Browsing All Posts filed under »Antonio G. Rodiles«

Why the United Nations Covenants?

March 3, 2014

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On 28 February 2008, the Havana regime signed, as a propaganda maneuver, the United Nations Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. At that time Raul Castro was seeking to legitimate his figure in the international arena and to project himself as a future option for the country. Six […]

Between the “Collectives” and the “Rapid Response Brigades”

February 22, 2014

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State violence has been the Cuban regime’s principle recourse for maintaining power for over 55 years. Beginning with the insurrection against Fulgencio Batista, executions, as a method of punishment, were used relentlessly. Anyone who wanted to show their loyalty had to deliver the coup de grace and take part in executions. A mix of the […]

Cubans Are Losing Their Fear

September 27, 2013

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By Carmen Muñoz for ABC.es To Antonio G. Rodiles (born Havana, 1972) it seemed “unthinkable” that a Cuban musician would dare to ask for free elections during an official concert, until the jazz musician Roberto Carcassés did it last week in the capital. “It’s a sign of the new times,” said this physicist, director of […]

Note from Estado de SATS

August 20, 2013

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Phone screen: On the way with a friend I got a message that said SATS is suspended today, is that true? / It’s false, State Security sent it; yes there will be Estado de SATS / Thanks, we’re coming there without fail and will be in SATS. On the afternoon of August 16, State Security […]

Notes for the Transition

July 29, 2013

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HAVANA, Cuba, July 29, 2013: The political landscape of the island has been energized recently. In the international arena the event with the greatest impact is undoubtedly the death of Hugo Chavez and his succession embodied in Nicolas Maduro, a man with few political tools who, despite many odds, has managed, for now, to maintain […]

This is already a path of no return Interview with Antonio G. Rodiles, Estado de SATS Project Coordinator, by Ernesto Santana Zaldívar

January 25, 2013

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(from July 2012) Antonio Rodiles, photo by Ernesto Santana HAVANA, Cuba, www.cubanet.org Introductory Note: On July 24, 2012, during the funeral of the opposition leader Oswaldo Payá, there were violent arrests of several activists and dissidents, among them Antonio Rodiles, who was held for 24 hours at the Fourth Police Station and interrogated by State Security, […]

Academic Exchange on Law and Human Rights in Cuba

January 22, 2013

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With the independent Cuban attorneys Yaremis Flores and Laritza Diversent (Cubalex), René Gómez Manzano (Agramontista Current), Antonio G. Rodiles (Mathematical Physicist) and students from the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School of New York. This video is 44 minutes long. There is a live interpreter translating the session into English in real time.

Our Great Challenge

January 22, 2013

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(Published originally in DDC & Translating Cuba on 5 December, 2012) The arbitrary arrest of the lawyer Yaremis Flores on November 7 was followed by two waves, one repressive, taken to the extreme by the regime against numerous activists of civil society, and the other, impressive and appreciated by us, of solidarity with the victims. Personally, what happened reaffirmed my […]

10 Absurd and Unjust Arrests of 2012 by Humans Rigths Now blog ( Amnesty International USA)

December 27, 2012

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Published in Humans Rigths Now blog (Amnesty International USA) December 26, 2012 Check out our list of 10 absurd arrests and sentences of the year. You might be surprised to learn what can get you thrown in jail in a few places around the world, and how harsh the sentences are once you’re there. (…) 6. […]

FREE Antonio G. Rodiles

November 19, 2012

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Literature in Liberty: With Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo and Cuban New Thought contest winners (e-Maro, Frank Correa, Orlando Freire Santana, Dimas Castellanos)

September 1, 2012

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Ave 1ra %46 y 60 #4606. Miramar, Playa. La Habana. Saturday September 1, 12:02 PM Detained @OLPL and Silvia Corbelle for Event at Estado de Sats: SOS Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo has just been arrested by force, his mobile was open and you could hear screams and threats. Orlando Luis was to present the winners […]

Cuban Government’s Repression Against UNPACU

August 23, 2012

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A few days ago a document signed by the coordinators of the Campaign For Another Cuba warned of the growing repression by the Cuban government against Civil Society and the possible consequences of these actions for our country. At this time in Eastern Cuba, the activists of the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU) are repressed and […]

Note from Estado de SATS

August 10, 2012

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This morning we heard through a friend that on Thursday the workers of the Labiofam company were notified that they would participate, today, in an act of repudiation* in front of the Estado de Sats headquarters. A few minutes ago we returned from the Fifth Station of the PNR (National Revolutionary Police), located at 7th Avenue and 62nd […]

Granma Newspaper: The Lies And The Cynicism

August 1, 2012

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 The recent editorial by the newspaper Granma clearly defines the mediocrity and poverty of thought of a system that now howls desperately at its approaching end. The text is an apology to the cynicism of the elite and those who serve it, who try to discredit and silence the independent voices that spring from Cuban society, and so conceal […]

Property Liberalization and Recovery of Idle Lands and Dilapidated Properties: A Necessary Step for Initiating a Recovery Process

May 30, 2012

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Antonio G. Rodiles Introduction The centralized and planned economy is closely linked to state ownership. For a process of economic decentralization to be successful, there must be a parallel process of decentralizing property. The Cuban government has undertaken timid reforms with the objective of restarting the economy without making fundamental transformations. The lack of integrity, […]

Comments on an Editorial in the Journal “Lay Space”

May 29, 2012

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Posted on May 25, 2012 by Alexis Jardines and Antonio Rodiles The most recent editorial in the Cuban Catholic Church’s journal Lay Space (Espacio Laical) put on the table for discussion, once again, several critical points regarding the course that should be taken in the Cuban transition. First, we have to say that we find […]

Cuba: The Castro Regime, the Catholic Church and the Transition to Democracy

May 10, 2012

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Antonio G. Rodiles and Alexis Jardines The Cuban regime is fully aware that time is not on its side and so it has launched a final ascent, in an attempt to transmute its economic and political power. The country is mired in a suffocating inertia that doesn’t support even simple measures of survival. Cuban society […]

Protest Campaign and New Meeting

April 4, 2012

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The visit of Benedict XVI demonstrated the inordinate fear of the Cuban government before the accelerated growth of civil society and new political actors within the island. The wave of arrests and incarcerations made clear the worsening of the repression and the determination to exercise rigid control through the use of force agasint any scenario […]

Benedict XVI: Between Neo-Castroism and Democracy

March 26, 2012

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By: Antonio G. Rodiles A few months ago, when former President Jimmy Carter visited the island, he was interviewed by a Cuban television journalist. The interview was too forced, with constant leading questions: Carter ended up calling directly for the release of the five Cubans convicted for spying, and disparaging the sentences imposed by the […]

Who are the real anti-Cubans?

March 11, 2012

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Once again, State Security uses the old tactic of trying to discredit, given its inability to come to a public debate of arguments and ideas. A debate that would have a long-awaited end, because absolutely nobody can hide the ruin they have brought to the Cuban nation. They razed it and follow by trying to […]