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Times wrong to lobby for lifting Cuba embargo
Nov. 20 - Ernesto Londoño is
the newest member of The New York Times editorial board. He was hired in
September and since then he has written six editorials and two blogs on
why the United States should re-establish relations with Cuba and lift
In more than 50 years as a journalist, I cannot recall a time when a
major American newspaper has published that many editorials on a story
that outside of South Florida is no longer front-page news.
Editorials are supposed to give guidance, offer advice to readers and
public officials. Seldom are they part of a lobbying campaign. Yet this
is precisely what The New York Times and Londoño are doing.
Mauricio Claver-Carone is the Executive Director of Cuba Democracy
Advocates in Washington, D.C., a non-partisan organization dedicated to
the promotion of a transition in Cuba toward human rights, democracy and
the rule of law, said that when Andrew Rosenthal, the editor of The New
York Times' opinion pages was asked about the series of editorials and
blogs, he admitted they were part of a lobbying campaign.
Carone said Rosenthal had admitted the newspaper wanted "to influence
those who craft U.S. policy (in this country) at a time when they were
contemplating the possibility of adopting a new policy towards Cuba."
This is not to say The New York Times is accepting money from the Cuban
government or from the group of rich Cubans asking for the same thing. I
believe Londoño and the newspaper are taking this position because of
I respect their right to say their piece, but I reject their logic and
the idea that newspaper editorials should be repositories of arguments
for a lobbying campaign.
Rosenthal must know things us mere mortals ignore. I am cognizant there
has been a group of wealthy Cubans who seek rapprochement with the Cuban
regime. Yet I know of no plan or even a rumor that the U.S. government
is thinking of changing its Cuba policy.
As long as Bob Menéndez, D-N.J., chairs the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, the Senate will not even get the chance to consider modifying
the Helms-Burton law that strengthened the embargo against Cuba.
Maybe Londoño and The New York Times Editorial Board believe President
Obama would be willing to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba.
That would be naive. The president already has a major battle on his
hands when he enacts immigration reform by executive action, bypassing
Londoño's arguments are at best exaggerated. He says younger
Cuban-Americans favor lifting the embargo. Polls do say that.
What neither the polls nor Londoño can explain is why, if that is the
case, all five Cuban-American congressmen and three senators are all
opposed to lifting the embargo or re-establishing relations with Cuba.
Nor can the polls explain why two Democratic Party candidates in Florida
who favored improving relations with Cuba lost their elections in
Londoño could not have guessed that the two candidates he mentioned as
examples of politicians who wanted better relations with Cuba —
Congressman Joe Garcia and former Gov. Charlie Crist — were to lose two
Still, he insists on pushing the issue. He praises the Cuban doctors who
travel to Africa to fight Ebola — undeniably a worthy cause. He also
speaks in glowing terms of the thousands of Cuban doctors who serve poor
In his latest editorial Londoño says Cuba makes "$8.2 billion from its
medical workers overseas. The vast majority, fewer than 46,000, are
posted in Latin American and the Caribbean. A few thousand are in 32
He added that Cuba pays the doctors who go to Brazil $1,200 per month,
much more than the $60 per month the doctors make in Cuba. What he does
not say is Brazil pays Cuba $4,430 per month for each doctor. Cuba keeps
the difference between what it pays their doctors and what Brazil pays
the Castro regime.
To me, that is a form of slavery. How else would one describe a
situation where the state keeps almost 75 percent of what a person earns
To Londoño, I am one of the dying breed of Cuban-Americans who still
dream that someday Cuba will be free of the totalitarian rule of the
Castro brothers, and its people will live in a democracy that will
respect human rights and grant its citizens freedom of speech.
One of the
slave doctors sent to Africa by the Castros catches ebola
Nov. 19 - A Cuban doctor
treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the
disease and was being sent to Geneva for treatment, officials said, the
first Cuban known to have contracted the potentially deadly haemorrhagic
The doctor, identified by Cuba's official website Cubadebate on Tuesday
as Felix Baez, is one of 165 Cuban doctors and nurses treating Ebola
patients in Sierra Leone. They have been there since early October.
They are part of a Cuban team of 256 medical professionals sent to West
Africa to treat patients in the worst Ebola outbreak on record that has
killed more than 5,000 people.
Baez, a specialist in internal medicine, had a fever on Sunday and
tested positive on Monday after being taken to the capital Freetown,
Cubadebate reported, citing a Health Ministry statement. He has not
shown complications and is "hemodynamically stable," the statement said.
