Canosa: Handshakes Matter When They Are Stained With Blood
Dec. 11 - President Obama’s
handshake of Cuban strongman Raúl Castro at Nelson Mandela’s funeral is
no petty matter. Although some would argue that it was merely a polite
gesture, it takes on added meaning when you examine the background of
the two heads of state involved in the greeting.
The leader of the free world extending his hand, and a cheerful
salutation, to a brutal dictator who has personally carried out the
execution of hundreds of so-called “counter-revolutionaries,” is deeply
disturbing. It is also a slap in the face to the Cuban exile community
and the millions of Cubans who continue to suffer under the repressive
regime of the Castro brothers.
As much as the White House would like you to think that the meeting with
Raúl Castro was unscripted, it most certainly wasn’t. The world of
modern diplomacy – and modern security – simply doesn’t permit such
chance meetings. You are left to wonder why President Obama chose to
shake the hand of an unrepentant murderer.
Yes, a murderer.
To understand the offense, one must understand a little more about Raúl
Castro, Fidel’s younger brother and his successor. While Fidel was
healthy, Raúl remained in the shadows, running the Cuban Armed Forces
and maintaining a fairly modest profile. His low-key persona, however,
was little more than an illusion. Raúl Castro was an avid participant in
the Cuban revolution. In the early years he was directly responsible for
the execution of hundreds of “enemies of the state,” many of them
innocent individuals, summarily rounded up and shot merely on the basis
of rumor of innuendo. Raúl’s penchant (and even enthusiasm) for
executions is well documented in Brian Latell’s masterful book After
Fidel: The Inside Story of Castro’s Regime and Cuba’s Next Leader.
In 1989, Raúl Castro even participated in the betrayal and subsequent
execution of a man many considered to be his best friend, General
Arnaldo Ochoa. Ochoa had incurred the wrath of Raúl’s brother Fidel, who
accused him of treason and set him up in a show trial worthy of Joseph
Stalin. Raúl sent him to his death, knowing better than to question his
brother’s judgment. Other senior government officials were also rounded
up and shot.
In addition to his role in executing hundreds of Cubans, Raúl Castro has
come very close to being indicted by the U.S. government for his
involvement with Colombian drug traffickers (in 1993) and for his
participation in the premeditated shoot down of the two Brothers to the
Rescue civilian aircraft (in 1996). Three of the four men killed in the
shoot down were U.S. citizens.
Nevertheless, the President of the United States decides to shake the
hand of a killer, a brutal dictator, and one of the last remaining
despots of the 20th century. Continue reading
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Castro spoke about 'Mandela's legacy' his Gestapo enforced 'Raul's
legacy' in Cuba
Dec. 10 -
Photos of dissidents arrested during Human Rights Day in Cuba
police detain dozens of dissidents on human rights anniversary
Dec. 10 - Cuban police
detained dozens of dissidents, beat up others, blocked their telephones
and sealed off their homes Tuesday to forestall a string of protests and
other gatherings planned to mark International Human Rights Day.
Among those detained were the leader and more than 20 members of the
Ladies in White, who tried to gather in a popular corner of Havana.
Another 30 activists were also detained in the eastern province of
Santiago de Cuba, according to dissident reports.
And police left 16 dissidents bleeding and arrested six others when they
raided the home of Roger Curbelo, a member of the opposition Christian
Liberation Movement (MCL) in the eastern town of Puerto Padre, according
to MCL activist Ramón García.
“All of us are full of blood,” Garcia said of the 16 activists who
remained holed up in the home late Tuesday. Some were hit with police
batons and others with rocks thrown from a mob of about 1,000 government
supporters that harassed the home, he added.
Security officials blocked the telephones of several dissidents in an
apparent effort to silence reports of other arrests, and Havana blogger
Yoani Sanchez tweeted Tuesday morning that “Like in a bad horror movie,
I am losing communication with … activists.”
Although most of the detainees were expected to be released soon, the
crackdown appeared to be one of the broadest in years because of the
increased activities planned by the opposition for the anniversary of
the U.N.’s Universal Human Rights Declaration.
Ladies in White leader Berta Soler and her husband, former political
prisoner Angel Moya, were hauled off by plainclothes police as they
headed to a protest planned by the women’s group in front of Havana’s
popular Coppelia ice cream shop, according to independent journalist
At least another 20 Ladies in White and two men were detained, some with
force, as they arrived in groups of twos and threes and dressed in their
traditional white clothes, according to an eyewitness report by the
Agence France Press news agency.
