Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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Will Obama Endorse Jeff Greene's Junket?

Yesterday, Florida Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Greene was assailed in Miami's Little Havana for attempting to disguise a party-yacht junket to Cuba as a humanitarian trip.

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration is considering a series of unilateral measures that would provide Greene with an even broader range of excuses for his next junket.

Makes total non-sense.

According to CBS4:

Greene Tries To Win Over Cautious Cuban Voters

Florida Democratic Senate hopeful Jeff Greene made his requisite trip to Versailles Restaurant in Miami to talk about his policy proposals with Cuban-Americans. But, Greene wasn't able to enjoy an easy day as he was peppered with questions while sipping on his Cuban coffee.

The appearance by Greene comes just days after it was revealed his yacht had spent time docked in Havana's Hemingway Harbor. Greene has offered conflicting accounts of the trip since the details were first revealed.

"You travel to Cuba, you party and your yacht in Cuba where Cubans aren't allowed to go," said a Versailles customer. "You say now that you favor the lifting of the embargo on Cuba and you want to come and have Cuban coffee and get the Cuban vote? I don't think so."

Castro's Five Newest Political Prisoners

Once again, we learn just how quickly -- and tragically -- the Castro regime can readjust its political prisoner math.

According to The Miami Herald:

Five anti-Castro protesters jailed Check Spelling

Five Cuban dissidents remained in custody 36 hours after a rare protest at the University of Havana, an iconic spot for airing grievances before the Castro revolution, activists said Tuesday.

"We are peaceful youths and defenders of human rights, demanding freedom and democracy for our country,'' Sara Martha Fonseca Quevedo is heard saying in a recording of the protest Monday morning before the group broke into chants of "Down with the Castros'' and "Freedom" [...]

Dissident Jorge Luis García Pérez "Antúnez'' identified those arrested as Fonseca, Luis Enrique Labrador, Eduardo Pérez Flores, Yordanis Martinez Carvajal, and Michel Rodríguez Luis.

Dangerous Relations With Iran and Syria

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
An excerpt from The University of Miami's new report, "Cuba's Growing Relations With Iran and Syria":

More worrisome to the United States are reports that "have uncovered covert cooperation between the two countries in the development and testing of electromagnetic weapons that have the capacity to disrupt telecommunication networks, cut power supplies and damage sophisticated computers." Furthermore, Cuba can easily provide Iran with valuable information from its sophisticated espionage apparatus. Iran is also able to obtain information on biotechnology from Cuba. In the late 1990s, Cuba began "transferring (licensing) both its medical biotechnologies and, along with the technical know-how, implicit capabilities to develop and manufacture industrial quantities of biological weapons," creating a significant security threat for the United States and Israel.

US ballet troupe to dance in Cuba for first time in 50 years

US ballet troupe to dance in Cuba for first time in 50 years AFP/Getty Images/File – American Ballet Theater(ABT) dancer Sterling Baca performing in 2009. The ABT will perform in Havana, …

NEW YORK (AFP) – American Ballet Theater, one of the leading US classical dance companies, will perform in Havana, Cuba this year for the first time in a half-century, the company said Wednesday.
The visit, part of Havana's International Ballet Festival on November 3 and 4, will mark the New York-based company's first visit to the island since 1960, according to ABT executive director Rachel Moore, who said her company eagerly anticipates the visit.
"We believe in the power of the arts to connect people and transform lives," Moore said in a statement. She added that soloists and principal dancers from her famed company will be featured at additional performances in Havana on November 5 and 6.
"We really do believe this trip in November will be a bridge between two artistic communities."
The announcement comes amid rumors that the US administration is considering easing the decades-old trade embargo against its Cold War-era nemesis.
Unconfirmed US media reports said this week that the Obama administration will soon ease some restrictions on US travel to Cuba and other sanctions following Havana's promise to free political prisoners.
The rumored changes reportedly will expand educational and cultural visits and restore the broader "people-to-people" exchanges inaugurated under the Bill Clinton administration, but curtailed by his White House successor George W. Bush.
The visit also reciprocates a trip made earlier this year to the United States by Alicia Alonso, Cuba's most famous ballerina and the head of its national ballet company.
Alonso, 90, has been an ambassador of the 1959 Cuban revolution, which set off decades of tensions with the United States including trade sanctions which continue to this day.
Alonso was the honored guest at a June 3 tribute at New York's Metropolitan Opera House for her life's achievements in ballet.
The Cuban prima ballerina and choreographer began her professional career with the American Ballet Theater, where she danced the main role in Giselle in a critically-acclaimed performance in 1943.
Although she is almost blind and now struggling to walk, Alonso still actively directs the communist-ruled island's national ballet.

