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Fidel Castro sends message to Cuban Parliament

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ACN Cuban Parliament, which is holding the 10th Ordinary Session of its 6th Legislature today at Havana’s Convention Palace, has received a message from President Fidel Castro. In the presence of Cuba’s First Vice President Raul Castro Ruz, Parliament President Ricardo Alarcon said that he… Read More

Fidel vs. the Reformers in Cuba - Reformers will win - opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

BY CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER | FirmaPress.com Hurriedly, some days ago, Fidel Castro sent an enigmatic note to Round Table, a TV program staged by his most fanatic disciples. The sentence that sparked a furor in the international press could be interpreted as his definitive retirement: ``My fundamental… Read More

Raul Castro says Fidel is healthy enough to be President (w/opinion)

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By WILL WEISSERT | Associated Press HAVANA - Raul Castro said Monday that Communist Party leaders support his brother Fidel’s re-election to parliament, saying he is exercising two hours daily and gaining weight while keeping his mind healthy with reading and writing. A seat in parliament is the… Read More

Sunday Mirror reporting Naomi Campbell has met with Fidel Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

EXCLUSIVE from SundayMirror.co.uk By Richard Cooper 23/12/2007 Supermodel Naomi Campbell has succeeded where veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost failed - and bagged an interview with Cuba’s reclusive president Fidel Castro. The 37-year-old catwalk queen, who has become a celebrity political… Read More

New short documentary on Oswaldo Paya titled “Dissident” released

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

BY MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY | Opinion Journal “We would meet every evening at midnight at a tourist location in a bathroom and give the tapes under the stalls. We didn’t want to take any chances.” Sound like a James Bond novel? Try a day in the life of a foreign filmmaker in Havana.… Read More

Todos Cubanos Newsletter #12 from Oswaldo Paya

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

COVER STORY International Human Rights Day. Many dissident groups demonstrated in Cuba on International Human Rights Day but the majority of these faced fierce acts of repudiation and repression by the government, state security, and mobs of people that were organized by the government. While these acts… Read More

OFAC may be distracted from bigger criminals than Americans traveling to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

(yes, I changed the title for effect) By MARC LACEY | New York Times Catching Americans who travel illegally to Cuba or who purchase cigars, rum or other products from the island may be distracting some American government agencies from higher-priority missions like fighting terrorism and combating narcotics… Read More

Oswaldo Paya petitions for release of Cuban political prisioners

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

Associated Press Dissident Oswaldo Paya asked Cuba’s parliament on Tuesday to approve an amnesty for political prisoners and to allow Cubans to leave and visit the island without government visas. Paya and another activist, Minervo Lazaro Chil, turned up at the National Assembly offices and hand-delivered… Read More

Fidel Castro releases statement that he supports younger leadership

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Just got a couple calls about a breaking news story that Fidel has made an announcement that he will support a younger leader. I am looking for the original release now. My first reaction to this is why is he not supporting Raul Castro? How will this affect Raul’s ability to govern? Will Raul supporters… Read More

Video of peaceful march in Havana Cuba and Castro supporting mob

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Here is some video from the march in Havana with Dr. Ferrer. Apparently there were 14 people in the march but it appears that there were maybe 50 people surrounding them yelling at them and taunting them. I know the Cubans are very passionate people but I got the impression that the Castro supporting… Read More

Frank Calzon yells at anti-Embargo panelist in US Senate hearing

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

The Havana Note It speaks volumes about the moment United States Cuba policy is in that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus holds a hearing and invites three strong, articulate voices for a new Cuba policy and only two of the old guard clinging to underwhelming rhetoric of Fidel the communist… Read More

The Cuban Nation website taken off line

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Email received from The Cuban Nation (La Nación Cubana) and published with permission NEWS ALERT BECAUSE OF A NEW CAMPAIGN AGAINST OUR NEWSPAPER REGISTER.COM DISCONNECTS OUR WEB PAGE From its creation in 1999 The Cuban Nation has undergone attacks in its printed editions, In Internet and against the… Read More

Korean train reconnects two Koreas for first time in 57 years

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

(I posted this story to show that if an old cold war country like North Korea can open up then Cuba might not be far away. Perhaps Fidel and Raul might see this as a historic event) Jonathan Watts, east Asia correspondent | Guardian North Koreans at Panmun station in Kaesong greet the first freight train… Read More

Cuba might allow human rights monitoring in 2009

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Reuters Cuba said on Monday it will accept regular U.N. monitoring of its human rights record from 2009, even as its plainclothes police broke up a small demonstration marking International Human Rights Day. Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque announced Cuba will sign the U.N. International Covenant… Read More

AmericasRelief team celebrates Caribbean humanitarian relief in 2007

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

(Publisher’s note: As you know we focus on Cuba releated information but wanted to post this story since AmericasRelief is run by a well respected Cuban American Teo Babun. I had the pleasure to finally meet Mr. Babun in Miami at the Caribbean Central American Action conference where this awards… Read More

Cuban Americans support Cuban smuggling operations - USCG

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

(Read the last line. I have not edited a word in this news release) News Release by US Coast Guard Contact: Petty Officer Barry Bena (305) 415-6683 Coast Guard Interdicts, Repatriates 29 Cuban Migrants 61 Suspected Smugglers Nabbed in November MIAMI - The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island… Read More

Ladies in White marched today to National Assembly headquarters in protest

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Reuters Fifty female relatives of Cuban political prisoners marched on Sunday to National Assembly headquarters demanding the release of their loved ones and braving insults and jeers from government supporters. Monday is International Human Rights Day and the group, known as the “Women in White,”… Read More

Cuban dissidents plan march for Human Rights Day in Cuba December 10

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Recent detentions of dissidents, including a roundup on church grounds in eastern Cuba, appear aimed at deflating opposition plans for a march and other activities next week, a veteran human rights activist said Monday. Elizardo Sanchez of the Cuban Commission for Human… Read More

Police beat dissidents in Santiago de Cuba church

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Reuters Plainclothes police kicked their way into a Roman Catholic church in eastern Cuba, beat and used pepper spray on a group of dissidents, church officials and rights activists said on Wednesday. They said seven people were arrested on Tuesday when police entered the parish church of Santa Teresita… Read More

Cuban police detain members of Paya’s Committee for Reconciliation

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

Received by email The leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Payá, declared on Saturday that the Cuban security forces had prevented the followers of the group from being present at the meeting of their newly formed Citizen’s Committee for Reconciliation and Dialogue in Cuba, and at… Read More

Secretary Gutierrez does not believe Raul Castro has ability to govern Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

(original title: US ratifies embargo despite Castro exit) By Henry Hamman in Miami | Financial Times The US economic embargo of Cuba will remain in place despite the de facto transfer of power from Fidel Castro to his brother Raúl, secretary of commerce Carlos Gutierrez has told Miami’s Cuban-Americans.… Read More

Fidel Castro named as candidate for Cuban National Assembly

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Marc Frank | Reuters Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro was nominated on Sunday for a seat in the National Assembly, a sign he may not be planning to step down as head of state despite struggling to recover from a long illness. Castro, 81, handed over power temporarily to his brother Raul 16 months… Read More

*Fidel Castro will not be elected President of Cuba on January 20 - prediction

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

I have been following the blogs and news articles and been thinking about the past several months of Fidel’s Reflections and lack of interest in Cuban politics (and the Cuban people) and am now comfortable to make the prediction that FIDEL CASTRO WILL NOT BE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF CUBA on January… Read More

Cuba wants EU to lift sanctions

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By IANS Cuba has called for an end to sanctions imposed on it by the European Union (EU) to pave the way for improving bilateral relations, Spanish news agency EFE said Thursday. Deputy Foreign Minister Eumelio Caballero told a gathering here Wednesday that Havana appreciated the willingness… Read More

Todos Cubanos Newsletter #11 from Oswaldo Paya

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

This edition is PACKED with great articles and information about Mr. Paya’s rising status as an internationally recognized human rights champion. The following article titles are here with an introductory paragraph below: Citizen’s Committee for Reconciliation and Dialogue Declaration of Freedom… Read More

Elections in Cuba, what do they mean?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Now You See It… State-run television announced the decision by Cuba’s interim leader Raul Castro to hold elections on January 20. The voting is held every five years to select the 609 members of the National Assembly as well as delegates to provincial bodies. Individuals must first be elected… Read More

Free opinion is the principle of democracy

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Question: Who said “Free opinion is a principle of democracy. That’s the only reason we don’t forbid any idea. And, what you see here is absolute free opinion , free rights and human rights”? Answer: Fidel Castro in a video interview on July 28 1959. Fidel then went on to say… Read More

Declaration of Freedom for Cubans by Oswaldo Paya

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

Here is the news release from an email we recieved from Mr. Paya’s organization: CREATION OF A CITIZEN’S COMMITTEE FOR RECONCILIATION AND DIALOGUE AND PROCLAMATION OF THE DECLARATION OF FREDOM FOR ALL CUBANS A new light shines upon Cuba as it begins to be reborn A new light shines upon a people… Read More

Cuban Foundation of Human Rights activists detained In Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Political Prisoner Fears For His Life Saturday, 24 November 2007 By BosNewsLife News Center HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)—An evangelical pastor and several other human rights workers have been detained in Cuba shortly after security forces broke up a meeting commemorating political prisoners in the… Read More

Oswlado Paya announces Citizen Committee for Reconciliation and Dialogue

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Associated Press Internationally renowned dissident Oswaldo Paya on Thursday announced a new group with more than 300 members to promote reconciliation and push for laws that allow Cubans more individual liberties. Paya said the Citizen Committee for Reconciliation and Dialogue seeks to get average Cubans… Read More

President Bush does not recognize Oswaldo Paya - Why not? - opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

(original title: How not to bring liberty to Cuba) Praising only hard-line dissidents ignores a wider pool of reformers. By Paolo Spadoni When President Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet earlier this month, he honored the jailed Cuban dissident by calling his example… Read More

Cubans may learn on December 2 if Fidel Castro will be eligible for President

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Caribbean Net News Havana on Wednesday announced that a list of electoral candidates will be adopted on December 2, when Cubans should learn whether their ailing leader Fidel Castro will run for the national assembly mandate he needs if he wants to remain president. Recently elected municipal representatives… Read More

Cuban elections set for January 20, 2008

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Anita Snow | AP Cuba announced Tuesday it has set Jan. 20 for national elections that are part of the process of determining whether ailing leader Fidel Castro continues as president. The ruling, signed by interim leader Raul Castro and read on state television, set the date for elections to provincial… Read More

US Fugitive Joseph Adjmi released from Cuba now in US jail

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

AP A man who was a fugitive for more than 40 years has been sentenced in Tampa to one year and one day for jumping bail. A federal judge has ruled that Joseph Adjmi can serve that punishment concurrent with the 10-year prison sentence for mail fraud that he never served. Adjmi was convicted and sentenced… Read More

Another King tells Hugo Chavez to “shut up”

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Original title: Chavez: US attack on Iran will spike oil By SEBASTIAN ABBOT | Associated Press Writer RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - In his opening address of a rare OPEC summit, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned the United States on Saturday that oil prices would further surge if the U.S. contemplates… Read More

Help with Cuban American travel to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

I had someone contact me from our sister site http://CubaLegalServices.com . This person is a Cuban American who was looking for information about getting a license to travel to Cuba to visit his son who is studying medicine in Cuba. I sent him this information in an email and thought that it… Read More

Congressman Delahunt from Massachusetts to examine Luis Posada case

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Press Release Cuban Exile Called the “Osama Bin Laden of the Western Hemisphere” Walks Free in Miami Congressman Bill Delahunt announced that the Foreign Affairs panel that he chairs, the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight, will hold a hearing on Thursday, November… Read More

