Wall Street Journal: Aruba Says Venezuela Raised Military Pressure on It
July 29 - The Netherlands'
release of a former top Venezuelan official wanted by the U.S. for
alleged drug trafficking came after Venezuela raised economic and
military pressure on two Dutch islands in the Caribbean, a top Aruban
official said Monday.
Aruba's chief prosecutor Peter Blanken said that Venezuelan navy ships
neared Aruba and Curaçao over the weekend as Dutch officials were
debating what to do with Hugo Carvajal —Venezuela's former chief of
military intelligence who was jailed in Aruba last week on a U.S.
"The threat was there," Mr. Blanken said. "We don't know what their
intentions were, but I think a lot of people in Aruba were scared that
something would happen."
Mr. Blanken said Venezuela's government also had threatened to sever
Venezuela's vital commercial air links to Aruba and Curaçao. Venezuela's
state oil company also threatened to withdraw from a contract to manage
Curaçao's refinery, Mr. Blanken said, which would have put at risk some
Aruban officials on Wednesday detained Mr. Carvajal, known as "el Pollo,"
or "the Chicken," but then released him on Sunday night after the Dutch
government ruled that he was protected by diplomatic immunity. The
decision overruled Aruban officials who had decided that the Venezuelan
had no immunity because he hadn't been confirmed as consul by the Dutch
Much to the dismay of U.S. officials, Mr. Carvajal flew to Caracas on
Sunday night to a hero's welcome from President Nicolás Maduro.
Annemijn van den Broek, a spokeswoman for the Dutch Foreign Ministry,
said the decision to release Mr. Carvajal was made solely on legal
grounds. She confirmed Venezuelan ships had come close to the islands,
but said the Dutch Ministry of Defense had been told by the Venezuelans
that the ships were returning from a naval exercise.
"I understand that the people on the island had a sense of urgency, but
we have confirmation that this had nothing to do with the case," she
Ms. Van den Broek declined to comment on any threats of economic
sanctions by Venezuela, but said the Venezuelan government made it clear
they "were not amused by the situation."
A Venezuelan Foreign Ministry spokesman declined to comment. Mr. Maduro
on Sunday night said that his government was "ready to do whatever it
took" to get Mr. Carvajal freed.
"We are disturbed by credible reports that have come to us indicating
the Venezuelan government threatened the governments of Aruba, the
Netherlands and others to obtain this result," said Susan Bridenstine, a
U.S. State Department spokeswoman. "This is not the way law enforcement
matters should be handled."
She said the Dutch decided to release Mr. Carvajal "on the basis of
claims of immunity that are beyond established international norms."
Manhattan federal prosecutors, who unsealed an indictment against Mr.
Carvajal late Thursday, were blindsided by his release, said a person
familiar with the matter. Prosecutors wouldn't have filed a provisional
arrest warrant without believing there was a high likelihood of
successfully extraditing Mr. Carvajal, the person said.
Officials in the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office feel the Dutch caved
in to pressure from Venezuela, the person said. The officials fear the
release could hurt the office's relationship with its network of
confidential sources, who could be reluctant to share further
information if it doesn't lead to results, the person said.
Andy Lee, director of Aruba's foreign affairs department, said Mr.
Carvajal was deemed "persona non grata" and won't be permitted back to
Aruba, a decision he said was passed down from Foreign Ministry
officials in The Hague.
Mr. Carvajal's return to Venezuela was shown live on state television.
The 54-year-old military man was warmly greeted at the airport with hugs
and pats on the back from top Venezuelan officials.
He was then quickly shuttled in a vehicle to a theater in Caracas, where
Mr. Maduro was giving a live address to loyalists and received a
standing ovation as he was paraded up on stage.
Mr. Carvajal, who ran military intelligence for the late Venezuelan
President Hugo Chávez, was a longtime confidante of the late leader. He
took part in Mr. Chávez's unsuccessful 1992 military coup, and spent two
years in prison with Mr. Chávez before being set free by a general
amnesty in 1994.
Mr. Carvajal's role as one of the Chávez government's key liaisons to
guerrillas from Colombia's Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known
as the FARC, emerged after computers belonging to a slain guerrilla
leader were captured by Colombian security forces in 2008.
