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Daily Archives: August 24, 2014

Las viandas y las hortalizas recolectadas sumaron supuestamente más de 1,93 millones de toneladas. Continue reading
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Domínguez apuntó que no entiende cómo es que escritores que viven en Miami, publican en la isla, mientras que él que vive en la isla tiene que venir a publicar a Miami debido a la censura. Continue reading
In only three years, the Patriotic Union of Cuba, or UNPACU, has grown to become one of the largest and most active opposition groups on the island. Which is why the Castro police on Sunday attacked UNPACU activists in Santiago... Continue reading
The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported lin June that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list of prisoners... Continue reading
The close medical supervision of patients not just at the hospital but also at home may cut the number of health problems down to 20 percent. Family medicine is a medical specialty that aims for the early Continue reading
.  Mekshana  Ekshtad Party  (MEP) has done  its National Convention on 1st August. It was presided over by the leader honorable Dinesh Gunawardene, Minister of the Water and Drainage and Whip parliament. Continue reading
. The Friendship Association with Cuba in Kalutara city had a political meeting in solidarity with Cuba on August 2nd. The reunion was presided over by the ministers  honorable Reginald Cooray, and Continue reading
Pedestrians Are the Most Frequent Victims of Traffic Accidents / 14ymedio
Posted on August 24, 2014

14YMEDIO, Havana, August 22, 2014 — In recent weeks, the official media
have reported numerous traffic accidents in several provinces. In
addition to drivers and passengers, pedestrians represent a significant
proportion of victims: 34.6% of deaths in the country and, in the case
of Havana, the percentage skyrockets to 70.9%, according data reported
on the television evening news by the National Directorate of Traffic.

The official report hid some of the factors contributing to this
situation, especially the poor condition of the sidewalks, the lack of
pedestrian crossings on busy streets and avenues, and the deterioration
of the traffic lights or the power outages affecting their operation.

As for the responsibility of drivers, several factors explain the high
incidence of accidents: disrespect for the right of way, speeding or
drunk driving.

According to recently published official data, in the first half of this
year Cuba reported more than 5,600 traffic accidents, with a balance of
347 dead and over 4,300 injured.

Source: Pedestrians Are the Most Frequent Victims of Traffic Accidents /
14ymedio | Translating Cuba -
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Angel Santiesteban Transferred to La Lima Prison / 14ymedio
Posted on August 24, 2014

14YMEDIO, Havana, August 22, 2014 – The writer Angel Santiesteban might
have been transferred to La Lima prison, located in the Havana
municipality of Guanabacoa. The information was provided to 14ymedio by
Lilianne Ruíz, a freelance journalist who visited the police station at
Acosta and Diez de October streets where the narrator and blogger was
detained.

For several weeks, Santiesteban's family and friends have been demanding
an explanation for the aggravation of the charges against him. The
police informed the family that the writer was being prosecuted for an
escape attempt. However, his family believes that this "new imputation
is groundless and is being lodged only to increase his time in captivity."

Reporters Without Borders issued a statement calling on the Cuban
authorities to "clearly explain" Santiesteban's situation.

Prior to his transfer to the Acosta Station, Santiesteban was held in a
construction unit where he could receive visitors and make telephone
calls. The blogger was sentenced in 2013 to five years in prison for an
alleged "violation of domicile and aggression." Independent lawyers have
repeatedly denounced the irregularities committed in his case and have
raised the complaint with national and international entities.

