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Daily Archives: August 2, 2016

“Los agentes aparecieron el mediodía en varios autos y dijeron que en 24 horas había que salir de aquí”, dijo a Martí Noticias una de las migrantes cubanas refugiadas en el almacén. Continue reading

El Gobierno de Venezuela denunció el martes lo que considera "maquinaciones" de una "triple alianza" de la "derecha extremista" del sur del continente, conformada por Argentina, Brasil y Paraguay, para tratar de obstaculizar su presidencia pro témpore del MERCOSUR, que asumió pese a la oposición de esos países.

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… with Cuba is not one of those issues. So after Cuban officials … Florida — and that was before Havana shot down two of the … on an unannounced trip to Havana and meeting with Castro. Nine … of the Cuban people and any effort to open up Cuba to … Continue reading
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  DISIDENTES

La Iglesia cubana aseguró que hasta el momento no ejerce de "mediadora" entre los huelguistas y el Gobierno. Funcionarios de la "policía política" están haciendo seguimiento de los activistas para "reprimirlos”



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Los médicos que atienden al opositor Guillermo Fariñas, en huelga de hambre y sed, le recomendaron este martes ingresar de nuevo en el hospital, algo a lo que el activista se niega, informó a DIARIO DE CUBA su vocero Jorge Luis Artiles Montiel.

El vocero aseguró que el opositor siente "dolores" en la parte izquierda del cuerpo y que tiene la presión arterial alta debido al prolongado ayuno.

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It is disturbing that 20 Cubans on hunger strikes do not even constitute an event capable of affecting the course of daily life on the island. And it is outrageous that it does not produce headlines in the national press. But more than outrageous and disturbing, it is pathetic that the country's intelligentsia does not register even the most tepid request mercy with the culprit, the Castro dictatorship, or make an appeal for sanity in the name of decency, much less a protest or complaint.

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Un helicóptero sobrevuela la municipalidad de Turbo donde más de 1200 cubanos se encuentran varados a la espera de continuar su viaje hacia Estados Unidos. La policía ha comenzado a acordonar el área donde se albergan los cubanos. Según informaciones oficiales las deportaciones de ciudadanos cubanos podrían comenzar en cualquier momento. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
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Los más de 1,200 cubanos en ruta a Estados Unidos varados en el municipio costero de Turbo, en la región de Antioquia, tienen las horas contadas, dijo este martes a … Click to Continue » Continue reading
La salud del opositor cubano Guillermo Fariñas, quien se declaró en huelga de hambre, continúa deteriorándose mientras la Iglesia Católica comienza a perfilarse como posible mediadora entre el disidente y … Click to Continue » Continue reading
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Mario Diaz-Balart lamentó que los opositores cubanos tengan que recurrir a medidas extremas para mostrar al mundo "la maldad de la tiranía" castrista. Continue reading

El pasaporte español del vallista cubano Orlando Ortega ha recibido el visto bueno de la Asociación Internacional de Federaciones de Atletismo (IAAF, por sus siglas en inglés) y competirá por España en los Juegos Olímpicos de Río de Janeiro.

La normativa del IAAF exige que cuando un deportista cambia de nacionalidad debe pasar un año sin competir internacionalmente representando a su nuevo país si este y el país de origen llegan a un acuerdo, y tres si no lo alcanzan.

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Un portavoz de los cientos de migrantes cubanos varados en un puerto del Caribe colombiano aseguró el martes que la mayoría prefiere morir en Colombia antes que ser deportados a su país, reporta AP.

"Nosotros mantenemos nuestra postura y es que no queremos regresar a Cuba, que preferimos morir acá", dijo Aliex Artiles, un ingeniero informático de 34 años.

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(EFE).- Cuba recibió más de dos millones de visitantes en el primer semestre de 2016, con un crecimiento del 12% con respecto al año anterior, lo que permite esperar la llegada de más de un total de 3,8 millones turistas internacionales este año, señaló este martes el ministro de Turismo, Manuel Marrero.

En declaraciones a la televisión estatal cubana, Marrero vaticinó que, a pesar de la baja que tradicionalmente se experimenta en los meses de septiembre y octubre, "la tendencia al crecimiento permitirá sobrepasar las proyecciones y romper récords históricos" de llegadas de viajeros al país.

Canadá se mantiene en este periodo como primer emisor de turismo a la Isla, seguido por Estados Unidos, España, Italia, Polonia y Alemania, informó la televisión, que indicó que el 50% de los turistas extranjeros que viajan a Cuba repiten.

[[QUOTE:Canadá se mantiene en este periodo como primer emisor de turismo a la Isla, seguido por Estados Unidos]]Marrero también reconoció un "crecimiento importante" en el turismo nacional, que tiene entre sus principales destinos Varadero y los cayos del norte del país, polos a los que hasta hace unos años los cubanos tenían muy poco acceso.

