Travel and Immigration Reform: Happy or Satisfied


My suitcase has worn out its wheels in five years of rolling around the house, from one corner to the other. The underwear stored in the little thing has lost its elasticity and its color has faded. The airline tickets I never used are gone, after postponing them over and over they ended up in the trash. My friends have said goodbye to me so many times and so many times I didn’t go, that the farewell has become routine. The cat adopted as his own that handbag I never managed to take on a plane, and the dog chewed on the shoes meant for a trip I could not take. Nor did the picture my friend gave me of the “Virgin of Good Travel” resist the test of time and even the shine in her eyes has gone out.

After five years of demanding my right to travel outside the country, today I woke up to the news of travel and immigration reform. My first impression was to shout “Hurrah!” mid-morning, but as the day advanced I considered the shortcomings of the new law. Finally the objectionable Permit to Leave has been eradicated, as well as the annoying Letter of Invitation that we needed to leave our own country. However, now in the issuance and validation of passports they will define those who can cross the national frontiers and those who cannot. Although the costs of the paperwork will be less and I imagine the time required shortened, this is not the new travel and immigration law we were waiting for. Too limited, too narrow. But at least it has put in writing a legality as a starting point from which we can now demand, protest, denounce.

In my case I am going to believe – until January 14, 2013 – that I am not on any “black list” and that the ideological filters to leave have come to an end. I will fill out the application for a new passport, and wait with that dose of ingenuousness necessary to survive, to not become apathetic. I will be there when they open the doors to decide which Cubans can board a plane and which will continue under the “insular imprisonment.” And my suitcase will be at my side, with worn out underwear, unworn shoes, and a pale picture of Mary who no longer knows if she’s leaving or returning, if there are reasons to be happy or to be satisfied.

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164 thoughts on “Travel and Immigration Reform: Happy or Satisfied

  1. Help,

    Let’s just hope the Danes and their puppet state of Greenland blink first. They are apparently energy self-sufficient! How did that happen? Their grip on the world’s ice reserves must be broken.

  2. You are very confused Miss Sanchez. You cry out for democracy and the right to vote in elections, yet you annul your vote??? Man are you lost. You probably cancelled your vote because you don`t want change. You are happy just the way things are in Cuba, and that if capitalism sets in, you`ll have to go to work each day instead of relying on the government to see to your needs. Hypocrisy at its climax.

  3. I ALWAYS CHUCKLE WHEN A RESPECTED NEWS SOURCE LIKE THE BBC SWALLOWS THIS “PROOF” THAT “THE MUMMY” FIDEL MADE A “PUBLIC APPEARANCE”! AS GOOD JOURNALISTS THEY SHOULD BE ASKING THE QUESTION OF WHY FIDEL CAN HAVE A 5 HOUR MEETING WITH THIS VEZENUELAN POLITICIAN BUT CANNOT ADDRESS HIS OWN PEOPLE EVEN BRIEFLY LIVE OR LIVE VIA T.V.!! SOMEDAY WE WILL LEARN THE TRUTH AND ALL THESE NEWS SOURCES WILL HAVE TO FEEL PRETTY FOOLISH IN BELIEVING ALL THE SMOKE AND MIRRORS BY THE CASTROFASCIST OLIGARCHY MAFIA!

    BBC NEWS: Cuba’s Fidel Castro in first public appearance in months
    Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has appeared in public for the first time in months, refuting persistent rumours that he was gravely ill.

    Staff at a top hotel in the capital, Havana, said Mr Castro had dropped off a Venezuelan politician on Saturday.

    Venezuelan ex Vice-President Elias Jaua confirmed he had had a five-hour meeting with Mr Castro, who is 86.

    Speculation about Mr Castro’s health has been constant since his brother Raul took over the presidency in 2006.

    Mr Jaua told journalists gathered at the Hotel Nacional in Havana that Fidel Castro was “very well, very lucid”.

    ‘Doing fine’

    The Venezuelan politician, who served as vice-president until elections earlier this month, also showed a photograph of the encounter.

    The last images of Mr Castro to be made public had been from March, when the Cuban ex-leader briefly met Pope Benedict during the pontiff’s visit to the Communist island.

    Mr Castro’s long absence from the public stage had fuelled rumours on social media sites that his health had deteriorated, or that he may even have died.

