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14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Havana, 8 May 2016 — The only certainty in Cuba in political terms is that the government accumulates a lot of power but lacks leadership. The kind of leadership required when a country faces an economic challenge, or a cultural, sociological, information, knowledge and generational one, plus the obvious dangers of any new … Continue reading "57 Years Later: Towards a New Contract for Cuba (Pt. 2) / 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua" Continue reading
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Once compañías del Gobierno cubano aparecen en Los Papeles de Panamá

En cuanto a nombres de personas jurídicas vinculadas a Cuba, la base de datos recupera 19 referencias

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Celebrations commemorating the 100th-anniversary of the declaration of Our Lady of Charity as Cuba’s patron saint will be held simultaneously on the island and in Miami, home to the exile community. Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski will receive the statue of Cachita, which was kissed by Pope Francis during his visit to the island last year.

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  50 AÑOS DESPUÉS

A las 100 pequeñas imágenes en blanco y negro que se publicaron entonces, se añaden 200 nuevas fotografías, muchas de ellas impresas a doble página, que han salido de los archivos fotográficos de Lee Lockwood



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El presidente de Panamá anunció el cierre de la frontera con Colombia a migrantes cubanos

Al menos 20 de estos fueron expulsados de Puerto Obaldía cuando intentaron acogerse al convenio logrado con México

Parten los primeros vuelos con destino a la frontera entre México y EEUU

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"Nos toca cerrar la frontera a este flujo irregular", dijo el presidente Juan Carlos Varela en un acto en el que puso en marcha una operación de seguridad para enfrentar el tráfico de drogas. Continue reading
… modern Hollywood blockbuster ever has: Cuba. With the embargo lifted and … likely never set foot on Cuban soil. Cuba isn't the … at our own visit to Cuba last year below. Related Video … Continue reading
En la segunda entrega de documentos aparecen varias empresas mixtas cubanas y personas jurídicas de la isla vinculadas a la masiva filtración de documentos de la firma panameña Mossack Fonseca. Continue reading
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 El acuerdo implica que los clientes de T-Mobile podrán realizar y recibir llamadas en la red de Etecsa con sus propios teléfonos móviles; a través del "roaming" o servicio de itinerancia directo



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Una imagen de 'Cachita' había sido entregada al papa Francisco por una familia católica cubana Continue reading
América Latina debe impulsar reformas tecnológicas basadas en innovación y mayor productividad para mejorar su relación comercial con China, así se ha manifestado en la presentación del informe Perspectivas económicas de América Latina 2016, presentado este lunes en Casa América. Continue reading
Los clientes de T-Mobile podrán utilizar los teléfonos móviles en Cuba a partir de este verano. Continue reading
Colombia's Navy stops a boat full of migrants in the Gulf of Uraba. The stretch of water that links Colombia and Panama is a hot-spot for undocumented travelers, particularly Cubans, heading to the United States. Authorities say smugglers sometimes abandon migrants in the jungles of the Darien and others drowned as they're transported without life jackets or other safety measures. … Click to Continue » Continue reading

El primer vuelo partió en la madrugada desde el aeropuerto Tocumen, en la capital panameña

Tras una escala en Guatemala, siguió presuntamente rumbo a Ciudad Juárez, México

En la aeronave viajan 119 cubanos que estaban varados en Panamá

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Durante días los cubanos han permanecido en sus camas sin probar bocado. Los oficiales a cargo les han hecho firmar documentos que les liberen de responsabilidad. Continue reading
Migrantes cubanos reanudan su viaje a EEUU desde Panamá Vía México, el traslado comenzó hoy en la madrugada lunes, mayo 9, 2016 | Agencias PANAMÁ.- Unos 300 cubanos, de más de 3.500 varados en Panamá, reanudaron hoy su viaje a Estados Unidos mediante vuelos a Ciudad Juárez (México), informó hoy a Acan-Efe una fuente oficial. […] Continue reading
Postal de una Habana ficticia Por estos días la capital cubana ha cubierto su costra de decadencia con un engañoso traje de glamur prestado lunes, mayo 9, 2016 | Miriam Celaya LA HABANA, Cuba.- Escenario de filmaciones para un filme hollywoodense de una popular saga de acción, pasarela para un desfile de modas de la […] Continue reading
Lo que los pasajeros de Carnival no vieron en Cuba Los migrantes con quienes se cruzaron en el Estrecho de la Florida Mucho recibimiento para los americanos, pero la apertura no es para todos El hombre a quien arrestaron por recibir al Adonia con una bandera estadounidense sobre los hombros FABIOLA SANTIAGO Se cruzaron en […] Continue reading
Relaciones Cuba-Corea del Sur, ¿una traición para Pyongyang? Martinoticias.com Cuba firma cooperación con Seúl, mientras que representantes del Norte ven como traición el deshielo de La Habana con Washington. Las Cámaras de Comercio de Cuba y Corea del Sur, dos países que no tienen relaciones diplomáticas, firmaron el lunes un acuerdo de cooperación que podría […] Continue reading
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El régimen de Cuba es el único en todo el hemisferio occidental que ha encerrado a los homosexuales en campos de trabajos forzados, las tristemente célebres Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción, UMAP. Continue reading

