The Annual Ritual

I sensed the clamor and leaning out saw the streets already damp with the first rainstorm of May. Havana covered by the veil of rain, bathed by those tenacious drops that the drought has rationed to the extreme in this abnormal spring. The children came out first and the grey concrete of the buildings started to show streaks of dampness, their Eastern European architecture seeming even more incongruent in the midst of the rainy tropics. The housewives quickly grabbed the clothes off the clotheslines and the stray dogs found shelter until it let up. But the rain continued to fall and its persistence convinced even the elderly to drench themselves in the most anticipated rain of the year.

I stuck my hand over the balcony to see if it was worth it to climb to the roof and shower under the sky. We Cubans wait for this gift of May that will ripen the mangoes for a get-together, and will also bring us some “luck.” So we soak ourselves to the skin with this cloudburst that has become like an annual spell against evil, a natural right of an entire people who are waiting for better times. Finally, I took the heavy wooden ladder and put it up against the hatch in the hallway; above, the sacrament of the clouds soaked me in a few minutes. On the roof were many like me, waiting for the water – without any meter or chlorine – to lift the evil and protect us against what is coming.

I stayed above my apartment until it stopped raining, watching those splashing around in the street with their clothes stuck to their bodies. An old lady reached both arms out of a window not to miss the free gift from providence, while a drunk lying in the park was blessed and woken up by the rain at the same time. As long as the first downpour of May lasted, people not only played in the puddles and the open spaces, but they projected a spontaneous excitement usually diminished and spoiled by everyday life. An unspoken prayer rose in the streets. With it, hundreds of thousands of us asked the heavy downpour to bring us an equal fraction of luck. Everything suggests we are going to need it.

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20 thoughts on “The Annual Ritual

  1. 19Barbara Curbelo

    Junio 6th, 2010 at 00:32

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    Castrofascism is always trying to associate journalists job with political and even penal issues like the thug curbelo does in this case….. journalist work is to inform and they get paid for do that…….. what yo have to do (if you like so much FOIA and other freedom of information institutions) is to go to the public records where those 14 (not 5 but 14 criminals) criminals acts and recorded trial sessions are stored and learn there the confesions of the crimes made by 5 self and the the other 9 criminals…… go there and learn they are common criminals in a mafia like assosiation for cause the death to other people and to perform terrorist acts that could be used for accusing exile cubans……. that’s the true easy to find.
    Here is the real histori os the 5 spies:

    Objective of espionage network in jail now in USA.

    The civilian targets have been identified as follows: Penetration of exile organizations to accomplish a campaign of disinformation, confusion, animosity and disunion among targeted groups. Another objective was to encourage and to facilitate the commission of hostile actions against Cuba in violation the Neutrality Act of the United States. Also, alleged was the sending of threatening letters to members of Congress impersonating members of Cuban exile organizations. It has not been reported that the 10 had committed any act of violence against the US, although there are documents that mention the preparation of terrorist acts against US Air Force bases in the US. ( 5 )

    Here is the complete history:

    http://www.jonathanpollard.org/1998/090098a.htm

  2. U.S. government — through Radio and TV Martí — had secretly paid tens of thousands of dollars to journalists in Miami, who, during the politically-charged prosecution of the Five, published provocative articles about Cuba and against the Five.

    1. Pablo Alfonso Of El Nuevo Herald
    Payment – Pago: $58,600 during the trial
    Total: $252,325 (11/1/99-8/22/07)

    2. Wilfredo Cancio del Nuevo Herald (The Miami Herald)
    Was paid $4,725 during trial
    $21,800 (9/30/2000 – 11/20/2006)

    3. Ariel Remos – Diario Las Americas
    $4,725 during trial
    TOTAL $24,350 (11/1/1999- 11/20/2006)

    4. Enrique Encinosa – Comentarista Radio Mambi WAQI por mucho tiempo que dedico mucha cobertura al caso de LOS CINCO desde suarresto.
    Longtime news commentatoon Radio Mambi WAQI, which covered the Cuban 5 extensively, from the time of their arrest
    TOTAL (during trial) Durante Juicio – $5,200.00
    TOTAL (12/07/2000 – 11/04/2003) – $21,800.00

