What are the most used cell phones in Cuba?

What are the most used cell phones in Cuba

The three most used phones in Cuba

We would like to inform your about the three most used phones in Cuba: Alcatel Onetouch Pixi 3, Huawei Y3, Blu Studio X8.

Of these three models, two are commercialized by ETECSA: the Huawei and the Alcatel. The Blu, the Cubans have acquired it in the black market, through their own account, or have imported it from abroad.

It is common to find three low-end smartphones among the most widely used, as for many Cubans this range responds to their needs.

The subject gave rise to visitors talking about the impossibility in Cuba of acquiring a good terminal that is in line with the demands of the state monopoly ETECSA, who “recommend” a cell phone with good features and the possibility of connecting to the 3G network.

In the complete list of the 77 smartphones most registered in the ETECSA network, only 12 are marketed by the state monopoly, and most are very low-end phones.

Almost all mobile phones are branded Blu, followed by LG, Samsung and Alcatel.

The publication also revealed which phones most access the network of networks by its Android operating system. According to StartCounter, the well-known website for traffic analysis, the Android operating system that most accesses the Internet in Cuba is Android 6 Marshmallow, followed by Android 7 and Android 8.

“The low range is what, on average, the Cuban can afford. The majority of cell phones are donations from relatives abroad. The domestic market, without specifying colors, is not the one that has the greatest relevance in terms of sales of cell phones,” said an Internet user who was identified as glassesh2003. To whom another replied on the same website:

“…we should not make a storm in a glass of water, let us enjoy the moment we are living, and let us not be strong and unfair when it comes to criticising, because at the end of the day our wine, even if it is bitter, is our wine.”

In the 3rd and 70’s market, located in the capital city of Playa, where there is a branch of Samsung, open to the public since 2017, the Samsung Galaxy S9 cell phone is exhibited, however, not that one, the Samsung Galaxy S7 that is for sale, a not so modern model, has a value of more than one thousand dollars, a price impossible to pay for the pockets of the Cuban on foot.

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New attacks on independent journalists reported in Cuba

New attacks on independent journalists reported in Cuba

Report of the Freedom of the Press Foundation

The Freedom of the Press Foundation denounced the occurrence of aggressions against at least seven independent journalists during the month of February in Cuba.

Important aggressions

First of all, we proceed to list some of the testimonies:

1. Oscar Padilla Suárez

Place of residence: Ciudad de Camagüey.

Journalist of Network of Community Journalists.

Date of Incident: February 6.

Facts: Arrested on the public highway by a second lieutenant and an agent, both of the National Revolutionary Police (PNR).

2. Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Aces

Place of residence: Guantánamo.

Journalist of CubaNet Project (Miami).

Date of Incident: February 10.

Facts: Arrested at the exit of the city of Guantánamo by agents of the PNR and the Political Police.

3. Lázaro Yuri Roca Valley

Place of residence: Havana.

Journalist: FreeLancer.

Date of incident: 19 February.

Facts: Similar to other cases, he was “Visited” at your home, in the morning hours, by Political Police officers.

4. Yunior Berges González

Place of residence: Bayamo (Granma).

Journalist of Collaborator of the CubaNet Project.

Date of incident: 19 and 23 March.

Facts: In the establishment where his mother works, an individual who arrived at the place began to offend him.

5. Roberto Rodríguez Cardona

Place of residence: Bayamo (Granma).

Journalist of CubaNet Project.

Date of incident: 21 March.

Facts: The major of the Political Police, showed up at the journalist’s house in the afternoon to warn him that his actions were pending.

6. Niober Garcia Fournier

Place of residence: Guantánamo (Guantánamo).

Journalist of Agency Hablemos Press.

Date of incident: 22 March.

Facts: Quoted from the Provincial Operations Unit for Crimes against State Security of Guantánamo.

7. Henry Constantin Ferreiro

Place of residence: City of Camagüey, province of Camagüey.

Journalist of Revista La Hora de Cuba, IAPA Regional Representative.

Date of incident: 17 March.

