“Conference Rhymes With Patience” (…well in Spanish it does…)

This January seems like an October, a July, a November, anything other than the first month of the year. If anything characterizes beginnings it is making plans, projecting what is to come, outlining proposals even later if they aren’t completed. But because we grew up among so many slogans forecasting the future, today we resist talking about tomorrow. Exhausted from imagining a distant future that could be delayed five years or a decade, we no longer want to even predict the coming week. So we focus on this minute, on an immediacy that doesn’t allow us to raise our sights to look ahead. We live in the moment, because for too long they made us wish for a far off time that existed only in their speeches, in the pages of their books.

The next Communist Party Conference is also marked by this skepticism toward the future. Not surprising, then, are the low expectations Cubans show regarding a party meeting on January 28, the little that is said about it in the streets. The trifling comments are limited to an assurance that “this isn’t going to change anything,” or the glimmer of hope that “this will be the last chance for the ‘historic generation’.” Less than three weeks before it begins, even the official television isn’t showing any enthusiasm for the event. In the ranks of the Party itself there are many illusions and more than one militant will turn in his or her party card if the meeting ends with poor results. The time “purchased” last April during the Party Congress is about to end. The political reforms are urgent and even the system’s most faithful have begun to despair.

The most improbable, and yet the most desired, is that in this conference the first priority would be to put the nation ahead of partisan interests. But this would be asking the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) to commit suicide… and they are not going to do that. They are not going to open themselves to citizen participation without exclusions, nor are they going to dismantle the criminalization of disagreement. They bet their power on it. The reforms would have to be so clear, the change in discourse so marked, that instead of simple adjustments they would need to erase the slate and start again… and most likely they will refuse to do that. So, for a long time January hasn’t seemed like January, the Revolutionaries don’t behave that way and the future is a subject only for soothsayers and fortune-tellers.

47 thoughts on ““Conference Rhymes With Patience” (…well in Spanish it does…)

  1. It is such a shame we do not get real view of cuba at all. IT seems very strange to me, I am watching cable tv in the uk and there are many documentaries about different places, human rights abuses in africa, china and other asia, etc, but so limited to ones about cuba, i have only seen one with vanguard on and i do not know when it is from. Also is very expensive to fly to cuba from europe for average citizen, and if you do go, most likely on tour package and they take you round like farm stock. like me years ago. perhaps i sohuld have been more assertive when looking about.

  2. Fresita, it depends if you believe the official propaganda machine or your own eyes. My own eyes have told me that it is usually not free, and when it is free, it is often of worse quality than the free care offered in many other third world countries.

    If you really look at things the way they are, almost all countries have some level of free health care. Cuban is in worse shape than many of them because they can hide all the troubles with their health care system, including doctors who rob and starve their patients.

    The news about Mazorra was only thanks to the dissidents, stuff like that would have been hushed up years ago when every Cuban was terrified of the government.

  3. That story of the cold hospital is so sad, especially when we are outside of cuba and we are told of the brilliant healthcare that is awaiting those of cuba, and that cuba health care is so sought after that it treats latin americanos as well. we are also told it is free, and only so many countries give free health care. is this not true?

  4. Igor, I was there at about the same time too, went down to about 8 or 10 C, more than cold enough to finish off unclothed starving people (which all the dead were).

    Every doctor and nurse I know well in Cuba steals medical supplies. The bad ones do it to make money and many have no problem stealing medicine straight from the bedside of patients or starving them to death. The good ones do it only because sick family members or friends or neighbors beg them for medicine or bandages or other supplies they can’t get. I would do the same thing if I was them. Unfortunately, this causes the death of patients too.

    You go into these hospitals and there is absolutely nothing there for you unless you know someone or bribe someone or they think you have money. Absolutely horrible.

