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Cuban ‘Lady in White’ tells of police repression

Cuban 'Lady in White' tells of police repression23 March 2010

Laura Pollan is one of the "Ladies in White", who has been demonstrating in Havana for the release of relatives imprisoned for their criticism of the Cuban government.

Her husband, HÃetor Fernando Maseda Gutierrez, 67, is an engineer and independent and one of 75 people during a crackdown by the authorities in March 2003.

He received a 20-year sentence after being convicted under laws that Amnesty International believes to be so vague that they are currently being interpreted in a way that infringes fundamental human rights.

Laura spoke to Amnesty International about the ill treatment she experienced when detained by police during a demonstration in Havana last week and her work on behalf of prisoners of conscience, one of whom died earlier this month following a hunger strike, in Cuba.

She began by describing a protest by the "Ladies in White" that took place on Thursday 17 March.

"We went to the Saint Barbara church in the municipality of Arroyo Naranjo. We decided to go to Arroyo Naranjo because Miguel Valdés Tamayo died there. We arranged a mass for him, as we did for Orlando Tamayo [who died on hunger strike], as they were the two prisoners of conscience who passed away.

"We also wanted to go to the house of Orlando Fundora, who had been on hunger strike. Although he had stopped it, we wanted to know about his health. His home is seven or eight blocks from the church. That is where they [the security forces] attacked us.

"We were walking with a gladioli [a flower] in our hands, as we always do, when they [government supporters] started shouting at us. We only replied by saying '!'

"I have got many scratches and bruises on my body, because the police forced us onto buses. I still have a wound on my thumb.

"Once on the , they took us around many places. People were looking at us.

"We were carrying pencils and gladioli that we always distribute during our walks. Pencils saying '', saying 'Ladies in White'. When we were on the bus, I was throwing pencils and gladioli [from the window]. People could not collect them immediately, but I'm convinced that later, out of curiosity, they would go and collect them; this way they would know that those who threw them were human rights defenders, the Ladies in White.

"When we arrived home, there were many people around. They had placed police patrols to close the way. There were many people watching.

"A woman said: 'but if they are not doing anything wrong, the only thing they want is their husbands' freedom, why do they treat them like this?'

"They [the police] can do anything they want. People are too scared to join in [demonstrations].

"We are exhausted. Whilst our relatives are in jail, the have to have the strength to be able to call for their freedom, and get them out of those prisons where they should never have been put.

"I have been invited to Holland for a film festival, but I know that they are not going to allow me to , they are not going to give me permission to leave.

"They told me I should go to the Ministry of and ask the Minister to give me permission to travel. They told me that if the Minister gives me a permit, then it would be seen by the Office of Migration. This doesn't make sense. I am 62.

"I have been retired from my work [as teacher] for more than 5 years, so why does the Ministry of Education have to give me permission before seeking a further authorization from the Office of Migration? This is because they don't want to appear to be the ones who will not allow me to travel. The Ministry [of Education] has got my file waiting for an authorization since November 2005.

"I think they have had them [the prisoners of conscience] in prison for too long, seven years, just for wanting to say what they think, to enjoy , free association. They are not terrorists. They just defend human rights and want a better future for Cuba, a future of peace and democracy."

http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGNAU2010032315963&lang=e&rss=recentnews

Cuba bill would increase U.S. ag trade

Monday, March 22, 2010Cuba bill would increase U.S. ag trade

WASHINGTON — Two U.S. grain organizations have endorsed legislation which would expand one-way trade and lift current restrictions with Cuba.

The National Corn Growers Association and the American Soybean Association have announced support of H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, which was introduced by U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.). Reps. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) are also sponsoring the bill.

"This legislation will increase one-way agricultural trade from the U.S. to Cuba," said NCGA First Vice Bart Schott, a grower from Kulm, N.D. "We currently export to Cuba and these changes will level the playing field for American farmers. It is important to note, though, that it does not eliminate the itself."

"ASA opposes restrictions on exports of U.S. agricultural commodities for national security or foreign policy reasons that are not supported by all other major world producers and exporters," said ASA President Rob Joslin, a soybean producer from Sidney, Ohio. "ASA favors a normal trading relationship with Cuba including direct banking and elimination of the cash in advance rule. ASA also supports the country's eligibility for the Foreign Market Development and Market Access Programs."

