The Strings of the Piñata

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I remember very well the children’s parties that ended with the pushing and shoving and laughter of those who wanted to grab a candy or a gift.  The piñatas, shaped like a clown or a boat or resembling some cartoon character, were the funnest part of every birthday. But that time has passed and what is being distributed now in our country is not sweets or balloons, but properties. Like the Nicaraguan Sandinistas once did, or the leaders of the Communist Party in Russia, Cuban leaders are distributing — at their convenience — rental properties, cars, businesses, houses.

Yesterday’s publication of Decree 292 — for the ownership transfer of motor vehicles — has been the culmination of a several decade’s wait. For far too long obtaining a car has been a perk earned through unconditional ideology. Now, they have added a few pinches of this ingredient called “market” to a mechanism that has been ruled for half a century.  Even with this new legal reform, however, the great majority of citizens are only allowed to buy a used car, which in Cuba means vehicles more than 15 years old, and in particular Russian Ladas or Moskvitches, or Polish Fiats, which were previously marketed through a meritocracy. Some modern cars in State service will be sold to those who meet the strict requirements of belonging to an institution and demonstrating their fidelity to the Government. And those impeccably new ones, recent imports, are destined for a Revolutionary elite that has in their pockets money sanctified through official channels. To drive a shiny Citroen or a late model Peugeot will continue to be a sign of being a member of the powers-that-be.

Another revealing detail in this resolution is the emphasis given, in its pages, to the concept of “final departure” for those who relocate abroad. If, as Raul Castro himself has said, we are committed to migratory reform, what is the significance of not repealing this shameful category? Those who leave may not sell their cars before departing, they may only transfer them to their closest relatives. The penalization of emigration, then, remains in place. But what is most worrying is the already visible composition of the piñata, the structure of a sharing out among equals, embodied in cars taken out of tourist or business use which will be marketed to a very select group of people. The existence of such a mechanism will undoubtedly feed corruption, “socialism,” and put into the hands of government sympathizers the fattest strings for when it becomes necessary to pull on them in unison. I have no doubt that to this party, which they have already begun to prepare, we Cubans will not be invited.

45 thoughts on “The Strings of the Piñata

  1. oh I see Pammy Whammy is assuming she knows what a prostitute actually thinks.. or is it feminism doing that and speaking through her???

    …and to be fair Damir probably didn’t tell us the whole story.. that for at least a second he would have said YES and he was sorry to be with his wife there… cos we all know (westerners now-a-day too) that getting laid in a communist country doesn’t compare with women have to offer in west!!! Do it while you can and doing it is good – not just a transaction!!

  2. Pamela, as always there were a few altered and missing details from Damir’s story. Here’s the real conversation:

    Damir approaches very skinny working lady at bar and asks for favor.
    Cubana: “I’ll do everything… for 5 dollars”
    Damir: “No, you don’t understand….”
    Cubana: “OK, just buy me something to eat and I’ll do it all…”
    Damir: “No, don’t worry, just come to our table and shout Viva Fidel and Death to America, it’ll just take a minute. We’ll give you 50 dollars …”
    Cubana: “What!!! You take me for a prostitute?!?!!”

  3. Damir, I hope that you never, ever, have to live under the type of system where your ability to make real money is either non-existent, or so severely restricted, that you would have to sell your body in order to feed your children. If you think that the prostitute that you encountered was “happy” to sell herself for a fistful of dollars, then you are even dumber than I thought you were.

  4. Yeah, here’s one pinata for you the team “yoani”: last year in Septembre I was in Cuba. One night my wife, our friends and myself went out for a dinner. We picked a nice place, and quite popular, otside of the centre of Havana. Wasn’t busy that night, so the atmosphere was a bit more relaxed. At one point I went to the bar to get some drinks where one of those unsavoury prostitutes was already preying on potential customers. She tried to chat me up, I ignored her poliely. At one point she said “Cuba is in mess because of those Castros. I wuld be much better off if they were gone.”

    Instantly reminded me of the team “yoani”. Selling yourself to your white gods, and blaming someone else fortha.

    But here’s the most striking resemblance: what that prostitute was complaining was not the fact thatg se was a prostitute.

    No.

    She was complaining about being HINDERECD in what she does by teh Castros!!!

    Just like the team “yoani”, this prostitute was happy to sell herself to those white gods for a handful of dollars. It was just that the government was cracking down hard on her and others like her, effectively preventing her from making more money by prostitution.

    It was her own choice to sell sex to make money and pleasure her white gods. Jusy like the team “yoani”. And she is not complaining about being a prostitute. How could she? She chose it!!

    She was complaining for being an outlaw.