  5. Cuba libre not only that I read lots of newspapers on the story , nevermind the trial of those who were in charge of that hospital, but I WAS IN HAVANA THAT WEEK….at night a cold wind made the 3C feel like 0 C. Those poor people in the hospital had only summer clothing and no blankets as they were stolen by hospital staff

  6. 40Cuba libre

    Enero 10th, 2012 at 23:00
    I am beginning to enjoy copying and pasting myslf JA JA JA. If you took the time like me to examine the weather archives for Havana in the month of January 2010 you would have noticed the temperature never dropped below 15 degrees Celcius at night and only for about 3 nights. The rest of the month the lows recorded were always between 20 and 25 degrees. So one can die of Hypothermia at 15 degrees huh.
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    You are denying regimes information….. you knew it????
    regime was the first that came out with this information……. and regime was the one that started a legal process against the responsible for this tragedy accepting those patients died of cold caused by undernourishment produced by lack of proper feeding because hospital personal sued to steal patient’s food……. you are so ridiculous, so ignorant, so castrofascist!!!!!!

  7. 40Cuba libre

    Enero 10th, 2012 at 23:00
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    You better review your comments before posting them dude…… you look out so ridiculous because your ignorance……. of course you can die of hypothermia at 15 Celsius degrees……just need to be so undernourished as those poor Cubans in several hospitals throughout the country (not only Mazorra, but around 60 patients died in several hospitals because this cold wave combined with hunger) where nurses and directors robbed their patient’s food to feed their families.

  8. I am beginning to enjoy copying and pasting myslf JA JA JA. If you took the time like me to examine the weather archives for Havana in the month of January 2010 you would have noticed the temperature never dropped below 15 degrees Celcius at night and only for about 3 nights. The rest of the month the lows recorded were always between 20 and 25 degrees. So one can die of Hypothermia at 15 degrees huh.

    http://www.cubaweather.org/weather_archive.php?y=2010&m=January

    Look at the facts my friends. Don`t get blinded by all the anti-castrists that are looking for any means to defame all the great achievements Mr. Castro has done.

  9. Cuba Libre (Mr. Mentirita) said: “Either you are all fools by believing anyone can die of cold in any hospital in Cuba where the temperature very rarely drops below 15 degrees Celsius. Or maybe I should congratulate the American backed anti-Castro editors and journalists who can convince you of such idiocies…strangely you will find that the dead bodies will resemble remarkably to those seen in the videos posted by (el ciber rata).”

    LOOKS LIKE I GOT A FAN! OR A STALKER? EITHER WAY IS VERY FLATTERING! JE JE JE!

    BBC NEWS: Cuba trial over hospital cold snap deaths begins – January 17, 2011

    The trial has begun in Cuba of a number of people accused of responsibility for the deaths of 26 patients in a psychiatric hospital a year ago.

    The accused are reported to include the hospital director and several doctors.

    The patients died of hypothermia and other ailments during a spell of unusually cold weather.

    The deaths exposed failings in Cuba’s free public health system, which the communist government hails as one of the main achievements of its rule.
    ‘Criminal negligence’

    Few details of the trial are being revealed by the Cuban authorities.

    “Once the judicial process is concluded the results will be made public,” the official communist party newspaper Granma said.

    The deaths occurred in January 2010 at the Psychiatric Hospital in the capital, Havana, which houses some 2,500 patients.

    Human rights activists at the time blamed the deaths on “criminal negligence” and the dilapidated state of the hospital.

    The independent Cuban Human Rights Commission said the hospital was in such a bad state that it could not protect people from the cold, citing problems including broken windows, missing doors and a lack of blankets.

    The Cuban health ministry said an investigation had found “various deficiencies”.

    Cuba is proud of its free public healthcare system, which has helped secure health indicators comparable to much richer countries.

    But an economic crisis has exacerbated shortages of medical supplies. The government also blames a decades-long US trade embargo for some of its problems.

    The trial comes as Cuba is introducing major economic changes, encouraging greater private enterprise and laying off more than half-a-million state employees, including some in the health ministry.

    COPY AND PASTE LINK TO BROWSER IF NOT ACTIVE!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-12211473

  10. I wonder, I honestly wonder. Either you are all fools by believing anyone can die of cold in any hospital in Cuba where the temperature very rarely drops below 15 degrees Celsius. Or maybe I should congratulate the American backed anti-Castro editors and journalists who can convince you of such idiocies. Look at any picture from any hospital in the world, including U.S. and Canada, of dead bodies leaving the morgue, strangely you will find that the dead bodies will resemble remarkably to those seen in the videos posted by (el ciber rata).

