My Grandparents Rest in My Garden

A bluish-colored vase has stood for a couple of days between the plants in our garden, fourteen stories up. We still don’t have a clear idea of what we are going to do with the ashes of my grandparents. For now, they are sheltered among the ferns and shaded by the trumpet tree that grows over the balcony wall. My mother managed, after appealing to friends and materially encouraging the necessary officials, to cremate her parents, who were lying in a public vault in Columbus Cemetery. After the action of the fire, the result came to rest inside a clay container which shows, in every inch, that it contains the remains of a person.

Inside the amphora are Ana and Elisha, the two grandparents with whom I was born and raised in a tenement in Central Havana. She washed and ironed for the street, he worked on the railroad and smoked his pipe before two curious little girls who were my sister and me. Both semi-literate, they had raised a small family to the pounding of the washboard and soap, the pick and shovel on the railroad. The two of them exhibited that mix of genius and authority that made us love and fear them. They had Asturian and Canary Island blood, maybe that’s why “Papán” delighted in country music and everyone in the neighborhood nicknamed Ana “the Galician.” Their prized possessions were a wardrobe and a mahogany bed, and a china cabinet with cups we could never use because they were only decorations for the small dining-living-bedroom.

My grandfather died the same year as the Mariel boatlift. His heart was padded with the fat from the pork cracklings he liked so much. He went in peace and left Ana in her new state of widowhood for at least five years. Her leaving was much sadder: she was sitting in the wrong chair in El Lluera cafeteria, when a couple of drunks came in throwing bottles and one hit her on the forehead. Our time with our grandparents came to an speedy end. Goodbye to being spoiled, stockings mended by skilled hands, and warm milk to see us to bed. In all this time I never went to see their graves, but the grey granite could not replace the memories I had of them. Today — stubbornly — they have returned to be with me, in a small vase as simple and ephemeral as their own lives.

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40 thoughts on “My Grandparents Rest in My Garden

  1. @#39
    While you accuse others you forget you are one.
    The postings (I wish you read them) you contribute, full of verbal insults & abusive language take turns at insulting other races, Indian & Jews as of late) mocking religions (christian & muselim) & ethnic background.
    Your freedom to “say” is intact, your use & abuse abuse of your language is what makes you a target for “burla”, your craving for attention is rewarded & I am willing to bet you enjoy the “attention”.
    Nevertheless your crass behaviour does not generate the respect you secretly hope for, it just generates pity for the wasted talent, the cruelty & intransigence that a human being chooses to voice.
    Yes, you may be a Yougoslav … but you do not honor the value & gift of being one …

  2. But, what is apalling is that not one of you bullshitting against the corruption has noticed that Yoani admits her family actively participating in the corruption.

    In this very article.

    Hypocrisy.

    If you are against, then you do NOT practice it.

    Drugs are bad and I want them illegalised. But, I take them because they make me feel good…

    Absolute and total self-discfediting confession of the tema “Yoani”, and there are still those who support this hypocrisy.

    You know what?

    That is just showing who is here really full of it. The ones who wrote above article and those who support it.

  3. Post 37, you do smoke too much of those dangerous herbs… Now Castros are working for usanians!!!

    Your choice of nick is clearer by the second. My suspicion is that you picked it up from your psychoanalist.

    By the way, to see one of those extremists from Barbara’s post, just look at the mirror.

  4. 31Barbara Curbelo

    Julio 3rd, 2010 at 23:08
    #28 – Yes, because your Jesus is a Cuban-American extremist Republican fool of hatred.
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    Show me this cuban american “extremist” that has killed tens of thousands, that has jailed hundreds of thousands, that has destroyed our country delivering all richness we built in 600 years to the empire of the north, show me this cuban american that has hated so much cubans that has dedicate his life to kill them, jail them , empoverish them expel them of their land in the same way your adorated castro did….. your Jesus is no a saint but a devil and you are one of irs demons.

  5. Like the post 28:

    Agent baby, your knowledge about holy written makes me thing that you will be condemn to eternal fire…… your sins are too big and large…… poor of you….. God may forget your sins!!!!……. sinner!!!!!

    Self-serving hypocrite who doesn’t even understand his own religion. Only your “god” has the right to judge anyone. You too are a sinner. And by talking rubbish here you are sinking deeper into the sin.

    Rather than pretending some authority on your religion, you may want to re-read it again because, in an impossible scenario that your “god” actually exist, you will be fried carbonised.

    Either way, all “you” three elderly “counter revolutionaries” are misplaced in so many ways, too long to even start listing them.

    And no chance in hell, pun intended, you’ll ever get that. What sad lives those filled with so much anger and adrenaline must be…

    Actually, to confess, another pun fully intended, I find you entertaining. And instructive, in your small and insiginificant way.

