Cuba and Mick Jagger’s Kiss

Mick Jagger in Deauville in 2014. (Georges Biard / Wikimedia Commons)

Mick Jagger in Deauville in 2014. (Georges Biard / Wikimedia Commons)

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 5 October 2015 – We never got to hear Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston on our national stages. Freddie Mercury died without touching down in Havana, and when The Beatles broke up, we were a country where English music was considered ideological diversionism. We followed the career of Elvis Presley from a distance and the charismatic Amy Winehouse slammed the door on life without stepping foot on this island. However, now we are about to regain part of what was lost: Mick Jagger’s emblematic mouth is here, the eternal youth of The Rolling Stones has arrived.

While the analysts debate, looking for signs of change in the Cuban political or diplomatic scene, transformations are capricious and take another direction. This country is not going to change itself into a new nation because John Kerry visited, nor because of the third visit by a pope in less than two decades. But Cuba is changing when people like this British rocker, icon of good music and of the greatest possible irreverence, touch down in Havana.

The vocalist, 72, has made his way through the streets of Havana leaving a trail of incredulity and beating hearts. It is not, admittedly, the excitement provoked by Beyoncé or Rihanna with their escapades in this theme park of the past, but Jagger’s visit has more profound connotations. For several generations of Cubans he represents the forbidden, an attitude toward life that was denied us by an obsessive police control.

For a political system that tried to form the “New Man,” with a Spartan spirit, “correct” and obedient, this skinny guy with his turbulent life signified the anti-model, what we must not imitate. However, the laboratory man hawked by the pedagogical manuals didn’t work out… and Mick Jagger won the battle against the prototype of the militant boy, hair cut short and willing to denounce his own family.

A friend close to seventy came out into the streets this Sunday with the energy of girl celebrating her fifteenth birthday. “Where is he?” she asked the guard at Hotel Santa Isabel, where the official news reported the idol of her youth to be staying, but the man gave her no details. Like an obsessed schoolgirl, she walked all the streets around the hotel looking in the windows, to try to see the lean figure of the leader of the Rolling Stones.

Mick Jagger won the battle against the prototype of the militant boy, hair cut short and willing to denounce his own family

The lady displayed none of these reactions toward the American secretary of state, nor before the Bishop of Rome. For her, all these exalted visitors were in the range of the possible, no longer surprising nor moving. But Jagger… Jagger is something else. “I don’t want to die without seeing him,” she told me on the phone, with the conviction of one who will not tolerate leaving this world without “closing an era,” putting the capstone on her “best years,” she told me.

My friend infected me a little with her enthusiasm, I must confess. No sermon in the Plaza of the Revolution, no speech to open an embassy, caused my stomach to jump this way, a sudden feeling of living in historic times. A nervousness that will last until we see the legendary British band play next March at the Latin American stadium, in front of a crowd that will try to recover its lost years.

Jagger is much more than the living legend of rock and roll presented by the media. This beanpole, all mouth, all energy, all life, embodies a time that they snatched from us, an existence that we could have had and that they took from us.

It seems a shame to me that the political analysts don’t realize it: the future Cuba could start with the Rolling Stones in Havana.

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  1. THE CORRUPT NARCO-FASCIST, COMMUNIST STATE OF VENEZUELA IS OUT OF CONTROL!

    FOX NEWS LATINO (Video) : Venezuela becoming the capital of organized crime, amid raging scarcity – By Carlos Camacho

    CARACAS – A new study shows that, in Venezuela’s larger cities, the line between street crime and organized crime is turning increasingly blurry.

    About 40 percent of all murders in the country are now caused by clashes between organized bands, according to a report issued last month by the Organized Crime Observatory, an NGO funded by the European Community.

    Luis Cedeño, one of the study’s authors, said Venezuela has become a haven for organized crime in recent years, fueled by a widespread scarcity that often stirs chaos and despair.

    “We found that the most common crime in Venezuela is organized crime,” Cedeño told Fox News Latino.

    Venezuela currently has one of the world’s highest murder rates, 25,000 homicides per year in 2014 – a fourfold increase in 16 years.

    Other crimes have also spiked, Cedeño said, like the number of smartphones stolen per year – 1.2 million on average – and the proliferation of pirate DVD’s and other copyrighted material.

    “That is organized crime also,” Cedeño said. “It’s extortion, kidnapping, murder for hire, but it is also pirate DVD’s and, of course, stolen smartphones.”
    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2015/10/12/venezuela-becoming-capital-organized-crime-amid-raging-scarcity/

  2. PANAM POST: How Cuban Dissidents Survive on the Fringes of Society – Families Share the Burden of a Life in Defiance – by Belén Marty

    Like many Cuban dissidents, Nelson Rodríguez eats when he can. His diet consists mainly of a daily ration of arroz moro (rice with beans). The Cuban regime has banned the 50-year-old lawyer from practicing law, and like hundreds of other dissidents on the island, he must find ways to survive life in the communist country.

    The life of a dissident in Cuba entails much more than holding a negative attitude toward the socialist government that has held power for the last 56 years. To shed light, the PanAm Post went direct to the source, and spoke with the Cuban opposition in Havana about the challenges of standing up to the longest-running dictatorship on the continent, and their hopes for the future.

    As we travel near José Martí Plaza, where Pope Francis made his speech to the Cuban people last month, Rodríguez explains that Wi-Fi hotspots in the area are only available for tourists.

    “The Swedish, Czech, and US embassies have opened their doors for us to come inside and use the internet for free,” he says, but it does not come without risks. “If state-security officials catch you entering a diplomatic building, they will mark you as a dissident.” Life then becomes much more “complicated,” Rodríguez explains.

    Dissidents are often dismissed from their jobs, and getting a new one is nearly impossible, he says. Publicly opposing the Castro regime can get you excluded from the labor market, and lead to life as a social pariah.

    “The pope’s visit won’t solve anything in the island. Politically, it favored the regime. For the Cuban people, nothing has changed; we still lack the same liberties.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!
    http://panampost.com/belen-marty/2015/10/12/how-cuban-dissidents-survive-on-the-fringes-of-society/

  3. HA HA HA HA! HERE THEY GO AGAIN! OUR DEAR Mario AND Omar Fundora WITH RESPONSES TO MY INFORMATION SUCH AS “The Bad USA, CIA, TED, USAID.. ETC” !! OF COURSE NONE OF THEIR INFORMATION HAS A LINK! T

    THE INTERNATINAL REPUBLICAN INSTITUTE (IRI) : Cuban Public Opinion Survey – A total of 463 Cuban adults between the ages of 18 to 60 years were surveyed to cuestionárseles on various topics ranging from economics, democracy, freedoms and use of technology.

    In the sample involved 46% of women and 54% of men between the ages of 18 to 60 years, who expressed his disappointment with the majority of political and economic situation in the nation that already has over half a century of communist rule. The questions on the survey was last conducted last February 2011.

    In the investigation conducted by the International Republican Institute (IRI), 78.2% of respondents would vote for a change of political system a democratic system and political pluralism, freedom of choice, voting and free speech if given the chance.

    Among other data for 60.7% of Cubans surveyed said the biggest problem in Cuba is the low wages and high cost of living, while 77.0% said that the current government can not solve the country’s problems in the coming years.

    Also 90.7% said that if they had the opportunity to vote for a change in the economic system that allows them to create companies, owning property in a free market.

