On July 22 in Havana, Capital of Cuba, in the presence of Chinese
President Xi Jinping and Cuban President Raul Castro, CNPC Vice
President Wang Dongjin and General Director of CUPET Juan Torres Naranjo
signed a framework agreement on increasing crude output and production
sharing, and a cooperation agreement on drilling services.
Under the agreements, CNPC will help CUPET to lower operation cost of
some existing oilfields and enhance the crude production and recovery,
and meanwhile provide 9,000m drilling rigs and supporting services to
facilitate the exploration and development of Cuba's offshore oilfields.
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Report: Guards rape patients at Cuban psychiatric hospital
The surest way to judge a society is to examine how it treats its most
unfortunate, its most helpless. That's even true in a pit like Cuba,
where drawing distinctions among those suffering the misery wrought by
the Castro dictatorship can be difficult.
Cuban blogger Yusnaby Perez on Sunday reported on an especially
horrendous example of how the Castro regime treats the most unfortunate
of the unfortunate, the mentally ill at a psychiatric hospital in Havana
Independent journalist Vladimir Turró reported from Havana that several
patients of the Mazorra psychiatric hospital Mazorra in the Rancho
Boyerons municipality in the city of Havanahave been sexually abused and
raped by hospital workers, explained Humberto Vial Marrero, an assistant
at the hospital told the journalist.
Vial Marrero said the rapes are carried out in the Castilian room by
Interior Ministry officers who guard inmates convicted of various
crimes. According to Marrero, first they injected them with drugs to
leave them stunned, violated them and then applied electroshock to erase
their recent memories.
The hospital official told another recent visitor that guards beat the
patients to silence their screams, and that the food provided to them is
of very poor quality.
The Mazorra hospital is the same facility where on Jan. 11-12, 2010, 26
patients died of hypothermia. Several doctors, nurses and other
officials -- but notably, no officials with the Ministry of Health --
were accused of negligence and sentenced to prison, according to blogger
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La Unión de Jóvenes Comunista (UJC) inicia este lunes una jornada que une los cumpleaños del fallecido presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez y de Fidel Castro e intenta reforzar la idea de la conexión entre ambos.
Para nombrar la jornada, la organización de control político de la juventud ha utilizado el título de una canción del cantautor oficialista Silvio Rodríguez: "Si tengo un hermano".
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Posted on July 27, 2014
14yMEDIO, Ignacio Varona, Camaguy, 26 July 2014 – Very early this
Saturday many of us observed a new event for the 26th of July. The
strict codes of ritual demanded that the commemoration of the 61st
anniversary of the assault on the Moncana Barracks in Santiago de Cuba
and of the Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Barracks in Bayamo, be celebrated
this year with moderate pomp. If the "important" anniversaries are
commemorated in style, in Santiago de Cuba or Havana, the intermediate
ones happen in provinces with fewer resources.
The choice of the newly created province of Artemisa to host the main
event, obeys the fulfillment of this liturgy. Also an experiment has
been developing in it to streamline the administrative functions which
it has taken on because the Port of Mariel megaproject is in its territory.
In the era in which Fidel Castro had the capacity to stand for four to
six hours in front of a microphone, those events were anticipated as
time to summarize accomplishments and to announce the news. In 1989, in
one of his long speeches he warned of the possible disappearance of the
Soviet Union. The last great surprise on the 26th of July was the day in
1993 that the Commander in Chief announced the dollarization of the
Cuban economy. Since then, especially after 2007, his brother Raul has
had very little to promise and has delegated the speech on several
occasions to Mr. José Ramón Machado Ventura, second secretary of the
This time the opportunity was given to Ramiro Valdes who, besides being
a native of Artemisa, is a member of the Politburo, vice president of
the Councils of State and Ministers, Hero of the Republic of Cuba, and
the only survivor of the Moncada attack who holds high positions in the
party and the government with Raul Castro. It's enough to know the name
of the main orator, the hypothesis of a "half-baked" 26th of July was
confirmed. Plus the fact that there were no festivals in Havana on the
eve of the event, no commemorations in every neighborhood, not even the
typical soup that was served on other occasions. Routine has ended up
destroying all the excitement around the event.
A speech without surprises or charm, larded with slogans without any
news, revelations of critiques
Ramiro Valdez read a speech—badly, of course—based exclusively in the
past. He repeated the thesis of the calamitous yesterday that won't
return and declared that in his "vocabulary, the word 'defeat' is
erased." A speech without surprises or charm, larded with slogans
without any news, revelations of critiques. The man who once called for
"taming the wild pony of technologies," dedicated today to a new
diatribe against them, asserting that "the new technologies are used as
an element of subversion."
