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… against Cuba is absolutely unjust and arbitrary. (Photo: Cancillería de Cuba) Cuban Foreign … traveling to Cuba. In light of all these factors, the Cuban foreign … nation. In this regard, the Cuban foreign minister added that ‘we … majority of the US people, Cuban emigration and the international community … Continue reading
HAVANA (AP) — The lieutenant governor of … Mayabeque, an agricultural province outside Havana. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (credit … future Minnesota agricultural sales to Cuba. Such sales are still allowed … with businesses linked to the Cuban military. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated … Continue reading

La nueva política hacia La Habana del presidente de EEUU, Donald Trump, es menos popular (13 puntos menos) en Florida que la normalización de relaciones iniciada en 2014 por su antecesor en la Casa Blanca, Barack Obama, según una encuesta publicada este martes y citada por EFE.

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Marcelo Hernández

Días antes de que el presidente estadounidense Barack Obama llegara a Cuba, se plantaron a la carrera seis palmas reales frente al emblemático Capitolio de La Habana. Las plantas estuvieron listas para las fotos que hicieron los cientos de periodistas extranjeros que también arribaron a la Isla para aquella histórica visita, pero antes de cumplir un año todas murieron.

Por estos días, en que muchos se preguntan qué va a pasar con la relación entre ambos países, las autoridades han colocado nuevos ejemplares del árbol nacional en los céntricos canteros a pocos metros de la escalinata. Pero estos ya no parecen un emblema de los tiempos del deshielo sino que, más bien, se ven algo desmayados como la diplomacia entre la Casa Blanca y la Plaza de la Revolución.

El empleado que cuida la entrada lateral al edificio asegura que “desde que las sembraron no las han venido a regar” y ya empiezan a verse en sus hojas los primeros síntomas del decaimiento bajo el intenso sol de este mes de junio. “Hará falta que Donald Trump visite el país”, bromea el hombre, para ver si las palmas reales reciben el refrescante alivio del agua. 

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Gaza City, June 20 (RHC)-- The Israeli regime has begun reducing electricity supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip, a week after Tel Aviv announced its much-condemned decision to further pressure the impoverished Palestinian sliver.  The Gaza Energy … Continue reading
Bogota, June 20 (RHC)-- Four months after peace talks began in neighbouring Ecuador, a commander of the Colombian National Liberation Army, the ELN, says the rebel forces are ready to sign a truce with Colombia's government.  Bernardo Tellez told … Continue reading
Jerusalem, June 20 (RHC)-- Muslim worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem attacked by Israeli forces Sunday were left suffocating and injured after tear gas grenades and rubber bullets were fired.  The police’s brute force affected 30 … Continue reading
… independence.  The resolution, presented by Cuba with the support of Bolivia … Continue reading
Damascus, June 20 (RHC)-- Damascus has written to the United Nations, saying the recent U.S. downing of a Syrian air force jet shows beyond any doubt Washington’s backing for terrorism.  On Sunday, a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian … Continue reading
Cancun, June 20 (RHC-teleSUR)-- Two opposing resolutions submitted at the Organization of American States to discuss the situation in Venezuela prior to its annual meeting have again led to the failure of interventionist moves by U.S.-backed forces, as … Continue reading
Cuban Representative Ana Silvia Rodríguez New York, June 20 (RHC)-- Cuba … the UN Special Decolonization Committee, Cuban alternate permanent representative Ana Silvia … Resolution 1514 of 1960. The Cuban diplomat stressed that a final … Continue reading
… U.S. economic circle against Cuba and has called instead for … with entities controlled by the Cuban government. “For decades, we have … . travel ban and embargo against Cuba to be lifted,” said Bishop … will have for “many ordinary Cubans who have taken advantage of … Continue reading
… .S. President Donald Trump regarding Cuba is regretful, and brings back … .S. president in relation to Cuba, brings us back to the … States would normalize relations with Cuba after more than 50 years … 's policy shift toward Cuba not as 'a certain … Continue reading
… EU's rapprochement with Cuba in the framework of the … so-called 'common stance on Cuba' passed in 1996. Before … Continue reading
Havana, June 20 (RHC)-- President … . During his meeting with the Cuban head of state, Ralph Gonsalves … ;s new aggression against Cuba. About the new Cuba policy announced last … , Gonsalves confirmed that when the Cuban resolution against the U.S … Continue reading
La directora de la Oficina de Transmisiones a Cuba (OCB, por sus siglas en inglés), que supervisa Radio y TV Martí así como el sitio digital Martínoticias, presentó su renuncia … Click to Continue » Continue reading
More Headlines CUBA CITY, Wis. - Three workers … collapse on private property outside Cuba City, officials said. Crews were … Continue reading

Las medidas del presidente de EEUU, Donald Trump, hacia La Habana podrían afectar considerablemente a los cuentapropistas cubanos al sumarse a las "restricciones internas" que ya sobrellevan, según el economista Pedro Monreal.

