Thursday, August 18, 2011

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Chavez pays to Castro more than $ 200,000 per doctor per year ...

medicos-cubanos-wThe  Venezuelan government would be paying an average of the regime in Havana more than $ 200,000 for each of the 29.300 doctors, technicians and nurses participating in the Barrio Adentro health program, Experts said to reveal a figure that is 34 times greater than directly receive Cuban and Venezuelan doctors who provide the service. The amount, which represents about $ 16.666 a month, in contrast to  $ 500 to 600 that the medical program members receive directly. Barrio Adentro was designed to assist the  neediest.

According to experts, the exorbitant fees paid by Venezuela are more than kind.
"This  a total grant [the regime of Cuba], "said Maria Werlau, Director Executive Cuba Archive, an organization that has been evaluating the volumes of foreign exchange earned by Havana.
Another evaluation developed by the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE)  place the amount paid by Caracas in a $ 220,000 a year per person,  which would raise the monthly amount to over $ 18.333.
The calculation is based on the latest information supplied by the Cuban government on income received from abroad for services rendered,  Werlau said.
The latest figures available, Cuba was in 2008, approximately $ 6.500 million for services outside their missions, mainly in Venezuela.
Cuba has about 38.544 health specialists in their missions around the world, which generate approximately $ 168.600 per year per head, according to data provided by the Cuban government. More than 75 percent of those professionals are in Venezuela.
According to data provided by the government of Hugo Chávez, the Cuban personnel in Venezuela operating sum about 29.296 people and is comprised of 13.020 doctors, 2.938 dentists, nurses and graduates 4.170 9.168 health technicians.
"But  it is obvious that the Cuban regime is receiving $ 168.600 per head for the missions it has in the Caribbean, Africa and Latin Central, "said Werlau." Venezuela is the highest paying, and even when impossible to say exactly how much you pay Venezuela for doctors, $ 200,000 a year is a good estimate. "
The ASCE estimates place the  annual amount $ 20.508 more, but both organizations agree on the obvious benefits that the exchange means. A deal for the Cuban regime, which barely pays its medical staff $ 500 $ 600 monthly.
Venezuelan doctors who participate in the program  also receive salaries similar to their Cuban counterparts, 2.100 bolivars getting just a month.
Cuban Doctors participating in the Barrio Adentro program declared to the New Herald that the amounts they received were very scarce in Venezuela, and  even if the bills were adjusted over time to offset the effect of inflation, barely enough for food.
A  doctor who defected from the program said that currently an expert Cuba receives about 1,200 bolivars monthly ($ 230 at the rate change of 4.30), a figure that is very close to the base salary in Venezuela.
"That amount is not enough for anything," said the doctor, who  spoke on condition of anonymity for fear that their relatives in the island suffer reprisals.
Another doctor consulted agreed:
"There working under inhumane conditions, "he said." Almost all of the money you give is used to buy it then do not eat and is money for any basic need, whether transportation or make a call. "
Doctors also complained that all team members, regardless of the degree of specialization, charge  the same wages.
Havana tries to compensate for low wages  Cuban doctors in Venezuela receive a monthly payment of 50 CUC (equivalent to $ 46) returned to their families on the island and offers  him away regular amounts that would be delivered to meet successful two-year mission.
However, those payments -Equivalent to $ 125 a month for the first year of service and $ 225 per the second, are not delivered if the doctor gets a bad evaluation or defects of
Monday, August 8, 2011 15:34

     "We had reversed the recession, avoided a depression, got the economy moving again. ... But over the last six months, we've had a run of bad luck."      -- President Obama, Decorah, Iowa, Aug. 15
     WASHINGTON -- A troubled nation wonders: How did we get mired in 9.1 percent unemployment, 0.9 percent growth and an economic outlook so bad that the Federal Reserve pledges to keep interest rates at zero through mid-2013 -- an admission that it sees little hope on the horizon?

     Bad luck, explains our president. Out of nowhere came Japan and its supply-chain disruptions, Europe and its debt problems, the Arab Spring and those oil spikes. Kicked off, presumably, by various acts of God (should He not be held accountable too?): earthquake and tsunami. (Tomorrow: pestilence and famine. Maybe frogs.)

