Reports from Cuba: Mariela Castro’s disrespect in New York

By Jorge Angel Perez in Translating Cuba:

Mariela Castro’s Disrespect in New York

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Cubanet, Jorge Ángel Pérez, Havana, 1 December 2016 — A cable from the Cuban press agency Prensa Latina, written by Waldo Mendiluza, warned me that the sexologist, parliamentarian, and daughter of Raul Castro, was in New York.

According to the cable, the director of Cuba’s National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX) spoke to the United nations about the social justice that distinguished the Revolution that triumphed in 1959, and also the way in which this “generous politician” was dealing with the rights of Cuba’s LGBTI community.

According to the cable, Mariela praised the transformations on the island, at all levels, during the nearly six decades of the “Revolution” in power, and added that these developments contributed to the Cuban population being much more open to an understanding of social justice, facilitating this kind of work against homophobia and other prejudices.

The assertion that “this scenario means that, even when there are problems, they are not expressed through violence, with exceptions, as happens in other countries with major advances in legislation in the matter of the rights of the LGBTI community,” is odd.

And the oddity is that again, this official discourse is more interested in defending things, that is the “Revolution,” rather than persons, when it should be the exact opposition, and it seems disrespectful to me. No object deserves more respect than a person.

As we have known for a long time, respect is one of man’s greatest virtues. No wonder Zeus sent his son Hermes to teach men respect and justice, and this is what the homosexual community in Cuba most needs: respect and justice.

It is thoughtless to say that violence against homosexuals is less in Cuba than in the rest of the world. To forget that homosexuals have suffered from violence is thoughtless. To forget that homosexuals have been been victims of institutional homophobia is thoughtless. It is impolitic not to recognize that the “Revolution” did not care for the integrity and dignity of lesbians, gays and transexuals. We need to talk about this every day and name those responsible.

It is insolent to once again try to care for institutions, things, instead of protecting those men and women who prefer, each one of those days, those like themselves. Nothing can advance if praising the “goodness” of a “revolution” marginalizes homosexuals.

It is counterproductive to defend the politics of a revolution that created concentration camps for homosexuals, that expelled them from the universities, and called them “deviant.” It is odd that the voice singing of this “policy of vindication” is a heterosexual woman who doesn’t know the suffering of those she “represents” and “defends.”

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Remembering the real Fidel Castro: A homophobic dictator who sent LGBT Cubans to forced labor camps

While the fake Fidel Castro continues to receive accolades in the press, the victims of the real Fidel Castro will never forget the cruel and sadistic tyrant who rounded up LGBT Cubans on the island and sent them to forced labor camps.

Vanesa Vallejo in PanAm Post:

Fidel Castro: The Homophobic Dictator and his Forced Labor Camps

Fidel Castro’s forced labor camps for gays are a dark stain on the nation’s history
Fidel Castro’s forced labor camps for gays are a dark stain on the nation’s history.

Fidel Castro passed away last week and many apparently have ignored the murderous tendencies of the perpetual dictator. Or, like Colombia‘s influential magazine Semana, they simply pardon him for being a Communist. The statements of this magazine, like those of dozens of media outlets that refused to call him “dictator” and dedicated themselves to using ridiculous phrases as “revolutionary leader”, leave a clear message: apparently when a murderer is from the left, the body count doesn’t matter. I quote from the Semana article: “He has been responsible for many deaths. However, it would be unfair to call him a murderer.”

We must not shy away from remember the level of evil of the man which Semana refers to as a “liberator.” Perhaps one of the most terrible events that occurred during his lifetime dictatorship, which continues even after his death, is the existence of forced labor camps, which are curiously missing from the documentaries of the romantic “bearded man” that are frequently shown on television these days.

UMAP, Military Units to Aid Production, was the term given to the forced labor camps in which more than 35,000 Cubans were enslaved. Those who were tortured by the “liberator” had to perform agricultural work from dawn to dusk. They had strict “output quotas” and those who did not meet the established requirements were punished; for example, they were deprived of food. Confined in barracks surrounded by electric fences, and treated as slaves, religious minorities, hippies, and homosexuals were “rehabilitated” by the dictator’s men.

