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Cuba is allowing its baseball players to sign contracts with foreign, professional teams for the first time since the revolution. The move is an attempt to stop a tidal wave of defections - but with Continue reading
Luego de medio siglo de gobierno comunista, el tiempo parece congelado, pero otros dicen que el ritmo de la vida se ha acelerado mucho en los últimos tres años Continue reading
Official says most have not yet returned to the island, but they can be out 24 months before losing residency and benefits Continue reading
El gobierno decidió permitir la venta minorista de vehículos nuevos y de segunda mano para cubanos y extranjeros residentes en el país, eliminando así una prohibición que se mantuvo por medio siglo. Continue reading
LA HABANA, Cuba, 20 de diciembre de 2013, Juan Carlos Linares Balmaseda/ www.cubanet.org.- El pasado martes 17 de diciembre, integrantes de la Asociación Pro Libertad de Prensa (APLP) y el Club de Escritores de Cuba se congregaron en la biblioteca Papel Periódico, vinculada a la APLP. La tertulia se inició con la repartición del Código [...] Continue reading
SANTA CLARA, Cuba, 20 de diciembre de 2013, Yesmy Elena/ www.cubanet.org.- En la mañana de este 20 de diciembre, apareció un escrito, con muestras de rechazo al Gobierno que impera en la isla, en una pared del Hotel Santa Clara Libre, ubicado en el centro de la ciudad, dijo Luis M Diéguez Cruz. Diéguez Cruz, [...] Continue reading
El nuevo código laboral sustituirá al vigente desde 1985 y tendrá en cuenta a los trabajadores "por cuenta propia" o privados. Continue reading
View gallery . Monday will mark the centennial of the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, which created what is now the most important economic institution in the world.   To mark the occasion, we've Continue reading
La crisis afecta pero no paraliza a los españoles, solo aleja la línea de fuga del porvenir Continue reading
20 de diciembre de 2013, 15:13Havana, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The PeopleÂ?s Power National Assembly passed today the new Labor Code, whose draft project was subject to popular consultation that included Continue reading

El Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos pidió este viernes a John Kerry, secretario de Estado de EEUU, "una solución humanitaria" para decenas de expresos y sus familiares que viajaron a España como parte de las negociaciones entre Madrid, La Habana y la Iglesia Católica.

"Dado que entendemos que dentro de este grupo podrían existir algunas singularidades, tendría todo el sentido que se realizara una revisión personalizada de estos casos", solicita la carta al jefe de la diplomacia norteamericana.

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Violence in Cuba has a long history: it started with clashes between the aborigines fighting for territory, continued with colonization and slavery, and increased during the struggles for independence, where Spaniards and Cubans made unlimited use of it. On the … Continue reading Continue reading
Cuba ha recortado su previsión de crecimiento del Producto Interior Bruto (PIB) para 2013 a un 2,7 por ciento, frente al 3,6 por ciento, debido a que espera menores ingresos de divisas y un desempeño más débil de las manufacturas y la construcción, según ha informado este viernes la prensa oficial. Continue reading

Los periodistas chinos tendrán que aprobar un examen nacional sobre marxismo y otras materias definidas por el Gobierno entre los próximos enero y febrero si quieren mantener su licencia, reporta EFE.

La nueva normativa fue aprobada por las autoridades en medio de un acuciante acoso a la prensa local y extranjera.

