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Yoani Sanchez and Guillermo Farinas get permission to leave and return to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Associated Press For years, Cuban dissidents say, authorities’ message to them has been the same: Sure, you can leave the country. Just don’t expect us to let you come back. Now, two prominent and outspoken government opponents - Yoani Sanchez and Guillermo Farinas - say they’ve been… Read More

Pope in Cuba update - March 28

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal EWTN is being broadcasting the Pope’s visit to Cuba live from Plaza de Revolucion in Havana from 10:00am today on the EWTN channel. Here is the channel finder for EWTN and this is their webpage covering the Pope in Cuba. Pope to meet with Fidel Castro Former Cuban leader… Read More

Pope in Cuba update

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Variety of articles about the Pope in Cuba How Pope Benedict could shape religious freedom in Cuba By Teo A. Babun | ECHO Cuba | Washington Post Fourteen years ago, Pope John Paul II, great champion of freedom and warrior against communism, visited the island of Cuba. And Monday, his successor, Pope… Read More

New push to get Alan Gross released from Cuban prison

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal US Senator from Illinois Dick Durbin apparently went to Cuba for a short trip to talk to the Cuban government and others about Cuba’s oil drilling and Alan Gross. According to a statement from the Senator’s office, “The trip has focused on changes in Cuba—including… Read More

Laura Pollan, founder of Ladies In White Cuban dissident movement dies

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Telegraph.co.uk The pugnacious Ms Pollan was one of Cuba’s leading opposition voices and deeply involved in promoting change on the Communist island. She developed a pulmonary illness and went into the hospital on Oct 7. She had been on a respirator in the intensive care ward of Calixto Garcia… Read More

Cuba invites Gov. Bill Richardson to Havana to negotiate release of Alan Gross

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

CNN - Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is going to Cuba on Wednesday to try to negotiate the release of jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross, CNN has learned. The exclusive report by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” said Richardson was invited by the Cuban government for… Read More

Cuban government examples of intimidation of foreign press in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Juan O. Tamayo | Miami Herald The Cuban government has denied entry to a French news agency correspondent who had been assigned to Havana, part of what other journalists on the island describe as a severe tightening of controls on their work under Raúl Castro’s rule. Juan Castro Olivera, an Argentine… Read More

Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Libya… Is Cuba next?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal With the global financial crisis, ongoing Arab Spring and now the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s in Libya, there must be a collective worry for the world’s last remaining dictators and authoritarian governments. Since free or cheap goods and money from other countries… Read More

Darsi Ferrer arrested in Cuba at peaceful protest

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

EFE Cuban dissident Darsi Ferrer was arrested Thursday along with four other people as they were staging a peaceful protest in downtown Havana, according to information provided by the Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Commission. Ferrer and his associates demanded during a “small… Read More

Ladies in White receive Human Rights Defender Award

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Fox News The Ladies in White, a group of mothers and wives of Cuban dissidents who’ve been jailed, received an award from the Obama administration on April 14, 2011 for their struggle for human rights in Cuba. Senior State Department official William Burns says the U.S. stands with the group in calling… Read More

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