The Future with Mariela Castro

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From: ssl.panoramio.com

She carries a name that evokes encampments, and I am just a Sanchez, dragging the “ez” ending that once meant to be “the son of” some Sancho. Yes, like that chubby guy on the donkey who accompanied and satirized Quixote, although I weigh many pounds less and have never galloped, not even on a pony. She grew up in some beautiful comfortable place, while I spent my childhood in a noisy and violent tenement. She is a sexologist and psychologist, and I taste the pleasures of love and negotiate life’s obstacles although I never graduated from any course in the subject. She is the daughter of the man who inherited the presidency of my country through blood, that same country where my father years ago lost his profession as a train engineer. She is tethered to every word he says, and I broke out of the prison of opinion long ago, freeing myself with the word.

She is afraid of the embrace, of a Cuba where we can both walk freely, attend a concert or public debate without problems, leave the country and reenter it without asking permission. I understand her. She carries on her shoulders an ancestry that perhaps many times she would have liked to shake off, deny, erase from her life. I am just the upstart, the intruder, without pedigree, without a worthy family tree to show off. My parents didn’t fight in the Sierra Maestra, the slogans that were forged inside her house were regularly rejected in mine, the speeches delivered by her exalted uncle fell on the skeptical ears of my clan. She is entitled to the microphones, appears on national television to be interviewed and praised, while my face is only seen surrounded by adjectives such as “enemy,” “cyber terrorist,” without offering me — of course — the right to respond.

She has been making her tour of the United States and the Cuban news has not labeled her a mercenary for it. She has said, “I would vote for Obama,” and — surprise! — the national press does not accuse her of being “pro Yankee.” She is a prisoner of her lineage and I barely have a past to look at, right now I just wake up thinking about tomorrow. She and I, although it scares her and she denies it, are part of this country… very different daughters of this land, the fruits beloved and not beloved of the process. She will have to recognize that I exist, I am, that this Sanchez demands her right to criticize the follies of its windmills.

25 thoughts on “The Future with Mariela Castro

  1. Cuban opposition leader Jorge Luis García Pérez, known as Antúnez, was released by police on Wednesday after being detained last Saturday in a violent incident at his city of birth, Placetas, in Villa Clara province.
    “My first words are to express my thanks to all those persons of good will who, somehow or other, decidedly contributed to my release,” said Antúnez in a statement made available by the Miami-based Directorio Democrático Cubano (Cuban Democratic Board).
    On Saturday, Antúnez was arrested, beaten and sprayed with pepper gas in a police jail cell.
    The domestic opposition movement and human rights activists had consistently denounced his detention.
    Last Thursday, Antúnez participated in a teleconference before a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee dealing with the domestic situation in Cuba and the recent acts of harassment against the peaceful opposition.
    The U.S. government had demanded Antúnez’s immediate and unconditional release. At a recent press conference in Washington, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland deplored the oppositionist’s arrest.
    Criticism has become strongest because Raúl Castro’s government seems to have activated a campaign to block the opposition’s plans to honor political prisoners on the occasion of Fathers’ Day, next Sunday.
    In the past 48 hours, the cell phones of several dissidents in Villa Clara and Santiago appeared to have been blocked by the authorities so they could not speak with supporters or journalists.
    “These actions highlight once again the repressive nature of the Cuban government, particularly with regard to citizens who peacefully express opposite points of view,” Nuland said. “We shall continue to support the Cuban people in its desire to determine their own future.”
    Joining the chorus of figures and personalities in U.S. politics who demanded Antúnez’s release was Senator Bill Nelson. In a letter to the chief of the Cuban Mission in Washington, Jorge Bolaños, the senator asked for an explanation.
    “I beg you to determine at once all the facts surrounding this affair and notify my office about Antúnez’s whereabouts and well-being,” Nelson said in his letter.
    Antúnez, 46, was released from prison in April 2007 after serving a 17-year sentence for allegedly engaging in enemy propaganda, attempts at sabotage and other crimes punishable by the Cuban penal code.
    Two weeks ago in Miami, groups of Cuban exiles showed a documentary that contains testimony from former political prisoners about the coercive methods used by the island’s prisons, and the consistent violation of the immates’ basic rights.
    The documentary, titled “Cuba’s Prisons: A Sequence of Terror,” was filmed and edited surreptitiously by members of the Oriental Democratic Alliance (ADO), a coalition of opposition groups in Cuba’s eastern provinces. The documentary included a testimony by Antúnez.

