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Daily Archives: May 21, 2016

Doss dijo que el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos, además de otras agencias federales, se encuentran "revisando el caso de los inmigrantes, efectuando entrevistas a cada uno de ellos" a bordo de la embarcación, que navega por aguas del Caribe. Continue reading
Bloomberg A box of Cuban cigars sit for sale in … stands in Havana, Cuba. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg SAN LUIS, Cuba—The fertile … of tobacco under cultivation in Cuba declined 65% between 2009 and … recent data from Cuba’s national statistics office. Cuba exported 91 million … Continue reading
"Estamos intercambiando más de mil millones de euros al año, es un volumen importante, y con un crecimiento del 15 %", anunció en La Habana, Jaime García-Legaz, secretario de Estado de Comercio de España. Continue reading
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14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco, Camagüey, 21 May 2016 — Every city rests on the man who safeguards it. He can be called mayor, administrator or public official; ultimately the label is the least important. This is his charge, like the steward of the millionaire’s mansion. His obligation lies in the zeal with which he is able to … Continue reading "In Search Of The Owner Of The City / 14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco" Continue reading

Las autoridades de Panamá finalizaron el viernes la venta de boletos aéreos hacia México para el traslado de casi 4.000 cubanos varados en el país desde diciembre pasado, informó el viernes a EFE una fuente oficial.

Hasta este viernes, decenas de cubanos que tratan de llegar a Estados Unidos hacían fila en la ciudad de David, capital de la provincia de Chiriquí, unos 500 kilómetros al oeste de la capital panameña, para adquirir el boleto por 575 dólares en la aerolínea Copa Airlines.

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… ) -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he would "absolutely … far to the left." Cuban specifically cited policies on business … Saturday was not immediately returned. Cuban has previously called Trump a … conference in Las Vegas. Still, Cuban credited Trump with inspiring voters … Continue reading
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 21 May 2016 – Three years after the first meeting of the G20, a group of Cuban filmmakers who are demanding a Film Law, the group continues to wait for an institutional response that addresses their demands. This week a letter was made public reaffirming their demands for greater recognition for filmmakers and … Continue reading "Filmmakers Reaffirm Their Demands / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar" Continue reading
Miami acogió este fin de semana un debate inusitado en el panorama cultural cubano, pues reunió en un mismo evento a representantes de instituciones oficiales y a gestores de la cultura popular que de manera independiente marcan tendencia entre los cubanos de hoy.  “Cuban Studies: New Voices, New Perspectives” (Estudios Cubanos: nuevas voces, nuevas perspectivas) trajo a la ciudad del sol a numerosos expertos, académicos, funcionarios y a emprendedores de... Continue reading

Autoridades panameñas dicen que ‘queda cumplido’ acuerdo humanitario con México, país al que han viajado 2,605 cubanos, pero quedan 1,390 por hacer el trayecto.

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This post will remain at the top of the page through May 28 , 2016. During President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba in March 2016, dictator Raul Castro said he would be willing to release all political prisoners; all he... Continue reading

El plan de conversión de deuda acordado entre los dos países incentivará la presencia de empresas españolas en la isla

Uno de los temas tratados por el secretario de Estado de Comercio español fue el atraso en los pagos del gobierno cubano a empresas españolas

En julio se reunirá en La Habana un comité bilateral para concretar el mecanismo operativo y definir los proyectos de interés común

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Los cubanos que se encuentran en Turbo, no aceptaron los salvoconductos, esperan una pronta solución a su caso. Continue reading

Cubanos partidarios del régimen se reúnen en Canadá en el IX Encuentro Nacional de Cubanos Residentes en ese país, que se celebra este sábado en Toronto, informa Prensa Latina.

Los asistentes al foro discutirán sobre el papel de las nuevas generaciones en el rescate de la identidad nacional, agrega la agencia de noticias estatal.

El encuentro servirá además para homenajear al dictador Fidel Castro, en su cumpleaños 90, y contará con la presencia de funcionarios de la embajada de la Isla en Canadá.T

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19 migrantes cubanos saltaron el viernes de una embarcación y nadaron hasta un faro en los Cayos

Se entregaron a la Guardia Costera después de pasar horas en el faro

No se sabe todavía si serán devueltos a Cuba o podrán quedarse en EEUU

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“¿Papeles de Panamá, qué cosa es eso?” Sobre la implicación del Gobierno cubano en el escándalo de empresas evasoras de impuestos, las autoridades de la isla sólo permiten la publicación de los datos que favorecen su política SOCIEDAD | 21 de Mayo de 2016 LA HABANA.-IVÁN GARCÍA La Cuba que se dibuja en los triviales, […] Continue reading
Cuba: Capitalism From Afar / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 14 May 2016 — Eight months haven't been enough for the
state-owned employer in the tourism sector to hire Yasmani, 23, a black
guy nearly six feet talk who is perfecting his English in a private
academy in Havana and who has wasted time and money learning the secrets
of golf at a club south of the city.

