Thursday, March 17, 2011

Yoani Sánchez speech at the Embassy of Netherlands in Cuba (Netherlands)...

Remarks by Yoani Sanchez in the Dutch Embassy in Havana. To the right, Dutch Ambassador Ron Muijzert
Yoani Sánchez speech:
Good  afternoon, everyone. A Dutch ambassador who has given so closely  home for the ceremony, members of the Prince Claus who organized the presentation of this award, the body diplomat, my family, my friends, the bloggers here  and readers, commentators and translators of my blog are attentive to this moment in cyberspace. A special salute  The other winners in the 2010 edition of this important award. In short, all, I thank you for physical, virtual or spiritually on this journey. The words we say to you this afternoon are imbued, in part, of these experiences I have vivid in the last three years from April 2007 that I started write my blog Generation Y. I could spend long minutes of this speech to emphasize the scenes that make up what I call "My path of pain", the winding path I've walked by the fact to behave freely in a country full of masks. It could also reduced to the pitiful story of stigmatization, surveillance constant pressure on my family, my community demonization,  police citations and even physical attack. However, I will not  to focus on these obstacles, but on the other route, that of gratification, personal fulfillment and future projects. This beautiful part of the trail that starts as I go out and someone, overcoming fear, is to me and says "I read" "Continue", "resist." Is completed by the gratification of every day a growing number of my compatriots are looking for my opinions, disputes  or sympathizes with my views and what now are use the tool of a blog to express in the virtual Cuba discrepancy is still criminalized in the real Cuba. That path to growth professional and civic is the one I want to share together.

The Prince Claus Award is a award that looks forward, a stimulus that invites visitors to dreams and to set goals higher. The 2011 may be the stage to realize some journalistic challenges with which I fantasize a long time ago. Our Island is in urgent need of arguments, controversial and information. We can not remain only in reporting intolerance in the description of what does not work or finger pointing to what we do not like. It is time to start changing. For those who refuse to another cycle of tension and mistrust looms over us, is also the time to do something, but is small. I like to work with writing, word, text and I feel my place is right in kilobytes, the pages of  newspapers, the mouse and keyboard. This does not mean it will lock myself in the ivory tower of writing, but all otherwise. The verb does not always behave as a barricade or  as a paving stone thrown, fortunately the word itself to become also a very effective balm for a nation in distress. I believe in  Medicine of the freedom of information, the imperfect democracy  Cubans succeed someday implement in our country. I  a dreamer, I know, but you all are here too are ... and we are not alone.
This year the state monopoly on  see information as it raises some new cracks. Any blogger province, armed only with your mobile phone, you can put in check the official newspapers, will transmit directly to the Web, texts, photos, audio and video. I like to say, half joking and half serious, that if the Cubans knew invent the hash  meatless meat back in the hardest years of the Special Period -When we did it with banana skin, we're inventing Internet Internet. From those little gadgets cell, we learned to complete the information spectrum coming from this island I I also feel missionary creed of spreading throughout the country national knowledge and tools that will make us free. Because each of us can become our own agency press, without bosses or censors. To that I have spent the past also months, with the magnificent experience of a graduate school where 27 students and five teachers, workshops, conferences Theme and advice to those just opened a new website. In the next few months I also extend the scope of these courses. The blogger virus will eventually spread to thousands of Cubans.
Sleep more difficult, and therefore also the appellant, is the creation of a new media outlet. Many who are here today, are, even without knowing it, the future editors, photographers and correspondents of the newspaper. No you will not be possible. Without the talent and energy that can infuse the pages of this projected information space, everything stay in the dream of a small blogger. Thus these also briefly to say: Help me, join me in unpredictable adventure empower ourselves as citizens to behave freely in a country full of fears, but do it without losing the way these differences that feed our pluralism and avoid known error of unanimity. There is room for everyone in this project. Moreover, without you I could not do it.
Thank you very much,

Yoani Sánchez
Sunday, January 9, 2011 11:12 
Gross: between fiction and friction PDF Imprimir E-mail
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The story of Alan Gross in Cuba is a fiction. Now it capitulated to the American engineer. He said the government United States had used a maneuver against Cuba.