Raul Castro’s Cuba - Future challenges and analysis by Jaime Suchlicki

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Harvard International Review | By Jaime Suchlicki, Emilio Bacardi Moreau Distinguished Professor and Director, Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami. Fidel Castro is fighting his last battle—one that he cannot win. Death will not elude him. Cuba is witnessing the end of… Read More

Cuban dissident “I will not cooperate” phone hotline goes live

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

BY ISABEL ESPRONCEDA | El Nuevo Herald Exile groups are opening a hot line Friday to help Cubans on the island report political persecution as well as acts of defiance and civil disobedience against the communist government. The initiative, proposed by the Cuban Democratic Directorate, or Directorio… Read More

Japanese Peace Boat to dock in Santiago de Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Cuban News Agency The Japanese Peace Boat that travels the world on voyages of peace will dock in at Santiago de Cuba on November 15. Around 1,000 passengers on board will be getting a first hand look at Cuban reality. During their stay in Santiago de Cuba, visitors will get to know Cuban society better… Read More

US government appeals release of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

AFP The US government on Tuesday appealed a federal court’s decision that led to the release of Luis Posada Carriles, who is wanted by Havana and Caracas for the deadly 1976 downing of a Cuban airliner. Posada Carriles was arrested in 2005 on immigration charges, but was released in May this year… Read More

My father’s ‘crime’ by son of Oscar Elias Biscet

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Yan Valdes Morejon |  Boston Globe IN 2002, I joined my father at a peaceful gathering in Havana of Cubans eager to see freedom and democracy restored to our country. Forces of President Fidel Castro’s regime were lying in wait, and as they set upon us, my father urged me to run. Reluctantly,… Read More

Cuban youth detained for wearing “cambio” (change) bracelets

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By WILL WEISSERT | Associated Press Writer Cuban police rounded up a group of young people wearing white rubber wristbands stenciled with the word “cambio,” or “change,” and held them for hours before releasing them without filing charges, a human rights activist said Thursday.… Read More

Cuba Policy update from Latin America Working Group

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Received by email. I suggest visiting their site and signing up for their email alerts and updates from LAWG.org. What’s going on in Congress? (Be prepared; this is a discouraging section.) In June, the House voted to increase the mismanaged “democracy assistance” funds supposedly intended… Read More

Felipe Perez Roque says Cuba will have more socialism after Fidel Castro dies

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Reuters Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, dispelling expectations of change in a post-Castro Cuba, promised “more revolution and more socialism” when the ailing Cuban leader is no longer around. “What I can predict is more revolution and more socialism in Cuba,” Perez… Read More

Imprisoned Cuban Pro-Life Activist Wins US Presidential Medal of Freedom

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski PHILADELPHIA, October 29, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) President George W. Bush has announced this year’s recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civil award. Prominently named on the list of eight is Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, who is currently… Read More

Canada and 183 countries vote against US Cuba embargo at UN

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Steven Edwards , CanWest News Service An annual United Nations vote on the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba saw support for the Caribbean island remain overwhelming Tuesday despite a call by President George W. Bush last week for countries to join Washington in pushing Havana towards democracy. Canada was… Read More

Secretary Gutierrez press conference on Freedom Fund for Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

On-The-Record Briefing with Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez On Cuba Policy ASSISTANT SECRETARY SHANNON: Good afternoon. Thank you all very much for coming today. As you know, the President just gave a speech in the Ben Franklin Room regarding Cuba and Cuba’s march to democracy. We are… Read More

President Bush on Cuba Policy at 1:20PM and Guiterrez discussion at 3:30PM

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

President Bush will be speaking about US Cuba policy at 1:20pm Eastern time at the Department of State, Benjamin Franklin Reception Room. Cspan will be carrying the event so check your local listings. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez will host an “Ask the White House” online discussion… Read More

President Bush announces Freedom Fund for Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By GINGER THOMPSON | New York Times President Bush is planning to issue a stern warning Wednesday that the United States will not accept a political transition in Cuba in which power changes from one Castro brother to another, rather than to the Cuban people. As described by an official in a background… Read More

Update on Cuban Elections in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

A frame grab from Cuba’s state television shows Cuba’s acting President Raul Castro casting his vote at a polling station in Havana October 21, 2007. by Isabel Sanchez | AFP Cubans voted Sunday in the first round of balloting that ultimately could indicate whether Fidel Castro will formally… Read More

Todos Cubanos Newsletter #10 from Oswaldo Paya

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

IN THIS EDITION Message to the Forum 2000 in Prague Response to Leire Pajín CUTC report on the reality of Cuba Message from wife of political prisoner Alert on condition of prisoners Alert Regarding Normando Hernández Cuba refuses to allow Payá to travel Payá congratulates Havel on prize Deputy continues… Read More

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base housing plans for triple amount of Cuban migrants

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Carol Rosenberg—The Miami Herald The U.S. military has expanded plans for a tent encampment to shelter migrants in the event of a Caribbean boat crisis. Since Fidel Castro became ill last year and ceded power in Cuba to his brother Raul, the Bush administration has been preparing for a theoretical… Read More

President Bush to unveil new initiatives for democracy in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

AFP US President George W. Bush is to unveil “new initiatives” to help Cubans and push for democracy in the communist-run nation, the White House said Friday. Bush is scheduled to speak on Cuba policy at the State Department on Wednesday where he will announce “new initiatives to help… Read More

Philip Peters: Raul Castro is changing Cuba - opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

UnionLeader.com By PHILIP PETERS When Fidel Castro fell ill in 2006, Washington thought change was at hand. Secretary of State Condi Rice urged Cubans “to work at home for positive change,” and President Bush said Cubans were engaged in an “effort to build a transitional government.”… Read More

Cuba returns third fugitive to US in 2007

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Anthony Boadle | Reuters Cuba handed over an American wanted for fraud and theft in Utah to U.S. authorities on Thursday, the third fugitive it has returned to the United States in one year, U.S. officials said. John Bradley Egan was detained by Cuba at the end of June when his 30-foot yacht developed… Read More

Dissidents must be heard - Bradenton Herald opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Friday, October 12, 2007 Bradenton Herald World’s indifference may cost life Cuban independent journalist Normando Hernandez Gonzalez, imprisoned since March 2003 for being too good at his job, this week marked a bittersweet moment for his family - and reminded the world of why he and so many other… Read More

President Bush calls for release of all Cuban political prisoners

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

US President George W. Bush (L) embraces Yamila Llanes Labrada (R), whose husband, Jose Luis Garcia Paneque, is imprisoned in Cuba, during a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Bush called for Cuba to release Paneque.(AFP/Saul Loeb) President… Read More

Another story about the shameful USAID funds given to Creighton University

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Frances Robles Miami Herald Pedro Miyares has been listening to his 88-year-old father’s mantra for more than four decades: When Fidel Castro falls, you have to go back to fight for the family farm. The Miyares family lost a home and a 2,248-acre rice farm and cattle ranch in Manzanillo to Fidel… Read More

Cubans “vote” for political leaders and neighborhood representatives

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

original title: In Cuba, democracy a block at a time By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press Writer This is democracy, Cuban style: salsa music and a show of hands on a street corner in Old Havana. The beat pours from curbside speakers, signaling to about 150 neighbors to gather and choose candidates for… Read More

Independent journalist Juan Carlos Herrera continues hunger strike

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Reporters Without Borders 1 October 2007 In a phone call with a reporter working for the news website Payolibre, imprisoned journalist Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta, said he felt “very weak” but was ready to continue his hunger strike “to the end.” Arrested in the March 2003 crackdown and serving… Read More

No Conspiracy to Hide Castro’s Death - opinion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

by Eliza Barclay | The New Republic With the probable exception of Osama bin Laden, no one individual’s death is more anticipated that Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s. After 48 years at the helm, he is the longest-serving current ruler of a country. Eager anticipation of the 81-year-old’s… Read More

Appeasing the Castro’s will backfire - keep the Embargo - Calzon

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

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CNN video report of Raul Castro’s call for national disccussion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

CNN Cubans clear the air 2:01 Cubans are being encouraged to tell their government what is wrong with the country. CNN’s Morgan Neill reports. Watch the video here Read More

Spain gives Cuba SWEET deal on Cuba’s terms

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Marc Frank | Reuters Cuba and Spain on Saturday took a big step toward mending relations by signing a broad agreement that re-establishes cooperation halted in 2003 after Havana jailed 75 dissidents. Spanish International Cooperation Minister Leire Pajin said the deal includes support for small business,… Read More

Committees for the Defense Revolution (CDR) museum opens in Havana

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Cuban News Agency The history of the Committees for the Defense Revolution (CDR) is treasured at a museum opened Thursday in Old Havana, a day prior to the anniversary of the 47th anniversary of the organization. Images combine with texts to narrate the chronology of the organization, including its precedent… Read More

Sun Sentinel comes out in support of Oswaldo Paya

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

Cuban dissident has right idea about freedom South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board The Castro regime likes to ridicule Washington, and Cuban-Americans in South Florida, for trying to “dictate” democracy to Cubans. Cubans on the island, indeed, should be the ones to decide their future.… Read More

Carlos Lage visit to Japan - first by Cuban Vice President ever

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan   1. Mr. Carlos Lage Davila, Vice-President of the Council of the State of the Republic of Cuba, will visit Japan from 2 (Mon) to 5 (Thu) October as Guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Lage will be accompanied by Minister Ricardo Cabrisas… Read More

Cuba claims upcoming elections are “democratic”

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Prensa Latina Cuba’s Constituency Election Commissions will place at public places photos and biographies of over 37,000 candidates to the October 21 municipal elections that the First Vice President Raul Castro convened in July. This will help Cuban voters choose the best on the first round on… Read More

Martha Beatriz Roque and others detained for protest in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Reuters Cuban security police detained seven dissidents who went to the Justice Ministry on Thursday to demand better conditions for Cuba’s political prisoners. The demonstrators, led by prominent dissident leader Martha Beatriz Roque, were pushed and yelled at by a group of 100 government supporters… Read More

Syrians detained on flight from Cuba to Panama

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Associated Press Six Syrians who were detained in Panama after a flight crew reported suspicious behavior told authorities that three of them had approached the cockpit by mistake, police said Tuesday. The Syrians, who were traveling together on a Copa Airlines flight from Cuba, were also suspected of… Read More

Raul Castro escorts Angola President from Varadero airport

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Angolan President Eduardo Dos Santos was seen off on Sunday at Varadero international airport, in the Cuban western province of Matanzas, by the island’s First Vice President Raul Castro Ruz. The farewell ceremony was also attended by Cuban Western Army Chief, Leopoldo Cintra Frias, the Cuban ambassador… Read More

Fidel Castro on video September 21 2007 - video and analysis

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Click on the image to see a slide show of the video CLICK HERE TO READ THE CNN STORY CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CNN NEWS VIDEO CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO AS IT APPEARED ON CUBAN TELEVISION By Anthony Boadle | Reuters Cuban leader Fidel Castro gave his first television interview in more than three months… Read More

Raul Castro the Reformer? with my answer

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Raul Castro launches Cuba-wide debate on future By Marc Frank | Reuters At workplaces and in neighborhoods across Cuba, people are complaining about the state of their country in a national debate on economic reform opened by acting President Raul Castro. After years of economic crisis, Cubans are being… Read More

September 2007 issue of Todos Cubanos by Oswaldo Paya #9

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

A NEWSLETTER ABOUT THE PROGRAM FOR ALL CUBANS, NATIONAL DIALOGUE, VARELA PROJECT, AND THE CUBAN POLITICAL PRISONERS TRENDS IN CUBAN CIVIL SOCIETY Cuba’s Elections: A New Law to Allow the People to Choose Inspired by the ideals proclaimed in the Cuban Forum Campaign, we have submitted a citizens’… Read More

