According to a close friend, no fewer than half of the graduates of Cuban universities during the last 50 years, have been graduated in vain.”
Such an assertion might be considered distorted and extremist, but the reality outweighs the data that continue to have no place in the official press nor in the other spaces controlled by the State-Party.
From the start, what counted was massiveness. The only insurmountable barrier to higher education is ideological divergences. The slogan about the university being “only for revolutionaries” is kept as current as on the first day it was proclaimed from the platforms and acclaimed by the multitudes.
Intelligence and suitability became secondary factors to be considered during the university admissions process.
If we add to such follies the regression in teaching methodologies and the limitations in using new technologies, conclusions are easily reached that have nothing in common with the statistics that overstate successes and promote perspectives that are realized, only and exclusively, in the reports by the officials.
In this scenario it is normal for the diploma which documents a university graduation to often be a false trail.
At times, all it takes is a simple conversation to confirm ignorance about key topics in national history and other subjects that taught in junior high and high school.
There are cases in which abilities are limited to a subject studied and do not signify an excellent education.
The future consolidation of capitalism in Cuba is a prospect that generates little enthusiasm for many who display with ill-concealed pride their university degree.
In such a context it will be impossible to cover up the many gaps in knowledge.
What will dictate standards is competitiveness – not participation in acts of revolutionary reaffirmation and other contrivances that exemplify the culture of social parasitism and the institutionalization of fraud as a norm of citizenship in the struggle for survival.
It is a shame to have invested so many material and human resources for such poor results.
The collapse of the paradigms of Caribbean-style socialism is a phenomenon undergoing its final phase.
Among the ruins that exceed their figurative framework to showcase their leading role across the country are those of the Ministry of Education.
In this act of the tragedy, what stands out is the army of functional illiterates coming out of the classrooms of the Revolution.
One of the legacies of a project that failed and whose founders refuse to accept the verdict of history.
("Te JODISTE, chica!" laughs SCOUNDREL(!!!) on top left)
Like Cuba's KGB-founded media, KGB Colonel Putin's TV station (RT) in kleptocratic/communist Mother Russia loves to report on the "oppression of innocent blacks in the U.S." blah...blah...
Well, while in this very process yesterday one of Putin's reporters (a female, no less) was robbed and beaten in Baltimore by those very "innocent and shamefully oppressed blacks"
"GEEEEVE EEET BACK!!!....GEEEEVE EET BACK!" Shrieks the commie reporter-ette, as the "innocent and oppressed" blacks run off with her purse. Watch video below and laugh:
What befell that Russian reporter-ette yesterday befell about 5 million Cubans in 1959-68 at Russian instigation and tutelage. But much more than their purses were robbed. Their entire life savings were snatched by Valdimir Putin's predecessors, mentors and idols. (To say nothing of what befell tens of millions of Russians, Poles, Ukranians, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Estonians, Bulgarians, etc. at the hands of that Russian reporter-ette's employers.) But let one of those Cuban (or Czech, or Lithuanian, etc.) robbery victims even hint at "Give it back"---and what does RT say?
NGO Cuba Decide Invites Engagement for Free, Fair, Plural Elections
Cuban activist Rosa María Payá wants change in Cuba, change in line with her compatriots’ wishes. On Monday, March 7, she introduced Cuba Decide, a citizen initiative that allows Cubans to share the reforms they would like to see on the island, and to vote in a plebiscite.
“We are conscious that only Cubans should be deciding and defining the changes that our society needs to develop our national project,” the Cuba Decide website says. “But for citizens to be allowed to design, decide, and build its future, they need the law to guarantee the protection of their rights and an environment of trust and respect for everyone.”
Payá introduced the project during the second Forum of Youth and Democracy underway in Panamá, the same week that regional leaders are set to meet at the OAS Summit of the Americas from April 10 to 11.
“One’s political position makes no difference, because Cubans can’t express their will and have never been consulted or been able to decide in free and fair elections,” Payá says in an explanatory video.
According to the website, the goal of Cuba Decide is to push for a plebiscite that would allow Cubans to answer the following question: do you agree to hold free, fair, and multiparty elections based on a new electoral law and environment, that would allow all Cubans to run for office and be democratically elected, exercising freedom of expression and press and organizing freely in political parties and social organizations with full plurality?
The new initiative seeks to continue the effort led by late Cuban activist and father of Rosa María Payá, Oswaldo Payá, who died in suspicious circumstances in 2012. His initiative Project Varela collected over 25,000 signatures in 1998, to demand that the Cuban National Assembly enact a law to allow freedom of expression, association, and free elections in the country.
Despite collecting more than the necessary 10,000 signatures to present a bill, the Cuban Congress rejected the proposal, alleging it didn’t comply with the law.
A Venezuelan woman has had her wish for a flat granted by President Nicolas Maduro after she made her point by hitting him on the head with a mango.
