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… great player - obviously something Cuban and the Mavericks would never … worldwide leader. What really bothered Cuban at the time was ESPN … , a negative fan reaction toward Cuban's rants clearly plays … remarked to officials that Mr. Cuban conducts himself in this manner … Continue reading
… plan to board a JetBlue Havana flight at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International … representatives will be traveling to Cuba under the humanitarian support category … plans with the Cuban government,” said Byrne. The Cuban Embassy in Washington … and stickers to Cubans and tourists in Old Havana and Spanish-language vegan … Continue reading

Dos mujeres, una indonesia y una vietnamita, serán acusadas el miércoles de asesinato por su supuesta implicación en la muerte del hermano del líder de Corea del Norte en el principal aeropuerto de Kuala Lumpur, dijo el fiscal general de Malasia, reportó Reuters.

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Ottawa, February 28 (RHC)-- While Canada is often held up as a beacon of inclusion, a new poll showing that one in four Canadians support a Trump-style travel ban busts the longstanding myth, suggesting the U.S. president may further spur existing … Continue reading
London, February 28 (RHC)-- The UK’s often-criticized counter-terrorism strategy, Prevent, has advised universities and colleges to counter extremism by stifling anti-war and Palestine solidarity activism.  British university staff are being advised to … Continue reading
Washington, February 28 (RHC)-- In the United States, a new poll shows that the majority of Americans believe that U.S. President Donald Trump is being criticized by the media too much.  According to the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Sunday, … Continue reading
Geneva, February 28 (RHC)-- The United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, is warning as many as 1.4 million children could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.  Famine has been declared across parts of South Sudan amid an … Continue reading
Havana, February 28 (RHC)-- The … opportunity to broaden joint cooperation, Cuban diplomat Rafael Zamora said. … Continue reading
Brasilia, February 28 (RHC)-- Thousands of Brazilians have seized the country's Carnival festivities as an opportunity to protest against unelected President Michel Temer and in defense of the deposed President Dilma Rousseff as part of massive … Continue reading
Havana, February 28 (RHC)-- Uganda… Henry Tumukunde has arrived in Cuba for a five-day official visit … stay in Cuba, the Ugandan official will hold talks with Cuban Health … Morales Ojeda, respectively. Uganda and Cuba established diplomatic relations in May … Continue reading
Havana, February 28 (RHC)-- Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez met Monday in Havana with the … his meeting with the top Cuban diplomat, the Spanish foreign affairs … state of bilateral relations between Cuba and the European Union (EU … Continue reading
Havana, February 28 (RHC)-- Cuban Vice President Salvador Valdes Mesa met Monday in Havana with … , who is visiting Cuba at the invitation of the Cuban Communist Party … friendship between the Cuban and Sahrawi peoples, and praised Cuba's … Continue reading
Havana, February 28 (RHC)-- Cuban First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel met Monday afternoon in HavanaCuba invited by the National Assembly of People's Power (Cuban … ambassador to Cuba Kamran Shafi. Also participating on the Cuban side were … Continue reading

El Campeonato Mundial de Atletismo de Londres, que se disputará entre el 4 y el 13 de agosto, marcará el retorno a las pistas del velocista cubano Dayron Robles, campeón olímpico en Pekín 2008, en representación de la isla, anunció este martes la Comisión Nacional de la disciplina, reportó EFE.

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… caption that made it disrespectful,” Cuban told Dallas SportsDay, referring to … reels supposed to be funny?” Cuban, who has taken offense to … used” to connect with Millennials, Cuban fired back with another threat … separate, cryptic post to Twitter, Cuban recalled his ammunition, deleting all … Continue reading
El ministro cubano de Relaciones Exteriores, Bruno Rodríguez, visitará España en abril próximo, tras aceptar la invitación cursada por el secretario de Estado español de Cooperación y para Iberoamérica, Fernando … Click to Continue » Continue reading
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El Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos (OCDH) inició un nuevo servicio de recepción de denuncias relacionadas con las violaciones de los derechos económicos, según dio a conocer en un comunicado al que tuvo acceso DIARIO DE CUBA.

