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Daily Archives: June 21, 2014

Whats in a name? Apparently enough to get your teeth knocked out, Miami businessman Luis Garcia Fanjul was learning as the shouting from the earpiece of his telephone continued. Youre not a Fanjul, Continue reading
According to the Larousse dictionary, the Spanish verb extrañar means the following: to be surprised, to find something odd because it is new, to miss someone or something, to be delighted… Cubans in Cuba miss air-conditioned movie theaters and their weekly premieres … Continue reading Continue reading
Whats in a name? Apparently enough to get your teeth knocked out, Miami businessman Luis Garcia Fanjul was learning as the shouting from the earpiece of his telephone continued. Youre not a Fanjul, Continue reading
What's in a name? Apparently enough to get your teeth knocked out, Miami businessman Luis Garcia Fanjul was learning as the shouting from the earpiece of his telephone continued. "You're not a Fanjul, Continue reading
TAMPA - Take a look at Danny Hernandez's office if you want to know how hectic his life is at this moment, as he grows his Holy Hog barbecue restaurant chain. A forest of fishing poles stand waiting Continue reading
TAMPA - Take a look at Danny Hernandez's office if you want to know how hectic his life is at this moment, as he grows his Holy Hog barbecue restaurant chain. A forest of fishing poles stand waiting Continue reading
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Antunez outside his home in Placetas, Cuba (photo via Martinoticias.com) After almost a week in jail, which included lengthy interrogation sessions with his captors, Cuban democracy activist Jorge Luis Perez Garcia, "Antunez," is back at home, albeit under house arrest... Continue reading
Havana, June 21 (RHC)-- The Cuban government strongly rejected on Saturday the blacklisting of the island by the U.S. State Department in its annual Trafficking in Persons Report by calling it a groundless Continue reading
Havana, June 21 (RHC)-- The Cuban Market was the target of increasing interest of foreign entrepreneurs in 2013 despite the adverse international scenario that affects the island's economy. During Continue reading
The new Cuban Foreign Investment Law has encouraged the increasing presentation of projects and requests by foreign investors from around the world interested invested in the tourist sector, said Jose Continue reading
Representatives of over 200 companies from 29 countries will participate at the First International Convention of the Cuban Industry, CUBAINDUSTRIA 2014, to take place June 23 to 27 in Havana. Havana's Continue reading
The Cuban government strongly rejected on Saturday the blacklisting of the Caribean nation by the US State Department in its annual Trafficking in Persons Report, by calling it a groundless unilateral Continue reading
Cuba and Japan are making progress in a cooperation project to strengthen capacities to use groundwater and control saline intrusion in the provinces south of Havana: Artemisa and Mayabeque. Central Continue reading
Denzil Llewellyn Douglas, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Sustainable Development, Human Resources and Social Security of Saint Kitts and Nevis, will pay an official visit to Cuba on Monday, June Continue reading
Sonia Garro Alfonso and Ramón Alejandro Muñoz González Cuban Lady In White Sonia Garro Alfonso, her husband Ramón Alejandro Muñoz González and another activist Eugenio Hernández Hernández, who have been held in jail without trial since March 2012, learned this... Continue reading
One of the most powerful dictators , Fidel Castro ironically seldom traveled locally in one of his many limousines that were considered luxurious at that time. Though now that the 'Comandante' has been Continue reading
A few years ago, some friends encouraged me to taik about travel insurance for tourists coming to Cuba. What they cover, how the guarantee limits work, legal quality and certainty, which provisions are legally and objectively reclaimable. This subject arose … Continue reading Continue reading
Las estaciones de radio y televisión Martí intentan llegar a más cubanos por vías alternativas, según trascendió en la reunión de la Junta de Gobernadores de Radiodifusión (BBG) celebrada este viernes en las instalaciones de la Oficina de Transmisiones a Cuba (OCB). Continue reading
Cuba ha tachado de "arbitraria" su inclusión en la lista del informe anual de tráfico de personas del departamento de Estado estadounidense que sitúa al país en el nivel 3, entre aquellos países que "no hacen esfuerzos significativos", según informa Granma. Continue reading
El líder de la resistencia cívica cubana sería encausado por desorden público, tras denunciar que nunca hay policías disponibles para ayudar a la ciudadanía. Continue reading
At one point during this this week's General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the hundreds of delegates, known as commissioners, gleefully bounced scores of red balloons in the air. At another Continue reading
The Cuban National Ballet Company began a two-weekend season of Swan Lake, the most famous classic in the history of ballet. Directed by dance legend and prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso, the Cuban Continue reading
21 de junio de 2014, 13:06 Havana, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuba today rejected the unilateral decision by the U.S. Government for its inclusion in the list of countries not complying with the minimum Continue reading
During their meeting at the White House last month, President Barack Obama asked Uruguay's president, Jose Mujica, to send a message to Cuban President Raul Castro to free imprisoned U.S. government contractor Continue reading
Internet, Cubaencuentro, Censura
De manera inesperada el jueves el gobierno cubano permitió el acceso a varias páginas web críticas del sistema y que bloqueó por años. El viernes restableció la censura Continue reading
Internet, Cubaencuentro, Censura
De manera inesperada el jueves el gobierno cubano permitió el acceso a varias páginas web críticas del sistema y que bloqueó por años. El viernes restableció la censura Continue reading
Cubaencuentro, Internet, Censura
Páginas como desbloquearpaginas.es te ayudan a poder visitar la web cubaencuentro.com Continue reading
Mensaje, Castro, Obama
“Las reformas políticas y económicas serían bien recibidas por Estados Unidos y otros miembros de la comunidad internacional” Continue reading
Electrodomésticos, Inversiones, Economía
La producción de envases y embalajes y la de equipos electrónicos y electrodomésticos figura entre las prioridades para la inversión extranjera en la Isla Continue reading
Limusina, Taxi, TransporteSe utilizan en la actualidad para transportar turistas extranjeros Continue reading
Internet, Cooperativas, Cambios
La conexión se realizará de acuerdo a “las tarifas vigentes para los servicios contratados con entidades del sector estatal” Continue reading
Cuba authorizes Internet access for emerging private companies Contributed by NAMPA / Xinhua. HAVANA, June 20 (Xinhua) -- The Cuban government has authorized the state telecom company to provide Continue reading
"Bullying" in Cuba? / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
Posted on June 20, 2014

