Bowling Pins, Sweets and Dangers

Putin and Raul Castro together on Cuban television. (14ymedio)

Putin and Raul Castro together on Cuban television. (14ymedio)

“These are the last sweets!” The cry could be the simple proclamation of a candy seller, but I heard it twenty-three years ago at my high school in the countryside and it was the first evidence I had of the collapse of the Soviet Union. The person shouting was Olga, a student who resold what the wives of the Russian technicians in Alamar gave her. She was the bridge between our Cuban money, worth less every day, and a series of products such as candy and canned goods “Made in USSR.” I remember this teenager, who warned us of the coming of shortages, like a blind Tiresias, alerting us to the adiós of the “bowling pins” (as we called the Russians).

The old relationship with the Kremlin comes to mind now, with Vladimir Putin’s visit to Cuba. We have seen the official delegation on national television with its businesslike demeanor in suits and ties, no longer speaking of Marxism-Leninism or the dictatorship of the proletariat. They look different, but so much the same. The same glance from above they once had when they knew our island was just a small domino in the game of power. They come looking for alliances, to define the contours of those blocks they are reassembling – right before our eyes – in a new return of the Cold War. We are one step away from returning to our old status as a satellite, diminished before Moscow’s power, its oil, the debt relief it just granted us.

Not a single official commentator has hinted at the dangers entailed in this approach, nor to the Russian government’s need to use Latin America as a diplomatic “launching pad” against its old enemy, the United States. In the midst of this renewed confrontation among the great powers, we are trapped as a disposable and negotiable part, as the case may be. The risk is such that I again remember Olga and the last Soviet candies she offered us in that dorm. Those sweets in extinction predicted an end, the goodies being announced today, like a new airport and possible Russian investment in the Port of Mariel project, compromise our future. You don’t have to be blind, nor Tiresias, to realize it.

12 July 2014

29 thoughts on “Bowling Pins, Sweets and Dangers

  1. Mrs. Matulovic,

    These people get caught red handed by non-military personnel. In essence a citizen arrest. They are angry because one of their boat which they use to make a living is being stolen. They give chase, they try to stop them, the 13 de Marzo refuses to stop, they bump into the vessel to scare them to stop and return to shore, they don’t and continue even though they are surrounded. The captain of 13 de Marzo should be the one on trial for risking the lives of 71 people by not surrendering to the non-military Cuban citizens. But, he miscalculated that because he was dealing with non-military personnel, they can bully them to give up trying to stop them by basically daring them to sink the boat. the captain of 13 de Marzo ordered the children to come up on deck to use them to get the sympathy of the boats given the 13 de Marzo chase. The Cuban Coast Guard don’t want to risk their ship in the chaos caused by ships of Cuban non-military personnel and the fugitive ship. Once the ship sinks and the other boats separate, the Coast Guard moves in and picks up the survivors of the collision.

    The Human Right Commission at the time of the accident in 1994 was loaded with Americans conducting the investigation and therefore it was bias.

  2. TYPICAL RESPONSE/TACTIC BY THE CASTRO AGENT/APOLOGIST Omar Fundora ON THE MURDER OF THE CUBAN CITIZENS 20 YEARS AGO ON THE “Remolcador 13 de Marzo”!! THEY MAKE THE VICTIMS THE CULPRITS SO AS TO TAKE AWAY RESPONSIBILITY AND FACTS FROM THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY, MAFIA, FASCIST DICTATORSHIP! BUT I HAVE NEWS FOR THEM, THERE IS PLENTY OF PROOF AND DOCUMENTATION TO GET THE CASTRO BROTHERS AND THEIR HENCHMEN TO THE HAGUE! TODO ESTA DOCUMENTADO PARA CUANDO VENGA LA JUSTICIA PARA TODAS LAS VICTIMAS DE LOS CASTROS!

