CLICK to turn on… never to turn off

9f43d6f0-0e4d-4799-8f7e-018e1b7ceb82_w640_r1_sLast Thursday the call went out for an event on new technologies and social networks that will be held in Havana on June 21-23, 2012. Under the name CLICK Festival, we want to meet to discuss new trends in Web 2.0 and also to address the challenges that lie ahead in the use of these tools for dissemination and communication. We are particularly interested in the future projection of Cuba as a country immersed in modern technology and also want to respond to the question of what we can do to accelerate the time when each citizen in this country will have full access to cyberspace.

The event is being promoted by various organizations, groups and individuals from civil society, but is not bounded by the particular interests of any of them. Its character is technological, not ideological or political. It is not intended to be a forum for complaints about what happens to us, but rather a constructive space to plan for tomorrow. Which does not imply, in any way, that we give up our right to raise our voices against the harsh reality of a country with the lowest Internet connectivity in the hemisphere. We do not want to engage in any type of political segregation nor use any kind of ideological screen to choose the participants, much less fall into the exclusions that have characterized previous meetings of Cuban bloggers and twitterers.

The CLICK Festival will not have a final declaration insulting anyone or engaging in character assassination, much less will it consider the web to be a battlefield against any other group, event or tendency. As at the table of the poet Walt Whitman, everyone is invited to this event, without exception. In the coming days invitations will be sent out by email and in person, but everyone who reads this text can consider themselves invited. The foundations of the Click Festival are the energy, talent and labor of many people. The resources that will be employed during the three days will come from the organizers themselves and the participants. NO party, government or institution has funded the event, participated in the design of the program, or influenced the initial idea of holding it. Of course, we have received words of encouragement and emotional support from hundreds of Internauts, ordinary citizens, voluntary translators and other friends. Also of note is the solidarity and dissemination provided by Event Blog Spain (EBE) that has had a hand in creating the website and inspired us with its example of plurality and debate.

We have before us two weeks decisive for the quality of the CLICK Festival. So on behalf of the various organizers I would like to ask all the readers, to share with us any ideas that come to mind. Your contributions can range from sending a presentation to be distributed electronically to the participants or included in the discussion, to helping us advertise the event. A post in a blog, a brief tweet with the hashtag #festivalclic, or a simple message of encouragement would be most appreciated. We would be delighted to let every citizen interested in this topic know what is going to happen during the three days of the festival. If you are a foreign tourist visiting the Island and want to join us, the doors of the CLICK Festival will be open to you. This visibility and transparency will be the greatest protection we could count on.

I have the feeling that technology and knowledge are going to win.

CLICK Festival from 21 to 23 June
1st Street # 4606 between 46 and 60, Playa
Havana
http://festivalclic.com
@FestivalCLIC
#FestivalCLIC

24 thoughts on “CLICK to turn on… never to turn off

  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. YOUTUBE: Testimonio de Antúnez tras su brutal golpiza y detención – Jorge Luis García “Antúnez” ofrece declaraciones a Radio Republica tras ser excarcelado de su brutal golpiza y detención este pasado sábado 9 de junio. Antúnez fue atacado también con espray pimienta y perdió conocimiento. La comunidad internacional se solidarizo con su caso y exigió su liberación. Escuche el testimonio de Antúnez.

  3. THE CASTROFASCISTS NEVER LEARN! THIS WILL BE ALL OVER THE NEWS AND SENT TO EVERY MAJOR HUMAN RIGHTS NGO’S, PRESS, THE VATICAN AND ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND MORE! THIS IS NOT YOUR OLD 20th CENTURY TECHNOLOGY ANY MORE! AMNESTY PUT OUT AN URGENT CALL DOCUMENT FROM THE PREVIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE AGAINST Andrés Carrión Álvarez ON MAY 1, 2012! EXPECT ANOTHER ONE TODAY!!

    MIAMI HERALD: Cuba police detain 2nd dissident who talked to US Senate – 13 others detained briefly as they demand the release of “Antunez” – By Juan O. Tamayo

    Cuban police have put under house detention a second dissident who testified before the U.S. Senate last week, and arrested yet again the man who shouted “Down with communism” just before a mass by Pope Benedict XVI.

