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Daily Archives: November 7, 2013

El grupo de música tradicional cubana Buena Vista Social Club realizará su última gira internacional a partir del verano de 2014 bajo el título “Adiós Tour”, con una serie de conciertos en los que interpretarán sus éxitos y nuevos temas de su repertorio, informaron medios locales. Continue reading
LA HABANA, Cuba, 7 de noviembre de 2013, www.cubanet.org.- El diario oficioso Juventud Rebelde, en su edición del domingo 3 de noviembre, respondió implícitamente, con un texto que cubre 2 páginas, a un artículo sobre la Zona Especial del Mariel que publicamos en Cubanet. Entre las cuestiones que se señalaban, estaba el hecho de que [...] Continue reading
LA HABANA, Cuba, 7 de noviembre de 2013, Augusto César San Martín/ www.cubanet.org.- Un incendio de grandes proporciones tuvo lugar esta tarde en zonas del aeropuerto José Martí de La Habana, específicamente en la Terminal 3 de vuelos internacionales. Al parecer, el fuego comenzó desde la una de la tarde de hoy. Un vuelo de [...] Continue reading
El ex fugitivo estadounidense William Potts Jr., acusado de secuestrar un vuelo comercial con destino a Miami y llevarlo a Cuba hace casi 30 años, criticó el sistema judicial de EEUU durante su primera comparecencia en un tribunal federal el jueves. Continue reading
LA HABANA, Cuba, 7 de noviembre de 2013/ María Cristina Labrada Varona/ Red Cubana de Comunicadores Comunitarios/ www.cubanet.org.- Se han descuidado de un hueco que existe, hace más de 15 días, en la calle Boulevard, entre D y C, en San Francisco de Paula, La Habana. La Empresa de Acueducto abrió este orificio porque estaba [...] Continue reading
Havana, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) Doctors from the United States who are attending the 31st Havana International Trade Fair praised the Cuban public health system and medications produced by the local biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. "... Continue reading
Havana, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The inquisitive spirit of Brazilian filmmaker Glauber Rocha (1938-1981) returns to Cuba hand in hand with the Prensa Latina news agency, which will present the award granted by the accredited foreign press at the Internati... Continue reading
Havana, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) Young musicians from Cuba and El Salvador will perform at the 16th edition of the Jojazz Festival, dedicated this year to flutist Armando Romeo, a pillar of art education in Cuba. Gisela Vistel, director of the National Ce... Continue reading
Havana, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban art world is honoring the man known as the Cubist Genius of ... Continue reading
William Potts, an American accused of hijacking a Florida-bound flight and diverting it to Cuba in 1984, arrives at FBI headquarters after arriving on a flight at Miami International Airport Nov. 6, 2013, in ... Continue reading
LA HABANA, Cuba, 7 de noviembre de 2013, Miladys Carnel González/ Red Cubana de Comunicadores Comunitarios/ www.cubanet.org.- En la Cafetería Chiqui, ubicada en las céntricas calles Ayestarán y 19 de Mayo, del municipio Plaza de la Revolución, en la capital, ha tenido en su portal, pernoctando, a José Martínez González, hasta que contrajo el cólera [...] Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, October, www.cubanet.org — The official announcement in the newspaper Granma this Tuesday, October 2, with its timeline for instituting the changes regarding currency unification, unleashed a torrent of rumors, which some say circulate faster that news from the … Continue reading Continue reading
Pinar del Ro, Cuba, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) Created to teaching engraving to Cuban children with Down Syndrome, the project "With Love and Hope" now includes other art forms, such as dance,drama and voice, program coordinators announced... Continue reading
La segunda parte del documental "Hacia la Democracia", se emitirá el domingo 10 de noviembre, un día después del aniversario de la caída del Muro de Berlín en 1989, a las 7:30 PM por Mega TV, Canal 22 de Miami. Continue reading
An American who returned to the U.S. from Cuba almost 30 years after hijacking an airliner to Havana has made his first appearance in a Miami federal ... Continue reading
The United Nations today congratulated Colombia following an announcement that negotiating parties in Havana, Cuba, reached an agreement on the issue of political participation in the South American country. Continue reading
Solo el 51 por ciento de la población de la isla esta laboralmente activa. Continue reading
UNITED NATIONS, November 7 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Thursday welcomed a major peace agreement reached between the Colombian government and the country's armed rebel group on terms Continue reading
Former fugitive William Potts, charged in the hijacking of a U.S. airliner three decades ago, had his first appearance Thursday in federal court. Continue reading
UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Thursday welcomed a major peace agreement reached between the Colombian government and the country's armed rebel group on terms Continue reading
Una de ellas, la adolescente Marta Beatriz Ferrer Cantillo, denunció su arresto desde la estación policial. Continue reading
William Potts Jr., the former longtime U.S. fugitive accused of hijacking a Miami-bound commercial airliner to Cuba almost 30 years ago, took umbrage with the American justice system during his first Continue reading
ABSTRACT Santería religious travel and media circulations between Cuba and the United States have created new multilateral transnational linkages since the mid-1990s. U.S.-based Santería travelers and Continue reading
Havana, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) As an added value to the already increasing spiral of Cuban tourism, the holding in Havana of an unusual festival that aims to combine movies, drinks and meals late this month, was announced today. The 2nd Gourmet Festival... Continue reading
Havana, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) A device capable of detecting the fetal heartbeat was presented at the 31st Havana International Trade Fair (FIHAV 2013). The detector is one of the different techniques and products for medical diagnose at FIHAV and it ca... Continue reading
Havana, Nov 7 (Prensa Latina) The 31st Havana International Fair, FIHAV 2013, is confirmed today as a space for the development of foreign trade and foreign investment in Cuba. One of the key actors in promoting these activities is the Center for the P... Continue reading