US Cuba Democracy PAC gets Democrats to vote against easing of Embargo

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Ian Swanson | TheHill.com An anti-Castro political action committee has found dozens of new recruits to defend a hard-line position on Cuba, including House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.). Clyburn, who has previously voted to lift the Cuban trade embargo, in July voted against a more limited… Read More

Cuban migrants to US may reach 3000 in 2007

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Cuban woman tells tales of human smuggling Ray Sanchez | Cuba notebook | Sun Sentinel Word about potential smuggling voyages comes to her almost weekly, a 24-year-old woman named Adiany says. Just last week, a friend informed her that two go-fast boats from South Florida would pick up 52 Cuban migrants… Read More

2006 State Sponsors of Terroris Assets Report from OFAC released

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

The 2006 Terrorist Assets Report has just been released from the US Treasury OFAC. Here are some key points from the report: A. The State Sponsors of Terrorism “Terrorist countries” for purposes of this report are the state sponsors of terrorism designated by the Secretary of State under… Read More

Massachusetts Congressman William Delahunt named UN delegate

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Press Release from Congressman Delahunt’s office For Immediate Release: September 13, 2007 Congressman Bill Delahunt has been appointed as the congressional Democrat to represent the United States Congress as a delegate to the United Nations 62nd General Assembly, which begins next week. “It’s… Read More

Abel Prieto and Ricardo Alarcon say Fidel Castro is fine

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Reuters Two senior Cuban officials said on Wednesday that Cuban leader Fidel Castro, absent from public view for more than a year, is recovering from an intestinal problem that required several operations. Cuban Culture Minister Abel Prieto said Castro was not at death’s door and dismissed rumors… Read More

September 7 2007 OFAC Civil Penalty Notices for US Embargo Cuba violations

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION FOR September 7, 2007 ENTITIES - 31 CFR 501.805 (d)(1)(i) Lakes Community Credit Union Settles Cuban Assets Control Regulations Violation Allegation: Lakes Community Credit Union, Lake Orion, MI 48362 (“LCCU”) has… Read More

Cuba Libre: El Mayor Deseo - A documentary about Oswaldo Paya and CLM

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

The latest documentary by RICHTER SCALE MEDIA L.L.C.*, CUBA LIBRE: EL MAYOR DESEO, chronicles the struggle of a nation and its people as Cuba strives for freedom in the face of adversity, oppression, and poverty. Nearly five decades after the revolution, Cuba remains frozen in time. As foreign tourists… Read More

Healthy in Cuba, Sick in America?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Healthy in Cuba, Sick in America? John Stossel Takes on Michael Moore, Examines Government-Run Health Care By MELISSA SCOTT Sept. 7, 2007 “Which way to Guantanamo Bay?!” Anyone who’s seen Michael Moore’s film “Sicko” will recall the scene in which he shouts with a… Read More

Oswaldo Paya’s official request to Cuba National Assembly for free elections

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

A NEW LAW THAT WILL ALLOW THE PEOPLE TO CHOOSE Inspired by the ideals proclaimed in the Cuban Forum Campaign, we have submitted a citizens’ petition to the offices of the National Assembly of People’s Power, which calls for the Electoral Law, Law No. 72, to be repealed and for a new electoral law… Read More

Stephen Gibbs BBC reporter packs up and leaves Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Stephen Gibbs BBC Packing up after having his press accreditation withdrawn, BBC correspondent Stephen Gibbs reflects on whether the Cuban authorities really need to go to the lengths they do to control information. Moving home, they say, is one of life’s five most stressful experiences. It comes… Read More

Cuban dissident Hector Palacios calls for unity of opposition in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Anthony Boadle | Reuters With Fidel Castro’s poor health making change in Cuba seem closer than ever, a leading dissident called on Wednesday for fractious opposition groups to patch up their differences and get ready before the ailing leader is gone. Sociologist Hector Palacios urged Cuba’s… Read More

Mexico to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and Venezuela

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Xinhua Mexico’s relations with Venezuela and Cuba are regaining pace and the three countries plan to exchange ambassadors soon, Mexico’s foreign minister said Tuesday. “All three governments value the importance of relaunching and formalizing diplomatic relations, something which could… Read More

*sticky* CUBAN GOVERNMENT WATCH - updates and predictions

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

As the end of Fidel Castro’s era comes to a close and with it the possibility of a post-Raul Castro Cuba as well, I wanted to start this article to keep interested parties up to date on what we are hearing and reading. This is like our FIDEL CASTRO HEALTH WATCH *sticky* article where we are posting… Read More

*sticky* REFLECTIONS WATCH - from President Fidel Castro

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We have started this post to be a central resource for all the Reflections written by Fidel Castro. We don’t doubt that he wrote many (perhaps all) of the Reflections listed below but we do have doubts that he is currently writing any Reflections. We believe that he may have written dozens of “evergreen”… Read More

History and present state of Isla de la Juventud Cuba

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BY LISANKA GONZALEZ SUAREZ —Granma International staff writer— Click here to see the map of La Isla de la Juventud SOUTH of Cuba, just 47 kilometers at its closest point, is the Isle of Youth, one of the 672 islands and keys that make up the Canarreos Archipelago, the largest and most beautiful of… Read More

Perez Roque at human rights and cultural diversity conference in Iran - funny

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Cuban News Agency Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque is in Iran to - along with his Iranian counterpart - preside over the Ministerial Meeting of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (MNOAL) on Human Rights and Cultural Diversity that takes place in Tehran, the Iranian capital, on Monday… Read More

Oswaldo Paya calls for free elections and free press in Cuba

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ANITA SNOW | The Associated Press Oswaldo Paya of the Christian Liberation Movement and architect of the Varela Project pro-democracy drive asked Cuba’s parliament on Thursday to abolish and replace the country’s electoral law and hold free, democratic general elections as soon as possible.… Read More

Diaz Balart and Ros Lehtinen pressure nations for restrictions on freedom

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By PABLO BACHELET | Miami Herald (origina title:Lawmakers push a united, hard-line front on Cuba) Congressmen Lincoln Diaz-Balart, left, and Mario Diaz-Balart, shown with Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, are lobbying Eastern European nations to isolate Cuba. C.M. GUERRERO/EL NUEVO HERALD After beating back efforts… Read More

*sticky* FIDEL CASTRO HEALTH WATCH

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We have decided to create this Health Watch page to give Havana Journal readers one place to refer to for any news (or rumors) of Fidel Castro’s health. On Wednesday August 8, the first rumors of Fidel Castro’s death surfaced because of a story published by Nuevo Accion saying “The… Read More

Cuban Security Forces Beat Blind Christian Lawyer

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By BosNewsLife Special Reporting Unit Thursday 30 August HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife) — A blind Christian lawyer and one of Cuba’s leading pro-democracy activists was recovering from his injuries after he was arrested and beaten by Cuban security forces for trying to conduct an interview with the son… Read More

Ghost(writer) of Fidel Castro endorses Clinton Obama ticket

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This latest “Reflection” is being eaten up by the press and I’m sure Hilary and Obama are just thrilled to the endorsement from the ghost(writer) of Fidel Castro. You can read the entire Reflection but thought that these last couple charters are the funniest: Today, talk is about the… Read More

Declassified Castro and Che on the History Channel

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

I was watching the history channel today and was surprised to see that they aired a special on the history of Fidel Castro, called “Declassified Castro: The Survivor”.  I thought it was interesting that they air this now amidst all the rumors of his death. http://www.history.com/shows.do?action=detail&episodeId=183689… Read More

Cuba has been upgrading its military arsenal to defend against US invasion

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News.com.au - Herald Sun from Australia - From correspondents in Havana Cuba has been upgrading its military arsenal since President Fidel Castro fell ill 13 months ago, to defend itself against a possible US invasion, senior officers said today. “In the irregular combat we would face in Cuba in… Read More

Comments on the death and funeral of Fidel Castro and beyond

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How do you think the Cuban government will announce the death of Fidel Castro? Will the Cuban people get the news first or will Miami get the news first? Who will break the story? The main stream US media, foreign media, Granma or a blog site? Will there be a big funeral for Fidel and/or will he… Read More

IS FIDEL CASTRO DEAD? - MORE RUMORS?

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Here’s what I am reading: BREAKING: FIDEL CASTRO IS DEAD from BabaluBlog.com. As of 3pm Eastern time first responders are on alert in Miami. An Official Announcement Is Coming posted at PerezHilton.com. Sources reveal exclusively to PerezHilton.com that U.S. officials will be holding a press conference… Read More

Todos Cubanos Newsletter #8 from Oswaldo Paya

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Oswaldo Paya A newsletter about the program for all Cubans, National Dialogue, Varela Project and the Cuban Political Prisoners. Articles in this issue: A Year of Raúl Castro’s Regime What Cuba Needs: A Civilized Dialogue The First Justice: The Release of the Prisoners Political Prisoners’ Birthdays… Read More

Chris Dodd supports S.721 -Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2007

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Dodd on Cuba Policy August 15, 2007 - 3:12pm — Matt Browner-Hamlin Senator Dodd has been a long-time advocate for free travel to Cuba and ending the economic restrictions that prevent American food and medicines from reaching Cuba. Here’s a statement from Dodd on his thoughts about US policy… Read More

Hate to do this but… Perez Hilton is reporting that Castro is dead

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Arrgh. I don’t really want to promote this gossip site but he has earned respect by reporting inside information for a couple years now. And, this is (sort of) the first American media source to report on Fidel’s death. Can it all really end this way with Perez Hilton scooping the Miami Herald,… Read More

The first “evergreen” Reflection of Fidel Castro is published

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As readers of the Havana Journal know, we have been reading many reports about Fidel’s worsening condition and maybe even death. This latest “Reflection” makes me wonder even more if now the “evergreen” Reflections have begun. Expect Reflections on the Embargo, Guantanamo,… Read More

Carlos Aldana - the next President of Cuba?

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A well known contributor to the Havana Journal and Cubamania has started a thread in our Cuba Forum titled Another Exclusive , Meet the next presidente. Since we wanted to give the post as much exposure as we could I wanted to get it posted here on the main site. If anyone has any comments, please post… Read More

Yet another Reflection from the ghost of Fidel Castro

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Prensa Latina Fidel Castro Reflects on Cuba’s History Havana, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) President Fidel Castro stated Wednesday that the history of Cuba in the last 140 years is the struggle to preserve national identity and independence. In his article “The Empire and the Independent… Read More

Fidel Castro is dead - Page 3 in Granma - prediction

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On July 23, I predicted that Fidel Castro would not make a public appearance on July 26, July 31 or August 13. I was right on all counts. Raul gave a speech (seemingly because he had to and not because he wanted to) on July 26. July 31 came and went with little US media attention other than “wrap… Read More

Debbie Wasserman Schultz helps kill hopes of change to US Cuba policy in 2007

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

(Original title: Dem leaders struggle for votes to change Cuba policies) By Ian Swanson | TheHill When Democrats gained control of Congress, hopes were high that Cuba travel and trade restrictions would be eased by a party historically opposed to a so-called hard line on Cuba. So far, however, the Democratic-led… Read More

Reports of Fidel Castro’s ailing health

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At 81 or 80, Castro still a no-show for his birthday party BY FRANCES ROBLES | Miami Herald Fidel Castro spent his birthday Monday very much as he did last year’s: fighting illness amid rumors that he is at death’s door. According to official accounts, he just turned 81. But a leading Cuba… Read More

Happy Birthday to Fidel Castro - Granma style

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From the lineage of Titans | Granma.cu Dear Fidel, This past year has been one of great optimism and joy, following your virtuous daily struggle for life and complete recuperation. We feel deeply proud to have as Comandante a giant among Titans, one of those who never abandon a battle, never give up… Read More

