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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Back before MacDill Air Force Base was around to pump billions of war bucks into the local economy -- heck, five years before the Wright Brothers made their historic first flight -- Tampa was a thriving Continue reading
Cal Poly junior-to-be southpaw Matt Imhof has been selected to the final 24-man roster of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team that will take part in international competition this summer. The Continue reading
In this picture taken Tuesday, April 9, 2013 and released by Cuba's state newspaper Granma, former leader Fidel Castro talks to children as he attends the inauguration ceremony of the Vilma Espn Guillois school, in Havana. One hundred state-ru... Continue reading
By Matt Spetalnick and Lidia Kelly ,Reuters WASHINGTON/MOSCOW -- Nearly a month after Edward Snowden exposed top secret U.S. surveillance programs, the former spy agency contractor looks no closer to Continue reading
Once the flag of the stripes and stars was lowered amid popular rejoicing on 20 May 1902, Generalissimo Máximo Gómez proceeded to raise the national ensign at Palace of the General Captains. “I think we have made it,” were his words … Continue reading Continue reading
The first seven renovated issues of the weekly film news reel begun and directed by Cuban filmmaker Santiago Álvarez in 1960 and produced by the Cuban Film Institute -ICAIC- will be presented in the French Continue reading
After Cuba's immigration reforms went into effect in January, making it easier for Cubans to leave the country for short term visits abroad, longer stays, or to emigrate, the US Interests Section (USIS) in Havana reports a huge increase in tou... Continue reading
Two Fort Lauderdale men are the first wedded same-sex couple recognized by the United States for a green card, winning their immigration battle two days after the Supreme Court ordered the federal government Continue reading
WASHINGTON/MOSCOW: The United States increased pressure on Russia to hand over former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who Washington believes is in Moscow waiting for news of an asylum request Continue reading
Berta Soler, líder de la organización, leyó un comunicado en relación con la renuncia de varias de sus integrantes en Santiago de Cuba, que acusaban a Denia Fernández Rey de colaborar con la Seguridad del Estado. Continue reading
An elderly man sells fruit and vegetables in a market of Havana, on April 20, 2012. One hundred Cuban produce markets are shifting to member-owned cooperatives. HAVANA - One hundred state-run produce markets and 26 other establishments were scheduled ... Continue reading
Email English invader Havana Gold rallied to capture the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly on Sunday for jockey Mickael Barzalona and trainer Richard Hannon, as the favored Style Vendome failed to follow through on his victory in the French 2000 Guin... Continue reading
One hundred state-run produce markets and 26 other establishments were scheduled to become private co-operatives on Monday as Communist-run Cuba continues to shed secondary economic activity in favour Continue reading
LA HABANA (AP) " El líder cubano Fidel Castro manifestó sus simpatías por el presidente de Ecuador Rafael Correa por considerar que rechazó con energía las amenazas del presidente del comité de relaci... Continue reading
WASHINGTON/MOSCOW -- Nearly a month after Edward Snowden exposed top secret U.S. surveillance programs, the former spy agency contractor looks no closer to winning asylum to evade prosecution at home Continue reading
La reparación general del emblemático Capitolio Nacional de La Habana, que comenzó en 2011, tomará unos cinco años, el mismo tiempo que tardó su construcción, debido a la complejidad de esos trabajos, informó este domingo el historiador de la ciudad, Eusebio Leal. Continue reading
