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Ortega’s Thugs Start Civil War In Nicaragua

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Ortega’s Thugs Start Civil War In Nicaragua
The opposition to the Sandinista government found itself under siege by members of the Frente Sandinista Liberaction Nacional (FSLN) Tuesday.

On April 20, 2010, the opposition to the Sandinista government found itself under siege by members of the Frente Sandinista Liberaction Nacional (FSLN). Opposition leaders were kept from entering the building by FSLN mobs where the Assembly was to be held. As a result, leaders decided to reconvene their session at a nearby Holiday Inn in Managua. In an attempt to cancel the Assembly once again, the FSLN leaders bused supporters, surrounded the building, and began shooting mortars at the hotel. The following day, the same FSLN sympathizers surrounded the offices of the Nicaraguan political party Bancada Democrática Nicaragüense. The leader of the party Eduardo Montealegre and 17 of his colleagues of the National Assembly were held hostage by the FSLN street rioters. Many of the FSLN sympathizers are gang members and drug traffickers that are supported financially by the Ortega government. It is critical that the U.S. government increase its concern regarding the recent rise of violent attacks funded and orchestrated by Daniel Ortega as a means to threaten and terrorize his opposition.
While the National Assembly was inevitably disbanded by the FSLN, opposition leaders were able to reach several fundamental decisions. For example, the deputies reached a quorum of 47 votes to call session to order and voted to send legislation to overturn Ortega’s decree to committee to prevent Ortega from lengthening the federal judge’s term on the Supreme Court.  The opposition standing up against the Ortega government is a critical step in ensuring that the Nicaraguan constitution remains intact. However, President Ortega has still been able to control the Supreme Court by garnishing rulings in his favor that would expand his power and disregard the Constitution. According to the Nicaraguan Constitution, the legislative branch appoints judges to the Supreme Court, not the President. In January, Ortega issued a decree to extend the length of terms for judges on the Supreme Court without legislative approval. This week, Supreme Court judges Armengol Cuadra and Rafael Solis refused to step down from their post even though their term had expired. Their refusal has further ignited altercations between the opposition and FSLN sympathizers and may eventually lead to more organized acts of violence. Furthermore, the national police have been grossly ineffective at protecting civilians and government officials during recent months, particularly during these times of increasing violent political protests.
If the police are not going to protect the citizens, opposition leaders must demand safety for their constituents. Strong leadership in Nicaragua is desperately needed to overcome its adversities. In 2005, former President Enrique Bolaños stepped out of the Presidential palace and confronted a similar violent situation as that which took place in Managua this past week. He was ridiculed and harassed by FSLN members, but still had the courage to confront them face to face. Latin American history has proven that in order to implement significant changes in oppressive government regimes, the people must unite and protest. Nicaraguans should follow in the footsteps of the Venezuelan people who protested against Hugo Chavez in a national strike in 2002. Citizens must go out in the streets and vocalize their outrage against the increasing violence and constitutional violations of Ortega’s regime. By organizing strikes and shutting down the country peacefully, they will demonstrate that the government must end the bloodshed.  Furthermore, international efforts by the United States and Latin America must provide opposition leaders the support they need in order to combat the destructive actions by the Ortega government.  The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Department of State must support the efforts of the Nicaraguan people advocating for the protection of democracy in their country. The Secretary General of the OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza, and Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, must condemn the actions of Ortega and call for peace. The Member states of the OAS need to invoke the Inter-American Democratic Charter in order to protect democracy in the western hemisphere. The OAS and the State Department ignored the violence by the same FSLN thugs in Nicaragua in November of 2009 after the municipal elections. Let us hope that they do not make the same mistake again. Presidents in Central America must also call an emergency meeting of the Central American Integration System (SICA), just as Ortega did last year to foster support for Zelaya to discuss the problem in Nicaragua. International pressure is fundamental in stopping Ortega from continuing to rip the country and its citizens apart.
Intimidation and threats cannot be tolerated and the United States needs to advocate for the continuation of a strong democratic government in Nicaragua. I personally commend and thank Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for hearing the cries of the Nicaraguan people and representing those who need a voice in Washington. The Congresswoman commented on the recent attack in Managua and stated, “Nicaragua’s Ortega sent his thugs out in full attack mode yesterday. His target? Democracy in Nicaragua. We cannot allow power-hungry tyrants to hold the region hostage again.” In addition, the Congresswoman has sent a letter to Secretary Valenzuela proclaiming that, “It is clear that Daniel Ortega has no intention of allowing his tyrannical ambitions to be challenged, even if it is at the expense of the security of the people of Nicaragua and the stability of their democracy.  However, it is incumbent upon the United States to ensure that our position is clear: we stand on the side of the people of Nicaragua, on the side of fundamental freedoms, and on the side of democracy.”  The Nicaraguan people must provide the voice and the international community should provide the support in order to curb Ortega’s democracy threatening regime. How many people have to die or be injured for Congress, the White House, and the international community to notice the horrific incidents occurring in Nicaragua? The United States and Latin America can no longer stand aside while the horrific acts that are occurring in Nicaragua are so disturbingly evident and happening in their own backyard.