  11. WASHINGTON POST: Cuban rights monitor reports brief arrests doubled in 2011; nearly 800 in December alone – Tuesday, January 10

    HAVANA — A leading Cuban human rights campaigner says brief detentions of dissidents nearly doubled in 2011 compared to the year before. Elizardo Sanchez says in a report released Tuesday that there were 4,123 arrests of dissidents, nearly all of them lasting “for several hours or days.” That’s up from 2,074 in 2010. Sanchez also reported a spike of 796 arrests in December, even as the government released hundreds of mostly common criminals serving long prison terms. Cuba no longer has any inmates considered “prisoners of conscience” by Amnesty International after freeing the last of dozens of intellectuals and social activists in 2011. Cuba’s government disputes Sanchez’s statistics and calls dissidents “mercenaries” in service of Washington.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/americas/cuban-rights-monitor-reports-brief-arrests-doubled-in-2011-nearly-800-in-December-alone/2012/01/10/gIQAfgxUoP_story.html

  12. YOUTUBE : IGAIC y FOTUTOONS presenta: ¿TÚ CREES?- a Cuban Cartoon with a message!! With a nod to the great Afro-Cuban poet and performer Luis Carbonel.- Spanish Only!

    Antologia Cubana / Luis Carbonell (Audio CD) – Luis Carbonell is one of the best artists I remember from my childhood. There is not other who declaims afrocuban poetry so well and so gracefully. He is a true master on rhythm and metric, and I never saw him to make a single error in the times where the audio of the TV programs were taped, but the image was live because the video was not invented yet. Why, then, he isn’t as famous as he deserves?. In my opinion, Luis Carbonell is, in artistic way, another victim of Castro’s regime. He is black and gay and these are two characteristic persecuted by the regime. In addition, he never show a big enthusiasm about communism and this is a capital sin in that society. Then, as many others great cuban artists, he was almost forget by the government. And in Castro’s Cuba, you can’t do anything without the government agreement. The CD is a collection of several of his best works. The only problem is that in some tracks the audio isn’t so good as I would like, perhaps because it were taken from an old vinyl acetate not enough cleaned by digital techniques, and in other cases because it was taped not in a studio but in a real theater, with the public making some noise. But nevertheless, the CD worth its value. If you really want to know what means afrocuban poetry, with all it’s grace, rhythm and strength, you must buy it.

  13. 24Cuba Libre

    Enero 10th, 2012 at 08:10
    # 16 Help
    Indeed many Canadians go to the U.S. for treatments. Especially cancer stricken patients that will probably die before their turn comes up for treatment here in Canada. In the U.S. on the contrary, if you have the cash you`ll get treatments right away. The purest example of capitalist injustice.
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    Socialism does not work no matter how slighter it is……. I give you a tip to escape Canada’s socialist “achievements”…… instead to go to Cuba to use its the health system for foreigners you better go to USA where you have not to quoi like in Canada and neither have to pay like in Cuba…….. if your problem is an acute problem go to any public hospital and you will be cured for free….. if your problem is not an acute one go then to any of the free Clinique related in this link:

    http://www.freemedicalcamps.com/vcamp.php?cityid=54

    Or go to Chile, Costa Rica, Panama where health is free and wonderful and ….. there is no bloody tyranies

  14. FEEL FREE TO ADD YOUR COMMENTS ON John McAuliff (Founder and Executive Director, Fund for Reconciliation and Development) ARTICLE ABOUT YOANI ON THE HUFFINGTON POST! FUNNY, I KEEP TRYING FOR HIM TO ANSWERS SOME OF MY QUESTIONS BUT HE KEEPS AVOIDING THEM! JE JE JE!

    HUFFINGTON POST: A New Year Different then Yoani’s

    Yoani Sanchez has posted a New Year message on the Huffington Post bemoaning as usual the state of affairs in her homeland. She is a brilliant stylist but her pitch is for an external audience, ill disposed to Cuba as it exists today.

    Ms. Sanchez is entitled to her views, and has played a helpful role of supporting travel to Cuba by all Americans in conflict with the position of Miami hardliners. But how often does she write about positive sides of Cuban life?

    I was in Cuba three times in 2011 and have visited at least annually for the past 15 years. From numerous private conversations with old friends and random encounters I received an impression of growing optimism that real changes were finally underway. There is also a discernible growth of small scale entrepreneurial activity.