     Well yes, but what leader is not subject to external events? Were the minor disruptions of the current Arab Spring remotely as damaging as the Arab oil embargo of 1973-74? Were the supply disruptions of Japan 2011 anything like the Asian financial collapse of 1997-98? Events happen. Leaders are elected to lead (from the front, incidentally). That means dealing with events, not plaintively claiming to be their victim.

     Moreover, luck is the residue of design, as Branch Rickey immortally observed. And Obama's design for the economy was a near-$1 trillion stimulus that left not a trace, the heavy hand of Obamacare and a flurry of regulatory zeal that seeks to stifle everything from domestic energy production to Boeing's manufacturing expansion into South Carolina.

     He sowed, he reaps.

     In Obama's recounting, however, luck is only half the story. His economic recovery was ruined not just by acts of God and (foreign) men, but by Americans who care nothing for their country. These people, who inhabit Congress (guess what party?), refuse to set aside "politics" for the good of the nation. They serve special interests and lobbyists, care only about the next election, place party ahead of country. Indeed, they "would rather see their opponents lose than see America win." The blaggards!

     For weeks, these calumnies have been Obama staples. Calumnies, because they give not an iota of credit to the opposition for trying to promote the public good, as presumably Obama does, but from different premises and principles. Calumnies, because they deny the legitimacy to those on the other side of the great national debate about the size and scope and reach of government.

     Charging one's opponents with bad faith is the ultimate political ad hominem. It obviates argument, fact, logic, history. Conservatives resist Obama's social-democratic, avowedly transformational agenda not just on principle but on empirical grounds, as well -- the economic and moral unraveling of Europe's social-democratic experiment, on display today from Athens to the streets of London.

     Obama's answer? He doesn't even engage. That's the point of these ugly accusations of bad faith. They are the equivalent of branding Republicans enemies of the people. Gov. Rick Perry has been rightly chided for throwing around the word "treasonous" in reference to the Fed. Obama gets a pass for doing the same, only slightly more artfully, regarding Republicans. After all, he is accusing them of wishing to see America fail for their own political gain. What is that if not a charge of betraying one's country?

     The charge is not just ugly. It's laughable. All but five Republican members of the House -- moderate, establishment, tea party, freshmen alike -- voted for a budget containing radical Medicare reform knowing it could very well end many of their careers. Democrats launched gleefully into Mediscare attacks, hardly believing their luck that Republicans should have proposed something so politically risky in pursuit of fiscal solvency. Yet Obama accuses Republicans of acting for nothing but partisan advantage.

     This from a man who has cagily refused to propose a single structural reform to entitlements in his three years in office. A man who ordered that the Afghan surge be unwound by September 2012, a date that makes no military sense (it occurs (BEG ITAL)during(END ITAL) the fighting season), a date (BEG ITAL)not(END ITAL) recommended by his commanders, a date whose sole purpose is to give Obama political relief on the eve of the 2012 election. And Obama dares accuse (BEG ITAL)others(END ITAL) of placing politics above country?

     A plague of bad luck and bad faith -- a recalcitrant providence and an unpatriotic opposition. Our president wrestles with angels, monsters of mythic proportions.

     A comforting fantasy. But a sorry excuse for a failing economy and a flailing presidency.