Se trata de "una iniciativa en la que el OCDH viene trabajado desde hace varios meses y que ahora presenta como instrumento al que podrá acudir todo cubano que sienta que sus derechos económicos están siendo violados", explicó.

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Taxistas de Santa Clara se declararon en huelga este lunes ante el acoso de inspectores y policías para hacer cumplir disposiciones que datan del pasado enero: solo se permiten seis pasajeros en cada vehículo. "Por razones técnicas", justifican autoridades de Transporte. Antes del último "somatón" ―así llaman a las periódicas revisiones―, los porteadores privados acostumbraban a trasladar ocho viajeros.

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De los turistas latinoamericanos que más visitaron México en 2016 por vía aérea, los cubanos fueron los de mayor crecimiento con un alza de 58.4% anual, respecto a 2015, cuando apenas llegaron a 12.5% más, según datos de la Unidad de Política Migratoria de la Secretaría de Gobernación citados por el diario especializado El Financiero.

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Así está esta ciudad: vieja, pobre, asustada en medio de su desamparo, y así mismo están sus gentes Continue reading
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, February 28, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- In a Press Conference held in Geneva within hours of Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Smaraweera’s address to the UN Human Rights Council, a group of well renowned international Law … Continue reading
El Ballet Nacional de Cuba cerró otra temporada de la antológica obra

La edición digital de la cadena CBS Sports conformó un "equipo hipotético" de cubanos que dejaron atrás la Isla y juegan actualmente en Grandes Ligas y por el que apuesta para dar batalla de cara al próximo Clásico Mundial de Béisbol.

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‘El racismo del Estado cubano ha censurado el debate sobre la discriminación racial’, denuncia el CIR DDC | Miami | 28 de Febrero de 2017 – 17:47 CET. “Educación no significa tener buen trabajo si uno es negro”, explicó Juan Antonio Madrazo Luna en el panel “Interculturalidades en la Sociedad Cubana Contemporánea en tiempos de […] Continue reading
Police In Havana Deploy In Response To Taxi Driver Strike / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 27 February 2017 — Residents of Havana woke up on
Monday morning to a strong police deployment, motivated by the
announcement of a strike by private taxi drivers. In response to a
question from 14ymedio, a uniformed officer said that it was "an
operation due to the overcharging by the taxi drivers."

"As of Monday, 27 February, we drivers all over Cuba are going to
strike. We will simply stay home and not wok on those days," said a text
that circulated several days earlier on the alternative media. However,
many drivers were unaware of the initiative or declined to participate,"
according to what 14ymedio was able to confirm.

The drivers' discontent has been growing since the beginning of this
month when the authorities of the capital set fixed rates for the
portions of the routes of private taxi drivers. This decision has put an
end to the law of supply and demand that regulated the private
transportation of passengers for more than two decades.

"They are afraid that we will go to the Plaza of the Revolution like the
pedicab drivers did last year," a driver who preferred anonymity and
decided not to work on Monday told 14ymedio. "I'm going to stay home all
week, even if I lose money, it's my right," he said.

Faced with the pressures of the authorities many drivers have reacted by
no longer serving the intermediate stops or selecting only those
customers who make the complete route

Others have gone out to drive like any other day. "This 'ship' is the
food for my family, I can't give myself the luxury of not working,"
explains Reinier, a young driver who works in a car he rents from its
owner. For those who work in this way it is more difficult to join in
any initiative to stop work or protest.

The passengers are complaining abut the delays. "I spent an hour and
couldn't move from this corner," said a customer who was at the
intersection of Infanta and Neptune waiting for a taxi to go to to
Playa. "The transport situation was much worse today," he added.

Faced with the pressures of the authorities many drivers have reacted by
no longer serving the intermediate stops or selecting only those
customers who make the complete route. The response of the carriers has
been fewer taxis on the streets, a way to pressure the authorities to
take a step back.

