To Dream Higher

Yoani Sánchez, Havana | 21May2014

I don’t remember the title of the movie, nor the director, nor even if I saw it at a movie theater or on TV. I just remember the scene, a brief moment in which the protagonist takes off his coat and gives it to his friend. He confesses to him that the garment, modern, leather, was his dream. “Go, so that you can have higher dreams,” he snaps while handing over the object of his desires.

When a project that has been desired for too long is realized, we get the feeling that we must set ourselves new goals. 14ymedio.com has been my obsession for more than four years. First, I felt it needed to be born so that its information could contribute to Cubans deciding their own destiny with greater maturity. Later came the question of how to achieve it, and, from there, the drafting of a timeline as necessary as it was difficult to meet.

There was also a long period when my friends snickered as I talked about it. “The crazy newspaper woman,” more than one person called me. The most difficult part, however, was–and remains–giving this fantasy a real life. The stumbles have been innumerable. From the taxes for a power that sees in information a gesture of treason, to confronting the skepticism of some friends. But obsessions are like that, they tend not to let themselves be defeated too easily.

Today, I have achieved a dream. Unlike the character in that movie, it’s not a piece of clothing but a space for journalism in which many colleagues accompany me. Born with a desire to reach many readers within and outside of Cuba, offering a full spectrum of news, opinion columns and information about the reality of our Island. It will take a lot of work, there is no doubt. We will grow little by little, trying to ensure the quality of every published piece.

Now I can have higher dreams: in a year perhaps we will be at the corner kiosk. Who knows?

81 thoughts on “To Dream Higher

  1. Humberto: My crap detector is sounding the alarm on the “new Castro’s book”….I have researched and read and actually know a great deal about Fidel Castro….it just does not match up with facts

  2. SO Omar Fundora! WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS NEW BOOK ON FIDEL CASTRO?? OR ARE YOU GOING TO SKIP THIS NEWS DEAR!

    AUSTRALIAN NEWS: New book by Juan Reinaldo Sanchez claims Fidel Castro lived a life of luxury

    FIDEL Castro once claimed that he lived a life of exemplary revolutionary frugality on a salary of AU$39 per month.

    Now the communist firebrand’s claim has been dismissed as “lies” by a former bodyguard, who says Castro hoarded huge wealth with luxury properties, vehicles andcash stashed in foreign bank accounts.

    Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, 65, guarded the former Cuban leader — Washington’s nearby nemesis — for 17 years. But now he has published a book of memoirs portraying Castro as a sort of feudal lord who ran the island as a personal fiefdom.

    Castro personally controlled about 20 luxury homes, a Caribbean island getaway with a pool in which dolphins swam, the 88-foot yacht Aquarama II and several fishing vessels, according to Sanchez.

    “He always claims he lives frugally. Lies. He lives in a luxury that most Cubans can’t even imagine,” Sanchez told el Nuevo Herald in his first interview after the book, The Secret Life of Fidel Castro, was published last week in France.

    His 325-page book says Castro, now 87, controlled several numbered bank accounts abroad as well as the finances of several state enterprises — including a small gold mine in the Isle of Youth — that reported to him as president of the ruling Council of State.

    When Castro received a Cohiba cigar box full of Angolan diamonds, he told an aide to sell the gems on the international market “and you know what to do,” Sanchez said.

    Two large elephant tusks that once stood in his home also came from Angola. None of the bank accounts or enterprises were in Castro’s name, but they didn’t have to be, the bodyguard said. “He didn’t have to report to anyone. He had sole control,” over economic activity he estimated at “hundreds of millions of dollars,” he said.

    But after Forbes magazine included the Cuban ruler in its 2006 list of 10 richest “Kings, Queens and Dictators,” he declared that his salary was about 900 pesos per month, or $AU39.

    http://www.news.com.au/world/new-book-by-juan-reinaldo-sanchez-claims-fidel-castro-lived-a-life-of-luxury/story-fndir2ev-1226931515984

  3. Humberto: I read his book a few years ago…if you can interpret what he said below…you see, I think the problem that he has with his own book is the all or nothing mentality of some Leftist governments. But, you well know that there are Right Wingers who love centralization of Power and Money to the demise of the People’s Common Good. In other words, Centralization of Power and Money when the truth is that “the human condition is diverse” …some people believe in equality others believe that you must have inequality or the society does not work…my own view is that the political organization of any country should be set to manage diversity of needs and human rights ( in all its forms: information, food, housing, transportation, education, healthcare, property rights, etc… with a bill of rights that includes minimizing inequality…we all have the same rights to the resources of the Earth. Might of government and Man is what oppresses these rights)…so it appears to me that he is still a Leftist…but, a very smart Leftist who understand that nothing stays the same….everything changes with time….

