Green, as I love you, free*


The last time Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stepped on Cuban soil, Fidel Castro’s illness had been announced a few weeks prior, generating tons of speculation. In that September of 2006, the Iranian president was a witness to the awarding of the presidency of the Non-Aligned Nations to a head of state physically incapable of exercising it. Instead of the Maximum Leader, in the Palace of Conventions they heard the speech of his younger brother, while in the hallways and in front of the cameras official spokespeople predicted that the Commander in Chief would reappear very soon. But they lied. In the final photo of the event — taken on the lawn under a playful sun — the invited rulers are captured, but the primary host is missing. In the light of today, that was an image almost prescient because it marked the former guerrilla’s loss of leadership in international life.

Now, Ahmadinejad has returned for a new snapshot. This time it will be behind closed doors, perhaps without witnesses, and in the place where Fidel Castro convalesces and from where he writes his lengthy Reflections. Much has changes for both of them in the last five years. The first is in the midst of escalating tensions with Washington and has even threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz; the second is passing through the gradual fading of his image inside and outside the country, and has lost much of the ascendancy he once had.

The political impulse that came close to triggering — in 1962 at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis — the third world war, lives today in the Persian leader who could be a part of the next conflict. Both urgently need this new family photo. The one to prove that he is not isolated, as American diplomacy would like him to be seen, and the other because he needs to demonstrate that he is still alive, as opposed to what is rumored in the social networks. But it will be a portrait almost in sepia, because the color green which has been absent these last five years is an uncomfortable shade for both of them. It reminds Fidel Castro of the uniform from which an important part of his power emanated, while to Ahmadinejad it evokes young people protesting in the streets, the young woman Leda, and the summer of 2009.

*Translator’s note: The title of this post is a play on a line in poem by Garcia Lorca, “Verde, que te quiero verde.” The poem is titled Romance sonámbulo (in English, The Sleepwalker’s Romance).

100 thoughts on “Green, as I love you, free*

  1. John and Damir –

    I think sometimes the numbers are changing. When ~I wrote about my comment being moderating, it was not there, and now it is? And I guess I references the wrong number if mine and other comments were not there but then were put there after moderation?

  2. ALAN GROSS IS INNOCENT AND A HOSTAGE OF THE CASTROFASCIST GOVERNMENT TO TRADE FOR THE CUBAN 5 SPIES HELD IN U.S. PRISONS! THE TRUTH IS SLOWLY COMING OUT!

    SYDNEY MORNING HERALD: Document: Gross traveled to Cuba 5 times in 2009- PETER ORSI

    An American man imprisoned in Cuba on charges of crimes against the state was being tracked by island authorities since 2004 and traveled there at least five times in 2009 to set up sophisticated wireless Internet networks, according to a purported leaked court filing.

    The document, the most detailed account so far laying out prosecutors’ case against Maryland resident Alan Gross, gives blow-by-blow descriptions of the man’s work with Cuban Jewish communities to establish independent, satellite-based wireless networks in synagogues in three cities.

    U.S. and Cuban officials would not say whether the document is authentic. It was posted this week on the U.S.-based blog Cafe Fuerte, which did not reveal its source.

    But Gross’ U.S. lawyer, Peter J. Kahn, called it evidence that his client, who has acknowledged working with the Jewish community on Internet connections, is innocent of trying to undermine the island’s communist-run government.

    “This document is further confirmation of what we have said all along _ the Cuban authorities cannot point to any action by Alan P. Gross intended to subvert their government,” Peter J. Kahn said in a statement, without explicitly confirming the document’s authenticity.

    “The trial evidence cited in the document confirms that Alan’s actions were intended to improve the Internet and Intranet connectivity of Cuba’s small, peaceful, non-dissident, Jewish community,” he said.

    The filing, apparently from Gross’ sentencing in which he was given 15 years in prison, contains a detailed account of testimony and evidence presented against him at his March 2011 trial. Among other details, it says Gross came under scrutiny beginning in 2004 and alleges he recruited Americans as “mules” to help him bring restricted telecommunications equipment to the island.

    Havana considers U.S. development programs like the one Gross was working on tantamount to attempts at regime change, and the document alleges that the true intent for the wireless networks was subversive.

    “The goal (was for) these modern means of satellite communication to be used by the true intended recipients of this ‘Program,’ the members of the internal counterrevolution,” it reads.

    As evidence, it cites files recovered from a seized memory stick that allegedly talked about “communicating securely in repressive environments” and mentioned “political activists who operate in non-permissive environments.” It also said Gross told users of the wireless networks he set up not to use their last names in their email addresses.