Largely due to the information contained in the computers, Mr. Carvajal,
along with two other top Venezuelan military officers, was put on the
"Kingpin" blacklist issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury that
U.S. officials say Mr. Carvajal used his power to protect drug
traffickers. In a Miami indictment unsealed Thursday just after his
arrest in Aruba, the U.S. accused the Venezuelan official of taking
bribes from late Colombian kingpin Wilber Varela, who was killed in
2008. In return for the money, Mr. Carvajal allegedly allowed Mr. Varela
to freely use Venezuelan territory and waters for smuggling drugs to the
U.S. by way of third countries like Mexico.
The U.S. alleged that Mr. Carvajal had relations with other kingpins. In
numerous interviews given to Venezuelan, Colombian and U.S. media, Walid
Makled, a top Venezuelan drug dealer, said that Mr. Carvajal and other
top Venezuelan military officials were in his payroll.
Mr. Makled, who at the height of his power controlled Puerto Cabello,
one of Venezuela's most important ports, and, according to U.S.
officials, shipped 10 tons of cocaine to the U.S. a month, was arrested
in Colombia in 2010 and extradited to Venezuela in 2011.
On Sunday, Mr. Maduro alleged that the evidence used to make the
drug-trafficking charges against Carvajal was fabricated by Álvaro Uribe,
the conservative former president of neighboring Colombia, who often
butted heads with the late Mr. Chávez, and who was responsible for the
military raid that led to the capture of the incriminating computers.
Mr. Maduro promised that in coming days he would refute the allegations
point by point.
Mr. Uribe couldn't be reached for comment.
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. Slams Release of Venezuelan narco-general
July 28 -
Nuevo Herald (Spanish)
The United States said Monday
it was "deeply disappointed" after Aruba released a former Venezuelan
military chief wanted in the U.S. for drug trafficking charges.
A State Department spokesperson said Washington had made a "legitimate
request" for the arrest of retired major general Hugo Carvajal in line
with its extradition treaty with Aruba and the Netherlands and was
"disturbed by credible reports" that the Venezuelan government had
threatened both territories to win Carvajal's release.
"This is not the way law enforcement matters should be handled," the
spokesperson said in a statement, asking not to be identified.
"Carvajal is under indictment in the United States, and is alleged to
have used his former position as head of Venezuelan military
intelligence to assist the activities of narcotics traffickers," the
"He has been on the Department of Treasury’s kingpin list since 2008.
Carvajal used his official position to protect narcotics traffickers."
A long-time supporter of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez,
Carvajal was arrested Wednesday on the Dutch island off Venezuela. But
he flew home Sunday to be greeted with a hug by President Nicolas Maduro
at a Socialist Party meeting in Caracas.
"We welcome our comrade the major general and thank God, who allowed us
to clear up this brewing conflict by diplomatic means," Maduro told
Aruban officials on Sunday said Carvajal had diplomatic immunity, but
nevertheless declared him persona non grata and said he would be
arrested if he returns to any territory of the Netherlands.
"The United States is deeply disappointed at the decision of the
government of the Netherlands to order the release of wanted narcotics
trafficker Hugo Carvajal on the basis of claims of immunity that are
beyond established international norms," the State Department
"We are disturbed by credible reports that have come to us indicating
the Venezuelan government threatened the governments of Aruba, the
Netherlands, and others to obtain this result," the official added.
Putin Restores a Cuban Beachhead
July 28 - By Mary
Anastasia O'Grady in The Wall Street Journal:
Cuban spy Ana Belen Montes
was the highest-ranking Pentagon intelligence analyst ever to be busted
for working for the Castros. What's also notable, in light of Vladimir
Putin's visit to Havana earlier this month, is that she was nabbed in
2001, long after the Cold War ended.
Besides leaking classified material and blowing the cover of covert U.S.
intelligence agents, Montes seems to have been charged by her handlers
with convincing top brass in Washington that Fidel Castro —who had
wanted the Soviets to drop the bomb on this country during the 1962
missile crisis—no longer presents a threat to the U.S. Montes, who rose
to become the U.S. military's resident intelligence expert on Cuba,
partly accomplished that mission. The Pentagon's 1998 Cuba threat
assessment played down its military and intelligence capabilities.
The best Cuba watchers were less sanguine. The Castros remain as
paranoid, power-hungry and pathological as ever. They may be economic
fools, but they run a good business making the island available to
criminal governments, like Iran and North Korea.
