Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cuba: Cuban church requests to release prisoners, resume dialogue with U.S.

Cardinal Jaime Ortega, called for the release of  political prisoners in Cuba

  • The Archbishop of  Havana said in an interview published by the Catholic magazine Word  News that Cuba was facing a "very difficult situation."
  • According to Cardinal Ortega, an increasing number of voices calling for changes to improve economic and social situation in Cuba.
Havana, April 19, 2010

The leader of the Cuban Catholic Church, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, Called for the release of prisoners Cuba's political and resumption of a dialogue with the rugged  United States, according to an interview released Monday. Authorities Communist Cuba has received international pressure to release  about 200 dissidents, human rights groups, maintain behind bars.

Interview with Cardinal Ortega
The Archbishop of Havana, said in an interview published Catholic magazine Palabra Nueva that Cuba was facing a "situation very difficult. "
Criticism increased after the death in February Orlando Zapata political prisoner after 85 days on hunger strike  and harassment in March the group of relatives of jailed dissidents  Damas de Blanco.
"With regard to prisoners for political reasons, the Church historically has done all it can be put into freedom, not only patients but also others, "said Ortega, as publication.
President Raul Castro rejected what it sees  an international campaign against Cuba's communist system. Warned  also would not yield to the "blackmail" of their enemies. Ortega said  that "media violence" against Cuba exacerbates the crisis. Also warned of a resurgence of intolerance in Cuba and said the harassment Ladies in White by supporters of the government was "painful."
The government banned a march on Sunday mothers and wives of imprisoned dissidents in 2003, which were booed for more than two hours after the communist militants  attend Mass at a church in Havana. The Cuban authorities are  opponents as US-paid mercenaries.
By  Ortega, the solution to many of Cuba's problems passes right  for normalization of relations with the United States, which has almost half a century trying to force a regime change by trade embargo.
U.S. President Barack Obama last year promised to "relaunch" its relations with Cuba and took some  measures such as free travel and remittances by Cuban Americans to the island. Also proposed resuming talks  Immigration interrupted during the administration of George W. Bush.
But  the new beginning seemed to crash into the old differences ideological and incidents like the arrest last December of a U.S. contractor that Cuba suspected of espionage and Zapata's death. "I think a Cuba-US dialogue would necessary first step to break the vicious critical that we found, "said Ortega.
The Catholic Church and the Government Communist Cuba are overcoming decades of distrust. In Catholics in recent years gained visibility. According to Cardinal Ortega, an increasing number of voices calling for changes to improve economic and social situation in Cuba.
President Raul Castro, two years ago that replaced his ailing brother Fidel in power, has vowed to improve the quality of life for Cubans damaged by decades of economic crisis. "I believe that this opinion reaches a kind of national consensus and its postponement occurs impatience and discomfort in the people, "said Ortega.
S: Infolatam.com / Update 4-20-2010

The church moved piece in Cuba

Published 21-04-2010 By Editorial
Just as more occluded the political and social horizon Cuba, where the closure of the Castro dictatorship has gone so far  to harass with their hosts so-called "Ladies in White", which Sunday is manifested by the release of political prisoners, the Cuban church has stepped forward with a statement of Bishop Ortega, Bishop of Havana, which calls on the authorities the island's freedom of political prisoners, calls upon the Government of United States is "open to dialogue to resolve conflict, and urges the dissident journalist Guillermo Farinas to abandon the strike  hunger remains for two months, in solidarity with political prisoners who are ill.

A movement then, three bands, which should contribute decisively to the output of the deadlock that is so unsustainable situation. A state of affairs in which is jammed the current Spanish foreign policy, stubborn in his belief that the EU is open to a multilateral approach to relations with Havana,  piled the strategy of shared and unique position-pressure for the scheme is open to the freedoms ", as in Brussels was agreed at the request of the foreign policy of José María Aznar.
With respect to the initiative of the Archbishop of Havana, is note the symmetrical and equidistant position taken, as it asks and  equal claim to the Castro regime and the Administration U.S., in what appears an attempt to redirect induction the hopeful political climate that dawned after the arrival of Obama  the White House. Then it seemed that converged reciprocal tone opening, can give way to such a dialogue is now claiming from the Church.
Bishop Ortega argues the reasons for its initiative in the harsh economic and social conditions in which the damage caused by the three hurricanes of 2008 added to the impact of unsustainable general economic crisis and the weight of half a century of restrictions economic and trade applied by the U.S. government. It  This is a unique and innovative approach, both through its own content and the fact that he has done from outside the conventional politics.
S: expansion.com

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  Opposition STOP TO PRAY
 (4-19-10-10:10 PM)
By Jesús Emilio Hernández Figueroa, Associate Free Agency (ALAS).
The Havana Cuba, April 18, 2010. "A Mass was celebrated by opponents, in a church Guanabacoa municipality, to ask God for health and freedom political prisoners.
The mass, began at half past ten, had the presence of activists Republican Party of Cuba (PRC), the Latin American Federation of Rural Women (FLAMUR) and members of the opposition movement by New Republic (ONR) and Rule Municipality Opposition, member of New Hope.
Silvia  Paula Castro, member of the PRC and FLAMUR said that not only participated in Mass that God will listen, but also for the people knew of their pleas for a free Cuba and the cessation of the agony of prisoners Cuban political.
In areas religious temple adjacent to several agents were deployed of State Security and some soldiers of the Rapid Response and up  the time of writing this note was heard of the arrest of Ivan Nelda Echevarría Perdomo, Vice President, according to ONR. According to alleged victims, about 9 AM, while driving to the church, was intercepted by two police and a uniformed security officer, was forced to enter a auto police and taken to a distant, sparsely populated and lacking transport, more than thirty kilometers away, which was abandoned after being threatened with their physical integrity if he decided to return to religious activity.
S: New Accion

