Cable or Carrot?

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The mystery has been solved, the enigma of the fiber optic cable between Cuba and Venezuela has been cleared up because of an indiscretion. The Venezuelan Minister of Science and Technology affirmed a few days ago that it “is absolutely operational,” and what it is used for will depends on the government of Raul Castro. Just when we thought that the tendon lying in the depths of the sea had been eaten by sharks and turned into a home for coral, comes a sign that it is working. For now, it is just about words because there is no evidence that kilobytes are running through the cable, circulating data. No office has opened offering a domestic connection to anyone who wants to contract for it, and the prices of an hour’s navigation from a hotel continue to be prohibitive and abusive. In workplaces and schools the monthly quotas to peek into cyberspace continue scarce and supervised, while the official press makes no allusion to an immediate three thousand times increase in our bandwidth. The cable is, but it doesn’t exist; it exists, but not for us.

Between La Guaira, Venezuela, and Santiago de Cuba runs an umbilical cord that should turn us into a 21st Century country, remove our technological and communications handicaps. When it arrived at our shores in early 2011, not even the most pessimistic calculated that a year later we would remain in the same poverty of connectivity. There is not a single valid argument to delay any longer the mass influx of Cubans on the Web, other than the eternal fear of our authorities before the free flow of information. Every day that they delay our initiation as Internauts, they compromise the professional and social capital of this nation, they condemn us to the caboose of modernity. On the other hand, so much control only opens the door to a million and one illegal ways for people to get content from digital sites, blogs and on-line newspapers. Like the satellite dishes that are a reality which neither police operations nor threats from the newspaper Granma can eradicate, something similar will occur with access to the great WorldWideWeb. Pirate accounts, resold in the black market by State institution network administrators themselves, are already a preview of this cyber underground.

Amid so many calls for information transparency, it is paradoxical that one of the most pressing issues in our national life continues to be steeped in secrecy. Also too painful for the official journalists is that an official of a foreign government is the only person who has alluded to the actual state of such an expensive link. But even more sad is that the Internet is the new battlefield of the Cuban government and the fiber optic cable is the weapon — selective and hidden — in its media war.

131 thoughts on “Cable or Carrot?

  1. I am a citizen of the USA.The people in our country are voting out the politicians in the oval office soon before they can cause more havoc than they already have. Its depressing that they want to turn us into another Cuba. We already rose up against one government set on ruling us unjustly in the 1700’s. Now we have to fight our own people who want to subjegate us! Which makes me wonder about Cuba. You have had 50 years to make your country an ideal place, yet your politics has only led you down the wrong path. You starve for food, for knowledge, for the right to exsist all so a handfull of demigods can control your every move. Do they think you are not smart enough to rule yourself or are they just plain power hungary ?What are they feeding you to keep you under their thumb ? Some of our politicians think we are dumb and only they have the right to rule. Fortunately we can vote them out of office, which is what we’ll do in November. So Castro’s daughter can “love” our black president all she wants to. Because its not going to get her shit.We found out he’s no good, so we are voting his butt back to the ghetto. You can do it too if your people stop believing the regime, stop ratting on your neighbors, storm the palace if need be. Pass the word that if the government is unfair to its people, the people can take over and vote new rulers.Its happening in the middle east as we speak ! Your FREEDOM as a human being is worth more than free medicine,free schools,free substandard housing and no access to the rest of the world.You deserve the right to pick and choose what you want to be and do. All those “free” things the government gives you just makes you a modern slave and they hold the whip because you fear them.When you get rid of the fear, they no longer have the power !!

  2. 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.

  3. ASK A CASTRO! ISNT THAT A T.V. SHOW?? MARIELA CASTRO ON THE FIRST VIDEO TOWARDS THE END, AS SOON AS SHE IS ASKED ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS SHE GOES ON TO BLAME HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH AS LINKED WITH “MERCENARIES” AND OF COURSE USED THAT VERY TIRED EXCUSE “COLONIALISM” BY SPAIN FOR MANY OF CUBA’S CURRENT PROBLEMS!

