Tarará


Two weeks into the Tarará Pioneers camp and my sister and I would return home talking about our dips in the ocean. But this time it would be different, because we would be part of an activity to show someone very important that this area that was once private houses was now a place for the enjoyment of the workers’ children. On the lawn beside the stream we clasped hands and, dressed in the clothes typical of each region, made five large circles representing the continents. It fell to me to be Lithuanian.

My mother rented the costumes from a store in Galiano Street — all that remains of it now is a sewer pit draining onto the sidewalk. I had to wear a long-sleeved blouse with a colorfully embroidered thick cloth vest over it, plus a decorated headband and gaiters over my shoes. The outfit was totally inappropriate for the blistering sun of July 1984, but I stood it for several days out of curiosity over who the distinguished visitor would be. Nearby, some of my fellow classmates were dying of the heat, stuffed into multi-colored Mongolian pomp. The leader was blowing a whistle while we had to turn this way and that on the cut grass, waiting for those distinguished eyes that would watch us spin.

On the day planned for our live world dance performance, I discovered that someone in the hostel had stolen one of my gaiters, and my sister was showing the first signs of heat stroke. We reluctantly danced our rounds, while the rumor flew that the Maximum Leader’s brother would show up at any moment. A convoy of fast cars — three green Alfa Romeos — crossed the bridge over the Tarará River. A minute later we were told we could abandon our formation; the eminent visitor was already gone. Raul Castro, as in the Spanish film Welcome Mr. Marshall, had left us all dressed up, choreography rehearsed.

17 thoughts on “Tarará

  1. To confirm that the usa is a nazist abomination, here is more on the people who ultimately finance this loser calling herself “Yoani”, and a “pragmatic democratic capitalist”:

    http://www.infowars.com/

    That, and only that is what for yoani is serving obediently her masters. And a hope they will elevate her into some higher level servant once they fuck up her homeland.

    For a fisful of dollars.

    There are prostitutes in Cuba giving themselves to foreigners.

    And there are those like Yoani who sell themselves and their own people.

    All for a fistfull of fast falling dollars.

    Unlike the retard, Gerard Clemente is a respected authority and what he says may just happen. He accurately predicted fall of Soviet Union, Oil crisis, internet bubble and this last financial crisis.

    Read more from someone who knows better than these retards here spitting their imbecile hatred for Cuba.

    http://www.trendsresearch.com/index.htm

    Not that local idiots have brains to understand te reality around them, so here’s what one of the most prominent trend researches in the usa, Gerard Clemente says: revolution in the usa. Around the 8th minute of he video:

    No iranian secret services here. Just Clemente.

  2. Here’s the proof of the things to come soon, very soon, for all resident derechistas. Better known as cuban mafia from the slums of Miami:

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/DN-broden_22tex.ART0.State.Edition1.33278a9.html

    The real revolution is near. Can you feel the tremors already? It is Broden who is saying openly that the armed revolution is being considered among the republicans (derechistas putas de perros).

    More here, directly from within the White House:

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/147724.html

    Both news channels are a lot more serious than the Huffington Post that feeds this abomination called “Yoani”.

  3. PLEASE SIGN- “Free Oscar Elias Biscet” petition to President Obama (see link below)
    Published by Winnie Biscet on Oct 15, 2010

    Óscar Elías Biscet González (born: July 20, 1961 in Havana, Cuba), is a Cuban medical professional and a noted advocate for human rights and democratic freedoms in Cuba. He is also the founder of the Lawton Foundation.
    Dr. Biscet is serving a 25-year prison sentence in Cuba for allegedly committing crimes against the sovereignty and the integrity of the Cuban territory.[1] Despite appeals from the United Nations, foreign governments, and international human rights organizations, Cuba has refused to release Dr. Biscet. In recognition of his advocacy efforts for human rights and democracy in Cuba, Dr. Biscet was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007 by U.S. President George W. Bush.[2]

    Category: Human Rights
    Region: GLOBAL
    Target: President Barack Obama
    Web site: http://free-biscet.blogspot.com/

    CLICK HERE TO SIGN PETITION
    http://www.gopetition.com/petition/39867.html

    Mr President Obama:

    I am writing to you on behalf of my father, Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, a political prisoner in Cuba for all but 36 days since November 1999. I’m requesting an opportunity to meet with you so I can speak with you about this great man and his struggle for a free Cuba.

