This is not the chronicle of a woman who manages to escape from her abusive husband, nor the story of a teenager who runs away from authoritarian parents. The title refers to another process of emancipation – complicated and feudal – that doctors, nurses and pharmacists must request to travel outside the island. Under the significant name of “liberation,” there is a mandatory process that Public Health workers must complete to be allowed to leave, temporarily or permanently. Included in the record of the possible traveler is whether he owns his own home or car, because the State will confiscate those if he does not return within 11 months. The paperwork passes through numerous levels of authorization that can delay it a year or a decade. Many never receive a reply.

Mario saw patients in a specialized practice and began to be seen as a deserter when he announced a desire to reunite with his family across the sea. He was immediately punished by being assigned to a position of general practitioner in an emergency room far from his house. They reminded him every day that the degree hanging on the wall in his living room had been given to him by the Revolution, which he now was betraying. Forced to swallow it whole, he endured the four years of repeated jabs and investigation for his safe-conduct to leave the country, which the minister of his branch still had not signed. “We have many cases, we can’t cope,” the secretary repeated, and his exiled wife broke into tears on the telephone when he told her. His children, meanwhile, were growing up in some distant place without a father.

In the midst of his impotence, Mario came to reproach his mother for having encouraged him to study medicine. “Why didn’t you warn me!” he shouted one afternoon, when he could no longer bear the white coat that had become his shackles. When they finally allowed him to board the plane, a circle of baldness delineated the middle of his head and a nervous tick had taken control of his hands. To those who welcomed him in a distant airport, he was not the enterprising orthopedist from years ago, but someone who had decided to have nothing to do with hospitals. The agonizing process of “liberation” had taken away any desire to fix a knee or correct an ankle; he couldn’t stop thinking that it was that profession that had separated him from his family.

32 thoughts on “Liberation

  1. es verdad.que tiene que ver lo que uno haya estudiado e irse de su pais.son cosas castristas absurdas de a pepe y tan bajas que por supuesto…tienen que idearse de unos hermanos gobernantes que apenas aman a su propia familia.ese viejo decrepito nunca lloro a su madre cuando murio y a su hermano raul cuando lloraba por su madre …fidel le dijo…”los hombres no lloran”…lo dejo llorando y su mama aun no estaba sepultada y fue a la finca a negociar su casa convirtiendola en una cooperativa para su propio negocio porque para malas ideas bajas y sucias si tiene mucha el no quiso a su madre que pueden esperar las familias cubanas.!!cuanto no hizo ese hp. que ha separado tantas familias cubanas a conveniencia.que pueden esperar esas damas de blanco?….por citar un ejemplo.pobre de toda esa gente que se ha prestado para dar golpe y servirle a ese viejo decrepito.pues…aun estando conscientes que estan cometiendo un grave error lo estan apoyando.

  2. Losada. Your point about what he did not emigrate before going to medical school is easy to take on. First of all to be able to go to the University in Cuba you have to be a revolutionary (Fidel words: the university is a privileged of the revolutionaries)so I have to think that at that time our unknown doctor was identified with the revolution and that later on he decided to leave the country, probably frustrated and disillusioned like many others that at one time were revolutionaries and know walk the streets of USA and the rest of the world. It just boil down to some people want to leave their lives with some sense of freedom of action and unfortunately in Cuba to have that freedom of action you have to be “UNCONDITIONALLY” with the system.

  3. the point … the point … there is no freedom of choice …

    Free education not having a say on the pre-conditions for it is not free.
    Freedom of education does not give the “provider” the right to dictate how, where & when to use it.
    …to have the freedom to persue happiness …
    … to know & practice it: our rights end where other’s right begin …
    … a goverment freely elected, by the people for the people …

  4. And Wanker says “I have no idea what you are talking about.”

    Yes at last some honest self disclosure! And that is a state of mind you consistently hold.

  5. As for the DHL statement it is a quite predictable outline of the facts which makes nonsense of the criticisms in the the Sanchez blog and so many of the hysterical comments that followed.
    The USA of course is quite happy to hand over its customs reponsibilities to a private postal company? Well perhaps not.

  6. Hank:

    Of course, it’s the “indefensible” … except it isn’t and I’ve repeatedly proven so here.

    What is “indefensible” is your support for terrorist nutjobs like Luis Posada Carriles and others who blow up airplanes, plant bombs in hotels and strafe the Malecon with machine gun fire.

