Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cuba : Hemeroteca ( New York Times ) New York...

In Cuba a lot of things are inverted, or not as they first appear. A repressive society long under a single ruler — the ailing 82-year-old Fidel still holds Cubans in his thrall even if he formally handed the presidency to his younger brother, Raúl, in 2006 — develops a secret lexicon of survival."

The Malecón in the capital. A dissident blogger said the sea "does not connect us, it encloses us."

Photo: Ambroise Tézenas for The New York Times

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US and Cuba in high-level talks

Man behind a Cuban flag in Havana (12 September 2009)
Relations between the US and Cuba have been frosty for decades

A senior American diplomat held high-level talks with the Cuban government during a visit to Havana earlier this month, US officials have confirmed.

It was the highest-level contact between the two sides in years.

State department official Bisa Williams held the talks with Cuba's deputy foreign minister.

The decades-old US trade embargo on Cuba remains, but there has been an easing of tension since US President Barack Obama came to power in January.

Earlier this month, Ms Williams, the deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, was part of a US delegation that went to Havana to discuss the possible resumption of direct postal services between the two nations.

Direct services were suspended in 1963 and currently post must go through third countries, meaning it can take several weeks to arrive.

Ms Williams stayed on in Cuba after the postal service discussions for five more days, says the BBC's Michael Voss in Havana.

US diplomats say she also held separate meetings with a number of dissidents on the island.

Travel eased

US President Barack Obama earlier this month extended the 47-year-old trade embargo against Cuba.

Mr Obama has indicated he would be open to dialogue with Cuba's leaders.

But he has said that, like previous American presidents, he will only consider a full lifting of the embargo once Cuba's communist government makes significant moves such as the holding of democratic elections.

However, in a sign of thawing relations, he has eased travel restrictions for Americans wanting to visit Cuba and the two countries are holding direct talks on immigration.

Cuba's President Raul Castro has said he is prepared to negotiate with the Obama administration, providing there are no preconditions.

His brother, former President Fidel Castro, also last week praised Mr Obama for his commitment to tackling climate change.

But our correspondent says no-one is expecting any rapid breakthroughs on core issues such as ending the decades old trade embargo.

Instead both sides are looking at ways of working together on confidence building measures such as immigration and postal services and possibly anti-drug smuggling co-operation.

News of Bisa Williams extended stay suggests that this quiet diplomacy is starting to gather pace.

Source: BBC News

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U.S. holds hush-hush talks with Cuba

NEW YORK (AP) | A senior American diplomat has held unannounced, high-level talks in Havana with the Cuban government, three State Department officials told the Associated Press on Tuesday, raising hopes for a thaw in long-icy relations.

The talks were the first of their kind in years between representatives of the U.S. and Cuban governments, the bitter Cold War rivals among whom trust appears to be gradually building.

Bisa Williams, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, met with Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Dagoberto Rodriguez, visited an area affected by hurricanes in the western province of Pinar del Rio and toured a government agricultural facility during a six-day trip to Cuba this month, the officials told AP.

The meetings came on the heels of Sept. 17 talks on the possibility of restarting direct mail service between the countries, which has been suspended since 1963. Those discussions had been public, but neither country had previously revealed that Ms. Williams remained in Havana for five extra days.

One U.S. official described the talks as "respectful" and said they were more significant for having taken place than for any substantive breakthroughs between the two sides, which have been at odds since shortly after former Cuban leader Fidel Castro marched into Havana on New Year's Day 1959.

"We were going over ground we haven't gone over for a long time," said the official. "Each side was taking advantage of the opportunity to size each other up."

The official was not authorized to publicly discuss details of Ms. Williams' visit and spoke on the condition of anonymity. The Cuban government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly confirmed that Ms. Williams remained in Cuba and "met with host government officials and a wide range of representatives from civil society to gain a full appreciation of the political and economic situation on the ground."

Mr. Kelly said Ms. Williams followed up on ongoing U.S.-Cuba migration talks, the next round of which he said are tentatively scheduled to take place in December. One of the officials said those talks were likely to be held in Havana.

Source: The Washington Times

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U.S. envoy in Cuba met with officials, citizens



Reuters
Wednesday, September 30, 2009; 12:37 AM

HAVANA (Reuters) - A senior U.S. diplomat who participated in recent talks in Havana about resuming bilateral mail service with Cuba stayed around to meet with Cuban officials and other Cubans in the latest sign of thawing U.S.-Cuba relations.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Interests Section in the Cuban capital said on Tuesday that Bisa Williams, acting deputy assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere affairs, was in Cuba for several days after the September 17 meeting, holding the previously unannounced meetings.

The spokeswoman said Williams met with Cuban officials and with members of Cuba's "civil society," and went to the western province of Pinar del Rio to tour facilities there.

"The Cubans helped set things up for her," the spokeswoman said.

She would not confirm reports that Williams also met with Cuban dissidents.

U.S.-Cuban relations have begun slowly warming under U.S. President Barack Obama, who has said he wants to "recast" relations that have been hostile since a 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in power and led to Cuba's transformation into a communist state.

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He has lifted limits on Cuban Americans traveling and sending money to Cuba, and initiated talks with Havana on migration and mail service, the latter aimed at reinstating direct postal service between Cuba and the United States suspended since August 1963.

The two governments issued positive statements after both meetings and said more would be held in the future.

EMBARGO STILL IN PLACE

The first round of migration talks was held in New York in July, and a second round is tentatively set for December in Havana. They had been suspended since 2004 by Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush.

The U.S. also has suggested to Cuba that travel limits currently imposed on their respective diplomats in both countries be lifted.

In a small but symbolic gesture, Washington also turned off in July a news ticker in the window of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana that the Cuban government had viewed as an affront to its sovereignty.

Since the ticker was turned off, Cuba has mostly taken down large flags it placed in front of the interest section to block the ticker from view.

Despite the thaw, Obama has said he will maintain the 47-year-old U.S. trade embargo against Cuba until the Cuban government shows progress on human rights and democracy. Cuba has said it views those as strictly internal issues not subject to negotiation.

Two weeks ago, Obama signed a yearly renewal of the act that imposes the embargo, which Cuba blames for most of its economic problems.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said in speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Monday that Cuba has long wanted normal relations with the U.S. and acknowledged that Obama had taken some positive, but small steps in the right direction.

But he said Obama has not yet done enough and he expressed concern that right-wing forces in the United States still wield great power.

"The crucial thing is that the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba remains intact," Rodriguez said.

(Reporting by Jeff Franks; Editing by Eric Walsh)

Fuente: The Whasington Post

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies — CSIS released a report “Cuba Outlook: Raúl and Beyond,” based on its Cuba Outlook panel discussion series, which began late last year; concluding the Summer of ‘09.

Nearly two decades after the end of the Cold War, Cuba remains a policy dilemma for the United States. The transition from Fidel Castro to his brother Raúl, which began when Raúl assumed the responsibilities of the presidency of the Council of State on July 31, 2006, as a result of Fidel’s illness, is still ongoing after three years. Fidel remains alive—perhaps even to a point revived—but with very limited exercise of authority. Raúl has taken charge of government, but he must still contend with Fidel’s legendary presence.

