The Old Act of Repudiation

Perhaps you don’t know — because not everything is related in a blog — but the first act of repudiation that I saw in my life was when I was only five. The commotion in the tenement caught the attention of the two girls we then were, my sister and I. We peered over the railings of the narrow corridor to look down to the floor below. People were screaming and raising their fists around a neighbor’s door. As young as we were, we had no idea what was going on. What’s more, now when I recall what happened I have barely the memory of the cold railing under my fingers and a brief flash of those who were shouting. Years later I could put together that kaleidoscope of childish evocations and I knew I had been a witness to the violence unleashed against those who wanted to emigrate from the port of Mariel.

Well, since then I have experienced several acts of repudiation up close. Whether as a victim, observer, or journalist… never — I should clarify — as a victimizer. I remember a particularly violent one that I experienced with the Ladies in White, where the hordes of intolerance spat on us, pushed us and even pulled our hair. But last night was unprecedented for me. The picketing of the extremists who blocked the showing of Dado Galvao’s film in Feria de Santana was something more than the sum of unconditional supporters of the Cuban government. They all had, for example, the same document — printed in color — with a pack of lies about me, as Manichean as they were easy to refute in a simple conversation. They repeated an identical and hackneyed script, without the least intention of listening to any reply I could give them. They shouted, interrupted, and at one point became violent, and occasionally launched a chorus of slogans that even in Cuba are no longer said.

However, with the help of Senator Eduardo Suplicy, and the calm in the face of adversity that characterizes me, we managed to start talking. In short: they only knew how to yell and repeat the same phrases, like programmed automatons. So the meeting was very interesting! Their neck veins swelled, I cracked a smile. They attacked me personally, I brought the discussion back to Cuba which will always be more important than this humble servant. They wanted to lynch me, I talked. They were responding to orders, I am a free soul. At the end of the night I had the same feelings as after a battle against the demons of the same extremism that fueled those acts of repudiation in 1980 in Cuba. The difference is that this time I understood the mechanism that foments these attitudes, I could see the long arm that controls them from the Plaza of the Revolution in Havana.

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160 thoughts on “The Old Act of Repudiation

  1. Maribu,

    You don’t understand Cuban democracy. Yoani can’t run for office.

    Only Castro and friends can run and vote. Yoani belongs to the other 99%.

  2. Hank,

    I was surprised Raul only got 100% of the vote.

    If all his vice-presidents got 100% of the vote, shouldn’t Raul have got at least 500%, being the maximum supreme leader and all?

    I think this is very disrespectful to the maximum leader.

  3. @Humberto

    What do you mean “TO SHOOT AN UNARMED CESNA THAT MIGHT BE DROPPING LEAFLETS”?

    You know what they were dropping after you pick it up. Not in the very brief time the air mission required.

    How do you know “the leaflets” did not have a biological weapon attached? You need days for the analysis.

    And, above all, there is sovereignity. Noone pick his nose in my home.

  4. LATEST ON THE ALAN GROSS CASE!

    AFP: US senator urges flexibility over American jailed in Cuba

    WASHINGTON — A prominent US senator back from a trip to Cuba said Sunday that “give and take” by both sides is needed to gain the release of a US contractor being held on the communist-ruled island.

    Senator Patrick Leahy, who chairs the US Senate’s Judiciary Committee, met with President Raul Castro and jailed US contractor Alan Gross during a visit this week to Cuba.

    Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” show, Leahy said US pressure would not work on Cuba. Gross is “not going to be released by the Cubans because of pressure from the United States,” he said.

    “There are ways that he can be released but it’s going to require some give and take on both sides and some quiet negotiation.”

    Leahy said that if both sides stop looking at each other with a Cold War mentality, “I think we can find things (that would) not only to settle the Alan Gross issue, but a whole lot of other issues.”

    As an example, Leahy said “it makes no sense” to keep Cuba on a US terrorist list. He noted that Cuba is hosting peace talks between the pro-US Colombian government and leftist Colombian guerrillas.

    “They’ve been very effective. They’ve worked with us on drug interdiction.”

    The US trade embargo on the island, in effect since the 1960s, is another issue that can be revisited, Leahy said.

    Gross, 63, was arrested in December 2009 for distributing laptops and communications equipment to members of Cuba’s small Jewish community under a State Department contract.

    Gross was found guilty of “acts against the independence or territorial integrity” of the communist-ruled island, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

    His case has heightened tensions between the two countries, with Washington making his release a condition for improved ties.

    Cuba has indicated that it is ready to negotiate Gross’s release in exchange for the release of five captured Cuban spies held in the United States. But Washington has ruled this out.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ir2TawOkxLk4bC6agDRhMP9yZYhg?docId=CNG.69221d4ca7adc58eab5c513edc801bb0.181

  5. Marabu!! READ INFORMATION POSTED ON #139! BUT IF YOU FEEL THAT IS BETTER TO SHOOT AN UNARMED CESNA THAT MIGHT BE DROPPING LEAFLETS, RATHER THAN ESCORTING THEM OUT OF YOUR AIR SPACE (if that happened)! YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO YOUR OPINION DEAR!

  6. VERY “PROGRESSIVE” THAT CUBAN “GOVERNMENT”!! ANOTHER WHITE DUDE TO BE #2 “BEHIND” “LA CHINA” RAUL! GET IT??

    NPR: Cuba’s Diaz-Canel Rose Gradually To No. 2 Post

    HAVANA (AP) — The man tapped as the likely heir-apparent to Raul Castro is largely unknown off the island, but his rise to the country’s No. 2 job was anything but meteoric.

    Miguel Diaz-Canel has spent 30 years gradually paying his dues behind the scenes, earning a reputation as a Communist Party loyalist and rising through the ranks to a succession of ever-higher posts.

    “He is not an upstart or improvised,” President Raul Castro said Sunday in a speech to lawmakers in which he laid out the reasons for his choice. In the past, Castro has praised Diaz-Canel’s “solid ideological firmness.”

    Tall, dapper and carefully groomed with a 52-year-old’s salt-and-pepper hair, Diaz-Canel presents a serious public face before TV cameras, even as some people who know him describe him as a sharp-minded jokester who can be surprisingly relaxed in private.

    “He’s a much more flexible type than he seems, open-minded and above all intelligent,” one official who has known Diaz-Canel since the 1980s told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, lacking the authorization to discuss the man with foreign media.

    Others, particularly those off the island, described him in less flattering terms.

    “I think it’s interesting because Diaz-Canel is not a charismatic person,” said Alejandro Barreras, who runs a blog in Miami called On Two Shores that advocates for a normalization of relations between the US and Cuba. “He’s kind of an opaque figure.”

    Diaz-Canel’s profile has risen in recent months as he repeatedly appeared on state TV newscasts. One day he was speaking about Cuba’s national baseball team, the next he was inaugurating Havana’s International Book Fair.

    In January he traveled to Venezuela and spoke prominently at a mega-rally in support of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, arguably Havana’s most important international ally.

    “Today we are all Chavez!” Diaz-Canel said at the rally wearing a red tropical “guayabera” shirt.

    Born April 20, 1960 in the central city of Santa Clara, Diaz-Canel wore his hair long as a youth and was a fan of the Beatles — even though at the time that could get you into trouble with authorities, who rejected Western influences. Diaz-Canel still listens to the group, acquaintances say privately.

    He graduated in electrical engineering and was a radio specialist in the armed forces, as well as a professor at the Central University of Las Villas.

    He was involved early in communist youth groups and rose to become the party’s first secretary for the central province of Villa Clara. Diaz-Canel also did a turn as a Party emissary in Nicaragua.

    In 2003, he was named to the ruling council and became first secretary for Holguin, before leaving that post.

