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Daily Archives: April 22, 2014

La prensa oficial se apresta a destacar actuación de los bomberos, pero indicaciones de vecinos contradicen. Murieron dos niñas Continue reading
Since 1948, when the UN decided to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, many organizations and activists of the world have hoisted that dignified flag confronting the daily violations of liberty, justice and peace that many people suffer for … Continue reading Continue reading
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Two Florida lawmakers motivated by Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's escape from Cuba are trying to change the way Major League Baseball treats Cuban players and are willing Continue reading

El régimen pretende condenar a la Dama de Blanco Haydeé Gallardo Salazar y a su esposo Ángel Figueredo Castellón, quienes fueron detenidos el domingo, de camino a la misa en la Iglesia de Santa Rita de Cassia.

Los activistas fueron liberados seis horas después del arresto, pero luego fueron citados en el Centro de Procesamiento Penal Vivac, donde se encuentran desde entonces.

Según sus familiares, ambos están acusados por el supuesto delito de "desacato". El juicio está previsto para el jueves en el Tribunal Municipal de Marianao.

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El Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, uno de los foros del séptimo arte más longevos y prestigiosos del continente, será dedicado este año al recientemente fallecido escritor Gabriel García Márquez, Continue reading
CUBA STANDARD — In an effort to support small business in Cuba, the New York-based  Americas Society/Council of the Americas in a “Memo to the President” is urging the White House to allow more openings for U.S. activities. The group suggests the Obama administration should use its executive authority to increase the scope for U.S. non-government [...] Continue reading
All the hospitals I’ve visited lately have put up  some eye-catching posters: “Your health service is free, but it costs.” I’ve seen these relating to ophthalmology, surgery, orthopedics, dentistry, and I recently saw a generic one for the Institutes. Then … Continue reading Continue reading
Cuba is dedicating this year's Havana Film Festival to the late Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Continue reading
NEW YORK, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Grammy nominated Cuban-American singer, the divine CuCu Diamantes, will serve as chairman of the 2014 El Museo Gala on Wednesday, May 21, at Cipriani 42 Continue reading
La ganadería cubana requiere inversiones millonarias para salir del estado de “depauperación” en que se encuentra y remontar la caída sostenida de más del 60 por ciento en sus producciones que afronta desde hace dos décadas, informó este martes el diario oficial “Juventud Rebelde”. Continue reading

Los siete cubanos que permanecieron nueve días en el aeropuerto Mariscal Sucre, de Quito, regresaron a la Isla, informó este martes el diario ecuatoriano El Comercio.

Sin embargo, el caso sigue bajo investigación interna. Según el periódico, la Defensoría del Pueblo del Ecuador alista un informe sobre la situación de los emigrantes.

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Los organizadores del Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano han dedicado la versión 36 del evento cinematrográfico al escritor colombiano recién fallecido Gabriel García Márquez, como un homenaje a su brillante carrera profesional. Continue reading
El llamado “Twitter cubano” creado por la Agencia para el Desarrollo de EE.UU. (Usaid) tuvo parte de su operación en Costa Rica, sin permiso del Gobierno, por poco más de un año desde 2009, informó este martes el diario costarricense La Nación. Continue reading
Novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez left behind an unpublished manuscript that he chose not to print while he was alive, an editor told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Cristobal Pera, editorial director Continue reading
Roots of Hope , which seeks to build bridges between Cubans in the U.S. and on the island, connected contractors with potential investors and at least two of its board of directors went on to work as Continue reading
- El juicio contra el cantante rapero Chris Brown por agresión ha sido postergado hasta este miércoles por la jueza que lleva el caso y que inicialmente estaba previsto para el lunes. Continue reading
Enrique Penalosa, a jovial economist who made Colombia's congested capital more tolerable when he was mayor in the 1990s, is bringing his urban smarts to the national scene, hoping to persuade voters Continue reading
Los líderes de la mayor organización sin fines de lucro de jóvenes cubanoestadounidenses dieron un silencioso apoyo estratégico al llamado "Twitter cubano", un programa secreto del gobierno federal, estableciendo contactos entre contratistas y potenciales inversores e incluso fungiendo como consultores pagados, según comprobó The Associated Press. Continue reading
Agustín Bejarano habría llegado a La Habana en la primera quincena de este mes procedente de Miami, donde cumplió el 85% de su condena por pedofilia. Continue reading
Reuters Tuesday 22nd April, 2014 HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba and the Paris Club of wealthy creditor nations are working to resume talks over billions of dollars of official debt in a new sign the communist Continue reading
Prensa Latina Tuesday 22nd April, 2014 Havana, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban young musician Daniel Torres Corona won the third award in the International Composition Contest in the Saar region in Continue reading

La Habana y los países acreedores del Club de París están trabajando para reanudar las negociaciones en torno a una deuda de miles de millones de dólares, en otra señal de que el régimen estaría interesado en reinsertarse en la economía global, según Reuters.