    Just like the team “yoani”.

  5. Keeping the Momentum-One Year in the Life of the UN Human Rights Council- September 22, 2011-The 69-page report examines the Council’s work from July 2010 through June 2011, and describes some notable progress by the Council in its fifth year.

    CUBA has been one of the most outspoken delegations at the Council. It is also the member state of the Council that tables the most resolutions. In the first 14 sessions of the Council, up to 2010, Cuba had tabled 28 resolutions, more than the next three states combined. Cuba was followed by France, Brazil, and Mexico, which tabled 10, 9, and 8 resolutions, respectively.
    In line with the government’s political and ideological discourse, Cuba promotes resolutions focusing on economic, social and cultural rights, and for a more equitable international world order. Cuba has championed resolutions focusing on the right to food[121]; the effects of foreign debt on the enjoyment of human rights[122]; the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination[123]; and the right to peace.[124] Cuba was also a strong supporter of the resolution on traditional values sponsored by Russia.[125]

    In line with this focus, Cuba was a sponsor of all the health and human rights resolutions adopted during the period examined in this report, including the resolution on HIV and AIDS.[126]

    In comparison Cuba has a weak record with respect to thematic resolutions on civil and political rights. Cuba was one of the delegations that dissociated itself from the consensus resolution that created the new special rapporteur mandate on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.[127] Although Cuba did not cosponsor the South African resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity, it voted in favor of this resolution with the rest of the GRULAC.[128]

    Cuba actively obstructs the adoption of country-specific resolutions at the Council, unless the concerned state agrees with the initiative, or, as in the case of Libya, there is an overwhelming consensus that action is needed, which marginalizes its position.

    Cuba voted against the resolutions on Sudan, North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Belarus and denounced them as politically motivated and selective.[129] Despite overwhelming evidence of human rights abuses in these countries and the Council’s explicit mandate to respond to violations, Cuba argued that action on such states was confrontational and not in line with the cooperative spirit that should regulate the relationship between states in a multilateral body.[130]

    More broadly, Cuba has pursued an ideological approach to the Council that emphasizes the power relations between states, rather than human rights violations against individuals as set out under international law. In Cuba’s approach to the Council, the victims are the weak, underdeveloped states that Western or “imperialist” nations target,[131] not the inhabitants of a country where violations occur. Accordingly, Cuba rejects resolutions opposed by the concerned state, regardless of the human rights situation on the ground. With respect to the North Korea resolution, for example, Cuba contended that it undermined the right to self-determination of the North Korean people.[132]

    Cuba rejects resolutions that are opposed by the concerned state because they are “an imposition,” and focus on “condemnation” rather than cooperation. Cuba’s denounces what it considers to be double standards of the Council, but rather than promoting a more expansive engagement by the Council (say, on situations such as Bahrain or Afghanistan) and non-selectivity, Cuba uses the double standards argument as a justification for rejecting all country-specific resolutions.

    The exception to Cuba’s overall approach to situations of violations is Israel and the OPT. In this case, Cuba does not oppose or abstain from voting in favor of resolutions that both condemn and go against the will of the concerned state. Instead, it is a cosponsor of most of these resolutions. Cuba’s justification for its differing approach to Israel and the OPT is to say that this is a situation of occupation undermining the right to self-determination and therefore merits its engagement. However, Cuba has provided no credible basis for asserting that the Council should fulfill its mandate in a way that gives priority to the right to self-determination at the expense of other recognized human rights.

    During the review of the Council, Cuba actively obstructed initiatives that sought to solve the problem of selectivity in the Council. It rejected proposals that suggested the Council give authority to independent figures or mechanisms–such as the High Commissioner, the Secretary-General, or the special procedures–to bring issues to the Council’s attention for its action. Instead, Cuba supported Russia’s proposal to increase the threshold for the adoption of country-specific resolutions from a simple majority to two-thirds.

    Cuba has also led the charge on initiatives that pave the way for an oversight role of the Council over the OHCHR. In September 2010 Cuba drafted a resolution that sought to establish a role for the Council in the process of approval of the OHCHR’s strategic framework (its biannual management plan).[133] Cuba has also supported initiatives aimed at increasing state oversight of the work and functioning of the special procedures.[134]

    http://www.hrw.org/node/101646/section/6

  6. haven’t seen Pamela lately.. probably she gone to Wall Street to protest… poor darling having to fight on both fronts..

