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La saga de diferendos entre el periódico Juventud Rebelde y la empresa de servicios telefónicos Cuballama ha entrado en un nuevo capítulo. La publicación oficialista aseguró este sábado que fue desactivada “una red telefónica de carácter ilegal, montada en una casa particular del municipio de Guanabacoa” vinculada a la firma registrada en Ontario, Canadá.

En esta nueva entrega, el periodista Yurisander Guevara explica que la Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (Etecsa) “bloqueó un total de 238 tarjetas SIM prepago contratadas por personas naturales para su uso en el territorio nacional”, que estaban relacionadas con lo que considera “procedimientos ilegales”.

El texto publicado en el órgano de la juventud comunista es el segundo que emplaza a Cuballama, el servicio que ofrece una de las tarifas más económicas para llamar y enviar SMS a Cuba.

En el primer artículo, el director de Operaciones del monopolio estatal Daniel Ramos Fernández declaró que la firma extranjera busca “evitar las tarifas de tráfico de voz y mensajes de texto” de las redes nacionales.

Para lograr esa rebaja en los precios, Cuballama estaría dirigiendo “el tráfico vía internet directamente a una pasarela que forma parte de una estructura fraudulenta, de esta forma lo introduce directamente a una central local”, según el licenciado en Derecho Jorge Mario Sacre.

El más reciente artículo desempolva el Decreto Ley No. 321/2013 del Consejo de Ministros de la República de Cuba que le otorga a Etecsa la capacidad de proyectar, instalar, operar, explotar y comercializar las redes públicas de telecomunicaciones en la Isla, con carácter de exclusividad hasta el año 2023. La empresa estatal determina también los importes que rigen para todos sus usuarios.

Unos precios que han sido duramente criticados tanto dentro como fuera de Cuba. Las llamadas a la Isla se cuentan entre las más caras del mundo, solo comparadas con regiones en guerra o países colapsados por una profunda crisis social o política.[[QUOTE:Las llamadas a la Isla se cuentan entre las más caras del mundo, solo comparadas con regiones en guerra o países colapsados por una profunda crisis social o política]]En Cuba “Hay una sola compañía telefónica cuya posición monopólica le permite combinar precios estratosféricos y un pésimo servicio” se quejaban un lector en la página de Juventud Rebelde, a raíz del segundo artículo contra Cuballama.

Una opinión que era contrarrestada por la lectora Lissette DVLH, para quien “parece mentira que este pueblo con tanto nivel cultural y haga comentarios rayando en la ignorancia (...) Hemos caído bien bajo si aprobamos el robo y la estafa porque venga de donde venga son delitos contemplados en el CP (código penal)”.

“Esta es la gran estafa”, apuntaba Rogelio, un usuario que este fin de semana compraba una tarjeta de recarga de telefonía móvil en el Telepunto de Etecsa de la ciudad de Pinar del Río. “El Estado no quiere que la gente haga inventos, pero lo que está haciendo también es algo ilegal: robando nuestro dinero”, inquirió en relación a los precios de la telefonía móvil en Cuba en relación a la calidad del servicio.

“Cada vez son más las personas procesadas por delitos relacionados con las telecomunicaciones”, aseguró a este diario un abogado del bufete ubicado en la céntrica calle Carlos III, quien prefirió el anonimato. “En este lugar hay varios juristas que han tenido que especializarse en el tema porque los han contratado clientes acusados de esos delitos”, apunta.

Tras el primer artículo de Yurisander Guevara, donde el reportero aseguró que no había recibido respuesta a una serie de preguntas que envió a Cuballama, la compañía publicó pruebas de un intercambio por correo electrónico. El periodista oficial se escuda en que jamás recibió en su buzón “dichas respuestas”. Un problema que achaca a que “se extraviaron en el ciberespacio”.[[QUOTE:Rogelio: “El Estado no quiere que la gente haga inventos, pero lo que está haciendo también es algo ilegal: robando nuestro dinero”]]Guevara revela en su segundo artículo que la red ilegal destapada en Guanabacoa estaba “organizada por el ciudadano Ariel Lores Báez”, quien “entre enero de 2010 y abril de 2011” operó una “red similar para llamadas de voz, en la que empleó líneas de telefonía fija y redes wifi, según consta en los archivos del Departamento Antifraudes de Etecsa”.

Según Juventud Rebelde, Lores Báez es amigo de Víctor Castro Vaquero, quien funge como presidente de Cuballama.

Un comunicado publicado el 21 de noviembre en el sitio digital de la empresa asegura que “no participamos, ni hemos participado de ninguno de los esquemas que el autor describe”, en referencia al reportaje de Guevara. Pero, el periodista oficial rebate la afirmación a partir del hallazgo de “tres antenas satelitales ocultas para la comunicación vía internet” que permitían el envío de SMS y llamadas a Cuba.[[QUOTE:Detrás de una falsa tendedera, escondidos en tanques plásticos vacíos o cubiertos con tejas de plástico, muchos de estos receptores brindan servicios a redes de vecinos]]En Cuba las antenas parabólicas están prohibidas para uso de la población. Sin embargo, cada vez más personas desafían estas restricciones legales, ya sea para ver la televisión de otros países, navegar por internet o comunicarse por videoconferencia con residentes fuera de la Isla.

