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Daily Archives: March 2, 2015

El presidente estadounidense, Barack Obama, ha afirmado que podría haber una Embajada de su país en La Habana antes incluso de que se celebre la Cumbre de las Américas, prevista para los días 10 y 11 de abril en Panamá. Continue reading
Alabama comenzó a enviar las mercancías a Cuba en el año 2000 cuando el Gobierno de Estados Unidos aflojó sus restricciones al comercio de suministros médicos y alimenticios. Continue reading
[caption id="attachment_38855" align="aligncenter" width="623"] [1] Natalia Revuelta Crews[/caption] [2] 14ymedio, Havana, 2 March 2015 -- Natalia Revuelta Clews, Fidel Castro’s ex-lover and the mother of his daughter, Alina Fernandez Revuelta, died last Saturday in Havana, according to the website Café Fuerte [3]. Naty, as she was popularly known, was 89-years-old and died of emphysema. Naty Revuelta's remains were cremated at the request of her daughter, who was in Havana at the time of her death. Last August, Alina Fernández Revuelta returned to Cuba after 21 years in exile in Miami, when her mother suffered a stoke from which she was recovering favorably. Since then, her trips to Havana were frequent. Naty Revuelta became a great political activist during the dictatorship of Batista. She met Fidel Castro in 1952 and three years later began a romantic relationship from which her daughter was born in 1956. Revuelta never withdrew her support for Castro and the Communist Party. [1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Natalia-Revuelta_CYMIMA20150302_0001_13.jpg [2] http://www.14ymedio.com/ [3] http://cafefuerte.com/cuba/16672-fallece-en-la-habana-naty-revuelta-ex-amante-de-fidel-castro/ Continue reading
MIAMI/HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba is willing to restore diplomatic … terrorism, according to a senior Cuban official. That could take place … Cuban Foreign Ministry told state media. It is the first time Cuba … Miami and Daniel Trotta in Havana. Editing by Andre Grenon) Continue reading
La activista y bloguera cubana Yoani Sánchez ha expresado su optimismo con el acercamiento diplomático entre Estados Unidos y Cuba y ha asegurado que "2015 es el año de Internet" en la isla ya que considera que las autoridades "no pueden demorarlo mas". Continue reading
La compañía Sinbad comenzará a ofrecer este destino a partir del 15 de marzo e inicialmente serán 500 nuevas viviendas en La Habana y Varadero, cuyos precios empiezan en los $28.000. Continue reading
La madre de la primera hija del expresidente cubano Fidel Castro, Natalia Revuelta Clews, ha fallecido a los 89 años en La Habana (Cuba), a causa de un enfisema pulmonar. Continue reading
… that Mr Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul announced the plans … , Havana released Alan Gross, a jailed US aid worker, and former Cuban … America’s historic rapprochement with Cuba was given a celebrity seal … hotel her great-grandfather opened in Havana the year before the communist … Continue reading
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Courtney Hawkins isn't worried about the Major Leagues. Sure, it's the ultimate goal for the No. 5 White Sox prospect "All I'm doing is going out every day and busting my butt to Continue reading
[caption id="attachment_38846" align="aligncenter" width="600"] [1] Mom with young "Pioneer"[/caption] The newspaper Granma insists that "it’s a code for the rights of women". But in 1919,  as many women proportionally graduated from the University of Havana as graduated from universities as in the U.S. And with the Revolution, Cuban women are forced to raise their children under the mores mores of socialism, with the slogan "We will become like Che." [2]Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 28 February 2015 -- In an extensive full-page article published on February 14th, the newspaper Granma ("Un Código de Amor para la Familia [3]"), is full of praise for the 40th anniversary of the Cuban Family Code, which – in the words of Dr. Olga Mesa Castillo, president of the Cuban Civil Rights Society and of the Family of the National Syndicate of Attorneys, and faculty professor of and consultant to the Faculty of Law of the University of Havana -- “is a code about the love and the rights of women.” Paradoxically, not even the most politically correct academic discourse of a second-hand law officer can hide certain flaws that reveal the passive role of Cuban women since, with the arrival of F. Castro to power, their autonomy was appropriated and, along with it, their ability to freely associate to defend their gender interests, issues relating to the family, the right to choose their children’s education, etc. In fact, it can be argued that the Revolution of 1959 put to rest even the last vestiges