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El opositor cubano y académico Manuel Cuesta Morúa fue premiado este lunes en reconocimiento a sus ideas democráticas por el centro de estudios Wilson Center en la capital de Estados Unidos, reportó EFE.

En un comunicado, la institución, un centro de estudios políticos dedicado al presidente estadounidense Woodrow Wilson, anunció que Cuesta Morúa resultó el ganador del Premio a la Democracia Ion Ratio (Ion Ratiu Democracy Award) de 2016.

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El Consejo de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Cultura (FAO), dedicó al fallecido expresidente de Cuba, Fidel Castro, un minuro de silencio durante la apertura de la 155 reunión periódica del órgano ejecutivo. Continue reading
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El artista gráfico Danilo Maldonado, El Sexto, trasladado la noche del domingo al centro de detenciones del Vivac, tendrá que permanecer en prisión durante 60 días, sin contar los que lleva bajo arresto, mientras dure una investigación de la Fiscalía, informó María Victoria Machado González en declaraciones a DIARIO DE CUBA.

La madre del grafitero dijo que este lunes en la mañana puso "un recurso de Habeas corpus en el Tribunal Provincial, planteando que la detención de Danilo es arbitraria".

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El último informe de la Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconcialiación Nacional (CCDHRN), publicado este lunes, señala que durante el pasado mes de noviembre se produjeron en la Isla al menos 359 detenciones arbitrarias de pacíficos opositores, más de cien casos menos que en octubre. No obstante, la organización independiente alerta de un posible repunte represivo tras la muerte del expresidente Fidel Castro.

La Comisión documentó en las últimas cuatro semanas 10 casos de agresiones físicas, 50 actos de hostigamiento y un "acto de repudio" por parte de "la policía política secreta y elementos parapoliciales", según se recoge en el documento.

La sistemática represión contra las Damas de Blanco, periodistas independientes y otros activistas contestatarios prosigue, a lo que se le ha venido sumando -cada vez con más frecuencia- en los últimos meses "el despojo arbitrario de medios de trabajo y dinero en efectivo".

[[QUOTE:La organización pronostica que el balance final de arrestos arbitrarios para este año rebasará los 10.000 casos]]El texto denuncia que con motivo de la muerte de Fidel Castro, "el Gobierno impuso un duelo nacional de nueve días, una especie de 'Ley Seca' y la prohibición de escuchar música 'demasiado audible' desde el 25 de noviembre al 4 de diciembre".

El caso del artista de la plástica Danilo Maldonado Machado, El Sexto, también aparece recogido en el informe, por haber sido "detenido y maltratado físicamente" horas después del anuncio del fallecimiento del expresidente y tras haber pintado un grafiti en una céntrica esquina habanera donde advertía que Fidel Castro "se fue". "Cierto número de pacíficos ciudadanos corrieron igual suerte" que El Sexto a lo largo del país, puntualiza la CCDHRN.

"La muerte de Fidel Castro, principal arquitecto del modelo totalitario de gobierno que impera en Cuba desde hace casi 60 años, no dará lugar a reformas que sirvan para mejorar la pésima situación de derechos civiles y políticos en la Isla", augura la entidad. En lugar de eso, considera que "la represión contra los pacíficos opositores y contra toda la sociedad habrá de aumentar, a menos que ocurra un milagro".

En los primeros 10 meses de este año, las detenciones registradas fueron 9.125, una cifra que supera los totales de cada uno de los últimos seis años. La organización dirigida por Elizardo Sánchez pronostica que el balance final de arrestos arbitrarios para este año rebasará los 10.000 casos.

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El ministro francés de Relaciones Exteriores, Jean-Marc Ayrault, declaró este lunes que Fidel Castro era claramente un "dictador" que "vulneró los derechos humanos", dos días después de las polémicas declaraciones de la ministra de Ecología, Ségolène Royal, reporta AFP.