  6. And how is jumbo’s crap relevant at all…?
    Post 17, since when and how did the poster, whose history is full of personal attacks at anyone who dares to express their opinion, making Fidel look like a beginner in violation of basic human rights, become the “authority” on who can say what and when?

    A hypocrite is what springs to mind when a wild dog like that does what he himself accuses others of doing just that.

    A wild dog.

    Rodolfo, well said. Unfortunately, here saying what one thinks is forbidden by the resident hyenas. They are on a mission to spread their “truth” and people like you and others who disagree and say so out loud are to be attacked, insulted, beaten into the ground any way possible. Intimidated into not returning ever, so that their “plan” can work.

    There’s one problem with their plan. There are too few of “them”, and they are getting quie old and bitter.

    The time is running out for them, so the only way to make it up is to display as much agression as possible.

    As if what they say can achieve something…

    They are even fighting among themselves now. What chance of a meaningful discussion others have then?

  7. I don’t need to duck. You hurl nothing but nonsense. You have no ideas of your own. You’re nothing but hot air. If I entered the forum, it was perhaps to amuse myself. I am usually up late anyway. I don’t need to win arguments here. There is nothing worth winning. In any case, what I mean by winning, was that I remain unfazed and above the fray, unlike you, a person who resorts to name calling and spouting hateful vitriol. But be it as it may, I thought I needed to respond to a thread I considered somewhat amusing. Yours was the one I chose. It has been fun. But perhaps not worth my time. This blog is full of people who say nothing but think they are saying something. I look in just to see how hateful and mean some people are. Then I write as I see fit. Nothing more. No agenda. Just stepping in whenever I want.

  8. #28 – Yes, because your Jesus is a Cuban-American extremist Republican fool of hatred.

  9. Rudolph, I am not competing to covert anyone or to win anything. I am not preaching to anyone, nor do I have everything figured out, I am merely stating my ideas, not anyone elses. I can joust low-brow or high-brow with the best of them. There is nothing to “joust” with you about because you have not expoused one single debatetable idea, just platitudes about “helping the youth of cuba”. You are the one who entered the forum hurling stones so duck because you will get some in return. As for what argument it is you have won or are going to win, I have no idea what you are talking about. I countered your comment about helping the cuban youth with what I think is the only solution, and you’ve reponded to those comments with … nothing. We know what your agenda is Rudolph, why don’t you have the balls to come out with it.

  10. Yubano, you’re really great at launching insults. But nothing more. It’s funny, you haters are all the same. Hate is the only thing you see. But it doesn’t bother me to jaust with you because in the end, I am the winner (whether you know it or not). I take the high road of life, not the miserable, high browed, self righteous, know it all attitude of someone like you. Must feel pretty good to think you have it all figured out. You even label people with ease as if it’s your own gospel you’re preaching. Keep on preaching my friend. No one but the choir is listening. You fill no halls, or bring new converts with your brand of stupidity. By the way, calling me Rudolph or red nose, or anything like that displays your level of sophistication, or lack there of. Very juvenile, as if I haven’t heard it before. You make me laugh. La gloria no hesta and lo que se dice si no en lo que se da. Y tu, no das nada!

  11. 2Barbara Curbelo

    Junio 29th, 2010 at 23:11
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    Agent baby, your knowledge about holy written makes me thing that you will be condemn to eternal fire…… your sins are too big and large…… poor of you….. God may forget your sins!!!!……. sinner!!!!!

  12. Cuba: better health statistics than developed countries
    ● Affirms president of International Pediatric Association
    José A. de la Osa
    INFANT mortality statistics in Cuba, in the first year of life as well as in the first five years, “are better than those found in developed countries with much higher national incomes,” affirmed Dr. Chok-wan Chan, president of the International Pediatric Association (IPA), speaking in Havana yesterday at the International Workshop on Infant Healthcare Practices.

    “When I compare health statistics in the United States with those of Cuba, the latter are superior,” for which reason he considers that Cuba is a “good example” in terms of achieving positive statistics, as a result of the political will of the revolutionary government, its system of universal and free healthcare, the educational level of the population as a whole, and the preventive approach of its professionals.

    Closing the workshop, Dr. Elizabeth Mason, director of the Department of Infant and Adolescent Health of the World Health Organization, addressing delegates from 10 countries in the region, said that she knew of only one other health system as good as Cuba’s, alluding to the United Kingdom.
    Translated by Granma International

  13. GUARDIAN U.K. : Cuban communist party expels intellectual for exposing corruption-Prominent intellectual Esteban Morales published article criticising unnamed high-ranking officials-Rory Carroll -Friday 2 July 2010

    Cuba’s communist party has reportedly expelled a prominent intellectual for blowing the whistle on high-level corruption.
    Esteban Morales is said to have been “separated from the ranks” of the party over a bombshell article, which accused senior officials of looting the state before it crumbled.