    But, I go to bed every night knowing that Havana is safe and under the protection of the Cuban Revolution. You go to bed every night knowing that your fanatic delusions are rejected by the whole world.

  7. Losada, the least you could do is try to be coherent when you write. It pains me to have to copy and paste your senseless blabber, but here’s what you wrote:

    “they always say that imitation IS the highest form of flattery. And you and everybody else here who failure to respond to my arguments haven’t prompted you all to actually come up with arguments … but instead to just imitate my endlessly pointing it out to you.”

    I have no idea what you are talking about. So no, I am not going to debate you. There is nothing to debate. I am not going to legitimize your absurd defense of the indefensible. I have better things to do with my time.

  8. DHL has done an statement about Yoani’s DHL article (I believe)…… this statement can be read in the post about DHL in this site.

  9. It is very funny to read ignorant people like “losada brigade” to talk about Capitalism, Communism and Globalization showing the deep ignorance they suffers about those issues.
    Socialism, Conservationism, Liberalism, Neoliberalism, Communism, Maoism, Laborism, Social Democracy, Christian Democracy, Fascism, Falangism, Anarchism, are political doctrines more or less grounded in different philosophical streams. By other side Capitalism is the name given, to the only (THE ONLY) existing economical system in this imperfect world, by the writer William Makepeace Thackeray and later used by Carl Marx to design this economical system nowadays known as market economy.
    In other words, there is only an economical system: Market Economy or Capitalism. There is no more economical system in this world despite the effort of some philosophers and politician in order of making you and me believe they found a new economical system that will make us all happy for ever. If you try to find another economical system you will find nothing but political doctrines.
    All those above named political doctrines has to use capitalism as its economical system because no of them has an own economical system to sustain them. Some of the politician and philosopher that have tried to make us believe their found a new economical system has used a lot of tricks to disguise capitalism and present it to us as a new thing. They has tried to abort capitalism, change it, destroy it or redesign it but at the end they have to get back and resuscitate the capitalism because if not the grotesque being they created would die economically and of course would die as doctrine, as political system. That’s why we see the former Soviet Union, China, Vietnam and Cuba get married with the international capital and foment a wild capitalism in their countries in order of surviving.
    Capitalism has to be tamed. You can’t let it drive itself freely because you will create a monster like the primitive capitalism of XIX century Europe or you will create a inefficient been like Haiti or most of Africa or Latin America countries . However, you get to grab a political doctrine in order to tame capitalism….. which one is better?….. it is something that have to be found yet. The history teaches that Communism, Fascism, Anarchism, Falangism, Maoism and most extreme political doctrines are not a good option………. I prefer the European socialism, German or English style. People like “losada brigade” prefers the new fascism created by Castro. I believe I made a better decision.

  10. Armando:

    Of course it is voluntary — Cuban medical students know what they are signing up for when they sign up for it. And there are different options for different students, and for different types of practitioners.

    As for it being far-fetched that “Mario” planned to get free medical school in Cuba and then emigrate … whether or not it was planned all throughout his school or when he got out, the situation is the same. He made a commitment to the Cuban Government in order to get free medical school and then weaseled out of his commitment.

    And why didn’t he emigrate BEFORE medical school? Then he could have gone to the wonderful paradise of Miami, where he could … oh, that’s right. Medical school in the United States is prohibitively expensive for the vast majority of people, especially immigrants. There’s probably zero chance that he would have been able to go to medical school in the United States, considering the extraordinary tuition costs, difficulties in getting loans for immigrants, etc.

    Cuba, on the other hand, is a much poorer country and offers medical school — for free — to Cuban citizens and to foreigners.

  11. Hank, you write:
    Amazing, but Losada has it wrong, yet again. It must really be difficult to always be wrong.

    Aw, that’s cute — they always say that imitation IS the highest form of flattery. And you and everybody else here who failure to respond to my arguments haven’t prompted you all to actually come up with arguments … but instead to just imitate my endlessly pointing it out to you.

    But, at least, this time you’ve tried to come back with something. You try to argue that attending Cuban medical school doesn’t automatically make you a doctor in the US. That’s fine but attending US medical school doesn’t automatically make you a doctor in the US, either. You still need to pass whatever exams or regulatory restrictions exist for wherever you want to practice. Nonetheless, Cuba’s medical schools are known as being some of the best in the world and if these “Cuban friends” of yours couldn’t pass their exams, that’s their stupidity. Cuban medical school still qualifies you to take them.