    “Reality has changed a lot, and I have changed a lot,” he said in Brazil, adding: “Reality is much more complex precisely because the human condition is diverse. Some political sectors close to me thought such diversity was a heresy. Even today, there are some survivors of this type who think that all diversity is a threat. Fortunately, it is not.”

  4. HEY Omar Fundora

    N.Y. TIMES: Author Changes His Mind on ’70s Manifesto – Eduardo Galeano Disavows His Book ‘The Open Veins’ – by Larry Rohter

    For more than 40 years, Eduardo Galeano’s “The Open Veins of Latin America” has been the canonical anti-colonialist, anti-capitalist and anti-American text in that region. Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s populist president, even put a copy of the book, which he had called “a monument in our Latin American history,” in President Obama’s hands the first time they met. But now Mr. Galeano, a 73-year-old Uruguayan writer, has disavowed the book, saying that he was not qualified to tackle the subject and that it was badly written. Predictably, his remarks have set off a vigorous regional debate, with the right doing some “we told you so” gloating, and the left clinging to a dogged defensiveness.

    “ ‘Open Veins’ tried to be a book of political economy, but I didn’t yet have the necessary training or preparation,” Mr. Galeano said last month while answering questions at a book fair in Brazil, where he was being honored on the 43rd anniversary of the book’s publication. He added: “I wouldn’t be capable of reading this book again; I’d keel over. For me, this prose of the traditional left is extremely leaden, and my physique can’t tolerate it.”

    Precisely why Mr. Galeano chose to renounce his book now is unclear. Through his American agent, Susan Bergholz, he declined to elaborate. She said he had gradually grown “horrified by the prose and the phraseology” of “Open Veins.”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/24/books/eduardo-galeano-disavows-his-book-the-open-veins.html?_r=1

  5. WHY AT LEAST ONE OF THE WIVE’S OF THE JAILED VENEZUELAN CITY OFFICIALS WAS ELECTED….HARD TO CLAIM THAT THE CHAVISTAS ARE LOOSING SUPPORT BY THIS ELECTORAL RESULT….(turned on your crap detector regarding bias claims by the Right)

    Education

    San Cristobal has a large student population. There are many post-secondary schools, both public and private, in San Cristobal. The main ones are:
    Universidad Nacional Experimental del Táchira (UNET)
    Universidad de los Andes (ULA)
    Universidad Católica del Táchira (UCAT)
    Universidad Nacional Experimental de las Fuerzas Amadas (UNEFA)
    Universidad Nacional Abierta (UNA)
    Instituto Universitario Politecnico Santiago Mariño
    Instituto Universitario Antonio Jose de Sucre
    Instituto Universitario Monseñor Talavera
    Instituto Universitario Jesus Enrique Lozada

  6. EUROPE WENT TO THE RIGHT, IN COLOMBIA THE URIBE CANIDATE MIGHT WIN AND IN VENEZUELA THE WIVES OF THE JAILED MAYORS IN SAN CRISTOBAL, TACHIRA AND SAN DIEGO WON BY A HUGE LANDSLIDE! THE END OF THE CHAVISTASFASCISTAS AND CASTROFASCISTAS ERA IS NEAR!! AND Omar Fundora WITH THE ARTICLES FROM Venezuela Analysis!! GREAT SINGLE SOURCE FOR “TRUE” VENEZUELAN NEWS DEAR!

    BBC NEWS: Wives of jailed Venezuelan opposition mayors win in polls – 26 May 2014
    The wives of two jailed opposition mayors in Venezuela have won elections to replace them. The two women, whose husbands were sentenced earlier this year over their failure to contain opposition protests, won by a landslide. Venezuela has been disrupted by mass anti-government protests since early February. Talks between the government and the opposition to resolve the crisis are currently stalled. Landslide. Patricia Gutierrez won 73% of the vote in the western city of San Cristobal, while Rosa Brandonisio won in the central city of San Diego with 88%.

    Their husbands, Daniel Ceballos and Vicencio Scarano, were sentenced to 12 and 10 months in prison respectively for their refusal to remove street barricades set up by protesters.

    San Cristobal and San Diego are opposition strongholds and the women’s victory came as no surprise.

    But analysts say that the wide margin of their win over the governing PSUV party will still be seen as a boost to the opposition.

    “The result of these elections has shown that power and abuse have received a big lesson,” the opposition MUD, for which both women stood, said in a statement.

    An official for the PSUV party recognised the opposition’s win and said that “everyone had to learn from the lesson” voters had taught.

    The two cities saw some of the worst violence during the unrest, in which 42 people from both sides have been killed.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27573326

  7. EYE OPENING ARTICLE IN VENEZUELA ANALYSIS ABOUT THE INTERNET…EVERYONE SHOULD READ

    John Kerry, The Internet, and Freedom of Expression in Venezuela

    Freedom of expression on the internet is an issue for thousands of artists, particularly in our beloved Venezuela. Recently the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, pointed to supposed restrictions in our access to the internet, saying that the Venezuelan government meant to repress oppositional dissent by blocking certain websites.

