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05/16/2017 06:37 PM
Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression
Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com While the new U.S. president’s policies on Cuba remain uncertain, the government in Havana appears to be more nervous about its domestic opposition than usual, as the island heads into a complicated political transition. Authorities have expelled students from universities, arrested dissidents who […]

05/11/2017 05:09 PM
Christians in Cuba worry about student’s alleged persecution
Christians in Cuba worry about student’s alleged persecution After trip to the U.S., Cuban pro-democracy student gets expelled By Andrea Torres – Digital Reporter/Producer , Hatzel Vela – Reporter Posted: 2:01 PM, May 10, 2017 Updated: 2:11 PM, May 10, 2017 HAVANA – A 20-year-old history student dared to publicly criticize the Cuban government. He […]

05/06/2017 03:35 PM
Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington
Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 05, 2017 SANTA CLARA, Cuba (BP) — Religious liberty leaders are interceding on behalf of a college student interrogated, threatened and charged with public disorder by the Cuban government because of his work to expose Christian persecution there. Felix Yuniel Llerena López, […]

04/16/2017 04:09 PM
SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR: THE JEWS OF CUBA
SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR: THE JEWS OF CUBA BYDANIELLE ZIRI APRIL 16, 2017 07:20 Cuban Jews face challenges with hope. HAVANA, CUBA – On a quiet, tree-lined street of Havana’s Vedado, a residential neighborhood just steps away from the sea, one may come across a simple yet striking construction. A dozen yellow-brownish marble […]

03/27/2017 03:44 PM
Evangelical Churches Booming In Cuba Amid Tensions
Evangelical Churches Booming In Cuba Amid Tensions March 27, 2017 7:47 AM HAVANA (CBSMiami/AP) — Fidel Castro’s government punished Rev. Juan Francisco Naranjo and sent him to two years of work camp for preaching in Cuba where atheism was law. For years, Naranjo’s church was almost abandoned, with just a handful of people daring to […]

02/05/2017 05:24 PM
The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba
The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba by MARIO T. DE LA PENA February 5, 2017 4:00 AM Fidel Castro is dead, but Castroism still needs to be defeated Fidel Castro died on November 25, but Castroism — the one-party, neo-Stalinist system that has tyrannized Cuba for more than half a century — still needs […]

01/20/2017 04:01 PM
Trump team doesn’t seem to oppose Obama’s shift in immigration policy for Cubans
Trump team doesn’t seem to oppose Obama’s shift in immigration policy for Cubans BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The Obama administration has worked until its final days to try to ensure the continuity of its Cuba policy, but Ben Rhodes, one of the chief architects of the rapprochement with the island, says he’s still not sure […]

11/28/2016 07:35 PM
Death of Fidel Castro May Pressure Donald Trump on Cuba Promises
Death of Fidel Castro May Pressure Donald Trump on Cuba Promises President-elect could face pushback from some companies regarding his Cuba policies By FELICIA SCHWARTZ and CAROL E. LEE Updated Nov. 27, 2016 11:14 p.m. ET WASHINGTON — The death of Fidel Castro is putting unexpected pressure on President-elect Donald Trump to follow through on […]

09/10/2016 02:17 PM
Despite Obama’s claims, Cuba’s the same
Despite Obama’s claims, Cuba’s the same Thursday, September 8, 2016 | Bill Bumpas, Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com) Christian human rights organizations are alarmed at the wave of repression against Christians in Cuba – despite the normalization of relations between the United States and the communist island. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports a government crackdown on freedom […]

08/17/2016 01:04 PM
Cuba – Church demolitions increase, 1,400 AOG churches seized
Cuba: Church demolitions increase, 1,400 AOG churches seized Tuesday, August 16, 2016 3:51 pm. The first half of 2016 has seen church demolitions in Cuba gather pace as the government crackdown on freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) on the island continues. The authorities have also begun to confiscate 1,400 Assemblies of God (AOG) churches […]

08/10/2016 02:37 PM
Castro still Israel’s enemy, prominent Cuban dissident warns on rare visit
‘It’s a regime that has always been anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian’ Castro still Israel’s enemy, prominent Cuban dissident warns on rare visit Undeterred by torture and prison, Oscar Biscet draws attention to the totalitarian nature of the regime in Havana. I may get killed when I return but I must continue my fight, he saysBY RAPHAEL […]