MOSCOW -- Does anyone -- besides the United States -- want Edward Snowden? A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Sunday that Snowden, who leaked American security secrets and faces Continue reading
La acompañará su marido, el periodista Reinaldo Escobar, con quien participará en varios eventos periodísticos y cívicos en España e Italia. Continue reading
Some late-game heroics and heavy rain forced Cuba to worked a little extra for its opening-round victory. Nate Pinney and Dan Emerson had three hits each and combined for the win on the mound as Cuba held off Bolivar-Richburg for an 8-5 victory in sev... Continue reading
View Photo Reuters/Reuters - Cuba's President Raul Castro puts his hat on after waving to the crowd at the annual May Day parade at Havana's Revolution Square May 1, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La ... Continue reading
La requisa estaría relacionada "con algunas memorias que cuentan los detalles más escabrosos del sistema (cubano)", afirma la bloguera Yoani Sánchez. Continue reading
If Cuba is on your destination bucket list, make this year your year to visit the Caribbean island nation.  There is nowhere like Cuba on earth - home of the salsa, cigars, famous colourful buildings Continue reading
El exgobernante cubano Fidel Castro manifestó sus simpatías por el presidente de Ecuador Rafael Correa por considerar que rechazó con energía las amenazas del presidente del comité de relaciones exteriores del senado estadounidense al gobierno ecuatoriano si concedía asilo a Edward Snowden, que filtró información secreta de Estados Unidos. Continue reading
Edward Snowden is "under the care of the Russian authorities" and can't leave Moscow's international airport without their consent, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa told The Associated Press Sunday Continue reading
La bloguera crítica cubana Yoani Sánchez volverá a viajar este lunes a España, esta vez, acompañada de su esposo el periodista Reinaldo Escobar, según confirmó hoy él mismo a Efe en La Habana. Continue reading
By Dagoberto Valdés Hernández For years I had a dream. Today it has been realized. Poland has always been part of my cultural, religious and freedom identity. Disappearing several times on the map of Europe, “semper fidelis” Poland maintained its … Continue reading Continue reading
A scene from the Cuba that Bella English of the Boston Globe hopes doesn't change anytime soon. When it comes to Cuba, I know many Americans share the willful ignorance/malignant indifference of the Boston Globe's Bella English. The big difference... Continue reading
William Ruiz, vinculado al Consejo Nacional de Artes Escénicas en La Habana, dijo que los cubanos y estadounidenses involucrados en la obra Alcestis Ascending, están muy contentos y con mucho deseo de actuar en Nueva York. Continue reading
When it comes to diversity, children's books are sorely lacking; instead of presenting a representative range of faces, they're overwhelmingly white. How bad is the disconnect? A report by the Cooperative Continue reading
Former state businesses to operate on market basis HAVANA, June 30 (Reuters) - One hundred state-run produce markets and 26 other establishments were scheduled to become private cooperatives on Monday Continue reading
Havana Gold swooped late to take Group 1 honours in the one-mile Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly for trainer Richard Hannon. One of three runners carrying the colours of Qatar Racing, Havana Gold (6-1) collared San Marino Grey (11-1) close home under Mick... Continue reading
Free £10 bet on racing With Jamie Spencer, the first-choice jockey for owners Qatar Racing, preferring the claims of Anna's Pearl, it allowed Barzalona to come in for the mount aboard the Irish 2000 Guineas fourth, who had chased Tor... Continue reading
Prison Diary XXVII: Iroel Sanchez, Militant in his Interests
Posted on June 30, 2013