    NAME AND AGE OF VICTIMS OF THE “TUGBOAT MASSACRE” OF JULY 13, 1994

    Abreu Ruíz, Angel René. Age: 3.
    Alcalde Puig, Rosa María. Age: 47.
    Almanza Romero, Pilar. Age: 31.
    Alvarez Guerra, Lissett María. Age: 24.
    Anaya Carrasco, Yaltamira. Age: 22.
    Balmaseda Castillo, Jorge Gregorio. Age: 24.
    Borges Alvarez, Giselle. Age: 4.
    Borges Briel, Lázaro Enrique. Age: 34.
    Carrasco Sanabria, Martha Mirilla. Age: 45.
    Cayol, Manuel. Age: 56.
    Enríquez Carrazana, Luliana. Age: 22.
    Fernández Rodríguez, María Miralis. Age: 27.
    Feu González Rigoberto. Age: 31
    García Suárez, Joel. Age: 20.
    Góngora, Leonardo Notario. Age: 28.
    González Raices, Amado. Age: 50.
    Guerra Martínez, Augusto Guillermo. Age: 45.
    Gutiérrez García, Juan Mario. Age: 10.
    Levrígido Flores, Jorge Arquímedes. Age: 28.
    Leyva Tacoronte, Caridad. Age: 5.
    Loureiro, Ernesto Alfonso. Age: 25
    Marrero Alamo, Reynaldo Joaquín. Age: 48.
    Martínez Enriquez, Hellen. Age: 5 Months.
    Méndez Tacoronte, Mayulis. Age: 17.
    Muñoz García, Odalys. Age: 21.
    Nicle Anaya, José Carlos. Age: 3.
    Pérez Tacoronte, Yousell Eugenio. Age: 11.
    Perodín Almanza, Yasser. Age: 11.
    Prieto Hernández, Fidencio Ramel. Age: 51.
    Rodríguez Fernández, Xicdy. Age: 2.
    Rodríguez Suárez, Omar. Age: 33.
    Ruíz Blanco, Julia Caridad. Age: 35.
    Sanabria Leal, Miladys. Age: 19.
    Suárez Esquivel, Eduardo. Age: 38.
    Suárez Esquivel, Estrella. Age: 48.
    Suárez Plasencia, Eliécer. Age: 12.
    Tacoronte Vega, Martha Caridad. Age: 35

  3. Wow, Omar, what a convenient rewriting of historical facts!! Very creative. The Cuban “government,” that is the dictatorship, sent a boat to intercept the 13 de Marzo, and the “government” boat blasted those trying to escape with powerful water hoses. The 13 de Marzo was also rammed intentionally by another vessel, causing the deaths of many innocent people.

  4. Humberto….the plan the Russians are executing was released to the public in 2012. The Russian plan covers the period of 2012 to 2020. Think of it as the 2011 Raul Reforms for Cuba. The Cuban government is still “rolling out” the Reforms. Yoani has being complaining in meetings she has attended abroad that Raul’s government is not getting the results as fast as she and her group would like to see. But, the Russian plan will complement the Cuban Reforms of 2011. This is why the dissidents in Cuba have their underwear all rollup in their behind about the prospect of realization of the promised goals of the 2011 Raul Castro’s Reforms with a little help from Cuba’s friends.

  5. It is pretty pathetic of the Damas en Blanco, a well known group that represent wives and family members of people that have being thrown in jail because of breaking the law and support regime change illegally would want to go out and demonstrate for victims of a maritime accident with the intent of duping the general public into thinking that the accident was no accident and was simply the use of Might on defenseless people by the Cuban government. The truth about the incident is well known…they are only embarrassing themselves and getting arrested for something that gets them very few points or support…gray matter is not abundant in the decision making process for these activities….heart and good intentions don’t even get you a cup of coffee these days…

  6. So…a group of people steal a boat, the boat is in poor conditions, it does not have enough life vests for everyone. Three Cuban boats from the Cuban company that own the stolen 13 de Marzo catch up with the stolen boat. One gets in front of it one is on its side and one is behind. The sea is rough and the boat that is on 13 de Marzo’s tail, collides with the boat. The boat sinks and they are able to rescue 31 people from the water. They used all their life vests, not enough because they are small boats with small crews. The coast guard arrives and participate in the rescue operations….How is this a criminal act by the Cuban government???? ….it is outright incredible …it is hurricane season, let’s blame it on the Cuban government too….people want reform in Cuba by hook or by crook….this is why less and less people bothers to follow the situation in the island….

  7. Excellent Post Humberto a quote from the US Department of State. That makes you a real live stooge for US Imperialism. When is the United States going to respect the Human Rights of its detainees on its occupied area of Cuba, Guantanamo Bay Naval Station? Detainees that they admit are cleared of charges who if held in a US Prison on stated side soil would have to be released. Where is Yoani now? Vacationing courtesy of the Cuban American Foundation a terrorist organization on US Soil?

