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Marc R. Masferrer
I'm a career newspaper journalist. I also blog.
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Sonia Garro and Ramon Munoz The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported last month that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Uncommon Sense
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Eider Frometa Allen The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported last month that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Uncommon Sense
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The surest way to judge a society is to examine how it treats its most unfortunate, its most helpless. That's even true in a pit like Cuba, where drawing distinctions among those suffering the misery wrought by the Castro dictatorship... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Uncommon Sense
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The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported last month that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list of prisoners... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Uncommon Sense
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Haydee Gallardo Salazar The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported last month that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported last month that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list of prisoners... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Oswaldo Paya fought his fight for a free, just and democratic Cuba with a commitment to non-violence and his faith in and love for the Cuban people. The Castro brothers defend their decripit regime with threats of butchery. Paya was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Enrique Figuerola Miranda The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported last month that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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The Christian Liberation Movement of Cuba, or MCL, is asking for the world to remember its two fallen leaders, Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero, in advance of Tuesday's two-year anniversary of their deaths in a car crash. John Suarez has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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One of the big lies told by the Castro dictatorship -- and by those who apologize for it -- is that the "revolution" delivered education to the masses. A recent incident, however, reveals that not only are Cuban schools nothing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported last month that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list of prisoners... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported last month that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list of prisoners... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Ivan Fernandez Depestre The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported last month that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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El Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humano, based in Spain, has developed a comprehensive list of government ministries, labor unions and other supposed "non-governmental" organizations commissioned by the Castro regime to oppress the Cuban people. There are no surprises on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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The sentencing of three imprisoned brothers listed by Amnesty International as prisoners of conscience has apparently been delayed, according to the human rights organization. The sentencing of Alexeis Vargas Martin, 22, and his two 18-year-old twin brothers, Vianco Vargas Martín... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported June 23 that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list of prisoners... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Jorge Cervantes The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported June 23 that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported June 23 that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list of prisoners... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Cuban Ladies In White marching in Havana, after Sunday Mass and before they were arrested, July 13, 2014. (Photo via Twitter by Ivan Hernandez Carrillo.) About 100 members of the Cuban Damas De Blanco ("Ladies In White") were arrested Sunday... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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"People-to-people" excursions to Cuba, as allowed by the Obama administration's loosening of restrictions on travel to the gulag of the Caribbean, now include junkets to study sea turtles and other natural wonders on the island. As a self-confessed sea turtle... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Twenty years ago, on July 13, 1994, the Castro dictatorship showed its contempt for the Cuban people, its contempt for all humanity, when it murdered 37 of its citizens, including many children, who were trying to escape Cuba on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Osvaldo Rodríguez Acosta, right, and his wife, Juana Castillo The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported June 23 that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported June 23 that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list of prisoners... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported June 23 that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list of prisoners... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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The Hablemos Press news agency and human rights monitor recorded at least 989 politically motivated arrests and detentions during June, bringing the total for the year to 5,586, The count for the first half of 2014 was just shy of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Uncommon Sense