    On the use of technology, 72.6% do not have Internet access compared with 5.0% who said yes to access. While 25.3% said the mobile phone access, but what a great majority, ie 74.7%, said they had no access to cell
    http://www.iri.org/sites/default/files/2011%20April%20Cuba%20Poll%20Final%20Survey%20Slide%20Presentation.pdf

  4. Humberto: just to show you how off-base the CRJ and Freedom House are in their reporting…Cuba is place along with Eritrea, Belarus, Syria (of all places) and Kasakhstan as far as Freedom of the Press is concerned….really….did anyone said Soft Power intervention and aggression.

  5. Humberto: “Freedom House”….really…..Soft Power Central for U.S. hegemony
    RATING: Each country is rated in these three categories, with the higher numbers indicating less freedom. A country’s total score is based on the total of the three categories: a score of 0-30 places the country in the Free press group; 31-60 in the Partly Free; and 61-100 in the Not Free press group.

    Legal Environment: 0-30 Points
    Political Influences: 0-40 Points
    Economic Pressures:0-30 Points
    Total Score: 0-100

    This survey of 193 countries expands a process conducted since 1980 by Freedom House. The findings are widely used by governments, academics and the news media in many countries. The degree to which each country permits the free flow of information determines the classification of its media as “Free,” “Partly Free,” or “Not Free.” Countries scoring 0 to 30 are regarded as having “Free” media; 31 to 60, “Partly Free” media; and 61 to 100, “Not Free” media. The criteria for such judgments and the arithmetic scheme for displaying the judgments are described below. Assigning numerical points allows for comparative analysis among the countries surveyed as well as facilitating an examination of trends over time.

    Sources
    The data comes from correspondents overseas, staff travel, international visitors, the findings of human rights and press freedom organisations, specialists in geographic and geopolitical areas, the reports of governments and multilateral bodies, and a variety of domestic and international news media. The International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX) has provided detailed and timely analyses of press freedom violations in a variety of countries worldwide. NOTE: ONE OF FREEDOM HOUSE SOURCES FOR DATA

    Methodology
    Through the years, Freedom House has refined and expanded their methodology. Recent changes to their methodology are intended to simplify the presentation of information without altering the comparability of data for a given country over the 24 year span of the Survey’s existence, or of the comparative ratings of all countries over that period.
    The examination of the level of press freedom in each country is divided into three broad categories: the legal environment, political influences, and economic pressures.

    Legal environment – Encompasses an examination of the laws and regulations that could influence media content as well as the government’s inclination to use these laws to restrict the ability of media to operate. We assess the positive impact of legal and constitutional guarantees for freedom of expression, as well as the potentially negative aspects of security legislation, the penal code and other criminal statutes, penalties for libel and defamation, and registration requirements for both media outlets and journalists.

    Political influences – In considering these, we evaluate the degree of political control over the content of news media. Issues examined in this category include access to information and sources, editorial independence, official censorship and self-censorship, the ability of the media to operate freely and without harassment, and the intimidation of journalists by the state of other actors.

    Economic pressures – Finally, we examine economic pressures on the media, which include the structure of media ownership, the costs of establishing media outlets as well as of production and distribution, the selective withholding of state advertising or subsidies, official bias in licensing, and the impact of corruption and bribery on content.

  6. If you talk to Cubans in Santa Clara and ask them what are their problems, in order of urgency, they will probably reply:
    1. Water delivery
    2. Prices of pork
    3. Housing construction
    ….
    725. Internet access

    If you talk to Cuban counter-revolutionaries in Miami and ask them what are the Cuban problems, in order of urgency, they will probably reply:
    1. Internet access
    2. Internet access
    3. Internet access
    ….
    725. Internet access

    Internet access is very important Miami Cubans. They want to send their stinking propaganda to the island. Every night they dream or riots, Cubans throwing stones at the police and the police killing 1000’s with Kalashnikovs

    Keep dreaming!

  7. Humberto: who funds the CPJ (SOFT POWER INTERVENTION)
    CPJ is part of IFEX was founded in 1992 in Montreal, Canada, by a group of organisations responding to free expression violations around the world.

    According to the organization’s 2011 Annual Report, financial supporters include individuals, corporations, and foundations. The report does not include details on the largest financial supporters. Corporate media donors include the Associated Press, CNBC, CNN and Fox News.( Fox News…the Right Wing propaganda outlet in the United States…really!!!)
    Thomas Mountain is an ardent critic of western freedom and rights bodies. Mountain is supportive of the President’s measures against the rights of Eritrean journalists in 2001. Responding to questions from this reporter, Mountain says “these characters” were paid by the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to “write all sorts of rubbish and lies” about the country.

    Mountain claims RSF and CPJ are in the payroll of NED or the State Department, adding that “the US won’t fund an organization that doesn’t do what it wants.” He attacks CPJ, RSF and other rights entities as haters of Eritrea because the country “will never kneel down”. Human rights will be promoted in the country by first providing the people with such necessities as food, shelter, clean water, health care and education, says Mountain.

  8. Humberto: I guess you are not familiar with cyber surveillance in the United States. The NSA and other agencies of the U.S. government engage in what is called cyber security. Monitoring websites likes this one, jamming signals, harassment, use of viruses against unsuspecting citizens is common this days. Every country with internet technology engages in cyber security. It is not considered an invasion of privacy in the United States because it has been determined that is necessary for National Security. Cuba also does the same in the name of National Security.

  9. COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS: 10 Most Censored Countries – The 2015 list of 10 Most Censored Countries is part of CPJ’s annual publication, Attacks on the Press.

    In Cuba (10th most censored), the Internet is available to only a small portion of the population, despite outside investment to bring the country online. China, despite having hundreds of millions of Internet users, maintains the “Great Firewall,” a sophisticated blend of human censors and technological tools, to block critical websites and rein in social media.
    In countries with advanced technology such as China, Internet restrictions are combined with the threat of imprisonment to ensure that critical voices cannot gain leverage online. Thirty-two of China’s 44 jailed journalists worked online.
    In Azerbaijan (fifth most censored), where there is little independent traditional media, criminal defamation laws have been extended to social media and carry a six-month prison sentence. Iran, the seventh most censored country, has one of the toughest Internet censorship regimes worldwide, with millions of websites blocked; it is also the second worst jailer of journalists, with 30 behind bars. Authorities there are suspected of setting up fake versions of popular sites and search engines as part of surveillance techniques.
    Government harassment is a tactic used in at least five of the most censored countries, including Azerbaijan, where offices have been raided, advertisers threatened, and retaliatory charges such as drug possession levied against journalists. In Vietnam, many bloggers are put under surveillance in an attempt to prevent them from attending and reporting on news events. In Iran, journalists’ relatives have been summoned by authorities and told that they could lose their jobs and pensions because of the journalists’ work. And in Cuba, which has made some progress, including resuming diplomatic relations with the U.S. and proposing an end to Castro rule by 2018, the few independent journalists trying to report in the country are still subject to harassment and short-term detention.
    Methodology: The list of 10 most censored countries is based on CPJ research, as well as the expertise of the organization’s staff. Countries are measured with the use of a series of benchmarks, including the absence of privately owned or independent media, blocking of websites, restrictions on electronic recording and dissemination, license requirements to conduct journalism, restrictions on journalists’ movements, monitoring of journalists by authorities, jamming of foreign broadcasts, and blocking of foreign correspondents.

    CLICK LINK FOR REPORT

    https://cpj.org/2015/04/10-most-censored-countries.php

  10. GUESS KING OBAMA’S US-CUBA POLICY IS WORKING REAL WELL!
    TRIBUNE NEWS: Unceasing beatings and arrests in Cuba – Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

    Two reports put the human-rights problem in Cuba into stark, and discouraging, relief. In the period since the landmark agreement in December re-establishing full diplomatic relations with the United States, the Castro government appears to be doubling down on repression.