La bloguera oficialista y profesora de la Facultad de Periodismo de la Universidad de La Habana Elaine Díaz criticó este jueves en su blog, La Polémica Digital, el silencio de las autoridades sobre la incidencia del dengue en la Isla.

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HAVANA, Cuba, November www.cubanet.org — They say that socialism is the long way between capitalism and capitalism. Now the official press itself informs us that there is a shortcut: “Mariel, the Shortest Path” (Juventud Rebelde, Sunday, November 3rd, 2013, pages … Continue reading Continue reading

El dictador chino, Xi Jinping, se reunió este jueves con el ministro de Asuntos Exteriores cubano, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, de visita en Pekín y con quien habló de impulsar las relaciones económicas bilaterales y sobre los planes de La Habana de abrir una zona de libre comercio en el puerto de Mariel.

Xi recibió a Rodríguez en el Gran Palacio del Pueblo de Pekín (sede del Legislativo) y durante el encuentro ambos destacaron la importancia de las relaciones comunes, informó EFE.

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If San Franciscos rental market is starting to slow down, it has not been apparent at 38 Dolores St. Six weeks after pre-leasing started, the Prado Group's 81-unit complex above a Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM), designed by BAR Architects, is now 37... Continue reading
An American who returned to the U.S. from Cuba almost 30 years after hijacking an airliner to Havana has made his first appearance in a Miami federal court. A judge on Thursday appointed a public defender Continue reading
The New Man, Fraud and Reggaeton / Camilo Ernesto Olivera Peidro
Posted on November 6, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba, October, www.cubanet.org - A teenager, a wannabe to the
"reggaeton fashion," succeeds in paying for his Spanish Language exam
grades on a regular basis: "In my high school you can do business,
provided that you are willing to pay well." The young man, whose name I
was not permitted to disclose, aims to get through the remainder of his
high school years in the same manner. "My older sister supports me
since, "jineteando" [prostituting herself], she met a Yuma [foreigner]
loaded with "baro" [money] and "got her claws into him."

He aspires to attain fame in that musical genre, very popular in Cuba.
Because, in his own words "it is very lucrative, faster than going to
school and getting a degree or going to a trade school." When I asked
him what he'll do once reggaeton is over, he looks at me incredulous:
"That's never going to happen". Then he slowly looks at my long hair and
says: "And you guys, the "frikis" (rockers in the popular jargon),
nobody sees you guys in the radio or TV. But reggaeton everyone supports
it, from the Communist party to Lucas on television".

Lucas, for those who don't know, is a national television program that
transmits musical video clips produced locally. In the absence of
internet or other means, this program, directed by Orlando Cruzata, is
taken like a barometer of the musical popularity in the island. Everyone
knows that the burgeoning producer PMM is the Lord and Mistress of this
television program. I try to clarify this last detail to the kid, but he
doesn't even flinch: "Of course, dude, the people with the most money
are the reggaeton musicians; look at Daddy Yankee's last musical video,
he has a tremendous Lamborghini."

Then he explains his point of view about what he considers to be a
promising future: "As soon as I finish 12th grade, if I don't buy a
diploma beforehand; my sister is going to give me the money so I can
start my own musical group and buy the entry to a musical company… Then,
I make a couple of hit songs so they stick (so they are popular) and I
film a hot video clip like Chacal & Yakarta. They'll censor it, I become
famous like Osmani Garcia and then I go to Miami."

