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jueves, abril 23, 2015

Denuncian atentados a la integridad física de cubanos residentes en Miami

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373_rogelio-travieso-- Cuba noticias, Lawton, La Habana, (PD) Rogelio Travieso Pérez, miembro del Comité Político del Partido Liberales de Cuba denunció en un llamado hecho desde esta capital, a las autoridades en el área de Miami Beach, el intento de asesinato por parte de Carlos Garrido González, también residente en Miami Beach, contra el esposo de su hija, Javier Vadés, contra quien lanzó su automóvil.
Rogelio Travieso Pérez, ha sido y es acusado de “asalariado del gobierno estadounidense” por Garrido González, quien lo ha manifestado públicamente en presencia de Amelis Travieso, la hija de Rogelio y el esposo de esta, afirmación refutada por ambos.
Tal acusación fue repetida de forma pública por el señor Carlos Garrido González. Existe la presunción por parte de Rogelio Travieso y por varios opositores y periodistas desde Cuba que Garrido González pudiera haber recibido la orientación para todo esto, por parte de ‘alguien desde algún sitio’, vinculado al gobierno cubano.
Refiere además nuestra fuente, -el Sr. Travieso Pérez- que tales afirmaciones, que calificó de infundios sin base, siempre fueron refutadas, dentro y fuera de Cuba.
“¡Nunca he recibido un centavo del gobierno de los Estados Unidos!”, expresó Travieso Pérez.
Dadas las últimas actividades desplegadas por el gobierno cubano durante el transcurso de la VII Cumbre de las Américas en Panamá y el proceder de las bandas de la sociedad servil que allí envió para participar en los foros que allí tuvieron lugar sobre sociedad civil. Dada la conducta incivil de estos grupos de gamberros que sin tapujos incurrieron en lo que muchos califican como terrorismo de estado, Rogelio Travieso Pérez, procedió a denunciar estos hechos.
Afirma estar seriamente preocupado por la integridad física de su hija y del esposo de esta, a pesar de estar ambos bajo la protección de la ley de los Estados Unidos de América. “¡Esta gente no respeta nada!”, concluyó.
Para Cuba noticias: j.gonzalez.febles@gmail.com

martes, marzo 31, 2015

Medica cubana se fuga con su familia de Brasil a Miami

... Dianelys San Roman Parrado huye de “Más Médicos” de Brasil ante
Foto: www.mariodcabrera.com
 Una médica cubana que trabajaba en Brasil en el programa de cooperación Más médicos se fugó y viajó a Estados Unidos con su marido y su hijo, informó este martes la prensa local.
Según la edición electrónica del diario Folha de Sao Paulo, Dianelys San Román Parrado, que trabajaba como médica en el municipio de Jandira, en la región metropolitana de Sao Paulo, partió hacia la ciudad estadounidense de Miami con su esposo y un hijo de cinco años.
La deserción, según el periódico, se produjo por "presión" del Gobierno cubano, que supuestamente determinó el retornó a la Isla caribeña de los familiares de los médicos que trabajan en el programa de cooperación que impulsa el Gobierno de la presidenta de Drasil, Dilma Rousseff, informa EFE.
La médica había entrado en el programa en 2013 y esta es la primera vez que un cubano del programa deserta por "presiones" del Gobierno de La Habana, que de acuerdo con la información amenazó con sustituir los profesionales cuyos familiares se nieguen a retornar a Cuba.
El Ministerio de Salud de Brasil, por su parte, indicó que no puede interferir en las relaciones laborales internas entre los médicos cubanos y su país de origen.
El programa fue creado en 2013 y atiende actualmente a cerca de 50 millones de personas, en su mayoría en zonas pobres de la periferia de las grandes ciudades o en localidades remotas del país.
En un principio, el programa se orientó a médicos extranjeros y a brasileños que trabajaban en el exterior, debido a las reticencias de los doctores locales a aceptar ser destinados a localidades remotas o a zonas pobres.
La gran mayoría de los profesionales actualmente empleados, cerca de 11.000, son cubanos que fueron contratados en el marco de un convenio de colaboración con la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS).
La deserción se da al tiempo que el senador opositor Cassio Cunha, del Partido de la Social Democracia Brasileña (PSDB), propone al Ministerio Público que el salario a los médicos cubanos sea entregado directamente a los profesionales, como se hace con el resto de extranjeros, y no a través del Gobierno de La Habana.
A comienzos de febrero, el Gobierno anunció una ampliación del programa, con el que pretende llevar a profesionales sanitarios a las zonas más pobres y más remotas del país para dar atención a unas 63 millones de personas.
En la nueva fase del Más Médicos se crearán 4.146 nuevas plazas para doctores este año, aunque a diferencia de la primera etapa del programa, se dará prioridad a los brasileños en el proceso de selección y sólo se contratará a extranjeros si sobran plazas, según informó en su momento el Ministerio de Salud.