The call for a strike this Monday circulated anonymously and several
drivers expressed to 14ymedio their doubts about the authenticity of the
call. Nevertheless, all those consulted were aware of the proposal that
was made known in blogs, news sites and television programs that are
seen through the illegal antennas.

"We are victims of a daily siege by police agents, state inspectors and
other entities," the text warned. Those calling for a strike are
demanding access to a wholesale market (for fuel and other needs), the
reduction of taxes, and the right to create an independent trade union.

According to the latest data from the Ministry of Labor and Social
Security, more than 535,000 people are self-employed, of whom 54,350 are
engaged in freight and passenger transport.

Source: Police In Havana Deploy In Response To Taxi Driver Strike /
14ymedio – Translating Cuba -
http://translatingcuba.com/police-in-havana-deploy-in-response-to-taxi-driver-strike-14ymedio/ Continue reading
Imported Clothing, An Illegal and Profitable Business / 14ymedio,
Yosmany Mayeta Labrada

14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Havana, 27 February 2017 – Regla has
spent years working in a prohibited business. She used to do it in
doorways on Monte Street in Old Havana, but when the government changed
the law to block the trade in clothes and shoes, in December 2013, she
had to find an even more discrete method. Now she maintains a point of
sale in a state-owned place that rents spaces to private workers, but
her little countertop that displays manufactured parts, only serves as a
cover to attract customers who then trade in the merchandise that comes
from countries Cubans can visit without a visa.

In the past, Regla made the clothes with raw materials "subtracted" from
the state Wajay towel factory in Boyeros, and sold them through her
self-employment license as a dressmaker.

"With that trick Regla also avoids paying a good part of the payment of
taxes on her personal income. Of the 535,000 self-employed in the
county, right now 170,000 of them must present their their affidavit,
according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Labor and Social
Security.

Among her ample catalog, Lycra pants printed with an American flag are a
stand out.

"Everything I have is better quality than in the store," the saleswoman
explains with pride. This week she has again whispered to customers to
look at her merchandise in the doorways, because the building where she
has her stand is closed for repairs.

Among her ample catalog, Lycra pants printed with an American flag are a
stand out. The official media have railed against this garment on
repeated occasions, but its presence in the streets continues to grow.

The police control the areas where these sellers frequently offer their
merchandise. The penalty for illegal sales includes the confiscation of
all the products and a fine of 1,500 pesos. However, the informal
sellers continue to dominate a good part of the market for clothing and
shoes to the detriment of state owned "Hard Currency Collection" stores,
as the state stores are formally named.

Yulia offers her products on Infanta Street. Mot of them come from
Russia, Guyana and Haiti. "I started traveling to countries that did not
require a visa, but for months I also bought in Haiti." She thinks that
the Caribbean country is a good destination to be supplied from because
of the low prices of plane tickets.

This illegal market has also found its own ways of protecting itself

"I go to the home of relatives in Santiago de Cuba and I fly from
there," she explains. "I take clothes twice as big." This is because the
investment is lower than in the case of more distant trips, such as the
distant Moscow.

Obtaining a visa for Haiti is relatively easy for Cubans, and Yulia
recently also got the Haitian residency. Her new legal status will allow
her to expand her business. "Everyone wants pretty clothes from outside
the country," says the saleswoman who has been in the trade for seven years.

This illegal market has also found its own ways of protecting itself. To
the cry of "water!" the informal sellers of Monte Street hide their
goods or vanish on some stairs. It's the code to warn that the police
are coming. When the authorities withdraw, they all return to their
places. Until the next warning.

Source: Imported Clothing, An Illegal and Profitable Business /
14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada – Translating Cuba -
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Why Foreign Investments Don't Work in Today's Cuba / Dimas Castellano

Dimas Castellanos, 17 January 2017 — By 2007, after forty-eight years of
revolutionary rule, inefficiency and a lack of productivity had turned
state-run farmland into fields infested with marabú weed. Meanwhile,
food prices were increasing on the world market. In light of this
situation, General Raúl Castro proposed "changing everything that needs
to be changed."