As the women were detained, some shouted “Freedom” and a pro-government
mob gathered near the shop held up posters of Fidel and Raúl Castro and
shouted “filthy rats,” “death to the Ladies in White,” Spain’s Efe news
Also harassed by police, State Security agents and mobs was Estado de
SATS, directed by Antonio Rodiles, which on Tuesday launched its two-day
First International Conference on Human Rights in Rodiles’ home without
Rodiles said police had sealed off his entire city block and were
arresting or turning away supporters who turned up for the gathering.
Ten to 15 supporters slipped into his home before the barricades went
up, but he had been expecting 80 to 200 to attend.
Among those detained were two Argentines, Pedro Robledo and Valentina
Aragona, who travelled to Cuba to participate in the gathering, Rodiles
added. They were to be deported, according to the blog Diario de Cuba
Security officials also organized block parties around Havana and the
rest of the island, delivering beer and rum and blaring revolutionary
music to celebrate what are Cuba’s claims of achievements inhuman
rights, such as health and education.
The Miami Herald
El Nuevo Herald (Español)
Cuban-American lawmakers upset over President Obama shaking the hand of
Dec. 10 - "It is nauseating,"
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., who fled Cuba with her family when she
was a child, told Fox News.
Speaking later at a hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry, the
congresswoman held up photos of the handshake and said political
dissidents would be "disheartened" by them.
"Sometimes a handshake is just a handshake, but when the leader of the
free world shakes the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator like Raul
Castro, it becomes a propaganda coup for the tyrant," she said.
Distrust of the Castro government runs deep in the Cuban-American
community, particularly in Florida where many refugees still live.
Obama's brief encounter with Castro, though -- unlike the historic phone
call earlier this year between Obama and Iran's new president, Hassan
Rouhani -- was described as spontaneous.
An administration official said "this wasn't a pre-planned encounter,"
adding: "Above all else, today is about honoring Nelson Mandela, and
that was the president's singular focus at the memorial service."
At the hearing on Tuesday, Kerry said Obama "didn't choose who's" at the
Mandela ceremony. Asked by Ros-Lehtinen if Castro is upholding basic
human rights, Kerry answered: "No. Absolutely not."
Obama shook Castro's hand as he made his way down a line of dignitaries,
including South African President Jacob Zuma and Brazilian President
Dilma Rousseff, on his way to deliver an address honoring the late South
In the speech in Johannesburg, Obama praised Mandela as the "last great
liberator of the 20th century."
"He changed laws, but he also changed hearts," Obama said.
Ros-Lehtinen said afterward that Castro should have listened to Obama's
message about how some leaders praise Mandela without respecting human
rights. "I think that was a message to Raul Castro," she said, calling
him a "thug."
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also released a statement saying: "If the
president was going to shake his hand, he should have asked him about
those basic freedoms Mandela was associated with that are denied in
Cuba." Read more
McCain compares Obama-Castro handshake to Chamberlain-Hitler
Dec. 10 - Sen. John McCain
(R-Ariz.) criticized President Obama for shaking the hand of Cuban
leader Raul Castro at the memorial ceremony for former South African
president Nelson Mandela, comparing the gesture to Neville Chamberlain's
handshake with Adolf Hitler at the start of World War II.
"It gives Raul some propaganda to continue to prop up his dictatorial,
brutal regime, that's all," McCain said sarcastically. McCain's comments
can be heard in an audio clip recorded by Todd Zwillich of The Takeaway
On his way to the podium, Obama walked down the line of dignitaries,
greeting other leaders there to pay their respects. Obama neither made a
special effort to shake Castro’s hand nor to avoid him.
But McCain said Obama should not have extended his hand to Castro.
"Of course not," the senator said when asked. "Why should you shake
hands with somebody who's keeping Americans in prison? I mean, what's
That's when he added the Hitler comparison.
"Neville Chamberlain shook hands with Hitler," he said, referring to the
British prime minister's infamous handshake with the German dictator as
Britain was negotiating Germany’s takeover of the Sudentenland. The
agreement paved the way for the spread of Germany's military across
In contrast, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) earlier Tuesday declined to
criticize the handshake, instead saying that Obama should have taken the
opportunity to press Castro on human-rights issues. (Rubio is Cuban
In his remarks, Obama didn't address Cuba or Castro directly, but he did
make reference to leaders who don't respect human rights -- words that
could be read as implicitly addressing the Castro regime.
"There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle
for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people," Obama
Obama, though, isn't the first U.S. president to shake a Castro's hand.
