Campaña por la libertad de pareja opositoraJueves, 09 de Febrero de 2012 13:13Ainí Martin Valero
Regla, La Habana, 9 de febrero de 2012, (PD) Está en marcha una campaña para exigir al gobierno cubano la libertad inmediata de Yazmín Conyedo y su esposo Yusmany Rafael Álvarez.
La pareja opositora fue arrestada el 8 de enero en Santa Clara, después de haber sufrido un acto de repudio en su vivienda. Yazmín Conyedo es periodista independiente, miembro del Foro Anti-totalitario Unido y representante de las Damas de Blanco en Santa Clara. Su esposo es activista del Foro.alt
Actualmente se encuentran en la cárcel Guamajal y la Pendiente, respectivamente, luego de su traslado el 16 de enero, sin juicio ni cargos.
La Campaña LIBERTAD YA consiste en entregar en las calles de la isla un folleto que lleva impreso una foto del matrimonio con un escrito que explica quiénes son y porque se encuentran encarcelados.
Continúan rumores sobre choferes y carros desaparecidosJueves, 09 de Febrero de 2012 12:58Ainí Martin Valero
Regla, La Habana, 9 de febrero del 2012, (PD) Se rumora en La Habana, cada vez con más fuerza, la desaparición de más de diez choferes de alquiler, junto a sus autos. alt
Una taxista que abordé, comentó: "Estoy asustada, aunque el carro que manejo es del estado y por ser mujer no trabajo de noche. Según la taxista, un vecino suyo de Marianao, de 31 años de edad, está desaparecido desde finales de diciembre. Refiere que su auto, que también desapareció, un Chevrolet del 56, "estaba como una joyita". Cuando sus ancianos padres fueron a la unidad policial a reportar su desaparición, allí le respondieron que no era el primer caso en La Habana.
El rumor de las desapariciones de los taxistas rueda de boca en boca. Si fuera cierto, por supuesto que los medios oficiales no lo dirán.
Mientras, aumenta el temor de los boteros (choferes de autos antiguos de alquiler), a trabajar en horas de la noche.
Yosiel, un joven chofer de un Ford que a diario cubre el recorrido Centro Habana-Playa, afirma que no es un simple rumor. "Ya sabemos de choferes de diversos puntos de La Habana que no se sabe donde están, suponemos que los han matado y han vendido los carros por piezas. Yo después de las 8 de la noche voy para mi casa, guardo el carro y no salgo para nadie; la calle está muy mala y yo no voy a caer en manos de asesinos".
Pueblo de Nuñez se lanza para la calleJoel Lázaro Carbonell11 de febrero 2012
La Habana, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – El pasado 8 de febrero más de un centenar de personas se lanzó a las calles y logró retirar a inspectores y policías.
Según Juliet Michelena, en el reparto Núñez del municipio capitalino de San Miguel del Padrón, inspectores en compañía de la policía, arrestan a compradores y asedian a los trabajadores por cuenta propia; les aplican multas de hasta 400 pesos (moneda nacional).
En esta ocasión, acotó la fuente: "las autoridades querían aplicarle multa a una trabajadora que el día anterior ya habían multado".
Agregó Juliet que la trabajadora comenzó a gritar "está bueno de atropello", y las personas de los alrededores comenzaron a apoyarla con gritos y consignas antigubernamentales, y así lograron que estas autoridades se retiraran.
Añade Michelena que un inspector le comunicó que los trabajadores no podían vender cubos plásticos de los colores azules, negros y verdes, ya que se estaban robando los tanques plásticos de basura para la fabricación de estos útiles del hogar.
Daño causado por el Ciclón Ike sin respuesta algunaYandris Yonel Aguilera Naranjo
11 de febrero de 2012
Holguín, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – Se encuentra en muy malas condiciones la vivienda de la ciudadana Maura Verdecía Rodríguez en la barriada Llava, perteneciente a la ciudad de Holguín, por el paso del Ciclón Ike en el 2008.
También la denunciante se ha quejado con el delegado de esa zona y con varios funcionarios del gobierno y no le han dado respuesta alguna.
