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March 22 --For years, Vivian Mannerud has had an unusual message for young employees interested in working for her Cuba travel company, Airline Brokers Co. "I say go back to college. There is no future Continue reading
Last month, as Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne welcomed his fellow Caribbean leaders to a two-day summit, he looked out into the audience and thanked Venezuela, China and Taiwan for their support. Continue reading
Monday, 23  March A Teacher 8:30pm, SBS 2 Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand M USA, 2012 Director:  Hannah Fidell Starring:  Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger What's Continue reading
Monday, 23  March A Teacher 8:30pm, SBS 2 Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand M USA, 2012 Director:  Hannah Fidell Starring:  Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger What's Continue reading

Cuba ha recibido un millón de visitantes en lo que va de año, una cifra sin precedentes que fue dada a conocer este viernes por el Ministerio de Turismo (Mintur). En el texto de la declaración se especifica que ese número de visitantes se logró once días antes de que se alcanzara el año anterior.

El primer trimestre de 2015 ha mostrado un crecimiento del 14% en arribos de turistas. Los países que más han incrementado el envío de visitantes a Cuba son Canadá con un 12,6% de crecimiento, Alemania 23,3, Francia 22,8, Reino Unido 30,6, e Italia 10,8. 

La diversificación de la oferta, para un amplio espectro de gustos y bolsillos; una mayor frecuencia en varias líneas aéreas; el turismo de todo incluido y la llegada de los cruceros; podrían estar entre los motivos para el despegue turístico que está viviendo el país.

En 2014 la isla rebasó por primera vez los tres millones de visitas, cuando recibió 3.002.745 turistas. Todos los pronósticos apuntan a que este año el número de visitantes aumentará considerablemente, en especial por las flexibilizaciones adoptadas por la administración de Barack Obama con respecto a los viajes desde Estados Unidos a Cuba.

El número de viajeros estadounidenses ha ido aumentando cada año desde alrededor de 245.000 en 2007 hasta casi 600.000 el año pasado, según un informe de La Habana Consulting Group, con sede en EE UU.