    He became minister of higher education in 2009, and last March was named vice president of the Council of Ministers.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=172838408

  7. @Humberto

    I don’t quite understand these calculations of milage showing where exectly these planes were shot: 10 miles, 12 miles, 17 miles…

    If a foreign plane invades cuban airspace without asking for permission, then Cuba has every right to shoot it down even on the North Pole. Am I right?

  8. It’s been a tense day for us too in the revolutionary dog house. Although we supported Raul, we had no way of knowing if it would actually be Raul or Raul or Raul, or the long shot, Raul, who might be elected.

    Why is it that nobody else wants or even tries to get that job?

    I would not want to be the new number two, Miguel Diaz-Canel. He’s got five years to screw up. That’s a mighty long rope he’s been handed.

  9. It was a tense few hours for all us Castro fans, but Raul ended up winning the hard fought race.

    Over 250 members of the assembly died of boredom and were carried out on stretchers, but Raul confirmed that communists are allowed to vote from their graves.

    Raul also announced that this will be his last term and that either his rottweiler, Adolf Castro, or his daughter, Mariela Castor, will succeed him.

    “We Castros don’t like to hang onto power” he said, “time to retire”.

    Adolf Castro is head of the militant union of revolutionary rottweilers. He earned his economics degree at the University of Havana and is supervising the implementation of Raul’s economic reforms for the perfection of the socialist model.

    Adolf couldn’t be reached for comment.

  10. R.I.P. Carlos Costa, Armando Alejandre, Jr., Mario de la Peña, and Pablo Morales

    On February 24, 1996, two of the Brothers to the Rescue Skymasters were shot down by a Cuban Air Force MiG-29UB, while a second jet fighter, a MiG-23 orbited nearby. Killed in the shoot downs were pilots Carlos Costa, Armando Alejandre, Jr., Mario de la Peña, and Pablo Morales. A third plane, flown by Basulto, escaped.[8] The first plane was downed 9 NM outside Cuban territorial airspace and the second plane was downed 10 NM outside Cuban airspace.[8] The planes used were unarmed Cessna 337s, a twin-engine civilian light plane known for its safety and simple operation. A type similar to those owned by Brothers to the Rescue, instead designated the O-2A Super Skymaster, had a decade earlier been used by the United States Air Force, but all of the aircraft owned and flown by Brothers to the Rescue were civilian type Cessna 337 Skymasters, as were those that were shot down that day. Nonetheless, Cuba claimed that the letters USAF were still clearly visible on them. However, the Cuban Air Force pilots’ radio transmissions proved that they had been identified as belonging to Brothers to the Rescue before the shootdown.[9]
    The incident was investigated in detail by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The report concluded that the authorities in Cuba had notified the authorities in the United States of multiple violations of their airspace since May 1994.[6] In at least one case (13 July 1995), the pilot had released leaflets over Havana. The United States authorities had issued public statements advising of the potential consequences of unauthorized entry into Cuban airspace and had initiated legal actions against Basulto, but had retained his certification to fly during appeal. After Basulto was warned by an FAA official about the possibility of being shot down, he replied, “You must understand I have a mission in life to perform,” disregarding the potential danger involved. He would later say he considered the group’s activities to be acts of civil disobedience against the regime, and a demonstration that such disobedience was possible.[4]

    It is disputed whether the planes were over Cuban territorial airspace at the time of the shootdown, but it is undisputed that at least one of their planes actually entered Cuban airspace prior to the shootdown.[6] Finding US and Cuban radar-based data on the location in mutual contradiction (see image), the ICAO used the known positions of the cruise liner Majesty of the Seas and fishing boat Tri-Liner to locate the incidents at 10 to 11 miles (18 to 20 km) outside Cuba’s 12-mile limit. That is two to three miles (4 to 6 km) from where the U.S. radar tracks put them, and roughly 16 to 17 miles (30 to 32 km) from where the Cuban government claimed that the planes went down. Five years later, testimony from a retired US colonel supported Cuba’s claim that both Brothers aircraft, along with a third flown by Brothers founder and pilot José Basulto, were only four to five miles off the Cuban coast.[12] However, numerous other U.S. officials, including the sworn testimony of a U.S. Government radar operator, Major Jeffrey Houlihan, himself a former intercept officer who used to coordinate the defense of the southern U.S. border, make it clear that the aircraft were not in Cuban airspace at the time. His testimony was backed up by actual screen prints from his radar displays.[c

    YOUTUBE: Audio del derribo de aviones de “Hermanos al Rescate”(Actual audio from the Cuban Migs when they shot the Brothers To The Rescue Cessna (a very small plane) 24/02/1996

  11. INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANIZATION (ICAO) COUNCIL CONCLUDES CONSIDERATION OF THE REPORT ON THE 24 FEBRUARY 1996 SHOOT DOWN OF CIVIL AIRCRAFT OFF CUBA

    3.15 There were significant differences between the radar data provided by Cuba and by the United States, which could not be reconciled.
    3.16 The recorded positions and track of the Majesty of the Seas, the observations by its crew and passengers, the position of the Tri-Liner relative to the Majesty of the Seas, and the resulting estimated locations of the shoot-downs were considered to be the most reliable position estimates.
    3.17 No corroborative evidence of the position of the Majesty of the Seas was obtained. With this qualification and based on the recorded positions of the Majesty of the Seas, N2456S was shot down approximately at position 23 29N 082 28W, 9 NM outside Cuban territorial airspace and N5485S was shot down approximately at position 23 30.1 N 082 28.6W, 10 NM outside Cuban territorial airspace.
    3.18 Means other than interception were available to Cuba, such as radio communication, but had not been utilized. This conflicted with the ICAO principle that interception of civil aircraft should be undertaken only as a last resort.
    3.19 During the interceptions, no attempt was made to direct N2456S and N5485S beyond the boundaries of national airspace, guide them away from a prohibited, restricted or danger area or instruct them to effect a landing at a designated aerodrome.
    3.20 In executing the interception, the standard procedures for manoeuvring and signals by the military interceptor aircraft, in accordance with ICAO provisions and as published in AIP Cuba, were not followed.
    3.2 1 The Protocol introducing Article 3 bis into the Chicago Convention had not entered into force. Neither Cuba nor the United States had ratified it.
    3.22 The rule of customary international law that States must refrain from resorting to the use of weapons against civil aircraft in flight, as codified in Article 3 bis of the Chicago Convention, and the ICAO provisions concerning interception of civil aircraft, apply irrespective of whether or not such aircraft is within the territorial airspace of that State
    http://www.icao.int/icao/en/nr/1996/pio199606_e.pdf

  12. YOANI SANCHEZ GETS CENSORED AGAIN IN SAO PABLO BY A COMMUNIST, FASCIST GROUP! THE CASTROFASCISTS THINK THIS WILL DEGRADE HER! QUITE THE CONTRARY, IT SHOW THE FASCIST NATURE OF THEIR OLIGARCHY CLAN AND BUMPS UP HER STANDING IN THE WORLD COMMUNITY AS A LEADER IN THE HUMAN RIGHTS STRUGGLE IN CUBA!
    YOUTUBE: Yoani Sánchez arrives at Sao Paulo and is again attacked by pro-Castro mobs

  13. GLOBO NEWS BRAZIL VIDEO: Yoani Sánchez reveals the language of the Cuban regime – Globo News is the news television channel of Organizações Globo, which is the first 24-hour news channel on Brazilian television. It belongs to the group of pay-TV channels Globosat. Despite being a pay-TV channel, Globo News may be seen in Rio de Janeiro and its vicinity in the UHF channel 36 (in clear audio and partially scrambled video). The channel was relaunched on October 18, 2010, with a new logo, a new slogan, “Nunca desliga” (“Never goes off”), fewer repeats of their primetime programming during daytime, and more in-depth coverage, especially during daytime.
    http://g1.globo.com/globo-news/globo-news-especial/videos/t/todos-os-videos/v/yoani-sanchez-revela-a-linguagem-do-regime-cubano/2422973/

  14. FOX NEWS LATINO: Yoani Sanchez To Be Awarded FIU Medallion of Courage

    Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez will receive on April 1 in Miami the Florida International University Medallion of Courage, which is awarded “to recognize individuals who pursue or defend a noble cause at a personal cost,” the institution said.