It's a small victory for the Cuban dictatorship, because many already realized that his country's misfortunes are not caused by Washington.

But the issue of imperialism still serves the regime, with whom he stunned the small group of oppressors and their accomplices are not beyond their noses. A lack of food, clothing and medicine, so least have an enemy.

Gross has served for all this and more.  Their activities are a matter of relative importance because he is a hostage by the one to pay a ransom. Raul Castro said that when bathing sing "I've Got the World on a String" (I have the world by a thread).

First we thought the price was Gross the release of five Cuban spies convicted in the United Together. Then when the U.S. government said they could not exchange, these requirements became uncertain.

Is a strange coincidence that just when the trial was held Gross the United States government gave permission to several airports in the United States since they could fly  Cuba.

Tourism is Cuba's oil and the regime needs  its millions of dollars desperately. They hope these future "ambassadors of liberty" are their lifeline.

You may not tourism be sufficient to appease their demands. Each friendly gesture of the government of Obama, Raul Castro appears exacerbate their demands. They want everything for nothing substantial concrete.

After two years with his policy of rapprochement the regime on the island, Obama has kidnapped a citizen, I have been detained for more than a year now and sentenced him to 15 in prison.

The picture is curious, Washington is this corrupt dictatorship, inept and vulgar, like a world power. As if the island had half the world's oil. The most powerful nations, the home of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, left coerced by a small group of old men oppressors.

Raúl Castro hopes the time will show how condescending is with whom they respect. So Gross is in his country before presidential elections in the United States.

Meanwhile, some journalists and pundits take the opportunity to comment on the growing friction between the two governments and how Obama should take further steps to reduce them.
 S: on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 17:57

(3-15-11-11:30 AM)
This photo sent by José A. Alvarez Bravo was taken last Sunday at the Church of Santa Rita, and she displayed a opposition group of men accompanying the Ladies in White. New Action asked for years why today we are filled with joy, especially to recognize among that group the National Coordinator of New Hope and several leaders and Jacu members. Forward brothers, the streets belong to the people and not no one in particular, much less the old dictator!

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Cuba tries American on spy charges

Unidentified citizens enter

Unidentified citizens enter to the municipal court to participate in the trial of US citizen Alan Gross, charged with espionage, in Havana. Cuban prosecutors are seeking 20 years prison for Gross, 61, who was arrested in December 2009 for distributing cellphones and computers to members of the island's small Jewish community.… Read more »
(AFP/Adalberto Roque)

Cuba to free another prisoner from 2003 crackdown

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba will release one of the last political prisoners still in jail from a 2003 government crackdown, the Catholic Church said on Wednesday.
Ricardo Librado Linares Garcia, who has been serving a 20-year sentence, was expected to be freed in the next day or two, said his wife, Magalys Broche de la Cruz.
His release would leave only two men remaining behind bars from the 75 dissidents arrested in what was known as Cuba's "Black Spring."
The crackdown soured international relations for the communist-led island, whose leaders view dissidents as mercenaries for the United States.
President Raul Castro agreed in a deal with the Catholic Church last July to free the 52 prisoners still in jail from the Black Spring crackdown.
Most of them have gone to Spain because Cuba wants them to leave the country, but a dozen insisted on staying in their homeland and were the last to be freed.
Apart from the dissidents jailed in 2003, Cuba has been releasing others imprisoned for politically motivated crimes.
The Church said on Wednesday nine more would be freed soon and sent to Spain, which has agreed to take them in.
(Reporting by Rosa Tania Valdes; Editing by Jeff Franks)