  8. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE PRESS RELEASE: Detentions of Dozens of Activists in Cuba – Jen Psaki – Department Spokesperson – Washington, DC – July 14, 2014

    On Sunday Cuban authorities rounded up and detained over one hundred courageous members of the Damas de Blanco as they sought to peacefully commemorate the loss of life on the tugboat 13 de Marzo, sunk by the Cuban Government 20 years ago this past weekend.

    We strongly condemn the Cuban Government’s continued use of this intimidation tactic to silence its critics and disrupt peaceful assembly.

    We urge the Government of Cuba to end these practices and respect the universal human rights of the Cuban people.
    http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/07/229227.htm

  9. HERE COMES THE CASTRO AGENTS AND/OR APOLOGIST’S ATTEMPT AT DEFAME, DISMISS AND BLAME THE ADULTS FOR WHAT HAPPENED 20 YEARS AGO IN THE BAY OF HAVANA WITH THE SINKING OF THE TUGBOAT 13 de Marzo!! LUCKILY THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY, MAFIA, FASCIST DICTATORSHIP CANNOT SWEEP THEIR CRIMES UNDER THE INFORMATION RUG, AND WE WONT LET THEM!

    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE: Light at Noon – by Jay Nordlinger – July 10, 2014

    Six blocks up from NR headquarters in New York is the Cuban mission to the U.N. Our publisher, Jack Fowler, has passed the mission many, many times in his walks to and from the train station. He has been known to give it a digital salute. I have been known to give the same salute.

    At noon today, democracy activists gathered across from the mission to mark the 20th anniversary of the Tugboat Massacre. This was the atrocity in which the Castro dictatorship murdered 37 men, women, and children as they attempted to flee the island.

    Not only will totalitarian dictatorships prevent you from living freely in your own country; they prevent you from fleeing to another. In this sense, they are slaveholders and hostage-takers. When assessing a dictatorship, I often ask, “Does it allow people to leave?” The first freedom, in a way, should be the freedom to vote with your feet: to leave, if you don’t like the way things are going at home. The worst dictatorships prevent this.

    I will quote a press release of the Human Rights Foundation on the Tugboat Massacre:

    For years, Cuban democrats have been defamed as gusanos, meaning worms, or “Batista stooges.” Luminaries in our culture have treated Castro gently, when not bathing him in adulation. Carole King, the singer-songwriter, crooned to him “You’ve Got a Friend.” He sure does, many of them. But his victims have friends, too. And a handful of them were present on Lexington Avenue in New York today.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/382429/light-noon-jay-nordlinger

  10. DEAR Omar Fundora!! DONT BE SO SHY AND NOT PUT A LINK TO YOUR INFORMATION DEAR! AND THAT INFORMATION YOU POSTED ON July 13, 2014 at 7:21 IS ABOUT 4 MONTHS OLD DEAR! I DARE TO SAY THAT MY INFORMATION TRUMPS YOURS DEAR! THE WONDERS OF GOOGLE!!

    WORLD BANK REPORT RUSSIA : Russia Economic Report1 Confidence crisis exposes economic weakness – Mar 31, 2014

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
    Russia’s economy is navigating an economic downturn. Real GDP growth slowed to an estimated 1.3 percent in 2013 from 3.4 percent of 2012. In January 2013, we projected 3.6 percent growth for 2013, but while the global economy has continued to improve at a moderate pace, Russia’s is struggling to find its footing. The first part of this report explores the recent economic developments that underlie this slowdown. To emerge from the downturn with improved long-term prospects Russia will need a combination of cyclical and structural policy measures. As the relative weight of the reasons for Russia’s downturn is tilted toward structural factors, structural measures will need to lead the rebound. The lack of more comprehensive structural reforms in the past has led to a gradual erosion of investor confidence. This was masked by a growth model based on large investment projects, continued increases in public wages, and transfers – all fueled by sizeable oil revenues. Recent events around the Crimea have compounded the lingering confidence problem into a crisis of confidence and more clearly exposed the economic weakness of this growth model. Investor pessimism became the decisive factor affecting Russia’s economic outlook, presented in part two of the report. The special focus note in part three discusses the link between Russia’s growth in the past decade and how it fueled an unprecedented growth in household welfare.
    Russia’s external environment remains volatile. The recovery in high-income countries is robust, yet settling at growth rates much lower than before the 2008 global economic and financial crisis. Russia’s external demand recovered in line with expectations during the second half of 2013 and exports grew robustly. However, global markets appear to normalize to a higher level of volatility and their reactions to the gradual withdrawal of the U.S. monetary stimulus remain erratic. The Ruble came under increasing pressure, triggered by the ongoing deterioration of the current account and by higher volatility in capital outflows. This was in part related to uncertainties around the quantitative easing policies by the U.S. Fed, but unrealized growth expectations and large foreign debt payments by the corporate sector played a more prominent role in Russia. In 2014 so far, global markets have seen little disruption from the growing tension between Ukraine and Russia, and oil markets remained stable. But such geopolitical and commodity risks could actually play out to the benefit of Russia by pushing oil and gas prices temporarily up. Most of all, confidence in a broad-based global recovery is still wavering and becoming increasingly driven by a higher differentiation into regional and country-specific sentiments.

