Humor in Times of Fear


From time to time they invite you to be on some comedy show on TV, but you don’t earn a living from this. You prefer to be hired by one of the exclusive restaurants that have begun to spring up all over Havana. Being paid in convertible pesos, a plate a food, and the freedom to make fun of anything you want are guaranteed in these entrepreneurial private spaces. With the microphone in hand and before a select audience of wealthy people, you make those jokes prohibited in front of the national cameras, wisecracks you would never be allowed in a national TV studio. You blast away sarcastically at the internal emigration regulations, and comment, snidely, that you’ve made “three illegal attempts to enter the Capital.”

As the night advances, the drinks come and go and your tongue becomes sharper, more biting. You start in on the political jokes, veiled but at times direct, when your hand makes the sign of a beard under your chin. Later, you launch into a long monologue about the poverty of your village in the east, clarifying that your mom wants to move to the city “to be able to get more eggs on the ration.” You seem different from the guy on national television, who just laughs about his own physique. Between the tables, and with the consent of the owners of the place, you also joke about the chief of police in some little sugar workers’ town who plays the local tyrant. Then comes the extensive — and coarse — collection of jokes about sex, race, and homophobia, without mincing any words and with the same crudeness one hears on the street.

The customers leave the place asking themselves if it was really the same comedian they’d seen on prime time TV. That one is funny, but the one they’ve just discovered here, under the protection of the private restaurant, is irresistibly comic, visibly free. When they see you again on some CubaVision or RebelTV program, they will notice that of your wide repertoire you only include the least uncomfortable part, a carefully chosen and censored parcel of your humor.

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31 thoughts on “Humor in Times of Fear

  1. pamela: “You [Damir and co.] want cradle to grave security, and someone to wipe your ass to boot. Have you noticed yet that this is not the way the world works?”

    If I might take the liberty of clarifying Pamela’s very perceptive comments. Damir, Marxist and co. already have people to wipe their behinds. What bugs them is when they have to pay for such service, they think they are above paying or working for anything. For them, a proletarian paradise is living on a hacienda in Cuba where the $20 dollar a month proletariat will be forced to wipe their bums as a revolutionary duty. It all seems very old-school-emperor type thinking to me.

  2. @#18
    If u had “earned” as u claim the rights of freedom in a struggle (I think u benefited from other’s sacrifices) u would treasure them & defended them rather than making a mockery of them by comming across insulting & arrogant in ur highly disrespectfull statements towards Cubans & their form of expression, this is one of the things that leads me to believe u exercise ur rights as an entitlement & not as u claim as an earned & mantained privilege.
    The maintenance & safeguard of freedom requires an ever present vigilance provided by check & balances w/principles of accoutability, first among the citizens of the democratic nation while between the elected representatives & the citizens thru free elections & respect for the law.

  3. @#18
    ” …When in communism you did ’samizdat’(a new word for the blog circus) you did it with a free conscience and with adrenaline in your blood… while self-censorship tends to kill that conscience and get you sedated at the though you have a good job …”
    Well Mr. Rommania … what’s ur point?
    Ur “heroic stand” in hating sensorship? LOL

    Perhaps a reminder is needed here: “the limit of our rights ends where the rights of others begin”. There r some rules of behaviour not writen yet applied in a society, rules of courtesy & respect, of deference & basic manners which perhaps u forget or perhaps twist into ur own definitions of sensorship; if no other rule, the concept of “commun sense” applies as a basics for good behavior in any society in order to co-exist.
    Regardless “editing” (or self sensoring) did not prevent freedom of expression did it? Now after the fact, today here u r abusing the freedom of expression u have by (but haven’t earned) & justifing by expressing uself w/the same intolerance u claim to have suffered under the communist rule.

  4. @#22
    Pal … I would be very careful about what u say, not only u r down right insulting:

    “… No matter how long is that skirt, your legs are still ugly and hairy. And there are still no balls between them …”

    You r directly inciting violence as well:
    “… Go to Cuba, the foreign country you pretend to be from, with a gun if you are so concerned with the freedom of the people. Liberate them, if you dare …”

    Please hear this warning: ur own words WILL be ur own undoing … pal.

