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Daily Archives: November 28, 2013

AFP - The Colombian government and leftist FARC rebels resumed peace talks Thursday amid differences over coca cultivation, blamed by political leaders for drug-linked violence and killings. As the negotiations Continue reading
HAVANA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Cuban boxing team, the "Domadores" (Wranglers), is preparing to face the strong Russian team on Dec. 6 at Havana's Sport City Coliseum, following Cuba's two victories from Continue reading
Havana (AFP) - The Colombian government and leftist FARC rebels resumed peace talks Thursday amid differences over coca cultivation, blamed by political leaders for drug-linked violence and killings. Continue reading
El país busca divisas para palear el desabastecimiento, Goldman Sachs y Bank of America se han ofrecido para mediar en una operación de $5 mil millones Continue reading
MIAMI -- A disabled dog and his owner are celebrating Thanksgiving together thanks to a tip from Cuba. The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/IkUO51) reports that the 7-year-old male Schnauzer named Puppy Continue reading
28 de noviembre de 2013, 16:51Pretoria, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) In comments made here today, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla highlighted his country's longstanding friendly links with Africa, Continue reading

Antonio Castro Soto del Valle, hijo de Fidel Castro, dijo este jueves en La Habana que Cuba "no debe aislarse del mundo, sino girar con él y cambiar lo que deba ser cambiado", según reportaron medios oficiales.

Durante una "conferencia magistral" en la jornada final de la V Convención Internacional de Actividad Física y Deportes (AFIDE 2013), el hijo del dictador afirmó que la Isla "debe someterse a cambios importantes, en pos de no perder la genuina obra deportiva, que tanto ha costado al país".

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Havana, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 100 Latin American patients have received services at Cuba''s National Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, it was reported during the 7th Congress Continue reading
28 de noviembre de 2013, 15:39Montevideo, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) A thousand Uruguayan metalworkers demonstrated today in front of the U.S. Embassy here to demand the immediate release of four Cubans held Continue reading

Los judocas Idalys Ortiz y Asley González fueron seleccionados este jueves como los mejores atletas del año en deportes individuales, según la encuesta del Instituto Nacional de Deportes, Educación Física y Recreación (INDER).

Los especialistas del INDER y los periodistas deportivos seleccionaron a Ortiz, campeona olímpica de Londres 2012 y mundial de Río de Janeiro 2013, y a González, subtitular olímpico y monarca mundial en las citas londinense y carioca, en ese orden, reportó la AIN.

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A kitten beaten by a police officer has been temporarily adopted by another officer in Bayamon, a city near Puerto Rico's capital. Officer Edwin Rodriguez agreed on Wednesday to take in the kitten on Continue reading
El texto está siendo finalizado a nivel técnico entre los Estados miembros, un trabajo que se espera que pueda cerrarse a lo largo de la próxima semana, indicó a Efe una fuente europea. Continue reading

Las FARC consideran que el narcotráfico es un "complejo problema" que no es exclusivo de Colombia y cuya solución requiere del concurso de la comunidad internacional, según dijo la narcoguerrilla al reiniciarse este jueves en Cuba los diálogos de paz con el Gobierno de Juan Manuel Santos, reporta EFE.

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AFP BOGOTA--Colombia on Wednesday raised the stakes in a maritime dispute with Nicaragua, recalling its ambassador for consultations after a contentious ruling by the International Court of Justice. Continue reading
Sobre cómo los cubanos se preparan ante el esperado proceso de unificación monetaria. Continue reading
Havana, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Italian ambassador to Cuba Carmine Robustelli says that the new ties between Cuban and Italian artists are a positive result of the culture week dedicated to that European Continue reading
Emblazoned with Cuba Cruise's signature flowers, the Louis Cristal departed Greece Nov. 24 for its cross-Atlantic sailing, stopping in the Canary Islands and Barbados before it begins its inaugural season Continue reading

El Café Central de Madrid acoge al contrabajista guantanamero Yelsy Heredia junto a un grupo de virtuosos músicos cubanos, del 2 al 8 de diciembre.

Con una sonoridad que viaja del nengón oriental hasta llegar al changüí, la propuesta de Heredia pretende ser un "homenaje a ese paisaje sonoro que le alentó y acompañó desde la infancia para, tamizado por la calidad artística del sexteto, mostrar orgullosos al mundo sus raíces y su legado", sugiere la web de Café Central.

