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“La gente prefiere escapar de Cuba o sobrevivir en el mercado negro antes que buscarse problemas” Así explica el escritor y ex preso político Jorge Olivera Castillo la apatía política cubana: “Hay un daño antropológico serio por años de mentira, de doble moral, de tener que robar para sobrevivir” Por Claudia Peiró 26 de marzo […] Continue reading

El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, rechazó el debate previsto en la OEA sobre posibles sanciones contra su país en conversaciones telefónicas con sus homólogos de México, Enrique Peña Nieto, y Panamá, Juan Carlos Varela, informó el sábado la Cancillería.

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Censura a película cubana en Nueva York desata protesta de artistas cubanoamericanos NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Lejos de acabarse la polémica, como querían los organizadores del Havana Film Festival de Nueva York, la censura de la película cubana “Santa y Andrés” ha generado la airada protesta de artistas e intelectuales cubanoamericanos, que ahora están pidiendo […] Continue reading
Carta de artistas e intelectuales cubanos denunciando la censura al cineasta Carlos Lechuga rkoltun@elnuevoherald.com Especial/el Nuevo Herald Carta suministrada a la redacción de el Nuevo Herald. La semana pasada el cineasta cubano Carlos Lechuga anunció que su película “Santa y Andrés” había sido excluida de la competencia del 18vo Havana Film Festival de Nueva York […] Continue reading
Censura a film cubano en Nueva York desata protestas Artistas e intelectuales cubanoamericanos publicaron carta abierta Sábado, marzo 25, 2017 | CubaNet MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- La censura a la película cubana Santa y Andrés ha generado la protesta de artistas e intelectuales cubanoamericanos, quienes están pidiendo a los patrocinadores del festival que retiren su apoyo […] Continue reading
Cardet y el MCL Eduardo Cardet es hoy por hoy el opositor que más molesta a Castro II Jueves, marzo 23, 2017 | Zoé Valdés PARÍS, Francia.- El Movimiento Cristiano de Liberación (MCL) ha sido el grupo opositor más efectivo dentro de Cuba en mucho tiempo. Primero, porque es la institución política mejor pensada, sostenida […] Continue reading
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14ymedio/EFE

El opositor cubano Eduardo Cardet, de 47 años y médico de profesión, coordinador nacional del Movimiento Cristiano de Liberación (MCL), fue condenado a tres años de prisión acusado de un delito de atentado contra la autoridad por el que fue detenido cinco días después de la muerte de Fidel Castro y que su familia niega.

La esposa de Cardet, Yaimaris Vecino, explicó vía telefónica a 14ymedio que a su marido “conoció la ratificación de la sentencia sobre las tres de la tarde” y la llamó para informarle los detalles.

“Es lamentable que lo hayan condenado a la pena máxima”, dijo Vecino.

Según la esposa, Cardet denunció que el documento que ratificaba su condena estaba “lleno de manipulaciones”, omitía cosas y agregaba otras.

“Es algo terrible”, dijo Vecino.

El integrante del MCL, según la versión relatada por sus allegados, está preso desde el 30 de noviembre del año pasado supuestamente por atacar a un agente de la autoridad durante un “violento” arresto en la localidad de Velasco (Holguín).

Desde su detención, en tres ocasiones a Cardet le fue denegado el recurso de fianza para esperar el juicio en libertad, según medios independientes.

“En cierta medida esperábamos que sucediera (…). Desestimaron todo lo aportado por la defensa y sus testigos, ellos mantuvieron las falsedades, el circo ese que montaron”, consideró Vecino  en declaraciones a EFE.[[QUOTE:“En cierta medida esperábamos que sucediera (…). Desestimaron todo lo aportado por la defensa y sus testigos, ellos mantuvieron las falsedades, el circo ese que montaron”]]Señaló además que cuentan con un plazo de diez días hábiles para apelar la sentencia, que coincide con la pena máxima solicitada por la Fiscalía cubana: “vamos a recurrir y a hacer lo que esté a nuestro alcance”, subrayó.

Vecino confió en poder visitar a su esposo esta semana en el centro de detención provisional en el que se encuentra en Gibara para poder “hablar con más libertad sobre el documento que le entregaron en la prisión”.

“La forma en que redactaron y manipularon el caso es de un descaro enorme”, añadió.

Amnistía Internacional (AI) ha pedido la liberación “inmediata e incondicional” de Cardet, a quien considera un “preso de conciencia” que está encarcelado “solamente por el ejercicio pacífico de su derecho a la libertad de expresión”.

También la Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional exigió al gobierno cubano su inmediata liberación.

Tanto la familia como activistas del MCL sostienen que la acusación contra Cardet es un delito “fabricado” por el gobierno cubano para evitar que continuara su trabajo en la organización opositora.

Tras el fallecimiento del líder del MCL, Oswaldo Payá, en julio de 2012, Eduardo Cardet, que tenía otras responsabilidades en la organización, fue nombrado coordinador nacional del grupo disidente en la isla en noviembre del 2014.

Cardet fue uno de los gestores del Proyecto Varela, que lideró Oswaldo Payá, y de otras iniciativas que han abogado por una transición política pacífica en Cuba.

El gobierno cubano, por su parte, considera a los opositores “contrarrevolucionarios” y “mercenarios”.


