Finally: Monte Rouge (UPDATED)

A few years ago I went to see the Cuban trovador Pedro Luis Ferrer perform at a local club here in Miami. There had been a bit of back and forth here in the Cuban community because Ferrer lived in Cuba and the lyrics to some of his songs were veiled jabs at both the castro regime and the exile community.

I remember he got up on stage, pulled up a stool and picked up his tres. He then adjusted his microphone and said “Thank you for coming out to hear me tonight. I’m not sure how you all heard about my music, they don’t allow it to be played on the island and they don’t play it here in exile.”

In Cuba his music was subversive and in Miami he was a pawn of fidel castro. Why else would he be allowed to play outside of Cuba?

I think the same reasoning applies to the Monte Rouge video to some extent. Here we have a production – a pretty good one at that, considering – made in Cuba that criticizes castro’s G2 State Security. It’s a subtle criticism, really, but a criticism nonetheless.

Some Cubans here in Miami believe Monte Rouge to be yet another ploy by Cuba’s dictator. Some kind of political tactic to garner brownie points on the world stage. Why else would this video be allowed to be produced? Why hasn’t anything happened to those involved? Why was it so easy to get outside the island? Why is it that the BBC reported on it so quickly? “castro,” I was told,”is using it to engratiate himself with the EU. Showing the world that he does in fact allow dissent in Cuba.”

It’s a stretch, of course. But, after forty-some-odd years of fidel’s political machinations, you never know.

One thing is for sure though. Cuban G2 agents aren’t as nice as they are depicted in the video. They dont politely knock on your door and sip caf? cubano with you. They don’t ask you where you want microphones installed. And they dont treat you with kid gloves. The State Security agents in Cuba can only be likened to the KGB or the Stazi. Not nice people. Very no nonsense and very brutal.

So, by posting this video here am I actually helping fidel castro with his plot to garner kudos from the world? Am I now an accomplice? Perhaps.

But there is one minor thing in this video that strikes me. Something that tells me I am doing the right thing.

During the final credits of the film – at the very end actually – there are the Agradacimientos, the “Special Thanks To” that run in every movie. The names of those that helped with the film are displayed there. Then, right after that, there’s another category. The “Desagradacimientos”, a “No Special Thanks To” category. Under it there’s this statement:

A los que no se atrevieron. “Those who didnt dare.”

If you live constantly gagged and your voice is always forcibly muted, when allowed even the slightest peep, you take it and hope someone hears you. Even if it’s only a whisper.

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So, without further ado, directly from the island of Cuba, here’s the short film Monte Rouge:
(The video is 15 minutes long, so please be patient as it will be a long download.)

Update: Ive removed the video post as I have exceeded my bandwidth limit and then some. I am still working on adding subtitles and will repost it once they are complete. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Ill let you know where the video will be available for download through another site.

Thanks.

UPDATE: The video is now available for download here.

35 thoughts on “Finally: Monte Rouge (UPDATED)”

  1. It was good but you can sort of see the sarcasmn in the movie as they sarcastically poke fun at the system yet carefully without offending it.

    It reminded me of the movie Fresas y Crema (also from Cuba) where its a vague sarcasmn.

    Ile

  2. Also, you are right. Those guys would never be that nice. The movie is very subtle as compared to what would really happen to someone who is caught speaking against the government.

    Ile

  3. Val, I think the best thing you can do is to offer the file itself for downlaod, not to play while on the Web. It saves time and bandwidth, of sorts.

    Ask if they can have it ready to download without playing.

  4. I agree that it would be better as a download. It would be nice to have it as a QuickTime file instead of Windows Media.

  5. I agree with Quicktime. At least then I could save it to my hard drive to show it to a friend of mine who’s studying America’s Cuban radio project.

    The humor is evident through the facial expressions, even if you can’t understand the spanish.