Un receptor satelital, para televisión, cuesta alrededor de 500 pesos convertibles en el mercado informal, el salario de un año de un profesional de la salud. Otros modelos, que prometen descarga y subida de datos, pueden resultar más caros y necesitan ser enmascarados con más cuidado.

Detrás de una falsa tendedera, escondidos en tanques plásticos vacíos o cubiertos con tejas de plástico, muchos de estos receptores brindan servicios a redes de vecinos, que pagan una cuota mensual por ver canales extranjeros. Otros, sirven a los gestores del paquete de audiovisuales para obtener algunas de las series, filmes y telenovelas con las que nutren su oferta semanal.

Hasta el momento los texto de Yurisander Guevara han puesto el dedo en la llaga. Sin embargo, en lugar de generar suspicacia hacia Cuballama, parecen estar provocando un efecto dominó contra la empresa estatal Etecsa.

“Si hubieran competidores la competencia obligaría a bajar las tarifas y por supuesto hasta los precios de otros servicios como internet”, escribía Cacha, una de las comentaristas que mostró su inconformidad ante el reportaje de Juventud Rebelde.


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Juventud Rebelde arremetió este fin de semana contra Cuballama, a la que volvió a acusar de "fraude" y de mentir sobre que "no tiene presencia en la Isla". Así lo había declarado la compañía con sede en Canadá en un comunicado de respuesta a unas primeras acusaciones vertidas contra esta en las páginas del periódico oficial.

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El presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, dejará el poder en enero con las relaciones con Latinoamérica "mejor que nunca", según dijo a EFE su asesor para la región, Mark Feierstein, quien cree que "no tendría sentido" que Donald Trump cambie demasiado las políticas hacia el continente.

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(EFE).- A raíz de las denuncias contra las empresas implicadas en la red corrupta, entre las que se encuentran las principales constructoras del país, el Banco Nacional de Desarrollo Económico y Social (BNDES) suspendió la financiación de 3.600 millones de dólares para 16 obras en Latinoamérica.

Esos proyectos de infraestructura se iban a realizar en Argentina, Venezuela, Cuba, República Dominicana, Guatemala y Honduras, de acuerdo a las investigaciones del Grupo de Diarios América (GDA), compuesto por once de los diarios más relevantes de la región.

Las obras en cuestión estaban en manos de las constructoras Odebrecht, Andrade Gutiérrez, Camargo Corrêa, Queiroz Galvão y OAS, las cinco investigadas por la “Lava Jato” (lavadero de autos) por su implicación en un macroesquema de pago de sobornos a políticos cambio de la obtención de contratos y otros favores. Esas construcciones suman en total 5.700 millones de dólares, lo que representa el 58% del valor destinado por el banco de fomento de Brasil para financiar servicios de ingeniería en la región entre 2003 y 2015.[[QUOTE:Venezuela es el país más afectado, pues se tendrán que renegociar cinco proyectos, entre los que se encuentran la expansión del metro de Caracas]]

Venezuela es el país más afectado, pues se tendrán que renegociar cinco proyectos, entre los que se encuentran la expansión del metro de Caracas, cuyas obras recibieron 1.280 millones de dólares del BNDES, y del astillero Astialba, destino a fabricar barcos petroleros para la estatal Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).

El banco de fomento analiza seis proyectos en la República Dominicana, el segundo más afectado, de obras viales, proyectos de riego y también el de la termoeléctrica de Punta Catalina, con un costo previsto de 656 millones de dólares. No obstante, el BNDES, ya anunció el pasado 11 de octubre la suspensión del pago de cuotas de préstamos concedidos a las constructoras investigadas por corrupción y se reservó el derecho de cancelar los contratos unilateralmente si se hallan irregularidades.

En total, la cartera de préstamos del banco de fomento de Brasil en el extranjero suma 47 proyectos por un valor de 13.500 millones de dólares, la mayoría en América Latina. Tras más de dos años de investigación, la Lava Jato ha detenido a decenas de personas, en su mayoría altos ejecutivos de empresas constructoras, así como directivos de Petrobras, la petrolera estatal eje de la trama, y varios políticos.[[QUOTE:Sobre el dinero presuntamente desviado, la Fiscalía calcula que la cantidad total entre 2004 y 2012 asciende a 8.000 millones de dólares]]

En el transcurso de la operación, se destapó la red de corrupción en Petrobras que reveló innumerables problemas financieros relacionados con desvío de fondos, además de provocar un terremoto político, que ha salpicado a figuras cercanas de los Gobiernos de Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff y Michel Temer.