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Alicia Alonso, directora del Ballet Nacional de Cuba, declaró que, como cada año, la compañía trabaja en el montaje de la tradicional gala del 1 de enero, esta vez en medio del dolor por la muerte de Fidel Castro, informó la estatal Radio Reloj.

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Entre los días 8 y 18 del presente mes tendrá lugar el habitual festival en La Habana

Unos días antes de conocerse la censura del filme Santa y Andrés, que no se podrá ver en el Festival del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, ya la polémica en torno al largometraje estaba invadiendo redes sociales y páginas en internet.

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La Unión de Periodistas de Moscú (UPM) y la Unión de Periodistas de Cuba (UPEC) sostuvieron un encuentro en la capital rusa para ampliar la cooperación entre ambos países en temas como la atención a periodistas jóvenes y jubilados, así como la superación profesional y académica, el acceso de los medios a los ministerios y a las nuevas tecnologías, informa la estatal

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"Espero que el próximo presidente Donald Trump diga a Cuba lo que el presidente Barack Obama dijo a Birmania: 'Liberen a sus prisioneros, celebren elecciones justas y libres y avancen hacia la democracia'.

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‘Yo sé matar, tú no’, dijo Castro al diplomático que gestionó la crisis de la Embajada del Perú DDC | Lima | 5 de Diciembre de 2016 – 16:50 CET. “Yo sé matar, tú no”, dijo Fidel Castro al diplomático peruano Ernesto Pinto-Bazurco Rittler en abril de 1980, cuando negociaban una salida a la crisis […] Continue reading
Comisión de Derechos Humanos: Tras la muerte de Castro la represión aumentará DDC | La Habana | 5 de Diciembre de 2016 – 17:27 CET. “La represión contra los pacíficos opositores y contra toda la sociedad habrá de aumentar” tras la muerte de Fidel Castro, “a menos que ocurra un milagro”, advirtió la Comisión Cubana […] Continue reading
The Flag "Bearers" / Fernando Dámaso

Fernando Damaso, 12 September 2016 — In light of the proliferation among
Cubans of garments adorned with elements of the United States flag and,
to a lesser degree, the flag of England, some "defenders" of the
national identity and of patriotic symbols have proposed making the
Cuban flag more visible, as "many Cuban flags."

Being that the natives of this Island tend to outdo ourselves and we
forget that there is a happy medium, some sportswear items have appeared
(awfully designed for the Río de Janeiro Olympics)–shirts, shorts, caps,
purses, tote bags, and even aprons–bearing elements of the national
standard or, simply, reproducing it without any creativity.

Now, following the beat of these pioneers, other "purists" have raised
their voices, demanding a prohibition against the use of the flag on
items of clothing, because it is unnecessary to import "bad customs"
from other countries. In the first place, to categorize the habits of
others as "bad" or "good" seems a bit petulant: they are customs and
should be respected, even if not imitated.

Besides, why this late defense of patriotic symbols, when in fact,
officially speaking, they have been quite disrespected? Examples abound:
utilizing the flag during any political activity, no matter how trivial;
leaving it suspended eternally in closed-off areas, even exposed to the
elements; printing it on paper and, later, allowing it to be strewn on
the floor like so much trash, trampled on by passers-by; hanging it up
in state-run establishments as a curtain on doorways and windows to
block the sun; printing images of historic and not so historic figures
on it; and, as if all this weren't enough, having the Historic Leader
write his signature on it with a felt-tip pen during a public act on the
staircase of the University of Havana.

Let us not even mention the national coat of arms, for it has been
obviated and forgotten, having not been present, as was customary before
1959, in government buildings, but rather, in observance of a blatant
personality cult, substituted by photos of living personages.

All of this racket is due to some "dogmatics" who, from an
"idiotological" point of view, want to confront a foreign custom that
has been taken up in our country.

I think there are real problems that are more important to confront,
unless this is one more entertainment designed to lull Cubans with cheap
patriotism.

