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Daily Archives: November 13, 2013

"En Cuba nos están escuchando... para denigrarnos, pero ya es un paso: nos tienen en cuenta", ha declarado la bloguera Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, November 2013, www.cubanet.org – The ban was issued by the Director of Farmers Markets just a month ago, because the vendors were making excessive use of chemicals (fordimed and carbide) to advance the ripening process in fruits, which in … Continue reading Continue reading
Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) Local construction brigades have finished building a housing complex for families who lost their homes to recent hurricanes in this western province, project coordinators announced today. The homes will be pr... Continue reading
Human Rights Council (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Eric Bridiers) The UN General Assembly has voted both Mexico and Cuba into the Human Rights Council yesterday to represent the Latin America and Caribbean region at its annual election. Mexico gained 13... Continue reading

El resultado de la reciente votación que elije a Cuba como miembro del Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU vuelve a poner en entredicho la credibilidad de esta institución, que ha incluido también en dicho Consejo a países como China y Rusia, denunciados constantemente por su irrespeto a los derechos fundamentales. China y Rusia son dos potencias internacionales que tienen que ser tomadas en cuenta en cualquier escenario internacional, por lo que, aunque cuestionable, su elección tiene cierta lógica.

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CUBA STANDARD — The first International Convention of Cuban Industry (Cubaindustria) will bow in June 2014, Cuban officials announced during the Havana International Fair. The first event, June 23-27 at the Palacio de Convenciones in Havana, will be accompanied by a fair at Pabexpo. No details are available yet. Cubaindustria is designed for both Cuban and foreign [...] Continue reading
William Potts Jr., 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 on November 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida (AFP Photo/Joe ... Continue reading
MIAMI A man who admits hijacking an airliner from the U.S. to Cuba almost three decades ago pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal air piracy charges. William Potts has said in interviews he decided to return from Cuba last week to face U.S. justice b... Continue reading
The Cuba Tourist Board has a new director for English-speaking Canada. Newly arrived in the Toronto office is Gustavo Rodriguez Zaldumbide, who has a long tourism career. The multilingual Rodriguez Zaldumbide Continue reading
13 de noviembre de 2013, 15:20Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) Local construction brigades have finished building a housing complex for families who lost their homes to recent hurricanes in Continue reading
Caracas, Nov 13 (Prensa Latina) The executive boards of the Venezuelan and Cuban supreme courts strengthened their relations in the interest of both nations, official sources said. Oscar Silvera, vice president of the People's Supreme Court of... Continue reading
Ambos opositores recorrerán luego varios países de la comunidad europea entre los que figuran Chekia, Eslovaquia, Suecia, Lituania, Eslovania y España... Continue reading
China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday won three-year seats on the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, the UN's top rights body, despite concerns about abuses and restrictions on freedoms in all Continue reading
Something unusual appears to be happening in Havana. The Communist government may be backing off an unpopular economic crackdown barely a week after it was announced - a feat of political dexterity that Continue reading

William Potts, un exmilitante de la organización Panteras Negras que vivía en Cuba desde 1984 tras secuestrar un avión con destino a Miami, se declaró este miércoles no culpable de cargos federales, luego de una semana de haber vuelto a Estados Unidos a rendir cuentas con la justicia.

Representado por el abogado público Paul Korchin, William Potts se declaró no culpable del cargo de "piratería aérea" en su contra ante el juez Barry Garber, de la corte federal de Miami, constató la AFP.

