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"What I Want Most Is To Get Back To Volleyball" / Cubanet

I was a volleyball player in the last golden era of the sport in Cuba. I
played alongside the best in the world: Marshal, Dennis, Pimienta,
Diago, Iosvany Hernández. I played on the national team in the 1999
Tournament of the Americas in the United States, and in 2000 I almost
went to Sydney, but right after that, during the best moment of my
career, the team changed coaches and volleyball practically finished for
me. They never called me again for the team and I decided to retire from
the sport (…)

Since then, I've tried a thousand times to get back in. I started
training young boys, and I was even on a sports mission to Portugal, but
I couldn't maintain myself financially with that, and I had no choice
but to start working as a security guard in various nightclubs, like so
many others. (…)

What I want most is to get back to volleyball, at least to train and
prepare the youth, but the way things are now, I believe I'm just going
to have to keep maintaining law and order in the Havana nights.

Translated by Jorge Vásquez, Aliaksandra Rabtsava, Vanessa Parra Henao

Source: "What I Want Most Is To Get Back To Volleyball" / Cubanet –
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Task for Alejandro Castro: Protecting Cuba's Disabled / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 22 March 2017 — On March 17 of this year, a group of
NGO (non-governmental organization) representatives from Latin America
and the Caribbean celebrated in Havana Cuba's political agenda in
support of people with disabilities of every kind. The next day, for
the twentieth time, Cuban institutions honored the legacy of Terry Fox
by encouraging people to join in the traditional marathon. It is
interesting that, although the Cuban State and constitution guarantee
the right to free education without discrimination, there are neither an
educational policy nor laws designed to protect people with different
abilities.

According to official figures, approximately 3% of the Cuban population
lives with some limitation that keeps them from participating in the
labor market, and as a result, they cannot access the funds to confront
the many obstacles they face in life.

The present legislation regarding this issue is very clear, but not all
people with limitations possesses "special protection" status. In order
to prove need, a disabled person needs to be in a situation of
vulnerability or of economic dependence.

There is a logical explanation: having a deficiency is not synonymous
with being vulnerable. There are many types of disabilities: physical,
mental, motor, and even sensory, and not all necessarily make a person
incapable of work. However, in the particular circumstances of the
island of Cuba, this justification is very unjust. There is nobody
legally responsible for determining or regulating, according to whatever
conditions are established, exactly when a disabled person is considered
deserving of being included in, or excluded from, "special protection."
As a result, this right is being denied to all people with hinderances.

Furthermore, we should not forget that any individual receiving
subsidies from social security for labor disability continues to be
economically dependent. Simply getting a pension should not disqualify
one from "special protection" status. It is not a mathematical equation,
but rather question of applying formulas to the present reality in order
to be efficient and achieve the greatest social benefit. What products
or services are available to a person who receives 150 Cuban pesos a
month (about $6 US)?

I suffer from a disease that, without the right treatment, makes it
impossible for me to do certain things. I speak from the knowledge of
personal experience: I know that Cuban associations for the
physical-motor disabled, and for the visually or hearing impaired, such
as ACLIFIM. ANSI, and ANSOC, work for the equal rights of people with
handicaps, for recognition of their dignity, autonomy and social and
community integration. This, however, is pure publicity, because as
long as the Government does not push for a real legal policy designed to
stop us seeing disability as disease, they will not begin to tackle this
controversial issue from a more inclusive and less discriminatory social
perspective.

Perhaps, as Mariela Castro did for the LGBTI community, her brother
Alejandro Castro Espín, known for having a visual impairment, should
lead a campaign for the respect of equality and the rights of people
with disabilities. But, of course, the masses of handicapped, with
shameful frequency, fail to be a priority for a "great leader" who has
been held up as champion of human rights.

Translated by Claire Huttlinger

Source: Task for Alejandro Castro: Protecting Cuba's Disabled / Juan
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"There's No Place To Skate So You Have To Adapt" / Cubanet

There's hardly anyplace left to skate. You can walk around here and the
only thing you can find are parks, which are really useless and
sometimes we bother people. Old people scold us. I have friends that
practice in the middle of the street because the ramps and installations
that once existed are in ruins and no one bothers to fix them.

I'm not a professional; those who are more involved with skateboarding
skate around Prado. I skate more often in Paseo. I do it as a pastime or
as a hobby, like they say in English. Sometimes before coming out I
watch extreme sport videos. There are even kids who win competitions
with incredible technique.