Cuban prison guards tell political prisoners they will be killed

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Email from Christian Liberation Movement Havana, August 8, 2007- Cuban political prisoners are confined alongside common prisoners who occasionally threaten and harass them, sometimes at the encouragement of the authorities. The environment of violence, corruption and aggression dominates in the prisons,… Read More

Nothing planned for Fidel Castro birthday celebration

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Low-key birthday for Fidel Castro By Michael Voss | BBC News Cuba is set to break with tradition and not hold official celebrations to mark the birthday of its 81-year-old president, Fidel Castro. There were fireworks at midnight in the Cuban capital Havana to mark the occasion but nothing else was planned.… Read More

August 2007 OFAC Civil Penalty Notice - Travelocity pays $182,750 to settle claims

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION FOR Auguts, 2007 ENTITIES - 31 CFR 501.805 (d)(1)(i) Travelocity.com Settles Cuban Embargo Program Allegations: Travelocity.com, Fort Worth, TX (“Travelocity”) has remitted $182,750 to settle allegations of violations… Read More

Cuban political prisoner Francisco Chaviano released after 13 years

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By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press Writer A prominent Cuban government opponent imprisoned for allegedly revealing state secrets was suddenly freed Friday, two years shy of completing his 15-year sentence, a fellow human rights activist said. Francisco Chaviano, now 54, was released on parole after serving… Read More

Fidel on the brink of Death - story from Nuevo Accion

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Translated by Roberto Coven (many thanks Rob) edited by Publisher from http://nuevoaccion.com/ Edition of Wednesday August 8, 2007 The dying Cuban dictator has already entered the terminal phase of his disease and his family as well as top leaders of the tyranny is aware that he is in his… Read More

Fidel Castro says he is still in power behind the scenes

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The Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, has issued a statement saying he is fighting relentlessly for a full recovery from ill health. Writing in Cuba’s state newspaper, Granma, Mr Castro insisted that he is consulted on every government decision. “Raul himself has been entrusted with making sure… Read More

Raul Castro’s Cuba is still Fidel Castro’s Cuba

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Raúl Castro still under Fidel’s shadow BY WILFREDO CANCIO ISLA AND FRANCES ROBLES | Miami Herald Raúl Castro has lived much of his life just a few steps behind older brother Fidel. He followed Fidel in the mountain battles against the Batista dictatorship in the 1950s, and for nearly five decades… Read More

Oswaldo Paya and his Movement respond to Raul Castro speech

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Email received from Mr. Paya’s organization: WHAT CUBA NEEDS: A CIVILIZED AND FRATERNAL DIALOGUE AMONG CUBANS Fifty years from the perspective of those who have exercised total power over the people may seem as if “it is not a lot of time,” but this time is the life of several generations of… Read More

Martha Beatriz Roque and Oscar Espinosa comment on Raul Castro speech

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Fidel Castro’s first no-show in 48 years in Cuba’s national holiday has fanned doubts he will ever retake the helm from his brother Raul Castro, who has renewed his offer of talks with the United States. “It’s over for Fidel Castro as president and commander in chief,” said… Read More

Raul Castro invites US talks and foreign investment in Cuba - July 26 2007

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JAVIER GALEANO/AP BY FRANCES ROBLES | Miami Herald Thursday’s July 26 revolutionary party had all the markings of Cuba’s annual revolutionary celebration: the flags, the music, the chanting crowds. But this year the roar of the masses recited a different name: ‘‘Ra-ul! Ra-ul!’’… Read More

Sherry Sullivan tries to cash in on 1963 CIA mission to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

U.S. woman sues Castro for father’s death following covert mission The Associated Press An American woman has sued Cuban leader Fidel Castro, alleging he caused the wrongful death of her pilot father after he was shot down over Cuba and imprisoned in 1963 while on a covert mission. Sherry Sullivan… Read More

Cuban Five Gerardo Hernandez speaks about his spy case

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By Marie Frail | Reuters A Cuban spy serving two life sentences in a U.S. high-security prison hopes an appeals court will annul convictions by a Miami jury he says was too scared to acquit him in a highly charged anti-Castro setting. Gerardo Hernandez told Reuters by telephone from prison that he was… Read More

Obama, Fidel. Fidel, Obama - The most open minded Presidential candidate

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Obama, Edwards say they would meet with Castro, Chávez BY BETH REINHARD | Miami Herald Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and John Edwards suggested Monday that they would meet with two leaders who top South Florida’s most-hated list: Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. During a nationally… Read More

*sticky* Fidel Castro will NOT make a public appearance in July or August - prediction

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I hate making predictions, especially about change in Cuba but these are three dates to watch coming up in Cuba. July 26 2007, a national holiday in Cuba, will mark the one year anniversary of the date that Fidel Castro was last seen in public. July 31, 2007 was the date Fidel Castro announces that he… Read More

2007 Pastors for Peace delivers 90 tons of supplies from US to Cuba

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AP A U.S. humanitarian group delivered about 90 tons of aid to Cuba on Thursday, defying Washington’s 45-year-old trade embargo. Some 140 Pastors for Peace volunteers drove across the Texas border to Mexico, and then flew to Havana with computers and medical supplies, including X-ray machines,… Read More

Todos Cubanos - Trends in Civil Society - issue #7 - July 2007

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

TODOS CUBANOS TRENDS IN CUBAN CIVIL SOCIETY Volume 1, Number 7 –  July 2007   Announcement of the Cuban Forum Campaign. By the Christian Liberation Movement The right of all Cubans to decide their future freely and democratically and to make decisions about their lives in a sovereign way… Read More

Is Venezuela Following the Cuban Model?

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By Eric Driggs - a Research Associate at the Cuba Transition Project, at the University of Miami. There have been numerous assurances by Venezuelan government officials that the policies being implemented are a brand of democratic populism unique to the country and to the vision of its leader, Hugo Chavez.… Read More

Your Vocation Is Liberty - Message to bishops from Oswaldo Paya

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Dear Latin American pastors: Welcome to our homeland. This gathering of bishops from Latin America is taking place in a country that has been seen for very long and by many people as only a symbol. This symbol varies significantly depending under which prism it is seen. For many, Cuba has been a sanctuary… Read More

October 21 2007 Cuban elections set - The last day for President Fidel Castro?

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Reuters Cuba called municipal elections on Monday for October 21, the start of a voting process that could clarify by early next year whether convalescing Fidel Castro will continue as head of state. A decree signed by acting President Raul Castro set the date for elections that will renew municipal… Read More

July 2007 OFAC Civil Penalty Notices for US Embargo Cuba violations

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

Release of Civil Penalties Information DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION FOR July 6, 2007 ENTITIES - 31 CFR 501.805 (d)(1)(i) LogicaCMG Inc. Settles Cuban Assets Control Allegations: LogicaCMG Inc. Lexington, MA (LogicaCMG), has remitted $220,000.00 to… Read More

Yet another meaningless Rambling, I mean Reflection by Fidel Castro

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Well, I think Fidel Castro has officially lost his mind. You really need to read this entire reflection. He talks about the young workers and the different quality of workers, the rising price of oil and food, cars in the US, how Nixon went off the gold standard and then he asks if he should go more… Read More

Reporters Without Borders calls for release of Cuban journalists

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Press Release Reporters Without Borders voiced concern on July 6 about the health and safety of Cuba’s imprisoned journalists, especially Normando Hernández González, the editor of the Colegio de Periodistas Independientes de Camagüey, an independent news agency, who is still waiting for the special… Read More

Pastors for Peace leave for Cuba again in act of civil disobedience

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

SeaCoastOnline.com An organization engaged in civil disobedience stopped in town Sunday afternoon to pick up medical supplies for Cuba and to talk about the “immorality” of the United States’ embargo on Cuba. “That’s the main point,” said retired Dr. Tom Whitney of… Read More

President Bush prefers democracy over stablity in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

BY PABLO BACHELET | Miami Herald President Bush, in unusually candid comments on Cuba, made it clear Thursday that he would favor democracy over stability on the island if faced with a choice. In his comments at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., Bush seemed to step back from the position that his… Read More

Cuban political prisoner Normando Hernandez Gonzalez rots in Cuban jail

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Jeremy Gerard | Bloomberg A booking photo of Normando Hernandez Gonzalez “Mi hijo esta muy mal. Muy mal.’’ Even on the speakerphone from Miami, Blanca Gonzalez’s voice is unmistakably choked with emotion. ``My son is doing badly. Very badly,’’ she says. ``He said… Read More

Dr. Luis Milan Fernandez abused in prison; health deteriorates

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting from Cuba HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)— Pro-democracy activists, including Christians, remained behind bars Wednesday, June 27, in Communist-run Cuba, amid fresh concerns about their health because of alleged prison abuses. In statements obtained by BosNewsLife… Read More

A Cuban Death Rehearsal

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Prospect-magazine.co.uk June 2007 Bella Thomas With Fidel Castro apparently on the verge of death, I returned to Cuba to visit old friends. Little has changed over recent years and life for most Cubans remains harsh. Yet western visitors continue to romanticise the place. When Javier heard the news on… Read More

Aggression against Oswaldo Paya’s family seen as anti-movement statement

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News release from Christian Liberation Movement Around midnight at the start of Monday, June 25, unknown individuals threw an iron object with great force against the glass windows of the house where Oswaldo Payá’s aunt, who is 74 years old, resides. The object hit the bottom part of the glass window… Read More

Cuban Forum Campaign definition, goals and objectives

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Definition and Goals 1. The Cuban Forum Campaign is a civic and peaceful process that has the following goals: 2. The release of all of those imprisoned for peacefully defending, promoting, and exercising universally recognized human rights. 3. The legal reforms necessary to guarantee the exercise of… Read More

Cuban Forum Campaign press release from Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

PRESS STATEMENT FOR THE CUBAN FORUM CAMPAIGN Havana, June 24, 2007- Cubans are and must be the protagonists of their own history. The definition and creation of a path toward the future and the projection of that future are a responsibility and sovereign right that belong only to the Cuban people. The… Read More

Oswaldo Paya launches Cuban Campaign Forum calling for reforms

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By Todd Benson | Reuters A prominent Cuban dissident group launched a campaign on Monday to push for constitutional reforms that would allow for democratic elections and greater respect for human rights in the communist country. The campaign is the latest in a series of calls for political and economic… Read More

Hugo Chavez is officially the new Fidel Castro

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Chavez predicts resistance war with U.S. By CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER | Associated Press Chavez predicts resistance war with U.S. CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez urged soldiers on Sunday to prepare for a guerrilla-style war against the United States, saying that Washington is using psychological… Read More

Another stupid comment from Lincoln Diaz Balart

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

(Original title - Radio, TV Martí debate revived. I couldn’t help changing the title to point out yet another idiotic comment by Diaz-Balart) BY TERE FIGUERAS NEGRETE | Miami Herald U.S. Rep. Bill Delahunt renewed his call for congressional hearings to examine the funding and content of Radio… Read More

How boring is Fidel Castro? - A Reflection on My Reflections

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Prensa Latina A REFLECTION ON MY REFLECTIONS While writing a brief reflection is helpful, in that the hundred and twelve accredited foreign newspapers and press agencies in our country that receive it in advance can publish important parts of its text, long reflections allow me to expound, as extensively… Read More

Cuban Dissidents Manzano, Bonne, Roque and Roca call for unity

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By Todd Benson | Reuters A coalition of moderate Cuban dissidents called on Thursday for the country’s opposition groups to unite and come up with a common proposal for a transition to democracy on the communist island. With Cuban leader Fidel Castro temporarily sidelined from office while he recovers… Read More