Mr. Putin's Cuba trip reinforces the point. The old Cold War villains
are up to no good one more time.
Russia's president is trying to rebuild the Soviet empire. Eastern
Europe won't cooperate and in Asia the best he will ever be is China's
junior partner. But in Latin America Mr. Putin's KGB résumé and
willingness to stick his thumb in the eye of the U.S. gives him
traction. Colonizing Cuba again is an obvious move.
After the Soviet Union fell in 1991 and the gravy train to Havana was
cut off, Fidel was furious with the Kremlin. It hasn't been easy to get
back in his good graces. In 2008 the Moscow news outlet Kommersant
reported that Putin friend and Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin got the
cold shoulder when he visited the island to work on "restoring
full-scale cooperation." Kommersant reported that the Castros were
"displeased" that Russia had been talking up a military deployment to
Cuba without Havana's approval.
But it seems that the world's most notorious moochers are willing to
forgive—for the right price. With sugar-daddy Venezuela running into
economic problems in recent years and Mr. Putin itching for a place in
the Caribbean sun, Cuba has decided to deal.
In February 2013 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev traveled to
Cuba, where he signed agreements to lease eight Russian jets worth $650
million to Havana and proposed some $30 billion in debt forgiveness. Two
months later, Russian Chief of Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov visited key
military and intelligence sites on the island. In August a spokesman for
the Black Sea Fleet announced that the Russian guided-missile warship
Moskva, the fleet's flagship, had set off for Cuba and other ports in
Central and South America.
Fast forward to February of this year. Russian Defense Minister Sergei
Shoigu announced that Russia had engaged in talks to establish military
bases in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba. The next day a Russian
intelligence-gathering ship docked in Havana.
In May, Russia's Security Council and Cuba's Commission for National
Security and Defense agreed in Moscow to form a joint working group.
"The situation in the world is changing fast and it is dynamic. That's
why we need the ability to react promptly," Nikolai Patrushev, secretary
of the Russian Security Council, told the press. Cuban Col. Alejandro
Castro Espin, son of Raúl Castro, led the Cuban delegation. In June
Russia signed a space cooperation agreement with Cuba to allow it to use
the island to base its Glonass (Russia's alternative to GPS) navigation
When he called in Havana this month Mr. Putin flaunted his intentions to
restore a Russian beachhead in Cuba. The shootdown of the Malaysian
Airlines flight on the same day that he ended his Latin American tour
raised the visibility of a trip that was made for both psychological and
strategic reasons. Mr. Putin wants to assure the Free World that he can
be a menace in the U.S. backyard—and he wants a local foothold to make
the threat real.
Mr. Putin officially wrote off $32 billion of bad Cuban debt on his
trip, leaving just $3.2 billion due over the next 10 years. Russia is
looking for oil in Cuban waters, and Mr. Putin signed new agreements in
energy, industry and trade with Castro. Days after the visit he denied
rumors that the Kremlin intends to reopen its old
electronic-eavesdropping facility on the island.
That's cold comfort, even if you believe him. Satellite technology has
made land-based listening posts obsolete in many ways. Far more
troubling is the emergence of Mr. Putin as a Latin American presence.
Tyrants all over the region, starting with the Castros, admire his
ruthlessness and skill in consolidating economic and political power.
They want to emulate him. It's a role model the region could do without.
The Wall Street Journal
Aruba Releases Venezuelan Narco-general Sought by US
July 28 - Aruba's government
released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug
charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch
Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and defusing a
diplomatic fight with its neighbor.
Aruban authorities had argued previously that Hugo Carvajal, a former
military intelligence chief, didn't have immunity from arrest because he
had yet to be accredited by the Netherlands, which manages the foreign
affairs of its former colony that sits off the coast of Venezuela.
But at a hastily called news conference in Aruba's capital, the island's
justice minister said Carvajal was being let go because Dutch Foreign
Minister Frans Timmermans decided Carvajal did have immunity, but also
declared him "persona non grata" — a term used by governments to remove
"The fact is that Mr. Carvajal was granted diplomatic immunity, but he
is also considered persona non grata," Arthur Dowers told reporters at
the news conference in Oranjestad that was streamed live on the
Shortly afterward, Venezuela's government announced that Carvajal had
been freed and flew to Caracas with Deputy Foreign Minister Calixto
President Nicolas Maduro thanked the Netherlands for taking a courageous
decision to resolve the situation, which he said arose from false
charges against Carvajal.
