The Legacy


Tough times are coming. In the long term, I’m optimistic, but a sense of apprehension overwhelms me thinking of the years ahead. The accumulated frustration is too much. They have systematically sown among us the rejection of different opinions and this will not be erased overnight. Yesterday, when I saw a housewife vulgarly screaming, “the worms are rioting” – referring to the march of the Ladies in White – I thought about the long road to tolerance that lies ahead. Learning to debate without offending, to live together with plurality and respect for differences, will have to become a compulsory subject in our schools. It is going to be a long process to make everyone understand that diversity is a cure, not a disease.

I fear that the always-present shout and slap will remain the quickest way to silence the other. I shudder to imagine a Cuba where physical – and legal – attacks against people, for their political affiliation or ideological leanings, continue. What a sad country we will have if the authorities continue to consider it normal to “teach a good lesson” to anyone who contradicts the official viewpoint. To me, a society that passively stands by as peaceful women with gladioli in their hands are bullied, as happened yesterday, is quite sick. But the sectarianism did not end there, rather they sought to justify it and to accomplish that they prepared a script for the most mind-numbing program on Cuban television: The Roundtable. Viewers, however, after two hours of stoic listening, knew that in the absence of arguments they were left only with insults, defamation, and verbal acrobatics.

Why don’t they have the courage to invite, to this dreary set where they carry on a monologue every afternoon, at least a couple of people who think differently? The most timid and laconic of the dissidents I know would expose them with a few questions and with some brief phrases would shatter their conspiracy theory. But they wouldn’t dare. Sheltered by power – there is no worse ally for a journalist – their words and pens sustained by their perks and privileges, they know they could not withstand the artillery of criticism. Thus, they extol the beating, resort to slogans, and show some hand-picked videos to prove that differences must be crushed. And so they feed the fanaticism, this germ that threatens to survive long past their own lives: the legacy of hatred and distrust that they intend to leave to us.

174 thoughts on “The Legacy

  1. MPL nobody is anti-CUBA, we are anti oppressive regimes and anyone who beats on women.

    Yeah, of course, that’s what have to say … but, you can’t be pro-Cuba and, at the same time, support groups that put bombs in Cuban hotels, or blow up a plane filled with Cuban civilians, or strafe the Malecón with machine gun fire, or sabotage food and medicine for Cuban civilians, or support an economic blockade which hurts Cuban civilians. That’s all ANTI-CUBA.

    The rich Cuban exiles just want to take over their “family’s land” and make money. They could care less about the Cuban people unless they can be used in the quest for turning Cuba into another Haiti.

    Viva la revolución cubana! Viva la revolución bolivariana!

  2. Dalia Soto es una perra puta y Castro un viejo descarado cagalitroso. How’s that for spanish classes in the GOOD O’L USA

  3. MPL nobody is anti-CUBA, we are anti oppressive regimes and anyone who beats on women. You should enjoy the fact you get to express freely your VOCERO feelings. The Castros are rich because they stole the island and control the people of Cuba. Cuba is a big jail to many and the reason people risk there lives to get out. Hope to see you dressed in white on Thursday the 25, walking down calle 8 from 27 ave to 22 ave. Don’t miss an opportunity to express yourself. People of Miami should stop send money to family in Cuba, so that they also get up and protest for a more humaine more honest Cuba.

  4. Statue of Liberty:

    I believe some in this forum are unaware that this is Yoani’s forum and not a forum to debate staunch communist with no intention of changing their way of thinking.

    You must not understand the anti-Cuban terrorist community from Miami. They could care less about the Cuban people. Their main interest is in bashing Fidel, bashing communists, threatening communists and, more importantly, supporting organizations that carry out commando raids against Cuban civilians and tourists.

    The only way in which they “care” for Yoani, Zapata, etc is in what way they can use these people in their attempt to overthrow the Cuban Revolution and re-claim their families fortunes.