  6. UNDERGROUND CUBAN MOVIE – SEE IT!

    Val at Babalu Blog has gotten his hands on an important underground Cuban film that’s secretly spreading like lightning around Castro’s oppressed island. He’s painstakingly uploaded it to his blog and from my machine works perfectly. However, he’s only…

  7. Val,

    Thanks for offering the video and putting alot of effort into it.

    Sadly, I think it is not very “underground” or anti-government. I have spent time in Cuba with my relatives and felt second-hand (since I would always be “la extranjera”) the paranoia that comes from talking critically about the system in someone’s house. It’s insidious.

    I agree with those who speculate that it was ok’d by the Cuban govt.
    Re: Fresas y Crema, do you mean “Fresa y Chocolate”?

  8. I’ll give you the technical reasons as to why the video shows on some systems and it doesn’t in others (This is what I do for a living , develop web sites)

    The problem is the CODECS that each system may or may not have.
    The encoding of the video was done with an older CODEC and the newest version of Windows Media Player is having problems with it . It is not only YOU. If anyone complains tell them to go to any major web site showing streamed WMV flics and they will have the same problem . The colors get posterized to about 4 or 5 colors. It is indeed Microsoft’s fuck up. not yours.

    I personally just saw it in 5 colors (but then again I just can NOT see any streamed WMV videos even from FoxNews ) but just hearing the dialog is enough to give me the story.
    Now, the story , are you playing into the hands of Castro by playing this . ? I think NOT .

    As you rightly point out the G2 are not a bunch of happy go lucky guys as portrayed in the Video , but , what else can the film makers do ? They are using parody and humor to send a message. wrapped in humor this message is a LOT more palatable to the regimen that it would be if set with a serious matter-of-fact Castro is a motherfucking tyrant tone.

    I arrived at the states the same year you did and not until recently have I become very vocally anti-Castro. But…. the extremists anti-Castro (like those who would criticize the video) are as much part of the Cuban tragedy as Castro himself.

    In 1999 I went back to Cuba after 31 years and what I faced there was clear . NO ONE in the USA has the right to criticize those poor souls. Specially the old “Miami guayaberas” as I call them. Try living with 46 years of oppression and let’s see how outspoken you are. It is quite easy poo-pooing the video from the comfort of your easy-chair while a 16 ounce stake is on the grill. Having the cojones to assemble that cast and EVEN in a satirical way criticize the Monster is beyond brave.

    There’s a comedy troupe called “Punto y coma” in La Habana. Young men in their 20 , who have hilarious routines against the government. of course everything is wrapped uder a guise of “humor” but THAT is the only way they can do it. Any SERIOUS anti Castro protests will get your ass in prison . So what is the point ?
    Is the ONLY valid protest the one that gets you in jail? Easy to say when you are in the USA.

    Specially for the younger Cubans (who I find a LOT more critical than my generation ) .
    I mentioned Carlos Varela in your BLOG . This fellow is a cantautor from my old neighborhood and his songs are FILLED with truths. yes he does criticize some of our most respected exile belives, but hell so do *I* . It amazes me how noone complains about people like Gloria Estefan NEVER singing a damn word against Castro, but Carlos Varela gets criticized by the old guard for his work.
    When you write a line like ” Hey man , sentado en un conten , no eres mas que un prisonero no eres mas que un rehen” and he then speaks about the futility of being a young man in Cuba, that is a hell more powerful to the oppressed Cuban youth than anything MasCanosas or Diaz Balart have ever done.
    I LOVE the USA with all my heart but the anti-Castro movement in the USA is rigidly controlled by people who would suffer tremendous financial losses if Castro were to fall.
    Let’s face it , if you are a 65 year old Cuban in Miami with a little restaurant , do you REALLY want Castro to fall ? If you own (or have an interest) in a big hotel in Miami, Bahamas, Curacao, Puerto Rico, Cancun … do you REALLY want Castro to fall ? I can not say I blame them, but they are caught in a maze of contradictions and in the mean time our people suffer.

