La organización religiosa Pastoral Social Cáritas, de la Conferencia Episcopal Panameña, presentó recientemente al Ministerio de Seguridad del país una propuesta para lidiar con los casos de unos 1.000 cubanos varados en su territorio, después de que Washington derogara la política de "pies secos/pies mojados".Continue reading
Una delegación de la Asociación Mundial de Sociedades de Chefs (World Association of Chefs Societies, WACS) visitará la Isla entre el 1 y el 6 de abril próximo para establecer contactos con autoridades del turismo, el comercio y la gastronomía, informaron el jueves fuentes del gremio citadas por la oficial Prensa Latina.Continue reading
El corto documental Prisioneros políticos en Cuba. Avatares de la familia se proyectó este jueves en Miami para denunciar el "aislamiento, señalamiento y exclusión social" que, según su autor, sufren las familias de los disidentes cubanos presos.
Rolando Rodríguez Lobaina, realizador de la cinta, muestra en 29 minutos de entrevistas a familiares y expresos políticos la realidad en los hogares de los opositores al régimen castrista.Continue reading
Con el fútbol cubano parece ser que hay que resignarse.
El pasado 19 de enero arrancó en Sancti Spíritus el Campeonato Nacional de Ascenso, buscando a los preparados para "subir de categoría" en la edición 102. Así, un deporte que cuando se trata de equipos extranjeros disfruta en la Isla de gran popularidad, puso a rodar el balón en canchas provinciales y, de paso, volvió a enfrentarse a su gran problema: ser ignorado en su propio patio.Continue reading
Alfonso Albaisa, el nuevo jefe del departamento de diseñadores de la firma japonesa, se inspira en las culturas de Estados Unidos, Japón y Cuba para hacer diseños de una elegancia desconocida hasta ahora en Nissan, pero que empieza a ser reconocida en todo el mundo a medida que la casa automotriz se expande, según los entendidos.Continue reading
Las tardes de Manolito se van entre perseguir ómnibus para aferrarse mientras sube calle arriba con su patineta o ensayar nuevas acrobacias. El joven dejó la escuela hace un par de años y cada día pasa menos horas en la casa de La Timba que comparte con su madre, su abuela y tres hermanos. Ahora, a pocos metros de donde vive, han abierto una instalación para practicar el patinaje.
Un solar inmenso, cerrado al público durante décadas, fue inaugurado como pista de skateboarding en la calle Paseo y 31, muy cerca de la Plaza de la Revolución. La apertura del nuevo espacio apunta a que están pasando los tiempos en que se miraba con ojeriza a estos muchachos que hacen malabares sobre una tabla. La noticia de la apertura del nuevo skatepark se ha difundido rápidamente entres los aficionados, que han tenido que buscar su propio espacio pese a los prejuicios.
Este deporte urbano ha ganado seguidores en Cuba en los últimos años y también la atención de cineastas, músicos y amigos solidarios. Desde hace años, la organización Cuba Skate, con sede en Washington DC, envía material a la Isla para estos inquietos del monopatín, como tablas o ruedas de repuesto. La falta de material es solo uno de los problemas a los que se enfrentan. Hasta ahora la principal "rueda floja" de este deporte urbano sigue siendo la falta de espacios habilitados, que se reducen a plazas y locales de entrenamiento, lugares donde habita el prejuicio de parte de la sociedad.Continue reading
La aristócrata cubana María Elena de Cárdenas, a la que la justicia española ha reconocido derechos sobre tres marquesados, uno de ellos hasta ahora en manos de la empresaria Alicia Koplowitz, recuerda a sus casi 98 años que de niña quería ser sevillana como su madre.… Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba's collapse at the World Baseball Classic is great news for several reasons.
First, because at times it is beneficial to hit rock bottom. A national team outperformed in every aspect of the game reveals the true extent of the debacle. The few victories in recent years had helped to sustain the fallacy that things were not really that bad.Continue reading
La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) analizará a partir de este viernes la situación de los afrodescendientes en Cuba y la crisis político-social en Venezuela en audiencias públicas que se extenderán hasta el 22 de marzo en su sede de Washington, reporta EFE.
La CIDH abordará también los decretos migratorios de la Administración de Donald Trump, la desaparición de los 43 estudiantes mexicanos de Ayotzinapa, la violencia sexual contra las adolescentes en Bolivia y la trata de niños en Perú.Continue reading
La reina Isabel II sancionó este jueves la ley que autoriza a la primera ministra británica, Theresa May, a activar el proceso de ruptura con la Unión Europea (UE), anunció el presidente de la Cámara de los Comunes, John Bercow, informa la AFP.
La firma de la soberana, un trámite formal tras la aprobación final de la ley el lunes en el Parlamento, significa que May puede ahora activar el artículo 50 del Tratado de Lisboa que dará pie a dos años de negociaciones para acordar el proceso de ruptura.Continue reading
Cubanet, Tania Diaz Castro, 13 March 2017 – This 13 March is the 49th
anniversary of the Great Revolutionary Offensive, that economic project
that emerged from the little brain of the "Enlightened Undefeated One,"
to ruin the Cuban economy even further.