    In fact, Cuba has a standing offer to all US undergraduate students that they can apply for medical school in Cuba — and attend for free — if they agree to participate for a certain number of years in low-income neighborhoods in the United States.

    Sorry, Hank. However, you are more than welcome to take me up on my offer to debate me on the issues I’ve listed below. I noticed that you cowardly ignored that post.

  12. Losada. I have been away from Cuba for 43 years so maybe I do not get it like you. A couple of questions, all these thousands of doctors that Cuba sent all over the world are asked if they want to go or not? Do they receive all the money that is paid from their services? I accept the fact that are cases like natural disasters on which Cuba send doctors “free of charge”, but in many other cases (South Africa and Venezuela come to mind) Cuba is paid in dollars or in oil; also, Cuba is not the only country that send doctors to these disasters, the big difference is that in other countries the doctors “are not sent” but they go on their own free will. Regarding the story of the doctor in question you want me to believe that this doctor studied medicine, got married, had kids and sent them out of the country and all of these was a calculated plan and that all alone he was studying medicine to leave the country. A little farfetched, don’t you think.

  13. Julio, #9


    Amazing, but Losada has it wrong, yet again. It must really be difficult to always be wrong.

    Being a doctor in Cuba — graduated from a Cuban medical school — has absolutely nothing to do with being a doctor in the states. Another logical fallacy propagated by our resident propagandist.

    Listen up Losada, you have to pass the board exams in the US in order to get qualified to practice here. Get it? That means you have to pass a test. Most Cuban doctors can’t do that. I know people who were doctors in Cuba, they are not doctors here. This may disappoint you, but that’s the reality. Deal with it. And by the way, when fidel the murderer got really sick, did he turn to Cuban doctors to operate on him? No way. He sent for a specialist from Spain. What an absolute hypocrite you are.

    This is just another one of Losada’s feeble and now rapidly-becoming-tiresome attempts at spin. You’re not very good at it Losada. Try telling the truth for once, might do you some good

  14. EL UNIVERSAL: Seven Cuban doctors sue Cuba and Venezuela over “modern slavery”

    Seven Cuban doctors and a nurse sued Cuba, Venezuela and the state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) for alleged conspiracy to force them to work in conditions of “modern slaves” in order to pay off the Cuban debt with the Venezuelan government for oil supply.

    The defendants “intentionally and arbitrarily” held the health staff in “debt servitude” and the staff became “economic slaves” and “political advocates,” according to the complaint filed in the United States, Efe reported.

    The charges were made last Friday in a Federal Court in Miami by doctors Julio César Lubian, Ileana Mastrapa, Miguel Majfud, María del Carmen Milanés, Frank Vargas, as well as John Doe and Julio César Dieguez, and the nurse Osmani Rebeaux.

    In the complaint, the leading defense attorney Arístides Cantón argued that the plaintiffs travelled to Venezuela in “deceit” and “threats,” and were forced to work unlimited hours in a social welfare program known as “Mission Barrio Adentro,” in areas with high rate of crime.

  15. M. piñeiro losada!


  16. Armando, you write: The problem with this practice in Cuba is that some of these doctors started their careers full of desires to help and serve the revolucion, but with time they,like many other of their generation, became frustrated and seek new opportunities elsewhere

    Is that really what this situation sounds like? According to the story, his wife and kids had already left the country and were getting things set up when he announced that he was leaving. This doesn’t sound like “disenchantment” but rather a planned scheme to get a medical career and then split.

    Given that Cuban doctors are recognized all over the world as the most humanitarian international medical force, always on the scene of disasters before anyone else, always staying for the long haul, always providing medical care to those who most need it in the world, it seems hard to say that someone who has become a doctor to follow the Hippocratic Oath, to truly help other humans in need, cannot find fulfillment working as a Cuban doctor. It seems that the Cuban medical community offers the most fulfilling and rewarding career for someone who truly wants to help other people in need. There are literally tens of thousands more doctors who are happy and fulfilled for every one of a doctor like Mario.