    5. Helen Ferre – Editor of Editorial Page of Diario Las Americas
    Paid – $1,125.00 – during trial (durante el juicio)
    Paid – TOTAL – $6,025 (2/21/01 – 9/25/03)

  3. 16Barbara Curbelo
    Mayo 19th, 2010 at 12:23

    ……..Se van a quedar con las ganas, y la guapearía barata esa………
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    !!!!!!!!…………… but, but….. it wasn’t you were a non Cuban commenter????!!!!
    Wow…… for not being Cuban you writes Cuban slang very well!!!!!!
    Why are you so liar????…. it seems to be a good castrofascism defender is mandatory to be a “good” liar!!!!!!

  4. 13Barbara Curbelo

    Mayo 18th, 2010 at 23:31
    #12 – Rafael Diaz-Balart collaborated in the overthrow of Cuba’s 1940 Constitution
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    It can be……. but you trying to kill the massager will never kill the message in the accurate and prophetic speech that Diaz-Balart delivered in Cuba’s senate in 1955….. no one made a picture of the fascist castro and the future of Cuba under castrofascism than him….. all what he said became reality and today Cuba is suffering a fascist regimen for 51 years, a regime that has destroyed Cuba economically, politically and morally….. you are the best example of this destruction….. a person (or a group of persons) that do not hesitate to defend the criminal regime that kills men, women and children, that hates and make the Cubans to hate each other, accomplices of the criminals that understand very well what are doing and anyway prefers to continue in moral degradation for the small material privilege that the shameful attitude bring to you.

  5. # 14 – Your futile intimidation tactics only reveal the nature of the democracy you hope to see in Cuba once again.

    Se van a quedar con las ganas, y la guapearía barata esa.

    People in Cuba will complain about decisions made there, problems their society faces, etc., but don’t think for one moment, that that indicates that highly educated people, cognizant of extremists like you, and well read about history are going to look to ignorant hate-filled exiles for anything. Are you kidding? You cannot even understand what happened after 50 years of ‘exile’!

  6. I just read a great news link that ties Cubas ruling class to the DRUG trade. This is shameful and unlike the image Cuba like to portray to the world. The truth about what happens in Cuba is hitting the MEDIAin a BIG WAY.

  7. BARBUA CURBELO, you are a REGIME APOLOGIST. JAVITA for you. I wish you had to live in Cuba, like some of my family members. You Commie sympathizers are all slime, conniving and twisting the truth. emember the world is round and you have no corners to hide in once the failed system crashes. PA LA CALLE, mi gente, lo que se va formar. We have more creeps in Miami who are also agents of Castro, like: Hugo Cancio, Edmundo Garcia, Niurka Slut Marcos. Please help add to this list so that we know who are agents of this corrupt abusive government that rules with a heavy hand.

  8. #12 – Rafael Diaz-Balart collaborated in the overthrow of Cuba’s 1940 Constitution, and then appointed himself as head of the Senate. He bragged on radio in Miami numerous times, that he was a dear friend to Santo Domingo’s disgusting dictator, Rafael Trujillo, “The Boss”, and to Haiti‘s notorious assassin “Papa Doc” François Duvalier.

  9. 11Barbara Curbelo

    Mayo 18th, 2010 at 09:41
    #6 – President Batista?? That takes nerve! Rafael Diaz-Balart should have spoken the truth in his prophecy, and called a spade a spade. In this case, he should have said, “SADISTIC DICTATOR FULGENCIO BATISTA”.
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    yes, you are right……. in same way Diaz-Balart was right about castro and Cuba’s future under castrofascism…….. he knew as early as 1955 that castro was a fascist !!!!!!

