Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Montaner said that Foreign Minister Moratinos was " wrong "and  that Cuba " use " the Spanish Government

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 21:06

Cuban writer and journalist Carlos Alberto Montaner considered  that the Cuban regime is "using" the Spanish Government change the policy of the European Union ( EU) to the island, " but changing the nature of the dictatorship. "
Speaking to reporters after the presentation today in Madrid A revised edition of his book " Journey to the Heart of Cuba, " Montaner said that " in the speeches of some politicians seem to Spanish  fault that there are political prisoners in Cuba has the EU when The culprit is the Cuban dictatorship itself . "
"We have to thank the Spanish Government that they will accept and granted work permits, but we must also ask you to insist on  the common position, which is what corresponds to the essence of Spanish democracy and what the EU stands "
Coinciding with Today 's arrival to Spain with their families seven Cuban prisoners released, The writer noted that the role of the Spanish Government you think "generous" as long as "come voluntarily, because or it will be like going from the penalty of imprisonment to the exile. "
"We have to thank the Spanish Government that they will accept and granted work permits, but we must also ask you to insist common position , which is what corresponds to the essence of  Spanish democracy and what the EU stands "He said.
But he said Montaner, "I think the Chancellor Moratinos is wrong to try to use this episode to lower European pressure on the dictatorship ".
"It's not good for Spain , nor to the EU because it contradicts their principles , values and even their documents, and of course not good for the Cuban society , "he added .
For the Cuban journalist and writer , which makes the European Union "Is what to do, what they asked the Spanish in the fight against  Franco, firmly against the dictatorship and solidarity with the Democrats. "
The role of the Catholic Church in the negotiations as described as "very important "Because " the Cuban government needed a partner that was not within their own institutions " , as the Communist Party or the National Assembly People's Power "are sounding boards designed to obey. "
But Montaner , pressure has been brought in-house  island was also an important part in the liberation of prisoners.
"The resistance within Cuba, the sacrifice of ( Orlando) Zapata Tamayo, Guillermo Fariñas strike and parades Damas de Blanco , all Cuban government led to the dilemma that  or let prisoners at tremendous cost from the point of view political and international image and put them in the wild ", said.
The reappearance of Fidel Castro, on Monday , in a program State television did not care, in their opinion, regarding the travel  Cuban prisoners to Spain.
A Fidel Castro ever consult him less, are under consideration. No longer rules Cuba, However there a kind of collective theater in which lets you play the role Nostradamus Caribbean . All simulate what they did for 50 years,  There is inertia in the adulation , "he explained .
Montaner said that " what we saw yesterday was a staging in we all play that he is still how important it was before, to maintain the system. "
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 21:06
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Russian state oil company plans to start Zarubezhneft 2011 to drill an oil well near Cuba , according to this Wednesday the president of state oil company , Nikolai Brunich .
"Our plans provide that the drilling will begin in  2011, "said Brunich to journalists in relation to Block L , as reported the Russian news agency RIA Novosti . Zarubezhneft and Cuban state oil company , Cubapetroleo , signed in November 2009 four contracts to carry out geological exploration hydrocarbon production. These contracts were the first long duration of the last 20 years between Russia and Cuba.
Brunich indicated that both parties have signed fifth contract on the site of Boca de Jaruco , a coastal village on the Havana province . The contract provides that the Russian company receives a pilot area to test methods to increase recovery oil. "If they succeed , we will extend the area of our business, " Brunich stressed .
The contracts last year have provided the Russian company participation in exploration and production hydrocarbons in four blocks. Investment in the development of blocks will be 6.5 million euros in 2010.
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U.S. Cuban rescues a drowning after 25 days adrift

7/14/2010 | Updated on 8:21 pm | Events
New York. (Europa Press) .- The authorities Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that the service Coastguard found on the coasts of Florida a citizen Cuban aboard a small ship of  polystyrene that had sailed from Cuba 25 days ago.
The Coast Guard aircraft sighted  boat about 80 miles south of the city of Marathon, located in the Florida Keys . Although at first gave impression that there was no one in the boat , later Coast Guard warned that there was a man on board. This was be a Cuban citizen who had symptoms of severe dehydration  after being adrift for 25 days. Police U.S. Border reported this incident in a statement.