Marleny Olivo threw the fruit at the president while he was driving a bus through the central state of Aragua.
It had a message on it, in which she pleaded for his help.
Mr Maduro displayed the mango with her telephone number on it during a live television show afterwards. He said he had agreed to her request for a flat.
The move, he said, was part of the "Great Housing Mission of Venezuela".
Ms Olivo had written a message on a mango - "If you can, call me" - along with her name and phone number. She got as close to the bus as she could when it passed and then tossed the fruit at him.
In a video that has gone viral in Venezuela, the president can be seen lowering his head when he is hit just above the left ear. He then calmly picks up the mango and displays it to the crowd.
Later the president discussed the incident in one of his regular live TV broadcasts in which he displayed the infamous mango.
"She had a housing problem, right? And, Marleny, I have approved it already, as part of the Great Housing Mission of Venezuela, you will get an apartment and it will be given to you in the next few hours.
"Tomorrow, no later than the day after tomorrow, we will give it to you."
Ms Olivo said that there was "no evil intent" behind the incident only a desire to fulfil her dreaming of owning a home before she dies.
The president - who is a former bus driver and likes to connect with ordinary Venezuelans by touring local communities at the wheel of a coach - added that the fruit was ripe and that he would eat it later.
We've all seen the "polls" that show "that 80-90 per cent"...blah...blah... "of Americans"...blah...blah..."support Obama's opening to Cuba"..."lifting the Cuba embargo"..."removal from list of terror-sponsors"....blah...blah.
As if you can just walk down the street, ask around, and most Americans are fully-informed on this issue!
Well, here's an item from our friends at PJ Media that probably explains the educational level of most of those (along with many other) poll respondents:
Poll: 1 in 4 Say the Sun Revolves Around the Earth
A poll from the National Science Foundation report released this week has some alarming information about the level of scientific knowledge of Americans.
When on this day, Sunday, 19 April 2015, the last poll closes, nothing transcendent will occur. Despite the statistics manipulated by the newspaper Granma and its libels about an electorate that presumably will have gone to the polls freely and massively to give its “absolute support” to the Revolution, at this stage that never-ending story will deceive very few people.
Irregularities at the polls; ballots that can only be marked “with pencil!” so that they can later be adulterated and thus avoid generating inconvenient statistics; candidacy commissions controlled by the only legal party in Cuba (the Communist one) who handpick the president of every assembly from the municipal level on up to the Council of State: assemblies all of which from San Antonio on the west to Maisí on the east will decide nothing outside the line approved by the one dictatorial party, and they will question nothing, but rather during their time in office they will do nothing more than unanimously approve every “guidance” emanating from Olympus.
The people of Cuba know only too well that they cannot expect anything new from this farce, that this scheme is all played out and will never offer new paths, that it is only more of the same. Thus I will not beat a dead horse but rather today I will reflect on one detail that emerged weeks ago on various online sites: in an event practically without precedent, two dissidents from Havana managed to be nominated as candidates as potential delegates to the National Assembly of People’s Power by their respective districts – something almost unheard-of in today’s Cuba.
Even so, Hildelbrando Chaviano, from the Plaza de la Revolución municipality, and Yuniel López O’Farrill, from the Arroyo Naranjo municipality, had to resign themselves to being branded as “counterrevolutionaries” in their published candidate biographies, as being part of what the nomenklatura calls “splinter groups,” among other pejorative names — outright calumnies and propagandist accusations.
But beyond it being certain that these candidates in effect openly oppose that concept of “Revolution” sustained by the Demagogues-in-Chief of the Communist Party of Cuba, I ask myself: And the other candidates, what about them?
Perhaps it will not be published in the rest of the biographies, for example, that a certain candidate, despite being an “honorable” Communist militant, also increasingly embezzles the resources of the state-owned enterprise that he runs?
Or that other one, a fervent member of a Rapid Response Brigade and participant in multiple repudiation rallies “in defense of the Revolution,” has been expelled from various positions because of continued stealing?
Or that this one, always the enthusiast in any Mayday parade that is organized, nonetheless also manages to loot any state-run warehouse that falls into his clutches?
Or that this dedicated Party comrade does not live off of her salary, but rather thanks to the natural talent that her prostitute-daughter has deployed in a chupa-chupa — something she is well aware of and approves?
New Head of Pacifist Group Showcases Ties to Cop Killer
The A.J. Mustie Institute, named after a famous pacifist, started with the express purpose of “supporting nonviolence and social justice.” Now, the institute has a new executive director and has sent out a fundraising letter from convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. The letter includes a 2013 photo of the new director, Heidi Boghosian, and Mumia sharing beaming smiles and a hug.
