University Autonomy

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I have heard hundreds of times that the university – like a cemetery – could not be invaded by the demons of repression. I imagined them milling around the steps, without the power to enter this zone of letters and mathematical formulas where the students are sheltered. But this supposed immunity lived only in my fantasies, as Cuban history shows successive transgressions suffered by the universities in my country. Before the gaze of the statue of Pallas Athena, the ideological castigation has broken into these precincts dedicated to knowledge and scholarship countless times.

During the first half of the Twentieth Century, several student protests went so far as to demand the resignation of the president, bearing witness to the social force that emanated from the student desks. Painted on the walls around La Colina, where the University is located, you can still see the youthful nonconformity that later revolutionary purges reduced to apathy. The University Student Federation (FEU) has ceased to be a hotbed of ideas and actions that more than once shook the city, and become, to the students, a representation of power. Thus, the organization lost all its rebel character and its leaders are no longer elected for their charisma or popularity, but rather for their political reliability. The slogan, “The University is for Revolutionaries,” has contributed to imposing the mask as the safest way to achieve a diploma.

In these two years since Raul Castro came to power, expulsions for ideological reasons have continued – and are on an upward course – in the centers of higher education. When Sahily Navarro, daughter of a prisoner of the Black Spring, was prevented from returning to her classroom, I learned that the battered student league had gone from agony to necrosis. A few days after the headstone of sectarianism was placed over the remains of the FEU, Marta Bravo was expelled from her teacher training program for demanding reforms in the country. The notes of a requiem was composed by those who fired the teacher Darío Alejandro Paulino, after he opened a Facebook group to discuss issues with regards to the faculty of Social Communication. With these sad events, the federation – once led by Julio Antonio Mella – has confirmed its death at the hands of the dragons of dogmatism and intolerance, who now freely roam the university campus.

* A group — “Stop the Expulsions in Cuban Universities” — has been created on Facebook to protest, at least virtually, against these outrages.

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39 thoughts on “University Autonomy

  1. Médicos cubanos demandan a Cuba y Venezuela por ‘esclavitud’

    El presidente venezolano y el mandatario cubano durante la clausura de la reunión del ALBA en La Habana, el pasado 14 de diciembre. AP
    POR SONIA OSORIO / EFE
    Siete médicos y un enfermero cubanos demandaron a Cuba, Venezuela y a la empresa estatal de este último país PDVSA por presunta conspiración para obligarles a trabajar en condiciones de “esclavos modernos”, como pago por la deuda cubana con el Estado venezolano por suministro de petróleo.

    Los demandados, “intencional y arbitrariamente”, colocaron a los profesionales de la salud en “condición de servidumbre por deuda” y éstos se convirtieron en “esclavos económicos” y promotores políticos, según el documento de la demanda presentada en EE.UU., al que Efe tuvo acceso.

    La demanda fue interpuesta el pasado viernes ante un tribunal federal de Miami (EEUU) por los médicos Julio César Lubian, Ileana Mastrapa, Miguel Majfud, María del Carmen Milanés, Frank Vargas, John Doe y Julio César Dieguez, y el enfermero Osmani Rebeaux.

    Con la acción legal, que fue asignada a la juez Patricia A. Seitz, los demandantes buscan una indemnización que sobrepasa los 50 millones de dólares, dijo Pablo de Cuba, uno de los abogados defensores.

    ”Queremos sentar el precedente de la responsabilidad patrimonial de los estados sobre sus ciudadanos. Esto es una conspiración predeterminada y dolosa de estos gobiernos y de la empresa para someter a trabajo forzoso y servidumbre por deuda a estos médicos”, informó a Efe el letrado.

    En la demanda, el abogado Leonardo Arístides Cantón, que lidera la defensa, argumentó que los demandantes viajaron a Venezuela bajo “engaño” y “amenazas” y fueron forzados a trabajar sin límite de horas en la misión “Barrio Adentro”, en lugares con una alta tasa de delitos comunes y políticos, incluyendo zonas selváticas y la ‘‘beligerante” frontera con Colombia.

    ”Barrio Adentro” es un programa del gobierno de Venezuela que utiliza médicos cubanos y venezolanos para ofrecer servicios de salud en las zonas pobres del país.

    La presencia de los profesionales de salud en la nación suramericana es posible mediante el convenio integral de cooperación firmado entre Cuba y Venezuela en el 2000 y modificado y ampliado en el 2004.

