Signs?

karl_marxThe interior stairs of a building collapse on the same corner where the socialist character of the Revolution was declared. A desperate group of thirteen people occupy the Church of Charity in Central Havana and are taken out by force in the middle of the night. The television shows a report about the bridges vandalized by people who dismantle them to build houses. The Archbishop publishes a note in the Communist Party’s newspaper, with a tone that emulates its official editorials. Potatoes appear only sporadically on the stands at the farmers markets, and at higher prices in the black market. A hip-hop musician is arrested for protesting his son’s treatment at school and taking a photo of Camilo Cienfuegos from the entry of the high school. The Cardinal makes a speech on prime time TV, on the same date that 55 years earlier a young man forced his way into a radio station.

Hugo Chavez spends his postoperative time in Cuba surrounded by secrecy and rumors of a return to the Special Period. Fidel Castro’s book is presented to Latin American intellectuals, using up in its thousands of copies the paper destined for the entire annual production of a publisher. A doctor declares a hunger strike so they will restore his right to cure patients. The “cyberwar” rises to incredible paroxysms and manipulates the social networks as nothing but a weapon in the struggle, or an enemy to be defeated. A man with a mobile phone films a fire and later the police confiscate the gadget for showing “the ugly side of things.” In the midst of the information battle against secrecy, a journalist rails against those who buy enormous quantities of cookies and pastries to resell them. Winter says goodbye to Havana without our barely having taken out our coats. It was announced that an illegally exported crocodile will return to our Island from Italy in the same retinue as the Pope.

And I wonder: all these signs, these events, are they indications of the end or of the beginning? Are we all going crazy or is it only now that we’ve arrived at sanity?

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342 thoughts on “Signs?

  1. I cannot miss the opportunity to show more of that anti-Cuban face here, for they really excell and excede in making me right. Like this “hero” of the “cause”, so brave he even alls himself analonimo:

    “Analónimo
    Marzo 25th, 2012 at 22:30

    Who’s betting on mass protest againts Raul&comp this week ??”

    No one took the bet. No one had the balls to do so for they ALL know the reality.

    There were never going to be “mass protests” again raul. Between the old creep and a bunch of traitors, Cubans chose to stay away from the traitors. Not even the few usual self-declared “dissidents” managed to attract anything other than complete and utter repudiation from young and old Cubans.

    And the fact that young Cubans came out EN MASSE to express their repudiation against the traitors is a schreecher…

  2. As per the old recipe’, the losers from support brigade are still offering only personal attacks as their only contribution to debate.

    The fact that they refuse to discuss the OBVIOUS lies served by cia nazists through their agents, local traitors the team “yoani” confirms they are not here to discuss the FACTS.

    But then, when was the truth and the facts the objective for cia nazist gulag?

    Never.

  3. As I was saying An(al)omino Humberto, stick to selling t-shirts with I H8 the Revoution you get a better chance at being on the spot.. whatever spot that may be…! adn you can buy yourself a nice pair of trainers to get the guys you like interested!

  4. Come on Mouse, tell people on this blog on how you bragged on other online blogs/forums about how you belong to MENSA, as your IQ is higher than a kite. There is so much IQ showing in your rants darling, you’re like in the four digits area.

  5. Wow I see you had H8 Hour with An(al)omino… Any vodoo I should expect my way?? Considering his mateship with Humbertito ‘the media flood’ mamones I can only guess that the girl in question stole Darrrren from the man that loves Cuba so much that sees no conflic of interest and bias in being part of the nations that acutally screwed up Cuba so baaaad in the first place and last…. 4 An(al)omino I am sorry Darren like a women more than a male thug, maybe you deserved eachother.

    So as I was saying: I guess you guys could make yourselves really useful by selling I H8 CASTRO t-shirts… At least you’d put some money into your half-baked half-personal cause…. I am sure An(al)omino can help you sell with his vast experience of hating people from Facebook…and again he is not very bright but just a thug!

    For the rest on with H8 Idolatry of ‘Castro fascism’ you build here everyday!!

  6. Anonimo! THANKS FOR THE LINK! AND I WAS GOING INVITE UnHinged FOR TEA AND CUBAN CRUMPETS! NOT HAPPENING NOW! JE JE JE!