Una famosa entrevista en 1965 del fotorreportero estadounidense Lee Lockwood es reeditada

Fidel Castro estaba en su apogeo a seis años del triunfo de la revolución cubana

El líder da declaraciones que se convertirían en completas contraducciones

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Javert pursues les miserables in Havana
VICENTE MORÍN AGUADO | La Habana | 9 Mayo 2016 - 8:48 am.

Tuesday, May 3 was a hectic day in Havana. At midday, while the
preparations were being completed for Chanel's fashion show, a fire
engine rolled down Carlos III Avenue towards the corner of Belascoaín to
put out the burning premises of a Yumurí store.

That night, when the luxurious French firm presented its show, dozens of
unauthorized street vendors scrambled from the police, who had come to
seize their meager goods.

The fire at Yumurí turned out to be small. However, a large group of
experts and officials from the Ministry of Interior showed up anyway,
investigating a possible act of sabotage and suspecting and a conspiracy
behind it. Minutes before "Javert's raid against les miserables," a fire
engine pulled up at the corner of Reina and Campanario, alerted of a
possible collapse.

The police moved along the left sidewalk of Carlos III (looking at the
street from the shopping center on it). Requisitioned were old books,
well-used clothes, washed at the last minute; connection cables for home
appliances (God only knows if they worked), blender casings, old radios,
Russian cameras ... They call these vendors buzos (divers) because they
often rummage through garbage cans looking for their wares.

Several bicycle taxi operators riding along the other sidewalk
demonstrated solidarity: "Hurry up, here come the cops." The impromptu
merchants rushed to pick up what they could, fearful of receiving fines
or going to jail.

Fortunately for some, the officers stopped by a man in a wheelchair,
across from the large entrance to the Baptist church of Aposento Alto.
The woman accompanying him berated a couple of police, and there began a
long dispute that favored the vendors. One who was going to ditch his
goods received some encouragement: "Come one, you have time to pick them
up, they're delayed with the cripple."

In the end the officers demonstrated some sympathy and let the man in
the wheelchair and the woman go. That sufficed. The sidewalk was
deserted in just a few minutes. Those who had set up before the couple
did not have much time to react. In their hasty flight, they abandoned
numerous items.

Although the police and les miserables left the area, the sprawling
granite grounds retained evidence of the raid. A man approached,
curious, not knowing what had happened just minutes prior, examined some
books, hesitated when taking one in his hands, and looked around. "Don't
worry about it, my friend. Take it," said a drunk there. "They left it
there because the police came and the vendors took off running."

"I love literature, and I really like this book," the man explained, as
if to proffer a justification.

If he were to read the whole book he would discover Victor Hugo, whose
great novel Les Miserables seems to be played out in Havana:

"Man, subjected to extreme necessity, is pushed to his limits. There
comes a point, moreover, where the unfortunate and the infamous are
grouped together, merged in a single fateful word."

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Somos+, Javier Martinez, 9 May 2016 — The Cuban exile is not dead. I am 28 and I live outside my country for political reasons, so I consider myself an exiled Cuban. The Cuban exile has not died, and will not die as long as we Cubans have to leave our country to seek in … Continue reading "The Cuban Exile is Young, and It Hasn’t Died / Somos+, Javier Martinez" Continue reading

Cuban migrants face dangerous jungle journey after Panama closes its border

Many fear U.S. policies toward Cuban migrants are on verge of changing

Colombia’s Gulf of Urabá is a choke-point for migrants headed north

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Los países tienen rotos sus lazos diplomáticos desde 1959