Hugo Chávez handled the acts of independence Venezuela

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Presidents Ortega, Chavez and Morales

The presidents of several countries accompanied Hugo Chavez in his lavish celebration of two centuries of existence as Venezuela  independent republic.
Argentina President Cristina Fernandez, Cuba's Raul Castro, the  of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, Bolivian President Evo Morales and the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez, accompanied Chavez Caracas.
The celebration began with a tribute to Simon Bolivar Bolivar, during which President Hugo Chavez deposited an offering flowers at the National Pantheon.
The presence of the visiting leaders will conclude acts with an extraordinary summit of the Alternative movement Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), the initiative izquierdsta President Chavez for opposing the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), promoted by the United States.
"Together, presidents and partners, we wanted to come here taxed the ashes of Father Simon Bolivar and witness our fervor, our love, our commitment to unity and liberation " Chavez said at the tomb of Bolivar.
Venezuelan historians criticize the way in which Chávez appropriated the figure of Bolivar, who is considered a continuation of the independence movement.
They complain of how it has transformed the figure of the hero and used  his sentences and thoughts. Even in 1999, Chavez proposed change country's name to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Other representatives present at the commemorations were the prime ministers of Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, who arrived later in the day.
In the pompous parade to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Venezuela effective participation of the Venezuelan Armed Forces and the bodies of militia formed by Chavez.
The Russian Sukhoi-30 fighter jets, recently bought by Venezuela  Russia, made several passes overhead.
Chavez reiterated his anti-American demagoguery to argue that the celebration of independence allowed to remember that "Venezuela will never again colony 'Yankee' or colony of anybody. Came  When our true independence, 200 years later. "
The independence movements against the Spanish government Latin America had their start in Venezuela with a group of civil society with the support of soldiers on 19 April 1810 amid the power crisis living in Spain.
The presence of several Latin American leftist leaders with Chavez, is a support for the Venezuelan president has lost popularity among the population.
Chavez has used this anniversary and to hide or conceal deep economic problems with rising inflation, severe energy issues and public safety crime  ranked as the highest in the continent.
In this sense Chavez's opponents claim that Venezuela has  little to celebrate and that the Venezuelan president's legacy betrayed  Bolivar.
The trend of Chavez to "impose a political order in which only there is an actor, the state, summarized in the will of a person in against the interests of society, appropriate media production and in full command of the means of freedom of expression  and education "was highlighted in a joint statement.
"We demand independence of Cuban domination in the bicentennial" said Julio Borges of the Primero Justicia party, referring to each  ever closer political and economic society in both countries.
Julio Borges also complained of the presence of thousands of Cubans faithful to the Castro tyranny to work with the Chavez regime, as  presence of the Caracas government paid to send about 90,000 barrels of crude oil to the island.
The opposition also criticized Chavez dependence with Russia which has made heavy loans to purchase weapons and as China, Belarus and Iran.
General characteristic of totalitarian governments is the use of such acts for self promotion, presenting an image of power is far from the democratic values of freedom and, more Moreover, to solve the problems of citizens.
S:The American / Agencies

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The Caucus OF JUDAS

By: Atty. Sergio Ramos *
Executive Director
Frente para la Libertad Total de Cuba
Puerto Rico
New Cuba
February 24, 2008