NCGA said the bill provides an opportunity not only to preserve current U.S. sales of corn to Cuba, but also to increase demand for distillers dried grains and other corn value-added products such as poultry. According to the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, Cuba was the 10th largest export market for U.S. corn during the 2008-2009 marketing year.

In 2008, there were more than $134 million worth of soy products exported to Cuba. ASA noted that if current policies that require third country banks, cash advance payments and limits on travel were lifted, these exports would be expected to increase.

The proposed legislation would eliminate both the need to go through banks in other countries to conduct agricultural trades and the accompanying fees those banks charge. The bill would also require agricultural exports to Cuba to meet the same payment requirements as exports to other countries, which means payment would be required when the title of the shipment changes hands, not in advance. Finally, the bill would allow U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba, reducing the bureaucratic red tape currently required for individuals to travel to Cuba to facilitate new agriculture sales.

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Stock of seed potatoes increased in Ciego de Ávila

Cuba: Stock of seed potatoes increased in Ciego de Ávila

Peasants in Ciego de Ávila province are growing over a hundred potato varieties in an experimental way, with the objective of using the most suitable seeds for next sawing seasons.

The growing is carried out in an area belonging to the Paquito González agricultural production cooperative, in the municipality of Baraguá, where 104 species are developed with all the cares and the advice of specialists on the part of the Ministry of Agriculture.

"The project aims at selecting the plants showing highest yields and being resistant to plagues and illnesses, and determining the soils where they will grow", as expressed José Alberto González, of that cooperative.

He said that the test is conducted once a year in the peasant sector, in an outstanding community or an agricultural enterprise, in order to promote the best experiences in the country, which allows better harvests and the consequent increase of import substitutions.

"The varieties currently fostered are doing well, among them Santana, Roman, Ajiva, Calwhite, Spunta and others, including some produced in Cuba", said Amanda Quintana, the president of the National Association of Small Farmers in the municipality of Baraguá.

Quintana made reference to the exceptional conditions of the Santana variety, which in previous years yielded over 27 tons per hectare in the Paquito González cooperative. This variety is the most suitable to elaborate pre-fried frenchies on having a higher percent of dry matter.

Every year Cuba invests dozens of millions of dollars in the acquisition of potato seeds, besides other inputs.

Source: cubaheadlines.com

Publication date: 3/24/2010

http://www.freshplaza.com/news_detail.asp?id=60952

House letter presses Cuba on Alan Gross

House letter presses Cuba on Alan March 23, 2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Forty members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter warning Cuba that improved relations are contingent on the release of a jailed Jewish American.

Alan Gross, 60, has been held since Dec. 3; he was while reportedly assisting the Cuban Jewish community to connect to the . His congressman, U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), initiated the letter.

"It is our understanding that at the time of his arrest, Mr. Gross was in Cuba to help the Jewish community improve their ability to communicate with Jews, both in Cuba and overseas," said the letter sent Tuesday. "He was working pursuant to a U.S. government contract. Mr. Gross's work in Cuba emanated from his desire to make a positive impact for others of his faith on the island."

The Cuban government has banned such U.S. Agency for International Development projects.

"The arrest and imprisonment of Mr. Gross is viewed with great consternation by the government of the United States, including both Democrat and Republican Members of the United States Congress, whether liberal or conservative," the letter said. "It has caused many to doubt your government's expressed desire to improve relations with the United States. We cannot assist in that regard while Mr. Gross is detained in a Cuban . We urge you in the strongest possible terms to immediately and unconditionally release Mr. Gross and allow him to return to his family in the United States."

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/03/23/1011327/house-letter-presses-cuba-on-alan-gross

Press group says Latin American leaders silencing critics, worst abuses in Venezuela and Cuba

Press group says Latin American leaders silencing critics, worst abuses in and CubaCHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER Associated Press WriterMarch 21, 2010 | 2:43 p.m.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Press freedoms in countries throughout the Western Hemisphere are facing serious threats from authoritarian governments, especially in Venezuela and communist-led Cuba, a group representing news media from across the Americas warned Sunday.

Alejandro Aguirre, president of the Inter American Press Association, singled out Cuba as the region's the worst offender against press .

"The most worrisome case continues to be the case of Cuba, where a dictatorship that has lasted nearly half a century has not allowed a minimum of freedom of expression or free press," Aguirre said in a telephone interview from the Caribbean island of Aruba.