    VIDEO INTERVIEW Part 1: A rare exclusive with Mariela Castro: The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro opens up about her fight for gay rights in Cuba and what the fight could mean for political rights in that country. http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/

    VIDEO INTERVIEW Part 2: A rare exclusive with Mariela Castro: Raul Castro’s daughter Mariela speaks about Alan Gross case. On Tuesday Christiane has the second part of her interview with Mariela Castro on CNN International. The niece of Fidel Castro and daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, discusses Cuba’s political future and her fight for acceptance of gays in that country.

  4. U.S. State Department takes Twitter questions from independent journalist in Cuba

    Q: What new initiatives must North American diplomacy adopt in order to prevent the majority of the governments from continuing to support the totalitarian regime in Havana within the framework of the various UN voting blocs on matters such as the embargo, which is a key decision on your country’s sovereignty, or to achieve full consent in Geneva for condemning the unpunished violation of the most element human rights by the Castros’ regime?

    MIKE HAMMER: Well, thanks for this question. In fact, the important thing here is, when are the Castro brothers going to let a true democracy exist in Cuba? Where will there be freedom of expression? When will there be no more political prisoners? When will human rights be respected? And that is why we continue to pressure, through our embargo, through what… through what we do with respect to international cooperation in order to be able to pressure Cuba, i.e., the Castro brothers’ regime, to change and allow there to be freedom. We want to support the Cuban people, and we will continue to pressure the Cuban government until the day that we truly see a free Cuba.

    http://www.babalublog.com/2012/06/u-s-state-department-takes-twitter-questions-from-independent-journalist-in-cuba/

  5. 6 will be released and other 6 milions will be jailed for sure because many jails and camps are build to fit all cuba’s concentration camp there…so what to talk… about 6 or 6 milion? Try not to be in the camp…because we liveback on time,in 1940

  6. gibrish…is good humberto…because the world is so stupid and it creates the misery in every moment for itself…so the white is black and the black is white.
    look greece this month and see…because that will be the fate of the west and world which just jumped in the clif and now is falling down not known where….

  7. THE BALTIMORE SUN: Castro daughter: Trade Gross for Cuban Five- ‘I think that the six must be released,’ she tells CNN – By Matthew Hay Brown,

    A daughter of Cuban president Raúl Castro says the United States should release five imprisoned Cuban intelligence officers in exchange for the Maryland aid worker held for more than two years in Havana.

    “I think that the six must be released — both the five Cubans and Alan Gross,” Mariela Castro Espin told CNN’sChristiane Amanpour in an interview to be aired Tuesday.

    The Cuban Five — Fernando González, René González, Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernández and Ramón Labañino — were arrested in 1998 and accused of espionage against U.S. Southern Command, headquartered in Miami, and several Cuban exile organizations in South Florida.

    They were convicted on charges related to monitoring exile groups and attempting to infiltrate military installations and given sentences that ranged from 15 years to life.

    René González was released from prison in 2011 but must remain in the United States while on probation until 2014. He was granted permission by a judge this spring to visit Cuba for two weeks to visit an ailing brother.

    Gross was working as a subcontractor to the U.S. Agency for International Development in an attempt to helpCuba’ssmall Jewish community set up an intranet and gain better access to the Internet.

    The veteran aid worker, who had not worked in Cuba and did not speak Spanish, made several trips to the Caribbean island nation before he was arrested.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-alan-gross-castro-20120604,0,4408227.story

  8. third wave,red cardinal! USTEDES NO SE CANSAN CON ESAS BOBERIAS??

