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John F. Kennedy was a voracious reader - mostly history, including Winston Churchill's books, which helped shape his character. But he loved Ian Fleming's James Bond spy novels too. By Peter Grier posted Continue reading
Havana, Cuba, November, www.cubanet.org — The Cuban regime, in pursuit of “unleashing the productive forces,” has established, through Law Decree No. 318/2013, the new “Rule About the Commercialization of Agricultural Products in the provinces of Artemisa, Mayabeque and Havana.”  The … Continue reading Continue reading
Cubans are upset over decrees by the communist government shuttering private 3D movie theaters and banning the private sale of imported clothing in a land where venues to screen films are scarce and well-made, Continue reading
El presidente de Cuba, Raúl Castro, ha instado al Consejo de la Defensa Nacional a "perfeccionar constantemente sus tácticas y métodos" para que la isla caribeña esté preparada "ante cualquier agresión enemiga". Continue reading
Havana, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) A new Cuban rum was presented today by the authorities of the corporation Havana Club International Ltd. (HCI) at the National Museum of Fine Arts in this city. HCI General Continue reading
Catalina Sandino Moreno will star as Alina Fernandez in historical drama "Castro's Daughter" with shooting planned for March in Puerto Rico. Sarah Siegel-Magness came on board in August to direct "Castro's Continue reading
The Illusion of Color / Yoani Sanchez
Posted on November 23, 2013

I got home from school and there was a man sitting on the floor in front
of the TV. His fingers were stained with paint and some oil-paint tubes
were scattered around him. It was the latest fad in the neighborhood:
painting a colorful pattern on those boring black-and-white screens. The
first one to do so was the downstairs neighbor, always up-to-date with
the latest trends, which included posters of lightly-clad women taped to
the walls, and an enormous porcelain tiger at the entrance to her home.
She dictated fashion throughout the whole tenement, so when she
transformed her "boob tube" with a rainbow in reds and blues, everyone
imitated her. In my house at 218 Krim, they painted some stripes and
even a central circle in various tones. Most significant is that years
later, I remembered the programs and cartoons I saw on that "invention"
as if they'd come to me in their original polychrome. My brain had
joined the shades and constructed the illusion of color.

This personal anecdote comes to me when I read the latest 2012
Statistics from the Census of Population and Housing. On learning that
there are still more than 700,000 black-and-white TVs in Cuba, I can't
help but evoke the excited neighbors of my tenement using their
fingertips to paint their cathode ray tubes. But in the current figures,
there is not only evidence that they are still watching TV programming
in black, white and gray… but also that they are economically worse off
in our country. They are the ones who have failed to get together the
convertible pesos for a modern Sony or LG. Those who probably have no
family abroad, who haven't found a way to divert State resources, or
whose privileges ended with the end of the USSR. The poorest who, in a
society of such avid TV watchers, don't have the resources to enjoy the
tonalities.

I wonder if any of those old TVs touched up with stripes in green,
purple and cyan still survive… If some child on this island still
watches like my sister and me did, mentally joining a piece of color
here and another there to imagine Huckleberry Hound was a blue dog, or
Cheburashka with his fur brown.

Now I no longer know, I can no longer distinguish in my memory, between
what came to me thanks to the ingenuity of painted screens, or what I
enjoyed years later thanks to Technicolor.

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Sánchez.

23 November 2013

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Responsibility and Intelligence / Fernando Damaso
Posted on November 23, 2013

Since the very beginnings of the human history, the struggle for power
has been an ever-present phenomenon. This "me first" mindset began with
a tribal chief trying to hold onto it while someone else tried to strip
him of it. It continued right through to the present day, passing
through different phases — slavery, feudalism, capitalism, socialism —
repeating itself endlessly.

There are always those who either hold power illegitimately or those who
try to gain it illegitimately, whatever the cost. To achieve their
objectives, they use words, ideas, concepts, categorization, projects,
programs, tactics, strategies and, when necessary, even violence to
marshal a majority of societal forces around themselves with the aim of
strengthening their positions and quashing their opponents.

