We run various sites in defense of human rights and need support in paying for servers. Thank you.


Cubaverdad on Twitter

Daily Archives: December 17, 2013

LA HABANA, Cuba, 17 de diciembre de 2013, Dania Virgen García/ www.cubanet.org.- Desde la prisión provincial para enfermos de VIH-SIDA, en la provincia Santiago de Cuba, un recluso  que pidió no mencionara su nombre, informó sobre el fallecimiento reciente de dos presos por falta  de asistencia médica. La fuente responsabiliza al médico jefe de la [...] Continue reading
Havana, Dic 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Travel Agency Ecotur announced today that 33 thoroughbred horses will be auctioned off next February, as part of the tourism sector''s diversification program. Continue reading
SANTA CLARA, Cuba, 17 de diciembre de 2013, Yesmy Elena Mena Zurbano/ www.cubanet.org.- Varias broncas se produjeron este domingo en el mercado estatal de Guinía de Miranda, Municipio de Manicaragua,  provincia Villa Clara, ante la venta de la papa, alimento básico para los cubanos, dijo Margarita Naranjo, una residente local que presenció los hechos. En [...] Continue reading
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro during the official memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium, December 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, Continue reading
Cuban swimmer Hanser Garcia, winner of two medals at the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, announced Tuesday his intention to compete in several meets at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Continue reading
17 de diciembre de 2013, 15:31Havana, Dec 17 (Prensa Latina) World Champions in Rio de Janeiro in 2013 and leaders of the world ranking in their respective divisions, Idalys Ortiz (female, 78 kilograms) Continue reading
On Saturday, December 14, the program, Taino Identity Beyond Columbus, took place at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in New York City. An initiative between NMAI and the Smithsonian Continue reading
Habría que modernizar los puertos de Cuba para que puedan albergar megacruceros de más de 150,000 toneladas Continue reading
Brazzaville The Cuban ambassador to Congo, Alba Beatriz Soto Pimentel, highlighted the struggle of the Angolan people that led to the defeat of the invading South African apartheid regime. The diplomat Continue reading
After four years of enthusiastic preparation, Cuba Cruise embarked from Havana last night for its premiere voyage circumnavigating the Caribbean island. International passengers excitedly watched from Continue reading
A Public Affairs Officer escorts media through the currently closed Camp X-Ray which was the first detention facility to hold 'enemy combatants' at the U.S. Naval Station on June 27, 2013 in Guantanamo Continue reading
Updated 6 minutes ago The_Associated_Press Facebook Twitter Google Plus Reddit E-mail Print Recent Headlines Turkish journalist believed kidnapped in Syria 9 minutes ago Afghan security deal Continue reading
THIRTY-THREE Dominicans, suspected of poaching, evaded capture by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force over the weekend after they were spotted fishing illegally in waters near Cay Lobos. According to Defence Continue reading
Contributed by NAMPA. OTAVI, 17 DEC (NAMPA) - Namibia would not have been liberated had it not been for the support the country received from Cuba, former President Sam Nujoma said on Tuesday. "During Continue reading
SANTA CLARA, Cuba, 13 December 2013 Yesmy Elena Mena / www.cubanet.org.- Yesterday morning, at the 20th Anniversary Polyclinic, a group of elderly patients protested before the clinic management because of the cancellation of clinic hours, according to Adelaida Salazar Reyes. … Continue reading Continue reading
) New York, NY, December 17, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Chef and restaurateur Jose Garces revived Latin cuisine in Philadelphia and the United States with over a dozen restaurants. He is the 2009 winner of the Continue reading
La inflación "está fuera de control, más del 50% y el cambio de la moneda ha subido a 64 bolívares por dólar Continue reading
LA HABANA, Cuba, 17 de diciembre de 2013, Dania Virgen García/ www.cubanet.org.- En el asentamiento penal del MININT, en Lawton,  en el municipio capitalino Diez de Octubre,  donde se encuentra el escritor Ángel Santiesteban-Prast, el reeducador trató de utilizar a los presos comunes en su contra,  el pasado 11 de diciembre,. En los diez meses [...] Continue reading
“Solo en este año han sido numerosas las delegaciones de alto nivel, presididas por ministros de diferentes sectores económicos y sociales de Angola que han visitado Cuba y viceversa”, dijo el embajador angolano. Continue reading
Este joven campesino abandonó su trabajo en el Ministerio de Ciencias para irse a trabajar junto a su hermano expulsado de la universidad. Continue reading
HOLGUIN , Cuba , December 16, 2013 , Rosa Maria Naranjo Nieves / Cuban Community Spokespeople Network / www.cuabanet.org.-  On Tuesday 10 December, Human Rights Day, at Pedro Rogena Camay elementary school, in Holguín, Tahimí Miranda Rodríguez, age 7, was … Continue reading Continue reading
“Se trata de celebrar la vida de una persona que como cubana nos honra”, dijo María Acosta, presidenta de NACAE, al comenzar la Celebración de la vida de Yolanda del Castillo Cobelo , un acto de recordación en la Casa Bacardí del Instituto de Estudios Cubanos y Cubano Americanos (ICCAS). Continue reading