  5. TROLL = “… is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion …”

    I think this definition fits some of the “characters” posting in Yoani’s blog; perhaps their contribution (using the term loosely) is not inspired by a desire to look for truth & change, rather by a desire to poke fun & to disrupt serious discussions among people who respects freedom & seeks the improvement of life for all Cubans.

  6. Embalmed White Udder ! Why dont you stop complaining and add something to the discussion!

  7. Is your typical communist as filled with love as Damir is? Do they have anger management classes in Cuba?

  8. Post 22:

    Can you say BROKEN RECORD? Oh my God, SHUT THE F*CK UP. If I hear the words Miami sewerage, no wonder Castro’s beat you, some kind of pragmatic capitalism, nazist gulag, etc. etc. I’m going to vomit. You holier-than-thou “eastern europeans” (meaning you, UnSoricel, and Komar, oh, whatever happened to Komar?) think that you are the only people ever to struggle? If we are not free in the United States, then what we have is the closest to freedom that I’ve ever seen. You socialists/communists want cradle to grave security, and someone to wipe your ass to boot. Have you noticed yet that this is not the way the world works?

    Humberto, the actual Cuban, has more balls in his little fingernail than you could hope to have in your sorry lifetime.

    Anonymous forum you say? Humberto has his real name and picture up and so do I, and you?

  9. More arrogance and hypocrisy from the post 20. The copy and paste genius with nothing to say. Not one post this person ever made was in response to the posts of the team “yoani”. Not a single one. Only copy and paste form far right press that lives to bark on Cuba.

    And the hypocrite still patronises others and accuses them of “changing the topic”.

    Something this person does CONSTANTLY.

    And is known to be doing it in other internet forums and posting pages.

    No matter how long is that skirt, your legs are still ugly and hairy. And there are still no balls between them.

    Go to Cuba, the foreign country you pretend to be from, with a gun if you are so concerned with the freedom of the people. Liberate them, if you dare.

    Yeah, now we’ll hear how the age has kicked in, bones are weak and muscles barely hold him together.

    But plenty of courage to shift the bull hiding behind the skirt in an anonimous forum someone else put up.

    Wow…

    Little wonder Castros and a handful of friends beat the hell out of you and cleaned Cuba up of the garbage. There were no men to put up the fight. Thousands of ships and planes were needed for heroes like the person in the post 20.

  10. Pepito’s joke #15, the best posting of the month, perfect 10 the rest is tiresome, boring, the same old bs.

  11. UnSoricel said : “And how does it sit with you that pensioners in EasternEurope most of them drive cabs regardless of what they did before… just to add to their meagre pensions a few bucks… and how does it sit with you that in the UK the unions are about to strike because the gov is preparing to cut our pensions seriously so we practically work just to keep the system going and we’re told to be happy we have a job…”

    OH UnSoricel!!! YOU ARE TAKING CLUES FROM THE CASTROFASCITS HANDBOOK ON HOW TO RESPOND TO NEGATIVE INFORMATION OUT OF CUBA 1. SHIFT THE SUBJECT/TOPIC 2. SHIFT FOCUS TO ANOTHER COUNTRY, IN THIS CASE THE U.K. 3. MAKE LIFE OUTSIDE OF CUBA SEEM LIKE HELL SO THE CUBAN PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY ARE GETTING A BETTER DEAL!

    SEEN THIS SOOOO OFTEN THAT I AUTOMATICALLY YAWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Gotta love this entry from a woman who makes part of her CV that the emigrated to the Swiss Alps only to return to warm Havana.. one of the most conservative countries (Switzerland) where if you don’t behave meaning: self-censor yourself, your mind and your behaviour… you are not just frowned up on but get into trouble very quickly.

    Since in communism I hated censorship with a vengence…I think it is fair to suggest that at some stage you could realise in Cuba at least you know ‘where/what the censorship is’ and who its bosses/capos and foot soldiers – ppl that eavesdrop and enforce it are… But alas in capitalism we have censorship too it is called self-censorship and one can see it live in the act on most tv channels… Is self-censorship worse than offical censorship?? Well actually there are ppl who think it is… When in communism you did ‘samizdat’ (a new word for the blog circus) you did it with a free conscience and with adrenaline in your blood… while self-censorship tends to kill that conscience and get you sedated at the though you have a good job!! No wonder so much political correctness is on tv these days… which is acutally in fact.. moral relativism and double standards!… however a self-censor called it political correctness since to call it moral relativism might upset someone … probably God!!

