28 February 2007
McConnell is replacing the outgoing John Negroponte.
Coincidently, McConnell who was addressing the Senate Armed Services Committee cryptically and without further explanation predicted:
``In Cuba, this year will mark the end of the long domination of that country by Fidel Castro,'' Mike McConnell, the nation's new spy chief, told Congress.
He also reiterated that:
“Significant positive change immediately following Castro's death is unlikely,'' McConnell said. ``The long period of transition following Fidel's operation in July of 2006 has given his brother Raúl the opportunity to solidify his position as Fidel's successor.''
But, then again this is coming form the same people who planned the Bay of Pigs, didn’t foresee the collapse of the USSR, could not prevent 9/11 and assured us there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
And speaking of weapons of mass destruction………..
The former chief of Cuba's military medical services is calling for international weapons inspections of a secret underground lab near Havana, where he says the government is creating biological warfare agents like the plague, botulism and yellow fever.
Roberto Ortega, a former army colonel who ran the military's medical services from 1984 to 1994, defected in 2003 and now lives in South Florida.
After living here quietly for four years, this week Ortega went on the Spanish-language media circuit to denounce what he claims is an advanced offensive biological warfare weapons program. He spoke Tuesday night at the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies where one angry heckler stormed out accusing him of deliberately sowing fear among Cuban exiles.
''They can develop viruses and bacteria and dangerous sicknesses that are currently unknown and difficult to diagnose,'' Ortega told The Miami Herald. ``They don't need missiles or troops. They need four agents, like the people from al Qaeda or the Taliban, who contaminate water, air conditioning or heating systems.''
He said Cuba was ready to use the biological agents ''to blackmail the United States in case of an international incident'' such as the threat of a U.S. invasion.
Read the rest here……….if you dare!
27 February 2007
he's "more energetic, stronger" and his country is running smoothly without him at the helm.
"I feel good and I'm happy," Castro said in a phone call to Chavez's weekday radio program. "I can't promise that I'll go over there soon, but, yes, I'm gaining ground."
"But I ask for patience, calm ... the country is marching along, which is what is important," Castro said in a soft but steady voice.
"And I ask for tranquility also for me so that I can fulfill my new tasks," he said.
¿Paque gastarse el dinero de los contribuyentes para mantenerlos en la carcel?
Y pal que diga que soy un miembro extremista de la Mafia Miamensa, fíjense que no dije que los deben de soltar en frente del Versailles después de avisarle a to Miami, que es lo que se merecen.
The regime is bestowing “rights” on gays:
"We have to abolish any form of discrimination against those persons," said Ricardo Alarcon, president of Cuba's National Assembly. "We are trying to see how to do that, whether it should be to grant them the right to marry or to have same-sex unions."
Alarcon said he expects Cuba's communist government will soon enact a law to do one or the other. "We have to redefine the concept of marriage," he said. "Socialism should be a society that does not exclude anybody."
Never mind that thousands of gays were kicked out of their country during the Mariel boatlift of 1980.
Never mind that gay men with AIDS were sent to AIDS “camps”, similar to leper colonies, segregated from the rest of society in the 80’s.
But today, we’re asked When it comes to gay rights, is Cuba inching ahead of USA?
Does this mean that gays are going to allowed freedom of speech, assembly and hold multi-party elections?
Or does it mean they will be allowed to be as equally miserable as the rest of the Cuban people?
Making Cuba into the Gay Paradise will have economic benefits for the regime.
Charlie Bravo from Killcastro blog commented on this recently, surmising that the regime’s much publicized moves to legalize gay unions and to pay for sex change operations are a marketing ploy to attract the gay and transgendered tourists to Cuba. Imagine Gay Cruises stopping in Havana for legal Gay Nuptials at lets say, a cool grand? Then there’s the dollars to be made form medical tourism. Imagine transsexuals worldwide flocking to Cuba for cheap gender reassignment surgeries.
Not to mention the increase in prostitution that will result from this new business undertaking.
So is this about gay rights or more gay exploitation?
26 February 2007
"An Incovenient Truth" was the favorite of Havana's Mother Hen who ironically never met a truth she didn't find incovenient, but who appreciates good leftist propaganda.
This humble Gusano had been worried sick and looking for land on higher ground awaiting Gore's promised 1o foot rise in the World's Oceans.
But , after reading this on Killcastro, now I'm not worried anymore. As a matter a fact, now I'm convinced that Global Warming is a communist plot fabricated by Quijote like commies jousting with the ever growing windmills of the free-market system.
The Castro regime doesn't like the biography of Martin Luther King Jr. because it "is based on ideas that could be used to promote social disorder and civil disobedience." and has ordered confiscated copies from independent libraries to be incinerated.
Martin Luther King Jr., who fought for equality and justice is considered dangerous in Cuba where he is admired and his dream lives on.
Roughly 60% of Cubans are either black or mixed race, what they would call here in America "people of color"
85% of all inmates in Cuban jails are black. The regime and the communist party are controlled by whites with no blacks in any positions of real power.
Blacks, as well as all Cubans, have no freedom of speech or assembly. They have not had free multiparty elections since Castro muscled into power.
They are subjected to an apartheid where they are not allowed to enjoy the island's bounty and
natural resources since these are reserved for tourists.
European "Sex Tourists" looking for trysts with dark skinned Cuban girls flock to Cuba to exploit young black and mixed race women who are easy prey because of their desperate situation with the regime's silent complicity.
Cubans today have to subsist on government rationed food and actually allowed to buy a monthly ration that is less than the slaves on the island received from their masters back in 1842.
Many of the islands leading dissidents, like Biscet, Roca, Cuesta Morúa, Fariñas, Ferrer, happen to be black or mixed race. Not that it matters to us Cubans but it should to blacks in the US.
Our Patron Saint, Our Lady of Charity, is dark skinned. Even her image is a representation of racial "diversity" since the virgin is looking over three sailors of different races.
Castro's Cuba is perceived by some American blacks as a "racial utopia" with the revolution being the catalyst to bring about racial equality.
Of course, in Cuba there were never any segregate lunch counters or buses and Batista , the last "head of state" before Castro, was mixed-raced.
Congressional Black Caucus members have visited Cuba and offered praise of President Fidel Castro. Some have pushed to end the embargo against Cuba and ease travel restrictions that prevent Americans from traveling there legally.
Jesse Jackson, while visiting Havana, once raised Charlie Rangel's friend's arm, and proclaimed "Viva Fidel!"
