My Little Piece

Five decades of “we,” of indoctrinating us in the behavior of the shelter or the squad, and yet in the park this morning a young man said, “What I want is to have my little piece.” He said it as if he were confessing a sin or coveting something at a great distance to satisfy an evil desire for which he would be publicly scorned. As he spoke of his “ambitions,” he gestured with his hands as if bringing invisible dreams toward his body, dreams that he named: “a roof,” “a decent salary,” “permission to travel.”

Collectivization has not erased in us that human longing to have our own piece, and forced egalitarianism has only fueled the desire to differentiate ourselves.


40 thoughts on “My Little Piece

  1. @#39
    Good point!
    On the other hand … memories of “el chancho”, the heroic rebolutionary … are used from the covers of beer, thru condoms to underwear …
    I guess that’s his honored legacy.

  2. The man who wants to “differentiate” himself is wearing a shirt with the face of the murdering thug Guevera.

  3. Simba Sez: Your 3D glasses seem to have obscured lens. Please check them before you run into reality.

  4. I am prepared well. I have my new 3D tv and the glasses, the popcorn, and the biggest smile possible. Now all I need is for history to be televised.

    Which it will be. You can bet on that.

  5. Simba Sez: Damir, don’t hold your breath until the USA either disintegrates or falls into civil war. On second thought maybe you should?

  6. BY the way, some losers talking about Dario Ruben, the republican Cuban.

    The same one who just recently admitted his republican-“democratic capitalist” dogma about privatisation is a wrong thing. He was refering specifically to the privatisation of social services, his party is calling for, but now abandoned.

    Quietly republicans are adopting socialist methods they are so fond of thrashing. The reason? Obvious: “democratic capitalism” has failed and is disintegrating, as per example in the link of my previous post. The usa is already at the third world level economically. Everything that applies to Cuba in economy, politics and freedom of individuals, has already embedded in the usa society and now people are going to see it surface because the utopia has washed off. Now, without the brainwash and smoke to hide the realities, the people, all 50 millions of those unemployed today, and their families, will realise that their is the gulag worse than anything in Cuba.

    And there will be no external enemy guilty for that because it is all done in house.

    Let us blame poor Obama for that.

    Bloody Marxist!!!!!

    Sounds eerilly familiar to Cubans, doesn’t it?

    And it is happening on the streets of the usa today.

    They are complaining about the Marxist in the government. The same one they elected just 2 years ago.

    And he, pobresito, isn’t even a socialist.

    Cuba may not be ready to self-destruct in a civil war, but the usa is.

    Cannot wait to see that. It is long overdue relief for the rest of the world.

  7. Usual crying over things “we do not have”. Let us just keep the focus here that economic disability by the Castros is just a half of the equation. The other half is the crippling embargo which only played into Castros hands. And it was all made in the usa.

    Now that same usa is turning into the third world country. Some “success” is that fake and unsustainable utopia called usa with its’ “democratic capitalism”.

    Here is what is really going on there. Even Arianne Huffington, your own sponsor here, is saying that the usa is now falling into the third world country category;

    The fall is continuing, despite the “good” news from the usa spin doctors. International Monetary Fund and the World Bank believe that the real recovery in the usa will not star before 2015, if the usa remains as a country (most likely will start breaking apart by 2012, according to many economic and political analysts around the world, including usa own analysts), and it will be a slow and long recovery not expected to bring any significant success before 2018-2020.

    But, let us hope it disintegrates before that. It is long overdue thing to bring relief to them and to the rest of the world.