    Ms. Sanchez could use her podium to more positive effect if she devoted as much energy to analyzing and decrying the impact of US economic warfare on her country through a far reaching embargo as she does to Cuba’s domestic faults.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-mcauliff/a-new-year-different-then_b_1187813.html

  15. 12Cuba libre

    Enero 9th, 2012 at 22:42
    to Hank # 9 and John # 8
    My point for my statements was purely and simply to express the capabilities of Cuban health system.
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    Yes, Cuban health system for foreigners is the one you know which is very different of the health system for nationals and poorer and disastrous compared with the health system Cubans enjoyed before castro……… a single data: Cubans today uses same hospitals built by democracy before Batista-castro regime…….. that is the “wonderful” health system common Cubans suffer….. a system where mental patients die of hunger and cold……. COLD!!!!!……. my God!!!!!….. to die of cold in the land of the eternal summer!!!!!!…… and then we have to suffer this castrofascist agent to come here and lie shameless!!!!

  16. Cuba Libre

    Enero 10th, 2012 at 08:32

    Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic or any other U.S. controlled coountry in the Carribeans, I rather spend it in Cuba where I feel perfectly at home.
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    You not dumb, I am sure but ignorant sure you are. There is no country in the world with such degree of dependence and delivery of national sovereignty to USA as Cuba thanks just that regime you love and defend so vehemently. Mexico owns its national main industries nationalized long time ago, Cuba by the contrary delivered its main national industries to USA by destroying them and by sending to USA the creators and sustainers of those industries causing in such way the reborn of those destroyed industries in USA.
    Jamaica and Dominican Republican have no big industries like Mexico or like Cuba used to have before castrofascism but the main industries in those countries belong to national capitalists and not to international capitalists like in Cuba. Mexican in USA works to send money home and build industries, business, farms and real estate in Mexico and not to build industries, business and real estate in USA like Cubans in USA does; it is so simply because Mexican govs. does not take the right of Mexicans to invest in Mexico like castrofascism does with Cubans. Same happen with Haitians, Jamaicans Dominicans and any other Caribbean people in USA. Also those Mexicans and Caribbean goes to USA to improve their personal economies and get back home after a while with hands full of money to help their countries to go on; Cubans are not welcome back in Cuba and their monies are less worth than international capitalists and can’t help their homeland to improve, instead Cuban’s monies stay in USA helping USA to get richer…… so, who is more controlled by USA????? Mexico and Caribbean Countries that owns their industries and business and whose emigrants uses USA to help their home lands or Cuba that delivered its industries and business to USA and international capital and whose emigrants’ work helps only USA because the stupid regime in Havana is afraid of national capitalists and not of foreign ones????

  17. 25Cuba Libre

    Enero 10th, 2012 at 08:32

    I have asked Miss Sanchez on several occasion without any response.
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    Pro-castro I am sure you are….but dumb????….. no I am sure you are no dumb…… that’s why I am sure you are trying simply to confuse unaware readers about the reasons Yoani does not answer your questions-comment…… you very well know that he does not have access to internet as the whole Cuban people because regime keeps the Cubans isolated in order to easy lure them with false information, you very well know that she is a so called blind blogger that depends of people outside Cuba to manage her blog, you very well know that she is deprived often of using internet access in hotels because those facilities are exclusive for hotel’s guests and most be paid in dollars, you very well know all these but you prefer to write lies.

  18. YEP, AS YOU CAN CIA, TWITTER IS PART OF THE CIA ! WHAT PARANOIA BY THE CASTROFASCISTS OVER INFORMATION AND 140 CHARACTERS !

    Cuban authorities are targetting Twitter, days after the latest viral message on that social network announced the alleged death of the island’s historic leader Fidel CastroCuban authorities are targetting Twitter, days after the latest viral message on that social network announced the alleged death of the island’s historic leader Fidel Castro.Pro-government Cuban media are saying that Twitter is working on behalf of the United States to destabilize Cuban authority. The network, reports on the communist island say, is being “forced” to comply with court orders that support US policies against Havana.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/40933-cubans-accuse-twitter-of-being-pro-us.html

  19. Cuba Libre (Mr. Mentirita)! DUDE, JUST STOP YAPPING AND PUT SOME INFORMATION WITH LINKS TO SUPPORT YOU RANTS! JUST BE READY TO BE CHALLANGED BY MANY OF US HERE WITH OUR OWN INFORMATION AND LINKS ! IF YOURE MAN ENOUGHT OR WOMAN ENOUGH JUST DO IT! ENOUGH SAID! NO MORE VIOLINS FOR YOU!

