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The Maccabiah Games, known as the Jewish Olympics, are taking place in Israel. The contest, which takes place every four years, brings together Jewish athletes from around the world to take part in Continue reading
El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, exaltó el triunfo de la Revolución Cubana y el impulso que supuso para todo América Latina, durante su discurso en Santiago con motivo de las celebraciones del 60 aniversario del intento de la toma del Cuartel Moncada. En el acto también han participado los presidentes de Uruguay, José Mujica; de Bolivia, Evo Morales; Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega; o el propio presidente cubano, Raúl Castro. Continue reading
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CUBA STANDARD — Colombian-Central American airline Avianca added a new route, offering Bogotá-to-Havana flights on Mondays and Fridays. The flights, leaving from Bogotá’s El Dorado airport, will be operated on 120-passenger Airbus A319 aircraft. Avianca’s Bogotá hub allows for connections to Caracas, Quito, Panama, and São Paulo, among others. Avianca’s other hubs are San Salvador; El Salvador; [...] Continue reading
BRASILIA (AP) " Con cultos que van desde la santería de origen africano en Cuba hasta los ritos indígenas de la Pachamama en Bolivia, la América Latina en la que nació el papa Francisco, y a la que re... Continue reading
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Las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias Colombianas (FARC) han hecho público un comunicado a través de la agencia de noticias Anncol en el que conmemoran la "gesta heroica de la Revolución Cubana" con motivo de los festejos del 60 aniversario de la toma del Cuartel Moncada, "símbolo de la tiranía" de Fulgencio Batista. Continue reading
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Santiago on July 26: The Santiaguans Have Nothing to Celebrate / Aleaga
Pesant
Posted on July 27, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba, July 26, 2013, www.cubanet.org.- Like every five years,
the most important celebration of the revolutionary calendar, the
assault on the Guillermón Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba on 26
July 1953, returned to the most Caribbean of our cities. The protocols
and extreme security measures that accompany Raul Castro Ruz looked
ridiculous in the middle of the overall apathy of the population
affected by the severe economic crisis affecting the country and
especially the east.

Low wages, serious unemployment, underemployment, school dropouts and
migration to other provinces, together with the impact of a hurricane
last year that affected many houses, are the most important reasons for
Santiaguans are not interested in the celebrations. With all this the
authorities were determined to inaugurate monuments, including one
dedicated to Juan Almeida, or allocating billions of dollars to the
restoration of the Plaza Antonio Maceo, to restoring road signs to give
an image of normalcy before the visits of foreign politicians.

Ten thousand Santiaguans, according to official figures, were designated
to be in the great square of the old Moncada barracks, now a school, on
July 26, escorted by a large photograph of more than ten yards high of
Fidel Castro Ruz, leader of the failed assault.

And if a particular feature is the spectacle this time, it is the large
presence of Latin American and Bolivarists presidents.

Evo Morales (Bolivia), Daniel Ortega (Nicaragua), José Mujica (Uruguay),
Nicolas Maduro (Venezuela), as well as the Chancellor of Ecuador and the
prime ministers of Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, and St. Lucia, accompanied the senior military dictatorship.

The foreign political speeches marked by anti-Americanism, and the
exaltation of "Cuban solidarity," became a marathon "relay race" that
lasted for more than two hours.

It is speculated that such rhetoric is intended to build consensus
abroad, following the incident of the Cuban ship carrying weapons to
North Korea, making it the unwelcome guest of the political spectacle.
And toward the interior, given the difficulties faced in implementing
the reforms.

I turned sixty, and what do I have?

The General President Raul Castro Ruz, keynote speaker, in a short
speech he read, promised that the State will ensure the development of
the city of Santiago de Cuba, destroyed after Hurricane Sandy (October,
2012), which lost 50% of housing stock, as well as suffered extensive
damage to communications infrastructure.

He then offered a triumphalist reconstruct of the events of the last
sixty years. And he referred to the process of delivering, gradually,
the responsibilities of government to another generation of communist
leaders. Of new challenges, not even a word.

However, not everyone agrees with the triumphalist epic vision repeated
by the government through the media about the assault on the Guillermon
Moncada Barracks.