The then-president of the Cuban Book Institute could have been one of my
witnesses in the trial that was set up against me, but our political
differences and his official functions did not permit him to put himself
on the side of justice; which I never understood, because on the day
that I might be a witness to any arbitrariness, I will come out in
defense of the abused without caring for the ideals or religion he might
profess. I like to say that I belong to the party of my feelings.

In the days of the 2009 Book Fair, barely five months before my ex-wife
began her accusations against me, when I was talking with Iroel Sanchez
at a corner of the fort concerning my attendance at the presentation of
a book by the writer and dissident Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, outside the
Fair, which Sanchez considered a "provocation" that the CIA was behind,
we were interrupted by my ex, who was upset, her breathing labored and
her posture hostile, and who asked me for explanations for having gone
to the event in company of a lady, because "she could not stand it."

Iroel, on seeing himself involved in that situation, excused himself,
though not without first asking me to continue the conversation at
another more opportune moment.

It is worth mentioning that I had separated from my ex two years before
and was in a relationship, already public, with my current partner.

After Iroel Sanchez walked off, I asked her for respect and distance,
but paying no attention she searched for the sales booth of the woman I
was with, with whom I am still friends and whom I do not name out of
respect, and rebuked her in front of her co-workers and her partner.

A friend who was impressed by the attitude of my ex, of whom she retains
a violent image.

Iroel Sanchez himself, after we resumed the interrupted conversation,
asked me to be careful of her because of her aggressiveness, because she
seemed to be "in love."

Nevertheless, in spite of having been present at that scene, Iroel
Sanchez signed the letter headed by 8 women who began a campaign against
me based on violence against a woman with the purpose of serving as a
smoke screen to hide the regime's abuses.

I have searched in my memory for personal experiences while we met on
the cultural level, I as a writer and he as a State functionary, in
order to analyze his behavior, without trying to judge him, only trying
to understand.

Our disagreements began in 2001, the year in which I won the Alejo
Carpentier prize for the book Los hijos que nadie quiso ["The Children
Nobody Wanted"], when as a result of its publication the "Association of
Cuban Combatants" sent a letter where they classified the book as
"counterrevolutionary." Later, Iroel Sanchez himself confessed to me
that his companions from the war in Angola criticized him for having
permitted its publication, thinking that he should have censored me.

Months later, at the Book Fair of Guadalajara, Mexico, he told me that
the scene of the old woman with the little plate, from the story Lobos
en la noche ["Wolves in the night"], for him was unendurable, that of
many parts, it was the part that he could least bear.

Our big disagreement was with that posting where I made public the
economic needs and shame suffered by the Cuban delegation to the Book
Fair of Mazatlan, Mexico, which motivated the order that he gave to an
unknown official to respond to me. This posting was also the reason why
they cancelled the email service that I had been granted by the Ministry
of Culture, with the objective of isolating me.

Another reason against me arose from post that I published on my blog,
on the totally unfounded accusation that he made to a pair of young
people with a baby that was passing by the training field at G and
Malecón, saying that they did not want to return to him the portfolio
which I had lost while walking there and which, according to him, they
had found.

I also never shared his high-sounding speeches of honesty and austerity,
which did not correspond with his lifestyle, using the resources of the
Institution that he presided over for his personal benefit, such as when
he put the car which had been assigned to him as an official at the
disposal of his family, including fuel costs.

For me, I never knew what happened between him and Felipe Pérez Roque,
after which they ousted the latter, whom he considered his great friend
and with whom he had been a classmate at CUJAE [Instituto Superior
Politécnico José Antonio Echeverría], professing to him his delusions of
student brotherhood and ideals.

His animosity towards Alpidio Alonso was no secret, when Alonso ceased
to be president of the Saíz Brothers Association and went to the
Institute as "Vice President without Portfolio" he offered the criticism
that on the day on which he was not needed in the culture sector he
would not sit and wait to be reassigned but would practice engineering,
which was what he had studied.

At the end of his days in the Segundo Cabo Palace he did not comply with
his rule, refusing to leave his position as president.

By those ups and downs of life, here in the prison I run into an inmate
who had fought in Angola and overlapped with him in those days of "war."

He tells how Iroel Sánchez and Juan Carlos Robinson (today also ousted
after having been in senior positions of political power), were
nicknamed "the runners" because when they felt the sound of the enemy
shells firing, they were the first to arrive at the trenches. He also
tells me, sadly, how they distributed the medals Robinson nominated.

Even more coincidentally, I also know another prisoner here who worked
with him in the Juventud Comunista [Communist Youth], and who says that
they identified him a "frustrated guard" because he was outstanding in
doling out beatings, back in August 5, 1994, when some of the people in
Havana, unhappy people, launched a protest in the streets*. Among them
always there was the suspicion that Iroel sometimes was beating
dissidents for pure pleasure, because he struck without necessity, just
to prove that he had a better attitude than the others in "defense of
the revolution."

I have wanted to share here a series of experiences and facts, actions
and feelings, to help me understand the human being, the greater
ambition that, as an artist, haunts me.

Ángel Santiesteban-Prats. Prison 1580. June, 2013.

*Translator's note: This came to be called the "Maleconazo."

