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Daily Archives: August 18, 2016

El cubano Julio César La Cruz hizo los mejores impactos en una pelea de pocos golpes para derrotar este jueves por votación unánime al kazajo Adibek Niyazymbetov y ganar el título de los 81kg en el boxeo de los Juegos Olímpicos de Río 2016, reporta EFE.

La Cruz provocó al contrario con la guardia baja y pegó bien de respuesta para sacar ventaja en los dos primeros asaltos, en los que aseguró el triunfo.

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El nadador cubanoestadounidense Ryan Lochte y tres de sus compañeros inventaron un rocambolesco asalto a punta de pistola en Río de Janeiro para justificar los excesos de una noche de fiesta que terminó con destrozos en una gasolinera próxima a la Villa Olímpica, reporta EFE.

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… La Cruz wins light-heavyweight gold Cuba's triple world champion … , winning all three rounds unanimously. Cuban fighters have now won gold … quarter-finals four years ago, earned Cuba their first boxing gold in … Continue reading
Los cubanos no han esperado por permisos del Gobierno para lanzar sus proyectos al mercado, y han provechando cualquier resquicio para iniciativas como la creación de apps offline o la distribución de contenido en discos duros externos. Continue reading
El disidente Guillermo Fariñas perdió el conocimiento en su casa en horas de la tarde, y fue trasladado al cuerpo de guardia del hospital Arnaldo Milián en Santa Clara. Continue reading

Some 650 Cubans hoping to make it to the United States managed to cross the border through the Darien jungle and are now in the Panamanian town of La Miel. But with borders across Central America closed to migrants, they have no where to go.

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El diputado chavista y primer vicepresidente del gobernante Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, afirmó este jueves que citará a todos los ministros del país para solicitarles que destituyan a los altos cargos opositores que se encuentren trabajando en sus instituciones, reporta EFE.

[La crisis venezolana en DIARIO DE CUBA]

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14ymedio, Havana, 17 August 2016 – Connecting to the internet from state WiFi rooms and hotspots, became more complicated this morning after the interruption suffered by the web browsing service provided by the Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA). The interruption has left a trail of frustrated users and thousands of calls of complaints against state monopoly. … Continue reading "“Upgrading” Effort Paralyzes ETECSA Internet Service / 14ymedio" Continue reading
La zona está concebida como un auténtico apartheid. A la entrada del islote, un oficial de la policía, custodiado por varios militares con boinas rojas, chequea a las personas y vehículos que entran y salen del cayo avileño. Continue reading
Al ritmo de la salsa y el reggaetón, Madonna celebró una fiesta privada en La Habana por su 58 cumpleaños. Un video difundido por las redes sociales muestra a la … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Sueltan un golpe tras otro y nada. “Eso no sirve, vamos, ¡muévete!”. El excampeón cubano Jorge Hernández quiere que sus exhaustos pupilos aprendan el boxeo que ya no ve en … Click to Continue » Continue reading
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Ya Guillermo Fariñas cumple un mes en huelga de hambre en Santa Clara. Días atrás, en Miami, simpatizantes de la dictadura se preguntaban con sorna qué haría Fariñas cuando Raúl … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Las mujeres, en representación de la organización, tenían previsto visitar a Fariñas para "conocer su estado de salud, conversar con él e intentar convencerlo de que abandone la huelga”, explicó Soler. Continue reading
… :15 p.m. MEDAL ALERT: Cuban boxer Julio Cesar La Cruz … Cuban to win a light heavyweight medal. He already had secured CubaContinue reading
The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local): 3:35 p.m. A law enforcement official is telling The Associated Press that two security guards pointed guns at Ryan Lochte and three other swimmers during a dispute at a gas … Continue reading
“¿A dónde tú crees que se pueda ir con el dinero que me pagan?", me pregunta un amigo

El exaspirante presidencial republicano y exgobernador de Florida, Jeb Bush, y la congresista republicana Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, advirtieron este jueves que el "acercamiento diplomático" entre La Habana y Washington "no ha ayudado al pueblo" cubano que pelea por sus libertades, reporta EFE.