    “Yoani is an important voice in public discussions about Cuba’s present and future,” Cuban Research Institute Director Jorge Duany said.

    Sanchez will give a lecture entitled “Can Technologies and Social Media Accelerate Cuba’s Democratization?” at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, which will also be transmitted live on the Internet.

    Duany added that “we are pleased to provide a forum for Sanchez to have an open and honest conversation with our faculty, students and members of the South Florida community.”

    That same day Sanchez will also receive the Presidential Medal granted by Miami Dade College in recognition of her championing human rights, and will have a “special conversation” with students and community leaders, which will be live-streamed from the institution’s iconic Freedom Tower.

    The blogger, 37, won international fame for speaking out against the Cuban regime. Over the past six years she has documented her life on the island on her Generacion Y blog, as well as via Twitter.

    After she was finally allowed to leave her country last week, militant Communists have continued their protests against her.

    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2013/02/24/yoani-sanchez-to-be-awarded-medallion-courage/

  15. I’m Brazilian and I support Yoani Sanchez’s cause.
    It’s clearly very contradictory that a government that says that it represents the voice and the will of the Cuban people at the same time don’t tolerate any expression of dissent.
    I’ve been to Cuba and what she writes in her blog is true: most Cubans live in very dire conditions and it’s true that sometimes they have trouble getting a decent meal. Economically Cuba is a joke.
    She’s not the only one trying to promote a freer and more modern Cuba able to provide its people with a true voice and a true hope for the future.
    The way I see things Obama wants to lift sanctions (of course there’s opposition, most probably from old guys who remember the USA-Cuba-Russia missile crisis of the 60’s) yet I really doubt that the Cuban government wants those sanctions lifted (it amazes me how such a “revolutionary” government can be so averse to change).
    About her visit to Brazil:
    1 – most of her critics were young socialist leaning University students who think that booing Yoani Sanchez will do any good for their cause. They don’t do a thing about true social change yet apparently they love to make noise. Perhaps they should walk with a pineapple in their heads to get the attention they clearly crave. Nobodies craving attention (just do some research to find something positive that they were able to achieve , there’s nothing there, zip, nada).
    2 – one of her great defenders was Senator Suplicy, from the left-leaning Brazilian Workers’Party (Lula’s party), left leaning yet defender of free speech (which is not a contradiction in any way, shape or form)
    3 – where were the crowds pro-Yoani Sanchez? They were busy working their you-know-whats off (life is not as easy in Brazil as some people think), or they feared encountering angry mindless protesting groups that could make the whole thing degenerate into violence
    Yoani Sanchez might be very frustrated with Brazil, since Brazilians have this image of being a very nice and welcoming people yet as in Cuba, sometimes what one sees inside the country doesn’t match the image projected towards the outside.

  16. So Yoani, I thought you have been “fighting” for freedom of speech in Cuba, yet when others express their feelings towards you, you call them “extremists”. All I can say is, get ready because you will find many other “extremists” in every country you set foot in.

  17. The brazilian people dont have memory.The act of repudiation has no sense because those brazilian people dont feel to live without freedom; dont know about the brazilian past: Those people need to see no democracy and like to see the vilation about the human low.

  18. Help,

    Maybe all of the Jack and Marias can tell us about it some day. I’m looking forward to reading their stories.

    CL, I’ve had some of my posts moderated as well. Get over it.

  19. Jorge Velho:

    Small men can create huge conflicts. Stalin and Hitler and Al Capone started out as nobodies. Look at what they did in a few years.

  20. Jorge Velho:

    I agree except for the JFK conspiracy theory.

    JFK was the toughest US president towards Castro by far.

    At that time the CIA was the voice of moderation in the White House, but JFK and Robert were obsessed with overthrowing Castro. (They were also strongly opposed to all right-wing dictators in Latin America)

    In response, Castro is on record, including in front of foreign journalists, promising he could kill JFK.

    The only real leads connected Lee Harvey Oswald to the Soviet and Cuban embassies in Mexico, but US presidents since JFK didn’t want to start WW III and decided to bury the past.

    One of the most prolific authors of CIA conspiracy theories is Cuban spy Fabian Escalante. There are believable reports that he met Oswald personally or took some part in the assassination of JFK.

    Whether this is true or not, the Soviets and Cubans started peddling CIA conspiracy theories within hours of the assassination. Obviously to distance themselves from Oswald.

    After the fall of the Soviet Union some information has come out about KGB funding and support for American conspiracy authors.

    If you’re interested in reading balanced accounts of JFK, try Gus Russo or Brian Latell.

    They might not be right, but they’re honest.

  21. oanonimo.maovisivel,

    I think that maybe without the Cuban Revolution we would not have the militaries in power in 1964 in Brazil.

    I think americans supported the coup because of the cuban experience. You know that almost a year after Castro took over the CIA was not sure that he was a commie…

    I believe that Kennedy was killed because he was seen as weak towards Cuba…

    So Cuba brought a lot of tensions to its neighbours…

    Still, today these mercenary ideological groups attack a cuban dissident in Brazil.

    It is funny that this litle island can create so much conflicts.

  22. I have read opinios that CIA pays for translations of Yoani blogs into 17 languages.

    I don’t believe it. Reason: many language versions have not been updated for years. Nobody wants to translate other persons propaganda for fee and, as you can see, big CIA funding is clearly missing. Here are LAST UPDATES of this blog in some languages:

    Italian: May 14, 2009
    Chinese: Jan 31, 2010
    Russian: June 1, 2011
    Greek: Oct 27, 2011
    Polish: Oct 26, 2012

    Yoani still managaes to make good (for Cuba very, very good) money from the sponsors, but the popular support of the web community is not what it was 3 or 4 years ago.

    And don’t be misled about the impressive number of Twitter followers. You know from your own experience: you are curious about something, click follow, then forget about it. You become phoney follower.

    No CIA but no popular wave of solidarity either.

  23. Jorge, I agree with you (in part). It is plausible that if Fidel had died in the Sierra, Latin America would not have gone through the anti-communist dictatorships of the sixties and seventies. But I disagree with the role you assign to the US. The military dictatorships were not US creations, but local ones (proof: read about the history of Latin America). We in Brazil escaped from a Fascist dictator who did a lot of damage to our country after WW2 thanks to U.S. ideological influence. The democratic period between 1946 and 1964 was an exception in our history. Later we democratized again in the 1980s and this time the U.S. played an important role pushing Brazil towards democracy (e.g. Jimmy Carter, U.S. funding of pro-democracy think tanks etc).

  24. Cuba is a burden to latin America. I explain why.

    I think the cuban missile crisis that almost destroyed the world is the greatest example.

    Thanks to Castro’s brothers the URSS and the USA almost destroyed themselves and the rest of the planet in a nuclear confrontation.

    So, the cuban reaction to the Bay of Pigs almost destroyed the planet. Few countries can say that they are almost responsible for the end of the human race.

    And the americans, after the Cuban Revolution changed their policy towards latin america in a way that was very negative to Brazil for example.

    So, it’s a funny that a few brazilians be so fond of Cuba…

    But the quality of these brazilians can be seen by their anti-democratic demonstrations against Yoani with the purpose to intimidate her and not allow her to criticize her country.

  25. Here’s a brief primer on U.S. constitutional law (and probably international law as well) as it relates to freedom of speech.

    First: There are many limits placed on the freedom. You can’t say anything you want at any time. That’s a basic tenet. For example, you can’t yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater and you can’t threaten people.

    Second: Words cannot be used to create a clear and present danger such as to provoke violence or incite illegal action.

