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… posters glorifying former Cuban President Fidel Castro remain in Havana nearly six … drinking Cristal, a Cuban beer, as dawn broke over Havana. He asked … niece spearheads LGBT issues in Cuba The Cuban government in the years … posters glorifying former Cuban President Fidel Castro remain in Havana nearly six … Continue reading
Raul Castro’s daughter, Mariela, tells the BBC that the next leader will be from outside the family.President Raul Castro’s daughter, Mariela, tells the BBC's Will Grant in Havana that Cuba will soon be run by someone outside her family. Continue reading
… was welcomed at Santiago de Cuba International Airport  by Comandante de … . Onward to victory always, dear Cubans!” On the tarmac at Antonio … by Ecuador’s ambassador in Havana, Fabián Solano Moreno. According to … buildings. Before traveling on to Havana, where he will be received … Continue reading
Mexico City, May 4 (RHC)-- Mexico's central bank, Banxico, reported that Mexicans received $2.5 billion in remittances during the month of March, compared to $2.2 billion a year earlier.  The transfers record one of the biggest ever documented for … Continue reading
Washington, May 4 (RHC)-- In the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C., three members of the activist group CodePink were convicted Wednesday over their role in a January 10 protest against a Senate confirmation hearing for Jeff Sessions as attorney general.  … Continue reading
Mexico City, May 4 (RHC)-- A caravan of 200 refugees, fleeing violence and gangs in Central America, has embarked on a journey to the United States – by way of Mexico – in hopes of being granted asylum.  The caravan, which is expected to reach the U.S. … Continue reading
Kabul, May 4 (RHC)-- An explosion shook an area near the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan on Wednesday.  At least eight Afghan civilians were reportedly killed and 23 others wounded, including three U.S. soldiers.  The blast occurred not far from the U.S. … Continue reading
Ramallah, May 4 (RHC)-- Dozens of Palestinian prisoners from various political factions are joining a hunger strike in solidarity with hundreds of Palestinians who have stopped eating their food portions in Israeli jails in protest at the administrative … Continue reading
Caracas, May 4 (RHC)-- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has presented the official decree to the National Electoral Council in Caracas to call for a constituent assembly in a move to diffuse high-running political tensions in the South American country … Continue reading
Havana, May 4 (RHC-PL)--  Two … cruise vessels are docking in Cuban ports, and shortly 8 more … Havana, Cienfuegos, Casilda, Punta Francés, María la Gorda and Santiago de Cuba … quality-price ration, 96% recommended the Cuban destination and 41% have returned … Continue reading
Cuban Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez Havana, May 4 (RHC)-- Cuban Vice … Unions (WFTU), held Thursday in Havana. Addressing the meeting, Díaz-Canel briefed … , independence and sovereignty.  He renewed Cuba's commitment to working … organization’s support for the Cuban working class. Edited by Pavel … Continue reading
… (CELAC) in January 2014 in Havana.  Participants in the conference will … imperialist hegemony. In statements to Cuban press, World Peace Council President … Continue reading
… the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution rest. Visibly moved, Correa … to pay tribute to the Cuban statesman and champion of just … of Cuba and the Cuban people, Rafael Correa arrived to Santiago de Cuba … de Cuba, the Ecuadorian head of state will travel to Havana, where … Continue reading
… a laugh, reached at his Havana home and speaking in Spanish … us.” Born and raised in Cuba’s easternmost province of Guantánamo … , Sobreviviente (Survivor), backed by top-flight Cuban percussionist Toto Berriel. Strathcona’s … of their music in central Havana—opening with the well-known traditional … Continue reading

El Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos (OCDH) denunció que en lo que va de año se han producido 1.809 detenciones arbitrarias.

En abril documentaron 467, de las cuales 335 correspondieron a mujeres, 132 a hombres y 147 a personas de raza negra. Asimismo, diez de estos activistas fueron "golpeados brutalmente".

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Los periodistas Sol García Basulto y Henry Constantín fueron citados este jueves a la tercera unidad policial de la ciudad de Camagüey, en donde se les amenazó con registrar sus viviendas y la incautación de sus medios de trabajo si no dejan de "publicar en las redes sociales y en revistas independientes".

Un oficial, que se identificó como el teniente Francisco Pacheco, recriminó a los jóvenes por seguir haciendo labores periodísticas y levantó un acta de advertencia para cada uno.

El oficial acusó también al reportero de comprar "200 sacos de cemento y un juego de baño" que transportó "en un auto Lada amarillo desde Najasa hasta la ciudad de Camagüey". Sin embargo, Constantín niega categóricamente la acusación y asegura que no ha salido de la ciudad porque está bajo "restricción de movimiento".

