Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rock and repression in Cuba ...

Cuban rock musicians, bloggers and activists demand a change to the country's repressive laws.

Ron Gochez tormented Cubans at 'Ladies in White' Rally - Echo Park, Los Angeles

Ron Gochez, infamous teacher/agitator and self-avowed Marxist, crashed a peaceful rally to provoke and torment Cuban exiles. He almost caused a riot.

LPP First Draft...

Eurolat Lawmakers Call for Cuban Freedom

Thursday, May 19, 2011
From MercoPress:

Eurolat lawmakers call for freedom in Cuba and fair elections in Venezuela
Lawmakers from the European Union and Latin America meeting in Uruguay approved two resolutions on the lack of freedoms in Cuba and on the coming electoral process in Venezuela.

The resolutions were agreed during the two-day meeting in Montevideo of the Fifth Ordinary Plenary Session of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, Eurolat.

Regarding the Castro brothers regime lawmakers expressed solidarity with the "Cuban democrats that struggle inside and outside the island for freedom and full compliance with human rights in the Republic of Cuba".
They also underlined support for the "legitimate aspiration of the people of Cuba for the immediate launching of a political and democratic transition process that fully respects the people's sovereignty".
Lawmakers expressed support for "the demands of freedom of the press, freedom of action for political parties in a pluralist framework, free democratic elections and equally fair conditions for parties and candidates" and similarly, solidarity with demands for the liberation of political prisoners in Cuba.
Regarding Venezuela Eurolat lawmakers expressed their satisfaction with the successful political measures taken by the opposition parties that are part of the Democratic Unified Panel to present a plural and democratic alternative for Venezuela's future.

They also urged the Venezuelan government to observe the basic conditions to ensure a fair election within the framework of full respect for human rights, freedom of expression and pluralism. Further, they urged authorities to "allow the presence of international observers".

Eurolat lawmakers also requested the Venezuelan government to refrain from using state institutions to the service of a political party, from using public propaganda and from obstructing the actions of opposition political parties, so as to ensure respect for democratic coexistence.

The plenary sessions had the attendance of lawmakers from Uruguay, Spain, France, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Slovakia, Italy, Paraguay, Luxemburg and Guatemala among others.

Ordinary Citizens Spark Movements

Excerpt from U.S. President Barack Obama's Middle East speech today:

On December 17th, a young vendor [in Tunisia] named Mohammed Bouazizi was devastated when a police officer confiscated his cart. This was not unique. It's the same kind of humiliation that takes place every day in many parts of the world -– the relentless tyranny of governments that deny their citizens dignity. Only this time, something different happened. After local officials refused to hear his complaints, this young man, who had never been particularly active in politics, went to the headquarters of the provincial government, doused himself in fuel, and lit himself on fire.

There are times in the course of history when the actions of ordinary citizens spark movements for change because they speak to a longing for freedom that has been building up for years. In America, think of the defiance of those patriots in Boston who refused to pay taxes to a King, or the dignity of Rosa Parks as she sat courageously in her seat. So it was in Tunisia, as that vendor's act of desperation tapped into the frustration felt throughout the country. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets, then thousands. And in the face of batons and sometimes bullets, they refused to go home -- day after day, week after week -- until a dictator of more than two decades finally left power.

It's ordinary citizens like Orlando Zapata Tamayo, Juan Wilfedo Soto or even this courageous Cuban on the rooftop of his home in Marianao (H/T Penultimos Dias):


Juan Wilfredo Soto: a revolutionary natural death

Human Rights / When a state decides about life or death of its citizens
Picture squad in 1959 by the Rebel Army

Cubamatinal / The peaceful opponent Juan Wilfredo Soto Garcia died hours after being beaten in a park by police National Revolutionary Police and the official statement says died "a natural death by pancreatitis" and "a lie" that died of internal injuries from the beating.

By Jaime Leygonier
Havana, May 14 / CihPress / Doom too coincidental that the disease broke out after the beating! likewise the statement denigrates the dead and accusing him of a common criminal "used by the counterrevolution. "
The official response to the spontaneous spread among the population Cuban news of the assassination is still the standard to justify any evidence of blood from the authorities as "natural" and discredit the victims: one "was not anyone's fault," for other side "was a criminal, was not lost anything."

