Opposition: Audio Suggests Cuba Meddling. Really? No kidding!
May 21 - Venezuela's
opposition has released an audio recording that it said contains a
prominent member of the ruling party discussing political strategy with
a Cuban intelligence officer.
Opposition lawmaker Ismael Garcia said Monday that the recording
captures a phone conversation between state TV personality Mario Silva,
a staunch government ally, and a Cuban identified as Lt. Col. Aramis
Venezuela's opposition has long accused Cuban leaders of wielding
influence behind the scenes in guiding government decisions. For its
part, the Venezuelan government accuses opposition leader Henrique
Capriles of being a puppet of the U.S.
At a news conference, Garcia didn't say when the conversation was
recorded or how he obtained it.
In it, a man identified as Silva is heard discussing a split in the
ruling socialist party between parliament leader Diosdado Cabello and
President Nicolas Maduro, the late President Hugo Chavez's successor.
The man says he worries that Cabello, a former army officer, is
conspiring against the president, who narrowly defeated Capriles in an
April 14 election that the opposition refuses to accept, claiming fraud.
For example, the voice says, Maduro's opponents in the party want to
remove Defense Minister Diego Molero.
"Why do they want to remove him, Palacios? To be able to take the armed
forces and put pressure on Maduro or to behave as they please or to pull
a coup d'etat," the man says.
Silva dismissed the recording on Twitter as a "montage" and suggested
U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies were behind it. In a statement
later Monday, he insisted that the recording was "absolutely false," and
pledged his support to both Maduro and Cabello.
Cabello also dismissed the recording, calling on the opposition to
present real evidence, "not a show."
White say they want both material and moral support
May 20 - Leaders of Cuba’s
dissident Ladies in White group rejected Havana’s claims they are
mercenaries and said on Monday that there is nothing wrong with
receiving help from abroad because the Cuban government “is trying to
Berta Soler and Belkis Cantillo also called for forgiveness of low-level
repressors in a post-Castro era but punishment for those “with blood on
their hands” during an appearance at the Freedom Tower, symbolic heart
of Miami’s exile community, on Cuba’s traditional Independence Day.
Soler, Cantillo and Laura Labrada got louder and longer applause than
even Miami’s own Gloria Estefan, who wore a white dress and presented
the women with a large photo of the massive march she helped organize in
Miami in 2010 to support their group.
The audience of several hundred at the Freedom Tower broke repeatedly
into applause and shouts of “Viva Cuba” as the three women, also dressed
in white, laid out their thoughts on the communist-run island of 11
Cantillo said that as a Christian she could forgive the young State
Security agent who punched and shoved her to break up a protest last
month by several members of the Ladies in White in the eastern province
of Santiago de Cuba.
Soler said, however, that in a democratic Cuba “those with blood on
their hands must go on trial.” She gave no details, but Cubans often
point to the boats that rammed and sank the tugboat “13 de Marzo” in
1994 to keep it from escaping the island. More than 30 people aboard the
Soler and Labrada also repeated their pleas for material and moral
assistance for the Ladies in White and other dissidents, rejecting Cuban
government allegations that Washington finances their activities to
undermine the communist system.
“We are not paid. We are not mercenaries,” said Labrada. “And we are
grateful for all of those who want to help us.”
Soler added that the dissidents need “oxygen” because the Cuban
government “wants to asphyxiate us,” often by denying jobs, educational
benefits and other government services to opposition activists and
Journalist Maria Elvira Salazar, who moderated the presentation, noted
in a question that Havana received huge subsidies from the Soviet Union
and Venezuela and supported guerrillas in almost every Latin American
country during the 1960s and 70s.
The Miami Herald
phone conversation shows the Cuban government is running Venezuela
May 20 -
Venezuelan opposition congressman Ismael Garcíamade public on Monday a
taped conversation between Mario Silva, a hardcore government supporter
and anchorman of "La Hojilla" a TV show aired on state-run TV channel
VTV, and Aramis Palacios, a lieutenant colonel of Cuban G2.