  17. Centre for Research on Globalisation Releases Statement that Blasts Capitalist Media Coverage of Cuba

    The independent, Montreal-based research firm, Centre for Research on Globalization, has released a blistering statement that overturns the severe bias in recent capitalist press coverage of Cuba:

    The report identifies four “fundamental lies” in recent news coverage:
    a) The prisoners in Cuba who are the object of controversy are in jail for their political views.

    b) Cuban prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo who recently died following a self-imposed hunger strike was in prison for political reasons.

    c) Tamayo died resulting from a lack of concern or even deliberate actions by Cuban medical prison and political authorities.

    d) The Damas de Blanco were physically harassed by citizens and then violently detained by Cuban authorities during their demonstration in Havana on March 18.

    It’s good to hear as these include the exact arguments I made about the March 18 protest — arguments that went unchallenged on this website because the anti-Castro fanatics could not think up counter-arguments.

    In particular, the report informs readers that the “dissidents” would have been arrested in the United States for the exact same crimes had they been committed here:
    The Cuban prisoners who are the object of attention were not tried and later convicted for holding political views contrary to the political system in Cuba. According to the U.S. Penal Code, under Chapter 115 entitled Treason, Sedition, and Subversion, Section 2381 stipulates that any US citizen that “adheres to their [U.S] enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.” In other words, a US citizen who collaborates with a country with which the US considers to be at war in order to assist this foreign power can be condemned to death. Cuba, like so many other countries has similar legislation. In 2003, a few Cuban citizens were tried, found guilty and jailed for working hand in glove with the US Interest Section in Havana which provided them with funds or materials in order to subvert the constitutional order on the island. These facts have been published and thus can be verified by anyone.

    We also find out more about the self-proclaimed “prisoner of conscience,” Orlando Zapata Tamayo:
    Zapata was not at all tried and convicted for anything approaching political issues. The mass media just repeat what they want to be swallowed by public opinion. In fact Zapata since 1988 has been involved in all kinds of criminal activities, but nothing at all political. He has been arrested and convicted on several occasions for disturbing the peace, two counts of fraud, public exhibitionism, injury and possession of non-firearm weapons. In 2000 he fractured the skull of a Cuban citizen and while in jail he had shown a long history of violence against prison authorities. He was granted parole in March 2003, eleven days before the arrest and trials of the so-called political dissidents had been initiated. He committed another crime on March 20th 2003 and he was returned to prison. Even though this latest event in March 2003 coincided with the same month when the trials of the so-called dissidents took place, his return behind bars had nothing to do with it, but was rather a coincidence which was used by the “dissidents” and the US in order to present Zapata after the fact as a political prisoner.

    Is beating a man until his skull becomes fractured considered a form of “free expression”? I don’t know any country where that is true.

    And, finally, what I had been saying about the March 18 protest — which is obvious to anyone who views the video of it — is confirmed by the report:
    The facts as seen in the video show that while the opponents of the Damas were extremely upset and shouting their support for the Revolution, at no time did they use violence. In the same manner, the female police officers who took the Damas into city buses and then to their home did not use violence against the Damas who were not arrested. Even though the Damas are officially recognized and promoted by the US as a bona fide “opposition group” and their ties to the US are evident for everyone to see, violence was not used against them.

    Once again, we see that the actual facts destroy the credibility of the anti-Cuba fanatics. Anyone interested in using reason, discussion and facts is considered a “rat” by the anti-Cubans, who prefer to use distorted group-think, where shallow sloganeering is a substitute for rational discourse.

    In fact, I would like to formally propose a challenge to anyone here to actually debate these issues in an online, anonymous forum. The subject is clear:

    1) The US and Miami-based terrorist organizations have been at war with Cuba for 50+ years,

    2) The Ladies in White and the prisoners they represent are not in jail for freely expressing themselves (a right which is protected under the Cuban Constitution) but for treasonous activities by working with a foreign government that is at war with Cuba, and

    3) Anyone who provides “material aid and comfort” to these terrorist groups are not political prisoners but, instead, traitors to their country and they would be in prison in most countries of the world for such crimes.

    These are the same facts I have repeated over and over here and no one — NO ONE — has been able to even try to refute them. So, now I am making it official because I don’t think anyone here can possibly refute these facts.


    THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Student loans get an Obama overhaul-Law makes government the primary lender.

    WASHINGTON – Bigger grants for low-income college students. Relaxed repayment terms on student loans. More money for community colleges and historically black institutions.
    The law that President Obama signed yesterday – cutting banks out of the government-backed student loan business – will mean big changes for hard-pressed students and colleges.

    The new law, part of a package that also includes fixes to the health-care overhaul, makes government the primary issuer of student loans.

