Saturday, November 13, 2010

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi released

Aung San Suu Kyi AP – Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to the supporters as she stands at the gate of …

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar's military government freed its archrival, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, on Saturday after her latest term of detention expired. Several thousand jubilant supporters streamed to her residence.
A smiling Suu Kyi, wearing a traditional jacket and a flower in her hair, appeared at the gate of her compound as the crowd chanted, cheered and sang the national anthem.
"If we work in unity, we will achieve our goal. We have a lot of things to do," she told the well-wishers, who quickly swelled to as many as 5,000. Speaking briefly in Burmese, she said they would see each other again Sunday at the headquarters of her political party.
The 65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate, whose latest period of detention spanned 7 1/2 years, has come to symbolize the struggle for democracy in the Southeast Asian nation ruled by the military since 1962.
The release from house arrest of one of the world's most prominent political prisoners came a week after an election that was swept by the military's proxy political party and decried by Western nations as a sham designed to perpetuate authoritarian control.
Supporters had been waiting most of the day near her residence and the headquarters of her party. Suu Kyi has been jailed or under house arrest for more than 15 of the last 21 years.
As her release was under way, riot police stationed in the area left the scene and a barbed-wire barricade near her residence was removed, allowing the waiting supporters to surge forward.
Her release was immediately welcomed by world leaders and human rights organizations.
President Barack Obama called Suu Kyi "a hero of mine" said the United States "welcomes her long overdue release."
"Whether Aung San Suu Kyi is living in the prison of her house, or the prison of her country, does not change the fact that she, and the political opposition she represents, has been systematically silenced, incarcerated, and deprived of any opportunity to engage in political processes," he said in a statement.
British Prime Minister David Cameron also said the release was long overdue.
"Aung San Suu Kyi is an inspiration for all of us who believe in freedom of speech, democracy and human rights," he said in a statement.
"It is now crucial that Aung San Suu Kyi has unrestricted freedom of movement and speech and can participate fully in her country's political process," European Commissioner Jose Manuel Barroso said.
Critics allege the Nov. 7 elections were manipulated to give the pro-military party a sweeping victory. Results have been released piecemeal and already have given the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party a majority in both houses of Parliament.
The last elections in 1990 were won overwhelmingly by Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party, but the military refused to hand over power and instead clamped down on opponents.
Suu Kyi's release gives the junta some ammunition against critics of the election and the government's human rights record, which includes the continued detention of some 2,200 political prisoners and brutal military campaigns against ethnic minorities.
It is unlikely the ruling generals will allow Suu Kyi, who drew huge crowds of supporters during her few periods of freedom, to actively and publicly pursue her goal of bringing democracy to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
But some see hope in her release.
"There is no formal opposition (in Myanmar) so her release is going to represent an opportunity to re-energize and reorganize this opposition. So in that sense, of revitalizing the opposition in some concrete way, Suu Kyi's release is going to be very pivotal," said Muang Zarni, an exiled dissident and Myanmar research fellow at the London School of Economics.
Suu Kyi herself earlier cautioned about optimism.
"My release should not be looked at as a major breakthrough for democracy. For all people in Burma to enjoy basic freedom, that would be a major breakthrough," she said after her earlier release in 2002.
Suu Kyi was convicted last year of violating the terms of her previous detention by briefly sheltering an American man who swam uninvited to her lakeside home, extending a period of continuous detention that began in 2003 after her motorcade was ambushed in northern Myanmar by a government-backed mob.
Suu Kyi has shown her mettle time and again since taking up the democracy struggle in 1988.
Having spent much of her life abroad, she returned home to take care of her ailing mother just as mass demonstrations were breaking out against 25 years of military rule. She was quickly thrust into a leadership role, mainly because she was the daughter of Aung San, who led Myanmar to independence from Britain before his assassination by political rivals.
She rode out the military's bloody suppression of street demonstrations to help found the NLD. Her defiance gained her fame and honor, most notably the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.
Charismatic, tireless and outspoken, her popularity threatened the country's new military rulers. In 1989, she was detained on trumped-up national security charges and put under house arrest. She was not released until 1995 and has spent various periods in detention since then.
Suu Kyi's freedom had been a key demand of Western nations and groups critical of the military regime's poor human rights record. The military government, seeking to burnish its international image, had responded previously by offering to talk with her, only to later shy away from serious negotiations.
Suu Kyi — who was barred from running in this month's elections — plans to help probe allegations of voting fraud, according to Nyan Win, who is a spokesman for her party, which was officially disbanded for refusing to reregister for this year's polls.
Such action, which could embarrass the junta, poses the sort of challenge the military has reacted to in the past by detaining Suu Kyi.
Awaiting her release in neighboring Thailand was the younger of her two sons, Kim Aris, who is seeking the chance to see his mother for the first time in 10 years. Aris lives in Britain and has been repeatedly denied visas.
Her late husband, British scholar Michael Aris, raised their sons in England. Their eldest son, Alexander Aris, accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on his mother's behalf in 1991 and reportedly lives in the United States.
Michael Aris died of cancer in 1999 at age 53 after having been denied visas to see his wife for the three years before his death. Suu Kyi could have left Myanmar to see her family but decided not to, fearing the junta would not allow her back in.
Indicated Writer matter   
Friday, November 12, 2010 9:51

"This process is worthless opinions. What is going to do it's done, "said independent economist Martha Beatriz Roque  Speaking to DAILY CUBA.