  7. Here is a link, an “article” wrote by UnSor ( aka Diana Brancoveanu on FB , aka Simona Thrussell ). She claims that she is a journalist ( LOL ) ; last year she claimed that she was a IT gurl making 300 pounds/ day. Read her rant and you will laugh your azz off. Back in my people with mental health problems were going to a mental health facility. Nowadays people with mental health problems like UnSor just rant on the internet.MOUSE, MY OFFER TO SEND YOU A ONEWAY TICKET TO CUBA IS STILL VALID DARLING. I HAVE THE MONEY AS I AM CAPITALIST PIG. I’LL EVEN VISIT YOU IN CUBA WITH MY ENTIRE FAMILY AS I CAN AFFORD IT. YOU CAN’T EVEN AFFORD TO VISIT YOUR MOTHER IN ROMANIA, AND YOU COULD NOT EVEN GO TO YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S FUNERAL.

    copy/paste the link

    steelandfire.org/en/metalwatch.php?subaction=showfull&id=1332580680&archive&start_from&ucat=4

  8. TRYING TO KEEP YOU ALL INFORMED WITHOUT SPAM, SPAM, SPAM!

    ASSOCIATED PRESS: Cuba’s Ladies in White protest without incident- By VIVIAN SEQUERA,

    HAVANA — A Cuban dissident group known as the Ladies in White held its customary weekly protest without incident Sunday on the eve of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the island.

    The lack of any arrests at the march outside a Havana church and the absence of the pro-government crowds that sometimes curse the women and yell revolutionary chants indicated an apparent unspoken temporary truce, after dozens of dissidents were briefly detained last weekend.

    The Ladies in White also appeared to be in a compromising mood, saying they would try to attend Benedict’s Mass on Wednesday in Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution but would not use it to advance their cause.

    The group’s leader, Bertha Soler, said they will not shout slogans or wear T-shirts bearing the image of the group’s late co-founder, Laura Pollan.

    “It is a sacred Mass,” Soler said.

    “You have to be respectful. One goes to temples to pray … there will be no politics,” she added.

    Dozens of government opponents, including Soler and her husband, were rounded up last weekend and held briefly. At the time, Soler said authorities warned her the main thoroughfare in western Havana where the Ladies march each week would be off-limits.

    But there were no detentions at the march Sunday after the group went to Mass. Nor were they harassed by pro-government crowds. Cuba say the Ladies and other dissidents are mercenaries bent on undermining the government’s authority, and accuses them of taking U.S. money to engage in subversive acts.

    The 30 or so protesters were outnumbered at least two-to-one by foreign journalists in town to cover Benedict’s visit as they walked along the median of Quinta Avenida.

    Soler said they are still hoping to meet with Benedict even for a minute to deliver a list of 46 people they consider political prisoners in Cuba and ask him to intercede on their behalf.

    Vatican officials have said the pope does not plan to meet dissidents.

    Cuba last year released the last of 75 government opponents from a 2003 crackdown on dissent and says it does not hold any political prisoners.

    Last week Amnesty International designated four Cuban inmates as “prisoners of conscience,” the only ones it recognizes on the island.

    Soler also addressed the pontiff’s comment on Friday that Marxist ideology is increasingly irrelevant today.

    “Really, he’s not wrong. … Communism does not work here in Cuba,” she said.

    Elizardo Sanchez, head of a group that monitors detentions on the island, said 70 government opponents have been detained in the last four days, and at least 100 beggars were removed from the streets to keep them from being seen by foreign journalists and pilgrims coming for the pope.

    The report could not be independently verified. Cuba’s International Press Center, which handles media requests, said it did not have any information about any such actions.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gUn-Vvp0D5kTzXKZlr4UhPQMJMBw?docId=e1f14761d4634bb8beeaa64a8da732ae

  9. EXCELLENT READ! BETTER THAN HAVING TO DIGEST ALL THAT SPAM, SPAM, SPAM!

    ALJAZEERA: ‘The Pope will visit Cuba – so what?’ – The pope’s visit to Cuba comes as its government strengthens diplomatic ties with the Vatican. – Manuel Barcia is Deputy Director at the Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Leeds.

    A visit for whom?

    For the government of Raul Castro, currently immersed in implementating a series of economic and social reforms, this visit is perhaps perceived as an additional reform. It is certainly a way of showing renewed tolerance towards religious institutions and religion in general. Although the presence of the pope is not likely to accelerate or slow down any of the ongoing reforms – Castro’s government has a three-year consultation plan in place that is being rigorously followed – it is hoped that the moment can generate debate and open some public spaces for discussion.

