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Cuba's mobile phone boom sees few calls but plenty of chatter

Once illegal gadget is now ubiquitous, despite prohibitive costs, and is loosening the regime's grip on information
A man talks on his phone in Old Havana, Cuba
A man talks on his mbile phone in Havana, Cuba. Photograph: Javier Galeano/AP

Roberto Machado tapped his pocket with a smile and with some ceremony fished out the phone: a Sony Ericsson, vintage 2003. For its new owner this was no clunky relic. It was beautiful.
Machado, a 31-year-old artist, recently received it from an aunt in Spain and was enchanted. "I love it. I tell you, with this life isn't the same."
The age of the mobile phone has reached Cuba. Since being legalised by the communist government the phones, once a forbidden badge of foreign consumerism, have become a ubiquitous sight across the island.
Clipped to belts, worn around necks, endlessly fiddled with, you see them everywhere. There is, however, a Cuban twist: very few use the phone to talk.
Machado looked aghast at the idea. "Speak? As in a conversation? Never. Not once. You would have to be crazy or desperate." Calls are too expensive so the phones are used as pagers. Instead of answering, Cubans note the incoming number and call back from a landline.
Such are the calculations wrought by an impoverished, centrally planned economy where the average monthly wage is $20 (£13). Calls between mobile phones cost 65 cents a minute, and slightly more from a mobile to a landline. Even texting, at 17 cents a message, is considered pricey. A minute-long call to Europe costs $5.85.
It takes enormous sacrifice – or a foreign benefactor – for Cubans to afford the $60 handset sold in government stores and a further $50 to activate the line with Etecsa, the state telephone company. Even so, there is always a queue outside Etecsa's store on Obispo street in Havana. Many are youths in sunglasses and designer jeans – part of a generation as obsessed by brands as their western peers. "We're catching up," said Miguel, a 19-year-old.
All in the queue – faces pressed against the store window – appeared giddy at the prospect of imminent cellular connection. "They've been waiting for this a long time," said a uniformed guard at the shop entrance.
Cuba still has the lowest mobile phone use in Latin America but the number is rising fast, with 480,000 handsets for 11.2 million people, according to officials.
On one level this represents success for President Raúl Castro's promise to ease the hardships and petty restrictions which stoke resentment among Cubans at the 51-year-old revolution. Bans on DVDs and computers have also been lifted.
From the government's viewpoint, however, there is a catch. These consumer goods fan a different, rival revolution – in information. Cubans yearn for news other than state media propaganda. "I'm sick of being treated like a 10-year-old who lives on another planet," one tourism worker put it.
A gossip grapevine nicknamed Radio Bemba (Radio Lip) is the traditional way to supplement official information. The new gadgets – phone cameras, flashcards, DVDs and the occasional internet link – are now multiplying that informal network. The state monopoly over news is history.
"Even if it is not always immediately visible the arrival of new technology brings changes which bubble under the surface," said Brian Latell, a former CIA analyst and Cuba expert at the University of Miami.
Cubans are better informed than ever before, said Ruben Polanco, 29, an IT worker with a state bank. "With this," he said, indicating the camera on his Motorola phone, "the truth gets out."
Three recent examples show the technology's impact. Last month a baseball game between Industriales and Sancti Spíritus turned into a riot. Police waded into players and spectators – including a communist party chief – with batons and pepper spray. In the past the incident would have been the stuff of rumour, at most, but this time the brawl was captured on mobile phones, loaded on to flashcards, played on computers and DVD players across the island and uploaded to YouTube. "Everyone was talking about it, saying did you see the guy in the headlock," said Polanco.
Another clandestine video hit was a protest at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana where dozens of students protested over foul food and other grievances.
A third case has fuelled anger over a scandal at the main psychiatric hospital where at least 26 patients died during freezing weather in January. The authorities admitted a blunder, promised an investigation and hoped to move on. Instead, autopsy photographs showing emaciated, apparently bruised corpses were leaked. "It's one thing to hear and another to actually see," said Antonio Gonzalez-Rodiles, 37, a scientist who received the images on a flashcard. "The bodies were skin and bone, like something out of a concentration camp. It's really, really upsetting."
Unlike in Burma, Iran and other countries with repressive regimes, Cuba remains calm and stable. There are no uprisings, no mass demonstrations, so information technology poses no immediate risk to the government.
Over time, however, the technology is likely to present an increasingly fraught challenge. The sea still surrounds it, but Cuba is ever less an island.
Bloggers critical of the government, such as Yoani Sanchez, have attracted wide followings overseas and admirers at home, despite internet restrictions. Secret police have struggled to winkle out satellite TV dishes hidden in water tanks, among other places.
Cuba's government retains formidable control but a battle with information technology is likely to be a battle lost, said Dianna Melrose, the British ambassador in Havana. "They are trying to do a King Canute, they are fighting an impossible tide."

