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Interviews

What Comes after the Balloons in the Civic Struggle?

The civic struggle that began on April 18th against the regime of Daniel Ortega continues, but now it is done through alternative and creative ways to protest, such as the barrage of balloons. This was confirmed by panelists during the online discussion “What comes after the balloons?”, organized by the Free Country and Live Movement. Continue reading

Interview with a Gay Cuban Jehovah’s Witness

Alfredo Nunez Elias was born with a congenital malformation which resulted in him losing a leg when he was 33 years old. This hasn’t prevented him from becoming a hairdresser and stylist, the creator of a hair-straightening product, a fashion designer and pastry chef. Continue reading

A Cuban Farm Co-op Member and Her Quest for Answers

Esmeralda Rojas Soto, 65, belongs to a cooperative in the Artemisa Municipality. She has been rearing cattle for 40 years now and she sells them to the National Meat Company. Like many other farmers, she has experienced discrepancies with the manager o... Continue reading

Currency Unification in Today’s Cuba

The Cuban people’s longing for a single currency became surprisingly apparent during the debates being held about constitutional reform, when opinions were made public, calling for an article that endorses the Cuban Peso as the country’s single currency. Joaquin Pujol talks about what he classifies as “the most commented and long-awaited economic decision in Cuban history.” Continue reading

Legal Challenge Filed against Nicaragua’s New “Terrorism” Law

Last July, the National Assembly approved the so-called “Law against money laundering, financing terrorism, and financing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.” The law imposes sentences of 15-20 years in jail to those persons categorized as terrorists by the regime in power. Continue reading

Legal Challenge Filed against Nicaragua’s New “Terrorism” Law

Last July, the National Assembly approved the so-called “Law against money laundering, financing terrorism, and financing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.” The law imposes sentences of 15-20 years in jail to those persons categorized as terrorists by the regime in power. Continue reading

A YouTuber who Raised his Voice against the Ortega-Murillo Regime

Juan Sebastian Gomez began making videos for fun. He wanted to make people laugh, and in 2012, with that in mind, he encouraged his friends from the university to open a YouTube channel with him. But it wasn’t until a year ago that he decided to open a channel just for himself. He continued making comic videos and rarely spoke about politics. Up until now. Continue reading

A YouTuber who Raised his Voice against the Ortega-Murillo Regime

Juan Sebastian Gomez began making videos for fun. He wanted to make people laugh, and in 2012, with that in mind, he encouraged his friends from the university to open a YouTube channel with him. But it wasn’t until a year ago that he decided to open a channel just for himself. He continued making comic videos and rarely spoke about politics. Up until now. Continue reading

Bernardo Comas: Boxing Came into My Life Unexpectedly

Bernardo Comas Aguilera made his mark on an era in global amateur boxing when he became a celebrity in the ring, but the man who was born on November 14th 1960 in what was then the Camaguey province, over eight hours away from Havana, had never thought... Continue reading

Bernardo Comas: Boxing Came into My Life Unexpectedly

Bernardo Comas Aguilera made his mark on an era in global amateur boxing when he became a celebrity in the ring, but the man who was born on November 14th 1960 in what was then the Camaguey province, over eight hours away from Havana, had never thought... Continue reading

“Carlos Mejia is the Soul of Nicaragua”

Author Sergio Ramirez laments the new exile forced on Carlos Mejia Godoy, walks us through a review of the singer-songwriter’s career, and recognizes what his work has meant for Nicaragua. “He’s the mirror that reflects Nicaragua,” Continue reading

“Carlos Mejia is the Soul of Nicaragua”

Author Sergio Ramirez laments the new exile forced on Carlos Mejia Godoy, walks us through a review of the singer-songwriter’s career, and recognizes what his work has meant for Nicaragua. “He’s the mirror that reflects Nicaragua,” Continue reading

Students Face the Repression: but What’s the Strategy?

In the last two decades, civic protests have exploded in Latin America and Europe – in Chile, Guatemala, Venezuela and Spain, among other places, borne out of an “indignation” about the closing off of political spaces, corruption and the power of the political elite. In all cases, the common denominator has been the central role of the university students. Continue reading

Students Face the Repression: but What’s the Strategy?