Source: Angel Santiesteban Transferred to La Lima Prison / 14ymedio |
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Yusnabi: La USAID, la amenaza a la seguridad nacional y el gusanito anestesiado Periodistas y abuelitos políticos, que una organización de cooperación norteamericana financie el intercambio de jóvenes y que pueda tener una coyuntura política, eso mis queridos amigos, no atenta contra la seguridad nacional de Cuba ni de ningún país domingo, agosto 24, 2014 […] Continue reading
Zoo de Las Tunas: pedrada al caimán, majá con alambres y monos ebrios En el zoo de Las Tunas le lanzan pedradas a los cocodrilos, dan ron a los monos, rompen las mandíbulas a las serpientes y roban los huevos de las aves. Martinoticias.com agosto 24, 2014 El robo y maltrato a los animales del […] Continue reading
Estudios Abdala: sin electricidad y bajo el Ministerio de Cultura Ya los estudios de grabación Abdala, de Silvio Rodríguez, no pertenecen a la corporación CIMEX, y no se aprobó el traspaso a la Oficina del Historiador de La Habana. Pasan entonces al Ministerio de Cultura, que no quiere pagar deudad de electricidad. Martinoticias.com agosto 24, […] Continue reading
La producción agropecuaria en Cuba crece un 17,6 % en el primer semestre Se refiere la “tendencia creciente” que muestran las producciones como el arroz, el fríjol y el maíz. La Habana (EFE) Domingo 24, agosto 2014 | 10:48 am La producción agropecuaria en Cuba creció un 17,6 por ciento en el primer semestre del […] Continue reading
Why NPR's David Greene Thinks All Americans Should Visit Cuba Now
Written by: Paul Brady
August 21, 2014

NPR Morning Edition host David Greene spent a week in June reporting
from Cuba, the country that few Americans have had the chance to
visit—even though new "people-to-people" trips make it legal to tour on
certain itineraries. Greene shared his memories of the trip—and his tips
for those visiting for the first time—with Condé Nast Traveler in an
interview shortly after he returned to the U.S.

How did you spend your week in Cuba?

We'd been trying to go for almost a year—the visa process is quite an
adventure—but we finally got to go for a week. We spent the first couple
days in Havana and interviewed a morning radio news host who works on a
kind of government-owned Morning Edition of Havana.

Some stuff was set up by the government, which was a narrative for the
trip, but we also got out on our own and explored on our own. We spent a
day in Mariel, about an hour west of Havana, where the Mariel boatlift
was in 1980. The numbers are stunning: more than 100,000 Cubans leaving
on boats from there. Today, they're expanding a deep-water port that the
government is hoping will be helpful to the economy. There are a lot of
questions about whether they are really committed or not to foreign
investment, how many restrictions there might be.

We took a mini road trip to the island of Varadero, which is one of the
tourist beaches in Cuba that brings in Europeans and visitors from Latin
and South America. We tried to follow how tourism money comes into the
country and what it means to people. From there, we went down to the
town of Cárdenas, which is visually one of the most awesome places I've
been to, with horse carts clomping through these old colonial streets.
We kept driving into sugar country—real, classic, old Cuba—where the
sugar industry thrived until the '90s when a lot of people thought Fidel
Castro made some bad decisions. We spent a very memorable hour with a
family there. The father worked three decades in the sugar industry and
showed us his ration booklet, which is still something that exists in Cuba.

When we got back to Havana, we did a couple interviews with dissidents,
which we purposefully saved for the end of the trip. The last interview
we did was with a journalist who was beaten up on the street about 10
days prior, and he talked about the challenge of trying to test the
limits of free expression in a country that doesn't allow much of it. It
was really interesting when he mentioned that he gets trained at the
U.S. Interests Section in Havana, which is another sign that the U.S.
government is still trying to do the best it can to break through and do
democracy promotion in Cuba, as we saw with the "Cuban Twitter" story
earlier this year.

Were there difficulties in reporting from the country?

I wanted to be really humble and realistic about it and say that none of
us were Cuba experts. We were going to take in a place and bring it home
as best we could. It's an incredibly murky and complicated place—and
we're very new to it, so we had open minds and tried to be listeners.

What surprised you about being a journalist in Cuba?

I thought we'd be followed more and tracked more. Our first stop was the
International Press Center, and I expected a five-hour lecture about how
great Cuba is. It was literally 20 minutes: We filled out a form, they
handed us press credentials, and off we go. We were much more free to
wander than I expected to be. There was a surprising moment in the other
direction, though, in Varadero, when we wanted to talk to people about
their jobs in tourism. We got to the hotel where we arranged interviews
with a band and a server, and all of a sudden it got really tense and
people got nervous and scared when the security people at the hotel
found out. And that was a window into how the fear is still there. There
were these little reminders of, "Okay, we're Cuba."

Why go to Cuba now?

