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“Cuba Sponsors Terrorists who have murdered more Americans than ISIS!–Stop and listen to Me! Look, you fools, you’re in danger! Can’t you see?!”


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In The Invasion of the Body Snatchers Kevin McCarthy certainly had some difficulty in getting his message across. But no more than the people currently trying to alert U.S. officaldom to Cuba's (90 miles away--not 6000 like ISIS) sponsorship of terror group that has murdered more AMericans than has ISIS. Consider the following overwhelming proof that Cuba is still helping arm the oldest, biggest and and most murderous terror group in the Western hemisphere , from Capitol Hill Cubans: :

The Colombian newspaper, El Espectador, has published an investigative report on the mysteries surrounding the Dan Da Xia, a Chinese vessel caught carrying 15 containers of heavy weapons hidden as a cereal shipment.

The shipment was discovered in Cartagena, Colombia on February 28th, 2015. It consisted of 100 tons of explosives, 2.6 million detonators, 99 projectile heads and around 3,000 artillery shells.

The containers revealed the weapons were from the Chinese arms manufacturer, Norinco, with the recipient purportedly being Tecnoimport, a shadow company of the Cuban military. They were supposed to be delivered to the much-hyped Port of Mariel facility, which is also owned by the Cuban military.

What was the purpose of the vessel's stop in Cartagena and later Barranquilla?

Colombian legislators also revealed how similar weapons from China's Norinco had been confiscated throughout the country -- mostly from the FARC -- over the last decade. What a coincidence!

In 2007-2008, the Colombian government even sent a diplomatic protest to the Chinese government after 12,000 Norinco-manufactured arms were confiscated.

As we've previously posted, evidence continues to accumulate that the shipment was actually being smuggled -- by the Cuban military -- for FARC narco-terrorists.

Of course, the timing was particularly bad for both the Obama Administration, which sought to remove Cuba from the state-sponsors of terrorism list, and the Santos Administration, which didn't want to add any hiccups to its "peace negotiations" with the FARC in Havana.

And at a recent Senate hearing on State Department authorization, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, John Feeley, tried to wordsmith around the incident.

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They kidnap, murder and behead just like ISIS. In fact, these terrorists have kidnapped and murdered more Americans than has ISIS. They've been at it for upwards of fifty freaking years in our own backyard with the support of a communist regime 90 miles from U.S. shores. But I'm guessing most Americans have probably never heard of FARC?

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If only these FARC terrorists (who have murdered more Americans than ISIS) wore rags on their heads or had appeared in Godfather II--then maybe Americans would catch on! Le RRRRONCA!!!

A look at US-Cuba talks plus Elian Gonzalez

Guest:  Alain Castillo, young Cuban American, joins me for a chat about US-Cuba talks plus the emergence of Elian Gonzalez, the young boy found floating off the Florida coast in 1999......we remember that Elian's mother drowned so that she could bring her son to the US..........Click to listen:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk/2015/05/26/a-look-at-us-cuba-talks-plus-elian-gonzalez

Photos of the day: When your landlord is Castro, Inc…. good luck with those repairs you need …

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This is your house, Fidel

From Martha Beatriz Roque:

Shocking images.

Welcome to Hell on earth.

This is what happens when no one owns anything and the government is the sole landlord in the land because it owns everything.

Milagros Díaz Ramos, a Cuban of African descent has been living in the same tiny dwelling for 35 years.  It measures 9 by 15 feet.  The address is Avenida 103 B No.2014, in the neighborhood known as La Magdalena, in El Cotorro.

She lives with her sister, who has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic with kidney problems, diabetes, acute esophagitis, and severe allergies.

Her sister has tried to kill herself several times.

Their hovel is in a total state of disrepair and in danger of collapsing.  The ceiling is falling down and the metal bars that hold it up are exposed and rusting.

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Milagros and her sister sleep as close to the front door as possible, in case the roof collapses.

Worst of all, their sewer line has backed up and the bathroom is not just unusable, but nauseating.

She has been requesting repairs for years and years, with no results.   Her sister receives minimal care or attention from the medical authorities.

The last time Milagros paid a visit to the government office that handles housing issues, the attendants laughed at her sister's appearance and demeanor.

Long live the Revolution.  Viva la Revolucion. Thank you Fidel. Gracias Fidel, esta es tu casa.  Fidel, this is your house.

