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Daily Archives: July 4, 2013

La reciente actuación de Jennifer López frente al líder de Turkmenistán Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, en la que le cantó Happy Birthday –con todo el morbo que eso representa desde que la diva de divas Marilyn Monroe se lo cantó al presidente John F. Kennedy– ha generado suficiente revuelo en los medios de comunicación como para que saliéramos a buscar información sobre esta antigua república de la Unión Soviética, un país rico en recursos naturales, el cuarto en reservas de gas natural en el mundo y también uno de los mayores violadores de los derechos humanos. Continue reading
Diez años han pasado desde la muerte de la “Reina de la Salsa” y señora del “azúcar”, Celia Cruz. Mientras tanto, el mundo sigue esperando a la dama que pueda ocupar el trono que dejó vacío aquella cubana eterna. Continue reading
Fatherland… or Death… or Whatever. Titled: Battle of Ideas, by Garrincha Continue reading
Havana, July 4 (Prensa Latina) First Vice President Miguel Daz-Canel Bermudez referred today to the implementation of the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines and said that "we are moving towards a crucial, defining stage."In remarks... Continue reading
Havana, July 4 (Prensa Latina) First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudez highlighted today the importance of quality management in all processes to prevent illegalities. During his speech in sessions of the Committee on Education, Cult... Continue reading
Santiago de Cuba, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The 20th edition of the Meeting for Caribbean Social Communicators CARIBE 2000, one of the main academic events in the Caribbean Festival, started in this Cuban eastern city Thursday. Juan Antonio Tejera, coordin... Continue reading
La oposicion venezolana estima como alta traición el entreguismo y sumisión a Cuba del mandatario Continue reading
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Dos meses después del fallecimiento del intelectual y político cubano Alfredo Guevara la familia y las autoridades de la isla se enfrentan por su legado, en especial sus obras de arte, documentos y libros valiosos. Continue reading
El disidente cubano Guillermo Fariñas agradeció hoy a España que no haga concesiones al régimen de Cuba mientras el país no avance hacia la democracia. Continue reading
I send my regards to the people and government of the United States on their independence day. A great nation, which has traditionally sheltered and provided opportunities for building a new life to immigrants who go there in search of … Continue reading Continue reading
El disidente cubano Guillermo Fariñas ha asegurado que si el régimen comunista del presidente, Raúl Castro, realizase unas elecciones democráticas en el país "perdería", ya que "si el régimen estuviese seguro de ganar unas elecciones, las realizaría", y ha cifrado en 150.000 ciudadanos cubanos realmente comprometidos con el régimen. Continue reading
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, Alfredo Guevara, president of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, speaks during a press conference in Havana, Cuba. Cuban authorities and Guevara's heirs have come into conflict ove... Continue reading
As Americans celebrated Independence Day on July 4th, three men who arrived in a makeshift boat in the Florida Keys celebrated their own brand of independence. (Source: Monroe County Sheriff’s ... Continue reading
04 de julio de 2013, 15:36Santiago de Cuba, July 4 (Prensa Latina) Scholars from Colombia highlighted here today the links to the Caribbean, a reality dodged for a long time. During the Colloquium "The Continue reading
Havana, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Legislators to the Cuban National Assembly of People's Power are debating today in this capital about the functions and work of the General Comptroller of the Republic (CGR), during the first session of the 10 Cub... Continue reading
Varadero, Cuba, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Dumping artificial sand, demolition of buildings and planting of plants, are some of the actions taken by authorities in this spa to preserve its most important resource: the beach. The restoration of areas affecte... Continue reading
"Entraron en nuestra casa sin avisarnos previamente, sin motivo alguno y sin estar nosotros en el país", dijo Claudia Guevara, nieta del intelectual cubano. Continue reading
El disidente cubano afirmó que España se ha comprometido a no hacer concesiones a La Habana "si no existen pasos hacia la democracia" en la isla. Continue reading
04 de julio de 2013, 14:59Havana, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuban renowned jazz piano player Jesus "Chucho" Valdes is now changing his Bolshevik cap for a Comanche Indian tuft in the cover of his new CD called Continue reading
Jorge Cardona, son of a Major (with the same name) of the Revolutionary Armed Forces and of the Military Counter-Intelligence, stoned the home of the dissident family of Gertrudis Ojeda Suarez and Yoandri Naoki Ricardo Mir and physically attacked one of their underage children in Banes, Holguin, in Eastern Cuba. The events took place at […] Continue reading
HAVANA (AP) -- A dispute is brewing in Cuba over the estate of a prominent intellectual after authorities carried out a surprise search of his home last ... Continue reading
A dispute is brewing in Cuba over the estate of a prominent intellectual after authorities carried out a surprise search of his home last weekend.Continue reading
Ariel Castro , the Ohio suspect indicted on 329 counts of kidnapping and rape for the decade-long imprisonment of three Cleveland-area women, asked a judge on Wednesday if he could visit with the girl he fathered with one of his captives.The girl is no... Continue reading
El opositor cubano Guillermo Fariñas, que se encuentra estos días de visita en España, ha asegurado este jueves tras reunirse con diputados de PP, PSOE, Unión, Progreso y Democracia (UPN) y Unión del Pueblo Navarro (UPN), que todos ellos le han prometido que España no hará "ningún tipo de concesión" al régimen castrista "si no existen pasos a la democracia en Cuba". Continue reading
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Dos meses después del fallecimiento de Alfredo Guevara, fundador del Instituto Cubano del Arte y la Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC), su familia y las autoridades de la Isla se enfrentan por su legado, en especial sus obras de arte, documentos y libros valiosos, reporta la AP.

