Tag Archives: dissidents

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 »

August 7, 2014

Group asks Cuba to clarify the situation of imprisoned blogger

EFE – Reporters Without Borders urged Cuban authorities to offer “a clear explanation” of the status of writer and blogger Angel Santiesteban-Prats, who has been in prison since 2013 and recently was accused of trying to escape. “Each day without news increases the risks for this blogger. We demand his immediate… read more »

August 4, 2014

American imprisoned in Cuba says goodbye to family

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press – A lawyer for an American who has spent more than four years imprisoned in Cuba said Monday that his client cannot take life in prison much longer and has said his goodbyes to his wife and a daughter. Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009… read more »

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 »