Cuban dissident Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas arrested again

From our Weapons of Mass Distraction Bureau

While the inferno in Matanzas keeps raging and the news media devote most of their attention to it, Castro, Inc. continues to carry on as usual, and this, of course, includes its constant persecution of dissidents.

So, while the fire gets all the attention, the venerable dissident Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas is imprisoned somewhere. The arrest took place on Friday, and now –three days later — there is no word on his whereabouts. His crime? He intended to join a demonstration. Preventive harassment is completely legal in Castrogonia, where one can be arrested and imprisoned for “potential dangerousness.”

No one is paying attention, naturally. Let’s see what happens next.

Loosely translated from Marti Noticias

Dissident Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas, was arrested at his home in Santa Clara by State Security agents to prevent him from going out to demonstrate and released at night.

Her daughter, Haissa Fariñas, told Radio Televisión Martí that the State Security agents knew in advance that her father intended to demonstrate this Friday and the order “was to prevent it.”

“Until now we do not know specifically where they have him arrested or rather the location of it,” said the opponent to this wording.

Alicia Hernández, Fariñas’s mother, told Radio Martí that her son was arrested when he was preparing to go out into the street in the morning. “When I looked out I saw the patrol, but well I saw him in passing, he was already inside (of the patrol),” she explained.

Mrs. Hernández assured that as soon as the agents see her son’s willingness to leave, “they immediately come for him.” “He does not resist any of that, there is no force or anything, they put the handcuffs on him and leave,” she explained.

She lamented that the authorities never inform her where he is transferred and that it is the opponent himself who, after being released, tells her in which police unit he was detained.

Pope Francis remains silent about persecution of Catholic clergy in Nicaragua

See photo above. Watch video of this event HERE, which will allow you to hear this bishop singing hymns of forgiveness, peace, mercy, and the old-time favorite of persecuted Catholics in the Hispanic world: “Reine Jesus Por Siempre.”

Papa Che has not uttered a word about this, which is only the latest of many instances of outright persecution of Catholics by Nicaragua’s socialist dictatorship, a campaign of harassment that includes “.the siege of priests and bishops, the expulsion of members of religious communities, the desecration of temples and the closure of radio stations.”

Maybe his silence has something to do with his preferential option for leftist dictatorships. Yeah, maybe. Remember, Cuba is “a symbol” and King Raul is a friend with whom he has a “human relationship.”

Loosely translated from Cubanos Por El Mundo

The injustice of a bishop who remains held in Nicaragua is being “ignored” by Pope Francis, which represents one more example of his complicity with the dictatorships, in this case, especially with Nicaragua.

Meanwhile, a group of bishops have shown their support and concern for Monsignor Rolando Álvarez, of the Diocese of Matagalpa in Nicaragua.

The aforementioned bishop has been locked up under house arrest in the curia of that town for four days by the security forces of the Nicaraguan regime and affirmed that the police accuse him of allegedly “inciting hatred”, for that reason he is in a house condition for jail.

“The latest events, such as the siege of priests and bishops, the expulsion of members of religious communities, the desecration of temples and the closure of radio stations, hurt us deeply,” said Peruvian Bishop Miguel Cabrejos, president of the Latin American and Caribbean Episcopal Council. (CELAM).

Bishop Rolando Álvarez, 55, is critical of the Daniel Ortega dictatorship and for that reason he is being persecuted by the regime.

It was learned that the police initiated an investigation against the Diocese of Matagalpa, which Álvarez presides over, for allegedly trying to “organize violent groups” and incite “to carry out acts of hatred” to destabilize the country.

In the midst of this injustice, the highest representative of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, avoided speaking on the subject during his homily on Sunday, which represents his complicity with the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega, who harasses those who are in his against.

A group of bishops from Latin America have raised their voices against this situation that attacks the Catholic Church and have asked the parishioners for their prayers so that Bishop Rolando Álvarez comes out of this terrible situation.

Cuba fire update: Third oil storage tank collapses, firefighters still missing

Despite help from Venezuelan and Mexican firefighters, the fire in Matanzas keeps raging. Castro, Inc., as usual, is filtering all information from the disaster site, so piecing together what can be learned from various sources, the big news is that the third oil tank has exploded.

Other headlines:

Over 4,000 people have been evacuated

17 firefighters “disappeared”, only one corpse has been recovered. Castro, Inc. is not releasing any information on the missing men.

