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. @#47
    ” … Al salir a Norteamérica, oía historias sobre sus calles pavimentadas de oro… Pero al llegar, descubrí que: primero, no estaban pavimentadas de oro; segundo, ni siquiera estaban pavimentadas; y tercero, estaban esperando que yo las pavimentara.
    (Testimonio de un inmigrante irlandés anónimo en los EE.UU. del siglo XIX)…”

    Behind the times? still in the 19 century … lol
    As I always say … what a pitiful fool u r, the only thing u ever had is to grasp at straws eh … pal?

  2. In honor of Comrade Damir rolling out his “much-loved-quotes” column, I thought that I would roll out a column of my own: “Classic Quotes of Comrade Damir” :

    “Usanian Nazist Pigs”

    “Floating in Sewerages of Miami”

    “Perls for the pigs” (What the heck is a perl anyway?)

    “Members of the Support Brigade”

    “The Pinup Granny” (WTF??)

    AND…….EVERYONE’S FAVORITE……………….YOU GUESSED IT:

    “SOME KIND OF PRAGMATIC CAPITALISM!!!!!!!!” ding ding ding ding ding

    Stay tuned for more “perls” of wisdom.

  3. TODAY’S TOP NEWS STORIES:

    Intellectual abilities of Miami Mafia safely confirmed by self-appointed Eastern European philosopher.

    Comrade Damir’s claim that “balls of a man” are needed in order to be funny has stirred street riots from female comedians in “sewerages of Miami.”

    Posters at Generation Y blog wait daily, with baited breath, for Comrade Damir’s most-loved quotes. Posters were not disappointed today with today’s quote, even though they could not understand it, and were not expected to . Yo.

  4. 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.

    Just found an interesting quote in spanish section. Loved it very much, so here it is. Don’t worry geniuses yo are not expected to understand it. Your intellectual abilities have been safely confirmed to have drowned in that sewerage fluid you all float in, down in Miami.

    “Al salir a Norteamérica, oía historias sobre sus calles pavimentadas de oro… Pero al llegar, descubrí que: primero, no estaban pavimentadas de oro; segundo, ni siquiera estaban pavimentadas; y tercero, estaban esperando que yo las pavimentara…”
    (Testimonio de un inmigrante irlandés anónimo en los EE.UU. del siglo XIX)

  5. WOW! IM BEGINNING TO HAVE FAITH ON DARLING SHASTA! OR IS IT SHASTA DARLINGTON! COULD NOT RESIST THE PUN!

    YOUTUBE : Fuerte acoso contra damas blanco en #cuba – 09/24/11 (Strong harassment against The Ladies in White of Cuba – 09/24/11)

    Unos 300 seguidores del régimen cubano hostigaron a 35 mujeres de las Damas de Blanco para impedirles que marcharan hacia la iglesia donde conmemorarían el día de la Virgen de las Mercedes, patrona de los presos. –
    Video Cortesía CNN en Español

    About 300 “supporters” of the Cuban regime harassed 35 women from the Ladies in White to prevent them from marching to the church where there were to commemorate the day of the Virgen de las Mercedes, patron saint of prisoners. –
    Video Courtesy of CNN in Spanish

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

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJCRNO33Qoc

  6. FINALLY SOME GOOD BASIC REPORTING FROM SHASTA! SHE DIDN’T EVEN MENTION THE “PAID MERCENARY” CLAUSE THAT SHOWS UP ON ALMOST ALL ARTICLES ABOUT DISSIDENTS AS PART OF DOING BUSINESS WITH THE CASTROFASCISTS!GUESS UnSoricel and Embalmed White Udder ARE NOT BACK YET FROM THE REPUDIATION “EVENT” OF THE LADIES IN WHITE! TOO MUCH SHOUTING CASTROFASCISTS SLOGANS WILL MAKE YOU TIRED, AND AFTER THE STALE BREAD SANDWICH AND SUGAR WATER THEY GAVE THE PARTICIPANTS YOU COME CRASHING DOWN PRETTY FAST AND NEED A LONG NAP!

    CNN : Crowd prevents Ladies in White from starting protes- By Shasta Darlington

    Havana (CNN) — Hundreds of government supporters crowded around the home of a Cuban dissident on Saturday, shouting insults and blocking a couple of dozen women inside to prevent them from staging a protest march.

    The Ladies in White, a group of female dissidents fighting for human rights and the release of political prisoners, had planned to march to a local church to honor the Virgin of Mercedes, the patron saint of prisoners.

    The pro-government crowd shouted insults and political slogans while loudspeakers blasted music and speeches by Fidel Castro.

    “Down with the worms!” they shouted.

    The Ladies in White stood in the windows, making an “L” for liberty with their hands.

    When the women tried to launch their march shortly after 4 p.m. they were forcibly pushed back inside. After about 10 minutes of pushing and shoving, government supporters and a group of large men who appeared to be state security forced the door shut.

    “We will continue to fight for democracy,” Laura Pollan, one of the founders of the Ladies in White, told CNN.

