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Daily Archives: May 4, 2016

Dos campesinos consultados por Martí Noticias calificaron de “error“ la decisión del gobierno cubano de fijar límites a los precios de 23 productos agrícolas. Continue reading
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Tony Castro está iniciando una carrera como modelo, por lo que ya sus fotos han aparecido en las redes sociales 



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14ymedio, 4 May 2016 — In its Tuesday edition, the official Communist Party newspaper Granma commented on the arrival of the Carnival Lines cruise ship Adonia in Cuba, with the headline: “US Cruise ship arrives in Cuba without a single tourist on board.” The contrived phrase refers to the prohibition on Americans traveling to the … Continue reading "Ghost Ship Arrives In Havana / 14ymedio" Continue reading

Commander of U.S. Southern Command disclosed the April 21, first-ever site visit on Wednesday

During the ’90s, Cuban spies considered the Key West intelligence center a surveillance target

This time, Cuban security officials got a tour, briefing and stay in a Key West hotel

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Había rumores de que México comenzaría a deportar cubanos tras un anuncio del Ministerio del Exterior de la isla

Funcionarios de la cancillería mexicana se muestran sorprendidos

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Los migrantes ya se habían quedado sin alimentos cuando un avión de vigilancia de la agencia estadounidense de Inmigración y Aduanas (CBP) detectó la embarcación. Continue reading
Varios beisbolistas cubanos que se trasladaron a República Dominicana con la intención de jugar en Grandes Ligas fueron deportados a la isla al no poder pagar la suma exigida, indicó la prensa oficial. Continue reading
14ymedio, 4 May 2016 — The memorandum of understanding between the governments of Cuba and Mexico that governs migration between the two countries is now in force. The agreement allows, starting now, automatic deportations from Mexico to Cuba to “strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the fight against illegal migration, human trafficking and smuggling.” … Continue reading "Cuba-Mexico Agree on Return of ‘Illegal’ Migrants / 14ymedio" Continue reading

Un coronel y dos tenientes coroneles visitaron las instalaciones de una fuerza militar que combate el narcotráfico

La visita, a invitación del Comando Sur, se había mantenido en secreto hasta ahora

Cuba deberá tomar decisiones con respecto a aliados como Rusia, China e Irán, sugiere comandante del Comando Sur

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México continúa otorgándole “oficios de salida” a los migrantes cubanos que llegan al territorio mexicano provenientes de Centroamérica, según informó a 14ymedio un funcionario del Instituto Nacional de Migración en Tapachula, Chiapas. El martes, el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Cuba (Minrex) informó en un comunicado de la entrada en vigor de un memorando de entendimiento entre las dos naciones para “garantizar un flujo migratorio regular, ordenado y seguro”.

El documento al que hace referencia el Minrex forma parte de un grupo de convenios firmados por el presidente mexicano Enrique Peña Nieto, en la última visita de Raúl Castro con el propósito de relanzar las relaciones entre ambos países.

Tras la publicación de la nota oficial, las alarmas se dispararon entre los miles de migrantes cubanos dispersos por el continente que tienen a México como paso obligado para llegar a la frontera sur de Estados Unidos. Los medios de comunicación nunca tuvieron acceso al documento, firmado el pasado noviembre durante la visita oficial de Raúl Castro a Mérida, aunque en la nota de la cancillería cubana se precisa que su propósito es “potenciar la cooperación entre ambos países para la lucha contra la migración ilegal”.

Este diario se puso en contacto con la estación migratoria Siglo XXI en Chiapas y un funcionario que pidió no ser identificado aseguró que no tienen instrucciones para dejar de otorgar los oficios de salida a migrantes cubanos.

La Secretaría de Exteriores de México confirma que está al tanto de la entrada en vigor del acuerdo y que es una actualización del que estaba vigente. Sin embargo, funcionarios se mostraron sorprendidos con el anuncio del Minrex y dicen que estudiarán dar una respuesta pública.

Luis Enrique Pastrana es propietario de la posada “Plaza Enmanuel” en Tapachula, Chiapas. Desde hace algunos años se dedica a acoger decenas de migrantes cubanos que buscan llegar a la estación migratoria. Según ha declarado a 14ymedio “entre los cubanos hay mucho miedo de que quiten el oficio, pero hasta ahora todo se mantiene igual”.