Jorge Hernandez is the shopkeeper in my neighborhood in El Vedado. A
newly emigrated black Santiaguan who, when asked about the significance
of the 26 July 1953, and the assault on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago
de Cuba, he passed his hand over his head, looked me straight in the eye
and without blinking said:

"I turned sixty and what do I have? … My life is already passed and I
have nothing. I was born the year of Moncada in San Pedrito. As a child
and young man, and until much later, I thought as I was told, that the
Moncada assault opened the way for me. But at sixty, I repeat the
question: What do I have?"

Pepe, a neighbor, a veteran of the 13 or March Directorate, almost
eighty years old, imprisoned several times in the Castillo del Príncipe,
for his revolutionary and anti-Batista activities, is less radical in
his perception:

"The Revolution was something very beautiful, but unfortunately was
betrayed, when the Communists made a clean sweep and lost their Catholic
essence, that was the responsibility of Fidel Castro, who seized the
that we had gotten with so much effort. For a long time, the celebration
of the Assault on the Moncada was for me a special day, glorious. Today
is just a sad day, to see what is left of our dream and at my age is
hard to see how this will end."

However, Alfredo, an economist currently working in Luanda, Angola, for
the military corporation ANTEX, thinks that Moncada was a defining
moment in the history of Cuba, which proved the genius of Fidel and the
Cuban revolutionary spirit:

"We have a new Moncada ahead, and it is to support Raul's requests on
the need for social discipline, to carry out the guidelines of the
National Party Conference (the communists), in order to make socialism
sustainable and especially to internationalize the campaign to free our
Five (now four) Heroes imprisoned by the empire.

In Santiago de Cuba, on the old road from Cobre, Guillermo Espinosa sees
the matter from another point of view. Besieged by the political police,
he hasn't been able to leave his house since July 23, because they are
threatening him to arrest him the minute he sets foot outside. According
to him, the majority of Santiago's democrats have been arrested or
detained in their homes, as they did on the visit of Pope Benedict XVI,
in March of last year.

To Guillermo, 45, the assault on the Moncada Barracks was the
continuation of a cycle of violence that began in the Republic and has
not yet ended.Because the so-called revolution established a military
dictatorship that deprived the people of all freedoms.

"Sixty years later," he says, "the country is poorer in the economy and
in spirit. The calls for economic measures are an aspirin for a body
already sick unto death."

aleagapesant@yahoo.es

From Cubanet

26 July 2013

Source: "Santiago on July 26: The Santiaguans Have Nothing to Celebrate
/ Aleaga Pesant | Translating Cuba" -
http://translatingcuba.com/santiago-on-july-26-the-santiaguans-have-nothing-to-celebrate-aleaga-pesant/ Continue reading
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Weapons seizure should halt efforts to cozy up to Cuba
July 25, 2013|By Guillermo I. Martinez

This column is dedicated to all those fools who believe the United
States should lift sanctions on Cuba to improve relations with the
island's Communist regime.

It was a "coincidence" that on the days that the United States and Cuba
were scheduled to start talks on immigration, Panamanian officials
discovered a contraband of old Soviet-era weapons on a North Korean
cargo attempting to cross the Panama Canal. The Chon Chon Gang left
Manzanillo, Cuba and was headed to North Korea with a cargo of sugar and
240 tons of undeclared weapons in well-hidden compartments.

Both Havana and Pyongyang quickly protested the seizure and accused the
United States of being the instigator. The U.S. government may have been
concerned about a possible shipment of drugs. Instead the Panamanian
marines engaged in a violent standoff against the North Korean crew,
protecting the weapons hidden under the sugar.

Days after the seizure Panamanian marines were still searching the dirty
and smelly ship looking for more hidden compartments where more weapons
could be found. First they found old radar systems and 30-year-old
anti-missile weapons. Then they found two Mig-21s.

Both the North Korean and the Cubans said the weapons were "obsolete
defensive weapons" that had been sent to North Korea for repairs and
then an eventual return to Cuba.

No U.S. government official or pundit has accepted at face value the
explanations given. Both governments are lying.

Jaime Suchliki, the Director of the Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at
the University of Columbus, has made the most comprehensive effort at
putting the incident in perspective.