Cuba reports worst sugar harvest since 1905

By David Ariosto, CNN
Cuba's sugar industry has declined steadily since subsidies dried up with the demise of the Soviet Union.
Cuba's sugar industry has declined steadily since subsidies dried up with the demise of the Soviet Union.
  • Cuba's sugar harvest this year is its worst since 1905, state-run newspaper reports
  • Mills face an 850,000-ton deficit in production expectations
  • News comes two days after President Raul Castro fired the nation's sugar minister
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Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- Cuba's sugar harvest this year is the worst it's been since 1905, the country's state-run daily newspaper reported.
Citing poor organizational planning, the report said the country's sugar mills face an 850,000-ton deficit in production expectations, the Granma newspaper said Wednesday.
The news comes two days after Cuban President Raul Castro fired Sugar Minister Luis Manuel Avila Gonzalez, after the official requested his release because of admitted shortcomings in performance.
Avila was replaced by Orlando Celso Garcia Ramirez.
Cuba was once a world leader in sugar exportation, but the industry has faced a steady decline since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the accompanying subsidies that once boosted production on the island nation.
May 6, 2010 12:19 p.m. EDT

Second terror alert in Times Square in a week

SANDRO POZZI - New York - 08/05/2010

The central and crowded Times Square in New York yesterday to hold back breath, about to be completed one week before the assassination attempt car bomb. At the height of lunchtime, the appearance of a package suspect led police to evacuate New York for "caution" part of the theater district, full of tourists under the sun bright.

The traffic was cut away on Seventh Avenue and evicted four streets that cross it, while forces Security took care of the situation. The package, a small refrigerator, was located on 46th Street, one block from where the Pakistani U.S. citizen Shahzad Faisal planned attack Saturday afternoon.
Times Square was then completely vacated for nearly 12 hours after a traveling salesman shirts alerted authorities about a smoke coming SUV. It appeared that the vehicle was loaded material enough to cause a powerful explosion.
Yesterday all ended in a false alarm. Although the area was evacuated and there was a temporary closure of surrounding streets, the crisis lasted just an hour. And in a city over which hangs a constant threat of a terrorist attack the authorities prefer spend on prevention to run any risk.
However, in one of the most visited cities in the world, the whole operation of bomb was followed by a large number of curious posted behind the guard rails.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009


The September 12, 1998 the FBI submitted to the Federal Court of Miami a criminal complaint against 12 (twelve) living in communist Cuba Miami-Dade, accusing them of belonging to a spy network, called "La Red Avispa" and whose names were: Manuel Viramontes, Luis Medina, Ruben Campa, Rene Gonzalez, Alejandro Alonso, Antonio Guerrero, Lino Hernandez, Linda Hernandez, Joseph Silverio Santos and Amarilys that were arrested, and Remigio Virrareal Ricardo Luna, which were as large.

In accordance with the expressed in the complaint, the FBI, since 1995, knew of the "Red Avispa" because with the permission of a court, its agents had surreptitiously entered the residence of Viramontes, and there had hidden an electronic counter them allowed to record personal and telephone conversations between Viramontes and his conspirators.

A question that reportorial why they took three years to stop them, were told that during that time the spies had been under close monitoring and unknowingly had given valuable information and were planeado leave the country soon.

The complaint concerning the relationship of command within the "Red Avispa" and objectives assigned to its members: Manuel Viramontes, "Money" or "Giraldo, Cuba received instructions telling them to assign their work agents such as infiltration of the Southern Command Center United States, in Miami, tactics to disrupt the exile organizations and discredit their leaders, activities Information Naval Air Station at Boca Chica, and misinformation public opinion by manipulating the media and the telephone; and implement security measures that prevented the detection of the Network

Luis Medina "Allan" was transferred from Tampa to Miami to infiltrate the Southern Command and Boca Chica. Rubén Campa "Vicky", replace Viramontes and Medina, when they travel to Cuba to receive instructions. René González, "Castor" and "Iselin", infiltrate Brothers to the Rescue and posing as an FBI informant. Alexander Alonso "Franklyn" infiltrate the Democracy Movement and participate in their fleets as navigator. Antonio Guerrero, "Lorient" infiltrate the Boca Chica Naval Station in Key West and report daily activities of aircraft logistics, building designs and hangars and location of the trusted staff residences stationed there. Lino Hernandez "Manolo" and his wife Linda Hernandez "Judith", infiltrate, respectively CAMACOL and Alpha 66. Joseph Santos "Mario" and his wife Amarilys Silverio, "Julia" to infiltrate the Southern Command.

