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Daily Archives: March 5, 2014

Silvio Rodríguez tiene la esperanza de que los cambios emprendidos por el gobierno del presidente cubano Raúl Castro en Cuba funcionen. Continue reading
He raised his hand at the meeting. The director had told them “don’t hold back,” so he took advantage of the chance to say what he’d remained silent about for months. He started with the very low wages paid to … Continue reading Continue reading

El presidente Nicolás Maduro anunció este miércoles la ruptura de las relaciones "políticas, económicas y comerciales" con Panamá, a cuyo Gobierno acusó de ser utilizado para montar una "conspiración internacional" contra Venezuela, informaron medios locales.

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El alcalde metropolitano de Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, dirigió una carta pública a Raúl Castro, donde lo emplaza como "mentor" del Gobierno de Nicolás Maduro, informó El Universal.

Castro asistió este miércoles a los actos conmemorativos del fallecimiento de Hugo Chávez.

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“El precio de instalación aún se desconoce. Lo que se ha filtrado por un documento, al que ha tenido acceso DIARIO DE CUBA, son las diferentes tarifas para la navegación nacional e internacional”. Continue reading
Diplomacy during the Cold War, wrote Sam Tanenhaus in last Sunday's New York Times , may have been more of a high wire act than a chess match-but diplomacy, neither then nor now, is a tug of war.  Continue reading
It's pointless to pay attention to foreign policy when a Democrat is president, unless you enjoy having your stomach in a knot. As long as a Democrat sits in the White House, America will be repeatedly Continue reading
.- H.E. Mr. Ferenc Szebényi, Director for the Americas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of  Hungary, arrived this afternoon, Wednesday, March 5th, to Cuba to carry out a work visit. During this opportunity,  Continue reading
CUBA, 5 de marzo de 2014.Al cumplirse un año del fallecimiento del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez instituciones cubanas y diferentes organizaciones de la sociedad civil realizaron hoy una marcha en Continue reading
Ecuador, 5 de marzo de 2014.   El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Movilidad Humana de la República del Ecuador emitió un comunicado hoy en el que señala que "comparte la alegría del Gobierno de Continue reading
Egipto, 5 de marzo de 2014. El ministro de Cultura de Egipto, Dr. Mohamed Saber Arab inauguró junto al embajador de Cuba Otto Vaillant Frías, la exposición de caricaturas en solidaridad con Cuba y con Continue reading
VENEZUELA, 5 de marzo de 2014.El Presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros de Cuba, Raúl Castro Ruz, rindió este miércoles en Caracas tributo al comandante Hugo Chávez, en ocasión del primer Continue reading
CUBA, 5 de marzo de 2014 . La Sesión plenaria del Comité Intergubernamental para la Educación Física y el Deporte (CIGEPS), sesionará en Paris los días 6 y 7 de marzo. Cuba, en su calidad de Presidente Continue reading
A la llegada del líder Raúl Castro al homenaje que se está realizando este miércoles en Venezuela por el primer aniversario de la muerte de Hugo Chávez, se empezó a izar la bandera de Cuba junto a la de Venezuela. Pero por un hecho fortuito, la bandera cubana se rompió antes de izarse por completo. Continue reading
--Human Rights Advocate Shines Light on Cases of Torture, Illegal Detention By Heather Scott WASHINGTON (MNI) - Venezuelan legislators of widely different political stripes Wednesday denounced Continue reading
The open-source OpenStack cloud platform is officially gaining a new supporter today, with the announcement that GoDaddy is now supporting the OpenStack Foundation. GoDaddy, one of the largest Web hosting Continue reading
Según la publicación, algunos están educando a una nueva generación de empresarios cubanos de la isla para sacar provecho de las aperturas limitadas recientes del insipiente sector privado en Cuba Continue reading
40 trabajos personales de entre 1996 y 2011 se exhiben en la Galería L, de la Universidad de La Habana Continue reading
Havana (AFP) - One of the so-called "Cuban Five" intelligence agents convicted by the US of spying has been denied a British visa to attend a London symposium, Cuban media said Wednesday. Rene Gonzalez, Continue reading
On the 15th of February 2008, with the uploading to the internet of Issue 1 (January-February), the magazine Convivencia was born in Pinar del Río.  Since then, six years have passed of uninterrupted bimonthly publication.  The new publication invited one … Continue reading Continue reading
El abuelo de la víctima no está de acuerdo y dio la voz a la prensa independiente. La pequeña tuvo que ir al quirófano Continue reading
A rum-flavoured beer, named Cubanisto, will be launched by AB InBev this month. Cubanisto will be available in UV-light sensitive coated bottles The 5.9% ABV spirit-beer, inspired by the Caribbean, Continue reading
Vice President of Advancement at The College of The Bahamas Dr. Ian Strachan has challenged Rotarians to invest in the college which has a legacy of transforming lives. In his address to the Rotary Continue reading
El chavismo no ha sido desde sus inicios sino una pésima telenovela nacional, de la que al fin se hartó el país Continue reading

