Cuban regime fears bloggers more than “traditional” dissidents

first_img October 15, 2020 Find out more December 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cuban regime fears bloggers more than “traditional” dissidents News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council RSF_en CubaAmericas Organisation News News Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Newscenter_img Cables: 09HAVANA221, 10HAVANA9, 09HAVANA592According to US government cables leaked by WikiLeaks, American diplomats based in Havana believe that the Cuban regime fears the country’s bloggers much more than “traditional” dissidents.In a cable dated 15 April 2009, Jonathan Farrar of the US Interests Section in Havana said the dissident movement in Cuba has become as “old and as out of touch” with the lives of ordinary Cubans as the regime itself. “We see very little evidence that the mainline dissident organizations have much resonance among ordinary Cubans,” he wrote, adding that they nonetheless were the “conscience of Cuba” and deserved US support.In a cable sent on 20 December 2009, Farrar said the Cuban government saw bloggers as its “most serious challenge.” Referring to Cuba’s netizens as “a group that frustrates and scares the (government of Cuba) like no other,” he said their reporting of the arrests and mistreatment they underwent constituted a useful political tool. “The bloggers’ mushrooming international popularity and their ability to stay one tech-step ahead of the authorities are causing serious headaches in the regime,” Farrar wrote, adding: “We believe it is the younger generation of ‘non-traditional dissidents’ that is likely to have a greater long term impact on post-Castro Cuba.”Another cable noted: “Younger individuals, including bloggers, musicians, and performing and plastic artists do not belong to identifiable organizations, though they are much better at taking ‘rebellious’ stands with greater popular appeal.”Read the cables: RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago May 6, 2020 Find out more CubaAmericas to go further Follow the news on Cuba Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

This is the first time in 6 years SU isn’t hosting a home tournament

first_imgEvery year since 2012, Syracuse has participated in a tournament at its home court in the Women’s Building before conference play has begun. But not this season.Syracuse has already played in the UConn Invitational (Storrs, CT) and Marquette Tournament (Milwaukee, MI). This weekend, SU will play in the Iowa State Tournament (Ames, IA) ahead of its home and ACC opener on Sept. 21 against Georgia Tech. Head coach Leonid Yelin said he would have preferred to play a tournament at home.“No, it’s not strategy,” Yelin said. “It just worked out this way.”In 2017, Syracuse went 10-4 at home, but 7-7 on the road and 5-3 at neutral sites. In 2018, the Orange (2-3) hasn’t had the same success in the Women’s Building. Being on the road, though, gives SU two positives: RPI gains and a full roster.Scheduling difficulties prevented SU from hosting its home tournament. The optimal weekend for opposing teams to visit was during freshman orientation, Yelin said, meaning the Orange would be without its four freshmen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThrough five games, freshman Polina Shemanova leads the team in points (98) and kills (89), both by considerable margins. Senior Santita Ebangwese is second in both categories with 66.5 points and 42 kills. Without Shemanova, the Orange would’ve been without its best attacking option in a hypothetical home tournament.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorAlso playing into Yelin’s decision to seek out other tournaments was a lack of quality opponents seeking to play at SU, according to Rating Percentage Index (RPI). The opponents Syracuse (93rd in RPI last season) faced in its home tournament last year finished with RPI rankings of just 111 (Colgate), 199 (Niagara), 274 (Grand Canyon) and 317 (Siena).“The way they select at the end of the season, the committee, the RPI is very critical,” Yelin said. “So we have to where we can play teams with higher RPI.”By playing in the Marquette Invitational, for example, Syracuse faced BYU, USC and Marquette, all schools who finished top 33 in RPI last season. They are also all ranked in the top 25 of this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll, with BYU ranked No. 1 in the country.SU lost all three matches, losing to BYU, 3-0; USC, 3-2; and Marquette, 3-1. But before the games, Yelin said that even losses would be worth the trip.“That kind of tournament has to help us regardless of the outcome,” he said. “We have to build our team and help to find out who we are, what we have to do. It’s a great tournament.”Last weekend’s trend of losing away from home has played out since the Orange joined the ACC in 2013. SU’s winning percentage jumps from .433 (39-51) in road and neutral games to .541 (40-34) in games in Syracuse.Syracuse’s players don’t believe that’s a coincidence.“I think when we’re on the road and we’re traveling, our bodies are kind of tight or we get tighter because we’re flying and driving and doing all of this cramped stuff,” senior Jalissa Trotter said. “So I think it’s just a mental thing.”Yelin believes that not having to travel is a positive factor, as well as the ability to stay in the same routine. Ebangwese credited all the practice time that occurs in the Women’s Building during the week.“We’re used to the orange and the blue,” Ebangwese said. “We can see where we need to be, where we need to hit, where we need to serve. It’s a little easier. Plus, it’s just where we play every day, so we’re used to what other teams aren’t.” Published on September 11, 2018 at 9:47 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dominican Army Seizes Over 100,000 Packets of Cigarettes from Haiti

first_img– CMC The contraband cigarettes were transferred to warehouses, from there the cargo is to be delivered to customs authorities. The commander of the 10th battalion in the Dominican army, Colonel Roberto Sosa de la Cruz, said the operation was part of the measures ordered by the Minister of Defense here, in the fight against smuggling on the border with Haiti. According to a report from the military, the army discovered the cargo in an abandoned house in the province of Dajabon, located on the border shared with Haiti. SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Members of the army in the Dominican Republic have seized a cargo load of 126,000 packages of contraband cigarettes that came from neighboring Haiti. The authorities say that the smugglers who were preparing the goods for distribution on the national market, fled through the bushes in an attempt to return to Haiti. Dominican soldiers direct traffic outside a hotel which will house heads of state ahead of the Group of Rio summit in Santo Domingo March 6, 2008. Leaders of Latin American nations arrived on Thursday to attend the two day meeting. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (Dominican Republic)last_img read more