Expectations of change under Raúl Castro have been largely unmet; continuity remains the key theme of his regime. Meanwhile, the election of Barack Obama in the United States has resulted in a reexamination of U.S. policy toward Cuba, including some meaningful, however limited, first steps to reach out to the regime in Havana. The U.S.-Cuba bilateral relationship is likely to remain a work in progress well into the future. This report, which outlines conclusions reached from the seven panel discussions with experts in the field, is intended as a point of reference for decisionmakers in and out of government who deal with Cuba.

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Source: Cubapolidata

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Cuba concert backlash for Cucu Diamantes

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Cucu Diamantes, the Cuban-born, New York-based singer who was one of 14 artists to join Juanes in his enormous concert in Havana's Plaza de la Revolución, is suffering some backlash from an unexpected quarter – the New Jersey public school system. The singer, whose real name is Ileana Padrón, was supposed to perform at the opening of Union City High School last Saturday. However, on Thursday the Union City Board of Education cancelled the show, saying the city's heavily Cuban community would be "enraged" at their young people being entertained by an artist who had performed in Cuba.
Here's the main text of the email to Padrón's agent from Suzanne Lavelle, an attorney for the Union City Board of Education.
"This letter will serve to confirm Ms. DiNardo’s conversation with you on Thursday, September 24, 2009, wherein the Union City Board of Education cancelled the contract for the Cucu Diamantes’ performance at the Union City High School on September 26, 2009.
"As advised during said conversation, it is unfortunate that we must cancel the contract; however, due to your client’s recent performance at the Paz Sin Fronteras in Cuba, our community, which is comprised of approximately 85 % Cuban immigrants, became enraged at the thought of the High School supporting an artist who would perform in Cuba. The community perceived Ms. Diamantes’ performance in Cuba as support of the current political regime in Cuba. The community came together and threatened civil unrest, protests and the like at the grand opening gala if the High School went ahead with its plans to allow Ms. Diamantes to perform. Clearly, this is not the atmosphere we envisioned for the grand opening of our new High School." [Italics mine]
Amazing. Another Cuban-American city has usurped Miami's reputation for reactionary backlash. Here we got rid of the Cuba Ordinance, which prohibited local arts groups from presenting Cuban artists, years ago. Concert supporters outnumbered concert protesters on Calle Ocho two to one. The hundreds of thousands of young Cubans on the plaza in Havana weren't enraged. And there were certainly tens of thousands of Cubans avidly watching the show on TV in Miami.
Somebody should ask the New Jersey school board – did New Jerseyans protest when Springsteen sang for East Germans at the Berlin Wall? What would the Boss have done if they had?
Juanes expressed indignation and anger on his Twitter blog.
“Es sorprendente que esto pase en Nueva Jersey, estado hermano de Nueva York, donde siempre se han respetado todas las libertades propias de un individuo en un país democrático… vivimos en un país democrático, donde todas las opiniones pueden y deben coexistir,” he said.
“Eso es para los que hablan de represión y falta de libertad… y más vergüenza aún viniendo de una escuela… absurdo total. Qué tal el ejemplo de educación que quieren dejar, qué mensaje tan negativo, y eso, que estamos en USA, donde sí hay "libertad". ¡Me da risa!”
In Cuba, Radio Baraguá made a gargantuan leap of logic to blame the cancellation on the loooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnggggg arm of Emilio Estefan, head of the Miami Mafia's musical arm, and Ricardo Alarcón, head of radio chain SBS and Miami's Mega TV (whose influential talkshow host, María Elvira Salazar, literally wept with gratitude as she thanked singer Olga Tañón – on behalf of the Cuban-American community – for her performance in Havana.). Apparently blaming Union City would require too big a propaganda shift.
–JORDAN LEVIN.

Posted by Renato Perez at 06:21 PM in Culture, Diaspora, Music,

Source: Cuban Colada
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Empire State Building: A monument to ignorance about China, and history

The struggle to educate the American public about the reality of Castro's Cuba is made more difficult by the general ignorance of history by too many Americans — like those in charge of the Empire State Building in New York.

I am not talking about American history or even Cuban history — although the void of knowledge is an ever-deepening abyss — but of the history of how totalitarians around the world grabbed their power and use whatever cruel means necessary to keep it. That history is ignored or even unlearned, so we act like the massacres and the imprisonments and the overall oppression and repression never happened.

Instead, we get all wrapped up in debates about "embargoes" and how "unfair" they are. And how "cool" and "dynamic" the dictators are, and why we are willing to do business with one set of tyrants, but not another. And about how much American debt they are holding.

We forget about the Cubans and the Vietnamese and the Chinese and the other peoples around the world who have to live with our ignorance.

But we remember our anniversaries, even as we forget the blood spilled to get us to this point.

The Empire State Building this week will be turned into a memorial honoring one of history's greatest blood-curdling and blood-sucking regimes, the communists of the People's Republic of China.

The Empire State is regularly lighted up in different colors to recognize a particular historical or cultural milestone. But I doubt it ever has been used to honor a band of mass murderers like the Chinese communists. (I'd hate to see what the Empire State might have done if they had realized that Sept. 23 last week was Saudi Arabia's National Day; after all, the World Trade Center wasn't available.)

The ChiComms, who operate what probably is the largest gulag currently on the planet, do not deserve acclaim, but continued scorn for what they do their own people.

The censorship. The repression of any dissident. The absence of liberty.

Capitalism might have made many Chinese rich, but at the cost of their freedom, which is too high a price to pay.

As it celebrates the tragedy of 60 years of communist rule in China, the Empire State Building also will be honoring one of history's saddest traditions — the ignorance without which tyrants cannot survive.

Cuba : Una insólita propuesta: Micheletti renuncia si Zelaya acepta “casa por cárcel”...

El empresario hondureño Adolfo Facussé aseguró hoy que el presidente de facto, Roberto Micheletti, acepta renunciar si el depuesto mandatario, Manuel Zelaya, fuera repuesto nominalmente en el cargo pero bajo arresto domiciliario y el Gabinete de ministros gobernara el país.

“El presidente Micheletti aceptó renunciar si el presidente Zelaya se sometía a juicio“, declaró Facussé a los periodistas, al explicar una propuesta que él planteó hace dos semanas, a título personal, en un intento por promover el diálogo sobre la crisis política que vive Honduras.

Según ese plan, Micheletti renuncia, “se instaura a Zelaya y en el mismo acto un juez le notifica” a éste las acusaciones que pesan en su contra por delitos políticos y comunes, le anuncia que “va a juicio y tiene casa por cárcel”, indicó el empresario.

“Básicamente, lo que estamos proponiendo es tener un presidente ‘de nombre’ y un Consejo de Ministros mandando en el período este que falta para las elecciones” del 29 de noviembre próximo, añadió.

Micheletti ha reiterado que está dispuesto a renunciar si Zelaya no asume la presidencia y se nombra a una tercera persona que asuma la Jefatura de Estado para agotar el mandato que vence en enero del año próximo.

