Playa Siboney: Where the Fiber Optic Cable Touches Land

Playa Siboney, the telephone company’s work for the fiber optic cable.

The residents of Siboney have reasons to be sad and upset, very upset. Hurricane Sandy devastated a good part of their coastal infrastructure, destroying houses, throwing up huge rocks on the shore, and seriously damaging the area’s vegetation. More than eight months after this hellish morning when the storm affected them, very little has been done by the State to reconstruct the place. Some locals have restores a part of the walls that surround their houses which the strong winds toppled. Although there are bulldozers and trucks carrying stones and dirt everywhere, they are not focused on once again raising the ruined village. They have, instead, a more pointed objective: the fiber optic cable that links this region of Cuba to Venezuela.

Several owners of private restaurants and rooms or houses for rent are complaining about the decline in international tourism after the debacle of Sandy. “The foreigners come with the idea of staying a week or more, but when they see the state of things these days they leave after two days… if they even stay that long.” the natural beauty of the place makes its current situation more dramatic. Facing a sea so blue it looks like a retouched postcard, many people try to make a living however they can. “But at least you will soon have the Internet, with the cable so close”… I provoke them, in search of information, as well. The reaction when the tendon that cost more than 70 million dollars is mentioned, comes loaded with pure skepticism. “With this cable they’ve protected even us!” says a lady with eyes almost the same color as the Caribbean, glancing about as she talks.

A “coffin of concrete and metal” is the first place the fiber optic cable touches ground in Cuba.

The point where the so-called ALBA-1 touched land in 2011, shows no benefit of the data that circulates through it. A “sarcophagus” of concrete with a heavy metal cover, serves as the first “stop” of the cable that also links to neighboring Jamaica. A guard keeps his eyes on the place where so many kilobytes enter and leave. The irreverent hurricane from last October passed, ripping apart the previous box from where the end of the cable was guarded, leaving entirely open the framework fibers and its cover. The next morning after the incident, local residents looked out curious to see the place’s “new tenant.” Heavy equipment immediately appeared to recover it and make a small causeway under which it ran. After some weeks of work carried out by a brigade from ETECSA Telecommunications Company, the work is now in the hands of the Armed Forces (MINFAR).

As hope is the last thing to die, or so the older people there insist on recalling, the neighbors of Siboney are still waiting for the miracle of reconstruction and connectivity. “This could be the people with best Internet access in all of Cuba,” says a young man fishing from a cliff.” But I can not tell if he’s making a joke or is serious, as the harsh sun forces his face into a permanent grin. The truth is that this place still in ruins, could become more prosperous and have more opportunities to have access to the web.

Private businesses could attract more visitors with ads in cyberspace, they would have better information about upcoming weather patterns, and who knows, they might even launch a crowdfunding campaign to restore the nearby beach. But that’s a dream too far, I’m assured by an old man chewing tobacco and wearing an olive green cap that comes down over his ears.

Away from the beach… near the Internet

Less than ten miles from where the fiber optic cable made landfall is one of the Internet cafés in the city of Santiago de Cuba. The air-conditioned room with four computers and an attendant employed to watch what each user does in front of the screen. The stratospheric prices for most people (4.50 CUC for an hour), means there are no lines access the site. It’s time to do some testing on the connectivity and the sites allowed or not allowed.

Among the sites censored on this connection are Cubaencuentro, Cubanet and Revolico. Perhaps also other portals and sites are under the same “loop,” so it will be very useful for users to help rebuild the list of banned sites.

The good news is, sites that can be read without difficulty include: Café Fuerte, Penultimos Días, Diario de Cuba and El País, as well as the sites of Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders.

A speed test of the new connection, resulted in the data shown in the following image:

In summary, although this is not the Internet we dreamed of, given it high prices, censored sites and the inability to connect from home, at least it’s a crack that has opened the wall of disconnection. Now it is up to us to force this slit to become a door… may we live to see it.

10 June 2013

74 thoughts on “Playa Siboney: Where the Fiber Optic Cable Touches Land

  1. INTERESTING THAT NONE OF THE CASTRO FAMILY OLIGARCHY HAS EVER MARRIED A BLACK OR MULATO!

    WASHINGTON POST: Afro-Cubans fight for equality under Castro regime by Harold Meyerson,

    “More than half a century ago, Fidel decreed the elimination of racism,” said Leonardo Calvo Cárdenas. But “this just made the problem deeper and more complex.”