  9. we live in interesting time…the morning process when the night and day fight,blsnd and replace each other…so what is coming is called day and thereshine lights the sun in the world which is flat…so the vision’s plato philosophy returns.
    it will be not like in east,nor like west which replaced,copied each other but it will be something new which comes created from both.That means that the good change does not come from east,nor from the west but by unitinh,blending the two as jin-yang

  10. what is going on is a very old evil system with as we know is so called now of the 1 and 99%…and which together is 100 % evil…considered….a long night living,runing,keeping,fedding,protecting the evil system…evil kingdom continuening….to keep runing even when its time passes.So it refuse to change…
    But what about if the sun comes,returns?Than the day starts and the night…changes and it becomes day…it is natural process.The dark clouds do hidde the sun rising up,crossing,passing as a visitor…but the question is where the sun belong..in the 100%(1+99%)?…when the sun is present…than 100% changes…both the 1 and 99%.Who wins and who loses…which stay and which doesnt?They both lose…because they both change,the 1 and 99% (as 100%)….And the change now happen fast and the 100% loses.
    This is called a miracle..are there now present as 101 % or some stars are falling?
    “a star from east swallow the 7 stars in the west”…what does that mean…that a day begins…or that asia eats…2 americas,2 europes,africa,middle east and oceania
    than sun rises in the east and that pass or cross to the west also.Cuba changes too.

    that is why is said; sun to light all the world first it must be not around but flat

  11. “I am aware that I am on this Island when I open my eyes in the morning and the first question that comes to mind is: What will I find to eat today?”

    this is the question that all the humans in the west ask today…since the west became like east…like east use to be…like russia,east europe,china,india etc…

    yet cuba was the fitst country to copy the east 5 decades ago…before everyone else in the west who now ask;”What will I find to eat today?”…but the food is gone all to east who dont ask anymore;”What will I find to eat today?”

    who eats is stronger…so the plan of the world leaders is to starve,weaken all the west,get rid of its people…and replace the peasents of the west with the east’s….
    as we know that cuba is in the west so it is part of the mission;the big starvation

  12. “Cubans tell pollsters that Raúl Castro’s reforms are having little impact”

    Dont you guys understand that the old ways of controlling people is to keep them weak and poor and build a big army not to protect them but scare them. This stupid old way is done now everywhere in the west and the plan is to spread everywhere in the world. The problem is that the east which was fed by the west…refuse the old way and a world vision or reality that looks like present cuba. So this may cause a big war between east and west about the two different missions
    1.to make all the world like cuba (now chosen as the west vision,copy of the east)
    2,to make the whole world like china (east vision copy of the west)
    so the change of the magnetic field happen and east became west and west became east
    As old they are both wrong ways and visions because their structure is the same but the only difference is that easterns work harder and are paid $300,consume fast,more than before and the westerns work less,non and are paid nothing or $ 20 dollars…and cant consume like before which means that some third power is over both east and west and manipulate and use them,balance,changes,connect and separate or put them in war tomorrow to destroy both and who wins will be the chosen fate for all.This is crazy…because there is a true path where none has walk yet..which is called good way…and good order. Still is chosen the big conflict maybe,the anihilation to bring the depopulation…and this is a big insanity but they have decide to follow the evil path which is easy to walk…flying to the cliff than walking up to climb up where the land flat is.They chosen the other flat land down

  13. MIAMI HERALD: Cubans tell pollsters that Raúl Castro’s reforms are having little impact -Though hints of optimism creep up, most Cubans say in a poll that Raúl Castro’s reforms have a long way to go before they begin to benefit.- By Juan O. Tamayo

    Five in six Cubans say they have not benefitted from ruler Raúl Castro’s economic reforms and nearly 75 percent say their family’s economic situation is the same or worse than a year ago, according to a poll made public Monday.

    The survey by the International Republican Institute (IRI) also showed the growing disgruntlement among huge majorities of younger Cubans, hinted that optimism is creeping up, and showed an odd slip in those who favor capitalism and democracy.

