Green Collar Crimes


He was working for a new kind of corporation, one of those occupying a luxurious mansion in the Miramar neighborhood and importing goods from abroad. To find such a job it was enough to appeal to the influence of his father, a lieutenant colonel, the pull of the family tree. He belongs to a new generation of ideology-free entrepreneurs, but to keep his job he shouts a slogan every now and then, faking loyalty to some leader. This crafty “New Man” seeks out the cheapest, lowest quality goods on the international market and passes them off as the choices of his bosses who assigned him to be a buyer. From the difference, thousands and thousands of dollars go into his pocket every year. Like him, a whole litter of money-grubbing cubs defraud Cuban enterprises, arming themselves financially for the changes to come.

The latest episode of moral corruption in the business sector is related to the highly publicized fiber optic cable connecting us to Venezuela. Announced since 2008, it only reached our shores in February of this year, under the anxious eyes of 11 million citizens who dream of connecting, en masse, to the Internet. After several postponements, July was set as the date for it to start working. Between rumors on the street, dispatches from foreign agencies, and the testimony of workers for the only telephone company allowed in the country, we have learned that the cable is a disaster. A bad choice in the material from which it is made, the lack of the correct covering to prevent it from being chewed by the sharks that abound in Caribbean waters, and even the theft of funds meant for its activation, seem to have disabled its implementation until further notice.

But beyond the almost comical details of the non-working cable, our attention is called to the high level in the political hierarchy of those involved in this new corruption scandal. They are not second-tier officials, but strait-laced Party servants previously entrusted with lofty responsibilities. How did these faithful employees of ministries, joint-venture firms, and foreign companies become “green-collar” criminals? Red-card-carrying thieves? Perhaps it was their opportunistic-fueled noses that made them believe the future was ever closer and if they met the changes with an economic foundation they could become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. For each one that has been discovered, there are dozens who continue “fishing” in the shadows, shouting slogans, swearing allegiance to a leader, and who, when they are alone, calculate the number of digits already in their personal fortunes, the size of the pile they have been able to extract from a State that trusted them.

An expanded version of this text was published in the Peruvian newspaper, El Comercio.

75 thoughts on “Green Collar Crimes

  1. UnSoricel said : “Humberto and hermanos terrrrible you too baby! After that maybe you tell why were you so keen to see my face on this blog???because I know why Pamela was…”

    Un Hun! I MUST CONFESS THAT I WANTED TO SEE YOUR FACE BECAUSE IM LOOKING FOR A HUSBAND AND THOUGHT YOU MIGHT BE “BOYFRIEND MATERIAL”! IM GETTING DESPERATE HERE THAT I WOULD EVEN CONSIDER SOMEONE LIKE YOU! AND DID YOU MEAN “ENFANT TERRIBLE” WHEN YOU LABELED ME “hermanos terrrrrrible”? I COULD SEE YOUR POINT!

    ENFANT TERRIBLE – Actually applies to young adults (generally male) who go out of their way to shock or embarrass but at the same time are considered talented.

  2. Embalmed White Udder said : “Sorry Mr. Gonzalez but you are in the wrong place, this is not Yoani’s blog but “the californian old queen and pam & ela the sour old chick” blog. Regards”

    OH E.W.U. !! THANKS FOR YOUR KIND WORDS! YOU DONT KNOW HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO ME! REALLY! AND JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE SUCH A NICE GUY, I WILL LET YOU WEAR MI TIARRA AND SASH THAT I WON LAST YEAR IN THE “California Old Queen” PAGEANT THAT IS HELD EACH YEAR! NOW ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO TO A NICE “VINTAGE” CLOTHING STORE AND GET YOURSELF A NICE GOWN! MAYBE YOU CAN PUT THAT PICTURE IN YOUR AVATAR!

  3. @Help… sure you should, but I guess it could be implicitly in place since you guys do not get the lovely rum nor the cigars!! Eventually I think Cuba refused to sell them to you !!…more to us over here! What I didn’t get is if this is the same US who put pressure on many Internet companies and gov not to accept money donations for WikiLeaks?? probably we’re talking of a different US for sure!