Translated by mlk and Hombre de Paz

9 June 2013

Source: "Prison Diary XXVII: Iroel Sanchez, Militant in his Interests |
Translating Cuba" -
http://translatingcuba.com/prison-diary-xxvii-iroel-sanchez-militant-in-his-interests/ Continue reading
Senior Research Fellow at the Council On Hemispheric Affairs and Professor of Philosophy at Bowie State University with the collaboration of Laura Powell Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Continue reading
Mujica en triste festejo de Cuba Se anuncia que José Mujica irá en julio a Cuba a celebrar el 60º aniversario del asalto castrista al cuartel de Moncada, un hito en la historia de la guerrilla latinoamericana. No es extraño que Mujica adhiera a la conmemoración pues en su tiempo los tupamaros buscaron inspiración en [...] Continue reading
DOSWELL, Va. - Moms and dads travelled from all over the country to watch their sons and daughters graduate from the 119th Virginia State Police academy and become troopers. But none faced the bureaucratic and political hurdles Miriam Milian did in ge... Continue reading
Cuba propone un estímulo económico a los trabajadores que rindan más Sería de hasta tres salarios mensuales. De esta manera buscan impulsar una mejora en alicaída la productividad. LA HABANA. ANSA – 30/06/13 Al ritmo de las reformas que viene implementando el presidente Raúl Castro, el Ministerio de Finanzas y Precios de Cuba determinó nuevas [...] Continue reading
Regis Iglesias: No voy a ir a mi país a hacer turismo Regis Iglesias, portavoz del Movimiento Cristiano Liberación, espera respuesta a la tramitación de renuncia de su estatus de refugiado político en España para poder regresar a Cuba. Idolidia Darias / martinoticias.com junio 29, 2013 Regis Iglesias, portavoz en el exterior del Movimiento Cristiano [...] Continue reading
Celebration of the 4th Anniversary of the Network of Civic Libraries /
Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada, Jennifer Fonseca Padrón
Posted on June 29, 2013
By Jennifer Fonseca Padrón, Activist and Independent Journalist

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net) | Four years after the birth of the Network
of Civic Libraries (NCL), its members and founders decided to come
together to honor the date, look at the accomplishments of their work
and set new goals to reach. The celebration took place at the NLC
headquarters where a dozen librarians exchanged ideas and made a brief
account of the founding and development of the organization; among them
the presence of Teresita Castellanos, co-founder and integrant of this
civic organization, should be highlighted.

"The Network of Civic Libraries was created in mid-June 2009 at the
request of a group of librarians who were then dispersed without being
part of any project or already disappointed at others," says Omayda
Padrón, National Coordinator from the start to this day. One of the
future goals to achieve is the growth and rescue of libraries across the
country, she added. "The work of independent libraries is equally
important to the work of movements, political parties and other civic
organizations because it represents a permanent source of resistance
against the government in any community, city or province," said León
Padrón, a reporter invited to the talk.

The main objectives of the Reinaldo Bragado Bretaña Network of Civic
Libraries are book launches in independent libraries, giving lectures,
literary gatherings, offering courses on leadership, human rights,
Twitter, among others; exchanging ideas with other organizations and
mainly to make known books that have been censored by the government, as
well as to promote unknown literature in Cuba by Cuban writers from the
diaspora who were once convicted and even their work was banned. This
was the case of Reinaldo Bragado Bretaña, the writer and reporter the
Network is proudly named after.

Also it needs to be highlighted that within the Network we are
developing the Animated Smiles Project which consists in rescuing civic
values, encouraging reading as a habit and regaining the culture where
children play children's games, particularly for those who live in the
outlying communities of Havana where most of the families are
dysfunctional and present problems of alcoholism, drug and domestic
violence and many more, expressed Padrón.

Translated by: Chabeli

21 June 2013

Source: "Celebration of the 4th Anniversary of the Network of Civic
Libraries / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada, Jennifer Fonseca Padrón |
Translating Cuba" -
http://translatingcuba.com/celebration-of-the-4th-anniversary-of-the-network-of-civic-libraries-wendy-iriepa-and-ignacio-estrada-jennifer-fonseca-padron/ Continue reading
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