Por último, Verdecía Rodríguez de 66 años manifestó: "No se me ha resuelto ningún problema y sin embargo al delegado le hicieron una mansión. Bajo este gobierno no existe ninguna igualdad de derechos humanos, sólo son beneficiadas las autoridades".
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Detenida Dama de BlancoDavid Águila Montero10 de febrero de 2012
La Habana, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – Julio Regatillo Martínez, esposo de la dama de blanco Mercedes Fresneda Martínez, denunció, que bajo un fuerte operativo policial a las 8:50 a.m. de este 9 de febrero se personó en su vivienda el oficial de la seguridad del estado "Daniel" en compañía de varios miembros de la policía nacional revolucionaria para detener a su esposa.
Mercedes Fresneda Martínez fue conducida a destino desconocido en el carro patrullero número 572, añadió la fuente.
Ambos esposos residen en calle 92B No. 6123 entre 61 y 63, reparto Pogolotti, municipio Marianao, provincia La Habana.
Amenazado opositor con prisiónÁlvaro Yero Felipe10 de febrero de 2012
La Habana, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – Oficiales de la policía de Seguridad del Estado amenazaron con enviar a la cárcel al opositor Rafael Fernández Fajardo si continúa su labor como delegado del Partido Democrático 30 de Noviembre Frank País en Arroyo Naranjo.
Según Rafael Fernández Fajardo, esta amenaza va ligada a las medidas represivas de la Seguridad del Estado por las actividades que realiza en su vivienda la delegación que él preside.
Hace varios días, su delegación anunció que planeaba hacer una caminata hasta la Plaza José Martí el 28 de enero.
Aseguró la fuente que desde el mes de noviembre la policía política le tiene abierto un expediente por "peligrosidad social pre delictiva". Según el jefe de sector policial de su comunidad este expediente está en manos de la Seguridad del Estado para disponer cuando poner en marcha un proceso que podría costarle 4 años de prisión.
Vigilias en homenaje a Orlando Zapata TamayoFélix Reyes Gutiérrez
10 de febrero de 2012
Ranchuelo, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – Opositores de la región oriental del país realizaron una vigilia en Banes, el pasado 1ro de febrero, en homenaje al disidente fallecido Orlando Zapata Tamayo.
La actividad se inició con las notas del Himno Nacional, se platicó sobre la vida de Zapata y se le dio lectura de las Sagradas Escrituras a Hebreos 13.3 y los Salmos 23,41,63 y 90.
Los siete participantes en representación de la Alianza Democrática Oriental, el Presidio Político "Pedro Luís Boitel" y el Movimiento Feminista por los Derechos Civiles "Rosa Parks", también pidieron un minuto de silencio en honor al mártir cubano.
El encuentro se desarrolló en horario nocturno, en la vivienda de la opositora Marta Díaz Rondón, situada en la calle Carlos Manuel de Céspedes #2007, entre Avenida de Cárdenas y General Marrero.
Finalmente Díaz señaló, que todos los miércoles del presente mes realizarán vigilias en honor a Zapata, quien falleció el 23 de febrero del 2010 tras una prolongada huelga de hambre, y por la excarcelación de todos los presos políticos.
The Face Hidden Behind the Triumphs / Fernando DámasoFernando Dámaso, Translator: Unstated
The Pan American Games of Guadalajara 2011 ended and our country came second, preceded by the United States, and followed by Brazil, Mexico, Canada and others. Our athletes deserve the congratulations of all citizens. Regardless of what has been achieved, with the goal of being honest and not erroneously conceited, it is healthy to point out some features present in these Games.
The fact of the coming Olympics London 2012, influenced many countries not to send their best athletes and equipment, reserving them for the Olympics. So it was with the United States, Brazil, Canada, Jamaica and others, who chose mainly young figures, still in development, with an eye to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro 2016. In the case of Cuba this was not so: they presented their best World Cup and Olympic athletes and teams, accompanied by some young figures in development. This brought results that were unbeatable for most athletes and teams of inferior quality. In many cases it was like a lion fighting a tied up monkey. Yet, in baseball and volleyball, to name only two sports, we suffered costly defeats.
