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Daily Archives: May 16, 2017

El secretario general de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), Luis Almagro, denunció este martes que en Venezuela se están cometiendo crímenes "de lesa humanidad" con "el asesinato y la tortura por motivos políticos".

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… from maintaining relationship with the Cuban parliament, we are scheduled to … as the Indonesian Embassy in Havana," the House of Representatives … Indonesian businessmen and investors to Cuba has been considered earlier. … , in her opening remark, the Cuban ambassador to Indonesia Nirsia Castro … Continue reading
Miami, USA, Waldo González, (PD) No podía ser mejor el título escogido por Juan González Febles (La Habana, 1950) para su volumen de narraciones homónimo, publicado por Neo Club Ediciones en 2014, ya que retrata en estos singulares textos muchos de los cientos de sucesos de la infravida, padecida, desde inicios de los ’60s del […] Continue reading
Plaza, La Habana, Jorge Luis González, (PD) Existe una novela de corte costumbrista del desaparecido reportero Félix Soloni (1900-1968), publicada en 1927, titulada “Virulilla”. En ella encontramos un capítulo que llama la atención cuando se refiere a las personas que por aquellos días ejercían el oficio periodístico sin calificación universitaria o académica. Por entonces los […] Continue reading
Tocan a la puerta del apartamento y Juan Pérez contesta:-¡Va! ¿Quién podrá ser a esta hora de la mañana? Todos los ciberorates disponibles están trabajando, piensa Juan mientras camina hasta la puerta. Podría incluso ser la policía. No, no van a tocar a la puerta. Ha cerrado a sus espaldas el compartimiento electrónico. Cuando mira […] Continue reading

La reunión de cancilleres de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC) programada para el próximo 20 de mayo en República Dominicana para abordar la crisis en Venezuela fue "pospuesta" para una fecha aún por definir, informó este martes el Gobierno de El Salvador, que ejerce la presidencia pro témpore del grupo.

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El Vedado, La Habana, Manuel Morejón (PD) El llamamiento de Dios está asociado a la salvación (2 Timoteo. 1:9). Oír y contestar el llamamiento significa ser salvado del castigo y, a la vez, ser fortalecido para hacer frente a la vida en el futuro. Es un llamamiento que nos rescata de la pena y nos […] Continue reading
Miami, USA, Robert A. Solera, (PD) A veces un nombre hace despertar viejos recuerdos. Muchas veces, más allá de los 60 años que menciona El Nuevo Herald, en su “exigua” remembranza de la existencia de una Coral en Miami, la Coral Cubana de Miami. Los recuerdos lo llevan a uno al origen en Cuba de […] Continue reading
Güira de Melena, Artemisa, Jorge Bello, (PD) Las conocidas motos eléctricas son en la actualidad el medio de transporte que más espacio va ganando dentro de la población cubana, en especial entre los más jóvenes. De forma progresiva sustituye a la tradicional bicicleta: es más confortable y su desplazamiento es más económico, porque no consumen […] Continue reading
El Cerro, La Habana, Emaro (PD) Suelo ver en Telesur el programa Congénero, un espacio dedicado a la sexo-diversidad, es decir, a la comunidad LGTB, o más claro, a los homosexuales de ambos sexos y otros “raros”. El animador del programa pertenece a esta tribu mundial, pero se comporta muy educado frente a las cámaras, […] Continue reading
La Habana, Jorge Luis González (PD) El tema de la salud gratuita es recurrente en Cuba. Politizan dicho tema y lo presentan como “un logro de la revolución y el socialismo”. Si bien es cierto que los servicios médicos y hospitalarios no se cobran, algo que no es exclusivo de Cuba, existen problemas que entorpecen […] Continue reading

La demócrata Hillary Clinton, quien no ganó las elecciones presidenciales de 2016 en EEUU, anunció este martes la formación de un comité de acción política llamado "Onward Together" (Adelante juntos), que tiene como objetivo formar parte de la "resistencia" contra el presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump.

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El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, aprobó un nuevo decreto de "estado de excepción y emergencia económica" que restringe las garantías constitucionales en todo el territorio nacional como una medida para "preservar el orden interno", según publicó este martes la Gaceta Oficial.

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Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom / Iván García

Iván García, 3 May 2017 — Let's step back in time. One morning in 1985,
Yndamiro Restano Díaz, a thirty-seven-year-old journalist with Radio
Rebelde, took out an old Underwood and wrote a clandestine broadsheet
entitled "Nueva Cuba." After distributing the single-page, handmade
newspaper up and down the street, one copy ended up pinned to a wall in
the Coppelia ice cream parlor in the heart of Havana's Vedado district.