    Do you know that there are Cuban-American lawyers who live in Miami who get paid tons of money to prepare “territorial claims”? So, when the much-anticipated overthrow of the Cuban Revolution comes, the Miami families are all set to snatch up the public lands and take private control over them.

    For the Cuban-Americans, the time spent supporting Yoani and the others is an investment risk. They are investing time and money and hoping it will lead to a big financial return. Just like all businessmen, they are angry when they FAIL FOR OVER 50 YEARS.

    But, nonetheless, that’s what this is about. Money. They want to overthrow Cuba’s revolution and make a ton of money off of historical claims to land that was given to the people when the oligarchy in Cuba fell apart.

    That’s why they behave like this. I know this is often a disappointment to the naive and noble folks amongst the anti-Cuba crowd but you can be very assured that this is what it’s all about.

  5. I believe some in this forum are unaware that this is Yoani’s forum and not a forum to debate staunch communist with no intention of changing their way of thinking. We are paying to much attention to these lunatics instead of the real issue which is Yoani’s, The Ladies in White, Fariñas, Zapata and the rest of Cubans who suffer under the iron fist of the most cynical and heinous regime in the history of mankind.

  6. The German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin, identified as the founder of contemporary scientific psychiatry, said: “The best indicator to evaluate the human qualities of a country is to know how it treat his mental patients.” This famous phrase is the one that appears in the web site of the Havana Psychiatric Hospital in Cuba. http://www.psiquiatricohph.sld.cu/

    The responsible of this terrible crime is the Castro brothers’ tyranny. All institutions and social activity that develops in Cuba are controlled by the regime. The heads of these institutions and social activities are regimen’s thugs chosen by the brothers elite because their loyalty and not because their capacity or talent, that’s why the elite in power is responsible for all the mistakes, crimes and atrocities. The way the regime treats his mental patients is the best indicator to evaluate its human qualities.

  7. It is phony how a particular individual can be so historical, political, and intellectually stupid. The way that his ideas are presented are so cold, cruel,and full of poison that the only other individuals that I could compare him is with the nuts, egocentric, ultra-radical members of the Tea Party in USA. The kind of illness he shows here, the ironical and deceive presentation of facts are not second to the same ideology that prepare the way for a fascism or Stalinist system. And I say individual because is not near to be a human being…may be a rat. Yea, you are THAT kind of individual. Thanks Yoani, still in sweet words, you, again, shows the world the reality in Cuba. Keep it up!!

  8. 157M. piñeiro losada

    Marzo 22nd, 2010 at 18:29
    Sigmund:
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    Viva la revolución cubana! Viva Fidel! Viva Raul!
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    That’s your way to “prove” your “arguments”?????….. That’s the “facts” you use to “back” what you say????…… To give hurrahs to castrofascism and world rejected murderous castro-brothers?????
    Thanks…… you self take the responsibility for show your readers who you are!!!!
    I leave you now….. I going to see a better politician than you…. The great Yeyo Vargas…… president of the ULPO party……. Hahahahahahahaha…… I’ll be back.

  9. ……. And yes…… this is a matter of public record, easy to find in this free land where all is public and nothing is secret…… most of the successful and powerful Cuban community in Miami are not related to Batista regimen but are anti-Batista fighters and common Cubans that works for a free Cuba without the criminal regimen that repress and harass the Cubans in the island in the cruel way the world could see in recent days through the press and TV.

