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President of the Republic of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, posted this image on Twitter, July 16, 2013. (@rmartinelli/Twitter) Share 0 A North Korean ship carrying weapons system parts buried under Continue reading
North Korea seems to have been caught red-handed, trying to smuggle parts of a weapons system from Cuba through the Panama Canal. Panama's military seized the cargo Monday. U.S. intelligence had been Continue reading
Havana, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Ambassador to Havana, Edgardo Ramirez stated today the attacks to Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes barracks in 1953 in Cuba is an example of rebellion against acts of ... Continue reading
An aging North Korean freighter carrying suspected missile-system components hidden beneath bags of sugar was seized in Panama last week on its return from Cuba, Panamanian officials announced Tuesday Continue reading
La vida tiene muchos recovecos y nunca sabemos a dónde iremos a parar. Por mucho que nos propongamos seguir una carrera y nos programemos el camino, el destino o la voluntad de Dios, en caso de que se tenga fe religiosa, nos vira de rumbo y nos envía a otra parte. Esto es mucho más palpable en el caso del exilio cubano actual, que lleva más de medio siglo fuera de la patria. Todo ese talento que ha perdido la isla ha dado frutos en otros países. Continue reading
_ PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama seized a North Korean cargo ship it suspects was hiding missile equipment in a shipment of brown sugar from Cuba, after a standoff in which the ship's captain tried to Continue reading
Panama said a captain tried to kill himself and crew members resisted arrest after inspectors found suspected weapons system components on a North Korean ship. Inspectors at the Panama Canal Monday found hidden cargo packed with a shipment of brown su... Continue reading
An aging North Korean freighter carrying suspected missile-system components hidden beneath bags of sugar was seized in Panama last week on its return from Cuba, Panamanian officials announced Tuesday Continue reading
PANAMA CITY - Panama seized a North Korean cargo ship it suspects was hiding missile equipment in a shipment of brown sugar from Cuba, after a standoff in which the ship's captain tried to slit his own Continue reading
As much as I try to reconstruct that image of a famous former baseball player who, in the middle of The Special Period, gave my little boy and I a lift, and with such courtesy drove out of his way … Continue reading Continue reading
La legisladora sugirió a la administración Obama suspender el diálogo con el régimen de los Castro. Continue reading
Portraits of crew are seen in one of the rooms inside a North Korean flagged ship "Chong Chon Gang" docked at the Manzanillo Container Terminal in Colon City July 16, 2013. Panama detained the North Korean-flagged Continue reading
Panama called Tuesday for U.N. investigators to inspect a shipment of suspected weapons parts found aboard a North Korean-flagged vessel as it tried to enter the Panama Canal last week. President Ricardo Continue reading
Según el ministro panameño, la tripulación opuso resistencia cuando se le interceptó y ordenó ser conducido a puerto para ser revisado Continue reading
The first national meeting of the Pastoral of the Family was held recently in Havana. The event, which was promoted by the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba, reflected on the theme: ';The Family: Path of Hope for ... Continue reading
LA HABANA, Cuba, 16 de julio de 2013, Julio César Álvarez/ www.cubanet.org.- Desperdicios y escombros se acumulan en calles del municipio 10 de Octubre ante la imposibilidad de la Empresa de Comunales del territorio de hacerle frente a tiempo a la situación. Según una funcionaria de dicha empresa, ubicada en la calle Libertad esquina a [...] Continue reading
Una reciente batida policial puso en fuga a las jineteras adolescentes habituales en áreas de moneda dura de La Habana. Pero la raíz del mal persiste. Continue reading
A North Korean cargo ship was stopped near the Panama Canal and searched on suspicion of drugs, but it was carrying something sweeter - the apparent parts of a surface-to-air missile system, hidden inside Continue reading
El jefe negociador de la guerrilla, Iván Márquez, no descarta acuerdo de paz antes de fin de año Continue reading
LATEST NEWS: Ecological Reserve Next to Varadero LATEST NEWS: Snowden for Temporary Asylum in Russia LATEST NEWS: Meeting with Religious Leaders in Cuba LATEST NEWS: Cuban Baseball Team in Des Moines, Continue reading
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Want to invest in Cuba? Learn how to wait
Published: Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
By: Michelle Caruso-Cabrera | CNBC Chief International Correspondent

Spend just five minutes in Cuba, and it's obvious the country would
benefit from investment. But a large chunk of that money will have to
come from overseas—and it's still not clear when or if the Cuban
government will allow it on a meaningful scale.

The buildings, the roads, the power grid, the water system—all need
updating after decades of neglect under a socialist regime. After CNBC
spent a week in Cuba meeting with the leaders overseeing economic
reforms, it's unclear whether authorities are ready to make the changes
necessary to become attractive to investors on a large scale.

