Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig's Untold Journey to the Dodgers
April 15 - In a no-tell motel
on Isla Mujeres, eight miles off the coast of Cancún, Yasiel Puig’s
escape had come to a halt. Confined to a corner room at the end of a
shabby horseshoe-shaped courtyard, he could only wait and hope, for his
value to be appraised, his freedom to be bought. There was nothing
personal about it, no loved one vowing to pay any price, only the
calculus of a crude business. What was this gladiator-size man, with the
Popeye forearms and the XXL chest, actually worth—to the people
bankrolling his defection from Cuba, to the smugglers now holding him in
Mexico, to the agents and scouts who would determine the U.S. market for
his talents, to the baseball team that might ultimately write the check?
For close to a year Puig had been trying to force an answer, to extract
himself from Fidel Castro’s state-run sports machine, which paid him $17
a month, and sneak across the tropics to a mythical north, where even
benchwarmers lived like kings. Two, three, four times, maybe more, he
had risked everything and fled, only to be detained by the Cuban
authorities or intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard—each failure making
the next attempt more urgent. Finally, in June 2012, the 21-year-old
outfielder left his home in Cienfuegos, on Cuba’s southern shore, and
set off by car for the northern province of Matanzas, just 90 miles from
Florida. He was traveling with three companions: a boxer, a pinup girl,
and a Santeria priest, the latter of whom blessed their expedition with
a splash of rum and a sprinkle of chicken blood.
They were met at the water’s edge by a cigarette boat, long and narrow
and fast, which instead of racing straight to Miami took them west and
then south, following a 350-mile arc to the Yucatán Peninsula. Under
Major League Baseball’s byzantine rules and the U.S. Treasury
Department’s outdated restrictions, the only way for a Cuban ballplayer
to become a free agent—and score a fat contract—is to first establish
residency in a third country. That detour is a fiction, winked at from
all sides, and one that gives traffickers command over the middle
crossing. The five men piloting Puig’s vessel, mostly Cuban Americans,
belonged to a smuggling ring whose interests ranged from human cargo to
bootleg yachts to bricks of cocaine. At least two were fugitives—one, on
the run from a federal indictment in Miami, was alleged to have extorted
Cubans traveling this very route. They were all in the pocket of Los
Zetas, the murderous Mexican drug cartel, which charged the smugglers a
“right of passage” to use Isla Mujeres as a base. Continue reading
Los Angeles Magazine
Cat-and-mouse secrecy game plays out daily in Cuba
April 14 - Cuban dissident
Berta Soler says she and other members of the Ladies in White were
handing out toys to children at Trillo Park in Havana when a State
Security officer detained them and seized the 60 to 70 toys.
Soler said she protested that the women bought the toys legally in
Havana with money received legally from supporters abroad. But the agent
told her, “Berta, don’t play the fool, because you know those toys come
from Miami, the terrorists.”
The March 15 incident reflected the cat-and-mouse game played almost
daily by dissidents, supporters abroad who send them assistance and the
security agents of a communist government that views most such aid —
even toys — as “subversive.”
That’s why, several of the foreign supporters argue, they must use a
measure of discretion when sending aid to democracy, human rights or
Internet freedom activists in Cuba — enough to ensure it reaches the
right people on the island but not so much that it raises suspicions of
“When State Security seizes laptops or even copies of the [U.N.’s]
International Declaration of Human Rights, you have to use some
discretion,” said Frank Calzon, head of the Center for Cuban Democracy
The issue of secrecy in efforts to help Cuba’s civil society hit front
pages last week when The Associated Press reported that the U.S. Agency
for International Development had created a “secret” Twitter-like
platform for Cubans. USAID said the program was not secret, only
“discreet” because of the “nonpermissive environment” on the island.
Calzon said he did not mind talking about the precautions he takes in
helping Cubans because his center no longer receives U.S. government
grants for Cuba programs, and suspects that Havana knows them anyhow.
He stopped keeping important documents in his office after three
break-ins in which thieves rifled through files but took no valuables,
Calzon said. He keeps four shredders in his office and has it swept
occasionally for eavesdropping devices.