Dowers and Chief Prosecutor Peter Blanken said the decision to detain
Carvajal on Wednesday was based on the fact that he while he had arrived
using a diplomatic passport, he had no accreditation to serve as a
diplomat on the island. They said officials decided to comply with the
detention request from Washington based on an international treaty
between the U.S. and the Netherlands.
"But that information changed today based on what Minister Timmermans of
the Netherlands said. And Aruba has to follow instructions," Dowers
He said U.S. officials were "very disappointed" with the decision to
free Carvajal, who was the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever
detained on a U.S. warrant. His arrest could further damage Venezuela's
already fractious relations with Washington.
Carvajal served for five years until 2009 as the late President Hugo
Chavez's head of military intelligence. The two met in the early 1980s
at the military academy in Caracas and later took up arms together in a
failed 1992 coup that catapulted Chavez to fame and set the stage for
his eventual rise to power.
Ex-Venezuelan intelligence chief detained in Aruba at the request os
July 24 - Authorities in
Aruba announced Thursday that they arrested a close confidant of the
late President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela who was sent as that country's
consul to the Caribbean island despite being sanctioned by the U.S.
government on charges of drug trafficking.
Hugo Carvajal, the former head of military intelligence under Chavez,
was arrested at the request of the U.S. prosecutors and is expected to
appear in an Aruban court Friday.
Carvajal was one of a number
of high-ranking Venezuelan military officials blacklisted by the U.S.
Treasury in 2008 for allegedly providing weapons to Marxist rebels in
neighboring Colombia and helping them smuggle cocaine to fund their
insurgency. Despite the charges, he remained close to power circles in
Venezuela and in January was appointed consul to Aruba by Chavez's
successor, Nicolas Maduro.
Venezuela condemned the arrest, calling it a "grave violation" of
international law and the Vienna Convention granting diplomats immunity
Venezuela's foreign ministry released a statement calling on the
Netherlands, which manages foreign affairs for the otherwise
autonomously run Aruba, to immediately free Carvajal. It warned that
commercial and diplomatic ties could be affected.
There was no immediate comment from the Dutch government.
Officials in Aruba said they were initially confused about whether
Carvajal had immunity since he holds a diplomatic passport from
Venezuela. However, they went ahead with the detention because he had
yet to receive his accreditation from the local government.
"Immunity is always linked to a function," prosecutors spokeswoman Ann
Angela said in a phone interview. "And he does not have any function
here in Aruba. He is not the consul general; therefore he has no
U.S. prosecutors now have 60 days to formalize their extradition
request, Angela said.
The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to a call seeking
Chavez was an instructor at the military academy in Caracas when
Carvajal was a student there in the early 1980s. Like many other cadets
from that era, Carvajal later took up arms with Chavez in a failed 1992
coup uprising that catapulted the young tank commander to fame and set
the stage for his future rise to power through the ballot box.
Everything We Know About The Huge Spy Base In Cuba That Russia Is
July 22 - Moscow and Havana
have agreed to reopen a Cold War-era signals intelligence (SIGINT) base
in Lourdes, Cuba.
An agreement was reached during Putin's visit to Cuba last week to
reopen the base, Russia business daily Kommersant reported last week.
That was confirmed by a Russian security source who told Reuters: "A
framework agreement has been agreed."
The base was set up in 1964 after the Cuban missile crisis had brought
the U.S. and Soviet Union close to confrontation over Moscow's proposal
to place nuclear weapons on Cuban soil.
Havana shut it down in 2001 because of financial issues and American
Located south of Cuba's capital Havana and just 150 miles from the U.S.
coast, the base left many parts of the U.S. vulnerable to Soviet
communication intercepts, including exchanges between Florida space
centers and U.S. spacecraft.
Here's what a Congressional report from 2000 said about the facility:
• The Secretary of Defense formally expressed concerns to Congress
regarding the espionage complex at Lourdes, Cuba, and its use as a base
for intelligence directed against the United States.