In a rare appearance before foreign journalists, Vice President Marino
Murillo Jorge, the leader in charge of the reform process, said almost
begrudgingly, "We will have to live with foreign investment in Cuba, and
it will be part of the growth program we are designing."

At the same time, Murillo said Cuba is putting together a "portfolio of
investments" in certain sectors that will have a "legal structure that
will stimulate investment."

(Read more: Betting on regime change in Cuba)
That last phrase may be a hint that the government is willing to cede
control, at least in some cases, in joint ventures with overseas companies.

Targeting Certain Industries

Nearly 100 percent of the Cuban economy is government-controlled. But
there are a small number of joint ventures with foreign firms. (The
government describes them as "mixed companies.") The Cuban government
has always insisted in holding at least 51 percent of joint venture
shares, even as outside investors put up most of the money and know-how.

Rumors have been circulating for at least that this ownership structure
will change, and the vice president's statement raised speculation about
its finally happening. Murillo added that the Cuban leadership will make
details clear in future meetings.

Vice Minister of Trade and Foreign Investment Antonio Carricarte told
reporters that the portfolio of possible investments will likely focus
on certain sectors: mining, tourism, renewable energy, food and
construction. Additionally, he pointed to the Mariel Port, which Cuba
has designated as a special development zone, saying that the government
is developing a set of investment norms that foreign firms will find

Right now, there appears to be very little foreign investment in Cuba.
Carricarte told reporters there are 190 foreign companies invested there
but declined repeatedly to place a dollar value on the level of the

(Read more: In communist Cuba, the tax man cometh)
Spain's leading hotel chain, Melia, has long had joint ventures with
Cuba's government, but many of those properties appear dated. Ivis
Fernandez Pena, a representative of the Ministry of Tourism in the beach
area of Varadero, told reporters that there had been no new foreign
investment in beach hotels in the last five years but noted that a golf
project would start in 2014. She declined to identify the co-investor.

Justin Solomon | CNBC
One place where such investment is visible is in the oil and gas
industry. Driving toward Varadero, a team from CNBC spotted at least one
oil drill bearing Chinese flags. In a meeting with reporters, Deputy
Minister of Energy and Mining Arnaldo Batista Fonseca declined to
discuss anything about Chinese investment in the energy sector.

When officials do disclose investment numbers, they're small relative to
the possibilities. Yuri Camilo Viamontes Lazo is the vice general
manager of Energas, a power company that is a joint venture between the
Cuban government and Sherritt International of Canada.

Viamontes told reporters that Sherritt had invested more than $400
million since the venture began 16 years ago. Sherritt owns 33 percent
of the company. While that may be a lot of money for both Cuba and
Sherritt, which has a market cap of $1.15 billion (1.2 billion Canadian
dollars), it is far below what the Cuban power sector could use.

As for any kind of large-scale privatizations, investors will have to
keep waiting. Murillo told reporters that when it comes to Cuba's GDP,
the "socialist state company will have a decisive role, and will
continue to be decisive." He said that five years from now, large state
enterprises "will continue to be decisive in wealth creation in Cuba."

—By CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera. Follow her on Twitter @MCaruso_Cabrera.

Source: "Want to invest in Cuba? Learn how to wait" -
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(CNN) -- It has all the elements of international intrigue: a violent confrontation on a detained North Korean ship, a suspected missile onboard, a heart attack and an attempted suicide. Panamanian authorities Continue reading
North Korea, Cuba linked to weapons found on ship
By Castalia Pascual and David Simpson, CNN
July 16, 2013 -- Updated 1406 GMT (2206 HKT)

Officials: A search finds military equipment hidden among brown sugar
The crew resists arrest, a minister says
The captain suffered a heart attack, then tried to commit suicide

(CNN) -- A mystery with potential international ramifications is
unfolding in Panama, where authorities discovered military equipment
hidden inside a North Korean-flagged ship that originated in Cuba.
Cuba has long been at odds with the United States, and North Korea is
banned by the United Nations from importing and exporting most weapons
because of its nuclear ambitions. Suspicions were further raised when
the ship's captain suffered an apparent heart attack, and then tried to
commit suicide, Panama's president said.
These facts were sufficiently intriguing for President Ricardo
Martinelli to travel to the port and examine the ship himself.
The president tweeted a photo of what he saw -- a green octagon-shaped
tube with a cone at its end and another similar-looking piece of
equipment behind it.
Is it a missile, a reported asked?
"Maybe," Martinelli said. "I am not familiar with that, but it would be
good if such things didn't pass through Panama, which is a country that
loves peace and not war."