Here is a report from El
García explained that a "very
serious situation" was mirrored in the conversation. The material,
García said, "was going to be handed over to Raúl Castro, since he is
the one who leads and directs the policy of this country."
On the tape, Silva is heard saying: "Speaking of devaluation, the
problem is the flight of capital in some enterprises owned by (Congress
Speaker) Diosdado Cabello."
The Congress Speaker is "corrupt, together with the '85 generation' "
He added that inside the Venezuelan army "middle-level cadres hate,
despise Cabello's attitude;" therefore, "not everything is lost."
Silva commented that President Nicolás Maduro and his partner Cilia
Flores skipped a meeting with Defense Minister Diego Molero, who
seemingly tried to talk about a "serious internal situation" inside the
army caused by rumors going around.
Silva said that Fidel Castro once lamented that late President Hugo
Chávez did not end all further elections. "We put ourselves the Sword of
Damocles saying that the CNE (National Electoral Council) is
impregnable. How could I say then that it was hacked?
Because people make mistakes and I fully agree with it. Elections here
as they stand right now, they can blow us and can bring our revolution
Silva pointed out that José Vicente Rangel, a government supporter who
held several incumbencies under the government of President Chávez,
anticipated before Chávez's death that Jorge Arreaza would be the next
Venezuelan Vice-President; therefore, "there is the need to speak with
him to facilitate some building contracts."
May 20 - Well known dissidents Dr. Darsi Ferrer, Manuel Cuesta
Morúa and Luis Felipe Rojas joined me this weekend at the Babalu booth
during Cuba Nostalgia, to explain the importance of the Web Paqs for
Here are some photos taken during the event.
Alberto de la Cruz, George Moneo, Val Prieto and Ziva Sahl with Manuel
Cuesta Morúa and Dr. Darsi Ferrer
Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White with other members of the
Berta Soler reading the information about the Web Paqs for Cuba project.
Guillermo 'Coco' Fariñas, who is visiting Miami this week, was also at
the Cuba Nostalgia event.
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.
clean the mess? Venezuela to import 50 million rolls of toilet paper
May 16 - First milk, butter,
coffee and cornmeal ran short. Now Venezuela is running out of the most
basic of necessities — toilet paper.
Blaming political opponents for the shortfall, as it does for other
shortages, the embattled socialist government says it will import 50
million rolls to boost supplies.
That was little comfort to consumers struggling to find toilet paper on
"This is the last straw," said Manuel Fagundes, a shopper hunting for
tissue in downtown Caracas. "I'm 71 years old and this is the first time
I've seen this."
One supermarket visited by The Associated Press in the capital on
Wednesday was out of toilet paper. Another had just received a fresh
batch, and it quickly filled up with shoppers as the word spread.
"I've been looking for it for two weeks," said Cristina Ramos. "I was
told that they had some here and now I'm in line."
Economists say Venezuela's shortages stem from price controls meant to
make basic goods available to the poorest parts of society and the
government's controls on foreign currency.
"State-controlled prices — prices that are set below market-clearing
price — always result in shortages. The shortage problem will only get
worse, as it did over the years in the Soviet Union," said Steve Hanke,
professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University.
President Nicolas Maduro, who was selected by the dying Hugo Chavez to
carry on his "Bolivarian revolution," claims that anti-government
forces, including the private sector, are causing the shortages in an
effort to destabilize the country.
The government this week announced it would import 760,000 tons of food
and 50 million rolls of toilet paper.
Commerce Minister Alejandro Fleming blamed the shortage of toilet tissue
on "excessive demand" built up as a result of "a media campaign that has
been generated to disrupt the country."
"The revolution will bring the country the equivalent of 50 million
entrepreneur who blew whistle on Cuban corruption faces 12-year term
May 16 - Sarkis Yacoubian,
jailed as a ‘fall guy,’ warned Cuban officials about corruption. He and
another Toronto-area man now are caught in a Havana-Ottawa standoff.
Speaking over a scratchy telephone line from inside a Cuban prison,
Sarkis Yacoubian’s voice goes suddenly silent. He’s crying.
Behind his muffled sobs, the din of the crowded jail outside of Havana
can be heard.