I listen to him, and think about that chant that we repeated
singsong-like in elementary school: "Pioneers for Communism…" or the
other one that would add: "Where a communist is born, difficulties die."
Right after, the kid feels comfortable enough and improvises what in his
view will be his first super hit on the "Lucasnómetro weekly."

I am in a town on the periphery of the capital, Guanabacoa. It is
Sunday, the day is boring and the week depressing. After this
instructive conversation with the "new man of the
XXI.century.cubiche.cu", I conclude that the paleontologists of the
future will have a lot to talk about.

I go out to walk the streets. I observe the overwhelmed faces of the few
that challenge the mid-afternoon sun. I am sweating and the smell of the
accumulated garbage piles ("in each block a committee…") keep me company
the rest of the way. I see a sign that looks like no one has been able
to erase it. It is pretty offensive and I take a picture for you
readers. Then I see others with "spectacular" spelling errors and I do
the same. Then I understand why the "owners of the estate" [the Castro
brothers] want to start a battle with the teachers that tutor students
privately.

Let's remember that in medieval times, reading and writing were
privileges for the high classes. As was access to the universities. The
children of the nomenklatura will always have their home tutors. There
is and always will be, as is always been, schools for the ordinary Cuban
and schools for the children of the generals in charge.

As I am heading back, I stumble upon the "reggeaton superstar". I show
him the pictures and ask him if he sees anything wrong. He looks at them
for a few minutes, he gives me the camera back and says: "Dude,
everything is cool".

Camilo Ernesto Olivera Peidro, From Cubanet, 24 October 2013

Translated by LYD

Source: "The New Man, Fraud and Reggaeton / Camilo Ernesto Olivera
Peidro | Translating Cuba" -
http://translatingcuba.com/the-new-man-fraud-and-reggaeton-camilo-ernesto-olivera-peidro/ Continue reading
From Doorways to Catalogs / Yoani Sanchez
Posted on November 6, 2013

Private businesses must clear out their merchandise before December 31.

In an album for weddings there are photos of blouses, pants, shoes. They
aren't good photos, but you can see the labels and brands, which is most
important to the buyers. They have everything: evening wear, tennis
outfits, socks for teenagers, sportswear, underwear. Most of the goods
come from Panama and Ecuador, but they also come through Terminal 2 at
the international airport. So-called "mules" bring them on flights from
Miami, and also through Nassau and the Cayman Islands. Ephemeral
fashions, trendy colors, synthetic fabrics, big names painted on the
fabric, it all fills the precarious catalogs displayed door-to-door.

The so-called private "boutiques" or "trapi-shopping" ('trapi' comes
from the word for 'rag'), have been hit hard legally in recent weeks.
After becoming a growing phenomenon in the country's most central
doorways and streets, they've now been given an ultimatum to clear out
their merchandise. They have until 31 December to sell what they already
have in stock, but 2014 will be "a year free of imported clothing sales
by the self-employed." That privilege will be enjoyed only by State
stores, where a bathing suit can cost three-month's wages. Merchandise
that is old, poor quality, and out of style, meant the government stores
couldn't match the more modern and cheaper offerings provided by the
private sector.

Reluctant — or unable — to compete, the Cuban State has put an end to
the business of "trapi-shopping." Several of the best-known and
air-conditioned places have already closed their doors to the public.
Some have invested in redecorating their living rooms to receive their
customers, having seen that their prosperous business days are numbered.
However, as happens in a country with so many prohibitions, some are
already looking for a solution to the current crisis. For now, they are
shifting from doorways to catalogs; from on-site sales to in-home
shopping. No law can stop people from looking for what they need. So
they will go underground, continuing to sell skirts, shorts, sandals…
with that aura, so attractive, of the new and forbidden.

The post Del portal al catálogo appeared first on Generación Y – Yoani
Sánchez by Yoani Sánchez

Source: "From Doorways to Catalogs / Yoani Sanchez | Translating Cuba" -
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Non-Agricultural Cooperatives: New Deception / Ernesto Garcia Diaz
Posted on November 6, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba, November www.cubanet.org – Last year the regime
institutionalized non-agricultural cooperatives through Decree-Law No.
305 and its associated rules. There are now more the 56 institutions of
this type. In principle, the legal statute is questionable, because it's
a rule dictated by the totalitarian power regardless of existing
constitutional provisions .

In Article 20 of the Constitution, there is no contemplation of
cooperatives other than voluntary associations of small farmers, which
constitutes the only form of privately organized business permitted in
Cuba, outside the state.