Cuba releases pro-life activist

Mar. 17, 2011
WASHINGTON -- Cuba released a renowned pro-life activist and political dissident, but sent mixed signals the next day when courts sentenced an American contractor to 15 years in prison for taking telecommunications equipment into the country.
Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, 49, an activist first jailed in 1999 for denouncing Fidel Castro's abortion policies, was released from prison March 11, as announced by the Archdiocese of Havana, which has negotiated the release of 52 political prisoners since last summer. He was also among a group of 75 activists jailed in anti-government protests in 2003.
Upon his release, he told EFE, the Spanish news agency, that he intends to stay in Cuba.
"I've always lived in Cuba and I am of Cuba," he said. "I haven't ever harmed anybody, just given love, much love, and because of that I was harmed by the government."
In a teleconference from Havana March 14, Biscet signaled his intention to remain critical of the government, calling the Castro regime a "total dictatorship" that fears informed citizens.
He called on fellow Cubans to "act moderately, impartially, and with firmness in the defense of our principles without falling into sectarian extremism, but always intransigent in regards to liberty, justice, and democracy for Cuba."
Political analyst and blogger Alberto de la Cruz told Catholic News Service, "Oscar Biscet is Cuba's Nelson Mandela. He has the charisma to lead a democracy movement."
De la Cruz, who helped organize the teleconference, described Biscet as "exhausted but in good spirits. He's been in solitary confinement for most of the last eight years. He's been living in an eight-by-four-foot cell. So suddenly being home is overwhelming."
Biscet first came to the attention of communist authorities when he investigated abortion techniques and discovered that in his hospital, abortionists were killing babies born alive. In 1998, Biscet lost his job, as did his wife, Elsa Morejon Hernandez, a nurse. They were evicted from their house and, in 1999, he was arrested and sentenced to three years in jail for disorderly conduct. After his release, he was arrested again.
As part of government sweeps of anti-Castro activists in 2003, he was again arrested and sentenced to 25 years. Many of the group were part of an initiative known as the Varela Project, named after 19th-century priest, Father Felix Varela, an anti-slavery activist who petitioned the Spanish monarchy for Latin American independence.
Of those imprisoned in 2003, just three remain imprisoned. Some of the original 75 were released earlier for health reasons and others completed their sentences.
Most of those set free since July under the church-negotiated agreement went initially to Spain. Some of them are in the process of relocating to the United States, where most have family. Biscet and eight others have been allowed to stay in Cuba.
Biscet was honored for his work by President George W. Bush in 2007 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Family members attended the White House ceremony in his name.
The day after Biscet's release, American Alan Gross was sentenced to 15 years in prison after his conviction for subversive activities. He has been jailed since his December 2009 arrest at Havana's international airport for taking satellite communications equipment into the country. A contracting agency for the U.S. Agency for International Development sponsored Gross's work, and he had been to the country several times on similar missions, entering with a tourist visa.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is among those who have decried Gross' treatment.
The Archdiocese of Havana also announced the release and transfer to Spain of nine other prisoners who were not a part of the 2003 group of dissidents but had been charged with crimes, including piracy, terrorism, defiance of authority, public disorder and illegal departure from the island. The men included some members of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation.

The new Lighthouse ...

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The release of the activist Oscar Elias Biscet has injected great enthusiasm on the island in the opposition and the  Cuban diaspora, scattered across the world.

By Angelica Mora

Florida, March 15 / Needless to repeat the words full of Biscet strength and hope, delivered in his first conference Miami press given over the Internet ... These are already running veins than they really are patriotic and want real change to Cuba.
The strongly worded statement: 'Cuba is a totalitarian dictatorship like that of Hitler or Stalin', And travels the world.
At the conference, Biscet reaffirmed its decision to remain in Cuba  and continue his work in the pursuit of democratic change in Cuba.
His words were strong:

"That's why all Cubans must act with restraint, fairness and firmness in the defense of our principles without incurring in sectarian extremism but always uncompromising in terms of freedom, justice and democracy for Cuba "
For this, and because hope is more certain, the Cubans have unite behind this man, who has proven his mettle in prison invincible and can lead to the final battle to recover freedom of the Fatherland, carried away more than half a century by a Fraudulent Revolution.
The contrast of the two worlds that separate brothers and Bicet Castro is there, for anyone who wants to see.
To say more would be redundant as Biscet, in his words, has shown the future and where to route the struggle:
Educate people on the island that is very uninformed, recognize the current leaders of the opposition, working with exile, and together continue the peaceful struggle until the last consequences.
And how not to do. He is the beacon that is showing the way, is something to follow.

