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Daily Archives: July 15, 2013

Ships and a zeppelin organized by the Democracy Movement will protest the treatment of undocumented Cubans held in Nassau as cruise ships leave Miami for the Bahamas Continue reading
La patronal puertorriqueña informó hoy a través de un comunicado que Cuba representa un potencial de enormes posibilidades de negocio. Continue reading
By Adalys Pilar MirelesPinar del Río, Cuba, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) The biggest history museum of the western province of Pinar del Rio, with a neoclassic architecture, will recover its original appearance after a refurbishment process in all... Continue reading
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Yoani llama la atención sobre el hecho de que Díaz-Canel haya destacado que el debate sobre el papel de la prensa debe hacerse dentro de los límites de la Revolución. Continue reading
The Café Paris in downtown Havana, a seedy hangout for prostituted women from Cuba's provinces, is reported to be nearly empty. So are several other so-called "bar-girl" joints in the neighbourhood, Continue reading
The Café Paris in downtown Havana, a seedy hangout for prostituted women from Cuba's provinces, is reported to be nearly empty. So are several other so-called "bar-girl" joints in the neighbourhood, Continue reading
Washington, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) A contingent from British Columbia, western Canada, advances on United States territory carrying humanitarian aid for Cuba as part of the 24th Pastors for Peace Caravan. The activists will travel through Washington st... Continue reading

La Asociación de Industriales de Puerto Rico (AIPR) organizará el encuentro "Cuba oportunidades hoy y mañana" el próximo día 2 de agosto en el hotel Conrad Condado Plaza de San Juan, informa EFE.

La patronal puertorriqueña consideró un comunicado que Cuba representa un potencial de "enormes" posibilidades de negocio, que por su impacto deben ser estudiadas por la comunidad de empresarios locales.

El encuentro contará con la participación de expertos que compartirán sus puntos sobre los negocios con La Habana y sus implicaciones para Puerto Rico.

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El profesor Haroldo Dilla se ha tomado la molestia de volver a responderme. Creo que debo agradecérselo. Su texto se titula Las tres tristes trampas de Carlos Alberto Montaner. Lo leo y encuentro que tiene razón en un par de aspectos.

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Introduction by Tania Quintero On December 10, 2010, without resources, publicity, or fanfare, attorney and freelance journalist Laritza Diversent founded a modest office in her home to provide free, independent advice to Cubans and foreigners on national and international legal … Continue reading Continue reading
LA HABANA, Cuba, 15 de julio de 2013, Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez/ Hablemos Press/ www.cubanet.org.- La Directora de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), Carisse Etienne, visitó la semana pasada la isla, donde aumentan por día los casos de cólera. Acompañó a la Sra. Carisse Etienne el representante en Cuba de la Organización [...] Continue reading
The Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) has announced that there will be various activities to honor Oswaldo Paya Sardiñas and Harold Cepero Escalante this upcoming 22nd of July of 2013 in Cuba and in Miami, on the first anniversary of the death of these pro-freedom activists. On their website, the MCL explains that there will be […] Continue reading
COMMENTARY | The United States men's national soccer team beat Cuba 4-1 on Saturday afternoon in the group stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. While the score at the final whistle may suggest that the game was never in doubt for the Americans, the... Continue reading
A physical trainer associated with former world record holder Asafa Powell and Olympic medallist Sherone Simpson was held and questioned by Italian Police Sunday night. The trainer's name has been withheld Continue reading
A debate is opening up in Latin America over the future of the movement for continental political and economic integration. It is spurred in part by the growing number of states signing trade and investment Continue reading
La patronal puertorriqueña informó hoy a través de un comunicado que Cuba representa un potencial de enormes posibilidades de negocio que por su impacto deben ser estudiadas por la comunidad de empresarios Continue reading
The author of 'The Color Purple' speaks her mind ? and draws controversy Since her Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple appeared in 1982, the novelist and poet Alice Walker has been one of best-known Continue reading
The chief peace negotiator for Colombia's Farc rebel group has said the armed conflict that has lasted more than five decades is nearing an end. Ivan Marquez, who is taking part in talks with the Colombian Continue reading
El plan económico cubano de 2014 incluye docenas de cambios sobre cómo las empresas, responsables de la mayor actividad económica del país, hacen negocios: Marino Murillo. Continue reading
Every game, Abuela climbs into that sky in Cuba. It is about as close as she ever gets to feeling the freedom her grandson fled to find. Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has sent her so many American Continue reading
Numerous Cubans on the island reported that activities in commemoration of the victims of the ’13 de Marzo’ Tugboat Massacre took place throughout the country this past Saturday, 13th of July, the 19th anniversary of the crime, where forces of the dictatorship received orders to open fire on children, women and men who were trying […] Continue reading
MIAMI -- For decades, Cuban and U.S. diplomats have faced strict limits on their travel within the Cold War enemy countries. Cuban diplomats at the United Nations in New York cannot go 25 miles beyond Columbus Circle in Manhattan or past the Beltway l... Continue reading
The Cuban dissident group Ladies in White denounced Monday the harassment its members in Matanzas province over the weekend. Caridad Burunate, a member of the Ladies in White, told Efe she went to Mass Continue reading
Cuban diplomats at the United Nations in New York cannot go 25 miles beyond Columbus Circle in Manhattan or past the Beltway loop circling Washington without the permission of the U.S. State ... Continue reading
For a Diverse and Advanced Economy / Cuban Law Association, Yanelis
Ramirez Cruz
Posted on July 15, 2013
Yanelis Ramírez Cruz, Esq.

