Thousands of Cuban Doctors in Brazil Brace for Forced Return Home
Over 1,000 Cuban Doctors With Brazilian Families Now Caught in Difficult Situation
Brazil’s Ministry of Health has made a request to the Cuban government and the Panamerican Organization of Health (POH) in hopes of allowing Cuban doctors extend their stay in the country.
Brazilian Minister of Health Ricardo Barros said Thursday, July 21 that the “More Doctors Program” created in 2013 by Dilma Rousseff — in which 11,429 Cuban doctors have participated — is unfortunately only “provisional.”
Though he did not mark a date for the end of the federal program initiated by Rousseff’s adminstration, the Health Minister told the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo that it is the municipalities who must run health programs.
“There are those medical professionals who they should contract permanently,” he said. “We have 2,500 municipalities that have a doctor from the More Doctors Program.”
Over a thousand doctors from Cuba who won the program’s contract will soon be returning to their country from Brazil, but officials are asking that the contracts be extended since most of the doctors are now established and integrated into the community in which they work.
“More than 1,000 have already married Brazilian citizens and some have children,” one official said.
Under the many tents of the Normalization Circus, all sorts of stuff remains hidden from view.
One of these many unseen developments is the growing power of the Castro Kingdom’s military oligarchy.
As the White House blabs on and on about “empowering” the Cuban people, the military elites in Havana seize the opportunity to enhance their control of absolutely everything in the Castro Kingdom.
Obama’s Policy Permits Expansion of Cuba’s Military
by Mauricio Claver Carone
Far from empowering Cuba’s small sector of ‘self-employed’ residents, the Castro regime is taking full advantage of Obama’s new policy to accelerate the military’s holdings of every entity poised to benefit from current U.S.-Cuba relations. GAESA’s companies are experiencing double-digit growth and expansion. For example, its Gaviota Tourism Group, S.A., a subsidiary led by Gen. Luis Perez Rospide, averaged 12 percent growth in 2015 and expects to double its hotel business this year. Aiding in the “transition” to military control of the economy, the Obama Administration is contradicting its purported policy goal, and licensing U.S. hotel operators Starwood and Marriott to venture directly with the Cuban military.
GAESA is seizing the opportunity to make two new major acquisitions that required no legal process or public transparency. They are:
Habaguanex, S.A. – One of the few tourism companies that remained outside the control of the Cuban military, Habaguanex was founded in 1994 under the control of the Office of the Historian of Havana, and run by a close confidant of Fidel Castro, Eusebio Leal. Its properties include nearly all of Old Havana’s tourist zone, the Hotel Ambos Mundos, of Hemingway fame, and the Hollywood celebrity favorite Hotel Saratoga. Now under military control, Habaguanex has also taken over the former markets for “self-employed” licensees around the Port of Havana. That now makes it the sole beneficiary of Obama’s new U.S. cruise ship travelers.
Banco Financiero Internacional – This state-owned bank is one of Cuba’s most important financial entities. It is solely empowered by the Castro regime to conduct commercial banking operations in convertible currencies. Virtually every foreign company and person engaged in business on the island must open an account in this bank. It was previously under the control of the Central Bank of Cuba and the Ministry of Finance.
While there has been no growth in the number of “self-employed” Cubans, military-owned monopolies are growing at record pace, along with its lopsided impact on the daily lives of the Cuban majority. Sadly, military monopolies do not crumble from “too much business.” It is the sense of personal freedom and independence that crumbles, and no amount of Kardashian, Chanel, Shaq and other celebrity distractions are going to hide that crippling loss….
….The most powerful and symbolic figure in the Ministry of the Interior is another MINFAR official – Col. Alejandro Castro, Raul’s only son. Alejandro’s stock is rising faster. He became the point man for secret negotiations in Ottawa, Rome and Toronto with the Obama administration officials that led to the 2014 U.S. policy change. His U.S. counterpart in the negotiations was Obama’s inexperienced foreign policy advisor and fictional-story teller, Ben Rhodes.
Today, Cuba’s military is directing and ultimately responsible for the day-to-day repression of the Cuban people.
He hid from the bullets as he sent other men to their certain death on a suicide mission at an insignificant military barracks.
He was caught alive and jailed under very cushy conditions and freed shortly thereafter due to the political influence of his socialite wife’s family.
While in prison he managed to strike up an adulterous relationship with another socialite and to write a book that shamelessly aped Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
After being freed he came to the U.S. to beg for money from anti-Batista exiles, then went to Mexico, and launched another pathetic assault on Batista with a small boat full of fools and one Argentine psychopath even more vicious and cowardly than himself.