The reason for this decision is that, for the Cuban government, athletic competitions, whatever their level, are considered political battles, where you must win at any cost, and if the opponents are the United States, so much the better, as a peasant from Pijirigua would say. This leads to an over performance of athletes and teams, and places them in situations of possible injuries and exhaustion. In the scheme of sports, boxers are rightly considered the flagship of Cuban sports (those who earn more medals), as they are eternal professionals with extensive experience, who never "turn professional" like other players, and if they do decide to do it they leave Cuba and so, to the Cuban government, stop being Cuban and become traitors to the homeland, losing all their rights. This absurdity also extends to other athletes. Although in all sports the slogan appears, "Sport is the right of the people," this is just a fallacy, as with other rights. Sport in Cuba is not massive but selective.
I was struck by the pamphlet narrating the events by sports journalists (some non-sports), saturated with an outdated chauvinism. The use of adjectives was too much, every time you had a national team athlete or the valuation of the medals earned (this gold medal is worth double, this silver is as good as gold, this silver weighs as much as the gold, this bronze shines like gold), disqualifying the arbitrators and judges when their decisions were not favorable, and the little attention devoted to the achievements of the adversaries, dissonant with the spirit of fraternity and brotherhood that should prevail in these events.
Just around the corner are the 2012 London Olympics. They will bring together the best athletes and teams in the world. There Cuba will also be present. Not surprisingly, the results will not approach those obtained in these Pan American games. There they will fight lion to lion.
November 1 2011
More Words' Less Words / Fernando DámasoFernando Dámaso, Translator: Unstated
In the arsenal of leftist parties and governments, there are certain words that constitute grounds for worship. One of them, here, is the word cuadro — or cadre in its English form. I do not know where it was first used in the sense that they give it, but I guess that was in the Russian Bolshevik party, even long before taking power in 1917 the last century. In many of its documents they speak of party cadres, referring to militants holding positions in different instances. From there it comes to us, brought by the comrades of that time, some of whom headed for these lands.
For many years the little word of yore is constantly repeated, both in political and in mass organizations, such as state agencies and institutions. For many citizens, committed to the model, their highest aspiration is to become a cadre of something. The cadre, as official understood, is a highly reliable militant, able to perform any task assigned to them, regardless of their specific professional training. For example, a physician may direct a mass organization, a sugar mill or bakery at different stages of life, and everything is supposed to be done with efficiency, or to a railway worker can lead a national trade union center, a chain of stores or a croquette factory.
As is easy to assume, although there may be rare exceptions, usually the results obtained with these cadres are poor, if you get any at all. Fifty-three years of failure show that the mechanism does not work very well. This being who is unique, special, multipurpose, can be used for everything and does everything well, is quite rare in reality and can not be manufactured or prepared in any facility.
To stubbornly insist on it, leads to constant mistakes and demotions, without coming to understand that one little word, pleasing as it may sound to some ears, is not capable of turning a vision into reality.
Speaking of cadres and the politics of cadres leads nowhere, when the right thing would be to facilitate putting people at the forefront of organizations, agencies and institutions and, in their various guises, the most able people, without questions of an ideological and political nation, and without the constraints that come with being a cadre: unconditional above all, proven loyalty, total submission and complete obedience to their leaders.
Moreover, the little word in popular parlance has so many different meanings, which have been devalued: to be cuadrado — square — is to be dogmatic, to cuadrar — square — the matter is to agree, the cuadro — box — is closed means there it no outlet, and if man is cuadrado — square — he does not compromise. There are many more, but those shown are sufficient.
These days, when there is constant talk of the loss of values, which is a reality, to complicate matters further, it is argued that the cadres, among other things, must be ethical, and handle themselves with agility, creative and sensitive. Many assumed that these were mandatory conditions. It seems we were wrong. In short, words more, words less, do not create wealth, do not improve services, do not raise wages and pensions, do not eliminate corruption, do not lower product prices, do not increase production, let alone, solve the multiple social problems we suffer from. They only form a part of the rhetoric from time to time, occupy official attention, more to entertain than to solve.