    Havana human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez Santa Cruz said the arrests of more than 10 dissidents and police threats of more signaled a crackdown to block opposition plans for events to honor political prisoners on Fathers’ Day Sunday.

    “We have confirmations of the arrests of several Ladies in White and other government opponents in the provinces of Villa Clara and Santiago de Cuba,” Sánchez told El Nuevo Herald by phone from Havana.

    Dissident José Daniel Ferrer reported Tuesday that police were blocking the door to his house in Palmarito de Cauto in Santiago, threatening to arrest him if he leaves and telling him that he’s under investigation for a firebombing in a nearby town.

    Residents of Palma Soriano have told dissidents that a Molotov cocktail exploded Sunday night in an empty field near a school, and another was found intact. State Security agents told the residents the blast could be the work of dissidents.

    Ferrer said he is a peaceful government critic and had nothing to do with the firebomb. One of the 75 dissidents arrested in 2003, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison on charges of disseminating “enemy propapaganda.” He was freed last year as part of Cuban ruler Raúl Castro’s promise to free all political prisoners.

    Ferrer and Jorge Luis García Perez, known as Antúnez, harshly criticized the Cuban government strongly Thursday when they testified before a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.

    Antúnez was arrested Saturday, beaten and pepper sprayed in a police lockup in his hometown of Placetas in Villa Clara, according to his wife, Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera. He was removed from the lockup that evening and has not been heard from since.

    Police told her that Antúnez is being held in the provincial capital, Santa Clara, but when she and 12 other dissidents went to that police station Tuesday, they were arrested for several hours and then forced to go home without seeing him, the wife added.

    If Antúnez was indeed there, it was odd that he did not join them in protesting when the 13 dissidents broke into chants of “down with the dictatorship,” Perez Aguilera told human rights activists in Miami.

    The cell phones for Pérez Aguilera and several other dissidents in Villa Clara and Santiago appeared to have been blocked by authorities Tuesday so that they could not talk with supporters or journalists.

    But Sen. John Kerry, D-Ma., chairman of the senate Foreign Relations committee, Tuesday joined the chorus of Cuban-American congress members who have condemned Antúnez arrest.

    “I want to be crystal clear that I strongly condemn any efforts to intimidate Mr. Perez or any other Cuban citizen into silence,” said Kerry, considered a lead candidate to succeed Secretary of State Hilary Clinton if President Barack Obama wins reelection’

    Andres Carrión, who was punched and dragged away after shouting anti-government slogans before Benedict’s mass in the city of Santiago de Cuba in March, was arrested Tuesday during a protest in a park to demand the return of personal property.

    The freelance photographer was returning from Havana when police stopped him at a highway checkpoint outside the city and seized a new photo printer and other photo supplies, Sánchez said.

    Carrión has been arrested several times since March, usually for brief periods. But police have warned him that they will put him on trial for “disobedience” if he continues criticizing the government and speaking with journalists.

    Havana dissident Darsi Ferrer meanwhile announced that he will soon leave Cuba on a U.S. political asylum visa to join his wife Yusnaimy and young son Dariel in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    A physician, Ferrer has been particularly active in denouncing Cuba’s run-down health system, secretly filming videos of hospital rooms with broken doors and windows, bare electrical wires, bloody floors and bathrooms soiled with feces.

    Sanchez said Ferrer wanted his wife to leave for the United States because she suffers from unspecified health issues. But authorities would not let her leave unless he agreed to leave also, he added.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/13/2847332/cuba-police-detain-2nd-dissident.html

  4. YOUTUBE: CNN’s Brian Todd Reporting on Cuban dissident Jorge Luis Garcia Perez known as “Antúnez” video testimony. CNN reports on how they were in the audience during Jorge Luis Garcia Perez video testimony along with Cuban Government agents from the Cuba Interest Section in Washington DC taking notes. 48 hours later Jorge Luis Garcia Perez was arrested, beaten and no news of his whereabouts are known.

  5. John Two, was the vodka comment directed at Yeltsin? I can’t understand a thing with Castro, maybe he’s been insane all along?

