American journalist denied entry to Cuba, luggage full of medicines for Cubans stolen by authorities

From our Bureau of Socialist Tolerance and Social Justice

This is a news story from mid-June that just came to my attention via the latest “Cuba Brief” written by John Suarez at the Center for a Free Cuba. This latest repressive act by Castro, Inc. sheds light on the heightened fear that is gripping Cuba’s ruling elite.

Anthony de Palma has traveled to Cuba numerous times without difficulty. But he committed the unforgivable sin of publishing a book that highlights all of the repression and deprivations experienced by ordinary Cubans. Even worse, De Palma’s name is linked to El Niuyortain (New York Times), Castro, Inc’s favorite newspaper. How dare he contradict the dominant narrative!

His book The Cubans focuses on the daily lives of ordinary Cubans in the Havana neighborhood of Guanabacoa, the birthplace of Anthony de Palma’s wife. Some of the Cubans featured in this book actually believe in “The Revolution,” at least to some extent, but the fact that their stories are embedded in the context of Castrogonia’s repression and total dysfunction — upon which Anthony correctly focuses — was obviously unacceptable to Castro, Inc.

For full disclosure: I know Anthony. He and I have been in touch for several years, and just before his book was published he, his wife and I had a wonderful and memorable lunch in New Haven’s only Cuban restaurant.

Loosely translated from Diario de Cuba

Cuba’s dictatorship prohibited the entry to Cuba of the American journalist, writer and professor Anthony DePalma, who after an interrogation at the José Martí International Airport itself was put on a flight to Miami and returned to the United States.

“The first time I returned to Cuba since the publication of The Cubans (Cubans, ordinary lives in extraordinary times), and they did not allow me to enter,” DePalma published on his social networks.

The former international correspondent for The New York Times, who has traveled to Cuba several times in recent years, lamented that this time he was not able to deliver the medications he was carrying to their recipients.

“I was never able to deliver the suitcases of medicine that he had brought for those ‘Cubans in ordinary lives’ that he had written about in the book,” lamented the writer, who in 2002 was the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

“It’s an unfortunate turn of events. Not so much for me but for the people I was trying to help. But I’ll keep trying,” DePalma said in a response to a sympathetic comment on his own post.

After his expulsion and his arrival in Miami, DePalma visited his friend Jorge A. García, whose testimony is included in his text The Cubans. García, who lost several relatives in the sinking of the tugboat March 13 in Havana Bay on July 13, 1994, denounced what happened to the journalist on his Facebook profile.

“Upon his arrival at the Boyeros airport, and while he was showing his passport and legal documents, two officers in full uniform approached him and demanded that he accompany them to a cubicle and he was interrogated. After several hours of psychological torture, they told him that he cannot enter the Island. And that he would go back to the United States on the next flight,” he said.

According to García, in the midst of fear, the journalist asked about his suitcases and was told “don’t worry, they are safe.”

“After several hours in total isolation, a couple of officers come and take him as a prisoner to the plane. And the suitcases were not returned to him. I leave the conclusions or comments of this flagrant violation of human rights in charge of you,” he said.

Read the whole article HERE in Spanish

Enormous tree falls down at bus stop in Havana, 3 Cubans injured, fortunately no superior foreigners hurt

No tourists injured

From our Bureau of Unlucky Souls with some assistance from our resident arborist Pelencho Trancazo

Castro, Inc.’s Ministry of Tourism is rejoicing today. No tourists were harmed by the tree that suddenly came down on a crowd of Cubans waiting for a bus in a section of Havana not usually frequented by foreigners.

Cubans commenting on social media could not help but notice that their island is experiencing a lot of disasters lately.

And hurricane season is here. Quiet for now in the Caribbean. But we’ve got three more months to go before the season is officially over. Aaaaay!

Loosely translated from Diario de Cuba

Three Cubans were injured during the fall of a tree near the Parque de la Fraternidad, in Havana, two of them minors, official journalist Lázaro Manuel Alonso reported on his Facebook profile.

According to Alonso’s publication, the three injured were treated at the Centro Habana Pediatric Hospital and the Calixto García Surgical Clinic and there is no danger to their lives because they suffered minor injuries. The incident occurred at the intersection of Reina and Amistad streets.

Michel Morán published several images on Facebook with the following caption: “Accident in front of the Computing Palace. Two trees fell and there are three injured who were trapped under the tree. The misfortunes continue.”

In addition, he shared a video where a tree can be seen while another is already collapsed on the street.

