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El grafitero opositor Danilo Maldonado, conocido como “El Sexto”, pasará la Navidad en una prisión cubana, como ya sucedió el año pasado y donde en los últimos días, según su … Click to Continue » Continue reading

La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) expresó este viernes su "preocupación" por la detención y traslado a una cárcel de máxima seguridad en Cuba del grafitero opositor Danilo Maldonado Machado, El Sexto, quien realizó varias pintadas con el mensaje "Se fue" tras la muerte de Fidel Castro el pasado 25 de noviembre.

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In realist foreign policy, Obama found limits
By Bradley Klapper | AP December 23 at 3:18 AM

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's foreign policy legacy may be
defined as much by what he didn't do as by what he did.

Over eight years, Obama ushered in a new era of diplomacy,
re-establishing the United States as the driving force behind fighting
climate change and reducing the threat of nuclear weapons. He restored
unity between the U.S. and its allies after the divisive tenure of
President George W. Bush and avoided adding another large-scale U.S.
military commitment overseas.

But Obama also ran headlong into his limitations as the world's chief
diplomat. His cautious and pragmatic approach to world affairs
ultimately couldn't deliver on the founding promise of his presidency:
ending wars.

He will leave office in January having failed to end the conflicts he
inherited in Iraq and Afghanistan, settling instead for greatly reducing
U.S. involvement in each. And he will pass on the woes of a raging civil
war in Syria that he has been helpless to stop.

Historians will grapple with whether Obama's forward-looking diplomatic
achievements, like the Iran nuclear deal and rapprochement with Cuba,
will outweigh his failings.

Their calculus will depend heavily on how far Donald Trump goes to
unwind these efforts. If the president-elect makes good on promises to
unravel Obama's climate change, trade and nuclear agreements, he will
leave Obama's legacy defined not by his ambition but by his restraint,
for better or worse.

"The United States is stronger now than it was eight years ago," said
David Milne, historian of U.S. foreign policy at Britain's University of
East Anglia. He described Obama as a "retrenchment president" akin to
Dwight Eisenhower. Obama is a president who will be "perhaps best
remembered for the paths not taken," he said.

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In his first speech as president, Obama told America's foes he would
"extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist." He largely
made good on that offer.

Obama's outreach yielded historic diplomatic breakthroughs, but not
without levels of compromise that brought howls of protest from his
Republican critics.


The U.S. rapidly removed years of painstakingly constructed oil, trade,
and economic sanctions on Iran in return for stringent new constraints
on its nuclear program. But the threat of Iranian atomic weapons isn't
gone for good. Many of the restrictions on Iran start expiring next
decade, which will permit Tehran to edge toward weapons capacity again.

In Cuba, restoring diplomatic relations with the tiny island led to
greater economic ties and a new U.S. embassy. The developments haven't
yet been accompanied by democratic reforms or human rights improvements
from the communist government. Trump has spoken vaguely about demanding
more from Havana, without promising a reversal.

The U.S. has embraced a new relationship with Myanmar, with Obama
visiting the country twice, despite the military maintaining significant
political influence in the country and ongoing abuses against minority
Muslims. If anything, abuses have intensified since Obama lifted the
last U.S. sanctions on Myanmar.

And last year's global climate change pact commits the world to reducing
the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for rising temperatures and sea
levels, worsening droughts and heat waves. China can keep expanding its
emissions until 2030.

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As Obama's approach cleared new diplomatic paths, it sometimes led to
dead ends.

The Obama administration was caught off guard when the Arab Spring
erupted in 2011. Its response veered sharply from promising cooperation
with imperfect allies to championing protesters seeking new leaders.
After a military coup in Egypt and a Shiite rebellion in Yemen, the U.S.
returned to many of the same regional powers and entrenched national
elites it had abandoned.

When Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in 2014, then supported
an insurgency in eastern Ukraine, Obama responded with sanctions.
They've had little effect on Moscow's strategic thinking and Russia
hasn't retreated.

After Washington accused Beijing of a territorial grab in the South
China Sea, all Obama could do was object.


