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    How Cuban State Security Intimidates Potential Informants

    How Cuban State Security Intimidates Potential Informants / Iván García Iván García,9 April 2017 — They did not put a Makarov pistol to his head or torture him with electric prods. Let’s call him Josué. (The names in his article have been changed). He is a guy who wears American-made jeans, listens to jazz by […] Continue reading

    We’ve Been Investigating Ivan Garcia for Five Years

    “We’ve Been Investigating Ivan Garcia for Five Years” / Iván García Iván García Quintero, Havana, 19 March 2017 — When the summons arrived for an interview with a police official, the girl’s puzzled family thought it was a mistake. Let’s call them Kenia, Pedro, and Camila. They are neighbors of mine and prefer to remain […] Continue reading

    What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2)

    What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 December 2016 — According to Luisa, 76, a former prostitute, the first time she collected money for sex, she bathed herself three times trying to remove the smell of an old man who sweated over her body. “I was once young and […] 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

    The ‘scarecrow’ words Raúl Castro never said

    The ‘scarecrow’ words Raúl Castro never said JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 1 de Noviembre de 2016 – 11:08 CET. Until recently private-sector businesses in Havana hung, like scarecrows to frighten away menacing birds, signs featuring a phrase attributed to Raúl Castro, and the general never said a word to dispel this impression, […] Continue reading

    Laritza Diversent, Devastated by the Police Operation Against Cubalex

    Laritza Diversent, Devastated by the Police Operation Against Cubalex / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 28 September 2016 — After passing the crossing of La Palma, two kilometers from the old bus stop of Mantilla, El Calvario is found nestled, a district of one-story houses, roads without asphalt and a multitude of dogs without owners. At […] Continue reading

    As the future closes in, there’s still time to travel to authentic Cuba

    As the future closes in, there’s still time to travel to authentic Cuba THE WASHINGTON POST PUBLISHED: August 5, 2016 at 2:16 pm | UPDATED: August 5, 2016 at 2:19 By Moriah Balingit The Washington Post For many travelers, the goal is to physically move – to be flung through airspace and to cross borders […] Continue reading

    In Cuba, as an uncertain future inches closer, it’s still a step back in time

    In Cuba, as an uncertain future inches closer, it’s still a step back in time By Moriah Balingit July 28 at 4:30 PM For many travelers, the goal is to physically move — to be flung through airspace and to cross borders — but to remain in spaces that are comfortably familiar. They would prefer […] Continue reading

    Cuba, a Country Frozen in Time

    Cuba, a Country Frozen in Time By CARLOS MANUEL ÁLVAREZJULY 15, 2016 Havana — Never had a country appeared as old as Cuba did when it started to upgrade itself. The mad rush to develop serves only to confirm our comical, almost antediluvian backwardness. The New7Wonders Foundation, an organization that aims to preserve monuments worldwide, […] Continue reading

    This isn’t news, it’s counterrevolution

    “This isn’t news, it’s counterrevolution” PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 7 Dic 2015 – 2:39 pm. “The money, you dick!” was heard, followed by a clamor. Then a succession of confused screams and the boos and cheers of protesters. It was November 30, and a crowd of close to 500 people clogged […] 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

    Fewer Spies in Miami Than Bullfighters in Madrid

    Fewer Spies in Miami Than Bullfighters in Madrid / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on October 22, 2015 Juan Juan Almeida, 19 October 2015 — The G2, Cuba’s domestic spy agency, is nothing more than a fun-loving caricature of the former KGB. What is difficult to believe is that the special services headquarters which direct espionage […] Continue reading

    The Castros’ New Friend

    The Castros’ New Friend [14-05-2015 22:57:34] James Kirchick (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Obama’s change of policy helps Cuba’s oppressive regime, not its democratic dissidents I’ve visited more than my fair share of dictatorships, but Cuba is the only one where travelers at the airport must pass through a metal detector uponentering, in addition to leaving, the country. Immediately […] Continue reading

    The Lying Cuban Press

    The Lying Cuban Press / Cubanet, Victor Manuel Dominguez Posted on April 3, 2015 Montonous, grey, controlled, censored, demagogic, jingoistic, for more than half a century as spokesperson for phantom successes Cubanet.org, Victor Manuel Dominguez, Havana, 31 March 2015 (Cuba Sindical) – The “Revolutionary” Cuban press, characterized as demagogic, monotonous, manipulative, with a grey design, […] 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

