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Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires They’re caught between a government that denies the existence of racism and fellow black Cubans who lack racial consciousness. By Sujatha FernandesTwitterTODAY 8:00 AM A “home for sale” sign in Santiago de Cuba. Far fewer Afro-Cubans get remittances from family overseas, and residents of eastern Cuba, more heavily […] Continue reading

Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights

Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights By Frank Jack Daniel in Havana, Matt Spetalnick 1:19 PM Wednesday Mar 23, 2016 Castro accuses US of double standards after Obama criticises human rights record. United States President Barack Obama yesterday pushed Cuba to improve human rights during his historic visit to the Communist-led island, publicly sparring […] Continue reading

Black Woman – Double or Triple Discrimination?

Black Woman: Double or Triple Discrimination? / Diario de Cuba, Laritza Diversent Posted on October 7, 2015 Diario de Cuba, Laritza Diversent, Havana, 31 July 2015 —In Cuba there is a myth that says that there is no racism here because “all the races and cultures melded together forever in a happy synthesis.” Nonetheless, in […] Continue reading

Politicians by Decree and Illiterate by Submission

Politicians by Decree and Illiterate by Submission / Cubanet, Victor Manuel Dominguez Posted on June 28, 2015 Cubanet.org, Victor Manuel Dominguez, Havana, 24 June 2015 – Abel Prieto rides again. Not as the author of two little novels whose names I cannot remember. Nor as the ex-president of a union of writers and authors more […] Continue reading

Racial Prejudice Begins in Childhood

Cuba: Racial Prejudice Begins in Childhood / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 28, 2015 Iván García, 29 April 2015 — The first time that Yumilka, a teacher, felt discriminated against because of the color of her skin she was only four years old. “It was in the daycare center. I remember coming home crying. A […] Continue reading

McCaskill says Cuban officials worried after embargo lifted

McCaskill says Cuban officials worried after embargo lifted BY LINDSAY WISE MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU 02/23/2015 7:17 PM 02/23/2015 7:17 PM WASHINGTON The Castro regime is busy trying to tamp down sky-high expectations among Cubans eager for a closer relationship with the U.S., Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told reporters after a trip to the communist-run Caribbean […] Continue reading

El Crítico – Music as a subversive instrument in Cuba

El Crítico: Music as a subversive instrument in Cuba 02/06/2015 2:38 PM 02/06/2015 10:08 PM HAVANA During his years behind bars, Angel Yunier Remón Arzuaga staged a 27-day hunger strike and refused to wear the prison uniform. Now, as the rapper known as “El Critico” returns to his music, he plans to do so with […] Continue reading

State Department negotiator meets with Cuban cardinal, dissidents

State Department negotiator meets with Cuban cardinal, dissidents BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 01/23/2015 7:00 AM 01/23/2015 9:57 PM U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson hosted a group of seven dissidents for breakfast Friday as part of an American commitment to keep human rights front and center in its evolving relationship […] Continue reading

Cuban economic reforms spur talk of race

Cuban economic reforms spur talk of race BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 12/20/2014 8:39 AM 12/20/2014 4:43 PM As Cuba prepares to enter its fifth year of sweeping economic reforms to jump-start its lumbering economy, many say the changes have had an unintended effect: drawing attention to the thorny subject of race. A recent rally […] Continue reading

New Independent Digital Newspaper in Cuba Is Quickly Hacked

New Independent Digital Newspaper in Cuba Is Quickly Hacked By Karla Zabludovsky Filed: 5/22/14 at 3:35 PM | Updated: 5/22/14 at 5:12 PM After years of blogging and tweeting about the hardships of daily life in Cuba to a rapidly expanding international audience, writer Yoani Sanchez launched a digital newspaper Wednesday, testing the limits of […] Continue reading

Blacks and Mixed-Race Still Marginalized in Cuba

Blacks and Mixed-Race Still Marginalized in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on May 5, 2014 Every summer since 2009, in line with the economic openings of General Castro, Gerald, the owner of a photography business, has rented a room in a hotel in Varadero for 5 nights. Gerald, a white man married to a mixed-race […] Continue reading

At Repression’s Ground Zero

At Repression’s Ground Zero / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on April 23, 2014 The first time I set foot in that scary place called Villa Marista, similar to Lubyanka Prison in the now fortunately disappeared Soviet Union, it was by my own will. I accompanied Manuel Cuesta Morúa to see Investigator Yurisan Almenares, in charge of […] Continue reading

Manuel Cuesta Commits to a “Common Strategy” for Change in Cuba

Manuel Cuesta Commits to a “Common Strategy” for Change in Cuba / Manuel Cuesta Posted on November 5, 2013 On Monday, Cuban dissident Manuel Cuesta Morúa, spokesman for Progressive Arc of Cuba, and a Cubanet journalist, committed to a “common strategy” of the opposition to bring about political change in the island, and he denounced […] Continue reading

Cuban singer says sanctioned for bold lyrics

Posted on Monday, 09.16.13 Cuban singer says sanctioned for bold lyrics BY PETER ORSI ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — A well-known Cuban singer said Monday he has been punished for going off message at a nationally televised concert last week, when he called for direct presidential elections and more freedom of information. In a note published […] Continue reading

Orlando Luis Pardo: “I was afraid when I had no voice, when I started talking, I lost the fear.”

Orlando Luis Pardo : “I was afraid when I had no voice, when I started talking, I lost the fear.” Posted on September 9, 2013 Interview by Emilio Sanchez Cartas – from Los Andes Internacionales The restless, multifaceted Pardo Lazo graduated in biochemistry from the University of Havana, but left the field after 10 years. […] Continue reading

Interview with Dimas Castellanos

Interview with Dimas Castellanos Posted on August 11, 2013 Interview with Dimas Castellanos Marti, historian and journalist. From Havana, Felix Sautie Mederos Por Esto! asks: “Unravel the causes of the crisis our society finds itself in (…) The concept of race as a group of hereditary characteristics seems to lack foundation, as a social construction […] Continue reading

Afro-Cubans fight for equality under Castro regime

Afro-Cubans fight for equality under Castro regime By Harold Meyerson, Wednesday, June 19, 1:39 “More than half a century ago, Fidel decreed the elimination of racism,” said Leonardo Calvo Cárdenas. But “this just made the problem deeper and more complex.” Calvo Cárdenas is an Afro-Cuban — a group that makes up roughly half of Cuba’s […] Continue reading

Eliminating All Forms of Discrimination and Restoring Freedoms

Cuba: Eliminating All Forms of Discrimination and Restoring Freedoms May 20, 2013 Yusimí Rodriguez HAVANA TIMES — Reading Granma’s cultural pages recently, I came across two things that would not have caught my attention had they been published separately. Seeing them in the same news piece, however, made me think my eyes were deceiving me: […] Continue reading

Crackdown on Afro-Cubans destroys myth of racial equality

Posted on Wednesday, 05.15.13 Crackdown on Afro-Cubans destroys myth of racial equality BY JON B. PERDUE Twitter@jonperdue OSLO, Norway At the time of Fidel Castro’s takeover of Cuba in 1959, “separate but equal” was the norm in much of the Western world. Castro won plaudits from early supporters for banning the practice of separate facilities […] Continue reading

Dissident calls for reform in Cuba

Agencia EFE May 15, 2013 19:00 Dissident calls for reform in Cuba Miami, May 15 (EFE).- Cuban dissident Manuel Cuesta Morua, the leader of the Arco Progresista group, called in Miami on Wednesday for a “new national project” that undertakes the structural reforms needed on the communist-run island and integrates all political positions and ideas. […] Continue reading