    The big irony which you missed for the obvious reason…is that my former country is installing the ‘anti-rocket’ shield near the Russian border… as a ‘gift’ to our new friends – the US… and yes we got cable too to hang ourselves with… so now Russia can hate and punish us for the next 200 years when the US leaves!!.. any memories of a similar situation and how that played???

  4. Sorry, I meant blockade, not embargo. The US is suffering from a terrible imperialist Cuban blockade, the Cubans refuse to use cheap US fiber optic cables and the Cubans throw US aid workers in prison to use as hostages. I’m going to set up an end-the-terrible-imperialist-Cuban-blockade-and-war-against-the-USA group in my city and ask all good communists and anti-imperialists to donate money to my cause.

  5. So UnSoricel, what do you think about Cuba refusing to do business with US telecom companies, instead opting for a much higher priced cable from Venezuela that after numerous delays, is nowhere to be found?

    It looks to me like US companies are suffering from a Cuban economic embargo. Also, the US government can say that Cuba is putting pressure on other nations not to do business with the USA, and that’s what caused the recent recession and the terrible suffering of the American people. As plausible as anything Castro has ever said. The US should take the Cuban economic embargo to the UN and see if it receives universal condemnation. What do you think?

  6. @? … Oh well the Castrofascists seem to have been busy…. And the anti brigade in full swing with the hola hoops…. As it results from here: http://www.sadlerswells.com/show/Havana-Rakatan-2011 the guys from the original place do better hoola hops than you guys… But you can look and learn how the lower half works to great advantage….though usually you can’t teach an old US dog new tricks… Humberto and hermanos terrrrible you too baby! After that maybe you tell why were you so keen to see my face on this blog???because I know why Pamela was…

  7. Sorry Mr. Gonzalez but you are in the wrong place, this is not Yoani’s blog but “the californian old queen and pam & ela the sour old chick” blog.

    Regards

  8. NO, NO, NO! THE CASTROFASCISTS DONT WANT TO NORMALIZE US/CUBA RELATIONS! WHAT THEY WANT IS TO TRADE THE HOSTAGE ALAN GROSS FOR THE CUBAN 5 SPIES. IF THEY REALLY WANTED GOOD RELATIONS, THEY WOULD NOT SEND THEIR THUGS AGAINST MIDDLE AGED WOMEN! THEY NEED A WIN OF THE CUBAN 5 CAMPAIGN SO THEY CAN PROP UP THEIR FAILING REGIME IN THE EYES OF THE CUBAN PEOPLE! THIS IS VERY OBVIOUS!

    CBS NEWS : Cuba: We want normalized U.S. relations

    UNITED NATIONS – Cuba wants to re-establish relations with the United States with a focus on humanitarian and other issues, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Monday.

    Rodriguez also called on President Barack Obama to release five Cubans serving U.S. espionage sentences, telling the opening of the new U.N. General Assembly that the continued imprisonment of the five men convicted of espionage in 2001 is “inhumane.” The Cuban government refers to the five men as heroes who were gathering information about terrorist groups in the United States to protect their homeland.

    The foreign minister said the two countries had many points of understanding in common.

    “The Cuban government reiterates its willingness and interest to move toward the normalization of relations with the United States,” Rodriguez said.

    “Today I reiterate the proposal of beginning a dialogue aimed at solving bilateral problems, including humanitarian issues, as well as the offer of negotiating several cooperation agreements to combat drug-trafficking, terrorism, human smuggling, prevent natural disasters and protect the environment.”

    Among the humanitarian issues pending between the two countries is the continued imprisonment of American Alan Gross, who the Cuban government accuses of illegally bringing communications equipment onto the island while on a USAID-funded democracy building program.

    In March of this year he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for crimes against the state.

    Cuban officials including President Raul Castro accused him of spying, but Gross says he was only trying to help the island’s tiny Jewish community get Internet access.

    The case has harmed any chance of improved relations between Washington and Havana, which briefly seemed to be getting better after Obama assumed the presidency.

    In an interview with The New York Times during his current visit to the United States, Rodriguez did not rule out the possibility of Gross being freed for humanitarian reasons. But he indicated Cuba would expect some kind of reciprocal action.