    Gross’ imprisonment has been yet another sore point between Washington and Havana, and the U.S. government has urged Cuban authorities to release him.

    Earlier this week Cuba hinted that while Gross was convicted of crimes against the state, it would consider sending him home under the right circumstances.

    “The Cuban government has communicated to the U.S. government its willingness to find a humanitarian solution to the case of Mr. Alan Gross on a reciprocal humanitarian basis,” said a letter signed by the deputy chief of mission at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington and posted on the Foreign Ministry’s website.

    The message, which was originally sent to The Washington Post in response to an editorial demanding Gross be freed, then raised the cases of five Cuban agents serving long jail terms in the United States, though it stopped short of suggesting outright a prisoner swap.

    http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/document-gross-traveled-to-cuba-5-times-in-2009-20120119-1q7jm.html

  3. Damir, re your post 81 and my “disgusting” comment in post 44 – you must be deranged as well as it was clearly referring to the EXTREMELY DISGUSTING comment of Cuba Libre post 43. The two of you are a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic.

  4. AFP NEWS AGENCY: US senator in Cuba to press on jailed American, offshore oil- By Diego Urdaneta

    Earlier, in Washington, the United States rejected the idea of freeing Cuban nationals in return for contractor Gross, saying the jailed American held by Havana was not a spy. A Cuban diplomat, in a letter released Tuesday, said Cuba was ready to find a “humanitarian solution” on Gross in return for a “reciprocal” gesture of releasing five Cubans imprisoned on charges of spying in the United States. “Their cases aren’t comparable and the Cuban five were convicted in federal court and are serving their sentences,” State Department spokesman William Ostick told AFP. “Alan Gross is not a spy.” “We continue to call on the Cuban government to release Alan Gross,” he said.
    Durbin, the second-highest ranking member of the Senate and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, met Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez; National Assembly speaker Ricardo Alarcon; Archbishop Jamie Ortega; members of the international diplomatic community, the staff of the US Interests Section and Cuban reformers, a statement said.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE NEWS ARTICLE!

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gSIO_TKruSeP87c7qQTIuFJBAXEQ?docId=CNG.f02a09f392cafaaab8362a7efd066fb0.381

  5. WE ARE ALMOST AT THE FINNISH LINE OF THE CASTROFASCIST ERA AND “LA FLACA” HAS A COMMANDING LEAD OVER “THE MUMMY” FIDEL BY ALMOST 23,000 FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER! HOW MANY FOLLOWERS DO YOU HAVE Damir, Cuba Libre? JE JE JE!

    YOANI SANCHEZ TWITTER @YoaniSanchez = 197,247 FOLLOWERS!!

    FIDEL CASTRO (The Mummy) TWITTER @ReflexionFidel = 174,576 FOLLOWERS

  6. IMAGES ARE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS!THE CURRENT STATE OF ARCHITECTURE AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN CUBA!

    VIMEO VIDEO : Paraiso (The Cuban Paradise)- by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

    COPY AND PASTE LINK TO BROWSER TO SEE VIDEO!
    vimeo.com/28024540

  7. BBC NEWS:Cuba’s housing crisis-There is an acute housing crisis in Cuba.- Friday, 2 January 2009

    Even before the recent hurricanes that damaged over half a million homes, accommodation was one of the greatest causes of complaint on the island.

    The black market in property and building materials is thought to be huge.

    And as Linda Pressly finds out in Crossing Continents, in a nation where it is illegal to buy and sell property, Cubans have come up with unique ways of getting around the regulations, and securing a new home.

    BBC Radio 4’s Crossing Continents was broadcast on Monday, 29 December, 2008 at 2030 GMT. It was repeated on Thursday, 1 January, 2009 at 1230 GMT.

    Reporter: Linda Pressly
    Producer: Polly Hope

    CLICK LINK SO YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE STORY

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/crossing_continents/7795824.stm

  8. PICTURE Via Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo @OLPL primeras imagenes del derrumbe, policia no deja acercarse (first images of the building collapse, police preventing anyone to get close)

    Havana, Cuba (CNN) — Three people were killed and six were critically injured when a residential building collapsed in Havana, state television reported Wednesday. The building is located in a heavily populated district known as Central Havana, Yoani Sanchez, a blogger on the island told CNN en Español. Sanchez said she saw rescuers at the site, but it was unknown if authorities believed people were trapped in the rubble.
    The structure fell late Tuesday night, she said. The injured were taken to the hospital, she added. Cuban authorities did not respond to requests for more information about the incident.

    http://twitpic.com/88uqmd#.Txccdk5wRzY.twitter

  9. Damir said: “UN, World bank and spanish El Pais, who was contemplating the fact that over 30 000 Spaniards have moved from Spain to CUBA between 2007 and 2010.”

