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Washington, D.C. - In this week's installments of Marco's Constituent Mailbox video series, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) addresses constituent concerns, in English and Spanish, regarding the ongoing Continue reading

Varias decenas de miles de venezolanos se manifestaron este domingo en diferentes ciudades, convocados por dirigentes estudiantiles que, tras un mes de protestas, desafiaron al presidente, Nicolás Maduro, diciéndole que "ha perdido las calles", informa la AFP.

Esta es "la lucha del pueblo contra el Gobierno ineficiente. Maduro: usted hoy perdió las calles de Venezuela porque hoy las calles son del pueblo", dijo ante casi 20.000 personas reunidas en Caracas Juan Requesens, líder estudiantil de la Universidad Central de Venezuela.

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GLOBALPOST LIVE BLOG: CRISIS IN CRIMEA UPDATE: 3/1/14 5:20 PM ET Secretary of State John Kerry to visit Kyiv Monday night Secretary of State John Kerry made the announcement via Twitter: Continue reading
I saw the lead story on Drudge: "Russian warship in Havana." My instant reaction - the Cuban Missile Crisis again. Then came the announcement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel that this administration Continue reading

Durante los últimos dos años, "un número alto" de los casos de asesinatos y homicidios que ocurrieron en Cuba tuvieron como víctimas a personas homosexuales, y "en un elevado porcentaje están aún sin resolver", informó el periodista y bloguero oficialista Francisco Rodríguez Cruz, citando a Manuel Vázquez Seijido, asesor jurídico del Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual (CENESEX).

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GLOBALPOST LIVE BLOG: CRISIS IN CRIMEA UPDATE: 3/2/14 2:45 PM ET Mayor of Lviv, stronghold of Ukrainian nationalism, reaches out to Crimea From Moscow, GlobalPost's Dan Peleschuk files on a Continue reading
HAVANA - A Russian warship was docked in the Havana harbor on Thursday, a day after the country's defense minister announced plans to expand Russia's worldwide military presence. Havana is about 228 Continue reading
His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau was today presented with a crown by his Timor Leste counterpart His Excellency Taur Matan Ruak in the country's capital, Dili, today. Today's presentation Continue reading
Venezuela is the new Cuba.?I listen to this stuff about Cuba and I listen to what?s happening in Venezuela. They?re very similar ? not just in the repression part, but the economics part,? Florida?s Marco Continue reading
Many countries around the world are plagued by all kinds of armed rebellions, economic sanctions , civil wars, "democratic" coup d'états and/or wars of "regime change." These include Ukraine, Venezuela, Continue reading
Un “alto número” de víctimas de asesinatos registrados en Cuba en los últimos dos años eran homosexuales, informó el Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual (Cenesex), que dirige la diputada Mariela Castro, hija del dirigente Raúl Castro. Continue reading
In 1962 an average of 14 Soviet dry-cargo ships per month docked at Cuban ports, and it appears President Vladimir Putin [Unlink] is taking a page out of former President Nikita Khruschev's playbook as Continue reading
GLOBALPOST LIVE BLOG: CRISIS IN CRIMEA UPDATE: 3/2/14 1:55 PM ET Commander of Ukraine's navy declares allegiance to Crimean forces Local media in Ukraine reported Sunday that Rear Admiral Denis Continue reading

Lo ocurrido en las últimas semas en Venezuela "es una expresión de un pueblo guiado por unos jóvenes, al que le han expropiado su futuro y pisado su presente", dijo el líder opositor Leopoldo López desde su pequeña celda de aislamiento en la cárcel de Ramo Verde, en Los Teques, Miranda, donde se encuentra recluido desde el pasado 18 de febrero.