February 5 2012
Ethics in the Cuban Schools: Little of Confucius and Much of Puss in Boots / Dora Leonor MesaDora Leonor Mesa, Translator: Unstated
Men rarely recognize the shortcomings of those they love, nor are they accustomed to appreciating the virtues of those they hate.Confucius
For some years there is painful and frequent news in various journalistic media, print and digital, which questions the ethics of teaching professionals in Cuban schools. Some teachers or teachers eat their students' snacks, others ask for gifts for birthdays, some openly show preference for particular students, teachers charge for exams …
There is ample justification to talk about ethics in school organizations in Cuba, a huge challenge for both the state and citizenry. They go together in ethical and social responsibility, although the ethics may be considered as "a method, viable assumptions and conceptual tools to decide what course of action is most appropriate"(Brown, 1992). A communication process that is efficient and ethical accepts the equality and authority of managers and members to identify problems, to think and express ideas with respect and without risks.
The high academic standards of Asian countries like China and Japan are globally recognized. Their philosophy is still based on the precepts of Confucius, philosopher, social theorist and founder of an ethical system – rather than religious – which has survived to this day.
Kung-tse (Confucius, to the West) lived in feudal China over 2,500 years ago, between 551 and 479 BC. His origins were humble, but from his youth showed a fondness for old books and, eventually, he held a high position as an officer of the state of Lu, in the province of Shang-tung. His ideas are about justice and harmonious coexistence.
Far from the mystical and religious beliefs, Confucianism is proposed as a practical philosophy as a system of thought oriented toward life and for the improvement of oneself. The aim, ultimately, is not "salvation," but wisdom and self-knowledge. The basic principles of Confucius are decency, honesty, loyalty and filial piety.
But Perez Cavarría (Technological Institute of Monterrey, 2003) recognizes that the implementation of any program of ethics implies a strong commitment from the managers of any organization; it requires strategic planning, training and communication plan plus monitoring results. His proposal involves developing ethics along with new ways of communication and interaction with members of the organization — in the present case, the school.
Respect, trust, honesty, to name a few values, necessarily have to appear in the form of how members of an organization communicate with each other. In other words, decency is a fundamental principle of the identity of the organization. The organizational culture, ethics and communication have similarities to each other but each occupies a different place.
Another valuable recommendation of Perez Gutierrez refers to the implementation of mechanisms to protect everyone (the family of the student or teacher) who reports unethical behavior or exposes their doubts: Some emails and phone numbers to ensure anonymity, suggestion boxes, etc.
For organizations communication and the strengthening of ethical values is essential. The evaluation of professors and teachers should not only be based on academic results, but also include ethical behavior.
The Ministry of Education of Cuba, with all the difficulties involved in its meager budget and outdated school technology, also faces serious institutional conflict. In classrooms a secret battle is being waged between our Confucius as always, which has given prestige to Cuban education, and the Puss in Boots, pretending to be teaching professionals, when in fact, like the famous character in the story, they lie, simulate, and if we let them, stop trying to be cats to become minor royalty.
October 13 2011
Statistics / Fernando DámasoFernando Dámaso, Translator: Unstated
A journalist, writing about traffic accidents, said that Cuba has one of the lowest rates — 6.5 deaths per hundred thousand inhabitants — and adds that, since 1963 there is a downward trend. I do not question his statistics but, to better understand them, it is necessary to consider some factors that are obvious.
In the decade of the fifties Cuba had one (1) automobile for every forty (40) people. Then, our population was six million five hundred thousand (6,500,000) inhabitants. You can imagine the traffic density. The triumph of the insurrection stopped the massive import of cars (they were brought only for leaders and senior government officials), so it is natural that from the year 1963 (as the existing fleet aged or broke down) accidents would diminish.
In the early sixties care almost ceased to move (they became prehistoric animals), and you could cross any street in slow motion, without danger of being run over. Some Skodas were imported from Czechoslovakia, mainly for foreign experts and specialists based in the country, along with VWs and Alfa Romeos for State Security, and some of the latter, for senior leaders.
In the decade of the seventies, after the failure of the Ten Million Ton Harvestt, when the now extinct Soviet Union and the socialist camp decided to increase the diameter of the "subsidies pipe" to save their Latin American showcase, a part of the credits not paid, was invested in importing cars — Ladas, Moscovitches and the so-called Polaquitos — the first for the Nomenklatura and professionals in charge (who were granted the right to buy), the latter primarily for personnel in health and education (same conditions), and the third to less important posts. There were also some Volgas and Fiats for State use, especially for college graduates, when it was a national goal to have a college educations.
