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  • I don’t think an online poll is that accurate. A lot of old people don’t do online………
    • Americans favor diplomatic engagement with Cuba

    More Americans favor engaging Cuba diplomatically than any other approach to the island, according to a new poll by the online political platform Moxy.

    The survey found that 41 percent of respondents favored diplomatic engagement, followed by 35 percent saying it should be easier for Cubans to migrate to the United States, 34 percent wanting to sanction Cuban human rights abuses in international courts, and 33 percent favoring ratcheting up sanctions on the communist regime.

    "We presented 10 different policy measures, and the respondents can choose as many as they want," said Cesar Melgoza, CEO of Moxy.

    "The one that was chosen most often, overall as well as by Republicans and Democrats, was diplomacy," added Melgoza.

    The polling results come as the Biden administration is expanding its diplomatic footprint in Cuba. The State Department last month allowed diplomats on the island to be accompanied by adult relatives, but the White House has stopped short of the policy of rapprochement from the Obama era.

    Meanwhile, Cuba remains in the political spotlight, particularly in Florida after protests on the island renewed interest in supporting the Cuban opposition among some U.S. groups.

    But according to Moxy's poll, Americans overall don't see Cuba as a top issue.:

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      • Well if this is for real then there should be a lot of great looks for most of us. That should be the verdict that can happen for all of us. At this point you can even improve on it even if you try to work it out in a way where we can use our advantages to the best of our abilities in the long run if you know.
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        • Cuba accuses US of coordinating upcoming civil liberties protest

          Cuba is accusing the U.S. of coordinating a civil liberties protest that is set to take place on Nov. 15.

          Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla said in a meeting with diplomats on Wednesday the U.S. is helping plan a protest the Cuban government has forbidden, alleging that the U.S. is trying to destabilize the country, Reuters reported.

          "U.S. policy ... is doomed to failure. It is unfeasible. It hasn't worked for 60 years. It does not work now ... and it will not work in the future," Rodriguez said.

          The Cuban government has already warned the leader of Archipelago, the Facebook group leading the protest, against going through with the demonstration, which the group's leader says is for civil liberties and human rights.

          "We are not mercenaries, nor are we receiving orders from anyone," Yunior García Aguilera, leader of the Archipelago group, said after meeting with government prosecutors. "We are openly demonstrating a difference of opinion.”

          Rodriguez also accused Facebook of "altering logarithms, altering the geolocation mechanism to simulate the massive presence in Cuba of people with accounts that are known to reside outside our country, primarily in Florida and in the U.S. territory,” according to Reuters.

          He said Facebook violated international law and could be sued for “practices against Cuba.”

          Archipelago says that more than half of its 31,501 Facebook members live in Cuba, per Reuters.

          The upcoming protest comes after huge civil liberties demonstrations broke out in Cuba over the summer, during which a human rights group documented systematic abuses the government allegedly committed against protesters.

          The U.S. House recently passed a resolution supporting the Cuban protesters and the upcoming protest on Nov. 15. Forty Democrats and no Republicans voted against its passage.:

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          • ‘Give Us a Break!’ Cuban Activists Say U.S. Sanctions Are Blocking Them from Online Services

            On Nov. 9, Cuban journalist Elaine Diaz was trying to send out a newsletter to the subscribers of Periodismo de Barrio, her watchdog news site covering human rights issues on the island, when she got an error message on her screen.

            The U.S.-based service she had been using, MailChimp, had suddenly and unexpectedly eliminated her account. “They did it without prior warning, for being based in Cuba,” she wrote on Twitter. “It’s not the first Cuban outlet to go through this experience. Shameful.”

            As Internet access has exploded on the island, an increasing number of Cuban journalists, activists, dissidents and artists find themselves locked out of the online platforms and services used by the rest of the world—not by their communist government, but due to restrictions imposed on American companies by the broad, 60-year-old U.S. embargo. In recent years, they have been abruptly blocked from cloud services, file transfer sites, social media managers, editing software, development apps, video calling, free education platforms and NFT marketplaces. It not only shuts them out of the global digital economy, several young Cubans tell TIME, it also makes it harder to create content and reach a wider audience.

            The restrictions come on top of the Cuban government’s own tight grip on Internet access for its citizens through the state-owned telecommunications monopoly, ETECSA, which blocks news websites deemed critical of the regime. The agency also restricted access to social media platforms in the wake of historic protests over food and medicine shortages in July, with some calling on President Miguel Diaz-Canel to step down.