  10. #6 – President Batista?? That takes nerve! Rafael Diaz-Balart should have spoken the truth in his prophecy, and called a spade a spade. In this case, he should have said, “SADISTIC DICTATOR FULGENCIO BATISTA”.
    Yes, I write in Spanish (you of all people should not be critical of others, have you examined your English lately?) And you know exactly what I wrote, but you think you can deceive English only readers about the role you Batistianos played in Cuba; and the responsibility that is yours alone for all that ensued after you wiped your rear end with Cuba’s Constitution, by pretending that I make no sense.
    Any way, Rafael Diaz-Balart was never elected, he appointed himself after the overthrow (of which he was one of the main architects) of Cuba’s constitution. Until you reckon with history you can’t expect to get anywhere.
    Why are you so obsessed with my feces? There are professionals to help with these obsessions you know.

  11. Fidel Castro y su grupo solamente quieren una cosa: el poder, pero el poder total, que les permita destruir definitivamente todo vestigio de Constitución y de ley en Cuba, para instaurar la más cruel, la más bárbara tiranía, una tiranía que enseñaría al pueblo el verdadero significado de lo que es tiranía, un régimen totalitario, inescrupuloso, ladrón y asesino que sería muy difícil de derrocar por lo menos en veinte años. Porque Fidel Castro no es más que un psicópata fascista, que solamente podría pactar desde el poder con las fuerzas del Comunismo Internacional, porque ya el fascismo fue derrotado en la Segunda Guerra Mundial, y solamente el comunismo le daría a Fidel el ropaje pseudo-ideológico para asesinar, robar, violar impunemente todos los derechos y para destruir en forma definitiva todo el acervo espiritual, histórico, moral y jurídico de nuestra República.
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    Como lo conocia!!!!!!!….. se ve que fueron familia!!!!!!……. todo lo que este señor profetizo se ha convertido en realidad……. el castrofascismo es ahora dueño de Cuba!!!!

  12. INTERVIEW OF OUR YOANI! “WE MUST MAINTAIN THE COMMON POSITION BY THE EUROPEAN UNION TOWARDS CUBA”!!AGREE! AND DOUBLE, TRIPPLE AGREE!

    ABC ESPANA: Yoani Sánchez: «Hay que mantener la posición común de la UE sobre Cuba» -M. ARRIZABALAGA | MADRID-Lunes , 17-05-10

    Descuelga el teléfono desde su casa en La Habana, pero durante un par de minutos sólo llegan ruidos e interferencias. «¿Yoani?» «¿Hola?». Al otro lado se escucha una voz lejana que poco a poco va ganando fuerza, como lo han hecho en internet el blog y el twitter de esta filóloga cubana hasta hacerse oír como una de las voces de la disidencia que más quebraderos de cabeza proporciona al régimen castrista. «Imagínate, tienen que coger el teléfono, poner en marcha el aparato…» explica con ironía Yoani Sánchez, aludiendo a su teléfono «pinchado».
    En La Tercera que hoy publica en ABC habla de «La rebelión de los pequeños» y afirma que «el hombre que enflaquece sin probar comida sobre la cama de un hospital, la mujer vestida de blanco que recorre las calles con un gladiolo o el académico que echa a circular un correo electrónico con sus críticas son los héroes del momento».