Según Pastrana, el mismo martes, 21 cubanos que estaban hospedados en su hostal recibieron el documento, y este miércoles han llegado otros 11 clientes que se disponen a seguir la misma ruta.  [[QUOTE:Tras cruzar la frontera guatemalteca, los migrantes cubanos se forman ante las oficinas de Migración desde las seis de la mañana y en horas de la tarde reciben el documento que les autoriza a transitar por territorio mexicano]]

“Todos los días llegan muchos cubanos y sustituyen a los que se van, aunque desde que se ha regado el rumor de que no van a dar más salvoconductos, como lo llaman ellos, la gente tiene miedo”, dijo

Tras cruzar la frontera guatemalteca, los migrantes cubanos se forman ante las oficinas de Migración desde las seis de la mañana y en horas de la tarde reciben el documento que les autoriza a transitar por territorio mexicano, con la condición de que deben abandonarlo en 20 días.

Rosmery Valledor es una arquitecta cubana que se encontraba varada en Panamá. Desde 2012 vivía en Venezuela pero decidió emigrar por las dificultades que atravesaba allí. Según dice, “la situación en aquel país es insostenible”.

Valledor pasó más de un mes en territorio panameño hasta que consiguió continuar su ruta cruzando de manera clandestina todo Centroamérica.

Para ella lo más difícil del viaje fue “el terror al que son sometidos por los coyotes (guías). La joven afirma que se trata de una travesía para la que no hay solamente que tener dinero, sino que se necesita mucho valor”.

“Teníamos miedo de que una vez aquí no nos quisieran dar el salvoconducto, pero fuimos a Migración y quedaron en que mañana nos atenderían sin ningún problema”, agregó.

Según recoge el diario mexicano La Jornada citando al INM hasta fines de octubre del pasado año 7.455 cubanos se habían presentado ante alguna de las estaciones migratorias del país, un número inusitadamente alto desde que se tienen registros. De ellos 243 fueron devueltos a la Isla.

Contactado por teléfono, un funcionario de la embajada de Cuba en México dijo no saber nada del asunto y remitió al jefe de prensa, que no contestó las llamadas.

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Asistentes a la XXXVI Feria Internacional de Turismo de La Habana (FitCuba) recorren hoy, miércoles 4 de mayo de 2016, diferentes zonas de exposiciones dedicadas al sector de turismo en La Habana (Cuba). … Click to Continue » Continue reading
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14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Havana, 28 April 2016 — Kids play in the living room with pieces of legos, wooden toys and some soft toys. The place is bright and two specialized assistants keep each infant under their watchful eyes. Behind the door, the license of the self-employed owner hangs in a frame. Due to … Continue reading "Private Kindergartens Are Growing In Numbers / 14ymedio Yosmany Mayeta Labrada" Continue reading

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Sin utilizar la frase "precios topados", el Gobierno cubano ha impuesto importes máximos para varios productos a la venta en mercados agrícolas estatales y en otros gestionados por cooperativas. Un día después de entrar en vigor las nuevas regulaciones, poco había cambiado en las tarimas o sobre los platos de los consumidores. Las opiniones, eso sí, abarcan desde la alegría hasta la preocupación.

Un foro de preguntas y respuestas con funcionarios del Ministerio de Finanzas y precios, organizado por el diario oficial Granma, dejó entrever los diferentes criterios frente al tema. Carlos, uno de los comentaristas, se muestra escéptico ante la continuidad de los precios decretados este martes. Algo que en su opinión "se ha realizado en ocasiones anteriores (...) y luego todo vuelve a estar como antes". Por lo que se pregunta: "¿Cómo se garantizará la presencia de estos productos y se evitará el acaparamiento por personas de mayores ingresos?"

La parte oficial aclaró en el foro que también se tomarán "medidas adicionales para controlar los desvíos de productos hacia destinos no previstos". En sus respuestas a los internautas, el Ministerio asegura que los precios topados se irán extendiendo "progresivamente" a "otras formas de comercialización", una posibilidad que mantiene en vilo a los comerciantes privados, los intermediarios y los productores no estatales.

