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Daily Archives: October 4, 2014

Oct. 04--TAMPA -- To plant a message in the public's mind, carve it atop a building for all to see. That's the strategy behind the marketing that put Raymond James on the stadium along Dale Mabry Highway, Continue reading
In a February meeting with Gov. Rick Scott, the Legislature's Hispanic caucus did not hesitate when asked its top priority for the upcoming legislative session: In-state tuition rates for undocumented Continue reading
To celebrate the Herald on Sunday 's 10th birthday, Living asked travel blogger Megan Singleton for her 10 must-visit destinations for Kiwis, here and overseas. Cancun is the busy and brash beach Continue reading
Cuban First Vice-president of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, met in Havana with Keji Furuya, member of the House of Representatives of Japan and President of the Japan-Cuba Continue reading
"Es un atentado contra la democracia. Cuba no es un país democrático", afirmó el ex exgobernante panameño, Ricardo Martinneli al ser preguntado sobre la intención del presidente de Panamá, Juan Carlos Varela de invitar a Cuba a la Cumbre de las Américas. Continue reading
Bayamo: Concluso para sentencia el juicio contra El Crítico y otros tres activistas DDC | Bayamo | 4 Oct 2014 – 11:01 pm. La Fiscalía ha pedido para ellos penas de hasta siete años de cárcel. El juicio contra el rapero disidente Ángel Yunier Remón Arzuaga (El Crítico) y otros tres activistas, por un supuesto […] Continue reading
Un ‘brote diarreico’ mantiene en el hospital a cuatro peloteros granmenses y obliga a suspender partidos DDC | Sancti Spíritus | 4 Oct 2014 – 6:37 pm. Dos habrían dado positivo a las pruebas del cólera. El ‘brote’ se originó en el Hotel Zaza, de Sancti Spíritus, donde estaba alojada la Las autoridades del béisbol […] Continue reading
Santa Clara: La Fiscalía pide cinco años de cárcel para el opositor Ciro Alexis Casanova DDC | Santa Clara | 4 Oct 2014 – 3:10 pm. Está acusado de ‘desorden público’ y ‘desacato’ por salir con un cartel a la calle. Esta semana se declaró en huelga de hambre. La Fiscalía de Villa Clara ha […] Continue reading
Tokmakjian deberá indemnizar económicamente al Gobierno por los “daños causados” 14YMEDIO, Octubre 03, 2014 El empresario canadiense Cy Tokmakjian no solo deberá cumplir la condena de 15 años de prisión impuesta por un presunto delito de corrupción, sino que además tendrá que indemnizar al Gobierno cubano por los daños causados. Las pérdidas se calculan en […] Continue reading
Cuba impone duras condenas a 17 personas por corrupción AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE 10/03/2014 9:33 PM 10/03/2014 9:33 PM LA HABANA Un tribunal cubano condenó a penas de entre seis y 20 años de prisión a tres empresarios canadienses y 14 funcionarios cubanos, involucrados en un caso de corrupción que provocó pérdidas a la isla por […] Continue reading
Veteranos buscan designación histórica para el Museo de Bahía de Cochinos DAVID SMILEYDSMILEY@MIAMIHERALD.COM 10/03/2014 8:31 PM 10/03/2014 8:31 PM La Asociación de Veteranos de Bahía de Cochinos-Brigada 2506 está buscando una designación histórica para el museo y biblioteca de La Pequeña Habana dedicado a los caídos en la fallida invasión, respaldada por la CIA e […] Continue reading
Jueves 02 de octubre de 2014 | Publicado en edición impresa Cambios en la isla Cuba da grandes pasos para la futura eliminación de la doble moneda El Banco Central aumentará la cantidad de pesos en circulación y emitirá billetes de más alta denominación como medidas previas a la unificación monetaria LA HABANA.- Cuba anunció […] Continue reading
Mala hierba: la crisis de valores en Cuba Regina Coyula Especial para BBC Mundo 3 octubre 2014 Hace ya un tiempo, asistí a uno de los pocos sitios de debate que tiene este país. “Último jueves”, el espacio que organiza la revista Temas, proponía la discusión ¿Valores en crisis? Todos allí parecían coincidir en que, […] Continue reading
A new Cuba in the making

Is the Caribbean outpost of communism finally opening its doors to
capitalism? Or is Cuba trying something quite different? Vanessa Baird
begins her investigation of a changing land.