La razón principal es la alianza cubana con Corea del Norte

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   México y Brasil son los principales mercados en América Latina para la publicidad en medios digitales, con crecimientos anuales de dos dígitos y una inversión anual de unos 3.200 millones de dólares. Continue reading
   Alto y esbelto, Tony Castro (Antonio Castro Ulloa), y nieto del comandante Fidel Castro, acudió el martes pasado al desfile que Chanel organizó en Cuba para presentar sus propuestas 'Cruise 2016/17'. Esto provocó un gran revuelo entre los medios de comunicación que empezaron a especular sobre la posible participación del joven en la nueva colección presentada por el diseñador Karl Lagerfeld. Continue reading

Zunilda Mata

En la tendedera, junto a los pantalones y la ropa interior, una bolsa de polietileno se seca al sol para volver a ser usada, una escena que se repite en miles de casas cubanas. Las jabitas ‒como se las conoce popularmente ‒ se utilizan en Cuba no solo para acarrear los alimentos desde el mercado o transportar todo tipo de mercancía, sino para tapar agujeros, forrar libros o tejer sogas. Los plomeros echan mano de ellas en ausencia de la cinta de teflón que se coloca al enroscar una tubería y cuando cae un fuerte aguacero es común verlas sobre muchas cabezas protegiendo el cabello.

Por eso, y a pesar del terrible impacto mediambiental que provocan, los clientes se quejan cuando en las tiendas no les dan una de estas jabas para cargar los productos. La ausencia de información en los medios nacionales sobre el daño que causan las bolsas plásticas a medio ambiente ha derivado en una falta de concienciación entre la población en general.

[[QUOTE:Según la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de EE UU, en el mundo se utilizan entre 500.000 millones y 1 billón de bolsas plásticas al año, de las que solo un 1% son recicladas]]Según la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de EE UU, en el mundo se utilizan entre 500.000 millones y 1 billón de bolsas plásticas al año, de las que solo un 1% son recicladas. Las bolsas de polietileno tardan en torno a 150 años en degradarse, lo que provoca suelos de mala calidad por la absorción de compuestos tóxicos. Además, su elaboración es altamente contaminante, tanto por el uso de petróleo en su fabricación como por las pinturas tóxicas con las que se imprimen dibujos y logotipos para personalizar las jabas.

Otros de los perjucios que provocan las bolsas, y que es motivo de gran preocupación para Naciones Unidas, es el impacto sobre los océanos y animales marinos. El Programa para el Medio Ambiente de la ONU calcula que unos 6,4 millones de toneladas al año terminan en mares y ríos. Además de los daños causados a los animales que las ingieren, microcompuestos tóxicos utilizados en las bolsas regresan mediante la cadena alimenticia al consumo humano a través de pescados y mariscos.

Con el fin de reducir el uso indiscriminado de estas bolsas, muchos países llevan décadas tomando medidas disuasorias cuando no penalizadoras. En Cuba, sin embargo, las autoridades no hablan de el reemplazo gradual de este producto por otros menos dañinos.

Los pescadores cubanos han sido los primeros en ver con sus propios ojos la cara oscura de estos envases. "He encontrado peces enredados en jabas que la gente bota y una vez fue una tortuga con una en su cuello", comenta Daniel, un joven residente en el poblado de Gibara. "Hay lugares donde se acumulan porque las corrientes las arrastran hasta ahí y para nosotros mismos son un problema", advierte.

Las alcantarillas son frecuente víctima de tupiciones cuando se mezclan los envases plásticos con otro objetos flotadores, como latas de refresco y en las calles y avenidas, volando por los aires son una amenaza para conductores de motos y vehículos.

Cuando la era del cartucho de papel terminó en Cuba con la caída de la Unión Soviética, tener una bolsa de nylon con el logotipo de alguna tienda pasó a ser un símbolo de estatus. Hasta el día de hoy una manera de llamarlas es justamente jabita Cubalse en recordatorio a la corporación que manejaba las primeras tiendas en divisas que se abrieron en la Isla.

[[QUOTE:el Ministerio de Industrias programó que en el 2014 se producirían 1.387 millones de bolsas de polietileno, el doble del año anterior, que se destinarían especialmente a las Tiendas Recaudadoras de Divisas]]A las jabitas de nylon frecuentemente se le dedican reportajes en el noticiero estelar, donde se abordan los problemas con su abastecimiento y la reventa ilegal que marca la distribución del producto. Hasta el momento, el debate sobre su carácter contaminante y la necesidad de regular su distribución no ha llegado a los espacios públicos.