  6. Yoani has been tweeting about a four week absence of public appearances by Raul Castro. She also tweeted about a recent reflection from Raul’s brother “which many whisper are a metaphor on the General.” I noticed that the most recent Fidel “reflection” was a weird tribute to former East German strongman Erich Honecker. Can anyone make sense of any of this?

  7. ING Bank fined for moving Cuban and Iranian money through New York banks and falsifying records.

    http://money.cnn.com/2012/06/12/news/companies/ing-bank-iran/

    I guess using US instead of Canadian or European banks is a way for Fidel to have a good laugh back in Havana.

    I wonder how Mariela gets by on 20 dollars a month? It would be tough to stay in a decent New York hotel on that amount. Do New York grocery stores accept Cuban pesos and ration books?

  8. US SENATOR John Kerry Responds to Beating of Cuban Dissident After Testifying to Foreign Relations Committee – For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    Washington, DC – Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today after news reports of the detention and beating of a Cuban dissident who testified last week via teleconference before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics.

    “A number of Cuban citizens have demonstrated tremendous courage, presenting testimony to the Congress at great risk to themselves and their families,” said Sen. Kerry. “Just last week, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez (“Antunez”) spoke before our committee and two days later he was beaten and detained in retaliation for speaking his mind. I want to be crystal clear that I strongly condemn any efforts to intimidate Mr. Perez or any other Cuban citizen into silence. I echo the calls of my Senate colleagues, demanding an end to repression in Cuba and urging international observers to conduct an investigation into his detention.”

    On Thursday, June 7, 2012, at 10:45 a.m. in SD-419, the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs held a hearing on “The Path to Freedom: Countering Repression and Strengthening Civil Society in Cuba.” Senator Bob Menendez, the Subcommittee Chairman, presided. The U.S. Department of State reports that short-term detentions in Cuba in December 2011 rose to the highest monthly number in 30 years.

    http://www.kerry.senate.gov/press/release/?id=b342845f-9453-4347-97a8-3e7abd732afe

  9. WHAT A SHAME THAT HIS GREAT ATHLETE WAS DUPED AND USED BY THE CASTROFASCISTS TO GIVE UP HIS TALENT AND CAREER TO ACT AS A PROPAGANDA TOOL! BUT MANY WERE FOOLED!!

    L.A. TIMES: Teofilo Stevenson dies at 60; Cuban boxer was three-time Olympic heavyweight champ
    Considered by some to be the most accomplished amateur boxer in history, he won gold medals in 1972 in Munich, 1976 in Montreal and 1980 in Moscow.-

    Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, the three-time Olympic heavyweight champion with a devastating right hand and a gentlemanly demeanor, died Monday. He was 60.

    “The Cuban sporting family was moved today by the passing of one of the greatest of all time,” said a statement read on the news Monday night in Havana. Stevenson died of heart disease, it added.

    Considered by some to be the most accomplished amateur boxer in history, Stevenson first won gold in 1972 in Munich and followed that up in 1976 in Montreal.

    In 1980, he won his third Olympic title in Moscow, becoming the second boxer to win gold at three separate Games after Hungarian Lazlo Papp. Felix Savon, Stevenson’s countryman, accomplished the feat in 2000.

    The 6-foot-31/2-inch Stevenson was famous for his punishing right, polished technique, deft hand and footwork, and sportsmanship.

    Stevenson was born in 1952 to a Jamaican family of modest means and grew up in Las Tunas province in eastern Cuba, where his parents were farm laborers. He fought in his first match at the age of 14, and two years later won his first international title in the Central American and Caribbean championship.

    As his accomplishments grew, boxing fans began salivating over the prospect of a “fight of the century” pitting him against Muhammad Ali. But Cuba insisted he not lose his amateur status, and the bout never took place.

    After Stevenson won his first world title in 1974, Sports Illustrated ran the headline: “He’d Rather Be Red Than Rich.”

    Stevenson won world amateur titles again in 1978 and 1986. He was forced to pass up a shot at a fourth Olympic gold when Cuba did not attend the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. He retired in 1988 after Cuba decided to skip the Seoul Olympics as well.

    Stevenson passed up millions by not leaving Communist-run Cuba to turn pro, but expressed no remorse.

    “I prefer the affection of 8 million Cubans,” he once said.