Facts: The journalist’s father, Héctor Constantín, was momentarily arrested by two political police officers stationed on the corner of his house.

Finally, Cuba can assure that there are a lot of journalist victims of police harassment. For this reason, they are living a difficult situation.

Other cases

Although these are the documented cases, it is not ruled out that there may be others.

Also, The APLP would also like to point out that there is a list of journalists prohibited by State Security from leaving the country.

Consequently, the APLP also wishes to point out that there is no freedom of the press or opinion in Cuba. Moreover, The Communist Party owns all media and the Ideological Department of its Central Committee regulates all press activity.

To sum up, in Cuba there are too many aggressions that must be resolved.

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Cuban doctors abroad ask Trump to restore Parole program

Thousands of health professionals who have left Cuba’s medical missions in third countries join together to send a message to U.S. President Donald Trump and ask him to reinstate the Cuban Medical Professional Parole (CMPP) visa program, which has been eliminated since January 2017.

This program, annulled by former President Barack Obama, made it possible for doctors who abandoned the island’s health programs in different Latin American countries to be admitted to the United States. This benefit was removed along with the “Dry Feet, Wet Feet” policy, which granted privileges to Cuban immigrants who managed to reach U.S. territory.

Through a video published on YouTube, the doctors explain why it is necessary to reactivate this program, and in the images many allege the reasons why they abandoned Cuba’s health missions, an important economic source for the Havana regime, but also a modern exploitation mechanism.

At the beginning of the communiqué, Dr. Alejandro Rodriguez Martinez stated that Antillean Galenos were “but we will never again be treated as cheap labor,” in reference to the low salaries the Cuban government paid them for their services, mostly in hard-to-reach communities. Professionals only received 30% of the amount agreed upon by the country with Cuba, the rest went to state coffers, supposedly to maintain the deplorable public health system on the island and other needs.

The specialist in General Integral Medicine, Dr. Alain Michel Ramírez, refers that they were used as exchange currency by the regime of Cuba and Venezuela, while Dr. Lizandra Carrarero Alarcón fights for PAROLE “because I have my own decision, because I choose my life and my future and not what a puppet sitting in his office says”.

These doctors, considered “traitors of the Homeland” by the Communist Island, are sanctioned with the prohibition of entry to Cuba for eight years, an arbitrary measure and a violation of the most elementary human rights. Despite this inhumane disposition, many have decided to break the chains and have taken refuge in various Latin American nations, with the desire to touch U.S. land at some point.

Previously, Cuban doctors living abroad had sent letters, with the same complaint, to U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Bob Menéndez, who have asked the State Department to restore this parole program and downgrade the island’s rating in the report on human trafficking that the agency compiles each year, after details of the participation of Cuban professionals in the More Doctors in Brazil program were revealed.

Last December, nearly 2.000 doctors decided to stay in the South American giant after Cuba unilaterally withdrew from its health agreement, not agreeing to the requests of the new president of that nation, Jair Bolsonaro. There are also thousands of them, scattered throughout other countries of the continent and who find themselves in precarious economic conditions, since many of them do not have legal status or work permits.

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That happens everywhere: response of bureaucracy in Cuba

There is only one answer

“That happens everywhere,” is the answer most used by those who, lacking any argument, find themselves in the painful position of defending the indefensible with respect to Cuba.

This is how we talk about poverty, censorship, repression and political persecution, ideological control, etc. There will be those who, by force of “loyalties” and opportunisms do no good to anyone, not even to those all-powerful summoned and offended.

Also, it would suffice to bear in mind that, few things should be “as it happens everywhere”. Also, the constancy of that “particularity”, understood from the perspective of the Communist Party of Cuba as “superiority”.

The real situation

However, the real existence of thousands of patients waiting for surgery for lack of doctors is not an invention of the independent press. Meanwhile the same services are maintained for those who can pay a bribe for a hospital admission.
The suspension of cancer treatments due to instability in the purchase of certain drugs exist, as opposed to the commercialisation of the same treatments for those foreigners who can pay for them.