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La Unión Europea (UE) tiene previsto aprobar en diciembre un mandato para negociar con La Habana un acuerdo bilateral que permita normalizar las relaciones y, en el futuro, "superar" la Posición Común que desde 1996 rige la política del bloque hacia la Isla, dijeron fuentes diplomáticas citadas por EFE.

La luz verde a esa decisión está prevista para la reunión que los ministros de Exteriores del bloque celebrarán el 16 de diciembre en Bruselas, según las mismas fuentes.

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Publicado el jueves, 11.28.13 La ‘tristeza’ de la juventud cubana ANDRÉS OPPENHEIMER AOPPENHEIMER@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Escuchando al rapero cubano “Silvito el libre”—el hijo del prominente trovador oficialista Silvio Rodríguez— uno no puede más que concluir que los nietos de la Revolución Cubana son escépticos con respecto a las últimas reformas económicas de la dictadura de la isla. […] Continue reading
Publicado el jueves, 11.28.13 La UE ultima la apertura de negociaciones para un acuerdo bilateral con Cuba EFE Bruselas — – La Unión Europea tiene previsto aprobar en diciembre un mandato para negociar con Cuba un acuerdo bilateral que permita normalizar las relaciones y, en un futuro, superar la “posición común” que desde 1996 rige […] Continue reading
Lo violaron en la cárcel y mató a su violador Miércoles, Noviembre 27, 2013 | Por CubaNet LA HABANA, Cuba, noviembre 2013, www.cubanet.org.- En lo último del bajo de Santa Ana, en Santa Fe, en una casa de tejado de zinc y ladrillos, vive Clara Delia Henry Tamayo, quien se ha acercado al periodista de […] Continue reading
Sara: un año de cárcel por presunta prostituta Jueves, Noviembre 28, 2013 | Por Augusto Cesar San Martin LA HABANA, Cuba, noviembre de 2013, www.cubanet.org.- Una joven de 23 años residente en el barrio de Atarés, del municipio Cerro, fue excarcelada el pasado mes bajo libertad condicional. Esa es una de las razones por la […] Continue reading
Celebran 95 aniversario del Comandante Huber Matos, en Santa Clara Miércoles, Noviembre 27, 2013 | Por Yesmy Elena Mena SANTA CLARA, Cuba, 27 de noviembre de 2013, Yesmy Elena Mena/ www.cubanet.org.- Opositores pacíficos homenajearon al Comandante Huber Matos por el nonagésimo quinto aniversario de su nacimiento en Yara, Cuba, el 26 de noviembre, informó Ada […] Continue reading
Cuba currency reform will take 3 years: ex-minister
AFP

The unification of Cuba's dual currency system will take at least three
years, the architect of the unpopular two-decades old policy of using
dollars and convertible pesos has said.
The government announced last month that it would phase out the existing
system as part of President Raul Castro's gradual attempt to streamline
Cuba's Soviet-style economy.
Under current rules, a minority of Cubans who have dollars can buy
convertible pesos (CUC) at a one for one rate, and use them to buy
scarce goods in well-stocked special state stores.
Cubans' salaries, however, are paid in non-convertible pesos (CUP),
which are valued at 24 to a convertible peso and do not go far in a
country where builders, teachers and doctors, for example, are paid $20
a month.
Amid uncertainty about when the change will happen, Jose Luis Rodriguez,
the communist state's minister of economy and planning between 1993 and
2009, said it would take time to devalue the exchange rate.
"This process will likely take at least three years," he said, referring
to the need to first devalue the exchange rate for business
transactions, and then secondly for private individuals.
Rodriguez said currency unification would "create the conditions for
better management and measurement of the economy," but it involves a
"profound structural change" for those providing goods and services in
the country.
The government established the current system to steer hard currency
into its coffers which it needs to buy bulk food on international
markets for the country's 11 million population.
While Cubans enjoy almost free education and health benefits, housing
and a subsidized food basket, most say they still struggle to put food
on the table.