On June 13, 1994 came the slaughter at the mouth of the bay  Havana of the crowd who tried to flee the country on a tugboat timber to which the authorities not to escape and take a envistieron warning to ships about 40 suffocating iron people including 9 children.
Image of victims of the tugboat 13 de Marzo "

Then the official version was "accident" and blamed the parents for "Irresponsibility" of their babies on board an old ship overloaded.
The parody of the trial on the case ruled that it was "accident" and and around the world to shame the law makers accidents, drowning here responsible for a multitude were exonerated from blame.

The death of prisoner of conscience Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who impoverished in prolonged hunger strike locked the authorities  solitary confinement, naked with the lowest winter temperatures years, and cut off water for several days and pretending forced to eat, came as official version "deprivation voluntary food "but science did" everything possible " save.
Image of the martyr Orlando Zapata Tamayo

Everything but consent to the simple demands of Zapata: respect for their dignity and eat what you take your mother. Also official statement decrying the deceased spread by "criminal common. "
The mass death of elderly patients in the Hospital held as Psychiatric Havana, starvation, cold and ill-treatment was officially explained by "natural causes" and the recent note press about the trial for the sentencing, the news made more than 12 years for offenses relating to embezzlement, none of denial of medical care and abuse.

Image of elderly deaths from hunger and cold in the Psychiatric Hospital of Havana

And not a word of sympathy for the death of these patients, only words of condemnation for damage to "image" of health care in Cuba and "the Revolution" used by "anti-Cuban propaganda."
Violence and official arbitrariness go unpunished growing promotional increase popular discontent and powerlessness masters to feed people and give-o-lie the future.
Will kill a "rogue" or "stateless worms" or any family child indifferent or communist it hits an abuser  uniform. Die from natural causes or kicking busting organs.

Impunity and lack of enforcement of laws protecting integrity of the individual are growing needs of this power. The giving the order to sink the ship with a crowd and to meet plainclothes mobs the slogan "the street is the revolutionaries "are punishable in the power criticizing" the death of Bin Laden. "
From authorities in democratic countries treatments "Maximum Leader of the Revolution" and "Excellency Mr. President."

When we get shot in the neck say we die of bleeding  brain and, of course, that we are criminals and against revolutionary as natural death as the death of the economy, law and order under such schemes.
Shot image of "grace"
The dissident Vladimir Alejo Miranda deposes hunger strike PDF Imprimir E-mail
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His teammate Angel Enrique Fernandez continues to protest demand the release of Alan Gross and respect for human rights.
The Cuban dissident Vladimir Alejo Miranda left the strike hunger and thirst that began last March 29 to demand the release   American businessman Alan Gross, because it is "very evil" health. His teammate Angel Enrique Fernandez continues to protest.
"I raised the hunger strike because of the critical situation was  my health was already precarious, "said Alejo Miranda referring to an infection that is on the lips, to keep them sewn over the 47 days of fasting.
The opposition has explained that its decision is also due to reasons personal, as family, friends and fellow dissidents will have consistently called on to cast aside the strike. "My family told me,  my children, my grandchildren, some of the opposition in Cuba. Came brothers to talk to me to lift the strike because I was  very bad, "said the dissident to 48 years.
Meanwhile, teammate Enrique Ángel Fernández (45 years) continues with the strike, but had to be hydrated intravenously.  "A security official (government) tried to convince him to abandon the strike, but he told them to continue until receive an answer, "said his wife, Niurka Rivero.
Alejo Fernandez Miranda and began the strike on the home the latter, located on the outskirts of Havana. Both were sewn the mouth to urge the Cuban authorities to release of Gross and respect for human rights.
Gross, 62, is a subcontractor of the U.S. Agency  International Development (USAID) and works for the company Development Alternatives (DAI), based in Maryland, which is dedicated to development work in other countries.
His detention in Cuba occurred December 3, 2009, when was arrested for distributing technology to a Jewish community and charged  espionage.
Gross was sentenced to 15 years in prison, although there has been a appeal to the Supreme Court of Cuba and President of the institution, Ruben Remigio Ferro, said Monday that appeal is "ongoing" and that will be resolved "as soon as as possible. "
The hunger strike has been used by dissidents in the past as a source of strength against the regime.
In February 2010, died a prisoner of conscience Orlando Zapata Tamayo as a result of a hunger strike which he denounced the   conditions of political prisoners.
After his death, journalist and opponent Guillermo Farinas Award European Parliament's Sakharov, began one of the 23 hunger strikes has carried out over a lifetime, which ended after the announcement of the release of 52 political prisoners in the Spring  Black, 2003 through the mediation of the Catholic Church.
Source : Cubaencuentro on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 11:22