“I was so depressed at times, I wanted to commit suicide,” says the
In exclusive jailhouse interviews with the Star from Cuba’s La Condesa
prison, Yacoubian provides an insider’s view of a sweeping
anti-corruption campaign by the government of Raul Castro that has seen
several foreign businessmen — including himself and another Toronto-area
businessman — jailed.
A joint investigation by the Star and El Nuevo Herald, the
Spanish-language affiliate of the Miami Herald, has found that in a
corruption-plagued country described in secret U.S. government cables as
“a state on the take,” two jailed entrepreneurs from the GTAare
embroiled in a high-stakes diplomatic and legal standoff between Havana
and Ottawa. It potentially jeopardizes millions in taxpayer dollars that
underwrite Canada’s trade with Cuba.
Arrested in July 2011 and detained for nearly two years without charges,
Yacoubian, who ran a transport and trading company, finally was handed a
63-page indictment last month by Cuban authorities accusing him of
bribery, tax evasion and “activities damaging to the economy.”
Yacoubian, a suspect who says he pointed the finger at widespread
wrongdoing by other foreign businesses as well as his own, now faces as
many as 12 years in prison after he pleads guilty at his trial set to
begin next Thursday.
The charges were filed in a special Havana court for Crimes against the
State, which can effectively hold trials in secret.
“They found out this was an epidemic going all over the place and I was
the fall guy,” says Yacoubian. “They want to give an example to the rest
of the businessmen. They want to scare them to death.”
of doing business with the Mafia
May 15 - The Cuban regime iis
one of the most corrupt in the world. The only way to do business in
Cuba is by entering into a a partnership with the criminal Castro
brothers, and you know what happens when you do business with the Mafia.
But some 'businessmen' are lured by the slave labor force and other
'benefits' that are offered to them in order to invest in Castroland.
But, they forget that in Cuba the law of the land is whatever the
dictator rules, as these foreign businessmen are now finding out:
Canadian and British
executives of three foreign businesses shut in 2011 by Cuban
authorities, ostensibly for corrupt practices, have been charged after
more than a year in custody and are expected to go on trial soon,
sources close to the cases told Reuters.
The arrests, part of a broad government campaign to stamp out
corruption, sent shockwaves through Cuba’s small foreign business
community where the companies were among the most visible players.
Until then, expulsions rather
than imprisonment had been the norm for those accused of corrupt
The charges against the executives involve various economic crimes and
operating beyond the limits of their business licenses on the
communist-run island, according to the sources, who asked to remain
anonymous and who include a close relative of one of the defendants.
Some of the foreigners are alleged to have paid bribes to officials in
exchange for business opportunities.
Dozens of Cuban state purchasers and officials, including deputy
ministers, already have been arrested and convicted in the investigation
into the Cuban imports business that ensued.
Cuba has mounted a crackdown on corruption in recent years as part of a
gradual reform process to open up the state-run economy to greater
private sector activity.
Under Cuban law, trials must begin within a month of charges being
filed, though small delays are common and postponement can be sought by
the defendants’ lawyers.
“There is definitely movement and the trials could begin soon,” a
Western diplomat said.
The crackdown began in July 2011 with the closure of Canadian trading
firm Tri-Star Caribbean and the arrest of its chief executive, Sarkis
In September 2011, one of the most important Western trading firms in
Cuba, Canada-based Tokmakjian Group, was also shut and its head, Cy
Tokmakjian, taken into custody.
In October 2011, police closed the Havana offices of the British
investment and trading firm Coral Capital Group Ltd and arrested chief
executive Amado Fakhre, a Lebanese-born British citizen. Continue
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Fariñas: "I have come to the capital of the Cuban exile. We will show
that we are one nation”
May 13 - A frequent Cuban
hunger striker and dissident arrived Sunday in Miami ahead of Cuban
Independence Day, as part of a tour that will include several U.S. stops
before going to Europe.
“I have come to the capital of the Cuban exile,” a smiling Guillermo
Fariñas said in Spanish. “We will show that we are one nation.”
He is scheduled to meet with community leaders and dissidents in Miami.