Cuba cut U.S. food imports 28 percent in early '09 ...

 HAVANA (AP) -- Cash-strapped Cuba has continued to slash agricultural purchases from the U.S. even as a key bill that would ease Washington's Cuban travel ban and make it easier to sell more food to the island works its way through Congress, according to a report released Thursday.

 Imports fell 28 percent through the first six months of the year to about $220 million. That follows a 26 percent slippage to $528 million in 2009, down from a peak of $710 million the year before, according to the New York-based U.S.-Cuba Economic Trade Council.

"There are no indications that the Cuban economy is going to rebound to the extent that the Cuban government will be able to substantially increase its level of purchasing of food and agricultural products to those it reached in years past," John Kavulich, senior policy adviser for the council, said by telephone.

The island has been weakened by the global economic crisis and a drop in revenues from tourism and the natural resources it exports. It is also struggling to recover from three hurricanes two summers ago.

The council does not include shipping and transaction costs when calculating Cuban funds spent on U.S. imports, meaning its figures are lower than those Havana releases.

Still, all sides agree the communist government has reduced imports from all its major trading partners. It has made a special effort to stop buying foreign food, however, while launching campaigns to increase domestic farm production.

But so far, food output across Cuba has remained mostly stagnant, and the cuts in imports have sparked periodic shortages of such staples as rice.

U.S. farm exporters have been hit especially hard by Cuba's belt-tightening because -- despite the 48-year-old trade embargo against the island -- America is the largest seller of food to Cuba. Food and agriculture products have been exempted from the embargo since 2000, though Cuba must pay cash up front.

The island originally balked at the law, but a 2001 hurricane hurt food production and gave it little choice. Today, Cubans getting food from monthly ration books eat chicken from Arkansas. Upscale island markets stock everything from Kellogg's cereal to Heinz ketchup.

Kavulich said Cuba has made up for some of its recent cutbacks on U.S. imports by buying food from Vietnam and other countries that offer it more time to pay.

The 2008 record figure for imports may also have been inflated by hoarding, as the island tried to stockpile food, believing that commodities prices that were then on the rise would continue to spike. Instead, they fell and having extra stocks was no longer so important.

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee voted June 30 to lift the ban on American travel to Cuba and make it easier to sell agricultural exports to the island.

While the bill has made headlines because of the travel component, it is backed by farm-state members of Congress hungry for a larger slice of the Cuban market. Unclear is when it will be considered by the full House.

Kavulich said supporters of the measure will use the drop in Cuban imports as evidence U.S. policy needs to be changed to keep from losing Cuban business to foreign competitors offering food exports. Opponents, meanwhile, will say American food sales to Cuba are no longer so potentially profitable.

But, for him, the issue is simply that Cuba is short on funds.

"Why are they buying less? I haven't read one Cuban official saying it's because of U.S. law and policy," Kavulich said. "They say they don't have the money."


