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Daily Archives: August 26, 2016

25 agosto, 2016 El senador de izquierda Antonio Navarro , el excandidato a la vicepresidencia del Centro Democrático, Carlos Holmes Trujillo , y el escritor Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza , discreparon sobre el acuerdo final de paz firmado por el Gobierno colombiano y las FARC en Cuba que pone fin al conflicto armado. Continue reading
El gobierno de Rafael Correa lanzó a principios de julio una batida que incluyó desalojos y deportaciones contra cientos de migrantes cubanos que reclamaban en ese país un puente aéreo a Estados Unidos ¿qué ha sido de ellos? Continue reading
The Obama administration “has no intention” of releasing or swapping jailed Cuban spy Ana Belen Montes, according to a letter sent by the U.S. Department of State to the House … Click to Continue » Continue reading

El presidente de México, Enrique Peña Nieto, habría plagiado parte de su tesis universitaria para obtener su licenciatura en Derecho cuando tenía 25 años, de acuerdo con una investigación periodística de Aristegui Noticias divulgada recientemente y citada por EFE.

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El premio Sajarov dijo a la diplomática estadounidense, quien le ha visitado en dos ocasiones, que se pronuncie el gobierno de EE.UU. sobre la violencia del régimen contra los opositores. Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 26 (acn) The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the … the movement of solidarity with Cuba in Italy, following the earthquake … Ministry. On its website, the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs published … solidarity and support of the Cuban people to those affected and … Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 26 (acn) Puerto Rican … 20 at Havana's Karl Marx Theater, in which Cuban musicians … encounter between Puerto Rico and Cuba. Extraordinary things happen on stage … and work of the late Cuban artist, known as Guajiro Natural … Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 26 (acn) Worthy heirs … the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, gave medal-winning runner … Antonio Becali, president of the Cuban Sports Institute (INDER); Mabel Ballesteros, president of the ACLIFIM ( Cuban Association of the Physically Impaired … Continue reading
… be 20 daily flights to Havana by the end of the … , who heads Cuba’s U.S. diplomacy department, said Cuba had confirmed … this year. Some 300,000 Cubans living in the U.S … home annually. In 2015, the Cuban government reported 161,233 Americans … Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 26 August 2016 – Josefina Vidal, Director of the United States Division for Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Tuesday that the internet is being used from the United States as a way to promote internal subversion on the island. “The illegal use of radio and TV against Cuba isn’t enough, they insist … Continue reading "Cuban Official Josefina Vidal Accuses US of Using the Internet “To Promote Subversion” / 14ymedio" Continue reading

La Guardia Costera de Estados Unidos repatrió esta semana a 161 cubanos que fueron interceptados en el mar cuando intentaban tocar tierra norteamericana, informó la institución en un comunicado divulgado el viernes.

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… month began deporting to Cuba about 1,200 Cubans who had been … in order to discourage unsanctioned Cuban migration. “We have encouraged regional … find solutions to the ongoing Cuban migration challenge and prevent irregular … relations. EDITORS: END OPTIONAL TRIM Cuban activist Ramon Saul Sanchez said … Continue reading
Interceptaron a los migrantes en 14 operaciones llevadas a cabo durante esta semana Continue reading
Con el auspicio de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) y el Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina, la conferencia anual de esa última entidad pasan revistas a varios temas del continente. Continue reading
“Todo se dificulta, el temor de que te cojan siempre está ahí, pero vale arriesgarse"
El Servicio de Guardacostas dijo que el escampavías Isaac Mayo repatrió, a 66 cubanos al Puerto de Cabaña el lunes, el escampavías Raymond Evans repatrió a 68 el martes y a otros 27 este viernes. Continue reading

Human Rights Watch (HRW) ha considerado que el acuerdo de paz suscrito por el Gobierno y las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) es una "oportunidad sin precedentes" para reducir las violaciones de derechos humanos, pero ha insistido en que tiene "graves defectos" que pueden "frustrar" este propósito, reportó Europa Press.