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They say no one learns a lesson through someone else’s head, that we repeat the mistakes of others and stumble, over and over, on the same stone. Skeptics assure us that people forget, close their eyes to the past and … Continue reading Continue reading
Genesis Carmona, college student and local beauty pageant winner shot in the head during the protests, being rushed to the hospital, where she died. Photo from runrun.es They say no one learns a lesson Continue reading
Bravo Pueblo/durdaneta While the uprising in Venezuela is getting lots less news coverage than the turmoil in Ukraine, the outcome is of equal importance - if not more - to the United States. Why? Continue reading
10:12 AM Facebook Twitter Google+ Havana, March 2, (RHC) Fernando Gonzalez, one of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters imprisoned in 1998 in the United States, and who was the second of them to Continue reading
10:08 AM Facebook Twitter Google+ Havana, March 2, (RHC) The traditional humidor auction that closed the 16 Habano Cigar Festival in Havana collected 1 million 102 thousand 210 Euros, which were Continue reading
El autor compara la Cuba actual con la que vio en su primera visita, a finales de 1990. "Aquel era un país de escasez, casi todo el mundo que conocíamos nos pedía algo que necesitaban: jabón, bolígrafos, dinero, incluso las zapatillas que vestíamos", explica. Continue reading
El periódico estadounidense “The New York Times” relata este domingo en un amplio artículo titulado “La evolución cubana” los cambios económicos y sociales que se viven en la isla y las incógnitas que se abren de cara al futuro. Continue reading
Photo Peter Deel On the 27th, after serving his sentence, one of the “Cuban Five” spies was released and subsequently deported to Cuba. For several days, the official press and the authorities have launched a media circus, which starting today … Continue reading Continue reading
Camila Vallejo dirigente estudiantil chilena, calla ante el asesinato de 15 jóvenes en Venezuela y acusa las protestas estudiantiles de querer dar un golpe de estado. Dilma Rouseeff, que sufrió en carne propia la dictadura brasileña, o Cristina Kirchner, que dice ser luchadora por los derechos humanos, defienden la represión chavista Continue reading

El Gobierno venezolano aseguró este sábado que "el pueblo" disfruta los días de descanso ampliado de carnavales, aprovechando las vacaciones que rigen desde el jueves por decreto presidencial, frente a las llamadas de sectores opositores a continuar en las protestas organizadas por estudiantes y oposición, reporta EFE.

"Nuestro pueblo, volcado a gozar de los carnavales", indicó el ministro de Turismo, Andrés Izarra, en declaraciones al canal estatal VTV, tras hacer un recorrido por diferentes puntos turísticos del litoral del país.

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Miles de soldados rusos bloquean fuerzas ucranianas en Crimea. Obama habla 90 minutos con Putin. Le advierte sobre posibles sanciones políticas y económicas, Reunión del Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU Continue reading
Colaboradores de la isla, muestran el estado actual de los ríos Yayabo en Sancti Spíritus y Bélico en Santa Clara y advierten del riesgo de contraer enfermedades infecciosas. Continue reading
A part of the roof of the newly repaired National Bus Terminal Havana collapsed, causing severe injuries to two young people who were awaiting the arrival of relatives from the Camagüey Province. The young people (Dayana Tejeda and Yisel Gonzalez, … Continue reading Continue reading
Could recap what sparked the current situation in Ukraine? President Yanukovych rejected the negotiations for Ukraine to sign an agreement with the EU and had later a deal with Russia instead. This Continue reading
© RIA Novosti/Grigory Sysoyev Sergey Shoigu At a time of escalated tensions with the West over Ukraine, Russia says it is negotiating with eight governments around the world for access to military facilities, Continue reading
GLOBALPOST LIVE BLOG: CRISIS IN CRIMEA UPDATE: 3/2/14 8:15 AM ET Ukraine calls up reserves In response to Russia's move to seize control of the Crimean peninsula, on Sunday Ukraine mobilized Continue reading

El cantante británico Tom Jones amenizó el viernes por la noche la subasta final del Festival Internacional del Habano, en la que los organizadores dijeron haber recaudado 1,1 millones de dólares, reporta la AP.