  7. SONIA IS THE PERSON MENTIONED ON THE WALL STREET JOURNAL!

    VIMEO VIDEO : Interview with Sonia Garro Alfonso, a member of Damas de Apoyo – by Tracey Eaton (Spanish only) – Sonia Garro Alfonso makes and sells homemade sweets to raise money take care of her family, which includes her 14-year-old daughter. She disputed Cuban government claims that the U.S. government finances the political opposition. She said the Cuban government “has all the resources in the world” to fight dissidents who have difficulty making ends meet. She said she lost her job as a lab technician because of her husband’s political activities. She is a member of Las Damas de Apoyo and is particularly interested in fighting racial discrimination in Cuba.

    CLICK LINK OR COPY AND PASTE INTO YOUR BROWSER!

    vimeo.com/24395901

  8. WALL STREET JOURNAL : Cuba’s Repression Escalates – The loosening of travel restrictions by the U.S. is read as weakness in Havana – By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY

    What happened was very predictable. The “loosened travel restrictions” and increased “remittances [from] Cuban-Americans” that Mr. Richardson cited as signs of Mr. Obama’s willingness to deal are read as weakness by the bullying regime. It has something, i.e., somebody, the U.S. wants back very badly, and the administration acts as if it is powerless. Why should Castro deal?

    Mr. Richardson did even less for Cuba’s dissidents. One Richardson pearl of wisdom, shared on CNN, was that Cuba’s “human-rights situation has improved.” In fact, human rights in Cuba are rapidly deteriorating. To claim otherwise is to abandon the island’s brave democrats when they most need international solidarity.Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson returned home from an attempted hostage-rescue mission to Cuba last month empty-handed and “still scratching [his] head” as to why the Castro regime double-crossed him. What is truly baffling is why Mr. Richardson expected anything different from a dictatorship operating in extreme-repression mode.

    In a Sept. 14 interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Mr. Richardson said he had been invited to the island to discuss the release of U.S. Agency for International Development contractor Alan Gross. Mr. Gross was arrested in December 2009 and is serving a 15-year sentence.

    Mr. Richardson admitted that he got stiffed by Cuba’s “foreign ministry, which a lot of the people there I know and have been friends” with. What he could not grasp is why those “friends”—a strange designation for individuals who might one day be hauled before an international human-rights tribunal—don’t appreciate the Obama administration’s outreach. Yes, they are “hardliners,” he admitted, but they ought to understand that the White House has been bending over backward to get along.

    Actually they do understand, and that’s why they treated him so badly.

    Mr. Richardson told Mr. Blitzer that he was “flabbergasted” when, after a “delightful” three-hour lunch discussing how U.S.-Cuba relations might be improved—including, he told me by phone Friday, the possibility of removing the country from the list of state sponsors of terrorism after the release of Mr. Gross—the foreign minister “slammed me three ways: one, no seeing Alan Gross; no getting him out; and no seeing Raul Castro.” Ask Sonia Garro, pictured in the nearby photo. For years Ms. Garro has denounced the regime’s discrimination against Afro-Cubans. Despite her own poverty, in 2007 she created a recreation center in her home for poor, unsupervised children, according to a report by an independent Cuban journalist. One of her goals: to get young girls out of prostitution. Ms. Garro is also a member of Ladies in Support, a group that pledges solidarity to the Ladies in White, which was founded by the wives, sisters and mothers of political prisoners in 2003 to work for their liberation.

    In October 2010, Ms. Garro was detained by state security and held for seven hours. She emerged from the ordeal with a broken nose. Another woman taken into custody with Ms. Garro had her arm broken.

    The nongovernmental organization Capitol Hill Cubans has reported that in the first 12 days of September, authorities detained 168 peaceful activists. These “express detentions” are designed to break up dissident gatherings, which risk spreading nonconformist behavior. Locking up offenders for long periods would be preferable, but the regime wants people like Mr. Richardson to go around saying that human rights have improved. The regime is also making greater use of civilian-clothed “rapid response” brigades that are trained, armed and organized to beat up democracy advocates.

    Mr. Richardson told me he considers Cuba’s record improved because 52 political prisoners were sent to Spain in 2010. Yet exiling promising opposition leadership hardly qualifies as a humanitarian gesture. Nor are gruesome Cuban prisons anything to ignore.

    Last month in a speech in New York, one former prisoner, Fidel Suárez Cruz, described his seven years and seven months of solitary confinement, including two years and eight months in a cell with no windows, ventilation or artificial light. One favorite pastime of his torturers: Four military men would pick him up and then drop him on the floor. His testimony, posted on Capitol Hill Cubans website, is required viewing for anyone who doubts the evil nature of this regime.