So, once again, the government violates its own laws and uses its
totalitarian power to act according to its own interests. It also uses
this chosen method to prevent citizens from association freely, or
establishing forms of business that strengthen the role of private
property within the national economy. Meanwhile, it avoids the process
of constitutional reform and referendum, which could complicate its
strategy of power.

By violating the provisions it itself has established, the regime
socially and economically assaults the supposed beneficiaries
(unemployed workers in the state system), as it states in the law that
this new aperture is "experimental." At the same time, disguising their
own statements about these institutions, which are claimed to have
"their own legal structure; use and enjoy and dispose of the benefits of
their property; cover their expenses with their income and liable for
their obligations."
In fact, the legal provision is permeated by authoritarianism,
centralization and interference, and oriented to state control of
economic life. The regime establishes for cooperatives a set of measures
and administrative bans for the interventions of municipal governments,
to provide that, for the constitution of each one, the project must be
presented to the local organs of People's Power or the national agencies
that govern the activities.

These entities, in turn, must refer the matter to the Standing
Commission for Implementation and Development to evaluate and present
the proposal to the Council of Ministers at the beginning of the process
proposed in the relevant entities. I ask you, will they be free to act
as true owners of these new cooperatives?

As a demonstration of the fact that that economic opening in not
genuine, it is also provided that: "The cooperatives may not merge,
fold, split, or modify themselves without the prior approval of the
body, agency or entity authorized its national constitution."

On December 13, 2012, the General-President emphasized to the National
Assembly of Popular Power: "We appreciate that updating of the economic
model and with safe passage will begin to delve into broader issues." Is
he referring to the new deception that they are pulling over Cuban
society by not allowing the establishment of private corporations?

Ernesto Garcia Diaz

Cubanet, 6 November 2013

Source: "Non-Agricultural Cooperatives: New Deception / Ernesto Garcia
Diaz | Translating Cuba" -
http://translatingcuba.com/non-agricultural-cooperatives-new-deception-ernesto-garcia-diaz/ Continue reading
Justice and Prayers for Angel Yunier Remon Arzuga #FreeElCritico / Angel
Santiesteban
Posted on November 6, 2013

Ángel Yunier Remon Arzuaga 'El Critico.' Jailed since March 2013 for
being a non-conformist rapper and an opponent of the Cuban dictatorship.
In July he contracted cholera in prison.

Jailed since March 2013 for being a non-conformist rapper and an
opponent of the Cuban dictatorship. In July he contracted cholera in prison.

The chain of suffering continues for Cuban opponents. Now adding to the
injustice committed, among many of the dictatorship, against the artist
and human rights advocate Ángel Remon Yunier Arzuaga, who was
hospitalized in intensive care and reported to be in critical condition
having gone on hunger strike.

He has been imprisoned since 26 March of this year, after the fascist
hordes who obey the totalitarian regime of the Castro brothers,
undertook in an act of repudiation in front of his house. In addition to
being a victim of government provocation, as a great irony of the
dictatorship and that we can never get used to, he was accused of
"attacking," and so the prosecution requested eight years of imprisonment.

Since his arrival in prison, he has suffered the hostility of his
repressors, those who dealt out to him multiple beatings, and he was
infected with cholera.

It's no secret that Ángel Yunier Remón Arzuaga's crime, like that of all
of us opponents who are in prison, is to confront the system, which for
a long time, if it ever was, stopped being communist or left leaning
politically, and only responds to the desire for power of Fidel and Raul
Castro in their State without rights.

Yunier Angel belongs to the duo "The Children Nobody Wanted" — to my
honor* — and if that wasn't enough, with the suggestive name of "The
Critic," together with Yudier Blanco Pacheco. The lyrics of their songs
are hymns among youth, making an impression with immediacy and
profundity on Cuban youth who then learn and repeat the verses. Through
their voices they feel that they also reclaim that which belongs to them
by right: freedom.

His real and unforgivable offense, in the eyes of the political police,
is to think differently, and expose this through his art. State Security
sought to stop his rise in the Cuban culture.

Taking from experience the awesome rise of Los Aldeanos (The Villagers)
and the phenomenon it immediately caused among the youth. Guided by a
sense of support towards this young artist, I am obliged to announce
that if the worst is to happen to this activist for the rights and
freedom, from the place where I am detained, I will start an indefinite
hunger strike.

May God be with Remon Yunier Angel Arzuaga, may He protect him in the
name of his baby of nine months, his wife, and all the Cubans with shame
and good feelings that accompany him in prayer.

The dictatorship is responsible for his life. The die is cast.

Ángel Santiestebn-Prats

Lawton Prison settlement. November 2013.

*Translator's note: "The Children Nobody Wanted" is the title of a book
by Angel and also the title of his blog.