What is happening in Cuba

On the recurrence of Fidel Castro stumbled , speaking inconsistencies in international policy with slurred language without saying a word about the dismal economic situation of the island , have soared speculation about who sends in Havana. If Fidel directs foreign policy and Raul governs the daily tasks of the island. If the older brother prevent the lowest take up positions of economic openness and closer  the United States. And other theories longer than the neck of a swan.
To me, respecting the opinions of experts, we  again fall into the trap that we always tend Castroism. Them repeat the scenarios they want to sell , and we will always be the buy, perhaps, because emotionally , we need to see a situation  serious crisis in Cuba that does not exist .
We assume things that happen there are facts and spontaneous. First false interpretation of reality. In Cuba, they live a lie follows a carefully written script . The Cuban revolution of 1959  date is always staging a play attractive  with well delineated characters and actors that are learned the script by heart, with background landscapes seem natural, dialogues drawn from Greek works , without the pain and loneliness of Sophocles , nor the air of Aristophanes' comedy , but with a total identification with Aeschylus , the creator of tragedy. Because Cuba everything is awesome and tragic.
The background music of the Cuban revolution are neither sweet Schubert airs or Mendehlson . She groans from all sides and  only cracks in the story under the strains of Richard Wagner, racism , nationalism, totalitarianism , and that some have given call the protonazi . They also appear in the theatrical antics Castro apparently snacks outside the script but they are cleverly produced. As for example, Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino and the Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, who appear in the cast and settlors of trays, when in reality, are complicit.
Is the second feature portrays Castro ? Due to the narcissism of his Maximum Leader , his insane desire to be always on the front page of the world press, and do so with  a great capacity to handle the secrecy and symbolism . If Fidel  appears wearing Adidas sportswear and shoes , and we speculate that  that means one thing, and if olive green , with or without badges means nothing . If Fidel and Raul did not speak during a Communist Congress Not to mention that , crazed speculation and theories are unleashed subjugating of how the universe was formed according to the Big Bang.
What do I think of everything? I'm sorry to disappoint but Cuba is not absolutely nothing happening . Fidel is alive. Inconsistent but inconsistency is a death certificate . And no one Unlike his brother. It is foolish to think that a sub Raul , without a drop of personality , weak , rebelling against Fidel , a monster politically moribund. What has not had the courage to do in the middle century , will he do now that the cock crowed three times ?
The last command gave Fidel to Raul was 15 minutes ago. Removes all  the world , never the real dictators. Not removed or Stalin, neither Hitler nor Mussolini nor Franco. Fidel will retire in a box pine . I firmly believe that no firmly maintained total control the situation in Cuba only in the days or weeks that he was dying with one foot here and one in hell. But yes , every time he came back itself after a deep anesthesia, gave an order . He can not live without  give orders.
To me nobody can accuse me of being an exile hard line : I believe in dialogue with Havana, the peaceful resolution of Cuba and the problem of national reconciliation. I believe in trying not shed a single drop of blood so that Cuba is free. And let achieve . However, if Barack Obama were to ask me what to do with Cuba,  will respond immediately:
- Mr President , your country is the world leader and must devise its foreign policy based on U.S. needs , not the rest of the world. But something I warn you: Fidel has returned. Fidel is the same in October 1962 wanted to unleash a nuclear war between Moscow and Washington and now presents itself as arbiter of world peace in Iran , Korea and the Middle East. Fidel is the same as yesterday was the main promoter guerrillas, and is now trying to stand as mediator for peace in Colombia talking to Piedad Cordoba. Fidel is in the last hours has Mexico and insulted Alvaro Uribe. Mr Obama, with the spirit of destruction of Fidel Castro is no settlement. Continue to build bridges of communication between the island and exile , humanitarian aid to the people  Cuba, simulating all kinds of openness, diplomatically and without promise commit Villas and Castles. But do not take seriously in Havana , no waste your time dreaming of the Castro you can do today proposition just, intelligent and honestly. As long as Fidel alive, he would throw pearls before swine.

S: El Nuevo Herald / Front Line LPPNEWS simultaneous translation

Cuba travel has Vermont support...

By Bruce Edwards
STAFF WRITER - Published: August 18, 2010
Cuban-born Vermont Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca said it doesn’t go far enough.

“I’m in favor of it but at this point in time, after 50 years, it’s too little,” said Vilaseca, who was born in Havana in 1956, three years before Fidel Castro came to power. “The only way that we’re ever going to really have Cuba move toward democracy much quicker is to allow for (all) U.S. citizens to travel there.”

Vilaseca was responding to news reports Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering taking another step to thaw relations with Cuba, proposing to ease travel to the communist country for academic, religious and cultural organizations.

The current policy allows travel by those groups, but only under tight restrictions.

The reaction from other Vermonters who have traveled to, or who have an interest in Cuba-Vermont relations, was largely favorable.

Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, who led a trade mission to Cuba five years ago, has supported easing travel restrictions as a way to improve relations between the two countries, which have been at odds since Castro seized power 51 years ago.

“I think trade and travel are means for people to build mutual understandings,” Dubie said Tuesday.

But Dubie also said the Cuban government needs to resolve the issue of political prisoners.