  20. Here, I’ll help you out Cuba Libre: the Canadian government let’s you travel to Cuba all you want. You don’t even have to beg them and pay for an exit visa each time you travel. Isn’t that one good thing about Canada?

    Viva Harper!

  21. Cuba libre: the purest example of capitalist injustice is you traveling to Cuba and paying for medical care that Cubans can’t receive. Rich Marxists who exploit the Cuban people, nice.

    You still can’t say one good thing about Canada or the USA in all the thousands of words you’ve posted here. And yet you constantly criticize Yoani for criticizing fascism. You, brother, are the champion of negativity.

  22. Cuba Libre, your are such a hypocrite reading between the lines. Yoani love her country and despises the leaders of Cuba. Some people here suggested you to go and live for month in a Cuban hospital. Try the psychiatric facility in Havana in January. Maybe you’ll die of COLD WEATHER, as those poor souls died in January 2010.

  23. Humberto (el ciber rata)
    I have asked Miss Sanchez on several occasion without any response. Yous see my friend in our day and age we can use internet to confirm any belief we may have. If we are anti-Castro, all we have to do is Google “anti-Castro” and we will get thousands of links that will confirm our beliefs. On the contrary now iw we are pro-Castro, all we have to do is Google “pro-Castro” and in the same way will will get thousands of pro-castro defenders. Believe it or not if we are pro-Nazi, Google it and sure enough you will find lots of sites proclaiming Nazi beliefs. So you would presume an anti-Castro like yourself would only refer to links from other sensationalism-seeking anti-Castro journalists. I trult believe Humberto (el ciber rata), in all honesty, that if just once you would write an article about something you have experienced yourself, using all you proffesionalism and perseverance, you may even win a Pulitzer prize some day. But do it by saying things as they are not what you read from others.
    Have you ever seen the movie “The Bang Bang Club”?? It`s a movie about some free-lance photographers in some country in Africa stricken by civil war and famine. Based on a true story by the way. One of the photographers one day finds a little African girl on her knees, agonising and starving to deat, who is beeing circled around by a huge vulture just waiting for her to die so he can feast on her dead body. He took several pictures of the scene and the pictures went around the world. He won a Pulitzer prize for the pictures. After he had been awarded the prize people started asking what actually became of the girl but strangely he wouldn`t answer. After a couple of weeks he committed suicide, guess why. Sure enough he did nothing and left the girl there to face her destiny. By one single gesture of one human being helping another he could have saved her. Nah he got what he wanted, the pictures. Its the in-activness and indifference of people that make the world what it is today. I think I am doing my little share in making it a better world. Instead of spending my hard earned money in selfish capitalist countries like the U.S., Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic or any other U.S. controlled coountry in the Carribeans, I rather spend it in Cuba where I feel perfectly at home.

  24. # 16 Help
    Indeed many Canadians go to the U.S. for treatments. Especially cancer stricken patients that will probably die before their turn comes up for treatment here in Canada. In the U.S. on the contrary, if you have the cash you`ll get treatments right away. The purest example of capitalist injustice.

  25. Cuba Libre, there is only one “l” in irrelevant, which you repeatedly spell incorrectly. Regarding Yoani leaving Switzerland to return to Cuba. I believe from previous posts it had to do with family. It’s usually the reason. No one can blame her for that.

  26. Humberto, dude! I’m not gay. I just happen to love that musical! Glad you do too and see the parallels. Cheers, friend. Keep up the good work!

  27. Hank ! SORRY MAN, YOU ARE TREDDING ON MY GAY TURF!!

    FROM ONE OF THE GREATEST MUSICALS OF ALL TIME AND ONE OF MY FAVORITES!
    The Music Man “Ya Got Trouble”, in Cuba with Fulgensio Batista! YOU SURE GOT TROUBLE! – OK, A CON MAN TRIES TO CONVINCE A POPULATION THAT HE HAS THE ANSWER TO THEIR PROBLEMS!! DOES THIS REMINDS US OF SOMEONE WITH A CAPITAL “C”! OK, COULD NOT HELP THE ANALOGY! AND THAT IS A STATUE OF JOSE MARTI AT THE END! JE JE JE!

