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Daily Archives: April 10, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, April 10 (NNN-Prensa Latina) -- Argentina and Cuba wants long term strategic relations based on complementary and mutually beneficial economic and trade opportunities, says Antonio Carricarte, Continue reading
El gobierno de Cuba aumentó un 15% el precio de la leche en polvo que se vende en las tiendas en divisas, debido al incremento de los precios en el mercado internacional, informó este jueves la prensa local. Continue reading

Un grupo de diputados rusos ha propuesto abrir una causa penal contra el expresidente de la URSS, Mijaíl Gorbachov, por su "papel en la desintegración del país", algo que el mismo Gorbachov considera "una completa estupidez", informa Russia Today.

Cinco diputados de varios partidos de la Duma Estatal planean dirigirse a la Fiscalía General para revisar la legitimidad de las decisiones tomadas por las entonces autoridades soviéticas en vísperas de la "dramática disolución" del país.

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En el mercado negro la gente consigue algunos alimentos a un precio “un poco más bajo” que en las tiendas por divisas. Continue reading
Unas 12.000 viviendas han sufrido daños a causa del terremoto de 8,2 en la escala de Richter que el pasado 1 de abril sacudió la costa norte de Chile, según ha informado el portavoz del Gobierno, Álvaro Elizalde, en una rueda de prensa con medios extranjeros. Continue reading
El escritor Eduardo Jozami ha relatado en '2922 días. Memorias de un preso de la dictadura' los ochos años que estuvo encarcelado como preso político durante el régimen militar de Jorge Videla en Argentina con un estilo que podría parecerse a la ficción y que se concede el lujo de utilizar, ya que considera que se ha hecho justicia. Continue reading

El obispo de Guantánamo-Baracoa, monseñor Wilfredo Pino Estévez, rezará este viernes en la radio oficial para que finalice la "gran sequía" que afecta a la región.

"Dios, Padre de todos, en quien vivimos, nos movemos y existimos, concede a nuestros campos la lluvia necesaria, a fin de que asegurado nuestro sustento diario, podamos dedicarnos, con mayor tranquilidad, a conseguir los bienes eternos", dice el mensaje de Pino Estévez, a propósito de Semana Santa, divulgado con antelación por la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Cuba.

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Laurent Fabius, que llegará a Cuba procedente de México, donde acompaña al presidente François Hollande en su visita de Estado, responde con este viaje a la invitación de su homólogo cubano Bruno Rodríguez Continue reading
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee asked the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to turn over all records about the secret "Cuban Twitter" program as part of a wider review of the agency's Continue reading

Decenas de cineastas cubanos han dirigido una carta al instituto oficial de cine y al Ministerio de Cultura, en protesta por una nueva disposición fantasma del Ministerio del Interior, en la que se les exige presentar los guiones y el equipo técnico de sus proyectos como condición para autorizar los permisos de rodaje.

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El Papa ha denunciado hoy que el tráfico de seres humanos es "un delito de lesa humanidad", en un discurso dirigido a los participantes de la Segunda Conferencia Internacional para Combatir el tráfico de personas organizada por la Conferencia Episcopal de Inglaterra y Gales y promovida por el Vaticano en colaboración con autoridades judiciales. Continue reading
El senador demócrata Robert Menéndez, presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, solicitó este jueves los documentos de todos los programas de promoción del acceso a Internet auspiciados por la Agencia para el Desarrollo (USAID) a raíz de la polémica suscitada por el “Twitter cubano”. Continue reading
Today's News on New Product Launches, Deals, Sales Promotions, and Executive Appointments Continue reading
Havana, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) The Business Group for Tourism Construction (BGTC), headquarterd in Varadero, is responsible for advising and leading architectural works for the hotels of that resort, Continue reading
It's hard to imagine a worse title for a movie. Nothing against Cuba, but it doesn't exactly enjoy top-of-mind awareness among the movie-going public. Due to the lame title, you're probably not Continue reading
Havana, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) More than 65,000 Cuban women are participating today in the country''s cooperatives, in work linked to the production of food. A rise in females in management Continue reading
Prensa Latina Thursday 10th April, 2014 Buenos Aires, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) Argentinian Foreign Minister Hector Timerman meets today Cuban First Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Continue reading

La situación humanitaria "ha mejorado" en Colombia y Cuba, si bien hay aún motivos de preocupación, según un informe del ministerio británico de Exteriores divulgado este jueves, que evalúa los derechos humanos y la democracia en todo el mundo, reporta EFE.