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Las autoridades cubanas han asegurado este viernes que están listas para recibir aviones comerciales estadounidenses a partir de la semana que viene, servicio suspendido desde 1961 y cuyo restablecimiento han considerado un paso positivo como parte del acercamiento bilateral. Continue reading
… half a century. Authorities in Cuba made the announcement on Thursday … and land in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara. … between the two countries," Cuban Deputy Transportation Minister Eduardo Rodriguez … governments to nine Cuban airports. “Twenty daily routes to Havana are pending … Continue reading
La situación en la provincia más oriental de Cuba es bastante similar a la del resto del país
… this week has repatriated 161 Cuban migrants to the island nation … city of Bahia de Cabanas. Cuban migrants attempting to reach the … fears that thawing relations with Cuba may lead the U.S … treatment of Cuban immigrants. The Coast Guard says 6,318 Cubans have … Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 24 August 2016 – This coming 12-13 September, independent Cuban journalists will meet with digital innovators and individuals who are fighting to open the island to the World Wide Web. This first conference on the use of the internet in Cuba is being organized by the Office of Cuban Broadcasting (OCB), … Continue reading "First Conference On Internet Freedom In Cuba To Be Held In Miami / 14ymedio, Mario Penton" Continue reading

Las autoridades migratorias de Costa Rica informaron el jueves que durante el mes de agosto han devuelto a Panamá a 239 emigrantes cubanos irregulares, en el marco de una compleja situación migratoria, reportó ACAN-EFE.

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Han protestado en la calle reclamando derechos para todos los cubanos; han pedido un cambio de régimen. Ahora están tras las rejas acusadas de desacato, desorden público y daño. Continue reading
Mucho se ha rumorado que al difunto presidente le gustaban esos ritos africanos Continue reading
Fariñas perdió 18 kilos de peso tras 37 días de huelga Martinoticias.com Su estado de ánimo es satisfactorio pero su estado físico y de salud se ha ido deteriorando, dijo el portavoz de la protesta a Radio Martí. Ha sido hidratado en tres ocasiones. El opositor cubano Guillermo Fariñas ha perdido 18 kilogramos de peso […] Continue reading
Funcionaria de la embajada de EEUU repite visita a Guillermo Fariñas DDC | Santa Clara | 26 de Agosto de 2016 – 19:02 CEST. La jefa de la Sección Política y Económica de la Embajada de Estados Unidos en Cuba, Dana Brown, visitó por segunda vez durante la actual huelga de hambre y sed al […] Continue reading
El Gobierno de Obama asegura que no tiene intenciones de ‘liberar o intercambiar’ a Ana Belén Montes DDC | Miami | 26 de Agosto de 2016 – 18:09 CEST. El Departamento de Estado, a nombre del presidente Barack Obama, aseguró en una carta al Comité Especial Permanente de Inteligencia de la Cámara de Representantes que […] Continue reading
El culto mediático Mahatma Gandhi y Nelson Mandela fueron siempre líderes carismáticos Marlene Azor Hernández, Ciudad de México | 26/08/2016 2:35 pm Siempre me ha parecido que “el culto a la personalidad”, es una forma de embrutecer a la ciudadanía. Se exageran méritos, se ocultan errores y represiones, se endiosan a funcionarios públicos que lejos […] Continue reading
Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry’s director general for the United States, said that an upcoming conference in Miami on internet use on the island seeks to promote internal subversion. “The … Click to Continue » Continue reading

Más de 30 congresistas estadounidenses, tanto demócratas como republicanos, pidieron el jueves a los secretarios de Estado, John Kerry, y del Tesoro, Jack Lew, imponer sanciones a más funcionarios venezolanos, al considerar que "la democracia está fracasando" en el país caribeño, reportó EFE.

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SubscriberWise founder and FICO Pro David Howe continues crusade to protect children with help of lawmakers and through recorded audio of child identity theft WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A., August 26, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ -- SubscriberWise®, the leading … Continue reading
… renewable energy Havana, Cuba, 25 August 2016 - The government of Cuba and … the island nation of Cuba. Taking place in Havana from the 24th … the exchange of knowledge between Cuban technical experts and international planners … Valdés said, 'Today in Havana, the purpose of starting an … Continue reading
Su estado de ánimo es satisfactorio pero su estado físico y de salud se ha ido deteriorando, dijo el portavoz de la protesta a Radio Martí. Ha sido hidratado en tres ocasiones. Continue reading

Un juicio contra la mandataria de Brasil se convirtió en una batalla a gritos y fue suspendido temporalmente este viernes después de que el presidente del Senado declaró que la "estupidez es infinita" y criticó duramente a una colega que cuestionó la autoridad moral del órgano legislativo, reportó la AP.