    Not surprisingly, everybody seems to want something from the pope. Berta Soler, the new leader of the Ladies in White, one of the best-known opposition groups in Cuba, has asked Benedict XVI to arrange a meeting with her group. Guillermo Farinas, another dissident leader who carried out a hunger strike in 2010, has requested the pope’s intervention in favour of those who are repressed on the island. Even the Jewish community has asked for a Vatican intercession to secure the release of US contractor Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned in Cuba since 2009 for alleged crimes against the Cuban state.

    Granting some of these requests would certainly benefit both the Cuban government and the Catholic Church. It would be a surprise if Raul Castro’s government does not take advantage of the opportunity to make a gesture or two to complement its recently acquired image of change and reform. Even as various groups of dissidents occupied Catholic churches across the island last week, it was not the national police, but the Church that evicted the occupiers. These evictions were, in some cases, carried out using physical force, as in Holguin, where Bishop Emilio Aranguren was reportedly happy to push and shove while leading the expulsion of a small group of dissidents from the cathedral of San Isidoro. The bishop has since denied any violence was used against protesters.

    While the government’s public image may be improved by the end of the visit, and some members of the opposition may be released, it is the Catholic Church that stands to win the most. As a matter of fact, it has already benefited more than anyone else, even before the pontiff’s arrival. Last week, Cardinal Ortega was given time on national TV to deliver a monologue running for almost 25 minutes, ridden with hollow personal anecdotes involving him and the pope.

    The Catholic Church has also been quick to claim credit for the release of a large number of political prisoners over the past months. Public processions and religious posters have appeared across the island, signifying, if not a renewal of faith, at least the reappearance of the Catholic Church in the public sphere.

    Of course, Cardinal Ortega and his entourage did not expect the occupation of churches by members of the opposition, but even this minor setback has been transformed into a sort of triumph by the cunning leaders of the Cuban Catholic Church, who took advantage of the event to place an article in Granma, the Cuban Communist Party newspaper, condemning the occupation in the strongest possible terms.

    The circus that will arrive with the pope – cardinals, bishops, priests and nuns, TV and newspaper journalists, pilgrims, and all sort of pundits – will almost certainly be a breath of fresh air, but not much more than that. Make no mistake: Benedict XVI and Cardinal Ortega are trying to gain new spaces for the Catholic Church, not for the Cuban people.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/03/201232582845757206.html

  10. HUFFINGTON POST: “The Pope, the Crocodile and Cuba” by YOANI SANCHEZ

    Over the span of the last weeks, in all the workplaces of the country, meetings have been held to call Cubans to participate in the masses to be offered by the pope. “No one should be absent,” the authorities have said and, as is almost always the case, these calls have something of an imperious nature, of a command. The government wants to give — at all costs — an image of normality, it needs to show that Raul’s reforms are advancing without major obstacles. But the reality is more fickle.
    For several weeks now, in anticipation of the great man’s arrival, the social temperature has been rising. On March 13 a group of 13 people entered the church in Havana dedicated to our patron saint, la Caridad del Cobre, and demanded that a list of their demands be given to Joseph Ratzinger. Two days later, around midnight, the religious hierarchy authorized an unarmed commando to enter the premises and remove the occupiers by force. The collusion between the political police and Cardinal Jaime Ortega disturbed many and raised the question of the social role of the clergy.
    Even those who had applauded the 2010 conversations between the church and the government to affect the release of the political prisoners, were negatively affected by the actions in this conflict. Although several dissidents had expressed their disagreement with the occupation of the church for political purposes, the final outcome conflicted with the image of the Cuban church. To the point that many would argue that in this act the top Catholic leadership signaled its future role in our transition.
    Parallel to these incidents, the repression has been growing. Arbitrary detentions, however brief, have become a common practice of the police authorities. They want to “clean” the island for when the Holy Father offers his homilies in the east and in the capital of the country. One way to achieve this calm is to threaten the regime’s opponents and order them not to leave their homes on these dates.
    The latest raids on the Ladies in White — wives, mothers, sisters and daughters of the political prisoners — have ended with their being detained at police stations. To top it off, the pope’s visit coincides, within a few days, of the ninth anniversary of the Black Spring of 2003, when 75 dissidents and independent journalists were arrested and condemned, in summary trials, to long prison terms.
    Each year the commemoration of that sad event becomes at least a week of tension between state security and anti-government groups. But on this occasion the tyranny is more notable because it has been linked to requests from civic activists to be received by the pope.
    The Ladies in White themselves have asked Benedict XVI for at least one minute of his time to tell him of the other Cuba he will never hear of in the official version. So far, there is no sign that His Holiness will receive them. Not them, nor any other personality from civil society not associated with the government.
    This could be the biggest mistake of this papal visit. A visit that does not appear to have the same connotations as that of John Paul in 1998, when he spoke that famous phrase, “Let Cuba open itself to the world, and let the world open itself to Cuba.” Fourteen years later, many of us are still hoping that, at least, “Cuba will open itself to Cuba.”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ESSAY!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yoani-sanchez/pope-cuba_b_1377797.html