    But Mr Jaua said the Cuban ex-leader was on good form.

    “We talked for five hours about agriculture, history, international politics and, well, Fidel is doing fine,” he said.

    Mr Jaua said Mr Castro accompanied him to the Hotel Nacional after the meeting. “He had the courtesy of bringing me to the hotel,” Mr Jaua said.

    Hotel Director Antonio Martinez said he had found Mr Castro “very happy, constantly smiling and talking about a lot of things”.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-20024018

  4. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/spotlight/venezuelaelection/2012/10/20121039242915607.html
    Cuban doctors prescribe hope in Venezuela

    http://djia.tv/al-jazeera/discussing-cubas-election/
    Discussing Cuba’s election

    Now looka here it is not exaclty how our media monitors and paymasters here present elections and health service in Cuba…In other words it is more likely for the US to invade Denmark than for the monitors here to come up with more balanced if not informed points of view (pow)… Apparently in Cuba you get to be proposed by the very people where you live and no one else, well at least on paper … One thing we know in the West is that seldom MPs live in their constituencies…or never send their kids to schools there… Super

  5. YOANI SANCHEZ FOTO/PHOTO: Mi boleta ya anulada #eleccionescuba hoy – My voting ballot annulled for Cuba Elections today!

    COPY AND PASTE LINK TO BROWSER TO REACH PHOTO!
    twitpic.com/b692zl

  6. SEVERAL INTERESTING ANALYSIS ON THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THE “TRAVEL REFORMS” BY “LA CHINA” RAUL!

    FOX NEWS: Cuba’s historic decision to end travel restrictions could ease strains from economic overhaul

    Cuba’s leaders seem confident that lifting exit visa requirements will not produce an embarrassing exodus. Instead, experts say, a controlled migration might ease the pain of its economic overhaul by providing an outlet for the anticipated surge in unemployed workers and an investment in human capital if Cubans return home with experience in market economies.

    The biggest problem with Cuba’s layoff plan, “is that there are not enough jobs available in the private sector to absorb these workers,” said Paolo Spadoni, a political scientist at Augusta State University in Georgia. “Thus, some of these workers will either leave for good or work temporarily abroad and return to Cuba, in both cases increasing the amount of remittances to the island.”

    Other Communist-run countries saw similar changes to travel restrictions as reform reshaped their societies. Vietnam did away with its exit and entry visa requirements in 1997, and there are now no limits on citizens traveling overseas except for dissidents deemed a threat to national security.

    Citizens of the Soviet Union also once had to go through a long, complicated procedure to leave, but exit visas were formally scrapped in 1993 after the Soviet bloc’s dissolution. Russians now must still apply for foreign travel passports, but there are few restrictions on those except for high-ranking intelligence and military officers and employees involved in top-secret defense projects.

    Cuba’s highly educated but low-paid professionals and academics seem ripe to take off, lured overseas by lucrative jobs after decades of living in a state-dominated economy with virtually no independent industry and an antiquated technological infrastructure.

    But some might call it an act of faith to expect that a Cuban professional, who earns an average of about $20 a month, would be filled with sufficient revolutionary fervor to return from a high-paid job in Europe.

    And whether the new Cuban economy will take off remains a key question.

    “You let them go for a couple of years … always under control, and then they come home with a little money saved up,” said Oscar Espinosa Chepe, a former government economist turned dissident. “Those who do come back, I don’t think they’ll bring much with them.”

    However, the remittances from those who stay abroad may make Castro’s gamble worthwhile.

    While economic migration more typically involves low-skilled labor, in recent years professionals have made up 12 percent of Cuba’s outward flow, according to a 2010 study by Havana University historian and sociologist Antonio Aja Diaz.

    Money sent home by Cubans living overseas, overwhelmingly in the United States, is already among the island’s most important sources of hard currency and growing thanks to the relaxation of hard caps on cash transfers under President Barack Obama.

    Such remittances hit nearly $2.3 billion last year, up from around $1 billion a decade ago, according to a March estimate by U.S.-based research and consulting firm The Havana Consulting Group.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/10/21/cuba-historic-decision-to-end-travel-restrictions-could-ease-strains-from/

  7. Hank, Greenland has been bullying us for centuries. They steal all the glaciers while we run out of ice cubes.

    Economists have shown that Greenland’s blockade has cost the US economy 20 trillion dollars a year for the past 53 years. All our problems are due to Greenland.