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… half a century. Authorities in Cuba made the announcement on Thursday … and land in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara. … between the two countries," Cuban Deputy Transportation Minister Eduardo Rodriguez … governments to nine Cuban airports. “Twenty daily routes to Havana are pending … Continue reading

La jefa de la Sección Política y Económica de la Embajada de Estados Unidos en Cuba, Dana Brown, visitó por segunda vez durante la actual huelga de hambre y sed al Premio Sajarov Guillermo Fariñas, que este viernes cumple 37 días plantado contra la represión del régimen.

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… moved to Cuba (father worked for a sugar company in Havana), where she grew into womanhood. "She talks about Cuba … went to Wellesley, returned to Cuba, then had to leave again … Continue reading

El Departamento de Estado, a nombre del presidente Barack Obama, aseguró en una carta al Comité Especial Permanente de Inteligencia de la Cámara de Representantes que el Gobierno de Estados Unidos "no tiene intenciones de liberar o intercambiar" a Ana Belén Montes, la analista de inteligencia encarcelada por espiar para el régimen cubano, informa el diario El Nuevo Herald

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El jefe de Estado de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, dijo el jueves que su Gobierno prepara un "plan de ofensiva" para la "victoria de la paz" que se iniciará el 1 de septiembre, día que la oposición ha convocado una marcha para exigir la celebración de un referendo revocatorio del mandato presidencial, reportó EFE.

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An Enslaved People / 14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco

14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco, Camagüey, 24 August 2016 – The level of
enslavement of a people is determined by the sum of freedoms that are
restricted. Slavery and freedom are two ends of a scale that, as one
side slants downward from the weight of the load on its side, its
counterpart rises.

I explained this to a high school student some days ago when he asked me
if I agreed with the opinion of his grandfather, who told him that the
Cuban people are suffering a modern form of slavery.

It took me a few minutes to answer his question. With teenagers and
children one has to be extremely cautious when offering insights, and
even more so when they ask questions based on the admiration and respect
they have for us. What we express to them can become a dogmatic axiom
for their lives. Children are intelligent and think for themselves and
then seek out an adult who, for them, has their own opinion.

To dodge his query I answered with another questions;

"What is the basis for your opinion of the condition of a modern slave."

"Many characteristics, prof (high school students call everyone who
teaches them 'prof').

"For example?"

"The slaves of previous centuries suffered punishments that today
wouldn't work: shackles, whips, mutilation… But my grandfather says that
we Cubans have lost rights that we enjoyed before the triumph of the
Revolution and this is called modern slavery."

The young man's grandfather had informed him that in January of 1959
more than 90% of Cubans were fidelistas – Fidel loyalists – and that
people put signs on their doors saying, "Fidel, this is your home," and
that apparently the Maximum Leader took the offer seriously: he banned
the sale of homes and confiscated more from everyone who kept things in
their own names than from the rest. This he called "Urban Reform."

Then he did the same thing with the haciendas and he called that
Agrarian Reform. He confiscated the businesses, from the huge
corporation to the last little mom-and-pop stands that supported
thousands of proletarian families, stretching out their meager earnings.
His grandfather had told him all this with a wry smile, saying that even
the combs and scissors of the barbers did not escape confiscation. He
didn't know what to call this.

Possession of firearms was prohibited. Anyone who rebelled was shot or
imprisoned. The labor unions were nationalized and the right to strike
eliminated. The intellectuals were told "within the Revolution everyone
and against the Revolution nothing," leaving the concept ambiguous, but
in a clear warning to those who tried to present personal arguments in
publications and artistic works of any kind. The Cuban people, as a
whole, were left stripped of their basic rights: without possessions,
without arms and without the ability to show their discontent. The great
ideologues of tyranny, especially Stalin, were always convinced that
miserable people were not capable of rebellion.

This happened in the first decade of the Revolution. The results didn't
have to be waited for. The population, all of it, became the
proletariat. The ration card arrived, a macabre Leninist idea from when
people in Russia were starving to death in huge numbers. The coffee and
meat quotas were reduced, along with those of other most needed items.
Smallholdings were forbidden from selling their products to anyone but
the State; the rancher who slaughtered a cow for family consumption
could be punished with a long prison sentence; and so it was with most
individual producers, creating the largest monopoly in memory in all of
Cuba's history, including during the centuries of colonial rule.