    In Venezuela no one took Kerry’s accusation seriously.

    For the Venezuelan opposition, online social networks have played the exact opposite role: as a propaganda tool to galvanize their mobilization, and a tool to intimidate Chavismo. Chavistas have actually been worried by social media trends calling for violent action against the physical integrity of numerous compatriots and their families. Truthfully though, what bothers us about Kerry’s statement and other US politicians is that they are causing a detour from the actual debate at hand.

    In spite of what you may think of Maduro and social networks, here is the uncomfortable truth:

    Never beforein our country’s history have foreign corporations offered products and services to millions of Venezuelans without state regulation on those companies.

    We understand the danger here:

    When McDonald’s wanted to establish business in Venezuela, it had to surpass a series of legal hurdles set by the Venezuelan state, including verification of food quality, health and sanitation codes, workers’ rights issues, respective tax affairs, and regulations by state and municipality. Yes, McDonald’s hamburgers are a poor excuse for food, but without a state to regulate them, they could be even worse.

    In order for Monsanto to offer seed and products in Venezuela, they must also adhere to different laws and regulations. If those didn’t exist, Monsanto would overflow the country with transgenic seed and their lawyers would bring our farmers to their knees if they refused to use them, as is the norm in the United States and Europe.

    The day that Ford, Chevrolet, or Toyota wished to sell their automobiles in our country, they had to comply with strict regulations for passenger safety and environmental statutes that prevent highly toxic emissions, as well as guarantee quality in tires. (Remember the problems with the Ford Explorer and Firestone tires?) The vehicles also had to prove themselves compatible with the fuel sold in Venezuela and offer customer service and support in the country.

    If a foreign company buys a Venezuelan newspaper, radio or television network, they also have to follow certain rules. Freedom is not absolute: no media source may be used to foment criminal acts, to call for the overthrow of a government or to promote terrorism.

    The phone company Movistar is the property of a European transnational, yet it is also subject to the Law of Telecommunications.

    The point is, every international business that sells goods or offers services to Venezuela has to do so while abiding by our laws. They have to be inspected and regulated by the state to assure that they will do us no harm, that the products will not be of hazardous quality and the services will not be deficient. It’s true that the regulating entities leave much to be desired, but it’s surely better that they’re there, as opposed to not at all.

    But there is absolutely no Venezuelan law that can regulate social network companies based in the United States. Facebook, Twitter, and Google are for-profit companies that offer products and services to no less than 10 million Venezuelans, but no one can hold them accountable for their actions within the nation. In fact, they don’t even have establishments here.

    It is a delicate matter. Millions of Venezuelans “trust” the owners and workers of Twitter, Google and Facebook, giving them permanent access to our personal data, our constant location, photos of our children, all our contacts, our daily routine, our personal secrets, and gossip from work.

    But in this article I want to bring to our attention the deep problem of social networks that presented itself during the protests known as La Salida (The Exit). The problem stems from a basic disrespect for our right to peace. As social network users, we want to trust that what appears online will respect the elemental norms of coexistence that are upheld in any country: which means not allowing mass gatherings for violent or criminal activity, no public plans to assassinate fellow citizens, no threats, or exposure of our private information, especially when used as blackmail.

    Additionally, we don’t want social networks to be used as tools to disrupt our daily lives, causing damage to our communities and putting some people’s lives at risk. We are not asking for anything extraordinary: we just want Google, Facebook and Twitter (among others) to respect our laws, our societal norms and our judicial system, in the same way they respect those of the United States and England [sic], as well as some other countries.

    The problem is that these companies operate abroad. Twitter has no office in Venezuela, and neither do Google or Facebook. Their offices, workers, and master computers where all data is stored can be found in the United States, and perhaps in a few other countries. There’s no way for us to cite or fine their directors, or demand they respect our laws. The only method available is to block them entirely, which is not only a highly unpopular measure, but easily dodged by determined users as well.

    This article will be divided into three parts.
    1. To show that the internet in Venezuela, far from being blocked, has been the primary tool for the opposition to convoke violent and oftentimes unconstitutional demonstrations which would not be permitted in any other part of the world.
    2. To show how the opposition has used the internet in ways contrary to the spirit of freedom of expression, by wielding it as a mechanism for threatening Chavista individuals, divulging personal information and putting people’s lives and integrity in danger, as well as violating Venezuelan and international law, without any apparent limitations on behalf of those who control the networks.
    3. To show that in some countries, such as Brazil, they have attempted to do something to resolve similar problems. I humbly suggest here that our politicians and parliamentarians join forces with Brazil and other countries of UNASUR, CELAC, and Alba so that we may demand these US corporations ensure the safety and respect for our citizens, by following our laws.
    http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/10697

  8. News of politician Raúl Castro’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2014 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the Cuban president is alive and well.