Say Cuba, and you will provoke some of the most polarized responses,
even from people who have never been there.

The tropical island nation has come to symbolize so much – depending on
your perspective.

But beyond dispute is its most remarkable story of survival. Few could
have imagined that the country's communist government, led by Fidel
Castro, could have continued for more than a few days after the collapse
of the Soviet Union that was its mainstay.

And yet, 23 years on, the Communist Party is still in charge – albeit
with a slightly younger and smaller Castro at the helm.

But Cuba is changing. The government of 83-year-old Raúl Castro, who
took over from brother Fidel when the latter became ill in 2006, is in
the throes of implementing a 311-point reform plan that could alter the
country beyond recognition. It has been described as a 'life or death
blueprint to save the revolution'.1

Outside Cuba the changes are referred to as 'reforms'; inside, the
official term is 'updates'. It's a semantic difference that may seem
small, but is politically significant. The task being undertaken is not,
the government claims, a turn to capitalism but a necessary
restructuring to adapt Cuban socialism – as it's called on the island –
to a changing world circumstance and to ensure its survival.

Official recognition that change was needed has been a while coming. For
years ordinary Cubans have been ground down by daily hassles and
privations – queues, shortages, petty bureaucracy, over-regulation,
corruption and endless promises of a better life that never seemed to
materialize. Citizen discontent came across loud and clear during a
series of public consultations in 2011, in which almost nine million
people participated.

Pithy and pragmatic, Raúl Castro does not mince his words. This is the
last chance, he says, for the 'historic generation' to correct past
errors and secure the future of the revolution's socialist development.
Past 'dogmas' and 'failed schemes' must be rejected. Inefficiency and
cover-ups by political and managerial élites will no longer be
tolerated. He has sacked ministers who were considered his friends. The
younger Castro has even lambasted his party's love of 'pomposity' and
'empty slogans'.2

Fidel Castro, who recently turned 88, is said to be supportive of the
reform process launched by his brother. In an unguarded moment, the
revolutionary icon admitted to journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, 'the Cuban
model does not even work for us any more', when asked whether he was
still keen to export it.1

The transformation is now well under way and expected to continue
through the next few years.

Much is already apparent. There is more personal freedom. Cubans can
travel abroad, open small businesses, buy or sell their homes or cars,
and are even permitted to buy new foreign cars – if they can stump up
$120,000 for a model that retails at $30,000 in Europe.

Dysfunctional state companies are being broken up, jobs deemed surplus
to requirement are being phased out, and land (all owned by the state)
is being distributed to thousands of small farmers. In April this year
the government changed the rules to make Cuba more attractive to foreign

So what do the reforms – or updates – mean for this rare outpost of
communism? Is Cuba actually throwing in the towel and giving way to
capitalism? Will the social gains of the revolution – such as universal
free healthcare and education – be sacrificed?

Is this the beginning of the end for one-party rule? What about
relations with that hostile neighbour, the US?

And, most important, what do ordinary Cubans make of it all?

We visit the country to try to find out.

Source: A new Cuba in the making -- New Internationalist -
http://newint.org/features/2014/10/01/a-new-cuba/ Continue reading
Islam in Cuba, an Unknown World
October 3, 2014
Manuel Guerra Pérez (Cafe Fuerte)

HAVANA TIMES – Without a mosque to perform their prayers at, faced with
a very limited Islamic tradition and next to no possibilities of
travelling to the Mecca, Cuba's Muslim community currently gathers about
4,000 converts.

This year has been particularly significant for the island's Muslims.
This past April, Turkey's Foundation for Religious Affairs (TDV) sent a
delegation to Havana to discuss the possible construction of what would
become Cuba's first mosque. Members of the delegation met with officials
from the Office for Religious Affairs of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party and requested permission to build the mosque in a plot
located in Old Havana, using a design similar to that of Istambul's
legendary Ortakoy.

In September, hundreds of faithful celebrated Ramadan with a ceremony in
Old Havana's Paseo del Prado promenade, in front of Cuba's Arab Union.

The Imam Yahya

Café Fuerte conversed with Pedro Lazo Torres, known as the Imam Yahya
and president of Cuba's Islamic League (LIC), about the flowering of and
the challenges faced by the island's Muslim community. The 63-year-old
Lazo Torres professes the Sunni faith and spoke about a religion that is
practically unknown in Cuba.

