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Daily Archives: April 20, 2014

Al menos 7 ciudadanos cubanos se encuentran varados en el aeropuerto Mariscal Sucre de Quito, Ecuador desde el pasado 8 de abril. Continue reading

El cubano Adeiny Hechavarría remolcó la carrera de la ventaja con un elevado de sacrificio en el octavo inning, después de que la revisión de una polémica jugada favoreció a Miami, y los Marlins vencieron el domingo 3-2 a los Marineros de Seattle, reporta la AP.

Mike Dunn (1-2) se llevó la victoria como relevista y el taponero Steve Cishek lanzó la novena entrada para su tercer salvamento de la temporada y su trigésimo segundo en fila. Los Marlins barrieron así en la serie de tres encuentros.

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For decades the Ganga-Longoba of Perico have been singing the same chants, a tradition passed down the generations. But until recently this Afro-Cuban community knew little of the origin of the songs, Continue reading
El ministro de Asuntos Exteriores chino, Wang Yi, inició su primera visita oficial a Cuba, donde abrió una gira que incluye a otros tres países de América Latina, con el fin de reforzar las relaciones con la región. Continue reading
​Cuba falla fundamentalmente, según el informe, en las necesidades humanas básicas de la población, en las oportunidades personales y los derechos humanos. Continue reading
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi holds a meeting with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez, at the Foreign Ministry in Havana, on April 20, 2014 - by Yamil Lage The purpose of the stop in Havana was Continue reading
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi holds a meeting with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez, at the Foreign Ministry in Havana, on April 20, 2014 - by Yamil Lage The purpose of the stop in Havana was Continue reading
Cuba-China-LatAm-diplomacy Contributed by NAMPA / AFP. Chinese foreign minister starts Latin America tour =(PICTURE)= HAVANA, April 20, 2014 (AFP) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Cuba Continue reading
Hoping to resolve a shortage of condoms that has sparked complaints around Cuba, the island's public health system has approved the sale of more than one million prophylactics with apparently expired Continue reading
Exclusive: The trust between President Obama and President Putin helped avert a U.S. war on Syria and got Iran to agree to limit its nuclear program, but the neocon-driven crisis in Ukraine has dashed Continue reading

El ministro de Asuntos Exteriores chino, Wang Yi, inició este domingo su primera visita oficial a Cuba, parte de una gira que lo llevará a varios países de América Latina, reporta EFE.

"En este contexto global caracterizado por cambios complejos es muy importante reforzar la correlación estratégica y la cooperación entre China y Cuba", dijo el ministro Wang Yi durante una reunión con el canciller cubano, Bruno Rodríguez.

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La Paz, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) A delegation of Cuban youngsters that will take part in a Latin American Youth Summit is already in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, the venue for their meeting Continue reading
Angel Santiesteban Prats dedicates this article to Guillermo Vidal, to remember the tenth anniversary of his death. He wrote it from the Lawton Prison Settlement for the column “Some Write” from the digital magazine “OtroLunes” (“Another Monday”). By Angel Santiesteban … Continue reading Continue reading
Merida, 20 th April 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) - Member states of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, including Venezuela, have condemned a social networking system developed by the Continue reading
Brasil será el país anfitrión del Mundial de Fútbol de 2014, una de las citas más importantes del mundo deportivo que atraerá al país alrededor de 3,6 millones de visitantes, de los que tres millones procederán del mismo país y 600.000 serán extranjeros, durante su celebración. Continue reading
Damas de Blanco y opositores fueron detenidos cuando se trasladaban a iglesias católicas en Santiago de Cuba, Matanzas y La Habana para asistir a misa. Continue reading
Luanda, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Cubans living in Angola, the Association of ex Angolan students graduated in Cuba, and the Cuban diplomatic staff in this African nation today marked the 53th ... Continue reading
Moscow Times Sunday 20th April, 2014 At its core, the likelihood that Ukraine will become a U.S. satellite is no less of a threat to Russia's national security as Soviet missiles in Cuba were to the Continue reading
Yasiel Puig's tangled trail from Cuba to Los Angeles entailed a stealth speedboat ride from the island, weeks holed up in a Mexican motel and shady smugglers haggling over a lucrative payout for the future Continue reading
By ILANA SHULEVITZR Representatives from the Cuban Interests Section said last week that until the Obama administration fully addresses Maryland resident Alan Gross' intentions in Cuba, relations between Continue reading
Havana, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez today thanked China''s support in international forums against the over 50-year-old U.S. economic, financial, and commercial ... Continue reading
The government will sell stocks of Chinese prophylactics marked with the ‘wrong’ expiration date Continue reading
From potatoes to deodorant, toilet paper and bottled beer, Cubans have come to accept chronic shortages as an inevitable part of life after more than half a century of communist rule. Now a shrinking Continue reading
El ministro de Asuntos Exteriores chino, Wang Yi, resaltó este domingo el interés del país asiático por reforzar las relaciones con Cuba, al iniciar su primera visita oficial a la isla caribeña, donde comenzó su actual gira por varios países de América Latina. Continue reading
The 12th International Competition for young ballet students is set to start in the Cuban capital on Tuesday, April 22nd, as part of the 20th International Ballet Academies Encounter gathering in Havana Continue reading
CUBA, 20 de abril de 2014. El ministro de Relaciones Exteriores, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, sostuvo conversaciones oficiales en la mañana de este domingo 20 de abril, con su homólogo de la República Popular Continue reading
Un estudio de la NASA ha revelado que los bosques naturales de la Amazonía eliminan más dióxido de carbono de la atmósfera del que emiten y, por tanto, reducen el efecto invernadero, causa del calentamiento global. Continue reading