His intention was not to criticize the autocratic regime of Fidel
Castro. No, it was simply an act of rebellion by a reporter who believed
that information was a public right. In his writing, Yndamiro tried to
point out the dire consequences that institutional contradictions were
having on the country's economy.

He was arrested and questioned at Villa Marista, a jail run by the
political police in southern Havana. Later that year he was arrested
again, this time for having given an interview to the New York Times.
That is when his troubles began. He was fired from Radio Rebelde and
branded with a scarlet letter by Special Services. Without realizing it,
Yndamiro Restano had laid the foundations for today's independent
journalism in Cuba.

Cuba was emerging from overwhelmingly bleak five-year period in which
censorship was having an almost sickening effect. The winds of glasnost
and perestroika were blowing from Gorbachev's USSR. Some intellectuals
and academicians such as the late Felix Bonne Carcasses decided the time
was right for more democratic openness in society and the media. Havana
was a hotbed of liberal thought.

Journalist Tania Díaz Castro along with young activists Rita Fleitas,
Omar López Montenegro, Estela Jiménez and former political prisoner
Reinaldo Bragado established the group Pro Arte Libre. According to the
writer Rogelio Fabio Hurtado, Cuba's independent press was born out of
the first dissident organization, the Cuban Committee for Human Rights,
led by Ricardo Boffill Pagés and the organization's vice-president
Rolando Cartaya, a former journalist at Juventud Rebelde. In a 2011
article published in Martí Noticias, Cartaya recalled, "When we arrived
at dawn at his house in Guanabacoa's Mañana district, Bofill had already
produced half a dozen original essays and eight carbon copies of each
for distribution to foreign press agencies and embassies."

No longer able to work as a journalist, by 1987 Yndamiro Restano was
making a living cleaning windows at a Havana hospital. He would later be
fired from that job after giving an interview to the BBC. Frustrated by
not being able to freely express himself in a society mired in duplicity
and fear, he joined the unauthorized Cuban Commission on Human Rights
and National Reconciliation created by Elizardo Sánchez.

Along with other journalists fired from newspapers, magazines, radio
stations and television news programs who were eager to publish their
own articles without censorship, Restano decided in 2011 to form an
organization that would allow reporters condemned to silence to work
together. Thus was born the Cuban Association of Independent
Journalists, the first union of freelance correspondents.

In 1991 — a date which coincided with the beginning of the Special
Period, an economic crisis lasting twenty-six years — the Havana poet
Maria Elena Cruz Varela founded Criterio Alternativo which, among
causes, championed freedom of expression. In an effort to crack open the
government's iron-fisted control of the nation, Maria Elena herself,
along with Roberto Luque Escalona, Raúl Rivero Castaneda, Bernardo
Marqués Ravelo, Manuel Diaz Martinez, Jose Lorenzo Fuentes, Manolo
Granados and Jorge A. Pomar Montalvo and others signed the Charter of
Ten, which demanded changes to Castro's status quo.

On September 23, 1995, Raúl Rivero — probably Cuba's most important
living poet — founded Cuba Press in the living room of his home in La
Victoria, a neighborhood in central Havana. The agency was an attempt to
practice a different kind of professional journalism, one which reported
on issues ignored by state-run media.

Now living in exile in Miami, Rivero notes, "I believe in the validity
and strength of truly independent journalism, which made its name by
reporting on economic crises, repression, lack of freedom and by looking
for ways to revive the best aspects of the republican-era press." He
adds, "There was never an attempt to write anti-government propaganda
like that of the regime. They were pieces whose aim was to paint a
coherent portrait of reality. The articles with bylines were never
written so some boss could enjoy a good breakfast. They were written to
provide an honest opinion and a starting point for debate on important
issues. That is why, as I found out, Cuba Press was formed at the end of
the last century."

Cuba Press brought together half a dozen official journalists who had
been fired from their jobs. Tania Quintero, now a political refugee who
has lived in Switzerland since 2003, was one of them.* Once a week,
Quintero boarded a crowded bus to deliver two or three articles to Raul
Rivero, whose third-floor apartment was a kind of impromptu editing
room, with no shortage of dissertations on every topic. An old Remington
typewriter stood vigil as the poet's wife, Blanca Reyes, served coffee.