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Cáritas Panamá presenta al gobierno plan para ayudar a migrantes cubanos marzo 16, 2017 Lizandra Díaz Blanco El secretario ejecutivo de la organización Víctor Luis Berrío, detalló los esfuerzos por apoyar a los cubanos varados en su territorio a legalizar su situación y a hacer más llevadera su estancia en el país. La organización religiosa […] Continue reading
The Taliban Has Returned / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez

Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, 15 March 2017 – At the beginning of the last
decade, when Fidel Castro would call a "march of the fighting people"
for any reason whatsoever and the multitudes who seemed to have arrived
from Pyongyang would chant slogans and wave little paper flags,
prominent for his impetuous verbiage was a young man called Hassan Perez
Casabona.

Gesticulating like a dervish, with a crew cut, camouflage trousers, and
huge Russian military boots that seemed suitable for kicking any
dissenters, Hassan Perez, who at that time was the second secretary of
the Union of Young Communists (UJC), was the most Taliban of the Taliban
of the so-called Battle of Ideas, Fidel Castro's personal version of
Mao's cultural revolution. In this "battle," young men like the
bellicose Hassan, indoctrinated to the core and supposedly immune to the
corruption, were called to play the role of the Red Guards.

Hassan Perez, who improvised his leftist militant teques* of the
barricade with the ease of a Candido Fabré, seemed to have no brake.
Nothing contained his quarrelsome and intolerant eloquence. When in
2002, in the Aula Magna of the University of Havana, the former American
president Jimmy Carter referred to the Varela Project, quickly and
aggressively Hassan Pérez requested the floor to refute him, in the
presence of the Maximum Leader, who observed him pleased, although ready
to stop his jackal if he let his passion run away with him.

With the retirement of Fidel Castro in July 2006, the Battle of Ideas
was fading away, and the Taliban, who with their supra-institutional
nonsense represented a nuisance to the succession and the Raul regime
reformers, were removed from the scene.

In 2008, in an extraordinary meeting, the National Communist Youth
Bureau agreed to work with Hassan Pérez and send him as a professor to a
university of the Revolutionary Armed Forces. Although they acknowledged
his work as a youth leader, first in the Federation of Middle School
Students (FEEM) and later with the University Student Federation (FEU)
and Communist Youth, this was interpreted as a setback. Especially given
that, shortly before, at the Fifth Congress of the UJC, he had not been
elect, as expected, first secretary of the organization.

From that point Hassan Perez lectured in full military uniform – which
must have been to his liking, in view of his fondness for military
attire – as a lieutenant, in the classrooms of the Military Technical
Institute (ITM) teaching history classes.

For almost eleven years there was no mention of Hassan Perez. He only
saw himself on TV, dressed in uniform and in his delegate's chair,
during a meeting of the National Assembly of People's Power, where he
voted unanimously in favor of everything that was put before him.

But now, the entrenchment of immobile orthodoxy is generating a
neo-Stalinist reflux that has once again brought Hassan Perez to the
fore. He is now an assistant professor at the Center for Hemispheric
Studies and the United States at the University of Havana and his
extensive and bizarre articles appear in the official press.

It seems that Castro's monks do not have too many better options to
choose from if they have had to dust off and get to grips with the
annoying Hassan Perez. In short, if it is a question of becoming
intolerant and frightening in the discourse toward the sheep who want to
go astray, the boy does the job well. And in the years that he spent in
professorial penance he is assumed to have overcome the immaturity that
he was previously reproached for.

*Translator's note: (Source: Conflict and Change in Cuba, Baloyra and
Morris) "El teque is Cuban slang for the unrefrained barrage of official
rhetoric that emanates from the state. I is the old, the formal, the
staid, that which has become meaningless through repetition. El Teque is
the officialese, the discourse of a revolution that is no longer
revolutionary."

Source: The Taliban Has Returned / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez –
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Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, 15 March 2017 – At the beginning of the last decade, when Fidel Castro would call a “march of the fighting people” for any reason whatsoever and the multitudes who seemed to have arrived from Pyongyang would chant slogans and wave little paper flags, prominent for his impetuous verbiage was a … Continue reading "The Taliban Has Returned / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez" Continue reading
Cubanos en Panamá temen estratagema del gobierno para deportarlos marzo 14, 2017 Lizandra Díaz Blanco Un alto oficial panameño se reunió con 69 cubanos varados en un campamento militar de la localidad de Lajas Blancas para informarles de su traslado a un albergue de Inmigración, con limitación de libertad. Un alto oficial de Inmigración de […] Continue reading
El castrismo, en su nuevo proceso de atrincheramiento, ha rescatado a Hassan Pérez Casabona Continue reading
Panamá dice que la salida de los cubanos de su territorio es ‘obligatoria, no voluntaria’ DDC | Ciudad de Panamá | 14 de Marzo de 2017 – 17:11 CET. “Si no se retiran voluntariamente, los 400 cubanos que aún permanecen en albergues de la Iglesia Católica, la población fronteriza de Lajas Blancas y el SNM, […] Continue reading
Salud del médico opositor cubano Eduardo Cardet se deteriora en prisión Cardet, de 47 años y médico de profesión, está preso desde el 30 de noviembre. La salud del coordinador nacional del Movimiento Cristiano Liberación (MCL), el doctor Eduardo Cardet, se ha deteriorado en los últimos días debido a una gripe agravada por su condición […] Continue reading
Senadores cubanoamericanos retoman propuesta: que la embajada de Cuba en EEUU esté en la calle Payá marzo 09, 2017 Buscan que la calle donde se ubica la sede diplomática de Cuba sea renombrada Oswaldo Payá, como el fundador del Movimiento Cristiano Liberación. Los senadores estadounidenses de origen cubano Ted Cruz(R), Marco Rubio (R) y el […] Continue reading
Panamá comenzó deportación de cubanos antes de acuerdo con La Habana marzo 06, 2017 Ricardo Quintana Un grupo de más de 25 cubanos fueron deportados a la isla antes de la firma del memorando de entendimiento en materia migratoria, y otros 25 estarían a la espera de ser repatriados. Panamá comenzó la deportación de cubanos […] Continue reading
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Cubanos piden a presidente de Panamá que cumpla con “alternativas” a la deportación marzo 04, 2017 Recuerdan al mandatario que él mencionó en febrero esa posibilidad para los que decidieran quedarse. Diácono de Cáritas, que atiende a la mayoría de los isleños dice estar trabajando en algunas de esas opciones. La sombra de la deportación […] Continue reading
Raúl Castro intensifica la ‘diplomacia de rehenes’ SOREN TRIFF | Boston | 4 de Marzo de 2017 – 09:17 CET. La ejecución extrajudicial del activista Hamell Santiago Maz Hernández es la señal escandalosa y brutal de que Raúl Castro activa la “diplomacia de rehenes” que pone la vida de un sector de la población en […] Continue reading
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Weakness, Fear And Inability Erode The Cuban Government / 14ymedio,
Pedro Campos

