From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: GPS Map for Cuba
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Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2002 15:33:08 -0400
NNTP-Posting-Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2002 15:32:27 EDT
Organization: Bell Sympatico
Asunto: Re: GPS Map for Cuba
Fecha: Monday, October 07, 2002 2:20 PM
"Joe Pfeiffer" wrote in message
> "PL" writes:
> > "Joe Pfeiffer" wrote in message
> > news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
> > > "client" writes:
> > From the national customs web page:
> > Travellers shall require express authorization from the
> > Communications in order for them to import the following
> > of communication:
> > a.. Radio transmission equipment and transceivers;
> > b.. Facsimile terminals;
> > c.. Telephone switchboards and equipment;
> > d.. Telegraph and telex central boards and equipment;
> > e.. Professional Radio and TV receivers differing from
> > f.. Geo-positioning equipment (GPS );
> > g.. Satellite receiver antennas and stations;
> So it looks like you did go to the Cuban government, and yes,
> pure receivers require express authorization to bring in
> from banned, I'll grant you).
These are the rules for people entering Cuba.
The items themselves are extremely controlled or banned in Cuba.
The possession of a satellite dish is illegal in Cuba.
Recently all computers have been removced from the shelves of
private individuals. (see below)
Fax machines were prohibited for a while, then sold and now again
impossible to find.
Cordless phones are also prohibited.
Cuba is not so "libre" in it's communications.
Cuba Bans PC Sales to Public
By Julia Scheeres
2:00 a.m. March 25, 2002 PST
The Cuban government has quietly banned the sale of computers and
accessories to the public, except in cases where the items are
"indispensable" and the purchase is authorized by the Ministry of
News of the ban was first reported by CubaNet, an anti-Castro
site based in
Miami. According to the organization's correspondent in Havana,
merchandise -- which had been sold freely in the capital since
was yanked off store shelves in January.
The computer departments of the retail stores were divided into
two zones: a
well-stocked area for government buyers, and a smaller area where
could buy diskettes, CDs and other such items. A store employee
correspondent she was forbidden from discussing the move, which
referred to briefly in a newsletter published by the U.S.-Cuba
Early attempts to confirm the information independently were
Dozens of messages to Cuban retailers and government officials in
unanswered. Cuba's spokesman in Washington, Luis Fernandez, was
"If we didn't have an embargo, there could be computers for
Fernandez replied when asked this question: Are computer sales to
banned in Cuba?
Several weeks later, a government employee in Cuba sent Wired
a Web-based e-mail account, a copy of a resolution mandating the
ban. In an
interview using an instant-messaging service, the source -- who
remain anonymous -- criticized the decree and said it had
generated a great
deal of controversy within government circles after it was
mandated by the Minister of Internal Commerce, BĂˇrbara Castillo.
According to Article 19, Chapter II, Section 3 of the ministry's
No. 383/2001: "The sale of computers, offset printer equipment,
photocopiers, and any other mass printing medium, as well as
pieces and accessories, is prohibited to associations,
and nonprofit societies, and natural born citizens. In cases
acquisition of this equipment or parts, pieces and accessories is
indispensable, the authorization of the Ministry of Internal
The source's decision to send the information was especially
daring in light
of a gag law that mandates a 3- to 10-year prison term for anyone
collaborates with "enemy news media."
Because government officials refused to comment on the ban, the
the move is a matter of speculation.
The rise of independent journalists in Cuba, who published
articles on the
Internet criticizing the Castro regime, may have something to do
The correspondents, who risk jail time for their "subversive"
their stories by fax, e-mail or phone dictation to supporters in
"We believe our website had something to do with it," said
Sr., who helps run the website for the Cuban Institute of
Economists, which launched a few weeks before the ban was passed
The economists' site offers a sharp contrast to the rosy Marxist
proffered by Castro, including news of opposition arrests and
reports on the decrepit state of the island economy. The site is
Iriarte said he visited several Havana stores in January where
told him computer equipment was only available for "accredited
The move didn't surprise Cuba-watchers in the United States.
"This just reflects a further restriction on communications with
world," said Eugene Pons, of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban
Studies at the University of Miami.
The government already requires Cubans who can afford Internet
which cost $260 a month, while the average Cuban salary is $240 a
year -- to
register with National Center for Automated Data Exchange
said. For those who do manage to log on, the Internet experience
The government-controlled ISPs block links to certain foreign
anti-Castro sites and pornography.
The government has also admitted to monitoring e-mail. To
spying, residents use Web-based e-mail accounts and chat services
their communication harder to trace. Indeed, the Cuban source
Web-based account to reply to a message sent to the person's
"If I disappear from cyberspace one day, it's because they found
out I was
talking to you," the source said.
Cuba Not So Libre With the Net
Faint Voices Rise From Cuba
Fidel Won't Like This Website
Cuba Hears Call for Wireless
> Joseph J. Pfeiffer, Jr., Ph.D. Phone -- (505) 646-1605
> Department of Computer Science FAX -- (505) 646-1002
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