    It eliminates fees paid to private banks to act as intermediaries in providing student loans and will use much of the projected $68 billion in savings over 11 years to expand Pell Grants for low-income students and make it easier for students to repay loans after graduating.

    The size of Pell Grants will increase along with inflation, and by 2017 should raise the maximum grant to $5,975 from $5,550, according to the White House.

    The law will also provide 820,000 more grants by 2020.

    Students who have low incomes or meet certain other eligibility requirements and who borrow money after July 1, 2014, will be allowed to cap their repayments at 10 percent of their income above basic living requirements, instead of 15 percent.

    If they keep up their payments, they will have any remaining debt forgiven after 20 years instead of 25 years – or after 10 years if they are in a public service, such as teaching, nursing, or serving in the military.

    Some of the money will address shortfalls in the Pell Grant program that have developed because students are qualifying for more and larger grants. More than six million students received such grants in the 2008-09 academic year, an increase of about 50 percent from a decade earlier, according to the College Board.

    $2 billion will be invested in community colleges – which enroll six million students and are growing fast – over the next four years to provide education and career training programs to workers eligible for Trade Adjustment aid.

    Institutions that serve mostly minority student bodies will share $2.55 billion in additional funding over the next decade.

    Speaking to a cheering crowd at a community college in Washington’s Virgina suburbs, Obama yesterday portrayed the overhaul of the student-loan program as a triumph over an “army of lobbyists.”

    He singled out Sallie Mae – the Reston, Va.-based lender SLM Corp. – which he said spent $3 million to try to stop the changes.

    “For almost two decades, we’ve been trying to fix a sweetheart deal in federal law that essentially gave billions of dollars to banks,” he said. He said the money “was spent padding student lenders’ pockets.”

    Including money from last year’s stimulus program and regular budget increases, the White House said the Obama administration has now doubled spending on Pell Grants.

    But the law has detractors:

    Sallie Mae said it will end up costing jobs. The loan company said it may have to eliminate a third of its 8,500 jobs nationwide.

    A number of lawmakers opposed the health-care reconciliation bill in part because of the student-loan provisions.

    Sen. Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, who voted in favor of the health-care legislation in December, voted against the reconciliation bill. Nelnet, one of the nation’s largest private student lenders, is headquartered in Nelson’s home state.

    Sen. Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee and a former education secretary, also spoke out angrily against the plan to end the subsidies to private banks.

    Tennessee, too, is home to some big players in the private student-lending industry. In a statement yesterday, he lamented that the government was getting more deeply and directly into the student-loan business.

    “The Obama administration’s motto is turning out to be: ‘If we can find it in the Yellow Pages, the government ought to try to do it,’ ” Alexander said.

    He said that 31,000 private sector workers would be out of jobs and students would be forced to rely on four federal call centers instead of more than 2,000 community and nonprofit lenders.

    The health-care portion of the bill Obama signed yesterday eliminates provisions in the Senate version of legislation that benefited specific states and other special-interest items.

    The House passed that version on March 21 with the understanding that the companion measure making changes to it would become law.

    Republicans say they will move to repeal the overhaul package and replace it with a less ambitious program.

    Private lenders can still make student loans that are not backed by the government, and they will continue to have contracts to service some federal loans. But the new law represents a significant change in what has been a multibillion-dollar business for the banking industry.

    Under the new law, all colleges and universities must switch to the direct lending program by July 1.

    Will the changes bring down college costs?

    Sorry, no. Obama acknowledged as much before signing the bill when he urged colleges and universities to “do their part” to hold down costs.

    Federal Pell Grant Program
    Program Description

    The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain postbaccalaureate students to promote access to postsecondary education. Students may use their grants at any one of approximately 5,400 participating postsecondary institutions. Grant amounts are dependent on: the student’s expected family contribution (EFC) (see below); the cost of attendance (as determined by the institution); the student’s enrollment status (full-time or part-time); and whether the student attends for a full academic year or less.

    Students may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.

    Financial need is determined by the U.S. Department of Education using a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the financial information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to determine the family EFC. The fundamental elements in this standard formula are the student’s income (and assets if the student is independent), the parents’ income and assets (if the student is dependent), the family’s household size, and the number of family members (excluding parents) attending postsecondary institutions. The EFC is the sum of: (1) a percentage of net income (remaining income after subtracting allowances for basic living expenses and taxes) and (2) a percentage of net assets (assets remaining after subtracting an asset protection allowance). Different assessment rates and allowances are used for dependent students, independent students without dependents, and independent students with dependents. After filing a FAFSA, the student receives a Student Aid Report (SAR), or the institution receives an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR), which notifies the student if he or she is eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and provides the student’s EFC.

