Models for Caravaggio

"Narcissus" by Caravaggio - Image from Wikipedia.org

Narcissus stares fixedly into the water which reflects his own image, but at moments he also perceives in it the flashes of a city with crumbling columns and shattered stained glass. Since September 23rd the oil painting of a young man leaning over a lake, attributed to Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, has been on display in the Universal Hall of the Museum of Fine Arts in Havana. The king of chiaroscuro, whose brush delighted in shadows, has come to this city that abounds in sun and shade. Transported and protected by the aviation company Blue Panorama, this painting and twelve other works make up an exhibition curated by Rosselle Vodret and Giorgio Leone. A fragment of the Italian Baroque here with us, a piece of that epoch when a quarrelsome and eminent artist forever changed the concept of light in painting.

After the listlessness of August, this art exhibit brings back to us the sensation of being a part of the world. The university students look at Narcissus with greedy eyes, the museum curators feel they have a unique opportunity in their lives, and the nocturnal prowlers of Old Havana wonder why all the fuss over a “painted cloth.” If the unquiet Milanese — dead at just 39 years of age — could shake off the dust of the centuries and walk our streets he would find here his old models, the same prototypes that served him to paint virgins and saints: prostitutes, beggars, the excluded… and also the young, seized by their own beauty. Caravaggio would find in this city many self-absorbed and distracted Cubans, trying not to let their eyes stray beyond the narrow circle around them. Hundreds of thousands of Narcissuses, refugees in what only feels safe now: their youth, their bodies, their beauty.

36 thoughts on “Models for Caravaggio

  1. albert, I forgot about that question to Hepburn, I wonder what Fidel’s answer would be, too bad she never asked him.

  2. @#32
    I often wonder if walters asked castro” “if u were a tree … what would u be?” lol

  3. @Albert… You work on that mentality … Cos in line with what Help is saying…the day Castro falls you will find that all in his PolliBureau will claim they were in some form or another dissidents and ‘helped’ Cuba change and that they did nothing wrong, no…. Meaning they want rewards like good pensions etc…. In a previous article Y mentioned a guys who is making money while being part of the system but not as much as others… Those are the guys to look at … Those will be high up.. And claim they were helping you guys..while we all know they were making money which in a new world would buy them whatever reputation they want. As for the hospital …it is a twisted turn ..but nonetheless you seem to forget there is the Hypocratic oath in place everyone takes… So if they decided to forget about it then obviously this is as indicator how bad things are!

  4. Mr. Udder, good link. I forgot about those Walters interviews, and anyone who watches them can see how deluded Castro was back in 1977. Based on his recent reflections he has completely lost touch with reality by now. Maybe like Jim Jones, he can head off to the jungle with his remaining followers and have them all drink kool-aid.

  5. You’re right albert, it’s hard for any of us to understand a totalitarian system unless we’ve lived it. Everybody knows, at some level, that they are trapped in chains of fear and the minute the maximum leader disappears the chains disappear.

    Under Stalin and Mao almost everybody under them wanted them dead but they were all so terrified of the police and their neighbor or closest friend being a spy that most people never expressed such thoughts to even their closest friends, and much less would do anything to put their thoughts into action. Stalin and Mao were like all-knowing and terrible gods from which nobody could hide.

    Such chains and habits of fear were still present under Brezhnev but were much weaker, this enabled a view brave dissidents to come forth and express what everyone thought in private. We are under a similar situation in Cuba now, the chains are much weaker, dissidents are coming forth and expressing what all Cubans think, but what most Westerners cannot comprehend is just how strong those chains were in the first place and how much fear a totalitarian system generates.

  6. @324
    proof that u have never faced hard decisions in ur claimed participation in the freedom struggles ur country went thru:

    “… That is the whole picture of a situation… and that proves how things cut deeper… medical staff starving patients while helping westerners for their currency.. westerners turning a blind eye …”

    How u don’t even understand the dynamics of human behaviour under stressful circumstances, u pass judgement on the people when u should pass judgement on the cause; the way in which converse about it so casual, so pedestrian in ur intellectual mind …
    U come across as an arm chair comentator w/knowledge based in assumptions or hearesay …

  7. MORE SIGNS OF THE END! SUGAR 0R AS CELIA CRUZ WOULD SHOUT “AZUCA”!!, SYNONYMOUS WITH CUBA IN TROUBLE! WHAT MORE A SIGN OF INCOMPETENCE, CORRUPTION AND OUTRIGHT THEFT CAN ONE THINK OF!