Las autoridades cubanas dicen que el monto de estas pujas se destina al sistema de salud.

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DERECHOS HUMANOS Febrero: gladiolos al mar MARTHA BEATRIZ ROQUE CABELLO | La Habana | 2 Mar 2014 – 12:18 pm. La policía política impidió las conmemoraciones por la muerte de Zapata Tamayo y los pilotos de Hermanos al Rescate. El fin del mes de febrero trajo dos aniversarios para los cubanos que quieren la democracia. […] Continue reading
De ‘El brigadista’ a ‘Conducta’ DARIELA AQUIQUE LUNA | La Habana | 2 Mar 2014 – 10:22 am. Cuánto camino han recorrido el cine y la sociedad cubana desde la película de Octavio Cortázar (1977) hasta la de Ernesto Daranas (2014). El brigadista, película realizada en 1977 por Octavio Cortázar y protagonizada por Patricio Wood, […] Continue reading
The blogger Angel Santiesteban Prats now has completed one year in prison. It’s been one year today since Ángel Santiesteban Prats was detained in prison. The writer and netizen is the author of an informative blog, The Children Nobody Wanted, created … Continue reading Continue reading
The Tax Man and his Aladdin's Lamp / Gladys Linares
Posted on March 1, 2014

HAVANA, Cuba. — In 2010, Elvira was dismissed from her workplace. She
had no option other than to get a license and open a snack-bar in her
home in order to support her mother and son. She started selling coffee,
soft drinks and sandwiches. She remarks that working for herself was
more convenient, and she believed that she owed nothing to anyone
because every month she duly paid her taxes.

Nevertheless, when she heard talk for the first time about the sworn
statement about personal income as part of the "perfection" of the Cuban
economic model, she never imagined what would happen to her: one fine
day, they notified her that she owed nine thousand pesos national
currency in debt to the tax authorities, and 500 in fines for fraud in
her sworn statement, a total of 380 CUC [around $400 USD, close to two
year's average income in Cuba], hard currency and unattainable.

On inquiring at the Office of National Tax Administration (ONAT), the
responses she received left her bewildered. According to the official,
in order to monitor the sworn statement, they consider the work hours,
quantity of products sold and their prices, as well as the place where
the snack-bar is located.

Elvira asked how they could know all that, and the worker replied that
the evaluation might be direct or indirect. "You may know that we
observe you, but equally we have the option of evaluating you without
your knowing." And she added that if she did not agree, she could
complain. Elvira, getting to her feet, told her: "I see now that you
all get information from Aladdin's Lamp." Today she is thinking of
turning in her license and working under the table, but first she must
devise a way to pay the debt.

A carrier who did not want to reveal his name said that he turned in his
license more than three months ago because "the streets are in a very
bad state, and I barely earned enough to buy tires and fix the car." In
spite of that, a short while ago they notified him of a tax debt of 30
thousand pesos national currency, some 1,200 CUC.

One of the topics that lately has caused a commotion among the people is
the great quantity of money the self-employed have to pay by way of
taxes and fines.

Julio, an honest and enterprising neighbor, closed his private
restaurant and turned in his license some time ago. He says that when
the matter of the sworn statement about personal income began at the end
of the year, he did not understand why, if all those months he paid 10%
of his income, he had to pay again at year's end.

"Marino Murillo said," complains Julio, "that the payment to the tax
system is to diminish the inequalities among the citizens. And I say
what must be done for that is to take away privileges from the leaders,
officials and their families, who are the ones who live well in this
country, at the expense of Cubans."

Cubanet, February 27, 2014, Gladys Linares

Translated by mlk.

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Venezuela, a Truth Between Virtue and Vengeance / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Posted on March 1, 2014

The Cuban people will go down in history as the people who most
contributed to Latin American disintegration. Disguised by the
ideological hatred of capitalism, we bit into the core of fratricidal
hatred on our continent. This guilt today covers several generations,
irreversibly anthropologically damaged. There is no forgiveness capable
of freeing us from this criminal responsibility.