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

    edition.cnn.com/2011/09/24/world/americas/cuba-dissent/

  7. “… Cuba’s Ladies in White redefine themselves as a Human Rights Movement for all Cubans
    By Alberto de la Cruz, on September 21, 2011, at 7:30 am

    Everything that results in a violation of human rights, an infringement of individual liberties, and an absence of democracy will be a cause for struggle for the Ladies in White, Laura Pollan has declared from Havana. After eight years demanding liberty for the 75 opposition members imprisoned in 2003, the Ladies in White have evolved into a national movement for the defense of human rights, liberty, and democracy in Cuba. The group of women declared to Radio Marti this past Sunday that they will never surrender to the repression of the Castro regime, and that they will continue marching every Sunday as part of their peaceful struggle. Laura Pollan, one of the leaders of the women’s group, explained the new mission of the movement, and added that not only will they continue marching in Havana, they will also march all over the country. Pollan stated that hard times with increased repression are ahead for the Ladies in White movement, but they accept the challenge and dream of the day when all Cuban women will be Ladies in White…”

  8. “… The government claims the acts are spontaneous rejections of anti-revolutionary sentiment, although little effort is made to conceal coordination with state security agents on the scene…”

  9. @#40
    More than harrased, restrained forcefully against a wall, nevertheless there is detemination in the eyes of the Lady in White & begrudging respect in the eyes of the woman doing the “holding” one picture says a thousand words …

  10. PHOTO FROM TODAY’S VIOLENCE AGAINST THE LADIES IN WHITE – The dissident leader of the Ladies in White, Laura Pollan , and some of her peers are harassed today, Saturday September 24, 2011, in Havana (Cuba)

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

    ve.noticias.yahoo.com/fotos/hab02-habana-cuba-24-09-11-l%C3%ADder-disidentes-photo-213724349.html

  11. SO, DID YOU PARTICIPATE IN THIS “EVENT” Embalmed White Udder? DID YOU ENJOY IT? THE WORLD IS WATCHING YOU KNOW!

    WASHINGTON POST : Pro-government crowd taunts Cuban dissidents, blocks them from leaving home on day of march

    HAVANA — A raucous pro-government crowd is shouting insults and preventing a group of Cuban dissidents from launching a protest march on the street.

    The crowd is preventing the Ladies in White from leaving the home of one of the group’s leaders, Laura Pollan. The Ladies had planned to hold a march in honor of the Virgin of Mercedes, the patron saint of prisoners.

    About 50 people surrounded the home Saturday in a working-class Havana neighborhood, shouting, “Down with the worms!” and “Get out!” at 34 members of the Ladies in White gathered inside.

    There was no violence. Crowds often gather to shout at Cuban dissidents. The government claims the turnout is spontaneous, though they do little to conceal coordination with state security agents who are also on the scene.

    Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/americas/pro-government-crowd-taunts-cuban-dissidents-blocks-them-from-leaving-home-on-day-of-march/2011/09/24/gIQA0rfztK_story.html

  12. ANOTHER VICTIM OF THE CASTROFASCISTS, BUT THIS ONE WITH A HAPPY ENDING! NICE STORY, JUST SOME EXCERPTS BELOW!

    TALLAHASSEE.COM : From Cuban political prisoner to longtime clerical leader Tony Fernandez has covered a lot of miles in his career – By Jim Crosby

    Tony Fernandez saw freedom through the 12-foot-high chain fence topped with barb wire. He just couldn’t get to it.

    He knew when morning came and the gates opened again, the guards would take him back to the fields for another backbreaking, 13-hour day of chopping sugar cane. Fernandez, not yet 20, had been yanked out of the seminary in his hometown of Mantanzas, Cuba, and sent to a work camp.

    He stayed there for three years.

    During his time as a political prisoner under the Castro regime, Fernandez never could have imagined where he would be today. For eight years he has served the United Methodist Florida Conference as Northwest District superintendent based in Tallahassee. On his watch the sprawling district, which covers 19 counties, has grown from 64 to 83 churches and two missions.

    In June, Fernandez will be retiring and moving with his wife to Virginia to be closer to his grandchildren. He recently talked about his clerical career, which started when he was called to the ministry as a young man of 15. Four years later, in 1965, he was forced into the work camp.

    “We were taken from the seminary because we were considered people who were not in favor of the system,” Fernandez said. “They called it a work camp, but it was more like a concentration camp.

    “Then they tried to make amends because they admitted it was a big mistake of the government to have that kind of policy against the church.”

    He went on to became a district superintendent in Cuba, and then in 1980, came to the United States. His first assignment was a two-church charge in Miami. In 1985, he became a U.S. citizen.

    As he prepares to retire in 2012, Fernandez said his family has thrived in this culture. He and Maria have been married for 42 years and have raised three sons. Antoniel is a police officer in North Miami. Daniel was in the U.S. Air Force and works in the intelligence community in Virginia. And David has a master’s of divinity degree from Princeton.

    Fernandez has no bitterness over the time he lost while being imprisoned.

    “After a few months in the work camp I realized God was taking me to that place so I could have an opportunity to testify about it,” he said.

    Through good and bad times, Fernandez said there is a verse of Scripture he has lived by — Acts 20:24.

    “However I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”

    — Jim Crosby is the Northwest District lay leader and a member of Good Samaritan UMC. He is a sports journalist and the author of three books. His latest is “You Can’t Become a Football Overnight.”

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

    http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20110924/LIVING06/109240301/From-Cuban-political-prisoner-longtime-clerical-leader?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|frontpage|p

  13. HEY HUN Un!YOU said: “So if you guys are ’so involved’ how come you haven’t build a map with the abuses that have been occurring in Cuba over the past 3-4 yrs… and a map with WHO are the people behind the institutions perpetrating the violations??? Ah I know that would be hard work needs courage and brains and who knows they might send someone over in the land of the brave …to shut you the clique down! Well if you guys are a clique what are you worth beside talk?.. not much salt I guess! Army boy put my name down on that list now!!”

    WELL HUN Un! WE HAVE BUILT THAT MAP AND DATABASE (see my comment #24) WITH PROOF THAT WILL BE TAKEN TO THE INTERNATIONAL COURT IN THE HAGUE AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME SO JUSTICE CAN COME TO THE VICTIMS OF THE CASTROFASCISTS! AND BY THE WAY, DID YOU NOT SAY THAT YOU WANT TO BE ON THIS LIST OF HUMAN RIGHT ABUSERS? THOSE WERE YOUR WORDS NOT MINE! OR DID I READ THAT WRONG? PLEASE EXPLAIN THE COMMENT ABOVE!

