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What Cuba Can Teach Us About Health Care

Just a morning’s boat ride from the tip of Florida is a place where medical costs are low and doctors plentiful. It’s Cuba, and Stanford University physician Paul Drain says it’s time for the United States to pay attention to our neighbor’s shoestring success.
Despite a 50-year trade embargo by the United States and a post-Soviet collapse in international support, the impoverished nation has developed a world-class health care system. Average life expectancy is 77.5 years, compared to 78.1 years in the United States, and infant and child mortality rates match or beat our own. There’s one doctor for every 170 people, more than twice the per-capita U.S. average.
Not everything is perfect in Cuba. There are shortages of medicines, and the best care is reserved for elites. But it’s still a powerful feat. “In Cuba, a little over $300 per person is spent on health care each year. In the U.S., we’re spending over $7,000 per person,” said Drain, co-author of Caring for the World and an essay published April 29 in Science. “They’re able to achieve great health outcomes on a modest budget.”
With Fidel Castro’s reign as Cuba’s leader ending two years ago, relations with the United States have thawed. President Obama eased restrictions on travel to Cuba last year, and the oft-introduced Free Trade With Cuba Act finally has a chance of passing Congress. Drain would like the Institutes of Medicine to conduct a full study of the island nation’s success.
“There are so many lessons we might be able to learn from Cuba’s health care and medical education system, but we don’t know too much about it,” said Drain. How does Cuba keep health care costs so low?
Paul Drain: Partly by keeping physicians’ salaries low. Obviously, given the government they have, they can do that. But they also emphasize primary care and preventive care, addressing diseases and problems before they become major. It’s a very different approach to health care.
In the United States, we essentially do the opposite. We treat diseases when they occur. We’re not very good at the preventive component, which causes the costs of our health system to be much higher. What are the origins of Cuba’s approach?
Drain: Starting in 1964, they encouraged all medical school graduates to do at least two years of service in a rural area. That program became so popular that by the mid-1970s, almost all new physicians were doing rural service. From there, almost all medical graduates were channeled into a three-year family medicine residency. That’s where they do clinical training, making the transition to full doctor from medical student.
Almost all their residents do family medicine. They focus on primary care for all ages. Once everybody learns primary care, about 35 percent go on and specialize. It’s quite the opposite of what we have here. How so?
Drain: Our medical students choose what they want to do. Only about 7 or 8 percent go into family medicine, which is our primary care system. In Cuba, everyone becomes a primary care doctor. They learn to prevent diseases.
Cuba also provides very good access. In the mid-1980s, they created a system of neighborhood doctors’ clinics. One doctor is responsible for a catchment area of a couple of city blocks. They get to know their patients well. If somebody has a problem, they can see the doctor in the clinic that day. Could the U.S. government ever mandate a system like that?
Drain: It would be a big leap, but there are smaller steps that could be taken. We’re the only developed country without universal access to a nationalized health care system. Other countries have seen health care as a basic right and insured everybody. Everyone gets primary care. That would be a first step.
I saw someone in my clinic yesterday who hadn’t seen a doctor in 10 years. Her blood pressure was through the roof, and it’s probably been like that for a decade. She’s at tremendous risk for having a stroke or heart problems. If she’d seen somebody back when this started, it could have been controlled. But because of her high blood pressure, who knows what her future medical bills will be like.
If she were in the Cuban system, she would have had a visit scheduled yearly for the last 10 years. If she hadn’t shown up, someone would have gone to her home to see if she was OK. Blood pressure is an easy thing to check. It would have been controlled. One problem in the United States is the shortage of doctors. How does Cuba train physicians?
Drain: Education is paid by the government, so students don’t have debt. In the United States, medical students come out $200,000 or $300,000 in the hole, which deters them from going into primary care. Cuban doctors are making a fraction of what we make in the U.S., but most Cubans aren’t going into medicine to earn money. They’re going into it to treat people in their communities.
In 1999, Cuba created a school of medicine for Latin America. They bring students in, train them for six years, give them room and board and a stipend. Afterward the students are required to go home and practice in poorer communities. It’s a remarkable program, with 10,000 students now from 33 countries, and an interesting model for developing health care workers. Do President Obama’s health reforms move the United States toward what’s seen in Cuba?

Drain: What we’re passing is starting to move us in a better direction. I’m an advocate for universal health care, and there’s still a long way to go. But I think we’ll eventually catch up to our western counterparts, and realize that we’re the only country not providing full equity in terms of accessing health care, and that’s reflected in health outcomes. When you compare us against most developed countries, we’re near the bottom in most health indicators. Our life expectancy isn’t as good, our infant mortality rates are higher, and we’re spending twice as much money.