After the ceremony, when the official announcer for national television
said that the cameras and microphones were returning to the central
studios in the capital, most of the audience immediately returned to
their provincces, while the rest of the citizens, TV viewers or not,
regretted that this Day of National Rebellion had fallen on a Saturday,
so that one of the few opportunities for a holiday was lost.
26 July 2014
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Posted on July 27, 2014
During the summer of 1994, death ruled with impunity in my country.
During that period, Cuba, which had been a civilian graveyard for
decades, more closely resembled the gallows.
In the early hours of July 13, the whirlwind of violence to which the
Cuban state was subjecting its citizens came to its criminal climax. The
Revolution needed to prevail over the people through blood and fire.
Raúl Castro summed it up in a televised speech from the Colon Cemetery:
"He who lives by the sword dies by the sword."
We were in the middle of the so-called Special Period in the Time of
Peace. The repression was ferocious, but so too was the people's
resistance. So too was the corruption of public servants. So too was the
vandalism. There were robberies and grisly killings on every block.
Family men went mad and wound up murdering their loved ones. Electricity
was a luxury that we enjoyed for just a few hours a day. It was vox
populi that the police had been ordered to shoot to kill. So too had the
paramilitaries of the Rapid Response Brigades who wielded clubs rather
On the early morning of July 13 a stolen tugboatfull of civilians
attempted to escape the Bay of Havana. The boat was named the March 13.
It was a state-owned boat, but no violence took place during the theft.
In fact, it was the port workers themselves who took the boat and headed
for the US.
Just a few miles off the coast, the March 13 was rammed by four other
boats that had pursued it out of the harbor. Both civilians and the crew
were swept off the decks by jets of water fired from the other boats.
Once the March 13 was sunk, the survivors weren't offered any immediate
aid. The perpetrators wanted as few witnesses as possible. Only when a
Greek boat arrived did they proceed to rescue those who were still
afloat in the water. Out of a total of 72 people on board, 37 died,
including a dozen children and babies.
As usual, the state press placed the blame for the tragedy on the
victims. Thesurvivors were pressured by State Security forces, several
were put on trial, all were stigmatized, and in the end they were
ostracized and forced into exile. Since then some claim that they've
been attacked by motor vehicles or that they have been subjected to
medical torture in an attempt to wipe their memories. Fidel Castro
himself decreed that the workers had the right to defend their means of
production. It was a warning to anyone else in Cuba who had any
intention of running away from him. In fact, a month later more than
30,000 Cubans escaped en masse when the government stopped patrolling
the coastline, thus opening a pressure valve which would avoid the
impending social unrest.
Twenty years have passed since the massacre. The men who rammed the
March 13 have never been brought to justice. Nobody ever tried to
recover the bodies (or else they did it in secret and later destroyed
them). At least let me pull those 37 names out of the macabre anonymity
to which Castroism has condemned them in Cuba.
1. Hellen Martínez Enríquez, 5 months
2. Cindy Rodríguez Fernández, 2
3. Ángel René Abreu Ruiz, 3
4. José Carlos Nicole Anaya, 3
5. Giselle Borges Álvarez, 4
6. Caridad Leyva Tacoronte, 5
7. Juan Mario Gutiérrez García, 10
8. Yasser Perodín Almanza, 11
9. Yousell Eugenio Pérez Tacoronte, 11
10. Eliecer Suárez Plasencia, 12
11. Mayulis Menéndez Tacoronte, 17
12. Miladys Sanabria Cabrera, 19
13. Joel García Suárez, 20
14. Odalys Muñoz García, 21
15. Yaltamira Anaya Carrasco, 22
16. Yuliana Enríquez Carrazana, 22
17. Lissett María Álvarez Guerra, 24
18. Jorge Gregorio Balmaseda Castillo, 24
19. Ernesto Alfonso Loureiro, 25
20. María Miralis Fernández Rodríguez, 27
21. Jorge Arquímedes Levrígio Flores, 28
22. Leonardo Notario Góngora, 28
23. Pilar Almanza Romero, 31
24. Rigoberto Feu González, 31
25. Omar Rodríguez Suárez, 33
26. Lázaro Enrique Borges Briel, 34
27. Martha Caridad Tacoronte Vega, 35
28. Julia Caridad Ruiz Blanco, 35
29. Eduardo Suárez Esquivel, 38
30. Martha M. Carrasco Sanabria, 45
31. Augusto Guillermo Guerra Martínez, 45
32. Rosa María Alcalde Puig, 47
33. Estrella Suárez Esquivel, 48
34. Reynaldo Joaquín Marrero Álamo, 48
35. Amado González Raíces, 50
36. Fidencio Ramel Prieto Hernández, 51 años.
37. Manuel Sánchez Callol, 50 años
From Sampsonia Way — Original in English
21 July 2014
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The Kremlin and the Castros are chummy again, and Moscow is offering
By MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
July 27, 2014 5:33 p.m. ET
Cuban spy Ana Belen Montes was the highest-ranking Pentagon intelligence
analyst ever to be busted for working for the Castros. What's also
notable, in light of Vladimir Putin's visit to Havana earlier this
month, is that she was nabbed in 2001, long after the Cold War ended.
