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Minister blames US embargo for low number of Cubans online

first_img News Follow the news on Cuba CubaAmericas CubaAmericas Organisation RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Reporters Without Borders took issue today with comments by Cuban communications minister Ramiro Valdes yesterday describing the Internet as a “tool for global extermination” and as a “wild colt” that needed to be tamed.Valdes also insisted that, if few Cubans were online, this was due to a US embargo that prevented Cuba from have decent Internet connections. In Reporters Without Borders’ view, it is in fact due to the Cuban government’s desire to control the flow of information throughout the country.“The US embargo prevents Cuba from connecting to the Internet by underwater cable and this obviously does not favour development of the Internet, but we published a report in October that shows that the authorities deliberately restrict online access,” the press freedom organisation said.“It would anyway have been astonishing if a country that has no independent radio or TV station or newspaper did allow unrestricted access to the Internet,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “We await the creation of a better Internet connection via Venezuela, as the minister announced, and we will then see if the government finally allows its citizens access to an uncensored Internet.”Valdes made these comments, which were reported by the Associated Press, at the opening of a conference on communications technologies in Havana. He also accused the United States of using the Internet to “undermine the communist government.”Going online in Cuba – Internet under surveillance (extract of the October 2006 report) :”With less than 2 per cent of the population online, Cuba is one of the world’s most backward countries as regards Internet usage. The worst off by far in Latin America and with a thirteenth of Costa Rica’s usage, it is down there with Uganda or Sri Lanka. This is quite surprising in a country that boasts one of the highest levels of education in the world. The authorities blame this disastrous situation on the US trade embargo, which supposedly prevents them from getting the equipment they need for Internet development. In particular, they say they are unable to use underwater fibre optic cable to connect to the Internet outside Cuba and are therefore reduced to using costly and less effective satellite links.This may indeed explain the slowness of the Cuban Internet and the endless lines outside Internet cafes. But in no way does it justify the system of control and surveillance that has been put in place by the authorities. In a country where the media are under the government’s thumb, preventing independent reports and information from circulating online has naturally become a priority.An investigation carried out by Reporters Without Borders revealed that the Cuban government uses several mechanisms to ensure that the Internet is not used in a “counter-revolutionary” fashion. Firstly, the government has more or less banned private Internet connections. To visit websites or check their e-mail, Cubans have to use public access points such as Internet cafes, universities and “Youth computing centers” where it is easier to monitor their activity. Then, the Cuban police has installed software on all computers in Internet cafes and big hotels that triggers an alert message when “subversive” key-words are noticed.The regime also ensures that there is no Internet access for its political opponents and independent journalists, for whom reaching news media abroad is an ordeal. The government also counts on self-censorship. In Cuba, you can get a 20-year prison sentence for writing a few “counter-revolutionary” articles for foreign websites, and a five-year one just for connecting with the Internet in an illegal manner. Few people dare to defy the state censorship and take such a risk.”Read the full report————————Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org May 6, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders took issue today with comments by Cuban communications minister Ramiro Valdes yesterday describing the Internet as a “tool for global extermination” and as a “wild colt” that needed to be tamed. Valdes also insisted that, if few Cubans were online, this was due to a US embargo that prevented Cuba from have decent Internet connections. In Reporters Without Borders’ view, it is in fact due to the Cuban government’s desire to control the flow of information throughout the country. New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council to go further Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet February 13, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Minister blames US embargo for low number of Cubans online October 15, 2020 Find out more News October 12, 2018 Find out more News RSF_en last_img read more

