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Daily Archives: September 16, 2016

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El general Raúl Castro viajó este viernes a Isla de Margarita, en Venezuela, para participar en la XVII Cumbre del Movimiento de Países No Alineados (MNOAL) que se celebrará los días 17 y 18 de septiembre. 

El gobernante fue recibido en el aeropuerto por el vicepresidente de Venezuela, Aristóbulo Istúriz.

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La Guardia Costera estadounidense repatrió a 142 migrantes cubanos que intentaron llegar ilegalmente al país por mar y que fueron interceptados en 15 operaciones distintas en aguas del Estrecho de Florida, informó este viernes esa institución. 

El pasado sábado fueron repatriados 43 cubanos a Bahía de Cabañas, otros 63 lo fueron el miércoles y 36 este viernes, señaló en un comunicado la Guardia Costera, reporta EFE. 

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HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 16 (acn) Cuban Vice President Gladys Maria Bejerano Portela stressed on Friday in Havana … guarantee law and order. The Cuban Vice President pointed out, that … , commercial and financial blockade against Cuba. Bejerano explained that the interest … Continue reading
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Los artistas cubanos Kandy Man, Mucho Manolo y David D Omni se presentan en concierto este sábado, 17 de septiembre, en La Madriguera de Miami a las 9 de la noche, informó la organización.

Kandy Man, reconocido por muchos como el "padre del reguetón" en Cuba y preferido por su contestataria propuesta musical, compartirá escenario por primera vez en Miami con Mucho Manolo, un joven santiaguero que despunta como promesa del género reguetonero.

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… (CBSDFW) – Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has taken Republican presidential candidate … asked about Cuban’s opinion of his economic plan? Cuban told Fox … policies and their substance. — Mark Cuban (@mcuban) September 16, 2016 2 … give it to charity — Mark Cuban (@mcuban) September 16, 2016 As … Continue reading
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La Guardia Costera informó este viernes que el número de cubanos capturados en el Estrecho de la Florida durante el presente año fiscal asciende a 6,850, superando las cifras del año anterior. Continue reading
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El coordinador nacional del Comité Ciudadanos por la Integración Racial (CIR), Juan Antonio Madrazo, denunció este viernes la detención "violenta" de una de las activistas del grupo, Martha Adela Tamayo.

Tamayo fue detenida este mediodía en una calle de La Habana por parte de dos agentes de la Seguridad del Estado, comentó Madrazo en declaraciones a DIARIO DE CUBA.

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El disidente cubano Guillermo Fariñas ha puesto fin este lunes a su huelga de hambre, que había llevado a cabo durante cerca de dos meses, para reclamar el fin del trato violento hacia los opositores. Continue reading
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La Asociación Cubana para el Desarrollo de la Educación Infantil (ACDEI), con sede en la Isla, ha pedido al Gobierno cubano que se haga justicia con las víctimas de los hundimientos del barco de recreo XX Aniversario y el remolcador 13 de marzo.

La petición se incluye en un informe presentado en la ONU que analiza la convención internacional para la protección de todas las personas y contra las desapariciones forzosas.

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Condemned to Humility / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 14 September 2016 – Limits on
property tenure and wealth accumulation are prominent in discussions
about the documents issued by the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist
Party (PCC). "The Talibans" – as the hardliners are often referred to –
demand precision and the entrepreneurs also need it, for different
reasons, to understand the subjective opinion of the local overlord who
is going to determine whether someone has become too prosperous.

With only 15 days left to complete the analysis of the Conceptualization
of the Bases* of the National Development Plan, issued by the congress,
these documents have been discussed only by "the membership of the party
and the Young Communists Union, and representatives of mass
organizations** and large sectors of society."

In December, if the deadlines are met, a plenary session of the PCC
Central Committee will put the final touches on the these directives,
perhaps with some modifications or additions. The principles that govern
the country's economic activities in the coming decades will not have
been subjected to the scrutiny of a significant number of citizens.