  11. MIAMI HERALD: Pope’s spiritual journey to Cuba a delicate balancing act- The pope pursues a mission of faith, but political realities can’t help but intrude – By MIMI WHITEFIELD

    The Cuban government, which sees the papal visit as a way to demonstrate to the world that it is tolerant and open to religious expression, was diplomatic about the pontiff’s remarks. “We consider the exchange of ideas to be useful,’’ said Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez. “Our people have deep convictions developed over the course of our history.’’

    But it is also in a position of defending itself from charges that it has become too friendly with the Cuban government and hasn’t come out strongly enough in defense of human rights.

    Much of the criticism has centered on Cardinal Jaime Ortega, especially after his recent request for police assistance to remove a group of 13 dissidents who had occupied part of Our Lady of Charity Church in Havana. The dissidents, who weren’t well-known among traditional human-rights defenders on the island, had a list of political demands.

    Human-rights monitors say the number of detentions of dissidents in the Santiago area has accelerated in recent days, and the government itself has raised the possibility of protests during the pope’s trip.

    Benedict would be an unlikely champion for any action that seems overtly political. When he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he was an ardent foe of liberation theology, the Marxist-tinged doctrine that has led some priests and nuns to advocate social or political activism to meet the needs of the poor and oppressed.

    Rather, he sees the church’s role as one of giving the Cuban people hope to forge their own future.

    Asked during the news conference if the pope would ask for the release of more political prisoners, García Ibáñez said freedom and better conditions for political prisoners is a “constant theme’’ of the Cuban church. Whether the pope touches on the topic of political prisoners or not, he said, the church would continue to seek their freedom.

    García Ibáñez also said he didn’t know whether the pope would ask for the release of Alan Gross, a jailed American subcontractor who recently requested a two-week reprieve to visit his mother, who is dying of cancer in the United States. The archbishop wouldn’t say whether the pope would respond positively to requests by dissidents and defenders of human rights to meet.

    The Vatican has said that Benedict would be open to meeting with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro if he asks. The pope also plans meetings with Raúl Castro and the Council of Ministers.

    The Ladies in White, a group of wives and relatives of political prisoners rounded up during the so-called Black Spring of 2003, are among those who asked for a meeting.

    In a statement, the group said: “We recognize the right of his holiness to express his desire to meet with Fidel Castro in spite of his [the pope’s] very tight schedule. By the same token, we think that marginalized Cubans, victims of repression, should equally have the possibility of meeting with the maximum representative of the church, even if just for a minute, because we believe in the concept of a ‘Church for everyone.’ ’’

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/24/2712583/popes-spiritual-journey-to-cuba.html

  12. Monarchs later called capitalists with their capitalism… and their slaves,peasants and workers who later created their communism…they both did created in history in the last 500 yeas big nightmares everywhere in the world…And the priests of all religions were between both of these opposite sides or systems which were nightmare. Now there will be a world globalism of what side; the capitalism,the communism or both of them running as united masters and their peasants,slaves in two systems!…

    EU experiment did show their mixed nightmare..and so does North America’s union…
    Let see how will be the rest of the world globalism and Cuba,what kind of look and fate will they have…but so far look to ugly their scenes…and to hot,boiling…

  13. Cuba Libre (La MENTIROTA & HOMOPHOBE & CASTROBOOTLICKER!) said: “Despicable parasites”, well said Mariela Castro. I couldn`t have found better words myself to describe the maggotts and leeches that crawl around in this blog. And who is better placed to describe the Cuban way of life but a true Cuban like Matiela Castro?”

    SO C.L.! GIVES US A LITTLE HINT OF WHAT YOU WILL BE ASKING MARIELA CASTRO ON HER BLOG COMMENT SECTION!! I THINK YOU SUPPORT OF HER “INTERACTION” WITH YOANI MIGHT BE A GOOD ICE BREAKER! LOOKING FORWARD TO READING IT! JE JE JE!

