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Yuriet Pedroso (Photo: Hablemos Press) As Cuban hunger striker Yuriet Pedroso's condition continues to worsen, the Castro dictatorship can't help but show disdain for his suffering and for his demand for justice. Pedroso, who started his protest on March 2,... Continue reading
El cardenal italiano Beniamino Stella señaló en La Habana que la próxima visita del Pontífice a Cuba impulsará el acercamiento con Estados Unidos, proceso en el cual el papa Francisco actuó como mediador. Continue reading


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14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, 25 April 2015 – Mexico and corruption are two words that always go hand in glove, or as the Columbians mischievously say, “grab each other’s peepees.” Corruption in Venezuela is greater, and that of Argentina is … Continue reading Continue reading

Pedro Campos

Diferentes informes y análisis de los resultados oficiales de las recientes elecciones para delegados  de circunscripción (antiguos concejales) a las Asambleas Municipales del Poder Popular evidencian que el oficialismo podría perder la primera vuelta en eventuales elecciones plenamente democráticas, pluripartidistas, donde fuera necesario tener el 50 % más uno de los votos válidos para salir electo presidente en la primera vuelta.

Los datos hablan por sí solos: el 20 % de los electores no fue a votar, votó en blanco o anuló la boleta. No concurrió a las urnas el 11,7 % de los empadronados. En cualquier país del mundo sería una muestra del respaldo popular al sistema político. Aquí no: representa todo lo contrario. Es la muestra clara de que no existe más  la “unanimidad” de la que siempre presumió y presupuso el modelo, es la evidencia de la creciente diversidad e inconformidad que no se quiere aceptar, muchos menos canalizar.

Simple: este es un sistema de partido único, con un modelo electoral diseñado y controlado para que todos vayan a votar y salgan electos los candidatos del Gobierno, donde no existe libertad de expresión para defender públicamente un programa diferente, donde no hay libertad de asociación para hacer otro partido político que patrocine otras posiciones, donde llevamos más de medio siglo con un solo periódico, una sola televisión y una sola radio, donde no hay Internet para la población y donde se nos ha querido acostumbrar a la idea de que todo el que discrepe del Gobierno-Partido-Estado y su fracasado “socialismo”, es contrarrevolucionario, mercenario, o agente del enemigo imperialista.

[[QUOTE:Por cada uno de los 1.715.000 cubanos que no fueron a votar, votaron en blanco o anularon la boleta, hay por lo menos otro cubano más que tampoco aprueba el sistema político]]

Por cada uno del millón setecientos quince mil cubanos que no fue a votar, votó en blanco o anuló la boleta, hay por lo menos otro cubano más que tampoco aprueba el sistema político, aunque  haya votado para no verse señalado. Pero ante un modelo democrático de Gobierno, con su correspondiente ley electoral, como en toda América Latina, con todas las garantías, muy probablemente no votaría por los candidatos del oficialismo.  

Serían, al menos, 3.430.000 los cubanos que votarían claramente por otros candidatos, en condiciones democráticas.

Si a los 8,5 millones de votantes, le agregáramos los 2 millones aproximadamente de cubanos que están fuera del país y participarían en elecciones democráticas, el padrón electoral alcanzaría los 10,5 millones. Pero estos dos millones tampoco votarían por el  oficialismo.

Sumados, no votarían por el oficialismo casi 5 millones y medio de los 10,5 millones. No alcanzaría la clara mayoría en la primera vuelta. Esos  casi 5,5 millones de electores votarían por otros partidos de centro, derecha o izquierda.

Pero, si en definitiva tuviéramos un sistema político plenamente democrático, con libertad de expresión, asociación y elección, donde fuera posible la amplia crítica de los disparates gubernamentales, la corrupción y  el nepotismo que caracterizan el modelo de “socialismo de Estado”, habría que ver si realmente votarían por el oficialismo esos 5 millones en la primera vuelta.

[[QUOTE:Si sumamos a los 2 millones de cubanos fuera del país, el oficialismo no contaría hoy en Cuba, en condiciones democráticas, con los votos suficientes para ganar en una primera vuelta.]]

Hay otros datos que no es posible precisar pero que también tributan a este análisis. En algunas circunscripciones de las que tuve noticias, algunos candidatos propuestos por los núcleos zonales del PCC no fueron los que salieron electos, lo que implica también una derrota del oficialismo.