    OF COURSE THEY HAVE MOVED BACK TO CUBA, BUT WITH ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY THEMSELVES ALL THEY NEED AND FEEL SUPERIOR AND IN CONTROL OF THE REST OF THE POPULATION, SOMETHING THAT THEY CANNOT DO BACK IN SPAIN!

  10. Damir said: “remittances from usa to families in Cuba are around 900 millions. Cubans from Spain send more than that. I have posted those links a few months back.”

    Damir! COULD YOU PLEASE POST THE LINKS AGAIN! PRETTY PLEASE! YOU WOULD NOT WANT FOR PEOPLE TO THINK THAT YOU ARE A LIAR, CASTRO AGENT OR CASTRO APOLOGISTS OR ALL OF THOSE! CAPISCE AMIGO?

  11. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL URGENT ACTION CUBA – Index: AMR 25/007/2011 Cuba Date: 13 December 2011

    ACTIVISTS HELD WITHOUT CHARGE: Human rights activists Ivonne Malleza Galano and her husband Ignacio Martínez Montejo continue to be held without charge since their arrest on 30 November. They were detained for staging a peaceful demonstration in a park in Havana City, Cuba. Cuban authorities held Ivonne Malleza Galano incommunicado for 10 days after she was arrested at Fraternity Park in Havana City on 30 November. On 10 December, she was allowed a phone call to inform family and friends of her whereabouts. She is currently held at the Alternative Center for Processing Detainees(Centro Alternativo de Procesamiento de Detenidos), located in the southern outskirts of Havana City. Further information on UA: 355/11
    Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:
    1.Calling on the Cuban authorities to charge Ivonne Malleza Galano and Ignacio Martínez Montejo with
    recognizable criminal offences or release them immediately;
    2.Asking them to ensure that anyone charged is given a fair trial in compliance with international standards;
    3. Urging the authorities to remove unlawful restrictions on freedoms of expression, association and assembly in
    Cuba.

    Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

    SENT E-MAIL TO ADDRESSES AND E-MAILS ON LINK BELOW!

    http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR25/007/2011/en/9eae79bf-0186-4078-88cb-f55028a36064/amr250072011en.pdf

  12. Igor, remember that much of what we bring in is impossible to find in Cuba, so sometimes there is no choice than to pay for extra luggage.

  13. Igor, hard to believe but true. We’ve brought about 1000 dollars worth of medication, vitamins, etc, on several occasions, and it just took up part of one suitcase. Check out the price of a bottle of flax seed oil tablets at the nearest health food store. And there are pricier items we buy. In the same suitcase are hundreds of dollars worth of clothing, such as Levi jeans, nice dresses, etc. Plus large hard-cover books like an atlas of the world, we’ve brought in suitcases full on a few trips.

    There is no limit to how much cash you can bring in in your wallet or purse, we typically bring in thousands, over five thousand one time. We’ve never declared it or have I had my wallet or my wife’s purse opened and checked for the amount of cash.

    A Cuban friend brought in about 50,000 US cash for an “apartment exchange” and a few other deals his family needed it for. He has definitely brought in over 100,000 over the last few years, and except for a few big TVs and other appliances, it all went undeclared.

    These amounts are peanuts compared to what the mafia or other businessman bring in or put in foreign bank accounts to grease the palms of Cuban officials.

  14. Help,

    It is hard to believe that someone will travel with $15000 cash to Cuba and thousands dollars worth of stuff…Airlines will charge for extra luggage to the point that it is not worthed to get bring goods to Cuba

  15. To clarify, the sum of 10 billion annually includes undeclared amounts from tourists (tips, prostitution, etc) as well as gifts from family and friends. It is impossible to separate all these categories, here’s one case:

    A Canadian tourist I know recently made her first visit to Cuba, an all-inclusive for about 500 dollars. Canadian and US family and friends gave her close to 15,000 in cash to pass onto family and friends in Cuba. They also loaded her down with thousands of dollars in goods. None of the goods were declared because most she could pass off as hers (like clothing) or were things customs thought had no value or didn’t care about like medicine and books. The food and food supplements alone she brought in amounted to over 1000 dollars.

    She only exchanged 200 hundred dollars at the airport. This left over 15,000 dollars for Cubans to come and pick up at her hotel, none of which is tracked by the “experts”.