25 February 2007
24 February 2007
23 February 2007
All my life, though some have changed,
Some forever, not for better,
Some have gone and some remain.
All these places had their moments,
With lovers and friends I still can recall,
Some are dead and some are living,
But of all these friends and lovers,
There is no one compares with you,
And these mem’ries lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new.
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before,
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more.
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before,
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more.
In my life I love you more.
……….But he doesn’t want the World to find out that its all a propaganda show. When the foreign press starts to question the Party Line …out they go.
Buh Bye, now .............. en un “2 por 3”
And the rest of you Journalists:
If you write the truth, out you go too. We can’t sentence you to 30 years, but we can kick you out of the country.
Yes let’s negotiate with Raul the pragmatic.
2 more reporters, César González-Calero From El Universal and Stephen Gibbs from the BBC. have been asked to leave Cuba in what is turning out to be a crackdown on the international press.
That is exactly what the International Free Press should do. Call it a CRACKDOWN and expose Raul the pragmatic as the repressive tyrant he is.
From Today's Herald:
3 reporters ordered to leave Cuba
The regime is as committed as ever to keep the truth out of Cuba and of keeping the truth about what’s going on in Cuba from getting out. Their goal is to imprison truth as they have the Cuban people.
In the harshest crackdown in years on foreign correspondents based in Havana, the Cuban government has ordered at least three of them -- including the Chicago Tribune's -- to stop writing because of their ''negative'' reporting.
Mexico City's El Universal reported that its correspondent in Havana, César González-Calero, and an unidentified correspondent for the British Broadcasting
Corp. got the same orders. More are expected to follow.
The sanctions come at a tense time for foreign journalists in Cuba. Although Cuba has always restricted news coverage of its affairs, reporters on the island say the pressures against filing negative reports intensified after leader Fidel Castro became sick in July and was replaced by his brother, Raúl.
Raúl had been widely expected to be more pragmatic and open to reforms than his
brother, but journalists in Havana have said several have been called in for extended questioning about their stories since Raúl took over.
Former Associated Press reporter Vanessa Arrington said when she arrived in Havana in 2004 she initially didn't feel any direct censorship -- just difficulty getting information. But after writing two articles the government disapproved of late last year, Arrington was barred from high-level government events and news conferences, including the weeklong celebrations in December to honor Castro's 80th birthday.
''Since Fidel Castro got sick, the pressure has increased, and my punishment for writing stories the government disliked was, in my opinion, clearly an attempt to silence other reporters by way of warning,'' she told The Miami Herald.
''Foreign correspondents walk a very fine line in Havana. . . . An ethical journalist must portray all sides of the story, which will almost inevitably lead to some conflict with the government,'' she added. Arrington left Cuba last month after almost three years and now lives in Arizona.
''If you are known for stories that are critical of Castro, you don't get the visa,'' organization spokeswoman Lucie Morillon said. ``The government controls all the media. The only thing they don't control is the foreign correspondents. The reporters have to play a game of cat and mouse with parameters changing all the time.''
At a time when waves of journalists are expected to descend upon Cuba upon Fidel
Castro's death, Marx's departure makes the South Florida Sun-Sentinel -- also owned by the Tribune Co. -- the only U.S. newspaper with a Cuba bureau.
The Miami Herald has historically been denied both permission to open a bureau in Havana and visas to visit and report on the island.
El Universal reported its reporter was told his coverage was ``not convenient
for the Cuban government.''
''At no time did they refute one bit of my information about Cuba in terms of errors or facts,'' González-Calero told the paper.
BBC Americas editor Emilio San Pedro said the company declined to comment on the report about its correspondent.
Full Article Here
22 February 2007
Raul and Co. are bout to strike gold, “oil that is”, “black gold”, “texas tea”
Cuba's known for cigars now, but oil could change that
That's right: Cuba. The island nation long has been known for its aromatic cigars and sweet rums. But after years of limited oil production on lands around Havana and in neighboring Matanzas province, Cuba is poised for a significant expansion of its oil program into the waters that separate it from the United States. And thanks to U.S. law, Cuba's drilling partners will be working closer to Florida beaches than any American company ever could.
"Our studies . have shown there is a great potential, especially offshore," says Dagoberto Rodriguez, the senior Cuban diplomat in the USA. "Basically, we know that there is oil. The problem is just where it is."
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) agrees. Two years ago, after reviewing available data on the subterranean structures in the region, the agency estimated Cuba can lay claim to 4.6 billion barrels of oil and 9.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
For now, any U.S. involvement remains only hypothetical. Houston oilman Antonio Szabo, president of Stone Bond Technologies, says U.S. companies likely would require greater transparency, a commitment to the rule of law and market economics in Cuba before investing significant money there.
Some in the oil industry also have long memories when it comes to Cuba. At the 1997 World Petroleum Congress in Beijing, a Cuban official approached Lee Raymond, then Exxon's chief executive, and asked in a jocular tone when the U.S. oil giant might return to Cuba. "When you give us back our (expletive) refinery," Raymond growled.
Y del Regimén……………el mismo Chantaje de siempre:
"Everyone knows how advanced is American technology," the Cuban diplomat said.
"But we are going to continue with our programs — with American companies or without American companies."
Read the USA Today article HERE
Doing business with Castro is not “engagement” or “dialogue”, it’s complicity.
Those companies that do business in Cuba know about the social aparthied and violation of Human Rights that Cubans are subjected to. They will claim that doing business in Cuba helps the Cuban people somehow, but all they're interested in is MONEY. Exploitation of the Masses by the Capitalist class. Isn't that what Fidel's poor excuse for a revolution was supposed to protect the Cuban Worker form?
Let’s take tourism, tourists in Cuba can eat all they want, do whatever they want and enjoy the island in ways that native Cubans are forbidden. How does this help the Cuban people? By rubbing their noses in the freedoms, necessities and comforts they don’t have? By getting 4 cents out of evry dollar that the Regime recieves for their labor?
Tomas Estradapalma is taking names.
To these companies that exploit our captive brothers and sisters:
You have already racked up millions of dollars in damage against the Cuban people for the unpaid slave labor. Everyday you continue to do business in Cuba the damages will escalate. Cease and desist now then contact us to discuss reparations to Cuba when the Castro boys are driven from power by the people. Once again let me reiterate that when this happens your business will not be welcomed in Cuba until all outstanding debts to the Cuban people have been settled.
Not a bad idea.