    If it wasn’t for Greenland, just think how great George Bush would have been!

    Venceremos Commandante Bush! Hasta victoria siempre!

  8. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD: Cubans see the same old, same old in Sunday’s election – By JUAN O. TAMAYO

    MIAMI — Cuban dissident Julio Aleaga was granted one minute to tell his neighborhood council why he wanted to be a candidate in the elections Sunday, the first of several votes leading up to the expected re-election of Raul Castro around February. Another candidate, Lt. Col. Juan Carlos Zayas of the Interior Ministry, did not show up for the Sept. 23 gathering, Aleaga said. But Zayas won the nomination with 40 out of the 60 votes. The votes against Zayas were not even counted. Havana portrays the electoral system as a grass-roots democracy, although there’s only one legal party, the Communist Party, no campaigning is allowed, no dissident has ever been accepted as a candidate and no national lawmaker has ever cast a no vote.

    But Cubans say there’s far more interest in the U.S. presidential election Nov. 6 than on the predictable vote Sunday, and that the turnout at the neighborhood council that selected the first round of candidates averaged one-third of the eligible participants.

    “I don’t see the most minimal interest in the election here because people know that’s not going to change anything,” said Mario Felix Lleonart, a protestant pastor in the central province of Santa Clara who regularly criticizes the government.

    Highlighting the depth of the disaffection, a group of “democratic socialists” who back the government on many issues has even urged voters to draw a “D” on their ballots, to demand direct votes for president and acceptance of international human rights pacts.

    Those elected to municipal councils have little power to change anything, declared one of the group’s leading members, Pedro Campos, a well-known Communist Party member, historian and former diplomat.

    “Cubans are not expecting any surprises,” wrote the British Broadcasting Corp.’s man in Havana, Fernando Ravsberg. “They are convinced that Raul Castro will be re-elected and that nearly all of the (deputies) will be militants in the Cuban Communist Party.”

    Official candidates usually win more than 90 percent of the vote. But analysts have noticed a rising number of blank or null ballots in recent elections, and dissidents have reported some small incidents surrounding preparations for the balloting Sunday.

    Lleonart said his name mysteriously disappeared from the voter rolls, and that members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, historically repressed in Cuba, have told him that all members have agreed to cast blank ballots.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/10/20/2736059/cubans-see-the-same-old-same-old.html

  9. To the entity that refers to itself as Damir — alarming news! — action required!

    Reports are beginning to trickle in regarding troop movements along the normally placid frontier between Denmark and Germany. There are indications of a massive buildup of troops and landing craft on the south-western coastal region of Sweden closest to Denmark. As if this were not enough, unconfirmed reports indicate that a naval armada is approaching Denmark from the North Sea.

    As you well know, the Danish position with respect to its ice reserves has become untenable and frankly, indefensible. You of all people must understand that the Danes must acquiesce to the demands of the coalition of nations united against Denmark’s claims to the water ice glaciers of Greenland. After all, water is for everyone, right? We all drink it. Your sage advice as to how we diffuse this impending calamity is urgently requested — time, I fear, is running out.

  10. I’ve read the cost of a Cuban passport will be $100 CUC, or about 5 months pay for the average Cuban. By contrast, a Canadian passport costs me about 3 hours pay. Cuban passports will be out of the price range of most Cubans.

  11. Damir,

    You are quite the drama queen. Why not take up woodworking and get your mind off things? It sounds like you need a break.

  12. OH, PROSTITUTION IN CUBA…

    HOW ABOUT IN THE WORLD!!!!????

    CAPITALIST ORGANISATION KNOWN AS UNITED NATIONS IS CALLING FOR

    L E G A L I S A T I O N

    OF PROSTITUTION IN THE WHOLE WORLD.

    APPARENTLY, IT WILL HELP FIGHT SIDA AND OTHER STD’S…:

    news.liveandinvestoverseas.com/Lifestyle/un-commission-calls-for-legalizing-prostitution-worldwide.html

    THE RICH BOSSES WANT TO HAVE EASIER ACCESS TO WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD, WHICH WERE BROUGHT TO THE POVERTY WHERE PROSTITUTION SEEMS LIKE THE ONLY WAY OUT, BY THE SAME

    CAPITALIST BOSSES WHO MADE THEM POOR IN THE FIRST PLACE.