Although each year the so-called Castro Revolution was a real disgrace
for all Cubans, the worst of all was the day that Fidel Castro did away
with more than 50,000 small private businesses: establishment where
coffee with milk and bread with butter was served, high quality
restaurants mostly for ordinary Cubans; expert carpentry workshops; the
little Chinese-run fritter stands; fried food stalls which, for those
who don't remember, used prime beef; shoe shiners who plied their trade
along the streets; people who sold fruit from little carts; milkmen who
delivered to homes, etc. A project that caused unemployment among
workers with long experience and that upset people.
Under the slogan of creating "a New Man," something that today inspires
laughter, the Great Revolutionary Offensive is no longer mentioned. Not
even one more anniversary of that nonsense is mentioned in the media, as
if nobody remembers the great mistake of the Commander in Chief.
The "New Man," proposed as a part of this, ended up losing his skills
and trades forever: cabinetmakers, turners, gypsum and putty
specialists, blacksmiths, longtime carpenters, tailors, seamstresses,
book restorers and many others, were forced to give up their work and
take up screaming "Homeland or death, we will win!" Over the years,
between the invasive marabou weed and the "magic" moringa tree, they
were converted into the now well-known undisciplined, lazy, lethargic,
absent, stealing in their workplaces and dreaming of working outside
their country. A kind of worker who, it is true, thanks to the crazy
economic juggling of Fidel Castro, is inefficient even faced with
A recent example has been widely commented upon by Havanans: two hundred
Indian workers have been hired for the construction of the Gran Manzana
Kempinski Hotel, under the argument that Cuban workers cannot deliver
the same performance.
Those who ask whether this is appropriate, seem to have forgotten that
Cuba still suffers the great drama of lost trades.
The elders of today, who analyze everything through the great magnifying
glass of time, come to the correct conclusion that these workers have
been not only victims of the economic disaster that the country suffers,
and then converted by force into members of a first opposition against
the regime, an opposition that has done a lot of damage and the result
of which has been to live in a country lacking development and
technology for decades and, therefore, instead of good pay they receive
alms, as a punishment to shame them.
Raúl Castro said it recently: "We have to erase forever the idea that
Cuba is the only country in the world where it is not necessary to
work." Would it not have been more accurate to say: "the only country
where people do not want to work, so that the socialist dictatorship
That would be the real solution.
If Raul does not say it, it is because he is afraid to be
sincere. Miguel Díaz Canel, his first Vice-President, may say it through
his always lost looks, as lost as those trade that reigned in a Cuba
that was not Fidel's.
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Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, 15 March 2017 – At the beginning of the last
decade, when Fidel Castro would call a "march of the fighting people"
for any reason whatsoever and the multitudes who seemed to have arrived
from Pyongyang would chant slogans and wave little paper flags,
prominent for his impetuous verbiage was a young man called Hassan Perez
Gesticulating like a dervish, with a crew cut, camouflage trousers, and
huge Russian military boots that seemed suitable for kicking any
dissenters, Hassan Perez, who at that time was the second secretary of
the Union of Young Communists (UJC), was the most Taliban of the Taliban
of the so-called Battle of Ideas, Fidel Castro's personal version of
Mao's cultural revolution. In this "battle," young men like the
bellicose Hassan, indoctrinated to the core and supposedly immune to the
corruption, were called to play the role of the Red Guards.
Hassan Perez, who improvised his leftist militant teques* of the
barricade with the ease of a Candido Fabré, seemed to have no brake.
Nothing contained his quarrelsome and intolerant eloquence. When in
2002, in the Aula Magna of the University of Havana, the former American
president Jimmy Carter referred to the Varela Project, quickly and
aggressively Hassan Pérez requested the floor to refute him, in the
presence of the Maximum Leader, who observed him pleased, although ready
to stop his jackal if he let his passion run away with him.
With the retirement of Fidel Castro in July 2006, the Battle of Ideas
was fading away, and the Taliban, who with their supra-institutional
nonsense represented a nuisance to the succession and the Raul regime
reformers, were removed from the scene.
In 2008, in an extraordinary meeting, the National Communist Youth
Bureau agreed to work with Hassan Pérez and send him as a professor to a
university of the Revolutionary Armed Forces. Although they acknowledged
his work as a youth leader, first in the Federation of Middle School
Students (FEEM) and later with the University Student Federation (FEU)
and Communist Youth, this was interpreted as a setback. Especially given
that, shortly before, at the Fifth Congress of the UJC, he had not been
elect, as expected, first secretary of the organization.
From that point Hassan Perez lectured in full military uniform – which
must have been to his liking, in view of his fondness for military
attire – as a lieutenant, in the classrooms of the Military Technical
Institute (ITM) teaching history classes.
For almost eleven years there was no mention of Hassan Perez. He only
saw himself on TV, dressed in uniform and in his delegate's chair,
during a meeting of the National Assembly of People's Power, where he
voted unanimously in favor of everything that was put before him.