viernes, marzo 27, 2015

Boxeadores cubanos en "Mayami" La mala costumbre y la promocion equivocada

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Por Andrés Pascual
Barthelemy noquea a Perez/ www.miamiherald.com
Un poco más de 1,500 fanáticos presenciaron la cartelera de ayer jueves en el Hipódromo de Hialeah ¿Buena cantidad? Al modo mío de verlo, insuficiente para complacer a todos los implicados en la puesta en marcha del show boxístico.
El programa fue movido, atractivo, a pesar de que no pelearon figuras de permanencia en las ternas como Rigondeaux o Lara; Gamboa hizo acto de presencia como espectador y Barthelemy noqueó como debutante en el peso welter jr.
Todavía no acabo de entender por qué los promotores miamenses mantienen la participación mayoritaria de los cubanos recién llegados en los programas de boxeo, por encima de otras nacionalidades de interés que también viven en la ciudad.
Hay detalles y detallistas, como parte del trabajo ideológico, porque no podían emular al pasado en brillantez, porque lo que proponían (y proponen) no valía un centavo en el aspecto artístico; pues, en 1968, el castrocomunismo “autorizó” las actividades deportivas sin pagar la entrada, no gratis; ese dinero, el miserable que invertían, lo recuperaban de otras formas, como han hecho con la salud y la educación.
Quiero decir que el llamado “hombre nuevo” nunca va a constituir un guarismo de interés para la caja contadora promotoril, porque, por mal acostumbrados viciosamente, no comulgan con el pago de la entrada, o no acaban de entender las normas de convivencia civilizada bajo condiciones de vida capitalista y esta es una de ellas: al atleta y a su entorno se le paga y el dinero no crece en el huerto particular de Luis de Cubas o de Tutico Zavala.
En la Cuba y el boxeo de los Castro, donde prevalece el concepto “A CABALLO REGALA’O NO SE LE MIRA EL COLMILLO”, la actividad de entretenimiento es a “como salga”, sin posibilidad “amoral” de quejarse porque “te lo estoy regalando”, con el agravante de que no tienen opciones para comparar, sino cuando llegan aquí, a pesar de que están en un lugar donde pueden tomar y comerse desde uno a 100 refrescos o 25 sandwiches, rechazan el acto de presencia en la actividad porque hay que pagar la entrada, pero discuten sobre la superioridad de “su hermano” aún sin ayudarlo con el apoyo del público natural que se supone sean.
El peleador cubano recién llegado, una vez que no puede arrastrar a 5,000 “hermanos” a estadio abierto para que lo vean pelear, porque su compatriota carece de la educación sobre qué es un negocio limpio, de cuándo y por qué se paga o se regala propina, debe cesar como objetivo de la promotora local, las que, más tarde o más temprano, se verán obligadas a tratar de facturar ídolos locales para gusto de la fanaticada de Venezuela, que mantienen la mentalidad capitalista, traen dinero y apoyan al de ellos en presencia (observe las gradas cuando la llamada “vino tinto” juega en Miami), si no lo hacen, en cualquier momento tendrán que enfrentar la competencia en el oficio de venezolanos, de colombianos o de ambos asociados, sin descartar a los peruanos, con posibles resultados desastrosos para la parte cubana o afiliada a la promoción de cubanos de nueva edición.
De Venezuela, de Colombia o de dónde sea, menos de la Cuba de hoy, porque no tienen los valores que hacen falta para mantener el pabellón en alto, deben ser los peleadores, mayoritariamente necesarios, para levantar el alicaído boxeo del Sur de la Florida.
No se puede pensar que los cubanos nuevos vayan a pagar un ticket para ver a Rancés Barthelemy contra lo que mandan para la Isla o contra lo que gastan en precios del pasaje más la visa, sin contar el equipaje y lo que llevan cash, tanto para la familia, como para el policía que los “asalta o soborna” en la aduana.
Todavía no me explicó por qué no entienden ciertas razones los que viven de este negocijo, sin ídolos locales no puede “prender” el boxeo en la ciudad, pero no precisamente con ídolos cubanos será posible rehacer la vieja máxima de desarrollo del pugilismo…PORQUE NO LOS VAN A VER SI TIENEN QUE PAGAR LA ENTRADA. A fin de cuentas, otro crimen del castrismo contra la personalidad de quien debió nacer cubano.

domingo, marzo 22, 2015

"Miami se ha convertido en una inmensa factoría al servicio del fidelismo" - Juan Abreu

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Y no sólo hay que lamentar la ausencia de una industria cultural cubana en Miami, también está lo otro, que es aún peor. El lado tenebroso, digamos, de nuestro fracaso. Viajo de aquí para allá en un coche bello y poderoso y voy mirando y es espeluznante ver ese lado tenebroso de nuestro fracaso. Y es que Miami se ha convertido en una inmensa factoría (Díaz de Villegas) al servicio del fidelismo y en muchos casos una factoría administrada por la policía cubana, una factoría dedicada a esquilmar y a ordeñar a las víctimas del castrismo que se han convertido en una pieza fundamental de la maquinaria que mantiene en el poder a la dictadura.
Viajes a Cuba, paquetes a Cuba, dinero a Cuba, hasta muertos llevan para Cuba, quién puede desear que lo entierren en ese estercolero, pienso, pero hay miles de cubanos que quieren, a juzgar por lo floreciente del negocio. Es decir que te expulsan de tu país después de robártelo todo y llegas al exilio y te pones a trabajar como un burro para mandar dinero a la dictadura que te esclavizó echó robó humilló y envileció. Y regresas, además, en cuanto te lo permite el dictador, como un perro a olisquear ansioso el culo del dictador.
Y cuando llegas al final de tu vida, lo que te preocupa es mandar más dinero a la isla estercolero para que te entierren allí donde tanto te jodieron en ese estercolero al que sigues atado como un miserable esclavo.

sábado, marzo 21, 2015

"...mover el culo que eso es para nosotros la cultura" - Juan Abreu

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Miami (4)
Paso por donde están construyendo el Museo Cubano. Una gran cosa que estén construyendo este Museo Cubano pero al mismo tiempo una vergüenza. Cincuenta años de exilio e incontables cubanos multimillonarios y esto. Debería ocupar un espacio tres o cuatro veces mayor y tener al menos cinco plantas y haber llamado a Frank Gehry o a Zaha Hadid para diseñarlo. Pero nunca nos ha interesado la cultura salvo mover el culo que eso es para nosotros la cultura. Ya Lezama se tenía que publicar sus libros y Víctor Manuel y Ponce se morían de hambre y aquí Leandro Eduardo Campa gran poeta fue un homeless y se pudre en una tumba sin nombre y Guillermo Rosales vivía en un boarding home. No hay aún una gran editorial cubana en Miami como se sabe y las páginas culturales en los diarios en español prácticamente no existen.
En Cuba es una obviedad decirlo no hay ninguna cultura porque cómo va a haber una cultura de lameculos: una cultura de cobardes y lameculos no es una cultura. La esperanza de la cultura cubana era Miami.
Aquí en Miami tuvimos la oportunidad de demostrar que éramos mejores y que el dolor algo nos había enseñado. Pero.

