Scholarships, Fears And Attractions

The Scholarships offered by World Learning are targeted to 16-to-18 year olds.

The Scholarships offered by World Learning are targeted to 16-to-18 year olds.

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 27 September 2016 – The woman approaches without fear or hesitation. “How can my son apply for one of the scholarships mentioned on television?” she asks me abruptly. It takes me a few seconds to realize what she’s talking about, for the images to come to mind of young Cuban students engaged in demonstrations called by the government to reject the programs of the World Learning organization.

She waits a few minutes, standing next to me, eager to have an email address she can write to, a bridge for her child to learn another reality. The slogans against the US NGO launched by officialdom don’t seem to have swayed her. When I ask her if she is aware of the government campaign attacking this program, which is targeted to Cuban youth between 16 and 18, she responds with a very popular phrase: “In this case, it’s all the same to me to me to be the pedestrian, or the driver who runs over him.”

Fear no longer works as it once did. A few decades ago, it was enough for any phenomenon or person to be demonized on television for the circle of silence and fear to close around them. Now, the volume at which the extremists shout is inversely proportional to the interest in the object of their animosity. Without realizing it, the Party propaganda of recent days is helping to advertise the existence of some scholarships that were known to only a tiny part of the island’s population.

The woman is not afraid. She sticks close to me for help in some details that will allow her son “to breathe other air.” Like her, thousands of parents throughout the island watch their children leave for school, where in morning assemblies they shout their rejection of the new “manipulations of imperialism.” At home, the adults move heaven and earth to inscribe their children’s names on the list for the next round of scholarships.

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    BBC NEWS : Russia ‘considering military bases in Cuba and Vietnam’ — Russia is considering plans to resume its military presence in Vietnam and Cuba, the country’s deputy defence minister says. Nikolai Pankov announced a review of the decision to close the two bases more than a decade ago. The two served as pivots of Soviet military power during the Cold War. It comes amid growing tensions between the US and Russia, and as Russia’s parliament approved a longer term military presence at a Syrian airbase.

    Mr Pankov told the Russian parliament on Friday they were “dealing with the issue” of the two bases, Russian news agencies reported.

    He declined to go into detail.

    It comes two years after Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu first revealed they were looking into bases in both Vietnam and Cuba, as well as countries including Singapore and Nicaragua, according to The Diplomat.

  2. Under the Castroit regime has been a big decrease in the number of rural schools. Nowadays there are 4,729 rural schools for a population of 11.2 million, fewer than in 1958 when there were 4,889 rural schools for a population of 6.6 million. It is very telling that the population increase and the number of schools diminish.

  3. The Colombians’ rejection of the FARC farce was a good lesson about the hypocrisy of foreign “hepers”. The latter have been saying “get the peace deal done already”, while at the same time praising the “bravery” of the Brexit vote. They’re totally ignorant about Colombia, Latin America, and the emerging world in general. While the Developed Ones brag about their superior institutions and societies, they want the inferior developing nations to cut corners so that their intl Corps can swoop in and ravage the savage lands.
    Be careful therefore CubaZuelans, that when you get the fredom you need and deserve, YOU set the conditions for the “good corporate helpers”.

  4. The Blackboard Mafia

    Miriam Celaya

    14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 5 July 2016 — “Everyone knows which teachers accept money,” a group of young people tells me. In fact, some not only accept, but clearly require it from students who know they would not be able to pass the exam on their own.

    The final days of the 2015-2016 school year are here, and once again the recurring theme of fraud by students and teachers surfaces, poor preparation of students, low quality of education and the shocking loss of values among not a few education professionals.

    A group of five 10th and 11th graders of the pre-university Gerardo Abreu Fontán, of Centro Habana, agreed to offer their testimony on the subject under conditions of anonymity, in an interview that lasted more than two hours and uncovered before me a broad and deep network of corruption.

    “You know you are going to have to come straight with me…” says a professor to a bad student, in a full classroom and in the presence of all other students. A phrase that, from a pure semantics point does not say much, but that in marginal code says it all. The aforementioned understands and abides: the game’s move is set.

    Around this sunspot there is a whole system of tariffs and strategies that work seamlessly interlocked with the precision of a Swiss watch. Impunity in this maze of fraudulent trickeries is almost absolute.

    The teacher acting as proctor will charge 5 CUC for each student thus strategized in the case, of which he will pay a portion of the professor who teaches the subject and another to the person in charge that year.

    Click link above fort full article.

    The Education in Cuba is under the absolute control of the Communist party, and will begin in elementary school with the so-called “Cumulative School File.” It measures “revolutionary integration,” not only of the student but also of his family. This file documents whether or not the child and family participate in mass demonstrations, or whether they belong to a church or religious group. His university options will depend on what that file says. If he does not conform to the regime indoctrination, he will be denied many career possibilities.

  5. This is incredibly important: ¡El no gano! The Colombians have rejected the FARC farce proceso de miercoles that was heavily propagandized for by the govt with innumerable TV ads paid for with tax pesos.
    The narrowness of the victory means that there is an equilibrium, making a renewed full-scale conflict less likely.
    The foreigners from the advanced economies like Prez BHO who have been trying to influence the farce were told to take a hike.They have enough problems of their own to take care of, like Deutsche Bank – “the most systemically dangerous bank in the world” – imploding and a crushing debt mountain and disastrous productivity.
    This victory is part of that great trend that’s going on in Latin America: The rejection of CastroChavismo and populist socialism. Neither does anybody want the bad old times with military dictators. The region is finding a pragmatic balance. I can’t think about any part of the world that’s mre politically mature than LatAm. They’re teaching the world a lesson.

  6. CUBAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST Rosa Maria Paya KCBS RADIO, SAN FRANCISCO AUDIO : There are places on our planet where life is not only a physical struggle, but a struggle of the spirit as well.The abuse of human rights, and what to do about it, brought survivors and advocates together from all corners of the world to the San Francisco Freedom Forum, sponsored by The Human Rights Foundation. KCBS’ Jane McMillan introduces us to Rosa Maria Paya of Cuba and Hyeonseo Lee who escaped North Korea.

    AJAZEERA : Colombia referendum: Peace deal with FARC rejected With results in from 99 percent of voting stations, the votes were evenly split, with the “no” vote slightly ahead.

    Voters in Colombia’s referendum have narrowly rejected a peace accord between the government and the armed Marxist group, FARC.

    The outcome on Sunday endangers a deal expected to end 52 years of war and allow FARC fighters to re-enter society and form a political party.

    With results in from 99 percent of voting stations, the votes were almost evenly split with the “no” vote slightly ahead 50.24 percent against the “yes” vote 49.75, according to Colombia’s election authority.

    Al Jazeera’s Latin America Editor Lucia Newman, reporting from Bogota, said the “no” vote was ahead by 50,000.

    “A very surprising vote indeed,” she said. “Every single poll until now have given the ‘yes’ vote a lead.”

    With the voters’ rejection of the deal, “there will be no peace accord and that the war will continue,” our correspondent said.

    That confounded opinion polls that had predicted a comfortable victory for the “yes” camp promoted by President Juan Manuel Santos.

    He said his government will go back to war if the deal is rejected.

    The vote asked for a simple “yes” or “no” on whether Colombians support the accord signed last Monday by Santos, who has staked his legacy on peace, and the FARC commander known as Timochenko.

  8. Imperial soft power and indoctrination of the young are the new tools of the ideology based on a world ruled by corporate monarchs. The comouflage of freedom, liberty and human rights cannot hide the imperialistic intentions. Kudos to the Cuban government. The brain drain cannot be allowed if Cuba is to stay a sovereign nation

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