Bill Clinton shook Raul's brother, Fidel's, hand at the United Nations
The Washington Post
Post Editorial: Antonio Rodiles boldly confronts the Castro regime
Dec. 10 - A human rights
conference is scheduled to open Tuesday in Havana, the capital of a
regime with one of the world’s worst human rights records. A driving
force behind the conference is Antonio Rodiles, a democracy activist
trained in physics and mathematics who has been working for years to
create more space in Cuba for open debate. That space usually has been
in his house, which he has turned into a kind of think tank and creative
performance center for intellectuals, artists and human rights
Mr. Rodiles, who left Cuba in 1998 and returned in 2007, has been a
critic of the regime and has suffered for it. He was arrested, beaten
and held without charge for 19 days in November 2012. Last summer, he
and others started a movement, Citizen Demand for Another Cuba, urging
the government to ratify and implement two U.N. covenants on human
rights. Now Mr. Rodiles has organized a conference marking the 65th
anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But the regime
of Fidel and Raúl Castro does not lightly tolerate such challenges to
In a letter to Raúl Castro dated last Friday, Mr. Rodiles said his
activism continues to be met with threats from Cuban state security. His
car tires were punctured and a “chemical liquid with a fetid smell was
poured on its seats.” After that, urine was poured on the car seats. On
Monday, we are told, Mr. Rodiles was confronted anew by state security.
“The situation in which we live is untenable,” Mr. Rodiles wrote in his
letter. Anyone who disagrees with the regime “is destined to be treated
in a humiliating and degrading way.” Cuban citizens are kept in “a total
state of defenselessness” by the abusive state. “It is impossible to
remain indifferent to a power that systematically steps over the dignity
of citizens and its own laws with total impunity,” he wrote, “a power
that orders its representatives to act as common criminals.”
We are reminded of similar calls to action a decade ago by the
courageous dissident Oswaldo Payá, who sought a referendum on democracy
in Cuba and who died in a suspicious car wreck on the island in 2012,
along with another activist, Harold Cepero. Their deaths still cry out
for independent investigation. Mr. Payá was subject to harassment
similar to what Mr. Rodiles endures today.
The Washington Post
Obama shakes hands with the murderer of thousands of Cubans
Dec. 10 - President Barack
Obama shook hands with Cuban dictator Raul Castro on Tuesday, during the
memorial services for Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa.
rafter is dead and another two are missing, a third one was rescued
Dec. 9 - The Coast Guard is
leading the search for two Cuban migrants after a homemade raft was
discovered Monday in Biscayne Bay seven miles off Key Biscayne.
One person was found dead in the water and another was rescued from the
raft, according to the Coast Guard.
A good Samaritan boater discovered the raft and notified the Coast
Guard, which is searching along with Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue and Florida
Fish and Wildlife officers.
The survivor, who Miami fire officials said was on the raft for six
days, was transferred to a Miami-Dade rescue boat and then to Mercy
Hospital. The Coast Guard launched a helicopter and airplane as well as
two boat crews from the Miami Beach station.
The Miami Herald
El Nuevo Herald
Blackmail didn't work and there is too much $$$ involved: Cuba to reopen
Dec. 9 - Cuba has temporarily
reopened consular services in the United States after its bank postponed
closing the accounts of its diplomatic missions in Washington and New
York, it said in a statement released to media on Monday.
Consular services were suspended on November 27 by the Cuban Interests
Section, Havana's mission in Washington, when it failed to find a
replacement for M&T Bank Corp, which had decided to stop offering
services to foreign diplomatic missions.
The United States and Cuba do not have diplomatic relations but maintain
lower level Interests Sections in each other's capitals.
The decision, which Cuba blamed on U.S. sanctions, threatened to disrupt
a recent surge in travel between the two countries on the eve of the
busy holiday season.
It also threatened to undermine the Obama administration's
"people-to-people" policy to increase Cubans' contact with compatriots
living in the United States and groups of U.S. visitors licensed to
visit the Caribbean island. There are still tight restrictions on
general U.S. travel to the communist-run country, however.
An Interests Section press release published on Monday said the bank
would postpone closing the Cuban diplomatic missions' accounts in the
United States until March and would continue to receive deposits for
consular services until February 17.
"The Cuban Interests Section continues efforts to identify a new bank,"
the press release said.
According to Cuban officials and U.S. diplomats, both parties have
worked for months to replace M&T, but it has been difficult to find
another bank because of onerous sanctions regulations and the mounds of
small, individual receipts Cuba deposits that must be rigorously
A U.S. diplomat told Reuters on Sunday that the search for a permanent
new bank to handle the Cuban accounts continued, and a possible solution
might be near at hand.
While the Cuban government does not publish statistics on the number of
Cuban-Americans visiting the country each year, tourism industry sources
and U.S. charter companies and travel agencies place the figure at about
350,000, all of whom must seek entry visas. Cuban emigres must keep
their Cuban passports up to date through the Cuban Interests Section in
Washington and pay a renewal fee of $200 every two years.
