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Cuba authorizes Internet access for emerging private companies  6/23/2014 Cuba Si: "The Cuban government has authorized the state telecom company to provide Internet access to the country’s budding private cooperatives, the Cuban News Agency reported Friday. Communications Minister Maimir Mesa Ramos instructed Etecsa to start the service on June 29, according to the news agency. Internet access will be provided via modems and only to the cooperative’s location, to avoid service being transferred to third parties."

Cuba Strongly Rejects Groundless and Unilateral US Accusation  6/23/2014 Cuba Si: "The United States has no moral to certify Cuba or to suggest any kind of plans when, according to estimates, nearly 200 thousand US citizens are victims of trafficking inside the US territory, where labor exploitation is the most expanded modality of trafficking in persons with 85 percent of legal processes on the issue are related to sexual exploitation and with over 300 thousand children, out of one million who leave their homes, are subject to some kind of exploitation, the statements notes."

Entrepreneurs at World Oil Congress Interested in Cuban Opportunities  6/23/2014 Cuba Si: "Cuban deputy minister of Energy and Mining, Ruben Cid, said in Moscow that many Russian companies, which attended the 21st World Oil Congress, are interested in doing business with Cuba."

Crece interés de inversionistas extranjeros por sector turístico de Cuba  6/22/2014 Caribbean News Digital: "Tras la aprobación de la nueva Ley de Inversión Extranjera en Cuba se ha registrado un gran interés del empresariado internacional en las posibilidades de negociar con la Isla, y se han reportado numerosas solicitudes desde casi todas las geografías del mundo, informó el director de Negocios del Ministerio de Turismo (Mintur), José Reinaldo Daniel."

“Ave Fénix”: apoyar el emprendimiento en Cuba  6/22/2014 On Cuba: "La situación actual de una parte importante de las personas negras y mestizas en Cuba, precisa concebir e implementar medidas económicas capaces de empoderar a las familias, como vía para la satisfacción de sus necesidades básicas. El apoyo a la creación de fuentes de empleo podría ser una medida efectiva para estimular tales procesos. En el contexto de la consolidación del trabajo por cuenta propia en Cuba, y teniendo en cuenta la reciente aprobación de la nueva Ley de Inversión Extranjera, la creación de proyectos de financiación figura como una vía concreta de ayuda al emprendimiento."

Joe Garcia: Cubans want to live in Cuba  6/20/2014 On Cuba: "Before Obama came to power 80 thousand Cubans traveled to the island, this year we will reach 630,000. There are 11 flights from Miami International Airport, plus 7 from Tampa. It has been loosened, it has opened, and opportunities have been given. Before there were restrictions on remittances, now you can send any amount. From pizzerias, paladares, restaurants, sandwich places that exist in Cuba, most of the money invested in these facilities comes from Hialiah, Doral, Coral Gables, Little Havana. That is being flexible and fulfills what has been my goal: helping the people of Cuba and its civil society. The last five years of this administration and its policy towards Cuba, more has been achieved than in the previous fifty, and it’s because we promote an open and flexible policy, dedicated to promoting civil society, to promote the values ??we have in common but the same time we must understand that there are limits to this policy” Limits as the inability of Americans to travel and invest in Cuba, or that it does not exist, as with the case of travel, a license for Cuban Americans to invest in Cuba… Practically we have a travel policy open to Cubans. That space has been won, and I´m telling that today, if flights are canceled here or in Cuba, there will be revolt in Cuba, and in Miami."

Cuba building seven more solar parks  6/19/2014 Cuba Standard 

“Ave Fénix”: apoyar el emprendimiento en Cuba  6/18/2014 On Cuba 

Cuba’s Largest Overseas Diaspora is the Least Known  6/17/2014 Havana Times: "According to the census, 1,444 Cubans residing on the island were born in Spain. This does not exactly constitute a diaspora. Cuba, quite naturally, has historical migratory links to what people here sometimes refer to as the “motherland” and Spaniards emigrated to Cuba in a sustained fashion from the early 16th century until 1961. There are a significant number of Spanish associations in Cuba, organized on the basis of ethnic or regional criteria, or as autonomous communities, which gather immigrants and their descendants. My Cuban grandfather, for instance, was from Leon, Spain and acquired Cuban citizenship years after moving to the island. He never returned to his country of origin. Many of his former compatriots did the same thing. The second largest group of people who live in Cuba but were born overseas (some 794 individuals) came to the island from the Russian Federation."

Bacardi chairman: Family split about embargo  6/16/2014 Cuba Standard: "Hinting that yet another Cuban American business dynasty may be softening its approach to Cuba, Bacardi Ltd. leader Facundo Bacardi told Cigar Aficionado magazine in an interview that his family has differences over U.S. embargo policies."

Executive of French Bank Forced to Retirement due to US's Anti-Cuba Policy  6/13/2014 ACN: "A top executive of France's BNP Paribas Bank has seen himself forced into retirement amidst a dispute involving a 10 billion dollar fine that Washington intends to impose on the financial institution in an extraterritorial action for having violated US sanctions against Cuba, Sudan and Iran. The French bank announced that Operations Chief Georges Chodron de Courcel will retire in September. "

US Geologists Visit Eastern Santiago de Cuba  6/12/2014 ACN 

Cuba Food Industry Cooperatives Feel Betrayed  6/6/2014 Havana Times 

In loving memory of Elombe Brath, our ambassador to the African world  6/5/2014 New York Amsterdam News: "Reggie Mabry, Pan-African strategist and Sons of Africa associate, said, “Of all the transitions that occurred recently, Elombe’s is the biggest and most significant because he was our direct connection to the revolutionary movements that were happening around the world. He stood alone as our ambassador to Africa, especially in understanding and engaging the worldwide Pan-African revolutionary movement. Thus, his understanding and involvement must be duplicated by every African at home and abroad.” Accordingly, letters of tributes and reflections were shared by representatives of Cuban revolutionary great Fidel Castro, President Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba of Namibia, former President of South Africa Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki and Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam."

We wish to support this vital and growing private sector in Cuba  5/30/2014 On Cuba: "Mr. Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, is visiting Cuba for the second time. The organization that runs entirely autonomous and independent of the U.S. government represents 3 million businesses of the most diverse sectors."

Rusia en la búsqueda de petróleo cubano  5/28/2014 On Cuba 

Declaration in support of Manuel Cuesta Morúa, spokesperson of Arco Progresista in Cuba  5/28/2014 Puente Democratico: "In a clear set-back in its migrations policy and demonstrating the closed features of its one party political regime, the government of Cuba is blocking the progressive referent Manuel Cuesta Morúa from attending to the Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) taking place between May 21 and 24 in Chicago, United States. This is a retaliation of the Cuban regime to the attempt of Cuesta Morúa to organize an Alternative Forum to the II Summit of CELAC, for which he was detained last January 26th for four days in a cell where he was interrogated and then released with a precautionary measure that forces him to attend every Tuesday to a police station to certify his presence until the day of his trial. Cuesta Morúa is being accused of the Orwellian crime of “Spreading false news against international peace”, according to Article 115 of the Cuban Criminal Code."

Celebran en Cuba Día de África  5/27/2014 Granma: "Seguiremos honrando la memoria de los cientos de miles de combatientes internacionalistas que desinteresadamente pelearon por la dignidad y la libertad del hombre africano, afirmó este martes en La Habana el embajador de la República del Congo y decano del cuerpo diplomático del continente en Cuba, Pascal Onguemby."

South Africa, Cuba to Strengthen Ties  5/27/2014 Periodico 26: "Cuba and South Africa are looking today toward a new stage of strengthening political-economic relations, as shown in the conclusions of the visit to this country of Cuban Vice President Salvador Valdés Mesa. The top government leader arrived in Johannesburg on May 23 to participate in the inauguration of the second government of President Jacob Zuma, who was elected by the National Assembly, for the 2014-2019 period."

Elombe Brath dead  5/26/2014 Black Agenda Report: "Rodolfo Reyes, the Cuban Ambassador to the United Nations, also honored Brath in 2013. “Cuba remembers with high esteem his tireless struggle for the freedom of the Cuban 5, unjustly imprisoned in United States jails,” said Reyes. “By following the example of Elombe Brath, we can turn into reality the goal of our leader, Fidel Castro, that a better world is possible, where justice, human dignity and solidarity prevail."

Festival deportivo promueve respeto a la diversidad  5/26/2014 IPS Cuba: "Activistas contra la homofobia y la transfobia defienden el deporte como espacio para la equidad y la lucha contra la discriminación."

Cuba to Repel All US Subversion Plans  5/24/2014 Periodico 26: "Cuba will repel all US subversive plans, including those using communication technologies, noted Granma newspaper. The official organ of the Communist Party of Cuba stated in an article that Washington justifies its programs against the island under the pretext of providing "free flow of information to the Cuban people." In this respect recalled that the policy of economic, commercial and financial embargo prohibits exports of technology and telecommunications equipment to Havana."

Cuba’s Cooperatives “Without Papers”  5/20/2014 Havana Times 

Hundreds of Cooperative Make their Way in Cuban Economy  5/19/2014 CAN 

Prejuicios limitan acceso de mujeres lesbianas y bisexuales a la salud  5/19/2014 SEMlac 

Aclaración: No es necesario pagar 200 CUC por entrar a Cuba  5/17/2014 On Cuba 

U.S. academics say Cuban reforms not going well  5/10/2014 Miami Herald: "But while up to 485,000 Cubans are reported to be licensed to work in low value-added jobs such as tailors and seamstresses, there are many constraints, Gonzalez-Corzo told the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies (ICCAS). An “onerous tax system” piles “taxes upon taxes upon taxes” that make it difficult for the new micro-enterprises and “confiscate the limited prosperity that people are generating,” he said. There’s a shortage of appropriate retail space needed for the new businesses, property rights remain largely unclear and government inspectors often look for bribes, the professor added. The cooperative sector is not doing as well as projected by the government, Gonzalez-Corzo said. And the average bank loan approved under a micro-credit program designed to help the private sector stands at about $55."

Mientras Washington lo piensa, Bruselas negocia con Cuba  5/5/2014 IPS Cuba: "España encabeza el intercambio comercial europeo con La Habana, con más de 1.156 millones de dólares en 2012. Sin embargo, fue justamente un gobierno conservador español, el de José María Aznar (1996-2004), el artífice de la llamada Posición Común que la UE adoptó en 1996 y que constituye para Cuba una injerencia en sus asuntos internos. Este tema no estuvo sobre la mesa en esta primera ronda de pláticas. A una pregunta de IPS, Leffler, de nacionalidad sueca, también aclaró que la UE no trajo condicionamientos políticos. “Si queremos negociar un acuerdo, no es muy constructivo venir con un punto inicial de condiciones e imposiciones”, afirmó."

Invertir en Cuba  5/1/2014 On Cuba: por Hugo Cancio

Habanos S.A. Marketing Director Leaves  4/23/2014 Cigar Aficionado: "[Afrodescendent] Ana López Garcia, the director of marketing operations for Cuba's tobacco monopoly, Habanos S.A., has left the company. In a short message, she told Cigar Aficionado she was leaving for "personal reasons." Her departure was confirmed by sources at Habanos. Lopez had spent nearly 40 years working in the Cuban cigar industry. She reported that she remembered dealing with Alejandro Robaina, the famous Cuban tobacco grower, and was the person who introduced him to the cigar that bore his name."

Especialistas investigan cómo empoderar a mujeres cuentapropistas  4/14/2014 SEMlac Cuba: "La división sexual del trabajo por cuenta propia en Cuba motiva una investigación en curso para caracterizar el emprendimiento de las mujeres en el municipio capitalino Habana Vieja, uno de los más hacinados y con mayor índice de desigualdad económica de la capital cubana."

Expertas crean red sobre gestión, conocimiento e innovación con equidad de género  4/14/2014 SEMlac Cuba: "La Red cubana sobre gestión, conocimiento e innovación con equidad de género fue presentada el 10 de abril en la capital cubana, durante la celebración del taller "Construyendo equidad: estrategias para el cambio", convocado por la Empresa Gestión del Conocimiento y la Tecnología (Gecyt)."

On Social Media, Cubans Speak Up for Feminism and Racial Justice  4/8/2014 Bitch Media 

Revelan que programador de ZunZuneo es empleado de la Embajada de EEUU en Nicaragua  4/6/2014 Cubadebate 

ZunZuneo  4/6/2014 Cubadebate: Los articulos en Cubadebate sobre ZunZuneo, el red de comunicación social creado por la USAID

Nicaragüense creó “Twitter cubano” anticastrista  4/5/2014 La Prensa, Nicaragua 

Experto comenta las revelaciones de AP sobre el “Twitter cubano”  4/5/2014 RIA Novosti: "Se mostró convencido de que se trata de una serie de programas clandestinos, poco transparentes, acciones encubiertas, con un objetivo claro que es crear una situación en la cual en un determinado momento se pueda usar las redes sociales para crear un estado de rebelión, un estado de desorganización y caos."

Is USAID the New CIA? Agency Secretly Built Cuban Twitter Program To Fuel Anti-Castro Protests  4/4/2014 Havana Times: Democracy Now - "We speak to Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive. He recently wrote an article in Foreign Policy called, “Our Man in Havana: Was USAID planning to overthrow Castro?”"

US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest and undermine government  4/3/2014 Guardian/AP: "At its peak, the project drew in more than 40,000 Cubans to share news and exchange opinions. But its subscribers were never aware it was created by the US government, or that American contractors were gathering their private data in the hope that it might be used for political purposes."

Lesbofobia en Cuba: Denuncian caso de acoso laboral  3/28/2014 Negra Cubana Tenia que Ser 

Lesbofobia en Cuba: Denuncian caso de acoso laboral  3/28/2014 Proyecto Arco Iris: "El trabajo en cuestión hace referencia a la situación de Liana, mujer negra de 43 de años de edad, quien se desempeñaba como Subdirectora Comercial de dicha empresa desde hacia 7 años y quien fuera sancionada, en proceso sospechosamente expedito, a democión definitiva del cargo a otro de inferior categoría, por llamarle la atención a un trabajador que estaba consintiendo el maltrato de la propiedad social al permitir que un cliente permaneciera sentado sobre una de las mesas del Cibecorreo. Ahora la dirección de la Empresa reclama “considerando que esto carece de fundamentos” en una carta otra vez plagada de mentiras con las que intentan justificar su proceder, sus argumentos."

Cuba plans big tax breaks to lure foreign investors: official media  3/26/2014 Reuters 

In Cuba,U.S.embargo elicits a shrug  3/24/2014 Al Jazeera: "An economy in which the state was once the sole employer now includes a growing gray zone of private enterprises operating with the consent of the authorities. That reflects an effort by the communist leadership to stimulate an economy stunted by low growth, despite its relatively high human development index and bountiful government benefits. Only a small number of citizens have seen their living standards improve over the past two decades."

Cubans with money revel in booming social circuit  3/24/2014 AP 

President Jimmy Carter visits Drapetomania at The 8th Floor  3/23/2014 The 8th Floor: "The 8th Floor was proud to host a social event On Sunday, March 23rd, attended by President Jimmy Carter and by his grandson, Georgia State Senator Jason Carter. President Jimmy Carter visited The 8th Floor, the art gallery supported by philanthropists and art collectors Shelley and Donald Rubin in New York City, where the art exhibit Drapetomanía: Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro-Cuba, curated by Harvard professor Alejandro de la Fuente, is currently on display. Organized by Rachel Weingeist, Director of The 8th Floor, the event allowed a group of supporters and friends of President Carter to mingle with the President and to experience a sample of Cuban contemporary art."

Uruguay President Conditions Gitmo Transfers on Releasing Cubans  3/21/2014 AntiWar: "Mujica said the talk on the Gitmo detainees was “far from over,” and added that the detentions of the Cuban prisoners was also “shameful” and should be resolved at the same time. The White House responded with a statement saying they consider Mujica a “valuable partner,” and insisted they are “not aware” of the request for the Cubans, even though it was made very publicly."

I really think this conference in Miami, without threats or police deployment, is a sign of change  3/20/2014 En 2310 y 8225: By Sandra Abd'Allah-Alvarez Ramírez, interviewing Yasmin Silvia

“Realmente creo que esta conferencia en Miami, sin amenazas ni despliegue policial, es una señal de cambio”  3/19/2014 Negra Cubana: Por Sandra Abd'Allah-Alvarez Ramírez, entrevisando a Yasmin Silvia

Dos de cada tres (Los Fanjul)  3/16/2014 Desde La Ceiba 

Cuban Americans hold rare meeting to discuss normalizing Cuba relations  3/15/2014 Reuters: "The one-day event was organized by four groups led by Cuban Americans for Engagement (CAFE), founded two years ago to counteract the influence of traditional Cuban exile organizations that support the embargo. Held at a hotel conference room it attracted about 125 attendees, including several invited speakers from Cuba. "This is a historic event that unites different organizations that are willing to sit down and discuss ways to stimulate the normalization of relations," said Hugo Cancio, publisher of OnCuba, a Miami-based magazine which opened an office in Cuba last year."

DISIDENCIAS: El socialismo no es suficiente  3/8/2014 Negra Cubana: "Y cuando Fidel nos dio una olla de presión, en pleno congreso de mujeres, ninguna de nosotras se paró a explicarle que la rapidez del artefacto, y por tanto la eficiencia en las labores domésticas, nada tiene que ver con una visión progresista de nuestra incorporación social. No necesitábamos cazuelas, necesitábamos menos patriarcado y más tiempo para nosotras mismas."

Tour bookers hopeful U.S. may ease rules on travel to Cuba  3/3/2014 CNBC: "I think there will be general licenses before the spring is over," said John McAuliff, the executive director of the U.S. not-for-profit Fund for Reconciliation and Development. "It means you can stay in bed and breakfasts, eat in private restaurants, take the public buses, rent a car and pick up Cuban hitchhikers. It becomes a totally different process of engagement." "

President Dilma Rousseff Praises Work of Cuban Doctors in Brazil  2/28/2014 Radio Havana 

Griffey Jr. y Barry Larkin en La Habana  2/8/2014 Cubadebate: "La muchedumbre de la Peña del Parque Central habanero no se lo podía creer, y algunos incluso llegaron a enjugarse los ojos, como en las películas: inesperadamente, delante de ellos se aparecieron Ken Griffey Jr. y Barry Larkin, dos monstruos sagrados de la historia reciente de las Grandes Ligas estadounidenses."

Jóvenes sudafricanos viajarán a Cuba para estudiar medicina  2/7/2014 Cubadebate 

The Fanjul flak: Typical Miami schizophrenia  2/7/2014 Progreso 

Directo al bolsillo de Fanjul  2/6/2014 Cartas desde Cuba: "El conocido anticastrista Mauricio Claver-Carone amenazó al magnate azucarero Alfonso Fanjul con hacer campaña para que le retiren las subvenciones."

Ros-Lehtinen intercedió en favor de banqueros fugitivos de Ecuador  2/6/2014 Cubadebate: "La congresista republicana Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, representante por Florida, también intercedió en favor de dos banqueros ecuatorianos que están fugitivos de su país por malversación de fondos, reportó hoy la prensa de Estados Unidos."

Embajador de Haití reconoce solidaridad de Cuba  2/5/2014 Cubadebate 

Florida Rep Helped Fugitive Embezzlers  2/4/2014 Daily Beast: "Sen. Robert Menendez is under federal investigation for his advocacy on behalf of two Ecuadorian bankers convicted of embezzlement. Turns out he wasn’t the only prominent lawmaker accepting donations and doing favors for the brothers. Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, while she was Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to federal agencies on behalf of two Ecuadorian bankers convicted of embezzlement who were seeking U.S. residency. She also advocated for their family members, who donated over $20,000 to her campaign."

Magnate azucarero Alfonso Fanjul dispuesto ahora a invertir en Cuba bajo “circunstancias adecuadas”  2/2/2014 Progreso Semanal: "Pero el cambio de Fanjul es mucho más significativo. No solo él y su familia controlan una de las mayores operaciones de azúcar en el mundo, sino que también han estado entre los mayores donantes a grupos de activistas como la Fundación Nacional Cubano-Americana y el U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC, que han sido defensores activos de las sanciones comerciales."

