Reports from Cuba: There isn’t enough beer for so many ‘Yumas’

By Zunilda Mata in Translating Cuba:

There Isn’t Enough Beer For So Many ‘Yumas’

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14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Viñales and Havana, 6 February 2016 – First they ran out of water bottles, then packaged juices became scarce, and now it is difficult to find fresh fruit. This is how a hostess of tourist rooms in Viñales describes the situation there with the significant increase of tourism in Cuba and the problems of supplies.

During 2015, 3,524,779 foreign visitors arrived on the island, according to the latest official figures, an increase of some 17.4% over the prior year. However, the number of hotel rooms and private homes offering accommodation has not grown just as quickly. Other services, such as airports, food services and transportation, have also appeared to be overwhelmed by the flood.

The beautiful valley of Viñales, with its attractive mogotes and range of nature tourism, has experienced months of great demand. “Now we have more tourists here than locals,” exaggerates Paco, an 81-year-old who owns a house near the well-known Indian Cave. From his doorway he can see the incessant caravan of buses that brings visitors to the beautiful underground attraction.

“Before I sat down here,” he notes from his wooden armchair, “I saw at least ten To one side of his house, a family that owns a private restaurant reinforces Paco’s view. “We are struggling to maintain our menu, because between the shortages and the number of tourists that are coming it’s getting very difficult,” says Zoila, the restaurant’s cook.

The market stalls show the effects of the increased demand. Every day 5,000 tourists visit Viñales, slightly more than one-sixth of the number of residents. They come looking for products like fresh fruit, lobster, shrimp, rum, beer and, of course, the local tobacco. “Sometimes we have to go to other towns to find papayas and oranges for breakfast,” says a woman who rents rooms to tourists.

She acknowledges, however, that she is “happy” with the surge of visitors. “Bring more, we’re profiting,” she repeats a very popular phrase exuding optimism, although she would like to improve the town’s infrastructure, “to solve these bottlenecks.”

There are 60 private sector restaurants in the Viñales valley with a high demand for vegetables, fruits and meats. A good share of them are supplied by the illegal market and buy directly from the farmers. “We only have imported beer,” says a sign outside one private restaurant. The local beers, Cristal and Bucanero “are not available because the ‘yumas’ [foreigners] arrive very thirsty,” a waiter comments jokingly.

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Horror of horrors: Canadian tourists treated just like Cubans, again!

Disgruntled apartheid-loving Canadians

Here we go again….

A morally bankrupt Canadian family who chose to vacation in the Castro Kingdom ended up being treated like Cubans and they didn’t like their experience at all.

Surprise! Imagine that, such a negative turn of events in one of the world’s most repressive nations!  Gee.

What’s this world coming to?  Imagine that, Canadians getting the same treatment as Cubans!  Holy smokes!  Wow!

Where’s apartheid when you really need it, eh?

Ignoble savages, those subhuman Cubans!

Memories Cayo Santa Maria apartheid resort

From CBC Saskatchewan:

Regina family’s dream vacation in Cuba turns to ‘nightmare’

Members of a Regina family say their dream vacation in Cuba “turned into a nightmare”.

Kelly Morrison, her husband Steve, and their two children, stayed at the Memories Resort in Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2.

“Everything was great for the first few days,” Kelly Morrison said in a news release. “That all changed, however, last Saturday.”

On the morning of Jan. 30, Morrison opened their hotel room safe and found her wedding rings and money were nowhere to be found. She said about $170 Cdn and 130 Cuban convertible pesos (worth slightly less than $200 Cdn.) was missing.

When Morrison reported it as a theft to the hotel staff, they were told to fill out a report. That’s when Morrison said she was interviewed by the resort’s staff.

“Rather than an interview, it became an interrogation,” she said. “It was clear they didn’t believe our story. They thought we made up the whole thing.”

Morrison said security staff at the resort then went to their hotel room to search the family’s belongings. The missing items were not found.

According to Morrison, they were then told by the resort staff to leave everything in their rooms, including their passports. The family was moved to another part of the resort.?

After a few hours of waiting, Morrison said the resort told the family they could move back to their room and get their belongings, but only if they withdrew their statement alleging a theft from their safe.

“Obviously, they were only interested in keeping this incident quiet, rather than helping us,” Morrison said. “They refused to believe anyone else was in our room. They even threatened to kick us out of the hotel if we ‘made a scene’ and told other guests about what happened.”

Continue reading HERE to find out how this story ends (bet you can’t guess, eh?)