Until this year, if Fariñas had been granted permission to leave Cuba,
he would have forfeited his right to return. But in January he was told
he could leave and return after a new law ended the island’s exit visa
On Monday, another Cuban opposition leader, Berta Soler, co-founder of
the Ladies in White, will be joined in Miami by singer Gloria Estefan to
celebrate Cuban Independence Day.
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Castro knows that Venezuela is collapsing
May 12 - Berta Soler, leader
of the Ladies in White, was interviewed by the Argentine daily La Nación,
two days after her meeting with Pope Francis, who is also a native of
Here is my translation of
some of the questions she was asked and her answers:
.- Do you expect a change in
Cuba? -We will try to have a change, but it will not be produced by the
Cuban government. They are clinging to power, buying time and increasing
the repression. They are seeking new help because they know that
Venezuela could collapse at any time and not be able to give them the
oil barrels they need to strengthen their repressive machinery. We must
have a change in Cuba, but without the Castros, they have only brought
hunger and misery to the people ..
- Did the situation improve
somewhat with Raul Castro? -Not at all. With Raul is even worse. Fidel was very bad and Raul is
worse. Raul allows beatings in the streets against men and women. Women
are beaten, pushed, they are taken to dungeons and ordered to
undress and do squats 20-30 times to denigrate them. This violence is
happening with Raul. In addition, each day the hunger and the need of
the people of Cuba increases. There has been an increase in unemployment
and physical aggression. The transportation system in Cuba has collapsed
because the oil that Venezuela gives Raul Castro is to fill the tanks of
- What did you tell the
- "I told him," Your
Holiness, we are the Ladies in White of Cuba, relatives of hundreds of
political prisoners and are asking for help, but also for a blessings
for the people of Cuba, who need it. Then he gave me a blessing and
said, "Keep going ahead." The blessing was not for me but for the people
- Are you afraid to return to
not. I haveno fear. The love oflife,family,love of countryis stronger.And besides,now I comeblessed byPope Francis.
event in Pittsburgh targets discrimination in Castro's Cuba
May 11- Think Cuba, and
images of music, dance, cuisine and the 1959 revolution come to mind.
But one of the most pervasive pictures has been hush-hush since Fidel
Castro declared racism and all talk of it nonexistent by fiat.
Amid such denial and a lack of legal recourse, pervasive racism has been
a silent scourge on 60 percent of the population considered black or
A group of Cubans attending AfricAmericas, a six-day event being held
here through today, told stories that most U.S. blacks would find
familiar, "but it is not like here," said Manuel Cuesta Morua, who has
been a tour guide, history teacher and a museum director whose political
activism cost him his job. "In Cuba, we are all equal, but [blacks]
can't be in the media. We have the same education, but we can't have
"Here there are civic tools" and a justice system that can work, he
said. "We have no political or symbolic representation, no access to the
emerging economy" and no avenues to leadership positions.
Mr. Cuesta and four other members of Cuba's Citizens Committee for
Racial Integration spoke Wednesday to a crowd of 60 at City of
Asylum/Pittsburgh on the North Side.
AfricAmericas has featured conversation, film, poetry, photography and
cultural exchange highlighting Cuba. A photo exhibition, "Crossing
Havana," by Juan Antonio Madrazo Luna is on display from noon to 3 p.m.
today at the Young Men and Women's African Heritage Association, 1205
Boyle St., Central North Side.
"It took heaven and earth to get these men here, and not just
financially," said Kenya Dworkin, director of Coro Latinoamericano and a
professor of Hispanic studies at Carnegie Mellon University. She
organized the events in collaboration with the heritage association.
he fact that the Cuban government let black activists travel was
historic, she said. The men described their humiliation at the Havana
Airport, where they were the only blacks on their flight. Besides being
stared at, they were relieved of cameras, CDs, thumb drives and
information they were going to share at AfricAmericas.
Asked Wednesday by a woman in the audience if they are at risk, Leonardo
Calvo Cardenas, a writer and historian, said, "The risk was there before
we came and it will be there when we go back."
They have been arrested, followed and threatened. So far, there has been
no physical violence, they said, adding that the government has sewn the
fear of self-subjugation into most people.
