After the Black Spring

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The best day of the last 2,684: A Cuban prisoner deported

May 31, 2011 3:23 PM ET

When I awoke on the morning of July 8, 2010, in the Guamajal Prison in Villa Clara, I couldn't have imagined that five days later I was going to be landing at Barajas International Airport in Spain, accompanied by...

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From a Cuban youth movement, to journalism, to jail

May 25, 2011 10:40 AM ET

I joined the political civilist youth movement in 1991. Curiously, what I remember most from that period is how my apprehensions led me to disguise myself with a hat and glasses when traveling from my town of Artemisa to...

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Cuban journalist Fernández Saínz: I was a reporter in prison

April 8, 2011 11:22 AM ET

I went to prison for practicing independent journalism in Cuba. As soon as you get there, you must prepare yourself to narrate the horrors of the hellhole you've ended up in. And Cuban prisons are horrendous. But the horrors...

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Cuban journalist survives 'hell' and emerges ready to fight

March 18, 2011 2:05 PM ET

On March 18, 2003, our people endured one of the worst episodes in Cuba's history. The peaceable political dissident community, human rights defenders, trade unionists, and independent journalists, along with representatives of the emergent and democratic civil society--74 men...

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A new spring, and a couple's devotion blossoms anew

March 18, 2011 12:18 PM ET

When I wake up and sense my husband's body next to mine, I ask myself if I'm dreaming or if it is true that he has returned to our home.Eight years have passed since 75 Cubans were uprooted from...

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Moments before arrest in Cuba

March 8, 2011 10:31 AM ET

On March 18, 2003, I got up early as usual, connected my shortwave radio receiver, and tuned into a number of radio stations in the south of Florida in search of the day's most important news. As always, the...

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A Cuban journalist in exile: Unkept promises

February 1, 2011 11:30 AM ET

The clouds of exile are twice as bitter. Being forced from your birthplace and into legal limbo in the land of your grandparents where you're met by complete official abandonment only deepens the wounds. My gloominess has nothing to...

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For Cuban dissidents, prison is the only destination

January 11, 2011 10:14 AM ET

I was born beneath the yoke of a tyranny, now more than 50 years old, in which prison is the only destination for its deterrents. I first came across this destination in 1997, when I was sentenced to five...

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Unexpected departure: From jail to exile

December 28, 2010 10:00 AM ET

It was about 4 in the afternoon on July 8 when the official assigned to me at Toledo Prison, where I'd been locked up for nearly five years, came running to get me. He was in such a hurry...

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Being a Cuban journalist: Harassed, repressed, and jailed

December 14, 2010 9:50 AM ET

The president of the tribunal looked to his right and said, "The prosecutor has the floor." With a serious voice he pronounced the sentence: "The prosecutor ratifies the request for perpetual imprisonment for the accused, Victor Rolando Arroyo Carmona,...

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