    Nevertheless, Cuba’s dissidents remain relentless, and there are signs that the regime is giving up on the express-detention strategy. Fearless democracy advocate Sara Marta Fonseca and her husband Julio León Pérez have been in jail since Sept. 24. Ms. Fonseca’s son has seen her and says she is black and blue all over and has an injury to her spinal column. Word is the regime is preparing to charge the couple; 11 other dissidents are awaiting trial. Meanwhile, Yris Pérez Aguilera, the wife of the prominent dissident Jorge Luis García Pérez “Antúnez,” and two peers were detained on Sept. 26. Their whereabouts are unknown.

    Any hope of protecting these patriots lies in international condemnation. Mr. Richardson could help by returning to CNN to correct the record.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204138204576601123009028568.html

  9. WHERE IS SARA MARTA FONSECA???? I am concerned about her well being. SHE has been fighting for Human Rights in Cuba, now missing. Where is she????

  10. Yncera,the cuban Torquemada, the Benedict Arnold of Cuba another one out of many- I’m posting all about you all over the net in four languages so go on having fun here among all the losers like you.

  11. Yncera,the cuban Torquemada, the Benedict Arnold of Cuba another one out of many- I’m posting all about you all over the net in four languages.

  12. What is happening to you is happening to hundred, the spanish section of Yoani’s blog is just like been in Cuba, they love extreme right,illiterate participants- the sillier the better so they can prove how idiotic the “historic exile” is or the “balseros” which are as retarded but know each other from schools and other places, enjoy the same music, went for water-cream at a very weird place in Havana and share the same depressive memories with Yoani-i.e. russian cartoons, old shoes, no Xmas tree, meatless burgers and croquettes made out of a very exotic bird which they call ‘aura something’ now part of the “endangered native bird” list. The english section of Yoani’s blog is not better due to lack of participation and the -select,copy and paste- habits of some old queen from California-you have some original characters like DAMIR Y..he suffers from a mild case of multiple-personality disorder nothing serious mind you.

  13. Definition of trolls & what they do:

    It involves the use of information and communication to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual including sexual remarks, pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech).

  14. @#15
    even w/a new nick u sound the same, nothing good to say, so insults & abuse r ur form of intelligent (so u think) expression; different nick same pathetic person lol

  15. I take this way to report that I have removed access to my messages appear on the blog of Yoani in Spanish, maybe that what they are beginning to do with those who write against the dictatorship and bring ideas to their followers stop thinking, down the dictatorship

  16. Quiero aprovechar este vía para denunciar que me han quitado el acceso a que aparezcan mis mensajes en el blog de Yoani en español, quizás eso lo estén empezando a hacer con los que escribimos en contra de la dictadura y aportamos ideas que hasta a sus seguidores los dejan pensando, abajo la dictadura

  17. AN INTERESTING SET OF EVENTS!! THE FIRST OF THE CUBAN 5 SPIES IS TO BE RELEASED WITH 3 YEARS PROBATION, BUT THE CATROFASCISTS KEEP BEATING UP WOMEN AND SENDING THEM TO JAIL FOR NO REASON! AND LETS NOT FORGET THE HOSTAGE ALAN GROSS! WHO ARE THE REAL SPIES AND WHO IS REALLY COMMITTING ACTS OF TERRORISM AND INJUSTICE?

    MIAMI HERALD : First of the ‘Cuban Five’ spies set to be released from prison Friday- A Castro agent who was convicted a decade ago as part of the so-called Cuban Five will be the first to be released from prison, but he won’t be allowed to leave the United States for Cuba. – BY JAY WEAVER

    René González, an airplane pilot imprisoned for 13 years for spying on anti-Castro groups in Miami, will be a free man Friday — but the first of the so-called Cuban Five agents to be released from prison won’t be going home to Cuba anytime soon.

    González, a dual U.S.-Cuban citizen, must serve his three years of probation in the United States, a judge has ruled, possibly in South Florida where he and four colleagues were found guilty of conspiring to infiltrate Cuban exile groups and a U.S. military complex.

    As soon as the 55-year-old González is released from a federal prison in North Florida, his lawyer said he will renew his client’s request to serve the supervised release in Cuba so he can be reunited with his wife and two daughters — a bid that prosecutors in Miami strongly oppose.

    “He has no family in the United States,” said attorney Philip Horowitz, who represented González at the Cuban Five federal trial in Miami in 2000-01. “His goal is to return home to Cuba — home to [wife] Olga, home to [daughters] Irma and Ivette.”

    “Unbelievably, [prosecutors] want René to remain in the United States to serve his three years of supervised release,” Horowitz said in a recent telephone press conference sponsored by a San Francisco-based group seeking his and the other defendants’ freedom. “Our contention is that it’s three years of additional punishment away from his family.”

    Horowitz would not disclose where his client plans to live, citing safety concerns.