    UPDATE 26/05/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

    Raúl Castro death hoax spreads on Facebook

    Rumors of the politician’s alleged demise gained traction on Saturday after a ‘R.I.P. Raúl Castro’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the Cuban politician’s passing:

    “At about 11 a.m. ET on Saturday (May 24, 2014), our beloved politician Raúl Castro passed away. Raúl Castro was born on June 3, 1931 in Birán. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”

    Hundreds of fans immediately started writing their messages of condolence on the Facebook page, expressing their sadness that the talented 82-year-old politician was dead. And as usual, Twittersphere was frenzied over the death hoax.

    Where as some trusting fans believed the post, others were immediately skeptical of the report, perhaps learning their lesson from the huge amount of fake death reports emerging about celebrities over recent months. Some pointed out that the news had not been carried on any major Cuban network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a politician of Raúl Castro’s stature would be major news across networks.

    A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (72%) of respondents think those Raúl Castro death rumors are not funny anymore.

    Raúl Castro Death Hoax Dismissed Since Politician Is ‘Alive And Well’

    On Sunday (May 25) the politician’s reps officially confirmed that Raúl Castro is not dead. “He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He’s still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet,” they said.

    Some fans have expressed anger at the fake report saying it was reckless, distressing and hurtful to fans of the much loved politician. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.

  9. I SMELL CORRUPTION IN COLOMBIAN ELECTIONS THE NUMBER OF VOIDED VOTES IS MORE THAN 300,000 VOTES….THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE BUSINESS CLASS IN RUNNING THE COUNTRY INSTEAD OF THE PEOPLE….40% OF COLOMBIA’S ECONOMY IS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY PRIMARILY DRUGS….

  10. Bogota, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The 29.27 percent of the votes, won by candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga for the movement Democratic Center, was not enough to win the Colombian presidential elections in the first round.
    The news agency Prensa Latina publishes the following results of the first electoral round, according to data provided by the National Civil Registry of Colombia:

    General Information:

    Polling Stations: 89,391

    Reported Polling Stations: 89,160

    Authorized Voters: 32,975,158

    Total of Voters: 13,203,337

    Results per Candidate:

    Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, for Democratic Center (3,758,101) 29.27 percent.

    Juan Manuel Santos, for National Unity (3,294,623) 25.65 percent.

    Martha Lucia Ramirez, for Conservative Party (1,995,044) 15.53 percent.

    Clara Lopez, for Alternative Democratic Polo-Patriotic Union (1,956,076) 15.23 percent.

    Enrique Peñalosa, for Green Alliance Party (1,064,685) 8.29 percent.

    Total of Votes per Candidate: 12,067,910

    Blank Ballot Papers: 770,368

    Total of Valid Votes: 12,068,529

    Void Votes: 311,507

    Unchecked Ballot Papers: 52,920

    Total of Votes: 13,203,337

  11. 14YMEDIO IS NOT BEING BLOCKED IN CUBA

    The unblocking of the site came hours after state-run newspaper Granma on Saturday accused the United States of giving “full support” to the new newspaper, and noting that Cuba “will not tolerate any subversive activity.”

    Granma claimed “14ymedio” was fully funded by foreign sources and aimed to “feed the disinformation and defamation campaigns against Cuba.”

    Sanchez assembled a newsroom of 11 journalists, including herself, in Havana to produce the news site. Her husband, Reinaldo Escobar, is editor-in-chief.

    Noted figures from around the world, including Nobel prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa and Polish Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa, had urged the government to “respect the right” of the newspaper to exist, in a letter posted on the site.

    Sanchez has said that the newspaper would also be distributed via cellphone and email, as well as through digital memory devices like USB flash drives, DVDs and CDs.

  12. MEXICO WANTS TO FACILITATE TRADE WITH CUBA BY OPENING A TRADE OFFICE IN CUBA. IN 2012 THE PRI RETURN TO POWER, JANUARY NIETO VISIT CUBA AND THIS IS ONE OF THE RESULTS OF WHAT WAS DISCUSSED IN JANUARY….

    MEXICO (AP) — México se dispone a abrir una oficina comercial en Cuba para incentivar las inversiones y relaciones económicas con la isla cuatro meses después de la visita del presidente mexicano Enrique Peña Nieto a la isla y tras la reciente aprobación de una nueva ley en el estado caribeño que facilitará la inversión extranjera en el país.