Sugar tycoon Fanjul open to investing in Cuba under ‘right circumstances’  2/2/2014 WaPo: "But the shift by Fanjul is far more significant. Not only do he and his family control one of the largest sugar operations in the world, but they also have been major donors to activist groups, such as the Cuban American National Foundation and the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC, that have been vocal advocates for trade sanctions."

Asesinan a Tony Díaz  2/1/2014 Proyecto Arco Iris: "El asesinato de Tony Díaz sucedió en circunstancias que aún están por esclarecer por parte de la policía. Todo parece indicar que será un nuevo crimen de odio hacia la comunidad LGTB en Cuba, la cual ha visto un aumento de este tipo de flagelo en los últimos tres años. El homicidio es uno más en una lista de crímenes de odio hacia la comunidad LGTB en Cuba que en el 2013 reportó más de cuarenta asesinatos a homosexuales en iguales circunstancias. Figuras públicas como el bailarín y coreógrafo guantanamero Alfredo Velázquez y el economista Eduardo Pérez de Corcho, fueron parte de una amplia lista de muertes, algunas aún no aclaradas."

Richmond’s people to people delegation: How beautiful is Cuba!  1/29/2014 SF Bay View: "“Cuba is neither the hell that our enemies like to pretend it is nor the paradise that our friends wish it to be, but a country which struggles just like many others.” This is the assessment of our Cuban tour guide during the last day of our 10-day, 10-person people to people visit to Cuba in December 2013, led by the mayor of Richmond, California, Gayle McLaughlin."

Operación Peter Pan, cerrando el círculo en Cuba  1/25/2014 Jiribilla: "¿Estaba la CIA detrás de toda la Operación, financiando las acciones?" [Si, asi lo reconocio el proprio hijo del agente responsible.]

Detenido en Cuba Maxim Martsinkevich líder del grupo antigay extremista  1/20/2014 Proyecto Arco Iris: "Maxim Martsinkevich, el líder neonazi ruso que durante mucho tiempo ha torturado a gays de Rusia y otros países de Europa del Este, ha sido detenido en Cuba acusado de un cargo de extremismo. Los días en libertad del conocido como ‘Tesak’, ‘Machete’, han llegado a su fin gracias a una orden dictaminada por un tribunal ruso en el mes de diciembre de 2013 y a la colaboración de la policía cubana. En RAGAP llevamos mucho tiempo siguiendo los pasos de este peligroso delincuente, denunciando sus crímenes con la esperanza de verle entre rejas. Y por fin, parece que ese día ha llegado."

Ordenanzas de la ciudad, otro “amarre” para los cuentapropistas?  1/17/2014 La Esquina de Lilith: "Significa, además, que posiblemente cientos de familias que apuntalaban la economía familiar con el alquiler de espacios de sus viviendas podrían quedarse sin esa entrada, sin contar con lo que significa para los propios cuentapropistas que, con la nueva ley para esa actividad, invirtieron en toldos, mesetas… Lo peor, no obstante, es la sensación de inestabilidad que, ahora mismo, ronda a quienes ejercen esa actividad que, cada año hasta ahora, se incrementado sus aportes al presupuesto nacional."

LOS NIÑOS PETER PAN: SÍMBOLOS DE LA MEMORIA  1/16/2014 UNEAC 

Haitian Official Stresses Cuba's Regional Integration Role  1/3/2014 Periodico 26: "Under Cuba's presidency, the Community established relations with the BRICS group of countries, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Cuba is the door to this region and the bridge between the Caribbean and Latin America, said the Haitian official, who explained that the island has been the chair of the organization as part of a troika that also includes Chile and Costa Rica."

Prison Visits Banned for One of Cuban Five  12/28/2013 Periodico 26 

Cuban TV Industry Takes Another Step towards Digital Switchover  12/26/2013 Havana Reporter: "Cuban specialists recently presented the first working prototype of an integrated digital television set manufactured in Cuba, using liquid crystal display (LCD) and light emitting diodes (LEDs)."

Barack Obama y Raúl Castro: ¿Más que un saludo?  12/10/2013 Huff Post: "El problema es que en el caso cubano, la política estadounidense no promueve el derecho a disentir sino selecciona a opositores favoritos, promoviendo un cambio de régimen impuesto desde Washington que hiere las fuertes sensibilidades nacionalistas en la isla. La política estadounidense no promueve un mayor espacio para una oposición leal en Cuba. Al contrario, es un obstáculo y una distracción al desprestigiar las demandas democráticas con acciones intervencionistas. De hecho, una política de distensión e intercambio tendría más credibilidad en la promoción de los derechos humanos pues enfatizaría en procesos, no en resultados a imponer."

Raul Castro’s Speech at Mandela’s Memorial  12/10/2013 Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba 

Obama Reaches Out to Cuba’s Leader, but the Meaning May Elude Grasp  12/10/2013 NYT 

The Need to Speed up Changes in Oriente  12/7/2013 AfroCubaWeb: "No one can accept that a lack of attractions is the culprit for Oriente underdevelopment. The area holds the home site of the Rough Riders landing in Daiquiri and Siboney, San Juan Hills, the Morro Castle and the sunken wreckage of the Spanish fleet. General Antonio Maceo’s home and Square, the Bacardi Museum, Jose Marti Mausoleum, Santa Efigenia cemetery, the Gran Piedra Coffee ruins, the Moncada Garrison, the Basilica of the Virgin of Charity, the site of the Protest of Baragua and Loma del Gato, where General Jose Maceo fell in combat are all close at hand. We also have the English Speaking Caribbean and Haitian community in Goat Hill in Guantanamo, Caimanera overlooking the Guantanamo Naval Base, the Alexander Humbolt Biophere reserve and Baracoa. The sites of the beginning of Cuba’s two Wars of Independence, the city where the national anthem was written, the home of the Father of the Cuban Nation, the site where slaves were freed, the Granma landing and the Sierra Maestra are all there. One of Cuba’s best beaches in Guardalavaca, Christopher Columbus' landing site in Bariay and Cuba’s largest arqueological dig in Banes suffice to attract an additional million tourists to Cuba."

Mandela: Cuba’s Solidarity is Unparalleled in African History  12/7/2013 Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba 

Mandela: Cuba had a Place in the Heart of Africa  12/6/2013 Periodico 26: "From the beginning, the Cuban Revolution was a source of inspiration for all freedom-loving peoples. I admired the sacrifice of the Cuban people in preserving their Independence and sovereignty in the face of imperialist campaigns aimed at destroying the impressive achievements of the Cuban Revolution. Madiba, as his people also call him, went on to address the essential difference between the presence of Cuban internationalists in Africa and nationals of other countries, who were there to exploit its natural resources. Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1993. South Africa and Cuba have enjoyed stable bilateral cooperation in many fields since Mandela was elected president in 1994, cooperating that is ongoing. The relationship between the South African leader and Fidel Castro was one of the most emotional chapters during the visits by the Cuban leader to South Africa. Fidel is my Friend, Mandela used to say whenever they two men met. Fidel first visited South Africa in May 1994 to attend Mandela's swearing-in ceremony, he went again in 1998 and then in 2001. During his stay in 1998 Fidel gave a speech in which he said that Nelson Mandela would not fade into history because in 27 years in prison he did not renounce his ideas. Fidel said that Mandela he will be remembered in history because what he did renounce was any hard feelings that such unjust punishment could have sown in his heart."

Arcoiris: Un proyecto cubano que lucha contra la discriminación de la comunidad LGBT  12/3/2013 Global Voices: Escrito por Sandra Abd'Allah-Alvarez Ramírez

Ending the Cuba Travel Crisis  12/3/2013 The Nation: "Ricardo Alarcón, former foreign minister and retired president of the National Assembly said, in relation: In terms of changing Cuban society, the most effective ambassadors are the Cubans coming back, somebody living on the corner bringing gadgets from Miami. When they are in their dining rooms they probably are not pretending to mislead. They will say work is harder in the US. They can bring some different element here, maybe in fashion or music. So you will get a mutual influence. I don’t really see a problem with that. They have been coming back for years. So?"

U.S. Promises To Help Cuba Find New Bank For Diplomatic Mission  11/28/2013 Fox 

Cuba suspends consular services in US over lack of banking  11/26/2013 BBC 

La Zona de Desarrollo del Mariel. Potencialidad y Riesgos.  11/25/2013 AfroCubaWeb: "Escépticos, fatalistas y enemigos, presagian el fracaso del ZED debido a la severa falta de vías de comunicación en el país, deficiente abasto de agua, alcantarillado, electricidad, lentitud cibernética, deplorable comercio minorista, transporte, construcción, servicios de apoyo, correos, viviendas y la mentalidad de algunos en el siglo XX. Ignoran o subvaloran los cientos de miles de profesionales, técnicos y científicos que Cuba ha formado, lo que le permite calificarlos y recalificarlos para asumir cualquier responsabilidad, a diferencia de muchos países vecinos que partirían de cero."

El acto final de Kennedy: acercarse a Cuba  11/22/2013 Cubadebate 

Will Cuban Reforms Create More Inequality? - James Early  11/20/2013 Reality Asserts Itself/YouTube: "On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, James Early who has visited Cuba more than thirty times says what's needed is more citizen participation and less centralization but Cuba is not headed towards the Chinese capitalist model."

Princeton University Confronts Meningitis Epidemic Preventable in Cuba  11/18/2013 Counterpunch: "Princeton University students have a problem, one not of their own making. Since March, seven of them have contracted bacterial meningitis due to the type B form of the meningococcal microorganism. Vaccines that work against microbes causing the vast majority of cases of bacterial meningitis are readily available in the United States but not a vaccine capable of preventing type B meningococcal meningitis. As a result, Princeton students are at risk. Yet 55 million doses of a type B vaccine have been administered in 15 other countries, mostly in Latin America. The vaccine’s name is VA-MENGOC-BC, and it comes from Cuba. Under the anti-Cuban U.S. economic blockade, Cuban exports to the United States are forbidden."

Obama habla de Cuba entre gusanos  11/9/2013 CubaDebate: "El “aquí” era la casa del presidente de la Fundación Nacional Cubano Americana, Jorge Mas Santos, donde Obama asistió durante una hora a un evento de recaudación de fondos del Partido Demócrata, durante su estancia de medio día en Miami. “La gente como la que vemos hoy aquí” eran el mercenario Guillermo Fariñas y la jefa de las Damas de Blanco, Bertha Soler."

Cuban Government Agency Investigates Incident of Homophobic Violence First Reported Online  11/7/2013 Global Voices: "The Cuban intellectual Alberto Abreu Arcia reported in his blog Afromodernidades about an incident of physical violence against a group of homosexual men in the city of Cardenas, in the western province of Matanzas, on October 4. The National State Center for Sex Education (CENESEX in Spanish) then started an investigation."

Denuncia en la redes de violencia homofóbica en Cuba es investigada por centro estatal  11/5/2013 Global Voices: "Este es otro ejemplo de cómo acontecimientos en la sociedad cubana que primero están presentes en la redes sociales y espacios digitales, a través de denuncias de blogueros, blogueras y activistas, tienen finalmente repercusión en las instituciones oficiales."

Exjueza de EE.UU. pide a Obama liberar a los Cinco  11/4/2013 CubaDebate: "Morcom envió una carta al mandatario y recordó que Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González y Ramón Labañino solo defendieron a su tierra natal contra ataques injustificados, informó el Comité Internacional por la liberación de Los Cinco, como se les conoce a esos hombres a nivel mundial…. Morcom fue la primera mujer afroamericana en trabajar en un bufete integral de abogados y es una destacada defensora de los derechos humanos."

The Assassination of John F. Kennedy: Only One Writer Interviewed the Key Government Investigators. Edward Jay Epstein. He Was a Senior in College.  11/4/2013 Huff Post 

Soft Landing in Cuba? Emerging Entrepreneurs and Middle Classes  11/1/2013 Brookings Institution 

Continúan llegando correos de solidaridad por el texto Cocheros homofóbicos  10/22/2013 Afromodernidades: "La calle es de todos."

Cuba: Beginning of the End of Dual Currency  10/22/2013 Havana Times: 'Many economists believe that the dual currency distorts accounting and hampers economic productivity on the island. Monetary unification “is not a measure that will resolve all the current economic problems, but its implementation is essential to ensure the restoration of the value of the Cuban peso,” noted the official Granma newspaper on Tuesday."

Díaz-Canel: “Hace falta un pensamiento más fresco y revolucionario en la promoción cultural”  10/20/2013 Cubarte: "Después de estos días de debate, parece que queda poco por decir, comentaba Miguel Díaz-Canel, Primer Vicepresidente cubano, antes de leer las palabras que cerraron el Segundo Congreso de la AHS [Associacion Hermanos Saiz].

¿Por qué está en prisión la disidente cubana Sonia Garro?  10/18/2013 Global Voices 

50 YEARS AFTER THE ASSASSINATION OF KENNEDY The frustrated CIA and Chiefs of Staff coup  10/17/2013 Granma: by Gabriel Molina Franchossi - "It is not by chance that the most public defenders of the group of Cuban gangsters suspected of conspiring in the plot, are supported in eluding justice by Ileana Ros Lehtinen, Mario Díaz-Balart and a group of Congress members financed with resources that the government grants them in the name of freedom. Obama would seem to have forgotten that, right after his election, these ultra-conservatives refused to meet with him. Ileana Ros went so far as to refuse a telephone conversation with him. This group, which has the backing of the pro-Israeli lobby and the military-industrial complex, has hijacked U.S. Cuba policy, despite the fact that both civil and economic actors in U.S. society has stated that the normalization of relations is as important for the United States as it is for Cuba."

Trabajo por cuenta propia revela tensiones de género en Cuba  10/14/2013 Global Voices: por Sandra Abd'Allah-Alvarez Ramírez

Why is Cuban Dissident Sonia Garro in Prison?  10/12/2013 Global Voices 

Cocheros homofóbicos agreden a grupos gays en Cárdenas.  10/4/2013 Afromodernidades: "Y allí pienso estar, al lado de ellos, porque lo cierto es que a pesar del machete, los planazos, los fustazos, el coche, los cocheros y otros atributos de un entorno pre, uno se cansa. Si las leyes y las instituciones llamadas a ampararnos llegan: perfecto, sino ya da igual. Los maricones tan bien tenemos sangre en las venas, y vamos descubriendo otras formas de empoderarnos, quizás no tan civilizadas (contenidas, disciplinadas), pero son las armas, el otro saber: el saber de gente, que vamos encontrando noche a noche, para el vivir, pensar y enfrentar la calle."

En La Habana, la Keiderling enseño su verdadera cara de agente CIA  10/1/2013 Kaos en la red: "Keiderling tenía presupuesto ilimitado; fue hasta sugerir llevarse a su ahijada a Estados Unidos a “estudiar con una beca” y propuso a “Daniel” crear una “agencia literaria”, siempre con el propósito de influir en los círculos artísticos cubanos. "Se crea la pagina web Agencia Literaria Cubana Online, desde la cual se difundían los autores y se vendían obras, pero la idea empieza a convertirse en otra cosa, dicen que quiere que agrupe no solo a escritores sino también a artistas, músicos, que se coordinara con otras embajadas, como la alemana, etc... Para todo ello iba a recibir financiación”, recordó Raúl Capote al describir el trabajo de inteligencia de la Keiderling."

Crean cooperativas en la Oficina del Historiador  9/27/2013 Opus Havana: "Hoy viernes fueron constituidas oficialmente dos cooperativas no agropecuarias de primer grado de la Oficina del Historiador de la Ciudad: la de vidriería Vidria y la de metales Calflat. En el acto, efectuado en la Casa Pedroso, y en el que intervino Eusebio Leal Spengler para saludar la iniciativa y desear éxitos a los cooperativistas, se conoció que estas se crearon con el objetivo de diversificar el trabajo en la institución en una nueva modalidad, utilizando en este caso específico la experiencia de graduados y profesores de la Escuela Taller Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos."

Cuba expands list of allowed private sector jobs  9/26/2013 AFP: "The Communist Party daily Granma reported that among the 18 newly authorized private sector occupations is that of real estate agent, in keeping with an earlier decision to legalize private real estate transactions. Vendors of agricultural produce and telecommunications salespeople also have been added to the list."

Clay Shaw, Big Sugar and the Everglades  9/18/2013 Counterpunch: Big sugar = Domino Sugar, owned by the Fanjul brothers, central pilars of the exiled plantocracy.

U.S. ordered to disclose payments to reporters covering the Cuban Five case  9/18/2013 Granma 

Abrirá en Cuba oficina de televisora iraní en español  9/14/2013 Jiribilla: "La televisora iraní Hispantv, primera cadena de información y entretenimiento en español de Oriente Medio, abrirá próximamente una oficina en Cuba, anunció este jueves en La Habana, Omar Olazábal, Vicepresidente del Instituto Cubano de Radio y Televisión."

Obama should return Guantanamo to Cuba, former U.S. envoy says  9/2/2013 Reuters: "Obama, by negotiating a deal with Cuban leader Raul Castro about the base on the communist island, could build a long-term relationship with its people, said Michael Parmly, head of the U.S. interests section in Havana from 2005-2008."

Cuban Cinema at a Crossroads: Independent Productions on the Island  8/30/2013 Havana Times: "Calviño believes that “the first step would be to create a legal platform for independent productions. Today, we can’t even sign a contract or open our own bank account,” she explains, adding that the important thing “is to be allowed to work without the stress of thinking one is doing something illegal.”"

Havana, destination Cuba  8/30/2013 On Cuba: "During the first decade of the century, 15% of the total population living in Cuba lived in a province different from their birth. The figure has risen but Havana was and still is, the most popular migration destination on the Island."

"Black-Budget": Cuba Remains Priority for U.S. Counter-Intelligence  8/29/2013 Capitol Hill Cubans: "One of the things revealed in the "black budget" is the following: U.S. intelligence officials take an active interest in foes as well as friends. Pakistan is described in detail as an “intractable target,” and counterintelligence operations “are strategically focused against [the] priority targets of China, Russia, Iran, Cuba and Israel.” The latter is a U.S. ally but has a history of espionage attempts against the United States."

Eusebio Leal: Everything can be rectified  8/29/2013 Granma: "Perhaps this is the moment when we have more and more complex works," affirmed City Historian Eusebio Leal, leader of the rehabilitation of Old Havana, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO."

A business-friendly Cuba gets a hand from Canada  8/29/2013 Toronto Globe & Mail: “The irony is those that will save the Revolution are the emerging small- and medium-sized private businesses,” he says. “And those that could destroy it are those elements in the bureaucracy that resist these changes.”

Cuba’s “All-Terrain” Doctors Arrive in Brazil  8/28/2013 Havana Times: "This past weekend, Brazil welcomed the first 400 of a contingent of 4,000 Cuban medical doctors, hired to provide health services to populations living in the remotest and poorest areas of the Latin American giant. Brazil’s doctors association opposes the measure, but the administration of Dilma Rouseff considers it a matter of public interest and a social issue of the highest priority."

Fidel Castro labels libellous report Cuba blocked Snowden travel  8/28/2013 Reuters: "Castro, in his column, blasted Kommersant as a well known "counter-revolutionary" and "mercenary" newspaper. "I admire the courageous and just declarations of Snowden," Castro wrote."

The Privatization of Education in Cuba: Kissing the Right Frog  8/27/2013 Havana Times: "In this connection, Zulema’s day care center is one case among many others, which include private schools maintained by international organizations, to which the children of Cuba’s nouveaux riches flock in a mad, happy rush. As such, Cuban society is slowly becoming exposed to two visibly different ways of accessing education. At the top, we have the children of those who have come out victorious in the process of capitalist restoration, comfortable in their private institutions and nurseries. At the very broad base, we have the heirs of poverty, in an educational system that is in shambles, with badly-paid teachers and ramshackle facilities. Some go up while others plunge further down."

