Singing in Cuba is dangerous. And so is posting something on your social networks that the dicatorship does not like. About 700 Cubans remain in prison from the July 11 protests last year.
As president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has defended the Cuban dictatorship so much that Cuban author Wendy Guerra posted a challenge on his Facebook page: “15 days in Cuba living like an ordinary Cuban.”
Independent journalist Abraham Jiménez was on the roof of his Havana home, trying to connect for a video interview on his cell phone. The signal is better up there than in his room.
Motherland and Life. That’s the name of the song that has put Cuba’s dictatorship on the defensive and forced it to react publicly. That’s new.
Cuba is ruled by a brutal dictatorship, and one of the most dangerous things to do on the island is to protest against it.
Why does the Mexican government support the Cuban regime? When Cuban officials arrived in Mexico earlier this month, the minister of foreign affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, greeted them with an enthusiastic tweet: “A very warm welcome to President Miguel Díaz-Canel [and his team]. … Welcome to Mexico!!!”
MIAMI — Many times during the 30 years that I’ve lived in Miami, I’ve heard that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro was dead. In fact, Castro died two or three times a year, on average. Rumors would spread; I would get calls and texts about his death. These reports, of course, always turned out to be false.
Now that the U.S. has opened relations with Cuba and President Obama is slated to visit later this month, many people expect that big changes will finally come to the island. Don’t hold your breath. Cuba is still run by a brutal dictatorship, and it’s still deeply entrenched in its ways.
Pope Francis and President Obama are the best friends that Cuba could hope for. Both leaders have resolved to ally with the Castro regime, despite its decadeslong record of repression, censorship and human rights violations. The mystery is why.
Sometimes those of us who live outside Cuba forget that the country remains a dictatorship. But for the 11 million people living on the island, forgetting is impossible — they live the consequences every day.