Judas Iscariot is a detestable character present in all human group. Are those that sell their consciences to satisfy their egos and personal ambitions putting their interests to justice, duty, friendship, loyalty, family and the homeland.
Now just just conclude the meeting in Havana entitled "Cuban Residents Abroad against the Blockade and Terrorism. "appeared in 34 129 residents countries. It was not any outside Cuba, but Cubans " engaged and active in major battles "waged by the dictatorship. The conclave is an agent of tyranny. This is the summit. But few months ago, there were other preliminary meetings in different parts Isle of Cuba.
It is composed of all the dross traitors to the people and the homeland that have rallied to the dictatorship and its excesses and who serve on the outside of informants, agents and agents auxiliary of the worst dictatorship that has been the American continent. They with its slavish support for the regime are complicit in the systematic violation of human rights to the Cuban people. From the genocide of men, women and Children as was the slaughter of the tugboat "13 de Marzo" are accomplices blockade imposed by the dictatorship has freedom of the Cuban people. Son those supporting the repression, imprisonment and torture of opponents Fighting for freedom and democracy in Cuba. They are those who applauded imperialist and mercenary wars in Africa of the Castro regime that cost thousands of life to young Cubans. They are co-responsible for the division of family I think Cuban tyranny. They are co-authors of exploitation, blackmail and robbery victims that are Cubans who are traveling to Cuba to see her family or send them medicine for his countrymen the dictatorship denies the Cuban people. They are clapping and recreated when they see a Cuban being killed in a firing squad. They are those who support terrorism of the five spies who pretended actions of espionage and sabotage in the pluses U.S. military in South Florida, which caused the tip that allowed the General Raul Castro organize operating coward to break down civilian aircraft of the Brothers to the Rescue, killing the only intended to save lives of men thrown overboard by oppression dictatorial.
Have had the nerve to suggest, by the mouth of Alarcon, the majority of Cubans in outdoor this against the regime. That are not "traitors to the revolution." Vicious lie. They seem to forget as fascist mobs Castro were released for attacking Cubans who wanted to leave the country to seek freedom. It seems forget them as they confiscated everything they have before leaving your country where they can not be due to asphyxia caused by lack of freedom.
These lackeys of the dictatorship were received by the highest level ombudsmen: Ricardo Alarcon, Perez Roque, Abel Prieto and others. To secure his unconditional servility, sent a letter to the late dictator Fidel Castro politically charged praises the murderer creeping higher the Cuban people. Also, did his act of genuflection in new dictator General Raul Castro successor to express unconditional support to continue in the power oligarchy tiranizante.
The purpose of the event, stands as the ruling Cuban press is "to exchange experiences, propose new actions and improve coordination mechanisms and communication "What are these" New Shares "what are the purposes pursued after this meeting?
Its aim is to develop plans and strategies to defend the perpetual dictatorship from abroad and creating confusion between exile and the world public opinion. Create distortion concept in the media to see the exile and emigration economically and otherwise. It is very likely to try to start that are projected as most of the so-called diaspora and exile as the least trying to monopolize the media. All this leads one purpose: to oppose any action taken other governments in the world against Castro's dictatorship. Try saving repeal the law of life and liberty ( The Cuban Adjustment Act), to justify continuing dictatorial divide weaken exile abroad striving to restore freedom to Cuba.
The Conclave of Judas has met and now leave the world to spread the weeds and poison rise to the Castro regime.
But exile should begin to put an end to these merchants of slavery of the Cuban people. Must begin to denounce, expose them and confront them in all areas where there is a community of exiles, because these infiltrators tyranny are the tentacles on the outside of the oppressors of the Cuban people. Son enemies of the Cuban people in Cuba and its freedom. Traitors Enough!

* Mr. Sergio Ramos is immigration lawyer in Puerto Rico, and fervent fighter for freedom in Cuba and is Chief Executive Officer Freedom Front for the Total de Cuba

Castro and company deaf to the frustration of the Cuban

The scheme is in trouble, both in the national arena as internationally, and is not even able to look past their own find a solution
El presidente Raúl Castro saluda al nuevo Fiscal General de la 
República, Darío Delgado
President Raul Castro greets the new Attorney General Republic, Dario Delgado

Things not going well for the regime in Havana and not simply  understand.
On April 4, Raul Castro said at the close of Congress Communist Youth Union: "The economic battle is today more than ever, the main task. " Yes, the economy is a battle, but only because the regime stubbornly refused to deal with market. Yes, state enterprises must dispose of up to one million workers on the payroll, but the regime refused to legalize small business sector. Yes, the state is paternalistic and unfortunately unproductive agriculture, but who we are to blame but those in power for too long?
Since early March in Havana are rumors circulating over a corruption scandal. Involved a high overall  great pedigree and a veteran revolutionary Chilean businessman close ties to Fidel Castro. Authorities Cubana  Airport, Customs, the Ministry of Transport and agencies travel were using planes to transport airline  unofficially passengers. Will is taking a stealthy  privatization among old revolutionaries?
But it is in the international arena where the regime is in its greater distress. Orlando Zapata's death and William's decision Fariñas of a hunger strike on February 24 have been  check to the government. The Cuban leadership is limited only to see the global outcry over the death of Zapata a vast conspiracy. For Fariñas life-saving should be freed only two dozen political prisoners in poor health.
In the UJC, Castro also said: "We will not yield to blackmail ever, of any country or group of nations that are powerful, no matter what happens. "It draws itself cornered when all you have to do is look at the regime's past to find a solution.
In 1968 Fidel Castro dismissed the Minister Ramiro Valdes Interior and put forward Sergio del Valle MININT. Del Valle improved prison conditions, prisoners began discussions with policy and established a plan to free them. Recently the Attorney General of the Republic, Juan Escalona, was removed from office and 16  April Dario Delgado took possession of the prosecution. Why Havana  does not take note of their past and trace another way to settle the crisis Current?
Why the release of two dozen political prisoners by humanitarian grounds is such an affront to the "principles" of 3600 regime when they were released in the late 70? The leadership  Then she felt safe and thought that the Cold War would last forever. Washington and Havana were fixed, what coverage provided the regime to release prisoners.
The scheme is now facing a restless society, especially young people who have known only hardship and leaders who live in the past. In 2005 Fidel Castro warned that the revolution could only be defeated from the inside, and I agree. Only that its recommendations  -Keep the good ideas, eliminate markets, never do concessions, are a recipe for disaster. Maybe Raul and of his generation know it, but decided not to challenge Commander.
In any case, the corruption scandal continues confirmed that certain sectors of the elite also worried. Officials at second and third levels are likely to be pulling  hair before such intransigence, when would be so easy end the international outcry with only free the prisoners!
Interviewed by the Argentine newspaper Page 12The singer Silvio Rodriguez said: "I think we should overcome the logic of the Cold War and that our policy should be articulated with the one policy. I do not mind if I say that I released by pressure. I know I did it because you have to change the old logic, because we can be prisoners of our past forever. " But thinking beyond the Cold War means opening the economy, attention to new ideas and compromise. There is no squaring the circle.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the late '70s and Today is that the demand now comes from Cuba. It is not only that the strikers have demanded the release of prisoners, but that many in government are wondering what problem is if they are released. Or did not help release Spain in its argument against the EU Common Position European and resume dialogue with Washington?
But that's going downhill, they would say Fidel, Raul and the rest of the gerontocracy. What would come next? Will you sign a cooperation treaty with the European Union with a democratic clause? "Legalizing sector small business? To publish the interview with Silvio in Youth  Rebel?
S: Encuentro en la Red