  14. It looks like in the past 3 ages; Taurus,Aries and Pisces…show two opposite sides as a long path.In Taurus was Egypt with Pharaohs,priests and the slaves,in Aries the Romans.the priests and the slaves,in Pisces the Monarchs,priests and the slaves.
    Moses was the one who lead to free the slaves…but he was opposed by the pharaoh and priests in Aries. Jesus was the one who try to free the slaves from the Romans and priests…in Pisces so there must be a new Leader to free the slaves from the monarchs and the priests…in the Aquarius. The New Age entered early with its influence…in Pisces like the morning light enters the night. It looks like the two opposites in the last 500 years were fighting even more violently as the two swords..but who hold both of them? Who run or control them? The same Creator…
    Jesuits,Communism,Marx,Lenin,Stalin,Castro as many others leaders did fall and they created their own nightmares maybe as the others in the opposite side did. So now that the world is globalism…or one as NWO it is not clear how will look,a mix of both opposites or as one sword with two sharp sides..instead of two swords as before.

  15. Cuba experiment = communist reduction of the jesuits …may have been chosen as a system of the world,the NWO plan…So the whole world soon will gather and be like Cuba experiment or the jesuits communism in the reductions of the 17-18th century…It is possible that those experiments had the aprove of the Church inthe past,but we dont know who was behind the 20th century’s communism and who is behind the NWO’s future communism….Is the Church,EU’s monarchs or the jesuits…?!

  16. Cuba has experienced for 5 decades an experient which was used 300 yeas ago in South America in reductions,the first communist communities of the natives…run by the jesuits…which later did come in Europe’s communism,Asia,Africa and back in South America via Cuba.The question is are Castros…jesuits or lead by them?!…
    Cuba is very similar with the system of the communism of the jesuits reductions 300 years ago.

    A Jesuit Reduction was a type of settlement for indigenous people in Latin America created by the Jesuit Order during the 17th and 18th centuries…
    In the 16th century, priests of different religious orders set out to evangelize the Americas, bringing Christianity to indigenous communities. The colonial governments and missionaries agreed on the strategy of gathering the often nomadic indigenous populations in larger communities called reductions in order to more effectively govern, tax, and Christianize them. Reductions generally were also construed as an instrument to make the Indians adopt European lifestyles and values, which was not the case in the Jesuit reductions, where the Jesuits allowed the Indians to retain many of their pre-colonial cultural practices
    At the height of the reductions there were around 40 different communities that were home to as many as 150,000 Indians, most of whom were Guaraní, Tupi and Chiquitos. Reductions were laid out according to a standardised plan: the main buildings, like the church, college and churchyard were concentrated around a wide square, with houses facing the other three sides. Each village also provided a house for widows, a hospital, and several warehouses. In the centre of the square, there was a cross and a statue of the mission’s patron saint. The reductions were ruled by indigenous chiefs who served as the reduction’s governor, but were controlled by the Jesuits. There was a minimum of two Jesuits in a reduction, with more for larger ones. The social organization of the reductions has often been described as extremely efficient; most were self-supporting and even produced surpluses of goods, which they traded to outside communities, which laid the foundation of the belief that Jesuits were guarding immense riches acquired through Indian labour. The main traded produce was the hides of their cattle and yerba mate, leaves drunk somewhat like tea. Initially these were collected from the wild, but later cultivated. A number of trades and skills were taught to some Indians, including even printing, to produce mostly religious texts in indigenous languages, some illustrated by engravings by indigenous artists

    The degree to which the Jesuits controlled the indigenous population for which they had responsibility and the degree to which they allowed indigenous culture to function is a matter of debate, and the social organization of the reductions have been variously described as jungle utopias or as theocratic regimes of terror…
    They were laid out in a uniform plan. The buildings were grouped about a central square, the church and store-houses at one end, and the dwellings of the natives, in long barracks, forming the other three sides. Each family had its own separate apartment, but one veranda and one roof served for perhaps a hundred families. The churches were of stone or fine wood, with lofty towers, elaborate sculptures and richly adorned altars, with statuary imported from Italy and Spain. The priests’ quarters, the commissary, the stables, the armory, the workshop, and the hospital, also usually of stone, different from native’s homes
    Aside from the main farm, each man typically had his own garden, pursuing agriculture, stock raising, and the cultivation of maté. Jesuits introduced many European trades and arts to their communities. Cotton weavers, tanneries
    The goods that were produced at the missions, including cattle, were sold in Buenos Aires and other markets under the supervision of the priests. The proceeds earned were divided among a common fund, the workers, and dependents.
    Much emphasis was placed on education, as early training was regarded as the key to future success..
    Frequent festivals with sham battles, fireworks, concerts, and dances enlivened the community…