But now, the entrenchment of immobile orthodoxy is generating a
neo-Stalinist reflux that has once again brought Hassan Perez to the
fore. He is now an assistant professor at the Center for Hemispheric
Studies and the United States at the University of Havana and his
extensive and bizarre articles appear in the official press.
It seems that Castro's monks do not have too many better options to
choose from if they have had to dust off and get to grips with the
annoying Hassan Perez. In short, if it is a question of becoming
intolerant and frightening in the discourse toward the sheep who want to
go astray, the boy does the job well. And in the years that he spent in
professorial penance he is assumed to have overcome the immaturity that
he was previously reproached for.
*Translator's note: (Source: Conflict and Change in Cuba, Baloyra and
Morris) "El teque is Cuban slang for the unrefrained barrage of official
rhetoric that emanates from the state. I is the old, the formal, the
staid, that which has become meaningless through repetition. El Teque is
the officialese, the discourse of a revolution that is no longer
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14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 14 March 2017 – Whether they are
independent or official, reporters share the same complaint against
institutions, which they accuse of hindering access to information and
hiding data. And for this reason all informants have the same
requirement: greater access to sources.
Gabriela Daihuela studies journalism and dreams of dedicating herself to
investigative reporting, a specialty she considers missing in Cuba's
current press. Every day she likes her career more, she says, because
"there are many issues that are worthy of being addressed that are not
The student is currently preparing a reporting piece that has taken her
to the Ministry of Education. "They have given us a huge runaround," she
confesses. "When we go to the institution, which is in charge and we
know they should be able to tell us what we want to know, they say there
is no data or they can't share it or they can't find it," she complains.
Daihuela believes that "the press should have more freedom," not only
"at the time of writing" but also to investigate. "They are closing the
doors to us, and given that we are students, I imagine that for a
journalist already graduated and recognized it must be much worse
because they must be afraid."
In the middle of last year, a group of young journalists from the
newspaper Vanguardia in Villa Clara published a letter expressing their
concerns. They complained that media bosses argue that the ideas
expressed in their articles "do not suit the interests of the country at
the current time," or that their reports and comments are "too critical."
The reporters believe that "so many decades and so many uncritical media
dedicated to presenting triumphalist visions of events have provoked a
hypercritical avalanche in Cuba.
For independent journalists the picture is even more complicated, due to
the illegality in which the alternative means exist in a country where
only the circulation of the official press is allowed.
Freelance reporter María Matienzo agrees with other colleagues in the
independent press that journalism is "a high-risk sport." The most
common obstacles she points out are the confiscation of the tools of the
trade – such as phones, recorders, computers and cameras –
interrogations and surveillance. "It's a huge psychological pressure
[but] we have to overcome it."
"Losing friends and winning others" is also part of the side effects of
the work of informing. "It's the classic profession to be declared a
pest in certain places." Always try to approach " the primary source as
much as possible," and "confirm by all possible means."
The demand for a Press Law has risen in recent months, among journalists
linked to both official and alternative media, but no legislative
changes have been announced at this time. At the next congress of the
Cuban Journalists Union (UPEC), convened for 2018, there may be an answer.
University professor Graziella Pogolotti was quoted in Juventude Rebelde
(Rebel Youth) saying that the new law "will establish, with mandatory
regulations, the institutional commitment to provide journalists with
quick and pertinent information."
In independent audiovisual media, Ignacio González has won a place with
his space En Caliente Prensa Libre (Free Press in the Heat of the
Moment). The reporter denounces the "ideological filter" that is applied
to students applying to be admitted the faculty of Journalism, a
requirement that prevents many interested people from becoming journalists.
Autonomous journalists exist in a scenario that makes it "difficult to
investigate." In addition, they are not issued "credentials or permits"
to access official events and "cannot knock at the doors of any
official," he laments. Arbitrary arrests and the confiscation of the
tools of the trade also add to the challenges they must overcome.
However, Gonzalez feels gratified when he does a report that ends up
solving problems. In his opinion, the population "has begun to
understand the importance of audiovisual journalism." However, he must
sometimes mask the face of an interviewee to avoid possible reprisals
from the authorities.
New technologies have made it possible to bring activism closer to
social networks. Kata Mojena is a member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba
(UNPACU) and disseminates different information through Twitter and
YouTube, ranging from the activities carried out by the opposition
organization to social problems suffered by residents of eastern Cuba.
"Twitter is a way to make complaints with immediacy so that the media
can then broaden and corroborate the information," says the
reporter. UNPACU's structure, which is "made up of cells," facilitates
"confirming the veracity of the information received," she explained to
She also laments the continued telephone hackings she suffers in order
to prevent her from publishing content, and the difficulties in
accessing official sources to obtain their version of any
event. Ultimately, her demands do not differ much from those of a young
journalist sitting in newsroom of a state-owned media outlet.
Source: Cuban Journalists Demand Greater Access To Sources / 14ymedio,
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