  14. Embalmed White Udder said : “Same old same old, the old queen from california plus pam & ela, the sour old chick… Someone really should have told them to go to a lemon-party when bored.”

    Embalmed White Udder, as I stated in a previous blog post about your whining comments! Why dont you CONTRIBUTE instead of whining all the time! AND I must tell you that this “old queen from California” gets A LOT of attention from straight and very attractive/intelligent women, that when they know or I tell them that I’m gay their usual response is “WHAT A WASTE”!! I FIND THAT VERY FLATTERING!! So getting back to there REAL CUBAN QUEEN, RAUL CASTRO also known as “LA CHINA” who fancies men that mother natures has been BERY BERY GOOD TO! THERE IS INFORMATION OUT THERE AND I BELIEVE EVEN PICTURES THAT WILL SURFACE BERY, BERY SOON ABOUT THIS AND OTHER SECRETS OF THE CASTROFASCISTS, BECAUSE THIS DRAG SHOW OF HIS AND “THE MUMMY’S” IS OVER GIRLFRIEND!

  15. WE ALL KNOW BY THIS TIME THAT WHAT THE CASTROFASCISTS REALLY WANT IS THE 5 CUBAN SPIES BACK! THIS IS THE ONE AND ONLY REASON ALAN GROSS WAS SEQUESTERED BY THE TRUE CUBAN MAFIOSOS OF “LA CHINA” & “THE MUMMY”! THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT NEEDS A “BIG WIN” AT HOME NOW SINCE THEY ARE AGAINST THE ROPES IN WORLD OPINION FOR A REASON! THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG ON THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND OUTRIGHT VIOLENCE AGAINST THEIR OWN PEOPLE! THE FACT THAT THEY RUN AROUND WITH AND STILL DEFEND THE LIKES OF CAGAFI, IRAN, SYRIA AND OTHER FASCISTS GOVERNMENTS IS AN OBVIOUS SIGN OF THEIR MORAL CORRUPTION!

    N.Y. TIMES : Cuban Minister Leaves a Door Open to American’s Release- By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD

    A week after an effort to gain the release of an American jailed in Cuba ended in recriminations, the Cuban foreign minister said Friday that the door remained open to free him on humanitarian grounds, but only with a reciprocal effort from the United States.

    In an interview with editors and reporters at The New York Times, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla said his country was still seeking closer ties with the United States, suggesting that the two sides start with subjects on which they should be able to find common ground most easily — fighting drug trafficking, terrorism and threats to the environment, to name a few.

    “It’s in the best interest of the U.S. and Cuba to move ahead on the normalization of bilateral relations,” Mr. Rodríguez said.

    One of the more contentious issues roiling relations right now is the dispute over Alan Gross, a State Department contractor serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba for distributing satellite equipment under an American program aimed at weakening the Cuban government.

    Last week, Bill Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico and American diplomat, questioned whether Cuba really wanted warmer relations with the United States as he bitterly left Cuba without Mr. Gross or even a chance to visit him.

    But Mr. Rodríguez, without being explicit, suggested that Cuba and the United States could find mutual humanitarian gestures to end the stalemate.

    “I do not see any way in which we can move on towards a solution of the Mr. Gross case but from a humanitarian point of view and on the basis of reciprocity,” he said.

    Mr. Rodríguez declined to say what he had discussed with Mr. Richardson, but he said that all topics between the two nations remained open to discussion, including the return of one or all of the Cuban Five, men serving prison sentences in the United States on espionage charges.

    “I can tell you the agenda submitted to the U.S. government — and I reiterate here it is still on the table — included the topic of the Cuban Five, although we understand that as it is an element related to justice, it is also of a humanitarian character.”

    He said President Obama could pardon them “as a humanitarian act, which would be appreciated by their mothers, wives and the entire Cuban people.”

    Still, Mr. Rodríguez later said he was not linking the Gross case to the Cuban Five, and he took pains to keep the Gross affair separated from the five decades of hostility and diplomatic tit-for-tat that has defined Cuban and United States relations.

    “I believe that establishing a link between pending bilateral issues to a humanitarian solution in the case of Mr. Gross is a mistake,” he said, later adding, “it is not right to merge this with political issues or add it to the bilateral agenda, which is quite hefty already.”

    The State Department, too, prefers no link between Mr. Gross and the Cuban Five. William Ostick, a spokesman, said the case of the Cuban Five and Mr. Gross “are not comparable.”

    “We will continue to use every available diplomatic channel to press for his immediate and unconditional release,” he said.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/24/world/americas/cuban-minister-leaves-a-door-open-to-americans-release.html

  16. 23UnSoricel

    Septiembre 23rd, 2011 at 12:32
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    Unhappy and inferior patient, you are stubborn to make us desist to denounce castrofascism by compel us to do “something” that like the poor patient damir you don’t explain what is….. for your comfort I have the pleasure to inform you that all aspects of the fight against castro fascism is covered by different organizations inside and outside Cuba…. Cuban people only is missing international support in same way South Africa or Libya got…… the best example of this international passivity are you….. you instead of help us to move international help spent your time working for castrofascism like a troll in the cyber.

  17. I got together with a friend today. Just a sour old chick and an old queen from California. We threw a “lemon party,” ate chocolate, and bragged too much. We did some hula-hooping.

  18. Otro cuento del gobierno. ANOTHER story from the regime. Hasta Cuando???

    Los Monstro del norte van invadir. Combate… jejeje. What BULL SHIT..

