Cubans Say They Are More Excited About School Reopening Than Regime Change

HAVANA — “If you build it, they will come,” said Kevin Costner in the Field of Dreams. In Cuba, they didn’t come. Dissidents on the island, with their U.S. backers, had been working feverishly for months to turn the unprecedented July 11 protests into a crescendo of government opposition on November 15. They built a formidable structure, with sophisticated social media (including an abundance of fake news), piles of cash from Cuban Americans and the U.S. government, and declarations of support from a bipartisan Congress and all the way up to the White House. Even after the Cuban government denied the protesters a permit on the grounds that they were part of a destabilization campaign led by the United States, anti-government forces insisted that they were undeterred and were ready to take the risks. But in the end, their Field of Dreams turned out to be an illusion. What happened? Intimidation of dissidents was certainly a key factor. The leader of the Facebook group Archipelago, Yunior Garcia, was kept under virtual house arrest. Other leaders were threatened with arrest and repudiated by their pro-revolution neighbors. But at the grassroots, I talked to Cubans who had second thoughts about the usefulness

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The United States is Organizing a Color Revolution in Cuba for November 15

HAVANA — The United States government is playing a key role in organizing, promoting and amplifying upcoming nationwide protests in Cuba planned for November 15. When directly challenged at a press conference as to whether the United States is directly involved in the planning of the overthrow of the Cuban government, State Department spokesperson Ned Price refused to deny it, instead twice giving long statements about how much the U.S. supports the protests’ demands — responses that skeptical readers might consider tantamount to a “yes”. “The United States remains deeply committed to the Cuban people[‘s]…struggle to freely choose their leadership and their future,” Price added later in a press release. A week later, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Juan Gonzalez went even further, announcing that the U.S. government would sanction Cuba if it attempted to interfere with the protests. “We are totally committed to supporting, maintaining and strengthening the voice of the Cuban people who want a change,” he added. Other American officials have been putting out a flurry of statements in support of the upcoming demonstrations. “The U.S. shares the vision of the Cuban people: democracy, prosperity, and human rights. We support their right to

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Private Facebook Group that Organized the July Protests in Cuba Plans Bigger Ones Soon

HAVANA — After gaining access to their private Facebook group, MintPress can reveal that the people who sparked the July 11 protests in Cuba are planning similar actions for October and November. The group, La Villa del Humor, is widely credited with providing the initial spark that ignited nationwide protests on the Caribbean island in the summer, the most significant demonstrations since the 1990s. On July 10, one of the group’s administrators posted this message: Tired of not having electricity? Stubborn because they didn’t let you sleep for 3 days? Tired of putting up with the impudence of a government that doesn’t care about you? It is time to go out and demand. Do not criticize from home, let’s make ourselves heard. If we’re not going to do it, we’d better shut our mouths and not talk shit from home that doesn’t solve anything. Are we more afraid to go out than to put up with all this cheek? How is it possible? We demand that [Presidents Miguel Díaz-Canel and Raúl Castro] also have blackouts. We demand that, since we have no food, at least they let us sleep. Hit the streets. Down with the opportunistic communist government now. This

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How the US Government Stokes Racial Tensions in Cuba and Around the World

HAVANA — “A Black uprising is shaking Cuba’s Communist regime,” read The Washington Post’s headline on the recent unrest on the Caribbean island. “Afro-Cubans Come Out In Droves To Protest Government,” wrote NPR. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal went with “Cuba’s Black Communities Bear the Brunt of Regime’s Crackdown” as a title. These were examples of a slew of coverage in the nation’s top outlets, which presented what amounted to one day of U.S.-backed protests in July as a nationwide insurrection led by the country’s Black population — in effect, Cuba’s Black Lives Matter moment. Apart from dramatically playing up the size and scope of the demonstrations, the coverage tended to rely on Cuban emigres or other similarly biased sources. One noteworthy example of this was Slate, which interviewed a political exile turned Ivy League professor presenting herself as a spokesperson for young Black working class Cubans. Professor Amalia Dache explicitly linked the struggles of people in Ferguson, Missouri with that of Black Cuban groups. “We’re silenced and we’re erased on both fronts, in Cuba and the United States, across racial lines, across political lines,” she said. Dache’s academic work — including “Rise Up! Activism as Education” and “Ferguson’s Black

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History: The Dark Side of Eisenhower’s Foreign Policy

All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the “Translate Website” drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version).  Visit and follow us on Instagram at @crg_globalresearch. *** On January 17, … The post History: The Dark Side of Eisenhower’s Foreign Policy appeared first on Global Research.

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CNN's Oppmann: COVID Is Surging in Cuba and 'It Does Not Help' That There Have Been Protests

On Thursday’s “CNN Newsroom,” CNN International Correspondent and Havana Bureau Chief Patrick Oppmann stated that coronavirus cases and deaths have increased in Cuba, and “it does not help that the historic protests and pro-government demonstrations have taken place over the last

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Cuban Cancer Patient Arrested for Illegal T-Shirt: 'They Hit Me So Much I Got to Prison Defecating'

Miriela Cruz, a Cuban woman arrested on July 11 for wearing a shirt reading “down with the dictatorship,” described being brutalized and tortured in putrid jail cells in an interview shortly after her release, the Cuban independent site ADN Cuba reported Wednesday.

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Cuba Claims Its Homemade Coronavirus Vaccine Better than China's Sinovac

The Communist Party of Cuba celebrated on Sunday the publication of clinical trials allegedly showing that “Soberana 02,” one of four Chinese coronavirus vaccine candidates developed in the country, is 62-percent effective.

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EXCLUSIVE – Cuban Artists Ask Hollywood for Support, Urge Biden to Abandon Obama Policies

A spokesman for the San Isidro Movement, a pro-democracy artist collective in Cuba, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that President Barack Obama’s appeasement policy towards the island was “not functional” and that any dealings with the communist regime must pressure it to respect individual dignity. Michel Matos – currently the face of the movement as over a dozen members embark on a hunger strike, trapped by Communist Party police in their headquarters with limited outside contact – told Breitbart News this week that the Castro regime views an artist who criticizes the reality of the island nation “an enemy in every sense of the word.” Matos is campaigning for greater awareness for the fight for human rights in Cuba amid increased state repression of his group, in part a product of its growing popularity. An attempted peaceful rally on Sunday to support San Isidro artists attracted a mob of over 100 communist sympathizers in what is known as an act of repudio (“act of repudiation”), a government-organized attack in which the mob insults, threatens, and physically beats dissidents. Police arrested 18 people on Sunday, all anti-communist dissidents or reporters recording the mob. “I don’t think any artist is ready

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A US Navy Destroyer Just Entered Venezuelan Waters. Is Trump Trying to Start a War?

Heightening already increased tensions with the country, a Navy destroyer, the USS Nitze, entered Venezuelan waters yesterday, conducting what the

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Why America Needs War

GR Editor’s Note: This incisive article was written on April 30, 2003 in the immediate wake of the war on

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Today’s Science Deniers: What We Owe Galileo After 400 Years

On June 22, 1633, a sick and beaten old man, on his knees, had to “abjure, curse and detest” his

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US lies to Security Council about Cuba and Venezuela

I have the honour to write to you in order to make reference to the accusations made by the delegation

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This Revolution Is Non-Ideological

Altnews editor’s comments: Revolution? I have never understood the real value of that concept. You make a 360 degree turn,

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