  2. Beautifully written, Yoani. I admire your incredible courage. Mariela will one day have to also recognize the existance of someone like me. A Cuban-American, you can also call me gusana…mafiosa, who also holds a stake to her homeland.

  3. Remembering Reinaldo Arenas

    As Cuban dictator Raul Castro’s daughter, Mariela, travels throughout the U.S. under the guise of a “gay rights” activist, trying to cleanse the crimes of her father and uncle, let’s remember one of her family’s famous victims — gay poet Reinaldo Arenas.

    Take a moment to re-visit Arenas’s tragic suicide note:

    New York, December 7, 1990

    Dear friends:

    Due to my delicate state of health and to the terrible emotional depression it causes me not to be able to continue writing an struggling for the freedom of Cuba, I am ending my life. During the past few years even though I felt very ill, I have been able to finish my literary work, to which I have devoted almost thirty years. You are the heirs of all my terrors, but also of my hope that Cuba will soon be free. I am satisfied to have contributed, though in a very small way, to the triumph of this freedom. I end my life voluntarily because I cannot continue working. Persons near me are in no way responsible for my decision. There is only one person I hold accountable: Fidel Castro. The sufferings of exile, the pain of being banished from my country, the loneliness, and the diseases contracted in exile would probably never have happened if I had been able to enjoy freedom in my country.

    I want to encourage the Cuban people out of the country as well as on the island to continue fighting for freedom. I do not want to convey to you a message of defeat but of continued struggle and of hope.

    Cuba will be free. I already am.

    Reinaldo Arenas

    http://www.babalublog.com/2012/05/remembering-reinaldo-arenas/

    The best rebuttal of Mariela’s propaganda tour.

  4. YOU KNOW THAT THE REAL NUMBERS ARE WORSE! THE CASTROFASCISTS ARE KNOWN TO “PLAY” WITH ANY OF THEIR STATISTICS THAT WILL FAVOR THEM IN THE WORLD COMMUNITY’S EYES!

    FOX NEWS LATINO: Cuba’s sugar harvest disappoints

    The 2011-2012 sugar harvest in Cuba was 16 percent bigger than the year before, but the results were “modest” and “insufficient” following a disappointing growing season, government officials said.

    Harvest results were analyzed at a meeting of managers in the sector, at which two of the country’s vice presidents, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura and Marino Murillo, complained about the deficiencies in sugar production, state television reported.

    “We could have produced more sugar and we didn’t do it, it escaped us, we lost it and we could have done more…We have to change, really change and we have to do things differently from the way they’ve been done up to now – we can’t keep believing in stories and promises,” Machado Ventura, the No. 2 man in the Cuban government, told managers of the sector.

    The latest harvest, according to Cuban television, fell short by 68,000 tons of sugar, and though production grew by 16 percent over the previous year, “these modest results are still insufficient for the economic progress the country requires.”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/05/29/cuba-sugar-harvest-disappoints/

  5. THE SPANISH ARE NOT DUMB! THEY KNOW A WILD GOOSE CHASE WHEN THEY SEE ONE AND THEY KNOW HOW THE CASTROFASCIST MAFIA WORKS! THE ARGENTINIAN TAKEOVER OF REPSOL WOKE THEM UP!

    BOSTON GLOBE: Spain’s Repsol halts Cuba oil exploration effort – By Lpa-pls translate

    MADRID—Spanish oil firm Repsol says it will stop looking for oil in Cuba after hitting a dry well drilled at a cost of more than $100 million.
    Repsol Chairman Antonio Brufau says the company decided not to make another attempt but that the Petroliam Nasional Berhad oil (Petronas) company from Malaysia is expected to start exploring for Cuban offshore oil soon.