Not  directly specified time when the Coast Guard identified the wreck , but reported that he left Cuba on March 20 , so most likely their rescue occurred during the past weekend.

In most Cuban migrants intercepted cases are repatriated, while that those who manage to step on U.S. soil are usually allowed to stay in the country. However, those who are intercepted at sea , and if doctors determine that need to health care , are transferred to U.S. territory , reports  the local newspaper Miami Herald.
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Expected for tonight trip to Spain of two other convicts to  Cuba

Sources speak of the release dissidents  of Hernández , who was serving 25 years in prison , and Omar Rodriguez Saludes, sentenced to two , both convicted in April 2003

Havana .- Cuban political prisoners Hernández , who was serving 25 years in prison, and Omar Rodriguez Saludes, sentenced to 27, both convicted in April 2003 , would travel Spain tonight , according to dissident sources .
Hernandez and Rodriguez will be joined on his arrival tomorrow at Madrid, first group of seven prisoners who arrived Tuesday in the Spanish capital  with a group of relatives after being released by the government of President Raul Castro.
The first travelers , coming out on Monday night , were Ricardo Alfonso González , Lester Gonzalez , Omar Ruiz , Antonio Villarreal , Julio César Gálvez , José Luis García Paneque , and Pablo Pacheco.
At a press conference praised the Catholic Church of Cuba mediation with the government for his release .
All are part of the 52 political prisoners remained in prison  of the original 75 detainees and subjected to summary trials 2003, accused of threatening state security and sovereignty country economically .
They attributed the event to the struggle of the Damas de Blanco relatives of dissidents jailed in the so-called Black Spring 2003, the hunger strike of 135 days of the opponent Guillermo Farinas  and the death of prisoner Orlando Zapata opponent .
In Madrid, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said after the group of 52 expected to be released , authorities Cuban liberate other prisoners considered the " conscience "by humanitarian agencies.
The U.S. government has praised the efforts of the Church  and Spain in the release of Cuban prisoners , who met sentence of six to 28 years imprisonment.
Reporters Without Borders said the departure of  prisoners prisons mark what it called a "incipient opening the regime. "
The first seven political prisoners released by Cuba arrived in Madrid on Monday after being escorted by police from prison to the airport where they met with their families, after completing the immigration formalities .
Elizardo Sanchez, leader of the illegal but tolerated Cuban Commission  Human Rights and National Reconciliation ( CCDHRN) , said that it is  of " banishment "and said that prisoners are removed from the country 'as if were terrorists . "
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"In Cuba, Fear is greater than the pain "

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Exhausted, but with all the strength that they provide their desire for justice , former Cuban prisoners arrived on Tuesday to Spain just granted a moment of relaxation. Serve media without a single complaint and attend events to tell their experience and continue to fight for freedom of others and all political prisoners Cuba.
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Rest does not appear to be part of the vocabulary- at least not the usual " Former Cuban political prisoners came  Tuesday at Madrid.

After seven years in prison with little contact with his family after 72 hours of  began the process of release until they landed in Barajas airport , after the excitement of meeting with family and  besides being sick, some of them, representing all - forces still found later in the day to attend an event at which presented a book of his "brother and friend " Guillermo Fariñas ("Radiography of the fears  in Cuba" Cuban Hispanic Ed. ).

On fears in Cuba spoke. Former prisoner Pablo Pacheco, One of the youngest in the first group of  dissidents arriving in Spain , says "In Cuba fear is bigger than the pain ". Pacheco was accompanied at all times for your child of eleven, "my life, " jail who separated when he was not yet five, and now does not come off of his father.

Another released already in Madrid , the doctor José Luis García Paneque , who noted that the entering prison weighed 86 kilos and now weighs just 48Stresses  that " the fear in Cuba is not a euphemism , is real " while admits that it is easy to lose him on the island.

Between excited and surprised by the interest generated , Paneque reminds his colleagues still on the island and says that "do not have ( almost) nothing to celebrate , because only we are the first advanced opponents "and there are still many  come. But he is convinced that " the changes and began. "

Paneque, who despite ill appearance shows a great strength, believes that the release of 52 prisoners started to fall in Cuban jails of the Group of 75 of the spring 2003 he created "precedent for changes in Cuba, which will occur as a cascade".