Pope Francis, a.k.a. Papa Che has given a blessing to all who are being affected by this fire.

From Periodico Cubano

The lid of a third tank exposed to the fire at the Supertanker Base in Matanzas has collapsed after the wind changed direction to the Northeast.

The information was confirmed by the official website of the Matanzas government, after a new explosion occurred in the areas surrounding the third fuel tank.

“The risk of it happening, as specified in the previous note, was never ruled out. The forces that worked in the place had been evacuated. The installation of a powerful pump will soon be completed to start spraying both tanks with chemical foam,” the authorities explained.

The fire, at the time of writing these lines, no longer behaves in the form of a column, but rather the wind has laid it horizontally, allowing the fire to spread to other parts of the base.

According to sources close to the incident consulted by Periódico Cubano, the Cuban government’s strategy consisted of preventing the third tank from exploding, consuming the fuel from the second tank and lowering the parameters; then enter to carry out search and rescue work.

Continue reading HERE in Spanish

Waiting for “los papeles” and hearing about The Beatles

It was August 1964, and our family was waiting in Jamaica for our “papers” to fly to the U.S.  Over in downtown Kingston, I saw a big sign about a new movie by The Beatles.  My father did not know who the group was, and we kept walking, doing our errands.

Why didn’t my father know who the band was?  We had just left Cuba, and we never got them in the island.  Think about it.  The world was full of “Beatlemania,” and all we heard was Fidel Castro’s speeches.  Do you understand now why I’m so grateful to my parents for getting us out of that communist island?

Later I learned that The Beatles were suddenly screen stars as well as the top band in the world!  The movie, A Hard Day’s Night, was released in the U.K. in July and in the U.S. in August.  We heard all about their music when we finally landed in the U.S.

As someone said, the movie didn’t have much of a plot, but lots of people paid to see it.  The theaters were full from coast to coast.

The plot was sort of like a day in the life of the group.  We saw The Beatles running around from concerts to studios to interviews, and there was one funny old man (Wilfrid Brambell) playing Paul’s grandfather.

In retrospect, the movie was very funny.  It was full of crazy comedy and some great dialogue that sounds better with age:

In Richard Lester’s kinetic and influential, cinema verite music-video documentary about Beatlemania — the first Beatle film about a “day in the life”:

the opening montage scene of the Beatles being besieged by a stampede of frenzied schoolgirl fans on their travels from their hometown of Liverpool to London to perform in a TV broadcast, and their retreat to a train station

Paul’s meeting and encounter with an unimpressed, middle-aged gentleman (his fictional “Grandfather” John McCartney) (Wilfred Brambell), who was on their London-bound train in the first-class cabin; Paul told John: “He’s very clean” (an oft-repeated line) and described him as “a villain, a real mixer”

the scene in the train compartment when proper, commuting city business-man Johnson (Richard Vernon) complained about their loud radio — with John’s coo-ed line to him as he leaned over: “Give us a kiss!”; Johnson asserted: “I fought the war for your sort” — John impudently joked back: “I’ll bet you’re sorry you won”

the group’s dry, dismissive one-liners when interviewed by the press with nonsensical questions: 

John Lennon’s answer about how he found America: (“Turned left at Greenland”); 

Ringo’s answers to questions: “Are you a mod or a rocker?” “Uh, no, I’m a mocker”; and “What do you call that collar?” “A collar”; 

and George’s answers: “Has success changed your life?” “Yes” and “What would you call that hairstyle you’re wearing?” “Arthur”

Ringo’s solitary misadventures, and “walkabout” wanderings around London as he snapped pictures — into a clothing store, strolling alongside a canal, in a pub; and along the way, the comic scene of Ringo offering his coat to cover muddy puddles for a lady to cross over, only to discover that the third puddle was a deep hole; he was apprehended by police for “wandering abroad, malicious intent, acting in a suspicious manner, conduct liable to cause a breach of the peace — you name it, he’s done it”

I liked it, and I continue to like it a lot!  Maybe life was simpler, or grandfather jokes appeal to me now that I have three of those little ones called grandchildren.

The soundtrack was great, such as the title song “A Hard Day’s Night,” also released as a 45 with “I Should Have Known Better” as the B-side.  There were two great ballads: “And I Love Her” plus the beautiful “If I Fell.”

