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14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 31 October 2014 – There has been a lot of talk lately of the presumed improvement in relations between the governments of the United States and Cuba. In both countries there are tons of supporters for two antagonistic … Continue reading Continue reading

En los últimos días, el personal del sistema de salud de la capital ha sido convocado a reuniones donde se les invita a mantener la discreción sobre la situación epidemiológica en el país. Según las fuentes consultadas por 14ymedio, varias asambleas de este tipo han tenido lugar en las sedes del Partido Comunista en los municipios de 10 de Octubre, Arroyo Naranjo y Plaza.

Las autoridades están interesadas en conocer la opinión de la población en materia de salud pública, agregan las fuentes, que piden mantenerse en el anonimato. En esas reuniones, los médicos, enfermeras y cuadros administrativos aportan información valiosa en este sentido.

La principal preocupación parece ser la situación epidemiológica que atraviesa el país, con la propagación del dengue, cólera y chikungunya, a lo que se suma la amenaza del temido virus del ébola, que podría llegar al territorio nacional. Por estar íntimamente relacionado con esta situación de riesgo, el saneamiento ambiental en los municipios es uno de los temas recurrentes de conversación en esas reuniones.

Los funcionarios del Partido han hecho énfasis en la necesidad de concienciar la población y el personal sanitario, para que estén preparados, según los términos empleados por uno de ellos, ante "la dura contienda que se libra en el campo médico".

[[QUOTE:Los funcionarios del Partido han hecho énfasis en la necesidad de concienciar la población y el personal sanitario]]Sin embargo, esos mismos funcionarios han dado instrucciones para que el personal del sistema de salud maneje con suma discreción la situación epidemiológica del país, pues "existe un grupo de individuos que ha tenido acceso a informaciones de carácter médico y lo ha utilizado de manera inadecuada en algunos medios de prensa".

A petición de los funcionarios, el personal sanitario ha identificado las deficiencias relacionadas con la situación epidemiológica y la labor médica en general. La incapacidad de entidades gubernamentales para resolver problemas vitales relacionados con la salud ha sido uno de los señalamientos más frecuentes. Fueron mencionados el deterioro de múltiples salideros de agua potable y albañales, la existencia de enormes basureros y numerosos micro vertederos, así como el suministro inestable de agua potable.

Los profesionales de la salud se quejan también del mal estado de los consultorios, policlínicos y hospitales, que presentan disfunciones en el alumbrado, los baños, el mobiliario y, más grave aún, en el instrumental médico.

Según nuestras fuentes, esas reuniones no han aplacado el escepticismo del personal médico, que teme represalias contra los que han expresado opiniones demasiado críticas.

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Juan Bautista Yofre ha publicado otro importantísimo libro: Fue Cuba. Tata Yofre es un notable periodista argentino que dirigió la inteligencia de su país en tiempos de Carlos Menem. De esa experiencia le quedaron su pasión por la información exacta y algunos contactos muy valiosos.

Yofre tuvo acceso nada menos que a 11,000 documentos de la inteligencia checa que detallan minuciosamente la intervención clandestina de Cuba en los asuntos internos de medio planeta y, muy especialmente, en América Latina.

A ese espasmo imperial cubano se le llamó Operación Manuel. Los servicios checos, muy controlados por la URSS, fueron escogidos por Moscú y por el KGB para coordinar con La Habana los esfuerzos subversivos. Los soviéticos querían borrar sus propias huellas.

¿Qué hizo el castrismo en Argentina? Algo terrible: en los primeros años de la década de los sesenta contribuyó a descarrilar la débil instauración de la democracia civil en tiempos de José María Guido y Arturo Illia. Entonces pasaron por La Habana, en busca de ayuda y pertrechos, decenas de argentinos violentos, desde Mario Roberto Santucho hasta John William Cooke.

Cuba inspiró, adiestró, armó y lanzó un movimiento guerrillero contra una Argentina que, bajo la dirección de un médico honrado, Arturo Illia, luchaba por estabilizar la nación, enterrar el militarismo y colocar de nuevo al país bajo la autoridad de la ley. Fueron a luchar contra la democracia.