miércoles, diciembre 10, 2014

Alex Morales - Escaping Cuba On A Windsurfer

Alex Morales journeyed from Cuba to America… by windsurfer. This is the story of his brave journey across the ocean and to becoming a respected board shaper. 
Images and words by Timothy Venn.
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Like many of Miami’s population, Alex Morales’s life started in the Communist dictatorship of Cuba – but his journey since has been unlike any other. Fascinated by his first sight of a windsurfer as an eight year-old boy, he knew he was bitten by the windsurfing bug that was sweeping the world. However, with no windsurfing opportunities for kids, he had to make do with sailing dinghies and begging the local windsurfers for a try on their boards.
This is when young Alex showed the first signs of his improvisational, ‘get-it-done’ attitude when he started to build his own kid’s windsurfer. “I started building Styrofoam boards and bamboo masts and booms. It was jury-rigged gear like a typical third-world kid – but it was the only gear I could get for my size.” Finally, a few years later, he was able graduate to real boards, and his dedication and persistence paid off when he won the 1987 Youth Event and was selected to be in the Cuban Olympic windsurfing team in 1989.
For many windsurfers and Cubans alike, this might have been a dream come true – being paid (albeit a modest stipend) to windsurf. However, the life of a state sponsored windsurfer had limited appeal to Alex, who was acutely aware of the artificial bubble he was living in – limited to state events with other communist countries. “You might be in the best shape – but if you don’t compete internationally, you can never be your best technically.” Word was flooding in from the US and Europe through windsurfing magazines, TV and radio of the exciting developments in equipment and competitions. “My biggest influence back then was the windsurfing magazines that made windsurfing look so colorful and hardcore.”
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Alex Morales Windsurfing Cuban Olympic Team 1992
Alex knew what he had to do – but leaving Cuba freely was not an option, so he plotted his departure with the only option left – as a ‘Balsero’, making the 90 mile journey to Florida and freedom by raft. Even as an expert windsurfer, he realized that windsurfing to Florida would be physically exhausting and dangerous, so he tried leaving twice with home-made rafts powered by outboard engines. After both attempts failed, he finally turned to his last and least favored option – by windsurfer. “The windsurfing option was always in the back of my mind, but I knew that it would be exhausting – perhaps beyond my limits.”
In order for this highly risky enterprise to succeed he knew it would take some luck and careful planning, so over the next 18 months he studied the weather, the ocean conditions and currents to figure out the optimal time of year to make his attempt. April 25th 1994 was picked for the consistent east winds, ocean current and moderate weather. Making precise calculations of the wind speed and currents, they set their heading to hit the Florida peninsula precisely in the center of the Florida Keys – avoiding the potentially fatal mistake of going out too far east out into the Atlantic Ocean or west into the Gulf of Mexico. Failing to make landfall in South Florida would have meant that there would have been little chance of completing the journey before exhaustion and dehydration would have taken its toll. He also carefully selected his board – the relatively wide and floaty Bic Reggae with a retractable dagger-board that allowed him to also easily sail upwind in light winds. Added to that, a custom sail that he made out of a 7.0 and smaller wave sail gave him low end power – but would still be manageable in the gusts.
Alex and two fellow windsurfers sailed from Cuba, avoiding the Cuban Coast Guard – taking over eighteen hours to reach US coastal waters where they were picked up by the Governor of Florida’s boat that was coming back from a fishing trip. Exhausted but elated on successfully making the trip, Alex got a call from Eugene (Eugenio Roman, who windsurfed out of Cuba on a last minute whim) to go windsurfing with him in Miami that same day. Alex couldn’t believe it! “I said like “!@#$ you, that’s the last thing I want to do right now! We did actually go windsurfing with him a couple of days later.”
“Windsurfing in Miami was like coming home” says Alex, “Maybe because I had so many friends and family here – I felt like Cuba had become a foreign country and Miami was where I was meant to be all my life.” However, beyond getting to Florida, Alex had no specific plans. Just being free was enough for him for that moment – but that did not mean he stayed idle and he worked hard to assimilate himself into the American culture, as well as becoming a licensed electrical contractor.
Alex’s involvement for the remainder of the 1990’s was minimal. “The US windsurfing media and industry became focused on wave sailing in the late 1990’s – which was something we cannot do here in South Florida, so I was not involved in windsurfing then. It was only when Formula windsurfing became big in the 2003 onwards did I get more involved again. I saw pros like Micah Buzianis and Antoine Albeau on Formula boards – and realized that it allowed windsurfing events to happen in all conditions – giving windsurfing a new life”
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Local competitions started up again and Alex got back into competing at event after event. “Everything came back when I realized that the events were not so wind dependent on Formula and I was fired up – this is amazing – this is what I was made to do. Then I thought, let’s make so more events and took the ball and started running with it.” Soon he had some big names like Micah Buzianis and Jimmy Diaz putting Miami on the windsurfing competition map. Getting sponsorship was tough – so Alex was forced to front most of the costs himself in the hope that the event generated enough revenue to cover them. “If I had to put the money out of my pocket and possibly lose or win, I still did it – the most important thing is that windsurfing is still alive and Miami is on the map.”
Alex then branched out into spreading the word by creating websites, Windsurfingtour.com and Miamiwindsurfing.com. “Facebook and social media websites have become the go-to platform now for this, replacing websites. Nowadays you have 15 seconds to catch someone’s attention and social media does that” Undeterred with his inability to get sponsorship for his events, Alex launched into a new venture – becoming a board and fin manufacturer himself. And thus, the Tillo International brand (http://tillo-international.com) was born. Alex has created a line of custom Formula, Slalom and SUP boards – hand shaped in his own workshop. Drawing customers from South Florida windsurfing community and his website, Alex’s brand is working on building a significant fan base.
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With many industry players decrying the demise of windsurfing, Alex is not ready to give up the fight. Even when windsurfing as an Olympic event was threatened in favor of kiteboarding, Alex joined a grass-roots effort to have it re-established, resulting in a surprising 180-degree turnaround by the ISAF committee to overturn their original decision. “It’s all about participation, whether it is at the international level or by the local communities. It’s hard at the local level, as amateurs feel insecure about their ability to compete – but keeping these events going keeps the incentive for the amateur windsurfer to get involved and keep windsurfing and buying gear. Windsurfing dies when people don’t put their time and resources into it. The water sports industry’s attention has shifted to kite boarding and SUP – but that will decline in the future too, if the long-term focus is not there.”
“Miami is one of the best cities in the US for these kinds of events right now. Our Slalom event had 53 competitors, including Micah Buzanis which is amazing – considering a PWA event can only have 40+ participants.” Building on this success, Alex has organized his next Slalom Event on November 4th 2014 in Virginia Key in Miami. He is also confident about the future. “Another exciting development is the new generation of kids with the Bic Techno Class having the biggest sailing fleet ever (with more participation than any sailing class) of over 400 kids in the last World Championship. These kids will go onto RSX and Slalom and carry on the flag of windsurfing. Also, new developments with boards and gear have made the sport faster and more exciting, which can now also be captured by low cost technology such as GoPro and drones – so there is no reason why more people cannot be turned on to this incredible sport.”