Let’s make a list of Companies Non-Grata in a free and Democratic Cuba.
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that one of its reporters in Havana, Gary Marx, will not have his press credentials renewed.
Cuba orders Tribune reporter out
Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent Gary Marx, who has been based in Havana since 2002, was told Wednesday by Cuban officials his press credential will not be renewed and he can no longer report from there.
"They said I've been here long enough and they felt my work was negative," Marx said.
"They did not cite any examples.''
A reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel will continue to staff the Tribune Co. bureau, and the Cuban government told Marx it would welcome an application from a new Chicago Tribune correspondent. That might take time to process, however, and new rules for reporters entering Cuba initially require the renewal of papers every 30 days.
"We're very disappointed and concerned by the news that the Cuban government has decided to not renew our correspondent's credentials and has asked him and his family to leave the island," said George de Lama, Chicago Tribune managing editor, for news.
"We remain committed to coverage of Cuba and its people, and we are assessing our options of how to proceed."
Officials told Marx he had 90 days to leave the country. He told them he and his wife have a 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son whose school year ends in mid-June and that they were planning to leave Cuba after that anyway. "They said they would be flexible," he said.
"How to proceed?"
Well, expect the Sun Sentinel’s reporting from Havana to return to the sugar coated fluff pieces of old. The Tribune company is going to want to have a bureau in Havana for the impending funeral.
Just this weekend the Contra Revolución highlighted one of Mr. Marx’s pieces in which he went out of his way to get a dissident’s perspective on the intellectual “debate” that is supposedly going on in Havana.
Interestingly, the only hit the Contra Revolución got from Cuba was from a google search on “intelectuales cubanos” . Maybe they didn’t like that Mr. Marx sought out a couple of dissenting views that seemed to expose the sanctioned “debate” as an orchestrated amateur production.
In the last month or so nary an article about Cuba is published where the reporter doesn’t present the dissident point of view.
Let’s see if there’s a change in that trend.
21 February 2007
Sadly, some of these doctors are being denied asylum into the US because of failed background checks.
The dirty secret about the Cuban doctors is that they are a commodity exported by the Cuban government and they are worth their weight in gold both for the services they provide and for their propaganda value.
The Cuban doctors are sent to third world countries to administer to the poor. Doctors from the “host” countries do not want to work on remote, poor and dangerous locations, so they send in the Cuban doctors as indentured servants who are exploited to benefit both Havana and the host country.
The US invited Cubans in the medical profession working abroad to defect. And, defect they did.
The problem is two-fold.
First, these doctors provide an essential service in the host countries “doing the work the natives will not do”. So granting these doctors asylum at the American embassies puts the American diplomats in a delicate situation with the host countries.
Secondly, the Department of homeland security did not provide adequate procedures or information on the Medical worker asylum program to the diplomatic core in countries that host the Cuban Medical workers resulting in a bureaucratic bottleneck.
But, they're getting smart. They're calling their friends and families in the US as they defect to safeguard their rights under US laws.
From the Sun Sentinel
Some Cuban doctors flee via Venezuela
Defectors shed light on medical aid missions
By Juan Forero
The Washington Post
February 21, 2007
Cuba has dispatched more than 20,000 doctors, as well as thousands of other specialists such as sports trainers and therapists, to Venezuela. Chavez's government has paid for the service by providing Cuba with nearly 100,000 barrels of oil a day, filling the void left by the Soviet Union, Havana's longtime benefactor during the Cold War.
Although it is unclear how many have defected, Western diplomats in Bogota said that in 2006 there were 63 Cubans, most of them presumed to be medical professionals, who sought asylum in this country. That group does not include those who headed straight to the U.S. Embassy seeking help. U.S. authorities here referred questions about the Cubans to Homeland Security officials in Washington, who did not return telephone calls.
But Ana Carbonell, chief of staff for Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, a Cuban-American and a staunch opponent of Castro and Chavez, said that "it's safe to say it's hundreds" of Cubans assigned to Venezuela who have sought asylum in recent years.
The Bush administration, which has tried to further isolate Cuba and provided tacit support for a failed coup against Chavez in 2002, has tried to encourage more defections. In August, U.S. officials announced a new policy that allows Cuban medical personnel -- identified by the Department of Homeland Security as doctors, physical therapists, lab technicians, nurses, sports trainers and others -- to apply for entry to the United States at U.S. embassies in the countries where they serve. Worldwide, as many as 500 Cuban medical personnel and their dependents have applied, Carbonell said. About a third have been accepted.
Although a Homeland Security fact sheet on the new policy, the Cuban Medical Professional Parole program, said adjudication of requests for entry to the United States "may take two weeks or longer," some of the medical personnel in Bogota have been waiting months. Several have been rejected after undergoing extensive U.S. background checks meant to weed out, among others, suspected spies.
Rarely are defections made public. Embassies in Latin America that receive requests keep quiet to protect the asylum-seekers and not fuel the indignation of the host government.
Read the whole article Here
No Man Is An Island
Ignacio Ramonet is right that public protests haven’t erupted in Cuba since Fidel Castro handed power to his brother last year (“Was Fidel Good for Cuba?” January/ February 2007). But that isn’t because Cubans don’t want change. It’s because Castro’s repressive machinery remains fully intact. Cubans know what they can expect when they call for change: surveillance, harassment, mob violence, loss of employment, enforced separation from family abroad, and prison. Ramonet is also right that Castro’s Cuba has made important progress in education and healthcare. But he’s wrong to suggest that these advances justify the systematic denial of fundamental freedoms. A high literacy rate doesn’t justify punishing people, as Cuba does, for what they write. A low infant- mortality rate doesn’t justify holding doctors hostage on the island, as Cuba does, denying them permission to visit relatives abroad on the grounds that their brains are “government property.” Ramonet is right that the U.S. embargo on Cuba has been an unmitigated failure. The embargo has hurt ordinary Cubans and only benefited Castro’s government, providing it with an excuse for its problems and a pretext for its abuses. Washington’s heavy-handed policies have allowed Castro to play the part of a Latin American David standing up to the American Goliath, a role he exploits brilliantly to win supporters abroad. Take
Ramonet himself, for example. Here is a leading European journalist actually defending a government that for decades has denied its citizens the right to practice his own profession: independent journalism. Carlos Alberto Montaner, meanwhile, is too optimistic in his prediction for Cuba. It will take more than Castro’s death to bring change to the island. Even an end to the U.S. embargo will not be enough. What’s needed now, more than ever, is a measured and multilateral effort by the international community aimed at pressing Cuba to respect the basic freedoms it has denied its people for so long.