    ¿Se considera Yoani Sánchez también una heroína?
    -Yo soy de esas tantas hormiguitas que taladran el muro. A mí me toca taladrar desde la observación de la realidad, relatando lo que veo.
    -Pero la presión es fuerte. ¿No ha pensado nunca en tirar la toalla?
    -Abrí mi blog en abril de 2007 por necesidad. No aguantaba más: o decía lo que pensaba o reventaba. Hoy la saturación interior se mantiene. La frustración que tengo ante el discurrir de los años y mi indignación porque el país donde vivo no se parece en nada al que me prometieron de niña sigue ahí.
    -El precio que paga es alto.
    -El riesgo está latente cada día. Me protege la visibilidad que me da el blog. Es un escudo, aunque no blindado. Tiene grietas, como puedes ver en el último vídeo que he colgado con el secuestro policial que padecimos (Yoani Sánchez terminó en un calabozo el 24 de febrero junto a otras personas cuando se dirigía a firmar el libro de condolencias abierto en nombre de Orlando Zapata Tamayo). Y sufro un aparato de vigilancia desproporcionada, una represión callada tras las sombras que resulta pavorosa.
    -¿Qué ha cambiado en Cuba desde la muerte de Orlando Zapata Tamayo?
    -Para un sistema como el castrista, los hechos simbólicos importan bastante. Su muerte nos proporcionó a la disidencia un motivo para unirnos en el dolor. Un hombre que ha muerto por lo que cree es una señal importante. Algo ha cambiado. Se ha roto un velo levantado durante años por la dictadura.
    -Sin embargo, le has dicho a Guillermo Fariñas que abandone su huelga de hambre.
    -Sí. Necesitamos a cada cubano para la Cuba de mañana. Pero nos cortan todos los caminos, así que Guillermo Fariñas ha visto que el camino que le queda es su propio cuerpo. Las huelgas de vientre vacío son consecuencia de la actuación del Gobierno. Muestran la testarudez de no querer ceder, es un empecinamiento enfermizo en favor de los presos políticos enfermos en las cárceles cubanas. Del grupo del 75, detenidos durante la Primavera Negra de 2003, quedan 51 en prisión, 26 de ellos en mal estado de salud, aunque hay más de 200 presos políticos en la isla.
    -El vídeo «Los nietos de la revolución», dirigido por Carlos Alberto Montaner, que hoy se presenta en Madrid muestra una generación que poco tiene que ver con sus abuelos. ¿Es así la juventud de hoy de Cuba?
    -La juventud en Cuba es muy variada y plural. La revolución cubana ha sufrido un proceso que ha devorado a sus hijos. Los jóvenes de hoy tienen el sentimiento pragmático de sus padres. Nos une una fina hebra de deseos de cambio. Es una generación marcada por la emigración y la indiferencia, que no ha tenido el tiempo para pronunciarse. Está latente, rumiando.
    -¿Es más poderoso hoy el movimiento interno contra Castro?
    -Resulta difícil de contestar a esa pregunta, porque en Cuba no hay estadísticas. Yo tengo mi termómetro personal. Creo que existe un 10% que apoya aún al Gobierno, un 10% que es radicalmente contrario, que quiere cambios muy profundos, y un 80% que vive muy influenciado por la doble moral y que fluctúa según los tiempos.
    -Los avances tecnológicos han sido de ayuda para la disidencia.
    -Sin duda. No es que antes no hubiera voluntad, sino que el atrevimiento ciudadano se ha combinado con los avances tecnológicos.
    -¿Y qué es más útil? ¿El blog? ¿Twitter?
    -El blog me permite reflexionar con más extensión y Twitter me da la inmediatez, son dos medios que se complementan.
    -Hay quien dice que su blog es el altavoz de muchos cubanos.
    -Así funciona. Mi casa se ha convertido en una especie de agencia de prensa, a donde llegan para decirme que proyecte tal o cual cosa. Aunque me leen desde fuera de la isla, mis lectores fundamentales son cubanos. Es mi principal motivación para continuar. Ver cómo va permeando. Me han confesado que me leen en Granma (el diario oficial del Gobierno cubano). Quiero pensar que lo que hago es un contrapunto necesario.
    -En estos días se celebra en Madrid la Cumbre UE-América Latina-Caribe. ¿Será beneficiosa para Cuba?
    -Aquí se ha tratado de deslucir la cumbre, de restarle importancia, quizá temerosos a lo que pueda salir de ella. La posición común de la UE es uno de los mayores elementos de presión contra el Gobierno cubano. Hay que mantenerla y presionar. Aunque habría que facilitar una diplomacia a nivel ciudadano, con acceso a la información, ventajas y ayudas a los cubanos, no al Gobierno cubano.
    -El Gobierno español intenta, sin embargo, modificar esa postura común de la UE.
    -El Gobierno español ha actuado con cautela en lo referente a Cuba. A mí lo que me ha sorprendido muy gratamente ha sido la actuación del pueblo español, con la Plataforma de Españoles por la Democratización de Cuba que agrupa a artistas e intelectuales. Más que en un Gobierno, confío en lo que puede hacer el individuo desde abajo. Yo soy una prueba de ello.