Sobre el dinero presuntamente desviado, la Fiscalía calcula que la cantidad total entre 2004 y 2012 asciende a 8.000 millones de dólares, en el mayor escándalo de corrupción de la democracia brasileña. 

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Cuban Government Launches Ideological Offensive On Human Rights Day /
14ymedio, Zunilda Mata

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 10 December 2016 — For several years on
International Human Rights Day, the Cuban government has
strengthed its ideological battle on the internet with police operations
around the country. The volume of epithets posted on social networks and
the official slogans published in on-line forums offer a strong contrast
to the poor access to the World Wide Web experienced by people on the
island.

Cuba has one of the lowest internet penetration rates of the Western
hemisphere, with fewer than 5% of the population connected, but this
Saturday its presence on the web will surpass that of other more
connected nations. The authorities have prepared an avalanche of
messages of support to spread what they call "the human rights enjoyed
by Cuban youth."

For the virtual offensive they have called on university students,
members of the Young Communist Union, and teenagers in high school. The
political battle on the network will be accompanied by activities and
celebrations in dozens of parks and plazas throughout the country.

"I have to go, but variety is the spice of life; because I publish on
Twitter they asked me to take advantage of it and connect with some
friends on Facebook," a student majoring in History at the University of
Havana, who is participating in the digital offensive, told this newspaper.

The official press has called the day a "hornet's nest" that is held
under the slogan "My Cuba with rights." The activities not only address
the National Day for Human Rights, but also plan a tribute to "the chief
defender of the humble, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz," according
to the announcement.

The activities planned for Saturday also include sports competitions,
cultural shows, book sales and presentations of audiovisual
materials. The sites chosen for the celebrations coincide in many cases
with points where the opposition traditionally demonstrates during the
Human Rights Day.

University Law Professor Luis Sola Vila spoke on the Legal segment of
the morning news magazine, saying that "in our country the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights went into effect with the triumph of the
Revolution, undeniably."

Sola Vila noted that Cuba is a signatory to several treaties, including
those against torture, discrimination against women and racial
discrimination, but omitted that the government of the island has not
yet ratified the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights and its International Covenant on Economic, Social and
Cultural Rights.

Amid the intense ideological campaign on display in the official media
for the occasion, conspicuously absent has been any reference to the
rights of association or freedom of expression.

From the early morning hours several activists denounced police
operations around their homes and warnings from State Security not to go
out into the street. At dawn the headquarters of the Ladies in White in
the Havana neighborhood of Lawton was surrounded by political police,
according to a report from the dissident Angel Moya.

Officialdom expects to mark another ideological victory on this Human
Rights Day, keeping the opposition forces under control, deploying an
army of followers on the internet, and staging prepared celebrations in
Cuban parks.

Source: Cuban Government Launches Ideological Offensive On Human Rights
Day / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata – Translating Cuba -
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Raul Castro at the Crossroads / Carlos Alberto Montaner

Carlos Alberto Montaner, 10 December 2016 — Raúl Castro is on his own.
Gone is his mentor, his paternal figure, the man who molded his life and
led him at gunpoint — literally — from insignificance to the nation's
leadership. But he did so brusquely, reminding him every so often that
he despised him for his intellectual limitations. That never ceased to
hurt Raúl.

Many years ago, Raúl realized that Fidel was the revolution's essential
stumbling block — his arbitrary voluntarism, his stubborn foolishness,
his improvisations, the odious way in which he wasted time in
interminable conversations and perorations. But he also knew that
without Fidel there would have been no revolution. On one hand, he
admired him; on the other, he rejected him. There was something
monstrous and fascinating in a person who talked for eight consecutive
hours without the least concession to his bladder or that of the
defenseless interlocutor.

Nevertheless, life had taught Raúl that a deeper problem existed:
Marxism-Leninism, in which he believed blindly in his youth, and the
reason he killed others without compunction, was a misguided doctrine
that led to gradual impoverishment.

If Fidel had been different, or if relations with Washington had been a
lot better, nothing essential would have changed. The unproductiveness
of the system did not depend on the leader's errors or character, or the
economic embargo, but on the system's lack of adaptation to human
nature. It always fails.

The same had happened in the Soviet Union, in East Germany, in
Czechoslovakia, in Poland. Whether the subjects were Slavs, Germans or
Latins made no difference. Romania had been granted "most-favored
nation" status by the United States.

It mattered not whether communism was being tested on societies with
Christian, Islamic or Confucian roots; it inevitably failed. Nor did it
depend on the leaders' quality or formation. Their plumage could be
varied: lawyers, union bosses, professors, teachers, even elevated labor
activists. None was any good.

In addition, it was easy for Raúl to confirm that the market economy,
with its simple way of rewarding the entrepreneurs and punishing the
lazy, gave large though unequal fruit. His own father, Galician Ángel
Castro Argiz, was a living example: he arrived in the Republic of Cuba
at a young age without a penny, even without education, but at his death
in 1956 he left a fortune consisting of $8 million and an organized
agricultural business that employed dozens of people.