    Industry experts have said Repsol YPF SA was under contract to drill a second Cuban well but could get out of the deal by paying a penalty to an Italian company that owns the drilling platform used for Repsol’s well.

    Brufau didn’t mention the penalty Tuesday in his comments about Cuba, which is desperate to strike oil amid economic hardship.

    http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2012/05/29/spains_repsol_halts_cuba_oil_exploration_effort/

  6. EXCELLENT ESSAY, WORTH THE READ! TONIGHT IS THE GLBT FORUM AT THE N.Y. CITY LIBRARY WITH MARIELA CASTRO & FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND THEY ARE NOT TAKING ANY MORE RESERVATIONS. LOOKING FORWARD TO THE VIDEO OF THE EVENT THAT WILL BE ONLINE IN A FEW DAYS I’M SURE. A CUBAN FRIEND OF MINE WROTE REA CAREY AND SHE RESPONDED WITH A PHONE CALL WHICH IS A GREAT SIGN! I ALSO WROTE HER A LETTER WITH SOME QUESTIONS, INFORMATION & VIDEOS SO SHE COULD HEAR SOME OF THE SORDID PAST AND PRESENT THAT THE CASTROFASCISTS HAD AND HAVE WITH THE GAY & LESBIAN COMMUNITY! IF THERE IS NO HUMAN RIGHTS, THERE IS NO GLBT RIGHTS AND IM SURE REA KNOWS THIS VERY WELL!

    HUFFINGTON POST: Mariela Castro and LGBT Leader Rea Carey: Conversation, Yes — But Please, Not in a Vacuum – David da Silva Cornell

    Tonight, the New York Public Library will host a program called “LGBT Rights in Cuba, the United States and Beyond: Mariela Castro and Rea Carey in Conversation.”

    Mariela Castro, of course, is the daughter of current Cuban President Raúl Castro, and the niece of Fidel Castro. She has established a record of support for the LGBT community in Cuba and has been a voice and a force for substantive change within Cuba on issues affecting LGBT people, from promoting general LGBT visibility and acceptance to advancing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, from obtaining sex reassignment surgery coverage by the national health service to advocating for legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

    Rea Carey is the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) and is, in my opinion, one of the most accomplished and inspiring leaders of the movement for LGBT civil rights in the United States.

    Personally, I would love to see Castro have a conversation not with Carey but with the Damas de Blanco, the “Ladies in White” who are female family members of Cuban political prisoners and have become in their own right a dissident voice and moral conscience in Cuba — and who periodically pay the price for it, whether in the custody of the police or at the hands of regime-encouraged thugs.

    Castro has not been shy in her defense of her family’s regime, dismissing all criticisms of its ongoing denials of basic freedoms as being just lies perpetrated by the “Cuban mafia” in Miami — even when the criticism comes from within Cuba. (These basic freedoms — such as freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, and freedom of association — are internationally recognized human rights norms to which Cuba itself nominally subscribes, and the fact of their denial in Cuba is simply not something about which reasonable people can agree to disagree.) She has served as an unapologetic apologist for the regime, famously maligning such outspoken voices for freedom within Cuba as the brave blogger Yoani Sánchez, who is herself an LGBT ally. (Sánchez, who is not permitted to travel outside Cuba, last week tweeted that she had been denied a visa to attend the 2010 conference of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conference — the very organization whose 2012 conference Castro freely attended last week in San Francisco.)

    Many in LGBT Miami and beyond — both Cuban-Americans and those who, like me, are not — will be watching and waiting to learn what transpires at the New York Public Library on Tuesday night. Based on the Task Force’s understanding of intersectionality and on the moral leadership I have seen from Rea Carey, my best guess — and my strong hope — is that Carey will not approach LGBT rights (whether in Cuba, the United States, or beyond) in a vacuum, isolating them from the larger context of human and civil rights in each society, and that she will not flinch from politely — but frankly and firmly — looking Castro in the eye and speaking universal human rights truth to the Cuban regime’s power.

