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Cuban Dissidents

A Revolution With Promises to Keep

Barbara E. Joe | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Barbara E. Joe

Back in June 2015, at a book talk at a New York City public library, an audience member had asked me about Sirley Avila, the first time I'd ever heard her name. She had been attacked on May 24. I'd tried to find out more, but reliable information from Cuba is not easy to obtain. Now, less than one year later, here she was, sitting with me.

Meet El Sexto, The Performance Artist Fighting For Cuba's Freedom

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 03.23.2016 | World

"If they kill me, I won't be the first or the last." That's what prominent Cuban dissident and performance artist Danilo Maldonado Machado told The Hu...

Cuba Arrests Dissidents Before Pope's Havana Mass

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 09.20.2015 | World

Four dissidents opposed to Cuba’s communist regime were arrested when they tried approaching Pope Francis in Havana on Sunday, an activist group rep...

Wilman Villar Mendoza: The Death of a Dissident

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.04.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

From the hole in the floor that serves as a toilet, a rat emerges and looks curiously at the curled up man lying there. Outside shouts are heard, metal banging, and the general noise of the Aguadores prison, one of the most feared in eastern Cuba.

The Country of Long Shadows

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

There are two men on the corner. One is wearing an earphone while the other peers into the door of a building. All the neighbors know perfectly well w...

The Threat of a Label: "Dissident"

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

This article comes from the second issue of Voices, a new digital magazine from Cuba. A sugar-coated image shows Cuba as a country where social justi...

Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right

Margarita Alarcon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margarita Alarcon

In the past few weeks a new letter-writing controversy has arisen between Cubans on either side of the straights.

Now Is the Time to Change U.S. Cuba Policy

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The restriction on American travel to Cuba not only limits our freedom, it actually prevents the presumed goal of our policy to open up Cuba. That's just plain dumb. And the same goes for our economic "boycott".

Second Cuban Hunger Striker, Guillermo Farinas, On the Verge of Death

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Like many dissidents, Guillermo 'Coco' Farinas used to believe in Fidel Castro's revolution. He risked his hide fighting in the isolated villages of Angola during the 1980s.

21st Century Slaves: Cuba and Obama's Hope

Luis Carlos Montalván | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Luis Carlos Montalván

Today, the interests of international business, the U.S. government, and the Cuban populace coalesce around a single ideal: labor reform in Cuba.

Belinda Salas: Cuban Activist Beaten By Police

Christian Science Monitor | Sara Miller Llana | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Mexico City - On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Wednesday -- a day when Cuban dissidents traditionally g...