An official document was created for those who wanted to leave the
country: the "white card," controlled by the Ministry of the Interior
and virtually unattainable by the common citizen except in exceptional
cases. Cubans became inmates within the limited territory of the island,
and all those who emigrated illegally, became a foreigner, stripped of
their Cuban citizenship. An even greater limitation, was restricting the
right of residents of other provinces to live in Havana.

In 1973, the right of the people to appear directly in court as an
accuser was eliminated, regardless of their having proof of being the
main injured party, regardless of the damage suffered, thus violating
Article Six in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. "Everyone has
the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law."

In 1975, tens of thousands of Cuban were sent to fight in Angola.
Refusing to serve as soldiers in this war was severely punished,
especially among young people doing their compulsory military service.
Members of the Communist Party and the Young Communist Union were
stripped of their membership, and non-members were fired from their
jobs. Thousands of Cubans lost their lives for a cause interfering in
the affairs of another country that had nothing to do with them. The
Cuban people still do not know the number of their compatriots who died
in this adventure.

In 1980, homophobia reached its peak when a group of desperate people
invaded the Peruvian Embassy; the Port of Mariel was opened for their
deportation, and from there homosexuals, the disaffected and prison
inmates were expelled to the United States. President Jimmy Carter's
humanist approach cost the Democratic Party the presidency of the United
States.

At the end of the decade European Communism collapsed and Cuba faced a
misery unprecedented in its history. The country coped by enforcing
major restrictions on citizens, and there was even talk of communal
kitchens and creating an indigenous style habitat. Luckily Hugo Chavez
showed up with his oil in exchange for highly qualified Cuban personnel,
rented out by the State, these "internationalist" collaborators – mostly
doctors and other health care workers – received barely a miserable
stipend from what Venezuela paid the Cuban government for their work.

Possession of an American dollar was punished by several years in
prison. The consumption of fish was restricted to a greater extent and
the ordinary citizen never had the right to try seafood, beef or other
products from livestock farming.

Then came the new millennium, the high school student's grandfather
explained to him. Time did its work and the leadership of the country
passed – apparently, the grandfather stressed slyly – to the hands of
Raul Castro, the general president.

The general president opened some opportunities to the beleaguered
citizens with his reiterative motto, "without haste, but without pause."
He removed the restrictions on travel, without completely letting go of
the rope through a section of a decree. He allowed individual work,
despite impeding the economic growth of businesses, and much less
authorizing national citizens to make major investments, a privilege
reserved only for foreigners. Holding of dollars was allowed, but every
remittance received by an individual – from family or friends abroad –
had to be immediately exchanged for a currency that has no value outside
the country.

The Cuban people continue to drink at dawn a concoction that is not pure
coffee. They put "chopped meat" on their tables with such a high
proportion of soy it's an effort to believe they are eating meat. They
buy used clothes in the trapishoppings – a name derived from the word
for 'rag' – donated by charities in other countries. They continue to be
paid in Cuban pesos worth four cents each, versus the convertible pesos
worth a dollar. They go on vacation to popular campsites along the
riverbanks like aborigines, because places like Varadero are reserved
for foreigners and senior leaders.

Their proletarian earnings don't allow them to buy plane tickets to
travel abroad and they lack the wherewithal to buy a car. The state
monopoly swallows, as if into a funnel, the country's scanty
agricultural production at bargain prices. Popular dissent is not
allowed or recognized, and when women go out into the streets carrying
flowers in peaceful protest they are beaten, while the voices of
dissenters, opponents and freethinkers are hermetically silenced in the
mass media, and in the blocking of internet sites and radio broadcasts,
which are considered enemies…

After listening to all the conjectures of the young high school student,
I had no choice but to respond: "You belong to the new generation of
Cubans that represent the future of the nation. You are young, talented
and a friend of truth and wisdom. You have the right to determine
through your own reasoning if the Cuban people are slaves or not; and,
of course, the duty to work so that these injustices are eliminated."

Source: An Enslaved People / 14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco – Translating
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You bring out the Cuban in me, Randy!
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO
fsantiago@miamiherald.com

Dear Randy,

What a sweet name for such a nasty character.

For me, it conjures the infectious loud laugh of a football player I
knew in high school, a friend during a time when I was still privately
heartsick over losing country and family but reveling in the adventure
of becoming an American.

It's not every day that you see a committed soldier of the failed Cuban
Revolution with an American name like Randy, a throwback to the time
when Cuban culture flirted with Americana, and it was oh, so fabulously
chic. With that name, Randy Alonso, you've had to work overtime to climb
the Cuban government's career propagandist ladder to host "Mesa
Redonda," the national television talk show used to indoctrinate Cubans
on what they're supposed to believe.