En 2015 Cuba rompió un nuevo récord de turistas extranjeros con la llegada de 3,5 millones de visitantes.

El turismo es considerado el sector más dinámico de la economía cubana y la segunda fuentes de divisas después de los servicios profesionales, con ingresos de más de 1.940 millones de dólares en 2015, para un crecimiento del 10,7%, según informes de la Oficina Nacional de Estadísticas e Información (ONEI) de la Isla.

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One of the many interesting things about BLADE RUNNER was that it portrayed and android (Sean Young) as a sexual being. Who's a better sexy catalyst to continue the exploration of such themes in the BLADE RUNNER remake/reboot than Ana De Armas (she… Continue reading

Varios hechos violentos —entre los cuales tres asesinatos— que se habrían producido en Guantánamo en las últimas semanas han generado el rechazo en las redes sociales además de críticas al sistema cubano, según muestran opiniones de varios artistas locales recogidas en un vídeo publicado en Internet y el blog de una periodista de la Isla. 

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Ante las noticias de una inminente deportación, decenas de isleños han comenzado el azaroso desfile por la selva entre Colombia y Panamá. Lo que revela el testimonio de uno de ellos. Continue reading
En la isla, donde el salario promedio ronda los 25 dólares, no hay grandes préstamos bancarios, ni comercio electrónico y el Estado prohíbe la acumulación de capital, el surgimiento de una nueva clase media alta (incluso de algunos millonarios silenciosos) se va expandiendo. Continue reading
El servicio de encuestas de Apretaste representa una oportunidad sin igual en un país donde hasta ahora resulta poco menos que imposible la realización de las mismas. Continue reading
Los atletas cubanos finalizaron en quinto lugar en la olimpiada de Barcelona 1992, con 14 medallas de oro, 6 de plata y 11 de bronce. Continue reading
The Cuban government has restored many buildings in Havana Vieja - Old Havana - which was the original colonial core of the city. The plazas offer venues for art work, such as these whimsical foxes. SUBMITTED BY BILL HUDGINS Continue reading
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Título III de la Helms-Burton: “¿Para qué tener una ley que no se hace cumplir?” Rolando Cartaya Suspendida por cada presidente desde 1996 para evitar miles de demandas de cubanoamericanos por tráfico con expropiaciones en Cuba, la cláusula debería aplicarse al menos contra firmas de EE.UU. que estén traficando ahora en la isla con propiedades […] Continue reading
Santos dice que su Gobierno dialoga con los emigrantes cubanos sobre la deportación AGENCIAS | Bogotá | 2 de Agosto de 2016 – 16:00 CEST. El presidente de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, reiteró este lunes que los más de 2.000 cubanos hacinados en la localidad colombiana de Turbo (noroeste), cerca de la frontera con Panamá, […] Continue reading
The Other Mariel / Iván García

Iván García, 28 July 2016 — A woman with outlandish eye-glasses, reading
a book in the back seat, and a sinewy mulatto who is chain-smoking and
chatting up the driver on the approaching economic austerity are two of
the six passengers in an old collective taxi that the chauffeur drives,
zigzagging along the ruined road.

With the salsa music at full blast, we head to the village of Mariel,
some 55 kilometers to the west of Havana. Two passengers get off at La
Boca, a grey and ugly one-horse town where minutes are hours.

During the massive exodus of 1980, Mariel was one of the 19
municipalities of the old province of Havana. But now, with around
45,000 inhabitants, it's one of the 11 municipalities of Artemisa, one
of the two provinces that popped up on January 1, 2011 (the other is
Mayabeque).

Among other installations in Mariel is El Morro, the old cement factory;
a thermo-electric plant with Soviet technology, inaugurated by Fidel
Castro in 1978; an export terminal for raw sugar; a shipyard, and the
Occidental Naval Base of the Naval Marina of Cuba.

In the gloomy backstreets of La Boca, the asphalt shimmers and the stray
dogs take refuge from the heat at a ramshackle bus stop. In the distance
you can make out four enormous cranes, painted olive-green, and a
container ship that's being unloaded in the publicized Port of Mariel.

The anchorage, a stellar work of Raúl Castro's government, cost 957
million dollars and was constructed by Odebrecht, the company implicated
in various corruption scandals in Brazil that have shaken the foundation
of President Dilma Rousseff's Workers Party.

The residents of La Boca observe the port of Mariel as trespassers. "You
can't get in there. There are guards at the entrance, and inside the
demarcation zone are soldiers who give orders. I have a daughter who
works there. She earns 1,000 pesos a month, but the controls and the
distrust make her take days off. The port is a prohibited zone, to be
seen from afar," says Pastor, who sells tamales for five pesos.