Cuba's case is no exception. It began on October 10, 1868 when Carlos
Manuel de Cespedes, considered afterwards the Father of the Homeland,
tried to concentrate all military power (assuming the rank of captain
general) and all civilian power (becoming president) in his own hands;
this was not accepted by his constituents in Guáimaro, but throughout
time it has materialized on different occasions, without excluding the
present.

Today, one party and its leaders, with more than 54 years in the
exercise of power, attempt to maintain it and a portions of the
population, tired of this anomaly, try to displace them.

The change, that irremediably will happen sooner or later, could occur
in a peaceful or violent manner, it will depend on the acts of the
involved; although citizens might prefer the first choice. However, to
achieve it high levels of responsibility and intelligence will be
indispensable, so as not to get to extreme situations which could make
matters worse.

In a new political scenario, where some sectors of the population slowly
look to be gaining positions with the intention of dialog, although
still with a great deal of fear, some old chants and claims, more of the
heart than of reason, have lost their relevance and if they are brought
up by any of the parties it will only be to obscure and complicate the
solution to the national crisis.

No one is so naive as to pretend a unity that doesn't exist, despite the
propaganda, not even in the ranks of the government, where there have
been multiple cases of the exercise of the dominant double standard,
even by important characters who publicly make a big show of their
position and in privacy defend another one.

Today more than ever due to the transcendence of the actual moment, in
the opposition ranks they have to set aside the misunderstandings,
personal and group quarrels, and perhaps one or more offenses and put
their shoulders to the wheel in the elaboration and defense of a common
position, which has to be sufficiently democratic to be accepted by all
and sufficiently comprehensive and unbiased to be accepted by the
government as well.

Only then it will be possible to find a solution that satisfies the
majority of the citizens and even whatever minority, since no one should
be excluded.

Now the proposals should be concrete and viable, leaving aside the
highly manipulated history and, for that, is necessary that new forces
that are created in the public arena, perhaps with particular visions of
the paths to take and to set a precedent to the particular national
interest. In the spotlight should be responsibility and intelligence,
leaving behind the dogmatism, fanaticism and other isms that have caused
so much harm.

Transalated by LYD

22 November 2013

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Humanitarian Demand / Rafael León Rodríguez
Posted on November 22, 2013

In recent weeks we have heard some information in the United States
media about the possibility of selling medicines produced in Cuba in
that country, particularly Heberprot-P, a drug for the treatment of
diabetic foot. On the other hand, the Cuban authorities continue to
express themselves about the obstacles facing them in buying certain
medications and medical instruments produced in the US, due to the
restrictions occasioned by the politics of the US embargo on the island.
There are different opinions about this issue, both for and against,
dismissing the urgencies of those priorities which should be considered:
the diabetics in the United States who could be treated with Heberprot-P
avoiding, in some cases, dangerous amputations of their extremities, and
of patients in Cuba who can't access treatments to cure them or to
improve their quality of life because some medications and specialized
instruments produced in the U.S. can not be purchased by Cuba.
Faced with any discussion on this issue, it is important to take into
account Articles 12 and 15 of the United Nations International Covenant
on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the "Declaration on the Use
of Scientific and Technological Progress in the Interests of Peace and
for the benefit of humanity," among other things.
For all these reasons, the undersigned, Cubans and Cuban Americans,
members of independent civil society and citizens in general, affirm our
determination to support, from a vision of respect for human rights, the
possible analysis that would permit the expansion of everything related
to scientific exchanges in the areas of drug development and medical
techniques. Also, the marketing of medicines and specialized instruments
for these purposes, in order to meet the medical care needs of people
who need to be treated in both countries.

