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La ocupación de la embajada del Perú en La Habana por miles de personas que buscaban salir del país el 4 de abril de 1980, dio inicio días más tarde al éxodo del Mariel, la mayor emigración ilegal hacia Estados Unidos, provocada por el gobierno cubano. Continue reading
[1]14ymedio, Havana, 4 April 2015 – When they got off the plane at the airport in Panama Saturday, immigration officials confiscated the passports of six young Latin Americans, including three Cubans who arrived from Costa Rica, where they had been participated in activities organized by the Liberation Movement Party and the Latin American Youth Network for Democracy. The three Cubans are part of the first group of independent civil society arriving in Panama to participate in forums parallel to the Summit of the Americas. They are Eliezer Ávila (Somos+ / We Are More), Kirenia Yalit (Roundtable of Cuban Youth, MDJC) and Yasser Rojas (Cubalex). "It was very clear that officials had a completely erroneous information about the purposes of our trip," Eliezer Avila told 14ymedio. "Someone had communicated to them that we were coming to 'sabotage the activities of the Summit,' they explained to us during a two-hour interrogation in a closed room." After checking the data of the six young people and crosschecking them with the list of those invited to the forum, they concluded that everything was in order. "They apologized to us for the inconvenience and pointed out that all they want is to ensure that there no problems during the summit," added the leader of Somos+. According to Ávila, "This experience should serve those who come after us, because this incident indicates that the long arm of the Plaza of the Revolution came to Panama to undermine the terrain at every step of the way for those with a voice that is not governed the script of the Communist Party." [1] http://www.14ymedio.com/ Continue reading

El presidente de Bolivia, Evo Morales, abogará la próxima semana en la VII Cumbre de las Américas por que el continente sea "el más pacifista" del mundo, sin cabida para "invasiones ni espías", avanzó este sábado el mandatario, informa EFE.

Morales, que confirmó su asistencia a la cita que tendrá lugar en Panamá los próximos 10 y 11 de abril, dijo en un acto con alcaldes de la región central de Cochabamba que "América debería ser el continente más pacifista". 

