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Daily Archives: July 9, 2013

Cuando Juan Manuel Salvat anunció que se iba a jubilar y cerrar su librería Universal, todos los amantes de los libros nos pusimos nerviosos, casi no le creíamos. Pero empezó a recoger. Vendió su edificio. Y ahí está la realidad, el edificio se vació y nos quedamos sin librería, pero no sin Salvat. Continue reading
South African President Jacob Zuma has announced a new cabinet in which Transport Minister Ben Martins and Energy Minister Dipuo Peters swap places and two ministers have been axed. There are altogether Continue reading
MOSCOW: The WikiLeaks anti-secrecy website said Tuesday that fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden had not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela as was claimed by a top Russian lawmaker in Continue reading
Snowden's asylum bid gets murkier News.com.au Tuesday 9th July, 2013 CONFUSION over NSA leaker Edward Snowden deepened after a prominent Russian politican tweeted that Snowden had accepted political Continue reading
Santiago de Cuba, July 9 (Prensa Latina) The ancestral ceremony of the Burning of the Devil, to frighten and eliminate adversities, will put an end today to the International Caribbean Arts Festival here in Santiago de Cuba's La Alameda after ... Continue reading

El Gobierno cubano se abstuvo de ofrecer asilo al informático estadounidense Edward Snowden, como hicieron tres de sus aliados, para no abrir un nuevo frente con Estados Unidos, coincidieron analistas.

El Gobierno de "Cuba conoce mejor que nadie que los países que conceden el asilo pueden recibir alguna satisfacción política en el corto plazo, pero que en última instancia contamina la política exterior por años", dijo Paul Webster Hare, exembajador británico en la Isla y profesor de relaciones internacionales en la Universidad de Boston.

