As we have previously reported the Cuban government has announced a significant salary increase for State employees, the first one in many years. It is scheduled to take effect in August. What at first glance sould bring joy, faces skepticism among many of those to benefit from the wage hike.
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Inside the Chevy, Havana, Cuba. By Vincent Wong (Vancouver, Canada). Camera: Canon M5
Don Alvaro has the dark skin of people from Masaya, a thin beard of several days, graying, and a sad look, desolate look, like the one that have those who have lost the most precious thing in their lives. He survives in exile; he is a casualty of impunity.
The details were recently announced on the International Timba Forever Festival, which takes place in various locations in the Cuban capital from August 2 to 4.
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A few days ago, I read online that the World Health Organization (WHO) was on the verge of adding religious fanaticism to its list of mental illnesses. I stand by this decision 100%...
Commander Daniel Ortega closed the doors Friday to the national dialogue with the Civic Alliance, while reiterating that he is not willing to hold early elections. Instead, the Sandinista strongman emphasized that he will be stay in power at least until after the November 2021 elections, in defiance of the sanctions and the international community.
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Hidden Rabbit, Machu Picchu, Peru. By Nora Scutte, (California, USA). Camera: Samsung
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Cartoonist Pedro Molina: ?The humor that makes the most sense is that which puts the powerful in their place. I?m not speaking only of politicians, because many times the real power doesn?t lie only with them? I?m not interested in humor that mocks the poor or the disgraced, I?m interested in humor that can bring the powerful down to earth.?
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It isn?t luxurious nor comfortable. It?s not even a large space where lots of customers can come. Jugolandia is the entrance and hallway to a house located in the Playa municipality. It is the fruit of a desire to set up a profitable business, as well as to contribute to improving and strengthening customers? health...
As a foreigner spending a few relaxing days in León this month, I had the opportunity to see an opera at the Municipal Theater. They were performing Luisa Fernanda, a romantic Spanish Zarzuela from the 1930s. It was a very enjoyable production, but there was one confusing aspect. Something that was very strange!
Bishop Rolando Alvarez told reporters from Matagalpa that when he was preparing to leave the community of La Joya, some peasants came to tell him there was a group of armed people hiding on both sides of the road to Terrabona.
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On day I was seated next to a smoker who, without hesitation, released a puff of smoke on me, which bothered me a lot. Without thinking I made a simple comparison, but very effective.
The last thing that the young opposition activist Bryan Murillo did on Tuesday night, just hours before police officers shot and killed him in his mother?s home in the Barrio Guadalupe of León, was to squeeze himself into a photo taken of his niece, Aylin Del Carmen...
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There are books that always stay in the same place when you bring them home. However, there are other books which are always in different spots, as if they move by themselves. De los escalones para abajo, Irina Pino?s book of poems, is one of these books.
Cuba?s First Vice President Salvador Valdes and Venezuelan VP Delcy Rodriguez were the highest-ranking guests at the celebration for the 40th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution in Managua on Friday.
Sunset in Nusa Lembongan Island, Bali, Indonesia. By Gerdje Schurmans (Spain). Camera: Huawei Pro 20
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I?ll do my best to evaluate the revolution, though I?m hesitant to do so for several reasons. First because I was there as a protagonist, so I share responsibilities for the good and bad parts of that period, some of which are still topical today even though they date back 40 years. Secondly, I speak from my memories, and memory is always fallible and selective.
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The number of homeless people is growing in Havana, as well as in the rest of the country. This situation has caught everyone?s attention. Some people are worried, others are unaffected, and unfortunately, a large percentage of the population attempt to justify the inexcusable.
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Mexican authorities froze the bank accounts of 19 people and companies related to the sale of low quality and over-priced food to the Venezuelan government. The products are aimed at the poorest population, said an official of the Mexican Ministry of Finance.
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Colombia's Constitutional Court on Thursday maintained a judicial ban on the aerial spraying of illicit coca crops with glyphosate, saying the government would first have to prove that the weed killer is not harmful to human health and the environment. President Ivan Duque's government had asked the court to lift the ban.
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Militancy is the attitude, the activity and the ideology which determines the presence of a citizen in a political party, union or church in a conscious and willing way, always after the materialization of an objective, be it political, economic, social or religious.
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In the latest session of National Assembly truly revolutionary measures were approved, which will lead substantially to the wellbeing of the Cuban people. Cartoonist Carlos gives his interpretation.
Reflections, Havana, Cuba. By Amy M. Gardner (Chicago, USA). Camera: iPhone X
Close to 100,000 Puerto Ricans took to the streets Wednesday chanting ?Ricky Renuncia!? as they called for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló, following the leak by Puerto Rico?s Center for Investigative Journalism of hundreds of misogynistic, homophobic and violent text messages between Rosselló and members of his Cabinet.
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In Cuba, the first game girls play is ?happy homes? which involves filling toy pots and pans with rice and beans so we can play at cooking them while we look after dolls as if they were our own children. If we have brothers, then we protect and pamper them, as if they were our own children, washing their clothes and even making their meals.