    So enjoy censorship .. cos when you see someone fighting it, it is a pleasure to listen to a comedian and actor who makes fun of it and demolishes it… One thing after your coming ‘regime change’ that would happen: censorship would die but with it also the great jokes !!!! and Cuba will be a free from the censor but soceity will become homourless in part…what a joke!!

  13. @Humberto the clown… jaba or no jaba .. how does it sit with you that migrants have to sell counterfeit CD and DVDs just to get by since they do not enjoy the ‘right to work’ ie a very basic human right. They have to go through the same process as the old timers in Havana only they end up in prison if caught by the poLICE and the daddy behind the operation is rich and covered… And how does it sit with you that pensioners in EasternEurope most of them drive cabs regardless of what they did before… just to add to their meagre pensions a few bucks… and how does it sit with you that in the UK the unions are about to strike because the gov is preparing to cut our pensions seriously so we practically work just to keep the system going and we’re told to be happy we have a job… immm??? I tell you where it should sit… for most old people life is close to hell almost everywhere now and they get many many years of that !!! but then again you are an American bag that ‘exude’ freedom through its pores and have to sell it baby cos it doesn’t sell itself anymore!!!

  14. Post 14, it was about time to admit that the usanian nazist gulag is NOT a free country.

    However, that is not going to change any time soon.

  15. PEPITO STRIKES AGAIN! First Day in School

    It was the first day of school for the kindergarten class; as the
    teacher walked in the classroom, she noticed something was
    written on the chalkboard: “T T T 1 A”

    She looked at the children and said, “Who wrote this?” Johnny raises his hand and says, “I did, teacher.”

    “Well, what does that mean, Johnny?” asked the teacher.

    Johnny answers, “It means, ‘To The Teacher 1 Apple’,” and with that, he gave the teacher an apple.

    “Very good,” says the teacher, “Thank you.”

    The next morning, the teacher walks in the classroom, and
    notices, once again, something written on the board. This time, the chalkboard reads: “T T T 1 O”

    She asked the children, “Who wrote this?”

    Then Mary answers, “I did, teacher.”

    The teacher says, “Well, Mary, what does that mean?”

    Mary says, “It means, ‘To The Teacher 1 Orange’,” and she gives the teacher an orange.

    “Very nice, Mary, thank you”, said the teacher.

    The next morning, she walks in the classroom, and she noticed on the chalkboard “F U C K 1 T”

    Disappointed, the teacher exclaimed, “WHO WROTE THIS!!”

    Then Pepito raises his hand and says, “I did, teacher.”

    Angrily, the teacher asks, “Well, what does this mean, Pepito?”

    “It means, ‘From Us Cuban Kids, 1 Tamal

  16. BLACKMAIL?????HA HA HA!! THE CASTROFASCISTS ARE THE KINGS OF BLACKMAIL! THIS IS SOOOOO PATHETIC!! I DONT KNOW WHAT TO MAKE OF THEIR IRRATIONAL BEHAVIOR! ARE THEY SMOKING POT? NO, THEY ARE JUST OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD! IN THEIR OWN LITTLE FASCISTLAND! BUT THE INTERNET, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, FLASH DRIVES!! AND THE DRIVE OF THE CUBAN PEOPLE WILL SET MY HOMELAND FREE!!!!!!!!!!!

    CBS NEWS : Cuba hits back at Richardson over failed visit

    (AP) HAVANA — Cuba accused former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson of “blackmail” and slander on Wednesday, categorically denying his claims that he was invited to the island to negotiate the release of a jailed American government subcontractor.

    In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press, the Foreign Ministry’s head of North American affairs, Josefina Vidal, said Cuba refused Richardson’s request to even see imprisoned Maryland-native Alan Gross after the American politician described him as a “hostage,” in an interview with AP.

    “His request to see the prisoner … became impossible due to his slanderous statements to the press in which he described Gross as a ‘hostage’ of the Cuban government,” Vidal said.

    She said Richardson undertook the trip on his own initiative and was never led to believe he would leave the island with Gross.