    What is (I ask of my republican part co-members) the logic of me not being able to send $100 to my family , but Castro can buy all the rice he wants in the USA at preferential rates ?
    What is the purpose of an “embargo” that REALLY doesn’t get enforced ? You can walk into any store in Cuba and buy Hanikens, Marlboro & Coca-Cola. So this theoretical embargo only helps Castro. You want to get rid of “The Beast” ? set up a bloqueade. The hell with the rest of the world. Accept the trial of the Castro brothers for their massacre of “Hermanos al rescate” and GO AFTER THEM , as we did against Noriega after he was found guilty in a USA court of drug traffic.
    Cuba has become a BIG business for a LOT of Cubans and these are as (if not MORE) guilty than Castro himself.
    As far as the guys who made the video all I have is admiration. They humble me with their courage.
    If you have a chance to listen to Carlos Varela , do so .. you will be impressed.

  9. I could not agree more with everything that Killcastro has said. I came from our beloved island 10 years ago, after living 20 years there. Como dijera Marti: “vivi en el monstruo y le conozco las entranas”. And personally I have had a lot of heated discussions with cubans, mainly old ones (?Miami Guayaberas?, as Killcastro calls them), because most of the time all they do, and have done is criticize the actions of the ones left behind, and the few who have had the courage to do something to confront the tyranny.
    There is a lot of speculation, lies and plain bull shit all mixed up with real facts, flying around in Miami. Sometimes speculation gets built on top of speculation, and at the end, some people believe it as real fact. It is like I once asked one of these Cubans: how could they know anything about the system and the situation over there if mainly all they have done, is get their tails in their asses, and fly to USA, and just make a living out of politics, and talking sometimes nonsense stuff. How come when they were young, if they are so brave, they did not stay in Cuba and went after the ?Beast?. Because after all their generation is the one that has to be blamed for putting him there.
    And please don?t tell me about Playa Giron, because yes, we tried once and we fail, and many good Cubans died, but then why didn?t we try again, and again and again, until the end.
    My generation wasn’t born, when these old cubans were in “Ciudad Libertad” applauding the rebels, literally kissing Fidel’s ass and welcoming him into power. And now they want the young generation to put their lives in the line of fire and topple the system while they are eating a 16 oz steak and drinking Coronas enjoying the freedom and protection of the US. My greatest respect and admiration to those Cubans who in fact tried to stop the regime at the beginning of Fidel?s dictatorship. As a young Cuban, who would like to see that system go down as badly, or probably more badly than many other Cubans here, I am telling you that I pray to God every day asking him to let our beautiful land be free once again, but at the same time not allowing it to fall in the grip of the Miami?s Cubans either. The internal dissidence, those are the ones that deserve, and have the right to put together the next government that will hopefully help our country be once again the economical powerhouse of the Caribbean, with even better social programs for all Cubans. Amen

  10. Killcastro,

    I think you’re projecting a bit with your comments. I live in Miami and I can assure you, there is not one Cuban owner of any restaurant or hotel or whatever else here that does not wish for castro to fall. Unless of course, theyre making money off of the separation of Cubans and their families like businesses like Marazul, Envios a Cuba, etc… You can hardly call those people “Miami Guayaberas”.

    I suggest you do some research on the origins of this video. Google some key words. Two different websites had this video available for download at least 3 days ago. Check them out, see what they advertise, look into how they make money. The ironies with this whole thing are more than abundant.

    Im not feeling very well right now (a little dizzines from a slight vertigo relapse)but I would like to post about this and open it up for discussion with you and others that have what I believe to be some misconceptions about this Guayabera cummunity you mention.

    Recuerda, el diablo sabe mas por viejo, que por diablo.

  11. Edited by admin.

    Kai, thanks for posting the download link. I removed it as I can no longer host the large file.

  12. The video, according to news articles (Reuters) that quote the filmmaker: “no es clandestino, ni quiso convertirse en un elemento de lucha ideol?gica”.