Una delegación del Club de París viajó discretamente a Cuba, a fines del año pasado, para reunirse con funcionarios de bancos de la Isla, que los recibieron con varias propuestas y parecían ansiosos de llegar a acuerdos, según diplomáticos occidentales.

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Una casa con piscina es un refrescante modo para combatir el calor en Cuba y un excelente negocio para pequeños empresarios surgidos con los cambios de los últimos cinco años.

"Antes de que empezara esto del cuentapropismo, jamás pensé que mi piscina sería un buen negocio. Me acuerdo que antes la llenaba solo en verano, por unos días, y dejaba que los niños de mis vecinos se bañaran", dijo a ANSA Evelia, de 79 años, que incluso se prometió a sí misma rellenar con concreto su alberca cuando falleció su marido.

"Habría sido una tontería y un error", sostuvo.

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I just read an article titled “Shortages and Repression,” published by Alejndro Armengol in his blog Cuaderno de Cuba (Cuban Notebook), where he airs an idea that comes and goes in restless minds, but which has failed to scale the … Continue reading Continue reading
The Palestinian president is warning that if peace talks with Israel fail he may dismantle the Palestinian Authority and hand over responsibility for 2.5 million of his people to Israel. Mahmoud Abbas Continue reading
El plazo de permanencia allí expiró, según marca la ley. En lo adelante, dijo un oficial, no le permitirán llamadas telefónicas ni comida del exterior de la prisión. La activista está muy débil de salud Continue reading
Cristobal Pera, editorial director of Penguin Random House Mexico, said that Garcia Marquez's family has not yet decided whether to allow the book to come out posthumously, or which publishing house would Continue reading
El pintor cubano Agustín Bejarano, condenado en 2012 en un tribunal de Miami por conducta lasciva contra un menor, fue deportado a la isla tras cumplir las tres cuartas partes de su condena, informó el martes el sitio digital CaféFuerte. Continue reading
Bolivia, 22 de abril de 2014. En declaraciones al canal ATB, la Presidenta del Movimiento de Solidaridad de Cuba en La Paz, Leddy Vega, denunció enfáticamente "el ZunZuneo", un twitter cubano que alberga Continue reading
CANADÁ, 22 de abril de 2014. El embajador de Cuba, Julio Garmendía Peña, sostuvo un breve encuentro con el Speaker de la Cámara de los Comunes del Parlamento canadiense, el Honorable Andrew Scheer, con Continue reading
Gabón, 22 de abril de 2014. Con el propósito de intercambiar sobre el estado de las relaciones bilaterales, se reunieron en la capital Gabonesa la Embajadora de Cuba, Alba Soto Pimentel y el Ministro Continue reading
Antigua y Barbuda, 12 de abril de 2014. Después de escalar a la cima de Boggy Pick, el punto más alto de Antigua, conocido como Monte Obama, cubanos residentes, graduados en Cuba y colaboradores de la Continue reading
México, 22 de abril de 2014. De solemne y emotivo puede calificarse el homenaje luctuoso que en la noche de ayer 21 de abril se le ofreció a Gabriel García Márquez en el Palacio de Bellas Artes de la Continue reading
Dije que no era turista, que solo retrataba de casualidad y la mujer se acercó aún más. En tono entre educado y agresivo, me dijo: -¡Procura no hacerlo más!
A change of plea hearing has been set for an American who returned from Cuba decades after hijacking a jetliner to the communist island. U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum on Tuesday scheduled a May Continue reading
Cuba y los países acreedores del Club de París están trabajando para reanudar las negociaciones en torno a una deuda de miles de millones de dólares, en otra señal de que el Gobierno comunista está interesado en reinsertarse en la economía global. Continue reading

El escritor cubano William Navarrete presenta en París su libro Dictionnaire insolite de Cuba, publicado por ediciones Cosmopole.

Las palabras de presentación correrán a cargo de Fernando Nuñez.

"Cruce estratégico de rutas que conectan el Nuevo Mundo con Europa, Cuba es el resultado de una singular mezcla de culturas. Además de los tópicos turísticos, la Isla posee un patrimonio poco conocido", relata la sinopsis.

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The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) will grant US$50mn in loans to Cuba for waterworks in the next years. Award-winning and trusted the world over, Business News Americas is the Continue reading
Por su sólido peso, abultadas dimensiones y facilidad de cultivo, el ñame se perfila en el horizonte agrícola cubano como sustituto de la papa y la malanga, que han hecho crisis en los campos agrícolas de Cuba. Continue reading
El incendio en Guantánamo dejó un saldo de dos niñas fallecidas y otro reportado de grave, según informes de reporteros ciudadanos. Continue reading
Delegación del grupo de países acreedores visitó la isla a fines del año pasado. Insisten en que La Habana revele sus reservas en divisas. Continue reading
El Papa Francisco recibirá este sábado en privado al primer ministro de Ucrania, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, que viaja a Roma para asistir a la ceremonia de canonización de los Papas Juan XXIII y Juan Pablo II, que tendrá lugar el próximo domingo. Continue reading

Un programa del gobierno de Estados Unidos para generar un novedoso sistema Wi-Fi en Cuba no se ha desplegado en la Isla y se encuentra bajo revisión, informó este martes El Nuevo Herald.