Fixer-upper, for sure.....

Fixer-upper, for sure.....

And here is their fabulous open concept kitchen

Quick, bring in the HGTV network!

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Yeah, baby.  This is what millions of ignorant fools in Latrine America want to create in their own countries.

Never forget, some pigs are more equal than others, and smarter, too.....

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"A better world is possible" -- Fidel

Venezuelans wait in line for food

Venezuelans waiting in line for food and other basic items

Paris HIlton, Naomi Campbell, and Fidel Castro, Jr., at swank party in Havana

Paris HIlton, Naomi Campbell, and Fidel Castro, Jr., at swank party in Havana.... Yeah, baby, shag-a-licious!

 

Reports from Cuba: ‘If I had someone to sponsor me…’

By Rafael Alcides in Translating Cuba:

“If I had someone to sponsor* me…”

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Cubanet, Rafael Alcides, Havana, 19 May 2015 – This morning I woke up pessimistic. There was no milk in the house, and the kind they sell at the “shopping” [hard-currency* store] is priced out of reach for anyone who is not an executive at a firm or who does not have relatives out there who love him very much and are well-off.** But at the bakery where I purchase the bread allotted to me via the libreta [ration book], I ran into somebody who today was more pessimistic than I am. He is a retired teacher and, without taking into account his age, one of those characters who pride themselves on being well informed. He said that the ration book is about to be discontinued, that in fact it would be eliminated before August.

The teacher understands that this book weighs heavily in the pocket of the government, but he also thinks that instead of taking it away, the government should make it selective. Neither the powerful musician, nor the executive, nor he who receives remittances from abroad, nor any other characters of the New Bourgeoisie, need the ration book. The teacher, however, retired on a pension of nine dollars per month (that is, less than 30 cents a day), and with no one abroad—what would he do without this small assistance? There are just four little items that the ration book now subsidizes, but these four little items keep him from begging in the streets. The teacher spoke to me very badly of the Revolution, to which he had dedicated his life.

To console him, and because I don’t believe that, for now, the government intends to abolish the ration book—a costly burden, yes, but an even greater psychological benefit—I advised him to relax. “Don’t believe in rumors,” I told him.

“This was the only life I had,” he replied.

I let him vent.

Have you considered leaving the country?” I asked him.

He sighed heavily.

“If I had someone to sponsor me*…”

I purchased my three little rolls of 20-something grams each, and perhaps because an evil shared among many is easier to bear, I returned home feeling better. On the way back I compared the disenchantment of this teacher—a fragile but dynamic man who used to dress in his militia uniform festooned with all his decorations—with the latest hobby of a certain neighbor. This is a widowed doctor who grew old dreaming of leaving the country, and who, now that he could do so without major paperwork and without losing the house he inherited from his elders, refuses to go. Neither his children nor his nieces and nephews (all of whom are abroad) are able to persuade him otherwise. Of these, one who was visiting in January, told me, grinning, “Imagine, with the remittances we send him, he’s living like a king, with a maid, lots of Viagra, and three, 20-something doctor-girlfriends to keep him busy.”

Continue reading Reports from Cuba: ‘If I had someone to sponsor me…’

Los Pichy Boys: Elian wants to come back to Miami!

The always irreverent, never boring, Los Pichy Boys:

"Eliansito quiere venir pa' la Yuma" Los Pichy Boys

Dale Share , Like y Comenta !!! Ahora Elian Quiere Venir para Miami !!! Que les parece todo esto , Lo dejarían entrar o no ? Déjanos tu comentario.

Posted by Los Pichy Boys on Monday, May 25, 2015

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The Pope, Liberation Theology, Palestine and Castro…

Lionel Chetwynd in PJ Media:

The Pope, Liberation Theology, Palestine and Castro…

One by one, the great Western institutions have fallen to the infection of the left. Have they now captured the Church of Rome?