"Our collaborator is being tended to by a team of British professionals
with experience in treating patients who have displayed the disease and
they have maintained constant communication with our brigade," the
At the urging of the World Health Organization (WHO) it was decided to
send him to a university hospital in Geneva, where he would be treated
by experts in infectious diseases, the ministry statement said. His
whereabouts in Sierra Leone early on Wednesday were unclear.
The Cuban commitment to treating Ebola patients in West Africa has won
international praise as more substantial than contributions from many
wealthy countries. Among those recognizing Cuba has been the United
States, its political adversary for the past 55 years.
Some Cuban 165 doctors and nurses have gone to Sierra Leone for a
six-month mission, with another 53 in Liberia and 38 in Guinea.
Another 205 have undergone three weeks of training, with extensive
practice in using protective full-body suits, and are ready to receive
an Ebola assignment.
The Communist-run island has practiced medical diplomacy since Fidel
Castro came to power in a 1959 revolution.
While Cuba provides disaster relief around the world free of charge, it
also exchanges doctors for cash or goods on more routine missions. The
island receives an estimated 100,000 barrels of oil per day from
Venezuela, where some 30,000 Cuban medical professionals are posted.
In all, there are more than 50,000 health workers in 67 countries.
This is how much the Castro brothers make from their slave doctors
Nov. 17 - No wonder the New
York Times wants to make sure Cuban slave doctors cannot escape. The NYT
partners in Havana make billions of dollars a year exploiting the slave
doctors and other Cuban professionals.
The slave trade brings the
Castro brothers almost four times more than tourism.
New York's Granma, wants to make sure that the slave doctors can't seek
Nov. 17 - The New York Times,
best known as the Castros' mouthpiece in New York, has a new editorial
today, the sixth in as many weeks, in favor of the fascist dictatorship
This time, the NYT wants the
United States to cancel the program that has allowed thousands of slave
Cuban doctors flee their slave masters and seek refuge in this country.
New York's Granma knows that
the Castro brothers make more than $9 billion a year in their slave
trade with Cuban doctors and other professionals, and want to make sure
that those doctors keep working for their partners in Havana.
If you have the stomach to
read it, here is today's NYT editorial:
A Cuban Brain Drain Courtesy of the US
Mary Anastasia O'Grady: Cuba’s Slave Trade in Doctors
Nov. 5 - Western cultures
don’t approve of human trafficking, which the Merriam-Webster dictionary
defines as “organized criminal activity in which human beings are
treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited.” Yet it’s hard to
find any journalist, politician, development bureaucrat or labor
activist anywhere in the world who has so much as batted an eye at the
extensive human-trafficking racket now being run out of Havana. This is
worth more attention as Cuban doctors are being celebrated for their
work in Africa during the Ebola crisis.
Cuba is winning accolades for its international “doctor diplomacy,” in
which it sends temporary medical professionals abroad—ostensibly to help
poor countries battle disease and improve health care. But the doctors
are not a gift from Cuba. Havana is paid for its medical missions by
either the host country, in the case of Venezuela, or by donor countries
that send funds to the World Health Organization. The money is supposed
to go to Cuban workers’ salaries. But neither the WHO nor any host
country pays Cuban workers directly. Instead the funds are credited to
the account of the dictatorship, which by all accounts keeps the lion’s
share of the payment and gives the worker a stipend to live on with a
promise of a bit more upon return to Cuba.
It’s the perfect crime: By shipping its subjects abroad to help poor
people, the regime earns the image of a selfless contributor to the
global community even while it exploits workers and gets rich off their
backs. According to DW, Germany’s international broadcaster, Havana
earns some $7.6 billion annually from its export of health-care workers.
This is big business, which if it weren’t being carried out by gangster
Marxists would surely offend journalists. Instead they lap it up. In an
Oct. 24 interview with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, CNN anchor
Christiane Amanpour lighted up when she talked about Cuba’s health-care
workers in Africa. “Cuba clearly has something to teach the world in its
rapid response, doesn’t it,” Ms. Amanpour gushed. Mr. Kim agreed,
calling it “a wonderful gesture.”
What the Cuban workers in the line of the Ebola fire are being paid
remains a state secret. But human trafficking is not new for Havana nor
is it limited to the medical profession. In October 2008 a federal judge
in Miami ruled in favor of three Cuban workers who claimed they, along
with some 100 others, had been sent by the regime to Curaçao to work off
Cuban debt to the Curaçao Drydock Company. The plaintiffs described
horrific working conditions for which they were paid three cents an
The Christian Science Monitor reported at the time that the company
“admitted that the Cuban workers’ passports were seized and that their
unpaid wages were deducted from the debt Havana owed the company.” Tomas
Bilbao of the Cuba Study Group in Washington told the paper that “these
types of violations are not out of the ordinary for the Cuban
government.” Their attorney told the paper that back home in Cuba, after
they cried foul, their family members lost jobs and access to schooling
and suffered harassment from gangs.