    NOT TO WORRY!!! FOR AS LONG AS THERE ARE WOMEN LIKE PIN-UP GRANNY “YOANI” IN CUBA, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE WILLING WOMEN TO GIVE THE PLEASURE TO THEIR WHITE “GODS” FOR PEANUTS, PROSTITUTION LEGALISED OR NOT.

    THOSE PESKY LEGAL OBSTACLES NEVER STOPPED WILLING PROSTITUTES TO DO WHAT THEY LOVE THE MOST:

    PLEASURING MEN FOR MONEY!!!!

  13. GET YOUR HANDKERCHIEFS FOLKS! IT’S AN EMOTIONAL PIECE!

    N.Y. TIMES: Don’t Tell Dad, I’m Going to Cuba – By ANA HEBRA FLASTER

    I LIED to my father, told him we were on Cape Cod when, in fact, we were bouncing around the battered streets of Havana in our friend José’s 1953 Chevrolet Deluxe, the one with the new Toyota engine but no working gauges on the dash. Nothing about Cuba is easy. Not the politics, not the crazy convertible peso and definitely not the getting there. But as a Cuban-American trying to connect with the last twigs of our family tree in Havana, the biggest obstacle I faced was my father’s disapproval.

    My working-class parents originally supported the revolution — my mother even sold bonds and collected medicine for the rebels. But after it triumphed, politics became the center of life, and the new society demanded daily doses of vigilantism, denunciations and repression of the self. My parents muzzled themselves, applied for permission to leave the country, waited years for it to come, and finally, in 1967, immigrated to the United States.
    When I told him I was considering a trip to Cuba, he fought hard to dissuade me, calling me daily from his home in New Hampshire. “Don’t you see you’re keeping those bastards in power? Cuban-Americans threw $4 billion at that economy last year! You’re legitimizing their repression! After all we did to get you out, now you want to go back?”

    I did. Since I’d left as a 6-year-old, I’d been back only once, in 1999. I wanted to know my cousins. And now that the Obama administration had loosened some travel restrictions, I wanted my husband and son to see where I was from.

    For months, Papi and I argued on the phone, over kitchen tables, side by side in cars. When the Cuban P-11 visa I’d applied for last April finally arrived in August, I cooked up a lie to spare him — and myself — some pain. If Papi asked for us, I told the 27 members of our family, say we’re on Cape Cod, out of cellphone range.

    On our last afternoon, we drove to my old barrio on the outskirts of Havana. Juanelo was never much to look at, but now the houses seemed to lean more than stand, and moldering stucco walls showed their bricks like bones. But the neighbors streamed out of their houses and the kissing began. They fed us stories about my grandparents, aunts and uncles, about my father playing baseball and my mother teaching children to read. The old women smelled of soap and wore clean cotton batas de casa. Holding my hand, Nena, 90 years old, told her daughter to run and get the pictures. The photos showed our family in New Hampshire over the years, photos my grandmother, aunt or mother had sent years ago.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE STORY!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/opinion/sunday/bridging-the-cuban-generation-gap.html

  14. SOME EXCELLENT ANALYSIS ON THE “TRAVEL REFORMS” BY “LA CHINA” RAUL!

    WORLD POLITICS REVIEW: Cuba Takes a Measured First Step Toward Political Reform – By Catherine Cheney,

    “The big question is how many Cubans will now rush to leave the island,” Ted Piccone, senior fellow and deputy director of foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, wrote Trend Lines in an email, adding that Cubans who reach the United States receive a special status. “We will likely see a steady increase in the outflow of Cubans tired of coping with the daily challenges of living in an anemic economy, which may help the regime reduce its bloated payrolls and act as a safety valve to release pent-up demands for change.”

    Andy Gomez, senior fellow at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, explained that the current U.S. agreement with Cuba is to issue 20,000 visas per year.

    “If [Cubans] are no longer going to require exit permits, are we still going to issue 20,000 visas?” he said. “How are we going to allow 20,000 or more students when we are actually turning back students because they were not born here?”