I don't know if there are competitions here in Havana. I don't think so.
It's difficult because there's no place to skate so you have to adapt.
My favorite athlete is Tony Hawk, one of the toughest skaters I have
seen. But personally I've never dreamed of skating seriously, I mean
professionally.

I am in 10th grade and there is not much entertainment here, or anywhere
else. While other kids my age are listening to reggaeton or, I don't
know, wasting time talking nonsense and telling lies, I grab my
skateboard and spend a few hours in the afternoon riding it.

Translated by Cynthia Vasquez Bermeo, Josselyn Lopez, Natalia Pardo

Source: "There's No Place To Skate So You Have To Adapt" / Cubanet –
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Exclusive: Venezuela increased fuel exports to allies even as supply
crunch loomed
Reuters March 24, 2017
By Marianna Parraga and Alexandra Ulmer

HOUSTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - A gasoline shortage in OPEC member Venezuela
was exacerbated by an increase in fuel exports to foreign allies such as
Cuba and Nicaragua and an exodus of crucial personnel from state-run
energy company PDVSA, according to internal PDVSA documents and sources
familiar with its operations.

Leftist-run Venezuela sells its citizens the world's cheapest gasoline.
Fuel supplies have continued flowing despite a domestic oil industry in
turmoil and a deepening economic crisis under President Nicolas Maduro
that has left the South American country with scant supplies of many
basic necessities.

That changed on Wednesday, when Venezuelans faced their first nationwide
shortage of motor fuel since an explosion ripped through one of the
world's largest refineries five years ago. At the time, the government
of then-President Hugo Chavez curbed exports to guarantee there was
enough fuel at home.

This week's shortage was also mainly due to problems at refineries, as a
mix of plant glitches and maintenance cut fuel production in half.

Unlike five years ago, Caracas has continued exporting fuel to political
allies and even raised the volume of shipments last month despite
warnings within the government-run company that doing so could trigger a
domestic supply crunch.

Shipments from refineries to the domestic market needed to be redirected
to meet those export commitments, the internal documents showed.

"Should this additional volume ... be exported, it would impact a cargo
scheduled for the local market," read one email sent from an official in
the company's domestic marketing department to its international trade unit.

Venezuela last month exported 88,000 barrels per day (bpd) of fuels -
equivalent to a fifth of its domestic consumption - to Cuba, Nicaragua
and other countries, according to internal PDVSA documents seen by Reuters.

That was up 22,000 bpd on the volumes Venezuela had been shipping to
those two countries under accords struck by Chavez to expand his
diplomatic clout by lowering their fuel costs through cheap supplies of
crude and fuel.

The order to increase exports came from PDVSA's top executives,
according to the internal emails seen by Reuters.

Venezuela's oil ministry and state-run PDVSA, formally known as
Petroleos de Venezuela SA, did not reply to requests for comment for
this story.

FUEL STRAIN, BRAIN DRAIN

The strain on the country's fuel system has been worsened by the
departure of staff in PDVSA's trade and supply unit who are key to
ensuring fuel gets to where it is needed and making payments for
imports, three sources close to the company said.

The unit has seen around a dozen key staffers depart since Maduro shook
up PDVSA's top management in January. Among those who left was the head
of budget and payments, two sources said.

"Every week someone leaves for one reason or another," said a PDVSA
source familiar with the unit's operations.

Some have been fired, while others have left since the shake-up inserted
political and military officials into top positions and bolstered
Maduro's grip on the company that powers the nation's economy.

The imposition of leaders with little or no experience in the industry
has further disillusioned some of the company's experienced
professionals and accelerated an exodus that had already taken hold as
economic and social conditions in Venezuela worsened.

A recent internal PDVSA report seen by Reuters mentioned "a low capacity
to retain key personnel," amid salaries of a few dozen dollars a month
at the black market rate.

UNPAID BILLS

The departure of staff responsible for paying suppliers, as well as a
cash crunch in the company and the country, have led to an accumulation
of unpaid bills for fuel imports into Venezuela.

Had those bills been paid, the supply crunch would have been less acute,
the company sources said.

About 10 tankers are waiting near PDVSA ports in Venezuela and the
Caribbean to discharge fuel for domestic consumption and for oil blending.

Only one vessel bringing fuel imports has been discharged since the
beginning of the week, shipping data showed.

