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  • 16 Mar 2016 2:19 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    President Barack Obama made his historic trip to Cuba this week where he gave a speech both praising and challenging the Cuban people, and the Castro regime. In his speech, President Obama stressed the importance of a democracy saying, “It gives individuals the capacity to be catalysts to think in new ways, and to reimagine how our society should be, and to make them better.” What impact will his speech make in the efforts to ending the decades-long embargo?
    Guest: Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat, Cuban Democratic Directorate

  • 14 Mar 2016 12:45 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Obama discusses US-Cuba relations ahead of controversial trip

    MIAMI (WSVN) — President Barack Obama on Monday addressed the evolving relations between the United States and Cuba, one week before his historic — and controversial — trip to the island nation.

    Not everyone is happy with the U.S., Cuba relations and many plan to gather in a protest in Little Havana to voice their opinions, Sunday morning.

    The commander in chief said, when he flies into Cuba on Monday, next week, he plans to use part of his visit to kick start U.S. business with the island.

    The president said he also plans to bring up the issue of human rights. "During my visit, I intend to meet with dissidents, critics of the Cuban government," he said during an interview with CNN en Español correspondent Juan Carlos Lopez.

    The visit was put in motion when the U.S. and Cuba restored relations by reopening their embassies in July. "The more that U.S. businesses are engaged there, the more that we have people traveling there, the more Cuban-Americans are able to interact with family members that in some cases they haven’t seen in decades, the more likely we are to see the kind of changes that all of us are hoping for," said Obama.

    As of Tuesday, the Obama Administration announced that Americans can take "people to people" trips on their own to Cuba instead of expensive group tours.

    In addition to that change, the administration is allowing U.S. banks to process Cuban government transactions that pass through a U.S. banking system. A previous ban on those transactions prevented Cuba from buying and selling goods internationally.

    Obama will also use the historic trip to kick start U.S. business on the island. According to the Wall Street Journal, AT&T, Starwood Hotels and Marriott are working to complete deals with Cuba. "The simple basis of our policy is that by loosening these restrictions, we are better able to engage the Cuban people, to support them, and to build bridges between our two countries," said Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes.

    However, critics of this easing of restrictions said this will come at a price. "The President’s visit to Cuba is nothing but a glorified trade mission to bring investment to a brutal dictatorship, which is beating and arresting hundreds of Cubans every week to remain in power," said Dr. Orlando Gutierrez, of the Cuban Democratic Directorate.

    The embargo remains in place. Only Congress can repeal it.

    Not everyone is happy with the trip. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement, "U.S. policy must focus less on easing our regulations and more on putting pressure on the Castro brothers to unclench its fists which oppress the Cuban people."

    Nevertheless, Obama said, opening up Cuba will bring about the change that the embargo hasn’t been able to achieve. "We have taken away an excuse that the Castro regime consistently used for why it couldn’t provide greater opportunity or freedom to its people, which was that the heavy-handed neighbor to the north was preventing them or sabotaging them," said Obama. "That’s no longer an excuse that’s viable."

    Obama said the United States will continue to press for human rights. "We continue to press to make sure that over time we are widening more and more freedom for speech, assembly, religion, inside of Cuba," he said.

    The president also made a prediction. "Sometime in the next president’s administration, whether they are a Democrat or a Republican, that the embargo will, in fact, be removed, because it makes sense for us to be able to sell into Cuba, to do business with Cubans, show U.S. business practices, how we treat workers and how we approach issues of human rights," he said. "That will bring out the kinds of changes that are needed."

    While in Cuba, Obama is scheduled to attend a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team. That game is set for next Tuesday.

    The protest in Little Havana is scheduled for Sunday, 11 a.m., at Eighth Street and 13th Avenue


  • 11 Mar 2016 4:10 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Exiliados esperan reunirse en Miami con Ben Rhodes, asesor de Obama,
    antes de su viaje a Cuba

    Como preámbulo de la próxima visita a Cuba del presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, el asesor adjunto de Seguridad Nacional, Ben Rhodes, visitará este viernes Miami, donde es esperado por organizaciones de exiliados para "hablar de democracia en la Isla", informa EFE.

    En su visita, Rhodes se reunirá con "líderes de la comunidad cubano-estadounidense, incluidos activistas por los derechos humanos y defensores de la sociedad civil", señaló Isabel Malowany, portavoz del Departamento de Estado para las Américas, sin precisar quiénes serán los participantes ni el lugar.