Lady in White, brutally attacked, in extremis Delicate Health

broken_chains-zJuana Gómez Riego was brutally assaulted by  Castro's state security as he went along with the Damas  Blanco in Havana during the day of 7 days in commemoration of  the Black Spring of 2003. The beating he received at the hands of repressive forces caused his floating rib fractures, abdominal swelling and other symptoms of serious injury. Not satisfied  this, the political police had repeatedly interfered to prevent receive medical care, so is in a state extremely poor health without knowing the complete diagnosis their situation.
Gomez integrates Irrigation women support the Ladies in White, women who have solidarity with the claim of freedom given by the family of victims of the crackdown of 2003.
"They gave me a push and I fell on  I cracked a tube and the two floating ribs. I have them detached. The tube is put on my stomach under those ribs.  He almost killed me, "Juana Gómez Riego reported by telephone to Directory.
"At this moment I am very poor health and I have a large swelling in the liver and spleen, I have many palpitations, high blood pressure and am waiting on my  house to see what happens, "said Gómez Riego.
According to Gomez and his daughter Irrigation, effective  Security of the State, including the Fe Héctor Freire, head of  confrontation with the opposition in Villa Clara, interfered with first medical treatment in hospital Calixto García in the City  Havana, then in the Military Hospital in the province of Villa Clara  for the third time in the hospital Arnaldo Milian Castro at Santa Clara. Its  interference on the decisions and diagnoses of doctors and nurses in hospitals in which it was proved denied medical treatment and again under a strange and contradictory reasons, urging him to stay home.
On the third occasion, Gómez Riego says Dr. Dianelys Reyes Arnaldo Hernandez in the hospital Milián Castro responded with urgency, an attitude completely changed after that it will disappear for an hour accompanied by agents of State Security.
"When I take [the hospital] I well attended at the time [Dr. Reyes Hernández] but after these men took her to the hospital corridor when returned, he returned with a different attitude. I told my family 'is now well, take them, 'and the outside was all the staff  Security, "said the activist.
"I blamed the Cuban government for what might happen to my mom because my mom right now is very sensitive, "said his daughter to the Board Daini Sánchez Gómez Democratico Cubano.

S: La Nueva Cuba, Cuban First Newspaper in the Internet-Monday, April 19, 2010 20:54 Santa Clara - Directorio Democrático Cubano.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 01:20

Catholic cardinal says Cuba impatient for change

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HAVANA (Reuters) – The leader of Cuba's Catholic Church said Cubans were impatient for change to get the country out of what he called a "very difficult situation" in an unusually blunt interview published on Monday. Cardinal Jaime Ortega told church publication Palabra Nueva (New Word) there was a national consensus that the government should "make the necessary changes quickly" to end "economic and social difficulties" on the communist-led island. "Its delay produces impatience and unease in the people," he said. "Our country is in a very difficult situation, certainly the most difficult we have lived in this 21st century," said Ortega, whose public statements are generally cautious. Cuba is still suffering the effects of three hurricanes that struck in 2008 and of the global financial crisis that so depleted the island's cash reserves that the government stopped paying bills to many foreign suppliers. President Raul Castro, who took over from ailing older brother Fidel Castro in February 2008, has been criticized for not doing enough to modernize Cuba's state-dominated economy. He has said changes must be made carefully to ensure the survival of Cuban socialism after his generation is gone. Ortega, 73, said the longstanding U.S. trade embargo against Cuba also affects the island, as do "the limitations of the type of socialism practiced here." Relations between the Catholic Church and Cuba's communist government were highly contentious in the years following the 1959 revolution, but improved since the 1998 visit of Pope John Paul II. Ortega said the church believes Cuba should release its estimated 200 political prisoners and called for the United States and Cuba to do more to improve relations. The cardinal lamented the February death of jailed dissident hunger striker Orlando Zapata Tamayo, as well as the harassment of the dissident group "Ladies in White" by government supporters in recent public protests. On Sunday, nine of the women dissidents were shouted down and jeered for two hours by 100 government supporters who crowded around them while they stood in a circle on Havana's Fifth Avenue. They are demanding the release of husbands and sons imprisoned since a 2003 crackdown on government opponents. "There should not be in our history this type of verbal and even physical intolerance," Ortega said. Cuban leaders say the dissidents are mercenaries working with the United States and other enemies to topple the Cuban government. (Reporting by Jeff Franks; Editing by Pascal Fletcher and Todd Eastham)

