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Daily Archives: June 3, 2017

El Gobierno extenderá a todas las capitales provinciales la venta liberada de gas licuado de petróleo a partir del lunes próximo, para "flexibilizar las opciones de cocción de alimentos para la población", publica este sábado el diario oficial Granma como si se tratara de un avance.

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El gobernante cubano, Raúl Castro, cumple hoy 86 años, su último cumpleaños al frente de la isla dado que está previsto que deje el poder en febrero próximo tras una … Click to Continue » Continue reading
… attempted to salsa while the Cuban Garage Band jammed out on … Continue reading
Cuban immigration officials check passport of passengers before boarding at Havana’s … ) In an exclusive interview in Havana, Cuban Interior Ministry officials expressed their … made the journey since Cuba’s 1959 revolution. Cuba describes human trafficking … Continue reading
1:53 Cuban American searches for bone marrow … Continue reading
… Hispanic heritage has left the Cuban Amiercan still searching for the … , so we need to educate Cuban Americans in Florida so more … Continue reading
Brasilia, June 3 (RHC)-- Two northeastern Brazilian regions have declared states of emergency after floods this past week left at least 10 people dead and tens of thousands without homes. Pernambuco state has taken the heaviest toll. More than 55,000 … Continue reading
Brasilia, June 3 (RHC)-- In Brazil, further cementing the widespread opposition against President Michel Temer from diverse sections of the public, an open letter signed by over 100 Brazilian diplomats condemned Temer's administration, and called for … Continue reading
Geneva, June 3 (RHC)-- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again confirmed that Iran has been living up to its commitments under the 2015 landmark nuclear agreement it signed with the P5+1 group of countries. Iran's stock of … Continue reading
Washington, June 3 (RHC)-- U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord is creating new alliances as states, governors and mayors unite to stay in the agreement. Three U.S. states were the first to speak up against the … Continue reading
La Paz, June 3 (RHC)-- Bolivian President Evo Morales has strongly criticized the chief of the Organization of American States, likening Luis Almagro’s political agenda in Latin America to Washington’s historical intervention in the region to prop up … Continue reading
Havana, June 3 (RHC)-- The … Energy Education wrapped up in Havana on Friday, during which two … gathering discussed business opportunities in Cuba in the field of alternative … to the business sector, where Cuban and foreign entities converged to … Continue reading
… reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Havana and Washington. Prensa Latina reports … the Cuban diplomatic mission in Nicaragua. Speaking during the encounter, Cuban … continent. The event brought together Cuba solidarity movements from Nicaragua, … Continue reading

En las últimas semanas se ha producido un incremento notable del robo de ganado mayor en las zonas rurales aledañas a Mayarí, Holguín. Desde hace varios años los campesinos locales disfrutaban de una relativa tranquilidad por el desmantelamiento de las bandas de malhechores y su encarcelamiento; sin embargo, todo parece indicar que hay un resurgimiento del delito.

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Para hablar de la comunidad de lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transexuales e intersexuales (LGBTI) en Cuba se tiene que mencionar a Mariela Castro y al Cenesex, que ella preside, dicen tres … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Dispuesto a “refrescar” la música tradicional de Cuba, el músico San Miguel Pérez ha irrumpido en el panorama musical de Los Ángeles con un tres electroacústico con pedales y ha … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Harris Poll and NerdWallet survey mistaken about the impact of carrying a small balance on a credit card but otherwise delivers accurate information, Howe says LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, June 3, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- SubscriberWise, the largest … Continue reading
Cuba extenderá a todo el país la venta liberada de gas licuado de petróleo a partir del lunes próximo, para “flexibilizar las opciones de cocción de alimentos para la población” … Click to Continue » Continue reading

Dispuesto a "refrescar" la música tradicional de Cuba, el músico San Miguel Pérez ha irrumpido en el panorama musical de Los Ángeles (Estados Unidos) con un tres electroacústico con pedales y ha mezclado su sonido con el rock y el pop, reporta EFE.