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 23 February 2017 — The recent
"diplomatic" action by the Cuban Government to try to prevent the
presence of foreign personalities in a private event in Havana to
receive a symbolic prize bearing the name of the late regime opponent
Oswaldo Payá, denotes the weakness, fear and incapacity that
characterize its actions since the visit of Barack Obama to Cuba and the
subsequent death of Fidel Castro.

According to the declaration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX)
in the newspaper Granma, the plan was to mount an open and serious
provocation against the Cuban government in Havana, generate internal
instability, damage the international image of the country and, at the
same time, affect the good progress of Cuba's diplomatic relations with
other states.

According to MINREX, Almagro himself and some other right-wing
individuals had the connivance and support of other organizations with
thick anti-Cuban credentials, such as the Democracy and Community
Center, the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America
(CADAL), the Inter-American Institute for Democracy, and a person they
call a CIA terrorist and agent, Carlos Alberto Montaner.

In addition, says MINREX, since 2015 there has been a link between these
groups and the National Foundation for Democracy in the United States
(NED), which receives funding from the US government to implement its
subversive programs against Cuba.

The dictatorship of the proletariat, which prevailed in Cuba 57 years
ago, has thus invented an "anti-Cuban" (against Cuba or against
themselves?), "imperialist", "counterrevolutionary" and "CIA" hoax
behind what could have been a small and simple limited ceremony; in
short, if they had been allowed to hold it without the presence of
foreign guests it would have served the Government to improve its image
with respect to the rights of Cubans as citizens and shown some tolerance.

Their response to this assessment is given by the MINREX note: "Perhaps
some misjudged and thought that Cuba would sacrifice its essence to
appearances," as if appearances are not an example of essence. It is the
ignorance of the dialectic relationship between form and content.

But in short, not one step back. According to MINREX the military state
is in danger from this provocation, without arms, without masses,
without leaders who enjoy wide support among Cubans on the island. We
cannot give ground to the "counterrevolution," — they say — as if it
were not precisely the defenders of the indefensible regime themselves
who prevented the revolutionary changes that would lead us to
prosperous, democratic Cuba, free of authoritarian hegemonies, with all
and for the good of all.

It is weakness, fear and incapacity that led the government to put its
repressive character on full display and to miss the opportunity to have
been hospitable to the Secretary General of the Organization of American
States and to have discussed with him the conditions for possible ties
to that Inter-American body.

If they were a little bit capable they could have "stolen the show," but
we already know that in Cuba 'counterintelligence' dominates in its
broadest sense.

The organizations and individuals who prepared the event have a vision
different from the government's on the ways in which politics and the
economy should be conducted in Cuba and, of course, it was an opportune
moment to promote the positions of change previously promoted by the
Leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Payá, who died in
circumstances demanding further explanation.

But if something like this can destabilize the regime, it should do the
same!

The government's actions provoked exactly what it was trying to avoid,
creating more interest among Cubans and international opinion in the
Varela Project and in how Oswaldo Paya died, a man who might not have
been to the liking of the government and other cities, but who lived on
the island, worked there and from from within promoted a peaceful and
democratic change of the system, with all his rights as a Cuban citizen.
Something to respect.

The Cuban government's action, vitiated by extremism, Manichaeism,
intolerance and repression, favored what the organizers of the event
ultimately wanted to demonstrate: the absence of space in Cuba for
different thinking, the existence of a tyrannical regime that impedes
freedom of expression and association, and that it intends to continue
to govern based on jails, police and repressive security agents.

The repression of the opposition, socialist dissent and different
thinking, pressures against the self-employed, the stagnation of the
reforms proposed by the Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba itself,
the voluntary efforts to try to control the widespread corruption
generated by statist wage system, in short, everything that is being
done by the senior bureaucratic hierarchy is generating chaos that
undermines and will burst the system from within from ignorance of the
laws of economic-social development.

They don't know where they stand! Don't try to put the blame on others
later.

This service against a "socialism" that has never existed will perhaps
be the best historical legacy left to us by these 60 years of
voluntarism, populism and authoritarianism of Fidel Castro communism,
such that the most retrograde forces of international reaction will
eternally thank the "Cuban leadership."

