Women, Always Postponed

We are measured by the most demanding scales and they ask from us the greatest patience. (Photo: Silvia Corbelle)

We are measured by the most demanding scales and they ask from us the greatest patience. (Photo: Silvia Corbelle)

Yoani Sanchez, Washington, 3 March 2016 — A few days after the murder of two young Argentine women tourists in Ecuador, a man in the city of Santa Clara in Cuba set fire to his house with his two children inside, as revenge against his ex-wife. Violence against women runs freely in Latin America and on most of this planet. A day like this March 8th, a day of tributes, flowers and speeches full of praise, does not erase the horror, nor the belittling.

The constant aggression we women suffer takes the form a blow from an abusive husband, but also is present in every minute of our lives, both in the professional order and in the social order. To walk alone at night, to sit alone in a park, or to take the sun on a beach “unescorted” by a partner, are moments that many Cuban women experience with more discomfort than enjoyment.

The limits within which we can move are made clear very early: Respectable or whore? Good wife or questionable spinster? Dedicated mother or bad mother? Submissive or quarrelsome? Made up or slovenly? Good cook or useless in the kitchen? Every attempt to free ourselves from these narrow frames implies double the effort for a man and a proportional quantity of external insults.

The violence starts from the time we’re small, when we prepare to be “beautiful and delicate,” forcing our tastes, affinities and vocations. They impose on us to be condescending and sweet, demure and silent; subordinate to masculine initiative and patiently bearing all. The ways girls are raised, in their families and in the education system still prevailing in our country, lock us into narrow, 19th century gender roles.

We are measured on more demanding scales and asked for the highest levels of patience. If a woman is the victim of lewd abuse in the street, most people’s immediate reflection is that she is wearing “very provocative clothing” or wiggling her hips too much. The aggressor is considered someone who “is acting like a man” while the woman is the brunt of the worst adjectives.

Women television presenters must be luxuriant and attractive, while her masculine colleagues can be gray-haired, double-chinned and pot-bellied, and no one bothers him about it. In government something else happens. The “male chauvinist” power we have lived under for nearly 60 years likes to be photographed with pretty faces and hold honeyed ceremonies on International Women’s Day. They give us flowers and call us “compañeras,” while the rest of the year they put the brakes on women’s demands and the independence of any initiative for gender equality.

What has happened to Cuban feminism is what happens to a professional woman who ends up locked in the house with a jealous and dim-witted husband. They take her best years, keep her from experiencing life and taking to the streets to demand her rights and now demand that she remain calm, gentle, supportive of those who mix testosterone and power, which is another form of violence masked by supposed praise and compliments.

The appropriation of our bodies by force is a heinous crime, as is taking our freedom, imposing on us a model of what we should be, and prolonging these discriminatory patterns, this false market of values, where ovaries are worth less than testicles.

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25 thoughts on “Women, Always Postponed

  1. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Obama trip to Cuba, Argentina a golden opportunity to tackle mutual human rights shortfalls – 18 March 2016

    US President Barack Obama’s historic state visits to Cuba and Argentina this week provide a golden opportunity to address some of all three countries’ main human rights challenges, said Amnesty International. Top concerns include the mistreatment of migrants in the USA, the lack of freedom of expression in Cuba and the repression of social leaders in Argentina. “If Presidents Obama, Castro and Macri fail to discuss their countries’ questionable human rights records and agree on meaningful steps to make substantial improvements, they will go down in history as the leaders who chose to ignore the suffering of millions instead of being the catalysts for change,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International. Amnesty International has sent an open letter to the three Presidents outlining some of the organization’s main human rights concerns in these countries. The letter is available on:
    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/03/obama-trip-to-cuba-argentina-a-golden-opportunity-to-tackle-mutual-human-rights-shortfalls/

  2. FUSION NEWS: Cuban artist plans ‘Institute of Artivism’ ahead of Obama’s historic trip – by Daniel Rivero

    Days prior to President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba on March 20, a provocative art concept has been announced by one of the island’s most controversial and successful artists. Through a Kickstarter project, renowned artist Tania Bruguera is raising funds to convert her home in Old Havana into an international “Institute of Artivism,” which would be open to dissidents, artists and intellectuals from across the world. Bruguera made international headlines when she was arrested by Cuban authorities in December 2014, only days after the U.S. and Cuba announcedthat they would renew diplomatic relations.