    Carlos Varela is a fantastic songwriter and Cuban youth are Varela fanatics. I’ve seen musicians start picking one of his songs out on a guitar and everyone in the room starts singing. Everyone. He is permitted to perform in public in Cuba but, according to a relative, the concerts sometimes end in small riots betweens police and concertgoers. Is it political or just what happens at a rock concert? I’d have to see for myself. I once thought it was ironic that he was refused a visa to perform in the U.S. since his lyrics can be interpreted as critical of the “system”. But who knows?

    A relative of mine left Cuba recently. An award-winning poet, her last book, Apocalypse, was published and given an award in Cuba and it is a scathing indictment of the system, all in metaphor, of course. She’d hoped people would read it and understand her words behind the words. She had been trying to get out of Cuba for many years and played the game, she admits, writing her quiet protests and waiting for her chance. Is she a coward? Should she have gone the route of Raul Rivero?

    Val, I’m curious about the comments you made about “Googling” the site, about the ironies you saw.

  13. I quite agree I AM projecting. Projecting my experiences with the “Guayaberas”. I will give you a couple of very pertinent facts. We as Cubans have achieved the fastest degree of solvency of any other immigrant group EVER in the USA. There are a lot more Cuban millionaires than of any other Latin American nationality. Then why is it that I have never seen a film produced by these wealthy Cubans?

    Something that will SMACK the rest of the world in the face and show to them all the “Beast” in all his horrendous glory.

    I was witness to a very wealthy Cuban living in Venezuela (this is before that poor country was poisoned by Chavez) This Cuban is part owner of a small but quite profitable airline in Venezuela, mainly catering to Executives flights between Caracas & Miami. He was in the process of establishing landing rights in Cuba. Now THAT was kind of surprising to me. His rather cavalier reply was “Business is business” . Now as a PROFOUND capitalist at heart I not only SEE but understand his position, here?s a man who arrived in Venezuela as a 17 year old pauper and now he is a millionaire. There is nothing dishonorable about wanting MORE. It IS what drives us, but can I accept any political criticism of this fellow pro-or against Castro ? Nah, his loyalties were well defined.
    I was also AMAZED that Carlos Varela was denied a visa to the USA, BUT yet Radio-Miami sits there spewing Castro’s filth day in and day out , BRAGGING they are sponsored by CUBANACAN and MARAZUL (The second a well known Castro front in the USA). So there you have a Castrist enclave in the middle of Miami with the putrid Max Lesnick at the helm and all is normal.
    In fact Lesnick has had the “cojones” to declare he has developed a truce with Miami Cubans.. A TRUCE? How insulting is this to ANY Cuban! Now, why aren?t Max Lesnick and Luis Ortega hanging from a Calle Ocho lamppost ? Cause there is a TRUCE with the “Guayaberas”!
    I would say this is QUITE telling about the old guard in Miami.

    So we are clear about this, I do NOT resent for a moment any Cuban who has fought tooth and nails to have his piece of the American dream and now wants to hold on to it. But.. here you have the conundrum . Castro?s fall will inevitable cause a financial upheaval for Florida (as well as the rest of every tourist attraction in Latin Amaerica, AND let’s not forget Las Vegas!)

    Are we na?ve enough to think that THAT fact is not discussed when anyone of any authority discusses Castro?s demise?

    On my FIRST trip to Cuba after 31 years, I told the fellow helping with my luggage that I was going to see my family after 31 years, his response was a resounded “vete pal carajo” and dropped my luggage right on the floor. After 31 years I longed for my land, for my family for my childhood friends and MOST of all I had the unique opportunity of letting them see what a FREE society can accomplish. Without any fanfare it was clear to everyone whom I saw. They saw me leave as a 14 year old without knowing where I was going to eat sleep the next day but look what he accomplished in La Yuma !. My uncle (the one uncle I had who was a devout ?angara ) called me aside and in a moment of profound honesty he admitted “Only in the USA you could?ve become the man you have become”. Just that was worth the WHOLE TRIP!
    Allowing my family to see my “success” was quite enough anti-Castro propaganda. My old CDR President couldn?t believe it when I told him the hotel at which I was staying. HOW? he asked.
    “USA dream” I replied.