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Holguin's 'humble' display returned to rental company - The much-discussed 'humble' light display at Shawver Park will officially go dark Friday night, five days shy of Christmas Day. The park was given Continue reading
CUBA, 20 de diciembre de 2013. Mariel será uno de los principales megapuertos e importante zona económica del Caribe, por lo cual es preciso afilar su entorno jurídico, resaltó Narciso Cobo, vicepresidente Continue reading
Cubans now able to acquire cars built after 1959 without permits (photo courtesy of Wikipedia) This week the controversial 50-year car import ban in place in Cuba was lifted, allowing Cubans much more Continue reading
December 20, 2013 · in Briefs, COHA Opinion, Cuba, North America, The Caribbean, United States What is undoubtedly the most famous handshake of the year has resulted in a predictable, visceral response. Continue reading
Los cubanos realizaron más de 250,000 viajes al exterior durante los primeros 10 meses de la reforma migratoria, cifra récord después de medio siglo de restricciones para salir de la isla, informó este viernes un funcionario. Continue reading
Conferencia sobre medio ambiente indigna a vecinos del poblado de Guabairo, en Cienfuegos Continue reading
La economía cubana en 2013 creció un 2,7%, casi un punto menos de lo que esperaban las autoridades, según se informó en una reunión del Consejo de Ministros previa al cierre de las sesiones anuales del Parlamento. Continue reading
PR Newswire SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 20, 2013 SAN FRANCISCO , Dec. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Luz, the new novel by Cuban-American writer, Luis Gonzalez , was published on December 5 th through Amazon's Continue reading
Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net THE Cuban Embassy remains tight-lipped on whether or not two Cubans claiming to have been beaten at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre will be returned Continue reading
Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co Ltd, a manufacturer of wind turbines, announced on Wednesday that its wholly owned subsidiary Goldwind International Holdings signed a 51-megawatt wind turbine Continue reading
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform had its first public release in July and was based on the OpenStack Grizzly platform. The new Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0 release is Continue reading
Bikers pass by a Christmas tree, which washed up on Venice Beach in Los Angeles. A group of homeless people decorated the tree with items they found in the area. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Renneisen / For Continue reading
Rocío San Miguel, presidenta de la ONG Control Ciudadano, cuestionó el miércoles lo que ocurre con el avión presidencial “que no aparece” y señaló que el gobierno de Nicolás Maduro debe responder con transparencia sobre el tema. Continue reading
Attending a memorial for former South African President Nelson Mandela , President Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro. Secretary of State John Kerry defended Obama by saying, "He didn't Continue reading
(1/10) Men play chess on the sidewalk in front of a wall covered in graffiti that reads in Spanish; "Long live Fidel and Raul," in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. In Cuba, revolution is understood Continue reading
A bride is driven to her wedding ceremony in a classic American car in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. In Cuba, time is in the eye of the beholder. After a half century of Communism the days still Continue reading
Technology updates are never a day at the beach, but customers trying to upgrade to the latest release of OpenStack from its predecessor are often encountering bigger-than-expected problems. That is definitely Continue reading

Los cubanos realizaron más de 250.000 viajes al exterior durante los primeros 10 meses de la reforma migratoria, cifra récord después de medio siglo de restricciones para salir de la Isla, informó AFP.

Desde el 14 de enero, cuando entró en vigor la reforma, y el 30 de noviembre "se registran 257.518 viajes" de cubanos al exterior, dijo el coronel Lamberto Fraga, segundo jefe de la dirección de Inmigración y Extranjería, en una entrevista en video publicada en internet.

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While General Raul Castro, a president handpicked by his brother Fidel, squeezed the hand of the United States’ leader Barack Obama at the State funeral of Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, the special services and combined forces of the police mounted … Continue reading Continue reading
Los cubanos realizaron más de 250.000 viajes al exterior durante los primeros 10 meses de la reforma migratoria. Continue reading
In Cuba, time is in the eye of the beholder. Continue reading
Ministro de Economía y Planificación anuncia ajuste a 2,7% de la meta inicial de 3,6% en la expansión del PIB. Para 2014 se prevé un modesto 2,2%. Continue reading

El Gobierno recortó su previsión de crecimiento del Producto Interno Bruto (PIB) para el 2013 a un 2,7 por ciento, desde un 3,6 por ciento, debido a que espera menores ingresos de divisas y un desempeño más débil de las manufacturas y la construcción, informó Reuters.

En 2014, la economía cubana se expandiría un 2,2 por ciento a precios constantes, dijo el diario oficial Granma, del gobernante Partido Comunista.

El país arrastra problemas de liquidez y aún no se ha recuperado de la crisis de hace dos décadas, luego del colapso de la Unión Soviética.