Poll shows Americans want better ties with Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A majority of Americans believe the United States should improve its long-strained relationship with Cuba and reestablish diplomatic and business ties, an opinion poll showed on Monday. A Cuba Business Bureau/Insider Advantage poll of 401 people showed that 58 percent of those surveyed supported full diplomatic relations with Cuba, while 33 percent opposed it. The poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points, also showed that 61 percent believed U.S. citizens should be allowed to travel to Cuba and 57 percent thought Washington should allow U.S. companies to do business in Cuba. The United States has lifted some limits on Cuban Americans traveling and sending money to Cuba and initiated talks with Havana on migration and mail service. But U.S. President Barack Obama has said the economic embargo will stay until Cuba improves human rights and frees political detainees. (Reporting by Deborah Charles, Editing by Sandra Maler)

Dead letter 
By Laritza Diversent

HAVANA, Cuba, April (www.cubanet.org) - Recently, members of the Ministry of Interior, read a communicated to the Damas de Blanco, which will impose certain condition for the exercise of their legitimate right to manifest. Is this legitimate action?
In Cuba, the right of assembly and demonstration is recognized in the Constitution. However, the Cuban legislature not defined the content of this law or the limits imposed by the tenure, as they often do modern constitutions.
For its part, the behaviors Penal Code undermine the legitimate exercise of the right to demonstrate. In its Article 292 punishes that, in breach of the provisions laws, prevent the holding of a lawful assembly or demonstration, or  that a person attend to them. If the crime is committed by a public official, abuse of office, the penalty is doubled.
Similarly, Article 209, as part of crimes against public order, provide for penalties for those participating in meetings or demonstrations with violation of the provisions governing the exercise of those rights. Triples the penalty for the organizers of the same.
Note that the rules, to qualify either as a criminal action, refer to other laws. Analyzed  the issue here, the question arises: Who are committing a crime, the  Cuban authorities to prevent the exercise of a right constitutional or Damas de Blanco, the manifest?

The answer is simple: none. Until now has not legislated any provision governing the content and scope of right of assembly and demonstration. The proof is in the statement that  Security agents of the State read to the Damas de Blanco, and the senior officer appointed Samper, allowed Laura Pollan copy a snippet:

"According to international practice, only perform a tour in the area of the church of Santa Rita Keziah, from 30th Street up to 22, the central passageway, without affecting the  transit, with the participation of the Damas de Blanco, and ten of support.  On each occasion that will be used this scenario, the person or  assigned so inform the PNR Trench Street, 72 hours before. "
As you read, the Cuban government, represented members from the Ministry of the Interior, referred to the practice  international and not a legal provision of its legal system, to justify its decision.
Both criminal law, which protects the exercise of law and preventing illegal demonstrations are inapplicable.  Conclusion, the right to demonstrate in Cuba is a simple formula legal, is constitutionally recognized, but not guaranteed exercise. Another proof that the Constitution is a dead letter.
S: Cubanet


Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, Secretary of State Latin America: "Now is the time to reflect a change over Cuba "

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The EU-Latin America Caribbean will be held within a few days in Madrid.

By Consuelo Alvarez de Toledo, Infolatam Director.
For Spain, now president European Union, the EU-Latin America Caribbean to be held  within a few days in Madrid is one of the events of "ringing in fat. " The Secretary of State for Iberoamerica, Juan Pablo  LaiglesiaHopes that the big Latin American meeting with  Europe go beyond mere diplomatic protocol. Cuba is one of the key policy meeting.

Juan Pablo de la Iglesia, nuevo Secretario de Estado de España 
para America Latina→ "In relation to Cuba, we believe that it is time to consider whether the instrument we have is  best when the bilateral relationship the world has changed. "

→ "The 'coup d'etat from the State' are somewhat perfectly possible, and that is Hitler, as a possibility from  democratic rules. But in Latin America do not see it, not now. I respect the formal democratic and massive support for new approaches. "

→ "The leadership of the world beyond Brazil Latin America because Brazil is a global actor that looks beyond Latin America. "

→ "Although there have been elements that make change trend, of more attention, more openness, more presence without Obama has not finished yet to realize a defined strategy. Y That still leaves some dissatisfaction. "

→ "It was with Venezuela a major Hispanic-Venezuelan agreement where there is a clear condemnation of terrorism, cooperation without limits that has passed unnoticed ... And the interest in combating terrorism are best served by dialogue and collaboration with confrontation. "

Question .- What are the objectives of Spanish government to the May summit between the European Union and Latin  Latin Caribbean?
Juan Pablo de Laiglesia: "There is now good prospects for the summit is one of the most important events, a landmark that will make a substantial relations with Latin America. The Summit is aimed at fleshing out the strategic alliance between Europe and Latin America as global partners. The summit to synthesize the new look, recognizing each other as global partners as actors to solve problems. (Continued)