  8. y que?
    Times have changed, the days of militant revolt of yesteryears is long past.
    The sofistication both in the “monitoring” & the reepression far outweights the use of methods not only predictable but of little consecuence.
    The rebolution counts in that type of response, knows how to defeat it & many times how to prevented.
    The rebolution’s system of repression while well equiped w/the latest in monitoring/repressing still as many a dictatorship before & current has one important thing against it … the linear thinking of a repressor’s mind.
    The people in Cuba may well not be ready yet.
    Freedom is not rushed & it does not allow herself to be rushed, she comes when SHE is ready.
    While waiting for her, perhaps we should keep in mind … all that is happening we learn second hand, the reality Cubans feel IN the island is not what we feel, what they know is not what we know & lastly our perspective … however well informed … is not theirs.
    Before we judge to quickly … about courage or will, lets take pause & admit that perhaps the time is not yet ripe …

  9. Simba, “In Russia and East Germany the masses took to the streets in droves seeking freedom. That is about all that Cubans can do now. Take to the streets in masses. The dictators can’t shoot all of them. I have stated on this site previously that if the two million Cubans living in exile were standing in the streets of Havana, Cuba would be a free nation ready to join the remainder of the world” I agree with you 100%

    What are they waiting for? is my question, is been done before.

  10. Simba Sez: RickB I don’t believe, as you do, that the average Cuban citizen, residing in Cuba at this time really has too much of a choice. They were not asked by the authorities if they wanted to live within a dictatorship. They must ask those very same authorities for permission to leave, and that is frowned upon. There ready choice today is either like it, or not. Because the government has not seen fit to ease restrictions in over fifty years so far, it is unlikely they will want to willingly cede power any time in the near future. What does that leave except some sort of power takeover, and that is difficult when the government has all of the power. In Poland, your example (which is not landlocked, the Polish unions began in Gdansk a Polish seaport on the Black sea), the people unionized, and became a power in opposition to the government. In Russia and East Germany the masses took to the streets in droves seeking freedom. That is about all that Cubans can do now. Take to the streets in masses. The dictators can’t shoot all of them. I have stated on this site previously that if the two million Cubans living in exile were standing in the streets of Havana, Cuba would be a free nation ready to join the remainder of the world.

  11. Speaking of morons, let me see if this logic makes sense:

    You have been imprisoned unjustifiably and against your will, and you live in retched conditions not of your choosing. You lack the resources, opportunity or courage to escape and have no choice but to endure and survive. Therefore according to the newest castro-loving imbecile to grace these pages, you must be a happy and content inmate who wishes nothing more than to perpetuate your miserable and sub-human existance.
    RickB are you just another brainless lefty or a simpleton without the meerest shred of common sense?

  12. Simba, your answer makes a lot more sense than the one coming from that MORON, not to mention COMEMIERDA HUMBERTO CAPIRO. Landlock has nothing to do with it, but the fact that most people that could or would do something about it left the country. The ones left choose not to do anything and are willing to live with the sytem. If that is their choice let them.

  13. We have all seen how the defenders, apologists, hypocrites and assorted other miscreants for the castro regime are quick to call for allowing Cuba to find its own path, to let the Cubans determine their own destiny. How is the Cuban populace going to accomplish that feat with the regime that hijacked the country in 1959 still running the show? How can any serious person call for self-determination for Cuba when the liars, thieves and murderers who continue to crush the political opposition don’t allow the people that same right of self-determination? Does anyone with any thread of decency or intellect actually think that people in any part of the world, not just Cubans, would willingly and permanently give up their rights as human beings?

    The foreboding defeat of the chavistas in the Venezuelan elections, the Sakharov prize to Farinas and the Ladies in White, the many awards of recognition given to Yoani, the rejection of the castroites by the European Parliament in refusing to discontinue the “common position”, the dismissal of the castro toady Moratinos, the death of the left-wing demagogue Kirschner and now the Republican avalanche in the House, the criminal communist degenerates in Habana must be reeling like Joe Frazier after a flurry of Mohammed Ali jabs, the KO punch is coming, it’s just a matter of when. With the Republican take-over of the House, with Ros-Lehtinen at the helm of House Foreign Relations Committee and with another strong Cuban-American voice in the Senate, Marco Rubio, it will be difficult for the current administration to get away with playing patty-cake with the castros. Hopefully this change in the political winds in DC will discontinue any further consideration (if there was any to begin with) or talk about a prisoner exchange or of rapprochement with raul and the gang. For those of us who are proponents of carrying on a continued hardline towards the castro dictatorship these changes are encouraging. The castro regime has never been weaker, this not the time to coddle or aid and abet the dictators. Ratchet up the pressure economically by refusing to conduct business with the castros and keep up the political full court press, this is what is needed. The people in Cuba will do the rest just as the Europeans behind the iron curtain did when they finally had enough. Once the heinous goons are out of the way that will be the time to come in with both feet to aid Cuba economically… and not a minute sooner.