El pasado 23 de marzo ambos reporteros fueron imputados por un presunto delito de "usurpación de la capacidad legal" que todavía se mantiene, según declaró Constantín a 14ymedio pocos minutos después del encuentro este jueves con la policía.

Si el proceso sigue su curso podrían ser juzgados bajo el artículo 149 del Código Penal que castiga a quien "realice actos propios de una profesión para cuyo ejercicio no está debidamente habilitado". Se exponen a una pena de entre tres meses y un año de privación de libertad.[[QUOTE:El pasado 23 de marzo ambos reporteros fueron imputados por un presunto delito de "usurpación de la capacidad legal"]]Los reporteros forman parte del equipo editorial de la revista independiente La Hora de Cuba, que se distribuye en formato digital. Además colaboran con diferentes medios independientes y García Basulto es corresponsal de 14ymedio en la provincia de Camagüey.

Constantín fue nombrado a finales del pasado año vicepresidente regional para Cuba de la Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (SIP). Recientemente el reportero no pudo asistir a una exposición en Los Ángeles, en Estados Unidos, sobre la situación actual de los periodistas en la Isla ni a la posterior reunión de la SIP en Guatemala, debido a las restricciones de movimiento que le han impuesto las autoridades policiales.

García Basulto fue advertida nuevamente por la policía este jueves sobre su labor de entrevistar y recopilar información en la vía pública. Una tarea que realiza, según los efectivos, para "tergiversar la información y escribir contra el Gobierno". Los policías se mostraron especialmente molestos por una entrevista con la rapera Rapshela publicada en 14ymedio en marzo.

En noviembre de 2016 la Seguridad del Estado impidió a la corresponsal de 14ymedio salir de su casa en los días posteriores a la muerte del expresidente Fidel Castro, mientras el cortejo fúnebre trasladaba las cenizas hacia Santiago de Cuba.

En ese momento la joven denunció la escalada represiva en su contra, que tuvo su inicio en diciembre de 2015 cuando recababa opiniones delante del Tribunal Provincial de Camagüey donde se celebraba el juicio por el asesinato del músico Pedro Armando Junco, Mandy.

La SIP considera que las acusaciones contra los dos periodistas son contrarias a las disposiciones internacionales que respaldan "el derecho a buscar, recibir, divulgar información y expresar opiniones".

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La hija del gobernante cubano Raúl Castro y directora del Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual en Cuba, Mariela Castro, invitó a los exiliados cubanos a que “se informen” y se … Click to Continue » Continue reading
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Mariela Castro dice a los exiliados que ‘se despojen de odios, prejuicios y estereotipos’ DDC | La Habana | 4 de Mayo de 2017 – 19:54 CEST. “Yo me siento muy bien de cómo he vivido”, dijo Mariela Castro Espín en una entrevista con el canal WPLG Local10 en la que habló de su trabajo, […] Continue reading

"Yo me siento muy bien de cómo he vivido", dijo Mariela Castro Espín en una entrevista con el canal WPLG Local10 en la que habló de su trabajo, de su padre, del exilio y de la política estadounidense hacia Cuba.

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El artista cubano Henry Eric Hernández inaugura este 5 de mayo la muestra personal Gozar lo vintage, comisariada por la investigadora y curadora española Mónica Carballas para el Palacete del Embarcadero, galería de la oficina cultural de la Entidad Portuaria de Santander.