    The Playa Municipal branch of the party has stripped Morales of his membership and the historian, a frequent commentator on state television, has disappeared from public view, the Havana Times reported.

    Morales broke taboos with an article in April that criticised unnamed, greedy apparatchiks. “It has become evident that there are people in government and state positions who are preparing a financial assault for when the revolution falls,” he wrote on the website of the state National Artists and Writers Union of Cuba.

    He claimed in the article that corruption from within threatened to destroy the 50-year-old communist state. “Others likely have everything ready to produce the transfer of state property into private hands, like what happened in the former Soviet Union.”

    The article quickly vanished from the site, but was copied and circulated among intellectuals and analysts.

    “To publish an attack on high-level corruption on a state-controlled website was fairly amazing,” said one European diplomat.

    Rumours of a corruption scandal involving Havana airport have been circulating for months. Rogelio Acevedo, the civil aviation minister, and Jorge Luis Sierra Cruz, the transport minister, have been fired. In addition to this, dozens of airport employees have been arrested, amid claims that state aircraft were used for private gain.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/02/cuba-communist-corruption-censorship

  14. Culerodefidel has posted many irrelevant, inane and decietful comments but these latest posts where she spins her version of the old testament and quotes Christ reach the heights of absurdity. You have to have a fair amount of what the jews call “chutzpah” or what cubans refer to as having “una cara dura” to pose as such a double-faced hypocrit. Culerodefidel the blogs defender of the criminal regime quoting Christ …. priceless. What else can we say about our shameless barby…

  15. Rudolph, I have not assumed anything, your words speak for themselves. We have seen many comments from so-called open-minded, impartial people claiming to be interested in what’s best for the the Cuban people. When those comments are accompanied by anti-American, anti-Cuban/American diatribes we know what the score is. You may call my comments “pure ignorance” but I smell a platitudes spouting rat and my sense of smell is pretty good.

    In any-case let’s humor you, your proposal is that the embargo be dropped along with the travel restrictions for Americans. How will this help the cuban youth? Will there be an accompanying liberalization and new respect for human rights by the regime towards it’s own citizens? Will there be free elections so the youth can participate in deciding their own fate? I dare say not. It will be business as usual more repression, more corruption, more trampling of human rights. The answer for Cuba is regime change my ruddy-nosed friend. That is the only answer, any changes to the status quo that allows the criminals to benefit by a windfall of new capital will only keep them in power longer and prolong the miserable existence most Cubans find themselves living. I am for the complete economic strangulation of the regime. Let them collapse under the weight of their own ineptitude, and their bankrupt, illegitimate and criminal policies. The castros have had it their way for much too long, it’s time to pay the piper.

  16. #22 – Jesus also said that His Kingdom was NOT of this world. He said that if we do not forgive we will NOT be forgiven, and that with the same stick we measure others we too will be measured. 1Corinthians 13 is a graphic road map to what God expects from us, if we say we love Him.

  17. Jesus Himself CHOOSE freely to be obedient & to accept what was to come w/full knowledge as a man.
    He choose to be the Lamb & untill his last moment of He CHOOSE FREELY, until His last breath … _”it is done”- He cried … _”Eli Eli … lama sabactani”- … perhaps warning us about what is to be separated from God … for eternity.
    We are free to choose our acceptance of God’s gift, our relationship w/God is individual & FREE … w/faith we choose FREELY to belive & by faith we freely accept His gift.
    I think Garcia Lorca wrote about what holds us in our tierra, la tierra de nuestros muertos …
    our memory & their lives … because we are tankfull, because we miss them … because by faith we hope we’ll see them again …
    We are free to choose …
    Viva Cuba Libre!!!

  18. AND OF COURSE THERE ARE NOOOO CUBAN SPIES IN THE U.S.A.! JUST WAIT! THIS STORY WILL GET EVEN MORE INTERESTING!

    ASSOCIATED PRESS:Prosecutors: NY suspect spilled Russia spy details-TOM HAYS and LARRY NEUMEISTER
    NEW YORK — Within hours of his capture, U.S. prosecutors say, Russian spy suspect Juan Lazaro admitted his name was an alias.

    So who is he? Lazaro wasn’t saying — not “even for his son,” court papers say.

    Lazaro’s admission — and defiance — was revealed Thursday by federal prosecutors arguing against bail for him, his wife and another couple with children. The U.S. government claims those defendants and seven others were part of a spy ring on assignment to infiltrate America’s cities and suburbs for the Russian intelligence service.

    Their cover was so deep, “there is no inkling at all that their children who they live with have any idea their parents are Russian agents,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Farbiarz told U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis.

    Farbiarz warned that a powerful and sophisticated network of U.S.-based Russian agents was eager to help defendants in the spy ring flee the country if they were released on bail.

