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Fuera y dentro de la Isla, en las últimas semanas han coincidido varias acciones fructíferas contra la violencia de Estado.

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London, March 29 (RHC-Xinhua) -- Britain has officially begun the historic process to leave the European Union (EU) as the letter signed by Prime Minister Theresa May was sent to leaders of the 28-member bloc. "There is no turning back," May … Continue reading
Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez Washington, March 29 (RHC)-- Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez has accused Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro of being at the service of imperial powers, in … Continue reading
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14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 29 March 2017 — It was only a matter of time before the spy Fernando González Llort took over the presidency of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP). Since his return to Cuba after serving a 15-year prison sentence in the United States, many predicted his rise to that … Continue reading "The Ascent Of The Spy" Continue reading
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14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Havana, 28 March 2017 — The stench fills the air and permeates the clothes of El Fanguito residents near the Almendares River. Those who live there carry that stink everywhere, it gets into your nose and into your pores. The main river flowing through Havana barely shows any signs of recovery despite … Continue reading "“All You Can Catch in the Almendares River is a Good Infection”" Continue reading

El Partido Popular Europeo (PPE) aprobó el miércoles una resolución para instar al régimen a liberar "de inmediato y sin condiciones" a Eduardo Cardet, coordinador nacional del Movimiento Cristiano Liberación (MCL), que fue detenido el pasado 30 de noviembre por "expresar su opinión" sobre la situación de Cuba después de la muerte de Fidel Castro, reportó Europa Press.

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La directora del estatal Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual (CENESEX), Mariela Castro Espín, aseguró el miércoles en La Habana que el reconocimiento legal de los derechos de las personas lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transgénero e intersexuales (LGBTI) en la Isla sucederá después de que se realicen cambios a la Constitución cubana.

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A bipartisan Florida Congressional delegation is asking the Trump administration to revoke a license granted to a Cuban company to register the Havana Club rum trademark in the United States … Click to Continue » Continue reading

La canciller venezolana, Delcy Rodríguez, aseguró este miércoles que no fue aplicada la Carta Democrática de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) a Venezuela, y calificó de "victoria contundente" el resultado de la sesión celebrada el martes en el seno de esa organización, reportó EFE.

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El régimen comparó el debate del martes en la OEA sobre la situación actual en Venezuela con la "conjura en su contra" que en 1962 —dijo— tuvo lugar en la organización regional, a la que calificó de "Ministerio de las Colonias".

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Requiem For My Havana / Somos+, Grettha Yedra

Island, what happened to you?
Who changed the spring?
Who shut the door?
What ship left you alone?

Island, they have changed your clothes
They have distorted decency
They have trafficked your innocence
They have shit on your equality and mine.

Island, by Lien Y Rey

Somos+, Gretther Yedra Rodriguez, 29 March 2017 — A few days ago I
arrived from Cuba. I was there about a month. Havana was where I spent
most of my time. I hadn't seen it for almost two years, two years of not
feeling the breath of the Malecon which enchants even the most
skeptical. I suffered the spectacle. The most controversial capital in
the world felt to me like a Dantesque chaos. In a few years, I thought,
it's going to look like a pile of trash where there once was a city.
Cardboard houses proliferate on the periphery and spread throughout the
country. Havana, my beautiful Havana, what happened to you?

I saw something that I had not seen before and that, in the country
where I now reside, caused me great sorrow: I saw beggars, tons of them.
Beggars and children wandering aimlessly along the Malecon and the
historic center. Old people with lost gazes, filled with despair and
empty hands. Irritable people, alcoholic men… and even women. State
companies in a lamentable state, indolent workers who say NO for the
pleasure of saying it.

I saw Havana as a raggedy old man, lying in a doorway while a copy of
the Granma newspaper pretends to protect him from the cold.

On my way from Matanzas to the city I could see idle lands, plagued by
the invasive marabou weed, and I thought enviously of the Ecuadorian
earth, deeply cultivated, filled with cattle, of the rows of plants
created by the indians and native people. I thought with sadness that
there was a time when Cuban land did not suffer by comparison to the
beautiful Andean land. It is not necessary to be a specialist to see the
decline in agricultural and livestock, to notice the huge expanses of
idle farmland, the volume of imported food continually increasing,
making up for the deficit in national production.

While most of the Asian and Latin American countries lagged behind Cuba
in the 1960s, they have now overtaken Cuba in the diversification of
their economies, the development of competitive manufacturing sectors
for export, and the decline in their dependence on a limited group of
export products. And knowing this data and returning to Cuba, it
hurts. It forces you to rethink many things, to not remain silent when
the instinct of self-preservation demands it.