U.N. panel flunks test on Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

I know its a lot of text but its an important read for both articles, its a very sad day for human rights. By Andres Oppenheimer of the Miami Herald Making a mockery of its mission to investigate human-rights abuses around the world, the new United Nations Human Rights Council—presided over by… Read More

Hypocrisy in U.S. Immigration Policy with Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

With the defection of Cuban band leader Isaac Delgado now six months old the true reason the famous Cuban musician and his family took advantage of ‘dry foot’ laws allowing Cubans who arrive to American soil to stay is apparent.  In an article published in the Florida Sun-Sentinel on June 21st,… Read More

Full June issue of Todos Cubanos newsletter by Cuban dissidents

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Here are some articles in this month’s issue of Todos Cubanos 1. Cuban Representatives of ODCA Hold Conference in Miami on “Proposals for Democratic Change in Cuba.” The conference will take place on June 23-24, 2007 at Florida International University (FIU), in Miami, Florida, USA. The conference… Read More

Agricultural and Medical Exports to Cuba Act may lift travel ban

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) are introducing a new Cuba bill called “Promoting American Agricultural and Medical Exports to Cuba Act of 2007”. If passed it will: 1) Lift the travel ban 2) Remove pre-payment requirement for agriculture exports to Cuba 3) Allow… Read More

Can Cuba broker peace in Colombia? - Rodrigo Granda

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

International Herald Tribune A senior leftist rebel freed by President Alvaro Uribe traveled to Cuba on Monday and where peace facilitators said they hope the trip might help advance efforts to free 60 hostages, including three U.S. military contractors. Rodrigo Granda, who had served as a roving diplomat… Read More

Vilma Espín Guillois, wife of Raul Castro dies at 77

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Writer Vilma Espin Guillois, the wife of acting President Raul Castro and one of the communist nation’s most politically powerful women, died Monday, the Cuban government announced. She was 77. As Raul Castro’s wife, Espin was Cuba’s de facto first lady… Read More

Yet another Fidel Castro “Reflection” from one foot in the grave & opinion

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(original title: Fidel Castro: They Will Never Have Cuba) Havana, Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) With the title “They Will Never Have Cuba,” “Granma” newspaper publishes a reflection and manifesto for the people of Cuba, signed by President Fidel Castro. Due to its importance, Prensa… Read More

EU invites Cuba to have open political dialog - no new sanctions

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

The Associated Press LUXEMBOURG: The European Union reached out Monday to the new Cuban government, inviting a delegation to Brussels for what it called “open political dialogue” — on the condition that they discuss human rights. The EU said the temporary transfer of power from Fidel Castro… Read More

Text of OFAC’s Requirement to Furnish Information to Michael Moore

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

The Havana Journal has obtained a copy of the OFAC Requirement to Furnish Information letter sent by certified mail to Michael Moore with regards to his “alleged” trip to Cuba in March 2007. We have scanned the letter and have posted the digital text of the document below: DEPARTMENT OF THE… Read More

June 2007 OFAC Penalty Notices for US Embargo violations

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION FOR June 1, 2007 ENTITIES - 31 CFR 501.805 (d)(1)(i) ACME Furniture Industry, Inc. settles Cuban Embargo Allegations: ACME Furniture Industry, Inc., City of Industry, CA 91748 (“ACME”), has remitted $31,336… Read More

May 2007 OFAC Penalty Notices for US Embargo violations

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION FOR MAY 4, 2007 OFAC Penalty Notices for May 2007 ENTITIES - 31 CFR 501.805 (d)(1)(i) PSL Energy Services of Scotland settles Cuban Assets Control Regulations Allegations: PSL Energy Services (“PSL”) has remitted… Read More

Cuban political prisoner of conscience Dr. Jose Luis Garcia Paneque hospitalized

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Tuesday, 12 June 2007 | By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent | BosNewsLife.com Dr. Jose Luis Garcia Paneque remains jailed amid concerns about his health. HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)—One of Cuba’s leading “prisoners of conscience” remained detained Tuesday, June… Read More

Ortega, Chavez, Morales and Vietnam official met with Castro in June

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Associated Press Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega was in Havana on Saturday to meet with Cuban officials, the third leftist head of state and friend of Fidel Castro to visit the island in a bit more than a week. State media said Ortega arrived Friday night, part of a tour that has taken him to Venezuela,… Read More

Does “President” Raul Castro need President Bush to succeed in Cuba?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

I have my *sticky* post about chaos after Fidel and am recently getting a sense that there might be some back channel communications going on VERY indirectly from Cuba to the US. Is Raul Castro reaching out to the US? Is he secretly reaching out via Spain, Venezuela, Canada, France etc trying to get… Read More

Organization of American States OAS to talk about post-Castro Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Marcela Sanchez | Washington Post It has long been the great paradox of diplomacy in the Americas. On paper, the Organization of American States—the world’s oldest multilateral political institution, whose 34 members are all democracies—could have a profound impact on Cuba in the… Read More

Oswaldo Paya statement to EU policy towards Cuba

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In light of the meetings that the European Union will hold this month to debate its relations with Cuba, the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) has sent the following appeal from Cuba, in which they ask that at these meetings, the reality of the Cuban people be taken into account and not just the perspective… Read More

Hugo Chavez arrives in Cuba for surprise visit

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

AP Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a surprise visit to Cuba Tuesday at the invitation of his convalescing friend and ally Fidel Castro, state television reported. State television showed Chavez being greeted at the airport by Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage and Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque.… Read More

Commentary: The antithesis of Michael Moore: Real courage in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Published on Thursday, May 24, 2007 By John Mendez There’s been much made recently about the vaunted Cuban medical system since propagandist Michael Moore traveled to Havana with 9/11 heroes in tow searching for “free” health care. It’s Mr. Moore’s idea of a clever way to criticize… Read More

Cuba Waits for the day after

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Edward McMillan-Scott The autumn streets of Havana are dark at night. The few electric lights are reserved for the main highways. Side streets are lit only by the occasional patched-up pre-revolution Buick or Chevrolet, sometimes an open door throws neon light onto the pavement outside. Cubans shuffle… Read More

President Bush meets with Pope and talks about Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

MALCOLM MOORE in Rome | Telegraph US President George W Bush appealed yesterday for Pope Benedict’s help in turning Cuba away from communism once Fidel Castro is dead. The US wants the Pope to act as an “honest broker”, helping to defrost decades of enmity. President Bush arrived for… Read More

EU Cuba relations document being drafted

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

EUObserver.com | By Andrew Rettman Details have emerged of a draft new EU strategy to raise the prospects of “self-determination” for people living in Cuba, but a meeting of EU diplomats on Wednesday (6 June) saw ongoing Spanish opposition to giving the document any official status.… Read More

End the embargo! - guest commentary

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Who are we Americans to be telling the Cubans that in order to lift the decade’s old embargo, Cuba will have to have ‘free elections’? Senator Bob Menendez Democrat, New Jersey, speaking to Today Show host Matt Lauer on June 5th, stated exactly that. If Cuba wants the right to freely trade with… Read More

Fidel Casto on video interview on Mesa Redonda - wrap up

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

CLICK TO WATCH .wmv VIDEO CLIP By Anthony Boadle | Reuters Cuban leader Fidel Castro has confirmed his recovery from life-threatening surgery in a long television interview, but many Cubans believe he may be too old and weak to return to power. With his beard grayer and speaking slower than before his… Read More

Did Fidel choose the wrong ‘brother’?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

For those of us who love Cuba and the Cuban people the current unrest in Venezuela is a cause for big concern.  Whether you love or hate Hugo Chavez he is the best friend Cuba has.  Not merely for the political friendship he has created with Fidel but rather for the abundance of oil Venezuela… Read More

US Congress members in Havana Cuba for Alimport trade fair

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Associated Press Congress should take a hard look at American policy toward Cuba and debate whether Washington’s 45-year-old embargo is working, visiting U.S. lawmakers said Tuesday. Headed by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat, the five-member bipartisan delegation is spending five days… Read More

The aging mind of absent President Fidel Castro

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Fidel’s Reflections by Brian Latell As of May 23, eleven strangely arcane “reflections” penned or inspired by Fidel Castro have been disseminated by Cuban government media. The first appeared in Granma, the communist party daily, on March 28, eight months after Castro’s first… Read More

Latin America Working Group - update and request for donations

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

(received by email) Dear Cuba Policy Advocates and LAWG Supporters: Do we have a real chance to change U.S. Cuba policy this year? Is the new leadership going to take the Congress in that direction? What can we do to push initiatives and legislation that would make a real difference? These are questions… Read More

Fidel Castro writes letter to say he is feeling better

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AP A statement signed by Fidel Castro Wednesday said his weight was stable and he was eating solid foods after months of intravenous feeding that followed several operations, including an initial surgery that did not go well. The statement from the 80-year-old Cuban leader said he was taking all medicines… Read More

Another meaningless letter from Fidel Castro

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AP Convalescing leader Fidel Castro criticized the British Royal Navy’s new attack submarine on Monday, saying Cuba could train 75,000 doctors for the US$7.2 billion (euro5.3 billion) price of three subs. “It illustrates for us, among other things, the sophisticated weaponry being… Read More

Today, Fidel Castro said blah blah blah

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original title - Fidel Castro Rejects US Trade Deals Havana, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Fidel Castro rejected today the negotiation of Free Trade Agreements (FTA) between United States and Latin American countries. Unanimous Opinion vs. FTAs, Fidel Castro In an extensive document, the second… Read More

Miami Herald’s The Cuba Puzzle videos

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The Miami Herald posted four videos about the challenges facing Cuba’s next leader. The videos document food, transportation, corruption and include interviews with die-hard believers in Fidel.  The videos are part of the Herald’s “The Cuba Puzzle” series which began Sunday.… Read More

*sticky* Why there might be chaos after Fidel Castro’s death - prediction

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by Rob Sequin - Publisher - Havana Journal (updated June 10, 2007, now up to 20 scenarios) I am not a journalist and I am not an essay writer so I’ll do my best make my point. Pretty much everyone agrees that Fidel the man, his star status and his ideologies have defined and dominated the Cuban… Read More

*sticky* Fidel Castro getting worse and close to death? - my thoughts

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Fidel Castro is a no show for latest high ranking Chinese officials. This article More Chinese officials in Cuba for trade talks says Marifeli Perez-Stable, a Cuba expert at the Washington-based think-tank believes the recent Chinese diplomatic activity in Cuba could signal an eventual shift toward a… Read More

Pronouncements by the Unitary Council of Cuban Workers for Unity

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

(Received via email) PRONOUNCEMENTS BY THE CUTC ON A FIRST OF MAY FOR UNITY, LIBERTY AND SOVEREIGNTY Havana, April 24, 2007- The members of the extended Executive Committee of the Unitary Council of Cuban Workers (CUTC), the Cuban Institute of Independent Trade Union Studies (ISECI), the Bureau of Independent… Read More

Varela Project Declaration of Rights - Is Cuban Spring in the air?