The issue now facing Raúl is how to dismantle the horrid contraption
generated by his brother and himself almost 60 years ago without being
buried in the rubble of that useless system. By now he knows that his
"guidelines," which is how his timid, sometimes puerile reforms are
called in Cuba, are ill-placed Band-Aids stuck on a socialist system
beyond salvation, a system made worse by military management in all its
economic activities nationwide. But he has said, over and again, that he
didn't replace his brother to bury socialism but to save it.

I suppose he already knows that communism is beyond salvation. It has to
be buried. That's what Mikhail Gorbachev discovered when he tried to
rescue it by applying drastic reforms: perestroika — giving it a
transparent air of fearless discussion — and glasnost –convinced that it
could be the best productive system created by human beings.

In a few years, Gorbachev's salvage operation sank communism, not
through the clumsiness of the rescue team but through the system's
insolvency and the poor theoretical formulation of Marxism-Leninism.
Central planning was a bungle. Keeping the mechanisms of production from
private hands was counterproductive. The committees for the assignation
of prices were totally unaware of the people's needs or reality. The
constant presence of the political police destroyed coexistence and
generated all kinds of psychological ills.

When Raúl Castro read "Perestroika," Gorbachev's book, he became so
enthused that he ordered a special edition just for his officers. Fidel
found out, scolded him in a humiliating manner and recalled all copies.
Fidel was not interested in the people's material well-being but in his
own permanence in power. Gorbachevism, he said, would lead to the
disappearance of communism.

He was right, but only half right. Raúl is at the same crossroads where
Gorbachev stood, but with the added flaw that today almost no one — much
less the profound idiots — thinks that communism can be saved. At least,
none of the nations that have managed to abandon it has reversed that
decision. They learned their bitter lesson. For now, the symptoms show
that Raúl will maintain the same Stalinist course drawn by his brother,
but there's a difference: Fidel is no longer alive. He is buried in a
huge rock at Santa Ifigenia cemetery. If Raúl doesn't rectify that
course, he is a coward.

Ed. note: English version is from Mr. Montaner's own blog.

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Donald Trump, Cuba, and the Example of Vietnam / Dimas Castellano

Dimas Castellano, 5 December 2016 — The majority of analysts looking at
the change of direction which may be experienced in the relations
between Cuba and the United States, following the 8th of November
elections, have concerned themselves solely with the policies on Cuba to
be pursued by the new occupant of the White House, ignoring the fact
that these are bilateral relations.

Their forecasts range from those who consider that Donald Trump will
fulfill his electoral promise of going back on Barack Obama's policy, up
to the possibility of an improved understanding with the Cuban
authorities. In nearly all cases, the emphasis is on what the new
President will do, as if the Cuban side of things had nothing to do with
what could happen from next 20th of January onwards.

A retrospective analysis of relations between the two administrations
indicates otherwise. Taking into account the fact that the Cuban people
don't have human or political rights to influence that process, and that
the weakness of the emerging civil society makes it difficult for it to
take the role of an opposition, the analysis has to limit itself to
intergovernmental relations.

Appealing to electoral populism is one thing, and leading the greatest
power in the world is another. Setting back the development in
re-establishing relations during Barack Obama's presidency will be
extremely difficult. The institutionalisation of public powers, the
existence of diverse sectors with interests in our island, and regional
interests in the face of incursions by other powers, will hinder it. In
those conditions the President-elect could limit of eliminate some
things, but he could not nullify everything, because it would affect his
country's own interests.

The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United
States – the most important political act since the 1959 revolution –
responds to the interests of both nations. The supposition that Trump
constitutes a threat to the relations which the Barack Obama
administration succeeeded in moving forward is one side of the coin. The
brake applied by the Cuban government to the advances is the other side.

The obstinate obsession with dragging everything into public ownership,
centralised production, and the absence of liberties for Cubans, are
among the principal causes of the crisis in which Cuba finds itself. The
Obama administration's policy offered an opportunity for change, which
was missed by the Cuban side, to remove internal obstacles in the
country. Therefore, along with the potential risk represented by the
Trump administration, there is the real negative in the form of a Cuban
government lacking the necessary political will to face up to the
present situation. An insoluble contradiction consisting of changing and
at the same preserving power.

Fidel Castro's thesis that "Cuba already changed, in 1959," produced a
more pragmatic vision than General Raúl Castro's one of "changing some
things to hold onto power." The measures implemented to that end over
eight years have not brought about the desired result. Instead, they
have revealed the unviability of the model and the depth of the crisis,
in the face of which the only way forward is implementing major reforms.