En esa época, el periodista Jorge Massetti, encandilado por la experiencia cubana –vivía en La Habana y dirigió Prensa Latina—, se infiltró en Salta, al noroeste de Argentina, al frente de un grupo armado, al que llamaron Ejército Guerrillero del Pueblo, para recrear en su país de origen la experiencia castrista y erigir una dictadura comunista.

Massetti eligió el pseudónimo Comandante Segundo. El primero era su amigo Ernesto Che Guevara, quien se hubiera incorporado a la lucha, a la cabeza del grupo, tan pronto se consolidara un frente guerrillero. Pero no pudo ser. El ejército liquidó rápidamente aquella delirante aventura. El cadáver de Massetti jamás apareció.

En toda América Latina sucedió lo mismo. En Uruguay, la Suiza de América –como ha documentado convincentemente el expresidente Julio María Sanguinetti–, la izquierda castrista, encabezada por los tupamaros, comenzó a robar armerías y bancos, y secuestró, asesinó y asaltó cuarteles, provocando la reacción violenta, a veces criminal, de los militares.

El actual candidato a vicepresidente por el Frente Amplio, Raúl Sendic,nacido en 1962, acabó estudiando en Cuba del 80 al 84 (lo que acaso lo vacunó contra ese disparate) porque su padre, de igual nombre, fue la cabeza, el corazón y la primera pistola de aquella lamentable banda terrorista que tanto daño le causó al país, aunque hoy intenten reescribir esa trágica historia.

¿Por qué Cuba tuvo tanta influencia? En esencia, por la personalidad mesiánica de Fidel Castro, quien, por desproporcionado y loco que fuese el proyecto, se decidió a conquistar el planeta y poner de rodillas al odiado vecino estadounidense, como advirtiera en una carta escrita en el verano de 1958 a su amante y confidente Celia Sánchez: "Cuando esta guerra se acabe –escribió–, empezará para mi una guerra mucho más larga y grande: la guerra que voy a echar contra ellos. Me doy cuenta que ése va a ser mi destino verdadero".

[[QUOTE:A partir de la derrota de Batista, Castro convirtió a Cuba en una gran base revolucionaria dedicada a la acción armada internacional]]Y así fue. A partir de la derrota de Batista, Castro convirtió a Cuba en una gran base revolucionaria dedicada a la acción armada internacional. Como me dijo un excomandante sandinista: "más que un país, Cuba era un nido de ametralladoras en movimiento".

"Hacer la revolución" en cualquier parte era el leitmotiv de Fidel Castro, su pasión más íntima y persistente. Para ello buscó la protección de la URSS, suscribió el modelo represivo estalinista y el no menos letal colectivismo marxista-leninista, se alió a todos los movimientos de liberación preexistentes, como el argelino, o contribuyó a crearlos en cualquier parte, como el ELN colombiano, ofreciendo armas, adiestramiento, dinero, y una metodología basada en la experiencia cubana, a la que llamó foquismo.

¿Por qué esa locura? Porque Fidel Castro, que creció en olor de tiroteos y gangsterismo en su juventud, en 1947, durante la frustrada expedición contra el dictador dominicano Trujillo, montada en Cuba con la colaboración de la Legión del Caribe, y luego en el bogotazo de 1948, había adquirido el síndrome del condottieri, ese marcador trallazo de adrenalina que dan las aventuras militares y la posibilidad de realizar hazañas que te claven para siempre en la historia y en la atemorizada memoria de los hombres.

No en balde, por aquellos años tumultuosos, prediciendo su destino fulgurante, se cambió su segundo nombre. Se llamaba Fidel Hipólito y se puso Fidel Alejandro. Su destino era conquistar el mundo. Su caballo de batalla no se llamó Bucéfalo. Se llamó Cuba. Fue Cuba.

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"Elevada infestación" de dengue obligó a habilitar hospital de campaña, según reveló el primer secretario del PCC en el territorio. Percepción del riesgo es baja, alerta especialista. Continue reading

Un grupo de seis emigrantes cubanos arribó este viernes en una precaria embarcación a una playa del condado de Palm Beach, al norte de Miami, informó un medio local, reporta EFE.

El lunes pasado, la Guardia Costera estadounidense rescató a nueve balseros en aguas cercanas a la bahía de Biscayne, en Miami, dos más lograron pisar tierra y otros dos desaparecieron en el mar.