Translated by: Alicia Barraqué Ellison

Source: The Flag "Bearers" / Fernando Dámaso – Translating Cuba -
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Graffiti Artist 'El Sexto' Declares Hunger Strike After Six Days In
Custody / 14ymedio, Mario Penton & Abel Fernandez

14ymedio, Mario Penton & Abel Fernandez, Miami, 2 December 2016 – The
Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado, known as 'El Sexto' (the Sixth), declared
a hunger strike this Thursday, according to reports to this newspaper
from his mother Maria Victoria Machado. The artist's decision comes six
days after his arrest for having painted on a centrally located wall in
Havana, the words "Se fue" – He's gone – in reference to Fidel Castro.

El Sexto's fast comes amid worsening repression against the dissidence
and independent journalists on the island, during the period of national
mourning for the death of the former president.

"I had the first interview with the investigator who is handling
Danilo's case today. He told me that as of yesterday my son does not
want to eat to demand his release," Machado told this newspaper by phone.

Maldonado was arrested on 26 November after painting graffiti on the
exterior wall of the Habana Libre Hotel, at the centrally located corner
of 23rd and L in the Vedado neighborhood, and publishing a video on his
Facebook page celebrating Castro's death.

On Tuesday, family members of the artist denounced that he had been
severely beaten and said he was holding firm against what he considers
an injustice.

"Mamá, I have had a lot of aché (luck/blessing) to be a Cuban artist the
day that bloody tyrant died and to be able to express myself. I'll get
out of here," Machado said her son told her at the Guanabacoa detention
center to the east of the capital.

According to Machado, her son is accused of damaging state property.

"When I asked the official what my son's sentence would be for this
crime, he told me just a fine, but then he started to talk about
'historic conditions' the country is going through and right there I
told him that for me the state property demagoguery wouldn't work," she
explained.

According to his mother, Maldonado has been beaten on several occasions
since his arrest.

"He told me himself. In Guanabacoa two officers beat him up," she
explained. The police told her that El Sexto's phone was given up for
lost, but had finally been found in police custody.

Alexandra Martinez, Maldonado's girlfriend who lives in Miami, said that
El Sexto's detention "shows the cruelty of the Castro regime that
continues to violate its people.

"The regime must release Danilo immediately. His life, his health and
his safety are in play and we need him," she said.

Family and friends of the artist are working with three human rights
organizations, an international attorney and several local attorneys on
the release of the artist, Martinez said.

"This shows how fearful and insecure the Cuban regime is," she added.

This Saturday the prosecution is expected to rule on El Sexto's case.

Source: Graffiti Artist 'El Sexto' Declares Hunger Strike After Six Days
In Custody / 14ymedio, Mario Penton & Abel Fernandez – Translating Cuba
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Fidel Has Died but Castroism Has Not / Somos+, Joanna Columbié

Somos+, Joanna Columbié, 2 December 2016 — It has been announced on any
number of occasions — much anticipated by many and feared by others —
but the death of Fidel Castro is now a reality. Nothing can delay it and
nothing can stop it.

However, there is something that lives on after his death which is a
greater evil, the one that should have died: Castroism. It is that
compulsive obsession that demands homage and submission to the ideas of
a human being named Castro, whose legacy to this nation cannot easily be
reconciled by history.

Fidel left behind separated families, weeping mothers, children lost in
the Florida Straits, young migrants traversing mountains and towns
throughout the world, political and ideological division, persecution,
prisons, death, hypocrisy and a country that is plunging ever deeper
into material and spiritual poverty.

Fidel intoxicated those who were hoping for a better future for Latin
America, infecting them with "his communism." He tried to pass on to
posterity his totalitarian legacy of always trying to hold onto power.
His struggle against "Yankee imperialism" left an open wound which even
now remains impossible to close. He spoke of people's rights when his
own people have long lived without those rights.

All this is indisputable, but what then do you do with this experience?
Where to look? Backwards or forward? Will we simply stand still, frozen
in time in the present?