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Easter No. 3 for a Prisoner of Castro
Bearing witness to Cuba's political persecution costs Sonia Garro her
freedom.
By MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
April 20, 2014 5:34 p.m. ET

Christians the world over celebrated the resurrection of their savior on
Sunday with worship services and family gatherings.
Thirty-eight-year-old Sonia Garro shares the faith too, but she spent
the holiday in a Cuban dungeon as a prisoner of conscience, just as she
has for the past two years.

Ms. Garro is a member of the Christian dissident group Ladies in White,
started in Havana in 2003 by sisters, wives and mothers of political
prisoners to peacefully protest the unjust incarceration of their loved
ones. It has since expanded to other parts of the country and added many
recruits. The group's growing popularity has worried the Castros, and
they have responded with increasing brutality.

Cuba's military government wants us to believe that the Brothers Fidel
and Raul Castro are "reforming." To buy that line you have to pretend
that Ms. Garro and her sisters in Christ don't exist. Of course that's
often the impression one gets from Havana-based reporters working for
foreign media outlets.

They've been invited into the country not to serve the truth but to
serve the dictatorship. Fortunately, there are brave and independent
Cuban journalists who continue to tell the Ladies' story, despite scant
resources.

In the late winter of 2012, Cubans were looking forward to a visit from
Pope Benedict XVI and the Ladies were lobbying the Vatican for an
audience. Their relentless pleading was embarrassing the dictatorship,
which had been beating them in the streets on their way to Sunday Mass
for almost a decade. It was also making the Church, which had already
cut its own deal with the regime on the terms of the visit, look bad. On
the weekend of March 17 Castro sent the Ladies a warning by locking up
some 70 of their members.

Most of those detained, including leader Berta Soler, had been freed by
the time the pontiff touched down in Cuba nine days later, but Ms. Garro
was not. Benedict celebrated some Masses, did photo ops with the despots
and left.

It was a clever strategy: The world saw the release of the many Ladies,
which obscured the continued detention of the one. That one—poor, black
and not well known internationally—serves, to this day, as a constant
reminder of the wrath Castro will bring down on anyone in the barrios
who gets out of line.

By 2012 Ms. Garro already had experience with state violence. Her record
of counterrevolutionary activities included running a recreation center
in her home for troubled youths. For that she was twice beaten by
government-sanctioned mobs. She suffered a broken nose in police
detention in 2010.

When security agents took her home to put her under house arrest ahead
of the pope's visit, she was met by a mob sent to harass her. Her
husband, Ramon Alejandro Muñoz, had climbed to the roof and was chanting
anti-dictatorship slogans. Two neighbors took the couple's side.
Special-forces police were called in. They raided the home, shot Ms.
Garro in the leg with rubber bullets and hauled the couple and two
neighbors to jail.

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Sonia Garro, a 38-year-old mother and a member of the dissident group
Ladies in White, just spent her third Easter as a prisoner of conscience
in one of Castro's dungeons. Mary Anastasia O'Grady discusses. Photo: Getty.

Eighteen months later prosecutors charged Ms. Garro with assault,
attempted murder and public disorder. Her husband and one neighbor,
Eugenio Hernández, are accused of attempted murder and public disorder.
The prosecution is seeking a 10-year prison sentence for Ms. Garro, 14
years for Mr. Muñoz, and 11 years for Mr. Hernández.

Anyone who has ever read about Soviet show trials will recognize the
state's case. The prosecutors claim that Messrs. Muñoz and Hernández
were both on the roof and knew a police officer could have been killed
when they threw things to try to stop him from climbing a ladder to
reach them.

The regime alleges that the couple had been planning street
disturbances. The "evidence" confiscated from their home included
bottles, machetes, rebar and cardboard protest signs. The state claims
that containers with fuel found in the home were Molotov cocktails.

Every household item or piece of scrap found in a poor Cuban household
is considered a weapon when the state wants to convict a prisoner. By
its logic the frying pan and the iron should have been cited too. With
good aim, they can be deadly. As to the combustibles inside the home,
Ms. Garro's sister Yamilet Garro told independent journalist Augusto
Cesar San Martín Albistur, "the items were for lighting during the
blackouts that are quite common in the area." For Castro, the most
dangerous items were the antigovernment signs.

Ms. Garro's real crime is her refusal to surrender her soul to the
state. That makes her an exemplary Christian but a lousy revolutionary.
The peril she presents is showing Cubans how to be both.

Write to O'Grady@wsj.com

Source: Mary Anastasia O'Grady: Easter No. 3 for a Prisoner of Castro -
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