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Daily Archives: January 20, 2015

… the U.S. embassy in Havana. While the majority of Americans … and visa processing with her Cuban counterparts. Pfaff said Jacobson also … intelligence ship docked at Cuba's Havana port Tuesday, one day … , who was in Havana when Obama announced his new Cuba policy, said … Continue reading
… an American embassy erected in Havana and unrestricted travel to the … a separate section, will be Cuban dissidents invited by Republican lawmakers … and human rights activists from Cuba: Jorge Luis García Pérez, who … demand reforms and changes in Cuban behavior before relations are normalized … Continue reading
[caption id="attachment_38203" align="aligncenter" width="615"] [1] The Buddy Bears in San Francisco Plaza. (Luz Escobar)[/caption] 14ymedio, LUZ ESCOBAR, Havana, 17 January 2015 -- “Where is the end of the line for a picture with the Cuban bear?” yesterday asked a youngster during the opening of the United Buddy Bears show in Havana’s San Francisco Plaza. The project, created in 2001 by Eva and Klaus Herlitz with the collaboration of Austrian sculptor Roman Strobl, promotes a message of tolerance and understanding among all peoples, cultures and religions of the world. The exposition has travelled across five continents with life-sized sculptures of bears that evoke the member countries of the United Nations. With the participation of artists from each of the represented countries, these bears have visited cities such as Vienna, Cairo, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Paris, Hong King, Istanbul, Tokyo, Sydney, Warsaw and Rio de Janeiro. Since its first exhibition in Berlin in 2002 they have been appreciated by more than 30 million people. Now, they are in Havana, which highlights the signature sculpture of our country, made by Cuban artist Nancy Torres. [2]With a cigar in his mouth, a cigar band around his waist and a mischievous wink of his eye, the Cuban Buddy Bear is part of this diverse and plural group. His creator explained during the opening that she named him Siboney in homage to the first Cuban Indians and that she crafted him to include the colors of the flag. “He has traveled through many countries since 2002 which was when I created him,” added the artist. She also emphasized that, “I have lived in Berlin for more than 50 years. In this bear are rejoined symbolically the two heritages that I have: Berlin and Havana.” Also participating in the ceremony was the German ambassador to Cuba, Peter Scholz, who said that he hoped that “the bears are capable of sharing much pleasure and happiness during the next six weeks and attracting visitors from all over. Because I hope that the bears give us much zest for life.” The show will be in San Francisco Plaza until the beginning of March of this year and during this time it is expected that a three-foot high replica bear that represents Cuba will be auctioned off. For his part, City Historian Eusebio Leal Spengler noted the importance of the moment in which the bears have arrived on the Island. “I am happy to imagine that now revived with the colors with which each artist sees the world they are here in the heart of the Historic Center, a World Heritage Site, giving meaning to that vision of opening, and, as has been said, tolerance.” Leal Spengler’s words alluded metaphorically to the re-establishment of relations between Cuba and the United States when he thanked “the embassy personnel who came to ask if it could be and my answer was, immediately, let the bears come. May they be announcements of a better time, now that the salmon that so please the bears are jumping in the river’s currents.” [3]Havanans have already chosen their preferred bears and stand in line to get their pictures taken in front of the one that represents the Statue of Liberty of the United States. Among the most appreciated also are those of Spain, France and Germany. Meanwhile, the Cuban bear has received several critiques from those who see the inclusion of the cigar as a promotion of the harmful habit of smoking in an exhibit that is aimed mainly at children. The United Buddy Bears exhibit has been associated with projects by UNICEF and with help for needy children. From donations from local organizations and the auction of some pieces so far about two million euros have been raised for the children. The project promoters Eva and Klaus will accompany the bears during their Havana stay. Translated by MLK [1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Osos-Buddy-Habana_CYMIMA20150117_0008_12.jpg [2] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Oso-buddy-cubano_CYMIMA20150117_0010_12.jpg [3] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Oso-Buddy-americano_CYMIMA20150117_0009_12.jpg Continue reading
En la capital cubana está todo preparado para esta reunión histórica, para la que ya están acreditados más de 130 periodistas que vienen a cubrir este evento de otros países. Continue reading
… an American embassy erected in Havana and unrestricted travel to the … a separate section, will be Cuban dissidents invited by Republican lawmakers … and human rights activists from Cuba: Jorge Luis García Pérez, who … demand reforms and changes in Cuban behavior before relations are normalized … Continue reading
HAVANA— American and Cuban officials are exploring this week … Cuba is the highest level sent by Washington in decades. The Havana … . Embassy in Havana headed by an ambassador, and a Cuban Embassy in … and trade rules with Cuba. On Monday, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez … Continue reading