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The nonagenarian clobbered by a cane-wielding thug in Manhattan recalled his harrowing experience Saturday, telling The Post the random and unprovoked attack has left him bloodied, and bewildered. “They hit me with a big bat,” Juan Llorens, 91, said at his home Sunday. “I don’t know who it was. He was young and skinny. He... Continue reading
El presidente de Bolivia, Evo Morales, felicitó este domingo a su homólogo cubano, Raúl Castro, por su 86 cumpleaños y llamó a seguir “luchando y trabajando por el legado de … Click to Continue » Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 2 June 2017 – The principal of Academy 1010 and Somos+ (We Are More) Movement activist, Joanna Columbie, was deported Friday from the Vivac detention center in Havana to Camaguey province, as reported to 14ymedio by the leader of the Somos+ organization, Eliecer Avila. “Joanna called from Vivac to say that she was … Continue reading "Activist Joanna Columbie Deported to Camaguey" Continue reading

El Gobierno cubano está interesado en trabajar tanto con las grandes empresas rusas como con las pequeñas y medianas, dijo el ministro de Comercio Exterior e Inversión Extranjera, Rodrigo Malmierca, en declaraciones a la publicación Sputnik.

Malmierca participa en el Foro Económico Internacional de San Petersburgo.

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The Cuban Parliament Closes Ranks Around Nicolás Maduro

14ymedio, Havana, 1 June 2017 — A statement of support for "the people
and the Government of Venezuela" came at the last minute in the
extraordinary session of the Cuban Parliament this Thursday and was
unanimously approved. The text salutes "the constant calls for dialogue"
made by President Nicolás Maduro.

Deputy Yoerkis Sánchez, a member of the parliamentary group of
friendship with the South American country, presented the statement
denouncing "the serious escalation of internal violence and
international intervention that has destabilized" Venezuela.

The document criticizes harshly the role of "the media of the oligarchy
that distort the reality of the achievements of the Bolivarian
Revolution." An informative line that supposedly hides "the barbaric
coup of the right, including the murder of young people."

The members of the National Assembly had hard words for the Organization
of American States (OAS) and its secretary general Luis Almagro, who
they accused of "double standards." According to the document, the
entity seeks to "surround and overthrow the government of Nicolás
Maduro, while silencing other serious manifestations of violence and the
breakdown of democracy in other countries of the region."

Criticism against the OAS comes within hours of the organization's
foreign ministers failing to agree on a statement on the Venezuelan
crisis on Wednesday and setting another meeting before the June General
Assembly in Cancun.

The Cuban deputies called for "the cessation of any intervention in the
internal affairs of Venezuela" and invoked "respect for the
determination of its people and their right to build the model of
society it determines."

The statement included a call to the legislators of the world to show
solidarity with the South American country.

Since the protests began two months ago, there have been marches
convened by the opposition against Maduro's government, which have
resulted in at least 59 deaths. There have also been 2,977 arrests, of
which 197 were ordered by military courts, according to the Venezuelan
NGO Penal Forum.

Source: The Cuban Parliament Closes Ranks Around Nicolás Maduro –
Translating Cuba -
http://translatingcuba.com/the-cuban-parliament-closes-ranks-around-nicolas-maduro/ Continue reading
Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial / Iván García

Iván García, 1 June 2017– The majority of the openly anti-Castro
opponents I know do not live in lavish mansions nor do they possess
items fashioned with the latest technology. Neither do they boast bank
accounts in financial paradises and they do not own yachts or beach
houses. I don't believe any of them know how to play golf or can afford
a vacation on a Greek island.

Those luxuries are reserved for the hierarchs of the olive green regime.
Those who sing The Internationale, compose speeches replete with
declarations on behalf of social justice and poverty, but who wear
designer-label clothing, use French perfumes and employ household servants.

The national prosecutor's office will never open a file on the Cuban
functionaries involved in the Panama Papers. No state office exists
where the average Cuban citizen can learn how public monies are spent or
invested. The nomenklatura lives and performs its functions with total
impunity.

That leadership style of never being accountable, which has taken root
inside the olive green autocracy, has in a certain way been imitated by
the opposition on the Island. Most certainly, it is a harmful style.

Corruption, and its variants such as nepotism and influence peddling,
has permeated a significant sector of the dissident movement. There is
no transparency regarding the funding and materials they receive.

Some opponents behave with dictatorial arrogance and manage their
organization as if it were a family business.

One needs money to live. And it doesn't fall from the sky. The ideal
would be that the opposition obtains money through local financing
mechanisms. But Cuba under the Castros is a genuine dictatorship.

Those on the Island who declare themselves dissidents, if they work or
study, are expelled from their workplaces or schools. And even were they
employed, because of the financial distortions caused by the country's
dual currency system and low wages, they would be unable to sustain
their organizations. Prior to 1959* political parties supported
themselves with membership dues and donations from sympathizers and
anonymous supporters.