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It is the first time the ailing Castro appeared in public in more than a year. "Fidel is full of vitality," the Juventud Rebelde newspaper exclaimed. Castro, 88, has made infrequent appearances following Continue reading
Los medios estatales publican fotos del líder cubano estrechando la mano de representantes de una delegación venezolana presente en la capital, La Habana. Continue reading
Fidel Castro talks to a delegation of Venezuelans in Havana. Photo: Reuters The former president of Cuba, Fidel Castro has made his first appearance in 14months. Images of the iconic communist leader, Continue reading
[caption id="attachment_39585" align="aligncenter" width="623"] [1] Manuel Cuesta Morua during the press conference this Friday (EFE / Alejandro Ernesto)[/caption] [2]14ymedio/EFE, Havana, 3 April 2015 --Several leaders of the Cuban opposition and independent civil society made public Friday a document title “A United Message to the Seventh Summit of the Americas [3]” under the slogan “Yo soy Cuba” (I am Cuba). In the text they point out that the “ the full insertion of the Cuban government in the inter-American system is incompatible with the principles of the Inter-American Democratic Charter [4].” The document is signed by Felix Navarro, Pedro Luis Boitel Party for Democracy; Manuel Cuesta Morua, Progressive Arc; Guillermo Fariñas, United Antitotalitarian Front; Iván Hernández Carrillo, Trade Unionist; José Daniel Ferrer, the Patriotic Union of Cuba; Carmelo Bermúdez Rosabal, Progressive Arc; Juan Antonio Madrazo, Committee for Racial Integration, and groups such as Citizens for Democracy, Municipalities in Opposition, among others. The signers enumerated at least seven points that demonstrate the undemocratic nature of the Cuban government. Among them are the repression, the existence and political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, the harassment of entrepreneurs, the unwillingness to ratify the United Nations Covenants on Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the existence of a single-party regime that does not allow the alternation of power, the inability of citizen to choose among different political alternatives, and the prohibition of multi-party representative democracy. Their purpose is that the Summit of Americas, on April 10-11, is an "opportunity" to recognize "the legitimacy of the independent Cuban civil society within the island and in the diaspora as a valid interlocutor of the Cuban people," opponent Manuel Cuesta Morúa, leader of the Cuban Progressive Arc Party said today. Cuesta Morúa explained that the Ladies in White are not currently included because the project promoters have not been able to talk to the leader of the women’s group, Berta Soler, because she is outside the country, although they have not ruled out that she will join with them in Panama, during the summit. In any case, there are more than dozen organizations behind this project representing what they call "independent civil society" within Cuba and in exile, groups that "cover the entire political spectrum," said Cuesta Morúa. He will be one of those charged with carrying this united proposal to the social forums of the Summit of the Americas, a meeting the Cuban government will attend for the first time and that will be the site of the expected meeting between the presidents of Cuba, Raul Castro, and of the United States, Barack Obama, the first after their diplomatic thaw. Besides Cuesta Morua and Fariñas, other dissidents who will attend in Panama include Berta Soler, the leader of the Ladies in White; Elizardo Sanchez of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN); and representatives of UNPACU, although not its leader José Daniel Ferrer. Ferrer, who is not allowed to leave the island because he was one of the political prisoners of the "Group of 75 [5]" released on parole in 2010, is one of the charged with organizing a social forum parallel to the summit in Panama within the island. On April 10 two civil society forums will be held in Cuba, one in Santiago de Cuba and another in Havana, to present the “united message” within the island as well, and to gather people’s proposals with regards to what to work on going forward. “It will be about a coming together of those of us who feel ourselves to be members of the democratic open space to share views about the need for changes in human rights, freedoms and the election system, given that Cuba is not the only country on the continent with a single party,” Ferrer explained to EFE. In the joint statement, these groups demand that Cuba’s participation in the summit for the first time serve the ends of the final insertion of the island into the inter-American system following the principles of the Inter-American Democratic Charter [4]. In this sense, they denounce the repression of those exercising the rights of expression, assembly and association in Cuba; the existence of political prisoners; the prohibition of a representative and multiparty democracy; the refusal to consult the people about their future; and the unwillingness to ratify the UN Covenants on civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. The social forums to be held in parallel with the summit in Panama, will also be attended by more than one hundred representatives of Cuban civil society and government organizations on the island. The text prepared [7] by these activists expresses different views and the "rich diversity, in the Agreement for Democracy, in the Points of Cuban Consensus, in the proposals of the Forum for Rights and Freedoms, and the Open Space Four Points of Consensus.” The document also reflects the willingness of “most of our alternatives" to “working together, in order to return Cuba as a free and sovereign nation to a hemispheric environment where democracy and institutional respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms prevail.” [1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Manuel-Cuesta-Morua-EFEAlejandro-Ernesto_CYMIMA20150403_0018_16.jpg [2] http://www.14ymedio.com/ [3] http://translatingcuba.com/a-united-message-to-the-seventh-summit-of-the-americas/ [4] http://www.oas.org/charter/docs/resolution1_en_p4.htm [5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Spring_%28Cuba%29 [6] http://www.oas.org/charter/docs/resolution1_en_p4.htm [7] http://translatingcuba.com/a-united-message-to-the-seventh-summit-of-the-americas/ Continue reading
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Al bajar del avión en el aeropuerto de Panamá este sábado, los funcionarios de Inmigración retiraron el pasaporte a seis jóvenes latinoamericanos, incluyendo tres cubanos, que llegaban de Costa Rica, donde habían participado en actividades organizadas por el partido Movimiento Libertario y la Red Latinoamericana de Jóvenes por la Democracia.

Los tres cubanos forman parte del primer grupo de la sociedad civil independiente que llega a Panamá para participar en los foros paralelos de la Cumbre de las Américas. Se trata de Eliécer Ávila (Somos+), Kirenia Yalit (Mesa de Diálogo de la Juventud Cubana, MDJC) y Yasser Rojas (Cubalex).

“Quedó muy claro que los funcionarios tenían una información totalmente errada sobre los propósitos de nuestro viaje”, ha contado Eliécer Ávila a 14ymedio. “Alguien les había transmitido que nosotros veníamos a ‘sabotear las actividades de la Cumbre’, nos explicaron durante un interrogatorio de dos horas en un cuarto cerrado.”

Después de comprobar los datos de los seis jóvenes y cotejarlos con la lista de los invitados al foro, llegaron a la conclusión de que todo estaba en regla. “Nos pidieron disculpas por las molestias y puntualizaron que lo único que quieren es garantizar que no haya problemas durante la Cumbre”, agregó el dirigente de Somos+.

