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A brave new [fantasy] world in Cuba

The Miami Herald's Mimi Whitefield introduces us to Cuba's brave new fantasy world where five decades of repressive history filled with countless lies along with a violent and repressive current reality give way to an impossible fantasy that just happens to perfectly fit the narrative put forth by the brutal and murderous Castro dictatorship.

Brave new world of Cuba travel begins Monday

The new policy, which goes into effect Monday, eliminates the need for an exit visa and allows many Cubans once barred from returning to the island to visit

http://media.miamiherald.com/smedia/2013/01/11/19/18/V13Uu.St.56.jpegA look into the future: Summer vacations by Cuban families in Miami, Cuban doctors and athletes who left their posts or teams while on official trips abroad returning to Cuba for visits and everyday Cubans permitted to leave the island for up to two years at a time.

They are all possible, starting Monday, when Cuba’s broad new migration and travel policy takes effect.

Cuba, which has long been criticized for keeping families apart and punishing those who try to leave the island illegally, has removed nearly all restrictions on travel by its citizens, a move that could cause ripples well beyond this island of 11 million people.

Gone is the reviled tarjeta blanca, the white card or exit visa that Cuba used to control who could leave the island. Gone is the notarized letter of invitation from a foreign host.

Now Cubans simply need a valid passport to travel — as long as they can get a visa from the country they intend to visit and a ticket for travel. Cuban authorities say they have set up 195 locations around the country where citizens may apply for their passports. Those who already hold passports will be required to recertify them under the reform.

But getting an entry visa allowing travel to another country and paying for a ticket are two big ifs.

“I was in Havana when the new policy was announced in October and people were very happy,’’ said Domingo Amuchastegui, a former Cuban intelligence analyst who lives in Miami. “But people thought it was going to be easy to get a visa and travel. Just getting the money for a ticket will be a monumental problem for many people.’’

Presumably many Cubans will seek visas to travel to the United States — and now even minor children will be allowed to travel as long as they have the authorization of parents or legal guardians.

“The United States welcomes any reforms that allow Cubans to depart from and return to their country freely,’’ said Will Ostick, spokesman for the U.S. State Department Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

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5 comments to A brave new [fantasy] world in Cuba

  • asombra

    The parasite gets ever more sophisticated, like a virus or bacteria that mutates to survive. And yes, there are plenty who will play (and pay) along, as the parasite knows from long experience. Their number will only increase, and the parasite's resources will increase accordingly, keeping the vicious circle going. And no, it's no secret--everyone knows it, and it simply makes no difference.

  • Mambí

    Parasites - a very appropriate name. Let the deluge begin...

    God Almighty, evil has triumphed. We are really screwed now...I'm defintely outta here.

  • FreedomForCuba

    Mambi,

    You remind me of a short story I read when I was little in a 1950s Readers’ Digest magazine we had in our home in Cuba:

    Before the onset of WW2 there was this individual who sensed a big conflagration was coming to the world and he wanted to escape to a place that he taught would be isolated enough from all the evil and mayhem that was coming.

    He found this beautiful, tropical island in the Western-Pacific that is part of the Solomon Islands, called Guadalcanal...

  • Mambí

    FFC, so you're saying it's hopeless, because it follow us no matter where we go. Yep, you may be right, but the more distance I put between me the the 'scourge' will allow me to quietly go meet my maker, before it all falls apart. Those wind-swept plains of Wyoming are looking better everyday.

  • FreedomForCuba

    Mambi,

    My point was philosophical in nature, pointing out life’s ironies...