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El ministro de Turismo de Cuba asegura que un total de 390.000 cubanoestadounidenses viajaron a Cuba el año pasado y en los primeros cuatro meses de 2016 lo hicieron 116.000. Continue reading
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Un crecimiento récord de 93% con respecto al mismo periodo del año pasado

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Más de 3,500 cubanos han buscado llegar en balsas a las costas estadounidenses en lo que va del año fiscal

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(EFE).- Más de 94.000 estadounidenses han visitado Cuba en los cuatro primeros meses del año, lo que representa un incremento del 93% respecto al mismo periodo de 2015, anunció este miércoles el ministro de Turismo de Cuba, Manuel Marrero, en la Feria Internacional de Turismo de La Habana (FITCuba).

Marrero recordó en la apertura del evento que en todo 2015 visitaron la isla 161.233 estadounidenses, un 76% más que un año antes, animados por la flexibilización de los viajes a Cuba, aunque precisó que se trata del "único país del mundo" para el que los ciudadanos de Estados Unidos no pueden contratar paquetes turísticos.

También aumenta la cifra de cubanoamericanos que viajan a Cuba, un total de 390.000 el año pasado y 116.000 en los primeros cuatro meses de 2016.

El ministro del ramo admitió que las últimas medidas del Gobierno de Estados Unidos para aliviar el embargo y flexibilizar los viajes, que permitieron las visitas individuales, junto con el previsible inicio de los vuelos regulares el próximo otoño, "contribuirá a un incremento mayor de los viajes de estadounidenses a Cuba".

El ministro explicó que Cuba está trabajando para acondicionar su terminal de cruceros a la llegada de estos nuevos buques, además de haber iniciado ya las inversiones para ampliar las terminales de vuelos del aeropuerto de La Habana, ante el aumento de vuelos internacionales que se ha producido en el último año, que se intensificará con el inicio de los vuelos regulares con Estados Unidos.

La presión del boom del turismo en Cuba, que el año pasado sobrepasó el umbral de los 3,5 millones de visitantes, supone una fuerte presión para la endeble infraestructura hotelera de la Isla, que ya está trabajando en la restauración y construcción de nuevas plazas hoteleras.

En la capital cubana se están reconstruyendo viejos edificios del casto histórico de la ciudad para convertirlos en lujosos hoteles, como La Manzana de Gómez, gestionado por la cadena suiza Kempinski; el hotel Packard, de la española Iberostar, o Prado y Malecón, que operará la francesa Accor, grupo que planifica construir en la isla 22 nuevas instalaciones con 7.000 habitaciones para 2030.

Marrero participó en la inauguración hoy de la XXXVI Feria Internacional de Turismo de La Habana, edición en la que participan unos 200 representantes de empresas estadounidenses y delegaciones de 53 países, entre las que destacan 17 ministros de Turismo.

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La Habana, Cuba, Redacción, (PD) El 3 de mayo es el Día Internacional de la Libertad de Prensa, no queremos dejar pasar la ocasión para denunciar al régimen militar totalitario castrista que desde el infausto 1ro de enero de 1959 cercenó el disfrute de derechos y libertades en Cuba. Porque […] Continue reading
  RELACIONES EXTERIORES

Antes del memorando, el Gobierno mexicano ofrecía cobertura legal a una parte importante de los cubanos irregulares detenidos en su territorio



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Parlamentarios españoles de diferentes partidos —PP, Ciudadanos y Democràcia i Llibertat— han presentado una iniciativa en el Consejo de Europa pidiendo que se pronuncie sobre la situación de los derechos humanos en la Isla, y en particular sobre los derechos laborales de los cubanos.

Así consta en una moción registrada por el popular Teófilo de Luis, y que ha sido suscrita por más de una veintena de miembros de la Asamblea Parlamentaria del Consejo de Europa, informa Europa Press.