    As far as cuban-american politicians – don?t trust them, there’s a massive conflict of interests. Why is Lec Waleza more vocal against Castro than Diaz-Balart ? Hmmm… could it be cause Balart does see himself as a BIG figure in the USA political scene? and again I do NOT begrudge him that but I DO begrudge their inability to do something about the Elian case the Bothers to the rescue massacre, the 75 dissidents and the 3 young men assassinated by the Beast in front of the whole world !
    I have pretty deep ties to the Republican Party and the answer I get is always “They are working the system, just you wait?. Yeah 46 years of waiting and USA congressmen and senators are lobbying for a lightening of the embargo. What system EXACTLY are Diaz-Balart & Ileana Ros-Lehtinen working ?
    In the meantime, my family has no water no food and VERY little hope, and I suffer the ignominy of knowing MY adopted country will not allow me to see them in 3 years.
    The absolutely embarrassing ?Transition Papers? gives us a harsh look at the way the USA looks at Castro?. ?let?s wait, 3 years sounds like a good number?

    Castro has committed enough abuses against human kind that an all out invasion of Cuba can be fully justifiable. The Brother to the Rescue was a prime example. The Kennedy Krushev pact, forbids it ? Bullshit, Kennedy had NO right to bargain with MY country! We are dealing with the most malevolent tyrant Latin-America (in proportion worse than Hitler) has ever known by the liberal use of “strong protests on the part of the USA government” or by posting neon signs on the front of the American interest section. Do we REALLY believe that anyone in the USA government is REALLY gearing for a knock out punch to Castro?

    And THAT is my projection. A powerful Cuban-American lobby with mixed emotions. Longing for what it used to be but clinging firmly to what they have accomplished in the USA.

    I have seen I quite agree I AM projecting. Projecting my experiences with the “Guayaberas”. I will give you a couple of very pertinent facts. We as Cubans have achieved the greatest degree of solvency of any other immigrant group EVER in the USA. There are a lot more Cuban millionaires than any other Latin American nationality. Then why is it that I have never seen a film produced by these wealthy Cubans? Something that will SMACK the rest of the world in the face and show to them all the “Beast” in all his horrendous glory.
    I was witness to a very wealthy Cuban living in Venezuela (this is before that poor country was poisoned by Chavez) This Cuban is part owner of a small but quite profitable airline in Venezuela, mainly catering to Executives flights. He was in the process of establishing landing rights in Cuba. Now THAT was kind of surprising to me. His rather cavalier reply was “Business is business” . Now as a PROFOUND capitalist at heart I not only SEE but understand his position, here?s a man who arrived in Venezuela as a 17 year old pauper and now he is a millionaire. There is nothing dishonorable about wanting MORE. It IS what drives us, but can I accept any political criticism of this fellow pro-or against Castro ? Nah, his loyalties were well defined.
    I was also AMAZED that Carlos Varela was denied a visa to the USA, BUT yet radio-miami sits there spewing Castro’s filth day in and day out , BRAGGING they are sponsored by CUBANACAN and MARAZUL) The second a well known Castro front in the USA. So there you have a Castrist enclave in the middle of Miami with the putrid Max Lesnick at the helm and all is normal.
    In fact Lesnick has had the “cojones” to declare he has developed a truce with Miami Cubans.. A TRUCE? Now, THAT drives me crazy. Why aren?t Max Lesnick and Luis Ortega hanging from a Calle Ocho lamppost ? Cause there is a TRUCE with the “Guayaberas”!
    So we are clear about this, I do NOT resent for a moment any Cuban who has fought tooth and nails to have his piece of the American dream and now wants to hold on to it. But.. here you have the conundrum . Castro?s fall will inevitable cause a financial upheaval for Florida (as well as the rest of every tourist attraction in Latin Amaerica) And let’s not forget Las Vegas!
    Are we na?ve enough to think that that fact is not discussed when anyone of any authority discusses Castro?s demise?