Almost a year ago, on a night of drinking and reggaeton, Yasmani, with a
degree in tourism, met a British businessman who wants to do business in
Cuba in high class tourism.

"Do you know golf?" the man asked me. "I told him a remembered reading
somewhere about Tiger Woods, little more. He said to try to learn the
sport, with my command of English and the education I have, maybe I
could get a job as a caddy," said Yasmani, speaking from the doorway of
his house.

The olive-green regime buried golf, labeling it aristocratic. One
morning in 1961 Fidel Castro and Ernesto Guevara planned a round of golf
at the old Havana Biltmore Country Club, with the intention of staging a
parody of the golf parties in the United States were Eisenhower and
Nixon played.

Five and a half decades later, Raul Castro, hand-picked by his brother,
has among his master strategies the development of golf courses in the
country in exclusive luxury resorts for tourists with checkbook balances
ended in six zeros.

In Cuba, there aren't even a hundred a people who play gold. The
majority are the children of the Communist bourgeoisie officials
bewitched by haute couture, the bon vivant, and consumer luxuries. While
their fathers speak through tight lips about the proletariat, they pull
out all the stops living like magnates from Wall Street.

But this doesn't matter to Yasmini. "Some friends have told me that in
one day working as a caddy you can stuff your pockets,"boasts the young
man, still hopeful of being hired by the state company.

The criolla autocracy pays no attention to the voices of citizens who
warn of the environmental risks and the ecological strategies of
maintaining land that wastes a ton of water.

In 2013, the British company Esencia Hotels and Resorts and the Cuban
company Palmares agreed to the creation of a joint venture, Havana
Resort, for the development of golf courses. The Carbonera Club, with 18
holes, about 15 kilometers from Varadero and worth about 350 million
dollars, was presented as the first initiative of this association,
while similar projects are being negotiation with investments from
China, Spain, Vietnam and Russia.

Guy Chartier, President of Wilton Properties, confirmed in February that
the company plans to start a mega project with an investment of 1.4
billion dollars, in Jibacoa 60 kilometers east of Havana, to build
buildings and a luxury hotel, surrounded by seven beaches, golf courses
and tennis courts, an equestrian center and a 'village' for artists.

The Catalan company Urbas, despite losses in 2015 of $ 4.2 million, will
begin the development of a large tourism and real estate project in
Cuba, which includes the construction of luxury hotels and golf courses,
among others facilities, in the city of Cienfuegos, after acquiring 30%
of Caribbean Resort and Golf, with an option to buy up the remaining
70%, according to Europa Press.

The huge complex is projected to cover six to eight square iles in on
the Rancho Luna-Pasacaballos peninsula. Specifically, they plan to build
a marina, six golf courses, six five-star hotels, three
apartment-hotels, 1,500 villas and 3,000 apartments, whose development
would be undertaken through a joint-venture, with private and state
capital, through Cubagolf, whose second partner is the Spanish Company
Caribbean Resort and Golf.

These capitalist options, like the Chanel show, recently held in Havana,
the Havana Festivals and the arrival of cruises to various ports on the
island, can only be observed by ordinary Cubans from a distance, and
behind barriers guarded by the police and State Security agents.

In Cuba we see the implementation of a two-headed version: the worst of
Marxist socialism overlapped with the most primitive capitalism of the
African court.

For domestic consumption, along with ideological propaganda that we have
to be wary of imperialism, and the false promise of a prosperous and
sustainable socialism. Meanwhile, ordinary Cubans, look through the
display windows at the exorbitant prices in hard currency of LED TV sets
or domestic appliances.

Josué, a taxi driver on the Palma-Fraternity Park line, is clear. "This
is capitalism for a while now. Only for a few. The rest can go fuck
themselves," he says, navigating around the numerous potholes on Diez de
Octubre Street in Havana.

But Yasmani, who aspires to be a caddy, is trying to save himself by
entering the capitalism club. Even if he has to carry the clubs.