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Desde que comenzó la actual temporada de alta turística (noviembre-abril) una de las áreas más reanimadas ha sido la modalidad de crucero asegura el MINTUR. Continue reading
[caption id="attachment_39290" align="aligncenter" width="623"] [1] Artesian well (14ymedio)[/caption] [2]14ymedio, Rosa Lopez, Havana, 22 March 2015 -- Spring has officially arrived, but without the rain. Every day the drama worsens in the Cuban countryside, especially in the East. Throughout the length and breadth of the country, the private agricultural sector is experiencing a very difficult situation, because of the precariousness of resources and the lack of methods to transport water. While the world celebrates International Water Day many farmers look to the sky to try to predict when the rains will come. The year has begun with negative omens. Between November 2014 and the end of January an accumulated shortage of rain has affected 52% of the country. Among the provinces most affected are Pinar del Río, Artemisa, Cienfuegos, Villa Clara, Camagüey, Las Tunas, Granma, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo. Camagüey, which provides a quarter of the country’s production of milk and meat, is in a state of emergency because of the rainfall deficit and the low level of its reservoirs. Keeping the livestock fed and the crops irrigated has become an almost impossible task. The problems do not stop there. The region’s weather center has warned of the danger of forest fires in the coming weeks. In the city of tinajones (claypots), families who have a well feel fortunate, while others depend on water trucks and buy drinking water from street merchants who trade in different quantities such as jars, jugs and buckets. The poor condition of supply networks with millions of leaks, means that a high percentage of pumped water is lost The Government and the National Institute of Water Resources (INRH) call to increase saving measures and better organize distribution cycles. However the poor condition of the supply networks, with millions of leaks, means that a high percentage of pumped water is lost. The province of Sancti Spiritus faces a similar situation. At least 25 water supply sources are below minimum capacity and 43,000 people depend on water trucks for cooking, washing, domestic hygiene and irrigating the fields. Experts agree that the worst is yet to come, when temperatures rise along with consumption of the precious liquid. The city of Trinidad is also going through a difficult time dealing with an increase in tourism while its water systems are virtually empty. Its main source of supply, the San Juan de Letrán Springs, located in the Escambray Mountains, are only supplying 25 quarts per second right now, versus the 110 that normally occurs for these dates.  The city of Trinidad is also going through a difficult time dealing with an increase in tourism while its water systems are virtually empty  Maurilio Gonzalez, who lives on the outskirts of the city of Ciego de Ávila, shows his emaciated cattle surrounded by flies. He complains that the pastures aren’t providing the food needed to sustain the dairy herd. “I have to leave very early every morning to see from what center I might get byproducts from sugar-making so that at least my cattle don’t die.” Pointing to the land around him, he says, “There is no grass anywhere, it is all burned up by the sun.” Havana does not escape the problems associated with drought. Antonio Castillo, deputy director of operations for Havana Water (AH), told the state media that at the end of April the supply sources for the capital’s water will be at levels between normal and unfavorable. If rain is not abundant in May, the city will face serious problems with distribution. Josefina Iriarte lives in a part of Old Havana that only receives water through so-called pipes. “A few weeks ago the supply became more regular and prices went up,” says this resident of Cuba Street, whose sons are experts at dragging water tanks from hundreds of yards away. The whole house is designed to store every drop. “But you can’t get it if there isn’t any and the longer it doesn’t rain the harder it gets.” The reservoirs of Santiago de Cuba only store 255,769,000 cubic meters right now, 37% of their capacity and one of the lowest levels in recent years. Dams showing alarming situations are the Protesta de Baraguá Dam and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Dam, the largest in the country which are responsible for supplying water to the neighboring provinces of Holguin, Granma and Guantanamo, on the eastern end of the island. Don’t just look up and hope that the rains fall; we must rethink our models of water consumption  Cuba has 242 dams, dozens of micro dams and about 2,420 aqueducts. The networks run over 37,000 miles with 70 water treatment plants and 3,200 miles of sewers. But most of that infrastructure shows some deterioration and in some cases is in a calamitous state. Millions of quarts a year are wasted due to damaged taps and pipes that spill the water before it reaches residences and farms. [caption id="attachment_39291" align="aligncenter" width="623"] [3] Because of the leaks and broken pipes much of the precious liquid is wasted (Silvia Corbelle)[/caption] Last February, the Director of Organization, Planning and Information of the National Institute of Water Resources (INRH), Bladimir Matos, called for “a culture of conservation among users” to try to mitigate the effects of the current drought and to confront the challenges for the country and around the globe with regards to water reserves. The United Nations has put out a call to think about how to distribute water resources more efficiently and equitably in the future. In other words, don’t just look up and hope that the rains fall; we must rethink our models of water consumption.   [1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Pozo-artesanal_CYMIMA20150322_0001_13.jpg [2] http://www.14ymedio.com/ [3] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/salideros-despilfarra-preciado-Silvia-Corbelle_CYMIMA20150322_0002_13.jpg Continue reading
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14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Santiago de Cuba, 21 March 2015 -- Since early this Saturday, a heavy police operation had as its objective self-employed workers, street vendors and private carriers in Santiago de Cuba. The forces of the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) reported that the raid was aimed against high meat prices in the farmer’s markets and the sale of potatoes in illegal distribution networks. Most of the arrests and fines occurred in the Venceremos and Altamira suburbs of Santiago de Cuba. The uniformed agents arrived in the first hours of the morning and demanded the vendors show their licenses for engaging in commercial activity. Until midday, the toll of the operation was the seizure of dozens of kilograms of pork meat and thousands of pesos in fines. Romilio Jardines, vendor of meat and agricultural products, was fined 700 Cuban pesos, although he said that his merchandise was not removed. Nevertheless, he affirmed that “they came prepared in case one refused.” The operation included special forces known as “black berets” who surrounded the area’s markets and the main streets of both suburbs. Alexander Benitez was among merchants who suffered the seizure of his products. “The found me selling pork meat at 27 pesos a pound in the doorway of my house and they came and demanded the license,” recounts this Santiago native. “When they saw that I had no license they confiscated the meat, the scales and also fined me 1,500 pesos.” Benitez says that he approached the police to get the scales back “because they were borrowed” but “they handcuffed me and put me in the police car.” One of the covert sellers, who preferred to remain anonymous, confirmed that it was true that “many self-employed workers have very expensive meat and a pound of potatoes for seven pesos, but the government in the state markets has none at any price.” The residents of the province complain that the tuber has still not been distributed to the people through the network of state markets, although in other cities its sale has already begun. Not only sellers of meat and agricultural products were the objective of the police operation, but also drivers of cars and motorcycles were investigated. Among them the driver of a private transportation truck who was fined 2,500 pesos and had his license plate taken away. One motorcyclist for a state enterprise also was sanctioned 30 pesos for not having changed the license plate to the new system that has been implemented in the country. By the beginning of the afternoon, many merchants and carriers in the Venceremos and Altamira suburbs were fined, but once the police began to withdraw their forces, the areas around the farmer’s markets started slowly to fill again with vendors and drivers.  Translated by MLK Continue reading
Many members of the Tea Party were among those loonies that jumped on an internet rumor about U.S. President Barack Obama and turned it into the birther movement. They said he wasn't born in the U.S. Continue reading
Havana (AFP) - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrives in Cuba on Monday in a bid to spur delicately balanced talks aimed at normalizing ties with the communist island state. Continue reading
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrives in Cuba on Monday in a bid to spur delicately balanced talks aimed at normalizing ties with the communist island state. The visit comes as previously Continue reading
Prensa Latina Sunday 22nd March, 2015 Madrid, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) The oldest railway built in Spain may have operated in Asturias and not in Cuba, as it has been claimed so far, according to findings Continue reading
[1]  “If you want to free a country, give it the internet.” Wael Gonium Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 25 February 2015 — A vice president who gives an assurance that the country “… is committed to social information” but who then automatically sees it as being led by the communist party, and who sees it as “…a key weapon for the revolutionaries to get participation in the social project we desire“: who at the same time emphasises that “… everyone’s right to the internet presupposes the duty to use it properly and in accordance with the law, and also presupposes the responsibility to be vigilant about the defence of the country and its integrity“, and a Deputy Minister of Communications assuring us that along with the economic development of this sector there must also be running in parallel the “political and ideological strengthening of the society,” are indications that we will not see anything different anytime soon after the recent Information and Biosecurity workshop ends. The underhand warning which indicates the presence in the front row of Col. Alejandro Castro — implied candidate to inherit the family throne — and the silence whenever the subject turns to his father, President Raúl Castro; Comandante Ramiro Valdés’ permanent position in charge of the Ministry of Communications — twice ex-Minister of the Interior, the most rancid relic from Cuba’s historic establishment and the chief implementer of current repressive methods — all reciting together the same refried speech and the repeated ignoring by the Cuban government of the latest offers of the US telecommunication companies for when the embargo controls are relaxed, are factors which make us think that nothing is about to change in Cuba in relation to the internet, and that we are only starting a new chapter in this soap opera of demagogy and cynicism. The Cuban-in-the-street can’t see it any other way, living under a government which, up to now, has charged him a quarter of his monthly basic salary for every hour on the internet; for him, every word heard at the end of the workshop referred to continues to smell of bad omens, sounds like more of the same, especially when we bear in mind that this shameless tariff is not for any high quality high-speed service, in the comfort of our homes, as you might expect, but which they have characterised in the worst way, only available in cyber rooms of the dual-monopoly ETECSA-SEGURIDAD DEL ESTADO, and, because of that limited to their opening hours, at a 2 Mb/second speed, and using PCs with restricted copy-paste and often with disabled USB connections, with all keystrokes tracked and with more than one “problematic” page blocked. In fact, nothing you wouldn’t expect from a government which recently created a brand-new Cyberspace Security Centre, presumably intended to become a virtual equivalent to the notorious Section 22 of its police policy. Meanwhile, in Guayaquil, Ecuador, I repress my swearwords every time I stop in front of a cyber room’s poster offering me three hours of internet for a dollar!, in a country with an average monthly salary of about $500, a country which is also third world, but which offers free wi-fi in many public places, including bus stations, in restaurants and malls, where internet and TV satellite dishes are a common urban sight even in the poorest neighbourhoods. There couldn’t be a more obvious contrast between this reality and what we Cubans have to live with in Cuba. All the above confirms for me every day more strongly my ongoing conviction that information control will be the last card in the deck that the Cuban dictatorship is going to give up. Nothing will have changed in Cuba for so long as all Cubans don’t have open unconditional uncensored access to the internet from our homes. This is such an obvious truth, and would represent such a decisive step forward toward the real opening-up of Cuban society, that only on that day will I believe that change has started. It’s as simple as that. Translated by GH   [1] https://ciudadanocerocuba.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/picture33.jpg Continue reading
Cuba welcomed 1 million tourists during the first quarter of this year, up 14 percent from the same period in 2014, state media reports said Sunday, citing Tourism Ministry figures. The surge in visitors Continue reading
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Our pillar-box red, open-top Chevrolet would fail its MoT abysmally. The suspension has gone; only the driver's door opens from the inside and there doesn't even seem to be a speedometer. But it's still Continue reading
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El Centro de Información Legal Cubalex ha hecho circular desde el pasado viernes un comunicado en el que refiere que su trabajo está en “peligro”. La entidad independiente asegura que con posterioridad a la presentación de “un informe sobre las prisiones cubanas se incrementaron las campañas de difamación y hostigamiento” hacia sus miembros.