    Calvo Cárdenas is an Afro-Cuban — a group that makes up roughly half of Cuba’s population but that is greatly under-represented in its political leadership, media and nascent business class. Calvo Cárdenas hasn’t always been on the outside looking in. “I was the director of the Lenin Museum,” he told me during a visit to Washington this month.

    But Calvo Cárdenas’s days in the Lenin stacks came to an abrupt end in 1991, when he and his friend Manuel Cuesta Morúa, a historian at Havana’s Casa de Africa Museum, lost their jobs after publicly criticizing the Castro regime’s lack of democracy. The two went on to form a democratic socialist organization that the regime routinely harasses but, atypically, hasn’t stamped out.

    In 2008, the two joined other activists to form the Citizens Committee for Racial Integration — an organization whose very name is an indictment of their beleaguered workers’ paradise. “The Afro-Cuban population is stagnant, at the bottom of the social pyramid,” Juan Antonio Madrazo Luna, the committee’s national coordinator, said during the recent trip. As in virtually every other nation in the Western hemisphere, Calvo Cárdenas added, “Cuba has traditionally had a racially stratified workforce. And despite the egalitarian rhetoric of the government, African descendants remain excluded from the most promising jobs.”

    In 2008, the two joined other activists to form the Citizens Committee for Racial Integration — an organization whose very name is an indictment of their beleaguered workers’ paradise. “The Afro-Cuban population is stagnant, at the bottom of the social pyramid,” Juan Antonio Madrazo Luna, the committee’s national coordinator, said during the recent trip. As in virtually every other nation in the Western hemisphere, Calvo Cárdenas added, “Cuba has traditionally had a racially stratified workforce. And despite the egalitarian rhetoric of the government, African descendants remain excluded from the most promising jobs.”
    Nevertheless , the committee leaders are emphatic that Cuba can’t become more egalitarian until it becomes radically more democratic. Cuesta Morúa marveled that there are still some in the American left who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. or identify with him today yet support a Cuban regime that would never permit a similar march in its own country.

    “We have a message for the American left, especially the African American left,” he said. “There are forgotten Cubans, invisible Cubans, many of them Afro-Cubans, many of them not. They do not live in the utopia that some Americans still imagine. They live in Cuba.”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/harold-meyerson-afro-cubans-fight-for-equality-under-castro-regime/2013/06/18/9da4397c-d828-11e2-a9f2-42ee3912ae0e_story.html

  2. ANOTHER SPORTS SLAVE FROM THE CASTRO FAMILY PLANTATION MANAGES TO ESCAPE! SO Marabu! WHEN DO YOU THINK THE CASTROFASCIST, FAMILY OLIGARCHY MAFIA WILL ACTUALLY MENTION Yasiel Puig ON ANY OF THE ISLAND’S NEWSPAPERS?? DONT YOU THINK THE CUBAN PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW HOW THEIR SPORT STARS AND ARTISTS WHO LIVE ABROAD ARE DOING??? IS THIS CENSORSHIP IN YOUR OPINION??

    MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Former Cuban national team member Hinojosa defects – Cubs, Dodgers, Red Sox and Yankees among teams interested in right-handed pitcher – by Jesse Sanchez

    At least one more pitching prospect from Cuba could be on the market this summer.

    Right-handed pitcher Dalier Hinojosa, former star for the Cuban national team, defected from the island in February and began petitioning Major League Baseball to become a free agent last month, according to an industry source. Hinojosa still has to be cleared by the U.S. government before he can enter into an agreement with a Major League club.

    The Cubs, Dodgers, Red Sox and Yankees are among the teams that have expressed interest in the pitcher, according to the source. Hinojosa, 27, throws a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s, and his repertoire also features a slider, a curve, a two-seam fastball and a changeup.

    The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Hinojosa has experience on Cuba’s biggest stage.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130618&content_id=51011978&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

  3. @Humberto

    Although the data on external debt comes from The World Bank (headquarters in Washington, DC) is has been verified by the Cuban economists, so we can trust it.

    Cuba is no Lehman Brothers / Mickey Mouse economy.

  4. Marabu!! CAN YOU PROVIDE A LINK TO YOUR NUMBERS DEAR?? GRACIAS AMIGO! MAYBE WE CAN DISCUSS THIS FURTHER ONCE WE KNOW WHERE YOUR NUMBERS COME FROM!