In the last two decades, civic protests have exploded in Latin America and Europe – in Chile, Guatemala, Venezuela and Spain, among other places, borne out of an “indignation” about the closing off of political spaces, corruption and the power of the political elite. In all cases, the common denominator has been the central role of the university students. Continue reading

Luis Enrique and his New Song for Justice in Nicaragua

Luis Enrique (Mejia Lopez), Nicaraguan singer and song writer, recognized internationally as the Prince of Salsa, just launched the video of his song “Mordaza” (Gag rule), supporting the empowerment of the people protesting against the Ortega-Murillo regime. Continue reading

Luis Enrique and his New Song for Justice in Nicaragua

Luis Enrique (Mejia Lopez), Nicaraguan singer and song writer, recognized internationally as the Prince of Salsa, just launched the video of his song “Mordaza” (Gag rule), supporting the empowerment of the people protesting against the Ortega-Murillo regime. Continue reading

Yanet Salgado, from Havana to Guyana and vice-versa

Cubans have looked for many ways to survive endemic shortages. Many have embarked on the adventure of going to other countries to look for products to bring back and sell in Cuba. Yanet Salgado Oliva is 24 years old, from Mayabeque, and she regularly t... Continue reading

Yanet Salgado, from Havana to Guyana and vice-versa

Cubans have looked for many ways to survive endemic shortages. Many have embarked on the adventure of going to other countries to look for products to bring back and sell in Cuba. Yanet Salgado Oliva is 24 years old, from Mayabeque, and she regularly t... Continue reading

Ortega Denies Repression and Blames the US for the Crisis in Nicaragua

Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega denies that he has quashed the protests through repression, doesn’t feel responsible for those who died in the streets in the last four-plus months, and blames the United States and drug traffickers for financing, supporting and arming violent groups. Continue reading

Ortega Denies Repression and Blames the US for the Crisis in Nicaragua

Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega denies that he has quashed the protests through repression, doesn’t feel responsible for those who died in the streets in the last four-plus months, and blames the United States and drug traffickers for financing, supporting and arming violent groups. Continue reading

UN Mission Says: “No Evidence of a Coup, this is a Civic Protest”

Twenty-four hours before leaving Nicaragua after being expelled by the government, as part of the UN’s team from the Office on the High Commission of Human Rights, head of mission Guillermo Fernandez Maldonado, expressed his concern for the abandonment of the victims of repression who have the right to “truth, justice and compensation”. Continue reading

UN Mission Says: “No Evidence of a Coup, this is a Civic Protest”

Twenty-four hours before leaving Nicaragua after being expelled by the government, as part of the UN’s team from the Office on the High Commission of Human Rights, head of mission Guillermo Fernandez Maldonado, expressed his concern for the abandonment of the victims of repression who have the right to “truth, justice and compensation”. Continue reading

Zoilamérica: “Ortega and Murillo Cannot Imagine Leaving Power”

In an interview with the Voice of America, Rosario Murillo’s daughter Zoilamerica Ortega Murillo, called Daniel Ortega’s government weak, and noted that as both an opportunity and a danger for Nicaraguans. She argues that Ortega has lost his legitimacy, and says that the country is undergoing a second process of liberation. Continue reading

Zoilamérica: “Ortega and Murillo Cannot Imagine Leaving Power”

In an interview with the Voice of America, Rosario Murillo’s daughter Zoilamerica Ortega Murillo, called Daniel Ortega’s government weak, and noted that as both an opportunity and a danger for Nicaraguans. She argues that Ortega has lost his legitimacy, and says that the country is undergoing a second process of liberation. Continue reading

Nicaraguan Students Denounce Government Persecution

Daniel Ortega’s regime has unleashed a witch-hunt, targeting people who have participated in the demonstrations demanding an end to his dictatorship. The round-up has concentrated principally on university students who since April have been demanding that the government leave power. Continue reading

Nicaraguan Students Denounce Government Persecution

Daniel Ortega’s regime has unleashed a witch-hunt, targeting people who have participated in the demonstrations demanding an end to his dictatorship. The round-up has concentrated principally on university students who since April have been demanding that the government leave power. Continue reading