Source: Cuba: Capitalism From Afar / Iván García – Translating Cuba -
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La increíble y triste historia de los cubanos de Urabá Por Germán Manga Desde 2014, redes de coyotes colombianos han movido por nuestro territorio, desde las fronteras ecuatoriana y venezolana hasta Urabá, entre 40 y 60 mil migrantes cubanos. En otra clara demostración de lo rápido y fácil que se forma y progresa una industria […] Continue reading
Concluye puente aéreo para migrantes cubanos en Panamá mayo 20, 2016 Martinoticias.com En el día de hoy se cierra el plazo para el traslado de cubanos a través de un acuerdo excepcional que firmaron México y Panamá. Alrededor de 360 cubanos varados en Panamá no pudieron abordar los vuelos con destino a Ciudad Juárez en […] Continue reading
Más cubanos cruzan la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos Más de 35,000 cubanos han cruzado la frontera o llegado a aeropuertos internacionales entre el 1ro de enero y el 30 de abril El número se acerca al total del año fiscal 2015 que fue de más de 43,000, el mayor en una década Los […] Continue reading
Cuba se orienta hacia el turismo de masas 19/05 10:18 CET Cuba espera batir su propio récord turístico superando los 3,5 millones de extranjeros que visitaron la isla el año pasado. Daniel Castellanos es taxista en la Habana desde hace dos décadas, a bordo de su Buick del 1959 ha entablado numerosas conversaciones con los […] Continue reading
Periodista oficialista dice que, en dos semanas, los operadores de 114 puntos de venta de cooperativas, empresas y agricultura urbana, cerraron en la provincia. Otros esconden sus mercancías, cambian horarios o cobran precios no marcados. Continue reading
En 2015, de las 200 españolas que funcionaron en Cuba, 66 eran murcianas Pedro Antonio Sánchez se encuentra en un viaje para abrir vínculos tecnológicos y agrícolas con la isla caribeña S.E Madrid – 21/05/2016 a las 04:50:16h. – Act. a las 04:50:23h. El proceso de apertura de Cuba supone una oportunidad para el mercado […] Continue reading
The Persistence of Racism in Cuba
May 21, 2016
By Alberto N Jones

HAVANA TIMES — The 1994 rafter crisis, changed the face of the Cuban
emigration and the strategy of the United States government to puncture
and weaken the Cuban government, when the predominantly white emigrants
suddenly became black and brown.

Surprised, the mass media in the US was not reluctant to declare that
the new emigrants did not look like Cubans anymore, as it debunked the
myth of the 60's that Cuba was a nation of white millionaires without
social issues.

The late AM Radio personality Agustin Tamargo had argued that the Cuban
government remained in power through the large presence of blacks in the
armed forces, police, personal security and other repressive
institutions, for which he requested a three days license to dole out
retribution when it falls.

The Cuban American National Foundation held meetings in Washington and
Miami to evaluate this demographic change, which led to the recruitment
of blacks with higher education in the US and in Cuba. They organized
seminars and courses in peaceful resistance at black universities and at
the Martin L. King Center in Atlanta, where they were organized into
independent librarians, independent farmers, independent journalists
etc., with branches in Cuba.

Two public meetings in Miami and Washington organized by the Center for
International Policy of the John Hopkins University in 1999 and 2000
with participants from Cuba and abroad demonstrated the existence of a
plan to exacerbate racial divisions in Cuba.

Attempting to impede them from laying the basis for another massacre of
blacks as the one that took place in Cuba in 1912, I shelved my limited
knowledge in animal pathology and environmental health and safety, to
venture into the complex journalistic world without previous knowledge
or advisors.

I published over a hundred articles among which it is worthwhile to
highlight, Una Cuba en la imagen de los Diaz-Balart 1998, Un hito en la
lucha en contra del racismo 1999, The attempt to divide Cuba along
racial lines 2001, Desenmascarando a los promotores de la Guerra racial
en Cuba 2007, Una batalla mundial de vida y muerte 2009, A sincere and
painful apology to the US Congressional Black Caucus 2009, How was I
drawn into Cuba's racial issue 2011, and Afrocubans relations with
Florida 2013.

Afrocubaweb.com, Cubanews@yahoogroups, Havana Times, Cuba Journal, La
Alborada and other blogs played an outstanding role in spreading these
denunciations. The Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald, Daytona Times,
Daytona News-Journal, Florida Times Union, Florida Sun Sentinel, the
Record, Tampa Bay, Washington Post, Listin Diario, Jamaica Gleaner, the
Star, the Observer, the New York Times and others, contributed
decisively to reach a wider audience.

Meanwhile in Cuba…
Paradoxically, while this battle was taking place outside of Cuba, on
the island the most retrograde, racists, neo-racists and
segregationists, unleashed a cruel attack against blacks by absorbing
every possible job with access to hard currency in tourism, joint
ventures, corporations, high level jobs and international scholarships.
Police intimidation increased on Obispo Street in Old Havana and in
Varadero and other tourist areas. The obstruction of black related
activities was stepped up, as was the masking of black history, culture
and education and the restricting of entry into certain professional
specialties.

