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Marc R. Masferrer
I'm a career newspaper journalist. I also blog.
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Cuban Ladies In White march Sunday in Havana. (Photo by Angel Juan Moya via ICLEP.org) Twenty members of the Cuban Ladies In White and other opposition activists were arrested Sunday after they threw photographs of Cuban political prisoners out a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Uncommon Sense
From prison, Cuban political prisoner Angel Santiesteban notes how the U.S.-Cuba rapprochement has led to unequal treatment of Cuban dissidents: If you support the re-establishment of diplomatic relations, you're pretty much left alone. If you don't, it's more of the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Uncommon Sense
After 90 days of imprisonment, there is no formal accusation against the artist, Danilo Maldonado. Cuban independent lawyer Laritza Diversent writes, via Translating Cuba: Authorities are still imprisoning the artist, Danilo Maldonado, known as “El Sexto” (The Sixth), who was... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Uncommon Sense
Cuban artists, including punk rocker Gorki Aguila and his band, Porno Para Ricardo, have launched an online campaign to demand that the Castro dictatorship release from jail the graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado, better known as El Sexto. As the group... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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José Leonel Silva Guerrero Reporters Without Borders on Tuesday condemned the arrest last week of Cuban indpendent journalist José Leonel Silva Guerrero, a correspondent for the Hablemos Press news agency. Silva last week said his arrest and subsequent 10 hours... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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UNPACU activists march in Santiago de Cuba. (Photo via UNPACU and Martinoticias.com) Just in time for Round 3 of negotiations between American and Cuban officials aiming for an already determined result -- full diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana --... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
Cuban police in Camaguey on Sunday, March 8, arrested nine members of the opposition Rosa Parks Feminine Movement and 10 other activists as they tried to commemorate International Womens Day. "How sad and embarrassing that the government sees as a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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José Leonel Silva Guerrero Independent journalist must be one of the most challenging, and most dangerous, jobs in Cuba. After all, your mission -- to speak truth to power -- is mortal threat to the Castro dictatorship, which in turn... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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One of the best websites for news and information about and from Cuba, and produced by Cubans, is the Centro de Informacion Hablemos Press (CIHPRESS), led by editor Roberto de Jesus Guerra. It has proven to be an invaluable source... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Jesús Noel Carballeda and his family. (Photo via Christian Today) Like other types of repression, religious repression by the Castro dictatorship in Cuba is rampant. Christian Solidarity Worldwide has the latest example: The family of Rev. Jesús Noel Carballeda, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Yoandri Montoya Avilés Cuban independent journalist and activist Yoandri Montoya Avilés faces the possibility of being sentenced to several years in prison, after police officials warned him this he could be prosecuted on a charge of "enemy propaganda" for possessing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Cuban police arrest members of the Damas De Blanco ("Ladies In White") in San Miguel de Padron. (Photo via Hablemos Press) At least 200 Cuban opposition activists and dissidents were arrested in the first eight days of March, according to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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In the same month that celebrities the like of Conan O'Brien and Paris Hilton partied in Havana and American diplomats worked feverishly to seal a diplomatic deal with the Castro dictatorship, the Cuban secret police went into overdrive in its... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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There are two reasons I will not visit Cuba while the Castros and their communist successors are in power, regardless of how cool President Barack Obama tells me it would be. First, I will not dishonor my parents, grandparents and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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On the eve of the second round of negotiations between American and Cuban diplomats, Cuban police Thursday attacked activists with the Patriotic Union of Cuba, the largest opposition group in the country, gathered in a home in the town of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Just shy on the two-month anniversary of the arrest of Cuban artist Danilo Maldonando, aka El Sexto, People In Need, a Czech non-governmental organization active in Cuba, on Tuesday demanded El Sexto's immediate release: Danilo Maldonado, known as El Sexto... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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FANTU activists in Santa Clara (Photo via Martinoticias.com) Thirty-two Cuban opposition activists, including 13 women, were arrested in Santa Clara on Tuesday when they tried to march to a cemetery to pay tribute to the four murdered Brothers to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Many in Congress and the rest of the U.S. government care little for the human rights of Cubans. Fortunately, Amnesty International is not swayed by visions of agricultural sales and Cuban beach vacations but instead remains committed to highlighting the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Numerous reports from Cuba this Sunday morning suggest the Castro dictatorship's police are preparing to move against Damas De Blanco ("Ladies In White") and other activists trying to march to Sunday Mass. [View the story "Cuban police target Ladies In... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Yoel Bencomo Martínez Cuban independent photojournalist Yoel Bencomo Martínez earlier this month was sentenced to 1 year in prison, in apparent retaliation for taking photographs the Castro dictatorship did not like. In the months leading to his arrest on July... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Ramón Alejandro Muñoz Four days after Cuban State Security warned former political prisoner Ramón Alejandro Muñoz to "stay calm" and avoid any political activities, a thug on a bike cut Muñoz with a broken bottle. Muñoz, the husband of Cuban... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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That a Cuban opposition activist might almost be beaten to death in his own home by a Castroite thug after President Barack Obama on Dec. 17 announced his rapprochement with Havana, comes as absolutely no surprise to anyone familiar with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
Martinoticias.com has details on a Twitter-based campaign to demand the Castro regime release from jail Cuban writer Ángel Santisteban and graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado; and end its prosecution of performance artist Tania Bruguera. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
Martinoticias.com has details on a Twitter-based campaign to demand the Castro regime release from jail Cuban writer Ángel Santisteban and graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado; and end its prosecution of performance artist Tania Bruguera. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Cuban democracy activists Rosa Maria Paya, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, aka Antunez and other dissidents were on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to testify before several congressional panels about what they think of the recent rapprochement between the United States... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Uncommon Sense