“We’re one state that met with the dissident community and negotiated agricultural sales,” he said, referring to his visit five years ago.

During his visit, Dubie insisted to the Cuban government that he have the opportunity to meet with dissidents. He met with leading dissident Vladimiro Roca, an economist and former Air Force pilot, who spent several years in one of Castro’s prisons.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt, said lifting the travel restrictions is long overdue.

“The travel embargo has been a failure, and support continues to build in Congress for ending it,” Leahy said in a statement. “ In the meantime, I welcome any steps the president takes to ease these unwarranted restrictions on Americans’ travel decisions.”

Burlington College hopes a change in policy will allow it to offer more Cuba-based programs as well as offer the opportunity to have Cuban students study in Vermont.

The college already runs a popular spring semester abroad program with the University of Havana.

Burlington College President Jane O’Meara Sanders said students come back from an eye opening experience, experiencing history in the making and attending classes side by side and socializing with Cuban students.

“Whenever you open up communication, especially in a country that doesn’t allow for as free an exchange of ideas as our country does, it’s a good thing and a good thing for them,” Sanders said.

If the Obama administration follows through on easing travel restrictions and allowing more flights to Cuba, it would still leave intact the 50-year-old trade embargo. The exception is the sale of food, agricultural products and medical supplies. Last year, the administration eased travel restrictions for Cuban-Americans with family on the island. The amount of money, or remittances, that could be sent by relatives to Cuba was also eased.

Easing restrictions on Cuba is opposed by many in the Cuban American community, who see it as rewarding a repressive regime. It’s also a political mine field for both parties, who look to the Cuban American voting bloc.

Rick Schwag of Lyndonville, who has traveled to Cuba two dozen times, said easing restrictions for those organizations is the right thing to do. But Schwag offered a cautionary note, saying he’s more concerned about the rights of Cubans than the rights of U.S. citizens to travel to the communist country.

“Some kinds of liberalization will do more good than others,” said Schwag, whose group, Caribbean Medical Transport, sends donated medical supplies to Cuba and other countries.

He said allowing all U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba would only give the government of Fidel and Raul Castro more hard currency to repress its own people.

Schwag got a taste of the Castro regime’s methods three years ago when he was held in a detention facility and sent back home after complaining about the delivery of medical equipment.

He said opening up travel to all Americans will not bring about change.

“This is a just a dance to get money,” Schwag said. “There are no reforms.”

But Vilaseca, who was one of four Vermonters to sue the U.S. government over travel to Cuba, said the trade and travel embargo hasn’t accomplished its purpose of bringing democracy to Cuba, but, instead, has exacerbated the plight of the average Cuban.

“The Cuban government made their bed and is lying in it but at the same time we’re not making it any easier for them to join the world community,” said Vilaseca, who traveled to Cuba in May.

The lawsuit filed by Vilaseca and the others was dropped last year after the Obama administration rolled back a Bush policy that restricted visits to the island by Cuban Americans.

The New York Times reported that congressional aides cautioned that some Obama officials viewed the proposals as too politically charged to announce until after the midterm elections. But others said the policy, which does not need congressional approval, would be announced before Congress returned from its break in mid-September, partly to avoid a political backlash from outspoken groups within the Cuban American lobby.


Opposition in the Caribbean | Human rights advocates criticize actions...

Dissidents reported harassment on the streets of Cuba
Reina Luisa Tamayo reported that dozens of supporters of the Communist government on Sunday preventing it from reaching the cemetery where her son is buried Orlando Zapata , an opponent dead in February after 85 days of hunger strike to demand better prison conditions.
Cuban dissidents arrive in Madrid after being expatriates by the government of Raul Castro (Arturo Rodriguez / AP)
Wednesday August 18, 20101:16 PM
Havana .- Cuba continued releasing this week a half a hundred political prisoners, but kept the pressure on dissidents expressing their discontent in the streets of the island , opponents said Wednesday .

Reina Luisa Tamayo reported that dozens of supporters of the Communist government on Sunday preventing it from reaching the cemetery where her son is buried Orlando Zapata, an opponent dead in February after 85 days of hunger strike to demand better prison conditions, said Reuters.

Amnesty International called this week the government of President Raul Castro to end the harassment of women of 61 years.

