From Honey to Bile

He was wearing a cap pulled down over his ears, but I still recognized in his face the features of the former vice president. Carlos Lage passed in front of me at the intersections of Infanta and Manglar streets with that gait typical of the deposed, a cadence fallen into when all hope of vindication has been lost. I felt bad for him, not because he was walking in the sun when so recently he had had a chauffeur, but because everyone looked at him with a punishing silence, a look of revenge. A woman passed me and I heard her say, “Poor thing, look who had to do all the dirty work and in the end they did this to him.”

A year and a half after the dismissal of Carlos Lage and Felipe Pérez Roque, we still don’t know what led to their political ruin. In an unusual display of discretion, the video shown to Communist Party members — explaining the motives for their sudden fall from grace — has never filtered out to the alternative information networks. Nor did they convince us with  photos where the two of them are at a party drinking beer and smiling; if that were cause enough to lose your position there wouldn’t be a single minister at his post and the presidential chair would be vacant. The phrase written by Fidel Castro in one of his Reflections — that both the foreign minister and the vice president had become addicted to “the honey of power” — seems more like the confession of someone who knows all too well the royal jelly of a government with no limits on the explanations of errors committed by others. So we are left without knowing why, this time, Saturn devoured his children, with that aftertaste of someone who is eating the final litter, the generation that might replace him.

I felt compassion for Carlos Lage, seeing him with his cap pulled down over his face as he hurried past to avoid being noticed. I had the impulse to call out to him to say that his expulsion had saved him from a future of ridicule and made him a free man. But he went by too quickly, the asphalt gave off so much heat, and that woman looked at him with such mockery, I only managed to cross the sidewalk. I left the ousted one with his loneliness, but believe me, I wanted to sidle up to him and whisper: don’t be sad, getting the boot, in fact, is what saved you.


34 thoughts on “From Honey to Bile

  1. I am greatly surprised that the “cuban 5” have not yet started a hunger strike.
    For all the ill treatment they are suffering at the hands of the enemy, in the harsh accomodations they survive in: three squares, medical care,entertainment, mail & unbiased law representation.
    This heroes suffering has to motivate them to a hunger strike, to demostrate the conviction of their beliefs, the strength of their hearts & their support for castro’s rebolution …
    On the other hand … perhaps they have it to good to jeopardize their present status …

  2. I know I’ve mentioned this before on this forum, so for those of you that read it the first time my apologies. On the topic of the potential release of the 5 castro inspired stooges being released I’d like to bring up the case of Jonathan Pollard. Pollard is an American citizen who spied for Israel and was caught,convicted and imprisoned since 1987. He received a life sentence and despite unrelenting pressure from Isreal and Jewish-American groups he has not been released. I think this is relevant to the case of the cuban convicted spies in that it is precedent setting. Swapping of un-convicted spies is one thing as in the recent case of the Russian spies who were caught and deported, but releasing a convicted criminal from prison for political reasons is unprecedented and would stand as a symbol of the subversion of our judicial system. If Jonathan Pollard has not been released to a friendly nation, Isreal. A nation with much more political import to the US than Cuba, what makes anyone think this administration or any administration would resort to subverting it’s own judicial system for the purposes of coddling the dictator(s)of a banana republic.

  3. Simba Sez: I know little about law, but the United States regularly negotiates with Cuba, North Korea, and Iran about matters. All, of course, are considered to be terrorist nations by the United States. It may not be done at the highest levels, but it certainly is on a lower level basis. There have been several occasions of brief meetings about Gross with Cuba. There have been any number of negotiations with North Korea about nuclear weapons ambitions on a high level.

  4. Yubano: I hope your right when you say that such exchange may not take place and I agree with you, I too would loose faith if they even consider releasing those convicts, it would give the evil dictators over there the upper hand. Maybe Im delusional or crazy, but if memory serves me right I could have sworn that I read in one of serval law books that the United States can not negotiate with a country that is on the list of terrorist countries like Cuba is, the five were convicted of committing and participating in serious crimes against the United States and to think that releasing them would even be a thought, oh man, what a disgrace that would be.

  5. Thanks for the info Humberto, interesting, well put , its a shame they got Gross, they can’t possibly compare what he did to what the five spies did and caused in any which way or form, I guess we will all anxiously wait for the outcome of all this which hopefully does not lead to the release of the CONVICTED 5. Thnks again.