14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, Havana | 20 June 2014 – Damaris is almost forty
and has several scars on her face. They were made by a 5th grade
classmate with a hair clip. They were in the middle of class and a
dispute over the ownership of a pen led the opponent to scream, "I'll be
waiting for you at four-thirty!" This is the worst threat a student can
receive in a Cuban elementary school. The phrase lets you know that when
school gets out strength and supremacy will be proved with fists or
fingernails.

For Yosniel it was worse. He jumped from a water tank at the People's
Republic of Romania High School, after months of ridicule about the size
of his head from his classmates in the dorm. He fell on concrete and no
effort at resuscitation was able to save him. The next day, during the
funeral, the very students who had ridiculed him offered their
condolences to the bereaved family in the impoverished Romerillo
neighborhood.

However, the problem touches both the poor and the better-off. The cold
metal of a knife pierced the heart of Adrian, also a high school
boarding student, because another student, stronger than he, decided he
wanted his Converse sneakers. The parents of the dead boy were in the
military, but even so they could not understand how the schools that
were supposed to form the "New Man" could end up functioning with the
same bullying as in prisons.

Cecilia, meanwhile, was always one of the ones who hit… not one of those
who was hit. She would choose which uniform skirt she wanted, searching
the lockers of the weaker and smaller students. One day she met her
match in a skinny little gap-toothed girl who – with a knife improvised
from a hacksaw blade – slit her face from ear to ear.

