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Members of the 'Ladies in White' dissident group march in Havana, March 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

State Department Report Highlights Repression of Christians in Cuba

The U.S. State Department has revealed persistent persecution of Christians in Cuba in its 2016 religious freedom report released Tuesday, highlighting actions to suppress Christian dissident group the Ladies in White in particular and the use of state bureaucracy to prevent the spread of the faith.

Cuba Bans Dissident Leader from Attending Trump Miami Speech

The government of Cuba has banned one of the country’s most high-profile anti-communist dissidents, Ladies in White coordinator Berta Soler, from traveling to Florida to attend President Donald Trump’s national address on America’s policy toward the island prison.

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Five Cuban Dissidents to Watch in the Post-Fidel Era

Fidel Castro, the dictator who used firing squads, labor camps, beatings, torture, and hunger to oppress his people for more than half a century, died Friday night at the age of 90. His demise – though his brother, Raúl, remains in power – has led many to ask what the future holds for Cuba’s anti-communist dissident community.

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Cuba Arrested Nearly 500 Political Dissidents During Obama Visit

“These sorts of visits bring a lot of collateral damage,” Cuban pro-democracy activist Marta Beatriz Roque lamented in anticipation of President Barack Obama’s trip to the island. With the visit complete, new data has emerged clarifying exactly how much collateral damage. 498 arrests occurred during President Obama’s visit, adding to a total of 1416 in March.

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Meet the Half-Blind Cuban Dissident Arrested Live on ESPN

The Cuban government exerted extraordinary efforts this week to keep pro-democracy activists out of sight of international media. They failed, with one dissident demanding freedom for prisoners of conscience live on ESPN. That dissident: Yasser Rivero Boni, a political prisoner himself and the son of a member of the Ladies in White movement.

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Obama Meets with Anti-Castro, Anti-Obama Cuban Dissidents

The White House has released a list of Cuban political dissidents attending a closed meeting with President Barack Obama Tuesday morning, many who have been arrested multiple times shortly before and during the Obamas’ visit, and many who have had harsh words for his “normalization” plan for Cuba.

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Dissidents Suspicious of Cuba’s Offers to Send Them Abroad Before Obama Visit

Cuba’s communist dictatorship has extended seven dissidents a one-time offer of a round trip abroad, as an apparent concession in light of President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to the island. The dissidents, many in their seventies, say they doubt the good intentions of the government, accusing the Castro regime of trying to divide the dissident community by offering arbitrary benefits.

Obama’s Cuba Deal One Year Later: More Arrests, More Violence, Complete Failure

One year ago today, President Barack Obama announced a radical change in U.S. policy towards the rogue communist government of Cuba, insisting that funneling new money to the Castro regime would empower “democracy and human rights” n the island. Today, the failure of President Obama’s diplomacy is abundantly clear, as Cuba’s political detention rates skyrocket and thousands more risk their lives to reach the United States before the Castros are emboldened even more.

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Top Cuban Dissidents Snub John Kerry After Embassy Schmoozefest

Two of Cuba’s most prominent anti-communist leaders refused to meet with American Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit to Havana last weekend, condemning the Obama administration for “caving” to Castro regime demands and meeting only privately for a social event with the dissidents.

Pope on Communist Repression in Cuba: Europe Has Human Rights Problems, Too

Pope Francis, who was revealed as a major collaborator in the dialogues that have led to President Obama yielding major concessions to the communist regime of Raúl Castro in Cuba last December, responded to a question requesting comment on that nation’s human rights crisis by stating that, in some European countries, religious insignia is banned in public places.

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Cuba: Catholic Church Bans Relatives of Political Prisoners from Mass

A Catholic church in the central Cuban city of Cienfuegos has banned female relatives of political prisoners from attending mass unless they no longer wear white, a color associated with political imprisonment in the nation. The slight to families of the abused follows the bewildering remark from Archbishop of Havana Jaime Ortega that Cuba no longer has prisoners of conscience.

Cuba Increases Political Arrests 70% in March Following US Thaw

Newly released statistics show that the communist government of Raúl Castro in Havana has exponentially increased the number of political arrests, beatings, and detentions since President Barack Obama announced that a White House concessions package would be afforded to the regime.