    One report, delivered at the General Assembly of the Inter American Press Association, contains a depressing overview of press freedom in the Americas. No country is safe from the wave of censorship sweeping the region, the report says. Yet Cuba is a special case:

    “In Cuba, despite the re-establishment of relations between the Cuban and U.S. governments, little progress has been made in freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of the press, and two journalists remain behind bars. The methods of repression include censorship of critical websites, inspection of emails, suspension of mobile phone service and physical and verbal attacks on activists and independent journalists.”

    In other words, nothing has changed: Expressing an independent opinion in Cuba is hazardous to your civil liberties.

    The independent Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation put it into numbers: The Havana group said it recorded 882 political detentions in September, the most in the past 15 months.

    And, according to the commission, being a dissident is hazardous to your health, as well.

    It accused government agents or their surrogates of carrying out 93 beatings on political dissidents during the past month, an “abrupt” escalation over the 21 registered in August.

    What’s even more outrageous, if such is possible: The commission said the government unleashed “a genuine wave of political and social repression that led to at least 353 ‘preventive detentions’ ” during the visit of Pope Francis and in the days leading up to it, with the aim of keeping dissidents from attending any gathering with the pontiff.

    Keep in mind that all of this is taking place within the context of a “normalization” of relations with the United States based on the presumption of concessions by both sides. For the United States, as President Obama made clear in his declaration last December, improvement in the human-rights climate on the island is one of the principal objectives of U.S. diplomacy. Yet so far, Cuba couldn’t seem to care less about its obligation to treat its citizens with respect.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!
    http://triblive.com/opinion/featuredcommentary/9225715-74/cuba-freedom-government#axzz3oINyX3q2

  11. NO REAL CHANGES WILL HAPPEN IN CUBA TILL THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY LEAVES POWER AND THE CUBANS IN THE DIASPORA CAN INVEST THEIR MONEY WITH NO FEAR OF HAVING IT CONFISCATED!

    ARKANSAS ONLINE NEWS: Cuba markets nowhere ripe, Arkansans say Share on facebook Share on twitter More Sharing Services 2 Free trade still worrisome in Havana, D.C., they find – By Scott Morris

    Burt Hanna saw just one candle when he joined Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s recent economic development mission to Cuba.

    Hanna, president of Hanna’s Candles in Fayetteville, made the trip because he’s interested in locating a manufacturing facility in Cuba. What he found, he said, was a country that lacks the underpinnings of a modern economy.

    “It’s like going back 100 years in America,” he said. “I don’t know where you would find a hammer, a saw or a screwdriver.”

    Mark Simmons, chairman of Simmons Foods, the Siloam Springs-based poultry producer, came away from a visit to a Cuban grocery store with a similar impression.

    “There was a lot of white space on the grocery store shelves where they didn’t have product,” Simmons said.

    Hutchinson has predicted Arkansas eventually will become a “trading partner of significance” with Cuba but cautioned that it will take time to develop normal commercial ties between Cuba and the United States. Hanna’s Candles is not the only nonagriculture Arkansas business with an interest in Cuba. And the state’s rice, poultry and pork producers are especially keen to take advantage of improving relations between the two countries.

    Even under the limitations of the longstanding U.S. embargo, companies based in the United States export hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of food, health care products and agricultural commodities to Cuba each year. But current federal law prohibits financing exports to Cuba and requires upfront cash payments, hampering the ability of farmers and ranchers to increase sales.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/oct/11/cuba-markets-nowhere-ripe-arkansans-say/?f=business

  12. “Censorship is always good because it filters out counter-revolutionary, pro-imperialist ideas” -Mario

    PRICELESS DEAR Mario! PRICELESS!

    COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS: 10 Most Censored Countries – The 2015 list of 10 Most Censored Countries is part of CPJ’s annual publication, Attacks on the Press.

    In Cuba (10th most censored), the Internet is available to only a small portion of the population, despite outside investment to bring the country online. China, despite having hundreds of millions of Internet users, maintains the “Great Firewall,” a sophisticated blend of human censors and technological tools, to block critical websites and rein in social media.

    In countries with advanced technology such as China, Internet restrictions are combined with the threat of imprisonment to ensure that critical voices cannot gain leverage online. Thirty-two of China’s 44 jailed journalists worked online.

    In Azerbaijan (fifth most censored), where there is little independent traditional media, criminal defamation laws have been extended to social media and carry a six-month prison sentence. Iran, the seventh most censored country, has one of the toughest Internet censorship regimes worldwide, with millions of websites blocked; it is also the second worst jailer of journalists, with 30 behind bars. Authorities there are suspected of setting up fake versions of popular sites and search engines as part of surveillance techniques.

    Government harassment is a tactic used in at least five of the most censored countries, including Azerbaijan, where offices have been raided, advertisers threatened, and retaliatory charges such as drug possession levied against journalists. In Vietnam, many bloggers are put under surveillance in an attempt to prevent them from attending and reporting on news events. In Iran, journalists’ relatives have been summoned by authorities and told that they could lose their jobs and pensions because of the journalists’ work. And in Cuba, which has made some progress, including resuming diplomatic relations with the U.S. and proposing an end to Castro rule by 2018, the few independent journalists trying to report in the country are still subject to harassment and short-term detention.

    Methodology: The list of 10 most censored countries is based on CPJ research, as well as the expertise of the organization’s staff. Countries are measured with the use of a series of benchmarks, including the absence of privately owned or independent media, blocking of websites, restrictions on electronic recording and dissemination, license requirements to conduct journalism, restrictions on journalists’ movements, monitoring of journalists by authorities, jamming of foreign broadcasts, and blocking of foreign correspondents.

    CLICK LINK FOR REPORT

    https://cpj.org/2015/04/10-most-censored-countries.php

  13. Humberto: The number of arrests are misleading because in Cuba people are arrested and released after a very short detention period, then arrested again when they break the law again. The Cato Institute is a bias organization and true to form prints articles that support their U.S. donors. They are misleading the Public about the magnitude of the detention issue in Cuba.

  14. Socialists’ support in Venezuela is strong

    Amid food shortages, galloping crime and inflation that could top 150% this year, polls show swelling support for the country’s political opposition which could win a majority in the Dec. 6 legislative elections. Should that happen it would be a first major breakthrough for the opposition, which has lost nearly every local and national election since the late Hugo Chavez ushered in Venezuela’s socialist revolution in 1999. It would break the power monopoly of the ruling Socialist Party, which controls the judiciary, the legislature and government watchdog agencies — all of which answer to President Nicolas Maduro. And it would open the door for a recall referendum to remove Maduro from power. The problems started under Chavez, who died of cancer in 2013, but have accelerated under Maduro, who lacks the charisma of his predecessor. “No Socialist Party candidates want Maduro to visit their states because that would be the kiss of death,” says Jesus Torrealba, spokesman for the opposition coalition known as the Democratic Unity Roundtable. Under these conditions, an opposition victory in December might seem like a certainty. It’s not. State workers are now being pressured to vote for ruling party candidates who also count on government financing and a propaganda boost via the many TV and radio stations controlled by the government. Some opposition leaders have been sidelined by judicial fiat. Pollster Luis Vicente Leon said that over 16 years in power, first Chavez and now Maduro have mastered the electoral arts. “They fiercely control the institutions and the money which allow them to become stronger through electoral engineering even when their support is flagging,” Leon wrote. Even so opposition candidates are expected to win a majority of the 164 seats. Yet their power would be limited. Political analyst Carlos Romero says that before new deputies take the oath of office in January, the outgoing Maduro-controlled National Assembly could renew the extraordinary powers that have allowed the president to rule by decree since March. New laws that challenge government authority could be thrown out by judges loyal to Maduro. Victory on Dec. 6, Romero says, “is important for the opposition in political terms but it’s not going to change the course of the country.” (TIME: http://time.com/4061641/socialists-venezuela-maduro/)

  15. THE ORIGINS OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA
    (Excellent speech of Machado Verntura):

    On October 3, 1965, several events took place during a meeting held in the former Chaplin Theater, today the Karl Marx, events which indelibly marked this day in our nation’s history. The Party took its definitive name: the Communist Party of Cuba; the decision was announced that this body would have one official voice which would be called Granma; the Central Committee was introduced; and to explain the absence of Che among its members, Fidel read the farewell letter Che had written him.