Source: Weakness, Fear And Inability Erode The Cuban Government /
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Homenaje en Madrid a Oswaldo Payá febrero 27, 2017 El Movimiento Cristiano Liberación (MLC) rindió tributo este domingo a su fallecido fundador Oswaldo Payá. En la glorieta de Madrid que lleva su nombre, miembros y simpatizantes de la organización cubana colocaron un ramo de flores en uno de los carteles que la señalizan. La glorieta […] Continue reading
Acosada por la Seguridad del Estado, Payá denuncia el incidente a la policía febrero 26, 2017 Tras ser víctima del acoso y la agresión física y verbal de dos agentes vestidos de civil, la opositora, acompañada de la Dama de Blanco Sayli Navarro, llamó a la policía y denunció el hecho. Rosa María Payá fue […] Continue reading
El castrismo es anticubano GINA MONTANER Una vez más me quito el sombrero ante Rosa María Payá por su coraje y su empeño en desmontar las falacias de la dictadura castrista. En esta ocasión la hija del desaparecido opositor cubano Oswaldo Payá –quien murió en extrañas circunstancias como consecuencia de un supuesto accidente de tráfico […] Continue reading
14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 23 February 2017 — The recent “diplomatic” action by the Cuban Government to try to prevent the presence of foreign personalities in a private event in Havana to receive a symbolic prize bearing the name of the late regime opponent Oswaldo Payá, denotes the weakness, fear and incapacity that characterize its … Continue reading "Weakness, Fear And Inability Erode The Cuban Government / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos" Continue reading
Appeasement Never Works
by GEORGE WEIGEL February 25, 2017 4:00 AM

And it's making matters worse in Cuba.
At first blush, Luis Almagro would seem an unlikely candidate for the
disfavor of the current Cuban regime. A man of the political Left, he
took office as the tenth secretary general of the Organization of
American States in 2015, vowing to use his term of office to reduce
inequality throughout the hemisphere. Yet Secretary General Almagro was
recently denied a visa to enter Cuba. Why? Because he had been invited
to accept an award named in honor of Cuban democracy activist Oswaldo
Payá, who died in 2012 in an "automobile accident" that virtually
everyone not on the payroll of the Castro regime's security services
regards to this day as an act of state-sanctioned murder. Payá's "crime"
was to organize the Varela Project, a public campaign for basic civil
liberties and free elections on the island prison, and he paid for it
with his life.

The regime's refusal of a visa for the head of the OAS caused a brief
flurry of comment in those shrinking parts of the commentariat that
still pay attention to Cuba, now that Cuban relations with the United
States have been more or less "normalized." But there was another facet
of this nasty little episode that deserves further attention: While
Almagro's entry into Cuba was being blocked, a U.S. congressional
delegation was on the island and, insofar as is known, did nothing to
protest the Cuban government's punitive action against the secretary
general of the OAS.

According to a release from the office of Representative Jim McGovern
(D., Mass.), the CoDel, which also included Senators Patrick Leahy (D.,
Vt.), Thad Cochran (R., Miss.), Michael Bennet (D., Colo.), and Tom
Udall (D.,N.M.), and Representative Seth Moulton (D.,Mass.), intended to
"continue the progress begun by President Obama to bring U.S.–Cuba
relations into the 21st Century and explore new opportunities to promote
U.S. economic development with Cuba," including "economic opportunities
for American companies in the agriculture and health sectors." I've no
idea whether those economic goals were advanced by this junket. What was
certainly not advanced by the CoDel's public silence on the Almagro
Affair while they were in the country was the cause of a free Cuba.

There were and continue to be legitimate arguments on both sides of the
question of whether the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba should be lifted.
And those pushing for a full recission of the embargo are not simply
conscience-lite men and women with dollar signs in their eyes. They
include pro-democracy people who sincerely believe that flooding the
zone in Cuba with American products, American technology, and American
culture will so undermine the Castro regime that a process of
self-liberation will necessarily follow. That this seems not to have
been the case with China is a powerful counterargument. Meanwhile, my
own decidedly minority view — that the embargo should have been
gradually rolled back over the past decade and a half in exchange for
specific, concrete, and irreversible improvements in human rights and
the rule of law, leading to real political pluralization in Cuba — seems
to have fallen completely through the floorboards of the debate.

But as pressures to "normalize" U.S.–Cuba relations across the board
increase, there ought to be broad, bipartisan agreement that Cuban
repression, which has in fact intensified since the Obama initiative two
years ago, should have its costs. If, as Congressman McGovern averred,
he and others want to move Cuba–America relations into the 21st century,
then let him and others who share that goal agree that Cuba should be
treated like any other country: meaning that when it does bad things, it
gets hammered by criticism and pressures are brought to bear to induce
or compel better behavior in the future.

"Opening up" without pressure has never worked with Communist regimes.
It didn't work when the Vatican tried it in east-central Europe in the
1970s; the Ostpolitik of Pope Paul VI made matters worse for the
Catholic Church in Czechoslovakia and Hungary. It didn't work vis-à-vis
the Soviet Union in the years of détente, which coincided with some of
the worst Soviet assaults on human-rights activists. It hasn't worked
with China, where, as in Cuba, repression has increased in recent years.

To will the end — a 21st-century Cuba where the government behaves in a
civilized fashion and economic opportunity is available to all Cubans,
not just those favored by the regime — necessarily involves, at least
for morally and politically serious people, willing the means: which
must include holding the current Cuban regime to account when "opening
up" does not extend to basic civil liberties for the Cuban people, and
when "opening up" does not include a decent respect for the hemispheric
proprieties, such that the head of the OAS is summarily refused entry
into Cuba.

