HAVANA, May 21 (Reuters) – Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez
Cuba’s first independent online newspaper on Wednesday with
reports questioning the quality of Cuba’s healthcare system but
access to its maiden edition was soon redirected to another site
mocking the journalist.
The new site 14ymedio.com seeks to draw attention away from
the communist-ruled country’s state-controlled media and
challenge the government’s heavy media restrictions. Cuba has
been tolerating a greater criticism in recent years but not yet
from such a professional-looking website produced on the island.
HAVANA, May 15 (Reuters) – Cuba’s prize-winning dissident
blogger Yoani Sanchez is launching the island’s first
independent digital newspaper next week to challenge the
communist-ruled country’s state-controlled media.
Sanchez said the online publication will be named
“14ymedio,” in honor of the year of its launch and the 14th
floor Havana apartment where she writes her popular Generation Y
blog on daily life and politics in Cuba.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Several hundred Cubans danced to a conga beat, waved the rainbow flag and proclaimed their same-sex love on Saturday, celebrating great advances in gay rights while patiently waiting for the still politically distant right to marriage.
About 500 people marched in the seventh annual parade against homophobia through Havana’s Vedado district, where cross-dressing dancers and hand-holding same-sex couples, joined by dozens of foreign visitors, clamored for greater social acceptance.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba has arrested four Miami-based Cuban exiles suspected of planning attacks on military installations with the goal of promoting anti-government violence on the communist-run island, the interior ministry said.
Labeling the suspects terrorists, it said in a statement late on Tuesday they were linked to Luis Posada Carriles, 86, a Cuban exile and former CIA operative living in Miami who for many years sought to overthrow former President Fidel Castro.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Conrado Marrero, at 102 the oldest former Major League Baseball player and a patriarch of Cuban baseball known for his quick wit and goofy pitching delivery, died on Wednesday at his home in Havana, his grandson said.
Marrero, who played for the Washington Senators, was two days short of his 103rd birthday. He had been in declining health for weeks, was unresponsive for some time on Wednesday and stopped breathing in the early afternoon, said the grandson, Rogelio Marrero.
HAVANA (Reuters) – A U.S. contractor who has launched a hunger strike while serving a long prison term in Cuba is receiving “dignified and decent treatment” in a hospital ward where he is in stable health, a Cuban official said on Wednesday.
Cuba’s communist government said it was concerned by a statement from Alan Gross’s lawyer on Tuesday that said his client had begun a hunger strike last week to protest his treatment by both the Cuban and U.S. governments.
HAVANA (Reuters) – A U.S. contractor who has launched a hunger strike while serving a long prison term in Cuba is receiving “dignified and decent treatment” in a hospital ward, where he is in normal and stable health, Cuba said on Wednesday.
Cuba’s communist government said it was concerned by a statement from Alan Gross’s lawyer on Tuesday that said his client had begun a hunger strike last week to protest his treatment by the Cuban and U.S. governments.
HAVANA (Reuters) – The U.S. contractor sentenced to a 15-year prison term in Cuba for attempting to establish an illegal Internet service has gone on a hunger strike to protest his treatment by the Cuban and U.S. governments, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
The lawyer also criticized the United States for putting Alan Gross’s life in further jeopardy by launching a secretive “Cuban Twitter” after his arrest in 2009.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba has branded as illegal a U.S. project to quietly create a Twitter-like service in Cuba to promote political opposition, saying it shows that Washington has not given up its “subversive” campaign of undermining the island’s government.
The U.S. government on Thursday admitted it had created a service similar to Twitter in Cuba in a “discreet” operation intended to promote democracy on the communist-ruled island, after the $1.2 million effort was revealed by the Associated Press news agency.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba has declared itself open for business with a new foreign investment law but faces deep skepticism given a history that includes jailing foreign executives and attempting to seize greater control of businesses once they prove successful.
The National Assembly unanimously passed a law on Saturday that embraces foreign capital as crucial to Cuba’s development, while disappointing those who had hoped for even more changes, such as allowing foreign ventures to hire Cuban labor freely instead of through the government.