 Alexander, músico cubano del género tropical urbano, está lanzando su carrera como solista con la promoción del tema Voy a esperarte con flores, reportó Informe21.com.

El artista, que reside en Estados Unidos desde hace diez años, entiende que en este mundo competitivo hay que tener algo especial para destacar, y no duda en afirmar: "Hago mambo, pero con un sabor mío".

leer más

Continue reading
, Weatherford International Ltd., a Swiss-based oilfield services company with significant operations in Houston, Texas, and a number of its overseas subsidiaries (Weatherford or the Company), comprehensively Continue reading
17 de diciembre de 2013, 09:41Caracas, Dec 17 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and Petrocaribe are meeting in this capital today for the establishment of the Continue reading
Cuba: Una penosa y larga enfermedad Ciertos cubanos, vivan donde vivan, han contraído una enfermedad terrible: La enfermedad de Cuba. ¿Cuáles son sus síntomas? El odio, el rencor y el desvelo por la vida del otro, el terror al éxito o el buen paso de otro cubano por los escenarios nacionales o internacionales. De esta […] Continue reading
Julio Borges: “Dejen de regalarle el petróleo a Cuba en vez de subir la gasolina” Publicado el 15 de dic de 2013 11:48 am (Caracas, 15 de diciembre. Nota de prensa)- El coordinador nacional de Primero Justicia, Julio Borges, retó al gobierno de Nicolás Maduro en el marco de la próxima reunión de Petro Caribe […] Continue reading
Vivir en un albergue: la tragedia de miles de cubanos Domingo, Diciembre 15, 2013 | Por Lilianne Ruíz LA HABANA, Cuba, diciembre de 2013, www.cubanet.org.- La pobreza en la que vive la mayoría de los cubanos -y a la que se adaptan, gracias a los minuciosos mecanismos de poder que han impuesto 54 años de […] Continue reading
Corrupción en Cuba ¿Hasta cuándo? diciembre 16, 2013 Por Esteban Morales HAVANA TIMES — Cuando entre abril y junio del 2010, escribí mis dos artículos sobre la corrupción, “Corrupción: la verdadera contrarrevolución” y “El misterio de la santísima Trinidad: corrupción, burocratismo contrarrevolución”, no faltaron quienes me dijeran que por qué me metía en ese tema, […] Continue reading
Norteamericanos abren los ojos en La Habana Domingo, Diciembre 15, 2013 | Por Miriam Celaya LA HABANA, Cuba, diciembre, www.cubanet.org – Durante los días en que permaneció en territorio cubano el Crucero Semestre en el Mar, más de 600 visitantes, entre estudiantes y profesores –en su mayoría estadounidenses– cumplieron un apretado programa de “encuentros” con […] Continue reading
Cuba economic reforms hurting the poor, experts warn

HAVANA -- The much heralded opening of a still-limited private sector in
Cuba by President Raul Castro is being widely welcomed by Cubans who
expect the pragmatic "younger" brother of their long-time former leader
Fidel Castro to lead them out of an economic hole with its consumer
goods shortages, crumbling housing and salaries with near zero
purchasing power.