    I’m imploring you to lend your prestige and that of your office to a campaign calling for his unconditional release as his daughter. I could provide you a litany of reasons why Dr. Biscet is deserving of your attention. Instead, I note how others have recognized him: Amnesty International has declared him a “prisoner of conscience. And your predecessor, President George W. Bush in 2007, awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, saying “his example is a rebuke to the tyrants and secret police of a regime whose day is passing.”

    Many have compared him to South Africa’s Nelson Mandela or to your country’s Martin Luther King Jr., comparisons I assure you my father is too humble to acknowledge but all well deserving. Like others in Cuba jailed because of their opposition to the Castro dictatorship and their faith in freedom, human rights and their fellow Cubans, my father has been unjustly imprisoned for most of the past 11 years.

    My father has been a professed, impassioned opponent of the Castro dictatorship for almost 25 years, following principles of non-violence to challenge the regime’s record on health care, its treatment of political prisoners and on other fronts. He has inspired many in Cuba and in exile to join him in his struggle.

    In response, the regime in November 1999 arrested him and later sentenced him to 3 years in prison for the so-called crimes of “dishonoring national symbols” — that is, displaying the Cuban flag upside down — “public disorder,” and “inciting delinquent behavior.”

    My father finished his sentence in late 2002, but only 36 days later he was arrested again while preparing to meet with a group of human rights activists. After several months in jail, he was formally charged with being a threat to state security and as part of the 2003 “black spring” crackdown on Cuban dissidents, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

    Recently, 39 other political prisoners were jailed during the same crackdown, have been released and taken exile in Spain or Chile, under terms of an agreement struck by the Spanish government, the Catholic Church and the Castro regime. My father respects their decisions to leave Cuba in exchange for their release, but he remains in jail because he refuses to accept the terms of that deal.

    In the Castro gulag, my father has suffered unspeakable horrors and tortures. His solace, his strength, his survival, have come from his faith in God and his unwavering commitment to his principles. Even in jail, he is one of Cuba’s freest men.

    Which is why the only condition that is acceptable to him before he agrees to leave prison is no condition at all. He will not accept any type of parole or probation that makes it possible for the regime to send him back to jail and he will never accept forced exile to Spain or anywhere else. He will not abandon the country he loves.

    I miss my father terribly and fear for his health and safety. But I support his position, his continued resistance to tyranny and his steadfast commitment to freedom and human rights for all Cubans.

    Please, Mr. President, join us in this struggle and address this publicly so the people of the world may know of this injustice.

  4. Is funny, the people of the rebolutions is only important for the leaders when their power must be shown …
    The leaders are important always … in their own perception.
    So who is the leader … the people or the rebolution?

  5. “AND THE WINNER IS?”!!!! DRUM ROLL!!!

    NOT “LA CHINA” OR “THE MUMMY”! FIDEL DID NOT EVEN GET A SHOWING!

    EUROPEAN JEWISH PRESS-BRUSSELS (EJP)—Israeli NGO ‘Breaking the Silence,’ Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas and Ethiopian opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa are the three shortlisted finalists for the European Parliament’s 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
    The winner will be announced on Thursday by the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, following a decision of the Conference of political group leaders.

    The winner will receive 50,000 euros and will be invited to participate in the award ceremony on 15 December, in Strasbourg, France.

    ‘Breaking the Silence’ was established in 2004, by Israeli soldiers and veterans who collect and disseminates information about the activity of the Israeli army and settlers in the territories, mostly by collecting and publishing soldiers’ testimonies.

    “If we vote for Breaking the Silence were are voting for peace, we are voting for the honour of Israeli democracy and we are saying we are in favour of two states: the Palestinian State and the Israeli State.Awarding the prize, we want to give peace a chance”, declared Green MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit, whose political group along with the European Left nominated the Israeli organization

    BRUSSELS (EJP)—Israeli NGO ‘Breaking the Silence,’ Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas and Ethiopian opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa are the three shortlisted finalists for the European Parliament’s 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

    The winner will be announced on Thursday by the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, following a decision of the Conference of political group leaders.