Q. - And that global relationship in which issues are likely to take effect?
J.P.  of Laiglesia: In addition to the specific topic of innovation, the new bi-regional partnership for the development of technology, discussions feature a new financial architecture and change and climate issues that transcend regional relations.
P. -  When the focus of international attention is on other regions,  To what extent is this important global relationship between Europe and Latin America?
J.P. of Laiglesia: In Europe we have very fine-tuned the instrument performance with the Treaty  Lisbon facilitates joint action. It is true that countries  Latin America have not developed that capability, but some have individually acquired a greater role in the global scene, there are three countries in the G20, have an important role in Copenhagen are global providers of goods, all to walk democratic consolidation, European allies in the defense of democracy and human rights
Michelle Bachelet, Cristina Kirchner, Barack Obama y Lula da Silva 
 Q. - Do you think that Obama has forgotten America America, the United States has no interest in the region?
J.P.  of Laiglesia: Obama, from the beginning, with their gestures and attitudes raised high expectations in Latin America and among whom we give importance to become Latin America. What has happened is that has taken much longer to materialize their orientations.  Although there have been elements that marked change in trend, more attention, more openness, more presence, but Obama has not concrete finished a defined strategy. And that still leaves a some dissatisfaction, it is still waiting for concrete, more attention ....
Q. - Is Spain the bridge between the Union Europe and Latin America?
J.P. of Laiglesia: In Spain, I do not see it as a bridge but as an engine, such as motor  a relationship with a partner with whom we share values and important interests, a vision of the future and the world. When Europe now comes from the enlargement process and are incorporated in countries whose top priority is not included Latin America, Spain should be "the entertainer". There is in these countries a lack of attention to Latin America because of its internal problems or those of other areas, we can not allow it to be translated into lack of interest Latin America. The Lisbon treaty, which gives a voice to the EU reassess our role in European politics.
P. - Spain also has its presence in Latin America and sometimes invoking the defense of corporate interests to explain Spanish position in certain conflicts.
J.P.  of Laiglesia: Spain remains the European country with economic and political relations with Latin America more stable. It is not  true that only takes into account the business interests because can not confuse the interests of the state enterprises, are  of national interests as a whole, but not replaced.
Q. - I mean for example, Venezuela.
J.P.  of Laiglesia: That does not correspond to reality. The Government's responsibility is to maintain all relationships with Latin American countries to defend our interests are shared values, cooperation, economic and consular. Must a synthesis of that set.
Q. - Well, that State is not an "agent" of the companies ...
J.P.  of Laiglesia: .... I have not got that impression. What comes to public opinion are factors in the whole relationship because the explanations do not totally understood. There are issues important that never quite break into the media clearly and  forcefulness.
Q. - What are they?
J.P.  of Laiglesia: For example, judicial cooperation in combating against terrorism. There was an important agreement with Venezuela Hispanic Venezuela where there is a clear condemnation of terrorism the Venezuelan government, in cooperation without boundaries, a willingness  collaboration policy states that have gone unnoticed ... It is a  blame the media. But there are very substantive issues to which no  have been given importance. I mean, beyond all this, for which the Government works in foreign policy is for set of national interests and they are naturally very important to the fight against terrorism. And the interests of the fight against terrorism we are best served by dialogue and collaboration with the confrontation.
Chávez, Evo Morales, Rafael Correa y Daniel Ortega con Manuel ZelayaQ. - The ideological divide between Latin American countries "Creates difficulties in relations with the European Union?
J.P.  of Laiglesia: The starting point the reality that in America at this time there are different conceptions of social organization and  policy. Most have opted for a traditional structure of liberal model, based on political parties, with some reforms. Y others have opted for more radical procedures in which collective rights take precedence over individual, with a vision more critical of the global impact that is mixed with reappearance of values related to indigenous peoples, in cultures originating. Upon all this in the context of rules This is reflected democratic is that societies face of necessities of life differently ....

Q. - some Latin American think tanks are warning about the danger of "Coups since the State" ...
J.P. of Laiglesia: The "coup d'etat by the state" are somewhat perfectly possible, and that is Hitler, as a possibility from  democratic rules. But in Latin America do not see it, not now. I respect the formal democratic and massive support for new approaches. In Bolivia, a revolution with the support broad majority of citizens. In Venezuela there is a approach of political values has been done with the support of and citizens through democratic mechanisms. Our first attitude is that of respect to these ways of understanding social life and proximity to politics and know what your changes predictable.
Q. - Let's talk about Cuba. Was he trying the Spanish Presidency to change the common position of the European Union  Cuba and has been frustrated that intention?
J.P. of Laiglesia: Let me qualify what was intended in relations  with Cuba. The first point is that Cuba could not be absent from effort of the Spanish Presidency for relations between Europe  and Latin America improve. Cuba has to be part of this effort. The European Union's relations with Cuba, founded on Common Position of 1996 - which is a tool that is unilateral and exceptional in relation to third-has not moved in these last thirteen years and also produced no results. From 96 to  all the others here have moved: USA, Cuba, all countries relationship with Cuba have normalized their relationship, the countries themselves  Europe, some have strengthened their relationship and the Commission itself Europe has begun to develop cooperative relations and these days produced a strategy document for the future of relations cooperation ....
Q. - And then, what is going to propose Spanish presidency?
 CastroJ.P. of Laiglesia:We think it has time to consider whether the instrument we have is the  appropriate when the bilateral relationship with Cuba everyone has changed and we could not deliver results. Given that we must develop policies that better protect the interests and obtain  results, Spain which is proposed to begin the process of reflection between  27 about whether the PC is the most appropriate or whether it would not change  and spending and a new paper. To do this we carry collective reflection serene.
P. - The death of Orlando Zapata and the problems with the dissidents will they have warped the picture?
J.P.  of Laiglesia: Recent developments in Cuba have been painful and regrettable. These facts are a stimulus for reflection whether we are doing what we can to change things in Cuba.  Is that we, indeed, believe us that change in Cuba have it to do, they will do, Cubans!. To us to accompany and  must preserve the capacity for dialogue and support, much  better served by dialogue.