  16. The only reason I don’t post things like remittances from Cubans abroad is about 10 billion dollars a year is because I don’t like guessing figures and presenting them as facts.

    However, the whole 900 million in remittances from Cuban Americans is just a lie made up by the Castro propaganda machine who have interest in minimizing the fact that capitalist welfare is what is supporting the Cuban economy.

    These are the facts:

    Almost all remittances from Americans, others, and gifts from tourists, in both cash and goods, go undeclared. Even if the Cuban government wanted to know the truth, they would have no way of doing so unless they took anonymous surveys of thousands of Cubans and visitors, which is impossible to do in Cuba because nobody trusts surveyors.

    For example most Cubans we know keep the cash we give them under the mattress so to speak until they use it on the black market. Almost none of the goods we’ve brought in has ever been declared although it amounts to at least hundreds of dollars each visit, sometimes thousands. When we give Euros or Canadian dollars to friends it is never declared because they change it on the black market currency exchange or just use Euros for their black market business. And it is not rare for people to bring in sums like 50,000 US dollars at a time to Cuba, used for real estate and other business transactions, and all under the table.

    Finally, even if most of the remittances could be tracked by the Cuban government, why would they report the truth? They lie about everything else and they have zero transparency, so only an idiot could believe any figure with the Cuban government as its source.

    So in the interest of the truth, I am going to take a wild guess, as a counterweight to the made up figures coming from Castro:

    Annual remittances to Cuba from abroad is 10 billion dollars.

    This figure isn’t totally made up, it is based on some very rough but honest estimates, which makes it more “scientific” than anything published by the Cuban government or repeated by our press. The real figure may be only 5 billion dollars a year, although it could well be 20 billions dollars a year, who knows?

  17. The following statement from Damir wins the prize for the most hypocritical statement, EVER:

    “Only when opinions are opposed, in a civilised manner, a debate can be had.”

  18. remittances from usa to families in Cuba are around 900 millions. Cubans from Spain send more than that. I have posted those links a few months back. UN, World bank and spanish El Pais, who was contemplating the fact that over 30 000 Spaniards have moved from Spain to CUBA between 2007 and 2010.

  19. fresita, post 44 is one of those disgusting personal attacks from one of those team “yoani”‘s wild dogs I was talking about.

    Your hello post appeared below anyway.

    I prefer to post here. This propaganda machine needs some serious counterweight and I, thanks to much too frequent serious and cardinal mistakes by the team “yoani”, have an easy task.

    Only when opinions are opposed, in a civilised manner, a debate can be had.

    The team “yoani”, sadly, avoid debate. Although they demand it from Mariela Castro.

    In my opinion that is a safe play because they know Mariela will not engage in a debate with someone who she knows will talk pre-designed lieas na ddistort the facts while screaming on top of their lungs.

    Because the team “yoani” are fighting their “liberation” fight using lies and pre-arranged ideological brainwash, I cannot harbour any sympathy for their fake cause.

  20. 1.2 billions So-called “trade” is a joke.

    As I have said, that is NOT a trade because it is just a charity hypocrisy from the big bully up north.

    The trade is by definition a commercial activity between two (or more) equal partners. They both buy AND sell to each other.

    usa does not buy ANYTHING from Cuba, so to call the pittance of the help they send to Cuba a “trade” is to distort the facts. A blatant lie with the aim to disguise the truth.

    78, Eugenio. you are conveniently forgetting that the rationalisation of food supplies started in the early nineties, after the main supply channel (USSR) disappeared. Until then, Cuba did not know the rations and poverty.

    And if you ever go to Cuba, you will see that people are not having problems with the food. The state channels yes, they had problems, but contrary to the ideological brainwash here, private producers have always upplied plenty of food.

    Nowadays, the supermarkets are full of everything, compared to only 5 years ago.

    Thre are no malnourished people in Cuba today. The food crisis is gone and the markets are full of fresh food you can only dream of.

    I visit Cuba every year and I can guarantee you that 99% of what you read here or hear on your “free democratic” TV and in other media, is mostly blatant propaganda with no substance whatsoever.

    Cuba does have plenty of its problems, but no one wants to write about the facts. People prefer to write bullsheet to satisfy their primitive insticts of hatred and self-delusion.

    And, paradoxically, that keeps the Castros in power.

    Has it ever occured to anyone that Cubans may hate castros but do NOT want any form of “some kind of pragmatic capitalism”?

    That is one of the biggest mistakes of the team “yoani”.

    They are just a loud mouthpiece of their owners, the white “gods” up north. In my experience with Cubans, the team “yoani” are absolute small minority in their “freedom fight”.