  6. The following URL will take you to the website of the local TV station that interviewed Edgerton Levi Lopez the former cuban intelligence operative I mentioned in my last post. The interview was conducted in spanish and there are no subtitles or translations. Mr. Levi states that he was motivated to go public because of the cynical propaganda campaign on the part of the castro regime to paint the 5 criminals as heroic figures fighting terrorism.

  7. Micki

    Like you I believe it would be shameful and a mockery of our judicial system if Obama were to agree to any prisoner swap. The five “heroes” as the degenerates in Cuba call them are nothing more than common criminals whose convictions have been reviewed and upheld by the appellate court system and the US Supreme Court, who refused to reconsider the case. In the last two weeks a former operative of cuban intelligence has disclosed publically that he was in Miami in the 1990s and was tasked to work with the members of the Red Avispa network of which these 5 “heroes” were a part. Mr. Levi has stated in no uncertain terms that the network’s primary mission was the infiltration of US military facilities, not as the castro propaganda machine would have us believe, to combat “terrorism” against cuba. Some in the group of 5 were implicated and convicted of being complicit in the pre-meditated murder of the Brothers to Rescue pilots that were shot down by cuban migs. It is shameful enough to see Americans like Sean Penn and Danny Glover speak publically in defense of these criminals but to exchange the criminals for Mr. Gross, a man on a humanitarian mission would be a truly disgraceful act. Despite my lack of faith in Mr. Obama I do not believe that any such exchange will take place.

  8. Micki,

    I have been saying that for over 9 months, everything is pointing that way.But here is a great article about possible scenarios.

    Reuters: Scenarios – U.S. contractor jailed in Cuba still in limbo

    – American Alan Gross has been jailed in Cuba for almost 11 months on suspicions of spying. He has not yet been charged with a crime, but there is no sign Cuba plans to release him anytime soon.
    Cuban officials say he may have been a spy and that he distributed satellite communications equipment to dissidents, but the United States insists he was only setting up Internet connections for Jewish groups.

    Gross, 61, was working as a contractor for Maryland-based company DAI under a controversial program by the U.S. Agency for International Development to promote democracy in Cuba.

    The case is fraught with the bitter politics that have marked U.S.-Cuba relations since the 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in power.

    Here are some scenarios on how this case plays out:


    The Cuban government releases Gross with no strings attached after wife Judy Gross reveals their daughter has breast cancer and needs her father home. For Cuba, it would be a way to burnish the humanitarian image it likes to project by sending doctors around the world to medically underserved countries or to stricken areas for emergency aid. But the communist-led government may not be in charitable mood toward the United States, which has rejected Cuba’s repeated calls to release five Cuban agents held in U.S. prisons since 1998 after what Havana considers an unjust trial. The case barely causes a ripple in the United States, but the return of what are known as the “Five Heroes” in Cuba is a constant topic in Cuba’s state-run media and government pronouncements.

    Making matters worse from Cuba’s perspective, the United States has never let the wives of two of the agents visit their husbands in prison, on grounds they, too, were involved in Cuba’s spy services. Cuba allowed Judy Gross to come to the island to visit her husband in late July, and that may be as charitable as it gets.

    There is also the possibility, probably remote, that Cuba could let Gross go because it decided there was nothing to be gained by holding him, or even that he had done nothing wrong.


    Cuba sends Gross home in exchange for the release of the Cuban Five. This has been suggested by some, speculated about by others and flatly denied as a possibility by the U.S. government. Some believe a swap would make sense, given questions about the prosecution of the five agents, who were rounded up after Cuba shot down two private planes flown by anti-Castro Cuban exiles from the United States in 1996. But it would require that U.S. President Barack Obama commute their sentences, which would be bitterly opposed by the mostly Cuban-American anti-Castro groups and lawmakers who have held sway over U.S.-Cuba policy for decades. They wield considerable clout in Washington and politically important Florida and so far, Obama has not been willing to spend much political capital on Cuba matters.

    There has been speculation the Cuban government might hand over Gross in exchange for assurances Washington would halt the kinds of programs he was involved in. Cuba views them as part of the United States’ long campaign to topple the communist government. But the programs have proven durable in Washington, where they are pitched as another blow for democracy in Cuba, and stopping them would likely produce political problems for Obama.