    Rodriguez did not mention Gross in his speech to the assembly on Monday, but spoke several times about the five imprisoned Cubans.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/26/501364/main20111955.shtml

  9. Buenas Yoani Sanchez y a los demas:

    Permítame decirles,como Uds ya saben que hay un peligro potencial y radica en un aumento desbordado de la represión.

    Muchos tienen miedo y no saben como influir para ocupar ese “espacio vacío”; ese sentimiento disparejo entre el régimen y aquellos que aun sintiendo miedo son capaces de decir las críticas que podrían abrir un trillo hacia nuestro fin: la libertad de expresión y un rechazo tajante; a los que se venden por un pan duro que no hay quien se lo coma,ese es lo que le dan a la población fuera del consumo en area-dolar en Cuba.

    En Cuba, mientras abríamos los ojos aun mas; me decía a mi mismo como un ser humano puede golpear a un patriota disidente de esa forma?.

    Solo porque una dama de blanco gritó “Abajo Fidel” y abajo su “hermano Raul”; ya es víctima de la “represión atros” de la dictadura de los hermanos Castros.

    Recuerdo cuando ya estaba practicamente al dejar la Isla que un joven trabajador nos mostraba las medicinas que le mandaban desde Miami; porque le hacía bien a su hija enferma.

    Yo necesitaba de una medicina que solo se puede comprar en los Estados Unidos.Un señor con unos años de mas de lealtad al régimen le estaba diciendo al que mostraba la medicina norteamericana que no nos dejáramos engañar, cuando yo irrumpi a favor de la medicina norteamericana entonces me dijo “No seas bobo eso es una mentira”

    Exactamente el no necesitaba esa medicina por eso no les importaba “tupirnos” para que elogíaramos a la medicina cubana que no resuelve nada para mi ni para el.

    Yoani Ud y la resistencia cubana han desafiado al régimen una vez mas.De todas maneras el peligro aun existe y no podemos ignorarlo.

    El conflicto ideológico, con todo respeto,para mi es un ataque para despistar y ponerlos a perder el tiempo con discusiones abstractas. Tengan cuidado por favor,la ideología es un mar arado por los sentimientos de libertad de los balseros que murieron en el estrecho de la Florida y para que? para encontrar la libertad y la democracia política y económica.

    Perdonen el tono autoritario cuando les dije que: “No se dejaran enredar”.

    Yo recuerdo en mis ultimos meses dentro de Cuba y trabajando en la Alianza Francesa que un sujeto que estudiaba en la “Alianza” se me acercó en la biblioteca con la cabeza “rapada”.

    Yo no me demore, me dijo que si quería conocer al oficial de la CIA de la “oficina de interes”. Yo no tenía nada en contra de los norteamericanos de la “oficina de intereses” ni tampoco de ese señor, pero yo estaba trabajando en la biblioteca de la Alianza Francesa.

    Yo trabajo para los franceses, le respondí, me pagan poco pero ya veremos mas adelante.Hay que tener cuidado.

    Sinceramente,

    Julio Gonza’

  10. MANY OF THE LADIES IN WHITE DUPED THE POLITICAL POLICE AND MANAGED TO REACH THE CHURCH ON SATURDAY OCT. 24 AS THE CASTROFASCIST MOB WAS ABUSING THE OTHER GROUP OF OF THE LADIES IN WHITE AT THE HOUSE OF LAURA POLLAN (see video on comment #46 and story #45). ON THIS AUDIO LINK, WE HEAR BERTA SOLER SPEAKING FROM THE CHURCH AND EXPLAINS HOW THEY CIRCUMVENTED THEIR OPPRESSORS!

    http://www.martinoticias.com/templates/ocb-mediaDisplay.html?mediaPath=http%3A%2F%2Fav.martinoticias.com%2FMartiMedia%2Faudio%2F2011%2F9%2F09-24+berta+iglesias.mp3&mediaContentID=130505458

  11. @#59
    It is not not longer funny … to push ur buttons is so easy & the results so predictable … LOL

  12. YOUTUBE : DOCUMENTARY – “Soy la Otra Cuba” – Pierantonio Maria Micciarelli / Realizador Italiano (Documentary “I am the Other Cuba”)

    Documentary that exposes the current Cuban reality.
    “When I was young I was fascinated by the myth of the Cuban revolution, but being now in Cuba and saw another face reality. They are people of great valor and courage despite the fact that Cubans are imprisoned in their own home. I knew it was a project dangerous but it was my story, real and proper, that I should continue it ”
    Maria Micciarelli Pierantonio.