    González and the other Cuban Five convicts are considered heroes in Cuba — in the government-run media, on billboards and murals across the island, and among everyday citizens. The men also are the subject of widespread international campaigns of support.

    Cuban newspapers and airwaves continually demand the agents’ release. Former President Fidel Castro chimed in this week, calling U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard’s recent decision blocking González’s return to Cuba “brutal, blundering and expected.”

    “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 [President] Obama would cease to be stupid.”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE, OR COPY AND PASTE IF NOT ACTIVE.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/10/01/2433150/first-of-the-cuban-five-spies.html

  18. THIS FILM IS A MASTERPIECE, VISUALLY BUT SPECIALLY THE MUSIC BY CUBAN LEGEND BEBO VALDEZ, FATHER OF CHUCHO! THE SOUNDTRACK IS GLORIOUS! CUBA, AS IT WAS, AS IT SHOULD BE IN MANY WAYS! ENJOY ALL! YOU TOO, DAMIR, HUN Un!BIG GUSANO HUGS AND KISSES TO ALL!

    YOUTUBE :ENTIRE ANIMATED FILM/ENTERA Película Cubana “Chico & Rita” -Spanish w/ English Titles!

    Love is a song that is never forgotten. Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love. An epic animated love story that occurs around the time of the Cuban Revolution. Chico & Rita is a tribute to the music, culture, and people of Cuba.

    El amor es una canción que nunca olvidarás. En la Cuba de finales de los años cuarenta, Chico y Rita inician una apasionada historia de amor. Chico es un joven pianista enamorado del jazz y Rita sueña con ser una gran cantante. Desde la noche que el destino los junto en un baile en un club de La Habana, la vida va uniéndoles y separándoles, como a los personajes de un bolero. Épica de una historia de amor animada que ocurre alrededor de la revolución cubana, con énfasis en un momento clave de la evolución del jazz. Chico & Rita es un tributo a la música, cultura y gente de Cuba.

  19. ***
    The Cuban People are the pinatas being hit by Comrades Fidel and Raul. And Cubans are very good mechanics repairing 60 year old cars. Cubans don’t need new cars–they need a new government that will work for them–instead of hitting them.
    ***
    La Gente Cubano son las pinatas pegados por Comrades Fidel y Raul. Y Cubanos son muy buenos mechanicos reparando autos de 60 anos de edad. Los Cubanos no nececitan autos nuevos–nececitan un gobierno nuevo que trabajara por ellos–en lugar de pegandolos.
    ***
    John Bibb
    ***

  20. UnSoricel said : “@Humberto… Wow… I was going to really change the conversation and ask you ‘as un hombre sexual’, that you show off you are like all Cuban I know- if you think Castro had a thing with Barbara …?? But Da(m)ir beat me to ”

    HUN Un!!! ARE YOU FLIRTING WITH ME? I SEE YOU USING THAT “SEXUAL” LANGUAGE!! ME GUSTA!!! I LIKE IT!! WINK!

    YOUTUBE : SAKHAROV PRIZE for PEACE 2002 winner Oswaldo Payá speaks to Associated Press journalist Andrea Rodriguez about the dissident movement in Cuba and other topics (Spanish with English Sub-titles)
    http://www.youtube.com/user/oswaldopaya#p/a/u/0/N6wl9e9pwgI

    Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas (born February 29, 1952 in Havana, Cuba) is a political activist in Cuba and is considered that country’s most prominent political dissident. He received the Sakharov Prize in 2002. In 2005, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by former Czech President Václav Havel, with fellow Cuban dissidents Raul Rivero and Óscar Elías Biscet.[1]

  21. Dair said : “Trolls (as per their own definition) still copying and pasting irrelevant stuff, and avoiding making comments on what the team “yoani” serve every now and then.

    Little wonder, first, as we have astablished long time ago, neither they have the brains to come up with their own comments, and stick to the subject their own team “yoani” puts up, nor do they dare question the flimsy and mostly self-destructing posts of the abovementioned team “yoani”.”

    HURRAYY! IM A TROLL! IM A TROLL!! IM PASSING IRRELEVANT STUFF, HAVE NO BRAINS, CANT COME UP WITH MY OWN COMMENTS, AND DONT FOLLOW YOANI’S EXACT TOPIC!! GRACIAS DAIR, MAYBE YOU ARE DAMIR AND YOU ATE THE “M”! I FIGURE YOU EAT A LOT OF “M” STUFF!

  22. Simba Sez: Mr. Damir, You state from time to time that you do not like the Castros representing the Cuban Government. You further have nothing but derogatory comments about the Cuban people, both those in Cuba and those elsewhere. I’m curious as to whether there is anything in this world you do like? Also I wonder why if you hate everything Cuban so badly why you hang out on this site refuting anything anyone says? Are you just plain nuts?