    In his later years, Stevenson served as vice president of Cuba’s boxing federation and at the island’s national sports institute. He had two children.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-teofilo-stevenson-20120612,0,308275.story

  10. I WOULD SAY, CUT RADIO/TV MARTI BUDGET IN HALF AND USE THAT MONEY TOWARDS THIS INTERNET PROJECT WITH SATELLITES!

    HERALD TRIBUNE: Getting Cubans online

    Marco Rubio, U.S. senator from Florida, is right: America should use its technological prowess to extend affordable Internet access in Cuba.

    As Jeremy Wallace reported in the Herald-Tribune, Rubio — a Republican from Miami — said during a recent Senate hearing that the U.S. has the capability to use satellites to provide Internet access in Cuba.

    Such access, Rubio contended, would enable pro-democracy Cubans to exchange information, mobilize politically and learn more about life off the island.

    Yoani Sanchez, a Cuban blogger identified by Time magazine in 2009 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, agrees that Internet access is vital.

    “From my experience, having access to information and technology fundamental for a free country,” Sanchez told the Voice of America in March. “A person who holds a flash memory and has access to at least a minute of Internet can change his or her life. That makes that citizen more empowered, more aware of his rights, perhaps more likely to speak up because he doesn’t like what is happening. It think in order to help Cubans it is necessary to empower them technologically, so that they can become 21st century Internet users. Because without it, we will not become more democratic; we will not be free.”

    Yes, Cuba maintains its resistance to democracy and continues to violate human rights; we credit Rubio for keeping those conditions in the spotlight. However, it is time to change U.S. policy and recognize that successful use of social media requires uncensored, affordable access to the Internet and the devices that make it work.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20120612/OPINION/306129996/-1/news?Title=Getting-Cubans-online

  11. Help!NOTHING IS PERFECT! BUT I THOUGHT MARIELA DID A GREAT JOB EXPOSING THE CASTROFASCISTS FOR WHAT THEY ARE! I LOOK AT THINGS IN ITS TOTALITY NOT JUST ONE OR TWO UNINFORMED QUESTIONS!

  12. MIAMI HERALD: Cuban dissident “Antúnez” arrested after video testimony to U.S. Senate = Wife says dissident known as Antúnez was beaten in Cuban police lockup – By Juan O. Tamayo

    Cuban dissident Jorge Luis García Pérez, known as Antúnez, was arrested, beaten in a police lockup and is being held in an unknown location after he testified by video-conference before a U.S. Senate subcommittee, his wife reported Monday.

    Another dissident, meanwhile, said neighbors in the eastern town of Palma Soriano reported a gasoline bomb went off in an empty field Sunday and a second one was found intact. Neighbors said investigators told them the bombs might be the work of government opponents, Dunieky Dominguez Gonzalez, a Palma Soriano dissident, said in a telephone interview. Anti-government violence is extremely rare in Cuba.

    Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, the wife of Antúnez, said that she and two supporters were heading to the State Security headquarters in the central city of Santa Clara to demand information on where her husband is being held.

    García told the Senate Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs Thursday that the Obama administration’s policies toward Cuba amount to “appeasement (that) only strengthens the repressive apparatus and the impunity of the aggressors.”

    He and dissidents Loreto Hernandez and Jonniel Rodriguez walked out of Antúnez’s house in the town of Placetas at 3 p.m. Saturday and were arrested and taken to a police lockup, Pérez Aguilera said.

    When she and another dissident went to inquire about the men, she said State Security agents punched and kicked them. After she screamed, Perez Aguilera said, her husband and other prisoners started yelling in protest, prompting police to fire pepper spray into the cells and beat Antúnez until he fainted.

    He was removed from the lockup around 7:30 p.m., she said, and has not been heard from since. The others were released late Saturday and early Sunday.

    Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., who chaired the subcommittee where Antúnez testified last week, said he was “outraged but not surprised” at his arrest, “further proof of the brutality of the Castro brothers’ regime.”

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/12/2844551/cuban-dissident-antunez-arrested.html

  13. …Although crackpot conspiracy sites like Democracy Now are not as open to opposing viewpoints as Fox News.