As he had done before, he hid from all the bullets, and so did his new Argentine friend.
His cowardice allowed him to surive, along with his weasel of a half-brother and his Argentine friend.
They hid in the mountains and terrorized the local peasants. A New York Times reporter fell in love with him and made him famous.
As soon as President Eisenhower pulled the plug on Batista, the psychopath swooped down on Havana, drove away, imprisoned, killed, or disappeared anyone else who stood in his way.
Then he stole everyone’s property.
For reasons only a psychopath can understand, he chose the date of his first pathetic suicide mission as the symbol of his quest for absolute control over everyone’s life.
During a few tense days in 1962 he came close to causing hundreds of millions of deaths through nuclear warfare.
And our place in history is to know that justice will never prevail, and that despicable idiots like billionaire capitalist Richard Branson and millions of morally bankrupt cretins like him couldn’t care less about real history or real justice.
And about the same time that the psychopath Fidel began his quest for power, my beloved white cat was poisoned by a neighbor.
Miserere mei, Domine, Cubanus sum. Have mercy on me Lord, I’m Cuban.
Thus far no connection to the Castro Kingdom has emerged from this investigation into drug trafficking from Colombia via Venezuela.
Given the deep involvement of Castro, Inc. in all aspects of Venezuela’s economy, can their involvement be kept a secret for very long?
This story has Castro written all over it, but for now, the writing is invisible. Only those with Cuban exile glasses can read it.
Venezuela: President’s Nephews Were Trafficking FARC Cocaine into New York
Two of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s nephews have confessed to attempting to traffic 800 kilograms of cocaine into New York from Venezuela, identifying the owners of the drugs as the Marxist terrorist group FARC.
According to documents, newly introduced in the trial of Efraín Antonio Campo Flores and Francisco Flores de Freitas – related to Maduro through his wife, first lady and legislator Cilia Flores – the two men admitted they had planned to make multiple cocaine deliveries from Venezuela through Honduras to the United States on behalf of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a half-century-old guerrilla terrorist group. Many of the revelations come from conversations Campo Flores and Flores de Freitas had with undercover DEA agents before their arrests flying into the United States from Haiti in November 2015. The DEA agents were posing as Mexican drug traffickers seeking to aid the transport of the merchandise in exchange for a cut of the profits.;
According to documents, newly introduced in the trial of Efraín Antonio Campo Flores and Francisco Flores de Freitas – related to Maduro through his wife, first lady and legislator Cilia Flores – the two men admitted they had planned to make multiple cocaine deliveries from Venezuela through Honduras to the United States on behalf of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a half-century-old guerrilla terrorist group. Many of the revelations come from conversations Campo Flores and Flores de Freitas had with undercover DEA agents before their arrests flying into the United States from Haiti in November 2015. The DEA agents were posing as Mexican drug traffickers seeking to aid the transport of the merchandise in exchange for a cut of the profits.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias has spoken the truth: The Castro regime will let Guillermo Fariñas die and his death will bring no change to his nation.
The ruthlessness of the Castro Kingdom is unstoppable. The death of one loudmouth dissident will change nothing.
From 14yMedio via Translating Cuba
Oscar Arias Asks Fariñas To Suspend His Hunger Strike
In a letter published Saturday by the former president of Costa Rica and 1987 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Oscar Arias Sanchez asks his “friend” Guillermo Fariñas to “lift his hunger and thirst strike.”
Arias Sanchez explains that the hunger strike will not succeed as a recourse to persuade the government of the island “that you cannot pursue noble ends with ignoble means.” He also says that Cuba “is not a different democracy” but rather is “a dictatorship.”
The former Costa Rican president (1986-1990 and 2006-2010) recalled the case of regime opponent Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who died after an 86-day hunger strike. He did not manage “to convince the Cuban regime that it was necessary to preserve the life of this person, regardless of any ideological differences” and nor did he move “the compassion of the Cuban dictatorship.”
Ray Dumbleton said he was even banned from saying a last goodbye to his beloved Sheila, his soulmate of 34 years, as her body lay alone .
The 67-year-old, from Frankley , said his ordeal was like “hell on Earth”.
He said: “If you think of a World War Two scene, then that might just start to come close.”
Sheila died in hospital in Holguin, Cuba, after falling ill on the sixth day of what had been planned as the couple’s ‘dream holiday’. Despite taking out ‘gold cover’ travel insurance, she was unable to claim for her medical treatment and was left with a £20,000 medical bill.
The 57-year-old, who suffered a stroke, a bleed on the brain and other complications, died while she was receiving treatment in hospital.