    Some think Cuba would be disposed to free Gross if Obama eases travel restrictions on Americans going to Cuba. It was reported in August he was about to do so by allowing academics, corporate officials, humanitarian groups and athletic teams to travel more freely to the island 90 miles from Florida. But whatever was in the works has not happened yet. Even if it comes to pass, Cuba may view it as too small a step to warrant a response.

    Last year, Obama removed restrictions on Cuban-American travel to Cuba, lifted limits on remittances sent to the island and initiated talks on migration and postal service. The Cubans said the changes were welcome, but small potatoes because the 48-year-old U.S. trade embargo against the Caribbean island remains in place.


    Gross remains in jail, possibly after finally being charged with a crime, tried and found guilty. Under Cuban law, he could be sentenced to as much as eight years in prison for distributing equipment supplied by the U.S. government. That is the worst-case scenario, but a definite possibility because it could take a big concession by the United States to free Gross, which currently looks unlikely.

    U.S.-Cuba relations had warmed slightly under the Obama administration, but the United States has taken the position that no major initiatives will be undertaken with Cuba as long as Gross is held. So a lengthy stay behind bars would mean that Washington and Havana would remain where they have been for five decades — stubbornly at odds. It has long been speculated that is what the Cuban government really wants, but it insists otherwise. Some U.S. groups prefer the status quo over any accommodation with a Castro-led Cuba.

    (Editing by Peter Cooney)

  9. Could it be true that they are considering the release of the five Cuban spies in exchange for the American that is being detained in Cuba? Say it isn’t so, that would be a slap in the face if they do that.

  10. I been thinking …
    Since Lage has apparently fallen from grace, perhaps because the influences of the “honey of power” what did really happened?
    Perhaps the base of all ideologies & beliefs is a choice.
    If so, choice is among the most important of our human rights, our human condition however is fallible, as humans we may agree w/one another in principle, but our individuality is what makes our choices unique.
    What if choice is made from deep within our selves?
    What if for all our intelectual power or reasoning, our knowledge of history & everything else, we make our choices influenced & including every “weakness” of our individuality say like:
    what is in it for ME?
    how will it affect MY life?
    what is it going to cost ME?
    Then if the would be leader, by force of arms or ballot manages to answer those three questions to my satisfaction … he/she will be in power.
    The funny thing is: by doing & tolerating that … the respect for my individuality erodes & is perhasp bought rather cheap.
    The would be leader may well be insulting my intelligence by assuming he/she knows what I “want to hear” if I accept … I have chosen him/her … then what?
    If I am forced to accept even if I dont’ believe … then what?
    The would be leader has chosen to be in power, he/she wants it regardless of how he/she gets it.
    Does it sound right? is it right?
    Now … if there were to be checks & balances in place (as perfect as we human are :-) & have been) & if there are in place guarantees to individuality & to freedom of choice would it make a difference?

  11. Cubans vote with their feet when they escape from Dr. Castro’s island paradise. There are 1.7 millions Cuban-Americans living in the US, and 600,000 Cubans in the rest of the world, for a total of 2.3 millions. The actual population in Cuba is 11.4 millions. The 2.3 millions living abroad represent 20% of the population in the island.


    NEW YORK TIMES: Philharmonic Renews Effort on Cuba-By DANIEL J. WAKIN-October 27, 2010

    The New York Philharmonic canceled a trip to Havana last year because the United States government refused to allow its wealthy patrons to go along, saying they would essentially be tourists. That violates sanctions banning most travel to Cuba.

    So the Philharmonic quietly resubmitted its application, this time adding a children’s concert and Kidzone beforehand and stating that the patrons would be involved in the activities, officials at the orchestra and in Washington said in recent interviews.

    The latest application was submitted in July, but the Treasury Department — which issues licenses for travel to Cuba with guidance from the State Department — has taken no action. The Philharmonic had hoped to go in early February, when it has a hole in its schedule.

    But Zarin Mehta, the orchestra’s president and executive director, said that with only several months to plan, a February visit appears unlikely. He expressed some frustration with the delay. In September the orchestra had to cancel a trip to the Republic of Georgia as part of its current European tour when the Georgian government withdrew the invitation.

    “It is close to the wire,” Mr. Mehta said last week, just before the orchestra left on the tour. “I have a feeling February is not going to happen because I don’t think we’ll get the approval from Washington in time.”