Any time you can go is worthwhile because it's such a difficult place to
get a look at. We have a colleague in journalism, Nick Miroff at the
Washington Post, who did great work telling one story after another
there. But to be able to go for a week and get a deep dive—to get the
government to allow a team as big as ours was to go in!—is pretty rare.
To me, whenever you can get there, you just go.

I do think this is a really interesting time, though. If you look at
public opinion in the Cuban American community in Miami, it is changing.
There are questions about whether the softening of the position of some
younger Cuban Americans means that there will be less pressure over time
on this president and future presidents to keep the embargo in place.
That's a question worth asking. Now, older Cuban Americans vote much
more loyally and much more often and are a very powerful force, so it's
not like we're on the cusp of political change. But we're beginning to
reach a point where there could be a different policy.

There's a poll out that shows that, for the first time, the majority of
Cuban Americans is in favor of ending the embargo. That can be a little
misleading because older Cuban Americans vote in much larger numbers but
that is a huge development. I think the question that you'll see both
parties asking is "Is the old political narrative true?" Do we have to
pay this much attention to the Cuban American vote in Florida and is
Florida that important in a presidential election. Maybe the answer is
yes! But those are the questions sitting there for 2016.

With Mariel Port and Castro pushing tourism development, it really seems
that a lot of what he's doing in terms of the economy is pointing to the
day when the embargo might be gone. For Varadero and the expansion of
that beach resort to succeed, they're going to need a few million
American tourists to come every year and that's not going to happen
until the embargo is gone. And at Mariel too, that port might see some
success in the short term, but it could really be important—especially
with the Panama Canal expansion—if that American market opens up.

What was it like to stay at the Hotel Nacional, one of the city's most
famous hotels?

It was beautiful. Stunning. It's right on the Malecón which is the long
four-mile promenade they call the world's longest bar—especially when
the sun goes down—where you'll see massive crowds of Cubans sitting
along the water, smoking, drinking, kissing, chatting. It's a great
place to meet people!

What should first-time visitors make sure they do while visiting?

It is worth getting out of Havana and Varadero. Being in an old sugar
town called Madruga, I felt like I was seeing a different side of
Cuba—and one that you can't really miss if you want to understand the
place. And I would say don't be nervous and don't be afraid of the
place. Have a cultural awareness about the desperation that's there but
be open to conversation with these wonderful people who have really
interesting stories to tell.

You also got some shots of vintage automobiles—what was that like?

Our photographer and I were told to ignore the 1950s cars because
they're such a cliche in Havana, but neither of us could ignore them.
You just couldn't turn away. He said it was like trying to walk by Jack
Nicholson. You have to point your camera in that direction!