    “There are a lot of Russian government officials in the United States who are actively assisting this conspiracy,” he said.

    The judge ruled that two defendants, Cynthia and Richard Murphy, should remain in custody because there was no other way to guarantee they would not flee since it’s unclear who they really are. But he set bail of $250,000 for Lazaro’s wife, prominent Spanish-language journalist Vicky Pelaez, a U.S. citizen born in Peru, saying she did not appear to be trained as a spy. The judge required electronic monitoring and home detention and said she would not be freed before Tuesday, giving prosecutors time to appeal.

    The judge ruled after Farbiarz said the evidence against the defendants continued to mount and the case was solid.

    “Judge, this is a case where the evidence is extraordinarily strong,” Farbiarz said. “Prosecutors don’t get cases like this very often.”

    The decision to set bail for one defendant came as police on the island nation of Cyprus searched airports, ports and yacht marinas to find a man who had been going by the name Christopher Metsos, who disappeared after a judge there freed him on $32,500 bail. Metsos failed to show up Wednesday for a required meeting with police. He was charged by U.S. authorities with supplying funds to the other members of the spy ring.

    In New York, prosecutors cited new evidence such as $80,000 in new $100 bills found in the safe-deposit box of the Murphys, who had been living in a Montclair, N.J., home paid for with money from the Russian intelligence service. Other evidence included the discovery of multiple cellular phones and currencies in a safe-deposit box and other “tools of the trade when they’re in this business,” Farbiarz said.

    He said the spy ring consisted of people who for decades had worked to Americanize themselves while engaging in secret global travel with false passports, secret code words, fake names, invisible ink, encrypted radio transmissions and techniques so sophisticated that prosecutors chose not to describe them in court papers.

    The prosecutors’ claims were countered by lawyers for several defendants who said their clients were harmless and should be released on bail.

    “It’s all hyperbole, your honor,” said attorney Donna Newman on behalf of Richard Murphy.

    Lawyers for Lazaro asked to postpone his bail hearing just hours after prosecutors revealed in a letter to the judge that their client had made incriminating statements.

    U.S. authorities said in their court filing that Lazaro made a lengthy statement after his Sunday arrest in which he discussed some details of the operation.

    Among other things, prosecutors said, he admitted that Juan Lazaro wasn’t his real name, that he wasn’t born in Uruguay, as he had long claimed, that his home in Yonkers had been paid for by Russian intelligence and that his wife had passed letters to the “Service” on his behalf.

    He also told investigators that even though he loved his son, “he would not violate his loyalty to the `Service’ even for his son,” three assistant U.S. attorneys wrote in a court memo. They added that Lazaro, who investigators claim spent at least part of his childhood in Siberia, also wouldn’t reveal his true name.

    Earlier in the day, the lawyer for another suspect, Donald Heathfield, told a judge the case against his client was “extremely thin.”

    “It essentially suggests that they successfully infiltrated neighborhoods, cocktail parties and the PTA,” attorney Peter Krupp said.

    A judge in a federal court in Boston gave Heathfield and his wife, Tracey Lee Ann Foley, of Cambridge, Mass., until July 16 to prepare for a bail hearing.

    Not due in court Thursday was Anna Chapman, the spy suspect whose heavy presence on the Internet and New York party scene has made her a tabloid sensation. She was previously ordered held without bail. Her lawyer said the case against her is weak, and her mother said she’s innocent.

    A magistrate judge in Alexandria, Va., postponed a Thursday hearing for three other people accused of being foreign agents and rescheduled it for Friday.

    Associated Press writers Denise Lavoie in Boston, Kathleen Miller in Alexandria, Va., Karen Matthews in New York and Menelaos Hadijcostis in Nicosia, Cyprus, contributed to this report.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gSTjY6vW9Srl8ZH4JZ_SlkMlf41AD9GMPEK00

  19. Well, Yubano, et. al., assuming that I have other “motivations” is pure ignorance. I have no other motivation other than to see the end of suffering for people all over this globe. Human rights violations happen everywhere. We could sit here and discuss that topic for days on end. The prisoners in Cuba should all be free. I agree. As for what I would suggest, well I’d start with direct dialogue between people from this nation and all nations who want to see change in Cuba. I also would encourage travel to Cuba and see for yourselves what the people go through and what they are like. I think that is the key. More human contact with those outside who can encourage them and help them strive for better solutions. I do not think the embargo is good and I don’t think there is any use for it anymore. Without it, the government has no crutch. It will force openness. We should push for a lift on the ban. But, my only concern is that the aim of people who only criticize the regime or the policies, or the system, have missed the human element involved. Those who have no voice still have no voice. People writing blogs don’t do squat. That is “self propaganda.” Not interested in it. What happened to going beyond the self? How about going over there and helping the youth? Sending materials and goods. We do it for other countries. Why not Cuba? Why should the people suffer because we don’t agree with the system in place? I don’t agree with that mentality. It’s selfish. Plain and simple.