of the Cuban feminist movement. That explains why, when Dr. Mesa refers to "those who conceived and were involved in [the code’s] drafting,” she mentioned ten people’s names and only one of them was a woman, which means that the Family Code, which "enabled Cuban women to fly” was – just like the Revolution itself and all of its laws -- essentially conceived and drafted by men, though by then 16 long years had elapsed under a system of supposed gender equality. Nevertheless, we must be aware that this law, de jure, benefited the interests of minor children born in or outside marriage, it favored the allowing of divorce, and constituted a guarantee for families based on informal (or consensual) marriages, and for the right of children born from those unions. Another question would be to determine how effective the law has been in practice, if it has been applied extensively, and how the subject of civil law would be justified at a preset ideology, when sanctioning the obligation to establish a family and raise children "according to socialist standards." Cleaning up history So, beyond the official vice of collecting calendar anniversaries for whatever reason, the issue moves us to question and to calling to mind, not just because of the usual compliments to justice and female equity, achieved thanks to the Revolution, or because of the monumental tackiness of adopting the law on Valentine’s day, but for the perversity of intentionally misrepresenting the role of women in Cuban history, omitting the unquestionable legal gains made by the women's movement during the Republican period. An in-depth historical analysis of the role of women since the Cuban wars for independence in the nineteenth-century would be extensive, but it is essential to recall the Republican period because it was then that the foundations of legal conquests were seated, from a women's movement that -- while not claiming the participation of women in politics, as was happening in developed countries, such as the US -- at least was struggling for a larger share, employment opportunities, and social protection connected with maternity and family. Thus, as early as 1914, discussions began about the relevance to legislating divorce. In 1916, a legal bill was presented guaranteeing married women self-management of their assets – managed by their husbands, fathers or guardians until then – which was approved in May, 1918. That same year the divorce bill was passed. As for educational and cultural strides, by 1919 Cuban women had reached the same level of literacy as men and in the decade of the ‘20s proportionately as many women graduated from the Cuban University as did from American universities. [1] Between 1923 and 1940, Cuban feminist groups influenced the political forces in support of legislation for women’s rights and founded several associations and media publications to defend women's interests. There were also women's associations that promoted class actions, such as the Women’s Labor Union, an organization that placed the issue of working class women ahead of women's suffrage rights. [2] At the same time, there was an increase in women's activism aimed at influencing legislative decisions, partnerships were established with various influential political and economic groups – entirely controlled by men -- there were street demonstrations, ideas about women’s rights were published in newspapers and the radio, obstetric clinics were built, night schools for women were organized, women’s health programs were developed and contacts with feminist groups abroad were established. [3] It is true that women just took part in legislative debates, but the demonstrations organized by activists and the first feminist groups of the time were instrumental in modifying civil and property rights that changed the rules of property management -- a distinctly masculine role until then -- and along with them, of women within the family, thus taking a significant step forward for women's rights compared to other countries in the region over the same period. New laws favored citizenship status of women, establishing their autonomy and rights, which proved a decisive factor for the development of women's movements in the following years. In 1923, with the participation of 31 associations, the first women's national congress was held; the second one in 1925, saw the participation of 71 associations. In 1933, a strong feminine campaign claimed the right to vote (which had been proposed by Ana Betancourt since the previous century), which was formally acknowledged in the Interim Constitution of 1934 In 1939, the Third National Congress of Women was held, whose final resolutions demanded "a constitutional guarantee for women’s equal rights," a demand which was discussed in the Constituent