    La Secretaría de Economía informó en un comunicado que su titular, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, visitará Cuba el lunes y martes acompañado de una treintena de empresarios mexicanos para inaugurar la oficina de ProMéxico.

    Para el gobierno mexicano, la nueva institución supondrá un impulso al comercio y la inversión entre ambos países sobre todo en los sectores farmacéutico, alimentos y bebidas, insumos industriales, infraestructura y turismo.

    En 2013 el intercambio comercial entre ambos países superó los 386 millones de dólares, cifra que indica que en los últimos diez años se ha duplicado el comercio bilateral.

    Asimismo, con el regreso del Partido Revolucionario Institucional al poder en México en 2012 y la visita de Peña Nieto a Cuba el pasado mes de enero, ambos países han declarado el inicio de una etapa de mayor cooperación después de años en los que las relaciones se habían enfriado.

  13. Hank,

    That’s the big question, who would run a truth and justice commission so that it would produce truth and justice?

    You’re right about Cuba being different, too. What worked for other countries won’t work for Cuba.

    Will Cuba just become a Mafia republic, like Russia or China?

    I think the biggest hope for Cuba to avoid that is the influence of the USA.

    There are over a million Cubans in the USA who can help rebuild democracy, and most Cubans in Cuba want them to.

  14. Gracias Humberto!

    I see it now.

    It looks like there are two main islands connected by some sort of causeway or bridge.

    Cayo Piedra south of the Bay of Pigs is completely unmarked on Google Earth. The resolution isn’t very good, but there are definite signs of construction on both of the islands. The causeway or bridge connecting them is the most surprising.

    I can also see buildings on both of the islands.

  15. BAD NEWS FOR THE CASTROFASCISTS! LOOKS LIKE COLOMBIA’s ELECTIONS ARE HEADING TO A RUN OFF! THIS ROUND WAS WON BY Oscar Iván Zuluaga WHO IS RIGHT OF CENTER AND WON ALMOST 30% WHILE THE CASTRO FAMILY FRIEND Juan Manuel Santos WON ALMOST 26% OF THE VOTES!! THIS SHOULD BE INTERESTING!

    LA TERCERA: Elecciones en Colombia: Zuluaga y Santos irán a segunda vuelta – Con casi el 94 por ciento de las mesas escrutadas, Zuluaga obtenía un 29,21 por ciento de los sufragios, mientras que Santos lograba un 25,45 por ciento, según los cómputos de la Registraduría Nacional
    http://www.latercera.com/noticia/mundo/2014/05/678-579650-9-elecciones-en-colombia-zuluaga-y-santos-iran-a-segunda-vuelta.shtml

  16. Neutral Observer,

    Agreed. We need less, not more violence.

    Extremists, like our friend Nick, espouse extrajudicial solutions to problems, including murder, without any shame. I would not have believed it if I had not seen and read it here with my own eyes.

    I think people who cling to this approach are fundamentally flawed, for whatever psychological reasons they may be burdened with.

    I like your idea of a truth and justice commission for Cuba. But I don’t know what that would look like. Who would be on the commission? What power would they have?

    We have post-war Germany, Japan and post-Apartheid South Africa which could serve as examples, but Cuba is different, I think.

    From what I understand, Apartheid in South Africa lasted 46 years, from 1948 to 1994.

    The Cuban atrocity has lasted longer and is different.

    A truth and justice commission could be a good way to begin repairing the damage, however irreparable it may be. The sad thing is that it is too late for many people.

  17. Hank,

    I agree completely.

    We need less senseless violence, not more.

    A truth and justice commission into the crimes of the Castro dictatorship, with trials for the worst criminals.

    The clean-up of corruption will be a huge problem.

  18. THIS IS BAD NEWS FOR THE CASTROFASCISTS! DONT THINK THE EU WILL BE LIFTING THE COMMON POSITION ANYTIME SOON ACCORDING TO THESE RESULTS!

    THE GUARDIAN UK: Front National wins European parliament elections in France Elections return record number of MEPs opposed to EU project, with far right winning in France, Denmark and Austria – Ian Traynor in Brussels

    European politics were jolted as seldom before on Sunday when France’s extreme nationalists triumphed in the European parliament elections, which across the continent returned an unprecedented number of MEPs hostile or sceptical about the European Union in a huge vote of no confidence in Europe’s political elite.

    France’s Front National won the election there with a projected 25% of the vote, while the governing socialists of President François Hollande collapsed to 14%, according to exit polls.

    In Britain the Nigel Farage-led insurrection against Westminster was also expected by all three main parties to deliver a victory for Ukip in the election, albeit with a lower lead than some opinion polls had been predicting in recent weeks. Turnout in Britain was 36%, higher than at the last European elections in 2009.

    Four days of elections across 28 countries returned a record number of MEPs opposed to the EU project. Voters delivered a string of sensational outcomes, according to exit polls, with radical and nationalist anti-EU forces scoring major victories both on the far right and the hard left.