  20. EXPATICA.COM: Human rights on agenda of Moratinos Cuba visit-01/07/2010

    Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said Thursday he would visit Cuba next week to speak about human rights and support mediation efforts launched by the Roman Catholic Church.

    “I will be visiting Cuba Monday and Tuesday,” he told Cadena Ser radio, adding that the aim was to “pursue every effort at dialogue to improve the human rights situation and the process of reform” on the communist-ruled island.

    Moratinos singled out the recent successes of the Church with regard to political prisoners, saying, “I am convinced there will be positive results with regard to human rights” in Cuba.

    Last month Havana released an ailing political prisoner, Ariel Sigler, and transferred 12 other detainees to facilities in their home provinces following unprecedented dialogue between Cuban President Raul Castro and Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega.

    Shortly afterwards Vatican Foreign Minister Dominique Mamberti described evolving relations between Roman Catholic Church and Cuba as “very positive,” on a visit commemorating the 75th anniversary of ties.

    Jailed dissident physician Darsi Ferrer was also released in June after serving 11 months of a 15-month jail sentence for illegally purchasing construction materials — charges his family said were trumped up.

    Imprisoned several times for heading protest movements, Ferrer in April went on a three-week hunger strike to demand a fair trial and medical attention. His cause was taken up by several Western nations.

    Moratinos said that another dissident, Guillermo Farinas, was in a serious condition after launching a hunger strike four months ago to secure the release of 26 sick detainees.

    Farinas stopped taking food the day after leading dissident Orlando Zapata died on February 23 as the result of an 85-day hunger strike.

    The Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Commission (CCDHRN) — an outlawed but tolerated group — estimates there are some 200 political prisoners in the Caribbean nation of more than 11 million people.

    Cuban authorities consider them a threat to national security, and claim the prisoners are “mercenaries” on Washington’s pay, out to smear the Cuban government.

    During its just-ended tenure of the European Union’s rotating presidency Spain urged that full relations with Cuba be restored, but it met with resistance from other countries in the 27-nation bloc.

    EU foreign ministers decided to look at the question again in September.

    The “common position” at present is to insist that Cuba make progress on human rights and democracy before ties are normalised, diplomats said.

    Spain has argued that the EU position has yielded few results since it was adopted in 1996 and should be abandoned.

    http://www.expatica.com/es/news/spanish-news/human-rights-on-agenda-of-moratinos-cuba-visit_80577.html

  21. Rodolfo! All that I post is information/articles from varied international press sources! If you are attacking me about that then you are attacking freedom of the press!

  22. Anyone who considers anything culerodefidel says as impartial is not to be taken as credible or impartial. In anycase my red-nosed friend even though you have come in to the forum throwing rocks lets assume for the moment that you are sincere and maybe haven’t read enough of the castro-loving culerofefidel’s comments. You ask for foresight and want to know what can be done for the people. Let’s hear what your ideas are. What would you do? By-the-way, how is it possible to look at the situation in Cuba in an impartial way? I suggest that your call for impartiality is a red-herring, and a cover for other motivations. But lets’s allow you to unmask yourself.

  23. Well said Barbara. Finally, somebody who is impartial. We need forthsight. Not nearsidedness like Humberto and the rest of the Castro haters. Not that he merits love from me, but the people is what they should be focusing on. They never have answers or solutions for the people who are there now. We have to give them some encouragement. Instead, most just spew out hatred for communism, or Fidel, or what happened to them under Fidel. Or well and fine. But what next? When does it begin to be about the people and what we should do for them? Answer me that sirs?

  24. My pleasure Simba, glad to hear you enjoyed at least one of my off the topic posts.

  25. Simba Sez: Yubano Realizing that you do not particular care for what I say from time to time on this blog, I yet enjoy some of your comments. You just gave me a nice little chuckle with the advent of the dumb and dumbir show. Thanks for the first giggle I’ve had all day.

  26. Culerodefidel is having an identity crisis or maybe a breakdown. We have witnessed her talking in tongues today as she quoted and interpreted the old testament for us, and now she is babbling about the batista era (again)in spanish. This is the same barbara culerodefidel (or maybe an alter ego) who in the past chastized us for posting in spanish. By-the-way culerodefidel, where is your partner in crime dumbir? We are looking forward to the next installment of the dumb (bc) and dumbir show.

  27. So CulerodeFidel! What do you think of the Amnesty International Report?
    F U A C A T A!

    AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Restrictions to freedom of expression create climate of fear in Cuba-30 June 2010
    Cuba’s repressive legal system has created a climate of fear among journalists, dissidents and activists, putting them at risk of arbitrary arrest and harassment by the authorities, Amnesty International said in a report released on Wednesday.