That the Almagro Affair had to do with an award named for Oswaldo Payá,
a true martyr in the cause of freedom who was inspired by Christian
Democratic convictions, suggests that the Castro regime and those who
wish to inherit its power are nervous. Authoritarians confident of their
position would not have reacted so stupidly to an award being given to a
left-leaning, Spanish-speaking, Latin American politician — unless, that
is, they were afraid that the memory of Oswaldo Payá would be rekindled
in the ceremony in which Almagro received the Payá Award. All the more
reason, then, for congressional delegations and others to end the
Neville Chamberlain routine, stop appeasing the Castro regime, and start
taking steps to ensure that what Congressman McGovern called "the
progress begun by President Obama" is, in fact, progress in Cuba — and
not just economic progress, but progress in human rights and the rule of
law.

— George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington's Ethics
and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in
Catholic Studies.

Source: Luis Almagro -- Cuba Blocks Visa for Oswaldo Paya Award |
National Review -
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Pedro Campos

La reciente actuación "diplomática" del Gobierno cubano para tratar de evitar la presencia de personalidades extranjeras en un acto privado en La Habana, a fin de recibir un premio simbólico que lleva el nombre del fallecido opositor Oswaldo Payá, denota la debilidad, el miedo y la incapacidad que están caracterizando sus actuaciones desde la visita de Barack Obama a Cuba y la posterior muerte de Fidel Castro.

Según la declaración del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (MINREX) aparecida en Granma, el plan (...) consistía en montar en La Habana una abierta y grave provocación contra el Gobierno cubano, generar inestabilidad interna, dañar la imagen internacional del país y, a la vez, afectar la buena marcha de las relaciones diplomáticas de Cuba con otros Estados (...). Al espectáculo serían arrastrados el propio Almagro y algunos otros personajes derechistas (...) contó con la connivencia y apoyo de otras organizaciones con abultadas credenciales anticubanas, como el Centro Democracia y Comunidad y el Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de América Latina (CADAL); y el Instituto Interamericano para la Democracia, del terrorista y agente de la CIA Carlos Alberto Montaner. Además, desde el año 2015 se conoce el vínculo que existe entre estos grupos y la Fundación Nacional para la Democracia de Estados Unidos (NED, por sus siglas en inglés), que recibe fondos del Gobierno de ese país para implementar sus programas subversivos contra Cuba".

La dictadura, dizque del proletariado, que impera en Cuba hace 57 años se ha inventado así una patraña "anticubana" (¿contra Cuba o contra ellos?), "imperialista", "contrarrevolucionaria" y de la "CIA" detrás de lo que pudo haber sido un pequeño y simple acto limitado que, en definitiva, permitieron realizar aunque sin la presencia de los invitados extranjeros y que, en todo caso, hubiera servido al Gobierno para mejorar su imagen de respeto a los derechos ciudadanos de los cubanos y mostrar algo de tolerancia.[[QUOTE:Si fueran un poquito capaces hubieran podido "robarse el show", pero ya sabemos que en Cuba domina la 'contrainteligencia' en su sentido más amplio]]Su respuesta a esta valoración la da la nota del MINREX: "Tal vez algunos calcularon mal y pensaron que Cuba sacrificaría las esencias a las apariencias", como si las apariencias no fueran muestras de las esencias. Es el desconocimiento de la relación dialéctica entre forma y contenido.

Pero en fin, ni un paso atrás. El Estado militar está en peligro por esta provocación, sin armas, sin masas, sin líderes de amplio apoyo. No se puede ceder terreno, ni un milímetro a la "contrarrevolución", como si no fueran precisamente los defensores del indefendible régimen los que impiden los cambios revolucionarios que nos llevarían a la Cuba próspera, democrática, libre de hegemonías autoritarias, con todos y para el bien de todos.

Son la debilidad, el miedo y la incapacidad los que llevaron al Gobierno a mostrar su carácter represivo tal cual y a desaprovechar la oportunidad de haber sido hospitalario con el secretario general de la Organización de Estados Americanos y haber conversado sobre las condiciones para eventuales vínculos con el organismo interamericano.

Si fueran un poquito capaces hubieran podido "robarse el show", pero ya sabemos que en Cuba domina la contrainteligencia en su sentido más amplio.

Las organizaciones y personas que prepararon el evento tienen una visión diferente a la del Gobierno sobre las formas en que deben conducirse la política y la economía en Cuba y, desde luego, se trataba de un momento oportuno para promover las posiciones de cambios que impulsó el líder del Movimiento Cristiano Liberación, Oswaldo Payá, fallecido en circunstancias que demandan aún explicaciones.[[QUOTE:La actuación del Gobierno cubano favoreció lo que en definitiva pretendían demostrar los organizadores del evento: la ausencia de espacio en Cuba para el pensamiento diferente]]¡Pero si algo así puede desestabilizar el régimen, bien debe andar el mismo!

Siendo eso lo que el Gobierno pretendía evitar, con su actuación terminó logrando despertar más interés de los cubanos y de la opinión internacional en el Proyecto Varela y en la forma en que murió Oswaldo Payá, quien pudiera no ser del agrado del Gobierno y de otros ciudadanos, pero quien vivió en la Isla, trabajaba allí y desde dentro promovió un cambio pacífico y democrático del sistema, con todos sus derechos como ciudadano cubano. Algo a respetar.

La actuación del Gobierno cubano, viciada de extremismo, maniqueísmo, intolerancia y sentido represivo, favoreció lo que en definitiva pretendían demostrar los organizadores del evento: la ausencia de espacio en Cuba para el pensamiento diferente, la existencia de un régimen tiránico que impide la libertad de expresión y asociación, y pretende seguir gobernando a base de cárceles, policías y segurosos represores.

