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Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
6:23 pm
[rufos]
travel to CUBA
Dear friends!
Those of you who have been to Cuba!
Would you help me with some useful information?
I'm going to make a large photographic travel there. May be you have some good acquaintances there? Some insiders (fixers) who can coordinate us when we come? English speaking guides? Owners of night clubs or just persons who have many contacts in the area?
maybe some cheap lodgings?
Guys who can help?
Or interesting personages who can become the heroes of the photo-story (maybe some musicians or auto-mechanics for example)
My best regards,
Irina
Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
12:35 pm
[irrina]
Журналистика Кубы, Латинской Америки. Кто что знает???
Очень нужны данные о возникновении журналистики в Латинской Америке,  на Кубе в первую очередь. Возникновение, становление, развитие, современное состояние - все, что угодно. Если обладаете информацией или знаете хорошие ссылки - пишите!!! Информация нужна для магистерской диссертации )))
можно писать на адрес -  irina-piskun@yandex.ru

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
4:01 pm
[bluegreen_lens]
Cuba Libertaria - Boletín GALSIC No. 8 (Feb 2008)
Cuba Libertaria - No. 8 is out.

This is a Spanish-language publication put together by GALSIC (groups in support of anarchists and independent syndicalists in Cuba).

Feel free to help distribute to folks who know Spanish (or to help put in the time to translate some of the articles to whatever languages you know).

more info: Movimiento Libertario Cubano
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
4:45 pm
[bluecadet]
Saturday, April 1st, 2006
2:35 pm
[bluegreen_lens]
AI's most recent report
Amnesty International

AI Index: AMR 25/001/2006 (Public)
17 March 2006

CUBA: fundamental freedoms still under attack

It has been three years since the Cuban government’s crackdown on dissent brought 75 persons to prison solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, assembly and association. Amnesty International calls once more on the Cuban authorities to release all prisoners of conscience immediately and unconditionally. The organization also calls on the authorities to revoke all legislation that restricts freedom of expression, assembly and association, and to put a halt to all actions to harass and intimidate dissidents, journalists, and human rights defenders.

Prisoners of conscience

There are currently 72 prisoners of conscience in Cuba, 60 of whom are from the March 2003 crackdown. Although during 2004 and 2005 a total of 22 prisoners of conscience were conditionally released, mainly for medical reasons, imprisonment of government critics continued.

In July 2005, another clampdown on dissent resulted in the arrest of some 50 dissidents after participating in peaceful demonstrations and commemoration events. On 13 July 2005, around 20 people were detained whilst commemorating the "13 de Marzo" tugboat disaster of 1994, in which some 35 people were killed while attempting to flee Cuba when their boat was reportedly rammed by the Cuban authorities(1). More than eight months later, five of these remain in custody without charge.

On 22 July 2005 approximately 30 people were arrested as they tried to participate in a peaceful demonstration outside the French Embassy in Havana, to demand the release of political prisoners in Cuba. Nine of them remain in detention without charges.

Amnesty International believes that at least four of those arrested in July 2005 are prisoners of conscience, detained solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression, association and assembly. All the prisoners remain detained without trial or any formal charges. Although not charged, they are reportedly being held in maximum security prisons outside Havana.

The newly declared prisoners of conscience are:

René Gómez Manzano, (detained on 22 July 2005), a 63-year-old lawyer and Vice President of the Assembly to Promote Civil Society, Asamblea para Promover la Sociedad Civil. He was a prisoner of conscience in the past when he was arrested in July 1997 and sentenced to four years’ imprisonment, charged with "sedition", "sedición". He was released in May 2000.(2)

Oscar Mario González Pérez, (detained on 22 July 2005), a 62-year-old independent journalist for the press agency Grupo Decoro. In March 2005 he was reportedly detained for one day and told to stop writing as an independent journalist.

Emilio Leyva Pérez, (detained on 13 July 2005), 41-year-old President of Hard Front Line, Frente Línea Dura and delegate of the Asamblea para promover las Sociedad Civil as well as being an active member of the Proyecto Varela campaign for a referendum on constitutional human rights reforms in Cuba. He was a prisoner of conscience in the past when he was acting President of the unofficial Partido Pro Derechos Humanos de Cuba, the Cuban Pro Human Rights Party. It is believed that he was arrested on 22 February 2002 to prevent him from participating in activities to commemorate the 24 February 1996 downing of two planes belonging to a Cuban exile group by the Cuban air force. He was charged with public disorder, disrespect and resistance but never tried. He was released on 8 June 2004.(3)

Julio César López Rodríguez, (detained on 22 July 2005), 39-year-old Vice President of the Frente Línea Dura and Director of an independent library. He has reportedly been campaigning peacefully for many years for political reform and the defence of human rights, and kept anti-totalitarian books in his library.