He poses several questions:
•If the weapons were being sent from Cuba to be repaired in North Korea,
why were they hidden in the hold of the ship under thousands of Cuban
sugar bags?
•Why did the North Korean crew resist the Panamanian boarding of their
ship in Panamanian waters? And why did the ship's captain try to commit
suicide?
•If Cuba needed to repair these weapons, why didn't Gen. Raul Castro
send them to Russia? After all, these were Russian weapons.

Suchiliki posits the possibility that these weapons were ultimately
destined possibly to an African country, like the Congo. North Korea has
indeed sent weapons to its Communist allies in the Congo. Is it possible
that Cuba has now joined the effort, Suchliki asks.

Maybe, just maybe, Cuba was sending these weapons to North Korea in
exchange for more modern weapons that would help Pyongyang's efforts at
pressuring the United States into direct talks between the two nations.

So far, nobody has a definite answer.

What we do have is a clear effort by two nations who consider the United
States an enemy state attempting to hide a weapons-exchange program.
This is not good for U.S. security.

The incident also questions the renewed efforts by the Obama
Administration of improving relations with the Cuban government. Isn't
it obvious Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua and
Syria have strong diplomatic ties, all aimed at undermining U.S.
diplomacy in Latin America, the Middle East and the Far East? Why then
does the United States continue to hold immigration talks with Cuba?

People forget that the embargo was imposed because Cuba expropriated
without compensation billions of dollars of U.S. property in the island.
Cuba has not offered to repay for those properties. So why should the
United States seek to lift the embargo?

Again, it is important to remember the embargo does not forbid Cuba from
buying food and medicine from the United States. It only demands that
Cuba pay for their purchases in cash.

The seizure of the North Korean vessel should be a new warning that one
should not approach Cuba to improve relations. Cuba is an enemy of the
United States and should be treated as such.

Guillermo I. Martínez on Twitter at @g_martinez123, or email him at
Guimar123@gmail.com

Source: "Weapons seizure should halt efforts to cozy up to Cuba - Sun
Sentinel" -
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-07-25/news/fl-gmcol-cuba-0725-20130725_1_weapons-cuban-and-cuban-american-studies-north-korea Continue reading
26 July 2013 Last updated at 18:34 GMT

Cuba's Raul Castro points to 'gradual power transfer'
The BBC's Sarah Rainsford says the main focus of the speech was on history

President Raul Castro has said power in Cuba is being gradually
transferred, in a speech at celebrating 60 years since the start of the
revolution.

The revolutionaries were giving way to a new generation who would keep
socialist ideals alive, Mr Castro said.

Several Latin American leaders gathered in Santiago to mark the failed
Moncada barracks assault, seen as the start of Mr Castro's brother
Fidel's revolution.

Fidel Castro stepped down from power in 2008 after a series of health
issues.

He was absent from Friday's celebrations in Santiago.

Whereas in Fidel's time it was customary to make big announcements on 26
July, Raul Castro has been keeping a lower profile at the event.

'Serene confidence'
This year, President Castro - who's been pushing a string of economic
and political changes in the country - paid tribute to his brother and
the revolution.

"The historic generation is giving way to the new one, with tranquillity
and serene confidence, based on the preparation and competence to keep
the flags of the revolution and socialism flying high," he told the crowd.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega and
Uruguay's Jose Mujica were among dignitaries in the audience.

Mr Mujica, who also took up arms with revolutionaries in his country,
said the Cuban revolution had given other Latin American nations confidence.

"This was a revolution of dignity. It gave us dreams," he said.

On Wednesday, the former revolutionary had a personal meeting with Fidel
Castro.

Following the talks, he said Mr Castro was weighed down by his age but
remained brilliant and youthful in his mind.

The annual 26 July rally marks the anniversary of the first battle of
the Cuban revolution when Fidel, along with Raul, led an attack on the
Moncada barracks.

It was successfully repelled by the army of dictator Fulgencio Batista
and the Castro brothers were sent to prison but later released.