    To fully understand the significance of these events, it is imperative to remember that the Party is an authentic product of the Revolution…

    http://en.granma.cu/cuba/2015-10-06/the-communist-party-of-cuba-will-always-be-the-backbone-of-the-cuban-nations-resistance

  16. The Castroit regime has already built a network of cyberagents that are always active in the discussion group distributing propaganda, copying articles from Cuban newspapers, even sending viruses to anti-Castro posters and deeply infiltrated in important servers.They also delete posting or anything that may be detrimental to the Castroit Communist regime.

  17. Chucho Valdez might be a good guy or not, but what’s wrong with the censorship?
    Censorship is always good because it filters out counter-revolutionary, pro-imperialist ideas.

  18. HI DEAR Mario! INTERESTING THAT YOU BRING UP THAT Lang Lang PLAYED IN CUBA SINCE CUBAN PIANIST Chucho Valdes ALSO PLAYED AT THE SAME CONCERT AND IS IN THE PICTURES! THE NEWS BELOW OF LESS THAN TWO YEARS AGO SHOWING THE CONTINUE CENSORSHIP BY THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY OF MOST OF THE CUBAN ARTISTS ABROAD! WHY WOULD YOU BE AFRAID OF THE LATE Bebo Valdes AS WELL AS Celia Cruz AND OTHER WHO HAVE PASSED! PRETTY PATHETIC ON THE CASTRO CLAN!

    ON CUBA MAGAZINE: Chucho Valdés will not be in the Jazz Plaza Festival 2013 – 12 December, 2013 – by Olivia Pérez

    The outstanding Cuban jazz player Chucho Valdés will not be in the most important jazz festival on the island, the International Jazz Plaza Festival 2013 event in which he was expected to be honored along his late father Bebo Valdes, who died on March 22 this year.

    The organizers announced at a press conference that the festival, which will take place from December 19 through the 22 in various stages of Havana, will be dedicated to Big Figures of Cuban Jazz, which would pay tribute to a long list of exceptional musicians in just four days.

    Given the logical question of whether some action specifically dedicated to the life and work of Bebo, Gloria Ochoa, vice president of the Cuban Institute of Music is contemplated, replied that they had thought rather to remember all those who in one way or another have had to do with the greatness of the genre on the island by exquisite concerts that converge more established artists and new Cuban generations, along with several foreign participants.

    Previously the D’Cuba Jazz website had announced that the 29 International Jazz Plaza Festivals, according to sources from the organizing committee, would be dedicated to Bebo and Chucho, and that the inauguration would be a concert that the son would offer his deceased father.

    However, in an interview with the Spanish news agency EFE on November 7, Chucho said he would not attend the event, but he did not specify the reasons for his decision.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://oncubamagazine.com/culture/chucho-valdes-will-not-be-in-the-jazz-plaza-festival-2013/

  19. I was impressed by the videos posted by Humberto except for one: The “damas de blanco” were standing and screaming on a sidewalk.
    That gets them attention from abroad and probably some money too, but ordinary Cubans won’t go anywhere near them because they know that there will be consequences. The work that will change Cuba must happen underground and in secret.
    Some very bad methods were used during the Pinochet rule, but because of it Chile isn’t a Cuba or Vzla now. Chile isn’t even a Brazil or Argentina, even though there’s a leftist govt there now…

  20. MR. PAPA IS AS GOOD OF A “NEGOTIATOR” WITH THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY AS KING OBAMA! IN OTHER WORDS, SON UNA MI*RDA!

    THE WASHINGTON POST: What the ‘Pope Francis effect’ hasn’t delivered in Cuba – by By Nick Miroff – October 7

    HAVANA — Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1998 put Christmas back on the Cuban calendar. When Pope Benedict XVI arrived in 2012, the Cuban government made Good Friday a national holiday. Both men brought the Catholic Church a bigger role in Cuba’s public life.

    Pope Francis? Well, maybe all the good holidays were already taken.

    Two weeks have passed since Francis left Cuba, and there has been no sign yet that his visit — and his rapport with Fidel and Raul Castro — have led to any new concessions for the church.

    Prior to Francis’s arrival, the government said it would pardon 3,522 prisoners, a gesture also made during the two previous papal visits. But no announcements have followed.

    “Nothing,” said Havana religion scholar Enrique Lopez Oliva. “You’d think we would have heard something by now.”

    One of the sites Francis visited in Havana, the Padre Varela Cultural Center, already operates as a small de facto Catholic university, leading to speculation that the government might finally give it formal recognition as such. But the pope’s presence has brought no such political blessing, at least so far.

    That may be one reason Francis steered a very careful course through Cuban politics during his Sept. 19-22 trip, avoiding any direct criticism of Cuba’s one-party, communist state. His appeal for Cubans to serve “people, not ideology,” was resonant, but nothing like the unequivocal calls for “freedom” made by John Paul II, let alone the criticisms of “authoritarianism” Francis made in his own book about that 1998 visit.

    The visit was a notable contrast to Francis’s U.S. trip, during which he addressed controversial political topics like immigration, climate change and the death penalty.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/10/07/what-the-pope-francis-effect-hasnt-delivered-in-cuba/

  21. CATO INSTITUTE: Normalizing U.S. Relations with Cuba Leads to Escalation in Repression of Cuban Dissidents – By Nat Hentoff

    The Cuban government’s response at each stage in the process of reconciliation has been a steady escalation in the arbitrary harassment, abuse, arrest and detention of Cuba’s pro-democracy dissidents.

    Human Rights Watch reports that “the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) — an independent group the (Cuban) government views as illegal — received over 7,188 reports of arbitrary detentions from January through August 2014, a sharp increase from approximately 2,900 in 2013 and 1,100 in 2010 during the same time period.”

    Before CCDHRN’s blog stopped being updated in June, its monthly arrest reports reflected that Cuban security police had made over 2,000 detentions for peaceful political activity since President Obama announced the normalization of relations in December 2014.

    “Detention is often used pre-emptively to prevent individuals from participating in peaceful marches or meetings to discuss politics,” Human Rights Watch noted in its 2015 report on Cuba. “Other repressive tactics employed by the government include beatings, public acts of shaming, and the termination of employment.”

    Yilenni Aguilera Santos is a member of the Damas de Blanco (“Ladies in White”) protest movement, a group of wives and family members of former and current political prisoners. On June 22, 2014, she reported suffering a miscarriage following a severe beating by Cuban security police during her detention in Holguin.