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  Venezuelans demand risk by Cuban doctors

Real demand risk Venezuelans of Cuban doctors
More $ 1,600 million Cubans have received U.S. court rulingA unfavorable verdict in the trial before a Federal Court in Miami
(USA)  will continue to Cuba and Venezuela and the state oil company (PDVSA)
by submit to medical workers to work in Barrio Adentro
terms  of "modern slaves", it could mean for the state
Venezuelan  the freezing of their assets abroad.
The assertion of Leonardo made Canton, attorney for the seven doctors
Cubans and nurse, former employees of the Mission Barrio Adentro
(MBA), among 2004 and 2008, they filed the lawsuit asking
compensation  more than $ 50 million each, claiming that
during his stay in the country were subjected to perform work
forced and  to live in overcrowded conditions.
Canton said that " amount of demand could triple and
PDVSA assets United States could be seized if the court
In Favor Cuban doctors. "
In a press conference counsel informed  that notification will
delivered to the governments of Cuba and Venezuela and PDVSA in the week.
From this defendants will have a notice period of 60
days respond. Failure to do so would be considered contempt, and
promote a decision favorable to the plaintiffs, said The New
The  case of Barrio Adentro doctors is not the first thing about
slavery  modern airs in U.S. federal court in
against  Cuba. On the contrary many are the failures that have
determined compensation to victims of the Cuban State.
These precedents be an important part of the Defense Canton highlighted
who mentioned including the case of three Cuban workers of the shipyard
Curacao Drydock Company, whose work under "inhumane and
degrading''  was used by Cuba to pay a debt to the company.
In 2008, A federal judge in Miami ruled that the signing of Curacao
should pay $ 80 million.
Also a federal judge ruled in 2009 the compensation of over a thousand
million dollars to a Cuban sued Fidel Castro and Che
Guevara, by suicide of his father in 1959.
Another $ 253 million compensation ordered  for the children of Cuban
Rafael Del Pino Siero, who died in Castro's jails after
separated from the Cuban regime.
Also  relatives of three pilots from Brothers to the NGO''
Rescue'' whose plane was shot down over international waters
aircraft Cuban Air Force in 1996, were compensated with 187
million dollars.
Rafael Canton stressed that to obtain a ruling in favor,  seek to collect
demanded money from the Venezuelan funds or Cubans in the United States
and the confiscation of property such as buildings and oil tankers.
Vivian Castillo
Goods  Venezuelans demand risk by Cuban doctors - National and
Policy  - EL UNIVERSAL (24 February 2010)

 Wednesday 24 February 2010

The kiss of Judas and other betrayals of history

Treason:  Defraud the trust. Violation of fidelity or loyalty.  Crime committed against the country or against the State in service the enemy treacherously lacking loyalty. Thus defined Dictionary.
A terrible crime that it stood at Dante last circles of Hell and the payment of which was death and the largest contempt. However, the concept of treason is ambiguous, and the reasons for use varied.

"It is a tool  applied to get a personal passion, whether of power, economic, loving .. "he told Efe the writer Peter Paul G. May, author of "The betrayals that made history," which takes a thorough review by the great traitors without religion or mythology-over history.
However, it is clear that Judas Iscariot, the apostle of Jesus Christ, remains today, twenty-one centuries later, the symbol of betrayal, something that questioned when in 2006 it was announced the authenticity of their "gospel" which questioned the reasons for his treason, passing turn traitor martyr.
One of the most curious  the story of the betrayal is that of the Greek Eróstroto, who burned the Aphrodite's temple only to have his name known and to pass posterity. And so, hence the disease is to follow his wake, namely to take a lot to be famous, is known as "Herostratism."
Few remember the traitor Esfialtes Greek, until the superproduccción "300" led him to stardom when viewers saw the Spartan army fell at the battle of Thermopylae after Esfialtes exercise its betrayal to the King of the Persians.

Each  time in history is rich with traitors, but "it is difficult to judge betrayals of power at times
Imagen del general revolucionario Emiliano Zapata, que se encuentra
 en el museo del Cuartel Zapatista en el poblado mexicano de San Pablo 
Ozontepec, municipio de Milpa Alta. // ©EFE
since almost everyone who seized power, at some point, someone has betrayed get it, "said G. May.
This is the case of Julius Caesar, considered victim of a betrayal of the most popular ever, with sentence  including: "Gross. You too my son." Although his death  betrayal, it is also true that in his rise to power had betrayed others.
O Napoleon, for a time considered a traitor for having protested against the last remnants of the principles revolutionaries to build an empire. Today, centuries later, no is fixed at that detail, but his figure stands out as a great strategist, military and emperor.
The Latin American revolutions were  packed with treachery, like that killed the leader of the Emiliano Zapata Mexican Revolution, cornered in the estate of an general that made him believe that his duty was to render weapons when actually became his firing squad.
Among the traitors major political figure Marshal Petain, leader of the struggle  French army against the Nazis, who had won some battles.
When the new German-occupied France left the country in the hands of Pétain, to everyone's surprise, the general was  France in the hands of the Nazis, thus dividing the nation into two: collaboration and fighting for the resistance.
Another example  of the political ambiguity of betrayal is that of Francisco Franco, general a traitor to the Spanish Republic first, war hero and Generalissimo during the next 40 years, and since then dictator political.