Julio Aleaga Pesant — Independent Journalist
Hildebrando Chaviano Montes — Independent Journalist
Manuel Cuesta Morúa — Progressive Arc
Siro del Castillo Domínguez — Solidarity with Cuban Workers
Gisela Delgado Sablón — Independent Libraries
Eduardo Díaz Fleitas — Pinar del Rio Democratic Alliance
Reinaldo Escobar Casas — Independent Journalist
René Hernández Bequet — Cuban Christian Democratic Party
Rafael León Rodríguez — Cuba Democracy Project
Susana Más Iglesias — Independent Journalist
Eduardo Mesa — Emmanuel Mounier Center
Marcelino Miyares Sotolongo — Cuban Christian Democratic Party
Héctor Palacios Ruiz — Liberal Union of the Republic of Cuba
Oscar Peña — Cuban Pro Human Rights Movement
Pedro Pérez Castro — Solidarity with Cuban Workers
Rosa María Rodríguez Torrado — Cuba Democracy Project
Wilfredo Vallín Almeida — Cuban Law Association

21 November 2013

Source: "Humanitarian Demand / Rafael León Rodríguez | Translating Cuba"
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It has lately been all but impossible to peruse American news websites without encountering references to the assassination of John F Kennedy. This phenomenon is related, of course, to the 50th anniversary Continue reading
Premiados los mejores donantes de sangre Yosvani Anzardo Hernández 23 de noviembre de 2013 San Germán, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – Las actuales y problemáticas “Asambleas de Rendición de Cuentas” se han convertido en tribunas para premiar a los mejores donantes de sangre de cada circunscripción. De esa forma Daniel Sánchez Estupiñán, en San Germán, fue […] Continue reading
Se niega a la entrega de productos agrícolas al Estado Yosvani Anzardo Hernández 23 de noviembre de 2013 San Germán, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – El campesino y ex delegado del Poder Popular de la circunscripción “La Redonda” Víctor Lahera, asegura que no entregará sus productos al estado pues no recibe nada a cambio. Lahera, quien […] Continue reading
Difundir más canciones extranjeras de lo establecido es un delito Yosvani Anzardo Hernández 23 de noviembre de 2013 San Germán, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – Los inspectores del Ministerio de Cultura reportan una mejoría notable en la calidad de la música que se escucha en lugares públicos, pues la ley establece que el 70 por ciento […] Continue reading
SOS: HORRENDO ABUSO SEXUAL CONTRA PERIODISTA INDEPENDIENTE Consejo de Relatores de Derechos Humanos de Cuba 23 de noviembre de 2013 Ciego de Ávila, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – Al exilio Cubano, A la Comunidad y Opinión Pública Nacional e Internacional. A la Iglesia Cristiana en todo el mundo; a Amnistía Internacional y a la Sociedad Internacional […] Continue reading
Un réquiem por Juan Carlos Luis Cino Álvarez 23 de noviembre de 2013 La Habana, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – Me he enterado por una nota informativa de la colega Dania Virgen García de la muerte en un intento de salida ilegal del país de mí amigo Juan Carlos Peña Naranjo. Con otros tres hombres –imagino […] Continue reading
Malmierca: Elecciones son para el PCC El ministro de Comercio Exterior de Cuba aseguró en Río que, fuera del Partido Comunista, nunca se permitirán otras formaciones políticas en los comicios indirectos de la isla. Agencias noviembre 23, 2013 El ministro de Comercio Exterior de Cuba, Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, aseguró hoy que en su país “nunca” […] Continue reading
Bastión-2013 utiliza estrategias para neutralizar a disidentes En estas maniobras se pusieron en práctica ejercicios para neutralizar “al enemigo interno”. Iván García Quintero noviembre 22, 2013 Aunque algunos vecinos del Reparto Eléctrico, al sur de La Habana, se tomen a broma los recientes ejercicios militares Bastión 2013, y entre risas, mientras escuchan música en iPod […] Continue reading
Rosa María Payá pide a la Audiencia Nacional que “recapacite” y abra investigación por la muerte de su padre Europa Press Rosa María Payá, hija del fallecido disidente cubano Oswaldo Payá, no descarta la posibilidad de que la Justicia española ordene la apertura de una investigación sobre la muerte de su padre y del también […] Continue reading
Cuba afloja controles de la economía El Universal Sábado 23 de noviembre de 2013 LA HABANA (Agencias).— Cuba permitirá a empresas estatales vender sus excedentes de producción a otras compañías públicas y cooperativas, aflojando un poco más el control del Estado sobre la economía doméstica. La medida experimental anunciada el viernes por la prensa oficial […] Continue reading
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy shocked the world. But what if he had survived the attack to complete eight years in office? Theories on what he might have done vary widely. As the world Continue reading
23 de noviembre de 2013 • 17:02 Raúl Castro llama a seguir perfeccionando la capacidad defensiva de Cuba El presidente de Cuba, Raúl Castro, instó a continuar perfeccionando la capacidad defensiva de la isla para estar preparados ante cualquier agresión enemiga, según informaron hoy medios locales. El general Castro hizo estas consideraciones al finalizar ayer […] Continue reading
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22 de noviembre de 2013 • 16:22 Cuba da más autonomía a empresas estatales ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Más de una docena de empresas estatales cubanas fueron autorizadas a vender de forma mayorista a personas jurídicas de manera independiente. La norma, cuyos detalles fueron publicados el viernes en la Gaceta Oficial, es un pequeño paso para destrabar […] Continue reading
Taking advantage of my dual U.S./French citizenship, in the summer of 1963 I flew to Cuba on a dare from the French photo-weekly Paris-Match to do a "portrait' of Fidel Castro. After the Continue reading
La obra del dramaturgo cubano-americano Nilo Cruz desembarca en Miami de la mano del provocador Carlos Díaz Continue reading
Posted on Friday, 11.22.13