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Pope Francis meets Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas during an audience in the private library at the Vatican on May 16, 2015. Three days before the Holy See announced that it was preparing to sign its first treaty with “Palestine,” two years after officially recognizing it as a state. The meeting comes a day before the pope is due to canonize two Palestinian nuns, who will become the first Palestinian Arabs to gain sainthood. (Photo by Sipa via AP Images)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

—Proverbs 3:5-6

It is famously said the great 13th century philosopher Thomas Aquinas baptized Aristotle by reexamining faith’s relationship to reason; likewise it’s fair to say the “Liberation Theologists” ordained, elevated, beatified, and finally deified Karl Marx by asserting (Roman Catholic) Christianity can only be understood by interpreting faith through the suffering of the poor, their struggle, and their hopes.  First described in A Theology of Liberation by Peruvian Priest Gustavo Gutiérrez, liberation theology’s message that truth, justice — and thus the true vision of the Catholic Church — can only be seen through the eyes of the poor was immediately understood by the Left as a break in the Church’s historic sense of right and wrong, good and evil.  It was also a perfect vehicle for persuading the increasingly secular western elites, bored with the burdens of traditional faith, that voting for a particular party was tantamount to praying; it even took care of the obligation to “aid the poor,” and freed them of “all that mumbo-jumbo superstition of which we smart young moderns have no need.” The doctrine spread quickly throughout Latin America and its open door to cafeteria religiosity quickly found friends in Asia, Africa — and, of course, Arab Palestine, where moral relativism is a constitutional necessity.

Curiously, it almost immediately received a bear hug embrace from mainline Protestant denominations in the World Council of Churches who gobbled it up in an attempt to stanch the emptying of their pews, a problem evangelical Christians, who remained true to their basic tenets, hadn’t encountered and so were immune to the message.  The Roman Catholic Church responded with furious denunciations from several major voices in the hierarchy — including Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI when still Cardinal Ratzinger.  But if there was any doubt that in spite of their efforts liberation theology now reigns triumphant in the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis’ recent behavior should disabuse you of any such hope.  After spending much of the last six months properly decrying the vicious and mindless murder of Christians throughout the Middle East, or for the more fortunate amongst them, their expulsion, he moves on to a gala welcome of the thuggish Raul Castro. This is followed by the more shocking announcement that the Vatican will recognize a “Palestinian State.”

Why is that more shocking that the reception given Castro?  Because the victims that fill Castro’s graveyards are political enemies of the state, heroes who dared to speak out against the Castro brothers’ sinful and murderous regime.  The logical inference is that no matter how repugnant docility might seem (in the abstract) to we who are blessed with freedom, in the real world the tyrant offers only that pragmatic, albeit distasteful, choice as a refuge.  But no such option exists in the Palestinian “State” whose “national” television service broadcasts around-the-clock insistence that Jews are the children of pigs and Satan and that murdering them and washing one’s hands in their blood is not merely an obligation but an honor; and a television service where the Sesame Street images used to teach the alphabet in most countries is employed to brainwash toddlers into promising to murder Jews.  Docility is no defense.  Your capital crime is committed at your birth, the same moment your sentence is decreed.

Castro Kingdom Officials Visit Chinese Emperor’s Court

 Ramiro Valdes Menendez and his bosom buddy Fidel

Ramiro Valdes Menendez and one of his closest friends discuss how best to safeguard their apartheid policies

From our No Surprise Department:  Castronoid officials are visiting China this week to enhance their close ties with the emerging global empire.

The Castronoid delegation is led by none other than  top dog Ramiro Valdes Menendez, "hero of the Revolution" and close confidant of the Castro brothers since 1953.

Ramiro Valdes Menendez and another firend

Ramiro Valdes Menendez and another close friend

Take a look at this official press release published by Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the People's Republic of China. Xinhua describes itself as the "information organ of the central government."

As Castrogonia is taken off the list of naughty nations --despite its weapons trafficking links to China and North Korea -- and as American tourists and businessmen begin to stream to the giant slave plantation, what can we expect from this "fraternal friendship" between the Chinese and the Castronoids?

Nothing good for the Cuban people, for sure.  Nothing good for the Western hemisphere.  Nothing good for the U.S.A. either.

This romantic encounter is all about strengthening the Castro regime and using it as a bridgehead for the rest of Latrine America.

Meanwhile, at the White House, its current occupant continues to laugh, pat himself on the back, and bask in the glow of his own awesomeness.

Liu Yunshan

Liu Yunshan

From Xinhua via Global Post:

Chinese Empire and Castro Kingdom pledge "mutually beneficial cooperation."