Source: "Cuba currency reform will take 3 years: ex-minister - Yahoo
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Cuba es un país multicultural y multirracial noviembre 28, 2013 Dmitri Prieto HAVANA TIMES — “Cuba es un país multicultural y multirracial”, dijo un reportero del noticiero televisivo de mediodía mientras se trasmitía la información sobre una actividad por el aniversario de la Unión Árabe de Cuba. Menos mal que alguien se ha dado cuenta […] Continue reading
Ahorrando en pesos cubanos, como estrategia noviembre 27, 2013 Preparando para el fin de la dualidad monetaria Fernando Ravsberg* HAVANA TIMES — En medio de una fiesta de santo, varios cubanos debatían sobre las consecuencias del fin de la dualidad monetaria y uno de ellos nos dijo: “Yo estoy cambiando todos mis ahorros a pesos […] Continue reading
Cuba Corruption Cases Circulate Offline
November 28, 2013
by José Jasán Nieves Cárdenas (Progreso Weekly)

HAVANA TIMES — The contents of USB memory sticks and DVDs now
circulating informally in Cuba reveal three realities as hard as rocks:
three cases of corruption (now dismantled) that demonstrate how
dangerous that practice is if not attacked in time and with vigor.

The unofficial videos show police operations at the Guantánamo Meat
Packing Company, the Carlos III shopping center in Havana and the
Community Services Company of Old Havana.

In the most illustrative of the three cases, the accused employees stole
more than 33 million 845 thousand pesos from the sanitation budget of a
patrimonial territory. They did so by simply making out bank withdrawal
forms that were signed by the company's director, who never reviewed the
documents.

"Every 15 days, I would [withdraw] $480,000-and-some pesos," says a
young defendant, who admits to the camera how long he and his
co-defendants engaged in the theft.

One hidden camera in the eastern province of Guantánamo showed how, as
other workers looked on impassively, employees in a meat packing company
slipped packages of newly processed meat to associates outside.

Another video revealed the shady maneuvers by employees at a
hard-currency store (one of the establishments known as TRDs) in the
Carlos III shopping mall in Havana.

In great detail, one of the arrested sales clerks describes a procedure
that is very common in almost all commercial establishments in Cuba:

"The theft is done through a document that lists the products and
merchandise that are defective. The document is taken to the manager's
office, where it is reviewed and approved. This merchandise was never
inspected by any committee."

The manager completes the story. "The employees listed the 'defective'
merchandise that they needed. They told me they'd be willing to buy it
for a pittance. The merchandise wasn't really defective."

The manager also says that the employees used sales pads instead of
computerized transactions, "so they could 'fine' [overcharge] the
clients." At the end of the day, when they recorded the products by
their actual sales codes, they would split the difference among themselves.

The lack of control over public resources, on one hand, and the
employees' greed for material needs, on the other, are two of the
conditions that these videos reveal as the causes of broken ethics.

"The key to the corruption is that I come to you, and do you favors
because you're a very needy person. I begin by bringing you a snack,
then I take you to lunch, and before you realize it you're totally
committed to me," says the main organizer of the Community Services theft.

The three examples caught on video confirm the various degrees of
seriousness and extent of corruption in Cuba. They also account for the
silence of the official media, because, as happens with increasing
frequency, the videos were conceived for "select audiences," were
leaked, and for the past several weeks have been available to the
ordinary citizen.

Many people lament that, because the disclosure of these activities
demonstrates the words of President Raúl Castro, who on several
occasions has said that a loosening of exigency leads to violations and
corruption.

"That negligence, failure to do one's duty, and the ignorance of cadres
and administrative leaders [...] is also a cloak that covers all the
malfeasance and theft of not just hundreds of pesos, or thousands, or
millions, but of hundreds of millions," Castro said during a plenary
meeting of the Party's central committee.

It is hard to find an authority who will explain why these videos are
not shown to the public at large as examples of good police work and as
an acknowledgment of very deep societal problems.

Because of a history of concealing events that are detrimental to the
official image (so as not to give "weapons to the enemy") we can see in
this lack of communication by the authorities a desire to maintain the
"image of Cuba" free of those phenomena. But closing our eyes will not
make the problem go away.