    YOUTUBE: The Music Man “Ya Got Trouble”

    COPY AND PASTE LINK TO BROWSER IF NOT ACTIVE!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI_Oe-jtgdI

  28. Cuba Libre (Mr. Mentirita) said: “You never answered why Miss Sanchez gave up her newly found freedom in Switzerland to go back to this country she so deeply despises.”

    Cuba Libre, Cuba Libra, Mr. Mentirita! SINCE YOU GO TO CUBA SO OFTEN AND KNOW SO MANY PEOPLE WHO GO THERE FOR HIP REPLACEMENTS, WHY DONT YOU ASK YOANI HERSELF THAT QUESTION? PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU BRING YOUR VIDEO CAMERA FOR THAT INTERVIEW, BUT BE CAREFUL MAKING CONTACT WITH HER OR YOU MIGHT END UP LIKE ALAN GROSS! OH, I FORGET YOU ARE A FRIEND OF THE CASTRO FAMILY OLIGARCHY SO YOU GOT A “GET OUT OF JAIL FREE” CARD!! JE JE JE!

  29. You’re right, Cuba libre, the Canadian system has huge problems, as does the US medical system. What I find interesting is you didn’t mention any of the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who seek medical care in the USA. Seems most Canadians prefer to pay much more for US care than discount Cuban care.

    So when are you going to start singing the Star Spangled Banner? Or at least find one good thing to say about Canada or the USA, since all you do is whine about Yoani criticizing her fascist government.

  30. God, I don’t know why I am wasting my time with this.

    Cuba libre — for your information — Che was a failure, a loser and a blood-thirsty murderer. Everyone and his cousin knows this, execept for maybe you. Now you are telling us to go read Marx and Engels? You’ve become farcical.

  31. Humberto (el ciber rata)
    JA JA JA, what in heavens name does this video have to do with previously discussed subjects??? You proved your professionalsm as a journalist once again. Another topic and video that is completely irrellevant our previous discussion. You never answered why Miss Sanchez gave up her newly found freedom in Switzerland to go back to this country she so deeply despises. And why do you think Time Magazine awarded her with her prize?? Let me think now, who edits Time Magazine??
    By the way, I don`t have to tell Damir anything. I find his posts very interesting. His views seem to be viewed with an open mind. Unlike your anti-socialist friends that have their eyes closed and keep on repeating the things they were taught by their parents about how bad communism and socialism is when they haven`t even taken the time to find out what socialism is all about. I would strongly suggest you read “the Communist Manifesto” by Marx and Engels.

  32. YOUTUBE: Cuban children being taught to use rifles and guns! WHY? THIS IS PART OF THEIR SCHOOLING! CAN YOU RESPOND FINALLY TO ONE OF MY QUESTIONS Cuba Libre (Mr. Mentirita)? JE JE JE! OMG! IT HAPPENED AGAIN! I WAS ABLE TO UNLOCK CAPS! HOW DID THAT HAPPENED? JE JE JE!

    COPY AND PASTE LINK TO BROWSER IF NOT ACTIVE!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7Y0S13tRyc

  33. to Hank # 9 and John # 8
    My point for my statements was purely and simply to express the capabilities of Cuban health system. My second point was that in the province I live in, even if I wanted to pay 3 times what people pay in Cuba to get an operation done I cant`t. The doctors here have quotas to respect and they can`t perform more than the number of surgeries per week that they are prescribed to. Imagine that, the doctors are willing to perform more surgeries due to the great demand, but our free country government forbids it. Furthermore, several doctors have stated their interest in doing house calls again for the elderly that live at home, guess what, our free country government, that we elected in open elections won`t allow it.