Russian media report: How Snowden missed his flight to Cuba  8/26/2013 CS Monitor: "A Kommersant source who is close to the US State Department confirmed that Cuba was one of the countries whose authorities had been warned by the US that any assistance provided to Snowden will lead to 'adverse consequences.' Later Vladimir Putin said that the United States 'in fact, blocked [Snowden's] further flight' to Latin America," leaving him stuck in Russia."

A Glimpse into the Cuban Demographic Sphere  8/24/2013 Periodico 26: "Grisel Rodríguez Gómez, who is a PhD. and professor of the Demographic Studies Center from the University of Havana city, explained that since 1978 the Cuban population is below its level of generation replacement , which means that each woman does not have a daughter who could replace her in the reproductive role and that it is the main cause of the local population aging."

New details on USAID's Cuba programs  8/23/2013 Along the Malecon 

Indiegogo refusing to release funds donated for legal Cuba travel  8/22/2013 Cuba News: "U.S. citizens collecting funds for legal Cuba tours and other legal Cuba projects should be warned not to use online fundraising sites such as Indiegogo. Recently there have been incidents in which legal participants on legal Cuba research tours attempted to raise funds for their Cuba travel on the site www.indiegogo.com. In one case, Indiegogo is refusing to release the $1400 raised by a legal Cuba traveler, claiming their bank didn't have approval from OFAC. In the second case, Indiegogo shut down a legal Cuba traveler's Indiegogo webpage when he had raised $400."

Illegal Dental Work on the Rise in Cuba  8/22/2013 Havana Times: "Generally speaking, dentists with private clinics are specialists or technicians from the field who continue to work for the State or quit their day jobs in search of financial improvement. They have clinics with basic conditions at home and no license to operate. In fact, no one is authorized by the government to offer health services privately, as a self-employed professional. Another practice consists of offering dental appointments and diagnostic procedures outside State clinics, in private residences, and conducting the actual surgery in the government institution, using the equipment and supplies there illegally."

Lalita también era bloguera #Cuba  8/19/2013 Cayo Hueso: "Como yo, Lalita también era bloguera, quizás un pasaje algo desconocido de su vida. Y digo como yo, porque sé que sembré en ella el bichito de publicar en internet nuestras ideas sin censores ni cortapisas. Si algo distinguía su proceder era abrirle las puertas de sus libros y sus reflexiones a los y las jóvenes que la buscaban para escuchar una historia no oficial de varios acontecimientos socio-culturales. Pero también aprendía de hip hop, de nuevas tecnologías. Por eso pudo acoger con humildad y entusiasmo la idea de tener un blog."

A Tourist’s Look at the Cuban Tourism Industry  8/17/2013 Havana Times: "Whatever stresses are placed on Cuba now could be multiplied if Americans are allowed to travel to Cuba in greater numbers. A television documentary here quoted a high ranking Cuban official to the effect that Cuba would need many more golf courses to accommodate an expanded tourist industry. Who could have predicted that more than 50 years after the Cuban Revolution, Cuba would be dependent on tourists from wealthy countries? Marx, Engels, Lenin, Marti, etc. did not write anything on how to deal with such a challenge. The Cubans will be obliged to figure it out for themselves."

Celebran Aniversario 26 de los Joven Club de Computación  8/16/2013 CubaDebate 

Cuba’s Journey on the Internet: There’s a Long March Ahead  8/14/2013 Time: "only 25% of the population is online" [This figure comes from official sources.]

Bloqueo de Estados Unidos irrumpe en la vida íntima de los cubanos  8/7/2013 La Polemica Digital 

Internet access now a reality for some Cubans, but not cheap at $4.50 an hour  8/6/2013 CNN 

CUBITA LA BELLA: Claro que si, el bloqueo existe'  8/6/2013 Negra Cubana: "Mire, solo le podemos efectuar el pago si el dinero viene a nombre de una persona que no sea cubana, o sea si Ud. conoce a alguien que pudiera cobrarle el dinero… Western Union es una empresa americana y por el embargo su país no consta aquí, su pasaporte no puede ser usado para extraer ese dinero aunque esté a su nombre."

ONLY IN AMERIKKA, THE LAND OF THE IMPRISONED  8/5/2013 Afrocubalicious: published 2009, still topical - "A group of Japanese lawyers and institutions are among the growing number of people and organizations to sign 12 Amicus Curiae presented on March 6 by the defence lawyers of Gerardo Hernández, René González, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and Ramón Labañino —known as the Cuban Five. Japanese lawyer and former legislator Osamu Yatabe explained to JR how in a short period of time several Japanese legal and human rights organizations got together to sign the Amicus Curiae."

Excerpt: Gangsterismo: The United States, Cuba, and the Mafia, 1933-1966  8/4/2013 CubaNews: "When Masferrer went into exile in the United States, Park Wollam, U.S. consul general in Santiago de Cuba, sounded a warning: Masferrer could become a political embarrassment for the Eisenhower Administration. A CIA memorandum reported that Masferrer was infamous for the use of his private army, known as the “Tigers,” to terrorize Batista’s civilian opponents. “Masferrer is considered here to typify the worst of the former [Batista] regime,” Wollam wrote from Foggy Bottom in January 1959. “The name ‘Masferrista’ connotes assassination, torture, and extortion, and many local people have been subject to shakedowns by alleged members of his private army.” A report for the Special Research Office at the American University in Washington, D. C., called Masferrer “one of the most hated men in Cuba.” Norman LaCharite writes, “In Oriente, Batista’s close friend and ally, Senator Rolando Masferrer, had a personal army of 2,000 men who wore army uniforms and rode in khaki-colored short-wave radio cars. . . . [T]his vigilante force known as the Socialist Revolutionary Movement, worked hand-in-hand with the [Cuban] army in suppressing disorders and eliminating revolutionaries.”

Violencia contra las mujeres busca espacio en la prensa  7/29/2013 SEMlac: "Desconocimiento y poca sensibilidad por parte de periodistas y profesionales de la comunicación, junto a dificultades para obtener testimonios y escasez de estadísticas conspiran contra el posicionamiento de la violencia contra las mujeres en las agendas editoriales de la prensa cubana."

Cuba’s Economic Performance in 2012  7/24/2013 Counterpunch 

El Asesinato de negros a mansalva en los Estados Unidos,  7/19/2013 AfroCubaWeb: "Más de 2 millones de profesionales Afroamericanos en todas las ramas del saber, 110 Universidades negras, 200,000 iglesias negras y el mayor conglomerado de negros en el mundo de las artes y deportes y millones de hombres ordinarios sin tabúes, jubilados o activos, constituyen la fuente donde se podrían atraer a más de un millón de familias preocupados por la seguridad personal de su familia, donde jamas ocurrirá un Emmet Till o Trayvon Martin, para residir en la antigua provincia de Oriente, con lo que Cuba podría duplicar de su producto nacional bruto, abonar salarios justo, abastecer el mercado e iniciar la recuperación de la decrepita infraestructura nacional."

Press Release of CAFE's denouncement of Mario Diaz-Balart's attempt to dismantle advancements in U.S. Cuba policy  7/19/2013 CAFE por Cuba: "Section 124 would effectively dismantle the "people-to-people" licensing program, allowing American citizens to travel to Cuba for educational purposes, by defunding the program. These licenses have allowed U.S. citizens to legally visit Cuba and experience the island first-hand, ending their reliance on the skewed portrayals of Cuban reality by either the U.S. government or the corporate-controlled media."

Cuban-American Group Opposes Bill to Stymie US-Cuba Exchange  7/19/2013 Havana Times: " A group of Cuban Americans supporting engagement between the US and Cuba to improve relations and settle differences is alarmed by a bill attached to a House appropriations bill for the fiscal year 2014 that would turn the clock back to the George W. Bush years. The annexed legislation, submitted by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fl), was passed by a full house committee on Wednesday."

Cuba Sent “Obsolete Weapons” on North Korean Ship  7/16/2013 Havana Times: "American conservatives demanded that the Obama administration put an “immediate” stop to the meeting with Cuba on immigration policies. This should not take place “until (Havana) gives clear and consistent answers about this incident,” said Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a leading Cuban-born opponent of any rapproachment between the two governments."

El periodismo que necesita Cuba  7/14/2013 CubaDebate: "El IX Congreso de la Unión de Periodistas de Cuba vivió este sábado una jornada de debate franco, cuestionador, autocrítico sobre las exigencias y urgencias del periodismo que requiere el socialismo cubano en el escenario mediático actual."

Cuba: Censorship on Government Websites  7/13/2013 Havana Times: "In short, I don’t see how the technical and financial limitations alluded to by Cuban authorities in connection with the full use of Internet’s potential could have anything to do with this restriction in the use of available technological resources."

Rectores de universidades cubanas visitan centros educacionales en Angola  7/12/2013 CubaDebate 

“Proyecto de ley Jay-Z y Beyoncé”: Otro capítulo oscuro  7/11/2013 CubaDebate: "Un proyecto de ley que acaba de ver la luz en un Subcomité de Apropiaciones limitaría el uso de fondos del Departamento del Tesoro estadounidenses “relacionados con los viajes u otras operaciones de intercambios no académicos” descritos en las restricciones legales estadounidenses de los viajes a Cuba."

Cuba: The Gloves are Off  7/11/2013 Havana Times: "Making Cuba’s official discourse reflect more and more aspects of everyday reality may well be one of the most important political processes undertaken on the island today. President Raul Castro’s pronouncements Sunday to the parliament were a clear expression of this process. He began by saying his criticisms would help the international press disparage Cuba, but went on to suggest that restricting the public debate of economic, political and social problems simply to deprive the enemy of potential weapons is misguided."

Raul Castro, hablando a calzón quitado  7/11/2013 Havana Times: "La aproximación entre el discurso y la realidad es uno de los procesos más importantes que se gestan en la política cubana actual. Y las palabras del Presidente Raúl Castro en la última reunión del parlamento fue una descarnada expresión de este cambio. Empezó afirmando que sus criticas servirían a la prensa internacional para denigrar a Cuba pero a renglón seguido descalificó la mentalidad que limita la difusión de los problemas económicos, políticos y sociales para no dar armas al enemigo."

Speech by President Raul Castro Ruz to the National Assembly of People’s Power, at the Havana Convention Center on July 7, 2013  7/10/2013 Havana Times: "I am abiding by the conviction that the first step in effectively overcoming the problem is to recognize its existence, in all its dimensions, and investigate the causes and conditions which have propitiated this phenomenon over many years."

Gallery owner seeks Cuba-Key West art swap  7/10/2013 Miami Herald 

The loss of ethical values and disrespect for good manners can be reversed by concerted action on the part of all social actors  7/8/2013 Granma: Speech by Raúl Castro Ruz - "This issue is not a pleasant one for anybody, but I am abiding by the conviction that the first step in effectively overcoming the problem is to recognize its existence, in all its dimensions, and investigate the causes and conditions which have propitiated this phenomenon over many years."

Senador socio de terrorista CIA amenaza a “cualquier” país que otorga asilo a Snowden  7/8/2013 Kaos en la Red: "Menéndez es este miembro del Senado quién se reunió el 17 de mayo de 2011 con Luis Posada Carriles, en un restaurante de West New York, para felicitar el viejo asesino para su indulto por un tribunal tejano, una operación dirigida por nada menos que Roger Noriega, el ex alto funcionario del Departamento de Estado. El senador famoso por sus lazos con la mafia, tanto italiana que cubanoamericana, es un aliado fiel de la Representante por Miami Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, la también Presidente del “Fondo de defensa” de Posada."

Disputa por el legado de Alfredo Guevara  7/7/2013 Marti Noticias: "Pero los Guevara reaccionaron con indignación y críticas. "Me encantaría que alguien se comunicara y me dijera qué hemos hecho mi hermano y yo que somos los propietarios y herederos legítimos junto a mis padres, para que saquen todas nuestras pertenencias y nos cambien hasta las cerraduras de las puertas", expresó Guevara."

Revista cultural cubana justifica ‘inventario’ al patrimonio del fallecido cineasta Alfredo Guevara  7/7/2013 Nuevo Herald: "La revista cultural estatal “La Jiribilla” justificó el inventario que realizaron las autoridades cubanas del patrimonio del fallecido cineasta Alfredo Guevara, en ausencia de sus herederos, y señaló la falta de tres importantes cuadros, cuya salida del país se había denegado."

Operación Alfredo Guevara o la "dolce vita" de un viejo comisario  7/5/2013 Café Fuerte: "A la semana del deceso, el Ministerio de Cultura declaraba su papelería patrimonio nacional y a los dos meses irrumpía en la vivienda en busca de documentos, memorias y obras de arte. Medió la denuncia oportuna de un vecino anónimo, realizada el jueves 27 de junio. Y mientras tanto, una funcionaria nos aclara que faltan solo "tres obras de maestros de la vanguardia cubana", sin especificar qué obras y de qué maestros, elementos claves para seguir el rastro de todo bien patrimonial expoliado o robado."

Ricardo Alarcón, expulsado del Buró Político del Partido  7/3/2013 CubaNet: "Pero también por la torpeza de los argumentos que, en enero de 2008, dio al joven estudiante de informática, Eliecer Ávila, para explicar durante un acto público por qué los cubanos tenían prohibido viajar fuera de la isla, por qué no tenían pleno acceso a Internet y por qué las promesas de prosperidad de la revolución no terminaban de cumplirse. “Si todos los cubanos pudieran viajar, el cielo se llenaría de aviones”, fue una de respuestas aquel día. Para algunos, de allí data el comienzo de su fin."

Reciben libros de Alfredo Guevara en la Universidad de Oriente  7/3/2013 Granma 

Che Guevara's 'betrayer' tells his side of the story after 40 years  7/3/2013 Guardian: "A few months later, on the day he and Debray were sentenced to 30 years in prison by a Bolivian military tribunal, Bustos learned that Guevara had been captured and executed. Hearing the news, he felt "as though the bullets that killed him had hit me, too … it was like losing a leader, a brother and a friend all at the same time"."

Hospitales cubanos se caen a pedazos y si los reparan, es con pacientes dentro  7/2/2013 CubaNet: "El doctor me mira sorprendido cuando le pregunto si considera que no se puede transportar a un paciente grave en un ascensor donde van otras personas. Al preguntarle me acuerdo de los ingresos hospitalarios con mi padre y la cantidad de veces que subí con él acostado en una camilla, luchando por protegerlo del hombre que sacaba un contenedor de basura, en presencia de médicos conversando que me obligaban a ver aquella situación como “normal”."

African Americans Affirming the Jim Crow analogy in Palestine/Israel  7/1/2013 Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel: "On May 29th, novelist Alice Walker issued an open letter calling upon Alicia Keys to cancel her scheduled concert in Israel. The letter has created an immense stir, as those who wish to ignore the situation facing the Palestinians hasten to draw a false wall between the experiences of African Americans under Jim Crow and Palestinians today, attacking Alice Walker's person in the process, in major media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the Daily News and the New York Post. In signing this letter, we affirm the accuracy of parallels drawn between the experience of African Americans in the U.S. under Jim Crow and Israel’s treatment of Palestinians."

Guantánamo en nosotros  6/30/2013 AfroCubaWeb: "El Centro Medico del Caribe en que quedaría transformado el Hospital Agostinho Neto y su Escuela de Medicina para unos 10,000 alumnos nacionales e internacionales, pudiera contar con un equipo facultativo-docente internacional, solidario, progresista, que contribuyera a conferirle el más alto nivel científico-investigativo de la región, graduando con el máximo nivel y rigor científico a unos 500 médicos, 1000 enfermeras y 500 tecnólogos anuales, procedentes de todo el mundo."

Guantánamo in us  6/30/2013 AfroCubaWeb: "The devastation caused by Hurricane Georges in Guantanamo in 1998 led the Caribbean American Children Foundation, other solidarity groups, humanists and peace loving people across Florida, to collect health, educational, handicap, sports and cultural goods which were placed on the first four engine cargo airplane to depart from Miami to Guantanamo since 1959. These solidarity efforts have continued with that region to this day."

Policía allana vivienda y ocupa bienes de Alfredo Guevara  6/29/2013 Café Fuerte: "En verdad, estamos ante un asunto de corrupción de proporciones mayúsculas, pues Alfredo Guevara era uno de los mayores coleccionistas privados de pintura cubana, patrimonio con el que traficó durante décadas y era tolerado por la oficialidad por su defensa del régimen”, agregó el cineasta. “Esa tolerancia ha llegado a su fin”. El realizador dijo a CaféFuerte que “hay constancia de que ese tráfico con obras de arte ha proporcionado cientos de miles de dólares a los herederos, quienes han invertido en varias propiedades en Miami”.

Policía allana vivienda y ocupa bienes de Alfredo Guevara  6/29/2013 CubaNet: "En verdad, estamos ante un asunto de corrupción de proporciones mayúsculas, pues Alfredo Guevara era uno de los mayores coleccionistas privados de pintura cubana, patrimonio con el que traficó durante décadas y era tolerado por la oficialidad por su defensa del régimen”, agregó el cineasta. “Esa tolerancia ha llegado a su fin”. El realizador dijo a CaféFuerte que “hay constancia de que ese tráfico con obras de arte ha proporcionado cientos de miles de dólares a los herederos, quienes han invertido en varias propiedades en Miami”. Guevara murió de un ataque cardíaco el pasado 19 de abril, a los 87 años. Sus cenizas fueron esparcidas días después en la escalinata de la Universidad de La Habana, el lugar donde forjó su carrera como líder estudiantil comunista y conoció a Fidel Castro."

Shakur, Snowden, and the State Department: Is Cuba a State Sponsor of Terrorism?  6/28/2013 COHA: "Snowden’s absence on the flight to Havana indicates that he had a reasonable fear of detainment—even extradition to the United States—were he to set foot in Cuba. [9] The State Department’s “Country Reports on Terrorism 2006” cites the Cuban government’s assurance that “it will no longer provide safe haven to new U.S. fugitives who may enter Cuba” [emphasis added]. [10] By not facilitating Snowden’s bid for asylum—as of this article’s publication—Cuba is following through with this mandate. Since no new fugitives have entered Cuba in recent years, Washington’s highly publicized reclassification of Shakur as an international terrorist undermines Cuba’s efforts to comply with new U.S. extradition requests."

COMISIÓN JOSÉ A. APONTE - Defender lo conquistado  6/28/2013 Granma: "Como este es un tema que debe estar presente en la labor sistemática de control y verificación de las comisiones permanentes de la Asamblea Nacional, las provinciales y municipales, la Comisión Aponte instrumentó con el órgano legislativo un sistema de debates con todos los sectores de la sociedad y hasta el momento se han desarrollado en cinco provincias, tratando de identificar dónde están los problemas y cómo solucionarlos. El debate es importante sin lugar a dudas, no debe faltar pues no hacerlo nos debilita. En las brechas que abre el silencio se introducen las artimañas que pueden fomentar la división."

JOSE A. APONTE COMMISSION - Defending what has been achieved  6/28/2013 Granma: "Given that this is an issue which must be present in the systematic work of control and verification undertaken by the permanent commissions of the National Assembly and provincial and municipal assemblies, the Aponte Commission organized with the National Assembly a system of discussions within all sectors of society and, to date, these have taken place in five provinces, in an attempt to identify where the problems lie and how to find solutions to them. Without a doubt, debate is important; it must take place because not having it debilitates us. Underhanded acts which can foment division are introduced into the breaches which silence leaves open."

Operación a gran escala de guerra en red contra Cuba  6/24/2013 La Haine: "Según los sitios web empleados por Washington para la subversión contra la Isla, numerosos mensajes de texto se están enviando al ciberespacio cubano a través de un sistema computarizado, desarrollado por especialistas de marketing en masa, para llegar a grandes cantidades de personas desde diferentes números de teléfono, tanto en Estados Unidos como en España."

Cuba demanda un nuevo Baragua  6/20/2013 AfroCubaWeb: "Proponer la formación de una Empresa Mixta de 100,000 acres cada uno, con las Arroceras del Delta del Mississippi, los Citricultores, Ganaderos, Cultivadores de Papa, Fresa, Repollo y Vegetales del Estado de la Florida. Proponer la formación de Empresas Mixta al 50/50% con pequeños y medianos empresarios minoritarios del Caribe, América Latina y los Estados Unidos, para la construcción y restauración de 400 hoteles de 2** y 3***, 100 Cines, 30,000 comercios de víveres, ropa, construcción, restaurantes, farmacias etc."