    DOCUMENTAL QUE EXPONE LA REALIDAD CUBANA ACTUAL.
    “Cuando era joven estaba fascinado con el mito de la revolución cubana, pero estando ahora en Cuba vi otra cara y realidad. Son gente de mucho valor y coraje a pesar de que los cubanos son prisioneros en su propia casa. Sabía que era un proyecto peligroso pero era mi historia, real y propia, y debía seguir ”
    Pierantonio Maria Micciarelli.

  13. From Damir:

    “It is clear that being a support brigade pioneer excludes such sofisticated tool as brain.”

    It’s true, my brain is too sofisticated to know how to spell sophisticated.

  14. To uninspired and uninspiring poster of 48 and 49, read the first sentence of the post 47.

    Since the above poster of 48 and 49 has nothing intelligent to contribute with, might as well read something intelligent.

    Mental procesing (an intellectual activity that requires a brain to analyse and understand the message) is not expected from the poster. It is clear that being a support brigade pioneer excludes such sofisticated tool as brain.

    But then, the things floating in the sewerages of Miami are not known for being the most intelligent pieces of…eh… let us say “work”…

  15. A CASTROFASCISTS IN THE MAKING! OR SHOULD I SAY A CORREAFASCIST IN THE MAKING! AND FYI, CORREA MEANS “BELT” IN SPANISH! YOU CAN FIGURE THAT ONE OUT! DOES “FREEDOM OF SPEECH” RING A BELL!! HE WONT STAND FOR IT, THAT IS WHY HE WILL USE THE “CORREA” DE CORREA! HAVING TROUBLE GETTING MY PICTURE UP, DAMIR, UnSoricel and Embalmed White Udder! YOU WILL HAVE TO INSULT ME WITHOUT A PICTURE!

    REUTERS : Reserved for Press-Sep 23, 2011

    President Rafael Correa, the leftist leader of Ecuador, took on the media on Friday at the home of one of journalism’s pinnacles, Columbia University in New York.
    The school awards the Cabot Prizes, journalism’s oldest, which honor the best and most courageous reporters covering the Americas. Oh, and let’s not forget the Pulitizer Prizes.
    Correa has come under fire from media watchdogs and human rights groups who say he has limited press freedom since coming to power in 2007. But the president rarely shies away from a fight, whether it is with international bondholders, oil companies or critics of his policies.
    For over 45 minutes, he lambasted the press, verbally jousted with journalists and students, and even drew some applause during his speech titled: “Vulnerable Societies: Media and Democracy in Latin America”.
    Lee Bollinger, the President of Columbia University and a legal expert on freedom of speech issues, drew some laughter himself, even if unintentional, with his welcoming remarks that highlighted the controversy over the media in Ecuador.
    Noting some of Correa’s achievements, Bollinger mentioned the president’s reelection and said: “And today Ecuador, in Ecuador, he remains a popular and widely admired leader,” to which the audience burst into laughter.
    He continued and was interrupted by more laughter in mid-sentence when he said: “President Correa has also endured widespread criticism for his treatment of Ecuador’s print and broadcast media and for policies antagonistic to freedom of speech and press, it is said.”
    Bollinger said he was eager to hear Correa’s account of the serious concerns.
    “Students of the jurisprudence of free expression will recognize Ecuador’s laws as another form of seditious libel. Such laws which make criticisms of government officials a crime, typically have been adopted by emerging democracies or other societies seeking to extinguish threats to a fragile political structure,” Bollinger said.
    He explained how even the United States had used similar tactics, citing the Seditious Libel act of 1798 and the World War I espionage act.
    “But over time we have come to see the wisdom of repudiating this course of action. Through this experience a lesson we have learned is that the impulse to forbid government criticism has always later been understood to be an epic abdication of our society’s pledge to live by reason, to confront dissent with courage and to be temperate with dealing with misbehavior,” Bollinger said.
    Correa spoke in English and told the audience: “We live in a world where the media, with its media power, has tried to replace the Rule of Law with the Rule of Opinion.”
    At the same time, he defended freedom of expression and faced questions from students who asked how he could rationalize the apparent contradictions in his policies. He replied that these were complex issues worthy of discussion.
    Correa has a dim view of the media structure in Ecuador, and the region overall.
    “In Latin America … it seems very strange that there is no jail sentence for damaging a human being’s honor, although there is jail for those who are charged with mistreating a dog,” he said.
    He has sued and won a case in the local courts against an outspoken critic and three board members of the opposition El Universo newspaper.
    The paper’s former op-ed editor, Emilio Palacio, has since fled to Miami saying he feared he would not get a fair hearing from the judiciary at home. He and the board members were sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay a $40 million fine over a column that criticized how Correa handled a policy mutiny in Sept. 2010.
    Ecuador’s penal code punishes anyone who “falsely accuses” a public official of a crime.
    Carlos Lauria, senior program coordinator for the Americas at the Committee to Protect Journalists, took direct aim at the president’s policies, saying he had urged the courts to imprison journalists just because he didn’t like their opinions.
    Correa’s response: “Sir, you are lying and you are a liar.”
    Photo: Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador speaking to students, faculty and the media at Columbia University, Friday September 23, 2011. By Daniel Bases