Since January 1959, a bourgeois and pro-democratic revolution, with
strong hints of urban terrorism and a certain Cuban-style Protestantism,
was re-channeled by Fidel Castro into an agrarian and anti-imperialist
process, and ultimately turned into a dictatorship of the proletariat
and an extreme alliance with Moscow in the context of the Cold War.

The United States did nothing to avoid the artificial radicalization of
the Revolution. Rather, great arrogance and a touch of ignorance led to
the victimhood with which we Cubans justify a regime of injustice and
impunity: massive social programs but not for those human beings who
weigh in with an opinion (whether for or against, discipline in the face
of despotism was always the key to survival in times of revolution).

Thus, Castro took thousands and thousands of lives, not only of his
opponents (many of them armed), but also of Cuban revolutionaries, the
majority executed extra-judicially — many of them were tried after they
were shot — as soon as they manifested the least symptom of dissent to
the official totalitarian discourse.

Cuban society came unhinged within a few months. No press remained. No
religion one could publicly confess. No independent education, only that
imposed "for free" by the State. Nor was there personalized healthcare.
Nor commercial brands. Nor "human rights," a term that still today
sounds like an insult within Cuba. All exchange of international
currency was abolished. We could not leave nor enter the country. We
could not connect by phone with the outside nor receive a letter without
being fired from our jobs.

Those who could flee, fled. We are still fleeing. It is our permanent
plebiscite before a government that never listened to its own people:
flight as a reaction to asphyxiating Fidel-ity. Those who remained on
the island shut up or went to prison with long sentences — and terribly
cruel tortures — like those that made Nelson Mandela, for example, a
global icon.

We non-Castroite Cubans never became icons of anything. We were simply
"worms," "traitors," "scum," the "lumpen" of the "first free territory
in America." In American academia, especially, where Castroism had been
"politically correct" from the very beginning, the greatest Cuban
intellectuals, like the exiled and ultimately suicidal Reinaldo Arenas,
never found shelter.

Then we imposed death on Asia, Africa and the Americas. We tried to
spark 1,959 Vietnams all over the planet, possibly with nuclear missiles
installed in Cuba behind the backs of the Cuban people. We invaded
sovereign nations like Venezuela, and forever traumatized the fragile
democracies of the hemisphere in the interest of a violent seizure of
power, in uprisings or false populist movements that implied the
scaffold for class enemies.

Just around the time our failure was obvious, with the fall of the
global Socialist Camp, we used the money from other genocidal powers —
such as Libya, North Korea and Iran — to encourage the false socialist
democracies of the 21st century. Finally, it's now Venezuela's turn. A
country that for many decades has been on Cuba's death row, as General
Angel Vivas reminded us a few days ago from his besieged home.

The Venezuelan people slept, like so many in the region. And in
addition, it was a nation that evolved in its incessant clamor for a
more just social system and less political demagoguery; this sequel
we've dragged with us in Latin America since independence only
bequeathed to us its retrograde string of caudillos.

Free Cubans, in Cuba and in exile, deplored Hugo Chavez from before his
triumphant election. We never believed in his cynical smile. We didn't
even trust his most transparent election. Cubans know that the butcher's
hand of Castro never fails. But the world labelled us, then,
reactionaries, "Batistianos" (half a century after Batista), and
"Washington's mercenaries" (as, in effect, many of us had no choice,
having lacked a country in perpetuity). And, still worse, they spat in
our face the stigma of being the intestinal traitors of the universal
cause of Revolution.

Today Venezuela has taken to the streets, it "has had enough and has
begun to march," to the scorn of Ernest "Ché" Guevara, Salvado Allende,
and other victims of Castroism still not recognized as such. In
Venezuela the exploding popular tide is not political, but rather one of
founding resistance. There where dictators and democrats have failed,
the Venezuelan people understood that they were looking at their last
chance. The alternatives to Chavezism, with or without cancer, were
becoming obvious to Venezuelans after a decade of decline: Castroism in
perpetuity or Castroism in perpetuity. They would never escape this
monolithic idiocy if they didn't escape it now.