    Cuba is proud for the schools,hospitals,salsa dance,gathering,marches,nationatism…
    The main threat of theCuba’s 20th century ‘s reduction is the rest of the capitalist world which is the modern despotism of the monarchies in their countries and their colonies. Question is where is the Church in these two opposing sides?!…
    Has the Church the poper to stop the Cuba’s embargo and isolation which somehow was a desired isolation…not to be infected by the rest of the world evils…similar as the missions in the past jesuits reductions-communism.History repeat itself…but is the gathering of the world,the globalism a world despotism similar to feudalism,capitalism or communism? Wedont know this yet,but soon we will know

  17. Uni Sorce, I’m afraid I have no idols either. But the truth is the Pope has no power over anyone, definitely not me. Anybody can leave and join the Church as often as they want.

    When’s the last time the Church locked someone up for criticizing the Pope? I’ve met feminist Catholics and pinko Catholics who openly criticize the Pope, and they’re still members of the Church. And I know Catholics who have left the Church and written nasty letters to the Pope.

    Contrast that with Castro and other fascist thugs.

    If you’re looking for religious fundamentalism and inquisitions, look to all the communist parties of the last century. The Cuban inquisition is still officially on.

  18. Here a FB rant by UNsoricel

    The more I sit and think, the more I try to understand mythology and one’s need for multiple deities. Monoteism is bizarre, absurd and painful, especially when it’s forced. Fuck Christianity and fuck official reality of any kind. Gather yourselves, find the gods that best suit you, find the reality that best suits you and go with it. Reality is perception, so why not take your perception and make it a reality? All you have to do is want it hard enough.
    It must be magic, but the universe bends to your will, if your will is strong enough.

  19. “despicable parasites, maggots and leeches”?? Who are you Cuba Libre? Are you mentally retarded? Are you not a parasite enjoying the fruits of capitalism? Why would you think Mariela Castro would describe her regime in any other way but glowing? And what’s this “Cuban way of life” business? You make it sound like a lifestyle choice.

  20. Parasites, maggots, leeches, worms……… hehehehe…….. defeated agents with out nothing else to say!!!!!!

    Look, learn, suffer:

    As long the written history has existed there have existed only 2 political systems that sometimes have been competitor, sometimes have been allays and the most times have been in open antagonism. Democracy and Tyranny ….. there is no other political system though the history of mankind despite the effort of some “philosopher” for disguising new types of tyranny that dived up in the last centuries, such as communism, fascism and some kind “socialism”.
    Democracy has always been in great disadvantage respect tyranny since it’s born in ancient Greece. It was a single tiny state surrounded of powerful theocratic and despotic states that constantly menaced the very existence of the new born democracy and the Greek state self. But Greek democracy has not only foreign enemies, the bigger menace were inside. At the end democracy gave up and took a break for reappear in ancient Rome only for finding it self fighting again for survival against same powerful enemies inside and outside the empire. One more time democracy had to go in hibernation mode. It were necessary take two steps in the evolution of the economical system mankind developed along its history, from slavery to feudalism and from feudalism to market economy, for having a renascence of democracy. This time seems democracy has a big chance of survival but very soon appeared the powerful enemies of always, theocratic and despotic states are again trying to suffocate the newborn democracy and dark forces inside the democratic states are working hard to destroy it. But this time the situation is different. Democracy has had time to grow, to develop and show the benefices it can bring to the mankind, this time democracy had time of showing the huge richness and welfare it is capable to create. This time democracy is here to stay despite the effort of those who wants the world for them self and see in democracy the biggest obstacle to their planes.

  21. I believe that ordinary Cubans would be much more suited to describe the Cuban way of life than someone who is part of the “aristocracy, the 1%, the tyrants, dictators, users, thieves, whores and liars” that make up the Castro family.

  22. “Despicable parasites”, well said Mariela Castro. I couldn`t have found better words myself to describe the maggotts and leeches that crawl around in this blog. And who is better placed to describe the Cuban way of life but a true Cuban like Matiela Castro?

