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Marc R. Masferrer
I'm a career newspaper journalist. I also blog.
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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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
With many in the U.S. Congress eager to do business with the gangsters in Havana, it is worth recognizing those of their colleagues who recognize the nature of the Castro regime and its bad behavior, and refuse to change their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
Despite promises from Washington that normalized relations with Havana would bring change to Cuba, the level of political repression -- in any realistic assessment, the only way to gauge the success of the Obama policy -- is as bad in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
One of the Castro dictatorship's favorite repressive tactics is the "act of repudiation," in which the police or other communist thugs rally a mob -- often including students and the elderly -- to attack anyone who might oppose the regime,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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Vladimir Morera Bacallao Cuban political prisoner Vladimir Morera Bacallao's hunger strike was terminated Dec. 30 when doctors began feeding him intravenously after he slipped into an incoherent state after more than 80 days of not eating to demand his release.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
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As measured by maybe the most important indicator -- the level of political repression -- President Barack Obama's opening to Cuba, which has been sold as a way to maybe, hopefully, eventually foster change on the island, has been an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Uncommon Sense
The U.S. State Department, as well as a Republican Cuban-American member of Congress, on Tuesday asked the Castro dictatorship to release political prisoner Vladimir Morera Caballao, who Wednesday will start the 82nd day of a hunger strike to demand his... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Vladimir Morera Bacallao The U.S. State Department this week elevated the status of Cuban political prisoner Vladimir Morera Bacallo, who has been on hunger strike for more than 75 days, when Tom Malinowski, the assistant secretary for democracy, human rights... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Cuban Ladies In White and other anti-Castro activists gather in Havana park. (Photo by Angel Moya) One year ago this month, on Dec. 17, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban dictator Raul Castro announced a deal that later led to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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The past year, since Dec. 17 when President Barack Obama cut his normalization deal with the Castro dictator, have provided numerous illustrations of why the deal and Obama's promises of change for Cuba, are such folly. Capitol Hill Cubans last... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Some of the most admirable Cuban activists on the island are those who challenge the Castro dictatorship by standing up on behalf of their fellow activists held in jail by the regime. They willfully and bravely risk the little freedom... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Today in Cuba, @jangelmoya. Today is at least the 32nd Sunday of repression of Cuba, with reports filtering from the island of dozens already being arrested, many while trying to march peacefully to Mass. Details are so far scarce, as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Speaking about Cuban political prisoners at Jose Marti Park, Tampa, March 7, 2010. The past 10 years in Cuban history -- which correspond with the 10 years this blog has been in existence as of this weekend -- have been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Fusion.net reports on how Central America has become the preferred route for many Cubans seeking a new life the United States -- creating a new refugee crisis maybe not as dramatic as what the world is witnessing in Europe but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
In Havana and across the island, Cubans gathered on Sunday to pray and to demand the release of all political prisoners. As reported by various sources on the island armed with little more than a computer or cell phone and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
Cuban independent journalist Lamberto Hernández Plana is near death because of the effects of a 27-day-long hunger strike he started after his most recent arrest and imprisonment. Hernandez last month was arrested, tried behind closed doors and convicted of a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Cuban police arrest activist on Oct. 4 (Photo via Martinoticias.com) President Barack Obama assured his opening to Cuba -- or his appeasing of the Castro dictatorship, if accuracy is your fetish -- would help make Cuba and Cubans freer. His... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Forty days after they were arrested for approaching Pope Francis before he celebrated Mass in Havana, three anti-Castro activists remain in jail. As such, their plight has become a rallying point for activists with the Patriotic Union of Cuba, or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at Uncommon Sense
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Antunez speaks in Tampa, August 2013. (Photo: Uncommon Sense) After undergoing a series of medical tests in the United States, Cuban activist and former political prisoner Jorge Luis Perez Garcia "Antunez" had an ominous message for the Castro dictatorship: "I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at Uncommon Sense