And U.S. visitors to Cuba are often astonished by what seems to be an
explosion of private enterprise and the emergence of not just a middle
class but an affluent people. However, not everyone in Cuban society is
benefiting equally as the government loosens controls.

Arturo Lopez-Levy, lecturer at the University of Denver and a Cuban
American, positively views the steps being taken.

"I would say that if there is a priority that Cuban policies and
politics should have it is economic development today, economic
development tomorrow, economic development the day after tomorrow," he
told CBS News during a recent visit to the island.

In the search for economic growth, President Raul Castro is budget
cutting, reducing the number of public employees, allowing enterprising
Cubans to become private entrepreneurs. Small mom and pop operations
have sprouted like mushrooms, adding a definite commercial feel to many
of the previously purely residential neighborhoods.
There is even a wholesale produce market operating on the outskirts of
Havana as a supplier to private restaurant owners and push cart vendors.
But there's a flip side to the opening that worries Lopez-Levy and other
observers.

"I'm very, very worried about one specific issue – the possibility that
class and race overlap in the context of a mixed economy because
whatever you might think about the previous system, it works a lot on
the basis of consensus and there was always a concern for those left
with the most difficult situation or the most disadvantages," he said.

In the old system, Lopez-Levy noted there was a safety net below which
no one fell. The safety net itself might have been lowered at certain
points such as during the economic crisis of the 1990s but it existed.
Now he sees investments are being concentrated in certain areas or
neighborhoods that traditionally have been middle or upper class and
predominantly white. These are neighborhoods where more wealth is
concentrated, where attractive homes inherited from pre-revolutionary
affluent families are easier to convert into bed & breakfasts or upscale
restaurants and where residents are more likely to receive help from
relatives with money living abroad since white exiles tend to be more
well-to-do than black ones. This, he said, resurrects pre-1959 class and
race inequalities.

Because there is a housing shortage in Cuba – 12 percent of the housing
in Havana has been officially declared structurally unsound – people
tend to live in the same place their parents and grandparents did before
them. Upward mobility in education and careers has almost never meant
that people were able to improve their living conditions.

"I have seen some neighborhoods where the, particularly rural and black
areas, where mainly black Cubans live and I think that it would be wise,
nationalistic, patriotic to think about the effect the reforms could
have on these people," he said, pointing out that these people have been
among the staunchest supporters of the revolution.

University of Havana Professor and historian Esteban Morales agrees and
he points out that "blacks came to Cuba as slaves while whites came as
colonizers" and that heritage has left a permanent mark on society
despite the revolutionary government's creation of free education and
health care for all along with other efforts to bring equality to
society. Now, the opening of the economy is not affecting all of Cuba's
11 million people equally, instead, he notes it is hitting "the poorest
sectors of the population."

In order to get the economy moving and raise productivity, the
government must take mercantile measures that are "difficult," Morales
said. Tourism and the creation of corporations have not benefited black
Cubans as much as whites, although statistics are hard to come by since
the census does not focus on race in its questionnaire.

Morales blames historic realities for this situation, noting that before
1959 "there was a very unequal system of wealth distribution." Ever
since Cuba was a colony, he notes, there also existed a "mass of poor
whites." However, Morales insists that "riches never belonged to the
black or mixed-race population." That means, he says, that "historically
there has been a poor sector of society and within that, blacks have
been the most disadvantaged."

So while he believes the current process of reforms is meant "to improve
life for everyone, to benefit all of Cuban society," it will take time
to bear fruit and in the interim will have a strongly negative impact on
those who have always faced the most difficulties to survive within
Cuban society.

There have to be efforts to get more non-white students and more males
into the university, Morales says, noting that with economic hard times,
blacks and males tend to drop out of school to get jobs. That is
something he saw happening at the end of the 1980s when the European
socialist camp collapsed and Cuba's economy went into a tail spin.

Something similar is happening now with public sector workers barely
getting by on their wages and the cost of living rising as government
subsidies for food and other basic products disappear as part of the
reforms to make the economy more efficient and to stop it from running
in the red. As a result the gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots"
is growing wider and becoming more visible and it looks like things
could get worse before they get better.