—José Miguel VivancoExecutive Director,Americas DivisionHuman RightsWatchWashington, D.C.
—Daniel WilkinsonDeputy Director,Americas DivisionHuman Rights WatchWashington, D.C.
I’m a Cuban Gump, you know, not a very smart man.
But certain things are obvious even to me.
What is wrong with a World where there’s actually a debate on whether Totalitarianism is good?
Have we totally lost all concept of Good and Evil, Right and Wrong, Justice and Injustice?
Freedom, Rights, Elections are not just words. They are concrete concepts that can be objectively measured. We all know what they are. They are not relative debating points. They either exist or they don’t AND they don’t exist in Cuba.
And, asking whether a system that denies human beings Freedom, Rights and Elections is good for a country is stupid.
Stupid is as Stupid does.
20 February 2007
"With the stepping aside of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, this is an opportune time to encourage the United States to change its trade policies toward Cuba,"
With this in mind, several congressmen have introduced a bill to ease the process by which agricultural products are sold to Cuba.
The US is already the top exporter of food to Cuba, exporting about $350 Million of food to Cuba Yearly.
The bill introduced by Reps. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., Stephanie Herseth, D-S.D., Jerry Moran, R-Kans., and Mike Ross, R-Ark., would direct the secretary of state
to issue general licenses to producer groups to travel to Cuba on agriculture sales trips and allow temporary visas to be issued to Cuban technicians to travel to the United States to inspect U.S. agricultural plants.
The bill would also reverse a Bush administration requirement that Cuban buyers pay cash to U.S. sellers before shipments leave the United States by clarifying that the financial term "payment of cash in advance" means cash payment from Cuban buyers is payable upon delivery. Finally the bill would allow Cuban financial institutions to make direct transfers of funds to U.S. institutions. Cuban officials have complained that the use of third-party intermediaries has driven up the cost of buying products from the United States and U.S. executives say the system slows up payment.
Since the “embargo” was eased to allow food to be sold to Cuba in 2001, Cuba has paid in advance for approximately $1.5 Billion worth of food.
Cuba buys wheat, chicken, corn, rice and soy products account for more than 70 percent of U.S. sales to Cuba in 2006.
Since some of these industries receive US government subsidies to remain globally competitive, Cuba ironically benefits from US government capitalist subsidies.
Read More Here
19 February 2007
Cuban intellectuals fearing crackdown take cause to Web
WOW! You say.
Not so fast. It’s all a not-too-slick PR campaign to make Raul look “reasonable” and “pragmatic” to the outside world because he allows “debate” and show that he’s in control would-be rivals on the inside.
"It's impossible," Perez, 43, recalled thinking. "How could a man whose past was so atrocious for Cuban culture be shown on television like this without explanation and even with reverence? He was the devil. A lot of people suffered tremendously because of him."
Who is Perez referring to? Fidel? Raul?
Why no, Perez doesn’t have a problem with Fidel or Raul. He’s talking about Luis Pavon who was he former head of the Cuban National Culture Council back in the 70’s and is now held responsible for branding some intellectuals as “counterrevolutionary” and blacklisting them.
Now, I’m no intellectual by any stretch of the imagination, but in the Cuba where I grew up, nothing happened unless Fidel Castro wanted it to happen. What kind of intellectual doesn’t realize that Pavon was just one of Castro’s thugs following orders? Does he actually think that Pavon was freelancing?
And another thing, Perez is 43 which means that he was 7 years old when the “Five Gray Years” started. Yet seeing Pavon on TV disturbed him so much, that he set out to clash with Raul’s regime.
Intellectuals in Cuba are a privileged class in a supposedly classless society. They get to have internet access, travel abroad, mingle with tourists, have cars, etc, etc.
Now, let’s assume that they are really protesting a potential government crackdown. If they are, they are doing do for self serving and elitist reasons. They haven’t protested about the repression of the ordinary Cuban people, just their own intellectual repression. If it’s a genuine protest, then its just a disingenuous attempt to hold on to their privileged status.
But nohing in Cuba happens unless the regime lets it happen.
What is more realistic is that Raul told a couple of these “intellectuals” to “protest” or they would loose their privileges. And they did.
There are a few different theories about why thie is happening.
One is that Raul is encouraging some intellectual dissent to see what “gusanos” come out so he can exterminate them. Mao did this at the beginning of the “Cultural Revolution”.
Another theory is that Valdes who is now the MisInformation minister wants to start reigning in the “intellectuals” like he’s doing with Satellite dishes and the internet. So he put this guy Pavon on the airwaves to send a signal to the intellectuals. Raul could have countered by allowing a “debate” to show Ramiro that he has the backing of the elite in Cuba.
Then of course, there’s the theory that its all a PR campaign to garner some international goodwill.
Something that makes this last theory more plausible is this incident that occurred last week at an International Book Fair held just feet form the “paredon” , a wall where Cuba’s patriots where put before to be shot, at La Cabaña Fortress:
…..poet Cesar Lopez--who also was blacklisted in the 1970s--delivered a daring speech before Raul Castro, Culture Minister Abel Prieto and other officials in which he urged authorities to allow the works of famed exile anti-Castro writers such as the late Guillermo Cabrera Infante to be circulated on the island.
Cuban intellectuals fearing crackdown take cause to Web
Where reporter Gary Marx also interviews a real intellectual dissident.
¿Qué opina de las hipótesis de reformas en Cuba según el modelo chino o vietnamita?
Nosotros no somos chinos. Hay elementos de las experiencias chinas que pueden ser muy útiles, pero también a la inversa. La idea de un modelo único se acabó entre los socialistas inteligentes. Es en Occidente donde aún hay gente que mantiene esa tonta idea.
Si, los socialistas inteligentes han abrazado al los mercados libres y han dejado al socialismo atrás. Solamente los tontos se aferran al modelo soviético que ha fracasado donde quiera que se aya implementado.
18 February 2007
La semana pasada en una Feria de Libros, irónicamente celebrada en La Cabaña, lugar donde fusilaron y torturaron a tantos, un “intelectual” cubano, César López, critico al régimen por prohibir que en la isla se lean las obras de escritores cubanos como Guillermo Carrera Infante y Reynaldo Arenas. (claro, ambos “gusanos”, ya fallecidos) En la audiencia estaban presentes nada menos que Raul Castro y Abel Prieto.