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March 15, 2011
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by Zoé Valdés

I must be masochistic, because they are three and ten in the morning and  although I had a day job bestial, here I am, waiting for Chavez edge of that channel, the Telesur, which as I had in my last review on this topic, it's worse than CNN, which is already much say, and only slightly better than the Cuban television, which is the worst all.
Let's see what they talk about today Dulcita mulatta Mariana, and Russian compote Pendray who heads the American Council Department of state with his Chinese pearl necklace.
The theme suggests, will focus on the journalists paid by the  empire, because journalists are paid by the dictatorship, apart from being  sold and the worst of the worst paid, not even deserve owner's attention that feeds them (badly, of course). These evil minions  called journalists, the more praise write about the worst regime be paid, will most despised, and kicked through the eyelet of treated.
The Cuban broadcaster Telesur, beefier than last week, Dress Bow Ties gray suit and striped logo of old type marquee chambelona barbershop or be coy, just announced  sport. So, I'll be the wrong time, or they repented and  knocked up Telesur program. How bad would that even Telesur has decided to put it? Alabao, cat!
If anyone sees them, to report.
Zoé Valdés.

A Daughter Seeks Justice

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Daughter of Executed Cuban Seeks Justice
Yanisleydis Copello Rodríguez, an activist with the pro-democracy group, Cuban Independence and Democracy (CID), seeks justice for her father Lorenzo Enrique Copello Castillo, who was executed by orders of Fidel Castro on April 11, 2003.
She was only 11-years old when her father was executed for trying to flee Cuba in a vessel.

"At all times we were deceived, and I say 'we' because my father too was deceived. My father was a worker at the Reina Polyclinic, and he had no prior criminal record. They constantly told us they guaranteed he would live. Nonetheless, he was executed in the morning hours of April 11, 2003."

"The family was only told of his execution after his burial; I suffered trauma and received medical treatment, but I have never been able to recover. Having reached adulthood, I demand justice for the assassins who killed my father," Yanisleydis added.

Translation by Alberto de la Cruz.

Censorship vs. Absolute Control

An important point by Cuban author Humberto Fontova on the "trial" of American development worker Alan Gross and the brutal absolutism of the Castro regime:

So we'll never know the evidence, but the Castroite judge ruled that the Castroite prosecution, "demonstrated the participation of the North American contractor in a subversive project of the U.S. government that aimed to destroy the Revolution through the use of communication systems out of the control of authorities."

And there's the hitch: control of the authorities. Not even Libya or China seek to control, cell-phone and Internet access. Censor? Absolutely. But outright control of all means of communication is a fetish peculiar to Communists. (And no, the Chinese regime is no longer technically Communist, though certainly despicable and dangerous.) 
S: Capitol Hill Cubans

