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14ymedio, Mario J. Pentón/Antonio Delgado — Tens of thousands of Venezuelans cross the border with Colombia every day in search of food and work. They sell candy, bread, chewing gum and contraband gasoline. They prostitute themselves or simply ask for handouts on corners. They are the new faces of the Venezuelan migration in the Colombian … Continue reading "Thousands of Venezuelans Flee to Colombia to Escape From Hunger" Continue reading
Miami, USA, Alfredo M. Cepero, (PD) Cubanos, Cubanas y amigos de la libertad de Cuba: Para ustedes y para mi esta es una tarde de alta significación patriótica. Para mí, específicamente, es una tarde de profundo contenido emocional. Regreso a una geografía cuyos paisajes, monumentos, calles y edificios me recuerdan los 15 años de mayor trascendencia en mi vida de […] Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 24 January 2018 — Three Catholic priests have addressed a letter to President Raul Castro in which they ask the president to let Cubans “choose in freedom,” not vote. In this way, the priests warn, the island will have “different” political options to “prevent that one day, given whatever circumstances, Cuba is submerged in … Continue reading "Three Priests Ask Raúl Castro For Real Elections To “Avoid Violent Changes”" Continue reading
To Raúl Castro Ruz on the 20th anniversary of the Mass for the Homeland celebrated by Saint John Paul II and the words of Bishop Pedro Meurice at Antonio Maceo Plaza in Santiago de Cuba, on January 24, 1998. On the first of January, the 59th anniversary of the triumph of a Revolution was commemorated. A … Continue reading "Letter to Raul Castro from Three Cuban Priests" Continue reading
… Plaza of the Revolution in Havana. Perez said his visit marked … open itself to Cuba." Pope Benedict was in Cuba in 2012 … the Communist regime to give Cubans "freedom, the means and … de Casia church in western Havana, and continues to ask for … Continue reading
… medical care; in Zayas’ native Cuba, it had been extremely difficult … evangelical church in the central Cuba city of Santa Clara, had … , had met the boy in Cuba and forwarded his case to … Continue reading
… program of jazz musicians from Cuba, New Orleans and elsewhere. The … . New Hampshire St., Covington) with Cuban pianist Aldo López-Gavilán backed by … French jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée, Cuban drummer Yissy Garcia, New York … heard Cuban pianist Aldo López-Gavilán and drummer Yissy Garcia at the HavanaContinue reading
Ivan Garcia, 18 December 2017 — On the night of Thursday, 14 December at night, after fifteen hours on the road under a copious downpour, from Sagua de Tánamo, in Holguín, province 530 miles northwest of Havana, in an old General Motors truck from the 1950s, Erasmus and his wife arrived in Havana ready to fulfill … Continue reading "Cuba: The Devotion to Saint Lazarus / Iván García" Continue reading
… Church, 215 S. Fourth Street, Cuba, will hold their annual all-you-can-eat … . 20. The Cuba Christian Church, 215 S. Fourth Street, Cuba, will hold … Continue reading
Raúl's transformation of the system is not just rooted in a modernization of the development strategy Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 30 December 2017 — More than a man who believes, the priest José Conrado Rodríguez Alegre (b. 1951, San Luis, Santiago de Cuba) is a human being who overflows with credibility from every pore of his skin. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1976 and since then he has managed to reconcile, … Continue reading "Cuban Faces 2017: José Conrado Rodríguez Alegre, Priest" Continue reading
Orlando and Manuela Cortes left Cuba with practically nothing but the … her father, Orlando Cortes, a Cuban immigrant who recently died. In … their older daughter Miriam, left Cuba with practically nothing but the … among their relatives to leave Cuba. “Everything to them was family … Continue reading
… the Greek Orthodox Church in Havana on January 25, 2004 (File … Caribbean (Orthodox jurisdiction that serves Cuba), underscored the attention given by … , 2004 in Havana. In an emotional reference to the Cuban leader, he … in the historic center of Havana, for the creation of a … Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 11 December 2017 — The Baptist Church, through the pastor and coordinator of the Patmos Institute, Mario Félix Lleonart, has denounced the occupation of one of its buildings since last July by individuals acting in a personal capacity. The building is the site of the Office of the Board of Missions of the Association … Continue reading "Baptist Church Denounces the Occupation of One of Its Buildings in Havana" Continue reading
Somos+, Alexei Games, 9 December 2017 — The laws in Cuba are written, but they are applied in a selective and discriminatory manner. These two images (there are thousands) show that on the walls of public entities and institutions of all kinds, one can paint or place insignias, advertisements, graffiti and whatever else occurs to the Cuban … Continue reading "Let No One Paint Anything! Only the PCC Can Smear … / Somos+" Continue reading
Washington, December 12 (RHC)-- In the United States, the House of Representatives has voted to further deregulate gun laws, despite a recent string of high-profile mass shootings, including at a church, an elementary school and a country music concert.   … Continue reading
Wednesday, 10 October 2017  Ángel Santiesteban Havana, Cuba. Your Holiness: Now that your name is no longer so popular on the Island of Cuba, I have decided to write you these lines. I suspect that this decline in your prestige has to do with the scant companionship you have provided us, as well as with … Continue reading "Open Letter to Pope Francis / Ángel Santiesteban" Continue reading
DORAL, Fla.—One August day, hundreds of Venezuelans packed the pews at a local church to hear Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Marco Rubio preach against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and pledge to help restore democracy in the oil-rich nation. “ … Continue reading
The Cuba United Methodist Church, 626 E. … .m. Saturday, Dec. 2. The Cuba United Methodist Church, 626 E … Continue reading