HAVANA (AP) -- U.S. and Cuban officials are holding two days … the U.S. embassy in Havana, the first step toward President … . Alan Gross, whose release from Cuba in a prisoner exchange last … next to Michelle Obama. The Havana talks start Wednesday. Officials will … Continue reading
A State Department official says a review of Cuba’s status on the list of countries that harbor terrorists began immediately when President Obama announced his policy changes towards the island more than a month ago. Continue reading
… maintained diplomatic ties with the Cuban regime after the 1959 revolution … Church and civil society share,” Cuban civil society progressively opened more … its help to Cuban society.” The cardinal has visited Cuba five times … . “I was in Havana, Santa Clara, Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, and Penalver … Continue reading
Havana this week with fairly modest goals of cooperation with the Cuban … American diplomats being reaccredited in Cuba and facing no travel restrictions … Cuba and their promises to end the decades-long estrangement. The Cubans last … .S. congressional delegation was in Havana Monday to see how they … Continue reading
Este barco de inteligencia, de 91,5 metros de largo y 14,5 metros de ancho, ya había estado en la isla en marzo del 2014. Llega ahora coincidiendo con las negociaciones Cuba-EEUU Continue reading
… number of countries, including Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. Ms Jacobson … with Washington’s long-time foe Cuba against the backdrop of a … five decades of hostility with Havana by re-establishing full diplomatic links … Caribbean and last docked in Havana in 2012. It re-appeared as … Continue reading
Havana (AFP) - A Russian intelligence warship docked in Havana on Tuesday, a day before the start of historic US-Cuba talks aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations. There was nothing stealthy about Continue reading
… first congressional delegation visit to Cuba since the United States announced … change in US policy, many Cuban reformers and activists told us … (D-VT). The delegation met with Cuban government officials, members of the … U.S. interests section in Havana. Source: durbin.senate.gov Continue reading
Llama la atención el silencio de la cúpula verde olivo ante el encuentro de los congresistas estadounidenses, encabezados por el senador demócrata Patrick Leahy, con una docena de representantes de la sociedad civil independiente, durante su visita a La Habana Continue reading
En marzo de 2012, Jacobson fue confirmada por el Senado de Estados Unidos para el cargo que ocupa actualmente y se sentará el próximo jueves frente de Josefina Vidal, la directora general para Estados Unidos del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (Minrex) de Cuba, quien liderará la delegación cubana en estas conversaciones. Continue reading
La nave espía rusa SSV-175, ya visitó La Habana en febrero del pasado año y ahora regresa, días previos al inicio de las conversaciones entre Cuba y Estados Unidos. Continue reading
WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama will on Tuesday demand a hostile Congress increase taxes on the rich, in a State of the Union address that sets the stage for coming election battles.  US President Continue reading
… of Cuba. Pérez spent 17 years and 34 days in a Cuban … and human rights for the Cuban people," Boehner said on … the U.S. freed three Cuban spies who provided information that … organization that aimed to help Cubans attempting a treacherous journey in … Continue reading
CNBC   |   January 20, 2015 An armed Russian spy ship, the Victor Leonov CCB-175, sailed into Havana harbor this morning, just hours before the Obama Administration and the Havana Continue reading
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron (not pictured) following their meeting at the White House in Washington January 16, 2015. Credit: Continue reading
Juan Pablo de Lojendio, era embajador de España en La Habana, el 20 de enero de 1960, cuando, en la televisión, Fidel Castro acusó a su embajada, sin pruebas, de realizar “conspiraciones fascistas y contrarrevolucionarias” Continue reading
The State of the Union through modern history Watch a moment from a State of the Union address by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Continue reading
With Republicans now in charge of both the House and Senate and already battling him on immigration and the Keystone XL pipeline , there is precious little legislation -- excepting perhaps trade and cybersecurity Continue reading
"Our new posture of engagement will advance our national interests and our values by empowering the Cuban people's capacity to work toward a more democratic and prosperous country, conditions that are Continue reading
… " relations between Washington and Havana. "We welcome this very … during its secret negotiations with Havana before settling for the 53 … ;open mike" performance in Havana's Revolution Square in … Cuban state security. Despite her arrest, Bruguera supports diplomatic relations between CubaContinue reading
U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin said Tuesday that the three-day trip to Cuba last weekend by a delegation of six Democratic lawmakers from his country was "very productive." In a communique, Durbin said that Continue reading
Sobre la posible disminución de precios de las líneas celulares, o de mensajes de texto, no estiman llevar a cabo ningún cambio por el momento, excepto la la disminución de las tarifas internacionales (hasta el 30 de junio). Y que en cuanto a la promoción de la venta de líneas móviles en 30 CUC a consumir el saldo completo, continuarán aplicándose pero no de manera definitiva Continue reading

