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A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship?

A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship? BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Cuban filmmaker Carlos Lechuga has pulled an acclaimed film, based on repression against gay writers in the early years of the Revolution, from an upcoming presentation in New York after festival organizers banned it from official competition and […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro – The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains

Fidel Castro: The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 29 November 2016 — The dictator Fidel Castro died last Friday at the age of 90. The extensive news coverage was to be expected. After all, he was both the object of the most romantic, idealized love and the […] Continue reading

Yes, Cuba is more open now. But for these artists and activists, little has changed.

Yes, Cuba is more open now. But for these artists and activists, little has changed. Oppression, jail and censorship are still the norm for the country’s young and politically active. By Kevin Lees June 22 at 8:47 AM HAVANA — Tania Bruguera’s work sits in the permanent collection of Cuba’s premier art gallery, the Museo […] Continue reading

Cardinal Ortega – You Are a Prisoner of Conscience

Cardinal Ortega: You Are a Prisoner of Conscience Posted on April 30, 2015 “The Editor”, 4 April 2015 — But you are not one of those worthy men who serve a prison sentence in Cuba for raising his voice against the abuses of the dictator. You are a prisoner of conscience, because your conscience is […] Continue reading

Conan O’Brien overlooks dark side of Cuba

Conan O’Brien overlooks dark side of Cuba BY HUMBERTO FONTOVA HFONTOVA@EARTHLINK.NET 03/04/2015 5:11 PM 03/04/2015 5:11 PM Regarding his show on — and from — Castro’s Cuba scheduled for March 4, Conan O’Brien warned us: “I do not want this to be a snarky comedy take. And I don’t want to be political…Maybe it isn’t […] Continue reading

The Fake UNEAC Congress

The Fake UNEAC Congress / Angel Santiesteban Posted on April 26, 2014 Once again, the official intellectuals are summoned to “participate” in another Congress of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), to be used as political reaffirmation for the Regime, since they won’t do anything else, the same as on previous occasions. […] Continue reading

Demystifying las UMAP – The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba

Demystifying las UMAP: The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba Joseph Tahbaz ’15 History major Dartmouth College Joseph.A.A.Tahbaz.15@dartmouth.edu Abstract: The UMAP, las Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción, were forced-work agricultural labor camps operated by the Cuban government during the mid-1960s in the east-central province of Camagüey. The current academic literature […] Continue reading

Prison Diary LXIII It’s Not Feeding Revenge, It’s Saving Embarrassment

Prison Diary LXIII: It’s Not Feeding Revenge, It’s Saving Embarrassment / Angel Santiesteban Posted on November 1, 2013 Dictatorships, according to the analysts, mutate to make threats disappear when their totalitarian power is threatened; to manage it, they are capable of acting against themselves. Nothing is worth more than the Government and its remaining in […] Continue reading

Che Guevara’s image doesn’t fit ghastly reality

Posted on Wednesday, 10.16.13 Che Guevara’s image doesn’t fit ghastly reality BY HUMBERTO FONTOVA HFONTOVA.COM Good thing the college “hipsters” who wear Che T-shirts didn’t live in Stalinist Cuba under their idol. “Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates!” snarled the KGB-mentored Che Guevara in 1961. “Instead they must dedicate themselves to study, […] Continue reading

Workers for the Nomenklatura

Workers for the Nomenklatura / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on August 16, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, August, www.cubanet.org.- Similar to the theme of Steven Spielberg’s movie Minority Report, where someone is imprisoned for crimes they had not yet committed but it was assumed they might commit, the Cuban Criminal Code devotes several articles to “the state of […] Continue reading

Taken Out of the Closet, But No One Asks Forgiveness

Taken Out of the Closet, But No One Asks Forgiveness / Reinaldo Cosano Posted on July 28, 2013 By Reinaldo Cosano. Havana, Cuba Posted in the blog of Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada The veil covering violent homophobic repression is slowly being drawn back, but the gulity aren’t asking for public pardon. It is hard […] Continue reading

Of UMAP and Other Demons

Of UMAP* and Other Demons / Henry Constantin Posted on May 18, 2013 UMAP: Citizens’ force used for the good of society. Brilliant idea of UMAP: Citizens’ force used for the good of society. Brilliant initiative of military cadres. A common school, half in ruins, half with children in uniform, with its Cuban flag and […] Continue reading

Hunted Leftist Terrorist Laughs at FBI from Cuba

Hunted Leftist Terrorist Laughs at FBI from Cuba May 7, 2013 By Humberto Fontova This week the FBI announced a $1 million reward for “information leading to the apprehension” of Joanne Chesimard, also known as “Assata Shakur,” who they named a “Most Wanted Terrorist.” Chesimard is the first woman to make the FBI’s list. The […] Continue reading

Santiesteban, Padura, Milanes and the Repression of Intellectuals in Cuba / Angel Santiesteban

Santiesteban, Padura, Milanes and the Repression of Intellectuals in Cuba / Angel SantiestebanAngel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated From Havana, Cuba, where he lives and is subjected to systematic police and legal abuse by the island's military regime, because of his determination to be a free writer, especially in his blog "The Children Nobody Wanted," Angel Santiesteban […] Continue reading

Che Guevara: An emblem of freedom?

Che Guevara: An emblem of freedom?By Humberto Fontova 10:51 AM 06/23/2011 Let's excuse our intrepid "watchdog" MSM. They're too busy rummaging through Sarah Palin's garbage to report on the actual sayings and doings by our actual government officials. So here's a report from Britain's Guardian on a speech by Alec Ross, the U.S. State Department's [...] Continue reading