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Daily Archives: May 11, 2017

"El cardenal Jaime Ortega tiene una visión de la realidad cubana sesgada y a favor de quienes detentan el poder en la Isla", afirmó el Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos (OCDH) con sede en Madrid.

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14ymedio, Havana, 11 May 2017 — Karla Pérez González, the student expelled from the University of Las Villas for her membership in the dissident organization Somos+, arrived in San José, Costa Rica, this morning after receiving an offer to continue her studies there. “This opportunity came to me through the journalist Mauricio Muñoz in (the … Continue reading "Karla Pérez Arrives In Costa Rica To Continue Her Studies In Journalism" Continue reading

Washington cree que el Gobierno de Venezuela optará por métodos más represivos para contener un creciente descontento popular este año, dijo el jueves un alto funcionario de la inteligencia estadounidense, reporta la AFP.

El Gobierno estadounidense también vaticina que La Habana se enfocará en mantener el control político mientras prepara una transición histórica hacia una era sin un Castro en el poder, a inicios del próximo año.

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… 000 patients from all over Cuba have so far received the … that next May 11-12, the Havana’s Riviera Hotel will host … Continue reading
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… with 25 points commanded the Cuban offensive, escorted by Ailama Cese … Caridad, both with 17 units. Cuba, bronze in the first edition … Thursday in the quarterfinals. The Cuban Inosvany Chamber was selcted as … sporting entity specifies that the Cuban coach will direct the Venezuelans … Continue reading

Esta semana debe llegar a Matanzas el tanquero ruso Maersk Erin con 249.000 barriles de diesel, en virtud de un acuerdo firmado el pasado marzo en Caracas entre la petrolera rusa Rosneft y la venezolana PDVSA, principal proveedor de crudo a Cuba desde 2003, reporta EFE.

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La estudiante de Periodismo expulsada de la Universidad Central de Las Villas, Karla Pérez González, llegó este jueves a Costa Rica, donde continuará sus estudios tras recibir una oferta del diario local El Mundo, informa EFE

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A la Fundación Cintas se le deshizo el lazo que la ataba al exilio. Más bien, se lo deshicieron. Desde 1963, lo mejor de una cultura cubana en libertad (repito: … Click to Continue » Continue reading

Por primera vez en casi una década, la Guardia Costera de Estados Unidos no interceptó en abril pasado a ningún cubano que tratara de ingresar vía marítima de forma ilegal a Estados Unidos, informó esa institución, reporta la agencia Notimex.

"Claramente tiene que ser por la eliminación de la política de 'pies secos/pies mojados', un factor muy significativo para estos números", dijo Marilyn Fajardo vocera del guardacostas en el sur de Florida.

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En todas las ciudades hay letreros en las paredes. En todas, sus habitantes dejan mensajes a sus parejas, interpelan a la sociedad, expresan certezas o preocupaciones.

En La Habana pudiera parecer que las pintadas en las paredes se volvieron exclusivas de la propaganda del Gobierno a partir de 1959. Frases de Martí, de Fidel Castro, el Che, usadas con el objetivo de apoyar o argumentar las "conquistas del socialismo" o "las ideas que defendemos y defenderemos".

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"Desde lo artístico, [era] una mala pieza", dice el periodista oficialista Ciro Bianchi Ross sobre el busto de Julio Antonio Mella que fue retirado de la Manzana de Gómez —ahora Manzana Kempinski—, y se queja de las críticas que ha desatado esa acción.

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With demand to see Cuba still hot, Royal Caribbean International is extending its commitment to sail to the island through 2019. The Miami-based cruise line announced Wednesday that it is … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Rusia regala petróleo a la maltrecha economía cubana 11 de mayo de 2017 – 10:05 Está previsto que esta semana desembarque en Matanzas, a unos 100 kilómetros de La Habana, el tanquero “Maersk Erin” con 249.000 barriles de diésel LA HABANA.- Rememorando viejos tiempos de la Guerra Fría, Rusia va a comenzar a enviar grandes […] Continue reading
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, May 11, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- For Mother’s Day weekend on May 13th and 14th drummer Joe Bonadio will join David for ‘The Treehouse Concerts.' David Sancious is an original member of Bruce Springsteen’s … Continue reading