    A senior Obama administration official said that — as opposed to the original request — the new application was “more compliant” with licensing rules, which allow Americans to visit Cuba for cultural and educational reasons. “We are trying to be supportive,” said the official — who lacked authorization to speak publicly and so commented on condition of anonymity — “because the performance is consistent with our broader strategy of increasing people-to-people exchanges with Cuba. But it is not a done deal.”

    The administration wants to increase opportunities for Americans to travel to Cuba as a way of encouraging contact among people in the two countries while stopping short of ending the long embargo.

    While the Philharmonic has sought to visit Cuba for more than a year, it is now falling behind other New York cultural institutions making their way there. American Ballet Theater and a contingent of dancers from the New York City Ballet are appearing at the International Ballet Festival of Havana, which starts this week. Jazz at Lincoln Center sent its in-house orchestra this month. The Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra will visit in December.

    The Philharmonic insisted that it bring its patrons, who would pay for the orchestra’s visit. Mr. Mehta said orchestra officials asked themselves how the patrons could fit within Treasury Department guidelines for who may travel to Cuba. “We said: ‘Well, education. We need people to run the Kidzone,’ ” he recounted.

    The Kidzone, which would be outdoors, would have stations to try out instruments and compose music, among other activities. Mr. Mehta said the patrons would help with seating, maintain lines at the education stations, write on whiteboards and serve as hosts. “The people who go on this trip will have a crash course in what’s going to happen,” he said. “It’s not very difficult.”

    The proposal creates the prospect of the orchestra’s well-heeled supporters, more used to Wall Street offices and Park Avenue co-ops, holding little Cuban hands and shepherding children about. Philharmonic officials said about 100 patrons would go along, as part of a 285-member contingent.

    “It’s crowd control, being pleasant, encouragement,” Mr. Mehta said. “It’s really representing the New York Philharmonic.”

    The orchestra has received some support in Washington for the Cuba excursion. Senator Byron L. Dorgan, the North Dakota Democrat who has helped introduce a bill to lift the travel ban on Cuba, spoke on the Senate floor in late September in favor of the trip. He noted that the Philharmonic had traveled to other sensitive spots in recent years and to the Soviet Union during the cold war.

    “This makes no sense to me, to decide that the way we are going to conduct diplomacy is to prevent our Philharmonic orchestra from playing in Havana, Cuba, given the fact they have played in the capital of North Korea, in Russia, in Vietnam and more,” he said.

    In an interview Senator Dorgan said he had spoken to the secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, within the past six weeks, and both were “generally positive” about the Philharmonic’s request.

    “Deep in the bowels of the bureaucracy the application has not yet been approved,” Senator Dorgan said. “I have been repeatedly on the phone pushing and also frustrated that it has not yet been done. I don’t know what has been holding it up.”

    Mark Landler contributed reporting from Washington.


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  14. Another propaganda spewing stooge appears in the blog with disinformation to deflect the focus away from the true source of Cuba’s ills. After 52 years of destructive, repressive and murderous behavior on the part of the castros and their cronies there is still no shortage of sycophants, left-wing losers, anti-American blowhards and ignorant fools coming to the defense of the catastrophe that is the Cuba. We will assume that Frank Herbert is not misinformed but just another cynical defender of the castros. Mr. Herbert don’t let the facts interfere with your disinformation. In today’s “blockaded” Cuba the regime buys millions of dollars of poultry, produce and other consumable products from United States, more than any other country in world except Brazil. Expatriot Cubans, mostly Cuban-Americans supply Cuba with an enormous amount of money on a yearly basis in the form of remitances sent to family members in Cuba, totalling in the hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars. That’s a most peculiar blockade/embargo. By-the-way Mr. Herbert what’s keeping you from moving permantly to Cuba so you can join Mr. Lage as a free man in the workers paradise of your idol/idle fidel?

    NOTE: All figures are in millions of U.S. dollars on a nominal basis, not seasonally adjusted unless otherwise specified.