Source: Why NPR's David Greene Thinks All Americans Should Visit Cuba
Now -
http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2014-08-21/why-npr-s-david-greene-thinks-all-americans-should-visit-cuba-now Continue reading
REPRESIÓN Detenciones y atropellos contra Damas de Blanco y activistas marcan la jornada dominical DDC | La Habana | 24 Ago 2014 – 7:23 pm. Los mayores problemas represivos se vivieron en Cárdenas y Santiago de Cuba. Detenciones y atropellos contra Damas de Blanco y activistas de la UNPACU marcaron la jornada dominical en varias […] Continue reading
MEDIO AMBIENTE Clausuran el mayor central azucarero de Granma por daños ecológicos en el Río Cauto DDC | Bayamo | 24 Ago 2014 – 7:01 pm Según el Gobierno, ‘residuos del proceso industrial’ provocaron la muerte de 38 toneladas de peces en mayo último. Las autoridades clausuraron “temporalmente” el central azucarero Grito de Yara, en […] Continue reading
Periodistas y abuelitos políticos, que una organización de cooperación norteamericana financie el intercambio de jóvenes y que pueda tener una coyuntura política, eso mis queridos amigos, no atenta contra la seguridad nacional de Cuba ni de ningún país Continue reading
Los activistas de UNPACU organizaban actos conmemorativos por el tercer aniversario de esa agrupación opositora. Continue reading
Si lanzarse al mar en una balsa improvisada puede parecer una locura, la odisea que vivió un matrimonio cubano tratando de llegar a los Estados Unidos desde Ecuador podría alimentar la imaginación de cualquier novelista. Los cubanos, que pidieron ser identificados como Antonio y María, por miedo a represalias contra sus familiares en la isla, viajaron durante 52 días a bordo de todo tipo de medios de transporte, a través de una ruta que cubre más de 4,000 kilómetros y atraviesa ocho países latinoamericanos. Continue reading
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A government review says that the couple did not violate U.S. sanctions when they visited the island last year. Also Elisabeth Moss stars in "The One I Love," a new romance with a sci-fi twist. Suzanne Continue reading
En el zoo de Las Tunas le lanzan pedradas a los cocodrilos, dan ron a los monos, rompen las mandíbulas a las serpientes y roban los huevos de las aves. Continue reading
14YMEDIO, Havana, August 22, 2014 – The writer Angel Santiesteban might have been transferred to La Lima prison, located in the Havana municipality of Guanabacoa. The information was provided to 14ymedio by Lilianne Ruíz, a freelance journalist who visited the … Continue reading Continue reading
:58 Hits: 121 TUNIS (TAP)-Tunisian boxer Mekki Ben Said (56kg), Saturday, was beaten on points by Cuban Javier Ibanez Diaz at a Youth Olympic Games boxing tournament.   Continue reading
OXFORD, Miss. -- A skilled photographer can capture stunning, moving images while maintaining a sense of artistic distance behind the camera. Photography is more about attachment than detachment for Continue reading
The Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design will inaugurate its new Cultural Legacy Gallery with an exhibit of photographs of Cubans. Continue reading
Aunque las restricciones comerciales de la UE contra La Habana terminó en 2008, el Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores de la entidad sigue considerando a Cuba como un "país de preocupación" por su terrible historial de derechos humanos. Continue reading
Today - 12:24 GMT August 24, 2014: China has increased its efforts to gain some control over the North Korean government by doing nasty things the North Korean leaders want. In the latest case the Continue reading
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Tigers were indeed deeply interested in signing Cuban center fielder Rusney Castillo, team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed Friday. He also confirmed that they made Continue reading
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El presidente de Uruguay, José Mujica, critica que la comunidad internacional sea "tolerante" con la política que lleva a cabo China, pero no con la situación en Cuba o Venezuela, simplemente porque el país asiático es una potencia económica importante, informa EFE.

En una entrevista que publica el diario español El Mundo, Mujica se muestra satisfecho de su gestión como presidente, a dos meses para los comicios a la Jefatura del Estado, en las que no puede optar a la reelección.

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El convoy ruso que entró sin autorización en Ucrania regresó a Rusia, tras dejar la ayuda humanitaria que transportaba en la ciudad de Lugansk, donde las autoridades locales ya reciben asesoría de la Cruz Roja Internacional para distribuirla, informa Notimex.

La salida de los camiones rusos coincidió con una visita de trabajo de la canciller federal alemana Ángela Merkel a Kiev, donde prometió mantener su apoyo a Ucrania en los "tiempos difíciles" y ofreció 500 millones de euros (unos 662 millones de dólares) para reconstruir su región este.

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Today - 03:02 GMT The EU has given £1.6m to fund waste collections on Caribbean island Foreign Office still regards Cuba as 'country of concern' over human rights Continue reading
Ya los estudios de grabación Abdala, de Silvio Rodríguez, no pertenecen a la corporación CIMEX, y no se aprobó el traspaso a la Oficina del Historiador de La Habana. Pasan entonces al Ministerio de Cultura, que no quiere pagar deudad de electricidad. Continue reading
Cuando los médicos cubanos de Miami vinieron para ayudar a 30,000 balseros cubanos detenidos aquí, encontraron un campamento infernal de tiendas de campaña en el cual las personas se cortaban y se quemaban a sí mismas con la esperanza de ser evacuadas a hospitales en Estados Unidos. Continue reading
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14YMEDIO, Havana, August 22, 2014 — In recent weeks, the official media have reported numerous traffic accidents in several provinces. In addition to drivers and passengers, pedestrians represent a significant proportion of victims: 34.6% of deaths in the country and, … Continue reading Continue reading
Their talks will focus on ways of implementing a ceasefire and, if a peace deal is agreed, on the laying down of weapons by the rebels. President Juan Manuel Santos said the government and rebels were Continue reading
Another "Broom" Law / Rosa Maria Rodriguez
Posted on August 23, 2014

The National Assembly or Cuban parliament easily approved (nothing odd
for that body when the issue is something that, although not divinely
ordained, "comes from above") the new foreign investment law. One does
not need a crystal ball to know that the new legislation — like the
proverbial broom* — will sweep efficiently, basically for those in power
and the barriers they have created.