¿Quién se lo cree?
Los intelectuales en Cuba, viven una vida privilegiada comparada con el resto de la población. Ellos tienen derecho de viajar al extranjero, tienen acceso al Internet, pueden asociarse con extranjeros y hasta pueden quedarse con las ganancias provenientes de sus obras. Si estos “debates” y “criticas” fueran verdaderos, solamente son hechas porque los intelectuales temen perder sus privilegios, o que le pisen el cayo, no porque estén interesados en derechos humanos o en abrir la sociedad a un cambio necesario. Las criticas se hacen proque el Raúl deja que se hagan.
Pero, no creó que esto sea mas que una propaganda Raulista que se quiere hacer el hermano bueno y pragmático para ganarse las simpatías de la prensa extranjera y de americanos ingenuos. Solamente están usando a “intelectuales” para apoyar a un régimen que se desploma bajo su propio peso y inercia. De no hacerlo, los intelectuales, si perderían sus privilegios; el chantaje Castrista.
Una verdadera critica hubiera sido pedir derechos humanos y que no censuren a todo el pueblo, pero esto cae fuera del credo revolucionario Castrista:
“Dentro de la Revolución, todo. Fuera de la Revolución, nada.”
Writer speaks out at book fair
Cuban intellectuals fearing crackdown take cause to Web
17 February 2007
First, Ramiro Valdes, Minister of Misinformation declared that the internet is a tool of the Empire’s quest for world domination, but that Empire was also keeping Cuba form using the evil tool for peaceful and humanitarian purposes.
Next, they announced a revolutionary new Cuban search engine that blocks the truth. The search engine is called 2x3 (dos por tres) which is a Cubanism to describe something that’s quickly and easily done.
The aim is to search Cuban Web sites without having to rely on foreign engines.”
Cuba’s first search engine can search any subject, but only on Cuban servers, or the Cuban intranet, including 150,000 government sites and the state-run media. It has a special function key on the homepage to browse through hundreds of Castro’s speeches since day one of his revolution in 1959.
This feature will come in handy in the not-too distant future when Fidel Castro’s lies, contradictions and treason will be more easily exposed to the world in a free and democratic Cuba.
Another thing about the a search engine , for those that are into numbers, like Fidel, is that the numbers of the search engine when you reverse the mathematical equation alluded to in the name of the search engine, 2/3, it gives you 666.
When the laughter stopped, Valdes announced that Cuba was joining the revolution against Darth Gates and embracing open source software and Linux.
"It's basically a problem of technological sovereignty, a problem of ideology," said Hector Rodriguez, who oversees a Cuban university department of 1,000 students developing open-source programs.
Ramiro Valdes, an old comrade of President Fidel Castro, raised suspicions about
Microsoft's cooperation with U.S. military and intelligence agencies as he opened a technology conference this week.
He called the world's information systems a "battlefield" where Cuba is
fighting against imperialism.
Middle-aged bureaucrats and ponytailed young Cuban programmers clapped as the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer scientist insisted that copyright laws violate basic morality, like laws that would threaten people with jail for sharing or modifying kitchen recipes.
Ironically, just last week, the Cuban government was out in full force enforcing copyright laws by destroying homemade illegal satellite dishes that where being used to pirate satellite tv signals and arresting the pirates.
Also on Friday, Venezuela announced that it is building a 1,000 underwater fiber optics cable between Venezuela and Cuba. The cable will allow Cuba to connect much faster than the 65 megabytes per second (mbps) for upload and 124 mbps for download that it currently has trough satellite.
So, in a nutshell, a Cuban will be able to go to an internet café, if he can afford it, and using a Cuban government computer, running the Cuban government open source operating system with tracking and blocking code, access the Cuban government search engine with tracking software and filters that only searches Cuban government servers and get the same government propaganda he gets everywhere else on the island. Oh, and this will somehow be faster because there’s a 1,000 mile cable to Venezuela.
16 February 2007
Comandos F-4 Number is (305) 642-7790 if you want more info.
Cubans living in South Florida were understandably offended that their children were being exposed to the lies that they left their country so their children wouldn’t be exposed to. To a Cuban American exile praising Castro’s Cuba has the same visceral effect that praising Hitler’s Germany would have to a Jew or Praising South African apartheid would have to a South African black or praising the Confederacy to an American black. It is not about a differing “point of view” or a subjective interpretation of reality. It is about the facts of an evil and immoral system.
Cubans in Miami have been accused of being book banners and censors. Why? Because we don’t want our children to be told that everything’s fine in a country were they actually do ban books? Because we don’t want children to be indoctrinated with propaganda? Call us crazy.
Today the Sun Sentinel has the truth about Cuba, books and libraries and highlights why Cubans find books that lie to children offensive.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Spurred by events in South Florida, a national group is urging students to read books that have been burned in Cuba.Continuing a welcomed new trend in the Free –Press, a dissident and independent Cuban librarian is quoted in the article.
The organization, FREADOM, launched the project last month to bring attention to documents and books, such as the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights and George Orwell's Animal Farm, that the Cuban government has banned and set afire. The project is a takeoff on campaigns encouraging people to read banned books.
"Banning a book is the intent to kill," said Walter Skold, co-chairman of FREADOM, a group of librarians, authors and human rights activists. "Burning it is the crime of murder."
The project came about in part from a controversy in Miami-Dade public schools over the children's book Vamos a Cuba. The Miami-Dade School Board pulled the book last year after Cuban exiles complained it was an inaccurate portrayal of life on the communist island. Among critics of the book's removal were Cuban librarians.
Skold, a middle school teacher from Maine, said many media outlets reported the criticism without disclosing that some books are prohibited in Cuba.
"This is all propaganda. They don't mention once that they're burning books in their country," he said, referring to the Cuban librarians.
As proof, Skold points to official Cuban sentencing documents from the government's March 2003 crackdown on dissidents in which 75 people were arrested.
The documents, obtained by Florida State University's Center for the Advancement of Human Rights in Tallahassee, were posted on the Web site, www.ruleoflawandcuba.fsu.edu. In them, the Cuban government mentions confiscated pamphlets, magazines and books they deemed counterrevolutionary. They ordered the works destroyed, some by "incineration."
Some of the dissidents rounded up in 2003 were independent librarians who established lending libraries in their homes, offering banned books to neighbors. Today, there are 135 such libraries, said Gisela Delgado, head of the independent library movement in Cuba.
