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Daily Archives: June 15, 2017

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… of the Cuban economy. READ: Google Launches Servers In Cuba: Can The … oppressors of the Cuban people are the Cuban government who have increased … Paseo del Prado street in Havana, Cuba, May 3, 2016. Photo: REUTERS … . business dealings with Cuba to ensure that the Cuban military isn’t … Continue reading
… in Havana, Cuba. A group of Cuban soldiers pose for a photograph in Havana, Cuba … Images Cubans being searched by customs officials before returning to Cuba. Cubans being searched by customs officials before returning to Cuba. Photo … Continue reading
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By Marc Frank | HAVANA, June 15 HAVANA, June 15 American tourists strolling … government,” Collin Laverty, president of Cuba Educational Travel, said. The number … and tourism development projects in Havana and other choice locations are … foreign exchange earnings, according to Cuban economists. GAESA’s books, like … Continue reading
… of a Cuban cigar — a prized item to the island. Cuba… ;s taken seriously, and some Cuban tobacco farmers have even gained … hour west of Havana, the farm is one of Cuba's … how it makes a fine Cuban cigar. Tobacco plants are generally … Continue reading
… redraw U.S. policy toward Cuba on Friday, tightening travel restrictions … Washington and Havana, will remain. Travel and money sent by Cuban Americans … policy directive Friday, surrounded by Cuban-American supporters at Miami's … repression has increased. "The Cuban people have long suffered under … Continue reading

"Si vamos a tener un mayor compromiso económico con Cuba, será con el pueblo", dijo el senador cubanoamericano Marco Rubio en declaraciones al Miami Herald.

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El senador Marco Rubio y el representante Mario Diaz-Balart se sentaron en la Oficina Oval el mes pasado, acompañados de dos secretarios del gabinete, el asesor de Seguridad Nacional y … Click to Continue » Continue reading
… Espinosa/AP ImagesGetting a Cuban cigar might become more difficult … of a Cuban cigar — a prized item to the island.   Cuba… ;s taken seriously, and some Cuban tobacco farmers have even gained … hour west of Havana, the farm is one of Cuba's … Continue reading
… changes in its relationship with Havana on Friday, including restrictions on … Travel and money transfers from Cuban-Americans are not believed to be … York to Havana. Those travels and visitors’ ability to use Cuba’s … to operate in Havana. Americans who go to Cuba, who besides hotels … Continue reading

Oficiales de Inmigración del aeropuerto internacional de La Habana impidieron viajar este jueves a los activistas Marthadela Tamayo, Juan Antonio Madrazo Luna y Fernando Palacios, miembros del Comité Ciudadanos por la Integración Racial (CIR).

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Cuban pitcher Elian Rodriguez signed with … Astros. (Photo courtesy Baseball America) Cuban pitcher Elian Rodriguez signed with … courtesy Baseball America) Astros sign Cuban pitcher Elian Rodriguez The Astros … Rodriguez, a right-handed pitcher from Cuba. Rodriguez, 20, was signed to … Continue reading
… would not limit remittances to Cuba by Cuban-Americans or end direct flights … ” policy Obama ended that allowed Cuban immigrants who reached U.S … in Havana. The Cuban military had a stake in the hotel’s Cuban partner and the Trump restrictions will ban transactions with the CubanContinue reading
Cuban people. President Barack Obama’s decision to partially unwind the Cuba … partnerships with the Cuban military and security services — including Cuban companies owned … case of Cuba. Providing sanctions relief to empower the Cuban people does … Continue reading
… flight to Havana after President Donald Trump announces his new Cuba policy … largest Cuban-American community. Nerys Góngora, a seamstress who came from Cuba in … majority of Cuba’s population of 11 million live outside Havana where … reverse policy with Cuba — a clear indication the Cuban government would like … Continue reading
… United States and Cuba and restricting commerce with Cuban businesses owned by … embassy in Havana, which was closed in 1961 following the Cuban revolution … for toughening relations with Cuba. The son of Cuban parents, Rubio has … the United States and Cuba on his "Cuban friends" in … Continue reading
President Trump will make good on a campaign promise to Cuban-American hardliners on Friday when he will reverse much of the Obama administration’s liberalization of relations with the Communist country. The president will ban US tourist travel to the island, restate the importance of the trade embargo and institute a broad prohibition on financial transactions... Continue reading

La canciller colombiana, María Ángela Holguín, y el líder de las FARC, Rodrigo Londoño, alias "Timochenko", reconocieron este jueves en Oslo que el proceso de paz en ese país atraviesa por dificultades a raíz del reto que supone poner en práctica un acuerdo tan complejo, reportó EFE.

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… got off a plane in Havana, Cuba, where his cousins waited for … . Born and raised in Little Havana to Cuban exile parents, Sopo says … Cuban-Americans in many ways are conditioned to think going to Cuba equals giving money to Castro, equals hurting the Cuban people … Continue reading
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Oficiales de Inmigración del aeropuerto internacional de La Habana impidieron viajar a Estados Unidos a la líder de las Damas de Blanco, Berta Soler este jueves.