    Viva Zapata TAMAYO

  19. To post 26:

    Who the heck is ela? If anyone wants to read some bitter, sour posts, go back and read through Embalmed White Udder’s posts. Talk about same old, same old. And why would you waste a moment of your precious time on “same old, same old?”

    To post 25: Making people laugh is very good. And you’re welcome. Have a great weekend also.

  20. Same old same old, the old queen from california plus pam & ela, the sour old chick… Someone really should have told them to go to a lemon-party when bored.

  21. @?? In my book if I made 2 ppl laugh a day I’ve done something good… Thank you to the ‘brainless’ one who made me laugh too! Enjoy the weekend, warriors…!

  22. And if you read or watched Lolita then you should know, youth is never ever brainless.
    That only happens to old feminists in time, from eating too much chocolate while they brag!

    And to delusional old windbags who are too cowardly to show their faces. You make me LOL too!

    Ah, yes, Lolita, the fantasy of old perverts everywhere. The book is internationally famous for its innovative style and infamous for its controversial subject: the protagonist and unreliable narrator, middle-aged Humbert Humbert, who becomes obsessed and sexually involved with a 12-year-old girl named Dolores Haze for whom his private nickname is Lolita.

    Why am I not surprised?

  23. @16… here we go (again):

    Oh little one you are so sweet so generous and gentle, you’ve made me laugh with joy and made my heart tremble;

    What good is feminism if not to tell, men and women, how NOT to enjoy life, while they really can;
    What good is being sexy and beautiful if not to share it with someone, that could teach you everything and is better than a boyfriend and a dad?

    And if you read or watched Lolita then you should know, youth is never ever brainless.
    That only happens to old feminists in time, from eating too much chocolate while they brag!

    A word from you in writing, brings a million butterflies, who flutter their wings, in my tummy, at the same time!
     
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    @Humberto .. That is very nasty to say to someone that they abuse human rights.. I leave you to that…and to the fact that the archive you are talking about is up to 2008…

    @Freud.. As I can see in your opinion all is documented… OK good for you now just sit relax and wait for Castro do fall.. Or die.. Or die and fall or fall and die

  24. UnSoricel said : “So if you guys are ’so involved’ how come you haven’t build a map with the abuses that have been occurring in Cuba over the past 3-4 yrs… and a map with WHO are the people behind the institutions perpetrating the violations??? Ah I know that would be hard work needs courage and brains and who knows they might send someone over in the land of the brave …to shut you the clique down! Well if you guys are a clique what are you worth beside talk?.. not much salt I guess! Army boy put my name down on that list now!!”

    SO HU Un! CAN YOU GIVE ME YOUR CORRECT NAME, AND PICTURE IF POSSIBLE SO I CAN ADD YOU TO THE LIST OF THE CUBA ARCHIVE PROJECT AS PER YOU REQUEST? THANKS FOR THIS INFORMATION, AND IF YOU CAN GIVE US ADDITIONAL LEADS TO OTHER HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS LIKE YOURSELF IT THIS WILL HELP BRING ALL OF YOU TO JUSTICE, VERY SOON!

    Cuba Archive is developing a comprehensive registry of disappearances and fatalities of a political nature resulting from the Cuban Revolution. This information is gathered and disseminated for educational purposes and to advance human rights. Users of this information should read carefully the Terms of Use section of this website.

    “The Numbers”

    As of December 31, 2008, around 11,000 case records had been entered into the electronic database (go to Database if you wish to register as a user.) For regular updates on numbers, go to Reports or undertake an Advanced Search of the Database. Please read the Terms of Use section for important information regarding how to interpret this data.

    Case records entered into the database provide the basis for ongoing reports on “the numbers.” But, these are only the cases for which information has been obtained; they are considered “documented” for the purposes of this work. Actual deaths resulting from the Cuban Revolution are believed to exceed the deaths documented by this project by many times.

    The Work

    Data amassed until 2003 by Armando Lago, Ph.D. (1939-2008), derived mostly from bibliographic sources, served as the building block of the electronic database. Subsequently, Cuba Archive has improved and expanded that work, particularly by gathering new information from primary sources and with improved information management thanks to its tailor-made data management system.

    This work is ongoing and is partially available to the public in an electronic Database, a cutting-edge tool in the field of human rights reporting. In addition, Cuba Archive undertakes in-depth studies of selected cases, developing profiles of victims and/or using multimedia tools to tell their stories, and engages in diverse efforts to disseminate its work worldwide, raising awareness of the crimes of the Castro regime and the human cost of political violence in Cuba.

    Scope

    The Archive encompasses events beginning on March 10, 1952, date of General Fulgencio Batista’s coup d’etat and suspension of constitutional democratic rule in Cuba. It incorporates actions taking place inside or outside the island and affecting Cubans and non-Cubans alike. All cases are documented, irrespective of political, ideological, and other attributes or affiliations of the victim. Each case is referenced with all the sources from which the information was obtained. Discrepancies in case details are noted as “conflicts of evidence.” All findings are reported faithfully, honoring a strong commitment to objectivity, transparency, and impartiality.

    Timeline

    The project involves an ongoing undertaking to identify and investigate previously unreported cases and add or correct information on recorded cases and enter this data into the database. Progress will depend on available staffing and resources.

    Cuba Archive hopes to endure as a vehicle of ongoing research, archival collection, dissemination, and capacity-building on the issue of truth, memory, and justice.