Source: "Cuba Corruption Cases Circulate Offline - Havana Times.org" -
http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=100324 Continue reading
Cuba y el lavado de dinero Fernando Ravsberg BBC Mundo, @ravsberg Jueves, 28 de noviembre de 2013 Con el concurso del Grupo de Acción Financiera Internacional (GAFI), las autoridades cubanas están inmersas en un proceso de capacitación en materia de metodología para el combate del lavado de dinero y del financiamiento del terrorismo. Alejandro Montes […] Continue reading
Saving in Cuban Pesos: A Strategy
November 27, 2013
Preparing for the end of the two-currency system
Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — During a Santeria festivity, a number of Cubans were
debating about the consequences that the elimination of the two-currency
system would have. One of them said to us: "I'm exchanging all of my
savings for Cuban pesos, because that's the currency they're going to
keep and the one that's going to be revalued."

The others agreed and several of them recommended I buy Cuban pesos,
anticipating that Euros, US dollars and even the Cuban Convertible Peso
will become devalued. The news is welcomed by most Cubans, who blame the
loss of their purchasing power on the island's two-currency system.

This trend is confirmed by statistics. According to some economists and
researchers, the purchase of Cuban pesos skyrocketed in the days
following the government's official announcement. "Many millions of
pesos above the average" were bought, they casually tell us.

In 1993, when Fidel Castro legalized the circulation of the US dollar in
the country, Cubans began to look down on their own currency because, in
addition to experiencing a drastic devaluation, it could not be used to
buy products at hard-currency stores, where the articles they needed to
meet their basic needs were sold.

Neither How Nor When

The Cuban government announced it would begin to re-establish a
single-currency system but didn't explain what steps it would take or
when it would do so. Currently, two Cuban currencies are in circulation,
but there are at least three different exchange rates that depend on the
financial sector you move in.

Cubans must pay 24 Cuban pesos (CUP) out of their pockets to get one
Convertible Peso (CUC) at an exchange locale. State companies enjoy a
parity of exchange between the two currencies and tourist companies
exchange their money at a 1 to 7 rate to buy part of their supplies.

It is a veritable economic mess, in which highly profitable companies
appear to be bankrupt and others that only have losses show enviable
surpluses in their books. The double-currency system also gives rise to
two, separate bookkeeping processes that enable corruption.

A Cuban economist gave BBC Mundo the example of a tourist hotel that
takes in 5 million dollars and, when it exchanges at a State locale to
pay its salaries, electricity or water bill, it gets back 5 million
Cuban pesos, losing 24 times the real value of its income.

The Two-Currency System and Salaries

According to research, the purchasing power of Cubans has dropped by 35
% since 1990. In this time, salaries have doubled, but the cost of life
has risen eightfold. Economists use the example of pizzas, "which used
to cost 1.20 pesos. Today, you have to pay at least 10 pesos."

Many blame this drastic change on the two-currency system, but
researchers suggest that the real problem is people's salaries. "If you
were paid 14 thousand Cuban pesos a month, no one would complain,
because you'd be able to buy everything you need with that amount of money."

Despite rumors, no one in the government has publicly announced that the
Cuban peso is to be revalued. Thus the so-called monetary unification
could also maintain the current exchange rate of 24 to 1, which would
not increase the purchasing power of the average salary.

Apparently, a transition rate for State companies will be put in place,
but even such companies would need to adapt to the new exchange rate
applicable to the rest of society at the end of this grace period…or go
under for lack of profits.

Why Two Currencies?

Cuba's two-currency system was established in 1993 when the government,
facing a financial crisis, announced that it would authorize the
circulation of the US dollar. Up until that point, carrying dollars had
been such a serious crime that many Cubans had to be released from
prison, where they were serving sentences for trafficking hard currency.

Washington then began to clamp down on Cuban financial transactions,
sanctioning the banks of third countries that accepted dollars from
Cuba. In response, Castro substituted the dollar with the Cuban
Convertible Pesos and applied a 10% penalty on all dollar exchanges.

Later, the Cuban peso was revalued (the exchange going from 150 to 1 to
24 to 1, the current rate). The current exchange rate, however,
continues to be prohibitive for Cubans who, on exchanging their monthly
salaries, obtain a measly 17 CUC, a sum that can be spent in a single
purchase at a hard-currency store.