Abuse at school, bullying, is an issue that is rarely discussed in the
national media, but it affects hundreds, even thousands, of students
across the country. Among the most alarming characteristics of this
problem is the complicity or indifference on the part of the teachers.
Often the teachers support "these tough guys and girls" in order to
control the rest of the students. The result is an institutional
validation of a structure of bravado and abuse.

How can it be reported? No one knows. There is no telephone number that
a student victim of bullying can call. There is no Ministry of Education
circular protecting the victims in these cases. The parents usually
respond to their children's complaints of abuse with "hit him harder" or
"show them who you are." The teachers don't want to get in the middle of
a dispute and many school directors respond defensively, "You can
imagine, I no longer know what to do with this boy."

The truth is that the drama of school abuse is not reported, debated,
questioned… meanwhile, the many Cecilias who are out there continue
taking smaller children's uniforms, cutting classmate's faces with a
blade, or mocking – to the point of suicide – the head size of another.

Source: "Bullying" in Cuba? / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez | Translating Cuba
- http://translatingcuba.com/bullying-in-cuba-14ymedio-yoani-sanchez/ Continue reading
What's Happening Today in Angola? / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
Posted on June 20, 2014

14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, Havana | June 18, 2014 — He has been in power
35 years, he's the father of the richest woman in Africa, and he has
created in Angola one of the most corrupt regimes in the world. His name
is Jose Eduardo dos Santos, and he's visiting Cuba, which helped him to
win a war that cost more than two thousand Cuban lives.

Yesterday afternoon the leader of the People's Movement for the
Liberation of Angola (MPLA) arrived in our country, and the government
received him as a fellow traveler. A long and bloody military conflict
was fought on his territory beginning in 1975, in which more than
377,000 Cuban soldiers participated as well as some 50,000 Cuban
civilians. Despite such prolonged and intense contact between the two
nations, few on the Island are informed about the situation of this
"liberated land" today.

Dos Santos has held the presidency in an authoritarian form,
concentrating in his own hands the powers of the president and prime
minister, as well as controlling parliament, the judicial system, and
the main political party of that African nation. In 2010 a new
Constitution was adopted which ended the division of powers and
confirmed the president as supreme commander of the armed forces and as
the figure who determines the composition of the Supreme Court.

Angola is torn between the greatest contrasts and the worst tragedies.
The misappropriation of public funds and the diversion of state
resources are common practices that have allowed many to enrich
themselves. The country's main sources of wealth have become its major
sources of problems. Oil, diamonds and uranium, added to its reserves of
gold, iron and bauxite, have fueled an entire legion of the corrupt,
sheltered under Dos Santos.

Diarrheal diseases, typhoid fever, malaria, tuberculosis and sleeping
sickness are rife among the Angolan people, putting the nation on the
list of countries at "high risk" with regards to health. Currently, more
than four thousand Cubans are serving "missions" in its territory, in
areas such as education, construction and healthcare, but this
represents barely a drop in the ocean of needs.

HIV also preys on Angolans. Official figures admit to only some 200,000
cases of people suffering from the virus, but its enough to walk the
streets and villages to realize the high social impact of this scourge.
The mistreatement of women, child slavery, and constant sexual crimes
also have a high incidence. Cocaine trafficking and the sale of human
beings into servitude are lucrative businesses.

As if this picture weren't enough, Angola has worrying indices of human
rights violations. Limitations on freedom of association and assembly
are some of the rights violated, which coincides with the identical
practices carried out by the "friendly government" of the Plaza of the
Revolution.

However, alarming indicators with regards to health and repression do
not deter many Cubans from taking the Angolan route. This time they will
fight not in the trenches, but as employees in clinics, businesses and
schools. In the African country they receive economic remuneration
superior to the low salaries on the Island. The so called "missions" to
Angola are much more sought after by medical professionals than are
those in Venezuela. They are sold at the highest prices in the
"influence market" within the Ministry of Public Health.