            The two factors have combined to hit the heart of Cuba’s protest movement. The summer protests, as well as the San Isidro demonstrations that preceded it last year, were spearheaded by young artists who rely on digital platforms to disseminate information and express and organize themselves online. As a result, the blunt instrument of the decades-old embargo is inadvertently stifling the very freedom of expression and robust civil society that the U.S. government seeks to support in Cuba, experts say, as U.S. companies try to avoid running afoul of the law.

            Much, much more:

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            • More than 100 House Democrats urge Biden to lift restrictions on Cuba amid crisis

              More than 100 Democrats in the House have called on President Biden lift U.S. regulations on Cuba in order to help address "the worst economic and humanitarian crisis in recent history."

              The lawmakers, led by Democratic Reps. Jim McGovern (Mass.), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Bobby Rush (Ill.), urged Biden in a letter to do away with specific licenses that are required to send medical supplies to Cuba as well as lift restrictions on banking and related financial transactions.

              The U.S. embargo against Cuba does technically allow for humanitarian aid to be shipped to the island nation. However, fear of accidentally violating U.S. law stops humanitarian aid from being sent from the U.S. and other countries, according to the lawmakers.

              Protests broke out in Cuba this year against the ruling Communist Party as the COVID-19 pandemic placed pressure on living conditions. In the largest anti-government protest that Cuba has seen in decades, Cubans called for President Miguel Díaz-Canel to step down. Protesters also demonstrated against the lack of food and medicine in the country.

              The government cracked down on protesters by deploying security officers and government supporters to picket the homes of activists and dissidents.

              The House Democrats asked that Biden lift restrictions on family remittances and travel to Cuba in order to allow Cuban-Americans to send financial support and to visit the country in order to reunite with their family members.

              They stated that revenue generated from remittances into Cuba goes toward food, fuel and other essential goods that Cubans need.

              "In addition to these immediate steps, we believe that a policy of engagement with Cuba serves U.S. interests and those of the Cuban people. It should lead to a more comprehensive effort to deepen engagement and normalization, including restarting diplomatic engagement at senior levels as well as through the re-staffing of each country’s respective embassies," they wrote, adding that it would be a "gesture of good faith" and "in the best interests of the United States."

              Apart from helping to alleviate the worsening conditions in Cuba, the U.S. representatives argued that approaching Cuba from a position of "principled engagement" instead of "unilateral isolation" would allow the U.S. to bolster human rights in Cuba.

              "Engagement is more likely to enable the political, economic, and social openings that Cubans may desire, and to ease the hardships that Cubans face today," they wrote.

              During his time in office, former President Obama moved to normalize relations with Cuba, with the Communist country being removed from the U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism list. However, former President Trump moved to put a stop to some of the Obama-era agreements and issued tightened travel restrictions.:

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              • US to resume some visa services in Cuba after 4-year break

                The U.S. government announced Thursday that it would resume limited processing of immigrant visas in Havana more than four years after halting that service and removing most diplomats from Cuba over suspicions they had been targeted for mysterious attacks.

                The Havana embassy’s chargé d’ affaires, Timothy Zúñiga-Brown, announced that the consulate would soon begin processing some immigrant visas for which documentation already is complete, though he did not give a date.

                Most visas will continue to be processed in Guyana on the South American mainland — a costly and difficult journey away for most Cubans.

                Zúñiga-Brown said the U.S. is interested in “safe and legal” immigration, particularly for family reunification cases which had been complicated by the withdrawal of diplomats.

                Cuba last year saw a surge in unauthorized migration attempts fueled in part by an economic crisis that was exacerbated by the pandemic, increased U.S. sanctions and cutbacks in aid from Venezuela.

                President Joe Biden had campaigned on easing the Trump administration’s tough series of new sanctions on Cuba, but so far has taken only limited steps toward the sort of relaxation that occurred under Barack Obama, who visited Cuba and made dealings with it far easier.

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                • Cuba anti-government protesters jailed for up to 30 years

                  More than 100 people who took part in rare anti-government protests in Cuba in July have been sentenced to lengthy jail terms of between six and 30 years.

                  Out of the 129 defendants, only one was acquitted, with the remaining being found guilty of sedition and theft.

                  Thousands of Cubans took part in the demonstrations across the Communist-run island chanting for "freedom".

                  Unauthorised public gatherings are illegal in Cuba and more than 1,000 people were arrested.

