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2014-10-20 | Ebola; Blockade; Precios; Central Uruguay; Álvarez Cambras | Opiniones

NOTICIAS
» Castro offers to co-operate with US on Ebola
Fidel Castro, the 88-year-old former Cuban leader, has said his country is ready to work with the US in the battle against Ebola, saying that such co-operation would be in the interest of "the peace of the world".
Cuba has already sent 165 doctors and nurses to help fight Ebola in Sierra Leone and plans to send 296 others soon to Liberia and Guinea.
Writing in state media on Saturday, Castro said: "We will gladly co-operate with American personnel in that task, and not in search of peace between the two states that have been adversaries for so many years, but ... for peace in the world, a goal that can and should be attempted.
"The medical personnel who heads anywhere to save lives, even at the risk of losing theirs, are the greatest example of solidarity that a human being can offer, especially when one is not driven by material interest."

+ La hora del deber - Fidel

» Calling time on America's blockade of Cuba
On 19 October 1960, less than two years after Fidel Castro swept into Havana, the United States announced its economic embargo of Cuba. It has been in place ever since but now it is under scrutiny again.
In a recent editorial, the New York Times called for the embargo to be lifted.
...
"Mr Obama should seize this opportunity to end a long era of enmity and help a population that has suffered enormously since Washington ended diplomatic relations in 1961," it said.

+ Charity warns Ebola 'out of control' amid pledges of help - video

+ Nigeria still on our list of Ebola nations – Cuba

» Los precios se desaceleraron en el primer semestre (II y final)
El costo de los productos que la familia cubana adquiere en los mercados agropecuarios continúa subiendo; sin embargo, en el primer semestre de 2014 el comportamiento de esos precios, a nivel de país, quedó, como tendencia, por debajo del ritmo que llevaban años atrás.

+ Analizan aciertos y deficiencias en la producción agropecuaria

+ Con el café: difícil ir al granoa

+ ¡Ay, la libreta!


» Central Uruguay de Sancti Spíritus también producirá bloques multinutricionales
La planta de Uruguay tiene capacidad de diseño para elaborar en una jornada entre ocho y nueve toneladas del producto.


» Rodrigo Álvarez Cambras: ingeniero de los huesos (+fotos)
Al mirar a su padre, moribundo a causa de la tuberculosis y la diabetes, Rodrigo Álvarez Cambras tuvo una suerte de revelación. “Verlo consumirse en dos años, más flaco cada día, sangrando… me impresionó a tal punto que decidí que no iba a ser ingeniero de puentes y carreteras como él quería. Voy a estudiar Medicina para acabar con estas enfermedades”, me dije.

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BREVES INTERNACIONALES
» Pan American Health Organization Seeks ALBA Cooperation on Ebola
The director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa Etienne, arrived on Sunday in Havana, Cuba to participate at the summit of Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our Americas (ALBA-TCP). The meeting of the regional organization set for this Monday is looking to coordinate responses to the Ebola crisis.

+ Agradece enviado especial de la ONU para el ébola apoyo de personal médico cubano

+ En Cuba, numerosas personalidades que asistirán a la Cumbre ALBA-TCP sobre el Ébola


» Health minister looks to Cuba for Ebola help
Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson is heading to Cuba by the middle of this week to seek help to fight the potential threat of the deadly Ebola disease.


» ‘Cuba has overcome severe hardships’
THERE is no country in the world that has tested severe economic hardships than Cuba, says Zimbabwe’s tourism minister Dr Walter Mzembi.
And Mzembi has called for debate on the continued usage of the US dollar as his country’s national currency.
Mzembi said this when he sampled products at the Sanganai World Tourism Expo in Harare. He said Cuba had survived economic sanctions for so many years, yet the country was among the top tourist destinations in the world.
“Cuba has been under economic sanctions since 1959, but it is a very excellent benchmark example in tourism development because it has overcome severe hardships out of sanctions to be a major tourist destination,” Mzembi said. He said Cuba manages to attract three million tourist arrivals annually, contributing US$2 billion per annum to the national treasury.

‎» Expertos mundiales profundizan en investigaciones del cerebro
La Habana, 17 oct (AIN) Renombrados expertos de Holanda, Estados Unidos, Canadá, Reino Unido, Francia, Alemania, Brasil, Bélgica, China, Turquía y Cuba hacen una puesta al día sobre el Mapeo Cerebral Humano en el Taller Internacional para ese fin, que se desarrolla desde hoy en la capital.

