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Prison Diary XXII: Maximum Security and Minimum Decency / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on May 31, 2013

Some days ago I was told that I had been "revoked" to a maximum security
prison for six months for the hunger strike I undertook. They are so
predictable I could not help smiling. But it has been nothing more than
a justification to punish me and keep me away from the phone in a
further attempt to reduce the regularity of the posts I write for my
blog, The Children Nobody Wanted.

Since I've been here I haven't gone to the dining room, for the benefit
it represents for me to spend time in my cell, allowing me to write,
read, and also avoid losing this in search of food you can not eat.

One prisoner told me that perhaps the conversation I had with the Prison
Director had been a provocation for me to declare a hunger strike again,
to land me in solitary confinement and to put an end to my public
demands. They want to silence me to prevent me from giving my opinions
about May 1st and their report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva,
Switzerland.

Once again, the government of the Castro brothers, violates the rights
of a Cuban with their usual cynicism, using another lie to commit a new
injustice, as I had been informed that he was not revoked because the
transfer from La Lima Prison to 1580 Prison was not because of a
discipline infraction, and this is what they also told my family on
Saturday April 13.

Now I am, for those who still defend the dictatorship, in a maximum
security prison, instead of the promised hospital where they would give
me a "check up." Lie after lie.

Worst of all is that they have emerged, again, unharmed before the Human
Rights Council, precisely on the issue of prisons in Cuba, where they
commit so many abuses and violate the rights of prisoners with impunity.

The Council and the world must prevent the Cuban government from
continuing to mock the United Nations.

We Cuban Prisoners ask each fair and decent citizen take a minute of
your life and protest the abuses that occur in Cuban jails.

Ángel Santiesteban-Prats
1580 Prison, May 2013
Havana, Cuba

30 May 2013

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Real Blockade / Fernando Damaso
Posted on May 30, 2013

To update, in one of its many meanings, means to put in tune with the
times. It updates the valued, that which, having demonstrated its
effectiveness, should be retained, although infused with new spirit or,
what is similar, provided with renewed energy. It wouldn't occur to
anybody to update the obsolete, whose properties have been superseded by
development, because updating cost far more than replacement with
something new, which is much more efficient.

In the case of the so-called "Cuban upgrade" some inconsistencies occur:
first, it's trying to update the archaic, the failed, which throughout
its existence has demonstrated its practical infeasibility, and also
this updating is carried out "at the speed of the burial of the rich" —
slowly — and plagued with absurd restrictions that reduce its
effectiveness for oxygenating the dying national economy,
"straitjacketing" it even more, making it hard for it to breathe. This
is the stark reality.

None of the measures taken so far — most simple legalizations of what
has been being done illegally for years — have represented improvements
for the ordinary citizen, much less an economic boom. Moreover, they
haven't even offered stable solutions for many of the main problems,
such as food, which is becoming more precarious and more expensive every
day. Actually "there has been a lot more heat than light,"
notwithstanding the usual triumphalist declarations, which we are so
accustomed to.

The fact is that what we need is not an "upgrade" but a "change." What
doesn't work should be replaced by something that does work, or at least
that has proven to be better. If we don't abandon the "ideological hoax"
and the eternal empty slogans, we will never get out of the impasse to
which we've been brought. We are simply continuing to enmesh ourselves
in the unbearable tangle of these fifty-four years, with no present and
no future, living in the past, clinging now to some "generic
guidelines," that try to say a lot without actually saying anything.

Change is an urgent need, both economically as well as politically and
socially. Without it the way continues to be blocked, and this is a real
blockade.