China and Cuba share a fraternal friendship, tested by difficult times and based on faith and trust, a senior official of the Communist Party of China(CPC) said here Tuesday.

Liu Yunshan, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, met with a delegation of the Communist Party of Cuba headed by political bureau member Ramiro Valdes Menendez.

Liu said the Chinese side firmly supports the ruling party and government of Cuba. He said China is ready to work with Cuba to fully implement the consensus reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Cuban President Raul Castro during Xi's visit to Cuba last year.

Liu said the two sides should reinforce and expand traditional friendship and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas.

Liu pointed out that the CPC places importance on friendly relations with the Communist Party of Cuba. He expressed readiness to strengthen exchanges between the two political parties. He called for the two sides to carry out more extensive exchange of experience on governance so as to add impetus to China-Cuba friendship.

Valdes, also vice president of the council of state of Cuba, said the two countries enjoy a comprehensive strategic partnership. He said close contact between party officials and exchange of experience helped laid a solid foundation for relations between the two countries.

Valdes expressed full confidence in advancing Cuba-China relations in a comprehensive way.

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People's Liberation Army

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China’s illicit weapons shipment to Cuba’s terrorist sponsoring regime sparks scandal in Colombia

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

Scandal Over "Cuba-Bound" Weapons Unfolds in Colombia

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The Colombian newspaper, El Espectador, has published an investigative report on the mysteries surrounding the Dan Da Xia, a Chinese vessel caught carrying 15 containers of heavy weapons hidden as a cereal shipment.

The shipment was discovered in Cartagena, Colombia on February 28th, 2015. It consisted of 100 tons of explosives, 2.6 million detonators, 99 projectile heads and around 3,000 artillery shells.

The containers revealed the weapons were from the Chinese arms manufacturer, Norinco, with the recipient purportedly being Tecnoimport, a shadow company of the Cuban military. They were supposed to be delivered to the much-hyped Port of Mariel facility, which is also owned by the Cuban military.

However, China-Cuba weapons transactions would otherwise be legal, so why were they hidden as cereal cargo?

Moreover, what was the purpose of the vessel's stop in Cartagena and later Barranquilla?

No answers have been given.

On April 21st, after the ship was held in Cartagena for over a month-and-a-half, a Colombian judge ordered the vessel to leave the country, for the weapons posed a grave security threat to the population. However, the ship's captain would remain in Colombia for prosecution.

Last week, Colombian legislators pressed the Santos Administration on several other issues regarding the shipment:

Why wasn't the illegal weapons shipment destroyed?

The Santos Administration argues that it didn't have the capacity to destroy it, which many Colombian military experts disagree with.

Colombian legislators also revealed how similar weapons from China's Norinco had been confiscated throughout the country -- mostly from the FARC -- over the last decade. What a coincidence!

Those captured weapons have always been destroyed.

In 2007-2008, the Colombian government even sent a diplomatic protest to the Chinese government after 12,000 Norinco-manufactured arms were confiscated.

As we've previously posted, evidence continues to accumulate that the shipment was actually being smuggled -- by the Cuban military -- for FARC narco-terrorists.

Of course, the timing was particularly bad for both the Obama Administration, which sought to remove Cuba from the state-sponsors of terrorism list, and the Santos Administration, which didn't want to add any hiccups to its "peace negotiations" with the FARC in Havana.

And at a recent Senate hearing on State Department authorization, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, John Feeley, tried to wordsmith around the incident.

Thus, silence and impunity prevailed (for now).

Hope and Change in Obama’s Cuba: Apartheid Castro regime declares open season on female activists and artists

More coverage of the latest wave of violent repression this past weekend by the Obama-backed apartheid regime of the Castro brothers.

Belen Marty in PanAm Post:

Cubans Protest Venezuelan Political Imprisonment, 163 Get Arrested

Castro Brothers Declare Open Season on Female Activists, Artists

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Cuba’s political police have arrested 163 people for protesting to demand the release of jailed Cuban dissidents, as well as Venezuelan political prisoners Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma. A crackdown on Sunday saw 70 people detained in Havana, with the remaining 93 rounded up in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba.

The majority of those arrested are members of dissident groupings the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu), Ladies in White, and Citizens for Democracy.