As reported by one of the witnesses of the documentary “Conduct Impropia” directed by Néstor Almendros and Orlando Jiménez, the forced labor camps essentially included three groups: homosexuals, religious minorities, and those accused of “improper conduct”, a category in which could be applied to anyone who ran afoul of the Castro brothers. Thus, in Cuba, you could not be gay, a Jehovah’s Witness, or have long hair and look like hippie, because you could be taken to a concentration camp.

The evidence of the horrific existence of homosexuals on the island is so overwhelming that even Fidel has admitted his culpability. “If anyone is responsible, it’s me,” he said in an interview, referring to the persecution of the homosexual community in Cuba. He has also stated that: “We have never believed that a homosexual can meet the conditions and requirements of conduct that allow us to consider him a true revolutionary.”

In spite of all of this, Fidel is called a “liberator”, and like Che Guevara, who shared Fidel’s anti-gay sentiments, the gay community is hesitant to condemn him. The left has been so skillful that they have even managed to associate the Cuban regime with the movement for gay rights. But nothing could be further from the truth. Communism’s greatest leaders, from Stalin to Kim Jong-un, have been overtly homophobic. In this regard the left’s rhetoric regarding “equality” and “liberty” is revealed to be completely hollow.

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Castro Kingdom signs yet another deal with Russia

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As the Trumpinator threatens to re-freeze the  “thaw” in U.S.-Castrogonia relations, King Raul and his minions turn up the heat on their courtship with Grand Putinia.

Aaah.  There is nothing in the world sweeter than an old Sugar Daddy who flirts with you again.

Aaah.  Kuba, Kuba, mon amour….mon petit chou…je embrasse ta jolie main… How sweet it would be to plant some missiles on your ruby lips again….

Sort of reminds you of Gomez and Morticia, n’est ce pas?
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From Tass:

Russia, Cuba sign defense cooperation program until 2020

Russia and Cuba signed a program of technology cooperation in the defense sector until 2020 on Thursday night.

The document was signed at the meeting of the Russian-Cuban intergovernmental commission in Havana by Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and a vice president of Cuba’s Council of Ministers, Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz.

Rogozin said that the agreement was intended to help Cuba organize the modernization of its armed forces and envisages no military sales.

“It’s not military deliveries, it’s methodological assistance. We will offer general guidances on how to organize the long-term planning program of the development of the armed forces and all the work related to the maintenance of equipment,” he said.

“This is the first time that we, on the request from the Cuban side, took part in creating a long-term program of modernization, upgrade and restoration of equipment that was previously delivered to Cuba,” the deputy prime minister added.

The Cuban armed forces use mostly the equipment they had received from the Soviet Union.

Rogozin said this equipment will be refitted and modernized “to ensure total security of Cuba and to respond to modern challenges.”

The co-chairmen also signed a package of six cooperation documents, including on transport, healthcare, construction and power generation.

Besame, besame mucho....
Besame, besame mucho….y dame esos bellos cohetes

Normalization Circus Update: Nearly 10,000 dissidents arrested this year

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Aaah, the wonders of the Normalization Circus!

What a resounding success for King Raul and his minions.

They get to abuse dissidents and no one cares.

Tourists pour in — maybe as many as 4 million of them this year — and the U.S. and the E.U. lift all sanctions.

Oh, but fear of the Trumpinator is rising with each passing day.

No one knows what he will do, but since he’s talking tough at the moment, the Castronoids are very nervous.

Meanwhile,  the number of dissidents arrested continues to climb.

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From Breitbart:

Cuba on Track for 10,000 Politically-Motivated Arrests by End of Year

President Barack Obama’s “normalization” policy towards dictator Raúl Castro and the death of the latter’s elder brother Fidel have put Cuba on the road to tallying over 10,000 politically-motivated arrests in 2016, according to an NGO tracking human rights violations on the island.

The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) has released its monthly report for November, documenting 359 politically-motivated or arbitrary detentions of political dissidents on the island. The group, which releases a detailed chart of every individual arrested for political reasons in Cuba every month, has documented 9,484 arrests in 2016, suggesting that the number could total over 10,000 by the end of the year.

In contrast, CCDHRN documented 8,616 politically-motivated arrests in all of 2015 and slightly more (8,899) in 2014 — the year President Obama announced that he would seek to establish formal diplomatic relations with the Castro dictatorship.