Venezuelans are a lovely and free people, as were Cubans. It is now that
they have to break the chains of constitutional fatigue. The Castro
regime has never before been in such danger of finally beginning to
disappear, with or without octogenarian Castros dictating their death
ordeals from an interred, inhuman Havana.

Your freedom is now or now, Venezuela, still miraculously alive in this
terrible trance were even vengeance seems like a virtue.

1 March 2014, From El Nacional, Venezuela

Source: Venezuela, a Truth Between Virtue and Vengeance / Orlando Luis
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Venezuela is not Angola / Camilo Ernesto Olivera Peidro
Posted on March 1, 2014

Cuba is not the same as 40 years ago, but its leaders are the same

HAVANA, Cuba, February — Cuba intervened militarily in Angola on the
side of the MPLA in August of 1975. In 1977 Revolutionary Armed Forces
(FAR) supported the government of Agostino Neto in order to suppress by
blood and fire an internal rebellion.

After that moment, the Cuban government took in its hands, in a less
surreptitious manner, control of Angola. Within the MPLA there were
divergent opinions about the role the Cubans were playing in the
country's political situation. On the death of President Neto in 1979,
they pulled strings for the appointment of Jose Eduardo DosSantos to the
post.

"In 1978, Fidel Castro knew that he could not count on the USSR
unconditionally," says an ex-official connected to the Cuban embassy in
Angola at that time, "and his plan B consisted of strengthening
political and military control over Angola. The Russians involved
themselves in the matter when they saw the possibility of trafficking
arms in exchange for gold and precious stones. This the high Cuban
officialdom did from the moment they gained control of the Angolan
governmental entities and the main access roads into the country. The
political and military caste that came into power in Russia post-1991,
did it, too, with the money earned there and in other low intensity
military conflicts."

Now, in the case of Venezuela, the strategy is different but seeking the
same objective. "Venezuela is not Angola, and Cuba is not the same as it
was 40 years ago," explains my interlocutor, "but the individuals in
control are the same. They have sent civil collaborators like a screen
to try to cloak their strong presence within the structures of all
levels of that country. Chavez handed the house keys to the Cuban DGI
(State Intelligence Directorate), and Maduro is a bad version of Jose
Eduardo DosSantos."

If the political situation in Venezuela goes completely out of control,
the first victims would be the Cuban civil collaborators. "And in the
same way as happened in 1977 when Nito Alves confronted Agostino Neto,
it cannot be ruled out that FAR will intervene in Venezuela citing the
protection of the collaborators."

The question of how they will do it is more of form than of substance.
But Angola was a country recently released from colonial domination, in
contrast with Venezuela which possesses a democratic tradition that has
shown itself to be persistent. "Nevertheless the silence or complicity
of the Latin-American countries with the abuses of the Burro from
Miraflores is a bad sign."

On the other hand, the government of Raul Castro is facing a difficult
choice: "If the military intervention by Cuban troops generates a spiral
of such violence that it involves massive deaths among the civilian
Venezuelan population and Cubans, the political cost for Raul Castro
would be very high within and outside of Cuba. The US government would
hold all the cards in its favor to declare it a hemispheric plague. The
Latin-American governments would have to take a clear position in the
matter or public opinion would hold them to account." And a possible
dialog with the CEE would grind to a halt.

Towards the interior of Cuban, just look at the sad destiny that the
African veterans suffer. My interlocutor said: "It is unlikely that a
lightning political campaign of Raulism will gain the support of the
island's people for military intervention in Venezuela. At first, he
will send elite troops trained in confronting disturbances in urban zones."