  34. YOUTUBE : Adroctinamiento Castrista de Niños en Cuba (indoctrination of children in Cuba with the Cuban 5 propaganda) – AT TIME 9:30 INTO THE VIDEO YOU CAN SEE HOW THE CHILDREN IN CUBA ARE USED IN THIS PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN TO FREE THE CUBAN 5 SPIES! AT THE END, ALL THE KIDS SAY THAT THEY WANT TO VISIT THE UNITED STATES WHEN ASKED, GO FIGURE! CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE USED AS POLITICAL TOOLS BY ANY GOVERNMENT! DID THEY DO THAT TO YOU Cuba Libre (Mr. Mentirita)? JE JE JE!

    COPY AND PASTE LINK TO BROWSER IF NOT ACTIVE!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRbsorGW1d4&feature=related

  35. Cuba Libre (Mr. Mentirita) said : “What else to expect from you but a post from a foreign newspaper about a subject that is completely irrellevant of the statements I have made. Wake up and smell the coffee bro.”

    Cuba Libre or Cuba Libra, IS THAT YOUR SIGN? JE JE JE! ANYWAY, I CAN SEE THAT THEY HAVE PUT A BETTER AGENT/APOLOGIST THAN OUR DEAR Damir IN YOU! YOU ARE REPETITIVE, DONT RESPOND TO QUESTIONS BUT YOU DONT RANT UNITELLIGENTLY LIKE Damir AND I HAVE NOT SEEN YOU USE “pragmatic capitalism” TOO MUCH OR AT ALL, AND FOR THAT I THANK YOU! JE JE JE! BUT DONT TELL Damir THAT I TOLD YOU THAT, ITS OUR LITTLE SECRET! JE JE JE! DUDE, YOU ARE LUCKY THAT I TAKE THE TIME TO GIVE YOU AND THE OTHER READERS THE SCOOP ON THE SPANISH LANGUAGE NEWS THAT ARE EITHER LEFT BEHIND BY THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PRESS OR ARE SEVERAL DAYS BEHIND!! YOU ARE VERY WELCOME Mr. Mentirita!! JE JE JE! YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH TELLING A CUBAN IN THE DIASPORA ABOUT “SMELLING THE COFFEE”, BUT FOR A CUBAN IN THE ISLAND YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THAT TO “WAKE UP AND SMELL THE CHICHARO”!! JE JE JE!

  36. Cuba libre,

    Wow! What an extraordinary post! Think for a moment. Just stop and think. Do you understand that the medical care you described for your cousin does not exist for ordinary Cubans? Recuperation in a five star hotel? Seriously? I am happy for your cousin, but is that really your measure of the place — the fact that you and you ageing cohorts can go down there with your Canadian dollars and get taken care of, have some frijoles negros, lechon and be entertained on a beach, then fly back to the safety of Canada where you are free to travel and say whatever you please without fear of being rounded up and thrown in prison? All on the cheap for you. Really? All of you Castro apologists are the same. Selfish and completely out of touch with reality. You refuse to acknowledge what an absolute mess the dictators of that place have created and the extent to which they go to stay in power. Yet you aid and abet them because it suits you. Absurd and downright repugnant.

  37. Cuba Libre, I can’t believe what I’m hearing you say. Those operations and procedures in top clinics and 5 star hotels are for FOREIGNERS!!!!! Do you think Cubans get that treatment??? Of course foreigners are flocking to Cuba for medical reasons. I knew 2 women who went to have their tummy tucks, everything thrown in for 2500 dollars. Why wouldn’t you go there??

  38. Ja Ja Ja Humberto, (el ciber rata)
    What else to expect from you but a post from a foreign newspaper about a subject that is completely irrellevant of the statements I have made. Wake up and smell the coffee bro. Yoani was in Switzerland, free as a bird, she decided to go back to Cuba on her own will. What pray tell is she whining about now?

  39. # 3 Help
    For your information, my cousin went to Cuba last year for a hip replacement. It took one month to organize, and it cost $6.000 canadian dollars including the actual hip replacement and one month stay in a 5 star hotel all inclusive for the rehabilitation period. Here in Canada the waiting period was 1 and 1/2 years for a hip replacement, and that didn`t mean the surgery wouldn`t get cancelled at the last minute if there were an emergency. So to answer your question, yes I would go to a Cuban hospital without hesitation. And for your information, more and more Canadians are going to Cuba for hip replacements, knee surgery, eye cataract removal, and several other operations which the witing list surpasses 1 year.