La galería The 8th Floor, en Nueva York, presenta este 7 de marzo Drapetomanía: Grupo Antillano y el arte de Afro-Cuba, muestra colectiva en homenaje al Grupo Antillano, con curaduría de Alejandro de la Fuente.

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El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, encabezó este miércoles los actos conmemorativos por el primer aniversario del fallecimiento de Hugo Chávez, informó el diario El Nacional.

Desde el Paseo Los Próceres, en Caracas, el gobernante reconoció que se produjeron protestas en al menos cuatro estados del país e indicó que fueron capturados varios "jefes de las guarimbas (barricadas)".

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El titular de Exteriores ruso y el estadounidense se reunirán en Paris. Dejan fuera al ministro Ucraniano. Hillary Clinton comparó las decisiones de Putin para invadir Ucrania con las que tomaba Adolf Hitler durante la expansión de Alemania, previo a la Segunda Guerra Mundial Continue reading
i i for NPR Eleggua shrines in Matanzas, Cuba. Harris Eisenstadt for NPR In Afro-Cuban religious ceremonies, it's common for participants to become possessed by spirits. All sorts of people are possessed: Continue reading

Según un funcionario de ETECSA, única empresa de telecomunicaciones en Cuba, en la primera quincena de septiembre se comenzará a comercializar internet en las casas, ADSL incluido.

El precio de instalación aún se desconoce. Lo que se ha filtrado por un documento, al que ha tenido acceso DIARIO DE CUBA, son las diferentes tarifas para la navegación nacional e internacional.

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Wellington, sandwiched between some of New Zealand's finest wine regions on the southern tip of the North Island is positioned on the stunning Wellington Harbour. Affectionately known as the coolest city Continue reading

Otros 4.000 médicos cubanos llegarán a Brasil esta semana y se juntan a los cerca de 7.400 que ya trabajan en el país, informaron fuentes oficiales, según EFE.

Los galenos que reforzarán el programa "Más Médicos" son esperados a partir de este miércoles en las ciudades de Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Fortaleza, Porto Alegre, Guaraparí y Gravatá, según un comunicado del Ministerio de Salud.

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(CNN) -- Matthew Sudders has been on plenty of cruises, but he'd never seen anything like this. The civil servant from Paris was aboard the Carnival Paradise on Tuesday when he noticed the ship had started Continue reading
Matthew Sudders has been on plenty of cruises, but he'd never seen anything like this. The civil servant from Paris was aboard the Carnival Paradise on Tuesday when he noticed the ship had started to Continue reading
El Pentágono aumentará su participación en la la OTAN. El secretario de Defensa estadounidense, Chuck Hagel, hablará con su homólogo ruso, Sergei Shoygu Continue reading
El dirigente político Luis Miquilena considera que el mayor problema que enfrentan hoy los venezolanos es la influencia cubana y la presencia de los militares que calificó como “ejército de ocupación". Continue reading

Raúl Castro llegó este miércoles Caracas para asistir a los actos por el primer aniversario de la muerte de Hugo Chávez y se dirigió directamente a la tumba del expresidente, reporta EFE.