    Principles guiding this effort
    Cuba Archive is an independent initiative by individuals with a shared vision to uphold the intrinsic right of all people to live safely and in freedom. The project is premised on the belief that the benefits of truth recovery outweigh its potential drawbacks and that knowledge and acknowledgement of systemic injustices are vital for the psychological wellbeing of both survivors and society. Constructive remembering is thought to shape a moral ethos that, by fostering a culture of respect for life and the rule of law, promotes societal reconciliation and averts further atrocities.

    What Cuba Archive is not

    This effort is not a Truth Commission. Such bodies are usually official initiatives of democratic governments that follow violent regimes once they can embark on far-reaching forensic work, gain access to official records, and significantly overcome the danger of reprisal to witnesses. None of these conditions exist in Cuba to date.

    This work hopes to serve as a building block for an eventual Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation process when a free and democratic society can prosper under the rule of law. Only when all sectors of Cuban society can participate freely in a public and responsible debate, will it then be able to decide how best to effect a transition from repression.

    http://cubaarchive.org/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemid=94

  25. YOUTUBE : Women of Courage: Berta Antunez (English voiceover)

    Berta Antunez, Women’s rights activist in Cuba speaks at the Global Summit against Discrimination and Persecution: “Damas de Blanco: The Ladies in White and the Next Cuban Revolution”

    NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2011 – With the eyes of the world focused on the UN in New York, leading dissidents and human rights activists from Iran, Syria, Cuba, Burma, North Korea, China assembled inside the world body today, calling for oppressive regimes to be ousted from key UN human rights panels.

    Organized by UN Watch with 20 co-sponsoring groups, China’s Yang Jianli, Iran’s Ahmad Batebi and other former prisoners of conscience gathered for the We Have A Dream: Global Summit Against Discrimination and Persecution, with marathon sessions today at Manhattan’s W Hotel and then at UN headquarters.
    Testifying of their harrowing experiences in fighting repression, the dissidents are working to finalize a declaration (click here for draft text) to be adopted tomorrow. The draft appeal calls for the removal of China, Cuba, Iran and Saudi Arabia from key UN rights bodies. The manifesto will demand respect for the letter and spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and refute a frequent argument of authoritarian regimes by asserting that basic freedoms apply to all peoples, all societies, at all times.

  26. 14UnSoricel

    Septiembre 23rd, 2011 at 05:02
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    Inferior and misinformed patient…… this “map” exists since 1959…. we are not the only that are involving in denounces of castrofascism crimes….. we are, the less known……. there are several organizations working such information with international organizations (UN, International Amnesty, Interpol, etc), the press and many govs…… The work of these organizations is so good that have been 2 cases of tortures accused and judged in USA…… one of them already condemned, the infamous Luis Marrero, a torturer that used to apply electroshocks to political prisoners …….. castrofascist goons and regime are so afraid of this work that they actually never gives their names to the people they arrest or harass, they gives only aliases…… thanks for give us the opportunity to explain to the world what is going on in Cuba.

  27. So I am right, the best u can come up with, it means that all ur boasting about intelligence & brain matter so superior is nothing more than a pedestrian mentality w/a disproportionate ego … eh pal?

    “… I thought long and hard about this and could have come up with quite a dedicated answer … my name is that of mall furry animal whose passion is to eat cheese and upset housewives until the cat comes home …”

    Thanks for the laugh! LOL

  28. @ army boy I thought long and hard about this and could have come up with quite a dedicated answer… but thinking that put a suggestion forward and all I got was a ton a bs in return .. I would say that I don’t create such a map simply because my name is not qui ose gagnes… my name is that of small furry animal whose passion is to eat cheese and upset housewives until the cat comes home…

  29. Dear Mr. UnSoricel, I noticed your cutesy graphic right away. It’s a chick magnet for girls in my age group (19-25 year olds) don’t you know. You are so intuitive, it just makes me feel, like, all rainbows and unicorns!! I’m very attractive, and my intelligence level is a few notches above a doormat, not like some of those rude “feminists” on here who dare speak their mind. Such a dirty word, feminist, don’t you think? I would never do that, in fact, we can skip the half-baked jokes that make your eyes glaze over, and just get right to it. You don’t have to waste any of that nonsense on me. I can tell you how wonderful you are, and how you are so much better you are than those silly boys in my own age group, and you will believe me, and then we can eat ice cream, rub peanut butter on each other, and feel smugly, in-our-own-litte-blissfull-world-for-the-moment-sort-of-way, self-satisfied. I soooooooooooo loved your observation that it is the bottom half, and not the top half, that makes the world go round, if I could dot my i’s with little heart symbols on this computer, I sooooo would. Such wisdom, that boy’s my age could not possibly possess. Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!

  30. @#14
    What’s all this? what does it hav to do w/anything?

    “… how come you haven’t build a map with the abuses that have been occurring in Cuba over the past 3-4 yrs… and a map with WHO are the people behind the institutions perpetrating the violations??? Ah I know that would be hard work needs courage and brains and who knows they might send someone over in the land of the brave …to shut you the clique down! Well if you guys are a clique what are you worth beside talk?.. not much salt I guess! Army boy put my name down on that list now!!

    As a troll u r failing & I think at this point to give u such a name is an undeserved compliment but, since u r so capable (so u want me to belive) why don’t u creat such a map & enlighten us with ur “courage and brains” eh pal?

  31. @??… I guess army boy aka hermano terrrrrible keeps tabs on what ppl (he doesn’t agree with) write here… old habits die hard like old boots need to march when el comandante says so!!! So if you guys are ‘so involved’ how come you haven’t build a map with the abuses that have been occurring in Cuba over the past 3-4 yrs… and a map with WHO are the people behind the institutions perpetrating the violations??? Ah I know that would be hard work needs courage and brains and who knows they might send someone over in the land of the brave …to shut you the clique down! Well if you guys are a clique what are you worth beside talk?.. not much salt I guess! Army boy put my name down on that list now!!