Paquito D'Rivera Trio Corrente come to Cuba and Brazil twinning Niemeyer

The Festival Tensamba, promoter concert draw among the participants four flights bound for double                    the country carioca

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 Cuba dissidents push for death probe
AFP May 11, 2011, 10:19 am
HAVANA (AFP) - Prominent Cuban dissidents on Tuesday called for an international forensic investigation into the death of a fellow regime opponent who they say was beaten to death.
Juan Wilfredo Soto, 46, died Sunday in the central city of Santa Clara, according to Elizardo Sanchez, who leads the Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Committee.
The Americas' only one-party Communist government denies that Soto was beaten. Government employed doctors say he died of pancreatitis.
A group led by Guillermo Farinas, a Sakharov prize winner, called for a "public and transparent investigation of the case, carried out by internationally renowned forensic experts who are not employed by the Cuban government."
The group, which also includes Elizardo Sanchez, Hector Palacios, Gisela Delgado, Rene Gomez, Felix Navarro and Ivan Hernandez, said the government had to prove its claim.
The United States said on Monday that it was "very concerned" about Soto's death.
Farinas, who lives in Santa Clara, said Soto died after he was taken to hospital following his arrest in a park and subsequent beating.
"There is not the slightest doubt that there was a cause and effect, and that Soto's death was related to the beating he was given," after refusing to leave the city's central park, Farinas said shortly after the activist died.
Soto's death came 15 months after the February 2010 death of dissident demonstrator Orlando Zapata, who died on a hunger strike protesting prison conditions, drawing an international outcry.

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Cuba dissidents push for death probe
Tue May 10, 6:18 PM ET

Cuban oppositionist Guillermo Farinas

Cuban oppositionist Guillermo Farinas (seated) gives a press conference in Havana. Prominent Cuban dissidents on Tuesday called for an international forensic… Read more »
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Cuba needs free enterprise for microcredit to work

Microcredit lending will only work in a Cuba with free enterprise, democracy and proper legal institutions. It won’t work in the current state of Cuba’s political and economic system.
Microcredits, lending small amounts of $2,000 or less to start up businesses, are widely embraced by developing countries, rich countries and multilateral lending institutions, such as the World Bank. In 2008, development agencies committed more than $1.5 billion to microfinancial institutions around the world.
Since financing is important for entrepreneurs and microlending seems to be filling an important vacuum in the marketplace, it would appear to be an essential ingredient in the policymakers’ toolbox for encouraging growth in a free Cuba. But the reality is more complicated.
Many microlending institutions operate with the aid of subsidies from nonprofit organizations and foundations, governments and multilateral lending institutions. There are signs that a growing number of micro-lenders have since become profitable, but this good work will remain limited as long as they’re forced to rely on subsidies. There isn’t a bottomless well of nonprofit or government support for this activity.
Another question surrounds the ability of microlending, even if subsidized, to produce sustained economic growth. Microborrowers use their credit overwhelmingly, if not exclusively, to create what is labeled replicative firms, or enterprises, that simply reproduce what many others have done or are doing. Economies can grow only so much through replicative activity.
For economies to enjoy further growth, some portion of the replicative enterprises must grow substantially larger. Or, some firms must begin to transform themselves into innovative enterprises, selling new products or services. Countries must have the laws and institutions that will enable those who make it to the first rung to climb higher and, in the process, drive economic growth for their entire economy.
The supplement to make a microcredit work in a democratic Cuba is the development of incubators to assist those with entrepreneurship and innovative talents to develop further their ideas with the proper assistance in technological and managerial skills before starting a new firm.
Manuel Cereijo, Miami