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… of embassies in Washington and Havana. The executive order Trump signed … going to Cuba and bans US business transactions with the Cuban military …  tourism but directly into the Cuban economy. For example in the … to force Cuba to address human rights issues. In response, Havana said … Continue reading
La Habana, Cuba, Redacción Habana, (PD) El régimen militar totalitario castrista ha reaccionado como era de esperar frente al anuncio hecho por el presidente estadounidense Donald Trump de la nueva política que llevará adelante su administración sobre el tema cubano. Una Declaración dada a conocer en la prensa oficial, fechada en 16 de junio de 2017 y firmada por esa entelequia que se hace llamar ‘Gobierno Revolucionario’, marca las pautas de una respuesta oficial muy a tono con la intolerancia […] Continue reading
Lawton, La Habana, Juan González, (PD) El pasado domingo 18 de junio, día de los padres, el Movimiento Damas de Blanco (MDB) recesó la manifestación pacífica en las calles y el ejercicio del actuar político ciudadano independiente. La medida estuvo encaminada a que la celebración del día de los padres transcurriera en paz y que la intolerancia represiva en que se afirma la dictadura militar castrista, no encontrará vías de realización. De forma coincidente con la comparecencia pública del presidente […] Continue reading
La Habana, Cuba, Redacción Hab, (PD) Se dieron a conocer en esta capital los resultados sobre la II Etapa del estudio piloto sobre el Proceso Electoral del 2017, resultado de una cooperación entre Candidatos por el Cambio (CXC) y el Centro de Aplicación de Marketing y Publicidad Política (CAMK). Se trata de un estudio piloto sobre la variables de comportamiento pre electoral en el año 2017, con el interés de encontrar claves de este proceso y la potencialidad de Candidatos […] Continue reading
La Habana, Cuba, Redacción Hab, (PD) La organización opositora Candidatos por el Cambio (CxC) y el grupo de trabajo Centro de Aplicación de Marketing y Publicidad Política (CAMPP) dieron a conocer, una Declaración el primero, en que puntualiza posicionamientos y definiciones, y el segundo, la Personalidad de la Semana seleccionada. En su Declaración, CxC se refiere a la convocatoria del Consejo de Estado a elecciones generales para elegir a delegados de las Asambleas Municipales y Provinciales y Diputados a la […] Continue reading
Lawton, La Habana, Juan González, (PD) Frente a la nueva política estadounidense dirigida de forma directa sobre la claque militar verdeolivo y el corrupto entramado empresarial que abarca el monopolio oligárquico en manos militares y de los servicios especiales de seguridad, inteligencia y contrainteligencia castristas, se vislumbran respuestas. Quizás estemos frente a una eventual disolución de Gaesa, Gaviota o la salida de algunos elementos constitutivos de estos consorcios empresariales. Propietarios de automóviles Citroen, Samsung, Mercedes Benz, etc., con placa particular, […] Continue reading
El Vedado, La Habana, Aleaga Pesant, (PD) El dictador Raúl Castro mintió nuevamente al pueblo de Cuba cuando sugirió el 15 de febrero del 2015, durante la clausura del X Pleno del Partido Comunista, que se trabajaba en una reforma electoral y que propiciaría el debate sobre la nueva Ley. Dos años y cuatro meses después, con la convocatoria a elecciones generales, hecha por el Consejo de Estado, y publicada en los diarios oficiales, se refiere a la Ley 72 […] Continue reading
Miami, USA, Pedro Corzo, (PD) El Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos confeccionó en diciembre de 1979 una lista de países que patrocinaban el terrorismo internacional directamente y/o colaboraban con organizaciones terroristas, relación a la que fue incorporado el gobierno de Cuba en 1982 donde permaneció hasta el 2015. Para incluir en la lista a un estado no se tenía en cuenta la situación interna del mismo sino, como se ha expuesto, su actuación en política internacional, un factor clave […] Continue reading
Lawton, La Habana, Juan González, (PD) En la sección ‘Cartas al Director’ del diario miamense el Nuevo Herald, en su edición del lunes 19 de junio, aparece una carta firmada por Gladys Cañizares, “Venganza bochornosa”. Hechas las aclaraciones sobre el material y el medio de prensa que le dio presencia, podría concluirse que la autora del bodrio que llegó a esta orilla, fue una entre tantas, de las que agitó banderitas y coreó consignas hasta que pasó a mejor vida […] Continue reading
El Cerro, La Habana, Emaro (PD) Hace alrededor de dos años hubo una manifestación de protesta que no fue inspirada ni organizada por opositores. Sucedió espontáneamente y dio la medida de cómo el pueblo ya está harto de los malos manejos de este gobierno. Un grupo de vecinos de Saldo, una de las calles del deteriorado municipio Centro Habana, próxima a las antiguas fábricas de detergentes y jabones Crusellas, salió a la calle protestando a viva voz y acarreando pancartas […] Continue reading
El Cerro, la Habana Rogelio Travieso, (PD) El viernes 16 de junio, en el periódico Granma, Órgano Oficial del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba (PCC) apareció el titular: “Toman posesión de sus cargos integrantes de la Comisión Electoral Nacional”. Como cubano que he vivido en Cuba desde mi nacimiento y que por más de 58 años he tenido que soportar a los mismos gobernantes, sé que el sistema electoral existente no nos da posibilidades, como es un derecho […] Continue reading
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… Administration's newly announced Cuban-policy changes. From a podium in … Cuba in what he indicated was an effort to empower the Cuban people while pressuring the Cuban government to increase … away from the Cuban government and toward free Cuban businesses, blurring the … Continue reading
La vicegobernadora de Minnesota inició el martes la primera visita oficial de un funcionario estatal estadounidense a Cuba desde que el presidente Donald Trump anunció la nueva política de Washington … Click to Continue » Continue reading