Lester GonzalezAlso overwhelmed and visibly excited ( really tired also contributes ), said that "This [release ] has been miraculous ".  In addition , said during the presentation of the book , which has Fariñas was relegated to the background , although his teammates praised and appreciated the work of the psychologist and journalist who has been risk their lives for a hunger strike demanding his release , that " for seven years [ since his imprisonment] was not surrounded by so many. "

They also thank again and again and welcome assistance in Spain, but Paneque also want to make one thing clear : "We want to contribute. No come to attack or to generate hate. We come  to be constructive".
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CUBA : Oscar Elias Biscet, THE PRISONER OF THE LOGO "Black Spring" refuses to go into Exile

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 10:11
Oscar Elias Biscet , the best known political prisoner in Cuba , has declined along with nine other dissidents to leave for Spain in case of  be released , family members said , while seven former prisoners who arrived on Tuesday pledged to Madrid continue its activities in exile .

"Everyone has taken the path that has seen fit ,''said  Ricardo Gonzalez told reporters upon arriving in Spain . "For us, Exile is a continuation of the struggle, and can fight off many forms .''

Meanwhile, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, announced that four other dissidents would be placed in freedom and fly to Madrid on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of agreement of the government of Raul Castro to release 52 of the estimated 167 political prisoners on the island within four months.
The four were identified as Omar Rodriguez , Norman González Hernández , Luis Milan and Mikhail Bárzaga .
Philip J. Crowley, State Department spokesman , said Washington wants the freedom of all political prisoners but described the release of the first seven as "development represents a positive step forward towards a greater respect for huumanos rights and fundamental freedoms .''
" All they leave prison must be free to decide for themselves if they stay in Cuba or traveling to another country,'' Crowley said , apparently referring to allegations that the Cuban authorities were  pressure on the dissidents to leave the island.
The seven released prisoners were taken directly from the prison to the aircraft that brought them together with about 30 family members Madrid " as if they were dangerous criminals ,''said Berta Soler , the wife of one of the jailed dissidents .
The Catholic Church in Cuba , who negotiated the release with Castro, has   insisted that the departures are voluntary and said 20 of 52 prisoners have agreed to leave the island . The 52 are the latest imprisonment of 75 dissidents charged in an offensive peaceful repressive , 2003. Another two dozen prisoners have been released health reasons.
Although Oscar Elias Biscet was not a party of 75, his name has been included in some versions of the list of dissidents to be released  under the agreement.
Biscet has decided not to go into exile and stay in Cuba human rights advocate , confirmed his wife , Elsa Morejon, speaking by telephone to El Nuevo Herald from Havana.
"He has always said no, and still saying no, "he added   Morejon , who spoke by telephone Saturday from prison Biscet Combinado del Este. " And I respect his position .''
Morejon said Biscet had also said that Cardinal Jaime Ortega had not phoned to ask if I wanted leave the island , as it has with most others. The Prison authorities have not said anything about a possible release.
Biscet , 49 , a doctor arrested last time in 2002 and now serving a sentence of 25 years , was arrested dozens of times between 1997 and 1999. From 1999 until today has only been 36 days in freedom. In 2007 he won the Medal of Freedom awarded by the President George W. Bush.
Morejon identified the other prisoners who refuse to go into exile - all part of the 75 - and Eduardo Díaz Fleitas , Regis Iglesias Ramírez , Pedro Argüelles Morán , Librado Linares, José Daniel Ferrer, Arnaldo Lauzerique , Iván Hernández Carrillo , Fidel Suárez Cruz Diosdado González Marrero.
Neither the Cuban nor the ecclesiastical authorities have explained why they   happen to the political prisoners who refuse to go outside when they are released. The government controls 95 percent of the economy, and often dismisses political opponents their work.
The seven former political prisoners who arrived in Madrid on Tuesday were Ricardo González Alfonso, Lester Gonzalez , Omar Ruiz , Antonio Villarreal , Julio César Gálvez , José Luis García Paneque and Paul Pacheco.
Galvez , 65 , an independent journalist serving a 15-year sentence , read a joint statement at the airport Madrid, which he attributed his release to the struggle of many Cubans for human rights .
The letter specifically mentioned hunger strikes Orlando Zapata , who died on February 23 , and Guillermo Fariñas. The latter  ended last week 135 days a protest , demanding the release of 26 political prisoners in poor health after that the Church announced that the 52 would be released.
Subsequently , Gálvez told the EFE news agency that although Raul Castro was not an '' angel ''had taken steps "that Fidel never  made .''
Ricardo Gonzalez, 60, a freelance journalist , denied seven had felt pressured to go into exile and added  that in any negotiation there must be concessions and changes position.
Six of the seven wore shirts and ties that seem to them Cuban authorities had given just prior to their release. After make a sign of victory , went to their seats prepared by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The government " will provide everything necessary for full integration into Spanish society '' but they can also choose move to another country , said Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, secretary state for Latin America.
The four prisoners to be released soon were identified and Omar Rodríguez, Hernández , Luis Milan and Mikhail Bárzaga .
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Cuba releases new photos of Fidel Castro in public