    Sin embargo, representantes de varias organizaciones cubanas en el sur de Florida dijeron que no han sido convocados y que desconocen quiénes asistirán a la reunión con Rhodes para abordar la situación de los derechos humanos en Cuba. 

    La economista Martha Beatriz Roque, que fue condenada a 20 años de prisión en 2003 por atentar contra la "independencia e integridad territorial del Estado" y es beneficiaria de una "licencia extrapenal" por razones de salud, mostró a EFE no solo su deseo de reunirse con Rhodes, sino con el presidente Obama.

    "Si Obama me recibe en los Estados Unidos de América es un mensaje de democracia que le está dando al régimen cubano", aseguró esta economista que se encuentra en Miami desde hace una semana, gracias a un permiso especial del Gobierno cubano.

    "La resistencia cubana está siendo marginada de todas esta negociación y visita", se lamentó por su parte Orlando Gutiérrez, director de la Asamblea de la Resistencia Cubana.

    Por ahora no se ha informado de la agenda de Rhodes, quien ha expresado la importancia de escuchar "directamente de la comunidad cubano-estadounidense" opiniones sobre el viaje de Obama a la Isla, que será el primero de carácter oficial que haga un presidente de Estados Unidos a Cuba en 88 años.


  • 10 Mar 2016 12:23 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    En Miami disidente víctima de salvaje ataque a machetazos

    Sirley Ávila León recibirá tratamiento médico, pero también participará en una marcha de protesta por el viaje de Obama a Cuba,, convocada por organizaciones del exilio para el próxim0 20 de marzo


  • 09 Mar 2016 12:19 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Abandonó el régimen castrista y
    ahora es víctima de la represión

    La mujer, de 56 años, dijo que el ataque del que fue víctima demuestra la poca voluntad del castrismo por acabar con la represión.


  • 08 Mar 2016 3:05 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Testimonios de la situación en Cuba - Todo Debate con
    @NelsonRubioTV 17 de Marzo Parte 5

  • 05 Mar 2016 3:10 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Guest: Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat, Cuban Democratic Directorate

  • 04 Mar 2016 4:15 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Members of the Cuban opposition have called on US president Barack Obama to condemn Havana’s repressive policies ahead of his historic visit to the island later this month.

    Orlando Gutiérrez, president of the Cuban Democratic Directorate NGO, told reporters at an event in Miami that his organisation did not support the state visit.

    “The Castro regime has not changed, violations of human rights continue to rise, every day violence increases against the people and the Cuban opposition,” he said. “Political prisoners are not released, nor is there any real democratic change in the country.”

    In January, the Spain-based Cuban Observatory of Human Rights recorded 1,474 arbitrary arrests in Cuba.

    According to statistics collected since 2010 by the Havana-based Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, this was the highest monthly figure since their records began.

    Activists from within Cuba as well as exiles spoke at the February 27 event held by the Presidio Político Histórico Cubano.

    One of the guests was Berta Soler Fernández, the leader of the Ladies in White, a pacifist group campaigning for human rights on the island.

    She argued that Obama had chosen to visit “in times of increased repression, when political prisoners who were released precisely as a result of the [December 2014] agreements between the two governments are kept imprisoned.

    “There is a lot of hypocrisy by the president of the United States,” she concluded.

    Other Cubans who travelled to Miami for the event included Antonio Rodiles, project coordinator of State of Sats and a prominent critic of the US-Cuba détente, as well as Jorge Luis Pérez Antúnez, general secretary of the Civic Resistance Front.

    Gorki Águila, the frontman of famed Cuban rock band Porno para Ricardo, and independent journalist and blogger Yuri Valle Roca were also there.

    Exiles who attended the briefing included Santiago Álvarez, the president of the Legal Rescue Foundation, and Luis Felipe Rojas from the Democracy Movement.

    The Cuban opposition has been divided on the issue of dialogue between Havana and Washington ever since the detente was announced in December 2014.

    Obama will be the first US president to visit Cuba in 88 years and his trip is seen as a major step in the normalisation of bilateral relations.

    Ernesto García Díaz is a journalist for the digital news portal Cubanet News, and an intern with IWPR.


  • 03 Mar 2016 12:36 PM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Exiliados cubanos exigen a Obama se reúna con la oposición Parte I 


  • 03 Mar 2016 11:23 AM | Silvia G. (Administrator)

    Kerry cancels trip to Cuba over human rights concerns

    Human rights concerns cause secretary of state to ax his trip

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