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Daily Archives: March 29, 2014

Los hermanos Vargas Martín fueron declarados prisioneros de conciencia por Amnistía Internacional y a pesar de los reclamos de la familia, no se les realiza el respectivo juicio. Continue reading
Josué Colomé Vázquez According to the blog “Cuba al Descubierto” (Cuba Uncovered), edited by Mr. Luis Dominguez and specializing in Cuban curiosities, recently arrived in Miami after crossing the Mexican border and asking the US authorities for refuge, is a … Continue reading Continue reading
Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- Few would say Cuba is an easy place to do business, but a new law aimed at bringing pep to an anemic economy may lure more foreign investors. Cuban lawmakers Saturday approved an Continue reading
La Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular aprobó el sábado en reunión extraordinaria una nueva ley de inversión extranjera destinada a atraer capitales para tratar de darle un impulso a la agobiada economía de Cuba. Continue reading
HAVANA, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Cuban parliament on Saturday approved a new foreign investment law aimed at attracting badly needed capital to the island country through tax cuts and facilitation measures. Continue reading
The newspaper Granma intended to have an impact with pompous editorial “Towards the 500 years of Santiago de Cuba” where it explains how that province has developed a project consisting of measures that will allow it to arrive at July … Continue reading Continue reading
HAVANA: Cuba's National Assembly was set to pass a new foreign investment law that aims to bring badly needed capital to the communist economy by offering steep tax cuts and promising a climate of investment Continue reading
(Reuters) - Cuba's National Assembly on Saturday unanimously approved a new foreign investment law that the communist-run country hopes will attract badly needed capital, improve growth and create jobs. Continue reading
Cuban lawmakers approved a law that allows for full foreign ownership of companies and reduces taxes for overseas investors in President Raul Castro's latest bid to open up the communist island's economy. Continue reading
Moscow, March 30 (IANS) Russian officials have denied that the country intends to build a network of military bases abroad but confirmed Moscow was in talks with several countries over creating logistics Continue reading
Cuba's National Assembly has unanimously approved a bill aimed at making the Communist-run island more attractive to foreign investors. The law slashes taxes on profits from 30% to 15% and gives new Continue reading
Cuban Parliament session on economic reforms in Havana on December 18, 2010 - by Adalberto Roque President Raul Castro, who was scheduled to speak to the assembly, has called the bill "crucial" to the Continue reading
The near celebration of the 469 years of the foundation of the Hato of San Isidoro de Holguin will take place in the north-eastern Cuban city of Holguin (April 2nd to 4th). Hermes Gonzalez, deputy director Continue reading
The "Marta Ramos Mojarrieta" university branch in Banes, Holguin province, will have new changes starting next academic year (September 2014-July 2015), with the opening of new specialties, said Alfonso Continue reading
El Parlamento cubano ha aprobado este sábado la Ley de Inversión Extranjera, que "ofrece garantías" a los capitales foráneos al tiempo que "mantiene el respeto y la defensa de la soberanía del país sobre sus recursos", con el fin de "fortalecer el desarrollo económico y social" de la isla caribeña. Continue reading
HAVANA -- Cuban lawmakers on Saturday approved a law aimed at making Cuba more attractive to foreign investors, a measure seen as vital for the island's struggling economy. Meeting in an extraordinary Continue reading
“Revolution is to shape ethical principles.” I repeat from memory a phrase I heard today in the press. Attributed to Fidel Castro, I’m not too sure if it forms a part of a well-known fragment of one of his speeches … Continue reading Continue reading
Microbuses or Transport's Shame / Ernesto Garcia Diaz
Posted on March 29, 2014

HAVANA, Cuba – In the Cuban capital, two cooperatives operate the old
public routes of the so-called taxis-ruteros, microbuses which take
passengers from the Parque de El Curita, to four destinations: El
Náutico, Alamar, Santiago de las Vegas and La Palma.

Curious to know why the people in Havana speak so ill of these services,
I asked the impatient passengers: how frequently do they run? how long
do they take to get there? And to various drivers of the vehicles, about
the contracts the cooperatives use to lease out the buses.