    This, he said, will be a charged political issue for the U.S. president moving forward

    The easing of travel laws, Piccone said, “will allow thousands of Cuban citizens to avoid the onerous fees and red tape imposed on them to limit or prevent their travel off the island.”

    Under the new system, Cubans can spend up to two years abroad before they lose their residency and rights, such as to health care and education, up from the current limit of 11 months.

    One major catch is that the government has indicated it will continue to limit exit rights for those in professions considered valuable by the state.

    Gomez said he believes the Cuban government will still ultimately closely control who travels. He also pointed out that Afro-Cubans, who tend not to receive assistance from the outside, will have difficulty coming up with the funds for destination visas and travel.

    “The Afro-Cuban community down the line could create a social instability that the government is going to have to deal with,” he said. “Raul has no intention of losing political control, period, but he understands and has understood for a very long time that for Cuba to survive, they have to change their economic system.”

    Gomez emphasized the continuing influence of Fidel Castro as a symbol for his brother’s administration. “We are not going to see any real changes economically until Fidel is out of the picture,” he said. The state of Fidel Castro’s health has been in question for some time, with the latest rumors surfacing Friday that the aging revolutionary may have suffered a stroke.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/trend-lines/12436/cuba-takes-a-measured-first-step-toward-political-reform

  15. You still here, Cube Libra? A few years ago you said you were moving to Cuba?

    I hear they’re opening a Walmart soon, should make your move easier.

    But cut out the God and Heaven talk. Fidel is an atheist, he could have you shot.

  16. Some call him a dictator, some call him a hero, some call him a communist, I call him a legend and a visionary. Even though your time on this earth is coming to an end Senor Commandante, the accomplishments you have achieved for Cuban people will be hailed long after your departure for several generations to come.
    Thanks to you Mr. Castro every single Cuban can go to sleep at night with a full belly and a roof over their heads. Thanks to you every single Cuban has access to free education. Thanks to you every single Cuban has access to free health care. Unfortunately like it so often happens, a great man’s achievements are not recognized until long after his passing. It is an honor to have walked on this earth and on Cuban soil at the same point in history as you have. And it is an honour to having been a witness to your good deeds even though from a distance.
    Maybe the Creator has another revolution for you to lead somewhere else, in another place, in another life, in another country where abused and oppressed people patiently await a hero like you to set them free. Venceremos!!!!!

  17. I’m surprised that astute Damir is fooled by the CIA.

    Everybody knows that Fidel Castro doesn’t exist. Just look at the pictures of Bin Laden and Fidel, obviously the same guy, CIA operative known as Sammy.

    All these CIA false flag operations are meant to distract the world from our invasion of Denmark. It’s all about ice, they have Greenland and we want their glaciers.

  18. Ok, I can play that game too.

    I am now addressing myself to the entity that refers to itself as Damir. Why does the entity that refers to itself as Damir insist upon referring to itself in the third person? Why does the entity that refers to itself as Damir deflect questions that a normal human being would answer, such as, why does the entity that refers to itself as Damir refer to itself in the third person? Does the entity that refers to itself as Damir have an abnormal affinity for the TV series Star Trek? (And subsequent movies which weren’t that bad but which were not very good at the same time?)

  19. O not fail to notice the fascist insignia in the usa congress, 9 min 50 sec into the video.

    So, who are the real naists and fascists, and who are the real freedom fighters?

    Castros, with all their incompetence are the fighters against the nazism and fascism. Anyone who is against them is a nazist and a fascist.

    conspiracyrealitytv.com/united-states-is-the-virginia-company-owned-by-the-crown/

    So, what is wrong with then calling for all nazists and fascists to be exterminated? I invite Castros to start with domestic terrorists and traitors. Judge them by the usanian nazist gulag laws and sned them two metres under.

    The right place for terrorists and traitors.

    Look what obama did to Osama, the bro. THAT is the “democracy and freedom” of the nazist gulag usa.

  20. But let us NEVER FORGET that the nazist gulag usa is merely a colony of british crown:

    conspiracyrealitytv.com/united-states-is-the-virginia-company-owned-by-the-crown/

    The video lists a number of court cases and current legislative documents that confirm that ALL land un the usa belongs to the crown!!!!!!

