El Toque is a multimedia platform focused on telling Cuba in its diversity, complex, creative and also sometimes painful or hidden. Our very existence is a commitment to the diversity of voices, styles and functions in the media ecosystem that they publish for Cubans. Here you can learn a little more about the Island.
A Belkis Ayon Retrospective: Sikan in Europe

A Belkis Ayon Retrospective: Sikan in Europe

The exhibition includes 80 large format pieces, out of which 50 are collagraphs (almost all of which are unpublished), created between 1986 and 1999. Some of them have been displayed in the US.

Slow Connection at Checkouts at Cuba’s USD Stores

Slow Connection at Checkouts at Cuba’s USD Stores

It’s become clear that they need to stock up on cheap minced meat now and again, and that’s it. If stores had to collect dollars directly in tills (like in the ‘90s) and not on kleptomaniac cards, we could first be certain that stores would be stocked with products that could potentially be sold (and over the months, stores would adapt more and more to the customer’s exact needs and wants), and secondly, long lines would no longer be a problem, as would problems with slow connections.

UN Commissioner for HR on Cuba’s Political Prisoners

UN Commissioner for HR on Cuba’s Political Prisoners

“Everyone who has been arrested for exercising these rights [assembly and peaceful protest in Cuba] should be released immediately,” UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Elizabeth Throssell stated during a press conference in Geneva, on November 16, 2021.

What You Need to Know as Cuba Reopens to Tourists

What You Need to Know as Cuba Reopens to Tourists

Amidst an economic crisis considered to be the worst one in the past thirty years and with almost 100% of the potential vaccinated population having been administered at least one dose of the vaccine, relaxing this health protocol couldn’t be put off.

Silenced Cries on 15N in Cuba

Silenced Cries on 15N in Cuba

What happened in Cuba on November 15th? The question continues to be mulled over, days later.

15N in Cuba

15N in Cuba

On November 15th, the day the Archipielago platform had chosen for the Protest for Change, well-known members of this group and other civil society actors woke up to a police cordon around their homes.

Cubans Give their Thoughts about the 15N Protest

Cubans Give their Thoughts about the 15N Protest

It’s the first time a social call is being made for a peaceful protest on this scale, to demand the Government for change.

At Archipielago, “We Want Freedom & Rights for Cuba”

At Archipielago, “We Want Freedom & Rights for Cuba”

Saily was one of the signees of the request to hold a peaceful protest for change, an initiative by the Archipielago platform, which was denied authorization by the Government.

Me, a Mercenary?

Me, a Mercenary?

In the Cuban context, the concept of “mercenary” has lost its traditional semantic connotation. Under the regime’s new language, being a mercenary is synonymous with “dissident,” “worm,” “sell out,” “independent journalist,” “human rights activist.”

The Faces Behind Cuba’s Archipelago Group

The Faces Behind Cuba’s Archipelago Group

Here at elToque, we’re sharing a summary of some of Archipelago’s members and their motivations. All of them signed letters requesting authorization for the protest, which they presented to local authorities in Holguin, Santa Clara, Havana and Old Havana, Nuevitas, Guantanamo, Cienfuegos, Las Tunas, Camagüey and Pinar del Rio. They all insist on Archipelago’s right to protest peacefully and they stand by their intention to march, in spite of the government’s “No”.

What is Cuba’s Archipielago Platform?

What is Cuba’s Archipielago Platform?

After the authorities denied authorization to hold a protest, social media users (as the movement is particularly articulated there), the government and the press have all set their sights on Archipielago; some in their defense and others against them.

Professor Expelled from Cienfuegos Med School for his Politics

Professor Expelled from Cienfuegos Med School for his Politics

He is a member of Archipielago group that has called for peaceful protests on November 15th

They Will Not Silence Us

They Will Not Silence Us

In recent days, State Security and other repressive organs of the Ministry of the Interior have decided to intimidate and threaten members of our team with a barrage of police summons.

Cuban Economy Minister’s Cautiously Optimistic Forecast

Cuban Economy Minister’s Cautiously Optimistic Forecast

“An 11% drop will be hard to recover from in the short-term,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Planning, Alejandro Gil, warned at a press conference. He talked about these and other numbers during an update about the Cuban economy when we entered the last trimester of the year.

Cuban Government Rejects Peaceful Protest Request

Cuban Government Rejects Peaceful Protest Request

This is the first formal and widespread call across the country to hold an unofficial political protest in Cuba, in the past 60 years.

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El Toque is a multimedia platform focused on telling Cuba in its diversity, complex, creative and also sometimes painful or hidden. Our very existence is a commitment to the diversity of voices, styles and functions in the media ecosystem that they publish for Cubans. Here you can learn a little more about the Island.

A Belkis Ayon Retrospective: Sikan in Europe
The exhibition includes 80 large format pieces, out of which 50 are collagraphs (almost all of which are unpublished), created between 1986 and 1999. Some of them have been displayed in the US.

It’s become clear that they need to stock up on cheap minced meat now and again, and that’s it. If stores had to collect dollars directly in tills (like in the ‘90s) and not on kleptomaniac cards, we could first be certain that stores would be stocked with products that could potentially be sold (and over the months, stores would adapt more and more to the customer’s exact needs and wants), and secondly, long lines would no longer be a problem, as would problems with slow connections.

“Everyone who has been arrested for exercising these rights [assembly and peaceful protest in Cuba] should be released immediately,” UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Elizabeth Throssell stated during a press conference in Geneva, on November 16, 2021.

Amidst an economic crisis considered to be the worst one in the past thirty years and with almost 100% of the potential vaccinated population having been administered at least one dose of the vaccine, relaxing this health protocol couldn’t be put off.

What happened in Cuba on November 15th? The question continues to be mulled over, days later.
It’s the first time a social call is being made for a peaceful protest on this scale, to demand the Government for change.
In the Cuban context, the concept of “mercenary” has lost its traditional semantic connotation. Under the regime’s new language, being a mercenary is synonymous with “dissident,” “worm,” “sell out,” “independent journalist,” “human rights activist.”
After the authorities denied authorization to hold a protest, social media users (as the movement is particularly articulated there), the government and the press have all set their sights on Archipielago; some in their defense and others against them.
In recent days, State Security and other repressive organs of the Ministry of the Interior have decided to intimidate and threaten members of our team with a barrage of police summons.
This is the first formal and widespread call across the country to hold an unofficial political protest in Cuba, in the past 60 years.
On November 15th, the day the Archipielago platform had chosen for the Protest for Change, well-known members of this group and other civil society actors woke up to a police cordon around their homes.
Saily was one of the signees of the request to hold a peaceful protest for change, an initiative by the Archipielago platform, which was denied authorization by the Government.
Here at elToque, we’re sharing a summary of some of Archipelago’s members and their motivations. All of them signed letters requesting authorization for the protest, which they presented to local authorities in Holguin, Santa Clara, Havana and Old Havana, Nuevitas, Guantanamo, Cienfuegos, Las Tunas, Camagüey and Pinar del Rio. They all insist on Archipelago’s right to protest peacefully and they stand by their intention to march, in spite of the government’s “No”.
He is a member of Archipielago group that has called for peaceful protests on November 15th
“An 11% drop will be hard to recover from in the short-term,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Planning, Alejandro Gil, warned at a press conference. He talked about these and other numbers during an update about the Cuban economy when we entered the last trimester of the year.

Mercado Informal de
Divisas en Cuba (Tiempo Real)

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1 USD67 CUP
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Un agente de la policía cubano reprime a un manifestante pacífico