The Miami-based IAPA, which includes 1,380 publications from throughout the Western Hemisphere, is discussing what it considers a host of threats to freedom of expression emerging across the region during a meeting in Aruba. The meeting ends on Monday.

Aguirre also condemned what he called efforts by President Hugo to silence media critics in Venezuela.

Chavez "has used all the government's tools to close and antagonize the media — doing everything possible so that the flow of information in Venezuela is dictated by the government," said Aguirre, executive director of the Miami-based Diario de Las Americas.

Chavez's administration revoked the licenses of 34 radio stations last year, saying most of them failed to update their registrations or allowed their concessions to expire. Officials have said dozens of other broadcasters could also lose their licenses.

In January, Venezuela's state-run telecommunications regulator ordered local cable companies to drop RCTV — an anti-Chavez TV channel — because the network allegedly defied new rules requiring cable channels to carry mandatory government programming, including some of Chavez's speeches.

Chavez denies attempting to silence his critics. The former paratroop commander has repeatedly rejected the IAPA's criticisms in the past, calling the organization a pawn of the "empire," a reference to the U.S. government.

David Natera, who heads Venezuela's largest association of newspapers, accused Chavez's government of starving newspapers of revenue from public advertising by steering that to pro-Chavez media.

"He's not closing newspapers, but he's strangling them financially," said Natera, owner and publisher of the Venezuelan newspaper de Caroni.

The IAPA is also increasingly concerned that democratically elected leaders in countries such as Nicaragua, Ecuador and appear to be following Chavez's example by cracking down on critical media outlets.

against journalists is reaching alarming levels in Mexico, where four journalists have been slain so far this year. The IAPA claims a fifth was recently killed in the border city of Reynosa, but media outlets there were too afraid to file a report. Twelve reporters were killed in Mexico in 2009.

Critics have accused Mexican authorities of not doing enough to stop such attacks — some of which are linked to Mexico's violent drug gangs.

The press association said the lack of justice in crimes against reporters is increasingly driving journalists in Mexico to self-censorship.

In Haiti, the IAPA said the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake crippled the media by destroying outlets' offices, shutting down businesses that provided advertising revenue and killing 31 journalists. In Port-au-Prince, only about a dozen radio stations out of 50 remain on the air.

The report said the damage to the industry has dramatically limited the dissemination of important humanitarian information, especially to people migrating in and outside the capital.

The editors of two Haitian papers, Le Nouvelliste and Le Matin, pleaded for help, including printing and training for reporters, from their IAPA colleagues.

Le Nouvelliste is down to publishing twice a week, instead of daily, and has shrunk from a staff of 150 to 40. Le Matin now prints in the Dominican Republic and has cut salaries by 50 percent.

"In 35 seconds the news media lost more reporters than in the last 35 years," said Max Chauvet, editor of Le Nouvelliste, now down to publishing twice a week instead of daily. "The Haitian press has been crippled, crippled."

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Associated Press writer Ed McCullough contributed to this report from Oranjestad, Aruba.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-lt-latam-media-attacks,0,3742940.story

Georgia Governor Leading Trade Mission to Cuba

Georgia Governor Leading Trade Mission to CubaDavid BeasleyAtlanta – 03.24.10

The state of Georgia is leading a trade mission to Cuba June 6-8 and is inviting companies involved in agriculture, fishing, forestry, medicine and telecommunications to go along.

Gov. Sonny Perdue plans to make the trip as well, his office confirmed Wednesday.

Although the U.S. still has a trade against Cuba, it has been relaxed to allow exports of agricultural products, , medical equipment and telecommunications products, Mary Waters, international trade manager for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, wrote in a recent letter to Georgia exporters.

Last year, Georgia sold products worth $42.5 million to Cuba, mostly agricultural commodities, the letter said. Georgia ranks sixth among U.S. states in sales to Cuba, Ms. Waters wrote.

"And there is room for growth," she added. "This mission will allow you to be well-positioned to take advantage of increased trade ties with Cuba."

