El Gobierno admitió este viernes "un importante faltante" de obras en el Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes y apeló a la colaboración internacional para recuperarlas.
Una nota del Consejo Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural, reproducida por medios oficiales, reconoce que la semana pasada "se detectó" el robo en un almacén del Museo Nacional.Continue reading
El presidente de Venezuela Nicolás Maduro se mostró preocupado por el "odio contra el pueblo cubano" que, según él, aumenta en su país.
"Me preocupa el estímulo del odio contra el pueblo cubano porque ha llevado a la insanía mental a alguna gente", dijo este viernes el gobernante, según un video de Venezolana de Televisión reproducido por medios locales.
Maduro recordó que en Venezuela hay 25.000 médicos cubanos.Continue reading
El espía Fernando González Llort, quien pasó más de una década en prisión en Estados Unidos, llegó este viernes a Cuba, reportó AP.
González Llort se encontró con sus familiares, "acompañados por el general de Ejército Raúl Castro" y otros dirigentes del régimen, según el portal oficial Cubadebate.
El agente salió el jueves del centro correccional federal de Safford, en Arizona, y fue puesto a disposición de los servicios de inmigración para iniciar el proceso de deportación hacia Cuba.Continue reading
La organización Reporteros Sin Fronteras (RSF) pidió este viernes a las autoridades cubanas la liberación "inmediata" del escritor y bloguero Ángel Santiesteban, en prisión desde el 9 de abril de 2013, reporta EFE.
"Exhortamos a las autoridades cubanas a que retiren todos los cargos presentados contra Ángel Santiesteban Prats y les solicitamos que el periodista sea puesto en libertad de forma inmediata", demandó RSF en un comunicado.Continue reading
Posted on February 27, 2014
Huber Matos died on the morning of 27 February in Miami. On the 25th he
was admitted to Kendall Regional Hospital where he was diagnosed with a
massive heart attack. On the 26th he asked that they withdraw his
respirator because he wanted to say goodbye to his wife María Luisa
Araluce and to his children and grandchildren. During the day he
received calls from Cuba and the main leaders of his party, the
Independent and Democratic Cuba (CID) movement, who assured him the
organization would not rest until the island is free.
Activists in Holguín sang the national anthem to him and members of the
organization throughout Cuba were notified of the situation and of the
commitment of their leader. His last words were: "The struggle
continues. Viva Cuba Libre!"
Huber Matos left a political testament and a letter to Venezuelans.
There will be a service for him in Miami on Sunday, 2 March, and he
asked to be taken to Costa Rica, the country that sheltered him when he
went into exile the first time during the Revolutionary struggle in
1957. It was from Costa Rica where he left for the Sierra Maestra to
join the guerrilla war, and to this nation that he returned after
spending two decades in prison in 1979.
"I want to return to Cuba from the same land whose people always showed
me solidarity and affection, I want to rest in the earth of Costa Rica
until Cuba is free and from there go to Yara, to accompany my mother and
reunite with my father and with Cubans."
Huber Matos Benítez was born in Yara, Cuba, on 26 November 1918. He was
a schoolteacher turned Revolutionary from his opposition to the
dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. In 1957, during one of the rebels'
logistical support operations, Matos was captured by Batista's army in
the Sierra Maestra area, but he was able to escape and go into exile in
There, with the support of president José Figueres, he raised arms with
which he landed in a cargo plane in the Sierra Maestra. These arms were
decisive for the triumph of the small and poorly equipped Rebel Army
against the offensive launched by Batista in 1958. For his courage and
leadership in the guerrilla struggle, Matos was the rebel who rose most
quickly to commander, as head of the Antonio Guiteras Column 9.
The frequent battles and triumphs of this column converted Huber Matos
and his men into a legend. Column 9 was in charge of the siege,
surrender and taking of the city of Santiago, a deciding action in the
final victory of the revolutionary movement. Photographs of Fidel
Castro's triumphant entry into Havana show Huber Matos and Camilo
Cienfuegos at his side.
In 1959 Matos was named Army Commander in Camagüey province. After
having discussed several times with Fidel Castro the growing alignment
of the process with Communism, he renounced it, stating that this
constituted a betrayal of the democratic principles of the Revolution as
they had been promised to the Cuban people. In response, Castro ordered
his arrest on 21 October 1959.
A week after his detention Camilo Cienfuegos, who shared Matos' concern,
mysteriously disappeared with his plane and pilot and they were never found.
During the summary trial for sedition in December 1959, Matos insisted
on denouncing the deviation from the objective of the Revolutionary
Movement for which he and so many others had risked their lives. He was
sentenced to twenty years in prison, which he served in rebellion until
the last day in 1979.