Cuba authorizes some wholesale sales
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA -- More than a dozen Cuban state-run businesses have been
authorized to begin selling their goods wholesale to selected buyers.

A new resolution from the Economy and Planning Ministry says legally
registered entities will be able to purchase products including barbed
wire, cement, chemicals, aluminum sheets, leather and bus parts.

The measure seems geared toward fledgling independent, non-agricultural
cooperatives that are operating in construction, textiles and transport,
among other areas.

It apparently does not apply to the more than 460,000 private-sector
workers and small-business owners, many of whom say a lack of wholesale
access makes it tough to do business.

Details were published Friday in the government's Official Gazette.

Cuba is in the midst of a limited expansion of non-state economic
activity that began in 2010.

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En cuarentena por Cólera poblado de Villa Clara [22-11-2013] Mario Hechavarría Driggs (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Las autoridades del ministerio de salud pública de la provincia de Villa Clara, decidieron declarar en cuarentena al poblado Rancho Veloz, ubicado en el municipio Corralillo, por presentar numerosos casos de Cólera. Hasta el momento se han reportado 30 personas enfermas, entre […] Continue reading
La vejez, un gran desafío [22-11-2013] Aimée Cabrera Corresponsal (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Las quejas y malestares de los ancianos cubanos se dejan entrever en vivencias familiares, o al observarlos y escucharlos en el vecindario o en centros de servicio a la población. La mayoría dan lástima. No todos son acompañados a sus gestiones. Llegan extenuados de luchar […] Continue reading
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Since the very beginnings of the human history, the struggle for power has been an ever-present phenomenon. This “me first” mindset began with a tribal chief trying to hold onto it while someone else tried to strip him of it. … Continue reading Continue reading
Fox News Latino A classic American car that is used as a taxi passes by the entrance of a private movie theater called "3D Mania" in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Cuban entrepreneurs have quietly Continue reading
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Catalina Sandino Moreno will star as Alina Fernandez in historical drama "Castro's Daughter" with shooting planned for March in Puerto Rico. Sarah Siegel-Magness came on board in August to direct "Castro's Continue reading
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Un "nuevo" ron cubano, bajo el nombre de Havanista, fue presentado este sábado por la corporación Havana Club International S.A. (HCI) en el Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, en La Habana, informó la agencia oficial Prensa Latina.

El gerente general de HCI, Jérome Cottin, dijo en la ceremonia que se trata de un ron con las mismas características del Havana Club 7 Años, con la finalidad de registrarlo en el mercado de Estados Unidos.

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