Miami Herald: Cuba confirms a fiber-optic cable from Venezuela is being tested

January 25, 2013 3:36 pm0 comments
Miami Herald: Cuba confirms a fiber-optic cable from Venezuela is being tested

Two years after a fiber-optic cable reached Cuba from Venezuela, and at least five months after it was activated, Havana has confirmed the ALBA-1 cable is working but cautioned that doesn’t mean residents will have more access to the Internet. A brief note from ETECSA, the government’s telecommunications monopoly, published […]

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Chilenos protestan en pro y contra Cuba | VOA

January 24, 2013 3:52 pm0 comments
Chilenos protestan en pro y contra Cuba | VOA

Vísperas a la llegada del presidente cubano, Raúl Castro a Chile para participar en la cumbre de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC) y la Unión Europea, un grupo de chilenos a favor y en contra del régimen protagonizaron una encandecida protesta. El enfrentamiento se produjo en la […]

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Bloomberg: Venezuela VP Maduro Arrives in Havana to Visit Ailing Chavez

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Bloomberg: Venezuela VP Maduro Arrives in Havana to Visit Ailing Chavez

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Havana yesterday to receive instructions from cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez on a regional summit taking place this week. Maduro and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez were greeted at the airport in the Cuban capital by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua, Venezuelan Attorney General Cilia Flores and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, the […]

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Preocupa aumento de presos políticos en Cuba | VOA

January 23, 2013 6:02 pm0 comments
Preocupa aumento de presos políticos en Cuba | VOA

La Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional informó que las detenciones en la Isla aumentaron considerablemente en los últimos 10 meses. La información de la organización señala que el número de presos políticos creció de 45 hace unos 10 meses a 90 este mes. El gobierno de Cuba […]

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Capitol Hill Cubans: Why Obama’s ‘Extended Hand’ is Counter-Productive

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Capitol Hill Cubans: Why Obama’s ‘Extended Hand’ is Counter-Productive

By Mauricio Claver-Carone in The Hill: Why Obama’s ‘extended hand’ is counter-productive In the 19th century, U.S. abolitionist leader William Lloyd Garrison astutely observed, “With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly […]

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Cuban human rights group: Number of political prisoners has doubled | Miami Herald

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Cuban human rights group: Number of political prisoners has doubled | Miami Herald

The number of prisoners held on political charges in Cuba doubled to 90 in the past 10 months despite the government’s preference for short-term detentions to control dissent, a Havana human rights group reported Tuesday. About 30 of the new prisoners are leaders and members of the Cuban Patriotic Union […]

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Reuters: Cuba’s mystery fiber-optic Internet cable stirs to life

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Reuters: Cuba’s mystery fiber-optic Internet cable stirs to life

(Reuters) – An undersea fiber-optic cable that promises to bring Cuban Internet and phone communications into the 21st Century stirred to life this week, two years after it was laid betweenVenezuela and the Caribbean island. Financed by the Venezuelan government, the ALBA-1 cable under the Caribbean was laid with much fanfare […]

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Capitol Hill Cubans: Long-Term Political Imprisonments on the Rise

January 22, 2013 4:43 pm0 comments
Capitol Hill Cubans: Long-Term Political Imprisonments on the Rise

In 2011, the Castro regime banished most of the 75 political prisoners it had arrested during the “Black Spring” crackdown of 2003. Apologists of the Cuban dictatorship are still heralding this banishment, which in itself was a violation of international law. Today, the Cuban Commission for Human Rights has released a list […]

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Miami Herald: What’s behind Cuba’s new travel policy?

January 18, 2013 3:55 pm0 comments
Miami Herald: What’s behind Cuba’s new travel policy?

As Cubans embraced their first week as potential global travelers, the rest of the world pondered Cuba’s motivation in enacting one of its most sweeping reforms to date and how it might affect travel throughout the region. And one ally responded swiftly to the prospect of an increase in Cuban […]

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Fox News: New Cholera Outbreak in Cuba Calls Countries to Restrict Travel

January 16, 2013 4:01 pm0 comments
Fox News: New Cholera Outbreak in Cuba Calls Countries to Restrict Travel

Fifty-one new cholera cases reported in Cuba’s capital are drawing an increasing concern about the spread of the illness throughout the country. Cuba’s Public Health Ministry acknowledged the situation in Havana on Tuesday as disappointment rises in the diplomatic community over the government’s lack of transparency. While the outbreak, which […]

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