  5. @Humberto

    Whom are you going to impress with those debt numbers?

    Debt is a part of every modern economy. Cuba, with $1700 debt per capita, is placed well between Mexico ($1900) and the Dominican Republic ($1100) and is doing much better then Jamaica ($4600)

    The government in Havana has scored a great achievement by not allowing to convert its old soviet rubles debt into dollars at the rate convenient to russian and international finance instututions. Most other Third World governemts would yield to pressures.

    Again: Spain is in crisis, not Cuba.

  6. AWWW Marabu!! YOU ARE SOOO CUTE WHEN YOU GET FUACATAAAAAAAAAAED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT DONT WORRY, IT WEARS OFF IN A FEW DAYS DEAR!!! ARE YOU AND YOUR AGENT/APOLOGIST FRIENDS GOING TO TRY TO TAKE DOWN THIS BLOG AGAIN??? KEEP TRYING AND WE WILL STILL BE HERE! AT LEAST I WILL, YOU CAN COUNT ON THAT DEAR!!

  7. Marabu said on #60: “On the other hand, the data provided is interesting and shows that Southern Europe is in crisis, not Cuba.”

    REALLY Marabu!! CUBA IS NOT IN CRICIS??? HMM, I BEG TO DIFFER! A DEADBEAT GOVERNMENT WHO IS IN HUGE DEBT TO THE WORLD, THAT HAS TO LAY OFF 50% OF ITS “WORKERS”, WHO’S OIL RICH DREAMS ARE A BUST, WHO HAS HAD TO CUT ITS “RATION CARD” TO MOST IF NOT ALL OF THE CUBAN CITIZENS (not that it ever fed the population for a full month)! WHO CANNOT EVEN PRODUCE FOOD AND SUGAR FOR ITS OWN PEOPLE! AND YOU SAY THEY ARE NOT IN CRISIS??? I BELIEVE YOU!

    REUTERS : Exclusive – Paris Club invites Cuba to resume debt talks- by Marc Frank – Nov 7, 2011

    Cuba’s wealthiest creditors have decided to test President Raul Castro’s pledge to improve the island’s financial credibility by inviting his government to talks with the Paris Club about settling billions of dollars of outstanding debt, according to Western diplomats.

    The Paris Club reported that Cuba owed its members $30.5 billion (19.0 billion pounds) at the close of 2010, but more than $20 billion of the debt was in old transferable Soviet rubles that Russia now claims but Cuba does not recognise.

    The Bank for International Settlements reported banks in 43 countries held $5.76 billion in Cuban deposits as of March of this year, compared with $4.285 billion at the close of 2009 and $2.849 billion at the close of 2008.

    Cuba last reported its foreign debt in 2007 at $17.8 billion, but most analysts agree it now exceeds $21 billion, or close to 50 percent of gross domestic product and 30 percent more than annual foreign exchange revenues.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    uk.reuters.com/article/2011/11/07/uk-cuba-debt-idUKTRE7A64AS20111107

  8. @Humberto

    You are probably the only person in the world interested whether Castro is a fascist or not. Who cares? Anyway, you better try to coin another word because Castro will die soon. Maybe Y-FASCIST will come to power?

  9. Marabu said on #60: “(if you have problems unterstanding this English: CASTROFASCISTS means the government of Cuba).”

    HEY Marabu!! WHO HAS “GOVERNED” CUBA FOR THE PAST 54 YEARS??? OF COURSE IS THE CASTROFASCIST OLIGARCHY, MAFIA, DICTATORSHIP! DUH!

    FOREIGN POLICY MAGAZINE: The Castro family playground- Blake Hounshell – Friday, May 2, 2008
    During the past few years family members of both Fidel and Raúl Castro have come to occupy important positions in Cuba’s government. This Castro clan represents in addition to the military, the security apparatus and the Communist Party, a significant force in Cuba’s political and economic structures.

    Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart- Relationship: Fidel Castro’s son
    Position: Advisor, Ministry of Basic Industry

    Col. Alejandro Raúl Castro Espin – Releationship: Raúl Castro’s son
    Position: Chief, Intelligence Information Services, Ministry of the Interior; Coordinator, Intelligence Exchange with China

    Ramón Castro Ruz- Relationship: Fidel and Raúl’s oldest brother
    Position: Advisor, Ministry of Sugar

    Dr. Antonio Castro Soto – Relationship: Fidel Castro’s son
    Position: Investment Chief, Frank Pais Hospital. Doctor for Cuba’s baseball team

    Major Raúl Alejandro Rodríguez Castro – Relationship: Raúl Castro’s
    grandson
    Position: Raúl Castro’s military guard in charge of his personal security

    Deborah Castro Espin – Relationship: Raúl Castro’s daughter
    Position: Advisor, Ministry of Education

    Mariela Castro Espin – Relationship: Raúl Castro’s daughter
    Position: Head, Center for Sexual Education

    Marcos Portal León – Relationship: Married to Raúl Castro’s niece
    Position: In charge of nickel industry, member of the Central Committee
    of Cuba’s Communist Party

    Col. Luís Alberto Rodríguez López-Calleja – Relationship: Raúl Castro’s son-in-law
    Position: Chief Executive Officer of Grupo GAESA (Grupo de Administración de Empresas, S.A.) which supervises military enterprises Alfonsito Fraga, Related to Raúl CastroMinistry of Foreign Relations

    blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2008/05/02/the_castro_family_playground

  10. SO Marabu!! ARE YOU TRYING TO IMITATE CUBAN BASEBALL SUPERSTAR Yasiel Puig?? YOU ARE 2 FOR 3 TODAY IN ATTEMTING TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT MATTER TO Edward Snowden INSTEAD OF CUBA!! WHILE ON THE THIRD AT BAT YOU ARE TRYING TO VILIFY ME AND OTHER ANTI-CASTRO CUBANS AS ANTI-CUBA OR ANTI-CUBA! DO YOU REALLY THINK PEOPLE WILL BUY THIS SUBSTITUTION DEAR?? I THINK THAT BARREL IS PRETTY EMPTY BY NOW! BUT KEEP ON SCRAAAAAAAAPING! ITS GOOD EXCERCISE!!

    MIAMI HERALD: Bahamas claims that video of Cubans being kicked is fraudulent – by Juan Tamayo

    A video purporting to show a Bahamian guard kicking Cuban migrants detained in Nassau has been branded a forgery by the Nassau government but sparked a call for a protest Wednesday at the Bahamas consulate in Miami.

    The video was taken with a hidden cellular phone by one of the 30 Cubans held in the Nassau Detention Center, according to the Spanish-language television channel América TeVé in Miami, which first broadcast it on Friday.

    The Miami-based Democracy Movement urged protesters to honk their car and truck horns as they drive past the Bahamian consulate in downtown Miami starting at noon on Wednesday.

    Cuban migrants intercepted by Bahamian authorities on their way to U.S. shores and detained in Nassau have long complained of abuses, from beatings by guards to rats, lice and cockroaches in the detention center. Most are eventually deported to Cuba.

    Fred Mitchell, Bahamas minister of foreign affairs and immigration, issued a statement dismissing the video as “a complete falsehood and an outrageous concoction” and “a manufactured attempt to create a damaging and defamatory impression of The Bahamas.”

    But after so thoroughly dismissing the video as a fabrication, the final paragraph of the statement said the government planned to investigate.

    “A follow up investigation is being done to seek to find out if by some remote chance there is any aspect of this that bears a scintilla of truth,” he declared. “We are confident that there is no truth to it but do so out of an abundance of caution.”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/18/3457987/bahamas-video-of-cubans-being.html

  11. HEY Marabu!! REMIND YOU OF ANYONE WE KNOW??? JUST A HINT, HE IS FAMOUS FOR WEARING FATIGUES, HAS A BEARD AND LIKES TO SMOKE CIGARS! AND HE IS PROBABLY DEAD OR COMATOSE!

    FASCISM: a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.

    DICTATORSHIP: 1. a country, government, or the form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator. 2. absolute, imperious, or overbearing power or control. 3. the office or position held by a dictator.
    AS THE OLD SAYING GOES!

    “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck”

    If it walks like a FASCIST, quacks like a FASCIST, looks like a FASCIST, it must be a FASCIST! AND IF IT COMES FROM CUBA AND NAMED CASTRO, IS A CASTROFASCIST!! JE JE JE!

  12. @PA LA PLAYA #62

    You have asked an excellen question: “who else should have numbers for CUBAN TOURISM other than Cubs”?

    Well, in the countries where the citizens feel, the government is cheating, spying or lying, those with access to the information tell the truth.

    This is how Wikileaks came to light.
    http://wikileaks.org/
    This is what Manning did. This is what Snowden did.