There has been a growth in the number of people converting to Islam over
the past three or four years. Cuba's Muslim community is made up of
4,000 registered believers.

What work does Cuba's Islamic League (LIC) do?

The LIC was created to make this religion known to people. It gathers
most members of the country's Islamic community. We also represent this
community at all national and international forums.

Is the LIC recognized by the country's authorities?

The LIC is a legally registered religious institution. It is registered
in the Associations Registry under Resolution 89 of 2007, even though we
had been operating since 2002.


How has Cuban society reacted to the Islamic faith?

We could say there exists Islamophobia around the world and that Cuba is
no exception. People's reactions are highly subjective and obviously
based on a lack of knowledge about the Muslim world.

How many houses of worship are there in the country?

There are currently 10 houses of worship scattered across Cuba.

Are women excluded from the faith?

We do not exclude women, as some have led others to believe. We have
some 70 women in our community here, mainly young women who have
converted. The majority are from families that have converted.

What are you doing to divulge knowledge about Islam in Cuba?

We have no access to any official information medium to promote Islam,
though we are legally entitled to do so.

Respect among Sunnis and Shiites

Considering the differences that exist between Sunni and Shiite factions
in the Muslim world, how is it you are able to co-exist in harmony here?

There are Shiites and Sunnis in our Islamic community and we make a
point of respecting all who think differently, no matter what their
creed, or whether they are Christian or Jewish.

Does everyone has access to the Quran, the sacred book of the Muslims?

There are very few places where one can buy or get one's hand on the
Quran, but we have received many copies from our brothers abroad. At the
last International Book Fair held in Havana, copies were given out in
the Saudi Arabia pavilion.

A delegation from Turkey recently visited the island, supposedly to
negotiate the building of a mosque in Havana. Do you think this will
become a reality?

It would be magnificent if a mosque could be built here, but I do not
believe that will happen, though other places of worship, such as the
Greek and Russian Orthodox Church, have been built here.

Do you receive any kind of support from Cuban authorities?

No, we have never received any aid. The Cuban government is secular and
I do not believe other religions receive such aid. What we have is
equality among all religions.

Source: Islam in Cuba, an Unknown World - Havana Times.org -
http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=106530 Continue reading
Cuba rejects plans for first mosque
World Bulletin / News Desk

Cuba's communist government has turned down a plan to open a mosque in
the capital Cuba.
Pedro Lazo Torres, the leader of Havana's Muslim community, revealed
that his joint efforts with Turkey's Religious Affairs Foundation (TDV)
to open a mosque in Havana was rejected.
Torres expressed his dismay at the decision, noting that Russia was
granted permission to build an Orthodox church in the country but 4,000
Muslims in Cuba still have no official place of worship.
Cuban Muslims have until now had to make do with performing
congregational prayers in Torres's living room.
In April, TDV assistant manager Mustafa Tutkun sought permission to
begin work on a mosque, which was to be designed after the famous
Ortakoy mosque in Istanbul.
The plan was part of a wider project by the TDV in building mosques for
Muslims who live in the Caribbean.
A similar project in Haiti is due to be complete by the end of this year.

Source: Cuba rejects plans for first mosque | Muslim World |
Worldbulletin News -
http://www.worldbulletin.net/muslim-world/145533/cuba-rejects-plans-for-first-mosque Continue reading
REPRESIÓN Operativo policial en Bayamo por juicio contra el rapero El Crítico DDC | Bayamo | 3 Oct 2014 – 8:51 pm. Las fuerzas represivas han sitiado las viviendas de varios opositores. Ángel Remón Arzuaga está detenido desde 2013, con una petición fiscal de ocho años de cárcel. Fuerzas de la Policía Nacional (PNR), la […] Continue reading
REPRESIÓN RSF denuncia el acoso policial al periodista independiente Bernardo Arévalo Padrón AGENCIAS | París | 3 Oct 2014 – 7:53 pm. Cuba ocupa el último lugar de América en la clasificación anual de la libertad de prensa. Actualmente hay cuatro periodistas detenidos en la Isla. Reporteros Sin Fronteras (RSF) denunció este viernes la segunda […] Continue reading

El juicio contra el rapero disidente Ángel Yunier Remón Arzuaga (El Crítico) y otros tres activistas, por un supuesto delito de "atentado a la Seguridad del Estado", quedó concluso para sentencia en el Tribunal Provincial de Granma.