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Julio de La Cruz ganó el título en semipesados. La Isla sube al lugar 21 del medallero Continue reading
… Fresno Grizzlies. Yulieski Gurriel, considered Cuba’s top player prior to … younger brother, Lourdes, defected from Cuba in February following the Caribbean … in Cuba, one season in Japan); 2004 Olympian with the Cuba National team; represented Cuba in three World Baseball … Continue reading
El moderador de la Mesa Redonda señaló al medallista de plata en Río2016, Orlando Ortega, como "excubano". Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 18 August 2016 – The Surgidero de Batabanó, a fishing port with a little over 5,000 inhabitants, seems a place forgotten by modernity and development. However, among its humble homes and deteriorating streets lies one of the main centers of the illegal lobster trade that supplies Havana. With an abundance of shellfish on the … Continue reading "The Cradle Of Illegal Lobster / 14ymedio" Continue reading

El cubano nacionalizado turco Yasmani Copello ganó este jueves el bronce para su país adoptivo en la competencia de 400 metros con vallas del atletismo de Río 2016, reporta EFE.

El estadounidense Kerron Clement, campeón mundial en 2007 y 2009, consiguió con 30 años de edad su primera medalla de oro olímpica, al ganar la final con un tiempo de 47.73 segundos, cinco centésimas más rápido que el keniano Boniface Tumuti.

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El periodista oficialista Randy Alonso, director del programa Mesa Redonda y de la web oficial Cubadebate, llamó excubano al subcampeón olímpico de los 110 metros con vallas, Orlando Ortega, en un espacio de la televisión estatal.

Ortega ganó la medalla de plata para España el pasado martes en Río de Janeiro y dio al atletismo del país europeo su primera presea olímpica desde Atenas 2004.

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La Fundación para los Derechos Humanos en Cuba (FDHC) presentó este jueves en Miami el primer concurso "Ideas para Cuba", con el que quieren recopilar y premiar con 1.000 dólares, dos veces al año, las mejores ideas para buscar soluciones a distintos desafíos nacionales.

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14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 18 August 2016 — After escaping deportation in Colombia, some 650 Cubans managed to cross the border through the Darien jungle area and are now in the Panamanian town of La Miel. They have been assisted by the Panamanian government’s “Controlled Flow” operation, and may continue their journey but face an uncertain … Continue reading "Cuban Migrants Trapped In Panama Have Nowhere To Go / 14ymedio, Mario Penton" Continue reading
Aníbal Mustelier, conocido por las autoridades como 'El Fantasma', ha sido detenido en su domicilio de Hialeah (Florida, Estados Unidos), después de que las autoridades especularan sobre su estancia en Venezuela, Honduras o, incluso, en Cuba, donde le situaban las agencias de inteligencia internacionales. Continue reading
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Madonna disfruta de su visita a La Habana, Cuba, que comenzó el lunes. La cantante ha celebrado su 58 cumpleaños en la isla.

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La película 'El acompañante' (The Companion), dirigida por Pavel Giroud, ha sido seleccionada para representar a Cuba en la próxima edición de los premios Óscar, celebrados en la ciudad estadounidense de Los Ángeles. Continue reading
Congresistas de Florida están preocupados por la posibilidad de un derrame de crudo en plataformas cubanas Continue reading
… memorandum of understanding with the Cuban government that would give the … declined comment. Efforts to reach Cuban officials were unsuccessful. The move … with our international partners, including Cuba," Nelson said in an … develop has value for the Cubans, just like it has for … Continue reading
"Pocas cosas han cambiado para los que sufren bajo la tiranía de La Habana” Continue reading
El ex aspirante presidencial republicano y ex gobernador de Florida, Jeb Bush, y la congresista republicana Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, advirtieron hoy de que el “acercamiento diplomático” entre Cuba y Estados Unidos … Click to Continue » Continue reading
El primer ministro japonés Shinzo Abe planea viajar a Cuba a finales de septiembre, en la que sería la primera visita de un jefe de gobierno nipón a la isla, … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Japanese Prime Minister to Visit Cuba in September TOKYO - Japanese … and expand Japanese investment in Cuba, reported the Kyodo news agency … first meeting with the former Cuban president. In 2003, Fidel had … Japanese Foreign Minister to visit Havana and during his stay both … Continue reading

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El Surgidero de Batabanó, un puerto pesquero con un poco más de 5.000 habitantes, parece un lugar olvidado por la modernidad y el desarrollo. Sin embargo, entre sus humildes casas y sus calles deterioradas se esconde uno de los principales centros del comercio ilegal de langosta del que se abastece La Habana.

Con una abundante presencia de crustáceos en su lecho marino, la economía de esta zona costera, perteneciente a la provincia Mayabeque, se mueve alrededor del Combinado Pesquero Industrial y de la Fábrica de Mariscos, pero también de la captura ilegal de esa reina de las mesas cubanas cuya demanda ha aumentado con el crecimiento del turismo y la ampliación de los restaurantes privados.