Las autoridades de Patrimonio Cultural realizaron un sorpresivo "inventario" en la casa de Guevara y dijeron que al menos tres cuadros valiosos estaban desaparecidos.

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Havana, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The presentation of books and documentaries marks the second working day of the International Meeting "Autism and Inclusion," taking place at the Conference Center in Havana. Several panels on educational... Continue reading
Mexico, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will play against Russia next Friday at the World Volleyball Championship (m) U-19, held in Baja California, Mexico, after defeated Belgium on Wedsnay 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-20)Inovel Romero and Osmani Uriarte constrib... Continue reading
Cuba will visit Mexico at the start of the 4th World Boxing Series, as part of the demanding qualifying pool B, which also includes the defending champion: Kazakhstan. The draw held today in the Swiss Continue reading
The conductor of the Holguin Concert Band, musician Humberto Pino Hernandez, will take part in the Fofht Iberian American Congress of composers, arrangers and symphonic bands and ensembles, to be held Continue reading
José Kózer, fue el ganador del Premio Iberoamericano de Poesía Pablo Neruda 2013, otorgado por el Consejo Nacional de Cultura de Chile. Continue reading
El número de turistas internacionales que ha visitado Cuba durante el mes de mayo ha disminuido un tres por ciento en comparación con el mismo periodo del año anterior, según los datos publicados por la Oficina Nacional de Estadísticas e Información (ONEI) del país. Continue reading
Once, many years ago, the little palace at 13th and 4th in Vedado was the home of a family, a rich family who abandoned it also leaving behind other assets at the triumph of the Revolution in 1959 to go … Continue reading Continue reading
La Unión Patriótica de Cuba (Unpacu), organización que dice aglutinar a más del 80 por ciento de los disidentes cubanos, ha lanzado un manifiesto en el que detalla su "proposición de cambio" para el país y que tiene como objetivo crear una "masa social" que consiga "conquistar" los Derechos Humanos en la isla, ya que según este grupo "todos y cada uno de ellos" están siendo vulnerados. Continue reading
The Cuban Mega-Soap Opera / Fernando Damaso
Posted on July 4, 2013

The mega-soap opera of the Five Spies, recycled as anti-terrorists and
heroes, for years have occupied a lot of space in the national political
programming. Structured for the seasons, in the best style of the soaps,
they appear one after another, regardless of the actual audience. The
main characters presented at the beginning as meek and innocent doves
attacked by the imperial eagle, according to the season it's broadcast,
have been adapted to the arguments of the interests of the moment.

