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Daily Archives: December 17, 2016

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The Council of the Union European (EU) is lying when it says that the agreement signed with the dictatorship of Raúl Castro in Brussels on 12 December, which put an end to the Common Position adopted in 1996, aims to "strengthen democracy and respect for human rights" in Cuba, as alleged by the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini

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La abogada estadounidense Kimberley Motley, que fue detenida e interrogada el viernes por las autoridades cubanas en La Habana, habría abordado un avión con destino a su país, informó la organización Human Rights Foundation (HRF), según EFE.

De acuerdo con el director legal de la organización, Javier El-Hage, la abogada perdió esta mañana un vuelo en el Aeropuerto José Martí de la capital cubana, tras ser nuevamente detenida, en esta ocasión por las autoridades migratorias, que le retuvieron el pasaporte y la interrogaron durante horas.

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La Unión Patriótica de Cuba ha convocado para este domingo una marcha por la libertad de todos los presos políticos desde la ciudad de Santiago de Cuba hasta el Santuario Nacional de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre.

“Estamos invitando a todo el pueblo a que se nos una en esta marcha en solidaridad con las Damas de Blanco, Danilo Maldonado (El Sexto) y Eduardo Cardet. También con nuestros activistas detenidos y encarcelados”, declaró José Daniel Ferrer, líder de la organización opositora.

Según cifras de la Unpacu, 48 miembros de la organización han sido detenidos, entre ellos 10 coordinadores.

“Sobre las seis de la mañana nos dirigiremos hacia El Cobre. También vendrán activistas de otras provincias. En caso de que no nos arresten, asistiremos a misa y posteriormente regresaremos a nuestros hogares”, explicó Ferrer.[[QUOTE:Durante el trayecto los activistas exigirán la liberación de los presos políticos y el respeto a los derechos humanos]]

Durante el trayecto los activistas exigirán la liberación de los presos políticos y el respeto a los derechos humanos.

Para Ferrer la situación de la Isla “es bastante delicada” después de la muerte de Fidel Castro. “Hay un mayor control, las fuerzas represivas están ejerciendo mayor presión sobre la ciudadanía y los movimientos opositores”.

Según el líder de la Unpacu, “a mediano plazo el régimen tendrá que ceder ante el empuje de la ciudadanía y la oposición”.

“Estamos convocando al pueblo y a los demás grupos opositores. Dadas las cosas como están, todos tenemos el deber de enfrentar al régimen y llamar la atención sobre las violaciones que el Gobierno cubano está cometiendo”, agregó.

Unpacu es la mayor organización opositora que tiene la Isla, centrada fundamentalmente en las provincias orientales y con presencia en La Habana.

Ferrer fue uno de los 75 prisioneros de la Primavera Negra de 2003, cuando el entonces mandatario, Fidel Castro, envió a la cárcel con largas condenas a bibliotecarios, periodistas y activistas en general.

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La abogada estadounidense detenida el viernes en La Habana, podría volverse una pesadilla para el Gobierno cubano. Kimberley Motley viajó a Cuba para asesorar en el caso del artista Danilo Maldonado, El Sexto, y fue arrestada por unas horas, lo que provocó una oleada de repulsa internacional.

Motley ha ejercido en entornos como Afganistán a donde viajó en 2008 para formar parte de un programa de asistencia jurídica. Durante los nueve meses que pasó en el país asiático comprendió “cómo las leyes que estaban destinadas a proteger a las personas estaban siendo infrautilizadas, mientras que brutales e ilegales medidas eran usadas en exceso”.

La abogada estadounidense se convirtió en la primera extranjera en litigar en los tribunales afganos. Una experiencia que la ayudó a darse cuenta que “la falta de justicia no es solo un problema en Afganistán, sino que es un problema global”.  

Durante los más de diez años en que ha ejercido la abogacía, Motley representó desde encumbrados ejecutivos de prestigiosas compañías, hasta niñas afganas de pocos recursos. La premisa de su labor es “trabajar el sistema desde adentro” y usar “las leyes de la manera en que están destinadas a ser utilizadas.