    IRI’s figures backed up the complaint from Cuba analysts that Castro’s reforms have been too few and too slow to fix the sluggish economy. But they also hinted that the reforms have sparked some level of optimism on the island.

    It was the seventh Cuba poll conducted since 2007 by IRI, a Washington nonprofit that works to advance freedom around the world. Like its counterpart, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, it is technically nonpartisan.

    The poll involved face-to-face interviews of 787 Cuban adults Feb. 29-March 14, and has a 3.5 percent margin of error. IRI says it works “discreetly” in Cuba because the communist government bans independent surveys, but declines to provide further details.

    Eighty-five percent of those polled said they have not benefitted directly from Castro’s reforms, and three-quarters said the economic situation of their families is the same or worse than last year and 60 percent expect it to stay the same in the next year.

    Asked more generally how things are going, those who said “well” dropped from 27 to 19 percent while those who picked “so-so” rose from 24 to 37 percent. Cubans who replied “very badly” slipped from 9 to 8 percent.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/04/2832853/cubans-tell-pollsters-that-raul.html

  14. HUFFINGTON POST: Americans in Cuba: ‘Why Doesn’t My Blackberry Work?’ Cubans in Cuba: ‘What Will I Find to Eat Today?’ – by YOANI SANCHEZ

    It’s already been half a century that American citizens have been denied the legal right to visit our country. While they have had to learn the names of 11 different leaders who have passed through the White House in those five decades, our Plaza of the Revolution has had only two tenants, both with the same surname. In all that time most of America’s enemies have evolved into business partners, like Russia, China, or Vietnam, or into NATO allies, like the various Eastern European nations. On the other hand, former friends have become adversaries, like Iran or Venezuela, but the name of Cuba (along with North Korea) remains on the same list.

    So from the other side of the Straits of Florida, the image of Cubans has been shaped with a great deal of imagination, a lot of past memories, and the stories of the exiles. As a result, it is not strange to view us as if we were living in one of those old sepia postcards, forever frozen in an image from the mid-20th century. A people who still travel in old cars made by Cadillac, Chevrolet, and Plymouth, cars that came off the assembly lines of American factories. An Island trapped between the beauty of nature and the deterioration of its architecture, with neighborhoods that at times seem to be located in New York or Washington, D.C., while at others recalling Calcutta or Somalia.

    Among the Americans who have been treading this earth in the last five decades, there are many exceptional people, from academics to TV stars, movie directors like Steven Spielberg (why not travel to a Jurassic Park?), and ex-presidents like Jimmy Carter, all full of good will more than ingenuousness. Thousands of others come each year, daring to challenge the controls imposed by U.S. law, using the old trick of traveling through a third country and taking advantage of the customs authorities who do not stamp their passports so no one will find out they entered this demonized territory.

    Among these intrepid visitors was Jaime, a boy from New York; not content with immersing himself in a passion for Cuban literature, he fell helplessly in love with a young brunette with almond eyes and the hands of a healer. One day, more than five years ago, someone asked him how, exactly, he saw Cuba. “My experience is unique,” he said, “so I can’t make generalizations. I am aware that I am on this Island when I open my eyes in the morning and the first question that comes to mind is: What will I find to eat today?”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ESSAY!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yoani-sanchez/americans-in-cuba-why-doe_b_1569380.html

  15. I don’t know about this “I love Obama” talk. I don’t think you can take what Mariela says seriously and assume she means what she says.

    The Castros love playing the “embargo” card and might prefer worsening of relations to better relations.

    Even if the US ever imposes a financial embargo or cracks down on US tourism to Cuba, Raul’s shift to capitalism will ensure the Chinese and other governments will prop them up.

    But what are the chances of the US ever doing that? Just about zero, even Bush did next to nothing. The last US president who tried to overthrow Castro was JFK.