Exporters who want to go on the trip have until March 31 to apply. For more information, e-mail Ms. Waters here or call her at (404) 962-4128."

http://www.globalatlanta.com/article/23826/

New Jamaica-Cuba cable deal inked

Wednesday, 24 March 2010New Jamaica-Cuba cable deal inked

Jamaican telco Cable & Wireless Jamaica (which operates under the LIME brand), has confirmed that it is close to finalising a partnership deal with Telecomunicaciones Gran Caribe (TGC), the Venezuelan/Cuban conglomerate which holds a licence to build a USD70 million fibre-optic link between Jamaica and Cuba. The licence granted to TGC in December last year allows the company to install a submarine fibre-optic cable link between Caracas (), Havana, and Kingston. TGC was the sole bidder for the concession, which includes a spur to Haiti, which lies just west of the two countries.

TGC, which is 60% owned by Telecom Venezuela with the remainder held by Cuba's Telco Transbit, also plans to run nearly 1,000 miles of cable from Maiquetia, in northern Venezuela, to Siboney, in Cuba's eastern province of Santiago de Cuba. The Cuba/Venezuela leg is expected to link to Trinidad and Tobago and the Dutch territory of Curacao."

http://www.telegeography.com/cu/article.php?article_id=32579&email=html

LIME lands fibre link partnership

LIME lands fibre link partnershipPublished: Wednesday | March 24, 2010 0 Comments and 0 Reactions

LIME has confirmed that it struck a deal with Telecomunicaciones Gran Caribe (TGC), the Venezuelan/Cuban conglomerate granted a licence last year to build a fibre-optic link from Jamaica to Cuba.

Three telecoms, LIME Jamaica, its arch-rival Digicel Group, and operators of the Flow network Columbus Communications, said then they were negotiating a partnership with TGC on its US$70 million project.

"There's been speculation about a Cuban deal for months but nothing had been agreed. Well now, it's a done deal …," said LIME in a teaser for an announcement to be made Thursday.

Reports that the Latin American operation had settled on LIME Jamaica began to surface after press reports out of London said its ultimate parent Cable and Wireless Plc had secured a contract to build out a fibre link between Jamaica and Cuba.

LIME kept denying that it had struck a deal with TGC, but insiders now say the company did so because it was wary of upsetting the Cubans, were the details to leak out prematurely.

LIME executives, Geoff Houston, country manager for Jamaica and Cayman Islands, and Caribbean head David Shaw will join TGC executives – Wilfredo Morales, and vice Waldo Reboredo Arroyo – to announce their partnership over lunch in Kingston.

The licence granted to TGC in December allows the company to complete a submarine fibre optic cable link for telecommunications traffic between Caracas, Havana, and Kingston.

TGC was the sole bidder for the Jamaica-Cuba submarine cable, which includes a spur to Haiti, which lies just west of the two countries.

Gran Caribe, which is owned 60 per cent by the state-owned Telecom and 40 per cent by Cuba's Telco Transbit, also plans to run nearly 1,000 miles of cable from Maiquetia, in northern Venezuela, to Siboney, in Cuba's eastern province of Santiago de Cuba.

The Cuba/Venezuela leg is expected to link to Trinidad and Tobago and the Dutch territory of Curaçao.

http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20100324/business/business5.html

US tour groups meet with Cuban counterparts to plan for future unrestricted travel to island

US tour groups meet with Cuban counterparts to plan for future unrestricted to islandBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (CP)

CANCUN, Mexico — U.S. travel specialists are meeting with their Cuban counterparts, preparing for what they hope will be the day that Americans can freely vacation on Cuba's sunny beaches.

A 1962 travel ban sharply restricts visits by U.S. citizens to the communist-governed island. The law requires U.S. government permission to spend any money there.

Barack Obama has indicated interest in easing restrictions, as he already has for Cuban Americans travelling to the island – but in exchange for improvements.

Cuban officials say 2.4 million tourists, including about 41,000 Americans, visited last year. They anticipate 1.7 million Americans would come if restrictions were lifted.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5jJwDmsXvbubI6iRohGyA9pCHG4-w

No van a cambiar ni a palos

Publicado el miércoles, 03.24.10No van a cambiar ni a palosBy NICOLAS PEREZ DIAZ-ARGÜELLES

En épocas de Hitler un telón de hierro gris y compacto cubría todos los crímenes del nazismo en . Los campos de concentración donde enviaban a la cámara de gas a millones de judíos eran un secreto bien guardado para el mundo. Fue mucho tiempo después que el líder fanatizado con conservar la raza aria pura se envenenara en su búnker, con las tropas aliadas a las puertas de Berlín, que el mundo supo los horrores del nacional socialismo. Lo mismo sucedió con la tiranía de José Stalin.