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Una delegación de opositores y activistas por la democracia en Cuba está de visita en Taiwán. Continue reading
MIAMI A man who admits hijacking an airliner from the U.S. to Cuba almost three decades ago pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal air piracy charges. William Potts has said in interviews he decided to return from Cuba last week to face U.S. justice b... Continue reading
Contributed by NAMPA / AFP. Black Panther, back from Cuba, pleads not guilty to hijacking MIAMI, Nov 13, 2013 (AFP) - A former Black Panther, accused of hijacking a plane in 1984, pleaded not guilty Continue reading
López honrará la memoria de la Guarachera de Cuba con un popurrí de algunas de sus más famosos temas, aunque no reveló cuáles "porque será una sorpresa". Continue reading
Miami (AFP) - A former Black Panther, accused of hijacking a plane in 1984, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in US federal court, where he faces charges after returning from nearly three decades in Cuba. Continue reading
PERÚ, 13 de noviembre de 2013.- El viceministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Cuba, Rogelio Sierra Díaz, sostuvo un encuentro con su homólogo peruano, Fernando Rojas Samanez, en el marco de la Reunión del Continue reading

El Miami Dade County Auditorium presenta este jueves 14 de noviembre Hortensia y el museo de sueños, pieza teatral escrita y dirigida por el dramaturgo Nilo Cruz.

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7:25pm GMT By MIAMI, Nov 13 (Reuters) - A former member of the Black Panther Party who hijacked a U.S. plane and forced it to fly to Cuba nearly 30 years ago pleaded not guilty on in U.S. federal court Continue reading
HAVANA - Official media in Cuba celebrated the country's election to the U.N. Human Rights Council as a vindication of the Communist-run nation's principles on Wednesday. A day after the Caribbean Continue reading

Los disidentes Jorge Luis García Pérez (Antúnez) e Yris Pérez Aguilera iniciaron este miércoles una visita a Taiwán, invitados por la Universidad de la Cultura China, para reunirse con el gobierno, la sociedad civil y con sectores económicos.

Según el Directorio Democrático, que distribuyó el comunicado, por primera vez miembros de la disidencia interna son recibidos oficialmente por las autoridades y la sociedad civil de Taiwán.

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As has been reported in various outlets, Angel Yunier Remon Arzuaga “El Critico” has suspended his hunger strike which lasted 27 days and has left him with serious health consequences, nearly costing him his life.  The dissident rapper – unjustly imprisoned since March of 2013 – decided to stop his strike after State Security agents […] Continue reading
HAVANA (AP) - Official media in Cuba celebrated the country's election to the United Nations Human Rights Council as a vindication of the Communist-run nation's principles on Wednesday. A day after the Caribbean country was picked fo... Continue reading
LA HABANA, Cuba, 13 de noviembre de 2013, Judith Muñiz Peraza/ Red Cubana de Comunicadores Comunitarios/ www.cubanet.org.- El día 23 de octubre me dirigí al Policlínico Julio Antonio Mella, de Guanabacoa, para ser atendida por el ginecólogo. Había sido remitida por el clínico, Dr. Mandina, como resultado de dos fibromas que me producen abundantes sangramientos. [...] Continue reading
HAVANA - Official media in Cuba celebrated the country's election to the U.N. Human Rights Council as a vindication of the Communist-run nation's principles on Wednesday. A day after the Caribbean country was picked for a three-year ... Continue reading
Un hombre que secuestró un avión desde Estados Unidos rumbo a Cuba hace casi treinta años deberá regresar a una corte federal de Miami el miércoles. Continue reading
Un zoológico en la antigua Alemania comunista le cambió el nombre al cocodrilo "Fidel", cuando la gente comenzó a llamarlo Castro tras morder a otros reptiles. Continue reading
MAYABEQUE, Cuba, 13 de noviembre de 2013, Misael Aguilar Hernández/ Red Cubana de Comunicadores Comunitarios/ www.cubanet.org.- La Casa de los Abuelos en el Municipio de Bejucal, ubicada en calle 20 entre Zanja y 1ra., en la recién estrenada provincia de Mayabeque,  ha cerrado sus puertas por una tupición y malas condiciones de higiene, situación que [...] Continue reading
The Ideology of Prohibition / Luis Cino Alvarez
Posted on November 12, 2013

Havana, Cuba, November, www.cubanet.org — With regards to the absurd and
prudish limitations imposed on some students by the Communications
Faculty, Elaine Diaz recently wrote on her blog: ". . . the policymakers
are scandalized by things from the students as if the Revolution were
going to fall apart next week. They should ask themselves what kind of
Revolution falls apart for so little."

