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Daily Archives: January 21, 2015

La plataforma opositora Cuba Democracia Ya acordó este miércoles trabajar por "una transición pacífica hacia la democracia" en el marco de la normalización de las relaciones entre La Habana y Washington, después de más de medio siglo de enfrentamiento, informa Europa Press.

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Más de medio centenar de organizaciones de opositores cubanos que viven dentro y fuera de la Isla denunciaron este miércoles que se ha mantenido la represión y han aumentado las detenciones arbitrarias contra activistas de derechos humanos en el último mes, desde que el Gobierno del presidente Barack Obama anunció que se reanudarían las relaciones diplomáticas con Cuba, informa AP.

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Diario de Cuba [1], Dariela Aquique Moon | Havana | 21 Jan 2015 – Of course it wasn’t shown on Cuba television’s state channel, but Telesur did broadcast live and in full the State of the Union speech delivered yesterday evening by President Barack Obama. His spontaneity, his affable but convincing tone, his way of exhorting but not prescribing, and each of the issues addressed in his speech; it all makes me think this man is perhaps now one of the most progressive politicians in the world, though I wouldn’t want to be absolutist. In the final of his two terms, when he has only two years left in the White House, Obama doesn’t want to leave the arena without having accomplished his proposals. And as he said himself, at this point in the game, his proposals go far beyond promises to gain followers in an electoral campaign, it is about doing what he believes is right and best for his country. Listening to a speech like this and seeing the natural reactions of the audience, that some stand and applaud, get excited and express it; or some simply disagree, don’t clap and remain seated; seeing and hearing a speech like this, where there is no obligation of unanimity, no set slogans shouted, I see the face of democracy a little bit closer, something I do not know because having been born in Cuba, and being only eleven when the bearded-ones entered Havana, I’ve lived here on this island that I don’t want to leave my whole life. I confess I was excited when the American president asked Congress to suspend the Cuban embargo. When he talked about the reforms necessary in favor of immigrants who make up an important part of the economy and of US society. When he referred, without trappings and stock phrases, to respect for diversity. Beyond being male or female, black or white, gay or straight, Democrat or Republican. Since I was a child, I’ve become accustomed to hearing only two types of allocutions: the bombastic, pamphleteering and extensive harangues of the Comandante; and for some years now, the brief, always read, and dull proclamations of the General. But both have something in common, the marked intention of convincing people that there is nothing more fair than socialism (their socialism). These fanatical outbursts that always try to show the dark side of any political practice would be somewhat compromised if all Cubans could hear Obama’s speech in its entirely, where he demonstrates that is possible to fight for social equality (or at least to try to), regardless of whether one is capitalist or socialist. The American leader has demonstrated his excellent skills as an orator; this annual State of the Union will perhaps be considered along with Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech, as one of the best in American history. Perhaps readers will think I have an excess of enthusiasm for a speech, And perhaps they are right, but I am not used to proclamations like this. This was a positive and hopeful speech in a context where everything appears to be starting to change once and for all. I’ve always heard political tirades to the point of paroxysms. And hearing Obama, I who want a different Cuba, I have a dream.* *In English in the original [1] http://www.diariodecuba.com/ Continue reading
La delegación estadounidense encabezada por la subsecretaria para el Hemisferio Occidental del Departamento de Estado, Roberta Jacobson, ha llegado este miércoles a La Habana para empezar las negociaciones cara a cara con el Gobierno cubano con el fin de normalizar las relaciones bilaterales después de más de medio siglo de enfrentamiento. 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
"Cuando sea el momento, y sea apropiado, tendré mucho interés en viajar a Cuba para abrir formalmente una embajada y avanzar" en nuestros vínculos, añadió Kerry. Continue reading
Cuba Democracia Ya ha acordado trabajar por "una transición pacífica hacia la democracia" en el marco de la normalización de las relaciones entre La Habana y Washington, después de más de medio siglo de enfrentamiento. Continue reading
The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades kicked off two days of negotiations Wednesday after grand promises by President Barack Obama about change on the island and a somber... Continue reading

Dos experimentados espías cubanos, Josefina Vidal Ferreiro y Gustavo Machín Gómez, son los encargados de liderar las conversaciones sobre migración y normalización de relaciones con los Estados Unidos que arrancaron este miércoles en La Habana, según denuncia el portal Cuba Confidential en un artículo del experto Chris S.