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The group’s report adds that in addition to official detentions, Cuban activists on the island alerted them to “10 cases of physical assault, 50 acts of harassment, and one “acto de repudio” — a government-sponsored mob attack against anti-communist dissidents.

The number of arrests in November amounts to nearly half as many as in October (620), largely due to the decision by Ladies in White head Berta Soler to cancel their traditional silent protest in Havana on the last Sunday of the month, arguing that the death of Fidel Castro could embolden the government to take more violent actions against members of her group should they not adhere to the mandatory mourning period for the late despot.

The Ladies in White are a group of wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters of political prisoners, who attend Catholic Mass together in Havana on Sundays dressed in white, carrying the photos of their imprisoned loved ones. They are regularly beaten and arrested for their actions. Soler personally appears in November’s arrest tally three times.

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Maybe I will… Maybe I won’t… meanwhile, tremble, tremble….

The true legacy of Fidel Castro: A millionaire military dictator ruling Cuba in perpetuity

No amount of lies or propaganda touting nonexistent “advances” by Fidel Castro’s communist revolution in Cuba can change actual facts. Over his half-century reign of terror, this so-called hero of the poor amassed a huge fortune in the hundreds of millions from the sweat and blood of the enslaved Cuban people.

Dr. Hilda Molina in PanAm Post:

The Legacy of Fidel Castro: A Millionaire Military Caste in Perpetual Power

Fidel Castro, despite his socialist ideology, accumulated a massive fortune estimated at $900 million
Fidel Castro, despite his socialist ideology, accumulated a massive fortune estimated at $900 million.

Fidel Castro has died at 90 years of age. He ruled Cuba until his last breath. Since his false retirement, he continued to dominate Cuba’s political life. His brother Raúl never dared to make an important decision without consulting him. Fidel Castro passes on, leaving Cuba literally destroyed; and XXI Century Socialism, his dangerous creation,   has swept across much of Latin America.

I believe that he partially achieved his goals, but not all of them, since he had dreamed of dominating the world since adolescence. He destroyed, sowed hatred and subversion, led all the resentful the world; and thus achieved some of his essential aspirations: power, money, and the illusion of the true revolutionary who never really was.

And in this hour of reckoning, some observations on his legacy:

In 1958 Cuba welcomed with open arms people who emigrated from all continents and came to our beautiful island in search of a better life.

Today we are more than four million who make up the Cuban diaspora. Today we are more than four million Cubans who, far from the land that gave birth to us, try to survive spread throughout all regions of the world, while we remember our island with fond nostalgia.

In 1958 the intelligent and creative Cuban people dedicated their talents to create, to produce, to constantly improve, yearning to leave to its descendants a better Cuba.

Today Cubans are primarily occupied with basic survival, or finding a way to escape the nightmare that the country has suffered for more than half a century.

In 1958 the skilled hands of the Cubans, workers, peasants, professionals, and artists, worked diligently to produce prosperity and happiness.

Today, the Cuban people have been turned into beggars by the Castro dictatorship; we stand with our hands outstretched in a gesture of supplication, waiting for help that will be sent to us by some family member living abroad. And waiting to receive the gifts of foreigners, or suffer at the hands of unscrupulous tourists who amuse themselves at the expense of the humble Cuban people: when they distribute candy in the streets to the poor children of my country; when they seek sexual services from our children, adolescents, and young people; when they give hotel soap to the humble Cuban workers.

In 1958 the Cubans were prepared to die as Christian. Cubans planned to be buried next to the remains of our ancestors, on our dreamy island, that island of the generously fertile earth, that island of the whitest sands, that island of the bluest sky, and the most crystalline sea.

For almost fifty-eight years, thousands of Cubans have died like my mother, in distant countries that welcomed them as children, but far from the land that gave birth to them, and with the infinite longing for the homeland that Castro stole from them.

In 1958 Cubans were respected throughout the world.

Today, the international media, with few exceptions, and the free citizens of the civilized world, congratulate us when the fifty-year Castro dictatorship “gives” us the least bit of freedom. Like the supposed freedom to emigrated. They forget that we Cubans are legitimate children of the human family and as such we are entitled not to handouts or crumbs, but to all the rights and freedoms inherent to the human condition.

In 1958 the Cuban people were a people of faith, intelligence, generosity, forgiveness, and industriousness, devoted to their families and happy.