The budding independent journalism movement had more ambitions than
resources. Reporters wrote out articles in longhand or relied on
obsolete typewriters using whatever sheets of paper they could find.
Stories were filed by reading them aloud over phone lines; the internet
was still the stuff of science fiction. The political police often
confiscated tape recorders and cameras, the tools then in use, and well
as any money they found on detainees. They earned little money but
enjoyed the solidarity of their colleagues, who made loans to each other
that they knew would never be repaid.

Those who headed other alternative news agencies also had to deal with
harassment, arrest and material deprivation. That was the case of Jorge
Olivera Castillo, a former video editor at the Cuban Institute of Radio
and Television who wound up being one of the founders of Havana Press.

Twenty-two years later, Olivera recalls, "Havana Press began life on May
1, 1995. A small group led by the journalist Rafael Solano, who had
worked at Radio Rebelde, was given the task of starting this initiative
under difficult conditions. After working for four years as a reporter,
I took over as the agency's director in 1999 and worked in that position
until March 2003, when I was arrested and sentenced to eighteen years in
prison during the Black Spring."

Faced with adversity, the former directors of Havana Press — Rafael
Solano, Julio Martinez and Joaquín Torres — were forced to go into
exile. "More than two decades after this movement began, it is worth
noting its importance to the pro-democracy struggle and its ability to
survive in spite of obstacles. Those initial efforts paved the way for
the gradual evolution of initiatives with similar aims," observes Olivera.

For the former prisoner of conscience, "independent journalism remains
one of the fundamental pillars in the struggle for a transition to
democracy. It has held this position since the 1990s, when it emerged
and gained strength due to the work of dozens of people, some of whom
had worked for official media outlets and others who learned to practice
the trade with remarkable skill." This is because independent journalism
began with people who had worked in technical fields or in universities
but had no journalistic experience or training. They are self-taught or
took self-improvement courses either in Cuba or abroad, carved a path
for themselves and are now authorities their field. They include the
likes of Luis Cino, Juan González Febles and Miriam Celaya.

Radio Martí was and still is the sounding board for the independent
press and opposition activists. The broadcaster reports on the regime's
ongoing violations of freedom of expression, its intrigues, its delaying
tactics and its attempts to feign democracy with propaganda that rivals
that of North Korea.

In a 2014 article for Diario de Cuba, José Rivero García — a former
journalist for Trabajadores (Workers) and one of the founders of Cuba
Press — wrote, "It is worth remembering that this seed sprouted long
before cell phones, Twitter, Facebook or basic computers. The number of
independent journalists has multiplied thanks to technology and
communication initiatives over which the Castro regime has no control."

Necessity is the mother of invention. Even without the benefit of proper
tools, a handful of men and women have managed in recent years to create
independent publications such as Primavera Digital, Convivencia or 14ymedio.

Currently, there are some two-hundred colleagues working outside the
confines of the state-run media in Havana and other provinces, writing,
photographing, creating videos and making audio recordings. But they
still face risks and are subject to threats. At any given moment they
could be detained or have their equipment confiscated by State Security.
Their articles, exposés, chronicles, interviews and opinion pieces can
be found on Cubanet, Diario de Cuba, Martí Noticias, Cubaencuentro and
other digital publications, including blogs and webpages.

In almost lockstep with the openly confrontational anti-Castro press
there is an alternative world of bloggers and former state-employed
journalists. They practice their profession as freelancers and hold
differing positions and points of view. Among the best known are Elaine
Díaz from Periodismo de Barrio, Fernando Rasvberg from Carta de Cuba and
Harold Cárdenas from La Joven Cuba, all of whom are subject to
harassment and the tyranny of the authorities.

Reports issued by organizations that defend press freedom in countries
throughout the world rank Cuba among the lowest. The regime claims that
there have been no extrajudicial executions on the island and that no
journalists have been killed. There is no need. It has been killing off
the free press in other ways since January 1959.

Since its beginnings more than two decades ago, Cuba's independent press
has sought to revive freedom of the press and freedom of expression. And
slowly it has been succeeding. In spite of harassment and repression.

*Translator's note: Tania Quintero is the author's mother.

Source: Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom / Iván
García – Translating Cuba -
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El Sexto' Will Stay In The US But Will Continue To Fight Against
Arbitrary Detentions In Cuba

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 15 May 2017 — The artist Danilo
Maldonado, known as 'El Sexto' (The Sixth), announced his desire to
reside in the United States, although he will remain attentive to what
happens in Cuba to be able to denounce the arbitrary detentions.

Maldonado, whose girlfriend, Alexandra Martinez, is a US citizen,
declined to respond to a request from 14ymedio to confirm his decision
to remain in the United States. For her part, Martinez said that the
artist was not going to give statements on the matter.