    On Sept. 27, 2015, the website Diario de Cuba reported that the 21-year-old daughter of Damas de Blanco member Daisy Basulto was arrested, violently stripped, forced to urinate in front of police officers and then held in a cell at a police station in Cotorro, where she was exposed to a toxic chemical that made her ill.

    The Cuban government prides itself on the excellence of its free nationwide healthcare system. But it maintains an “overcrowded,” “unhygienic” prison system, where “unhealthy conditions lead to extensive malnutrition and illness,” according to Human Rights Watch. Inmates “who criticize the government, or engage in hunger strikes and other forms of protest, are subjected to extended solitary confinement, beatings, restrictions on family visits, and denial of medical care.”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/normalizing-us-relations-cuba-leads-escalation-repression-cuban-dissidents

  22. KING OBAMA’S ONE-SIDED CONCESSIONS TO THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY “GOVERNMENT” ARE MEANT TO SOLIDIFY HIS LEGACY ON THIS LEFTIST “CAUSE CELEBRE”!

    YOUTUBE: Menendez on Trajectory of Cuba Engagement Policy – Senator Bob Menendez speaks on the Senate Floor on the recent flawed policy changes with Cuba and provides a progress report on democracy and human rights on the island

    Menendez Floor Speech on Trajectory of Obama’s Cuba Policy

    U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) delivered the following remarks on the Senate Floor on the recent flawed policy changes with Cuba and provided a progress report on democracy and human rights on the island. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

    I rise today – as I always have – in defense of the Cuban people who long for the day when they are free of the iron fist of the Castro regime. A day when we can honestly say: ‘Cuba es libre’ — and mean it. I rise with great concern over the trajectory of the policy towards Cuba that President Obama announced on December 17th, 2014.
    CLICK LINK BELOW FOR TRANSCRIPT!
    http://www.capitolhillcubans.com/2015/10/must-read-menendez-floor-speech-on.html?m=1

  23. SINGER AND EX-MEMBER OF THE ROCK GROUP “THE POLICE” STING WANTS TO GO TO CUBA AND SING. WILL HE SING IN HONOR OF THE LADIES IN WHITE LIKE HE DID FOR THE WOMEN IN CHILE DURING THE PINOCHET DICTATORSHIP? HE WONT! HE EVENS MENTIONS THE DICTATOR PINOCHET SPECIFICALLY! ANOTHER LEFTIST HYPOCRITE!

    “They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)” is a protest song composed by English musician Sting and published first on his 1987 album…Nothing Like the Sun; the song was the fifth and final single released from the album. The song is a metaphor referring to mourning Chilean women (arpilleristas) who dance the Cueca, the national dance of Chile, alone with photographs of their disappeared loved ones in their hands.

    YOUTUBE: Sting – “Ellas Danzan Solas/They Dance Alone”. Amnesty Chile 1990

    Why are there women here dancing on their own?
    Why is there this sadness in their eyes?
    Why are the soldiers here
    Their faces fixed like stone?
    I can’t see what it is that they dispise
    They’re dancing with the missing
    They’re dancing with the dead
    They dance with the invisible ones
    Their anguish is unsaid
    They’re dancing with their fathers
    They’re dancing with their sons
    They’re dancing with their husbands
    They dance alone They dance alone
    It’s the only form of protest they’re allowed
    I’ve seen their silent faces scream so loud
    If they were to speak these words they’d go missing too
    Another woman on a torture table what else can they do
    They’re dancing with the missing
    They’re dancing with the dead
    They dance with the invisible ones
    Their anguish

    Ellas danzan con los desaparecidos
    Ellas danzan con los muertos
    Ellas danzan con amores invisibles
    Ellas danzan con silenciosa angustia
    Danzan con sus pardres
    Danzan con sus hijos
    Danzan con sus esposos
    Ellas danzan solas
    Danzan solas
    Hey Mr. Pinochet
    You’ve sown a bitter crop
    It’s foreign money that supports you
    One day the money’s going to stop
    No wages for your torturers
    No budget for your guns
    Can you think of your own mother
    Dancin’ with her invisible son
    They’re dancing with the missing
    They’re dancing with the dead
    They dance with the invisible ones
    They’re anguish is unsaid
    They’re dancing with their fathers
    They’re dancing with their sons
    They’re dancing with their husbands
    They dance alone
    They dance alone
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Dance_Alone

  24. Again I want to connect the dots between Havana – Vzla – FARC – Colombia. Ex-Pres. Alvaro Uribe has for the nth time been accused of and investigated for malfeisance during the time he was regional governor and later President. Uribe saved Colombia from becoming a Somalia, large parts of it being ungovernable.
    Last night he was pointing out that the terrorists in the UK and Spain weren’t given impunity and political power, which is what they will get in Colombia. FARC chief “Timochenko” Londoño has been suggested as future President of Colombia, and El Santisimo, present Prez, is ok with that! It gets even more ! when “Sr T” and El Santisimo are nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize!
    Oh, and the connection back to Havana: FARC made it a condition for signing the preliminary peace agreement that the now Senator Uribe should be investigated again. In the recent border dispute between Vzla and Colombia, El Santisimo laid down and said vuff because of Vzla being a garantor for the “peace process”, his pet project…

  25. This blog entry answers the question from the last one: Cubans aren’t brutes who don’t know how to do or take care of anything. They, except probably the Castristas, get enthused about a rebel musician just like people anywhere else in the world. When they get their country back, the enthusiasm will return to all parts of life…

  26. HUMBERTO: “The bad U.S.A” theme you claim I post…is not imaginary is part of a strategic model of the United States directed through its foreign policy to maintain its leadership of the World and unsustainable abundance at home so that it can prevent chaos and civil war.

    The imported products or services can themselves represent, or be associated with, certain values (such as consumerism). According to one argument, the “receiving” culture does not necessarily perceive this link, but instead absorbs the foreign culture passively through the use of the foreign goods and services. Due to its somewhat concealed, but very potent nature, this hypothetical idea is described by some experts as “banal imperialism.” For example, it is argued that while “American companies are accused of wanting to control 95 percent of the world’s consumers”, “cultural imperialism involves much more than simple consumer goods; it involved the dissemination of American principles such as freedom and democracy”, a process which “may sound appealing” but which “masks a frightening truth: many cultures around the world are disappearing due to the overwhelming influence of corporate and cultural America”.

    Some believe that the newly globalised economy of the late 20th and early 21st century has facilitated this process through the use of new information technology. This kind of cultural imperialism is derived from what is called “soft power”. The theory of electronic colonialism extends the issue to global cultural issues and the impact of major multi-media conglomerates, ranging from Viacom, Time-Warner, Disney, News Corp, Sony, to Google and Microsoft with the focus on the hegemonic power of these mainly United States-based communication giants. Cuba is under attack with “soft power” along with other Latin American countries. The best way to deal with this offensive is to be able to amalgamate this intervention and turn it into a home based “soft power” by the receiving country to be used on its own citizens first and then projected to other Latin American countries. Since this offensive is mainly an offensive of misinformation and information along with the camouflage of consumerism; to achieve the amalgamation that will diffuse the intervention will require the creation of alternative product and services to the foreign offerings with home grown products and services from Latin America and other allies like China and Russia. Keeping prices high on the foreign offerings in comparison with Latin American offerings will deter the monopolizing of the markets. The Chinese were and are masterful at creating alternatives to Western and American products and services for their people to protect against cultural imperialism. I think a united Latin America against cultural imperialism can achieve good results. The fight against hegemony from the United States and Western Europe has to be a united fight.