Delgado said government officials routinely confiscate books mailed to her. They have also seized books from her 2,500-book library, most recently in 2003, she said.
Delgado said she hopes the burned-book campaign will give people in the United States an appreciation of the freedom their counterparts in Cuba do not have.
"These (independent libraries) are the only chance children, young people, and even older people have to have all of this literature in their hands," Delgado said from her home in Havana.
Finally Skold Says:
"We would like it to be part of the record that whatever else [Castro]
was, he was a book burner,"
I urge to read the whole article here
She announced that Spain will continue to have a close relationship with the island’s communist regime and also said that the Cuba is undergoing changes.
She told National Radio of Spain that the changes taking place in Cuba compel the Spanish government to maintain a dialogue to be ready for Cuba’s future.
Ms. Jiménez, who has a had a rocky relationship with the Castro regime, has reiterated the Zapatero’s government position on Cuba’s future:
She said that the important thing in Cuba was to prevent “instability, clashes and insure the changes come about in the agreed manner” Jiménez reiterated that Spanish firms had been doing business in Cuba for years and that if the new Cuban leader would open up the country to the outside , it would mean new business opportunities for these firms and others in the future.
15 February 2007
"We believe that little by little comrade Fidel will see the total recovery that all the Cuban people and revolutionaries the world over hope for."
Castro Diaz-Balart has joined Raul and Ramon Castro, Fidel's brothers, and Alarcon in saying that they expect Fidel Castro to fully recover.
It was about religious institutions who felt cut off from Cuba.
Religious groups feel cut off from Cuba
A wing under construction at St. Brendan Catholic School in Miami harbors a pile of goodwill -- some of it withering in the dank humidity -- that was meant to be delivered to Cuba's needy.
Donated diapers, baby formula, wheelchairs, even Christmas decorations are stacked from floor to ceiling.
Rev. Fernando Heria, St. Brendan's pastor and an archdiocese spokesman, said the Cuba-bound goods sometimes expire or rot, so the archdiocese tries to give perishable goods to Miami's needy before they go bad.
U.S. Jewish groups would drop in on Cuba's biggest synagogue, Beth Shalom, up to
three times a month, bringing care packages stuffed with matzoh crackers, school
supplies, and nonprescription drugs for Cuba's Jewish community of about 1,500.
The visits have tapered off to six or seven a year, and donations have dried up, said William Miller, head of Beth Shalom in Havana.
''We've had months without a single group from the United States visiting,'' Miller said in a telephone interview from Havana. ``Being part of the Jewish community means helping your fellow man, and we feel punished for being part of Cuban Society.''
God knows that if any society on needs spiritual and material support it’s the Cuban society.
But why whine about the US government policies? The ultimate responsibility for Cuba’s problems lies with one man, Fidel Castro.
Why is it that these Religious organizations need to have missions in Cuba in the first place?
Why is it that Cuba would needs donations?
Why can’t the Church in Cuba send some one to pick up the donations?
Why can’t these donations be shipped like they would to nay other country in need?
Why are there only 1,500 Jewbans left in Cuba?
BECAUSE OF CASTRO.
And why did the Government crack down on religious travel to Cuba?
Because religious groups where using their religious license as shields to take “tourists” to Cuba for pro – Castro propaganda fests and sightseeing.
''OFAC became aware that a number of large organizations were abusing their
religious travel licenses by soliciting participation beyond their own organizations for trips to Cuba, yielding less control of the travel groups and their activities in Cuba,'' said OFAC spokeswoman Molly Millerwise in an e-mail. The policy was changed in fall 2004, ''in hopes of eliminating such abuses,'' she said.
Many of these religious groups don’t give a rat’s butt about the Cuban people, their main goal is to prop up the atheist communist regime, its leftist egalitarian ideology and anti-American tyrannical leader.
Religious organizations that engage in politics as a religious organization under the guise of "religion" should loose their 501 C not for profit –tax exempt status.
But, the Jeffersonian wall between Church and State is never a problem when its on the left side of the room.
14 February 2007
About a month ago, there was a meeting of Cuban “journalists” where they gathered to receive their marching orders from their “employer”.
At the meeting they were urged to focus and write about “the great transformations and needs of the Revolution. The people must see its problems reflected in our media with greater frequency'' with “richness of language and creativity, with the concomitant professional and political responsibility.''
This Saturday, Juventud Rebelde, set out to fulfill its journalistic mission and reported on a commodity shortage gripping Santiago de Cuba, Cuba’s second largest City. The report
detailed the causes, responsible parties, consequences and solutions to the shortage.
BUT, (Buts are big with Cubans). you say…this is a good thing.
Well no, the article was about a butt shortage:
A chain of debts within the government supply system has caused a cigarette
shortage in Cuba's second-largest city, driving up the black market price of smokes, Cuban news media reported Saturday.
The shortage led "a few unscrupulous people" in the eastern city of Santiago to sell Popular-brand cigarettes for the equivalent of 95 cents a pack, nearly triple the normal price of 33 cents, according to the Communist Party youth newspaper Juventud Rebelde.
48 years of shortages and rationing of food and clothing and shortages in housing, utilities, transportation and everything else, and they write about a shortage of butts.
Well, what do you expect from a bunch of Buttholes?
Change from Fidel to Raúl is a-coming
BY MICHAEL PUTNEY
The more things change , the more they stay the same.
According to Putney, who's talked to all sorts of "Cuban Experts", The change will be........................
More of the same, lies, propaganda and smoke and mirrors
Here are some of the changes:
Babun says Cuba has received 130 new buses from China but has only 40 in general operation. Another 40 buses ferry members of the Communist Youth Union around the country doing various tasks. Raúl is also sitting on six big electricity generators that were imported from Europe, but none has gone on line. They will, along with those 50 new buses, Babun predicts, when Raúl believes the time is right. When he needs to show the Cuban people that he can deliver things they desperately need -- electricity and transportation. Very clever.
What it has recently allowed are new rules (La Ley de Cultos) that spell out when churches can expand their operations, proselytize, hand out literature, even use microphones at services. This works in favor of the growing evangelical movement in Cuba and against the Catholic Church, which is the only viable nongovernmental institution on the island.
What else might Raúl do to secure his place as the líder máximo? Release a group of about 130 dissidents, which would send a symbolic message to Washington about his position on human rights
He might also tell Eloy Gutiérrez Menoyo, the former Miamian and Cuban political prisoner who returned to Cuba a few years ago to start an opposition political party, that he can open an office, hand out pamphlets, maybe even get his name on a few local ballots. Cuba would remain a one-party country in practice and theory, but even this small political opening would send Washington another signal.