    IF LINK IS NOT ACTIVE, COPY AND PASTE LINK TO BROWSER!

    blogs.reuters.com/global/2011/09/24/reserved-for-press/

  16. Hate to change the thread of the conversation, but just watched an episode of Dexter on HBO, only to find Julia Stiles playing a vengeful sister, who after a long chase, stabs to death her sister’s killer. In case you’re not up on the show “Dexter”, it is a series based on a serial killer turned crime scene investigator. The show is set in Miami, and Beni More music can be heard often as he dumps the bodies of his victims, (killers themselves) wrapped in body bags in the Ocean from his boat.

    Humm, great mix of business and pleasure, I mean, her visit to Habana. Nothing wrong with that. Just a heads up.

  17. As we can easily see, main problem of Ideological-mental retarded is that they are attached to s. XIX……. here the poor patient bringing 150 years old quotes to “prove” some nonsense about another 150 years old nonsense: Communism……. poor patient, forever attached to the past!!!!!

  18. BOY, THIS SOUNDS AWFULLY FAMILIAR! GUESS A FASCIST THEOCRACY IS VERY SIMILAR TO CASTROFASCISM! AFTER ALL THEY ARE BOSOM BUDDIES!! “SOULESS SOULMATES”!! SOME EXCERPTS!

    CBS NEWS : U.S. hikers: “We were hostages” – By David Morgan

    Last Wednesday, Fattal and Bauer were released, after payment of $500,000 bail each was paid.

    “It was clear to us from the very beginning that we were hostages,” Fattal said today. “Hostage is the most accurate term, because despite certain knowledge of our innocence, the Iranian government has tied our case to its political disputes with the U.S.”

    Fatal said he and Bauer had been held in almost complete isolation during their captivity. “In all the time we spent in detention, we had a total of 15 minutes of telephone calls with our families, and one short visit from our mother. We had to go on hunger strikes repeatedly just to receive letters from our loved ones.

    “Many times, too many times, we heard the screams of other prisoners being beaten, and there was nothing we could do to help them,” he said.

    “In prison, we lived in a world of lies and false hope. The investigators lied that [the ambassador] from the Swiss Embassy in Tehran did not want to see us. They told us, again falsely, that they we would be given due process and access to our lawyer, the courageous and persistent Mr. Masoud Shafiee. Most infuriatingly, they told us that our families stopped writing us letters. ”

    “Releasing us is a good gesture and no positive step should go unnoticed. We applaud the Iranian authorities for finally making the right decision regarding our case. But we want to be clear,” he continued. “They do not deserve undue credit for ending what they had no right and no justification to start in the first place.”

    IF LINK IS NOT ACTIVE, COPY AND PASTE LINK TO BROWSER!