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(Received via email) Declaration of the Christian Liberation Movement THE VARELA PROJECT, THE DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF CUBANS Havana, May 10, 2007- The Cuban Spring began when thousands of Cubans began to say: “I want my rights!” but not only as a legitimate personal aspiration, but also as a… Read More

The true politics of Cuban American relations

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Last week after information had been released about the potential airplane hijacking incident in Cuba a contradiction of news surfaced about really happened.  The international newspapers printed the Cuban state run account painting heroic details of how the Cuban military soldier had been killed… Read More

The Posada mess needs to be cleaned up

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

By Carol J. Williams | Los Angeles Times Three months before the 1976 midair explosion of a Cuban plane off the coast of Barbados, CIA covert operative Luis Posada Carriles cabled his U.S. minders from Venezuela to report that the plot was in motion and asked for Washington’s “assistance.”… Read More

OFAC wants to see Michael Moore’s Cuba travel records

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AFP Controversial documentary maker Michael Moore is being investigated by the US government over a recent trip to Cuba as part of a new film about US healthcare. Moore, who won an Oscar for the 2002 film Bowling for Columbine, was under investigation for taking a group of September 11 rescue workers… Read More

Luis Posada may be charged for financing a terrorist operation

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Writer The plastic explosives were smuggled in bottles of White Rain and Prell shampoo, and in the soles of a pair of black leather boots. Fixed to Casio digital clocks and 9-volt batteries with black adhesive tape, they became powerful bombs. Some of them never detonated,… Read More

Terrorist Luis Posada is a free man

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

BY ALFONSO CHARDY AND JAY WEAVER | Miami Herald U.S. authorities signaled Wednesday they will not detain Luis Posada Carriles after a federal judge in El Paso dismissed immigration fraud charges against the Cuban exile militant. He’s no longer under 24-hour house arrest. As Posada prepared to return… Read More

Diaz Balarts & Ros-Lehtinen condemn FBI for seeking evidence in Posada case

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

BY ALFONSO CHARDY AND JAY WEAVER | Miami Herald South Florida’s three Cuban-American members of Congress condemned the Justice Department Thursday for sending Miami FBI agents to Cuba to collect evidence against Luis Posada Carriles in a hotel bombing that killed an Italian in Havana a decade ago.… Read More

The Ladies In White continue their public peaceful protests in Cuba

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CatholicNewsAgency.com Protester: This silence…there is a lot of uncertainty, we don’t know anything…We have Raul Castro who is worse than Fidel Castro. A group of women resisting the oppression of the Cuban government through non-violent means, continues to agitate for the release of those imprisoned… Read More

Cuban dissident Roberto de Jesus Guerra released from prison

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Reuters Cuba has released a dissident reporter who spent nearly two years in prison for joining an anti-government protest, an opposition group said on Wednesday. Roberto de Jesus Guerra, who reported for US-based Web sites, was freed on Tuesday, the group Assembly to Promote Civil Society said in a… Read More

9th Cuba Nostalgia event set for May 18 in Miami

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Cuba Nostalgia will take place on Friday May 18, 19, and 20,2007 at the Fair Expo Center, Coral Way, S.W. 24th Street & 112 Avenue at Tamiami Park next to FIU, in Miami Florida. Cuba Nostalgia is in its ninth year, the premier Cuban event outside of Cuba, is a journey back in time for those who remember… Read More

FBI document comments on Luis Posada case and bombings in Havana

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Associated Press High explosives concealed in shoes and shampoo bottles. Thousands of dollars in wire transfers from New Jersey to a shadowy figure in Latin America. A note in a briefcase saying that “the tyrant has to be eliminated” even if innocent people also die. An FBI document reveals… Read More

The Spanish-American War - two hour show on History Channel schedule

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

The Spanish-American War: First Intervention Wednesday, May 09 01:00 AM Saturday, May 12 04:00 PM Tuesday, May 22 08:00 AM Tuesday, May 22 02:00 PM On the night of February 12, 1898, 266 American lives were lost when the battleship Maine was ripped in half by an explosion in Havana Harbor. War with Spain… Read More

Fidel Castro writes more propaganda - US at fault for Cuban hijacking attempt

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By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Convalescing Cuban leader Fidel Castro blamed an airliner hijack attempt on the United States, saying in a statement published Tuesday that two soldiers who seized a plane and killed an officer thought they would escape punishment if they reached U.S. soil. Castro linked… Read More

US to build Cuban migrant “operations complex” in Guantanamo Bay Cuba

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Associated Press The United States, which has been planning for possible waves of fleeing Cubans when Fidel Castro dies, has hired a Florida company to build a temporary complex to hold migrants at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, the military said. Islands Mechanical Contractors Inc. of Jacksonville,… Read More

The Nation magazine - May 14, 2007 issue with Cuba cover

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Cover art by Eduardo Muñoz Bachs, Center for Cuban Studies Collection; cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels TheNation.com I just purchased three issues of The Nation because this week’s issue features several articles about Cuba. For example: Articles - A New Stance… Read More

Two Cuban soldiers attempt to hijack empty plane to US

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By WILL WEISSERT | Associated Press A pair of heavily armed Cuban soldiers seized a city bus, killed an army officer and triggered a gun battle in a foiled bid to hijack a charter flight bound for the United States. The young army deserters were arrested before dawn Thursday on the tarmac of a terminal… Read More

What’s next for Fidel Castro, Raul Castro and Cuba?

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So, Fidel Castro could not show his people the respect and thanks they deserve at today’s May Day celebration. Unless Fidel is gravely ill, I don’t think he should be forgiven for not making an appearance or AT LEAST addressing the Cuban people in a written letter. He wrote a letter last… Read More

Russia and Cuba - today and tomorrow

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This is a very long analysis of the Russia-Cuba relationship so I have posted just the last paragraph. With Russian-U.S. relations unlikely to warm up anytime soon, the Kremlin apparently sees it as a matter of national priority to court friendly governments like Cuba and Venezuela, even though it continues… Read More

No violence at May Day rally in Havana Cuba

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(AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Prensa Latina) EarthTimes.org Ailing Cuban President Fidel Castro failed to appear at Tuesday’s May Day celebrations in Havana while the traditional workers’ holiday saw police and protesters clash in Turkey, Macau and the Czech Republic. Elsewhere workers… Read More

Support your rights to travel to Cuba - Call the Capitol today

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

An email campaign from the Latin American Working Group http://lawg.org The Havana Journal supports the efforts of the LAWG and I have called my Senators Kennedy and Kerry asking them to support the bill. The switchboard phone rang about four times then I was promptly transferred to my Senators’… Read More

Castro writes letter Monday night - Probably a no show at May Day

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CBS news Communist Cuba geared up Monday for its traditional May Day march featuring hundreds of thousands of workers, but an appearance by recovering leader Fidel Castro at the event was uncertain. Castro, 80, has attended the annual May Day march for decades, but there was no official word whether… Read More

Will Fidel Castro return as President of Cuba?

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By Carol J. Williams | Los Angeles Times Nine months after falling victim to an illness that many US analysts assumed would prove fatal, Fidel Castro appears to have come back from death’s door to resume some leadership responsibilities and rein in Cuba’s would-be reformers. He’s receiving… Read More

CIA World Fact book on Cuba updated

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

The CIA updated their factbook on Cuba on April 17, 2007 Background The native Amerindian population of Cuba began to decline after the European discovery of the island by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1492 and following its development as a Spanish colony during the next several centuries. Large numbers of… Read More

Cuban dissident Raul Rivero wins Ortega y Gasset award in Spain

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

AP Cuban dissident writer Raul Rivero has won a prestigious Spanish journalism award for his reporting on his native country, where he spent two years in jail on charges of trying to undermine President Fidel Castro’s government. Rivero, who is 62 and moved to Madrid in 2005 after being released… Read More

Update on political prisioners in Cuba

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By David Usborne | Independent.co.uk Cuba appears to have taken a step towards blunting international criticism of repression on the island with the release of seven political prisoners, including the well-known dissident leader Jorge Luis Garcia Perez. He had served 17 years in jail and wrote a book… Read More

Alarcon does not expect Fidel Castro at May Day parade

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

AFP A top Cuban official has moved to quash speculation that convalescing Cuban leader Fidel Castro might appear at a May Day parade, though he said Castro was “very well.” A fitter, less gaunt Castro, 80, was seen in official photos earlier this week after he met with a top Chinese official,… Read More

Austrian bank won’t serve Cubans

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

April 13, 2007 By GEORGE JAHN Associated Press Writer VIENNA, Austria — An Austrian bank recently bought by a U.S.-led consortium acknowledged Friday it told a Cuban-born client to take her business elsewhere and suggested that Washington’s ban on commerce with Cuba was behind the decision. A… Read More

Raul Castro meets with Iranian officials in Cuba

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Prensa Latina Cuba s Vice President Raul Castro met with Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Manouchehr Mottaki, who is officially visiting the island with members of his government, it was informed in this capital on Tuesday. Raul Castro and Mottaki exchanged in Havana Monday on international issues… Read More

Cuban dissident Rolando Jimenez sentenced to 12 years for disrespect

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Reuters A Cuban dissident who wrote “Down with Fidel Castro” and other opposition slogans on walls of public buildings was sentenced to 12 years in jail, a human rights group said on Monday. Rolando Jimenez had been held without charges in a jail on the Island of Youth off Cuba’s southern… Read More

Fidel Castro is Queen Elizabeth

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Fidel Castro is Queen Elizabeth in the sense that he is now only a figurehead leader with no real power. Fidel recently met with a Chinese official for one hour and not with Raul. To me I see this as a photo op meeting and maybe a courtesy to update Fidel on the discussions and agreed-upon negotiations… Read More

Fidel Castro meets with Chinese official in private in sweat suit

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters Convalescing Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who has not appeared in public for almost nine months, met with a high-ranking Chinese Communist Party official for an hour on Friday, Cuban state media said. Pictures published on Saturday by Cuban newspapers showed a recovering Castro… Read More

Wu Guanzheng visits Cuba and meets with Raul Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Reuters The highest ranking Chinese government official to visit Cuba in more than a year met with acting president Raul Castro on Friday, as part of a trip to strengthen ties between the communist allies, officials said. Wu Guanzheng, a member of the Standing Committee of China’s Communist Party… Read More

Should old Cuban exiles “get over it”?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

I will preface this post by saying that I am not Cuban and have no Cuban relatives although I do have Cuban friends inside the US and in Cuba. I find the need to clarify my position here as Publisher of the Havana Journal. I comment a lot about the Embargo and call it the “failed Plan A Embargo”… Read More

Cuban dissident Oscar Sanchez Madan arrested for social dangerousness

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Associated Press The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday denounced the arrest and sentencing of an independent Cuban journalist who wrote critical articles about dissident groups and the hardships of island life. Oscar Sanchez Madan, 44, was arrested April 13 and tried and sentenced to four… Read More

Cuba’s response to US release of terrorist Luis Posada

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By WILL WEISSERT | Associated Press Writer Cubans were outraged Thursday at the release of anti-communist militant Luis Posada Carriles from U.S. custody pending a May immigration trial. Posada, an aging ex-CIA operative considered a terrorist by many in Cuba, faces a May 11 trial on immigration fraud… Read More

Oswaldo Paya responds to errors in Reuters news article about UNITY

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

Email received from Oswaldo Paya’s organization: FIRM IN OUR UNITY: RESPONSE TO THE REUTERS NEWS AGENCY Havana, April 18, 2007- With certain astonishment we have read the disinformation from the Reuters agency in Havana in the April 16 article “The Cuban opposition joins against the mediation… Read More

Bush Administration releases terrorist Luis Posada

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

AP After a week of legal wrangling, a US court in Texas Thursday released a Cuban exile sought by Cuba and Venezuela on terrorism charges, a person connected to the case said. Luis Posada Carriles, 78, is wanted in Cuba for the 1976 bombing of a passenger plane and has been charged in the US with seven… Read More

The Cuban Triangle - Philip Peters’ blog

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Well known Cuba expert has started a blog and we would like to welcome him to the blogosphere. Here is the intro to his post: What next for Posada? Luis Posada Carriles, 79, has been a human hot potato since he arrived on U.S. soil in 2005. Given his background in terrorism and related activities –… Read More

A list of what the Cuban people CAN NOT do in Cuba

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Email from Cuba Transition Project Cubans can not: • Travel abroad without government permission. • Change jobs without government permission. • Change residence without government permission. • Access the Internet without government permission (the Internet is closely monitored and controlled… Read More