No one in La Boca has seen foreigners or sailors drinking like pirates
in any local bar. "The truth is that very few ships come in. Right now
there's only one. It's a sign that the country is in crisis. The port is
more propaganda than anything else," affirms Arsenio, who works at the
cement factory.

Two years and six months after the inauguration of the Port of Mariel,
the harbor functions at half throttle. A port operator says that in all
this time fewer than 100 ships have docked.

"Forget the huge Post Panamax freighters that were promised. At the
entrance to the Bay there's an enormous piece of marble schist that
impedes the access of deep-draft boats. They wanted to dynamite it and
almost took that shit down. Now the port is more wrecked than the
formation. At best they'll solve the dredging problem, but they've
already finished the expansion of the Panama Canal, and Mariel has been
left behind in the war of the ports in the Caribbean and those on the
north coast of the United States, which are designed to attract large
ships," comments the port worker.

The independent journalist, Pablo Pascual Méndez Piña, has investigated
the technical problems of the Mariel port and its huge construction
cost. In the report on the Mariel surcharge, published in Diario de Cuba
on April 11, 2016, Méndez Piña points out:

"The big question is why it cost 957 million USD: a loading bay that,
according to official reports, has a surface of barely 28 hectares, a
docking bay of 700 meters, four STS super Post Panamax cranes, 12 cranes
with RTG pneumatics, 22 tractor wheel wedges, two tugboats, a
maneuvering basin of 520 meters diameter, with a mooring draft of barely
9.75 meters. Add to that the remodeling of a little more than 30
kilometers of roads, the construction of 18 kilometers of highways and
13 kilometers of railroad lines, plus the pay for a discreet group of
civil workers together with the more than 6,000 national workers who
participated in the construction. You arrive at the ludicrous sum of 20
million USD for three years of work."

For Giordano, a construction contractor, "If we compare it with the
expansion of other ports, like those in Costa Rica, Colombia or Miami,
with more work machinery, higher prices for real estate and high
salaries, the cost of the Port of Mariel probably doesn't reach 500
million dollars. The other money was embezzled."

But the cost of the port doesn't interest most of the inhabitants of the
municipality of Artemisa. Almost three kilometers from the shantytown of
La Boca is the town of Mariel.

Cubans like Marcos, a worker, thought that moving a large part of the
port operations to Mariel would bring with it an important added value
that would benefit the people of Mariel.

"But it's all been just talk. The municipal Communist Party officials
said that in 20 years, Havana would grow up to here. And from Baracoa to
Mariel there would be tall buildings, hotels and new cities. But I don't
believe that will happen with this government."

The taxis that arrive from the capital end their trips in a desolate
park in the heart of Mariel, a town barely five blocks long, which ends
in a small pier. It's a flat neighborhood of one-story, stone and wood
houses with tiled roofs.

For 10 pesos, you can visit the town in 20 minutes in a bicitaxi.
"Brother, tourists don't come to Mariel, and I don't know where they put
the sailors, since they don't come here. We have only one quality
private restaurant; the rest are stands that sell hot dogs and soft
drinks. The place is dead. There's no money, no life," says Oriel, the
driver.

Mariel doesn't seem like a dead, lifeless place. The same as in other
places on the Island, and considering that it's a work day, many people
are walking up and down the streets, lingering for little private
negotiations or standing in line to buy chicken by the pound, offered in
a local market.

In front of a park that's a stone's throw from the bay, there's a
roundabout. A drunk guy sleeps in the shade. Nearby, several people
drink cheap rum or beer. After going through an iron gate, facing the
sea, there's a narrow square with a Che sign in front of a small plaza,
where there are parties with recorded music on weekends.

"There's little in the way of entertainment here. You buy rum from the
shop, and on Saturdays you sit on the bay wall to flirt with a chick,
and then they kill the time by telling us lies. Whoever has money goes
to Havana to wander around," says Ridel, a shop manager, while he
continues watching the large, far-away cranes of the port.

For its citizens, the Port of Mariel is foreign territory.

Translated by Regina Anavy

Source: The Other Mariel / Iván García – Translating Cuba -
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El sindicalista independiente Iván Hernández Carrillo fue liberado sin cargos el lunes por la noche después de pasar más de 24 horas en una estación de policía de Santiago de Las Vegas.

Hernández Carrillo, miembro del Grupo de los 75, había sido arrestado con violencia el domingo, al llegar al Aeropuerto Internacional de La Habana procedente de Estados Unidos y negarse a ser sometido a un registro en condiciones que consideró irregulares.

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  AGRICULTURA

La isla dedica unos 2.000 millones de dólares al año a la importación del 80% de los víveres que consume y, según datos del Ministerio de la Agricultura, el 60% de esos alimentos que se compran en el exterior podría producirse en el país



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