If the series of measures enacted by the White House – including the
Presidential Decision Directive of last October aimed at rendering
irreversible the advances achieved – have not produced a better outcome,
it is because they were not accompanied by the necessary measures on the
Cuban side to free up production and restore civil liberties. For that
reason, the solution for Cuba lies in its own authorities, as opposed to
what might happen during the Trump administration. To tackle these
changes now, albeit very late, would neutralise any intention to set
things back on the part of the new occupant of the White House.

Bearing in mind that the suspension of the embargo is the prerogative of
the United States Congress, what is needed now, after the "physical
disappearance" of Fidel Castro, is to get on with a comprehensive
structural reform, which should have been started a long time ago,
commencing with, at least, what Vietnam did, with a crippled economy, in
a country which had had, in ten years of war, three times the number of
bombs dropped on it than were used in the Second World War, where 15% of
the population perished or were injured in the struggle, with 60% of the
villages in the south destroyed and which, after the war ended,
confronted the economic blockade and frontier attacks, and, instead of
ideological campaigns, launched reforms.

The Granma daily of November 4th, in a report entitled The Vietnam of
the Future, says that the province of Binh Duong, previously mostly
agricultural, is now predominantly industrial. This province has more
than 2,700 projects funded by foreign investment; its GDP is, since
2010, increasing at an annual 14%; it boasts 28 industrial parks with
factories constructed by companies from more than 30 countries; in the
last two years it has launched nearly 370 new investment projects, and,
between 1996 and now it has created more than 90,000 jobs.

The same paper, on 11th November, published The Miracle of the Vietnam
Economy, where it reported that the World Bank had placed Vietnam among
the most successful countries, which had, in 30 years, tripled per
capita income, between 2003 and the present had reduced the level of
those in poverty from 59% to 12%, and, in 20 years, had lifted more than
25 million people from destitution. It added that in 1986 the average
Vietnamese income was between $15 and $20 a month and now varies between
$200 and $300, and that in 1986 they eliminated centralised control and
implemented a market economy, with a socialist orientation.

With these results, the United States suspended the embargo which lasted
30 years. In 2008 they directed their efforts to exiting the list of
developing countries, in 2010 established the objective of entering the
group of countries with medium income, in 2014 they found themselves
among the 28 highest exporters in the world, and in 2016, they approved
measures to convert themselves into an industrialised nation.

In that same time period, Cuba anchored itself in the past, with a
policy of "Rectifying errors and negative tendencies," and managed to
get the United Nations to condemn the embargo for a period of 25
years. Now, we have to lay out millions of dollars on importing food
which we could produce in Cuba, and, after teaching the Vietnamese how
to grow coffee, we have to buy the beans.

Havana, 28th November, 2016.

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Operación anticorrupción en Brasil pone punto final a obras de Odebrecht en Cuba Martinoticias.com El Banco Nacional de Desarrollo Económico y Social suspendió la financiación de 3.600 millones de dólares para 16 obras en Latinoamérica, incluídas la de la constructora brasilena en el megapuerto del Mariel. La operación “Lava Jato”, que investiga desde hace más […] Continue reading
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La operación "Lava Jato", que investiga desde hace más de dos años la trama de corrupción más grande de la historia de Brasil, ha obligado a suspender proyectos de infraestructura previstos en seis países de Latinoamérica, entre ellos uno desarrollado en la Zona Especial de Desarrollo del Mariel, reportó EFE.

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Cubans streaming into U.S. before Trump can take office
Experts say the current influx will rival the previous peak in 1980.
BY FRANCO ORDONEZ TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON — The surge of Cubans fleeing to the United States could grow
as uncertainty swirls around the island about whether Donald Trump will
end the still nascent U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba once he
becomes president.

Experts say the current influx of Cubans, which is already double the
rate that existed before relations were restored at the end of 2014,
could rival the 1980 Mariel boatlift, especially if Trump fiddles with
the special privileges Cuban immigrants receive from the United States.
Trump and some Cuban-American leaders such as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.,
have suggested curbs on those privileges.

"Our biggest fear should be another Mariel," said Eduardo Gamarra, who
helped arriving Mariel refugees in the 1980s and now is a professor of
international relations at Florida International University. "I'm not
saying it's going to be another Mariel, but we should be prepared. The
notion of opening gave people hope. Closing doesn't give anyone hope.
Closing gives them fear."

The United States is already undergoing one of the greatest influx of
Cubans since the 1980 Mariel boatlift when Fidel Castro allowed more
than 125,000 Cubans to leave the country amid a weakened economy.

In the days since, there have been signs of anxiety among ordinary
Cubans, who lined up outside the U.S. embassy in Havana on the day after
Republican Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8
presidential election. The Cuban government followed with an
announcement that the military would be conducting tactical exercises to
prepare troops.

The death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro a few days later and the
struggles of the Cuban economy have increased uncertainty on the island.