07/15/2016 02:56 PM
Christian charity appeals for donations to help stop Cuba church demolitions
Christian charity appeals for donations to help stop Cuba church demolitions Lorraine Caballero 14 July, 2016 8:08 PM Christian charity group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is currently appealing for donations to help fight the demolition of churches in Cuba. CSW has published a story of how police in Cuba dragged Marilin from her bed while […]

03/29/2016 02:13 PM
LAWSUIT – OBAMA COVERS UP AMERICAN PRISONERS IN CUBA
LAWSUIT: OBAMA COVERS UP AMERICAN PRISONERS IN CUBA ‘Even the fate of the regime’s victims is of little concern’ BOB UNRUH President Obama’s campaign to mainstream the communist regime of Cuba has included the removal of the island nation from a list of terror sponsors, visits there by Secretary of State John Kerry and the […]

03/23/2016 07:56 PM
Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights
Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights By Frank Jack Daniel in Havana, Matt Spetalnick 1:19 PM Wednesday Mar 23, 2016 Castro accuses US of double standards after Obama criticises human rights record. United States President Barack Obama yesterday pushed Cuba to improve human rights during his historic visit to the Communist-led island, publicly sparring […]

03/10/2016 02:06 PM
CSW marks ongoing struggle of Ladies in White on International Women’s Day
Cuba: CSW marks ongoing struggle of Ladies in White on International Women’s Day Monday, March 7, 2016 8:29 pm. Ladies in White, Havana 2012 Wiki image CC BY-SA 3.0 Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is marking the ongoing struggle and enduring courage of Cuba’s Ladies in White ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March. The […]

02/10/2016 02:13 PM
Church destroyed and 200 hundred members detained in Cuba
Church destroyed and 200 hundred members detained in Cuba Florence Taylor JUNIOR STAFF WRITER 09 February 2016 Cuban authorities demolished a large church on 5 February while hundreds of church members were detained, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). Emanuel Church in eastern Cuba, affiliated to the Apostolic Movement – an unregistered Protestant denomination – […]

01/29/2016 06:39 PM
Cuba Attacks Religious Believers Even As It Liberalizes Economic Rules
Cuba Attacks Religious Believers Even As It Liberalizes Economic Rules By DOUG BANDOW The Obama administration has been easing restrictions on travel, exports, and export financing. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker spoke of “building a more open and mutually beneficial relationship.” However, the administration expressed concern over Havana’s dismal human rights practices. Despite the warm reception […]

01/28/2016 04:26 PM
Cuba Attacks Christians As Washington Liberalizes Economic Ties
Cuba Attacks Christians As Washington Liberalizes Economic Ties Doug Bandow CONTRIBUTOR Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The Obama administration has continued its effort to expand contact between the U.S. and Cuba by easing restrictions on travel, exports, and export financing. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker spoke of “building a more open and mutually […]

01/13/2016 01:51 PM
Churches demolished and pastors arrested in latest government crackdown
Cuba: Churches demolished and pastors arrested in latest government crackdown Harry Farley JUNIOR STAFF WRITER 12 January 2016 Two churches have been demolished and several church leaders arrested in the latest state crackdown in Cuba. Both churches were part of the Apostolic Movement which is unregistered by the Cuban government and were destroyed without warning […]

12/02/2015 05:17 PM
Castro Government Orders Demolition of Five Christian Churches in Cuba
Castro Government Orders Demolition of Five Christian Churches in Cuba Reuters by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.2 Dec 2015 The Cuban government has issued a demolition order for every church in the Abel Santamaria district in the southern city of Santiago de Cuba, according to reports from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). The five churches in the […]

09/13/2015 03:02 PM
For Pope Francis, an unfinished mission in Cuba
For Pope Francis, an unfinished mission in Cuba By Nick Miroff September 12 at 9:25 AM HAVANA — Pope John Paul II’s groundbreaking trip to Cuba in 1998 made such an impression on the Rev. Jorge Mario Bergoglio that he wrote a book about it. Bergoglio’s “Dialogues Between John Paul II and Fidel Castro” was […]

06/21/2015 01:08 PM
Still a long way from religious freedom in Cuba
Still a long way from religious freedom in Cuba June 19 2015 Christian Solidarity Worldwide, an organization that has been researching and advocating on concerns related to freedom of religion or belief in Cuba for years, welcomed the June 2 World article “Religion reawakens under Cuba’s thumb,” especially the attention given to the diversity of […]

06/14/2015 12:57 AM
Cuba undergoes a religious revival
Cuba undergoes a religious revival As Cuban totalitarianism and the memory of enforced atheism both fade, Christian denominations old and new are making inroads Nick Miroff for the Washington Post Friday 12 June 2015 15.00 BST Raúl Castro was a Jesuit schoolboy before turning to communism, and after a lengthy meeting with Pope Francis last […]