  23. To whom it way concern:

    1. Communist found very early that Adam Smith were right when he affirmed that the only problem of the communism theory and practice were located in its economical utopia that make the whole system grounded on the tip of a needle. Since this the commies has spent most of the time and efforts looking for and improving survivals strategies that allows the “system” extend its durability. One of these strategies is the finding and conversion of followers. Most communist countries have special departments dedicated only to this task. They use the same recruiting tactics that the most intelligence agencies use but directed not only to find probable spies or collaborators but also political followers. Once they have identified a prospect they lose on him/her a sophisticated manipulation mechanism that always lead to the complete recruiting of the prospect or its complete destruction. It is no difficulty finding plenty of prospects in this world full of hate and confused people. There out are lots of Che-freaks, neo-communists, confused socialists that believe the castros has something to do with socialism, normal people that believe their problems are caused by USA and also believe castro is against USA and it make them believe castro is theirs friend. The list is very long, that’s why the commie’s intelligence agents have no problem to find prospect and convert them in militant collaborator. Of course, sometimes the normal intelligence procedure is not enough to convert a prospect, that’s why the agents run a parallel procedure just in case the main procedure fails. This plan B consists in spying the prospect closely to find its weaknesses, develop these weaknesses into a life episode and induce the prospect into a trap. This trap can be a criminal act, an immoral act, a treason act, etc. In the case the intelligence department takes notice of some weaknesses a public or semipublic person have develop, they will try to induce this person to commit an act related to its weaknesses and be involved in a possible scandal that only the agents can stop. In the most pure mafia style these strategies are used mainly on writers, famous artists, religious hierarchs, etc. Of course, you can find some enthusiastic follower that defends a tyranny for pure conviction but it will be only the exception that confirms the rule. The most of those “defenders” are recruited agents that do their job with more or less honesty. You can difference the firsts from the seconds after a round of debate. When they find trough the debate that their ideas was no sustainable they disappear. If the person is a true believer it will try to find the “light” trough acquiring more knowledge and will come back for more debate when she/ he feel ideologically stronger. After another round of debate and finding themselves more confused this person will disappear for ever or in rare cases will recognize its mistakes. But an agent, a recruited agent will never recognize its mistake, it can’t because is working, it will never accept a debate, it can’t afford a debate, the agent will always come back and post pamphlets and cut-paste articles from the internet or enunciate dogmas or slogans, it is their work, and finally will always attack you and the others in a personal basis trying to kill the messenger….. because they can’t kill the message!!!

  24. 303Un Soricel

    Marzo 25th, 2012 at 08:47
    I guess you guys could make yourselves
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    One thing is very evident……. in spite of what we do here is good or not you can’t do nothing to avoid it, you and castrofascism are impotent to fight the freedom of speech that offer a free internet…… when we present a crime of castrofascism you are uncapable to deny it because we have the proves, when we inform about industries destroyed by castrofascism and rebuild by Cubans in exile you are incapable to deny it because the fact is there, when we denounce a killing of castrofascism you can’t fight the evidence……. so you only can lie or like in your last comment make a personal attack showing in such way you have nothing to say or oppose to the message we delivery, you simply defeated as propaganda agent….. and castrofascism is surely now considering what to do with you……. be careful, castrofascism is very dangerous, think about that they have managed to stay in power half century just by killing and terror.

  25. Hating people on Facebook? WTF? Have NO idea what you are talking about.

    And my little toe is brighter than your entire brain.

  26. Freud, re #294,

    That is truly horrible, the evil at the heart of the Castro regime.

    It’s nice to see how the police are getting everything nice and clean for the Pope. I hope he appreciates the special effort.

  27. .Here’s your answer Mouse. I certainly do not idolize the pope, he has no authority whatsoever as far as I am concerned, and his church has committed unspeakable evil. If his visit can be used to highlight the human rights abuses in Cuba, however, than more power to him.

  28. I guess you guys could make yourselves really useful by selling I H8 CASTRO t-shirts… At least you’d put some money into your half-baked half-personal cause…. I am sure An(al)omino can help you sell with his vast experience of hating people from Facebook…and again he is not very bright but just a thug!

    How does idolatry of the Pope sit with Castro idolatry??? Aren’t these similar if not the same?? The Pope is unelected and his word has to be carried as that lof a dictator, apparently he cnamake you burn in hell so he has power over one even after death … No oneescapes him … And after that howdoes that sit with the H8 Idolatry of ‘Castro fascism’ you build here everyday??? No answer thereI guess…

  29. To Help, re#293,

    Yes indeed, the official statistics from Cuba are BS. The figures have never been independently verified. The World Health Org reports on the Cuban medical system were based on statistics provided to WHO by the regime.