This Monday one of these debates took place with several district
delegates selected from the Santa Clara's People's Council. According to
the official newspaper Granma, among the most debated topics was
Paragraph 104 of the Conceptualization, which rejects the idea of "the
concentration of property and wealth in natural or legal persons."

As the official Party organ, Granma usually chooses with care the
opinions it publishes, and in this case it published the opinion of
several delegations about "the need to define how far it will allow this
phenomenon [tenure of property and wealth] to go, and the imperative of
defining limits." Others called for "strict supervision by the competent
bodies, with their control system to prevent the proliferation of new
rich in Cuba."

Such fears are consistent with the implementation of a new measure where
it is stipulated those receiving monthly salaries exceeding 500 Cuban
pesos (CUP, about $20 US) must make a special contribution of 5% to
Social Security. A decision that also includes workers at state
enterprise earning up to 5,000 CUP (about $200 US), who will have to
also pay a personal income tax of 3%.

However, a self-employed person who has a personal net income of 60,000
CUP a year (an average of 5,000 per month) faces a tax rate of 50%. This
is a clear obstacle to the development of private entrepreneurs, which
the government has had to tolerate given the economic collapse of the
country, but against whom it maintains a stubborn animosity.

Following the recent closed-door discussions, it is probable that the
limits of wealth concentration in the hands of Cuban citizens will be
defined with more precision. It is very likely that when the definition
is written precedence will be given to the voices insisting "this is and
will remain a Revolution of the humble, by the humble and for the humble."

With this thundering no one can sleep, grow or prosper. If, given that a
successful entrepreneur who manages to earn the equivalent of about $200
US a month will be placed on the top of the food chain and pay the
highest tax rates, what can be expected from the corrective they will
reserve for those who start a small or medium sized business?

During the five years in which the Guidelines from the Sixth Communist
Party Congress were in effect, Point 3 of the economic management model
was designed to prevent the concentration of property. Some analysis
suggested this point would be eased in the Seventh Congress, but instead
it was strengthened by adding the word "wealth."

A superficial glance could lead to the conclusion that those incapable
of creating, moved by envy, want to tie the hands of those who through
risk, imagination and personal effort put their goals above the
prosperity managed by the generosity of a paternalistic and controlling
state. Surely there are better arguments to explain these blunders.

Translator's notes:
*"Base" in this context refers to what in other, non-totalitarian
contexts, would be called the "grassroots," that is Party organizations
at the local level.
**"Mass organizations" refers only to government controlled entities
such as the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), the University Students
Federation (FEU), and so on.

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'Laptops' Now Have a Place on the 'Little Regla Ferry' / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 14 September 2016 — Residents and visitors of Regla
and Casablanca can now travel with their laptops on the maritime vessels
that connect the historic center of Havana with these two towns. For
decades, travelers with computers were obliged to make the trip in buses
or cars, due to a prohibition from the authorities.

Several of these boats, known as lanchitas de Regla, were the scenes of
immigration incidents prior to the 1994 Rafter Crisis. Controls at the
terminals at both ends escalated started at that point and prohibited
carrying passengers with scissors, bottles with liquid, cakes for
parties, and electronic equipment like laptops.

As of last week, and without the official press having published the
information, people with laptops are allowed to board the ferries. One
of the employees responsible for inspecting passengers told 14ymedio
that "now you can travel not only with one, but with all the computers
you want."

The relaxation happened after a restructuring of urban transport
implemented beginning in August. Given the decline in the number of
buses now serving the towns of Regla and Casablanca, the authorities
have removed what many considered an "absurd prohibition."

Source: 'Laptops' Now Have a Place on the 'Little Regla Ferry' /
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"We Have to Get the Police Out of Our Heads" / 14ymedio, Yania Suarez

14ymedio, Yania Suarez, Stuttgart, 12 September 2016 – Erik Jennische,
author of "We Must Get the Police Out of Our Heads" declared that the
book was written to enlighten the Swedish reader about the democratic
movement in Cuba and its current state. However, the Cuban reader will
not find much of use in this reporting, even though it is the most
complete that exists on the subject.

