Hurricane Ian Moves On, While the Damage is Just Being Assessed in Cuba
Thanks to everyone who worried about us. We are fine. It has been hard: part of our house was flooded, we suffered very intense gusts of wind and we felt a lot of fear, but now the rain and the wind are decreasing. Our Newsroom has only suffered minor damage and in our neighborhood we can see fallen trees, branches and objects in the streets.
Others, especially in Pinar del Río, have not had the same luck. What a hug of solidarity for all of them in this difficult time!
We can only begin to know the extent of the damage starting tomorrow. Here in the Cuban capital we have heard firefighter’s sirens on several occasions, we have friends without telephone coverage and a good part of the city is without electricity. Wound upon wound, damage upon damage.
Our Plumeria Rubra, a “natural weather vane” on this 14th floor, lost several branches, its flowers and many leaves. Its location in a large flowerbed prevents it from being taken in when a cyclone hits, but it is strong and will be reborn… so will we.
Take a close look at the incriminating evidence: See those little points of light all along the northern coast of Cuba?
Those are Castro, Inc.’s apartheid resorts. The most visible swath of light is the strip of Varadero beach, where apartheid resorts are most tightly clustered. Other apartheid resorts and hotels show up as a string of lights or isolated points of light.
Without a doubt, this image above is the most visible proof of the ultimate result of the so-called Revolution. And this is one of those instances where the old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is proved true.
This one below speaks eloquently, too. Meditation of the Day: stare at the slogan painted on the wall for as long as you can stand to do so. Identify how many emotions are stirred up.
The Cuban 101 lesson for this week takes a look at the phrase and gesture, “Te voy a hacer así” (I’m going to do this to you). It’s a threat of violence that if you’re Cuban, you likely received from your mother.
Seven Cuban refugees were desperate enough to escape communism that they boarded a rickety boat while a major hurricane was churning the waters of the Florida Straits. It’s nothing short of a miracle they survived the voyage.
Seven Cuban rafters brave the waves of Hurricane Ian and make land at Pompano Beach
On Tuesday the U.S. Coast Guard detained seven Cuban migrants who braved the waves churned by Hurricane Ian in the Florida Straits and made land on Pompano Beach in Broward County.
“Happening Now: 7 migrants from Cuba were taken into custody after making landfall at Pompano Beach,” reported a tweet by Miami Border Patrol Chief Walter N. Slosar.
In the same tweet, he asked migrants to avoid risking their lives trying to travel by sea and warned that the “storm surge along with King tide can create treacherous sea conditions even after a storm passes.”
The rafters arrived in a wooden boat with a motor that was found — according to the photo posted by Slosar — filled with water.
The crossing was quite a feat considering the strong waves associated with the hurricane affecting the coasts of Cuba and South Florida.
The entire island of Cuba is without electricity after Hurricane Ian struck Cuba on Tuesday. The hurricane made landfall on the western tip of the island, but due to the dilapidated state of the nation’s electrical grid after decades of neglect, the entire grid collapsed soon after, knocking power off across the island (via Politico):
Hurricane Ian knocked out power across all of Cuba and devastated some of the country’s most important tobacco farms when it slammed into the island’s western tip as a major hurricane Tuesday.
Cuba’s Electric Union said in a statement that work was underway to gradually restore service to the country’s 11 million people during the night. Power was initially knocked out to about 1 million people in Cuba’s western provinces, but later the entire grid collapsed.
Loss of power within an area hit by a major hurricane is to be expected, but years of neglect, mismanagement, and corruption left communist Cuba’s entire electrical grid vulnerable to a localized hit.
While the entire nation’s infrastructure is falling apart and Cubans struggle through both food shortages and deteriorating housing, the communist Castro dictatorship has invested whatever funds it has available into building hotels and resorts for foreign tourists. Hurricane Ian only exacerbated an already desperate situation.
From our Bureau of Poorly Concealed Secrets with some assistance from our Bureau of Potentially Fruitless Investigations and Revelations
The UN Human Rights Council has just dropped a truth bomb on Venezuela and Cuba –both members of said council– and both countries have naturally rejected the findings of the council as false and as an unacceptable infringement on their sovereignty.
Anyone who follows news about the UN Human Rights Council’s effectiveness in preventing or curbing human rights abuses knows that this latest report isn’t going to change anything in Cuba or Venezuela. Nor are these revelations going to lead to a similarly intense investigation of what Castro, Inc. does to Cubans.
But, at least, the facts are there, in the report. And those facts prove that Venezuela is but a franchise outpost of Castro, Inc.’s Ministry of Fear and Repression. Whether any of the usual suspects will care is a moot question. Those who defend Castro, Inc. and do business with it, already know all this. None of these revelations should surprise anyone. The usual suspects just don’t care. It’s fine, as far as they’re concerned. This is the kind of behavior that superior beings should expect from savages in Latrine America.
In Camajuani, the Cuban State Leaves the Majority of Farmers in Poverty
Like most Cuban farmers, Ernesto gets up before dawn and has coffee. Half of his house is made of boards; the other is covered with fiber cement. He isn’t poor, but the money he earns has to be reinvested in crops.
His land, located on the outskirts of Camajuaní, Villa Clara, used to be fertile and welcoming. But it has been dry for years and doesn’t produce unless it’s fertilized with expensive fertilizers, sprayed with insecticides and weeded. “When you can’t get these resources,” the farmer tells 14ymedio, “the harvest is lost.”
Ernesto wants to grow 15 bean plants. Between the payment of the workers, the plow and the liquids, he has to spend 25,000 pesos on planting. A small fortune that took him three months to gather, in addition to getting used to remote management through Revolico, the buying and selling website where he got six liters of the herbicide glyphosate, for 1,675 pesos each.
The driver of the tractor that had planned to drag the plow charged him 6,000 pesos, plus fuel money, another 2,200. “All I have been able to achieve has been with my money, without credits or loans,” says Ernesto. “And I haven’t even been able to start planting with that.”
“What’s lucky is that I sell almost everything from what I produce,” he concludes, “and I also have something left for my house. If not, I have nothing.”