Political repression

Amnesty International is also seriously concerned about the number of dissidents, journalists, and human rights defenders that are reportedly being arrested under charges of ‘pre-criminal dangerousness’. According to article 72 of Cuba’s Criminal Code (Law 62), "any person shall be deemed dangerous if he or she has shown a proclivity to commit crimes demonstrated by conduct that is in manifest contradiction with the norms of socialist morality." Article 75.1 of the same law provides that any police officer can issue a warning (acta de advertencia) for "dangerousness". A warning can also be issued for associating with a "dangerous person."(4) The declaration of a dangerous pre-criminal state can be decided summarily according to Decree No. 129, issued in 1991.(5) Any person who has received one or more warning can be convicted of dangerousness and sentenced at a Municipal Tribunal for up to four years in prison.

According to the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation, during 2005, more than 20 dissidents were arrested on charges of "dangerousness".

Freedom of expression, assembly and association

Governments are bound by international law to uphold the right to freedom of expression, which includes the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers and in any media. However, freedom of expression is very restricted in Cuba because of the complete control exerted by the government on all media outlets. Private ownership of press, radio, television and other means of communication is prohibited by law, thus the exercise of the right to freedom of expression is restricted by the lack of means of mass communication falling outside state control.

Independent journalist Guillermo Fariñas has been staging a hunger strike since 31 January 2006 to obtain access to internet for all Cubans. Internet remains under governmental control, accessible only through official organizations or at hotels from where Cuban nationals are normally barred.

All human rights, civil and professional associations and unions that exist today in Cuba outside the officialdom of the state apparatus and mass organizations controlled by the government are barred from having legal status. This often puts at risk the individuals who belong to these associations of facing harassment, intimidation or criminal charges for activities which constitute the legitimate exercise of the fundamental freedoms of expression, association and assembly.

Denial of freedom of expression has been considered as a factor which contributes to the violations of other human rights, notably the rights of human rights defenders which are enshrined in the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders(6), adopted by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1998. Cuba, as a member state of the UN, clearly committed itself to respect the rights of human rights defenders at the national and international level. However, the difficulties and harassment faced by human rights defenders reflect in today’s Cuba the lack of fundamental freedoms and the pervasiveness of human rights violations at large.

Upsurge in Violent Attacks

Amnesty International is also seriously concerned about a recent cases of "actos de repudio", "acts of repudiation", when large groups of government supporters verbally abuse, intimidate and sometimes physically assault and throw stones and other objects at homes of anyone considered to be counter-revolutionary . These acts are normally carried out in collusion with the security forces and sometimes involve the Committees for the Defence of the Revolution (CDRs), Comités de Defensa de la Revolución(7) or the Rapid Response Brigades, Destacamentos Populares de Respuesta Rápida(8). The level of violence of these recent acts is particularly worrying and unprecedented in the last few years.

For example, on 21 January 2006 a huge crowd of people arrived at the home of the Sigler Amaya family in Matanzas province. Reportedly, some members of the crowd had megaphones and shouted abuse and then entered the house with sticks. They reportedly hit and kicked the residents and broke furniture. A few days later, on 27 January, Juan Francisco Sigler Amaya, a member of the opposition group Movimiento Independiente Opción Alternativa, Alternative Option Independent Movement, reportedly suffered an attempt on his life whilst on his way to work by bicycle in the early hours of the morning. A car reportedly turned off its lights, sped up, and attempted to run him over, causing him to suffer severe bruising to the arms and legs as he fell off his bicycle. The occupants of the car reportedly shouted abuse and threats as they drove away. He was also the victim of an "acto de repudio" at his workplace on 23 January. Two of the Sigler Amaya brothers, Ariel and Guido, are currently prisoners of conscience, detained in the March 2003 crackdown and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment each.