Source: "BBC News - Cuba's Raul Castro points to 'gradual power
transfer'" - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23471372 Continue reading
Posted on Thursday, 07.25.13

Raúl Castro, 60 years after the attack on the Moncada barracks
BY CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER
ELBLOGDEMONTANER.COM

I'm trying to decipher Raúl Castro's perceptions 60 years to the day
after the attack on the Moncada barracks in Santiago, the event that
signaled the beginning of the Cuban Revolution.

That was the episode that placed both brothers on the Cuban political
map and the front pages of all the newspapers. At that moment, Raúl
Castro, a youth barely 22, was, both emotionally and intellectually,
just an appendage of his brother, Fidel — the dominant figure.

The process of codependence had begun a lot earlier, during Raúl's
teenage years. His parents, who lived at the other end of the country,
aware that he was an awful student, entrusted Fidel to "straighten him up."

Instead, Fidel used him. He turned Raúl into his deputy, brought him
into his underworld of pistol-packing violence and recruited him to
conquer first Cuba, then Africa, later the galaxy. There was a reason
why Fidel, at age 18, had legally substituted his middle name. He
dropped "Hipólito" and became "Alejandro."

The result was that Raúl, that affectionate and familiarly warm young
man described by his sister Juanita and who as a child dreamed about
becoming a radio announcer, turned into two unexpected beings under
Fidel's influence. He became an efficient butcher, a lot better
organized than his brother, and an apprentice communist.

It is likely that Raúl Castro's early association with the Communist
Party was a mission assigned to him by Fidel. Raúl did not have his own
autonomy to consider a political decision of that nature, especially
when Fidel was already planning to attack the Moncada barracks.

Fidel's heart leaned to the minuscule Popular Socialist Party, the party
of the communists, but his brain and unscrupulous pragmatism told him
that he should remain allied to the Orthodox Party, a major party that
was vaguely social-democratic and had a real chance to achieve power.
The way to solve that dilemma, then, was to install Raúl in the PSP,
while he formally remained in "the orthodoxy."

In early 1953, Raúl, sent by the PSP with his brother's blessing,
traveled to a "youth festival" in Vienna. In fact, it was a political
fair organized by Moscow to recruit its future cadres. During that trip,
Raúl first established relations with the KGB, in the person of agent
Sergei Leonov.

Fidel — boss, teacher, paternal figure — provided his brother with the
fire, the adrenaline and a simple explanation of political reality.
Leonov placed before his eyes the bright future of humanity: the
glorious Soviet Union. Raúl bit both hooks.

Now Raúl had everything: the mission, the method, the vision, the model.
When Fidel appointed him minister of defense so he could be his
brother's bodyguard, Raúl covered the walls with the revered portraits
of Soviet marshals and generals.

Sixty years have passed. Raúl today is a disillusioned old man, his
innards rotted by whiskey. During his long life, he learned many
lessons, all of them disappointing. The Soviet Union no longer exists.
Neither does Marxism. Everything was an absurd blunder.

Now he understands that his brother was a good political operator and a
shrewd warrior but also a disastrous leader, childishly obsessed with
inexhaustible dairy cows and prodigious vegetables. An irresponsible
fellow who steered that poor country into an interminable succession of
wars, conspiracies and arbitrariness.

To Fidel, a good narcissist, the function of every human being is to
serve him on his road to glory. That's exactly what he did with Raúl: He
shoved him into the PSP, dragged him to Moncada, led him to the Sierra
Maestra, made him comandante, minister, general and then assigned him
the presidency. Fidel manufactured Raúl's life. An important life, but
not his own.

It is true that, without his brother's magic wand, Raúl might have been
an insignificant man, but Fidel pushed him to the summit because he
needed a lieutenant who would be absolutely faithful to him, even as he
thought that his "little brother" was a woefully limited minor figure.
That suspicion (or certainty) has never ceased to hurt the current
president.

Sixty years after Moncada and at the age of 82, Raúl is painfully aware
of the total disaster he helped to provoke in his country. He has
finally understood his brother's true dimension. He is cognizant of the
failure of communism, although he knows that his life won't be long
enough to rectify the course.

Simply put, the damage is too deep. Raúl holds on to power but has
helped to turn the country into a festering dump. I suspect he will die
hugely ashamed of what he has done and, above all, of what he doesn't
dare do.

