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· February, 2009

Stories about Cuba from February, 2009

Cuba: BTTR Four

Cuban diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense wants us to remember “the BTTR Four”.

Cuba: One Year Later

Blog for Cuba says that one year after Cuba signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Personal Rights, “human rights...

Cuba: Women in Jazz

Havana Times focuses on the contribution of women to Cuban jazz.

Guatemala: President Colom Apologizes for the Bay of Pigs

In preparation for the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961, the government of Guatemala allowed the CIA to train Cuban exiles on their soil for the operation. Even though the...

Cuba: “Boring Home”

The book Boring Home, which was banned at the 2009 Havana International Book Fair, is now available on the Internet. Cuban bloggers talk about it here, here and here.

Cuba: Download Nova Baire

Bloggers Cuba [es] provides the link for those interested in downloading the version of Nova Baire, the open-source operating system in Cuba.

Cuba: Interview with Blogger Reinaldo Escobar

Cuban blogger Reinaldo Escobar is one of the few bloggers that has worked professionally as a journalist with official Cuban media. Now he is an independent journalist and runs the...


Generation Y is “more alarmed than comforted” by “hopes for broad access to the internet” in Cuba, but notes: “A true takes place parallel and contrary to the rationing...

Cuba: The Release of Nova the Open-Source Operating System

In conjunction with a local university, the government of Cuba released its own version of the open-source Linux operating system called Nova Baire. Citing the difficulty to obtain private software...

Chile: Bachelet's Visit to Cuba

Chilean president Michelle Bachelet has planned a trip to Cuba to improve relations after 37 years. La Pollera [es] writes about some of the criticism that has headed her way...

Cuba, U.S.A.: True Colours

Diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense thinks that the powers that be in Cuba have shown their true colours this week by rejecting international calls for the release of political prisoners.

Cuba: “Cachaito” Passes On

Havana Times reports that one of the founding members of the famous Buena Vista Social Club, Cuban bass player Orlando “Cachaito” Lopez, has died at a Havana hospital after complications...

Cuba: Human Rights

Diaspora blogger Child of the Revolution calls “shameless” the Cuban justice minister's suggestion that all is well when it comes to human rights, while Uncommon Sense links to the trailer...

Cuba: Internet in the Year 2011

Alejandro Perez of Bloggers Cuba [es] responds to an interview given by Boris Moreno, Vice-Minister of Information Technology and Communications and his outlook for the Internet in Cuba in the...

Cuba, U.S.A.: Travel Ban

Circles Robinson is concerned that the lifting of the travel ban on Cuba could be doomed.

Cuba: Two Agendas

“The duality, in which we are caught between the official version and the on-the-street reality, also characterizes the demands emerging from this Island”: Generation Y blogs about Cuba's “two agendas”.

Cuba: Political Prisoners & Human Rights

Uncommon Sense learns that the number of Cuban political prisoners dropped last year, but “there also were more than 1,500 arrests and detentions, albeit temporary, of opponents to the Castro...

Cuba: A Look at Sports Blogs

Sports form a large part of the Cuban identity and many blogs have been emerging on the island to discuss the topic. Even though there is a lack of comments...

Cuba, U.S.A.: The Cuban Five

As U.S. Supreme Court Justices debate whether to hear the case of The Cuban Five on appeal, Circles Robinson says: “The hypocrisy of such an action became even more evident...

Cuba: Gorki Arrested Again

Uncommon Sense reports on two recent incidents of Cuban punk rocker Gorki being arrested and then released.

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