    “The release of the North American prisoner Alan Gross was never on the table,” she said, adding that Cuba was caught by surprise when word of Richardson’s visit was leaked amid news reports that he was coming to take Gross home.

    Richardson is a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations with a long history of negotiating the release of prisoners around the world. He also had enjoyed a particularly warm relationship with Cuba’s leaders until this trip.

    He said Tuesday that he was treated so poorly that he doubted he could ever return to the island as a friend.

    The feeling appears to be mutual.

    Vidal said Richardson’s behavior amounted to a crude attempt to box the Cuban government into a corner.

    “We explained to Mr. Richardson that Cuba is a sovereign country which does not accept blackmail, pressure or posturing,” she said.

    She also took exception to statements by Richardson and others that described Gross as seriously ill, saying his health is “normal, in accordance with his age and chronic ailments.”

    She said he received close medical attention, as well as regular consular visits.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/14/ap/latinamerica/main20106351.shtml

  17. I GOT THE JOKE AND THIS GREAT ESSAY ABOUT “THE JABA” (the bag or specifically the plastic bag) FROM An English Translation of: La Carpeta De Iván, from Havana, Cuba by Iván García ! I REALLY ENJOYED IT! SOME EXCERPTS!

    The ‘Jabas’ and the Latest Joke About Pepito

    Without exaggeration, Cuba is one of those countries on the planet that uses those ‘jabas‘ or bags the most; be they made of nylon, paper, or cloth, it’s all the same. It’s difficult to see a Cuban go into the street without said ‘jaba‘.

    Any moment can be the right one, you have to anticipate. If you’re going downtown or to the outskirts, your wife will tell you: “Take a ‘jaba‘, in case you find rice or discounted tomatoes”.

    Not carrying ‘jabas‘ is synonymous with failing to take advantage of the chance to buy pineapples, oranges, or guavas recently unloaded off of a truck coming from Jagüey Grande. You run the risk of running desperately from one place to another and not finding the usual old people who sell ‘nailitos‘ (little nylons) at a peso ($0.04) each.

    Selling ‘jabas‘ is a business to which many dedicate themselves in the city. Remberto, 75, retired, buys 100 jabas for 40 pesos ($1.60) and then sells them by the piece (one peso). In each lot he earns 60 pesos.

    Fat business. Although you have to use all five senses, looking if the state inspectors and police aren’t coming. Besides rendering your ‘jabas‘ useless, they’ll fine you 120 pesos (5 dollars), a terrible fate for a retired person.

    “The police are a problem. But the most serious is the scarcity of ‘jabas‘, including in the black market. Two months ago, the kind that I sell the most — stolen from a factory they tell me has shut down for lack of raw materiel. I’m selling them on the black market”, says Remberto, seated in a doorway near the destroyed Único Market.

    The scarcity of nylon ‘jabas‘ affects illegal vendors, almost all old people who are trying to survive under the difficult conditions of island socialism. But it’s also a headache for buyers. The nylon bags are also scarce in cash stores. The news isn’t very promising

    desdelahabanaivan.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/the-jabas-and-the-latest-joke-about-pepito/

  18. OK, ANOTHER PEPITO JOKE! NOT CRAZY ABOUT THE MISSILE PART BUT LEFT IT FOR UnSoricel SO HE WOULD HAVE A STRAW TO CLUTCH TO!

    A teacher asks Pepito (the classic mischievous child of jokes), what makes a Cuban different from a Spaniard and an American. Without thinking about it twice, Pepito responds:

    “The Spaniard eats dinner late, eats ham, and likes mulatto women. The American tips well, chews gum, and if you don’t agree with him, will launch a missile at you. And the Cuban spends his time speaking ill of Fidel, thinking about how to steal from his workplace, and in his pocket he always carries a nylon ‘jaba‘ to keep what he stole.”

  19. JUST TO GET INTO THE MEAT OF THIS POST BY YOANI! A PEPITO JOKE!

    Fidel sends for Pepito and says to him, “Pepito, I know you’re very well informed and I want you to tell me the truth, the honest truth…”
    -“Yes, Comandante?”
    -“Listen, Pepito,” Fidel says, stroking his beard seriously, “do you think this will all fall?”
    -Pepito lowers his eyes and remains silent.