    She was arrested on her way to do an art performance that consisted of placing an open microphone in the center of Havana’s iconic Revolution Square and inviting people to speak their minds.

    As punishment, her passport was clipped for eight months. She describedthat period, which included regular “visits” by Cuban state security, as “psychological torture.”

    “This project came out of that experience,” Bruguera told me on a phone call from New York, where she lives when she’s not in Havana. “At that time I learned that political violence is to be fought with knowledge and civic education, and that’s what I’m doing now.”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://fusion.net/story/282231/cuban-artist-plans-institute-of-artivism-ahead-of-obamas-historic-trip/

  3. “The penalty is the response of Cuban government to the US financial blockade of the island”

    DEAR Mario!! DONT BE SILLY DEAR! THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY IS GETTING AN EXTORTION PERCENTAGE! YOU HAVE TO USE THE CUC’S IN ORDER TO BUY JUST ABOUT ANYTHING IN CUBA! DUH!

    FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY: Remittances to Cuba The following reports provide information on remittances sent to Cuba by Cuban Americans:
    Cuban Emigrés Sent More Than $3.5 Billion in In-Kind Remittances in 2013, by The Havana Consulting Group, July 3, 2014.
    Cuba: $2.6 Billion in Remittances in 2012, by Emilio Morales. Havana Journal, June 11, 2013.
    https://cri.fiu.edu/cuban-america/remittance/

  4. PRI THE WORLD PROGRAM: Cubans ‘don’t understand … things like freedom of expression are things that belong to them’ – By Joyce Hackel – March 17, 2016

    Cuban Tania Bruguera is hoping President Barack Obama doesn’t play it safe on his upcoming Cuba trip. The installation and performance artist says the US leader will miss a big opportunity if his Havana visit is simply a “photo op” he uses to burnish his legacy. “That would be a mistake because Cubans will feel used, and that will actually reinforce all the propaganda we’ve heard for so long,” she says. Instead, she urges Obama to call upon his past as a community organizer, “who can talk to people’s heart, who can actually mobilize people.”

    Bruguera isn’t a fan of Cuba’s government. She was arrested by Cuban authorities three times in 2015, including after her attempt to stage a public performance in Havana’s Revolution Square.

    She cautions Obama not to use rhetoric about freedom and democracy, because the concepts, she argues, are abstract for most Cubans.

    “Cubans are kind of anesthetized with words that they think belong to campaigns against Cuba, campaigns by the CIA, or American agencies, to dethrone the government,” she says. “They don’t understand that things like human rights, things like freedom of expression, are things that belong to them.”

    Bruguera says Obama should not self-censor, or be afraid to say things that don’t reflect well on Cuba’s government. That’s a mistake she says Pope Francis made in his 2015 Cuba visit.

    “People were extremely disappointed and all the hope we had for that trip deflated very quickly … because even the pope is self-censoring,” she says.

    In an effort to bolster free expression, Bruguera is creating something she calls The Institute of Artivism, a space in Havana where she hopes Cubans will combine art and activism to create new visions of their country. And she’s using a Kickstarter campaign to fund it.

    CLICK LINK FOR AUDIO STORY!

    http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-03-17/cubans-dont-understand-things-freedom-expression-are-things-belong-them

  5. Jill,
    I agree that cheating cases may happen. Cuba is too lenient on petty crime, and any thief on the run has one option no other Latin criminal has: escape to the United States. Will the next President of Cuba be more of hardliner in law enforcement? I wish he were.