  23. Fidel’s first speech on coming to power, one can see the doubts among his followers even then:

  24. @Humberto… Wow… I was going to really change the conversation and ask you ‘as un hombre sexual’, that you show off you are like all Cuban I know- if you think Castro had a thing with Barbara …?? But Da(m)ir beat me to it!

  25. Trolls (as per their own definition) still copying and pasting irrelevant stuff, and avoiding making comments on what the team “yoani” serve every now and then.

    Little wonder, first, as we have astablished long time ago, neither they have the brains to come up with their own comments, and stick to the subject their own team “yoani” puts up, nor do they dare question the flimsy and mostly self-destructing posts of the abovementioned team “yoani”.

    Those few who can read, and understand what they read, will remember countless times when I said that the Castros are a bunch of losers.

    The trouble is in the fact that they are facing an opposition akin to the pin-up granny (those nails, eaten away, still horrify me…), and their support brigade consisting of one and a half pioneer, with a hat and a swastika on it.

    SO, the only knee-jerk reaction one can expect is what the Castros do, oppression and pointless punishment for all of their own people.

    Just a thought: if there were less of those losers and traitors, ready to die for a lick of a white god’s backside – and it seems the more soiled that backside, the greater the competition by the wannabe “Cubans”, rubbing shoulders in the sewerages of Miami (you’d think I’m talking about the rats, but you’d be wrong. Go even lower…) – maybe the stupid and senile Castros would be a less of a pest themselves.

    After all, for every action there’s a reaction, and when you start poking a government in the eye, be ready for what’s coming.

    If those sore losers who in thousands ran away beofre Castros and whole 25 friends, were less bitter for such a cowardly act and stopped poking those very few who are still obviously stronger, maybe the rest of Cubans could have been less oppressed.

    Whichever way you look at it, the team “yoani”, are still just a bunch of willing traitors stainding in line for that lick.

    How low can people go for a piece of shift…? Some cubans are ready to sell their own country for it.

  26. INTERESTING NEWS! THEY LET THIS GROUP IN TO SEE ALAN GROSS BUT NOT BILL RICHARDSON! THIS GAME OF GETTING THE CUBAN 5 SPIES BACK FOR GROSS REFLECTS THE DESPERATION BY THE CASTROFASCISTS TO WIN SOMETHING AGAINST THE “IMPERIALIST U.S.A.” . THE CUBAN PEOPLE, REALLY DONT CARE ABOUT THIS GAME ONLY “LA CHINA” AND “THE MUMMY”! THIS JOURNALISTS IS ON THE BALL, SHE WAS THE ONE WHO REPORTED THAT THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN CUBA KNEW ALAN GROSS AND HE HAD BEEN THERE MANY TIMES BEFORE.

    CBS NEWS : American held in Cuba gets Rosh Hashanah visit- By Portia Siegelbaum

    Jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross shared honey cake and coffee with leaders of Cuba’s Jewish community on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, according to one of the participants.

    In an email sent to CBS News, Adela Dworin, president of the community, says she and David Prinstein, vice president of the Jewish Community Center had a “private” two-hour meeting with Gross.

    Dworin describes Gross as being dressed in a blue guayabera, the typical pleated-front Cuban dress shirt.

    “According to his own words and what we could see, his physical condition is good and he is receiving careful medical attention,” she writes.

    She says he spoke about his concern over the health of his closest relatives. “For our part, he received the promise that we would pray for their rapid recovery.” Gross’s daughter was recently operated on for breast cancer and his mother has also been diagnosed with cancer.

    Their visit took place in a small room for visitors at the Havana Military Hospital where the American is serving his time.

    This is the second time the Cuban Government has facilitated such a visit with the American sub-contractor arrested in December 2009 and sentenced to 15 years in prison last March after a two-day trial for smuggling in illegal internet equipment that could be used by government opponents to escape official controls and promote regime change. The Cuban Supreme Court heard an appeal from his lawyers but upheld his sentence.

    Dworin says they could see Gross was “very grateful for the interest exhibited by the Cuban Jewish Community to visit him and share with him the arrival of the new year 5772.” Dworin’s first visit with Gross, last April to take him Passover foods lasted only 30 minutes.

    On this occasion, “Coffee, water and juices” were set out on a table in a corner of the room and Gross, “In his role as ‘host’ together with us offered the typical Jewish toast: L’chaim — to life,” according to Dworin.