Según Ávila, “esta experiencia les debe servir a los que vengan detrás de nosotros, porque este incidente indica que el largo brazo de la Plaza de la Revolución llegó a Panamá para minar el terreno a cada paso de quienes tengan una voz que no se rija por el guion del Partido Comunista”.


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Ni Granma ni Juventud Rebelde ni la Federación Cubana de Béisbol han informado que le cancelaron el contrato ($ 3,000,000) al pelotero en Japón. Continue reading
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Cuban Pro-democracy Organizations on the Island and in Exile bring: A UNITED MESSAGE TO THE SEVENTH SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS Cuban Opposition, Civil Society and Democratic Social Actors  The Summits of the Americas must be the place for participation and representation of all the democracies in the Americas. Of their States and of their free citizens. All this passes through the increasing incorporation of civil society and social actors in the process of the Summits, such that the topics of discussion acquire real significance and it is required of governments that they represent their people. Here we present: In the roles of the Cuban opposition, civil society and the democratic social actors that we have assumed, after a long struggle of establishment and strengthening, principles of agreement expressed from a rich diversity, in the Agreement for Democracy, in the Points of Cuban Consensus, in the proposals of the Forum for Rights and Freedoms [1], and the Open Space Four Points of Consensus [2]. Our shared mission is the defense and promotion of all democratic principles, fundamental freedoms and human rights, that comprise the cultural, historical and political base in this hemisphere, thanks to this rich diversity. It is clear that a strong civil society is only possible where the independence of citizens is recognized and their rights and fundamental freedoms are respected. The Seventh Summit of the Americas is the opportunity for the Western Hemisphere to recognize the legitimacy of independent Cuban civil society within the lsland and the Diaspora as a valid interlocutor of the Cuban people. It is also the scenario to make clear that the full insertion of the Cuban government in the inter-American system is incompatible with the principles of the Inter-American Democratic Charte [3]r. This is because of: the repression in Cuba of those who exercise the rights of expression, assembly, association and demonstration, the existence of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, the constant harassment of the nascent entrepreneurial sector, the unwillingness to ratify the United Nations Covenants on Civil and Political Rights; and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, signed by the government but not ratified by the National Assembly of People's Power, the existence of a single party regime that does not allow the rotation of power, the refusal to consult the Cuban people about their future and the inability of citizens to choose between political alternatives, and the prohibition of multi-party representative democracy. None of the goals of this Summit, which as opposition and civil society we support, may be achieved while Cuba denies the human rights, understood in their entirety, of the Cuban people. "I am Cuba" is our motto of identity, with which most of our alternatives are committed to working together, in order to return Cuba as a free and sovereign nation to a hemispheric environment where democracy and institutional respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms prevail. [1] http://translatingcuba.com/forum-for-rights-and-freedoms-estado-de-sats-see-endnote/ [2] http://translatingcuba.com/activists-gather-around-four-points-of-consensus-14ymedio/ [3] http://www.oas.org/charter/docs/resolution1_en_p4.htm Continue reading
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It is the first time the ailing Castro appeared in public in more than a year. "Fidel is full of vitality," the Juventud Rebelde newspaper exclaimed. Castro, 88, has made infrequent appearances following Continue reading
Former longtime Cuban president Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in more than a year, official media reported. The Cubadebate website says Castro greeted a group of Venezuelans Continue reading
Cuba's state-run newspaper Granma has published four images of former president Fidel Castro greeting supporters through a bus window. The newspaper said Castro had met with a Venezualan delegation Continue reading
It is the first time the ailing Castro appeared in public in more than a year. "Fidel is full of vitality," the Juventud Rebelde newspaper exclaimed. Castro, 88, has made infrequent appearances following Continue reading
HAVANA — Former longtime Cuban president Fidel Castro has appeared … Venezuelans visiting the capital of Havana. Cubadebate on Friday published four … March of this year, official Cuban media published photographs of Castro … meetings with a Cuban student leader, with the Cuban agents who were … Continue reading
[caption id="attachment_39557" align="aligncenter" width="615"] [1] On 1 April 1980, the driver a city bus on its regular route full of Cubans decided to crash the bus through the fence of the Peruvian embassy in Havana, looking for asylum to leave the country. The embassy refused to expel them from the diplomatic cite and on April 4, Fidel Castro's government deiced to withdraw military guards from the site.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_39558" align="aligncenter" width="615"] [2] The Cuban government announced that those people could leave the country if they wanted, if they got a visa from a country to take them. A few hours later, thousands of Cubans invaded the Peruvian embassy.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_39559" align="aligncenter" width="615"] [3] It is estimated that 10,800 Cubans managed to enter the embassy site in just three days, and Peru offered refuge to 850 of them. Banner: "We don't want water or food, we want to leave."[/caption] [caption id="attachment_39562" align="aligncenter" width="615"] [4] Overcrowding caused diarrhea, dehydration and gastroenteritis among the refugees[/caption] [caption id="attachment_39561" align="aligncenter" width="615"] [5] One of the protagonists of those events, wrote in 2004 in the Puerto Rican weekly "El Veraz": "Making that decision wasn't easy if we consider that Fidel Castro's regime was experiencing its best economic and political time, and had the unconditional support of the Soviet Union. The repression of those times was very strong and even having long hair or listening to American music or gathering as a group on a corner could get you arrested."