The economic crisis and the new conditions in which the world finds
itself have made the need for a serious and profound modification of the
overall state of production and economic exchange in our system of
commerce unavoidable.

The foundation for the global process of adjustment and economic reform,
which remains ongoing even today, arises out of the critical lessons
learned from the experiences of other countries, most notably China,
Vietnam and the former Soviet Union. But fundamentally it is based on
the critical awareness of the distinctive features and specific national
characteristics of the regional and global geopolitical environment in
which a country finds itself.

We have seen numerous transformations of our economic reformation, among
them the dollarization of the economy, the opening to investment of
foreign capital, the reform of landholding and cultivation, the increase
in self-employment, and the application of so-called Business Improvement.

All these changes are supported by law; the legal basis of the economic
reform had its antecedents in Decree 50 of February 1982, and in the
Constitutional Reform of 1992. Later, more specific rules were
conceived: Decree Law 141 on the exercise of self-employment; Decree Law
174 of 1997 on this same subject; Law 77 of 1995 on foreign investment;
Decrees 281 and 252 relating to Business Improvement, among others.
Though it is true that the laws legitimated all these changes, many of
them do not meet the demands that the new economic model calls for.

Add to this the fact that the experience of the old system of economic
management and planning through material balances does not have much to
contribute. It also lacks sufficient experience in the management and
techniques of the market, among other things, because there was
virtually no precedent in national practice. Most of the companies
operating both in the internal and external markets are not profitable,
are not able to finance themselves and settle their trade debts, which
causes great uncertainty in legal transactions.

Our system of economic law faces an uphill task, as it must establish
the legal foundations to better structure the base of the economy and
the trade relations that will emerge from ongoing global economic
development, which we must not remain outside of.