    2010- 271.1 million
    2009- 532.8 million
    2008- 711.5 million
    2007- 447.1 million

    In a recent report on Cuban economic development
    and prospects, the United Nations Economic Commission
    for Latin America (Comisión Económica
    para América Latina y el Caribe, CEPAL) estimated
    that remittances to the island from residents in the
    United States amounted to $900 million in 2003,
    roughly 3% of the country’s gross domestic product,
    further stating that such remittances “had determinative
    influence on the country’s financial stability and
    on the level of consumption of households”

  16. The Revolution devours its own sons. History keeps repeating; leaders are carried to the guillotine.

    As is customary with ousted officials in Stalinist regimes, both dutifully issued their public “mea culpa” in the Cuban government press after Fidel Castro wrote an article in Cuba’s official press claiming that they had succumbed to the “honey of power,” and stating that “the external enemy was filled with illusions for them.”

    My opinion is that their ouster was a defensive move by a decrepit dictatorship.

  17. Simba Sez: Gerald Hebert Substituting the word blockade for embargo makes no sense whatsoever. Each is a different meaning, and by no means is the United States embargo a blockade of Cuba. Cuba has every right and the ability to obtain any product in the world, with the exception of nuclear weapons, from any source it so chooses except from the United States. In what manner can that be considered a blockade? It could easily be argued that the United States gets more of a disadvantage than Cuba with the embargo in that the United States loses a lucrative market for their goods, and after all the United States economy is based on commercialism. You appear to have some sort of paranoid fixations. If you want Cuba free, then make your plea to the Cuban dictatorship government, not the United States. Try to get hold of yourself, and make a little sense.

  18. So, why did you not impulsively call out to Mr. Lage? A free Cuban, just like you are…….

    The semantic juggling practiced by the U.S. government to deceive and confuse (propaganda) as regards to its true intentions towards the Cuban Revolution, as a subversive strategy in the field of ideas.
    Possibly one of the best examples we can invoke to define the most important U.S.measure against the Cuban economy is the substitution of the word “blockade” with “embargo”.

    The U.S. Government’s intentions are still very much alive today. If only the AVERAGE U.S. citizens knew what these terrible intentions really are: a total economic and genocidal war, even at this very moment, a war more intense than ever; a war where the U.S. Government has weaved a complex spiderweb of prohibitions, penalties and aggressions against Cuba.

    This Blockade is the longest economic siege in history……50 years….
    END THE BLOCKADE AND FREE CUBA NOW; please, pretty please, Pres. Obama?

  19. Perhaps Lage’s luck is still holding after many years of faithful service.
    Perhaps his knowledge of where the rebolution’s skeletons are hiding safeguards his life, what if this “knowledge” is shared by others as well?
    Perhaps Lage is & will be “inmune to accidents of nature or health hazards”
    Food for thought:
    the subjects/targets of the recent “clean up” has/is directed at people w/knowledge of the finacial & political history of the castros, in the comming inevitable changes perhaps there is a need to “purge & hide” for future damage control.
    This way secrets will be well kept, escape goats at the ready … the saviours like before will be … the castros.
    Perhas not like Camilo … but … how many others …


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  21. RickB says,

    “Sorry, I have no respect for users.”



  23. From Your Friendly English Translator… I am trying to post this book review “The Avalanche” sent me in email… I don’t seem to be able to do it from “outside” right now so I will try from “inside.”

    I see that it worked but the hot links were lost. Here is a link to the article.


    “Those who take the time to peruse her brief essays will be delighted to find that the most praiseworthy thing about Sánchez, however, is not the open manner in which she has voiced her dissent, nor the uncompromising content of her criticism –courageous though both are — but rather her literary skill, her ability to evoke arresting images and situations.”

    THE DAILY CALLER BOOK REVIEW: Politics and the Spanish Language: A review of Yoani Sánchez’s ‘Cuba Libre’-By Antonio Sosa

    In his famous essay describing the character of the Enlightenment, Kant adopted Horace’s exhortation, “Sapere aude,” as the unofficial motto for the age. Today, we may find a modest and beleaguered exemplar of this 18th century precept –which means, simply, “dare to discern” — in the influential Cuban dissident Yoani Sánchez. Her recently published book, Cuba Libre, collects her blog posts over a period of three years, from April of 2007 to October of 2009. In them, Sánchez reflects on the myriad of obstacles and vicissitudes affecting her and millions of ordinary Cubans: the precariousness and meagerness of the rationed food system; the absurd hardship of earning a salary in one currency while having to buy victuals and necessities in another; the invigilated and highly restricted state of the Internet, access to which remains prohibitively exorbitant; the infantilizing prohibition on free expression and association; and the impossibility of leaving the country without first obtaining the State’s permission, to name some of the most salient issues. Although an English translation of the book has not yet come out, most of her vignettes are available in English either through the site Generation Y or the through thoughtfulness of the Huffington Post.