Making medical professionals an export product is provoking a doctor
shortage in Cuba, which is exacerbating widespread privation in health
care. A humane government might turn its attention to this domestic
misery, but there’s no money in that. Instead Cuba sells the labor of
health professionals abroad even in the midst of persistent dengue and
cholera outbreaks on the island.
Cuban doctors are not forced at gunpoint to become expat slaves, but
they are given offers they cannot refuse. As Cuban doctor Antonio Guedes,
who now lives in exile in Madrid, told the German DW, “Whoever does not
cooperate may lose his job, or at least his position or his son will not
get a place at university.” As with the workers in Curaçao, the regime
keeps health-care workers under constant surveillance and confiscates
their passports. Something about that doesn’t sound voluntary.
When given the chance, many of those trafficked have fled. In the last
two years alone almost 3,100 Cubans have taken advantage of a special
U.S. visa program that recognizes the exploitation of Cuban health
professionals sent to third countries. As punishment the regime
prohibits their families from leaving Cuba to see them. Getting
certified to practice medicine in the U.S. can be long and arduous.
Doctors groups in Brazil have pressured the Brazilian government to
demand that Cuba raise the slave wage it was paying some 11,000 Cuban
health workers in that country. But last week Brazilian federal
prosecutor Luciana Loureiro Oliveira said there is evidence that Havana
still keeps at least 75% of the money designated by donors as salaries.
She called this “frankly illegal” because it violates Brazilian labor
law and said the Cubans should be paid directly.
That would be the end of Cuban do-gooding in Brazil.
The Wall Street Journal
This Blind Cuban Dissident Tells the New York Times What They Have Wrong
Nov. 5 - On the day when
millions of Americans were exercising their sovereign right to elect
their leaders, a blind Cuban dissident who’s never been able to cast a
vote in his life was in Washington with a simple message for The New
“If you end the embargo now like The New York Times wants, Cuba will
have 50 more years of misery, 50 more years of state criminality and 50
more years of torture,” Juan Carlos Gonzalez Leiva told think tankers
and some Hill staffers at a luncheon. Cuba’s problems, he said, “have
nothing to do with the embargo.
The New York Times has for decades echoed Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s
call for an end to the embargo, but has stepped up this campaign to
almost an obsessive level since hiring Ernesto Londoño as editorial
writer back in July. To many long-time Cuba watchers it is as though the
ghost of Times foreign correspondent Herbert Matthews has returned.
More than any other journalist, Matthews is rightly blamed for making
Castro palatable to the Eisenhower administration and to America at
large. Among his most infamous quotes on Castro was his 1959
observation, “This is not a Communist Revolution in any sense of the
term. Fidel Castro is not only not a Communist, he is decidedly
One would think that, with
this record, the Times would be a bit contrite. But no. Just yesterday
it once again echoed another long-standing demand of the Castros,
calling for the swap of three Cuban spies serving well-deserved prison
sentences here for Alan Gross, the USAID contractor thrown into a Cuban
prison for giving computers to members of Cuba’s Jewish community.
Gonzalez Leiva, who describes his two years in a Cuban prison—into which
he was thrown for daring to write Fidel Castro a letter asking for
freedom—as “the devil having his way with you for [a couple of years],”
said the New York Times should send reporters to Cuba and interview
dissidents. “Let them interview me,” he said. Better yet, he said, the
Times should ask for access to Cuban prisons and interview the political
Cuba’s economy doesn’t work because when a dairy farmer succeeds and
goes from two cows to 10, the government comes in and confiscates eight
or nine, he said, and in an island surrounded by water Cubans are not
allowed to fish. Lifting the embargo, said Gonzalez Leiva, would give
the Castros’s communist dictatorship—for Mathews was tragically wrong
there—access to international credit markets it needs to survive at this
“Communism has made Cuba a parasite, first of the Soviet Union and now
of Venezuela. Without communism we would be prosperous once again, as
prosperous as Miami,” said Gonzalez Leiva. “Don’t lift the embargo until
all political prisoners are out of prison, until civil society is
recognized and free speech is allowed.”