  10. 159M. piñeiro losada

    Marzo 22nd, 2010 at 18:37

    The demographic make-up of the original Cuban exile community Miami after 1959 is comprised of people who benefited from the Batista regime………..
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    After 1959 it’s too much time…… and ….. again….. your readers are no stupid……. why you disrespect your readers handling them as stupid……. in such way you will not convince no one and much less to attract to your side people that evidently are seeing you call them stupid…….. after 1959 happened several mass emigrations of Cubans flying castrofascism……… in the first months of castro in power he started to kill all people that he believed could be a trait to his power….. Batista has no support of Cuban people and no support of the Cuban political class, so, it was very few people involved in crimes in Batista regimen…… most of those people involved in Batista regimen were under the protection of the pact reached between USA, Castro and Batista…… this pact gave Batista and his followers protection IF they agreed to leave Cuba and stay quiet….. so they did!!!!!……. Batista went to Madeira Island and left a peaceful life respected by Castro, USA and all the world….. every part honored the pact…….. Batista’s followers went to Europe and USA and left the rest of their life in calm too…… castro did not took revenge of Batista as (for example) Nicaraguans did with Somoza…. can you explain why?????
    So, the few Batista followers that came to Miami were soon over numbered by the common Cubans that started to escape the castrofascism hell as early as 1964 when liberty fly started…. more than 300.000 Cubans left Cuba in this first exodus……. 1962 no rich, wealthy or middleclass person remained in Cuba but only poor people………. after this first exodus came Mariel exodus when several hundred thousand of very poor Cubans left the island…… the 90’s exodus that still is going on……
    Right since the very beginning of the mass emigration of Cubans this emigration was composed of common people ……. until nowadays when the emigration is composed of a great % of castrofascims nomenclature that leaves the regimen because it is in its lasts days.

  11. 157M. piñeiro losada

    Marzo 22nd, 2010 at 18:29
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    The readers have not to demonstrate nothing but the liars….. you have to demonstrate your lies with facts….. come on….. do it!!!!!!

  12. 155juan

    Marzo 22nd, 2010 at 18:10
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    Please…… no personal attacks……. I am a fictitious personage ……. you too……. why then not to use simples and bares arguments to support our ideas…… or…… maybe you have no ideas to support???!!!

  13. These exiles Cubans you call “mafia” with all your bad intentions are decent people that through organization and vote has placed many of them in US congress and senate, that is why this people got enough political strength to avoid this great nation to fall in the same unmoral situation

    Again, a false statement that is easily proven incorrect.

    The demographic make-up of the original Cuban exile community Miami after 1959 is comprised of people who benefited from the Batista regime … soldiers, torturers, slave-owners, corrupt politicians, people connected with the mafia and so on. The decent people stayed in Cuba because they would BENEFIT from the land reform .. the corrupt landowners are the ones who knew they would not benefit. So, since their MONEY was more important than their COUNTRY, they fled to Miami and worked with the CIA to go to war with the Cuban Revolution.

    This is all a matter of public record.

  14. piniero posada

    You are a pathological liar. No one believes you live in Miami or any where near it. You are in Cuba licking your patrons asses and vomiting your nonsense here at there behest.

  15. Sigmund:

    Your misinformation (caused by your superiors fears about let you get information) will be the cause of your fall…… everyone in the free world can tracks the clues of all Cuban political prisoners because they are related in public and access free US official documents

    I have repeatedly challenged everyone here to refute with facts anything that I’ve said and, so far, no one has been able to do so. If I have said something which is not true, by all means, post the facts & the source, as I have. I don’t believe you will be able to do so.

    Viva la revolución cubana! Viva Fidel! Viva Raul!

  16. Sigmund:

    the whole world could see those old ladies beaten and drown by the hair by your comrades…… stop lying please!!!!

    Again, I have to wonder if Miami would benefit from Cuba’s literacy programs. After all, Miami’s literacy rate is below 50% and Cuba has a literacy rate above 99%.

    If you go back, and read my post again, you will see that I’m not talking about the Ladies in White march that all the anti-Cuban mafiosos tried to exploit by claiming the women were “beaten,” when really what happened is that unarmed women removed them from the scene before it escalated any further. The Ladies in White were, after all, openly protesting in collaboration with the US Special Interest Section, European diplomats and the terrorist network in Miami.

    But I wasn’t posting about THAT time.

    If you read the post or click the link and see the article, it is talking about their protest on Saturday.. they came out, they protested, hundreds more Cubans came out to support the Cuban Revolution and the whole protest went along peacefully. It is yet another example of freedom of speech and assembly, rights guaranteed to all Cuban citizens under the Cuban Constitution.