    -“Come on, Pepito, I told you to tell me the truth! Do you think this will all fall?”
    -“Well, Comandante, the truth…,” Pepito hesitates, then blurts out, “the truth is that it already fell! Right now we’re just doing the paperwork.”

    I TOOK THIS FROM A PREVIOUS YOANI POST EXPLAINING WHO PEPITO IS!

    This national trend to go overboard has found its personification in the character of a young boy, eternal scholar full of uncomfortable questions. Pepito, the principal figure of many of our satiric stories, has a sharp tongue and empty pockets. His stories circulate clandestinely, spread by word of mouth with each one adding another detail, a punch of pepper to spice up the adventures of this urchin. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been hearing about this boy who stars in almost all our jokes.

  20. “…and wondered aloud if President Raul Castro’s government was aiming to deliberately scuttle better ties with Washington.”

    Hmm, you think 52 years of scuttling relations with the USA, including an unsuccessful attempt to start a nuclear war and a successful assassination of a US president, would make people suspicious of the Cuban government’s desire for peaceful dialogue.

    I think kidnappers are scum.

  21. OH BILL! THE CASTROFASCISTS WERE NEVER YOUR “FRIENDS”!! EVEN THE CASTRO APOLOGISTS ARE SEEING NOW THE TRUE COLORS OF CASTROFASCIMS!!

    “Unfortunately after this negative experience, I don’t know if I could return here as a friend,” he said. “The next step is up to the Cuban government, but they have not treated me like a friend.”

    FORBES MAGAZINE : Richardson to leave Cuba bitter, with no prisoner – By PAUL HAVEN – 09.14.11

    HAVANA — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday that he would leave Cuba after exhausting all possible avenues to try to win the release of a jailed U.S. government subcontractor, adding that he was treated so poorly he doubted he could ever come back to the island as a friend.

    Richardson, who previously vowed to remain in Cuba until he at least got to see jailed Maryland native Alan Gross, changed his mind after meetings with the Cuban government and other influential groups failed to yield any results. He said he would leave Wednesday.

    “I have been here a week and tried through all means – with religious institutions, diplomats from other countries, all kinds of efforts – and I see that this isn’t going to change,” Richardson told reporters. “So why would I stay?”

    It was a stunning reversal after word last week that the Democratic politician had been invited by Cuban authorities and was hoping to negotiate Gross’ release.

    Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who had enjoyed warm relations with Cuba in the past, said he was disheartened and disillusioned by his treatment, and wondered aloud if President Raul Castro’s government was aiming to deliberately scuttle better ties with Washington.

    “I am very disappointed and surprised,” Richardson said. “Perhaps the Cuban government has decided it does not want to improve relations. Perhaps that is the message it is sending.”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/09/14/business-financial-impact-cb-cuba-imprisoned-american_8678175.html

  22. THANK YOU! Mr. AQOG! I WANT TO THANK ALL THE LADIES AND GERMS, AND GENTLEMEN WHO VOTED OR WILL BE VOTING (heavy Cuban guilt there)! SPEAKING OF “GERMS”!! COME ON!!,UnSoricel, Damir and all your other SIBYL PERSONALITIES!! BE GOOD SPORTS AND VOTE FOR LA FLACA, LA YOA! DO IT FOR “TEAM YOANI”!! EXTRA GUSANO HUGS AND KISSES IF YOU DO IT!!!

  23. The jaba

    There is a common joke about the jaba (shopping bag), that most Cubans carried to transport the Ration Book food items, and goes something like this: “Pepito, how many parts are there to the human body?”

    “Four,” Pepito answers, “The head, the trunk, the extremities – and the jaba.”

  24. OH BILL, BILL! YOUR FRIENDS “LA CHINA” & ‘”THE MUMMY” HAVE LET YOU DOWN! JUST LIKE THEY SLAPPED JIMMY CARTER WHO CALLED FIDEL HIS “FRIEND”! THAT’S WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU DEAL WITH THE CASTROFASCIST MAFIA! MAYBE YOU DID NOT OFFER THEM ENOUGH MONEY? YOU KNOW THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT IF THEY CANNOT GET THE CUBAN 5 SPIES BACK! THAT WONT HAPPEN SO CLOSE TO A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION! OBAMA WONT RISK FLORIDA!

    ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: Richardson leaving Cuba and says won’t see jailed American Alan Gross- By PAUL HAVEN – 3:21 p.m. Tuesday, September 13

    HAVANA — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday that he would leave Cuba after exhausting all possible avenues to try to win the release of a U.S. government subcontractor sentenced to 15 years in prison for crimes against the state.

    Richardson, who previously vowed to remain on the island until he at least got to see jailed Maryland native Alan Gross, said he changed his mind after meetings with the Cuban government and other influential groups failed to yield any results. He said he would leave Wednesday.

    “I have been here a week and tried through all means — with religious institutions, diplomats from other countries, all kinds of efforts — and I see that this isn’t going to change,” Richardson told reporters, speaking in Spanish. “So why would I stay?”

    It was a stunning reversal after word last week that Richardson had been invited by Cuban authorities and was hoping to negotiate Gross’ release.

    Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who had enjoyed warm relations with Cuba in the past, said he was disheartened and disillusioned by his treatment, and wondered aloud if President Raul Castro’s government was aiming to deliberately scuttle better ties with Washington.

    “I am very disappointed and surprised,” Richardson said. “Perhaps the Cuban government has decided it does not want to improve relations. Perhaps that is the message it is sending.”

    Richardson has been hunkered down at the capital’s Nacional hotel since last Wednesday, waiting for a response to his demand to visit Gross in a military hospital where the 62-year-old is being held. But high hopes for the trip evaporated quickly after Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said he could not even meet with Gross, let alone take him home.

    “The State Department is very disappointed because they did not let me see Alan Gross,” Richardson said Tuesday.

    Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said President Barack Obama’s administration had been in touch with Richardson and regretted that his requests had been falling on deaf ears. Still, she said the trip wasn’t a wasted effort.

    “It certainly underscored the plight of Mr. Gross,” she told reporters in Washington.

    Gross was sentenced to 15 years in jail for crimes against the state after he was caught illegally bringing communications equipment onto the island while on a USAID-funded democracy building program. Cuba says the programs aim to bring down the government; Gross contends he was only trying to help the island’s tiny Jewish community get Internet access.

    Efforts have grown in recent months to seek Gross’ release on humanitarian grounds. Those who have visited him say he has lost 100 pounds (45 kilos) in jail, and his 27-year-old daughter and elderly mother both are battling cancer back in the United States.

    The case has crippled attempts to improve relations between Washington and Havana, and the treatment of Richardson by Cuban officials is sure to be a fresh blow.

    The drama surrounding Richardson will have a lasting effect on perceptions in Washington, said Joe Garcia, a Miami-based former Obama administration appointee who has long known Richardson and frequently worked on Cuba-related issues.

    “For elements in the Cuban regime to try to embarrass one of the senior American leaders in foreign policy either leads one to think no one is in control, or those that are in control are trying to work against finding any positive solutions,” Garcia said.

    “Bill Richardson is one of the most experienced public figures in American foreign policy. … This isn’t some guy who just swam ashore and said, ‘I’m here to get Gross.'”

    The countries can’t even seem to connect on relatively mundane issues, like twice-yearly talks on migration and less-regular discussions they are meant to have on mail service. The last time they met on either issue was in January, and a new round that had been expected in July never happened. No new dates for either talks have been announced.

    Associated Press writers Anne-Marie Garcia in Havana, Laura Wides-Munoz in Miami and Bradley Klapper in Washington contributed to this report.

    http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/richardson-says-wont-see-1178839.html

  25. PLEASE VOTE! YOUR VOTE FOR YOANI’S BOOK IS A VOTE FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE AND AGAINST CASTROFASCISM!

    msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/09/09/ms-readers-choice-top-100-non-fiction-books/

    TOP 100 non-fiction books. I added Yoani and she debuted at #69… my friend voted and she soared to number 21.

    Because it’s a pain the ass to vote… you have to set up a GOODREADS account (takes about 5 minutes)… so PLEASE… invest the 5 minutes… 3 votes might get her in the top ten!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (Just click that NO you don’t want to give them your address book and NO you don’t want to rate 100 books…. and it doesn’t take very long….)

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