En el texto, se hace referencia también a un robo ocurrido en las oficinas de Cubalex el pasado 12 de marzo, cuando “personas no identificadas allanaron y (…) robaron una laptop, una Tablet, una iPod, un modem, un disco duro externo, varias memorias flash y partes de las computadoras”.

Según se refiere en el comunicado “el hecho de que no robaron otros objetos de valor, sino sólo aquellos que podrían contener información del trabajo de la organización, hace suponer (…) que los agresores venían por parte de autoridades estatales”.

En las últimos meses Cubalex ha denunciado ser “blanco de una campaña de desprestigio que incluye notas difamatorias que acusan a la organización de actos de corrupción”. Los textos se han publicado en internet, la mayoría de las veces bajo un carácter anónimo o sin precisar el autor de la denuncia.

Laritza Diversent, jurista e integrante de Cubalex, refiere que desde 2013 ha habido “un incremento de vigilancia, acoso y amenazas a miembros del equipo”. La abogada explica que la presión sobre el grupo aumentó con posterioridad a la presentación del informe sobre las personas privadas de libertad en Cuba, ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos.

El hostigamiento incluye “amenazas a familiares del equipo de Cubalex de ser procesados judicialmente y de confiscar el inmueble donde está ubicada la sede”.

Ante este contexto, en su comunicado Cubalex le exige al gobierno de Cuba que “garantice y proteja el trabajo en defensa de los derechos humanos que realizan organizaciones y líderes de la sociedad civil”. Además pide “a la comunidad internacional que se pronuncie a favor de las garantías de nuestro trabajo”.

El Centro de Información Legal Cubalex, tiene su sede principal en la Habana y es considerado una organización sin fines de lucro, no reconocida por el Estado cubano. Ofrece desde 2010 asesoría legal gratuita, en materia de legalización de vivienda, trámites migratorios, hereditarios, laborales, procesos de revisión penal, procedimientos constitucionales y la defensa de los derechos civiles y políticos a ciudadanos cubanos o extranjeros que lo soliciten.

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La jefa de la diplomacia europea, Federica Mogherini, viajará mañana a Cuba en un momento crucial para las negociaciones entre la Unión Europea (UE) y La Habana para un acuerdo de diálogo político y cooperación con el que se pretende forjar un nuevo lazo bilateral entre los Veintiocho y la isla.

La política italiana visitará La Habana durante dos días, en lo que será el primer viaje de un alto representante comunitario para la Política Exterior a la isla y el primero que realiza un cargo en representación de la UE desde hace más de seis años.

Mogherini llegará a la isla caribeña "en un momento crucial para las negociaciones" que iniciaron la UE y Cuba hace casi un año para su primer acuerdo bilateral, y en un momento en el que el deshielo de las relaciones entre EEUU y la isla iniciado en diciembre pasado han centrado la atención de los cubanos.

La UE no ve rivalidad alguna con Washington por el acercamiento a la isla y ha celebrado la noticia de la apertura entre ambas partes.

"Cuando un muro empieza a caer es una buena noticia para los europeos, para Europa", dijo Mogherini a Efe esta semana.

"Nosotros no competimos, pero podemos acompañar, animar y respaldar el proceso en curso" y mantener y desarrollar en paralelo la presencia europea, sea económica, política o de cooperación, añadió.

Cuba, considera la UE, afronta un periodo muy interesante que crea nuevas dinámicas en el continente americano y en la propia isla y que ofrece nuevas oportunidades a todos, y en este marco Mogherini quiere dar "un impulso" al proceso de negociación entre la UE y la isla en el que se han celebrado ya tres rondas y "están progresando bien".

El acuerdo tiene tres grandes pilares: diálogo político, cooperación y asuntos comerciales y económicos.

"La UE es una presencia fuerte y un socio para Cuba, y va a seguir siéndolo", aseguró la jefa de la diplomacia comunitaria, que ve su estancia en la isla como una "visita simbólica para retomar un diálogo que considero importante y cargado de futuro".