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Japan's Self-Defense Forces's helicopter heads to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant to dump water on the stricken reactor in Okumamachi Thurs  
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ZAO, Japan – Japan deployed military helicopters, high-pressure
water cannons and fire trucks in an increasingly desperate attempt to
cool an overheated nuclear complex as U.S. officials warned the
situation was deteriorating.
While the choppers flew combat-style missions to dump batch
after batch of seawater onto a stricken reactor, plant operators said
they were close to finishing a new power line that could restore
cooling systems and ease the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex
on the country's northeast coast.
The top U.S. nuclear regulatory official gave a far bleaker assessment
of the crisis than the Japanese, and the U.S. ambassador warned U.S.
citizens within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the complex to leave
the area or at least remain indoors.
The Japanese government said it had no plans to expand its mandatory,
12-mile (20-kilometer) exclusion zone around the plant, while also
urging people within 20 miles (30 kilometers) to stay inside.
The troubles at the nuclear complex were set in motion
last week's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami knocked out power
and destroyed backup generators needed for the reactors' cooling systems.
That added a nuclear crisis on top of twin natural disasters that likely
killed well more than 10,000 people and left hundreds
of thousands homeless.
Four of the plant's six reactors have faced serious crises involving fires,
explosions, damage to the structures housing reactor cores,
partial meltdowns or rising temperatures in the pools used to store
spent nuclear fuel. Officials also recently announced that temperatures
are rising in the spent fuel pools of the last two reactors.
Two Japanese military CH-47 Chinook helicopters began
dumping seawater on the complex's damaged Unit 3 at 9:48 a.m.
(0048 GMT, 8:48 p.m. EDT), defense ministry spokeswoman
Kazumi Toyama said. The choppers dumped at least four loads
on the reactor in just the first 10 minutes, though television footage
showed much of it appearing to disperse in the wind.
Chopper crews were flying missions of about 40 minutes each
to limit their radiation exposure, passing over the reactor with
loads of about 7,500 liters (about 2,000 gallons) of water.
The dousing is aimed at cooling the Unit 3 reactor, as well as
replenishing water in that unit's cooling pool, where used fuel rods
are stored, Toyama said. The plant's owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co.,
said earlier that pool was nearly empty, which would cause
the rods to overheat and emit even more radiation.
Defense Minister Toshifumi Kitazawa told reporters that
emergency workers had no choice but to try the water dumps
before it was too late.
U.S. officials, meanwhile, said Unit 4 also was seriously at risk.
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko said
at a congressional hearing in Washington that all the water was gone
from that unit's spent fuel pool. Jaczko said anyone who gets close
to the plant could face potentially lethal doses of radiation.
"We believe radiation levels are extremely high," he said.
Tokyo Electric executives said Thursday that they believed the rods in
that pool were covered with water, but an official with Japan's nuclear
safety agency later expressed skepticism about that and moved closer
to the U.S. position.
"Considering the amount of radiation released in the area, the fuel rods
are more likely to be exposed than to be covered," Yuichi Sato said.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said that along with the helicopter
water drops, special police units would use water cannons — normally used
to quell rioters — to spray water onto the Unit 3 storage pool.
The high-pressure water cannons will allow emergency workers to stay farther away.
Military vehicles designed to extinguish fires at plane crashes will also be used,
said Gen. Ryoichi Oriki.
Emergency workers were forced to temporarily retreat from the plant
Wednesday when radiation levels soared, losing precious time. While the
levels later dropped, they were still too high to let workers get close.
The storage pools need a constant source of cooling water. Even when
removed from reactors, uranium rods are still extremely hot and must
be cooled for months, possibly longer, to prevent them from heating up again
and emitting radioactivity.
A core team of 180 emergency workers has been at the forefront of the struggle
at the plant, rotating in and out of the complex to try to reduce their
radiation exposure.
But experts said that anyone working close to the reactors was almost certainly
being exposed to radiation levels that could, at least, give them much
higher cancer risks.
"I don't know any other way to say it, but this is like suicide fighters
in a war," said Keiichi Nakagawa, associate professor of the
Department of Radiology at University of Tokyo Hospital.
Experts note, though, that radiation levels drop quickly with distance from
the complex. While elevated radiation has been detected well outside
the evacuation zone, experts say those levels are not dangerous.
U.S. officials were taking no chances, and Prime Minister Naoto Kan
and U.S. President Barack Obama spoke about the crisis early Thursday.
In a statement, U.S. Ambassador John V. Roos made his evacuation
recommendation "in response to the deteriorating situation" at the
Fukushima complex. In Washington, the State Department warned U.S.
citizens to consider leaving the country, and offered voluntary evacuation
to family members and dependents of U.S. personnel in the
cities of Tokyo, Yokohama and Nagoya.
Chartered planes also would be brought in to help private American citizens
who wished to leave, the State Department said.
While American officials have been careful not to criticize Japan's response,
they have made clear it's difficult to ascertain what is going on.
"It's a very fluid and indeed it's a very confused situation,"
U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman told reporters Wednesday.
Japanese officials raised hopes of easing the crisis early Thursday,
saying they may be close to bringing power back to the plant.
The new power line would revive electric-powered pumps,
making it easier for workers to control the high temperatures.
Tokyo Electric officials said they hoped to have the new power line
working later Thursday, and had electricians standing by to connect
the power plant.
Nearly a week after the disaster, police said more than 452,000
people were staying in schools and other shelters, as supplies of fuel,
medicine and other necessities ran short. Both victims and aid workers
appealed for more help.
"There is enough food, but no fuel or gasoline," said Yuko Niuma, 46,
as she stood looking out over Ofunato harbor, where trawlers were
flipped on their sides.
Along the tsunami-savaged coast, people must stand in line for food,
gasoline and kerosene to heat their homes. In the town of Kesennuma,
they lined up to get into a supermarket after a delivery of key
supplies, such as instant rice packets and diapers.
Each person was only allowed to buy 10 items, NHK television reported.
With diapers hard to find in many areas, an NHK program broadcast
a how-to session on fashioning a diaper from a plastic shopping bag
and a towel.
More than 5,300 people are officially listed as dead, but officials believe
the toll will climb to well over 10,000.
Other countries have complained that Japan has been too slow and vague
in releasing details about its rapidly evolving crisis at the complex of six reactors
along Japan's northeastern coast.
Yamaguchi reported from Tokyo. Associated Press writers 
Elaine Kurtenbach and Shino Yuasa in Tokyo contributed to this report.