In 1992 Fidel Castro declared that the era of Cuban military missions
abroad had ended. Two decades later, the drums of another fratricidal
war may be about to beat on the doors of the Cuban family. The worst
scenario possible is not impossible.

Cubanet, February 28, 2014 / Camilo Ernesto Olivera Peidro

Translated by mlk

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Cuesta Morua's Wife Threatened With Eviction Notice / Reinaldo Emilio
Cosano Alen
Posted on March 1, 2014

Havana, Cuba. – Professor Gloria Llopis Prendes, her daughter Gloria and
her 3-year-old granddaughter Amanda, have received an Eviction Notice to
vacate their current home located at Avenida 71 Edif. 3, Aprt 10, Zona
de Desarrollo, Batabano, Mayabeque province, a community known as Las
Casas de los Maestros (Teacher's House).

How did you become aware of this Eviction Notice?

"On February 20th an official commission showed up at my home to give me
an ultimatum, that I had only 15 days to go back to work, otherwise I
would be considered an illegal occupant of the premises. Among the local
officials were Julio Cesar Martinez, Director of the Ministry of
Education (MINED) here in Batabano; Hildo Caballero, general secretary
of the Communist Party (PCC) in the municipality; and a lady named
Liset, head of the MINED Department of Inspectors in the municipality. I
have no choice, if I refuse to vacate the house, all utilities will be
cut off, the police will enforce the eviction notice and we'll be homeless.

What is the basis for this eviction threat?

Our apartment is an asset of Ministry of Education. Once you don't work
for them anymore, you cannot be in possession of such asset. I have been
working for the Ministry of Education since January 3, 1983, until two
years ago when I was fired for becoming a peaceful dissident, a "crime"
sufficient to cause you to lose your job.

Do you know someone who has been given such an ultimatum?

"Yes, Odalys Fernandez Quesada, History professor, received a similar
notification from the same Commission. Odalys is member of the NGO Zero
Violence Feminine Platform, of which I am the Coordinator, and
associated with the NGO Nuevo Pais (New Country) Forum, presided over by
Dr. Manuel Cuesta-Morua.

Cuesta-Morua is your husband. What is his legal status?

"Manuel is on probation now. He has to go once a week to a Police
Station located at Septima y 62, Miramar, Municipio Playa. He was
imprisoned some days before the CELAC Summit in Havana for daring to
call a parallel convention which did not take place because the
government obstructed it. They charged him with "Disseminating False
News against World Peace."

Do you know any other former employee of Ministry of Education in
possession of housing that belongs to the Ministry?

"Yes, many. When the Escuelas en el Campo (schools in the countryside)
idea failed, some employees went to work in different fields, others
took clerical jobs, others were promoted to political or administrative
positions, always keeping the roofs over their heads.

"The same thing happens with all the housing that belongs to any
government entity. Officials look the other way, they never review the
lease as long as the employee continues working for the government*.
Whoever is in possession of an asset is tied for life to government
entities. Years ago apartment buildings were built in the countryside
for those teachers who were permanently working in middle schools and
high schools in those areas."

Gloria Llopis holds a BA History and Social Sience 1983 and a BA
Psychology and Pedagogy 1989

*Translator's note: Since the vast majority of jobs in Cuba are in State
entities, this covers most working people.

Cubanet, 28th of February, 2014 Reinaldo Emilio Cosano Alen

Translated by: Rafa

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El Gobierno de Panamá otorgó "residencia permanente" a un grupo de refugiados cubanos que el pasado lunes comenzó una huelga de hambre alegando desatención de las autoridades panameñas, informo el viernes la Cancillería del país centroamericano, reporta EFE.

El ministro de Exteriores de Panamá, Francisco Álvarez de Soto, negó en un comunicado que los cubanos, que reclamaban trabajo y alojamiento, hubieran quedado en "estado de indefensión" por parte de las autoridades panameñas e insistió en que "la Cancillería está aplicando la ley vigente en Panamá en materia de asilo".