  32. FOX NEWS LATINO : Activists in Cuba Vow an Egypt-Style Democracy Movement Will Sweep the Island – By Cristina Puig

    Lawyers in Cuba say there will be a peaceful pro-democracy movement on the island that will lead to the same change that took place this year in Egypt and Tunisia.
    Speaking to congressional representatives by telephone from Cuba on Thursday during a Washington D.C. briefing on human rights on the island, Rene Gomez Manzano, who was disbarred almost 20 years ago for his criticism of the Castro regime, said: “Lawyers like me are dedicated to the implementation of a democratic government in Cuba, an independent judiciary, and the establishment and respect for the rule of law.”

    The briefing was hosted by members of the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) in Washington, DC. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, David Rivera, all Republicans from Florida, and New Jersey Democrat Albio Sires, participated in the briefing. All four representatives are Cuban-American.
    CABA officers said they wanted the briefing to raise awareness about human rights violations in Cuba.

    “We hope to raise awareness, that there’s a place 90 miles away that doesn’t have the rule of law, the opportunity to go to court, or have issues adjudicated,” said Victoria Mendez, president of CABA.

    Josefa Lopez Pena, founder of The Ladies in White, a group that formed in Havana in 2003 and consisted of wives and mothers of jailed dissidents, told those at the briefing that a changing mindset was taking hold in Cuba among the people.

    “The Cuban people are waking up,” Lopez Pena said. “And it is important to continue to give the dissidents on the island a voice.”

    Lopez Pena was forced to leave Cuba in 2006 with her husband, Miguel Sigler Amayo, a political prisoner who was released from jail after completing a 25-year sentence. Lopez Pena affirmed her conviction to continue supporting political dissidents in Cuba and the Ladies in White movement– albeit from a distance.

    “Those are the true heroes,” she said.

    The group also spoke by phone with Laritza Diversent, another dissident lawyer who operates a legal clinic known as Cubalex.

    “I am dedicated to informing and educating the average Cuban citizen about their legal rights, as well as answering their legal questions,” Diversent said. “The Cuban government will not authorize Cubalex’s formal representation of Cuban citizens, as Cubalex is an independent organization.”

    Ros-Lehtinen praised CABA and others who participated in the briefing. (In Miami, a group of about 20 CABA members gathered at the law firm of Broad and Cassel to watch the briefing via Skype.)

    “It’s great to see a new generation of Cuban-Americans working for “La Causa,” bringing democracy, human rights and freedom of elections in Cuba,” said Ros-Lehtinen.

    CABA did not reveal the names of their guests until yesterday for fear they would be persecuted in Cuba.

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    latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2011/09/22/activists-in-cuba-vow-egypt-style-pro-democracy-movement-will-sweep-island/

  33. OUR YOANI ON THE WORLD STAGE! IF LA YOA CANNOT COME TO N.Y.C. THEN N.Y.C VIA INTERNET WILL GO TO LA YOA! BOY, “LA CHINA” AND “THE MUMMY” MUST BE BESIDE THEMSELVES! THEY DONT GET ANY ATTENTION!! NOT THE GOOD ATTENTION ANYWAY!

    U.N. WATCH : Leading Dissidents Meet Inside the UN, Challenge World Leaders on Rights Abuses – Sept. 21, 2011

    NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2011 – With the eyes of the world focused on the UN in New York, leading dissidents and human rights activists from Iran, Syria, Cuba, Burma, North Korea, China assembled inside the world body today, calling for oppressive regimes to be ousted from key UN human rights panels.

    Organized by UN Watch with 20 co-sponsoring groups, China’s Yang Jianli, Iran’s Ahmad Batebi and other former prisoners of conscience gathered for the We Have A Dream: Global Summit Against Discrimination and Persecution, with marathon sessions today at Manhattan’s W Hotel and then at UN headquarters.
    Testifying of their harrowing experiences in fighting repression, the dissidents are working to finalize a declaration (click here for draft text) to be adopted tomorrow. The draft appeal calls for the removal of China, Cuba, Iran and Saudi Arabia from key UN rights bodies. The manifesto will demand respect for the letter and spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and refute a frequent argument of authoritarian regimes by asserting that basic freedoms apply to all peoples, all societies, at all times.

    On the eve of an address to the UN General Assembly by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian dissident Ahmad Batebi, who spent nearly a decade being abused and tortured in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, told the summit:

    “Ahmadinejad is at the UN representing a regime that executes more people in the world than any other country except for China… This regime threw me in prison, and made me confess by sticking my head in the toilet.”

    Batebi said: “My dream during the dark days in prison was to die. It is very different from my dream today.” He continued, “I want the world to know that no dictatorial regime can be dealt with through persuasion.”

    The summit also heard from the celebrated Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez, who delivered her address by telephone from Havana after sending a Twitter message to the organizers informing them of her desire to speak. Sanchez told the summit: “Technology enables us to reach those places where our government does not permit us to travel. But the path to end the state monopoly on information is still a long one for us.” Sanchez ended her remarks by urging the UN to act decisively on the vital issue of access to the internet, declaring: “Today’s information is tomorrow’s democracy!”

    Syrian dissident Rami Nakhleh, who recently escaped Syria after organizing protests against the Assad regime through social media, told the summit of the Syrian people’s yearning for freedom. Nakhleh said: “We Syrians have tasted freedom, we will never give it up. Today, there is even more reason to topple Assad’s regime than six months ago.”