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All Saints Church: Final “Thursdays with Ed” is on June 27

first_imgFaith & Religion News All Saints Church: Final “Thursdays with Ed” is on June 27 Article and Photo courtesy of ALL SAINTS CHURCH Published on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 1:35 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Community News Rev. J. Edwin Bacon, Jr. Rector of All Saints ChurchThe opportunity to be part of “The Contemplative Alliance” — an emerging coalition committed to creating a strategic ‘Sacred Earth’ message that can be shared among the American public.Plan now to be part of this conversation in community with Ed as he brings back to the parish family what he has learned and been inspired by in these experiences with the wider human family.On Thursday, June 27 the topic will be “A New Narrative for Economic Justice & Sustainability”Come and join and be part of the community at the Sweetland Hall, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Register at the Small Groups Table on the lawn by visiting the website. For more information contact Ana Camacho by email at [email protected] or call (626) 583-2737.All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, (626) 796-1172 or visit www.allsaints-pas.org. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a commentcenter_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

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2015 Nations Cup: Algeria closes in on Morocco finals

first_imgAlgeria will qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they beat Malawi on Wednesday, while wins for Cameroon and South Africa will put them within touching distance.The Desert Foxes have shown why they are Africa’s top-ranked side by winning all three of their Group B games, two of which were away from home.They are expected to capitalise on their home advantage against Malawi to book their place at next year’s finals in Morocco with two qualifiers to spare.All Wednesday’s games are the reverse fixtures from last weekend – the second of the double-header ties that pitted two group teams against each other home and away in the space of a few days.In Blantyre on Saturday, Algeria’s slick passing had Malawi chasing shadows at times and it is hard to think they will not repeat or better the 2-0 victory they achieved then.Once again Sofiane Feghouli and Yacine Brahimi (both pictured, top)will look to run things from midfield. Wednesday’s “The first time I coached South Africa against Congo in 1992 we scored once, the second time we scored twice last weekend, so I am hoping for three come Wednesday,” said Mashaba.Strikers Bongani Ndulula and Tokelo Rantie struck the goals that conquered Congo in Pointe-Noire and they are likely to start in a side that has not conceded a goal in three qualifiers.Borussia Dortmund strike Aubameyang is Gabon’s big weapon up frontLike Nigeria, record seven-time title-holders Egypt and shock 2012 winners Zambia need home victories to keep alive hopes of qualifying. However, a 2-0 victory in Gaborone suggests Egypt can defeat Botswanaagain and put pressure on Senegal and Tunisia in Group G.Botswana will be without India-based midfielder Ofentse Nato, who has retired from international football at the age of 25 after accusations of coming to camp drunk.For Senegal or Tunisia to secure a place, one of them must win in Monastir and hope Botswana stun Egypt.Having being thwarted in Dakar by a packed Tunisian defence, Senegal coach Alain Giresse will hope attackers Papiss Cisse, Sadio Mane and Dame Ndoye can benefit from greater space.Zambia should end a three-match winless run having held Niger goalless in their Group F match in Niamey. One disruption to Chipolopolo’s preparations has been the expulsion from the squad of captain Chris Katongo , who has fallen out with the coaching staff.In Group C, Gabon visit Burkina Faso with Borussia Dortmund goal-poacher Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in top form, and a win coupled with a draw between Angola and Lesotho would qualify the Panthers.Aubameyang was on target in his side’s 2-0 win over the Burkinabe at the weekend and will fancy his chances of adding another goal to his tally.Uganda must bounce back after Togo beat them 2-0 in Kampala to inflict on them their first home defeat in 10 years.That result – along with Ghana’s 1-1 draw away to Guinea – means Group E is very tight. Togo could move from bottom to second with a win over the Cranes, though they will again be without first-choice goalkeeper Kossi Agassa who has returned to his French club Stade Riems for treatment for an injury that forced him to miss the Hawks’ win on Saturday.Ghana have home advantage against Guinea and will be motivated to secure all three points and take control of the group.The Black Stars are currently being coached by Maxwell Konadu, who is in temporary charge while a new permanent boss is sought.Ghana’s football Association announced on Monday that German Bernd Schuster had replaced Dutchman Patrick Kluivert on a five-man shortlist for the job.last_img read more

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