Assembly and finally recognized in Article 97 of the 1940 Constitution: "Universal, equal, and secret suffrage is established for all Cuban citizens as their right, duty, and function.” [4] Thus, in spite of the traditionalist nature of the feminist movement in Cuba, of the shortage of legal mechanisms and limitations of our ancestral culture and idiosyncrasies, Cuban women could vote and be legally elected to public office even before many suffragists in more developed countries. To summarize, important legal strides were attained during the Republic, as important as the right to vote, full capacity to make decisions about property, the paid maternity law (though that did not include domestic or agricultural workers), recognition of the rights of "illegitimate" children and a gradual increase in protection of the rights of women workers. In fact, those gains during the Republican era were influential in a notable increase in the incorporation of women into paid jobs, especially in urban areas, a process that was becoming stronger in the years before the arrival of the Castro regime. Two readings of the same Code Now the official press and its cohorts of useful shysters, in the style of Dr. Olga Mesa, aim to score for "the Revolution" of 1959 what were legal conquests of Cubans many decades before. While it is true that those female fighters of the Republic did not free themselves of patriarchal subjection – cultural patrimony that even today has not been totally overcome -- or participate actively in national politics, they launched a new feminine social model and created favorable conditions to advance to higher levels of emancipation, compared to many countries in the world. In the years following 1959, the ideology that hijacked the power quickly appropriated all spheres of socio-economic and political life of the nation, including domestic areas. Thus, the full potential and aspirations of feminine equality became subordinate to the service of regime. The rich tradition of the struggle of Cuban women was finally limited to "a present" on Valentine's Day of this outdated and anachronistic law called "Family Code," mechanically repeated in every marriage ceremony… as long as the ceremony takes place between Cubans. I was able to evidence this these last few days, when I had the opportunity to attend the wedding in Cuba of a young Cuban woman, residing abroad for more than a decade, and her Spanish boyfriend. So, here is where "the Family Code" which -- microphone in hand -- was read by the celebrant before the spouses and guests, had been mutilated in its essence: the legal imposition of "educating children on the principles of socialist morality." Since this was the case of spouses who do not reside in Cuba, they were released from such a legal aberration. As an additional detail, there was no Cuban flag or Cuban coat or arms presiding over the ceremony. Perhaps what happens in these cases is that the services are paid for in foreign currency, and we already know that socialism takes a step back in the face of capital. Or perhaps it is just that, in family matters, capitalism really is “clueless.” [1] K. LYNN STONER. De la casa a la calle, p. 184 [2] CASTELLANOS, DIMAS CECILIO. Desentrañando claves (inédito), Havana, 2011 [3] CASTELLANOS, DIMAS CECILIO. Desentrañando claves (inédito), Havana, 2011 [4] PICHARDO, HORTENSIA. Documentos para la historia de Cuba. Volume IV, Part 2, p.349 Translated by Norma Whiting [1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Mama-con-pionero.jpg [2] http://www.cubanet.org [3] http://www.granma.cu/cuba/2015-02-13/un-codigo-de-amor-para-la-familia Continue reading
La Colección de Herencia Cubana (CHC) de la Biblioteca de la Universidad de Miami, la más grande en su tipo, recibió recientemente una donación de $2 millones, por parte de la Fundación Goizueta, para Continue reading
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Natalia "Naty" Revuelta Clews, mother of Alina Fernandez, the estranged daughter of Fidel Castro, died last weekend at a clinic in the Cuban capital, a family friend said Monday. She was 89. "Naty felt Continue reading
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Bella, inteligente, acomodada –como la retrató Félix de Cossío en traje de fiesta–, Natalia Revuelta Clews colaboraba con el Partido Ortodoxo cuando el 10 de marzo de 1952, al conocer del golpe de Estado de Batista, de camino a su trabajo como ejecutiva en la Esso Standard Oil, mandó a hacer dos juegos de llaves de su residencia del Vedado: uno para Millo Ochoa, líder del Partido Ortodoxo, y otro para el también ortodoxo Fidel Castro. Hacerles llegar las llaves era ofrecerles un lugar seguro en caso de peligro. Fidel y Naty no se conocían aún personalmente, pero aquella acción marcaría el resto de su vida.