+ Estrena sede Centro de Neurociencias

» UN Expert Praises Cuban Book on Climate Change
Havana, Cuba, Oct 17.- Myrta Kaulard, representative-resident of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), asserted on Thursday that the book “Impact of climate change and methods of adaptation in Cuba” is an example of the excellent results that can be achieved when there’s willingness for integration.


» Haiti’s Sunrise Airways Set to Launch Service to Santiago de Cuba
Haiti’s Sunrise Airways is continuing its Caribbean expansion.
The carrier will soon be launching flights from its hub in Port-au-Prince to Santiago de Cuba in Cuba.
The flights will begin Oct. 30, marking the carrier’s first-ever regularly-scheduled passenger service to Cuba.


» Paraguay: Casos ligados al narcotráfico salpican a parlamentarios y a otras autoridades
Cinco diputados colorados, un senador del PLRA, un gobernador del mismo partido político y una ex legisladora de la ANR fueron salpicados en cuestiones ligadas al narcotráfico.



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OPINIONES

» Cuba’s Impressive Role on Ebola
The New York Times - Oct 19

Leer en Español (Read in Spanish) »

By The Editorial Board

Cuba is an impoverished island that remains largely cut off from the world and lies about 4,500 miles from the West African nations where Ebola is spreading at an alarming rate. Yet, having pledged to deploy hundreds of medical professionals to the front lines of the pandemic, Cuba stands to play the most robust role among the nations seeking to contain the virus.

Cuba’s contribution is doubtlessly meant at least in part to bolster its beleaguered international standing. Nonetheless, it should be lauded and emulated.

The global panic over Ebola has not brought forth an adequate response from the nations with the most to offer. While the United States and several other wealthy countries have been happy to pledge funds, only Cuba and a few nongovernmental organizations are offering what is most needed: medical professionals in the field.

Doctors in West Africa desperately need support to establish isolation facilities and mechanisms to detect cases early. More than 400 medical personnel have been infected and about 4,500 patients have died. The virus has shown up in the United States and Europe, raising fears that the epidemic could soon become a global menace.

It is a shame that Washington, the chief donor in the fight against Ebola, is diplomatically estranged from Havana, the boldest contributor. In this case the schism has life-or-death consequences, because American and Cuban officials are not equipped to coordinate global efforts at a high level. This should serve as an urgent reminder to the Obama administration that the benefits of moving swiftly to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba far outweigh the drawbacks.

The Cuban health care workers will be among the most exposed foreigners, and some could very well contract the virus. The World Health Organization is directing the team of Cuban doctors, but it remains unclear how it would treat and evacuate Cubans who become sick. Transporting quarantined patients requires sophisticated teams and specially configured aircraft. Most insurance companies that provide medical evacuation services have said they will not be flying Ebola patients.

Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday praised “the courage of any health care worker who is undertaking this challenge,” and made a brief acknowledgment of Cuba’s response. As a matter of good sense and compassion, the American military, which now has about 550 troops in West Africa, should commit to giving any sick Cuban access to the treatment center the Pentagon built in Monrovia and to assisting with evacuation.More:

+ La Impresionante Contribución de Cuba en la Lucha Contra el Ébola


» Ebola is an opportunity for Cuba and the United States to work together
eTurboNews - Oct 18

Ebola is a deadly virus, and as Cuba's president Fidel Castro outlined, it may also be an opportunity for the US and Cuba to come together and work jointly to fight this global threat to human health.

US State Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday spoke about Cuba as one of the nations large and small stepping up in impressive ways to make a contribution on the front lines.

People in the U.S. are seriously underserved by primary care physicians, the very doctors who are needed when it comes to combating the spread of disease. Instead, the U.S. has all kinds of high-priced specialists in everything from dermatology and liposuction to cancer specialists who could help and combat the diseases caused by our increasingly toxic environment and our chemical-laced foods.

Cuba, on the other hand, despite the nation’s poverty (the result, primarily, of over a half century embargo enforced by the U.S. ever since a leftist rebel movement led by Fidel Castro ousted the government of Fulgencio Batista), has a first-rate medical system composed mostly of those very primary care physicians now needed so badly in Africa.

In Fidel Castro's article “Time of Duty,” which was published on Saturday, the retired Cuban leader said that medical staff trying to save lives are the best example of human solidarity. Fighting together against the epidemic can protect the people of Cuba, Latin America, and the US from the deadly virus, he added.

Fidel Castro has expressed Cuba’s readiness to cooperate with the US in the global fight against Ebola. Cuba has been on the frontline of international response to the worst outbreak in the disease's history.

“We will gladly cooperate with American [medical] personnel in this task – not for the sake of peace between the two states which have been adversaries for many years, but for the sake of peace in the world,” wrote Castro.