A commenter on the publication noted: “Cuba is collapsing in our face and we do nothing, these are signs that this country can no longer take it.”

Whole story HERE

Cuban apartheid update: No power blackouts or food shortages for tourists

Superior being posing with noble savages

From our Bureau of Socialist Social Justice, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

While Cubans are being subjected to constant power blackouts and all other sorts of deprivations, tourists who flock to thei island for “dream holidays” experience zero discomforts.

Everything Cubans lack is abundant at apartheid hotels and resorts, says Castro, Inc.’s Ministry of Tourism. This bold admission of discrimination on the part of Cuba’s dictatorship is the message being aimed at tourists.

No hint of shame expressed. “Come on down and enjoy yourselves. Never mind what you’ve been reading about shortages and exploding luxury hotels. You are superior beings. We are nothing but brute savages, and we will ply you with food, drink, and sex, wait on you hand and foot, even kiss your feet or lick your ass clean with our inferior tongues.”

“Viva el apartheid! Come on down. Enjoy our luxury resorts. This is what our glorious eternal “Revolution” is all about.”

No blackouts for you, ever, at the 5-star Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski . . . and no explosions, either (fingers crossed)

Loosely translated from Cuba Net

In the midst of constant blackouts, shortages, housing and transportation crises, the Cuban government announces that Cuba is ready “to provide tourism with a quality service this summer.”

As reported by the Cuban News Agency (ACN), during a meeting of deputies at the Havana Convention Center it was reported that the hotel facilities are ready and that “although COVID-19 had a negative impact on the tourism sector in the country, a gradual recovery of its markets is manifested, with high and achievable goals”.

According to a document presented to the parliamentarians, during the year 1,049 rooms have been recovered in the sector, of the 5,617 planned until December and there was progress in the airports, especially with the investment in Cayo Largo del Sur, in Isla de la Juventud , where a runway was inaugurated at the Vilo Acuña international airport.

The report highlighted the daily control that exists by the Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR) to guarantee the tourist operation and the fact that all the facilities have a sanitary license and Tourism + Hygienic and Safe certification.

“Cuba is a safe tourist destination, characterized by citizen tranquility, culture, sovereignty and quality,” the authorities stated, exposing a totally opposite reality for tourists to that experienced by Cubans.

Cubans stage protest against blackouts in Holguín for second night in a row

From our Bureau of Restless Natives with some help from our Socialist Light and Power Bureau

Residents of Holguín have hit the streets again, banging on pots and pans, hurling insults at the authorities of the Castro dictatorship.

This is only one of several such outbreaks of discontent taking place throughout the island, including Mayabeque and Cienfuegos

Public displays of restlessness this intense have been extremely rare in Castrogonia until recently. Perhaps it’s time for Castro, Inc. to meditate on Reddy Kilowatt’s warning. As Reddy’s grandson Calixto Quilojuá has been saying for a few days: his grandfather’s “electricity can kill you” message applies as much to dictatorships as to little children.

Loosely translated from Diario de Cuba

For the second consecutive night, Cubans fed up with the blackouts went out to protest in Holguín to the beat of pots and pans, conga rhythm and singing again “put the current on, pinga”, while in the La Esperanza neighborhood of Cienfuegos other people joined the peaceful demonstrations amidst the darkness of power outages.

“#BREAKING in #Holguín: the people are in the streets for the second night in a row. The Cuban dictatorship lost the youth, the people and the street. #CubaPaLaCalleYA,” journalist Daniel Benítez wrote on his Twitter account where he shared a video of what happened.

For his part, the América Tevé reporter Mario J. Pentón reported another protest in the La Esperanza neighborhood, in Cienfuegos, where Cubans took to the streets on Tuesday. “All of #Cuba is fed up with blackouts, misery and lack of freedoms,” he said.

“Turn on the power, pinga [dick],” they yell at the assembled crowd. “La Esperanza is bubbling over,” says the person who recorded.

“You don’t know, or perhaps you do, the great emotion that a Cuban feels when he hears cacerolazos near his house and goes out to join in shouting for a just Cuba. You know that you run a great risk and that the consequences can be very great, But at that moment, the only thing that matters to you is screaming, letting off steam, that your vocal cords tremble with each free Cuba!” she wrote.

Continue reading HERE in Spanish

Update on Cuba monster fire: Dictatorship admits blaze has not been extinguished

Loosely translated from Cubanos Por El Mundo:

A change in the direction of the wind revived the fire at the Matanzas Supertanker Base, in the late hours of Tuesday night./early Wednesday.