In the first season, the starring performances were given by the
attorneys, some designated officials and chosen journalists, who were
charged with trying to convince us of their innocence, constantly
bombarding us with scholarly interventions and articles. In it, the main
characters were kept discreetly in the background, with few public
declarations, to give the impression that in addition to imprisonment,
they were subjected to isolation.

In the second, they started to appear alongside the popular figures
(mainly actors who visited them) and their mothers, where they looked
lush and healthy, although on returning these people speak of the cruel
physical and psychological tortures, the subhuman conditions,
harassment, etc. and shed a tear to add spice to their words in the in
the best style of the soap operas from the fifties of the last century.

The melodramatic weight increased from chapter to chapter, with the
incorporation of the loving and long-suffering wives and daughters, who
lost no opportunity for national and international stardom, both in
print and on radio and television.

The third season was characterized by their recycling as intellectuals.
It turns out that not only were they anti-terrorists and heroes, but
also cartoonists, painters, poets and writers. The reason for this
readjusted argument was given so they could incorporate national and
foreign artists and intellectuals and to the cause, and it was necessary
that the main characters belong to that sector. Cartoons, paintings,
poems and writings proliferated, most of poor quality, despite the hard
work of surreptitious cartoonists, painters, poets and writers, trying
to improve the work and make them more digestible.

In this fourth season, with one of the main characters gone from the
plot (he already served his sentence), the argument has moved on to the
moral and altruistic, related to virtue, dignity, loyalty and courage.
Thus, one of those who is still in prison, marvels at the attitude of a
self-employed punch seller in Las Tunas, whom he welcomes and greets for
offering free punch to the ambulances.

The one released, now acting as a hero at events (he has no other work),
participates in whatever congress, conference, meeting or workshop held,
and offers lectures on morality, loyalty, dignity, etc. to students and,
out of sync with the times, talks to them about visiting the Coppelia
ice cream stand, without realizing that this hasn't been an option for
young people for several years, more interested as they are in discos,
hotels, trips abroad and private restaurants (paladares).

Together, with the participation of some artists from the Governmental
Team Cuba, draw up a huge mural for the Cuba Pavilion on the Havana La
Rampa, and so it continues.

We don't know what they're going to try in the fifth season nor those
that will come later, but it seems that the mega-soap opera will be
prolonged in time, considering that in the absence of some more
interesting argument, they will continue stretching it out as a way to
keep a part of the population entertained and make them forget more
important and momentous things, at least until the boredom of "more of
the same" runs its course. The argument, which is nothing original, has
already been used multiple times. They are only changing the characters!

1 July 2013

Source: "The Cuban Mega-Soap Opera / Fernando Damaso | Translating Cuba"
- http://translatingcuba.com/the-cuban-mega-soap-opera-fernando-damaso/ Continue reading
La ONU evalúa donaciones a santiagueros La alta funcionaria de la ONU Bárbara Pesce-Monteiro destacó que la ayuda para los afectados por el huracán comenzó a llegar a Santiago de Cuba desde noviembre del pasado año. Pablo Alfonso/ martinoticias.com julio 04, 2013 La Coordinadora Residente del Sistema de las Naciones Unidas (SNU) en Cuba, Bárbara [...] Continue reading
Inspeccionan por sorpresa prisión de San José Jueves, Julio 4, 2013 | Por Augusto Cesar San Martin LA HABANA, Cuba, 4 de julio de 2013, Augusto César San Martín Albistur/ www.cubanet.org.- Desde este lunes, la cárcel para enfermos de SIDA ubicada en el municipio San José de las Lajas, provincia Mayabeque, se encuentra sometida a [...] Continue reading
The Battle for Tres Leches / Rebeca Monzo
Posted on July 3, 2013

Among the reasons for the government's move to increase the number of
licenses for self-employment is the need to provide employment
opportunities in the private sector for the large number of workers who
have lost their jobs due to the massive reduction in national labor
force. As a result paladares, or private restaurants, have sprung up and
with them a new trend heretofore unknown in our country's food scene:
the dulce de tres leches.*

For many years the lack of information and reference sources in almost
all sectors of the economy and society led Cubans into a type of
"creative hibernation." Often someone would copy something, the idea for
which had come "from outside." If it turned out well, everyone would
then want to copy it too.