    The winner will receive 50,000 euros and will be invited to participate in the award ceremony on 15 December, in Strasbourg, France.

    ‘Breaking the Silence’ was established in 2004, by Israeli soldiers and veterans who collect and disseminates information about the activity of the Israeli army and settlers in the territories, mostly by collecting and publishing soldiers’ testimonies.

    “If we vote for Breaking the Silence were are voting for peace, we are voting for the honour of Israeli democracy and we are saying we are in favour of two states: the Palestinian State and the Israeli State.Awarding the prize, we want to give peace a chance”, declared Green MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit, whose political group along with the European Left nominated the Israeli organization

    http://www.ejpress.org/article/46681

  6. AFP: Obama awaits ‘full results’ of Cuba’s vow for change
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama indicated Tuesday he was still in a wait-and-see mode in terms of US policy toward communist Cuba, saying Havana’s pledges on economic change, so far, remained just that.

    “I think that any release of political prisoners, any economic liberalization that takes place in Cuba is positive, positive for Cuban people, but we’ve not yet seen the full results of these promises,” Obama told Hispanic media at the White House.

    The Havana government agreed on July 7 to release the remaining 52 of 75 dissidents still behind bars after being arrested in a March 2003 crackdown.

    The landmark deal securing their freedom was part of a arrangement brokered by the Madrid government and the Catholic Church, and came after Cuban dissident hunger striker Guillermo Farinas nearly starved to death.

    If all 52 dissidents are freed, it will be the largest release of Cuban prisoners since 1998 when 300 dissidents were spared jail time following a visit by then-pope John Paul II.

    Washington will allow most of the 38 dissidents recently released from prison in Cuba to resettle in the United States.

    The neighboring countries do not have full diplomatic ties.

    The United States has had a full economic embargo clamped on Havana since 1962. But US businesses are key trade partners anyway for Havana despite what Havana claims are “crippling” sanctions; Cuba simply pays US producers in cash.

    Cuba is the only one-party communist regime in the Americas, and has refused to engage in any political opening. With its economy in shambles, however, it has tinkered with some market-oriented economic reforms.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jQlPssE6u9QDb0fy4kCT7f7kQQBw?docId=CNG.5ad543ce839fb7c75ade44a2db5fb0eb.e11

  7. Don’t trust the Cuban Government. Lies, lies and mentiras. The Castros are some very DIRTY BASTARDS.

  8. MIAMI HERALD: Cuba, U.S. talk on jailed American-High-level U.S. and Cuban diplomats discussed the case of a government subcontractor held in Havana.-JUAN O. TAMAYO

    The Obama administration’s top diplomat on Latin America has met with Cuba’s foreign minister to press for the release of a U.S. citizen jailed in Havana since December — the latest in a recent string of high-level bilateral sessions.
    Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Arturo Valenzuela and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez met in New York during a U.N. gathering last month, the State Department’s top spokesman said Monday.

    The previously unknown session was the most recent in a string of meetings between officials of the two countries, which have not had full diplomatic relations since the early 1960s.

    “The meeting was to encourage the release of Alan Gross,” Philip J. Crowley, assistant secretary for public affairs, told reporters during a briefing in Washington.

    Asked if Havana gave any sign that Gross would be freed, Crowley said, “I’m not aware that they did.”

    He added: “We would hope that it would happen today, but that’s up to the Cuban government.”

    Crowley gave no further details but a senior State Department official told The Associated Press the meeting was brief and cordial and added that there were no significant discussions on other matters.

    Gross, a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, was arrested Dec. 3 after delivering satellite communications equipment to what U.S. officials describe as Jewish groups in Cuba.

    A resident of Potomac, Md., the 60-year-old Gross has not been officially charged, though several Cuban officials have alleged that he was involved in U.S. intelligence activities against Cuba.

    He is being held at Villa Marista, a State Security interrogation center in Havana.

    U.S. government officials have steadfastly denied Gross was on an intelligence mission, and a string of U.S. visitors — including New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. — have urged his release on humanitarian grounds. They also have argued that his continued detention is stalling efforts to improve bilateral relations.

    Gross’ wife was allowed to visit him in August and U.S. diplomats based in Havana have met with him several times since his arrest at the Havana airport, as he was preparing to leave the island.