17 June 2013

Source: "For a Diverse and Advanced Economy / Cuban Law Association,
Yanelis Ramirez Cruz | Translating Cuba" -
http://translatingcuba.com/for-a-diverse-and-advanced-economy-cuban-law-association-yanelis-ramirez-cruz/ Continue reading
Activistas denuncian amenazas y represión policial LUNES, 15 DE JULIO DE 2013 04:57 ESCRITO POR MAGELA LISAMA ROJAS DELGADO Cuba noticias, Centro Habana, La Habana, (PD) Máximo José García González y Jorge Amaya, activistas de la Comisión de Atención a Presos Políticos y Familiares (CAPPF), fueron retenidos en el céntrico municipio del Vedado por agentes [...] Continue reading
Impedido físico abandonado a su suerte en Ciego de Ávila LUNES, 15 DE JULIO DE 2013 04:56 ESCRITO POR ROBERTO VALDIVIA Cuba actualidad, Ciego de Ávila, (PD) Según Osmany López Rosales, delegado del Partido Democrático 30 de Noviembre- Frank País en Ciego de Ávila, el señor Darsenis Torres Jiménez hace siete años sufre de esclerosis [...] Continue reading
LASA, antes y después LUNES, 15 DE JULIO DE 2013 04:26 ESCRITO POR LEONARDO CALVO CÁRDENAS El último Congreso de LASA es historia porque ya aconteció, pero es histórico en tanto los miembros del CIR, el escritor Orlando Luís Pardo y profesionales de varios países demostraron que desde la sociedad civil independiente es posible generar [...] Continue reading
Los activistas del exilio desplegarán frente a los cruceros, a treinta metros de altura, gigantescos carteles con los lemas “Bahamas deten la crueldad contra los indocumentados y ”Bahamas sé hermosa otra vez. Respeta los derechos humanos“. Continue reading
Acuario acabado ÚLTIMA ACTUALIZACIÓN EL LUNES, 15 DE JULIO DE 2013 03:57 ESCRITO POR SUSANA TERESA MÁS IGLESIAS Cuba actualidad, El Vedado, La Habana, (PD) El Acuario Nacional es una de las opciones de recreación preferidas en estos momentos en que comienzan las vacaciones escolares. Pero la casi totalidad de las instalaciones del Acuario, ubicado [...] Continue reading
Congreso de la UPEC: José Martí habla a los periodistas; Díaz Canel lo escucha Publicado el Lunes, 15 Julio 2013 05:40 Por Wilfredo Cancio Isla Fue un momento sublime del IX Congreso de la Unión de Periodistas de Cuba (UPEC), que terminó este domingo en el Palacio de Convenciones de La Habana. Un José Martí [...] Continue reading
A Yoani le falta “cinismo para hacer política” La bloguera cubana Yoani Sánchez dice al diario venezolano El Nacional que el oportunismo, la máscara y la simulación se han convertido en Cuba en técnicas de supervivencia. martinoticias.com julio 15, 2013 La gente en Cuba “tiene pánico de que se corte el subsidio venezolano, de que [...] Continue reading
El cubano Javier Sotomayor, leyenda del atletismo mundial, abrió el "Sport Bar-2.45" en honor a su marca mundial en salto alto, vigente desde hace 20 años. La triple campeona olímpica de voleibol, Mireya Luis, a punta de pasión y talento, inauguró un lujoso restaurante italiano y Hugo Morejón, músico del famoso grupo Los Van Van, cumplió su sueño al abrir un taller de autos de primera categoría. Continue reading
Pyramids in Cuba, Pyramids in Egypt
July 15, 2013
Graham Sowa

HAVANA TIMES — Within 24 hours of arriving to Cuba almost three years
ago I made the following conclusions about the society at large: smoking
is allowed anywhere, even the airport and public transport; yelling long
distances is an accepted form of social interaction; and it is never
acceptable to snitch on someone stealing something from their work, no
matter how obvious it is.

This week President Raul Castro, in a moment of sincere cultural
introspection, alerted Cubans all over the country that his government
was ready to make a go at restoring honesty, decency, decorum, and
sensibility to Cuban society.

His plan to do so rests on the solitary pillar of economic policy; to
redistribute wealth from the swindling class to the working class.

When Cubans talk about the "inverted pyramid" this is what they are
referring to.

People who take on jobs with a lot of responsibility neither have free
time to work in another sector that pays in hard currency (usually
tourism) nor does their job give them access to some commodity which
they can take home (out the back door) and sell.

The fact that the pyramid got inverted in the first place is a grand
architectural metaphor to the absolute failure of state planning.

