 2014, the US President at the time, Barack Obama, and Cuba’s General-President Raúl Castro unexpectedly announced the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the reactions on both sides of the Straits of Florida were immediate. As is often the case with Cuban … Continue reading "Reasons and Lack of Reasons Surrounding Political Dialogue" Continue reading
14ymedio, Ignacio de la Paz,Camagüey, 13 March 2018 — A security employee remains in prison for a robbery committed at the Ignacio Agramonte y Loynaz Birthplace in Camagüey. A Mexican tourist was intercepted at the provincial airport trying to get some of these pieces out of the country, but others remain missing. An employee of the Ignacio … Continue reading "Security Employee Investigated for Theft of National Heritage Items" Continue reading
                  _____________ The 14ymedio team is committed to serious journalism that reflects the reality of deep Cuba. Thank you for joining us on this long road. We invite you to continue supporting us, but this time by becoming a member of 14ymedio. Together we can continue to … Continue reading "The Evolution of the Cuban Press" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 6 March 2018 — The activist and blogger Agustín López Canino has been charged with the crime of “receiving” after a police search of his home last Friday, where a personal computer, camera and other objects were seized. The opponent could face a sentence of up to one year in prison, according to the criminal … Continue reading "Activist and Blogger Agustin Lopez Charged with Crime of ‘Receiving’" Continue reading
14ymedio, Justo Mora / Mario Pentón, Cienfuegos/Miami, 24 February 2018 — He was only 23 years old with an unquenchable desire for dancing and music. Luis Santacruz Labrada literally knew each of the songs of the national reggaeton and the places where young Cienfuegueros meet. His murder by stabbing, on February 14, has shocked a city whose tranquility … Continue reading "Cienfuegos Shaken By Another Knife Crime" Continue reading
Opposition presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla greets his supporters during a protest against President Juan Orlando Hernandez, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras Fe Tegucigalpa, Feb 27 (RHC)-- Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and opposition leader … Continue reading
Israeli forces used tear gas against Palestinian protesters. Photo: Reuters Ramallah, Feb 26 (RHC)-- Israeli forces used tear gas to disperse protesters gathered outside Ofer military prison near Ramallah in support of an imprisoned Palestinian activist. … Continue reading
Somos+, Germán M. González (Professor-A1010-S +), 30 January 2018 — Our Apostle (as we Cubans call José Martí) is sentenced to prison in Cuba at only sixteen years of age. In 1871 he is deported to Spain; in 1875 he arrives in Mexico after a brief passage through Paris and New York, and from there … Continue reading "Enemy of the United States? / Somos+" Continue reading
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Miami, 22 February 2018 — Can I Comment? It sounds like a rhetorical question, but when it is formulated by a lawyer with the vocation of a journalist who has experienced political prison on two occasions, the question has new connotations. The book by that title by Cuban lawyer René Gómez Manzano, was presented at … Continue reading "René Gómez Manzano, Thank You For Your Opinion" Continue reading
EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2018 – “Unwarranted restrictions” on access to and freedom of expression on the internet have been added to the traditional forms of censorship in Cuba, where the government continues to arbitrarily detain and “harass” people critical of it, according to Amnesty International’s 2017-2018 report. The document, released on Wednesday, … Continue reading "Cuba Extends Internet Censorship and Continues to Harass and Arrest Opponents" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 21 February 2018 — The Cuban government is in the process of updating an old, punitive legal statute that would allow it to control the growth of the self-employment sector and independent commercial activity as well as to curb private initiative, which has in recent years been expanding in the country. Martí … Continue reading "Cuban Government Plans Severe Penalties to Control Private Businesses / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Teodora del Carmen released from prison in El Salvador. Photo: Press TV San Salvador, Feb 19 (RHC)-- In El Salvador, a court has released a woman who was sentenced to 30 years in prison after she gave birth to a stillborn baby.   In 2008, Teodora del … Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 15 February 2018 — He’s like a character out of a dark novel by Pedro Juan Gutiérrez. He turned 30 on December 2, 2017, and the life of Luis Manuel Otero has been marked by survival. He still remembers the 12-hour blackouts when he was a kid, in the middle of the Special … Continue reading "Luis Manuel Otero: From Athlete to Dissident Artist / Iván García" Continue reading
Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi enters a military courtroom escorted by Israeli security personnel as her lawyer Gaby Lasky (L) stands near, at Ofer Prison, near t Tel Aviv, Feb 14 (RHC)-- The trial of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi started in the Israeli … Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 13 February 2018 — A Cuban businessman residing in Ecuador was arrested in Havana, suspected of being the ringleader of a criminal gang operating between Cuba, Panama and the United States, engaged in swindling, extortion, human trafficking and money laundering, Marti News has confirmed. Alexis Castro Maspoch, 34, is being held in pretrial detention at Valle … Continue reading "Alleged Head of US/Cuba Money Laundering Network Arrested in Havana / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 31 January 2018 —  The young Cuban, Raidel García Otero, who was reported on Friday to be comatose, as a result of alleged medical negligence and irresponsibility on the part of the Cuban prison authorities, died on January 23rd at 3:10 pm, in the company of his family and doctors in the Salvador Allende … Continue reading "The Death of a Young Man Who Fell Into a Coma Because of Medical Negligence in a Cuban Jail / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Fernando Damaso, 24 January 2018 — This year will mark 116 since the founding of the Republic on 20 May 1902. Although it was the time of the nation’s greatest progress and development–with important economic and social achievements, including health and education–this period has been systematically discredited and distorted during the last 60 years when … Continue reading "The Teacher From Central Valley / Fernando Dámaso" Continue reading
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14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 6 February 2018 — “For the first time, I’m a Leninist,” a Cuban retiree said repeatedly and recklessly, standing in line for the newspaper. Around him some responded with a complicit smile. A few hours before, the news of a story with profound significance for Cuba had arrived: the triumph of the ‘Yes’ … Continue reading "The ‘Yes’ Victory in Ecuador is Also a Defeat for Castroism" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 2 February 2018 — Last January, State Security carried out “a real wave of systematic and illegal dispossession” of the means of work of the opponents in the Island, according to the Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), which denouced the practice in its report on Friday. The organization also reports … Continue reading "Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces "Wave of Seizures" of Activists’ Property" Continue reading
14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 2 February 2018 — The suicide of Fidel Castro Díaz-Balart on Thursday is added to a long list of figures linked to power in Cuba who have chosen to end their lives in the last six decades. The history of the Cuban Revolution cannot be told without including its deserters, its exiles … Continue reading "“There is No Room for Suicides in the Pantheon of the Fatherland”" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 1 February 2018 — Spain’s People’s Party (PP) demanded the “immediate release” of Eduardo Cardet, leader of Cuba’s Christian Liberation Movement (MCL), claiming in a statement that the Cuban dissident was imprisoned in November 2016, “arbitrarily and under terrible conditions.” The request of the political party, currently at the head of Spain’s government, … Continue reading "Spanish People’s Party Calls for Immediate Release of Cuban Dissident Eduardo Cardet" Continue reading
A woman walks past activists protesting the Guantanamo Bay detention camp during a rally in Lafayette Square outside the White House January 11, 2018 in Washing New York, February 1 (RHC)-- The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU, has blasted U.S. … Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 31 January 2018 — Gene Sharp, the intellectual whose work focusing on pacifism and nonviolence inspired activists around the world in their struggle against oppression, has died “peacefully” at his home in Boston at the age of 90, according to an announcement on Monday through his official Twitter account. The retired university professor, … Continue reading "Gene Sharp, Promoter of Non-Violence Against Dictatorships, Dies at 90" Continue reading