  16. John Bibb…and all rebelles…are now part of 99% which is majority against the 1 % minority who uses some of the 99% to destroy the majority which is junk because it is used easily…but still the nature is in balance and this balance never loses but it shows so,but still is the same which means that 1 % can never be deleted but it will be there and be created from the present 99%. The same for the 99%…it will be there always…and cant go anywhere…So far both 1 and 99% are to stupid…that’s all.

    and for more watch this

  17. John Bibb # 100….you are 100% right but….it is an illusion that the humans who life as vizitors in this planet…do own it or a part of it which can be a coin made of a mineral called gold or silver…or other material things like home,furniture,cloths,car or electronics or what ever like trees,lake,rivers,hills,mountains,land,countries,empire or even the glob or more like moon,venus or maybe the whole solar system or the universe…It can maybe really a human own this but for how long…because the human cant be any longer than few decades around and than the worms eat its corpse…until it becomes dust…nothing.

    So noone owns anything…example what owns now the pharaon who lived 4000 years ago?

  18. VOICE OF AMERICA EDITORIAL: Human Rights Still Suffer In Cuba – Citizens are harassed and intimidated to keep them from speaking out on the island nation’s political conditions. – 06-04-2012

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sent Congress the Department’s assessment of human rights around the world during 2011. The reports, required by law, evaluate the human rights performance of the governments of every country and a number of territories, and lawmakers as well as authorities in the executive branch use the reports to help shape our nation’s foreign policies.

    As in previous years, human rights conditions in Cuba are a particular concern. Most reported abuses were official acts committed at the direction of a government dominated by the Communist Party, so the perpetrators enjoyed impunity for their actions. Citizens are harassed and intimidated to keep them from speaking out on the island nation’s political conditions. There was an increase in the number of political activists detained for speaking out. The number of short-term detentions in December 2011 rose to the highest level in 30 years.

    The Cuban government also placed severe limitations on freedom of speech and press, restricted freedom of movement and limited freedom of religion. Worker rights were restricted as well, particularly the freedom to form independent unions.

    The United States is committed to the work of advancing universal rights, building the partnerships that will move us forward, helping every man, woman, and child live up to their potential. In cases of nations such as Cuba, we are also committed to speaking out for those unable to do so for themselves.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.voanews.com/policy/editorials/Human-Rights-Still-Suffer-In-Cuba–157025445.html

  19. THIS IS TREMENDOUS NEWS FOR THE CUBAN WORKER! THIS WILL ALLOW THEM TO BUY A CAR OR MAYBE A HOME IN LETS SAY 100 YEARS FROM NOW! OOPS, I FORGET! MOST OF THEM ARE GETTING LAID OFF! MAYBE THAT’S WHERE THE MONEY FOR THIS RAISE COMES FROM!! DUH! THOSE CASTROFASCISTS ARE GENIUSES AT ECONOMIC CHANGE!

    NINEMSN: The average monthly salary in Cuba rose 17 per cent between 2006-2011 to the equivalent of $US19 ($A19.67), the state statistics office say.

    That meant the average monthly wage of workers in Cuba – where the Communist-ruled state controls more than 90 per cent of the economy – climbed from the equivalent of $US16 ($A16.56) a month in 2006 to $US19 ($A19.67) last year, the office said on its website.

    Low salaries are a key complaint in the Americas’ only one-party Communist regime. There is a very small salary range from unskilled to highly skilled labour; so a street sweeper might make $US17 ($A17.60) and a brain surgeon $US22 ($A22.77) a month.

    In the Caribbean nation of 11 million, education and health care are free or nearly free, but the cost of putting food on the table remains a major everyday concern.

    Cubans who have access to hard currency – those who work in tourism or who have relatives overseas – can spend it to supplement their incomes. But million have no such access.

    President Raul Castro’s government has trimmed state payrolls and allowed a few crowd-pleasing changes like allowing Cubans to stay in hotels that once were only for foreigners.