    Cubans do not want change of the system. They just want the change in the executive, and more democratisation of their socialism.

    That is quite sensible and doable.

    But the internal traitors pretend, wrongly, that they have the monopoly on the truth and are the loud bunch of liars, as I have proved many a time in the past three years here.

    With lies no democracy will ever take place. If in doubt, look at every single “liberated” country now sporting “some kind of pragmatic capitalism”.

    One is in greater trouble than the other. Only Poland is, economically, doing reatively well, but the fact htere is that they were doing well in socialism too.

    Politically not one, including Poland, is doing well. ANd we are talking a LOT of countries.

  21. Damir, #44

    I was blocked yesterday and I was saying hello to everyone again and taking part in discussion with some links and no offensive or even joking terms at anyone, so I think sometimes moderation is just that – and I received message ‘waiting to be moderated’. Now 24 hours has passed and I have forgotten my points, but never mind

  22. Damir, I think the simple fact that after 53 years of dictatorship cubans still have rationed access to food, and 3 months of this little food they have is suplied by their “enemis” is more than enought proof that they need and are having their food subsidized.

    No?

  23. Help! THERE IS NO “EMBARGO”! THE CUBAN AMERICAN MONEY IS BROUGHT INTO CUBA IN ALL TYPES OF WAYS, THEY MAKE 20% ON THE EXCHANGE AND THEN THE RELATIVES BUY DIRECTLY FROM THE CASTROFASCISTS GOVERMENT! PEOPLE NEVER THINK OF ANALYZING TRADE IN THIS MANNER BUT IT IS STILL A TRADE, BUT BY INDIVIDUALS (Cuba-Americans) NOT BY US COMPANIES!

  24. Humberto, I am sure that it is true that:
    “there now seems to be a consensus around the figure of a minimum of $1.2 billion as the amount remitted yearly from Cuban Americans to their relatives in Cuba”

    But the key words are “minimum”. And “Cuban American”. The real figure for money and goods received from all family and friends and tourists is many billions of dollars and is without a doubt Cuba’s biggest industry.

  25. Is it true that the ultra-capitalist anti-communist dictator of Iran was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Havana? The news release from Iran even states he denounced capitalism? Strange from a man who is trying to privatize all Iranian industry.

    What do the “socialists” who admire Castro “think” about all this?

    Does anyone know if Charles Manson received a doctorate from the University of Havana?

  26. I WOULD SAY THAT 20% OF $1.2 BILLION DOLLARS IS QUITE A TRADE! THE CASTROFASCISTS MAKE PRETTY GOOD MONEY BY DOING PRACTICALLY NOTHING, JUST CHANGE MONEY TO CUC’S! IN ADDITION THEY GET THE INCOME FROM THE SALES OF GOODS INSIDE THE ISLAND WHOSE PRICES ON GOODS ARE SOMETIMES DOUBLE THAN THOSE IN THE USA!

    Despite some initial disagreement, there now seems to be a consensus around the figure of a minimum of $1.2 billion as the amount remitted yearly from Cuban Americans to their relatives in Cuba. Of this, the Cuban government assesses about 20 percent in various fees. If Cuban expatriates and their now adult children had not fled to the U.S. and elsewhere, the economy of Cuba would be in far worse shape than it is today. That’s one of the many ironies of the Cuban Revolution
    http://spectator.org/archives/2011/08/19/an-old-mans-island#

  27. Damir said: “So, there is NO trade between the two countries.”

    REUTERS: Cuba says U.S. climbs to 5th leading trade partner-HAVANA | Thu Aug 14, 2008
    (Reuters) – The United States ranked among communist Cuba’s top five trading partners for the first time in 2007 despite the decades-old U.S. trade embargo, as U.S. agriculture sales increased by $100 million. Trade data for 2007 posted on the Web site of Cuba’s National Statistics Office (www.one.cu) placed the United States fifth at $582 million, compared with $484 million in 2006, including shipping costs.
    The United States, which began selling food to Cuba in 2002 under an amendment to the embargo, placed seventh in 2006 and 2005.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/08/14/us-cuba-usa-trade-idUSN1447847620080814

  28. Eugenio, post 58, who said Cuba needs the usa for subsidised food and medicines?

    As the copy and paste maestro said, please provide links that support your statement… (just making fun with the genius). You are twisting reality to support your own ideology.

    The fact is that usa is PRETENDING to “subsidise” and “trade” with Cuba, despite its’ own embargo, well and trully recognised, acknowledged and even decalred an “evil” by the team “yoani”.