Hurry up, Canadians. See Cuba before Americans ruin it!

Time to put your foot down on Cuba’s dictatorship, Mr. Obama

The Editorial Board of The Miami Herald:

This time, put your foot down, Mr. Obama

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Well into the “Republicans be damned” phase of his second term, President Obama this week touched a third rail — and lived; he visited a mosque, a move that for years he had wanted to make, but never had, likely aware of the fallout.

With less than a year left in his administration, and with the spotlight falling on the candidates vying for his comfy chair in the Oval Office, he made the first-ever stop, in Baltimore, in support of beleaguered Muslim Americans. He hardly created a news splash, but made a powerful statement.

Now, Mr. Obama likely has another controversial visit on his presidential bucket list where he can make another statement of affirmation.

It’s a trip to Cuba, just 90 miles away from South Florida. There is not a whiff of White House confirmation, but rumblings continue that he’s toying with the idea of making a historic visit, possibly in March.

This much is true: He shouldn’t represent the United States on the island without gaining some real concessions from Raúl Castro’s regime. For real this time.

In anticipation of the possible visit, which will likely make headlines around the world, Cuban dissidents have asked the president to make his visit contingent on a list of conditions.

They request that he ask that there be an “immediate cessation of repression” for those who oppose the Cuban government; that amnesty be granted to political prisoners; that the U.S. president be allowed to meet with representatives of the opposition, according to a statement from dissidents obtained by El Nuevo Herald.

The Forum for Rights and Freedoms said in its online page that Mr. Obama’s visit should be a catalyst for improvement of human rights on the island. After all, wasn’t that the goal of reestablishing diplomatic ties?

Back in December 2014 when the president called for an end to a half-century of hostility, the justification was to “unleash the potential of 11 million Cubans.”

Today there’s little evidence that much has changed in Cuba, except for an influx of tourism dollars because travel restrictions have eased. In fact, detentions have spiked in recent months. The state continues to monopolize radio, television and newspapers, and Cubans continue to flee to the United States by the thousands, via Central America.

Continue reading HERE.

Bernie Sanders infatuated with “Progressive” Denmark –but Batista’s Cuba paid higher union wages!

“Danes pay high taxes, but in return enjoy a quality of life that many Americans would envy.” (Bernie Sanders.)

“We should look to countries like Denmark…and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people.” (Bernie Sanders.)

ALAS! This item wasn’t featured in Godfather II so it’s utterly unknown in the U.S.–especially by Cuba “Experts”–but:

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In 1957 the International Labor Organization released a comprehensive report on labor conditions in Cuba under Batista:

“One feature of the Cuban social structure is a large middle class. 44 per cent of Cubans (a higher percentage than Americans at the time) are covered by social legislation. Cuban workers are more unionized (proportional to the population) than U.S. workers. The average wage for an 8-hour day in Cuba in 1957 is higher than for workers in Belgium, Denmark, France and Germany. Cuban labor receives 66.6 per cent of gross national income. In the U.S. the figure is 70 per cent, in Switzerland 64 per cent.”

“Humberto Fontova’s book teaches us truths about Cuba that are very discomfiting for many intellectuals.” (Ana Botella, Spain’s former First Lady while giving a book reading in Madrid upon the Spanish-language release of the BOMBSHELL book “Fidel; Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant.”)

“Absolutely devastating. An enlightening and shocking read you’ll never forget.” (David Limbaugh on Fidel; Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant.)

“Humberto Fontova is a gifted polemicist who pulls no punches. A great service for liberty, justice and truth.” (The Weekly Standard  on Fidel; Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant.)

“Humberto Fontova has performed a great service for freedom and human decency. Every American should read this book.” (David Horowitz on Fidel: Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant.)

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“Le RRRONCA!!!”

Cuba in waiting: Capitalism (and reforms) have not arrived

And while Obama continues to support and finance Cuba’s viciously repressive and corrupt Castro regime, the Cuban people will continue to wait.

Louis Nevaer in Highbrow Magazine:

Cuba in Waiting: Capitalism (and Reforms) Have Not Arrived

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Havana—Six months after the United States and Cuba resumed full diplomatic relations, the expectation that the resumption of ties would encourage changes in Cuban society has not been met.

On the contrary, the Raúl Castro’s regime has increased arbitrary arrests of dissidents and brutal attacks on the Ladies in White, a pacifist group of wives and mothers of the arrested who march through the streets dressed in white and in silence, dampening hopes of the exhausted Cuban nation that change would finally arrive.