El Sexto recently concluded the exhibition Angels and Demons in San
Francisco, where he staged a three-day performance in which he was
enclosed in a replica of the punishment cell in Havana's Combinado del
Este prison where he was held.

In 2014 he tried to stage a performance titled "Animal Farm," in which
he intended to release two pigs with the names Fidel and Raul painted on
their sides. Although he never managed to stage the performance, it cost
him 10 months in Valle Grande prison, on the outskirts of Havana.

The artist has been arrested three times for political reasons

In the dark hours of the morning after the announcement of the death of
Fidel Castro, Danilo wrote "He left" on one of the walls of the Habana
Libre Hotel, which cost him another 55 days in prison.

"This can not be a one-day protest, right now this is happening in many
countries, even our neighbors, and we have to report it," Maldonado told
EFE in reference to repressive actions against dissidents and human
rights activists.

During the 36 hours of the performance in San Francisco,
titled Amnesty, El Sexto remained without food in solidarity with the
Cuban political prisoners Eduardo Cardet and Julio Ferrer, among
others. The artist also dedicated his hunger strike to Leopoldo López
and the other Venezuelan political prisoners.

Maldonado took the pseudonym El Sexto (The Sixth), with which he signed
his graffiti on the streets of Havana, as an ironic response to the
Cuban government's campaign for the return of the so-called "Cuban
Five," five spies who were then in prison in the United States.

In 2015, Danilo Maldonado, 34, received the Vaclav Havel Prize for
Creative Dissent, awarded to activists "who engage in creative dissent,
exhibiting courage and creativity to challenge injustice and live in truth."

Source: 'El Sexto' Will Stay In The US But Will Continue To Fight
Against Arbitrary Detentions In Cuba – Translating Cuba -
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El Gobierno y varios asesores de turismo estarían preparando el desembarco en la Isla de grandes compañías hoteleras.

La conferencia anual de la Latin American Hotel and Tourism Investment se inauguró esta semana en La Habana y la lista de patrocinadores parece el quién es quién de la industria hotelera de Estados Unidos, según apunta la agencia de noticias Reuters.

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La era del disco compacto dice adiós en Cuba MARCELO HERNÁNDEZ, La Habana | Mayo 16, 2017 Colgado del espejo retrovisor, el disco compacto brilla con el sol y oscila con cada bache de la calle. De ser muy valorados como soporte para contenido digital, el CD y el DVD se van convirtiendo en meros […] Continue reading
El Gobierno extiende la censura al sitio digital de Somos+ 14YMEDIO, La Habana | Mayo 16, 2017 El sitio digital del Movimiento Somos+ se sumó en los últimos días a la lista de páginas censuradas en los servidores que brindan acceso a la red en las zonas wifi y los locales de la Empresa de […] Continue reading
“No nos vamos de Cuba”, afirman miembros del Centro de Estudios Convivencia 14YMEDIO, La Habana | Mayo 16, 2017 En medio de una ola de presiones por parte de las autoridades, los miembros del Centro de Estudios Convivencia (CEC) han publicado una declaración de compromiso con su trabajo en la Isla. “No nos vamos de […] Continue reading
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Médico opositor Eduardo Cardet podría ser trasladado de prisión El coordinador nacional del Movimiento Cristiano Liberación debe recibir respuesta a la apelación de su sentencia el 29 de mayo, y ser trasladado a un centro penitenciario de régimen abierto, “donde pueda trabajar”, dijo su esposa. El coordinador nacional del Movimiento Cristiano Liberación, Dr. Eduardo Cardet, […] Continue reading
Proceso investigativo sobre caso de Daniel Llorente debe concluir el 25 de mayo Llorente enfrenta acusaciones de resistencia y desorden público por romper el cordón de seguridad durante el desfile del 1 de mayo en La Habana y manifestarse enarbolando una bandera estadounidense. La investigación que siguen las autoridades cubanas contra Daniel Llorente, -detenido el […] Continue reading
Verdadera fuga de cerebros en Cuba es interna: profesionales van tras las propinas del turismo Luis Felipe Rojas Rebecca Bellinger, de la Universidad de Maryland asegura que el talento profesional cubano se escapa dentro de la isla a otros sectores más lucrativos. La fuga de cerebros en Cuba está ocurriendo hacia dentro, afirma un estudio […] Continue reading
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Jóvenes cubanoamericanos se reunieron este lunes en el Instituto de Estudios Cubanos y Cubano Americanos (Casa Bacardí) en Florida y crearon un equipo de trabajo (Task Force) que cooperará con la reconstrucción del país, según dio a conocer el Directorio Democrático Cubano en un comunicado al que tuvo acceso DIARIO DE CUBA.