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/25/national/main20111399.shtml

  19. 47Damir

    Septiembre 25th, 2011 at 08:10
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    As we can easily see, main problem of Ideological-mental retarded is that they are attached to s. XIX……. here the poor patient bringing 150 years old quotes to “prove” some nonsense about another 150 years old nonsense: Communism……. poor patient, forever attached to the past!!!!!

  20. THIS MAY BE CUBA’S FIRST HORROR FILM, BUT THE CUBAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LIVING A CASTROFASCIST HORROR REALITY FOR THE PAST 52 YEARS!!

    FANTASTIC FEST 2011: CUBA’S FIRST HORROR FILM: ‘Juan of the Dead’ Premiere- SOME EXCERPTS!

    He namechecked Latino Review and Ain’t it Cool News as pivotal info sources, but reminded the audience (many of whom were laden down with laptops, iPads and smartphones) of the dial-up problems in a nation without easy access to DSL. “It’s incredibly slow. You can’t imagine how slow it is. Whenever I go outside, I try to read as much as I can. In Cuba, every day, many times a day, I go in and takes 15 minutes to load a page. Well, it’s worth it.”

    The international bitemarks are all over the film, including the influence of the godfather of the undead. As George A. Romero can tell you, the key to a successful zombie movie may well be political and social metaphor, so Juan was not just about creating a zombie film in Cuba: It was about making a zombie film about Cuba. “I wanted to say a lot of things about Cuba, and things I observed about the Cuban reality,” he said. “When you’re in Cuba and you look at the people in the street, and well, some of them look like zombies.” He was particularly eager to let the near-dead play the undead, so he wanted as many old people as possible. “We had dancers teach them how to move, and of course they forgot because they’re old.”

    IF LINK IS NOT ACTIVE, COPY AND PASTE LINK TO BROWSER!

    http://www.austinchronicle.com/blogs/screens/2011-09-24/ff2011-juan-of-the-dead-premiere/

  21. CUBA STANDARD : Cuban state buys out Telecom Italia – 01/31/2011

    Amid a cash crunch for the Cuban government, Cuban state company Rafin S.A. bought Telecom Italia’s 27-percent share in Cuban telecom ETECSA for a premium price of $706 million.

    In its latest half-year report, TI valued its ETECSA stake at 367 million euro ($481 million), according to Italian newspaper Il Sole. However, TI reportedly asked $780 million for the stake in negotiations with Spain’s Telefónica in 2009.

    According to a Telecom Italia press release, the Cuban entity already paid $500 million; Rafin will pay the remainder in 36 monthly installments of $5.72 million each. The arrangement is subject to “specific credit guarantees,” TI said, without explaining.

    The sale of the ETECSA stake concludes Telecom Italia’s efforts to shed non-core assets and reduce debt; the company announced in 2008 that it wanted to sell its Cuban business. Chairman Franco Bernabe told Italian reporters that the participation in ETECSA was “only financial,” contrasting with Telecom Italia’s controlling stakes in entities in Brazil and Argentina.

    The Cuban government has not commented the purchase.

    The government set up Rafin in 1997 as an entity to finance import-export operations, participate in debt refinancing operations, and manage centralized funds for state companies, among others. It is the non-bank financial branch of Grupo de Administración Empresarial S.A. (Gaesa), the armed forces’ business unit that controls entities that have remained solvent throughout the most recent cash crunch that began in 2008. This is likely Rafin’s largest-volume undertaking ever.

    The Cuban purchase doesn’t come as a surprise, since TI officials had talked about negotiations since last October. However, third-country companies including Telefónica had also expressed interest. Earlier this year, Britain’s Cable & Wireless Communications plc said it wanted to bid for the stake, attracted by Cuba’s growth potential in the mobile phone sector. The London-based company is entering the Cuban market via an undersea cable linking Jamaica and Cuba. The cable landing, company CEO Tony Rice said last year, would position Cable & Wireless as a top contender to take over the ETECSA share.

    “The starting point is the cable landing, but the greater prize is working with the [Cuban] government to develop its telecoms market,” Cable & Wireless CEO Tony Rice said in March, according to the Sunday Times.