Cuba demands another Baragua  6/20/2013 AfroCubaWeb: "Propose a 50/50% Joint Venture of 50,000 acres with the Mississippi Delta rice growers, 100,000 acres each with Florida citrus, cattle ranchers, potato, strawberry, vegetable and cabbage growers. Propose a 50/50% Joint Venture with 20,000 mid-size and small Caribbean, Latin American and US Minority entrepreneurs, to refurbish/build and operate 400 2** and 3*** Hotel, 100 movie theaters, 30,000 grocery, garment, home improvement stores, restaurants, pharmacy etc."

English versions of Essays in El Caribe: Dependencia, Integración y Soberanía by Norman Girvan  6/18/2013 Norman Girvan: (Santiago de Cuba: Casa del Caribe/Editorial Oriente, 2012)

Cuban Blogger Who Reveres Castro Pushes for Reform  6/11/2013 NYT: By NATALIE KITROEFF - "A professor of journalism at the University of Havana, a public institution, Ms. Díaz is an employee of the state. That has not stopped her from writing publicly and with disarming directness about the challenges of daily life in Cuba on her blog, La Polémica Digital, for the last five years. She is young, progressive and fiercely loyal to the Cuban government. But she says she is also determined to reform a socialist system that no longer works as well as it used to for the common man. The delicacy of that relationship is not lost on Ms. Díaz. “I’ve been scared that maybe I’d write something that would be interpreted the wrong way,” she said, “and that I would be punished, or lose my job.”"

Assata Shakur, FBI's white whale?  6/11/2013 Progreso Weekly 

A British NGO is the victim of economic sanctions by the United States against Cuba  6/9/2013 Cuba News: "An entire chapter deals with the extraterritorial nature of these economic sanctions, something that clearly violates international law. Indeed, the national legislation of one country cannot be applied to another. For example, French law cannot be applied in Germany and Brazilian law cannot be applied in Argentina. But the U.S. law on economic sanctions applies to all countries in the world and a special office of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Office Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is charged with overseeing its implementation. In April 2013, the British NGO, Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC), decided to buy 100 copies of the book, The Economic War against Cuba, and asked their English bank, the Co-operative, to pay the invoice by bank transfer to the Monthly Review Press account at the Chase Bank in the United States. However, the transaction did not take place. Indeed, the OFAC decided to block the fund transfer and demanded that the British NGO explain in detail its relations with Cuba."

Ataca Sección Cuba de LASA a académico por interesarse en economista sancionado  6/9/2013 Marti Noticias: "El bloguero relató que el profesor de Baruch College en Nueva York, e investigador de la blogósfera cubana, Ted Henken, quien es miembro de la sección, provocó la reacción de una verdadera “brigada de respuesta rápida intelectual” cuando preguntó por qué el economista Omar Everleny Pérez, quien tiene una ponencia en el Congreso y ha asistido a otras ediciones, no asiste al evento. Junto con Pavel Vidal, actualmente en la filial de Cali, Colombia, de la Universidad Javeriana, Pérez ha sido uno de los críticos más agudos e impacientes desde el oficialismo de las reformas de Raúl Castro en la isla. Se ha sabido que hace poco perdió su puesto en el Centro de Estudios de la Economía Cubana, fue degradado a una posición más oscura y se decidió que no asistiera al Congreso de LASA. Pardo Lazo relata que cuatro de los académicos enviados por La Habana –con Carlos Alzugaray a la cabeza-- protagonizaron el acto de repudio a Henken, echándole en cara a grito pelado que ningún norteamericano estaba autorizado a interesarse por la suerte de ningún cubano."

Cuba’s Other Revolution  6/7/2013 Counterpunch: "But observers should not romanticize or idealize Cuba’s reality. Agroecology in Cuba faces serious challenges and contradictions (8). The government does not intend to do away with conventional industrial farming, and it is pushing ahead with the development of genetically modified crops (9), something that Funes and other Cuban agroecologists have vocally opposed (10). Some in the top levels of the Communist Party view agroecology as no more than a temporary band aid, to be discarded once the Special Period ends. But Funes, Vásquez and many other Cuban farmers are convinced that agroecology is the way to go today and will also be the way to go tomorrow. In the words of Funes, “Let’s do organic farming now, not out of necessity but rather with the conviction that it really is the path to take”."

In Cuba: “You Will Learn, but not Too Much”  6/3/2013 Havana Times: "How else could we explain the creation of new cybercafés, which will offer Internet services in several municipalities across the country at the “affordable” price of US $5 the hour? Never before have we seen such clear proof that the Cuban government isn’t interested in providing its citizens with Internet access."

Cuba’s New Cybercafés: A Piecemeal Strategy  5/30/2013 Havana Times: "With a total of 334 computer consoles around the country, the cybercafés will be open 11 hours a day. If every user were to navigate for only an hour, a mere 3,700 people would be able to access the Internet a day. If we maintain our initial figure of 8 million potential Internet users, people would get to connect once every 5 years. Even if we assume I am exaggerating and that only 10 % of this hypothetical population wants to use the Internet, each person would have access to the web only once every six months. And Cuba’s phone company, ETECSA, needed all of two years to take this bold step, from the date in which the installation of an underwater fiber-optic cable between Cuba and Venezuela was completed."

Howard Dodson Jr. has returned to work, trying to make Howard research center great again  5/26/2013 WaPo: "As part of his fundraising for Moorland-Spingarn’s centennial next year, Dodson plans to put together heritage package tours to places such as Brazil and Cuba, which will feature black scholars and artists. “Folks will want to pay for that,” he said confidently."

CUBA: Los desafíos del cooperativismo  5/24/2013 Cooperativismo en Movimiento: "Las cooperativas se vislumbran como una de las formas empresariales no estatales que tendrán mayor protagonismo en el nuevo modelo económico cubano. Si hasta ahora solo eran de carácter agropecuario, comienzan los experimentos en otros sectores."

Cuba/Africa: An Old Slave Trading Place  5/22/2013 Havana Times: "During the filming of ‘They Are We’ —a documentary about the return of four Afro-Cubans to their place of origin in Sierra Leone— along with several of the crew, I travelled down to the remote Gallinas region in the far southeast of Sierra Leone, the place where the Cuban’s ancestor and the famous Amistad slaves once departed from Africa. Standing in this inaccessible spot on a sandbar looking out into the Atlantic Ocean, I realized that I was possibly the first Cuban to be there in about 150 years. The Amistad captives—who later rebelled and took their ship to the USA, leading to a celebrated court case—were sold by slave trader Pedro Blanco who once had a mighty empire at the mouth of the Kerefe River in the Gallinas region."

Fiber Optic Cable Between Cuba and Jamaica Now Operative  5/22/2013 Havana Times: "Doug Madory, the top analyst for Renesys, said adding Jamaica gives Cuba a backup in case of an interruption in the branch of the ALBA-1 to Venezuela."

US Envoy In Cuba Engages Critics On And Offline  5/21/2013 AP: "Dozens of young bloggers and tweeters gathered to talk about their place in a socialist society whose leaders have referred to the Internet as "a wild colt" to be tamed and make access difficult for all but a few. Among them were some of the staunchest defenders of Fidel and Raul Castro's communist system. And there, too, stood what many consider their chief foe, in the guise of an affable, silver-haired stranger clad in sandals, khakis and a Hawaiian shirt. Since arriving at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana nine months ago, Conrad Tribble has become perhaps its tweeter-in-chief, while reaching out to some of Washington's most vocal critics."

Eusebio Leal: “No es posible entender la Revolución sin la República”  5/21/2013 Kaos en la Red: "Creo que república, y que, además, es una república que nace bajo las circunstancias de no ser la hija legítima de la Revolución, sino su aborto. Quiero decir: se había fundado una república en Guáimaro, ahí está nuestra tradición revolucionaria, democrática. Los principios fundamentales de nuestras esperanzas futuras se sentaron en Guáimaro, en abril de 1869. Si observamos el proceso que vino después, vamos a ver cómo a partir de la creación de ese territorio libre del colonialismo español —el que el Ejército Libertador pudo sostener y donde, querramos o no, estuvo el gobierno revolucionario con todas sus luces y sombras—, nace ese proceso."

¿Coincidencia o Conspiración?  5/14/2013 Cuba Encuentro: "Treinta años después parece un poco tarde la decisión de incluir a Joanne Chessimard en la lista del FBI de terroristas más buscados."

Target Assata: How the FBI and Cuba Bashers Are Going After a Black Liberation Activist  5/9/2013 Alternet: by Bill Fletcher Jr - "In the aftermath of the reelection of President Obama whispers started to be heard suggesting that there might be efforts to take Cuba off the list of countries that support terrorism. There were other whispers that further suggested that there may be efforts aimed at normalizing relations with Cuba. The frenzy in connection with Assata Shakur is precisely the sort of step that those who wish to derail such efforts could either implement or celebrate."

TONIGHT 5/7 10 PM Pacific Time: Internet radio discussion of Assata  5/8/2013 CubaNews: HANDS OFF ASSATA!

¿Se graban todas las llamadas telefónicas y son accesibles al gobierno de EE.UU.?  5/8/2013 Progreso: “No, bienvenido a Estados Unidos. Todo ese material es capturado mientras hablamos, lo sepamos o no”. “Todo ese material” –lo que quiere decir todas las conversaciones telefónicas que los norteamericanos tienen entre sí en suelo norteamericano, con o sin una orden judicial– “es capturado mientras hablamos”.

Peddlers of smoke  5/8/2013 Progreso: "I don't see in Rodiles' group [Estado de Sats] the signs of a political opposition to the Cuban government. Rather, I see the subversive style of the movements created to dismantle state structures. Estado de Sats apparently does not seek to form a parallel government but rather a parallel state, and maybe that is why it tries to create unofficial mini-institutions for the arts, philosophy, intellectual debate and, of course, mini-concerts. The lack of patriotism of Estado de Sats coincides with its leader's support for the economic embargo against the Cuban people, which Rodiles apparently considers effective as equating philosophical discussions with the strangling of a state he attempts to subvert."

Beyonce discusses Cuba trip on 'GMA,' says she wants more kids  5/6/2013 LA Times: "You know, it was such a beautiful trip," the singer said. "I met some incredible children. I visited some incredible entrepreneurs. And it was really, it was really educational for me. I learned so much about so many people and the country, and it was actually quite shocking."

¿Un futuro petrolero para Cuba?  5/6/2013 Progreso: "Ahora, los casos de Cuba y de Brasil son totalmente diferentes, porque estás hablando de una materia prima que es la caña de azúcar. En Cuba ya podemos recuperar un millón de hectáreas de tierra que históricamente siempre han sido tierras azucareras, así que no estamos hablando de deforestación. Los estudios que hemos hecho nos demuestran que una industria azucarera cubana recapitalizada totalmente puede contribuir alrededor de 3500 millones de dólares al año a la economía cubana. Porque tienes el etanol hoy en día a dos dólares el galón y tienes el azúcar a 18-20 centavos."

A future in oil for Cuba?  5/6/2013 Progreso: "Now, the cases of Cuba and Brazil are totally different, because you're talking about a raw material that's sugar cane. In Cuba, you can regain one million hectares of land that historically was always sugar land, so we're not talking about deforestation. The studies we've done show that a totally recapitalized sugar industry can contribute about $3.5 billion a year to the Cuban economy. That's because ethanol is priced at $2 per gallon and sugar is priced at 18 to 20 cents."

Cuban journalists exposing injustice merit more attention  5/6/2013 Sujatha Fernandes: "Much of the media coverage of [Yoani] Sánchez presents her as a lone critical voice in a climate where the Cuban state does not tolerate dissent and where—as Cuban-American novelist Oscar Hijuelos claimed in the Time magazine piece—journalists and others cannot practice freedom of speech. While it is true that there is censorship in Cuba, and journalism has always been under the supervision of the Communist Party-controlled Department of Revolutionary Orientation (DOR), there is a vigorous culture of criticism and internal debate in Cuba. But often, because many artists, journalists, and activists are not calling for the downfall of the government, they tend to go ignored or sidelined within western media coverage."

Assata Shakur 40 Years On  5/5/2013 Huff Post: Video interviews.

Académicos de Cuba y EEUU publicarán recomendaciones para normalizar relación  5/4/2013 Cuba Independiente 

La viuda del Hijo de José Martí… nunca abandonó Cuba  5/4/2013 Cuba Nuestra: "En la casa vivían, varias personas, una servidumbre de años e incluso un negro esclavo de cerca de 100 años, nacido en el seno de la familia y que en la práctica se había convertido en un pariente más."

Un caribeño solidario  5/4/2013 Jiribilla: Entrevista con Keith Ellis.

Assata Shakur: Understanding the politics behind the FBI's new attack  5/4/2013 Liberation: "Assata had been, following police instructions, standing with her hands in the air, when she was shot by Trooper Harper more than once, including a bullet to the back. Trooper Harper lied and said he had seen Shakur reach for a gun, a claim he later recanted. He also claimed she had been in a firing position, something a surgeon who examined her said was “anatomically impossible." The same surgeon said it was “anatomically necessary” for her arms to have been raised for her to receive the bullet wounds she did. Tests done by the police found that Shakur had not fired a gun, and no physical or medical evidence was presented by the prosecution to back up their claim that she had fired a gun at Trooper Harper."

Reforma, reacción y nueva generación en Cuba  5/3/2013 80 Grados: "También están los que desde la oposición y el exilio se empeñan en desconocer que una nueva generación crítica ha surgido en la isla, no necesariamente desligada de las instituciones del Estado y en mejores condiciones que cualquier líder exiliado o cualquier político cubanoamericano de impulsar, pacífica y legítimamente, una ampliación de las libertades públicas en Cuba. De hecho, las políticas tradicionales de la oposición, el exilio, Estados Unidos y la Unión Europea —embargo, sanciones, aislamiento, “programas de transición”, catalogación de Cuba como “Estado terrorista”…— no sólo contribuyen al endurecimiento del régimen sino que restan capital moral a los nuevos sujetos del cambio."

Reforma, reacción y nueva generación en Cuba  5/3/2013 80 grados: "Los únicos reaccionarios cubanos que existen no son, desde luego, esos albañiles y aduaneros del poder insular. También están los que desde la oposición y el exilio se empeñan en desconocer que una nueva generación crítica ha surgido en la isla, no necesariamente desligada de las instituciones del Estado y en mejores condiciones que cualquier líder exiliado o cualquier político cubanoamericano de impulsar, pacífica y legítimamente, una ampliación de las libertades públicas en Cuba. De hecho, las políticas tradicionales de la oposición, el exilio, Estados Unidos y la Unión Europea —embargo, sanciones, aislamiento, “programas de transición”, catalogación de Cuba como “Estado terrorista”…— no sólo contribuyen al endurecimiento del régimen sino que restan capital moral a los nuevos sujetos del cambio."

FBI Billboards not about Assata Shakur, it is about politically repressing the Black community  5/3/2013 Black Talk Radio: "Is Assata Shakur in New Jersey? No, she is not and the FBI and the Obama administration know exactly where she is, in Cuba where she has lived since being granted political asylum by its government in 1979 after escaping from prison. This is not about Assata Shakur, it is about sending a message to the Black community and those that live within it who stand up to police violence, oppression and murder of residents, one of the very reasons for the formation of the Black Panthers. It is about the political repression of those who advocate on the behalf of the many political prisons being held by the United States government often in torturous conditions. It is about sending a message to anyone who would take up arms in defense of life, liberty and true freedom in a country that is home to the largest prison population in the world which the federal government and various corporations use as slave labor."

Assata Shakur in Her Own Words: Rare Recording of Activist Named to FBI Most Wanted Terrorists List  5/3/2013 Democracy Now: "As a result of being targeted by [the FBI program] COINTELPRO, I was faced with the threat of prison, underground, exile or death," Shakur said at the time. "I am not the first, nor the last, person to be victimized by the New Jersey system of 'justice.' The New Jersey State Police are infamous for their racism and brutality." Hear Shakur read the letter in full on SoundCloud."

Why Is ‘Assata Shakur’ On The FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List?  5/3/2013 Roland Martin Reports: "Roland Martin talks with journalist Dream Hampton about ‘Assata Shakur’ being placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List."

The FBI’s Political Decision to Put Assata Shakur on Its List of ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’  5/3/2013 The Dissenter: "If we look at the trial, we’ll find that she was victimized, she was shot. She was shot in the back. The bullet exited and broke the clavicle in her shoulder. She could not raise a gun. She could not raise her hand to shoot. And she was shot while her hands were in the air. Now, that is the forensic evidence. There is not one scintilla of evidence placing a gun in her hand. No arsenic residue was found on her clothing or on her hands. So, the allegation by the state police that she took an officer’s gun and shot him, executed him in cold blood, is not only false, but it is designed to inflame."

Supporters Say 'Hands Off Assata' Shakur  5/3/2013 The Root: "Many prominent blacks, from Angela Davis to Roland Martin, are speaking out in support of Shakur, and many folks on Twitter are expressing displeasure at the FBI as well. The hashtag #HandsOffAssata is being used to show support for Shakur online. Some of the tweets from the hashtag are below."

Why Assata? Why now?  5/2/2013 Al Jazeera 

40-year fugitive is first woman on FBI's 'Most Wanted Terrorists' list  5/2/2013 All Voices 

Obama bogged down in his Cuba policy  5/2/2013 Cuba Now: by Esteban Morales - "Allan Gross is an error of the United States, which even the latter and his family recognize. That is why they blame Obama for his departure from Cuba. The Five are also a mistake of the United States, not of Obama but of American Justice. When Obama assumed office others had already created the problem. He created Gross’ problem for himself, maintaining in this way a double error, the one he inherited and the one he brought on himself. But he can’t see the difference and cloisters himself away in the false appraisal that give freedom to the 5 would be a weakness that would affect U.S. national security."

Cuba antes de la revolución y La tacita de oro  5/2/2013 Havana Times: "Berta Soler, líder de las Damas de Blanco, ha dicho en Madrid que la Cuba anterior a la Revolución, es decir, la del dictador Fulgencio Batista, fue una “joya de oro”. Escuchar esto de alguien que proclama por todas partes que su grupo tiene interés en los derechos humanos, me parece aberrante, teniendo en cuenta todo el dolor que produjo ese sangriento régimen en nuestra Patria."

Woman Makes Most-Wanted List 40 Years After Murder  5/2/2013 Newser: "The reward for the former member of the Black Liberation Army has been doubled to $2 million, reports the Record, which spoke with the State Police superintendent, who reveals he still has two detectives on the case. What officials know: She enjoys "rock star status" in Cuba, complete with a free place to live, thanks to her willingness to be an anti-American "propaganda specialist" for the Castro regime; she has even been invited to greet foreign delegations that arrive in the country."

Mujer entra a la lista de terroristas más buscados  5/2/2013 Nuevo Dia: "El Negociado Federal de Investigaciones (FBI) incluyó por primera vez a una mujer en la lista de los terroristas más buscados. Se trata de Joanne Chesimard, acusada y convicta en ausencia por el asesinato de un policía de Nueva Jersey exactamente hace 40 años, informó el FBI en un comunicado."

State Department says Cuba won’t be removed from its list of state sponsors of terrorism  5/1/2013 AP 

U.S. officials: Cuba will be kept on list of nations that sponsor terrorism  5/1/2013 Miami Herald: "Opponents of U.S. sanctions on the island’s communist government have been lobbying hard for months to remove Cuba from the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism as a gesture toward improved bilateral relations. The Boston Globe reported in February that U.S. diplomats had concluded Cuba should be taken off the list. Another news report a month later said Cuba’s removal might be announced when the Country Report on Terrorism, also managed by the State Department, is issued."