Si alguien tiene dudas sobre este análisis, hagamos otra valoración hipotética a partir de los resultados de las votaciones que obtuvieron dos opositores, contra los que se hizo campaña a pesar de estar prohibido por la ley y a quienes  las comisiones electorales calificaran de contrarrevolucionarios  en las biografías publicadas. Por los mismos marcaron sus boletas en desafío abierto al sistema 233 y 189 electores, respectivamente, en los municipios capitalinos de Arroyo Naranjo y Plaza.

Suponiendo que se hubieran presentado en todas las circunscripciones candidatos no oficialistas y tomáramos como votación promedio la cifra de 200 votos a favor de los no oficialistas y la multiplicáramos por el numero de circunscripciones en el país, solo hipotéticamente y a sabiendas de que no todas las circunscripciones tendrían las mismas características, pues tendríamos un total de 2.517.000 electores (200 x 12.589) a favor de los candidatos de oposición.

Pero si todos esos supuestos candidatos hubieran podido hacer propaganda de su programa, si tuvieran una maquinaria política detrás, si los electores no hubieran tenido las presiones del Estado todo poseedor, no sería muy difícil imaginar que esa cifra sería ampliamente superada y alcanzaría, al menos, un millón más, pues serian –digamos– 3,5  millones aproximadamente.

Si a ese número se suman los 2 millones de cubanos fuera del país, que muy probablemente votaría en masa por candidatos no oficialistas en elecciones democráticas, pues entonces se llegaría a una cifra de 5,5 millones, como en el análisis anterior, lo cual parece confirmar que el oficialismo no contaría hoy en Cuba, en condiciones democráticas, con los votos suficientes para ganar en una primera vuelta.

[[QUOTE:Si el Gobierno no toma en cuenta estas realidades, la polarización de la sociedad podría acelerarse y desbordarse ante un coyuntura complicada]]

Y los resultados de una segunda vuelta serían impredecibles, pues dependerían de las alianzas y compromisos que se formen entre las fuerzas restantes o entre éstas y el oficialismo.

Si el Gobierno no toma en cuenta estas realidades, continúa con su paso de jicotea en las reformas y sus políticas económicas estadocéntricas, sus monopolios de comercio, sus trabas al cuentapropismo, al cooperativismo y demás formas de producción, sigue sin entender la necesidad de democratizar el sistema político y no se traducen en resultados concretos las esperanzas abiertas el 17 de diciembre pasado, la polarización política de la sociedad podría acelerarse y, de no encontrar cauces, desbordarse ante un coyuntura complicada.

Varios lo hemos advertido otras veces y tal parece que en el Partido-Gobierno subestiman, no se dan cuenta o no les interesan el descontento creciente y sus eventuales consecuencias.

Ojo: viene el verano, los pobres son más pobres, La Habana se sigue derrumbando, la energía no baja de precio, el salario real sigue en bajada, las esperanzas se van perdiendo, el miedo también, todos saben que los espectáculos represivos afectan la imagen y los planes gubernamentales de atraer inversiones, las brigadas de respuesta rápida podrían controlar protestas aisladas, pero si se generalizan…, no digo más.


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En La Habana subterránea nada detiene las carreras clandestinas Ni las autopistas sin iluminación y repletas de baches ni el control policial frenan las competencias ilegales en Cuba, al contrario, añaden dosis extra de adrenalina LA HABANA.- IVÁN GARCÍA Especial Con una parte de los 1.200 pesos convertibles que ganó en una carrera de autos […] Continue reading
Cardenal tiene ‘confianza’ en que el Papa impulse el deshielo entre EEUU y Cuba EFE 04/26/2015 1:13 PM 04/26/2015 1:28 PM LA HABANA El cardenal italiano Beniamino Stella, prefecto de la Congregación para el clero en la Santa Sede y colaborador cercano a Francisco I, destacó este domingo que la próxima visita del Pontífice a […] Continue reading
Cuba's removal from terrorism list may prove more symbolic than
business-friendly
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM
04/26/2015 11:12 AM 04/26/2015 11:12 AM

Regulations governing the United States' new commercial opening toward
Cuba were announced in January, but so far there have been few takers.

Most businesses are still kicking the tires when it comes to Cuba and
trekking to the island, often with lawyers in tow, to assess the
opportunities and risks. A trade delegation led by New York Gov. Andrew
Cuomo last week, however, reported progress had been made on deals in
the telecom and healthcare fields — two areas where U.S. businesses are
allowed to engage with the Cuban government under the new U.S. Cuba policy.