Mario J. Pentón

Una constelación de estrellas invade el modesto edificio que la Fundación Nacional Cubano Americana (FNCA) tiene como sede en la Calle Ocho de Miami. Son pequeñas figuras de papel bordeadas por los colores de la enseña nacional y contienen decenas de deseos y mensajes sobre Cuba.

"Una Cuba democrática, liberal y un Estado de derecho", sueña Carlos Amel Oliva, líder juvenil de la Unión Patriótica de Cuba. "Una Cuba donde quepan y se sientan bien todos los cubanos", aspira el periodista Henry Constantín.

La estrella para Cuba forma parte de la exposición Jorge, 20 años después tu legado sigue Adelante organizada por la FNCA para homenajear a su líder y primer presidente, Jorge Mas Canosa, un carismático empresario cuya vida marcó un antes y un después en el exilio cubano en Miami.

[[QUOTE:"Perseguido primero por su lucha contra la dictadura de Fulgencio Batista y luego contra el comunismo impuesto por los Castro, la vida de Mas Canosa ha sido una inspiración para generaciones de exiliados"]]"Perseguido primero por su lucha contra la dictadura de Fulgencio Batista y luego contra el comunismo impuesto por los Castro, la vida de Mas Canosa ha sido una inspiración para generaciones de exiliados", explica Milkos D. Sosa, especialista en redes sociales de la Fundación.

Mas Canosa nació en 1939 en Santiago de Cuba. Con apenas 15 años se pronunció contra la dictadura batistiana, por lo que fue encarcelado. Su familia lo envió al Presbyterian Junior College de Maxton, en Carolina del Norte, para sacarlo del país durante uno de los periodos más convulsos de Cuba. Tras el triunfo de la Revolución, en 1959, el joven Mas Canosa regresó a su tierra natal para estudiar en la Universidad de Oriente, pero la radicalización del proceso liderado por Fidel Castro lo hizo disentir primero y ser arrestado y marchar al exilio después. En 1960 partió de Cuba para nunca regresar.

Banderas cubanas, fotos con los presidentes Ronald Reagan, George H W Bush, Bill Clinton y numerosos congresistas así como decenas de objetos personales que pertenecieron al luchador anticastrista permanecerán expuestos en la FNCA. Desde principios de noviembre está abierta la muestra que conmemora los 20 años de su muerte, acontecida en 1997, por un cáncer de próstata."Mas Canosa, apenas llegó al exilio, se integró en la Brigada 2506 cuyo objetivo era regresar a la Isla y luchar de forma armada contra el Gobierno de Fidel Castro. Después del estrepitoso fracaso de Bahía de Cochinos, se integró al ejército norteamericano obteniendo los grados de Segundo Teniente", explica Sosa.

[[QUOTE:Su prestigio como político lo ayudó a consolidarse en el mundo de los negocios y de lo que fue una empresa en quiebra terminó construyendo una de las mayores compañías con cotización en la bolsa de Nueva York]]Junto a su labor política, Mas Canosa desempeñó un activo papel en los negocios. Al llegar al sur de Florida tuvo que trabajar como lechero, fregador de bandejas y trabajador portuario. Hacia 1969 fundó su primera compañía , Church and Tower, que brindaba servicios a las redes telefónicas. Su prestigio como político lo ayudó a consolidarse en el mundo de los negocios y de lo que fue una empresa en quiebra terminó construyendo una de las mayores compañías (hoy MasTec, Inc.) con cotización en la bolsa de Nueva York.