Gastronomy has not been completely immune from this phenomenon. These
days every paladar has a dessert menu featuring "French pastry." This in
a country which for many years had seen this specialty slowly "dying
out" due to the rise of private businesses and low productivity of state
enterprises. Milk, butter, cheese, even sugar – essential ingredients
for this type of cooking – have been rationed little by little almost to
the point of extinction.

There are very few paladares – we could say almost none – that offer
homemade baked goods. They seem to have been forgotten amid the guava,
grapefruit and orange shells poached in syrup, the jams, custards,
puddings… in other words the whole long list of sweet delicacies.
Certainly, fruits and other ingredients for baking have also gone
through long periods when they were in short supply, so these could well
have served as alternatives.

One day a restaurant owner decided to offer a tall glass (the kind used
for sundaes) filled with a small portion of sponge cake, a bit of
condensed milk and a lot of meringue, and called it tres leches. Soon
there were imitators. Some used sponge cake, also covered with meringue,
but with the milk component barely noticeable. In more "creative"
versions almonds and chocolate were added. Ultimately, everyone came up
with his own version, but none came close to the original dessert from
Nicaragua, which has become famous throughout all of Latin America.

This type of confection is expensive, sometimes costing more than an
order of cannelloni or lasagna. For this reason it is, of course, not in
great demand. I cannot understand why at this point restaurant owners
have not been able to find solutions more in line with the range of
possibilities and their customers' budgets. This is the main weakness of
almost all these successful businesses.

That is why I have allowed myself to make this brief analysis. For the
benefit of those interested, I am also providing the original recipe for
this contentious confection as well as the costs to produce it in this
country.
Ingredients for one cake: 6 eggs, 2 cups sugar, 2 cups all-purpose
flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 cup whole milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Instructions: Reserve two tablespoons of sugar and set aside. Beat the
egg yolks until light and lemon colored. Gradually add the remaining
sugar and vanilla, and beat until incorporated. Add flour and baking
powder and beat until incorporated. Gradually add milk, and beat until
incorporated. In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until frothy. Add
reserved sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Gently fold
egg whites into the egg yolk mixture. Turn batter into a prepared cake
pan and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Assembly: To finish the tres leches, mix one and a half cans of the
condensed milk with an equal amount of evaporated milk. Add one
container of cream. Poke holes in the top of the cake with a skewer and
pour the mixture on top. To make the meringue topping, beat six egg
whites to form stiff peaks. In a saucepan add two cups of sugar and one
cup of water. Bring to boil and heat to the soft-ball stage. Gradually
pour the hot syrup into the egg whites, beating constantly. Beat the
meringue until cool. Spread meringue over the cake. Cut and serve.

Prices for the main ingredients in Cuba, where the average monthly
salary is 20.00 CUC,** are as follows:

A can of condensed milk, 1.20 CUC

A can of evaporated milk, 1.30 CUC

A small container of cream, 1.50 CUC

1 kilo of flour, 1.20 CUC

Eggs, 1.50 Cuban pesos (the so-called national currency) apiece.

Note: 1 CUC = US$0.85

*Translator's note: Literally, a three-milk cake, so-called because it
is made with three different milk products: whole milk or cream,
evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk.

**Cuba has two currencies in circulation: the Cuba peso, or moneda
nacional, in which salaries are paid, and the CUC, a convertible
currency pegged to the U.S. dollar. Increasingly, essential consumer
goods can often only be purchased at government-run hard currency stores
with CUCs. Most Cubans with access to hard currency obtain it through
cash remittances from relatives overseas.

30 June 2013

Source: "The Battle for Tres Leches / Rebeca Monzo | Translating Cuba" -
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Not everyone so easily gives up being King in order to become a Beggar /
Angel Santiesteban
Posted on July 3, 2013
My beloved son*, my so loved Chinito:

I almost cannot write to you because I lack breath. Now I have a little
of the strength that I will use in order to send to you some letters
that you will know go quite moist and full of love. I am fine, working
as always in the same place that you know, with the same people. I am
still proud of you, since not everyone gives up so easily being King in
order to become a Beggar. In my selfishness as a mother, I prefer the
former, but I have to accept your decision, which could not be any
different, since your integrity, honesty and values do not permit you to
be another, because you were raised under the precepts of José Martí.