    Relaxed Cuba Welcomes Visitors as Locals Wait for Economic Improvement

    Relaxed Cuba Welcomes Visitors as Locals Wait for Economic Improvement
    Anita Snow, Associated Press
    Feb 22, 2015 12:00 pm

    It’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Cuba, but it’s certainly the right
    environment for change.
    — Jason Clampet

    Rolling toward customs with a 60-pound suitcase filled with clothing and
    electronics for friends, my stomach clenched when a female agent in… Continue reading

    Return visit to Communist Cuba finds new hope amid change

    Return visit to Communist Cuba finds new hope amid change
    BY ANITA SNOW ASSOCIATED PRESS
    02/18/2015 12:11 AM 02/18/2015 12:12 AM

    HAVANA
    Rolling toward customs with a 60-pound suitcase filled with clothing and
    electronics for friends, my stomach clenched when a female agent in a
    light green uniform approached. As a former longtime Cuba correspondent
    returning after nearly six years,… Continue reading

    Gay Fiestas Highlight Divisions in Cuba’s LGBTI Community

    Gay Fiestas Highlight Divisions in Cuba’s LGBTI Community By Ivet González HAVANA, Jun 21 2014 (IPS) – Two men kiss each other while two women dance together without making other clients feel uncomfortable at the prívate club Humboldt 67, one of the venues seeking to cash in on an untapped market by fulfilling the unmet […] 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 Ground Soy Generation Remembers

    The Ground Soy Generation Remembers / Frank Correa Posted on August 16, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, August, www.cubanet.org — Perhaps at the moment the reader reads this, it will have been twenty years since the beginning of the Special Period, the major event to befall Cuban history in the last century. It began in August of […] Continue reading

    Journalism in the street

    Journalism in the street / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 10, 2013 Owing to the lack of statistics and figures, independent Cuban reporters have to reinvent certain rules when providing information. We don’t have access to government press conferences and no minister gives interviews or comments. Nor can we rival the foreign agencies accredited in […] Continue reading

    Laritza Diversent Reports from Geneva

    Laritza Diversent Reports from Geneva / Laritza Diversent Posted on July 15, 2013 Introduction by Tania Quintero On December 10, 2010, without resources, publicity, or fanfare, attorney and freelance journalist Laritza Diversent founded a modest office in her home to provide free, independent advice to Cubans and foreigners on national and international legal issues and […] Continue reading

    Police moved against prostitutes in Havana after Toronto Star and El Nuevo Herald published series on child prostitution in Cuba

    Posted on Tuesday, 07.16.13 Police moved against prostitutes in Havana after Toronto Star and El Nuevo Herald published series on child prostitution in Cuba JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM The Café Paris in downtown Havana, a seedy hangout for prostitutes from Cuba’s provinces, is reported to be nearly empty. So are several other bar-girl joints in the neighborhood, like […] Continue reading

    Jorge Olivera: The History of the Cuban Dissidence is Long

    Jorge Olivera: The History of the Cuban Dissidence is Long / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 12, 2013 For someone from Havana, the best thing is to walk the streets in spring. These March days, Jorge Olivera Castillo, 52, poet and journalist, is delighted by the green of the trees, the salty aroma, and the […] Continue reading

    How Cuba became the newest hotbed for tourists craving sex with minors

    Posted on Saturday, 03.16.13 Sex Tourism in Cuba: Second of three parts How Cuba became the newest hotbed for tourists craving sex with minors HAVANA — These stories are the result of a joint investigation by Toronto Star reporters Robert Cribb, Jennifer Quinn and Julian Sher, and El Nuevo Herald reporter Juan O. Tamayo. The […] Continue reading

    Canadians are major customers in Cuba’s child sex market

    Canadians are major customers in Cuba's child sex market Canada is lax when it comes to stopping its sex offenders from going to Cuba and preying on underage prostitutes. Most tourists are drawn to Cuba by the sand, the sunshine, and the culture. But a few tourists – including some Canadians – are drawn by […] Continue reading

    Poised yet savage, blogger Yoani Sanchez takes on Cuba’s sclerotic Castro regime

    Posted on Monday, 03.11.13 Poised yet savage, blogger Yoani Sanchez takes on Cuba's sclerotic Castro regime By Tim Johnson McClatchy Newspapers PUEBLA, Mexico — The shouts could be heard easily inside the hotel where Yoani Sanchez was appearing over the weekend. "Down with Yoani!" they resonated from a small clique of pro-Castro protesters who'd gathered […] Continue reading