    Third: Libel and slander. You can’t make false statements about others, or put in a context that makes true statements misleading, so as to damage or defame the reputation of a person or organization.

    There are other exceptions, but that’s the gist of it.

  26. Hank,

    I believe some of the Havana agents who work as internet trolls secretly admire Yoani and don’t really care to do a good job.

    Of course, some are just illiterate.

    Which ones are agents Jack and Maria?

    Only they know, unless they get a chance to defect and tell us about it.

  27. Cuba Libre,

    You mean you traveled all across your 5 star resort and didn’t see any hungry Cubans?

    And you felt safer than in Canada?

    So why won’t you move to the great country of Cuba, like you keep threatening to do?

    The only possible answers are
    1. You’re a deluded liar who lives in Canada like you claim
    2. You’re one of Castro’s paid liars living in Havana.

    Nobody has ever prevented you or any other fascist nut from posting their opinions here.

    But making death threats against a pacifist for stating her opinions is an attempt to suppress free speech.

    Why not just state your arguments and leave out the intimidation?

  28. If you didn’t see it, then it must not exist, LOL.

    Perhaps a thinking person could deduce that those who could afford to stay in a resort could also afford to keep food on the table.

    The only thing that Fidel, the dictator, eliminated was human rights.

    Of course you feel safer in a police state, duh. The trade off for that is living under the oppression of a dictatorship, and loss of freedom.

  29. I feel very ashamed too by the treatment that you received in Brazil. I am a Brazilian, living in Canada, that decided to move to another country after the most corrupted presidente in Brazil (Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva) got elected again.
    After that, I realized that I am not Brazilian after all. I do not accept corruption, nepotism and crime. But unfortunately the majority of Brazilians accept. They accept censorship as we cold see.
    I keep writing and protesting, but I just can’t live among PT militants, ignorant voters and corrupts anymore.
    It will take a while until Brazilians realized what they did.

  30. “I hope Cuba turns into a democracy. But I just hate when Brazilians come here and tell that Brazil’s president Lula is a bandit and Dilma is a terrorist. Like left-wing things are all dictatorship.”

    But Dilma was a terrorist. That is a fact. She participated on a terror group (that is how they called themselves) with the goal of establishing a communist dictatorship in Brazil.

    “We also had a dictatorship here, and it was too much tough than Cuba.”

    That is not true. The Castros killed a lot more people than our military dictatorship and allow much less freedom of speech than our military dictatorship. On the second point, there is no comparison. I lived through the dictatorship years in Brazil – one could buy leftist newspapers nearly everywhere (Pasquim), Marx was taught at universities etc.

    “Dilma fought against it, and was tortured because of that.”

    Not really. Dilma fought for the establishment of a communist dictatorship in Brazil. That is a fact. There is not a single document from the groups she belonged to that stated they were fighting for democracy.

    “Lula was president of metallurgy union and wasn’t tortured. Just a few days ago a 40 year old guy suicide because of trauma from being tortured with only 1 year and 8 months.”

    That is bullshit.

  31. I felt ashamed by the treatment that Brazilian home-bred fascists gave to Yoani.
    But I will lie if I told you I was surprised. Yoani opposes a dictatorship that tortures, kills, censors. By the way, the only such dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere. That makes her THE ENEMY of the Brazilian left.

    What most non-Brazilians fail to understand is the fascination that dictators exert over the Brazilian left. It is not that Lula and his followers admire Fidel Castro because of something he did or represents, despite the torture and censorship. Lula and his followers admire Fidel Castro, for the torture and censorship.

    If one day comes when the Castro dynasty decides to allow political freedom in Cuba, that will be a day of sadness for the Brazilian left.

  32. “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!”

    The opening line from a radio show popular in the 1930s. Did Raul, Fidel or one of their cronies write question number 40?

  33. Help,

    What’s amazing to me is they are not good at this at all. They’re incompetent, like the keystone cops falling all over themselves.

  34. On review, is seems clear that Maria didn’t get the memo.

    The two questions she added to Jack’s somewhat less than brilliant list are, to be charitable, below par and not what we’ve come to expect from the MININT. I’m frankly disappointed.

    Grade: D for effort, D minus in execution.

    Maria: 39. In his assessment, what are the achievements of the Cuban Revolution?

    Maria: 40. What interests lurk behind your person?

    You have got to be kidding. Lurk? You guys need to get out more.

  35. Raul Castro is now joking about a dictator’s right to retire. He’s apparently grown tired of murdering and repressing people to stay in power. It must be hard to continue that sort of thing when you’re in your 80’s. It must take a lot of energy for an old man like him.

    Which raises another issue: How can Raul retire from a job he never had in the first place? He’s the little brother of a homicidal thug — neither one of them were ever the legitimate heads of state in Cuba.

    No, Raul. You can’t simply retire from what you’ve done. You can’t walk away from it.

  36. So I watched the video. Unbelievable. Of course, I don’t live in Brazil, but it seems fairly clear to me that the whole thing was contrived. Amerika has lots of political problems, but I can’t see this nonsense going on. I guess the government wants her to think that her opinion is distinctly minority in nature. Maybe they want her to feel like the whole world is supportive of this totalitarian political philosophy in order to break her spirit. Obviously isn’t going to work. Hang in there, Yoani

  37. WHAT A COINCIDENCE! THE CUBAN “GOVERNMENT” WEB SITE CubaDebate HAS THE EXACT SAME QUESTIONS POSTED HERE BY Maria @ #103 AND Jack Sunders @ #29!

    CUBADEBATE WEB SITE: Questions that the mainstream media will not Yoani Sánchez (+ Video) – Preguntas que los grandes medios no harán a Yoani Sánchez (+ Video)

    http://www.cubadebate.cu/especiales/2013/02/20/preguntas-que-los-grandes-medios-no-haran-a-yoani-sanchez-video-listo/

  38. Hank,

    I think the point is to take up space on this blog and show they’ve been hard at work.

    Copying and pasting and using Google translate is a great way to save time.

    For the other 7 hours of their shift, I wonder what sites agents Jack and Maria visit? ESPN? Disney world? Porn sites?

    At least we know who is using up the entire high-speed link to Cuba.

  39. To those posting in Portuguese, THIS IS THE ENGLISH SECTION OF THE WEBSITE. PLEASE POST IN E.N.G.L.I.S.H ! Then we can read what you say.

  40. So, I did a quick Google translation into English of Maria’s Portuguese list of questions posted at #103 and compared them to Jack Sunders’ list of questions posted at #29.

    Guess what?

    They’re exactly the same, except that Maria got a little creative and added two more questions, points 39 and 40.

    Either Maria didn’t get the memo or Jack didn’t do a very good job of copying and pasting the talking points. The Central Icecube Agency is beginning to show some cracks. Mistakes like this didn’t use to happen.

    You nailed it, Griffin. This is all a bad Google machine translation of a single text.

    Here’s the side-by-side comparison:

    Maria: One. Who organizes and finances their world tour?

    Jack Sunders: One. Who organizes and finances your world tour?

    Maria: 2nd. In August 2002, after marrying a German citizen named Karl G., left Cuba, “a huge prison with ideological walls” to immigrate to Switzerland, one of the richest nations in the world. Contrary to all expectations, in 2004, decided to return to Cuba, “leaky boat about to sink,” where “beings from the shadows, like vampires who feed on our human happiness, we introduce fear through the coup threats, blackmail “where” pockets were emptied, frustration and fear grew settled down. ” What reasons motivated this choice?

    Jack Sunders: 2nd. In August 2002, after marrying a German citizen named Karl G., left Cuba, “a huge prison with ideological walls” to immigrate to Switzerland, one of the richest nations in the world. Contrary to all expectations, in 2004, decided to return to Cuba, “leaky boat about to sink,” where “beings from the shadows, like vampires who feed on our human happiness, we introduce fear through the coup threats, blackmail “where” pockets were emptied, frustration and fear grew settled down. ” What reasons motivated this choice?