    But Castro, 81, has not launched any wholesale overhaul of Cuba’s decrepit centrally planned economy which is kept afloat largely by Venezuelan economic support.

    http://finance.ninemsn.com.au/newsbusiness/aap/8478584/cuban-salaries-rise-to-19-a-month

  20. “No one goes to prison for an opinion”…but we watched the poor guy who was beaten in front of the pope in cuba…Why doesnt CNN go to cuba to meet dissident,the people in jail,the cuban people to visit their homes and make a documentary with all of them…Mariela should help CNN to make that documentary too….which should involve the cubns who left the country in the last 2-3 years…Let see what will show in it.

  21. GET YOUR BOX OF TISSUES OUT TO READ THIS STORY! ANOTHER TESTIMONY OF THE CASTROFASCISTS THUGGERY AND THE TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT!

    N.Y. TIMES: Leaving Cuba to Pursue a Dream in United States – By JESSICA WEISS

    Huerta, who defected in 1997 at age 13, says his Olympic journey serves as a “message to the Castro government.”

    “I’m one of the Cubans that Fidel calls the Miami Mafia,” he said, in reference to the Miami exile community that the Cuban state-run news media often portray as malicious and anti-Cuban.

    “But I am not a bad person. I’m obviously not invading anyone in Cuba. Actually, I’m going to the Olympics.”

    Cuba has a strong Olympic tradition, and will send athletes to London in events including table tennis, boxing and track and field. But Huerta said he probably would have been unable to pursue his athletic ambitions in Cuba because of his family’s political history.

    In 1980, his grandmother Consuelo left Cuba as part of the Mariel boatlift, when the Castro government allowed Cubans to board boats at the port of Mariel, west of Havana, to come to the United States.

    The mass emigration occurred after five Cubans drove a bus through the gates of the Peruvian Embassy and were granted political asylum. When the Peruvian ambassador refused to return the citizens to the authorities, Castro removed the Cuban guards from the embassy, effectively releasing the thousands of asylum seekers who had gathered there. He called those who chose to leave “scum.”

    “Even if I became the same caliber of athlete in Cuba as I am now, Castro would never have let me leave the island to represent Cuba, “ Huerta said. “Because of my family, we were marked.”

    “Manny has so much drive, incredible body awareness, and is an amazing competitor,” said Roberto Solano, his coach, who is training Huerta in Costa Rica, on the side of an active volcano, until London. “But this has not been an easy journey for him.”

    In recent years, Huerta was slowed by injuries and had trouble finding money to support his race calendar. In 2009, his father died of colon cancer. His mother has skin cancer. Solano said Huerta was close to giving up several times.

    “But he really wanted it,” Solano said. “In San Diego, Manny executed perfectly and truly had the race of his life.”

    CLICK THE LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/05/sports/olympics/us-triathlete-huerta-left-cuba-to-pursue-olympic-dream.html

  22. INTERESTING HOW TOWARDS THE END OF THIS SEGMENT CAROL COSTELL, THE OTHER CORRESPONDENT ASKS AMANPUR A QUESTION @ 2:00 BUT SHE DOES NOT ANSWER IT BUT CHANGES THE SUBJECT TO THE “CHANGES” IN ATTITUDE TOWARDS CUBA THAT THE CUBAN COMMUNITY IN THE USA HAS REACHED AND THE FAILURE OF THE “EMBARGO”! TOWARDS THE END @3:30 CAROL LAUGHS WHILE POSING A SECOND QUESTION, MAYBE TO LET PEOPLE KNOW HOW AMANPOUR SEEMS TO BE NOT SO “UNBIASED” WITH HER REPORTING!

    CNN: Obama wins endorsement from Raul Castro’s daughter – June 4, 2012
    Castro said the nation had learned to acknowledge and correct past mistakes after its aggressive quarantine policy for HIV-positive men and women during the early years of the AIDS epidemic was abandoned in 1993.