    And make no mistake: Mariela Castro represents the Cuban regime’s power.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ESSAY!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-da-silva-cornell/mariela-castrol-rea-carey_b_1552455.html

  7. third wave ! NO ESTAS TAN LOCO!! TE CONOSCO BACALAO AUNQUE VENGAS DISFRASAO!! JE JE JE!

  8. mariela works not for castrs as yoani think but by the banks who also may pay those who help yoani,inside and outside cube…and this website is financed and run by the banks so the real idiots here are not the players but spectators that are fooled

  9. we know that mariela has her grandfather a landowner who maybe was serving to spain or usa ….in his time..but we dont know anything about yoani’s grandfather.

    was he anything related with previous regime or after with castro’s regime..but still right and left were use by same banks…as we know now that it is just business…and people are jailed,torture,killed by milions just for money,profit, business,corporation,giant plantation and entertainment island of slaves..cuba.

    all the countries are like cuba now…just corporation-plantations with slaves…
    and they are run by managers that the banks,corporation hire,employ,pay,finance antil they retire or they are replaced with new managers or ceos…like mariela.

    mariela and others like her are financed and hired by the world corporation plsntation to run it as globalist,socialist-internationalists so world change and be as cuba where people are paid less and less so they dont have energy to uprise

  10. Pamela, I guess that’s why Cube Libra never moved to Cuba.

    The joker eats three big meals a day and half a dozen snacks in-between and he’s ungrateful in Canada, can you imagine the crying he’d do in Cuba?

  11. Cuba Libre
    Mayo 28th, 2012 at 19:30
    Well well, it looks as if Mariela Castro hit a very sensitive chord, lol. Mariela speaks for the majority of Cubans when it comes to the comments of Yoani Sanchez on this blog. Poor poor Yoani who constantly keeps whining about life in Cuba when she deliberately decided to go back.
    And you are right Miss Sanchez, maybe your parents did not fight in the Sierra Maestra, but boy were they happy when Fidel supplied them with free education, health care, and a minimium of food on their tables.

    LOL, Cuba Libre finally got one right…..a MINIMUM of food on their tables!!

  12. Dangerous blog…but it reminds me Don Quixote….and Sancho Panza, as his squire, who frequently deals with Don Quixote….
    There are 2 kind of socialist…royal and not royal…but in e3very country the royal socialists are the new elite who united are as a world elite,the new generations of the internationalists socialists who are put in high positions to run the world as its new royalty more advanced and progresive than the monarchies of the world,old fashion or out of time…but the new royals are chosen,financed,loved,respected with red carpets as movie stars,as great kings,leaders who did clean their path with sword…for the future royal kids,children,dynasties,holy,gods who must be worshiped

  13. PEOPLE, some movement of GAYS dominate the CHAT world to control models and beauty queens, THEY HIDE as being RIGHT nope they are the CENTER, (communist and capitalist and many hidden bad people that later IF win (hope ley diniva STOP them) they will kill the capitalists that helped them WIN,,DO NOT SUPPORT THE CENTER, it is witchcraft and satanic cult made o all people worst is the gays and lesbians they secretly HATE the straight people so OBAMA must be done coup de tat cause in Cuba the daughter of yo know have a GAY movement in cuba supporting change of sex operation who if they WIN (hope its backwards) they will perform sex change things to heterosexual and the dictators love that as they are DRUG TRADE..worst than communism…please dissaminate this..all DATING websites and dating chats all adult sex are handled by gays, example AsianBeauties.com and IdateAsia.com and ChinaLove.com is THE CENTER= Drugs, porno, sex perverts, prostitues, GAYS, LESBIANS..LBTI movement the Flag is a RAINBOW like telling you no RACISM..do not believe this….ALSO they LIE LIKE THE COMMUNISTS they talk backwards