    El acuerdo establece que La Habana enviará a Venezuela profesionales del sector de salud a cambio de 100.000 barriles diarios de petróleo suministrados a través de PDVSA.

    Algunos de esos profesionales fueron asesinados, heridos y varias doctoras violadas, de acuerdo con la demanda.

    Cantón dijo que ambas naciones han colocado a personas inocentes y libres bajo condiciones de trabajo forzado, cautiverio y servidumbre por deuda, una “versión moderna de la esclavitud”.

    Los dos países, según el abogado, se han unido en una conspiración sin precedentes en la historia contemporánea, con la única excepción de la esclavitud de la Alemania nazi, en el uso de trabajo forzado.

    Subrayó también que “el convenio de los gobiernos de Cuba y Venezuela constituye una flagrante confabulación comparable al comercio de esclavos en la América colonial”.

    El gobierno venezolano persigue, intima, captura y hace regresar a Cuba a médicos y otros profesionales de la salud que se niegan a realizar trabajos forzados o que intenten obtener su libertad para salir del país suramericano, según el documento judicial.

    Los demandantes afirmaron que vivían hacinados en residencias alquiladas o en casas de personas afectas al régimen venezolano, mientras trabajaban sin la debida licencia para ejercer la medicina en la nación andina violando las leyes de ese país.

    Los médicos y el enfermero fueron sometidos por funcionarios de seguridad de Cuba y Venezuela a una estricta vigilancia y control de sus movimientos, de sus relaciones, además de ser intimidados y coaccionados, de acuerdo con la demanda.

    Los demandantes lograron escapar y llegar a Estados Unidos, país que les otorgó visas.

    Esta sería la segunda demanda por presunta “esclavitud moderna” que se interpone en un tribunal de Miami.

    En octubre de 2008, un juez dictaminó que el astillero Curacao Drydock Company debía indemnizar con 80 millones de dólares a tres cubanos que alegaron que fueron enviados por Cuba a trabajar en la reparación de barcos y plataformas marinas de Curazao bajo condiciones “inhumanas y degradantes” para pagar deudas.

    Los abogados dijeron en esa ocasión que el fallo representaba la “primera vez que un tribunal de EE.UU. responsabilizó a una compañía que negocia con Cuba por trabajos forzados y abusos a los derechos humanos incurridos en forma concertada con el régimen cubano”.

  2. Juan :
    The problem from some of this guys is that they use pseudonymous they don’t like to use name and went you do no agree w/ they opinions you are all the human trash they are no talking for all the Cubans I am one that those no like the embargo. This embargo has been in place for the pas 50 years and has done nothing again the dictator and his family .
    The Castros and family they always ignore the embargo in place look the accounts in the Swiss bank.

  3. It is a sad state indeed,with something similar here also,as usual.
    Here education is no longer the entity that unites children of all social classes into one classroom as equals;it is no longer a justified system where your intellect matters,but where whose your daddy matters more than your ability to calculate 2+2=?
    Recent news of the fact that MNA’s (Members of the National Assembly) have been accused & charged with abusing teachers,simply because they refused to have their [the MNA’s] obtuse & brainless sons/nephews admitted into their schools.
    The fact that politics has so badly affected our educational system,which is probably in its worse state in our 63 years of existence as a nation,clearly shows that democracy remain’s to me another word as hypocrisy,& landlords & politician’s backed by some major power or the other continue to rule…& though that fact is a known fact of reality in many countries,its simply more shamefully & painfully felt in here than in others

  4. Humbug/Anónimi or whatever alta ego you are at this moment – still waiting for you to waiting for you to aplogise for accusing me of posting an interview with Yoani Sanchez that you said was actually an intreview b/n her and President Obama! A long wait indeed.

  5. Detained contractor’s wife pleads for his release

    Judy Gross, the wife of a U.S. government contractor imprisoned in Havana, released a video on Thursday in which she called for the release of her husband, who she said was innocent of wrongdoing, news sources reported. “Alan has done nothing wrong, and we need him home,” she said.

    “I believe the Cubans arrested him to force the U.S. government to focus on the provocative nature of these aid programs, which are designed to push for regime change,” said Julia Sweig, director of the Latin America program at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.