  14. As noted below about why Cubans don’t get rid of castro & co. … perhaps we are forgetting how much the world has changed since the time when Cubans kicked the former oppressors …
    This new breed form the 50’s has evolved, has taken opression & repression to a new level.
    The “brain wahsing” of the children in school alone accounts for a generation.
    The created dependency for food & other “commodities” accounts for some more & finally … perhaps the knack for survival that only a Cuban posseses … might account for the rest.
    I do not for a moment think Cubans don’t aspire to freedom, I think the island is inhabited by peaceful people but don’t mistake their peace for fear …
    When the time is right … Cubans will stand up & shake their chains by themselves w/no “external help” & not one minute before & regarldess what the “external opinions” have to say …

  15. THE WASHINGTON POST: How Castro and Chavez lost the 2010 elections-By Jackson Diehl | November 4

    Lots of foreign leaders have reason to regret the outcome of the U.S. midterm elections, from the Norweigan Nobel peace prize committee to Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev. But if there is one big un-American loser from Tuesday’s vote, it’s got to be Raul Castro.
    For months the Cuban dictator and his semi-retired brother Fidel have been waging a charm offensive aimed at the Obama administration and Congress. They’ve sent some political prisoners into exile; invited American journalists to Havana; and encouraged Cuba’s Roman Catholic cardinal to lobby for them in Washington. Fidel even denounced anti-semitism.

    Their purpose has been obvious: to obtain the easing of U.S. sanctions on Cuba at a time when the country’s economy is desperately in need of help. In particular, the Castros have been hoping for a lifting of the ban on American tourist travel — something that they calculate could bring in a flood of U.S. beach visitors and hard currency. Legislation to do just that has been pending in Congress.

    Republican gains in the House of Representatives, and Marco Rubio’s election as Florida’s next Republican senator, almost certainly mean the Castros won’t get their wish.

    Rubio, the son of refugees from Cuba, promised in his moving victory speech never to forget the exile community he comes from. That probably means that any pro-Castro measure is going to need 60 votes to pass the U.S. Senate.

    More importantly, the House Foreign Affairs Committee under Republican rule is likely to be chaired by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a champion of Cuban human rights who was born in Havana. The outgoing chairman, Democrat Howard Berman, decided in September to put off a vote on the bill lifting the travel ban. Under Ros-Lehtinen’s leadership, it will almost certainly be buried for good.

    The bad news for the Latin left doesn’t end there. Ros-Lehtinen has been an outspoken critic of Venezuelan caudillo Hugo Chavez and allies like Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega and Bolivia’s Evo Morales. Attempts by the Obama administration to “reset” relations with Chavez and Morales are likely to come under critical scrutiny by the new Foreign Affairs leader.

    Meanwhile, some stalwart friends are departing. Foreign Affairs member Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.), who has been one of Congress’s biggest apologists for Chavez, is retiring. So is Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, a favorite of the Latin left for three decades, who defended Chavez early in his tenure and has been a consistent critic of rival, democratic government of Colombia. Thanks to the congressional shift, Colombia’s chance of winning ratification of a free trade agreement with the United States have improved considerably.

    The bad news in Washington compounds what has been a months-long losing streak for Chavez, the Castros and their chums. Both Cuba and Venezuela are sinking economically, even as the rest of the region is growing strongly out of the recession. Chavez lost the popular vote and dozens of seats in his own Congress in an election last month. Last week brought the sudden death of former Argentine president Nestor Kirchner, a close ally. And Brazil’s presidential election last Sunday replaced the charismatic Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with a charmless technocrat who is unlikely to fill Lula’s role as a regional leader.