The result is graphic, irrefutable and devastating. Black neighborhoods
are like war zones, the disproportion in the incarcerated population,
level of prostitution and poverty are permanent testimony.

Prominent visitors from the US Congressional Black Caucus, artists and
intellectuals from around the world who have historically supported the
Cuban Revolution, expressed serious concerns to high ranking government
officials, many statistical studies were carried out and numerous
journalistic and literary works have severely judged this behavior.

The literary works by black intellectuals are carefully scrutinized,
delayed, they do not circulate freely and some documentaries have never
been shown or they were shown in the wee hours, when most people are in bed.

Obtaining financing from the Cuban Institute of Arts and Cinematography
(ICAIC) for black historical and cultural projects is extremely
difficult and the National Folkloric Dance Group has been on the verge
of collapse. Meanwhile the life of a pimp and a psychopath were financed
and distributed widely alongside other vain, violent or semi
pornographic imported films.

Most Cubans understood and accepted the abolition of racial, ethnic,
cultural and other societies and social organizations when they were
fused into Social Clubs. What is near impossible to explain is the
quiet resurrection of the Arab Society, Chinatown, Synagogues and
Asturian Societies with their commercial wing with restaurants, B&B and
hotels, which allows them to do social work among their members.

No black or mestizo society has been recreated and the Ministry of
Justice has done everything possible to keep former black emigrant
societies from functioning, or from repairing of buildings and operating
cafeterias and restaurants like the other above mentioned groups.

In the legal environment, the population is alarmed to see how easily
blacks can be accused and condemned for crimes they did not commit or
when they are guilty their sentences are more severe than their peers.

The sum of these factors, are the root cause of the increased racist
expressions in Cuba. From the use in employment centers of codified
words like "people with nice features", the limited presence or absence
of blacks in areas with access to hard currency, the shameful job
opening on a blog for Whites Only and the repugnant and disrespectful
newspaper article following president Barack Obama visit to Cuba "Black,
are you Swedish"? and the appearance of Swastikas with a call to kill
blacks in Havana without any repercussion, denunciation or the capture
of the perpetrators by the authorities, are taking the country closer to
the abyss.

In the year 2006 erupted in the blogosphere the controversial letter
"Acting on our Conscience", which was signed by close to 60 black
intellectuals, including the late Abadias Nascimento. No other action
intended to weaken black unity in and out of Cuba have had such a
negative impact on the country.

Multiple articles in which I proposed actions that could mitigate these
ills and denunciations from unconditional friends of Cuba, fell on deaf
and arrogant ears and have placed the future and national unity at risk.

Let's rid ourselves of foolish arrogance by going to the heart of this
tragedy in Center Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, Marianao and
others, before an uncontrollable social explosion dooms the pompous
visits by dignitaries, international accords and development plans of
the country.

Source: The Persistence of Racism in Cuba - Havana Times.org -
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International Lawyer Gathering in Cuba Abruptly Cancelled
By JACOB GERSHMAN
May 20, 2016 7:13 pm ET

An intercontinental association of lawyers in the Western Hemisphere has
been forced to abandon plans to gather in Havana for its upcoming annual
gathering.

The reason, according to organizers, was the Cuban government's concern
about who would be speaking at the meeting and what they would say about
the Communist regime and its allies in Venezuela.

The Inter-American Bar Association informed its members this week that
their meeting would now be in Miami. The abrupt venue change came after
its president, Carlos Lopez, flew down to Havana Tuesday at the urgent
request of Cuba's government-sanctioned bar association, according to
Mr. Lopez.

The Miami Daily Business Review has more coverage of the development.

Mr. Lopez said he met with the president of the Unión Nacional de
Juristas de Cuba who expressed concern that the general secretary of the
Organization of the American States would be participating in next
month's gathering.

OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro has been a fierce critic of
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, and "they didn't want anyone to say
anything bad about the Venezuelan regime," Mr. Lopez told Law Blog in a
phone interview Friday.

Mr. Lopez said he offered to withdraw the invitation to Mr. Almagro, but
that proved to be just one sticking point. "They wanted to have full
control of who was there and what they were saying," he said.

Founded in 1940 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the
Inter-American Bar Association describes itself as a "forum for the
exchange of professional views and information for lawyers to promote
the rule of law and protect the democratic institutions in the
Americas." The American Bar Association is a member of the group,
representing the U.S.

The association rotates where it meets for its yearly conference. Last
year, they gathered in Lima, Peru. This year's meeting would have been
the first time they met in Cuba since the association's inaugural annual
meeting 75 years ago in Havana.

Law Blog has sought comment from the Cuban embassy in Washington.