En la historia sobran los ejemplos de cómo las crisis sociales sacan lo mejor y lo peor de las naciones. La crisis económica que recientemente sacudió al mundo no ha sido la excepción. Aunque Estados Unidos y la zona del euro ya están en fase de recuperación, las consecuencias políticas aún se hacen notar.

Muchos de los países europeos experimentaron un florecimiento del nacionalismo, el populismo, la xenofobia y posiciones políticas extremas como el fascismo y el comunismo. Estos movimientos extremistas, que en su interior tienen todo el potencial para destruir la democracia y el Estado de derecho, sumaron a sus filas a los inconformes y las agrupaciones cansadas de tanto deterioro de los partidos políticos tradicionales.

Para poner algunos ejemplos que me han tocado de cerca, en Reino Unido surgió UKIP, en España, Podemos, y en Suecia, Sweden Democrats. Los demócratas de Suecia constituyen un partido populista de extrema derecha que centra todo su discurso en mensajes anti-inmigración, muy parecidos a los de UKIP.

La gran mayoría de los países europeos que aún padece la amenaza de movimientos extremos se está desgarrando entre mantener sus reglas democráticas y sacar a los extremistas de las decisiones políticas. Suecia, sin embargo, ha logrado una solución democrática que pudiera servir al resto de las naciones europeas.

En 2014 se celebraron elecciones generales en este país escandinavo para elegir un nuevo parlamento. El grupo de centro-derecha Alianza por Suecia (que comprende el Partido Moderado, el Partido Liberal Popular, Partido de Centro y Demócrata-Cristianos), que había sacado con éxito al país de la crisis económica, buscó un tercer mandato en el Gobierno. El resultado de los comicios vio a los tres partidos de izquierda sobrepasar en votos a la Alianza por Suecia, mientras que los Sweden Democrats duplicaron su apoyo y ganaron 49 escaños en un parlamento de 349 asientos en total.

Cuando el nuevo parlamento (donde ninguna coalición tiene mayoría) intentó pasar su primer presupuesto, se encontró con una situación de ingobernabilidad. El nuevo primer ministro, Stefan Löfven, declaró públicamente la situación como insostenible y llamó a nuevas elecciones generales, después de solo tres meses de comenzar el nuevo Gobierno.

[[QUOTE:Si los partidos ponen el futuro de la nación antes que las políticas partidistas es posible resolver amenazas populistas]]En el punto más alto de la crisis política sueca, los partidos de derechas e izquierda hicieron algo que sorprendió al mundo. Se reunieron a puertas cerradas y pusieron la nación antes que las políticas partidistas. Entonces, polos históricamente opuestos decidieron llegar a un acuerdo para erradicar el tumor de los populistas del futuro de Suecia y el pasado 27 de diciembre anunciaron lo que se ha llamado el Acuerdo de Diciembre.