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Cuba tiene 4.2 millones de celulares y busca ampliar servicio de internet en 3G Posted on 11 Mayo, 2017 Por Redacción CaféFuerte Cuba cuenta ya con 4.2 millones de líneas de teléfonos celulares, que podrán pronto ampliar la conexión a internet con despliegue de la tecnología 3G, anunciaron este miércoles las autoridades gubernamentales. En una […] Continue reading
Escala polémica por inclusión de artistas de Cuba en Becas Cintas: renuncia uno de los ganadores Luis Felipe Rojas El artista y escritor cubano Juan Abreu renunció este miércoles al premio recibido de parte de la Fundación Cintas. Con esto ha echado más leña al fuego de la polémica surgida desde que la organización decidió […] Continue reading
Cuba Decide, por la continuidad del Plebiscito de Oswaldo Payá mayo 10, 2017 A 15 años del Proyecto Varela, Rosa María Payá, hija del fallecido disidente, impulsa la realización de un plebiscito vinculante que ponga en manos del pueblo el futuro político de la isla. Promotores de la iniciativa Cuba Decide recordaron este miércoles en […] Continue reading
Recuerdan aniversario de entrega de firmas del Proyecto Varela mayo 10, 2017 El Movimiento Cristiano Liberación recordó este miércoles el XV Aniversario de la primera entrega de firmas del Proyecto Varela en la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular en Cuba, el 10 de mayo del 2002. En su sitio en internet, el MCL señaló que […] Continue reading
Karla Pérez llega a Costa Rica para continuar estudios de periodismo 14YMEDIO, La Habana | Mayo 11, 2017 Karla Pérez González, la estudiante expulsada de la Universidad de Las Villas por su pertenencia a Somos+, llegó a San José esta mañana tras recibir una oferta para continuar sus estudios en Costa rica. “Me llegó esta […] Continue reading

El arquitecto cubano David Bigelman murió este miércoles en París a los 73 años de edad, informó a DIARIO DE CUBA el escritor Jacobo Machover, quien era su amigo.

Nacido el 28 de septiembre de 1943 y de origen judío, Bigelman se exilió en los años 70.

En la Isla fue cercano a los miembros de Ediciones El Puente y tradujo el poema "Howl" (Aullido), de Allen Ginsberg, para ese proyecto, desmantelado por el Gobierno de Fidel Castro en 1966.

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¡Me quedo con el paquete! Salimos a la calle a preguntar qué prefieren ver los cubanos en sus pantallas de televisión Jueves, mayo 11, 2017 | Ana León y Augusto César San Martín LA HABANA, Cuba.- En Cuba existen dos fenómenos masivos por voluntad popular: la bolita (o lotería) y el denominado Paquete Semanal. Este […] Continue reading
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Número de cubanos interceptados en el mar por EEUU cae a cero No se reportó un solo caso durante todo el mes de abril Jueves, mayo 11, 2017 | CubaNet MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- Cuatro meses después del fin de la política de “pies secos, pies mojados”, por primera vez en siete años la cifra de […] Continue reading
Alcalde de Miami dice que no va a actuar como ‘policía migratoria’ Tomás Regalado ha recalcado que tiene respaldo judicial Jueves, mayo 11, 2017 | Agencias ÁVILA, España.- El alcalde de Miami, Tomás Regalado, ha afirmado hoy en Ávila que su ciudad “no va a participar como policía migratoria” y ha sostenido que tienen “la […] Continue reading
¿Se acabó la wifi gratis en el Kcho Estudio? Por ahora solo tienen acceso a la conexión quienes consuman dentro de la instalación Miércoles, mayo 10, 2017 | Eliseo Matos LA HABANA, Cuba.- El artista cubano de la plástica, Alexis Leyva Machado (Kcho), decidió que en su estudio se comenzara a cobrar por el acceso […] Continue reading
Cuba is ripe for a cultural renaissance in television
Rob Long
May 11, 2017 Updated: May 11, 2017 11:57 AM

'You are going to meet the George Clooney of Cuba," a friend of mine
told me as we drove slowly from the upscale Havana neighbourhood of
Vedado to the Marina. You can only drive slowly in a 1948 Ford with a
1990 Toyota engine installed under its bonnet, but you have to talk
pretty loudly to overcome the sound of a 70-year-old car creaking along.

Many of the cars on the road in Havana are American classics – imported
before the Castro-led revolution of 1959 – and have been tinkered with
and reconstituted for decades, thanks to the United States-led trade
embargo and the import restrictions of the Cuban government.