Read more at http://boards.mpora.com/features/alex-morales-escaping-cuba-on-a-windsurfer.html#vvyZLIjBMcS1Ficc.99

lunes, noviembre 24, 2014

MIAMI: Cuba stalemate makes identifying rafters difficult

In this Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 photo, Aliandi Garcia shows a photo of his uncle Jose Ramon Acosta, standing in the background on his mobile phone, who drowned during his journey to the United States, in Miami. The bodies surfaced near a popular South Florida beach: four men, all in the height of their youth, with nothing to identify them. Around the same time, Ramon Saul Sanchez began receiving phone calls: a group of nine Cuban migrants, including one pregnant woman, had left the island a week before. ALAN DIAZ — AP Photo

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2014/11/24/3442932_cuba-stalemate-makes-identifying.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy
— The bodies surfaced 20 miles from a popular South Florida beach: Four men, still youthful. Their remains were badly deteriorated, bitten by sharks, the faces unrecognizable.
One had a horseshoe-shaped scar on his head. Two bore tattoos — one with a spider on his back, another with a tiger on his arm. The fourth wore orange briefs and a gold-colored watch.
The Coast Guard delivered them to the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office — four more among the thousands who have died trying to cross the turbulent Florida Straits.
These bodies are often too exposed to saltwater and sea life to provide visual clues. Politics has made identifying the remains of Cuban migrants even more difficult: Because of the five-decade diplomatic stalemate between the U.S. and Cuba, pathologists in Florida can't get matching dental records and DNA from relatives on the island.
"The standard means of identification aren't going to work," said Larry Cameron, operations director for the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department.
Instead, investigators must piece together a puzzle of scars, tattoos, surgeries and clothing. In a best-case scenario, U.S. family members can be found to give DNA samples and get some closure. Florida law prohibits cremating unidentified bodies, so some bones are stored for years. The Broward morgue has bodies dating back to the 1970s.
Many others are buried in paupers' cemeteries after DNA is extracted, labeled only by a number, "and we never know that those rafters didn't get lost at sea," said Ramon Saul Sanchez, president of the Democracy Movement exile group.
Identifying these bodies has become a priority again for Florida's medical examiners amid a 75-percent increase this year in the number of Cubans trying to cross by sea. At least 3,722 Cubans have been intercepted at sea or made it to shore in the last fiscal year.
Most travel on rafts of wood, metal and Styrofoam, powered by a makeshift motor. With little or no navigational tools, they can get lost at sea, succumbing to dehydration far from shore. Some vessels are so small that sharks can tip them over. The vast majority who die simply disappear.
The U.S. Coast Guard has intercepted 72,771 Cubans at sea in the last three decades. Thousands of others made it to U.S. shores or were prevented by Cuban authorities from leaving. Scholars estimate at least 1 in 4 Cuban rafters don't survive, which could mean 18,000 have died.
Holly Ackerman, a Duke University researcher who has extensively studied Cuban rafters, said the U.S. and Cuba could help identify the missing and dead by comparing the names of those who left the island and those entered the United States, but have never done so.
Sanchez, for his part, has written to federal officials asking that the U.S. and Cuba establish a process to cooperate and identify rafters who are found dead.
In one of the worst Cuban rafter tragedies in recent years, 32 migrants left this August from Manzanillo, on the island's southern shore, and were stranded at sea for nearly a month. Only 15 were still alive when Mexican fishermen found them in early September. Two of those later died. The others perished at sea, their bodies thrown overboard, or tried to swim ashore. Their remains have not been found.
The four bodies recovered off Florida on Aug. 24 received less attention. There were no survivors to tell how long they had been at sea or where they had come from.
Then Sanchez began receiving calls: A group of nine people, including one pregnant woman, had disappeared five days earlier. All were friends and neighbors from San Antonio de los Banos, a town of 46,000 some 20 miles southwest of Havana.
When a group of people suddenly disappears on the island, Cubans know it likely means they've fled on a raft.
School teacher Junier Hernandez, 32, left a letter saying he was leaving and that his father should care for his 8-year-old son. Lester Martinez, 27, told his family the day before that he would leave on a raft.
"Think about what you're doing, it's crazy," his relatives implored.
"Trust me," Martinez insisted, according to his cousin.
Thirty-five-year-old Jose Ramon Acosta told no one he was leaving, but he'd seen his nephew Aliandi Garcia, 24, leave a year before. Garcia made it to Miami, where he got a call from relatives back in Cuba: "Your uncle left for the U.S.," they said. "Watch the television for any news."
Days passed. Relatives called the Cuban coast guard, but they had no information. The U.S. Coast Guard had not picked up any rafters matching their description.
Finally, Sanchez learned the Coast Guard had recovered four bodies off Hollywood Beach.
He gathered the U.S. relatives together — some distant cousins who had never met the rafters before — and went to the Broward County morgue, where investigators shared the bad news: The bodies were no longer recognizable. Some had body parts missing with "distinct semi-circular teeth impressions" along the edges of the tissue.
Chief Medical Examiner Craig Mallak said he contacted the Coast Guard about obtaining dental records and DNA from their relatives, but was told: "Until we have diplomatic relations with Cuba, it's very difficult."
"If you have a complete dental match, it's as good as a fingerprint or DNA," Mallak said. "But we weren't going to get that in this case."
So investigators spent hours with the families, collecting potential clues: how tall the men were, their hair color, whether they had any markings on their skin.
They learned that Garcia's uncle had surgery for epileptic seizures matching the shape and spot of Acosta's scar. The next piece of information removed any doubt: Investigators showed Garcia a picture of a gray shirt with a red Puma logo on it. It was the same shirt Garcia had given his uncle before he'd left on a raft himself.
That night, he broke the news to their family in Cuba. His grandmother began to scream: "My son is dead! My son is dead!"
Two of the other rafters, Alberto Mesa, 25, and Enrique Milanes, 45, were identified by their tattoos. Mesa was the father of a 2-year-old who sold hot dogs and had attempted to leave the island by raft at least four or five times before, his aunt said.
One of the only things distinguishing the fourth body was the gold-colored Orient brand watch, clouded by seawater that seeped under the glass covering the hour and minute hands. Hernandez's Miami relatives immediately recognized it as a present given to Hernandez's father several years earlier.
"It was just horrible," said Hernandez's cousin, Andres Diaz. "With a normal death, it's over with immediately. But this is a long, painstaking process that seems to never end."
Martinez and four others who apparently left with them are still missing. And two of the recovered bodies remain in the county morgue.
Garcia, who rents a room in a trailer and struggles to get by on restaurant work after one year in Miami, said he can't afford to cremate or bury his uncle's remains. Mesa's family would like to bury him in Cuba, but that will cost thousands of dollars they do not have.
Diaz said his family plans to bury Hernandez's ashes in Miami.
He has a small headshot image of the cousin he never met, showing Hernandez dressed in a black suit and shiny gray tie, his short dark hair pushed back with gel. The photo was taken for a passport the Cuban government denied, Diaz said.
"He died trying to come to this country," Diaz said. "We're going to bury him here."

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2014/11/24/3442932_cuba-stalemate-makes-identifying.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

sábado, noviembre 15, 2014

Police Raid Odebrecht's Offices Amid Corruption Probe

What else can be said about the Brazilian engineering company, Odebrecht?

It partners with the world's most vile dictators, i.e. Castro and Gaddafi.

It engages in human trafficking and slave labor practices in Africa.

It allowed (or turned a blind-eye to) the smuggling of illegal arms through the Port it was building -- in conjunction with Cuba's military -- in Mariel.

It's notorious for cost-overruns in its U.S. projects.

It's currently involved in a multi-billion dollar corruption probe in Brazil.

And yet, some Miami-Dade County politicians and lobbyists want to continue irresponsibly handing it our community's taxpayer dollars.

Go figure.

From Reuters:

Petrobras ex-director arrested, shares sink amid graft scandal

Brazilian police arrested a former Petrobras executive on Friday and the state-run oil giant's shares sank 5 percent after it was forced by a widening corruption scandal to delay the release of its financial results.

Former engineering director Renato Duque was the second senior Petrobras executive arrested in the investigation into a money laundering and bribery scheme that allegedly skimmed billions of dollars off contracts and into the pockets of politicians.

Police also raided the offices of leading construction and engineering firms, including Odebrecht and Mendes Junior. There, they seized potentially incriminating documents and arrested 18 people suspected of involvement in the graft scheme.

martes, noviembre 11, 2014

Cuba's rafters 20 years on: Photographer catches up with emigrants who fled the Communist island two decades ago to find success in America