    Any Snowdens in Cuba?

  13. Marabu, who else should have numbers for CUBAN TOURISM other than Cubs itself???? The Cuban Government are thugs and bully the citizens of CUBA. Cuba is in DECAY look at any video of the current conditions or go experience it for yourself. Why do all the athletes and artist flee the island?????
    Your just a REGIME APOLOGIST….

  14. POOR, CHEAP COUNTER-REVOLUTIONARIES COUGHT

    For everyone interested how the enemies of Cuba create their propaganda, I reccommend to read carefully the posts of Humberto Capiro.

    Take #60 as an example.

    He begins by saying that CASTROFASCISTS are lying on the economic numbers (if you have problems unterstanding this English: CASTROFASCISTS means the government of Cuba).

    Thank he quotes another set of numbers which includes many details on tourist arrivals. They dropped in April.

    What Humberto Capiro hides from you is that all numbers quoted by him are also taken from the “CASTROFASCISTS” (from Cuba’s National Statistic Office, ONE).

    In other words: he says “Castro lies”, but the only evidence in his hand are the numbers provided by Castro government.

    This is so cheap. These armchair counter-revolutionaries can’t even afford to pay their own sources in the Cuban government.

    On the other hand, the data provided is interesting and shows that Southern Europe is in crisis, not Cuba.

  15. DID ANYONE NOTICE THAT IT HAS BEEN THE ENGLISH VERSION OF THIS BLOG THAT HAS BEEN DOWN ALL THESE TIMES? I WAS ABLE TO LOG UNTO THE SPANISH VERSION BUT NOT THE ENGLISH! MAYBE WE ARE BECOMING MORE IMPORTANT AND RELEVANT HERE!

    YOU KNOW THESE STATISTICS ARE WORSE THAN “REPORTED” BY THE CASTROFASCISTS WHO ARE INFAMOUS FOR LYING ON ALL THEIR ECONOMIC NUMBERS! JUST LIKE THEY LIED ON THE “GREAT” POSSIBILITY OF STRIKING FOR OIL OFF CUBAN SHORES!

    MIAMI HERALD: Cuba cites drop in U.S., European arrivals as tourism sags – by Juan Tamayo

    Cuba’s tourism arrivals shrank by nearly 5 percent in April compared to the same month last year, largely because of significant drops in visitors from the United States and southern Europe, according to official reports.

    But its income from tourism held steady, apparently as Cuba raised its prices and reached out to more big-spending tourists, moving away from its traditional attractions of low-cost, all-inclusive beach resorts.

    Cuba’s National Statistic Office (ONE) reported that tourist arrivals fell from 288,000 in April of last year to 274,000 in the same month this year — a 4.9 percent drop. The 1.2 million visitors for the first four months of this year was 1.4 percent down from the same period in 2012.

    Of the 18 source countries listed separately by ONE, the three at the top — Canada, United Kingdom and Germany — saw increases of 1.3 percent, 8.1 percent and 11.8 percent, respectively.

    Visitors from Spain plunged by 29.5 percent from April to April — from 6,359 to 3,834 — from Italy by 7.2 percent and from France by 6.8 percent, according to the ONE report.

    But the most significant drop was in the “other” category, which ONE uses to lump together arrivals from the United States and all other countries with less than 2,000 or so tourists. That fell from 63,248 in April of last year to 54,771 this April — 13.4 percent.

    Arrivals from “other” countries also fell from 258,378 in the first quarter of 2012 to 243,782 in the same period this year, according to ONE.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/17/3456404/tourism-to-cuba-sags-mostly-because.html

  16. Marabu!!! CHANGING THE SUBJECT AGAIN! SO SOON AFTER THE BLOG COMES ONLINE FROM ANOTHER HACKING?? YOU NEED TO SWITCH THAT TACTIC TO A NEW ONE DEAR, THIS ONE IS GETTING TOO OLD AND WORN OUT!

    ITS ALWAYS SOME EXCUSE OR SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT! NEVER THE RESPONSIBLITIY OF THE CASTROFASCISTS OF COURSE!