Annoucement of UNITY by Cuban dissidents

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

For Immediate Release: Contact: Francisco De Armas International Representative, Christian Liberation Movement (787) 549-1805 http://www.mclpaya.org To the International Community and the Media Today in Havana the long anticipated UNITY of the opposition has been announced The following text… Read More

Michael Moore, Cuba and 9/11 workers - read on

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Jason Fisher | New York Post Filmmaker Michael Moore’s production company took ailing Ground Zero responders to Cuba in a stunt aimed at showing that the U.S. health-care system is inferior to Fidel Castro’s socialized medicine, according to several sources with knowledge of the trip. The… Read More

Luis Posada imminent release blocked by US appeals court

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

From the Associated Press An appeals court Thursday blocked anti-Castro Cuban militant Luis Posada Carriles’ release from jail just as he began the process to be freed on $250,000 bond. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans issued the order after he had already been transferred from… Read More

The Lives of Cubans

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Abril 2 de 2007 Mary Anastasia O’Grady / Editora The Wall Street Journal Americas Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s 2007 Academy Award winning film, “The Lives of Others,” recalls the bitterness of East German life under the Stasi. But it is also a reminder of the evils totalitarianism… Read More

Felipe Perez Roque says Fidel Castro is recovering and involved in issues

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Associated Press Cuba’s ailing leader, Fidel Castro, is steadily recovering from his undisclosed illness and is getting stronger every day, the Cuban foreign minister said Friday.   ”President Fidel Castro is recovering very well,” Felipe Roque told reporters after an hour-long meeting with… Read More

List of US Embargo and Cuba policy bills before US Congress

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By BILLY HOUSE | Media General News Service Democratic and Republican members of Congress who want to change U.S. policy toward Cuba aren’t just focusing on lifting travel and trade sanctions in place for more than 45 years. Cuba-related measures introduced this session also range from a bill to allow… Read More

Sweet Opportunity: Ethanol and a Grand Bargain for Cuban Democracy

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Martin Edwin Andersen Creative bipartisanship in Washington that ties the potential of a massive boom in ethanol’s influence throughout the Western Hemisphere to ending United States oil addiction could also help ensure that nearly five decades of Cuban dictatorship will be followed by a transition… Read More

Open letter from Cuban dissident Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet from Cuban prison

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

An open letter from Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet from the Kilo 5.5 Prison in Pinar del Rio Cuba To my fellow Cubans, wherever you find yourselves, whether in our enslaved island, or in exile in any part of the world. I include also those descendents of Cubans born in other lands. To all of you I send my warmest… Read More

US Intelligence in the dark about inner circle of Cuban government

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BY PABLO BACHELET | Miami Herald As Fidel Castro appears to be growing more active, and U.S. reports that he has cancer increasingly seem off the mark, Cuba watchers are questioning just how much American spies know about what’s happening on the island. The U.S. intelligence community—despite… Read More

Granma reports largest military operation since 1960s just after Castro surgery

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Miami Herald Interim Cuban leader Raul Castro has confirmed that a massive mobilization of security forces was ordered after his brother Fidel underwent surgery eight months ago. ‘‘This popular mobilization, in silence, without the least boasting, guaranteed the preservation of the revolution… Read More

Current and future relations between Spain, EU and Cuba

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By Andrew Rettman | EUOBSERVER Spain is trying to forge a new rapport with the Cuban government amid speculation that Fidel Castro’s bad health could accelerate regime change in the Caribbean dictatorship. But other EU states want to step up pro-democracy work with the island’s opposition… Read More

Fidel Castro ignores Cuban people and criticizes President Bush - COMMENTARY

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(I made up this title. See comments for reason why) Reuters Cuba’s Fidel Castro published his first editorial since his July surgery on Thursday, signing his name to a scathing article on US biofuel plans for Thursday’s edition of the Communist Party newspaper Granma. The article -e-mailed to the… Read More

Dr. Elias Biscet – Doctor in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

International Society for Human Rights press release 23.03.07 Dr. Elias Biscet – Doctor in Cuba Dr. Elias Biscet’s (born 1962) “crime” was among others to document the government’s abortion methods and to publish the book “Rivanol: A method to destroy life” in April 1998. In this book he… Read More

Human Rights Work in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

International Society for Human Rights press release 23.03.07 For Freedom and Fundamental Human Rights The ISHR has monitored and criticized the human rights situation in many countries since its foundation in 1972. All countries with a bad human rights record, especially the Soviet Union, the People’s… Read More

Fidel Castro may return to Presidency - update

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Frances Robles | McClatchy Newspapers Seven months ago, Fidel Castro was reportedly gravely ill. These days, he’s reported to be taking long walks with old friends and calling other presidents to discuss global warming. To hear National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon tell it, Castro is in fact… Read More

Cuba wants UN Human Rights Council to restrict inspections of abuses

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

http://tvnz.co.nz Cuba is leading a bid by a number of countries to strip the Human Rights Council of its power to investigate and condemn violations, a move some activists warn could jeopardize the whole UN’s credibility. The 47 member states of the new UN watchdog, set up last year to… Read More

Bush Administration shuffles Cuba desk and intelligence advisors

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Pablo Bachelet | McClatchy Newspapers Two top officers on the State Department’s Cuba desk are moving to Iraq, adding to a government reshuffle involving a total of six key Cuba posts. Stephen McFarland, who heads the Cuba desk, and his number two, Timothy Zuniga-Brown, will join the Iraqi provincial… Read More

March issue of Todos Cubanos Newsletter

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

Here is the link to the March issue of the Todos Cubanos Newsletter featuring articles about: “Black Spring” Editorial in El Mercurio newspaper in Chile Argentine Solidarity with the Ladies in White Uruguay- 300 Presos Politicos en Cuba Support from Sweden on the Cuban Spring Anniversary… Read More

WOC - Todos Cubanos launched featuring Oswaldo Paya’s MCL Newsletter

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Welcome to the newest Website Owner Category (WOC) titled Todos Cubanos. This category will feature content from Oswaldo Paya’s Christian Liberation Movement (Movimiento Cristiano Liberación) and their new Todos Cubanos newsletter. Here is the full, unedited text from their Background page: There… Read More

Four years since Cuban Spring crackdown on Cuban dissidents

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Oswaldo Paya | Christian Liberation Movement Since March 5, several inmates at the Cuban prison known as Kilo 8 have been on a hunger strike. Among them are Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta and Jose Daniel Ferrer, prisoners of the “Cuban Spring.” Other political prisoners taking part include Leoncio… Read More

Cuban dissidents wives - Ladies in White hold protest march in Havana

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By ANITA SNOW | ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER   The wives of several dozen political prisoners still don white each Sunday to march silently for their husbands’ release, and a leading human rights group still issues its twice-yearly report on prisoners of conscience. But eight months after Fidel… Read More

Cuban government cracking down on Oswaldo Paya’s Movimiento Cristiano Liberación

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(Email received from Christian Liberation Movement) According to information provided by Leader and National Coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement and Sakjarov Prize winner Oswaldo J. Paya Sardiñas, in the last few hours the Cuban government has launched a full scale offensive against members… Read More

Havana Journal announces support for Oswaldo Paya’s Cuban Dissident Organization

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Today, March 14, 2007 we received an update from the Christian Liberation Movement (Movimiento Cristiano Liberación in Spanish). I was disturbed to read that Ernesto Martini Fonseca, a high ranking member of the organization was detained by Cuban State Security and harassed for his involvement in the… Read More

Cuban Dissident Ernesto Martini Fonseca of Christian Liberation Movement detained

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

(Note: Received via email sent to HavanaJournal.com.) Francisco De Armas | International Representative, Christian Liberation Movement | (787) 549-1805 | http://www.mclpaya.org Declaration of the Christian Liberation Movement Our Mission: To Spread Hope Havana, March 13, 2007- On the morning… Read More

Felipe Perez Roque wants normal and respectful relations with US

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

UPI Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said Monday he would like “normal and respectful relations with the United States,” EFE news agency reported. During his visit to Paris, Perez Roque—who was in France for a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement—said he is prepared to… Read More

Cuban leaders talking about Fidel Castro’s new limited job description

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By Isabel Sanchez |  AFP Cuban leader Fidel Castro, sidelined by intestinal surgery almost eight months ago, is now recovering at a faster pace, taking part in daily government affairs, and fueling talk he may return to the helm of Cuba’s communist government soon. “The pace of his recovery… Read More

Thoughts on Raul Castro’s future and abilities as Cuba’s new leader

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Maria Garriga | Register Staff Brian Latell has followed Fidel Castro for four decades and now he’s following Fidel’s younger brother, Raul, the world’s longest serving defense minister. Latell, a longtime Latin America specialist for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Intelligence… Read More

Felipe Perez Roque travels to Europe for multiple talks

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Prensa Latina Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque will represent his country in various international forums and will hold official talks in France, Italy and Geneva, the local media reported on Saturday. According to Granma newspaper, Perez Roque will preside over the Reactivation Meeting of the… Read More

President Bush taking softer line on post-Fidel Cuba?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Steve Holland | Reuters Communist rule of Cuba should end when ailing leader Fidel Castro dies, U.S. President George W. Bush said as he prepared for a Latin American tour this week. Bush’s trip is widely seen as offering a counterpoint to the populist appeal of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez,… Read More

Game on! Pro-Embargo vs. Anti-Embargo in Congress

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Pablo Bachelet | McClatchy Newspapers Rep. Albio Sires gets personal when he asks fellow lawmakers to reject efforts to ease economic sanctions against his native Cuba. “I just tell them about my story,” the New Jersey Democrat said. Sires, who spent the first 11 years of his life in the… Read More

Fidel Castro’s Gulag - Wall Street Journal article from former Cuba prisioner

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

NOTE: Published without permission from the Wall Street Journal March 5, 2007 edition. Due to the credibility of the Wall Street Journal and the author, we wanted to publish this article so more people could discover and read it. Castro’s Gulag | By Armando Valladares Mr. Valladares, former U.S.… Read More

Senior Cuban official says Fidel Castro will resume duties in “near future”

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Xinhua A visiting senior Cuban official said on Wednesday in Beijing that Cuban leader Fidel Castro is recovering in a “satisfying” speed and will return to his duty in “near future”. Fernando Remirez de Estenoz, head of the ruling Cuban Communist Party’s (PCC) international… Read More

Caleb McCarry dismisses idea of dialogue with Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

AP As Fidel Castro’s grip on power weakens rapidly, repression is increasing in Cuba under the control of his brother, Raul Castro, U.S. officials said Tuesday. “In Cuba, this year will mark the end of the long domination of that country by Fidel Castro,” Mike McConnell, the United… Read More

Norman Bailey out as US Intelligence point man on Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

BY PABLO BACHELET | Miami Herald The nation’s new spy chief is replacing Norman Bailey as the intelligence community’s point man on Cuba and Venezuela just three months after Bailey took the job, The Miami Herald has learned. Bailey’s departure came as Director of National Intelligence… Read More

Fidel Castro talks with Hugo Chavez by phone for one half hour

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

AP Cuban leader Fidel Castro called in to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s radio talk show on Tuesday, declaring he’s “more energetic, stronger” and his country is running smoothly without him at the helm. “I feel good and I’m happy,” Castro said in a phone… Read More

Miami Professor Carlos Alvarez sentenced to five years as Cuban spy

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

BY ADRIAN SAINZ | ASSOCIATED PRESS A college professor who pleaded guilty in a federal case involving allegations that he and his wife spied for Cuba’s communist government and betrayed their fellow Cuban-American exiles by passing along information about community figures was sentenced Tuesday… Read More

Havana based foreign correspondents ordered to leave Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders today condemned Cuba’s decision yesterday not to renew the visas of Gary Marx, the US correspondent of the Chicago Tribune newspaper, and Cesar Gonzáles-Calero, the Spanish correspondent of the Mexico-City based El Universal newspaper. Their… Read More

