Since they’ll have Obama’s ear, maybe they can whisper this sweet nothing, from our friend Carlos Eire:
Dear Val and Humberto:
My Canadian friend who is not at all a dupe and knows what is really going on in Castrolandia sends me loads of good information. A couple of days ago she sent me a few things worth sharing. Here is the first.
A group of Canadians that calls itself Not Just Tourists from Toronto has been bringing stuff to Cuba for years, including medicines.
Recently, all of a sudden, the slaveowners of Castrolandia decided not to let them bring in their goodies. When they tried to reason with the authorities, all they got was the same treatment as Cubans. And, man, were they furious! The nerve, how could they do this? After all, they’re not Cubans!
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, so the pain is lodged right under my sternum, and won’t go away. The email I am pasting below says it all.
My question: are the slaveowners deliberately trying to cut off this kind of aid, just to make things worse and blame it on the “embargo”, or did these Canadians start having too much contact with dissidents? Or what? Maybe someone didn’t get paid off. That last one makes the most sense. Cabrones.
Anyway, this is a slice of life in the sixth circle of hell.
Tomorrow, I take off to Spain for a week: a conference on St. Francis Borgia, in Valencia. Let me see if I can find the Cuban consulate and some nice huevos podridos. The Cathedral in Valencia has THE “true” Holy Grail. Let’s see if it helps in my search for the right kind of rotten produce, too. Or maybe I’ll just leave a bunch of bananas on their doorstep, tied in a nice red ribbon. All of them are probably brujeros and it will scare the mierda out of them.
Dear Carlos: Look at the email that i just received from a toronto man who has dedicated years of his life to sending humanitarian aid to cuba with tourists, suitcase by suitcase. my sister and i used to help with the packing of badly-needed donated medical supplies;
Subject: *Special Message re: the future of Not Just Tourists Toronto
As you may know, for some time NJTT has been unable to send suitcases of donated medicines and medical supplies to Cuba. This has been as a result of a new interpretation by Cuban Customs officials of the law permitting the importation of humanitarian aid. As a result, tourists can no longer import NJTT donations into Cuba and many travellers have been subjected to stressful interrogations when they attempted to do so.
In an effort to resolve the situation, NJTT met with Cuban consular officials and wrote to the Cuban Ambassador in Ottawa. We requested a reply within six weeks – by March 15^th . Our letter was not acknowledged nor did we receive a reply.
Needless to say, we who have put much time and effort into building NJTT, sending aid for the doctors and hospitals of Cuba for many years, and helping to build projects in other cities, very much regret this position of the Cuban government and wish that we could continue to provide much-needed donations to medical clinics and hospitals in Cuba.
*But we cannot*.