    The much-celebrated surge of the Latin left has been dimming for some time. The new political balance in Washington will ensure that the United States does not recharge it.

  16. Simba Sez: RickB I speak to you only as a representative of those who use this public means as a forum for nonsensical thoughts. However I stand for your right of free speech, to say what you please, no matter how stupid it may be. If you lived in Havana you would not have that right. Poland was overrun by Germany in 1939, not to be free again until 1989. East Germany, backed by the USSR, was a foreign government, not Poland’s own people. Most people can figure out that Poland’s captivity was nearly the same time period that Cuba has been under the collective thumbs of the Castro brothers. The Castros though are not foreigners. It might seem then that the time is now becoming ripe for the citizens of Cuba to rise up in righteous indignation, parade in the streets, and call for a new form of government, more suitable to people than animals. One must remember though that somewhere around 20 percent of all Cubans have chosen to leave their Island Prison, rather than knuckle under to the idiosyncracies of the Castro dictators. For the good of themselves this was a good thing. For the good of Cuba is was not. The 20 percent that left were the Cubans with gumption enough to do something for their own freedom. The ones that are left in Cuba are the more passive part of the population. It might be true that if those two million or so Cubans that left their birthplace had stayed in Cuba, Cuba might have been a better place to live long ago.


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  18. RickB says!

    “Poland, Czech Republic and many others were able to change their goverment. Communist systems all of them, no different than the current system in Cuba. They were able to do it because most people wanted the change. Could it be that most people in Cuba don’t want the change? If that is the case; shouldn’t they have that right?”

    Rick! Geographically Poland is A BIT different from CUBA! Do we say LAND LOCKED?! LIKE THE ALCATRAZ PRISON IN SAN FRANCISCO YOU MORON!!

    RickB says!

    “The cuban people got rid of the spaniards, Machado, Batista and even the US.”


  19. REMEMBER, Cuba does not have FREE PRESS, their information sources are LIMITED. Most people in Cuba want change, they are afraid to speak up and protest, because of the beatings and the conditions that exist in CUBAN JAILS. People in Cuba get Jail sentances of 4 years just for being against the REGIME.

  20. Simba, the Czech people had the Velvet revolution, the Polish had Solidarity. No United Nations was needed. General strikes and massive peacefull demonstrations was all that it took. People in Cuba know this fact by now; what’s keeping them from doing the same? Remember the countries I mention had the same type of goverment, same restrictions same just about everything. Either they are not ready for a change or most people don’t want a change.

  21. Simba Sez: #15 RickB There is some truth in your comment. You asked two questions. “Could it be that most people in Cuba don’t want the change? If that is the case; shouldn’t they have that right?” In answer to the first question, yes, it could be that the people in Cuba don’t want change. Anything could be. Pigs could fly, but until they do, it is unlikely that the Cuban population wants to keep the status quo. In answer to your second question, if it is the case that the citizens of Cuba do want to remain in the slave state they are in, they surely should have that right. Now let me pose a question. How is it possible to know what the Cuban people want without asking them? I propose to you, that in fairness to all Cuban citizens, let there be a procedure supervised by the United Nations, where all Cubans are allowed a free an open secret ballot vote as to what sort of government they choose for themselves. Until that happens, no one can be sure what the Cuban people really want. Any election carried out by the present rulers of the nation, is no more than asking prisoners to vote as to who they want to be their warden. A fair vote would be impossible knowing retaliation was next in line.

  22. I am afraid I have to say there is no future for Cuba (as there is no future for Slovenia) unless the western democtatic countries do something. They should CONDEMN communism like they condemn fascism and nazism. They should help people who want freedom and democracy. What can the opposition in Cuba do when they are not allowed to organize themselves?
    The western democratic countries do not want to really condemn communism because they feel responsible for its spreading in the past.

  23. cuban people don t want a change…the ones that want out are gone. the one that stay are parasite they dont need to work they live in tropical climate they have tourist bringing suitcase full where else you see that they get feed every day ….. the mens can have 2 to 3 women shit looks like paradise…………..

