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Marc R. Masferrer
I'm a career newspaper journalist. I also blog.
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As a hisorical moment, there is no disputing the profundity of today's announcment of a new era in U.S-Cuban relations. But for the chatter and debate it has sparked, most have it has failed to address this essential question: How... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Uncommon Sense
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Sonia Garro Alfonso Cuban political prisoner Sonia Garro, her husband and another activist, in jail since their arrest in March 2012, were released from jail on Tuesday. But Garro said they have only been transferred to "house arrest" to await... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
The numbers, and not fanciful notions/delusions/absurdities about how the Castro dictatorship is changing, tell the truth about repression in Cuba. As of Nov. 30, there have been at least 8,410 politically motivated arrests in Cuba this year, compared to 6,424... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
Via Translating Cuba and 14ymedio: 14YMEDIO, November 28, 2014 — UNPACU issued a statement Thursday night in which it accuses President Raul Castro of having ordered the “liquidation” of the opposition. The organization cites sources from the Ministry of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
In threatneing Juan Carlos Fernandez, a correspondent for 14yMedio, the online newspaper headed by famed blogger Yoani Sanchez, a Castro police official offered the site a valuable, albeit unintentional endorsement as a "confrontational" media outlet. Here is 14ymedio's account of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Osvaldo Rodriguez Acosta Officials at the Quivicán prison in Artesmia province have cut political prisoner Osvaldo Rodriguez Acosta from access to food because he refuses to wear the uniform of a common prisoners. "I am a political prisoner and that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Three Cuban activists in jail since May when they were arrested in Guantanamo province for protesting the arrest of another activist, this week learned their punishment after they were convicted of "public disorder" and "attempted murder." Yoelkis Rosabal, 31, was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Cuban activists Rosa Maria Paya, Tony Diaz Sanchez, a former prisoner of conscience, and me, in Hialeah, Fla., April 2013. Nine years ago this month, when I started this blog, and soon afterward, when I devoted it almost exclusively to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Juliet Michelena Diaz UPDATED, Nov. 10, 2014 -- Martinoticias.com has an interview with Juliet Michelena. |---| After seven months of unjust imprisonment, Cuban independent journalist Juliet Michelena Diaz on Thursday was found not guilty of a bogus charge of "assault"... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Sonia Garro and Ramon Munoz The Castro dictatorship is deathly afraid of Cuban political prisoner Sonia Garro Alfonso, and those who support her. There is no other explanation for why for the fourth time since Garro, her husband and another... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Carlos Manuel Figueroa Álvarez Santiago Roberto Montes de Oca The roll of the names of Cuban political prisoners recently grew by at least five. The Hablemos Press news agency/human rights monitor reports that on Oct. 22 in Havana, a court... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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The record pace of political repression in Cuba continued in October. The unofficial Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported this week that Cuban police last month made at least 413 politically-motivated arrests. That's the second-lowest monthly count... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Marth Beatriz Roque Twelve former Cuban prisoners of conscience jailed during the "black spring" of 2003 still in Cuba are asking the regime to relax conditions of their paroles so they can travel overseas, according to martinoticias.com. One of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Ivan Fernandez Depestre Cuban prisoner of conscience Ivan Fernandez Depestre has been on hunger strike since Oct. 9, about the time he was severely beaten by senior guards at the Guamajal prison and thrown into a punishment cell, according to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Marcelino Abreu Marcelino Abreu, who earlier this month started a hunger strike to force the Castro regime to keep an earlier promise to release him, has won his freedom. Abreu was released Friday afternoon and just before midnight he was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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The Castro dictatorship last week postponed for the third time the trial of Cuban political prisoner Sonia Garro Alfonso, her husband Ramon Munoz and another activist, who were arrested in March 2012 just before the visit to Cuba of Pope... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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El Critico Imprisoned Cuban opposition activist and rap singer Angel Yunier Remon Arzuaga, who last week was sentenced to 6 years in prison, has started a hunger and thirst strike to protest his imprisonment. Karen Caballero, with martinoticias.com, has the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Sonia Garro Alfonso Sonia Garro Alfonso, her husband Ramon Munoz another activist have been unjustly imprisoned since March 2012, when they were arrested just before the visit to Cuba of Pope Benedict XVI. Their trial has once again been postponed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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[View the story "Cuba Damas De Blanco on Sunday defy Castro, march for freedom" on Storify] Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso From Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW): Cuba: Baptist Pastor Threatened With Criminal Charges Cuban Baptist pastor and religious freedom activist Reverend Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso has received official notice that he may face criminal charges if he... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Marcelino Abreu Tired of waiting for the Castro dictatorship to deliver on its promise to release him, Cuban political prisoner Marcelino Abreu has started a new hunger strike. His jailers in June promised Abreu that he would be released in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Angel Yunier Remon, "El Critico" Imprisoned Cuban rap singer/political activist Angel Yunier "El Critico" Remon has been sentenced to 6 years in prison. El Critico and several family members had been in jail since March 26, 2013, after they were... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Cuban opposistion activist David Bustamante Rodriguez is awaiting sentencing, after he was tried and convicted -- as if the verdict after his arrest in May was ever in doubt -- on charges of "assault" and "public disorder." Bustamante, a gay... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Yohannes Arce Sarmientos Cuban opposition activist Yohannes Arce Sarmientos has been sentenced to three years in prison after he was convicted last month on a charge of "assault." Arce, a member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, or UNPACU, had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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The legacy of Ernesto "the Murdering Bastard They Call che" Guevara is found everywhere in Cuba, in its prison dungeons, in its decaying slums and most notably, in grave sites that hold the bodies of those he killed. That legacy,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Uncommon Sense