Now, what would be the result of these "symbolic" propaganda tricks?
Better U.S.-Cuba relations:Which is the obsession of all Castro "likers", sympathisers, useful idiots and apologists
Fidel thought the doors were opening too wide and closed them. I'd bet that Raúl, with a few positive signs from Washington, will allow them to nudge open again.
Sheesh and they call US hardliners !
Read the Whole Piece Here
13 February 2007
Within the past year, with the renewed interest in Cuba, we have seen some movements in that direction.
This Article in the U.K.’s The Telegraph goes a long way to exposing the social apartheid and inequities that Fidel Castro’s regime has instituted on the island.
Cubans in their own words:
"They watch us and we watch them," he said with a resigned laugh as the tourists turned their cameras to capture the image of a young boy optimistically fishing in the oily waters.
"It's a little like being in a zoo," sighed Carlos, a 24-year-old literature student. "But that is the reality of life here. We are caged while the world looks on."
"Fidel has starved us," he whispered. "Yes, there is a lack of food but it is more than that. We are starving for information, for opportunity, for freedom. We want to enjoy the same things as those people over there," he said as a fresh batch of tourists spilled out of the doors of a tour bus.
The Rest of this Poignant Piece Here
Media exposure to the social apartheid that exists in Cuba's supposedly classless society is essential to exposing the truth about Cuba. That this article, titled "Cubans feel betrayed by tourist playground" was published in the U.K. where thousands go to Cuba every year on holiday is very positive.
I'm sure that the thought of going to a "quaint Caribbean island" where the population is dehumanized to the point that they feel like caged animals in a zoo being gawked at, doesn't appeal to most in England.
Let's hope this new trend in reporting the "truth about Cuba" continues.
Something for your blog:
"Law school gets first Cuban dean"
St. Thomas University has appointed Alfredo Garcia as dean of its law school, making him the nation's only Cuban-born dean of an American Bar Association-approved law school and one of only 7 Hispanic law school deans in the U.S. (etc. etc... found in the Florida Catholic papers)
Hoo-hoo! Global warming, black football coaches in the Super Bowl, Cuban deans...Somebody call Billy Joel to update the "We Didn't Start the Fire" song!
Love you, B.
Thank You, B.
Love You Too.
Here’s a perfect example of Communist Pretzel Logic from Ramiro Valdes’ mouth.
At an international communication technologies conference being held in Havana, Valdes, The Cuban Minister of Disinformation and Tall Tales, who’s more comfortable at shooting off his pistol than his mouth, confounds us with his philosophy on the internet.
Recently, repression in Cuba has been highlighted by reports exposing that only 2% of its citizens have access to the internet. Cubans have costly internet access that is more like and “intranet” allowing most citizens access only to an island wide local network. In typical Cuban-Apartheid fashion, tourist and the “more equal” government "big-wigs” have real internet access, though censored.
In this AP: Article Valdes “explains” why:
"The wild colt of new technologies can and must be controlled," he said.
Internet technologies "constitute one of the tools for global extermination,"
It’s Washington’s fault. Somehow the Empire and its agents get in the through the wires and “poof”…Truth. No we can’t have that “wild colt”. We need the tame colt of lies and repression.
Valdes expressed dire suspicions of U.S. intentions for the World Wide Web, citing post-Sept. 11 security measures and press reports that technology giants Microsoft and Google have cooperated with U.S. intelligence agencies.
"These actions bring the destabilizing power of the empire to threatening new levels," he said.
He also blamed the US for Cuba’s lack of reliable internet access saying it does so to impede the Island’s development:
they "are also necessary to continue to advance down the path of development."
So let’s see if we can follow his “reasoning”. The evil Americans are blocking Cuba’s access to a medium (the WWW), that the empire is using as a tool to destabilize and destroy the Revolution. And he says with a straight face.
He’s also quoted saying that these are the problems with the world-wide web:
"the diffusion of pornography, encouragement of terrorism, racism, fraud, spread of fascist ideologies and any kind of manifestation of cybernetic crime."
That must really anger Ramiro. You know how mobsters are, they don’t like anybody muscling on their territory.
12 February 2007
Way back in ’67, before he became a t-shirt Icon worshipped by the chic rebels without a clue world-wide, el pive Guevara was shot, burned and buried in an undisclosed location in Bolivia. (unfortunately, in that order)
Fast forward 30 years to 1997. His ex-partner in crime, Fidel, who never met a lie he couldn’t tell, decided to put together an expedition to go find el pive’s body and have it brought back to Cuba for burial. The body was miraculously found in a common grave near the Vallegrande airport.
Fidel had ordered that the body be found to give the floundering Cuban revolution a needed morale lift and to “re-launch the revolutionary mystique” (and T-Shirt Business). Guevara’s remains were placed in a mausoleum in Santa Clara with much revolutionary fanfare on the 30th anniversary of his “martyrdom”.
Fast forward again to ’07 where journalists Maite Rico and Bertrand de La Grange, ex reporters covering Latin America have written an article for the magazine “Letras Libres” exposing the operation to find Guevara’s body as a hoax and claiming that the body buried in Santa Clara cannot be Guevara’s.
According to Rico and La Grange there’s no way that the remains found in Bolivia can belong to Guevara.
First of all, they claim that it is common knowledge that Guevara’s remains were incinerated and not buried with any other remains, but either buried in a separate location or scattered throughout the jungle.
They claim that the Guevara’s remains were positively identified by the forensic team because the remains had amputated hands, like Guevara’s, and because of cranial and dental features.
The forensic team also based its identification of the remains on articles found in the grave. One such article was a green shirt similar to the one worn by Guevara when his body was exhibited in the laundry room of the Señor de Malta Hospital in Bolivia. The other article was a belt. There was no mention of a beret or feces stained trousers.
According to Rico and La Grange, the shirt found in the grave could not be Guevara’s because his shirt was kept as a souvenir by Dr. Moisés Abraham Baptista, director of the hospital. Do they Have eBay in Bolivia, eCoca-Bahia?
DNA test will not be forthcoming.
Why is this important, you ask?
Because , in the not too distant future, when we go visit Santa Clara, we will only be able to piss on Guevara’s Memorial, not his grave.