Over the years he used foreigners visiting Cuba and other ways to
deliver tens of thousands of shortwave radios, books and human rights
declarations, Calzon said, “all things that would not be a problem in
any normal society.” Continue reading
The Miami Herald
ends hunger strike in Cuba
April 14 - U.S. government
subcontractor Alan P. Gross, jailed in Havana for more than four years,
called off a weeklong hunger strike late Friday but said there will be
“further protests” against his treatment by the Cuban and U.S.
“My protest fast is suspended as of today, although there will be
further protests to come,” Gross was quoted as telling his Washington
lawyer, Scott Gilbert, in a statement released by the family’s public
“There will be no cause for further intense protest when both
governments show more concern for human beings and less malice and
derision toward each other,” the statement quoted Gross as saying.
Gross added that he had suspended his hunger strike, launched April 3,
because his mother asked him to stop, according to the statement. She
will be 92 years old on April 15, the first day of Passover.
He had told Gilbert earlier this week that he was not eating food but
was taking liquids, and that he had lost 10 pounds, on top of the 100
pounds he shed after his arrest in Havana on Dec. 3, 2009.
The 64-year-old development specialist from Potomac, Md., is serving a
15-year sentence for delivering communications equipment, paid for by
the U.S. Agency for International Development to Cuban Jews. The
equipment would have allowed direct access to the Internet, bypassing
government filters and monitors.
Gilbert reported Tuesday that Gross had told him he started the fast
after learning of an Associated Press report that USAID had launched a
secret Twitter-like platform after his arrest, despite the risk that it
would complicate his situation in Havana.
A Cuban foreign ministry official said the next day that her government
was “concerned” about the hunger strike, saying he was imprisoned in a
hospital to ensure proper medical care.
The Miami Herald
Ideas to Cuba
April11 - The Castro regime
appreciates that Communism cannot survive the free flow of
Cubans have lived on an information desert island for more than 50
years. Ten million people, once a vibrant part of the world — in tune
with it and contributing to it, receiving information and even
immigrants — were cut off soon after Fidel Castro took over in 1959.
That the world has done nothing to help them after five decades of
oppression is an outrage.
What is not an outrage is that the United States Agency for
International Development tried four years ago to circumvent Communist
censorship in Cuba by setting up a text-messaging network that Cubans
could access. This “Cuban Twitter” was a ray of hope that should be
Not apparently by the Associated Press and others who have cried foul.
The news agency exposed the program last week under the headline “US
secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest.” This week the U.S.
Senate got in on the act with a hearing at which Democrats took the
agency to task. It is passing strange that journalists and legislators
whose trade depends on a free flow of information should get a bad case
of the vapors when Cubans are given access to each other and the outside
world. Let’s concentrate, however, on why USAID’s action should be
applauded, not denigrated.
Cubans have no independent press. The three national newspapers and
eight television stations are under the control of the Communist party.
Only 5 percent of Cubans have access to the Internet, according to the
watchdog group Freedom House. This 5 percent is presumably the
percentage the regime thinks it can count on.
What Cubans have, in other words, is 24/7 Castro propaganda. The reason
is very simple. As with all totalitarian regimes, Communism cannot
survive the free flow of ideas. If people under Communism were exposed
to alternative viewpoints, not even the most ruthless police state could
hold them back.
Senator Marco Rubio (R.,
Fla.) put it succinctly at an event, on the Internet and Cuba, that the
Heritage Foundation hosted with Google two years ago: “The regime is so
afraid of sharing information because they can’t survive it.”
committee asks for more information about ZunZuneo
April11 - The Senate foreign
relations committee on Thursday asked the US Agency for International
Development (USAid) to turn over all records about the Obama
administration's secret “Cuban twitter” program as part of a broader
review of the agency's civil-society efforts worldwide.
The request included copies of messages the US government or its
contractors transmitted to subscribers in Cuba, who never were told
about Washington's role in the primitive, text message-based cellphone
service that was meant to undermine Cuba's communist government and was
the subject of an Associated Press investigation last week.
"I'd like to get a full sense of all your democracy programs, beyond the
internet, as well, because we're going to judge all of those in
context," committee chairman Robert Menendez told USAid administrator
Rajiv Shah during a hearing.
Menendez, who said he supported the “Cuban twitter” network, known as
ZunZuneo, said he may ask for separate reviews by other auditing
agencies, including inspectors general and the Government Accountability
Office. He said he will advocate that pro-democracy programs continue to
be run by the agency.