    Those who take the time to peruse her brief essays will be delighted to find that the most praiseworthy thing about Sánchez, however, is not the open manner in which she has voiced her dissent, nor the uncompromising content of her criticism –courageous though both are — but rather her literary skill, her ability to evoke arresting images and situations. In a 2009 blog post entitled “Incredulous Grandchildren,” [all translations are mine unless otherwise noted] Sánchez imagines the joy of taking a walk with her hypothetical grandson in a free Cuba of the distant future. Picturing the expression of boredom and bemusement with which he might meet her stories of a Cuba under Castro, Sánchez imagines that she might make the following reflection:

    This boy doesn’t know that the premonition of his existence allowed me to maintain my sanity forty years back. Anticipating him — with his expression of disbelief sitting on a park bench in the Havana of the future — kept me from taking the way of the sea, pretending, or silence.

    Political criticism aside, Sánchez is communicating a longing to see a Cuban posterity so completely emancipated that the trials of her own day are unintelligible to them. In imagining her grandson as belonging to this emancipated generation, however, she is also conveying a sober assessment of the dictatorship’s sclerotic obduracy. Sánchez could’ve made both these points without having to resort to imagery and speculation, but then she could not have made them so compellingly. Images and metaphors are essential to her writing because she wishes to convey more than mere information about injustices in a given country; she wishes to convey the feelings — such as helplessness, trepidation, and fear — that such injustices elicit. For a blogger forced by circumstance to post articles in a furtive and hurried manner, this method carries definite advantages


  24. For these set behaviors of the regime where they arbitrarily replace people without giving much of an explanation to the people of Cuba one gets the idea of the leadership treating Cuba as their own personal farm.
    It seems the Castro’s have discover a way of ruling a country.

    Ruling by whim.

    The same is true when they refuse to let people like Hilda Molina and many many others who have been punished. It is extremily sad one something like that occurs. Having the full power and force of the state going against some individual.
    Unfortunately they have decided to apply the same towards Yoani. I really do not understand why they do this. It is not in their best interests to do so from the public relations point of view but on the other hand if one looks at it as a mechanism they keep in place to maintained their little kingdom going then one can understand those actions. Yes, it seems like they themselves have not being immune to the seduction of the “honey of power”.
    They seem to have detach themselves above any laws of the country. So no matter what they do what they say or do is law.

    Some how it also reminds one of the famous quote on the godfather.
    paraphrasing I could imagine Fidel Castro saying something like

    “if you keep silent I will make you and offer you can’t refuse!”

  25. Damir, you hit it right on the nose. Yoani’s blog is not really ment to help Cuba or cubans. Her blog is ment to help her. The blog is her “hustle”, a way to make money, to get things that allow her to live better than her peers. Very simple, just write anything that’s negative. Who cares if is true or not; who cares if the sytem that she is putting down is the same system that put her thru school. She had no problems with it when she was attending the University of Havana. She was with the system when it was convinient for her and now she’s against the system because is convinient for her. Sorry, I have no respect for users

  26. A lot of right-wanking bullshit.

    Not much of intelligent discourse. Only the same old crap that is to be expected from losers wannabe white capitalists. Conveniently closing the eyes in fron of the fact that it was that very capitalism they so stupidly believe in (and is falling apart faster than Cuba), that had created Castros and current economical situation in Cuba.

    That is not to say that Castros are geniuses in economics, not by a long shot. But, if it weren’t for the nazists up north, Cuba would not be in such a horrible shape that it is today.

    But, what is the worst thing here? The Cuban traitors bullshiting here about things they do not even understand. Like democracy, freedom, the right of speech, things like that.

    Bunch of retards unable to even jerk off given their advanced age rendering them impotent and weak. So, the only thing left before the death is to sell their souls to the higher bidder and type their own country and people away in a faint and failed hope someone will give them a fistful of dollars.

    Women usually get more than men. Yoani is making money on predicament of her own homeland just like the jineteras on the streets of Havana. She is selling the only thing she has.

    In her case that is even less than your regular jinetera.