En lugar de eso, el Ministerio de Industrias programó que en el 2014 se producirían 1.387 millones de bolsas de polietileno, el doble del año anterior, que se destinarían especialmente a las Tiendas Recaudadoras de Divisas (TRD) y otras entidades pertenecientes al Ministerio de Comercio Interior.

La fábrica Polialba en Cienfuegos, inaugurada en 2009 con financiamiento proveniente de Venezuela, procesa 150 kilogramos de polietileno por hora en cada una de sus máquinas de factura italiana. Por cada tonelada de polietileno se obtienen 187.000 bolsas destinadas no solo a la red de tiendas minoristas, sino también al turismo y la industria de medicamentos. La industria está concebida para llevar la producción hasta 250 millones de bolsas.

La gravedad del problema ha llevado a varios países europeos y algunas ciudades de Estados Unidos a implementar reformas legales que pongan freno a esta situación. La Unión Europea aprobó en 2015 una directiva reducir a 90 las 198 bolsas que consume un europeo al año o conseguir que a partir de 2018 no se entreguen bolsas de forma gratuita. Irlanda fue el país pionero al obligar, en 2002, al pago de un impuesto (unos 0.15 euros), por el uso de estas bolsas. A la iniciativa se le han sumado también otros países como Dinamarca, Australia, Italia y varias ciudades de Estados Unidos. En España, la mayoría de grandes supermercados han generalizado el uso de bolsas reciclables que, en todo caso, suelen cobrar a entre 0,02 y 0,05 euros para disuadir al consumidor del gasto indiscriminado. Pero en Cuba, el tema sigue esperando por la voluntad gubernamental y la conciencia de los consumidores.

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    Este lunes 9 de mayo ocurre un fenómeno celeste relativamente raro: el planeta Mercurio pasará delante del Sol y la NASA invita a todos los aficionados a la astronomía a no perderse el espectáculo con una cobertura especial en su web y sus redes sociales. Le contamos cómo puede verlo. Continue reading
El rodaje de la octava entrega de la exitosa saga 'Fast and Furious' se está llevando a cabo en Cuba. En un nuevo vídeo publicado a través del Twitter oficial de la película, el actor Vin Diesel que interpreta a Dominic Toretto explica que es la primera vez que este país autoriza grabar una cinta de Hollywood. Continue reading

Pedro Campos

El VII Congreso del Partido Comunista de Cuba (PCC), al aceptar discutir en las bases del Partido y por toda la población sus documentos centrales sobre la "conceptuación del modelo económico-político y social" y el "plan perspectivo de la economía nacional hasta el 2030", así como el proyecto de nueva Constitución, que será sometido a referendo, está brindando la oportunidad de que se inicie un proceso democratización de la sociedad cubana.

Lograrlo depende de la participación efectiva de todos los cubanos.

No fue una dádiva del Partido-Gobierno-Estado, fue el resultado de las demandas de miles de militantes en sus núcleos y de la defensa pública de muchos militantes y no militantes de su derecho a opinar, y especialmente de la campaña que desarrolló la amplia izquierda democrática existente dentro y fuera del partido.

[[QUOTE:El llamado es a debatir y no a aprobar, así que no tendrá que aprobarse lo que venga. Todas las opiniones deberán ser presentadas, escuchadas, divulgadas y elevadas, incluso las que no se compartan]]Vale recordar el llamado público del militante de base del PCC, Paquito el de Cuba, del periódico Trabajadores, las miles de entradas de cubanos a los sitios digitales oficiales demandando el debate en las bases, los múltiples artículos publicados por la izquierda democrática en la blogosfera cubana y en los medios alternativos. Todos ellos se convirtieron en una formidable campaña de opinión pública que fue la que llevó a la dirección del Partido a ser receptiva con la necesidad de realizar esa consulta con sus bases y con el pueblo.

Nunca quedó tan claro que la dirección del Partido anda por un lado y su base por otra. Se hizo evidente que en las filas del PCC no hay unanimidad y que su unidad solo es posible en la diversidad. El 1er Secretario parece haberlo entendido.

Ni la dirección del Partido, ni la militancia de base, ni el pueblo cubano deberían subestimar ese suceso ni mucho menos los eventuales resultados de esas discusiones. Ya la dirección del Partido ha expresado que va a "preparar a los cuadros que van a dirigir la discusión", adelantando su interés en tratar de controlar el debate verticalmente.