06/01/2015 09:27 PM
As ideology fades in Cuba, spirituality and popes intervene
As ideology fades in Cuba, spirituality and popes intervene By Nick Miroff June 1 at 2:30 PM On Easter morning, April 5, members of Victory Outreach International held mass on The Malecon. It is a Pentecostal order founded on the streets of Los Angeles that is known for evangelizing among addicts, inmates and the homeless. […]

04/26/2015 12:58 PM
Pope Francis will have unusual clout in Cuba
Pope Francis will have unusual clout in Cuba BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER AOPPENHEIMER@MIAMIHERALD.COM When Pope Francis goes to Cuba in September, he will have a larger-than-usual influence over the Cuban government: he has been a champion of dialogue with the island’s regime and strong critic of the U.S. trade embargo since he authored a little-known book […]

01/26/2015 09:49 PM
Despite new hope, old problems remain for Cuba’s Jews
Despite new hope, old problems remain for Cuba’s Jews The 1,500-member community remains over-reliant on foreign aid, despite key changes to the Communist country. By Josh Tapper Jan. 26, 2015 | 10:50 AM JTA – On a recent Friday night inside this city’s Beth Shalom synagogue, Aliet Ashkenazi, 25, stood draped in a blue-and-white prayer […]

12/21/2014 01:45 PM
US-Cuba deal to restore ties puts spotlight on island’s human rights record
US-Cuba deal to restore ties puts spotlight on island’s human rights record Published December 19, 2014 Associated Press HAVANA – To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty. Cuba’s supporters see the […]

12/17/2014 01:39 PM
Cuban Baptist Pastor Speaks Out on Human Rights
Cuban Baptist Pastor Speaks Out on Human Rights United for Human Rights, a non-profit organization that assists educators, organizations and governmental bodies to implement the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, invited Pastor Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso to be the featured speaker at an event to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human […]

07/29/2014 11:30 AM
U.S. report says religious freedom in Cuba is bad but getting better
Posted on Monday, 07.28.14 U.S. report says religious freedom in Cuba is bad but getting better BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Cuban government restrictions on religion remain severe although they have been eased on several fronts over the past year, according to the U.S. State Department’s annual report on freedom of religion around the world. […]

03/19/2014 12:05 PM
Cuba and the Rescue of Lost Values
Cuba and the Rescue of Lost Values March 18, 2014 Dariela Aquique HAVANA TIMES — Cuba’s unpopular Round Table program, hoping to broaden its audience some, I imagine, has been airing a number of discussions on a weekly basis. Titled Sobre la mesa (“On the Table”), the segment focuses chiefly on social issues. Recently, the […]

12/17/2013 01:58 PM
Cuban People and Human Rights
Cuban People and Human Rights / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on December 14, 2013 Once again, the subject of human rights is polarizing Cuban society. Many would agree that keeping the topic center stage is an especially meaningful and noteworthy endeavour. To be fair, we must acknowledge that the Cuban government deploys more than 40,000 […]

08/21/2013 04:44 PM
How Cuba Will Use UNHRC Nominee Jean Ziegler to Spread Lies, Propaganda
How Cuba Will Use UNHRC Nominee Jean Ziegler to Spread Lies, Propaganda Published by unwatch – at August 19, 2013 November 1, 2007, in Havana, Cuba: Jean Ziegler, UN Special Rapporteur on The Right to Food (L) is welcomed by Cuba’s Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque. Ziegler’s visit marks the first time in many years […]

05/26/2013 12:54 AM
Being a Dissident and a Practitioner of Santeria, a Difficult Path
Being a Dissident and a Practitioner of Santeria, a Difficult Path Posted on May 24, 2013 The first Cuban vice-president, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez visited the headquarters of the Cultural Yoruba Association of Cuba this past Monday, days after the Department of State published a document in regards to religious freedom, which alleges that there have […]

05/25/2013 06:06 PM
Parish priests in rural Cuba are stepping in where the government is falling short
Posted on Friday, 05.24.13 Parish priests in rural Cuba are stepping in where the government is falling short How to help: Donations to help the placetas can be made out to the Fundacion Monsignor Fernando Prego and sent to Santiago Alpizar, a Placetas native and Miami lawyer, at 1699 Coral Way, Suite 512, Miami, 33145. […]