Source: "Raúl Castro, 60 years after the attack on the Moncada barracks
- Carlos Alberto Montaner - MiamiHerald.com" -
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/07/25/3522063/raul-castro-60-years-after-the.html Continue reading
Posted on Friday, 07.26.13

Bahamas agrees to review undocumented Cubans' status
BY JACQUELINE CHARLES
JCHARLES@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Hoping to end protests and calls for a tourism boycott by Cuban exile
groups and others, Bahamian officials agreed Friday to review the status
of undocumented Cuban migrants currently in their detention center.

The Bahamas also is considering moving Cubans currently in maximum
security into the general population, according to a letter sent to U.S.
Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Miami, from the Bahamas Consulate General office in
Miami.

"The implementation of the mutually agreed-upon points in their letter
will benefit both countries," Garcia said. "We pledge to continue to
work with the Bahamian government to address unresolved issues."

Garcia and Bahamas Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe met Thursday to
discuss the conflict that arose after a video purportedly showed a guard
kicking detained migrants in a Bahamas jail. Bahamian officials say the
video is a forgery. Cuban exile groups have called for the boycott,
accusing the Bahamas of not respecting human rights.

Prime Minister Perry Christie said in Miami on Friday that the Bahamas
is in a very difficult position, geographically and politically.

"The great difficulty for us, whether they are Haitians, whether they
are Cubans, they all want to get into the United States," Christie said.
"When America decides they don't want you in, Cuba decides 'we don't
want you back.' Then they are stuck in the Bahamas and they are
sometimes unruly."

Bahamas officials are proposing several measures to end calls for
boycott of the islands by angry Cuban exile groups and others accusing
it of abusing undocumented Cuban migrants in its care.

Protesters from the Democracy Movement have protested near Government
Cut as cruise passengers leave port, calling on the Bahamas to respect
the human rights of undocumented migrants.

The issue erupted after a video taken with a hidden cellphone by one of
the 30 Cubans held in the Nassau Detention Center showed guards kicking
migrants in their care.

Source: "Bahamas agrees to review undocumented Cubans' status - Americas
- MiamiHerald.com" -
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/07/26/3524628/bahamas-agrees-to-review-undocumented.html Continue reading
SALUD PÚBLICA La gravedad del Sistema de Urgencias Médicas A. C. SAN MARTIN ALBISTUR | La Habana | 27 Jul 2013 – 9:58 am. Ambulancias con 12 horas de demora o que no llegan nunca, desvío de fondos, cifras infladas, robo de equipos, personal con antecedentes penales y timo a los donantes extranjeros: así funciona [...] Continue reading
Raúl Castro: Las nuevas generaciones ‘continuarán defendiendo por siempre’ los ideales del régimen DDC | Santiago de Cuba | 26 Jul 2013 – 4:56 pm. La ‘generación histórica’ va cediendo su puesto ‘con tranquilidad y serena confianza’, dice. Reconoce que ni siquiera la mitad de las viviendas afectadas en Santiago por el huracán Sandy han [...] Continue reading
EMIGRACIÓN Bahamas se compromete a mejorar el trato a los cubanos detenidos, pero no acepta ponerlo por escrito DDC | Miami | 26 Jul 2013 – 11:30 am. El congresista cubanoamericano Joe García sostuvo negociaciones en Miami con varios funcionarios de país caribeño. Exiliados siguen en huelga de hambre. Las autoridades de Bahamas se han [...] Continue reading
Si de ‘conducta impropia’ se trata… MIRIAM CELAYA | La Habana | 26 Jul 2013 – 11:01 am. El Gobierno hace campaña por la ‘pérdida de valores éticos y morales’ en la sociedad. ¿Pero qué hay de la grosería de entrar en arreglos armamentistas con la dictadura norcoreana? El título alude a un memorable documental [...] Continue reading
El régimen recibe un espaldarazo de sus aliados en medio del escándalo por el contrabando de armas AGENCIAS | Santiago de Cuba | 26 Jul 2013 – 6:07 pm. | 3 Los presidentes de Venezuela, Uruguay, Bolivia y Nicaragua ensalzaron este viernes al régimen de los Castro y lo consideraron responsable de los “cambios sociales”, [...] Continue reading