Fidel Castro has died, but Castroism has not. The Cuban people cannot
live forever subject to his ideas, to his doctrines, to his opinions, to
his image and his symbols. They have divided our nation for too long. We
are living in the midst of a societal breakdown but he is no longer here
to define the goals or to point way to reaching them.

As Fr. José Conrado said some time ago, "our people are languishing in
the middle of a desert whose scarcest water is that of hope. We are at
the edge of a spiritual precipice much more serious and profound than
the material deprivations that overwhelm and oppress us daily. The
vision of society that has been promoted as the panacea to all our
problems, as a solution to our vices and the fulfillment of our dreams,
has led us to this dead end, to this sad condition."

This is a decisive juncture; let us not allow the opportunity to pass
by. It is the moment for reconciliation and hope. Enough with hate and
separation, enough with forgetting our identity as a nation, as Cubans,
as brothers. We must reconcile our differences, listen to proposals and
discover the value of dialogue as a source of those proposals. This is
necessary if a new dawn is to rise among us. We must be ready to find
solutions for the future of a homeland that belongs to us and that
demands it of us.

If you would like to comment on this post from within Cuba [ed. note:
and do not have sufficient internet access to enables you to do so in
real time, online], write to comunicaciones@somosmascuba.com. Your
comments will be included in the blog.

Source: Fidel Has Died but Castroism Has Not / Somos+, Joanna Columbié –
Translating Cuba -
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Joanna Columbie, Director of Academy 1010, Arrested in Cuba / Somos+

Somos+, 3 december 2016 — State Security took Joanna Columbié off a bus
on which she was traveling to her home in Cespedes.

We do not know where she is right now.

Source: Joanna Columbie, Director of Academy 1010, Arrested in Cuba /
Somos+ – Translating Cuba -
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Joanna Columbie Released With Warning / Somos+

Somos+, 3 December 2016 — Joanna Columbié has been released but with the
"warning" that she cannot leave Havana until after December 10th*. Once
again, the nervousness of the Cuban government in the face of people who
know what they want for their country is on display.

*Translator's note: December 10th is International Human Rights Day,
which may or may not have played into the government's choice of that date.

Source: Joanna Columbie Released With Warning / Somos+ – Translating
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No Statues Or Monuments Will Raised In Fidel Castro's Memory / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 3 December 2016 – A somewhat hoarse and visibly tired
Raul Castro gave the main speech at the final massive act of homage to
Fidel Castro in the Antonio Maceo Plaza in Santiago de Cuba. The general
president focused his speech on the voluntarism espoused by his brother
and highlighted the phrase "Sí se puede" – Yes we can – as a summary of
the actions of the fallen leader.

Those who expected a speech with definitions of the future direction the
country will take after the death of the historic leader, had to be
satisfied with a speech that the president devoted to reviewing the
national history of the last six decades.

Raul Castro recalled the main events in the life of the country while
his brother was in command. The Cuban president stressed the difficult
years of the Special Period, when the Soviet Union disappeared and the
island lost the millions in subsidies that had supported its economy.

Raul Castro said that Fidel Castro's name and figure will not be used to
name public places, streets or plazas, nor to raise monuments, busts or
statues in his memory. A desire expressed by the deceased, who,
according to the president, "rejected every kind of manifestation of a
cult of personality."

In the next session of the National Assembly there will be proposals to
ensure that Fidel Castro's desire in this regard is honored, announced
his brother

At the event, which attracted thousands of people, representatives of
pro-government organizations took the floor, including the Workers'
Central Union of Cuba (CTC), the Union of Young Communists (UJC) and the
University Student Federation (FEU).

"Today we must say that children, teenagers and young people aspire to
be like Fidel," emphasized the first secretary of the Young Communist
Union, Suselys Morfa, popularly known as the "millionaire psychologist"
for her combative attitude during the Americas Summit in Panama.