Colombia y Cuba son los únicos países de América Latina que figuran entre un grupo de 28 países catalogados como de "preocupación" para el Foreign Office, que incluyen a Afganistán, Irán, Irak, Siria, Sudán del Sur, Israel y los Territorios ocupados, Eritrea, Corea del Norte y Vietnam, entre otros.

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Testimonio de comunicadora independiente revela cómo actúan los Boinas Negras. No quieren evidencias y confiscan celulares
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is going to have surgery on his left ankle. The Giants announced that Manning will have the surgery on Thursday to relieve some lingering Continue reading
Please support our site by enabling javascript to view ads. LIMA, Peru - As United States senators grilled the head of the government's international aid agency this week about ZunZuneo, the "Cuban Twitter," Continue reading
When a government’s financial figures are in the red, everything takes on new urgency. By now the formulas to address the problem are well-known. Often new tax measures are imposed while bloated public spending is slashed. But if the goal … Continue reading Continue reading
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says the findings of a federal civil investigation into the city's embattled police department are difficult, but his administration is ready to make Continue reading
AUSTIN, Texas -- President Barack Obama has met with Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor. The White House says Obama visited briefly with Davis on Thursday at the LBJ Presidential Continue reading
BEIRUT - Fierce infighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in eastern Syria killed more than 50 fighters Thursday, an opposition group said, while government shelling left at least four teenagers dead Continue reading
Havana (CNN) -- Cuban officials have accused the U.S. government of bizarre plots over the years, such as trying to kill Fidel Castro with exploding cigars. On Wednesday, they said Washington is using Continue reading
Hanoi, Apr 10 (RHC), - The President of the Vietnam Homeland Front, Nguyen Thien Nhan, highlighted Cuba's solidarity and support for Vietnam, during a meeting on Wednesday with the president of the Cuban Continue reading
Havana, April 10 (RHC), -- French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, will pay a visit to Cuba this week as bilateral relations between Paris and Havana are in a good moment, according to Cuban ambassador Continue reading
Kuwait, April 10 (RHC-KUNA), - On Wednesday, The Minister of Health of Kuwait, Dr. Ali Al-Obaidi discussed with the visiting Deputy Foreign Minister of Cuba, Rogelio Sierra Diaz, ways to develop bilateral Continue reading
cuban women at organic garden Havana, April 10 (RHC)-- The number of Cuban women who have joined agricultural work over the past few years has increased to 65 thousand 993, according to this morning's Continue reading
poweder milk selling at cuban markets Havana, April 10 (RHC) Cuba will increase by 12 million pesos, some 12 million dollars, its annual budget to subsidize the retail sales of milk dedicated to the Continue reading

El personal de la Embajada de Cuba en Jamaica no podrá comprar en la cadena de supermercados PriceSmart Jamaica Ltd., sucursal de una compañía estadounidense, según la agencia oficial Prensa Latina.

La sede diplomática dijo que la medida contra funcionarios y ciudadanos cubanos no residentes en Jamaica "es otra muestra de cómo el gobierno de Estados Unidos extiende el bloqueo económico de manera extraterritorial".

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Zunzuneo: Subversion or Breaking Censorship; / Odelin Alfonso Torna /
HemosOido
Posted on April 9, 2014

HAVANA, Cuba — The Cuba-United States confrontation increased its pitch
with the publication by the daily Granma of the article, Zunzuneo: The
Noise of Subversion, commenting on a report by the AP news agency about
ZunZuneo and Piramideo, two text message services (SMS) accused of
having illegally complied a list of telephone numbers to which it sent
unsolicited messages on innocent topics like sports and culture, but
which later would become subversive messages to young people, considered
"susceptible to political change."