As the Ebola death toll currently stands at more than 4,400, the United Nations is urging the global community to help tackle the outbreak. Even to simply slow down the virus' spreading pace, international aid would have to increase 20-fold, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More:

+ At last... President Obama moves towards Cuba

+ Ebola, Race and Neo-liberalism

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CULTURA Y ACTIVIDADES

» 'Experience Cuba' exhibit features handcrafted books
Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee) - Oct 19

By Mary Louise Schumacher / Journal Sentinel

Where there is political struggle, there is almost always art. The Ediciones Vigia is a press in Cuba, founded in 1985, that has been a haven for artists and writers, many of whom have difficulty finding materials to work with. Many of these artists work collaboratively to create beautiful handmade books. The books are from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee special collections library.

"Experiencing Cuba: Artists Books of Ediciones Vigia and Photographs of Joseph Mougel" will put 26 handcrafted books, works of both art and literature, from this special publishing house in Matanzas, Cuba, on view alongside photographs by Joseph Mougel, assistant professor at UWM.

The free exhibit opens Thursday at RedLine Milwaukee, 1422 N. 4th St., with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. A gallery talk takes place at 7 p.m.


» Concurso de Guaracha rinde tributo a juglar mayor de Cuba
Agencia Cubana de Noticias - 18 oct

Por Eileen Molina Fernández

Holguín, 18 oct (AIN) Los principales aportes de la obra musical de Faustino Oramas, conocido popularmente como El Guayabero, centraron los debates del I Concurso Nacional de Guaracha A mí me gusta que baile Marieta.

Zenobio Hernández, investigador del Centro Provincial de la Música, refirió a la AIN que el trovador dejó una impronta en la cultura internacional por el ritmo peculiar del son y la defensa de los valores tradicionales en la música.

Agregó que el fino humor criollo presente en sus piezas forma parte de la idiosincrasia de los cubanos y muestra la jovialidad de los habitantes de la Isla, por tanto perpetuar su obra es de vital importancia para preservar las costumbres autóctonas.

Durante la jornada, artistas invitados al certamen, compartieron sus impresiones acerca de la evolución de la guaracha, uno de los ritmos populares del cancionero cubano.

El cantautor Tony Ávila indicó que el género es una herramienta para reflejar la vida cotidiana, mediante el doble sentido y la picaresca, los cuales identifican las composiciones.

En el concurso, participan 130 piezas de las 16 provincias del país y se extenderá hasta el próximo 20 de octubre, fecha en la cual se efectuará la gala de premiaciones en el Teatro Eddy Suñol.

Faustino Oramas cultivó el son montuno tradicional que lo hizo famoso en países como España, Francia y Holanda, y era al morir el 27 de marzo de 2007, el cantante en activo más longevo de Cuba, con 96 años de edad.

A lo largo de su fructífera carrera artística recibió numerosas distinciones, entre ellas, la Félix Varela por la Cultura Nacional y los premios Abril y de Humor 2002, además del Hacha de Holguín, máximo reconocimiento otorgado a figuras relevantes en la vida social.



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CASAS DE CRISTAL (Titulares)
» 75 Killed in Five Days of Fighting in Libya’s Benghazi

» German journo: European media writing pro-US stories under CIA pressure (VIDEO) – RT News

» Kremlin surprised Poland won’t give Ukraine free coal – RT Business

» US Still Searching for Credible Allies in Syria - ABC News

» It’s official: U.S. will build new Syrian rebel force to battle Islamic State | CharlotteObserver.com

» Only 4% of drone victims in Pakistan named as al Qaeda members | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

» Saudi Arabia beheaded 59 people so far this year – but hardly anyone is talking about it | VICE News

» What ‘Democracy’ Really Means in U.S. and New York Times Jargon: Latin America Edition - The Intercept


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DEPORTES (Titulares)
» International Sport Fishing Tournament in Cuba Begins