  27. PRESIDENT MADURO OF VENEZUELA IN A SPEECH AT THE UN

    “No matter the political differences… Nobody in this world is authorised, neither by the UN or any law, to judge or prejudge the political regime of another country, nor to attempt to effect the regime change of another government,”

  28. ONE ASPECT OF THE COLOUR REVOLUTIONS. Only strong governments, good information between government and its People, low levels of corruption and ability to counteract information influence plus an effective military are the best defense against hegemony and de-stabilization of countries. The U.S. presently sanctions 70 countries around the World with 1/2 of the World population…open your eyes to the aggression and intervention from abroad…

    Tom McPhail defined “Electronic colonialism as the dependency relationship established by the importation of communication hardware, foreign-produced software, along with engineers, technicians, and related information protocols, that vicariously establish a set of foreign norms, values, and expectations which, in varying degrees, may alter the domestic cultures and socialization processes.”[7] Sui-Nam Lee observed that “communication imperialism can be defined as the process in which the ownership and control over the hardware and software of mass media as well as other major forms of communication in one country are singly or together subjugated to the domination of another country with deleterious effects on the indigenous values, norms and culture.”[8] Ogan saw “media imperialism often described as a process whereby the United States and Western Europe produce most of the media products, make the first profits from domestic sales, and then market the products in Third World countries at costs considerably lower than those the countries would have to bear to produce similar products at home.”[9]

    Downing and Sreberny-Mohammadi state: “Imperialism is the conquest and control of one country by a more powerful one. Cultural imperialism signifies the dimensions of the process that go beyond economic exploitation or military force. In the history of colonialism, (i.e., the form of imperialism in which the government of the colony is run directly by foreigners), the educational and media systems of many Third World countries have been set up as replicas of those in Britain, France, or the United States and carry their values. Western advertising has made further inroads, as have architectural and fashion styles. Subtly but powerfully, the message has often been insinuated that Western cultures are superior to the cultures of the Third World.”[10] Needless to say, all these authors agree that cultural imperialism promotes the interests of certain circles within the imperial powers, often to the detriment of the target societies.

    The issue of cultural imperialism emerged largely from communication studies.[11] However, cultural imperialism has been used as a framework by scholars to explain phenomena in the areas of international relations, anthropology, education, science, history, literature, and sports

  29. Cultural imperialism is the cultural aspects of imperialism. Imperialism, here, is referring to the creation and maintenance of unequal relationships between civilizations favoring the more powerful civilization.[1] Therefore, it is the practice of promoting and imposing a culture, usually of politically powerful nations over less potent societies. It is the cultural hegemony of those industrialized or economically influential countries, which determine general cultural values and standardize civilizations throughout the world. Many scholars employ the term, especially those in the fields of history, cultural studies, and postcolonial theory. The term is usually used in a pejorative sense, often in conjunction with a call to reject such influence. Cultural imperialism can take various forms, such as an attitude, a formal policy, military action, so long as it reinforces cultural hegemony.

  30. ***
    Mick Jagger is a real innovator. He invented the complete blood replacement transfusion as a way to beat the withdrawal symptoms from his heroin drug use!
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    John Bibb
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  31. I personally like the Rolling Stones music. I grew up with it. I think people in Cuba will have mix reactions and appreciation of their great talent. The cultural isolation of Cuba from the United States and the Western World was an unfortunate tragedy created by the struggle between the two great empires for the Control of the World. Yoani is a big fan of American and Western Europe Culture and wants Cuba to embrace the cultural imperialism from Western Rich Societies that is being facilitated by the internet. As problematic and potentially destructive that this can be for Cuba; Cuba can “push back” on this “aggression” by the exportation of Cuban Culture to other nations using the same means. Groups like the Rolling Stones coming to Cuba can help raise the bar on Cuban artists to amalgamate this foreign model of artistry that is so popular around the World and give it a Cuban flavor so the Cuban People can take a small piece of this very, very lucrative business for the United States and other Rich countries. Countries like India are being successful in this endeavor. Why not Cuba….

  32. Humberto: Parque Quesada ….most of its beauty has been destroy by Time and Weather. U.N. has a program that issue grants to poor countries to save old historical sites. Cuba has made use of this program in several places around the island. Even the Roman and Greek ruins that have been care for centuries are showing decay.

  33. Humberto: Cuba is building a Socialist Democratic Republic. This is not the same as the Communist Republic created after 1959 supported by the Soviet Block….and…I don’t think we are moving all the way to the Right to re-create the American playground that existed in Cuba prior to 1959.

  34. MOST OF THIS BEAUTY HAS BEEN DESTROYED BY THE CASTROS!
    CUBAN PARK: Parque Gonzalo De Quesada or villalón – (published by d. Jacome): The ” Parque Gonzalo De Quesada ” also called by some ” Parque Villalón ” for being the surname of the secretary of public works, José Ramón Villalón, who left the initiative of its construction, is located in the forbidden, in the apple formed between the Streets, c, d, 5 and 7., a press release, found in a magazine of the time we comment and clarifies that since its inauguration was called Gonzalo De Quesada:

    Magazine “Cuba in Europe”, Year 6, February-March 1915
    “… In Honor of gonzalo de quesada
    In Our Republic, where he produced hideously painful printing the news of the death of Gonzalo De Quesada, which took place in Berlin, they have expressed wishes vivísimos worthily to honor the memory of cubano so enlightened…

    Ei City of Havana adopted the following agreements: send a message of condolence to the families of the deceased; to allocate 5,000 pesos for tender offal mortals of the great patrician in the capitular hall… Change the name to the street of light by Gonzalo De Quesada, in response to that in the number 46 of the said via came into the world 46 years ago so enlightened citizen…
    … Put the name of gonzalo de quesada the beautiful park that is currently being built in the block of land that limit the streets 7, 5, c and d in the forbidden, and put a headstone of bronze expressive of the why is da That name to this place for pleasure…”

    I mean, that was only called him park in their villalón phase of construction, since its inauguration, by agreement of the city council in 1915, he took the name “Gonzalo de quesada”, Patriot Habanero and collaborator of the apostle of Cuban José Martí.

    According to the data of the era, provides this park in an area of 10,000 square meters. He has on his forehead and fund raised a platform to a meter and forty-five inches above the plane of the sidewalks, which give access six avenues, which, in four of them, it is a great curve to double inflection.

    In the transverse axis of the park is a large semi-Circular Pergola and in the centre of itself a mast portabanderas, which contains a solid base and artistic-Bank, also of solid stone of Artemis, decorated with bronze discs.

    At the other end of the park is a large construction discovered, semi-Circular White Marble of classical Greek style, which decorate two bronze candlesticks and a colorful tarja from the same metal sustained by a framework of marble with ornaments of the same material, Greek style.

    It was projected that all the rear window of the floor would also polychrome marble, Stellate Ornament. This work was an approximate cost of 12,010 pesos and his execution would be in Italy in the workshops of the artist Hugo Luisi, Carrara.

    At the front of the street c, were built two long stretches of pergolas straight, to the tropical creepers that adorn. Between The columns have been placed and twenty banks of marble Cuban. The Lighting of the whole would be by means of electricity, with nitrogen lamps, which offer a light powerful and fantastic.

    In the central part is built a beautiful fountain of 51 metres for sixteen of a metre deep with a large stone brocal lasts from Artemis. In one of its ends the source has a great pump and the other, on a pedestal, a statue of Neptune.

    This Statue of Neptune, which for many years he was presiding over this park, cherish their own history:

    It was built by the command of captain general of the island, Miguel de heel and rosique, who between 1834 and 1838, the years of his mandate, commissioned this source-Statue of the God Neptune to Genoa, Italy, with the aim of Decorate A watering hole that would be built in the vicinity of the port, in order to provide water for three boats at the same time.