Menendez made the surprise request after Senator Jeff Flake separately
asked for data about the program, under the auspices of Congress's
"Will we have access to all the tweets or the messages that were sent by
USAid or its contractors in full so we can judge here?" Flake asked.
"Because we have to provide oversight, whether we authorize programs or
The USAid administrator told Flake the agency does not have most of them
but promised to turn over any documents it can obtain from contractors.
"You'll have access to what we are able to gather," Shah said.
Menendez, who made the request without a committee vote, said the review
will consider whether USAid's pro-democracy programs in Cuba were
consistent with those run in other foreign countries, and whether USAid
should operate what it has since acknowledged was a "discreet" program.
This is the kind of 'dialogue' that Venezuelans can expect from the
Venezuelan students beaten, stripped and humiliated by paramilitary
hoodlums inside their own university
April 3 - Venezuelan students
who were planning to hold a peaceful protest on Thursday, were attacked
with tear gas by Venezuela's NAZIonal Guard, while paramilitary hoodlums
organized and armed by the Maduro regime, known as 'colectivos',
attacked, stripped and beat several of them inside the campus of the
Venezuelan Central University known as UCV..
You can see several pictures
and a video here:
Brutal attack by Venezuela's NAZIonal Guard against Maria Corina Machado
and her followers
April 1 - Venezuelan troops
dispersed opposition demonstrators with tear gas on Tuesday and blocked
anti-government activist Maria Corina Machado, recently stripped of her
seat in the National Assembly, from reaching the legislature.
National Guard soldiers surrounded a rally of opposition sympathizers
who had planned to march into downtown Caracas to protest at Machado's
expulsion from Congress, preventing them from leaving and clearing the
square with tear gas.
Parliament stripped Machado of her post last week on charges she
violated the constitution by accepting an invitation from Panama to
speak against the government of President Nicolas Maduro at a meeting of
the Organization of American States.
The opposition leader dismissed that process as an illegal maneuver by a
dictatorial government and vowed to attend a session of the legislature
on Tuesday. She was stopped from doing so by a line of troops several
blocks from the parliament.
"I want to thank every citizen for their support and strength!" she said
on Twitter as her supporters gathered.
"Today I am more a deputy than ever, and I will continue to be one until
the people decide otherwise."
Anti-government protests began in the South American OPEC nation of 29
million in mid February over shortages of basic items and high crime
levels. The protests have decreased in intensity in the last few weeks
as opposition demonstrators grow weary.
The director of local pollster Datanalisis said this month that Maduro's
approval rating dropped to 41.5 percent in March from around 47 percent
in February, according to local media. Continue reading
Citizens protesting against the regime on March 28 in Havana's famous
Another Venezuelan student murdered by the National Guard
March 29 -
Roberto Annese was killed on Saturday morning in the Venezuelan
state of Zulia, when the National Guard attacked a group of students
that were manning a barricade.
Annese was shot in the chest
and died about 4 AM on Saturday morning.
This latest death raises to
38 the number of people killed during the protests.
Rubio: How Cuba is exporting repression to Venezuela
March 29 -
Excerpted from the Florida senator’s Feb. 24 remarks on the Senate
floor, following a speech by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).
from Iowa bragged about a number of things that he learned on his trip
to Cuba that I’d like to address.
He bragged about their health-care system — medical school is free,
doctors are free, clinics are free, their infant-mortality rate may be
even lower than ours.
I wonder if the senator was informed, No. 1, that the infant-mortality
rate of Cuba is completely calculated on figures provided by the Cuban
government — and totalitarian regimes don’t have the best history of
accurate reporting. I wonder if he was informed that, before Castro,
Cuba was 13th in the whole world in infant mortality.
I wonder if his hosts informed him that in Cuba there are instances
reported, that if a child only lives a few hours after birth, it’s not
counted as a person who ever lived and therefore doesn’t count against
the mortality rate. I wonder if he was informed that in Cuba, any time
there’s any problem with the child in utero, the mothers are strongly
encouraged to undergo abortions.
I wonder if they spoke to him about the outbreak of cholera that they’ve
been unable to control, or about the three-tiered system where
foreigners and government officials get health care much better than
what’s available to the general population.