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Migrants endure loss of raft, collision with freighter in harrowing
journey to Florida

'I thought it was the end of me,' migrant says of perilous voyage from Cuba
Cuban rafter Michel Goris Suarez was certain of this: Death would meet
him at sea somewhere between Cuba and Florida.

Yet he was rescued after eight — or was it nine? — days during a
perilous journey that included a collision with a freighter that
capsized his fragile raft.

"I felt like dying," he said. "I don't think I'll ever experience
anything like this in my life."

Recovering at his uncle's Miami-Dade County home Friday, the 25-year-old
survivor detailed a harrowing, pre-dawn escape from Havana that nearly
claimed his life.

Also Friday, another six Cuban men made the journey to America, landing
in Manalapan, where they were taken into custody. Those with relatives
here will be reunited with loved ones; others will be relocated to start
new lives in a foreign yet longed-for country.

The group in Manalapan is the latest round of migrants to come ashore in
South Florida this week, arriving just two days after the dramatic
rescue of 33 Cubans in an overturned vessel about seven miles off Boca
Raton. About 50 total were rescued or washed ashore.

Suarez was among 11 Cubans rescued in Miami's Biscayne Bay on Monday.
Despite the nightmarish trek, Suarez said he'd do it again. For freedom.

After paying more than $400 to board a makeshift raft that would break
apart days later, the single man left his grandmother and aunt behind —
he never said goodbye — and set off on a trip he expected to last two days.

"That was our grave error," Suarez said. The homemade raft, made of
tires, Styrofoam and other flimsy material, became human powered after
its small engine broke down. The rafters used pieces of wood for oars;
Suarez's hands are still raw from paddling.

Within the first two days, in the early morning darkness, the raft
flipped over. They lost what little food and water they had. Suarez
chewed on shreds of plastic from water bottles. He sipped seawater to
quench his thirst. He got sick.

Days into the trip, in open sea, the raft was brushed by a freighter and
again tipped over. The migrants clawed back on and kept rowing. Lost,
the rafters were met with stormy seas. They shivered. They argued about
returning to Cuba. When they believed they had turned back, they saw
land instead.

The men decided to each fend for themselves, and abandoned the
dilapidated raft as it began breaking apart, Suarez said. The castaways
drifted apart from one another.

Suarez and a companion were left clinging to a piece of Styrofoam,
flotsam from the homemade vessel. They treaded water through the night.
Once, when Suarez felt faint and lost his hold, his pal kept him afloat.

"I couldn't handle it anymore," he said. "I thought it was the end of
me. No one wants to die, but then you come to your senses and keep
looking ahead."

Along with the flotsam, Suarez clung to his faith. He thought of his
mother and sister, who immigrated to France before he left Cuba. His
salt tears fell in the sea.

A vessel once came close, but never spotted the men screaming for help.
The group was eventually plucked from the water by pleasure craft and
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Two managed to swim to shore. Suarez mourns the
few fellow rafters still missing.

Faring better were the Cubans who paddled ashore in Manalapan on Friday.
They appeared to be in good condition, officials said.

They were taken to a Border Patrol station in Riviera Beach before being
released to Church World Service in Doral, Border Patrol Agent Frank
Miller said. They join at least 50 other Cubans who have appeared off
the South Florida coastline, from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach County,
during the past week.

Cuba's crumbling economy is one big reason for the uptick, said Jorge
Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International
University.

A limited number of visas also are prompting desperate Cubans to make
for Florida by sea. The approximately 20,000 visas issued in an
immigration lottery don't come close to the more than 500,000 people who
applied to leave the country, Duany said.

"A lot of people are looking to improve their conditions and they want
to migrate any way they can," Duany said.

Despite the danger, many take to the sea. But after years of navigating
the treacherous course across the Straits of Florida, an "increasingly
common" tactic, Duany said, is to plot a shorter path from the Bahamas
to Florida.


Cubans who don't make landfall in the United States are sent back home,
but the Cuban Adjustment Act allows those who arrive on American soil to
stay and apply for permanent residency after a year.

According to the most recent U.S. Coast Guard statistics, Cubans make up
the majority of migrants intercepted near the United States. From Oct. 1
through Oct. 20, there were 106 Cubans intercepted. During the same time
period, 30 Dominicans and 17 Haitians were intercepted.