La exministra italiana de Asuntos Exteriores mantendrá reuniones institucionales, incluido con su homólogo cubano, el canciller, Bruno Rodríguez, y con otros altos funcionaros, pero también verá a representantes de la sociedad civil y al arzobispo de La Habana, el cardenal Jaime Ortega, interlocutor clave con las autoridades cubanas que en 2010 medió para la excarcelación de presos políticos

El objetivo de las negociaciones bilaterales es "acompañar a Cuba en el actual proceso de cambio y modernización, proporcionando un marco más sólido para las relaciones, nuestro diálogo y la cooperación", dijo la alta representante de la UE.

La pregunta también es si el futuro acuerdo entre la UE y Cuba contendrá suficientes garantías democráticas como para que los Veintiocho accedan a levantar la llamada "posición común", la política restrictiva y unilateral que desde 1996 supedita las relaciones con La Habana a los avances en derechos humanos.

Mogherini asegura que el pacto busca "la promoción de los derechos humanos y las libertades", elementos "fundamentales" para la relación entre la UE y Cuba, que forman parte del diálogo y en el que no hay tabúes y se afrontan todas las cuestiones.

España ve la visita de la alta representante de la UE a la isla con buenos ojos.

Desde el momento en que en noviembre de 2012 la UE aprobó por unanimidad el mandato para que explorase las vías para llegar a un acuerdo, que en su caso derogase la posición común siempre que incorpore la cláusula democrática, "es bienvenido cualquier avance en este tema", declaró recientemente el ministro español de Exteriores y Cooperación, José Manuel García-Margallo.

Los ministros de Exteriores de la UE tienen previsto abordar en abril las relaciones con América Latina y en particular la negociación para el acuerdo bilateral con Cuba.


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¿Cuántas veces no hemos estado ante el refrigerador casi vacío y con la necesidad de preparar un plato para toda la familia? Las croquetas son ese tipo de recetas que nos permite hacer mucho con poco. Además, resultan muy sabrosas, gustan a la mayoría de los comensales y siempre se les puede dar un toque de distinción si se sirven acompañadas de varias salsas a elegir.

Hoy les propongo unas croquetas que lo mismo pueden ser de pescado de mar que de río. La aclaración no está mal, porque desde hace bastante tiempo en nuestras pescaderías sólo se ven tencas y clarias, mientras el pargo y la cherna son cosa del pasado. Bueno, pues a convertirlas en un sabroso plato hecho en casa.

Los ingredientes que vamos a necesitar son:

2 tazas de pescado hervido

1 ½ cucharadita de sal

1 cucharadita de vino seco

1 cucharada de cebolla

1 taza de leche

1 cucharada de mantequilla

1/8 cucharadita de pimienta

1/8 de cucharadita de nuez moscada rallada

6 cucharadas de harina de trigo

Para el empanizado:

2 tazas de pan rallado o galleta molida

2 huevos batidos

Modo de preparación:

Comencemos por hervir el pescado y, una vez que se haya enfriado, retiraremos todas las espinas, colaremos y pondremos en un vaso el caldo resultante. Entonces, procederemos a mezclar la harina con la leche y a esa mezcla le podemos sumar varias cucharadas de ese líquido con sabor a pescado que nos quedó después de cocinarlo.

La cebolla, cortada en cuadritos pequeñitos, debe ser sofreída en aceite bien caliente hasta que quede transparente. Una vez que tengamos en la sartén la cebolla ya lista, entonces le agregaremos la mezcla de la harina con la leche y las cucharadas de caldo. Debemos revolver la mezcla con una cuchara de madera, de forma constante hasta que se cuaje y para que no se pegue.

La mezcla debe quedar espesa como si fuera un puré o una crema bien densa. Es el momento indicado para agregar la pimienta, la sal, la nuez moscada, el vino seco y la cucharada de mantequilla. Esta última dará a las croquetas una textura más suave.

Seguiremos mezclando y revolviendo con la cuchara de madera, hasta que sintamos que la masa está compacta y se va formando una bola. Debemos proceder a retirarla del fuego y dejarla enfriar. Cuando ya no esté caliente, la iremos tomando en cucharadas y a esas bolitas les daremos una forma más cilíndrica, un poco más gruesas o más delgadas según el gusto de cada cual.

Tendremos cerca dos platos, uno de ellos donde hemos batido los dos huevos y el otro donde habremos colocado el pan rallado o el polvo de galletas. Entonces mojaremos la masa con la forma ya lograda con el huevo y después la pasaremos por el pan, al menos dos veces.

Una sartén con aceite caliente es el paso final para dejarlas doraditas y listas para comer. Al momento de servirlas podemos colocar al lado alguna salsa picante, mostaza o mayonesa para alternar sabores. ¡Buen provecho!

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Wheeling and Dealing with Plastic / 14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz
Posted on March 22, 2015

Markets all over the Island are supplied with objects made on the
illegal circuit of a material mostly derived from industrial waste or
leftovers from the dump

14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz, Havana, 20 March 2015 – At the market of La
Cuevita in San Miguel del Padron, some thousand people from all over the
Island daily buy household goods, flip-flops and toys, all made of
plastic. The purchasers come especially from rural areas where the
economic situation is more precarious and the only thing that abounds is
scarcity.

In order to sell in the market it is necessary to have a state license
and a letter signed by the producers, also authorized, from whom the
articles must be bought. The inspectors who pass through the sales
stalls may require this letter, but in practice they pass with hand
extended seeking money in exchange for not imposing a fine of 1,500
pesos on whoever has skipped the State's rules of the game.

There are many manufacturers who have no license. In the Cotorro
township flip-flops are manufactured and in La Guinera, a settlement
located in San Miguel del Padron, there are producers of household
goods. The toys, with twisted forms and faded colors, are brought from
the eastern part of the country.

The first step is gathering the recyclable plastic among the wastes of
industrial smelting and rummaging through the garbage in search of
plastic items that can be exploited, without discarding the possibility
of melting the trash cans themselves. In order to improve the quality of
the final product, the manufacturers add virgin plastic. This granulated
raw material is bought under the table, gotten directly from state
warehouses.