Cuatro cubanos se escaparon este domingo del albergue panameño en Gualaca, Chiquirí, donde se encontraban como parte de un grupo de un centenar de migrantes que esperan respuestas a su situación legal.

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… activists in Miami’s Little Havana.   Specifically, the Trump executive order … the first generation of Cuban Americans who fled Cuba in the wake … of younger Cuban-Americans supporting economic and diplomatic engagement with Cuba. Additionally, the … Continue reading
… to Cuba except for food and medicine after Cuba nationalized American-owned Cuban oil … to make a trip to Havana, the first visit by a … orders on Cuba. Trump in his speech to the Cubans in Miami … hate between the Cuban Americans and the people of Cuba. All for … Continue reading
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… make an official visit to Cuba since President Donald Trump announced … Mayabeque, an agricultural province outside Havana. Smith said the trip was … future Minnesota agricultural sales to Cuba. Such sales are still allowed … with businesses linked to the Cuban military. Continue reading
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Otro preso político en Cuba en medio de ola represiva contra opositores Luis Felipe Rojas Yulio Ferrer Bravo, de 41 años de edad, mecánico automotriz y miembro del Movimiento Opositores por una Nueva República, fue sancionado a cuatro años de cárcel por el supuesto delito de atentado. La cifra de opositores encarcelados por motivos políticos […] Continue reading
Refuerzan vigilancia contra opositor Daniel Llorente, preso en Mazorra Daniel Llorente continúa preso en el Hospital Psiquiátrico de La Habana, conocido como Mazorra, pese a que la doctora que lo asiste ha dicho que no tiene problemas mentales. El opositor sostiene que se trata de “una estrategia” para mantenerlo tras las rejas. Las autoridades cubanas […] Continue reading
UNPACU: ‘Jorge Cervantes podría fallecer tras 28 días en huelga de hambre’ DDC | Santiago de Cuba | 20 de Junio de 2017 – 19:10 CEST. El activista de la Unión Patriótica de Cuba (UNPACU) Jorge Cervantes se encuentra en estado “bastante delicado” y la organización teme que “pueda fallecer”, según denunció a DIARIO DE […] Continue reading
Being Rich Is Banned in Cuba / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 8 June 2017 — The die is cast. At the special session of
the National Assembly of People's Power held on May 31 and June 1 at the
Palace of Conventions, delegates have, as expected, approved the
economic plan for 2016 to 2021 and a national plan for economic and
social development for 2030.

Were it not so serious, it would seem like a sketch from the late night
American comedy show "Saturday Night Live," especially since the
parliamentary debates were more farcical than rational.

Numerous "discussions" were televised. Not even Pánfilo — an elderly
character created by the famous Cuban comedian Luis Silva and a man
obsessed with his ration book — generates as many contradictions and
absurdities.

Committees made up of so-called peoples' representatives held debates,
attempted to change one word in a paragraph, tweaked a concept and
championed trivialities in order to justify two days of meetings in an
air-conditioned facility where attendees were provided with breakfast,
lunch and dinner along with breaks for coffee and mineral water.

Mercenaries of a different kind. No parliamentarian asked the recently
reappointed economics and planning minister, Marino Murillo, to specify
just how much capital one would be allowed to accumulate in Cuba. In
other words, how rich could one be?

A few official reports offer some clues. The regime is already preparing
a series of measures aimed at limiting or restricting the prosperity of
citizens and small business owners.

Lucio, an economist, believes that, "in addition to legal restrictions,
they will issue repressive rulings and adopt tax provisions to curtail
wealth. Those who accumulate certain sums of money that the government
considers excessive will be subject to a severe fiscal knife. In the
worst cases, they will face forfeiture or criminal sanctions. I see no
other way to curtail the accumulation of capital."