A weakened Suarez still nurses swollen legs and sunburn-blistered skin.
Yet he wants to learn English, and is eager to work two or even three
jobs, once the memory of his ordeal subsides.

"It was horrible, it was a nightmare," he said. "I prayed so much to God
that I must find a church to praise him for keeping me alive. I know He
helped me."

Staff writer Mike Clary contributed to this report.

Source: Authorities searching for migrants after landing near Manalapan
- Sun Sentinel -
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U.S. praises Cuba's contribution to fight against Ebola
Published October 31, 2014 EFE

The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, on
Friday praised Cuba's contribution to the fight against Ebola in West
Africa, and said that her country is very grateful.

"Although I did not encounter them personally, I have to commend Cuba"
for sending 265 medical professionals to the affected countries so
quickly, said Power, recently returned from a trip to Africa, during a
Reuters Newsmaker panel discussion in New York.

"We are working side by side, as it were," the diplomat said, though
adding that the U.S. and Cuban efforts are separate.

Power noted the speed with which Havana reacted to the Ebola outbreak,
and recalled that the Cuban government will send another 200 health
workers to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three countries most
affected by an outbreak that has killed nearly 5,000 people.

Se recalled that besides treating patients directly, the health workers
in West Africa are also training local personnel in how to deal with the
epidemic.

Cuba's contribution to battling the epidemic has been praised by
international entities such as the United Nations and the World Health
Organization, as well as U.S. media outlets such as The New York Times

For more than 50 years, the United States and Cuba have had no
diplomatic relations, and Washington has imposed an economic, trade and
financial embargo on the island. EFE

Source: U.S. praises Cuba's contribution to fight against Ebola | Fox
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Hugo Swire first UK minister to visit Cuba in almost decade
Foreign Office minister to meet senior government figures on communist
island to discuss trade, investment and concerns about human rights
By Danny Boyle9:42AM GMT 31 Oct 2014

Hugo Swire has become the first British Government minister to visit
Cuba in almost 10 years.
He will meet senior government figures to discuss trade and investment
as well as raise UK concerns about the human rights situation on the
communist island.
Mr Swire, a Foreign Office minister, said: "It has been too long since a
UK minister was in Cuba, but I'm very happy to rectify that.
"Although we naturally have our differences, we work together where we
can, including on the response to the Ebola epidemic, where Cuba is
playing a vital international role.
"Cuba is sending hundreds of medical professionals to UK-run facilities
in Sierra Leone on top of staff already in that country and in Guinea.
"I am proud that we can work together on such an important cause, and
one which the UK has committed £205m to tackling. It has the potential
to become a global problem and as such needs a global solution."
The Foreign Office said Mr Swire arrived in Cuba on Wednesday and leaves
the Caribbean island on Saturday.
A spokesman said he will call on ministers responsible for foreign
affairs as well as trade, health and tourism to discuss ways Britain can
build on its work in the country.
Mr Swire was also due to meet Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban
president Raúl Castro and the niece of former president Fidel Castro.

Source: Hugo Swire first UK minister to visit Cuba in almost decade -
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Fue Cuba CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER | Miami | 1 Nov 2014 – 10:35 am. Un libro de exdirector de los servicios de inteligencia argentino revela la intervención clandestina del castrismo en medio planeta, y muy especialmente en América Latina. Juan Bautista Yofre ha publicado otro importantísimo libro: Fue Cuba. “Tata” Yofre es un notable periodista […] Continue reading
Estados Unidos alaba la contribución de Cuba contra el ébola AGENCIAS | Nueva York | 1 Nov 2014 – 1:40 am. ‘Estamos trabajando unos al lado de los otros. No hay un esfuerzo integrado, pero estamos muy agradecidos’, dijo la embajadora estadounidense ante Naciones Unidas. La embajadora estadounidense ante Naciones Unidas, Samantha Power, alabó este […] Continue reading
Se le consideraba "el dramaturgo del ballet cubano" por llevar al lenguaje de la danza leyendas y obras de la literatura y el teatro Continue reading

Hace unos días supimos la noticia: Ramón Fernández Larrea había ganado el Premio Internacional de Poesía Gastón Baquero —que se convoca en la ciudad de Salamanca para autores españoles e hispanoamericanos— con el poemario Todos los cielos del cielo.