Besides leaking classified material and blowing the cover of covert U.S.
intelligence agents, Montes seems to have been charged by her handlers
with convincing top brass in Washington that Fidel Castro —who had
wanted the Soviets to drop the bomb on this country during the 1962
missile crisis—no longer presents a threat to the U.S. Montes, who rose
to become the U.S. military's resident intelligence expert on Cuba,
partly accomplished that mission. The Pentagon's 1998 Cuba threat
assessment played down its military and intelligence capabilities.
The best Cuba watchers were less sanguine. The Castros remain as
paranoid, power-hungry and pathological as ever. They may be economic
fools, but they run a good business making the island available to
criminal governments, like Iran and North Korea.
Mr. Putin's Cuba trip reinforces the point. The old Cold War villains
are up to no good one more time.
Russia's president is trying to rebuild the Soviet empire. Eastern
Europe won't cooperate and in Asia the best he will ever be is China's
junior partner. But in Latin America Mr. Putin's KGB résumé and
willingness to stick his thumb in the eye of the U.S. gives him
traction. Colonizing Cuba again is an obvious move.
Cuban President Raúl Castro greets Vladimir Putin in Havana, July 11.
Kommersant via Getty Images
After the Soviet Union fell in 1991 and the gravy train to Havana was
cut off, Fidel was furious with the Kremlin. It hasn't been easy to get
back in his good graces. In 2008 the Moscow news outlet Kommersant
reported that Putin friend and Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin got the
cold shoulder when he visited the island to work on "restoring
full-scale cooperation." Kommersant reported that the Castros were
"displeased" that Russia had been talking up a military deployment to
Cuba without Havana's approval.
But it seems that the world's most notorious moochers are willing to
forgive—for the right price. With sugar-daddy Venezuela running into
economic problems in recent years and Mr. Putin itching for a place in
the Caribbean sun, Cuba has decided to deal.
In February 2013 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev traveled to
Cuba, where he signed agreements to lease eight Russian jets worth $650
million to Havana and proposed some $30 billion in debt forgiveness. Two
months later, Russian Chief of Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov visited key
military and intelligence sites on the island. In August a spokesman for
the Black Sea Fleet announced that the Russian guided-missile warship
Moskva, the fleet's flagship, had set off for Cuba and other ports in
Central and South America.
Fast forward to February of this year. Russian Defense Minister Sergei
Shoigu announced that Russia had engaged in talks to establish military
bases in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba. The next day a Russian
intelligence-gathering ship docked in Havana.
In May, Russia's Security Council and Cuba's Commission for National
Security and Defense agreed in Moscow to form a joint working group.
"The situation in the world is changing fast and it is dynamic. That's
why we need the ability to react promptly," Nikolai Patrushev, secretary
of the Russian Security Council, told the press. Cuban Col. Alejandro
Castro Espin, son of Raúl Castro, led the Cuban delegation. In June
Russia signed a space cooperation agreement with Cuba to allow it to use
the island to base its Glonass (Russia's alternative to GPS) navigation
When he called in Havana this month Mr. Putin flaunted his intentions to
restore a Russian beachhead in Cuba. The shootdown of the Malaysian
Airlines flight on the same day that he ended his Latin American tour
raised the visibility of a trip that was made for both psychological and
strategic reasons. Mr. Putin wants to assure the Free World that he can
be a menace in the U.S. backyard—and he wants a local foothold to make
the threat real.
Mr. Putin officially wrote off $32 billion of bad Cuban debt on his
trip, leaving just $3.2 billion due over the next 10 years. Russia is
looking for oil in Cuban waters, and Mr. Putin signed new agreements in
energy, industry and trade with Castro. Days after the visit he denied
rumors that the Kremlin intends to reopen its old
electronic-eavesdropping facility on the island.
That's cold comfort, even if you believe him. Satellite technology has
made land-based listening posts obsolete in many ways. Far more
troubling is the emergence of Mr. Putin as a Latin American presence.
Tyrants all over the region, starting with the Castros, admire his
ruthlessness and skill in consolidating economic and political power.
They want to emulate him. It's a role model the region could do without.
Write to O'Grady@wsj.com
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