Fidel Castro turned 85 this past Saturday, and the celebrations were mostly typical. Supporters held a giant concert featuring dozens of musical acts, but Castro himself spent the day in seclusion, which prompted rumors he might have been too feeble for a public appearance. Miami exiles, meanwhil ... More >>
By Michael McElroyJames Cason's battle with Cuba continues.Cuba's communist government is looking to disrupt James Cason's run for Coral Gables mayor, bringing some Cold War era spookiness to the City Beautiful's election season. Earlier this month, the American ex-diplomat, whom Fidel Castro nic ... More >>
Some 130 dissidents were arrested in Cuba, while several hundred demonstrators hit the streets of Miami to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of hunger striker Orlando Zapata Tamayo.
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To commemorate the first anniversary of hunger striker Orlando Zapata Tamayo's death today, Cuban artist Geandy Pavón, who has projected images of the dissident on Cuban government buildings, has something big up his sleeve. And he promises it will be "legal, creative and have major impact."
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As expected, the Cuban government has been doing a bang-up job keeping protests from flaring into major demonstrations on the first anniversary Wednesday of the death of hunger striker Orlando Zapata Tamayo. The anniversary coincides with major upheavals in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.
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floridacatholic.orgArchbishop of Miami Thomas WenskiFor a moment last night, it looked as if Thomas Wenski was in over his head. As the Archbishop of Miami stood beneath a giant mural of Cuban history in the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, he stumbled over his normally flawless Spanish.
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In a carefully timed move, Cuba will free five more political prisoners, bringing the total number to 57, the Roman Catholic Church announced Thursday.
The announcement comes before the 27-nation E.U. block meets to review its hard-line policy toward the totalitarian nation, which is seeking to bol ... More >>
Fidel gets emotional talking about "The Cuban Five"Trade between the U.S. and Cuba may be reaching its nadir, but prisoner exchanges seem to be just getting started.On the day when paraplegic political prisoner Ariel Sigler Amaya arrived in Miami, a video of Fidel Castro shows the jefe supremo pr ... More >>
Hardliners opposed to lifting the travel ban to Cuba have been among the staunchest champions of the Communist island's increasingly vocal dissident movement. But a letter released Thursday by 74 of the Cuba's most prominent dissenters undermines some of the key arguments made by leaders of Miami's ... More >>
Cuba has been on a repressive kick since the beginning of a year. After well-known critic Zapata Tamayo died in February, other Cubans took to the streets in protest. Another one, Guillermo Farinas, is said to be at death's door. The government, in turn, responded by beating some them -- the Lad ... More >>
Who knew Cubans even liked Puerto Ricans? On Tuesday, boricua reggaetoneros Calle 13 threw a concert in Habana and 200,000 Cubans showed up.from diplo's twitter It was the second major concert by an international star in Cuba in the last year, following August's Juanes show. Singer René Pérez J ... More >>
Orlando Zapata TamayoFor the second day in a row Wednesday, the Cuban government cracked down on protesters, this time punching and dragging several members of the Women in White denouncing the treatment of dissidents, one of whom died after a hunger strike last month, the Herald reported.
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As far as Latin American dictators go, Augusto Pinochet doesn't get nearly enough hate in these parts. I mean, this is what Miami does: hate Latin American dictators. Philly has cheese steaks, Orlando has theme parks, Miami has its undying hate for Latin American dictators.Oh, that's right! Pinoc ... More >>
Cuban dissident journalist Omar Rodriguez Saludes was arrested in 2003 and sentenced to 27 years in prison simply for telling the truth. Today a U.S. federal judge ordered the government and communist party of Cuba to pay $27.5 million to Rodriguez Saludes's mother.
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'Tis the season for former speakers of the state house to run to the right of front runners in Republican primaries it seems. Marco Rubio is already in an uphill battle in the senate primary against Charlie Crist, and now March on Politics reports that former speaker and state Senator Dan Webster is ... More >>
Cuba's imprisonment of political dissidents has long been a point of contention between the island nation and Miami's exile community. So it comes as a surprise that Raul Castro is willing to let them go."These prisoners you talk about -- they want us to let them go? They should tell us tomorrow ... More >>