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HAVANA – Cuba. Perhaps the tenor Placido Domingo nostalgically remembers his stay in Havana. If he does, the Grand Hotel undoubtedly would occupy a special corner in his memory. Unfortunately for us, although perhaps luckily for her, Maria Cervantes, jewel … Continue reading Continue reading
Hoping to resolve a shortage of condoms that has sparked complaints around Cuba, the island's public health system has approved the sale of more than one million prophylactics with apparently expired Continue reading
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20 de abril de 2014, 12:33 Havana, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez today thanked China''s support in international forums against the over 50-year-old U.S. economic, financial, Continue reading

En la fila para entrar a un concierto en el Centro Cultural Fábrica de Arte, de La Habana, Alexis Cruz, de 26 años, revisa ansioso la billetera donde guarda el monto de la entrada, 50 pesos cubanos (dos dólares), y tres CUC (que el Gobierno equipara al dólar) para beber algo.

"Pocas veces puedo asistir a estos espacios que se llevan un cuarto de mi sueldo de 450 pesos (casi 19 dólares), pero todos los precios están igual o más caros y al menos aquí escucho buena música", dice el joven abogado, reporta la agencia IPS.

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La cápsula Dragon ha atracado este domingo con éxito en la Estación Espacial Internacional (ISS). La nave, propiedad de la empresa SpaceX, ha sido capturada con el brazo robótico del módulo orbital alrededor de las 13.20 horas (hora española) y, posteriormente, las tripulación pudo acceder a su carga. Continue reading
Abdullah Deghayes, 18, from Brighton, was killed during conflict in Syria Brother Jaffar, 16, paid tribute by posting Facebook photo of his corpse Alongside chilling image, he wrote: 'May the eyes of Continue reading
REVIEW Cafe Havana 56-58 Berry Street, Belfast. Tel: 028 9031 0809. Alot of thought went into the creation of Cafe Havana in Belfast's old mambo district off Royal Avenue. The city centre's Latin Continue reading
Las menores Denisleidis Carbonell Dranguet, de tres años de edad, y Loanda Pérez Dranguet, de cuatro años, fallecieron ayer sábado víctimas del incendio en la oriental ciudad de Cuba. Continue reading
El número 106 se quedará solo para emergencias y con el 18806 podrá obtener información sobre ciudadanos detenidos, informó la prensa cubana. Continue reading
La Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América (ALBA) repudió este sábado el proyecto ZunZuneo, también conocido como el “Twitter cubano”, una red social que creó en Cuba la Agencia para el Desarrollo de los EE.UU. (USAID) y que el bloque consideró “subversivo, injerencista e ilegal”. Continue reading

Dos niñas pequeñas murieron en un incendio que este sábado destruyó completamente tres viviendas en Guantánamo y afectó otras cuatro, reporta la estatal Agencia de Información Nacional (AIN).

La agencia dijo que las causas del incendio aún se investigan. No ofreció otros detalles.

El fuego se inició en la calle Beneficencia, entre Jesús del Sol y Narciso López a las 4:10 p.m.

Las niñas Denisleidis Carbonell Dranguet, de tres años de edad, y Loanda Pérez Dranguet, de cuatro años, murieron al quedar atrapadas en uno de los inmuebles.