El general, acompañado por el canciller cubano, Bruno Rodríguez, se traslado al Cuartel de la Montaña, donde están los restos de Chávez (oeste de Caracas) y colocó una rosa blanca sobre el féretro.

Además de Castro, llegaron a Caracas los presidentes de Bolivia, Evo Morales, y Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega.

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En entrevista con The New York Times dijo que el pueblo cubano no quiere que se levanten las sanciones que Washington le ha impuesto a La Habana, pero sí quiere libertad. Continue reading
REPRESIÓN Fariñas denuncia ‘torturas’ a opositores que se niegan a dar vivas a los Castro DDC | Santa Clara | 5 Mar 2014 – 2:55 pm El opositor Guillermo Fariñas denunció este miércoles que varios opositores fueron “torturados” en Santa Clara por negarse a gritar frases como “viva Fidel” y “viva Raúl”. “Por octavo lunes […] Continue reading
Transition to Dictatorship Rhythm / Jorge Olivera Castillo
Posted on March 4, 2014

HAVANA, Cuba, March — Latin America and now the European Union approach
the Cuban dictatorship without great demands. Respect for fundamental
rights, as a requisite for closer relations with Havana passes to a more
distant plane than previously.

The priority is to guarantee the survival of the regime as an assurance
of political stability within the Island, and maybe to manage a soft
landing towards some form of less authoritarian government. It is risky,
at the very least, to say that the end point of this journey that is
barely beginning is democracy with all its attributes.

Single-party socialism is not going to disappear from Cuba because of a
civilian-military revolution. Neither does it appear that its end is
associated with a negotiating table formed by people of the current
regime, the Catholic Church and the opposition groups. If history grants
the possibility of such a scenario, it would settle for when the heirs
of the gerontocracy assume control at a time impossible to determine.

Whoever says to the contrary is, as they say, lost in the weeds. The
weakness of the opposition, in a social climate where anarchy stopped
being exceptional some time ago, is a reality that counts when the time
comes to define policies. Of course they are not the only motivations,
but there is no doubt that they have contributed to things flowing in
favor of conservative pragmatism.

To this one would have to add the little importance of our country in
the geopolitical order. Without great economic attractions or strategic
relevance for the centers of world power, the topic of Cuba dissolves
between indifference and the castlings of very specific interest.
Nothing of commitments with respect to a political evolution that
overcomes single party rule and the impossibility of exercising
fundamental rights without conditions. That would come associated with
the development of economic openness.

The only government that maintains a policy of confrontation is the
United States, although of little benefit for advancing the
pro-democracy agenda. The embargo increasingly loses effectiveness
following a moderating trend that includes important sectors linked to
the politics and economy of this nation.

At times it seems that the incidents of abuse perpetrated by the regime
fall on deaf ears. Except for a few non-governmental organizations, the
majority of governments remain impassive in the face of statistics about
arbitrary arrests, acts of repudiation and prison sentences for
political reasons.

Resignation would not be a good option facing the sequence of
irrefutable facts, but also one has to be careful about romantic visions.

A deep reflection about the circumstances is necessary. The opposition
and the members of alternative civil society that do not do it will fall
by the wayside. One must insist on efforts to be more creative and to
eliminate the recurrence of old errors that continue burdening the
pro-democratic plans.

Cubanet, March 3, 2014, Jorge Olivera Castillo

oliverajorge75@yahoo.com

Translated by mlk

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What Will Happen if Chavism Falls? / Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique
Posted on March 4, 2014

Some 18 thousand Cuban doctors in Venezuela earn the government 4
billion dollars. And what about the oil?

HAVANA, Cuba – The Cuban regime is on tenterhooks about the situation in
Venezuela, whose economic support, primarily through payment for medical
services and the supply of oil is very advantageous.

Currently there are about 18,000 doctors from the Island in Venezuela,
whose earnings bring the Cuban state at least 4 billion dollars.

At the recent closing session of the 20th Congress of the Cuban Workers
Confederation, Raul Castro said that, "… the main income of the country
right now comes from the thousands of doctors working abroad," but he
should have referenced not the work of these people but their
exploitation by the regime.