  6. Yoani Sanchez: embargo represents blunder in policy toward Cuba

    In a new interview with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez discusses her opinions on the current political situation in Cuba and the effects of U.S. policy toward the island. This is what Ms. Sanchez had to say about U.S. foreign policy:

    I believe that these economic restrictions − an “embargo” to some and a “blockade” to others − represent a blunder in American policy toward Cuba. Far from suffocating the ruling class of the Island, these trade restrictions create material difficulties for the population and feed the radicalization of the ideological discourse inside Cuba. The embargo has been an argument to justify the unproductive and inefficient state-run economy, including the total ruin of various sectors. Worse than that, it has been used to support the maxim, “in a country under siege, dissent is treason,” which contributes to the lack of freedoms for my fellow citizens.

    In its nearly 50 years, the “blockade” has done nothing to limit the material arsenal of our authorities, not one of them has ceased to enjoy their privileges. An example is the issue of Internet access. They have always blamed the restrictions on Internet access on the fact that the United States has not allowed Cuba to connect to its underwater cable. The victims of these restrictions are ordinary Cubans; we have had to postpone our enjoyment of the World Wide Web, while the police, the censors and the official media seize the few kilobytes of access available to the whole country.

  7. WASHINGTON POST: US-Cuba immigration talks get underway in Havana
    By PAUL HAVEN-The Associated Press Friday, February 19, 2010; 10:46 AM

    HAVANA — “U.S. and Cuban diplomats met in Havana on Friday for high-level talks on immigration, but the conversation was sure to turn to stickier issues, including the detention of an American contractor accused of spying.

    The negotiations began just after 9 a.m. at an undisclosed location in Havana, said Gloria Berbena, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Interests Section, which Washington maintains here instead of an embassy.

    The regularly scheduled talks come at a low point in relations between two Cold War enemies that have been at each other’s throats for months about a range of issues, notably the Dec. 3 arrest of Alan P. Gross, a 60-year-old American contractor who was in Cuba on a program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

    He has been held without charge at Havana’s high-security Villa Marista jail. Cuban President Raul Castro has said the man was spying, and that his presence was evidence that Washington is still trying to overthrow Cuba’s government 51 years after the revolution.”

    “Gross’s company, Bethesda, Maryland-based DAI, says he was distributing communications equipment to Cuba’s tiny Jewish community, not to dissidents. Nonetheless, such equipment is tightly controlled by the communist government.

    U.S. officials questioned the timing of Gross’ arrest, saying he had been to Havana before on the same program and never had a problem. Gross’ wife, Judy, issued a video statement Thursday pleading for his release and saying he was a “humanitarian,” not a spy.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/19/AR2010021902126.html

  8. 19
    juan
    Febrero 19th, 2010 at 02:52
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    Human Rights Watch is a prestigious international organization with a long history of fighting for the human rights wherever them are violated and with no political or ideological limits. This organization is much more credible and honorable than Mr. Tim Anderson that has a long, verifiable and suspicious history of supporting castrofascism….. and of course, Human Rights Watch never publicize an accusation without having documented and verifiable proves and witnesses.

  9. ASSOCIATED PRESS: US-Cuba immigration talks under cloud of mistrust

    “The delegation will be led by Craig Kelly, deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs and the most senior U.S. official to travel to Cuba in years. One of Kelly’s subordinates, Bisa Williams, came in September for separate talks aimed at re-establishing direct mail service.
    A State Department spokesman told The Associated Press that Kelly could venture beyond the meeting’s focus and into stickier subjects.

    “Other matters of mutual concern may arise in our meetings,” Charles Luoma-Overstreet said.

    That surely includes the fate of Alan P. Gross, a U.S. contractor arrested in Cuba on Dec. 4. Gross — who Cuba contends is a spy — has been held without charge for allegedly supplying communication equipment to religious groups.

    “This is a matter we have raised on multiple occasions with the Cuban government and that we will continue to raise with them,” said Luoma-Overstreet. “We believe he should be released and permitted to return to his family.”

    Pastor said the timing of the arrest has been particularly chilling for relations.

    “In the eyes of some in the United States, the question is, ‘Why did the Cubans arrest him now?'” he said. “The Cubans apparently knew of his work and the program for many years, so the fact they arrested him at this moment has led some in the government to ask what message they are trying to send.””

    “In November, the State Department expressed concern after reputed Cuban security officials briefly detained a well-known blogger, Yoani Sanchez. Obama later personally responded to a series of questions that Sanchez posted on her Web site, raising her profile and angering Cuban officials.

    Havana held military exercises soon after that a senior army official said were designed to counter a possible U.S. attack.