Source: "Cuba economic reforms hurting the poor, experts warn - CBS
News" -
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cuba-economic-reforms-hurting-the-poor-experts-warn/ Continue reading
Las ruinas de La Habana atractivas para el turismo internacional [16-12-2013] Aimée Cabrera Corresponsal (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- La Habana “tiene un no sé qué”, dicen algunas personas con o sin razón; aunque no es menos cierto que quienes la habitaron hasta los años 70 y principios de los 80 la recuerdan menos desvencijada y más atractiva. En […] Continue reading
In Cuba, most news reaches us via Miami.  Look, given such limited access to the internet where one official hour puts us back a whopping 4.50 convertible pesos (i.e., the equivalent of one week’s pay for a laborer), people resort … Continue reading Continue reading
Aumentan casos de cólera en Combinado del Este JUEVES, 12 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2013 00:20 ESCRITO POR DANIA VIRGEN GARCÍA Cuba noticias, San Miguel del Padrón, La Habana, (PD) Desde el Combinado del Este, el preso Daniel Pérez Díaz, quien se encuentra ingresado en el Hospital Nacional de Reclusos, informó a esta reportera sobre el […] Continue reading
Agresiones contra periodistas independientes y opositores JUEVES, 12 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2013 00:31 ESCRITO POR MICHEL IROY RODRÍGUEZ RUIZ Cuba noticias, Marianao, La Habana, (PD) En las últimas semanas, varios periodistas independientes y opositores han sido víctimas de agresiones y robos. Muchos culpan de ello a la Seguridad del Estado. La noche del 7 de […] Continue reading
Continúa Represión dominical contra Damas de Blanco y activistas pacíficos JUEVES, 12 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2013 05:18 ESCRITO POR PRIMAVERA DIGITAL Cuba noticias, La Habana, (PD) El domingo 8 de diciembre ha sido el vigésimo segundo domingo consecutivo de represión, violencia y brutalidad policiaca por parte del gobierno militar contra las Damas de Blanco y […] Continue reading
Adónde van a parar las divisas de las ventas de tabacos LUNES, 16 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2013 00:59 ESCRITO POR OSMAR LAFFITA Cuba actualidad, Capdevila, Boyeros, La Habana, (PD) Parece que en el periódico Trabajadores no disponen de la información dada a conocer por la empresa mixta Habano S.A en el Festival del Habano, que […] Continue reading
Ni leche fresca, ni mantequilla MARTES, 10 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2013 00:10 ESCRITO POR OSMAR LAFFITA Cuba actualidad, Capdevila, La Habana, (PD) A un mes de concluir el año 2013, los resultados de la producción lechera en Cuba dejan mucho que desear. Y todo lo referido a ella está envuelto en un gran secretismo. La […] Continue reading
Violan a preso en Kilo 9 LUNES, 16 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2013 00:51 ESCRITO POR DANIA VIRGEN GARCÍA Cuba noticias, San Miguel del Padrón, La Habana, (PD) El pasado primero de diciembre, el recluso Néstor Díaz Varona, de 47 años, fue violado brutalmente por otro recluso en la prisión Kilo 9, en Camagüey. El violador […] Continue reading
Denuncian 761 detenciones políticas en noviembre MARTES, 03 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2013 06:23 ESCRITO POR PRIMAVERA DIGITAL La Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional (CCDHRN) denunció en su informe mensual que “Durante el pasado noviembre el nivel de represión política contra pacíficos opositores siguió siendo muy alto y nuestra Comisión verificó al menos […] Continue reading
Asaltado periodista independiente Julio Rojas VIERNES, 06 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2013 11:00 ESCRITO POR PRIMAVERA DIGITA Cuba noticias, La Habana, (PD) La noche del sábado 30 de noviembre fue asaltado y golpeado por desconocidos el periodista independiente Julio Rojas Portal, colaborador habitual de Primavera Digital. Rojas y una amiga habían ido a La Taberna, un […] Continue reading
El transporte de la población se convierte en caos nuevamente MARTES, 10 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2013 00:19 ESCRITO POR ANTONIO ERNESTO DAUMY FERRER Cuba actualidad, Centro Habana, La Habana, (PD) El transporte de la población se convierte en un caos nuevamente. Así lo refieren varios de los poblanos que día a día luchan para llegar […] Continue reading
Multan a gays en Holguín durante Bastión 2013 MIÉRCOLES, 11 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2013 00:49 Cuba noticias, San Miguel del Padrón, La Habana, (PD) Durante los días que duró el ejercicio militar Bastión 2013 fueron multado en la ciudad de Holguín varios gays por encontrarse detrás de una plaza que es sitio de reunión de […] Continue reading
The New Equivocation / Fernando Damaso
Posted on December 15, 2013