There is a dreadful incongruity to the new legislative stew. While the
island's ruling military junta grants approval and legal status to
private businesses, it also uses a range of prohibitions to limit their
growth and to prevent them from prospering or making money.

The island's chieftains are paralyzed by fear that the state will lose
its control over society.

They are worried that, as successful mid-size businesses grow, they will
move large sums of money that could exceed a million dollars and create
supply chains that will benefit society.

Or that the owner of a restaurant will open two or three branches,
expanding within the same city or into other provinces, and acquire a
million dollars or more in funding through bank loans or other sources.

Of course, if a private businessman plays his cards right, he will do
well, even earning annual profits in the six figures. That is the basis
of national economic growth. As long as they respect the law and pay
their taxes, bring on successful private business ventures!

But the government has a specific strategy. The only companies that may
accumulate millions of dollars and enter into joint-ventures with
foreign firms are state-owned enterprises. In other words, GAESA-style
military-run conglomerates or others of the same ilk. It is the state
playing with capitalism.

I did not hear any voices in the boring, monotone Cuban parliament
asking for explanations or details about how Gaviota and Rafin's
multi-million dollar earnings would ultimately be used.*

By 2020 Gaviota will operate 50,000 hotel rooms as well as marinas, golf
courses and stores. Within the next ten years the military-run
conglomerate will become the largest hotel group in the Americas yet the
whereabouts of its revenues are unknown.

Rafin, which according to sources is an acronym for Raúl and Fidel
Investments, is an opaque corporation in a country with a planned
economy that has never stated publicly what its sources of capital are.

This mysterious company bought Telecom Italia's stake in a joint venture
with the Cuban government that was intended to modernize the state-owned
telecommunications monopoly ETECSA. Rafin is now the sole owner of ETECSA.

What is it doing with its multi-million dollar profits? Are
parliamentary deputies not concerned that ETECSA has not created a
social fund to benefit primary, secondary and pre-university schools,
whose makeshift computer labs lack internet access?

Furthermore, they did not complain about the high prices ETECSA charges
for its mobile phone, wifi and internet services, a subject much
discussed in online discussions sponsored by official media outlets and
about which readers have expressed their frustration. Or about the
alarming prices for goods sold at hard currency retail stores. Or, even
more scandalous, the prices of cars on display in large, well-lit showrooms.

Nor did any parliamentarians demand that state-run companies lower the
prices of household appliances, televisions and smartphones at places
like the Samsung store on 3rd Avenue and 70th Street in Miramar in
western Havana, where a Galaxy S7 edge costs the equivalent of $1,300
and a seventy-inch 4K television goes for around $5,000.

The fact that the state is planning the lives of its citizens through
2030 seems like science fiction when no one knows how we will make it
even to year's end. The average Cuban pays no attention to parliamentary
debates or to party politics.

People often look the other way. Apathy, dissimulation and indifference
to national affairs pave the way for regime's excesses.

Workers attend labor union meetings where, without giving them any
thought, they approve economic proposals they do not want and do not
understand. And in their neighborhoods and districts, they vote
mechanically for candidates to the National Assembly who solve nothing.
Cuba has become a nation of domesticated zombies.

Everyone complains quietly at home to his or her family members,
neighbors and friends. But in workplaces and schools, they feign loyalty
to the government, especially when it comes time to have a document
approved or to vote in sterile elections. We have gotten what we deserve.

Deng Xiaoping, a diehard communist and father of China's economic
reforms, understood that making money was neither shameful nor a crime.
"It doesn't matter if the cat is black or white. What matters is if
catches mice," he said in 1960. In Cuba's dictatorship, the cat wears
olive green battle fatigues.

*Translator's note: Gaviota operates a chain of tourist hotels
throughout the island and offers other tourism related services.
According to Bloomberg, Rafin SA "operates as a diversified financial
services company." In 2011 it bought Telecom Italia's 27% stake in the
Cuban state telecommunications monopoly ETECSA for $706 million.

Source: Being Rich Is Banned in Cuba / Iván García – Translating Cuba -
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Tres personas murieron este lunes en la tarde en La Habana cuando una ambulancia chocó con un poste eléctrico, según informó el periodista Alejandro Condis.

El chofer de la ambulancia y su acompañante murieron en el acto en el sitio de los hechos (Calle 42 esquina Avenida 27), mientras una tercera víctima (mujer) falleció horas después.

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El Parlamento Europeo condiciona el acuerdo con Cuba con una cláusula de derechos humanos Bruselas | Junio 20, 2017 (EFE). – La comisión de Exteriores del Parlamento Europeo dio este martes luz verde al Acuerdo de Diálogo Político y Cooperación UE-Cuba, y aprobó una resolución adjunta que incluye una cláusula de derechos humanos para asegurar […] Continue reading