Tag Archives: dissidents

April 20, 2015

Two Cubans lose bids to become first opponents elected to office

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — Two Cuban dissidents on Sunday lost attempts to become the first openly declared political opponents to win election in Cuba since the 1959 revolution, each failing in races for Havana municipal assemblies. Hildebrando Chaviano, 65, and Yuniel Lopez, 26, both said they had fallen behind by insurmountable margins and had… read more »

April 11, 2015

Obama Meets Raúl Castro, Making History

Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Randal C. Archibold, The New York Times — President Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba met here Saturday in the first face-to-face discussion between the leaders of the two countries in a half-century. Seated beside Mr. Castro in a small room in the convention center downtown where the Summit of the Americas… read more »

April 10, 2015

Obama, Castro speak by phone amid bid to restore Cuba ties

Josh Lederman, Associated Press — The presidents of the United States and Cuba have spoken by phone for only the second time in more than 50 years, setting the stage for a historic encounter between the two leaders at a regional summit starting Friday in Panama. The call between President… read more »

March 26, 2015

Cuban dissidents will head to Summit of the Americas

Nora Gámez Torres, The Miami Herald — Cuban opposition leaders and activists Manuel Cuesta Morúa, Guillermo Fariñas, and Berta Soler will take part in civil-society events at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, according to the Miami-based Cuban Soul Foundation. The foundation — which promotes independent Cuban artists and… read more »

March 19, 2015

Cuba: Late dissident’s daughter breaks with head of ‘Ladies’

Andrea Rodriguez, The Associated Press — The daughter of a founding member of Cuba’s Ladies in White publicly split with their current leader Thursday in the latest sign of division within the dissident group, which a decade ago was awarded the European Union’s top human rights prize. Laura Maria Labrada,… read more »

March 11, 2015

Cuba: Leader of Dissident Group Retains Her Post After Challenge

Victoria Burnett, The New York Times — Cuba’s most high-profile opposition group, the Ladies in White, voted Wednesday to keep their leader, Berta Soler, in a referendum prompted by complaints that she was autocratic and should resign. The challenge to Ms. Soler’s leadership exposed divisions within the group as it grapples… read more »

January 13, 2015

Freed Cuba dissidents praise detente, pledge push for change

Anne-Marie Garcia and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press — Cuban dissidents freed as part of a historic detente with the United States said Tuesday that the warming of relations would help them keep pushing for change inside their country. Fifty-three dissidents were freed, most in the last week, as part of… read more »

January 12, 2015

US: Cuba completes release of 53 political prisoners

Matthew Lee, Associated Press — Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month’s historic deal between the United States and Cuba, the U.S. said Monday The prisoners had been on a list of opposition figures whose release was sought as part of the… read more »

October 30, 2014

Cuba politics maze traps Joe Garcia, Carlos Curbelo

Patricia Mazzei, The Miami Herald — They vowed to be different. They’d sound like a new generation of Miami politicians. They’d shift their focus away from foreign policy. They’d care more about the family down the street than the brothers in power 90 miles across the Florida Straits. Yet the Cuba… read more »

August 8, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Nixon Resigned, but “Dirty Tricks” in Cuba Live On

Today, August 8th, marks the fortieth anniversary of Richard Nixon’s decision to resign the presidency. History has been unkind to the 37th President of the U.S., and rightly so.  In one account of his resignation, Nixon is described as “paranoid, vicious, racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, with a casual disregard for anything besides his own… read more »