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    Alleged Cuban smuggler pleads guilty to sex trafficking

    Alleged Cuban smuggler pleads guilty to sex trafficking BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com This was the premise of a case involving a Cuban resident in Miami accused of illegally bringing women from the island and forcing them into sex slavery in the United States. Silvio Clark Morales, 31, plead guilty in federal court Thursday to […] Continue reading

    Never belonging – Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba

    Never belonging: Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba OPINIONMIGUEL DE LA TORRE | MARCH 28, 2017 Returning to the land which witnessed my birth is always a gut-wrenching experience. Separation from my island has now been five times longer than Odysseus’ was from his. But unlike Odysseus, who was returning to a place […] Continue reading

    Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick

    Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick Totalitarianism touches every aspect of every person’s life, and Cuban communism has been traumatic for adults and children not drunk with fanaticism. By Armando Simón JANUARY 16, 2017 Ever since the death of that psychotic dictator Fidel Castro, I have been experiencing déjà vu. At […] Continue reading

    Fidel Castro is dead

    Fidel Castro is dead BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@MiamiHerald.com Fidel Castro, who towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow spread across Latin America and the world, is dead at age 90. His brother Raul announced the death late Friday night. Millions cheered Fidel Castro on […] Continue reading

    Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This?

    Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This? / Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces, Guantanamo, Cuba, 3 November 2016 — In talking to fellow countrymen and foreigners, the question comes up: Why do we Cubans have put up with so much abuse from the Castros? The question is raised […] Continue reading

    Why prostitution is a powerful metaphor in Cuban film

    Why prostitution is a powerful metaphor in Cuban film Are films in Cuba censored? Why is prostitution a political symbol in Cuban films? DW spoke with the curator of Germany’s Film Festival Cottbus, which highlights Cuba this year, to find out more. Founded in 1991 just after the fall of the Soviet Union, the FilmFestival […] Continue reading

    ‘Special’ should not be a negative term

    ‘Special’ should not be a negative term VERÓNICA VEGA | La Habana | 9 de Julio de 2016 – 01:02 CEST. We Cubans who still vividly recall what we went through in the 90s remember the short “lightups” when we had electricity, the droves of bicycles, the traumatic camello (makeshift bus), the mass exodus in […] Continue reading

    Press Workshop with Raul Rivero

    Press Workshop with Raul Rivero / Ivan Garcia Posted on November 23, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 23 November 2015 — On these hot nights in Havana, when nostalgia, that silent thief that robs you of strength, strikes without warning, Raúl Rivero, the poet, sneaks through my window and offers me a workshop specifically on the latest […] Continue reading

    The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile

    The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile / Ivan Garcia Posted on March 20, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 11 March 2015 — During the hot summer of 2013 I remember Blanca Reyes, wife of the poet and journalist Raul Rivero, writing letters to the pope in the Vatican, to the Mothers of the Plaza […] Continue reading

    Cuba and the Perversion of Language

    Cuba and the Perversion of Language June 6, 2014 The Cuban government continues to rely on defamation and personal attacks. Alejandro Armengol* HAVANA TIMES — The campaign against dissidents, the peaceful opposition and civil society activists that the Cuban press has maintained for decades illustrates the ideological decadence of a dying regime. The means employed […] Continue reading

    An eyewitness account of Cuba’s shocking wretchedness

    Michael J. Totten: An eyewitness account of Cuba’s shocking wretchedness Michael J. Totten, National Post | June 6, 2014 12:01 AM ET Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 science-fiction film Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, takes place in Los Angeles, circa 2154. The wealthy have moved into an orbiting luxury satellite — the Elysium of the […] Continue reading

    The Last Communist City, A visit to the dystopian Havana that tourists never see

    Cuba Brief: The Last Communist City, A visit to the dystopian Havana that tourists never see [02-06-2014 14:08:24] Cuba Transition Project (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 science-fiction film Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, takes place in Los Angeles, circa 2154. The wealthy have moved into an orbiting luxury satellite—the Elysium of the title—while the […] Continue reading

    Demystifying las UMAP – The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba

    Demystifying las UMAP: The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba Joseph Tahbaz ’15 History major Dartmouth College Joseph.A.A.Tahbaz.15@dartmouth.edu 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

    The USCCB, Cuba and the Chong Chon Gang

    The USCCB, Cuba and the Chong Chon Gang By Marielena Montesino de Stuart ♦ Bishop Richard E. Pates tries to influence American policy towards Cuba. ♦ The socialist reality of the USCCB is clear, even when they coat it with Cuban sugar. ♦ With Obama in the White House and Francis in the Vatican – […] Continue reading

    Independent Journalists Live on the Razor’s Edge in Cuba

    Independent Journalists Live on the Razor's Edge in Cuba / Iván García Ivan Garcia, Translator: mlk Every day when they go out to report or write some story about daily reality, invisible to official media, the murky Gag Law that can land them in jail for 20 years or more floats over their heads. It's […] Continue reading

    The Cuban League Against AIDS Report of Human Rights Violations to the LGBT Community in Cuba / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada

    The Cuban League Against AIDS Report of Human Rights Violations to the LGBT Community in Cuba / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Translator: Chabeli, Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Havana Cuba, Thursday, February 16, 2012. General Report of the Cuban League Against AIDS on Human Rights violations to the community of Lesbians, Gays,Bisexuals and Transgenders. […] Continue reading