    The Americans you have seen in Cuba are not genuine tourists. No agency in the US sells vacations to Cuba. You have either seen people posing as “missionaries” (some kind of “cultural exchange”) or Americans of Cuban descent visiting families.

  6. By the way Mario, the cadecas are getting much more than an extra 10 percent. The staff are stealing money off tourists changing their money there. It happened to me. They short changed me by about 50 euros. I returned the next day and complained and they just gave it to me. No questions asked, no excuses, no apologies. They’re obviously doing it to just about every tourist and making a fortune. Nice little racket. I warn everyone to count their notes in front of the teller and don’t walk out of the bank until you are sure it’s the correct amount.

  7. There were plenty of US tourists in Cuba last year when I was there. They were not part of any religious or cultural program. Just tourists. Lots of them.

  8. Yes, there is a 10% penalty for US$ at the exchange booth in Cuba.

    The penalty is the response of Cuban government to the US financial blockade of the island (no Cuban citizen can open a Paypal account for example).

    The penalty is not directed against the ordinary US tourists because there are none.
    No US citizen may travel to Cuba as a tourist.
    There are thousands who travel on different religious of cultural programs (BS)
    Cuban people have their own religion and culture and don’t need any American “missionaries”.

    As soon as the first genuine US tourist will land in Cuba the penalty will be abolished.

  9. AFTER PUTTING YOU IN JAIL FOR MANY YEARS FOR HAVING DOLLARS IN CUBA THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA GOES INTO THIS DOUBLE, PARALLEL CURRENCY WHERE YOU HAVE TO BUY A “CUBAN DOLLAR (CUC)” IN ORDER TO BUY STUFF AT THE CASTRO CONTROLLED BUSINESSES IN THE ISLAND! TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY IF YOU ARE A TOURIST USING U.S. DOLLARS (they dont do this with other currencies) THEN YOU ARE CHARGE WITH A 10% TAX FOR THE EXCHANGE AND EVEN WORSE, THEY CHARGE THE CUBAN CITIZENS THE SAME FOR CHANGING THEIR PESOS TO CUC’S! IF YOU THOUGHT BATISTA WAS WITH THE MAFIA, GUESS AGAIN! THE CASTRO ARE EVEN WORSE!

    US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT: Cuba’s government says it plans to do away with a penalty on converting U.S. dollars inside the country, but offered a tough rebuke of President Barack Obama’s plans to use his upcoming visit to promote change on the island – By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and JOSH LEDERMAN

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cuba’s government said Thursday it plans to do away with a penalty on converting U.S. dollars inside the country, but offered a tough rebuke of President Barack Obama’s plans to use his upcoming visit to promote change on the island.

    In a stern and lengthy speech in Havana, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez dismissed Obama’s lofty rhetoric about speaking directly to the Cuban people about their future during his trip, which starts Sunday. Aside from lifting the currency penalty, Rodriguez offered no indication that Cuba would respond to Obama’s recent policy changes with corresponding steps of its own, adding that little can happen until Congress lifts the trade embargo entirely.

    “Various U.S. officials have declared in recent hours that the objective of Obama’s measures is empowering the Cuban people. The Cuban people empowered themselves decades ago,” Rodriguez said, referring to the 1959 revolution that put the current Cuban government in power.

    Of the continuing U.S. ban on tourism to Cuba, he added, “It’s a nonsense approach.”

    Still, Rodriguez laid out a scenario under which the 10 percent penalty on dollars exchanged at banks and money-changers in Cuba would soon be lifted, making it easier and cheaper for Americans to spend time in Cuba.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2016-03-17/apnewsbreak-us-eases-security-for-ships-visiting-cuba


  10. YOUTUBE DOCUMENTARY: Arte Nuevo de Hacer Ruinas/The New Art of Making Ruins – In recent years, Havana has become famous all over the world for the morbid charm of its flaking façades – a curious blend of magic and decay – and romanticized in countless Hollywood films and documentaries, most notably perhaps in Buena Vista Social Club. Its beauty resides in the poetry of its ruins. But these ruins are far less poetic for the people who inhabit them. Houses frequently collapse causing fatalities. The decay of this city and its living quarters is a continual source of both danger and shame for its inhabitants. This unique documentary tells the stories of the people who reside in these modern ruins, from a homeless man who lives in an abandoned theater (in which Caruso once sang for Cuba’s high society), to an expropriated landowner who struggles against the decay of his parental home, to a writer who conceives a philosophy of the ruins to explain and bear the gradual collapse of the city and its political system.