Mr. Madrazo, coordinator of the Citizens Committee, said the committee
is "a pressure group, like a lobby. Racism in Cuba is a political
conflict" because of government rhetoric that it doesn't exist. "Now the
government admits it but does not show evidence of a will to change the
"We are grateful for the ability to come here and share a difficult
subject that puts Cuba's future in danger."
Venezuela, they now mark your arm with your number in line when you try
to buy corn meal
May 10 - Venezuelan citizens
are now experiencing a lack of food and medicines, like Cubans have been
experiencing for 54 years.
The only difference is that
in Venezuela they cannot use the stupid excuse of the US embargo for the
lack of these products, as they do in Cuba.
As I have always said, the
only real embargo is the one of the Castro brothers against the Cuban
people and now also against the Venezuelan people.
The Castro brothers know that
if you have to spend half of your day waiting in line to find the food
for your family, you don't have time to organize or to get involved in
One of the most typical food
item in Venezuela is the "arepa". Venezuelans eat arepa at any time of
the day, and with a variety of different fillings.
Arepas are made with corn
meal, which is now almost impossible to find in Venezuela.
Since very early in the
morning, lines with as many as 1,000 people have been seen outside
supermarkets trying to buy corn meal.
To prevent fights among
consumers several supermarkets are now marking the arms of the people
with their number in line, to make sure that no one tries to get in
front of those who are waiting.
Incredible but true, that is
what has been happening now in Cuba's colony, which is known as
Carlos Eire - Babalu Blog: Photo of the Day: Berta Soler and Pope
May 8 - It
would be great to have an audio recording of the words exchanged.
But...well.... at least we know that they speak the same language, and
that Berta knows how to deliver a message. As Cubans would say: "ella no
tiene pelos en la lengua." (She has no hairs on her tongue - she can be
This was not a private audience. Every wednesday morning the pope
celebrates mass, delivers a brief talk to a large invited audience,
blesses them, and then mingles with the crowd. Getting a spot in the
front row is difficult and takes some clout.
Berta was well placed, and had a chance to catch the pope's eye. And he
may have been alerted to her presence.
It may seem like an insignificant encounter to some, but this is a big
deal, and the rulers of the Castro Kingdom will gnash their teeth when
they see this photo. The Cuban flag draped between the two figures in
white will be a great irritant to the tyrants, because they refuse to
accept the fact that Cuba belongs to all Cubans, not just to their
slave-drivers and those slaves who agree to submit to the lash. .
So, even though this was a brief encounter, it delivers a potent
Pope Francis linked up with Berta in the midst of a large crowd. Sad to
say, but Benedict XVI would have probably avoided the Lady in White.
This is the
Venezuelan National Assembly under Raúl Castro
April 30 - Several members of
the opposition in the Venezuelan National Assembly were brutally beaten
by chavista thugs.
Among those injured are Julio
Borges (see photo below) and Maria Corina Machado, who was kicked by
several chavistas while she was on the floor, according to reports.
At the same time that the
rejection of the Venezuelan people to the puppet regime installed by the
Castro brothers in Cuba grows, so does the brutality of the Venezuelan
thugs who have betrayed their country and made Venezuela a colony of
Opposition deputy Julio
Borges after the attack by several chavistas inside the National
This is how the National
Assembly looked after the chavista attack on opposition legislators.
repression by Venezuela's National Guard against a 19 year old student
April 21 - His crime? Joining
a protest to ask for a recount of the votes after last Sunday's fraud.
protesting in Havana the arrest of her son
April 21 - A Cuban lady
protesting on April 15 in La Rampa, Havana, right in front of the old
Havana Hilton Hotel.
She was protesting against
the "military terrorism" in Castro's Cuba.
Her son was arrested and she
had been trying to find out for more than a week where he was being held
to no avail.
After a few minutes, Castro's
Gestapo comes in and arrest her for conducting a peaceful protest.
That's Castro's Cuba!