The experts approached agree that the re-establishment of a single
currency monetary system will be beneficial in terms of certain
macroeconomic processes, but that the purchasing power of the average
Cuban will not improve, unless the peso is also revalued, prices are
lowered or salaries substantially increase.
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(*) An HT translation of the original published in Spanish by BBC Mundo.

Source: "Saving in Cuban Pesos: A Strategy - Havana Times.org" -
http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=100304 Continue reading
Cuba Is a Multicultural and Multiracial Country
November 28, 2013
Dmitri Prieto

HAVANA TIMES — "Cuba is a multicultural and multiracial country," said a
journalist for Cuba's midday news while reporting on an activity
organized for an anniversary of Havana's Arab Union.

I'm glad someone's finally realized that the concept of a "mixed race"
is obsolete and dangerous.

Obviously, we can't expect this new take on things to become official
overnight, but the reporter's words were music to my ears.

At the very least, the official media discourse ceased being monotonous
for an instant…

In my opinion, trying to reduce Cuban identity to a series of
stereotypes about its "national sport" (baseball, but, why not soccer?),
"national dance" (danzon, but, for many young people, it is reggaeton)
and "character" (eternal happiness, but, aren't Cubans also entitled to
be sad once in a while?), is extremely dangerous.

As regards the issue of "multiculturalism", I have maintained a personal
and friendly polemic with one of the leading authorities of Cuban
socio-cultural anthropology, who claims there's only one Cuban culture
as such.

I doubt my arguments will help solidify an opposing viewpoint (in fact,
I am immensely wary of the now fashionable concept of
"multiculturalism"), but, the mere fact that I am part of a fairly
neglected diaspora within Cuba leads me to think that we need a free
debate about how diversity (understood as all of the dimensions of being
human) is part of Cuba's culture/s.

Source: "Cuba Is a Multicultural and Multiracial Country - Havana
Times.org" - http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=100327 Continue reading
Court upholds American's sentence in 1968 Cuba hijacking

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the prison sentence of a man
who turned himself in to authorities more than 40 years after
participating in an airplane hijacking, but said he is a "worthy
candidate" for a pardon.
Luis Armando Pena Soltren, a U.S. citizen, spent more than 40 years in
Cuba as a fugitive after taking part in the 1968 hijacking of a Pan Am
flight. He surrendered to U.S. authorities in 2009 and eventually
pleaded guilty. In January 2011, Pena Soltren was sentenced to 15 years
in prison.
On Wednesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said
that the lower court had properly taken all relevant factors into
account when sentencing Pena Soltren. The judges, however, expressed
some measure of sympathy for the defendant.
"There seems to be no reason to question his genuine remorse and his
otherwise unblemished record of service to family and community," the
decision said. "Pena Soltren is eligible for parole after five years. He
is a worthy candidate for that relief, or for a pardon, notwithstanding
that he can find no basis for relief in this court."
The U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan, which prosecuted Pena Soltren,
declined to comment.
Pena Soltren's lawyer, James Neuman, was not immediately available to
comment.
The ruling marked the second time that the appeals court has weighed in
on Pena Soltren's sentence. Last year, the court vacated his initial
15-year sentence because it did not include the possibility of parole.
The lower court judge, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in
Manhattan, then resentenced him to 15 years and added the possibility of
parole.
The hijacking took place on Nov. 11, 1968, when Pena Soltren, then 25,
and two other men boarded Pan Am Flight 281 from New York to Puerto Rico.
After approximately an hour and a half, Pena Soltren used a knife and a
gun to threaten a flight attendant and force the pilots to change course
and fly to Cuba.
Dozens of planes were hijacked from the United States to Cuba during the
Cold War as tensions with Cuban President Fidel Castro intensified. Some
hijackers aimed to make political statements, while others sought asylum
in Cuba or ransom payments from Washington.
The 2nd Circuit's ruling comes a week after a federal judge in Miami
denied bail for a former Black Panther charged with hijacking a U.S.
plane and forcing it to fly to Cuba in 1984.
William Potts, 56, returned to the United States from Cuba earlier this
month to face charges stemming from his participation in the hijacking
of a Piedmont Airlines flight. He was convicted in Cuba, where he spent
a total of 16 years in prison before his release more than a decade ago.