 estatua ecuestre de Francisco Franco es retirada del Arsenal Militar de
 Ferrol, su ciudad natal, en Galicia, para ser trasladada a un almacén 
militar. // ©EFE
All  ages are rich traitors, but G. May is clear that society is the more prone to treason because "today there are no individualized traitors. Treason has become conspiracy. "
And he explains: "We do not live in a society individualistic and therefore no single individual has the capacity betray an entire community, so it must partner with others to do, and that is where the conspiracy is born. "
The most clear is the current financial crisis. "There is no single entity and therefore financial guilty go unpunished, "says the writer, for  whom the fact that the betrayal reign in the XXI century is due to "Moral ambiguity" dominant.
"Before," he admits there was a moral historically respected natural civilizations, but today live under the motto that everything can be justified and concepts loyalty and fidelity are not used. "

Cuba must compensate US before embargo is lifted: lawmaker

Cuba must compensate US before embargo is lifted: lawmaker AFP/Getty Images/File – Cuba must pay the United States six billion dollars in compensation for expropriated businesses and property …
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Cuba must pay the United States six billion dollars in compensation for expropriated businesses and property before Washington lifts a decades-old trade embargo, a US lawmaker said Thursday. "We must resolve the over six billion dollars in expropriation claims... before developing a more robust economic relationship with a post-Castro democratic government in Cuba," said Kevin Brady, a Republican US representative from the state of Texas, speaking at a congressional hearing on US trade with Cuba. Brady's remarks come after a top Cuban official last week challenged the United States to lift its punishing economic embargo against Havana. Cuba's National Assembly president Ricardo Alarcon pressed Washington to "lift it, even for a year, to see whether it is in our interest or theirs." After coming to power in 1959, Cuban leader Fidel Castro nationalized numerous US enterprises in the name of the communist revolution. In 1972, the value of Cuba's expropriated US property was estimated to be worth about 1.8 billion dollars, according to a US government panel that examined the issue. That sum has grown more than three-fold over the years because of compounding interest, set at an annual rate of six percent. The Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States (FCSC), the independent, quasi-judicial federal agency under the aegis of the US Department of Justice, is tasked with determining the monetary value of claims by US nationals for loss of overseas property as a result of nationalization or military operations. At Thursday's hearing, the US Chamber of Commerce and non-governmental organizations including the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) argued in favor of relaxing trade restrictions against Havana. Brady said he was "open to loosening some restrictions on Cuba," but only after the US government and private American interests divested of their property after the revolution were compensated. President Barack Obama came into office seeking better relations with Cuba, but after an initial thaw, tensions have set in again, most recently over Cuba's treatment of dissidents.

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Chavez asked to judge the presence of Cuban institutions

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The executive secretary of Un Nuevo Tiempo (UNT) - main Venezuela opposition party - Enrique Ochoa Antich, requested the Supreme Court of Justice to process Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, the presence of Cuban officials in major  country's institutions, including the Army.
In an interview with 'The' and collected by  Europa Press, Antich, whose center-right party is the second force in the Venezuelan Parliament, explained that the petition is based the firm intention of the Chavez government to perpetuate itself in power,  through the repression and the inclusion of police and Cuban military in the Venezuelan Armed Forces.
According Antich, Venezuela is experiencing a "Cubanization" because, he said the Cubans would be "taking control "of the main institutions of the country such as La Casa Military, Military Intelligence Directorate, the Bolivarian Service Intelligence (SEBINA) and the Administrative Service Identification Migration and Alien Status (SAIMA).
The general secretary of UNT, the party founded by former mayor of Maracaibo, Manuel Rosales, Chávez claimed that is "putting in foreign hands the country's security. "His accusation comes one days after Gen. Antonio Rivero, who resigned last March, revealed the presence of Cuban soldiers who train Venezuelan troops.
According Antich, this is a crime that is punishable in Code of Military Justice Article 464 and emphasized that test This is why the Government chose to attack General Rivero after complaint rather than disprove the claims of this on presence of Cubans.
Finally, Antich acknowledged he did not expect the Supreme Court accepted while considering his complaint that it was "the voice of the  have no voice "in the Venezuelan Armed Forces. Thus things, requested that "opens a preliminary investigation to Hugo Chavez,  military high command "and" are subject to imprisonment for crimes committed. "
Dissident journalist sentenced to 20 months in prison in Cuba
Trial  summary. Denounced by his daughter. Mary Dania integrated groups support the protests of the "Ladies in White."

AP. Freelance journalist Mary Dania Garcia was arrested and sentenced to one year and eight months in prison after her daughter accused of "abuse" but it could be a "reprisal policy, "according to Cuban dissident human rights commission.

The chairman of the committee, Elizardo Sanchez, said that "on April 23  (Garcia) was subjected to a trial and sentenced to one year and eight months in prison. " He had been arrested on April 20, according to information provided "by friends of her."

He said that "preliminary indictment says she abused her daughter, Susy 23, a supporter of the Cuban government, but we feel something very suspicious of the summary nature of the process. "

The Cuban press does not publish notes about crimes or politicians did not disclose any information about the case. Also published  official comment on the matter. Garcia is "held incommunicado  high security prison. "

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Blogger. Garcia, 41, is also a blogger and "Queen of support," women who accompany the "Ladies in White", wives and family the 75 dissidents arrested in 2003.