    Heel, undeniable promoter of the public works in the village of San Cristobal, he could not see over, during his mandate, this project adorned with the God of the seas, being opened by his successor in 1839 during the government of joaquín ezpeleta.
    The source of white marble from Carrara, was located in front of the castle of the force, whose around six seats were also of marble, very appropriate to sit back and enjoy the breeze and the scenery of the sea.

    In 1871, by the deterioration which showed, the authorities decided to transfer. Apparently, the biggest was caused in may 1845, by the American Brigantine “J. B. Hautington”, That, in an unexpected move, you ruined some seats and part of the railings that surrounded it.

    From this moment on, he was at the mall of Queen Elizabeth II, at the present time, Paseo Del Prado, the park of the tip and finally in the park gonzalo de quesada. Without Trident and with their pumps out of use, it was the last place where passed this neptune, until, in 1997, with the purpose to preserve it, reappeared a day at the edge of the coastline, very close to its original location.

    The Statue, the pedestal, shells and their bases were in the park, while the parts that make up the pond were in the park Victor Hugo, on 19th street, between h and I, also in the forbidden, all in unfortunate Conservation Status by the lack of maintenance.

    The Fountain was not able to relocate in its original site, since this is used at present by the pilots of the port to arrive at the channel of the entrance to the bay and, in addition, this structure is in a terrible state of preservation and I couldn’t stand the Weight of the monument. For this reason he placed in the first projection of the Malecon, a few hundred meters more towards the west.

    His transfer to the historical center was approved by the National Commission of monuments. The source was very damaged, being the direction of architecture of the cultural heritage of the office of the historian who conceived of the project to their rescue achieving its majestic restitute appearance.

    At that time, the park gonzalo de quesada was considered to be “the most beautiful park of havana”, Although it was warned that it wouldn’t be for long, because they had already begun the works of what will be the “Park of maceo”, That one’s own villalón stated that it would be the best of the Republic.

    In the vicinity of the park, there are two places that are distinguished: the house where he died the general of the struggle for Independence Máximo Gómez, located in d street between calzada and fifth and the old “Auditorium theatre” (1922-28), Today Theatre “Amadeo Roldan”.

    I don’t know that statue was placed on the site that occupied the Neptune… I have commented that it is a Venus….

    Cuba in the memory 05/09/2015

  35. SO IN OTHER WORDS DEAR Omar OR Omar Fundora, SOCIALISM, COMMUNISM DOES NOT WORK? YOU HAVE DISCOVERED WARM WATER, AGUA TIBIA MY FRIEND! FROM THE DICTATORSHIP’S MOUTH TO YOUR EARS DEAR Omar OR Omar Fundora IS THE ARTICLE BELOW! BUT IT SURE HAS WORKED FOR THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA ALL THESE YEAR! DUH!

    THE ATLANTIC:Fidel: ‘Cuban Model Doesn’t Even Work for Us Anymore’ – A lighthearted lunch and a trip to Havana’s aquarium – by Jeffrey Goldberg – Sep 8, 2010

    There were many odd things about my recent Havana stopover (apart from the dolphin show, which I’ll get to shortly), but one of the most unusual was Fidel Castro’s level of self-reflection. I only have limited experience with Communist autocrats (I have more experience with non-Communist autocrats) but it seemed truly striking that Castro was willing to admit that he misplayed his hand at a crucial moment in the Cuban Missile Crisis (you can read about what he said toward the end of my previous post – but he said, in so many words, that he regrets asking Khruschev to nuke the U.S.).

    Even more striking was something he said at lunch on the day of our first meeting. We were seated around a smallish table; Castro, his wife, Dalia, his son; Antonio; Randy Alonso, a major figure in the government-run media; and Julia Sweig, the friend I brought with me to make sure, among other things, that I didn’t say anything too stupid (Julia is a leading Latin American scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations). I initially was mainly interested in watching Fidel eat – it was a combination of digestive problems that conspired to nearly kill him, and so I thought I would do a bit of gastrointestinal Kremlinology and keep a careful eye on what he took in (for the record, he ingested small amounts of fish and salad, and quite a bit of bread dipped in olive oil, as well as a glass of red wine). But during the generally lighthearted conversation (we had just spent three hours talking about Iran and the Middle East), I asked him if he believed the Cuban model was still something worth exporting.

    “The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore,” he said.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2010/09/fidel-cuban-model-doesnt-even-work-for

  36. FANTASTIC! DIARIO DE CUBA IS NOW IN ENGLISH! THE IDIOTS AT MARTI NOTICIAS ARE STILL NOT DOING THAT AFTER ME HOUNDING THEM ABOUT IT BUT NEVER RESPONDING TO MY E-MAILS, TWITTER OR FACEBOOK QUESTION OF WHY NOT! QUE SE JODAN!

    DIARIO DE CUBA: Is Now the Right Time? – Will a lifting of the US embargo be beneficial with the Castros still in power? – PABLO DÍAZ ESPÍ – Madrid – 6 Oct 2015

    The most recent and vocal proponents of the lifting of the American embargo on Cuba wield as their main argument that this measure will benefit the Cuban people, improving their quality of life and, in the mid term, facilitating the spread of democracy to the island. It is worth analyzing how valid and accurate these arguments really are. According to The Washington Post, in 2013 alone American travelers took assets worth 3.5 billion dollars to the island, while Cuban-Americans sent 3.1 billion dollars to the country in money wires. And this is in spite of the embargo, which already allows Havana to buy foods and medicines directly from American companies. What this makes evident is that when they talk about the end of restrictions what the Castros are really interested in is access to international credit and, particularly, to American banks. In other words, the Castros want to exploit the U.S.A. like they did the USSR and Venezuela under Chavez: a source of funding that allows them to retain their power line their coffers, until they known they are out of danger.

    In return, they offer what any capitalist would find a tantalizing offer: an unexploited market, devoid of competition, as we Cubans cannot invest in our own country; 10 million potential consumers; a workforce that is relatively well-educated, very cheap, and without any rights (including, of course, the right to strike and to organize in independent unions); a centralized economic interlocutor; zero criticism by the press; and a banned opposition and repressed civil society that cannot question business practices.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.diariodecuba.com/cuba/1444091846_17338.html

  37. Humberto: they want to migrate to the rich countries because freedom, liberty and democracy in their country does not put food on the table. In addition, people behave like animals …it is green over there, therefore I want to go there….world economic inequality thanks to the system

  38. THERE GOES DEAR Omar or Omar Fundora WITH THE TIRESOME “BAD OLD USA” OR “BAD IMPERIALISM” WHEN THERE IS NO INTELLIGENT RESPONSE! IT DOES NOT MATTER THAT MOST OF THE WORLD WANTS TO IMMIGRATE TO THE “IMPERIALIST” WEST, ESPECIALLY THE USA! FIGURE THAT! HOW WONDERFUL THAT US-CUBA POLICY IS WORKING OUT! NOW THE CASTRO CLAN WANTS TO STARVE THE CUBA PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO MONEY, ALL OF IT GOING TO THE ELITE, SECRET BANK ACCOUNTS IN EUROPE AND ELSE WHERE!

    POLITICO: Cuba to US: We don’t want your food As the White House tries to open up a trade relationship, Cuba shuts off the spigot. What’s going on? – By Danny Vinik

    As President Obama’s Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker journeys to Havana tomorrow to promote the idea of a warmer U.S. trade relationship with Cuba, she’s shadowed by an awkward fact: The existing trade between the two nations is vanishing, and nobody is quite sure why.