Daily Mail Online
Two decades since Cuba lifted restrictions on rafters and opened the flood gates for anyone who wanted to leave the communist-led island, Reuters photographer Enrique de la Osa photographs some of those who made the journey. 
Some 31,000 Cubans were detained at sea by U.S. ships in the summer of 1994 in one of the biggest mass departures of Cuban rafters that changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and reshaped U.S.-Cuba relations.
It also reshaped the lives of the Cuban rafters. Many have gone on to gain success beyond not just what could have been in Cuba, but also beyond what some Americans born into more privileged lives have accomplished.
de la Osa's subjects include an Emmy winner, a Democratic political operative, a mechanic, hairstylist and more. It's a fitting exercise since crossings from Cuba are at a 5-year high.
Perhaps by looking at what the rafters of 1994 became, Americans might rethink how they perceive these daredevil immigrants.
Making something of themselves: Former Cuban rafter Luis Soler, 53, poses with the two Emmy awards he won as creative director at the Univision TV network, in Miami, Soler said he spent five days adrift with other migrants in 1994 before being picked up by the U.S. Coast Guard
Making something of themselves: Former Cuban rafter Luis Soler, 53, poses with the two Emmy awards he won as creative director at the Univision TV network, in Miami, Soler said he spent five days adrift with other migrants in 1994 before being picked up by the U.S. Coast Guard
Success story: Former Cuban rafter Tomas Curbelo, 51, poses in the headquarters of his electrical contracting company in Miami, September 18, 2014. Curbelo said he was jailed in Cuba for being a member of the opposition Democratic Solidarity Party
Success story: Former Cuban rafter Tomas Curbelo, 51, poses in the headquarters of his electrical contracting company in Miami, September 18, 2014. Curbelo said he was jailed in Cuba for being a member of the opposition Democratic Solidarity Party
Built a better future: Gricel Gonzalez, 37, poses at the campaign headquarters of Democratic candidate for the governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, where she works as a communications director in Miami. Gonzalez was 16 when she boarded a boat in Cuba with her sister, mother and stepfather to try and reach the Guantanamo Base during the 1994 Cuban Exodus. She said that at night they heard a man crying for help for a pregnant woman, but they never saw them
Built a better future: Gricel Gonzalez, 37, poses at the campaign headquarters of Democratic candidate for the governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, where she works as a communications director in Miami. Gonzalez was 16 when she boarded a boat in Cuba with her sister, mother and stepfather to try and reach the Guantanamo Base during the 1994 Cuban Exodus. She said that at night they heard a man crying for help for a pregnant woman, but they never saw them
Inspiring: Former Cuban rafter Sergio Lastres, 49, poses at an exhibition of his work based on the 1994 Cuban raft exodus in Miami, September 19, 2014. Lastres and his wife were among 15 migrants rescued when their raft filled with water in 1994. They were taken to Guantanamo Base where he painted his first work about rafters, he said
Inspiring: Former Cuban rafter Sergio Lastres, 49, poses at an exhibition of his work based on the 1994 Cuban raft exodus in Miami, September 19, 2014. Lastres and his wife were among 15 migrants rescued when their raft filled with water in 1994. They were taken to Guantanamo Base where he painted his first work about rafters, he said
Studied: Faustino Jose, 60, poses in his jewelery store in Miami. Faustino, who was an industrial engineer in Cuba, said he studied all of Thor Heyerdahl's books about rafting before building his own and leaving Cuba in 1994
Studied: Faustino Jose, 60, poses in his jewelery store in Miami. Faustino, who was an industrial engineer in Cuba, said he studied all of Thor Heyerdahl's books about rafting before building his own and leaving Cuba in 1994
Dangerous: Rafter Pedro Brea, 50, poses while working as a municipal garbage collector in Miami. Brea said he spent three days clinging to a sinking raft in the middle of a storm when a U.S. Navy frigate picked him up from the sea in 1994
Dangerous: Rafter Pedro Brea, 50, poses while working as a municipal garbage collector in Miami. Brea said he spent three days clinging to a sinking raft in the middle of a storm when a U.S. Navy frigate picked him up from the sea in 1994
Taking off: Carlos Hernandez, 45, poses in his workshop in Miami. Hernandez said he was a youth baseball star in Cuba when he decided to climb into a catamaran in 1994 and head for the U.S. after Cuba lifted restrictions on rafters in 1994, opening the flood gates for anyone who wanted to leave the communist-led island
Taking off: Carlos Hernandez, 45, poses in his workshop in Miami. Hernandez said he was a youth baseball star in Cuba when he decided to climb into a catamaran in 1994 and head for the U.S. after Cuba lifted restrictions on rafters in 1994, opening the flood gates for anyone who wanted to leave the communist-led island
Caution to the wind: Jose Ramon Velazquez, 60, poses in one of his optical stores in Miami. Velazquez said he was a radiologist when he decided to climb into a makeshift boat with 22 other migrants in 1994