    Dworin says they brought Gross traditional New Year’s sweets, including honey cake prepared for him by women in the congregation. “The three of us shared this typical cake while conversing about different things,” reads the email. Asked by phone if Gross had asked the Cuban Jewish Community to intervene in seeking his release, Dworin said no.

    Gross insists he was only working to improve internet access for the island’s Jewish Community.

    There have been many pleas for his release on humanitarian grounds by his wife, the U.S. Government and most recently by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who left Havana earlier this month after failing to gain Gross’ release or even being allowed to visit him. Richardson said he was in Cuba as a private citizen but that he had the support of the State Department. Both President Obama and State Department have described Gross’ imprisonment as a major obstacle to any further improvement in U.S.-Cuba relations.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20114176-503543.html

  27. ANOTHER REMINDER OF THE VIOLENCE THAT CASTROFASCISTS THUGS THAT HAVE BEEN PERPETRATING ON SARA MARTA AND HER FAMILY! ONE OF MANY!

    YOUTUBE: Cuba Acto de Repudio Sara Marta y su familia (Repudiation Act on Sara Marta and her family)

    This video shows part of the act of repudiation toward Sara Marta Fonseca Quevedo and her family, April 18 at her home in Rio Verde, Boyeros in Havana.
    Este video muestra parte del acto de repudio a Sara Marta Fonseca Quevedo y su familia, el 18 de abril, en su casa en Río Verde, Boyeros en La Habana.

  28. IF YOU WANT TO HELP ONE OF THE BRAVEST WOMEN IN CUBA AND HER FAMILY, SEND THIS INFORMATION TO ANYONE WHO CAN HELP. BE IT NGO’S OF HUMAN RIGHTS OR JUST THE EMBASSY OF YOUR COUNTRY IN CUBA!

    FIDEL AND RAUL CASTRO!!! FREE SARA FONSECA NOW!
    Those Cubans imprisoned because of their politics number in the countless, men and women, old and young, each of them deserving of our sympathy and support, however we can share it. But tonight I asked that you remember only one name: Sara Martha Fonseca.

    By all available accounts, she remains in jail tonight, almost a week after a gang of Castroite thugs broke into her home, beat her and dragged her away. Supporters of Cuban freedom around the world are doing what they can to tell her story. It is not too late for you to join us in declaring, FREE SARA FONSECA NOW!

    SARA MARTA FONSECA WAS ONE OF THE BRAVE LADIES WHO PROTESTED IN THE STEPS OF THE CAPITOL BUILDING IN HAVANA RECENLTY. SHE HAS JUST BEEN ARRESTED ON SATURDAY AND STILL REMAINS IN JAIL. WE FEAR FOR HER SAFETY, SHE IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST VOICE AGAINST THE FASCIST GOVERMENT OF OF THE CASTRO BROTHERS! PLEASE HELP! MORE INFORMATION BELOW.

    YOUTUBE VIDEO : CUBA – Se enfrentan opositores cubanos a la policia politica en Río Verde (Cuban dissidents confront the political police of Rio Verde)- you can see in the video several of the dissidents being arrested and beaten including Sara Marta Fonseca in black top and shorts and her husband. She is seen rushing to his aid at the end of the video)

  29. Ja que gusto el poder decir lo que otros no han vivido y que son manipulados, pero cuidado, que cuando un pueblo se tiene que exiliar en masas dice mucho más que cualquier palabra, deberían a cavar con los castros antes que ellos acaben con el pueblo.

  30. La puta dictadura no deja que podamos escribir en el blog de Yoani en español y me han censurado el acceso por eso me he venido para este y denunciar las injusticias que ocurren en cuba, deberían colgarlos por las patas y lanzarlos a la luna a ver si se hacen su mierda de socialismo solos sin amargarle la vida a los demás, corruptos dictadores de pacotillas.

  31. Mr. UnSoricel, your 2 last posts don’t make any sense. Theft is theft and rape is rape, doesn’t matter who does it. And just because another guy does it, doesn’t make it right that we do it.

    Yoani is occupied with writing about the crooks and haters she knows about, she has no time to write about past injustices on Easter Island, and even if she did want to write about it, everything she would read about Easter Island in her island prison would be written by Mr. Castro.

  32. VERY WELL PUT, BY MY CANADIAN FRIENDS IN WINNIPEG!

    WINNIPEG FREE PRESS EDITORIAL: No cigar in Cuba

    Canada and Europe have been, over the years, far more sympathetic to the Communist regime in Cuba than the United States. America has been hostile and is often blamed for the misfortunes of the Cuban people. An announcement by the government in Havana this week, however, is a reminder that, in truth, Cuba is the author of its own misfortune. It is a measure of the degree of totalitarianism that was imposed on Cuba after Fidel Castro’s revolution of 1959 that his successor as president, his brother Raul, this week announced that, for the first time since the early 1960s, Cubans can buy and sell automobiles.