Nacida en 1976 en Milwaukee, Estados Unidos, Motley fue elegida ganadora en el concurso de belleza Miss Wisconsin en 2004 y es madre de tres hijos.[[QUOTE:La abogada considera que se cometen muchas injusticias porque las personas no saben “cuáles son sus derechos”]]

La abogada considera que se cometen muchas injusticias porque las personas no saben “cuáles son sus derechos”, las leyes son “suplantadas o ignoradas por las costumbres tribales” o no hay “abogados que estén dispuestos a luchar por esas leyes”.

Esas premisas la han llevado este diciembre a La Habana para asesorar en el caso del grafitero El Sexto, detenido desde el 26 de noviembre tras realizar una pintada sobre la muerte de Fidel Castro con dos palabras sencillas: “Se fue”.

Para Motley el arresto de este viernes se suma a los riesgos que ha vivido en su carrera. “He sido detenida temporalmente. He sido acusada de dirigir un burdel, acusada de ser una espía”, cuenta en una charla Ted que se ha vuelto viral en internet.

La abogada puntualiza que cuanto más riesgos corre, sus clientes corren “riesgos mucho mayores, porque tienen mucho más que perder si sus casos no son escuchados”.

Esta sábado la jurista fue liberada pero los ecos de su arresto apenas comienzan. Figura de un gran impacto mediático y público, Motley llama a “crear una economía mundial de los derechos humanos y convertimos todos en inversionistas globales en derechos humanos”.

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Liberada la abogada norteamericana de ‘El Sexto’, tras gestiones de la Embajada de EE UU 14YMEDIO, Miami | Diciembre 16, 2016 La abogada Kimberley Motley y los activistas Gorki Águila y Luis Alberto Mariño fueron arrestados este viernes cuando se disponían a ofrecer una conferencia de prensa a las afueras del Tribunal Provincial, frente al […] Continue reading
La base material de la alegría REINALDO ESCOBAR, La Habana | 16/12/2016 En el catecismo marxista se establece que la materia es primero que el espíritu. A partir de este big bang conceptual se estructura la doctrina en la que se concatenan de forma más o menos armónica todas las categorías: la propiedad social sobre […] Continue reading
The Material Basis Of Joy / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 16 December 2016 — In the Marxist
catechism it is established that the material is first, over the
spiritual. From this conceptual Big Bang, is structured a doctrine in
which all categories are concatenated more or less harmoniously; social
property over the means of production, the fundamental law of socialist
distribution, and the dictatorship of the proletariat.

From this key starting point it is explained that matrimonial fidelity
is due to the appearance of private property, and that the ambition for
riches will only be overcome in the human condition when material goods
flow like a river due to the increased productivity that comes as a
fruit of dominion over nature.

For the faithful followers of this form of thinking, joy in human beings
is nothing more than the result of drinking alcoholic beverages in an
environment where there is music and jokes, social contacts, smiles,
cheers and laughter. That is, people do not drink, sing and laugh
because they are happy, but the other way around.

At the end of December, Cubans usually indulge their desire to
celebrate. Christmas and New Year's come together to promote gift
giving, Christmas Eve feasts, improvised choirs of nostalgic carols,
resolutions for the future, furtive kisses at midnight, buckets of water
thrown into the street to wash away the year's evils, and taking a walk
with a suitcase as an expression of the desire to take a magical trip to
another part of the world.

With this cornucopia, joy prevails and bottles are uncorked, while
others eat or dance and someone opens the door to receive the latest
guest who didn't want to miss the feast in which the discomfort of daily
life is temporarily relegated to the background.

However, in these days that are left of the month of December, on the
pretense of a tragic reason, from certain more or less official bodies,
"the order has come down" to moderate the joy, postpone the parrandas,
ban celebrations at workplaces and schools. Rumors are rife that alcohol
will disappear as of the 20th, there will be no fireworks, and no loud
music, not even within one's own home.

Marxists are like that. They are intimately convinced that by
eliminating or undermining "the material basis of joy" they can prevent
joy from rising in hearts, crush feelings of gratitude for life itself,
and smother the sparks of hope that light the way. At the end of the
day, they maintain, the material is above the spiritual.