Miguel Barnet, president of the Writers and Artists Union of Cuba
(UNEAC) said that "Fidel broke the traditional political scheme" and
added that "Cuba without Fidel will not be the Cuba it is today."

From the audience congregated in the plaza were heard slogans in the
style of "Raul is Fidel" as a form of adherence to the system imposed
since 1959, "Raul, amigo, the people are with you," and the repetition
of "Sí se puede," as an echo of the words of the principal speaker.

In the main grandstand were sitting presidents Evo Morales, Daniel
Ortega and Nicolas Maduro, as well as ex-presidents Dilma Rousseff and
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva; and the Argentine soccer player Diego Armando
Maradona.

Raul Castro summed up the work of his brother as someone who, "yes, he
could" and called to continue building socialism in Cuba "or, and it's
the same thing, to guarantee the independence and sovereignty of the
homeland."

Tonight will be the last vigil over Fidel Castro's ashes, after four
days of crossing Cuban territory from Havana. On Sunday he will be
buried in the cemetery of Santa Ifigenia in a ceremony that Raul Castro
labeled as "simple."

Opposition groups in the eastern part of the country, especially the
Patriotic Union of Cuba, has denounced the strong surveillance operation
around the homes of their activists.

Source: No Statues Or Monuments Will Raised In Fidel Castro's Memory /
14ymedio – Translating Cuba -
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Placing The Remains Of Fidel Castro With Those Of Martí Divides Cubans /
14ymedio, Pedro Campo

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 3 December 2016 – Genius and figure to
the grave, the boy born in Birán, who led an armed Revolution from the
Sierra Maestra and governed Cuba for almost 60 years from Havana, wanted
his ashes placed for eternity in Santiago de Cuba, near to the tomb of
José Martí, in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery.

This could become one of the most controversial of all Fidel Castro's
decisions made throughout his life, for a simple reason: When we need
equanimity and closeness between all Cubans, this could stimulate more
divisions, given that the figure of Martí is ecumenical, while that of
Fidel is divisive and, for many, a figure of conflict.

The location of the remains of the former president near to those of
Martí is already being taken as a provocation by an important share of
Cubans, and it is possible that some may not rest until they see them
well away from those of Martí.

There are sad precedents in our history. Suffice it to recall the
consequences of an alleged desecration of the tomb* of Don Gonzalo de
Castañón in colonial times or disturbances during the armed and
outrageous attack during the reception of the ashes of Mella in the
Republic in 1933. Those events generated great confrontation among
Cubans and left enduring marks.

The choice of this place, in addition to being controversial, will
demand an enormous security effort and a substantial cost in resources
and measures to guarantee the protection of the ashes. Given the
foreseeable threats, a broad deployment of surveillance may be
necessary, with a great number of professionals and technically
sophisticated measures, because the ways in which people will attempt to
remove the remains from there could be wide-ranging.

The personal security of Fidel Castro does not rest with his death. To
avoid future complications, it might be suggested to the government of
his brother that his remains rest only a few days in Santa Ifigena and
then be taken to a less controversial place, where they can be honored
by his admirers without causing litigation as, for example, the Sierra
Maestra, symbol of the struggle, perhaps on Pico Turquino itself, the
highest peak in Cuba, where there is a bust of Martí placed by Celia
Sanchez, the unforgettable combatant close to Fidel.

Something like the general president thought of for himself, on the 2nd
Front.

That might be a wise decision by Raul Castro's government and an
important contribution to the future reunification and peace of the
Cuban homeland, for which Martí will always be the Apostle, founder of
the nation, and shelter of all its children, while Fidel Castro is
considered only by his followers as the most distinguished of his
successors.

*Translator's note: In 1871 eight medical students were executed after
having been purposely but falsely accused of desecrating the tomb of
this Spanish journalist.