Ladies in White denounce their leader Berta Soler and qualify as “violent”, “dictator” and “monster”  4/30/2013 Cuba Inside the World: "In the video the seven people complain that the personal allowance for every protest march before 30 convertible pesos (dollars), was reduced sharply to 15, without explanation, following the appointment of Berta Soler as head of the group, replacing the late Laura Pollan. The scandal coincides with the Sakharov Prize award to the direction of the Ladies in White, on Tuesday April 23, at the European Parliament."

Más de $200 millones destinó EEUU a la subversión contra Cuba, denuncian en Ginebra (+ Video)  4/30/2013 El blog de La Polilla Cubana: "La periodista cubana Rosa Miriam Elizalde denunció hoy en el Palacio de las Naciones, de Ginebra, las agresiones perpetradas por Estados Unidos contra su país y los fondos millonarios destinados por el gobierno norteamericano a los grupos contrarrevolucionarios. Sólo entre 1997 y 2012 Washington destinó más de 200 millones de dólares para programas subversivos contra Cuba…"

Berta Soler visita la Junta Editorial del Miami Herald (Primera Parte)  4/30/2013 Nuevo Herald: "Berta Soler, lider del grupo disidente cubano, Damas de Blanco, pidio el lunes que se mantengan el embargo comercial y los li¬mites para viajar a la isla hasta que el gobierno de Raul Castro reconozca los derechos humanos."

Diluting the terror watch lists  4/29/2013 Boston Globe: "The Boston Globe’s Bryan Bender reported this year that Secretary of State John Kerry was reviewing the policy, hoping to thaw relations with Cuba and make the terrorist state sponsor list be about terrorism. It’s not clear if Kerry’s views will prevail."

Who Did Cuba’s Ladies in White Speak For?  4/29/2013 Havana Times 

Nueva luz sobre el caso Muñiz Varela  4/29/2013 Progreso: "También se hace evidente la falta de confianza del FBI en la Policía de Puerto Rico - antes de que se conociera la grave corrupción generada por gangas como la del coronel Alejo Maldonado -, como establece un documento de noviembre de 1974 en el que la oficina federal pide evitar compartir información sobre las actividades del Frente de Liberación Nacional de Cuba (FNLC) con policías de la Isla."

Cuba's Young See Bleak Future, Many Want to Leave  4/28/2013 Reuters: "An elderly Communist Party member said the difference from the past is that the desire to leave is so widespread among the young. "Unfortunately, if you talk to 10 young people today, nine of them will tell you they want to leave Cuba. They don't see a future," she said, not wanting to be identified."

Cuban-American lawmakers press White House to keep Cuba on terror list  4/28/2013 The Hill: [Where is the mention of the known killers being protected by Ileana Ros - Posada, Bosch, and the rest?]

Berta Soler en la Casa Bacardi  4/27/2013 Nuevo Herald: "La disidente cubana, Bertha Soler, líder de las Damas en Blanco, habló durante conferencia de prensa en la Casa Bacardi de la Universidad de Miami en Coral Gables el sábado, 27 de abril del 2013." [en el corazon de la Plantocracia!]

In Cuba, Hurricane Sandy Destruction Still Leaves Mark  4/25/2013 Hiff Post 

Segunda edición del #Twitthab. Razones para un (re)encuentro  4/24/2013 Negra Cubana: "Desde nuestra modesto pero intrépido acceso a Internet, varios usuarias y usuarios cubanos de la redes sociales hemos vislumbrado una nueva oportunidad para (re)encontrarnos y compartir más allá del mundo digital. La segunda emisión de #Twitthab se propone promover además encuentros habituales reales fuera de la virtualidad y se realizará el viernes 10 de mayo, a las 4:00 pm, en el Parque Villalón, sito en Calzada entre C y D, Vedado, La Habana."

A Cuban Spring?  4/23/2013 Counterpunch: "There are, however, different schools of thought on how to move the economy forward. Camila Piñeiro Harnecker, in an essay titled “Visions of the Socialism That Guide Present-Day Changes in Cuba,” describes three different visions: (a) a statist position, largely reflecting the old guard, (b) a market socialist perspective, advanced by many economists, and (c) an autogestionario, or self-management, stance that calls for democratic and sustainable development primarily through the promotion of cooperatives."

E-book: de la tecnología a la mentalidad, y viceversa  4/22/2013 Cubaliteraria: "No hay tradición que sobreviva si no es capaz de convivir, y utilizar, los adelantos tecnológicos. Esa es la esencia que no debe perderse de vista ante los nuevos escenarios del e-book, que es aún un sucedáneo del libro de papel y, por lo pronto, un producto que, teniendo múltiples posibles receptores, carece de demanda y, sobre todo, de la existencia de autores que puedan sostenerla."

Visita de Yoani a México: Un mito mediático que se deshace.  4/18/2013 Rebelion 

Ana Montes did much harm spying for Cuba. Chances are, you haven’t heard of her.  4/18/2013 Washington Post 

Help end the travel ban on Cuba.  4/17/2013 Black World Events: "You can help move the White House in the direction of improved relations. Sign our petition asking the President to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism."

Beyonce and Jay Z Are Race Traitors for Going to Cuba !?!?  4/15/2013 Huffington Post: by Mark Sawyer, UCLA - "In the early 2000's the Cuban members of Congress funded projects located at HBCU's for scholars under to contract to produce articles on racism in Cuba. Scholars visited Cuba but did no original research and largely summarized the works of scholars like myself without any of the necessary context and caveats. We were then invited to a conference at Howard University hosted by Ileana Ross-Lehtinen so they could report their "findings" on racism in Cuba and have the validation of top scholars in the field. As the conservative Miami Cubans have struggled to connect with blacks on the island they have seen talking about racism on the island as a possible entrée to Afro-Cubans."

DALE McFEATTERS: Time to lift pointless Cuban travel ban  4/14/2013 Courrier, Evansville, IL: "The more heated members of the Cuban-American delegation in Congress wanted the couple met at the airport and frog-marched off to custody for violating U.S. laws on trade and travel to Cuba — those are the aforementioned laws with a half-century of proven failure — laws apparently drawn up by Franz Kafka and George Orwell after a heavy night of drinking Cuba Libres."

Memories of Crossing Borders: Alberto Jones and Guantanamo, Cuba  4/13/2013 Vimeo, Guantanamo Public Memory Project: "Alberto Jones was born in Cuba to a Jamaican family like many of his peers. He grew up in Guantanamo, which means that during his childhood and early adult years, he traversed (sometimes daily) the borders of Guantanamo, Cuba and the US Guantanamo naval and airforce base. This 5 minute clip is the beginning of a full documentary on his life story that illustrates the entanglements of nations, languages, and ideologies across a 20 kilometer zone that will highlight issues of race, gender, and personal fortitude through representing his life journey."

An Open Letter To Jay-Z And Beyonce About That Cuba Trip... from Michael Skolnik  4/11/2013 Global Grind: "After a long day shoot on New Year's Eve day, one of the only hip-hop DJ's on the island invited me to his house for dinner. I happily accepted and in just a few hours I found myself around his family dining room table, with his mom, dad, sister and elderly grandmother. When the New Year's Eve dinner came out of the oven, I spotted just five pieces of pork. I was the sixth. My man never told his parents that I was coming over. As they put the pork chop on my plate, I looked over at grandma and her plate was empty. Nada. Just some beans and rice and some sweet plantains. Not really sure what to do, I kept offering my piece of pork to grandma relentlessly, but she would not have it. In maybe the few words she knew of English, she looked at me and said, "my casa is your casa."

Jay Carney Denies Jay-Z's 'White House Clearance' Claim For Cuba Trip (VIDEO)  4/11/2013 Huff Post: "Boy from the hood but got White House clearance," quoted the reporter. "Obama said chill you're going to get me impeached."

Jay-Z Responds To Cuban Trip Controversy With New ‘Open Letter’ Song  4/11/2013 Mediaite: "“I’m in Cuba, I love Cubans / This communist talk is so confusing / When it’s from China, the very mic that I’m using.”

Cuban American National Foundation on Jay Z and Beyonce Visiting Cuba Cuban American National Foundation on Jay Z and Beyonce Visiting Cuba  4/11/2013 South Florida Caribbean News: "Unfortunately, the opportunities we are given as Americans do not hold true for people on the island they are visiting. The sad fact is that if Jay Z and Beyonce lived in Cuba, they could not have become Jay Z and Beyonce - not just because of the regime's oppressive laws, but also because of the reality of their racial bigotry against Afro-Cubans and people of color. Ask Roberto Zurbano, an Afro-Cuban who was recently removed from his job by Cuban government officials for his March 23rd op-ed in the New York Times titled "For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn't Begun." Though different in political ideology and historic timing, one wonders if Jay Z and Beyonce would have visited Nelson Mandela in apartheid South Africa? If so, why not visit the dozens of Mandelas in Cuba being discriminated for the color of their skin?"

Jay-Z Mocks Republicans’ Fury Over Cuba Trip In New Track  4/11/2013 ThinkProgress: "“I done turned Havana into Atlanta,” Jay-Z raps in “Open Letter,” which he released Thursday. “[…] Boy from the hood, I got White House clearance… Politicians never did s—- for me except lie to me, distort history… They wanna give me jail time and a fine. Fine, let me commit a real crime.”"

Three takeaways from Jay-Z and Beyoncé's Cuba trip  4/11/2013 WBEZ: By: Achy Obejas

Bloqueo norteamericano obstaculiza comercio electrónico de Cuba  4/10/2013 CubaDebate: "Cuba denunció aquí que el bloqueo impuesto por Estados Unidos obstaculiza su acceso a las tecnologías de la información y las comunicaciones y, por consiguiente, limita el uso y desarrollo de las aplicaciones del comercio electrónico. El viceministro cubano de Comunicaciones, Wilfredo González, evidenció el carácter discriminatorio de las medidas unilaterales de Washington y su dimensión extraterritorial, que van en contra de las directrices del programa de trabajo de la Organización Mundial del Comercio (OMC)."

Preocupa vulnerabilidad de Cuba a aumento del nivel del mar  4/10/2013 CubaDebate: "“Este fenómeno afectará los ecosistemas, la productividad de los suelos agrícolas, incrementará la vulnerabilidad de los asentamientos costeros, reducirá las áreas forestales y de cultivos, y la calidad y disponibilidad del agua”, explicó Escobar. “Cuba ha establecido prioridades en función de reducir esas vulnerabilidades, identificadas en estudios de prevención y riesgo de desastres realizados por científicos del país”, agregó. Entre las actividades priorizadas para reducir los impactos del ascenso del nivel del mar, el experto señaló la conservación y rehabilitación de los ecosistemas protectores de la línea de costa: arrecifes de coral, manglares y playas de arena."

Cuba: US Gov. Prevents My Attendance at LASA Conference  4/10/2013 Havana Times: "It has thus thwarted the possibility of me — in my capacity as a Cuban blogger and activist— participating in this important conclave intellectual and sharing the experience of seven years of work with the Observatorio Critico (OC), which is part of the emergence and diversification of a new independent forum for debate about the current Cuban landscape."

Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Cuba trip licensed by US Treasury, say sources  4/9/2013 Guardian: "Beyoncé and Jay-Z's recent visit to Havana was fully licensed and authorised by the US Treasury department, sources said on Monday. Officials are reportedly preparing a statement on the musicians' Cuban holiday, after complaints by Republican lawmakers. The stars' controversial trip was legal, a source confirmed to Reuters. Beyoncé and Jay-Z were apparently carrying licences provided by the Treasury's office of foreign assets control, which oversees US citizens' visits to Cuba. The terms of these permits are not clear: Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, called it "a Treasury matter", while the Treasury's spokesman, John Sullivan, told the Associated Press he could not comment on particular licences."

Beyond Beyonce, Jay-Z and Yoani: The Overshadowed Story of Law Enforcement Cooperation  4/9/2013 Havana Note: "The story that is most likely to go largely unnoticed, however, is the case of the Hakken family, which has been located in Cuba and will be returned to the U.S. thanks to the immediate cooperation of the Cuban government. Apparently, Joshua and Sharyn Hakken, who had previously lost custody of their two children (who were living with their grandparents), kidnapped the two boys and sailed off for Cuba, where presumably they imagined they’d be free from U.S. law enforcement. But the Cuban Foreign Ministry has already confirmed that the family has been located in Cuba and will be returned to the U.S."

Cuba: Executions & Accomplices in April  4/9/2013 Havana Times: "Although the Black Spring is remembered especially for the imprisonment of 75 opposition activists without due process, I’m focusing my attention on another event: the executions of three black youths for the failed hijacking of the Havana Bay ferry."

Prominent Cubans are defending Zurbano's right to talk about racism  4/7/2013 AfroCubaWeb 

Prevén en Cuba incremento de producción de cemento ecológico  4/7/2013 CubaDebate: "Expertos cubanos prevén para 2014 un incremento de la producción de cemento ecológico, material que por su menor contenido de clínquer reduce la emisión de dióxido de carbono a la atmósfera, refleja hoy la prensa."

The New York Times y Cuba  4/6/2013 Jiribilla: de Alfredo Prieto

Beyoncé y Jay-Z visitaron a Cuba  4/6/2013 Juventud Rebelde: "Aunque la estancia de ambos músicos en la Isla tuvo un carácter privado, el suceso tampoco escapó a la mirada de los capitalinos, quienes acompañaron a la pareja en sus paseos por La Habana Vieja, en su contacto con estudiantes y trabajadores de la Universidad de las Artes, en la presentación que La Colmenita les hiciera de La Cenicienta según los Beatles, o en sus encuentros con la cantante Haila María Mompié y con Danza Contemporánea de Cuba."

Beyonce, Jay-Z Cuba trip questioned  4/6/2013 Politico: "Two members of Congress from Florida are looking into how hip hop royals Beyonce and Jay-Z ended in Cuba this week. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart sent a letter to Adam Szubin, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the Treasury Department, on Friday asking for more information about the celebrity couple’s trip, which coincided with their fifth wedding anniversary." Two charter members of the exiled plantocracy imposing their views again.

Beyoncé y los fans bajo la lluvia  4/5/2013 CubaNet: "La pareja, ante el reclamo de un público todavía incrédulo que permanecía a pie de calle, salió dos veces al balcón a saludar, en el segundo piso. Un rato más tarde, todo estaba dispuesto -fuertes cercos de seguridad- para que Beyoncé y su marido cenaran en la paladar San Cristóbal, en las calles San Rafael entre Lealtad y Campanario, en esa misma zona."

Comments on "For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn't Begun"  4/4/2013 AfroCubaWeb 

Los comentarios sobre "Para los negros en Cuba, la Revolución no ha comenzado"  4/4/2013 AfroCubaWeb 

Yoani en Miami  4/1/2013 Progreso: "What she failed to mention at this city’s so-called Freedom Tower was how pleased she was to see Cuban Miami embrace someone who in the past has expressed herself against the embargo and the hegemonic U.S. possession of Guantanamo. She has also spoken of the right of all Americans to travel to Cuba. And at times, even, Yoani has advocated for the release of the Cuban Five – although this seems to have changed."

Otro robo descarado amparado en el bloqueo  3/31/2013 Cuba Debate: "El robo descarado de marcas cubanas en Estados Unidos sigue siendo amparado por autoridades federales en ese país, quienes se escudan en las espurias regulaciones del bloqueo económico, financiero y comercial que Washington practica contra Cuba. Esta semana, una comisión federal norteamericana juzgó que la empresa General Cigar Co. Inc. puede seguir utilizando el nombre de la marca registrada Cohiba para sus puros en Estados Unidos."

Cuba: Producción porcina se ha incrementado  3/29/2013 CubaDebate: "El presidente de la Sociedad Cubana de Porcicultores (SCP), Francisco Diéguez, dijo hoy en La Habana que la implementación de una estrategia especial en esa esfera en el país permitió un crecimiento de esa masa animal. La disminución de la importación de alimentos y su sustitución por otros cultivos producidos en esta isla y la aplicación de medidas rigurosas para el control de las enfermedades que afectan a los cerdos influyó positivamente, explicó."

Assata Shakur: Terrorist or victim of terrorism?  3/27/2013 Mumia Abu Jamal on YouTube 

'We weren't allowed to flush'  3/25/2013 IA Africa: "A South African student who quit the government's medical programme in Cuba recounted the 'poor conditions' she endured. Shanice Moodley was among 20 South African students who quit the programme and returned home last month. The students, along with 180 other South Africans, had protested earlier this month over their poor living conditions at the Cuban university. They were demanding a 300 percent increase in their R1600 stipend."

Minister to meet Cuba students  3/25/2013 New Age, South Africa: "The South African government spends about R500000 per student over six years for a language course, medical training and living expenses in Cuba."

Cuba remains trapped between isolation and revival  3/25/2013 Repeating Islands 

Debating Cuba-Caribbean, Esteban Morales, Norman Girvan  3/24/2013 Norman Girvan: "Do Cubans see themselves as part of a Caribbean family? Are there historical, social and cultural reasons for a ‘Caribbean Cuba’ and how does the Caribbean appear in the Cuban imaginary? How is this conditioned by attitudes to race in Cuban society? A conversation taking place within Cuba and between Cuban and Anglo-Caribbean scholars…"

The secret files of Alan Gross  3/22/2013 Along the Malecon: Documents the larger dimensions of Alan Goss' plot targeting Cuban Jews, Masons, and Afrocubans.

Interview With Cuban Blogger Yoani Sánchez  3/22/2013 NYT: "Mr. Rodríguez also claimed that Ms. Sánchez, “receives instructions from U.S. authorities, as well as material, technological and financial support out of U.S. federal funds,” and contended that United Nations sponsorship of her visit would violate the organization’s charter."

The Curious Case of Yoani Sanchez  3/20/2013 Counterpunch: "When asked about the U.S. embargo against Cuba, Yoani stated unequivocally that it was an interventionist policy and was a justification for the failings of the Cuban government. Most importantly she emphasized that this policy of economic strangulation was a “relic of the Cold War” and needed to be abandoned as soon as possible (“Ya!”). She also called upon the closing of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Not the detention center that has brought so much infamy to the United States government and has challenged our notion of due process, but the actual base which is a violation of Cuban sovereignty. Lastly, she called for the release of the Cuban operatives known as the Cuban Five arguing that the Cuban government has spent an unnecessary portion of its budget to campaign for their release. When confronted by Miami Cubans who were incensed by such commentary Yoani began to backpedal by saying that her comments about the Cuban Five were “ironic” and that she believes that they are not innocent. This rationalization poses a problem for the legitimacy of her position."

Yoani Sánchez destaca papel de tecnología en lucha interna en Cuba  3/16/2013 Nuevo Herald 

Raúl Castro nombra a Eusebio Leal como zar del patrimonio cultural de Cuba  3/12/2013 Café Fuerte 

The Cuban Revolution Gets A Video Game Based On 1950s Battles  2/28/2013 Repeating Islands: "Island programmers have unveiled a brand new 3-D shoot-’em-up video game that puts a distinctly Cuban twist on gaming, letting players recreate decisive clashes from the 1959 revolution and giving youngsters a taste of the uprising in which many of their grandparents fought."

The Internet, Broadband and Foreign Policy - Cyber Cuba  2/26/2013 Cuba-L 

Cuba: Una estrategia energética nunca está desvinculada del modelo económico  2/25/2013 Rebelion: por Manuel David Orrio

Raúl Castro Says His New 5-Year Term as Cuba’s President Will Be His Last  2/24/2013 NYT: "The race to succeed Mr. Castro, who is 81, now has a front-runner: Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, 52, an electrical engineer and former minister of higher education, whom Mr. Castro selected as his top vice president on Sunday, making him first in the line of succession. “It represents a definitive step in the configuration of the future leadership of the nation,” Mr. Castro told lawmakers at a conference of legislative leaders in Havana on Sunday. He added that Cuba is at a moment of “historic transcendence.” "

Rosewood’s story still lives in South Florida  2/22/2013 South Florida Times: by Jose Perez

Cmlk dona materiales a las bibliotecas públicas  2/19/2013 IPS Cuba: "El reverendo Raúl Suárez, director del no gubernamental Centro Memorial Martin Luther King Jr. (Cmlk), entregó a la Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba “José Martí” (Bncjm) una donación de libros que enriquecerán los fondos de la red de bibliotecas públicas del país."