Noticias: 50 free sites that require no Internet connection
Dec. 7 - A new alternative
communications project is available to Cubans through the site, “ La Singularidad.” Rafael Gonzalez and Jorge Utset, promoters of the site,
spoke on the Marti radio program, 1800 Online.
A web package with 50 sites filled with digital content is available to
Cubans each week via USB drives and CDs. Some sites are a mainstay,
while others are added at the request of various information-hungry
users, the webmasters explained.
Besides downloading, which can be done from anywhere in the world,
including Cuba, the promoters of this project encourage family, friends
and people close to the Cuban cause, to copy these sites in electronic
devices and send them to Cuba as often as possible.
Gonzalez explained that once the CD is installed in the computer or the
USB is hooked up to a cell phone, the user can browse the sites as they
would with a real connection, up to three clicks deep.
To facilitate navigation, the pages have a plain text format and some
pictures. The weight of the videos prevents them from including sites
with a heavy mulitmedia presence, but they are currently working on a
package for video sites only.
Although initially the project aimed to take political content to the
audience on the island, the themes of these websites have diversified,
thanks to feedback from the Cuban public. Now the Cuban people may be
able to peruse a variety of digital publications such as Cosmopolitan
Magazine, El Nuevo Herald, the blog Generation Y, among others.
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"
talks with Cuba until Mr. Gross is released
Dec. 7 - The Allan Gross
story took a strange turn today.
Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson made the following statement:
"Former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson has admitted to Newsmax that he
"screwed up" in his 2011 bid to free American Alan Gross, who has been
held in a Cuban prison for four years.
He spoke to the press when it would have been better for him to keep
quiet, he said on Newsmax TV's "Steve Malzberg Show."..."I screwed that
one up," Richardson said.
"I thought we had a deal. I went in and talked to the Cubans. The Cubans
were changing their policy at the last minute."
OK so Gov Richardson thought that we had a deal!
How about this deal?
President Obama should cancel any pending talks, especially visits to
Cuba by US businessmen or public officials.
He should make it very clear that everything is on hold until Mr Gross
is released unconditionally.
We must make it very clear that there is a price for jailing US citizens
for no reason at all.
Mandela, who wanted freedom for his people but supported tyranny in
Cuba, is dead
Dec. 6 - Nelson Mandela died
in South Africa on Thursday at the age of 95.
Mandela spent 27 years in
jail for his fight against apartheid, but never said one word against
apartheid in Cuba, on the contrary, he gave his unconditional support to
the Cuban dictator whom he considered a "great friend."
In my personal opinion, if
you want freedom for your people but support tyranny and slavery for
others, you are not a saint you are a hypocrite.
Great City of Havana
Dec. 5 - "Havana is
like Pompeii and Castro is its Vesuvius.” – Anthony Daniels
Almost every picture I’ve
ever seen of Cuba’s capital shows the city in ruins. Una Noche, the 2012
gut punch of a film directed by Lucy Mulloy, captures in nearly every
shot the savage decay of what was once the Western Hemisphere’s most
So I was stunned when I saw the restored portion of Old Havana for the
It is magnificent. And it covers a rather large area. A person could
wander around there all day, and I did. At first glance you could easily
mistake it for Europe and could kid yourself into thinking Cuba is doing
And yet, photographers
largely ignore it. Filmmakers, too. It must drive Cuba’s ministers of
tourism nuts. Why do you people only photograph the decay? We spent so
much time, effort, and money cleaning up before you got here.
Perhaps the wrecked part of the city—which is to say, most of it—strikes
more people as photogenic. But I don’t think that’s it. The reason
restored Old Havana is ignored by photographers, I believe, is because
it looks and feels fake.
It was fixed up just for tourists. Only communist true believers would
go to Cuba on holiday if the entire capital were still a vast ruinscape.
And since hardly anyone is a communist anymore, something had to be
But it doesn’t look fake because it looks nice. Czechoslovakia was gray
and dilapidated during the communist era, but no one thinks Prague isn’t
authentic now that it’s lovely again. The difference is that the Czechs
didn’t erect a Potemkin façade in a single part of their capital just to
bait tourists. They repaired the entire city because, after the fall of
the communist government, they finally could.
Nothing like that has occurred in Havana. The rotting surfaces of some
of the buildings have been restored, but those changes are strictly
cosmetic. Look around. There’s still nothing to buy. You’ll find a few
nice restaurants and bars here and there, but they’re owned by the state
and only foreigners go there. The locals can’t afford to eat or drink
out because the state caps their salaries at twenty dollars a month.