PDVSA ordered some of the cargoes as it prepared alternative supplies
while refineries undergo maintenance.

The tankers sitting offshore will not unload until PDVSA pays for their
cargoes, said shippers and the company sources.

Should PDVSA pay - up to $20 million per cargo - shortages could blow
over relatively soon.

The cash-strapped company has struggled since the global oil price crash
that began in 2014 cut revenue for its crude exports. PDVSA is tight on
cash as it prepares for some $2.5 billion in bond payments due next month.

While the vessels sit offshore, lines of dozens of cars waited at gas
stations in central Venezuela on Wednesday and Thursday. The shortages
angered Venezuelans who already face long lines for scarce food and drugs.

PDVSA blamed the supply crunch on unspecified problems for shipping fuel
from domestic refineries to distribution centers. The company said it
was working hard to solve the gasoline situation by boosting deliveries
to the worst-hit regions.

A shortage of trucks to move refined products has also caused
bottlenecks, oil workers told PDVSA President Eulogio Del Pino during a
visit to a fuel facility this week, asking for help. Trucks are in short
supply because the country does not have enough funds to pay for imports
of spare parts.

It was unclear when fuel supplies would return to normal, although by
late Thursday PDVSA appeared to have distributed some fuel from storage
to Caracas and the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz. Lines to fill up at
gasoline stations shortened in both cities, according to Reuters witnesses.

Workers at the 335,000-bpd Isla refinery on the nearby island of Curacao
operated by PDVSA said on Friday that the refinery had begun restarting
its catalytic cracking unit, which could boost fuel supplies in the
coming days.

(Additional reporting by Mircely Guanipa in Punto Fijo and Maria Ramirez
in Puerto Ordaz; Editing by Simon Webb and Marguerita Choy)

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Cuba's secret negotiator with US was president's son: cardinal
AFP March 24, 2017

Havana (AFP) - Cuban President Raul Castro's son, Alejandro, was the
communist island's envoy for secret negotiations with the United States
that led to the countries' historic rapprochement, a cardinal close to
the talks said.

Speculation had long swirled that Alejandro Castro Espin, the
president's 51-year-old son, headed up the secret talks.

But the confirmation from Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the former archbishop
of Havana, is the most official namedrop to date -- and further boosts
the profile of Castro Espin, who is touted as a possible future
president of Cuba.

Castro Espin was "at the head of the Cuban delegation," Ortega said in a
speech to a conference in the United States that was published in the
latest issue of Cuban Catholic magazine Secular Space (Espacio Laical).

Ortega, who recently stepped down as head of the Cuban Church,
represented the Vatican at the talks, which Pope Francis played a key
part in brokering.

The US delegation was led by Ricardo Zuniga, a top adviser to then US
president Barack Obama.

The negotiations led to the announcement of a rapprochement in December
2014 after more than half a century of Cold War hostility.

Castro Espin, an army colonel, is an international relations expert.

The president's only son, he kept a low profile for years. But he was
present when his father and Obama held their first-ever talks in Panama
in April 2015.

Many observers now tip him to be a major player in the power transition
due next February, when Castro is due to step down.

Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, 56, is seen as Castro's heir apparent.
But Castro Espin is increasingly viewed as a president-in-waiting.

Ortega also unveiled another mystery of the US-Cuba talks, saying the
date of the rapprochement announcement -- December 17 -- was chosen
because it is Pope Francis's birthday.

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Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom?
By Neal Simpson
The Patriot Ledger

HAVANA - At a small beach town on the Bay of Pigs, 27-year-old Kenny
Bring Mendoza approached to see if we needed a taxi.

We didn't, but Kenny was happy to show off his proficiency in English
and even willing to answer a few of my questions about recent economic
policy changes in Cuba, things as basic as buying cars or renting out
rooms. But Kenny wanted me to know that one of the biggest changes was
that we were talking at all.


"A couple of years ago, I couldn't be sitting here, speaking with you,"
he told me.

The fact that citizens and tourists now mingle more or less freely in
Cuba, an ostensibly socialist country 90 miles off the U.S. coast, is
just one sign that this island nation is increasingly opening itself up
to the world and, in particular, to the U.S., its longtime archenemy.

U.S. airlines now fly direct from New York to Hanava, cruise ships tower
over the city's aging piers and Americans are increasingly easy to find
among the Canadian and European tourists who have been visiting the
island for decades. Travel agents on the South Shore say they're
fielding a growing number of calls from people who want to know how they
can get to Cuba before the rest of the tourists arrive.