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Hello. Goodbye. Thank you. It's a deal. A handshake can mean many things, but when President Barack Obama greeted Cuban President Raul Castro at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa, Continue reading
The morning’s news left Raidel speechless. Just when he was going to buy a car at a subsidized price, they announced the end of this mechanism of privileges. Just to get the authorization letter, with signatures and stamps, had been … Continue reading Continue reading
HAVANA - Fidel Castro praised his brother, Cuban President Raul Castro, on Thursday for shaking hands with President Barack Obama at a memorial for Nelson Mandela, saying he demonstrated courtesy and Continue reading
HAVANA - Fidel Castro praised his brother, Cuban President Raul Castro, on Thursday for shaking hands with President Barack Obama at a memorial for Nelson Mandela, saying he demonstrated courtesy and Continue reading
MIAMI-Now we know what Cuban ruler Raul Castro said to President Barack Obama as they famously shook hands at a memorial for the late South African President Nelson Mandela. "Mr. President, I am Castro," Continue reading
Salideros de aguas albañales afectan zona de hospitales Jueves, Diciembre 19, 2013 | Por Yesmy Elena Mena SANTA CLARA, Cuba, 19 de diciembre de 2013, Yesmy Elena/ www.cubanet.org.- Vecinos de la calle San Cristóbal y trabajadores de la Unidad Asistencial de la Salud XX Aniversario, ubicados en el Reparto Raúl Sancho, de esta ciudad, se […] Continue reading
Living in a Shelter: The Tragedy of Thousands of Cubans / Lilianne Ruiz
Posted on December 18, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba, December 2013, www.cubanet.org – The poverty in which most
Cubans live — and to which they adapt, thanks to the meticulous
mechanisms of power that 54 years of State terror have imposed — is not
an insurmountable fate. It would be enough for the Cuban government to
respect all human rights, opening the political and economic game, in
order to improve the living conditions of the island's inhabitants.

Misery is aggravated when one has neither a place to live nor economic
resources to rent, build or buy a house. It is estimated that, in the
Central Havana municipality alone, 6,201 families (24,584 people) are
affected by the uninhabitable condition of their dwellings. Of that
number, only 125 families are located in the so-called transit
communities: collective shelters, as they are known in Cuba.

But those figures do not shed light on what it means for a family to
live sheltered. One must cross the threshold of figures in order to see
up close the true face of the tragedy.

The "Collective Shelter" of San Rafael 417 in Central Havana

According to those who live there, the building previously housed a
factory for sanitary napkins (intimates in the Cuban language). Decrepit
posters with some communist slogans are not missing. The hall is divided
into different rooms where the belongings of those who have come to stop
in this site are grouped. What seems to be the bathroom is in fact a
latrine. Nor is there seen anywhere a sink with running water.

Iverlysse Junco is 29 years old. The door of the little room of wooden
planks where she lives with her husband and four children creates a
false illusion of privacy. Everything looks poor and ugly, but it is
impressive to see the white of the diapers that cover the cradle of her
baby born a month ago. She has not neglected her personal appearance in
spite of the fact that she is not expecting anyone; she keeps her
dignity in the cleanliness and order that she maintains in the 4 x 4
meters where they live.

Six years ago they left a tenement in danger of collapse. The room has
not a single window. The first thing that she shows us behind a curtain
is another sliding wooden plank that gives onto the street.

"When we came it was completely closed, but one day I could not endure
any longer the lack of air and I grabbed a saw in order to make that
opening," she says. "The bad thing is that now my husband and I cannot
leave together, because one of us two has to stay in order to make sure
no one enters and takes our things. They came to assess a fine against
me, for nothing less than for altering the facade. But I told the
district delegate that they are very familiar with my situation."

On an improvised kitchen counter is a pair of electric burners where she
does everything: from cooking to boiling the diapers, as is customary
among Cuban mothers who have no way to pay for the luxury of disposable
diapers, which involves a greater cost than a month's salary.

The baby is cold as a consequence of the humidity: she has to hang out
clothes there inside. The water she asks of a neighbor on the block. He
lets them fill the buckets that they then carry to a little tank in the
corner of the room. That limited water has to serve them for washing,
mopping, cooking and bathing in the same room. Part of everyone's
routine every day is to keep the deposit full. But with other needs
there is no arrangement; they have to urinate and defecate in a bucket
dedicated to that purpose and then go out to pour it down the drain in
the street.

"Everything is hard here. The most difficult is getting up in the
morning and having to be watching the people to be able to go out to
dispose of the bucket. I cannot not have the bleach for cleaning and the
freshener."

Her husband works in demolition, which is why she is aware of the
quantity of collapses that occurs, especially when it rains.

"When do I leave here? The collapses are going to continue because
Havana is falling down."

Although Iverlysse and her husband work a lot, they see themselves
reduced to total dependency on the State. In a collectivist system,
which condemns private property and the free market, the hypothetical
solution is that, not with one's own effort, but with collective work,
the Junco family will get a house in which to live.