Groups that assist Cuban migrants such as Church World Service have made
sure they have additional places for refugees to stay if they see an
uptick in arrivals. Miami schools are ready for another "potential
influx." Between July 2015 and January 2016, Miami-Dade schools enrolled
more than 13,000 foreign-born students, most of whom were from Cuba.

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LIFE AFTER CASTRO AT MIAMI'S MOST FAMOUS CUBAN RESTAURANT
By Gabe Ulla December 10, 2016

On the night of November 25th, the owners of Versailles, Miami's most
famous Cuban restaurant, were at a Thanksgiving gathering when their
phones buzzed with a news alert: Fidel Castro was dead. Nicole Valls,
who helps run the restaurant with her father and grandfather, was used
to false alarms; since 2006, when rumors of the leader's ill health
first circulated, she'd been keeping a folder in the trunk of her car
containing protocol for Versailles in the event of Castro's passing.
Now, once she'd confirmed that Castro was really dead this time, she ran
to grab the folder from her car and texted the restaurant's managers
with instructions: the parking lot would have to be cleared to make room
for the many news vans that had reserved spaces for the occasion. In the
early hours of the 26th, crowds surrounded Versailles, waving Cuban
flags, banging out clave rhythms on pots and pans, and joining in chants
in Spanish, including "P'arriba, p'abajo, los Castros p'al carajo"—"Up
and down, and the Castro brothers can go to hell." The next day, when
celebrations resumed, the restaurant ran out of croquetas by noon.

Nicole's paternal grandfather, Felipe Valls, Sr., opened Versailles, on
Little Havana's Calle Ocho, in 1971, and in the decades since the
restaurant has outlasted most of the local competition. The family today
owns forty restaurants around the city, including one just down the
block. But it's their flagship restaurant that has become a de-facto
town square for generations of Miami's Cuban community, and the media's
go-to place for assessing the state of Cuban-American relations. The
Cuban author Carlos Alberto Montaner, a close friend of the Valls
family, told me, "How can you effectively reach the exiled community, an
abstract concept of two million people spread throughout the world?
Versailles is a concrete place that gives sense and form to that
abstraction, and the media understand that."

The restaurant has been an obligatory stop for politicians on the
campaign trail since 1986, when the Florida politician Bob Graham,
during his run for governor, put on a busboy uniform and worked a shift,
wiping down tables and refilling water glasses. In 2000, the restaurant
became a fixture of TV news segments during the custody battle over
Elián González, when Cuban-Americans in the region rallied behind the
boy's family members in Miami. And in March, when Barack Obama became
the first sitting U.S. President since Calvin Coolidge to visit Cuba, a
group of protesters set up shop across the street from the restaurant,
holding signs with messages like "Obama Miserable Comunista." If Donald
Trump attempts to undo Obama's thawing of relations, as he has suggested
he might, media outlets will look to the reactions of Versailles patrons.

But the Valls family knew that the most frenzied activity would come in
the wake of Castro's death. In "The Versailles Restaurant Cookbook,"
published two years ago, Nicole Valls and her co-author, the local food
and television personality Ana Quincoces, explained that one of the
traditions of Versailles customers, especially at its outdoor café
window, or ventanita, is "plotting Fidel Castro's death." Each time
rumors surfaced that Castro had died, they wrote, "people flocked to the
restaurant in droves to confirm the story and to celebrate the
possibility that it might be true."

Though my own father liked to slyly refer to Versailles by the nickname
El Pentágono, for much of my early life I viewed the restaurant less as
a political nerve center than as a place to get consistently good plates
of ropa vieja with rice and sweet plantains. Versailles is where my
parents, Cuban exiles who left the island in the early sixties and
eventually settled in New York, would take the family for dinner
whenever we visited cousins in Miami. The restaurant is open until 1
a.m. Sunday through Thursday and even later on weekends, so we'd go
there after parties when every other place was closed. The restaurant's
many dining rooms are adorned with chandeliers and other faux-opulent
homages to pre-revolutionary Havana, but Versailles, which has about
four hundred seats, is really a cafeteria, a protean meeting ground with
an inexpensive and expansive menu, plastic breadbaskets, and vinyl
chairs. Like the long-standing Galatoire's or Commander's Palace, in New
Orleans, it is a place for regulars who like to stick to their habits. A
group of elderly exiles known as the Teen-agers eats lunch there every
weekday, and devotees request specific tables based on the strength of
the air-conditioning.

It is these old-timers whose political sentiments help to set the tone
of Versailles's coverage in the media. On Election Night, when it became
clear that Trump would be the victor, a celebration erupted outside of
the restaurant. Though the Cuban-American vote in Florida tipped in
favor of the Republican candidate, a majority of Cuban-Americans support
Obama's policies toward the island. But the news stories from Versailles
depicted a scene of pro-Trump fervor. Ana María Dopico, a Cuban-American
professor at N.Y.U., told me that the media's relentless focus on
Versailles ends up selling a "caricature" of Cuban-American political
feeling. The population of the Cuban-American community in Miami-Dade, a
Democratic county, hovers close to a million. "The illusion of
Versailles as a village square obscures how varied Cuban Miami is, and
that Cuban-Americans are not a monolith," she said.