Ricardo Villareal Fugitives "Horace" and Moon Remigio "Marcelino" were identified as supervisors Viramontes assistants.

Between the evidence submitted in May 1999 before a federal grand jury, which issued an indictment by the shootdown of Brothers Al Rescate, which was demonstrated on 29 January 1996 General Intelligence Directorate Cuba (DGI) under the command of cutin Division General Jesús Bermúdez, put into action a plan called "Operation Scorpion", aimed to confront Brothers to the Rescue in an air attack on their unarmed aircraft. The following February, the DGI, he ordered Manuel Viramontes, whose real name is a spy Gerardo Hernandez and fugitive, Alberto Ruiz, who deserters commissioned Juan Pablo Roque and Rene Gonzalez, who HAR were infiltrated and fugitives also Ricardo Villareal Moon Remigio to inform the appropriate date and flight plan a squadron of HAR, to destroy the pretext of violation of Cuban airspace, with "terrorist."

17 February, the DGI, instructed Juan Pablo Roque "germ" and René González "Castor" not to fly with the HAR from 17 to 24 that month.

This is the true story of the "Red Avispa" Documents found by the Court. Do not tell the false muzzled press in Cuba and his minions here. From now on when you see the large propaganda that is being made for the five spies who are still in jail, we recommend Copy the above information and send it to the liars internet.

Why not speak of the other members of the network, cooperating with U.S. authorities? Is it to infiltrate and spy on the Southern Command U.S. and the important naval base areolar Boca Chica, is "to act against the Cuban counterrevolutionaries to protect our people from terrorism?

Why the press gagged, television and radio Castro, have never mentioned the other members of the Wasp Network?

As in everything, want to keep our people married to lie.

NOTE: In the original minutes of the first indictment, some of the spies are appointed by the false names they used while performing their espionage activities against this country, freedom and democracy.
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Cuban spies, decades and scales ...

Jorge Ferrer - 07/01/10

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The first problem of the decade beginning those involved the relationship between Cuba and the U.S. But does not pass through or by human rights situation in the island, not border control -Even when we've been talking this week, nor the collaboration in the control of drug trafficking, people smuggling and track hurricanes. Even through the fate of pockets of oil that could lodge in the territorial waters Cuban.
Not at all, because from Ricardo Alarcón statements todayThis decade begins with a weight problem. Weight, in the sense of measurable magnitude.
No decade of relations between Cuba and the United States had begun in cruder terms. Neither sterile.
Yes, very briefly, we can say that the 60s gave Start with the uncertainty over a U.S. invasion of Cuba, Castro geostrategic alignment with the Russians and consequent threat to the U.S., that of the '70s with a Cuba with economic and repressive mechanisms well greased and the U.S. stuck in Vietnam, that of the '80s with Mariel, political challenge both governments, and the presidency of Ronald Reagan, the '90 with Cuba sinking into poverty after losing Russian subsidies and Therefore printing "and is coming 'and the first millennium with the evidence of the survival of the regime and landscape inertia that it opened, it begins to now, the second decade of millennium, beginning at a pharmacy or, if you prefer, in a warehouse or a bathroom.
For the question that opens is nothing to establish whether the weight of a 'spy' arrested in Cuba U.S. equivalent to the weight of five Cuban spies imprisoned in the U.S. Thus began the art of become political scale.
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The Chinese economy could collapse within a year, according to Marc Faber

techno-dragons-aThe Chinese economy will slow and could be broke in a year, since stock markets and raw materials indicate that the bubble Real estate in the country is about to explode, as explained by the investor Marc Faber was quoted by Bloomberg. The expert also believes that the Shanghai World Expo, which celebrated this year, is not a good sign for the country, as it can contribute to the enhancement of the bubble and said that that was what happened in 1873. "The market is telling us that something is wrong, "says Faber." The Chinese economy will slow down anyway. It is even likely we're going to have a 'crash' sometime in the next twelve months, "believes the author of the famous report" Gloom, Boom & Doom 23
Not is the first time that Faber warns that there is "danger signals China ". Back in April made a call about the dangers of Asian giant, stressing that excessive credit expansion and prices of real estate hits were a warning.
As published, the China property bubble growing concern and more people, starting by the government of China. Beijing has a series of measures that directly affect the activity of developers to prevent them from carrying out practices help raise the already skyrocketing prices of properties.
The price of housing in some Chinese cities have soared more than 50% in March, according to Latest government statistics (in the case of Haikou and Sanya, both in Hainan Island) and the average cost increase of real estate in the 70 most important urban centers of the country was 11.7% the month past.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010  
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