But nowhere has Obama's foreign policy proved more ineffective and his
resistance to military intervention more contentious than with Syria's
civil war. President Bashar Assad's government and his Russian and
Iranian sponsors have made a mockery of Obama's declarations that
Assad's "days are numbered," while Obama has endlessly recycled a series
of failed diplomatic tactics.

Even his proliferation record was undermined in Syria.

Obama declared the use of chemical weapons in the conflict a "red line"
and Assad used them anyhow. Obama then backed down from his threat to
respond with force, opting instead for a Russian-supported plan to
remove much of Assad's declared chemical stockpiles. Since then, the
U.S. says Syria's military has used other chemical agents instead. And
the war only escalated.

Russia's military intervention on Assad's behalf led to a brief Obama
effort to isolate Moscow. He quickly reversed course, turning to Moscow
to stop the war diplomatically. That didn't work, either, as a string of
cease-fires collapsed.

Obama has argued that the only other option was unacceptable.

"Unless we were all-in and willing to take over Syria, we were going to
have problems," he told reporters at his year-end press conference. "And
everything else was tempting because we wanted to do something and it
sounded like the right thing to do. But it was going to be impossible to
do this on the cheap."

The death toll has reached as many as a half-million people.

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Obama's critics have called him feckless and weak. They've lampooned his
talk about hitting "singles and doubles" in foreign policy, rather than
swinging for the fences.

The president and his aides called his approach: "Don't do stupid
stuff," often using a more profane term.

Both analyses reflect Obama's essential caution and pragmatism about one
nation's ability to shape global events, prevent violence and expand
freedom and stability.

This realism, as Obama termed it, was behind many of his earliest
foreign policy decisions: resetting ties with Russia, leading to a new
nuclear arms control treaty; offering a new beginning with Arab monarchs
and despots threatened by the younger Bush's freedom agenda; "pivoting"
from the unstable Middle East to rapidly growing Asia; emphasizing
multilateral coalitions, as evidenced by the NATO-led bombing campaign
against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.


The White House long believed this Obama doctrine would be propelled, in
part, by the power of his personal story. The son of a father from Kenya
and mother from Kansas, who spent part of his childhood in Indonesia,
Obama at times presented himself as a model for a new, more connected
world and a generation less inclined to see U.S. military intervention
as the solution to most problems.

"He thought that his personal charms, whatever they are, could do away
with the adversarial relations that the United States had with Russia,
China, Iran and so on," said Michael Mandelbaum, foreign policy director
at John Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies.
"Presidents always overrate their own personal efficacy."

Obama continues to argue his critics overrate the effectiveness of U.S.
military intervention.

As he described his restraint in Syria, he posed the questions that have
dogged him for years — ones that will now fall to his successor.

"Ultimately what I've had to do is to think about, what can we sustain,
what is realistic?"

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El presidente de la Comisión de Política Exterior de la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela, el opositor Luis Florido, señaló este viernes que se inició una agenda para "alertar al mundo" sobre la "posibilidad" de que el Gobierno de Nicolás Maduro quiera desconocer a la Cámara en 2017, reportó EFE.

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El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, fue denunciado por el diputado opositor Luis Silva por la "devastación" que sufrieron los comercios en el sur del país y la "zozobra" que se generó en esa zona después de que el gobernante ordenara la salida de circulación del billete de 100 bolívares, reportó EFE.

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Muchos cubanos e, incluso, la propia oposición "padecen el síndrome de Estocolmo", escribe Danilo Maldonado, El Sexto, en una carta enviada desde prisión y publicada en su cuenta de Facebook.

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In Cuba Everybody Wants My Money
December 22, 2016
By Yudarkis Veloz Sarduy (Progreso Semanal)

HAVANA TIMES — In my household, nobody could believe what journalist
Boris Fuentes was telling us on the "Cuba Says" segment of the National
News on Cuban TV one night at the end of November.

If a bunch of onions costs 30 pesos in one market, the same bunch could
cost you as much as 70 in another, and a pepper, take note, one bell
pepper, just one, could cost you as much as 15 pesos. The reporter also
talked about the price of steaks: 40 or 50 pesos, and salesmen said that
if they received meat for 25 pesos, they couldn't sell it for less than
50 so as to earn "a little". A little?