  14. Humberto, the reporting at “Democracy Now” and other loony left sites is as slanted as anything that appears on Fox News, as Amy Goodman proves. She asks her questions parroting the most absurd Castro propaganda…

    like the Cuban 5 were convicted while infiltrating “violent” anti-Cuban organizations…

    or there have been at least hundreds of attempts on Castro’s life…

    Here’s the facts:

    The 5 were part of a network that infiltrated US military and other government facilities and planned the murder of non-violent US citizens. That’s why they were arrested, although they were only convicted on the lesser charges of espionage.

    None of them would hesitate to put a bullet in the head of a 6 year old schoolgirl if Castro ordered them to.

    As for assassination attempts against Castro, there was a very reluctant CIA involvement under pressure from Kennedy, and few of the handful of “attempts” got past the brainstorming stage.

    When Castro ordered JFK killed, nobody dared question him. The Cuban secret service is not like the CIA, where people are actually allowed to think and question the orders they are given.

    https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/vol49no4/Castro_Obsession_10.htm

  15. A TRUE MAN OF GOD! UNLIKE CARDINAL JAIME ORTEGA, “IN BED” WITH THE CASTROFASCISTS!

    FOX NEWS LATINO: The late Auxiliary Bishop Agustin Roman, one of the spiritual leaders of South Florida’s Cuban exile community, left $60,000 in his will to the Matanzas diocese in Cuba, the Miami archdiocese said Monday.

    Throughout his life, Roman, the first Cuban to be consecrated bishop in the United States, “generously supported the Church in Cuba … and he now in death continues to support the Church in Cuba,” Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski said in a statement.

    Wenski recalled that Roman, who died April 11 at the age of 83, was ordained in Matanzas in 1959.

    Expelled from the island in 1961 by Fidel Castro’s regime, Roman eventually settled in Miami, where he supervised the construction of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, Cuba’s patroness.

    “Once referred to as a hero for his successful efforts to quell a prison riot, Bishop Roman with humility would respond: ‘A bishop, a priest, is a servant, not a hero,'” the Miami archidiocese said.

    The $60,000 that he left in his will to the Cuban diocese were delivered to Msgr. Manuel Cespedes, bishop of Matanzas. EFE

    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/06/11/cuban-born-bishop-willed-60000-to-diocese-in-cuba/#ixzz1xXbnbPB1

  16. AT FIRST GLANCE I THOUGH! OH NO! NOT ANOTHER SARAH STEPHENS CONDUCTING THIS INTERVIEW! BUT IS NOT A BAD PIECE OF JOURNALISM! SOME RELEVANT QUESTIONS WITH EVASIVE AND IRRELEVANT ANSWERS BY PRINCESS MARIELA CASTRO ACTING VERY DEFENSIVE WHEN ASKED HARD QUESTIONS! AND OF COURSE A FREE THE CUBAN 5 SPIES T-SHIRT, SEE HOW SHE OPENS UP HER SWEATER TO SHOW THE WHOLE BILLBOARD ON HER CHEST ON THE SECOND HALF OF THIS VIDEO! SUBTLE!! JE JE JE!

    DEMOCRACY NOW: Mariela Castro, Daughter of Cuban President, Helps Lead Struggle for LGBTQ Rights in Changing Cuba

    AMY GOODMAN: In a Democracy Now! special, we begin our show today with a rare U.S. interview with the daughter of the Cuban president, Raúl Castro, and First Lady Vilma Espín. Her name is Mariela Castro. She’s best known in Cuba for her ardent support of gay, lesbian and transgender rights and as the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education in Havana.

    MARIELA CASTRO: [translated] I presented my work at the Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, which was held last week in San Francisco. I was also invited by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. (SO YOU ARE NOW IN A PRESS JUNKET ABOUT THE CUBAN 5 SPIES MARIELA! THOUGHT YOU DID NOT WANT TO TALK TO THE PRESS!!)

    AMY GOODMAN: Yet we do not have across-the-board law that says that same-sex marriage is accepted. And in Cuba, you don’t, either. What are you doing in Cuba to change the laws?