En la propuesta de Facussé, “se limitan estrictamente las funciones del presidente Zelaya” para que no pueda destituir a los ministros, salirse del presupuesto o despedir, contratar y trasladar personal, entre otras acciones, apuntó el empresario.

Agregó que se propone que una “fuerza militar-policiaca de países amigos”, entre ellos Colombia, Panamá, Canadá y México, venga a Honduras “por un tiempo prudencial para asegurarse que el acuerdo se cumpla”.

El empresario, que dijo desconocer la opinión del depuesto mandatario sobre la propuesta, señaló que se pone “una limitación precisa de las facultades que tendría Zelaya” porque “la gente no confía que Zelaya va a cumplir lo que él promete”.

Facussé expresó que presentó la propuesta para “romper el hielo” y acabar con el estancamiento en que, en su opinión, ha caído el diálogo impulsado por el presidente de Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, para resolver la crisis causada por el derrocamiento de Zelaya el 28 de junio por parte de los militares.

La propuesta de Facussé no representa una posición de la Asociación Nacional de Industriales (ANDI), que él preside, ni del Consejo Hondureño de la Empresa Privada (COHEP), máximo organismo de los empresarios, dijeron a Efe fuentes de ambas entidades.

Según el industrial hondureño, la propuesta se hizo llegar a Micheletti y Zelaya a través del obispo auxiliar de Tegucigalpa, Juan José Pineda, y también se entregó al embajador de Estados Unidos en Honduras, Hugo Llorens, y a los Gobiernos de Canadá y Panamá.

La iniciativa, dijo Facussé, tiene como “marco de referencia el Acuerdo de San José”, planteado por Arias y que incluye la reinstalación condicionada de Zelaya en el poder, la creación de un Gobierno de conciliación nacional y la amnistía política, entre otros puntos.

Zelaya se mantiene desde el pasado día 21 en la Embajada de Brasil en Tegucigalpa tras regresar clandestinamente al país.

Fuente: Noticias 24/ Via EFE

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Llamó “grosero” al representante de EEUU en la OEA, pero aun confía en Clinton y Obama


El presidente depuesto de Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, consideró “desafortunada” la posición asumida por el representante alterno de Estados Unidos ante la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), Lewis Amselem, quien calificó su regreso al país como “idiota e irresponsable”.

Él fue muy grosero y son declaraciones desafortunadas“, dijo Zelaya desde la embajada de Brasil en Tegucigalpa, en una entrevista que concedió a la televisora multiestatal Telesur.

Pese a estas declaraciones, Zelaya confía en la posición asumida por “la secretaria de Estado Hillary Clinton y el presidente (Barack) Obama, que están trabajando por mi restitución y por la reconstrucción del sistema democrático hondureño”.

Zelaya, quien regresó a Honduras hace una semana y se refugió en la embajada de Brasil, aseguró que el “estatus” que reconoce el gobierno brasileño es el de “presidente electo por el pueblo hondureño”, respondiendo así al ultimátum dado por el gobierno de facto para que definiera la situación del mandatario derrocado.

Habría que decirle al hombre que ha tomado el poder por la fuerza (Roberto Micheletti), que defina él su estatus (…) . ¿Quién lo nombró? ¿Los propios militares? ¿Las élites económicas? ¿Qué estatus tiene? Él es quien tiene que definir su estatus”, expresó.

El pasado sábado, el presidente brasileño Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva aseguró que no acatará cualquier “ultimátum de los golpistas” y aclaró que Zelaya es “huésped de la embajada de Brasil”.

Fuente: Via AFP

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Empresarios proponen la restitución de Zelaya


El general Romeo Vásquez Velásquez, jefe del Ejército hondureño, en Tegucigalpa. REUTERS

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Líderes empresariales impulsan un plan que propone restituir por unas horas al depuesto presidente

TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS.- Empresarios de Honduras que apoyaron el golpe militar propusieron la restitución del derrocado presidente Manuel “Mel” Zelaya, pero sin autoridad y bajo arresto domiciliario, como salida a la crisis en la nación centroamericana.

Líderes empresariales impulsan un plan que propone restituir por unas horas al depuesto presidente y el envío de tres mil soldados de las Naciones Unidas para garantizar la paz en Honduras.

“Sólo tratamos de que la paz retorne al país”, dijo el presidente de la Asociación de Industriales, Adolfo Facussé. “Intentamos lograr un pacto entre las partes en conflicto que han expresado su disposición al diálogo, pero no lo llevan a cabo”.

La iniciativa surgió luego de intensas discusiones de un grupo de líderes empresariales y está enmarcado en el Acuerdo de San José que diseñó en julio el presidente costarricense Óscar Arias.

Para los empresarios, Zelaya deberá reasumir el cargo para entregar de inmediato el poder a las fuerzas armadas y un consejo de ministros de Estado, mientras que el presidente de facto Roberto Micheletti regresaría a su curul en el Congreso.

“Micheletti no sería un diputado más, se le designaría congresista vitalicio, lo cual es inédito y no lo prohíbe la ley”, dijo Facussé. Micheletti era el presidente del poder legislativo cuando ocurrió el golpe de Estado.

Zelaya se sometería a la justicia que lo ha encausado por cuatro delitos: atentar contra el sistema democrático de Gobierno, traición a la patria, usurpar funciones públicas y abuso de autoridad.

La restitución de Zelaya, derrocado el 28 de junio, tiene trabada la salida a crisis.
Zelaya, atrincherado en la embajada de Brasil desde que regresó clandestinamente a Honduras el 21 de septiembre para reclamar el poder, dice que es una demanda irrenunciable.

La propuesta de Facussé incluye el despliegue en Honduras de una “fuerza militar” de soldados de Canadá, Colombia, México y Panamá para garantizar su cumplimiento.

El líder empresarial dijo que Micheletti aceptó su propuesta. Zelaya recibió la iniciativa de manos de un obispo.

Brasil, criticado por su papel en Honduras

Brasil está enfrentando crecientes críticas internas sobre su manejo de la crisis de Honduras, con destacados legisladores que lo acusan de permitir al depuesto presidente usar su embajada en Tegucigalpa como un comité político.

El Gobierno y legisladores brasileños de oposición, y aun algunos aliados, han exhortado al presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva a restringir el enfrentamiento político de Zelaya desde la embajada.

El Informador : CRÉDITOS: AP / RMP
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Oscar Arias advierte:

Honduras podría ser la Albania de Centroamérica

Entrevista con Oscar Arias
El presidente costarricense Oscar Arias afirmó que el líder de facto de Honduras ha prometido eliminar algunas de las medidas de emergencia que el gobierno tomó durante el fin de semana en medio de una crisis política que ya dura tres meses. En un discurso ante la Conferencia de las Américas en Coral Gables.
José A. Iglesias

Honduras se arriesga a ser vista como la "Albania de América Central'' si no consigue resolver la crisis desatada por quienes expulsaron al presidente Manuel Zelaya antes de las próximas elecciones presidenciales, dijo el martes el presidente de Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, mediador en el conflicto.