The violence organized by State Security to repress those who think
differently on Human Rights Day, in Havana as well as in other
provinces, shows once again the true roots of the repressive regime.
While in South Africa the President tried to confuse people by talking
about tolerance, respecting differences, dialog and peaceful solutions
to problems, here his henchmen did the exact opposite.

The beating of the Ladies in White and L and 23rd streets, the refusal
to allow a space to hold the Puños Arriba (Fists High) concert of the
Cuban Hip Hop Movement (an end finally achieved in a circus tent), and
the harassment outside the Estado de Sats site, quickly reflected on the
Net and reported by the foreign press as front page news, show the
forces of order, henchmen, enraged people, young pioneers and students
with their teachers in the lead, actively participating in these acts of
repudiation. What will UNICEF say about the this, about the use of
children without permission from their parents, in these shameful and
degrading acts? Is this how the Cuban state educates our children?

Despite the visits to people's homes to sow fear, despite the
preventative detentions, the blocking of access, and the statements that
we have the strength to stop them, the planned events were held, and
although they could have been inconsequential, this government violence
elevated their importance and brought them to the world's attention. One
more mistake by an outdated regime used to ignoring the opposition,
doesn't understand that the only way to resolve the national problems
needs the participation of everyone, without exclusions.

To suppose that developing messianic formulas in air-conditioned offices
by governmental commission will provide viable solutions, shows the
stupidity of the principal leaders. If they don't listen to all the
opinions and if they don't take into account political discrimination,
it will only be more of the same which, after being developed, will be
submitted to the citizens for their approval without them or their legal
representatives participating in its preparation. The old saying that
man is the only animal who trips twice over the same stone, can be
applied to the Cuban government, affirming that the setbacks have been
and are many.

15 December 2013

Source: "The New Equivocation / Fernando Damaso | Translating Cuba" -
http://translatingcuba.com/the-new-equivocation-fernando-damaso/ Continue reading
On Property Rights (VIII) / Cuban Law Association, Mérida de la C.
Pastor Masson, Esq.
Posted on December 15, 2013
Mérida de la C. Pastor Masson, Esq.

Following a corresponding written order, in relation to article 168, we
will refer to the nature of joint ownership constituted by the
participating State or its agencies, organizations, policies, etc., with
a participating natural person and, which can be extinguished by a cause
such as: Participation and allocation of goods in accordance with its
nature.

A purchase by the State or any of its agencies or organizations from
participating natural persons.

A purchase by natural persons from the participating State so long as
this does not include a farmstead.

The sale of a said property and subsequent distribution of monies shall
be allotted to co-owners (State and natural persons) in accordance with
corresponding quota allocations.

In all all cases, purchase and selling operations shall – let us be
clear — be carried out at the official price should this be already
fixed or, otherwise, shall be appraised and established by the
government body empowered to conduct said proceeding.

From this chapter, we only need to mention that pursuant to article 169
which refers to joint co-ownership derived from matrimonial or community
property, said communal holding would be in danger of dissolution when,
under certain circumstances in case of divorce, the community of
marriage had been dissolved by what our Family Codes 29-42 specify as
intent to "malign." Future updates on this topic are currently under review.

Translated by: JCD

11 December 2013

Source: "On Property Rights (VIII) / Cuban Law Association, Mérida de la
C. Pastor Masson, Esq. | Translating Cuba" -
http://translatingcuba.com/on-property-rights-viii-cuban-law-association-merida-de-la-c-pastor-masson-esq/ Continue reading