    While U.S. officials under President George W. Bush had few meetings with their Cuban counterparts, the pace of such sessions picked up considerably since President Barack Obama was inaugurated last year.

    Valenzuela is believed to be the most senior Obama administration official to meet with Cuban officials.

    Cheryl Mills, chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, met with Rodriguez in March and discussed the Gross case during a U.N. conference on quake-devastated Haiti. But Mills is not considered to be part of the department’s diplomatic corps.

    One of Valenzuela’s deputies, Craig Kelly, led a U.S. delegation that held migration talks in February with Cuban officials in Havana and met with a group of dissidents.

    Bisa Williams, then acting deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs visited Cuba in October 2009 for talks on resuming direct postal service between the two countries.

    Williams, who also served as head of the State Department’s Cuba desk, was described at the time as the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Havana since 2002.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/10/18/1879941/cuba-us-talk-on-jailed-american.html

  9. AND “THE MUMMY” (Fidel) IS PUSHING FOR HIS NOBEL PRIZE SUBMISSION! HA HA HA!! PULL OFF ALL THOS GAUZE BANDAGES AND YOU WILL EVENTUALLY SEE THE CATROFACIST CORE!

    THE WORLD: Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas, a finalist for the Sakharov Prize
    Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas is one of three finalists for the Sakharov Prize awarded each year the European Parliament (EP) to defenders of human rights, minorities and democracy.

    According to parliamentary sources, the candidacy of Fariñas, defended by the conservative European People’s Party (EPP) has been the most voted by MEPs of the Foreign Affairs Committees and Development.

    The other two finalists are the Israeli NGO “Breaking the Silence” (Breaking the Silence) and the Ethiopian Birtukan Mideksa, which have been imposed, inter alia, the Sahrawi activist Haidar, who also chose to award.

    The vote to select the finalists, held behind closed doors, preceding the election winner, who will decide on Thursday, the Conference of Presidents of the Parliament, which meets EP President and the leaders of political groups.

    According to a congressional source, the candidacy of Fariñas today received 38 votes, compared with 25 of Mideksa and 13 of “Breaking the Silence.”

    Cuban journalist and psychologist has the backing of the EPP-the greater strength of the Chamber, and the group of Conservative and Reform.

    Mideksa is the option favored by the Socialist group and the Israeli NGO’s candidacy was presented by the Greens and some of United Left group.

    Imposed Fariñas option would be the third time that the European Parliament awarded the Sakharov Prize to Cuban opposition, after the awards to Oswaldo Payá (2002) and Las Damas de Blanco (2005).

    Fariñas recognition would actively preparing for the meeting of foreign ministers of the Union the next day 25, which is scheduled to discuss the “common position” on Cuba, ie the policy that determines the relations EU to the island to democratic reforms and progress in human rights, including the release of political prisoners.

    The conservative forces of the Parliament is resolutely opposed to any change in that stance, adopted in 1996 at the initiative of the Spanish government of José María Aznar and the current Socialist government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero wants to see amended.

    As an option for the candidacy of Fariñas figure of Ethiopian politics Birtukan Mideksa, former judge and leader of the opposition Unity for Democracy and Justice, sentenced to life imprisonment in December 2008.

    The third alternative is to “Breaking the Silence”, an organization founded by the Israel Defense Forces soldiers and veterans who provide testimony on military service in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem during the second Intifada.

    The winner will be invited to receive the prize on 15 December in a ceremony at the parliament building in Strasbourg (France).

    Last year, the Parliament awarded the Sakharov Prize to the Russian Defence of Human Rights Memorial, joining a list of winners including Nelson Mandela (1988), the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (1992), Spanish group ETA terrorism “Basta Ya!” (2000) or the former secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan (2003).

    EL MUNDO: El disidente cubano Guillermo Fariñas, finalista del premio Sájarov
    El disidente cubano Guillermo Fariñas es uno de los tres finalistas del premio Sájarov que concede cada año el Parlamento Europeo (PE) a defensores de los derechos humanos, las minorías o la democracia.

    Según fuentes parlamentarias, la candidatura de Fariñas, defendida por el grupo conservador del Partido Popular Europeo (PPE), ha sido la más votada por los eurodiputados de las comisiones de Asuntos Exteriores y Desarrollo.