    North Korean defector Young Ae Ma, a former intelligence officer who became a Christian and was then imprisoned and tortured by Kim Jong Il’s security services, told a rapt summit audience of her experiences under one of the world’s most secretive and repressive regimes. Noting the continuing attempts by western nations to engage the Kim regime diplomatically, Young Ae Ma declared: “Kim Jong Il has to be overthrown before we can even talk about human rights in North Korea.”

    * The We Have A Dream summit continues tomorrow from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the W Hotel in New York City, at 541 Lexington Avenue (49th St.). The public is welcome; admission is free. Click for program.

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    http://www.unwatch.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=bdKKISNqEmG&b=1285603&ct=11230131&notoc=1

  34. Another oldie but goody, albert, thanks for these posts. A lot of classic lines in his posts, not sure which is the best one, the hungry US children, or: “Unlike Cuba were the state provides a small pension…”

    Goebbels is alive and well in America.

  35. 291RCR

    ” … Julio 3rd, 2009 at 03:10 Welcome to Capitalism. To serve in today’s world most people in America have both husband and wife working full time jobs and then part time work when available. Think of seniors who retire on a small pension only to have to work part time at Walmart to feed and cloth themselves. Unlike Cuba were the state provides a small pension here we are left to fend for ourselves, where one in five children go to bed hungry because they live in poverty. That speaks volumes for Capitalism. Yoani did you have time to check any US papers head lines today unemployment topped all time record of 9.5 %. Guess what these people have to fall back on? Your right nothing thanks to Capitalism…”

    Some things never change … other than the name used to post.

  36. @#8
    I told u … we can’t trust the martians … lol
    I guess “La Flaca” is a hologram created by master conspirators w/the venutians to take over the world, not even TinTin can help us now … lol

  37. INTERVIEWS/ENTREVISTAS MARTI NOTICIAS (Spanish only): Blogueros e intelectuales cubanos discuten sobre el futuro de las redes sociales en Cuba

    Blogueros e intelectuales cubanos discutieron hoy sobre el presente y el futuro de las redes sociales en Cuba, en el programa especial Avanza Cuba de Radio Martí..
    A través de martinoticias.com, pudo escucharse en vivo el programa de 11a.m a 12 m., y contó con la retroalimentación de los usuarios a través de las redes sociales como Twitter y Facebook.
    El espacio radial tuvo como invitados vía teléfono a los blogueros cubanos Yoani Sánchez, Miriam Celaya, Orlando Luis Pardo y Dagoberto Valdés.
    Desde New York, el professor y experto en temas cubanos Ted Henken, junto a los estudiantes de su clase de Sociedad y Cultura Cubanas, interrogaron a los blogueros sobre las posibilidades de acceso a las redes desde la isla y actitud del gobierno castrista ante su labor como comunicadores alternativos.
    Además del escritor Antonio José Ponte, conectado desde España, en el estudio se encontraban el periodista Ernesto Morales y el escritor Juan Juan Almeida.
    En opinión de Orlando Luis Pardo, las redes sociales constituyen un puente entre los cubanos del exilio y los de Cuba, una comunicación que se está gestando a pesar de la vigilancia de las autoridades, también presentes en las redes.
    Miriam Celaya señaló que los cubanos en la isla se preparan para ser ciudadanos por medio de las redes sociales en Cuba.
    Por su parte Sánchez auguró el avance de las redes sociales entre los cubanos durante los próximos meses, y advirtió sobre el castigo público que vendrá aparejado a este progreso.
    http://levantamientoencuba.podomatic.com/entry/2011-09-22T13_15_35-07_00

  38. Wow, albert, good find. How did 291RCR find out that Yoani doesn’t exist, and that every video of her is a fake? It was top secret, that’s why we produce her videos at our base on Mars, but Castro must have infiltrated our operation and got hold of the truth.

  39. Now who signs the letters?
    “291 RCR Marzo 29th, 2009 at 04:39
    After reading this posting and several before I am totally convinced that “Yoani Sanchez” is the creation of someone or thing in siber space. The for going article has no meaning other than to excite those who write before giving thought to what they are typing. Their diarrhea has no thought nor meaning. Those who spout hatrated of a Country trying to struggle under the muscle of the Imperialist from the North would only take time to look at the other side of the page they would have a totally different stance.”

  40. 291 RCR has no interest in the truth. He only wants to spread misinformation by parroting the Castro regime line on the so-called blockade.

    Below is an excerpt from an April2009 presidential directive as published by the US Government Accountability Office:

    “Telecommunications
    Implementing presidential directives to authorize greater telecommunications links with Cuba, Treasury made the following changes in the CACR:
    • Authorized licensed persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction to activate and pay U.S. and third-country service providers for telecommunications, satellite radio, and satellite television services provided to individuals in Cuba, so long as these services are not provided to certain Cuban government or Communist Party officials.
    • Authorized licensed U.S. telecommunications service providers to enter into, and operate under, roaming service agreements with Cuba’s telecommunications service providers.
    • Authorized licensed U.S. satellite radio and satellite television service providers to engage in transactions necessary to provide services to customers in Cuba.
    • Authorized telecommunications network providers to enter into agreements to establish fiber-optic cable and satellite telecommunications facilities linking the United States and Cuba.
    • Authorized, with certain conditions, travel-related transactions needed to implement licensed telecommunications transactions or to facilitate participation in telecommunications-related professional meetings.”

    It was widely reported at the time that several US companies were keen to link Cuba to existing internet cables close to its shores. It was the Castro regime that rejected these offers in favour of the longer and much more expensive Venezuela cable.

  41. ALL FASCISTS KNOW EACH OTHER! BY THE WAY THEY TALK, ACT AND THE COMPANY THEY KEEP! CAN ME A RELIGIOUS FASCISTS OR AN AGNOSTIC ONE! A FASCISTS IS A FASCIST!