But even when Cuba is removed from the list of state sponsors of
terrorism, a designation that carries some financial sanctions, analysts
say they don't expect it will set off a business stampede either.

"I think people are reevaluating but they are waiting until the 45-day
waiting period is up before taking the next step," said Fernando
Capablanca, managing director of White Cap Consulting Group and
president of the Cuban Banking Study Group. "I think everyone wants to
pay it very safe — what's 45 days after 55 years?"

In December President Barack Obama announced a new policy of engaging
Cuba after more than half a century of trying to bring about change
through isolating the island, and on April 14, he informed Congress that
he intended to remove Cuba from the terrorism list, starting the clock
ticking on the waiting period.

With the Cuban-American delegation saying last week that it wouldn't be
mounting a challenge to the de-listing, Cuba is set to come off the list
in late May. The United States put Cuba on the list in 1982 at a time
when Havana was promoting armed revolution in Latin America and Africa.

Stephen F. Propst, a Washington attorney, said the de-listing will be an
important step in the U.S.-Cuba normalization process, but he expects it
will have limited immediate impact on economic activity between the
United States and the island.

However, he said, "It's a very important step to move forward on
diplomatic relations between the two countries." Keeping Cuba on the
list, Propst said, is a "label, largely a version of diplomatic
name-calling."

Still, Andy Fernandez, leader of Holland & Knight's Cuba Action Team,
said removing Cuba from the terrorism list removes a "barricade, a
roadblock" that has made U.S. companies hesitant to even engage in legal
business dealings with Cuba.

Under Obama's new Cuba policy, Americans can trade selected goods with
private Cuban entrepreneurs, supply private farmers in Cuba, sell
building supplies to private individuals and participate in Internet and
telecom projects that will improve the connectivity of the Cuban people.

But the impact of the de-listing will be muted because there's still a
thicket of sanctions imposed under the embargo, the Helms Burton Act and
other U.S. laws that remain in effect, including provisions that require
U.S. banks to block transactions with Cuba or Cuban nationals that
aren't in the permitted category.

New regulations allow a bank to reject such transactions. "That makes a
lot of difference if you're the person whose money is blocked and you
can't get it back," said lawyer Patricia Hernandez during a Cuba seminar
organized by the Florida International Bankers Association and the Cuban
Banking Study Group last week.

"The overall risk with Cuba will remain as long as the embargo is in
place," Andy Fernandez said.

Lifting the embargo "will be the new elephant in the room in future
talks," said Peter Schechter, director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin
American Center at the Atlantic Council.

The United States and Cuba are currently negotiating to renew diplomatic
ties and open embassies. So far there have been three rounds of talks.

"Cuomo's trip illustrates not only the eagerness but also the
frustration that U.S. governors feel — the 1996 Helms-Burton Act
handicaps their states' trade opportunities." he said.

The embargo, which was phased in gradually starting in 1960, was
codified through Helms-Burton and cannot be totally lifted without an
act of Congress.

Companies such as Netflix, IDT, which has begun offering direct
telephone service to Cuba rather than making the final connection
through a third party, and lodging company Airbnb, which is working with
private Cuban casas particulares or bed and breakfasts, have staked out
territory in Cuba. MasterCard and American Express also say they want to
allow U.S. customers to use their cards in Cuba.

But not one bank has announced its intention to support the cards —
meaning authorized American travelers still can't use plastic issued by
a U.S. bank to pay for their hotel and other expenses in Cuba.

However, MasterCard Vice Chairman Walt Macnee, who took part in the
Cuomo trip, told USA Today that he had two meetings with Cuba's central
bank to pave the way for use of U.S. cards in Cuba. "Now we're going to
work with each of the banks individually and make some progress there,"
he said.

But just because U.S. banks are now allowed to have correspondent
accounts in Cuban financial institutions to support authorized business
and to handle credit and debit transactions for authorized American
travelers doesn't mean they're required to do so, said Propst.

"Many banks are still hesitant," he said, because of uncertainty over
whether they'll be held responsible if an American traveler doesn't fall
within 12 categories of Cuba travel the United States allows or if the
traveler uses the card to pay for unauthorized transactions.

"It can't be someone who goes to Cuba to invest in vintage 1950s Chevys,
for example. That's not permitted," Fernandez said.

The Office of Foreign Assets Control has said the banks should rely on
the word of travelers that their trips are authorized "provided that
such persons do not know or have reason to know that a transaction is
not authorized."