"What bothers the regime is that we go to church and then to cry out three times íZapata Vive! . Why ? Because they know who killed him , "Tamayo said by telephone from Banes , about 800 kilometers east Havana.

" Everywhere we go we are persecuted by the State Security and the police, " he added.

Zapata 's death triggered international criticism against Cuba.

The pressure fell after President Raul Castro promised in July to the Catholic Church would release 52 imprisoned dissidents . Of that group, and 23 were released on condition they leave for Spain. Three more would follow in his footsteps in the coming hours.

Castro described it as an act of generosity and said that Cuba still sees dissidents as "counter "in the service of their enemy the United States.

"Nobody should be deceived . The defense of our sacred achievements of our streets and squares, will remain the first duty of revolutionaries who can not be deprived of that right, " the president said on August 1 before Parliament.

And according to the dissidents , that's what seems to be happening in Banes .

A video posted on YouTube by the Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez shows how police and government supporters blocked the passage of Tamayo and other women dressed in white when you go to a church and cemetery.

"Reina Luisa Tamayo is simply paying tribute to his son died in tragic circumstances and that must be respected by the authorities, " said Kerrie Howard, deputy director of Amnesty International for the Americas, in a press release.

Elizardo Sanchez of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights , talks about increased " police muscle . "

"We are in the midst of a metamorphosis in the procedures of political repression. Before it was basically prison sentences. Now they are short-term detentions , acts of repudiation , threats and other forms of harassment, " he said.

Sanchez said , for example, that several people were detained on Monday following a peaceful protest on the steps of the University of Havana, a symbolic place where the revolutionary leader Fidel Castro delivered his first speeches in the 1950s .

"They're accused of public disorder , which did not. They just read a statement and shouted a few slogans , "said the activist.
S: El Universal / traslate LPPNEWS Front Line

Cuba travel ban: White House poised to ease restrictions

The expected order from President Obama would not fully lift the Cuba travel ban, but it would ease the stricter rules put in place during the Bush years. Many expect an announcement by Labor Day.

Cuba travel ban: Anti-Castro stalwart Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., issued a statement earlier this month saying, 'This is not the time to ease the pressure on the Castro regime.'
Charles Dharapak/AP/File

By Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer / August 17, 2010
Washington Expectations are rising that the Obama administration will move in the coming days to ease travel restrictions to Cuba.

The hubbub about an anticipated White House statement is leading to stepped-up speculation about areas of potential exchange and trade with the long-embargoed Caribbean island, such as energy development.
“Right now they [in the White House and the State Department] are just fine-tuning what they are going to be putting out,” says Sarah Stephens, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas in Washington.
Insisting an executive order about Cuba travel “is a done deal,” Ms. Stephens says, “It’s going to look very much like what the conditions for travel were under President Clinton, with the emphasis on ‘people to people exchange,’ ” possibly including religious and academic groups. [Editor's note: The original version was changed to better reflect what Stephens said.]
After that, she adds, “It will be interesting to see what happens around the edges, with business and other groups.”
The White House has been sending out trial balloons suggesting presidential action on Cuba travel – enough to get a reaction from Cuba hardliner Sen. Robert Menendez (D) of New Jersey, who issued a statement earlier this month saying, “This is not the time to ease the pressure on the Castro regime.”
President Obama’s action would not fully lift the ban on US travel to Cuba, but would instead ease restrictions in ways the administration considers to be consistent with US policy of encouraging democratic reforms and greater freedom on the communist island. Action by Mr. Obama would continue a pattern of reversing the tighter restrictions on travel implemented under the Bush administration.
A few administration watchers believe the decision will be unveiled only after what are expected to be difficult midterm elections for the Democrats, but most say an announcement will come by the Labor Day weekend.
An announcement now would reflect a sentiment in the White House that a decision to ease travel to Cuba would not cause much of a political storm, some US-Cuba experts say. The White House, they add, also wants to act in the context of movement on Capitol Hill in favor of a full lifting of the travel ban and toward a further easing of conditions for agricultural trade with Cuba.
Action now would be aimed in part at “creating momentum for ending the travel ban,” says Jake Colvin, vice president of the National Foreign Trade Council, a Washington business organization that favors ending the Cuba embargo. More broadly, he says, administration and congressional action reflect a growing “consensus” that it’s time “to do something different on Cuba.”
Energy development is one area where pressure is expected to grow for “something different” in Cuba policy. Cuba has begun exploratory drilling in search of oil in its territorial waters, with some reports estimating the island could become a major oil producer – and refiner – over the next five to 10 years.
“Cuba is thinking about energy economically [in the region] in not a small way at all,” says Lisa Margonelli, director of energy policy at the New America Foundation in Washington. “That’s something the US should consider as we look down the road.”
Experts who favor developing energy ties with Cuba say the US needs to consider that other hemispheric sources of oil, including Mexico and Venezuela, face increasingly difficult production conditions. With Cuba just off US shores, they say, locking the US out of a new market makes no sense. Proponents also point to the recent Gulf oil leak and say the US has a keen environmental interest in working with Cuba in its offshore development.
Such reasoning runs up against the arguments of anti-Castro stalwarts like Senator Menendez and US Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) of Florida –the latter having proposed legislation targeting foreign oil companies involved in oil exploration and development in Cuba. (Those oil company executives might, for instance, be denied visas to the US.)
“The big corporate interests behind the push to relax the embargo couldn’t care less about whether the Cuban people are free or not,” Menendez said in his statement. “They only care about padding their profits by opening up a new market.”