"Parte del legado de Mas Canosa es enseñarnos que aún cuando las cosas no se den con la rapidez con la que las esperamos debemos mantenernos constantes y pacientes. Esas eran sus mayores virtudes", añade Sosa.

La vida de Mas Canosa se resume en una frase estampada en uno de los posters de la exposición: "Adelante Cuba, sin mirar atrás". Su obra más destacada es la Fundación Nacional Cubano Americana, creada en 1981, y que apoya a diversos proyectos disidentes dentro de Cuba que van desde la promoción de los derechos humanos y la caridad a iniciativas puramente políticas. El Gobierno cubano ha acusado en reiteradas ocasiones a la FNCA de ser "un grupo terrorista" responsable de "acciones armadas" en contra del orden establecido en la Isla.

Dentro de las piezas que contiene la exposición está una réplica del remolcador 13 de Marzo, la embarcación que al tratar de escapar de la Isla fue hundida por el Estado cubano y dejó un saldo de más de 41 muertos, diez de ellos menores de edad. También hay una bandera cubana cuyo triángulo rojo está hecho con la sangre de algunos presos de la región central de la Isla.

[[QUOTE:La muestra también presenta a algunos de los proyectos más conocidos del opositor, como la creación de Radio Martí, una emisora con sede en Miami cuyo objetivo era transmitir "la verdad del exilio" hacia Cuba]]La muestra también presenta a algunos de los proyectos más conocidos del opositor, como la creación de Radio Martí, una emisora con sede en Miami cuyo objetivo era transmitir "la verdad del exilio" hacia Cuba. También se encuentran fotos y documentos del Proyecto Éxodo, un empeño de la comunidad de exiliados cubanos en coordinación con el Gobierno de Estados Unidos para recibir a más de 10.000 cubanos que estaban en terceros países tras la caída del muro de Berlín.

Tal vez lo más conocido de toda la exposición sea el enfrentamiento entre el líder del exilio y el presidente de la Asamblea Nacional de Cuba, Ricardo Alarcón. En un cara a cara que duró casi una hora, Mas Canosa dejó literalmente sin palabras al defensor del Gobierno cubano. El programa televisivo nunca fue reproducido por los medios oficiales de la Isla, mientras que en Miami alcanzó altos índices de audiencia.

"La historia de Cuba no se puede escribir sin la historia de Mas Canosa y los esfuerzos que él hizo para lograr que se instaure la democracia en su país", explica Sosa. "Un pueblo siempre necesita referentes para construir un proyecto de nación. En Mas Canosa tenemos uno".

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El equipo de 14ymedio está comprometido con hacer un periodismo serio que refleje la realidad de la Cuba profunda. Gracias por acompañarnos en este largo camino. Te invitamos a que continúes apoyándonos, pero esta vez haciéndote miembro de 14ymedio. Juntos podemos seguir transformando el periodismo en Cuba.