Fast forward five years to May 2013 when the vice-president of the
Council of State, Marino Murillo Jorge, publicly acknowledged that the
methods used for decades to manage agricultural lands had not led to the
necessary increase in production.

The inefficiency was reflected in the gross domestic product (GDP),
which fell regularly for years until reaching 1% during the first
quarter of 2016 before falling to 0.9% at year's end. In other words,
Cuba entered into recession, a period of negative growth, in 2017. The
result made the need for foreign investment a priority, a need from
which no nation can escape, much less an underdeveloped country in a
state of crisis.

In 1982 Cuba passed Decree-Law No. 50, which legalized foreign
investment. At the time, the prevailing attitude towards investors in
those parts of the world which received Soviet subsidies was hostile.
But the dissolution of the Soviet Union made it imperative in 1995 for
the government to enact Law No. 77, a statute with many restrictions and
an absence of legal protections for investors, who suffered the negative
consequences.

Of the roughly 400 joint venture firms that began operation in 2002,
half ended up leaving the country. In spite of the negative result, the
government did not repeal the statute until it became clear that
investors were showing little interest in the Mariel Special Development
Zone.

Law No. 118 was passed in March 2014 but, though more flexible than its
predecessor, it too proved to be inadequate. According to Cuban
authorities themselves, the country needed sustained GDP growth of 5% to
7%. Achieving this would have required income and investment rates of at
least 25%, which would have meant annual investment figures of between
2.0 and 2.5 billion dollars.

Last year, foreign investment did not exceed 6.5% of these figures.
Under current conditions the only way of even getting close to this
target would be to implement a series of measures, including the following:

1. Allow Cubans — both those living on the island as well as those
living overseas — to directly invest in the economy.

2. Acknowledge the social purpose of property and private propeerty.
Abolish prohibitions against its concentration in the hands of
individuals or legal entities, the only purpose of which is to exclude
Cubans from economic enterprise.

3. Allow Cubans to engage in all manner of private sector manufacturing
and customer service, and grant them legal status.

4. Provide investors with legal guarantees that allow them to settle
disputes with their Cuban business partners before a judicial body that
is not subordinate to the party or the state, which otherwise would make
the government both judge and plaintiff.

5. Allow employers to freely hire their own employees.

6. Eliminate the dual currency system and its different exchange rates,
which would provide for the emergence of a domestic consumer market and
which would, in turn, encourage investment.

7. Recognize the right of workers to organize and form labor unions, a
principle enshrined in Convention 87 of the International Labor
Organization, to which Cuba is a signatory; in the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights, of which Cuba was one of the promoters in 1948; and in
the UN's Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant of
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which Cuba has also signed but has
not ratified.

These obstacles arise out of a history of antagonism towards investors
and a failure to pay creditors. Therein lies the main cause of the
country's poor foreign investment climate, not the US embargo, which was
relaxed under President Barack Obama. The level of Cuba's state
imvolvement in investment is uncommon for companies which operate in a
market economy. Until that changes, the results will remain the same.

In a meeting of the Cuban parliament on December 27, the head of the
Economic and Planning Ministry, Ricardo Cabrisas, observed, "Foreign
investment continues to be quite low. It is not yet playing a
significant role in economic development."

Meanwhile, the president of the Council of State, Raúl Castro, stated,
"Reinvigorating foreign investment in Cuba is of great importance… It is
necessary to overcome, once and for all, the outdated and pervasive
prejudice against foreign investment. We must divest ourselves of
unfounded fears of capital from overseas."

Therefore, if reviving a stagnant economy is impossible without a strong
injection of capital and if "changing everything that needs to be
changed" is more than mere rhetoric, then either a new investment law is
needed or the current one needs to be substantially overhauled. In
either case the word "foreign" should be dropped, making it simply the
Investment Law.