Source: Placing The Remains Of Fidel Castro With Those Of Martí Divides
Cubans / 14ymedio, Pedro Campo – Translating Cuba -
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Questions After Burying Fidel Castro / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami, 3 December 2016 — Almost no
one knows how his final hours passed. Did he die suddenly of a cardiac
arrest, did he agonize for several days, or did he suffocate because a
throat obstruction, as rumors circulate sotto voce in Havana ?

Why the hurry to cremate him? Was it that they didn't want his final
image to be that of a fragile and shrunken old man with a deranged
expression? Is that why they made the people file past a photograph of
the heroic Comandante on the Sierra Maestra? There is an old tradition
of revolutionary primness. One of Stalin's last requests was that his
mustache be well combed.

Why did they place the urn with the ashes in the Granma Hall of the
Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, far from the presence of the
multitudes? Did they fear the improbable scenario that passions might
overflow?

Or did they only want for his old comrades-in-arms, like Ramiro Valdés,
to bid farewell privately to the caudillo and chief who guided them to
victory and turned them into important — though hated and feared —
personages?

Is it true that the Comandante's mortal remains did not travel in the
precarious jeep that allegedly carried them to their final destination
so as not to endanger them on a pothole-riddled road made hard to
navigate by government neglect? Did the idea of giving Cubans a symbolic
farewell prevail? What did it matter if the vehicle carried sand or the
ashes of another dead man if the act was purely ritual? If Raúl swapped
Hugo Chávez's cadaver, why wouldn't he do the same with his own brother's?

Is it true that they planned to switch the ashes at dawn Sunday, shortly
before the burial? Using a body double was a trick that Fidel Castro
used frequently in life. Was the custom followed after his death? Is
that an example of the revolutionary cunning Fidel boasted of so often
when he inhabited this vale of tears?

Why did no one interview his official widow and the five sons he had
with her? Why didn't the journalists record the reactions of the other
10 (more or less) unofficial heirs known or presumed to be his? Or the
reactions of the 10 other grieving and presumably desperate women who at
one time loved the Maximum Leader and dared to give birth to his child?

Is it true that between Raúl's and Fidel's families there are barely any
channels of communication? Is it true that Raúl's heirs consider
themselves devoted revolutionaries and see their cousins as contemptible
bon vivants who mindlessly waste the resources given to them in the sins
of the dolce vita, while they themselves aggrandize the legacy of their
elders in patriotic endeavors?

Or is it perhaps the domestic and familial variant of the face-off
between Fidelistas and Raulistas who, according to the well-informed,
has existed deep in the ruling cupola ever since, precipitously in 2006,
Raúl came to power hanging from Fidel's bowels, severely damaged by
diverticulitis?

How does Raúl Castro really feels after the disappearance of the older
brother who gave him the ideas, the vital drive, the structure of
values, who made him Comandante, then Minister, then President and
handed him a country he could make or break at will, all the time
reminding him that he was an intellectually inferior pygmy without
imagination, learning or charisma?

Is Raúl a victim of the love-hate and admiration-rejection provoked by
relationships where one party feels he is someone else's caboose? Does
he resent the humiliations received or does he thank Fidel for giving
him a remarkable life? Gratitude is the most difficult emotion to handle
by most human beings.

Is Raúl aware that the solid juvenile adherence aroused in him by his
brother-hero turned to a critical evaluation of the brother-loony with
more darkness than glow who lived in a universe of unhinged words or
initiatives — dwarf cows, moringa plantations and a thousand other
inanities — that gradually destroyed the material foundation of Cubans'
coexistence?

There remains, of course, the most important of all questions. What will
happen in the future, now that Fidel Castro lies in Santa Ifigenia
Cemetery under a heavy stone, near José Martí's tomb? That will be the
subject of a future article.

Source: Questions After Burying Fidel Castro / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto
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Independent Reporters Arrested Are Threatened With Trial / Cubanet

Cubanet, Vladimir Turró Páez, Havana, 3 December 2016 — The independent
journalists Manuel Guerra Pérez and Lisbey Lora, arrested this last
Monday by the United Territorial Investigations of the San Jose Police
in the province of Mayabeque, have been threatened with going to trial,
according to information from their families.