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'El Sexto's' American Lawyer and Two Activists Arrested in Havana / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Miami, 16 December 2016 – Kimberly Motley, an American
attorney, and the activists Gorki Aguila and Luis Alberto Marino were
arrested this Friday as they prepared to hold a press conference outside
the Provincial Court in from of the Capitol Building in Havana. The
Cubans were taken to the Zanja police station, but there is no
information about the whereabouts of the American lawyer.

"They were going to give a press conference about the situation of
Danilo Maldonado, 'El Sexto,' who the authorities accuse of damage to
public property," according to Rosa Maria Paya, president of the Latin
American Network of Youth for Democracy, who spoke to 14tmedio by phone.
Motley also intended to take on the defense of Eduardo Cardet, National
Coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL).

Cardet his been under arrest since 30 November for "his political
activity of leadership within the MCL" according to the Paya. He is
accused of "assault," a crime that carries a prison sentence from one to
three years.

On 26 November, El Sexto was arrested after painting several graffiti on
the walls of the Habana Libre Hotel, reading "se fue" (He's gone), and
loaded a video to his Facebook profile celebrating the death of Fidel
Castro.

Recently he was transferred to Combinado del Este, a high security
prison in Havana.

Source: 'El Sexto's' American Lawyer and Two Activists Arrested in
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Google, the Phone Company and Censorship in Cuba / Mario Lleonart

Young women connect from a cellphone in a newly enabled wifi zone in
Cuba, where one hour's connection cost the equivalent of two days' pay.
Mario Felix Lleonart, 14 December 2016 — Google recently signed an
agreement with ETECSA, Cuba's telecommunications monopoly, owned by the
Castros. As of 2011, when the owners of the country bought out the 27%
interest in ETECSA maintained by Telecom Italy, there have not been as
many expectations as now.

Then, after the Italians took off with their 706 million dollars, the
lucrative business without competition became a goldmine for the Castro
family, and at the same time guaranteed the maximum censorship possible.

Since then the ETECSA monopoly has not taken a single step to diminish
censorship, or to diminish its capital. In addition to a political
victory, it will now also benefit from this agreement with Google. For
some time the international telecommunications giant has been visiting
the island and its proposals, in principal, sought to procure the
maximum benefits for the Cuban people, but ultimately they signed what
ETECSA's owners allowed them to.

From now on Google will be forced to provide the information the
island's regime requires from them, about "suspicious websurfers," as it
does with any governments with whom it signs agreements like this. Now
the censorship will occur with the complicity of Google who negotiates
with the Castro regime, the absolute owner of ETECSA. As if ETECSA were
a reputable company, and as if the Havana regime was a good government.

Personally I am curious if, at least to dissimulate, ETECSA will again
permit access to my blog from the island, forbidden according to reports
received, since the death of the tyrant, or to other sites blocked for a
long time now, such as the digital newspaper 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez's
blog Generation Y, or pages such as MartiNoticias.com. I think that
experts such as Sebastian Arcos Cazabon or Raudel Garcia Bringas,
interviewed by Marti Noticias, are right when they affirm that this
agreement between ETECSA and Google will not solve the problem.

Meanwhile, and far beyond this story, but perhaps for reasons of
geopolitics, today this blog, Confessing Cuba, was attacked from Ukraine
(see screenshot below), although thanks to the protection of WordPress
and its BPS log-in security alert, the pirates didn't manage to get what
they wanted. Hopefully those on the island, ETECSA and its owners, will
soon no longer always get away with what they want.

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Threats and Arrests if Dissidents Continue in Cuba / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 15 December 2016 –The leader of the Ladies in White,
Berta Soler, was arrested Thursday in the morning when she was about to
leave the headquarters of the organization in the neighborhood of
Lawton, Havana, in order to connect to the Internet.

Angel Moya, a former prisoner of the Cause of 75 from the 2003 Black
Spring and Soler's husband, told this newspaper that neighborhood
witnesses confirmed to him that the arrest had been made with excessive
use of force. "She was arrested violently, neighbors testify that they
even beat her," says the dissident who was not at home at the time of
arrest.