Source: International Lawyer Gathering in Cuba Abruptly Cancelled - Law
Blog - WSJ -
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2016/05/20/international-lawyer-gathering-in-cuba-abruptly-cancelled/ Continue reading
Port Authority, City Leaders Talk Cuba Trip
BY CHRISTIAN JENNINGS SATURDAY, MAY 21ST 2016

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson and other local officials just returned from
a four-day trip to Cuba Thursday night, reinforcing the friendship
between Mobile and its sister city Havana.

One of the goals of the trip was to improve trade relations between
Mobile and Cuba.

Officials also went over tourism possibilities and educational
opportunities moving forward.

Stimpson along with seven other Mobile leaders made the journey. While
in Havana they met with Cuban ministries and discussed ways to enhance
the quality of life in Mobile and Havana.

"Really it's about establishing relationships. We've been a sister city
with Havana since 1993," said Stimpson.

Stimpson said there's a desire for more cultural and educational
exchange between the two cities.

"During the course of conversation I said maybe we can have an event
where for a 2 to 3 day period, you bring vocal, instrumental, visual
arts, bring them to Mobile. We'll have a festival and next year we go to
Cuba. And they thought that was a great idea," said Mayor Stimpson.

Local 15 also asked about the possibility of cruises traveling from
Mobile to Cuba in the future.

"I think that's a question mark that's out there. It's something we
raised the first time we met with Carnival and we'll continue to ask
that question," said Stimpson.

Port Authority CEO Jimmy Lyons was on the trip to discuss the
possibility of a regular container service between Mobile and Mariel,
Cuba, which is about a 50 minute drive from Havana.

Lyons said currently Mobile ships mostly chicken to Cuba, but only by
charter ships when the volume is great enough about once a month.

"I'd love to see a weekly fixed day service where every Monday a ship
leaves for Cuba, will be there Wednesday and then be back here for work
the next Monday. And that's possible with the distance," said Lyons.

And more activity at the port means more jobs.

"But it's going to going to take trade freeing up, more embargo being
lifted a little more, and that's a contentious issue," said Lyons.

Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl and folks with the Chamber of
Commerce were also on the trip.

Source: Port Authority, City Leaders Talk Cuba Trip | WPMI -
http://local15tv.com/news/local/port-authority-city-leaders-talk-cuba-trip Continue reading
Why Gloria Estefan Won't Perform In Cuba For Now
5/20/2016 by Leila Cobo

The Rolling Stones may play there. Vin Diesel May film there. The
Kardashians may strut there.

But beyond the giddy excitement and quaintness of Cuba's newfound
celebrity appeal lie many artists and taste makers who, out of
principle, will not perform on the island for the time being.

"I personally would find it very tough to go there," said Gloria
Estefan, during a video interview that will be part of the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame and Museum's exhibit on music and politics that opens today
(May 20).

The Cuban star couched her words carefully.

"Whatever makes life in any way better for the Cuban people living
there, I think we gotta try," she said, stressing that events like the
Rolling Stones concert and a new tourism wave are positive for those
still living in Cuba. "I think that people to people contact is
excellent," she added. "I know that the best way that they can survive
is actually getting dollars from tourists, because that takes the
government out of the equation […] So hopefully, it'll open that trickle
that will then burst the dam someday."

Estefan was born in Cuba but left the island as a child with her family
as a result of the Cuban revolution. Beyond being an exile, she
witnessed the Castro regime up close and personal when her father was
jailed for two years after fighting in the Bay of Pigs.

It's a life chapter that Estefan has touched upon frequently through the
years. Once her family fled to the U.S., her dad enlisted in the U.S.
army, fought in Vietnam and died at just 47 years old from the
after-effects of being exposed to Agent Orange. Her mother, a school
teacher, had her diplomas ripped up as she left Cuba.

Today, more than five decades later, not much has changed in her eyes.

"They are still taking repressive measures," Estefan says on the video.
"Even the day that President [Obama] landed in Cuba. The Ladies in
White, which are these ladies that protest every Sunday very peacefully,
walking silently with a flower, were beaten and jailed."

Until those sorts of actions cease, says Estefan, she won't perform on
the island.

"I can't get on a stage with a million Cubans in front of me and not say
something," she said. 

"I don't want to look at Che Guevara watching me
while I sing 'Mi Tierra' or 'Cuba Libra,' which is a joke, and leave the
people in the same situation as they are. I don't wan to go to a
restaurant where the Cubans don't have the right to go and eat. 

I
don't want to go and have a vacation in a place where the people that
live in that country can't enjoy the same things that I can as a Cuban
exile. It's very tough for me, and my father sacrificed a lot and I
really, I can't do it personally.

 But I am great with anybody going
and really trying to push that a little further open."