Cuba Travel Ban & Restrictions May Be Eased by Obama Administration

Three other Cuban prisoners arrive tomorrow to Madrid with relatives

Madrid, 18 ago ( EFE ) .- Three Cuban political prisoners arrive tomorrow , Thursday, at Madrid accompanied by a group of family, Efe reported to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Tuesday already familiar sources told Efe in Cuba that three new prisoners , whose release was announced few days ago, still waiting for their next release and travel to Spain, which , predictably , it could happen today.
These independent journalists Fabio Prieto Llorente, Juan Adolfo Fernández Sainz and Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta , who are several days in prison " Combined East " , in Havana , from where they hope to be moved directly to the airport and found with the family to accompany you on the trip.
According to Red Cross sources , the organization which coordinates the operation of reception, three convicts will be accompanied by nineteen families, "twenty people in total . "
On Tuesday arrived in the Spanish capital the opposition released Efren Fernández Fernández , Regis Iglesias Ramirez, Marcelo Cano Rodríguez.
The Archbishop of Havana announced last Friday in a statement the resumption of the result of open dialogue releases last May between the government of Raul Castro and the top hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Cuba, supported by Spain .
In the first phase, which lasted from July 12 to 22 this month, were released 20 political prisoners were immediately transferred to Spain with their families.
According to the commitment of President Raul Castro will be released within four months, 52 prisoners of the Group of 75 dissidents sentenced in the crackdown of the "Black Spring "of 2003 that remained in Cuban jails .
S: Europa Press/ LPPNEWS Front Line results

The EU congratulates Spain to facilitate the release of Cuban prisoners...

08/18/2010 / 20:10 h
Brussels, 18 ago ( EFE ) .- The European Union is satisfied with the new release of Cuban political prisoners and congratulates the Government Spanish by providing them , a spokesman said Community .
Three opponents released on Tuesday came to Spain and other two will tomorrow, Thursday , while another will on Friday, advanced according to sources with the Spanish Foreign Ministry .
A spokesman for the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton Efe transmitted "satisfaction" by the new Community releases , which are "good news. "
"We congratulate the Minister (Miguel Angel) Moratinos and Government Spanish to facilitate " the releases , he added.
Ashton already stated on July 8 his satisfaction, after announcement that Cuba would release 52 political prisoners in a statement called for the dialogue process leading to A " permanent solution " on the island.
The head of the foreign policy of the European Union requested so that releases are carried out "promptly" , but not say whether they will lead to a change in the " common position " the Twenty toward Cuba.
In force since 1996 , the " common position " determines the bloc 's relations with Cuba to the democratic progress in human rights that occur on the island.
Ashton said in July that the EU is " closely following "the initiated dialogue between the Catholic Church and the regime of Raúl Castro, and hoped that the process has consequences lasting on the island to allow the release of all prisoners politicians.
Following the announcement by the Archdiocese of Havana release of the 52 prisoners , there was a first phase, which lasted from 12 and 22 July in which 20 prisoners were released Cuban politicians were immediately transferred to Spain their families.
S: traslate LPPNEWS Front Line