                  The protests, the largest in decades, came amid a severe economic crisis with protesters voicing anger over price increases, and shortages of food and medicine.

                  Many were also critical of the Cuban government's handling of the Covid pandemic.

                  he ruling Communist party described the protests as a US-backed attempt at overthrowing the government.

                  Police cracked down on the impromptu rallies and there were clashes in which at least one person died and dozens were injured.

                  The court said the protesters overturned vehicles and threw stones, bottles and petrol bombs at police and Interior Ministry agents.

                  But Javier Larrondo of rights group Prisoners Defenders said that "the vast majority had demonstrated peacefully".

                  Mr Larrondo said the sentences were outrageous.

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                  • Families of Cuban protesters left devastated by harsh sentences

                    Luis Frometa Compte, 59, had been back in the land of his birth for just 40 days when unprecedented anti-government protests broke out all over the country in July 2021.

                    The forestry technician had been living for 37 years in Germany when he decided to visit his homeland, staying with his sister Virgen Frometa.

                    He had gone out to buy rum when he joined a protest and started filming it on his mobile phone.

                    Less than a week later, plain clothed police officers arrested him at his sister's house, and he has since been sentenced to 25 years in prison for "sedition."

                    "I am asking for my brother's immediate release," said 56-year-old homemaker Virgen Frometa. "And for all the prisoners" arrested following the protests.

                    "There is a revolutionary suffering inside of me," she told AFP, wiping back the tears in her eyes.

                    The government response to the protests left one person dead, dozens injured and almost 1,400 detained.

                    According to the Miami-based Cubalex NGO, more than 700 of them remain in detention.

                    "No-one starts a revolution without weapons by talking, nor by protesting, nor by saying four things that no-one liked, nor by filming," said Frometa, raising her voice.

                    - 'They didn't kill anyone' -

                    Five doors down in the poor neighborhood of Guinera, on the outskirts of Havana, laborer Emilio Roman, 51, is also suffering.

                    His three children have been convicted of sedition.

                    Yosney Emilio, 25 and his sister Mackyani Yosney, 23, have been sentenced to 12 years each while Emy Yoslan, 18, was given seven years.

                    On July 12, 2021, the Roman family was celebrating a birthday.

                    Mackyani went out to buy cigarettes and on the corner came across the throngs of protesters.

                    "She was enthralled," as were her brothers, said Roman.

                    During the two weeks of their trials in January, Roman stayed at the door of the court.

                    "I didn't have the strength to go in to watch the injustice being committed against all these youngsters," he said from his modest cement house where the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom share the same single space.

                    The verdict was pronounced on March 16. Cuba's Supreme Court handed down sentences of six to 30 years to 128 protesters accused of sedition and theft.

                    Those sentenced had taken part in protests in Guinera and the Diez de Octubre municipality, where some of the most violent demonstrations happened.

                    The heavy sentences shocked many on the island nation, including singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez, a fervent defender of the Cuban revolution.

                    "Sentencing people to 15, 20 and 30 years for public disorder? That does not seem fair to me," Rodriguez said on the Cubadebate website.

                    "If they committed the acts of violence they have been accused of, then I agree they should be judged and the appropriate punishments applied. But as far as I know, they didn't kill anyone."

                    Around 90 homes in Guinera have seen at least one family member arrested.

                    - 'Disproportionate sentences' -

                    Disillusioned, Roman wants his children to leave Cuba, as thousands of others have done in recent months.

                    "I don't want them to spend one more day in this disgraceful country," he said.

                    During his daughter's sentencing she was accused of participating "in the grouping of people leading the disturbances using weapons capable of killing, injuring and damaging with force, such as rocks, poles and bottles, including in the form of explosive devices."

                    In videos, Mackyani can only be seen "with a bottle in her hand," insists her father.

                    As for her brothers, they were accused of "throwing rocks and bottles at interior ministry agents."

                    In response to criticisms, prosecutors claim to have acted transparently and with respect for the rule of law, something disputed by many Cubans.

                    They accuse protesters of being politically motivated.

                    "We were able to prove" that there were people who wanted to provoke "a military intervention in Cuba by the United States," prosecutor Yohandris Lopez, told state media outlets.

                    On Wednesday, the European Union expressed its "great concern" over the "disproportionate" sentences.

                    Both the EU and US have urged Cuba's authorities to release "political prisoners and those detained while exercising their right to meet and express themselves."

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