Ladies In White
The issues will likely play a role in the U.S. Congress’ willingness to overturn the American trade embargo against the island.
How many times as a child was I part of a carnival of repression without knowing it? What naive parties did I participate in that, in reality, were a cover for the horrors? Have those dances and street festivals also been a police operation? After this, it will be hard for me to ever enjoy a parade again.
When her husband was arrested during the so-called Black Spring of 2003, Laura Pollan's life experienced a radical change. She rose from anonymity and domestic routine to be at the center of praise from democratizing forces and insults from the official press.
As of Wednesday afternoon a total of 21 men and four women were among those refusing to ingest food. Nine of them are in prison.
There is no way to become a Julian Assange in Cuba and stay alive, believe me.
The two islands in which I live were all mixed up in my head: the Cuba of the official celebrations with smiles and slogans, and the other one, that of dissidents forced into cars and prevented from attending a Catholic Mass.
“On the other hand, there are those who wrongly interpret this search for the truth, leading them to irrationality and fanaticism
Among the most notable signs of the Cuban government's pettiness is its failure to respect a political adversary, even when she is dying.
Those demonized by partisan publications are thus transformed into admired beings -- albeit in a whisper -- and even those fired from the government apparatus acquire a certain aura of appeal.
An acquaintance of my mother, who lives very near to a Lady in White, told her that they are under orders not to assault these women in light clothing with gladioli in their hands.
Technology is boosting connectivity, engaging and enrolling the masses to push against repression faced by the people of Cuba, but it's going to take unlimited, uncensored access for technology to truly affect change.
The Ladies in White, wives and mothers of Cuba's political prisoners, were attacked by a mob in Havana yesterday, as they peacefully marched to mark the 7th anniversary of the "Black Spring."