The first secretary of the Communist Party in Matanzas, Susely Morfa reported on her Twitter about this event.

“Tonight the wind changed direction and fanned the flames in some places. We inform the population that the fire is already cornered, and the containment works carried out guarantee that it does not expand,” says the message.

Monster fire in Cuba still out of control: Fourth oil storage tank explodes

From our Bureau of Socialist Disaster Management

Summary from Periodico Cubano:

Cuban official sources have confirmed the total destruction of the four tanks affected by the fire that, since last August 5, has ravaged the Supertanker Base located in the province of Matanzas.

“After an exploration of the place, they verified that the fourth tank collapsed. The 4 tanks are melted,” journalist Lázaro Manuel Alonso assured through his Facebook account, who also indicated that the flames are not fully controlled until now.

In this regard, it has been specified by the Island Fire Department that work continues to extinguish the fire, because the upper part of the structures, or what remains of them, are still on fire, although not significant as in days past.

Continue reading HERE

Meanwhile, the identity of one of the dead firefighters has been revealed. He was a 19-year old recruit to military service named Alejandro Doval del Prado. Fifteen other firefighters are still missing and presumed dead..

Alejandro Doval del Prado

Senator Marco Rubio on FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid: ‘This is what happens in places like Nicaragua’

From our Bureau of Creeping Latrinism with some assistance from our Cubanization of the U.S. Bureau

Cuban-American Senator Marco Rubio is no fan of Donald Trump, who constantly insulted him during the 2016 Republican primaries and has often treated him shabbily. Nonetheless, the Florida politician once mocked as “Little Marco” by Trump, is denouncing yesterday’s FBI raid on Trump’s Florida home.

Marco Rubio knows what the slippery slope of Cubanization looks like. He has denounced it in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and other Latrine semi-colonies of Castrogonia. And now he is denouncing it right here, in the U.S.A.

Lord have mercy. The senator’s assessment of this unprecedented raid is as perceptive as it is prophetic. An undemocratic Latrine American sort of slippery slope lies ahead. Let’s see how far Jar-Jar Biden and his minions are willing to slide down towards Latrinism or Latrinity or whatever else one can call the state of being or becoming a Leftist Latin American dystopia.

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Images of the day: Cuban advertising before and after the Castro dynasty destroyed the country

From our Bureau of Lethal Nostalgia

In 1957, when Tres Fotutos was in first grade, he never saw this ad, and he wasn’t able to sample the product being peddled. But the good Christian Brothers at La Salle de Miramar did warn him to avert his gaze from such images, and to abstain from alcoholic beverages, lest he risk ending up in Purgatory for millennia, or maybe even in Hell for eternity.

A vanished world, for sure, in all respects. Replaced by something truly hellish.

The ad
The real thing

The replacement

Over 400 Cuban political prisoners report serious health problems

Félix Navarro and July 11 protesters

From our Bureau of Socialist Compassion and Social Justice with some help from our Bureau of Socialist Healthcare in Dungeons

Ay! No surprise here, but the news is still very disturbing. While some imprisoned prominent dissidents such as Felix Navarro get some attention from Cuba’s independent journalists, the vast majority of their fellow prisoners are ignored.

Here is one attempt to remedy the imbalance being made by one dissident association. Unfortunately, this report can do nothing to improve the real situation faced by prisoners.

In Havana province alone, there are 211 July 11 protesters behind bars. In Matanzas, near the oil depot fire, the number is 83.

Map of prisons holding July 11 protesters, with number of prisoners in each location

Loosely translated from Cubanos Por El Mundo

The Justice 11J working group expressed concern about the health status of 439 July 11 protesters (11J) who remain behind bars, specifically from the provinces of Artemisa, Havana, Matanzas and Mayabeque.

Through a statement issued on social networks, Justice 11J indicated that this concern has increased after the great fire that is still active at the Matanzas Supertanker Base.

“We remember that prisons across the country were already overcrowded and unsanitary. Possible evacuation scenarios, although urgent, could trigger even more damage to people’s health, if the pertinent measures are not taken,” the working group specified.

Justice 11J highlights the case of the political prisoner Félix Navarro, 69 years old, who is isolated in the infirmary of the Agüica prison, in Colón, Matanzas, because he tested positive for COVID-19.

The working group indicated that it was generally concerned about the health and physical integrity of all Cuban political prisoners held in different prisons of the Castro regime.

continue reading HERE in Spanish