• The Secretary of Defense, referring to a 1998 Defense Intelligence
Agency assessment, reported that the Russian Federation leased the
Lourdes facility for an estimated $100 million to $300 million a year.
• It has been reported that the Lourdes facility was the largest such
complex operated by the Russian Federation and its intelligence service
outside the region of the former Soviet Union.
• The Lourdes facility was reported to cover a 28 square-mile area with
over 1,500 Russian engineers, technicians, and military personnel
working at the base.
• Experts familiar with the Lourdes facility have reportedly confirmed
that the base had multiple groups of tracking dishes and its own
satellite system, with some groups used to intercept telephone calls,
faxes, and computer communications, in general, and with other groups
used to cover targeted telephones and devices.
• News sources have reported that the Lourdes facility obtained
sensitive information about United States military operations during
Operation Desert Storm.
• Academic studies cite official U.S. sources affirming that the Lourdes
facility was used to collect personal information about United States
citizens in the private and government sectors, and offered the means to
engage in cyberwarfare against the U.S.
• The operational significance of the Lourdes facility reportedly grew
dramatically after Russian President Boris Yeltsin issued a 1996 order
demanding the Russian intelligence community increase its gathering of
U.S. and other Western economic and trade secrets.
• It has been reported that the Government of the Russian Federation is
estimated to have spent in excess of $3 billion in the operation and
modernization of the Lourdes facility.
• Former U.S. Government officials were quoted confirming reports about
the Russian Federation’s expansion and upgrade of the Lourdes facility.
• It was reported in December 1999 that a high-ranking Russian military
delegation headed by Deputy Chief of the General Staff Colonel-General
Valentin Korabelnikov visited Cuba to discuss the continuing Russian
operation of the Lourdes facility.
Defense experts agree the base could significantly boost Russia's
ability to spy on America during a low-point in U.S.-Russia relations.
Ivan Konovalov, head of the Moscow-based Center for Strategic Trends
Studies, estimated that the Lourdes base was used to acquire at least
50% of the Soviet Union's radio-intercepted intelligence from the U.S.,
according to Reuters.
Same old Cuba
July 21 - Are those who would
normalize U.S. relations with Cuba intelligent enough to decode the
signal being sent by an agreement to reopen a Russian “signals
intelligence” base there?
Cuban dictator Raul Castro and Russian President Vladimir Putin
reportedly struck the deal in Havana this month (though Mr. Putin later
denied it). Russia supposedly gets to reopen the electronic spying post;
Cuba gets off the hook for about 90 percent of its Soviet-era debt to
Russia — about $32 billion, according to The New York Times.
Ironically, debt played a role in Mr. Putin's closure of the base in
2001 — because Congress linked its abandonment with restructuring of
Russian foreign debt. Technological updates to the listening post in
Lourdes, outside Havana and about 150 miles from Florida, could bolster
its former capabilities.
At its height, says The Times, Lourdes monitored the U.S. Navy, the U.S.
space program and “microwave transmissions of telephone conversations in
the southeastern United States” while facilitating communications with
Russian spies in America. Heading Cuba's armed forces in 1993, Mr.
Castro claimed Lourdes then produced 75 percent of Russia's strategic
intelligence on the U.S.
Questions abound over what's left of the old Lourdes facility and to
what extent it can or will be constituted, given Russia's struggling
economic situation. Thus, whether this spate of power projection is real
or faux remains difficult to discern. But the signal for Castro
apologists should be that the more things appear to change in Cuba, the
more they stay the same.
before vacationing in a totalitarian country: "Honeymoon in a Cuban
June 17 - A
Cuban hotel, run by Raul Castro's military, charged a British couple
4,000 euros ($5,440) to replace a TV set in their room, that was
allegedly damaged. They were not allowed to go back to their room to
verify that the TV was not working.
The cost was 10 times the
price of the TV.
They were told that the hotel
was run by the military and if they didn't pay they'll go to prison.
Read their story in the
Castro: How Fidel lived the life of luxury in Cuba, complete with his
own private island
May 21 - Presione aquí
para leerlo en Español:
Fidel Castro lived like a
king with his own private yacht, a luxury Caribbean island getaway
complete with dolphins and a turtle farm, and travelled with two
personal blood donors, a new book claims.