Cuba is the only country in the region whose residents lack a right as
basic as being able to participate fully in economic activity in spite
of ample business opportunities and the professional training to do so.
If this problem is not resolved, it will not only be a denial of our
economic history but also of our social struggles and José Martí's
republican principles, which envision equality before the law for all
those born in Cuba and for its many small property owners.

Besides being harmful to the nation, this prohibition violates the
current constitution, which in Article 14 states, "The economy is based
on socialist ownership by all the people of the fundamental means of
production." In other words the people, the supposed owner, has no right
to participate in the investment process, a status contrary to law,
western culture, of which we are a part, our economic history and human
dignity.

A new investment law, one without qualifiers, would be an important,
necessary and long-awaited sign of change. Proof that, despite long
delay, the government is really willing to change everything that needs
to be changed.

Source: Why Foreign Investments Don't Work in Today's Cuba / Dimas
Castellano – Translating Cuba -
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The First Tangible Labor Strike / Rebeca Monzo

Rebeca Monzo, 21 February 2017 — New bureaucratic regulations governing
the routes of shared fixed-route taxis have led to the first tangible
labor strike by drivers. Of course, strikes have gone on for many years
in our country due to the poverty-level wages paid to workers in the
bureaucratic and service sectors. As the old saying goes, "the
government pretends to pay us and we pretend to work."

The best known example of the current strike involves boteros
(literally "boatmen" — the taxi drivers of cars from the 1940s and
1950s). After bureaucrats set the prices for certain short trips at 5.00
Cuban pesos, the so-called national currency, drivers refused to pick up
short-haul passengers.

After paying a high fee to the government for a license to operate, it
is not profitable for a driver to charge 5.00 Cuban pesos when 0.25 CUC*
(roughly the same in the other currency) does not even cover the high
cost of fuel. Furthermore, anytime a car brakes, there is wear and tear
on the tires and battery. And whenever a car door opens to let a
customer get in or out, more fuel is consumed. Consider that a tire in
this country costs approximately 160.00 CUC, about the same the price as
a battery, not to mention that spark plugs go for almost 3.00 CUC apiece.

Boteros are helping to solve the serious problem of urban transport in
this country. These new regulations have led to an increase in the
number of bus riders, which has in turn led to a deterioration in public
transportation.

Why do these same bureaucrats, who say they have adopted these
regulations to protect the pocketbooks of average citizens, not work to
reduce to extremely high cost of food priced in the national currency
and especially in the convertible currency? Obviously, the state
guarantees them an auto, gasoline and spare parts, so they are not
directly and personally affected by the needs and problems that the
Cuban population faces.

In short, the botero is not forcing you to be his customer. It is the
state which is forcing you by not attending to or solving, after so many
years, the big transportation problems in our country.

Translator's note: Cuban convertible peso, equivalent to about 6.63
Cuban pesos.

Source: The First Tangible Labor Strike / Rebeca Monzo – Translating
Cuba -
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Régimen cubano refuerza el transporte para contrarrestar el llamado a una huelga 28 de febrero de 2017 – 07:02 A la supuesta huelga Cero Carros habían sido convocados a partir de este lunes 27 de febrero “los transportistas privados de toda Cuba” LA HABANA.- Elementos del Ministerio del Interior (MININT) y funcionarios de la Empresa […] Continue reading
14ymedio, Regina Coyula, Havana, 27 February 2017 — From the beginning you feel that something is missing, you shift awkwardly in the seat in the small room at The Enchanted Deer, although you want to seem calm. After a long version of Amazing Grace, you will be detached enough to take in what follows. The … Continue reading "The Cuban Exile in Havana / 14ymedio, Regina Coyula" Continue reading
El destacado director de orquesta cubano Alfredo Munar falleció el domingo en el Aventura Hospital del Sur de la Florida, víctima de una neumonía. Tenía 87 años. “Murió tranquilo. Y … Click to Continue » Continue reading

El tiempo promedio de espera para coger un carro en La Habana aumentó de 15 o 20 minutos a más de una hora y la transportación "ha empeorado" después de las nuevas medidas del Gobierno para regular los precios de los boteros, según reconoció el semanario Trabajadores.