To make political opposition and free journalism, to maintain offices
for independent lawyers or for any civil society organization, requires
funds. How to obtain them?

There are foreign private foundations that award grants to approved
projects. Government institutions in first-world democratic societies
also provide aid.

Is this lawful? Yes. But for the Castro regime, it is illegal and you
could be prosecuted under the anachronistic Ley Mordaza [Gag Law] in
force since February 1999. If the nation's laws prohibit obtaining funds
from other countries to finance political, journalistic, or other types
of activities, Cuba in this case should be able to count on banking
mechanisms to enable to transmission of resources.

But the opposition on the Island is illegal. The dissident movement has
almost always been financed by institutions or foundations based in the
US, which is not illegal in that country and is publicly reported.

I am not against receiving money from US government institutions, as
long as it can be justified by by the work performed. In the case of
journalism, reporting for the Voice of America, Radio Martí, the BBC,
and Spain's RNE Radio Exterior is not a crime–except in Cuba, North
Korea or perhaps in China and Vietnam.

Any funding from abroad is financed by that country's taxpayers. In the
case of political or journalistic activities, the ideal would be to
receive monies from journalistic foundations and citizens or enterprises.

An important part of the opposition's economic support has come from the
US State Department or other federal institutions. Those local
opposition groups who believe this to be ethical and a lawful way to
obtain funds should therefore be transparent in their management.

Yet 95 per cent of them do not account for those monies nor do they
publish reports about them. Most of the time, the members of these
groups do not know how the funds received are managed. By and large they
are administered by the individual at the head of the opposition group.

They justify this secrecy with the pretext, at times well-founded, that
they are keeping this information from reaching the ears of the State
Security cowboys, who act like 21st Century pirates and confiscate money
and goods without due process of law.

However, and this is regrettable to say, that opacity in managing
collective resources is the embryo of corrupt behaviors within the Cuban
opposition. Within the majority of dissident organizations, whatever
they may be called, such absence of managerial accountability and
transparency leads some dissidents to skim money and goods that do not
belong to them, or to appropriate a portion.

These organizations, with their erratic performance, hand over on a
silver platter enough information for the counterintelligence to sow
division and create interpersonal conflicts inside the dissident movement.

How to stamp out these corrupt and nefarious practices, which not only
defame the dissident movement, but also set a bad precedent for a future
democracy? Can you imagine one of those current venal opponents tomorrow
becoming a State minister or functionary? The most reasonable way to nip
this phenomenon in the bud is through practicing transparency.

This could take the form of quarterly or annual reports. For example,
the reporters of Periodismo de Barrio [Neighborhood Journalism], led
by Elaine Díaz, keep a running budget on their web page of receipts and
expenditures.

The Trump administration's measure to drastically cut aid to the Cuban
opposition, more than being harmful, signifies a new way forward that
will require the development of new funding models.

Besides, this will provide greater autonomy and credibility. And it
might bury once and for all that very questionable mentality of seeking
solutions to Cuba's problems through mechanisms sponsored by other
governments.

The interests of the US are their interests. They are not necessarily
our interests. Of course, that nation's solidarity and also the European
Union's, is a support at the hour of denouncing the lack of political
freedoms and the Cuban regime's human rights violations.

But that's where it ends. The money needed to carry out political
projects under the harsh conditions of absurd tropical socialism should
be provided by those Cubans in exile who are concerned about the future
of their homeland. Money from their own pockets. Not from a foreign
government. And if they believe that to enroll in a cause that is not
their affair or doesn't interest them is not a smart investment, they
are within their legitimate rights to not donate even a penny.

Cuba's problems are for Cubans, those at home and abroad, to resolve.
Not for anybody else.

Our society's modernization and the future we design for ourselves is
our problem and we should resolve it with creativity, greater humility
and more unity of judgment.

Perhaps the Cuban opposition will end up being grateful to Donald Trump
for cutting millions in funds of which few knew the ultimate
destination. Believe me, it is always better to be as independent as
possible.

Translated by: Alicia Barraqué Ellison

*Translator's Note: Fidel Castro's revolutionary forces overthrew the
government of dictator Fulgencio Batista on New Year's Day, 1959.

Source: Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial / Iván
García – Translating Cuba -
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