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33 Cuban illegal aliens come ashore at Turkey Point nuclear power plant property on Thanksgiving

  • November 28th, 2009 11:36 am PT
Turkey Point Power Plant near Homestead, Florida gets unwelcome Thanksgiving guests for dinner
Photo: Cadt Browne
(Updated Tuesday, December 1): First we hear a remarkable story about how an ordinary couple makes it past the Secret Service into a State dinner  and now word comes out of Florida that 33 illegal aliens from Cuba took a boat right up to the property of a supposedly impenetrable nuclear power plant on Thanksgiving. Both incidents raise questions for the Secret Service and DHS as to just how prepared we are for a terrorist attack and also how secure our national power grid is.
The Miami Herald last Friday reported that a boat carrying twenty-nine adults and four children called the control room for the Turkey Point Nuclear Power plant in the early afternoon and advised them they had landed their craft in one of the facilities cooling canals and needed assistance. That it was Turkey Point and happened on Thanksgiving is a curious coincidence but plant security are apparently not amused and neither is DHS. They were caught totally unprepared at one of the nations most "secure" nuclear power generating facilities.
The real question is where was security, heavily armed and trained, as the hapless Captain, crew and passengers wandered into the cooling canals through a wildlife refuge wilderness area teaming with crocodiles.
Border Patrol and ICE were called to collect the illegal invaders who since they found terra firma before getting caught can now apply for refugee status.
An investigation is underway and more details will undoubtedly come to light as security at all of our power generating plants will likely be re-examined. Florida Power and Light, who owns the facility, maintain that the cooling canal in question is some six miles from the power plant itself and that at no time was there any danger to the facility nor was there any real incursion. Still, the intruders were on FPL property and one again must question where does the responsibility for plant security begin and end.
Correction: (Dec. 1, 2009) A previous version of this article incorrectly indicated that the Cuban migrants "broke into" the facility at Turkey Point.  In fact, the Cubans came ashore at the outskirts of the facility but never breached secure areas inside the nuclear plant.  This article has since been revised to confirm this fact.

Cuba releases Complex

The Catholic Church announced that Cuba more free nine prisoners, although not part of the group of 52 originally agreed.
Photo: AP
Six are on a list released on charges of violence in the list of non-governmental organization.

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The Catholic Church announced that Cuba's government released a nine prisoners on charges of threatening state security.
The prisoners will travel to Spain, according to the list distributed by the Archbishop of Havana, among them are Daviel Gainza, Juan Ramón Rivero, Emilio Pérez, Lázaro Alejandro García, Luis Campos, Maikel  Pedroso, Orestes Paino, Pavel Hernández and Randy Cabrera.
The releases are recorded within a July 2010 agreement between the Spanish and Cuban with the intermediation of religious institution to release 52 peaceful dissidents, but was extended to people with violent crimes such as piracy murder or terrorism, although these were not political activists.
Six of these people are on a list of violent charges the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, a NGO.
Of those original 52 dissidents, a dozen refused to leave despite that country and nine of them have already been released. Remain in prison: Librado Linares, Daniel Ferrer and Felix Navarro.
Currently 103 people, with the nine recently announced, accepted the condition of freedom and travel to Spain with her family.