Moya speculates that Soler was taken to the detention center in Alamar,
but was unable to confirm the information.

The former prisoner of the Black Spring told 14ymedio that the Ladies in
White movement has not programmed any activities for today. "Right now,
the only thing Berta did was to launch a call for Tuesday, 19 December,
at two in the afternoon in Central Park, for the traditional Literary
Tea, if State Security continues to operate around the group's
headquarters in Lawton, and prevents the activists from accessing it.

Around two in the afternoon the political police arrested another Lady
in White, Marlen Gonazalez, when she went out with her husband to buy
food at the agricultural market. "A patrol car came and asked for her ID
card and they took her prisoner," said her neighbors in the San Miguel
de Padron area.

While all this was going on, at Jose Marti Airport the activist Jose
Diaz Silva, a Cuban delegate to the Democracy Movement, he was
approached by police before taking a flight to the United
States. According to a report from the dissident, the officials warned
him that on his return from Miami he would encounter very serious
reprisals and that from now on the opposition's "days are numbered."

The latest report of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National
Reconciliation (CCDHRN) said that during November there were at least
359 arbitrary arrests of peaceful opponents on the island, over a
hundred cases fewer than in October. However, the independent
organization warns of a possible increase in repression following the
death of former President Fidel Castro.

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After the Mourning, the Grief / Fernando Dámaso


Fernando Damaso, 14 December 2016 — It seems that, the nine days of
national mourning having ended, it is now extended into interminable
grief, imposed by the official media, trying to sanctify the image of
the deceased with a virtual eternity. It gives the strange sensation
that his spirit continues to govern the country, and that he is the one
dictating orders and regulations.

Violating the most elemental limits of reason, the idea has arisen of
including his ideas in the curriculum of every university major this
coming year, taking into account the "genius" of his content that,
ironically, led the country to misery and has made it one of the worst
economies in the world.

Documentaries, books, poems, articles, photographs, paintings and songs
beset Cuba's citizens day and night, repeated many times, causing
rejection rather than acceptance, and everything related to him has
quickly become part of the island's "choteo," an unending stream of
bitter humor. You just have to walk our streets with an attentive ear.

Excesses always bring bad results and are paid for dearly. This is
something the Cuban authorities should know, after so many years of
exercising power.

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Amnesty International: Where to Write for Release of El Sexto

UA: 273/16 Index: AMR 25/5244/2016 Cuba Date: 29 November 2016

URGENT ACTION

CUBAN GRAFFITI ARTIST ARRESTED AGAIN

Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado ('El Sexto') – named a
prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International in 2015 – was
re-arrested on 26 November, shortly after the announcement of Fidel
Castro's death.

Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (also known as 'El
Sexto') was arrested at his home in Havana, the capital, at
approximately 11.15 am on 26 November, hours after the announcement of
Fidel Castro's death. Danilo Maldonado was on the phone with his
girlfriend when state officials forced their way into his apartment.

According to his mother, Maria Victoria Machado, she and his sister were
initially unable to locate him, before they eventually located him at a
prison later that afternoon. Danilo Maldonado's mother says he is
currently detained in Guanabacoa, Eastern Havana. When Maria Machado
visited him on 27 November, officials did not give reasons for his arrest.

On 26 November, according to Cuba-based newspaper 14 y medio, Danilo
Maldonado had graffitied the words "He's gone" (Se fue) on a wall in
Havana. The news outlet reported that El Sexto's graffiti was one of the
first public demonstrations outside of the state-organized
demonstrations of mourning following the announcement of Fidel Castro's
death.

Short-term arbitrary arrests remain a common tactic to restrict freedom
of expression in Cuba. In October, the Cuban Commission of Human Rights
and National Reconciliation, which like other human rights organizations
is not recognized by Cuban authorities, reported 620 arbitrary
detentions of peaceful protestors and opposition activists.

Provisions of the Cuban Criminal Code, such as contempt of a public
official (desacato), resistance to public officials carrying out their
duties (resistencia) and public disorder (desórdenes públicos) are
frequently used to stifle free speech, assembly and association.

Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:

 Calling on the authorities to release Danilo Maldonado Machado ('El
Sexto') immediately and unconditionally, as he is a prisoner of
conscience, imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his right to
freedom of expression;

 Calling on them to guarantee the right to freedom of expression,
including for dissident, opponent or activist voices.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 10 JANUARY 2017 TO:

President of the Republic

Raúl Castro Ruz

Presidente de la República de Cuba

La Habana, Cuba

Fax: +41 22 758 9431 (Cuba Office in Geneva); +1 212 779 1697 (via Cuban
Mission to UN)

Email: cuba@un.int (c/o Cuban Mission to UN)

Salutation: Your Excellency

Attorney General

Dr. Darío Delgado Cura

Fiscal General de la República

Fiscalía General de la República Amistad 552, e/Monte y Estrella

Centro Habana, La Habana, Cuba

Salutation: Dear Attorney General/ Señor Fiscal General

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your
country. Please insert local diplomatic addresses below:

Name Address 1 Address 2 Address 3 Fax Fax number Email Email address
Salutation Salutation

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above
date.

URGENT ACTION

CUBAN GRAFFITI ARTIST ARRESTED AGAIN

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

On 20 October 2015, Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado ('El
Sexto') was released after spending almost 10 months in prison without
trial following accusations of "aggravated contempt". Amnesty
International considered him a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely
for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression (see:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/amr25/2710/2015/en/).

Danilo Maldonado Machado was accused of "aggravated contempt" after
being arrested on 25 December 2014 for transporting two pigs with the
names "Raúl" and "Fidel" painted on them, which he intended to release
in an art show in Havana's Central Park. He was never formally charged
nor brought before a court during the almost 10 months he spent in
detention.

Name: Danilo Maldonado Machado, also known as 'El Sexto'

Gender m/f: male

UA: 273/16 Index: AMR 25/5244/2016 Issue Date: 29 November 2016

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Cuban Adjustment Act or Upheaval Act / 14ymedio, Rolando Gallardo

14ymedio, Rolando Gallardo, Quito, 14 December 2016 — I wake up and I
see a report on the arrival of a group rafters on the coast of Miami.
I'm surprised by the open declaration of one of them, who confesses
having left Cuba in search of a better future, but says he has nothing
against Fidel Castro. His words set me to meditating.

The Cuban Adjustment Act is a good deed on the way to hell. Thousands of
Cubans arrive in the United States every year to take advantage of its
benefits. Its repeal is a taboo subject among the exile and the
emigration. Those who say they are in favor of its elimination or reform
from abroad, receive avalanches of criticism and support, demonstrating
the division of opinions about it.

The government of the island ascribes to the Cuban Adjustment Act the
main reason for the exodus, dismissing internal conditions and policies
that cause people to leave, this being a long-time strategy of the
regime: Someone else is always to blame.

Authorized voices within the Cuban-American political establishment,
such as Senator Marco Rubio, call for a revision of the Cuban Adjustment
Act on the basis that not all Cubans arriving in the United States and
claiming refuge under it meet the conditions to apply for asylum, and
many of them demonstrate their political apathy by returning to the
island as soon as they obtain a US residence permit, discrediting their
supposed condition as a politically persecuted person.

Since the beginning of the most recent migration crisis in November of
2015, the division among Cubans stranded in Costa Rica and Panama is
evident.

One group reaffirms, recklessly and motivated by an ignorance of the
nature of the Adjustment Act, that they are economic migrants, which
strengthens the arguments of the regime about the causes of illegal
immigration.

Others, however, say that they left Cuba because of its repressive
policies, lack of political and economic freedoms, and the
impoverishment of the country, something imposed by an internal blockade
that has plunged the Cuban people into despair.

Both sides agree that this mass escape was motivated by the fear of
political transformations that would be generated by the "thaw," leaving
them inside a nation that sees no long-term changes in the relationship
between the government and the people.

It is legitimate to question whether the Cuban Adjustment Act should
continue under the current terms. The receiving government spends an
annual average of 500 million dollars in aid to the "Cuban
refugees." Some estimates indicate that, from 2014 to late 2016, the
United States has allocated 1.5 billion dollars for monetary aid for the
first six months, food stamps for three months which are renewable for
longer, health insurance for ten months for adults and more health
insurance assistance for children, as well as supplementary services for
the elderly.