    MARIELA CASTRO: [translated] In Cuba, CENESEX is leading an educational strategy, with the support of the media, to promote respect for free and responsible sexual orientation and gender identity. We are also doing some advocacy with state institutions and civil society organizations, so that they support this educational strategy. Beyond the educational strategy and our media strategy, we are also promoting legislative initiatives that support the same rights for homosexuals and transgender people, so that, for example, the family code recognizes the rights of these people and also their possibilities as couples, the legalization of their union as a couple.

    AMY GOODMAN: Are you pushing for same-sex marriage in Cuba?

    MARIELA CASTRO: [translated] I am promoting marriage, but it was not accepted by many groups of people. And so, what we are negotiating is the legalization of consensual unions and that the legalization of these unions would guarantee, more than anything, their property rights, inheritance rights.

    AMY GOODMAN: So, do same-sex couples have the same economic rights as heterosexual couples?

    MARIELA CASTRO: [translated] All rights are guaranteed for all people. There is no exclusion for LGBT people. But where there is still not respect for their rights is around the guarantee that if one member of a same-sex couple dies, the survivor be recognized as the person who should receive the inheritance, or even just be allowed to enjoy the goods that they had enjoyed as a couple.

    CLICK LINK FOR VIDEO INTERVIEW!

    http://www.democracynow.org/seo/2012/6/11/mariela_castro_daughter_of_cuban_president

  17. Damir!! YOU CAN TELL US HERE, WE HAVE NO PREJUDICES! JUST BETWEEN YOU, I AND ANOTHER MILLION OR SO PEOPLE IN JUST THIS MONTH! YOUR SECRET THAT YOU ARE A GAY OR BISEXUAL CASTRO AGENT IS SAFE WITH US! JE JE JE!

  18. THE HILL: Dem senator calls for quick response by US, UN to beating by Cuban dissident – By Daniel Strauss

    Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) called for swift action by the United States and the United Nations in response to the reported beating of a Cuban dissident who testified before Congress.

    Menendez’s floor speech on Monday came after Jorge Luis García Pérez “Antúnez” was reportedly severely beaten Saturday for testifying about repression under Cuba’s Communist regime.

    “The arrest and beating of Antúnez clearly as a result of his Senate testimony is further proof of the continuing brutality of the Castro brother’s regime and further evidence of the need for the United States and other Democratic nations to stand up against tyrants and realize that the nature of the regime won’t’ be altered by increasing tourism to the island,” Menendez said. “Today I am calling on the United States Department to cease providing any non-essential visas for travel to the United States by Cuban officials.”

    Menendez also called on the United Nations to “immediately investigate” the reported beating.

    “I’m also calling on the United Nations Committee on Human Rights and the United Nations Committee on Torture, which last week on its own called on Cuba to answer for its dramatic increase in arrests, to immediately investigate this incident,” Menendez continued. “Make no mistake, this was not a bureaucratic arrest, not a random act of violence by the regime.”

    “This was a deliberate violation of human rights, in my view, authorized at the highest level of the regime as punishment simply because Antúnez had the courage to speak truth to power” Menendez added.

    Antúnez and three other Cuban dissidents testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week through through video. Menendez and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who both disagree with the Obama administration’s policy of expanding travel to Cuba, called on the hearing in which Antúnez and the three other dissidents testified.

    Earlier on Monday Rubio issued a statement in response to the report about Antúnez.

    “Antunez is a courageous human rights activist. It is clear that he has been jailed and savagely beaten by criminals working for the Castro regime because he testified before the Senate last week,” Rubio said in a statement. “The regime’s thugs will eventually be held accountable for these crimes. History will not wipe away the blood they have on their hands.”

    thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/232133-dem-senator-calls-for-quick-response-by-us-un-to-beating-by-cuban-dissident

  19. When I’m home alone, I can masturbate to anything from wrestling to diving contests. Just seeing guys in tight clothes or all over each other turns me on, but I would never want to admit I’m gay.

  20. THE CASTROFASCISTS STILL THINK THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH VIOLENCE AGAINST DISSIDENTS WITHOUT THE WORLD QUICKLY KNOWING!

    THE HILL Report: Cuban dissident beaten after testifying to Congress – By Julian Pecquet

    A Cuban dissident who testified before Congress last week via video about repression by the island’s communist regime has been arrested and “brutally beaten,” according to reports from the U.S.-based Cuban exile community.