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Venezuela, una verdad entre la virtud y la venganza 1 DE MARZO 2014 – 00:01 El pueblo cubano quedará en la historia como el pueblo que más hizo por la desintegración latinoamericana. Disfrazado de odio ideológico al capital, hincamos hasta la médula el odio fratricida en nuestro continente. Esa culpa cubre hoy varias generaciones dañadas […] Continue reading
Periodista exiliada pide ayuda para visitar a su madre enferma en Cuba Posted on 1 marzo, 2014 La periodista exiliada Lissette Bustamante, residente en Miami, ha hecho pública una Petición de Ayuda para poder visitar a su madre enferma en Cuba. Bustamante, que tomó el camino del exilio en 1992, ha hecho llegar su solicitud […] Continue reading
Help for my sick elderly mother in Cuba

I need help , hope and strength for my mother to...

I need help , hope and strength for my mother to live what's left before
embarking wsu trip starting with the resources they need to cope with
the consequences of a deep stroke that has left her in a wheelchair ,
the right of her paralyzed and with body language tropelosa . It is 85
years his stroke occurred two years ago, but my current situation does
not allow me to keep shipping and payment of medicines, food, adult
diapers , can not pay for treatment of a physical therapist to come to
the house in Havana to do the exercises you need to achieve some
movement on the right side of his body. I'm an only child, I have no
family , people who care are the two caretakers to you from here a fair
payment for my mother to be treated like a queen salary.
I am desolate , a year ago I could not travel to see my mother or attend
to because I have no money to pay for the extension of the Cuban
passport , because even a citizen , Cuban authorities compel me to enter
and leave Cuba with Cuban passport costs $ 400.00 and 80 for
humanitarian visa.

I think you can imagine how I feel anxious and drowned unable to supply
my mother you need to have a decent quality of life in the last years of
his life . Since I had saved is over , I leave here a cry for help to
see my mother , to improve their quality of life in a country where lack
of everything.

I'm disabled because I suffer from a rare disease , so my check is
dedicated almost entirely to my mother trying to have a decent life.
Hopefully with these lyrics help achieve the necessary travel more often
and also feel my cares what makes it feel better in the midst of his
depression as it was always a vital woman. Luckily his mind is lucid ,
his own delusions of age . IF I'm worried it much because although care
has two alternating for care , need and begs me to travel to Havana to
embrace it and hold hands and close together , she in her chair wheels,
watch the TV programs you love. When I could be with her convert to do
exercises, but from here now when I call do not understand what the
state tells me that it has been his language.

Hopefully and God grant that the day my mother on his journey to be with
her .

Please , I appeal to humanitarian relief and humanism you like a mother
and daughter meet again . Also you can take and send everything you need
to be in good condition , despite the delicate consequences of stroke. I
am choked with anguish and cling to hope because I am convinced that
there are good people who are committed to marriage and family support .

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Innermost thoughts* of Raúl Castro president of the Council of State,
"tired predator" - Cuba

"Although nearly 82, I secured a new five-year term as president in
February 2013. It will be the last one. It is time for me to stand down
after making some concessions… in a manner of speaking, at least. I
definitely want to make some economic concessions, allow the creation of
small private companies, and even lift travel restrictions for my fellow
citizens, including traitors such as that unruly blogger Yoani Sánchez.
But, for the time being, forget about allowing an independent press and
loosening the controls on the Internet.
Think about it. Too much information flowing freely in Cuba could
encourage protests and sedition. Our system is collapsing, as I've said
several times at internal meetings. But the Revolution is supposed to be
irreversible, as my elder brother always used to say, and it's thanks to
this kind of language that the regime has survived until now.
If I legalized independent newspapers and radio stations tomorrow, if I
allowed broadband Internet and if I ratified the two UN conventions on
civil and political rights that I signed in 2008, the collapse would
just come all the faster. Dig our own grave? No way. But we have little
room for manoeuvre. Freedom of information and pluralism are recognized
everywhere else in Latin America, at least on paper. Except in Cuba.
It's pretty tricky, especially as I am this year's president of the
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
Of course, it wasn't very subtle of me to have kept this poor Calixto
Ramon Martínez Arias of Hablemos Press in detention for seven months
just for providing information about dengue and cholera epidemics that
we later had to confirm. And it's not very clever to lock up this Granma
journalist, Luis Antonio Torres, whose reporting I had even praised, or
the netizen Angel Santiesteban-Prats. When I am going to be able to
release those two? Keeping them in detention is absurd, I know. But
political survival has a price.
So? So I allow my State Security to harass and beat up independent
journalists and bloggers."