In La Vie Cachée de Fidel Castro (Fidel Castro's Hidden Life), former
bodyguard Juan Reinaldo Sánchez, a member of Castro's elite inner
circle, says the Cuban leader ran the country as his personal fiefdom
like a cross between a medieval overlord and Louis XV.
Sánchez, who was part of Castro's praetorian guard for 17 years,
describes a charismatic and intelligent but manipulative, cold-blooded,
egocentric Castro prone to foot-stamping temper tantrums. He claims the
vast majority of Cubans were unaware their leader enjoyed a lifestyle
beyond the dreams of many Cubans and at odds with the sacrifices he
demanded of them.
"Contrary to what he has always said, Fidel has never renounced
capitalist comforts or chosen to live in austerity. Au contraire, his
mode de vie is that of a capitalist without any kind of limit," he
writes. "He has never considered that he is obliged by his speech to
follow the austere lifestyle of a good revolutionary."
Sánchez claims he suffered Castro's ruthlessness first hand when he fell
out of favour, was branded a traitor, "thrown in jail like a dog",
tortured and left in a cockroach infested cell, after asking to retire.
Released from prison, Sánchez followed the well-worn route of Cuban
exiles to America in 2008. "Until the turn in the 1990s I'd never asked
too many questions about the workings of the system … that's the problem
with military people … as a good soldier, I did my job and my best and
that was enough to make me happy," he writes.
The book, published on Wednesday, has been written with French
journalist Axel Gyldén, a senior reporter at L'Express magazine. Gyldén
admits Sánchez has a large axe to grind with Castro, but insists he has
checked the Cuban's story.
"This is the first time someone from Castro's intimate circle, someone
who was part of the system and a first-hand witness to these events, has
spoken. It changes the image we have of Fidel Castro and not just how
his lifestyle contradicts his words, but of Castro's psychology and
motivations," Gyldén told the Guardian.
This is not the first time it has been claimed that Castro enjoys great
wealth. In 2006 Forbes magazine listed the Cuban leader in its top 10
richest "Kings, Queens and Dictators", citing unnamed officials who
claimed Castro had amassed a fortune by skimming profits from a network
of state-owned companies. The Cuban leader vehemently denied the report.
Castro's long reign ended in 2006 when he was stricken with what was
believed to be diverticulitis, an intestinal ailment, and handed power
to his younger brother Raúl, who had served as defence minister. He
officially ceded power to Raúl in 2008.
Fidel continued penning columns for the Communist party newspaper Granma
but gradually vanished from public view, fuelling rumours he had died,
only to surface for occasional, fleeting appearances. Raul has made
cautious economic reforms but kept tight control.
Visitors such as Ignacio Ramonet, the French journalist who has
interviewed Castro at length, have depicted an austere lifestyle of
reading, exercise, simple meals and modest home comforts.
But Sánchez, now 65 and living in America, claims Castro enjoyed a
private island – Cayo Piedra, south of the Bay of Pigs, scene of the
failed CIA-sponsored invasion of 1961 – describing it as a "garden of
Eden" where he entertained selected guests including the writer Gabríel
Garcia Márquez, and enjoyed spear-fishing.
The former bodyguard says Castro sailed to the island on his luxury
yacht, the Aquarama II, fitted out with rare Angolan wood and powered by
four motors sent by the Soviet president Leonid Brezhnev. Continue
Citizens protesting against the regime on March 28 in Havana's famous
that brainwashing doesn't work?
Dec. 7 - Elian González after
14 years of brainwashing: "Fidel Castro for me is like a father. I
don't profess to have any religion but if I did my god would be Fidel
Castro. He is like a ship that knew to take his crew on the right path"
Ladies in White protest in Havana and stopped from marching in Holguín
Dec. 3 - Video of a protest
by the Ladies in White on Sunday December 1 at Parque Gandhi in Havana
and an attempt to march in Holguin, but were stopped by Castro's police
is brutally attacked by Castro's police for expressing her opinions
Nov. 4 - Anonymous Venezuela
has a warning: This is the future of Venezuela unless they get rid of
Maduro and the other puppets under the control of the Castro brothers.