¿Cómo es posible que tiranías brutales pidieran mantener a buen recaudo de la opinión pública internacional sus barbaries? Quizás porque cuando aquello la tecnología de las comunicaciones estaba en pañales. Pero el cambio ha sido drástico, y ha evolucionado no en progresión aritmética sino geométrica. Cada día hay nuevos inventos de la ciencia para que los hombres puedan comunicarse más rápidamente los unos con los otros, y cada vez es más difícil ocultar los crímenes políticos.

No hay ejemplo más palpable de este milagro del progreso tecnológico que el régimen castrista. Hace 50 años hacían y deshacían a su antojo con sus enemigos, hoy es otra historia.

Hubo una época, en los instantes más crudos del Plan de Trabajo Forzado Camilo Cienfuegos, en la prisión de Isla de Pinos, que las golpizas que les daban a los presos provocaba espanto. No olvido nunca que en una ocasión que en el Bloque 3 llegó un sargento desconocido llamado Manuel, y porque sorprendió a un comiéndose una toronja, de 100 hombres envió al con diferentes heridas y contusiones a 67. Y llegaron las cosas a un punto en que todos los sábados asesinaban a un preso. Las golpizas eran diarias, al muerto le tocaba el sábado. Era una lotería siniestra. Podía ganársela cualquiera. No creo que hayan existido muchas dictaduras que hayan tenido la desfachatez de tener una cuota semanal para ordenar el asesinato de sus enemigos a mansalva. Ignoro por qué el castrismo escogió el sábado para matar a quienes no aceptaban sus puntos de vista. Luego llegaron las huelgas de hambre y en un corto espacio de tiempo murieron 12 hombres. Fue la época en que como dijo en un documental Alcides Martínez “Nadie escuchaba'', ni el mundo, ni el exilio de Miami. Estuvimos solos, trágicamente solos durante años.

Trato de no recordar pero con pesar recuerdo. Vivíamos en un estado de absoluto pánico, era un mundo esférico de miedo, de mucho miedo. Amanecíamos aquellos sábados con los dientes fuertemente apretados y en posición fetal, en un intento de regresar a la seguridad del seno materno.

Hoy, medio siglo después, todo ha cambiado, el mundo escucha. La muerte de Orlando Zapata Tamayo, la actual huelga de Guillermo Fariñas y la amenaza de proseguir esa senda de por René Gómez Manzano han provocado un repudio mundial. La Unión Europea ha condenado enérgicamente al castrismo, en la España de José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero proclive a darle balones de oxígeno al castrismo el Partido Popular tiene políticamente al gobierno contra la pared. Los senados de y México han hecho fuertes declaraciones exigiéndole al castrismo la de los presos políticos de conciencia. Las estremecen al mundo desafiando al régimen antillano de fuerza. Universalmente, en artículos de opinión, el rechazo es unánime. En una bofetada a la hipocresía de ese gobierno de “difuntos y flores'', en El Nuevo Día , el catedrático de la UPR Héctor Ríos Maury, en simpática y real crítica al gobierno de Cuba, ante una absurda charla sobre derechos humanos del Fiscal General del régimen de La Habana en San Juan dijo: “Es como solicitarle a Osama Bin Laden que exponga algo en torno a la tolerancia democrática''.

ás claro ni el . Gracias a la tecnología y al fenómeno de las comunicaciones, ni el más mínimo abuso castrista quedará impune. ¿Esto significa que los Castro cederán a las presiones internacionales, cambiarán de estrategia y soltarán a los presos políticos de conciencia? Pensar así es una ingenuidad, no van a cambiar ni a palos, el régimen de La Habana siempre huye hacia delante. Un Fidel de 80 y pico de años enfermo y un Raúl también en los 80 piensan que si la represión a la oposición, el reírse de las condenas internacionales, el mantenerse alejado del gobierno de y de la Unión Europea, manteniendo una pureza ideológica absoluta, los ha mantenido en el poder contra viento y marea durante 50 años, y sólo necesitan un puñadito de años más, que pasan volando, para cumplir con sus anhelos más fervientes: tener el privilegio de morir en el poder, y matando, lo van a hacer.