(grocery stores) in Cuba before and after Castro
tell that Venezuela's National Guard is now under Raúl Castro's control
April 18 - Since Sunday's
electoral fraud, the abuses being committed by Venezuela's National
Guard have grown exponentially.
Most Venezuelans are saying
that they have never seen soldiers showing so much cruelty against
innocent civilians, who are only asking for a recount of the votes in
last Sunday presidential election.
There are reports that more
than 50 soldiers and several officer, including 2 generals, have been
arrested for opposing the fraud and refusing to follow orders from Cuban
officer who have been sent by Raúl Castro to make sure that the
illegitimate president, Nicolás Maduro, remains in power.
The only way that Raúl
Castro's puppet can remain as president and providing billions of
dollars to keep Cuba's economy from a complete collapse, is by turning
Venezuela into a police state, like Cuba has been for 54 years.
The Venezuelan people need
the support of all those who believe in freedom, to help them throw the
Cuban invaders out!
Venezuela National Guard soldiers shooting and beating unarmed civilians
This took place in
Barquisimeto, on Tuesday April 16.
Luis Pardo on how to help people in Cuba
April 12 - Orlando Luis Pardo,
blogger, writer and photographer on how to help those Cubans in the
OLP lives in Cuba but he is
currently visiting Miami where this interview took place.
One of the things he mentions
is downloading and sending DVDs with Internet offline to Cuba, like we
are doing through our Webs Paq to Cuba Project.
Yoani Sánchez about the Web Paqs for Cuba project
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
another video from Cuba of a person using the offline Web Paqs
March 12 - We received this
video today of another person in Cuba using the offline Web Paqs to
navigate through several websites blocked by the Cuban regime.
He is using an iPod from
Apple and is able to navigate through websites such as Cubanet and
Generation Y of Yoani Sánchez, without being connected to the Internet.
More than 1,500 Web Paqs have
already reached Cuba
and once there, they have been reproduced into
Cuban blogger Orlando Luis Pardo about Paquetes Web Para Cuba
article proves that Web Paqs for Cuba is on the right track
March 10 - Our new project to
help Cubans inside Cuba to access the websites blockaded by the Castro
regime continues to grow.
offline Web Paqs have already reached Cuba and once
there, they have been reproduced into thousands more.
presentation in Mexico yesterday, Yoani Sánchez mentioned how Cubans are
using flash memory and other types of offline media to circumvent the
blockade of the Internet imposed by the Castro regime:
Expression thrives thanks to flash drives
blogger Yoani Sánchez, speaking at a media forum in Mexico, said Cubans
use computer memory sticks to evade Internet censorship.
Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez on Saturday told newspaper publishers from
around the Western Hemisphere that “nothing is changing” in Cuba’s
ossified political system and that “the situation of press freedom in my
country is calamitous.”
But Sánchez said underground blogs, digital portals and illicit
e-magazines proliferate, passed around on removable computer drives
known as memory sticks. The small computer memories, also known as flash
drives or thumb drives, are dropped into friendly hands on buses and
along street corners, offering a surprising number of Cubans access to
“Information circulates hand-to-hand through this wonderful gadget known
as the memory stick,” Sánchez said, “and it is difficult for the
government to intercept them. I can’t imagine that they can put a police
officer on every corner to see who has a flash drive and who doesn’t.”
Sánchez said “these little gizmos” have “helped us a lot to pass
information.” Continue reading
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destruction of Havana continues
Feb. 28 - A friend sent me a
picture of the old RCA Building in Havana taken a few days ago.
After years of neglect, the
roof finally caved in and the building is just another ruin, of the
thousands found around Cuba after 54 years of Hurricane Castro.
This is the way it looked a
few years ago, when there were still people living on the top 2 floors.
This is how it looked on
October of 2011, when that same friend took this new photo.
The people living on the top
2 floors were forced to move out because the condition of the building
was getting worse and the government was not doing anything to fix it.
And this is how it looks now,
less than 2 years after he took he previous picture.
The Castro brothers continue
their destruction of Cuba. They are only interested in maintaining the
hotels and other buildings related to tourism, that brings millions of
dollars to their Swiss bank accounts.
But they couldn't care less
about the rest of the island.
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
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