We remember that there were two L.P.s issued, one for the U.S. and the other for the U.K.  The U.S. version had several George Martin instrumentals, such as “This Boy: Ringo’s Theme.”  As I heard in a George Martin interview, they issued two L.P.s for contractual reasons.

It was really a fun movie and a recess from all the mad stuff on the news.  Catch it, and I’m sure you’ll like it.  We’ll have plenty of time next week to talk about everything else.

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How can online stores based in U.S. sell Cuban products despite the embargo?

From our Bureau of Impertinent Questions

Hey, what about the embargo? How can you sell stuff produced by Castro, Inc.? Isn’t that illegal?

How much does Castro, Inc. make on every $216 bottle of Habana Club Gran Reserva 15-year-old rum sold through these American online supermarkets?

Some sharp-eyed observers are asking these questions. Let’s see what happens next.

From AOL

Online supermarkets allowing Cuban Americans to pay for food for their families in Cuba have become a lifeline for many on the island during the pandemic, helping them survive amid widespread food shortages.

Similar to websites offering groceries online, these platforms allow U.S. customers to select and pay for products that usually cannot be found in island stores, such as meat and milk, that will then be delivered to the address of the recipient in Cuba.

But some of these online stores have become a marketplace for flagship Cuban products such as Havana Club rum produced by state companies and enterprises that are private on paper but maintain their links with the government, raising questions about compliance with the U.S. embargo and the legal basis for the business model.

For instance, Miami-based Cubamax, a Cuba travel agency now offering food products for Cubans on the island, offers four different brands of rum made in Cuba, including Havana Club. Supermarket 23, another e-commerce platform registered in Florida, is marketing a $216 bottle of Havana Club Gran Reserva. The same bottle is $239 on

Other products manufactured by Cuban companies are for sale, as well.

Cubamax is selling well-known Cuban coffee brands such as Cubita and Serrano and buffalo ground beef from Empresa Pecuaria Genética El Cangre, a state enterprise in the town of Guines, near Havana.

And Supermarket 23 is offering products marketed by the state’s Empresa Integral Agropecuaria in Ciego de Ávila.

How Cuban rum and other state-made goods ended up being marketed to U.S. customers despite embargo regulations is a question some activists are posing to authorities.

Continue reading HERE

Shocking! Apartheid hotel for Cubans is filthy, lacks food and amenities, and has rude staff

Cuba for Cubans

From our Annals of Socialist Apartheid Bureau with some assistance from our Bureau of Socialist Social Justice and Equity

For many years, Canadian and European tourists have been describing how their Cuban “dream holiday” turned into a nightmare. In all these cases, the main issue has been that they’ve had to endure the same indignities as Cubans.

In other words, some foreigners occasionally fall outside of Castro, Inc.’s apartheid bubble.

Due to that apartheid, which is the foundation upon which Castro, Inc.’s tourist industry is built, Cubans who seek to have their own “dream holiday” run a much greater risk of experiencing a nightmare. Hotels which don’t cater to foreigners — that is, hotels that are for Cubans only — are as nightmarish as one can imagine, maybe even worse than that.

Allow one Cuban to tell you about her experience of being a Cuban in search of a “dream holiday.”

Pool for Cubans

Loosely translated from CiberCuba:

Aidelen Blanco Valcárcel, a Cuban woman, criticized this Thursday the conditions of the Grand Memories Varadero hotel, which she assured looks like a campground, and denounced having been scammed because the price does not correspond to the quality of the service.

“I just returned from the Grand Memories Varadero hotel, after spending a lot of time collecting money to enjoy a vacation (…), I return today with the worst possible disappointment,” Blanco Valcárcel said in a publication he shared in the group of Facebook “No! So cheap”.

“They didn’t have enough towels, the bathroom of one of them didn’t flush, you had to lift the lid of the toilet to flush. The minibars were dirty, full of ice, with open drinks, we asked for the missing towels but they never arrived, in the end we personally had to look for them in the lobby, ”she said.

She also described the horrors of one of the hotel’s swimming pools, which, in addition to having green water, was completely unusable and gave off a bad smell, a clear sign that it had not been cleaned for a long time.

“We went back to the lobby to make the claim and there we did not escape the queues, although it seems incredible there was a queue to complain, [because] we were not the only ones who were dissatisfied, there they tell us that they are very sorry, that we are right but that they were working on solutions, that as long as we used the other pool, it is worth saying that it was green just the same, but not in the same conditions as the other one”, Blanco Valcárcel pointed out.