Q. - Do you see any possibility  change after the first time mandate of Raúl Castro?
J.P.  of Laiglesia: Will change ... when they decide do so. The rest is speculation, as when the Franco regime. That occurs in every moment of regime change, not really know what going to happen and I prefer not to waste time on speculation and preserve it to be ready ...
Q. - In these bursts China  global relations as powerful actor in relations economic and commercial.
J.P. of Laiglesia: Do not try to look for trouble. China has pursued a distinguished road to weather the crisis better than Europe and USA. In terms of leadership,  China's presence in Latin America is the consequence of the role of  emergence of a new global player that is increasingly been gaining a  space widening. China is still China. I worry more the amount of bonds in the U.S. for China's hands China's presence in Latin America. This presence does not necessarily be contrary to the interests of Spain and Europe or inconsistent with a model of society. It is a relationship with a very commercial ... political flash.
Q. - Who has more influence on Latin America?
J.P. of Laiglesia: Already we are not in times of hegemony and this is part of the world emerging that the whole leads to a multilateralism, emergence of a world where there is no hegemony. It is a world multipolar translated into equal partners everywhere. Be optimistic things happen, many things happen at different points view, friction. Latin America, I agree with Carlos Fuentes, is at a critical time, you feel in control of its destiny, fighting for nationwide find out their problems, developing new regional integration mechanisms, is open to the world and is becoming most important and recognized in the international arena.

P. -  How does the growing regional leadership of Brazil?
J.P.  of Laiglesia: Brazil's leadership the world beyond Latin America because Brazil is a global actor that looks beyond Latin America. By their international significance and the Lula's political wisdom that has helped to enlarge this leadership.
Q. - Venezuela, for example, if you intended to influence other countries
J.P. of Laiglesia: The leadership in Latin America historically have changed sign, there  a struggle between the large but I would say that it does not arise in these terms of country. And what he says about Venezuela, there are two conceptions different, a clash of ideas but not leadership.
Juan Pablo de LaiglesiaQ. - How are the relations with Honduras? Will you attend the President Wolf at the summit with the EU?
J.P.  of Laiglesia: The attention of all countries is set on Honduras. Wolf has been President and courageous attitudes taken steps in the right direction of San Jose agreements  the restoration of democratic normality. But still missing some commitments to fulfill as the establishment of the Commission Truth and you begin to have results of the national dialogue. Spain is confident that soon we can assist their return to Central American institutions, first, and Latin American regional later. He has been invited to the Summit itself.
P. - Did they speak at the Summit on Violence and drug trafficking?
J.P.  of Laiglesia: I have the impression that we are not dealing adequately the problem of violence in general and its manifestations of drug trafficking in the region. It is a problem not support national solutions, which calls for intensive consultation among all the States concerned and we lack the instrument and mechanism for discussing these issues enter into policies and actions. As this occurs continue with bilateral, subregional, which  certainly provide a service but are not sufficient as we are seeing. This theme has a negative impact on the level brutal institutional living, governance.
Madrid, April 17, 2010

The presence of Asturias abroad.

Cuba paid the 23 million signatures Asturian arrears

The Cuban government is interested in the manufacture of towers wind.

20/04/2010 Maria D. DIAZ
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Nas RL Cuban authorities yesterday assured payment of the debt it has with some companies of Asturias. That was the commitment of the First Deputy Minister of Trade and Investment Foreign Carricarti Antonio Corona, during a meeting he held  with the President of the Principality, Vicente Alvarez Areces, to the absence of the minister who is in Venezuela to accompany the President Raul Castro at the summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for Americas (ALBA). Previously, Areces had shown a willingness to develop trade but reinforcing and giving security legal companies already established and open new investment in priority areas for the Cuban government.
Of the nine firms in the institutional delegation  trade with Cuba, not all charges are pending. According to sources Government of Asturias, the debt amounts to 23 million euros, of which  21.5 are concentrated in three companies. The rest are small amounts to some small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is negotiation process. These amounts are accumulated since July 2008.
Principality president explained that most of the 38 Asturian companies operating in Cuba have no problem. The Deputy Minister pledged to "resolve the outstanding charges three are pending with the flexibility to standardize situation. "
The president of the Chamber of Commerce of Cuba, Pedro Alvarez also reaffirmed his country's interest that the Asturian companies remain in Cuba.
The meeting was also attended by Deputy Minister Antonio Sabino  president of the Chamber of Commerce Aviles, owner Electro Supply Company, Inc., which has been doing business in  the island since 1991 and whose store also has electrical equipment outstanding payments. Sabino said the main problem affects SMEs, where the lack of income from 300,000 to 500,000 euros can lead them to bankruptcy. He said that every entrepreneur assesses the risk assumes that, in the case of Cuba, signed contracts to 360 days  recovery period but right now accumulate up to two years. "Only we want a guarantee, "he said.
Consuelo Busto, the company has since 1994 Mayador maintaining trade relations with Cuba. "We charge provided  pay us well, "he said. His signature bill between 300,000 and 400,000 euros.
The meeting also addressed the new niche Future investment companies can make on the Caribbean island. Among them some Asturian company could come to make the towers for wind power and can open a business with aluminum rolled products for the canning of traditional Cubans.
Ambassador of Spain in Cuba, Manuel Cacho Quesada, highlighted the  presence of President of Asturias to solve problems "Because dialogue is always looking for solutions," he said.
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The Cuban church defends dialogue with the United States

