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Marc R. Masferrer
I'm a career newspaper journalist. I also blog.
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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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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A new report by a Cuban independent news agency/human rights monitor confirms the dismal human rights situation on the island. Hablemos Press (CIHPRESS) reports that there were at least 424 political arrests in Cuba in September, bringing the total for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Ignacio Luis González Vida Eight Cuban independent journalists have been arrested in recent days while trying to report on the reality of life in Cuba, proving the danger of their work in Cuba and the extent to which the Castro... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Cuban prosecutors are seeking a five-year prison sentence for opposition activist Ciro Alexis Casanova Pérez, after he ignored a house arrest and went out on the streets to protest against the Castro dictatorship. Casanova, a member of the Orlando Zapata... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Bernardo Arevalo Cuban independent journalists are warriors for freedom, on the front lines of the struggle to report for their fellow Cubans and the world the reality of Cuba. They usually pay a high price for their bravery, as they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Cuban police in September made at least 411 politically-motivated arrests in September, raising the total for the year to 7,599, according to the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation. It was the lowest monthly count since July 2013,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Sonia Garro and Ramon Munoz Three Cuban activists who have been jailed since just before Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the island in March 2012, are set to stand trial Oct. 21 on charges of "assault, public disorder and attempted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Vladimir Morera After more than 100 days on hunger strike, Cuban political prisoner Vladimir Morera has a scored a huge victory for himself, and all Cubans who struggle against the Castro regime. Morera, who was serving an 8-year prison sentence... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Ernesto Riveri The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported lin June that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Vladimir Morera Bacallao On the brink of death after more than three months on hunger strike for his freedom, Cuban political prisoner Vladimir Morera Bacallao last week agreed to be fed by a tube after a visit from the Roman... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Yohannes Arce Cuban law school student and political prisoner Yohannes Arce, in jail since May 13, is set to stand trial Tuesday, Sept. 16, according to Cuban opposition activist Yusmila Reyna Ferrer. Anuncian juicio contra Yohanne Arce #UNPACU para el... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Vladimir Morera After almost two months on hunger strike, Cuban political prisoner Vladimir Morera is "gravely" ill, according to Cuban opposition activist Librado Linares Garcia. #CUBA El PP Vladimir Morera est n HH dd el 16 d Junio.Tiene la Presion... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported lin June that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list of prisoners... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported lin June that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list of prisoners... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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Bernardo Arevalo Padron Reporters Without Borders has the story of Bernardo Arevalo Padron: Bernardo Arévalo Padrón, an independent journalist based in Cienfuegos, 250 km southeast of Havana, said the police of pressured him to leave Cuba when they arrested him... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Uncommon Sense
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The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported lin June that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list of prisoners... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Uncommon Sense