The mishmash is heated. When the material is quite melted it is injected
under pressure into various molds. The injecting machines as well as the
molds are produced by hand. When it liquefies, the homogenized paste
takes on an earthy color, but artisans save the day using different
colored dyes.

According to one of these artisans, who allows no photos on his patio,
in many neighborhoods of the capital the police would have to search
patio by patio and house by house because "reality is stubborn," as he
learned many years ago in a Communist Party school. "Even beer can be
canned clandestinely," he says. "Such machines are all over Havana.
Where you least imagine it, there is one. The problem is to make the
product and get it immediately out so that the chain is not discovered."

The bowls and plates, funnels or any other object resulting from this
mix of materials are not completely safe for storage of food intended
for human consumption. "I don't use any of the bowls that I buy in the
candonga for keeping food from one day to the other. But they are
cheaper than those made in China which are sold in the hard currency
stores and cost a third of a worker's salary," says Morena, a housewife
who frequents the market.

The vendors place themselves at the entrance to the market. Some offer
strings of onion and garlic, others little nylon bags. An old lady sells
a bag of potatoes that she has just bought after a long line, and a teen
carries a box of ice where he keeps popsicles that sell for 15 Cuban
pesos. They often have to go running. A patrol passes every twenty minutes.

"If you resist arrest, they beat you. Then they take you to the 11th
Police Station, and railroad you and you don't know if you'll come out
with a fine of 1,500 Cuban pesos or go directly to the Valle Grande
prison," says the popsicle salesman.

A man in his forties recounts how the police detained him once, accusing
him of retailing without any proof, and they asked him for his identity
card just because he was carrying a briefcase full of plastic plates
that he had just bought. "It would be of no use to say it is my hobby to
throw them in the air to practice my slingshot aim. Just like if they
want to they seize everything and give you a fine. The police do not act
for the benefit of the people," he laments.

Mireya, almost seventy years of age, is the last link in the productive
chain of plastic products. While others work in little brigades for a
particular producer, authorized or not, she does it alone. She has put
together brooms and brushes manually, with production wastes from state
industry, for more than 20 years. "If they catch me doing this I can
have serious problems with the authorities. I don't do it to get rich. I
have to assemble 100 brushes to earn 400 Cuban pesos [about $16 U.S.],
and from that I have to invest part in order to buy the materials," she
explains.

Mireya does not want to get a license because she thinks the taxes are
too high. Besides, she could not justify the materials that she uses to
fabricate her brooms because, in spite of dealing with industrial waste,
there exists no legal way of acquiring them. The bases and the bristles
she buys from someone who, like her, has no license either and sells
them more cheaply.

"What I would have left after paying for the license and the taxes would
be more or less the same as the wage of a state worker. With that, added
to my pension of 270 pesos, I can't even live ten days. If you don't
believe what I am saying, take the rice and beans from the store, divide
it into 30 piles to see how you eat and how you live. Then necessarily
you have to live wheeling and dealing," she concludes without ceasing to
close the plastic threads with wire pincers.

Translated by MLK

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Intransigence at Any Cost / Fernando Damazo
Posted on March 21, 2015

Fernando Damaso, 16 March 2015 — When a phenomenon is analyzed, or a
historical occurrence or any important matter, this analysis should be
done objectively evaluating all its components, be they internal or
external, without a priori positions, keeping in mind their positive or
negative aspects.

Yesterday marked another anniversary of the events which occurred at
Mangos de Baraguá on March 15, 1878.

The Baraguá Protest, mounted by General Antonio Maceo and other generals
and officials of the Cuban Army of Independence [in the 19th Century
against Spain], as a response to the Pact of Zanjón, has been included
by history as a symbol of intransigence for Cubans. The virile gesture
by Maceo and his comrades deserves the greatest respect — even though it
did not correspond to the actual status of the struggle which, except
for within the jurisdictions of Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo, had
waned, primarily because of the exhaustion of the Mambí forces, the
internal divisions within the Army of Independence, and the rupture
between it and the Cuban Government-in-Arms.

Besides, the Camagüey and Las Villas forces, as well as those of Bayamo,
plus General Máximo Gómez and other important military leaders, had
accepted the Pact and, since February, there were no longer an
insurrectionist Executive Power nor Chamber. As a result of the Protest,
General Vicente García remained at the helm of the district composed of
Las Tunas and Holguín, while Maceo headed the zones of Santiago de Cuba
and Guantánamo.

Once the hostilities were broken off on March 23, they failed and
Antonio Maceo had to lay down arms and, with his family, depart for
Jamaica on May 9 (55 days after Baraguá), aboard the gunboat Fernando el
Católico ["Ferdinand the Catholic"], which the Spanish Chief
General Arsenio Martínez Campos had placed at Maceo's disposal. On May
28, 74 days after Baraguá, the veterans of that skirmish were laying
down arms and acceptingthe Pact of Zanjón. Only Limbano Sánchez in
Oriente, and the brigadier Ramón Leocadio Bonachea in the zones
of Camagüey and Las Villas — the latter for 11 months — prolonged the
resistance, but their efforts proved futile: the Ten Years' War had ended.

These adverse results do not detract from the protesters of Baraguá, but
the days and months that followed demonstrated that they had erred in
their assessment of the situation and what needed to be done: they put
their libertarian desires ahead of good judgement. In this matter, the
perjoratively-named "zanjonerians" (so called for having accepted the
Pact) — among them General Máximo Gómez and other important military
leaders — proved to have had the greater capacity for analysis.

Unfortunately, this is not what is said and written when
recalling Baraguá. Were it to be recognized, however, would perhaps help
us to more intelligently confront the various situations we face today,
in a complex and changing world. Intransigence at any cost, as history
shows, is not always the best option. It behooves us to remember that
"Neverland" only exists in children's stories.

Translated by Alicia Barraqué Ellison


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Los médicos cubanos desplazados a África para combatir el Ébola regresan este domingo a la Isla, informó el portal oficialista Cubadebate. Los galenos llegaron al continente africano en octubre.