    WASHINGTON POST : Ministry of Sugar, once guide of Cuba’s king crop, to disappear in sign of changing times – By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, September 29,

    HAVANA, Cuba — Cuba announced the elimination of its Ministry of Sugar on Thursday in a sign of how far the symbolic crop has fallen since its heyday, when much of the population was mobilized to the countryside at harvest time to help cut cane.

    President Raul Castro’s government determined that the ministry “currently serves no state function” and will therefore replace it with an entity called Grupo Empresarial de la Agroindustria Azucarera, the Communist Party daily newspaper Granma reported.

    The goal is to “create a business system capable of turning its exports into hard currency to finance its own expenses,” Granma said. There was no mention of any private or foreign investment.

    Like coffee and tobacco, sugar is a highly emblematic crop on the Caribbean island. Cuba used to be a world leader in sugar, annually producing 6 million to 7 million tons.

    Former leader Fidel Castro made the annual harvest a point of revolutionary pride and regularly mobilized brigades of Cubans from government officials and urban office workers to artists and ballet dancers to boost output.

    In 1968 he famously announced that Cuba would try to harvest 10 million tons of cane that year, mobilizing labor from nearly the entire workforce. That aim proved overly ambitious, though some 8 million tons were harvested.

    Later, the collapse of the Soviet Union deprived Cuba of its main buyer, and sugar has since fallen on hard times, today trailing nickel production and tourism as a source of foreign income, contributing about $600 million a year.

    Last year Cuba reported its lowest harvest since 1905 — 1.1 million tons — and sacked its sugar minister. Officials have said that this year’s harvest was expected to be only slightly higher.

    Granma said Thursday that the decision to eliminate the Sugar Ministry was announced at a Cabinet meeting over the weekend.

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

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/americas/ministry-of-sugar-once-guide-of-cubas-king-crop-to-disappear-in-sign-of-changing-times/2011/09/29/gIQAUSBM7K_story.html

  8. PLEASE!! FIDEL CASTRO IS DEAD!!! NO LIVE APPEARANCES IN YEARS, IS ALWAYS VIDEO OR STILL PICTURES! THIS SMOKE AND MIRROR SHOW WILL BE OVER SOON!I POSTED A GOOD BACKGROUND PIECE ON THE CUBAN 5 SPIES ON COMMENT #21 WHICH IS THE CASTROFASCISTS’ OBSESSION!

    ASSOCIATED PRESS : Fidel Castro mocks Obama for Cuba comments- By PETER ORSI

    HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Fidel Castro mocked President Barack Obama on Thursday for saying he’s open to changing U.S. policy toward Cuba if there is change on the island first, calling the U.S. leader “stupid.”

    Writing in one of his semiregular essays published across state-run media, Castro reacted with sarcasm to reported comments that Obama would be open to a different relationship with Cuba when there is political and social change.

    “How kind! How intelligent!” Castro said. “Such kindness still has not allowed him to understand that 50 years of blockade and crimes against our country have not been able to bow our people.”

    Cuba uses the term “blockade” to refer to the nearly five-decades-old economic embargo against the island.

    “Many things will change in Cuba, but they will change through our efforts and in spite of the United States. Perhaps that empire will fall first,” Castro added, a reference to the United States.

    Castro wrote glowingly about Obama when he was elected in 2008, saying, “The intelligent and noble face of the first black president of the United States since its founding two and one-third centuries ago as an independent republic had transformed itself under the inspiration of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King into a living symbol of the American dream.”

    But Castro has increasingly shown disillusionment as Cuban-U.S. relations remain in a deep freeze, despite measures undertaken by Obama allowing more remittances and travel to the island.

    Castro also criticized as “brutal, blundering and expected” a U.S. judge’s recent ruling that an imprisoned Cuban intelligence officers must serve his parole in the United States instead of returning to his family on the island after he is released in early October.

    The case of Rene Gonzalez, who holds dual American and Cuban citizenship, and four other agents imprisoned for espionage in the U.S. is one of the Cuban government’s chief complaints about Washington, and newspapers and airwaves on the island call each day for their release.

    “This is how the empire responds to the increasing demand around the world for their freedom,” Castro wrote. “If it weren’t so, the empire would cease to be an empire and Obama would cease to be stupid.”

    Gonzalez and the others, collectively known as the “Cuban Five,” were convicted in 2001 of attempting to infiltrate U.S. military installations in South Florida. They also monitored militant anti-Castro groups and tried to place operatives inside the campaigns of anti-Castro politicians.