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El corazón de la capital cubana fue "privatizado" brevemente por la casa de moda Chanel para su desfile

Celebridades y amantes de la moda se congregaron bajo la protección del Estado cubano

Mientras tanto los cubanos comunes vieron el show atrás de líneas policiacas y a la distancia

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Cerca de 500 millones de personas en el continente americano corren el riesgo de contagiarse del virus del Zika, que puede causar microcefalia en los fetos de las embarazadas que presentan la enfermedad, además de otros trastornos, ha indicado este miércoles la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) "Es importante señalar que todos los países que han reportado y detectado brotes del virus del dengue y de chikungunya durante los últimos 15 años están considerados en riesgo de tener brotes de zika", ha comunicado en una conferencia de prensa en Washington el gerente de incidentes de virus del Zika de la OPS, Sylvain Aldighieri. Continue reading

Casa de América de Madrid presenta la segunda sesión del ciclo "Cartografía de la memoria" con la proyección de la película Suite Habana, de Fernando Pérez, y una posterior conversación entre la escritora Wendy Guerra y el director de arte y escenógrafo Derubín Jácome.

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Más de 94,000 estadounidenses han visitado Cuba en los cuatro primeros meses del año

Representa un incremento del 93 % respecto al mismo periodo de 2015

También aumenta la cifra de cubano-estadounidenses que viajan a Cuba, un total de 390,000 el año pasado

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Excursion to Havana’s famed nightclub required additional fee

Fathom passengers paid $199

Despite high price, table service extremely slow

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El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores comunicó que desde el 1 de mayo está en vigor el Memorando de Entendimiento que los gobiernos de Cuba y México firmaron a finales del año pasado, por el cual se agilizan las deportaciones de ciudadanos en situación irregular detenidos en territorio mexicano.

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El presidente tico, Luis Guillermo Solís, ha asignado a su canciller presentar ante la OEA la situación de miles de migrantes varados en Panamá. La solución se dilata en la medida que países como Guatemala y México no aceptan servir de corredor aéreo. Continue reading
El Registro de Direcciones de Internet para América Latina y el Caribe tiene su edición 25 en La Habana Continue reading
La cancillería cubana anuncia que el memorando busca garantizar un flujo migratorio legal, ordenado y seguro entre ambas partes. Continue reading
La autora Wendy Guerra ha escrito su novela más combativa sobre la realidad cubana en la historia 'Domingo de revolución' (Anagrama), la que más miedo le ha dado escribir, aunque ha considerado: "En lo único que no mienten los periódicos cubanos es en la fecha, y los escritores estamos llamados a combatir esto". Continue reading
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Los próximos días mostrarán si vuelve la calma tras la información del Banco Central de Cuba o si por el contrario permanece la desconfianza. De todas maneras, la incertidumbre es enemiga de cualquier avance de la economía



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The arrival of the first cruise ship from the United States brought Havana residents out, aware that they were witnessing a historic moment.

"After 50-odd years, we finally realize that the people are not to blame," said a young man. "Even the dogs came out to greet the Americans," he says, referring to various people walking their pets along the Avenida del Puerto, who stopped to witness the event.

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Nobody Is Welcome At The Hotel New York / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 2 May 2016 – The roots of a bush have
grown up between the stairs and weeds hang over the marquee. The Hotel
New York, a few yards from the Capitol Building in Havana, is the very
picture of abandonment. For more than a decade its doors have been
closed to the public and since then no strains of orchestra music are
heard, no sounds of glasses clinking in the bar, no smooth sliding of
suitcase wheels across a polished floor. The "Big Apple" in the heart of
the capital city is rotten.

Until a few years ago, brass letters told passersby on Dragones Street,
between Amistad and Aguila, that the air-conditioned accommodations had
been built in 1919. The building was originally the property of Jose H.
Martines, a rich rancher who spared no expense in its design, while the
project was carried out by the firm Tella y Cuento, Architects and
Engineers. The building was leased to Jose A. Morgado to manage as a hotel.

That story can barely be glimpsed in the ruins that remain, although
some of the lost glamor remains in the memories of the hotel's oldest
neighbors. Eduardo, a retiree who proudly shows his ID identifying him
as a "combatant," has lived in the area since 1959. He tells how, when
they closed the hotel at the end of the last century, "there were many
who took away the bathroom fixtures and even the tiles."

According to the old man, it was for that reason that the authorities in
the area "bricked up all the entrances with cement and blocks." But the
incursions have continued and now, "it has been converted into a public
restroom." Barely a single Venetian blind remains, the metal railings
around the interior balconies have been torn off, and not a single piece
of glass that used to crown the doors is left.