Now, her distraught family have been ordered to settle her medical bill to pay and must also find an extra £7,000 to bring Sheila’s body home.
“It felt that, as soon as the hospital knew we couldn’t pay, they left her to deteriorate,” Ray said. “All the doctors kept saying to us was ‘payment, payment’ but we didn’t have the money to give them.
“The conditions in that hospital were horrendous – something I find hard to put into words.
“There were dead bodies left uncovered. “It was as if they didn’t care about people’s dignity.”
“They wouldn’t even allow me to see my wife’s body and pay my last respects to her. They just kept saying it was Cuban law.”“
I will never get that chance again. They have broken my heart, “I kept saying: ‘Forget Cuban law, I want to see my wife’. “But they would not allow me that last moment with her.
“I felt powerless over there.”
“At one point they even threatened to put me into prison if I carried on demanding to see her.
Every now and then some non-Cuban proclaims the truth about the Castro Kingdom.
It’s highly unusual.
And it’s even more unusual when the author of the piece is an American politician.
From The Hayride
The Siren Song of Socialism
by Louisiana State Senator Conrad Appel
A great example of the tragedy of state sponsored socialism is very near to us and, just as did the Sirens, it resides in an island. Cuba before it’s revolution had the second strongest middle class in the Western hemisphere. Havana then was the Paris of the West, filled with fabulous wealth and magnificent architecture. But something happened; misguidedly the people responded to the Sirens’ call of socialism, the same call that our own modern democrats are rushing toward as they embark upon their political convention.
The result in Cuba after 60 years of state socialism is amazing. On average, every day in Havana three buildings, those very symbols of the past wealth of the middle class, collapse into rubble. The average income for Cuban citizens today is less than $20 per month. That is no typo, it is $20 per month!
There is no middle class; socialism has eliminated all family wealth and everyone is what in the US we would call the very poor. There is no paint, no windows, no air conditioning, few TVs, cars held together with twist wire. The government has instituted rolling blackouts because there is a lack of fuel for energy generation. The highest paid people in Cuba are taxi drivers who get tips; not engineers, doctors, or all the other professionals valued by the prosperous West.
Socialism has destroyed almost all investment and entrepreneurship. For all practical purposes the state owns all and controls all. To invest in Cuba the investor must give 51% to the government and is subject to overwhelming taxes, rules, and regulations imposed by the government.
And what have the Cuban people traded their freedom and prosperity for? They have traded all for the Siren call of big government promises, the same promises that today’s democrats are trying to outdo themselves over. According to socialist policies, Cubans needn’t worry about hard work, about creativity, about pushing their society forward. The government takes care of all that; all citizens are equal no matter of their talents, hard work, or education and therefore all are treated the same.
Sound familiar? It should, the programs proposed by the democrats in the run up to their convention are the first steps toward the very socialistic state that they want us to trade our incredibly prosperous economic system for. Sadly, the promises of big government and faux equality has driven the once prosperous Cubans to an incredibly low standard of living; a standard that is lower than almost all who live in our country.
This Sunday July 24 was not much different from the previous 62 Sundays in the Castro Kingdom.
Thanks to the Normalization Circus set in motion by the current occupant of the White House, the Castro regime now feels totally empowered to arrest, abuse, torture, and imprison anyone who dares to challenge it.
Paradoxically, at the White House and in the editorial offices of the New York Times, these repressive measures are interpreted as signs of the “empowerment” of the Cuban people.
This Sunday, the Castro regime hung a huge banner covered with pro-government slogans in front of the headquarters of the Ladies in White in the humble, shabby neighborhood of Lawton in Havana.
The banner was strategically placed in order to prevent the Ladies or any dissidents from filming the arrests and beatings that took place.
The brave Ladies and a few other dissidents were pounced upon as soon as they walked out the front door. All of them were savagely beaten and arrested.
Thus far, we have no news of what abuse was endured by the Ladies in White elsewhere on the island slave plantation.
Here are the names of those arrested at the Havana headquarters of the Ladies in White.
Berta Soler, Aliuska Gómez García, Maribel García Hernández, Ada María Lopez Canino, Bertha Martínez Herrera, Zenaida Hidalgo Cedeño, Yamilet Naranjo Figueredo, Joisi Jaramillo Sánchez, Daysi Coello Basulto, Virgen Coello Basulto, María Cristina Labrada Varona, Yamila Lamonth Domínguez, Ivoiny Moralobo Melo, María Josefa Acon Sardiñas, Nieves C. Matamoros González, Gladis Capote Roque, Deysi Artiles del Sol, Cecilia Guerra Alfonso, Micaela Roll Golbert, Marlen González González, and Danaisy Muñoz López.