Watch Estefan's full interview below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HS7LrBeX4U

Source: Why Gloria Estefan Won't Perform In Cuba For Now | Billboard -
http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/latin/7378241/gloria-estefan-wont-perform-in-cuba Continue reading
Cuban migrants climb down from lighthouse near Key West

The 19 Cuban migrants climbed down from the American Shoal lighthouse
off Sugarloaf Key on Friday evening
U.S. Customs will determine whether they can stay in the United States
or will be returned to Cuba
It's unclear whether the migrants will be allowed to stay under the
wet-foot, dry-foot immigration policy on Cuba
BY EMILY COCHRANE
AND DAVID GOODHUE
ecochrane@MiamiHerald.com

The 19 Cuban migrants straddled atop the American Shoal lighthouse off
Sugarloaf Key have come down and are being processed by immigration
officials, Coast Guard officials said Friday afternoon.

The migrants climbed down from the 109-foot structure around 5:30 p.m.
Earlier in the day, the migrants had swum to the lighthouse after the
Coast Guard approached their makeshift boat in the waters off Sugarloaf.

The Coast Guard confronted the boaters early Friday morning after
receiving an 8 a.m. telephone call from a boater who had noticed the
migrants in their vessel, said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss, spokesman
for the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District.

As the Coast Guard approached the boat, 19 migrants jumped off and swam
to the lighthouse, which was built in 1880 and sits about five miles off
shore from Sugarloaf. They climbed the lighthouse's metal stilts.
Meanwhile, two other migrants swam to the Coast Guard cutter.

Officials from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services were in the
process of screening the 21 migrants on a Coast Guard cutter Friday
evening to determine whether they will remain in the United States or be
returned to Cuba.

"Typically, migrants taken at sea are returned to their country of
origin,'' Doss said. "But there are special circumstances — like fear of
persecution" that come into play.

It's not clear if the lighthouse would be considered land under the U.S.
immigration policy of wet-foot, dry-foot. The policy, stipulated under
1995 changes to the Cuban Adjustment Act, allows Cubans who step foot on
U.S. soil to stay here and apply for permanent residency after a year.
The lighthouse sits in the water.

David Goodhue is a reporter for KeysInfoNet.

Source: Cuban migrants climb down from lighthouse near Key West | In
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La presidenta suspendida de Brasil, Dilma Rousseff, en su primera aparición pública desde que fue separada del cargo hace una semana para enfrentar en el Senado un juicio político, hizo énfasis en que el Gobierno del presidente interino, Michel Temer, es "provisional" e "ilegítimo".

"El carácter provisional (de Temer) es importantísimo. El proceso es un golpe. Es provisional, porque es ilegítimo, porque no es producto de la elección directa, no es producto del deseo popular", señaló Rousseff durante un encuentro con blogueros y los llamados activistas digitales, informa EFE. 

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En un operativo de la Policía Municipal de Tizimín y de la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública, fueron rescatados el viernes ocho cubanos secuestrados en una casa cerrada con candados, sin comida ni agua, informan medios de prensa locales. Los agentes de la Policía Municipal acudieron tras ser alertados de que un cartel en esa vivienda denunciaba: “Auxilio, estoy secuestrado”. Al entrar a la vivienda los agentes encontraron que algunos estaban amarrados de... Continue reading
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Durante seis días, propuestas de alta calidad estética han cambiado la visualidad de espacios de La Habana y otras ciudades del país. Desde carteles hasta joyas, pasando por una amplia gama de productos, las creaciones exhibidas como parte de la primera Bienal de Diseño han contribuido a visualizar el trabajo de los diseñadores cubanos.

Los años de escasez que atravesó el país, y de los que no se acaba de recuperar, diezmaron las creaciones del diseño nacional, dando lugar a soluciones poco estéticas tanto en los medios como en el espacio público.

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(EFE).- Venezuela inició hoy un conjunto de ejercicios militares ordenados por el presidente Nicolás Maduro para prepararse frente a un supuesto golpe de Estado o una intervención de "ejércitos extranjeros", afirmó el mandatario.

Maduro ha manifestado en diversas ocasiones ser víctima de una "guerra no convencional" que ejecutan, a su juicio, "la derecha nacional e internacional" con la intención de mermar su popularidad y conseguir su salida del poder antes de lo previsto en 2019.

Mientras tanto, la alianza Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) insiste en su intención de activar el referendo revocatorio, uno de los mecanismos constitucionales por los que se decantaron para lograr el cambio de gobierno que, señalan, pidió la población al votar en las pasadas elecciones legislativas por la oposición.

La MUD aseguró hoy que el Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE) del país caribeño está buscando excusas para invalidar las casi dos millones de firmas consignadas por los opositores el pasado 2 de mayo para solicitar el revocatorio.