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Los grupos opositores difundieron un informe el mismo día que funcionarios de Cuba y Estados Unidos iniciaron en La Habana las conversaciones encaminadas a normalizar las relaciones bilaterales. Continue reading
… focused on immigration policies that Cubans say encourage people to leave … island. Josefina Vidal, the chief Cuban diplomat for North American affairs … ,” Vidal told reporters in Havana. “The Cuban delegation pointed out that not … highlighted the changing relationship with Cuba in his State of the … Continue reading
"No descartamos que el tema (de Cuba) sea abordado en la intervención del mandatario Raúl Castro, haciendo mención a los resultados de las discusiones que inician en La Habana", dijo el canciller costarricense Alejandro Solano en una entrevista con la radio local ADN. Continue reading
Cuba y Estados Unidos han destacado la "fluidez" con la que han transcurrido las conversaciones sobre migración que han tenido lugar este miércoles en La Habana, a pesar de las "claras diferencias" que persisten entre ambos países. Continue reading
Aunque la mayoría de los cubanos de la isla celebran el cambio de rumbo en las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y Cuba, hay quienes prefieren experimentarlo de lejos. Continue reading
… , flew to Havana for two days of talks with their Cuban counterparts … Embassy in Havana headed by an ambassador, and a Cuban Embassy in … benefit both Cuba and the US. “By facilitating the Cuban people’s … was released from a Cuban jail, as was Cuban Rolando Sarraff Trujillo … Continue reading
Cuba actualidad, Capdevila, La Habana, (PD) El pasado 15 de enero, en horas de la mañana, cerca de 40 opositores, periodistas independientes, blogueros y representantes de diversas denominaciones religiosas, se reunieron en la residencia de Antonio Rodiles, promotor de Estado de SATS, en calle Primera y 60, reparto Miramar, en el municipio capitalino Playa. El propósito de dicha reunión fue dar a conocer el documento “Foro por los Derechos y la Libertades”, cuyo objetivo primordial es el cumplimiento de una […] Continue reading
Cuba noticias, Lawton, La Habana, (PD) El domingo 18 de enero las Damas de Blanco, a lo largo de la Isla, desfilaron para la libertad de todos y la democratización de la nación cubana. De acuerdo con lo declarado por Berta Soler Fernández, líder y portavoz de ‘Damas de Blanco Laura Pollán’, en la capital, luego de participar en la misa oficiada en la iglesia Santa Rita de Casia, en el reparto Miramar del capitalino municipio Playa, desfilaron setenta y […] Continue reading
Cuba actualidad, Lawton, La Habana, (PD) En la segunda parte de este dossier, volveremos sobre la censura, la corrección política y la hipocresía. Pienso referirme a lugares comunes sobre compromisos y específicamente esos, que sostienen instituciones y personas ‘políticamente correctas’ con los peores intereses y las peores motivaciones. Si no de izquierdas o derechas, digamos de euros, dólares y centavos. La Sra. Tamara Fenjan participa en este grupo. De hecho es una de esas personas que afirmadas en la más […] Continue reading
Cuba actualidad, Arroyo Naranjo, La Habana, (PD) Hace poco, un fraterno colega de Martí Noticias me preguntaba, en un cuestionario que envió a mi correo, qué fuerza nos sostenía, cómo nos las arreglamos los periodistas independientes, acosados por la policía política, mal retribuidos, ninguneados, rodeados de chivatos y paranoicos para no darnos por vencidos y seguir adelante. Cualquiera de mis colegas de Primavera Digital, que no acaban de sortear obstáculos, zancadillas y puñaladas traperas, sin sacar bandera blanca, pudiera disertar […] Continue reading
CNBC   |   January 21, 2015 The United States and Cuba hope to restore diplomatic relations this week, including reopening the U.S. embassy in Cuba, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers. Continue reading
Cuba actualidad, Lawton, La Habana, (PD) El periodista independiente Oscar Sánchez Madan, residente en la provincia de Matanzas y quien colabora con regularidad con varios medios independientes, entre ellos Primavera Digital, denunció por vía telefónica el acoso y hostigamiento que sufre por parte de la policía Seguridad del Estado. En su declaración, Oscar Sánchez Madan denuncia la reciente ocurrencia de lo que califica como extraño robo en su casa. Producto del mismo le fueron sustraídos dos libros. Uno de ellos […] Continue reading
Cuba ha denunciado la política de 'pies secos-pies mojados' en las conversaciones migratorias que ha mantenido este miércoles con Estados Unidos y que han transcurrido en "un ambiente constructivo", según ha informado el Ministerio de Exteriores en un comunicado. Continue reading
Cuba noticias, La Lisa, La Habana, (PD) Denuncia Caridad Páez Hernández que fue expulsada de su centro de trabajo, la Empresa Aguas de La Habana, por ser la madre del periodista independiente Vladimir Turró Páez. Caridad Páez Hernández trabajaba como supervisora de dicha empresa en el municipio capitalino Cerro. Entró en dicho centro de trabajo por mediación de una amiga suya nombrada Susana con la que estudió en la universidad. “Todo marchaba normalmente hasta que la policía política le comunicó […] Continue reading
… :03pm EST HAVANA (Reuters) - Miguel Barnet, one of Cuba's … at his office in Havana, where images of Cuba's revolutionary … in Havana this week to set about restoring diplomatic relations. Cuba… of the city of Havana. "We Cubans don't have … Continue reading