I heard about their wonderful literacy rate. Here’s the problem: They
can only read censored stuff. They’re not allowed access to the
Internet. The only newspapers they’re allowed to read are Granma or the
ones produced by the government.
We heard about Alan Gross, who is not a prisoner. He is a hostage. I
heard allusions to the idea that maybe there should be a spy swap.
Here’s the problem: Gross was not a spy. You know what his “crime” was?
He went to Cuba to hand out satellite radios to the Jewish community.
Let me tell you what the Cubans are really good at: shutting off
information to the Internet and to radio and TV and social media. And
they’re not just good at it domestically, they’re good exporters of
these things. They’re exporting repression in our hemisphere right now.
Leopoldo Lopez is the former mayor of a municipality in Caracas. The
National Guard of Venezuela pulled him into an armored truck last week.
You know why? For protesting against the government of Venezuela, which
is a puppet of Havana, completely infiltrated by Cubans and
military-affairs agents from Havana. Continue reading
New York Post
Foreign Relations Caught Lying about Cuba-North Korea Arms Smuggling
March 29 - Back in July a
North Korean ship trying to sneak military contraband through the Panama
Canal after leaving Havana was stopped by Panamanian authorities on a
tip it was carrying illegal drugs.
Instead the ship, named the Chon-Chon Gang, was found to be crammed with
missiles, MIGS and mucho military contraband from terror-sponsoring Cuba
en route to North Korea. Nuke-rattling North Korea, by the way, has been
under a UN arms embargo since 2006.
At first, Cuban terror-sponsoring dictator Raul Castro tried threatening
the Panamanian authorities behind the scenes to keep the issue mum, or
at least parrot their version of the scam. But Panamanian President
Ricardo Martinelli scoffed at the blatant blackmail and made the truth
The Council on Foreign Relations, on the other hand, parroted the
Castroite version of events almost instantly and almost word for word.
Here’s Castro’s version of events:
“The 508-foot Chong Chon Gang carried 240 tons of obsolete defensive
weapons were to have been repaired in North Korea and returned to Cuba
as part of a commercial deal.” (July 17, 2013)
Now here’s the Council on Foreign Relations Latin American “expert”
Julia Sweig’s version of events:
“It’s not about Havana trying to circumvent an arms embargo. It’s about:
how about we refurbish our old weapons” (Julia Sweig (7/28/2013.)
Admittedly, the issue was in doubt at the time. No investigation had
been conducted. So who knew the truth?
Son of Cuban Interior Minister lives in Miami
March 27 - The
son of Cuban Interior Minister Abelardo Colomé Ibarra, one of the
island’s most powerful and feared figures, has defected and joined the
long list of relatives of top government officials now living in South
Florida, according to a Miami blog.
Josué Colomé Vázquez crossed from Mexico to Texas and arrived in Miami
one month ago, according to the list published by Cuba Al Descubierto —
Cuba Uncovered — a blog that focuses on sensitive information about the
island and its ruling class.
His Facebook page includes recent photos showing him in a bathing suit
on Miami Beach and in a gym, his new car, two pairs of fancy sneakers, a
lobster dinner and a gathering with friends at a Hooters restaurant.
Also on the list compiled by blog editor Luis Dominguez are the sons of
three senior Cuba figures — a former intelligence chief, a former top
diplomat in Washington and the godfather of virtually all of Latin
America’s leftist guerrillas.
Dominguez said he has been gathering the names for months and published
them late Wednesday to highlight the case of one of his cousins, a Cuban
doctor who defected while working in Venezuela last year but has been
repeatedly denied a U.S. visa.
“Where is the justice, morality and national security when visas are
issued to members of the Castro nomenklatura (ruling class) and are
denied to Cuban doctors in other countries,” he wrote in a his blog
His cousin was denied the U.S. visa because she could not prove she was
in Venezuela as part of an official Cuban program, Dominguez added, “an
absurd argument because it is known that there is no other way for a
Cuban doctor to go there.”
Parts of Dominguez’s list could not be independently confirmed. But his
previous reports, including one last week on the promotion to the rank
of brigadier general of a son-in-law of Cuban ruler Raúl Castro, have
proven to be reliable.
Dominguez said Josué Colomé Vazquez left Cuba for Cancun, Mexico,
crossed the border with Texas and flew last month to Miami to reunite
with his mother, Suri Vázquez Ruiz, a former wife of Colomé Ibarra. The
son could not be reached for comment.