    One of the five was convicted of murder conspiracy related to the 1996 shootdown by Cuban fighter jets of planes flown by an exile group.

    Havana lauds the men as heroes. It contends that they were no threat to the U.S. government and were unfairly tried and given exorbitant sentences not commensurate with their activities.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h3bMU6La9QXbJXEftL3ZII6LYLGA?docId=8efc9475bdb248fcb6274ece4afed43e

  9. UnSoricel said : “@Humberto … good for you to look to ‘get married’ maybe that would temper your hormones and you would become more thoughful about copy and pasting just one side of the story…. Where the state fails to stop its citizens from complaining … a wife/husband always succeeds!!”

    Un Hun! FEEL FREE TO PUT ALL THE ARTICLES OF THE GREAT THINGS THAT FIDEL AND RAUL HAVE DONE FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE! JUST BE CAREFUL, GOOGLE IS A GREAT TOOL TO DEBUNK PROPAGANDA! IN THE END, IS NEITHER ABOUT YOU NOR I, IS ABOUT INFORMATION AND THE TRUTH! DONT WORRY ABOUT MY “HORMONES” THEY ARE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER, NO NEED FOR VIAGRA HERE, IM CUBAN!

  10. @Freud … I think Help said it all when he mentuoned the hospital where Cuban patients were starved and in the other wing of the hospital Westerners were living it large… That is the whole picture of a situation… and that proves how things cut deeper… medical staff starving patients while helping westerners for their currency.. westerners turning a blind eye … and the antifascists here blaming just Castro for it all!

    @Humberto … good for you to look to ‘get married’ maybe that would temper your hormones and you would become more thoughful about copy and pasting just one side of the story…. Where the state fails to stop its citizens from complaining … a wife/husband always succeeds!!

  11. YEP, YEP, YEP! THIS IS COMMUNISM ALL RIGHT! YOU CAN TELL A MILE AWAY IS COMMUNISM! CUBAN SOCIETY HAS EGALITARIANISM WRITTEN ALL OVER IT!

    COMMUNISM: 1. advocacy of a classless society in which private ownership has been abolished and the means of production and subsistence belong to the community
    2. any social, economic, or political movement or doctrine aimed at achieving such a society

    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE : A sweet life if you belong to Cuba’s upper crust- Jonathan Curiel, Special to The Chronicle

    Everyone knows that Cuba is one of the Western Hemisphere’s poorest countries. Its economic indices lag in nearly every category, including gross domestic product and household income. Yet the stereotype of Cuba as a strict post-Communist backwater – a kind of Shangri-la of egalitarianism – has taken a beating in the past year.

    First, there was an article in the Economist that quoted Ada Fuentes, a woman who returned to Havana after living in New Jersey for five decades. “If you have money,” Fuentes said, “life’s good here.”

    Now there is Michael Dweck’s photo project that shows Cuba’s privileged side – a side of beautiful models, late-night partiers, daytime surfers, hard-working guitar players and other people who make up Cuba’s “creative class,” as Dweck calls them. Two of Fidel Castro’s sons (Alex and Alejandro) are on the periphery of this strata. So is the son of Che Guevara, Camilo Guevara, who’s a photographer.

    The revolution that Fidel Castro and Che Guevara brought to the island nation five decades ago has evolved into something unexpected: Guilty pleasure. As Dweck notes in his new book, ” Michael Dweck: Habana Libre,” some of the people he photographed are “embarrassed” about their relatively elite standing; others, he says, “are afraid to draw attention to it for fear the socialist government will punish them for having a good life.” An exhibit of photos from “Habana Libre” continues at San Francisco’s Modernism gallery through Oct. 29.

    “Artists, writers, filmmakers, dancers – they live this secretive life under the radar in Cuba that is really cool and lends itself well to a narrative,” says Dweck. “I’m playing on the theme of privilege in a classless society.”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE OR COPY AND PASTE TO BROWSER IF NOT ACTIVE

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/28/DDGA1L84PN.DTL

  12. 291RCR: “often wonder the cheque the Ladies in White receive from the CIA is that in Convertible Peso??????”
    has it ever crossed your mind that not everyone shares the “official opinion”? and just because they don’t share the “official opinion” doesn’t mean that they are paid by the US. Give up, the US could care less about Cuba.