    Cuba can and does trade with other countries, but because of that embargo and sanctions that do not only cover Cuba but EXTEND to every country that trades with Cuba (I have already explained this many a time, please look for my earlier posts if you want to know more), Cuba is FORCED to accept thes efood and medicines supplies from the usa because it would be even worse if it didn’t.

    Better something than nothing given the cowardly stance of many of “democratic” and “free” countries who are subdued and made subordinate to the usa.

    Do not fool yourself that usa is “trading” with Cuba. Trade includes sale AND purchase of goods and services in both directions. Surely you know that Cuban products are BANNED and PROHIBITED in the “free” “democratic” usa.

    So, there is NO trade between the two countries.

    Just a loadsheet of hypocrisy by the nazist gulag usa.

    We ALL see through it, except a handful of ideologically brainwashed who prefer to see what their owners tell them to see.

    If you have had brave people in your family, then I hope you are not one of those who are led through life by the nose. You see the things as they are, not as they appear to be.

    Whether you like or not Castros, here this is not on the table for debate.

    What the team “yoani” are voicing is the change of the fabric of Cuban society.

    That is not on. Only Cubans in Cuba can decide what will their country look like and how are they going to manage it.

    Capitalism has imploded and is disintegrating under us as we speak, yet i am not calling for capitalist countries to now raise up and violently overthrow their respective governments.

    Only people have that power. People in their respective homelands.

    Becaus doing so brings the consequences.

    Look at all those countries that have done so, especially with the help from the “free democratic capitalist” countries.

    Libya has effectively descended into a civil war, yet no one is talking about it any more. Everyone is pretending it is all rosy now in the country.
    Yet, it is not. Hundreds are killed every week. “Liberators”, who are led by two of the top Al Qhaeda militants (with 5 years each spent in Guantanamo concentration camp, before the usa let them go to Libya – and none of them are Libyans either, so draw your own conclusions. I wrote about that here revcently too.), countless women raped, children, especially boys, are massacred by these “freedom lovers”.

    What you need to learn about Cubans is that they will never raise up for as long as there are foreigners encouraging them to do so.

    It is the usa that has kept Castros in power this long for that simple reason.

    If it were not for the idiots from the nazist dictatorship usa, Castros may have been gone long time ago.

    Simple as that.

  29. John Two,

    That is a very interesting observation you make. I like it. I can only imagine that Yoani recognizes it as well. She uses the color green to connect these two men who find their respective powers on the wane. Green connects them but it is not good for either one of them.

  30. Hello all it has been some time

    I am liking to read the blog on the mobil internet and for some reason on this I cannot post my comments, and by time I have a computer the thoughts are gone, or you have all moved on to new topic.

    The debate going on, I always enjoy it because I like to see what both side have to say and it is very interesting to see it play on here, with yoani unawares unless her internet managers tell her what is being said. But what I do not understand, mainly cuba libre and damir, is that you guys are against yoani, so it seems. that is fine. but how can you say cuba is this or that, when there are non government organisations that say what cuba is doing to its people is wrong?

    here is an example
    http://amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=19647

    an article of the damas, by amnesty, and they are reporting of intimidation, so in your view is this not fact? it is objective reporting, not supported by any political movement or government. I cannot always look to all the sources on here, but are yours reliable, valid and objective?

    here is another, amnesty article on detainment in december of peaceful protest. is this okay, to you?

    http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR25/007/2011/en

    My other perspective is that it is the people ‘at the sharp end’ or ‘the coal face’ as we say, people that yoani is talking about, and wants to help. goverments talk, they do this and they do that, and regardless of their talking high above, the people live on, they are told this and they are told that and they have to live in this environment. What i do not see, is why you are so against what yoani does. are you on other cuban blogs the same amount and commenting the same things?

    Yoani is entitled to her views. I cannot say whether they are right or wrong, but from my experience of cuba (a few blog post back) I am feeling that I experience some of the things she talks about, and I saw some. But, she will talk of different things to other people, different perspective, different opinions, it happens, read any selection of newspapers not always the same about same thing. So why do you write so much on this blog, it seems to me you are very dedicated to challenging yoanis – but why?

    Damir – do you have your own blog where your post your own pictures of cuba and own experiences? why dont you share with us what your experience of cuba is like, where you have been and what you have done?

  31. This is priceless from Cuba libre in #42. Dude, thank you! I could not stop laughing:

    “I find it ironic they always quote the deserter and hypocrite that is Mariela Castro. And a big hypocrite at that for she bad mouths the very father who gave her life. She prostitutes herself to the U.S. who pay her for all her anti-castrist comments. She defamates the government that allowed her to study and become the well educated person she is today. She is so well educated that she was quick to learn the capitalist way of making money by simply by accepting bribes to renounce her father.”