On 3 February 2006, psychiatrist Dr. Pedro Arturo Hernández Cabrera, President of the Commission of Attention to Health, Comisión de Atención a la Salud, was reportedly attacked in his home in Cienfuegos province when his wife opened the door to a crowd, including a member of the Ministry of the Interior. He was shouted at, insulted. His home searched, and his books, letters, photos and a radio were confiscated and he was then taken to the Unidad Municipal de la Policía Nacional Revolucionaria (PNR), a police station. When he finally returned home in the evening, his home was reportedly surrounded by some 300 people who proceeded to shout offensive remarks for about 40 minutes.

According to blind human rights defender and lawyer, Juan Carlos González Leiva, President of the Fundación Cubana de Derechos Humanos, Cuban Human Rights Foundation, he has been subjected to numerous "actos de repudio". For example, in January 2006 he and some visitors were prevented from leaving his house for several days whilst pro-revolution music was played loudly outside and the electricity, water and telephone were cut off and no family members were allowed to enter the house.

Ex-prisoner of conscience Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello, President of the Asamblea para Promover la Sociedad Civil, has reportedly suffered several "actos de repudio" since her release on 22 July 2004. For example, according to reports, on 16 February 2006, members of the Rapid Response Brigades crowded around her house and would not permit anyone to leave or enter it. They also shouted abuse and played loud music for several hours.

The US embargo on Cuba

Amnesty International is concerned that the ongoing unilateral US embargo against Cuba continues to have a detrimental impact on the exercise of the full range of human rights in Cuba. Amnesty International believes that the US embargo contributes to the undermining of key civil and political rights in Cuba. On these grounds, Amnesty International calls for its immediate lifting. The organization also calls on the Cuban government to stop using the embargo and the political antagonism with the US government as a pretext to violate the human rights of the Cuban people.


Amnesty International calls on the Cuban authorities:

· to release all prisoners of conscience immediately and unconditionally;
· to uphold rights pertaining to the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders;
· to bring charges against those still in detention or release them and ensure those charged are given a fair trial in compliance with international standards;
· to cease the harassment, persecution and imprisonment of human rights defenders, independent journalist and political dissidents while exercising their right to freedom of expression, assembly and association, and to allow them to obtain legal status for their organizations;
· to reform laws, regulations and administrative practices relating to freedom of expression, association and assembly in accordance with international standards;
· to eliminate from the Criminal Code provisions regarding "dangerousness" and all other provisions that might contribute to arbitrary detentions.



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(1) See AMR 25/13/97, July 1997.

(2) See AMR 25/16/98 and AMR 25/24/98.

(3) See AMR 25/008/2002 and AMR 25/001/2003.

(4) Article 75.1, Cuban Criminal Code, Law 62 of 1987.

(5) Annual Report 1998, OEA/Ser.L/V/II.102, Chapter V, para. 29, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, OAS.

(6) The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders is the abbreviation of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

(7) The CDRs were founded in 1960 to "mobilise the people to defend the revolution and the conquests of socialism". They constitute the largest mass organization in Cuba and exist in every neighbourhood, in the collective task of vigilance against counter-revolutionary activity.

(8) Rapid Response Brigades are made up of Communist Party members and others. They were created in 1991 to confront, by violent means if necessary, any sign of discontent or opposition to the government.
Saturday, March 18th, 2006
11:21 pm
[_______insomnia]
Cuba acabó con Dominicana!!!

Cubanos vencen 3-1 a los dominicanos

i knew cuba was going to win :).


Current Mood: excited
Friday, March 3rd, 2006
7:02 pm
[bluecadet]
Judge orders U.S. to let Cubans return


Mariela Conesa (left) and Mercedes Hernandez have relatives who were sent back to Cuba.


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Current Mood: sleepy
Thursday, September 29th, 2005
7:28 pm
[internationale]
Cuba says exile ruling belies U.S. anti-terror war
HAVANA, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Cuba accused the U.S. government on Thursday of protecting a Cuban exile wanted for the bombing of a passenger plane while hypocritically sending American soldiers to die fighting terrorism.

A U.S. immigration judge ruled on Tuesday that Luis Posada Carriles, a former CIA operative and anti-Castro militant, could not be deported to Cuba or Venezuela where he is sought for trial in the 1976 downing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people.

The decision showed the "falsehood and hypocrisy" of the U.S. government's "supposed anti-terrorist crusade," Cuba's ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma said in an editorial, in the first official Cuban reaction to the ruling.