The client pointed out that the food offers were scarce, that the rice was dirty, without washing or choosing and that cockroaches were even found on a table. She added that when she complained about this to a hotel worker, he jokingly asked her if the insect also had a handle.

Meanwhile, at the end of June, the activist Yanilys Sariego reported that a security guard had prohibited her from entering the food store of the Meliá Internacional hotel in Varadero because of her Cuban status.

Whole horror story HERE in Spanish (more photos)

Cuban military is recruiting and training squadron leaders for repression of imminent popular uprising

No, no. . . not like THAT!

From our Bureau of Shaky Dictatorships with some assistance from our Bureau of Instant Lieutenants

Roberto Álvarez Quiñones reports in Diario de Cuba that the island’s armed forces have begun a very unusual recruitment drive that promises to turn out “instant” lieutenants through a five-month training program.

Doubting that anyone could be trained to assume command of troops in such a short time — since most armies on earth take two to three years to do this — Álvarez Quiñones argues that this is really a program for training leaders of repression brigades.

It’s an aggressive campaign that reeks of panic, and nothing signals that panic more clearly than the fact that the recruits are being offered unusually high salaries, 30 percent higher than that of doctors, and the only educational prerequisite is a high school diploma.

The bottom line is that King Raul and his henchmen fear a popular rebellion is imminent, and they might all end up like Romania’s infamous Nicolae Ceausescu who was deposed by a popular uprising, tried for his crimes, and shot dead by a firing squad along with his wife on Christmas day, 1989 (see image above).

Wouldn’t that be a more fitting ending for the Castro dynasty than Fidel’s slow descent to a peaceful death, blessed by Papa Che?

THAT is much better . . .

Loosely translated from Diario de Cuba

Everything indicates that Raúl Castro and his main assistant, Miguel Díaz-Canel, are being stalked by the specter of Nicolae Ceausescu and are worried about the same fate as the executed Romanian communist dictator. This is what can be inferred from the order given to the Eastern Army to recruit high school graduates to turn them into lieutenants and captains in just five months.

The unusual military call has been broadcast in Las Tunas by the local radio station Radio Libertad and reported by the independent journalist Alberto Méndez. Young high school graduates up to 24 years of age are being recruited to train as commanding officers of infantry troops and armored forces, including tank squadrons. They are offered a monthly salary of 7,050 pesos ($293.75), or almost 2,000 pesos more than the salary of 5,060 pesos ($210) for a resident doctor.

To begin with, it is not possible to train a captain or lieutenant in the infantry or armored forces for professional military purposes in 140 days. The officers in command of troops and tanks in all parts of the world, and in Cuba itself, are graduates of military academies in courses lasting two to three years (never five months), or from universities that students already have access to. graduates as cadets in which they study Engineering degrees and other specialties applied to the military field.

One does not have to be very suspicious to conclude that the purpose of this lightning recruitment of young high school graduates is not to prepare them as regular lieutenants and captains, but rather as henchmen and cannon fodder in the streets to crush an eventual national rebellion.

But the most significant thing is that the unusual recruitment has begun in the eastern region of the Island, a historically “hot” land in social and political terms, where (in Palma Soriano) on July 11, 2021 they shouted “Assassin” in at Ramiro Valdés himself, the distinguished henchman of the dictatorship.

Continue reading HERE in Spanish

John Leguziamo furious that James Franco (whose father is Portuguese) will play Fidel Castro (whose father was from next door Galicia in Spain) in movie about Alina. “HE (FRANCO) ISN”T LATINO!” fumes Leguziamo, “But he’s playing one Fidel Castro!” Presumably an Amazon indian (Leguziamo has Colombian Indian lineage) an Aztec or Toltec would better fit Leguziamo’s version of “Latino”….And perhaps Rigoberta Menchu should play Alina? LE RRRRRRRRONCA!

“How is this still going on?” Leguizamo, who has previously been vocal about the lack of Latinx representation in Hollywood, said of the casting. “How is Hollywood excluding us but stealing our narratives as well? No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up! Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement, which would be wrong! I don’t got a prob with Franco but he ain’t Latino!”

“Leguizamo, is a Colombian American actor who wrote and performed the Broadway production Latin History for Morons,”

“Latin History for Morons,” writer, producer and star John Leguziamo. (seriously)