    By the way, dude, the word is “defames” not “defamates.” Looking forward to your next educational pearls of wisdom. Please keep them coming! You are helping us push down the wall!

  32. “GENIUS” Damir! HERE IS THE INFORMATION FROM THE CUBAN GOVERMENT WEB SITE! DO YOU EVER CHECK ONLINE THE DATA FOR YOUR COMMENTS? DUDE IS SOOOO EASY! WHY DONT YOU RANT LESS AND RESEARCH MORE! JE JE JE!

    SECTOR EXTERNO / EXTERNAL SECTOR – 8.4 – Intercambio comercial de mercancías por países seleccionados y áreas geográficas (Conclusión) Trade in goods in selected countries and geographical areas (Conclusion) -in thousand of pesos (CUC)

    Estados Unidos de América (USA)
    2004 = $443,900,000
    2005 = $476,311,000
    2006 = $483,591,000
    2007 = $581,657,000
    2008 = $962,767,000
    2009 = $675,420,000

    MORE DATA FOR 2009
    Holland is not listed or under “OTHERS”!!
    Venezuela= $3,138,136
    China= $1,687,98
    Spain = $907,200
    USA= SEE ABOVE
    Canada = $726,230

  33. Damir said: “Psst… Eugenio, not true. usa only exports up to 900 millions of failing usa dollars worth of food and medicines. The supplies actually last mere 3 months out of 12.”

    PLEASE LINKS TO SUPPORT YOU COMMENT PLEASE! STOP SHOOTING FOR THE HIP OR PEOPLE WILL NOT BELIEVE YOU?

  34. Damir said: “I see the total silence on the facts about the Irani girl Leda, and on my questions.”

    Dear Damir! PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO MY “COPY AND PASTE” ON COMMENT #1 JE JE JE!

  35. 2 more things:

    1. Im here to talk Cuba, not iran, other people can do that.

    2.Cowardly Hypocrite?

    Brave men run in my family. We dont settle for going with the flow, we dont settle with being silenced. Thats why im here, and not in Cuba. We dont settle, we dont bend over.

  36. Damir,

    If the Cuban system is so succesful, why do they need the USA (as country which Cuba considers enemy) to subsidize its own food consuption for 25% of the year (from your own numbers)? That makes NO sense. If the system is so successful, they shouldnt be demanding any help from other countries, much less from an enemy state.

    And notice I didnt mention USA as being trade partner, but as sending food and medicine. Humanitarian work only, the US wont do commercial trades, embargo…you know.

    Canada and spain, they dont care about the people, only about the client. Go to Spain and youd be surprised at how capitalistic it is.

  37. I see the total silence on the facts about the Irani girl Leda, and on my questions.

    Only some pathetic cries of foul play and “profanities” from “pro-Castristas”.

    Better read your own posts before crying about prefectly justified returns on your own NOT PROVOKED profanities and insults freely offered to those who dare to dissent from your deranged opinions.

    One would be forgiven for thinking that you have no idea what is “democracy” when you demand “democracy” for Cuba and complain about silencing of opposition, yet are exactly the same hypocritical despots when you face the opposition.

    Suddenly the “democracy” and the “freedom of expression” are gone out the window and violent verbal abuse takes place.

    And you claim to be “better” than your IDOLS Castros.

    Bunch of cowardly hypocrites.

    That’s ALL you really are.

  38. Psst… Eugenio, not true. usa only exports up to 900 millions of failing usa dollars worth of food and medicines. The supplies actually last mere 3 months out of 12.

    And do not forget that usa has 6 months ban on any ship or airplane entering usa air/sea space after being in Cuba, so many companies do not want to jeopardise their capitalist profits by trading with such a small economy as Cuban when there’s a lot more to be profitted from the usa.

    Fortunately, that is changing fast. With the current rate of Spanish and Canadian economic exchange with Cuba, and Dutch in the recent years, usa will fast fall to the back of the line. In fact, Canada is the largest economic partner of Cuba, Spain, Holland and even England are picking up the pace, so in a couple of years, that nazist gulag and their nazist economic blockade will become obsolete completely.

    Now, THAT is something to look forward.

    usa being an obsolete entity.