Since the beginning of the Special Period, and the subsequent promotion
of tourism as a solution to the post-Soviet economy, the most handsomely
rewarded workers are those who either have very little responsibility or
those who break the law.
During the previous twenty or so years, Cuban society, acting in a
manner well outside the official "Party line", has taken the
socioeconomic pyramid apart, block by block, and reassembled it upside
down. Everyone participates, rather they like it or not.

To illustrate: last month I was buying eggs near Cuatro Caminos, a large
market in Havana. Since there were no eggs at the government store I had
to buy them on the street, from a person illegally reselling eggs she
had acquired, somehow, earlier. At one point during the transaction we
had to duck into a dark stairwell because the person was being watched
by plainclothes police.

I don't want to buy eggs like I'm buying cocaine; especially from
someone who is taking advantage of others by upping the price of a
commodity relied on my millions of people here as a source of protein.
But I'm obliged to participate, otherwise no eggs for me.

Now President Castro wants to right the wrongs by righting the pyramid.

The first moves, over the past few years, have been to bring economic
activity that had previously been illegal into the scopes of government
regulation. This includes the list of approved private economic
activities ranging from opening lemonade stands to selling cars and
houses; to the more recent overture of allowing workers to form collectives.

But if the goal is really to do away with the inverted pyramid the
government will have to go after those who flaunt the law and continue
undermining the popular economy.

If even eggs are an item on the illegal market it is obvious that the
state has lost control of a sizeable chunk of the economy, no matter how
thorough and brilliant the centralized planning is.
The good cop routine of making more space in the economy for different
types of activities will need to be tempered with the bad cop routine of
punishing people who refuse to play by the new rules.

The process will be a long slog.

The pyramid will need to be taken apart and rebuilt block by block. Some
especially heavy lifting will be needed when it comes to the phenomenon
of dual currency.

Even if everything with the economy works out this is no guarantee that
the Cuban social practices of lighting up a cigarette anywhere,
conversing by shouting, and getting the five finger discount at work
will change for the better.

In my opinion this upside pyramid, as awkward as it may appear, has a
deep foundation that won't be broken up by only changing the economy.

Of course with all this talk of pyramids it seems logical to consult
with Egypt on how to advance. But looking at the recent news from that
North African country I doubt that many in the Cuban government would be
eager to follow its lead.

Source: "Cuba's inverted pyramid economic system" -
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Las disidentes cubanas Damas de Blanco denunciaron el lunes actos de hostigamiento el pasado fin de semana contra sus integrantes en las localidades de Colón y Cárdenas, en la provincia de Matanzas, según informaron portavoces del grupo. Continue reading
July 15, 2013 1:29 pm

Cuba pushes ahead on reforms but insists island not for sale
By Marc Frank in Havana