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Un sondeo revela un descenso del interés de los turistas estadounidenses por Cuba Miami | Mayo 04, 2017 (EFE). -El interés de los turistas estadounidenses por Cuba está en descenso y un 76% frente a un 70% del año pasado, considera improbable que vaya a planear un viaje a ese país, según un sondeo publicado […] Continue reading
Cuando el abusador es el Gobierno YOANI SÁNCHEZ, La Habana | 04/05/2017 Cursaba el tercer grado y la maestra eligió a la niña más agresiva de mi aula para jefa de destacamento. Le dio carta blanca para que controlara a los más pequeños. Más tarde, la abusadora alcanzó un cargo en la Federación de Estudiantes […] Continue reading
Arrancan los exámenes de ingreso a la Universidad con “medidas extraordinarias” contra el fraude MARCELO HERNÁNDEZ, La Habana | Mayo 04, 2017 La madrugada del miércoles Karel no durmió. Se la pasó dando vueltas en la cama y resolviendo operaciones aritméticas. Junto a miles de estudiantes en todo el país, el joven se presentó al […] Continue reading
Para la religión del castrismo fue toda una desacralización. Un cubano burla el férreo cerco en torno a la tribuna de Raúl Castro y se echa a correr, 20 metros … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Denuncian que opositora enferma de SIDA es maltratada en una prisión cubana 03 de mayo de 2017 – 19:05 – Por DANIEL CASTROPÉ La líder de las Damas de Blanco, Berta Soler, denunció que la activista Jaqueline Heredia está aislada en una sección para enfermos de tuberculosis y no recibe las medicinas, ni el tratamiento […] Continue reading
Campesinos dicen que Estado cubano sigue frenando sus producciones Los precios topados, la obligación de vender al Estado y la falta de libertad para decidir sus producciones está limitando la producción agrícola en la isla, dijeron campesinos consultados por Radio Martí. Campesinos consultados por Radio Martí dijeron el jueves que el Estado cubano “desestimula” la […] Continue reading
Catorce miembros de Cubalex obtienen refugio político en Estados Unidos Luis Felipe Rojas El Centro de Información Legal colabora en materia de Derechos Humanos, información y denuncias con organismos de Naciones Unidas, la oficina del Alto Comisionado para los Derechos Humanos y la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos. Catorce miembros del Centro de Información Legal […] Continue reading
Madre denuncia maltratos de un médico a sus hijas opositoras mayo 03, 2017 Idolidia Darias Maidolis Leyva Portelles dijo a Martí Noticias que un médico en Holguín se lamentó de tener que atender a sus hijas cuando conoció que Anairis y Adairis Miranda Leyva habían protagonizado una huelga de hambre. La activista del Movimiento Cubano […] Continue reading

Un agente de la Policía del estado venezolano de Carabobo falleció este jueves tras ser herido el miércoles durante una manifestación que se tornó violenta en esa entidad central del país caribeño, informó el Ministerio Público (MP, Fiscalía), reportó EFE.

El organismo indicó este jueves a través de su cuenta en la red social Twitter que investigará este caso ocurrido en la urbanización La Pradera, en el municipio San Joaquín de dicho estado.

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Le desmorona el patrimonio cultural de Guanabacoa “A la gente del gobierno no le importa, a fin de cuentas ninguno es de aquí” Miércoles, mayo 3, 2017 | Ernesto Carralero Burgos LA HABANA, Cuba.- La falta de atención estatal ha provocado la destrucción del patrimonio cultural del capitalino municipio Guanabacoa. La mayoría de los edificios […] Continue reading
The vast grove of museums stretching from the US Capitol across the fringes of the National Mall is about to get a new addition, albeit a decidedly less secular one: The Museum of the Bible. Just three blocks south of the Capitol, the privately funded ... Continue reading
Cadena española Meliá administrará ocho nuevos hoteles en el centro de Cuba En las ciudades de Cienfuegos, Trinidad y Camagüey Jueves, mayo 4, 2017 | Agencias LA HABANA, Cuba.- La cadena española Meliá comenzará a administrar el año próximo ocho nuevos hoteles en las ciudades de Cienfuegos, Trinidad y Camagüey, en el centro de Cuba, […] Continue reading
Arrestos y decomisos en el Día Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa Comunicadores independientes han sido acusados de ‘actividad económica ilícita’ Jueves, mayo 4, 2017 | Alejandro Tur Valladares CIENFUEGOS, Cuba.- El pasado 3 de mayo, cerca de las 11:00 a.m., mientras los periodistas en el mundo celebraban el Día Mundial de la Libertad de […] Continue reading
Policía amenaza con un arma a civiles en La Habana Violento altercado con las autoridades en este video difundido en redes sociales Jueves, mayo 4, 2017 | CubaNet MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- Un nuevo caso de violencia policial en Cuba ha sido difundido en redes sociales. En él aparecen varios civiles enfrentando a un presunto agente […] Continue reading
Más de 1800 detenciones arbitrarias en Cuba desde enero de 2017 Denuncia el Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos Jueves, mayo 4, 2017 | CubaNet MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- El Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos (OCDH) ha denunciado hoy que se han producido en Cuba 1809 detenciones arbitrarias en los 4 primeros meses de 2017. Informa la […] Continue reading
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American interest in Cuba as a travel destination is waning: survey

Despite the fanfare around the easing of travel restrictions to Cuba,
the results of a new survey suggest that the novelty has worn out among
Americans, with fewer travelers expressing interest in the island as a
travel destination.

About a year after major commercial airlines restored flights between
the US and Cuba and travel restrictions were eased, an Allianz Global
Assistance survey has found that interest in Cuba has dipped slightly
compared to the year before.