There is a rumor in the neighborhood that the City of Havana Historian,
Eusebio Leal, rejected several offers from European companies to repair
the Hotel New York. (14ymedio)
To the left of the building, where before there was a recreational area
for guests, there is now one of those cafes where the underworld reigns.
Some tourists approach attracted by the music and end up as "prey" for
the agile denizens who populate the place. The offers can range from an
out-of-tune bolero, to a round of beers paid for by the naïve visitor,
to the most sophisticated sexual acrobats.

From that hovel one can see almost 100 rooms that sheltered the guests
staying there, arranged around two parallel courtyards. The press of the
era reported on the luxurious furnishings and an elegant ground floor
restaurant, in the style of the grand American hotels.

At the entrance, embedded in the granite floor that has resisted the
neglect, you can barely make out the initials of New York. On some of
the stairs of the stately entrance the complete name remains, standing
out amid the grime.

Across the street a modest café sells juices and snacks. The employee
says the building "is about to fall down and it could kill someone." She
remembers when it closed "several men came in trucks and took away
everything of value inside." Later, it waited to be restored by the
Office of the Historian of the City, but it was delayed so long that
"there's no longer anything to save," opines the lady.

There is a rumor in the neighborhood that the City Historian, Eusebio
Leal, rejected several offers from European companies to repair the
Hotel New York. However, despite several calls to his office, it was not
possible to confirm this information. "No one was willing to pay the
amount he was asking for," says Eduardo, an elderly combatant whose
wrinkled face resembles the cracks in the wall in the hotel. "They
wanted so much that no one was interested," he says.

The façade, which is still impressive despite the deterioration, has
four rows of windows and independent balconies. Five large Corinthian
pilasters give the exterior wall a touch of grandeur, and a ledge on the
4th story was built when the building was expanded. The whole place
seems like a little scale model of its gigantic cousins in Manhattan.

Gone is the time when you had to book in advance to spend a night in the
Hotel New York. Today, only the rats fight over the space with the
tramps, who have managed to introduce several holes in order to spend
the nights in its dark interior.

At all the "Accountability Meetings" held in the area – a routine of
taking stock of the achievements of the Revolution – residents argue
that the building has become a focus of disease and a danger to health.
Nothing that makes the People's Power delegate flinch in an area filled
with buildings on the point of collapse.

Scattered around the city, objects that were part of the Hotel New York
adorn the room of an apartment, are resold in the informal market or end
up in the trash. An old custodian of the place keeps a screen and an
antique grandfather clock that he claims he saved from the looting. "One
day when they reopen the hotel, I will return them," he says with a sly
smile, but nobody believes that music will once again echo within those
walls.

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Cubans Cheer the First Cruise Ship From Miami / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta
Labrada

14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Havana, 2 May 2016 — The clock struck
nine as the cruise ship Adonia entered the bay of Havana. Dozens of
people enthusiastically welcomed the first pleasure boat to come to the
island from Miami in the last 50 years. The government did not need to
issue an official call for citizens to gather there, Cubans showed up
spontaneously to welcome the boat.

Traveling on the ship was Univision journalist Tony Dandrades, and the
crowd welcomed him with cheers. They shouted out his name and called out
in chorus "we love you." The greeting was a show of admiration for his
work which comes to Cuba by way of "the antenna" (satellite dishes) and
"the weekly packet." Dandrades shared a few minutes with the public and
said he was "very happy" to be here. He then assumed his role as a
journalist and said, "Now I'm going to interview you," and gathered
impressions of the day from those present.

Ana, a CubanAmerican who had been in the US for 48 years without
visiting the island, told 14ymedio she was "very emotional." With tears
in her eyes she repeated, "I am Cuban," and was received by dozens of
Cubans to whom she said, "I am optimistic about the future of Cuba and
its people."

Mily Gonzalez Martinez said she left Cuba when she was four. Born in
Ciego de Avila, she has been living in the United States for 46 years.
Also in tears, she said: "I am very excited, very happy and glad to be
here in Cuba." And then she said: "Although I live in Miami, I grew up
Cuban, my mother would not let us speak English at home." On the changes
that have recently taken place between the two countries, she said: "We
have a lot of hope that these changes are good for the future and that
this means they are beginning to open more doors for the people of Cuba."