Y es que a le importa un bledo dejar o no un legado, el caso es que la historia lo juzgue no en función de sus logros económicos, sociales y políticos, ni en lo que haya construido con respecto a la felicidad del pueblo de Cuba, sino en aquel campo por lo cual lo respetan y admiran los Miguel Angel Moratinos, José Miguel Insulza e Inácio Lula da Silva, en el odio feroz, en la intransigencia absoluta que siente frente al gobierno de Estados Unidos. Y es que a Fidel Castro le interesa un comino qué va a pasar el día después de su muerte, porque como Luis XV, piensa: “Después de mí, el diluvio''.

http://www.elnuevoherald.com/2010/03/24/v-fullstory/681133/nicolas-perez-diaz-arguelles-no.html

Cuba y el ´bloqueo´

OPINIÓNFERNANDO A. ORRANTIAAnálisis: Cuba y el ´bloqueo´

Las recientes protestas de las esposas de los presos políticos en Cuba, pidiendo la liberación de sus cónyuges, es sin duda un hecho sin precedente en ese País, célebre por haber cumplido 50 años de la dictadura castrista y ha puesto de nuevo en la mira de los periodistas la triste situación política que existe en Cuba.

Ningún partido político de izquierda o de derecha ha levantado la voz para criticar al Gobierno cubano por su política represiva en contra de los disidentes políticos, a quienes trata como delincuentes comunes. La huelga de hambre iniciada por algunos de ellos ya produjo dos muertes y con ellas, las protestas de las "mujeres de blanco", sus esposas, cuyas pacíficas manifestaciones de protesta no han podido ser suprimidas por el gobierno, aunque ha tratado de hacerlo.

El caso de Cuba y de es un verdadero ejemplo de curiosidad política digno de estudio. A pesar de haber traicionado a la Revolución cubana iniciada por el mismo Castro en contra de la dictadura de Fulgencio Batista, lacayo de , al convertirse en lacayo de la entonces URSS, Castro adquirió una falsa imagen de héroe a los ojos de Latinoamérica, a pesar de que sólo cambió de amo de Cuba: en lugar de los Estados Unidos, optó por servir a la URSS, seguramente porque la crisis económica le obligó a vender su autonomía para sobrevivir, ya que Cuba sólo produce puros, azúcar, ron y algunos minerales en bruto como productos de exportación, porque su producción agropecuaria y pesquera es de autoconsumo y su mercado interno no le permite producir bienes industriales que no podría vender en el mercado internacional por no ser competitivos.

A pesar de haberse mantenido en el poder por 50 años y de haber entregado la autonomía y el futuro económico de Cuba a la URSS, Castro inexplicablemente sigue siendo considerado por muchos mexicanos y latinoamericanos como un héroe, por haber rechazado la dominación económica estadounidense.

Cincuenta años después, a pesar de los adelantos en educación y en pública, Cuba sigue siendo un País pobre, incapaz de producir las exportaciones necesarias para importar las medicinas y maquinaria que necesita para lograr su progreso y su industrialización, suspendida desde el colapso de la URSS y el fin del subsidio ruso a las compras de azúcar cubana.

Cualquier viajero a Cuba encontrará el mismo panorama de los países subdesarrollados con alto índice de pobreza: mucha prostitución, mucho alcoholismo juvenil y mucho desencanto por la falta de oportunidades de trabajo y de superación.

Los admiradores ciegos de Castro critican el denominado "bloqueo" estadounidense a Cuba, sin percatarse del error que cometen. Estados Unidos nunca ha impedido que Cuba comercie con el resto del mundo. Ha prohibido a sus ciudadanos vender y comprar a Cuba, por una importante y valedera razón: Cuba expropió hace 50 años todos los negocios e industrias propiedad de empresas estadounidenses, pero nunca las pagó. Un simple olvido importante.

Por ello y en legítima represalia conforme al Derecho Internacional, Estados Unidos prohibió a sus nacionales realizar cualquier comercio con Cuba, lo cual no impide que Cuba pueda comprar y vender mercancías y servicios con cualquier otro País del mundo, el problema es que no produce el dinero suficiente para pagar en divisas internacionales por esas compras y por ello, ni España, ni , ni le venden a crédito, porque sus antecedentes de pago son pésimos, como nos consta a nosotros.

Cuba le debe a México 150 millones de dólares por la venta de petróleo que no ha pagado desde hace más de 15 años, cuando Carlos Salinas le vendió petróleo a Cuba para mejorar las relaciones entre ambos países. Castro astutamente recibió el petróleo, se hizo amigo de Salinas pero nunca pagó y aparentemente nunca pagará y nadie protesta por ello.