While safety concerns were major anxieties for Americans in 2016, some
of the biggest stumbling blocks for American travelers this year include
a lack of information on Cuba's travel experiences, travel
infrastructure and the lack of mobile and internet connectivity.

Overall, 35 percent of respondents said the easing of travel
restrictions made them more interested in traveling to Cuba in 2016,
compared to 26 percent in 2017.

The likelihood of travel to Cuba also dropped a few percentage points
among respondents in 2017 compared to 2016, with 76 percent of
respondents saying it's highly unlikely they'll be booking a trip to
Cuba this year, compared to 70 percent a year before.

The survey is based on the answers of more than 1,500 Americans.

The biggest draw for Cuban travel, meanwhile, are the island's resorts
and beaches, followed by cultural attractions, Cuban food and rum,
people, classic cars, cigars, family and friends.

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Raul Castro's daughter: His successor may surprise Cubans
MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
Associated PressMay 4, 2017

HAVANA (AP) — One of the highest-profile members of Cuba's ruling family
said Wednesday that the country could be surprised by the person who
succeeds her father as president.

Mariela Castro's uncle Fidel led Cuba for a half century before he was
succeeded as president by her father, Raul Castro, who has said he plans
to step down in February.

International and domestic observers widely expect him to be succeeded
by First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, a 57-year-old career
Communist Party official whose low-wattage public appearances have left
many Cubans unconvinced of his ability to be the first top Cuban leader
from outside the Castro family since 1959.

When asked about the succession process, Mariela Castro said: "Sometimes
you're going in one direction and suddenly you look over here and go,
'Wow, how interesting, I hadn't focused on this person.'"

"There are always surprises," she concluded.

Mariela Castro is a gay-rights advocate, member of Cuba's National
Assembly and head of the country's institute of sex education. She has
long been one of Cuba's most outspoken public figures, and her
statements are widely perceived to bear her father's imprimatur.

Recent speculation about alternate presidential candidates has focused
on Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, a forceful public speaker who has
represented Cuba on the international stage for eight years. Rodriguez
has taken on a slightly higher profile in recent months, including an
unusual article in state media last week apologizing to the family of a
Cuban who died on government business in Venezuela last May.

The daughter of the dead man, Nicanor Torres Ochoa, had complained to
the state-run newspaper Juventud Rebelde that the family had not
received his death certificate, echoing thousands of Cubans' frustration
with the country's intractable Soviet-model bureaucracy. On Saturday,
the paper published an unexpected response from Rodriguez assuring
readers the problem had been resolved, saying the Foreign Ministry was
reviewing its procedures to avoid a repeat of the problem, and
apologizing to the family in the name of the state institutions involved.

Such lengthy apologies to citizens are virtually unheard of in Cuba,
particularly from high-ranking government officials.

Despite such subtle changes in public profile, there are no indications
so far that Diaz-Canel has lost his position as the unstated
front-runner to be Cuba's next president. However, Raul Castro's
departure from the presidency creates unprecedented opportunities for
surprising changes to Cuba's political structure.

As supreme national leader, Fidel Castro simultaneously held a variety
of roles as head of state, government and Communist Party institutions.

Raul Castro inherited that arrangement despite the fact that Cuba's
constitution does not stipulate such a total concentration of power.
Raul Castro's retirement as president opens the possibility that his
responsibilities could be handed over to more than one figure, creating
at least a nominal separation of powers for the first time since the
first years of the Cuban Revolution.

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Cuba Imports First Russian Crude Since Collapse Of Soviet Union
By Zainab Calcuttawala - May 03, 2017, 4:37 PM CDT

Cuba will process Russian oil for the first time in two decades, after
supplies from Venezuela saw an eight-month hiatus that ended in March,
according to a new report from Reuters.

On May 10th, a vessel with 249,000 barrels of Russian crude will reach a
Cuban port, which mimics the Soviet Union's previous support of Fidel
Castro's regime prior to the 1991 disintegration of Russia's former
political arena.

The Venezuelan halt had caused Cuba's Cienfuegos refinery to stop
production due to lack of supplies. State-run PDVSA had scaled back the
export of its lighter grades to the Caribbean in order to use the fuel
to dilute heavier grades.

Cienfuegos is a Soviet-era refinery that had originally been built to
process Russian crude. PDVSA later upgraded the facility to refine
65,000 barrels of Venezuelan crude a day.

Rosneft announced on Wednesday that the shipments were part of a new
agreement with state-run Cubametals, which authorized the import of
250,000 tonnes of Russian oil and diesel on an unspecified timeline.
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Cobalt.