    That people are considered MONSTERS”, which means that being monsters they cannot own or inherit the land.

    To come to think of it, the criminals and mentally deranged that england was dumping in Americas WERE monsters in every respect. Hence, their descendants are too monsters and have NO land rights whatsoever.

    And the funniest thing is: ALL THIS IS IN usa CONSTITUTITON AND CONFIRMED WITH INNUMERABLE COURT CASES!!!!

    So, monsters, before you start a bloody and violent revolution in a foreign country you have no right on, try for a change your own first,

    See how far will you go with it.

    Criminals, terrorists and occasional traitor who would do anything for a piece of shift off those white “gods” butts… (the “journalist pin-up nail-biter).

  21. Then go read all the posts from the start of this sorry site and who knows?

    Maybe you WILL understand.

    But I sincerely doubt it.

  22. P.S.

    Damir, why do you keep refering to yourself in the third person? That’s really creepy and odd.

  23. Damir,

    I really and truly tried to understand what you wrote just now. I read it three times, but it still makes no sense to me. Ok, I mis-spelled the word “breathe” in my last post below, but gee whiz, what in the heck are you talking about? I haven’t a clue.

  24. Cre**s like poster of 118 do not remember (old age, dementia, you name it) that Damir was the first to say it out loud here that Castros are incompetent.

    But that is NOT the reason to change the SYSTEM, which, even with Castros usurping the power, has shown beautifully its’ strength and resilience.

    Unlike “some kind os pragmatic capitalism”, which is falling so fast into the abyss of oblivion it alone created.

  25. And let us talk a little about the wannabe “journalist” traitor’s writing capabilities:

    “my suitcase will be at my side, with WORN OUT underwear, UNWORN shoes, and a pale picture of Mary who no longer knows if she’s LEAVING OR RETURNING”

    Now, the first thing I notice is that the underwear is WORN OUT, yet the shoes are UNWORN. SO the underwear was used but the shoes weren’t. And it IS logical, if you come to think of it. The traitor and terrorist wannabe “journalist” claims to have been unable to travel, so the shoes remained in the suitcase, but I dare not speculate why was the underwear used… Probably to impress the white “gods” while waiting…

    And then there’s the photo of certain Mary, which doesn’t know whether it is leaving or returning. Now, how is that possible if no one is going nowhere? Surely the photo that is self-conscious would know that difference…???

    And then there’s the fact that a terrorist expects the rights a terrorist would NOT be given in her own favourite nazist gulag usa. To leave country as she pleases. As if that is how they treat terrorists and traitors in nazist gulag usa. Hey, delusional mental pacient!!! They KILL traitors and terrorists in the usa nazist gulag!! Just ask Roozenthals and Osama bin Laden!

    Go figure…

  26. Damir !! YOU WROTE COMMENT/POST #114!!! WHAT STUFF ARE YOU SMOKING, SHOOTING OR DRINKING MAN!! BUT I MUST SAY THAT THIS COMMENT SECTION WOULD NOT BE THE SAME WITH YOUR “INTELLECT” BUDDY! JE JE JE!

  27. YOUTUBE: EDMUNDO GARCIA CONFIEZA QUE ADORA A FIDEL CASTRO- Edmundo Garcia confesses that he ADORES FIDEL CASTRO!! JE JE JE! SOME EXAMPLE YOU PUT Damir DEAR!! SPANISH ONLY OF COURSE!

  28. Cuba Liar & Damir:

    Guys, cheer up, will ya? There are other dictators out there that you can root for! This is not the end of the world for dictator sycophants like you. Take a deep breath and a big step back for a moment. Let’s try some yoga:

    Breath: Inhale — Exhale. Now, find your happy place and rest there for a moment. Breath again: Inhale — Exhale.

    Ok, good.

    I know you must be feeling a little low right now — But take heart! Substitute dictators are still dictating and looking for your support! Here’s the short list. Think of it as a menu of dictators from which you can choose. I’m not saying you should support any one of them, I’m just sayin:

    Cuba – Raul Castro (he is apparently not dead yet, but he’s probably almost dead)

    North Korea – Kim Jong-Il (he is really young)

    Syria – Bashar al-Assad (he is in the middle of a bloody civil war, good luck with that)

    Iran – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (I think he’s on the way out)

    Belarus – Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko (the last dictorship in Europe? that doesn’t sound very promising)

  29. Post 114, the copy and paste “genius” admits his incapacity to think and say ANYTHING of his own.

    Hence he/she copies other people’s articles, violating their intellectual property in the process oh by the way – typical thief at work – and then copies blatant lies from nazist newspapers!!!