Does every Cuban deserve such kindness? The final saga of the migratory
crisis, which has had its most recent and dire chapter in Ecuador,
demonstrated that some members of the regime are parasites benefitting
from the Cuban Adjustment Act. They waste no time in leaving behind the
claws of the tiger, and brazenly appear among the voices clamoring for
an airlift to continue their journey to the United States, while in Cuba
they were persecutors of the Ladies in White, Cuban counterintelligence
officials, members of the National Assembly of People's Power, and
militant communist/opportunists who, tired of the perks of the regime,
head north to take advantage of other perks in "la Yuma" – the United
States. Many of them, who denied there was a political motive to this
breakout, are now in the United States enjoying government help.

Another group, misunderstood and attacked, launched itself in courageous
though reckless protest against the Cuban embassy in Quito, showing the
political nature of the exodus and starring in one of the never before
seen historic feats of the emigration. Unfortunately, it is an event
little spoken of. Many of the protesters were deported to Cuba. Another
group of people and protagonists of the protest camp in Quito's Arbolito
Park are already in the United States, justifying with their actions and
political stance that they deserve the benefits of the Cuban Adjustment Act.

I support reform of the terms of the Cuban Adjustment Act. It is not
fair that the American taxpayers' money goes into the hands of those who
enjoyed communism and now want to enjoy capitalism without deserving to.
It is not fair that economic emigrants and future speculators head back
to the island with their recently obtained residence permits, trampling
on the spirit that gave rise to the law. Those who are unscrupulous and
reject with their behavior – far from that of the politically persecuted
– the refuge offered to them, should have their status reassessed.

I do not live in the United States and I have not benefited from the
Cuban Adjustment Act, nor do I consider myself politically persecuted,
despite my actions and opinions, but I condemn those who mock the law
and discredit the support and sustenance that the United States
government has offered to our people in the hard years of the exodus,
which sadly does not end.

Source: Cuban Adjustment Act or Upheaval Act / 14ymedio, Rolando
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Cuban Apartheid / Cubalex

Cubalex, Havana, 14 December 2016 – In Cuba there are no conditions
under which economic, social and cultural rights can be exercised. "All
Cubans have free healthcare and education," is a claim that is easily
refuted. We continue the debate with another question: Who decided we
Cubans could not invest in a hotel or form joint ventures with the state?

First absolute silence, then a bombardment of stones. In the end, Pedro
threw a pea! The National Assembly and the Council of State are those
who dictate the laws, he responded, doubtfully.

"Have you read any law that says Cubans cannot invest in the national
economy?" the professor asked. No, but the law is called "The Law of
Foreign Investment" and it assumes that only they can participate in the
national economy at the same level as the Cuban government.

Is it fair? He asked again. No, he said. Do you believe it is a
violation of human rights? He continued interrogating him. I don't know,
he replied, annoyed. He approached him and slapped his shoulder twice.
Yes, the state excludes us, discriminates against us, he said, while
looking at him and nodding.

"We all have the right to equality and non-discrimination. It is a
universally recognized right," explained the professor while walking
back and forth in the improvised classroom. The critics of this law call
it Cuban Apartheid. Do they know this is a crime in the current Cuban
Penal Code?

I leave them to their first task: reading paragraph (b) of Part 1 of
Article 120 of the Penal Code. Explain in 140 characters, that is in a
Tweet, if the situation just described could define the crime called
"Crime of Apartheid." See you next Wednesday. Don't miss it!