Despite their efforts at transparency, despite that in recent years the
presence of dissidents on the web and on TV in Miami, they are still a
mystery for the majority of those living on the island. The stigma of
official propaganda against them still prevails and, above all, the idea
still prevails that they are a group of conspirators, plotters, filled
with secrets, who work in the shadows (reality is not like this, but
what is reality, on the other hand?). The consequences of this general
ignorance are considerable: in the collective imagination, opponents are
isolated and inaccessible, because people do not usually participate in
what they do not understand, and they also tend to fear it.

Jennische's book eliminates this prejudicial enigma about them and tries
to explain them in almost all their aspects (leaving the task of scorn
for the enemy).

We find in it everything from the path a person can take to become an
opponent of the regime (a subject that interested the sociologist
Jennishce in its time), to certain keys to understand the new relations
with the United States; from the first steps of the movement, to its
current shape and direction. The result is extremely enjoyable, the book
reads with the nimbleness of a story – a form it uses more than a few
times – despite the flawed translation.

An interesting chapter examines the principal organizations in Miami,
about which we know little. Another talks about the indirect influence
of Gene Sharp in the recent direction of the democratic movement.
Another evaluates the advantages of the internet – which the government
fears because, among other reasons, it establishes certain social
conditions that Fidel Castro exploited for this struggle and later
eliminated when he came to power.

The unveiling of undercover agents that happened during the trials of
the 2003 Black Spring, the author derives that the function of those
infitrated was merely propagandistic: they offered no "secret"
information from espionage because all of these opposition figures had
been public and didn't spy on anybody; nor was very consistent evidence
needed for the convictions.

Rather, "the results of the participation of those agents in the
democratic movement for year, were simple defamations… they described
the democratic activists as cowardly, avaricious, imbeciles and
contentious," as if it were a telenovela (one could add that they also
conferred on them the mystery that today distances others from them,
having been "revealed" to the people through an "espionage operation").

"We Have to Get the Police Out of Our Heads" has generated some
controversy when, at the end of the book it suggests that we have
perhaps overestimated the ability of the secret police to stop the
progress of the democratic movement. The efficient Stasi, the author
argues, couldn't stop it in Germany despite their growing files, and the
reason is that they are incapable of processing the information they
collect into a good analysis of society. Surveillance, on the other
hand, only serves to intimidate the indecisive and to publicly stone a
person.

Certainly, the question raised is much more interesting than the
conclusion above. In Cuba there are experienced leaders with more than a
little responsibility such as Jose Daniel Ferrer, who pay a lot of
attention to the issue of infiltrators in their groups, because state
security is also engaged in sabotaging, through agents, the activities
of the opposition.

But the contribution of Jennische, even in that controversial fragment,
is always intelligent, always worthwhile. The reader will appreciate the
discrete analysis that guides it and the abundance of data gathered. It
is not a definitive book: the history of the democratic movement remains
to be written and some will find missing pieces. But it is a good step
to moving us beyond that difficult shadow.

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Free Information Is "Food For The Brain," Said Alan Gross / 14ymedio,
Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 13 September 2016 — The last day of Cuba
Internet Freedom Forum (CIF), which is meeting in Miami this week and
was attended by dozens of experts in the use of networks, explored the
importance of recognizing internet access as a fundamental human right
and analyzed trends in the digital market on the island and the
landscape of independent journalism, among others. The event, organized
by the US Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) and the first of its kind in
history, seeks to promote new ways to increase connectivity in one of
the countries with the worst internet access index in the world.

Among the most relevant events of the day was the Internet Freedom:
Fundamental Human Right workshop, which involved the US subcontractor
Alan Gross who spent five years in prison in Cuba for "acts against the
territorial integrity of the state."

Gross's first words were "¿Qué bolá?, asere" – what's happening, dude.
Gorss said that "information is food for the brain" and, therefore,
should be considered a human right.