"It's still the unknown for people," said Susan Peavey, whose agency has
offices in Marshfield and Harwich Port. "Everybody is really interested."

I was one of those tourists last month, exploring the island nation in
the tradition of a Ledger photojournalist and editor who had visited
every decade or so to try to understand life in a place that was largely
off-limits to Americans.

What I found was a Cuba that looked much the same as it would have in
decades past despite profound economic changes that are lifting the
fortunes of some Cubans while leaving many behind. Cuba's socialist
government, under pressure to spur growth in a stagnant economy still
recovering from the collapse of the Soviet Union more than 25 years ago,
has begun to tear down many of the barriers that have separated Cubans
from the outside world. Residents can now rent out rooms to tourists,
open a limited number of privately owned restaurants, access the
internet and stay at resorts that were previously reserved for
foreigners. From Havana to Playa Girón, there's ample evidence of
President Raul Castro's effort to grow the economy's private sector,
which largely takes the form of self employment, not companies.

But some Cubans I talked with told me that thawing U.S.-Cuba relations,
and the growing number of American tourists visiting the island in the
last two years, has meant more for their personal livelihood than the
loosening of laws on personal property. They told me they'd welcome more
Americans and seemed to harbor no resentment over the Cold War-era
embargo that the U.S. continues to enforce against its Caribbean
neighbor after more than half a century.


"For me," Junior Fuentes Garcia, a 42-year-old Cuban selling books and
watches in Habana Vieja's Plaza De Armas, told me in Spanish, "the
economy is more important."

Cuba opens its doors

Arriving in old Havana at night, the city can look to American eyes like
the set of a post-apocalyptic movie set on a Caribbean island some 50
years after catastrophe cut it off from the rest of civilization. The
streets of Habana Vieja are dimly lit, narrow and filled with people who
are quick to get out of the way whenever a big 1950s Chevy or Ford comes
around a corner. The architecture, hauntingly beautiful but often gutted
and abandoned, recalls a time when Havana was the playground of wealthy
American gangsters and known as the Paris of the Caribbean despite the
extreme poverty and illiteracy most Cubans lived with before the revolution.

Havana by day is a different place, and much more difficult to
understand. Tower cranes rise over government-funded construction
projects along the Paseo de MartÍ while in the adjacent borough of
Habana Centro men labor with 5-gallon buckets and rope to keep up
dilapidated buildings that pre-date the revolution. A fellow traveler
and I walked around a gleaming white hotel that had risen on the site of
a former school building, then toured the nearby Museum of the
Revolution, where the paint was peeling off the terra cotta tiles of
what was once a presidential palace.

And of course, there were the big, beautiful mid-century American cars
that have become inextricably associated with modern-day Cuba even
though they share the country's roads with at least as many newer
Volkswagens, Kias and a variety of makes I had never seen. They are
truly everywhere, though many have been pressed into service as taxis
for tourists.

It's easy to understand why Cubans fortunate enough to have a car would
be tempted to spend their days driving tourists around. Under the Cuban
government's confounding dual-currency system, tourists use one kind of
peso pegged to the American dollar while Cuban citizens mostly use
another kind of peso that's worth closer to 4 cents each. The system,
which is meant to give the government control over American dollars
coming into the country, means that taxi drivers can charge foreigners
rates not far below what they'd pay in the U.S. and make far more than
the average Cuban wage of less than $200 a month, according to a survey
conducted last year by Moscow-based firm Rose Marketing Limited.

I talked with one taxi driver who spoke gleefully about the flood of
Americans he had seen over the last two years and the many more he hoped
were on their way. His mother and sister had moved to the U.S. in recent
years, but he said life in Cuba was too good for him to follow.


Tourism 'brain drain'

Grant Burrier, an assistant professor at Curry College in Milton who has
been visiting Cuba regularly since 2005, told me that the money-making
potential in tourism is actually becoming a problem for the Cuban
government, which has announced but not followed through with plans to
consolidate its two currencies. Burrier said the lure of the tourist
economy has created an internal "brain drain" in Cuba, tempting
engineers and other high-skill workers to leave their government jobs to
seek work in the tourism sector.

In that sense, he said the tourist trade has fueled "severe inequality"
between Cubans who have access to the tourist currency and those who do not.