Some of the other dissidents arrested along with the Ladies were Ángel Moya Acosta, Servelio Villegas Marrero, and Félix Juan Cabrera Cabrera.
Let’s see if anyone mentions them at the Democratic National Convention today or on any of the following days. Most of those arrested and beaten are black. And — as we are all constantly reminded — black lives matter.
Yes, they sure do. Yes, sir; yes, ma’m. Yes, Mildred! But only as long as they’re not Cuban.
Holy smokes! Thanks be to God for the New York Times and its editorials.
They really know how to shed light on those agents of evil who oppose the Castro regime. So, thank God for today’s editorial, which sets the record straight.
Those damn Republicans, they’re so evil! Their opposition to the lifting of the “embargo” has cast a dark cloud over an otherwise very rosy environment of miniscule change in Cuba — which is the only kind of change that Cubans can handle and also the only kind they deserve.
While the White House promotes engagement as the most promising approach to enable positive change, a stubborn coalition of lawmakers insists that the United States remains morally obligated to keep sanctions in place until —in the words of the Republican Party platform — the island’s “corrupt rulers are forced from power and brought to account for their crimes against humanity.” The result is a conflicted, indeed incoherent, policy that prevents the two countries from making the most of their shared agenda.
Did you know that the Normalization Circus is curing the “the most poisonous relationship in the hemisphere”?
Yeah… and you know who poisoned it, right? It was all the fault of the U.S., really.
Aaaah… but the Normalization Circus is draining away the poison, so beautifully.
Did you know that the Castro regime is now allowing more dissent, more internet access, and more private enterprise?
Did you know that the only way to stop the Castro regime from being repressive is to lift the “embargo”? Wow!
Economic changes are moving very slowly, but this could change if the embargo were lifted. Popular pressure for more sweeping reforms would grow, and the government would find it harder to justify its crackdowns on dissidents by claiming they are agents of a foreign conspiracy.
And did you know that the U.S. and the Castro regime have struck deals on colossally significant issues? Take a look at this list, it’s simply amazing:
“Washington and Havana have agreed to cooperate on health care challenges, maritime issues, agriculture, climate change and environmental initiatives.”
Good golly Miss Molly!
Ooooooh… those Republican cretins and their Batista-loving Cuban exile friends… they deserve to be shipped back to Cuba and jailed…. how dare they spoil all the fun of the Normalization Circus!
Just look at these mind-blowing changes!
“Cubans have grown bolder in pressing for reforms to Cuba’s centrally planned economy, as well as for broader access to the internet.”
Dissident groups, meanwhile, report that their ranks have grown steadily, as more Cubans are sold on their vision of representative democracy with strong safeguards for civil liberties. Opposition groups are preparing to field candidates next year for the lowest rung of Cuba’s election system — the only one the Communist Party does not fully control — hoping to transform the system gradually from the bottom up.
Yeah, this bottom-up change is really going to work. Thank God for President Obama and his infinite wisdom.
And may the devil claim those Republican and Cuban exile souls that are already his and drag them all to hell, where they belong.
As for those troublesome “dissidents” who get beaten up and arrested by the thousands, may the devil drag them all to hell too.
Who do they think they are? Don’t they realize that Cubans are inferior savages who cannot handle democracy? Don’t they realize that the Normalization Circus is the best thing that has ever happened to them?
Don’t they realize that getting rid of the Castro regime will actually make things much WORSE for them? Idiots, those “dissidents,” as evil as they are stupid.
Why do they clamor for changes that would make them poorer and more miserable than they have ever been?
Some congressional proponents of continuing the embargo might see Cuba’s difficulties as an opportunity to squeeze the octogenarian Castro brothers during their last years in power. That would be a mistake. Cuba’s shoddy infrastructure would continue to deteriorate, foreign investors would recoil, already marginal communities would become even poorer and the exodus of desperate Cubans to the United States would accelerate. It seems highly unlikely that this scenario would usher in an era of greater freedoms. But it certainly would sow misery.
Cuba’s Movimiento Cristiano Liberación (MCL) –Christian Liberation Movement — reports the following.
A police car and several Castronoid agents arrived at the home of Rosa María Rodríguez Gil in Havana during the early morning hours of July 22 to prevent anyone from entering the house.
Rosa María Rodríguez Gil had organized a memorial service to mark the fourth anniversary of the murders of Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero. Somehow, the Ministry of the Interior found out about the event and sent a goon squad to ensure that no one could attend.