The United States firm Carnival carried about 700 people on the cruise,
including some dozen CubanAmericans. This is an unprecedented event. In
1999, the government decreed a ban on Cubans entering or leaving the
national territory by sea, with the aim of avoiding and preventing
"terrorist actions" of which "Cuba has been a victim on numerous
occasions since the triumph of the Revolution in 1959."

The arrival of the cruise ship on the island has been marked by
controversy. Members of the Cuban exile community in Miami filed a
lawsuit for discrimination against the cruise company Carnival, the
world's largest, when it announced that on its new route to Cuba tickets
would not be sold to Cuban Americans.

The protests against the giant of recreational ocean travel led it to
reverse its decision, and on April 18 it was announced that there would
be no distinctions, all passengers would be welcome regardless of
national origin. The Cuban government also relented and allowed Cuban
Americans to arrive by sea to the island.

Travelers on the Adonia requested visas for cultural, sporting,
religious or academic purposes, given the existing restrictions in the
United States on tourist trips to the island. The cruise will also visit
the Bay of Cienfuegos, on the southern coast of the country, and
Santiago de Cuba in the east of the island.

The spontaneous welcome of the cruise passengers this Monday occurs 24
hours after the May Day parade of "confirmation and commitment" to the
Revolution, held in Havana's Plaza of the Revolution.

On the newly opened floating dock at Paseo de Paula, there were
handshakes and tears of emotions. It is an event that marks a before and
after in the long separation of the Cuban family.

An individual with an American flag was removed from the crowd by a
group of people who appeared to be members of State Security, according
to what this newspaper was able to verify

People also swarmed around the area from the Muelle de Caballeria to the
San Jose warehouses, where there is currently a huge artisan and
souvenir market. From there, many shouted with joy, captured the
historic image on their digital cameras and cellphones, and waved Cuban
and American flags.


The cruise ship 'Adonia' entering the port of Havana. (14ymedio)
The ship was escorted by several boats with 590 people on board, of
which about half were representatives of media, according to the
newspaper El País.

Passengers aboard the cruise ship disembarked after noon, facilitated by
a worker from Cuban Customs. The employee said that the "Cubans and crew
members" would be subjected to "rigorous control" to verify their visas.

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Jose Antonio Torres: "Only International Pressure Will Get Me Out Of
Jail" / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

For background on this interview read: The Spy Who Never Wanted to Be One

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 3 May 2016 — Last week the United States
Department of State chose Cuban journalist Jose Antonio Torres to lead
off the campaign for International Press Freedom Day, this May 3rd. The
initiative denounces the crimes and abuse against information workers in
several countries. The reporter was sentenced in 2011 to 14 years in
prison for the crime of espionage, and this week spoke from prison by
phone with 14ymedio.

Yoani Sanchez: Did you know that your name was included on the list of
journalists who have suffered an attack on freedom of the press?

Jose Antonio Torres: I did not know, but I know now. I want to thank
those who have made this effort to help me here in prison, where I have
spent five years and two months. The inclusion of my name in this
campaign is proof that the Cuban press, especially the critical press
[i.e. non-Party], is doing everything possible about the injustices, to
resolve them and to resolve them immediately I am very grateful, as a
journalist and as a human being, because what has happened to me and my
family is inhumane.

YS. Does a gesture of this nature from the US government benefit you or
complicate your situation?

JAT. I can't be any more complicated that I already am. Being a
journalist with the leading newspaper in the country, with work
considered excellent and even being congratulated by Raul Castro
himself, what happened to me makes no sense. Having a contrary opinion
in this country is, at times, very difficult, but there has to be space
for all opinions. In Cuba we have to resolve our differences.

YS. Have you experienced difficult moments in prison?

JAT. I never should have been in prison with people who have nothing to
do with my conduct, with kleptomaniacs, traffickers, assasins and
murderers. I should never be with those people, because I have not
committed any crime.

YS. What prison are you in at the moment?