That last phrase makes bankers nervous, said Fernandez, who has a number
of financial clients, because they are unclear how bank regulators and
auditors will interpret it.

Lawyers say there needs to be further clarifications from OFAC before
U.S. banks will feel comfortable handling Cuban debit and credit card
transactions. They anticipate further clarifications of the regulations
that came out in January.

"Banking with Cuba I think is still down the road," said Peter Quinter,
a Customs and trade attorney with GrayRobinson. "The physical and legal
infrastructure doesn't exist yet."

Financial institutions have been notoriously cautious about doing
business with the island because of fears they might run afoul of U.S.
sanctions against Cuba, and they have reason for pause. The United
States has aggressively pursued banks around the world that have had any
dealings with Cuba that use U.S. dollars and has imposed very hefty fines.

Some analysts say Cuba's removal from the list may encourage a bank to
begin handling the accounts of the Cuban Interests Section in
Washington, which processes fees for visas and passports, and Cuba's
U.N. diplomatic mission in New York. For more than a year after their
previous banker withdrew, the missions and their employees have been
operating on a cash basis.

The State Department has tried to help Cuba in its quest to find a new
banker and a senior administration official says that the banking
situation is close to being resolved. But so far there has been no
announcement and a spokesman for the Cuban Interests Section did not
respond to phone calls from the Miami Herald.

"I don't think it's as easy as has been portrayed," Hernandez said.
"What banks wants to take on the expense of monitoring all the
transactions that go through those accounts?"

Source: Cuba's removal from terrorism list may prove more symbolic than
business-friendly | Miami Herald Miami Herald -
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Obama bromea sobre emigración, Cuba y los Castro en cena con periodistas AGENCIAS | Washington | 26 Abr 2015 – 2:57 pm. ‘Los hermanos Castro están aquí esta noche. Bienvenidos a Estados Unidos, amigos’, exclamó ante los asistentes a la cena de corresponsales de la Casa Blanca. El presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, bromeó […] Continue reading
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La relación entre cubanos exiliados y cubanos isleños desde el triunfo de la Revolución que liderase Fidel Castro en 1959, ha enfrentado diversos momentos complejos en los que la violencia y repudio entre cubanos ha protagonizado gran parte de la vida en el sur del estado de Florida, la región estadounidense más poblada por expatriados de un país que alberga a más de dos millones de caribeños, según la oficina del Censo de los EEUU. Continue reading
Trashcan City / Fernando Damaso
Posted on April 25, 2015

Fernando Damaso, 21 April 2015 — Half a century ago Havana was a clean
city with an efficient system for trash collection and streets that were
swept every day. Not only did mechanized sweepers ply the main
boulevards and avenues, after midnight these thoroughfares were also
washed down with high-pressure water hoses. In addition to the steps
taken by the city government, owners of business and covered walkways
made sure the sidewalks adjoining their buildings were clean. As though
that were not enough, both public buses and commercial transport
vehicles had to be absolutely spotless, both inside and out, in order to
operate.

When new officials came to power, the system began to decline. In its
current state the city is one big trash can.

Citizens' demands and complaints are not being heard. The city and
district administrations provide banal excuses for their incompetence
and shoddy workmanship. The problem stems from, among other things, a
lack of resources, insufficient maintenance and repair, and unqualified
personnel. All indications are that it is impossible to find a solution
under the current system, which is marked by corruption, diversion of
funds and other illegalities.

Why not do away with these obsolete methods and turn the job over to
private or cooperative enterprises? Many cities have done this.
Businesses are now responsible for collecting, treating and recycling of
all types of waste, categorizing it from the moment it is discarded by
providing separate containers for plastic, glass, metal, cardboard and
organic products. This facilitates and humanizes the task, something the
authorities have not been able to achieve.

How long must we listen to the same old stories? The public demands more
than explanations; it wants solutions.

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The Summit of Obama and Castro / Ivan Garcia
Posted on April 25, 2015

Ivan Garcia, 15 April 2015 — There were two Summits of the Americas.
The one that will be remembered by history is the one of Raul Castro,
wide-eyed in the presence of Barack Obama, like a boy waiting to ask for
an autograph from a movie star leaving a hotel.

When the tale is told of the VII Summit (which took place in Panama on
April 10 and 11, 2015), historians will recall General Castro's
48-minute speech and his flattering remarks about the U.S. president.
And Obama's comments.

Cuba in 2015 will be remembered for what it is: a country of autocrats
where human rights are limited to the right to life, work, universal
health coverage and education.