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Cubanos miran con dudas el acercamiento con EEUU 17 de diciembre de 2016 – 12:12 En el terreno económico, el deshielo con EEUU no ha permitido grandes cambios ante la vigencia del embargo económico, con notables excepciones como la reanudación, el pasado agosto, de los vuelos regulares entre los dos países tras medio siglo interrumpidos, […] Continue reading
Prohibición de festejos genera disgusto entre los habaneros 16 de diciembre de 2016 – 21:12 – Por IVÁN GARCÍA La Navidad de los cubanos este año tendrá que ser silenciosa LA HABANA.- Cada vez que se acercan las navidades, el restaurante privado que administra Leonel, en el sur de La Habana, se desborda de adornos […] Continue reading
La incertidumbre empaña el futuro de Cuba 16 de diciembre de 2016 – 20:12 El economista y analista político argentino Luis Palma Cané asegura que los ideales carentes de innovación de Castro dejaron una nación devastada y un pueblo degradado Por STEFANO PORCILE Especial BUENOS AIRES.- Una caravana de lágrimas despide a Fidel Castro en […] Continue reading
Trump agradece apoyo de los cubanos, en especial el de la Brigada 2506 Martinoticias.com “Al pueblo cubano, nosotros sabemos lo que tenemos que hacer y lo vamos hacer, así que no se preocupen por ello”, declaró el presidente electo en su gira de agradecimiento. El presidente electo, Donald Trump, tuvo palabras de gratitud para los […] Continue reading
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Famosa abogada estadounidense detenida en Cuba junto a opositores no iba a ejercer, asegura Gorki Jorge P. Martínez El roquero y activista cubano Gorki Águila, detenido este viernes junto a la abogada estadounidense Kimberley Motley fue liberado este sábado junto al violinista Luis Alberto Mariño “Tito”. La Seguridad del Estado liberó esta madrugada al roquero […] Continue reading
¿Quién es la abogada estadounidense que se interesó por opositores cubanos en prisión? diciembre 17, 2016 Martinoticias.com Kimberley Motley alcanzó la fama primero siendo ganadora de un concurso de belleza y luego convirténdose en la primera abogada extranjera en litigar en Afganistán. La abogada estadounidense detenida el 16 de diciembre en La Habana, junto a […] Continue reading
Caída imparable de envíos de petróleo venezolano podría agravar crisis cubana diciembre 17, 2016 Rolando Cartaya Por primera vez en 12 años La Habana debió comprar crudo en el mercado abierto. Envíos venezolanos de 100.000 barriles diarios han caído más de 50% , y para cumplir sus obligaciones mínimas con la isla en diciembre y […] Continue reading
Permiten a campesinos cubanos subcontratar trabajadores diciembre 17, 2016 Agencias Antes sólo podía hacerse a través de una cooperativa. En otros sectores de la economía, como el de los restaurantes, Cuba ya ha permitido que los dueños de pequeños negocios contraten a su personal de forma directa. Los pequeños agricultores cubanos podrán contratar trabajadores de […] Continue reading
Human Rights Watch pide la liberación inmediata de El Sexto diciembre 17, 2016 Martinoticias.com “Nadie debería ser arrestado por expresar sus opiniones políticas”, dijo a través de un comunicado José Miguel Vivanco, director para las Américas de Human Rights Watch. La organización Human Rights Watch demandó el viernes en un comunicado la “liberación inmediata” del […] Continue reading
CEPAL: Cuba cerrará 2016 con un salario mínimo de $8,97 dólares al mes diciembre 16, 2016 Martinoticias.com A pesar de esto, el turismo surge como “el gran activo de la economía cubana”, según la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (Cepal). La economía cubana cerrará 2016 con una expansión del 0,4 % y […] Continue reading
Trump dispuesto a cambiar la política de Obama hacia Cuba diciembre 16, 2016 Armando de Armas / martinoticias.com La postura del presidente electo de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, hacia Cuba puede intuirse desde sus declaraciones en plena campaña presidencial, hasta sus más recientes críticas al castrismo, a raíz de la muerte el pasado 25 de […] Continue reading
El éxodo que vino con el deshielo diciembre 16, 2016 Martinoticias.com Inmediatamente después del anuncio del restablecimiento de relaciones entre EEUU-Cuba del 17 de diciembre de 2014 comenzó una cuarta etapa en la emigración masiva de cubanos hacia el país vecino. Entre finales de 2014 y el 2016, hasta el presente, Cuba ha experimentado un […] Continue reading
… of hostility with Cuba. Since President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul … U.S. president to visit Havana in 88 years. But all … said. “By establishing relations with Cuba, you are disarming this intelligentsia … America largely because of the Cuban rapprochement and its willingness to … Continue reading
En escalada la represión contra opositores en Cuba a dos años del deshielo diciembre 16, 2016 Martinoticias.com Varias organizaciones opositoras han señalado que tras el acercamiento de Washington y La Habana la violación de los derechos humanos y las libertades civiles se ha recrudecido en la isla, en lugar de disminuir. En los dos años […] Continue reading
Arrestan al salir de misa a la única Dama de Blanco que logró entrar a la iglesia diciembre 15, 2016 Idolidia Darias Como el gobierno cubano no les permite a Damas de Blanco ir los domingos a misa, algunas decidieron ir este jueves a Santa Rita. Al arresto de la Dama de Blanco Berta Soler […] Continue reading
La Unión Europea y Cuba: nueva relación JOAQUÍN ROY El 12 de diciembre la Unión Europea y Cuba han firmado un Acuerdo de Diálogo Político y Cooperación (ADPC) que al mismo tiempo ha rescindido la condicionante Posición Común que la UE mantenía sobre Cuba. Como aspecto novedoso, hay que reconocer que la firma del acuerdo […] Continue reading
Cuba: Gobierno amenaza con destruir moralmente la familia de Eduardo Cardet Por Eduardo Berdejo LA HABANA, 12 Dic. 16 / 03:05 pm (ACI).- El gobierno cubano amenazó a la esposa de Eduardo Cardet, Yaimaris Vecino, con destruir moralmente a su familia como represalia por la labor opositora del coordinador nacional del Movimiento Cristiano Liberación (MCL), […] Continue reading