La represión a la oposición, la disidencia socialista y el pensamiento diferente, las presiones contra los cuentapropistas, el estancamiento de las reformas propuestas por el propio Congreso del Partido Comunista de Cuba, los esfuerzos voluntaristas para tratar de controlar la amplia corrupción generada por el mismo sistema estatal asalariado, todo esto que viene haciendo la alta jerarquía burocrática está generando un caos que mina y hará reventar el sistema desde dentro por el desconocimiento de las leyes del desarrollo económico-social.

¡No saben donde están parados! No le echen después las culpas a otros.

Ese servicio contra el "socialismo" que nunca ha sido será quizás el mejor legado histórico que nos dejen estos 60 años de voluntarismo, populismo y autoritarismo de comunismo fidelista, que las fuerzas más retrógradas de la reacción internacional agradecerán eternamente a la "dirigencia cubana".

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Editorial: Rosa María Payá and Castroism's fear
DDC | Madrid | 23 de Febrero de 2017 - 12:37 CET.

In Havana, Rosa María Payá, President of the Latin American Youth
Network for Democracy, was going to bestow the Oswaldo Payá Freedom and
Life Award on Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS, and to honor
late Chilean President Patricio Aylwin, represented by his daughter,
former minister and ex-representative Mariana Aylwin.

In 2002 Oswaldo Payá submitted 11,020 signatures to the Cuban National
Assembly and, in 2004, 14,000 additional ones demanding the freedom of
association, the freedom of speech and press, free elections, and
amnesty for political prisoners. Securing the support of such a large
number of people under circumstances like Cuba's entailed a complex
mobilization effort headed up by the leader of the Varela Project, the
largest undertaken by the democratic opposition in Cuba.

The response of the National Assembly to this request resulted in a
modification of the Constitution, with socialism being described as
"irreversible" in Cuba.

Oswaldo Payá perished on July 22, 2012 on a road near Bayamo. His family
reported that the car he was traveling in was hit by a State Security
vehicle. The circumstances of his death remain unclear. The regime has
never allowed an investigation by international experts, and sought to
close the case with a farcical trial.

Thereafter, while upholding her father and his legacy, Rosa María Payá
has continued her struggle for the democratization of Cuba, framing it
in a continental context. This has helped to overturn the tendency to
approach Cuba separately, as unique exception, in the region. Payá has
shown solidarity with the causes and challenges facing youth and
activists from other countries, obtaining the same in return.

The result of this has been a wave of condemnations and expressions of
solidarity from figures such as former Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright, and former presidents Sebastián Piñera (Chile) and Felipe
Calderón (Mexico), to the obstacles placed by the regime against the
awards ceremony, to be held in Havana. Once again Castroism has shown
that it is, irreversibly, a dictatorship. Denying entry to the Secretary
General of the OAS and other international invitees merely evidences its
desperation and fear.

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Felipe Calderón: "I Ask The Cuban Government To Rectify This Absurdity"
/ 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2017 — Just five years ago, Mexican
President Felipe Calderón was greeted warmly in Havana during an
official visit. However, this week the now former president was denied
entry to the island to participate in the Oswaldo Payá "Freedom and
Life" awards to be held this Wednesday.

"I deeply regret not being able to be with them at this tribute" to the
deceased opponent, the politician conservative National Action Party
(PAN). "The Cuban immigration authorities asked Aeromexico" not to seat
me on the flight, telling them I was an "inadmissible passenger" on Tuesday.

Prior to the trip, the former president alerted the Mexican Foreign
Ministry of his intention, because he did not want to "arrive as if he
were a tourist." He reported on his departure to Cuba's ambassador to
Mexico, Pedro Núñez, and his country's representative in Havana, Enrique
Martínez.

This is the first time that the Plaza of the Revolution has prevented a
former Mexican president from entering the country, an event that has
raised a diplomatic dust storm, including a tweet from the Mexican
Foreign Ministry in which he "regrets the decision of the Government of
Cuba not to authorize the visit to Havana of former President Felipe
Calderón."

Calderón recalls that he supported "Oswaldo Payá many years ago without
having met him, by spreading the Varela Project and collecting
signatures in Mexico for him." In those years he saw "with great sadness
how the Cubans involved in the project were persecuted."

The politician evokes with special aggravation the Black Spring of 2003
and his indignation to learn that 75 dissidents had been arrested and
sentenced to long prison terms under the so-called Gag Law.

In one of his previous visits to the island, Calderón asked President
Raúl Castro to let him speak with Oswaldo Payá, leader of the Christian
Liberation Movement (MCL). However, "the Cuban government always
resisted," he recalls. He believes that the "diplomatic complications
obstructed" this longed-for encounter.

"I ask the Cuban government to rectify this absurdity," said the former
president, who maintains his idea of ​​meeting "with Oswaldo's family"
whom he admired for being "an example of congruence, civility and love
of neighbor."

The former Chilean foreign minister Mariana Aylwin experienced a similar
situation on Wednesday when she was prevented from boarding a flight
from her country to participate in the ceremony where a posthumous
recognition will be made to her father, Patricio Aylwin, the first
president under democracy in Chile after the dictatorship of Augusto
Pinochet.

The Chilean Foreign Ministry said that the government "will make the
Cuban authorities aware of their displeasure at this action" because the
purpose of Mariana Aylwin's trip "was to receive from a civic
organization the testimony of recognition of her father… The exercise of
this right should not be impeded, especially when in Chile there have
been various acknowledgments of Cuban historical and political figures."

According to Rosa María Payá, Uruguayan Luis Almagro, Secretary General
of the Organization of American States (OAS), has confirmed his presence
at the event today to receive the Freedom and Life Award for his
"outstanding performance in defense of democracy," although he has not
made a statement on the matter.