    In Greece, Alexis Tsipras led the Syriza movement to a watershed victory for the left over the country’s two traditional ruling parties – currently governing in coalition – the New Democracy conservatives and the Pasok social democrats. The neo-fascists of Golden Dawn took about 10%.

    Exit polls suggest the nationalist anti-immigrant Danish People’s party won by a similar margin in Denmark.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/25/france-national-front-win-european-elections

  19. Hank, HAVE A FACEBOOK FRIEND Joel Garcia WHO HAS A BLOG AND HAS PUT WHAT I BELIEVE IS THE LINK TO GOOGLE MAPS OF Cayo Piedra

    UN CUBANO IN BALEARES (a Cuban in Baleares) SPAIN BLOG: (GOOGLE MAPS) El paraíso de #FidelCastro. #Cuba

    http://www.networkedblogs.com/Xb5Th

  20. I’ve been searching Google Earth and cannot find anything called Cayo Piedra south of the Bay of Pigs. The only Cayo Piedra I can find is one on the north coast of Cuba, off Varadero. Am I missing something?

    Also, I absolutely denounce the sentiments expressed by Bluenote in an earlier post today. This is the same irresponsible insanity advocated by poster Nick.

  21. THIS IS THE SERIES THAT THE PREVIOUS ARTICLES REFERS TO! SPANISH ONLY, BUT YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE VIDEOS AND PHOTOS MENTIONED.
    YOUTUBE: La vida secreta de Castro (1 de 5) – The secret life of the Castro Clan (1 of 5)

  22. THE INDEPENDENT : At home with Castro: Cuba’s ‘maximum chief’-6 August 2006

    Punto Cero, Castro’s main residence, came to light only after a Florida TV channel broadcast a 10-part series in 2002, La Vida Secreta de Fidel Castro – “The Secret Life of Fidel Castro”. It was based on a home video shot in the relatively modest two-house retreat by one of Castro’s sons, Antonio, an orthopaedic surgeon, who inadvertently left the tape in the home of an ex-girlfriend who later fled to Miami. The only luxury appeared to be a giant TV on which Castro was said to view videos of dissident activity filmed by his intelligence agents.

    The home video showed the Comandante chatting with three of his grandchildren as they played in a small pool, with a tennis court and a basketball court nearby. We also learned that he was a lover of fine wines but that his favourite tipple was buffalo milk, apparently smuggled in especially for him from the US. The film also suggested that Castro’s wife Dalia Soto del Valle wore the trousers, at least in the home. The spurned girlfriend who emerged with the home video, Dashiell Torralba, said that del Valle ruled the roost over her sons and daughters-in-law and that it was she who insisted Antonio dump his girlfriend.

    A documentary in 2003, filmed by Hollywood director Oliver Stone and approved by Castro, revealed little, other than that he had had a crush on Brigitte Bardot as a young man. It seemed clear that the otherwise reticent Castro had understood the necessity of such an exclusive, though meaningless, titbit to promote the film.

    Standing up to the mighty Uncle Sam, psychiatrists say, was a turning point in Castro’s psyche – they believe he had previously suffered from an inferiority complex because of his lowly background and the fact that he came from a broken family. (His mother was Lina Ruz, the housemaid while his father was still married to Maria Argota. Castro more or less confirmed this by taking on the surname Ruz, and his father later married her.)

    Castro’s own love life was always overshadowed by his revolutionary activity. He married Mirta Diaz-Balart in 1948, producing a son, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, widely known as Fidelito, or Little Fidel, the following year. But he divorced Mirta in 1955 as he concentrated on his political activity, then his attempts to overthrow the dictator Batista after the coup of 1952. Mirta was last known to be living in Spain but is said to visit the island regularly to see her son.

    During his spell in the Sierra Maestra mountains in the late 1950s, Fidel had a daughter with a fellow guerrilla, Natalia “Naty” Revuelta. That daughter, Alina Fernandez Revuelta, now 50, fled to Miami in the 1990s, where she is an outspoken critic of her father’s communist regime, most recently as a commentator on CNN.

    After the revolution, Castro began living with the schoolteacher Dalia Soto del Valle, with whom he had five sons – Alejandro, Antonio, Alexis, Angel and Alex – their names all beginning with “A” because Alexander the Great was one of Castro’s heroes. He had used the nom de guerre Alejandro as a guerrilla and later adopted it as his middle name. Fidel and Dalia are said to have eventually married in a secret ceremony.

    While his daughter Alina is relatively well known in the Spanish and Florida media, Castro’s sons in Cuba, in their thirties or early forties, remain virtually unknown on the island, as is their mother. They live quietly, using government cars and bodyguards when necessary, occasionally popping up incognito among crowds at pro-Castro rallies.