    The report Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Cuba highlights provisions in the legal system and government practices that restrict information provided to the media and which have been used to detain and prosecute hundreds of critics of the government.

    “The laws are so vague that almost any act of dissent can be deemed criminal in some way, making it very difficult for activists to speak out against the government. There is an urgent need for reform to make all human rights a reality for all Cubans,” said Kerrie Howard, Deputy Americas Director at Amnesty International.

    The Cuban government has sought to justify its failure to protect human rights by pointing to the negative effects of the embargo imposed by the US.

    “It is clear that the US embargo has had a negative impact on the country but it is frankly a lame excuse for violating the rights of the Cuban people,” said Kerrie Howard. “The government needs to find solutions to end human right violations, instead of excuses to perpetrate them.”

    Amnesty International called on the Cuban government to revoke or amend legal provisions that unlawfully limit freedom of expression, end harassment of dissidents, release all prisoners of conscience, and allow free exchange of information through the internet and other media.

    “The release of all prisoners of conscience and the end of harassment of dissidents are measures that the Cuban government must take immediately and unconditionally,” said Kerrie Howard.

    “However, to honour its commitment to human rights, Cuba must also dismantle the repressive machinery built up over decades, and implement the reforms needed to make human rights a reality for all Cubans.”

    http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/report/restrictions-freedom-expression-create-climate-fear-cuba-2010-06-30

  28. Un abuelito mío tenia una tienda, y la policía descarada de Batista y sus militares esbirros lo arruinaron con sus fiestas; para las cuales le quitaban todo el ron y los mandados de sus antojos, sin pagar un quilo prieto.

    El otro abuelito tenia fincas y también los esbirros de Batista le quitaban sacos de arroz, y de todo lo que les daba sus ganas cuantas veces se les antojaban; sin pagar.

    Y no por causa de un proyecto social (estén de acuerdo o no) para el bien común donde por lo menos todos igualmente tendrían acceso a la medicina, la educación y las artes.

    Mi abuelita tenia cáncer, y un señor que había vivido de gratis en las tierras de mis abuelitos toda una vida, que se convirtió en revolucionario después del triunfo de la revolución; sin jamás haberse desvelado en las lomas o sin jamás haber ayudado a ningún rebelde, termina dueño del camión de mi abuelo; y le pasaba por la carretera cuando la pobrecita tenia que caminar muy lejos, le pitaba y se reía; pero nunca le ofrecía llevarla a ninguna parte. Hay oportunistas sadistas dondequiera.

    Ahora, ¿es justo culpar a Fidel o la revolución por ese tipo tan vil y desprovisto de todo sentimiento de decencia? Nos conviene ser honestos en nuestras criticas, mirar hacia el futuro, pero para atrás solo para aprender de lo bueno y lo malo que como pueblo hemos sido. Pero el odio y la amargura solo enferman y no procuran lo deseable para la posteridad.

  29. The boys from habana are deperately grasping at straws, their resident mothpiece is now quoting and interpretting old testament verse … that’s precious. Be careful culerodefidel, your anti-semitic bosses may not be too keen on you straying from the party line with your biblical quotes.

  30. GO ROBERTICO! GO ROBERTICO!!

    THE HILL’S BLOG BREEFING ROOM! Menendez promises to block repeal of Cuba travel ban
    By Kevin Bogardus – 06/30/10 03:13 PM ET
    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) pledged Wednesday to block a House bill that would repeal the American travel ban to Cuba as well as boost U.S. farm exports to the island nation.

    In a statement, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman said the bill would help prop up the Castro regime, which “denies its own people basic human rights,” and should not become law.

    “I oppose and will filibuster any attempt to pass the bill in the Senate. The big corporate interests behind this bill couldn’t care less about whether the Cuban people are free or not — they only care about padding their profits by opening up a new market,” Menendez said. “Repression is repression and dictatorships are dictatorships, no matter where they are located or whether you want to use their resorts.”

    Authored by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, the bill has 62 co-sponsors. It was being marked up Wednesday afternoon in the House Agriculture Committee, where Peterson said he was confident that the bill would pass. The next step for the legislation would be a House floor vote.

    Cuba has been under a U.S. trade embargo since 1960. The bill would repeal the long-time travel ban to Cuba for Americans as well as remove some restrictions on transactions between American and Cuban banks, which should encourage more agriculture exports to enter the country.

    A number of business associations, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are lobbying in favor of the bill.

    Menendez, a Cuban-American, has often taken a hard line against opening up trade with Cuba. In 2009, he held up the omnibus appropriations bill over the loosening of some travel restrictions to Cuba.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/106483-menendez-promises-to-block-repeal-of-cuba-travel-ban

  31. John – There have been many Jews since that have also been save bcause they believed the Word:

    Roman 10:1, 2, 8-11:

    Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved.

