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Marc R. Masferrer
I'm a career newspaper journalist. I also blog.
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Rolando Reyes Rabanal Cuban human rights activist Rolando Reyes Rabanal, who was one of 53 political prisoners released after the U.S. and Cuba re-established diplomatic relations in December 2014, was arrested Saturday after returning from a visit to Colombia. Reyes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
This post will remain at the top of the page through June 25. During President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba in March 2016, dictator Raul Castro said he would be willing to release all political prisoners; all he needed was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
The Cuban secret police made at least 724 politically motivated arrests in May, according to the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and Reconciliation. It was the lowest monthly count since last July, when there were 674, but at best it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
During President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba in March 2016, dictator Raul Castro said he would be willing to release all political prisoners; all he needed was a list of names. Only the biggest fool would believe him, but several... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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During President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba in March 2016, dictator Raul Castro said he would be willing to release all political prisoners; all he needed was a list of names. Only the biggest fool would believe him, but several... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
Four of the most powerful voices in the Cuban opposition -- the former "black spring" prisoners of conscience Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, Ivan Hernandez and Felix Navarro -- traveled to the United States last week to... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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Yunet Cairo Reigad and Yaquelin Heredia Morales As part of its overall repressive nature, the Castro dictatorship carries on a vicious war on women, especially those who dare to challenge its rule. Just asked the Damas De Blanco, or "Ladies... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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During President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba in March 2016, dictator Raul Castro said he would be willing to release all political prisoners; all he needed was a list of names. Only the biggest fool would believe him, but several... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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During President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba in March 2016, dictator Raul Castro said he would be willing to release all political prisoners; all he needed was a list of names. Only the biggest fool would believe him, but several... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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During President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba in March 2016, dictator Raul Castro said he would be willing to release all political prisoners; all he needed was a list of names. Only the biggest fool would believe him, but several... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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The Castro dictatorship made at least 5,351 politically-motivated arrests in the first four months of 2016, the non-governmental Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation said Tuesday. At the current monthly pace, by sometime in July this will be... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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This week's Uncommon Sense Cuban Political Prisoners of the Week are five activists with the Patriotic Union of Cuba, who have been in jail since their arrests last summer after peaceful protests at Central Park in Havana. This past week,... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
Not willing to let Cubans demonstrating for freedom upset their May Day party, the Castro dictatorship Sunday unleashed another day of repression, moving to block Damas De Blanco and other activists from taking to the streets to demand respect for... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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During President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba in March 2016, dictator Raul Castro said he would be willing to release all political prisoners; all he needed was a list of names. Only the biggest fool would believe him, but several... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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South Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line has enlisted itself as an agent of the apartheid regime in Havana, accepting as a condition of voyages to Cuba the banning from its passenger lists of U.S. citizens and residents who were born on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
Different Sunday, same story from the Cuban streets, with the dictatorship moving to stop peaceful opposition activists from demonstrating for freedom, democracy and human rights.. [View the story "Another Sunday of repression in Cuba, 4/10/16" on Storify] Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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Barack Obama and Raul Castro. (AP photo) Anyone wondering about what the Castro dictatorship really thinks about the re-start of relations with the United States, and the promises of hope and change from President Barack Obama if Cubans just follow... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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If you thought the influx into Cuba of Barack Obama, Mick Jagger and other opportunists into Cuba this past week meant political repression on the island had become a thing of the past, you'd be sorely mistaken. Instead Easter Sunday... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
I will leave it to the CNNs and the New York Timeses to report on the "historic" nature of President Obama's dalliance in Cuba -- a few hours in, some of it already is hysterical. Instead, this blog remains committed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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A Cuban police officer arrests a member of the Damas de Blanco, or "Ladies In White." The Cuba President Barack Obama will visit this month has in 2016 suffered some of the most brutal repression in the past decade. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
Via Twitter, former Cuban prisoner of conscience Ivan Hernandez Carillo reports from other the island that the Castro dictatorship has announced that seven of the 11 former Group of 75 prisoners still in Cuba under a type of parole will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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Different Sunday, same repression in Cuba. Don't expect it to stop just because President Barack Obama is going to Havana. (Yes, the latest arrests come about 48 hours after Obama announced his jaunt to Cuba.) [View the story "Almost 200... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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Repression in Cuba never takes a holiday, even on a day that celebrates love like St. Valentine's Day. [View the story "From Castro with hate: More than 130 Cuban activists arrested on Valentine's Day" on Storify] Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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Another Sunday of repression in Cuba, the 40th Sunday Cubans have taken to the streets to demand their rights and their freedom. [View the story "Another Sunday of repression in Cuba, Feb. 7, 2016" on Storify] Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at Uncommon Sense