    Los otros dos finalistas son la ONG israelí “Breaking the Silence” (Rompiendo el Silencio) y la etíope Birtukan Mideksa, que se han impuesto, entre otros, a la activista saharaui Aminetu Haidar, quien también optaba al galardón.

    La votación para seleccionar a los finalistas, llevada a cabo a puerta cerrada, precede a la elección del ganador, que decidirá el jueves la Conferencia de Presidentes de la Eurocámara, que reúne al presidente del PE y a los líderes de los grupos políticos.

    De acuerdo con una fuente parlamentaria, la candidatura de Fariñas recibió hoy 38 votos, frente a los 25 de Mideksa y los 13 de “Breaking the Silence”.

    El periodista y psicólogo cubano cuenta con el respaldo del PPE -la mayor fuerza del hemiciclo- y del grupo de los Conservadores y Reformistas.

    Mideksa es la opción defendida por el grupo Socialista y la candidatura de la ONG israelí fue presentada por Los Verdes y parte del grupo de la Izquierda Unitaria.

    De imponerse la opción de Fariñas, sería la tercera vez en la que el Parlamento Europeo distinguiese con el Sájarov a la oposición cubana, después de los premios a Oswaldo Payá (2002) y Las Damas de Blanco (2005).

    El reconocimiento a Fariñas llegaría en plenos preparativos de la reunión de ministros de Exteriores de la Unión del próximo día 25, en la que está previsto que se analice la “posición común” sobre Cuba, es decir, la política que condiciona las relaciones de la UE con la isla a reformas democráticas y avances en derechos humanos, entre ellos la liberación de presos políticos.

    Las fuerzas conservadoras de la Eurocámara se oponen frontalmente a cualquier cambio en esa postura, aprobada en 1996 a iniciativa del Ejecutivo español de José María Aznar y que el actual Gobierno socialista de José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero aspira a ver modificada.

    Como opción a la candidatura de Fariñas figura la de la política etíope Birtukan Mideksa, ex juez y líder del partido de la oposición Unidad para la Democracia y la Justicia, condenada a cadena perpetua en diciembre de 2008.

    La tercera alternativa es la de “Breaking the Silence”, organización fundada por las fuerzas de defensa israelíes, soldados y veteranos que aportan su testimonio sobre el servicio militar en la Franja de Gaza, Cisjordania y Jerusalén este durante la segunda Intifada.

    El ganador será invitado a recoger el premio el próximo 15 de diciembre, en una ceremonia que se celebrará en la sede parlamentaria de Estrasburgo (Francia).

    El pasado año, la Eurocámara concedió el Sájarov a la organización rusa de defensa de los derechos humanos Memorial, que se unió a una lista de premiados que incluye a Nelson Mandela (1988), las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (1992), el colectivo español contra el terrorismo de ETA “¡Basta Ya!” (2000) o el que fuera secretario general de las Naciones Unidas, Kofi Annan (2003).

    http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2010/10/18/union_europea/1287430650.html

  10. CELL PHONES WITH TWITTER AND INSTANT MESSAGING ARE THE KEY TO DEMOCRACY!

    YOUTUBE: Amnesty International- Someone is watching

    Recargar telefonos movil en Cuba
    Recharge mobil phones in Cuba
    http://turecarga.com/

    Pedro Luis 05-2731727
    Yoani, Generacion Y: 5352708611
    Miriam, Sin evasion: 5352938042
    Claudia, de Octavocerco: 5352666833

  11. AFP: US says it urged Cuba to release American contractor
    WASHINGTON — A senior US diplomat met Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in New York last month to urge Cuba to release an American contractor held on suspicion of espionage, a US official said Monday.

    It was the highest level meeting between the United States and Cuba — nations that have no diplomatic ties — under the government of President Barack Obama.

    Arturo Valenzuela, the US assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, appealed for the release of Alan Gross when he talked with Rodriguez on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said.

    “The meeting was to encourage the release of Alan Gross. Unfortunately that has not yet happened,” Crowley told reporters.

    Gross was detained on the communist-run island reportedly while distributing cell phones, laptops and other communications equipment in Cuba.