In the letter, Mumia, a lifelong violent criminal and, most notoriously, the murderer of police officer Daniel Faulkner, writes to the donors of Mustire Institute:
Do you know who A.J. Muste was? Well, neither did I.
I had to research it — not online, for prison cells in Pennsylvania have no such amenities — but by checking through books, like Howard Zinn’s classic, A People’s History of the United States, and, of course, others.
Muste was a central (yet largely unknown) figure who introduced a young college student and seminarian named Martin Luther King, Jr. to the notion of nonviolent activism, and by so doing, changed him, and through him, the entire country.
Heidi Boghosian is well known as a radical leftist and had previously served as executive director of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG)—an organization infamous for its ties to the Communist Party, USA.
As a leader of the NLG, Boghosian often put her organization in the service of the Communist Castro regime in Cuba. The contradictions arising from having such an agent of violence and repression serving as head of an institute dedicated to “supporting nonviolence and social justice” are, needless to say, shocking.
For example, the Mustie Institute offers a series of pamphlets reprinting the words of Martin Luther King Jr. on the philosophy of nonviolence. Ironically, in 2010, Boghosian wrote an article in the Huffington Post titled “U.S. Media Misrepresents Cuba’s Human Rights Record,” in which she defended the Cuban government over the death of black Cuban human rights champion Orlando Zapata-Tamayo. In 2002, Zapata was arrested alongside Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet for, as Humberto Fontova describes the event in his latest book, the “crime” of “reciting the works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the UN Declaration of Human Rights in a Cuban public square, while carrying the Cuban flag upside down. This ‘crime’ was greatly compounded by Dr. Biscet’s specifically denouncing the Castro regime’s policy of forced abortions.”
As Dave Barry used to say: "I SWEAR I am NOT making this up!"
"Would Cuba have clung so tenaciously to dictatorial communism had Washington sought to engage — instead of isolate — Castro and the Cuban people?...Noticeably absent from Castro’s entire American tour (in April 1959) was any hint of admiration for, or association with, Soviet Communism. Castro vehemently denied any affiliation, telling a reporter on the DC leg of his trip: “We are against all kinds of dictators. That is why we are against communism.” (Graham Allison, Boston Globe, 4/25/2015.)
In other words, a man with the glittering credentials listed below believes everything Castro says! In other words, nothing in the past 56 years has caused one of America's most credentialed academic/political advisors to doubt anything Fidel Castro says! In other words, given the historic kinship and revolving door between Foggy Bottom and Harvard, many of America's present and future diplomats were probably taught by: Graham Allison!
Any more questions why--from Latrine America to Russia to China to the Mid-East-- we're the world's diplomatic patsy, laughing-stock and clown?
Graham Allison is Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. As "Founding Dean" of the modern Kennedy School, under his leadership, from 1977 to 1989, a small, undefined program grew twenty-fold to become a major professional school of public policy and government. Dr Allison has served as Special Advisor to the Secretary of Defense under President Reagan and as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy and Plans under President Clinton, where he coordinated DOD strategy and policy towards Russia, Ukraine, and the other states of the former Soviet Union. He has been awarded the Department of Defense's highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, twice: first by Secretary Cap Weinberger and second by Secretary Bill Perry. He served as a member of the Defense Policy Board for Secretaries Weinberger, Carlucci, Cheney, Aspin, Perry and Cohen.
The Obama-backed apartheid dictatorship of the Castro brothers in Cuba has had a busy week. The violently oppressive regime has not wasted one iota of the free pass given to them by President Obama to commit all sorts of atrocities against Cuba's helpless and now abandoned human rights activists with complete impunity.
Since the Obama-Castro deal was announced on December 17th, 2014, there have been well over 2,000 political arrests in Cuba.
You wouldn't know this from the rhetoric of the Obama Administration or from reading the daily stories out of Havana's foreign news bureaus, which dedicate ample time to every silly and peripheral issue regarding normalization -- but ignore the continuous increase in human rights violations.
Here's a sample what the Obama Administration and media ignored just this week:
-- On Sunday, over 50 members of the pro-democracy group, The Ladies in White, were beaten and arrested for displaying pictures of current Cuban political prisoners. Watch their testimonies here.
-- Cuban political prisoner, Yuriet Pedroso Gonzalez, is on the 50th day of a hunger strike protesting his unjust imprisonment. His condition is life threatening.
-- Cuban democracy activist, Niober Garcia Fournier, of the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU) was stabbed by a Castro regime agent. He remains hospitalized.
-- The Castro regime ratified a three-year prison sentence against democracy activist, Mauricio Noa Maceo, for trying to set up a satellite television connection.
-- In Palma Soriano, UNPACU activist Victor Campa was arrested, while Ruben Torres Saiz was detained, then left gagged and tied on top of an ant nest.
-- On Wednesday, more members of The Ladies in White were arrested in order to impede a lunch they had organized to help feed the needy.