Cuban Dissident Guillermo Farinas uses nonviolence to force change in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Doreen Hemlock South Florida Sun-Sentinel Wed, Feb. 14, 2007 SANTA CLARA, Cuba - After a seven-month hunger strike in a bid to seek Internet access for Cubans, the independent journalist still has no direct access to the World Wide Web. Maybe worse, few Cubans know Guillermo Farinas’ name. Even… Read More

Canada ready to broker Cuba US relations dialogue

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Tim Harper TheStar.com Canada is prepared to draw on its long relationship with Cuba to act as a “bridge” between Washington and Havana in the post-Castro era, Michael Wilson says. Wilson, who is approaching his first anniversary as Canadian ambassador here, said in an interview yesterday… Read More

The day after Fidel Castro dies - Will the straits be flooded with people?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Scott Gold | LA Times Ramon Saul Sanchez has put out the call: “Get ready. We’re going to Cuba.” Sanchez, 52, the founder of a Miami group called the Democracy Movement, or Movimiento Democracia, has led flotillas toward Cuba’s territorial water to protest the regime of Fidel… Read More

LAWG update - House bill to end travel ban to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Note: As of February 16, 2007 the bill has 64 cosponsors. LAWG is asking that you contact your Rep, especially if they are Republican to ask them for their support on this bill. The Havana Journal supports the efforts and goals of the Latin American Working Group and has donated small amounts of money… Read More

IAPA concerned with sentencing of Cuban journalist Ramón Velázquez Toranso

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

MIAMI, USA Friday, February 9, 2007 : The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has expressed concern at the Cuban government’s ongoing policy against free speech and press freedom after learning of a recent court sentencing of an independent journalist – the latest action in a long list of abuses.… Read More

Veteran Cuban dissident Gomez Manzano released

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Friday, February 9, 2007 (Havana) Caribbean Net News Veteran dissident attorney Rene Gomez Manzano, who helped organize an unprecedented gathering of opponents two years ago, was unexpectedly released from jail Thursday after 19 months without being charged. Gomez Manzano said he had little information… Read More

Cuba Detains Teenage Stepdaughter Of Christian Pastor

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Le magazine chretien Cuba Detains Teenage Stepdaughter Of Christian Pastor 8.2.07 HAVANA, CUBA — Cuban authorities detained the 13-year-old stepdaughter of Delmides Fidalgo Lopez, a Christian pastor and president of the evangelical group Christian Movement of Cuba, dissidents and Cuban exiles said… Read More

Raul Castro visits Havana International Book Fair in plain clothes

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By ANITA SNOW | Associated Press Writer Raul Castro made a surprise appearance Thursday evening at the annual book fair &#xu2;014 an event his 80-year-old brother often attended in past years. “He’s consulted on the most important questions,” Raul Castro said of Fidel. “He doesn’t… Read More

Oswaldo Paya calls for release of Cuban political prisioners

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Contact: Francisco De Armas International Representative, Christian Liberation Movement (787) 549 1805 Christian Liberation Movement APPEAL FOR THE LIBERATION OF PEACEFUL POLITICAL PRISONERS Havana, February 1, 2007- On November 9, we released the resolution proposal entitled, “The Need for the Cuban… Read More

How and why the US Embargo against Cuba should end - Vicki Huddleston

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Washington Times | Vicki Huddleston (former Chief of US Interests Section in Havana) In the spring of 2002, I picked up a group of young Cubans along Quinta Avenida headed toward central Havana to hang out and treat themselves to ice cream and cakes. When they asked me where I got the beautiful black… Read More

Background on anti-Embargo Congressmen Jeff Flake and William Delahunt

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BY PABLO BACHELET | Miami Herald It’s hard to find common ground between Reps. Jeff Flake and Bill Delahunt—except on how the United States should deal with Fidel Castro’s regime. The Republican Flake, 44, a Mormon with beach-boy looks, represents Mesa, a solidly Republican Phoenix… Read More

Anti-Embargo bills start to make progress in US House of Representatives

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By Ian Swanson | TheHill.comCompanies urged to push for easing Cuba restrictions Congressional supporters of easing restrictions on travel and agricultural trade to Cuba say business supporters need to offer stronger backing for several measures introduced this year if they are to become law. With Democrats… Read More

US cyclists denied visas from US to participate in Tour of Cuba

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Xinhua American cyclists could be absent from the upcoming Tour of Cuba because the US government has denied their athletes visas, Jose Pelaez, president of the Cuban Cycling Federation told Cuban radio on Monday. Pelaez, who is also president of the Pan-American Cycling Federation, said the cyclists… Read More

US propaganda TV Marti to be played on Miami television station

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AP Cuba on Monday blasted a new move by a U.S.-funded TV Marti to provide its anti-Fidel Castro programming to Spanish-language stations in Miami that are picked up by popular illegal satellite dishes on the island. The Miami station WPMF-TV, an affiliate of the Spanish-language Azteca Americas network,… Read More

Cuban Five protest march scheduled for April 7 in in New York City

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ACN The National Network of Solidarity with Cuba in the US is gearing up for a march to take place in New York to demand the release of the five Cubans unfairly imprisoned in that country. Prensa Latina news agency reported that more than 70 institutions from all over the country are working on the details… Read More

Numerous bills introduced to ease, end or defund the Cuban Embargo - LAWG

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EMAIL RECEIVED FROM LATIN AMERICAN LAW GROUP: Dear Cuba Policy Advocates: Happy New Year. This is our first update/alert in the New Year, and we have lots of news. Most importantly, we want to alert you to a very exciting opportunity for real change in U.S.-Cuba policy and to enlist your help in… Read More

Carlos Lage and the future of Cuba

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By Frances Robles | McClatchy Newspapers The latest leader to emerge in Cuba is a pediatrician and economic reformer who’s known for biking to work. Vice President Carlos Lage, a 55-year-old who once served on a medical mission to Ethiopia, became the nation’s economic czar in the early 1990s.… Read More

Sucker McCain takes support from Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen

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By Brian E. Crowley | PalmBeachPost.comBy Brian E. Crowley | Thursday, February 1, 2007, 04:01 PM Arizona Sen. John McCain picked up support from three South Florida Cuban-American members of congress - Mario and Lincoln Diaz Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. “Senator McCain is a strong supporter of… Read More

Fidel Castro’s Legacy by Wayne Smith

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Wayne S. Smith | TomPaine.com Wayne S. Smith is now a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C. and an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He was Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana from 1979 to 1982. Raúl Castro has been acting president… Read More

LaHood - Delahunt offer Cuban American Family Restoration Rights Act bill

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Mark Silva | Chicago Tribune With longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro believed to be on or near his death-bed, a lot of American congressmen believe the decades-old U.S. trade embargo with Cuba should see the same fate. With hope, perhaps, that they can open the door to Cuba just a little wider, a bipartisan… Read More

The leaders around Raul Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Reuters The following are profiles of the six top Cuban officials picked by ailing leader Fidel Castro to assist his brother Raul as provisional president when he delegated power on July 31. They are all members of the Central Committee of the ruling Communist Party. CARLOS LAGE Vice President Carlos… Read More

Fidel Castro shown on new video with Chavez - Is it recent?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

BBC Cuban television has shown its first pictures for three months of ailing leader Fidel Castro. Mr Castro, 80, was seen standing during a meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, which was said to have taken place on Monday. He appeared frail but stronger than three months ago. Mr Castro has… Read More

Will Raul Castro be able to govern after Fidel Castro dies and for how long?

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Miami Herald | BY PABLO BACHELET Raúl Castro is firmly in control of Cuba and in a position to keep the island stable at least for the short term after his brother Fidel dies, a top U.S. military intelligence official told a Senate panel Thursday. Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, the U.S. Army director of… Read More

Congressman Jeff Flake introduces HR 654 to ease travel restrictions to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Billy House | Republic Washington Bureau Arizona GOP Rep. Jeff Flake today teamed with an influential House Democrat to introduce a bill to lift the prohibition on Americans traveling to Cuba. “A new approach is long overdue,” said Flake said in a written statement. His bill, (H.R.… Read More

Who is more capable of lifting the US Embargo, George Bush or Raul Castro?

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

I think this is a fair question. I used the word capable on purpose. I don’t think George Bush is capable of lifting the Embargo. He certainly does not seem to have any interest in having it lifted first of all. Second of all, he is in bed politically with all the old exiles in Miami. So, in my… Read More

Will a “Perfect Storm” be needed for democracy in Cuba?

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Orlando Sentinel | John C. Bersia Would a “perfect storm” help resolve the tedious Fidel Castro illness-and-succession saga gripping Cuba? The question came up during a recent forum on the island’s future. Specialists suggested that—contrary to some hopes after the Cuban dictator… Read More

“No clue” Condoleezza wonders why EU won’t pressure Cuba for democratic reforms

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

NOTE: Original title: Few nations follow U.S. in condemning Cuba Miami Herald |  BY PABLO BACHELET Shortly after an ailing Fidel Castro handed power to his brother Raul last summer, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called her Spanish counterpart, Miguel Angel Moratinos. With Havana seemingly… Read More

Congressman Delahunt and other Democrats plan to ease Cuba travel Embargo

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By Adriana Garcia | Reuters U.S. lawmakers, with an eye on reports of failing health of Cuban President Fidel Castro, said they intend in the new Democratic-led Congress to seek to ease restrictions on travel and trade with the communist island. The new legislative push coincides with a moment of change… Read More

Hugo Chavez confirms Fidel Castro is in a “delicate situation”

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Alex Kennedy | Bloomberg Cuban President Fidel Castro’s health is in a “delicate situation,” Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said after a Spanish newspaper reported Castro was in serious condition following three surgeries on his large intestine. “There was a serious complication,”… Read More

Details of Fidel Castro’s medical condition and poor prognosis

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By MAR ROMAN | Associated Press Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro has had at least three failed operations and complications from an intestinal infection and faces “a very grave prognosis,” a Spanish newspaper reported Tuesday. A Cuban diplomat in Madrid said the reports were lies and declined… Read More

USAID tainted Adolfo Franco to work for McCain’s Presidential run

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

BY OSCAR CORRAL | Miami Herald Chief of Cuba programs to go work for McCain The head of the U.S. government’s programs to promote democracy in Cuba and Latin America announced he was leaving to help guide Sen. John McCain’s tentative run for president. Adolfo Franco, who oversees the U.S.… Read More

Scandic Edderkoppen hotel in Norway denies rooms to Cuban delegation

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Reuters Cuba Friday accused Europe of bowing to American pressure after a U.S.-owned hotel in Norway’s capital refused to lodge a Cuban delegation. The Scandic Edderkoppen hotel, owned since March 2006 by the U.S.-based Hilton Hotels Corp., declined to book rooms for a Cuban tourism delegation… Read More

Cindy Sheehan will go to Cuba to demand closing of Guantanamo Bay facility

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Prensa Latina Cindy Sheehan, Peace Defenders, to Cuba A group of defenders of peace, including Cindy Sheehan, mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq, will arrive in Cuba on Saturday as part of a campaign to demand the immediate closing of Guantanamo Prison. Sheehan will be accompanied by a former prisoner… Read More

Full text of Fidel Castro letter on 48th anniversary of La Revolucion

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Party for Socialism and Liberation - pslweb.org Dear Compatriots: Please accept my warmest congratulations on the 48th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution. We have concluded a year of tireless efforts and very encouraging results in the Battle of Ideas that we are all wagingand the programs… Read More

Cuban Christians Concerned Over Health of Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent, BosNewsLife Despite pleas from fellow persecuted Christians not to do so, Cuban prisoner of conscience and journalist Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta sewed his mouth shut and was believed to continue his action Saturday, December 30, dissidents said. Harrera… Read More

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