By Efe - Agency - 20/04/2010

Havana | Efe

The Archbishop of Havana, Jaime Ortega said Thursday that Cuba is in a "very difficult, "the Church has historically everything possible" to that political prisoners are released and the need for a dialogue with the United States.
In an interview with digital edition of the magazine "New Word", Cardinal Ortega commented on these and other Cuban current affairs as acts of repudiation against the Ladies in White, relatives of dissidents prisoners since 2003, or the hunger strike the opponent Guillermo Fariñas.
Respect  political prisoners, the archbishop said that "the Church has done historically all it can be released not only patients, but also others. "
For his part, former Cuba's President Fidel Castro said his country will never give to "Blackmail and media terror" in an article released by means  officers.
Cuba "has never given nor yield to the media blackmail and terror. They are historical facts that proven, "writes the still first secretary of the Communist Party  Cuba in the last of his "Reflections."
Castro dedicates  bulk of his new column to Venezuela and its president, Hugo Chavez with whom he met last Thursday for three hours, revealed in his article, but gives no details of the topics covered in this meeting.
Former Cuban leader also uses its new Article to congratulate the holding of Venezuela Bicentenary of the beginning of the process of independence for extol  Chávez.

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Fidel said that Cuba will not give in to "blackmail and terror media"
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The former President of Cuba Fidel Castro terrorists yesterday described the media who have criticized the regime for the crisis of dissent.

Cuba "has never ceded or give in to blackmail and terror media. Rather than historical facts are proven, "writes the still first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba in the last of his" Reflections ", devoted almost entirely to praising Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, on the occasion of the bicentennial celebration of Venezuela independence from Spain.

Castro, who met with Chavez on Thursday said, "He is now the person most concerned about the rule, by its ability to influence the masses."
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Cubans fleeing the Castro dictatorship ... but through  of Venezuela

Cubans want to escape from the Cuban dictatorship  is not secret, but the novelty is that now they do on the island, but for Venezuela. This is the case of some 2,000 Cuban doctors, those of that the Castro regime feels so proud of the system beyond while working in Venezuela.

Hugo Chavez talks with Raul Castro at the National Pantheon in Caracas (Venezuela) | EFE
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From  2003 Venezuela receives thousands of Cuban doctors for, supposed to serve the most disadvantaged areas of the country and thus, by least according to the official version of Hugo Chavez, pay enormous amount of oil that "sells" and sent to Cuba. The government Bolivar says nearly 15,000 professionals are present although defectors speak to about 40,000.
One of the main justifications used by proponents of Castro brothers' regime is the high level of Cuban doctors and  of its health system, which in this case is false, just as has been proven. Now are precisely those physicians who the dictatorship is so proud that more fleeing. But they do not from the island, which is quite difficult, but use travel  require them to perform abroad.
According to Colombian newspaper has revealed the WeatherNear 2000 Cuban doctors participating in the program, Chavez called Barrio Adentro "Dedicated to caring for the poorest in the country and that last Friday was seven years have left the country to cross  Venezuela's western border, through the state of Zulia  reach the department of Norte de Santander, Cúcuta its capital. The vast majority of them they do putting their lives at risk and  achieve their goal after many hours.
The particular case that tells the newspaper is that of a professional Cuban meets another in the bus station Maracaibo, capital of Zulia, and that is a compatriot also wants to flee Cuba and Venezuela. One of them thought the other could be a agent of the dictatorship, about 60,000 that living in the country to care for Chavez and follow them themselves nearby. As one woman tells, what they feared most was found  one of them. They call them "The law" and have military grade:  "He weaves a network of informants within the same doctors. So no  spoken to anyone about the idea of escaping, nor with the family! If you say on a call, you are intercepted, if you say in an e  mail, you infiltrated. "Eventually, you came to find up  eleven o'clock that day he decided to run away to get to Colombia.
However, as has Marisol Gomez Giraldo, editor The TimeThis group came out to meet with members of the Guard Venezuela, who were confiscated in the first place their passports.  After nearly an hour in detention, a woman came to ask money  exchange for his freedom. The price of Bs 10 million, is say 1,700 euros, A figure higher than what they had Cuban doctors managed to save. Fortunately for her, among all could arrive at a figure very close, allowing them to continue their way down to Colombia.