With the demise of socialism, came the era of Chinese bicycles, which flooded our cities and towns, ridden by inexperienced people, with total disregard for traffic regulations, both day and night (without means of lighting, which were never imported). At that time accidents were the order of the day. With the creation of joint ventures and a certain economic revival in the late nineties and early 2000, the bikes disappeared (which had come to stay), and cars of capitalist origin began appearing (Tiko, Toyota, Hyundai, etc.) and some Mercedes Benz for top leaders, and others officially called ostentatious, acquired for by artists (mostly musicians) and high performance athletes.
In recent years, they have mainly imported China-made vehicles, cars and buses and trucks, and this has increased traffic some, despite the poor condition of many roads, which has concentrated traffic on the few passable roads. Today, more than eleven million inhabitants, although figures are not published, and we must be very far from the car for every forty people. Considering all these factors, not addressed by the journalist, it makes sense that regardless of all regulatory and organizational measures taken by relevant authorities, accidents have decreased. It's a simple equation: fewer vehicles traveling equals fewer accidents. When comparing statistics with other countries, all this must be considered.
November 10 2011
A Repressed Sport / Fernando DámasoFernando Dámaso, Translator: Unstated
The province of Pinar del Rio, broken off from its original province (Artemis), more for political interests and to control the citizens, who by economic necessity, in what is still left to them, possesses natural wealth that intelligently used, could provide development and wealth to its people and the nation. I am not referring to the famous tobacco plantations or mining, but the eco-tourism in its different variants (hiking, observation and photography of wildlife, climbing natural stone walls, etc.).
For years in the municipality of Viñales, where the valley that bears its name is located, climbing has been spontaneously practiced, both by foreigners and nationals, attracted by it. The National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER) has never been interested in it (perhaps because it provides no Olympic medals), nor have the tourist or environment bodies.
For some time now, municipal authorities, with the consent of the province, have been given the noble task to pursue climbers and expel them from the territory, threatening them with fines, detention and other injustices. The reason given for such a course, is that they are predators in the valley, undermine the environment and could be conducting espionage in the caves and mountains.
Climbing is practiced worldwide, where there are natural conditions for it, and climbing walls (artificial walls) are built for this purpose, and there is evidence that its followers are great ecological activists and environmentalists, and preserving the environment in its natural state, without aggressive action against it, which would defeat this activity, which requires climbing stone walls in their natural state without artificial alterations.
The suggestion of espionage demonstrates the technological illiteracy of the authorities and their partners, who know that every inch of the planet's surface is permanently under observation for the existing satellite systems without the need for shadowy agents, or film or video cameras.
It would be desirable that the responsible entities (sports, tourism, agriculture and environment) regulate these activities, giving them legal status, thus avoiding the hardships of these brave out-dated witch hunters, inventors of nonexistent laws and regulations.
A National Park is not a museum with inanimate objects on permanent display, with a sign that says "Don't touch," but a living organism, where fauna, flora and humans interact. At least that is what happens in all National Parks in the world.
To prohibit things, even though it has always been, and is, the most used measure in this country for over fifty years, has never solved anything, and has provided only violations, illegal, misery and discomfort.
The real predators in the valley are those who have destroyed the original caves with dynamite explosions and excavations that have liquidated its flora and fauna, forcing farmers to go deep into the forests and clearings to harvest hidden tubers in order survive, polluting and drying up rivers and streams, attacking the walls with paintings of artificial haystacks, trying to attribute to our indigenous people skills they never had, because of their limited development, and also those who, having to ensure the integrity of the forests, cut down their trees and sell the wood in the black market.
Once before the authorities banned rock music, pursuing its fans and putting them in forced work camps. Years later, the same authorities, erected a statue to its highest figure — John Lennon — in a central park of El Vedado, and now even organize festivals. Do not make the same mistake with climbing. These past experiences should serve for something, even if they were negative.
January 30 2012