What should Obama do? The view from Cuba  2/18/2013 International Institute for the Study of Cuba: By Dr. Néstor García Iturbe

La bloguera cubana Yoani Sánchez viaja a Brasil  2/17/2013 BBC Mundo 

La inversión extranjera en Cuba  2/16/2013 OnCuba: "En su momento fue la noticia del día; luego, nada más se supo: Cuba trabajaba en la modificación de la Ley 77 sobre la inversión extranjera, y la nueva legislación debía promulgarse antes de que finalizara diciembre del 2012, según declaró a mediados del pasado año la directora de Finanzas del Ministerio de Comercio Exterior e Inversión Extranjera, Yamila Fernández."

¿Por qué el iraní no le respondió a Paquito?  2/13/2013 Negra Cubana: "Pero el señor hizo mutis. No respondió ni pío. Una lástima. Nos perdimos la oportunidad de tener una explicación de primera mano acerca de una sociedad altamente homofóbica y misógina. Pero como se dice en psicología: ¨El silencio también es respuesta¨."

Let’s All Watch Marco Rubio’s Panicked Drink Of Water In Extreme Slow Motion  2/12/2013 Deadspin: Includes a strong dog-like lip-licking moment.

Farcical Cuba policy  2/9/2013 Progreso Weekly: "There is another version of the report, "sensitive but unclassified," that GAO won't allow U.S. taxpayers to see. Even worse, Tracey Eaton, an investigative reporter with whom our organization is working, discovered that USAID hired an outside contractor to review the programs, which found "questionable charges and weaknesses in partners' financial management, procurement standards, and internal controls." But when Mr. Eaton filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get a copy of the outside audit, USAID fought him and then provided only ten pages of material that "omit most findings, recommendations and other key information, including the identity of the aid recipients named in the audit."

General elections in Cuba  2/6/2013 OnCuba: "This Sunday, when Cubans voted for its representatives to the national and provincial parliaments, they were casting one of the most important votes in recent decades. After the Sixth Congress and the First Conference of the Cuban Communist Party in April 2011 and January 2012 respectively, and after starting the process of "updating" of the national economy, which has reached all areas and sectors of society and policy, the next five years will be crucial for the country."

LOS SERVICIOS DE MICROFINANZAS EN CUBA: UNA NECESIDAD URGENTE  2/1/2013 Revista Caribeña de Ciencias Sociales: Universidad de la Habana

U.S. bottleneck snags Florida Orchestra's Cuba exchange  1/30/2013 Cuba Headlines: "The Florida Orchestra has run into the first real glitch in its cultural exchange with Cuba. On Friday, the orchestra learned it had to postpone plans to send concertmaster Jeffrey Multer to perform on Feb. 10 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in Havana. The reason: The Office of Foreign Asset Control, part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, was unable to process the orchestra's application for a license to spend money in Cuba in time for the trip, scheduled to begin Feb. 4."

CUBA: realidad y perspectivas del cooperativismo  1/29/2013 Cooperativismo en Movimiento: Entrevista a Camila Piñeiro Harnecker, investigadora del Centro de Estudios de la Economía Cubana

The Economics of the Cuban Embargo  1/29/2013 Counterpunch: "This growing international trade, disguised as sending goods to needy family members in Cuba, now includes filling the hulls on 10 or more daily charter flights from US cities to Cuba. Cuban Americans send goods, often with “mules,” to provide family members in Cuba, needing supplies for their businesses. The “mules” return with cash, derived from sales of these goods. Some of the new Cuban stores and restaurants supplied by Miami-based Cubans make substantial profits, some of which get spent in Cuba, and ends up in Cuba’s central bank. Miami, the United States’ poorest large city, derives income because it provides jobs involved in buying and selling the goods sent to Cuba. Jobs also arise from routine tasks created around the daily charter flights to and from Cuba, and the fees collected from take offs and landings. Add to this, the work for accountants, book-keepers and others."

Is Cuba The Next Emerging Market?  1/29/2013 Forbes: "Small changes allowing some private enterprise in Cuba are coinciding with the U.S.’s own policy shifts: As a result, the economic embargo, which prevents most business and travel in Cuba for U.S. firms and citizens, is becoming more porous. In 2009 President Obama relaxed travel restrictions and remittances for Cuban-Americans, enabling them to invest in small private businesses. U.S. citizens can now legally travel to Cuba. But is it time to look at Cuba as a viable emerging market? U.S. public opinion is shifting in favor of normalizing ties, and the American business lobby in particular wants to take advantage of the untapped market, which it believes is worth $1 billion a year."

Cuba first high-speed internet connection activated  1/24/2013 BBC: "The $70m (£44m) fibre-optic cable arrived from Venezuela in February 2011, but tests on the line are said to have begun only this month."

Cuba is Testing Underwater Internet Cable  1/24/2013 OnCuba: "Quality tests on internet traffic through the cable began on January 10, with real traffic from and to Cuba in order to normalize this communication system. The connection has initially been used for international telephone traffic, the company explained. Once the experimental stage concludes, the operations of the underwater cable would not imply yet the multiplication of possibilities to access the internet, since investment would have to be done in the internal telecommunication infrastructure and increase hard currency resources to pay for the Internet traffic."

Cuba’s Updated Migration Policy Totally Confounds the United States and the Micro-Republic of Miami  1/22/2013 Machetera: "The Cuban measures are so disconcerting that Miami’s Cuban American rightwing has been completely disoriented by them. So disoriented in fact that you can see it in Alfonso Chardy’s recent report at El Nuevo Herald about a meeting on U.S. immigration reform that took place in the offices of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart in Doral. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen also attended the meeting. The Cubans were not the main objective but the subject of Cuba’s updated migration policy came up and after both threatened to change or eliminate the Cuban Adjustment Act, Diaz-Balart played stupid, saying that these were proposals made by other congressional representatives, other colleagues; while Ileana later swore up and down that she had no plans or intentions regarding eliminating or changing the Cuban Adjustment Act. That’s how confused they are; they can’t even get their story straight."

Is the Venezuelan undersea cable operational?  1/22/2013 OnCuba: "The news came out of a report posted Sunday on the website of Renesys (USA), a company considered an “internet intelligence authority”. In the report author Doug Madory wrote routing data showed significantly faster traffic to Cuba. According to this analysis the ALBA-1 cable is allowing data transmission faster than before, when outgoing and ingoing data was travelling via satellite. Though Cubans haven’t still seen a real improvement in speed, the news fills them with hope. The subsea data cable will increase internet speed exponentially in Cuba. It will multiply by 3000 data, images and voice transmission with a bandwidth of 640 gigabytes and capacity to handle 10 million phone calls simultaneously, according to fayerwayer.com."

ALAN GROSS CASE SPOTLIGHTS U.S. DEMOCRACY PROGRAMS IN CUBA  1/18/2013 National Security Archives: "The U.S. government has “between five to seven different transition plans” for Cuba, and the USAID-sponsored “Democracy” program aimed at the Castro government is “an operational activity” that demands “continuous discretion,” according to documents filed in court this week, and posted today by the National Security Archive. The records were filed by Development Alternatives Inc (DAI), one of USAID’s largest contractors, in response to a lawsuit filed by the family of Alan Gross, who was arrested in Cuba in December 2009 for attempting to set up satellite communications networks on the island, as part of the USAID program."

Secrecy, politics at heart of Cuba project  1/17/2013 Along the Malecon: "I agree Gross, with experience in 50 countries, knew what he was getting into... but I wonder if he really expected to be abandoned in the way he has been... "

U.S. claims immunity in Alan Gross lawsuit  1/15/2013 Along the Malecon: "The U.S. government today declared itself immune from the $60 million lawsuit filed in November by American development worker Alan Gross and his wife Judy in connection with his 2009 jailing in Cuba."

Cuba Critics Look to Test Government on Travel Law  1/15/2013 Cuba Confidential: "It’s a calculated risk that potentially enables the dissidents to become high-profile ambassadors for change in the communist-run country, traveling abroad to accept awards and slamming the government back home in speeches to foreign parliaments. At the same time, it blunts one of their main criticisms of Cuba’s human rights record, that it effectively held them and others hostage by restricting their movement. “Previously the policy was just to get them out of the country, which really, really did work for the maintenance of the Castro government,” said Ann Louise Bardach, a longtime Cuba analyst and author of “Cuba Confidential.” “But if they are allowing them to come back, we are looking at a game-changer of sorts because that could usher in the first embryonic state of some democratic process,” Bardach said. “If people can go abroad, criticize the government and return, that’s a new day in Cuba.”

Cuba Travel Law Tested By Dissidents  1/15/2013 Huff Post 

As Hugo Chavez fights for his life, Cuba fears for its future  1/12/2013 Telegraph: "But there is also danger for the Castro brothers within the Chavista camp if a more nationalist-minded faction was to prevail. The Cubans are particularly wary of Diosdado Cabello, a former army comrade of Mr Chavez who is now the head of Venezuela's National Assembly, who is thought to be rather cooler about the bilateral relationship."

Report: John Kerry Held Secret Talks with Cuba to Free Alan Gross  1/6/2013 Miami Herald: "But Sen. Bob Menendez, a powerful Cuban American Democrat from New Jersey, stepped in to defend the programs in the spring of 2011 and persuaded the White House to roll back most of the changes, Schneiderman wrote. Havana grew chary at the same time, he added, as Raúl Castro faced domestic opposition to his economic reforms and a U.S. jury acquitted Luis Posada Carriles, a Cuban exile blamed for several Havana bombings, of lying to U.S. immigration officials. “Mired in mistrust and miscalculation, each side seemed to be waiting for the other to blink,” he wrote. “Eventually, however, the United States appeared to step back from an opportunity to free Gross from jail and strike a blow against the antiquated politics of the Cold War … The Cuban-American lobby had won.”

Kerry’s Cuba Sanity  1/5/2013 CAFÉ: "This evidence has informed the future secretary of state’s position against the ban on travel to Cuba for U.S. citizens. Based on the experience of tourists from other countries and the return of Cuban-Americans who “have already had a significant impact on increasing the flow of information and hard currency to ordinary Cubans,” Kerry understands that unrestricted U.S. travel to Cuba would be “a catalyst for change.”

The Real Cuban Missile Crisis  1/1/2013 Atlantic: "Yet, although the missiles’ military significance was negligible, the Kennedy administration advanced on a perilous course to force their removal. The president issued an ultimatum to a nuclear power—an astonishingly provocative move, which immediately created a crisis that could have led to catastrophe. He ordered a blockade on Cuba, an act of war that we now know brought the superpowers within a hair’s breadth of nuclear confrontation. The beleaguered Cubans willingly accepted their ally’s weapons, so the Soviet’s deployment of the missiles was fully in accord with international law. But the blockade, even if the administration euphemistically called it a “quarantine,” was, the ExComm members acknowledged, illegal. As the State Department’s legal adviser recalled, “Our legal problem was that their action wasn’t illegal.” Kennedy and his lieutenants intently contemplated an invasion of Cuba and an aerial assault on the Soviet missiles there—acts extremely likely to have provoked a nuclear war."

Cuba town battles to preserve British West Indian ways  12/27/2012 BBC: "The English-speakers have applied for registration as an official association, hoping that will help in their fight to protect their traditions. But four years on they have had no answer."

Cosméticos para la mujer negra  12/23/2012 Trbajadores: "Por atinado y certero me sorprendió gratamente el criterio de la diputada Olivia Teresa González, de Centro Habana, en la más reciente reunión de la Comisión de Industrias y Construcción, de la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular: “No hay una perspectiva o proyección en la producción nacional de cosméticos y otros productos de belleza para la mujer negra”, dijo."

Cuba Recalls 138 Years of the First Official Baseball Game  12/22/2012 Repeating Islands 

Our Man in Havana  12/21/2012 Foreign Affairs 

Cuba Denounces New US Treasury Fines  12/20/2012 Havana Times: "A statement posted on the front page of the Granma newspaper discussed the December 11 imposition of a $375 million fine against London-based HSBC Holdings for violating US sanctions against several countries, including Cuba. A day after, OFAC announced the implementation of an another fine of $8.5 million against the Japanese bank Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, also for processing financial transactions involving a group of countries that included Cuba. The Cuban Foreign Ministry considers this to involve “new acts in the extraterritorial application of the provisions of the US blockade against Cuba and also against entities in third countries."

LA CORRUPTA ALDEA DEL CACIQUE EUSEBIO LEAL  12/20/2012 Lagarto Verde: "Llama la atención que en el mes de octubre, cuando la Contraloría General de la Republica aplicaba la comprobación del control interno a más de 200 empresas en todo el país, estallara el escándalo de corrupción en la empresa Habaguanex, que fue precedido por hechos de similar naturaleza ocurridos en la Empresa Puerto Carenas. Ambas empresas están subordinadas a la Oficina del Historiador de la Ciudad dirigida por Eusebio Leal Spengler."

LA CORRUPTA ALDEA DEL CACIQUE EUSEBIO LEAL  12/20/2012 Lagarto Verde 

Obama 2.0, Cuba and CANF  12/19/2012 Progreso Weekly: "As the FIU study demonstrates, Cuban Americans should continue to be the largest voting group in Miami for years to come. They comprise 35% of the population, while other Latinos together make up 31%. But it’s in other parts of the state where the giant will dominate. And in the Miami area, other Latino groups are learning to form alliances with other groups and (why not?) even moderate and progressive Cuban Americans to achieve political standing in South Florida. An example of a growing and powerful Hispanic group in Florida is the Puerto Ricans. There are currently more than 800,000 in Florida. The brunt of their numbers found in the middle of the state, an area referred to as the I-4 Corridor, a highway that connects Orlando and Tampa and cuts Florida in half. Their numbers are politically staggering there. And not faced with the problems of citizenship, in Orlando alone, for example, there are currently more than 160,000 young Puerto Ricans who have yet to turn 18… when they will be able to vote. Statisticians are telling us that by 2016, the next presidential election, there will be more registered Puerto Rican voters in Florida than Cuban Americans…"

Firm steps taken in the updating of Cuba’s economic model  12/18/2012 Granma: "The objectives of this process are the re-capitalization of enterprises; increased earnings to make possible the financing of increased wages for workers; the creation of a wholesale market and the reconciliation of costs which the Cuban economy can sustain with their value on the international market."

Telephone Fraud, Corruption and One-Party Democracy in Cuba  12/17/2012 Havana Times: "As for democracy and party systems, the general trend of representative democracy is predominantly toward bipartisanship while communist systems were founded on the concept of a single party. One thing to consider is the set of traditions of the countries where socialist revolutions triumphed. In ancient Russia, these traditions were shaped by the absolutism implanted for centuries by the tsarist autocracy. China, Vietnam and North Korea can be described as eastern monarchies that are equally despotic and overly centralized. In Latin America, Cuba follows the tradition inherited from Spain, where kings once prevailed, followed by caudillos."

Medical Internationalism in Cuba  12/15/2012 Counterpunch: "This article, based upon seven years of research and some 70 interviews with Cuban medical personnel, both in Cuba and abroad, seeks to provide a broad overview of the importance of Cuban medical internationalism."

U.S. Cuba Relations - the Alan Gross Hurdles  12/15/2012 Progreso Weekly: "Rep Wasserman-Schultz, the DNC Chair and a Jewish American, is included in this list because of her longstanding political alliance with the Diaz-Balart family and hardliner campaign financial support. Remember, its only about votes and money. Always."

Al Historiador de La Habana lo castigarán por corrupción  12/14/2012 Hablemos Press: "El Gobierno lo desposeyó del rentable negocio que creó en torno a la restauración de La Habana Vieja, le dio un Honoris Causa y está considerando enviarlo como embajador de la UNESCO a cualquier país. Por razones de imagen gubernamental y de tratarse de una figura cultural no desea implicarlo en el escándalo de corrupción. Todavía no se ha hablado en los medios oficiales sobre el caso."

Community and religious leaders demand more effective government aid for Sandy victims  12/13/2012 Granma: [This is about NY, but it could be useful to survey the problems in Oriente as well.]

Cuba abre la puerta a las cooperativas privadas  12/11/2012 El Pais: "Un resquicio de autonomía se abrió ayer al entrar en vigor un decreto ley que ampliará de forma gradual el cooperativismo en Cuba. En una etapa preliminar se prevé que este contribuya a la creación de más de 200 asociaciones de ese tipo en todo el país. Desde la pasada sesión de la Asamblea Nacional, en julio de este año, se aguardaba la entrada en vigor de una medida que se espera dinamice la deteriorada economía de la Isla. Hasta ahora esta forma de gestión solo estaba permitida en el sector agropecuario. Pero desde hoy incluirá también los sectores gastronómico, de transporte, servicios personales y domésticos, la recuperación de materias primas y los servicios de la construcción, entre otros."

El Consejo Supremo de la Asociación Abacuá de Cuba - Buro Abakuá  12/1/2012 AfroCubaWeb: "… the Buro was originally a creation of the authentic Abakuá potentias. In 1960 as Cuba was nationalizing all property, some Abakuá leaders drew a line and said: "We need separation between state and religion. Abakuá is a religion. We are more Cuban than the palm tree. Leave us alone." They created a "Buro Abakuá" to confront the excesses of the Revolution. That didn't work: in 1967 the state prohibited any Abakuá initiation. This lasted until 1977. From 1960 to 1991, the state trained Abakuá initiates to infiltrate the lodges and spy, and they sought the complete integration of Abakuá into the state. Possibly some of the comrades were reacting to the presence of former Batistianos in the lodges, but there are former Batistianos across most aspects of Cuban life! This is a case of over-reaching, excessive state control. There were also a number of comrades in the lodges, it is a religion, not a political organization."

Will Haitian President Michel Martelly's visit become another missed opportunity?  12/1/2012 AfroCubaWeb: "Cuba on the other hand, cannot in good conscience or with moral convictions hold on to millions of acres of fallow, untilled land, knowing its use can improve the lives of tens of thousands of Haitians, stabilize Cuba food security and restore the viability of our sugar, coffee and cocoa industry, presently on life support. Cuba can erase its debt of gratitude with Haiti and other Caribbean islands, by implementing an orderly migrant workers law, by which tens of thousands of families could enter and work in the country under clear cut regulations, which forbids all unsocial behavior. Prioritizing the purchase of products and produce from our neighboring islands through the development of coastline shipping lines and an increase in human interactions is a past due imperative."

La corrupción salpica el imperio de Eusebio Leal  12/1/2012 Cubanet: "Como consecuencia de esa larga cadena de corrupción, se conoce que una alta funcionaria de Habaguanex, fue separada de su cargo y enviada a casita, en Plan Pijama, a la espera de las sanciones correspondientes, o del impune olvido. Para ocupar su puesto, se nombró al que fungía como gerente de la agencia de turistaxis Fénix. La funcionaria, que llevaba más de 20 años trabajando con Eusebio Leal, además de riquezas, ganó fama por su proceder despótico y autoritario, y por la manera implacable en que trataba a sus subordinados. Cuando Doña Bárbara, como era conocida, visitaba algún establecimiento, muchos de sus empleados temblaban."

CLOSE TO 50 YEARS AFTER HIS ASSASSINATION Kennedy’s dream  11/29/2012 Granma: "In February 1996, Robert Kennedy Jr. and his brother, Michael, traveled to Havana to meet with Fidel Castro. As a gesture of goodwill, they brought a file of formerly top secret U.S. documents on the Kennedy administration's covert exploration of an accommodation with Cuba…Castro thanked them for the file and shared his impression that it was [President Kennedy's] intention after the missile crisis to change the framework of relations between the United States and Cuba. ‘It's unfortunate,’ said Castro, ‘that things happened as they did, and he could not do what he wanted to do."

In Communist Cuba, the Tax Man Cometh  11/28/2012 MSNBC: "A sliding scale income tax - from 15 percent for earnings of more than 10,000 pesos (about $400) annually, to 50 percent for earnings of over 50,000 pesos, (about $2,000) - adopted in 1994, remains in the new code for the self-employed, small businesses and farms, but it also includes a series of new deductions to stimulate their work."