    The eldest son, Fidelito, is an exception. Now 56, he is a scientist and eerily resembles his dad – he even has the beard. Fidelito was head of Cuba’s Atomic Energy Commission from 1980 to 1992, when his father fired him for reasons that are not known. He remains a consultant to Castro’s government, however, and pops up around the world at scientific conferences.

    Castro has clearly told his family to avoid the trappings of wealth. He himself was angered by a report in Forbes magazine last year listing him as one of the world’s wealthiest men, worth $550m, based on his theoretical control of state enterprises, notably Medicuba, which exports pharmaceuticals. “If they can prove I have an account abroad containing even one single dollar, I shall resign my post,” he said. He put his net worth at “zero”.

    In truth, although he has long been in a position to milk his country, there is no evidence that he has done so. Dissidents in Havana say that his brother Raul is the more likely of the two to have a nest-egg stashed abroad, thanks to his leadership of the Cuban army, now the country’s biggest convertible currency earner on the strengths of its efforts in foreign-financed joint ventures.

    Servando Gonzalez, a Cuban army officer who fought with Castro at the Bay of Pigs and was close to him during the 1962 missile crisis, believes the Cuban leader is “crazy and irrational” and suffers from a split personality. Gonzalez, author of The Secret Fidel Castro: Deconstructing the Symbol, says Castro has a photographic memory, which gives him a certain power over people.

    “I don’t think you can explain these strange, uncanny abilities by charisma alone. It’s more than that. It is something that has no rational explanation. Hitler had the same faculties, as did Charles Manson. You cannot define what is their power.”

    In a 1992 interview with the Uruguayan newspaper Brecha, Castro was asked during his visit to Galicia whether he still thought history would absolve him. “Perhaps 1,000 years will pass, but history will absolve me.”

    Asked “how will Cuba be after Castro?” he replied: “There have been hundreds of years of Cuba without Fidel, and hundreds of years can pass in Cuba without Fidel.

    “I will be but a sigh in history. I always remember the Jesuits taught me ‘ashes to ashes, dust to dust…’. Very few people will remember me.”

    Did he really mean it?

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/at-home-with-castro-cubas-maximum-chief-410697.html

  23. GREAT ARTICLE WITH HIGHLIGHTS ON THE NEW BOOK ABOUT FIDEL CASTRO, SHOWING WHAT A GREAT CAPITALISTS HE IS WHILE MAKING THE WORLD THINK THAT HE IS AN EGALITARIAN Y POBRECITO! QUITE TE OPPOSITE, AS A TYPICAL “COMMUNIST” WHO LIVES LIKE A KING!

    N.Y. DAILY NEWS: Fidel Castro’s former bodyguard shares details of leader’s reportedly lavish lifestyle – Juan Reinaldo Sanchez spent five years in Castro’s elite inner circle of bodyguards before falling out of favor. In a recently-published memoir, ‘The Secret Life of Fidel Castro,’ Sanchez claims Castro controlled five yachts, an exclusive island, and a turtle lagoon. – BY Carol Kuruvilla

    Fidel Castro is a soldier, a politician, and a world figure.

    Now, he’s been called an outright liar.

    Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, a former bodyguard who spent 17 years in Castro’s service, claims the 87-year-old Cuban leader lives in the lap of luxury while pretending to be a frugal communist revolutionary.

    In a recently-published tell-all memoir, Sanchez says the real Castro is the sort of man who sails his yachts to an exclusive island and turtle lagoon surrounded by dolphins.

    And on his exclusive Havana estate, Sanchez said Castro has access to a medical center, basketball court, and a rooftop bowling alley, basketball court

    “Contrary to what he has always said, Fidel has never renounced capitalist comforts or chosen to live in austerity. Au contraire, his mode de vie is that of a capitalist,” Sanchez says in the book, “The Secret Life of Fidel Castro” published Wednesday in France.

    Castro allegedly had control of 20 luxury homes, including a Caribbean island getaway called Cayo Piedra. South of the Bay of Pigs, the island was reportedly serviced by several hundred yacht workers. One of his five yachts reportedly served as a floating hospital. Sanchez also said that the commercial fishing boats that supplied food for Cayo Piedra sold the surplus catch in Havana, while Castro pocketed the cash.

    “Castro would sit in his large black leather director’s armchair … a glass of Chivas Regal on the rocks (his favorite drink) in his hand,” writes Sánchez.

    Only special guests were allowed to visit Cayo Piedra. Some of the lucky men were Gabriel García Márquez, CNN owner Ted Turner and Erich Honecker, former leader of communist East Germany.

