You Are Not My Love*, It Has Been Santiaguito

Unusual in his generation, Santiago Feliú was, for years, the Nueva Trova singer I most listened to. His themes moved away from the commonplace poetry of his contemporaries and he went on to create a personal and inimitable style. There was a certain real life toughness in his lyrics, lacking affectation, but lyrical. He stood out among others who were once rebels and ended up as officials, among the former long-hairs now with military haircuts and so many non-conformists who turned into functionaries in guayaberas.

A beloved folksinger, the author of “Para Bárbara” frequented gatherings and let loose with guitar, rum and people captivated by his notes. He sang in our living room now and then, and it surprised us to see him stutter when he wasn’t singing a melody. Like Baudelaire’s albatross flying high, but finding it extremely awkward to walk on the deck of a ship… a ship aground in this case. He was approachable, close, human, without boasts or arrogance. He was just one of us among us.

Dying, he has left us with the image of his untouched mane, his many colored bracelets tied to his wrist, and his dark clothes that became a fashion. There was so much life left in him, so many chords in him, the shy, irreverent, forever young one. He has left us, gone, like “those shitty days that will also pass.” But this time he’s not right, because “you are not my love” but nor are the others… it has just been Santiaguito, who in the middle of the night played his last note, chugged the last drink, and left us with his music forever.

*Translator’s note: A line from one of Santiago’s songs.


23 thoughts on “You Are Not My Love*, It Has Been Santiaguito

  1. Many thanks, Neutral Observer. Fascinating insights and very informative. I haven’t read much about the Bay of Pigs, but I plan to. Thanks again.

  2. Hank,

    Most of the evidence, the massive amount of testimony, regarding the Bay of Pigs points to the following:

    1) The invasion was planned by Castro’s spies, who had totally infiltrated the invading force. Some of the top commanders were spies.

    2) Castro chose the worst point to invade, a swamp where the invaders would be bogged down and ambushed by a vastly superior number of troops.

    3) Despite this, Castro, a paranoid bumbling idiot of a military commander (along the lines of Stalin and Hitler), thought it might all be a set-up, all the good intelligence he was receiving (including from the Soviets) could be wrong, all his loyal spies could be double agents. So he directed most of his troops elsewhere waiting for a non-existent invasion before realizing the Bay of Pigs really was the invasion point, just as he had ordered.

    4) The first thing most of the defenders did at the Bay of Pigs was run, despite their vast troop and weapons superiority. Fidel eventually sent in tens of thousands of reinforcements and some of the fleeing troops eventually went back to fight after realizing the invaders were bogged down and surrounded and were getting no help from Uncle Sam.

    5) It took days for tens of thousands of Soviet assisted troops to subdue a thousand or so invaders bogged down in a swamp.

    5) Your analogy with Normandy is politically valid, although militarily it was more like Dieppe. The invaders were attacking what was by then a Soviet colony defended by Soviet troops and kept in line by Soviet-style secret police.

    6) Yes, if the US had given the promised military support, the invasion would have easily succeeded (think Grenada) and most Cubans would have greeted the invaders as liberators.

    Why JFK backed down is another story. By the 1960s the “American empire” was under political and military attack around the world. JFK was receiving conflicting political advice and thought overt military support at the Bay of Pigs could have negative political consequences.

    Interestingly, JFK and his brother Robert were the hawks and the CIA were the doves advising to leave Castro completely alone.

    History has been turned upside down by Soviet and Cuban propaganda since then. Especially after JFK was assassinated by Castro groupie Lee Harvey Oswald.

    Would Eisenhower have acted differently? Hard to say. Unlike Stalin, Hitler and Castro, Presidents of the USA have to listen to other people and take their advice into consideration.

    We know the Bay of Pigs was a series of disasters for the USA and exiles, but it really turned out perfectly for Castro. He pretended it was a direct and massive US military invasion and used it to gain international support and finish off the total enslavement of the Cuban people.

  3. Nick,

    Where does this latest wave of insults come from? And what about me? I feel left out, like I am no longer worthy of your abuse.