    Maria: 3rd. According to the files of the Cuban diplomatic services of Bern, Switzerland, and service migration of the island, you asked to return to Cuba for economic difficulties with which they faced Switzerland. Is it true?

    Jack Sunders: 3rd. According to the files of the Cuban diplomatic services of Bern, Switzerland, and service migration of the island, you asked to return to Cuba for economic difficulties with which they faced Switzerland. Is it true?

    Maria: 4th. How could marry Karl G. now she was married to her current husband Reinaldo Escobar?

    Jack Sunders: 4th. How could marry Karl G. now she was married to her current husband Reinaldo Escobar?

    Maria: 5th. Although your goal is to establish a “sui generis capitalism” in Cuba?

    Jack Sunders: 5th. Although your goal is to establish a “sui generis capitalism” in Cuba?

    Maria: 6th. You have created your blog y Generation (Generation Y) in 2007. On April 4, 2008 won the Journalism Award Ortega y Gasset, 15 thousand euros, granted by the Spanish newspaper El Pais Generally, this award is given to prestigious journalists or writers of great literary career. It is the first time a person receives their profile. You were selected among the hundred most influential people in the world by Time magazine (2008). Your blog has been included in the list of the top 25 blogs in the world by CNN and Time magazine (2008), and also won the award Bitacoras.com Spanish, as well as The Bob’s (2008). El País has included him on its list of the hundred personalities most influential Hispanic-American of the year 2008. Foreign Policy magazine also included among the ten most important intellectuals of the year in December 2008. The Mexican magazine Gato Pardo did the same in 2008. The prestigious American university Columbia awarded him the prize María Moors Cabot. How do you explain this avalanche of awards, accompanied by significant financial sums, in just one year of existence?

    Jack Sunders: 6th. You have created your blog y Generation (Generation Y) in 2007. On April 4, 2008 won the Journalism Award Ortega y Gasset, 15 thousand euros, granted by the Spanish newspaper El Pais Generally, this award is given to prestigious journalists or writers of great literary career. It is the first time a person receives their profile. You were selected among the hundred most influential people in the world by Time magazine (2008). Your blog has been included in the list of the top 25 blogs in the world by CNN and Time magazine (2008), and also won the award Bitacoras.com Spanish, as well as The Bob’s (2008). El País has included him on its list of the hundred personalities most influential Hispanic-American of the year 2008. Foreign Policy magazine also included among the ten most important intellectuals of the year in December 2008. The Mexican magazine Gato Pardo did the same in 2008. The prestigious American university Columbia awarded him the prize María Moors Cabot. How do you explain this avalanche of awards, accompanied by significant financial sums, in just one year of existence?

    Maria: 7th. In that employs 250 thousand euros achieved thanks to these rewards, an amount equivalent to more than 20 years of minimum wage in a country like France, fifth world power, and 1488 years of minimum wage in Cuba?

    Jack Sunders: 7th. In that employs 250 thousand euros achieved thanks to these rewards, an amount equivalent to more than 20 years of minimum wage in a country like France, fifth world power, and 1488 years of minimum wage in Cuba?

    Maria: Eight. The Inter American Press Association, which groups the major private media conglomerates of the continent, it has decided to appoint regional vice president of Cuba by its Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information. What is your monthly salary for this position?

    Jack Sunders: Eight. The Inter American Press Association, which groups the major private media conglomerates of the continent, it has decided to appoint regional vice president of Cuba by its Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information. What is your monthly salary for this position?

    Maria: 9th. You are also correspondent of the Spanish newspaper El Pais What is your monthly salary?

    Jack Sunders: 9th. You are also correspondent of the Spanish newspaper El Pais What is your monthly salary?

    Maria: 10. How many movie tickets, theater, how many books, pizzas months rent or can pay in Cuba with your monthly income?

    Jack Sunders: 10. How many movie tickets, theater, how many books, pizzas months rent or can pay in Cuba with your monthly income?

    Maria: 11. How can you claim to represent as Cubans have a standard of living that no person on the island can afford to take?

    Jack Sunders: 11. How can you claim to represent as Cubans have a standard of living that no person on the island can afford to take?

    Maria: 12. What makes connecting to the Internet states that Cubans do not have access and it?

    Jack Sunders: 12. What makes connecting to the Internet states that Cubans do not have access and it?

    Maria: 13. How can your blog can use Paypal, the online payment system that no Cuban living in Cuba can use because of the economic sanctions that prohibit, among other things, e-commerce?

    Jack Sunders: 13. How can your blog can use Paypal, the online payment system that no Cuban living in Cuba can use because of the economic sanctions that prohibit, among other things, e-commerce?

    Maria: 14. How could you have a Copyright for your blog “Generación Y © 2009 – All Rights Reserved”, while no other Cuban blogger can do the same because of the embargo laws?

    Jack Sunders: 14. How could you have a Copyright for your blog “Generación Y © 2009 – All Rights Reserved”, while no other Cuban blogger can do the same because of the embargo laws?

    Maria: 15. Who hides behind his desdecuba.net site, whose server is hosted in Germany by the company Cronos AG Regensburg, registered under the name of Josef Biechele, who also hosts sites far right?

    Jack Sunders: 15. Who hides behind his desdecuba.net site, whose server is hosted in Germany by the company Cronos AG Regensburg, registered under the name of Josef Biechele, who also hosts sites far right?

    Maria: 16. How could you do your domain registration through the U.S. company GoDady, as this is strictly forbidden by the legislation on economic sanctions?

    Jack Sunders: 16. How could you do your domain registration through the U.S. company GoDady, as this is strictly forbidden by the legislation on economic sanctions?

    Maria: 17. His blog is available in at least 18 languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Lithuanian, Czech, Bulgarian, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Korean, and Greek). No other site in the world, including the most important international institutions such as the UN, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the OECD and the European Union have so many language versions. Neither the State Department Web site of the United States, nor the CIA have the same variety. Who funds the translations?

    Jack Sunders: 17. His blog is available in at least 18 languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Lithuanian, Czech, Bulgarian, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Korean, and Greek). No other site in the world, including the most important international institutions such as the UN, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the OECD and the European Union have so many language versions. Neither the State Department Web site of the United States, nor the CIA have the same variety. Who funds the translations?

    Maria: 18. How is it possible that the site that hosts your blog available banda with a capacity 60 times greater than that which Cuba has for all Internet users?

    Jack Sunders: 18. How is it possible that the site that hosts your blog available banda with a capacity 60 times greater than that which Cuba has for all Internet users?

    Maria: 19. Who pays for managing the flow of more than 14 million visits per month?

    Jack Sunders: 19. Who pays for managing the flow of more than 14 million visits per month?

    Maria: 20. You have more than 400,000 followers on his Twitter account. Only a hundred of them reside in Cuba. You follow more than 80 thousand people. You said “Twitto by sms without web access.” How can follow more than 80 thousand people without internet access?

    Jack Sunders: 20. You have more than 400,000 followers on his Twitter account. Only a hundred of them reside in Cuba. You follow more than 80 thousand people. You said “Twitto by sms without web access.” How can follow more than 80 thousand people without internet access?

    Maria: 21. The site allows http://www.followerwonk.com analyze the profile of the followers of any member of the social network Twitter. From 2010 reveals an impressive activity in your account. As of June 2010, you signed up for more than 200 different Twitter accounts every day, with peaks that could reach 700 accounts in 24 hours. How could accomplish such a feat?

    Jack Sunders: 21. The site allows http://www.followerwonk.com analyze the profile of the followers of any member of the social network Twitter. From 2010 reveals an impressive activity in your account. As of June 2010, you signed up for more than 200 different Twitter accounts every day, with peaks that could reach 700 accounts in 24 hours. How could accomplish such a feat?

