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Marc R. Masferrer
I'm a career newspaper journalist. I also blog.
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The United States officially re-opened its embassy in Havana on Aug. 14 -- smack in the middle of the worst month for political repression in Cuba so far this year. The exact correlation is left for readers to discern, but... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Uncommon Sense
For those skeptical, if not cynical and/or fearful, about Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Cuba, comes this disturbing story from Pinar del Rio. If the pope does not speak out against how some in the Cuban church betrays members of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Uncommon Sense
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Juana Castillo and Osvaldo Rodriguez Acosta Pope Francis' man in Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, claims there remain no political prisoners in Castro's jails. Osvaldo Rodriguez Acosta, whose family has paid a high price for their opposition to the dictatorship, begs... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Uncommon Sense
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El Sexto Cuban graffitti artist Danilo Maldonado -- better known as "El Sexto" -- remains on hunger strike to protest his continued unjust imprisonment by the Castro dictatorship, according to his mother. El Sexto has been held without trial since... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Uncommon Sense
For at least the 20th Sunday in a row, Twitter is buzzing from Cuba with reports of renewed repression against the Damas De Blanco ("Ladies In White") and other activists by the Castro regime's secret police, as they march to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Uncommon Sense
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Two anti-Castro activists last week were sentenced to prison, after the dictatorship ruled they were "pre-criminal dangers," an Orwellian designation the regime saves for those Cuban brave enough to stand up to its nonsense. Jordys Manuel Dosil Fong and Reinier... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Cuban dictator Raul Castro and Pope Francis. More than three years ago, on the eve of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Cuba, the Castro dictatorship unleashed a wave of repression designed to impress on Cuban opposition activists that it remained... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
Today is another Sunday of repression in Cuba, with arrests of dissidents reported in Havana and Guantanamo. Sources on the island have the details: [View the story "Aug. 23, 2015: Another Sunday of repression in Cuba #TodosMarchamos" on Storify] Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gets taken for a ride in Havana. Some 200 Cuban dissidents, in Havana and in the eastern part of the island, were arrested Sunday in at least the 18th consecutive Sunday of repression in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
Acting on its pronouncements that the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with the United States won't affect how it treats the Cuban people -- and the Obama administration's ensuing acquiescence -- the Castro regime on Sunday rounded up some 120 anti-Castro... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
This is a must-watch video, even if only for the rare chance to witness a CNN employee commit an act of real journalism about Cuba. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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El Sexto Cuban artist and political prisoner Danilo Maldonado, aka "El Sexto," in jail since December after he tried to put on an art display featuring two pigs named "Fidel" and "Raul," told his mother this week he may be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
Calling the U.S. rapprochement with Cuba a "diplomatic and moral failure," U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio implored Secretary of State John Kerry to demand the Castro dictatorship release all political prisoners and to meet with Cuban dissidents when he visits Havana... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Cuban police on Sunday arrested 90 peaceful opposition activists, including many wearing Barack Obama masks, on at least the 17th straight Sunday of repression in Cuba. The masks make clear the dissidents' disdain for the efforts of the legacy-seeking president.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
For at least the 17th straight Sunday, Castro's secret police has launched a wave of repression in Cuba. For at least the 17th straight Sunday, brave Cubans on the island -- and their supporters around the world -- are resisting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Political repression in Cuba has hit a fevered pitch in the more than seven months since President Barack Obama and the dictator Raul Castro announced the normalization of relations between Washington and Havana. For his part at least, Castro has... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Cuban Damas De Blanco march. (Photo via Martinoticias.com) More than 60 members of the Cuban Damas De Blanco, or "Ladies In White," and other peaceful activists were arrested Sunday in Havana, the latest replay of the Castro dictatorship's intolerance for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
Several political prisoners at the Valle Grande prison in Havana have started hunger strikes to protest their unjust imprisonment and to demand the release of all political prisoners. The protesters, many of whom are activists with the Patriotic Union of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
Sources on the island report Sunday on numerous arrests and other repression on the island, as the regime marks the 62th anniversary of its failed attack on the barracks at Moncada. [View the story "July 26, 2015: Another Sunday of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Raul Castro and Barack Obama are all smiles as Cuban people continue to suffer under one of the most repressive regimes in the world. After a break of more than 50 years, the United States and Cuba on Monday will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Angel Santiesteban, second from left, with supporters after his release Friday. The Cuban writer and political prisoner Angel Santiesteban was released from jail after almost 2 1/2 years of unjust imprisonment. Santiesteban, founder of Estado de Stats, in December 2012... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Cuban activist Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, "Antunez," and other activists outside a Havana church on Sunday. For the umpteenth Sunday in a row, the Castro police launched a wave of repression against opposition activists in Havana and elsewhere on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Cuban Damas de Blanco, or "Ladies In White," march Sunday in Havana. The Damas are frequent targets for attacks by Cuban State Security and other pro-dictatorship thugs. (Photo by Angel Moya via Facebook). There were at least 563 politically-motivated arrests... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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From the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba and the Cuban American National Foundation: Miami, FL – The recent controversy regarding the number of long term (more than 6 months) political prisoners in Cuban jails have prompted The Foundation for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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El Nuevo Herald/Miami Herald reports on the most-recent Sunday of repression in Cuba: Cuban security forces beat up opposition activist Antonio G. Rodiles and detained nearly 100 other dissidents on Sunday, just a few days before the scheduled opening of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Uncommon Sense