I couldn't help but remember that chorus in "Todos se roban" (Everybody
steals) by Carlos Varela and I continued to watch spellbound before the
revelation of the bad weights on scales at markets and packets that
don't reach a full pound. A victim myself of all of this, far from being
pleased that government media were finally keeping tabs on this subject,
I swallowed my enormous grief and shame.

Well there you have it, Havana is another country, and inside Havana
there are another many different countries. In Regla, you can paint your
nails for 10 pesos, but in some private salons in Vedado they charge you
3 CUC (75 pesos). And I used to pay just 2 Cuban pesos a few years ago
for the same hand treatment, and between one and the other, the salon in
Regla and Vedado, is there only a difference in glamour? Not really:
they both use the same nail polishes and even – I was able to verify
this at the De Luce Unisex Salon, on 23 and F Streets, that they don't
even use the expensive gloss, they fill up small bottles that were once
L'Oreal or Golden Rose with what they buy in bulk

A friend of mine paid 15 CUC there to have her hair washed and styled
with a brush and hairdryer. What's happening to the Cuban people? My
dear friend, 15 CUC are 375 Cuban pesos, the basic monthly salary of
many ordinary Cubans. How are there people who charge this amount? But
worst still, how are there people, and a lot of them – because otherwise
prices would have been lowered by now – who pay these exorbitant amounts?

However, I don't think you should question the person who progresses and
increases their income with the money that other people pay them for a
service. Not when products in hard-currency stores are taxed 200% on top
of what it cost the country to buy them abroad. With or without the
blockade, this is a mind-boggling affair.

The same Nivea shower gel bottle you can buy "abroad" for 2 euros, costs
6 CUC in Cuba, and on top of that, remember that 2 European euros are 2
euros out of a basic salary of 1000 euros, while 6 of our CUC are 150
pesos out of an average salary here of 687 CUP.

How many days does a Cuban person who earns an average salary have to
work to buy, not a bottle of Nivea shower gel, as this could be
considered a luxury, but a pair of shoes which cost, those of an
extremely poor quality, 20 CUC?

The most basic of math: 20 multiplied by 25 = 500, 687 divided by 24
(number of working days in a month) = 28.62

A Cuban who earns an average salary earns 28.62 Cuban pesos a day, so,
500 divided by 28.62 = 17.47 days

A Cuban has to pay what they earn working for nearly 18 days in a month
for a pair of shoes of of very questionable quality, and will their
salary for the remaining 6 working days in the month be enough for them
to eat, clean themselves, pay for urban transportation and the rest of
their daily needs?

Everything is extremely surreal in this country. People survive, they
fall into debt by asking for loans, they set up businesses, they resort
to this Cuban magic which even those of us who practice it so much don't
really know what it's made up of, and we survive one more month, making
projects and we're offended by the prices in stores but we continue to
pay them for products we need.

Luckily, the boat which crosses the bay still only costs 10 Cuban cents
although they don't always give you all of the change, like on the
buses, and its best that I don't go into that. And luckily, there are
still regulated products and that ration book which don't last until the
end of the month either. Luckily yes, we have healthcare, and
education…, but it isn't news for any newspaper that what you take on
the side for the doctor ensures medical assistance, can move up an
appointment, and improves the treatment you receive or can make possible
a surgery.

A small act of kindness

What we have become is painful to see. "A small act of kindness", the
girls at the housing office call what they ask from people who are
desperate because the process is too bureaucratic and takes longer than
they can wait depending on their personal circumstances or any rational
logic.

And "a little act of kindness" is the CUC which is given as a gift to
the dentist who does have the material needed to do a filling. "A little
act of kindness" are the 50 pesos which somebody pays on top of the
price of their bus ticket which no longer appears at any agency, but
there is always one where it does. And I'm NOT talking about bribery.
Let's not be gullible.

I get goosebumps when I hear at Camaguey bus station: "Havana, Havana,
ticket to Havana," and when I get closer and ask because I really need
to get there, I'm told that for 15 CUC I can get onto the bus that is
about to leave, and that I shouldn't worry, that those 15 CUC include
the ticket office's price. And rightly so!

