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You KNEW it was coming (from Google Chairman Schmidt after his Cuba visit)

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You knew it was coming because Castro's secret police knew he'd say it--otherwise he woulda never been allowed to visit the Stalinist fiefdom.

"The 'blockade' makes absolutely no sense to US interests (declared Schmidt.) If you wish the country to modernize, the best way to do this is to empower the citizens with smart phones - there are almost none today - and encourage freedom of expression and put information tools into the hands of Cubans directly,.

"Cuba will have to open its political and business economy," Schmidt wrote. "And the US will have to overcome our history and open the embargo. Both countries have to do something that is hard to do politically, but it will be worth it."

“The vetting procedure starts the minute the regime receives your visa application,” reports Chris Simmons, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s top Cuban spycatcher, now retired. “When your smiling Cuban “guides” greet you at the airport they know plenty about you, and from several angles.” And their vetting of Google Chairman Schmidt proved worthy of their time-honored KGB-mentoring, a top-notch job:

Popular Cuban Blogger Critical Of The Government On The Island Speaks In Miami

Probably just a coincidence that the Google team made a SURPRISE(!!!) visit to Yoani Sanchez!..Boy! I bet THAT caught Castro's police by surprise!

6 comments to You KNEW it was coming (from Google Chairman Schmidt after his Cuba visit)

  • marc in calgary

    I had said yesterday in a previous Google posting here at Babalublog that I thought it was a good idea that Google encourages this opening of communication between Cuba and other countries.
    it's one thing to promote freedom of expression, which I naively expected Google to be encouraging in Cuba, and quite another to make political hay from this.

    Going to eat my shut-up sandwich about now and wait for those "free elections".

  • asombra

    Schmidt even looks like tool material--like Jim McGovern with hair. And again, for the bizillionth time, an outsider who obviously does NOT get it, or doesn't care to, feels entitled to pontificate publicly like some sort of authority or "expert," who by implication knows better than "those people" (both in and out of Cuba). I suppose we should be able to ignore such fools or assholes by now, but their presumptuousness is still astonishing, not to mention galling.

  • […] A hacerle el juego al régimen, nada más que a eso. Pero además, ¿a quiénes quieren engañar? Ninguna visita de este tipo se hace sin el consentimiento y la pertinente y previa preparación de l…. Y ya sabemos quiénes son esos poderosos en el caso de […]

  • And we still await Ms Sanchez' complaint (or explanation) regarding the use of her face on the "Cuba Now" anti-embargo ad campaign. Kinda like when Spielberg claimed (to me via his agent) that he never uttered the famous "eight most important hours of my life" comment about his meeting with Castro. Instead Castro's media made it up. "Fine," I replied. "Then go public and denounce this grotesque breach of faith." He never did. Apparently it didn't really bother him.

  • asombra

    Humberto, please. She's a celebrity and stuff, and her biggest fans are definitely not people like you but HuffPo types. She's gotta keep her public in mind and everything. You think she's gonna risk sounding "intransigent"? You think she wants to be taken for one of "those people"? I mean, the horror! Still, a make-over wouldn't hurt, but I guess she's a brand now, and you don't wanna mess with success.

  • asombra

    It didn't really bother Spielberg, or he was afraid to call Castro, Inc. a liar, or his agent was lying for him. Even in the best case scenario, we're talking fashion victim, which is pretty pathetic for someone in Spielberg's position. In other words, no matter how you slice it, el tipo sigue embarrado (the guy is still tainted).

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