The early entrepreneurs who set up business—taking advantage of the legalization of those who would work on their own, the cuentapropistas—are faltering.

While their numbers are on the rise, there is mounting frustration that reforms have not been implemented that would allow them to flourish.

“We have no access to loans of any kind,” said Jaime Martínez, an engineer by training who is a driver for hire today. “The most I can make is just me driving my car for one day.”

The list of complaints is long: no access to small business loans, the inability to hire workers, lack of access to information (Internet), and capricious tax rules (and payoffs to officials).

The result is a Cuba in waiting.

“It’s not possible to speak what we every Cuban thinks,” the owner of one of the most popular paladar, or private restaurant, said. “We are waiting for the day it is announced that Raúl and Fidel have died. Only then will Cuba start a new chapter.”

Continue reading HERE.

Black Spring still haunts Cuban journalists

Omar Rodriguez and Alejandro Gonzalez Raga
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From Global Journalist:

Years after their release, two Cuban journalists look back at lost years.

In March 2003 the world’s attention was transfixed on Iraq as the United States prepared to launch a divisive military assault on Saddam Hussein’s government. Meanwhile just 90 miles from U.S. shores, Cuban President Fidel Castro seized the opportunity to launch an assault of his own on internal critics–an offensive that drew little attention from an international community focused on the  prospect of war in the Middle East.

On April 2, as U.S. forces neared Baghdad, Cuban reporter and photojournalist Omar Rodríguez Saludes returned to his home in Havana late. There, Cuban police were waiting for him. They searched his house, finding a 2002 New York Times’ article highlighting his work as one of about 100 independent journalists working in the Communist nation. “I remember they shouted with surprise: ‘Look at this!’” says Rodríguez. “For them that was as if they found a bomb.”

Rodríguez was one of 75 journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents arrested in a sweep that became known as Cuba’s “Black Spring.” For Rodríguez and others rounded-up, the arrest was a life-changing event. All would languish in prison for years after show-trials on charges of undermining the government. “This is following Sept. 11th, the world is focused on the U.S. intervention in Iraq,” says Ted Henken, a Latin American studies researcher at Baruch College in New York. “The suspicion is that it was done because no one was paying attention.”….

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….Among those jailed at the same time as Rodríguez was Alejandro Gonzaléz Raga. Gonzaléz, who grew up in the central provincial city of Camagüey, had been a rebellious child. His mother was a senior official in the local office of Cuba’s interior ministry, but Gonzaléz frequently skipped school and hid from her when she came looking. “I was always the type of kid who did whatever he felt like,” he says, in an interview with Global Journalist. “I never let anyone burden my freedom.”

Gonzaléz went on to help found the Camagüeyan Press Agency, an independent news outlet, and reported on “things that needed to be published,” he says. His memories of his 2003 arrest are still fresh. “They put me into a police car and never told me why I was arrested until three days later,” he says. “My wife later told me that they went through our house with dogs, inspecting it as if I was a drug dealer.”

His sudden detention was wrenching, and after a trial, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison. “You never forget your first day in prison,” he says. “I was in a dark cell with no light and I was the only one in my section that hadn’t murdered someone.”…

Read the entire article HERE

Combinado del Este maximum security prison, Havana

Cuba: Dozens of peaceful human rights activists arrested by U.S.-backed regime on 40th Sunday of repression

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Over 40 human rights and democracy activists were violently arrested yesterday in Cuba as they bravely carried out the 40th Sunday of peaceful protest marches on the island in a campaign they call “We All March.” Violent mobs organized by the Obama-backed apartheid Castro dictatorship descended upon the protesters, ripping their signs from their hands and physically attacking them.

This is the 40th example of Obama’s Hope and Change in Cuba and while the president’s policy of embracing and supporting Cuba’s brutally repressive apartheid regime remains in place, there are many more to come.

Diario de Cuba has the report (my translation):

Dozens of activists and Ladies in White beaten and arrested on the 40th Sunday of  #TodosMarchamos

According to reports from activists, this Sunday the regime arrested dozens of dissidents and Ladies in White in Havana and Oriente to prevent them from participating in the #TodosMarchamos (We all march) campaign. This was the 40th week the campaign takes to the streets demanding amnesty for political prisoners.

Information provided to DIARIO DE CUBA by Ladies in White Aliuska Gomez and Yamile Garro report 24 women and another 22 activists participating in the march were arrested.

– Read the entire report HERE

Uncommon Sense has more coverage HERE.