La reacción del régimen ante la crisis sanitaria desatada por el Ébola reportó elogios para La Habana, incluso del propio Gobierno de EEUU.

Uno de los integrantes de la misión cubana se infectó con el virus y fue enviado a Ginebra para ser tratado en un centro especializado. A los pocos meses, el galeno pudo regresar a la Isla y posteriormente volvió a África. 

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La primavera ha llegado oficialmente, pero faltan las lluvias. Cada día crece el drama en el campo cubano, sobre todo en el oriente. A lo largo y ancho del país, el sector agrícola privado vive una situación muy difícil, debido a la precariedad de insumos y la carencia de medios para transportar el agua.

Mientras el planeta celebra hoy el día internacional del agua, muchos campesinos miran al cielo para tratar de predecir cuándo llegarán los aguaceros. El año ya había comenzado con señales negativas. Desde noviembre de 2014 hasta finales de enero los déficits pluviales acumulados afectaron el 52 por ciento del territorio nacional. Entre las provincias más damnificadas se encontraban Pinar del Río, Artemisa, Cienfuegos, Villa Clara, Camagüey, Las Tunas, Granma, Santiago de Cuba y Guantánamo.

Camagüey, que aporta la cuarta parte de la producción de leche y carne del país, está bajo emergencia por el déficit de precipitaciones y el bajo nivel de sus embalses. Mantener el alimento al ganado y el riego de los cultivos se vuelve una tarea prácticamente imposible. Los problemas no se quedan ahí. El Centro Meteorológico de la región alertó sobre el peligro de incendios forestales en las próximas semanas.

En la ciudad de los tinajones, las familias que poseen un pozo se sienten afortunadas, mientras otras se mantienen con camiones cisternas y comprando el agua potable a mercaderes ambulantes que la comercializan en diferentes porciones como pomos, garrafas y cubos.[[QUOTE:El mal estado de las redes de abasto, con millones de salideros, hacen que se pierda un elevado porcentaje del agua que se bombea]]

El Gobierno y el Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidráulicos (INRH) llaman a incrementar las medidas de ahorro y a organizar mejor los ciclos de distribución. Sin embargo el mal estado de las redes de abasto, con millones de salideros, hacen que se pierda un elevado porcentaje del agua que se bombea.

La provincia de Sancti Spíritus afronta una situación muy similar. Al menos 25 fuentes de abasto de agua están por debajo del mínimo de su capacidad y 43.000 personas dependen de los camiones cisternas para cocinar, lavar, mantener la higiene doméstica y regar el campo. Los especialistas coinciden en que lo peor está por llegar cuando suban las temperaturas y, por ende, el consumo del preciado líquido.

La ciudad de Trinidad también atraviesa un período difícil para lidiar con el alza turística cuando tiene sus cuencas hidráulicas prácticamente vacías. Su principal fuente de abasto, los manantiales de San Juan de Letrán, ubicados en la cordillera del Escambray, sólo está suministrando en estos momentos 25 litros por segundo de los 110 que produce normalmente para estas fechas.[[QUOTE:La ciudad de Trinidad atraviesa un período difícil para lidiar con el alza turística cuando tiene sus cuencas hidráulicas prácticamente vacías]]

Maurilio González, residente en las afueras de la ciudad de Ciego de Ávila, muestra su ganado enflaquecido y rodeado de moscas. Se queja de que los pastizales no dan el alimento necesario para sostener al rebaño lechero. “Tengo que salir cada mañana bien temprano a ver en qué central consigo algo de melaza y cachaza para al menos que no se me muera el ganado”. Señala la extensión de tierra que lo rodea: “No hay hierba por todo esto, todo está quemado por el sol”.

La Habana no escapa de los problemas que acarrea la sequía. Antonio Castillo, subdirector de operaciones de Aguas de La Habana (AH), ha declarado a la prensa oficial que, al terminar abril, las fuentes de abasto de agua de la capital estarán en los “niveles al límite entre la zona normal y desfavorable”. Si las lluvias de mayo no resultan abundantes, la ciudad enfrentará graves problemas con la distribución.

Josefina Iriarte vive en una parte de la Habana Vieja que sólo recibe agua a través de las llamadas pipas. “Hace unas semanas el suministro se ha vuelto más irregular y los precios han subido”, asegura esta vecina de la calle Cuba cuyos hijos varones son diestros en acarrear los tanques desde cientos de metros de distancia. Toda la casa está diseñada para almacenar hasta la última gota. “Pero no se puede sacar de donde no hay y como no llueve, se nos hace más difícil”.

Los embalses de Santiago de Cuba sólo almacenan en estos momentos 255.769 millones de metros cúbicos, el 37 por ciento de su capacidad y uno de los niveles más bajos de los últimos años. Las presas que muestran una situación más alarmantes son Protesta de Baraguá y Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, las mayores del territorio y encargadas de abastecer agua a las provincias colindantes de Holguín, Granma y Guantánamo, en el extremo este de la Isla.[[QUOTE:No basta con mirar hacia arriba y desear que caigan las lluvias, hay que replantear nuestros modelos de consumo del agua]]

Cuba cuenta con 242 presas, decenas de micropresas y unos 2.420 acueductos. Las redes tienen más de 22.000 kilómetros y 70 plantas potabilizadoras, además de 5.316 kilómetros de alcantarillado. Pero la mayor parte de esa infraestructura muestra cierto grado de deterioro que en algunos casos llega a un estado calamitoso. Los grifos en mal estado y las cañerías dañadas suman millones de litros anuales que se despilfarran sin llegar al sector residencial ni a la agricultura.

En febrero pasado el director de Organización, Planificación e Información del Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidráulicos (INRH), Bladimir Matos, llamó a “lograr una cultura de ahorro en los usuarios", para intentar paliar los efectos de la actual sequía y enfrentar los retos para el país y todo el planeta en materia de reservas de agua.

