9 thoughts on “Tuesday, Open Thread”

  1. As many of you know my pet peeve is Wikipedia and the way it distorts the reality of Cuba. Yesterday at:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk:Cuba&diff=194063646&oldid=194063583
    El Jigue posted:
    “One should note that not all agree with this positive assessment of Cuban health care system Hirschfeld, Katherine 2006 Health, Politics, and Revolution in Cuba Since 1898 Transaction Publishers. ISBN-10 0765803445 ISBN-13 978-0765803443”
    It was almost immediatedly deleted and El Jigue banned for six months.
    It is clear that the Wikipedia Cuba page is now completely in Raul’s bloody hands

  2. Hot off the press: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez’s government is taking its battle against U.S. “imperialism” into Venezuelans’ dictionaries, urging state phone company workers to avoid English-language business and tech terms.
    Through a campaign launched Monday, newly nationalized CANTV hopes to wean employees and others from words like “staff” (“equipo” is preferred), “marketing” (“mercadeo”) and “password” (“contrasena”).
    Stickers and banners printed up by the company exhort Venezuelans to “Say it in Spanish. Say it with pride.”
    The Communications and Information Ministry said in a statement that Venezuelans must recover Spanish words that are “threatened by sectors that have started a battle for the cultural domination of our nations.”
    Other English words targeted include “mouse” (the company prefers “raton”), “meeting” (“reunion”) and “sponsor” (“patrocinador”) – all of which have become common in Latin American countries.
    The leftist president has sought to counter what he calls U.S. cultural imperialism on all fronts, financing Venezuelan cinema as an alternative to the “dictatorship of Hollywood” and forcing radio stations to play more Venezuelan music.
    English is still taught in schools alongside other languages, however. And Chavez himself often breaks playfully into English during speeches, sometimes to salute his close friend, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, saying: “How are you, Fidel?”
    So as every other knumb skull president in Latin America, thier fight against imperialism continues. Message to all presidents of Latin America – Get over yourselves, the Imperialist Yankees don’t give a rat’s ass what you do. The outcome is always the same, you get F*%$ed in the end by your own people and gov’t.

  3. Mr. Jay Weaver
    The Miami Herald
    Dear Mr. Weaver:
    Your article in today’s Herald, “Terrorism probes still haunting Posada at 80”
    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/story/433488.html
    states that Massachusetts Democrat Representative William Delahunt “annoyed by the government’s lack of response to Venezuela’s extradition request to
    try [Luis] Posada, has drafted a resolution calling on the administration to urge the United Nations to create an ad hoc tribunal to prosecute him. He also plans to hold more public hearings on Capitol Hill.”
    Your article is a good example of what has become standard Herald selective journalism when reporting on Cuban exiles. You omit mention that Delahunt personally met with Fidel Castro in 2001
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/us-cuba/nethercutt.htm
    and for years has energetically lobbied in Congress against U.S. sanctions on Cuba.
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/us-cuba/pursuing.htm
    I am sure that you will immediately delete this e-mail after reading it, but this is just to remind you once again why Cuban exiles regard the Herald coverage as jaded and biased.
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Antonio de la Cova

  4. Mr. Alfonso Chardy
    Miami Herald
    Dear Mr. Chardy:
    In yesterday’s Miami Herald
    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/story/429864.html
    you cited María de los Angeles Torres as an “expert on Cuban affairs” and indicated that she is “director of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.” You omitted mention that she has been a pro-Castro activist for more than thirty years. You are well aware of this fact, as the Herald has previously mentioned Torres’ pro-Castro activism various times and you specifically quoted her in an article that you wrote on July 5, 1994, entitled “Exile Leaders Ready to Resume Talks with Cuban Government.”
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/dialogue/resume-talks.htm
    An Internet search shows that María de los Angeles “Nenita” Torres Vigil and her sister Alicia have repeatedly traveled to Cuba since 1978 as leaders of the Antonio Maceo Brigade (BAM).
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/dialogue/maria-torres.pdf
    This organization was described by Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent Sergio Piñón before the U.S. Congress on March 4, 1982, as “specifically sponsored and headed” by the Cuban Directorate General of Intelligence (DGI).
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/dialogue/BAM-DGI.pdf
    On July 13, 1983, DGI defector Captain Jesús Pérez Méndez, denounced in an FBI debriefing that the BAM is controlled by the DGI “for purposes of propaganda and intelligence.” He identified Alicia Torres Vigil as the BAM leader in Chicago controlled by the DGI.
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/espionage/Perez-Mendez-debriefing.pdf
    On February 25, 1987, FBI agent John Williamson testified in Federal court in Hartford, Connecticut, that the Puerto Rican terrorist group Macheteros, which was armed and financed by Cuba, was linked to the BAM.
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/espionage/BAM-Macheteros.pdf
    María de los Angeles Torres Vigil participated in the so-called “dialogue” with the Cuban regime on December 8, 1978, and signed the official document with Fidel Castro and other government officials.
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/dialogue/Dialogo-firmantes.pdf
    Torres was also a member of the pro-Castro Chicago Cuba Committee in 1980. During her third trip to Cuba with the BAM, on June 3, 1980, she broadcast over the Cuban government radio a denunciation of the Cuban exile community. While in Havana, Torres helped found the “Ad Hoc Committee to End the U.S. Blockade of Cuba.” Five years later, she was also a founding sponsor of a new pro-Castro group called the Cuban-American Committee.
    Due to your track record of selective reporting, it is questionable why you did not mention Ms. Torres’ frequent activism with the BAM and other pro-Castro groups during three decades, when referring to her as an “expert on Cuban affairs.” I have previously brought to your attention by e-mail that when quoting Iran Kurzban, Bernardo Benes, and other activists who represent the Cuban dictatorship, you also omit mention of their pro-Castro background. This is yet another reason why the Herald’s reporting on Cuba is jaded and slanted, whether intentionally or not, and why the Cuban exile community has been at odds with the newspaper for nearly half a century.
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Antonio de la Cova

  5. Just a quick clarification.
    A guy who’s been dead for over a year is no longer president. However, his alcoholic gay brother has declaired that the dead guy will decide all important issues.
    Have I got that right?
    When that government unravels, it’s going to be real interesting. For the unfortunate inmates (read: Cubans), I hope it’s real soon!

  6. I find it quite amazing (well… Not that amazing, really) that not one of the “so-called” members of the MSM thought to comment on fifo’s lack of enthusiasm at his baby brother’s presidential nomination. After all, if fifo can meet with President Lula da Silva and speak with him for 2 hours (and take photos) one would think that the least fifo could do was give a 5 minutes address to the Assembly; in person or via teleconference. Or at the very least a phone call. I guess fifo must have been too “wired up” or “writing” to be able to do it.
    On another note: Naomy Campbell was hospitalized in Brazil. Could it be something she got from huguito?

  7. That post is wrong. McCain has been ahead of Obama twice before in regular Rasmussen polling (not the daily tracker). But this means very little this far out from the general election. 9 months ago polling showed that Rudy Giuliani was going to be facing off against Hillary Clinton.

  8. That post is wrong. McCain has been ahead of Obama twice before in regular Rasmussen polling (not the daily tracker). But this means very little this far out from the general election. 9 months ago polling showed that Rudy Giuliani was going to be facing off against Hillary Clinton.

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