According to Granma, the cornerstone of the ZunZuneo plan — a network
that emerged in February 2010 — was to access the "data and phone
numbers of Cubacel users," the branch with the most ETECSA users. In the
same paragraph, the Communist Party daily suggests: "It is not clear to
the AP how the telephone numbers were obtained although it appears to
indicate that it was done in an illicit manner."

Maybe the AP does not know that the ETECSA database — guide of mobile
and fixed (residential and commercial) telephone numbers — was leaked in
early 2010 to laptop and desktop computers all over the Island. And
that, immediately, promotional texts began to appear issued by Cuban
artistic groups or clubs and bulk messages — unsolicited — demanding
freedom for the five Cuban spies. I remember perfectly one that said:
"To love justice is to defend the five. End injustice! Freedom now!"

The official ETECSA database is updated every year. The latest version
that circulates in the population accounts for 60 per cent of the mobile
phones, some 200,000 users, not counting the residential sector. The
weight of this application in megabytes is between 200 and 450 (by
design) and can be copied in any digital format.

Is it possible that ZunZuneo got 25 thousand subscribers in less than
six months without the need of a database as the AP well reflects? Why
not talk about the so popular data leakage by ETECSA and the
proselytizing in its unsolicited text messages?

Thanks to a friend not tied to the internal oppositon or independent
journalism, I subscribed to ZunZuneo in 2010. It was all very simple, it
just required sending an SMS to a phone number outside the border and
you would receive news about sports, culture or science or technology.
Also, one could subscribe on the Internet, at a time when the number of
connected Cubans was barely 2.9 percent of the population.

Often senior citizens receive in Cuba promotional messages about a
reggaeton concert, also the "March of the Torches Parade in Havana — The
Great Country" is convened through Cubacel, as happened January 27 this
year. Is this not, perhaps, the equivalent of infringing on "the laws of
privacy" as Granma says of ZunZuneo?

Nothing is said about the database leak by Cubacel, software that has
generated groups of clandestine users and even phantom prepaid top-ups
within the informal Cuban market.

This Thursday, the US government responded to the AP's accusations.
White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that his government was
involved in the program and that it even had been approved in Congress.
But the spokesman for the State Department, Marie Harf, denied on
Thursday that the social network was the product of a secret or
undercover operation. "We were trying to expand the space for Cubans to
express themselves," said Harf.For his part, White House spokesman Jay
Carney denied that ZunZuneo had an undercover nature although he
clarified that the US president supports efforts to expand
communications in Cuba.

AP and international media that have reproduced the "scandal" of
ZunZuneo should know that the ZunZuneo application never was used for
any "subversive" movement in Cuba. Instead, the Cuban government used
the ETECSA database to send text messages advocating the liberation of
the five spies or the attendance at pro-governmental political events.

About a year ago, the ZunZuneo messages stopped. Cubans still do not
communicate freely.

Cubanet, April 8, 2014

Translated by mlk

Source: Zunzuneo: Subversion or Breaking Censorship; / Odelin Alfonso
Torna / HemosOido | Translating Cuba -
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The Means and the End / Regina Coyula
Posted on April 10, 2014

Much has been written about Zunzuneo and Piramideo and I'm not going to
be an analyst. My reflection is simple: Could a mass messaging through
Twitter subvert governments like those of Great Britain, Canada, France,
Australia, Sweden, Costa Rica?

Beyond the well-known 15-M (May 15th) protests in Spain, the student
movement in Chile, and Occupy Wall Street in the very belly of the
beast, the social networks have mobilized, have probably knocked down
politicians, but they haven't knocked down governments.

Where does this turn into a dangerous thing? In countries where a bad
economy, lack of freedoms, or both, create the conditions. The Arab
Spring is the best known referent. The displeasure of the Cuban
government is not about the alleged violation of the telephone privacy
of its citizens (that would be a colossal joke) but precisely because
the government knows very well the express or buried opinions of much of
its citizens about the bad economy, the lack of freedoms, or both, and
what they least want is that a significant group of them would organize
themselves through this means.

And also, I believe, reacting in the face of the launch of Yoani
Sanchez's announced project–a new digital newspaper–a "means" that could
align the feelings of citizens in response to the bad economy, the lack
of freedoms, or both.