As I was walking along Montes street, I looked in disbelief at how the
building collapses multiplied in only two years of absence. A man,
seeing my puzzled face, told me: "Looks like they threw bombs, right?"
My silence was agreement. And the bombs exploded in my head. Nothing
they promised was fulfilled, economic failure has made a beautiful
country into an arid land, cold and dirty, where people fight to survive.

How to wake an entire people from their slumber? How to tell them that
humanity said "Enough" and got up and walked, and that we should do the
same if we want a future?

We cannot remain with the masterful lines of Gabriel García Márquez,
where an omniscient narrator asserts that those condemned to a hundred
years of solitude do not have a second chance on earth. We are not
García Márquez's fictional Macondo, we are Cuba. We come from the line
of Maceo, Gomez and Martí, Jose Antonio Echeverria, Frank and
Camilo. Let us honor these men by rescuing what we have all lost. Let us
awaken from this lethargy and, without shaking off the dust of the road,
let us act. These are times to act.

It would kill me to say that Cubans are afraid, that it is difficult to
reveal ourselves to a totalitarianism that constantly represses and
annuls. In Cuba today, fear no longer exists, what we lost was faith and
with it shame. From the ashes of Havana we must rescue her.

Source: Requiem For My Havana / Somos+, Grettha Yedra – Translating Cuba
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Health Of Three Siblings On Hunger Strike In Cuba Worsens

14ymedio Havana, 27 March 2017 — The health of the siblings Fidel
Batista Leyva, and Anairis and Adairis Miranda Leyva is worsening, as
Monday marked their 21 days on a hunger strike, according to their
mother, Maydolis Leyva Portelles, who spoke with 14ymedio.

Members of the Cuban Reflection Movement, the three siblings are
experiencing "a serious deterioration" of their health.

In a telephone conversation, Leyva denounced the "cruel and inhuman"
treatment she has received from the political police who will not allow
her to see her twin daughters, one of them admitted to the Vladimir
Ilich Lenin University General Hospital of Holguin and the other in
Lucía Iñiguez Landín Clinical Surgical Hospital.

"All patients have the right to see their relatives at two in the
afternoon but I have been told that until my daughters stop the strike I
cannot see them," says the mother.

14ymedio contacted the Lenin Hospital by telephone and was able to
confirm with the information desk that Anairis Miranda has been admitted
to the intermediate therapy care room in bed 2. Medical sources report
her condition as "serious."

The nurse on duty in the intermediate therapy room explained that
Adairis Miranda, sister of Anairis, "is not reported to be in as serious
a condition," but continues in "voluntary starvation."

Leyva explains that her son is being held in the Cuba Sí Holguin Prison
where as of Monday he has been a hunger strike for 21 days, with five
days of that also on a thirst strike.

"Despite the prolonged strike they keep him in a punishment cell
sleeping on the ground," says his mother.

The three siblings were serving sentences of one year accused of the
crimes of public disorder and of defamation of heroes and martyrs. The
authorities accuse them of having "made a provocation" last November 27,
during the days of national mourning over the death of former President
Fidel Castro, an accusation that the three deny.

Later the activists were victims of an act of repudiation; their homes
were raided, they were beaten and their personal property was stolen,
concluding in the arrest of the three siblings

The Miranda Leyva twins were held in the Provincial Women's Prison,
while Batista Leyva was a prisoner at La Ladrillera Work Camp, from
where he was transferred to Cuba Sí, a penitentiary with a more severe
regime.

The strikers demand the "unconditional freedom for the 10 political
prisoners of the Cuban Reflection Movement" and the "acquittal" of Dr.
Eduardo Cardet of the Christian Liberation Movement.

The regime opponent Librado Linares who heads the Cuban Reflection
Movement told14ymedio that the siblings are being held prisoner "unjustly."

"Those responsible for their lives are placed at the highest level, from
Raul Castro to the authorities of the Interior Ministry in the province,
for having thrown them into this situation," said Linares.

Source: Health Of Three Siblings On Hunger Strike In Cuba Worsens –
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Young Cuban Women Skaterboarders Defy Gravity And Machismo

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havna, 28 March 2017 — A pirouette and life is
turned upside down. Another and the wheels crash against the pavement
leaving a mark in their path. Cuban women skaters defy gravity and
machismo, two forces trying to make them fall. Their dreams are told in
the documentary Sisters on Wheels by director Amberly Alene Ellis,
currently in the United States.

The film looks at the phenomenon of skateboarders told from the
experience of young Cuban women who practice a sport marked by
prejudice. Not only must they deal with the animosity still provoked in
some observers, but also with putting themselves in "a territory of men."

