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Post time 2011-2-24 08:38:39 |Display all floors
Undersea Fiber-Optic Cable from Venezuela Reaches Cuba

By Latin American Herald Tribune / EFE

Cuban Computer Science and Communications Minister Medardo Diaz said the undersea cable that arrived on Cuba’s eastern coast on Tuesday after a 19-day voyage from Venezuela, “opens a breach in the (economic) blockade” that the United States has imposed on the island and bolsters “national sovereignty” in telecommunications

HAVANA – Cuba held a ceremony Wednesday to mark the arrival of an undersea fiber-optic cable from Venezuela – a link expected to provide a big boost to Internet speed and capacity on the Communist-ruled island.

Official media said among those on hand for the ceremony in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba were Vice President Ramiro Valdes, the secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union, Hamadou Toure, and a representative of the Venezuelan government.

Toure had traveled to Cuba for a computer science fair in Havana.

The ship that brought the cable ashore, the Ile de Batz, arrived on Cuba’s eastern coast Tuesday after a 19-day voyage from Venezuela, Cuba’s closest ally.

Cuban Computer Science and Communications Minister Medardo Diaz said the undersea cable “opens a breach in the (economic) blockade” that the United States has imposed on the island and bolsters “national sovereignty” in telecommunications.

Wilfredo Morales, president of Telecomunicaciones Gran Caribe S.A., the Cuban-Venezuelan joint venture that owns the line, said the project has gone according to schedule and the cable should be operational in July.

The cable – which began to be laid on Jan. 22 in northern Venezuela – will give Cuba an alternative to its current, painfully slow satellite link.

Acquired in China and France at an estimated cost of $70 million, the cable spans 1,630 kilometers (1,012 miles) from a spot near Venezuela’s La Guaira port to the eastern Cuban town of Siboney. A second segment will run 230 kilometers (143 miles) from Cuba to Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

The cable, which has a 640-gigabyte capacity and a lifespan of 25 years, is expected to provide a 3,000-fold increase in Cuba’s voice, data and video transmission speeds, experts say.

But Cuban officials say that even after the link has been established more investment in infrastructure and networks will be needed to improve Internet and telephone service on the island.

Cuba says its priority will be to continue to build public telecenters and improve Internet access at schools, hospitals and scientific institutions.

Presently, only a small number of academics, journalists and other professionals in Cuba have access to the Internet from their homes.

The island has relied on a slow and expensive satellite link since 1996, and the government has pointed to the capacity limitations of that connection in justifying restrictions on individual access to the Web.

The Cuban government says the U.S. embargo is the primary reason why Internet service is generally unavailable to most Cubans.


Published on Feb 21st 2011
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Post time 2011-7-25 22:44:42 |Display all floors

'West's economic supremacy decaying'

Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:34PM GMT

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during an inauguration ceremony of a combined cycle power plant in northern Golestan Province on July 25, 2011.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the fabric of Western economic imperialism is badly decayed and the West is on the path of decline.

Speaking at an inauguration ceremony of two major industrial projects in northern Iran on Monday, President Ahmadinejad described West's economic situation as dire.

“The West is in a difficult place in its political scene just like its economy and of course it could resort to any measure to save itself just as Mr. [George W.] Bush started the twin tower game on September 11 and used it as a pretext to … attack Iraq and Afghanistan,”

He went on to say that the Israel is what unites the West and contributes to its prowess in the region.

“Domineering powers have been unsuccessful in their plans to save the Zionist regime over the past 15 years.”

Ahmadinejad said that arrogant powers were now attempting to save the Zionist regime and US economy by “changing their slogans, plotting and new tricks” but that they would once again fail.

On Monday, Aliabad Katoul's 972-megawatt combined cycle power plant came on stream in Iran's Golestan Province in the presence of President Ahmadinejad.

The Iranian president also launched a cement factory in the northern city of Galikesh in Golestan Province.
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Post time 2011-8-1 08:35:44 |Display all floors

Venezuela Rejects NATO Bombing on Libyan TV Network

Escrito por Tomas Armenteros Crespo

Caracas, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina)

Venezuelan Hugo Chavez Frias has condemned the bombing Saturday by the military forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization against the facility of the Libyan state TV network Al-Jamahiriya .

The Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Ministry issued a statement rejecting the attack, regarding it as a "cruel display of the hypocrisy by the imperialist powers that are leading an open war against the people of Libya."

The release makes reference to similar NATO attack against the Serbian radio and TV networks on April 23, 1999.

According to the document the actions make NATO the only contemporary military alliance that has transformed the professionals of communication into systematic war objectives.

The Venezuelan government demands a halt of the aggression against Libya and asks to give peace a chance to solve the conflict peacefully and with respect for the Libyan sovereignty.

Despite the attack, which according to the media caused three dead and at least 15 wounded, the Libyan state TV network kept on broadcasting its own programs.

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Post time 2011-9-28 04:20:32 |Display all floors

Fidel Castro calls Obama UN address 'gibberish'

HAVANA (AFP) - Cuba's Fidel Castro blasted Barack Obama's speech to the United Nations as "gibberish" on Monday, saying the US president used a rambling address to justify the "unjustifiable."

In his first published column since July, the 85-year-old revolutionary icon slammed US and NATO intervention in Libya as "monstrous crimes" and said Obama -- whom he called the "yankee president" -- used a bully pulpit at the UN General Assembly last week to try and sway global opinion.

Fidel, who handed the presidency to his younger brother Raul Castro in 2006 due to a health crisis, has laid low in recent months, and his column published in state media was his first since July 3.

In Monday's piece he came out swinging, saying Obama distorted the situations in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Afghanistan, North Korea, Libya and the Palestinian conflict, and that the US leader used "a long rant to explain and justify the inexplicable and unjustifiable."

"Who understands the gibberish of the president of the United States before the General Assembly?" Castro asked.

Castro also took issue with the "fascist methods by the United States and its allies to confuse and manipulate global opinion," and said he was heartened by the "resistance" of his key allies Hugo Chavez and Evo Moralez, presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia, respectively, who criticized US and UN policy in their speeches.

"Has any nation been excluded from the bloody threats of this illustrious defender of international peace and security?" Castro said of Obama, whose UN quotes he cited extensively in his column.

"Who gave the United States such privileges?" Castro said.

He said countries must consider taking a stand at the General Assembly against the "NATO genocide in Libya," an action Castro described as one of many "flagrant violations of principles."

"Does anyone want it to be recorded that under their direction, the government of their nation supported the monstrous crimes by the United States and its NATO allies?" he said.

Washington and Havana are Cold War adversaries who have brought their mutual dislike and distrust into the 21st century, and Castro routinely makes political attacks on his ideological foe.

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Post time 2011-9-28 04:28:06 |Display all floors
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