    http://www.abc.es/20100517/internacional-iberoamerica/yoani-sanchez-mantener-posicion-201005171733.html

  13. INTERVIE WITH REYNA TAMAYO, MOTHER OF ORLANDO ZAPATA TAMAYO PRIOR TO MAY 15 HIS BIRTHDAY! WHAT A COURAGEOUS WOMAN! “LA CHINA” & “THE MUMMY” SHOULD BE ASHAMED!

    Reina Luisa Tamayo (Conversación telefónica)

  14. CANADIAN BUSINESS.COM: Cuba faces deep challenges as it turns fallow land over to farmers-May 17, 2010

    HAVANA (AP) – The Cuban government has turned over nearly 1 million hectares of previously state-owned land to individual farmers, but half of it still lies fallow or is underutilized, highlighting the tremendous challenges facing an agricultural reform program that President Raul Castro has trumpeted as key to the island’s future.
    Economy Minister Marino Murillo disclosed the figures in a speech closing out a gathering of small-scale farmers in Havana on Sunday. The session was closed to foreign media, but his words were reprinted in the Communist Party newspaper Granma on Monday.

    Murillo said some 920,000 hectares (2.3 million acres) had been turned over to private farmers since Raul Castro announced the program in 2008, shortly after formally taking over Cuba’s leadership from his ailing brother, Fidel.

    At the time, Raul Castro said that turning over fallow land to farmers was a matter of “maximum national security,” and was necessary to breathe new life into an agricultural sector hobbled by decades of government mismanagement.

    But the land reform has failed so far to bring the game-changing surge in production that Castro had hoped for. While national statistics have not been released, a trickle of recent data has shown an inability to meet agricultural targets, sometimes by eye-popping margins.

    In the region of Havana, for instance, production during the first two months of 2010 was 40 percent below the government’s goal. Granma cited government ineptitude as a main cause of the shortfall.

    The 2010 sugar harvest was the worst in more than a century, prompting the firing of the minister in charge. And the government warned last week against hoarding rice, a key staple of the Cuban diet. Cuba produces only about 40 percent of its rice needs, importing the rest at great cost.

    Murillo said that “about half” of the land assigned under the agricultural reform “remains fallow or insufficiently utilized,” and he cautioned that farmers who have received government fields will lose them unless they find a way to increase productivity.

    “This situation needs to be changed as soon as possible,” Murillo said. “And if any producers are not able to do it, we will have to transfer these lands to others who can.”

    A red-letter headline on the front page of Monday’s Granma made the challenge clear: “The Number One Mission of Our Farmers,” it said. “Produce for The People.”

    Murillo did not say why so much of the land is yet unused, but many farmers complain that they have been hamstrung by a lack of equipment, seeds and fertilizer, and victimized by incompetent local officials.

    The 920,000 hectares — roughly the size of Yellowstone National Park in the United States — is about one-seventh of Cuba’s arable land, and nearly a third of the fallow state-owned land targeted for private distribution, according to 2008 National Statistics Office figures.

    Even so, the program has had successes. Cuban state-run media have highlighted individual farmers who have turned once-barren land into productive fields. And Murillo said private farmers now produce 70 percent of the island’s food, despite only controlling 41 percent of the arable land.

    Murillio is also vice president of Cuba’s Council of Ministers, the country’s Cabinet.