The two reporters were arrested by State Security when they made a tour
of the town of San Jose, searching for stories to publish in the
"Mayabeque Cimarron" bulletin, which they work for.

Paula Perez Leiva, Manuel's mother, said that her son told her during a
ten-minute visit to the police station that they would be brought to
court for exercising their work as reporters.

"He told me, that the authorities, in addition to wanting to send them
to prison, are demanding they turn over the laptop and printer they use
to produce the bulletin," said Perez Leiva.

Manuel and Lisbey are the principle managers of the independent
bulletin, "Mayabeque Cimarron," supported by the Cuban Institute for the
Freedom of Expression and the Press (ICLEP). The bulletin is distributed
free in the province, in a four-page format, with stories about the
events of the place.

The journalist Rosa Aviles, who accompanied Manuel Guerra's mother on
the visit, said that the two arrestees are very pale because they are
kept locked in a cell without any drinkable water and no sunlight.

The reporter warned that the ICLEP correspondents were well known by the
town officials and had already been arrested previously on several
occasions for distributing the newsletter in the area.

"This is the third time they arrested them, and in particular Manuel,
whom they even wanted to beat up," she explained.

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Only Family And Guests Accompanied The Ashes Of Castro To Santa Ifigenia
Cemetery / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 4 December 2016 – After nine days of intense media
frenzy, the final goodbye to Fidel Castro has taken place far from the
national television cameras. The remains of the former president were
placed in a mausoleum in Santa Ifigenia cemetery, in the early hours of
Sunday in a private and simple ceremony, as stated by his brother Raul
Castro.

The third highest official of the French government, Ségolène Royal,
explained to AFP that, "There was no speech, it was very sober."

The caravan with the ashes of Fidel Castro left Sunday at 6:40 AM local
time from Antonio Maceo Plaza, heading to the famous cemetery where the
remains of national hero José Martí lie, along with those of famous
patriots of Cuban independence.

The ceremony inside the cemetery was attended only by family members of
the deceased leader and "specially invited guests," as confirmed by the
national press. The cemetery remained closed throughout the duration of
the farewell and guests entered through a private door, which prevented
the press and hundreds of people waiting outside Santa Ifigenia from
seeing them. Everything indicates that the guests included the
presidents of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, and Bolivia, Evo Morales, along
with former Brazilian presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma
Rousseff.

Castro's crypt resembles an immense gray rock, which at its center has a
niche covered with a marble plaque with the name "Fidel" inscribed on it
in gold letters. Although the first images of the funeral monument, a
few steps from that of José Martí, were published as of midmorning,
television and the official press did not air the news until several
hours later.

During the placement of the urn with the ashes of Castro in Santa
Ifigenia, the official television only broadcast scenes of the massive
event of the night before, which, according to official figures,
involved more than half a million people and where President Raul Castro
extolled voluntarism and the tenacity of his brother.

In the streets of Santiago and at the advance of the funeral procession,
thousands of people shouted slogans such as "I am Fidel!" and "Long live
Fidel!" The procession that moved the remains to the cemetery was
presided over by the Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR),
General Leopoldo Cintra Frias, and deputy FAR ministers Ramón Espinosa
Martin and Joaquin Quinta Solas.

The ashes of Fidel Castro arrived in Santiago de Cuba after a journey of
almost 600 miles from Havana, that lasted about four days. The leader of
the Revolution died on 25 November, at age 90.

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Weeping (or Faking It) at Fidel Castro's Farewell / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 3 December 2016 — The flag with the three blue and two
white stripes, red triangle and solitary star in the middle hung from a
black flagpole. For the Rodriguez family, it served as the perfect
diversion, taking the attention of the neighborhood's informers and
die-hard supporters off them.