It’s a message we should all welcome on this most hallowed day of
The Daily Signal
Abandoned Communist Nuclear Reactor
Oct. 10 - Just 90 miles off
the tip of Florida lies a half-baked, abandoned relic of the Cold
War-era arms race — what was once going to be a joint Cuban-Soviet
nuclear reactor. Thank God it never panned out. Because not only do we
now have these incredible shots from photographer Darmon Richter, but
every last aspect of this thing would have been a total and utter
It all started back in 1976,
when comrades in communism, Cuba and the Soviet Union, agreed to build
two nuclear reactors near Juragua, Cuba. And if it had ever been
finished, just one of these 440-megawatt reactors could have satisfied
over 15 per cent of Cuba’s energy needs. As The New York Times explained
when construction officially ceased, this wasn’t your everyday reactor:
The V.V.E.R. design, which was the most advanced at the time, was the
first to be exported by Moscow for use in a tropical climate. It differs
from the Chernobyl-style design in that the radioactive core and fuel
elements are contained within a pressurised steel vessel.
Construction didn’t start until 1983, which gave Cuba 10 years to build
their potential-livelihood, all thanks to the the steady flow of Soviet
funds. Of course, when the Soviet Union fell in 1991, the essential
funds ceased, over 300 former Soviet technicians returned to the
motherland, and all construction came to a standstill — despite the fact
that 40 per cent of the heavy machinery had already been installed.
Still, it wasn’t over quite yet. The whole project spent nearly a decade
in limbo, until finally, in 2000, Fidel Castro told Vladamir Putin that
he was done with the two countries’ former joint-dream. Now, the power
plant at Juragua was officially little more than a testament to what
could have been — which is a very good thing. Because as it turns out,
“what could have been” basically entailed wildly dangerous conditions
and potentially a whole mess of destruction. Continue reading and see
couple reunited in U.S. after year-long sea odyssey
Sept. 26 - Almost a year
after he smuggled his way out of Cuba on a homemade boat, Jose Caballero
was reunited late Thursday with his wife who survived a harrowing sea
voyage of her own last month.
The two embraced tightly at the Greyhound bus terminal in Austin, Texas,
hours after Mailin Perez crossed the border from Mexico, taking
advantage of a U.S. policy that allows entry to Cubans arriving by land.
"Right now we're so happy, but exhausted from all the tension. There
were so many desperate moments," said Caballero.
Perez, 30, was one of a group of Cuban migrants rescued at sea by
Mexican fishermen this month off the Yucatan peninsula badly sunburned
and dehydrated after three weeks adrift.
Only 15 of the 32 passengers of her boat survived the journey from
Manzanillo in eastern Cuba, with 15 dying at sea, and two more dying
after they were rescued.
"It was such a battle to get here," Perez said later, as she sat down to
a traditional Cuban dinner of chicken, and "congri" (rice and beans)
prepared by her husband. "I'm happy, but sad for the ones who didn't
The group set off on August 7, and were forced to fashion a makeshift
sail for their vessel after the motor failed early in the journey. One
by one the passengers died as supplies of food, and then water, ran out.
Their bodies were thrown overboard.
Caballero, 40, said his wife lost eight cousins on the boat, adding that
she had been an assistant at a blood bank in Cuba and brought medical
supplies with her.
"For her it's going to be hard. Right now she is happy she made it, but
imagine the trauma she feels," he said.
Caballero left Cuba by the same route in December on a boat carrying 47
people, and is now a maintenance worker at a trucking company in Austin.
"We were at sea for only nine days and I still have nightmares about
drowning," he said.
Mexican officials detained the Cubans for two weeks before releasing
them, saying Cuba had not recognized them as its citizens.
Under the "wet foot, dry foot policy" of the United States, Cuban
migrants who make it onto U.S. soil are allowed to remain while those
intercepted at sea are turned back.
Cubans seeking to flee the communist-run island are heading in
increasing numbers to Central America or southern Mexico and then making
a long journey overland to reach the United States.
U.S. authorities say 16,200 Cubans arrived without visas at the border
with Mexico in the past 11 months, the highest number in a decade.
Caballero said his wife had previously tried unsuccessfully to leave
Cuba four times by boat and he tried to persuade her not to try again.
"But there was no stopping her," he said.
The couple left two children behind with relatives in Cuba, a boy aged
11 and a girl aged four.
"That's our hope now, to bring them to the United States," said
Caballero. "But not the way we came. Not by sea."
protesting against the regime on March 28 in Havana's famous Galiano
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:
The Real Cuba
Also on Twitter:
@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,
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