The former prisoner, cigarette in hand, also noted the island's need to
"land" in the 21st century. "If we believe that the Cuban government
says about the the need for exports to improve its economy, we have to
think that it would facilitate contacts between producers and foreign
markets, and that can only be done through the internet," he added.

In the panel on trends in the digital market in Cuba, the founder of the
site Apretaste, Salvi Pascual, explained the results of a survey
conducted through this new initiative, which allows information to be
collected through Nauta email. The results show that the majority of
those consulted on the island want internet, although they would have to
pay a fixed monthly fee. The survey also showed that a high percentage
of the inhabitants on the island want the government rationing system to
be maintained.

"Internet is a universal human right and that is why the Castros fear
it," said Cuban-American Senator Marco Rubio in a video message
addressed to the public forum.

In another panel, dedicated to independent journalism on the island, the
analyst Miriam Celaya recalled the background of this phenomenon. Other
participants such as Rolando Lobaina, Ivan Garcia and Ignacio Gonzalez
also addressed the issue from the plurality of independent sites and the
awakening being observed in other media in which official journalists
participate, such as El Estornudo, OnCuba and El Toque.

Lobaina raised the challenge of organizing an event of this kind on the
island, but said government repression towards the independent press
"would probably prevent it."

The event presented the work of the digital site Martí Noticias, which
has about six million visits to its website and an average of more than
nine minutes of time spent on the site.

"It is an excellent opportunity for an exchange between those of us on
the island and those in exile. The future of the internet in Cuba we are
going to guarantee for everyone," Joanna Columbié, a member of the
Somos+ Movement (We Are More). The activist added that this type of
event has a real impact on ordinary Cubans, because it provides tools to
facilitators who, once in the country may continue the educational work
there.

According to Rachell Vazquez, a freelance journalist who contributes to
14ymedio, it is increasingly necessary that the information produced in
Cuba not only reflect the reality of the capital, but also the interior
of the island.

"Freedom, both of expression and on the internet, is fomented when
people of a neighborhood or a municipality see their lives, their
concerns and their hopes reflected in the work we do. That's the best
way to contribute to the change of mentality in Cuba," she said.

Source: Free Information Is "Food For The Brain," Said Alan Gross /
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Who Violates the Rights of Whom in Cuba … Washington or Havana? / Somos+

Carlos Raúl Macías López, 15 September 2016 — Starting in the second
half of the twentieth century, the world has witnessed a phenomenon
without parallel in the history of mankind, one which has been
strengthened by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War,
and has increasingly expanded to encompass virtually all strata of
society. We are talking about globalization, whose significance has
upset politics, economy, technology, culture, trade, bringing a gradual
increase in communications and greater interdependence among the world's
different countries.

Human beings' most basic rights have not escaped the advent of this
trend, where international institutions have joined their best efforts
and resources to ratify what is inherent and essential for every person,
regardless of race, sex, gender, ideology, religion, etc.

Outside from these realities, the the official government discourse in
Cuba has employed with tragic repetition the term "political isolation"
to refer to the treatment that the United States government has applied,
from almost the very triumph of the Revolution, to "try drown the Cuban
people in hunger and need, and to generate in this way, discontent and
destabilization."

According to this line of reasoning, it would seem that the only source
of dissatisfaction that the Cuban people might experience in their daily
lives, comes from outside (imperialism), and never from the poor
governance within. Undoubtedly, the government conveniently has known
how to take advantage of this doctrine, and with impunity to undermine
attention to such an extent that there are still a few of the
ideologically blind (intentional or not), who blame all the ills that
afflcit us on "the Americans." Confirming the saying: "There are none so
blind as those who will not see."

If we objectively stick to the facts, we can not deny that in foreign
policy the Americans have made their lamentable "blunders" and miscues
(the embargo/blockade), since after 57 years of this policy the same
priestly caste remains in power in Cuba. Even the current occupant of
the White House, as part of recent bilateral negotiations, acknowledged
that "it was time to reconsider the methods and to change them."