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Fidel Castro AP – In this photo released on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 by the state media Cubadebate website, Cuban former …
HAVANA – Cuba has released another round of photos of Fidel Castro in public that show the 83-year-old meeting with academics and warning them of a coming global nuclear war.
Castro is seen in the photos with wife Dalia Soto del Valle and son Tony. They were taken by another son, Alex, during a visit Tuesday to Havana's World Economic Center.
Castro appeared on state television on Monday for a lengthy interview during which he discussed nuclear conflict but not life in Cuba or promise by authorities to free 52 political prisoners.
On Saturday, Cuba released photos of Castro's July 7 visit to the National Center for Scientific Investigation.
Previously Castro stayed mostly out of the public eye since emergency surgery forced him to cede power in 2006.

Cuba frees prisoners, but Fidel steals spotlight

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HAVANA (Reuters) – As Cuba shipped off more freed political prisoners to Spain, former leader Fidel Castro stayed in the spotlight on Tuesday, making his third public appearance in the past week after four years in seclusion.
The 83-year-old comandante met with economists in Havana's Center for Research on the World Economy to ask them to think about how to create a "new civilization" after the coming nuclear war he has predicted for several weeks, according to state-run website
It published photographs by his son Alex Castro of the white-bearded, blue-shirted Castro sitting at the head of a table presiding over the meeting. Unlike in most recent photos, he was not wearing an athletic jacket.
He has been writing in Cuban media that nuclear war will soon break out when the United States, in alliance with Israel, tries to enforce international sanctions against Iran for its nuclear activities.
Before the past few days, Castro had been seen only in a occasional photographs and videos since undergoing intestinal surgery in July 2006.
But on Saturday, first a blogger, then the government said Castro had appeared on Wednesday at the National Center of Scientific Investigations and ran photographs to prove it.
Then on Monday, Castro appeared in a videotaped interview on Cuban television talking about his predicted war.
Intended or not, Castro's appearances have drawn attention away from Cuba's largest release of political prisoners since 1998.
The freeing of 52 jailed dissidents, viewed internationally as a possible turning point for Cuba, began on Monday night when the first seven were flown to Spain.
Spanish officials said three or four more were to go on Tuesday to Spain, which agreed to accept them in negotiations last week.
They were expected to leave Havana on Tuesday night flights, but Cuban officials were mum on the topic.
The release is the product of a new dialogue between the Cuban government and Catholic Church, which began in earnest in a May 19 meeting between President Raul Castro and Cardinal Jaime Ortega, leader of Cuba's Catholics.
Raul Castro took over provisionally when older brother Fidel fell ill, then officially became president in February 2008.
Cuba agreed to free the 52 men still in jail from 75 arrested in a 2003 crackdown on government opponents, but said it wants them out of the country.
The church said 20 of the prisoners have accepted Spain's offer, but it might take several months to release the entire 52, who are about a third of all Cuba's political prisoners.
Still not clear is whether those who refuse to go to Spain will be freed.
The release has raised hopes that the United States and Europe will reciprocate by taking steps to improve relations with the communist-led island.
It also has been welcomed as a sign that President Castro will respond to long-standing international pressure to improve Cuba's human rights.
Fidel Castro, who ruled Cuba for 49 years and was president when the men were jailed, did not mention the prisoners in his television interview nor was he reported to have talked of them in his other two appearances.
(Editing by Mohammad Zargham)