  39. There’s a nice usanian sote called prisontalk.com

    Read this message there:

    01-09-2005, 03:55 PM
    I am so glad I found this thread!!
    I am a Spanish citizen married to a Cuban citizen with a US residency. He wills erve 20 months for non-violent crime in Federal prison. After he gets out, we want to move to Spain because we are SICK of the system here.
    Anynone know how difficult that would be? It was my understanding that they cannot barr my husband from living in my country. But of course, I may be wrong…

    The poster is called skychickFL (florida, for you wannabe “cubans”) and the forum of those Cuban criminals with usanian residency is:

    http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-41103.html

    Note how they are SICK of the system in the usa.

    Only the one and a half of you osers here need to wake up.

    The rest of the world, including cuban criminals in the usa, are leaving the dying and sinking ship in droves.

  40. The pro-Castristas continue to show their true colors by the filthy language, vulgarities and obscenities they use. Not surprising when you consider the profane regime they defend. It is all the same to them. Keep talking and showing the world what you represent. They are so incompetent, they don’t even know the difference between Mariela and the other Castro offspring. Amazing.

  41. Comments about bloggers physical appearances made by the charming Damir, such as “pin up granny, dried up plum, nail biting granny” etc, I suspect come from someone as ugly as a mongrel dog and not getting enough. Why don’t you post your photo Damir and we can all judge you.

  42. Psst….Damir

    The US embargo doesnt include food and medicine. In fact, the US is the biggest exporter of food to Cuba. It was the cuban government who jailed people for trying to grow vegetables in any exposed piece of land available…when there was no food.

    Care to revise your statement?

  43. Yoani’s post is an interesting juxtaposition of a dictator whole stole an election and a dictator who has never allowed one.

  44. Any moron who doesn’t know the difference between Mariela and Fidel’s daughter shouldn’t be on this site.

  45. Since the pin-up old dried up plum doesn’t want to respond to questions, being a bypocrite that she is, I’ll give teh team “yoani” another inconvenient question to ponder over while writing their delusional ideological claptrap:

    You people are always ready to pull out a “heartbreaking” individual case of a person suffering by or from actions of your ideological opponents.

    The nail-bitting (I like this one… so many connotations in it…) servants of their white “gods” up the nazist north even mention a case of young Leda from Iran.

    I’ll skip for a moment the fact that the girl (you would know that if you were reading the same Iranian RTV channels you have “democratically” declared equal to Hitler’s own media) was a young leftie. She did not deserve to die.

    I’ll ask, since you are so, like true-form hypocrites and ignorants, quick to pull out her case, why not aslo debate about all the individual cases, equally if not even more important, being Cuban individuals, of innocent people suffering and dying as a direct result of usaninan nazist economic blockade?

    Why not interview and publish what their families think about your “some kind of pragmatic capitalism”.

    I saw many, many of such cases in Cuba, and to the last one they would disagree with you and your push for becoming just another property of the usa Inc.

    I suspect THAT is the TRE REASON why you will never talk about those cases.

    That and because your white “gods” ordered you not to…

    Hypocrites.

    I do expect an answer from the team “yoani”, in the first person of the pin-up nail-bitting granny, of course. She said herself that BLOCKADE AND SANCTIONS DO EXIST AND ARE HITTING CUBANS HARD.

    For, there are no innocent victims on ONE SIDE ONLY.

    And only a hypocrite will ignore the victims, the horrors and the crimes of their own side.

  46. See the post 47 for more simpleton’s proof. ( I mean really, really stoop_i_d).

    The willing poor derelict wants to boycott those who disagree with him…

    Go organise a coalition of the willing. That’s what you nazists do. Just remember how bad did the last one do.

    It only added more innocent people to its list of murders.

    Wrong whinners and conserves…

    ( did you get that, geniuses…?)

    (No?)

    (I didn’t think so.)

  47. Humberto Capiro, I picked up straight away on Cuba Libre’s Castro family mix up but didn’t bother to mention it. The guy is obviously a lunatic and I think from now on anything garbage he utters is not worth responding to. Maybe we could have a boycot on Damir and Cuba Libre – or is it just too tempting to bite?

  48. Cuba Libre (Mr. Mentirita & Homophobe) said : “I find it ironic they always quote the deserter and hypocrite that is Mariela Castro. And a big hypocrite at that for she bad mouths the very father who gave her life. She prostitutes herself to the U.S. who pay her for all her anti-castrist comments. She defamates the government that allowed her to study and become the well educated person she is today. She is so well educated that she was quick to learn the capitalist way of making money by simply by accepting bribes to renounce her father.”

    DUDE, I THINK YOU GOT THE WRONG DAUGHTER! AND THE WRONG BROTHER! WHAT ARE YOU TAKING? SMOKING? DRINKING?

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