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CDAQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.worldbank.org%2Fcontent%2Fdam%2FWorldbank%2Fdocument%2Feca%2FRER-31-eng.pdf&ei=tTnEU9aFKIz58QXIhYGADw&usg=AFQjCNFuyhqmavmQiPqX4opXynF0ISLNQA&sig2=1OCADWsHVHsNNSVJBpfZHQ&bvm=bv.70810081,d.dGc

  11. THOSE SURE ARE SOME GREAT “CHANGES” THAT Raul Castro IS DOING IN CUBA ALLRIGHTY!! THE SMOKE AND MIRROR CAMPAIGN SHOWS IT TRUE FASCISTS, MAFIA SIDE!

    MIAMI HERALD: Man accuses Cuban agents of insidious, ‘psychological’ intimidation – A man who threw a party for a friend in a punk-rock band that has been critical of Fidel Castro says that he has been the target of a ‘psychological’ campaign of intimidation. – by Juan Tamayo

    Oscar Casanella, a 35-year old cancer researcher in Havana, says he just wanted to have a party for Ciro Díaz, a close friend who plays in a punk-rock band.

    Problem is, Díaz is lead guitarist for Porno Para Ricardo, a band whose expletive-filled lyrics include attacks on Cuba’s former ruler, Fidel Castro: “The Comandante wants me to applaud after he’s spoken his delirious s—.”

    So Casanella’s party turned into an example of how Cuba’s communist system tries to grind down the citizens it finds objectionable, starting out with low-level threats and ratcheting up the pressure if the targets refuse to change their behavior.
    Cuban police and State Security agents can beat dissidents, arrest them for brief periods to harass or intimidate them, search their homes, seize their phones and computers, listen in on their conversations, and throw them out of school.

    “But they also have psychological pressures, like anonymous phone calls in the middle of the night, a car that comes too close, an agent who stands there just to make sure you know he’s watching you,” dissident Guillermo Fariñas told a Miami audience last year.

    Casanella said Díaz, a friend since high school, called him at the end of a trip to Europe to say that he was returning to Havana on Dec. 6, 2013, a Friday. Casanella promised him a welcome-back party at his own home that Saturday.

    “That’s where the Kafka-esque machinery started,” wrote Lilian Ruiz, who first reported the case July 4 on Cubanet, a Miami-based portal for news on Cuba.

    On the Thursday before the party, four elderly men and women he did not know approached him as he left his home in the Plaza neighborhood of Havana and threatened him, Casanella told el Nuevo Herald on Thursday.

    “They said, ‘You cannot have any activities or parties these days,’ that other people could harm me, and they also could harm me,” he said. He asked what right they had to threaten him, but they refused to identify themselves and walked away.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!
    http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/13/4234416/man-accuses-cuban-agents-of-insidious.html?fb_comment_id=fbc_247997118657410_248003151990140_248003151990140

  12. The champagne socialist set is busy again today justifying the cold-blooded killing of women and children trying to flee Cuba.

    The champagne socialists could spend time sharing their wealth but they prefer to mentally masturbate on the internet.

    Getting back to Yoani’s article. The Russian Empire is trying to get back in business. The Crimea, East Ukraine, and who knows what else is next.

    When Russian, Chinese and Brazilian business open shop in Mariel, one thing is certain – no unions allowed!

    Why don’t champagne socialists ever support Cuba workers?