    Do you have any facts or points to make regarding the Bay of Pigs that would contradict Hank’s assessment?

    “Anti-imperialism” is a nice slogan, it’s the one Hitler and Tojo used against the West too.

    Even if we assume some measure of US imperialism during the Bay of Pigs, the invasion could not have occurred if Castro had not purged Cuba’s bravest anti-Batista fighters from Cuban politics and forced them to flee to the USA. If Castro held free elections, none of this would have occurred.

    Again, not that you will ever believe me, I have spoken to people who were there, on both sides, and most say the same thing.

    Also, much information has come to light since the Bay of Pigs and the end of the cold war, so we pretty much know exactly what happened.

  4. Hank,
    Your pathetic attempt to link the Eisenhower led Normandy landings with the abject failure of US imperialist intentions at Playa Giron makes you look like the fool that you are.
    Anthony Beevor is a fine writer with a great deal of knowledge Hank,
    in comparison you are a silly little fool living in a silly little bubble.

  5. In the long litany of ridiculous remarks that you have come up with Hank.
    I think that your latest has perhaps surpassed all of your previous attempts.
    How utterly sad and limp this latest remark is.
    It’s almost as sad and pathetic as the as that sad little right wing LOSER attempt at trying to invade Cuba via the Playa Giron a half century ago.
    Just keep on identifying yourself with the losers of this world Hank.
    The longer you keep doing it,
    the sadder, the more pathetic and the more limp you get….
    As regards US imperialism, one of the more pathetic chapters was the squalid and miserable little right wing attempt to invade Cuba in 1961.
    Righteously and successfully repelled.

  6. P.S.

    This is a little off topic, but not really.

    I’m reading Antony Beevor’s book titled “D-Day” and am about done with it. It is a great read and I highly recommend it.

    The Allies’ defeat of the Nazis was accomplished in spite of Montgomery’s utter failures in capturing key objectives after the invasion of Normandy. Monty clearly should have been sacked.

    The Allies’ victory, I think, is due to Eisenhower’s planning, the brilliant generals he had under his command, the soldiers of the invasion force and Hitler’s micromanaging of the war from afar.

    Hitler was an idiot. Just like castro.

    I’ve read accounts of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, but what I don’t know is who planned it and why it was executed so poorly. If Eisenhower had been in charge, things would have turned out much differently, I’m sure.

  7. Thanks, Neutral Observer.

    When do you think the oil subsidies from Venezuela to Cuba will end? What’s the tipping point? Once that happens, I don’t see a happy ending for the Cuban infiltrators in Venezuela. Things in Venezuela don’t seem to be going very well.

    The defection of Cuban slave doctors in Brazil is also interesting. I hope the U.S., Canada and every other freedom loving country encourages those poor slaves to leave. I think the U.S. already does. I need to check that.

  8. I post the words below because they are as relevant today as they were 238 years ago.

    I can’t do anything to help the Ladies in White, Antunez, Gorki Aguila or any other politically oppressed victim of the castro abomination. The castro blight. The ongoing castro criminal enterprise.

    All I can do is give the victims of the demonic castro regime my moral support and denounce the injustice.

    The words below were formulated by no less intelligent people than the brave Cubans who struggle today against the tyranny that exists in Cuba. They are as true today as they were two hundred years ago—and well worth the read.

    IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

  9. Hank,

    Do you know what Chavez and Maduro renamed all the motorcycle and drug gangs in Venezuela?

    You know, the gangs who go around mugging old ladies, raping young girls, kidnapping, getting high and shooting just about anybody for kicks, wiping out the rain forest and its inhabitants, growing and selling cocaine, anything to make a buck or two, with the support of the government and its police…

    in Venezuela, Chavez and Maduro started calling them “armed socialist collectives”

    When they shoot at peaceful members of the opposition, it’s called a “march against fascism”

    The truly democratic police of Venezuela then arrest the opposition for having been shot at.

    Castro should be proud for having set such a great example for other countries to follow.

    Or is it Goebbels who should get the credit?


