Things in common


Hilda Molina and I share a couple of rare “privileges”; we were both mentioned in the prologue of the book Fidel, Bolivia and Something More and we were both denied, on several occasions, permission to leave Cuba.  In her case the immigration authorities justified this refusal based on her past as a scientist.  They spread the rumor that she was in possession of classified information that should not be known beyond our borders.  Many of us suspected, however, that this wasn’t the real reason for keeping her here, rather it was the whim of a man who demanded her forced imprisonment.

My “crime” is located in the future, in that part of tomorrow where neither the well-known prologue writer nor the limitations on leaving the Island will exist.  My detention is not about what I’ve done but about what I might do; the “fault” falls on this citizen I am not, yet, but who is incubating in this blog.  In any event the punishment is the same for both, because a system based on limits, controls and closures knows only how to penalize by locking up.  For Hilda this sanction just ended; although one accused never again sleeps peacefully, faced with the fear of returning to her cell.

I am happy for her family and for her, but troubled by the existence of those who decide who leaves and who enters Cuba.  I feel sorry for someone whose reunification with her family depends on a long negotiation between parties, governments and presidents.  I see an aging woman who will finally be able to meet her grandchildren and whom nothing can compensate for so many years of loneliness and anguish.  I can only suggest that she not harbor resentment against her jailers, because they are imprisoned today by their power, their fear and the inevitable proximity of their end.

18 thoughts on “Things in common

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  2. Yoani, echa una mirada a los que está ocurriendo en Iran;
    Usando Twitter miles de ciudadanos están reportando al mundo entero los abusos del gobierno, y reportando del descontento popular con los resultados de las trampeadas elecciones. Sé que en Cuba el problema es el escaso acceso al internet, pero ojala que en un cercano futuro nos enteremos por Twitter de una inmensa alza popular en Cuba.

    Admiro tu valentia, un abrazo.

    Juan Pedro

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    Junio 15th, 2009 at 15:15

    Suy cubano soy popular:

    For sure you are Cuban!!!! , and one of the worse!!!!!,,,anyway,,,Revolution,,in Spanish, should use the “V”,,,not the “B”!!!!

    At least write or express yourself using your mother language correctly!!!!

    Jajaja….. dear Candido the mistake made by our foolish “landsman” is not in changing the “b” for the “v” but changing “o” for the “e”……… what he wanted to write was “robolucion”………. jajajajajajajaja

  4. Speaking of the future travel, once the Coma-Andante moves on – assuming Zapatero does not send another team of surgeons to stretch his rectum and prolong the agony of the Cuban people – Cubans should not have to worry about moving out of the country, except as tourists.

    Having traveled extensively, and with all due respect to our non-cuban fellow readers of this blog, those in the island can rest assured, that other than historic artifacts, and great geographical wonders, there is nothing that will surpass the pleasure of living in an island blessed with great weather year round, fantastic beaches, people in eternal pursuit of happiness through uplifting wisecracking music, and wonderful green landscapes punctuated by ancient mogotes and wildlife.

    What you will likely see is a reverse migration of Cubans back to the island, once it opens up and people are free to own and create their own means of employment. My great grandfather, who lived into the nineties, once told me before I left the island as a kid, that he did not ever want to leave the country, with or without Castro, even if given a free pass, because he knew in his heart that there was nothing in the world like Cuban skies and the fresh breeze in the morning.

  5. Suy cubano soy popular:

    For sure you are Cuban!!!! , and one of the worse!!!!!,,,anyway,,,Revolution,,in Spanish, should use the “V”,,,not the “B”!!!!

    At least write or express yourself using your mother language correctly!!!!



  6. For those posting about could be worse somewhere else it is not a valid argument
    yes it could be worst somewhere else but she is trying to improve her country let some other people on those other countries improve their own country.
    So if you are going to make an argument to defend the brutal Castro regime then make it a solid one not a lame argument that does not proof anything.

  7. One thing I do not understand and never been able to understand is why they pick on some people specially people under the eye of the media. Is like they want to show they do not care about public opinion elsewhere.

    I think is a stupid strategy on their side to behave that way since it proof easily our point that their regime is brutal towards individuals specially the ones that dare to rise their voices against injustices.

  8. could be way worse if you live in china……maybe you should ask for a visa for china…..orRUSSIA SIBERIA WILL COOL YOU OFF

  9. P.S. Another Cuban blogger. The BBC reports :
    A Cuban exile blogger from Miami says he used a female internet alter ego to gain access to a member of the usually impervious family of Fidel Castro.

    Luis Dominguez said he used the character to begin an online relationship with 40-year-old Antonio, the son of ex-leader Mr Castro.

    He refused to apologise for the deception, saying he wanted to show the “opulent lifestyles” of the Castros.
    (There is more)

  10. She fell out with the regime over the inferior medical treatment offered to Cuban citizens, with the severely limited resources being given to rich foreigners. There appear to be three classes of medical care: First is for the Castros and the rest of the top communist aristocracy, who import medical staff from abroad. Second is for rich tourists, who get cheap face-lifts from the least incompetent domestic medics. Third is for the serfs, who get basic treatment from “first-aiders” if they’re lucky. A measure of the quality of Cuban “doctors” may be seen in Venezuela. They say that, “If you’re in pain above the waist they give you an aspirin, if it’s below, you get an enema.” Of course they’re there for propaganda, not welfare.

  11. “Our country does not prohibit any family to emigrate abroad”, Fidel Castro, Granma Newspaper, December 24th, 1999. Castro tyranny is the worldwide leader in the number of split families with more than 2,000 cases of children retained in Cuba against the will of their parents living abroad. Castro is the one that prevents the reunification of these children with their parents.

    These boys and girls, the majority under age, are children of people considered as “deserters” of the Cuban regime, and remain deprived of meeting and living with their parents.

    Castro tyranny catalogs the medical doctors as deserters, since the regime receives great sums of money in exchange for medical services that they provide in other countries, therefore, when these doctors quit their jobs, the Castro regime stops profiting. Then, the regime utilizes the separation of the family to punish these health professionals, separating them indefinitely from their children.

  12. even Iran had a public election. ITS TIME for change.UN MALICONAZO ESTE VERANO ESTA EN ORDEN

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    This text and the meaning within is inspirational, as a foreigner I feel that perhaps Cuba has temporarily disappeared from the political radar due in part to Raul and a reduction, in the UK at least, in US anti Cuba dialogue. I had no idea that the things that you mention continue, please keep writing

  14. What a perfect piece of writing!.Hilda got her freedom,at last!!.The dictator’s end is on sight but still so hard to see.

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