Mientras que en los platos de los glamorosos locales gastronómicos que han surgido en los últimos años un plato de langosta nunca cuesta por debajo de los 15 pesos convertibles, en el Surgidero de Batabanó resulta una comida frecuente en la mesa de los más pobres. Quizás no tienen asfalto en buena parte de sus calles y en la noche el pueblo es aburrido y oscuro, pero el mar guarda la mayor riqueza que poseen los allí residentes.

Desde sus humildes casas, escondidas dentro de maletines con ropa, camufladas con ingeniosas coberturas y perseguidas por la policía que controla las carreteras, viajan las colas de langosta que terminarán en el menú de las más selectas paladares habaneras.

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Los sondeos muestran que la popularidad del republicano Donald Trump cae aceleradamente hacia un punto de no retorno. Pero Florida, un estado clave para ganar la presidencia estadounidense, es tan impredecible que los demócratas no pueden celebrar todavía, señala un reporte de la AFP.

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Activists Ask Pope Francis to Take an Interest in Health of Guillermo
Fariñas / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 17 August 2016 — In a letter to Pope Francis, eight
activists from the Anti-Totalitarian Forum (FANTU) have asked "his
Holiness to take an interest" in the condition of regime opponent
Guillermo Fariñas after 27 days on hunger strike.

The signatories are appealing to the Bishop of Rome to "keep Fariñas in
your prayers" and said that the 2010 recipient of the European
Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is risking his life
to demand "compliance with Cuba's existing laws to stop the violence of
some Cubans against others."

Guillermo Fariñas is in "critical condition" according to several
reports issued on Monday afternoon by Jorge Luis Artiles Montiel, known
as "Bebo," a spokesperson for the well-known dissident during his hunger
strike.

Artiles Montiel told 14ymedio via telephone that Fariñas had slept "from
the time the doctor left in the morning" until the afternoon visit of
independent unionist Ivan Hernandez Carrillo, with whom he spoke for a
few minutes.

The spokesperson for the FANTU leader said the opponent is now in a very
delicate state in which "he sleeps for long hours, passes little urine
and reports a lot of pain in his lower back and joints."

In the early days of this month, Farinas was visited by a representative
of the Holy See in Havana, José Manuel Alcaide, and the bishop of the
diocese of Santa Clara-Sancti Spiritus, Monsignor Arturo Gonzalez
Amador, who came to his house to show their concern for the health of
the dissident.

During Fariñas' hunger strike he has also been visited by Dana Brown,
head of the Economic Policy Section of the United States Embassy in
Havana and Raquel Gómez, minister counselor in the Spanish embassy.

Fariñas is demanding through his hunger strike that Raul Castro publicly
commit to not repressing the Cuban opposition and to ending state abuses
that affect the self-employed. He is also demanding a dialogue between
the authorities and the Cuban opposition.

Since Farinas began his protest on July 20, he has been taken to the
hospital twice, both times after becoming unconscious. In both cases he
received intravenous hydration in the Arnaldo Milian Castro Hospital in
the city of Santa Clara, and then returned to his home, where he is
being looked after by his mother, who is a nurse.

Guillermo Fariñas has said previously he is willing to continue his
strike "until the final consequences" if all of his demands are not met.

Source: Activists Ask Pope Francis to Take an Interest in Health of
Guillermo Fariñas / 14ymedio – Translating Cuba -
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Six Cuban Boat People Still Missing In The Gulf Of Mexico / 14ymedio,
Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 17 August 2016 — Thirteen men were
determined to leave the misery, despair and weariness of lives filled
with official propaganda. For months they crafted a boat on the cost of
the Isle of Youth, off Cuba's southern coast. In absolute secrecy to
avoid being betrayed, they prepared a catamaran and stocked it with food
and water. They wanted to get to Central America or Mexico, to continue
their journey overland to the United States, an ever more frequented
route, but a month and a half later they are still missing at sea.

Noyri Muñoz, a Cuban, 47, who is the sister of one of the rafters,
explains that, of the 13, only seven have returned to Cuba, deported
from Mexico a month ago. On returning to their own country, they do not
want to talk to the press nor with the families of the missing. Their
silence is more eloquent. Of then other six, there is no news. "The sea
is so vast, perhaps it swallowed them," she commented from Spain, where
she lives.