El regreso secreto de Zelaya a Tegucigalpa y su asilo en la embajada de Brasil "no ha contribuido'' a aliviar la crisis, y su llamado a la insurrección "no facilita una solución'', expresó Arias en entrevista con El Nuevo Herald y The Miami Herald.

Pero el ganador del Nobel de la Paz añadió que, debido a que gran parte del mundo considera la deposición de Zelaya como un golpe de Estado, realizar las elecciones presidenciales de noviembre sin que Zelaya regrese a la presidencia aislará más al país.

"Una parte de la comunidad internacional dice que no reconocerá el nuevo gobierno'', manifestó Arias. "¿Quién querrá ser presidente de un país [. . .] que sería una Albania en América Central?"

Arias dijo que la administración del presidente Barack Obama podría ejercer más presiones sobre el nuevo gobierno hondureño para que aceptara las propuestas que hizo el mes pasado con el propósito de poner fin a la crisis, conocidas como los Acuerdos de San José. Pero admitió que esto no era probable.

"En la política exterior estadounidense, Honduras no constituye una preocupación importante'', declaró. Y algunos republicanos de Estados Unidos están apoyando el nuevo gobierno del presidente Roberto Micheletti. "Como suelen decir, toda política es local''.

Cuando se le preguntó sobre el rumor de que podría aspirar al cargo de secretario general de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) después de que su período presidencial termine a principios del año próximo, Arias respondió con un rotundo "no''.

Arias contó que las negociaciones de San José entre Zelaya y los enviados de Micheletti comenzaron con "posiciones muy polarizadas y con mucho enojo''. Pero al final se logró elaborar un compromiso que habría devuelto a Zelaya al poder, aunque con un gabinete de coalición que garantizaría unas elecciones democráticas.

Zelaya aceptó, pero el gobierno de Micheletti rechazó el compromiso diciendo que al presidente depuesto sólo se le permitiría regresar al país para ser sometido a un juicio por traición.

Arias lo mismo decía que tenía esperanzas de que los Acuerdos de San José se aceptarían en algún momento, que manifestaba no esperar grandes progresos.

"No se ha avanzado en los Acuerdos de San José. No tengo mucha fe de que podemos avanzar'', dijo. "Lo esencial es restaurar el diálogo, pero ese diálogo se ha perdido''.

Añadió entonces que los acuerdos son el único compromiso que está sobre el tapete.

"Yo no pierdo la esperanza de una reconciliación antes de las elecciones'', afirmó.

Arias defendió también el uso que dio a las palabras "golpe de Estado'' para describir la deposición de Zelaya, a pesar de los argumentos del gobierno de Micheletti en cuanto a que el presidente fue depuesto de una manera constitucionalmente correcta.

"La percepción es que esto fue universalmente considerado como un golpe de Estado'', dijo. ‘‘No vale seguir en esa discusión''.

No obstante, el uso que dio Arias a las palabras socavó su postura entre los partidarios de Micheletti, a pesar de que había obtenido el Nobel por ser el artífice del acuerdo de paz en América Central de finales de los 80.

"Se convirtió en un árbitro, no en un mediador'', dijo Ramón Custodio, jefe de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos del gobierno hondureño y partidario de Micheletti. "Dicta condiciones, dicta resoluciones. No buscó la reconciliación''.

Frances Robles, corresponsal de The Miami Herald, contribuyó a este reporte.

Fuente: jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com


Cuba :El asilo, la constitución y la democracia...


El asilo, la constitución y la democracia, por el Comandante Huber Matos

Comandante Huber Matos

Cuando en la lucha contra la dictadura de Batista pude salvar mi vida en una embajada latinoamericana en La Habana, entendí la importancia de la solidaridad democrática, consagrada en este caso en el derecho de asilo a los perseguidos por una dictadura.

Habíamos sido los cubanos víctimas de un golpe de estado, tres meses antes de las elecciones. Aquel pedazo de tierra costarricense en suelo habanero, fue el refugio temporal de la que desde entonces se convertiría en la patria adoptiva de mi familia: la bella y democrática Costa Rica.

Jamás se nos ocurrió a los protegidos en aquella embajada, utilizar la sede tica como tribuna de denuncia contra la dictadura. Habría sido una provocación innecesaria, una falta de respeto a los amables y solidarios costarricenses. Habríamos cerrado la puerta del asilo político, que había salvado ya tantas vidas cubanas y luego continuaría protegiendo a muchos de aquella sanguinaria tiranía.

Vivimos nuevas y preocupantes realidades: Manuel Zelaya ingresó a Honduras, no a refugiarse en la embajada de Brasil en Tegucigalpa, sino a usarla como una trinchera inexpugnable. Desde allí arenga a sus partidarios a tirarse a las calles a protestar, con el evidente propósito de provocar la violencia.

Simultáneamente el gobierno brasileño solicitó que la seguridad de su sede en Honduras fuese considerada en el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU. Además, el presidente Lula aclara desafiante que Zelaya se quedará en su embajada el tiempo que sea necesario. ¿Es muestra del compromiso militante de Lula con la democracia Latinoamericana? Si es así, esperamos que retire cuanto antes su embajador en La Habana, hasta que en nuestro país se celebren elecciones democráticas.

Si algo similar hubiéramos hecho en la embajada de Costa Rica en La Habana, con o sin el apoyo del presidente José Figueres, los esbirros batistianos hubieran asaltado la sede costarricense y asesinado a todos los allí refugiados. Con suerte el embajador tico hubiera sido arrastrado al aeropuerto y embarcado en el primer avión a cualquier parte.

Este “subversivo” uso de una sede diplomática es parte de un problema más grave. La dirigencia política Latinoamericana parece haber confundido la necesidad de afianzar la legitimidad democrática en Honduras con la restitución de Manuel Zelaya, aunque con esta condición, tengan los hondureños que violar su propia constitución y en consecuencia deslegitimar la práctica democrática.

Quien violó la Constitución hondureña fue su propio presidente, Manuel Zelaya. No solo la violó repetidamente, sino que irrespetó a las autoridades judiciales encargadas de que su espíritu y su letra se respetaran. Varias veces se le comunicó oficialmente al presidente de sus graves e insistentes faltas. Más que terquedad era evidente que quería provocar un abrupto y espectacular desenlace. Lo logró con una orden legal de arresto y luego en un escenario internacional completamente favorable.

Su deportación a Costa Rica, irrespetando su derecho al debido proceso no se puede defender. Ningún ciudadano en una democracia puede ser privado de tal procedimiento legal. Ni el acusado de robo, el de asesinato o el de violador constitucional.

Un golpe de estado no debe quedar impune en ninguna parte del mundo: ni los que nacen en los cuarteles, ni aquellos que desde el poder y en nombre de la democracia, se llevan a efecto con el siniestro fin de destruirla. Quienes todavía con dolor recordamos los crímenes y torturas de amigos y compañeros de lucha asesinados por una dictadura, sabemos que la única alternativa para los pueblos son los derechos consagrados en una constitución, protegidos por la independencia de poderes y por las instituciones democráticas.

