Cuban Rapper Yotuel Romero On the End of the Orishas: "We Had a Good Time"
By Grace Bastidas | 07/13/2010 - 10:00

The bad news: Cuban hip-hop group Orishas isn’t reuniting any time soon. The trio called it quits last year at the Juanes-organized Paz Sin Fronteras concert in Havana, where they sang their mega-hit “A lo Cubano” live for the very last time. The good news: The group’s vocalist, Yotuel Romero, has reinvented himself with the solo project Afro Cuban Punk.


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Hot Headlines: 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Mexico, Elián Gonzalez 10 Years Later and more
By Mariela Rosario | 04/06/2010 - 16:15

7.2 Earthquake Hits Mexico
Over the weekend, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake ripped through Mexico and Baja California, resulting in injuries to hundreds and three reported deaths. Since the original temblor, there have been 500 aftershocks, causing the governors of both the Mexican state of Baja California and Governor Schwarzenegger to declare states of natural disaster although the damage has been relatively minimal.


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Andy Garcia, Gloria Estefan & Shakira Speak Out in Support of Las Damas de Blanco
By Mariela Rosario | 03/26/2010 - 15:00

A group of mothers, wives and daughters who regularly protest in the streets of Cuba for political prisoners were recently subject to brutal suppression by the authorities and heckled by supporters of the Castro dictatorship. During the protests on March 18, Cuban police dragged the women by their hair and onto a bus, arresting around 30 protesters, among them older women, before driving away.


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Calle 13 Draws Criticism From Emilio Estefan Over Cuba Concert
By Mariela Rosario | 03/25/2010 - 17:00

Calle 13 gave a free concert in Cuba yesterday that attracted tens of thousands of fans from all over the island to the Jose Marti Anti-Imperialist Plaza in the capital city of Havana. Assuring the fans that he was there to talk about “sex, religion and politics,” the provocative leader of the band, Residente (aka René Pérez) went on to speak out against US policy towards the island nation.


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Moderate Earthquake Strikes East Coast of Cuba
By Mariela Rosario | 03/22/2010 - 10:30

A moderate 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck Cuba over the weekend, causing minimal damage and no injuries. The quake struck the eastern coast of the island, where the Guantánamo Bay military base is located. Santiago de Cuba, the largest city in that region of Cuba, is located about 40 miles southeast of the epicenter of the quake. An aftershock measuring 4.8 hit the same area about 90 minutes later.


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Raul Castro Says Cuba is Open to Talk to the United States About "Anything"
By Mariela Rosario | 02/26/2010 - 09:35

Cuba'n president, Raul Castro, recently told reporters for Brazil’s official Estado news agency that his government is open to talks with the United States about any and all topics, as long as the condition of "equality" is fulfilled.


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Cuba Performs State-Sponsored Sex Changes
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/20/2010 - 16:20

After ending a long-time ban on sex-change operations back in 2007, the Cuban government has begun to cover the procedure by their universal health care system, Mariela Castro (President Raul Castro’s daughter), told The Washington Post on Tuesday’s fifth Cuban Conference on Sexual Education, Orientation and Therapy.


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Cuba Rebuffs Inclusion on U.S. Terrorism Black List
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/06/2010 - 18:07

Cuba’s definitely not celebrating their inclusion in the U.S. terrorism black list. The Cuban Interests Section in Washington said their government has been cooperating with international efforts to fight terrorism and spokesman Alberto Gonzalez pointed out that Cuba “has complied, is complying and will comply with the internationally recognized security measures for these cases.” He added that Cuba’s record is clean, that it’s never fostered terrorist groups nor can the U.S.


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UPDATE: President Obama Responds to Generación Y Blogger Yoani Sanchez
By Mariela Rosario | 11/20/2009 - 17:05

Cuban Generación Y blogger Yoani Sanchez is putting her media spotlight to good use and recently posed a series of questions to both President Barack Obama and Raul Castro challenging the current state of US/Cuban relations.

President Obama agreed to answer her questions, which Sanchez posted yesterday. Sanchez also developed a questionnaire for Cuban president Raul Castro, but she does not know whether or not he will answer.


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Cuban Blogger Kidnapped and Beaten By Government Agents
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 11/12/2009 - 10:09

Cuba's most well known dissident blogger, Yoani Sánchez, says she was simply walking down the street in Havana with three other people when two men she describes as Cuban agents in civilian clothes forced her inside an unmarked black car and beat her, telling her to stop criticizing the government, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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