Sáncez's presentation at Google Ideas Summit
October 26 - Yoani Sánchez
explains how Internet without Internet is used by Cubans inside the
Learn how you can help
promote Internet without Internet in Cuba:
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@WebPaqsforCuba On Facebook:
Paquetes Web Para Cuba
Learn about a new
technology that allows Cubans in Cuba have access to websites banned by
the Castro regime and how you can help:
The Real Cuba
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another act of repudiation against members of UNPACU
Oct. 9 - This took place in
Cardenas on Sunday October 6, 2013
to see the video
Cuban authorities are worried about web paqs circulating inside Cuba
Sept. 13 - Tweet from Yoani
"Authorities worried because
of "packages" or "combos" with a collection of audiovisuals in the black
As I have said before,
projects like Web Paqs for Cuba are the best way to bypass the
blockade at the Internet, put in place by the Castro dictatorship to
prevent Cubans in the island from knowing what's happening inside Cuba
and in the rest of the world.
You can learn more about Web
Paqs for Cuba and how you can get involved in this project at
La Singularidad Cuba (Español)
The Real Cuba
(English) Twitter and
at the Hijas de Galicia Hospital, Luyanó, Havana, Cuba
July 8 - Video taken in April
of this year at the Hijas de Galicia Hospital, one of the hospitals for
Cubans who do not have hard currency to pay the Castro brothers.
Very different from the
hospital where they took Micahel Moore and the hospitals that are used
by foreigners who pay with dollars.
Click here to see the video
video shows Bahamian guards brutally abusing Cuban rafters
June 15 - June 15 - This
clandestine video taking inside a Bahamian jail, shows a guard kicking
and insulting Cuban rafters who were trying to reach the United States
and ended up in the Bahamas.
There should be a tourism boycott of the Bahamas, unless the Bahamian
government orders the arrest and prosecution of this brutal thug and
stops abusing Cuban rafters who are risking their lives in search for
Click here to see the video
Yoani Sánchez about the Web Paqs for Cuba project
about Paquetes Web Para Cuba
Visit our page about
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daily ABC has an article about the false myth of Cuba's healthcare
Foto de la
versión impresa del reportaje en ABC
March 17 - On Thursday of
last week, Carmen Muñoz a columnist for Spanish daily ABC, called me to
ask for permission to use the photos at therealcuba.com for an article
about the false myth of Cuba's healthcare.
I was able to send her many
of the photos on high resolution to use on the print edition of the
The article was published on
Sunday on ABC and is also on their web page at
Cuban blogger Orlando Luis Pardo about Paquetes Web Para Cuba
Our new page:
Fidel Castro, the
World's oldest terrorist
My interview with
March 29 - I was interviewed by Ed Kasputis, of Baseball PhD, about
baseball in Cuba before Castro and about the two Cubas, the one for
foreigners and the one for regular Cubans.
Ed did a previous program with Mr. Sports Travel of San Diego, CA, about
the five top international baseball destinations and was surprised to
find out that the #1 destination was Cuba.
He received some nice pictures of Cuba and was ready to book a trip when
he saw therealcuba.com and changed his mind.
He interviewed me as part of a program about the new Marlins Stadium and
I was able to talk about baseball in Cuba before Castro and then we had
a long chat about what is the reality of life in Cuba under Castro.
The program lasts 53 minutes, if you are not a baseball fan and just
want to hear my interview about Cuba use your mouse to move the dial to
here to listen
Listen to Fidel Castro
For those who think that the Cuban people chose the system imposed by
the Castro brothers, here are some of the things that Fidel Castro said
and promised when he gained power
photos of Cuba's prisons, missile installations, military bases and
A look at
Havana before the Castro brothers destroyed it
We have new photos of
Havana taken in October of last year
Oct. 9 - A friend sent me around two dozen photos of Havana that he took
at the beginning of this month.
Some of them are very sad, because they show how Havana has been
completely destroyed by this gang of human termites.
Some others are hard to believe, including this one of goats having
"lunch" off the dumpsters on a Havana street.
to see them
Socio-Economic Conditions in Pre-Castro
Dec. 17 - Cuba Facts is an ongoing series of succinct
fact sheets on various topics, including, but not limited to, political
structure, health, economy, education, nutrition, labor, business,
foreign investment, and demographics, published and updated on a regular
basis by the Cuba Transition Project staff at the University of Miami.
Click here to learn the truth about Cuba's Health, Education,
Personal Consumption and much more in pre-Castro Cuba.
More photos showing how the Castro brothers
have destroyed one of the world's most beautiful cities
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