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La Catedral de Santa Clara es un templo de estilo neogótico consagrado a la patrona de esta ciudad, Santa Clara de Asís. No siempre tuvo este rango eclesiástico, ya que a su terminación, a principios de la década de los cincuentas, la ciudad no era sede episcopal. Por entonces la ocupaba Cienfuegos, ciudad portuaria a la que las autoridades vaticanas siempre tuvieron en mayor estima, al parecer por sus más claras posibilidades de desarrollo.

No obstante, a inicios de los setenta monseñor Francisco Prego, obispo de la entonces diócesis de Cienfuegos que abarcaba a toda la antigua provincia de Las Villas, trasladó su residencia a Santa Clara. Con permiso de su Santidad Paulo VI se vino a vivir al antiguo convento de los hermanos pasionistas. En cuanto al sitio en que le correspondía oficiar, pidió también al Vaticano y se le concedió, que nuestra iglesia en cuestión fuera declarada con-catedral con la cienfueguera. Lo cual aconteció el 17 de diciembre de 1972, el III domingo de adviento, como consta en acta en la sacristía del templo.

Su consagración definitiva como Catedral no ocurriría sin embargo hasta junio de 1995. Fecha en que de manera definitiva Santa Clara se convirtió en diócesis independiente; y monseñor Prego, en su primer obispo.[[QUOTE:... toda catedral que se respete tiene sus leyendas, y esta (...) no podía ser la excepción]]

Es sabido que toda catedral que se respete tiene sus leyendas, y esta, ubicada en la esquina de la calle de Marta Abreu y el callejón de Lubián, o de los carretoneros, no podía ser la excepción.

Cuenta una de ellas de lo sucedido a posteriori del derribo la Parroquial Mayor en 1923. Esta iglesia, ya en bastante mal estado, había estado dedicada a la patrona santaclareña desde los primeros años del siglo XVIII. Se imponía en consecuencia erigirle un nuevo templo a Santa Clara de Asís.

Fue así que durante el gobierno de Gerardo Machado, don Ángel Tudurí, cura párroco del templo demolido se fue a la capital en busca de la ayuda presidencial. Veterano de la Guerra del 95, no le costó demasiado esfuerzo al sacerdote entrevistarse con su antiguo compañero de armas y ahora Presidente de la República. Deseaba un terreno en el que erigir el templo que sustituyera al derribado, o el pago de lo que la municipalidad se había comprometido a entregarle a la Iglesia por esa acción; que en esto difieren las dos versiones que han llegado hasta mí. Mas Machado, a quien según ambas versiones ya las consecuencias del Crack del 29 le apretaban las clavijas, se negó a auxiliarlo. Contrariado, el antes mambí y ahora párroco le espetó al despedirse: “Santa Clara de Asís ya te cobrará este desaire”.

El hecho es que antes del Concilio Vaticano II el día de la patrona de los santaclareños era nada menos que el 12 de agosto. Precisamente, y por si usted no lo sabe, el día de 1933 en que una huelga general espontánea del pueblo de Cuba terminó por tumbar del caballo al General Presidente. Como, por cierto, gustaban llamar a Machado sus guatacas más empedernidos del claustro de la Universidad de la Habana.

Lo más valioso en términos artísticos que se conserva hoy en la Catedral son sus vitrales franceses, donados por pías familias villaclareñas. Desgraciadamente el más importante vitral y el retablo sobre un altar de mármol blanco, dedicado a Santa Clara de Asís, sus mayores orgullos, se perdieron en la convulsa década de los sesentas. Cuentan que el cura párroco de entonces los destruyó a ambos a martillazos. ¿Interpretación demasiado literal de lo establecido en el Concilio Vaticano II, o arranques de teólogo de la liberación en un cura muy dado a los trabajos voluntarios y la vigilancia cederista? Imposible responderlo a estas alturas. Por fortuna tan atrabiliario personaje hace ya mucho abandonó el sacerdocio.

En su construcción no fueron empleados fondos públicos. Su obra se pagó por entero con dinero de la Iglesia, pero por sobre todo por la contribución de la feligresía de esta ciudad.

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