None of this negates the fact that in Havana there is a regime that
rules a hard and rigid hand. Events conclusively demonstrate that the
true and most fearsome isolation plaguing us is not coming from
Washington, but from the capital of all Cubans. Given this argument, I
can not but hold that for things to move forward as they should, the
dialogue should be primarily between the government and its own people,
and not primarily with our northern neighbors. Because, what does it
serve us to get along with those who live next door to our house, if we
are at odds with those living inside it? Unlikely coexistence.

In order to shed light on the subject at hand, I must point out that
human rights, the Cuba case is controversial and appeal internationally.
International organizations such as the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights (CIDH), Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the
World Organization Against Torture and others have repeatedly submitted
information and reports, with abundant evidence of violation of human
rights.

Moreover, the defenders of the Castro government appeal to the fact that
in developed countries human rights are violated, in a much more
critical way, arguing further that in 2007 the United nations removed
Cuba from its list of states that violate rights humans, and that in
most of the Antilles the human Development Index (HDI) is among the
highest in the continent, comparable even with developed countries in
the first world.

This last parameter (HDI) includes health, education, culture, which are
ultimately second generation or social human rights, but the crux of the
matter is that, for years, the great ruler, and then his brother, have
spoken boastfully that these human rights are often raised as trophies
of socialism, but ultimately a nation cannot overstate the human rights
of second generation, to the detriment of the first generation, or to
put it another way, it is improper to base the existence of certain
human rights as a justification for desecrating others.

This has been our pathetic reality. To accept this thesis, would be like
consenting willingly to be slaves, because we enjoy certain rights,
because our master supplies us with food, a place to sleep, books, and
heals us when we get sick, but at the same time prevents us from going
where we want to go, speaking and associating with whom we want, writing
about the subjects we want, etc …

What I find even more disturbing is the fact that, in order to justify
certain abuses, the Cuban political system is organized on the basis of
the lordship of state power over the basic human rights being breached,
violated, transgressing these rights capriciously, on behalf of the
government's own interests and to the detriment of a completely
vulnerable individual at the mercy of it. A simple scrutiny of the Cuban
Constitution shows that the interests of the socialist state, as
casually defined by the system itself, are above all else. See Article 62.

The questionable phrase "the decision of the Cuban people to build
socialism and communism" is simply a euphemism for sidestepping the
truth: the government's ideology is above individual rights and
guarantees, since it deprives the individual in the full exercise his or
her freedom, and catalogs as a punishable offense the mere attempt to
change this decision. As noted, it is not an objective, comprehensive,
fair and impartial law but a law dyed with an ideology, therefore,
unjust, biased, diffuse, which ultimately depends on the willingness of
whomever has the power to decide what it believes is "best for the people."

The the question asked in the title of this article — "Who violates the
rights of whom in Cuba… Washington of Havana?" — the evidence points
only in one direction: the Cuban government.

Source: Who Violates the Rights of Whom in Cuba … Washington or Havana?
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La información libre es “comida para el cerebro”, según Alan Gross MARIO J. PENTÓN, Miami | Septiembre 13, 2016 El último día del Cuba Internet Freedom (CIF), que sesiona en Miami desde ayer lunes con la presencia de decenas de expertos en el uso de las redes, exploró la importancia de reconocer el acceso a […] Continue reading
Cuba apunta a “erróneas interpretaciones” sobre supuesta reserva de petróleo 15 de septiembre de 2016 – 21:09 Hace un par de semanas se difundió en varios medios la información de que la australiana MEO había confirmado en un comunicado el hallazgo de una reserva de 8.200 millones de barriles de petróleo de alta calidad LA […] Continue reading
Fidel Castro's Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime / Somos+, Roberto Camba

How much truth can a man take?
Friedrich Nietzsche

Somos+, Roberto Camba, 12 September 2016 — They say it began with the
fight to return the young rescued rafter Elian Gonzalez from the United
States to Cuba. Really it was much earlier, since the strategy never
changes: silence and ignore the adversary, incessantly repeat lies until
it is almost impossible to distinguish the truth.