The Castronoid goons intercepted everyone who approached the house and threatened them with arrest.
After they had successfully blocked access to the home of Rosa María Rodríguez Gil, the Castronoid agents arrested her.
MCL also reports that they have been able to arrange two Masses for the souls of Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero: one in Santiago de Cuba at Don Bosco church and one in Spain at the church of San Fermin de los Navarros in Madrid.
Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas, one of the bravest of Cuban dissidents was detained, beaten, and tortured this week.
Despite being in poor health — due to previous hunger strikes — he has begun his 24th hunger strike and vows to continue until there is an end to repression in the Castro Kingdom.
Will the same news media that constantly publish fluffy stories about tourism in Cuba pay attention to Coco’s hunger strike?
Dream on. You know the answer. Watch the video below (in Spanish) to hear from Coco himself. It was filmed two days ago.
And pray for Coco if you believe in the power of prayer.
by Frances Martel
Cuba Post-‘Normalization’: Tortured Dissident Begins 24th Hunger Strike to Protest
Guillermo Fariñas, a Cuban human rights activist who has been a vocal critic of President Barack Obama’s concessions to dictator Raúl Castro, has declared himself on a hunger strike following a severe beating in which communist agents tortured him for hours for daring to inquire about the status of another dissident in custody.
Fariñas has posted a video online describing the injuries he suffered this week at the hands of Castro’s police. Fariñas and a group of dissidents had walked to a police station to inquire about a dissident recently arrested: Carlos Amel Oliva, currently himself on a hunger strike.
In the video, he describes the methods of torture: Attempted asphyxiation, elbow blows to the ribs, and having his tongue pulled out until it turned purple. The police, he said, told him “it was important for me to know… they didn’t want me on the street anymore.”
“He told me he was going to kill me and ‘viva Fidel,’” Fariñas adds, calling the torture “crimes against humanity.”
Fariñas will not eat or drink water, he declares, until “Raúl Castro says publicly to everyone that there will be no more torture, no more beatings, no more death threats, no more false charges against opposition and arbitrary confiscation.” He confirms to the cameraman that he is willing to die in protest.
Fariñas, who in 2010 won the European Parliament’s Andrei Sakharov Prize for human rights advocacy and the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in 2015, has been an outspoken critic of President Obama. Following the initial announcement of the beginning of the “normalization” process in 2014, Fariñas said he felt “betrayed” by President Obama. “We live in daily fear that we will be killed by the fascist government. And now, the US – our ally – turns its back on us and prefers to sit with our killers,” he said.
This past Sunday, Berta Soler was punched in the face by Castronoid goons as she and other Ladies in White were arrested.
The goons also yanked away a Cuban flag she was carrying, causing a friction burn on her arm.
So, here are two snapshots of the top act of the Normalization Circus, which all the usual news media outlets refuse to mention.
It could also be argued that all of this violence is being sponsored by the U.S., given the fact that such repression has increased ever since the Normalization Circus was set up by the current occupant of the White House and he and his State Department refuse to speak out against it or to make this issue part of the “negotiations” with the Castro regime.
And as long as the current occupant of the White House remains in office, the numbers will continue to increase.
Here come the yo-yo’s.
King Raul knows that they will help fund his dictatorship with remittances, gifts, and visits to the island, so he is more than happy to encourage this exodus.
Greatest show on earth, this circus. P.T. Barnum is green with envy somewhere in the hereafter. Eat your heart out, P.T., this circus makes yours look so puny and boring.
Obama ‘Normalization’ Policy Yields 500% Spike in Cuban Refugee Flight
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has observed a 500 percent increase in the number of Cuban refugees making the risky voyage out of the country since 2011, with an observable spike following President Obama’s 2014 declaration that he would seek to bring Washington closer to the dictatorship of Raúl Castro.
The Spanish newswire service EFE reports that only 7,787 Cuban refugees arrived in the United States in 2011. That number stands at 353 for the first half of fiscal year 2016. In 2014, the year President Obama announced he would seek diplomatic relations with Cuba, 23,752 Cuban refugees landed in the United States. Nearly double that amount — 40,115 — arrived in 2015.
President Obama visited Havana in March, calling for fostering closer economic ties with the communist nation and sharing an exciting afternoon of baseball with dictator Castro. Castro and Obama did “the wave” together during the game.
The Cuban government conducted 498 politically-motivated arrests during President Obama’s visit. That month, state police conducted 1,416 politically motivated arrests, “the highest [rate] of its kind of abuse for the month in the Western Hemisphere and much of the world currently,” according to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), which monitors state oppression on the island.