    Cuba believes Gross is a spy. Rodriguez said in June he was being held for “committing grave offenses in our country at the service of the subversive policy of the government of the United States against Cuba.”

    US officials say Gross worked for a non-governmental organization contracted by the State Department to supply computer and communications material to civil society groups in Cuba.

    Crowley did not answer directly when asked whether the US government had any more reason to hope that Gross would be released soon.

    “We would hope that it would happen today, but that’s up to the Cuban government,” he said.

    The United States and Cuba have not had formal diplomatic ties since 1961, although Washington is represented by a US interest section in Havana.

    Since Obama took office, US and Cuban officials have met for three rounds of talks — in New York, Havana and Washington — mainly to discuss migratory issues.

    Valenzuela’s deputy, Craig Kelly, lead the US team at the talks

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iojjnnelbIYRWzEArb5TIdXTIsoA?docId=CNG.19150b1b67c62c47b0bb0979b034af6b.611

  12. The Coma-andante and his very small brother have been making people spin their wheels for decades, like beasts of burden going in circles. Their demands don’t stop with adults of working age, but since time immemorial, they’ve always targeted children. Not unlike a kind of mafia Godfather, promising to bestow certains benefits, if they follow orders, wack their enemies and show respect. The difference is that the mafia capos (or capi) usually do meet their financial and other obligations with their surrogates, whereas the dynastic brothers, do not, and cannot ever meet their promises with their absurd ideology.

    This puts these slime-bag brothers below the level of organized mafia, since for cubans, including children there is no reward, not short term, not in the future, not ever.

    When are the people around these fossils make it possible for younger, more clear thinking professionals to run the country. So far, they’ve fired everyone under sixty years old that have been appointed to positions of leadership.

  13. CANADIAN PRESS: Sources: Top US and Cuban diplomats met to discuss jailed American Alan Gross-By Paul Haven
    HAVANA — Washington’s top diplomat for the Americas had a rare face-to-face meeting with Cuba’s foreign minister to discuss the fate of an American jailed in Cuba for nearly 11 months on suspicion of spying, two State Department officials told The Associated Press.

    Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela met Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Sept. 24 on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, the officials said. The meeting is thought to be among the highest-level diplomatic encounters between the two Cold War enemies since President Obama took office in 2008.

    “The purpose of the meeting was to convey to the Cuban government that the U.S. seeks the release of Alan P. Gross,” said one senior official. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the previously undisclosed meeting.

    Gross, a 60-year-old native of Potomac, Maryland, was working for a firm contracted by USAID when he was arrested Dec. 3, 2009, and sent to Cuba’s high-security Villa Marista prison. He has not been charged, but senior Cuban leaders including President Raul Castro have accused him of spying.

    In a potential sign of progress, Cuba allowed Gross’s wife, Judy, to visit him for the first time in August. U.S. diplomats insist Gross was not doing anything wrong, and have said his continued detention makes it difficult to improve relations.

    Cuba and the United States have been at odds since shortly after Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution. The U.S. has maintained an economic embargo on the island for 48 years.

    The senior State Department official described the meeting between Valenzuela and Rodriguez as brief and “cordial.” He said there were no major developments in the case, or significant discussions on other matters.

    Relations between Cuba and the United States have improved little in recent years, despite hope by some that Obama’s election would open a new chapter. But diplomatic contact between the two sides has increased after being nearly nonexistent under President George W. Bush.

    Cheryl Mills, chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, met with Rodriguez in March on the sidelines of a U.N. conference on Haiti to discuss the Gross case. While Mills is close to the secretary of state, her position is not considered to be part of the diplomatic chain of command, making Valenzuela’s encounter with the Cuban foreign minister more senior.

    As assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Valenzuela is the senior U.S. diplomat for the Americas. Craig Kelly, a former deputy assistant secretary of state, came to Cuba in February for immigration talks — and also raised the Gross case.

    The two sides have also discussed restarting direct mail service.

    Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5gZX8ygQLy_B1gKbjtvNOmK05GuUA?docId=4870876

  14. UN PAIS DE MUCHCA MENTIRA.

    VIVA ZAPATA, y FREEDOM OF PRESS

    Sigan apoyando los descarados buscando la Javita con el javon.

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