  13. Russia spends 10% of what the US spends on war and war preparations. Russia has also been selling its weapons grade enriched uranium to the US from its nuclear weapons which is being used for the generation of electricity within the US. Hardly the actions of a foe bent on the destruction of the US.

    Russia’s decision to reduce the Cuban debt is obviously good for Cuba. Something the ‘dissidents’ see as a defeat. The US still sees Latin America as its back yard and Putin’s trip is a tacit violation of the US’s Monroe doctrine. Personally I detest Putin but as the leader of a sovereign nation I see no reason why he shouldn’t be able to visit any other nation who agrees to host him.

    At this point I think it obvious that the Cuban government is not now nor was it ever a satellite regime. I am sure that Yoani’s alarm bells concerning Russia are in sync with petti bourgeois thought among the third world oligarchy and the middle class in the Imperialist nations. It Putin wants anything its the revival Great Russian Chauvinism and the capture of traditional Czarist Russian territory of Ukraine and Poland.

  14. Socialist worker,

    Nobody wants to pay high political price for the incident of this type. I am sure the thieves were told to turn back before the Coast Guard started the use of force. They refused, decided to move on and now have to carry all responsibility for the fatalities.

    The lesson: obey the law.

  15. The people aboard the 13 of March knew that they were committing piracy. They left without a life jacket for every person aboard despite the age of the boat. The purpose of a tug boat is to guide large ships in and out of harbors not to carry passengers. There is no reason not to believe that the boat was accidently hit when the port workers in the other boats tried to prevent its loss during nighttime. All this talk about how the pirates were treated and how the Cuban government should have done something different is just Monday morning quarterbacking.

    You won’t hear any criticism of the actions of the US Navy when dealing with pirates by Yoani. During the Maersk Alabama incident they killed three pirates by sharp shooters and handed out a 33 year prison sentence to another. Had the US Coast Guard intercepted the boat before it could reach dry land its passengers would have been returned to Cuba anyway or had it sunk on the way without detection all lives might have been lost instead of just about half. Their is also no reason to risk the lives of Cuban Coast guard personal or ask for International help in trying to find dead bodies and a sunken ship seven miles off the coast.

  16. RUSSIA ECONOMIC OUTLOOK IS NOT AS GRIM AS YOU THINK HUMBERTO. THEY ARE EXECUTING THEIR ECONOMIC PLAN BASED ON THE RIO CONFERENCE AND THEIR 2012 TO 2020 PLAN. FOREIGN INVESTMENT IS PART OF THAT PLAN ALONG WITH STRONGER RELATIONS WITH THE REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS LIKE ALBA, BRICS COUNTRIES. CUBA IS SMALL POTATOES IN COMPARISON WITH ITS OTHER MARKETS THEY ARE SECURING WITH GOOD TRADE RELATIONS. THE OIL PRICE EXPECTATIONS ABOVE $100/BARREL WILL HELP THE VENEZUELAN ECONOMY WHICH WILL GUARANTEE NO DISRUPTION WITH THE CUBAN TRADE.(THIS COMES FROM THE WORLD BANK REPORT FOR RUSSIA)
    Global markets have so far seen little disruption from the growing tension in between Ukraine and Russia, and oil markets remained stable. Growth of the world economy is projected to accelerate this year, with high-income economies appearing to finally turn the corner six years after the global financial crisis. However, markets are likely to remain volatile, as demonstrated by recent instability following the QE tapering commencement in the U.S. The World Bank projects oil prices to average US$103/bbl during 2014, given stable demand and increasing non-OPEC supply. The World Bank developed two alternative scenarios for Russia’s 2014-2015 growth outlook in response to the higher-risk environment since political uncertainties around the Crimean crisis in early March 2014 led to increased market volatility. Confidence weakness continues to weigh down on domestic demand suggesting, first, that consumption growth is likely to slow and stabilize at a lower level than in previous years. Second, our growth outlook projects that at the margin, the rate of growth will be increasingly dependent on the recovery in investment demand. Third, in the short-term, growth will be impacted by the geopolitical tension that started with the Crimean crisis and depend on how it will be resolved. The World Bank’s low-risk scenario assumes a limited and short-lived impact of the Crimea crisis and projects growth to slow to 1.1 percent in 2014 and slightly picking up to 1.3 percent in 2015

  17. Hello Omar,

    Your are right to ask about the cuban victims of terrorism, but you are doing it in the wrong blog.