This Tuesday, July 17, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights posted on Twitter that they ?urge an end to the harassment? of human rights defenders in Nicaragua. The post referred to a recent episode where some six police patrol cars surrounded the building where the Defensores del Pueblo [People?s Defenders] have their office.
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From the end of the mornings the cloud cover will increase and in the afternoons there will be rain including showers which may be intense in some areas. Isolated electrical storms are possible. The high temperatures will be at 32 and 33° C (90 and 91 F), while the lows will be around the 25° C (77 F).
The value of properties in Nicaragua has fallen between 20% and 30%, as a result of the crisis that has plagued the country for fifteen months, three experts from the legal, stock and financial sector told Confidencial.
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I recently read a headline in which General Ulises Rosales del Toro complained: ?When we owned the news.? While many people were laughing, this phrase scared me out of my wits. Saying this meant he was publicly accepting his guilt. Confessing, but without this leading to anything either.
When the siblings turned themselves in to US Border Patrol near El Paso, Texas, in mid-April, agents separated them. "Where are you taking him?" she asked. "He's going to a better place than you," she said an agent replied. But as we have found, Gloria's brother, like other children in Border Patrol detention, certainly was not going to a good place.
Sunset in Cayo Santa Maria, Villa Clara, Cuba. By Wanisa Khemai (Suriname). Camera: Iphone Xs
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Abigail Disney, the heiress of the Disney fortune, is once again speaking out against the company?s unfair labor and wage practices. She recently spoke to Disneyland employees in California, where they shared their experiences with the theme park?s work environment.
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A new train, with twelve modern cars, of Chinese origin, will cover the Havana-Guantanamo route, every three days, completing a journey of more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) in approximately 18 hours. As in the rest of the provinces, Guantanamo residents came out to welcome the new train. (16 photos)
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Colombia's Constitutional Court was on Wednesday debating whether to lift a judicial ban on the aerial spraying of illicit coca crops with glyphosate, a weedkiller that is suspected of causing cancer.
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According to reports from international organizations, Nicaragua continues to be a country in which human rights are violated daily, in contrast to the peaceful and happy country projected by the government of Daniel Ortega.
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This is the testimony of Dilon Zeledón Ramos, 21, and a fourth year accounting student, who was locked up for ten months because he took part in the civic protests against the government of Daniel Ortega.
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Some Cubans have been aware of the similarities between Italian fascism and the Cuban government, for decades already. They aren?t just pure coincidence. Venezuelans have also been under the same yoke for years, and have said so. A disaster that doesn?t recognize language or borders, is spreading without a solution in sight.
It could have been just one more civil wedding, but instead the couple decided to call it ?the vandal?s wedding? and to have a ceremony that reflected the struggle for a free Nicaragua.
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The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over an Argentine court's summons of journalist Daniel Santoro and urged authorities to respect the confidentiality of journalistic sources.
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University of Havana. By Joel Fernandez (Florida, USA). Camera Phone Ine 6T plus
In El Salvador, Evelyn Hernandez, a rape survivor who was jailed and later freed after she had a stillbirth is being retried for aggravated homicide.
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On May 10th 2002, the late Oswaldo Jose Paya Sardinas, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, presented 11,020 signatures to the National Assembly of People?s Power, for reforms so that democratic change could be brought about in Cuba, through Socialism?s legal channels. This became known as the Varela Project.
Several days ago Irina Echarry wrote a post related to gender violence, specifically about the denunciation made by Dianelis Alfonso -known as La Diosa de Cuba-, and the way in which that case had impacted on Cuban society, which, as Irina rightly says, is a country accustomed to defending and justifying the abuser and offending the victim.
Throughout the peak period, Venezuelan oil cooperation played a key role. It was its strongest lever. It can be stated correctly that Ortega never could have built his regime without the considerable resources provided [by Hugo Chavez] from Venezuela.
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Cuba is an underdeveloped or developing country, whatever one wants to call it. It is not a country that has large industries, it depends on revenue from tourism, tobacco, rum and sugar. And that it is not enough to cover our needs and resolve our problems.
Alvaro Leiva Sanchez, executive secretary for the Nicaraguan Association for the Protection of Human Rights, left for the US this past weekend to begin contacts needed to formally accuse Nicaraguan rulers Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the Nicaraguan peoples? human rights before the international criminal courts.
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Dog on Enramada Street in Santiago de Cuba. By Ariel Fuentes (Cuba). Camera Samsung Note 8
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I have just read a Facebook comment by a young woman who says she is Cuban and left Cuba for Ecuador, before finally arriving in the US. She dedicated the rest of her comment to criticizing Cuba?s political system.
Bia Ferreira is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and activist hailing from Minas Gerais, Brazil. She was born into an evangelical family and followed her mother?s footsteps (her mother was a singer, choir conductor and pianist), entering the world of music at the tender age of 3 when she began studying piano.
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There were 17 hours of continuous gunfire, as witnessed by neighbors who recorded the sounds of the attack on their cell phones. That Friday, July 13, 2018, the Ortega Murillo regime sent their paramilitaries to mount a merciless attack on the students who were peacefully occupying the Nicaraguan National Autonomous University (UNAN).
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