The answer is simple: a revolution like that of Fidel Castro, which long
ago stopped being one in order to become a racketeering and mean
dictatorship, which, if it has managed to continue in power for 54
years, it is precisely because it fears everything different, it is
closed tight and does not waver in repressing a fractious student who
thinks with his head like the Ladies in White, who, for the henchmen of
State Security are all the same: dangerous enemies of a revolution so
fragile that it cannot tolerate anything that differs one iota from
official decrees.

Besides, in their aberrant paranoia, they fear books, songs, visual
arts, blogs, Facebook and the Internet in general. And also 3D films.
The private mini-theaters whose projections have been prohibited without
it mattering that the people lose money that they have invested or that
they will be left without work. They alleged that these theaters had
never been officially authorized, so they did not even give them time to
close.

There the fools who thought that prohibitions had been left behind for
ideological reasons!

Some think that behind the prohibition on 3D cinemas, as in the case of
clothing imported from Ecuador or Miami and sold by individuals, is the
desire of the State to eliminate competition by those individuals. But
let's not fool ourselves: the reasons are more ideological than merely
commercial. As ideological as when in the '60's they prohibited North
American music and by extension British also, The Beatles included, no less.

The prohibition on mini-theaters was seen coming. Several days ago, a
long article (3,260 words) in Rebel Youth, the newspaper of the
Communist Youth, showed the official preoccupation with it. It cited
Fernando Rojas, vice minister of Culture, who accused these cinemas of
showing video to promote "frivolity, mediocrity, pseudo-culture and
banality." In spite of the vice minister declaring himself in favor of
regulation before prohibition, finally the regime decided on the latter.

So, once more, a handful of meek and submissive eggheads, on behalf of
their obsolete, uneducated bosses without a drop of class, who have
Haitianized and what is worse, barbarized, the country, claim the right
to be the arbiters of cultural quality and good taste.

It is not that the cultural commissars are wrong when they say that
banal and low quality products prevailed in these cinemas. But those
products are not very different from the films and pirated series that
pass for Cuban TV or that are shown in the few and deteriorated State
theaters that remain. Because the high brow cinema (ay, Huxley) that
some foreign correspondents say is seen in Havana is quite scarce. Only
arthouse and films of a certain quality are seen on some television
programs, in a few film festivals to which very few go and in the
Festivals of the New Latin-American Theater, which keeps getting worse
and which now, without Alfredo Guevara, it remains to be seen what will
happen.

The commissars' interest in cultivating our taste (always within the
moral and ideological coordinates of the system) in order to make us
"the most cultured people on the planet," for lack of organicity and
coherence, but above all sincerity, has failed down the whole line. From
the punks who slide down the shell of the University for All, the
ballet, the symphony and chamber music, jazz and arthouse theater. They
prefer reggueton, Manga comics and films about vampires and Jackie
Chang. And if they have the money, "to put on the spectacles" they
prefer to see Avatar and Ice Age in 3D.

The prohibitions are not going to manage to tidy up Cubans or cultivate
their taste. They will only make their lives more boring and miserable.
Particularly those of the young. Maybe the bosses think that they will
be easier to control so. To hell with their ideas!

Luis Cino Alvarez, luicino2012@gmail.com

Cubanet, November 10, 2013

Translated by mlk

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HAVANA, Cuba, November www.cubanet.org- Today no one doubts that much of the knowledge (still rare) that people in Cuba have about the people and projects of civil society, opposed to the political system, has been possible thanks to the dissemination … Continue reading Continue reading
Raúl Castro ordena cambios en el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores Posted on 12 noviembre, 2013 Por Miguel Fernández Díaz El gobernante Raúl Castro ordenó el perfeccionamiento del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (MINREX) como parte de las transformaciones emprendidas en los organismos estatales durante su mandato. La orden apareció en la Gaceta Oficia Extraordinaria 32 del […] Continue reading
Joven es multado por salida ilegal Álvaro Yero Felipe 13 de noviembre de 2013 La Habana, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – El Joven Idael Sánchez Labra, de 17 años de edad, fue multado con 5 mil pesos MN por salir ilegal del país en una embarcación rustica el 10 de noviembre junto a 6 personas. Según […] Continue reading
3D Censorship in Cuba / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Posted on November 12, 2013

Earlier this year a popular new entertainment business cropped up in
Havana: 3D movies! And, as with anything new that happens in Cuba, even
if it's commonplace in much of the world, it's taken the form of a
private initiative (without official license), functioning outside the
state institutions that still use obsolete equipment in their movie
theaters and video stores.