The remaining rights are, according to the regime, fairy tales of
bourgeois democracy. Presidential elections? For what? There is no need
for multiple parties when one will do. Public demonstrations in the
streets and at universities are only for those who support the Castros.

Raul Castro is like a contortionist. He has put away the daggers of
Fidel Castro's strongman, absolutist government and has begun to open
the door slowly. But his feet remain planted on the other side of the
threshold.

Capital investments and loans are only for foreigners. In terms of
foreign policy, it appears to be a normal country. The era of providing
material support for Latin America's guerrillas is over, as are attempts
to create one, two or a hundred Vietnams.

These are now part of the military's book of memories. For the
slogan-loving, anarchist members of the Jurassic left, there are still
the speeches of Fidel Castro and the berets of Che Guevara.

The strategy in the backrooms of power is to negotiate with the enemy,
trading military uniforms for guayaberas and postponing the construction
of a communist utopia in order to build state capitalism with former
generals and colonels in charge.

It's a makeover. A modern dictatorship. It is still intolerant of those
with differing opinions, but now no blood is shed. Only a few fractured
skulls, punches and brief detentions for dissenters.

The yin and the yang. Obama is banking on a change of course. Nothing
will be lost if the objectives are not met. The problem is Cuba. The
White House, ever pragmatic, thinks it is better to negotiate with Raul.

This is nothing new. They have dealt with vile figures such as Somoza,
Pinochet and Duvalier. One more dictator in the bag is no big deal.
Democracy can wait.

It would be even better if a flood of dollars and gum-chewing gringos in
Havana managed to undermine the island's totalitarian regime. Obama's
change of strategy could be the key to keeping 21st century socialists
in line.

Some of this was evident at the summit in Panama. Maduro, Correa,
Morales and Ortega were relegated to the background. Cuba, the
ideological parent, tamped down the old Hugo Chavez rhetoric.

It is yet to be seen if Obama's new policy will achieve its objectives
or will fail, but it is undeniably a different direction. Meanwhile,
Raul Castro has his own plans.

When he looks at himself in the mirror, he sees the saviour of the
Revolution he inherited from his brother. He foresees a lavish military
parade in 2059, staged by his relatives and countrymen to celebrate the
100th anniversary of the Castro dynasty.

The master plan involves business deals, social control and a modern
foreign policy. At this point the island's ideologues are more inclined
to look towards the late founder of independent Singapore rather than to
Deng Xiao Ping.

They will retain their old methods, of course, like confiscating the
passports of their most steadfast opponents or dispatching a squadron of
karate experts disguised as members of "civil society" to spar with them.

Cuba blatantly exports its acts of repudiation. With the snap of a
finger, they summon fanatical anarchists, convinced that imperialists
and their lackeys are heavily involved.

On a mission ordered by their boss, special agents crash parallel forums
at the summit in which Cuban dissidents take part. This is one side of
the Castros.

The other side is the one that flatters Obama. It provides caviar for
technology gurus, hoping they will invest in Cuba, and tries to convince
U.S. lobbyists that the island is an attractive market for food exports.

Something of a circus-like atmosphere surrounded the summit. It got a
lot of media attention but produced very few results. With the economies
of Latin American countries entering recession, the roaring economy of
the United States attracted the interest of the region's heads of state.

The Cuba of the Castros is one of nostalgia and an outlet for the
anti-American sentiment. A country of pure symbolism, it has many
doctors and ideologues but their contributions do not impact the GDP.

Obama knows this. This is why he is gambling on a strategy to tame the
lion tamer.

