Happy New Year! Japi Niuyia!


Of course, it’s 2017, not 1955…

Meditate on the image above for a while.

Take your time.  Keep coming back to it all day long.

It should help you survive the day, one of the darkest and most loathsome on the calendar for all freedom-loving Cubans.

As novelist L. P. Hartley put it, back around the time that Carteles magazine issue came out in Cuba, the past is a foreign country.

For us Cubans, our own country B.C. (Before Castro) is not just a foreign country, but another dimension, now unreachable, unrecoverable.

The Castro dynasty destroyed Cuba and turned it into Castrogonia, a labyrinth of ruins where every Cuban is a slave and every tourist is a noble with special priviliges.

Today marks the anniversary of that fateful transition.  Fifty-eight years since Cuba was killed.

Aaaaaaay!  Santa Mierda.

Contemplate the image above.

The Castro dynasty destroyed Cuba, but it could not obliterate the spirit of the Cuban people reflected in that image.

They also couldn’t destroy our memories, or the joy they bring to us.

Contemplate the image below too.  It should help you think good thoughts about 2017.

Sic transit gloria Castri.

Happy New Year.  Feliz Año Nuevo….



3 thoughts on “Happy New Year! Japi Niuyia!”

  1. Prof. Eire, you are absolutely right! That imagine to me epitomizes the elegance and culture of pre-castro Cuba. If only for the artwork. Think about Cuba with lofty magazines like Bohemia [considered at the time the best in Latin America], Carteles with its charming illustrations, caricaturists like the celebrated Antonio Prohibas, hilarious, non-vulgar intelligent humor like “Tres Patines,” [still popular in Latin America even after 60 years!] world class shows like Tropicana choreographied by the best choreographer of his time [the still imitated] Rodney, a country that celebrated Christmas in the tradition of Spain from which at the time 80% of the population decended. The woman with the 12 grapes in the hair harks back to that. Nowadways, Cubans don’t even know what a grape tastes like, much less practice that tradition. Heck, with all of the water shortages in Cuba, its unlikely that they are even able to throw a bucket of water out the water, since they need it to flush the toilet!

    Today, Cuba is epitomized by la Calle de Hamel, a street in Havana where all that you here are jungle drums and santeria rituals, Cuba today is famous for public sex acts, reggaeton bands and a pervasive “chusmeria” [what in ghetto lingo is referred to as “ratchetness] where prepubescent boys and girls are taught by teachers to twerk and where the new self-ordained “aristocracy” [the castros] criticizes the populace for being too vulgar! Imagine that! That’s sort of like Genghis Khan admonishing the Monghals for being to savage!

  2. Brilliant post Prof. Eire.
    Happy new year to all the good people out there. May the bad ones end up as piles of ashes soon.

  3. Cubans didn’t realize how good they had it till they lost it, and they had no clue what they were getting into with the Castro crowd–which lied to them from the start and has never stopped lying. It’s like Venezuela: if the people had known how badly things would eventually turn out, they would never have fallen for the scam in the first place. But, they did, and then found they couldn’t return it and get their money back, so to speak–only they lost much more than money and material things.

    It was a lot like a get-rich-quick scheme, meaning an awful lot of people thought they could get all they wanted just handed to them by the new system in exchange for nothing except supporting it, which was at best infantile opportunism. Alas, it was worse than that; there was a great deal of envy, covetousness and perverse ambition, and of course the regime capitalized on that big time.

    And yes, the past is a foreign country, especially to Cubans on the island who never knew any different and have had Cuba’s past stolen from them, because Castro, Inc. has assiduously seen to the falsification and distortion of Cuba’s history. At least we know what Cuba was, even if we can never get it back.

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