    For I bear them record that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. But what saith it? “The Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart,” that is, the word of faith which we preach:

    that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

    For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

    For the Scripture saith, “Whosoever believeth in Him shall not be ashamed.”

    Romans 11

    1 I say then, Did God cast off his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
    2 God did not cast off his people which he foreknew. Or know ye not what the scripture saith of Elijah? how he pleadeth with God against Israel:
    3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
    4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have left for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.

    5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. (They usually call themselves Messianic jews – Jews who believe in Jesus their Messiah)

    6 But if it is by grace, it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.
    7 What then? that which Israel seeketh for, that he obtained not; but the election obtained it, and the rest were hardened:
    8 according as it is written, God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear, unto this very day.
    9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, And a stumbling block, and a recompense unto them:
    10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, And bow thou down their back always.
    11 I say then, Did they stumble that they might fall? God forbid: but by their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy.
    12 Now if their fall, is the riches of the world, and their loss the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
    13 But I speak to you that are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I glorify my ministry;
    14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy them that are my flesh, and may save some of them.
    15 For if the casting away of them is the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
    16 And if the first-fruit is holy, so is the lump: and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
    17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and thou, being a wild olive, wast grafted in among them, and didst become partaker with them of the root of the fatness of the olive tree;
    18 glory not over the branches: but if thou gloriest, it is not thou that bearest the root, but the root thee.
    19 Thou wilt say then, Branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.
    20 Well; by their unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by thy faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
    21 for if God spared not the natural branches, neither will he spare thee.
    22 Behold then the goodness and severity of God: toward them that fell, severity; but toward thee, God’s goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
    23 And they also, if they continue not in their unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
    24 For if thou wast cut out of that which is by nature a wild olive tree, and wast grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree; how much more shall these, which are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
    25 For I would not, brethren, have you ignorant of this mystery, lest ye be wise in your own conceits, that a hardening in part hath befallen Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in;
    26 and so all Israel shall be saved: even as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer; He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
    27 And this is my covenant unto them, When I shall take away their sins.

    ***
    “God listens to the prayers of all”
    1 Peter 3:12
    For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
    ***
    “A Christian should keep an open mind to the love and grace of God for us sinners.”
    I agree; it’s not His will that any should persih; but it is Jesus who said,
    ‘Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.
    14″For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.’ (Matthew 7:13,14)
    The bottom line in God’s Word is that Christ must be accepted or rejected.
    The Old Testament was a pact; a contract if you will, established upon the law. The jews were given that law and were the only ones privy to the covenant which clearly established a blessing or a curse, depending on their adherence to the law.
    Once Chrsit fulfills the laws and the prophets, Jews, Greeks, anyone else who believes can enter into covenant and fellowship with God through the grace offered at the cross, where Chrsit bore each of our sins. If we accept His offer by faith, and enter into covenant with Him not by our works, but by His grace(accept His gift of eternal life), then we will be saved.

  32. barby culerodefidel’s comments are a series of non-sequitirs, they are as absurd, non-sensical, out-of-context and irrelevant as she is.

  33. 4Yubano

    Barbara has become a preacher!!!!!!!!!!!!…LO ULTIMO QUE ME FALTABA POR VER…….

  34. ***
    HI BARBARA CURBELO–#2. Yes–the Bible says that Christ is the only pathway to Heaven. But after Jesus’s death he descended to the place of the dead and saved those who would have been lost. This is also stated in the Catholic and Protestant Creeds.
    ***
    God listens to the prayers of all. The Jews pray to Him–and trust in Him. Will He abandon them? Lessons from the Old and New Testaments show the Lord with forgiveness for all–He will take care of this problem. Read about Abraham’s “negotiations” with God at Sodom and Gomorrah. Or read about Jonah and the King of Ninevah.
    ***
    The Old Testament Jews were very legalistic–and Jesus was rejected by many of them. A Christian should keep an open mind to the love and grace of God for us sinners.
    ***
    HOLA BARBARA CURBELO–#2. Si–La Biblia dice que Christo es el unico camino al Cielo. Pero despues de la muerte de Jesus descendio al lugar de los muertos y salvo los quienes estuvieran perdido. Tambien eso es dicho en los Credos Catholicos y Prostestantes.
    ***
    Dios oye los oraciones de todos. Los Judios oran a El–y confian en El. Va abandonarlos? Lecciones del Testamento Viejo y Nuevo ensenan el Senor con perdon por todos–El va arreglar esta problema. Lea de los “negociaciones” de Abraham con Dios a Sodom y Gomorrah. O lea de Jonah y el Rey de Ninevah.
    ***
    Los Judios del Testamiento Viejo fueran muy legalistias–y muchos de ellos rechachazan a Jesus. Un Christiano debia mantener un mente abierto al amor y gracia de Dios por nosotros pecadores.
    ***
    John Bibb
    ***

  35. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Restrictions to freedom of expression create climate of fear in Cuba-30 June 2010
    Cuba’s repressive legal system has created a climate of fear among journalists, dissidents and activists, putting them at risk of arbitrary arrest and harassment by the authorities, Amnesty International said in a report released on Wednesday.