Eddy Acevedo currently serves as the Federal Affairs Coordinator of Miami-Dade County’s DC Office. Miami-Dade County is the 9th largest county in the United States and is considered the Gateway to the Americas. Mr. Acevedo advocates for the County’s priorities with Congress and the White House. In 2005, he worked as Senior Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18), Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

S: Courtesy The Americano

Cuba opens up to allow more cell phones

Havana, April 24 : The number of cell phone subscribers in Cuba will exceed one million by the end of this year after the government in 2008 allowed cell phone service for ordinary Cubans, a luxury previously reserved for foreigners, companies and state agencies.

Cuba has invested some USD 150 million since 2003 to develop the island's cellular phone industry, the vice president of ETECSA's mobile services, Maximo Lafuente, said Thursday, adding that the projection for 2015 is 2.4 million subscribers.

Cell phone users will enjoy significant cost savings on calls beginning June 1. Activation cost for cell phones has fallen from the original price of USD 120 to the current cost of USD 43, while rates for national and international calls will fall by between 42 percent and 75 percent depending on the destination, Lafuente said.

The lifting of the restriction was one of the first measures Raul Castro adopted after formally succeeding ailing older brother Fidel in February 2008, along with allowing the unrestricted sale of computers, DVD players and other consumer goods.

However, 23 out of the island's 169 municipalities are still without mobile phone coverage because they are located in mountainous or swampy areas.
Article published April 23, 2010
Reunited family recalls hardships in native Cuba
Fostorians hear stories of censorship, defiance

Danashia Meekins, 16, gives a U.S. flag to Manuel Diez at Fostoria High School. He recalled his days as a political prisoner in Cuba. ( THE BLADE/DAVE ZAPOTOSKY )

FOSTORIA - Dusvany Martinez seems to have gotten used to being teased about his first trip to a U.S. supermarket.
The native Cuban held up a package of meat and exclaimed, "Who will arrest me if I buy this?"
With his wife, two children, and father-in-law at his side at Fostoria High School yesterday, Mr. Martinez laughed as he declared the cases and cases of meat in grocery stores to be the biggest surprise about America to him.
In communist Cuba, he said, people could only rarely purchase meat with their government-issued coupon books. If they bought meat on the black market, they had to hide it and hope no one reported them.
"If you were to take or have a pound of meat, you could spend 10 to 15 years in jail," Mr. Martinez said through a translator.
Stories like his stunned the city government and Spanish students gathered in the school's performing arts center to meet Manuel Diez, 72, who visited the school in 2007 and returned yesterday with his newly arrived daughter, Lisset; her husband, Mr. Martinez, and her two children, Dayanys, 11, and Darian, 6.Mr. Diez, a former political prisoner in Cuba, had not seen his daughter since he left Cuba in 1987. She was 13 at the time.
"I didn't see him for 23 years, and I actually didn't think I'd get to see him again before he passed away," Ms. Diez said through a translator. "I'm extremely happy."
Dusvany Martinez comforts wife Lisset Diez, as she hears his dad, Man-uel Diez, speak. She and her family recently arrived from Cuba.

Her father, who was imprisoned and tortured after refusing to kneel down to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, finally was released under an agreement between Cuba and the United States that permitted political dissidents who had been imprisoned for 10 years or more to be transported to the United States.
"For me, leaving my daughter when she was only 13 was the hardest thing I ever had to do, harder even than being in jail," Mr. Diez said. "I live for her. My whole life is surrounding her, and now I'm not alone anymore."
Mr. Diez, who works at Consolidated Biscuit Co. in McComb, Ohio, and became a U.S. citizen in 2006, saved for years to bring his daughter and her family to the United States. He recently purchased a home near Findlay where they are now living together.
Family members, who only speak Spanish, fielded a wide range of questions from the students - some as simple as how old the kids are, others as complex as what Mr. Diez would say to Castro if he could do so without fear of punishment.
Mr. Diez initially responded that "there is no such thing as saying something and not having a problem in Cuba," but when the student rephrased the question, asking what he would say to Castro now that he has the freedom to do so, Mr. Diez reconsidered.
"He should respect individual initiative, which is one of the things communism kills," Mr. Diez said. "No one can think for themselves. The government thinks for you."
When 11-year-old Dayanys was asked what she'd like to be when she grows up, she had no answer. It's a dream she's never had the opportunity to dream before.
Her mother said that in Cuba, careers are assigned to you by the government, and everyone, regardless of profession, earns the same meager wage.
Asked whether he still considered Cuba his home, Mr. Diez said the United States is his home and that he never would return to Cuba.
Asked whether he still would stand up to Castro if he had things to do over, he replied, "Absolutely."
"But he's not going back," his translator added.
Fostoria High School junior Paul Rodriguez said the presentation made him grateful to live in America and have the kind of freedom Americans take for granted.
"They can't have meat and you just walk into the store here and there's a whole aisle of meat," he said.
Before the Diez family left, students presented Ms. Diez with flowers, the children with stuffed animals, and Mr. Diez with a U.S. flag for their new home. Fostoria Mayor John Davoli presented them with black-and-white Fostoria T-shirts and gave Mr. Diez a brass key to the city.
"We normally give the key to the city to someone who's famous or important who's visiting the city," Mr. Davoli said. "I have given this key out many times before, but I have never been so honored to do so as I am today."
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THE CUBAN DICTATORSHIP publishes a "fictionalized biography" ON APOCRYPHA Yoani Sanchez to "discuss" and denigrate BETWEEN STUDENTS PDF Imprimir E-mail
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Saturday, April 24, 2010 9:38    