Pero el llamado es a debatir y no a aprobar, así que no tendrá que aprobarse lo que venga. Todas las opiniones deberán ser presentadas, escuchadas, divulgadas y elevadas, incluso las que no se compartan. Son las bases del Partido y la sociedad las que deben decidir por dónde deben ir ellos mismos respectivamente.

Pero más allá de eventuales limitaciones, es una buena oportunidad para que todos los cubanos con opiniones sobre estos asuntos participen en los debates y de esta forma contribuir a democratizar la vida política del país y a promover un proceso desde abajo que, con medios y métodos afines (respeto, lenguaje adecuado, sin imposiciones, sin amenazas ni violencias de ningún tipo, sin exclusiones, y demás).

En estas discusiones deberían comprometerse todos los cubanos, de dentro y de fuera, de todas las visiones políticas, y todas las ideas deben hacerse llegar a todos los demás cubanos y desde luego al convocante, el Comité Central del PCC. No es rendirle pleitesía, cumplir orientaciones, ni aceptar imposiciones: es participar para hacer valer los criterios de todos. Se van a debatir los documentos oficiales y las ideas que todos seamos capaces de exponer. El proceso lo está abriendo el Partido, pero son los ciudadanos los protagonistas.

En la medida en que todos estemos informados del pensamiento de las mayorías, la sociedad cubana podrá reconocerse mejor a sí misma y encarar más democráticamente su futuro inmediato y posterior.

[[QUOTE:Estos debates deben servir de ensayo para la discusión del proyecto de nueva Constitución, el cual será sometido luego a referendo]]Desde luego, un proceso plenamente democrático tendría que ser abierto, amplio, horizontal, donde todos los cubanos sepamos lo que piensan los demás, se abran webs para los debates públicos, la prensa oficial publique en sus páginas las discusiones y lo que les escribe el pueblo, y se permitan cabildos abiertos y reuniones de todos los que deseen participar en los debates.

Lograr que así sea está en manos de la ciudadanía, no solo del PCC. Hay que participar y asumir el debate.

Estos debates deben servir de ensayo para la discusión del proyecto de nueva Constitución, el cual será sometido luego a referendo.

El PCC es el único partido en Cuba. Si quiere representar los intereses de todo el pueblo cubano debe abrirse a todos y dejar atrás sectarismos y exclusiones y permitir que, libremente, todo el que lo desee, exprese sus criterios, proponga soluciones y luego sean debatidas también por todos los cubanos.

En dependencia de la participación de los de abajo, el debate sería otra intrascendente "consulta" más, o la apertura de un proceso de democratización de la vida política del país.

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Beggars and Madmen: The Latest Spectacle in Cuba / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 1 May 2016 — Guillermo tries to run away, to avoid the
stones the kids are throwing at him, as if he were a doll stuck on a
target, but his legs, which are atrophied and beginning to go gangrenous
because of his diabetes, can't respond to the urgent messages from his
brain.

So he tries to hide behind some small bushes, but the stones keep flying
around his head. It's four in the afternoon on a normal day in La
Vibora, and, without anything better to do, the pair of youngsters do
their target practice with an old man of over 80 who can hardly support
himself on his crutches.

People eating pizzas in a cafe in Heredia Street, on the corner of
Acosta, watch what's happening, like spectators who have come to watch
someone being stoned to death in Iran.

Some women try to persuade the kids to stop. But a hail of insults is
hurled at them, like "Go and find husbands, you old lesbians," which
they shout as they clear off.

The old man, a beggar who hangs around the neighbourhood and who tries
to deal with his hunger by looking through rubbish bins, bent over on
the pavement, can't understand why the kids hate him.

"I don't interfere with anybody. They are abusive. And it isn't the
first time. Almost every week children and youngsters throw stones and
insults at me. I only want to find some food in the rubbish. It's Fidel
and Raúl Castro's fault," he says, and starts off on a fiery tirade
against the autocratic brothers.

Some onlookers take off. Others record what's happening on their
cellphones. It's the fashion now to record on mobile phones whatever
quarrel or degrading spectacle is going on.

Then they upload it onto YouTube. That's what happened with a group of
kids of primary school age in Camagüey, when parents with cellphones
left evidence of their degrading erotic reggaeton dancing.