    The so called “dissidents” would go hungry and empty pockets if they uttered one word hurting the interests of the Empire.

  18. what about justice for the women and children that were killed by Cuban Terrorists, with sanctuary in the U.S., the day a Cuban airliner was blown out of the sky….why did the criminal received a life pension from the U.S. government along with protection from the Cuban People’s justice….why are the dissidents not remembering this criminal act as well….why there is no condemnation and outrage in this blog about this incident as well….

  19. I HATE TO BREAK YOUR LITTLE OPTIMIST BUBBLE Mario AND Omar Fundora! DONT THINK RUSSIA/PUTIN HAVE A LOT OF MONEY TO GIVE AWAY GIVEN THE STATE OF THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY! AND LETS NOT FORGET THE COST OF INVADING UKRAINE!!

    REUTERS: UPDATE 2-Russian economy stagnates as capital flight hits $75 billion – By Lidia Kelly – Wed Jul 9, 2014

    MOSCOW, July 9 (Reuters) – Russia’s economy is stagnating as data showed on Wednesday that capital worth $75 billion has left the country so far this year following sanctions on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine.

    “We have for now a period of stagnation, or a pause in growth,” Deputy Economy Minister Andrei Klepach was quoted as saying in an interview where he also said that GDP was flat from April to June after shrinking 0.5 percent in the first quarter.

    Klepach, speaking to Interfax news agency, noted that the second-quarter figure of zero growth over the three months, previously unpublished, indicated that Russia had avoided a “technical recession” – two successive quarters of GDP decline.

    But central bank data on capital flight showed investors are concerned about the state of the $2 trillion a year economy. Though the outflow slowed in the second quarter, the $75 billion that left in the six months to June already surpassed the $62.7 billion capital flight seen for the whole of last year.

    Despite a new commitment by President Vladimir Putin to avoid international isolation, Russia faces a threat of new sanctions over its role in the Ukraine crisis and growing signs that its economy is wilting under those already in place.

    Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak said on Tuesday that sanctions were having a “serious indirect impact” and warned of retaliation against further measures by the West.

    The United States and the European Union have imposed visa bans and asset freezes on some companies and officials over Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, following the overthrow of a president in Kiev who was sympathetic to Moscow.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/09/ukraine-crisis-russia-money-idUSL6N0PK43020140709

  20. LETS SEE WHAT Mario AND Omar Fundora HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS CRIME AND WHY NO INVESTIGATION HAS EVER BEEN DONE BY THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY, MAFIA, FASCIST, TERRORIST DICTATORSHIP!!

    CUBA ARCHIVE’ TRUTH & MEMORY PROJECT: THE TUGBOAT MASSACRE OF JULY 13, 1994 – By Maria C. Werlau, March 2007 -72 WERE ON THE BOAT 41 TOTAL WERE MURDERED INCLUDING 12 CHILDREN

    As the “13 de Marzo” sailed ahead, the pursuing tugboats kept spraying the high -pressure water andgetting in its way to make it stop. After around forty-five minutes, when the “13 de Marzo” had reachedapproximately seven miles out to sea, the pursuing tugboats began ramming it. Although the “13 deMarzo” had stopped and signaled its willingness to surrender and turn back, the relentless attackcontinued. The pilot of the “13 de Marzo” attempted to radio an SOS, but the pounding water haddamaged the electrical equipment. A vessel belonging to the Cuban Coast Guard had arrived on the scene, a Soviet-built cutter referred to as “Griffin.” 5. But, it stayed back, simply observing the spectacle. The adults brought out the children on deck to see if this would deter the incessant jet streams andcollisions. In desperation, parents held their children up in the air and pleaded for their lives, puttingthem in front of the powerful reflector lights pointed at them. But, the attackers disregarded their cries andcontinued to bombard the powerless passengers with the high pressure water. The mighty streamsscattered them all over deck, ripped clothing off, and tore children from their parents? arms.Some were swept into the ocean immediately.