Un título universitario, tres idiomas hablados con soltura y una sólida cultura le hubieran permitido desempeñar cualquier actividad; quedó sin embargo relegada a la burocracia intermedia, siempre bajo el lastre de su relación adúltera con Fidel –prejuicio pequeño-burgués dentro de la revolución marxista–. Ella siguió adelante tratando de ser útil.

La conocí a través de mi marido, con quien la unía medio siglo de amistad, fuimos amigas por encima de las diferencias enormes que teníamos en asuntos de política. Nuestras conversaciones estuvieron salpicadas de desacuerdos, pero nunca permitimos que esas diferencias empañaran la buena relación.

Muchos la conocieron como "la madre de la hija de Fidel" y es fácil suponer que tuvo privilegios de amancebada. Todo lo contrario, el costo personal y social fue enorme. Entre algunas cosas, Naty empeñó sus joyas para sufragar en parte la acción del asalto al Moncada y, al triunfo de la Revolución, entregó su casa (hoy residencia diplomática) y se mudó a una vivienda más pequeña. La sociedad a la que pertenecía nunca le perdonó; a sus hijas les tocó pagar la ruptura de la familia que conocían. Se sabía responsable de la distancia de sus hijas, y jamás dijo de ellas nada que las demeritara; al contrario, se sentía feliz con los logros de ambas y especialmente orgullosa de su nieta.

Fue en mi casa donde vino a desahogar la humillación de haber sido excluida de las actividades por la liberación de los asaltantes al Cuartel Moncada. También le retiraron el plácet para los actos del 26 de julio a pesar de ser la tercera mujer con la condición de moncadista. Todo luego de la huida del país de su hija Alina.

[[QUOTE:Naty me entregó los originales completos de la correspondencia cruzada entre ella y Fidel Castro durante los casi dos años de presidio en Isla de Pinos]]La vida muchas veces se hace con sustituciones. Naty era presencia obligada en lanzamientos de libros, conciertos o exposiciones; invitada siempre a las actividades de las sedes diplomáticas de España, Holanda o Estados Unidos; colaboradora de la Biblioteca Nacional o de la Fragua Martiana. En sus últimos años se hizo asidua de una peña histórica en el Centro Cultural Dulce María Loynaz y dedicó muchas horas a leer y seleccionar dentro de lo que le llegaba al correo electrónico para reenviar los artículos y noticias que fueran del interés de sus amigos. Ese reenvío llegó a abrumarla, pero consideraba un deber compartir aquellas informaciones que luego le agradecían.

De la confianza que Naty llegó a tener en mí habla que hace como diez años me entregó los originales completos de la correspondencia cruzada entre ella y Fidel Castro durante los casi dos años de presidio en Isla de Pinos y luego en México, para organizarlos cronológicamente y transcribirlos en formato digital. Fueron semanas de trabajo desentrañando con lupa la caligrafía apurada y apretada de las cartas procedentes del Presidio Modelo; las de Naty en cambio, fueron muy fáciles por estar mecanografiadas. Cartas de las que todo el mundo ha oído hablar pero muy pocos han visto y que Naty, consciente del valor de esa papelería, nunca entregó a la Oficina de Asuntos Históricos del Consejo de Estado ni quiso que se las publicaran en vida. Ahora, las editoriales importantes empezarán la puja con su hija Alina, fruto de aquella relación y heredera de la correspondencia.

Detrás de todo el interés mediático que siempre despertó, Naty fue una mujer que pagó por sus decisiones y que fue leal, no a Fidel Castro como muchos piensan, pues con los años supo separar al hombre público del privado, sino a la idea de justicia social con que identificara el triunfo de la Revolución de 1959.

Como cualquier ser humano, tenía defectos y virtudes. Cada cual tendrá su propia Naty Revuelta, un personaje digno de la literatura.

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Havana (AFP) - Cuba's Fidel Castro met this weekend with the three intelligence agents freed by the United States as part of last December's historic rapprochement, state media said Monday. Continue reading
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