30 May 2013

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Damas de Blanco asisten a misa, marchan y demandan libertad Jueves, 30 de Mayo de 2013 12:37 Escrito por Oscar Sánchez Madan Cuba noticias, Cidra, Matanzas, (PD) En La Habana, el 26 de mayo último, 50 integrantes del movimiento opositor Damas de Blanco asistieron a misa y, como ya es tradicional, marcharon por la Quinta [...] Continue reading
Cubanos de pura cepa Jueves, 30 de Mayo de 2013 12:03 Escrito por Yoel Espinosa Medrano Desde niño siempre escuché decir: “Un cubano de pura cepa fuma tabaco y bebe ron”. Esa tradición tiene vigencia en las generaciones actuales, solo que los puros perdieron la competencia con los cigarrillos. Por las calles de nuestra sufrida [...] Continue reading
Yoani Sánchez ganó 105 mil seguidores en Twitter Publicado el Jueves, 30 Mayo 2013 08:02 Por Redacción CaféFuerte La bloguera cubana Yoani Sánchez tomó esta mañana en Madrid un vuelo de regreso a Cuba luego de una gira que relanzó su reconocimiento internacional y le sumó la cifra récord de más de 105,800 seguidores en [...] Continue reading
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Un grupo de científicos argentinos y cubanos ha desarrollado la primera vacuna terapéutica contra el cáncer de pulmón, resultado de 18 años de trabajo y de la colaboración de un consorcio público-privado de investigación. Continue reading
The controversy generated by the government's willingness to hire about 6000 Cuban doctors to work in primary health care in the poorest regions of the country stimulated, among other reasons, the questions Continue reading
The controversy generated by the government's willingness to hire about 6000 Cuban doctors to work in primary health care in the poorest regions of the country stimulated, among other reasons, the questions Continue reading
Havana, May 31 (Prensa Latina) After the announcement by the U.S. government to include Cuba in the list of States Sponsors of Terrorism, civil society members and the general public rejected here today that decision. "It is difficult to under... Continue reading
Washington, May 31 (Prensa Latina) US experts coincided Friday in the need for a change of policy towards Cuba, speaking at the 31st Congress of the Latin American Studies Association. Such a step would be in correspondence with the current situation a... Continue reading
Ballet Revolucion got its name from its attitude to dance rather than from the politics of the troupe's home country, writes Bernadette Rae. Aaron Cash, choreographer for touring Cuban dance company Ballet Continue reading
Here?s Cuba, post-travel ?reform,? round one.In short lines sent from her cellphone ? one could say guerrilla-style, for the way a word, a smiley face, a phrase began in one tweet and ended in another Continue reading

El ejército estadounidense convocó una licitación para producir 20 episodios de una novela radial que busca convencer a integrantes de la FARC de deponer sus armas, reporta AP.

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El 51 Festival de Porta Ferrada de Sant Feliu de Guíxols (Girona) acogerá, entre el 19 de julio y el 17 de agosto, en ocho espacios una veintena de actuaciones entre las que destaca el único concierto en Catalunya de la orquesta Buenavista Social Club, la exclusiva estatal del cantautor uruguayo Jorge Drexler y el recital del pianista Alexei Volodin. Continue reading
A promotional ad with Mark Cuban, who has joined Athlete Ally Advisory Board in support of gay athletes in professional sports. Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban has joined the advisory board of Athlete Ally, a nonprofit group working to end homophobia... Continue reading
La líder religiosa estadounidense Joan Brown Campbell, pieza clave en el regreso del “niño balserito” Elián González a Cuba en 2000, abogó este viernes por solucionar los casos de los cuatro agentes cubanos presos en Estados Unidos y de un norteamericano preso en la isla. Continue reading
This post is from the Havana Times, and is an authorized translation prepared by that site of an article that appeared in the BBC’s El Mundo. A summary is the statistics is as follows: In a country of over 11 … Continue reading Continue reading

Vicente Díaz, único rector independiente del Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE), informó que el organismo rechazó su propuesta de revisar si los fallecidos remanentes en el Registro Electoral habían votado en los comicios presidenciales del pasado 14 de abril.

Asimismo, Díaz anunció que no fue aprobada su proposición de repudiar la declaración "ilegal", por parte del presidente Nicolás Maduro, sobre su "conocimiento" de quiénes no habían votado por él, reportaron medios locales venezolanos.

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Havana, May 31 (Prensa Latina) US Reverend Joan Brown Campbell defended today the release of four anti-terrorist Cuban fighters unfairly held in the United States and highlighted the importance of the ... Continue reading
Washington, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuba condemned the US mechanism to include unilaterally several countries in a list of sponsors of terrorism and ratified its adherence to main international instruments against that scourge. Chief of the Cuban Intere... Continue reading
LA HABANA, Cuba, 31 de mayo de 2013, Juan Carlos Linares Balmaseda/ www.cubanet.org.- El corresponsal independiente Manuel Guerra Pérez, narra cómo lo detuvieron ayer: “Salí de mi casa aproximadamente a las nueve de la mañana este 30 de mayo. Al llegar a la esquina me interceptan y soy conducido a la estación de policía en [...] Continue reading
Preguntada sobre el caso de Gross, La reverenda Campbell afirmó que han "estudiado" ese asunto y han "obtenido diálogos con personas a nivel de Gobierno sobre este particular y también con representantes de la comunidad hebrea" Continue reading

El novelista Leonardo Padura, uno de los escritores cubanos más publicados dentro y fuera de la Isla, afirmó este jueves que la crisis económica que se desató hace dos décadas benefició a la literatura cubana, informa AFP.

El "periodo especial", que comenzó en 1990 tras el fin de la ayuda soviética, tuvo "un efecto traumático (en la Isla), pero produjo un efecto beneficioso" en la literatura cubana, expresó Padura, autor de la novela El hombre que amaba los perros y Premio Nacional de Literatura 2012.