Of those arrested in Santiago de Cuba, at least eight were beaten by police officers. One of the activists, Yriade Hernández Aguilera, was left unconscious after police hit her on the head repeatedly.

Unpacu leader José Daniel Ferrer told the PanAm Post that police forced 30 members of Ladies in White, a group originally formed by the spouses of political prisoners, to remain for “in very uncomfortable positions” for a long period of time.

Such arrests form part of the usual Sunday routine for many of these women, Ferrer explained. The women and men that attend the mass at the church of Santa Rita in Havana, a rallying point for the Ladies in White, have been intimidated by police and arrested for multiple weeks running.

However, Sunday, May 24, proved different from the norm, as the political police attempted to prevent the Ladies in White from attending the mass itself. The women were arrested for carrying images of the faces of political prisoners at key points throughout the Cuban capital.

Meanwhile, in Santiago de Cuba, agents of the communist regime detained people seeking to attend the mass at the city’s emblematic Sanctuary of the Virgin of Charity, with the intention of praying and manifesting their concern for Cuban and Venezuelan political prisoners.

The Art of War in Cuba

Ferrer emphasized that arrests in Santiago are becoming increasingly violent.

“This is like a game of chess: on seeing they were blocking us from arriving at the sanctuary, we left in different groups and spoke out in parks, streets, and at bus stops, fixing images of the political prisoners to the walls, and this unnerved the political police,” he related.

He activist added that, at least within Unpacu, dissidents are putting into practice the teaching of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War“When they’re waiting for you in one place, act in another. They don’t know where the activity, the discussion, the speech to the people is going to take place,” Ferrer said.

Those detained in Santiago de Cuba were the first to be freed, staying in the cells a little over three hours. “The remainder were released between 8 and 9 a.m.,” the Unpacu leader reported, with the final seven prisoners let out around 10 a.m. local time.

Continue reading HERE.

A forgotten memorial: A monument thanking Americans – in Cuba!

By Spyridon Mitsotakis in Breitbart:

 A Forgotten Memorial: A Monument Thanking Americans – In Cuba!

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There is a memorial that most Americans are not likely to know of, and one that few Americans have likely visited. This is because this memorial – dedicated to brave American soldiers who gave their lives to liberate the oppressed – is in Cuba. It is a monument to the Americans who fell in the battle of Santiago de Cuba, the decisive event that secured Cuban independence from Spain.

The monument is placed under the tree where Spanish forces surrendered. Stone tablets are carved with the names of these Americans, along with their units and the nature of their deaths. A plaque at the site commemorates the Cuban General who led the Cuban freedom fighters into battle. It reads:

To Major General Calixto García Iñiguez, leader of the forces of the liberating Cuban army which took part in the Spanish-Cuban/American War, who, thanks to their wise cooperation, the Spanish forces could be defeated. Absent from the act of surrender in Santiago de Cuba, signed under this tree on July 16, 1898; present forever in the memory and the hearts of the Cuban and American people identifying with the high ideals for which the blood of the children of Cuba and the United States was shed, blended into these fields. The municipality of Santiago de Cuba dedicates this homage to the glorious general in observation of the 50th anniversary of the Spanish-Cuban/American War.  

1898-1948

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General García was honored by name in 1948 by President Harry S. Truman on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the War. President Truman’s description of the War and America’s role in it is worth remembering:

It is eminently fitting that we should assemble here today to pay solemn tribute to the heroic champions of human freedom who brought about the liberation of Cuba. The commemoration of half a century of Cuban independence recalls the valor of the Cuban patriots and American soldiers and sailors who gave liberally of their strength and their blood that Cuba might be free. From that chapter in man’s age-old struggle for freedom, we can draw inspiration for the hard tasks that confront us in our time.

The struggle for Cuban independence, like every other effort of its kind, was fraught with hardship and disappointment. But the unconquerable determination of the Cuban people to win freedom overcame all obstacles. From the first, the fight for liberation by Cuban patriots evoked the sympathy of the people of the United States. Those in quest of independence have always had the support of the people of this Nation.

Americans watched with admiration the beginning of the final struggle for independence led by Jose Marti and his valiant compatriots, Gomez, Maceo, and Garcia. Our people made increasingly plain their desire to assist the Cuban patriots. The sinking of the United States battleship Maine in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898, crystallized the growing sentiment in this country for joining forces with the Cuban people in their fight for self-government.