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Cuba has given its backing to Latin American allies who have offered asylum to fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden but is unlikely to risk antagonising Washington by becoming more deeply embroiled in the intrigue, analysts ... Continue reading
LA HABANA, Cuba, 9 de julio de 2013, Dania Virgen García/ www.cubanet.org.- Desde hace varios dias se han incrementado los casos de cólera en las provincias de La Habana y Guantánamo. En La Habana, donde se han reportado más de 40 niños ingresados, los  municipios más afectados son Diez de Octubre y Cerro. En el [...] Continue reading
LA HABANA, Cuba, 9 de julio de 2013, Dania Virgen García/ www.cubanet.org.- En la prisión para enfermos del VIH-SIDA, que anteriormente era un sanatorio, en la provincia Santiago de Cuba, los presos protestan por la homofobia manifestada, en especial por parte del jefe,  informó Yusiel Alverez Cárdenas, de 27 años de edad, del destacamento 3. [...] Continue reading
Geneva, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) Gender in Cuba is present in public policies since the triumph of the Revolution, as women''s empowerment demonstrates, Teresa Amarelle, secretary general of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), said toda... Continue reading
Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who has been holed up in a Moscow airport for more than two weeks, has agreed to an offer of asylum from Venezuela, a top Russian lawmaker said on Twitter Continue reading
Three top Democrat lawmakers on Tuesday called out the inhumane nature of force-feeding hunger striking detainees at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, urging President Obama to take action. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) chose to use ... Continue reading
McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- A Cuban who fled Texas in 2003 following his drug-smuggling arrest then turned up last fall bound in a vehicle faces up to 40 years in ... Continue reading
Should NSA leaker Edward Snowden decide to accept Venezuela?s offer of asylum, the tricky thing will be figuring how to get there from Moscow?s Sheremetyevo Airport. His big problem is that , which included Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 9 (acn) The U.S.-Cuba Friendship Caravan, in its 24th edition, organized by the IFCO/Pastors for Peace interreligious group, began on Monday in a simultaneous way its tour of several Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 9 (acn) The achievements of Cuban women over the last five decades were highlighted on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland, in a day that marked the beginning of period 55 of sessions of the Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, July 9 (acn) The director of the UN Environment Agency regional office of Latin America and the Caribbean Margarita Astralaga stressed in Havana Cuba's natural disaster and hurricane strategy Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, July 9 (acn) Tropical storm Chantal continues moving west-northeast on its route towards the Lesser Antilles and to get to the Eastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday afternoon, according to Cuba's Continue reading
PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba, 9 de julio de 2013, Jorge Bello Domínguez/ Red Cubana de Comunicadores Comunitarios/ www.cubanet.org.- En esta prisión los abusos agobian a los internados, desde limitaciones para el acceso al teléfono, maltratos y golpizas hasta la deficiente atención médica, que empeora de día en día, ya que no se cuenta con los [...] Continue reading
HAVANA -; Communist-led Cuba's experiment with limited capitalism is entering a crucial and transformative phase this year with the decentralization of bloated state-run businesses, the island's economic czar said ... Continue reading
Havana, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s work in dealing with hurricanes and natural disasters was highlighted by Margarita Astrlaga, Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Environment P... Continue reading
Matanzas, Cuba, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Jhoen Lefont, world record holder of more beats with his head to a soccer ball in the water, will seek to establish a new world record in this mode. Alfonso, parent of the young athlete, told Prensa Latina th... Continue reading
Zaire, Angola, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) The work by the Cuban medical staff in the northern Angolan province of Zaire brought about a decline of 35.1 percent in the number of deaths per 1,000 live births in 2013 first three months, a health source reporte... Continue reading
Cuban President Raul Castro When addressing parliament, it is the rare national leader who takes time out to blast his own citizens for outdoor urination. But then, 82 year old Cuban president Raul Continue reading
8:16pm BST By MADRID (Reuters) - Spain acknowledged on Tuesday that a U.S. request had led it to delay approving an overflight by Bolivia's president, but said it had given the go-ahead after receiving Continue reading
FUGITIVE intelligence leaker Edward Snowden says the US National Security Agency operates broad secret spying partnerships with other Western governments now complaining about its programs, in an interview Continue reading
Every American can now have an authentic people-to-people Cuba experience for thousands of dollars less than what big for profit U.S. agencies charge. wants regular working people to witness Cuba. , North Continue reading
Uncertainties over Edward Snowden has deepened when a Russian lawmaker tweeted that Snowden had accepted Venezuela's asylum offer, then deleted it. The net of rumours and uncertainties over National Continue reading
MOSCOW: The WikiLeaks anti-secrecy website said Tuesday that fugitive Edward Snowden had not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela as was claimed by a top Russian lawmaker in a Twitter posting that Continue reading
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women today considered the combined seventh and eighth periodic report of Cuba on how that country is implementing the provisions of the Convention Continue reading
LONDON: Edward Snowden has not yet accepted an offer of asylum in Venezuela, the WikiLeaks website said on Tuesday, after a Russian lawmaker sparked confusion over the American's status. Alexei Pushkov, Continue reading
Communist-led Cuba's experiment with limited capitalism is entering a crucial and transformative phase this year with the decentralization of bloated state-run businesses, the island's economic czar said Tuesday. Continue reading
The net of rumors and uncertainties over NSA leaker Edward Snowden deepened Tuesday when a prominent Russian lawmaker tweeted that Snowden had accepted Venezuela's offer of political asylum, then deleted Continue reading
HAVANA -- Cuba's economic czar says the Communist-led island's experiment with limited capitalism is entering a crucial phase this year with the decentralization of bloated state-run businesses. Marino Murillo says the goal is to imp... Continue reading
Accumulation of Power / Fernando Damaso
Posted on July 8, 2013

When authoritarian, centralized and vertical power has been exercised
for such a long time and without any opposing counterpart, where
decisions are taking and implemented from above to below, without
effective citizen participation, as it is not in their compliance and
enforcement, it's tremendously difficult to set aside these habits and
to think and act in a democratic way.

In the case of Cuba, this is what has happened. As a result,
institutions and organizations created with the objective of offering
the world a "light" image of the Cuban "model," have not been able to
change anything, because they are simple bureaucratic constructs, where
everything is determined beforehand, both with regards to its selective
composition as well as for the issues authorized to be addressed and the
decisions taken.

Neither the National Assembly nor the Central Workers Union of Cuba, nor
any of the existing organizations (UNEAC, ANAP, FMC, FEU, FEEM, etc.)
respond to the interests of their members; rather they are no more than
chains of transmission of government policy, used to control and
manipulate the population.

As long as they don't produce economic, political and real social
changes, with laws and regulations that are legally binding on all
social subjects and, mainly, on the State and its institutions,
everything is simple words that blow away in the wind, whether or not
those who utter them are sincere or not.