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… Friday morning. On Monday, nine Cubans were rescued from the waters … the water." Conditions in Cuba are still difficult, and with … Florida Straights, more and more Cubans are risking their lives to … days before being repatriated. For Cuban-American Coast Guard personnel, it can … Continue reading
Cuban rafter Michel Goris Suarez was certain of this: Death would meet him at sea somewhere between Cuba and Florida. Yet he was rescued after eight - or was it nine? - days during a perilous journey Continue reading
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Today - 01:46 GMT U.S. Praises Cuba's Contribution to Fight Against Ebola NEW YORK - The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, on Friday praised Cuba's Continue reading
Swire's trip a welcome, if small, move away from US-British foreign policy This week's visit to Cuba by Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire marks a small but refreshing move away from at least one Continue reading
United Kingdom and Cuba to cooperate in various areas We are here to show UK support for the economic changes taking place in Cuba and also to discuss important bilateral, trade and international Continue reading
HAVANA - Britain's government said on Friday it is seeking to strengthen bilateral ties with Cuba, particularly in the trade and investment area, within the framework of the European Union's renewed interest Continue reading
CAPE ELIZABETH: A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and Continue reading
The sport of cricket is gaining ground in baseball crazy Cuba. Cricket is a fast game but we love cricket because when we play cricket in Guantanamo, we play like baseball, we love cricket like baseball," Continue reading
CUBA, 31 de octubre de 2014.- El excelentísimo señor Luis Almagro Lemes, Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de la República Oriental del Uruguay, arribará en la tarde de domingo 2 de noviembre en visita Continue reading
CUBA, 31 de octubre de 2014.- El Excmo. Sr. David Jalagania, Viceministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Georgia, arribará a Cuba en la tarde del  sábado 1º de noviembre, en visita de trabajo.   Durante Continue reading
Oct 31, 2014 - 15:46 GMT After some initial hedging, the United States seems to have embraced the idea of working closely with Cuba on the global response to the Ebola epidemic. Continue reading
( Archived Daily News ) The Wailers concerts: 19-20 November Medina inaugurates schools in the east President Danilo Medina visited the southeastern region yesterday, Thursday, 30 October Continue reading
Oct 31, 2014 - 22:33 GMT On October 28, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly for the 23rd year in a row to condemn the United States' tough embargo on Cuba as a unilateral interference Continue reading

La embajadora estadounidense ante Naciones Unidas, Samantha Power, alabó este viernes la contribución hecha por Cuba a la lucha contra el ébola en África Occidental y aseguró que su país está muy agradecido, informa EFE.

"Aunque no los encontré personalmente, tengo que elogiar a Cuba por enviar a 265 profesionales médicos pronto", señaló Power en un acto organizado en Nueva York por la agencia de noticias británica Reuters.

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La visita de la nutrida representación turística de Cuba se produce en el marco de un notable mejoramiento de las relaciones comerciales con el Reino Unido, cuyo signo más visible ha sido la recién concluida visita a La Habana, del vicecanciller británico Hugo Swire . Continue reading
Latino/Latina Voices from the U.S. and Puerto Rico Francisco X. Alarcón. U.S.-born poet and educator. His stories vividly portray his Mexican heritage. Sergio Andricaín. Cuban-American author and advocate Continue reading
Owner Richard Perez has said his unique shop has already attracted a number of regular customers. "Before I opened anyone who wanted to buy a fine cigar would have had to buy online with all the obvious Continue reading
Well-travelled specialist isn't 'havana' laugh with new store 0 Comments Share Sligo welcomed one of its newest and quirkiest shops in August with the opening of Cuban-themed Rockwood Cigar Continue reading
The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, on Friday praised Cuba's contribution to the fight against Ebola in West Africa, and said that her country is very grateful. "Although Continue reading
ISLAMABAD (INP): Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq left for Madrid Friday on a three day official visit to Spain. On conclusion of his visit to Spain, he would proceed to Havana on a six day Continue reading
This will form part of a  Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize Cuba's commitment to provide technical assistance to strengthen Jamaica's Ebola preparedness and response, which is to be established Continue reading
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Herald Reporter At least 55 medical doctors from Cuba have started arriving in the country as part of co-operation in the medical field between the two countries. They will be located in different Continue reading
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