Cuba actualidad, La Habana, (PD) El viernes 16 de enero entraron en vigor las medidas anunciadas por el presidente estadounidense Barak Obama anunciadas desde el pasado 17 de diciembre y que oxigenan en parte y en el peor momento el desastre económico creado por el régimen militar cubano. Las nuevas medidas eliminan algunas restricciones al comercio y a los viajes a la Isla para ciertas y determinadas categorías de estadounidenses y residentes permanentes en los Estados Unidos. Podrán viajar 12 […] Continue reading
Cuba actualidad, Guantánamo, (PD) El domingo 11 de enero del 2015 la noticia de que hay un rebrote de cólera en la ciudad de Guantánamo fue confirmada a este corresponsal por un trabajador del Centro Provincial de Higiene y Epidemiología y una enfermera del Hospital Provincial “Dr. Agostinho Neto”, quienes solicitaron que no divulgara sus nombres. Ambos refirieron que se ha habilitado una sala en el hospital provincial para atender exclusivamente los nuevos casos de cólera, pero coinciden en que […] Continue reading
Cuba actualidad, Guantánamo, (PD) El viernes 9 de enero fueron liberados Jordanis Mendoza Cobas, Johannes Arce Sarmiento y Emilio Planas Robert, miembros de la Unión Patriótica de Cuba (UNPACU) que permanecían presos en la prisión provincial de Guantánamo según informó a este corresponsal Niober García Fournier, miembro de dicha organización opositora. Mendoza Cobas fue sancionado en marzo de 2014 a tres años de privación de libertad por la presunta comisión de un delito de atentado, en tanto Arce Sarmiento fue […] Continue reading
U.S. President Barack Obama finishes his State of the Union speech before members of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, January 20. Hide Caption 1 of 20 Obama made a pitch Continue reading
Cuba noticias, Ciego de Ávila (PD) Noel López González, confinado en la Prisión de Guanajay, en la occidental provincia Artemisa, fue trasladado el 8 de enero hacia la sala de reclusos del Hospital Nacional, ubicado en el municipio Boyeros de la capital cubana. La causa para el traslado del preso está dada en el delicado estado de salud en que se encuentra a partir de la huelga de hambre que mantiene de forma ininterrumpida desde el pasado 24 de noviembre. […] Continue reading
A senior Cuban official cautioned, however, that restoring diplomatic ties with the US would not immediately lead to a full relationship between the Cold War foes after a half-century of enmity. Deputy Continue reading
GOP Sen. Marco Rubio must decide by early May whether he'll run for reelection to the Senate or run for president. He said Wednesday that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's recent announcement about 2016 Continue reading
Corrupción en San Miguel del Padrón [21-01-2015 09:12:40] Dania Virgen García Cuba por Dentro. Corresponsal de Misceláneas de Cuba (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Los mismos que calumnian a la oposición pacífica cubana, son los mismos traidores, farsantes, y ladrones sin escrúpulos. Se comentan entre la población sanmigueleña, que la presidenta del Poder Popular del municipio de San Miguel […] Continue reading
U.S. President Barack Obama finishes his State of the Union speech before members of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, January 20. Hide Caption 1 of 20 Obama made a pitch Continue reading
The highest-ranking U.S. diplomat to travel to Cuba in nearly 40 years boarded a commercial flight on Wednesday morning from Miami - ahead of landmark negotiations to re-establish diplomatic ties between Continue reading
(Editors note: Please note language in 9th paragraph that some readers may find offensive) By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON Jan 21 (Reuters) - The first book published by a longtime Guantanamo Bay inmate Continue reading
"le urjo a condicionar el ritmo de los cambios en la política estadounidense con una acción recíproca de parte del régimen de Castro", dijo el senador cubano-estadounidense en carta al secretario de Estado. Continue reading
HAVANA - On the first day of historic talks between U.S. and Cuban officials, Jose Antonio Marero Perez went about his daily business: working as an accountant in the morning and spending the afternoon Continue reading
The highest-ranking U.S. diplomat to travel to Cuba in nearly 40 years boarded a commercial flight Wednesday morning from Miami - ahead of negotiations to re-establish diplomatic ties between the two Continue reading
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By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - The highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in 35 years began talks on Wednesday aimed at restoring diplomatic relations and eventually opening up full trade and 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