  14. Well well, it looks as if Mariela Castro hit a very sensitive chord, lol. Mariela speaks for the majority of Cubans when it comes to the comments of Yoani Sanchez on this blog. Poor poor Yoani who constantly keeps whining about life in Cuba when she deliberately decided to go back.
    And you are right Miss Sanchez, maybe your parents did not fight in the Sierra Maestra, but boy were they happy when Fidel supplied them with free education, health care, and a minimium of food on their tables. Shame both on you and your parents for not appreciating all the Revolutionary government has done for you. Shame on you for being the ungrateful cowards that you are.

  15. ***
    Mariela Castro is the rich Princess–Yoanni Sanchez is the poor Peon. In the beautiful classless society invented by the Castro Brothers. Free Cuba!
    ***
    Mariela Castro es La Princesa rica–Yoanni Sanchez es La Peona pobre. En la bonita sociedad sin clase que invento los Hermanos Castros. Cuba Libre!
    ***
    John Bibb
    ***

  16. Humberto, thanks for the post about Castro’s assassination of JFK. It’s something we shouldn’t forget.

    I haven’t read Latell’s book yet, but some sources say Castro’s encouragement went a lot further, supporting Oswald financially while in Dallas and offering him asylum in Cuba if he killed JFK.

    On this Memorial Day I’d like to remember all the great things JFK did and tried to do, and thank all those Americans who gave their lives for this country.

  17. 291 RCR !! LONG TIME NO SEE BUDDY! LISTEN 291 RCR, BE GRATEFUL THAT WE CAN MAKE COMMENTS HERE FOR AS YOU KNOW ON Mariela Castro’s BLOG YOU CANNOT POST COMMENTS MUCH LESS HAVE HER ANSWER THEM! SINCE YOU ARE SO WELL CONNECTED WITH THE CASTRO CLAN, CAN YOU PASS ON SOME SUGGESTIONS?? WHY DONT THEY PUT YOANI & MARIELA ON CUBAN NATIONAL T.V. OR INTERNATIONAL T.V. FOR THAT MATTER AND LET THEM DEBATE ALL KINDS OF SUBJECTS! WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT IDEA??? I RESPECT YOUR INSIGHT!! JE JE JE!

    EL BLOG DE MARIELA CASTRO link
    elblogdemarielacastro.blogspot.com/

  18. FOX NEWS LATINO: Cuba’s Ladies in White ask cardinal to help with papal audience

    Last Wednesday, a Ladies in White delegation also met in Havana with the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Cuba, or COCC, Dionisio Garcia, who is also archbishop of Santiago de Cuba, Soler said.

    “We delivered (to Msgr. Polcari) a letter in which we are asking for the cardinal to intercede with the Holy Father so that he might give a delegation of the Ladies in White an audience in The Vatican,” Soler said.

    “Polcari was not receptive at that time because he said that if they didn’t allow us to participate here (in Cuba) in the pope’s Masses, how could we go to The Vatican,” Soler said.

    At the end of March, Benedict XVI visited the communist island and met with President Raul Castro and with Fidel Castro, but his agenda did not include meetings with members of dissident groups.

    During that visit, according to opposition groups, members of the dissident movement were prevented from attending the Masses celebrated by the pontiff.

    With regard to her meeting with the president of the COCC, Soler said that he was “very receptive.”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/05/28/cuba-ladies-in-white-ask-cardinal-to-help-with-papal-audience/

  19. Cry me a river!!!!”The Right to respond” I don’t know,it seem to me Yoani’s usual diarea of the pen has to swing both ways. How many times have contributers asked Yoani to respond but she refuses to defend her garbage, or is it that her handlers cannot or will not justify the garbage writen.