  13. THE CUBAN 5 SPIES WERE TRIED AND THEIR CASE WENT TO THE SUPREME COURT AND WAS DENIED! BELOW IS A LINK TO A SUMMARY OF “THE WASP” NETWORK AND THEIR LEGAL HISTORY. FOUND THIS LONG ANALYSIS INTERESTING!

    THE CUBAN 5 “WASP NETWORK” A SUMMARY OF HISTORY AND TRIAL!

    In 1995, after obtaining FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Court approval, the FBI obtained warrants to surreptitiously search apartments and monitor telephone communications by a group of Cubans who were Cuban intelligence operatives. The group, through its principal agents or illegal officers, communicated directly with the Cuban Government about its activities and received specific missions and taskings from the Cuban Government. The instructions were subsequently relayed to the other members of the spy ring as appropriate.

    During the searches, the FBI uncovered and read the contents of the communications from and to the Cuban Government. This information was concealed in hidden files on computer floppy diskettes kept in the residences of three of the principal agents.

    At Cuban Government direction, the Cuban spy ring collected and reported information on domestic, political, and humanitarian activity of anti-Castro organizations in the Miami-Dade county area; the operation of US military installations; and other US Government functions, including law enforcement activity. The spy ring also carried out tasks in the United States as directed by the Cuban Government, which included attempted penetration of US military installations, duplicitous participation in and manipulation of anti-Castro organizations, and attempted manipulation of US political institutions and government entities through disinformation and pretended cooperation. The spy ring received financial support from the Cuban Government to carry out its tasks.

    COPY AND PASTE LINK TO BROWSER IF NOT ACTIVE!

    http://www.docstoc.com/docs/document-preview.aspx?doc_id=94546591

  14. 291RCR: “…has no guts to stand up and face reality that Uncle Sam is wrong wrong and history will prove this”

    … just like Reagan was wrong with respect to communism and Eastern Europe. As we all know, history has proven the Soviet Union to be a smashing success.

  15. 5UnSoricel

    Septiembre 28th, 2011 at 12:32
    It seem that survival in Y’s opinion is a nacrcissitic game in communism… I wonder what is then when someone lose his/her job or home or becomes by necessity an illegal migrant in capitalism and no one dares to see them!??
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Very shy comment after several hours absent……. it is maybe you are ashamed of not giving support to a people fighting in a very disadvantage way against a dictatorship that have no justifications in this world??????…… All commenter and readers in this site kanows and understand very well that you have no a bit of moral while writing nonsense in favor of a tyranny that has killed tens of thousands, incarcerated hundred of thousands, make emmigrants millions and nowadays spend the time beating old men, kicking the ovaries of old womans and showing to the world their criminal nature ……. and you just following them!!!!!

  16. Dear Yoani, I know you denounce everyday in your Twitter account the daily torture suffered by Cuban freedom fighters…… but……. it is not enough…… your 150.000 followers in Twitter can’t be compared by your millions, MILLIONS, M I L L I O N S followers in Huff Post and Generation Y…… please, take your time to denounce castrofascism torture on Cuban freedom fighters is going on every day and in this moment in Cuba…… every day we receive denounce of this “low intensity” repression that is not other than beating and incarceration of those fighters….. yesterday were beaten Martha Beatriz Roque (66 years old) and Arnaldo Ramos (69 years old) while visiting a political police station in order to get news of other fighters disappeared while marching peacefully in Havana….. Marhte Beatriz were kicked by agent “Camilo” and other female agent that refused to give an allias (castrofascism agents gives only aliases nowadays in order to hide they real identitites because they know they are acting criminal) in ovaries and breast, Arnaldo were beaten in breast and his head pushed on police car door …. Michelangelo painting is OK but we need you to help us to show to the world (specially English speaking world) what is going on in Cuba and how castrofascism is torturing Cubans with “low intensity”!!!!!

  17. KEYWORDS FROM THE CASTROFASCIST AGENTS/APOLOGISTS AS THEY “GRASP AT STRAWS” : CIA, CHEQUE (check=money), MIAMI MAFIA (they need to look up the definition, no one acts more like a MAFIA than “La China” & “The Mummy”)
    OH! OH! A NEW ONE! “Convertible Peso”!

    AND OF COURSE OUR FAVORITE TACTIC OF CHANGING SUBJECT/DISCUSSION MATTER TO NON-CUBA ISSUES:

    “what way do you think Obama will swing with the Israeli/Palestinian debate.”

  18. 12: often wonder the cheque the Ladies in White receive from the CIA is that in Convertible Peso??????