  24. Poland, Czech Republic and many others were able to change their goverment. Communist systems all of them, no different than the current system in Cuba. They were able to do it because most people wanted the change. Could it be that most people in Cuba don’t want the change? If that is the case; shouldn’t they have that right? The cuban people got rid of the spaniards, Machado, Batista and even the US. Don’t you think they would got rid of Fidel and Raul by now after 51 years if that is what they really want?

  25. If the Castro brothers’ regime really wanted US tourists to roam the streets of Havana, they wouldn’t have beat up Yoani, arrested and continued to detain the US contractor, allowed Zapata Tamayo to die, nor badmouth Obama at every step of the way since the announcement of last November’s House hearings. As Sec. Clinton said, “There’s proof that each time we try to promote an increased free flow of people and information, the Castro regime digs in.”

  26. @#11 & #12
    I guess the “romance” is long gone from the rebolution …

  27. The fact is that Cuban escaping socialist poverty tends to make them appreciate the freedoms abroad and motivated to take advantage of it. Cubans escapees show the world that Castro regime made Cuba a hell hole when so many people want out. Keep in mind that the regime sells Cuba as a country of justice and equality around the world. So, all these escapees proves the regime wrong because after all, actions speak louder than words.

  28. MIAMI HERALD: Protest marchers beaten, detained-Cuban authorities cracked down on a march Sunday to pray at the tomb of a dissident whose death became a rallying cry for human rights activists-BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

    Cuban security agents beat and detained about 40 dissidents after the mother of the late political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo and her supporters prayed at his tomb, activists reported Monday.
    The mother, Reina Luisa Tamayo, said she was repeatedly hit on the head, thrown to the ground and gagged with a smelly rag that left her breathless as she shouted anti-government slogans.

    Security officers also kicked several handcuffed young men during the incident Sunday, added Marlon Martorell, a dissident who took part in the protest.

    Tamayo and most of the 40 others detained were released later Sunday or early Monday but some remained unaccounted for Monday afternoon, including one of Tamayo’s sons, Martorell reported.

    The detentions appeared to be one of the harshest crackdowns yet on supporters of Tamayo, whose son’s death in February after a lengthy hunger strike became a rallying cry for dissidents in Cuba and abroad.

    Tamayo and Martorell said about 40 supporters joined the regular Sunday march from her home in the eastern town of Banes to Mass at a local Catholic church and to the cemetery where her son is buried.

    The mother said groups of government supporters harassed them on the way from church to the cemetery, and one man “authorized by the state security” threw rocks at the marchers, hitting at least three.

    Martorell also reported that a “security agent in civilian clothes” shouted epithets and threw rocks at the marchers. Some of the marchers threw rocks back, he said by phone from Banes, but kept walking toward the cemetery.

    Scores of police and state security officers ringed the cemetery by the time the marchers had finished praying at Zapata’s tomb, Tamayo and Martorell said. “They attacked when I set foot outside the gates to the cemetery,” Tamayo told the Miami-based Cuban Democratic Directorate. “They threw me to the ground and dealt blows and kicks to all the brothers.”

    Martorell said agents carried out the crackdown “with a lot of violence, with beatings for all.”

    Tamayo, who is Afro-Cuban, said she was forced into a police vehicle and as she shouted “Down with Fidel!” one officer shouted at her, “Shut up, you lousy black.” She was then gagged with a rag smelling of gasoline that nearly asphyxiated her, the mother added.

    Police threw the protesters into two waiting buses, Martorell said, and he later heard Tamayo shouting “Down with Fidel” and “Zapata Lives!” while they were held in a Banes lockup.

    “Once again, there’s proof that they are a bunch of murderers,” Tamayo added. “Let them kill me, but I will die with honor, dignity and valor.”

    The Miami-based group Cuba Independent and Democratic reported Monday that one of its members in Banes, Daniel Mesa, suffered an injury to his hand during the detentions.