    Maria: 22. Why about his 50 thousand followers are actually ghosts or inactive accounts? (See here) In fact, of the more than 400,000 profiles of the account @ yoanisanchez, 27,012 are eggs (no photo) and 20 thousand accounts have characteristics of ghosts with a nonexistent network activity (from zero to three messages sent since the creation of account).

    Jack Sunders: 22. Why about his 50 thousand followers are actually ghosts or inactive accounts? (See here) In fact, of the more than 400,000 profiles of the account @ yoanisanchez, 27,012 are eggs (no photo) and 20 thousand accounts have characteristics of ghosts with a nonexistent network activity (from zero to three messages sent since the creation of account).

    Maria: 23. How is it possible that many Twitter accounts have no followers, just follow you and have issued more than two thousand posts? By chance would be to create a fictitious popularity? Who funded the creation of fictitious accounts?

    Jack Sunders: 23. How is it possible that many Twitter accounts have no followers, just follow you and have issued more than two thousand posts? By chance would be to create a fictitious popularity? Who funded the creation of fictitious accounts?

    Maria: 24. In 2011, you published 400 messages per month. The price of a message in Cuba is $ 1.25. You spent six thousand dollars per year with the use of Twitter. Who pays for it?

    Jack Sunders: 24. In 2011, you published 400 messages per month. The price of a message in Cuba is $ 1.25. You spent six thousand dollars per year with the use of Twitter. Who pays for it?

    Maria: 25. How is it possible that President Obama has granted an interview while receiving hundreds of requests from major media outlets in the world?

    Jack Sunders: 25. How is it possible that President Obama has granted an interview while receiving hundreds of requests from major media outlets in the world?

    Maria: 26. You stated publicly that President Raul Castro sent an interview request after the response of Barack Obama. However, an official document from the head of American diplomacy in Cuba, Jonathan D. Farrar says that you never wrote to Raul Castro: “She did not expect a response from him, because he confessed never to have them sent [the questions] to the Cuban president. Why lie?

    Jack Sunders: 26. You stated publicly that President Raul Castro sent an interview request after the response of Barack Obama. However, an official document from the head of American diplomacy in Cuba, Jonathan D. Farrar says that you never wrote to Raul Castro: “She did not expect a response from him, because he confessed never to have them sent [the questions] to the Cuban president. Why lie?

    Maria: 27. For you, so expressive in his blog, hides his meetings with U.S. diplomats in Havana?

    Jack Sunders: 27. For you, so expressive in his blog, hides his meetings with U.S. diplomats in Havana?

    Maria: 28. Between 16 and 22 September 2010, you met secretly in his apartment with the assistant secretary of state American Bisa Williams during his visit to Cuba, as revealed in the Wikileaks documents. Why maintained a cloak of silence on this date? That spoke?

    Jack Sunders: 28. Between 16 and 22 September 2010, you met secretly in his apartment with the assistant secretary of state American Bisa Williams during his visit to Cuba, as revealed in the Wikileaks documents. Why maintained a cloak of silence on this date? That spoke?

    Maria: 29. Michael Parmly, former head of American diplomacy in Havana says that met regularly with you in your home, such as confidential documents indicate the SINA. In an interview, he shared his concern about the publication of diplomatic cables by Wikileaks Americans: “I would bother me a lot if the many conversations I had with Yoani Sánchez is published. She could suffer the consequences for a lifetime. ” The question that immediately comes to mind is: what are the reasons why you would have problems with the Cuban justice if his performance, as he says, regarding the framework of legality?

    Jack Sunders: 29. Michael Parmly, former head of American diplomacy in Havana says that met regularly with you in your home, such as confidential documents indicate the SINA. In an interview, he shared his concern about the publication of diplomatic cables by Wikileaks Americans: “I would bother me a lot if the many conversations I had with Yoani Sánchez is published. She could suffer the consequences for a lifetime. ” The question that immediately comes to mind is: what are the reasons why you would have problems with the Cuban justice if his performance, as he says, regarding the framework of legality?

    Maria: 30. Keep thinking that “many Latin American writers deserved the Nobel Prize in Literature Gabriel García Márquez that more”?

    Jack Sunders: 30. Keep thinking that “many Latin American writers deserved the Nobel Prize in Literature Gabriel García Márquez that more”?

    Maria: 31. Keep thinking that “press freedom was a plural and open radio programs of all political tendency” under the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista between 1952 and 1958?

    Jack Sunders: 31. Keep thinking that “press freedom was a plural and open radio programs of all political tendency” under the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista between 1952 and 1958?

    Maria: 32. You said in 2010: “The blockade has been the perfect argument for the Cuban government to maintain intolerance, control and internal repression. If tomorrow suspend the sanctions, I doubt very much that the effect to be seen. ” Remains convinced that economic sanctions have no effect on the Cuban population?

    Jack Sunders: 32. You said in 2010: “The blockade has been the perfect argument for the Cuban government to maintain intolerance, control and internal repression. If tomorrow suspend the sanctions, I doubt very much that the effect to be seen. ” Remains convinced that economic sanctions have no effect on the Cuban population?

    Maria: 33. Condemns the imposition of economic sanctions from the United States against Cuba?

    Jack Sunders: 33. Condemns the imposition of economic sanctions from the United States against Cuba?

    Maria: 34. Condemns the U.S. policy that seeks regime change in Cuba in the name of democracy, while supporting the worst dictatorships in the Middle East?

    Jack Sunders: 34. Condemns the U.S. policy that seeks regime change in Cuba in the name of democracy, while supporting the worst dictatorships in the Middle East?

    Maria: 35. Is in favor of the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles, a Cuban exile and former CIA agent, responsible for more than a hundred murders, who publicly acknowledged their crimes and lives freely in Miami thanks to the protection of Washington?

    Jack Sunders: 35. Is in favor of the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles, a Cuban exile and former CIA agent, responsible for more than a hundred murders, who publicly acknowledged their crimes and lives freely in Miami thanks to the protection of Washington?

    Maria: 36. Is in favor of returning the Guantanamo naval base that the United States ranks?

    Jack Sunders: 36. Is in favor of returning the Guantanamo naval base that the United States ranks?

    Maria: 37. Are you in favor of the release of the five Cuban political prisoners arrested in the United States since 1998 for infiltrate Cuban exile terrorist organizations in Florida?

    Jack Sunders: 37. Are you in favor of the release of the five Cuban political prisoners arrested in the United States since 1998 for infiltrate Cuban exile terrorist organizations in Florida?

    Maria: 38. In his opinion, it is normal for the United States to finance internal opposition in Cuba to achieve “regime change”?

    Jack Sunders: 38. In his opinion, it is normal for the United States to finance internal opposition in Cuba to achieve “regime change”?

    Maria: 39. In his assessment, what are the achievements of the Cuban Revolution?

    Maria: 40. What interests lurk behind your person?

  41. Rene @ #80!! “BLOCKADE”?? IF SO, HO DO YOU ESPLAIN THESE NUMBERS??

    U.S.-CUBA TRADE AND ECONOMIC COUNCIL, INC.
    ECONOMIC EYE ON CUBA- February 2012 – Report For Calendar Year 2011
    2011-2001 U.S. EXPORT STATISTICS FOR CUBA

    The following is the data for exports from the United States to the Republic of Cuba relating to the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act (TSRA) of 2000, which re-authorized the direct commercial (on a cash basis) export of food products (including branded food products) and agricultural products (commodities) from the United States to the Republic of Cuba, irrespective of purpose. The TSRA does not include healthcare products, which remain authorized by the Cuban Democracy Act (CDA) of 1992.