Podría alegar la OEA y los presidentes latinoamericanos, la necesidad de que Manuel Zelaya, por haber sido destituido, tuviera derecho a un juicio y hasta negociar alguna forma de verificación del proceso judicial. Pero ir más allá por la razón que sea, y acusar de golpe de estado militar lo que no fue así, e insistir en el regreso del verdadero golpista, deja fuera de transcendencia la verdadera y única solución a la crisis hondureña: las elecciones donde el pueblo decidirá constitucional y libremente, a quién quiere como presidente.

Fuente: Cuba Libre Digital

Cuba : Enviada de los EEUU se reúne con funcionarios de la dictadura cubana...

Una diplomática de los Estados Unidos,que participó en recientes negociaciones en La Habana para la reanudación de un servicio de correo bilateral con Cuba, permaneció en la isla para reunirse hoy con funcionarios


Una portavoz de la Sección de Intereses de los Estados Unidos en la capital cubana dijo el martes que la subsecretaria de Estado adjunta para asuntos del hemisferio occidental, Bisa Williams, permaneció en Cuba por varios días tras un encuentro del 17 de septiembre, para mantener las reuniones anteriormente no anunciadas.

Según The New York Times, Williams se reunió con funcionarios y miembros de la "sociedad civil" cubana y viajó a la provincia occidental de Pinar del Río para recorrer las instalaciones en el lugar.

Los lazos entre los Estados Unidos y Cuba mejoraron lentamente bajo el gobierno del presidente Barack Obama, quien dijo querer "relanzar" las relaciones, que han sido hostiles desde la revolución de 1959 que puso a Fidel Castro en el poder y llevó a la transformación de la isla en un Estado comunista.

Obama también inició negociaciones con La Habana sobre inmigración y servicio postal. La última de ellas apunta a reinstalar el servicio de correo directo entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos, suspendido en agosto de 1963.

Fuente: Infobae

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Subsecretaria de Estado se reunió con la disidencia

WASHINGTON

La subsecretaria de Estado adjunta para Latinoamérica Bisa Williams se reunió con dirigentes opositores en Cuba, tras prolongar su estancia en la isla para mantener conversaciones de alto nivel con funcionarios del gobierno castrista, confirmaron fuentes oficiales.

Hasta ahora, el Departamento de Estado únicamente se había referido oficialmente al diálogo que retomaron ambos países el día 17 en La Habana sobre el correo directo, suspendido en 1963.

"La señora Williams se encontró con funcionarios del gobierno cubano'', entre ellos "el vicecanciller Dagoberto Rodríguez'', "y representantes de la sociedad civil (disidentes) para tener una valoración de la situación política y económica de la isla'', precisó el portavoz de la Sección de Intereses de Washington en La Habana (SINA).

El dirigente opositor Elizardo Sánchez dijo a Agence France Press que Willliams se reunió con los disidentes el 21 de septiembre en las instalaciones de la SINA, con la participación de una docena de dirigentes opositores entre los que estaban, además de él, Marta Beatriz Roque, Oscar Espinosa Chepe y Vladimiro Roca.

"Ellos querían escucharnos. Marcaron un poco la diferencia en relación con la Unión Europea, que insiste en hablar solo con el gobierno. En cambio, la funcionaria habló con las autoridades, pero también con la sociedad civil", comentó Sánchez.

Las autoridades cubanas tildan a los opositores de "mercenarios al servicio del imperio (Estados Unidos)''.

La funcionaria prolongó su estancia en Cuba para mantener conversaciones no divulgadas hasta ahora, en las que se trataron asuntos como el funcionamiento de la Sección de Intereses de EEUU en La Habana y las relaciones migratorias, admitió el Departamento de Estado.

Williams, permaneció en la isla durante seis días tras haber encabezado la delegación que el 17 de septiembre dialogó con las autoridades cubanas sobre la posibilidad de restablecer el correo directo entre los dos países, indicaron fuentes del Departamento.

Un funcionario estadounidense describió las conversaciones como "respetuosas'' y dijo que eran más significativas por el hecho de haber ocurrido que porque se hubiera logrado algún avance de importancia entre ambos países, que han estado en pugna desde el triunfo de la revolución de Fidel Castro en 1959.

"Estamos repasando cosas que no se han repasado desde hace mucho'' dijo el funcionario en declaraciones a la AP. "Cada lado ha aprovechado la oportunidad para poder estudiar al otro de cerca''.

Las conversaciones, las primeras que mantuvo una funcionaria de este rango en Cuba en seis años, incluían asuntos relacionados con el funcionamiento de la Sección de Intereses de EEUU en La Habana y sobre las relaciones migratorias, señalaron las fuentes.

En un comunicado al día siguiente, el gobierno se mostró satisfecho con la primera ronda de conversaciones sobre este tema, al considerar que se habían desarrollado positivamente, y únicamente afirmó que se discutieron temas relacionados con el transporte, la calidad y seguridad del servicio postal entre los dos países.

Sin embargo, EEUU y Cuba no sólo hablaron del correo directo en la reunión de un día de duración y Williams prolongó su estancia en la isla para abordar otros asuntos de interés para ambas naciones, como la migración.

Estados Unidos y Cuba reanudaron el pasado 14 de julio en Naciones Unidas sus conversaciones sobre migración, después de haberse interrumpido formalmente en 2004.

Washington y La Habana retomaron así unas conversaciones que se suspendieron de facto en 2003 y oficialmente un año después, durante el segundo mandato del presidente George W. Bush y por orden suya.

Sin embargo, desde el Departamento de Estado se quiere quitar hierro a estas conversaciones no divulgadas hasta ahora.

''Bisa Williams encabezó una delegación a La Habana para entablar conversaciones sobre el posible restablecimiento del correo directo entre EEUU y Cuba'' que estaba formada por funcionarios del Departamento de Estado y del Servicio Postal de Estados Unidos, señaló a Efe el portavoz para Latinoamérica, Charles Luoma-Overstreet.

''Durante estas conversaciones, los representantes de EEUU y Cuba hablaron del estatus actual del servicio postal entre ambos países y de varios puntos técnicos relacionados con la entrega de correos'', dijo.

Williams también habló "de aspectos relacionados con la operación eficaz de la Sección de Intereses en La Habana y después también de asuntos referentes a las relaciones migratorias entre EEUU y Cuba'', afirmó el portavoz.

Luoma-Overstreet recalcó que, como lo suelen hacer los funcionarios cuando viajan al exterior y a Cuba, Williams se reunió con "varios funcionarios del gobierno de La Habana y con representantes de la sociedad civil con el fin de poder hacerse una imagen de la situación política y económica en el lugar''.

Además, como dato curioso fuentes de la Sección de Intereses de EEUU en La Habana dijeron a Efe que Williams se quedó incluso al concierto de Juanes y asistió en persona al evento.

Asimismo, la funcionaria visitó una zona afectada por huracanes en la provincia occidental de Pinar del Río y una instalación agrícola del gobierno, según conoció la AP.

La Administración del presidente Barack Obama ha intentado, desde su llegada a la Casa Blanca, mejorar las relaciones con el país latinoamericano.