Luckily, there is always a manager on shift who isn't too rigid and sees
that you really need to go by looking in your eyes and helps you, and
doesn't even want to accept the 14 pesos change that he has to give you
for the 106 pesos that the trip in the Yutong bus costs you, and you
find yourself pinching yourself and giving a sideways glance while you
do the math, knowing he'll make enough with the overpriced tickets he
sells to everybody else," and you thank him and even hug him, because
"in Cuba people don't help you without 'a little kindness', you should
know that by now."

In order to get an appointment at the Mexican Embassy, you have to pay
30 CUC to somebody who only God knows how they manage to do it, and they
do, in most cases, but it's already agreed in advance that if it doesn't
take place in the end, they'll give you back 25 CUC. What is this? What
diabolic mechanism has encouraged the fact that in order to "manage"
something you have to let go and let go and let go, and at these prices?

Then there's a Cuban passport which costs 100 CUC, one of the most
expensive in the world if we go back and work out just how many days a
Cuban person has to work in order to pay this sum. And getting a birth
certificate, a marriage or death certificate, final wishes and an
inheritance declaration cost 50 CUC at the Legal office, and of course,
this is so it has validity abroad. But you're still paying out of a
Cuban pocket, or out of the pocket of another Cuban who had to leave the
country beforehand so as to pay for all of these authorizations, legal
fees and charges; and others.

Then you find yourself asking why a milkshake costs 25 pesos, a glass of
fruit milkshake, my God, in one of those new places that have sprung up
all over Vedado, and you drink it thinking that the 5 peso juices on
Obispo Street have a lot more flavor and are four times cheaper, but
you're not going to pay those 10 – or is it 20? – pesos that the old
collective taxis charge just so you can satisfy your palate and your
wallet, even though you have to pay 25 CUC this afternoon to the man who
put in your window even though you bought all of the materials needed.

"Everybody wants my money," Meryl Streep says in the movie Music of The
Heart where she plays a violin teacher, and I imagine that this is a
global issue, but do all currencies have this irrational exchange rate?
This unscrupulous reality? This feeling that you're being taken
advantage of? And most of all, in a society where we supposedly fight
for the complete opposite?

"They steal from you when you're sitting in front of the TV and they
steal from you when you're at a counter, and they rob your will, your
will to love," sings Carlos Varela, and it pains me to admit that the
project has been twisted to such an extent, and I become overwhelmed
with despair.

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Entre las estribaciones de dos grandes macizos montañosos, las sierras Nipe y Cristal, se escurre el río Mayarí en su viaje hacia el mar en la bahía de Nipe. Desde hace más de un lustro esos 30 kilómetros de travesía zigzagueante quedaron sepultados bajo el inmenso mar de agua dulce que es la presa Mayarí, una obra "puntera" del Gobierno de Raúl Castro: la más importante, cara y estratégica detrás del Puerto del Mariel.

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Los medios ofensivos nucleares rusos son capaces de superar, al menos hasta ahora, al escudo antimisiles que despliega Estados Unidos por todo el mundo, incluidas las fronteras europeas de Rusia, dijo hoy el presidente Vladímir Putin, en su tradicional rueda de prensa anual, según reporta EFE.

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La cantante y compositora estadounidense Barbara Dane recibió este jueves en La Habana la condición de "miembro de honor" de la oficialista Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC), por "sus méritos artísticos y su fidelidad a la causa de la Revolución cubana y a su política cultural", informa EFE.

Dane, de 89 años, intérprete de música folk, jazz y blues, estuvo por primera vez en Cuba en 1966 y se convirtió en el primer músico estadounidense en recorrer la Isla tras el triunfo de la Revolución encabezada por Fidel Castro.

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Es por eso que esta semana lo más atractivo y sugerente fue ver el retiro del inicialista villaclareño del Central Washington, Ariel Borrero, luego de jugar 21 campeonatos a sus 44 años.

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El presidente electo de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, propuso el jueves que el país amplíe su capacidad de armas nucleares hasta que el mundo "entre en razón", una señal de que podría apoyar los costosos intentos de modernizar el anticuado arsenal nuclear estadounidense, informa Reuters.