JAT. I'm in the so – called "trusted program" in Santiago de Cuba,
which is on the road to Mar Verde. It is called Mar Verde Trusted
Work-Study Center Work – Study Center.

YS. What is your prison regimen today?

JAT. It is a regimen of low severity and I stay here for two months,
between 45 and 60 days, then I have a pass for 72 hours to spend at
home. I have been held under these conditions since April of last year,
when Barack Obama and Raul Castro spoke at the Summit of the Americas
[in Panama].

YS. Do you harbor hopes for a reduction in the sentence?

JAT. A reduction in the sentence is very difficult, I do not think they
will do it. Only international pressure will bring me out of jail. It is
precisely the press, my colleagues, who so far have been silent, those
who could do it, those who hold the key against intolerance.

YS. Are you still maintaining your innocence?

JAT. Absolutely. Here they have said many times that there are no
political prisoners. But if there are no political prisoners in Cuba,
what am I doing as a prisoner here?

YS. Have you kept doing journalism?

JAT. I have a long article titled The Weight Of Hope that I would like
to send to the American press. Also other texts from prison on various
topics such as the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba,
from the perspective of a journalist who is captive.

YS. Do you still consider yourself a man faithful to the Cuban government?

JAT. I consider myself loyal to my country. Cubans have been talking in
Miami, Washington, Madrid and France because they do not let us discuss
the issues we have to discuss in Santiago, Santa Clara, Camagüey and
Havana. To the Government I have nothing to say, there is a phrase:
decent people can not accept a government that ignores them.

YS. What journalistic media would you like to work in in the future?

JAT. (laughs) Maybe 14ymedio would be a good space. Anyway I have an
additional sanction that says I can not practice journalism… at least in
the official press. I would like to work as a correspondent for a
foreign press, I have no other choice. To publish in The New York Times,
El Nuevo Herald or Spain's El País, that is among my aspirations.

YS. Do you plan to leave Cuba once they release you?

JAT. Where we have to live our life is here in Cuba. I have a lot of
pressure on me, but I will do everything possible because it is right
here in Cuba where one can put up a fight.

Source: Jose Antonio Torres: "Only International Pressure Will Get Me
Out Of Jail" / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez – Translating Cuba -
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Rights Commission Counts 1,380 Political Arrests in Cuba in April / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 3 May 2016 – A report released on Tuesday by the Cuban
National Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation
(CCDHRN) announced that during the April there were "at least 1,380
arbitrary arrests for political reasons" in Cuba. A situation that
"confirms the ultra repressive policy adopted at the highest level of
the government of the island," says the document.

The independent entity questioned the attitude of the authorities which
is "aimed at trying to silence dissenting voices and any form of
peaceful public demonstrations of discontent." In the introduction to
the report an estimate for politically motivated arrests during the
first four months of the year is provided: "At least 5.351."

The CCDHRN comments on "the inability to quality the acts of repression
and the climate of intimidation against all society, a victim, also, of
massive campaigns of disinformation and diversionary propaganda." A
situation that keeps the Cuban people "in a state of complete
defenselessness and hopelessness" it says.

On 25 April, the CCDHRN published its most recent partial list of
prisoners currently incarcerated for political reasons, which included
the names of 82 Cubans imprisoned for so-called "crimes against the
state." However, in the report released Tuesday, it is reported that a
few days later that figure "had increased with four other women,"
members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) found in "provisional
detention."

The four activists added to the list are Xiomara de las Mercedes Cruz
Miranda, Yunet Cairo Reigada, Yaquelin Heredia Morales and Marieta
Martínez Aguilera.

Two of them "are also members of the harshly repressed Ladies in White
movement," says the text.

The CCDHRN submitted a request for opposition detainees to receive an
"international recognition as prisoners of conscience." A request that
will extend also to "at least 20 peaceful political prisoners."

The Commission, chaired by dissident Elizardo Sanchez, will continue
demanding the "release, for purely humanitarian reasons, of 22 other
prisoners classified as counterrevolutionary who have been in the Castro
regime's prisons for between 24 and 13 years." The text details that
these prisoners are being held "under inhuman and degrading conditions."

Source: Rights Commission Counts 1,380 Political Arrests in Cuba in
April / 14ymedio – Translating Cuba -
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