Or a body which fell off a Legal Medicine truck on 23rd and G in Vedado,
and that's where the crowd went to record what happened. Two years ago a
youngster was killed by a train on a level crossing at Café Colón and
Calzada de Diez de Octubre, and the rabble started filming before help
arrived.

For Eulogio, a customer in a state-owned cafe in Galiano Street, it is
worrying how many beggars and crazy people there are in the capital, and
the audio visual activity that occurs each time something happens.

"Two months ago a drunk who slept in doorways died, and people, instead
of calling the police or an ambulance, recorded it on their mobile
phones, as if it was nothing serious. And every day there are more
layabouts and mad people, who are always dirty and hungry, in the city.
What's the government doing? I ask myself," says Eugenio.

There is an alarming number of beggars in Havana. The government calls
them "itinerants," and, if we believe an official study, the number is
between 2,500 and 3,000 in the country.

But José Carlos, a geriatric nurse, says this information doesn't accord
with reality. "Just in 10 de Octubre district, I have dealt with more
than 200 itinerants sleeping on the street."

The number of destitute drunks and poor people is unknown. On the corner
of Carmen Street, opposite Plaza Roja de la Víbora, a dozen needy
people, alcoholics and madmen gather early in the day in the entrance to
a warehouse finding a selection of things in the rubbish bins.

From books on Fidel Castro's speeches, Sovet-era alarm clock parts,
clothes and used shoes to old computer parts. The prices range from 5 to
20 pesos. After that, they use the money to drink the worst kind of
home-made rum or eat something hot in a stinking state-run greasy spoon.

According to a People's Power delegate in Central Havana, "there have
been discussions with the authorities in the province to find a solution
to the growing number of layabouts, people collecting raw materials
without a licence, with serious problems of dementia, who are swarming
around the city. But, except when a foreign leader visits the country,
when they round them up, wash them and feed them in a state hostel, the
rest of the year they don't do anything. Or very little."

The Catholic church, and other religious orders do what they can. "Every
afternoon we give a snack or a meal to various needy people. Many of
them sleep in the street. We would like to do more," admits a nun from
Mónaco parish.

Some of the beggars were common criminals and are violent. Others are
leftovers from a revolution which left them in the ditch.

Papo, a homeless guy who sleeps in boxes in a park in Reparto Sevillano,
claims that he fought in the clearance of bandits in Escambray and
Angola. And look how I am repaid by the government for whom I risked my
life."

Nobody remembers Cubans like Papo. Not in the official press, nor in the
Communist Party's future plans. They are always forgotten.

And now, with cellphones, they have become a spectacle for kids who,
without any sense of feeling, record them and upload them onto YouTube
or Facebook. Human beings who could be their parents or grandparents.

Translated by GH

Source: Beggars and Madmen: The Latest Spectacle in Cuba / Iván García –
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The Road to Cuba: Three Scenarios for U.S. Business Relations
Apr 26, 2016

On December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced his intention to
normalize relations with Cuba. Since that time there have been a number
of changes in U.S. policy and regulations affecting trade, investment
and travel. To provide business leaders with the latest developments,
Knowledge@Wharton has just released a fully updated and revised edition
of The Road to Cuba, an ebook that has earned a 2016 Independent
Publisher Book Award.

In the following excerpt from the book, three scenarios are presented
for how U.S.-Cuba relations could unfold.

U.S. President Barack Obama's December 17, 2014, move to normalize
relations with Cuba was a bold bet that introduced a historic
opportunity for communication, trade and investment between the two
close neighbors after more than half a century of Cold War–inspired
enmity. Underpinning the bet is the belief that direct engagement,
including a proposed lifting of the US economic embargo against Cuba,
will open up the Communist-ruled island to greater economic and
political freedom than continuing the old policy of isolation.


Experts, observers, and even the main protagonists have all sought to
calm the high expectations and warn that it could take years to achieve
full-fledged neighborly relations. "It's unrealistic to believe that a
relationship that was inimical for 54 years will be one of friendship
and warmth in just a year or two," said Pedro A. Freyre, an attorney
with the Miami-based law firm Akerman LLP, which advises U.S. businesses
interested in Cuba.

The biggest question on the US side is how quickly the multilayered and
legally codified U.S. embargo against the island can be dismantled to
allow free flows of trade, capital, and credit, as well as tourists.
This requires the cooperation of the U.S Congress, whose Republican
majority is no friend to outgoing President Obama.