Naciones Unidas ha hecho un llamado a pensar en cómo distribuir de manera más eficiente y equitativa los recursos hídricos en el futuro. En otras palabras, no basta con mirar hacia arriba y desear que caigan las lluvias, hay que replantear nuestros modelos de consumo del agua.


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Cargill's Vorwerk makes case for ending Cuba embargo
Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune Updated: March 21, 2015 - 5:15

A trade mission with 95 agriculture leaders from 12 states visited Cuba
earlier this month. Many were members of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition
for Cuba, formed early this year and chaired by Devry Boughner Vorwerk,
vice president of corporate affairs for Minnetonka-based Cargill Inc.
The group spent a full day with Cuban import, trade and investment
officials in Havana, Vorwerk said. Another day the delegation broke into
groups to visit Cuban farms growing and processing sugar, rice, cattle,
fruits and vegetables, fish, tobacco and other products. Vorwerk's
comments have been edited for space and clarity.

Q: What experiences did you have on the trip?

A: One of the groups went out to the Bay of Pigs to see the aquaculture
production taking place out there, with the support of the Norwegian
government. That team was surprised by the sophistication and the
absolute modern aquaculture infrastructure. My group visited a farm, and
we were able to see tobacco, sorghum, rice and dry beans. I was
impressed by the way they set up their management team. We also learned
a lot about differences in co-ops, and how they voluntarily organize
themselves and provide services to different farmers.

Q: Was there an overall impression that you had?

A: I would use one word, and that is potential. Potential on both sides.
Certainly the Cuban farmers need access to technology, inputs, capital
and services. They pretty much need access to what any modern
agricultural industry could provide. People on the sugar tour saw
brand-new International Harvester equipment being used that was supplied
by Brazilians. I saw farmers still using oxen and having wooden plows to
draw the rows for tobacco planting. So there's inconsistency in terms of
access to technology.

Another finding is that there's a real market. A market could
potentially exist in greater form for U.S. agricultural products. The
Cuban citizens need these products. They're in a net food deficit right
now, so they are importing products. If they are intended to grow and
leverage one of their main industries, which would be tourism, they're
especially going to need additional support. That may come from
increased yields, but certainly that's also going to come from outside
sources.

Q: What could we offer Cuba and what could Cuba sell to us in terms of
commodities?

A: There's clearly potential for U.S. exports across the value chain.
Soybeans, wheat, corn, rice, dried beans, and we also had individuals
from the U.S. meat industry. I think it's limitless in terms of our
ability as the U.S. food and ag sector to supply products whether it's
at the commodity level or higher value food products.

On the Cuban side, we just got a taste of their export potential.
Certainly one of their mainstay products is tobacco: cigars. Cuba is
also incredibly well-positioned to grow an outdoor aquaculture industry
because their water is pristine and they've got a lot of it. There could
be a play for high-value organic products like fruits and vegetables.
This would all require investment in their ag infrastructure. It's going
to be a journey for the Cuban farmers to figure out what their
comparative advantage is, and what they can export.

Q: How's the competition?

A: There are investors flocking in and dipping their toe in [the] water
to figure out whether they have a play there. But the most compelling
that we saw is the Brazilians in the agro sector. They're eating our
lunch in terms of market share for commodities. On top of that they have
competitive financing. The U.S. farmers' hands are tied behind their
backs because of the complex financing requirements that are set up at
the moment. But in addition what we saw was some actual investment,
which means competitors are seeing something. It's only a matter of time
until the U.S. ends the embargo, but other countries have first mover
advantage right now, and we're sitting on the sidelines.

Q: What are the chances of ending the embargo, especially since many
members of Congress and most of the Republican presidential hopefuls are
opposed to doing that?

A: One of the trip's main goals was to raise the level of consciousness
of the current U.S.-Cuba policy situation and help make the case to end
the embargo. We know that not everyone agrees with us. But the more we
can share the importance of Cuba as a natural market for U.S.
agriculture, hopefully we will be able to change minds. We and others
need to make the case to Congress, which has a lot on its plate.
Ultimately, it's in the hands of Congress to decide whether we get the
chance to trade and invest, or whether we sit on the sidelines while our
competitors engage more strategically than we're able to. We left Cuba
inspired to make 2015 our year. Maybe we're optimists, but unless you're
an optimist, you can't stay in this game. What we're talking about is
unraveling 54 years of a policy.

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Children who left Cuba over 50 years ago reunited in Jacksonville
Saturday night
By Joe Daraskevich Sat, Mar 21, 2015 @ 10:47 pm
joe.daraskevich@jacksonville.com

When Oscar Candelaria got on a plane in Cuba in 1962 he thought he was
on his way to see his sister who had already moved to the United States.
The plane landed in Miami and the 8-year-old boy's sister was nowhere to
be found.

He said his parents couldn't say too much about where he was going or
what he could expect because it was a time of change in Cuba.

He was one of over 14,000 children who were sent by their parents from
Cuba to the United States from 1960 to 1962.

Over 50 years later, he was a part of a group of people who were
involved in "Operation Pedro Pan," who gathered Saturday night at the
University Club of Jacksonville on the 27th floor of the Riverplace Tower.

Candelaria was eventually reunited with his sister in Chicago, although
the two weren't able to live in the same house because the family she
was with already had 12 children. Their parents moved to the country two
years later and the family was reunited at last.

But the stories of the people involved in "Operation Pedro Pan" are all
different.

"I was Cinderella," said Nancy Mudry.

She said her parents told her she was going to America to live with a
loving family in Miami.

When she got to the family, it turned out the woman responsible was a
"witch."

Her stepsisters stole her clothes and her stepmother put a lock on the
rotary phone so she couldn't get in touch with anyone to explain the
harsh conditions.

"The mailman saved me," Mudry said.

She spoke to the man through the mail slot in the front door and he
helped her send letters to her best friend Maria in Havana.

Maria obtained a visa, flew to Miami and the two friends were reunited
at the airport.

They returned to the house, packed a bag and left, Mudry said. They
spent three days sleeping in a park in downtown Miami before both
eventually found work and parted ways.