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… modern Cuban history. Today, the city 30 miles west of Havana is … 2016 visit to Havana and his calls for Cubans to seize control … information. The number of Cuban-Americans traveling to Cuba has increased and the … centers like Havana. “There are a lot of Americans and Cuban-Americans who … Continue reading
En otro intento de desmontar el legado de su predecesor, el presidente Donald Trump cambiará significativamente la política estadounidense hacia Cuba, con la introducción de restricciones para hacer negocios con … Click to Continue » Continue reading
In an overhaul of one of his predecessor’s signature legacies, President Donald Trump will redraw U.S. policy toward Cuba on Friday, tightening travel restrictions for Americans that had been loosened … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart sat in the Oval Office last month, surrounded by two Cabinet secretaries, the national security adviser and an array of top White House … Click to Continue » Continue reading
… 635,000 en Santiago de Cuba. 142 municipios afectados, 40 de … están afectadas en Santiago de Cuba, donde desde 2010 no se … Continue reading
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Cuba from the list of terrorist sponsors, reopened its embassy in Havana … large Cuban-American exile community – are pressing for harsher terms with Havana: Senator … the rapprochement with Cuba. Earlier this month, Engage Cuba released a study … Continue reading
… modern Cuban history. Today, the city 30 miles west of Havana is … 2016 visit to Havana and his calls for Cubans to seize control … information. The number of Cuban-Americans traveling to Cuba has increased and the … like Havana. "There are a lot of Americans and Cuban-Americans who … Continue reading
… hung an American and Cuban flag in Old Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo … supports the rapprochement with Cuba. That includes the Cuban-American community in Miami … embassy in Havana means that Washington has institutional representation in Cuba, helping … Continue reading
… ;AFP - Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez raises the Cuban flag over … President Obama’s policies toward Cuba. In particular, it looks like … Continue reading
Salud Pública se vio precisada a recortar los pronósticos para 2017 Continue reading
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… Treasury departments, which administer many Cuba regulations regarding travel and commercial … Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana, a highly symbolic venue named … , 33, waiting for tourists outside Havana's iconic Hotel Nacional … Carlos Alzugaray, a retired Cuban diplomat in Havana, who favors U.S … Continue reading
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Marcelo Hernández

El estatus social no solo se mide en Cuba con una buena casa, un automóvil moderno, ropa de marca o una gruesa cadena de oro. La cantidad de ruido que pueda producir una persona también lo ubica en la escala económica. A muchas personas no les puede faltar su imponente equipo de audio con enormes bocinas que apuntan hacia la vía pública. Sus festejos particulares se convierten así en fiestas obligatorias para los impotentes residentes de la cuadra.

Los altavoces inalámbricos y portátiles, conectados mediante wifi o bluetooth, han ampliado la omnipresencia del fenómeno, hasta el punto de que el ruido ambiental en barrios y lugares públicos se ha colado en la lista de los problemas más planteados en las más recientes reuniones de Rendición de Cuentas del Poder Popular.[[QUOTE:La contaminación acústica se ha vuelto insoportable en muchas zonas del país y especialmente en las mayores ciudades, a pesar de que desde el año 2000 un decreto ley sanciona este tipo de transgresiones]]La contaminación acústica se ha vuelto insoportable en muchas zonas del país y especialmente en las mayores ciudades, a pesar de que desde el año 2000 un decreto ley sanciona este tipo de transgresiones con multas y otras medidas como el decomiso del equipo.

Los médicos también están preocupados por este fenómeno, ya que según dijo a medios oficiales el doctor del MINSAP Manuel Marrero, entre el 70 y el 80% de los cubanos están sometidos a altos niveles de ruido. Esto puede suponer la aparición de trastornos como la disminución de la capacidad auditiva, la irritabilidad o la fatiga sonora.

Lo más preocupante es que muchos ni siquiera se percatan del peligro y miran con simpatía al joven que, bocina en mano y a todo volumen, se sube en el ómnibus. Socialmente hay cierta aceptación y hasta complicidad con esas actitudes porque en el fondo muchos cubanos quisieran poder hacer lo mismo: mostrar a través de la potencia de los watts su solvencia económica.

El Doctor Manuel Romero, del Minsap, explicó que entre un 70 u 80 por ciento de los cubanos que se someten a altos decibeles pueden presentar trastornos auditivos como la hipoacusia, la irritabilidad o la fatiga auditiva.

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    Poco a poco los cubanos que viven en Estados Unidos van asimilando su nueva realidad migratoria de deportación. A su vez, gran mayoría de los caribeños se sienten 'traicionados' por el expresidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, quien como parte de los acuerdos establecidos con Cuba, modificó la política "pies mojados, pies secos". Esta modificación automáticamente automáticamente les quitó la ciudadanía de la que gozaban los cubanos con tan solo pisar suelo estadounidense. Esto tras décadas de haber disfrutado de un estatus que los protegía. Continue reading

El presidente de Rusia, Vladímir Putin, opinó que el gobernante soviético Nikita Jruschov no tuvo la culpa de la llamada Crisis de los Misiles en Cuba, en 1962.