  21. YOUTUBE: DOCUMENTARY/DOCUMENTAL – Víctimas del remolcador “13 de marzo”.- Victims of the Tugboat Massacre in their own words

  22. THERE WILL BE NO PEACE IN CUBA TILL THERE IS JUSTICE FOR ALL THE VICTIMS OF THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY, MAFIA, FASCIST, TERRORIST DICTATORSHIP AND HIS ACCOMPLICES! TODO SE SABE Y ESTA DOCUMENTADO PARA CUANDO VENGA LA JUSTICIA A TODAS LAS VICTIMAS DE LOS CASTROS Y SUS ACOMPLICES! THIS THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF A TERRORIST CRIME BY THE CASTRO BROTHERS AND THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANY INVESTIGATION, BUT QUITE THE CONTRARY THE HEAD OF THE OPERATION AND MAIN PERPETRATOR OF THIS CRIME Jesús González Machín WAS GIVEN THE MEDAL Héroe de la Revolución Cubana (hero of the Cuban Revolution) BY THE HEAD TERRORIST, FIDEL CASTRO!

    Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (OAS) REPORT Nº 47/96 CASE 11.436 VICTIMS OF THE TUGBOAT 13 DE MARZO vs. CUBA

    CONCLUSIONS : 105. The Cuban State is responsible for violating the right to life (Article 1 of the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man) of the 41 people who were shipwrecked and perished as a result of the sinking of the tug “13 de Marzo”, which events occurred seven miles off the Cuban coast on July 13, 1994. The persons who died that morning are: Leonardo Notario Góngora, Marta Tacoronte Vega, Caridad Leyva Tacoronte, Yausel Eugenio Pérez Tacoronte, Mayulis Méndez Tacoronte, Odalys Muñoz García, Pilar Almanza Romero, Yaser Perodín Almanza, Manuel Sánchez Callol, Juliana Enriquez Carrasana, Helen Martínez Enríquez, Reynaldo Marrero, Joel García Suárez, Juan Mario Gutiérrez García, Ernesto Alfonso Joureiro, Amado Gonzáles Raices, Lázaro Borges Priel, Liset Alvarez Guerra, Yisel Borges Alvarez , Guillermo Cruz Martínez, Fidelio Ramel Prieto-Hernández, Rosa María Alcalde Preig, Yaltamira Anaya Carrasco, José Carlos Nicole Anaya, María Carrasco Anaya, Julia Caridad Ruiz Blanco, Angel René Abreu Ruiz, Jorge Arquímides Lebrijio Flores, Eduardo Suárez Esquivel, Elicer Suárez Plascencia, Omar Rodríguez Suárez, Miralis Fernández Rodríguez, Cindy Rodríguez Fernández, José Gregorio Balmaceda Castillo, Rigoberto Feut Gonzáles, Midalis Sanabria Cabrera, and four other victims who could not be identified.

    http://www.cidh.org/annualrep/96eng/Cuba11436.htm

  23. Friends of the State Department in Havana don’t have an easy job. Nobody likes to be checked by the police on the regular basis. It is also not nice to face the daily rejection by the neighbors who openly and quite loudly express what they think about those “dissidents” (repudios).

    But there is one thing they fear more then the police and the neighbours. They are scared to death of any alliance or strategic initiative which may help the cuban economy and the cuban people.

    If Cuba progresses, the “opposition” will face the natural death. The author of this blog knows it very well.

    Welcome to Cuba, Mr Putin.

  24. Argentina can use Russian trade and loans. Venezuela already has important trade agreements with Russia. Russian oil money is better used this way. Interesting connection in the world oil industry. China and Russia signed a mega deal in which Russia sends Trillions dollars in gas to China over 10 years. China supplies the U.S. with most of its consumer products. Russia uses the money from the China deal to invigorate its military industry and allows it to invest abroad for strategic leverage against its enemies.

  25. THIS RELATIONSHIP CAN BENEFIT THE CUBAN PEOPLE. RUSSIA IS NOT THE USSR. COMMERCE WITH RUSSIA WILL HELP KEEP THE EMPIRE AT ARMS LENGTH.