    BLOOMBERG: Venezuelans Blocked on Twitter as Opposition Protests Mount – by Patricia Laya, Sarah Frier and Anatoly Kurmanaev
    Twitter Inc. (TWTR) said the Venezuelan government blocked users’ online images as opposition groups marched through Caracas for a third day, demonstrating against record shortages and the world’s fastest inflation.

    Nu Wexler, a Twitter spokesman, confirmed yesterday in an e-mail that the government was behind the disruption. President Nicolas Maduro banned protests Feb. 12 and asked supporters to counter with a “march against fascism” today, in a week of social unrest that has left at least three dead.

    In the absence of information from the government or local television outlets, Venezuelans have turned to foreign reporters and social media for news. Twitter users had been posting their photos of demonstrations that started in provincial towns earlier this month, providing an alternative to state-controlled media. It’s unclear if photos were blocked for users of all Internet providers in Venezuela, Wexler said.

    “We won’t cease protests until all our comrades are free,” Gaby Arellano, a leader of the Andes University student union and member of opposition party Voluntad Popular, said by telephone yesterday. “We will continue fighting for our democratic rights.”

    Maduro on Feb. 12 ordered police to detain opposition leaders for inciting violence after clashes between opposition-affiliated students and armed pro-government socialist collectives left 66 people injured and 118 under detention, according to the Interior Ministry.


  11. “It’s not the time to unilaterally go in and lift the embargo until we see some ironclad guarantees that freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly is being allowed by the police state that is still run by the Castro brothers.”

    — U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), during Q&A with student group in Gainesville, Tampa Tribune, 2/14/14

    I could not agree more.

  12. I think you’ve hit on something, Neutral Observer!

    Castro’s arms shipments to North Korea are payment for a passenger seat on one of Kim’s ICBMs. Castro wants to be the first man on Mars so he can get a head start on his Martian sugar plantation. It’s a long way to Mars and Kim Chee is perfect astronaut food.

    It all makes sense now.

  13. The great thing about being a dictator, Hank, is always doing as you please.

    And having lots and lots of sycophants, from Hollywood producers to the president of Brazil.

    War is peace and Castro’s terrorists are anti-terrorists.

  14. Hank,

    Why would Cuba smuggle weapons to North Korea? What does Castro get in exchange, just money? Bottles of Kim Chee? Videos of Kim Jong’s greatest executions?

    How do poor countries always have so much money to buy weaponry? I guess Castro has a lot more weapons than people to use them.

    How long has Castro been smuggling weapons to North Korea under bags of sugar? How many MIGS has he smuggled to North Korea? To what other countries has he smuggled missiles and MIGS? To how many countries has he smuggled cocaine?

    What’s the size of his overseas bank accounts?

    Only Castro knows for sure.

  15. Oh Thanks HUMBY,
    It is an honour and a privilege that you mention my name in the pasting of this article.

    The story you post is a couple of weeks old I think.
    I seem to recall a slightly different version with a bit more of a back-story to it.
    Many, many doctors go from Cuba to Brazil and would anyone reasonable expect every single one of them to be happy about it??
    Of course not.
    It would be an absurdity to suggest each and every single one is going to be happy about it.
    It is only to be expected that some individuals will have their own private game plan and ultimately seek to maximise their own personal profit out of the situation.
    I think this lady will end up in Miami.
    Which, according to the version I heard, was her plan all along as I am led to believe that is where her beloved lives.
    All the very best of Good Luck to her is what I say.

    But thanks for the story anyway Humby.
    And Happy Valentines of course.



    DEUTSCHE WELLE: Cuban doctor in Brazil triggers diplomatic tiff – Many Cuban doctors work in Brazil, but the lion’s share of their salaries are kept by Havana. Out of protest, one doctor has applied for asylum, putting Brazil in an embarrassing situation.

    It is not exactly what Ramona Rodriguez had expected: In October of last year the Cuban doctor arrived in Brazil, a country with a severe shortage of physicians, to work in the far northeast state of Para, on the border to Suriname and Guyana.

    The program offers a salary of 10,000 Brazilian reals ($4,200/3,150 euros) per month and is open to both Brazilian and foreign physicians.