Cuba, Burma, and Obama

Antonio Rodiles in Diario de Cuba:

Cuba, Burma and Obama

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More than a year after the announcement of the restoration of relations between the US government and the regime in Havana, it remains to be seen what direction our island’s political and economic scenario will take.

The Administration of President Barack Obama has drawn up and is following through on a broad agenda full of concessions to the regime, without asking for or receiving anything in return, for the United States or the Cuban people.

It is important to note that the violation of the Cuban people’s political, civil, economic and social rights is covered by the existing judicial and legal system, which limits, by law, the implementation of any measure that might favor us.

The US government has validated the Castro regime as a political actor, even managing for internal and external sectors, ostensibly in the opposition, to accept this premise and generate strategies based on it.

The agenda features a certain logic and points coinciding with that adopted towards Burma, though the Cuban regime is unwilling to take even initial steps. It is important to point out that the influence and scopes of the two dictatorships, especially in the international arena, have been very different, as are the environments in which they developed.

One of the elements that makes the Cuban case peculiar is the existence of a community of exiles just 90 miles away, wielding considerable human, political and financial capital, which the regime observes with great trepidation. It is hardly surprising, then, that in recent times it has focused not only on trying to exploit, as a parasite, but to seek agents and areas of influence to control, or at least handcuff it. No political or social dynamic, in the present or the future of the island, can be effective if it ignores the role of Cuba’s exiles.

In line with the Burmese case, some propose an electoral process in Cuba as a possible road to democracy, even under an iron-fisted totalitarian regime. But pursuing an electoral process in this scenario would end up legitimizing those in power and their successors, at least in the medium term, and would also leave in their hands all the economic power and networks of influence for a new political era. Validating neo-Castroism is utterly at odds with fostering a society based on the rule of law.

The potential visit of President Obama to our island appears to be approached in terms similar to the first one he made to the Asian country. In that case the president met with the opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who on many occasions has been criticized for being soft on human rights violations. He also met briefly with other representatives of civil society. The visit drew sharp criticism from dissenters, like former political prisoner Aung Din, who pointed to it as an act legitimizing the regime.

There is serious concern that a trip by the US president to Cuba would only give neo-Castroism a shot in the arm. While the president has publicly stated that he wants to meet with different sectors of Cuban society, we get the impression that the opposition, especially that which does not share the current Administration’s agenda, could be given the cold shoulder, as has happened on other occasions.

The inclusion within civil society of the self-employed, artists, intellectuals and others, who remain under the regime’s total control, is part of an attempt, in many cases successful, to dilute and muffle a clear and direct message denouncing the daily excesses and abuses committed on the island daily.

Continue reading HERE.

Castro regime demolishes church, arrests Afro-Cuban pastor and 200 congregants

Rev. Alain Toledano

What other kind of Cuban news story could one expect on a Sunday?

Marti Noticias reports that scores of agents of the Castro regime descended on an evangelical church this past Friday and demolished it.  When members of the church protested, they were savagely beaten and about 200 of them were arrested.

Although the pastor of this church — Alain Toledano — was not present, his wife, who is also a pastor, was beaten and arrested.  In addition — since the couple and their two daughters lived on this property — the Castro regime demolished their dwelling and destroyed all their belongings and confiscated all of the construction materials they had purchased legally for the repair of their church.

Whole Marti Noticias story HERE (in Spanish).

And you can read Rev. Alain’s and Marilin’s own account of the harassment they have endured HERE (in Spanish)

Pastors Alain and Marilin Toledano

Religious and political persecution are often linked in the Castro kingdom.

One reason for this phenomenon is the fact that non-Catholic churches are one of the few places where dissidents can congregate and where dissent can be voiced.

Even worse– as the Castro regime sees it — these churches teach children to believe in something other than the sacred so-called Revolution.

To top it off, these non-Catholic churches attract large numbers of Cubans.

And the pastors and and congregants of most of these persecuted evangelical and pentecostal churches are dark-skinned Cubans of African descent.

As the first-world news media refuses to acknowledge the plight of dissenters, so does it refuse to acknowledge that racism is endemic in the Castro Kingdom, despite the fact that its oligarchs are white and over 60% of its population claims to be of African descent.

Imagine how the press would report the demolition of a South African black church by its white rulers back in the days of apartheid.  Or how about the demolition of a black church in Alabama by white government officials back in 1965?

Aaaah, but black Cubans are different, you say…. yes, so, so different, so unworthy of attention.  They get free medical care, after all.