Source: "Court upholds American's sentence in 1968 Cuba hijacking - U.S.
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Posted on Wednesday, 11.27.13

Top Cuban rapper skeptical of reforms
BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER
AOPPENHEIMER@MIAMIHERALD.COM
MiamiHerald.com/columnists

Listening to Cuban rapper "Silvito el libre" (Silvito the free one), son
of Cuba's internationally known pro-government singer Silvio Rodriguez,
you can't but conclude that the grandchildren of Cuba's revolution are
skeptical about the island dictatorship's latest economic reforms.

I sat down with "Silvito el libre'' last week, during a visit by the
young rapper to Miami, and asked him about one of his group's songs,
entitled "Háblame" (Tell me). The song says, among other things, that
Cuba is a country beset by sadness, where state security agents harass
citizens, and where communism serves the interests of very few.

"Definitely, the majority of the Cuban people are living in sadness,"
Silvito told me. "Today's Cubans have changed a lot from yesterday's.
The average Cuban has lost his joy, and many have lost their hope,
because of the ongoing situation in Cuba."

I was expecting him to add that the U.S. trade embargo on the island is
part of Cuba's dire situation — the Cuban regime's explanation for
everything that's wrong on the island — but Silvito didn't even mention
it. He said that Cubans are a sad people "because they feel they are
being trampled on every day by the police, by the government, by the
laws, by everything."

Asked about his father's reaction to his political views, Silvito said,
"My father is a very free and very open person. He has always supported
me... He thinks his way, and I think my way."

Silvito said that his mother and many of his friends have been harassed
by the secret police. Not being part of the government -sanctioned
artists' union, he cannot perform in mainstream concerts, and can only
work in alternative concerts "once every six months, or so," he said.

Is he an exception to the rule, or do most Cuban youth think that the
Cuban revolution has been a huge failure? I asked.

"No, absolutely. The whole Cuban youth, or almost the whole Cuban youth,
thinks like I do," he responded. "The whole Cuban youth, or almost all
of it, is a victim of police abuse, is a victim of the separation of
families between Cuba and Florida, and knows what it is like to go to
work without having had breakfast, and to a job where they don't pay you
almost anything."

I mentioned that, after 54 years of one-party rule and stringent press
censorship, one would think that most Cubans — especially those born
after the 1959 revolution — would have been brainwashed by now. Why
didn't government indoctrination work? I asked.

"I think it worked that way for a while, because there are still people
who believe in the revolution. But lately, people have been waking up,
because too much has happened. It has been too much."

When I asked him about the latest economic reforms by Cuba's military
leader Gen. Raúl Castro, who has relaxed travel restrictions and has
authorized some 435,000 people to work in the private sector, Silvito
shrugged, clearly unimpressed by the measures. Cuba has allowed some
pro-private sector reforms in the past during hard times, only to
reverse them later.

"There have been some changes, some of them positive, but I personally
don't see any (major) change," Silvito said. He paused, and added, "I
see things getting worse every day. In fact, I don't see any positive
shift."

Silvito's skepticism, which according to Cuban visitors to Miami is
shared by the vast majority of Cuban youths on the island, is in sharp
contrast to the optimism of recent U.S. academic studies, some of which
see positive changes taking place on the island.

A new Brookings Institution report entitled "Soft landing in Cuba?" by
former Clinton administration Latin America adviser Richard Feinberg,
says that "a dynamic independent private sector" of as many as two
million people is emerging, and ads that "tectonic shifts" are already
taking place on the island.

My opinion: It's hard to tell from a distance whether Cuba's economic
reforms are cosmetic or the beginning of a larger economic opening. Most
likely, they have been conceived as a damage control policy by the Cuban
dictatorship to appease an increasingly restless population.

The grandchildren of the Cuban revolution are sick and tired of being
lied to, repressed and censored, and the longer the ruling Castro family
takes to open the island to the world, the more anti-communist Cuba's
youth is likely to become. As Silvito told me, "it has been too much."