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La Paz, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Association of Bolivian Professionals who were graduated in Cuba advocated for the liberation of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters imprisoned in the US, mostly known in the world as The Cuban Five. The message war... Continue reading

Un grupo de científicos argentinos y cubanos ha desarrollado la "primera vacuna terapéutica" contra el cáncer de pulmón, resultado de 18 años de trabajo y de la colaboración de un consorcio público-privado de investigación, informa EFE.

La vacuna no previene el tumor, pero promueve su destrucción mediante la activación del sistema inmune del propio organismo, informó este viernes el Grupo Insud, participante en el proyecto.

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BUENOS AIRES: The remains of a Cuban diplomat kidnapped during Argentina's "Dirty War" in the 1970s have been found in a cement-filled metal drum in a field outside the capital, authorities said ... Continue reading
Leading Cuban opposition blogger Yoani Sanchez returned home from a three-month, around the world tour which she used as a platform for leveling harsh criticism against Havana's communist regime. "It was a wonderful journey -- a jour... Continue reading
Desde el miércoles 29 de mayo hasta el sábado 1 de junio se desarrolla en Washington D.C. el XXI Congreso de la Asociación para el Estudio de América Latina (Latin American Studies Association - LASA), en el que participa un nutrido grupo de académicos cubanos, de dentro y fuera de la isla. Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, May 31 (acn) Guo Jinlong, member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of the Peoples Republic of China, considered on Thursday in this capital that relations between the Parties and governments of his country and Cuba are in the ... Continue reading
A joven holguinero lo acusan de asesinato a un familiar de Carlos Lage Dávila, el defenestrado vicepresidente cubano, y también de agresión sexual. Ha intentado suicidarse varias veces Continue reading
Washington, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The hunger strike of more than a hundred detainees at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, an occupied territory in southeastern Cuba, has worsened in recent days, reported today the British newspaper The Guardian. The ... Continue reading
Havana, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The National Athletic Commission confirmed that the U.S. interests office in Havana denied visas to Cuban athletes Yipsi Moreno and Yargelis Savigne. Moreno, hammer throw specialist and three-times world champion (Paris 2... Continue reading
A missing boater expected to arrive in Key West two weeks ago after traveling from Fort Myers was found dead tethered to his sailing vessel on a rocky Cuban beach earlier this week.Cuban authorities found Jay Wesley Rydberg’s body alongside h... Continue reading
plan to wind down America's long war on terror last week, officials in Havana were shaking their heads in bewilderment and anger over how the issue of terrorism continues to be cynically manipulated against the island nation. What raised their... Continue reading
A missing boater expected to arrive in Key West two weeks ago after traveling from Fort Myers was found dead tethered to his sailing vessel on a rocky Cuban beach earlier this week. Continue reading
Fariñas: “Presionar hasta que cada cubano tenga Internet en su casa o su móvil” En 2006 Guillermo Fariñas estuvo siete meses en huelga de hambre reclamando el derecho de todos los cubanos a Internet. Esa meta –dijo a martinoticias– aún no se ha cumplido. Pero la presión funciona. Rolando Cartaya mayo 30, 2013 Cuando Guillermo [...] Continue reading
Acceso a la tecnología Entre los nuevos centros de servicios de internet, algunos están en lugares de turismo extranjero: once de ellos, en Varadero, y los dos de Ciego de Avila, en Cayo Coco y Cayo Guillermo. Martha Beatriz Roque / Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique mayo 31, 2013 Después de que el régimen había pasado la [...] Continue reading
La Cuevita, el mercado más caliente de La Habana Publicado el Jueves, 30 Mayo 2013 05:26 Por Fabián Flores LA HABANA.- La Cuevita es hoy por hoy el mercado informal más frecuentado por los comerciantes de La Habana y otros territorios cercanos. El mercado toma el nombre del barrio del municipio San Miguel del Padrón [...] Continue reading
La otra cara de la longevidad de los cubanos: falta de personas en edad laboral Publicado: 30 may 2013 | 13:30 GMT Última actualización: 30 may 2013 | 15:53 GMT RT Cuba está entre los países de Latinoamérica con la población más longeva. Una tendencia que crea alerta entre los economistas. El incremento de la [...] Continue reading
Murphy, (Sinn Fein), Jeffrey Donaldson (DUP) and unionist John McCallister met the Colombian government last November. They are in Cuba to talk… Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, May 31 (acn) Guo Jinlong, member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of the Peoples Republic of China, considered on Thursday in this capital that relations between the Parties and governments Continue reading