Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"This Is What It’s Like Using the Internet in Cuba"

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Mar 31, 2015, 2:47 PM ET

The Internet in Cuba is bad -- really, really bad.
Imagine you are back in 2001 and set your computer up to download one, single song off Napster while you are at school all day. It's that kind of bad.
I just got back from Cuba for ABC News’ continuing coverage following the announcement of the renewal of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the island nation. One of the first things I expected to see changed, even before the embargo gets lifted, was Internet access.

Just to illustrate how bad it seems for an American used to fast connectivity: I was uploading a photo to send to our digital team -- a beautiful photo of the historic city we wanted to use for one of our digital stories. The file was around 30 MB. It took nearly an hour to upload it to Google Drive.
When I returned home, that same file took less than five seconds to upload.
It’s no surprise Cuba is considered the “least connected” country in the Americas, with the Geneva-based ITU ranking the country 125th out of 166 countries worldwide in telecommunications development.
But officials want to change that. With the new U.S. diplomatic relations working toward normalization, a senior U.S. State Department official told members of the media on Monday that Cuba has "real potential" and that, as a member of the United Nations International Communications Union, wants to see 50 percent of households have Internet access by 2020.
“There is real potential here as long as there is a will on the Cuban side,” the official said. "So as long as the Cubans create an environment that's attractive to investment and attractive to deployment and attractive to the delivery of services, I believe that services will reach the island."
In early March, executives from Google visited Cuba for the second time.
Currently, roughly 5 percent of Cubans can access the Internet from home. The only way to get Internet access for most Cubans is to visit a government-run Internet location and pay $5 per hour -- prohibitively expensive for most in the island nation. Those who can afford it often wait for hours to gain access to one of the government-run sites.
The U.S. sent a delegation to Cuba to discuss telecommunications as part of the talks last week. And President Obama announced connectivity as a priority, naming telecommunications equipment, technology and services among the first exemptions to the embargo.
While Internet connectivity moves forward slowly, this American reporter is most looking forward to Internet on a cell phone -- you know, being able to read email on the iPhone.
Hopefully, by the time we go back next month, Internet speeds will be a little better. Probably not, but here is looking to the future.
ABC News’ Katelyn Marmon contributed to this report.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Detenidas unas veinte Damas de Blanco por lanzar fotos de presos políticos desde un ómnibus

Los hechos se produjeron en la calle 23, cerca de la heladería Coppelia.

Unas veinte Damas de Blanco fueron detenidas este domingo en el centro de La Habana, casi llegando a la heladería Coppelia, tras lanzar fotos de presos políticos desde un ómnibus.
"Cuando salieron de misa, cogieron una guagua, y al llegar a la calle 23, en el Vedado, lanzaron fotos de presos políticos por las ventanillas. Entonces las arrestaron", dijo a DIARIO DE CUBA la activista Martha Beatriz Roque, presidenta de la Red de Comunicadores Comunitarios.
Las mujeres fueron trasladadas a un centro de detención en Tarará. Entre ellas está Berta Soler, líder de la organización.
Este domingo, 63 mujeres asistieron a misa en el templo de Santa Rita, en el oeste de La Habana, y luego realizaron su tradicional caminata por la Quinta Avenia de la capital.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Protesta de mujeres enciende las calles de La Habana




Washington DC. 19 de marzo del 2015. Directorio Democrático Cubano. En el único panel sobre la situación de los derechos humanos en Cuba que tendrá la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), en este período, testificarán hoy Sara Martha Fonseca, líder opositora cubana recientemente exiliada quien habló ante un comité congresional americano en febrero, así como los miembros del Directorio Democrático Cubano, John Suárez y Janisset Rivero.

Los testimonios, que expondrán sobre la situación general de los derechos humanos en Cuba, tomarán lugar en Washington DC, en el edificio de la OEA. Esta audiencia es la única que tendrá lugar sobre Cuba en la OEA ANTES de la celebración de la VII Cumbre de las Américas en Ciudad Panamá el próximo 10 y 11 de abril y desde el anuncio en conjunto, el 17 de diciembre del 2014, de normalización de relaciones diplomáticas entre el régimen castrista y el gobierno del Presidente Barack Obama.

El enlace para ver la audiencia en vivo es: http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/

Lugar Ruben Dario Roo
1885 F Street NW,
Washington DC
Hora 5:45 pm

Thursday, March 05, 2015

"Conan In Cuba"

Here is Conan 0'Brien in Cuba. The canned laughter is no solice to millions who have suffered under the brutal communist dictatorship.

Historic will be the day that Cuba is FREE!

Monday, March 02, 2015

A selfie??? and you wonder why we Cuban exiles get angry?

Paris Hilton takes a selfie with Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, son of Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro
So I guess it's so cool and hip to take a selfie with The dictator's son,  Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart?
So hip........ that millions are exile, thousands have been executed and imprisoned solely on their beliefs, and thousands have died in the ocean trying to flee the hip, selfie styled dictatorship!
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