    “I never agreed with these quarantines,” she said. “There were several international health organizations that evaluated these quarantines as a positive thing at a time when not much was known about how the epidemic spreads.”

    Amanpour pointed to a Human Rights Watch description of Cuba as “the only country in Latin America that represses virtually all forms of political dissent.”

    But Castro said the rights group “does not represent the opinion of the Cuban people. And their informants are mercenaries. They’re people who have been paid by a foreign government for media shows that do not represent Cuban positions directly.”

    She defended her nation as one that allows dissent. “People who dissent don’t go to jail,” she said. “Everybody in Cuba expresses their view and there’s a political participation so that we can express ourselves and question everything.”

    Holding an opinion contrary to that of the government “enriches the debate,” she said. “No one goes to prison for an opinion, rather for serving foreign interests who pay them. That’s called being a mercenary and that’s penalized in laws everywhere in the world, including the laws of this country.”

    She said the island’s single-party system would disappear if other nations would stop trying to impose their will on Cuba.

    “If Cuba’s sovereignty weren’t threatened, if the internal affairs of Cuba weren’t manipulated in media campaigns, if Cuba weren’t the subject of an economic and trade embargo, which has caused so many problems for us, then in Cuba, it wouldn’t make sense to have a sole party, just one party,” she said.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/04/politics/us-cuba-mariela-castro/index.html

  23. Pamela, Damir was once a member of an asylum, but some bright doctor decided to open the door and let him run loose.

    I think his posts are part of his “community involvement,” socializing with people is supposed to help his rehabilitation and make him less dangerous. But I don’t think it works, do you?

  24. Delusional pioneers of the team “yoani” keep ignoring a very REAL and INCONVENIENT FACT:

    the capitalists were the first to start killing everyone around in order to “bring democracy” out.

    Who killed french monarchs and whole families, including just about every “aristocrat” in the land?

    Capitalists.

    Who killed Italian monarchs and expelled surviving successors, including just about every remaining “aristocrat”?

    Capitalists.

    Who killed and/or expelled Austrian “emperors”, “regents” and “aristocracy”?

    Capitalists.

    Who ROSE AGAINST THE MURDEROUS CCAPITALISTS?

    Communists.

    So, naturally, you delusional, brainwashed, demented and deranged losers have no interest in recapping the TRUTH and the FACTS.

    All you want is to keep killing and lying, and deluding others with your “righteous” posture that has no foundation whatsoever.

    Thugs of the world unite.

    You bet. The biggest thus, the nazist gulag usa are EXPANDING THEIR MILITARY FORCES INTO ASIA-PACIFIC REGION!!!!!!

    Are Cubans EXPANDING their military presence ANYWHERE?

    NO!!!

    Are CHINESE, who would have every right to do so, expanding their MILITARY PRESENCE anywhere?

    NO!!!

    ONLY CAPITALIST CRIMINALS ARE EXPANDING THEIR MILITARY PRESENCE BEYOND THEIR BORDERS!!!!!!!!

    So, drop that nuke on the nigger in washington and his white, obviously still bitter for having her husband entertained by another clitoris looking for pleasure, “god” assistant.

    Citing “voice of america”, a cia and nazist usa government funded propaganda machinery only confirms who and what you criminals really are.

    “patriotic act” and sopa/pipa now being the LAW, you have no right to bullshift about CUBA here!

    There are MORE freedom and liberty in a little CUBA than in the nazist gulag usa.

    Not that you would know, not being ALLOWED to visit Cuba, according to your nazist gulag LAWS that FORBID you to travel, talk, and trade with CUBA!!

    Hypocrites.

    Why is pin-up granny still free in CUBA!!!! Although she is clearly working AGAINST HER OWN COUNTRY, and is blatantly and openly serving her white “gods” and being PAID FOR HER TREASON!!!???

    Because CUBA is MORE DEMOCRATICAL AND FREE than your nazist gulag usa.

    And no one is saying that Cuba is a model society.