"The same government that has unleashed wars and sent its soldiers to die in the name of the fight against terrorism is today protecting one of the most notorious terrorists of our times," the front-page editorial said.
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Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
8:55 am
[erniecu73]
Not even the music will be exempt
Police prohibit "foreign and subversive" rock music

MORON, Cuba, September 22 (Abel Escobar Ramírez / www.cubanet.org) - Police prohibited a beer stand from playing rock music during the local carnival celebrations on grounds it was "foreign and subversive."

According to a communique from human rights activist Ana Lucia Martín Horta, the authorities appeared at midnight on September 16 and ordered the operator of the beer stand to stop playing the rock music records he had brought from home.

The incident occurred at the Marti de Morón Park in Ciego de Ávila during the carnival held September 15-18.

"It has to be seen what freedom of culture the government has in mind when it prohibits young people from healthily enjoying what they want," said the activist.

http://www.cubanet.org/CNews/y05/sep05/23e2.htm

Current Mood: cynical
Friday, September 23rd, 2005
10:46 pm
[bluecadet]
You are a

Social Liberal
(73% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(10% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Socialist




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Monday, September 5th, 2005
5:48 pm
[internationale]
What Cuba Has Offered the People of the Gulf Coast
By FIDEL CASTRO

These remarks had to be written in a rush, as sometimes happens when things occur quickly and unexpectedly. I'll explain the reasons for this...
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Sunday, September 4th, 2005
11:16 am
[internationale]
"Free the computers for Cuba!"
Protesters in New York City rally on Aug. 24 demanding the release of computers and other equipment seized from the Pastors for Peace humanitarian aid caravan in July. The equipment was seized by U.S. Customs agents, acting on the orders of the U.S. Commerce Department, when the 16th “Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba” attempted to cross the border at Mexico.

http://www.workers.org/2005/us/computers-0908/
Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
10:10 am
[archmyback]
CASTRO/HURRICANE
Does anyone know ANYTHING about Fidel CASTRO announcing an offer to send 1,100 Cuban doctors to New Orleans to aide in the Hurricane Relief? IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING OR WHERE I CAN FIND ANY INFO REGARDING THIS MATTER, PLEASE REPLY.
xposted to everythingcuba
Friday, August 19th, 2005
5:17 am
[bluecadet]
Thursday, July 21st, 2005
8:42 pm
[bluecadet]
Taken from CNN:


CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has warned the United States he will respond to any move to wage "electronic warfare" against his left-wing government through television and radio broadcasts.

The Venezuelan leader condemned Wednesday an amendment to a bill adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives that authorizes broadcasts to Venezuela to counter what one U.S. lawmaker called Chavez's "anti-American, anti-freedom rhetoric."

Backers of the measure said they hope to get the Senate to approve their version of the legislation.

The bill passed the House just days before Chavez's government was to launch Telesur, a Venezuelan-financed venture with the governments of Argentina, Cuba and Uruguay.

Its creators say Telesur will seek to break what they call the "hegemony" of international and local commercial networks in their coverage of Latin America.

Chavez, an outspoken nationalist who often accuses President Bush of plotting to topple him, said U.S. government broadcasts aimed specifically at Venezuela would be "electronic warfare."

"If the U.S. government makes this move, our government would have to respond somehow. To every counterrevolutionary action, we will respond by deepening our revolution," Chavez told Venezuelan state television in a telephone interview.

Relations between Venezuela and its biggest oil client, the United States, have deteriorated as Washington has stepped up criticism of Chavez. The United States receives around 15 percent of its oil imports from Venezuela.

U.S. officials have accused Chavez, who was first elected in 1998 and won a referendum on his rule last year, of eroding democracy in Venezuela. They also condemn his alliance with Cuban President Fidel Castro.

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, a Florida Republican who proposed the amendment, called Chavez "an enemy of freedom."

"He is a threat to the United States and stands to undermine the balance of power in the Western Hemisphere," said Mack, a member of the House International Relations Committee.

International rights groups have accused Chavez of restricting press freedom in Venezuela by threatening his media critics and passing a law that regulates TV and radio content.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/07/21/chavez.us.reut/index.html

This was not taken from CNN haha:



Current Mood: sleepy
Tuesday, July 19th, 2005
8:23 pm
[redsmurfspit]
Castro refuses aid from washington
Cuba's damages and deaths from Hurricane Dennis keep rising -- and so does its government's resolve not to accept any help from Washington.

By Frances Robles. frobles@herald.com. Posted on Wed, Jul. 13, 2005.