"It is very clear that Cuba is diversifying its long-term supply
contracts in the event that its October 2000 subsidized oil agreement
with Venezuela is terminated," Jorge Pinon, an oil industry expert at
The University of Texas at Austin, said.

Relations between Cuba and the United States – Russia's main
geopolitical rival – had begun thawing during former President Barack
Obama's administration. President Donald Trump praised Russian President
Vladimir Putin for his "leadership" during the 2016 election campaign,
but Congress is in the midst of investigating ties between the new White
House and Moscow. This process is one of the reasons why the U.S. and
Russia remain cold to each other, despite Trump's promises to bridge the
gap between the superpowers.

By Zainab Calcuttawala for Oilprice.com

Source: Cuba Imports First Russian Crude Since Collapse Of Soviet Union
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14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 4 May 2017 – I was in the third grade and the teacher chose the most aggressive girl in my class to be the room monitor. She was given carte blanche to control the other children. Later, the abuser rose to a position in the Federation of Middle School Students and … Continue reading "When The Abuser Is The Government" Continue reading
Cuba: When "Winning" is Losing
By Fernando Ravsberg

HAVANA TIMES — The violent reaction to the dissident who ran through
Revolution Square carrying a US flag on May Day has been the last of a
series of failed responses.

The guy was beaten up and arrested in the middle of Revolution Square,
during the rally for May Day in front of journalists.

Photographs and videos of the scene have traveled the world over and
this was clearly the opponent's objective. He "stole the show" thanks to
the priceless help he received from those people who jumped on top of
him, grabbing the flag from him and hitting him in front of rolling
cameras which belong to the world's main press agencies.

What would have happened if nobody had got in his way during his speedy
race through the Square? It would have surely not been much more than an
anecdote, which would have supported government discourse when it
accuses dissidents of being mercenaries who serve the star-spangled banner.

Not too long before this event, a young journalism student was kicked
out of the university in Villa Clara, with the official media arguing
that "university is only for revolutionaries." Her photo went around the
world and stirred people's rejection, even from well-known followers of
the Cuban Revolution.

If the CIA's psychological warfare team had to have chosen a case, they
couldn't have done a better job. She was an 18-year-old girl, with the
face of an angel, who was expelled from a Cuban university because she
didn't share the government's ideas, "the perfect victim".

The University of Havana doesn't fall far behind either. Two Economy and
Law professors were dismissed from their jobs for such a malicious deed
as writing for a [non-governmental] media outlet which is legal and has
offices in a building on the Malecon.

Today, Omar Everleny Perez, PhD, continues to live in Cuba but he
travels all over the world, from Japan to the US, pouring out his
economic knowledge in classrooms of different universities, none of
which are Cuban. Who won and lost with this expulsion?

Lawyer Julio Fernandez was forced to choose between continuing to
express his thoughts publicly or to renounce this civil right so that he
could remain a professor at the university. Today, he continues to write
for OnCuba but he no longer teaches at the University.

After the hurricane that hit Baracoa, a group of young Cuban journalists
carried out a public fundraiser and traveled to the region to report on
the natural disaster. The government's response was to arrest them,
thereby converting an insignificant event into international news.

The Periodismo de Barrio journalists were released without the
authorities filing any charges against them. So, why were they arrested?
If they couldn't go into the area, wouldn't it have been enough to just
have stopped them from getting there? Does anybody believe that this
scandal helps Cuba in any way?

I recently received a threat that they would break my teeth if I didn't
start "talking softly". The threat was published by a government
journalist. Is there nobody capable of assessing the damage that such
cockiness does to the image of Cuba?

In Holguin, another scandal made headlines when a colleague, Jose
Ramirez Pantoja, got axed from the Cuban Journalists Association (UPEC)
and fired from his job at a local radio station because he reproduced,
on his personal blog, part of a speech the assistant director of the
official Granma newspaper gave at a professional event.

Pressure on young journalists in Villa Clara who collaborate with
digital media platforms (non-governmental) led them to write a public
letter of protest, which has also traveled across the globe. Despite the
cost, these policies remain steadfast.

Extremist blogs, financed by the State, repeat over and over again, that
whoever isn't a revolutionary is a counter-revolutionary, that is to say
that whoever isn't with "them" is their enemy, an opinion which pushes
towards a dangerous social polarization.

These are the same people who are promoting blind unanimity, a
caricature of the true conscious union between human beings. Unity
upheld in diversity is the only glue that can keep the mosaic of a
nation in place.

In 275 BC, General Pyrrhus of Epirus had already understood that some
battles inflict such a devastating toll on the victor that it is
tantamount to defeat. These "Pyrrhic victories" of the most extremist
sectors could lead Cuba down this same route.

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