For an American in Cuba, this means that every taxi looks and feels like
a time machine, and sputtering around Havana at night in an old American
car could make you think for a moment that you're in an old
black-and-white movie. Except for the engine roar.

"I'm sorry," I asked over the noise of the 1948 Ford. "Did you say the
George Clooney? Of Cuba?"

She nodded. "He's also the Harrison Ford of Cuba and the Tom Hanks of
Cuba. And, in some of his movies, the Will Ferrell of Cuba."

Cuba is a small island nation, of course, so movie stars here have to do
double or triple duty. Jorge Perugorria, the man we were driving to
meet, has been an internationally-known actor since he burst onto the
worldwide stage in Fresa y Chocolate (English title: Strawberry and
Chocolate) – a romantic comedy with political overtones – that was
nominated for an Oscar in 1994. He's also been a screenwriter, director,
producer and a kind of godfather to the Cuban filmmaking community. (See
what I mean about doing triple duty?)

I was meeting him because, for the past two years, I've been trying to
get a television series produced that takes place in Havana and Miami.
Here's the pitch: a sharp and all-business female FBI agent (think Salma
Hayek, think Penelope Cruz) is investigating a mysterious murder in
Miami and the trail leads to Havana. She teams up with a Havana police
detective (think Gael Garcia Bernal, think Diego Luna) and the two begin
an uneasy and often acrimonious partnership. They solve the crime, but
in the process they discover that their two countries – enemies for
decades – have a lot of unsolved crimes and unfinished business between
them.

So they decide to continue working together, mostly without notifying
their higher-ups, to help bridge the gap between the two countries.

And, yes, they fall in love. But they argue a lot about everything, and
each blames the other's country for the troubles that exist in the
region. What we say in the entertainment business is "sparks fly", which
is another way of saying: two attractive people fall in love despite
themselves.

But to reiterate: it's a romantic mystery show. It will take place in
Miami and Havana and involve some great music, cigars, sultry tropical
atmospherics, classic American cars, snappy dialogue in English and
Spanish, and (I hope) it will be a crowd-pleaser from the northernmost
part of North America to the southernmost part of South America, which
is a pretty great market.

When I pitch the series, this is usually where I stop and wait for
whomever I'm pitching to – a financier, a network executive, a studio
president – to nod and smile and say, "This sounds great!" (Feel free,
by the way, if you're any of those – or know any of those – to pass this
column along. As we say in Hollywood when we have a project to sell: I'm
open for business.)


In Cuba, though, I modified the pitch. My guess was that the people I
was talking to – actors and producers like Perugorria, government
officials, Cuban media hipsters, police detectives and scattered
low-life criminals – would all be irresistibly drawn to the larger
themes of the series.

I hit that pretty hard in my introduction: this is a story of two
countries, two different systems, decades of animosity and political
intrigue. I'd add that in success the series would have a huge audience,
but it would also help reconnect two countries that are closer than 150
kilometres.

As I sat with Perugorria, on the terrace of his seaside house, I wound
up my presentation by suggesting that the series could be the first of
many, and could be the beginning of more collaborations between the film
businesses of both countries.

He, like most of the Cubans I met, nodded politely to all of my grand
talk. And like everyone else, he had only one question: "It's a love
story, though, right?"

"Yes," I said. "It's basically a love story."

And then he smiled widely and pointed at me, as if to say, "Don't
overthink it."

Which are always wise words to hear, but especially when a project is
just getting off the ground. A television series isn't about big themes.
It's about people, specific people, who the audience wants to watch fall
in love.

Rob Long is a writer and producer in Los Angeles

On Twitter: @rcbl

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Charlotte's top doctors, nurses off to help patients in Cuba
Hannah Welker , WCNC 12:47 AM. EDT May 11, 2017

CONCORD, N.C. -- A group of Charlotte's top doctors and nurses are off
to Cuba, to do surgery on patients who can't afford it otherwise.

The doctors and nurses -- about 40 of them -- will perform more than 50
knee and hip replacements throughout the next week.

It's all part of Operation Walk Carolinas, a group made up of doctors
from OrthoCarolina, Carolinas HealthCare System, and Novant Health. They
offer free surgery and treatment to people in developing countries.

The national organization has been around for 20 years, but after a trip
to Panama in 2015, Dr. Walt Beaver and Dr. Bryan Springer knew Charlotte
needed one of its own.