So it goes…. not all black lives matter in the same way…..

Sunday school class in Rev. Toledano’s church

From 14ymedio:

Evangelical Pastor Arrested During Demolition Of A Temple In Santiago De Cuba

Havana, 5 February 2016 – The evangelical pastor Marilin Alayo was arrested today, Friday, during the demolition of a temple in the Abel Santamaria district in Santiago de Cuba, as reported to this newspaper by Pastor Bernardo de Quesada, founder of the Apostolic Move, a Christian movement that separated from the Cuban Council of Churches in 2003.

The demolition comes at a time when the church pastor and Alayo’s husband, Alain Toledano, is traveling in Miami.

Pastor Toledano explained through a message on Facebook that, so far, he has been unable to talk to his wife, who is still being held incommunicado, along with pastors of the network and the local church. “More than 40 of our spiritual children are detained in the school in the municipality of Guama, they were beaten, abused, threatened. The other disciples do not know where they are, there are many people detained and so far we do not know where they are,” he wrote.

The three daughters of the pastor were staying with relatives.

“The intention is not only to demolish the temple, but remove the family property,” says De Quesada.

Liudmila Cedeño, an activist with the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), confirmed to 14ymedio that at 5:00 am on Friday a large group of people, among whom were prosecutors, police and officials from the Institute of Physical Planning, proceeded to demolish the temple of the apostolic ministry.

A few months ago, Toledano told Martí Noticias that last 13 October a man who identified himself as an official of the Communist Party of Cuba showed up at the house that serves as the congregation’s temple and informed him that “the Revolution had a Community project” and that the government needed the land.

The pastor claims to be the owner of the house and turned down the offer of an apartment by the authorities. “I said we had no interest in moving anywhere because their objective is to make the church disappear,” he told Martí Noticias.

The official informed him that “the Revolution would not stop its project” and that “one way or another” his family had to leave the land.

Say bye-bye to your stinkin’ little church, you low-class Cubans.”

Reports from Cuba: How a Havana couple lives on Cuban pesos

By Ivan Garcia:

How a Havana Couple Lives on Cuban Pesos

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In the large commercial centers of Havana, whether Carlos III, Galerias Paseo or the at Avenida Boyeros and Camagüey Street, you will not find families like Yesenia and Sergio.

In these ’shoppings’ or hard currency stores, a no-name plasma TV costs 399 CUC, or 10,000 Cuban pesos at the exchange rate of one Convertible peso (CUC) for twenty Cuban pesos (CUP). A juicer costs 219 CUC, or 5,475 Cuban pesos, and a food processor 118 CUC, which is 2,900 Cuban pesos in the devalued national currency.

Between them, Yesenia and Sergio earn 1,800 Cuban pesos a month, about 43 CUC. That amount of money does not allow them to buy modern appliances or a third generation computer. They can’t even sit in a state-run bar and have a beer together.

Six years ago they married, and in 2015 she gave birth to a boy, now about to celebrate his first birthday. This is not about two lazy people subsidized by the State, or people with no skills.

Sergio is a civil engineer and Yesenia graduated in art history. They live in a two-bedroom apartment in La Vibora neighborhood, in the southern part of Havana. At their respective jobs, neither has resorted to “inventing” (that is stealing State resources). Nor do they have family in Miami sending them 100 dollars every month.

How do they manage to make ends meet? Let’s look at this couple’s daily life.

Sergio gets paid on the 10th and Yesenia on the 22nd. Meanwhile, on the national television news the presenters describe in detail statistics and production figures for an economy that never stops growing, but the couple doesn’t even notice. They are two busy doing their accounts on a Chinese-made calculator.

“We have a budget of 250 Cuban pesos a week. And 80 pesos for incidentals. We pay 60-80 pesos a month for electricity. The home appliances we have are a Chinese-made Panda TV (ancient, with cathode tubes), two fans, a fridge, blender, rice cooker, iron and an old Russian washing machine,” says Sergio.

He explains that to save electricity, “we only use the rice cooker once a day — it uses a lot of electricity. I’m always at my wife not to leave the lights on. What we use the most is the TV, because there are not many opportunities for recreation, we are always glued to the TV.”

According to the National Bureau of Statistics and Information (ONEI), the average monthly salary in 2014 was 584 Cuban pesos, 197 pesos more than 2006, when it was 387. In 2015 it “grew” to 600 Cuban pesos.