To define, to communicate that the assault on the Moncada Barracks was a
revolt of sergeants, to publish in Bohemia magazine in January of 1959
that the Revolution was green like the palm trees and had nothing to do
with the Soviet Union, or to when the United States invaded Granada in
1983, are examples. And yet, "Revolution… is never lying," say the
propaganda billboards.

By monopolizing all the media immediately after 1959 and creating their
own education program, the arsenals of weapons were entirely under their
power. The enemy could have ideas, but could never express them publicly.

With the Elian Gonzalez case they started the Open Forums and the
Roundtable TV shows… all caps. I never understood that these
manifestations of the Battle of Ideas transmitted to the Cuban people
were just about ensuring their overwhelming support for the Revolution.
Where was the battle? Who was the enemy? Why do you line up the "canons"
facing your own soldiers?

The speakers at these "Masses" didn't have to think, they just recited
the Revolutionary "creed" from memory. On the Roundtable show the
soldiers didn't have to face the enemy, only their colleagues on the
other side of the table.

The concept of "Round" itself symbolizes the endless and monotonous.
Like in Mark Twain's novel "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's
Court," the topics of each day of the week were identical: "The King
walks through his circular courtyard." There is nothing new in a vicious
circle.

All Communist regimes have curtailed freedom of expression. The only
explanation for this is that it is in the ideological arena where they
are most vulnerable. Therefore, they continually reject dialogue with
the opposition, they refuse to share "the same room" with its
representatives during the Americas Summit in Panama, so they hid the
people of the "Varela Project" and discussions with Edmundo Garcia were
only broadcast in Miami. Ultimately, former vicepresident Ricardo
Alarcon ends up looking ridiculous talking to Eliecer Avila, then a
student, as do the Castros at press conferences. They find having
interlocutors uncomfortable. They learned monologues, not dialogues.

They arm the "fighters" of the Rapid Response Brigades for an act of
repudiation against the Ladies in White. They shout a lot so they don't
have to hear the voices of these brave women. If there are not enough
people they bring an orchestra, they set up a "Street Fair" with
screaming kids or hold a "Carnival." If the Ladies in White continue to
express their ideas they force them into a bus and take them away.

The "Battle of Ideas" is a paradox. There is no "battle." They only
fight when they have previously "killed" the enemy. The other army is
not allowed to shoot. Only then they can win the battle. In the Cuban
Constitution there is only freedom of speech and of the press as long as
they "conform to the aims of socialist society" (Article 53), which is
another way of creating the crime of "enemy propaganda" (Article 103
Penal Code).

The "Battle …" has now moved to the digital arena. The "soldiers" of the
University of Computer Sciences and State Security must comment on the
articles of the official media, and of those refugee challengers in the
only place that the state can not fully control: the internet.

Compare the comments on the articles in the official sites such as
"Granma" or "Cubadebate" with those of the independent sites such as
"14ymedio" or "CubaNet." In the articles themselves, it seems they are
speaking of different countries. Censorship makes the difference. The
"soldiers" don't get medals, they get toiletries and free internet
access. In the land of those with nothing, nothing is an incentive.

The idea is not even new. Putin learned it in the KGB and used it
extensively as revealed by the newspaper The Guardian. The difference is
that Putin pays his trolls better. Like any war strategy, it has a weak
point. The "soldiers" — allowed to surf the internet to promote the
Revolution — are exposed to the enemy's "weapons." Eventually they will
contrast these ideas with those they've been inculcated with and with
the reality they experience. And they will learn the truth … and the
truth will set them free.

Source: Fidel Castro's Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime / Somos+,
Roberto Camba – Translating Cuba -
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Camagüey Neighbors Manage To Stop Work On An Official's House /
14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco

14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco, Camagüey, 13 September 2016 — The
struggle of a small community of neighbors in Camagüey against the
allocation of a plot of land at the corner of their building to an
official from the Ministry of the Interior, has resulted in a small
victory, as they have managed to stop the work on the new owner's house.