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New Orleans, November 20 (RHC)-- An undocumented human rights activist has taken sanctuary inside a New Orleans church in an attempt to avoid deportation back to El Salvador.  Jose Torres is the father of two U.S.-born daughters, both of whom are … Continue reading
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The pattern is the exact same, keep most reported sex crimes internal and away from the police, prosecutors and the courts and protect the institution ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, November 19, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Sexual predators and … Continue reading
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s mental health agencies are rampant with sexual abuse, rape and cover-ups, similar to the Catholic Church ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, November 18, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- It is the same cover-up scheme that the … Continue reading
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s mental health agencies are rampant with sexual abuse, rape and cover-ups, similar to the Catholic Church ALBANY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, November 18, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- It is the same cover-up scheme that the … Continue reading
The Lawsuit charged the Mormon Church with copyright Infringement of the Alexander Scourby narration of the King James Bible, owned by Litchfield Associates TAMPA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, November 16, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The Chicago … Continue reading
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14ymedio, Bertha Guillen, Candelaria, 10 November 2017 — It has not remained seated like the famous figure of Auguste Rodin, but nor has it been able to walk as much as its editors would like. The magazine El Pensador (The Thinker) edited in Guanajay, Artemisa, is two decades old and its founders dream of being able to publish … Continue reading "In Guanajay, the Editors of a Magazine Dream of Publishing in Digital Format" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 10 November 2017 — The Provincial Court of Pinar del Río ratified the sentence of three years of deprivation of liberty against Karina Galvez issued last September. The economist was informed on Wednesday of the sentence on appeal and must spend the time of imprisonment under “limitation of freedom” at the home of her … Continue reading "Cuban Court Ratifies Three-Year Sentence Against Karina Gálvez" Continue reading
Primavera Digital, Eduardo Martínez Rodríguez, El Cerro, Havana, 6 November 2017 — I’ve just finished reading an eBook (which has never been published in Cuba) written by someone who was detained in Cuba’s infamous “Military Units to Aid Production” [known by their acronym in Spanish as UMAP], who endured all of the bloody sordidness of … Continue reading "Poor Memory? / Eduardo Martínez Rodríguez" Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 4 November 2017 — The Catholic priest José Conrado Rodríguez, parish priest of the church of San Francisco de Paula in Trinidad, visited Miami last week to present his book Dreams and Nightmares of a Priest in Cuba. On the way to Miami’s Ermita de la Caridad, where he planned to offer … Continue reading "Obama Made The Mistake Of “Giving In Without Demanding,” Regrets Father Conrado" Continue reading
The Cuba Christian Church, 215 South Fourth … .m. Saturday, Nov. 11. The Cuba Christian Church, 215 South Fourth … Continue reading
14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Santiago de Cuba, 30 October 2017 — The evangelical pastor Alain Toledano feels that he has lived through 18 years of intense battle since he founded his own church in Santiago de Cuba, a congregation that has experienced a “rapid growth,” according to what he told 14ymedio. The high numbers attending the worship … Continue reading "Alain Toledano: “If We Stay Quiet They Crush Us”" Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 27 October 2017 — “The Catholic Church in Cuba has a future of hope because despite the forces that have wanted to sow hatred in the Cuban nation, love has always triumphed.” This was the central message of Father José Conrado Rodríguez, presbyter of the church of San Francisco de Paula in … Continue reading "“This Soul of a Wounded People is The Worst Thing That Castroism Has Left Us”" Continue reading
14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Camagüey, 19 October 2017 — The historical center of the city of Camagüey is once again recovering one of its emblematic attractions, although it is not an old church, a park, or one of the many museums in the city. Paladar 1800 reopened after having been closed for ten months due to a … Continue reading "Paladar 1800 Resurges After Owner Released from Prison" Continue reading
… to San Miguel. "The Cubans can teach us to better … ." The Catholic Church in Cuba is still recovering from decades … needed primarily to help the Cuban people consolidate or to grow … was some discussion among the Cubans. ...There was some nervousness. They … Continue reading
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 15 October 2017 — It was April 2007 and a time of dark days. The most stagnant part of the Catholic Church intervened in the magazine Vitral (Stained Glass Window), shifting it away from its marked social mission. In the face of the hijacking, the editors jumped ship and months later … Continue reading "Cuba’s ‘Convivencia’ Project Celebrates Its First Decade" Continue reading
14ymedio, Bertha K. Guillen, Candelaria, 13 October 2017 — The main pharmacy in Candelaria, a city in Cuba’s Artemisa province, looks like an overturned hornet’s nest when new medications arrive. Meanwhile, the area’s chronically ill spend their days in uncertainty due to the shortage of a growing number of drugs, a situation echoed in the … Continue reading "Candelaria Runs Out Of Medicines" Continue reading
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 9 October 2017 – Months ago, surrounded by strict discretion, the remains of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and Mariana Grajales were exhumed in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba. The operation was led by the same specialist who, two decades ago, led the search for the remains of Ernesto Che … Continue reading "Cuban Authorities Secretly Disinter Remains of Céspedes and Grajales" Continue reading
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14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 27 September 2017 – Three families are now bathing in Bernardina’s shower. “Everyone brings their own soap but the water is for everyone,” says the 86-year-old woman at her house on Calle Campanario in Havana. After Hurricane Irma the retiree opened her doors to her most affected neighbors, a gesture that is repeated … Continue reading "From Cuban To Cuban, National Solidarity After Hurricane Irma" Continue reading