» Badmintonista Osleni Guerrero conquistó oro en cita continental

» Bruzón buscará hoy mantener liderato en torneo Continental de ajedrez

» XI Campeonato de las Américas - Pupo: rápido y furioso a 25 metros

» Copa Mohammed VI - Misión cumplida: de 7-7

» Perú mantiene invicto y Cuba volvió a caer en voleibol

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ENLACES
» Ciro Bianchi Ross - Otra tarde en Kuquine
El dictador Fulgencio Batista tenía una forma muy particular de apropiarse del dinero del Estado. Su posición política privilegiada, dice Guillermo Jiménez en su libro Los propietario de Cuba; 1958, le dio la oportunidad de aprovecharse de manera asombrosa de la política de financiamiento y concesiones promovida por las instituciones bancarias estatales dirigida por Joaquín Martínez Sáenz, presidente del Banco Nacional, bien mediante la requisa de esos financiamientos o mediante el cobro, a través de terceros, de una elevada gabela en especie a aquellos empresarios beneficiados por tal original forma de malversación que implantó. Añade Jiménez que además de los ingresos de sus numerosas empresas —unas 70— recibía regularmente las ganancias provenientes de varias formas de cohecho, malversación y otras imposiciones. Entre estas, las producidas por el juego prohibido y el 30 por ciento de comisión que los contratistas pagaban en efectivo por las concesiones de obras recibidas, cuyos créditos supervisaba él personalmente. Lo que le permitió amasar una fortuna calculada en 300 millones de dólares. Dos anécdotas ilustran esas afirmaciones. Las revela el general Francisco Tabernilla Palmero en su libro de memorias que con el título de Palabras esperadas publicó en Miami en 2009. Tabernilla Palmero, conocido por el sobrenombre de «Silito», era el secretario militar de Batista, jefe del Regimiento Mixto 10 de Marzo y, ya en los últimos tiempos de la dictadura, jefe de la División de Infantería General Alejandro Rodríguez, ambos con sede en la Ciudad Militar de Columbia —hoy Ciudad Libertad—, tropas que se evidenciaban como el pollo del arroz con pollo de las Fuerzas Armadas cubanas de la época. Con relación al 30 por ciento que pagaban los empresarios «premiados» con la ejecución de alguna obra pública, dice «Silito» que los beneficiados llegaban a la oficina del Presidente con una maleta cargada de dinero y salían del despacho presidencial sin un centavo y a veces sin maleta porque Batista se antojaba de ella.


» AP PHOTOS: New gloss on Cuba's classic cars

» Jackie Kennedy believed Lyndon Johnson killed JFK
WASHINGTON, October 17, 2014 — It has been widely reported that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, widow of President John F. Kennedy, shared with family members she was certain that Kennedy’s Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson, arranged to have her husband murdered. Soon that conclusion will be heard in the late First Lady’s own words, because audio tapes, recorded of discussions with historian and close family associate, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., between March and June 1964, will be released and excerpts featured on an upcoming ABC News program in November marking the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.



EFEMERIDES

1868 - Toma de Bayamo por los patriotas cubanos. Día de la Cultura Cubana

Día hermoso aquel 20 de octubre de 1868 en que las tropas de Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, al tomar la ciudad de Bayamo, entonan por primera vez La Bayamesa, con letra escrita por Perucho Figueredo, que luego se convertiría en nuestro Himno Nacional. Cultura y Nación se fundían en un abrazo para convertirse en un concepto inseparable a lo largo de la historia de Cuba, un concepto que habla de música y poesía, arte y rebeldía unidos en el fragor del combate. De aquella fecha diría nuestro José Martí en Patria, en 1892: "Para que lo entonen todos los labios y lo guarden todos los hogares, para que corran de pena y amor las lágrimas de los que lo oyeron en el combate sublime por primera vez; para que espolee la sangre en las venas juveniles, el himno a cuyos acordes, en la hora más bella y solemne de nuestra Patria, se alzó el decoro dormido en el pecho de los hombres". No podía escogerse mejor fecha. Según lo estipula el decreto No. 74 de 1980 firmado por el Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, aquel día de combate y arte representaría el Día de la Cultura Nacional.



1927 - Nace Abel Santamaría en Encrucijada, Las Villas

Abel Santamaría Cuadrado fue uno de los fundadores del Movimiento de la Generación del Centenario. Todas las referencias definen su personalidad como la de un joven muy jovial con inquietudes intelectuales y una afianzada preocupación por los destinos de su patria. "Una revolución no se hace en un día, pero se comienza en un segundo", había escrito en una proclama en 1952. Horas antes del ataque al cuartel Moncada se hizo pública entre todos los revolucionarios la designación de Abel como segundo jefe del Movimiento. Hecho prisionero en esta acción, los verdugos se ensañaron con él y lo torturaron hasta morir.



1948 - Asesinan al líder campesino Sabino Pupo Milián

Nació en la provincia de Oriente en 1895. De niño se dedicó a las labores agrícolas. Mayor de edad se trasladó a Santa Lucía, en Camagüey. Se vinculó muy estrechamente a los campesinos de la zona donde vivía. Al frente de alrededor de 100 familias de campesinos se asentó en un territorio por el que estaba interesada una compañía norteamericana. Los campesinos organizados se resistieron a ser desalojados y lo eligieron para la presidencia de una base campesina. Fue asesinado el 20 de octubre de 1948.

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