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Police Brand Nicaraguan Student Edwin Carcache as a “Terrorist Leader”

Senior Commissioner, Farlen Roa, second in command at the feared interrogation prison known as El Chipote, accused Carcache of being the leader of a “terrorist” band that committed aggravated robbery, obstruction of government functions, facilitating tax evasion, illegal possession of firearms, attempted homicide, very serious injuries and fires to the detriment of the State of Nicaragua. Continue reading

Police Brand Nicaraguan Student Edwin Carcache as a “Terrorist Leader”

Senior Commissioner, Farlen Roa, second in command at the feared interrogation prison known as El Chipote, accused Carcache of being the leader of a “terrorist” band that committed aggravated robbery, obstruction of government functions, facilitating tax evasion, illegal possession of firearms, attempted homicide, very serious injuries and fires to the detriment of the State of Nicaragua. Continue reading

Nicaragua’s VP Rosario Murillo Speaks

The following is for our readers who may support the government of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo in its effort to squash the civic rebellion in Nicaragua but who are unable to read (in Spanish) the daily noon time speeches of Murillo. In this segme... Continue reading

Nicaragua’s VP Rosario Murillo Speaks

The following is for our readers who may support the government of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo in its effort to squash the civic rebellion in Nicaragua but who are unable to read (in Spanish) the daily noon time speeches of Murillo. In this segme... Continue reading

A Young Cuban Man and his Two Fathers

Our morbid society says that our protagonist should have broken down in tears, telling us about the horrible events and obstacles his father and his father’s gay partner have faced, his voice choking with emotion. However, Guido Asenjo Valdes not only exuberates happiness every time he smiles, but is also surprised by the questions that he has never even asked himself. Continue reading

A Young Cuban Man and his Two Fathers

Our morbid society says that our protagonist should have broken down in tears, telling us about the horrible events and obstacles his father and his father’s gay partner have faced, his voice choking with emotion. However, Guido Asenjo Valdes not only exuberates happiness every time he smiles, but is also surprised by the questions that he has never even asked himself. Continue reading

Nicaragua Solidarity Caravan Reports on its Impact in Europe

The impact of the Informative Caravan in Solidarity with Nicaragua, that has travelled through various countries of the European Union, has been slow but significant. Madelaine Caracas explained that little by little the media, human rights organizations and left-wing political parties, opened the door to putting the issue of Nicaragua and the repression of Daniel Ortega’s regime that has cause more than 300 dead on their agenda. Continue reading

Nicaragua Solidarity Caravan Reports on its Impact in Europe

The impact of the Informative Caravan in Solidarity with Nicaragua, that has travelled through various countries of the European Union, has been slow but significant. Madelaine Caracas explained that little by little the media, human rights organizations and left-wing political parties, opened the door to putting the issue of Nicaragua and the repression of Daniel Ortega’s regime that has cause more than 300 dead on their agenda. Continue reading

Rural Leader Medardo Mairena’s Hell

Medardo Mairena is confined to “El Infiernillo” [“Little Hell”], a maximum security prison within the penitentiary known as El Modelo in Tipitapa, near the capital. Pedro Mena and Silvio Pineda are also in this hellhole, political prisoners of the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo. Continue reading

Experts Question Study of Attacks on US Diplomats in Cuba

A dozen neurologists and other brain scientists have questioned an investigation supported by the US government to consider that 26 of its diplomats suffered an attack of unknown origin and claim that it contains errors. Continue reading

Heads and Tails of the Same Coin

Somebody I know on social media, who I got on really well with once we found out each other’s stories and our similar points of view about the Cuban dictatorship, wrote to me today to tell me that she would delete me from her friends’ list because she doesn’t want stories appearing in her feed from friends who appreciate former US president Barack Obama. Continue reading

Exile of Artists and Human Rights Defenders Reflects the Terror in Nicaragua

The exile of artists and human rights defenders who have denounced harassment and death threats on themselves and their families in Nicaragua reveals a worsening of the crisis and an increase in terror in the country, lawyers and activists said today. Continue reading

Psychoanalyzing Cuba’s “New Man”

We are a people who beat ourselves up with pleasure. At least in Havana, it’s difficult to get something done or just go to a store without being humiliated. This is such a regular occurrence that most of the time we don’t even react when we are being treated badly. Why don’t we? Continue reading

Remedy for Stress

I have read that “Stress is the health epidemic of the 21st century,” on more than one occasion. It’s so bad for you that it can trigger many other diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stomach ulcers, muscular aches and pains and even death. Continue reading

Cuba: Revolution or Resistance?

This seemingly social indifference might actually be covering an attitude of individual resistance, which is what I want to talk about today: if it really is indifference or rather a resistance tailored to the very specific conditions that have been cr... Continue reading

Nicaragua: US Sanctions Three Key Figures of Ortega’s Inner Circle

The acting National Police Chief and the FSLN point man at Managua City Hall were pointed at for crimes and brutal repression. The Albanisa vice-president is punished for corruption and embezzling millions of dollars of public funds. Continue reading

Cuba’s Media only Sees Corruption at the Bottom of the Ladder

If there’s one thing that makes me uneasy, it’s watching a shark fight a sardine. Even more so, when the fight is rigged in the shark’s favor. This is the same uneasy feeling I’ve had watching some recent news reports on Cuban TV, which deal with the fight against corruption that has been sweeping the nation. Continue reading

Maduro Triples Minimum Wage amid Runaway Inflation

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced Wednesday that the national minimum monthly wage will triple by decree to compensate the hyperinflation, which means it will now stand at just over a dollar. However with the food allowance it will approach... Continue reading

National Strike Called for Thursday in Nicaragua

The main business chambers of the country called Tuesday for a 24-hour national strike on Thursday, June 14th, as an "extreme measure" to force President Daniel Ortega to respond to the proposal for the democratization of the country presented by the b... Continue reading

Students Leave UPOLI, Because Infiltrators “Want to Stain the Cause”

After 52 days entrenched in the facilities of the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua (UPOLI), turned into a bastion of the university resistance, the Student April 19th Movement decided to abandon the campus today, due to the "large number of infiltra... Continue reading

Ortega Determined to Remain in Power until 2021

Francisca Ramirez. “We’re not giving in, the people don’t want Ortega to remain in power, and they want him to resign. We’re asking the population to get out on the streets,” added the leader of the anti-canal movement that has supported the student led uprising. Continue reading

Nicaragua: The National Dialogue Process Thus Far

The National Dialogue process, which began on May 16th, was suspended at is fourth session (Wednesday 23rd) because no agreements were being reached, after benefitting both the Nicaraguan people involved in protests since April 18th and the Ortega dic... Continue reading

Countdown to Havana’s Alternative Biennial (with Newsletters & Videos)

We’ve already started counting down. The opening ceremony of the #00 Havana Biennial will take place on May 5th at a home in Old Havana with a group exhibition, which will include works by Cuban and foreign artists. Continue reading

The Media in Nicaragua Replicates Violence against Women

  There are reporters who still use terms like “crimes of passion,” Maria Teresa Blandon, founder of the Feminist project Continue reading

What Do Cubans Know about Today’s International Women’s Strike?

We Cubans also have reasons to join this initiative against sexist violence and in favor of eliminating discrimination in all its forms. The objective is to make visible the important work that women do... Continue reading

Maduro and the Future of Venezuela

Nicolas, a product the Cuban Communist Party’s Nico Lopez School for leaders in Havana, is unaware of every president’s maxim: to be a political intellectual. Continue reading