Caution to the wind: Jose Ramon Velazquez, 60, poses in one of his optical stores in Miami. Velazquez said he was a radiologist when he decided to climb into a makeshift boat with 22 other migrants in 1994
Nightmare: Former Cuban rafter Moraima Alfonso, 51, poses in the America TV dressing room where she works as a makeup artist in Miami. She spent ten days at sea and was suffering hallucinations when she was picked up by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1994
Nightmare: Former Cuban rafter Moraima Alfonso, 51, poses in the America TV dressing room where she works as a makeup artist in Miami. She spent ten days at sea and was suffering hallucinations when she was picked up by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1994
Rafter Hanoi Lopez, 39, poses in the yard where he works as mechanic at a public school bus company in Miami, September 15, 2014. Some 31,000 Cubans were detained at sea by U.S. ships that summer in the largest exodus since the 1980 Mariel boatlift, which brought 120,000 Cubans to Miami. The 1994 crisis led to a major shift in U.S.-Cuba policy and an accord under which Washington agreed to grant visas to 20,000 Cuban migrants a year. Rafters have kept coming in smaller numbers, though these days they make few political or media waves
Rafter Hanoi Lopez, 39, poses in the yard where he works as mechanic at a public school bus company in Miami, September 15, 2014. Some 31,000 Cubans were detained at sea by U.S. ships that summer in the largest exodus since the 1980 Mariel boatlift, which brought 120,000 Cubans to Miami. The 1994 crisis led to a major shift in U.S.-Cuba policy and an accord under which Washington agreed to grant visas to 20,000 Cuban migrants a year. Rafters have kept coming in smaller numbers, though these days they make few political or media waves
Twenty years on: People put the finishing touches to a makeshift boat on a rooftop before lowering it onto a truck and launching it into the Straits of Florida towards the U.S., on the last day of the 1994 Cuban raft exodus in Havana, in this September 13, 1994
Twenty years on: People put the finishing touches to a makeshift boat on a rooftop before lowering it onto a truck and launching it into the Straits of Florida towards the U.S., on the last day of the 1994 Cuban raft exodus in Havana, in this September 13, 1994
Hopeful: A makeshift boat is lowered from a roof where it was constructed by would-be emigrants, as they take it to launch into the Straits of Florida towards the U.S., on the last day of the 1994 Cuban raft exodus in Havana
Hopeful: A makeshift boat is lowered from a roof where it was constructed by would-be emigrants, as they take it to launch into the Straits of Florida towards the U.S., on the last day of the 1994 Cuban raft exodus in Havana
Big day: A man gestures as a makeshift boat filled with truck inner tubes is lowered from a roof where it was constructed by would-be emigrants, as they take it to launch into the Straits of Florida towards the U.S.
Big day: A man gestures as a makeshift boat filled with truck inner tubes is lowered from a roof where it was constructed by would-be emigrants, as they take it to launch into the Straits of Florida towards the U.S.
Cubans watch as a makeshift boat is carried by would-be emigrants through the city
A makeshift boat is lowered from a roof where it was constructed by would-be emigrants
Cubans watch as a makeshift boat is carried by would-be emigrants through the city to launch into the Straits of Florida towards the U.S., on the last day of the 1994 Cuban raft exodus in Havana, in this September 13, 1994 file photo
IN 1994, between Aug. 12 and Sept. 13, some 31,000 Cubans were detained at sea by U.S. ships. It was the largest exodus since the 1980 Mariel boatlift that brought 120,000 Cubans to Miami
IN 1994, between Aug. 12 and Sept. 13, some 31,000 Cubans were detained at sea by U.S. ships. It was the largest exodus since the 1980 Mariel boatlift that brought 120,000 Cubans to Miami
People prepare to launch a makeshift boat into the Straits of Florida towards the U.S. Since 1995, more than 600,000 Cubans have emigrated to the United States, the largest flow since Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution
People prepare to launch a makeshift boat into the Straits of Florida towards the U.S. Since 1995, more than 600,000 Cubans have emigrated to the United States, the largest flow since Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution
Shoving off: The 1994 crisis led to a major shift in U.S.-Cuba policy and an accord under which Washington agreed to grant visas to 20,000 Cuban migrants a year
Shoving off: The 1994 crisis led to a major shift in U.S.-Cuba policy and an accord under which Washington agreed to grant visas to 20,000 Cuban migrants a year
Journey: Rafters have kept coming in smaller numbers, though these days they make few political or media waves. Two decades since Cuba lifted restrictions on rafters and opened the flood gates for anyone who wanted to leave the communist-led island, Reuters photographer Enrique de la Osa photographs some of those who made the journey
Journey: Rafters have kept coming in smaller numbers, though these days they make few political or media waves. Two decades since Cuba lifted restrictions on rafters and opened the flood gates for anyone who wanted to leave the communist-led island, Reuters photographer Enrique de la Osa photographs some of those who made the journey
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"EN TIEMPOS DIFÍCILES" - Heberto Padilla