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Ulf Anderson/ In January 2010, I flew to Cartagena to report a travel story for this magazine. I spent the weeks before my trip trying to score a table at La Vitrola, a restaurant so exclusive that Continue reading
Currency speculation has the island on the edge of mental collapse. Monday with which to pay wages is scarce. Peso equivalents to the dollar aren’t sold. Informal money changes want real dollars. Puerto Padre, Cuba — The State Currency Exchange … Continue reading Continue reading
Cuba's slow, cautious reforms to revive its state-run economy suddenly burst into life at businesses like Karabali, a Havana nightclub owned by a 21-member co-operative. The Communist government began Continue reading
Why Doesn't the Cuban Regime Dialogue With the Dissidence? / Ivan Garcia
Posted on April 19, 2014

Luis, retired military and supporter of the regime, has a few arguments
to debate with several neighbors playing dominoes in the doorway of a
bodega in the Havana neighborhood of Lawton.

The theme of the day is the dialog between the opposition and Nicolas
Maduro's government, broadcast on Thursday night on TeleSur. Among the
players were professionals, unemployed, ex prisoners and retirees.

"When we see this type of face-to-face debate, one realizes we are
living in total feudalism. Cuba hurts. Here we have a ton of problems
that have accumulated over these 55 years. The government has no
respect. The solution is to carry on: more taxes, prohibitions on
private work, and raising the price of powdered milk. Why don't they
follow the example of Venezuela and sit down to talk with the
dissidence," asks Joel, a former teacher who now survives selling
fritters on Calzada 10 de Octubre.

The ex-soldier Luis feels dislocated by the several ideological
pirouettes of the Castros. Unrelentingly sexist and homophobic, these
new times are an undecipherable code.

"Even I have my doubts. I fought in Angola. We were trained in Che's
theories not to cede an inch to the enemy (and he signs with his
fingers). But now everything is a mess. The old faggots, that we used to
censure, walk around kissing on every corner. The self-employed earn
five times more than a state worker. And the worms are called señor. If
the government is on the wrong path, say so loud and clear. We
supporters have a few reasonable arguments to fire back," says Luis,
annoyed.

The dialogue table between the opposition and the government in
Venezuela was a success for many in Cuba. Arnaldo, manager of a hard
currency store, continued the debate until around two in the morning.

"I was amazed. I don't not know if it was a blunder of the official
censorship. But the next day on the street, people wondered why dissent
in Cuba remains a stigma. As for me, the discourse of the Venezuelan
opposition was striking. They spoke without shouting, with statistics
showing that the failure of the economic model and highly critical of
Cuban interference in Venezuela," said the manager.

Noel, a private taxi driver, believes that "if the pretension was to
ridicule the Democratic Unity Table (MUD) with the discourse of the
Chavistas. it backfired. Capriles and company had a deeper analysis and
objectives than the government. Like in Cuba, the PSUV (United Socialist
Party of Venezuela) defended themselves by attacking and speaking ill of
the capitalist past. They do not realize that what it's about is the
chaos of the present and how to try to solve it in the future."

In a quick survey of the 11 people watching who watched the debate, 10
thought the opposition was superior. The best comments were for
Guillermo Aveledo and Henrique Capriles.

"Those on the other side seemed like fascists. Frayed, with a mechanical
discourse filled with dogmas like those of the Cuban Communist Party
Talibans. The worst among the Chavista was the deputy Blanca Eekhout.
She's more fanatical and incoherent than Esteban Lazo, and that's saying
a lot," commented a university student.

Although institutions and democracy in Venezuela have been taken by
assault, with under-the-table privileges, populism and political
cronyism among the PSUV comrades, in full retreat, the fact is that
there is a legal opposition allowed to do battle in the political field.

Cuba is something else. Despite the efforts of CELAC (Central and Latin
American Community) and the European Union patting the old leader on the
back and seducing him with the red carpet treatment, it continues as the
only country in the western hemisphere where dissidence is a state crime.

The opposition on the island is repressed with beatings and verbal
lynchings. A law currently in effect, Law 88, allows the regime to
imprison a dissident or free journalist for 20 years or more for writing
a note the authorities deem harmful to their interests.

For Ana Maria, a professional who applauded Fidel Castro's speeches for
year, seeing a political dialogue like that in Venezuela on Telesur,
allowed her to analyze things from a different perspective.

"It's a dictatorship. No better or worse. It's hard to accept that many
of us Cubans have been wrong for too long. I lost my youth deluded,
repeating slogans and accepting that others, without asking me my
opinion, manipulated us at their will," she confessed.