14ymedio, Camaguey, 24 January 2018 — An underground shelter in a junior high school in Camagüey served as meeting and leisure space for a group of young people between 13 and 23 years old who have been implicated in a case of corruption of minors and drug use for which the Prosecutor’s Office is asking for … Continue reading "Prosecutor’s Office Asks for Prison Sentences for Partying With Minors in Camaguey" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 30 January 2018 — Iris Mariño García, a journalist from La Hora de Cuba (Cuba’s Hour), was charged on Monday with the crime of “usurpation of legal capacity” and is facing a sentence of up to one year in prison, the magazine’s director Henry Constantin told 14ymedio. Mariño is the third member of the editorial team of … Continue reading "Third ‘La Hora De Cuba’ Editor Charged With Illegally Practicing Journalism In Camaguey" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 22 January 2018 — A young employee of a Cuban company run by the military company, on remand in Havana, is in a coma due alleged medical malpractice and the irresponsibility of the prison authorities, his family reported. Raidel Garcia Otero, 29, an economic technician, has been under arrest at Valle Grande Prison since 27 October. The young man suffers from … Continue reading "Young Man in Coma Due to Medical Negligence in Cuban Prison / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 26 January 2018 — The recent publication of the list of deputies to Parliament has begun to generate controversy among the ranks of officialdom. The wife of one of the five Cuban spies who were convicted in the United States has lamented on her Facebook page that three of them have been left out … Continue reading "Three of the Five Cuban Spies Are Out of Parliament" Continue reading
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Ivan Garcia, 18 December 2017 — On the night of Thursday, 14 December at night, after fifteen hours on the road under a copious downpour, from Sagua de Tánamo, in Holguín, province 530 miles northwest of Havana, in an old General Motors truck from the 1950s, Erasmus and his wife arrived in Havana ready to fulfill … Continue reading "Cuba: The Devotion to Saint Lazarus / Iván García" Continue reading
14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami, 31 December 2017 — Marcelo Odebrecht is the man of the year in Latin America. This Brazilian engineer born in 1968, grandson of the founder of a huge business conglomerate, is the prince of the planet’s bribe-mongers. To avoid a sentence of 19 years in prison, something he accomplished just a few days … Continue reading "The Man of the Year and the Usual Vice" Continue reading
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14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 7 January 2018 — Nine years ago, Michelle Bachelet met with Fidel Castro during his convalescence. The Chilean president left that meeting stating that she had seen the former president lively and “handling a lot of information.” Her words were used by the Plaza of the Revolution to spread a lie: that the Commander … Continue reading "The Blindness Of Michelle Bachelet" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 19 December 2017 — A police operation at the popular Factoría Plaza Vieja Brewery, in the historic center of Havana, caused the temporary closure of the establishment and the arrest of several people who are being prosecuted on charges of corruption. According to reports obtained by Martí Noticias, the process began when one of the … Continue reading "Corruption Scandal Shakes Up Popular Havana Brewery / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 4 January 2017 — Daniel Llorente, the man with the flag, has asked Federica Mogherini not to forget his case because it demonstrates “the lack of political freedoms in Cuba.” The activist who hoisted the flag of the United States during last year’s May Day parade has since spent eight months in detention including seven … Continue reading "The Man With The Flag Asks For Mogherini’s Help" Continue reading
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… at a psychiatric hospital in Havana, where 26 patients died of … not like the idea that Cubans could “decide” anything about their … the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba. The movement’s current national … to a notorious prison in Havana and then beaten brutally. This … Continue reading
EFE / via 14ymedio, Havana, 26 December 2017 — Seven citizens from Pinar del Río province were sent to prison for the crimes of “hoarding and reselling” materials used for the construction of housing, one of the most problematic sectors of the island due to deficit of housing units and poor state of the housing that … Continue reading "Seven "Hoarders" Of Construction Materials Sent To Prison in Cuba" Continue reading
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 3 January 2017 – Is a ship that has had all its parts replaced still the same ship? The question is known as Theseus’s Paradox and illustrates the European Union’s dilemma with Cuba: Does a dictatorship that moderated its diplomatic language, tried to make peace with its enemy and lost its … Continue reading "Mrs. Mogherini, We Are Still Without Freedom" Continue reading
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 2 January 2018 — The official media are celebrating, right now, a new anniversary of what they insist on calling the Cuban Revolution. The festivities around the 1st of January, when Fidel Castro marked a turning point in the nation’s history, show all the traces of a routine that has exhausted … Continue reading "The Successive Deaths of the Cuban Revolution" Continue reading
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