  19. 11: what way do you think Obama will swing with the Israeli/Palestinian debate. The same way as with Cuba he has no guts to stand up and face reality that Uncle Sam is wrong wrong and history will prove this. Does the Miami Mafia own The Miami Herald?????

  20. #@5
    where is there mentioned the “… nacrcissitic game in communism ?
    Here u prove once again ur attempt to twist statements, nothing credible but nonsense comes from ur statements.

    UnSoricel Septiembre 28th, 2011 at 12:32
    It seem that survival in Y’s opinion is a nacrcissitic game in communism… I wonder what is then when someone lose his/her job or home or becomes by necessity an illegal migrant in capitalism and no one dares to see them!??

  21. YOUTUBE : Declaraciones de Laura Pollán el 24 de septiembre (Declaration of Laura Pollan during the Sept. 24 “Repudiation Act”! YOU CAN HEAR THE MOB SHOUT “MACHETE FOR THEM, THEY ARE FEW” SEVERAL TIMES (1.20 min into video)! THIS IS A THREAT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST THE LADIES IN WHITE! BUT WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM FASCISTS IN THEIR LAST DAYS!

    COPY AND PASTE LINK TO BROWSER IF NOT ACTIVE!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ44A2xuJWU&feature=youtu.be

  22. THE BALL IS IN YOUR COURT CASTROFASCISTS!!

    THE MIAMI HERALD BLOG : Obama: U.S. “open to a new relationship with Cuba.”-by Erika Bolstad on September 28, 2011
    President Barack Obama said Wednesday that his administration has tried to send a signal “that we are open to a new relationship with Cuba.”

    But that’s only if the Cuban government “starts taking the proper steps to open up its own country and provide the space and the respect for human rights that would allow the Cuban people to determine their own destiny,” Obama said.

    The question about Cuba came during an online forum Wednesday morning on Hispanic issues. Obama noted that “everywhere else in the world you’ve been seeing a democratization movement that has been pressing forward.” Democracies have emerged from previously authoritarian regimes throughout LAtin America and the world, he said, and “the time has come for the same thing to happen in Cuba.”

    Obama said he pushed for changes in the family travel laws, so that people can travel more frequently, and also modified remittance laws so that family members could more easily send money back to Cuba. That was designed to give people “more power and create an economic space for them to prosper within Cuba.”

    However, the U.S. hasn’t seen what Obama called “the kind of genuine spirit of transformation inside of Cuba that would justify us eliminating the embargo,” including the release of political prisoners and basic human rights for the country’s citizens.

    “I don’t know what will happen over the next year, but we are prepared to see what happens in Cuba,” he said. “If we see positive movement, we will respond in a positive way. Hopefully, over the next five years we’ll see Cuba looking around the world and saying we need to catch up with history.”
    If there was “a release of political prisoners, the ability for people to express their opinions and to petition their government, if we saw even those steps, those would be very significant,” Obama said. “And we would — we would pay attention and we would undoubtedly reexamine our overall approach to Cuba if we saw a serious movement in that direction.”

    He also said that Cuba wouldn’t have to have a “perfect market system” as a condition for ending the embargo, “because obviously we have trade and exchanges with a number of countries that fall short of a liberal democracy.”

    “But there is a basic, I think, recognition of people’s human rights that includes their right to work, to change jobs, to get an education, to start a business,” he said. “So some elements of freedom are included in how an economic system works. And right now, you know, we haven’t seen any of that.”

    COPY AND PASTE LINK TO BROWSER IF NOT ACTIVE!

    miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2011/09/obama-us-open-to-a-new-relationship-with-cuba.html

  23. I should have mentioned that patients being tied to their bed and beaten by medical staff also falls under the definition of “negligence” in Cuba’s model-for-the-world health care system.

  24. Rosa Martinez (in Havana Times article) asks: “When will they figure out that keeping silent about such delicate issues doesn’t do anybody any good? I thought they would have learned this from the more than two dozen deaths — resulting from negligence — of elderly people at the Mazorra Psychiatric Hospital last year.”

    Obviously keeping silent does a lot of people a lot of good. It makes all the deluded communists/fascists feel good. It is good for all the criminals and desperately corrupt medical staff in Cuban hospitals who have starved and will keep robbing and starving the sick to death. And it is good for Rosa Martinez because she can keep believing those patients died of “negligence”.