The Fertile Crescent: Haiti, Cuba and Louisiana  11/25/2012 Afropop Worldwide 

Program: Hip Deep Angola 4: The Cuban Intervention in Angola  11/24/2012 Afropop Worldwide: "In 1978 you have a South African massacre at a Namibian refugee camp in southern Angola, Cassinga. The South Africans killed about 600 Namibians – children, women, men. There were Cuban soldiers at some distance, and they rushed to Cassinga, and basically the South Africans were forced to withdraw. And the Cubans took to Cuba quite a few of the children survivors of Cassinga, so that they would grow up and study in Cuba. And for instance, one of them, I met in Namibia — Sophia Ndetongo [SP?], A survivor of Cassinga. She arrived in Cuba in 1978 when she was 12 to study at school. She left Cuba in 1994 as a medical doctor. She was completely trained in Cuba."

Experts say more Cubans arriving in U.S.  11/24/2012 Breitbart: "The influx of Cubans into the U.S. is increasing," said Ernesto Cuesta, who runs programs for Haitian and Cuban refugees for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Miami. The young people we are seeing are desperate."

Cuba — Travelling off the radar  11/17/2012 Cuba Absolutely 

SIP appoints Cuban mercenary  11/15/2012 Granma: "The Inter-American Press Society (SIP-IAPA) – the CIA commercial press cartel whose Miami headquarters bears the name of agent Jules Dubois, has appointed cyber-mercenary Yoani Sánchez its representative in Cuba… The United States was represented by three men at the 1949 SIP meeting in Quito, Ecuador. Two were senior U.S. intelligence officers: Jules Dubois and Joshua Powers. The third, Tom Wallace, was a high-ranking official from the State Department. The only one who could pretend to be a journalist was Dubois. This authentic U.S. military intelligence colonel – as he is described in a biographical note published after his death – in the 1940’s morphed into a reporter with the influential Chicago Tribune."

Sandy’s Tracks through Santiago de Cuba  11/15/2012 Havana Times: Scroll down for numerous photos of the destruction.

World condemns U.S. Cuba policy once again  11/15/2012 People's World: "The three countries that voted against the Cuban resolution were the United States, Israel (population 8 million), and Palau (population 21,000). Abstaining were the Marshall Islands (population 68,000) and the Federated States of Micronesia (population 111,000). The three Pacific Island nations do not have full control over their own foreign policies, not only because they are dependent on US aid, but because of specific arrangements which put their defense wholly in the hands of the United States through the "Compact of Free Association." All the countries comprising the rest of the world, or about six billion, eight hundred thousand people, voted to condemn the US policy. These included all of our country's trading partners, neighbors, and NATO allies."

Estados Unidos y sus cibersoldados en Cuba  11/14/2012 CubaDebate: "Aunque en el folleto adjunto se dice que sólo se ofertan dieciséis plazas, los convocantes no parecen muy seguros de poderlas cubrir. En un país con un millón de graduados universitarios, exigen sólo nivel de Secundaria Básica, y presionan con que el curso es un prerrequisito para acceder a posteriores convocatorias. En este caso, la vieja amenaza publicitaria al estilo de “no dejes escapar esta oportunidad”, no es funcional. En Cuba existen 610 instalaciones gratuitas para la enseñanza de la informática, conocidas como Joven Club. El año pasado 228 000 personas recibieron cursos presenciales en ellas."

The civil society ploy  11/14/2012 Progreso Weekly: "Miami shone as an example of civil society. The democracy for Cuba project does not say that Miami has 163 crimes per square mile, a figure that would clearly inspire Cubans on the island. Other winning Miami data includes: a violent Crime Rate three times higher than the national average, including a startlingly towering murder index that should certainly make Havana residents envious. Miami boasts a three times more than the national average robbery rate as well. 7.36 out of 1000 residents in Miami Dade get assaulted, compared to the U.S. average of 2.52."

Black Cubans Still Suffering from Hurricane Sandy  11/13/2012 Black Voice News 

¿Qué hará Premio Nobel de la Paz tras condena bloqueo EEUU contra Cuba?  11/13/2012 CubaDebate: "Según analistas políticos, Obama tiene todas las condiciones a su favor para levantar de una vez por todas el cerco económico, financiero y comercial que Washington mantiene contra la mayor de las Antillas, a pesar del rechazo mundial y del fracaso de esa política agresiva. Los expertos coinciden que en su segundo y último mandato, el actual inquilino de la Casa Blanca tiene “menos atadas las manos” para poner fin al bloqueo, al igual que para liberar a los cinco cubanos antiterroristas presos injustamente en Estados Unidos."

Damnificados de “Sandy” adquieren materiales de construcción  11/13/2012 CubaDebate 

Brazil-Cuba: Full steam ahead  11/13/2012 Progreso Weekly: "With little hoopla, Brazil has become Cuba’s second trade partner in Latin America. The trend is rising, according to basic data: In 2011, the bilateral trade exchange rose by 45 percent, compared with 2010, when it totaled US$501.4 million. This year, it is expected to close at $1 billion."

My Nephew’s Dreams  11/9/2012 Havana Times: "My nephew has had his life goals well-defined ever since he was around 20. He aimed to have a job that would bring him in enough money to help and support his family, practice Rastafarianism and belong to an environmental organization."

Una semana después de Sandy  11/3/2012 Juventud Rebelde: "Ya en San Antonio del Sur se recuperaron más de mil latas de café —aun cuando son miles los árboles que cayeron encima de los cafetales—, mientras que en los secaderos se encuentran alrededor de 150 toneladas del grano. «Este es un momento para aprovechar todo lo que se pueda. Debemos recuperar el material forestal que fue derribado; ahí hay desde madera preciosa hasta la que se utiliza para hacer carbón. Todo se debe usar en beneficio de nuestra economía», comentó Torres Iríbar."

EEUU se declara 'culpable' de facilitar acceso a internet de los cubanos  11/2/2012 Miami Herald: [el obstaculo maior es el embargo que limita el servicio a la isla…]

Romney's Fla. Ads Tie Obama to Chavez, Castro  11/1/2012 AP: "There's a similar clip featuring Castro's niece, Mariela, who has no official link to the Cuban government. She's a noted advocate of gay rights and has praised Obama's stand in support of same sex marriage."

Pintor Agustín Bejarano se declara culpable; cumplirá 42 meses de cárcel  10/30/2012 Miami Herald: [Agustín Bejarano's supporters in Cuba, and there are many, are convinced he was framed by gusanos. He accepted guilt in order to plea bargain for a lighter sentence in what passes for the US justice system, always fllawed in Miami.]

Santiago de Cuba se levanta  10/27/2012 Cuba Debate: "El pueblo de Santiago de Cuba, aún en medio del pesar por las pérdidas humanas y materiales que le dejó Sandy, se levanta con absoluta fe en la recuperación de su terruño y hace a favor de ello con el apoyo que llega de otras provincias del país. En consonancia, brigadas de linieros y operarios de las empresas eléctrica y telefónica ya trabajan para restaurar el suministro de energía, afectado en casi un 85 por ciento, así como dar vitalidad a los más de 17 mil teléfonos interrumpidos."

Venezuela envia ayuda humanitaria a Cuba y Haití  10/27/2012 Cuba Debate 

Rinden homenaje en Argentina a mártires cubanos desaparecidos durante la dictadura  10/26/2012 Cuba Debate: "El Secretario de Derechos Humanos de Argentina, Martín Fresneda, participó este jueves en la Embajada de Cuba en Buenos Aires del homenaje al mártir Crescencio Galañena Hernández, quien cumplía tareas como funcionario diplomático en el país andino cuando fue secuestrado junto con su compañero Jesús Cejas Arias por la dictadura cívico militar el 9 de agosto de 1976."

MIRIAM LEIVA: Devastación en el oriente de Cuba  10/26/2012 Miami Herald 

In Cuba, the Teachers Are Leaving  10/25/2012 Havana Times: "Last year, 14,000 teachers left the classroom with medical leave certificates or requesting self-employment licenses, while this summer another 4,000 gave up teaching without excuses. Meanwhile, 80 percent of the slots to study teaching careers are vacant."

Cubanos son propietarios de casi 85 por ciento de viviendas del país  10/22/2012 Cuba Debate: "Las familias cubanas son propietarias de casi el 85 por ciento de las viviendas existentes en el país y solo el seis por ciento están vinculadas o son medios básicos de organismos de la administración central del Estado. El resto de ellas está considerado en régimen de arrendamiento y en cuartos, habitaciones, bohíos y otros tipos, según el más reciente informe hasta 2011 de especialistas del sistema de la vivienda en la nación, al que la AIN tuvo acceso."

Asociación de Cubanos Residentes en Jamaica presente en acto público de solidaridad con nuestros Cinco Héroes y contra el injusto bloqueo norteamericano  10/16/2012 Cuba vs Bloqueo: "Uno de los cubanos residentes que intervino fue Osvaldo Cardenas, presidente interino de la Asociación, quien recordó las importantes efemérides que se conmemoran en octubre precisando que estas reflejan batallas libradas por el pueblo cubano a través de los años. Cardenas también se pronunció a favor de la liberación de los Cinco y exigió el cese del injusto bloqueo impuesto a Cuba por EE.UU hace cinco décadas."

Información útil sobre trámites migratorios  10/16/2012 CubaDebate 

En apoyo a la Campaña Por Otra Cuba por la ratificación de los Pactos de la ONU. Concierto y presentación del disco Gente sin Dinero del grupo Estudiantes sin Semilla  10/16/2012 Estado de SATS 

Government to let Cubans travel freely  10/16/2012 Newsday: "The Cuban government announced Tuesday that it will eliminate a half-century-old restriction that requires citizens to get an exit visa to leave the country. The decree, which takes effect Jan. 14, will eliminate a much-loathed bureaucratic procedure that has kept many Cubans from traveling or moving abroad."

Sex Tourism: The Largest Free-market in Cuba  10/15/2012 Havana Times: "When the Cuban government began promoting the tourism industry in the 1990s, it was sex tourism that jump-started that initiative. Twelve years into the 21st century, they have managed to transition to other more conventional forms of tourism. Eco tourism, family tourism and luxury tourism are gradually coming to occupy prominent places in the industry."

The Week the World Stood Still: The Cuban Missile Crisis and Ownership of the World  10/15/2012 Tom Dispatch: "In a review of recently released documents on Kennedy-era terror, Harvard University Latin Americanist Jorge Domínguez observes, "Only once in these nearly thousand pages of documentation did a U.S. official raise something that resembled a faint moral objection to U.S.-government sponsored terrorism [against Cuba]": a member of the National Security Council staff suggested that raids that are "haphazard and kill innocents… might mean a bad press in some friendly countries." The same attitudes prevailed throughout the internal discussions during the missile crisis, as when Robert Kennedy warned that a full-scale invasion of Cuba would "kill an awful lot of people, and we're going to take an awful lot of heat on it." And they prevail to the present, with only the rarest of exceptions, as easily documented."

Cuba, Uruguay y Brasil: intercambio para crecer  10/10/2012 Microcredito: "Una delegación de referentes cubanos visitó las experiencias cooperativas del Uruguay y Brasil, con el propósito de relevar las experiencias que tienen ambos países en torno a la Economía Social y Solidaria (ESS), sector sobre el cual Cuba quiere impulsar en el marco de su proceso de actualización socioeconómica."

Cuba Can Learn from Chavez and Venezuela  10/9/2012 Havana Times: "Cubans mustn’t respond to the process that has just taken place in Venezuela only with our solidarity. We need to also draw from those experiences and use them to continue radicalizing our own relatively stagnant revolutionary process. The Cuban Revolution began the second stage of the independence of “Our America”; but today it is our responsibility to learn the way independence is being best guaranteed by the Bolivarian peoples of Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia. These countries have democratic processes, referenda, freedom of the press and association, free access to social networking websites, respect for different ways of thinking, recognition of the role of peaceful and democratic opposition, the direct election of their presidents, new forms of participation, community powers, the development of social enterprises and cooperatives, and programs of direct assistance for the most needy."

U.S. prevents Los Van Van from playing in Puerto Rico  10/8/2012 Granma: "The Cuban band Los Van Van were unable to play two concerts programmed for San Juan and Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, scheduled for October 11 and 12, respectively, because their legendary bass player Samuel Formell was refused a visa by the U.S. Department of State."

Cooperativismo cubano: modificaciones en las Unidades Básicas de Producción Cooperativa  10/5/2012 Cooperativismo en Movimiento: video

Prices and Taxes in Cuba  10/4/2012 Havana Times: "To really achieve the redistribution of wealth, taxes should be applied only on luxury goods, those products that aren’t necessary for life. Applying them on milk, cooking oil, soap and meat ends up being punishment against the poor. Kiosks have been opened in all the districts selling products in convertible hard-currency. One needs only to stand around one of those to witness how many of the people who shop there are clearly poor people who have to save every penny to buy the most indispensible items. A few days ago people were complaining that detergent was scarce in the hard-currency stores. The problem was actually that only large packages were being sold, while the fact is that many Cubans can barely manage to scrape together the 50 cents (USD) for the smallest packets."

Efficacy of scorpion venom is confirmed in Cuba  10/3/2012 Progreso Weekly: "For the first time in public, Cuba presented two cases that showed a reduction in cancerous tumors and an improvement in the quality of life of patients who, during a period of treatment, received only a natural medication extracted from the venom of scorpions. “The use of a natural solution of the venom from the [I]Rhopalurus junceus [/I]scorpion improves the quality of life of patients with brain tumors, reduces the lesions and is safe,” said Dr. Niudis Cruz Zamora in a research report to the Second Congress of the Entreprenurial Group of Biopharmaceutical and Chemical Products (Labiofam), held here this week."

The reemergence of the Cuban Catholic Church  10/3/2012 Progreso Weekly: "A nominally Catholic country, Cuba has historically been religiously diverse with low levels of practice and high levels of syncretism. From the 15th century up until the 1959 revolution, the Catholic Church in Cuba was predominantly staffed by Spaniards. Priests and religious were concentrated in educational institutions in urban areas. Wide swaths of the island were relatively un-churched. A 1957 survey of 400 rural families by Agrupación Católica revealed that only 52.10 percent identified themselves as Catholic and 53.51 percent had never laid eyes on a priest. A very high percentage (41.41 percent) claimed to have no religion, while 3.26 percent identified themselves as Protestants. Both Catholics and Protestants traditionally had low levels of practice ranging from 3 to 4 percent for the former and 5 to 6 percent for the latter, ratios that still hold true today. However, surveys in the 1990s revealed that over 80 percent of Cubans believed in the divine, not necessarily in Jesus, Yahweh or Shango. In short, Cuba is a nation of believers, if not of churchgoers."

Supressing a Public Pilgrimage: Day of the 5 Abakwá - 27th of November  10/2/2012 AfroCubaWeb: "The Abakwá parade parallels another parade from the University of Havana to the same monument at La Punta, a traditional parade that has been held for many years and was held again this year to honor the fallen students and a Spanish army captain who broke his sword over his knee to protest the executions, thereby ending his career. This parade would never mention the 5 Abakwá. They may be doing that now, although the official press articles about them tend not to. However, this year various sources in Havana confirm that the Abakwá parade going down the Paseo del Prado to La Punta was forbidden and an impressive contingent of police as well as a Rapid Response Brigade was on hand to enforce the prohibition."

New investment fund aims to catch wave of interest in Cuba  9/27/2012 International Institute for the Study of Cuba: "Romar group, which is active in equipment sales, development, trading, finance and logistics in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe, has kept a low profile during the almost 20 years it has done business in Cuba, but the family-owned company is now emerging as an important link with the island for investors. Romar’s development arm, Q Hospitality, is negotiating construction of four hotels, one each in Havana, Viñales, Trinidad and Santa Lucía. Plans also include construction of a 80-mw wind farm in Cuba. However, its most ambitious project is a marina and real estate development at Tarará, just east of Havana."

U.S. blocks passengers traveling from Spanish airports  9/26/2012 Granma: "However, a European Commission (CE) spokesperson, Michele Cercone, told EFE that the issue is not within the CE’s authority since the U.S. does not have access to information about Spanish passengers or those of other nationalities who travel to third countries, as stipulated in an agreement between Brussels and Washington about passenger lists. The agreement apparently did not apply to Colombian journalist Hernando Calvo Ospina, a Le Monde Diplomatique collaborator and 25-year resident of Paris, El País emphasized. This past May 6, the journalist was left stranded at Barajas airport, because a functionary from the U.S. embassy in Madrid blocked his departure to a third country, in this case, Cuba, on a direct nonstop flight."

CUBA: Las cooperativas en el nuevo modelo económico  9/21/2012 Cooperativismo en Movimiento: "Los Lineamientos de la Política Económica y Social del Partido y la Revolución aprobados por el VI Congreso del Partido Comunista de Cuba (PCC) mencionan a las cooperativas como una de las formas empresariales no estatales[3] que tendrán cabida en el nuevo modelo económico a instaurar en los próximos años en nuestro país."

La NED sigue apostado al duro en la subversión contra Cuba  9/21/2012 Rebelion 

Cuba’s Post-Castro Future  9/19/2012 Consortium News: "Now that’s changing. Hispanics from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico and other Latin American countries are growing faster in numbers than those from Cuba. And while Cuban-Americans are mostly Republicans, others in Florida are heavily Democratic. Moreover, Cuban-Americans themselves are changing their mind about the embargo. According to a recent study by the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University (FIU), most Cuban-Americans in Miami would agree with Zamora that the embargo hasn’t worked well. In fact, 47 percent would like to see the embargo lifted. “This is probably the first presidential election in which Cuba is not a top issue for the Cuban-American community,” says Andy Gomez, senior fellow at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. A member of Mitt Romney’s staff phoned Gomez last year to get his advice on the topics that Romney should address when he visits Miami. Gomez’s answer wasn’t Cuba but jobs and the economy."

Campañas electorales reciben menos dinero sobre el tema Cuba  9/16/2012 Nuevo Herald 

¡Sirvan la sopita de pollo que esto se jodió!  9/16/2012 Yohandry's Blog: "Nunca fue un secreto, pero ahora se confirma: la Sección de Intereses Norteamericanos en La Habana (SINA) está detrás la huelga-circo que encabeza Marta Beatriz Roque. Un texto publicado por este blog, y fuentes consultadas posteriormente, confirmaron que John Patrick Caufield , actual jefe SINA, sostuvo un almuerzo de trabajo con Marta Beatriz Roque, nada menos que el 5 de septiembre, 5 días antes de que se anunciara por los medios de Miami el inicio del ayuno."

Comenzó en Cuba el Censo Nacional de Población y Viviendas 2012  9/15/2012 CubaDebate: [En el ultimo censo de 2002, hubo autodeterminacion de raza, con el resulto que muchos se pusieron blanco.]

Ros-Lehtinen se pone histérica con imagen del “Che”  9/15/2012 CubaDebate: "La Agencia Federal de Protección Ambiental (EPA) de EEUU envió un correo electrónico interno con una imagen del Che Guevara para celebrar el Mes de la Cultura Hispana, lo que generó una crisis de histeria de la congresista del sur de la Florida, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen."

Censo homofóbico Cuba 2012: CENESEX declara que no hará declaración  9/15/2012 Negra Cubana 

Peligros e incertidumbre tras las nuevas regulaciones aduanales  9/14/2012 AfroCubaWeb: de Alberto Jones

Cómplice de Posada Carriles reitera apoyo a candidato opositor venezolano  9/14/2012 CubaDebate: de Jean Guy Allard - "Ricardo Koesling, el directivo del partido político Piedra que declaró a “los chavistas los vamos a sacar a plomo, a golpes, a patadas o a lo que sea” al proclamar que sigue apoyando al candidato derechista Henrique Capriles Radonski, a pesar de los titulares, es el capo de la mafia cubanoamericana de Miami en Caracas, y el representante en Venezuela de la red terrorista de Luis Posada Carriles."