    FSA Handbook Federal Pell Grant Program

    Federal Pell Grants are direct grants awarded through participating institutions to students with financial need who have not received their first bachelor’s degree or who are enrolled in certain postbaccalaureate programs that lead to teacher certification or licensure. Participating institutions either credit the Federal Pell Grant funds to the student’s school account, pay the student directly (usually by check) or combine these methods. Students must be paid at least once per term (semester, trimester, or quarter); schools that do not use formally defined terms must pay the student at least twice per academic year.

  19. The part I do not understand is that if the government wanted to have a “few more years” of his practice to reimbursed itself for the cost of the medical career gave to him free why did the government not used him on his specialty, but sent him to some remote location as a medical practitioner. The problem with this practice in Cuba is that some of these doctors started their careers full of desires to help and serve the revolucion, but with time they,like many other of their generation, became frustrated and seek new opportunities elsewhere, not only in the United States. I think the important question is: why so many of these doctors decided to risk their lives, their families and future instead of remaining faithful to the country which so generously gave them a free career? Just a thought to ponder.

  20. The majority of Cuban doctors arriving to the US will not likely be a doctor in this country. To be a doctor here they will have to pass examination to get the license and that is not easy to pass since there is many factors. So this is pure fantasy.
    Only a hand full of the Cuban graduated doctors can make it here professionally.

  21. The teachers that Mario had
    got paid salaries of about 10 to 20 dollars a month. So the cost of Mario’s education would never go as high as even 5000 dollars total.
    Mario paid for his education amply by working one year in Cuba at a salary that range from 10 to 20 dollars monthly.
    So what upsets Castro is that people do not want to live anymore in their “socialistic paradise”. Any one with the opportunity will prefer to go rather than lives without freedom as a Slave to be send to Venezuela or any other Castro adventure so that he can look to the world as the “humanitarian” while he repress and murder his own people.

  22. So, to paraphrase the story above, “Mario” made an agreement with the Cuban Government that they would provide him with a world-class medical education for free, in exchange for certain commitments of his time once he became a doctor. Just for the sake of comparison, in the United States, an eduction like this would run anywhere from $150,000 – $450,000 USD. Tuft Medical School is $44,000 EVERY YEAR, JUST for tuition.

    But “Mario” got this education for free from the Cuban Government. Meanwhile, Mario’s wife left the country with his kids — a decision that they must have made as a family. They figured that they had it alllll figured out … Mario would get his medical education for free, his family would leave and get things set up in Miami, and then Mario would follow, where he would use his free education to make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

    His colleagues, on the other hand, are using their medical education to help disaster victims (Cuba was the first on the scene in Haiti and received special recognition for their efforts, Cuba was the first on the scene for the disaster in Pakistan and the last to leave, and received special recognition there, too), bring medical treatment to people who desperately need it but can’t afford it in capitalist third world countries, etc.

    But Mario wasn’t interested in helping humanity. What he wanted was a free medical education and then his plan was to split and start making a ton of money in Miami — maybe a plastic surgeon for a bunch of rich Miami housewives.

    So, the TERRIBLE REPRESSION he suffered was that they delayed him leaving for a few years. Yeah, the Cuban Government wanted at least SOME time from Mario in exchange for the $200,000+ education they had given to him for free. OH MY GOD, WHAT TYRANTS!!!

    Hahahaha… honestly, Yoani is REALLY having to stretch to find cases of “repression” … a greedy doctor doesn’t live up to the commitments he made to the society that gave him a free medical education and … was he “arrested” or “imprisoned”? Was he “repressed” in any way? Did they even ask him to PAY THEM BACK for the education they gave him? Nope! They just had him wait a few years and now he’s in Miami injecting Botox into Miami grandmothers and driving his BMW around.