General Raul Castro on Wednesday opened a "process of discussion reforms of the economic model ", due for adoption in  the Sixth Congress of the Communist Party (PCC), reported the official Granma.
Castro presided over a meeting with leaders and experts addressed, from now until February, the "public debate" on the Draft Guidelines for the Economic and Social Policy of the Party and the Revolution.
Roque recalled that she was sentenced to three and half years in prison for express their opinion in 1997, facing the V Party Congress Communist, when together with Vladimiro Roca, Felix Bonne and Rene Gomez Manzano wrote the document The Homeland Belongs to All.
According to the dissent, the alleged public consultation opened by Castro only seeks to "entertain the international public opinion and divert address the problem of prisoners "who have not been released.
"For example, today arrived in Madrid a drug dealer, whom the government has become a political prisoner. This is to discredit dissent, "Roque said, referring to the deportation of Joseph Luis Ramil Navarro, who was imprisoned for a crime of "trafficking drugs "after having extinguished a sentence for piracy.
Addressing more than 500 participants, reported GranmaRaul Castro and other leaders gave an overview of the national economy. The seminar will conclude on Saturday.
The independent journalist Miriam Leiva told that CUBA DIARY VI Congress of the document "does not go beyond" what has already been announced over the 178 authorized activities.
"It has lines of work, but nothing concrete. It is limited. No more open affair, but accommodate what is and what  they think should be done. They know that the population feel disappointed, there is a state of great distress, "said Leiva.
The document includes measures such as elimination of subsidies, decentralization of agriculture, investment promotion foreign monetary policy and move towards the unification of currency.
  S: Cuba Libre Digital/ traslate FrontLine LPPNEWS Results -Last updated on Friday, November 12, 2010 9:57
Emerges cruise tourism in Cuba

Cruise tourism on the island fell by 89% from 2005 to 2007, dropping from 102,440 to 11,000 visitors, following the purchase by the American company of the Spanish Royal Caribbean Pullmantur
Cuba has an infrastructure for cruises to the business which includes three terminals (Reuters)

Friday November 12, 201005:14 PM
Havana .- The Spanish cruiser "Gemini docked Friday at the Port of Havana with 220 tourists, marking the launch of this activity, very depressed in Cuba in the last three years by the U.S. embargo.

"The operation of cruise ships has been extremely limited by the blockade (embargo) American, and almost three years ago that the country achieved a regular transaction," said the president of the state Cubatur, Lester Oliva, after welcoming the ship Happy Company Cruises, the cruise terminal in Havana, AFP reported.

Oliva said the arrival of the cruise, with 220 passengers from 11 countries, mostly Spanish (183), marks the launch of this activity on the island, with only the ship will bring about "800 tourists a week" until next April, during " the first quarter of 2011 "and" stably "in 2012.

"In Spain we had a great desire to have longer cruises to Cuba, since we had four years without being able to travel on cruises to the island. Is an emotion that we began to travel," said the Spanish Red Manuela, who paid about 1,200 euros for trip.

Cruise tourism on the island fell by 89% from 2005 to 2007, dropping from 102,440 to 11,000 visitors, following the purchase by the American company of the Spanish Royal Caribbean Pullmantur Holiday Dream boat owner who traveled frequently to island and left more than 15 million dollars in revenue.

"The first step taken by Royal Caribbean was the suspension of operations in Cuba, then a top executive said the cruise ship activity.

Oliva noted that in the past three years, Cuba reported only "cruise operations rather small, one, two or three scales in length" and declined to give actual figures, but predicted that after the arrival of the Gemini, activity will recover " gradually. "

"These clients, after doing a week in the boat, make an extension of seven days on the island, which" has a very important for tourism, "Cuban said the executive, noting that the Gemini will join in 2011 another British cruiser and one Russian.

Cuba has an infrastructure to the business which includes three terminals, in addition to that of Havana, Cienfuegos (center), Santiago de Cuba (southeast) and installation of beach on the Isle of Youth (southwest), with which could receive up to 600 vessels, 1.2 million tourists and more than $ 125 million annually, according to official statistics.

But the Cuban Ministry of Tourism (Tourism Ministry) said in October that it lost U.S. $ 1,100 million in 2009 due to the embargo that Washington applied against the island and travel ban on Americans, have existed for half a century.

The Tourism Ministry estimates that, absent these measures, 15% of the 13 million tourists who visit the Caribbean travel to Cuba, among them, according to Oliva, lovers of cruises, for "most" of those ships "American owned."

Tourism, the second economic activity of the island after medical services, reported revenue of $ 2.1 million after the visit of 2.4 million people in 2009, and recorded from January to September in revenue growth of 3 , 5% over the same period in 2009.

Expand and diversify tourism, along with an opening for small and medium private enterprise and foreign investment promotion are priorities in a plan presented this week by the government of Raul Castro in the face of "economic model update" without abandoning socialism.
Friday November 12, 201005:14 PM

F: / OCR LPPNEWS FrontLine Results

Information on infrastructure for cruise click here
There was an earthquake measuring 3.2 degrees Richter in eastern Cuba without damage
Havana, Nov. 12 (EFE) .- An earthquake of 3.2 magnitude on the Richter scale was felt today in Granma province, in eastern Cuba, without any reported casualties or damage, the National Seismological Service reported.
The quake was felt in the towns of Pylon and Punta de Piedra, in the province of Granma, just after 17.07 local time (22.07 GMT) and was located at a depth of six miles, according to the official statement broadcast by state television.
Perceptible earthquake is the number 41 which is recorded on the island so far this year.
The Cuban authorities have announced this year that are being modernized, with computers "next generation" services to detect and study the earthquakes that occur in their territory, and preparing to publish details of those internet phenomena.

F: Agencies / OCR LPPNEWS FrontLine Results

There was an earthquake measuring 3.2 degrees Richter in eastern Cuba without damage