In the last State of the Union address of his tenure, on January 12,
2016, Obama urged Congress to lift the embargo, but few believe that
this can happen before the new president takes office in early 2017.
Whether it happens at all may also depend on who wins the November 2016
US presidential election, with some contenders strongly support lifting
the embargo, while others oppose this move and Obama's Cuba policy.

On the Cuban side, the biggest unknown is whether Raúl Castro and the
Communist Party leadership, both military and civil, really want to
fully embrace the United States as a trading and investment partner.
Doing so involves making complete peace with the "Yankee imperialist
enemy" of decades — a radical rejiggering of an ideological DNA that
used "anti-imperialism" as a successful rallying cry both internally and
internationally.

"Obama urged Congress to lift the embargo, but few believe that this can
happen before the new president takes office in early 2017."

Although much remains to be clarified, it is possible to sketch out
three possible ways in which the process could unfold: the "Slow-Motion"
scenario, the "Steady Movement on a Middle Road" scenario, or the "Big
Bang" scenario.

The third scenario — of a "big bang" embrace — seems the least likely,
given the political realities of both countries. The second scenario of
steady, growing engagement between the U.S. and Cuba seems achievable,
unless political developments hold back the process or derail it.

The "Slow-Motion" Scenario

Political mistrust hinders the process on both sides, although full
embassies are in place and Cuba has been removed from the U.S. list of
state sponsors of terrorism. A Republican-dominated Congress is dragging
its feet over lifting the embargo, limiting the president's ability to
move the normalization forward. Raúl Castro's Cuban administration also
creates obstacles to the process by making political demands and
continuing to prosecute dissidents and restrict the flow of information,
trade and investment from the U.S.

Few significant business opportunities for U.S. companies have been
created to date beyond small openings in travel and telecommunications,
and Cuba continues to seek alliances with more politically compatible
allies such as China and Russia (and ailing Venezuela).

Obama can do little more to advance the normalization process before he
hands over the presidency in early 2017. In Cuba, no significant
political or economic change will take place before Raúl Castro's
announced departure in early 2018. A handpicked successor, perhaps a
Castro scion, seems likely to maintain the island's one-party Communist
system. In this scenario, fresh diplomatic spats and quarrels could set
back the process.

The "Steady Movement on a Middle Road" Scenario

In this scenario, bilateral relations improve steadily, travel and trade
restrictions for Americans are eased further, and air and ferry links
are established, leading to an increase in tourism, air and sea travel,
and telecommunications between the two countries. Business booms in
these sectors, and U.S. cruise lines and ferries begin service to Cuba.
Many executives of U.S. companies engage in fact-finding exploratory
visits to Cuba, meet government and private contacts and identify areas
of interest. Congress modifies embargo sanctions to allow more U.S.
exports to Cuba, including the provision of credit, and to allow more
Cuban imports. Financial and banking links are developed.

"The immediate challenge facing US businesses is to exploit existing
openings and position themselves for the bigger opportunities that could
come in the future."

Cuba does not abandon its socialist political and economic model but
allows more space for political dissent and private enterprise, while
maintaining Communist Party dominance. By the end of Obama's presidency,
relations have improved and seem headed for further improvement,
although the U.S. is still only one in Cuba's diversified range of
global trading partners. Some groundbreaking memorandums of
understanding are signed by major U.S. corporations for investment
projects in Cuba. Cuba rejoins the Inter-American Development Bank and
opens dialogues with the IMF and the World Bank.

The "Big Bang" Scenario

Congress lifts the U.S. embargo and travel ban in 2016 in this scenario,
and Americans flock to Cuba, leading to a surge in tourism. Normal trade
and financial links are quickly reestablished, leading to a boom in
bilateral trade that makes the U.S. Cuba's leading commercial partner.
Major U.S. corporations announce big investment projects in Cuba's oil
and gas, manufacturing, nickel mining, agriculture and biotechnology
industries. Compensation claims posed by both sides are resolved through
major U.S. financing and investment deals involving the affected lands
and properties.

Fidel Castro dies, marking the end of an era on the island, and
President Raúl Castro steps down before or in 2018, handing power over
to a pragmatic civilian leadership that announces a transition to a
multiparty system that will include free elections. Political
persecution of dissidents ends and thousands of Cuban exiles return
home. The new Cuban government announces plans to privatize loss-making
state companies. Obama hands over the presidency in early 2017 with the
clear legacy of a changed Cuba once again a friendly neighbor of the
U.S., and U.S. companies look set to play a key role in the island's
economic future.