CUBA | Those who question the communist model in the island

Amnesty claims that Cuba uses 'new tactics' to 'eradicate' the opposition

El disidente Fariñas en su casa tras pasar 28 horas detenido el pasado febrero. | EfeFariñas dissident in his home after spending 28 hours detained in February. | Efe
  • The organization remembers the 8 th anniversary of the 2003 crackdown
  • Question 'recently launched crackdown' by the regime
  • Of those arrested during the Black Spring are three people in prison
Amnesty International (AI) denounced on Wednesday the implementation of "New tactics" by  the Cuban government in order to "eradicate" the opposition  and human rights activists who question the model communist government on the island for over 52 years.
"Those who live on the island continue to suffer attacks because of their work, especially in the form of short-term detention, as law repressive Cuban authorities allow full freedom to punish  those who criticize them, "he assured Gerardo Ducos, researcher Cuba Amnesty International.
AI says that, despite almost half a hundred prisoners of conscience have been released, "Cuba continues to silence the freedom" of  expression with the "harassment, intimidation and arbitrary detention" in last weeks of "hundreds of activists for democracy."
The organization reminds thus eighth anniversary of the Black Spring of 2003, launched a crackdown against the Cuban regime and journalists intellectual dissidents who were jailed and later sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Of that group, 49 have been released since last July through negotiations between the regime of Raúl Castro and Catholic Church, which served as the Spanish government mediator. Of these, 40 accepted the proposal to travel to Spain in exchange for release, but nine others decided to stay on the island.
"Meanwhile, three of the prisoners held for eight years still languish in prison and should be released immediately, "expressed Ducos, AI said in a statement.
Ducos believes that "the release of prisoners in the 2003 crackdown is a very positive measure, but only shows one side what is happening with human rights activists in Cuba. "
So, has questioned the "Recently launched crackdown" by the Castro regime in which "arrested more than a hundred people in a single day in a defensive operation designed to prevent the commemoration of the death of activist Orlando Zapata Tamayo, died on 23 February last year after more than 80-day strike hunger.
AI cited the report of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) - illegal but tolerated organization the island - which reveals that "more than 50 people" were placed under arrest for the death anniversary of Zapata.
Néstor Rodríguez Lobaina activist - president of the Movement Cuban Youth for Democracy - has been recently classified as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, after being held without trial more  three months after being arrested for organizing a meeting in home, remember the organization.
"The population of Cuba is at the mercy of draconian laws activism typified as a crime, and anyone who dares to criticizing the authorities in danger of being arrested, "he asserted Ducos.
"To properly fulfill the right to freedom of expression, the Cuban Government, in addition to free prisoners consciousness that have long held, must change its laws, " indicated.

Saddam, Gaddafi and Chávez...

                                      Opinion / Dictators
Cubamatinal / A Saddam Hussein trembled the pulse ordering the chemical bombardment of Kurdish villages in northern Iraq. A Gaddafi cares not send planes and helicopters gunships to bomb and strafe a mass demonstrations civilians. And for the forgetful, do not forget that Chavez ordered at the time, which was quite similar.

By Sammy Eppel

New York, March 12 / Journal of America / A Saddam Hussein does not pulse trembled when ordering the bombing of villages with chemical weapons Kurds in northern Iraq, resulting in thousands of horrific deaths innocent civilians whose only crime was to apply some autonomy.
A Muammar Gaddafi cared not send planes and helicopters gunships to bomb and strafe a mass demonstrations of civilians calling for his departure.
And for those who can remember, I remember that here we  11st April, when Chavez ordered the armed forces AVILA implementation plan to get the army to the streets defend it on a massive popular demonstration disarmed.
Just imagine more than half a million people gathered and what had been a clash against tanks and armed troops combat. The table was ready for one of the killings greatest citizens in modern history.
The fact is that Chavez ordered and whether mass murder is not made is because the order was not obeyed. That obviously did not exempts some day be prosecuted for crimes against plan humanity. She had no choice but to become shark 1 and turn to their armed bands with a "poor" outcome of only twenty over a hundred dead and wounded.
Earlier, Chávez had already been convicted of a bloody coup  state and incredibly forgiven. In other words for comandantepresidente have our hands full of innocent blood is not nothing new. He wants us to kill Venezuelans and better if could direct the battle and thus have an epic story. "A man can die for your country but a country can not die for a man." Will!