    HAHAHA!!!

    WHo did NOT like tha lies ion the “Castro is dying? article? Like the obvious from the title and the sub-title of the article:

    “Fidel Castro suffered a stroke, VENEZUELAN doctor says

    A NAPLES doctor said former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is near ‘a neurovegetative state’ after suffering a stroke.”

    AND IT’S THE SAME DOCTOR THAT HAS ALREADY DECLARED FIDEL DEAD ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS!!!!

    WHAT A JOKE OF A HUMAN!!

  30. DEAR Damir !! IM TOOOO SHY TO “saying something on his/her own…” JE JE JE JE! HA HA HA HA!!!

  31. I LIVE IN L.A. SO I’VE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO MEET MAESTRO DE LA VEGA AND HEARD MANY OF HIS PIECES LIVE! HOW IDIOTIC THAT THIS CENSORSHIP STILL EXISTS IN CUBA! OUR DEAR CELIA CRUZ IS STILL NOT PLAYED IN THE RADIO STATIONS THERE! FASCISM AT ITS MOST OBVIOUS!

    LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Composer Aurelio de la Vega no longer blacklisted by his native Cuba after 50 years in exile – By Dana Bartholomew, Staff Writer

    For 53 years, Aurelio de la Vega has been among the top Cuban composers outside his native Cuba – but dead to the communist regime.

    Blacklisted by Fidel Castro and company, he was delisted by the music conservatory he founded and considered persona non grata by the press and orchestras of Cuba.

    Then last week, without warning, the Northridge maestro vaulted from the dungeon into the pantheon.

    “Aurelio de la Vega … is considered one of the two most important living Cuban musicians of so-called cultured or classical music,” declared Cubanow.net, which some say is a digital organ of the Cuban government, in a story and interview published Oct. 9.

    De la Vega was, it added, “an illustrious Cuban.”

    In the U.S., the 86-year-old composer, pianist and professor emeritus of music at Cal State Northridge had just been nominated for a Latin Grammy, his second such honor in four years.

    The award-winning musician also had 70 works for symphonic orchestras and chamber groups on his resume, including pioneer forays into electronic music – none performed in Castro’s Cuba.

    And while his beloved Cuba was years behind him, it has been an essential part of his creative DNA.

    “I was a persona non grata for 50 years – because I left Cuba, because I didn’t agree with their politics,” de la Vega said. “In a totalitarian state, that’s what happens. Nobody would mention my name. I didn’t exist.”

    “It’s very strange,” he said of the sudden recognition. “In a way, I am glad. It means there’s some opening, some change. Enough of this nonsense.”

    He’s one of the best known Cuban composers of his generation.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_21813607/composer-aurelio-de-la-vega-no-longer-blacklisted

  32. Don’t you like when Reinaldo says the following in his statute:

    3-Que todo disidente o grupo de opositores que dentro de Cuba reciba dinero en pago por su activísimo desde el exterior o de parte de entidades intermediarias afecta la imagen moral de la oposición, conviertiendose en un freno para su posible legalización.

    WHICH IS:

    3- That every dissident or group of opponents that inside Cuba gets money in payment for its most active from the exterior or on behalf of intermediary entities affects the moral image of the opposition, converting themselves in a brake for its possible legalization.

    http://www.grupocaiman.org/estatutos

    In short, even Cuban internal voices are saying that the team “yoani” are merely a bunch of traitors and terrorists!!!

    And hypocrites.

  33. How hypocritical that Dumbir copied someone else’s post almost word for word:

    Damir
    Octubre 19th, 2012 at 23:11
    THE FAILED nazist usa and their servants terrorists and traitors team “yoani” are the reason Cuba today looks like Hell. GOOD RIDDENS team “yoani”. TIME for you to GO TO HELL.

    and then has the stupidity to write this:

    “As it was to be expected from a delusional pioneer capable only of copying and pasting someone else’s words instead of saying something on his/her own…”

    Dumb…..dumb…..dumb.