-- And today, Castro's security forces stormed Havana's Central Park to stop a small protest by democracy activists. Among those arrested was democracy activist, Wilberto Parada. A visiting Spanish journalist was also arrested.
Without being an expert in economic matters or the Wall Street currency market, Erasmo likes to trust his instincts. For fourteen years he has been engaged in buying and selling dollars and euros.
Also convertible pesos. In the doorway of his house, within walking distance of a state-run currency exchange (CADECA), he offers his services in a lowered voice to the people standing in line to buy or sell CUCs.
“Privately buying or selling currency is illegal in Cuba. The police have already sent me a warning letter and I have paid two fines of 1,200 Cuban pesos (about 50 dollars) for transacting currency exchanges.”
His modus operandi is simple. Like the state, he buys the CUC for 24 pesos and resells it for 25. But for international currencies, such as the dollar or the euro, he pays a better price than the state banks.
“I’m starting to see Cuban residents of the U.S. who are visiting the island, wanting to exchange five or six thousand dollars. The state pays 0.87 CUC for every dollar. I offer 0.94 CUC for bills up to twenty dollars. On large bills of 50 and 100 dollars I pay 0.95. And I have clients who I will buy from at one-for-one,” said Erasmo.
The olive-green regime has mounted exchange operations remote from the framework of world prices. Cuba, despite its third-world economy and infrastructure, by official decree pegs its currency to the U.S. dollar by its own free will.
When Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, the Cuban peso was valued on par with the dollar. But economic planning and nationalization of businesses dramatically reduced the production of goods and wealth.
The State used artificial exchange rates and prohibited the possession of hard currency. Cuban law carried punishments of up to five years’ imprisonment for persons possessing foreign currency or engaging in currency exchange.
In street slang, “jinetear” [jockeying]—a word that used to be used for prostitution—was applied to people prowling hotels and resorts to buy dollars, paying a better price than that offered at the official exchange.
“During the mid-80s, I went every day to La Rampa, in Vedado, to “jockey” greenbacks. The government bought dollars one-for-one. We jineteros paid four or five pesos. We invested the profits in buying clothes and food from foreign students or residents who bought them at stores selling for U.S. dollars, to which we Cubans were prohibited access,” says Juan Carlos, who has been conducting clandestine foreign exchange for more than thirty years.
In 1993, with the legalization of the U.S. dollar, hyperinflation soared in the country. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the demise of the USSR, Cuba plunged into an era of poverty.
Oxen replaced tractors, and one hot meal a day was a family event. Food prices soared and the dollar reached a value of 150 Cuban pesos.
By the late 90s, the storm subsided and the US dollar stabilized at 24 pesos. Throughout the island hundreds of CADECAS opened, allowing people to buy or sell dollars.
In 2005, following a banking scandal in the Swiss bank UBS, which was fined one hundred million dollars by OFAC, in order to replace old dollars in a five-billion-dollar account in the name of the Cuban regime, Fidel Castro decreed a tax of 20% on the currency of the United States, his archenemy.
It looks as if the spread of the Castro virus has turned into a full-blown plague in the Cuban colony of Venezuela.
Recent research reveals that the Castro virus -- communismus gravis -- is now affecting 80% of the population.
Despite the exponential growth of this epidemic in Castrogonia's once-rich colony, neighboring nations are refusing to acknowledge the danger they face. Even worse, Cubazuela's Latin American neighbors continue to praise this deadly virus and to clamor for its dissemination.
Hugo Chavez: We're almost done with this job...All we need now is to hang up an image of a woman... Evo Morales: Let's put up an image of Cristina (Kirchner).
From Pan Am Post:
Basic Food Items out of Reach for Four in Five Venezuelans Hunger Plagues the Poorest, as Prices Double in One Year
Spiraling inflation means that basic food items are now beyond the reach of ordinary Venezuelans, with the cost of the staple monthly shopping basket reaching over 35,124 Bs. (US$$127.41) — equivalent to six times the monthly wage.+
Some 80 percent of the population meanwhile report not having enough money to buy the food they need, while at least 11.3 percent of Venezuelans eat fewer than three meals a day.+
These data form part of the results of the Venezuela Survey of Living Conditions 2014, drawing on responses from 1,479 Venezuelan households. The study was carried out by the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), Simón Bolívar University, and Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB).+
Although the public and private institutions of the country have insisted on the importance of a good diet and eating three meals a day, the economic situation in Venezuela is preventing many citizens from accessing in sufficient quantities the nutrients that the human body needs to remain healthy...
...Specialists argue that Venezuela is going through a similar situation to the “Special Period” that Cuba experienced between 1990 and 1993. Economist José Toro Hardy explained that Cubans of the day were affected by severe rationing, the destruction of industry, and the reform of the agricultural sector, which ended up damaging the health of people across the island.
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