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El Moncada fracasó pero la Revolución cubana triunfó (+ Audio)

Diciembre, 2016.- Ante el fracaso del asalto al cuartel Moncada, Fidel no permitió que las ideas de los jóvenes del Centenario murieran, por ese motivo organizó al mando del Movimiento 26 de Julio una expedición con hombres, militarmente entrenados, que iniciaran la lucha armada en las montañas de Oriente contra la dictadura de Fulgencio Batista.

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El Centro Esperanza se une a la lucha contra el Sida

El Centro Esperanza se une a la lucha contra el Sida
Este 1ro de diciembre fue el día mundial de la lucha contra ese flagelo
Jueves, diciembre 1, 2016 | CubaNet

MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- Este 1ro de diciembre tuvo lugar otra jornada
mundial de la lucha contra el VIH-Sida.

Centro Esperanza, organización independiente cubana, se encuentra entre
los promotores de una sexualidad responsable que coadyuva a la
prevención de esta condición, y la enfermedad que genera. Para ello, el
Centro promueve acciones entre adolescentes y jóvenes para prevenir el
VIH, todo a través del adecuado uso del condón, de acuerdo a un
comunicado enviado a la redacción de CubaNet.

Debido a ello, durante la segunda semana de diciembre se desarrollarán
diversas actividades a cargo del centro. Los eventos tendrán lugar en
tres provincias de Cuba. A continuación, CubaNet reproduce el comunicado
del Centro Esperanza.

Sancti Spiritus, Cuba.- Centro Esperanza realizará en tres diferentes
provincias de Cuba una serie de talleres, conferencias y cursos de
capacitación en escuelas, centros de trabajos, comunidades y lugares
recreativos de Ciego de Ávila, Sancti Spiritus y Holguín, como parte de
las actividades que a nivel internacional diferentes organizaciones,
instituciones y países encabezaran en el marco del Día Mundial de la
Lucha contra el Sida, que todos los años se celebra el 1 de diciembre.

Las charlas y talleres que se impartirán, a partir de la segunda semana
de diciembre de 2016, estarán enfocados en adolescentes y jóvenes a
través de pláticas educativas basadas en temas relacionados con el uso
del condón y la importancia de prevenir enfermedades de transmisión sexual.

Jesús Valle Rodríguez, coordinador en Sancti Spiritus de Centro
Esperanza, ha dicho que educar a las personas en la necesidad de evitar
el virus y disminuir su expansión es una de las prioridades principales
de Centro Esperanza.

"Es importante que todos modifiquemos las actitudes y los
comportamientos mediante el aumento de la percepción de riesgo en los
grupos vulnerables", dijo Valle Rodríguez.

Denis Fuentes, joven integrante del Centro Esperanza en Ciego de Ávila,
explicó que las actividades serán instructivas, porque de esa manera se
adquiere un mayor grado de conocimientos, responsabilidad y exigencia
con la pareja en el uso del condón y en las relaciones sexuales seguras.

"Estos debates te ayudan a perder el miedo, a no apartar a los
portadores y a los hombres homosexuales y ayudar a evitar que este
flagelo siga propagándose en el mundo", comentó por su parte Yaneisy
Cervantes, integrante de Centro Esperanza.

También como partes de las actividades se efectuarán ferias de salud,
concursos, video-debates que ayuden a concientizar a los jóvenes sobre
la importancia de usar condón y prevenir enfermedades de transmisión sexual.

Para conocer más de esta campaña es posible acceder al sitio web de la
organización. En él encontrarás muchos de los materiales gráficos y
multimedia que se estaremos compartiendo en redes sociales. Estos
materiales pueden ser retomados libremente por aquellas personas,
organizaciones o medios de comunicación interesados en informarse e
informar sobre la campaña.

Source: El Centro Esperanza se une a la lucha contra el Sida | Cubanet - Continue reading

Cuba’s doctors are emigrating and quitting for lack of incentives.

By Katarina Hall.*

Cuba boasts that it has one of the world’s best healthcare systems and that it provides some of the best doctors out there. But this hasn’t stopped the island’s doctors from leaving the country in droves and abandoning their careers for better livelihoods in other fields. What gives?

The main reason that Cuba’s doctors are emigrating and quitting is simple: a lack of incentives. They work very demanding jobs for low wages and are subject to a whole set of regulations created especially for them—they are not allowed to leave the country without special permits and they have to attend to anyone who seeks their help, on penalty of jail time.

After the Revolution of 1959, the Cuban Communist Party banned private enterprise and established centrally-determined prices and salaries for nearly everything on the island. They also took over the country’s healthcare system, making all doctors state employees.