    Castro also loved to have women in his life. He was married to Dalio Soto del Valle, but Sanchez claims he had affairs with a flight attendant, translator, and another woman.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/fidel-castro-bodyguard-shares-details-cuban-leader-lavish-lifestyle-article-1.1804538

  24. Some day 11 million Cubans will sometime soon, go look for all the CDR´s of every street, the brutal policemen, corrupt politicians and businessmen – and most importantly : the family of Castro…… No Mas, Come en Nunca Mas…

    And I for one, hope that this year will be the year, that the “Evolution” will start from within Cuba….

    Cubans need to kill this bad Marabou seed, that has been covering Cuba for the past 56 years….

    Without remorse, just clean this beautiful soil that were poisoned by liars spreading fear and corruption from the very top, to every street – goverened by arrogant CDR´s

    Just kill them – Clean Cuba from within, no remorse

    Lets have another version of Limpiar de Escambray

  25. neutral observer: if I don’t copy and paste pro- Cuba articles, all the readers of this site would get is more of the Right Wing Agenda bias information….

  26. CUBA IS PUSHING BACK ON THE “FREEDOM OF INFORMATION” WAR THE U.S. HAS AGAINST THE ISLAND….EXPOSES FOREIGN POLICY OF AMBIGUITY AGAINST THE ISLAND IN CUBAN NEWS OUTLET…GRANMA

    …..Granma recalled that Cuba can not connect to the tens of submarine optical fibber cables around the island, which forces them to seek more costly alternatives to increase Internet connectivity.

    Paradoxically, the U.S. government has announced its plans to take a submarine cable to the territory illegally occupied by the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, in clear violation of the sovereignty of Cuba, the article states.

    Later stated that while Washington promotes secret programs like Zunzuneo, Piramideo and finances a digital diary with subversive purposes, at the same time imposes sanctions on U.S. telecommunication and foreign companies for serving Cuba.

    It concludes that the U.S. government is the only one in the world that forbids its citizens to visit Cuba freely, thereby preventing contacts, exchanges, communication and the free flow of information between the two peoples.

  27. CUBA IS PUSHING BACK ON THE “FREEDOM OF INFORMATION” WAR THE U.S. HAS AGAINST THE ISLAND….EXPOSES FOREIGN POLICY OF AMBIGUITY AGAINST THE ISLAND IN CUBAN NEWS OUTLET…

    …..Granma recalled that Cuba can not connect to the tens of submarine optical fibber cables around the island, which forces them to seek more costly alternatives to increase Internet connectivity.

    Paradoxically, the U.S. government has announced its plans to take a submarine cable to the territory illegally occupied by the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, in clear violation of the sovereignty of Cuba, the article states.

    Later stated that while Washington promotes secret programs like Zunzuneo, Piramideo and finances a digital diary with subversive purposes, at the same time imposes sanctions on U.S. telecommunication and foreign companies for serving Cuba.

    It concludes that the U.S. government is the only one in the world that forbids its citizens to visit Cuba freely, thereby preventing contacts, exchanges, communication and the free flow of information between the two peoples.

  28. Omar,

    You live on a different planet.

    The Castros get huge positive coverage from most of the world’s press. Yoani Sanchez gets mainly negative press.

    Only in a few countries, like the USA, do some major newspapers print criticism of the Castros and give some fair coverage to the dissident movement.

    But even in the USA, the Castros get a lot of positive press.

    Maybe you don’t pay attention to what you copy and paste here, but most of it is from pro-Castro web sites based in the USA.

  29. HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THE PROPAGANDA MODEL IS USED
    “Sanchez has 609,000 followers on Twitter, compared with Cuban President Gen. Raúl Castro’s 130,000, and Cuba’s official Prensa Latina news agency’s 63,000. She has been awarded the world’s top journalism prizes, and Time magazine has selected her as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.”

    SOME FACTS:

    1. You can’t compare Raul Castro’s popularity in Twitter with Sanchez….why???
    a. Raul is a man in his 80’s and the leader of a country. Sanchez is a woman, a mother and
    younger. Sanchez is supported by the U.S. Propaganda Machine and is viewed as the
    underdog. Sanchez adventures in journalism is sensationalized in many World
    Newspapers. Raul is not….if you were to compare Raul Castro’s popularity in 1958 and
    1959 with Sanchez in 2014, then it would be an apples to apples comparison and this writer would be closer to providing un-bias information.

    2. Prensa Latina low popularity today is because the World really is not interested in what goes on in Cuba. Cuba is more interesting today to the tourist that may want to visit a Caribbean island. Sanchez journalistic adventures is like watching a NASCAR race. In a NASCAR race most people that attend are there to see if there is going to be a car crash. In the case of 14ymedio, there is great interest in knowing how long is this digital newspaper going to last because of the restrictions in Cuba regarding criticism of the government organization, what constitute treason, enemy propaganda, etc…

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