This country, to save itself, needs a complete turnaround, that doesn't
necessarily have to be violent, but it has to be deep. The patches,
re-soles and mends are ineffective, and instead of solving problems,
they extend them and in time complicate them. Understanding this is not
that hard!

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Source: "Accumulation of Power / Fernando Damaso | Translating Cuba" -
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Detenidas damas de blanco al salir de su casa Alexei Jiménez Almarales 9 de julio de 2013 Holguín, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – La seguridad del estado detuvo en la mañana del domingo a las damas de blanco Carmen Oropesa Ramírez y Lisbet Peñas Hernández cuando salían de sus casas para participar de la misa en [...] Continue reading
Beijing, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) The new council of the China-Cuba Friendship Association, led by Bai Lichen, was presented in this capital today in a ceremony in which ambassador Alberto Blanco stressed the historical ties between the two nations, which... Continue reading
¿Es tolerada la prostitución? MARTES, 09 DE JULIO DE 2013 00:15 ESCRITO POR VEIZANT BOLOY GONZÁLEZ Cuba actualidad, Arroyo Naranjo, La Habana, (PD) Cuando a finales de los años ochenta muchos cubanos fueron encarcelados por el llamado “Plan Maceta”, Lourdes Rodríguez tenía solo 16 años de edad. Su madre, que era administradora de una tienda, [...] Continue reading
Denuncian a inspectores MARTES, 09 DE JULIO DE 2013 00:34 ESCRITO POR GESSE CASTELNAU JORRIN Cuba noticias, Centro Habana, La Habana, (PD) El pasado 30 de junio, en Centro Habana, inspectores del Ministerio de Transporte (MITRANS) decomisaron cuatros bici-taxis (triciclos para transportar a dos o más personas), porque los chóferes se negaron a pagar los [...] Continue reading
Incremento de la criminalidad en Santiago de Cuba MARTES, 09 DE JULIO DE 2013 00:30 ESCRITO POR ANTONIO ESTEBAN GONZÁLEZ RAMO Cuba actualidad, Santiago de Cuba, (PD) La criminalidad en la provincia Santiago de Cuba se ha incrementado de manera alarmante. El 25 de junio de 2013, cerca de las doce de la noche, en [...] Continue reading
Empeora transporte urbano en Santiago de Cuba MARTES, 09 DE JULIO DE 2013 00:00 ESCRITO POR ANTONIO ESTEBAN GONZÁLEZ RAMOS 0 COMENTARIOS Cuba actualidad, Santiago de Cuba, (PD) En la ciudad de Santiago de Cuba el transporte urbano ha empeorado notablemente. Las paradas de diferentes rutas han estado más congestionadas desde el día 17 de [...] Continue reading
Alerta policial en Viñales LUNES, 08 DE JULIO DE 2013 09:28 ESCRITO POR JULIO ANTONIO ROJAS PORTALES Cuba noticias, La Lisa, La Habana, (PD) Desde el pasado 14 de junio, la policía de Viñales, Pinar del Río, está en estado de alerta debido a una ola de robos ocurridos en horas de la madrugada en [...] Continue reading
De corrupciones antiguas y modernas MARTES, 09 DE JULIO DE 2013 00:07 ESCRITO POR JUAN GONZALEZ FEBLES Cuba actualidad, Lawton, La Habana, (PD) En su edición del pasado jueves 27 de junio, el diario oficialista Granma, órgano oficial del único partido, publicó un trabajo sin firma, -no aclara si se trata de un editorial- titulado [...] Continue reading
Un sistema siniestro MARTES, 09 DE JULIO DE 2013 00:04 ESCRITO POR CHARLIE BRAVO 0 COMENTARIOS Cuba actualidad, Washington, USA, (PD) El chino de a pie, en general, es muy emprendedor, Pero el de Hong Kong, donde todo el mundo parece trabajar a toda hora, es completamente diferente al chino que por lo apático o [...] Continue reading
La visa del pan MARTES, 09 DE JULIO DE 2013 00:05 ESCRITO POR AIMÉE CABRERA 0 COMENTARIOS Cuba actualidad, Centro Habana, La Habana, (PD) Nada queda del pan que junto a la sal daba la bienvenida al visitante. Ni tan siquiera unas rebanadas de pan que en el centro de la mesa servían para acompañar [...] Continue reading