Cuba's underground rappers test free speech

Cuba's underground rappers test free speech AFP/File – Los Aldeanos rap group and singer El B (right) perform during a concert in Acapulco theater in Havana. …
HAVANA (AFP) – Cuba's underground hip hop duo "Los Aldeanos" are boldly grooving where no Cuban has gone in five decades: criticizing the communist government loud and proud for the first time to a sell-out crowd. "They tell the truth, say the things we feel, the things that a lot of Cubans cannot say. The freedom that we do not have," explained Yoelvis Fonseca, a 27-year-old construction worker, as he sweated and swayed to the beat of the rhyming twosome that recently packed the Acapulco movie theatre with more than 2,000 rabid fans. True, this event was not advertised in state-controlled media. And even the sign in lights outside the Acapulco disjointedly read "Today, Sherlock Holmes." But the word was on the street, and the under-30s were in the house for the first major show by the dissident duo who have been around -- stealthy and not wealthy -- for seven years. They called the show "Seven years with the village," and maybe because the venue was huge, they held off singing their underground hits most critical of life in Cuba. Los Aldeanos -- which means villagers, but is a riff on one member's name -- have come a long way, baby. In the only communist country in the Americas, where confronting the government can be a ticket to prison, they have hit it big taking on the government, corruption and giving voice to Cubans' everyday frustrations. Their rhymes -- they sing in Spanish -- are direct and pull no punches, with lines like: "I can't stand one more lie," and "All of this/one day will change/for the good of the people." And it gets hotter in this country with a one-party regime and a leadership dominated by officials well over 70: "I'm from a chilling society/that listens with piety/to the same people who have gagged it/with a bag of fake freedom," one Los Aldeanos line goes. Another classic for fans: "So many are dead/or in jail/people would rather die for the American dream/than live through this Cuban nightmare." Tattooed friends Bian Rodriguez (El B) and Aldo Rodriguez (El Aldeano) first got their act together back in 2003, playing mainly in Havana's dingy underground rap halls as well as parks and the odd cultural event. But the Acapulco theatre gig was a landmark, as the group and its fans pushed the envelope. For now, the government did not push back. "This concert is breaking the silence," the duo's representative Melisa Riviere told AFP. For the Aldeanos, however, the crux of the group's political viewpoint is that they need to speak out, to say something, but they are not interested in leaving Cuba. "Talking about what is happening here is the way that we take part in the Revolution," El B says. "Criticizing in Miami makes no sense; this is where the (expletive) is hitting the fan." Riviere went out on a limb insisting that "Miami and Washington have tried to manipulate what Los Aldeanos are. We have spent a long time explaining that they are not counter-revolutionaries." Aldo himself insists in one line, "I am not a communist; nor am I a socialist; nor am I a Leninist; I am a Revolutionary." It is a masterful spin on the everyday wordplay of the government which constantly implores everyone to be just that -- "revolutionary". The duo are rhyming as if to see if there is any reaction to their not being communists, as long as they are with the Revolution -- the regime that has been in place since 1959 and was led by Fidel Castro for more than 40 years. And their 18 CDs -- such as "Censored" and "Viva Cuba Libre" -- are sold widely on the black market in Cuba. Though some clubs refused to let them play, Los Aldeanos also have played with the likes of mainstream artist Pablo Milanes, and won some national prizes. Occasionally a radio station will play one of their less critical numbers. "I am a fan because they sing about what the people are going through," said Yamel Gonzalez, who at 26 is getting ready to start at university. "People's words cannot be a crime." Among the 200 people unable to get into the concert was a young man in a black T-shirt, jeans and earrings who asked not to be named. "They are really ballsy," he said, referring to the rappers, "because they talk about the way things really are: that there is a dictatorship."

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BREAKING NEWS: Yoani Sanchez Arrested in Cuba

Penultimate  That word has Dias Yoani Sanchez and Other Have Been Cuban bloggers Arrested in Havana.
Yoani Sanchez, Orlando Luis Pardo, Ciro Diaz and Claudia Cadelo Among  Those arrested. Cadelo is Reported to Have Already been released. Other details on whereabouts of dissident bloggers are Still sketchy.
UPDATE 6:46 ET: Im Told Were all picked up, harasser, Manhandler and released at Some distance away from the WHERE Was march to take place. Will keep updating as the news trickles in.
UPDATE 7:15: Yoani the penultimate Dias reports and Orlando Were Severely Beaten and Abused verbally. Was Told That Yoani "This is as far as she would go."
Ernesto, I just spoke with Yoani, is now at home. He has a bruised eye. She has been physically and verbally assaulted. A Orlando also. I shouted into the patrol until there had  come, put her head down and feet up and  karate blows were applied. I was very nervous. So do I.
Please help with translation.
UPDATE (translation):
Ernesto, I Have just spoken to Yoani. She is now back home. She has bruising around one eye. She has-been verbally and Physically Assault. Was Orlando too. "This is as far as you're getting! "WAS repeatedly shouted at them inside a patrol car. She was Placed head over heels and subject to karate blows. She is very Nervous. I am too.
UPDATE 2:04: Here's video of the march the castro Could Dictatorship monarchical just to allow Cuban bloggers Participate in:

UPDATE: Yeah? Let's lift the embargo, dialogue with fidel and raul and co., and allow Americans to travel to Cuba so Freely They witness Yoani dog and her colleagues be Treated like chattel!
Saturday 8:15 a.m. Update: From Orlando Luis Pardo, posted at Penultimate  Dias:
I look at my neck.
It was nothing.
A belt of petechiae in the too hard of a handsome young officer and perhaps because of my bad clotting.
I look at my neck in a jpg.
Depending on the interpretation, it is insulting or interesting to tell.
In the beginning there was the Verbum, but Barbariem.
Extra-verbal violence pulse.
Walking in Vedado from today will be an extreme experience.
The Avenue of the Presidents now sent to prison post-princely.
In seconds, Yoani and I were arm twisted into a car Stepmother imported from our country: China.
My head against the carpet of the car and Yoani almost upside down.
I could not see it, identified it did not shut up or handcuffed.
Within seconds, I heard her scream with the vehemence of being freer planet.
She had a Cuban male knee stuck in the chest and still rebuked.
In seconds, the energy sucked a little strength to hold my voice.
I told him to tell her to shut up Yoani.
That phrase, uttered by three strangers in the name of the Cuban State,  summarizes all the sets obsolete and obscene in this country:
Yoani Tell him to shut up.
Yoani Tell him to shut up.
Yoani Tell him to shut up.
In seconds, placed us in a corner despotically confused the inner courtyard of a hut.
I was dizzy.
I felt disgusted, I felt like vomiting.
I could not move his neck.
I hugged Yoani (never done before).
She began to sob.
The greatest woman of Cuba seemed a little girl of zero years.
Because Yoani is this: the future of Cuba crystallized on a skeleton fragile and unstoppable.
I kissed her head. Her hair smelled pulled with hate freedom.
Countless times I kissed his head ageless.
But I never told him to shut up.
But I never told him to shut up.
But I never told him to shut up.
Orlando Luis Pardo
8:38 a.m. Update: Ninety-five pound Yoani Sanchez Takes a beating for 12 million Cubans and writes:

Near 23rd Street and right on the Avenue roundabout the President, was that we arrive in a black car-manufacturing  Chinese-three burly strangers: "Yoani, Hop in the car," I I said a while enduring hard by the wrist. The other two Claudia surrounding Cadelo, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo and a friend to us accompanying a march against violence. Ironies of life, was a  later charged with beating, shouting and swearing that had pass as a day of peace and harmony. The same assailants called for a patrol that took my other two companions, Orlando and I were doomed to yellow auto registration, the awesome terrain of lawlessness and impunity of Armageddon.
I refused to board the bright Geely and demand we show a identification or a court order to lead. Of course not showed no role to prove the legitimacy of our arrest. Onlookers crowded around and I screamed "Help, these men  We want to hijack, but they stopped those who wanted intervene with a cry that revealed all the ideological background of operation: "Do not mess, these are some counterrevolutionaries." Before our verbal resistance, took the phone and told someone have been his boss: "What do we do? They do not want to raise the car. " I guess  the other side's response was blunt, because then came a barrage of hitting, pushing, I was charged with his head down and tried to sneak in the car. I held the door ... knock on the knuckles ... I managed to take a role that one of them was in pocket and put it in my mouth. Another barrage of blows to them return the document.
I was in Orlando, immobilized on a key that karate kept his head attached to the floor. One placed his knee on my chest and the other from the front seat I was in the area of kidneys and hit me head so that I could open my mouth and drop the  paper. At one point, I felt I would never leave that car. "Until Here we are, Yoani "," I already finished the antics "that was said  sitting beside the driver and pulled my hair. On the seat  passed behind a rare spectacle: my legs up, my face reddened by the pressure and body aches, across Orlando was reduced by a professional beating. Only I happened to grab to it-through his pants-the testes in an act of despair. I sank my nails, assuming that he would continue crushing my chest to the last breath. "Kill me now" I shouted, with the latest I was breathing and he was on the front warned  the youngest: "Let it breathe."
Orlando listened to gasp and shock continued to fall on us, figured to open the door and shoot me, but there was a handle for activated from within. We were at the mercy of them and listen to the voice Orlando gave me encouragement. Then he told me it was the same with broken my words ... they called him "Yoani still alive." Us and sore left lying in a street of Timba, a woman approached "What has happened?" ... "A kidnapping," I managed to say. We mourn embraced in the middle of the sidewalk, Matt thought, my God how I explain all these bruises. How can I tell you that living in a country where this happens, how I looked at him and tell him to his mother, write a blog and put their views in kilobytes, have violated on the street. How to describe the despotic face of those we mounted to the force in that car, the enjoyment you could see the beat us, lifting my skirt and topless crawl to the car.
I managed to see, however, the degree of surprise of our attackers,  fear of the new, so they can not destroy because they do not understand, the bully terror which knows it has its days numbered.
Yoani Sánchez
From Claudia  Cadelo:
Blogger Friday at the Academy, we ended the day with a class with Miriam on Cuban culture. Relaxed atmosphere: the Tainos and Their myths. Leaving Before Ivan Told me, "See you at five-thirty." We HAD we found out from friends Knew That Aldo Luis Eligio, Amaury and Other young people today Were going to walk from 23rd Street to L and G Street, with signs Against Violence. A civic march in a country WHERE citizenship've Been Kidnapped by the totalitarianism, WHERE has power grown old and the ultimate death of a collapsing system Rattles are a response blind, pure temper tantrum.
We stayed, Orlando Luis (Pardo Lazo), his Girlfriend, Yoani and I, Until It Was cleaning up time for the march. We left the house Nervous, But we would not be confident That alone. By G Street Orlando Was making jokes that I do not remember But I Was falling out laughing. A Man Was masturbating in broad daylight in Zapata, Havana Looked the same as always.
The bus stop for the Q11 Was full, at 27th and G, the only corner From Where You Can catch something to take you to Alamar. The car Appeared from nowhere, yellow plates, a new Chinese model: money for repression. "Let's go in comfort," Yoani jokingly said to me, and the guys got out with faces That Were Not pleasant, it must be sad to be a thug. We Refuse to get in the car, There Were They and three of them Threatened us:
"Get in the car, now."
"Let us see your documents, or wear a uniform."
Orlando HAD historical historical cell phone in hand. "Pardo, do not record," said the said the one in the orange shirt, and I got out my cell. Nobody I have noticed, I sent the first Tweet ...
In Less Than Three Minutes a patrol car came up with a couple of cops-a woman and a man-Completely dumbstruck by the scene. The Carried Their orders out Almost in slow motion, the woman Told Me:
"Do not resist."
"They are undocumented," it occurred to me to enlighten her.
Was Yoani clinging to a bush, I Was clinging to her waist, and the Was woman pulling me by the leg. They HAD Already dragged off Orlando, Outside my field of vision. A man stopped, looking on with an expression  of terror, people Did not say a single word. The officer, very young, got me in an armlock That Immobilized me, I kicked a little Could Have But I Was too astonished at seeing Yoani's legs sticking out of the rear  State Security window of the car.
They shoved me Into the patrol car while I Was screaming, "Yoani! Yoani! "But I Realized That Could one not hear me, everything was hermetically sealed, Orlando's girlfriend Was Struggling with the police, Yoani's body Was Being pushed headfirst Into the car, and Orlando's telephone flew out Through the window ... I sent the second Tweet  hoping someone would be Able to Understand It with my terrible typing. The girl cop got in the patrol car and said to me,
"Why did you resist? We do not want to hit you. "
"You Almost ripped my shirt," said The Other PNR (National Revolutionary  Police), meanwhile putting Orlando's girlfriend in the car.
They Looked embarrassed, for a moment I Thought They Were going to Apologize:
"Do you have your identity cards handy," she said, sweetly Almost, Passed and Orlando's us Which would not stop ringing phone.
Unfortunately, the one in the orange shirt got in and shut the door ... I  Fell over. The police Fell silent and started the dialog.
"Claudia, turn off the telephone."
"Forget it."
"How disgusting," said Orlando's girlfriend.
The rest pure insult, a surrealistic rage.
"Your name is Not going to go down in history," I said.
"I do not care, you do not even Have a name."
"Then it will be worse."
"Your fear are your Threats. That's Their purpose. "
Stepping foot on the corner by Yoani's house made me dizzy, There Was  no light in the building, I could get Anyone's cell, and I Was losing my balance. Then Came with the first call to 00 international Knew nothing prefix and I HAD Been in vain, Even If We Had All Been Arrested and Suspended the march. When, Later, I saw the video That Ciro  Brought Me I Knew for Un certain: They lost, it's the countdown.