The Nuevo Herald Article HERE (in Castillian)
When Reporters Without Frontiers sited Cuba s one of the countries with the least amount of citizens with access to the world-wide web, Cuba blamed the “embargo”. It’s not that they want to control every aspect of everyday of every person’s life. No, it’s the “embargo”.
Cuba has basically isolated itself from civilization because the isolation fits the needs of its tyrant to hold on to power.
Economic opportunity, as a reader reminded me today, goes a long way to create a truly free society. It is the last thing Castro and his thugs want.
In another eye-opening article form the Sun Sentinel’s Doreen Hemlock the subject of economic opportunities in Cuba is explored
The grim outlook for Cuba
The London-based Economist Intelligence Unit ranks Cuba among the world's worst
business environments -- No. 80 of 82 nations surveyed, with only Iran and
Angola rated lower for the past five years.
Even managers of Chinese companies favored these days by Havana cite headaches.
"Our company does business with 46 countries, and Cuba is the only one where we can't have a commercial representative to find clients and service them," said a Chinese executive who declined to be named for fear of Cuban reprisals.
Most U.S. companies can't do business with Cuba because of Washington's four-decade embargo aimed to squeeze the island's communist regime. But those few with permission -- like U.S. food exporters -- also face obstacles, from reams of U.S. paperwork to Havana's prodding that U.S. suppliers lobby on Cuba's behalf.
"And you've basically got one customer: the Cuban government," said Jay Brickman, vice president of government services for Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corp., whose shipping service hauls authorized U.S. food exports from Broward County's Port Everglades to Cuba.
Havana cracked open the door to foreign capitalists in the 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of generous Soviet subsidies sent the island's economy crashing. But foreign investment has always been more tolerated than embraced by authorities, analysts said.
And, in a new trend in MSM that’s VERY refreshing, A dissident’s opinion:
"It's seen as bitter medicine, like castor oil," said independent economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe in Havana. "Some hardliners call it `ideological contamination.'"
Nowadays, as hefty Venezuelan oil subsidies and Chinese loans lift Cuba from its economic hole, the government is getting more selective about what foreign investment it approves and what foreign companies can do.Effects of the Embargo:
Decline in partners
Numbers tell the story. The tally of Cuba's foreign "economic partnerships" fell to 236 last year from more than 400 in the year 2000, authorities have said.
Cuba now seeks foreign partners mainly for large, costly projects, such as oil exploration and mining. And it gives priority in joint ventures to Venezuela and China, nations with a fellow leftist bent, said Paolo Spadoni, a teacher at Rollins College in Winter Park. who specializes in Cuba.
Smaller European firms once welcomed even for limited retail operations are now being turned away, as Cuba's government expands its own restaurant and store network.
"Every day, Italians come in and say they want to put up a pizzeria or clothing store. That type of business, the government says, we generally don't need," said Miriam Martinez, a spokeswoman at the Cuban Chamber of Commerce.
Once approved, operations in Cuba are increasingly centralized in government hands, foreign executives said.
Though Cuban law permits 100 percent foreign ownership, most foreign companies operate through partnerships with the government and hold only minority control.
Even foreign embassies generally can't hire their own staff, but must hire through government staffing agencies. Some foreigners bemoan nepotism at the agencies.
Foreign businesses pay their staff through the government agencies, but employees get only a sliver paid to them in local currency. The government pockets the bulk,
saying it needs the cash for Cuba's free education, health care and welfare programs.
Local salaries don't stretch to pay the bills, so foreign employers generally pay a bonus to their employees, sometimes up to $1,200 a month, executives said.
Then, there's the delay issue, especially long waits to obtain imported supplies. Few imports are warehoused because Cuba faces foreign currency and credit shortages and won't tie up its cash.
And Cuba offers some advantages envied elsewhere in Latin America: high literacy rates and low crime.
Read The Whole Article HERE
Those gains clearly don't outweigh the problems, especially when business faces a unique external pressure exerted by the U.S. embargo both on American and international companies.
U.S. scrutiny and sanctions against banks and other companies that do business both with Cuba and the United States have become so tough that some international firms are opting not to work with Cuba and to safeguard their larger and more lucrative U.S. operations.
At least two Swiss banks, UBS and Credit Suisse, and one American money transfer company, MoneyGram International of Minneapolis, announced an end to financial operations with Cuba in recent months amid the U.S. crackdown.
Amid all the hurdles, many foreign executives are focusing outside Cuba to more attractive spots for business.
The Cuban regime, because of its totalitarian nature, has to control everything. Its only motive for allowing any kind of foreign investment is to continue to get the funds it needs to carry on its repression and stay in power. It pays workers 4% of what it charges the foreign partners for labor and pockets 96%. It uses the excuse that the funds are needed for social programs, yet the real reason is that it wants to deny the Cuban citizens the economic opportunities which will eventually lead to social changes.
The communist regime doesn’t care about the welfare of its people. Its only purpose is to stay in power. That is why they will never negotiate, they have nothing to gain or lose.
UPDATE: Charlie Bravo from KILLCASTRO made the Following Comment:
"Every day, Italians come in and say they want to put up a pizzeria or clothingPerhaps you think Charlie is just another" hard liner " spewing out anti-Castro venom, well, he may be, but that doesn't mean his wrong. Charlie is backed by experience, knowledge and Science.
store. That type of business, the government says, we generally don't need," said Miriam Martinez, a spokeswoman at the Cuban Chamber of Commerce."In a quick
phrase: que se joda el pueblo.
That's the only embargo that is in Cuba, the internal embargo and apartheid impossed by the KKK (kasstro kommunist klan)They do not want any business that
can give any service or comforts to the population because they destroy the basis of their control over Cubans: the socialization of misery. For the same reason, they don't want Cubans owning any businesses who can produce enough to support a family withuot headaches, it would break that basic tenet of socialized misery. One hungry man with one hungry family has only one priority in life: to feed his family. The commies understand that well, and they know that survival instinct and conservation instinct put that need first. If people didn't have those needs, well they would have more energies and TIME to devote to destroying the tyranny. I think this is clear, or should be clear enough....
Here's a representation of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs:
The lower the need, the more primitive. The communist regime goes out of its way to keep the Cuban people taking care of the first layer of needs in the hierarchy. Little time is spent on the second and even less on the third. The whole system is built to be an obstacle to the fullfillment of what Maslow would call higher needs.
Like Charlie says, this is not by accident. It's cold, caculated, "socialized misery". And, it is designed to dehumanize the Cuban citizen by keeping him focused on the more primitive and instinctual aspects of the human experience.