Source: "Andres Oppenheimer: Top Cuban rapper skeptical of reforms -
Andres Oppenheimer - MiamiHerald.com" -
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Militares que cumplen sanciones en prisiones por distintos delitos [28-11-2013] Dania Virgen García Cuba por Dentro. Corresponsal de Misceláneas de Cuba (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Cada día que pasa aumenta el descrédito de las fuerzas armadas. Da pena que en todas las prisiones haya militares presos por distintos delitos comunes (violación, cohecho, malversación, abuso de poder, acoso sexual, […] Continue reading
Desde el Combinado del Este [28-11-2013] Dania Virgen García Cuba por Dentro. Corresponsal de Misceláneas de Cuba (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Al preso Daniel Pérez Díaz, en delicado estado de salud, le trasplantarán un corazón por las obstrucciones que presenta, según informó a esta reportera. El 16 de noviembre el interno tuvo un infarto, por lo que le […] Continue reading
Regresa a La Habana el bistec de Toronja [28-11-2013] Mario Hechavarría Driggs (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Cómo en un episodio televisivo de ¿créalo o no lo crea?, el bistec elaborado con cáscaras de Toronjas o peor aún con Frazadas de Piso, regresó a la capital cubana, según noticias filtradas tras una inspección realizada por las autoridades de Salud […] Continue reading
Joven torturado en prision de jovenes Ivano del Cotorro, la Habana, Cuba Source: “? joven torturado en prision de jovenes Ivano del Cotorro, la Habana, Cuba – YouTube” – Continue reading
Niño de 4 años fallece por un derrumbe [28-11-2013] Vladimir Turró Paez Periodista Independiente (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Wilber García Gutiérrez falleció, este 26 de noviembre del presente año, después de que su casa se desplomara con él interiormente. Según informó Usury Ruíz, el derrumbe se produjo sobre las 6:00 pm y el niño quedó atascado bajo los […] Continue reading
La balanza de la justicia se perdió [28-11-2013] Misael Aguilar Hernández Red Cubana de Comunicadores Comunitarios (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Una pregunta recorre Bejucal, municipio de la actual provincia de Mayabeque: ¿Dónde está la balanza de la estatua que representa la justicia, en el céntrico parque Maceo-Gómez? La que hace varios años desapareció de su mano, le fue […] Continue reading
La vida no es un ensayo [28-11-2013] Orlando Márquez (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- El anciano pidió enseguida la palabra, no quería ser ni el segundo ni el quinto, sino el primero en intervenir cuando se comenzara a debatir el primer panel del evento “Un diálogo entre cubanos”, convocado por Palabra Nueva en abril del pasado año. Preguntó cuándo […] Continue reading
Hacer agradable el entorno [28-11-2013] Dr. Santiago Emilio Márquez Frías (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- El primer Secretario del Partido Municipal de Manzanillo, Granma, nombrado Vladimir Rodríguez Sambrano, ha exigido a los directivos de las empresas estatales, dada la desastrosa apariencia del pueblo, mejorar la estética de sus unidades con iniciativas propias; pero la realidad es que muy pocos […] Continue reading
Escuela para hijos de militares [28-11-2013] Yoel Bravo López Red Cubana de Comunicadores Comunitarios (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- En el Reparto Militar José Martí, ubicado en la ciudad de Santa Clara, Villa Clara, se construyó una escuela primaria nueva que lleva el nombre de Ernesto “Che” Guevara. En dicho centro educacional solo se ha permitido la matricula a […] Continue reading
Se intesifica la represión violenta contra la opositora Martha Beatriz Roque [27-11-2013] Angélica Mora New York (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- La opositora, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, informó este martes que está siendo fuertemente asediada, como parte de un complot dirigido por la policía política, donde se está empleando a turbas paramilitares y vecinos. Contra ella se está empleando […] Continue reading
Entre lo maravilloso y la degeneración [28-11-2013] Misael Aguilar Hernández Red Cubana de Comunicadores Comunitarios (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- La colocación de un busto en el Parque de la Fraternidad a José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia, dictador supremo de Paraguay, de 1814 a 1840, parece un hecho digno de figurar en una futura enciclopedia del disparate, o quizás […] Continue reading
Autoridades despojan de su herencia a periodista independiente [27-11-2013] Yosbel Ramos Suárez Periodista independiente (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- En la tarde del martes 19 de noviembre despojan de una pequeña parcela recibida por herencia al Periodista Independiente Idalberto Acuña Carabeo.. Según Acuña, el terreno lo heredó de su papá, al principio todo marchó bien hasta que recibió visitas […] Continue reading