    The data represents the U.S. Dollar value of product exported from the United States to the Republic of Cuba under the auspice of TSRA. The data does not include transportation charges, bank charges, or other costs associated with exports from the United States to the Republic of Cuba. The government of the Republic of Cuba reports data that, according to the government of the Republic of Cuba, includes transportation charges, bank charges, and other costs. However, the government of the Republic of Cuba has not provided verifiable data. The use of trade data reported by the government of the Republic of Cuba is suspect. The government of the Republic of Cuba has been asked to provide verifiable data, but has not.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE REPORT!

    http://www.cubatrade.org/CubaExportStats.pdf

  42. Marabu @ #75!! GOT AN IDEA FOR YOU!! TAKE YOANI’s EXAMPLE BELOW AND SUBMITTED IT TO THE MANY LEFTIST CASTRO APOLOGISTS LEADERS AND FOUNDATIONS AROUND THE WORLD! JUST MAKE SURE YOU PRODUCE AND WRITE AN EXCELLENT BLOG FOR 5 YEARS AT LEAST, AS SHE DID!

    REGARDING THE FINANCING OF HER TOUR

    “I came to Brazil with an economy ticket that was purchased through the Internet via several bloggers’ site in social networks, it’s all in the documentary website of Dado Galvao. I go with a ticket paid by Amnesty International to several events in Europe, where I will participate in a film festival in Amsterdam on human rights. From there I will travel to New York invited by various universities who will pay my stay. In Spain, the social networking congress i-networks, where I won an award and could not pick up before, is going to pay the ticket. Returning to the American continent, I will travel to Florida. My sister a pharmacy technician, will pay my ticket, so I travel thanks to the solidarity of many small people like me. ‘

    The blogger has been received by a hundred deputies in a ceremony which has vetoed a move by a group of people protesting her presence in the Senate and who have stayed in the halls screaming. All political representatives have had the opportunity to address a few words to Yoani, mostly to show their support and condone the behavior of minority radical groups.

    http://joanantoniguerrero.blogspot.com/2013/02/yoani-sanchez-pide-la-liberacion-de-los.html

  43. 54+ YEARS OF THE CASTRO BROTHERS! TIME FOR TERM LIMITS?? SUCH A CYNICAL STATEMENT! AND “RETIREMENT” MEANS BACKROOM STRING PULLING! I WILL WAGER THAT THE NEXT “PRESIDENT” WILL BE MARIELA CASTRO!

    REUTERS: Cuba’s Raul Castro jokingly hints at possible retirement – by Marc Frank

    Cuban President Raul Castro, who is expected to begin a second five-year term on Sunday, jokingly told reporters on Friday that he was planning his retirement but left open just when he would step down.

    “I’m going to retire,” said a grinning Castro in the company of visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

    Castro urged reporters to pay close attention to the National Assembly meeting this weekend, when a Council of State and president will be elected.

    “I’m going to turn 82, I have a right to retire already,” Castro said. “You don’t believe me? Why are you so incredulous?” he added in an exchange with reporters as he visited a monument to fallen Soviet soldiers.

    “It will be an interesting speech. Pay attention,” Castro said before leaving with Medvedev.

    Castro, who replaced his ailing brother Fidel in 2008 and turns 82 in June, has in recent years repeatedly stated that Communist Party and government leaders should be held to two, five-year terms in office.

    Castro would begin his second term on Sunday, which would theoretically leave him free to retire in 2018, aged 86.

    During his first term, Castro has presided over a reform process that included the gradual loosening of restrictions on travel and personal property while moving the economy in a more market-friendly direction.

    He has said it is the responsibility of those who built the 54-year-old revolution to see the reforms through and leave Cuba in better condition for a new generation of leaders.

    Castro, despite his age, appears fit and lucid and is widely expected by foreign experts, diplomats and Cubans to serve a second term.

    “Whether it happens now or after a second term, there’s no shame in putting the limits of Raul Castro’s presidential tenure on the table,” said Julia Sweig, director of Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, a U.S. think tank.

    “I see this as very consistent with his style – but I would be surprised if this Sunday’s speech would indicate he won’t stand for a second term,” Sweig said.

    (Reporting by Marc Frank; Editing by David Adams and Jim Loney)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/22/us-cuba-castro-idUSBRE91L14920130222

  44. @Patrick

    You’ve pointed out another of the issues of my country. But this is my country and I cannot leave it – I am free to do so, but it’s hard enough to be Brazilian elsewhere, struggling to fit in. Instead I’ll see what I can do to make it a little better. Unfortunately alone I’m like a drop in the ocean – a whisper in a very loud room.

    Ever since the World Cup was to be hosted in Brz (and as if it wasn’t enough they had to bring the Olimpics) I’ve opposed the idea hotly. Brazil lacks in so many areas that are more important than fun and games that it makes me want to cry the amount of money that is going to be used during the games. If I was to relate every single problem my country possess I’d write something thicker than a Bible here.

    The saddest part however is something that after the dictatorship lifted it’s been assaulting my people… The lack of unity, the lack of voice, the lack of rebellion against all that is wrong. When Brazilians understand that millions are better than one pointing out these problems, voicing them, not letting them do whatever they like with us, then a country would rise.

    On the other hand, in moments of true need we are a people that can take care of one another. That fills me with hope that, perhaps, not everything is lost. We have our anonymous heroes out there, good people who’ll help you when you most need, people who’ll risk their lives to get you out of harm’s way. That is also a characteristic of my people. I just wished we could use all this good energy to all aspects in our beautiful country. Not everything is lost.

    Yes, Brazilians are loud, everything is loud about us. But we are also warm and welcoming. But what’s the point of being all that if we can’t fix our country. The current situation is our responsibility too. We let politicians like Sarney and Renan Calheiros succeed. This country needs to get serious – before the situation gets even more serious. If I had any power in me I’d prevent both the cup and olimpics from happening in my country.

    E.

  45. Maria,

    Please tell Castro to hire an editor and good translator for his propaganda team.

    Nobody will read your silly script, not even the lunatics.

    It has already been posted here by one of your team’s programmed automatons on a different shift.

  46. 1. Quem organiza e financia sua turnê mundial?

    2. Em agosto de 2002, depois de se casar com o cidadão alemão chamado Karl G., abandonou Cuba, “uma imensa prisão com muros ideológicos”, para imigrar para a Suíça, uma das nações mais ricas do mundo. Contrariamente a qualquer expectativa, em 2004, decidiu voltar a Cuba, “barco furado prestes a afundar”, onde “seres das sombras, que como vampiros se alimentam de nossa alegria humana, nos introduzem o medo através do golpe, da ameaça, da chantagem”, onde “os bolsos se esvaziavam, a frustração crescia e o medo se estabelecia”. Que razões motivaram esta escolha?

    3. Segundo os arquivos dos serviços diplomáticos cubanos de Berna, Suíça, e de serviços migratórios da ilha, você pediu para voltar a Cuba por dificuldades econômicas com as quais se deparou na Suíça. É verdade?

    4. Como pôde se casar com Karl G. se já estava casada com seu atual marido Reinaldo Escobar?

    5. Ainda é seu objetivo estabelecer um “capitalismo sui generis” em Cuba?

    6. Você criou seu blog Geração y (Generación Y) em 2007. Em 4 de abril de 2008 conseguiu o Prêmio de Jornalismo Ortega e Gasset, de 15 mil euros, outorgado pelo jornal espanhol El País. Geralmente, este prêmio é dado a jornalistas prestigiados ou a escritores de grande carreira literária. É a primeira vez que uma pessoa com seu perfil o recebe. Você foi selecionada entre cem pessoas mais influentes do mundo pela revista Time (2008). Seu blog foi incluído na lista dos 25 melhores blogs do mundo pela cadeia CNN e pela revista Time (2008), e também conquistou o prêmio espanhol Bitacoras.com, assim como The Bob’s (2008). El País lhe incluiu em sua lista das cem personalidades hispano-americanas mais influentes do ano 2008. A revista Foreign Policy ainda a incluiu entre os dez intelectuais mais importantes do ano em dezembro de 2008. A revista mexicana Gato Pardo fez o mesmo em 2008. A prestigiosa universidade norte-americana de Columbia lhe concedeu o prêmio María Moors Cabot. Como você explica esta avalanche de prêmios, acompanhados de importantes quantias financeiras, em apenas um ano de existência?

