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Monday 21 February 2011
Seven more political prisoners are to be freed by the Communist government, the Roman Catholic Church said yesterday. Six people convicted of crimes against state security planned to leave for Spain, but one intends to remain in Cuba and return to the independent reporting that led to his arrest. Ivan Hernandez was among 75 people arrested in a crackdown on dissidents in 2003.
Sunday 20 February 2011
Friday 18 February 2011
An image of Che Guevara that stares out from countless T-shirts and posters is at the centre of a belated copyright claim to protect it from unfettered use by capitalists.
Friday 18 February 2011
There's something very American about Barry Cawston's photographs. It's odd, really, since none were taken in the US; instead they feature scenes from Italy, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil - even Bristol. Yet, be it in the contrasting colours of a Havana pool, the perfect clapboards of an Avonmouth cottage, or the crooked hat of a Tibetan cowboy, Crawston's images recall both the New World melancholy of Edward Hopper and the dazzling modernity of David Hockney's Berkeley days.
Monday 14 February 2011
Two well-known Cuban dissidents were released from prison yesterday, despite the fact both men said they wanted to remain in jail until other opposition leaders were freed and other demands were met.
Friday 11 February 2011
Osama Bin Laden's former cook and driver, who was convicted at a war crimes tribunal at Guantanamo, has had his prison sentence reduced from 14 years to two years by a Pentagon official.
Tuesday 08 February 2011
Saturday 05 February 2011
So to Cuba then, at LAST, 45 years after I first got into Hemingway in Uganda after a teacher gave me his copy of For Whom the Bell Tolls. I was a melancholic teenager drawn to stories of extreme courage and stubborn idealism and weepy endings. My family life was wretched and crying over fiction provided relief. The author was in East Africa twice, in the Thirties and Fifties, when my uncle supplied him with guns. Mr Hemingway, said Uncle, had overcome near-death accidents and illnesses and was unafraid. Unafraid. I wanted to be unafraid, too. In the year he killed himself (1961), I read all his books. Some twice.
Sunday 02 January 2011
It's official: The Independent on Sunday is a must-read among world leaders.
Saturday 01 January 2011
Sunday 26 December 2010
Friday 24 December 2010
Some people do not know when to shut up. At the end of the longest perjury trial in Scottish legal history, the defendant, Tommy Sheridan, decided to subject the Glasgow High Court jury to a five-hour closing defence speech that stretched over two days.
Sunday 19 December 2010
The title of this album means, simply, "listen".
Saturday 18 December 2010
Almost 30 years ago, a British diplomat asked me to lunch in Beirut.
Thursday 16 December 2010
A Cuban dissident used a video address at yesterday's award of the EU's main human rights prize to call for the release of political prisoners in his homeland and for the government to end attacks on the opposition.
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