The breathless financiers of the antiquated Cuban political model
demonstrate that for la nomenklatura, the need of their wallets — or the
need to upgrade,or air out, their state capitalism — is more important
than to truly revive the the battered "socialist economy".

As with all laws that "are to be (dis)respected" in post-1959 Cuba, it
passed unanimously, i.e., everyone was in agreement — or at least, they
all raised their hands — in that caricature of a senate composed almost
entirely of members of the sole legal party in Cuba, which has been in
power for 55 years and which, despite calling itself Communist, really
isn't.

It follows, therefore, to suggest to the Cuban authorities that to be
consistent with their own laws, they should conduct an aggiornamento
(update) of the philosophical foundations of their ideology, and of the
historic government party.

The Cuban state has long had its eyes on foreign investors. Rodrigo
Malmierca, minister of exterior commerce and foreign investment, stated
several months ago in Brazil that Cuba will continue to have just one
political party. He was, of course, speaking to the interests of
Brazilian entrepreneurs, and emphasizing the message of confidence and
stability that Cuba's governing class wants to convey so as to encourage
them to do business on the island.

This standard produces another discriminatory law that baits foreigners
with financial benefits and tax breaks, in contrast to the prohibitive
taxes imposed on Cuban nationals who launch themselves into the private
sector. They took everything away from Cuban and foreign entrepreneurs
when this model was imposed, and now they stimulate and favor only
foreign capitalists to invest in our country. They say it's not a
giveaway, but any citizen of other provenance is placed above our own
nationals, who once again are excluded from investing in the medium and
large companies on their home soil.

Just as our Spanish forebears did, they engage in shameless and abusive
marginalization of Cubans on their own turf, and restrict Cubans'
economic role in their own national home. The state continues holding
"the master key" of the hiring process. It serves as the employment
agency to calm the fears of its followers and urge them to continue
their unconditional support, with the established and visible promise of
compensation and privilege — albeit with a diminutive, revolutionary,
symbolic and coveted "little slice" of the national pie.

On the other hand, the impunity that inheres to bureaucrats in
management, along with the lack of respect toward Cuban society implied
in their excessive secrecy, unbuttons the shirt of corruption.

Some of the many examples that strike a nerve among Cubans of diverse
geographic areas are: What is the state of affairs of the country? What
are the revenue and expenditures of different phases of the economy? Why
do they not inform the public of the annual income generated from
remittances by Cuban émigrés, and how these resources are used?

I could say and write much about the new law and the same old
discrimination and practices contained in the same old legislation. As
far as I am concerned, despite everything, the result is just another
flea-bitten dog with a reversible — but no different — collar.

But that would be giving too much relevance to the segregationist,
shoddy and desperate hunt for money by the elite in power, which needs
ever more colossal sums of evil capital to "sustain" its unsustainable
bureaucracy and inefficient model.

Anyway, this new law – like the proverbial broom – will always sweep
clean for them. Considering their dynastic, highborn, 50-plus-year-old
lifestyles, this seems to be all that matters to them.

*Translator's Note: The writer refers to a saying, "Escobita nueva barre
bien" – parallel to the English a new broom sweeps clean.

Translated by Alicia Barraqué Ellison

15 April 2014

Source: Another "Broom" Law / Rosa Maria Rodriguez | Translating Cuba -
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Publicado el sábado, 08.23.14 Silvio Rodríguez denuncia trabas a estudio de grabación creado por él en Cuba EFE LA HABANA — El cantautor cubano Silvio Rodríguez denunció que el estudio de grabaciones musicales Abdala, creado por su iniciativa en La Habana en 1998, “agoniza” ante trabas burocráticas y la inoperancia de funcionarios, y culpó directamente […] Continue reading
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