En abril pasado, Obama levantó las restricciones a los viajes de familiares y envíos de remesas a Cuba, lo que dio pie a una cierta apertura hacia la isla.

Estados Unidos y Cuba no tienen relaciones diplomáticas desde hace casi medio siglo, cuando Washington estableció en febrero de 1962 un embargo total contra la isla bajo gobierno comunista.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cuba : Hemeroteca ( New York Times & Daily News ) New York...

Cuba celebrates 50-year revolution anniversary

A boy watches the 50th Anniversary of the Revolution ceremony on television in his home decorated with a photograph of Cuba's leader Fidel Castro in Havana.

A boy watches the 50th Anniversary of the Revolution ceremony on television in his home decorated with a photograph of Cuba's leader Fidel Castro in Havana.

Credits: Galeano/AP
Published: 01/02/2009 13:25:10

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Cuba entre dientes

By Ernesto Escudero

Today is one cloudy day. The leaves of them hoist change their colors, and are because it approach the winter. Even the rabbits slip with but speed on the herb, as if they warm them to the deers and to the birds the climatic change. The nature has their mysteries.

While a wounded stag runs for the mount protecting it of the abusive hunters. The nature opens their arms and shows to the crystalline water of a creek in order to calm the pain . It don't matter the amounts of tramps that the hunters of stag invent. The deers grow because the nature protects them.

But this topic has not passed in the island. The nature this indignant with those hunters of innocents deers. Who they govern had made so much damage to the nature that until certain point is logical that the nature continue indignant it ultil them punish with rays and thunders, dangerous hurricanes and until maybe, a next earthquake.

We warned that the environmental decadence in the island could bear to an extreme lack of drinkable water.

Put it in this way. In order to leave from Cuba I entered in an embassy, (Per
ú). Them I crossed of the Caribbean Water infested by sharks. After all, I leave in EU for thirty years and I still see those privileged - that the newspaper Granma refers - lives inside Cuba in the limbo, like sleepwalkers, and neither they say againts the repression.
Off course is clear, it is a game of head, upon they using that " Moral Double", since they have been experts of "The Absolute Lie" - without making something positive for their own country.

"It is a real I dribble"-, Cucho says. "It is another nightmare"-. Or is that they are the same petite gruop of sorry communists or simply, they like those wounded deers prefer to hide in the Cuban forest.
I swear that I refer to those of the privilege of State of Mind !...

They are the aristocrats dressed of militarmen. They are the hunters of prostitutes with uniform of welding boring. They have become the obsolete abusive of the power. I apply in fast the null concept .But I assure that it behind their heads live a possible North American invasion to the island. Well , even if their looking for reinforcemnent the army with the Russians, mantain to uniformed the poppulation and to hold the power in their hands for another fifty years and increase the homeland spirit ...I don't think so.

No drinkable water I said. Those sings have been in Havana City and inside cuban territory almost fifty years also. But the lack of needs is not anything new for those fifty years of Castro's regimen. To those that the Gramna newspaper calls "privileges" (those people with political defined aptitud that neither they are againsts the Blockade,
their are like wounded deers running looking for water in the Cuban desert.
To whom it is neccessary to blame? The Cuban'Regimen is the sponsor that until the nature condemns them. And I think that God has the responsibility in their hands of the fall of the communism in the island...
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The Empire State Building is seen here in June 2009 in New York City


NEW YORK — New York's iconic Empire State Building will light up red and yellow Wednesday in honor of the 60th anniversary of communist China.

The Chinese consul, Peng Keyu, and other officials will take part in the lighting ceremony which will bathe the skyscraper in the colors of the People's Republic until Thursday, Empire State Building representatives said in a statement.

The upper sections of the building are regularly illuminated to mark special occasions, ranging from all blue to mark "Old Blue Eyes" Frank Sinatra's death in 1998 to green for the annual Saint Patrick's Day.

Just last week the tower turned bright red.

However, that was not to mark some other communist achievement, but the 70th anniversary of the film "The Wizard of Oz" in which Dorothy wears ruby slippers rather than the silver of the original L. Frank Baum novel.

Source : AFP

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Cuba somewhat conciliatory toward Washington at UN

UNITED NATIONS — Cuba adopted a moderately conciliatory tone toward the U.S. at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, saying it is ready to normalize relations and, until then, wants to work with Washington to fight drug and people smuggling, protect the environment and cope with natural disasters.

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Cuba had approached the American government with "a set of essential topics" it considers imperative to improving bilateral ties, including doing away with the so-called "wet-foot, dry-foot" immigration policy, which allows nearly all Cubans who reach U.S. soil to stay while deporting those captured on the ocean en route.

Cuba is also demanding the return of the territory occupied by the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, and an end to U.S. federal funding for anti-Castro government radio and television broadcasts beamed to the island from Florida, just 90 miles (145 kilometers) away.

Rodriguez did not say what the government of President Raul Castro might offer in return for such concessions, but also urged Washington to unilaterally scrap its 47-year-old trade embargo and remove the communist-run island from the annual list of countries that sponsor terrorism.

Cuban and U.S. diplomats held one-day talks to discuss immigration in July, and aiming to restore direct mail service between both countries this month. Rodriguez called those negotiations "respectful and fruitful," and said Havana wants both sides to meet again about increasing cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking and people smuggling, as well as better protecting the environment and responding to hurricanes and other natural disasters.

He said Cuba has sought full diplomatic relations with the U.S. for decades and repeated President Raul Castro's offer to sit down with Barack Obama for a "respectful, arm's length dialogue with the United States, without overshadowing our independence, sovereignty and self-determination."

Rodriguez refrained from many of the anti-American barbs that have sometimes dominated Cuban addresses before the General Assembly and other world bodies, saying Obama has ensured "a period of extreme aggressiveness, unilateralism and arrogance in foreign policy (has) come to an end and the infamous legacy of the George W. Bush regime had been sunk in repudiation."

But he also said the White House has done little so far to justify sky-high international optimism that came with Obama's election.

Rodriguez said there still "is uncertainty about the real capacity on the part of the present authorities in Washington to get over the political and ideological trends that threatened the world under the previous administration," adding that "neo-conservative forces" ailed with Bush "have very quickly regrouped and still have the reins of power and considerable influence."

Rodriguez said that while U.S. trade sanctions can only be lifted by Congress, Obama could use executive orders to do away with a travel ban that prevents American tourists from coming to Cuba, and order the U.S. Treasury Department to unfreeze Cuban government funds held in banks since shortly after Fidel Castro and his bearded rebels took power in a guerrilla uprising on New Year's Day 1959.

Obama has lifted restrictions on Cuban-Americans who want to travel or send money to the island, but U.S. officials have said they'd like to see Cuba embrace small economic or social reforms before taking further steps. The Cuban government has bristled at those suggestions.

Rodriguez blamed America's "fascist right" for helping the Honduran military carry out the coup that toppled leftist President Manuel Zelaya in June and accused American interests of besmirching Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who sends more than 100,000 free barrels of oil a day Cuba, keeping the cash-strapped island's weak economy afloat.

"The slanders and lies uttered against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela are brutal," Rodriguez said.