Doctors’ salaries of about $40-50 a month are actually $10-20 dollars per month more than the average Cuban’s. But the long hours and stressful conditions make up for it. Anyway, with Cuba’s rising prices, $40-$50 a month isn’t enough for a comfortable life. That’s why most doctors have picked up a second job or left medicine altogether, usually for a job in the growing private sector or in the black market. Being a doctor is prestigious, but paying the bills is more important. In Havana you can meet countless taxi drivers, cooks, and street vendors who were once doctors.

Take for example Clara, the caretaker of my neighbor’s elderly mother. A cheery woman in her late 50s, Clara told me that she had been a dentist for many years but that the bad pay had led her to quit and take up her current job. Clara provides for her mother, who has been diagnosed with senile dementia. Her dentist’s salary couldn’t put food on the table for one, let alone for two. While taking care of another elderly person is not the best-paying job out there, it provides Clara with the money and the flexible schedule she needs to take care of her own mother.

For a doctor to take up another profession is normal, she told me. “There are a lot of doctors who have ended up baking and selling cakes. And they bake because there is nothing better to do. You can sell a cake for 10 or 15 pesos. So if you make two cakes per day, you make some money and you don’t have to deal with a nine-to-five job where you are pressured and where you can’t earn a living.”

The flexibility of Cuba’s growing private sector has allowed many to quit their jobs with the Cuban state and move to jobs that pay in Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC)—the convertible currency that’s worth about one US dollar. Unfortunately, only a limited number of private sector jobs are permitted: driving a taxi, renting out a house, running a restaurant and hairdressing, for example.

One person who has benefitted from such a move is Rosy, one of my neighbors. Rosy was a doctor for 24 years, but now she rents her apartment to tourists. Rosy explained to me that she had quit mainly because her wages, which were paid in Cuban Pesos (CUP), were just too low. “You get paid six CUP for each shift you take. Six CUP. Do you know how much six CUP is? Twenty-five cents of an American dollar. That is just enough for your day’s lunch.” By renting her apartment, Rosy makes an average of $20-$30 a night.

Rosy finally decided to quit her job after being sent on a year-long medical mission in Angola. Cuba is known for sending doctors to developing countries to do social work, usually to other socialist-friendly countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. “In just one year in Angola, I made more than I had in 24 years,” she said. What disappointed her most was that she didn’t even get paid all the money she earned: “In the whole year there, I made up to a quarter of a million dollars. I know that because I had to register every procedure I did because I got paid depending on what I did and how many times I did it. But I didn’t receive the amount of money corresponding to my work. I only received ten percent of every procedure. From that quarter of a million, I only got $450 a month.” Seeing how much she could make in a year and how much of her money the Communist Party of Cuba kept, she decided to quit.

Rosy also told me that Cuban doctors are expected to be Good Samaritans—or else. “If a neighbor tells you to please check their sick kid you can’t charge them anything. It has to be free. And if you don’t check them, then they are able to turn you in to the authorities and say that you denied them your attention and service.”

Manuel, the taxi driver I’ve mentioned in previous posts, told me that his daughter was a doctor. He was sad that someone as smart and dedicated as his daughter would never have a decent life. “With her doctor’s title and $40 she can’t feed herself. I have to give her food and clothing, because if not, she can’t live. And she’s a doctor! Doctors can’t live here. Where would they live? What can they buy with that amount of money? What are they going to eat? They can’t survive.”

 *Katarina Hall is a Research Associate for Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. She is a graduate of Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala, where she studied economic history.

Source: Dissident

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Fidel, la historia te absolvió

Diciembre, 2016.- Me resulta tan difícil pensar que ya no estás. Quiero recordar todo lo bueno que lograste durante más de 50 años.

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El sentimiento de una camagüeyana por la partida de Fidel hacia la inmortalidad (+ Audio)

Nuevitas, 2 dic.- Lucrecia Salvador Adán Pérez es compositora musical y directora del Proyecto Martiano de Tradiciones, en la provincia de Camagüey, ella transmite su sentir por la partida física del líder histórico de la Revolución cubana, Fidel Castro Ruz. Escuchar audio

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El Fidel jaranero (+ Audio)

Nuevitas, 2 dic.- Además de su elocuencia en cada discurso o en su encuentro con amigos y pueblo en general, en disímiles escenarios el Comandante en Jefe, Fidel Castro, siempre tuvo un gran sentido del humor.

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Fidel ahora viste de bandera y pueblo

cortejo funeral en Plaza de la Revolución, CamagueyFidel, por primera vez estoy cerca de ti, pero en esta ocasión no luces el traje verde olivo sino que vistes de bandera y pueblo; ahora tu barba mítica y tu figura de Quijote se transforman en cedro y cristal.

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Lloran todos porque Fidel no está

Nuevitas, 2 dic.- Muy emocionado llegó a Radio Nuevitas Carlos Ramón Arias Ferrera, él cuenta que muy temprano en la mañana le surgió la idea, y mientras la moldeaba en su cerebro las lágrimas corrían por sus mejillas de tanta emoción.

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