A aquel hombre le pidieron su tiempo

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Le pidieron las manos,

porque para una época difícil

nada hay mejor que un par de buenas manos.

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que alguna vez tuvieron lágrimas

para que contemplara el lado claro

(especialmente el lado claro de la vida)

porque para el horror basta un ojo de asombro.

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resecos y cuarteados para afirmar,

para erigir, con cada afirmación, un sueño

(el-alto-sueño);

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duras y nudosas

(sus viejas piernas andariegas),

porque en tiempos difíciles

¿algo hay mejor que un par de piernas

para la construcción o la trinchera?

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con su árbol obediente.

Le pidieron el pecho, el corazón, los hombros.

Le dijeron

que eso era estrictamente necesario.

Le explicaron después

que toda esta donación resultaria inútil.

sin entregar la lengua,

porque en tiempos difíciles

nada es tan útil para atajar el odio o la mentira.

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La columna de Cubanalisis

NEOCASTRISMO [Hacer click en la imagen]

NEOCASTRISMO [Hacer click en la imagen]
¨Saturno jugando con sus hijos¨/ Pedro Pablo Oliva

Seguidores

Carta desde la carcel de Fidel Castro Ruz

“…después de todo, para mí la cárcel es un buen descanso, que sólo tiene de malo el que es obligatorio. Leo mucho y estudio mucho. Parece increíble, las horas pasan como si fuesen minutos y yo, que soy de temperamento intranquilo, me paso el día leyendo, apenas sin moverme para nada. La correspondencia llega normalmente…”

“…Como soy cocinero, de vez en cuando me entretengo preparando algún pisto. Hace poco me mandó mi hermana desde Oriente un pequeño jamón y preparé un bisté con jalea de guayaba. También preparo spaghettis de vez en cuando, de distintas formas, inventadas todas por mí; o bien tortilla de queso. ¡Ah! ¡Qué bien me quedan! por supuesto, que el repertorio no se queda ahí. Cuelo también café que me queda muy sabroso”.
“…En cuanto a fumar, en estos días pasados he estado rico: una caja de tabacos H. Upman del doctor Miró Cardona, dos cajas muy buenas de mi hermano Ramón….”.
“Me voy a cenar: spaghettis con calamares, bombones italianos de postre, café acabadito de colar y después un H. Upman #4. ¿No me envidias?”.
“…Me cuidan, me cuidan un poquito entre todos. No le hacen caso a uno, siempre estoy peleando para que no me manden nada. Cuando cojo el sol por la mañana en shorts y siento el aire de mar, me parece que estoy en una playa… ¡Me van a hacer creer que estoy de vacaciones! ¿Qué diría Carlos Marx de semejantes revolucionarios?”.
¨La patria es dicha de todos, y dolor de todos, y cielo para todos, y no feudo ni capellaní­a de nadie¨ - Marti