[/caption] [caption id="attachment_39563" align="aligncenter" width="615"] [6] In an editorial, the newspaper 'Granma' branded the refugees "criminals, lumpen, antisocial, bums and parasites" and said that none of them was a "political persecution nor in need of the sacrosanct right of asylum."[/caption] [caption id="attachment_39566" align="aligncenter" width="615"] [7] According to the editorial in the government newspaper, in the Peruvian embassy gardens there were many homosexuals, gamblers and drug addicts.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_39567" align="aligncenter" width="615"] [8] Granma asserted that the Cuban people, "Unanimously think let the bums go, let the antisocials go, let the lumpen go, let the criminals go, let the scum go." Poster: "Carter, take your 'Carteristas'"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_39569" align="aligncenter" width="615"] [9] Supporters of Fidel Castro's government marched with signs calling for the "scum" and "antisocials" to be thrown out of the Island.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_39570" align="aligncenter" width="615"] [10] Demonstrations in Miami supported the Cuban refugees in the Peruvian embassy in Havana[/caption] [caption id="attachment_39571" align="aligncenter" width="615"] [11] On April 8 the front page of the Spanish newspaper "El Pais" headlined the events in Havana: "Castro announces than anyone who wants to can leave Cuba."[/caption] [caption id="attachment_39573" align="aligncenter" width="615"] [12] In the following weeks, as a result of the events in the Peruvian Embassy, more than 125,000 Cubans left through the Port of Mariel, a figure much greater than the Camariocas exodus in 1965, when more then 30,000 Cubans left the island.[/caption] [1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/1-EFE_CYMIMA20150403_0012_12.jpg [2] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2-Penultimosdias_CYMIMA20150403_0016_12.jpg [3] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/3-Embajada-Peru_CYMIMA20150403_0006_12.jpg [4] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/4-EFE_CYMIMA20150403_0013_12.jpg [5] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/5-Embajada-Peru_CYMIMA20150403_0007_12.png [6] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/6-.png [7] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/7-embajada_CYMIMA20150403_0010_12.png [8] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/8-embajada_CYMIMA20150403_0011_12.png [9] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/9-Partidarios-Gobierno-Fidel-Castro-Isla_CYMIMA20150403_0014_12.jpg [10] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/10-Manifestacion-Miami-refugiados-embajada-Habana_CYMIMA20150403_0004_12.png [11] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/11-portada-diario-espanol-Pais-abril_CYMIMA20150403_0015_12.png [12] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/12-posteriores-mil-Mariel-Camariocas-ciudadanos_CYMIMA20150404_0001_12.jpg Continue reading
VoA - News Saturday 4th April, 2015 Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has made his first public appearance in over a year, according to official media. Four photographs published online show Continue reading
Havana: Cuba's former president and … a gallery opening for a Cuban artist. Granma said Castro … president Hugo Chavez, who provided Havana with a steady supply of … and brought in thousands of Cuban advisers. Venezuela is in the … Continue reading
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[caption id="attachment_39554" align="aligncenter" width="623"] [1] The website Airbnb offers private accommodation all over the world.[/caption] [2]14ymedio, Havana, 2 April 2015 – Starting this Thursday, foreign tourists will be able to rent private rooms in Cuba through the service Airbnb, which directly connects homeowners and travelers all over the world. Airbnb’s site [3] already offers more than 1,000 properties on the Island, mostly in Havana, although also in other localities such as Morón, Camagüey, Santa Clara and Cienfuegos. More than half of the rooms are in the capital, especially in neighborhoods such as Vedado and the Malecon. The prices for a room in a private apartment in Havana start at 23 dollars a day and go as high as $370 for an entire apartment that sleeps nine. Offerings in other cities are much more modest and the prices are below the average for Havana. In Pinar del Rio province, for example, it is possible to reserve a room in Viñales starting at $12 to a maximum of $52 for a more luxurious accommodation. However, there are several users offering a large number of rooms in different parts of the country. An intermediary calling himself Michael, for example, publishes 232 lodging ads in Varadero, Pinar del Rio, Cienfuegos and Soroa, among other places. Tourism, with revenues of some 2.5 billion dollars a year, is the third largest source of foreign exchange for Cuba, after the sale of medical services (Cuban doctors working abroad) and family remittances. As of the end of January the sector had grown by 16% this year compared to last, according to official data. In the first month of the year the Island received 371,160 foreign visitors, 51,097 more than last year. After the White House eased the rules for travel to Cuba in January, the number of travelers from the United States is expected to increase significantly, although they are still not allowed to travel as tourists. [1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/pagina-Airbnb-ofrece-alojamientos-particulares_CYMIMA20150402_0004_16.png [2] http://www.14ymedio.com/ [3] https://www.airbnb.com/s/Cuba?cdn_spdy=1&source=bb&ss_id=avf5beg1 Continue reading
By AFP More by WASHINGTON, Saturday President Barack Obama and Cuban counterpart Raul Castro will have an "interaction" when they attend next week's Summit of the Americas in Panama, a US official Continue reading
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Cubadebate/Estudios Revolucion/Reuters Former Cuban president Fidel Castro talks to a delegation of Venezuelans in Havana on March 30, 2015. The former Cuban president was "full of vitality," according Continue reading
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Former longtime Cuban president Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in more than a year, official media is reporting. The Cubadebate website says Castro greeted a group of Venezuelans Continue reading
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La próxima función del circo itinerante de la OEA será en Panamá. El gobierno de ese país ha hecho un gran esfuerzo por tener la fiesta en paz, pero no es seguro que lo consiga. La vicepresidente y canciller, Isabel Saint Malo, que ha montado la carpa, tiene experiencia y es una persona seria y competente, pero no puede hacer milagros.