    Havana Cuba 16 February 2012. Report of the Cuban League Against AIDS about Human Rights Violations in Cuba Against the LGBT Community / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada

    Havana Cuba 16 February 2012. Report of the Cuban League Against AIDS about Human Rights Violations in Cuba Against the LGBT Community / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Translator: Unstated, Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Five decades have passed since that fateful triumph featuring people dressed in garments of olive green, who descended from the […] Continue reading

    For an American, Havana is filled with contradictions

    Posted on Tuesday, 04.17.12 For an American, Havana is filled with contradictionsBy Franco OrdonezMcClatchy Newspapers HAVANA — The green 1951 Dodge Coronet clattering along this city'sfamed Malecon coastal seawall looks like the car built more than ahalf-century ago, but lift the hood and things are not as expected. The car's bulging headlights give the classic […] Continue reading

    From a Cuban Tenement to an Italian Brothel: The High Price of Escape

    Yoani Sanchez Award-Winning Cuban Blogger From a Cuban Tenement to an Italian Brothel: The High Price of EscapePosted: 05/30/11 02:20 PM ET She was raised to succeed. As a little girl, her mother took the fried egg of her own plate, if need be, to give it to her, because she was a promise which […] Continue reading

    Black economist says Cuba needs affirmative action

    Posted on Thursday, 05.12.11 Black economist says Cuba needs affirmative actionHe says economic reforms proposed by Raul Castro will hurt blacks more than whitesBy Juan O. Tamayojtamayo@elnuevoherald.com Black Cubans, already with the worst jobs and lowest salaries, will need "affirmative action" as the government tries to slash its inflated payrolls, a black Havana economist and […] Continue reading

    The Liberation of Women: Another Failed Dream of Cuba’s Revolution

    The Liberation of Women: Another Failed Dream of Cuba's Revolution With a very short skirt and a cell phone attached to her hip, Yanisleidy leaves her house in a crowded Havana neighborhood. She's seventeen and has a visa to emigrate to Belgium. She looks around, checking for the cops, because she doesn't want to get […] Continue reading

    The Sound of Change: Can Music Save Cuba?

    Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008The Sound of Change: Can Music Save Cuba?By Nathan Thornburgh/Havana If this were a music video, it would start in this living room in Havana, with a tight shot of the skinny kid in the white tank top at the keyboard. He counts it off from four, and with a sort of […] Continue reading

    Potboilers and the party line

    Raúl's CubaPotboilers and the party lineBy Richard Lapper Published: August 21 2008 17:23 | Last updated: August 21 2008 17:23 For Jordania Yero, Cuban television provides essential distraction fromthe austerity of the bleak 1960s housing estate where she lives with herfamily in Santiago, Cuba's second city. Yero, a 31-year-old informationtechnician, typically watches between three and […] Continue reading

    Little Havana Looks to Life After Castro

    Little Havana Looks to Life After Castro Yahoo! News. By Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press Writer. August 31, 2007. MIAMI (AP) — Travel guides list Little Havana as the heart of the Cuban exile community, the symbolic hub of opposition to Fidel Castro and a must-see neighborhood for its galleries, cigar shops and espresso stands. But [...] Continue reading

    Congress reconsiders ban on Cuba travel

    Congress reconsiders ban on Cuba travel
    Ed Perkins On Travel
    Thursday, March 22, 2007

    Cuba — long off-limits to ordinary U.S. tourists — may once again
    become an enticing vacation option. Last month, Reps. Charles Rangel,
    D-N.Y., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., submitted a bill that would require the
    administration to allow U.S. citizens to visit Cuba and allow U.S.
    travel… Continue reading

    New Squeeze on Family Remittances

    CUBA-US:
    New Squeeze on Family Remittances
    Dalia Acosta

    HAVANA, Jun 9 (IPS) – An increased tax on remittances sent to Cuba in
    dollars will bolster the flow of foreign exchange into state coffers,
    but will create further difficulties for the hundreds of thousands of
    families who are divided between Cuba and the United States.

    “Supposedly, the increase is for the… Continue reading

    Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2005

    Cuba

    Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – 2005
    Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
    March 8, 2006

    Cuba, with a population of 11 million, is a totalitarian state led by a
    president, Fidel Castro, whose regime controls all aspects of life
    through the Communist Party (CP) and its affiliated mass organizations,
    the government bureaucracy, and… Continue reading

    An Eye-Opening Cuban Vacation

    An Eye-Opening Cuban Vacation
    by Humberto Fontova
    Posted Feb 03, 2006

    Please keep this in mind, friends: the following was not written by a
    “Cuban exile, Republican hard-liner, crackpot” (like me). What the
    Cuban-exile crackpot presents here is a very crude translation of an
    article printed in Oct. 25 in the Spanish newspaper El Mundo by a
    backpacking tourist from… Continue reading

    Cuba, suspended in time

    JOURNEY TO HAVANA AND BEYOND

    Cuba, suspended in time

    Stricter U.S. rules have made it harder to visit this country of old-world mystique and real-world problems.

    By Rosemary McClure
    Times Staff Writer

    January 15, 2006

    FATHER John Bakas walked the crowded cobblestone streets of Old Havana, dined on spicy red beans and rice at an outdoor cafe and led vesper… Continue reading