    He also said the government plans a new tax system for agriculture, but gave no details, and he outlined the basics of a plan to import less food, let farmers buy supplies without going through the government and increase dependence on organic fertilizer by 2015.

    Cuba’s state-dominated economy has always been weak, but it has been beset in recent years by a laundry list of hardships that would be difficult for any country to shake off. Three major hurricanes did more than $10 billion in damage in 2008, the global economic crisis dampened tourism profits and a drop in commodities prices hurt nickel sales for much of 2009.

    Increasing domestic production is key as the government tightens its belt, importing far less from top trading partners like the United States, Venezuela, China and Spain.

    Food is exempted from America’s 48-year trade embargo on Cuba, and the United States remains this island’s top food exporter.

    But economic woes have left Cuba unable to pay. Imports of American food were down 26 percent in 2009, according to the New York-based U.S.-Cuba Economic Trade Council, which provides nonpartisan commercial and economic information about the island and claims to have no position on policy.

    http://www.canadianbusiness.com/markets/market_news/article.jsp?content=D9FONKVO0

  15. #4
    Do you really think you can write in Spanish?#4 does not make any sense.What are you trying to say?Do you know the meaning of “culero” in English?. If you know it keep on wearing them you will them since your are laughing so hard… No vaya a ser que te cagues…LMAO!

  16. #4
    Do really think you can write in Spanish?#4 does not make any sense.What are you trying to say?Do you know the meaning of “culero” in English. If you know it keep on wearing them you will them since your are laughing so hard… No vaya a ser que te cagues…LOL!

  17. #3 – Un flaco servicio al Presidente Batista???????
    Jajajajajajajajajajajajajajajaj!!!!!
    Presidente Batista!!!!
    Jajajajajajajajjajajajajajajaj!!

    LOL

  18. Un discurso profético. La Amnistía de Fidel Castro en 1955
    Por Rafael Díaz-Balart

    En su profética intervención ante la Cámara de Representantes en mayo de 1955 rechazando la ley de amnistía que habría de poner en libertad a Fidel Castro y los asaltantes del Cuartel Moncada, Rafael Díaz Balart dijo:

    Señor Presidente y Señores Representantes:

    He pedido la palabra para explicar mi voto, porque deseo hacer constar ante mis compañeros legisladores, ante el pueblo de Cuba y ante la historia, mi opinión y mi actitud en relación con la amnistía que esta Cámara acaba de aprobar y contra la cual me he manifestado tan reiterada y enérgicamente.

    No me han convencido en lo más mínimo los argumentos de la casi totalidad de esta Cámara a favor de esa amnistía.

    Que quede bien claro que soy partidario decidido de toda medida a favor de la paz y la fraternidad entre todos los cubanos, de cualquier partido político o de ningún partido, partidarios o adversarios del gobierno. Y en ese espíritu sería igualmente partidario de esta amnistía o de cualquier otra amnistía. Pero una amnistía debe ser un instrumento de pacificación y de fraternidad, debe formar parte de un proceso de desarme moral de las pasiones y de los odios, debe ser una pieza en el engranaje de unas reglas de juego bien definidas, aceptadas directa o indirectamente por los distintos protagonistas del proceso que se esté viviendo en una nación.

    Y esta amnistía que acabamos de votar desgraciadamente es todo lo contrario. Fidel Castro y su grupo han declarado reiterada y airadamente, desde la cómoda cárcel en que se encuentran, que solamente saldrán de esa cárcel para continuar preparando nuevos hechos violentos, para continuar utilizando todos los medios en la búsqueda del poder total a que aspiran. Se han negado a participar en todo proceso de pacificación y amenazan por igual a los miembros del gobierno que a los de oposición que deseen caminos de paz, que trabajen a favor de soluciones electorales y democráticas, que pongan en manos del pueblo cubano la solución del actual drama que vive nuestra patria.