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Enrique Iglesias afirmó que en su viaje a Cuba "se quedó con ganas de más".

El cantante pasó tres días en La Habana para grabar el vídeo de su nuevo sencillo, "Súbeme la radio", pero el trabajo fue tan intenso que no tuvo tiempo de pasear por la Isla.

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HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 28 (ACN) With the traditional cutting of the ribbon, Cuba … Habanos Festival underway at the Havana´s Conventions Center. Malmierca, at … the well-known Cuban cigars. Besides a large participation of Cuban companies, Malmierca … others. After his speech, the Cuban Minister toured the exhibition area … Continue reading

Lo que no ha podido hacer la prensa estatal con los familiares de los Castro, otros miembros de la élite del régimen, e incluso artistas y otras personalidades, lo está haciendo con los hijos del agente Gerardo Hernández y su esposa, Adriana Pérez.

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“Obama, con su buenísima intención, no logró absolutamente nada” en Cuba, dice Arturo Sandoval Agencia EFE El laureado músico cubano opina que “la represión en Cuba después de todos esos movimientos de Obama sigue igual o peor. El aclamado trompetista cubano Arturo Sandoval se multiplicó hoy sobre el escenario en su triunfal regreso a Moscú […] Continue reading
Sequía para el pueblo, agua “para los turistas” febrero 27, 2017 Lizandra Díaz Blanco El sector residencial en Cuba solo consume del 15 al 20% del agua bombeada, ¿adónde va el resto? Cubanos de la isla conocen de cerca las causas por las que el preciado líquido no llega a sus hogares. El sector residencial […] Continue reading
Dos protestas de transportistas privados sacuden a Santa Clara en un mes febrero 27, 2017 Idolidia Darias Las medidas del gobierno contra los transportistas privados en Santa Clara irritaron por igual a choferes y viajeros. Decenas de choferes de motonetas, el principal medio de transporte privado en la ciudad de Santa Clara, paralizaron este lunes […] Continue reading

"Esteban es un personaje capaz de perdonar la distancia, un hombre con fuerzas para creer en el futuro y admitir las diferencias", manifestó el lunes Luis Alberto García sobre su personaje protagónico en la cinta Ya no es antes, que —según recoge la oficial Agencias Cubana de Noticias (ACN)— será proyectada este miércoles en La Habana.

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Practicing a bit of lettuce diplomacy, PETA took its animal rights and eat vegan campaign to Cuba Tuesday. Two “lettuce ladies” clad in bikinis covered with lettuce posed for pictures … Click to Continue » Continue reading
En camino ayuda de Miami a migrantes cubanos varados en Nuevo Laredo febrero 27, 2017 Ricardo Quintana La rastra recorrerá más de 2.400 kilómetros hasta Laredo, en el estado de Texas. Con poco más de 35.000 libras partió de Miami este lunes la rastra que transporta la ayuda humanitaria que durante una campaña de cinco […] Continue reading
Tres rosas para Rosa RAMIRO GÓMEZ BARRUECO Sólo la verdad nos impondrá la toga viril. José Martí Ante todo felicitar al columnista Pedro Corzo por su artículo Los Pinos Nuevos [Perspectiva, 23 de febrero]. Hizo gala de su maestría dialéctica una vez más; pero más que eso, resplandeció su dignidad humana. Honrar a Rosa María […] Continue reading
Derrumbando mitos, la comparación entre Cuba y Venezuela ORLANDO VIERA-BLANCO “No subestimemos al pueblo y la ansiedad de toda una nación en revertir la anarquía y la inmoralidad. Con más violencia no habrá salida…” Los venezolanos —a tope de incertidumbres— debemos aliviar la carga legendaria que nos inmoviliza. Lugar-comunes convertidos en fábulas urbanas e inducidas […] Continue reading