The president said he did not examine all of the containers, but assumes
that there are similar weapons in the others, hidden under a cargo of
brown sugar.
Authorities seized the vessel and the undeclared haul of weaponry in the
Panamanian port of Manzanillo on Monday night.
Panama's security minister, Jose Raul Mulino, told CNN the ship had
arrived from Cuba.
Panamanian authorities received intelligence the ship was carrying
drugs, but the search turned up the military equipment instead.
Mulino added that the North Korean crew of 35 resisted arrest, and
during the struggle with Panamanian authorities, the ship's captain
attempted to commit suicide.
Panama will ask a United Nations technical support team to inspect the
cargo to determine what type of weaponry it is.
"Honestly, this kind of military equipment can't go through the country
while declaring that it is something else, especially hiding it as you
can see here," Martinelli said. "We will continue to empty the entire
ship to see what's in it and the relevant authorities will determine
what exactly is on this ship."

Source: "North Korea, Cuba linked to weapons found on ship - CNN.com" -
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Muere un prisionero en celdas de castigo de Kilo 8 [16-07-2013] Jorge Alberto Liriano Linares Preso en la prisión Cerámica Roja, Hablemos Press (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Camagüey, Cuba.- Un joven prisionero se suicidó en una de las celdas de castigo de Máxima Severidad Nacional de la cárcel de Kilo 8 en la provincia Camagüey. El cuerpo sin [...] Continue reading
Un bienvenido regreso a la realidad para Raúl Castro [16-07-2013] René Gómez Manzano Abogado y periodista independiente (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- A diferencia de lo que solía suceder con las interminables y divagantes peroraciones de su hermano mayor, el breve pero sustancioso discurso pronunciado por el presidente cubano Raúl Castro Ruz el pasado 7 de julio, en la [...] Continue reading
Prisionero político retoma huelga de hambre [16-07-2013] Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez Hablemos Press (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- La Habana, Cuba.- El prisionero político Osvaldo Rodríguez Acosta, recluido actualmente en una sala del Hospital de la cárcel Combinado del Este, en La Habana, retomó la huelga de hambre que abandonó hace 26 días. Rodríguez Acosta, permaneció 40 días [...] Continue reading
Sin luz eléctrica hace semanas [16-07-2013] Dania Virgen García Cuba por Dentro. Corresponsal de Misceláneas de Cuba (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Desde Ciego de Ávila, el expreso político del grupo de los 75, Pedro Argüelles Morán(foto), informó por vía telefónica a esta reportea que está sin luz desde el pasado 2 de julio, cuando hubo un fallo eléctrico [...] Continue reading
Arbitrariedad cometida por represalias [16-07-2013] Leudis Pérez Laborit Hablemos Press (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Matanzas, Cuba.- La familia de Diosley Serrano recuerda con profunda indignación la arbitrariedad cometida contra este joven por agentes de la Policía Nacional hace dos meses. En horas de la mañana del 4 de mayo de este año, el ciudadano Diosley Serrano, de 19 [...] Continue reading
La Habana realiza dos ‘ensayos generales’ del funeral de Fidel Castro DDC | La Habana | 16 Jul 2013 – 3:07 pm. Según Juan Juan Almeida, hijo del fallecido vicepresidente Juan Almeida Bosque, el Memorial José Martí cerró sus puertas el sábado y el lunes para tal evento. El régimen habría realizado el sábado 13 [...] Continue reading
Cincuenta años de complacencia FERNANDO DÁMASO | La Habana | 16 Jul 2013 – 8:26 am. El recién finalizado Congreso de la oficial Unión de Periodistas de Cuba enmascara el pasado y deja en evidencia su incapacidad de renovarse. Como otras organizaciones similares, creadas para controlar los diferentes sectores de la sociedad cubana en función [...] Continue reading
Laritza Diversent Reports from Geneva / Laritza Diversent
Posted on July 15, 2013

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 issues and human rights. She
established the Cubalex Legal Information Center. Over time she was
joined by other lawyers, such as Yaremis Flores and her husband Veizant
Boloy. These three young people are of Afro-Cuban origin and humble
backgrounds. Cubalex also investigates and reports to international and
regional organizations regarding individual complaints of human-rights
violations on the island. It is located at the corner of 169 Lindero and
Angeles, El Calvario, Havana, Cuba 13900. Telephone: (0053) 5-241 5948
(Laritza's cell). Email: centrocubalex@gmail.com Any help is welcome.

On Cubanet you can read the two reports presented by Cubalex in Geneva,
at the 55th meeting of the Committee for the Elimination of
Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which on July 8 and 9 was
dedicated to analyzing the situation of Cuban women. The following is
the report of Laritza Diversent.

Report from Laritza Diversent

Cubalex presented a "shadow" (alternative) report to CEDAW. Yaremis
Flores and I, representing the Cubalex office, participated in the
meeting of the experts with NGOs from the countries that were studied at
the 55th session, including Cuba.