Cuba's efforts to build a more market-driven economy are moving from
lifting prohibitions on personal property, travel and minor economic
activity to reform of larger state companies.
But one of the most powerful men in the land had bad news last week for
those who might harbour hope of owning a piece of the Caribbean island.
"Life has demonstrated that the state cannot occupy itself with the
entire economy, that it must cede space to other forms of
administration," Marino Murillo, the man appointed to head President
Raúl Castro's reform efforts, told journalists visiting the country last
But Mr Murillo, a member of the politburo and vice-president of the
Council of Ministers, emphasised that it was a transfer of
administration and not a "property of the people" reform.
Since Raúl Castro took over from his ailing brother Fidel Castro in
2008, and first began to institute austerity measures and reforms, the
country's current account has run a surplus, but economic growth has
stagnated at just over 2 per cent annually.
The Cuban Communist Party and government adopted a more than 300 point
plan in 2011 to "update" the country's economic and social model, "but
the party made clear the changes were to take place within the limits of
socialism", Mr Murillo said.
Asked repeatedly about foreign investment opportunities, the officials
offered nothing new at all, repeating stock lines about investment being
complementary to their development schemes and that existing regulations
were flexible and adequate.
Mr Murillo said the government was developing a list of offers that
should be ready by 2014 and were planned to stimulate investment.
The implication was that drawn-out negotiations over control of joint
ventures, duration of the agreements, tax breaks and labour relations
are unlikely to be resolved soon. The possible exception is a special
economic zone in western Cuba expected to open next year and which is
awaiting publication of its rules and regulations.
None of the 190 companies managing and temporarily in joint ventures in
Cuba own any property outright, nor do they have the right to sell
shares except with the authorisation of their partner, the state.
Mr Murillo said agriculture represented more or less what authorities
envision for minor and secondary sectors of the economy.
The country has leased fallow state land to nearly 200,000 would-be
farmers in recent years, loosened the regulation of co-operatives that
were already leasing state land and freed up all agricultural actors to
sell more of their produce (currently 47 per cent) on the open market,
bypassing the state's wholesale and retail outlets.
"Eighty-one per cent of the land is social property owned by the people,
and 70 per cent of the land is administered by co-operatives and small
farmers," he said. Twenty per cent is owned by small farmers and their
private co-operatives.
Cuba has been busy fostering development of small businesses in retail
services, transport, construction and minor production, and allowing
market forces to govern their activities, along similar lines to the
agricultural sector.
The government is leasing taxis and thousands of state shops, with up to
five workers, to its former employees or any takers, and this month
began to transfer larger enterprises with 6 to around 50 workers to
co-operative administrations, 124 to date, with another 71 approved.
Currently, 4m people out of the country's 5.1m-member labour force work
for the state, the remainder occupied in what is called the "non-state"
sector, Mateu Pereira, an adviser to the minister of labour and social
security, told the journalists.
An estimated 1m Cubans of working age do not seek employment.
The co-operatives are the first outside of agriculture since all
businesses were nationalised in 1968.
The government says many more establishments will follow, beginning in 2014.
The co-operatives function independently of the state on the basis of
supply and demand, divide their profit among members and receive better
tax treatment than individually owned businesses, according to Cuban
A decree law published in December allows for an unlimited number of
members and use of contracted employees on a three-month basis.
Cuba will also begin deregulating state-run companies in 2014 as reform
of the Soviet-style command economy moves from retail services and
farming into its biggest enterprises, the head of the Communist Party's
reform efforts said.
Mr Murillo said the 2014 economic plan included dozens of changes in how
the companies, accountable for most economic activity in the country,
did business.
The reforms will affect big state enterprises such as telecommunications
company Etecsa, tourism corporations, trading company Cimex and sugar
monopoly Azcuba.
Mr Murillo said changes include granting managers more autonomy and
permission to sell excess products after meeting state obligations on
the market, and allowing companies to retain half of their profits after
taxes for such things as minor investment and wage increases.

Source: "Cuba pushes ahead on reforms but insists island not for sale -
FT.com" -
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Violencia profética, Cuba, el acto profano, el profeta y la consecuencia profética [15-07-2013] Julio Céar Soler Baró Redactor de Misceláneas de Cuba (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net). Violencia profética, es el término que utilizamos en estudios académicos del comportamiento religioso para referirnos al acto en el que “El Profeta” normalmente letrado y pacífico, con bases en la fe que [...] Continue reading
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Miami, Jul 15 (EFE).- Several Cuban exile organizations denounced here Monday what they call a policy of mistreating undocumented immigrants in the Bahamas. The Bahamas government routinely abuses undocumented Continue reading
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Díaz-Canel alaba la ‘lealtad’ de la prensa al régimen AGENCIAS | La Habana | 15 Jul 2013 – 11:39 am. Dice que sus deficiencia se deben ‘en primer lugar’ al PCC, y pide debate y polémica, pero ‘dentro de los límites de la Revolución’. Miguel Díaz-Canel durante su discurso en el Congreso de la UPEC. [...] Continue reading
HAVANA - Cuban track and field legend Javier Sotomayor has launched a sports bar. An Olympic volleyball champion has opened a swanky Italian restaurant. And salsa star Hugo Morejon has a first-rate automotive Continue reading