Since 2001 there has been a plot of idle land some 200 yards from where
it is believed the first house in the city was built, 500 years ago. As
the area is large, and given the deterioration of an old multi-family
building, at the end of the 1990s it was planned to fund new
construction of a five-story building with 10 apartments. The new
housing was planned to be built under the "microbrigade" progam, [Ed.
note: See page 26 of the linked PDF] most of whose participants came
from the deteriorating structure, and they were the ones doing the work.
The project was completed and the new building was inhabited while the
old building collapsed, leaving a generous plot of land in front with
the new apartment building behind.

For more than 15 years there have been many solicitations to build in
the downtown area, but all were denied. Thereafter, the empty space has
served only as an eventual landfill.

The pleasant site to the east hosts the America Cinema, an emblematic
theater from the 1950s, a beautiful and well used entertainment venue,
and to the east Plaza Santa Ana hosts its namesake church, more than 300
years old, the oldest church on the city.

In early August, to the surprise of the locals, it was announced at a
neighborhood meeting that the vacant lot had been given to a high
official of the Ministry of the Interior. Almost immediately, a
supposedly qualified person marked off an extensive perimeter for the
construction of a private residence for the official.

Many members of the community criticized the "excessive" use of space –
around 2,700 square feet – and there was even an exchange of angry words
between a neighbor of the building and a family member of the official.
The following day backloaders and trucks appeared to clear the area and
excavate it, leaving only a few yards of space between the site and the
multifamily building to the rear.

There was no delay in registering a complaint. The building residents
and some other people from the community got together and drafted a
protest letter to the municipal government with more than 20 signatures.
The district's delegate to the People's Power, affectionately called
Angelito, offered his unconditional support to the citizen protest and
said he felt badly for not having taking into account their opinions as
the area's authority from the Communist Party base.

In the letter the residents argued that not only would the building
completely eclipse the view of the beautiful multifamily building, whose
brightly painted color scheme contributes to the atmosphere of this
corner of the city, but the narrow corridor remaining for their
circulation was dark and hidden and badly connected to the street. They
also argued that in the case of a medical emergency, a fire, or any
other emergency, it would be very difficult in such a narrow space for
an ambulance to maneuver, much less, a fire truck.

Dr. Armando Balaguer, promoter of the complaint, appeared before the
president of the municipal government and, he says, he was not treated
with the expected benevolence. The local president claimed that the
Ministry of the Interior official, Liduvina Gay Perez, deserved the land
donation because of her dedication as head of the women's prison in
Camagüey. Dr. Balaguer stressed that the demand of the neighbors was not
opposed to the individual who was benefiting from the donation, it was
simply a demand for the rights of the citizens in this small community
of families, not only with the voice and legitimate vote of their
delegate, but also because the more than 10 families affected includes
five doctors, most of whom have served on international missions
providing health care in other countries [in exchange for payments in
cash or oil to the Cuban government].

In addition, although the land is state-owned, the residents of the
building feel it is their own, and given their marked sense of belonging
their demand states that they want a playground to be built there, or a
circuit training park to fight obesity, or a fenced area for children's
sports, given that the neighborhood's children do not currently have a
place for extracurricular games. This first discussion was a failure.

Without surrendering to defeat, Dr. Balaguer met with several residents
of the building and with the delegate of the district, and they went
again in a tight group for the second time to the office of the
president of the municipal government. After some research on their own,
they learned that the Office of the City Historian, the supreme entity
in such cases, had not given its approval for the donation, which would
indicate that the gift was directly rooted in the municipal government
with the concurrence of the Department of Physical Planning.

After the clearing of the land, the excavations, and the staking out of
the perimeter, the work has been stopped. It is appears that the methods
used to arrive at the construction of the house were not the most
correct nor in accord with the aesthetic interests of the city.