When he left prison, a representative of the Costa Rican government
traveled to Cuba to accompany him on his trip to Costa Rica, where a
large group of Cubans met him at the airport, along with the president
Rodrigo Carazo, José Figueres and Oscar Arias.
From exile, he worked tenaciously to denounce the Castro regime. This
led him to found, in 1980 in Caracas, Venezuela, the Independent and
Democratic Cuba movement (CID), which today has a large membership
organized in delegations throughout the entire island. Members of the
CID are frequently harassed, imprisoned, and at times tortured by the
In his autobiographical book "How the Night Came," which has sold more
than 100,000 copies and which circulates clandestinely in Cuba, Matos
relates the details of his participation in the Revolutionary army and
his subsequent imprisonment, in which he was subjected to every kind of
As Secretary General of the CID, from his base in Miami, Florida, Huber
Matos engaged in intense activity reporting and campaigning in the
United States, Latin America and Europe. In 2002 his social-democratic
party published the Project of the New Republic, which has five key
1. Independence and sovereignty
2. Multiparty democracy
3. Free market economy
4. Human rights and social justice.
5. Latin American and continental integration
In addition, in 2011 the CID published a draft Constitution that
guarantees the exercise of democratic freedoms and respect for human
rights for all the inhabitants of the island, and includes a variety of
provisions on education, social welfare, the economy and the environment.
Commander Matos qualified as a teacher in Santiago de Cuba and received
a PhD in Teaching from the University of Havana.
Source: Huber Matos: "The struggle continues. Viva Cuba Libre!" / CID |
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Posted on February 27, 2014
Havana, Cuba – At la Playa de El Chivo (El Chivo beach ), on the
northeast coast of Havana, at the foot of the Castillo de los Tres Reyes
del Morro (Three Kings Castle), people carry on fishing for sport and
business, between the marine waters and sewage, without the health
authorities, environmental authorities or the coastguards taking a
responsible attitude. The zone receives thousands of cubic metres of
polluted water and its sand dunes are deteriorating as a result of the
The grunt, snapper and barber fish, among others, turn the rocky beach
into both a centre for boats which arrive every day to seek their
economic support; and at best, some people who are enjoying their
leisure and are fishing for sport.
This is going on in the mouth of the submerged sewage outlet pipe which
runs from the Havana sewage treatment plant, which filters the solid
waste coming from the northern and southern collectors of the capital. A
concrete pipe of about 375 metres in length crosses Havana Bay, as far
as Casablanca, where they pump the dirty water up to La Cabaña, so that
it then falls by gravity down to the El Chivo beach, about 150 metres
along the coast.
The most astonishing thing is that many fishermen enter into the area of
the lower reefs, without any protection, on the edge of where they are
fishing in a contaminated area, breathing in the fetid smell from the
drain, which keeps the coastal water cloudy with its permanent discharge
from the Havana sewers, whose pipes and canals are not lacking in cracks
When it comes to the end result of the activity, various fisherment
indicate that they eat the fish themselves, and that they also sell
some, but they don't say where the fish come from.
These citizens, impelled by their desperate need to support themselves
and their families, imperil the health of people who are unaware that
they are buying a product of uncertain or unknown origin, as many are
offered as skinned fillets, or say that they are deep sea fish, which
prevents the consumer seeing the physiognomy of the species, so they can
at least identify them, in order to avoid the "ciguatera" (tropical
fishfood poisoning syndrome ) which is transmitted by the picúa or the
aguají, among other species which it is forbidden to fish.
Additionally, on this beach's rocky and sandy coast, the environment is
being damaged by the dumping of plastic handles, fish-hooks, fishing
lines, and other discarded items, which are thrown away by people living
there or those passing through the area who don't take any notice of the
Alberto, an ex-fisherman, known as "The Wizard", admitted that he used
to sell fish for a while, but that it was very hard work, always running
the risk of a consumer falling ill, because the species caught in this
area end up eating the discarded rubbish in the sewage, or a shoal of
sardines who have also come over to eat toxic residues.
El Chivo Beach, by the Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro, classified
by UNESCO in 1982 as a World Heritage site, has been converted into a
contaminated focal point of bacteria and micro-organisms which can
affect the health of those who fish in its waters, pass through there,
or consume its fish.
The authorities would be perfectly able to preserve the cleanliness and
health of the ecosystem of this sandy coastline, which has been abused
and is hardly a good example of sustainable development of a zone of
natural, historical and cultural value which should be cared for.
Cubanet, 22 January 2014, Ernesto García Díaz
Translated by GH
Source: No-one Knows What Fish They are Buying / Ernesto Garcia Diaz |
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