Colomé Ibarra, 75, is vice president of the Council of State and as
interior minister is in charge of national security, from the
Directorate of Intelligence to the police and fire departments. A
veteran of Fidel Castro’s revolution, he is nicknamed “Furry.”
The Miami Herald
in Venezuela, With Antipathy Toward Cuba’s Government
March 27 - Enraged as they
are by their nation’s leaders, many of the protesters who have spilled
onto Venezuela’s streets have their eyes fixed on another government
altogether, one they resent perhaps just as bitterly as their own:
The Cuban government and its president, Raúl Castro, they contend, have
leeched off Venezuela’s oil wealth, grafted Cuba’s rigid brand of
socialism onto their country and helped choreograph a broad crackdown on
Their rancor is echoed by the Cuban opposition, which has thrown itself
behind the Venezuelan protesters’ cause with gusto, sharing photos and
videos of protests and police abuse on Twitter, urging Venezuelans to
resist and even rapping an apology for what they call Cuba’s meddling.
The fixation with the influence of Cuba in Venezuela’s affairs reflects
how meshed the two countries’ economic and political realities remain a
year after the death of Venezuela’s longtime president, Hugo Chávez, who
was Fidel Castro’s closest foreign ally.
“We are invaded by Cubans,”
said Reinerit Romero, 48, a secretary who attended a recent
demonstration here to protest shortages of basic foodstuffs. The
Venezuelan armed forces, she asserted, are infiltrated with Cuban agents
dressed in Venezuelan uniforms.
At the same march, Carlos Rasquin, 60, a psychiatrist, carried a sign
that read, “No to Cubanization.” By “Cubanization,” he said, he meant
repressing dissident activity, quashing private enterprise and
eliminating perceived enemies of the government in civil society.
The New York Times
Venezuela arrests three air force generals 'plotting coup
March 25 - President Nicolás
Maduro disclosed the arrest of three air force generals for allegedly
plotting to overthrow his government amid nearly two months of protests
that have roiled the country.
The president didn't name the generals nor did he offer details about
their plot or capture. (Note - Venezuelan media is reporting tonight
that the three generals are: Brigadier General Carlos Alberto Millán
Yaguaracuto, Air Force Brigadier General José Daniel Machillanda Díaz
and Air Force Brigadier General Oswaldo Hernández Sánchez)
Speaking at a gathering of South American nations here, Mr. Maduro said
the suspects had been under investigation and were apprehended on
Mr. Maduro thanked the "powerful morality of our Bolivarian National
Armed Forces" for the capture, saying the suspects had links to
Venezuela's political opposition and had conspired to launch a coup this
Mr. Maduro, like his late predecessor Hugo Chávez, has several times
announced alleged conspiracies against his government without offering
proof. The government nor military officials returned calls seeking
The military is a vital institution of support for Mr. Maduro's
government and formed the backbone of the socialist movement started
some 15 years ago by Mr. Chávez, who was a former tank commander.
"If Maduro begins to see members of the military that are starting to
budge, starting to question the approach by the political folks in the
government then you know they would be in trouble," said Carl Meacham,
director of the Americas program at the Center for Strategic &
International Studies in Washington.
Venezuela's government has arrested several opposition leaders while
cracking down on a protest movement that erupted in early February as
government critics vent frustration over a collapsing economy, rampant
crime and shortages of basic goods. On Tuesday, the head of the national
congress expelled from the parliament María Corina Machado, an
opposition lawmaker who has spearheaded the demonstrations and who
government supporters blame for stirring up unrest that has claimed the
lives of at least 35 people.
Venezuela's troubling economic outlook threatens to "exacerbate the risk
of social unrest given the high level of political polarization,"
analysts at Fitch Ratings said Tuesday as they lowered the country's
sovereign-debt rating one notch further into junk territory to B from B+
and warned of further downgrades. Continue Reading
The Wall Street Journal
Union head under fire for ‘educational’ trip to Cuba
March 24 - The head of the
city public school union representing 23,000 parent coordinators,
crossing guards and cafeteria workers is under fire for taking an
“educational trip” to Cuba while his members have toiled for years
without a contract.
Opponents of Local 372 president Santos Crespo Jr. are using the 2012
Cuba trip and other spending issues as ammo in their effort to oust him
in upcoming union elections in June.