Today, almost fifty-eight years after the establishment of one of the longest and cruelest dictatorships in contemporary history, the Cuban people continue to suffer the dehumanizing effects of that dictatorship; violent rips and tears in the social fabric of society which ultimately is characterized by depersonalization: loss of self-esteem, horror, despair, disinterest, depletion, ethical moral and spiritual precariousness; the absence of ideals and a means for personal advancement.

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Reports from Cuba: The golden dream of a prostitute

By Gladys Linares in Translating Cuba:

The Golden Dream of A Prostitute

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Cubanet, Gladys Linares, Havana, 5 December 2016 — I don’t remember exactly how much time had passed since I’d seen Cristina, but it must have been more than three years, because today, when I saw her at the home of a mutual friend and asked about her daughter, who had caused her so many headaches, she responded, very content, “She’s good, calm, married and has a son who is about to turn two.”

When Cristina turned 16 and was studying in high school, she started to change radically. At first she made up the story that she was studying with some classmates, and was late or that she slept over at some girlfriend’s house. And so, little by little, until she stopped showing up some night at all, although she continued in high school and some teachers said she was a good student.

Then she left school and started to disappear more often, sometimes even for a week. Desperate, her  mother went out looking for her and tried everything to discipline her, from persuasion to violence, but without results. According to a friend, the young woman said she didn’t continue her studies because even if she graduated she would not be able to meet her basic economic needs, and that what she needed was “a yuma [foreigner] to be able to live well.”

Among her clients was a Spaniard three times her age. This gentleman wanted to meet her mom and came to collect her at home. The girl ended up pregnant. The Spaniard repaired the house, which was in very bad conditions. When the child was born he married her and came by even more often. He took her to live in Spain for a time, but she couldn’t adapt. His family lived there, his kids, his grandkids — some of them older than she was — and she didn’t feel comfortable among them.

Then, he bought her a mansion in La Vibora, on Santa Catalina Avenue. It had land with fruit trees, a swimming pool, servants and it was peaceful. The Spaniard even bought a car for when he was in Cuba, and when her husband was gone she had a chauffeur.

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Unmasking Fidel’s biggest and most widely-believed Big Lie

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Free “education”

Question for Cuban exiles:

How many times have you been told by non-Cubans that Fidel can be praised for “teaching Cubans how to read” and for providing Cubans with “top-notch free health care”?

I don’t know about other exiles, but I think I lost count of such remarks when they hit the 1.5 million mark.

Getting billions of people around the world to believe his biggest Big Lie is perhaps Fidel’s greatest achievement.

Here, in the essay below, someone valiantly attempts to expose that biggest of Big Lies.

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Free “top notch” health care

From Diario de Cuba:

Fidel’s best-sold myth
by Roberto Álvarez Quiñones

Free education and public health as the “genuine feat of the revolution” constitute, in my opinion, the best and most sophisticated (dual) myth that Fidel Castro has “sold” to Cubans and the world, among the many that he peddled in his time as a dictator, the longest in modern history.

These social services, at no cost to students and patients, constituted the crown jewel of Castro’s propaganda, due to the human sensitivity they transmitted and their great proselytizing power.

I say that they are the best-sold because the myth endures today, even though it lacks a foundation. And it is the most sophisticated because it is not totally false: from the 60s until 1991 education and public health services were expanded throughout the country.

The myth rests on a deception and a fact that is overlooked:

1) Fidel Castro led everyone to believe that this achievement was due to the communist system  implemented by he and Che Guevara, which he claimed was superior to the “bourgeois” socio-economic models in Latin America and the West.

2) For the past 25 years education and public health in Cuba have been a disaster.

The two key services did achieve remarkable levels … but this was thanks to subsidies from the Soviet Union, and despite the Cuban government’s irresponsible and erratic management of these financial resources. Therein lies the myth.

Due to his narcissism, and for the purpose of political and ideological propaganda, Fidel plowed much of the Soviet money into massive social investments out of proportion with the country’s economy and its degree of development, instead of dedicating it to the actual development of the nation, improving Cubans’ quality of life, and ensuring education and health services that would be indigenous and sustainable rather than based on Band-Aids.

Stating that social progress in Cuba was the product of the centrally- planned state economy was a massive sham. Cuba never would have achieved anything if it had depended on its own economy, the most unproductive and undercapitalized in the Americas. That is, Fidel took the credit while “Uncle Sasha” paid the bills, with aid of 4 to 6 billion dollars annually.