The protagonists of Sisters on Wheels display the technical difficulties
of practicing this discipline in Cuba, with few resources and places to
skate for training. The young women talk about their struggle to have
skateboarding recognized as a sport, far beyond an entertaining pastime.

The Amigo Skate project has helped alleviate the material hardships of
some of these young women. The initiative asks, from its on-line site,
for people to bring or send skateboarding equipment to the island, and
facilitates events linked to the sport, in additional to concerts and
the painting of murals.

Cuban-American René Lecour is part of the solidarity project and the
director of Sisters on Wheels came to the reality
of skateboarding through him. In a country where very few skateboards
have been marketed and there are barely enough spare parts to fix a
broken table, the practice becomes complicated. However, new
technologies help, with videos and tutorials that teach spinning and
other techniques.

Ellis, who traveled to the island initially to film material about women
filmmakers, was attracted by the "innovation" she saw in these urban
athletes and knew first hand about a similar phenomenon in her own
country when "skateboarding pioneers, in the '80s, made their own boards
with what they could find."

"Without intending to, we moved from filmmaking to skating," recalls the
director, who believes skating becomes an act of protest for these young
people in a nation where the government regulates every centimeter of
reality, especially the sports scene.

The documentary, which began filming in 2015, uses skateboarding as a
way to approach the national reality and in particular the changes that
occurred after the thaw between the Governments of Cuba and the United
States.

In the practice of skateboarding, the filmmaker sees a gesture of
independence that "is seeking free expression"

Source: Young Cuban Women Skaterboarders Defy Gravity And Machismo –
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Cuba's communists dig in as Castro's reform drive hits the sand

Islanders mystified as 'economic tsar' Marino Murillo not heard in
public for a year

Cuban president Raúl Castro is preparing to step down next year,
Venezuela has cut millions of dollars in aid and Donald Trump's election
has cast a shadow over the nascent US-Cuba detente. Unnerved by the
changes, Havana has allowed its domestic reform drive to grind to a halt
as the Communist party battens down the hatches.

Marino Murillo, the senior official leading Cuba's reforms, has not been
heard in public for almost a year. His absence has mystified Cubans and
dented the high expectations Mr Castro's liberalising drive once
fomented, both at home and abroad.

"There are three reasons for the pause in the reforms — and I say pause,
because inevitably reforms will continue at some point," says Richard
Feinberg, a Cuba scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
"Senior leadership is focused on managing austerity and preparing the
succession as Raúl steps down . . . They are also managing a backlash
over emerging inequality, low state wages and inflation."

Mr Castro made reform the hallmark of his presidency when he formally
took over from his elder brother Fidel Castro in 2008. He sought to
decentralise the economy and boost productivity by allowing
self-employment, slashing state bureaucracy, welcoming foreign
investment and unifying Cuba's dual currency system.

Mr Murillo, who became known as Cuba's "economic reform tsar" when he
was appointed minister of planning and the economy in 2009, was the
technocrat in charge of implementing the changes. In some ways, he and
Mr Castro made up a tag team that repeatedly cajoled Cuba's stolid
bureaucracy to reform.

While Mr Castro's revolutionary stature provided moral cover, Mr Murillo
gave lengthy PowerPoint presentations to party and government members
that explained the changes. His talks, usually an hour long, were later
broadcast on state television, sometimes more than once.

By contrast, Mr Murillo has not uttered a word in public since last
July. At the same time, price controls have been slapped on burgeoning
private sector businesses in agriculture and transport.

The reversal comes as Mr Castro, 85, prepares to carry out his pledge to
step down as president on February 24 next year. If he does so, 2018
will be the first time in six decades that Cuba has not been ruled by a
Castro — although he is expected to remain head of the Communist party
and armed forces. Fidel Castro died last November.

"In a way, the reforms have not gone far enough but at the same time too
far," says Bert Hoffman, a Cuba expert at the German Institute of Global
and Area Studies. "Not far enough to . . . lift up growth [but] too far
in that social inequalities are widening, the cost of living is rising
and the Communist party fears the discontent this produces."

These tensions became clear at a party congress in April 2016, which
admitted that reforms had failed to meet popular expectations in terms
of economic growth, supplies of goods and higher wages. At the same
time, a debate on state television showed party delegates fuming over a
private onion farmer who had earned enough money to buy a car and fix
his house.

In many ways, Cuba has been here before. Reformist officials have often
had their wings clipped after liberalising drives were stifled by
hardliners who feared loss of control. One famous case is that of Carlos
Lage, Fidel Castro's "economic fixer" in the 1990s, who was
unceremoniously dismissed in 2009 and now works as a paediatrician.