The Congress passed a Joint Resolution expressing in clear terms the conviction of the men and women of the United States that the people of the Island of Cuba should be free and independent. It also expressed our determination that once the Cuban people were liberated, they, and they alone, should govern the Island of Cuba. It is the passage of this Joint Resolution, 50 years ago today, which we are commemorating in this ceremony.

This Joint Resolution, the foundation upon which our relations with the Cuban Republic are based, brought the military and naval forces of the United States into the conflict at the side of the Cuban patriots. The names of Shafter, Roosevelt, Hobson, and many others were joined with those of Gomez, Maceo, and Garcia.

For 4 months, as Americans fought side by side with their Cuban allies, the opposing forces were driven back. On August 12 Spain signed the Protocol of Peace and agreed to give up Cuba and withdraw her forces. The dream of Jose Marti became at last a glorious reality.

Continue reading HERE.

Reports from Cuba: What the wind left behind

By Rafael Alcides in Translating Cuba:

What the Wind Left Behind*

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Cubanet, Rafael Alcides, Havana, 10 April 2015 – Havana sixty years ago was a pretty city—clean, young and with no thieves of any consequence in the neighborhood. Around 9:00 at night the garbage truck would make its rounds. It was a regular truck, not one of those modern-day versions that look like interplanetary spaceships. It carried four workmen—two standing and holding on to the rear of the truck, flanking it—the other two at the top. Upon hearing the bell signaling the truck’s approach, the neighbors would hastily place the garbage can at the door, the two men from the rear would toss it with great flair to the ones at the top of the truck, those men would fling it back with equal style, and the can would be placed once again by the door. It was painful to watch them do this work that would cause the street to be enveloped in the stench of rotten melons. However, these men, with the elegance and precision with which they went about their task, made it seem like they were playing an individual basketball game. How many of these vehicles the city possessed, I don’t know, but your neighborhood truck would show up every night, through rain, a cold snap, or the coming of a hurricane.

This was not all.

In the afternoons, a crop duster would fly overhead, fumigating against flies and mosquitoes, and at dawn, Havana smelled clean. Overnight, its streets had been washed down and whisked with the metal brush that was applied between the road and the sidewalk by a powerful machine. The sewer manholes had their covers, the sanitation system was inspected every week, power outages were unknown, and Havana gave the impression of a city inhabited by people who had never done harm to anyone and therefore could live without fear, despite this being a time when the din of sudden gunfire was commonly heard along with the eruption of firecrackers. In the residential neighborhoods open planting beds were common, and in the traditional El Vedado neighborhood, the little foot-and-a-half high wall was established by municipal ordinance.

Not even the multimillionaire Sarrá** was allowed to hide his mansion behind the sinister metal sheeting so reminiscent of the Nazi crematoria, so in-vogue today among the nascent New Man of the Havana bourgeoisie, with the addition of a pair of large dogs prowling the yard, fierce as lions—whose daily upkeep costs as much as a doctor’s retirement—plus the requisite car alarm. Even regular Joe Schmoes who once had to sell their toilets just to survive have assumed a “bunker mentality,” securing their doors and windows with iron grilles.

It is true that in that Havana prior to the advent of The New Man, the car would slumber near the front door and awaken with its four tires, battery, radio and windshields intact. The petty thief of those days didn’t venture beyond the occasional shirt or boxer shorts fished through a window with a wire coat hanger hooked to the end of a broomstick. You would open the door upon awakening in the morning, and there would be the milk bottle and bread sack that had been left on your stoop. It is also true that, day or night, a generally friendly foot cop (the mean ones were in the squad cars) would guard the block with monastic devotion, he would stop to chat with the neighbors and, where least expected, there he would be, with his whistle and club. The night patrols of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDRs) have not been able to take their place.

Back then Havana had a marginal neighborhood called, “Las Yaguas.” Today it has dozens. The lack of employment had stimulated the presence of door-to-door salesmen and street vendors, persons generally lacking much education. This army’s ranks have increased a hundredfold, and now includes the university professional who in his free time will come to sell you ham, powdered milk, and olive oil. Even the vendor of bleach and brooms, which he lugs on his shoulders, is a high school graduate or mid-grade technician. Amongst female and male prostitutes, a doctoral degree is not uncommon.