"Those kinds of issues will be really problematic for the long-term
future of the Cuban economy," he said.

The socialistic ideal of economic equality is clearly far from achieved
in Cuba, but there were no signs of extreme poverty during my brief time
there. Despite its stagnant economy, the Cuban government continues to
provide its citizens with free health care and education as well as
subsidies for food. The country's infant mortality rate is lower than
that of the U.S., and its literacy rate is 99.8 percent, according to
the CIA World Factbook.

But even with all that, it's not clear whether the Cuban government can
maintain the ideals of the revolution as a younger generation comes into
power and gains a better understanding – thanks in part to the internet
– of the lifestyles and consumer goods available outside the confines of
socialism. The median age in Cuba is now 41, according to the CIA World
Factbook, meaning most Cubans were born more than a decade after the
Cuban Revolution and the CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion two years
later. The median-aged Cuban was a teenager when the Soviet Union
collapsed and Cuba was left in the lurch.

"That's going to be the key struggle for the revolution going on," said
Burrier, who visited Cuba with 17 Curry students earlier this year.
"Most people you talk to in Cuba, they just want opportunity. They want
economic opportunity, they want economic stability."


American business

Many people in the United States are betting on economic opportunity in
Cuba as well. Last month, a delegation that included U.S. Reps. Jim
McGovern and Seth Moulton of Massachusetts visited Cuba and met with
representatives from Northeastern University and the Massachusetts
Biotechnology Council to discuss opportunities in the agriculture and
health sectors. Former U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, a Quincy Democrat and
longtime advocate for a more open Cuba, is adamant that the island will
soon open its doors wide to American business.

"They obviously have tremendous needs and those need are going to be met
by American capitalism," said Delahunt, whose next trip to Cuba in May
will be aboard a cruise ship. "That's just what's going to happen."

But Delahunt and most Cuba watchers don't expect change to come quickly
to one of the world's last remaining Marxist-Leninist countries. The
country's leaders only need to look to their former ally, Russia, to see
what happens when a country pulls out of a communist economy too quickly.

"I wouldn't be surprised if every year we hear about one or two little
changes," said Javier Corrales, a son of Cuban exiles who teaches
political science at Amherst College, "but they're not interested in
going fast."

Neal Simpson may be reached at nesimpson@ledger.com or follow him on
Twitter @NSimpson_Ledger.

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From revolution to Raul: A brief history of Cuba
Friday
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at 2:58 PM
Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 9:54 PM

1959 – After years of fighting, Fidel Castro succeeds in overthrowing
the authoritarian government of Fulgencio Batista. Castro launches a
series of reforms, including the nationalization of private property and
business and improvements to health, education and infrastructure.
1960 – The U.S. imposes an embargo on all exports to Cuba except food
and medicine.
1961 - Around 12,000 Cuban exiles backed by the CIA land in the Bay of
Pigs in a bid to overthrow the Castro government. The invasion fails
almost immediately and Cuba eventually sends more than 1,100 captured
militants back to the U.S. in exchange for $53 million in food and medicine.
2008 – An ailing Fidel Castro announces his resignation as president.
His brother, Raul, takes over, promising in his inauguration speech to
lift some restrictions on freedom. The same year, Cubans are allowed to
use cellphones and send text messages for the first time.
2010 – Raul Castro announces the elimination of 500,000 government jobs
and promises to allow more private business licenses, signaling a shift
toward a more significant private economy.
2011 – Cuba legalizes private sale of homes and used cars for the first
time in half a century. President Barack Obama loosens restrictions on
travel to Cuba.
2013 - Cuba ends a longstanding policy requiring any citizen wishing to
travel abroad to obtain a government permit and letter of invitation.
Cuban passports are still expensive, though, leaving them out of reach
for many.
2014 - Cuba and the U.S. agree to exchange prisoners, re-establish
economic ties and begin easing some elements of the embargo. Cuba takes
steps to open the country for foreign investment.
2015 – Cuban and the U.S. reopen embassies in each other's countries.
2016 – Fidel Castro dies at the age of 90.
2017 – U.S. ends the "wet-foot-dry-foot" policy that had allowed Cuban
exiles who reached American soil to seek permanent residency.
2018 – Raul Castro is due to step down as president. His expected
successor, Miguel DÍaz-Cane, was born the year following the Cuban
Revolution.