    On my FIRST trip to Cuba after 31 years, I told the fellow helping with my luggage that I was going to see my family after 31 years, his response was a resounded “vete pal carajo” and dropped my luggage right on the floor. After 31 years I longed for my land, for my family for my childhood friends and MOST of all I had the unique opportunity of letting them see what a FREE society can accomplish. Without any fanfare it was clear to everyone whom I saw. They saw me leave as a 14 year old without knowing where I was going to eat sleep the next day but look what he accomplished in La Yuma !. My uncle (the one uncle I had who was a devout ?angara ) called me aside and in a moment of profound honesty he admitted “Only in the USA you could?ve become the man you have become”. Just that was worth the WHOLE TRIP!
    Allowing my family to see my “success” was quite enough anti-Castro propaganda. My old CDR President couldn?t believe it when I told him the hotel at which I was staying. HOW? he asked.
    “USA dream” I replied.

    As far as cuban-american politicians – don?t trust them, there’s a massive conflict of interests. Why is Lec Waleza more vocal against Castro than Diaz-Balart ? Hmmm… could it be cause Balart does see himself as a BIG figure in the USA political scene? and again I do NOT begrudge him that but I DO begrudge their inability to do something about the Elian case the Bothers to the rescue massacre, the 75 dissidents and the 3 young men assassinated by the Beast in front of the whole world !
    I have pretty deep ties to the Republican Party and the answer I get is always “They are working the system, just you wait?. Yeah 46 years of waiting and USA congressmen and senators are lobbying for a lightening of the embargo. What system EXACTLY are Diaz-Balart & Ileana Ros-Lehtinen working ?
    In the meantime, my family has no water no food and VERY little hope, and I suffer the ignominy of knowing MY adopted country will not allow me to see them in 3 years.
    The absolutely embarrassing ?Transition Papers? gives us a harsh look at the way the USA looks at Castro?. ?let?s wait, 3 years sounds like a good number?

    Castro has committed enough abuses against human kind that an all out invasion of Cuba can be fully justifiable. The Brother to the Rescue was a prime example. The Kennedy Krushev pact, forbids it ? Bullshit, Kennedy had NO right to bargain with MY country! We are dealing with the most malevolent tyrant Latin-America (in proportion worse than Hitler) has ever known by the liberal use of “strong protests on the part of the USA government” or by posting neon signs on the front of the American interest section. Do we REALLY believe that anyone in the USA government is REALLY gearing for a knock out punch to Castro?

    And THAT is my projection. A powerful Cuban-American lobby with mixed emotions. Longing for what it used to be but clinging firmly to what they have accomplished in the USA.

    I have seen Dissidence in Cuba. I have seen walls with anti-Castro slogans; hell my nick is straight off one of those walls. ?KILLCASTRO? , one word graffitid on a wall of the COMODORO Hotel! MASSIVE COJONES and I bet you it was NOT done by anyone who was chanting “VIVA CASTRO” 46 years ago.

    I have met with people who have been tortured, people who hide and set up meetings so I can chat with them, they want to know what WE, the Cubans outseide are doing, and my sad reply is NOT MUCH.

    I don?t feel worthy in partaking of a new free Cuba. I haven?t known the horrors, the decease, the TORMENT of being a Cuban in Cuba. I have NO RIGHTS to criticize those who day after day suffer the REAL danger of a 3AM knock by the G2.
    Those who stayed behind those who look at the tyrant straight in the eye , not from the safety of the 90 miles of the liquid cemetery that separates us, but within HIS cave. THOSE deserve Cuba and WE should, if not bow, at least have a profound respect for their fight, however humorous it may seem.

    END OF TYRADE! 🙂

  14. I love it. I like everything about it; mostly the blunt political correctness.

    What a crock!

    I’ll say one thing. The KGB has nothing on these people. Nothing. The KGB was a Cub Scout pack compared to these butchers.

  15. Killcastro,

    While I think there is some truth to some of the things youre talking about, I also think you have the completely wrong imporession on others. But I wont argue with you here publically as that is exactly what the powers that ve over on the island want.