    The cell phones of Tamayo and those of several other supporters involved in the incident appeared to have been blocked Sunday afternoon and much of Monday.

    State Security agents initially blocked Tamayo’s marches to the church and cemetery, sometimes with mass detentions like Sunday’s. But they had been allowing the protests since mid-August, when Catholic church officials intervened on her behalf.

    Church officials told Tamayo last month that she and her immediate family had government permission to leave for the United States, but she replied that she would not leave unless she was allowed to take her son’s remains

  29. small quote from fidel’s “history will absolve me” speech:
    …-“How could anyone call legitimate a regime of blood, opression & ignominy?
    How could anyone call revolutionary a regime which has gathered the most backward men, methods & ideas of public life around it?
    Hoe could anyone consider legally valid the high treason of a Court whose duty was to defend the Constitution?
    With what right do the Courts send to prison citizens who tried to redeem their country by giving their own blood, their own lives?
    All this is monstrous to the eyes of the nation & to the principles of true justice”-…
    Quick jump in time to 2010 …


    YOUTUBE: Brutal golpiza a Reina Luisa Tamayo y otros opositores
    Reina Luisa Tamayo fue arrestada junto a otros opositores al intentar visitar la tumba de su hijo. El brutal incidente se perpetuo cuando las turbas castristas golpearon salvajemente a los opositores.

  31. guevara’s new man eh?
    Perhaps the Cuban “rebolution” was not the work of the “working class” or the people but of a guerrilla (so called vanguard) who self appointed themselves as the leaders w/better (in their opinion of themselves)uderstanding of things.
    From the begining of the Cuba rebolution, the “people” were to be made subordinate to “the vanguard” because this “vanguard” considered the cuban people ignorant for (so they said) their lack of education (?) in this way the people then were subjected to the dictatorial rule of this “vanguard”.
    So the people “won” their liberation … & the “vanguard” bestowed itsef on the Cuban people; now … the people “needs” someone to “interpret” their wishes & aspirations (fidel).
    So: the people of Cuba has been liberated … yet why are they not able to speak for themselves, now they has to wait for a charismatic leader/s to tell them what to do.
    Some freedom …

  32. AUDIO: Reina Luisa Tamayo, Noviembre 1, 2010
    Reina Luisa cuenta lo que sucedio ayer en Banes

    EUROPA PRESS: Una marcha de homenaje a Orlando Zapata concluye con más de una treintena de detenidos

    MADRID – Una marcha de homenaje al disidente cubano Orlando Zapata, fallecido en febrero tras una huelga de hambre, concluyó el domingo con más de una treintena de detenidos, entre ellos familiares del opositor, e incidentes violentos con las fuerzas de seguridad, según confirmaron este lunes fuentes de la disidencia.

    La familia realiza todos los domingos en la localidad de Banes una peregrinación desde su vivienda al cementerio donde se encuentran los restos de Zapata, pero la de ayer fue “una jornada violenta desde el principio”, según confirmó en declaraciones a Europa Press la bloguera Yoani Sánchez.

    Los manifestantes, entre los que se encontraba la madre de Zapata, Reina Luisa Tamayo, fueron “insultados desde que salieron de casa” de camino a la iglesia, primera parada de la marcha. En su camino hacia el cementerio decenas de efectivos de las fuerzas de seguridad insultaron y lanzaron piedras contra los congregados, antes de meter a 39 personas “a la fuerza” en furgones policiales.

    En este sentido, el periodista Guillermo Fariñas apuntó que los manifestantes “fueron atacados en tres lugares”: en la iglesia, en el cementerio y en la comisaría.

    Finalmente, fueron detenidas 32 personas, explicó Sánchez, quien pudo hablar con Reina Luisa Tamayo por teléfono tras más de 24 horas intentando contactar con ella. “Tienen los teléfonos bloqueados”, denunció.

    Así, pudo saber de boca de la madre de Zapata que ésta tiene “desaparecidos” a tres de sus hijos y a sus respectivas esposas. “Tiene lastimada la cabeza, la boca, una rodilla”, criticó Sánchez.