  40. Cuba Libre (Mr. Mentirita)! PLEASE LET ME GIVE YOU SOME VIOLINS TO GO WITH THIS COMMENT!

    “..the nation that Mr. Castro and El Che dreamed of. Mr. Castro and his revolutionary government managed to feed, provide free education, and provide healthcare for his people without the help of any of the wealthy capitalist nations.”

    SORRY TO TELL YOU Mr. Mentirita BUT THAT WAS NOT/IS A DREAM FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE BUT A NIGHTMARE OF HAVING THE SAME OLD CASTRO BROTHERS AND THEIR FAMILY OLIGARCHY CONTROL ALL POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC STRINGS OF CUBA FOR OVER 53+ YEARS! THAT “ROMANTICISM” OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION IS A PROPAGANDA TOOL CREATED BY FIDEL AND RAUL TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE GOODWILL OF THOSE IN THE LEFT! LUCKILY THE INFORMATION IS GETTING OUT OF THE REALITY OF THE ORDINARY CUBAN PEOPLE AND THAT CANNOT BE STOPPED! JE JE JE!

    AND NOW, HOT OFF THE PRESS!! AND WHAT DO YOU THINK Cuba Libre (Mr. Mentirita) OF THIS MOVE BY THE BRAZILIAN EX-PRESIDENT? JE JE JE!TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH BY YOURS TRULY!

    EL UNIVERSAL VENEZUELA: Lula advises Yoani Sanchez to talk Rousseff about going to Brazil- The Cuban blogger wants to travel to the South American giant on February 10 to attend the premiere of the documentary “Cuba-Honduras Connection”, where she is inteviewed.

    Sao Paulo, Brazil – Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva suggested to the Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, creator of the blog generation Y, to send a letter to the Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, to allow her to visit the South American country , said Brazil’s Senator Eduardo Suplicy.

    After visiting Lula da Silva in the hospital in Sirio Libanés in Sao Paulo, where the former president is being treated with radiotherapy to combat cancer of the larynx, Suplicy announced that he would forwarded Lula’s suggestion to the Cuban dissident & journalist who wishes to travel Brazil on February 10 for the premiere of the documentary “Cuba-Honduras Connection”, where she appears in an interview, DPA said.

    The fellow senator of Lula Workers’ Party (PT), already took a lead role this last week, when solicited in a letter to the Cuban embassy in Brazil, the permission for Sanchez to travel to the South American country.

    COPY AND PASTE LINK TO BROWSER IF NOT ACTIVE!

    http://www.eluniversal.com/internacional/120109/lula-aconseja-a-yoani-sanchez-hablar-con-rousseff-para-ir-a-brasil

  41. Imagine, for a moment, what the Cuban people could have done for themselves over the last 53 years without the shackles of a dictatorship that subjugated, lied to, imprisoned and obliged them to flee in droves from their homeland. Who appointed Fidel Castro overlord of Cuba anyway. Oh, I forgot — he did!

  42. Cuba libre, when are you going to support your government? The last time I checked Canadian doctors don’t rob and starve their patients like they do in Cuba. I assume they don’t, as a rule, beat their patients up either.

    Something you should be grateful for. If you’re not, book a stay in a regular Cuban hospital for a month. Maybe it’ll make you a more positive person.

  43. Do you perhaps mean the billions of dollars of “help” that Mr. Castro has received from the former Soviet Union and Venezuela? Cuba doesn’t have a government, it has a 50+ year dictatorship. The dictator has not managed to create a self-sustaining society, he’s had to suck at the tit of the former Soviet Union and Venezuela. The health care is, at best, sub par and the education is not free, one must commit to working for the dictatorship for a certain number of years to pay off university tuition. That’s not free, that comes with strings attached.

  44. How pessimistic can a person get. Instead of supporting your government who is doing everything possible with the few tools that it has, you are already criticizing and rebuking the conference that has yet to take place. Its not the Cuban government that has to change, its other governments who won`t help Cuba to emancipate itself into the nation that Mr. Castro and El Che dreamed of. Mr. Castro and his revolutionary government managed to feed, provide free education, and provide healthcare for his people without the help of any of the wealthy capitalist nations. Imagine, just imagine one second, how much more he could have done for Cuba had he been given some help.

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