    Suffice it to say I think we both want the exact same thing. Anything other than that we can discuss privately amongst ourselves.

    Un dialogo, as they say.

  16. First off, I encourage to check my own blog, which features a lot of stuff on Cuba.

    I am not Cuban but was fortunate enough to have journeyed to the island before Bush’s crackdown on the right to travel in 03… in fact I arrived the day after the so-called crackdown and the execution of the three. I found no sympathy on the island for any of these. And when I heard a chanting mass of people outside the Havana Libre hotel, I was stunned to peak outside and see Castro walking down the street among voracious clapping to a studio to give his response to the wave of hijackings that prompted th execution of the 3 ferry hijackers (who used the same razors as the 9/11 terrorists and threatened the lives of all on board).

    I found Cuba the most enchanting place I have ever been. Havana is the most beautiful city in the Western Hemisphere, due to lack of capitalism and strong preservation laws. Compare to Mexico City or San Juan… or Miami. I’ve never met a more beautiful people – talkative but never pushy – dignified but not stuck up – cultured and educated and truly interested in real things like no other. I was never asked directly for money or was ripped, unlike my time in Mexico. I walked the streets at all times of day with no fear or hassle. Now, material goods are quite low, but basic needs are surely met… unlike the rest of Latin America. And of course, forever gone are the days of racism and class injustice.

    Did anyone see the “My House in Havana” documentary on PBS? May be the best thing I’ve seen showing both sides of the argument. But I think the tears upon leaving Cuba and change of mind against the Embargo of the woman illuminates what this hatred you all ahve is really about – loss, memory, culture, home, family and the battle of social justice versus moneyed interests.

  17. i love how some people spend a week on the island and they think they have more insight than someone whose lived this their entire lives. incredible!

  18. Val –
    I FULLY agree with you. The immediate GOAL is to rid Cuba of that 46 year old cancer that has consumed our land. On this I think we all agree. We have a common enemy at it is HIM who deserves all of our focus. After the ?Beast of Biran? sits in a cell (I do hope they will have him as an exhibit behind bars and with a food ration card. Perhaps let him wonders La Habana like ?El Caballero de Paris while children throw garbage at him.) MAIN goal has been achieved and Cubans can inhale some freedom THEN we can sit down and over a shot of good and REAL Bacardi have a positive dialog as to how to reconstruct our beloved country

  19. Don’t you love the “Instant Experts” ?
    “CUBA , the NESCAFE way, 2 weeks and you know it all”
    Cultist I tell you , low IQed puppets. These are the men & women Jim Jones had drink the Kool-aid.

  20. “I was stunned to peak outside and see Castro walking down the street among voracious clapping”

    “Havana is the most beautiful city in the Western Hemisphere, due to lack of capitalism”

    Pure comedic gold.

    “And of course, forever gone are the days of racism and class injustice”

    Yeah, uh, the place isn’t exactly what you’d call a diversity magnet or melting pot. And socialist communism is NOTHING BUT class injustice, where a few in power have everything and everyone else is impoverished. Welcome to the 21st century.

  21. It seems that there are only hard-liners and lefties in this blog. The fact is that Cuba has made many impressive social triumphs, but has done so at the cost of liberty. I would like to see the current regime start to liberate the economy after Castro goes (because you can’t teach an old dog new tricks). They could become the China of the Americas. That is what would be best right now.

  22. I want to get the lyrics of the trova sang in the monte rouge video
    Any one?
    Thanks
    and salutations from cold Philadelphia

  23. Sheesh, take off your tinfoil hats! Or at least put them on shiny-side out.

    “Why was it so easy to get outside the island?” At 150 MB, it’s small enough to fit on a USB memory stick or a SDRAM card for a digital camera. It takes a couple of minutes to copy it from one device to another for transport. All it takes is ONE copy on the net and it’s all over the place.

    “Why is it that the BBC reported on it so quickly?” They are a news agency, and reporting things is their business. The Beeb has good contacts in the Cuban media industry, and the persons who made the short are well-known in the industry.

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