"There are 90 patients waiting for us," Dr. Walt Beaver says. "We're
gonna do at least 50 or 60 joint replacements to get people up and
walking again, hence the Operation Walk."

This trip to Cuba is Charlotte's first mission. Flying in style, thanks
to a donated charter flight provided by Hendrick Aviation. The donation
is much appreciated since funding for these trips is often raised by the
medical providers themselves. They plan to hit the ground running for
the next week, to help Cuba as much as they can.

"Cuba actually has wonderful doctors," says Dr. Bryan Springer. "They
actually have wonderful healthcare training for their doctors, but they
simply just lack the resources to do something as advanced as hip and
knee replacement surgery."

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Cuba's crazy used-car market
Why it behaves like the prime-property market
The Americas
May 11th 2017 | HAVANA

MULTIMARCAS, a car dealership on the outskirts of Havana, is not a
conventional showroom. On a recent visit it contained one salesman and,
despite the promise of variety in its name, just one car: a 2014-model
Kia Picanto with no miles on its odometer. The price would cause the
most spendthrift American or European to blanch: 68,000 Cuban
convertible pesos (or CUC, each of which is worth a dollar). That is
seven times what a Kia Rio, a similar car, of that age would cost in the
United States, though you would be hard-pressed to find one that had not
been driven.

It is not just virgin vehicles that are startlingly expensive. A Chinese
Geely, listed in Revolico, a Cuban version of Craigslist, with "only
93,000km" (58,000 miles) on the clock, goes for 43,000 CUC. A used 2012
Hyundai Accent costs 67,000 CUC.

Cuba is famous for classic Cadillacs and Chevys that whisk tourists
around, but Cubans would rather drive such banal automobiles as Korean
Kias and French Peugeots, which are more comfortable and burn less fuel.
Cuba may be the only country where the value of ordinary cars rises over
time, even though they age quickly on the potholed roads. That is
because demand is soaring while the supply is not.

Cuba's communists have a complicated history with personal transport.
After the revolution in 1959 they banned almost all purchases of cars
(but let existing owners keep theirs). The government gave cars to
artists, athletes and star workers. High-ranking employees could use the
official fleet and buy vehicles upon retirement at a discount. Petrol
was almost free.

Cuba's hesitant opening of its economy allowed the car market a bit more
freedom. Since 2013 individuals have been able to buy and sell used cars
without official permission. New cars can only be sold in
government-owned dealerships like Multimarcas. The island's spotty
internet access makes it hard for buyers to compare prices. Many find
vehicles by word of mouth and through Revolico, used by individual
sellers and wildcat dealers. Cubans download it via the paquete, a
portable hard drive delivered by courier weekly to their houses.
The rate of car ownership, 20 per 1,000 people, is one of the world's
lowest. The government keeps a lid on imports. It has allowed in 2,000
cars a year for the past five years. But its cautious economic
liberalisation has stoked demand. A new class of entrepreneurs, called
cuentapropistas, is eager to buy, as are Cubans with cash from relatives
abroad. So in the market cars behave more like prime property, whose
supply is restricted, than depreciating machines. One dealer says he has
bought and sold two cars in the past year for a profit of 20,000 CUC,
far more than his 25 CUC-a-month salary from the state. He prefers not
to know much about the buyers: they probably do not declare their money.
A cuentapropista couple in Havana bought a 2011-model European saloon
for 30,000 CUC four years ago and sold it for 45,000 CUC; they traded up
to a used SUV for 100,000 CUC. "We could have got many BMWs for the same
price in the United States," says the wife. Another habanero sold a
house to buy a 25-year-old VW Golf for 10,000 CUC. In ten years its
value has doubled. "I could sell it for a couple of thousand more if it
had air conditioning," he says. A retired engineer bought a 1980s-model
Russian Lada from his state company in 2000 for 160 CUC, and sold it
last year for nearly 100 times the price.
Cubans realise how crazy the market is. Prices are so high, jokes
Pánfilo, a comedian, on government-controlled television, that the
Peugeot lion "covers its face with its paws".

This article appeared in the The Americas section of the print edition
under the headline "Cash for clunkers"

Source: Cash for clunkers: Cuba's crazy used-car market | The Economist
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Christians in Cuba worry about student's alleged persecution
After trip to the U.S., Cuban pro-democracy student gets expelled
By Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer , Hatzel Vela - Reporter
Posted: 2:01 PM, May 10, 2017
Updated: 2:11 PM, May 10, 2017

HAVANA - A 20-year-old history student dared to publicly criticize the
Cuban government. He also defied them when he met with U.S. officials to
try to influence President Donald Trump's policy.