    THAT is what makes the usa just a HUGE concentration camp. A nazist concentration camp which is now EXPANDING ITS MILITARY INTO THE PACIFIC REGION.

    Who the f**k gave yo the right and permission to do so?

  25. VOICE OF AMERICA: Human Rights Still Suffer In Cuba – Citizens are harassed and intimidated to keep them from speaking out on the island nation’s political conditions. – 06-04-2012

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sent Congress the Department’s assessment of human rights around the world during 2011. The reports, required by law, evaluate the human rights performance of the governments of every country and a number of territories, and lawmakers as well as authorities in the executive branch use the reports to help shape our nation’s foreign policies.

    2011 saw some positive trends, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. Tunisia, the cradle of the Arab Spring, held successful, transparent elections for a Constituent Assembly, which in turn elected a former political prisoner as the country’s interim president. In Burma, the government took important steps toward political reform and released more than 200 political prisoners. And in Colombia, the government has been working to improve justice in human rights cases.

    But problems persist in many countries and overall there are a number of disturbing trends. Flawed elections, restrictions on the freedom of expression, assembly, or association, censorship or intimidation of the media and attempts to control the activities of civil society and non-governmental groups indicate erosion of respect for human rights in some countries.

    As in previous years, human rights conditions in Cuba are a particular concern. Most reported abuses were official acts committed at the direction of a government dominated by the Communist Party, so the perpetrators enjoyed impunity for their actions. Citizens are harassed and intimidated to keep them from speaking out on the island nation’s political conditions. There was an increase in the number of political activists detained for speaking out. The number of short-term detentions in December 2011 rose to the highest level in 30 years.

    The Cuban government also placed severe limitations on freedom of speech and press, restricted freedom of movement and limited freedom of religion. Worker rights were restricted as well, particularly the freedom to form independent unions.

    The United States is committed to the work of advancing universal rights, building the partnerships that will move us forward, helping every man, woman, and child live up to their potential. In cases of nations such as Cuba, we are also committed to speaking out for those unable to do so for themselves.

    http://www.voanews.com/policy/editorials/Human-Rights-Still-Suffer-In-Cuba–157025445.html

  26. FASCISTS COMMUNISTS DONT LIKE THE LATEST NUMEROLOGY IN CHINA! INTERESTING!

    China’s share benchmark has fallen foul of the country’s internet censors by appearing to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. In an unlikely coincidence certainly unwelcome to China’s communist rulers, the stock benchmark fell 64.89 points on Monday, matching the numbers of the June 4, 1989 crackdown in the heart of Beijing. In China’s lively microblog world, `Shanghai Composite Index’ soon joined the many words blocked by censors.
    In another odd twist, the index opened Monday at 2,346.98. That is being interpreted as 23rd anniversary of the June 4, 1989 crackdown when read from right to left. Public discussion of the Tiananmen crackdown, which the Communist Party branded a “counterrevolutionary riot”, remains taboo. Analysts refused to comment on the numbers. On the popular Sina microblog site, searches using `June 4′, `64.89′, `stock market’, and `benchmark Shanghai Composite Index’ were all blocked. Such searches draw the response: “According to law such words cannot be shown.” In Beijing, the anniversary passed without any major sign of protest. The front page of the party newspaper, People’s Daily, trumpeted the “Stable, fast development of the Chinese economy: Advancing to be the World’s No.2”.

    CLICK LINK FOR ARTICLE!

    http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/chinese-stock-index-evokes-tiananmen-20120605-1zsml.html

  27. Yoani Sanchez is the best thing that has ever happened to CUBA. Yoani is world famous and she will always have my support. The Regime apologist are always twisting the facts,blaiming others and lie to conceal the truth. Damir on this blog is a classic example of the crap Fidel has produced and what society should eliminate or punish. When the Castro thugs die , Cuba will get a new chance to be a great nation once again.

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