The weeks pass and the fear grows that the worst has happened. "They
left at dawn. They were from different towns on the Isle of Youth. They
bought a good quality engine and set sail for Mexico," explained Muñoz,
so said that for 15 days they "didn't see land anywhere" and decided to
separate into two groups to increase their chances of being found.

When the engine gave out they continued to paddle and use the sail they
carried, but they didn't seem to make much headway, so they decided to
separate, according to the version of one of the young boys who was on
the boat," added the sister.

"Three days after we separated a boat found us," explained one of the
rafters in Mexico to a family member of the missing. According to this
testimony, half of the group left with eight inner tubes, in search of
better luck. They divided the biscuits and the water. Since then, they
don't know anything more about them.

The same rafter explained in Mexico that at least four boats passed them
and didn't help them. The drifting boaters were finally rescued by the
supply vessel MV Fugro Vasilis, 130 miles from Arrecife Alacranes, north
of the Yucatan Peninsula.

"My brother was an economist for a state enterprise. He was a fighter,
intelligent, a man always looking for solutions to problems. He was very
creative. We are desperate, because we don't have any information. We
have tried to communicate with the Navy and the Mexican Army and US but
without success," says Muñoz.

The lives of the rafters could have been seriously threatened by
Hurricane Earl in early August in the Western Caribbean. The number of
rafters has significantly increased this year. According to the United
States Coast Guard, from 1 October 2015 to 15 July 2014, 5,241 Cuban
rafters have tried to reach the coast of the United States.

The names of the missing are José Armando Muñoz López, Luis Velásquez
Osorio, Rafael Rives Rives, Yoendry Rives del Campo, Amauri Pupo Pupo
and Juan Antonio Pupo Pupo.

Source: Six Cuban Boat People Still Missing In The Gulf Of Mexico /
14ymedio, Mario Penton – Translating Cuba -
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Emigration: The Great Cuban Obsession / Iván García

One of the 8,000 Cuban migrants who, in January 2016, were stranded in
Costa Rica and eventually were airlifted to El Salvador, where they
managed to travel to Mexico and from there could cross the border and
reach the United States, the 'promised land'. Taken from El País.
Ivan Garcia, 13 August 2016 — Like many Cubans who emigrate, Ariel
celebrated by buying a case of Domincan-made Presidente beer and two
bottles of aged Havana Club rum the day before his flight to Cancun.

Only his father and a couple of his friends knew of his plans. Weeks
earlier, his wife flew to Miami legally as part of a family
reunification program. Ariel, who did not want to wait two or three
years to reunite with his wife, saved enough money and contacted a
variety of people, who arranged his trip to Mexico.

Within three days he had crossed the border and after a thirty-six-hour
drive arrived in the sun-drenched city to reunite with his wife.

These are the stories with happy endings that inspire Cuba's would-be
emigrants, who hope to scrape up enough money to make the leap.

The current wave of Cuban emigrants is different from those of the past.
In the 1960s those who emigrated were mainly business owners whose
properties had been confiscated by the Castro regime and military
officials in Fulgencio Batista's dictatorship who were fleeing prison or
the firing squad.

1980 would mark the beginning of a stampede by Cubans who, in spite of
being indoctrinated by the military dictatorship, were escaping
poverty, the tedious litany of alleged American military threats and the
social polarization of those who think differently.

The emigration wave of 1994 was more of the same, with Cubans fleeing
the Castro brothers' ideological and economic madhouse. Even at a time
when leaving the country illegally carried long prison terms, there were
always people willing to fling themselves into the sea on anything that
would float in search of freedom and the chance to try their luck ninety
miles to the north.

All told — after Fidel Castro's takeover, the radicalization of the
military dictatorship, insane economic policies and overbearing social
controls — close to two and a half million Cubans have opted for exile.

With the advent of a new period of economic austerity and the
unpredictability of the immediate future, thousands of Cubans have
decided to pack their bags. After leaving Cuba legally, a large
percentage now travel overland, taking advantage of changes in
emigration laws adopted by the government of Raul Castro in 2013.

In the last two years, as many as 150,000 Cubans have left either
legally or illegally. Some decide to emigrate to Europe with the help of
an Italian, who might be someone's grandfather. Or they claim Spanish
citizenship under the Historical Memory Law.* From the vantage point of
the Old World, they can survey the scene, returning to Cuba every two
years so as not to lose certain rights they have as Cuban citizens.