    Russia, Cuba and possibly other countries will pool their efforts for creating a major transport hub in Cuba by upgrading the port of Mariel and building a modern international airport in San Antonio de los Banos, President Vladimir Putin said.In an exclusive interview to the Latin American news agency Prensa Latina ahead of his South American tour, during which he will visit Cuba, Argentina and Brazil, Putin said Russian decision to write off 90% of the Cuban debt on loans granted in the Soviet times was a “unprecedented step” which “testifies to the strategic nature of our bilateral relations”.
    The total debt exceeds 35 billion US dollars. A relevant Intergovernmental Agreement was signed in October 2013 and now it is in its final stage of ratification. In addition, the remaining 10%, or 3.5 billion US dollars, will be spent by Cuba itself on significant investment projects, which Russia is going to select and negotiate together with the Cuban side. These projects are aimed at social and economic development of the Republic, he said and expressed hope that these investments will prove fruitful, informs ITAR-TASS.
    Putin believes that Russian-Cuban trade and investment relations have a great potential. “In order to realize it effectively and on a regular basis we have established an Intergovernmental Commission. Its twelfth meeting is scheduled to be held in autumn 2014 in Havana,” he said.
    The two countries have also established close cooperation between their business organizations – the Russian-Cuban and Cuban-Russian Business Councils. “Our businesses traditionally take an active part in the annual Havana International Trade Fair: in 2013, 50 Russian companies presented their products,” the president said.
    “We believe there are real opportunities to bring our cooperation to a totally new level, including by implementing major joint projects,” he said.
    As an example, he mentioned Zarubezhneft which started drilling the first development well in the Boca de Jaruco oilfield in August 2013.
    “Our short-term prospects include the development of new oilfields in the Cuban offshore area. To these ends, Zarubezhneft and Rosneft engage in active cooperation with Cupet, Cuba’s state oil company,” Putin said, adding that INTER RAO was also planning to join the construction of power units for the Maximo Gomez and East Havana TPP. The supply of Russian electric power equipment to Cuba is well underway.
    Putin noted that a substantial number of Russian companies – specializing, in particular, in the production of reinforced plastic goods, auto spare parts, tractor assembly and installation of heavy equipment for the railway industry – had shown interest in closer cooperation due to the development of the Mariel special economic zone in Cuba.
    Other important projects include the construction of a major transport hub with Russia’s and Cuba’s involvement, as well as the possibility of attracting investment from third countries. It involves upgrading the port of Mariel and building a modern international airport with a cargo terminal in San Antonio de los Banos.
    Putin stressed that Russia also attached “great importance to high technology cooperation. In particular, active work is underway to create GLONASS ground infrastructure on the island, to provide Cuba with products, services and technologies in remote sensing and satellite telecommunications”.
    Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_07_11/Russia-to-assist-in-creation-of-major-transport-hub-in-Cuba-Putin-3190/

  26. ***
    Putin wants to launch diplomacy. Castro wants to launch atomic missiles! Deja Vu all over again.
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    Putin quire lanzar la diplomacia. Castro quire lanzar missiles atomicas! Deja Vu otra vez.
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    John Bibb
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  27. THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA AND THEIR GREAT FRIEND PUTIN! TWO FASCISTS PEAS IN A POD! TRYING THE COLD WAR ALLIANCE AGAIN!

    THE GUARDIAN UK: Cuban exiles launch flotilla to protest against Putin’s Latin America tour • Boats launched from Key West, Florida • Russian leader in region on World Cup tour.

    A group of Cuban exiles on Saturday launched a flotilla from Key West, partly to protest the presence in Latin America of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

    Organisers said three boats carrying 30 to 40 people left around 1pm Saturday, heading for waters just off of Cuba.

    The flotilla was initially planned to commemorate the drowning of Cuban migrants who fled the communist island in 1994. Survivors say Cuban coast guard vessels rammed their boat off the coast of Havana, spraying them with fire hoses.

    Organisers added Putin to their objections, noting the Soviet Union provided military aid to Cuba throughout the Cold War and the potential for Moscow to renew its military presence there.

    Putin is touring Latin America en route to Brazil for the ceremonial hand-off of World Cup hosting duties. Russia hosts next in 2018.

    The State Department said it was aware of the flotilla and that organisers had been urged to comply with all laws or face punishment. It said organisers assured federal authorities they will remain in international waters and not enter Cuban territory during the event.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/12/cuban-exiles-flotilla-putin-latin-america

  28. No debt relief, just propaganda. Nobody ever expected Castro to repay his debts.

    The situation in Cuba is simple; The Castro Monarchy loves Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Palestine, FARC and most of the world’s other terrorist gangs.

    Most Cubans hate the above and love the USA.

    Castro is going to have to fully embrace capitalism quickly and the Russians and Chinese are going to have to raise the Cuban standard of living immensely to change even a small part of Cuban public opinion.

    Even if they succeed, I doubt many Cubans will ever forgive the Castros.

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