    About 6,500 doctors have taken advantage of the offer, and of these, some 5,400 come from Cuba. A special arrangement between Havana and Brasilia, however, stipulates that the salaries of the Cuban doctors be directly transferred back home.

    The Cuban government, in return, only pays its doctors working in Brazil $400 a month. Another $600 for each month spent in Brazil is handed over to the Cuban doctors when they return home. The rest – more than $3,000 – is kept by the state – about 75 percent of each doctor’s salary.

    When Rodriguez came to Brazil she was aware of the financial conditions under which she and her fellow Cuban doctors were to work, but not those of her colleagues from elsewhere.

    It wasn’t until she arrived in Para that she discovered other foreign doctors were earning 10 times the salary the Cubans were getting.

    Rodriguez felt robbed and betrayed – and applied for asylum in Brazil. In a number of interviews she described the situation of the Cuban doctors working in Brazil – a situation, it seemed,


  17. Same old blundering hypocritical remark from same old blundering hypocritical contributor.
    Why don’t you go get a job in a drone factory Hank ????

  18. It is strange how silent the castro dictatorship has been in response to the overwhelming evidence against it that it is responsible for the murders of Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero.

    It is also odd how silent the regime has been in response to being caught trafficking arms to North Korea.

    The silence from the regime on these issues is deafening. It is also incriminating. There is no way the dictatorship should be taken off the list of State Sponsors of Terror, because that is precisely what they do.

    I wonder if the silence from the dictatorship means acquiescence, or if it means it does not have the resources to respond. Or, maybe they hope this will all go away and the world will forget if they say nothing.

    Apart from the occasional castro fanatic or useful semi-literate tool we see posting here, they can’t seem to muster much of a defense. It is an interesting strategy.


    GLOBAL POST: N. Korea used complex network to evade sanctions: U.N. report –

    North Korea went to great lengths to defy sanctions by using a global network, including companies based in China and Singapore, to evade detection of a cargo ship that was discovered to be smuggling weapons last summer in waters off Panama, an unpublished U.N. report showed.

    The panel recently turned over the report to the U.N. committee that is charged with overseeing the implementation of Security Council sanctions imposed on North Korea, since it conducted underground nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and most recently in 2013.

    It was determined that both the shipment and the transaction between Cuba and North Korea constituted “sanctions violations.”

    Evidence found aboard the ship also pointed to the involvement of the North Korean staff in Cuba. Documents from the vessel indicate that the consignor of the sugar was Cubazucar and the consignee, Korean Central Marketing and Trading Corp.

    While Cuba confirmed the arrangement, it declined to give the panel copies of the agreements citing confidentiality clauses in the contracts.


  20. FACEBOOK VIDEO: Moment when Venezuelan police killed Bazil D’Acosta,- Momento en el que es asesinado el estudiante Basil Alejandro Da Costa

    VENEZUELA: At least two people were killed Wednesday as the largest protests ever against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s year-old government turned violent.

    Gunfire erupted in downtown Caracas when armed members of a pro-government vigilante group arrived on motorcycles and began firing at more than 100 anti-Maduro student protesters clashing with security forces.

    As the crowd fled in panic, one demonstrator fell to the ground with a bullet wound in his head. Onlookers screamed “assassins” as they rushed the 24-year-old student, later identified by family members as Bazil D’Acosta, to a police vehicle.

    Also killed was the leader of a pro-government 23rd of January collective, as militant supporters of Venezuela’s socialist administration call themselves. National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello said the “revolutionary” known by his nickname Juancho was “vilely assassinated by the fascists” but he didn’t provide details.

    The unrest erupted after a day of peaceful demonstrations organized by students and hard-line members of the opposition.

    Pro-government supporters countered with a march of their own to express support for Maduro, who has accused opponents of trying to violently oust him from power just two months after his party’s candidates prevailed by a landslide in mayoral elections.

    While anti-government demonstrators vented frustration over issues ranging from rampant crime to mounting economic hardships, they were united in their resolve to force Maduro out of office by constitutional means.

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