Torture in Cuba
February 2020
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“American-Philia” Conquers Cuba / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 29 June 2017 — Ten days have passed since Donald Trump announced his “new” political strategy toward Cuba, and while the official Cuban press monopoly has wasted gallons of ink on newspapers and on dozens of reports, interviews and TV programs to show the […] Continue reading
Who Violates the Rights of Whom in Cuba … Washington or Havana? / Somos+ Carlos Raúl Macías López, 15 September 2016 — Starting in the second half of the twentieth century, the world has witnessed a phenomenon without parallel in the history of mankind, one which has been strengthened by the fall of the Berlin […] Continue reading
A Deplorable Spectacle / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya It is a crime to manipulate a child’s conscience for the adulation of a dictator. Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, 15 August 2016, Havana – This Saturday, August 13, 2016, was the culmination of true torture after months of putting up with the fanfare in the official media on the […] Continue reading
Foreign minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla spells out Cuba’s new revolution 04/02 14:48 CET The commercial embargoes have been falling one after the other. The official visit of Raul Castro to France talked about a new reality between Cuba and Europe. Between Cuba and the World. Symbols were in evidence. In August 2015 there was another […] Continue reading
From Political Violence to Citizen Participation / Somos+, Alfonso Susano Posted on September 13, 2015 Alfonso Susano, 20 August 2015 — The highest level of conscience is required amongst those who practice politics. On the other hand, the same activity which should promote liberty and creativity of individuals can transform into the worst form of […] Continue reading
Cuba and LGBT Rights ERNESTO ANTUNEZ 08.08.15 Reuters LGBT rights in Cuba are perplexing from an ideological standpoint. Communist theory itself is unclear on the issue of homosexuality. Logically, one would assume that, given communism’s emphatic support of abortion, disdain for the family unit and rejection of religiously based morality, its position on homosexuality would […] Continue reading
The Censors Talk about Censorship / 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez Posted on March 31, 2015 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez, Havana, 30 March 2015 — The Surprised Pupil is a program whose first mistake is the name. With quite mediocre staging, presentation and content, really this television program has nothing surprising to see. But to hear, […] Continue reading
No blogger, no Obama / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on March 29, 2015 No blogger, no cry. Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo 1 In the beginning was the Blog. 2 But blogs were formless and empty. 3 Repression was all over the blogosphere. 4 And the citizens saw the blogs were good. 5 So that […] Continue reading
Should American Taxpayers Help Fund Cuba’s Media? July 3, 2014 by Humberto Fontova “Everything within the Revolution, nothing outside of it.” (Fidel Castro speech, June, 1961.) “Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.” (Benito Mussolini, Doctrine of Fascism, 1932.) In his famous speech on June 16, 1961 Fidel Castro, whose […] Continue reading
Havana: A Guide for Tourists / Ivan Garcia Posted on March 12, 2014 Useful advice for tourists who visit the last Communist barricade of the Cold War in the Caribbean If you speak Spanish, it’s advisable to get to know Havana by taking private taxis. In a rented car, air-conditioned and with a map of […] Continue reading
Demystifying las UMAP: The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba Joseph Tahbaz ’15 History major Dartmouth College Abstract: The UMAP, las Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción, were forced-work agricultural labor camps operated by the Cuban government during the mid-1960s in the east-central province of Camagüey. The current academic literature […] Continue reading
Prison Diary XXXVII: Cowardice Disguised as Naivete / Angel Santiesteban Posted on July 23, 2013 The naiveté of Cubans on the island sometimes dresses itself up and asks my family if they’d really tortured me in prison. I remembered when, on the first beating, back in 2009, they fractured my arm, many doubted that fact [...] Continue reading
Posted on Friday, 05.03.13 Watchdog group: Cuba cheated on its UN human rights review From the summary of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR): • More than 30 NGOs reported “that there is a separation of powers in Cuba, which ensures that the judiciary can perform its duties without interference from the other branches of government.” [...] Continue reading
Why I Stay (Part 2) / Jorge Luis Garcia Perez Antunez Antunez – Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, Translator: Unstated I stay in Cuba and do not leave because otherwise I cannot imagine having to ask for a white card or exit permit in order to permanently choose the place where I want to spend the [...] Continue reading
Open Letter from the Writer Ángel Santiesteban-Prats to the New President of Spain / Ángel SantiestebanAngel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated Havana, 20 December 2011 President Mariano Rajoy, I turn to you on the day my daughter celebrates her birthday. Just thinking of the Cuban young people, I decided to write you these humble and sincere words [...] Continue reading
Cuban Intellectuals: When Fear Seeps Into the Bones / Angel SantiestebanAngel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated Miguel Barnet, Raúl Castro and Abel Prieto How is it possible that intellectuals who were humiliated and punished by the same people who now govern the country, stay next to the boots that kicked them into submission, that harassed them until [...] Continue reading The Fate of the Cuban Taliban / Angel SantiestebanAngel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated Reading Carlos Alberto Montaner's book, Conversation at the funeral of the Comandante. What will happen after the death of Fidel Castro?, from the first pages I could recognize a reality that was predicted by the author several years before it happened. Who [...] Continue reading