    Bitterness and ambition to be Castro after Castros. Neither of the two will make her better person. Only a loser when she finally sells her homeland to foreigners.

    And that is usually one way no-through road with no chance of a U-turn.

    Funny thing is, she and her cronnies cannot see it, yet they are already deep inside.

  27. MIAMI HERALD EDITORIAL: Europe should keep heat on Cuba- 10.26.10

    Europe’s ambivalence toward Cuba was on display again this week when foreign ministers from a few countries tried and failed to ease the European Union’s sanctions against the Castro regime. If these friends of Cuba don’t know what’s wrong with the island’s 51-year-old dictatorship, maybe they should just ask the European Parliament.
    Last week, the European Union’s legislative arm awarded the prestigious Sakharov Prize to Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas, whose 140-day hunger strike forced the Cuban government to release political prisoners, thus avoiding the embarrassment of having yet another political prisoner die in protest against the dictatorship.

    The award to Mr. Fariñas marks the third time in a decade that the E.U. prize has gone to a Cuban — Oswaldo Payá received it in 2002 and the Ladies in White in 2005. That should make it clear to all but those who are deliberately blind to the facts that Cuba’s human rights situation is scandalous and that the government is a repeat offender when it comes to crimes against human liberty — and has no intention of changing its ways.

    That didn’t stop Spain and a few other benighted countries with false notions of how the regime treats dissidents to try to put aside the “Common Position” that has governed the E.U.’s policy toward Cuba since 1996. The policy ties improvement in Europe’s relations with Cuba to progress on human rights.

    Spain reportedly led the charge in trying to do away with the Common Position, with Italy, France and Ireland among those in agreement. Sadly, and somewhat surprisingly, the effort came just a few days after Spain’s new foreign minister, Trinidad Jiménez, came on board.

    Ms. Jiménez was considered a welcome change from her predecessor, Miguel Angel Moratinos, who labored long and hard, ultimately without success, to undermine the Common Position. According to reports from Luxemburg, where the meeting of the 27 E.U. foreign ministers was held, she made an impassioned plea for Europe to improve relations with Havana.

    Fortunately, the majority of top diplomats from Europe’s other countries refused to go along. Perhaps they are aware that Europe would be accused of foreign policy schizophrenia in giving a human rights prize to a Cuban dissident one week and improving relations with Havana the next. Ultimately, the E.U.’s top diplomat, Catherine Ashton of Britain, was directed “to explore ways to try and make progress” in relations with Cuba, according to news reports from the meeting, and report back in December.

    Ms. Jiménez tried to portray this as a significant victory for those seeking to soften Europe’s common stance, but Sweden’s foreign minister, Carl Bildt, set her right. He said the Common Position will endure until Europe sees significant changes on the human rights front in Cuba. We won’t hold our breath.

    To make the case for Cuba, Spain’s foreign ministers and like-minded diplomats say Cuba’s promise to release 52 political prisoners — whose crime consists of expressing dissent in peaceful ways — should be seen as a major step forward. Forty of them have already been released.

    What they don’t bother to say is that these prisoners should never have been arrested in the first place. Or that after being released they were summarily exiled along with their families. Or that the jails still contain hundreds of political prisoners, who have no hope of freedom.

    Every release of a blameless prisoner constitutes a victory for human liberty. But these releases are no more than a self-serving gesture by Cuba, an effort to use human beings as pawns in a cynical game of international diplomacy.

    Europe should maintain its common position until all political prisoners are freed and peaceful dissent is allowed in Cuba. True freedom of thought and expression will spell the end of the Castro brothers’ regime, though. That’s why they will never let it happen.

  28. Food Rationing In Cuba Seen Through American Eyes-Written by: Rudi Stettner

    Cuba has been making headlines for its efforts to privatize its economy. Since Cuba lost its massive Soviet subsidies back in the early 90′s, it has had to close the gap through austerity and adaptation. A pervasive fixture in Cuban life is the ration book.

    Patrick Symmes is a journalist who went to Cuba and “went native”, living on a monthly ration book and about $15.00 for a month of food. In addition to writing in the October issue of Harpers about his experience, Symmes spoke with CBC’s Rick Macinnes-Rae about his experiences living for a month about living on Cuban rations for a full month. In living for a month on Cuban rations, Symmes lost 11 and 1/2 pounds and gained a gut level empathy for the feelings of ordinary Cubans.