La abogada estadounidense de derechos humanos Kimberley Motley, quien viajó a la Isla para interesarse por la situación del grafitero Danilo Maldonado Machado (El Sexto), "se llevará un testimonio directo y un amargo recuerdo vivido en carne propia de la represión y el atropello en este país", dijo a DIARIO DE CUBA el músico Gorki Águila, líder de la banda Porno Para Ricardo.

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El inmovilismo de Cuba empuja a Trump a revertir el proceso Lo único que cambió en la isla es el fuerte aumento de visitantes norteamericanos JAVIER ANSORENA Nueva York 17/12/2016 02:06h – Actualizado: 17/12/2016 02:06h. Hace hoy dos años, Barack Obama y Raúl Castro sorprendían al mundo con el anuncio de una apuesta común por […] Continue reading
Cuba comenzará cultivos transgénicos de maíz y soya en 2017 Si bien este país cultivará especies transgénicas a gran escala con el fin de disminuir su déficit alimentario, lo hará bajo estricto control científico y legal. Por: AFP “De culminar con éxito todas las pruebas requeridas por los órganos reguladores cubanos, para la primavera del […] Continue reading
Miles de firmas demandan la liberación de artista encarcelado en Cuba por celebrar muerte de Castro diciembre 17, 2016 Martinoticias.com La petición en change.org: www.change.org/p/urgent-action-immediate-release-of-artist-and-human-rights-activist-danilo-maldonado-machado-el-sexto-prisoner-of-conscience-in-cuba Una petición iniciada esta semana desde la plataforma Change.org, en favor que el artista sea puesto en libertad, está cerca de cumplir el número de firmas para ser enviada a […] Continue reading
¿Cómo ha respondido Cuba a las seis rondas de cambios que le presentó Obama? diciembre 16, 2016 Rolando Cartaya Casi sistemáticamente, La Habana ha encarado de manera diferente las enmiendas regulatorias del presidente saliente que ayudan a engrosar las arcas estatales y las que benefician a la población cubana o despiertan suspicacias de seguridad. Un […] Continue reading
Más de 60 balseros cubanos llegaron a las costas de Florida esta semana La Guardia Costera calcula que desde el 1 de octubre pasado han intentado entrar ilegalmente en el país por vía marítima cerca de 1,000 cubanos. El número de balseros sigue en aumento desde hace dos años, cuando Barack Obama anunció el inicio […] Continue reading