    A friend of mine has met Cuban doctors in rural Ghana, operating clinics. They work abroad for 4 years and are not allowed to bring their family.

  30. Regime arrest Luis Felipe Rojas and Eliecer Palma to avoid them to follow Pope’s visit.

  31. News at Pope’s arrive eve:

    - Pope says communism does not works any longer in Cuba
    - Havana says they respect Pope’s opinion about Marxism
    - More tan 50 jailed until today, HRW denounces repressive tactics before Pope’s visit
    - Regimen uses rubber bullets to arrest opponents Sonia Garro and Ramón Muñoz
    - A Diario de Cuba’s journalist (DDC) was arrested yesterday to avoid him to cover Papal visit.
    - Castrofascism makes Cuba up so the Pope and other visitors can’t see the real Cuba.

  32. 290Griffin

    Marzo 25th, 2012 at 00:55
    Re: Freud in #281,

    The main reason Cuba can boast a low infant mortality rate is because the State forces all risky pregnancies to be terminated. Abortions are performed in the 9th month and even later if the doctors suspect a birth defect or complication. By eliminating potential post-partum risks, the “infant mortality” rate is effectively lowered. This practice of pre-emptive murder is what Dr. Oscar Biscet protested against and which landed him in Castro’s prisons.
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    There is a “pre-partum risk group” also that include fetuses with risk of become a potential member in “post-partum risk. I had a neighbor who worked as doctor in the maternal hospital Gonzales-Coro that told me histories that seems gotten out the series “Tales of the Crypt”. The history that more impression caused me was the abortion practiced to a mother who’s fetus were included in the “pre-partum risk group”, the fetus was very advanced in his development (I don’t remember the time it had) and after abortion the mutilated fetus regret to die soon and lasted long time making noises in the disposal container they placed it together with other fetuses. The female workers of the sale had to ask the personal in charge the disposals to get ride the container in order to stop suffering together with the fetus.

  33. Something else, for all I hear about Cuban medical aid abroad, I still don’t know any volunteer who has run into a Cuban aid worker.

    I know several volunteers who went to Haiti, and some are still there helping the poorest Haitians. Where are the Cubans? Isolated and guarded by the military so they don’t defect? Only treating the rich like they do in Cuba? Except for the occasional propaganda photo shoot? I don’t want to insult any of the ones who are really helping Haiti’s poor, I just want to know the complete truth.

  34. Griffin, I don’t know what the main reason for the low infant mortality rate is, but I do know that Cuban doctors lie a lot and Cuban statisticians lie a lot.

    In addition to Cuban doctors counting 4 year olds as 6 year olds when they die, Cuban bureaucrats just make things up. I find it completely ridiculous to discuss figures that nobody has verified, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the real rates are 2, 3, or 7 times higher than the propaganda figures.

    Cuba’s ridiculous medical propaganda reminds me of China’s bumper crops during Mao’s Great Leap Forward, crops that only existed in communist newspapers and the minds of gullible westerners.

    Remember, the main skill needed to survive in Cuba is to be a liar. As true for doctors there as for anybody else.

  35. We dont kow who is the goat and who is the sheep…in Cuba and in the world,but there are left and right wing,east and west,etc and they are all mixed now….and all being watched what they are doing….
    And why is the goat not part of the sheep family,called sheep?

  36. Wow,if guys would have started by looking at your own shoes and then picked on Cuban shoes….you may have had an argument there…. You gotta love your mentality: everything in Cuba is dictated … Event child mortality …. Everything in the USA is democratically done ….even infant death….

    The more I look at your one-sided flood of arguments the more one realises that one of the ‘successes’ of present Cuba, for all other shortcomings, is to have managed to deal with the FLOOOD of BS opinion and bias from the USA, opinions you impose on other nations …Iran is a good example as well… in a desperate attempt to antagonise them.. To rewrite their present history with view to impose a version that suits your principles…

    I suppose it is convenient not to look at your own shoes….they reveal too much incompetence and cowardice in facing up a new world where youshould have been at least in part held responsible for bankrupting other nations..

    So in this respect Cuba is good for you….you have someone to pick on to divert from a closer look at your own shoes….

    Maybe you should be honest and say that regardless of any achievement you HATEany name that ends with Castro… Cos this is what you do!

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