    Cubans are not starving, according to Symmes, but the daily reality of their lives is not a pretty picture. For 1 month, the official ration of rice is about 5 pounds of rice. The first pound costs a penny, and each additional pound costs 4 cents. Beans, which are a traditional staple in a Cuban diet are limited to a half a pound a month, which is used up in a few days. Symmes also noticed “a protein” in his ration book which he described a mixture of soy protein, flour and chicken flavoring.

    Getting more rice than that is a big problem, and involves farmers markets that operate at higher prices, hard currency stores and an underground barter system that is dependent upon items that “disappear” from state stores. Symmes described a system in which items not available in state stores are quietly sold at the back of the state stores. He witnessed and participated in bartering stolen gasoline for stolen chicken and stealing cement so it could be bartered later on.

    Milk and yogurt are available to children under age 7 and adults over 65. The years in between, according to Symmes, dairy products disappear from the ordinary Cuban diet.

    Despite all of the recent reforms, a multitude of government regulations prohibit Cubans from growing or producing their own food. If people were allowed to manage plots of land for commercial food production, a big dent could be made in Cuba’s food shortages.

    Symmes described a system in Cuba in which everyone has an “extra.” This could be a relative in Miami sending a monthly check, a job in a hotel in which foreigners tip in foreign currency or job related theft opportunities. Sadly enough, even nurses and other gainfully employed people turn to a sideline in prostitution to supplement their place in a salary structure in which even doctors earn $30.00 a month.

    Cuba has opened its economy to private individuals providing services such as hair cutting and repairing flat tires. Under Raul Castro, the role of foreign investors continues to grow. But much of Cuba’s threadbare austerity could be relieved by expanding opportunities to privately grow crops and livestock.

    At what point do free market reforms in Cuba reach critical mass and become capitalism? That is a question that troubles Cuba’s communist leadership not only on a philosophical basis but a practical one as well. As long as the survival of the communist system in Cuba takes priority over the well being of its people, stories like that of Peter Symmes will be the daily reality for millions of Cubans.

    Camilo Cienfuegos Gorriarán (February 6, 1932 – October 28, 1959) was a Cuban revolutionary born in Lawton, Havana City. Raised in an anarchist family that had fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War, he became a key figure of the Cuban Revolution, along with Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Juan Almeida Bosque, and Raúl Castro.

    YOUTUBE: DOCUMENTARY-Asesinaron a Camilo (Part. I) – Instituto de la Memoria Histórica

    YOUTUBE: DOCUMENTARY-Asesinaron a Camilo (Part. 2) – Instituto de la Memoria Histórica


    de·moc·ra·cy-government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

    BBC NEWS: EU seeks more dialogue with Cuba-25 October 2010
    The EU foreign affairs chief, Baroness Ashton, is set to contact the Cuban government in an effort to improve ties with Havana, diplomats say.

    The EU’s “common position”, dating back to 1996, demands that Cuba makes progress on democracy and human rights before any normalisation of ties.

    Cuba’s communist government pledged in July to free 52 political prisoners – and most have been released.

    Spain, unlike some other EU states, wants a “positive” EU-Cuba dialogue.

    Last week the European Parliament awarded its Sakharov Prize for human rights to Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas, who ended a hunger strike after Havana announced it was freeing the prisoners.

    Reports said Mr Farinas was close to death after refusing food for more than 130 days.

    The death of another dissident while on hunger strike in February put pressure on Cuba.

    Cuba has always denied that it has political prisoners, calling them mercenaries paid by the US to undermine Havana’s rule.

    In September, four recently released Cuban prisoners urged the European Parliament not to revise the EU’s 1996 position on Cuba.

    One of them, Ricardo Gonzalez Alfonso, said that “if in Cuba there were real freedom of expression, of association and of press, I would come here to ask that the common position be modified”.

    Several former communist countries now in the EU are against Brussels softening the EU position on Cuba.

  31. ***
    My wife felt sorry for Saddam Hussein when they hung him. I only saw the bodies of his tortured victims. Bad actions deserve bad punishments. Free Cuba!
    Mi esposa sentia lastima por Saddam Hussein cuando le colgaban. Solamente vi los cuerpos torturados de sus victimas. Mal acciones merezcan mal castigos. Cuba Libre!

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