  34. Honorary member of the du***ck club, the sanish emigrant who merely lived a few years in Cuba and now claims to be a “fighter for democracy”…

    The same “some kind of pragmatic capitalism” that is already claiming lives in demonstrations against it in Greece and Spain, has rattled Ireland, Italy, Iceland, brittain and usa and is now galloping throughout the rest of the “first” world, dragging down all of us.

    Yehaa…

    Some paradise that is. Jusy look at Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, atlanta, miami naturally, and every other city in the nazist gulag. Poverty is RIFE, unemployment and crime the only constant on the rise.

  35. Copy and paste “genius” post 105 obviously didn’t understand my post 104.

    As it was to be expected from a delusional pioneer capable only of copying and pasting someone else’s words instead of saying something on his/her own…

  36. THE FAILED nazist usa and their servants terrorists and traitors team “yoani” are the reason Cuba today looks like Hell. GOOD RIDDENS team “yoani”. TIME for you to GO TO HELL.

  37. Damir said: “Ironically, the only confident source for such news will be CUBAN MEDIA.”

    HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Damir!! YOU HAVE ME ON THE FREAKING FLOOR LAUGHING WITH THAT STATEMENT!!

    AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: RESTRICTIONS ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN CUBA- Amnesty International Publications 2010
    STATE MONOPOLY OF THE MEDIA
    The media is a key arena in which the right to freedom of expression is exercised. It plays a critical role in any society, for example raising awareness of human rights and exposing human rights violations. The media has the potential to help shape public opinion and to monitor and assess the performance of those holding public office at all levels; it is an important tool for scrutinizing government practices in all societies no matter their political ideology. The absence of an independent media is a serious obstacle to the enjoyment of freedom of expression and the adequate review of corrupt and abusive official practices. Restrictions on the Cuban media are stringent and pervasive and clearly stop those in the country from enjoying their right to freedom of opinion and expression, including freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.8 The state maintains a total monopoly on television, radio, the press, internet service providers, and other electronic means of communication.9 According to official figures, there are currently 723 publications (406 print and 317 digital), 88 radio stations, four national TV channels (two devoted to educational programming), 16 regional TV stations and an international TV channel. All are financed and controlled by the government.10 Three newspapers provide national coverage: Granma, which is the organ of the Cuban Communist Party, Juventud Rebelde and Trabajadores.
    http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR25/005/2010/en/62b9caf8-8407-4a08-90bb-b5e8339634fe/amr250052010en.pdf

  38. I would like to remind the losers and the tossers that relying on miami herald has proven to be a ticked to the dum***ck club already in the past. Many a time.

    It’s the same newspaper and the same doctor from Naples team that have already declared pompously and falsely several times the death and/or imminent death of Fidel Castro.

    Ironically, the only confident source for such news will be CUBAN MEDIA. Not verified nazist mouthpiece miami herald and copy and paste geniuses.

    Wet dreams.

  39. Cuba Libre !! A HERO DOES NOT LIE! SO HOW COME YOURS DOES IN A BIG WAY?? IN FRONT OF THE WORLD!

    YOUTUBE: Fidel Castro on Face the Nation in 1959 – Shortly after leading rebel forces in overthrowing Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, Fidel Castro appeared on the Jan. 11, 1959 edition of Face the Nation.

  40. THE FAILED CASTRO REGIME is the reason Cuba today looks like Hell. GOOD RIDDENS FIDEL. TIME for you to GO TO HELL.

  41. The passing of a hero and the end of a legend are close at hand. Maybe your life is nearing its end Mr. Castro, but your bravery and accomplishments will go down in history throughout the ages. Your fight for human rights and egalitarianism will serve as an example for generations to come who crave for freedom and their right to the basic things in life for all humans are created equal.
    My only regret Senor Commandante is that even though we walked this earth at the same time in history, our paths never crossed, and I was never able to shake the hand of a true hero. Hasta la Vittoria siempre, may the good Lord be by your side to help you cross over when your time comes.

  42. I love Yoani’s tweet: “50 years after the Missile Crisis, when we were about to disappear, when one man’s stubbornness almost erased us from the map.”

    If it is true that he is on the verge of disappearing, what poetic justice it would be if he were to finally go now — during this anniversary.

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