During a meeting with representatives of the U.S. Commission on
International Religious Freedom in Washington, Félix Llerena wore a suit
and tie. The ten members of the U.S. federal government commission make
policy recommendations to Congress, the Secretary of State and Trump.

Llerena documented his trip on social media. He drank coffee under the
U.S. flag and visited the Radio y Televisión Martí studio in Miami. The
U.S. federal government has been financing the TV station's programs in
Spanish since 1990.

"I am returning to continue the struggle for your true liberation,"
Llerena wrote on Facebook during his return flight to Cuba.

Cuban customs' officials detained him for about four hours when he
arrived April 27 at the Aeropuerto Abel Santamaría in Santa Clara. He
reported they seized his tablet, flash drives, a pamphlet of the U.S.
Constitution, a cap with the Bay of Pigs Invasion Brigade 2506 logo and
cards. The alleged harassment didn't stop there.

Cuban police officers later went to pick him up at his home in the
province of Villa Clara's town of Encrucijada. He told friends that
state security agents called him a "terrorist," accused him of having
ties to terrorists living in Miami and threatened him with not being
able to go back to the town.

"I am a young Christian, a Cuban, a patriot and a pacifist,"
Llerena later said in a statement. "I would never approve of an armed or
violent struggle, or of an armed foreign invasion that would hurt my
people."

On Monday, Llerena learned that the Universidad
de Ciencias Pedagógicas Enrique José Varona's administrators decided to
expulse him. They attributed their decision to absenteeism.

"They told me that if I wanted to return I had to wait for two years ...
But of course everyone knows that my expulsion is due to purely
political reasons," Llerena wrote on Facebook.

Llerena traveled to the U.S. as part of a Christian delegation that
included Baptist church leaders Mario
Felix Lleonart, Yoaxis Marcheco and Raudel Garcia Bringas, and Apostolic
Movement Pastor Yiorvis Bravo. They are part of the island's Christian
revival.

The Cuban constitution recognizes freedom of religion. As a result,
clergy and academics estimate there are some 40,000 Methodists, 100,000
Baptists and 120,000 members of the Assemblies of God. About 60 percent
of Cubans are baptized Catholic, with many also following Afro-Cuban
syncretistic traditions such as Santeria.

Llerena also serves as the central region coordinator for the Patmos
Institute, a Christian organization that promotes religious liberty on
the island. He is also a promoter for CubaDecide, a campaign to request
an electoral vote to begin a transition to Democracy on the island.

Mervyn Thomas, the director of the London-based Christian Solidarity
Worldwide, released a statement asking the Cuban government "to cease
its harassment of Felix and to turn its attention to addressing its
ongoing violations of freedom of religion or belief as a matter of urgency."

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Una delegación médica de EEUU viaja a la Isla para realizar implantes DDC | Washington | 11 de Mayo de 2017 – 14:59 CEST. Un grupo de doctores y enfermeras de Charlotte, Carolina del Norte, viajaron a la Isla este miércoles para hacer cirugías a pacientes que no pueden pagarlo de otra manera, informa WCNC.com. […] Continue reading
De un edificio deteriorado a un albergue en igual condición LOURDES GÓMEZ | Santiago de Cuba | 11 de Mayo de 2017 – 14:53 CEST. Varias familias que fueron sacadas hace seis años de sus hogares en la Callejuela 69 entre San Antonio y San Ricardo, en Santiago de Cuba, viven aún en casas de […] Continue reading
El pintor y escritor Juan Abreu renuncia a la beca Cintas DDC | Miami | 11 de Mayo de 2017 – 13:19 CEST. “Aprovecho la ocasión para reafirmar mi renuncia al título de ganador (1993-1994 Oscar B. Cintas Fellowship for Painting) de la Beca Cintas. La Fundación Cintas es hoy, en lo que a mi […] Continue reading
ETECSA dice que su prioridad son los servicios exportables y no el mercado nacional DDC | La Habana | 11 de Mayo de 2017 – 12:37 CEST. El monopolio estatal de telecomunicaciones ETECSA señaló este miércoles que los servicios exportables (aquellos que generan ingresos desde el exterior) son su prioridad, aunque no olvida los servicios […] Continue reading