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El Instituto Biográfico ruso dio el Premio Hombre del Año 2016 in memoriam, en la categoría de relaciones internacionales, a Fidel Castro, informaron fuentes diplomáticas citadas por la agencia estatal Prensa Latina.

La ceremonia de entrega tuvo lugar en la Catedral del Cristo Salvador, sede principal de la Iglesia Ortodoxa rusa, reportó PL.

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La ministra de relaciones exteriores de Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, manifestó este jueves que su país le debe a Cuba "parte del desarrollo y la felicidad" de su pueblo. Las declaraciones fueron hechas durante la sesión ordinaria de la comisión intergubernamental del convenio integral de cooperación entre ambas naciones.

La parte cubana, representada por Rodrigo Malmierca, ministro de comercio exterior e inversión extranjera, dijo que la cooperación con Venezuela está basada en 'los principios de solidaridad y hermandad enarbolados por las revoluciones cubana y bolivariana'. Además, aseguró que durante 2017 se fortalecerán los programas de colaboración bilateral a pesar de la crisis en la que se encuentran sumidos ambos países.

"Hemos hecho mucho con poco en 16 años, gracias a la guía y el espíritu de Chávez y Fidel, a quienes rendiremos homenaje perenne con una relación económica, cultural, política, social, cada vez más sólida y próspera", dijo Rodríguez, que hizo referencia, entre otros logros, a la formación de más de 12.000 médicos integrales venezolanos que ya se han incorporado en el sistema sanitario del país.

[[QUOTE:"Hemos hecho mucho con poco en 16 años, gracias a la guía y el espíritu de Chávez y Fidel, a quienes rendiremos homenaje perenne con una relación económica, cultural, política, social, cada vez más sólida y próspera"]]Rodríguez puntualizó que las relaciones con Cuba no solo reportan beneficios materiales, sino también "espirituales".

Venezuela es el socio comercial número uno de la nación antillana, y representa alrededor de un 20% del comercio de la Isla, según los cálculos de un experto en la materia que prefiere mantenerse en el anonimato.

Desde que se firmó, en octubre de 2000, el convenio de cooperación entre ambas naciones, conocido como "petróleo por médicos", La Habana exporta servicios a Caracas que en sus mejores momentos fueron retribuidos con 100.000 barriles diarios de petróleo más inversiones directas en la industria, la agricultura y otras áreas de su deprimida economía.

En aquel entonces, Cuba reexportaba el excedente de crudo ‒una vieja práctica desempolvada de los tiempos de la URSS‒ y obtenía, así, importantes ingresos. Además se aseguraba la compra de medicinas y equipamiento sanitario. En el clímax de la cooperación entre ambas naciones, en Venezuela llegaron a residir más de 50.000 cooperantes cubanos.

Según datos oficiales, Cuba mantiene en Venezuela casi 29.000 colaboradores de la salud, un sector prioritario para el Gobierno chavista, en el que ha invertido desde su llegada al poder, en 1999, más de 250.000 millones de dólares, según declaraciones del presidente Nicolás Maduro. Además, hay un número no revelado de asesores militares, entrenadores deportivos, y técnicos de todo tipo, incluyendo personal capacitado para asesorar en la producción de alimentos, algo llamativo si se tiene en cuenta que Cuba importa casi el 80% de los productos que consume.

[[QUOTE:El 93% de las divisas aprobadas para el próximo año "está destinado a mejorar aún más los servicios de la salud pública y la producción y expendio de medicamentos"]]Según reveló Rodríguez, el 93% de las divisas aprobadas para el próximo año "está destinado a mejorar aún más los servicios de la salud pública y la producción y expendio de medicamentos".

La cifra es sorprendentemente elevada teniendo en cuenta el grave problema con las divisas que tiene el país. Desde la imposición del control cambiario, que establece una tasa preferencial para sectores prioritarios como la importación de alimentos y medicinas, Venezuela ha perdido más de 25.000 millones de dólares, según el exministro de Planificación y Finanzas Jorge Giordani.