Meanwhile Crespo filed a motion in Manhattan state Supreme Court to keep
secret the records regarding a legal payout and settlement the union
made with its former political director, Monica Davids. Crespo fired
Davids in a dispute but she filed counterclaims for more than $7,000 in
back pay and plus $150,000 in legal expanses – and it is believed the
secret settlement cost Local 372 tens of thousands of dollars.
“Cuba is on the international list of human rights violators. How can he
go there under Local 372’s name?,” said Donald Nesbitt, a candidate for
vice president. “What can he bring back from Cuba that will help our
members with their issues? Absolutely nothing!”
The union has been without a contract since March of 2010.
Crespo — who opposes the US trade embargo and supports the campaign to
help the convicted “Cuban 5” spies imprisoned in the U.S. – raved about
his trip to the community country in a special Local 372 newsletter that
included a picture of the Cuban flag and the heading “We are One – Somos
“I was in awe and felt inspired,” Crespo, who is of Puerto Rican
descent, gushed of his trip in the union newsletter. “The education
system in Cuba is not a profit driven or politically driven system.”
Crespo said there’s “zero illiteracy and marveled that virtually all
workers belong to the union – though failed to mention there’s no free
speech and that talking against the government could lead to
Local 372 executive board member Shaun Francois is challenging Crespo
for the presidency.
Crespo declined requests for comment.
New York Post
of protesters returned to Plaza Altamira, ignoring the soldiers sent by Maduro
March 17 -
Thousands of peaceful demonstrators returned to the Plaza Altamira,
hours after the regime of Nicolas Maduro sent more than a thousand
soldiers and dozens of military vehicles to "liberate the Plaza."
The evening demonstration
started with women dressed in white and praying the Rosary around 5 PM
They were later joined by
thousands of peaceful demonstrators that surrounded the heavily armed
People parked their cars on
the street and joined the demonstrators.
"There were more
demonstrators in Altamira tonight, than in any previous night", one of
the demonstrators posted on Twitter.
regime ordered overnight the militarization of Chacao and Altamira
March 17 -
9:30 AM - Venezuelan troops stormed a Caracas square on Sunday to evict
protesters who turned it into a stronghold during six weeks of
demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro.
National Guard soldiers fired tear gas and turned water cannons on
hundreds of demonstrators who hurled rocks and some petrol bombs before
abandoning Plaza Altamira, in affluent east Caracas, which has been the
scene of daily clashes.
Some soldiers rode into the square on motorbikes, rounding up a dozen
demonstrators, Reuters witnesses saw. One flashed a "V" for victory as
he was driven away, another shouted "Help!" Read more
-Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro ordered the army to take over the
Plaza Altamira in the pro-opposition Chacao district of Caracas, where
anti-regime protests have been taking place daily for more than a month.
Soldiers in armored vehicles
went into the Plaza overnight and removed barricades.
Diosdado Cabello, president
of Venezuela's General Assembly of puppets, said at 5:30 AM on Monday,
that Plaza Altamira and Chacao had been "liberated."
the day: Venezuelan protesters stop armored vehicle with their bare
Feb. 18 -
Thousands of police and National Guards have circled a park in Caracas
where an opposition march was supposed to begin on Tuesday.
Soldiers backed by armored
vehicles are blocking citizens from joining the protest. In this photo,
several men are blocking an armored vehicle from reaching the area where
the protesters are assembling.
Cuba: Activists delivering copies of the Web Paqs to friends and
Jan. 7 - These photos show
activists of the Instituto Cubano por la Libertad de Expresión (ICLEP),
giving copies of the Web Paqs for Cuba to their neighbors and friends,
together with printed copies of their publications Redecilla and
On January 1 in Santiago de
Cuba, Raúl Castro dedicated part of his speech to complain about a
campaign to allow youth in Cuba to have access to the Internet that is
blocked by his regime.
Now we know why Raúl is so
worried. It is very hard for him to block projects like Web Paqs for
Cuba, that provide offline access to more than 55 websites with news and
information about Cuba and the world.
You can learn more about Web
Paqs for Cuba visiting our page:
End Internet Blockade
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
Also on Twitter:
@WebPaqsforCuba On Facebook:
Paquetes Web Para Cuba
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
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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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