The government's reaction—always reactive to the point of
reactionary—came without delay: The vice-minister of culture, the
renowned censor Fernando Rojas, ruled that this was an "illegal
activity" in "poor taste" since it "promotes much frivolity, mediocrity,
pseudo-culture and banality" (most of the movies were comedies, horror
movies, adventure movies, and children's movies, almost always from the
USA, such as Star Trek, Ice Age, and World War Z). Therefore, according
to Rojas, they must be "regulated" according to "the principles of the
cultural policy of the Revolution."

Just a week later, that "regulation" has been revealed as total
censorship with no means of protest.

In reality, the theaters were just rooms in private residences (20–100
seats) where you could book a spot in advance and choose the movie you
wanted to see. They were open almost all day, with tickets priced
between one and four convertible pesos (a local currency where one peso
is equivalent to one dollar), and included culinary offerings like
popcorn, sandwiches, and drinks. They featured 47-inch TV sets or
200-inch screens, tinted 3D glasses, 5.1 hi-fi sound systems, and air
conditioning.

This technology is not available in Cuba. The tools for these theaters
were bought off of the island and imported privately, with start-up
costs reaching thousands of dollars. In addition, the owners ran
promotional dancing, singing, costume, and stand-up comedy competitions.
This was already far more than the state had to show for itself, after
having ruined, for example, the hundreds of cinemas that once existed in
Havana. (Today there are only around 20 working movie theaters in the
city. The majority have poor facilities, look run down, and are places
where sexual harassment is not uncommon.)

The totalitarian logic of control over information in Cuba once again
left nothing to chance. Everything under the dictatorship. Outside the
dictatorship, there is nothing.

From Sampsonia Way Magazine

11 November 2013

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Brigadier Alejandro Castro Espin / Juan Juan Almeida
Posted on November 12, 2013

Last Monday, in a diligent and articulate article in Martinoticias.com I
wrote, and I quote: "The question is, 'Where are we going?' The answer:
this coming December 2, when the military promotions are made known, and
with whether or not Colonel Alejandro Castro Espin will rise to General
or not. A promotion that, on one hand, could create discontent and
division in the military hierarchy; and, on the other, reveal to us if
the so-called "measures for updating of the model" is the road towards
the aftermath of the so-called Castro era, if there are openings that
lead towards a (militarized) social democracy where they go on imposing
little by little on the liberties of each individual or if there have
only been subtle maneuvers directed at the reshuffling of the State
structure which only guarantees a succession in which Cuban power passes
from hand to hand, from Castro to Castro."

That was written, and I repeat: to understand that I continue to hold
onto the hypothesis of the ascent of Castro Espín to brigadier as "the
key" to the future of Cuba, or the next island president, misinterprets
what I write.

If things continue as they are, in order to know who the next tenant of
the Cuban presidential chair will be, it's not necessary to be subtle,
not to have a lot of information, nor to manage the art of divination
with precision. It's enough to take a look at Article 94 of the
Constitution that, for good or ill, is in force and although the leader
himself frequently dismisses it, it's well established that in the case
of absence, illness or death of the President of the Council of State,
he will be replaced by the First Vice President. That is, yesterday José
Ramón Machado Ventura, today Miguel Díaz-Canel, and tomorrow it could be
Joe Blow anybody. The State superstructure is well cemented (or one
might say, handcuffed) so that no one can compete with the ghost of Fidel.