The award ceremony, which is due to be held on Wednesday, is being led
by the Latin American Youth Network for Democracy, an organization
headed by Rosa María Payá, daughter of the late dissident.

Nationally, the government also prevented independent journalists Sol
García Basulto and Henry Constantin from Camagüey from traveling to
Havana, where they planned to fly to attend the award ceremony. The
Inter American Press Association (IAPA), of which Constantin is regional
vice president for Cuba, issued a protest statement demanding the
release of the reporter, who until yesterday remained detained.

Source: Felipe Calderón: "I Ask The Cuban Government To Rectify This
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Editorial: Rosa María Payá y el miedo del castrismo DDC | Madrid | 22 de Febrero de 2017 – 21:19 CET. Rosa María Payá, presidenta de la Red Latinoamericana de Jóvenes por la Democracia, iba a entregar en La Habana el premio Oswaldo Payá Libertad y Vida a Luis Almagro, secretario general de la OEA, […] Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2017 — Just five years ago, Mexican President Felipe Calderón was greeted warmly in Havana during an official visit. However, this week the now former president was denied entry to the island to participate in the Oswaldo Payá “Freedom and Life” awards to be held this Wednesday. “I deeply regret not being able … Continue reading "Felipe Calderón: “I Ask The Cuban Government To Rectify This Absurdity” / 14ymedio" Continue reading
Calderón califica de conducta ‘despótica y ridículamente primitiva’ la actitud de La Habana AGENCIAS | Ciudad de México | 22 de Febrero de 2017 – 10:35 CET. De “triste”, “despótica”, “indignante” y “tonta” tildó este martes el expresidente mexicano Felipe Calderón la decisión del Gobierno de Raúl Castro de no permitirle entrar en la Isla, […] Continue reading

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Hace apenas cinco años, el expresidente mexicano Felipe Calderón fue recibido a bombo y platillo en La Habana durante una visita oficial. Sin embargo este febrero le han negado la entrada a la Isla para participar en la entrega de los premios Oswaldo Payá "Libertad y Vida" a realizarse este miércoles.

"Lamento mucho no poder acompañarlos en el homenaje" al fallecido opositor, comentó a 14ymedio el político del conservador Partido Acción Nacional (PAN). "Las autoridades migratorias cubanas pidieron a Aeroméxico" que no lo documentara en el vuelo y fue calificado como "pasajero inadmisible" este martes.

[[QUOTE:Antes del viaje, el expresidente advirtió a la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores mexicana de su intención, porque no quería "llegar como si fuera un turista"]]Antes del viaje, el expresidente advirtió a la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores mexicana de su intención, porque no quería "llegar como si fuera un turista". Informó de su salida al embajador de Cuba en México, Pedro Núñez, y al representante de su país en La Habana, Enrique Martínez.

Esta es la primera vez que la Plaza de la Revolución impide la entrada al país de un expresidente mexicano, un hecho que ha levantado una polvareda diplomática incluido un tuit de la Cancillería mexicana en el que "lamenta la decisión del Gobierno de Cuba de no autorizar la visita a La Habana del expresidente Felipe Calderón".

Calderón recuerda que apoyó "hace muchos años a Oswaldo Payá sin conocerlo, difundiendo el Proyecto Varela y recabando firmas en México para él". En esos años vio "con mucha tristeza cómo se perseguía a los cubanos involucrados en el proyecto".

El político evoca con especial molestia la Primavera Negra de 2003 y su indignación al enterarse de que habían sido apresados 75 disidentes y condenados a largas penas de prisión bajo la conocida como Ley Mordaza.

En una de sus anteriores visitas a la Isla, Calderón pidió al presidente Raúl Castro que lo dejara hablar con el líder del Movimiento Cristiano Liberación (MCL). Sin embargo "el Gobierno Cubano se resistió siempre", recuerda. Considera que las "complicaciones diplomáticas obstruyeron" ese ansiado encuentro.

"Pido al Gobierno cubano que rectifique este absurdo", declaró a este diario el expresidente, quien mantiene su idea de reunirse "con la familia de Oswaldo" a quien admiró por ser "un ejemplo de congruencia, civilidad y amor al prójimo".

La exministra chilena Mariana Aylwin vivió una situación similar este miércoles cuando fue impedida de abordar un vuelo desde su país para participar en la ceremonia donde se hará un reconocimiento póstumo a su padre, Patricio Aylwin, primer presidente de la democracia en Chile tras la dictadura de Augusto Pinochet. La cancillería chilena manifestó que el Gobierno "hará presente a las autoridades cubanas su malestar por esta acción", pues el objetivo del viaje de Mariana Aylwin "era recibir de parte de una organización cívica el testimonio de reconocimiento a su padre (...). El ejercicio de este derecho no debe ser impedido, más aún cuando en Chile se han realizado diversos reconocimientos a figuras históricas y políticas cubanas".

[[QUOTE:Según Rosa María Payá, el uruguayo Luis Almagro, ha confirmado su presencia en el evento de hoy para recibir el galardón]]Según Rosa María Payá, el uruguayo Luis Almagro, ha confirmado su presencia en el evento de hoy para recibir el galardón Libertad y Vida por su "destacada actuación en defensa de la democracia", aunque el secretario general de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) no se ha pronunciado al respecto.

El galardón, cuya ceremonia está prevista para las 11 de este miércoles, es entregado por la Red Latinoamericana de Jóvenes por la Democracia, una organización que preside Rosa María Payá, hija del fallecido disidente.