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Al menos 15 expulsados de Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas por motivos políticos Entre los expulsados están estudiantes, instructores y adiestrados calificados por el rector como “contrarrevolucionarios”, denuncia la profesora Dalila Rodríguez. Unas 15 personas han sido expulsadas de la Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas, según dijo a Radio Martí la […] Continue reading
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Médicos cubanos en Venezuela envían al mercado negro medicamentos de “Barrio Adentro” Rolando Cartaya Hace cuatro años un periodista venezolano denunció el “bachaqueo” de médicos cubanos con las medicinas enviadas desde la isla. El negocio se ha extendido, afirma. Profesionales cubanos en misión reciben el mínimo para sobrevivir. El semanario independiente venezolano Tal Cual dice […] Continue reading
55 años después, cubanos opinan sobre la libreta de racionamiento mayo 15, 2017 Cubanos consultados por Martí Noticias ofrecen sus puntos de vista sobre el estado actual de la libreta de racionamiento de productos alimenticios en la isla. Cubanos consultados acerca del estado en que se encuentra la libreta de racionamiento después de 55 años […] Continue reading
El gobierno cubano debe una disculpa pública a los homosexuales, reclaman activistas mayo 15, 2017 Los campos de trabajo y la discriminación contra la comunidad LGTBI en Cuba afectaron a miles de cubanos que debieron partir del país o sobrevivir en silencio tras la revolución de 1959. Pese a algunos avances, demandas como el matrimonio […] Continue reading
Dama de Blanco pasa en prisión el Día de las Madres mayo 15, 2017 Ivette Pacheco Lismery Quintana, condenada el 27 de marzo pasado a seis meses de privación de libertad por “impago de multas”, envió desde la cárcel una felicitación a sus compañeras. La Dama de Blanco Lismery Quintana, quien se encuentra encarcelada en […] Continue reading


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Los Pinos, Arroyo Naranjo, Nelson Rodríguez Chartrand, (PD) El mayor enemigo de las dictaduras, sin lugar a dudas, es la libertad, y dentro de ella, la libertad de expresión. Es a la que más le temen, al punto de que no se cuidan en ocultarlo. “…Hay que tener presente que antes del periódico están los […] Continue reading
El Cerro, la Habana, Rogelio Travieso, (PD) Cincuenta y ocho años en la historia de la humanidad, no son muchos, pero padeciendo, sin ilusión y sin esperanzas de mejorar, es demasiado tiempo. Las personas crecen, se preparan, trabajan y crean una familia. Si en esos años, existió la posibilidad de alcanzar lo que se propusieron, […] Continue reading
Miami, USA, Ed Prida () La dirección soviética sustituyó a Nikita Khrushev porque sus planes no tuvieron éxito. Le siguió Leonid Brheznev, que se había encargado durante mucho tiempo de dirigir la producción de artefactos nucleares para atacar a Estados Unidos. Instituyó la llamada Doctrina Brehznev, que planeaba el mismo ataque; pero a más largo […] Continue reading
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El detenido el Primero de Mayo continúa en la unidad de 100 y Aldabó, pendiente de una decisión de las autoridades que podría llegar el próximo día 25, según declaró a Martí Noticias, Eliécer Llorente Pérez.

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Arroyo Naranjo, La Habana, Luis Cino (PD) Se preguntaba el colega y amigo Emaro, producto de sus amargas experiencias personales, qué hace que los que emigran se vuelvan más pragmáticos y lleguen a ser egoístas y hasta crueles con las personas que una vez quisieron y que quedaron en Cuba. Discrepo con Emaro, no se […] Continue reading

Después cinco años de suspensión, el Gobierno reabrió este mes en Varadero la posibilidad de solicitar licencias para rentar habitaciones a extranjeros, confirmaron arrendadores privados y una fuente de la Oficina Nacional de Administración Tributaria (ONAT).

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La Habana, Cuba, Redacción Habana, (PD) Quizás el único éxito relevante del Régimen Militar Castrista (RMC) desde su horror totalitario, sea haber contribuido a que la zona pantanosa miamense se haya convertido desde 1959, en el rico emporio que es hoy en la actualidad. Dicho régimen consiguió que como consecuencia de un desastre, el estado […] Continue reading
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