    Sorry, Sigmund. You are wrong again. I would recommend READING what people write before frothing at the mouth with your fanatic responses. This site is great for my self-esteem! I’m always right!

  17. Fraud (by name and nature) says “It is not useful you copy and paste long documents in this page (something that is against the rules of this blog…”
    Such hypocrisy – such Humbug!

  18. 151M. piñeiro losada

    Marzo 22nd, 2010 at 17:31

    Plus, talking with these kids helps me keep up on what’s new in the anti-Castro mafia community…………
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    These Cuban exiles that you call “mafia” are no others than the sons, parents, siblings and widows of tens of thousands freedom fighter murdered by Castro’s regime. These exiles Cubans you call “mafia” are survivors of Castro’s prisons that spent decades confined in jails without windows or doors where a person only can lay and not stand, sarcophagus like cells where many of them became insane or dead. These exiles Cubans you call “mafia” with all your bad intentions are decent people that through organization and vote has placed many of them in US congress and senate, that is why this people got enough political strength to avoid this great nation to fall in the same unmoral situation it fell in the case of China and Vietnam, I mind, to put aside ethical issues in favor of economical interests. You maybe have the moral condition needed for making business with assassins, torturers and human right violators……. but not all of us are made of same material.

  19. 150M. piñeiro losada

    Marzo 22nd, 2010 at 17:22
    LADIES IN WHITE MARCH IN HAVANA WITHOUT INCIDENT, YOANI AND ANTI-CUBA MAFIA TRY TO KEEP IT QUIET
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    Hahahaha……….. without incidents!!!!!!……. Hahahaha…….. thug, you really are inside a dirty bubble in some overheated castrofascist office where yours capos keep you isolated of all international TV or newspaper…….. the whole world could see those old ladies beaten and drown by the hair by your comrades…… stop lying please!!!!

  20. 137M. piñeiro losada

    Marzo 21st, 2010 at 21:45

    ……..All the people put in jail for counter-revolution were let free to go to Miami and join their “brothers in the struggle,” right? So what is wrong with that?…….
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    Your misinformation (caused by your superiors fears about let you get information) will be the cause of your fall…… everyone in the free world can tracks the clues of all Cuban political prisoners because they are related in public and access free US official documents and websites created by organizations of those prisoners that spent 20-30 years of theirs life in castrofascism jails……. it is free information that can illustrate you about the righteous and clean life those patriots uses to have after leaving Cuba……. please, tell your boss you need to be more “trained” before continuing writing about things you have the minimum idea about.

  21. It is not useful you copy and paste long documents in this page (something that is against the rules of this blog) because the millions of readers of this site knows you are simply copying and pasting the documents that other members of your brigade prepares…..

    What are you talking about? Only one time have I posted a long document on this website that I didn’t write myself. In all other posts, what I’ve written are my own words, sometimes with small excerpts from sources to provide evidence.

    However, you may want to remind Humberto of this rule … apparently, he sits in his Miami nursing home all day posting in the same AP wire story over and over and over again.

    By the way, Siggy, you have it all wrong. I don’t live in Cuba. I live right here in Miami, so that I can help young Cuban-Americans understand why their grandparents are such fanatics. And, it works. The vast majority of young Cuban-Americans I talk to are so sick & tired of the crazed vigilante attitudes of their grandparents and parents and they like sitting and talking normally about Cuba. It’s how I know so much about Cuba and already know all the tired arguments, from talking with Cuban-Americans in Miami.

    Plus, talking with these kids helps me keep up on what’s new in the anti-Castro mafia community. But, the real satisfaction I get is convincing the grandson or grand-daughter from an anti-Cuban exile family that they aren’t wrong when they feel like their rich grandparents are weird & fanatic … and many of them are shocked to find out about the terrorist history of the exile community. Just think, when your kids give you a snotty attitude the next time you’re ranting against Castro, it might have been me who helped them understand why it isn’t good to be supporting terrorists.

    Maybe we’ll run into each other!

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