Real power is something else. It is not the visibly frayed tapestry of
the throne, but the shining scepter, which is already fixed so that
after Raul there will be no substantial changes nor unexpected
surprises, falling into the hands of Alejandro. To deny it would be
something like ignoring the Cubanness of the royal palm or the Majesty
of a Cuban sunrise. Cuba is not only a society ruled by a single party,
but also by a family dictatorship. Is it necessary to recall the
relationship between Fidel, Raul, Vilma, Mariela, …..?

The Council of Ministers is the highest executive and administrative
organ and, by law, it constitutes the Government of the Republic of
Cuba. Why then does Alejandro, without being a member, participate and
have a critical voice in the meetings of the Executive Committee and the
boards of the National Defense Council?

The ascent, or not, to General of Colonel Castro Espín, only allow us to
see clearly enough what the Cuban government has doled out to us and
designed as a future, it's what is called "reforms or measures to update
the Cuban model." He already has the power and it does not depend on a
simple promotion.

Many in the military hate him, others criticize him, and others mock
him; the rest simply tolerate him. But all obey him and he knows it,
because it it's true that in an accident in Angola he lost the vision in
one eye, it's also very true that the visual acuity of his healthy eye
is 20/20.

Translator: RST

11 November 2013

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Medical Services for Prisoners Delayed in Ciego de Avila / Ada Olimpia
Becerra Fuentes
Posted on November 13, 2013

SANTA CLARA, Cuba , November 12, 2013, Ada Olimpia / www.cubanet.org.-
Alberto Pérez Oliva, an inmate in Moron prison in Ciego de Avila, said
by telephone that in the past 10 days an injured inmate did not receive
medical attention due to negligence of the prison management.

Laine Sanchez Toledo was injured during the course of the night in a
settling of accounts; in the morning he was taken to the medical station
and later they sent him to the hospital in Morón, where he was admitted
in prison ward, given the severity of his injuries, Perez Oliva said.

Alberto, who is serving a sentence of five years in prison, said that he
too is a victim of inadequate medical care in that prison, because he
has gastric problems and they have not taken him to see a specialist.

He added that "Papito," a prisoner who died of respiratory failure at
Camp Trust, known as Pitajones, did not receive medical care at the
right time.

This reporter, in verifying the report via telephone with Morón prison,
was attended by the duty officer, who declined to give their data and
information.

Before this refusal, the Sánchez Toledo family was contacted, in the
person of Leonardo Sanchez Roman, and so it was possible to learn, with
certainty, about the events.

By Ada Olimpia Becerra Fuentes

Cubanet, 12 November 2013

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El Critico Stops Hunger and Thirst Strike / UNPACU
Posted on November 12, 2013

The political prisoner Ángel Yunier Remón Arzuaga, the rapper known as
El Critico (The Critic), decided to abandon his hunger and thirst strike
after authorities committed to "do justice" in the case, according to
the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) the opposition organization to
which he belongs.

Remón Arzuaga began the protest nearly a month ago in Las Mangas Prison
in Granma province. At the end of October he was admitted to the Carlos
Manuel de Céspedes Hospital in Bayamo, due to a serious health condition.

In a press release, UNPACU explained that agents of the regime agents
traveled from Havana to Granma to "negotiate" with Remón Arzuaga.

"The commitment of the authorities is to do justice which in his case
had not been done, and in his case had not been made and Ángel Yunier
has taken the word of the authorities, who under heavy pressure from the
international reaction and acceleration of the popular uprising in
Cuba," said the organization.

Remón Arzuaga's wife, Yudisvel Roselló Mojena, was able to visit him in
the hospital after he ended the strike.

"He will live to keep fighting for the rights ( … ) There is much still
to do and he will do it with his life," she said.

The UNPACU warned, however, that two other activist prisoners Roilán
Álvarez Rensoler and Marcelino Abreu Bonora, are still on hunger strike
and their situation worsens.

Álvarez Rensoler is in "critical condition" and hospitalized, said the
organization.

Source: DiariodeCuba, 12 November 2013

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