    FASCISM- a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.

    DICTATORSHIP-1. a country, government, or the form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator. 2. absolute, imperious, or overbearing power or control. 3. the office or position held by a dictator.
    WASHINGTON POST : Venezuela, Cuba defend Iran, Syria attacks Israel at nuke meeting

    VIENNA — Iran was praised and Israel criticized Wednesday at a 151-nation meeting, with Cuba and Venezuela defending Tehran’s right to run a nuclear program and Syria saying the Jewish state’s undeclared nuclear arsenal is a threat to world peace.

    The two Latin American nations are among Tehran’s greatest supporters and Washington’s strongest detractors, depicting it as the leader of privileged nations seeking to deprive developing countries of nuclear power and other benefits.

    Syria, too is at odds with the U.S, and is the most vocal Arab critic of Israel. While the West sees Tehran as the greatest nuclear threat in the Mideast, Islamic countries assert that Israel and its undeclared atomic arsenal represents the most pressing danger to the region.

    Since the start of the conference Monday, Iran has borne the brunt of criticism, with Western countries condemning its refusal to heed U.N. Security Council demands to stop activities that it could turn into making nuclear weapons and to open its program to greater IAEA perusal.

    But Israel is due to come under pressure later in the week from Islamic and other developing countries for refusing to declare its nuclear weapons status and because it remains outside the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

    Wednesday’s statements served as a prelude to the shifting focus from Iran to Israel — and hinted at the difficulties ahead come November, when Israel and its interlocutors come to the table in Vienna at an IAEA-hosted forum for preliminary talks on a Mideast nuclear arms-free zone.

    Israel’s “huge nuclear capabilities, which are yet to be subjected to the international control and supervision … does not only threaten the region, but the whole world at large,” Syrian Ambassador Bassam Sabbagh told the meeting. “Israel is behind the failure of all initiatives” meant to move toward the creation of a nuclear free Mideast, he added.

    For more than a decade, talks on creating such a zone have been stalled by Israel’s insistence that they be accompanied by moves to establish peace in the region and Arab insistence that the two issues are separate.

    Syria too is under IAEA perusal, with the agency’s 35-nation board reporting it to the Security Council earlier this year after IAEA chief Yukiya Amano assessed that a site bombed in 2007 by Israel warplanes was a nearly completed plutonium-producing reactor.

    Syria says the building was non-nuclear. But it has stonewalled IAEA attempts to revisit the site, and Sabbagh on Wednesday accused the U.S. and its allies of “exploiting this issue for their own political agenda.” Instead of pressuring Syria, Israel “should have been condemned by the international community,” for the bombing, he said.

    For Venezuela, Ali de Jesus Uzcategui Duque denounced “a small number of countries” — shorthand for the U.S. and its allies — for “trying to use (the U.N.) Security Council … for their purposes” on Iran, Syria and other issues.

    Iran is under four sets of Security Council Sanctions for refusing to freeze uranium enrichment, which it says it needs for reactor fuel but which can also be used to create to core of nuclear warheads. It also has refused to cooperate with an IAEA probe of intelligence-based information that it has been — or is — working on nuclear arms.

    Tehran denies wanting such weapons, saying the West’s real purpose is to keep the lucrative nuclear market cornered — an argument picked up Wednesday by the Venezuelan envoy.

    “States have an inalienable right to develop peaceful nuclear power without any type of discrimination,” he told the meeting. “Therefore we demand that threats be stopped, that groups of countries stop attacking Iran.”

    Juan Carlos Marsan Aquilera of Cuba also criticized the “club of privileged members that develop and refine the nuclear stockpiles.”

    Paradoxically, he said, “this club tries to forbid the use of the inalienable right to nuclear energy to countries of the south.”

    Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/venezuela-cuba-defend-iran-syria-attacks-israel-at-nuke-meeting/2011/09/21/gIQAkAcKlK_story.html

  42. 291 RCR: “I thought that Uncle Sam had a block aid in place but…”

    I don’t think you thought that, or anyone else who has taken 2 minutes on the internet to find out all the business the USA does with Cuba. But maybe you’re part of the moon conspiracy brigade who can’t be bothered with 2 minutes of real research. The word “blockade” does make a good Marxist mantra though, keep repeating it.

    There isn’t even a US trade embargo in place, at least when it comes to big business. Whenever there is money to be made, the US government provides a few loopholes for US companies to trade with Cuba. As for private citizens, we provide a few billion US dollars each year in charity to Cuba.

    Part of the “embargo” is the Cuban government’s refusal to do business with the USA, including the recent refusal of the Cuban government to cut a deal with US companies that wanted to bring high speed cable and satellite service to Cuba. The other part is Cuba often doesn’t pay its debts, making business there very risky.

  43. I would venture a guess that this would be El Jefe’s least favorite post to date. This exposes beautifully what bullsh*t communism is, and how they are SO on their way out in Cuba. It may take some time, but they’re going down. I can’t wait for the day.

  44. I thought that Uncle Sam had a block aid in place but I guess it is not stopping the true blue American entrepreneurs (Capitalist) or is that the Miami Mafia.

    Hard to believe that Yoani authored this blog reads to me made in the USA

  45. ***
    Socialism results in bad products. And enriches corrupt politicians. In Cuba–and in the U.S.A. Solyndra scandal.
    ***
    Socialismo resulta en productos malos. Y enriqiza politicos corruptos. En Cuba–y en lost Estados Unidos en el escandelo de Solyndra.
    ***
    John Bibb
    ***

  46. The second part of the joke, there are already working cables that Cuba had access to, but I guess it made more propaganda sense to have a revolutionary new cable from Venezuela instead of counter-revolutionary cable that works from the USA.

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