Source: AP

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Cuba: Obama has not met policy change promises




Monday, September 28, 2009; 2:33 PM

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has not fulfilled his promises to change U.S. foreign policy and may not be fully in control of the government, Cuba's foreign minister told the United Nations on Monday.

In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Bruno Rodriguez said Obama had done little to mend U.S.-Cuba relations and had taken other steps that were at odds with his promises to break with the policies of predecessor George W. Bush.

"The most serious and dangerous aspect about this new situation is uncertainty about the real capacity of current authorities in Washington to overcome political and ideological currents that, under the previous administration, threatened the world," he said.

"The neoconservative forces that took George Bush to the presidency ... have very quickly regrouped and still have the reins of power and considerable influence, contrary to the announced change," Rodriguez said.

The Cuban minister pointed to the June 28 military coup in Honduras, saying that while Obama had said ousted President Manuel Zelaya must be returned to office, "the American fascist right, represented by (former Vice President Dick) Cheney, openly supports and sustains the coup."

Zelaya, bundled into exile by soldiers in the summer coup, secretly returned to Honduras a week ago and is currently sheltering in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa.

"The world reacted with profound optimism to the change in government in Washington," Rodriguez said. But he added Obama's words, including promises to make changes in several U.S. policies, do not "coincide with reality".

"The detention and torture center at Guantanamo Naval Base, which usurps part of Cuban territory, has not been shut down. The occupation troops in Iraq have not been withdrawn. The war in Afghanistan is expanding," he said.

EMBARGO "REMAINS INTACT"

Regarding Cuba, Rodriguez said Obama had taken "positive" steps" by allowing Cuban Americans to travel and send money freely to the communist-ruled island.

He added U.S.-initiated talks with Havana on migration and on the possible reinstatement of direct postal service between the long-time foes had been "respectful and fruitful."

But he said many other issues had not been addressed, above all the 47-year-old U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, which the Cuban government blames for most of its economic problems.

Rodriguez said Obama had acted "contrary to what all the American public opinion polls reflect" when he signed two weeks ago a yearly renewal of the act that imposes the embargo.

"The crucial thing is that the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba remains intact," he said.

The embargo was imposed in 1962 to undermine the Cuban government that turned to communism after the 1959 revolution led by Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro, 83, ceded the Cuban presidency last year to his younger brother Raul Castro, 78, citing health grounds.

Rodriguez said the U.S. embargo would never achieve its goal. "Those who try to put an end to the revolution and bend the will of the Cuban people are suffering from delusions," he said.

(Writing by Jeff Franks in Havana; Editing by Pascal Fletcher and Cynthia Osterman)

Source : Reuters

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Cuba Admits Failure To Pay Farmers On Time

Cuba Says It Has Failed To Pay Farmers On Time, A Key Aspect Of Agriculture Reform Plan

(AP) Cuba on Monday acknowledged a failure to pay cash-strapped farmers on time and said some local officials lied to cover up the problem _ a blunt admission from the communist government that crucial agriculture reforms lauded by President Raul Castro have so far fallen short.

The public mea culpa came in a full page spread Monday in the state-run Granma newspaper, which acknowledged that the issue is a main cause of discontent in the countryside.

It said that after an enormous effort to repay farmers that began in 2004, the problem has come up again.

"We ought to admit that provincial agriculture officials, local governments and the Agriculture Ministry itself have not taken responsibility," Agriculture Minister Ulises Rosales de Toro is quoted as saying.

The minister said that some local officials have falsified records to hide the lack of payments, something that he described as "unconscionable."

"Anybody who acts in this way calls into question his moral authority to lead," the report quoted him as saying.

Despite a warm climate and rich soil, Cuba lacks the ability to feed itself and must import more than $2 billion worth of food a year, much of it from the United States.

Cuban markets offer a grim selection of basic products, and often run out. Many complain that it is hard to get by on government ration books that grant only about 15 days worth of food for an entire month.

Raul Castro, who took over from his elder brother Fidel in February 2008, has made agriculture reform one of the main goals of his administration. He has handed over 80,000 parcels of fallow government land to private farmers and exhorted his countrymen to produce more.

The government says the program is working, although it acknowledges progress is slow. Farmers say they often lack the equipment and fertilizer to plow the new fields, and that inefficiency has caused some food to rot before it can reach supermarket shelves.

According to the Granma report, the government owes farmers about $95,000 _ not much by international standards, but a windfall in a country where farmers get by on well under $100 a month and must sell most of their production back to the state.

The payment problems "constitute an immorality in that they make producers think that the state is not willing to pay them," the newspaper said.

Source: CBS News
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Ernesto Mederos Arozarena, Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week, 9/27/09

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Ernesto Medero

Ernesto Mederos Arozarena

Ernesto Mederos Arozarena is in a Cuban jail, most likely, because of the company he keeps.

Not that he, nor his company — the former political prisoner best known as "Antúnez" — have anything to apologize for.

At least three times this year, Mederos has been arrested while alongside Antúnez in the latter's never-ending struggle for human rights and freedom in Cuba. Mederos is a member of the Pedro Luis Boitel Political Prisoners organization, which Antúnez leads.

Mederos' latest arrest was Aug. 3, when he, Antúnez and other activists were picked up by police while traveling from Santa Clara to Havana to participate in activities to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the maleconazo uprising. Mederos was carrying signs with anti-government slogans when he was attacked by officers who beat him and tore his clothes, according to Antúnez.

Antúnez was released, but Mederos is still in jail, facing a charge that he attacked police officers. Prosecutors are reportedly requesting that he be sentenced to 3 years in prison.

Source: Uncommon Senses

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Fidel has 10+ children, new book says

A new book about Fidel Castro contends that the 83-year-old Comandante has sired at least 10 children during his lifetime, says an article Saturday in the British newspaper The Telegraph. "That is more than previously believed, but very possibly not the full tally."
The tentative tally appears in "Without Fidel: A death foretold in Miami, Havana and Washington," by Ann Louise Bardach, which will be released Oct. 6.

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• Fidel had Fidel Angel ("Fidelito") with his first wife, Mirta Díaz-Balart, in 1949 (PHOTO SHOWS mother and son in November 2008);
• Alina Fernández, daughter of Natalia Revuelta, in 1956;
• Francisca "Panchita" Pupo, with an unidentified woman, in 1956;
• Jorge Angel, son of María Laborde, an admirer, in 1956;
• Ciro, with an unidentified woman, in the early 1960s;
• Five boys with his second wife, Dalia Soto del Valle, between 1962 and 1974; Antonio, Alejandro, Alexis, Alexander and Angel.
• "And if claims made earlier this year by a Cuban intelligence defector that he sired another son in 1970 are true, that would take the count to 11 children by seven women – and counting," The Telegraph says. The son's name is given as Fito.
To read the article in The Telegraph, click here. For a long excerpt from Bardach's book, published in the website The Daily Beast, click here. The Spanish daily El Mundo also previews the book; click here.
---Renato Pérez Pizarro.