    More recently, Cuban leaders have been highly critical of Obama’s performance at climate talks in Copenhagen, suspicious of U.S. policy in Latin America, and downright apoplectic about Cuba’s inclusion on a list of alleged state sponsors of terrorism.

    In December, Fidel Castro wrote in an essay that Obama’s “friendly smile and African-American face” are masking Washington’s sinister designs on Latin America. Cuba’s foreign minister called the U.S. president an “imperial and arrogant” liar.

    Castro even criticized U.S. relief efforts in quake-devastated Haiti, accusing Washington of sending troops to “occupy Haitian territory.””

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iAmsicW8N2RLyDMGseghZNrEpiNgD9DUOEMO0

  10. 16
    juan
    Febrero 18th, 2010 at 23:41

    Anónimo why do you post using 2 names?
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    Such a lack of understanding about a simple and common error of posting procedures demonstrate your low capacity for understand anything……. what happened to Humberto in comment #3 was the same that happened to me in comment #23: I cleaned out my cookies and internet files and got back to this site, then I posted my comment without noting I did that leaving empty the spaces for name and Mail which were cleaned out together with cookies. That’s why Humberto’s and my comment were marked as “Anonimo”

  11. juan
    Febrero 18th, 2010 at 18:57

    #6 S Fraud “It is not up to these man/men to do nothing to change that….. we Cubans in exile with our vote and our senators and our congressmen are the ones who decide about that….”

    How offensive to the rest of the USA (and indeed the President of the USA)!
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    More offensive on cuban people was the decision of US Dept. of State on putting castrofascism in power making so the disgrace of our people……

  12. Juanita…I am sure you don’t live in Cuba otherwise you would have need a contingency of newspaper “Granma” to contain your diarrhea.

  13. … just a thought …
    accountability does not usually go hand in hand with anonimity.
    It allows for abusive behaviors & their justification.
    Even when is an integral part of the concept for freedom of speach it is used to justify the violation moral codes, civil liberties, constitutional rights & even feedom of expression.
    Is what despotic powers use in their abuse of human rights in the support of their corruption, it “supports” their “ends justified by the means” attitude.
    It is what self serving interests are justified with, is the support used by some individuals to reconcile their practices & attitudes but: the answer to such a behaviour is always there … time.
    Time is the great equilizer, the one that will bring accountability to the front.
    In any way shape or form, time always catches up and the consecuences are forced upn these individuals … like it or not …

  14. “In late 2009 the New York-based group Human Rights Watch published a report titled New Castro, Same Cuba. Based on the testimony of former prisoners, the report systematically condemns the Cuban government as an “abusive” regime that uses its “repressive machinery . . . draconian laws and sham trials to incarcerate scores more who have dared to exercise their fundamental freedoms.”

    At first glance one might be forgiven for thinking that Cuba must be among the worst of human rights abusers in the Americas. A little reflection, however, might lead one to question such statements coming from the USA, a country with thousands held in an international network of secret prisons, many subject to torture regimes”
    16/02/10
    How Credible Is Human Rights Watch on Cuba?
    by Tim Anderson
    http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2010/anderson160210.html

  15. This is an English translation of a letter written on behalf of Orlando Zapata Tamayo to the President of the United States, the Secretary of State and Lech
    Walesa.

    It is an appeal for help in a last-ditch effort to save a political prisoner’s life in Cuba. It is tragic that this appeal is addressed to people outside of their own country to save the life of one of their own. The rulers in Cuba are deaf to compassion and humanity. No one should ever forget this.

    Save Orlando Zapata Tamayo

    Open Letter from the Alternative Republican Movement

    Honorables:

    Barack H. Obama
    President of the United States of America

    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Secretary of State

    Lech Walesa
    Former President of Poland

    February 13th, 2010

    On April of 1959 the newly established dictator, Fidel Castro, visited various universities of the country and when students asked him what political system will reign in Cuba, he responded with: “neither capitalism nor socialism, in Cuba humanism will reign”.

    Today, after more than half a century in power, the world knows the true history: Hunger, misery, executions, political prisoners, and exile.

    In these very moments, the life of the prisoner of conscience, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, is in a very serious state of danger. This distinguished black activist has been on hunger strike for than two months in demand for better prison conditions. He has been condemned to 56 years and 6 months of prison through rigged military trials, without any guarantees, lawyers, or even the presence of any family members- all of this for the simple act of defending the rights and freedoms that are denied to his people, and for his non-conformist posture in the face of the arbitrary and viscous actions carried out by the penal authorities and the political police.