The Mexican-American journalist and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who
has lived in Miami since 1986, told me he'd found the post-Castro moment
in Little Havana surprisingly subdued. Twenty years ago, when Castro
seemed "all-powerful on the island," there was a feeling that his
passing could instantly provoke change, and inspire a mass immigration
back to the island. "There is honor and dignity in confronting the
dictator and outlasting the dictator," Ramos said. But Castro ceded
power to his brother Raúl in 2008, and the lessons of post-Hugo Chávez
Venezuela made clear that a Cuba without Fidel wouldn't necessarily mean
the end of Castrismo. Felipe Valls, Jr., Nicole's father and the current
head of the company, suggested a similar sense of ruefulness: "Castro
lived a long time, and we weren't able to say, in his face, 'This is the
new Cuba, and screw you.' " Exactly what Castro's death, and Trump's
rise, will mean for Cuban-American relations remains uncertain.
Versailles, more than providing campaign stops or media sound bites,
will be most useful as a place for Cuban-Americans to process their
continued sense of displacement—the trauma and complicated pride that
stem from having roots in a country that an increasing number of
Miamians never experienced firsthand.

A week and a half after Castro's death, my parents and I all happened to
be in Miami, and I went to sit with them one evening as they ate dinner
at Versailles. The room was full. At one table nearby, four grandmothers
drank batidos, or milkshakes, with their main courses. I picked at some
croquettes, while my dad inhaled a plate of braised oxtail and my mom
had filet mignon. At one point, our waiter, a man in his forties wearing
the staff's signature white dress shirt and green cravat, came by to
check on us. I asked him about the celebrations earlier in the week, and
when he expected Versailles's next big party would be. "When Raúl goes,
I guess," he said.

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Azamara Club Cruises' first Cuba trip set for March
Gene Sloan , USA TODAY 3:20 p.m. EST December 9, 2016

Azamara Club Cruises will operate its first voyage to Cuba on March 21.

The sailing will be a 13-night trip from Miami that includes an
overnight stay in the Cuban capital of Havana along with visits to Key
West and Tampa, Fla.; New Orleans; and Cozumel, Mexico, the small-ship
line announced Friday. The voyage will take place on the 686-passenger
Azamara Quest.

For now, the March sailing will be the only Cuba cruise on Azamara's
schedule, but the line said it is looking to add additional voyages to
the island nation.

Azamara and its sister brand Royal Caribbean received approval for Cuba
sailings on Wednesday from the Cuban government but at the time did not
announce itinerary plans.

Royal Caribbean on Friday said its first trip to Cuba will take place in
April.

The parent company of Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and
Norwegian Cruise Line also received approval for Cuba trips on
Wednesday. The lines will begin trips to the country in March, April and
May, respectively.

The Cuba calls planned by the lines will provide an opportunity for
"people-to-people" exchanges between Americans and Cubans as allowed by
U.S. rules governing visits to Cuba, the companies have said.

While the Obama administration has loosened restrictions on travel to
Cuba over the past year, U.S. visitors still are limited in the
activities they are allowed to do in the country by the terms of the
USA's five-decade-old embargo. The embargo specifies that activities
fall within one of 12 approved categories. The categories include
educational pursuits such as people-to-people exchanges.

Fares for Azamara's new Cuba voyage start at $2,799 per person. It is
open for booking as of today.

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Un grupo de once balseros cubanos, entre los cuales se encontraban cinco mujeres y un menor de 16 años, llegaron este sábado a bordo de una embarcación de madera de 20 a 22 pies de eslora, sin motores y proveniente de Cuba a las inmediaciones de El Faro en Puerto Rico. Entre tanto otro grupo de cinco cubanos llegó el mismo día a la isla de Mona, al occidente, desde República Dominicana.

Según informaron las autoridades, en el grupo de balseros que llegó a tierra boricua se encontraba una mujer que debió ser atendida atendida tras sufrir un aborto en la travesía. La mujer fue asistida en el Hospital Buen Samaritano, de Aguadilla, según reporta El Nuevo Día.

La Guardia Costera estadounidense ha reportado un aumento del número de balseros cubanos que llega a territorio norteamericano. La mayoría lo hace a través del Estrecho de la Florida, aunque aunque cada vez se hace más frecuente que los migrantes hagan la travesía hacia Puerto Rico o Islas Vírgenes.

Este año, 356 cubanos, 253 dominicanos y 19 haitianos han sido detenidos cuando intentaban llegar a Puerto Rico. En el caso cubano, la aplicación de la política de Pies Secos/Pies Mojados, permite el refugio automático y facilidades para la obtención de la residencia norteamericana.