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Esto es una gran falta de respeto !!!
Esto es una gran falta de respeto !!!
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Castronoids busy signing zero-concession accords with Obamanoids

 

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King Raul’s minions are desperately trying to sign as many accords as possible with the lame duck occupant of the White House before his term in office expires.

The Castronoids and the Obamanoids have a strategy: tie as many knots as possible between the two regimes in order to make it hard for the Trumpinator to undo the effects of Normalization Circus.

This strategy may work, at least in part.

Take, for instance, the case of Obamacare, which the Trumpinator will not be able to undo in one fell swoop, but rather in increments.

Top Castronoid Josefina Vidal says she hopes that the Trumpinator will continue the Circus, but only under present conditions.

In other words, the Circus must go on without ANY concessions whatsoever from the Castro regime.

Speaking for all Cubans, Vidal said none of the “principles” that “all Cubans” believe in can be abandoned.

Yes, “principles” such as these: no freedom of speech, no freedom of the press, no freedom of assembly, no elections, no private property, no free enterprise, no labor unions, etc….

Shakespearean wish of the day: A plague on both your houses!.

Top Castronoid Josefina Vidal
Top Castronoid Josefina Vidal

 

 

From Granma Euro-Lite (Reuters)

Cuba wants to sign accords with U.S. before Obama exit: officials

Cuba said on Wednesday it hoped to sign off on at least half a dozen agreements with the United States before businessman Donald Trump, who has threatened to derail detente between the former Cold War foes, becomes president on Jan. 20.

Cuban and U.S. officials held talks in Havana to discuss what more could be accomplished during President Barack Obama’s remaining weeks in office, agreeing to arrange more high-level visits and technical meetings.

The more Cuba and the United States deepen their detente, the more irreversible it will become, analysts said.

“At the moment we are negotiating 12 more (accords) with the aim to be able to conclude and sign a majority of them,” Josefina Vidal, the Cuban foreign ministry’s director of U.S. affairs, told a news conference.

The accords would be in areas such as seismology and meteorology, she said, adding that Cuba and the United States had already signed a dozen accords in the two years since they agreed to normalize relations, ending decades of hostility.

They have also opened embassies, restored commercial flights and opened travel options.

But some fear all that is now at stake, given Republican Trump has said he would seek to reverse the opening unless Communist-ruled Cuba gives the United States what he calls a “better deal”.

Vidal declined to comment on Trump’s statements but said she hoped his administration would recognize that the detente had the backing of most Cubans and Americans.

“Cuba would hope the new U.S. government takes into account the results we have achieved… that are backed by the majority of the Cuban population (and) U.S. citizens,” she said.

Cuba was willing to continue improving relations but “within the respect of the existing differences and without having to make any kind of concession to the principles in which Cuba firmly believes,” Vidal added.

In Washington on Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers joined more than 100 Cuban entrepreneurs to urge Trump to continue the thaw.

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Fidel may be dead, but Cuba’s proficient spies continue their work in the U.S.

Fidel Castro may be dead, but Cuba’s corrupt and criminal dictatorship remains a threat to the world and a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States.

Sean Durns in The Hill:

Castro’s dead, but his spies live on

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Although Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died on Nov. 25, 2016, the influence of the intelligence services that he created lives on. Castro, who ruled Cuba with an iron fist for five decades, created a spy apparatus whose outsized impact has extended far from the shores of the Caribbean country.

Cuba did not have a professional foreign intelligence service before Castro seized power in 1959. Under Soviet auspices, it created one in 1961. Initially called the Direccion General de Inteligencia (DGI), and later renamed the Direccion de Inteligencia (DI), Cuba’s most important intelligence agency began training its officers in Moscow in 1962. KGB tutelage proved of enormous value, both to the Castro regime and to the USSR.

The DGI quickly developed into an elite service. Brian Latell, a former CIA analyst, noted in his 2012 book Castro’s Secrets, “Many retired CIA officials stand in awe of how Cuba, a small island nation, could have built up such exceptional clandestine capabilities and run so many successful operations against American targets.” In Latell’s opinion, “Cuban intelligence…ran circles around both” the CIA and the FBI.