I support you in everything while I live, and if I do not come to the
end with you, I already leave you entrusted with Ana. But I am going to
be optimistic, I am going to think that soon you will be proven innocent
of this that they blame you for in order to cover the truth, to try to
seal your mouth, which they have not been able to, because your friends
do not permit it, nor your family, nor intellectuals with a sense of
shame, nor all those who feel the need for justice; your echo transcends
limits, I do not know how they can be so crude, because the more they
want to drown your voice, the further it goes.

It is not so easy to hide a truth as big as that which you so bravely
scream to the universe. They do not realize that your letters are
everywhere, the more they box you in, the more they hide you, the
stronger your letters and truth emerge. That even when nothing of yours
is received, your screams are stronger, your voice is heard more clearly
and the world is more interested. In these moments you have more
followers than when you were on the La Lima prison farm, because when
everyone knew that you were well, although innocent, they were not so
worried about you. But now they are lions roaring for your life, for
your liberty. So my beloved son. They are more damaged than you are.

Do not worry, suffering is inevitable and necessary in order to become a
better person, to understand your fellows, and later you will know how,
as you have done until now with your books, to transmit the feelings of
our oppressed people.

I love you a lot, as always or more. I am almost with you there, in that
cell or barracks, you must hear when I breathe and my heart flutters.
And I am your angel, because those books that you do not know how they
arrived, they were mine, I've always like to read. Now I prefer to read
yours.

A very big hug, as on that night, at the edge of the sea, when we said
goodbye without knowing if some day we would see each other again, I
still feel it, our ties have not weakened, and we are still together, as
together as on that dark night on which you let me go, with pain, to
liberty.

I love you a lot.

A thousand kisses,

Your Mary

*Editor's note: This letter was written by Maria to her son Ángel
Santiesteban-Prats. We publish it on the blog by express permission of
Ángel.

Translated by mlk

11 June 2013

Source: "Not everyone so easily gives up being King in order to become a
Beggar / Angel Santiesteban | Translating Cuba" -
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Reprime policía política a sordos disidentes Tania Maceda Guerra, CRDHC 4 de julio de 2013 Ciego de Ávila, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – La Seguridad del Estado acosa a la directiva de la Asociación de Sordos Independientes de Cuba, radicada en Ciego de Ávila, denunció este martes 2 de julio el sordo Andrés Fortién Chongo ante [...] Continue reading
Nuevo carnet de identidad con aditamentos electrónicos Manuel Guerra Pérez 4 de julio de 2013 La Habana, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – Un nuevo carnet de identidad que contiene elementos de lectura mecánica y otros aditamentos electrónicos entrará en vigor a partir del segundo semestre de este año para todos los ciudadanos naturales en el país. [...] Continue reading
Interceptados en vía pública Idalberto Acuña Carabeo 4 de julio de 2013 La Habana, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – El pasado 1 de julio los opositores Alexander Camejo Rodríguez y Yacer Rodríguez Dorta fueron interceptados en plena vía pública por el oficial de la Seguridad del Estado que se hace llamar “Raicel”. Informo Rodríguez Dorta que [...] Continue reading
Control sobre los gimnasios privados Yosvani Anzardo Hernández 4 de julio de 2013 San Germán, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – El gobierno se está preparando para tomar el control de los gimnasios privados. El pretexto para tal acción es la supuesta utilización del aceite de maní inyectado por vía intramuscular para incrementar la masa muscular. En [...] Continue reading
Ricardo Alarcón es apartado de la élite política cubana Publicado el Martes, 02 Julio 2013 23:18 Por Wilfredo Cancio Isla El ex presidente de la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular, Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada, uno de los líderes históricos de la revolución de Fidel Castro, fue desbancado de la élite política del país apenas cuatro [...] Continue reading