As for education, it will hardly be enough to be the parents of any child living in Cuba to understand that socialist gratuity has a very high price, which is why the expression “I would prefer to pay” has become popular, even among those who do not have the resources.

In the midst of an economy in crisis, governments do not encourage investment by nationals and that, contrary to what would be expected, they withdraw licenses and suffocate the emerging entrepreneur with taxes and fines.

In addition, it does not happen everywhere that the foreign citizen has more rights than a countryman. Also, the 80 percent of the official salary of a Cuban who works for that foreigner is taken away by an employing agency in complicity with that foreign businessman with a colonial mentality.

Everything goes beyond

In Cuba, the oddities, the social distortions, the daily absurdities go beyond those that are obvious.

It is not only the country that issues two types of coins that mark the gap between two large social groups. Also is the place where not only the taxi driver earns and vacations better than the surgeon and professor of merit, but where we have to ask him where he is going, even though he will charge us a good slice of our salaries, not for taking us to the door of the house but for approaching it.

Cuba is surrounded by sea where sailing in a boat is forbidden and where fish are state property; the country where your house, where you have lived all your life, will never be totally your home.

Without a doubt, Cubans are a tragic exception to the rule. So there is nothing that offends and causes more discomfort among ordinary people than to hear as a response, more in the mouth of a “leader” or “boss,” that hateful phrase of “it happens everywhere,” so we know that they hide a series of evils that make the country an unattractive scenario for anyone.

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Cilia Flores spent her vacation in the Cuban Keys

Back home

Cilia Flores, the wife of Nicolás Maduro, has recently returned home to Miraflores with the aim of getting rid of the national chaos in which they live.

They stayed for one week in twenty suites of Hotel La Estrella 2. The workers who cared for them were instructed “to exercise extreme discretion”, as they usually demand when “it is a first-level visit”.

Some of these employees said: “we do not earn tips with these cheap visits,” the Hotel, which has been half-empty “because of a rather low high season,” as a result of the unhappy material shortage, “this time was reinforced with all the irons.

The high consisted of hectoliters of edible oil that arrived convoyed with gallons of paintings to spruce up the bungalows where the palace committee was established.

Terrified, in case of being betrayed and losing the job that cost them enough to get -no matter how little they earn by payroll-, they say that “that was tremendous brazenness. In the midst of the international problem that Maduro and his government are involved in, in the world’s richest country in oil reserves, his family comes to enjoy the people’s money. They come to live the good life a thousand miles from home.”

Unlike Liz Cuesta, Cuban first lady, who during the last presidential stay in the same hotel “gave overbeds and duvets to all the employees of the House of Protocol” -acquired with an official check in a store in the zone-, this Venezuelan legion shows little gratitude, giving nothing to those who serve them quietly, perhaps compensated with greetings and obeisances that concretely bring nothing to the table of the exploited.

– Down with Trump!” – they were heard to utter between food and drink, when they remembered the danger of the north that from these shores they felt nearby, and it was assured by those who could not take pictures of them because it was forbidden to carry cell phones or make inquiries.

“Bolivarianly in the first row” of sand, smoking rifle in one hand -and lobster in the other-, “the most devout advance” of the “comrade” left behind will be present, facing the imperialist enemy, while the first combatant Mrs. Cilia Adela Gavidia Flores de Maduro, supported in the rear by the sunny nucleus of heirs with Yankee names: Yoswal, Yosser and Walter, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, sons-in-law, uncles, cousins, and other outstanding beings who, in a tight squad, will annihilate, showing an example of humility, “the evil of the most iniquitous system of the earth that the capitalists want to impose”, convinced of their own lack of intestinal unity, but raised to a “common, solidary and proletarian” dune.

With such a speech, the employees, accustomed to stealing, complained that “not even a biste could lie on a teat, or take cheese slices attached to the thigh with a seal, not even a few teats when the banquet ended”, terrified because the praetorian guard, transvestite SEPSA and black wasps, frisked them at the exit.