    That’s right, a doctor or nurse steals the last peso from me and my family, every sheet, every item of clothing, and all my food, and in Cuba it’s called “negligence”. I’d hate to see what passes for medical malpractice in Cuba LOL

  25. HAVANA TIMES : Cuba Silent on Child Prostitution Case – Rosa Martinez -September 27, 2011

    HAVANA TIMES, Sept. 27 — According to unofficial media here, yesterday a trial began — behind closed doors — in which 14 people (among them three Italian citizens) are implicated in the death of a Cuban junior high school student.

    When a friend commented to me about this incident involving a teenager from the eastern Cuban city of Bayamo, I was left stunned. I quickly began searching on the Internet to find what was being said about the girl, Lilian Ramirez Espinosa, who was only 12 years old.

    Thinking about my two daughters, each detail that I discovered concerning the police investigation turned out more painful than the previous one. The mere thought of one of my little girls entangled in a case of pedophilia or child pornography cut me to the core.

    How much is true in what’s being said on the Caféfuerte website? They’re reporting that the girl’s mother is detached and dispassionate, that she has a low educational level and doesn’t take care of herself or her other daughters. They’re say that her father, on the contrary, is an affectionate and honorable man, and that Lilian was introverted, docile and disciplined.

    Did the girl die from respiratory arrest due to the consumption of alcohol and narcotics forced on her by the degenerate pedophiles, or was she overcome by the toxic effects of gases inhaled in the trunk of the car in which she was later transported for burial? Did she die from suffocation after being buried alive, or did one of the Italians choke her with his own hands in an act of desperation?

    It seems that we’re destined to remain in the dark about yet another case that we’ve only found out about through foreign newspapers and independent bloggers. Once again the national press remains silent before a threatening incident, and once again others have to tell us what’s going on under our very own noses. Should we believe what they say in Miami, Italy or Spain about something that’s happened in our own country?

    Just like me, many people will wonder: Why are the Cuban authorities submerged in total silence? There’s no reason to remain quiet when they know that the Internet doesn’t allow the slightest secret to go undisclosed. If they don’t give the official version, others will give theirs, often misinforming and circulating nothing more than rumors and speculation.

    When will they figure out that keeping silent about such delicate issues doesn’t do anybody any good? I thought they would have learned this from the more than two dozen deaths — resulting from negligence — of elderly people at the Mazorra Psychiatric Hospital last year.

    Perhaps it’s embarrassing to the government to recognize that child prostitution is practiced in the safest Latin American country for children. Or could it be that discussing the issue will give the Yankee enemy ammunition for defaming the revolution? Or are they simply afraid that coverage will immediately put them on the spot?

    I really don’t understand it. I will never understand silence in the face of a circumstance that not only must be combatted but must also be thoroughly reported on so that the Cuban public knows that situations like these occur in many provinces.

    In this way fathers and mothers will be made aware that not all tourists who visit us come to enjoy their vacations or do business – some come here solely and exclusively to practice prostitution, especially with children.

    A statement by the Cuban government might have possibly bothered some Italians or other Europeans who believe in the innocence of their compatriots, but what does it really matter if we lose some guests when it’s a question of serious damage also being done to the Cuban government’s own moral standing.

    If there’s someone who is in fact innocent in this case (one dubbed “El Salado” — because the body of the murdered victim was found near a bridge with that name), then I hope they go free. But what I hope for more is that the guilty individuals, whoever they are, serve the long sentences they deserve, even though years in prison obviously won’t bring back the little Bayamo girl who was ripped from the world in May of last year.

    http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=51736

  26. UnSoricel, I’ve fought disgusting employers, lost jobs many times, know many people who have lost their homes and many others who are illegal immigrants. All visible here thanks to something called freedom of the press and free speech. But in Cuba, when doctors starve patients to death in hospitals, nobody dares to look. It’s up to dissidents to expose the truth and they risk everything by doing so. That’s why we need to support those who dare to look, like Yoani and all the others.

    By the way, at the same time that patients were being starved to death in Mazorra, a small prettied-up part of the same hospital was hosting Western “progressive” tourists who were lectured about the great accomplishments of the Cuban health system. None of them dared look through the back door, they simply went home and happily repeated all of Castro’s propaganda.

  27. It seem that survival in Y’s opinion is a nacrcissitic game in communism… I wonder what is then when someone lose his/her job or home or becomes by necessity an illegal migrant in capitalism and no one dares to see them!??

  28. hope the Castros send it back to Italy once the exposition is over we all know how much they love keeping what doesn’t belong to them.

  29. Cada vez que te leo disfruto tu expresion del dolor que es Cuba. Este ultimo es lirico … sigue adelante.

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