[caption id="attachment_38224" align="aligncenter" width="623"] [1] Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary, Western Hemisphere Affairs, US Department of State[/caption] 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez, Havana, 21 January 2015 – The opinions broadcast on Cuban Television spaces such as the National News or the Telesur channel show points in common, although there are also contradictions, with regards to the Havana visit of the Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs from the US Department of State, Roberta Jackson. There are “great expectations,” says the journalist Cristina Escobar; while the analyst Esteban Morales says, “We don’t have many illusions.” However, everyone recognizes that the negotiations on Thursday will mark a “historic” event, because they will address the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. In short, the Interest Sections in Washington and Havana will be transformed into embassies. On Tuesday’s National News it was reported that at the high-level meeting Havana “will discuss the banking situation of the Cuban Interest Section in the American capital, which has gone a year without offering normal services because no bank wants to offer them services due to the regulations of the blockade.” It was also announced that, “There will be no lack (…) of issues like the fight against narcotrafficking, human trafficking, oil spills, search and rescue, counterterrorism, and confronting epidemics.” According to the official commentary, this information was provided by “a source from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs” on the Island. Cuba is also anxious to be removed from the United States’ list of states that support international terrorism. That decision depends on President Obama. Within the current political détente, the official media highlighted the current embargo. “Is the blockade over? Absolutely not,” concluded journalist Cristina Escobar in an analysis before Jacobson's arrival. The journalist added that “the blockad will end the day that financial transactions between the United States and Cuba are not regulated by Congress,” which will be “a long and complex road.” Coincidentally, a few hours later, during his most important speech of the year, the US president asked Congress to end the Cuban embargo. As was expected, one of the most fortified trenches on the Cuban side has been nationalist ideology. The regime will talk about human rights, democracy and individual freedoms – “the most difficult issues,” according to Esteban Morales on Telesur – with emphasis on “no interference” from outside and “sovereignty.” Morales argued that the US should not “demand that we follow a direction ordered [by them], in terms of organizing our democratic system and our individual liberties," and there should also be a willingness to "throw on the table the problems of democracy, human rights and individual freedoms that exist in the US." The Cuban analyst does not think our northern neighbor "has renounced a political strategy to regain control of Cuba," but now our country would have "the possibility of developing a much more positive activity” thanks to the existence of the embassies. Thus, “there will be a much more organized dynamic.” Another concern of the ruling party is that the final lifting of the embargo might be postponed beyond the Obama administration, because the question would "depend a lot on whether we have a future administration that will stick to this idea." While the emphasis of the high-level meeting is diplomatic rapprochement, one agenda item that will be discussed on Thursday that does not go unnoticed is that this Wednesday will be the 28th meeting between the two governments on migration issues. Havana will take the opportunity to discuss the Cuban Adjustment Act, the “wet foot dry foot” policy, and "an interpretation of the document that could change." The Cuban side is most likely to oppose a resolution that benefits all those on the Island who emigrate to the United States, a legal phenomenon that creates certain contradictions in this country with regards to migration reform. Paradoxically, those Cubans who are capable of establishing themselves in the United States – thanks largely to the Cuban Adjustment Act – constitute one of the principle sources of income to the regime’s economy. Turning to the meetings on diplomatic relations, the previous scenario had to be reconfigured in record time. In little over a month, the United States announced the rapprochement with our country, started to implement the legal measures relating to it, and its president asked a Congress dominated by the opposition party to end the half-century embargo. The speed of events is excessive for those who do not usually deal with politics in a timely fashion: the Cuban leaders. Beyond the expectations and mistrust generated among the Island’s authorities by Roberta Jacobson’s visit, there is a notable sense of consternation. Basically, what the regime is hoping for is that things will proceed slowly, so that they will not have to deal with the consequences of an excessive enthusiasm. [1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Roberta-Jacobson-Secretaria-LatinoamACrica-Departamento_CYMIMA20150108_0025_13.jpg Continue reading
… . Cuban officials sounded less optimistic, saying that re-opening of embassies before Havana … inside Cuba and unfettered access for Cubans to their mission. The Cuban response … Cuba. Some changes have already unfolded in the last month. The CubansContinue reading
Cuba actualidad, El Vedado, La Habana, (PD) El control y poder del estado sobre los cubanos, a los que da calificativos según sus actos, rebasa los límites del pensamiento humano. Hace unos días, Rosa Magdalena Avilés Carballo se personó en la Empresa de Servicios a la Población de su natal Camagüey para recoger su expediente laboral, a fin de gestionarse un nuevo empleo como peluquera en La Habana, donde reside ahora, en el hogar de una amiga. Después de enfrentar […] Continue reading
The highest-ranking U.S. diplomat to travel to Cuba in nearly 40 years boarded a commercial flight on Wednesday morning from Miami - ahead of landmark negotiations to re-establish diplomatic ties between Continue reading