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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

    The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear

    The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared where a […] 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

    Havana – Tourism Boom Leads to Increase in Prostitution

    Havana: Tourism Boom Leads to Increase in Prostitution / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 22 September 2016 — Empty bottles of rum and Domincan beer lie scattered around the courtyard as five people drink and talk about sports and business. A Reggaeton tune, “Until the Malecon Runs Dry” by Jacob Forever, plays in the background. Meanwhile, […] Continue reading

    Hookers Will Increase With The Tourist Boom And The Economic Austerity

    Hookers Will Increase With The Tourist Boom And The Economic Austerity / Iván García Iván García, 5 August 2016 — In the middle of the empty bottles of aged rum and the Presidente Dominican beer washed down on the patio, five people are drinking and talking about sports and business. From the back comes the […] Continue reading

    Neocastroism – A Tropical Dynasty

    Neocastroism: A Tropical Dynasty A. SOSA / ANTONIO G. RODILES | La Habana | 18 Abr 2016 – 1:57 pm. Dictatorial systems end up exercising public power like a private company. The elite trust no one, so family and personal ties are the only guarantee. Over the course of his protracted period in power Fidel […] Continue reading

    100% Cuban

    100% Cuban FRANCISCO ALMAGRO | Miami | 22 Ene 2016 – 10:55 am. I am borrowing the title of a song by the great Cuban singer/songwriter Pedro Luis Ferrer to tell this story. It happened in a shop in Miami, where families frequently buy fruits, vegetables and meats, all very fresh, attended to by a […] Continue reading

    VP Ramiro Valdes: Cuba will not Return to the Past

    VP Ramiro Valdes: Cuba will not Return to the Past Juan C. Domínguez Taño / Saturday, 26 July 2014 09:48 Cuban Vice-president Ramiro Valdes Menendez that gave the main speech of the main rally for Cuba’s National Rebelliousness Day, hosted by province of Artemisa, extolled why the called Generation of the Centennial attacked the garrisons […] Continue reading

    Women in Battle Dress

    Women in Battle Dress / Juan Antonio Madrazo Luna Posted on June 10, 2014 HAVANA, Cuba – Lolita, Alejandra, Samantha, Paloma, and África María are drag queens who stamp their feet on every Havana street corner during the night, while the city sleeps. Some with warrior faces and others as shy princesses patrol the streets […] 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

    For Cuba, a Harsh Self-Assessment

    For Cuba, a Harsh Self-Assessment By VICTORIA BURNETT Published: July 23, 2013 HAVANA — There was a time, Alexi remembers, when life in Cuba was simpler. People dressed properly. Children respected their elders. Stealing was stealing. “My father brought me up with a strict set of values,” said Alexi, 46, an unemployed chauffeur from a […] 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

    Not All in Cuba Are Proud of Being Black / Iván García

    Not All in Cuba Are Proud of Being Black / Iván García Iván García, Translator: mlk A drunk, off duty, enforcement agent, white, justified the racist Cuban police archetype that turns a black or mestizo into a presumed delinquent with an old refrain learned from his mother: "Not all blacks are thieves, but all thieves […] Continue reading

    Being Black in Cuba / Iván García

    Being Black in Cuba / Iván García Iván García, Translator: Unstated A white-skinned off-duty law enforcement officer, having a drink, justifies the Cuban police force's racist archetype that turns a black or mixed-raced person into a presumed criminal with the old refrain he learned from his mother, "All blacks are not thieves but all thieves […] Continue reading

    Eleven News Stories Not Reported in Cuba in 2011 / Ernesto Morales Licea

    Eleven News Stories Not Reported in Cuba in 2011 / Ernesto Morales LiceaErnesto Morales Licea, Translator: Unstated 1. The Arab spring Only when the events in Egypt exceeded the predictions, did the Cuban press note (with tweezers) some isolated incidents. Nor had it published anything earlier about the riots in Tunisia and Yemen, nor did […] Continue reading

    Sebastián Martínez, Spanish Journalist in Cuban Prison / Angel Santiesteban

    Sebastián Martínez, Spanish Journalist in Cuban Prison / Angel SantiestebanAngel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated The Cuban government doesn't censor, persecute and punish its nationals enough, though they live in the diaspora, but that it also is expanding to foreigners its need to teach a lesson to anyone who dares to break the "untainted" — and only […] Continue reading

    UN Set to End Scrutiny of Cuba and Belarus, Indict Israel; 27 NGOs Protest

    UN Set to End Scrutiny of Cuba and Belarus, Indict Israel; 27 NGOs Protest "UN's last chance to save the Human Rights Council from itself," says UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer Geneva, Nov. 2, 2007 — A coalition of 27 non-governmental organizations is urging senior officials and member states of the U.N. to oppose [...] Continue reading

    Mayor in new row over praise for Castro

    Mayor in new row over praise for Castro
    02.01.07

    London Mayor Ken Livingstone has become embroiled in fresh controversy
    over his support for communist Cuba.

    He was criticised after he published a lengthy statement on his website
    praising dictator Fidel Castro and his "achievements".

    The Mayor spoke out after it was revealed he is to hold a festival in
    2009… Continue reading

    Ruins after revolution

    Ruins after revolution
    Decaying Havana is a mirror of Cuba’s economy.

    By JOHN FENTON WHEELER
    Published Friday, September 29, 2006

    A giant poster of Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s face covering the front of
    Sears, one of Havana’s many empty stores, had begun to fade. Everything
    in Cuba but salt was rationed. Life was hard for everybody. Yet by my
    imperfect count,… Continue reading

    Bloggers poke fun at questionable Castro photos

    Posted on Fri, Aug. 18, 2006

    Bloggers poke fun at questionable Castro photos
    Technology makes it easy to alter photos, but bloggers are quick to
    criticize pictures they find amiss
    BY JOSEPH TARTAKOFF
    jtartakoff@MiamiHerald.com

    Fidel Castro is still alive — chatting with Venezuelan President Hugo
    Chávez in a video shown this week. But that hasn’t stopped bloggers from
    speculating that… 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