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New Family Code in Cuba to be submitted to popular vote

New Family Code in Cuba to be submitted to popular vote

Popular vote for equal marriage

The new Family Code, in which the FMC is already working, will be submitted to popular consultation by the Government of Cuba, according to ACN.

In addition, the new legal norm is intended to address debates such as egalitarian marriage, which was finally removed from article 68 of the draft Constitution.

In the new legislation, the Government spoke of granting rights, determining duties and guaranteeing all families effective protection.

The vice-president of the National Union of Jurists of Cuba, Yamila González Ferrer, pointed out at Congress, the importance of tackling issues such as “sexist stereotypes”.

It is also important for Ferrer to discuss gender violence, the undervaluation of parenthood, homophobia and transphobia, and domestic and care work.

It is always necessary to slide the political issue, even if the intervention is progressive, and the representative of the Cuban jurists did honor. At the end of her intervention she said that the new Family Code will be a tribute to Vilma Espín.

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Socialist Bureaucracy vs. Diaz-Canel

Socialist Bureaucracy vs. Diaz-Canel

The bureaucracy fostered by the strong socialist state structure

Miguel Diaz-Canel stated that the bureaucracy fostered by the iron-clad socialist state in 60 years has been a fence during his 10 months in the presidency of Cuba. The summaries evidence it in their pronouncements at the meetings of the Council of Ministers and the assessment of the work of the ministries in 2018.

The president proposes to “undo the wrongs” of Raúl Castro. He wants to take an advantage of the environment created for the February 24 referendum and the issuance of the complementary laws of the new Constitution.

Diaz-Canel reiterated to all agencies the need to eliminate the bureaucracy; open the mind and be more proactive. He also expressed that work is being done to make planning more flexible and generate a more propitious scenario so that the different economic actors can perform more efficiently.

Tourism role

Also, tourism will have to assume the fundamental role in the economy, along with foreign investment and production chains to substitute imports and generate exports. Hence the combination of health tourism and the search to diversify markets, the strengthening of the national industry, and the non-state sector as a complement to tourism.

According to official media, for the period 2019-2021 several items have been selected to focus efforts and resources:

  • Nickel, sugar, cocoa, tobacco, honey, coal, rum, biomedical products and the sea, medical services, tourism, telecommunications, educational, cultural and sports.

As far as sugar is concerned, the exports are very low after covering national consumption.

The Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, mentioned uncompetitive goods and low technological integration among the problems. He expressed that there are still barriers to overcome, fallacies in the training of personnel, the slowness and complexity of the procedures, etc. to develop businesses with foreign capital.

For his part, the Minister of Economy and Planning, Alejandro Gil, referred to the fact that procedures and work schedules are sometimes not complied. Also, there is insufficient communication between the planning directorates and the entities in their territory. This generates, among other consequences, a lack of quality in the information received.

History

Since the 1960s there have been several campaigns against bureaucratism. Specialists in the preparation of spreadsheets and forms, submitted to the higher authorities, replaced the economic controls of the moment. The “socialism” to resolve any need forged the fear of making decisions and hindering change. This is how almost 80% of the Cuban population born after 1959 has been raised.

In the meetings cited, there are no motivating changes in the fundamental element: the human being. The State is a monopoly employer, but salaries are miserable. It is difficult to fill the positions of managers and staff in general. Also, the permanence in the jobs.

The continuist government unfulfilled promises and increased in financial difficulties. It is bad due to the government needs credibility among the population.

In conclusion, it will be difficult to unravel bureaucratism. The population is waiting with fear the complementary laws and decrees of the new Constitution. Probably, they will impose greater restrictions and sanctions. This would be very counterproductive the economic difficulties, with no other grip than the sacrifices and labor of Cubans.

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The song that Pichy Boys dedicated to Nicolás Maduro

Song that Pichy Boys dedicated to Maduro

A Cuban duo performed a new version of Puerto Rican song Danza Kuduro to ask the Venezuela’s president out of power. Do not miss the song that Pichy Boys dedicated to Nicolás Maduro!