Venezuela finalizará este 2016 una inflación del 475,8% según el FMI. Las últimas políticas monetarias del Gobierno, con la introducción de billetes de alta denominación que siguen sin llegar y la retirada y posterior reintroducción del billete de 100 bolívares, ha desestabilizado aún más la situación del país, que ha vivido manifestaciones y saqueos en varios estados en la última semana.

La canciller Rodríguez aseguró que, a pesar de esta severa crisis económica que vive Venezuela y de la recesión cubana, "en los últimos 12 meses la contribución mutua creció y se perfeccionó en los sectores de salud, educación, deporte, cultura y agricultura urbana".

Sus palabras no coinciden con las cifras que maneja el economista cubano Omar Everleny Pérez, que sostiene que la ganancia por exportación de servicios en la Isla cayó este año en al menos 1.000 millones de dólares, una merma cuyo principal responsable es Venezuela, que ha reducido el pago a Cuba debido a su crisis interna. En 2014, Cuba informó que obtenía por ese rubro (no solo desde Venezuela, 8.200 millones de dólares).

[[QUOTE:Debido a la disminución progresiva de la producción de petróleo, Venezuela tuvo incluso que importar crudo para cumplir con los envíos a la Isla, que hoy están en torno a los 53.000 barriles diarios]]Las principales inversiones venezolanas en Cuba han sido paralizadas o abandonadas, como es el caso de la expansión del polo petroquímico en la refinería de Cienfuegos. De hecho, la planta, de tecnología soviética, pero reacondicionada bajo el mandato de Chávez, ha tenido que reducir su producción a la mitad, producto de los incumplimientos venezolanos, y ahora procesa crudo argelino.

Debido a la disminución progresiva de la producción de petróleo, Venezuela tuvo incluso que importar crudo para cumplir con los envíos a la Isla, que hoy están en torno a los 53.000 barriles diarios. No obstante, la ministra dijo que acordaron propiciar mayor participación de Cuba en la Agenda Económica Bolivariana y se refirió a 'la industria minera, la agricultura urbana y la producción de fármacos'.

Rodríguez informó que su país planea que para el próximo año el 50% de los entrenadores deportivos sean nacionales, un servicio que también brindaba Cuba, que tendrá que regresar a sus cooperantes. Eso sí, tendrá que hacerlo en vuelos chárter, porque Cubana de Aviación suspendió sus vuelos regulares a Caracas.

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Luis Eduardo Aute, quien ya "habla y camina", se halla actualmente en Cuba, donde tiene pensado continuar el proceso de recuperación del infarto que sufrió este verano, según ha informado su representante, Antonio Peña. Según éste, el músico desconoce de momento cuánto tiempo pasará en la Isla , a la que llegó el pasado 7 de diciembre, pero "las perspectivas son muy buenas" y él se encuentra de "muy buen humor".

Fue el pasado 8 de agosto cuando Aute sufrió un infarto que lo obligó a permanecer ingresado en el Hospital Gregorio Marañón de Madrid hasta el 25 de septiembre. Desde entonces y hasta su viaje a Cuba, el polifacético artista prosiguió su tratamiento en una clínica especializada de la capital española.

"Lo que ha tenido ha sido algo muy grave y requiere tiempo, pero los médicos son muy optimistas", ha señalado Peña, que ha informado de que Aute trabaja actualmente con fisioterapeutas en su recuperación y que ya "conversa y camina, que era una de las cosas que había que ver cómo evolucionaba".

[[QUOTE:El músico se habría decantado por seguir tratamiento en Cuba por las relaciones de amistad que le unen con este país o la alta estima en la que tiene la cualificación de sus médicos]]El autor de Al alba se habría decantado por seguir tratamiento en Cuba por las relaciones de amistad que le unen con este país, por la alta estima en la que tiene la cualificación de los médicos de la Isla y por la climatología de la misma, más apta ahora mismo para sus paseos.

A los 73 años, Aute lleva medio siglo sobre los escenarios, un aniversario que conmemoraba con su última gira, la cual abrió hace un año con un multitudinario recital en México, y con la publicación en marzo de un poemario que repasa toda su trayectoria bajo el título El sexto animal.

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