Translated by: Shane J. Cassidy

6 November 2013

Source: "Justice and Prayers for Angel Yunier Remon Arzuga
#FreeElCritico / Angel Santiesteban | Translating Cuba" -
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Abortion on an Island Where Women Don't Want to Give Birth / Polina
Martínez Shvietsova
Posted on November 6, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba, October, www.cubanet.org – Cuba has been suffering a
fertility crisis since the late seventies. And although voluntary
abortion is legal, it is a problem because the island's birthrate is
below the replacement rate, with a consequent aging population.

Abortion is also a health problem, as it is used by young people as the
main method of contraception.

There are young women who have had three to six interruptions. According
to statistics from the National Fertility Survey (NFS) in 2009, 21% of
Cuban women between 15 and 54 years have had at least one pregnancy
which ended in induced abortion or a "menstrual regulation."

Such behavior, the study indicates, is sustained by "confidence in the
Cuban health system" and the right of access to such service. However,
it is necessary that the public, especially young people, understand
that voluntary abortion is not a method of contraception.

At the root of the problem is the increasingly earlier onset of sexual
intercourse, promiscuity, the little and poor use of contraception. This
brings a pregnancy which, in turn, brings an abortion, and, ultimately,
infertility, as well as problems such as ectopic pregnancy, another
cause of infertility in women, cervical cancer or whose occurrence is
increasingly frequent at early ages.

Cuban women delay the age when they first give birth. Health
professionals must be prepared to work with a high-risk pregnant
population: women over 35 years of age.

Also keep in mind the pregnancy among teenagers. According to statistics
from the Fertility Survey, about 85% of young people know that there are
contraceptive methods but do not use them. While 60 % report having used
the, but for the vast majority they do it sporadically.

The scarce family doctors try to persuade women of childbearing age to
become pregnant. This leads to a suspicion of possible directions from
the government to curb the population decrease, rather than to stimulate
the birth rate, as is done in other countries.

It occurred to me to ask at random, "Does anyone know any happy young
couple?" Encountering stable and happy young couples is very rare. Many
couples do not want children because of unemployment, low wages, the
currency, the deterioration of housing, overcrowding with several
generations living together, and a great desire to emigrate.

Polina Martínez Shvietsova

Cubanet, 5 November 2013

Source: "Abortion on an Island Where Women Don't Want to Give Birth /
Polina Martínez Shvietsova | Translating Cuba" -
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Se suicida detenido en calabozo de Morón Juan Carlos González Leiva 7 de noviembre de 2013 Ciego de Ávila, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – El detenido Jorge Lemaine Martínez se ahorcó con un cable eléctrico en los calabozos de la Policía Nacional de Morón, este 4 de noviembre, a las 3 de la tarde, informó el […] Continue reading
Detenidos opositores por la Seguridad del Estado Álvaro Yero Felipe 7 de noviembre de 2013 La Habana, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – Los opositores Carlos Bárbaro Lazo Pérez y Rubén Picrin Perón, fueron detenidos el 5 de noviembre en las afueras de una tienda TRD por expresar opiniones contrarias al gobierno de Raúl Castro. Según Carlos, […] Continue reading
La higiene sin solución en la capital de Villa Clara Yesmy Elena Mena Zurbano 7 de noviembre del 2013 Santa Clara, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – Autoridades sanitarias reconocieron que el gobierno provincial no logra una adecuada higiene ambiental, dijo un funcionario del departamento de Epidemiología del Ministerio de Salud Pública, este 3 de noviembre, en […] Continue reading
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Nuevas medidas crean descontento en Santa Clara Ada Olimpia Becerra 6 de noviembre del 2013 Santa Clara, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – Leonilo Arocha Mesa, residente de Santa Clara, dijo este 4 de noviembre, en una piquera de transporte público, que la implantación de las medidas para la unificación monetaria no aportará beneficios a nadie, debido […] Continue reading
Cuba en el Consejo de Derechos Humanos: una burla Así lo considera Elliot Abrams, experto del Consejo de Relaciones Exteriores (CFR). martinoticias.com noviembre 06, 2013 El 12 de noviembre serán elegidos los nuevos miembros del Consejo de Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas (ONU). Entre los candidatos figuran países a los que nunca se les […] Continue reading
Fugitivo llega de Cuba para enfrentar la justicia; comparece hoy ante tribunal federal de Miami Posted on 6 noviembre, 2013 Por Wilfredo Cancio Isla William Potts, un ex miembro de las Panteras Negras que estuvo fugitivo de la justicia estadounidense por 29 años, arribó a Miami en un vuelo procedente de Cuba para enfrentar cargos […] Continue reading