El órgano electoral anunció ayer que el proceso de análisis de las rúbricas consistiría en cinco fases de validación, luego otra de auditoría y, tras esto, la verificación en puntos automatizados por cada elector.

"Ahora lo que están es buscando artilugios, con unas observaciones por parte de una dactiloscopia a ver si una firma colocada en una planilla (formato) se corresponde con las huellas reales", dijo en una entrevista con la emisora local Éxitos el opositor Vicente Bello, portavoz de la plataforma de partidos opositores.

Según Bello, las fases no son "legalmente necesarias" pues "lo que procede es convocar a los ciudadanos y que ellos cada uno personalmente ratifiquen su huella" y la coloquen "en una captahuella para que sea verificada".[[QUOTE:El opositor sostiene que lo que intentan las autoridades del Poder Electoral es "ver si a Maduro le ocurre un milagro y anulan las firmas"]]

El opositor sostiene que lo que intentan las autoridades del Poder Electoral es "ver si a Maduro le ocurre un milagro y anulan las firmas".

Por su parte, el opositor Juan Carlos Caldera, representante de la MUD, ante el CNE para el trámite de solicitud del revocatorio, ha asegurado que estas fases de validación ponen en riesgo unas 800.000 firmas que podrían ser anuladas.

El proceso planteado por el organismo electoral verifica varios campos que incluyen huellas digitales, firmas, datos del elector, entre otros, que, según ha dicho el CNE, serán revisados por técnicos en grafología y dactiloscópicos.

Los opositores admiten desde ya que muchas de esas firmas podrían no cumplir los estándares de los técnicos y tener errores porque fueron recogidas en las calles.

Sin embargo, representantes de la denominada "revolución bolivariana" han insistido en que se ha cometido fraude al incurrir en acciones más complejas, como incluir datos de personas fallecidas o emplear la misma huella con los datos de más de un ciudadano.

Asimismo, los afectos al Gobierno de Maduro han señalado que los opositores han convocado al revocatorio para ilusionar a sus bases y provocar, con esa excusa, un revuelco social.

Aseguran también que sus opositores saben que "los tiempos no dan" para que el revocatorio se celebre este año, como precisa la MUD.

La legislación de la nación petrolera establece que cualquier funcionario designado mediante elección popular puede ser revocado tras cumplir la mitad de su gestión, ecuador queMaduro superó en abril, pero si el jefe de Estado cumpliera las dos terceras partes de su mandato, al ser revocado el vicepresidente asumiría su lugar.

De ahí la urgencia de la oposición en que el revocatorio tenga lugar este mismo año y su exigencia de celeridad en todos los trámites.

Tras un "cacerolazo" (una manifestación típica de la oposición venezolana) durante la noche de este jueves, el dos veces candidato presidencial opositor y actual gobernador del céntrico estado Miranda, Henrique Capriles, advirtió a Maduro a través de su cuenta Twitter: "No vengas después con llanto de que te quieren derrocar, el pueblo te quiere revocar".

Aún así, la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana (FANB), "junto al pueblo", inició hoy un conjunto de ejercicios militares "únicos en su naturaleza" y "sin precedentes", según indicó el ministro de Defensa, Vladimir Padrino, encaminados a prepararse para "cualquier escenario".[[QUOTE:El anuncio de los ejercicios fue hecho por Maduro un día después de su decisión de decretar un estado de excepción y emergencia económica]]

El anuncio de los ejercicios fue hecho por Maduro un día después de su decisión de decretar un estado de excepción y emergencia económica que le daría "el poder suficiente" para, entre otros asuntos, hacer frente a un supuesto golpe de Estado en su contra y supuestos planes de una intervención de "ejércitos extranjeros".

Esta es la segunda vez que la Fuerza Armada venezolana hace unos ejercicios militares desde que Maduro asumió el Gobierno en 2013.

Uno similar ya tuvo lugar hace un año después de que el Gobierno de EE UU emitiera una orden ejecutiva que declaraba a Venezuela como una "amenaza inusual y extraordinaria" para la seguridad estadounidense.

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(EFE).- España y Cuba han acordado la puesta en marcha del plan de conversión de deuda por el que se dedicarán 415 millones de euros a proyectos en la isla, un mecanismo que incentivará las inversiones españolas en el país caribeño, dijo hoy el secretario de Estado de Comercio, Jaime García-Legaz.

El próximo mes de julio se reunirá en La Habana un comité bilateral para concretar el mecanismo operativo y definir los proyectos de interés común a ejecutar con cargo a ese fondo, que se destinará a pagar la parte local de las actuaciones que se acuerden.