  20. YOUTUBE CUBA: A wall of a Cuban dissident’s home was toppled. – This is the home of Jorge Cervantes and his wife Kenia Leguen a member of Patriotic Union of Cuba UNPACU ( For more information on the Patriotic Union of Cuba, those calling from abroad can speak to their representative in the USA : Luis Enrique Ferrer +1 786 304 6303 Tumban pared a vivienda opositora. Vea esto. – Esta es la casa de Jorge Cervantes y su esposa Kenia Leguen de la Union Patriótica de Cuba UNPACU. Para más información sobre la Unión Patriótica de Cuba, llamar en el exterior a su representante: Luis Enrique Ferrer +1 786 304 6303

  21. THE YOANI SANCHEZ DEFAMATION RANT OF PRINCESS MARIELA CASTRO STARTS AT THE BEGINING OF THIS VIDEO! NOW SHE IS ACCUSING YOANI AS AN “ANNEXATIONIST”! AT THE END SHE TALKS ABOUT NOT LETTING YOURSELVES BE “MANIPULATED” BY THE THE MEDIAS “ATTACK” ON CUBA (really the Castro Clan)! YOU CAN TELL HOW UNCOMFORTABLE SHE REALLY IS WITH HER OWN LIES!

    VIDEO: A Conversation With Mariela Castro Part 5 – A Conversation with Mariela Castro at the San Francisco LGBT Center May 23, 2012.

  22. THE MAFIA RANT STARTS @ 6:25 THE TOP PRIORITY OF THE CUBAN 5 SPIES @ 8:15 WITH SOME MORE MAFIA TIDBITS AFTER! JE JE JE! I THOUGHT SHE WAS HERE TO WORK AND FOCUS ON THE GLBT ISSUES! HOW TRANSPARENT IS SHE!! JE JE JE!

    VIDEO: A Conversation With Mariela Castro Part 3

  23. INTERESTING ARTICLE AND THE BOOK SOUNDS LIKE IT’S WORTH A READ!

    THE OHIO REPUBLIC: Fidel Castro, spy master, bedeviled U.S., says former analyst – David Adams

    MIAMI (Reuters) – For almost three decades after Fidel Castro took power, Cuba’s budding intelligence service fielded four dozen double agents in a world-class operation under the nose of the CIA, according to a new book by a veteran CIA analyst.

    It was not until June 1987, when a Cuban spy defected to the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, blind-siding U.S. intelligence services, that the CIA learned how badly it had been duped, writes Brian Latell, a retired veteran CIA analyst and Cuba specialist.

    “Castro was a supreme, unchallenged spy master,” Latell told an audience at a recent book reading.

    The revelations in Latell’s book help explain how Castro survived several well-documented assassination attempts and the impoverished island of Cuba weathered the changes that toppled other communist regimes in the late 20th Century.

    “In the annals of modern spycraft it’s a pretty extraordinary accomplishment. It’s difficult to keep one double agent in play, and he managed them all … down to the minute details,” added Latell, author of “Castro’s Secrets, the CIA and Cuba’s Intelligence Machine,” published by Palgrave Macmillan.

    Latell began watching Cuba in the mid-1960s and served as U.S. National Intelligence Officer for Latin America before retiring from the CIA in 1998.

    All four dozen double agents were recruited in Cuba and other parts of the world and personally run by Castro. He favored young, rough-hewn, impressionable teens without a university education.

    “Castro wanted them to be uncontaminated by the old Cuba. He wanted them to be malleable and enthusiastic,” Latell says.

    While Cuba has trumpeted its success with double agents in the past, Latell’s book shows the penetration was more extensive than previously known, and compromised U.S. intelligence sources and methods.

    The defection in 1987 of Florentino Aspillaga finally alerted the CIA to the extent of Castro’s spy network. “They were in a state of shock. Nothing like this had ever happened to us before,” said Latell.

    Aspillaga was “the most informed and highly decorated officer ever to defect from Cuban intelligence,” Latell says, and his defection was a turning point in the CIA’s attitude toward Cuba.

    “Until that point we grossly underestimated the Cubans. We never imagined that little Cuba could run an intelligence service that was world class,” he says.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/BRE84R0CR/US-CASTRO-SPYMASTER-BOOK/

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