Branding to demean is your signature talent. You've dubbed us "the Cuban
mafia in Miami" and referred to us as gusanos — worms — but never the
butterflies we became when we began to visit the island laden with gifts
and began to subsidize families to the tune of hundreds of million of
dollars a year. It was the Cuban people who nicknamed us the latter,
their crafty humor intact despite the bitter lies pounded into their psyche.

And now, suffering from a bout of Olympics sour grapes, you've coined a
new term to diminish exiles, immigrants, defectors and hyphenated Cubans
around the world: excubano.

The motive for your trantrum and odious comment? Runner Orlando Ortega,
who won a silver medal for Spain and, in victory, the Cuban native
refused to wrap himself in the Cuban flag. Your disdain only grew as
more Cuban athletes living as far away as Turkey to Azerbaijan won more
medals for their adopted countries, and they had nothing but praise and
gratitude for the refuge and acceptance. No win was sweeter than Danell
Leyva's two silver medals in gymnastics for the USA — Matanzas' loss and
Miami's gain. I felt double the dose of hometown pride.

Embracing as our own those who gave us refuge from oppression doesn't
make us any less Cuban. Wasn't the most heralded Cuban of them all, Jose
Martí, an exile in the United States for many years?

How little you know us, Randy.

If being Cuban is measured by succumbing to the subhuman category the
Cuban government has created for you, then luckily, no, I'm not that
kind of Cuban. I live in a country where I'm not banned from hotel and
beaches, as native-born are in Cuba. I live in a city where I can buy a
ticket to sail along Biscayne Bay on a tour boat full of tourists who
can't wait for the stop in front of a Star Island home to scream and
wave: "Gloria! Gloria!"

That would be the cubanaza Gloria Estefan who has taken Cuban music all
the way to Broadway and the Billboard charts. Believe me, she is no
ex-Cuban.

You, unfortunately, have to live on an island where foreigners are
kings. They enjoy your hotels, your tours of those beautiful archipelago
islets on the Camagüey coast — the ones that not even the Cuban woman
who sells the tour tickets can visit. You, "real Cuban," live in a
national prison where your musicians have to pay tribute to the
comandante if they want to get top bookings on their own turf. The
repressive government you defend is master of all things, even the
culture you're allowed to consume.

By supporting a government that demeans Cubans who don't think like
them, by trying to paint us as the enemy at a time many Cuban-Americans
are building even more bridges, you, Randy, are the pauper who serves them.

When I travel abroad and people ask me where I'm from, I say proudly:
The Independent Republic of Miami. They always want to know more: Where
am I really from? I'm Cuban, I say with equal pride.

But you really want to know how Cuban I am, Randy?

So Cuban that the other day, I angered some of my people when I said
that Cuban supporters of Donald Trump suffer from supremacy syndrome —
and they let me have it. I was treated to one of those hideous things
you invented on the island, the acto de repudio. The act of repudiation
against me, however, had something yours lacks: Internet access, zero
violence and international cachét — the glamour that comes from being
castigated all the way from Paris. To be worthy of repudiation by the
author of a classic Cuban novel — a writer I defended when other Cubans
called her a vulgar Communist — is the ultimate Cuban experience.

Such is the glory of democracy. It has room for everything, something a
repressed person like you, who accepts his master without question,
wouldn't understand. I'm so damn Cuban that I feel empowered to
criticize us — without losing an iota of my "Cubanhood" — when we lose
our way and support an unhinged cretin. And so American that I'm willing
to die defending their right to disagree with me.

If I weren't so Cuban, I would have kept that to myself, written theses
lines with the intellectual serenity of my American persona.

But, Randy, you bring out the Cuban in me.

I'm so Cuban — and I'm surrounded by so much cubanía every day of my
American life in Miami, capital of Cuban exiles — that sometimes, to
tell you the truth, it smothers me.

But to my great fortune, I am Cuban-plus, and like the Olympic athletes,
I'm free to escape into the embrace of another land I love.

Fabiola Santiago: fsantiago@miamiherald.com, @fabiolasantiago

Source: Host of official Cuban television show brands expatriate Olympic
winner 'excubano' – and Cuban-Americans answer: #YoNoSoyExCubano | In
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