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,
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.
1580 Prison, May 2013
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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anybody to update the obsolete, whose properties have been superseded by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
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
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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.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.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.Continue reading