US keeps Iran, Syria, Sudan, Cuba on terror blacklist

The United States retained Iran and its ally Syria as well as Sudan and Cuba on a list of alleged state sponsors of terrorism Thursday, after blacklisting the countries the previous year.
In an annual report, the State Department said "Iran remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2010," citing "financial, material and logistic support" for militant groups in the Middle East and Central Asia.
It said Iran backed Palestinian groups Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, along with Lebanon's Hezbollah, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Iraqi Shiite Muslim militant groups.
The State Department said its support for such groups "haof terrorism in Iraq throughout the year."
Sudan, which was designated a state sponsor of terror in 1993, remained on the blacklist even though the State Department acknowledged it was "a cooperative partner in global counter-terrorism efforts" against Al-Qaeda last year.
However, it said Al-Qaeda-inspired extremists and others remained in Sudan "as gaps remained in the Sudanese government's knowledge of and ability to identify and capture" them and stop them from smuggling goods through the country.
Some Iraqi insurgents are also living in Sudan and "may be in a position to use their expertise to conduct attacks within Sudan or to pass on their knowledge," the State Department added.
First designated a state sponsor of terror in 1982, Cuba was kept on the list again.
The State Department said there "was no evidence" that the communist island "had severed ties with elements from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)," despite its public stance against terror and terror financing.
It pointed to reports that current and former members of the Basque separatist group ETA live in Cuba.
The Country Reports on Terrorism was published late, more than three months after its April 30 due date, at which time US law requires the secretary of state to provide Congress a full report about countries and groups deemed to be implicated in terrorism.

U.S.: Cuba associated with scams...

The island's authorities could be behind Medicare millionaires theft, the U.S. health insurance program.
Most fugitives wanted for committing fraud in the service public health for people over 65 years in the U.S., Medicare, are Cubans who flee and take refuge on the island, as published Thursday martinoticias.
These would be people coming from Cuba to South Florida, recorded clinics to provide services to seniors age and then billed to Medicare millions of dollars for alleged medical services never rendered.
FBI Special Agent, Frances Szczepanski said the journalist  TV Marti Vanessa Ruiz everything is handled as a family business "We have seen parents in charge, then involving their children secretaries, uncles, cousins, etc ".
When the accused must appear in court U.S. disappear, and most of them found refuge in Havana. According to U.S. federal authorities, and are about a hundred fugitives who are in Cuba.
The newspaper cited reports that the government itself Cuban could be training these people to carry out fraud and then return to the island with their pockets full of money, though U.S. authorities have said no evidence that indeed is the case.
It is estimated that Medicare fraud totaling nearly one billion dollars, and only in the last nine months have cost such fraud U.S. taxpayers about $ 360 million.
The special agent said the FBI is working the case with Interpol. "We do what is called a red alert - he said - also sealed arrest warrant for the individual does not know who is being sought "to the effect that if he returns to the U.S. could be arrested.

Russia will supply to Cuba three passenger aircraft An-158...

18.08.2011 / 16:30
Russian Ilyushin Finans Corporation today signed a preliminary contract for delivery of three aircraft for the airline Cubana Antonov said the source told Interfax.
The preliminary contract envisages supply of other three aircraft An-158, which have been designed and built jointly by Russian and Ukrainian companies.
According to other sources, the final contract is signed in the coming months as the delivery of the An-158 will begin the year next.
The An-158, which was first shown publicly in 2010 and received state certification earlier this year, has capacity for nearly a hundred passengers and a range of flight of 2,500 km.
Russia resumed in recent years, cooperation with Cuban authorities on aviation with aircraft sales Tupolev.

The U.S. State Department Cuba remains a state sponsor of terrorism as

The State Department keeps Cuba in its list of state sponsors of terrorism, which also include Iran, Sudan and Syria, as contained in its annual report on the issue released today.

Washington, EFE August 18, 2011
The report highlights that although Cuba, named by the U.S. as state sponsor of terrorism since 1982, "maintained a public stand against terrorism and its financing in 2010 no evidence that it has severed ties with the FARC and elements Some press reports indicate that some members of ETA, Assets and past, are still in Cuba. "
The  report also states that Cuba "is denouncing efforts U.S. anti-terrorism around the world, drawn as a pretext  U.S. to extend its influence and power. "
On the other hand, the United  States believes that Venezuela is still not cooperating "fully" in the fight against terrorism, while Mexico, Colombia and Argentina making "serious effort", especially in prevention.
In  the chapter on Latin America, the report notes that in 2010  attacks in the region were committed above all the guerrillas Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Army National Liberation (ELN), both Colombian and other groups radical leftist Andean.
Then add the threat of transnational attacks remains "low" for most countries the region, which have generally "modest efforts" to improve  its ability to fight terrorism.

'Deadly naval and tank attack' on Syrian port city ...

A Syrian naval and tank assault to crush dissent in a northern port city has killed at least 23 people, according to human rights activists.