William Rosenau and Ralph Espach, both senior analysts at the Virginia-based think tank CNA concurred with Latell’s conclusion. Writing in The National Interest, both offered the judgment: “Cuban intelligence services are widely regarded as among the best in the world—a significant accomplishment, given the country’s meager financial and technological resources (“Cuba’s Spies Still Punch Above Their Weight,” Sept. 29, 2013).”

The basis for this claim seems sound.

Cuban intelligence successfully penetrated U.S. national security agencies both during the Cold War and in the years since.  Following his 1987 defection to the U.S., Florentino Aspillaga Lombard, a top official in Castro’s intelligence agencies, exposed dozens of Cuban double agents who had infiltrated various segments of American society, from the government to non-profit organizations. Many of the spies had been living in the U.S. for years.

In retaliation, Castro ordered at least two-failed assassination attempts on Aspillaga—both of them, Latell pointed out, involving people the former Cuban spy knew.

Another of the DI’s successful plants, Ana Belen Montes, spied on behalf of Cuba for sixteen years. Montes, an analyst with the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), was sentenced to a 25-year prison term in October 2002.

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More recently, Havana has worked to shore up the anti-American Chavez-Maduro regime in Venezuela and provided Iranian scientists and technicians with the technical know-how for developing and manufacturing large quantities of biological weapons.  In July 2013, a North Korean cargo vessel was seized in Panama with Cuban military equipment aboard.

Internally, Cuban intelligence has been crucial to Castro’s grip on power; assisting in the stifling of freedom of speech and religion, political expression and the imposition of a catastrophic economic system.

Despite his death, Fidel Castro’s repressive regime remains in place. And the spy force he created remains one of its most capable executors.

Read it all HERE.

In Castro’s Cuba, very little separates the sublime from the ridiculous

The photos of the soldiers pushing the broken down jeep carrying Fidel Castro’s ashes is just one of many things that happen in Castro’s Cuba that so effectively eliminate that space between the sublime and the ridiculous.

Eugenio Yanez in Diario de Cuba:

Nothing but a jeep separates the sublime from the ridiculous

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In Castro’s Cuba, a kind of Macondo in real time, anything can happen. For example, the jeep carrying Fidel Castro’s ashes can even broke down as it enters Santiago de Cuba, with the shrine’s solemn keepers having to get out of the vehicle and push.

Thus, the supposedly invincible Comandante (allegedly able to survive more than 600 assassination attempts plotted by the “imperialists,” according to the fanciful and implausible assertions of his toadies, who never presented any credible evidence of this, because they made it all up) was not even able to complete the Havana-Santiago route: upon entering “the cradle of the Revolution,” the Russian jeep carrying his sublime ashes broke down.

Naturally, the means of transport used for this operation could have easily failed at any time, due to its ever-questionable quality. And yet, this was the type of equipment the dictator imposed from the outset of his regime, insisting on bringing it from the Soviet Union and the “socialist camp,” spurning, even from before the embargo, vehicles and spare parts manufactured by “the empire” – though he personally always liked them, and actually used “capitalist” makes like Oldsmobile, Alfa Romeo and Mercedes Benz. The inefficient and symbolic Soviet armored Chaika that he sometimes used was only for show, to stay on the good side of his friends at the KGB.

In addition to the unreliability of the Russian vehicle used to transport the remains, the lack of training and competence by the country’s transport maintenance professionals was laid bare, as a breakdown was possible even when moving the ashes of the most-hallowed cadaver. What would have happened if the hypothetical “enemy aggression,” caricatured during the recently held Bastion 2016 military maneuvers, had been real? Would the “revolutionary” transport have been able to withstand a large-scale enemy attack when even the jeep carrying Fidel Castro’s ashes breaks down in the middle of the city, and has to be pushed? Was it really a jeep, or a wagon in disguise?

If something like this had happened in Africa or Central America people would he talking about underdevelopment, or the colonialism that fleeced the peoples of the Third World, or any other favorite theme of the violent left wielded to justify its own inefficiency and corruption.

But, for a country where, according to Raúl Castro, his late brother taught Cubans throughout his life that they could achieve anything they could imagine, it is embarrassing, even pathetic, that the late leader’s ashes could not even be carried to their resting place without the vehicle transporting them having mechanical problems.