El plan de conversión forma parte del acuerdo suscrito a principios de mayo entre España y Cuba para reestructurar la deuda de la isla con España, que sumaba 2.444 millones de euros.

Ese fondo contravalor ha suscitado interés y expectativa entre las compañías españolas radicadas en la isla, según dijo García-Legaz quien este viernes se reunió con la Asociación de Empresarios Españoles en Cuba (AEEC) para tratar ése y otros temas.

En declaraciones a medios españoles al término de su visita a la isla, el secretario de Estado español de Comercio destacó que en los últimos meses se han producido avances importantes y progreso en el apoyo de Cuba a las empresas españolas.

Como ejemplo dijo que están en proceso de aprobación cuatro proyectos españoles para la Zona de Desarrollo Especial de Mariel, una de las principales actuaciones del gobierno cubano para atraer inversión extranjera y donde ya opera una empresa española.

Esos proyectos han sido presentado por firmas de los sectores de la alimentación, suministros a hoteles, pintura y metal.

García-Legaz también anunció que Cuba ha adjudicado a tres grupos empresariales españoles -cuyos nombres no desveló- la puesta en marcha de parques de energías renovables, concretamente eólicos, en el oeste de la isla.

Otro proyecto que está en estudio es la participación de Mercasa (Red española de Mercados Centrales de Abastecimiento) para dar apoyo técnico a la creación de un mercado mayorista en La Habana.[[QUOTE:Según García-Legaz, a primeros de mayo se produjo una regularización muy importante de los pagos por parte de Cuba a empresas españolas]]

En la reunión con los empresarios españoles radicados en Cuba también se trataron algunas de las dificultades de su actividad en la isla, como retrasos por parte del Gobierno cubano en los pagos.

Se trata de un problema que "hemos tratado con el Gobierno cubano. No es nuevo, esto ha ocurrido durante los últimos seis meses. El Gobierno cubano nos ha pedido que le ayudemos a identificar cuáles son las operaciones de las empresas españolas que tienen esos problemas" para intentar arreglar la situación con los bancos cubanos correspondientes, dijo el secretario de Estado de Comercio.

Según García-Legaz, a primeros de mayo se produjo una regularización muy importante de los pagos por parte de Cuba a empresas españolas.

"Lo que hemos hablado con el gobierno cubano es intentar evitar, a través de algún mecanismo en el que vamos a trabajar, que esos atrasos no repercutan en las empresas españolas", añadió.

España, según las estadísticas oficiales cubanas, es el tercer socio comercial de Cuba, por detrás de China y Venezuela, aunque en los primeros meses de 2016 se ha colocado ligeramente por encima del país sudamericano, según datos que representantes del gobierno de la isla han trasladado a García-Legaz, según dijo.

El secretario de Estado de Comercio concluyó hoy una visita de dos días a La Habana, donde se reunió con el ministro de Inversión Extranjera y Comercio Exterior, Rodrigo Malmierca, con quien además presidió la inauguración del XXI Comité Empresarial hispano-cubano organizado por las cámaras de comercio de ambos países.

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Sobre la implicación del Gobierno cubano en el escándalo de empresas evasoras de impuestos, las autoridades de la isla sólo permiten la publicación de los datos que favorecen su política



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Tres fallecidos y 14 lesionados ha sido el saldo de un accidente ocurrido en la tarde de este jueves en las cercanías del poblado La Cachimba, en el kilómetro 18 de la carretera que enlaza la ciudad de Santiago de Cuba con el municipio Guamá. El siniestro implicó a un camión de transporte de pasajeros y a un jeep de los conocidos como pisa y corre, según detalló la prensa oficial.

En el lugar murieron los pasajeros Michel Brito Cordero (28 años), Luis Santiesteban Cadena (50), y Miguel Ángel Vargas Ruiz, de 32 años y residente en la ciudad de Santiago de Cuba, quien conducía el jeep con matrícula P 023200.

Una nota en el periódico Granma recoge las declaraciones del primer teniente Yoandri Rodríguez González, segundo jefe de la Unidad Provincial de Tránsito, quien asegura que el hecho se produjo cuando el jeep que transitaba desde Chivirico a Santiago de Cuba, invadió la senda contraria e impactó por el lateral izquierdo al camión marca Ford.

Dos de los heridos viajaban en el pisa y corre, y el resto en el camión. Todos los lesionados fueron trasladados al Hospital Provincial Saturnino Lora, donde el neurocirujano Ricardo Hodelín Tablada explicó a la prensa local que la vida de ninguno corre peligro.

Durante el pasado año en Cuba falleció una persona cada 11 horas en accidentes de tránsito, según un informe de la Comisión Nacional de Seguridad Vial.

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