Source: Cuban Colada
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

EL RAPERO PITBULL DICE QUE "JUANES METIO LA PATA"


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

El Rapero Pitbull dice que "Juanes metio la pata"
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
El Rapero Pitbull dice que "Juanes metio la pata"En una entrevista en Latinomadrid.com, el rapero cubano dice que Juanes "metio la pata.

A continuacion fragmentos de la entrevista.JUANES Y SU CONCIERTOHabía un tema que no se podía pasar por alto en esta conversación y era la decisión de Juanes de ir a cantar a la Isla que controla el régimen de Fidel Castro.Al respecto, Pitbull fue tajante: “Juanes es un gran cantante, es un artista que tiene una nobleza increíble, pero considero que con esta decisión metió la pata. Se dejó asesorar mal.

¿Él no sabe acaso que en Cuba han fusilado gente inocente por estar en contra de las políticas de los Castro? Juanes debió considerar con cabeza fría esta descabellada idea. Yo soy cubano, mis padres han sufrido el flagelo y la represión del régimen. Claro que debo estar en contra de todo aquello que hiera a mi pueblo que ha sufrido tanto desde el exilio”.

Al ser preguntado sobre si algún día tocaría en la Isla, Pitbull manifestó que mientras Fidel y Raúl estén vivos nunca llevaría su música a esa tierra que él añora.

“¡Chico, estás loco! En Cuba todo es controlado, todo está bajo el ok de Fidel. Mi música es libertad y yo nunca podría cantarle al comunismo”.Sobre algunos comentarios negativos acerca de su carrera, el artista se mostró contrariado.

“Yo he cometido errores como cualquier mortal. No lo niego, pero a veces la prensa exagera todo. En estos momentos trato de apartarme de las malas energías y concentrarme en mi carrera. Siempre he sido un luchador, un pitbull, un perro que muerde duro porque nunca me doy por vencido. En esta sociedad lo malo muchas veces genera prensa.

Yo tengo claro que mi trabajo ha sido laborioso y de muchos años. Lo que tengo ahora lo he construido con tesón. Sé que hay mucha gente que aprecia lo malo y nunca lo bueno que hace un artista. Gracias a que he sido profeta en mi tierra, hoy puedo decir con orgullo que soy un artista del pueblo, que ha sabido impulsar un ritmo al que yo no considero reggaetón, sino electrofusión y que está calando fuertemente en el mundo entero.

Eso es lo que vale. Lo demás son puras habladurías”.Lea la entrevista completa
Posted by Juan Cuellar at
4:49 PM

The Importance of Competition and the lack of it in Cuba

In order for a nation or country to survive, strive and prosper, its society must be equipped with the ability to compete. It must be able compete within its own territories, domestically and then be able to expand and compete externally, in the international arena. The country of Cuba has been forgotten as a national institution and as a global influence. The absence of competition is the main reason why. Analyzing the concept of competition in a logical manner, would be the best option or route to take in order to explain and prove it.

Definition of Competition:

1. The act of competing; rivalry for supremacy, a prize.

2. A contest for some prize, honor, or advantage.

3. (Sociology) Rivalry between two or more persons or groups for an object desired in common, usually resulting in a victor and a loser but not necessarily involving the destruction of the latter.

For starters, Ambition and Inventive freedom must be present. Ambition and Inventive freedom, combined together create a strong and sturdy foundation needed for an individual to successfully thrive and survive independently. Ambition is the “Want”, the inner power to excel and improve one’s self. Ambition is sacrifice, hard work and determination. Without this necessity, a human being would be defeated before even beginning. If ambition exists though and this Spirit of Competition is present, then inventive freedom will guide and assist the individual towards a positive conclusion. But we must have these freedoms available in arms reach and with no restrictions. We must have the freedom to plan, to research, to test, to correct, to disagree, to debate, to question, to contradict, to argue, to counteract, to agree upon, to demand, to …..and so on. Without these inventive freedoms and many more, which you are more than welcomed to add; competition would be critically handicapped and non-existent.

Now if you are allowed the ambition and the inventive freedom is ever present, then you must have a goal in mine already. A goal is the reason “why.”, a “prize.” It’s exactly what one is trying to acquire and is considered successful, satisfaction is totally accomplished. A goal can be classified more as a personal state of satisfaction but when competition is present can be achieved as a group of individuals in a true competitive nature, it could be rewarding to all involved and in a uniform manner. Everyone will benefit, even the losers do.

If you have a country whose society consists of citizens who are always competing with each other, fairly and in an organized manner, then the quality of life will increase, this is the purpose behind it all. For this reason, the United States has been so successful in the past. But not in the present, there’s simply not enough competition out there or maybe there’s nothing to compete for. The freedom to compete exists and is still alive in America but there is ambition anymore because the lack of determination and hard work are at an all-time high.

There are two other very important factors that are actually coupled together to work in unison and they are reward and recognition. Reward is yet another reason “why” we compete. Reward is important in order for it to be worthwhile. There must be some significant and real satisfaction present so that individuals would involve themselves in the first place, it is only logical. Recognition is the driving force behind reward, you must be recognized for your achievements, and you must receive credit for all the hard work, why not?

This is my raw definition concerning the concept of competition and the most logical approach that I could use to simplify it. But all I mentioned above cannot possibly be achieved when your individuality is taken away from you.

Definition of Individuality:

1. The particular character, or aggregate of qualities, that distinguishes one person or thing from others; sole and personal nature: a person of marked individuality.

2. Individualities, individual characteristics.

3. A person or thing of individual or distinctive character.

4. State or quality of being individual; existence as a distinct individual.

5. The interests of the individual as distinguished from the interests of the community.

The citizens of Cuba have no particular or distinctive character, they are all worthless slaves! They have no individual qualities, they are not allowed to! They will never be distinguishable, just extinguishable. They have no freedom of speech; no freedom of choice; no freedom to own anything. They have no personal goals; no future aspirations and no dreams of grandeur! Cubans in Cuba are poor, hungry and have been totally forgotten. This Fidelist-Marxist regime in place, with their contradictory ideals of creating the perfect community based society combined with their totalitarian daily intervention of everybody’s business, is the reason why. It is inhumane and criminal, that now, in its 50th year, the citizens of Cuba are considered to be totally unproductive and basically, useless droids, this is in accordance to World opinion! The Cubans in Cuba are simply considered, humanitarian slaves for hire and reliable tourist servants. Cuba is a third world country, nothing else.

In Cuba, nobody wants to compete because they aren’t ambitious. Why? Because is no inventive freedom and no goals either! Why should they compete, when they will not be recognized or rewarded? Why should anyone blame the Cuban people, they have no opportunity to improve themselves. Well, except when they get the oportunity to escape the island. Why would anyone want to break their backs by way of hard work, when there is no self-satisfaction; no self-significant improvement achieved; nothing physical to show for it and no sign of any prosperous future in sight? Communism doesn’t work and never will, no matter how much effort is spent on indoctrination and how much overabundance of propaganda is forced on its citizens. Although the main goal of a Communist system is to work together as a nation and build a better future for all, it always works against the people who are subject to it. It will always fall on its face because there’s no individuality allowed and nothing to show for afterwards. So why compete then, when nothing will ever belong to you?

Source: babalú