In addition, they accompany the interpretation with images of the protests in Venezuela to demand the exit of the dictator.

“We’re not going to stop, we’re going to protest that you feel the pots. We are going to give it until the donkey leaves Venezuela,” reads the lyrics.

The humorists also alluded to the scarcity suffered by Venezuelans while the Chavista leader denies the arrival of humanitarian aid.

“They don’t have food, the country is on strike, hit the head, Maduro out,” they added part of the song.

The Pichy Boys song was dedicated to “all the people of Venezuela”.

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U.S. Threatens to Increase Sanctions Against Cuban Military

Financial restrictions on military forces

Financial restrictions

White House Security Advisor John Bolton threatened to tighten financial restrictions on military forces and intelligence services in Cuba for supporting the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

“Cuba’s role in usurping democracy and fomenting repression in Venezuela is clear. That is why the United States will continue to tighten financial restrictions on Cuba’s military and intellectual services. Democracies in the region must condemn the Cuban regime,” Bolton wrote on Twitter.

The official, who had denounced the presence of more than 20,000 Cuban security officials in the chavista regime, called on the other democratic nations of the region to condemn the communist government.

Cuba and Venezuela

Cuba’s complicity in the current economic, political and social crisis in Venezuela has been pointed out on other occasions by the White House. Last week the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, assured that Cuban agents regularly direct the “attacks against the people of Venezuela, in the name of Maduro”.

Similarly, Republican Senator Marco Rubio said that the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) is an agency “controlled by experienced oppressors sent by Cuba. Donald Trump’s advisor for Venezuela even accused the island’s authorities of collaborating with Maduro’s dictatorship in drug trafficking to the United States.

In the face of criticism, The Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez once again denied the presence of the island’s military in Venezuelan territory.

“A government recognized for the use of lies has Bolton as a high exponent. He’s lying when he says there’s an army of 25,000 Cuban troops in Venezuela. It is accompanied by a truth. It confesses the application of the Monroe Doctrine,” the diplomat wrote in his Twitter account.

The recent statements of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, made him worthy of the response of several users in social networks. Some strongly demanded that the island’s leaders put an end to their presence in the oil country. While others demanded an end to communist influence.

The Cuban government,  is one of the few who support Maduro, as opposed to the fifty or so who already recognize Juan Guaidó as interim president of the oil nation.

U.S. Could Allow First-Time Lawsuits Against Foreign Companies Operating in Cuba

U.S.A. lawsuits foreign companies in Cuba

Lawsuits against foreign companies

Donald Trump’s Government is preparing to allow lawsuits in U.S. courts against foreign companies operating in Cuba. They are using property confiscated by the communist Government from Cuban Americans and U.S. citizens.

In addition, the measure would threaten Cuba’s attempts to attract more foreign investment. Also seems to point to punishing the island’s Government for its support of Chavez representative Nicolás Maduro.

Then, Trump would allow section of a 1996 law that was suspended, known as Helms-Burton. This codified all sanctions against Cuba and is considered the backbone of Washington’s six-decade economic embargo on Havana.

The State Department plans to allow Title III of the law to take effect with a “partial exception” to protect U.S. businesses and some U.S. allies.
The decision could put Russian and Chinese companies that have invested in Cuba at risk of litigation.

All U.S. presidents have avoided the use of the provision for the past 23 years, due to opposition from the international community.

The complete lifting of the ban could allow billions of dollars in lawsuits to advance in U.S. courts. Probably face opposition from European partners and Canada, whose companies have significant stakes in Cuba. In addition, it could hurt some U.S. companies that have begun to invest in the island after the political and commercial opening initiated by Barack Obama.

Washington is also considering imposing further financial restrictions on the Cuban military.

“Cuba’s role in usurping democracy and fomenting repression in Venezuela is clear. That’s why the U.S. will continue to tighten financial restrictions on Cuba’s military and intel services. The region’s democracies should condemn the Cuba regime.” That is what John Bolton, White House National Security Advisor, said.