    The report Restrictions on Freedom of Expression in Cuba highlights provisions in the legal system and government practices that restrict information provided to the media and which have been used to detain and prosecute hundreds of critics of the government.

    “The laws are so vague that almost any act of dissent can be deemed criminal in some way, making it very difficult for activists to speak out against the government. There is an urgent need for reform to make all human rights a reality for all Cubans,” said Kerrie Howard, Deputy Americas Director at Amnesty International.

    Yosvani Anzardo Hernández, the director of the Candonga online newspaper, is one of many Cuban independent journalists who have been arbitrarily arrested, interrogated and intimidated by the authorities.

    In September 2009 he was arbitrarily detained for 14 days, before being released without charge. At the time, police also confiscated his computer, which hosted the website, and disconnected his telephone line.

    Although Yosvani Anzardo is resigned to not continuing with the site, he still does not understand why it was closed. “We were hoping that the government understood that what we were doing was exercising a right, we didn’t hurt anyone,” said the journalist. “We tried very hard to give information about what was happening in the country. They [the authorities] considered this to be dangerous.”

    The Cuban state has a virtual monopoly on media while demanding that all journalists join the national journalists’ association, which is in turn controlled by the Communist Party.

    The authorities have also put in place filters restricting access to blogs that openly criticize the government and restrictions on fundamental freedoms.

    The Cuban Constitution goes even further in curbing freedom of expression by stating that “[n]one of the freedoms which are recognized for citizens can be exercised contrary to what is established in the Constitution and law, or contrary to the existence and objectives of the socialist state, or contrary to the decision of the Cuban people to build socialism and communism.”

    The Penal code specifies a range of vague criminal charges that can also be used to stifle dissent, such as “social dangerousness”, “enemy propaganda”, “contempt of authority”, “resistance”, “defamation of national institutions” and “clandestine printing”.

    Provisions of Law 88 on the Protection of National Independence and the Economy of Cuba have also been used to repress criticism and punish dissidents who work with foreign media.

    With a judiciary that is neither independent, nor impartial, critics of the government find that an unlimited range of acts can be interpreted as criminal and end up facing trials that are often summary and unfair.

    Cuban authorities deny the existence of political prisoners in the country but Amnesty International knows of at least 53 prisoners of conscience who remain incarcerated in the country for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression, association and assembly.

    One of 75 dissidents arrested in the “Black Spring” crackdown in 2003, independent journalist Pablo Pacheco Avila, was sentenced to a 20-year jail term for writing articles for foreign and online newspapers, being interviewed by foreign radio stations, and publishing information via the internet.

    Despite some prisoners of conscience being released on health grounds, including Ariel Sigler Amaya in June 2010, most of them, including Pablo Pacheco Avila, are still imprisoned.

    The Cuban government has sought to justify its failure to protect human rights by pointing to the negative effects of the embargo imposed by the US.

    “It is clear that the US embargo has had a negative impact on the country but it is frankly a lame excuse for violating the rights of the Cuban people,” said Kerrie Howard. “The government needs to find solutions to end human right violations, instead of excuses to perpetrate them.”

    Amnesty International called on the Cuban government to revoke or amend legal provisions that unlawfully limit freedom of expression, end harassment of dissidents, release all prisoners of conscience, and allow free exchange of information through the internet and other media.

    “The release of all prisoners of conscience and the end of harassment of dissidents are measures that the Cuban government must take immediately and unconditionally,” said Kerrie Howard.

    “However, to honour its commitment to human rights, Cuba must also dismantle the repressive machinery built up over decades, and implement the reforms needed to make human rights a reality for all Cubans.”

    http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/report/restrictions-freedom-expression-create-climate-fear-cuba-2010-06-30

  36. Johm Bibb – “And for Christians and Jews–we will see them in the new life that Jesus promised us.” How do you explain that if Jews do not believe Christ is Messiah; and Christ said NO MAN comes to the Father but by ME? He also said,
    “I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven;
    but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
    Just curious…

  37. ***
    Our deceased family members live in our memories–and in their children and grandchildren. And for Christians and Jews–we will see them in the new life that Jesus promised us. I hope most Cubans still have their faith. Evil governments replace God with the state.
    ***
    Nuestras familiares muertos viven en nuestras memorias–y en sus hijos y nietos. Y por los Christianos y Judios–vamos verlos en la vida nueva que nos prometio Jesus. Ojala que los Cubanos ya tienen su fe. Malos goviernos replascan Dios con el estado.
    ***
    Rocketman
    ***

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