Of the 82,065 doctors reported by the National Statistics Office at the
end of 2012, Minister of Health Robert Morales said that as of two
months ago, 56,600 were working outside the country.

This explains why the goods and services balance is a positive 1.265
billion dollars, while exports were down, mainly in nickel, sugar and
oil, which in the latter case has become an export thanks to the resale
of the Venezuelan oil on the international market.

In the tourism sector, whose gross income is currently in the range of
2.7 billion dollars, the national income is only about 65% because more
than 900 million dollars in imports goes to supporting the activity. Net
revenues are also affected by the quality and flow of visitors, which
although the number of tourists are increasing, they are spending less.

The financial situation has already worsened in 2014, with the expected
fall in export prices of sugar and nickel, so that a worsening of the
situation in Venezuela, with any decrease in the oil shipments and
payments for services, would be catastrophic for the regime.

The general president, in his last speech, gave forthwith unforgivable
gibberish when he confessed, "… wages don't meet all the needs of the
worker and his family, which generates demotivation and apathy toward
work…" However, he also said it would be "… irresponsible and have
counterproductive effects to give across the board increases in wages…
which could cause an inflationary spiral in prices, if not appropriately
backed by a sufficient increase in the offerings of goods and services."

Did he not know what he was saying, or did he, perhaps, think to get the
workers, demotivated by their low wages, to produce more? A Workers
Congress like ours is just a caricature if they could listen so
passively to such arguments.

No wonder that Castro is very worried about the worsening crisis looming
over Cuba and that on this occasion he dedicated a long tirade,
published in bold type in the official press, about the recent events in
Venezuela. In addition, he stressed his full support for Chavism and
Nicolás Maduro, and attitude that could have high reaching consequences
if, as is likely, Maduro and his followers fail to weather the storm.

Indeed, such declarations are frankly interventionist and contradict the
statement of the Second Summit of CELAC , where the principle of
non-intervention in the internal affairs of States is proclaimed.

Cubanet, 4 March 2014, Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique

Source: What Will Happen if Chavism Falls? / Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique |
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El Reino Unido negó la visa al agente cubano René González, liberado en octubre por Estados Unidos tras cumplir 13 años de cárcel, quien debía asistir en Londres a un evento internacional, informó este miércoles el diario Juventud Rebelde. Continue reading
El flechazo de Chávez y Fidel GINA MONTANER Actualizado: 05/03/2014 01:16 horas Hugo Chávez y Fidel Castro. Lo suyo fue un flechazo en toda la regla. Dos comandantes unidos por un Cupido ideológico. La historia oficial de la alianza entre el dictador cubano y el desaparecido presidente venezolano comenzó cuando en 1999 el líder bolivariano […] Continue reading
¿Qué pasa con la sal? Aunque rodeado de mar, este país importa el preciado producto a España. Se gasta millones en comprarlo miércoles, marzo 5, 2014 | Ernesto García Díaz LA HABANA, Cuba.- Vuelve a escasear en las bodegas, mercados y red de tiendas recaudadoras de divisas (TRD), donde se vende el paquete de sal […] Continue reading
Papaya: artículo de lujo Se necesitan casi dos días de salario para comprar la fruta entera, cuando era de lo más común tenerla en casa martes, marzo 4, 2014 | Red Cubana de Comunicadores Comunitarios LA HABANA, Cuba, Bárbara Fernández Barrera.- La carestía de la vida se ha visto ejemplificada ahora en la papaya, o […] Continue reading
Published March 04, 2014, 02:01 PM

Cuban sugar harvest falters
For the third consecutive year Cuba's reorganized sugar industry is
failing to perform up to expectations, increasing pressure on the
government to open up the once proud sector to foreign investment.
By: Marc Frank, Reuters

HAVANA — For the third consecutive year Cuba's reorganized sugar
industry is failing to perform up to expectations, increasing pressure
on the government to open up the once proud sector to foreign investment.

Already one mill, the first since the industry was nationalized soon
after the 1959 revolution, is under foreign management, with at least
seven others on the auction block.

AZCUBA, the state-run holding company that replaced the Sugar Ministry
three years ago, announced plans to produce 1.8 million metric tons of
raw sugar this season, 18 percent more than last season's 1.6 million
metric tons.