One difference today is that Mr Murillo still seems to enjoy official
blessing. He was promoted to the powerful politburo in 2011 and remains
chairman of the government's economic policy commission.

The slowdown in domestic reforms suggests the orthodox wing of the
Communist party is strengthening, says Carmelo Mesa-Lago, professor
emeritus of economics at Pittsburgh University and a long-time Cuba
watcher. He sees reform opponents using Mr Murillo as a scapegoat to
strengthen their position before Mr Castro steps down.

"All this has been a severe blow to Murillo, although the main problem
is the deterioration of the Venezuelan economy," he says.

Caracas has long supplied Havana with 100,000 barrels per day of
subsidised oil, but Venezuela's economic and political crises have
forced it to cut shipments by as much as 40 per cent. Largely as a
result, Cuba's economy shrank by almost 1 per cent in 2016, entering its
first recession since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

In another setback for reformists, Mr Trump has promised to re-examine
the detente begun under his predecessor Barack Obama — although the US
president has taken no concrete steps since his election last November.
His state department has yet to appoint an official in charge of Latin
American affairs.

Some US businesses have scaled back their initial euphoria about
opportunities in Cuba. Although 615,000 Cuban-Americans and US tourists
visited the country last year — of a total 4m foreign visitors —
Frontier Airlines and Silver Airways cancelled scheduled US flights on
March 13, citing lack of demand and market saturation. American Airlines
and JetBlue have also reduced their schedules.

"They [the Cubans] have managed quite well to dampen reform
expectations," says a senior European diplomat, referring to Mr
Murillo's muting.

However, the corollary of prioritising political stability over economic
reforms, at least for now, is that complaints about government inertia,
low wages, high prices, shortages and deteriorating services have become
routine.

One clear sign of that came in a rare private survey carried out in Cuba
late last year by the independent NORC research group at the University
of Chicago, in which 46 per cent described the country's economy as
"poor or very poor". A similar number said they expected it to stay the
same while only three in 10 expected it to improve. Remarkably, half of
polled Cubans said they wanted to leave the country.

Source: Cuba's communists dig in as Castro's reform drive hits the sand
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Marcelo Hernández

Solo era cuestión de tiempo que el espía Fernando González Llort ocupara la presidencia del Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos (ICAP). Desde que regresó a Cuba, tras cumplir una condena de 15 años en cárceles de Estados Unidos, muchos pronosticaban su ascenso hacia esa posición.

En junio de 2014 González fue nombrado vicepresidente del ICAP y el martes se anunció que pasaba a sustituir en la presidencia de la institución a Kenia Serrano Puig, quien se desempeñó en el cargo durante ocho años.[[QUOTE:La nota oficial sobre la sustitución ha sido parca en la despedida de Serrano y no incluyó las consabidas fórmulas de que “pasará a ocupar otras responsabilidades”]]La nota oficial sobre la sustitución ha sido parca en la despedida de Serrano y no incluyó las consabidas fórmulas de que “pasará a ocupar otras responsabilidades”. El texto ni siquiera catalogó de “excelente su desempeño al frente” de la institución. En la gramática del poder, esa reserva no augura nada bueno para la expresidenta.

Desde su regreso a la Isla todos los miembros de la llamada Red Avispa han ocupado cargos en entidades oficiales, la mayoría como vicepresidentes. González Llort es el primer que asciende a dirigir una entidad.

En 1987, poco después de graduarse con Diploma de Oro como Licenciado en Relaciones Políticas Internacionales, González Llort formó parte de una brigada de tanques en Angola. En el resto de su biografía destaca su participación en la Red Avispa que concluyó con su detención y encarcelamiento en Estados Unidos.[[QUOTE:El ICAP ha sido por décadas una fachada de la Inteligencia cubana]]El ICAP ha sido por décadas una fachada de la Inteligencia cubana. Desde su fundación calcó el modelo de instituciones de ese tipo existentes en el resto de los países socialistas. En lugar de presentarse con tintes ideológicos de corte marxista, estas entidades se envolvían en el ropaje de la amistad entre los pueblos.

El cargo de presidente del ICAP puede llevar a su ocupante a esferas más altas. Como fue el caso de Sergio Corrieri, quien integró el Comité Central del Partido y fue miembro del Consejo de Estado. En cambio, la sustituida Kenia Serrano, quien con anterioridad había sido miembro del Buró Nacional de la Unión de jóvenes Comunistas (UJC), solo logró ascender a un escaño en el Parlamento.