    El Gobierno cubano autorizó el pasado mes de agosto a la familia del fallecido opositor abandonar la isla para trasladarse a Estados Unidos, según confirmó entonces la madre del disidente, que todavía no se ha pronunciado de forma definitiva en torno a la decisión que adoptarán. Aclaró, no obstante, que no abandonaría la isla sin los restos mortales de su hijo.

  33. La Virtud del Egoismo

    Those of us agree with what Ayn Rand called ‘The Virtue of Selfishness’ recognize that this young man’s desire to enjoy his own life is supremely moral, that the goodwill of the rationally selfish is profound and that the concern for the people mouthed by leftists is a monstrous fraud.

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  34. So much for Che’s “New Man.” It was a mythological construction that went against basic human nature, just like Marx’s prophecy that society would eventually become communist through scientific forces of history moving in that direction. If anything, the world has become more pluralistic and democratic, allowing greater freedom and human rights while tolerance and justice are becoming the order of the day. Not because we have to but because we want to. That’s the difference.

  35. CANADIAN PRESS: Cuba to release 3 more prisoners into exile in Spain, none from ’03 crackdown on dissent-By Paul Haven

    HAVANA — Roman Catholic officials on Monday announced the names of three more Cuban prisoners who have accepted exile in Spain in return for freedom.

    One of the men, Adrian Alvarez Arenciba, has been in jail since 1985 for espionage and other violations of state security. Another, Ramon Fidel Basulto Garcia, was convicted of hijacking in 1994. Both were serving 30-year sentences. The third man, Joel Torres Gonzalez, does not appear on the most widely used list of Cuban dissidents or political prisoners.

    The church issued a statement saying all three will shortly be sent to Spain, along with their families.

    Under an agreement hammered out with the church in July, President Raul Castro faces a Sunday deadline to free the last 13 of 52 remaining prisoners of conscience arrested in 2003. Thirty-nine have left for Spain so far — along with 11 people jailed separately, often for violent offences.

    None of the three named Monday are part of the group of opposition leaders, activists and intellectuals rounded up in that 2003 crackdown, however.

    When the deal was struck, there was no mention of exile being a condition for release, though all the prisoners who have been freed so far have accepted the arrangement.

    The remaining 13 seem determined to stay in Cuba, and several have said they will continue fighting for democratic political change once released. That is a direct challenge for a government that describes the opposition as mercenaries paid by Washington to destabilize the island’s socialist system.

    Cuba won praise in Europe when it agreed to release the prisoners, but pressure is mounting to finish the job.

    Guillermo Farinas, a dissident who won Europe’s Sakharov human rights prize in October after staging a 134-day hunger strike in support of the prisoners, told The Associated Press that he will stop eating again Nov. 8 if the remaining dissidents are not in their homes.

    The Ladies in White, a group of wives and mothers of the 2003 political prisoners, have also vowed increased activity if the government backs away from its promise.

    Church officials have said privately that they are waiting to see if the government will keep its word. Cuban officials have had no comment on the deadline.

  36. The Castro brothers’ regime systematically denies the right of Cubans to travel freely. This is only one of many rights denied to them. Cubans can’t legally leave or reenter the country without regime authorization. Cubans who apply to emigrate lose their belongings and homes. Those who fail to escape illegally are sent to prison.

  37. Perhaps the individal has not been made to disapear from rebolutionary Cuba.
    No matter how much pressure & repression.
    Still it is the individusl who looks for freedom.
    There is no totalitarian regime that can eliminate it, there is no power that can keep it controlled, sooner or later the individual breaks free …

  38. ***
    People can make better decisions for their futures than governments can. And communist governments steal prosperity from all and make them poor. And make the victims feel guilty for their “crimes”. Free Cuba–Now!
    La Gente pueden hacer mejores decisiones por sus futuros que puedan los gobiernos. Y gobiernos communistas roban la prosperidad de todos y les hacen pobres. Y hacen que las victimas sientan cupables por sus “crimines”. Cuba Libre–Pronto!
    John Bibb

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