El número clave será el abrazo entre Barack Obama y Raúl Castro. Poco antes, tal vez el lunes 6 de abril, se anunciará que los Estados Unidos y Cuba elevan sus relaciones diplomáticas a la categoría de embajadas. Se trata de un fenómeno simbólico más que real. Hasta ahora, y durante cuarenta años, han sido “oficinas de intereses”. Es cuestión de cambiar los letreros y desempolvar los trajes de etiqueta.[[QUOTE:Previo al encuentro, se divulgará una encuesta rigurosa realizada dentro de la Isla. Raúl preferiría que la ocultaran]]

Previo al encuentro, se divulgará una encuesta rigurosa realizada dentro de la Isla. Raúl preferiría que la ocultaran. El gobierno cubano y el sistema comunista salen muy malparados. Casi nadie los quiere. Obama, en cambio, y su esfuerzo por enterrar el hacha de la guerra, tienen el respaldo casi total de los cubanos. Las expectativas son tremendas. El pueblo desea y espera prosperidad y libertades.

Obama está decidido a “normalizar” las relaciones con la dictadura castrista. Cree que ése será su legado diplomático. Tal vez, supone, puede lograr algo positivo en Cuba tras tantos fracasos en el Oriente Medio o en Ucrania. Para lograrlo, vuelve a la tradición de mantener buenos vínculos con las tiranías, como hacía Estados Unidos con Trujillo, Somoza o Stroessner, sin renunciar al discurso de la libertad.

No obstante, ni siquiera es coherente esa expresión ambivalente de cinismo. Hace pocas fechas, Obama denunció a Venezuela como una amenaza para la seguridad norteamericana, algo que es cierto, pero, simultáneamente, trata de reconciliarse con Raúl Castro, el ventrílocuo de Nicolás Maduro y quien le elabora y suministra la papilla subversiva con que lo alimentan todas las mañanas. Es como castigar al chico travieso y premiar a la nana que lo induce al mal comportamiento.