See also: A subtitled film on Microbrigades in Cuba by Florian Zeyfang,
Lisa Schmidt-Colinet, Alexander Schmoeger, 2013
http://schcsch.com/filter/Cuba/Microbrigades-Variations-of-a-Story

Source: Camagüey Neighbors Manage To Stop Work On An Official's House /
14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco – Translating Cuba -
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"Farmers Have Awakened To The Reality Of The System, Although They Can
Not Protest Openly" / 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez

14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 12 September 2016 – Rolando
Pupo Carralero is a self-declared lover of the countryside, despite
having begun working the land by necessity, when he abandoned his
studies in economics.

Currently a member of the national executive of the Cuban Independent
and Democratic Party (CID) and coordinator in the western region of for
political group, Pupo has worked for many years growing tobacco. From
his experience in the fields, he believes it is very difficult for
regime opponents to own land, and believes the farmers have become aware
that the "Revolution" pays them one-forty-fifth of the value of what
they produce.

Ricardo Fernandez. How is it possible that within the opposition there
are no independent farmer organizations?

Rolando Pupo Carralero. In Cuba, they don't allow members of the
opposition to have land. It is not a written law, but the land is in the
hands of the state, and it is distributed to those who are "suitable"
and opponents are rarely in that category.

People who inherit land can be part of the opposition, but even so, the
government has ways to pressure them not to be. Among these, the
strongest are the requirement to be associated with a cooperative with a
"legal personality" because otherwise they cannot buy supplies and
services or sell their crops.

There is still no private sector in Cuba capable of buying one farmer's
entire production, nor is there a legal market where you can buy
fertilizer or supplies if you are not affiliated with the National
Association of Small Farmers (ANAP).

RF. Does that mean that the peasantry is in agreement with the Cuban
system?

RPC. The fact that they can not belong to the active opposition does not
mean that they do not oppose the system, but the farmer does not have
freedom or autonomy. Despite the mechanisms used by the government to
indoctrinate and repress the peasantry (cooperatives, ANAP and other
institutions of that type), farmers are not completely subjugated. You
have to be at a meeting of the cooperative, which convenes monthly, to
see the high level of dissatisfaction and the harshness in the
well-founded opinions expressed by the members.

RF. How have the farmers changed their position on the government?

RPC. Initially the peasantry supported the Revolution because it brought
some benefits, but the accounts have been made clear over time. For
example, in the case of tobacco, the state buys the first quintal (more
than 70% quality) for 2,574 pesos, for which you need 1,300 cuttings,
with a large expenditure of resources in planting, cultivation,
harvesting and drying.

But that quintal of tobacco contains 12,800 leaves (80 cujes of 160
leaves each) and if we figure that for a first quality cigar you need
only three leaves, the quintal is the equivalent of 4,266 cigars for
export, and an amount equal or more in hard currency.

So they pay the farmer 102 Cuban convertible pesos (CUC, about $102 US),
when the real value of the production is 45 times higher. These absurd
inequalities mean that from their work they earn barely enough to live,
which is why they have awakened to the reality of the system; although
they can not protest openly.

RF. Are there opponents with ties to the countryside?

RPC. I am one of them. I cannot be an owner, but I do cultivate land
with my stepfather, who is an owner. Many opponents work in agriculture,
some out of necessity and others for love. Although government pressures
have made themselves felt, with threats to the owners who employ
dissidents, the farmers no longer let themselves be intimidated.

For example, State Security periodically threatens my stepfather, saying
they will take away his land if I keep working on it; but he defends his
position with my right to work and live together because I am his family.

Gone are the days when being an opponent was a stigma for society. The
peasants don't hire people based on whether they are communists or
opponents, they look for work performance regardless of political position.

RF. How has it been for you linking agricultural work with the opposition?

RPC. Sometimes it is a bit complicated because some underestimate the
farmers, associating them with terms such as peasant or brutish; but
there are a lot of smart people working in the fields.

Source: "Farmers Have Awakened To The Reality Of The System, Although
They Can Not Protest Openly" / 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez – Translating
Cuba -
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