Tag Archives: dissidents

July 25, 2014

S. Africa Launches Campaign Against US Cuba Sanctions

Thuso Khumalo, Voice of America – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has launched the Cuban Solidarity Campaign – pledging to work against long-standing U.S. sanctions against the communist island nation. ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has pledged South Africa to help Cuba fight what he calls the “inhuman” U.S. sanctions against… read more »

July 17, 2014

Inspector General probing US ‘Cuban Twitter’ plan

Jack Gillum and Desmond Butler, Associated Press – The inspector general for the nation’s international aid agency is probing a once-secret Obama administration program that created a social media network in Cuba, The Associated Press has learned. The review centers on the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Twitter-like service in Cuba,… read more »

July 11, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Putin in Cuba, Groundhog Day in America

As Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Havana, and builds closer ties with Cuba’s senior leadership, it begs the question, “Haven’t we seen this movie before?” Our six-decade stalemate with Cuba started at the height of the Cold War.  Cuba established formal diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union on May 8,… read more »

July 3, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Democracy: Is there an app for that?

We are on the cusp of our July 4th holiday here in the U.S., when we remember the revolutionary origins of our country and celebrate our independence with baseball, beer, and displays of fireworks accompanied by a spirited rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Because we’re eager to finish the work week,… read more »

June 28, 2014

Google execs visit Cuba for first time to promote open Internet

David Adams, Reuters – A team of top Google executives is visiting Cuba to promote open Internet access, according to a dissident blogger who says she met the group in Havana. The team, led by Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, met with Cuban officials as well as independent people in the technology… read more »

June 20, 2014

Obama Urges Cuba To Release Jailed U.S. Citizen

Mark Felsenthal, Reuters – U.S. President Barack Obama has sent an indirect message to Cuban President Raúl Castro through Uruguay’s leader, asking Cuba to release a jailed U.S. aid contractor and encouraging political reforms, U.S. officials said on Friday. It was a rare presidential-level communication between the United States and Cuba,… read more »

June 20, 2014

Cuba lifts censorship on critical Web pages

Juan Tamayo, Miami Herald – Cuba has suddenly unblocked access to several Web sites censored for years because of their criticism, including the U.S. government’s Radio/TV Marti. But it was not immediately clear if the change was temporary or permanent. The opening, which might signal a step forward in freedom of… read more »

June 18, 2014

Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Mother of Alan Gross dies

Jewish Telegraphic Agency – The mother of Alan Gross, the Jewish-American contractor imprisoned in Cuba, has died. Evelyn Gross died Wednesday in Plano, Texas, according to a statement by Emily Black, a spokeswoman for the Gross family. She had long been suffering from cancer. She was 92. “This is a devastating… read more »

June 17, 2014

FIU Poll: Miami Cuban-Americans support end to embargo

Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press – About half of Cuban-Americans surveyed in Miami support an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Even more support resuming diplomatic relations with the communist island’s government. That’s according to a Florida International University poll released Tuesday. It’s the latest in a series of polls conducted… read more »

June 17, 2014

Miami exiles pressure U.S. to loosen policy on Cuba

David Adams, Reuters – Cuban exile Joe Arriola at one time would never have dreamed of returning to his homeland while it was under communist rule. But after 53 years in the United States, the former manager of the city of Miami swallowed his pride and decided he had waited long… read more »