    Baudrand and betrayal

    By Miguel Cabrera Peña, Santiago, Chile 
      In recent weeks there have been two scandals in which Cuba corollary has been the death. Orlando Zapata Tamayo died after more than  80-day hunger strike. With the dramatic protest claimed that  will improve prison conditions and to be treated as the prisoner of conscience who was internationally recognized.
    Last week, Roberto Baudrand was found dead in his Havana apartment. Baudrand was a Chilean engineer who served as manager of the food-manufacturing industry Río Zaza  equally owned by the Cuban government and the Chilean citizen Max Marambio.
    Apparently these are two totally different cases. But strangely enough, the former may explain the second.
    State security
    Cuban-known opponents and prepare for it psychic-what it means to be questioned by security State, which was the real interrogator and the prosecutor Baudrand General's Office. In any case, both branches of the system remain  ongoing collaboration.
    After the performance of the "safe," there is no way prove that there was murder. All you need is a body. Recall that even captains, majors, colonels and generals, the Cuban Most leather in various wars, have been killed, crushed morally similar interrogations. Think of those involved in judicial proceedings against General Ochoa, and more recently in Carlos Lage and Felipe Perez Roque, accepting both his unworthiness, Castro previously reported in the press.
    Unless the political opposition in the latest batches, no ordinary citizen in any part of the democratic world is trained for questioning over two days by experts  of the Cuban State Security.
    Clearly, the psychologist and journalist Guillermo Farinas who is currently conducting a hunger strike, has had very account the danger that oppose the regime. It has been given fact that death-for Cubans is social, psychological and biologically finally puts on the table first opponent, who shows that his personal life is secondary matter, destroying and the strategy and objectives of the agency effective repressor of Castro.
    Can anyone think that the interrogators did not know that a person with heart disease as Baudrand could not be subjected to  the same pressure as someone completely healthy? State Security  Baudrand never knew he had been questioned even by ordinary courts, as reported to the press on legal counsel Marambio, the lawyer Eduardo Contreras. This, a man left, admitted that he saw in Havana Baudrand "altered" "Nervous" and "worried."
    To make matters worse, Chile did not have the presence of an expert in autopsy applied to the body.
    The evil of imperialism and businesses Marambio
    The scandal with the company Río Zaza seems unprecedented, but it is not more than the continuation of the story line Cuban business since 1959. If, as seems there was corruption, the relevant question Since when is dating mismanagement and if the company is Marambio the one that takes place in the island
    Corruption in Cuba is widespread and has existed for decades.
    Any reader might ask: Why then Marambio company? A friend of Fidel Castro for over 30 years, employer lost sight of the wrath of the "commander" who argue against  that Cuba does not respect human rights. Criticized Marambio Castro in that regard (although blame the embargo) during Chilean presidential candidate's campaign-Marco Enríquez Ominami of  who was an adviser. Then followed with statements Ominami yet  harder.
    Forgot Marambio Castro does not forgive such criteria: considered treason. They are not spared even to Michelle Bachelet whose Foreign Ministry made a strong report on the meeting of the UN human rights, a few days before the president traveled to Island in 2009. With Bachelet in Cuba, "the commander" wrote an article  about anti-Chilean territorial dispute with Bolivia. Castro also created the conditions for unedifying little run of Bachelet after the interview with "the boss", as they call their intimates.
    But at the same level as the wrath of Castro linked the issue of human rights, we should put the dire situation through economic Island, guilty of the current "playpen." The lack of liquidity is proverbial (worth remembering vessels laden foods that have always waited in front of the port of Havana, without calling, waiting for Castro to pay what you owe).
    Failure to pay and what Castro Marambio considers political betrayal of his former friend, the old man would have taken dusting off old records. And the story that he built come to their aid. If you were able to confiscate property to States Together for about six billion dollars in the early sixties, which means a Chilean traidorcillo.
    There is, in short, for any inconvenience that Havana did not  Marambio their property confiscation, which no doubt will.
    Forfeiture against the United States was unavoidable factor  in what would later be called improperly "blockade." Historian English Hugh Thomas said Rafael Rojas, and confirmed "that" America was willing to relate to a radical nationalist revolution in Cuba, to expropriate their employers even provided the indemnify and hold elections. " Castro never paid and never did elections.
    Marambio, perhaps, will attend an international tribunal to try  to recover $ 23 million that his friend once he But today, according to Chilean press. Something made his employer to clear his name, that Castro will mess everything I can. The embargo, now practiced by Castro, is another contradiction in a system which, if  the contradiction out disease, had already metastasized. 
    Wednesday 21 April 2010 10:45

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    Gulf oil spill could reach shore Thursday night

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    NEW ORLEANS – The edge of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was expected to reach the Mississippi River delta by Thursday night and a new technique to break up the oil a mile underwater could be tried, officials said.
    As of this morning, part of the slick was about 3 miles from the Louisiana shore, said National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration spokesman Charles Henry said. It's too late to stop some of the spill from reaching the coast, but BP PLC said it might attempt to break up some of the oil spewing from a blown-out a mile under water.
    The company also has asked the Department of Defense if it can help with better underwater equipment than is available commercially, said BP PLC chief operating officer Doug Suttles.
    In addition, he said the company has been reviewing research on using chemical to break up the oil, which has been done before, but never at these depths. The well is almost a mile underwater off the Louisiana shore.
    U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry called it "a novel, absolutely novel idea."
    Meanwhile, Louisiana Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency and announced that BP had agreed to allow local fishermen to assist in the expected cleanup. Under the agreement, shrimpers and fishermen could be contracted by BP to help. Jindal said the state was also training prison inmates to help clean up wildlife harmed by oil slicks moving toward shore.
    The federal government sent in skimmers and booms Thursday. BP operated the rig that exploded and sank 50 miles offshore last week, which led to the spill, and is directing the cleanup and trying to stop the leak.
    If the chemical technique is approved, work could start tonight, Suttles said.
    "We want to pursue every technique we can find," he said.
    Coast Guard Rear Adm. Sally Brice-O'Hara said at the White House that the government's priority was to support BP as it fights to hold back the oil surging from the seabed in amounts much higher than previously estimated.
    BP was operating the Deepwater Horizon, which was drilling in 5,000 feet of water about 40 miles offshore when it exploded last week. Eleven crew members are missing and presumed dead, and the government says 5,000 barrels of oil a day are spewing from the well underneath it.
    Those who count on the Gulf for their livelihoods fretted about the oil that will reach the coast soon.
    In Empire, La., Frank and Mitch Jurisich could smell the oil coming from just beyond the murky water where their family has harvested oysters for three generations.
    "About 30 minutes ago we started smelling it," Mitch Jurisich said. "That's when you know it's getting close and it hits you right here."
    They spent Thursday hauling in enough oysters to fill more than 100 burlap sacks, stopping to eat some because it might be their last chance before oil contaminates them.
    President Barack Obama has dispatched Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson to help with the spill. The president said his administration will use "every single available resource at our disposal" to respond.
    Obama directed officials to aggressively confront the spill, but the cost of the cleanup will fall on BP, spokesman Nick Shapiro said.
    A third leak at the well site was discovered Wednesday, and government officials said the amount coming out is five times as much as originally estimated.
    Suttles had initially disputed the government's estimate, and that the company was unable to handle the operation to contain it.
    But early Thursday, he acknowledged on "Today" that the leak may be as bad as the government says. He said there was no way to measure the flow at the seabed and estimates have to come from how much oil makes it to the surface.
    If the well cannot be closed, almost 100,000 barrels of oil, or 4.2 million gallons, could spill into the Gulf before crews can drill a relief well to alleviate the pressure. By comparison, the Exxon Valdez, the worst oil spill in U.S. history, leaked 11 million gallons into Alaska's Prince William Sound in 1989.
    As dawn broke Thursday in the oil industry hub of Venice, about 75 miles from New Orleans and not far from the mouth of the Mississippi River, crews loaded an orange oil boom aboard a supply boat at Bud's Boat Launch. There, local officials expressed frustration with the pace of the government's response and the communication they were getting from the Coast Guard and BP officials.
    "We're not doing everything we can do," said Billy Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish, which straddles the Mississippi River at the tip of Louisiana.
    Associated Press writers Janet McConnaughey, Kevin McGill Michael Kunzelman and Brett Martel in New Orleans, Melinda Deslatte in Baton Rouge and Holbrook Mohr in Empire contributed to this report.