The Catholic Welfare Bureau worked with the United States to coordinate
transportation for the children to move from Cuba to Miami.

The children of all ages were scattered throughout the country after
they landed.

Some grew up with relatives, others grew up in group homes or with
foster families, but none of them knew if they would ever see their
parents again.

Candelaria, 61, now lives in Gainesville and is part of the Million
Bibles for Cuba Project.

Mudry, 71, moved to New York and has been married to her husband for
over 40 years.

She was 14 when she came to the country and now she's about to retire
from a job in the Florida school system.

They both shared their stories over dinner with fellow "Pedro Pans" in
Jacksonville, looking out over the skyline.

Far from where they were born, but in the place their parents wanted
them to be.

Joe Daraskevich: (904) 359-4308

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El secretario general adjunto de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), Albert R. Ramdin, mostró este domingo su deseo de que este organismo "abra una oficina en Cuba" después de la próxima Cumbre de las Américas de Panamá en abril.

Ramdin dijo que de esta manera puede empezar "la cooperación, no en los temas políticos, sino en temas de educación, cultura, deportes y desastres naturales".

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La Mesa Redonda secuestra a los negros
JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 21 Mar 2015 - 1:13 pm.

El espacio de la televisión nacional dedica un programa al tema racial.

La Mesa Redonda trasmitida en la noche de ayer viernes 20 de marzo, bien
puede pasar a la historia como el secuestro público de la realidad de
los negros en Cuba. Bajo el titular: El tema del Racismo será puesto
este viernes sobre la Mesa con la participación de reconocidos
intelectuales cubanos, los allí presentes asumieron "el asunto" desde
una perspectiva bodeguera.

Con la desabrida moderación de Arleen Rodríguez, los "intelectuales"
Heriberto Feraudy, Jesús Guanche (presidente y miembro de la Comisión
Aponte respectivamente), Rodrigo Espino (jefe de investigación del
Instituto Juan Marinello) y José Luis Estrada (jefe de redacción del
periódico Juventud Rebelde), protagonizaron lo que durante 60 minutos
insistirían en llamar "debate", pero que terminaría siendo un juego
malabar para decidir "cómo llamarían a los negros" sin emplear, según el
consenso de los cinco conjurados, "un lenguaje colonial racista heredado".

El primer indicio del secuestro, en todo caso la voz del negro cubano y
con ella su realidad, se planteó en la composición misma del panel. Es
decir, en las ausencias del panel. Allí no estuvieron quienes en los
últimos 15 años, para fijar un punto de partida cualquiera, han sido más
que activistas, pensadores y propiciadores de espacios, criterios
polémicos y abundante literatura sobre raza y género. Allí no se
incluyeron, por citar solo tres ejemplos intelectuales, a Tomás
Fernández Robaina, a Víctor Fowler o Roberto Zurbano.

Las pautas que concretaron el secuestro fueron trazadas por Arleen
Rodríguez: llamar a José Luis Estrada "no blanco" significó el toque a
degüello. Pero su guinda al pastel, sin dudas, la aportó con una
advertencia: "aunque el Comité Central del Partido tiene que ser una
representación del pueblo, allí se llega por las condiciones de la
persona". La fórmula es simple; si los negros cargamos con la peor parte
de la desventaja social acumulada, criterio consensuado por los sentados
en torno a la mesa de ayer, no es difícil concluir que los negros se las
verán negras para acceder a cualquier forma de poder político en pos de
transformar sus realidades socioeconómicas. Es decir; el capítulo
continuará.

La perpetuidad del secuestro llegó de la mano de Heriberto Feraudy,
cuando lamentó que "en Cuba no existe cultura de la denuncia sobre
prácticas racistas". La indignación del movimiento rapero debió ser
descomunal en tanto su discurso, en casi dos décadas, no solo ha
practicado una "cultura de la denuncia" sobre la discriminación racial,
sino también sobre la violencia de género, la ausencia de libertad de
expresión, la violencia policial y un sinfín de atropellos gubernamentales.

Vender a la Comisión Aponte como paradigma de "activar cátedras y planes
de acciones pedagógicas" para ventilar el tema del racismo fue el clímax
del secuestro. El espacio de pensamiento Shankofa, el activismo de los
gestores de Grupo Uno y La Fabrik, y los espacios teóricos de los
Simposios Internacionales de Hip Hop (ejemplos) fueron pioneros de
verdaderas acciones ciudadanas, desde las comunidades, para visibilizar
el problema negro. Ninguno de estos espacios existe en la actualidad.
Con eficacia, las autoridades gubernamentales se encargaron de su
desarticulación. No pocos textos se han ocupado (y se ocuparán), con
lujo de detalles, a develar los trasfondos y contextos que conllevaron a
la desaparición de espacios públicos en torno a estas acciones cívicas.

El supuesto "diálogo no separado", en palabras de Arleen Rodríguez,
servido ayer en la Mesa, no merece siquiera ser extendido más allá de
significar la evidencia de que el Estado sí lo controla todo y que no se
permitirá, mientras dure su concepción del mundo, ceder un ápice de su
monopolio sobre los espacios públicos.

Que Díaz Canel "se halla encargado personalmente [narró Feraudy] de
monitorear mensualmente el plan de acciones de la Comisión Aponte, entre
ellas, la inclusión de un programa en los contenidos del Ministerio de
Educación Superior", es a todas luces indicativo de que no habrá
autonomía de pensamiento crítico.

Aun así, hubo que reconocer el "optimismo", como refería Arleen
Rodríguez, "y la buena vibra" del conclave. Aunque al final nunca se
supo cómo nos llamarán en lo adelante a los negros, ni cuál será el
precio exigido por los captores. Tal vez esas respuestas hubiesen
llegado a través de las llamadas telefónicas de ciudadanos al programa,
pero que, lamentablemente, se disculpó Rodríguez, "no fue posible por no
saber yo manejar el tiempo".

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