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Translator: Ernesto Ariel Suarez

14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 26 November 2016 — The official media have just announced the last and definitive death of Fidel Castro, and I think I have perceived more relief than bereavement in the mournful message. If I were a religious person, I would feel at least a tiny bit of grief, but that is … Continue reading "The Ancient Dictator Died Long Ago / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 17 December 2014 – With the pessimism that has now become chronic in our society, many Cubans thought that Alan Gross would only leave Cuba, “in a box,” in an image allusive of a fatal outcome. … Continue reading Continue reading
A recent interview published in the magazine Letras Libres, reveals Alfredo Guevara’s mood months before his death. The meeting, that came to be thanks to filmmaker Arturo Sotto, brings us closer to a man conscious of being on the last … Continue reading Continue reading
The dreams begin, comrades. Noises in hotel rooms.  I begin to hear noises in the hotel rooms where I stay from coast to coast in the United States. In Cuba, I was never a victim of the homeland paranoia; I … Continue reading Continue reading
Photo from I met Oscar Espinosa Chepe† at the home of another opposition activist around the year 1997.  Later, I had the opportunity to interact more with him when he would go to the headquarters of CubaPress, then situated … Continue reading Continue reading
Oscar Espinosa Chepe was a person convinced of what he did in life, without any extremist opportunisms or false remorse about his “revolutionary” phase from his earliest youth. A person of integrity, when speaking or writing he did not care … Continue reading Continue reading
1 I, that had no motherland, have lost my motherland. 2 The motherland is, of course, the place where your neighbor will mourn over your dead body.  3 And, I never wanted this. 4 I resisted from the time I … Continue reading Continue reading
Two qualities, among others, were always prominent in the articles by Chepe that appeared regularly both in Cubaencuentro as well as other publications like El Nuevo Herald. One of them is that he could achieve the delicate balance that allowed … Continue reading Continue reading
Despite living for so long on an island so small, I never met Oscar Espinosa Chepe in person. It would have been an honor and an opportunity for me, mostly after discovering him in one of his incisive articles for … Continue reading Continue reading
Oscar Espinosa Chepe was one of the best informed and courageous Cuban economists. Despite the difficulties to access the internet, he was always up to date on the regional and local [Economics] organizations’ publications; and his works were always well … Continue reading Continue reading
—Did you hear? —What? About the robbery of the giraffe from Havana’s zoo? —Yeah, a giraffe, four monkeys and a pony, but I’m not talking about that… —Those guys must have been ninjas.  A Cuban version of “Madagascar,” “Calabazar[1]: The … Continue reading Continue reading