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    Castro Provided Refuge to Pablo Escobar

    Wednesday, April 28, 2010
    In an interview today with RCN Radio, retired Col. Victor Boitano, a former high raking Sandinista military officer, described the links between Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega, Cuba's Fidel Castro and Medellin Cartel drug lord Pablo Escobar.

    Boitano revealed how Ortega and Castro even provided refuge to Escobar, when he didn't feel safe in his native Colombia.

    Escobar, who was killed in 1993, would "appreciate" such protection with a $300 million donation, plus another $50 million in necessary expenses to avoid detection by the U.S. authorities.

    The Cuban People Are Not Morons

    Havana-based blogger Ivan Garcia has written a great analysis on the poor state of the Castro regime's centralized, command-economy.

    In it, Garcia notes:

    "To justify their failures, the Castros have their favorite weapon: the Yankee embargo. But no one but a fanatic or a moron could seriously blame only the U.S. embargo for the poor performance of the local economy. It doesn't take a think-tank, or an expert in economic matters, to point out those responsible for sending the Cuban economy back to the stone age."

    Unfortunately, many Washington-based think tanks and self-described Cuba policy experts seem to believe the Cuban people are fanatics or morons, for this is their favorite talking point in favor of unconditionally lifting sanctions.

    Read the whole analysis here.
    S: Capitol Hill Cubans
    Italian journalist and international criminal issues expert Luca Rastello has written the book, Yo Soy el Mercado: Teoría, Métodos y Estilo de Vida del Perfecto Narcotraficante (I Am the Market: Theory, Method and Lifestyle of the Perfect Narcotrafficker), that details the ingenious strategies Colombian and Mexican narcotraffickers have implemented for years to grow their business in transporting tons of cocaine. Spanish daily La Razón has published an excerpt (pdf) of the book; describing his work as “a thrilling story about how to transport cocaine from Latin America to the United States and Europe. A business in which the Castros’ Cuba very discretely participates in.”
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    Chinese DefMin Liang Guanglie (R) meets with ACG Alvaro Lopez Miera
 in Beijing on 26 APR 2010. Image: Global Times
    Chinese DefMin Liang Guanglie (R) meets with ACG Álvaro López Miera in Beijing on April 26, 2010. Image: Global Times
    Via Global Times:
    China pledged to further develop military ties with Cuba during a meeting of senior military officials from the two countries on Monday.
    “The years since China and Cuba forged diplomatic ties in 1960 have witnessed a stable development of bilateral relations and fruitful cooperation in various fields,” Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie said when meeting with [Army Corps General] Álvaro López Miera, vice minister and chief of the General Staff of Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces.
    The armed forces of China and Cuba have maintained frequent high-level visits and good communication, Liang said, citing the expansion of exchanges and cooperation in personnel training.
    China has always believed that the development of China-Cuba relations and their military ties are in the fundamental interests of both nations’ people, he said.
    Liang, also a state councilor, said he would like to work with Cuba to further upgrade military ties.
    [ACG] Lopez praised China’s achievements in social and economic growth, adding that Cuba is willing to learn from China’s experience.
    He also offered his condolences to the the victims of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake jolting northwest China’s Qinghai Province on April 14, expressing his hope the two countries can enhance military cooperation in disaster-relief work.
    Arriving in China April 24, [ACG] Lopez is scheduled to conclude the official goodwill visit on April 29.
    He held talks with Chen Bingde, chief of the General Staff of China’s People’s Liberation Army, here on Sunday.