    Since 2003, Orlando Zapata Tamayo has been in various prisons of the country, from Pinar del Rio to Holguin. He has taken part in various hunger strikes, the longest being in the provincial prison of Holguin for 47 days, in which he lost 63 pounds. In all of these prisons he has received continuous beatings. We should also point out that in 7 years of prison, he has only been allowed 506 hours of sunlight.

    The brutal beatings from which he has been victim of have left him grave consequences. On March 23rd, 2009 he was operated from a serious bruise on his head which was product of a beating given to him a year prior in March of 2008, seeing that he had already been denied medical assistance. The last three physical aggressions were due to the fact that he had a book titled “Voces Tras Las Rejas”.
    Through such websites like PayoLibre.com, Miscelanesdecuba.net, Cubademocraciayvida.org, Martinoticias.com, and others, the independent press gave coverage to the civic protests carried out by Zapato Tamayo, vice president of our organization. Also, we want to signal out that during the hunger strike started on September 24th, in which he demanded his right to 25 minutes of telephone calls directed by those who run Castro’s gulags, Zapata spent 6 days without drinking water. The henchmen of the regime told him not to ask for water because they would give him water mixed with detergent. But it doesn’t end here.

    In the third strike, October 26th 2009, they gave him a wound on his head without having any consideration for his recent surgery. This time, demonstrating their despicable nature, the regime’s henchmen told him: “We’re gonna finish with this nigger”. This demonstrates the level of discrimination in Cuba, which is intensified if it is an opposer of the system.

    After a tremendous amount of beatings, this titan of the times was taken to the prison of maximum severity known as Kilo 8 in the province of Camaguey, where the current hunger strike began. Due to his state of health he was taken to the provincial hospital of Camaguey. The latest news received from Cuba, through the Ladies in White, informs us that he is currently in the Intensive Care unit of that hospital.

    We also observe, with worry, the viciousness against the political prisoner Juan Ramon Rivero Despaigne, member of our movement as well, sentenced under the cause of the 146 of 2009 for a supposed crimed of disrespect. This time he shall be subdued to a new trial for causing an attempt when in reality, it was him trying to defend himself from a beating by his own jailers after he demanded medical attention. Prior to this he had served 2 years in prison. His position as an opposer of the system is the true reason for all these condemnations.

    This is the humanism that they promised the Cuban people.

    On the 27th of January of this year, democracy was consolidated in Honduras within a matter of only 7 months of crisis. On the other hand, Cuba bears 613 months of tyranny without having unanimous and blunt voices going against it, which is how it ironically happened when it dealt against the rights of the republic of Honduras in respecting its laws and constitution. The celebrated meeting in Nicaragua in favor of the destituted president, which counted on the presence of the Cuban ruler Raul Castro, constituted the most hypocritical and insolent act in modern history, demonstrating the international conspiracy that exists and persists with the Castro-communist dictatorship and has lasted so many years, much to the disgrace of the Cuban people.

    We, the undersigned, are making a calling to solidarity to unite your voices in an international campaign to save the life of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, defender of human rights and freedom, for the freedom of all the political prisoners, and for the return of democracy to Cuba.

    Awaiting your responses.

    Wishing you success and sincerely gratifying beforehand.

    Signing are members of the Alternative Republican Movement.

    Enri Saumell
    Ex-political prisoner
    President; Founder

    Humberto Montoya Portuondo
    Founding member

    Reina Tamayo Danger
    Lady in White
    Mother of Orlando Zapata

    Yadira Garcia
    Ex-political prisoner
    Founding member

    Ricardo Rodriguez Borrero
    Ex-political prisoner
    Member of the directory

    Daniel Escalona Martinez
    Ex-political prisoner

    Jose Antonio Sanchez Santoyo
    President of functions-Cuba

    Carlos Agustin Martinez Chaviano
    Ex-political prisoner

    Victor Valbuena
    Venezuelan citizen

    Isnel Basulto Verdecia

    http://www.marcmasferrer.typepad.com/

  16. #13 Henry -I find you using such words about Yoani Sanchez deeply offensive!

    I may not always agree with her tales but they do provide somthing to think about.

    Just because you don’t agree with her position on the US blockade and the denial of
    travel rights by the USA to most of its citizens you could show some maturity and discuss what she argues rather than simply dismissing her as an “idiot”.