*To show how some predators really think, we have presented their
innermost thoughts in the first person. We had to use a little
imagination, of course, but the facts alluded to conform to reality.

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EL BLOGUERO ÁNGEL SANTIESTEBAN PRATS YA LLEVA UN AÑO ENCARCELADO PUBLICADO EL VIERNES 28 DE FEBRERO DE 2014. Hoy se cumple un año de que Ángel Santiesteban Prats fue recluido en prisión. El escritor y netciudadano es autor del blog informativo Los hijos que nadie quiso, creado en 2008, conocido por criticar abiertamente al gobierno. […] Continue reading
DISSIDENT BLOGGER COMPLETES YEAR IN DETENTION
PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2014.

Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Angel
Santiesteban-Prats, a writer who completes a year in detention today and
who began a blog in 2008 called Los hijos que nadie quiso that was
openly critical of the government.

Santiesteban-Prats was arrested on 28 February 2013 to begin serving the
five-year jail sentence on trumped-up charges of "home violation" and
"injuries" that he received at the end of a hasty and arbitrary trial on
8 December 2012. No hard evidence was produced in support of the charges.

After his first six weeks in detention, he was transferred on 9 April
2013 to a prison in the Havana suburb of San Miguel del Padrón where he
was repeatedly subjected to acts of mistreatment and torture.

Reporters Without Borders learned on 18 February that the National
Association of Law Offices (ONBC) has suspended his lawyer, Amelia
Rodríguez Cala, for six months, considerably hampering her efforts to
obtain his release.

Rodríguez also defends other dissidents, including the musician Gorki
Aguila and Sonia Garro of the Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White), a group
formed by wives, daughters and other close relatives of imprisoned
dissidents that demonstrates peacefully for their release. The European
Parliament awarded it the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2005.

"We already criticized the draconian and cruel treatment of
Santiesteban-Prats and other independent news providers a year ago,"
said Reporters Without Borders head of research Lucie Morillon. "We urge
the Cuban authorities to overturn his conviction and free him at once."

"The intimidation to which journalists are constantly subjected in Cuba
is extremely worrying. Cuba is ranked lower than any other country in
the Americas in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index
– 170th out of 180 countries."

Although Santiesteban-Prats is the only blogger currently serving a jail
sentence, the authorities continue to harass any news provider who
challenges the government's propaganda.

Reporters for independent news websites such as Hablemos Press are often
arrested arbitrarily and then released a few hours later. The journalist
William Cacer Díaz was one of the latest victims of this form of
harassment on 14 February.

At least six other independent news providers - including Magaly Novis
Otero, Pablo Morales Marchán, Ignacio Luis González Vidal, Denis Noa
Martínez and Tamara Rodríguez Quesada – were briefly detained in January.

An open letter to President Raúl Castro that Santiesteban-Prats wrote
from his prison cell was posted on his blog today.

Santiesteban-Prats is registered as one of Cuba's two detained news
providers in the Reporters Without Borders Barometer. He is listed as a
detained netizen (blogger). The other is José Antonio Torres, a Santiago
de Cuba-based reporter for the Communist Party daily Granma who has been
held since May 2011. Torres is listed as a detained journalist.

Source: Dissident blogger completes year in detention - Reporters
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