9 April 2014

Source: The Means and the End / Regina Coyula | Translating Cuba -
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A Dictatorship Exactly Like the Cuban? / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Posted on April 9, 2014

There are countries that never recover from totalitarianism. They remain
anthropologically backward, even though, after a more or less traumatic
transition from dictatorship to democracy they end up being First World
countries.

Faith in themselves and in society dies. A desolate loneliness is sown
in the souls of the surviving citizens, whether they were victims or
executioners. All hope is hopeless. Even God ends up suspected of a
debacle against divinity. They flee their past like the plague. The word
never regains its shine of a human thing and is devalued, like a bridge
permanently in danger of collapse. They cease to be a society to become
something far more sinister and silent. This is the transcendent triumph
of totalitarians: once installed, they are irreversible in perpetuity.

This happened in my country, Cuba, although almost no Cuban is capable
of recognizing it, perhaps to avoid his share of the blame.

This is happening in your country now, Venezuela, and half the world
seems to accept it with a criminal complicity.

When the machinery of the State is the deliverer of a Dogma that must be
imposed at any price, be it Mohammed or Marx, when the government
hijacks the balances that resolve and evolve within a modern society,
when the individual is worth less than an amorphous mass, when a whole
life turns into a vaudeville theater where the intelligence apparatus is
manipulating its script with puppets and deaths, then the damage to
civilization ends up being constitutional. Genetic. Generation after
generation. The human being is annihilated with a bullet to the head, or
condemned to decades in prison, or to permanent exile.

Paternalistic despotism is that simple, half slanderous and half
childish, in its radical simplicity. Like a boy who, in cold blood,
opens the entrails of a worm or a lizard that he trapped in the garden.
Fascist childhood, Eden of all extremisms—and exterminations.

There is something almost sanctifiable in these serial murderers in the
name of socialism and only of socialism, whether of the 21st century or
antiquity: there is no totalitarianism that hasn't justified its
genocides in the sacred name of a social good, with or without mixing
God into the equation of corpses piled over corpses piled over corpses.
Rude geology.

Whoever tires (of killing), loses. That is the limitless logic of the
State gangs, be they Muslims or Marxists.

And that happened in my country, Cuba, which in a few months paid with
thousands of deaths—and with an exile in the millions—for the barbaric
beauty of a Revolution that was applauded throughout Latin America.

And that is happening in your country now, Venezuela, which
unfortunately applauded the Fidelist feast of the anonymous dead of
Cuba, those who half a century back died in the mountains or on the
scaffold, also for you, trying—even with the assassination of the
commander in chief—to spare you this massacre that today continues to
excite the wicked international Left.

No dictatorship is exactly like the Cuban. But Castroism is exactly like
all dictatorships.

8 April 2014

Source: A Dictatorship Exactly Like the Cuban? / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
| Translating Cuba -
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Argentina amaneció este jueves sin servicio de metro, trenes, autobuses y algunos vuelos cancelados, al comenzar una huelga general convocada por tres de las cinco centrales sindicales del país, que reclaman al Gobierno de la presidenta Cristina Kirchner acciones contra la inflación y la inseguridad, reporta la AFP.

La huelga empezó el miércoles por la noche con el cese de actividad en las estaciones de servicio de combustibles y la paralización del transporte público, sector clave para que la medida sindical tenga éxito en el país de 40 millones de habitantes.

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(CNN) - Cuban officials have accused the U.S. government of bizarre plots over the years, such as trying to kill Fidel Castro with exploding cigars. On Wednesday, they said Washington is using a new Continue reading
La secretaria de Estado adjunta Roberta Jacobson, expresó su preocupación por la situación en Venezuela Continue reading
Havana (CNN) -- Cuban officials have accused the U.S. government of bizarre plots over the years, such as trying to kill Fidel Castro with exploding cigars. On Wednesday, they said Washington is using 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
-. The 5th Meeting of Young Cuban Residents and/or Descendants of Cuban Residents in Jamaica was held on the morning of Saturday April 5, at the Residence of the Ambassador of Cuba in Kingston, on the Continue reading
.  Cuba was present as special guest at the International Cultural Festival 2014 Education and Culture in connection with the Peace which was held with the assistance of hundreds of students were studying Continue reading