Restored Old Havana looks and feels no more real than the Las Vegas
version of Venice.
It’s sort of pleasant regardless, but it reeks of apartheid. The
descendents of the people who built this once fabulous city, the ones
who live in it now, aren’t allowed to enjoy it. All they can do is walk
around on the streets outside and peer in through the glass.
The semi-fake renovation is, however, good enough that one thing is
blindingly obvious: If Cuba had free enterprise, and if Americans could
travel there without restrictions, the economy would go supernova.
“The touristy parts of Havana are lovely,” said a friend of mine who has
been there many times and returned home with a Cuban wife a few years
ago. “But if you get out of the bubble and look at the places the
tourist busses don’t go, you will see a different Havana.”
That’s for damn sure.
I walked toward the center of town from the somewhat remote Habana Libre
Hotel and found myself the only foreigner in a miles-wide swath of
destruction. Continue reading
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
Castro's Murders Approved by the UN
By Rolando Pulido:
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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Sanchez: Why Cuba needs a monument to the thumb drive
Oct. 21 - Most Cubans remain
cut off from the Internet but are still using creative ways to access
and spread information online, a dissident blogger told journalists from
around the Americas Sunday.
Yoani Sanchez gave a largely grim report of the state of the press in
Cuba at a meeting of the Inter American Press Association in Denver. She
said President Raul Castro's regime has been aggressive in arresting and
beating people who speak out against the government and has failed to
document those actions, as his brother Fidel did. However, she said
neither is better than the other.
"They play the good and the bad policeman but in the end they are two
policemen," she said to applause.
While over 200 Internet cafes opened on the island nation this year, she
said the cost of using the slow and censored service for just an hour is
about $5 -- about a third of the average Cuban's monthly salary.
Despite that, she said people are sharing information on thumb drives
and can use their cellphones to text and post messages to Twitter
blindly, which she compared to sending a message in a bottle since she
doesn't know who is reading what she wrote. She joked that when Cuba is
free, the country will have to build a monument to the thumb drive,
which she said has done more to help the country than many of the people
now honoured by statues there.
Sanchez said those and other methods of "extreme creativity" to deal
with limited Internet access aren't surprising in a nation where people
were forced to come up with a way to make the spicy ground beef dish
picadillo without meat.
"We do the same with information," she said.
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another act of repudiation against members of UNPACU
Oct. 9 - This took place in
Cardenas on Sunday October 6, 2013
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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
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200 members of UNPACU at El Cobre Sanctuary on Sunday September 8
Sept. 9 - More than 200
members of Unión Patriótica Cubana (UNPACU) went to El Cobre Sanctuary
on Sunday, September 8, to participate in a Mass honoring La Virgen de
la Caridad and to express their opposition to the Cuban dictatorship.
doctor testifies in front of the Brazilian Congress
Sept. 7 -
Watch the video
400 cases of cholera reported in Güines
Sept. 2 - The Municipality of
Güines, 30 kilometers from Havana, has been severally affected by the
According to this report from
Hablemos Press, more than 400 people in Güines have been diagnosed with
Click here to see the video
Hablemos Press (Spanish)
The hospitals in
Venezuela are looking more and more like the hospitals in Castro's Cuba
July 29 - This photo was
taken at the Hospital Central de Valencia, in the state of Carabobo,
A country with the world's
largest oil reserves and with no embargo!
As I have said all along, it
is not the embargo, it is the stupid system that has never worked
anywhere n the world!
in Santiago de Cuba against UNPACU activists
July 22 -
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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
Moya Portieles, a woman who is not afraid of the brutal regime in Cuba
June 1 - Damaris Moya
Portieles is a a human rights activist and member of the Rosa Parks
Movement for Civil Rights.
She has been arrested and beaten many times by Cuban police and state
But she is not afraid!
Her house is full of signs against the Castro brothers and their
dictatorship, as can be seen in the following picture that shows her
husband and kids standing outside their home.
May 17 - This video was taken
in the city of Holguín, Cuba on Mother's Day, May 12, 2013.
The sign on the house reads "Abajo
el hambre" (Down with hunger). The woman who lives there, Angela
Domínguez Rodríguez, explains that they can't find anything to eat and
if it wasn't for some "mondongo" that someone gave them for Mother's
Day, she and her children would have had nothing to eat.
This is happening in Cuba,
just a few days after the head of the UN Organization for Food and
Agriculture (FAO), José Graziano, congratulated Cuban dictator Fidel
Castro in a letter for the reduction of hunger on the island.
I wonder how many young
jineteras he was offered in exchange for his letter.
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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
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.
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