"No temas ni a la prision, ni a la pobreza, ni a la muerte. Teme al miedo"
-
Giacomo Leopardi

¨Por eso es muy importante, Vicky, hijo mío, que recuerdes siempre para qué sirve la cabeza: para atravesar paredes¨Halvar de Flake [El vikingo]

"Como no me he preocupado de nacer, no me preocupo de morir" - Lorca

"Al final, no os preguntarán qué habéis sabido, sino qué habéis hecho" - Jean de Gerson

"Si queremos que todo siga como está, es necesario que todo cambie" - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

"Todo hombre paga su grandeza con muchas pequeñeces, su victoria con muchas derrotas, su riqueza con múltiples quiebras" - Giovanni Papini


"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans" - John Lennon

"Habla bajo, lleva siempre un gran palo y llegarás lejos" - Proverbio Africano

"No hay medicina para el miedo" - Proverbio escoces

"El supremo arte de la guerra es doblegar al enemigo sin luchar"
- Sun Tzu

"You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother" - Albert Einstein

"It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office" - H. L. Menken

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented" - Elie Wiesel

"Stay hungry, stay foolish" -
Steve Jobs

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert , in five years ther'ed be a shortage of sand" - Milton Friedman

"The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less" - Vaclav Havel

"No se puede controlar el resultado, pero si lo que uno haga para alcanzarlo" -
Vitor Belfort [MMA Fighter]

Liborio

Liborio
A la puerta de la gloria está San Pedro sentado y ve llegar a su lado a un hombre de cierta historia. No consigue hacer memoria y le pregunta con celo: ¿Quién eras allá en el suelo? Era Liborio mi nombre. Has sufrido mucho, hombre, entra, te has ganado el cielo.

Para Raul Castro

Cuba ocupa el penultimo lugar en el mundo en libertad economica solo superada por Corea del Norte.

Cuba ocupa el lugar 147 entre 153 paises evaluados en "Democracia, Mercado y Transparencia 2007"

Cuando vinieron

Cuando vinieron a buscar a los comunistas, Callé: yo no soy comunista.
Cuando vinieron a buscar a los sindicalistas, Callé: yo no soy sindicalista.
Cuando vinieron a buscar a los judíos, Callé: yo no soy judío. Cuando vinieron a buscar a los católicos, Callé: yo no soy “tan católico”.
Cuando vinieron a buscarme a mí, Callé: no había quien me escuchara.

Reverendo Martin Niemöller

Martha Colmenares

Martha Colmenares
Un sitio donde los hechos y sus huellas nos conmueven o cautivan

CUBA LLORA Y EL MUNDO Y NOSOTROS NO ESCUCHAMOS

Donde esta el Mundo, donde los Democratas, donde los Liberales? El pueblo de Cuba llora y nadie escucha.
Donde estan los Green, los Socialdemocratas, los Ricos y los Pobres, los Con Voz y Sin Voz? Cuba llora y nadie escucha.
Donde estan el Jet Set, los Reyes y Principes, Patricios y Plebeyos? Cuba desesperada clama por solidaridad.
Donde Bob Dylan, donde Martin Luther King, donde Hollywood y sus estrellas? Donde la Middle Class democrata y conservadora, o acaso tambien liberal a ratos? Y Gandhi? Y el Dios de Todos?
Donde los Santos y Virgenes; los Dioses de Cristianos, Protestantes, Musulmanes, Budistas, Testigos de Jehova y Adventistas del Septimo Dia. Donde estan Ochun y todas las deidades del Panteon Yoruba que no acuden a nuestro llanto? Donde Juan Pablo II que no exige mas que Cuba se abra al Mundo y que el Mundo se abra a Cuba?
Que hacen ahora mismo Alberto de Monaco y el Principe Felipe que no los escuchamos? Donde Madonna, donde Angelina Jolie y sus adoptados around de world; o nos hara falta un Brando erguido en un Oscar por Cuba? Donde Sean Penn?
Donde esta la Aristocracia Obrera y los Obreros menos Aristocraticos, donde los Working Class que no estan junto a un pueblo que lanquidece, sufre y llora por la ignominia?
Que hacen ahora mismo Zapatero y Rajoy que no los escuchamos, y Harper y Dion, e Hillary y Obama; donde McCain que no los escuchamos? Y los muertos? Y los que estan muriendo? Y los que van a morir? Y los que se lanzan desesperados al mar?
Donde estan el minero cantabrico o el pescador de percebes gijonese? Los Canarios donde estan? A los africanos no los oimos, y a los australianos con su acento de hombres duros tampoco. Y aquellos chinos milenarios de Canton que fundaron raices eternas en la Isla? Y que de la Queen Elizabeth y los Lords y Gentlemen? Que hace ahora mismo el combativo Principe Harry que no lo escuchamos?
Donde los Rockefellers? Donde los Duponts? Donde Kate Moss? Donde el Presidente de la ONU? Y Solana donde esta? Y los Generales y Doctores? Y los Lam y los Fabelo, y los Sivio y los Fito Paez?
Y que de Canseco y Miñoso? Y de los veteranos de Bahia de Cochinos y de los balseros y de los recien llegados? Y Carlos Otero y Susana Perez? Y el Bola, y Pancho Cespedes? Y YO y TU?
Y todos nosotros que estamos aqui y alla rumiando frustaciones y resquemores, envidias y sinsabores; autoelogios y nostalgias, en tanto Louis Michel comulga con Perez Roque mientras Biscet y una NACION lanquidecen?
Donde Maceo, donde Marti; donde aquel Villena con su carga para matar bribones?
Cuba llora y clama y el Mundo NO ESCUCHA!!!

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