Ivan Garcia

Source: The Summit of Obama and Castro / Ivan Garcia | Translating Cuba
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Cuba Increases Control over Its Doctors / Cubanet, Roberto Jesus Quinones Posted on April 25, 2015 The government is trying, among other measures, to curb hiring of its professionals by foreign clinics Cubanet, Roberto Jesus Quinones Haces, Guantanamo, 20 April 2015 — The exodus of Cuban health professional does not stop, and the Ministry of […] Continue reading
Carreteras del terror: cuatro muertos en accidente múltiple en Ciego de Avila Posted on 25 abril, 2015 Por Daniel Benítez Otro trágico accidente múltiple sucedió la noche de este viernes en la Carretera Central, la vía más peligrosa de Cuba, donde cuatro personas perdieron la vida tras chocar una rastra, un auto Hyundai y un […] Continue reading
La fuerza del Papa en Cuba ANDRÉS OPPENHEIMER AOPPENHEIMER@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 04/25/2015 8:00 AM 04/25/2015 9:49 PM Cuando el papa Francisco vaya a Cuba en septiembre, tendrá una influencia mayor a la habitual ante el gobierno cubano: ha sido un fuerte defensor del diálogo con el régimen cubano y un duro crítico del embargo comercial de Estados […] Continue reading
Historia de una parálisis: Cuba dialoga porque no le queda otra opción ALEXIS JARDINES ESPECIAL/EL NUEVO HERALD 04/25/2015 8:00 AM 04/25/2015 4:28 PM Un amigo, al sospechar que el presidente Obama estaría detrás de aquellos insólitos editoriales del New York Times y de la reciente encuesta de Bendixen (ahora que lo escribo, el condicionamiento estratégico […] Continue reading
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El Papa va a Cuba JUNTA EDITORIAL 04/25/2015 1:00 PM 04/25/2015 5:00 PM El Papa Francisco visitará Estados Unidos en septiembre, y hará primero una escala en Cuba. Será una gran oportunidad para el Pontífice con vistas a impulsar las negociaciones entre la isla y Estados Unidos. En la historia reciente, solo dos papas han […] Continue reading
Promotores del terrorismo JOSÉ ANTONIO ZARRALUQUI 04/25/2015 2:00 PM 04/25/2015 6:00 PM Y qué contenta que se puso la mafia terrorista que malgobierna en La Habana cuando supo que la sacarían del rol en el Departamento de Estado de regímenes que apoyan el terrorismo, una lista que se estableció en 1979 como referente internacional de […] Continue reading
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… in Havana on Sunday is the first Texas has sent to Cuba … all around. We understand the Cubans are more excited about doing … presidential campaigns looming and many Cuban-American voters in Florida, a key … tunnel is," Roberts said. Cubans consume about 160 pounds of … Continue reading
A seminar was held by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) on April 24th in Havana, Cuba to mark Vietnam's Southern liberation and national reunification anniversary (April 30th, Continue reading
Updated: Friday, April 24 2015 11:26 PM EDT2015-04-25 03:26:01 GMT LAUDERHILL, Fla. -- Police are searching for the shooter who, they said, injured a man during an argument at a busy McDonald's in Lauderhill Friday night, sending him to the hospital. … Continue reading
… game, however, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban delivered the message directly to … walked by the commissioner. When Cuban returned moments later, he complained … what we talked about!” Cuban shouted. … Cuban said the following week that … of verticality for defensive players. Cuban has long had a crusade … Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 15 April 2015 —  There were two Summits of the Americas. The one that will be remembered by history is the one of Raul Castro, wide-eyed in the presence of Barack Obama, like a boy waiting to ask … Continue reading Continue reading
… new exchanges between Washington and Havana. Indeed, Caribbean and Caricom states … bloc countries. Guillermo Vazquez Moreno, Cuban ambassador to Port of Spain … association, and of assembly mark Cuba’s differences from Caribbean neighbours … remain hostile toward normalisation with Havana, and who would uphold the … Continue reading
La cancilleria nipona ha dicho que el viaje se puso en marcha como respuesta al proceso para la restitución de relaciones diplomáticas bilaterales entre Washington y La Habana anunciado el pasado diciembre. Continue reading
“What new trap will the dictatorship lay for April 25, the date when Angel Santiesteban-Prats should be released on parole?” Justice continues to impose itself. In Cuba, behind the bars with which they have tried to imprison his body, without … Continue reading Continue reading
Scarred, half-blind and fingerless, William Morales has for 40 years obsessed Joe Connor. "I saw Morales' face back then in the papers, growing up. He was the face of evil to me. He was the man who I Continue reading
… in Havana on Sunday is the first Texas has sent to Cuba … all around. We understand the Cubans are more excited about doing … presidential campaigns looming and many Cuban-American voters in Florida, a key … tunnel is," Roberts said. Cubans consume about 160 pounds of … Continue reading
Fernando Damaso, 21 April 2015 — Half a century ago Havana was a clean city with an efficient system for trash collection and streets that were swept every day. Not only did mechanized sweepers ply the main boulevards and avenues, after … Continue reading Continue reading
OTTAWA: A Canadian court on Friday granted bail to former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, who was 15 when he was captured on an Afghan battlefield in 2002 and sent to the US jail in Cuba. The Canadian Continue reading