Staying the Course

President Obama's policy shift toward Cuba is undoubtedly a potential
game changer for U.S.-Cuban relations. The immediate challenge facing
U.S. businesses is to exploit existing openings and position themselves
for the bigger opportunities that could come in the future. "My advice
would be to travel [to Cuba], start shaking hands and develop a
relationship," says Cuban American businessman Hugo Cancio, who left
Cuba in 1980 as a 16-year-old refugee and is now pursuing interests in
media and telecom projects on the island.

Despite widespread support for the normalization in both nations, few
expect some kind of immediate "big bang" reconciliation across the
Straits of Florida, either in terms of the U.S. embargo's being
completely and quickly lifted at a stroke or Cuba abandoning its
single-party Communist system to embrace Western-style capitalism and
multiparty democracy. "We should not confuse reality with wishful
thinking or expressions of goodwill," Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno
Rodriguez cautioned in October 2015 at the United Nations.

"US investors interested in developing major on-the-ground projects in
Cuba need to take a longer-term view and be ready for bumps on the road."

Most experts see normalization as a long and complex process that will
involve tough diplomatic wrangling and trade negotiations, political
battles and strains in both countries, and hitches and setbacks of
varying magnitude. "But I think it will advance," says Emilio Morales,
of the Miami-based Havana Consulting Group.

Although many see openings for quick wins and short-term opportunities,
especially in the travel, tourism, transportation, and telecom fields
and related services, U.S. investors interested in developing major
on-the-ground projects in Cuba need to take a longer-term view and be
ready for bumps on the road — just as in other frontier or emerging
markets in Latin America or Africa.

"You have to engage in very in-depth research. You need to get the facts
on what's there in Cuba today.… You need to get boots on the ground and
do the due diligence that anyone would do in any emerging economy," says
Tres Mares Group CEO Faquiry Diaz Cala.

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Panama begins more flights of Cuban migrants to Mexico
From the section Latin America & Caribbean

Panama has agreed to transfer 3,800 Cubans hoping to reach the United
States to a town in northern Mexico.
The Cubans have been stranded in Panama for months, hoping to reach the
US under a decades-old law which gives them privileged entry and a
fast-track to residency.
Officials in Panama said daily flights to Ciudad Juarez would begin on
Monday.
Panama had organised some flights in March but had insisted the
operation would not be repeated.
The migrants have been told they have to pay for the flights themselves.
Panamanian newspaper reports said long queues had formed at banks and
money transfer shops near government migrant shelters in Chiriqui
province as Cubans waited to withdraw cash sent by relatives in the
United States to buy their tickets.
Last year Costa Rica and Nicaragua, which lie to the north of Panama,
closed their borders to Cubans trying to head north overland.
The move created a new bottleneck in Panama for the migrants who fly to
South American countries, and then walk or take buses through Central
America north towards the US.
Between January and March, Costa Rica provided flights for thousands of
Cubans to El Salvador and Mexico to clear a backlog of migrants who had
become stuck by Nicaragua's border closure.
Panama followed suit by organising flights in March to Ciudad Juarez for
1,300 Cubans. Officials at the time insisted the operation would not be
repeated.
But since then thousands more have arrived in Panama.
The exodus was prompted by President Obama's announcement in December
2014 that the US and Cuba would move towards restoring diplomatic ties.
It sparked a wave of rumours in Cuba that US immigration policy
regarding Cubans would change soon - leading many migrants to risk the
journey through Central America.
For decades, Cuban migrants have enjoyed special privileges.
The so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy allows Cubans preferential
treatment when they reach US soil.

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"En la sede no me contesta nadie, he tratado de contactar con dos o tres damas y tampoco. Parece que están todas detenidas", asegura la Dama de Blanco Maylén González



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Fuerzas represivas detuvieron este domingo en La Habana a Damas de Blanco y activistas que pretendían asistir a la habitual misa en la Iglesia de Santa Rita y el recorrido por la 3ra Avenida.

Como había alertado el exprisionero político Ángel Moya en su cuenta de Twitter, tras un fuerte operativo que se mantuvo todo el fin de semana en la capital, una estrecha vigilancia sobre la sede de las Damas de Blanco en Lawton y amenazas de impedir la concentración, el Departamento de Seguridad del Estado ejecutó los arrestos.

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