World Press Archive
2010-04-26 / Juan O. Tamayo (Miami Herald)
No surprises expected in Cuban election Sunday
Municipal elections that the Cuban government trumpets as the most democratic in the world will be held Sunday, as usual with a massive turnout guaranteed but no campaigning or opposition candidates.
The numbers for the local elections, held every 2 ½ years, are certainly impressive.
More than 8.4 million Cubans aged 16 or older will be able to vote in 29,856 polling places for more than 15,000 candidates for seats on the island's 169 municipal councils.
More than 200,000 men and women will run the voting, and results will be sent to the National Electoral Commission by telephone or, in remote locations, ham radio, horseback, bicycle and even carrier pigeons.
But no dissidents are among the candidates -- selected by neighbors in Town Hall-styled meetings -- although 27 put their names forward around the island, said Silvio Benitez, president of the Liberal Party, which is not recognized by the government. ...more
2013-04-22 / The Miami Herald
U.S.: Short-term detentions in Cuba reach record levels
Cuba saw a record number of “politically motivated and at times violent short-term detentions” during 2012, according to the U.S. State Department’s “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” which was released Friday...more
2013-04-18 / The Washington Post
Cuba’s Ladies in White due in Brussels to receive 2005 Sakharov human rights award
Members of Cuba’s Ladies in White opposition group will finally pick up Europe’s top human rights prize from 2005 in person next week in Belgium, the European Union and the daughter of the group’s former leader said Wednesday...more
2013-04-16 / The Washington Post
Cuba avoids oil cutoff for now as Chavez ally narrowly wins Venezuela presidential election
Cubans were relieved Monday by the announcement that the late leader Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor had been elected Venezuela’s new president, apparently allowing their country to dodge a threatened cutoff of billions of dollars in subsidized oil...more