Cuba to build first new Catholic church since Castro

Cuba: Baptist pastor’s wife arrested

Violations of religious freedom persist in Cuba

Cuba allows for building a Catholic church, a first since 1959

2013 a bad year for religious freedom in Cuba

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Cuba declares Good Friday a holiday

“A Transgender Elected Official Reflects an Evolving Cuba” | NY Times

Cuba: Transgender Woman 1st To Win Office In Cuba

Scots teen abortion percentage second highest in world

Abortion and the Cuban Economy

Abortion: Cuba’s Bitter Harvest

“Cuba Backing Gay Marriage?”

Cuban church leaders appeal to US over religious freedom

Mariela Castro tops US visit with transgender talk

Cuba rebukes Obama over summit talk of democracy

43 arrested in post-papal visit Cuba crackdown

Cuba’s Christians struggle, even after papal visit

Cuban-Americans cheer US archbishop’s call for an end to Marxist rule

Pope wraps Cuba visit with Mass, Fidel meeting

Pope says communism does not work in Cuba

Dissidents occupy Cuba church, seek papal audience

Miami’s Cuban vote shifting, but still strongly Republican

Raul Castro’s daughter: Cuba eyes same-sex unions

Cuba’s Raul Castro Says Government Should Welcome Religious Believers

Protestant pastors interrogated by Cuban authorities

Hopes of reform fade as veterans take control of Cuba’s Communist Party

    The Independent: That 79-year-old Raul Castro, who has effectively run the country since late 2006 because of a stomach infection that nearly killed Fidel, was appointed as first secretary of the party surprised no one. However, the choice of Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, who fought alongside Fidel to overthrow the US-backed Fulgencio Batista in 1959, as his deputy and Ramiro Valdes, 78, as his number three quashed hopes that a new generation of Cuban leaders could take on senior roles.

  • Posted: 04/20/2011
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Fidel Castro expected to resign as Cuba party chief

Cuban pastor denounces state-levelled persecution

Obama to ease Cuba travel restrictions for students and church groups

Cuba, Iran blast U.S. human rights at U.N. forum

Cuba Catholics to open first new seminary in decades

Cuba set to open new seminary; first religious building built in half a century

The Catholic Church in Cuba

Spain predicts thaw in US and EU ties with Cuba

Jobless in Cuba? Communism faces the unthinkable

Church: Cuba agrees to free 52 political prisoners

Cuba to free political prisoners, Catholic Church announces

Cuba, Vatican say talks on dissidents continuing

US puts nations on notice for trafficking

“Report: China, Cuba more peaceful than US”

Castro negotiates with Catholic Church over political prisoners

Cuba’s Catholic cardinal says country in crisis

Cuban leader applauds US health-care reform bill

In paying for sex changes, Cuba breaks from past

Law Review: Sanctioning Faith: Religion, State, and U.S.-Cuban Relations

    Jill I. Goldenziel, Sanctioning Faith: Religion, State, and U.S.-Cuban Relations (2009). Journal of Law and Politics, Vol. 25, p. 179, 2009. Available at SSRN:

    “What explains the Cuban government’s sudden accommodation of religion? Drawing on original field research in Havana, I argue that the Cuban government has strategically increased religious liberty for political gain. Loopholes in U.S. sanctions policies have allowed aid to flow into Cuba from the United States via religious groups, tying Cuba’s religious marketplace to its emerging economic markets. The Cuban government has learned from the experience of similar religious awakenings in post-Communist states in Eastern Europe and has shrewdly managed the workings of religious organizations while permitting individual spiritual revival. By allowing greater public expression of religious faith, the Cuban government has opened the door to religious pluralism on the island while closely monitoring religious groups to prevent political opposition. As the Obama Administration has already begun to ease U.S. sanctions on Cuba, these recent changes in Cuban law may allow the U.S. to promote political change in Cuba through religious civil society institutions.”

  • Posted: 03/08/2010
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UNESCO official: Cuba a paradigm for sex education

Cuba performing state-sponsored sex change surgery

Cuba lets cardinal give Christmas message on state TV

Pope sees signs of religious freedom in Cuba

Report: Sharp Rise in Religious Liberty Violations in Cuba

US Treasury eases Cuba family travel restrictions

Cuba keeps out US religious freedom group

Obama set to ease Cuban ban on travel, money

Number of elderly to surpass number of children in Cuba in twelve years

    CNA reports: “Experts from the National Office of Statistics and of the Latin American Center for the Elderly said this week that Cuba has one of the oldest populations in Latin America and that by 2020 there will be more …

  • Posted: 07/03/2008
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Church in Cuba questions government’s promotion of homosexuality on the island

    The Archdiocese of Havana’s magazine, Palabra Nueva, has published an article questioning the Cuban government’s promotion of homosexuality through norms that allow the changing of one’s identity, sex-change operations and the eventual legalization of homosexual unions.

  • Posted: 06/26/2008
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Mariela Castro champions H-Agenda in Cuba

    The proposed legislation would recognise same-sex unions, along with inheritance rights. It would also give transsexuals the right to free sex-change operations and allow them to switch the gender on their ID cards, with or without surgery.

  • Posted: 03/27/2008
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Becket Fund: Cuba Signs International Rights Treaties “With Reservations”

In Cuba, Vatican No. 2 : church has right to evangelize without state limit

    “Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, demanded the right of the Catholic Church in Cuba to evangelize without limits imposed by the state.”

  • Posted: 02/22/2008
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Fidel Castro Resigns As Cuba’s President

    An ailing, 81-year-old Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba’s president Tuesday after nearly a half-century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when parliament meets Sunday.

  • Posted: 02/19/2008
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Cuba to loosen restrictions on Homosexuality?