Neither the Angolan nor the Cuban national media have reported that the
president's eldest daughter has already passed the barrier of two
billion dollars in personal wealth. Isabel dos Santos controls more than
25 percent of the shares in Unitel, one of the country's two telephone
companies. She also participates in businesses in Portugal, where she is
said to be the principal shareholder in the country's largest cable
television company. The lack of transparency around power in Luanda, and
the people close to the leader, have seized key positions in the
national economy.

While her father visits Havana, Isabel dos Santos is in Brazil, where
the magazine Veja has published several photos of the Angolan
multimillionaire during the inaugural ceremony of the World Cup.
According to the publication, some 600 people – among them businessmen
and celebrities – have "accommodated" the businesswoman in luxurious
rooms in Sao Paule, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, to enjoy the
football parties and the euphoria of the World Cup.

Stories like these will never be told in the official Cuban press. The
families who lost their children in that far off land don't know what
has become of the country where their loved ones fell.

Source: What's Happening Today in Angola? / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez |
Translating Cuba -
http://translatingcuba.com/whats-happening-today-in-angola-14ymedio-yoani-sanchez/ Continue reading
¿Termina la doble sesión en la escuela primaria? 14YMEDIO, La Habana | Junio 19, 2014 Los padres con niños en la escuela primaria están preocupados. Las últimas informaciones en los medios oficiales sobre la continuidad o no de la doble sesión son confusas. Desde el ministerio se asegura que “no desaparece”, pero se deja a […] Continue reading
Barrotes de humo JULIETA VEGA, La Habana | Junio 20, 2014 Una fábrica de tabaco es lo más parecido a una cárcel. Los pasillos están vigilados por custodios, hay cámaras de seguridad por todos lados y al sitio donde se tuerce el tabaco se le llama galera. Nadie puede salir durante el horario laboral si […] Continue reading
Reinicia huelga de hambre el preso Noel López González MIÉRCOLES, 18 DE JUNIO DE 2014 15:45 ESCRITO POR MARITZA QUINTANA PARDO Cuba noticias, Ciego de Ávila, (PD) Noel López González, confinado en la prisión de régimen especial Kilo 8, en Camagüey, el 10 de junio volvió a declararse en huelga de hambre por sentirse engañado […] Continue reading
Publicado el viernes, 06.20.14 Autostrades de EEUU repatrian a 31 cubanos y 25 haitianos AFP La guardia costera de Estados Unidos informó este viernes que repatrió en la semana a 31 cubanos y 25 haitianos recogidos de precarias embarcaciones en el Caribe y el Estrecho de la Florida en días anteriores. El 9 de junio, […] Continue reading
Washington pide a Cuba que permita a Gross viajar a EEUU tras la muerte de su madre 20.06.14 | 13:16h. EUROPA PRESS | WASHINGTON El Departamento de Estado ha solicitado a Cuba que permita al excontratista Alan Gross, encarcelado en la isla tras ser condenado a 15 años de cárcel, viajar a Estados Unidos para […] Continue reading
“Prepararán” empresarios más eficientes en Cuba Por Francisco Forteza LA HABANA, 20 (ANSA)- La autoridades cubanas “prepararán” empresarios en pos de una ansiada, y en deterioro, eficiencia para las empresas estatales, y para que desarrollen una “gestión más autónoma e independiente”, según un anuncio oficial. “Es importante contar con un empresariado que contribuya a que […] Continue reading
A member of Kurdish Peshmerga forces takes position overlooking militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions in Jalawla in the Diyala province, on June 14, 2014 (AFP Photo / Continue reading
Yoani Sanchez, HAVANA | 20 June 2014 – Livio went on a trip and left his friends in charge of the most precious thing in his life. It wasn’t a child, or a pet, or even one of those home … Continue reading Continue reading

Luego de más de dos años de detención, la Dama de Blanco Sonia Garro Alfonso, su esposo Ramón Alejandro Muñoz González y el activista Eugenio Hernández Hernández serán juzgados el próximo 30 de junio, informa Radio Martí.

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21 de junio de 2014, 10:19 Havana, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) The work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cuba is backed by the solidarity of the nation, the organization''s Continue reading