    7. Em que emprega os 250 mil euros conseguidos graças a estas recompensas, um valor equivalente a mais de 20 anos de salário mínimo em um país como França, quinta potencia mundial, e a 1.488 anos de salário mínimo em Cuba?

    8. A Sociedade Interamericana de Imprensa, que agrupa os grandes conglomerados midiáticos privados do continente, decidiu nomeá-la vice-presidente regional por Cuba de sua Comissão de Liberdade de Imprensa e Informação. Qual é seu salário mensal por este cargo?

    9. Você também é correspondente do jornal espanhol El País. Qual é sua remuneração mensal?

    10. Quantas entradas de cinema, de teatro, quantos livros, meses de aluguel ou pizzas pode pagar em Cuba com sua renda mensal?

    11. Como pode pretender representar os cubanos enquanto possui um nível de vida que nenhuma pessoa na ilha pode se permitir levar?

    12. O que faz para se conectar à Internet se afirma que os cubanos não têm acesso e ela?

    13. Como é possível que seu blog possa usar Paypal, sistema de pagamento online que nenhum cubano que vive em Cuba pode utilizar por conta das sanções econômicas que proíbem, entre outros, o comércio eletrônico?

    14. Como pôde dispor de um Copyright para seu blog “© 2009 Generación Y – All Rights Reserved”, enquanto nenhum outro blogueiro cubano pode fazer o mesmo por causa das leis do embargo?

    15. Quem se esconde atrás de seu site desdecuba.net, cujo servidor está hospedado na Alemanha pela empresa Cronos AG Regensburg, registrado sob o nome de Josef Biechele, que hospeda também sites de extrema direita?

    16. Como pôde fazer seu registro de domínio por meio da empresa norte-americana GoDady, já que isto está formalmente proibido pela legislação sobre as sanções econômicas?

    17. Seu blog está disponível em pelo menos 18 idiomas (inglês, francês, espanhol, italiano, alemão, português, russo, esloveno, polaco, chinês, japonês, lituano, checo, búlgaro, holandês, finlandês, húngaro, coreano e grego). Nenhum outro site do mundo, inclusive das mais importantes instituições internacionais, como por exemplo as Nações Unidas, o Banco Mundial, o Fundo Monetário Internacional, a OCDE ou a União Europeia, dispõem de tantas versões linguísticas. Nem o site do Departamento de Estado dos Estados Unidos, nem o da CIA dispõem de igual variedade. Quem financia as traduções?

    18. Como é possível que o site que hospeda seu blog disponha de uma banda com capacidade 60 vezes superior àquela que Cuba dispõe para todos os usuários de Internet?

    19. Quem paga a gestão do fluxo de mais de 14 milhões de visitas mensais?

    20. Você possui mais de 400 mil seguidores em sua conta no Twitter. Apenas uma centena deles reside em Cuba. Você segue mais de 80 mil pessoas. Você afirma “Twitto por sms sem acesso à web”. Como pode seguir mais de 80 mil pessoas sem ter acesso à internet?

    21. O site http://www.followerwonk.com permite analisar o perfil dos seguidores de qualquer membro da rede social Twitter. Revela a partir de 2010 uma impressionante atividade de sua conta. A partir de junho de 2010, você se inscreveu em mais de 200 contas diferentes do Twitter a cada dia, com picos que podiam alcançar 700 contas em 24 horas. Como pôde realizar tal proeza?

    22. Por que cerca de seus 50 mil seguidores são na verdade contas fantasmas ou inativas? (ver aqui) De fato, dos mais de 400 mil perfis da conta @yoanisanchez, 27.012 são ovos (sem foto) e 20 mil têm características de contas fantasmas com uma atividade inexistente na rede (de zero a três mensagens mandadas desde a criação da conta).

    23. Como é possível que muitas contas do Twitter não tenham nenhum seguidor, apenas seguem você e tenham emitido mais de duas mil mensagens? Por acaso seria para criar uma popularidade fictícia? Quem financiou a criação de contas fictícias?

    24. Em 2011, você publicou 400 mensagens por mês. O preço de uma mensagem em Cuba é de 1,25 dólares. Você gastou seis mil dólares por ano com o uso do Twitter. Quem paga por isso?

    25. Como é possível que o presidente Obama tenha lhe concedido uma entrevista, enquanto recebe centenas de pedidos dos mais importantes meios de comunicação do mundo?

    26. Você afirmou publicamente que enviou ao presidente Raúl Castro um pedido de entrevista depois das respostas de Barack Obama. No entanto, um documento oficial do chefe da diplomacia norte-americana em Cuba, Jonathan D. Farrar, afirma que você nunca escreveu a Raúl Castro: “Ela não esperava uma resposta dele, pois confessou nunca tê-las enviado [as perguntas] ao presidente cubano. Por que mentiu?

    27. Por que você, tão expressiva em seu blog, oculta seus encontros com diplomáticos norte-americanos em Havana?

    28. Entre 16 e 22 de setembro de 2010, você se reuniu secretamente em seu apartamento com a subsecretaria de Estado norte-americana Bisa Williams durante sua visita a Cuba, como revelam os documentos do Wikileaks. Por que manteve um manto de silêncio sobre este encontro? De que falaram?

    29. Michael Parmly, antigo chefe da diplomacia norte-americana em Havana afirma que se reunia regularmente com você em sua casa, como indicam documentos confidenciais da SINA. Em uma entrevista, ele compartilhou sua preocupação em relação à publicação dos cabos diplomáticos norte-americanos pelo Wikileaks: “Eu me incomodaria muito se as numerosas conversas que tive com Yoani Sánchez forem publicadas. Ela poderia sofrer as consequências por toda a vida”. A pergunta que imediatamente vem à mente é a seguinte: quais são as razões por que você teria problemas com a justiça cubana se sua atuação, conforme afirma, respeita o marco da legalidade?

    30. Continua pensando que “muitos escritores latino-americanos mereciam o Prêmio Nobel de Literatura mais que Gabriel García Márquez”?

    31. Continua pensando que “havia uma liberdade de imprensa plural e aberta, programas de rádio de toda tendência política” sob a ditadura de Fulgencio Batista entre 1952 e 1958?

    32. Você declarou em 2010: “o bloqueio tem sido o argumento perfeito do governo cubano para manter a intolerância, o controle e a repressão interna. Se amanhã as suspenderem as sanções, duvido muito que sejam vistos os efeito”. Continua convencida de que as sanções econômicas não têm nenhum efeito na população cubana?

    33. Condena a imposição de sanções econômicas dos Estados Unidos contra Cuba?

    34. Condena a política dos Estados Unidos que busca uma mudança de regime em Cuba em nome da democracia, enquanto apoio as piores ditaduras do Oriente Médio?

    35. Está a favor da extradição de Luis Posada Carriles, exilado cubano e ex-agente da CIA, responsável por mais de uma centena de assassinatos, que reconheceu publicamente seus crimes e que vive livremente em Miami graças à proteção de Washington?

    36. Está a favor da devolução da base naval de Guantánamo que os Estados Unidos ocupam?

    37. Você é favorável à libertação dos cinco presos políticos cubanos presos nos Estados Unidos desde 1998 por se infiltrarem em organizações terroristas do exílio cubano na Florida?

    38. Em sua opinião, é normal que os Estados Unidos financiem uma oposição interna em Cuba para conseguir “uma mudança de regime”?

    39. Em sua avaliação, quais são as conquistas da Revolução Cubana?

    40. Quais interesses se escondem atrás de sua pessoa?

  47. @ Shave Nerad

    True what you say, except for one thing.

    The Irish weren’t held prisoner on their island and didn’t have to swim to America.

    There are tens of thousands of Cuban corpses in the 90 miles between Cuba and the USA.

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