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Marc R. Masferrer
I'm a career newspaper journalist. I also blog.
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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 3 days ago at Uncommon Sense
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This post will remain at the top of the page through May 28 , 2016. 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... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago 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
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Cuban independent journalist Lazaro Yuri Valle is arrested in Havana on Dec. 10. 2015. (EFE photo via Martinoticias.com) Even if you believe and/or trust President Barack Obama's assurances that the reopening of relations with the Castro dictatorship in Cuba would... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
This happens every day across Cuba. From 14ymedio via Translating Cuba: Carlos Oliva Rivery from UNPACU (Twitter) 14ymedio, Havana, 29 January 2016 — The houses of Alexeis Martínez and Carlos Oliva Rivery, both members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
In an interview posted on YouTube, and just days after his release, former Cuban political prisoner Hugo Damien Prieto vows to continue as part of the struggle for freedom in Cuba, "until the end of the Castros." He also thanked... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
"Economic reform" in Cuba doesn't mean anything if it doesn't allow the people to eat what they want. When Cuban police raided food vendors doing business free of the normal controls, the people wanting and needing food pushed back. 14ymedio,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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More than a year after the United States and Cuba normalized relations, with promises from President Barack Obama that American appeasement would bring democratic change and respect for human rights to the island, how are the Castros doing? According to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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Hugo Damian Prieto and his wife, a few hours after being released. (Angel Moya) Via Translating Cuba, 14YMedio has the story: 14ymedio, Havana, 21 January 2016 – Released on Wednesday, after three months detention, were two members of the Cuban... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Uncommon Sense