Incidentally, the phrase “Yes, we can” (Sí, se puede) that Raúl Castro so incessantly repeated at the final funeral ceremony in Santiago de Cuba, with those on hand mechanically echoing him, like trained parrots, was the same as that used by President Barack Obama throughout his presidential campaign in 2008. One would expect genuine revolutionaries to be capable of coming up with some inspirational slogans without borrowing from “imperialist” leaders.

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Fidel the monster who devoured his own minions: testimony from a dead Castronoid’s daughter

The author and her late father
The author and her late father

Fidel Castro was interested in only one thing: staying in power.

If he had to kill some men who had served him loyally so he could keep his crown, he simply ordered other sycophants to pull the trigger.

Anyone who came close to attaining popularity, anyone who showed the slightest admiration for someone else, anyone who looked at him the wrong way, anyone who disagreed with him was a threat.

And what better way is there of instilling fear than to kill those close to you, just to teach a lesson to those who remained close to you?

This essay by the daughter of a loyal Castronoid who was killed by Fidel lays out the brutal simplicity of Fidel’s ruthlessness.

Keep in mind as you read this essay that the man in question was a loyal Castronoid, a colonel in the dreaded Ministry of the Interior who dedicated his life to oppressing his fellow Cubans.

This man was no dissident.  He was a rabid Castronoid who simply rubbed Fidel the wrong way.

Good luck finding any mention of this story in any of Nosferatu’s obituaries, or in the messages of condolence penned by world leaders.

Justin Trudeau should be forced to read this essay over and over, a million times over, day after day, as fitting punishment for the “sorrow” he displayed for the monster Nosferatu.

The Maximum Leader then
The Maximum Leader then

From Translating Cuba

Fidel Castro Sent My Father to the Firing Squad; I Do Not Regret the Tyrant’s Death

14ymedio, Ileana de la Guardia,

Paris, 5 December 2016 – Dawn comes to Paris, this 26 November, the sun barely over the horizon. From the depths of my dreams I hear the phone ring. I don’t want to answer it. It is my husband who does so. His voice tells me:

“He died, he died, wake up! Fidel died!”

I murmur:

“Him again… he comes again to wake me from my dreams.”

Thus it was 27 years ago, when they announced the arrest of my father. And so, this call pursues me like a ghost. No, I don’t want to wake up, he doesn’t have that right.

Some hours later I get out of bed and from my window I can see the Eiffel Tower on the horizon, my symbol of freedom, of my freedom. Then the horrible memories return: the murder of my father, of course, and of all the others who paid with their lives for the blindness of the tyrant.

Is he really dead this time? There is no doubt. I feel relieved, as if freed from the persecution of a maleficent shadow.

The monster died in his bed, without even being bothered by his crimes. The funeral rites are already prepared. Nothing is left to chance. No one is going to spit on his ashes. And yet…

My father, Tony de la Guardia, departed at dawn on 13 July 1989. He didn’t have the luck to grow old, to know his grandchildren, he was a confidant of the tyrant. He had served in difficult military missions, at times secret ones.

On 12 June 1989 he was arrested by the political police. A month later, after a summary trial, which I will allow myself to call Stalinist, Fidel Castro ordered him shot without mercy. He had not betrayed anyone, nor cheated, nor stolen. He had only carried out the orders of Castro himself: “Find hard currency, by any means, to save Cuba from disaster.”

That day the world collapsed around me. I was young, not political, convinced that Fidel Castro — who at that time, like so many of my generation, I nicknamed El Congrejo, The Crab because with him everything was always backwards — taking into account the missions my father had served on, would pardon his life. It wasn’t like that.

At the same time as my father, Arnaldo Ochoa was shot. The great general of the Cuban Army, The Lion of Ethiopia as the Africans called him when he served on missions over there. Another two officials, Amado Padrón and Jorge Martínez, were also sent to the firing squad. My uncle, General Patricio de la Guardia, my father’s twin brother, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, “for failing to promptly denounce his brother,” as the text of the sentence prepared by the prosecutor states. Today he is in Cuba under house arrest.

All these men fell under suspicion because they felt a certain weakness for Gorbachev’s perestroika. Castro had no real proof, just doubts, from statements of discontent made somewhere, in some meeting of officers, at  some family gathering. He had to make an example. Stop this wave from spreading. Be ruthless. Exercise terror to perpetuate his kingdom… Forever.

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