    Ellos no quieren paz. No quieren solución nacional de tipo alguno, no quieren democracia ni elecciones ni confraternidad. Fidel Castro y su grupo solamente quieren una cosa: el poder, pero el poder total, que les permita destruir definitivamente todo vestigio de Constitución y de ley en Cuba, para instaurar la más cruel, la más bárbara tiranía, una tiranía que enseñaría al pueblo el verdadero significado de lo que es tiranía, un régimen totalitario, inescrupuloso, ladrón y asesino que sería muy difícil de derrocar por lo menos en veinte años. Porque Fidel Castro no es más que un psicópata fascista, que solamente podría pactar desde el poder con las fuerzas del Comunismo Internacional, porque ya el fascismo fue derrotado en la Segunda Guerra Mundial, y solamente el comunismo le daría a Fidel el ropaje pseudo-ideológico para asesinar, robar, violar impunemente todos los derechos y para destruir en forma definitiva todo el acervo espiritual, histórico, moral y jurídico de nuestra República.

    Desgraciadamente hay quienes, desde nuestro propio gobierno tampoco desean soluciones democráticas y electorales, porque saben que no pueden ser electos ni concejales en el más pequeño de nuestros municipios.

    Pero no quiero cansar más a mis compañeros representantes. La opinión pública del país ha sido movilizada a favor de esta amnistía. Y los principales jerarcas de nuestro gobierno no han tenido la claridad y la firmeza necesarias para ver y decidir lo más conveniente al Presidente, al Gobierno y, sobre todo, a Cuba. Creo que están haciéndole un flaco servicio al Presidente Batista, sus Ministros y consejeros que no han sabido mantenerse firmes frente a las presiones de la prensa, la radio y la televisión.

    Creo que esta amnistía tan imprudentemente aprobada, traerá días, muchos días de luto, de dolor, de sangre y de miseria al pueblo cubano, aunque ese propio pueblo no lo vea así en estos momentos.

    Pido a Dios que la mayoría de ese pueblo y la mayoría de mis compañeros Representantes aquí presentes, sean los que tengan la razón.

    Pido a Dios que sea yo el que esté equivocado.

    Por Cuba.

  19. sandokan – the miracle already happened in Cuba 50 years ago, when dignified Cubans said NO MORE!!! to Fulgencio Batista and his thugs; ousting them from their seat of unfettered sadism and corruption; NEVER, NEVER, NEVER to return. You must have been so busy running away, that you missed it. It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee my friend. Stop looking back. Go enjoy Cuba. Take a stroll through Old Havana and see the wonderful restorations. Enjoy Cuba’s art and culture, sports – at a baseball game you‘ll go back in time, when anyone, not just people with extra cash, could catch a great baseball game.
    Enjoy beautiful beaches, waterfalls, parks, and incomparable rhythms everywhere. See what it is like to live in a country in which children can safely play outdoors with friends, the elderly are revered, the people are educated, and the family doctor drops by to check on her/his patients.
    Go and receive love from some of the warmest and kindest people on the planet, who make everyone feel accepted and appreciated. Life is too brief to spend it looking back, while failing to understand what it is that you see back there. Look forward before it is too late for you. Don’t be a pawn of the lucrative and hateful anti-Castro industry; making a few millionaires in Miami and Spain.

  20. The rain miracle

    In the year 172 the Romans were in danger during the course of the battle, and very close to surrender because it had no water, they were saved in a most unforeseen manner, a heavy shower alleviated the Romans. Christian author Tertullian claimed that the prayer of Christian soldiers had caused the miracle.

    When the rain started to fall, they turned their heads up and received the water in their faces and mouths, and then used their helmets to catch it. And when the enemy charged upon them, the Roman soldiers, fortified by the rain, fought and won the battle.

    Like “the rain miracle” fortified the Roman, the blessing of the first rain of May will fortify the soul of the Cuban people, and help them fight and win the battle against the evil regime, making the “waiting for better times” a new reality.

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