Pero lo más grave es que Estados Unidos ha latinoamericanizado su política exterior. Improvisa, no se sabe muy bien qué pretende, y desconcierta a amigos y adversarios. Al paso que vamos, el mundo que Obama dejará en enero de 2017, cuando abandone la presidencia, será infinitamente más incierto y riesgoso que el que recibió en el 2009.

Washington, por primera vez desde el fin de la Segunda Guerra mundial, carece de un marco de referencia teórico que le permita trazar objetivos de corto, medio y largo plazo, y dictar medidas de gobierno para tratar de alcanzarlos. Da palos de ciego.

Se supone que la finalidad de la política exterior de las democracias es defender los ideales e intereses generales de la sociedad a la que se sirve, con el objetivo de lograr que prevalezca el tipo de gobierno y de organización económica libremente seleccionado por sus ciudadanos.

Ello implica identificar y mantener a raya a los enemigos, privilegiar a los amigos y juntarlos para armar la defensa común. A Estados Unidos, y a casi todo el mundo, le conviene que haya paz, que las personas sean libres, que el comercio sea intenso para que aumente la prosperidad colectiva, y que se respeten los Derechos Humanos.

¿Cuáles son los principales enemigos naturales de esos objetivos? Por supuesto, el terrorismo, la corrupción que pudre a los gobiernos, las mafias del crimen organizado, y las potencias que vulneran el orden internacional y tratan de enfrentar a los países latinoamericanos con los Estados Unidos y con Europa.[[QUOTE:Es evidente que los petrodólares chavistas, aunque Caracas se haya arruinado en el esfuerzo, han servido para instalar gobernantes ]]

Es obvio que los regímenes de países del llamado Socialismo del Siglo XXI, más el de Argentina, que les baila el agua, son los adversarios de los ideales republicanos, del mercado, y del sistema de libertades occidentales. Es evidente que los petrodólares chavistas, aunque Caracas se haya arruinado en el esfuerzo, han servido para instalar gobernantes que luego se pasean del brazo con los iraníes protectores de Hezbolá o con los rusos que intentan convertir al Caribe nuevamente en una plataforma militar antinorteamericana.

Si América Latina fuera tuviera la capacidad de formular una política exterior coherente y en consonancia con sus valores e intereses –cosa que nunca ha hecho--, en lugar de establecer relaciones peligrosas con Irán, o de invitar a la Rusia de Putin a jugar a las provocaciones en el vecindario americano, irresponsabilidad que sólo puede traerle desgracias al Hemisferio, estaría haciendo exactamente lo contrario.

No es así. En 1948 Truman impulsó la creación de la OEA para defender a las Américas del espasmo imperial de los soviéticos. En el 2014, es un organismo capturado por el chavismo a fuerza de petrodólares, dominado por los enemigos de la democracia y de la libertad económica, en el que mandan los cómplices de las narcoguerrillas de las FARC, aliados a los islamoterroristas que viajan por el mundo con pasaportes venezolanos impresos en Cuba (173 descubiertos hasta ahora).

Estados Unidos, que era la única fuerza capaz de crear una diplomacia coherente y enrolar en ella a América Latina, a fuerza de vacilaciones ha perdido el músculo de la iniciativa. No le interesa y no sabe qué hacer. Ése es el dato más evidente que trasciende de este triste circo que se inaugura en Panamá. Hay muchos más enanos y payasos que leones.

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El expresidente cubano visitó la escuela "Vilma Espín", inaugurada por él en 2013, y conversó con miembros de una delegación venezolana según destaca el periódico Juventud Rebelde Continue reading
Henry Reeve demostró que si sabía combatir y lo hizo con una generosidad a toda prueba, en bien de la libertad de los cubanos quienes lo recordarán siempre como “El Inglesito” Continue reading
… icon Fidel Castro. (Photo: AP) Havana: Cuba's former president and … a gallery opening for a Cuban artist. Granma said Castro … president Hugo Chavez, who provided Havana with a steady supply of … and brought in thousands of Cuban advisers. Venezuela is in the … Continue reading
The Cuban Academy of Sciences (ACC) has a new Corresponding Member, Doctor of Sciences Mark Rasenick, distinguished Professor of Physiology, Biophysics and Psychiatry at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Continue reading
President Barack Obama and Cuban counterpart Raul Castro will have … since the historic rapprochement between Havana and Washington.  “Clearly President Obama … summit, and he knew that Cuba had been invited to the … the opening of embassies in Havana and Washington before next week … Continue reading