A driver on the Parque del Curita Micro X line – who didn't give his
name – answered me: " I do about 16 journeys a day, the microbus has 25
seats, and the fares for them to go to the CNoA (Non-Agricultural
Cooperatives), 50 seats for the total return journey, or say 250 pesos.
The fare is 5 pesos (CUP), equivalent to 20 cents."

The driver continued: I carry more than 800 passengers a day, I collect
about 4,000 Cuban pesos (equivalent to $160). In 24 working days I hand
over to the association, not less than 96,000 pesos ($3840). First I pay
over what is due to the cooperative, which leases me the vehicle, the
difference, or what is left over, goes to the drivers, because we are
the semi-owners of these microbuses. Did you know we have to repair,
clean, and cover the cost of maintenance, for which we have to pay third
parties and the CnoA itself?

Another driver went further than his colleague: "After paying the
association, I am left with some 1,200 pesos ($48), because as I am
going along people get on and off. Those receipts don't go to the CNoA;
we keep them for our costs, because we are driving piles of old junk.

I could recognise that the micro's driver, as well as his own income,
receives about 600 pesos a month from the cooperative ($24), as profit
share for being associates.

Liliana Ezquerra, vice president of the Provincial Administration
Council of Havana, recently emphasized to the media: "When the two
transport cooperatives started operating, using vehicles rented from the
state, the number of passengers in the capital increased and at a lower
fare than the private drivers charge."

One passenger in the Micro X Alamar told me "It's 8:50 in the morning, I
waited 40 minutes for the bus, they arrive here when they feel like,
come to fill up with fuel and hang around to go back again or to start
their working day. They take time having a snack – how should I know?!
The bottom line is, it's a disaster. They may be cheaper than the
privates, but I can't rely on them to get me to my work on time."

Another passenger told me: "There is no fixed time for them to start
work; but nevertheless the pirates are in the street at 6 in the
morning, and at 12 at night they are still providing a service; I don't
even want to talk about the public buses, you can't even count on
finding one at 7:30 at night."

The third passenger, irritated, assured me: "Look, a microbus just got
here and it got lost more than 30 minutes ago. Just so you can see.
Look, there it comes, who should I complain to if now they are the owners?

As for me, I took a photo of the delayed bus, because I also spent more
than 30 minutes waiting for it.

Cubanet, March 11th 2014. Ernesto García Díaz

Translated by GH

24 March 2014

Source: Microbuses or Transport's Shame / Ernesto Garcia Diaz |
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Soldiers of Information / Rosa Maria Rodriguez
Posted on March 29, 2014

On March 14, the Cuban press spent another day with more grief than
glory. Like previous years, some media guerrillas pledged to do more
critical journalism. I wonder with whom. With society and grassroots
leaders? So not fair! To criticize anyone but those responsible for the
devastation of Cuba seems to be the motto of the soldiers of the media,
because nobody wants to jeopardize their job and perks, which translated
back to 1959 Cuban means, "let death take another." The key is given by
the fifty-five years of the of the Castro dictatorship in general and by
the forty-seven of the original dictator, who left the national
caudillista scar of "as I say," in a trail of verbal violence,
disrespect and discrimination towards those who think differently. Then,
what or who to criticize? Capitalism, of course, the United States, and
all who are not aligned or sympathetic to the so-called Revolution.

The group is power always had ears receptive to their own interests and
deaf to the real demands of society. The monopoly of information in Cuba
is in the hands of the state, which officially prohibits the circulation
of independent publications, freedom of association and a multiparty system.

The most chilling test starred the journalist Arleen Rodriguez around
2005, in the days when the price of a kilowatt had risen. On a visit by
Fidel Castro to The Roundtable show in which she participated, she
complained about the high price of electricity in front of him, and he,
clearly annoyed, and with the veiled threat of "your husband is my
friend," appeared the following day at the beginning of the program,
with a written text to make no mistake nor to say a single letter more
than needed, and clarify that "what she wanted to express was…" It goes
without saying, the writer and poet Heberto Padilla, founder of the
Origins group, who in the 1960s was made to publicly denounce his peers
and commit harakiri with a blade rusted by extortion.