  23. ***
    How sad that those who help us the most–good doctors–are treated like C**P in Castro’s prison. And that a state can keep it’s people from leaving and gaining their freedom elsewhere. Like East Germany. What evil.
    Que triste que los quienes nos ayudan mas–los buen medicos–estan tratado como C**A in el carcel Cubano de Castro. Y que un estado puede preventar su gente de salir y a ganar su libertad en otro lugar. Como Alamania del Este. Que maldad.
    John Bibb


    WASHINGTON POST: Haiti prompts meeting of top Cuban, US officials
    By PAUL HAVENThe Associated Press
    Thursday, April 1, 2010; 5:35 PM

    HAVANA — Cuba’s foreign minister met with a top U.S. State Department official to coordinate medical help for quake-ravaged Haiti, one of the highest level encounters in years between the Cold War enemies, officials said Thursday.

    State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters in Washington that Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and Cheryl Mills, the chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, met Wednesday on the sidelines of a donor conference at the United Nations that raised $9.9 billion for Haiti.

    “We don’t agree with Cuba and Venezuela on very much, but we all agree on the importance of assistance to Haiti,” Crowley said.

    Cuba issued a communique from the United Nations on Wednesday, confirming the meeting between Mills and Rodriguez and saying it hoped to see more such dialogue.

    “We would hope that future exchanges of this nature are a possibility,” the statement said.

    The United States has spearheaded efforts to rebuild Haiti following the Jan. 12 temblor, which killed between 217,000 and 300,000 people and left the capital, Port-au-Prince, in ruins. Cuba, which boasts one of the region’s best health sectors, has also been a major player in the recovery effort.

    Nearly 800 Cuban doctors have worked in Haiti since the quake, performing 7,000 operations. They have helped deliver 1,400 babies and immunized more than 100,000 people. Hundreds of other doctors trained in Cuba have joined their effort, which builds on a mission that Cuba had run in Haiti long before the quake.

    The communist government has also allowed American relief planes destined for Haiti to overfly Cuban territory, greatly shortening the trip from American soil.

    Mills “did meet with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez to ensure that our assistance is consistent with the priorities established by the Haitian government,” Crowley said. “Cuba has volunteered significant assistance in the health sector and they want to make sure that this assistance is implemented in a coordinated fashion. It was a specific meeting about Cuba’s support that they wish to provide.”

    Crowley said Mills also brought up the case of Alan P. Gross, a 60-year-old U.S. government contractor arrested in Havana on Dec. 3 on suspicion of spying.

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

    Cuba has so far not charged him, but officials including Cuban President Raul Castro have said his presence here was proof that Washington continues to seek the overthrow of the island’s government.

    Crowley said the issue of Gross came up “during the course of the conversation,” but gave no details.

    On March 23, 40 U.S. lawmakers sent a letter to Jorge Bolanos, chief of mission at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, saying Gross’s arrest “is viewed with great consternation by the government of the United States, including both Democrat and Republican Members of the United States Congress, whether liberal or conservative.

    “It has caused many to doubt your government’s expressed desire to improve relations with the United States. We cannot assist in that regard while Mr. Gross is detained in a Cuban prison,” said the letter, a copy of which was sent to The Associated Press by a Gross family spokeswoman.

    After initially praising Barack Obama as a breath of fresh air, revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and other Cuban officials have been increasingly critical of the American president.

    The United States has voiced increasing concern over Cuba’s treatment of political dissidents, one of whom died in February after a long hunger strike. It also has long called for the Castros to open up the political system and ensure more civil liberties for the Cuban people.

    ba says such talk amounts to meddling in its internal affairs, and says Washington must end its 48-year trade embargo unilaterally and without preconditions. Cuba was incensed by its inclusion earlier this year on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

    Associated Press Writer Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.

  25. Great post !!! The same Government owns the brain/mouth and fingers of juan, pinero losada et. comp. They are used a tools for spreading a disease that cannot be cured unless the people will speak up !!!

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  27. The very name given by regime to this emigration process implies that castrofacism is well awarded about the fact it maintain Cubans inside the island as prisoners, jailed, without freedom… that’s why it calls the process: Liberation!!!!

  28. It is so obvious to all of us Cubans that the Castro brothers regime treats all Cubans as their personal property as if we were their slaves.
    For example, Castro talks about the robbery of brains when smart people with education go from Cuba to other develop nations.

    Robbery will be true if that brain was his property. But we know it is not. The brain belongs to the person not to the regime or to the state. People should be able to do with their live whatever they want to.

    So his language is a language of ownership. Where he thinks he is entitle to even owned our brains!
    It is so evident we still have a country that perpetuates
    Slavery in this century!

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