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Cuba: Drought - Emergency Plan of Action DREF Operation n° MDRCU003
Final Report

REPORT from International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent
Societies Published on 24 Mar 2017 — View Original
http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/MDRCU003dfr.pdf

Description of the Disaster

A long continuous drought combined with heavy rainfall attributed to the
El Niño phenomenon and climate change over the past two years brought
difficult times for Cuba. In recent years, rainfall patterns during both
the dry and rainy seasons have not reached normal historical values,
which has caused a decrease in groundwater resources and the drying up
of the rivers and dams on which the population depends on for its water
supply.

Cuba is now suffering from the effects of climate change, especially
temperature rise and a severe drought, which is considered the worst in
the last 115 years. Decreased accumulated rainfall for more than 12
months caused the country's dams to drop 38 per cent below their
capacity; in addition, 98 water reservoirs were below 25 per cent and 26
were completely dry at the time of the writing of this report.

The National Institute of Water Resources (INRH for its acronym in
Spanish) reported that the situation was getting more complex and
critical due to the long drought and the continuous drop in the levels
of the dams. The driest groundwater basins were in the Eastern region of
the country, especially in the Santiago de Cuba province, which has a
population of 1,057,404 inhabitants: 71 per cent in urban areas and 29
per cent in rural areas. With less than 30 per cent of water capacity in
reservoirs and rainfall dropping below historical averages, this region
was facing one of the most severe droughts in the country's history.

The province of Santiago de Cuba has nine municipalities, four of which
were the most affected by the drought: Santiago de Cuba, Palma Soriano,
III Frente and Guamá; the drought affected approximately 520,560 people
(94,000 families), and urban areas were the most seriously affected. May
is considered the rainiest month in Cuba (onset of the rainy season);
however, rainfall has decreased significantly due to climate
variability, particularly in Santiago de Cuba. The beginning of the
rainy season (from May to October) was affected by the El Niño–Southern
Oscillation (ENSO) event, which has persisted in the equatorial Pacific
Ocean since early 2015, reaching its peak in November of the same year.
Currently, most models forecast a transition to a neutral condition
during spring in the Northern Hemisphere and show the likelihood of La
Niña re-emerging during the summer.

Usually when a strong El Niño event decreases in the tropical eastern
Pacific Ocean, rainfall during the onset of the rainy season tends to
drop below average, particularly between May and June; nonetheless, it
is important to note that not all El Niño events behave similarly due
to the changing patterns of ocean-atmospheric circulation.

The Cuban government has been supplying drinking water through water
trucks; however, the long drought has exceeded their capacity and
therefore a relief intervention is needed. In this regard, the
government set up a water distribution system based on water cycles,
which consisted of supplying water during a 24-hour period to specific
areas and then suspending the service for several days, which affected
water storage at the household level. For this reason, government
authorities and the Cuban Red Cross identified a great need in the
communities for water containers to increase water storage capacity in
households and meet the affected families' needs. The provision of
1,500-litre water tanks to health centres with the aim of increasing
their water storage capacity was also been identified as a priority;
other actions included the provision of 200-litre tanks and 10-litre
buckets for the storage of drinking water in households.

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Junto a Cuba y Venezuela por la libertad 24 de marzo de 2017 – 20:03 – Por Ileana Ros-Lehtinen En Cuba hemos visto las violaciones de los derechos humanos en aumento, desde que el gobierno de Obama comenzó a otorgar concesiones al régimen de Castro en diciembre de 2014 Cuba y Venezuela continúan sufriendo dictaduras […] Continue reading
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Cardenal Ortega confirma que hijo de Raúl Castro encabezó negociación con EEUU El purpurado cubano fue emisario en 2014 del triángulo de negociaciones secretas Cuba-EE.UU-Vaticano, pero ahora publica parte de sus memorias donde confirma que fue el delfín Alejandro Castro quien representó a Cuba en esas conversaciones. Mientras continúa la cuenta regresiva para que Raúl […] Continue reading

El coronel Alejandro Castro Espín, hijo del general Raúl Castro, representó al Gobierno en las negociaciones secretas que condujeron al histórico deshielo con Estados Unidos en diciembre de 2014, confirmó el jerarca de la Iglesia Católica cubana, Jaime Ortega Alamino, según un reporte de la AFP.