    REUTERSl Cuba reports sugar production rose 8 percent, lower than expected – By Marc Frank
    HAVANA, June 17 (Reuters) – Cuban raw sugar production weighed in at 1.51 million tonnes this season, official media said at the weekend, 8 percent above the previous harvest but short of the 1.68 million tonnes forecast. Cuban television, reporting Sunday on a weekend meeting to review the harvest, blamed “obsolete mills and machinery” among other factors such as Hurricane Sandy and poor management, for the less than expected performance.”Mills opened and closed, opened and closed, opened and closed even though managers said they were ready for the harvest,” Cuban Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura told the meeting. Sandy also put a dent in the harvest before it began. The storm damaged mills and flattened cane in eastern Santiago de Cuba and Holguin provinces in late October. The two provinces produced 70,000 tonnes less than forecast before Sandy hit. The harvest runs from December through April, but often stretches into May and June.
    Only 8 of 56 mills in the country were built after the 1959 revolution, the last in the 1980s.
    Brazilian builder Odebrecht SA became the first foreign company since the revolution to produce sugar when it began administering one of the eight mills this year.
    Administration agreements with the other seven mills are now open for negotiations, according to the Cuban Chamber of Commerce.
    At least three other companies are negotiating management agreements, according to two different company representatives.
    “We hope this will push the Cubans to allow more foreign participation in the industry,” said a representative of one of the companies, asking his name not be used.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/17/food-cuba-sugar-idUSL2N0ET0FV20130617

  17. The good thing about Yoani Sanchez website it is it’s capacity to bring out into the open the pathetic Pro-Castro fellow travellers (usefull idiots) who support the Stalinist regime in Cuba from the comfort of their own arm chairs in the USA.

    Keep posting Yoani. Sock it to them, give your versions of events in Cuba as you see them. When I need to have a laugh I switch my satellite TV system on and watch FREELY Cuba Internacional or TeleSur (No state censorship of the mass media in any European country..)
    What do you think “Comrade Marabu” ? When was the last time you went to Cuba to cash your communist dollar ?

  18. The good thing about Yoani Sanchez website it is it’s capacity to bring out into the open the pathetic Pro-Castro fellow travellers (usefull idiots) who support the Stalinist regime in Cuba from the comfort of their own arm chairs in the USA.

    Keep posting Yoani. Sock it to them, give your versions of events in Cuba as you see them. When I need to have a laugh I switch my satellite TV system on and watch FREELY Cuba Internacional or TeleSur (No state censorship of the mass media in any European country..)
    What do you think “Comrade Marabu” ? When was the last time you went to Cuba to cash your communist dollar ?

  19. NOT A WORD ON SNOWDEN – WHY?

    Yoani, for years you have been voicing your concenrs abour government controls over the internet.

    In the last couple od days the web community world-wide is commenting about Edward Snowden – american whistleblower, who teaches us the reality behind Obamas oh so charming smiles.

    Why are YOU silent?

    Is this becuase of Generation Y principle No. 1 which says “never write anything detrimental to the interests of the US goverment”

  20. Hank,

    Another little question we never got an answer for:

    Why is this website always hacked and taken down by poor little ole Castro?

    Why aren’t anti-American websites like Granma or the Havana Times ever hacked or taken down by big bad USA?

    If freedom of speech doesn’t mean anything, as Castro and his followers always say, how come Castro and his admirers spend so much time and money stamping it out?

  21. Help,

    Fidel did create the first permanent human colony on Mars. It’s called Cuba.

    People trapped in castro’s experimental outpost constantly try to escape to get back to planet Earth, but they are punished for wanting to leave. They might as well live on Mars. A lot of them have died in the attempt and have been eaten by sharks.

    Why are people constantly leaving Cuba and trying to escape that island if it is such a great place? Why would anyone want to leave the wonderful castro revolution if it is so fantastic and good?

    Why won’t Nick answer your question, Help, and now mine?

    Nick, when are you moving to Cuba?

    You are very outspoken in your support of the dictatorship, Nick. I’m genuinely curious, why don’t you live there?

  22. Marabu,

    The top Cuban industry is begging for money.

    Residents of the evil USA are the most generous of all Cuba’s welfare providers.

  23. @Help #50

    The elections you are asking for were held in 1961.

    Every Cuban had a free choice to join Brigade 2506

  24. @Help #48

    Come on, the readers of this blog are not as naive as Radio Marti wants them to be.

    Rum and cigars? What are you talking about? Maybe T-shirts with Che, too? Who cares about this?

    Top cuban product is tourism. Hotels, airlines, car rentals.

    An emerging cuban product is medicine: breast enlargements and dentist services for those not covered.

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