    A Cable & Wireless spokesman later said that reports about an ETECSA stake purchase went “too far,” according to trade publication Total Telecom.

    Cuba is not only the largest Caribbean market, but it is also the most underdeveloped for broadband and wireless communications in the western hemisphere.

    Six Cuban state entities now own ETECSA — Telefónica Antillana S.A. (51.006%), Rafin S.A. (27.003%), Banco Financiero Internacional S.A. (6.157%), Universal Trade & Management Corporation S.A. (11.086%), Banco Internacional de Comercio S.A. (0.923%), and Negocios en Telecomunicaciones S.A. (3.825%).

    IF LINK IS NOT ACTIVE, COPY AND PASTE LINK TO BROWSER!

    http://www.cubastandard.com/2011/01/31/cuban-state-buys-out-telecom-italia/

  22. AS GOMER PYLE SORT OF SAID! NO SURPRISE, NO SURPRISE, NO SURPRISE! ABOUT THE GROSS FOR THE CUBAN 5 SPIES TRADE WANTED BY THE CASTROFASCIST GOVERMENT! THAT IS THE REASON GROSS WAS SEQUESTERED, TO BE A HOSTAGE FOR THE TRIED, WITH APPEALS TO THE SUPREME COURT CUBAN 5 SPIES!

    Jim Nabors maintained clout for his quote “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise” during his run on “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

    HAVANA, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) — Normal relations between Havana and Washington are “unthinkable” without the release of five Cubans jailed in the United States for spy allegations, said Cuba’s parliament leader Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada on Saturday.

    Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino, Fernando Gonzalez and Antonio Guerrero, known as the “Cuban Five,” were arrested in Florida in September 1998 and convicted to long sentences for spying.

    Alarcon said that Cuba considers the five people as “heroes” and that “they were only monitoring the anti-Castro exile groups based in Florida, without any intention of harming the U.S. security.”

    Alarcon also criticized the decision of a U.S. judge impeding Rene Gonzalez to return home after his sentence expires on Oct. 7. The judge ordered him to live in the United States under supervision for another three years.

    Alarcon called on U.S. President Barack Obama to “end this injustice by releasing the five.”

    The case of the “Cuban Five” and the imprisonment of U.S. contractor Alan Gross by Cuba for supporting anti-Castro groups are two main obstacles to the resumption of normal relations between the two nations.

    Cuba and the United States severed diplomatic relations more than 50 years ago, although they have maintained interests offices in each other’s capital since 1977.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-09/25/c_131158331.htm

  23. Damir said : “See, the copy and paste genius still trying to make herself appear funny. Unsuccessfully. Balls of a man are needed for that and she doesn’t have them. Favcial hair is not a substitute for brain either.”

    OHHH DAMIR! ARE YOU MAD THAT I DID NOT INCLUDE YOU IN MY COMMENT #45? PAPITO! SINCE YOU ARE SO MEAN TO ME, I THOUGHT YOU DID NOT LIKE ME! I KNOW YOU DONT LIKE ME TO CUT AND PAST, SO JUST BECAUSE YOU DONT LIKE I WONT DO IT ANYMORE! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HA HA HA!

  24. Hola Yoani,

    Re: …the fiber optic cable connecting us to Venezuela

    According to Jorge Luis Perdomo, Cuba’s deputy-minister of information, “the Cuban government has no fear of Cubans having free access to the internet” – Economist, March 3, 2011 – http://www.economist.com/node/18285798

    But at the same time, if the fiber optic cable “is a disaster. A bad choice in the material from which it is made, the lack of the correct covering to prevent it from being chewed by the sharks that abound in Caribbean waters, and even the theft of funds meant for its activation, seem to have disabled its implementation until further notice”, etc, then why did the Cuban government buy out its partner in the cable project, Telecom Italia, for $500 million?

    Obviously, Senor Perdomo is a liar. Los Hermanos Castro – y otros – simply want to have full control over the flow of information and communications to and from Cuba.

    It is as clear as the turquoise waters of Cuba’s beautiful beaches. They see this internet connectivity as a threat to their propaganda, lies and power.

    Bastante!

    Libertad o muerte.

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