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Conoce la revista digital hecha en Cuba que ha puesto a sus creadores en peligro marzo 25, 2017 Idolidia Darias Los periodistas de “La Hora de Cuba” están sujetos a una medida cautelar luego de ser acusados de “usurpación de capacidad legal” por ejercer sin la debida certificación. La Hora de Cuba es parte de […] Continue reading
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Censura a película cubana en Nueva York desata protesta de artistas cubanoamericanos NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Lejos de acabarse la polémica, como querían los organizadores del Havana Film Festival de Nueva York, la censura de la película cubana “Santa y Andrés” ha generado la airada protesta de artistas e intelectuales cubanoamericanos, que ahora están pidiendo […] Continue reading
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FAKE NEWS

This title is now a common phrase in our daily living. But in reality
had been around since many years back.

When I was living peacefully in my native Country (Cuba) Bohemia
Magazine, José Pardo Llada, Mario Kuchilán and others in the media were
expelling their lies to make the Cuban people to succumb to their
extermination by the Communists when they were embracing the lies
fabricated by future Dictator Fidel Castro Ruz.

When Fidel Castro Ruz ordered the hijacking of the Cubana de Aviación
airplane who left Florida to Cuba on November 1, 1958, where my cousin
Ruskin Medrano, the pilot of the aircraft, was assassinated by the
hijackers, they were putting out the fake news that the airplane was
trying to join the rebels of Fidel Castro Ruz in the Sierra Maestra.

During the years of the Communist Tyranny in Cuba newspapers like The
New York Times, The Times Picayune and The Houston Chronicle, among
others, have been poisoning the mind of the American people with "FAKE
NEWS". In February, 1948, Fidel Castro Ruz assassinated my cousin Manolo
Castro who was the Director of Sports in Cuba and a former President of
the Federation of Students at Havana University. The New York Times
presented to the world Fidel Castro Ruz as a new Robin Hood and as a
savior democratic leader.

When in November 22, 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald carried out the plan
organized by the Communist terrorists in Cuba and assassinated President
John F. Kennedy the American Communists carried out one of the most
biggest FAKE NEWS plans in order to exonerate Dictator Castro and
disseminated hundreds of false theories placing the blame on the
anti-Castro Cubans, President Lyndon Johnson, the CIA, the Pentagon,
anti-Communist Americans, and hundreds of stupid theories, all false, in
order to destroy the USA.

When Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated by a Muslim follower of Fidel
Castro Ruz the FAKE NEWS ignored the facts of Sirham Sirham attending a
pro-Castro meeting.

When a divorced Cuban mother died escaping from Castro's hell and her
son survived, the FAKE NEWS started a campaign to return the son to his
father in Cuba. Finally President Bill Clinton criminally returned the
son to Castro's reign of terror.

President Jimmy Carter became a good friend and collaborator of Dictator
Fidel Castro. The FAKE NEWS presented Jimmy Carter as a Christian.

President Barack Hussein Obama finally went to Cuba to pay respect to
the Dictator and the FAKE NEWS portrayed him as a wise USA President
solving the Cuban problem.

Fulgencio Batista was in power less than six years. The Communist
Dictatorship has been in power in Cuba for 58 years and the FAKE NEWS
don't tell you that in 1958 Cuba was one of the 3 tops Countries in
Latin America and that today is one of the 2 worse Countries in Latin
America disputing the last place with Haiti.

The FAKE NEWS don't tell you that in 58 years the Cuban People haven't
have a chance to vote in FREE elections. The FAKE NEWS don't tell you
that more than ONE MILLION Cubans have died in exile during those years.
The FAKE NEWS don't tell you about the thousands of Cubans assassinated
by the Communists.

I don't want more blood to be spilled in Cuba. Most of the assassins are
already dead. Many of the criminals are already living in the USA or
have died out of Cuba. The majority of the Cuban People was stupid
enough to support Fidel Castro Ruz at the time when Batista was forced
to leave Cuba by President Eisenhower.

It is time that the FAKE NEWS are stopped by the American Press that is
not Communist. We know that envy is a great human sin. The Communists
and the Muslims want to destroy the USA. For the sake of this Nation,
for the sake of our descendants we have to stand firm and when the press
fake the news we have to be brave enough to call them FAKE NEWS.

God bless the USA. God bless all the Americans who have died all over
the world fighting for freedom. And I pray to God to punish those who
stab us in the back printing FAKE NEWS.

March 24, 2017

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