  17. Anónimo why do you post using 2 names?
    viz:
    “3. Anónimo
    Febrero 14th, 2010 at 12:06
    Juan,
    Democracy in America is a one-sided lobying institution that refuses to cover the Human Rights abuses in Cuba. I get their e-mails and was willing to give them a chance….”

    “1. Humberto Capiro
    Febrero 14th, 2010 at 12:07
    Juan,
    Democracy in America is a one-sided lobying institution that refuses to cover the Human Rights abuses in Cuba. I get their e-mails all th time and was willing to give them a chance,………….”

    OOPS!!!

    I can of course understnd you hiding from the Humbug one – confusing the words of Yoani with Obama!!!!

  18. Anonimo,

    It has been a Jerry Springer show for the last 50 years. Families ripped apart, lives lost — a total waste. What do you expect.

  19. Juan Quin Quin lives in Pueblo Mocho
    porque le sale del chocho and
    his ass is clog
    because he has an anal plug

  20. #9 “The US has never blockaded Cuba since the Spanish-American war.”

    However even if the word is in italics…..
    “For this reason I support an immediate opening to allow all Americans to travel to Cuba, the end of the “blockade,” …”
    Yoani Sanchez Jan 2010

  21. #6 S Fraud “It is not up to these man/men to do nothing to change that….. we Cubans in exile with our vote and our senators and our congressmen are the ones who decide about that….”

    How offensive to the rest of the USA (and indeed the President of the USA)!

  22. Absolutely! The US has never blockaded Cuba since the Spanish-American war. Even the embargo does not apply to humanitarian supplies, such as food, and America has been preserving the island from starvation for most of this century. Amusingly, Raul “the Terrible” calls this “genocide.”

  23. Juan, #2 The answer to your question is, “Never.” If it is accomplished, it most certainly will not be because Yoani Sanchez wanted it. Why would the government of the most powerful country on the planet wish to acquiesce to the whims of an inhabitant of a country so poorly governed by an inept dictator that it must beg for crumbs to feed its citizens? Would you please explain to me how a United States embargo stops Cuba from doing anything? Any product that Cuba desires can be purchased anywhere else in the world, so any embargo by the United States against Cuba has no real effect, other than a political statement.

  24. 2
    juan
    Febrero 18th, 2010 at 05:59

    When will the ‘man’ and the ‘men’ for many years that run the USA actually do something about the blockade and the travel bans as Yoani requests?
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    It is not up to these man/men to do nothing to change that….. we Cubans in exile with our vote and our senators and our congressmen are the ones who decide about that…. we are the voice and the arm of the kidnapped Cuban people in the island and we will do not change the actual status until castrofascism goes down, until our people get free, until the internal economical and political blockade castrofascism maintain on our people is finished, until all political prisoners are free, until the harassment and repression on pacific opponents is over…. you castrofascism lovers can cry and yell as much as you please, the status will never change….. no castro no problem

  25. just a thought…
    with freedom comes responsibility however: some people chooses to avoid it by faking their alliance to a cause, this gives them the justification to “bend” the rules, use the system to their personal benefit “end justifies the means” type thing but: in reality, they are commited to “the cause, they are commited to themselves … for a price.
    In doing so, their self awarness is a defense mechanism to protect them from the reality of their existence.

  26. I am sure you don’t live in Cuba otherwise you would have need a contingency of newspaper “Granma” to contain your diarrhea.

  27. … “the evil that man do” …
    Yep – Bertie can’t argue with that. When will the ‘man’ and the ‘men’ for many years that run the USA actually do something about the blockade and the travel bans as Yoani requests?

  28. … still remeber the “headdy” days of the studen federation, the days when still there was hope for a new begining, for the exploration of ideas all under the mantel of “idealism”
    … still remeber as well the beginings of the “transformation” the denunciations, the arrests, the tortures …
    … still remember the “trickle down” consecuences of being a “hopeful idealist”, naive in the belief that there was a posibility of change, room for constructive critizism and a commun goal …
    … today I have forgoten about idealism, no longer as naive as I once was, no longer questioning yesterdays, asking myself: “why doesn’t other people see what I see” …
    … still see that things remain the same, some faces changed some names are now forgoten, ideas have been stopped … in the surface.
    I think I know how it feels Yoani & all the silent voices … I think I feel what your comment says …
    There are times all this seems hopless, there are times when weariness is a better feeling than anger or frustration … there are times when memories are not even that, they seem to be dreams of a bigone era.
    … “the evil that man do” …

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