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La Unión Europea (UE) y el Gobierno de Cuba firmarán el lunes el primer acuerdo bilateral de su historia, con el que el bloque comunitario pondrá fin a su restrictiva política hacia la isla en vigor desde 1996 y dará comienzo a una nueva era de relaciones, reportó EFE.

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(EFE).- La Unión Europea (UE) y Cuba firmarán el lunes el primer acuerdo bilateral de su historia, con el que el bloque comunitario pondrá fin a su restrictiva política hacia la isla en vigor desde 1996 y dará comienzo a una nueva era de relaciones.

El canciller cubano, Bruno Rodríguez, se desplazará a Bruselas para firmar el acuerdo de diálogo político y cooperación negociado con la Unión Europea y que supondrá el fin de la "posición común", la política restrictiva que Bruselas le impuso unilateralmente a la isla en 1996 a instancias del Gobierno español encabezado entonces por el conservador José María Aznar.

En la firma participará también la alta representante de la UE para la Política Exterior, Federica Mogherini, quien ya rubricó el texto junto a Rodríguez en La Habana en marzo, al cierre de unas negociaciones que se iniciaron en abril de 2014.[[QUOTE:Los ministros de Exteriores de los Veintiocho, presentes este lunes en Bruselas para participar en un Consejo, estamparán igualmente su firma en el acuerdo dada la naturaleza "mixta" del mismo]]

Los ministros de Exteriores de los Veintiocho, presentes este lunes en Bruselas para participar en un Consejo, estamparán igualmente su firma en el acuerdo dada la naturaleza "mixta" del mismo, es decir, por abarcar competencias no sólo de la UE sino también de los Estados miembros.

Este acuerdo con Cuba, el único país de América Latina con el que la UE no tenía un acuerdo bilateral, busca respaldar el "proceso de transición de la economía y la sociedad cubanas" y promover tanto el diálogo y la cooperación en favor del "desarrollo sostenible, la democracia y los derechos humanos", como acciones conjuntas en foros multilaterales, según Bruselas.

La UE quiere acompañar los cambios económicos y sociales que ha iniciado la isla, que en paralelo ha emprendido la normalización de sus relaciones con Estados Unidos tras más de 50 años de enfrentamiento, pese a que el bloqueo económico estadounidense sigue en pie y la elección de Donald Trump como próximo presidente arroja incertidumbre sobre el proceso.

El acuerdo también culmina un cambio progresivo en la relación de la UE con La Habana, después de que retomaran el diálogo político y la cooperación en 2008 tras la llamada "Primavera Negra" de 2003.

Entonces el régimen cubano encarceló a 75 opositores, lo que llevó a la Unión a imponerle sanciones y, a Cuba, a rechazar su ayuda al desarrollo.

Para sacar adelante el acuerdo ha sido necesario dar garantías a los países más reticentes, como Suecia o la República Checa, de que los derechos humanos seguirán siendo un asunto central en la nueva relación.

"No se da un cheque en blanco a Cuba. Ya sin las restricciones de la posición común -que condicionaba las relaciones a la democratización y los derechos humanos en la isla-, se seguirá avanzando en la relación según los progresos en Cuba", indicaron fuentes diplomáticas, que reconocieron que "las sanciones no conducían a nada".

La Comisión Europea estará encargada de llevar a cabo "informes de progreso" y los Estados miembros decidirán en función de los mismos, explicaron.

Por lo que se refiere a Cuba, la posición común era el gran escollo para normalizar la relación con la UE, a pesar de que ya mantiene acuerdos bilaterales con la mayoría de sus países.

Superada esa política que La Habana no reconocía, el acuerdo será el nuevo marco jurídico bilateral para las relaciones.

Estructurado en tres capítulos principales, el primero impulsará el diálogo político en derechos humanos, armas de pequeño calibre y el desarme, migración, drogas, la lucha contra el terrorismo o el desarrollo sostenible.

El segundo versará sobre cooperación en políticas sectoriales: de nuevo derechos humanos, gobernanza, sociedad civil, desarrollo social y económico, medio ambiente o colaboración regional.[[QUOTE:A pesar de no tratarse de un tratado de libre comercio ni de protección de inversiones, creará "una atmósfera más predecible y transparente para los agentes económicos"]]

El último capítulo abordará el comercio y la cooperación en aduanas, facilitación del comercio, normas técnicas o el comercio y la inversión sostenibles.

A pesar de no tratarse de un tratado de libre comercio ni de protección de inversiones, creará "una atmósfera más predecible y transparente para los agentes económicos" e "incrementará su capacidad económica para producir, comerciar y crear empleo", según la UE.

La Unión es el principal exportador a Cuba y su segundo socio comercial (por detrás de Venezuela), además de ser también el mayor inversor extranjero en el país y el punto de origen de un tercio de los turistas que recibe.

En 2015, el valor de las exportaciones de bienes a Cuba ascendió a 2.200 millones de euros y, el de las importaciones a 540 millones. 

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