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Marc R. Masferrer
I'm a career newspaper journalist. I also blog.
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El Sexto Despite the recent giddiness by some about Cuba, there remain in the Castro gulag numerous political prisoners, including at least one -- Danilo Maldonado -- arrested after the Dec. 17 announcement by President Barack Obama that the United... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Uncommon Sense
Via Translating Cuba, which Monday posted a translation of interview conducted Dec.10 by independent journalist Reinaldo Escobar with Elizardo Sanchez, head of the non-official Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation. The interview was done a week before President... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Uncommon Sense
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Leinier Cruz Salfran, a Cuban computer expert, recently got around financial and other limits on access to the Internet by turning his laptop into a "hot spot," allowing other Cubans high-speed access to the Internet. The result? Cruz, 34, was... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Uncommon Sense
Trying to explain why President Obama's shift on American policy toward Cuba is wrongheaded is serious business, considering the stakes involved. But it also can be exhausting and mind-numbing, especially when trying to answer some of the more idiotic rationales... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Uncommon Sense
Via Capitol Hill Cubans: By renowned Cuban author, Carlos Alberto Montaner, in Spain's El Pais: Obama's five mistakes in his new Cuba policy The upcoming January 21st visit to Cuba by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Uncommon Sense
Reuters reports: Cuba has completed the release of all 53 prisoners it had promised to free, the Obama administration said on Monday, a major step toward détente with Washington. The release of the remaining detainees overcomes a big hurdle for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
Several dozen Cuban political prisoners have been released this week, apparently as a result of the Obama-Castro rapprochment announced Dec. 17. A welcome development and below I will list the names of those reported to have been released, even if... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Five Cuban political prisoners have been released from jail this week, according to reports from the island. The Castro regime did not say whether the prisoners were released under a deal struck last month with the United States to re-establish... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Terrorists in Paris on Wednesday attacked freedom,, especially the freedom of the press, and 10 freedom fighters, journalists with the Charlie Hebdo magazine, fell. Their deaths, apparent retribution for how they exercised their freedom and defended it for all, demands... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
By Mary Anastasia O'Grady in The Wall Street Journal: Where Are Cuba’s Political Prisoners? Who and where are the 53 Cuban political prisoners that President Obama promised would be freed by Havana as part of a deal to liberate three... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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The number of politically motivated arrests and detentions in Cuba skyrocketed to just shy of 8,900 in 2014, a leading Cuban human rights group reported Monday. In December, there were at least 489 such arrests, bringing the total for the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
A staple of diplomatic negotiations between nations is a lack of clarity, or transparency, sufficient for all sides to claim victory. This axiom has been clearly on display since the Dec. 17 announcements that the United States and Cuba were... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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My grandfather Raimundo Masferrer, my sister Alina and me, some 45 years ago or so. Tonight, as I have for many New Year's Eves before, I remember my grandfather, Raimundo Masferrer, who along with his two brothers, packed themselves into... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Skepticsm, if not an outright sense of betrayal, that has met President Barack Obama's deal with Raul Castro is twofold: -- In return for diplomatic recognition of the Castro regime and a promise to work for repeal of the so-called... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
A new day for Cuba was not suppose to happen like this. A new day for Cuba was suppose to be marked by the demise of a dictatorship and the rise of democracy. The celebration, in Cuba, in Miami, wherever... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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 Dec 17, 2014 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