Para los admiradores de Fidel Castro no importa que sea un anciano que impidió la democracia en su País y que recientemente le traspasó el poder a su hermano Raúl. Tampoco les importa que la dictadura de Fidel/Raúl cumpla ya 50 años, en los cuales no ha habido elecciones en Cuba, ni se permite a los cubanos salir de su País aunque sea con el viaje pagado por sus parientes en el extranjero. Una tercera parte, cuando menos, de la población de Cuba emigró al llegar Castro al poder y comenzar su política de restricción de las libertades y de entrega económica a la URSS. Esa emigración privó al País de muchos valiosos profesionales y hombres de negocios que ahora viven en Estados Unidos, principalmente.

El de canadienses y europeos a Cuba es tal vez la fuente de divisas más importante para Cuba, porque tiene lugares muy hermosos con hoteles de propiedad de españoles, principalmente, quienes han logrado crear una próspera industria turística que crece año con año y requiere de miles de empleados.

Los políticos de izquierda de México y de muchos otros países de Latinoamérica son admiradores de Fidel Castro, a pesar de ser un dictador que insiste en negar a su País y a sus conciudadanos el derecho a la democracia y a la disidencia política.

Estos admiradores viajan a Cuba como legisladores y funcionarios partidarios y se regocijan si logran saludar a Raúl Castro, ante la enfermedad incurable que padece Fidel, cuya muerte ha sido anunciada muchas veces como segura por los cubanos exiliados en Cuba desde hace cuando menos 10 años, quienes aseguran que en el peor de los casos, a la muerte de Fidel y de Raúl Castro será imposible impedir la democratización del País y la influencia de los cubanos en el exilio en el comercio y la industria cubana será la solución económica de Cuba.

De cuando en cuando conviene recordar que el famoso "bloqueo" de Estados Unidos a Cuba nunca ha existido. Lo que ha sucedido es la incapacidad de Fidel y de sus cómplices de pagar por lo que expropiaron y de crear bienes y servicios suficientes para comerciar con otros países que no desean regalarle sus productos a un País gobernado desde hace 50 años por un dictador que se rehúsa a morir y a permitir la democratización del país.

http://www.noroeste.com.mx/opinion.php?tipo=1&id=23608

Diputados de Brasil apoyan a presos cubanos y condenan embargo de EEUU

Diputados de Brasil apoyan a presos cubanos y condenan de EEUU24/03/2010 – 0:42

La Cámara de Diputados de Brasil aprobó este martes una declaración de apoyo "irrestricto" a los presos políticos que realizan una huelga de hambre en Cuba, y otra de solidaridad con la isla frente al embargo económico de .

En una votación simbólica -sin registro de votos-, el plenario decidió apoyar la moción del diputado Jair Bolsonaro (Partido Progresista de derecha) a favor de los prisioneros en huelga de hambre.

Se expresó "apoyo irrestricto y solidaridad con los presos políticos que, en Cuba, luchan por y democracia", señaló.

El 12 de marzo el asesor del Ejecutivo en Asuntos Internacionales, Marco Aurelio García, descartó la posibilidad de interceder ante La Habana por los disidentes cubanos: "Nos relacionamos con los gobiernos, no con disidentes (…)", justificó en declaraciones a medios extranjeros.

Días antes el Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva recibió duras críticas de políticos y medios de prensa al comparar a los presos políticos en Cuba con delincuentes comunes: "Imagínese si todos los delincuentes que están presos aquí en Sao Paulo entrasen en huelga de hambre y exigiesen libertad", dijo.

Por otra parte, la Cámara aprobó otra moción, de la diputada comunista Vanessa Grazziotin, que "en defensa de los , manifiesta su apoyo y solidaridad a Cuba contra el bloqueo estadounidense" vigente desde 1962.

Además pide que no haya más prisiones en la base militar estadounidense en Guantánamo y "el cierre de la base y devolución del territorio a Cuba".

En febrero Lula se reunió en Cuba con los hermanos Fidel y Raúl Castro, en una visita que coincidió con la muerte del Orlando tras una huelga de hambre.

http://ecodiario.eleconomista.es/internacional/noticias/2006570/03/10/Diputados-de-Brasil-apoyan-a-presos-cubanos-y-condenan-embargo-de-EEUU.html

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