    Strange as it might sound for a country under a 53-year embargo, Cuba does buy a significant quantity of American goods every year, thanks to a little-known exception that allows American companies to sell food and medical supplies there. But as the two countries grow diplomatically closer, that business relationship has dropped off sharply.

    Agricultural exports to Cuba slid from $710 million to $291 million between 2007 and in 2014. In the first seven months of this year, they’ve fallen to $122 million, a 41 percent drop. In July, the only agricultural product that Cuba imported from the United States was poultry, according to the U.S. Cuba Trade and Economic Council.

    As Pritzker arrives on Tuesday for two days of high-level talks with senior Cuban officials, the drop-off is a stark reminder of how much control the Cuban government can exert over the relationship—and the limits of the White House’s ability to promote U.S. interests.

    “What the Obama administration does is only 50 percent of the equation. This is also about what the Cuban government wants,” said John Kavulich, the president of the U.S-Cuba Trade and Economic Council. “And right now the Cuban government is showing a less than enthusiastic focus on what the president’s done.”

    In part the numbers are going down because of pure economics: falling commodity prices push down the value of all trade. Many experts also point to the fact that Cuba can buy agricultural products in a global market. The U.S. has some major competitive advantages—high-quality products and a coastline less than 100 miles from Cuban soil—but American producers still have international competition. And a U.S. law forbids domestic producers from selling agricultural goods on credit to Cuba, putting U.S. producers at a disadvantage.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2015/10/cuba-to-us-we-dont-want-your-food-000263

  39. PANAM POST (Includes 45 min audio) : Cuba’s Lies with My Own Eyes Communism’s Failures Up Close and Personal – by Fergus Hodgson – October 5, 2015

    There is only so much one can know by reading and talking about a nation, without actually going there. Such was my dilemma before making a trip to Cuba in September, aware of therisks to people who work in the media and challenge the regime.+

    Now, with so many observations to process, I must overcome that same hurdle in communicating to others what I experienced. To gather the initial reaction in depth, my good friend and PanAm Post contributor Yaël Ossowski interviewed me for our podcast.

    Above all, and I don’t feel good saying this, I want to convey that the Castros and their criminal allies have made Cuba a nation of lies. Their deceit permeates far and wide, from the socialist propaganda that litters the nation to the misleading tourism advertising that lures foreigners in. While those in charge scapegoat their home-grown problems on the United States and the embargo, the people suffer and the capital, Havana, struggles on as a dirty, smelly, and pitiful ruin of a city.+

    One can barely walk a block without a tribute to the Castro brothers, Che Guevara, their revolution, and even Hugo Chávez, although what they are to be thanked for remains a mystery. And with internet access almost nonexistent, locals are left with little other than regime-approved media. For newspapers, I saw the Granma, the “official voice” of the Communist Party of Cuba, but that was about it, and I felt sorry for the visibly poor man trying to persuade me that a copy was worth US$1 (a day’s salary there), 25 times what he actually sells it for.+
    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE AND 45 minutes INTERVIEW!

    http://blog.panampost.com/fergus-hodgson/2015/10/05/cubas-lies-with-my-own-eyes/

  40. Cultural imperialism by the united states threatens global cultural diversity. The conservation of world cultures is as important as the conservation of our natural world. The Internet facilitates the americanization of the world. This is not a desirable outcome

  41. HEY Mario! WHAT DO YOU THINK OF Ruben Blades STATEMENTS AGAINST THE FASCIST MARUDO “GOVERNMENT” IN VENEZUELA DEAR!

    BILLBOARD: Artists from Rubén Blades to Enrique Iglesias Voice Support for Venezuela, Criticize Gov’t – By Judy Cantor-Navas – February 21, 2014

    Salsa greats and social activists Rubén Blades and Willie Colon have, separately, been the most outspoken of the many music artists who have expressed solidarity this week with protestors in Venezuela. In the case of Blades, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro spoke back. Earlier this week, another Venezuelan official publically mocked Rihanna’s less committed tweet of solidarity.

    After three anti-government student protesters died in confrontations in Caracas Feb. 12 and the troubled country exploded into ongoing violence, Blades posted a detailed critique of both the government and its political opposition, and expressed hope for the future of Venezuela.

    With the caveat that he hoped the video was for real, Blades replied to Maduro on his website yesterday (Feb. 20). He assured him that “I have not joined in, consciously or unconsciously, any plot orchestrated by the CIA.” Blades, a veteran of political life who served as Panama’s Minster of Tourism from 2004-2009, turned down the president’s invitation to visit him in Venezuela.

    Fellow salsa great Willie Colon recorded the pioneering salsa album “Siembra with Blades” in 1978. Colon, who has 2.62 million followers on Twitter, has been retweeting photos of protesters beaten by Venezuela’s National Guard and circulating a petition asking President Obama to sanction the Venezuelan government. He has also been speaking out vehemently and frequently against Maduro. “Nicolás the blood of the students will choke you!” he tweeted today in Spanish. A responding video from Maduro has not yet surfaced.

    http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5915630/artists-from-ruben-blades-to-enrique-iglesias-voice-support-for-venezuela

  42. MAYBE Mick Jagger CAN ASK THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY WHY THEY STILL DONT PLAY THE LATE Celiac Cruz’ MUSIC IN THE CUBAN RADIO STATIONS! BUT HE WONT! CUBA IS IN FASHION NOW SO HE WANTS HIS PUBLICITY!

    CUBAN EXILE QUARTER: Celia Cruz still banned in Cuba but International media remains silent – Thursday, August 23, 2012
    On August 8, 2012 BBC News reported that Cuba’s ban on anti-Castro
    musicians had been quietly lifted and on August 10 the BBC correspondent in
    Cuba, Sarah Rainsford, tweeted that she had been given names of forbidden
    artists by the central committee and the internet was a buzz that the ban on
    anti-Castro musicians had been quietly lifted. Others soon followed reporting on
    the news. The stories specifically mentioned Celia Cruz as one of the artists
    whose music would return to Cuban radio. Their is only one problem. It is not
    true. Diario de Cuba reported on August 21, 2012 that Tony Pinelli, a well known
    musician and radio producer, distributed an e-mail in which Rolando Álvarez, the
    national director of the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television Instituto
    Cubano de Radio y Televisión (ICRT) confirmed that the music of the late Celia
    Cruz would continue to be banned. The e-mail clearly stated: “All those who had
    allied with the enemy, who acted against our families, like Celia Cruz, who went
    to sing at the Guantanamo Base, the ICRT arrogated to itself the right, quite
    properly, not to disseminate them on Cuban radio

    http://cubanexilequarter.blogspot.com/2012/08/celia-cruz-still-banned-in-cuba-but.html

  43. How North, North, North American!

    Just read the names mentioned here:
    Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Freddie Mercury, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Amy Winehouse
    (do you think any of them speaks/spoke Spanish?)

    I have known for some time that the author of this blog is North-American, with Cuban passport, so I am not surprised that she promotes the US/UK imperialist art here. You write what you get paid for.

    And showing that dinosaur of the 70-ies (in no way am I questioning his musical talent) shows a clear political intention: to turn Cuba half a century backwards.

    Cuba, however, is and will remain a Latino country. Foreign artists? Yes, welcome: Olga Tañón (Puerto Rico), Ruben Blades (Panama), Juanes (Colombia)

    YANKEE GO HOME

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