On Saturday, July 6, we traveled to Switzerland, coincidentally sharing
the flight with some members of the official Cuban delegation that
participated in the examination. Upon arrival at the airport in Geneva,
there were other members of the delegation. One of them, after talking
on the phone and looking at us repeatedly while we were waiting for our
luggage, came over and took our photo without our permission.

He said it was "so we would look beautiful in the press" and
sarcastically welcomed us to Geneva. We told him we were prepared to be
photographed by State Security. Then he said he was from the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, that he had studied at the Law School, had graduated in
2004, and knew us both. A pity that we didn't remember him. If he
publishes our photo, we will post his, when giving messages to the
members of the Cuban delegation.

On Monday the 8th we turned up early at the United Nations headquarters
for the process of accreditation; we had previously requested this and
had received confirmation that we were accredited. Yet strangely, our
registration did not appear in the database. We had to wait two hours
for the confirmation of our accreditation.

After verifying the location of the private meeting with the Committee
on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), we made sure
to contact the International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW), an NGO
that organizes the private meetings between the Committee and NGOs from
the countries that are being examined, to confirm our presence.

Representatives of this organization were surprised that an NGO based in
the island presented a report critical of the situation of Cuban women,
because the rest of the national organizations, including the National
Union of Jurists, and the Cuban Association for Animal Production,
supported the state report.

Earlier that morning, NGOs recognized by the Cuban government had
presented themselves there to confirm their participation. Strangely,
they asked if there would be other participants. Until then, IWRAW was
not aware of our presence in Geneva.

We returned to the room where the meeting would take place and found the
supposed lawyer for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We then learned
that our presence had caused problems in the Permanent Mission of Cuba
in Geneva. They thought we were going to pull out posters and yell
anti-government slogans.

As a precaution, we stayed in the meeting place and waited until it
started, to head off any manipulation or government action. After the
presentations, the NGOs recognized by the regime, instead of speaking
privately with the Committee about the problems of Cuban women, devoted
their efforts to discrediting us.

They claimed that Cubalex consisted of only five members, who responded
to the interests of the United States, a country which for more than 50
years had imposed a "blockade," the main cause of violence and
discrimination against women in Cuba. They also said that our report
lacked objectivity, had little technical rigor, and manipulated the

Among other insults, they categorized us as amateurs. They questioned
the financing of our trip, claiming that they had to seek help from UN
agencies. The Committee had to ask them to stop their attacks and
concentrate on the problems of Cuban women.

But they were unable to answer direct questions from the Committee about
prostitution, civil unions, and whether a woman who was a victim of
violence could be represented by a lawyer. They sowed confusion and
wasted time on political speeches, preventing the Committee from
clearing up its doubts on these subjects.

For our part, we raised these issues, which we consider the most
alarming about the situation of women in Cuba. We warned about recent
amendments to the Criminal Code and how it might affect women as victims.

The strategy of these government NGOs, both in the private meeting and
at the meeting of the Committee with the NGOs from the countries to be
examined, was to consume the time allotted to the country, to prevent us
from speaking. They repeated everything that was in their reports,
supporting the government. A position that was also requested by the

At the meeting with NGOs in the countries to be considered at the 55th
session (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Afghanistan, Serbia, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Northern Ireland,
and the United Kingdom), one of the experts directed a question to
Cubalex, and members of the official Cuban NGOs consumed all the time,
and we could not answer. That position was requested by the Committee
Chair, who asked us to present additional information in writing, which
we did the following day.

Our perception is that the quasi-state NGOs and the Permanent Mission of
Cuba in Geneva were nervous and undiplomatic in the face of our
unexpected presence. The person who said he was from the Foreign
Ministry accosted us at our arrival and tried to intimidate us,
hostilely taking our photos without our permission. The NGO officials
showed a lack of education and respect.

As independent lawyers based in Havana, we are pleased with our first
experience at the United Nations. We were able to take the opportunity
to criticize the Cuban government in a setting where it had never been
confronted by an NGO that it does not recognize.

Despite the pressures and provocations, we maintained our equanimity,
always respecting the place (Palace of the Nations, the main UN
headquarters in Geneva), and the honorable members of the Committee on
the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Before, it was very comfortable for the so-called Cuban NGOs to beguile
with many words, without saying anything and without fear of
contradiction. The Members of the Committee members felt uncomfortable
about the hostility and lack of diplomacy that the Cuban delegation
showed toward us.

Translated by: Tomás A.

11 July 2013

Source: "Laritza Diversent Reports from Geneva / Laritza Diversent |
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WASHINGTON -- The military equipment shown in images tweeted by Panama's president after his government stopped a ship en route to North Korea are radar parts for the SA-2 family of surface-to-air missiles, Continue reading
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