In practice, society has submitted to state control and planning. The
happiness of the Junco family depends then on their file being
privileged in the eyes of the official, who next December 20 will have
to decide if, among the 900 cases that are presented in the whole of the
Havana province — after prioritizing the "cases" that have spent 20
years sheltered, hoping — theirs qualifies as sufficiently affected by
an extreme situation.

"I have already gone to the Province (Office of Dwellings) and to the
government. Three times I went to Revolution Plaza and seven times I
wrote letters to the State Counsel. On all those occasions the answer
was: You have to wait. There are worse cases than yours. What can be
worse than this?" Iverlysse asks herself.

The statistics about the numbers of sheltered people and those waiting
to become sheltered, were offered by the Municipal Unit of Attention to
the Transit Communities (UMACT) of the Central Havana municipality by a
person who requested anonymity. The number of the 900 cases that will be
presented next December 20 was provided by a housing worker who also
wanted to withhold his name.

December 15, 2013/ By Lilianne Ruiz.

From Cubanet

Translated by mlk.

Source: "Living in a Shelter: The Tragedy of Thousands of Cubans /
Lilianne Ruiz | Translating Cuba" -
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URGENT: Angel Santiesteban Harassed And Threatened In The Prison Of The
Regime Which Is A Member Of The UN Human Rights Commission
Posted on December 19, 2013

The incommunication problems because of our lack of internet connections
in Cuba have prevented us from offering, as it should have been, the
inside scoop on the harassment and threats that the writer Ángel
Santiesteban-Prats is suffering since early this month at the prison in
which he is currently located. We were hoping to offer firsthand reports
narrated by Angel, to those witnessed by the family who related this to
us by phone.

But not even these communication problems have gotten the regime off the
hook: the journalist Dania Virgen García sent from the island an article
denouncing this new violation of the rights of Angel. It proves once
again that there are many who are willing to stop the injustice
committed against Angel from going unpunished.

We publicly thank Dania Virgen García and all those who have already
reproduced this article in their blogs and other digital media.

The Editor

Here is Dania's article:

Lambasting in the prison of the writer Ángel Santiesteban-Prats

by Dania Virgen García

Havana, Cuba, 17th of Decebmber 2013, Dania Virgen García/www.cubanet.org.-

In the penal settlement of MININT (Ministry of the Interior), in Lawton,
in the Havana municipality of Diez de Octubre, where the writer Ángel
Santiesteban-Prats is held, the re-educator tried to use the common
criminals against him, this past 11th of December.

In the ten months that the writer has been held in the settlement, he
has never participated in the physical countings, inspections or
political activities.

On the day in question, Santiesteban remained in the barracks, when the
prisoners were called to be counted. The re-educator, not seeing the
writer, was annoyed and began to shout insults against him.

Then, from the mouths of the prisoners themselves, he knew that the
re-educator had said he would put him "in a box". The inmates assumed it
was a reference to a coffin.

The reeducator said, moreover, that he would make a report to his
superiors for his misconduct and that Santiesteban was not a political
prisoner.

The inmates realized that reeducator had lied, because some of them have
seen the writer's ID card which has a green stripe that crosses from one
side to another, and over it are the letters CR (counter-revolutionary),
and under his picture the is the word "Warning".

On the night of Friday 13, the settlement was visited by the new head of
CETEM, Major Cobas, who tried to provoke and question the writer.

Since entering prison, the writer Santiesteban-Prats has never eaten
prison stew; instead he eats the provisions which his family has sent
him. He is never seen dressed in prison clothes and he has never
accepted the personal supplies which are given to the prisoners.

He was withdrawn on April 9th this year, from the camp of forced labor
known as CETEM, La Lima, located in the town of Guanabacoa, to Prison
1580, with the intent that he will not be present during the visit of
international journalists who were manipulated by the regime officials.

Currently, the Casa de las Americas Prize for narrative maintains the
same denial in the settlement.

Santiesteban thinks it was naive of the jailer or else that the new boss
wants to provoke him, thus causing a prison indiscipline, accusing him
of a crime to be able to send him to a closed prison. He suspects that
the guards are being manipulated by the repressive Department 21 of the
State Security.

Rest assured that whatever the intention, he will remain with his
principles and ethics, which he has maintained in the 10 months he has
been held for an alleged domestic assault that the trial could not prove.

Translated by: Shane J. Cassidy

17 December 2013

Source: "URGENT: Angel Santiesteban Harassed And Threatened In The
Prison Of The Regime Which Is A Member Of The UN Human Rights Commission
| Translating Cuba" -
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