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Where is Socialism in Cuba? / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 20 May 2107 — A downpour in May hits the corrugated metal
roof hard. Water filters in through several holes into the house of
Mireya, a blind, half-deaf seventy-one-year-old woman. She relies on
pieces of black rubber to cover and protect her most precious
possessions: an obsolete Chinese television with cathode ray tubes and a
foam mattress on her bed.

"Every time it rains, it's the same old story. Water comes in through
every crevice. On a day I least expect it, the roof will collapse and
bury me under it. That's really not what I want," says Mireya.
Frustrated, she no longer remembers how many times she has asked for
Social Security subsidies to pay for construction materials to repair
her ramshackle shed.

"They drag their feet or they turn me down. They say my two sons should
be the ones to do it. They send money but they're not doing well either.
Cuba stopped being a socialist society that gave help to those in need a
long time ago. We old people are the ones who are worse off. The state
does almost nothing to help the poorest people," says the old woman.

A retired schoolteacher, Mireya receives a monthly pension of 225 pesos,
the equivalent of ten dollars. It all goes to pay the light, gas and
water bills and to buy a handful of vegetables at the farmer's market.

To survive, she sells magazines and plastic bags on the street. "If I
walk two blocks, my feet swell. I am being treated for it but sometimes
I don't have the money to buy the medication. And if I do manage to come
up with the money, the pharmacy tells me they're out of it, that there's
a shortage. If it's not one thing, it's another," Mireya says in disgust.

Sergio, a retired metalworker, recalls that "in the early years of the
revolution, if you produced good results at work, you could get a home.
They would give you a week's vacation in a house on the beach. Medical
care was good. And though food was always rationed, you had a balanced
diet. What we have in Cuba today is capitalism in disguise. The old
slogan about socialism or death is only for poor people and fools. Those
with hard currency have access higher quality products. Managers live
just as well as any capitalist business owner."

"In the Nordic countries and Switzerland, workers who earn the minimum
wage and who, by those countries' standards, are living in poverty,
receive government assistance," notes a sociologist who have been
studying social welfare programs for five years. His research is based
on interviews with Cubans living in developed countries. "When a Cuban
retires in the United States, he receives about $740 a month in aid plus
$170 dollars in food stamps, even if he has never worked in the country.
Additionally, he receives free medical and psychiatric care if needed.
And he can still work part-time. If he earns less than two thousand
dollars, he does not have to pay income tax," he observes.

"Cuba ceased being a socialist society long ago. Being a poor
third-world country, the best it can offer is universal health care and
free education, but the quality of those has deteriorated substantially.
Costa Rica and Guyana, nations to which we should compare ourselves,
also offer these free services but they are of better quality," adds the
sociologist.

Adalberto, a Cuban living in Washington, is currently visiting the
island. Due to diabetes and the onset of Alzheimer's he had to retire at
age fifty-six. "I receive various medical benefits and, because I worked
for thirty years, a monthly pension of $2,400. I don't have a life full
of luxury but have I have the essentials and can help my family in
Havana. Let me tell you, real socialism is over there, in the U.S.," he
says.

The quality of life in Cuba has fallen markedly. Salaries are among the
lowest in the world. The costs of food and other basic commodities are
high. Allegedly socialist businesses such as the telecommunications
monopoly ETECSA charge extremely high prices for internet and mobile
phone service. Most Cubans cannot afford to vacation in their own
country due to the high price of hotel rooms. The military controls 80%
of the nation's economy and engages in the worst form state-sponsored
capitalism imaginable, taxing sales of goods by as much as 240%.

Cuban socialism can only be found in speeches by the military
bourgeoisie. The Castro regime has discreetly and without fanfare
abandoned the slogan "a revolution of the humble, by the humble and for
the humble." Instead, it now manages luxury hotels like the Kempinski
Manzana, where a watch can cost four thousand dollars and a week's stay
in Varadero is the equivalent of a year and a half's salary for the
average worker.

What are the humble left with? A ration of seven pounds of rice and five
pounds of sugar, twenty ounces of dried beans, one small bread roll per
day and half a kilogram of chicken per month.

Health care and education are seemingly free (which is possible because
salaries are so low). With any luck, one can hope for a stay at a
campsite during summer vacation season. But little else.

Source: Where is Socialism in Cuba? / Iván García – Translating Cuba -
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… to Cuba and dissuade U.S. companies from interacting with Cuban businesses … ’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. "Traditionally Cuba has been an … ;Instead of eating American-grown food, Cubans and tourists will be eating … were confiscated by Cuba’s government. "Being a Cuban-American from South … Continue reading