En clave nacional, el Gobierno también impidió viajar a los periodistas independientes Sol García Basulto y Henry Constantín de Camagüey a La Habana, donde pensaban volar para asistir a la entrega del galardón. La Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (SIP), de la que Constantín es vicepresidente regional para Cuba, hizo un comunicado de protesta exigiendo la liberación del reportero, que hasta ayer se encontraba detenido.

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Cuban Doctors and Nurses in Exchange for Angolan Oil / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 14 February 2017 — In a memorable address on December
18, 2008 in Salvador de Bahía, Brazil, Raúl Castro referred to what we
now know as Operation Carlota, saying, "We told the Angolan people we
will only take with us the remains of our dead." But he lied.

The Cuban military mission there did some farming and planted a seed
that is only now bearing fruit. Initially, the mission provided support,
earning the regime international prestige and increasing its political
capital. Witness for example, the vote against the US embargo in the
United Nations' General Assembly. Now, General Castro, who is also
president of Cuba, is counting on a good harvest: Angolan oil.

Below are the names of thirty people who were flew on KLM or TAAG
Angolan Airlines on January 26 of this year from Havana to Luanda with
the express purpose of trading medical services for Angolan crude oil.

Mariluz Simales Cruz, nursing

Larisa Peña Roja, biology

Ángel Alexis Calas Ortiz, nursing

Isabel Chala Castaneda, MD, hygiene and epidemiology

Margarita Saltaren Cobas, nursing

Alfredo Saltaren Cobas, biological sciences

Erenis Serrat Morales, clinical laboratory

Jorge Luis Vargas Mendoza, hygiene and epidemiology

José Alexander Campos Castillo, pharmacy

Mario Oscar León Sánchez, comprehensive general medicine, intensive therapy

Eladia Cuenca Arce, clinical laboratory

Paula Pompa Márquez, microbiology

Isabel María Oliva Licea, transfusion medicine

Andrés Aguilar Charon, chemistry education

Dioenis de la Caridad Campoamor Hernández, health care technology

Martha Alfreda Zamora González, immunology

Agustín Rodríguez Soto, professor of stomatology

Geisy Pérez Pérez, nursing

Marlenis Sánchez Tuzón, MD, clinical laboratory

Lazara Josefina Linares Jiménez, clinical laboratory

Yunia Delgado Peña, nursing

María Libia Paneque Gamboa, professor, Uniología Institutos Médicos

Dimey Arguelles Toledo, nursing

Katiuska Garboza Savón, professor, clinical laboratory

Victoria Priscila Moreno Zambrano, clinical laboratory

Maria Cristina Varela Alejo, pharmacy

Gliceria Alicia Díaz Santa Cruz, health care technology

Dania Victoria Rodríguez Hidalgo, nursing

René Camacho Díaz, professor, maxillofacial surgery

Yaimy Royero Martínez, surgical nursing

"In politics, money talks. It has the first and the last word. The
medical missions in Venezuela won't be cancelled. Speculation is that
the price of oil will rise and, if that happens, the income we receive
from that program should also rise," explains an official from the Cuban
Ministry of Public Health who, as is always the case, fears government
reprisal and prefers to remain anonymous and out of sight.

"The Angola mission," he points out, "is a different sort of thing. They
are not sending doctors to be doctors but rather to be instructors. They
are going there to teach classes, not to see patients.

"This is predicted to be Cuba's most profitable economic endeavor, more
than tourism or remittances from overseas. We are talking about a
massive shipment of doctors and other medical personnel as part of an
exchange agreement that will guarantee favorable crude oil prices.

"Also, on January 12 a US government program, the Cuban Medical
Professional Parole Program, was cancelled, easing fears that our
physicians will abandon their overseas missions."

Source: Cuban Doctors and Nurses in Exchange for Angolan Oil / Juan Juan
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Juan Juan Almeida, 14 February 2017 — In a memorable address on December 18, 2008 in Salvador de Bahía, Brazil, Raúl Castro referred to what we now know as Operation Carlota, saying, “We told the Angolan people we will only take with us the remains of our dead.” But he lied. The Cuban military mission there … Continue reading "Cuban Doctors and Nurses in Exchange for Angolan Oil / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
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El secretario general de la Organización de los Estados Americanos, Luis Almagro, viajará a Cuba próximamente, dijo el martes el director de prensa del organismo continental, Gonzalo Espariz.

Espariz no dio más detalles sobre el viaje de Almagro a la isla pero la activista Rosa María Payá anunció el lunes que el secretario viajaría la semana que viene para recibir el premio "Oswaldo Payá", nombrado como su fallecido padre, el disidente que encabezó el conocido Proyecto Varela.

El premio fue creado por la Red Latinoamericana de Jóvenes por la Democracia, presidida por la activista, para honrar "a personas que defienden los derechos humanos y la democracia", explicó en el programa conducido por Jaime Bayly en Megatv.

Para leer la nota completa, entren en El Nuevo Herald.

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Médicos y enfermeras de Cuba por petróleo de Angola febrero 13, 2017 Juan Juan Almeida El 18 de diciembre del año 2008, en un memorable discurso pronunciado en Salvador de Bahía, Brasil, mientras hacía referencia a lo que hoy conocemos como Operación Carlota, Raúl Castro expresó “A los angolanos les dijimos, de aquí solo nos […] Continue reading
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Rosa María Payá pide al mundo ‘presión’ para que el régimen responda a las reclamaciones del pueblo AGENCIAS | Miami | 7 de Febrero de 2017 – 20:30 CET. La activista Rosa María Payá, dijo este martes a EFE que su mensaje a Donald Trump, como al resto de presidentes de Europa y América, es […] Continue reading