But the nominal growth of government wages hasn’t kept up with the purchasing power of this income, because prices have risen over the same period. ONEI statistics include interesting data about the wage distribution in Cuba.

In 8 of the 16 provinces, the workers have an average salary below the national average: Isla de la Juventud (530), Santiago de Cuba (540), Guantánamo (548), Artemisa (551), Mayabeque (553), Granma (565), Camagüey (566) y Holguín (575).

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Dealing with the unthinkable: a Cuban-American president of the U.S.A.

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A Republican of Cuban descent might be the next president of the U.S.A.

Yikes!  Are you serious?

Sort of.  Odds are against it.  But the odds are getting better.

Much better than the odds of an asteroid crashing into the earth any time soon, anyway.  Or the odds of Justin Bieber and Miley Cirus entering monastic life and dedicating the rest of their time on earth to prayer and self-denial.

And certainly much better than the odds of some elderly Jewish-American Socialist becoming president of the U.S.A.

Some in the news media are beginning to deal with the heretofore unthinkable probability of having not just some spic as a president of the United States of America, but the worst kind of spic to boot.

And some of these journalists even go as far as to cite retrograde troglodytes who write for Babalu, who are proud of Cruz and Rubio, alongside ostensibly enlightened Cuban exiles who find Rubio and Cruz “disgusting” and “repugnant.”

Cruz and/or Rubio, eh? Que te parece?

No, no...Not THAT Cruz and THAT Rubio...
No, no…Not THAT Cruz and THAT Rubio…

From The Miami Herald:

Republican presidential race could come down to two Cuban Americans

by Patricia Mazzei

For 50 years Cuban exiles have dreamed of the day they would elect one of their own to be president of Cuba.

This year, they might actually see one elected — to be president of the United States.

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, both sons of Cuban immigrants, head into Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary as two of the Republican Party’s top contenders for the 2016 nomination. That one of them could win marks an exceptional feat for a community only two generations removed from political exile.

“This race could come down to the two of them,” said former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, a Florida Republican backing Jeb Bush for president who was the first Cuban American in the U.S. Senate. “It’s really remarkable.”

Last week, Cruz became the first Hispanic in history to win the Iowa caucuses. Together, he and Rubio took more than half the vote — nearly 51 percent — in a state not known for its ethnic diversity.

Yet there were few headlines proclaiming Cruz’s win and Rubio’s third-place finish as a victory for Latinos.

“Where is the media on this, right?” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday on Fox News. “I mean, this is a big deal.”

It is. But Cruz and Rubio themselves didn’t play it up. They don’t campaign as trailblazing Hispanics.

Their race is white, so they don’t stick out, noted Cristina Garcia, a Cuban-American novelist who lives in California and has explored the diaspora in her fiction.

“Does race go deeper than immigration status? It almost seems like an afterthought [that they’re Latinos]. It they were black Latinos, that would flip everybody out because most of the country doesn’t even know black Latinos exist. So I think, actually, in the American drama, race is still a bigger hurdle,” she said. “They’re white, privileged males, and they don’t speak with an accent. They’re not anybody’s idea of immigrants.”

It’s a long article, so go HERE for more, especially if you want to see a couple of quotes from a Neanderthal knuckle-dragging contributor to Babalu

 

Video of the Day – What Cubans on the island think of Rubio, Cruz, and Trump

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Some “revolutionary” Cubans on the island succinctly express the opinions of the Castro dictatorship regarding the Republican presidential primary field.

(Spoiler Alert: They [meaning the apartheid Castro regime] desperately want Hillary to be the next president).

Via Yusnaby Post:


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Cuba remains one of the worse places to be a reporter on planet Earth

John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Cuba remains one of the worse places to be a reporter on planet Earth

Cuba is ranked #169 out of 180 countries in the Reporter Without Borders 2015 World Press Freedom Index with a score of 70.21

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Reporters Without Borders offered the following analysis in their 2015 report

Freedom of information is extremely limited in Cuba, which is ranked lower in the index than any other country in the Americas. The government tolerates no independent press. Internet access is restricted and tightly controlled. The authorities continue to cite the US embargo as the reason for the low Internet penetration but the activation of Cuba’s ALBA-1 fibre-optic cable with Venezuela proves that it has more to do with a political desire to control the Internet. In addition to the lack of media pluralism, outspoken journalists and bloggers are still subjected to threats, smears, arrest and arbitrary detention. Does the announcement by Cuba and the United States of an historic agreement to restore diplomatic relations offer a ray of hope for Cuban journalists?”

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