The blogger Yoani Sanchez  denounced Friday by Twitter that the regime in Havana practice  the "social stoning," the "defamation" and "demonization" against his person.

Sanchez said the government has circulated in the universities a "fictionalized biography" of his life, which the official University Student Federation (FEU) is "discussing classroom by classroom."
Speaking to DIARIO DE CUBA, author of Generation Y questioned the "ancestral tone" of government document, which addresses issues of his "inner life" as   caring for her son and her relationship with her husband, journalist Reinaldo   Escobar.
"Using institutional structures to slander the protesters, without giving such right of reply. What baseness! "Said the blogger.
According to him, to Students are "caution" in the meetings that she gives "a picture maternal to have a child, but it is a masquerade to win sympathy. "
"Today I am pessimistic there is no way that an individual can survive and machinery defamation by the government itself (...) I have doubts if I can survive this, "he said.
S: Cuba Libre Digital-Last updated on Saturday, April 24, 2010 10:34
Escrache in the Fair Cuban medical book to Hilda Molina

Buenos Aires, April 23 (NA)  - Militants groups escraches left tonight at medical Cuban dissident Hilda Molina when presenting an autobiography at the Fair Paper to be held here.
Molina, arising from the kidney of  Cuban Revolution cum Castro dissident, had attended the presentation of its book "My truth" when groups of militants Left began to insult the woman, who invoke achieving humanitarian travel from Cuba to meet here with your child.
As was informed, participants of the protest claiming the government broke Cuba, where medical presented the book in which he gave details of his departure the regime of Fidel Castro.
The professional, turned into a symbol of exile on the island took the protest to ensure that "well treated in Cuba to who think differently. "
However, despite the protest, Molina could provide details of his autobiography for half an hour.
The protagonists of were identified as protest belonging to the Argentine Movement of Solidarity with Cuba Students at the University of Buenos Aires.

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Cuba: pigeons transited with election results

The system will be used for municipal elections

LA HABANA .- Hundreds of pigeons transported once again election results of some poor Cuban localities reported in  municipal elections to be held next Sunday in all the island.
"In each of the settlements, intricate or community sites mountain where there are optimum conditions communication as traditional telephony, for example, will be required use of carrier pigeons, "said Eberto Borges, president of Pigeon Federation of Cuba (FCC).
Borges said that the electoral college which decides the use of such  birds have six copies to send to the electoral commissions each of the parties expected from start to finish.
According to the secretary of the Federation Pigeon in Holguin, Otilio Batista, in Sunday's elections will be used more than 500 pigeons throughout the province.
More than 8 million Cubans are invited to choose from on Sunday councilors and mayors in 169 municipalities of the island.
The last municipal elections took place in October 2007 participated in them 96.49 percent of Cubans summoned to the polls.
S: / ar / Agencies DPA and AFP
Cuba announces increased infected with influenza A H1N1
Saturday, April 24, 2010
April 24, 2010, 8:14Havana, 24  Apr (PL) The head of the Communicable Diseases Department Ministry of Public Health, Otto Peláez, said 93 people were infected with Influenza A virus H1N1, announced today  media.

 "For the fifth consecutive week of increases continue to occur respiratory diseases associated with the pandemic virus, broad movement throughout the country, "Pelaez explained according to the version the newspaper Granma.

The increase in infected and confirmed by the National Virus Laboratory Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kouri, occurs when the island applied over 1.1 million vaccine doses donated by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The report noticed that until now were immunized 981 000  130 for 87.4 percent of the million 124 000 selected their greater vulnerability or risk of complications caused by the  virus.

Vulnerable groups have vaccinated pregnant, children under nine years, workers with asthma and  health, airports and customs.