The latest group is waiting for the end of the Castros' strongman rule
to decide their future. Others are leaving, never to return. Ten years
after the timid reforms by Raul Castro's regime, the quality of life for
most Cubans remains the same as or worse than it was in 2006

The poorest of the poor — a man like Heriberto, who collects empty soft
drink and beer cans in the Tenth of October township — are not
emigrating due to lack of funds. "If I had money or a house to sell, I
would have done it right away. It's better to be a beggar in Miami than
in Havana," he notes as he carries a sack full of cans.

A not insignificant number of small family business owners are making
plans to travel or to emigrate. Carlos, a sociologist, has noticed that
"people who make money and who have successful businesses are deciding
to emigrate or see it as a distinct possibility. It is an indication
that they are not confident about the reforms. Personal experience tells
them that the government could reverse course at any time."

Jorge Luis, a taxi driver, believes that, "for the state, private
businesses are a necessary evil. They could dismantle them at any moment
with a combination of high taxes, administrative harassment and audits.
The government is not interested in advancing private enterprise. That
is why the goal for many people like me is to make money and then
emigrate with the entire family. "

Diana, the owner of a prosperous restaurant business, regrets not having
been able to emigrate much sooner. "Things are complicated now," she
explains. "I have three children and family members I would never leave
behind. But my plan is to be able to establish myself outside of Cuba.
There is no future here; this will not change."

Colombia's deportation of the first group fourteen Cubans, announced
through the official press in a memo from the Foreign Ministry, does not
mean most emigration plans will be cancelled.

At least that is what Diego thinks. Ten months ago he asked for a
lighter work schedule so that he could spend more time buying and
selling dollars. "I made an exploratory trip to Russia to check out the
possibilities of getting to the United States through the Bering
Straights," he says. "In the end I decided to go through Mexico. With
all the corruption there, you can get anything if you pay cash. So in
September I will be flying to Mexico City."

And he will not be going alone. Accompanying him will be his wife and
ten-month-old infant. Braving the dangers that come with a journey led
by unscrupulous and violent human smugglers, many Cubans put themselves
at risk on this migratory adventure, traveling with the elderly, small
children and pregnant women.

Neither the repeal of the Cuban Adjustment Act nor the massive
deportation of Cubans from Ecuador and Colombia will deter Cubans
determined to leave their homeland. The fact is people will always try
to escape from a country where life has become unbearable.

*Translator's note: A 2007 Spanish law that, among other things, grants
certain rights to descendants of the victims of the Spanish civil war
and the subsequent Franco dictatorship.

Source: Emigration: The Great Cuban Obsession / Iván García –
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The Coconut Leaves Weaver / 14ymedio Yosmany Mayeta Labrada

14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Havana, 11 August 2016 – For Misael
Gonzales, Old Havana is the gallery that for years has refused to
display his figures made from natural materials. All the passersby on
Teniente Rey Street between Oficios and Mercaderes, will see there his
grasshoppers made from coconut leaves and some Japanese-inspired
constructions of braided green fibers.

The artist tells 14ymedio that initially he made clay and ceramic
structures but with that raw material it became very complicated to get
permission to market his work. Nature saved him from those difficulties
and, although his business of figures made from natural leaves has not
been without setbacks, little by little he has made his business thrive.

"I was fined several times," says the artist, "but now I have
authorization from the Office of the City Historian to develop my craft
works here," he said, while his fingers agilely braided the wings of an
inspiring insect.

At 44, this Artemisa artist based in San Miguel del Padron has turned to
crafts looking to support himself. When he lived in his native province
he came to the capital every week with the pieces he had made "selling
them for prices between 1 and 5 CUCs," which still hold.

"I have been experimenting for seven years," explains Misael, and
describes some of the "spectacular" works that have never sold that he
treasures at home. "I feel comfortable making these pieces out of
natural materials and, in addition, I don't get into trouble with the
law," he stresses.

Every afternoon the artist positions himself near Los Frailes Inn in the
old city center to sell his sympathetic figures, most of which he
creates before the eyes of the buyers. Other pieces are on display for
"when someone is interested" and he then makes them on request in front
of his customers.

Onlookers surround him and Misael displays his skills with leaves
between his fingers. Sometimes a child approaches and is ecstatic with
the animals that emerge with each fold. Misael gives him a grasshopper
that seems about to take flight. He knows that many of these little
ones' families don't have the money to pay him.

"Being an artist is being born again," he says with the same wisdom
that, one day, led him to create wonders with materials that others discard.

Source: The Coconut Leaves Weaver / 14ymedio Yosmany Mayeta Labrada –
Translating Cuba -
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