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Michel Damian Suarez Sian

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About Michel
Michel Damian Suarez Sian is a Madrid-based journalist renowned for his expertise in the politics of Cuba, Spain, and Ibero-America. With a Doctorate in Communication from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Michel has established himself as a respected voice in journalism, focusing on international politics, human rights, and cultural issues. His work is particularly concentrated on the dynamics within the Latin American and Spanish contexts, where he has been a vocal critic of the policies of Spain and the European Union towards authoritarian regimes, such as the Cuban dictatorship.

Michel's reporting has shed light on the censorship within the Cuban film industry, the financial misappropriations by the Cuban military conglomerate GAESA, and the challenges to democracy in Latin America. He has also delved into the implications of Spain's Ley de Memoria Democrática and the country's immigration policy, especially its effects on the Cuban diaspora and the Spanish labor market. His articles have not only critiqued the appeasement strategies of Western nations but have also brought international attention to the regional response to global issues, including the war in Ukraine.

As a versatile media professional, Michel contributes to various platforms, including radio, print, and online outlets, crafting insightful articles, interviews, and reports. His presence extends to television, where he serves as a panelist and analyst on debate programs, bringing his informed perspectives to a wider audience. Michel Damian Suarez Sian's commitment to journalism is underscored by his dedication to uncovering the truth, advocating for democratic values, and defending human rights, making him a distinguished figure in the field of journalism and media.
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EL MUNDO: Tambores de guerra (civil) en Cuba

Spain: Conservative leader accuses socialist government of 'paying homage to Latin American autocrats'

26 Mar 2023  |  Martí Noticias | Martinoticias.com/
The article discusses China's policy of making Islam 'compatible' with Chinese culture, which includes repressing Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. It highlights the silence of President Xi Jinping during Ramadan, despite the significant Muslim population in China. The Chinese government's efforts to sinicize Islam, introduced by Xi Jinping in 2016, have led to mass detentions of Uighurs and other Muslims in 'reeducation' camps and prisons to eradicate 'religious extremism.' The article also covers the documentary '20 Days in Mariupol' by the Associated Press, which captures the reality of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and has received critical acclaim and awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

The News As It Is | Thursday, March 23, 2023

23 Mar 2023  |  www.martinoticias.com
Radio Televisión Martí's program 'The News As It Is' on March 23, 2023, hosted by journalists Amado Gil and José Luis Ramos, discussed key issues including the United States' decision not to remove Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, the lack of clarity on overcoming Cuba's economic crisis as admitted by senior officials, the provision of necessary medications for Cuban actor Rubén Breña by Hospital Ameijeiras, and the announcement of Cuba's worst tobacco harvest by the official press. Guests included European correspondent Michel Suárez and Havana-based journalist Jorge Enrique Rodríguez from Diario de Cuba.

Zamora: 'It's a perversion to say that Cuba is a single-party democracy'

16 Mar 2023  |  Martí Noticias | Martinoticias.com/
Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and former Vice President of Costa Rica, discussed the state of democracy in Latin America, criticizing the notion that Cuba is a single-party democracy and highlighting the authoritarian nature of regimes in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Haiti. He expressed concern over the erosion of democracy in the region and the rise of authoritarian projects. Casas-Zamora also addressed the economic and political challenges in Cuba, including the upcoming general elections, the imprisonment of political dissidents, and the inefficacy of the U.S. embargo. He emphasized the importance of democratic values and the need for Latin American countries to take a clear stance on international issues such as the Russia-Ukraine war. The article also touches on the energy crisis in Cuba, the impact on private businesses, and the call by European parliamentarians to end the EU's Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement with Cuba.

Padura describes Vargas Llosa as 'one of the most important literary figures' of his life

23 Feb 2023  |  Martí Noticias | Martinoticias.com/
At the inauguration of the 'Escribidores' festival in Spain, Leonardo Padura praised Mario Vargas Llosa as a significant literary figure in his life. The event was supported by Fundación Unicaja and organized by Cátedra Vargas Llosa. Cuban filmmaker Sergio Giral, known for exploring themes of blackness and slavery, passed away at 87. Christopher Nolan's 'Oppenheimer' dominated the Oscars, winning seven awards including Best Picture. Cuban musicians Lena Burke and Pavel Urquiza released a song addressing gender violence in Cuba. Luis Alejandro Yero's censored film 'Llamadas desde Moscú' won Best Feature Film at the Murcia International Film Festival, and Fernando Fraguela Fosado's documentary 'Mujeres que sueñan un país' received a special jury prize at the Courage Film Festival in Berlin.

Cuba, Argentina, and Nicaragua face the worst economic situation in 2023, according to Spanish investors

22 Feb 2023  |  Martí Noticias | Martinoticias.com/
Spanish multinational companies predict Cuba, Argentina, and Nicaragua will face the most challenging economic situations in 2023, with Panama expected to perform best economically in Latin America. Political instability is seen as the biggest risk by Spanish investors. Labor accidents in Cuba have resulted in fatalities, with the energy and mining sectors being the most affected. The Cuban government is criticized for not providing adequate worker protection and for hiding official casualty figures. The European Union is urged to end its Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement with Cuba due to human rights violations. Independent Cuban civil society organizations are highlighted for their community work, particularly in addressing racial disparities and poverty. The lack of proper waste management in Cuba is causing public health concerns due to the proliferation of pests.

Spain to Grant Residence Permits to Foreigners Enrolling in Vocational Training Studies

20 Feb 2023  |  Martí Noticias | Martinoticias.com/
Spain will offer residence permits to foreigners who enroll in vocational training programs. This new rule could benefit thousands of Cubans who are currently in an irregular situation. Madrid's aim is to address labor market needs and fill certain job positions.

The Castrist Museum of Galicia or Selective Historical Memory

14 Aug 2022  |  EL ESPAÑOL
The article criticizes the selective historical memory in Spain, particularly the inauguration of a museum dedicated to Ángel Castro, father of Fidel and Raúl Castro, in Galicia. It argues against the glorification of the Castro family and condemns the Spanish political parties PSOE, Unidas Podemos, and BNG for their roles in this. The European Parliament's stance on equating the crimes of nazism and communism is mentioned as a positive contrast to the Spanish Congress's refusal to do the same. The article also highlights the negative reactions from Cuban exile groups in Spain and questions the potential policies towards Cuba of Alberto Núñez Feijóo, leader of the opposition Partido Popular.

España y Cuba: el fracaso del apaciguamiento

10 Aug 2021  |  ELMUNDO
The article criticizes the ambiguous policy that Spain and the European Union (EU) have maintained towards the Cuban dictatorship. The author argues that the Cuban government has not shown any willingness to change its repressive actions against the opposition. The piece suggests that the approach of appeasement has failed, as it has not led to any positive changes in Cuba's political stance or human rights situation. The article is an opinion piece that interprets facts and data to conclude that the current policy is ineffective and that a new strategy is needed.

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