05/23/2013 05:28 PM
More religious freedoms in Cuba?
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 More religious freedoms in Cuba? The State Department says repression of faith remains a problem in Cuba, while a CBF Florida official has seen major improvements. By Jeff Brumley While the U.S. government reports that religious rights remain greatly restricted in Cuba, a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship official said his own experience […]

05/22/2013 08:43 PM
Annual U.S. report on religious freedoms says Cuba eased some controls but still imposed many restrictions
Posted on Tuesday, 05.21.13 Annual U.S. report on religious freedoms says Cuba eased some controls but still imposed many restrictions By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com Cuba’s communist government eased controls on religious activities in the past year but overall maintained “significant restrictions” on freedom of religion on the island, according to a U.S. State Department […]

04/04/2013 01:52 PM
Threats to religious freedom in Cuba
Threats to religious freedom in Cuba Published 04 April 2013 | ASSIST News Service Events in the first quarter of 2013 point to an ongoing trend of a broader political crackdown on religious freedom in Cuba, while reported violations tripled in 2012. That's according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide's (CSW) latest report on religious freedom in […]

09/08/2012 08:23 PM
In Cuba, religious freedom remains a dream
Posted on Friday, 09.07.12 In Cuba, religious freedom remains a dream BY TEO A. BABUN JR. Echocuba.org Five nuns from Our Lady of the Good Shepherd's congregation returned to Cuba on Aug. 28 with a small statue they had taken 50 years ago when they left after Cuba's communist revolution. As recognition of the Cuban […]

05/05/2012 03:32 PM
AFTER THE VISIT OF THE POPE TO CUBA, WHAT? / IntraMuros
AFTER THE VISIT OF THE POPE TO CUBA, WHAT? / IntraMuros IntraMuros, Translator: Hank Hardisty AFTER THE VISIT OF THE POPE TO CUBA, WHAT? "You are and must be the sovereigns of your own personal and national history." (John Paul II, Cuba 1998) The two visits of the Popes of the Catholic Church, are milestones […]

03/29/2012 11:55 AM
Pope leaves Cuba with a call for freedom and shot at US embargo
Pope leaves Cuba with a call for freedom and shot at US embargoAFP/NEWSCORELast Updated: 7:36 PM, March 28, 2012 HAVANA — Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday wrapped up a visit to Cuba with a call for respect of "basic freedoms," pursuing his persistent prodding of the island's Communist authorities to embrace change. After an open-air […]

03/29/2012 11:53 AM
Pope Disappoints Many in Visit to Cuba
Pope Disappoints Many in Visit to CubaMarch 28, 2012By Isaac Risco HAVANA TIMES, March 28 (dpa) – The three-day visit to communist Cuba by Pope Benedict XVI had been much-anticipated, but it failed to deliver what many had hoped for: a clear stance from the pontiff regarding human rights on the island. With words shrouded […]

03/23/2012 11:58 PM
US panel on religious freedom reports Cuban violations
Posted on Thursday, 03.22.12 US panel on religious freedom reports Cuban violations Arrests, controls and surveillance of religious leaders in Cuba were detailed in a report Wednesday from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.By Juan O. Tamayojtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com A week before Pope Benedict XVI visits Cuba, a U.S. government panel on religious freedom has alleged […]

03/23/2012 10:11 PM
Pope says communism does not work in Cuba
Pope says communism does not work in CubaBy Philip Pullella, Reuters March 23, 2012 2:33 PM ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Benedict said on Friday communism no longer works in Cuba and that the Roman Catholic Church was ready to help the island find new ways of moving forward without "trauma." Speaking on the […]

03/03/2011 03:52 PM
DECLARATION OF SANTIAGO
DECLARATION OF SANTIAGO03-03-2011.Concilio Cubano(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- The Cuban people live in very difficult times. However, this is not news. For more than fifty years we have witnessed increasing poverty and the ongoing violation of our hum...

06/26/2009 01:28 PM
Obama Says Cuba Must ‘Unconditionally’ Free Political Prisoners
Obama Says Cuba Must 'Unconditionally' Free Political PrisonersBy Julianna Goldman June 25 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama called on Cuba's government to "unconditionally" release all of its political prisoners and allow them to "fully participate in a democratic future in Cuba." Obama, 47, cited three political prisoners who are the recipients of an award from […]

06/23/2009 02:52 PM
Dissidents call for peaceful change and respect for rights of Cubans
Dissidents call for peaceful change and respect for rights of Cubans Havana, Cuba, Jun 22, 2009 / 10:03 pm (CNA).- Leaders of the peaceful resistance in Cuba repeated their request last week that the government respect human rights and promote transition towards democracy. In a statement entitled, "United in Hope," the dissidents called on the […]

