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Tallies and Tales of the Reforms

Cuba: Tallies and Tales of the Reforms / Vicente Botín Once upon a time… A female cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to turn her into a woman. The goddess, pitying the cat’s yearning, transformed her into a beautiful maiden, and the young man, captivated by […] Continue reading

The Big Change

Cuba: The Big Change Alma Guillermoprieto MAY 12, 2016 ISSUE One could swear that nothing has changed. The chaotic lines we travelers form in front of Cuba’s stern immigration officers; their belligerent slowness; the noise and heat in the too-small room; the echoing shouts across the room from one olive-green-clad person to another (an argument […] Continue reading

Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights

Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights By Frank Jack Daniel in Havana, Matt Spetalnick 1:19 PM Wednesday Mar 23, 2016 Castro accuses US of double standards after Obama criticises human rights record. United States President Barack Obama yesterday pushed Cuba to improve human rights during his historic visit to the Communist-led island, publicly sparring […] Continue reading

Being in prison should not deprive one of his human rights

‘Being in prison should not deprive one of his human rights’ BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 10 Dic 2015 – 3:09 pm. Rolando Ferrer Espinosa is the coordinator of the Frente Antitotalitario Unido (FANTU), the organization of which Guillermo Fariñas is the national coordinator. A lawyer by trade, Ferrer was incarcerated between 1999 […] 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

Where the Dictatorship Nests

Where the Dictatorship Nests / Lilianne Ruiz Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated When in Cuba we say "the system" we are referring to a circumstance which, even though we recognize it as abnormal, arbitrary and unnatural — the condition of being on an Island and being subjected to a "political-ideological education" experiment, as well as the [...] Continue reading

Cuba: The second revolution?

Cuba: The second revolution? For the first time since the 1959 coup, Cubans are able to buy and sell property, set up businesses and farm their own land. Could these new liberties signal a move towards a free-market economy? Don't count on it, says Margareta Pagano.Margereta PaganoSunday 15 April 2012 It's the sort of glitz [...] Continue reading

Assisting journalists in Cuba: Hurdles in prison and beyond

Assisting journalists in Cuba: Hurdles in prison and beyondBy Maria Salazar-Ferro/Journalist Assistance Program Coordinator In mid-2006, CPJ's Journalist Assistance program began sending regular remittances to the families of independent Cuban journalists in prison. By CPJ's count, of the 29 journalists jailed during a massive crackdown in 2003, 24 were still in prison at the time–making [...] Continue reading

Cuban Newspaper Vendors Party / Iván García

Cuban Newspaper Vendors Party / Iván GarcíaIván García, Translator: Unstated In these April days while the communists of the government party met for four days in the Palace of Conventions, to the west of Havana, newspaper vendors had a party. Bartolo, a nearly blind old man, doubled sales of Granma that he offers every morning [...] Continue reading
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