Personally, I reaffirm what I have said before, that while our
communication professionals do not have and feel the freedom to express
what they really want and that concerns some or all of the people, there
will be no true information transparency that facilitates and stimulates
the freedom of expression of the workers in the industry and of the
society in general. From themselves, without changing the violence that
ended the democratic structures, which remain in order to perpetuate
themselves in power and a dependent and manipulated press, couldn't
obtain what the leaders of the government want: instead of "dropping
political flirtations" to the model in the Cuban media, creating the
props for a media theater to send the world the false messages that
there is freedom in Cuba.

25 March 2014

Source: Soldiers of Information / Rosa Maria Rodriguez | Translating
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Expertos a CNBC: si invierte en Cuba, pise con cuidado Falta de transparencia y especificidad, reversión de políticas, contratación indirecta del personal y hasta encausamientos criminales son algunos de los escollos que pueden encontrar inversores extranjeros en Cuba, aun después de aprobada la nueva ley. Rolando Cartaya marzo 29, 2014 El canal estadounidense CNBC, especializado […] Continue reading
Cuba approves law aimed at attracting foreign investment
By Daniel Trotta

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's National Assembly passed a new foreign
investment law on Saturday that aims to bring badly needed capital to
the communist economy by offering steep tax cuts and promising a climate
of investment security.

The assembly voted in a special session to approve the law, state
television reported without providing a vote tally. It will become valid
within 90 days.

The new law halves the profits tax from 30 to 15 percent and exempts
investors from paying it for eight years, though it also appears to
withhold many of the tax benefits from companies that are 100 percent
foreign-owned. Those incentives are reserved for joint ventures with the
Cuban state and investments linking foreign and Cuban companies.

Analysts and Cuban-based diplomats have expressed skepticism over the
law, uncertain whether the one-party state has undergone a genuine
change of heart and truly wants to attract foreign investors on
international terms.

Areas such as agriculture, infrastructure, sugar, nickel mining,
building renovation and real estate development are considered ripe for
investment.

Cuba needs to attract $2 billion to $2.5 billion in foreign direct
investment per year to reach its economic growth target of 7 percent,
minister for foreign trade and investment Rodrigo Malmierca said on
Cuban state television on Friday night.

Cuba does not publish figures on FDI, which economists estimate to be
several hundred million dollars a year at most. Cuba's gross domestic
product is expected to expand 2.2 percent this year, compared with 2.7
percent growth in 2013.

"If the economy does not grow at levels around 7 percent ... we are not
going to be able to develop," Malmierca said.

"We have to provide incentives in order for them to come," Malmierca
said of foreign investors.

Cuba is cut off from U.S. investment by a comprehensive trade embargo
and has failed to meet its investment targets for each of the past five
years.

The new investment law continues the structural economic reforms under
way in Cuba since President Raul Castro took over from his ailing
brother Fidel in 2008. It has been anticipated since 2011, when Cuba
enacted a 300-point overhaul of its domestic economy to encourage more
private enterprise.

(Additional reporting by Nelson Acosta, Rosa Tania Valdes and Marc
Frank; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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Asamblea Nacional ‘aprueba’ la nueva Ley de Inversiones Extranjeras DDC | La Habana | 29 Mar 2014 – 6:41 pm. Raúl Castro asistió a la sesión extraordinaria, donde también fueron nombrados dos nuevos miembros del Consejo de Estado. La Asamblea Nacional aprobó este sábado “por unanimidad” la nueva Ley de la Inversión Extranjera, que será, […] Continue reading
Camagüey: Extinguido el segundo incendio de San Felipe DDC | Camagüey | 29 Mar 2014 – 11:08 am. El desastre afectó unas 800 hectáreas y duró siete días. El Cuerpo de Guardabosques de Camagüey declaró extinguido el segundo incendio ocurrido en la zona de San Felipe, después que un “patrullaje aéreo” no detectara focos. El […] Continue reading

La Asamblea Nacional aprobó este sábado "por unanimidad" la nueva Ley de la Inversión Extranjera, que será, según La Habana, "un instrumento esencial" para "consolidar" el modelo.

Como es habitual en todas las "votaciones" propuestas por el régimen, el texto fue ratificado por los "parlamentarios", informaron medios oficiales.

El general Raúl Castro asistió a la sesión extraordinaria, convocada por el Consejo de Estado para analizar la normativa jurídica.

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