06/06/2008 10:32 PM
Despite Raúl Castro’s reforms, Cuba still source of oppression
Despite Raúl Castro's reforms, Cuba still source of oppressionJune 5, 2008By G. Philip Hughes and J. Paul Johnson The human rights focus in the May 21 observance of Cuba Solidarity Day was very apposite — but also a little ironic. In February, Cuba signed two UN human rights covenants: The Covenant on Civil and Political […]

05/23/2008 03:59 PM
Raúl: more of the same?
Raúl: more of the same? Despite 'Raúlistroika' and the signing of two key UN charters, Cubaremains a long way from granting its citizens full human rightsEmilio Viano and J Paul Johnson May 21, 2008 7:00 AM During Soviet times factory workers reportedly quipped: "They pretend topay us, and we pretend to work." This axiom applies […]

03/21/2008 02:21 PM
Cuba Signs Two Treaties on Rights
Cuba Signs Two Treaties on RightsBy JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.Published: March 1, 2008 HAVANA — Just days after Raúl Castro took office as president of Cuba, its Communist government signed two important international human rights treaties that Fidel Castro had long opposed, another sign the new administration may be willing to set a new course. […]

03/21/2008 01:16 PM
Sad anniversary of Cuba’s `black spring’
Sad anniversary of Cuba's `black spring'OUR OPINION: DON'T FORGET VICTIMS WHO REMAIN IN CUBA'S JAILSPosted on Fri, Mar. 21, 2008 A regard for common decency has never stopped either Fidel or Raúl Castro from punishing political dissent even as they pretend to support internationally recognized standards of freedom. As long as they have something to […]

12/06/2007 11:14 PM
As Jews Celebrate Hanukkah, A Look At Judaism In Cuba
As Jews Celebrate Hanukkah, A Look At Judaism In Cuba As Jews around the world celebrate Hanukkah, NY1 looks at the unique challenges Jews face in Cuba. When NY1's Stephanie Simon traveled to the island on Humanitarian Visa earlier this year, she visited Havana's largest synagogue. She introduces us to the woman who taught Fidel […]

11/24/2007 06:55 PM
DECLARATION OF FREEDOM FOR CUBANS
DECLARATION OF FREEDOM FOR CUBANS2007-11-24.Cuban Forum Campaign WE THE CUBAN PEOPLE: We want liberty. God created all human beings free and as such freedom is an inalienable right. Cubans want to be free. Free to express ourselves, to dream, to create, to work, to travel, to elect, to create and to display our faith. Cubans […]

11/05/2007 09:31 PM
‘Change’ in Cuba crucial
'Change' in Cuba crucialDeseret Morning News editorialPublished: Monday, Nov. 5, 2007 12:14 a.m. MST In Cuba, any whiff of reform is systematically snuffed out. The latest example of repression was the roundup of young Cubans wearing white rubber wristbands stenciled with the world "cambio," the Spanish word for change. The young people were held for […]

01/02/2007 06:55 PM
Castro’s true legacy is a trail of blood
Castro's true legacy is a trail of bloodBy Jeff JacobyTuesday, January 2, 2007 It was on New Year's Day in 1959 that Fidel Castro's guerrillas toppled Fulgencio Batista, and a week later that Castro entered Havana and launched what has become the world's longest-lived dictatorship. This week thus marks the 48th anniversary of Castro's revolution […]

03/27/2006 11:13 PM
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2005
Cuba Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – 2005Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and LaborMarch 8, 2006 Cuba, with a population of 11 million, is a totalitarian state led by a president, Fidel Castro, whose regime controls all aspects of life through the Communist Party (CP) and its affiliated mass organizations, the […]

03/13/2006 07:13 PM
New council opposed by unusual duo US and Cuba
Posted on Mon, Mar. 13, 2006 U.N. HUMAN RIGHTSNew council opposed by unusual duo: U.S. and CubaBY LAWRENCE C. MOSSmossl@hrw.org U.S. Ambassador John Bolton was not the first to oppose a draft resolution establishing a new U.N. Human Rights Council — Cuba beat him to it. The parameters of the resolution proposed by Jan Eliasson, […]

11/18/2005 03:16 PM
US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report 2005 on Cuba
US State Department?s International Religious Freedom Report 2005 on Cuba 2005-11-17 Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Released on November 8, 2005  The Constitution recognizes the right of citizens to profess and practice any religious belief within the framework of respect for the law; however, in law and in practice, the […]

 

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