Los seis partidos principales cancelaron las elecciones anticipadas y el Gobierno de centro-izquierda dio luz verde a un acuerdo de ocho años con la oposición, que se extenderá hasta la próxima legislatura de 2018-22.

"Es una manera de demostrar que nos tomamos la responsabilidad de asegurarnos de que Suecia se pueda gobernar; que ponemos primero el futuro del país", dijo Löfven.

Este acuerdo, impensable en cualquier democracia europea solo unos pocos años atrás, ha logrado demostrar que existen soluciones viables y democráticas para deshacerse de los extremistas. Que si los partidos ponen el futuro de la nación antes que las políticas partidistas es posible resolver amenazas como UKIP en Reino Unido y Podemos en España.

Poco a poco van apareciendo luces que nos dan la esperanza de que Podemos no va a lograr aplicar el modelo cubano o venezolano a España. Solo falta que los políticos españoles se dejen de mirar el ombligo y se den por enterado de la amenaza que la nación enfrenta.

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… he presses forward to improve Cuban relations and to conclude an … history between us and Cuba." With Cuba, the President kicked the … already had direct contacts with Cuban leaders and people for decades … Havana have operated a proto-American Embassy since 1977. Americans and Cubans know … Continue reading
The State of the Union through modern history Watch a moment from a State of the Union address by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Continue reading
A mom who is an immigrant living in the U.S. illegally will be the guest of a California congressman at Tuesday night's State of the Union speech. An Alabama lawmaker invited a 103-year-old voting-rights Continue reading
… ;s Cuba policy. House Speaker John Boehner has invited two Cuban democracy … was allegedly killed by the Cuban government for engaging in pro-democracy … spent five years in a Cuban prison before his release last … the unresolved wrongdoings of the Cuban regime, Obama's decision … Continue reading
The announcement last month about the reset of US-Cuba relations was big news here in the US.  Many agree with President Obama that, after 50 years, the US trade embargo against Cuba was not working and Continue reading
It's the eve of the U.S. invasion of Havana -- and it's legal to bring back cigars now. But souvenirs aside, is anything changing in Cuba after the U.S.'s diplomatic opening and Cuba's release of 53 political Continue reading
President Barack Obama has already delivered spoilers on some of the biggest policies he'll discuss during Tuesday night's State of the Union address, but that won't stop a bit of intrigue in the galleries. Continue reading
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron (not pictured) following their meeting at the White House in Washington January 16, 2015. Credit: Continue reading
The debate over President Obama's openness toward Cuba will play out Tuesday night against the backdrop of the State of the Union Address. House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Continue reading
Putin ha preferido sentarse a la mesa con el último mariscal soviético, Dimitri T. Yazov antes que con el último presidente que tuvo la URSS. Mijail S. Gorbachov Continue reading
Estados Unidos tratará de convencer a Cuba para que levante las restricciones de viaje a sus diplomáticos y convierta la sección de intereses en una Embajada durante la histórica ronda de conversaciones que se desarrollará en La Habana, aseguró este lunes un funcionario de alto rango del Departamento de Estado. Continue reading
El robo se efectúa con total impunidad. “Los forros de los asientos se los venden a bicitaxistas". Sólo la tripulación toma acción frente al vandalismo. Continue reading
The State of the Union through modern history Watch a moment from a State of the Union address by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Continue reading
… the streets of Havana was overwhelmingly positive as Cubans anticipate measurable improvements … to Havana by journalists, business groups and more Americans since the Cuban … decision this spring to remove Cuba from the dreaded state sponsors … in the right direction. In Havana, it's a more … Continue reading
(Rewrites throughout to add trade deals, Republican comment) By Steve Holland WASHINGTON Jan 20 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will propose to hike taxes on the wealthy in his State of the Union Continue reading
By By | Reuters - 13 minutes ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will propose to hike taxes on the wealthy in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, an idea already panned by Republicans Continue reading