    Private sales of vehicles were prohibited. Russian-made Lada clunkers could be bought from government dealerships and wealthy Cubans and Communist party apparatchiks who travelled abroad could bring cars back with them, but ordinary Cubans could not even sell their own automobiles.

    The vintage American cars from the 1950s and 1960s that constitute Cuban traffic have long been considered part of the island’s quaintness by Canadian tourists. They are anything but quaint. Rather, they are an indication of how deeply the Castros’ Communist government penetrates and controls every aspect of Cuban life. That is loosening every so slightly under Raul Castro, but this used-car “reform,” as absurd as it may seem, is also an indication that, in looking at the Cuban regime, Canadians have too often failed to see the tyrant behind those quaint buckets of bolts.

    Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 30, 2011 A14

    http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/no-cigar-in-cuba-130836378.html#comments

  33. UnSoricel said: “Communism or no communism Castro offered Cuba for good and for very worse an identity.. that I don’t think it would have had… It would have been another latin american country were drug lords kill maim and take on the corrup gov like Robin Hood minus the niceties…”

    So Hun Un! CUBA HAS TO BE, FIRST A “LABORATORY” FOR A “SOCIAL EXPERIMENT” BY THE DEMENTED, PSYCOPATH FIDEL CASTRO AND HIS DRAG QUEEN BROTHER RAUL AND THEN A “MUSEUM” OF 1950’S NOSTALGIA FOR FOREIGNERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS?? WISHFUL THINKING ON YOUR PART! CUBA WAS AND STILL CAN BE THE CHILE OF THE CARIBBEAN IF I COULD USE THAT AS A REFERENCE POINT! AND NICE TRY SHIFTING A BIT THE SUBJECT TOWARDS THE TROUBLES IN THOSE COUNTRIES WITH DRUG VIOLENCE. THE CASTROFASCISTS DO THAT ALL THE TIME IN THE PRESS AND T.V., PAINT THE REST OF THE WORLD IN TOTAL CHAOS SO THE CUBAN PEOPLE FEEL “PRIVILEGED” TO LIVE UNDER THE GUIDING HANDS OF “LA CHINA” AND “THE MUMMY”!

    TALKING ABOUT CARS! CHECK OUT THE GREAT SCENES OF HAVANA IN THE 1950’S

    YOUTUBE : Cuba Before Castro-Here, captured on film, is the drama, passion, intrigue, and opulence of a legendary city during its heyday-before the Castro dictatorship obliterated it. Travel back in time to a bygone era, where glamour, elegance, and class once ruled.

  34. UnSoricel, since when uneducated idiots have opinions? sorry but you’re nothing more than a blithering fanatic moron.

  35. So many bs western photographers thrived and thirve on Havana’s faded looks and cars that to shoot are so picturesque…even a show in London rented one (of course in ship shape) just to make the point. Communism or no communism Castro offered Cuba for good and for very worse an identity.. that I don’t think it would have had… It would have been another latin american country were drug lords kill maim and take on the corrup gov like Robin Hood minus the niceties…

  36. Embalmed White Udder… yeah so what ?? these are cars ..metal… bs property that can alsways be restored… Life destroied cannot be restored!…and how about stealing petrol in the Gulf and start a nice war on false pretences – that affect everybody??

  37. The cars, now “classics” are to be considered stolen property, the right owners had to abandon the Island under duress and all properties stolen by the communists, including money, jewelry, real estate etc. etc. band of thieves, bastards and murderers.

  38. According to the UN 1960 Statistical Yearbook data, in 1958 Cuba had 270,000 passenger cars, equivalent to 24 cars per 1,000 people. Cuba ranked second to Venezuela among Latin American countries in 1958, and drop to number 10 in 1988 with 23 cars per 1,000 inhabitants (UN 1997 Yearbook), the last year that the Castros’ regime provided information for passenger cars. All Latin American countries, except Nicaragua, experienced substantial increased from 58 to 88.

    The Nation Master motor vehicles statistics show Cuba with 38 motor vehicles, including commercial vehicles, per 1000 people in 2008, last place among Latin American countries. The UN 2005 Statistical Yearbook shows Cuba with 16 commercial vehicles per 1000 people. Based on those statistics, the number of passenger vehicle will be no more that 22 per 1000 people. In the last 22 years the US cars and most of the Soviet Block cars have reached the end of their useful life, and the regime investment in replacing them have been minimal. That is the reason that Cuba rank is last. This is another “remarkable achievement” by the Castros’ military tyranny.

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