    Pro-democracy leader Jorge Luis García Pérez “Antúnez” was “arrested on Saturday afternoon, brutally beaten, doused with pepper spray until unconscious and violently removed from his cell by the authorities that evening,” his wife told Miami-based Radio Republica, according to the website Capitol Hill Cubans. Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera reportedly has not heard from him since.

    Antúnez was one of three Cuban dissidents who testified from Cuba before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week. The hearing was called by the Senate’s two Cuban-American members, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who object to the Obama administration’s policy of freer travel to Cuba.

    “Antunez is a courageous human rights activist,” Rubio said in an e-mail. “It is clear that he has been jailed and savagely beaten by criminals working for the Castro regime because he testified before the Senate last week.

    “The regime’s thugs will eventually be held accountable for these crimes. History will not wipe away the blood they have on their hands. Antunez should be released immediately, and all threats and acts of violence against him and his family must stop, as they should with any Cubans who are simply demanding their God-given rights.

    “Furthermore, we should reexamine the unintended yet negative consequences of this administration’s loosened travel and remittance policies. The naïve people-to-people exchanges that have been abused provides Raul Castro’s regime the hard currency it requires to pay thugs to jail, brutalize and even murder innocent Cuban people.”

    The policy hit a nerve last month following reports that the State Department had issued visas to Cuban government officials, including Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro.

    thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/americas/232055-report-cuban-dissident-brutally-beaten-after-testifying-before-congress

  21. OH THOSE CASTROFASCISTS CAPITALISTAS AND SLAVE OWNERS!!

    ALSKA DISPATCH: African nations pay hefty to staff hospitals with thousands of Cuban doctors – Nick Miroff

    For instance, the Angolan government pays Cuba about $5,000 a month for each doctor the island sends, according to a source with knowledge of the arrangement. The Cuban doctor receives a $500 share.

    It’s a tiny cut, but the amount is still about 10 times what Cuban doctors can earn back home. The Castro government also rewards physicians who complete medical “missions” with other perks — like the ability to buy a used car from the state.

    The specific details of each arrangement between Cuba and the countries that receive its doctors and other professionals are not public. But the programs seem to work along three basic channels: providing medical help free to poor countries that can’t pay, charging countries that can pay, and training medical professionals at universities back in Cuba.

    This sliding-scale policy has won Cuba friends around the world, as students from more than 100 countries have been trained at the island’s medical programs. According to a report this week in the Toronto Star, nearly 20,000 foreign students are currently receiving medical training in Cuba — including 116 Americans on scholarship.

    But not all foreign students are studying in Cuba for free. When officials in Ghana announced recently they had reached a deal with the Castro government to train 250 doctors over a six-year period, the arrangement was criticized by Ghanan officials who argued the money would be better spent boosting education doctors back home.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/african-nations-pay-hefty-staff-hospitals-thousands-cuban-doctors

  22. HERE IS THE LINK TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THIS EVENT! PASS IT ON TO YOUR FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES ETC.

    FACEBOOK: Festival CLIC es el evento para hablar sobre internet y sociedad en Cuba. Organizan Estado de SATS, Academia Blogger y @EBE – Festival Clic es un evento tecnológico e inclusivo que se celebrará en La Habana del 21 al 23 de junio de 2012 con un objetivo: fomentar el uso de la web en la sociedad cubana. Es un evento organizado por Estado de Sats, Academia Blogger y el EBE español. La etiqueta a usar en Twitter es #FestivalCLIC.

    http://www.facebook.com/FestivalClic/info

  23. John, they are amazing. Good luck at CLICK!

    Let’s hope the Castros don’t act up this time.

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    Yoanni Sanchez and the Cuban Bloggers have done an excellent job. Under very difficult conditions–technology supporting freedom. Keep up the good work! You are the real voice of the Cuban People–Free Cuba!
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    Yoanni Sanchez y los “bloggers” Cubanos hicieron un trabajo excellente. Abajo de muy difficiles condiciones–technologia apollando la libertad. Siga el buen trabajo! Eres la voz verdadera de la Gente Cubana–Cuba Libre!
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    John Bibb
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