New report by 2 US senators details strategies to prevent "security crisis" in the Caribbean  9/13/2012 AP: "A pair of American senators released a new report Thursday detailing their recommendations to prevent a future security crisis in the Caribbean, where numerous unpoliced islets and barely monitored coasts remain near-perfect conduits for drug shipments. California Democrat Dianne Feinstein and Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley argue that Washington must be prepared to counter an uptick in drug trafficking in the Caribbean when, not if, the pendulum swings back a bit from Central American countries and Mexico."

Juicio contra los Cinco carece de sustento, afirma prestigioso juez chileno  9/13/2012 CubaDebate 

Cuban Gov. Reports on Alan Gross  9/13/2012 Havana Times: "The note reiterates Cuba’s willingness to “dialogue with the US Government to find a solution to the case of Mr. Gross” and that it is “still awaiting a response.”"

The conventions and the future of U.S. policy toward Cuba  9/12/2012 Progreso Weekly: "Add to this the fact that, as the “historic exiles” die out, the interest in recovering properties left in Cuba (a determining factor in the far right’s program) declines. Simultaneously, there’s an increase in the number of Cuban-Americans interested in trading with the island or taking economic advantage of any possible contacts with the island. Such contacts could dovetail with U.S. interests, particularly those of Republican conservatives who for years have been questioning the convenience of maintaining the economic blockade. All of which tends to weaken the specific weight of the far right in the design of U.S. policy toward Cuba, as well as the more aggressive tendencies of that policy."

Cuba ensaya nuevos usos de las tarjetas de débito  9/10/2012 KokaCub@: "Personas en Cuba que disponen de una tarjeta de débito en pesos cubanos (CUP) pueden adquirir productos –por un precio equivalente- en tiendas estatales donde se compra solo en pesos convertibles (CUC), como parte de un experimento que se desarrolla al menos en la capital."

Mercado cubano se abre a los productos brasileños  9/7/2012 CubaDebate 

Nueva herramienta de subversión contra Cuba: Videojuegos  9/7/2012 CubaDebate: "Uno de estos programas exige la creación de videojuegos que fomenten el consenso en torno a Washington, en particular entre los jóvenes. Como en otras partidas del gobierno norteamericano para operaciones ilegales en Cuba, esta se concentra en inversiones destinadas a fomentar el uso de nuevas tecnologías solo en aquellos que obedezcan al cambio de régimen que EEUU promueve en la Isla."

La Verdad sobre las reformas arancelarias en Cuba  9/6/2012 Martianos: "En verdad los cambios en los aranceles de importación a pagar en Cuba hace tiempo que tenían que haber sido ajustados al resto de los cambios que han venido teniendo lugar en la economía del país. Muchos han sido los que se aprovechaban de las viejas regulaciones aduanales que establecían que aquellos que residen permanentemente en Cuba pagaban los aranceles de importación en moneda nacional no convertible, cuando en la inmensa mayoría de los casos de esas personas que viajan con frecuencia al extranjero éstas se dedican a importar mercancías en Cuba con fines comerciales y no con fines personales. A la vez que la inmensa mayoría de esa mercancía se vende en el país en CUC --moneda nacional convertible-- o en su equivalente en moneda nacional no convertible. Sabemos que es así."

A Challenge to Journalism - The Cuban Five and the Garbus Memo  9/5/2012 Counterpunch: by RICARDO ALARCÓN de QUESADA - "The US Government seriously violated the Constitution and the Law to guarantee the unfair sentences of the Five Cuban patriots who will soon arrive at 14 years of arbitrary and illegal punishment. This was not an isolated event, but rather a systematic effort during the whole process against the Five that cost millions of tax payers’ money. There is only very limited information available on the duration, resources used, people involved, and other important aspects of the operation. Disclosing this behavior would force the authorities – both the Court and the Executive- to arrange for the immediate release of our five compañeros and, consequently, Washington has also conspired to hide what it did thus committing an additional crime: cover up."

A subtle form of corruption  9/5/2012 Progreso Weekly: by Esteban Morales - "Our highest Political Directorate, being consistent with what it had said ever since it assumed command, condensed its pronouncements: Corruption is the equivalent of counterrevolution. All of us revolutionaries breathed a sigh of relief. Taking up criticism was a reality and nobody had to right to silence it."

New tax in Cuba threatens consumption in a hungry nation  9/4/2012 AFP: "Cuba has slapped a new customs tax on everyday goods shipped from overseas in a drive that experts say could weaken the economy and sap consumption. The levy took effect Monday and is payable in foreign currency. It targets goods imported by private citizens, often self-employed people who have started up businesses as part of timid reforms undertaken by the communist government in 2011."

Cuba Targeted at Democratic Convention  9/4/2012 Havana Times: "It is the only American nation that gets its very own paragraph and more. Only four other countries get such attention: Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China."

Desde hoy, en vigor nueva Resolución de la Aduana en Cuba  9/3/2012 CubaDebate: "A partir de este lunes tres de septiembre entra en vigor la Resolución No. 122 de la Aduana General de la República de Cuba referente a los envíos hacia el país por vía aérea, marítima, postal o de mensajería."

Muere investigador norteamericano que vinculó a Posada Carriles con asesinato de JFK  9/3/2012 CubaDebate: "Pero algo más que ese complot interesaba al investigador del asesinato de Kennedy: “No era el plan principal, pero un subcomplot que Veciana identificó como urdido por el cerebro de Posada”. “Al igual que Oswald fue utilizado para ser el chivo expiatorio en la conspiración para asesinar a Kennedy, Posada concibió un plan donde un insospechado co- conspirador era creado para ser el ‘chivo’ del complot a fin de asesinar a Fidel Castro. “El experto de contrainteligencia, David Phillips, aseguraría luego, por supuesto, que esas fotos tendrían una distribución mundial después del asesinato de Castro. El plan completo se derrumbó cuando los pistoleros se congelaron en el último momento.”

Call to Count Gays in Cuba Census  9/2/2012 Havana Times: "How many homosexuals are there in Cuba? How many same-sex couples are living together? How many transsexuals does the island have? And how many bisexual and lesbian households exist in Cuba? Answers to these kinds of questions are being sought by Cuban journalist and blogger Francisco Rodriguez*, a well-known government sympathizer and gay activist on the island."

Cuban Artwork Still Sidelined by US Blockade  9/1/2012 Juventud Rebelde: «Frequently,» Miret commented, «these people are harassed by the US Department of the Treasure, which sends them a letter requesting copies of all invoices and support documentation on the acquired work.» «Evidently this creates a kind of pressure that many are not are willing to face. I’m talking about important collectors who live in the United States and that when questioned say they quite acquiring the work of Cuban residents on the island because they don’t want to be in the American government’s spyglass.»"

Import tax deadline has Cuba entrepreneurs on edge  9/1/2012 Miami Herald: "A sudden jump in import taxes on Monday threatens to make life tougher for some of Cuba's new entrepreneurs and will mean higher prices for many of their customers by raising the cost of goods ranging from jungle-print blouses to jewelry. The new measures steeply hike duties on cargo shipments, as well as on many bulk goods brought in by airline passengers, a crucial supply line for many of the small businesses the government has been trying to encourage as it cuts a bloated workforce in the socialist economy."

¿El principio del fin de la doble moneda en Cuba? (I)  8/31/2012 Havana Times: "El cartel en cuestión anunciaba que los portadores de tarjetas magnéticas del sistema RED podían usarlas para pagar sus compras en esa chopin con moneda nacional, claro, al tipo de cambio oficial establecido. El sistema RED opera en tres bancos cubanos (Banco Popular de Ahorro, Banco de Crédito y Comercio y Banco Metropolitano) y emite tarjetas de débito en las cuales a algunos sectores de los trabajadores cubanos se les deposita su salario. El salario en moneda nacional, claro."

U.S. Treasury Department continues to obstruct travel to Cuba  8/29/2012 Granma: "U.S. authorities have implemented a series of bureaucratic measures restricting ‘People to People’ travel to Cuba. This particular program was reinitiated by the Obama administration in 2011, although it did not entail any substantive change in U.S. policy toward Cuba and left the blockade intact. The new measures have complicated trips between the United States and Cuba. Now, according to Department of Treasury regulations, paperwork required to request a license to organize trips to Cuba has been expanded from six to hundreds of pages."

Dissidents report a crackdown in Cuba  8/25/2012 Miami Herald 

¿Abrazará Cuba la economía solidaria?  8/21/2012 Cooperativismo en Movimiento: "El 25 de julio, en una de las más concurridas sesiones de la reunión semestral de la Asamblea Nacional del Poder Popular (especie de poder legislativo) de Cuba, fue la estrella Murillo Marino. Jefe de la comisión del Comité Central del Partido Comunista para la reforma económica, él detalló, durante más de dos horas, los planes para los próximos años. Gran parte de las empresas estatales dejan de ser mero apéndice de los ministerios y tendrán autonomía financiera y operativa. Más importante aún, 222 pequeñas y medianas empresas, hoy pertenecientes al Estado, serán transformadas en cooperativas, en teoría, 100% autónomas. Una amplia gama de servicios - incluido el transporte público, mercados de frutas, restaurantes y centros de crías de camarones - se llevará a cabo por la nueva gestión de las líneas de la “economía solidaria”."

Romney Does Florida  8/18/2012 Counterpunch: "Romney, without Ryan, did not mention “Cuba”, once. It was a check-the-box visit to a key constituency in a swing state. That the venue was owned by a federally convicted coke smuggler (reported by Miami New Times) serves to remind that when considering Florida politics, Miami is ground zero. It is where the 2000 presidential election was stolen. It is where the housing boom materialized. It is the mortgage fraud capital of the United States. It is where backstories deserve attention."

"End the Embargo!" Will Romney Take Ryan’s Advice on Cuba?  8/13/2012 Counterpunch: "The embargo is a legacy litmus test only in Miami, increasingly to an aged and elderly segment of the vote. In truth, the embargo is being broken every single day to benefit Cuban American families and their relatives on both sides of the Florida Straits. The better place for Romney’s press conference tomorrow is not a Cuban restaurant, Palacios de los Jugos, but the long lines for the morning flights to Havana inside Miami International Airport."

Mitt Romney Is Stumping in Miami at Eatery Owned by Convicted Coke Smuggler  8/13/2012 Miami New Times: "Today, Mitt Romney is forgoing a Miami political campaign tradition by skipping over Versailles restaurant in Little Havana. Instead, Mittens will hobnob with a convicted cocaine smuggler. The Republican presidential candidate is holding an afternoon rally at Palacio de los Jugos (7085 Coral Way), which is owned by Reinaldo Bermudez, who served three years in federal prison after pleading guilty in 1999 to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine."

Cuban exile firework show lights up Havana horizon  8/11/2012 AP: "Sanchez said a second message behind the display was to demand greater Internet access on the island, which lags the rest of the world despite the completion of an undersea fiber-optic cable last year. “The Cuban government has just installed the cable from Venezuela that allows 3,000 times more technical capability of connection, and yet it has not translated into benefits for the Cuban people in terms of access,” he said."

Cuba: Breaking The Fiber Optic Monopoly  8/10/2012 Havana Times: "Capote discusses how he was involved in a US project to generate Wi-Fi reception in Havana by planting a small number of devices in key points all across the Cuban capital. Could it be possible to do that without the help of the CIA? Surely the Chinese sell such gadgets. Who knows, maybe even the Wi-Fi system that “Paul”/“Daniel” was going to install could be built with components “MADE IN CHINA.”"

EEUU prestó sus sicarios a Pinochet - ¿Será “patrocinador del terrorismo”?  8/7/2012 Rebelion: "Mientras Estados Unidos promociona a través de su red mediática su lista anual de países “patrocinadores del terrorismo”, en Chile se desclasifican los archivos de la DINA, la gestapo de Pinochet, donde se confirma la presencia en Chile, en los años del Plan Condor, de sicarios y terroristas cubanoamericanos formados por la CIA y “facilitados” a la dictadura chilena para sus operaciones más sucias. Los nuevos elementos que documentan esta colaboración mortífera surgen con la publicación de un intercambio de comunicaciones entre la fiscalía norteamericana, el FBI y altos cargos de la dictadura de Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) durante el año 1977."

EDITORIAL - Truth and reason  8/1/2012 Granma: "For overtly subversive objectives, the U.S. Interests Section in Havana facilitates thousands of hours of illicit International connections and gives hundreds of hours’ worth of courses in conspiracy, openly violating Cuban legislation and that of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. There is a large body of evidence that the U.S. government is continuing its policy of regime change in Cuba, through the economic, political, and media blockade and incitement to subversion."

Pavel Vidal Alejandro: “Microfinance in Cuba”  7/31/2012 The Cuban Economy 

El Tesoro estadounidense refuerza el control sobre viajes y remesas a Cuba  7/29/2012 CubaEncuentro: "El Departamento del Tesoro estadounidense ha divulgado la Circular 2012 de la Oficina de Control de Bienes Extranjeros (OFAC, por sus siglas en ingles), que refuerza el control sobre viajes y remesas a Cuba con nuevas disposiciones que regulan las operaciones de agencias y compañías de vuelos chárter que negocian con la Isla, informó este viernes el sitio CaféFuerte. La nueva normativa, señala la nota de la periodista y editora del sitio web Ivette Leyva Martínez, establece regulaciones más estrictas para la gestión de la documentación y equipaje de pasajeros, así como para la venta de pasajes aéreos."

Max Marambio gana caso contra Cuba y reclama $153 millones  7/28/2012 Café Fuerte: "El empresario chileno Max Marambio logró un fallo favorable ante la Corte Internacional de Arbitraje (ICC) en el litigio que sostiene por la compañía mixta Alimentos Río Zaza y reclamará una indemnización de $153 millones de dólares al gobierno cubano. El tribunal de París decretó esta semana, por mayoría, la disolución de la sociedad y la liquidación de los bienes compartidos con el Estado cubano, reportó el diario chileno."

Cuban president Raúl Castro willing to hold no-limits talks with America  7/26/2012 Guardian: "Cuban president Raúl Castro said on Thursday that his government was willing to mend fences with its bitter cold war foe, the United States. At the end of a Revolution Day ceremony marking the 59th anniversary of an uprising against dictator Fulgencio Batista's regime, Castro grabbed the microphone and made apparently impromptu remarks. He said no topic was off limits, including US concerns about democracy, freedom of the press and human rights on the island, as long as it was a conversation between equals."

Falleció dirigente revolucionario cubano Rafael Francia Mestre  7/25/2012 CubaDebate: "En 1939 inició su labor revolucionaria en el Partido Socialista Popular (PSP). Participó en la campaña de promoción de los candidatos comunistas a la Asamblea Constituyente de 1940 y perteneció a las organizaciones juveniles Jóvenes del Pueblo y Juventud Revolucionaria."

¿Quién mató al disidente cubano Oswaldo Payá?  7/25/2012 Penultimos Dias: "Pero la hija de Payá, Rosa María Payá, cuestionó inmediatamente esa versión, afirmando que la familia había recibido información de los sobrevivientes en el sentido de que el auto fue embestido varias veces por otro vehículo. “Así que creemos que no fue un accidente”, dijo, de acuerdo con CNN en Español. “Le querían hacer daño y terminaron matándolo.” La familia también reveló que Oswaldo Payá fue atacado en un incidente similar hace dos semanas en La Habana. En retrospectiva, ahora ven ese incidente como una advertencia del régimen."

Promueven en Cuba la creación de cooperativas fuera de sector agropecuario  7/24/2012 Cooperativismo en Movimiento: "Cuba promueve la creación de cooperativas fuera del sector agropecuario, como parte del proceso de actualización del modelo económico del país, informó hoy Marino Murillo, vicepresidente del Consejo de Ministros. De acuerdo con el funcionario, es más conveniente para la nación esa forma de producción no estatal, pues con ella se privilegian grupos y no individuos, de acuerdo con el concepto de desarrollo que se implementa."

Cuba: El Cooperativismo y sus perspectivas en la actualización del modelo económico  7/23/2012 Cooperativismo en Movimiento 

Romney Joins Call for Transparent Investigation into Oswaldo Paya's Death  7/23/2012 Fox News: "Paya died Sunday afternoon along with another dissident, Harold Cepero Escalante, in the crash in La Gavina, 500 miles (800 kilometers) east of the capital. Authorities said the driver of the rental car carrying Paya and Cepero lost control and struck a tree. Fellow passengers Jens Aron Modig, a Swedish citizen, and Angel Carromero, a Spaniard, were hospitalized with minor injuries and later released."

Entrega la banca cubana más de 250 millones de pesos en créditos  7/19/2012 CubaDebate 

Cuba's non-farm co-ops debut this week  7/17/2012 Reuters: "One hundred state-run produce markets and 26 other establishments were scheduled to become private cooperatives on Monday as Communist-run Cuba continues to shed secondary economic activity in favour of individual initiative and markets."

Cuba proyecta cooperativas en sectores de servicios  7/12/2012 Cooperativismo en Movimiento: "El gobierno cubano estudia la posibilidad de aplicar el sistema de cooperativas a sectores de servicios como transporte y gastronomía, en medio de los cambios que lleva adelante para “actualizar” el modelo socialista de la isla. Un grupo de especialistas elabora en la actualidad una metodología aplicable a cualquier tipo de unión, un manual de cooperativismo y un sistema de contabilidad y las políticas tributarias, de precios y de seguridad social. La intención gubernamental es implantar las cooperativas en los servicios, la gastronomía, el transporte y otros rubros de la economía."

African Awareness Association Demands Cuban Five Release  7/12/2012 Juventud Rebelde: "Banboshé Shangó, one of the representatives of the Solidarity Network with Cuba in the United States said that they knew little of the Cuban Five’s cause due to the wall of silence in the US press, and that they now have more and better information, so that they can spread it throughout the US once they are back."

U.S. African Awareness Association Joins Campaign for the Cuban Five  7/12/2012 RHC: "Members of the U.S. African Awareness Association (AAA), based in Richmond, Virginia, expressed in Havana their determination to spread the truth of the Cuban Five case in the United States and called on U.S. President Barack Obama to release the five heroes."

Danny Glover protagoniza nuevo video de solidaridad con Los Cinco  7/11/2012 CubaDebate 

Graduados en Cuba 11 mil médicos de 60 países  7/11/2012 CubaDebate: "Unos 11 mil estudiantes recibirán en el presente mes de julio sus títulos de Doctor en Medicina, de los cuales 5 315 son cubanos y 5 694 jóvenes proceden de 59 países, en lo que constituye la mayor graduación médica en toda la historia de nuestra nación y una muestra elocuente de solidaridad internacionalista. Los alumnos cursaron sus estudios gratuitamente en las Universidades de Ciencias Médicas, reconocidas por su alto nivel científico y una indeclinable proyección social al lado de los más pobres del mundo."

Medvédev aboga por consultas regulares entre Rusia y Cuba  7/11/2012 CubaDebate 

New Politics: Still Searching For Representation - Graciela Chailloux  7/10/2012 YouTube: "Dr Graciela Chailloux, University of Havana, Cuba speaking with Gregory McGuire, Energy Economist, Director, Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies speaking at the Common Sense Convois, about the subject of "New Politics: Still Searching For Representation". The discussion took place on Saturday March 24, 2012 in Tobago."

Promoting Citizen Journalism: Opportunities for Change in Cuba  7/1/2012 NED: "En el 2010 los agraciados con los fondos de la NED fueron Afro-Cuban Alliance, Inc. ($110 000), Asociación Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana ($91 000), Center for a Free Cuba ($55 000), Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de América Latina ($60 000), People in Need ($103 875), Committee for Free Trade Unionism ($90 000), Directorio Democrático Cubano ($175 000), CubaNet News Inc. ($239 434), Disidente Universal de Puerto Rico ($50 000), Evangelical Christian Humanitarian Outreach for Cuba ($60 064), elGrupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en Cuba ($200,000), Instituto Político para la Libertad Perú ($49 967), el Instituto Republicano Internacional ($800 000), el Instituto Nacional Demócrata ($325 000) y People in Peril Association ($40 000)."





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