They live right in the heart of the oldest part of Havana, in a poor,
largely mixed race neighborhood, which is a hotbed of hustling and
guile. Residents here think twice as fast as other Cubans.

They have always relied on illegalities and whatever fell off the truck.
It seems to have served them well. In the morning they would widly
applaud a speech by Fidel Castro while at night they would stockpile
sacks of detergent stolen from a state-run store.

Those born in Cuba know these tricks all too well. While the Rodríguez
family appears loyal to the regime, everyone in the neighborhood knows
they sell cooking oil at thirty pesos a liter.

"You do it so you don't stand out. You know how it is. In order to
survive in Cuba, you have to be be 'inventive.' You learn to play along
these people (the regime)," as one of them points out before boarding a
bus to the Plaza of the Revolution to participate in a public farewell
to Fidel Castro, founder the first communist state in Latin America.

Daniel, a Spanish journalist assigned to covering the funeral, cannot
understand the stories he reads and hears outside of Cuba about
autocratic methods, repression and widespread discontent.

"You look at hundreds of thousands of people waiting in line under a
blazing sun in order to sign a book of condolence and you ask yourself
how it is possible that these people are paying tribute to a guy who
built a system that has so drastically impoverished them," wonders the
astonished reporter outside the Havana Libre Hotel.

The reason is that Cuba is not a typical country. Only those who have
lived under a dictatorship can understand such unexpected and widespread
human behavior.

It cannot be said that the Communist Party forces people to attend
organized demonstrations. Attendance is completely voluntary. But it is
conditional.

When Fidel Castro was at the height of power twenty years ago, the head
of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution — a
neighborhood-based organization that was a precursor to the powerful
social control exercised in Cuba today — went door to door, urging
families to sign up for mass mobilizations or to vote in sham elections.

In the Castros' Cuba the state is the entity that both punishes and
rewards its citizens. To get a house, a television or an alarm clock,
Cubans must demonstrate at labor union meetings just how much effort
they have made to support the Revolution.

Improving one's standard of living depended on participating in
mobilization efforts and volunteering for work brigades. It was a period
when an odd disingenuousness, or double standard, took root in the Cuban
population.

Twenty years ago, being able to study at a university depended on
commitment to the communist cause. After the demise of the Soviet Union,
the iron grip lessened and things began to change.

Fidel Castro strategically decided to allow Catholics and other
religious believers to join the Communist Party. Little by little the
rigid control over Cubans' lives began to ease.

But there is still room for improvement and much to overcome, such as
the pervasive fear felt by ordinary Cubans. "My daughter is in her third
year at university. Do you know that, if she comes off as being
disinterested to them, it could have an impact on her future?" asks Ada,
a convenience store worker.

Liudmila, who works in a five-star hotel, believes that, if she does not
participate in "mass demonstrations, certain people (in the party, labor
union or young communists union) might take note and sack me from my
job, which is a contract position."

Such moral calculation, which numbs a person's will and judgement, is
the reason people like Lorenzo — a seventeen-year-old, third-year
pre-university student — can devise a speech for domestic and foreign
television cameras from talking points while expressing the opposite
opinions in his living room to an independent reporter, provided his
name is changed.

Classic examples of this disingenuousness are the widespread comments
and displeasure over the government's decision to not place Fidel
Castro's ashes in the José Martí Memorial at the Plaza of the Revolution.

"It shows a lack of respect. There were people waiting in line for up to
three hours in the sun to sign the book of condolence not knowing that
Fidel's remains were not there. It was a farce. They were keeping vigil
for a ghost," says Miguel, a construction worker.

These opinions do not echo the official party line. It is this kind of
societal hypocrisy that allows the regime to govern so easily. Most
people in Cuba think one way but act in another.

They prefer to watch from the sidelines, without making political
compromises. They just wait for things to change. Assuming things do change.

From Diario Las Americas, December 2, 2016

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