Eleven U.S. administrations, with controversial programs or others of
dubious effectiveness such as Zunzuneo, have been unable to spread an
original message and change the opinions of ordinary citizens, like the
enduring repression, economic nonsense, rampant corruption, prohibitions
of 3D movie rooms and the sale of cars at Ferrari prices, among others.

In these autocratic societies, you never know if an apparent reform will
produce benefits or it will begin digging its own grave. It's like
walking on a minefield.

Iván García

Photo: Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela, shaking hands with
Henrique Capriles, secretary-general of the Democratic Unity Roundtable
(MUD). Madura greeted him without looking at his face, though Capriles
looked at his, demonstrating and more correct and better behavior than
the successor to Chavez. Taken from Noticias de Montreal.

15 April 2014

Source: Why Doesn't the Cuban Regime Dialogue With the Dissidence? /
Ivan Garcia | Translating Cuba -
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A Law with Dark Corners / Fernando Damaso
Posted on April 19, 2014

The Foreign Investment Law, debated and approved by the National
Assembly in extraordinary session, has some worrisome aspects, both for
foreign investors as well as for Cuban citizens.

It seems that Cubans living in other countries are not covered under the
law since the definition of a domestic investor applies only to current
legal residents of Cuba and to cooperatives. The latter are legally
recognized non-state administrative entities which may participate as
domestic investors in projects financed with foreign capital but which
remain completely under state control to prevent the accumulation of
excess wealth.

Elsewhere, investment priority is usually given to a country's own
residents, then to its overseas residents and lastly to foreigners. In
Cuba it is the opposite: foreigners get top priority. Afterwards, we
have to listen to authorities tirelessly proclaiming themselves to be
the defenders of national dignity, independence and sovereignty.

The claim that investments "may not be expropriated except for reasons
of public utility or social interest, as previously defined by the
Council of Ministers" should give one pause. This is a well-established
procedure in most countries. Before such actions can be taken, they must
be discussed and approved by legislative bodies (a house of
representatives, senate, parliament or national assembly).

It is a process in which those concerned — governmental authorities as
well as those in the opposition who may hold with differing views —
participate fully. Final implementation is subject to review by the
judicial branch, which makes sure any such actions do not violate the
constitution.

This is not the case in Cuba where the National Assembly is made up
exclusively of deputies from one party. It is a legislative body without
an opposition in which anything the government proposes is approved
unanimously. The Cuban judiciary, which is nothing more than an appendix
of the government, also has no independence.

In spite of anything that has been stipulated in writing, investors lack
any real protection or legal recourse. They remain subject to decisions
by a centralized authority in the person of the president, who for
political, ideological or circumstantial reasons can act as he pleases
without having to consult anyone, as has happened repeatedly over the
last fifty-six years.

Regarding employment of Cuban citizens, the law stipulates that an
investor must hire workers through an employment agency selected by the
Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment and authorized by the
Ministry of Labor and Social Security. Payment to workers would be by
mutual agreement between the investor and the employer. Neither exchange
occurs between the investor and the worker directly but through a state
intermediary.

Though the purported purpose is not to generate revenue, it stipulates
that a portion of the wages paid by the investor will be retained to
cover costs and expenses for services provided.

As one might expect, there is a big difference between what the investor
pays and what the employee receives. The salary paid to the employee
will correspond to a minimum wage set by the employment agency, which it
claims will be higher than that for the country's other workers. Also
factored in will be a coefficient which will allow the agency to adjust
salaries based on a worker's performance.

The unfortunate history of low pay for doctors, teachers, athletes and
other professionals working overseas to fulfill the Cuban government's
contracts with other countries speaks volumes.

It would perhaps have been advantageous to draft an investment law that
also regulated state investments (considering the many examples of bad
investments made over the years). It might also have covered private
investment, differentiating between foreign and domestic investment.

In regards to domestic investment, it might have included both
investment by Cubans living on the island as well as those living
overseas, especially since the latter currently must also possess a
Cuban passport to enter and exit the country, thus confirming their
legal status as Cuban citizens.

This law is not free from the burden of obsolete concepts of failed
socialism, with the objective in ensuring a leading role for the state.
It lacks sufficient transparency to really stimulate foreign investment
and includes some traps into which those who bet on it, without giving
it enough thought, might fall.

7 April 2014

Source: A Law with Dark Corners / Fernando Damaso | Translating Cuba -
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