Continue reading Reports from Cuba: What the wind left behind

Memorial Day

Garrincha:

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Cuba’s apartheid regime denies Tania Bruguera entry into National Museum of Fine Arts

Via Diario de Cuba (translation by Translating Cuba):

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Denies Entry to Tania Bruguera

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Diario de Cuba, Havana, 24 May 2015 – This Saturday the Museo National de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts) denied entry to the artist Tania Bruguera, who had been invited to the opening of an exposition by the painter Tomas Sanchez.

Deborah Bruguera, the artist’s sister, reported on her Facebook site that the justificiation “was that the Museum reserves the right of admission.”

Diario de Cuba received a recording of the conversation between Bruguera and a museum official charged with communicating to her the prohibition of entering.

The artist demanded “logical reasons” and no just that the communication “is an order.”

“I am a Cuban citizen who has the right to know why I am not permitted to enter a place,” Bruguera stated.

“Fine, we have arguments that you have caused certain difficulties at other expositions of the Biennial,” the official responded.

Bruguera rejected this accusation. “In what expositions, because I haven’t been to any. I have been in my house, this is the first and only time since the Havana Biennial started that I have left my house,” where she was “staging her performance,” she replied.

With regards to the invitation from Tomas Sanchez, the official affirmed that it was “not applicable” and that those who decided who could or could not enter a cultural institution are responsible.

Last Wednesday Bruguera began a performance in her house consisting of 100 hours of reading the book “The Origins of Totalitarianism” by Hannah Arendt.

Since Friday, the regime hijacked the reading with loud noises caused by supposed Electric Company repair work, sending workers to break up the street in front of her house.

Memorial Day 2015: I remember my late friend Nathan Aguirre

 

Hope and Change in Obama’s Cuba: Another Sunday of violence as Obama-backed apartheid regime arrests nearly 200 dissidents


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Another Sunday of violence in Cuba as the Obama-backed apartheid dictatorship of the Castro family unleashed yet another wave of violent repression on the island. Empowered by the new White House policy of appeasement that ensures the U.S. will look the other way at their crimes against humanity, the Cuban regime violently arrested nearly 200 dissidents yesterday.

Capitol Hill Cubans has the report:

Nearly 200 Cuban Dissidents Arrested, Nobody Cares #ThanksObama

Nearly 200 Cuban dissidents have been arrested throughout the island today.

In Havana, four dozen members of The Ladies in White were arrested as they attended Sunday Mass. Also arrested were male supporters, including democracy leaders Antonio Rodiles, Angel Moya and independent journalist Juan Gonzalez Febles.

In Santiago, over 80 activists of the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU) were beaten and arrested.

Dozens of others were arrested in the interior provinces, including Raul Borges, father of political prisoner Ernesto Borges, and youth activists from the Cuban Reflection Movement.

And renowned artist Tania Bruguera, who had her passport confiscated in December and is unable to leave the island, was arrested as she approached the Museum of Fine Arts to attend an exhibit for the Havana Art Biennial.

But sadly, no one seems to care.

Obama is too focused on what other concessions he can give to Raul Castro in exchange for an Embassy.

D.C. lobbyists are too busy lobbying for Castro's "military-tourist" complex (as The Financial Times' John Paul Rathbone succinctly called the Cuban military's monopolistic control over the island's tourism industry).

And the media continues obsessing over the "old world charm" of Cuba's totalitarian dictatorship.

Meanwhile, in Castro-controlled Venezuela, internationally renowned political prisoner and former Mayor, Daniel Ceballos, has been transferred from a military prison to one of the most violent civilian prisons in the world.

And Leopoldo Lopez, the famed opposition leader, began a hunger strike to demand the release of his colleagues, whose lives are in danger.

This, despite the fact that there's no embargo and that the U.S. is Venezuela's main trading partner.

Yet, the silence from the international community is deafening -- debunking all of Obama's theories about how his new Cuba policy would purportedly bring support for rights and democracy.

As for legislative elections in Venezuela this Fall -- wishful thinking. "Elections, for what?" says Maduro. After all, Obama just embraced Cuba's military dictatorship.

And where are the Congressional junkets to Caracas?

Impunity clearly reigns supreme in the region.

Uncommon Sense has more coverage HERE.