But the harvest is 20 percent behind schedule, sugar reporter Juan
Varela Perez wrote recently in Granma, the Communist Party daily.

"Continuous and heavy rainfall in almost all provinces of the country
has affected the harvest since January," state-run Radio Rebelde said
late last week, reporting on a meeting of AZCUBA executives at the end
of February.

"To this has been added the habitual problems of inputs arriving late,
disorganization and the poor quality and slowness of repairs," the
report said.

Sugar was once Cuba's leading export, both before the revolution and
afterward, when the former Soviet Union bought Cuban sugar at guaranteed
prices. Today it is Cuba's seventh largest earner of foreign currency,
behind services, remittances, tourism, nickel, pharmaceuticals, and cigars.

"These days it is a true odyssey to go through a harvest. The mills need
more profound repairs, but that costs millions upon millions of
dollars," Manuel Osorio, a mill worker in eastern Granma province, said
in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

"So they do some superficial repairs and start grinding and immediately
the problems begin and this year to top it off it is hot and raining
almost every day. The cane needs cool and dry weather to mature. If not,
it is like milling weeds."

The sugar harvest begins in December with the "winter" season and runs
into May, with January through March the key months as dry and cool
weather increases yields, but not this year.

"I can't remember a wetter winter and it is almost impossible to
harvest," sugarcane cutter Arnaldo Hernandez said in a telephone
interview from eastern Holguin province.

Cuban sugar plantations lack adequate drainage, making harvesting by
machine difficult when it rains, and humid weather retards the
production of sugar in cane.

"Going into the plantations is a heroic task, and when the cane reaches
the mills it yields little sugar," Hernandez said. "Look, even the
Guaraperas (sugarcane juice) they sell in the city is like water. I know
because I tried some myself yesterday."

Rainfall was twice the average for the month in key eastern and central
provinces through most of February, according to official media.

"So far this year 115.2 millimeters (4.5 inches) of rain has fallen in
(the eastern province of) Las Tunas, twice the historic average," the
National Information Agency reported in late February. The agency said
the harvest in Las Tunas was 35,000 metric tons of raw sugar behind
schedule to date toward a plan of 194,000 metric tons through May.

A similar situation was reported in central Villa Clara, where the goal
is 218,000 metric tons, and in central Camaguey, which reported
production to date was 13 percent, or 11,000 metric tons, below plan.

Investment opening

Cuba produced just 1.2 million metric tons of raw sugar three seasons
ago when AZCUBA was formed, compared with 8 million metric tons in the
early 1990s, before the demise of the Soviet Union led to the industry's
near collapse.

Industry plans call for an annual average increase in output of 15
percent through 2016, though over the last three harvests the increase
has been 12 percent, according to AZCUBA.

The poor performance so far this year may accelerate AZCUBA's plans to
open the sector to private investment.

President Raul Castro, who assumed power from his ailing brother Fidel
Castro in 2008, is trying to revive the country's economy through
reforms passed by the Communist Party in 2011. The plans include more
foreign investment.

This year, the Cuban Chamber of Commerce listed seven more sugar mills
as candidates for foreign investment, all of which were built after the
revolution and are therefore not subject to claims by previous owners.

The remaining 48 mills in the country were all built more than 60 years ago.

This month the Cuban National Assembly is expected to pass a new foreign
investment law that makes the island, and agriculture, more investor
friendly.

Odebrecht SA, a Brazilian corporation, began administering a mill in
central Cienfuegos province this year, the first foreign company allowed
into the industry since 1959.

Odebrecht subsidiary, Compañía de Obras en Infraestructura, plans to
upgrade the mill as well as the supporting farm and transport sectors,
and has expressed an interest in other mills, as have a number of other
foreign companies.

Its 13-year contract calls for an investment of around $140 million to
increase output to more than 120,000 metric tons of raw sugar from
40,000 metric tons.

Cuba consumes between 600,000 and 700,000 metric tons of sugar a year
and has an agreement to sell China 400,000 metric tons annually, with
what remains sold to other countries.

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