Hurricane Dennis caused about $1.4 billion in damage and killed 16 people in Cuba, but the government there will refuse any aid from Washington or Europe, Fidel Castro has announced.

Castro's decision to rebuff aid came as reports of Dennis' mayhem in the Caribbean kept climbing. Four days after the Category 4 storm pummeled the islands, a total of 41 people are now confirmed dead -- 16 in Cuba and 25 in Haiti.

But Castro says he turned down a U.S. offer of $50,000, and would spurn even $1 billion -- if it came from Uncle Sam. ''Cuba will not accept humanitarian aid from the United States, which imposes a criminal blockade, or from any of the European governments that took aid away under the pretext of human rights violations,'' the Communist Party daily Granma reported in a story paraphrasing Castro's comments.

The Cuban leader made the announcement on a late-night TV news show that started Monday and dragged on for seven hours. The story made reference to a 2003 move by the EU -- now suspended -- to cut off aid after Cuba's crackdown on dissidents.

from: http://www.cubanet.org/cubanews.html
8:16 pm
[redsmurfspit]
Anti-Castro signs appear in two towns
HAVANA, Cuba - July 8 (Guillermo Fariñas, Cubanacán Press / Rosa María Montoya, APLO / www.cubanet.org) - During the past week anti-Castro signs have appeared in two interior towns, touching off a police search for the authors.

Two signs, one saying "Castro murderer" and the other "Castro turn on the light," an allusion to current power outages, were posted in Las Tosas, near Santi Spiritus, according to Raimundo Perdigón Brito, representative of the dissident November 30 Frank Pais Democratic Party.

One of the signs was found a couple of hundred feet from the guest house used by Castro's security detail.

The other signs appeared in the old train station in San Luis near Santiago de Cuba. One said "Down with Fidel" while others showed the president in humorous poses, such as distributing cooking pots designed to use less energy.

Comments of residents indicate that the protests result from recent power blackouts from 9 p.m. to 11 a.m. also from reports of anemia among secondary school students.

from: http://www.cubanet.org/cubanews.html
Thursday, June 30th, 2005
1:40 pm
[redsmurfspit]
wow that whole national health care thing is working well
No aspirin in Cienfuegos' pharmacies

CIENFUEGOS, Cuba -June 22 (Luis Miguel González, Cubanacán Press / www.cubanet.org) - Aspirins have disappeared from Cienfuegos' pharmacies in the last few months.

Enrique Toledo, a resident of the Pueblo Grifo subdivision, learned recently that there haven't been any aspirins sold in local pharmacies after he went looking himself. He said he has to take aspirin daily for a cardiac condition.

"If I don't find the medicine, my health will get worse," he said.

Toledo said that visiting several pharmacies, he was repeatedly told to look for aspirin in the hard currency pharmacies, a suggestion he found insulting, as he doesn't have access to hard currency.

A man who works in the medicine warehouse in Cienfuegos, who asked that his name not be used, said the reason there are no aspirins in the local pharmacies is that lately the stocks have been shipped to Venezuela, Haiti, and Perú.
1:37 pm
[redsmurfspit]
State security police seek authors of anti-Castro caricatures

SANTA CLARA, Cuba - June 27 (Niurvys Díaz Remond, Cubanacán Press / www.cubanet.org) - Local sign makers and painters are being questioned by state security police following a rash of anti-Castro caricatures drawn on walls in the Santa Clara region.

The caricatures show a rice pot attached to the president's buttocks with a cable, an allusion to a campaign to save energy through the use of more fuel efficient cooking pots. The caricatures appeared on walls in Caibarién, Camajuaní, Santa Clara and Manajanabo.

Although wall posters are a popular form of dissident expression in Cuba, the authors of the works can be charged with the crime of producing "enemy propaganda" and face lengthy jail sentences
Thursday, June 23rd, 2005
2:23 am
[vegan_vanguard]
Cuba Revokes Self-Employed Worker Licenses
HAVANA - Cuba's communist government has revoked some 2,000 licenses from self-employed workers across the island, part of a campaign to reassert state control over the economy, local media reported this week.

Those who lost their licenses were violating rules that allow a limited number of Cubans to work for themselves, Tribuna, a weekly newspaper, reported Sunday.

The government has repeatedly complained about growing inequality associated with self-employment, and officials say private workers often compete with the government or steal state goods. A private worker can earn more in a day than the $12 (10 euros) that the average state worker makes in a month.


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