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Zunilda Mata

Cuba vive una de las peores sequías del último medio siglo y sus embalses se encuentran a un 39% de capacidad, una situación que afecta al suministro de agua a la población, la industria y la agricultura. Santiago de Cuba atraviesa la situación más grave, según declaró este miércoles a la televisión nacional José Antonio Hernández, director del departamento de Uso Racional del Instituto de Recursos Hidráulicos.

En esa provincia oriental unas 635.000 personas se abastecen en ciclos de 17 y 20 días. Mientras tanto, más del 81% del área agrícola de la Isla sufre algún tipo de afectación derivada de las irregularidades en el riego. El panorama se agrava, debido a que cada año unos 3.400 millones de metros cúbicos de agua se pierden por los salideros y las roturas.

En la actualidad al menos 11 provincias están por debajo del 50% de llenado de sus presas y “tres de ellas ni siquiera llegan al 25%”, puntualizó Hernández. En el caso de Ciego de Ávila el agua almacenada apenas cubre el 15% de los embalses ubicados en el territorio. El suministro se rige en la actualidad por un riguroso calendario, confeccionado por la Dirección de Acueducto y Alcantarillado local.[[QUOTE:Al menos 11 provincias están por debajo del 50% de llenado de sus presas y “tres de ellas ni siquiera llegan al 25%”]]La presa Zaza, la de mayor capacidad de almacenamiento del país, también atraviesa días difíciles. Ubicado en la provincia Sancti Spíritus, el embalse se encuentra solo al 14% de su capacidad, equivalente a 146 millones de metros cúbicos. A la vecina presa de Siguaney le queda menos de un millón de metros cúbicos de agua utilizable.

Esta provincia central ha visto agotarse 69 de sus fuentes de abasto, 16 de ellas de forma total. Esta situación afecta a 105.821 habitantes en más de 40 comunidades, y barrios urbanos de las ciudades de Sancti Spíritus, Trinidad y Jatibonico, según cifras ofrecidas por la prensa local.

“Desde que comenzaron las primeras manifestaciones de la sequía en el país, a mediados de 2014, se crearon grupos de trabajo para enfrentar este problema", explica Hernández. La misión de estas entidades es controlar y evaluar la situación de cada zona desde los municipios.

Al finalizar el año pasado los embalses del país se encontraban 1.510 millones de metros cúbicos por debajo de la media histórica, una situación que se ha ido agravando en el primer trimestre de 2017 y que ha obligado a extender el suministro de agua con camiones cisterna, conocidos popularmente como pipas.

Los problemas hidráulicos también influyen en la migración interna. "El hecho de poder abrir la pila y tener agua es un lujo que no podía darme en Palmarito del Cauto”, dice a 14ymedio Raydel Rojas, un santiaguero que recientemente emigró hacia la capital. Aunque en su actual vivienda en el Cerro “entra el agua un día sí y otro no”, dice sentirse afortunado. “En La Habana tengo mayor desenvolvimiento económico y hasta me puedo dar una ducha”, comenta a este diario.[[QUOTE:Los problemas hidráulicos también influyen en la migración interna]] “El problema en provincia y en los pequeños pueblos es que se hace más difícil comprar una pipa de agua”, cuenta Rojas. “Hay que vivir día a día comprando de a poquito a los aguadores”.

En el occidente, la situación tampoco da tregua. Las autoridades han puesto la mirada en las piscinas particulares, por considerarlas un despilfarro en tiempos de sequía. Los emprendedores que se dedican al alquiler para turistas en la zona de Viñales han vivido la ofensiva con especial intensidad.

A principios del pasado año el Consejo de la Administración Municipal decretó el cierre de todas las albercas y canceló las licencias de arrendamiento para quienes se resistieron a obedecer. Con el paso de los meses la situación se ha agravado.

“Ahora supervisan mucho el consumo de agua y llaman a contar a quienes tenemos un consumo mayor”, se queja un trabajador por cuenta propia que renta dos habitaciones en el turístico poblado. El arrendatario, que prefirió permanecer en el anonimato, asegura que los inspectores locales “tienen el ojo puesto en las bombas para aumentar la presión de las duchas porque dicen que gastan mucho”.


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La XVI Muestra Joven del Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC) exhibirá Mike Porcel: Sueños de pairo, un audiovisual dedicado al compositor y guitarrista cubano que fue reprimido en la Isla por sus discrepancias con el régimen.

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Condenan a tres años de cárcel a campesino que vistió camiseta “¡Abajo quien tú sabes!” La fiscalía pedía 4 años de cárcel para el integrante del Partido por la Democracia Pedro Luis Boitel, Iván Amaro Hidalgo, acusado de los supuestos delitos de “atentado” y “desacato”. El opositor Iván Amaro Hidalgo, integrante del Partido por la […] Continue reading