  11. VIDEO: CANDELA! EL SEXTO IN HAVANA CLAIMING HIS RIGHTS! – La sofocación de los inspectores ahora!!

  12. GREAT QUOTES AS THEY APPLY TO CUBA TODAY

    In the United States they talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?…………NO WHERE TO BE FOUND

    We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. Patria or Muerte Venceremos!

    Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon because the healthy horse is the workers of the World that lack adequate social services and opportunity to benefit from their efforts.

  13. OUR DEAR Omar Fundora LABELS ANYONE AGAINST THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA A “RIGHT WINGER”! POBRECITO! IF HE ONLY KNEW THAT I AM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT AND EVEN VOTED FOR OBAMA TWICE! SECOND TIME I REGRET DOING IT!

    KING OBAMA WANTS THE US-CUBA DEAL FOR HIS LEGACY AT ALL COSTS!

    HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: US/Cuba: Credibility of Obama Policy on the Line Engagement Without International Pressure Unlikely to Bring Change — (Washington, DC) – United States President Barack Obama should call for concrete measures to end systematic repression in Cuba during his visit to Havana from March 20 to 22, 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. President Obama is expected to meet with both President Raul Castro and government critics, address Cubans live on state television, and attend an exhibition baseball game between the Cuban national team and the Tampa Bay Rays, presumably with President Castro. Announcing the trip on February 18, President Obama said he planned to “speak candidly about our serious differences with the Cuban government, including on democracy and human rights.” He also said he expected to have fun.
    “Obama is absolutely right to promote engagement, but not as an end in itself,” said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch. “His message on human rights needs to be forceful and specific, or the trip may be remembered by Cubans who have suffered half a century of repression as little more than bonding over baseball.”
    The human rights situation in Cuba has remained largely unchanged since December 2014, when Presidents Obama and Castro announced an agreement to normalize diplomatic relations. As part of the agreement, Cuba made a commitment to release 53 political prisoners and to allow fact-finding visits to the island by the International Committee of the Red Cross and United Nations human rights monitors. The prisoner release occurred, but the visits by international monitors have not.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!
    https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/03/16/us/cuba-credibility-obama-policy-line

  14. THIS IS A SYMBOLIC POLITICAL CARTOON FOR ALL THOSE RIGHT WING INDIVIDUALS THAT WANT A RIGHT WING GOVERNMENT IN CUBA…

  15. MORE OF KING OBAMA’S US-CUBA DEAL IMPACTING THE U.N.

    YOUTUBE: ONU 31st regular session of the Human Rights Council – Tuesday March 15 2016 – Rosa María Payá Acevedo @ UN Human Rights Council

    CNS NEWS: Days Before Obama’s Visit, Cuba’s Allies Try to Block Dissident Rosa María Payá Acevedo From Speaking at UN Human Rights Council – By Patrick Goodenough –
    The Castro regime, backed by representatives of some of the world’s most repressive regimes, tried on Tuesday to prevent a prominent Cuban dissident from speaking at the U.N. Human Rights Council, repeatedly interrupting Rosa Maria Paya who expressed the hope that President Obama in his March 21-22 visit will defend human rights.

    Paya had scarcely spoken a single sentence when Cuban delegate Pablo Berti complained that she was not properly accredited to speak as representative of a non-governmental organization (NGO).

    Paya was speaking on behalf of Freedom House during a general HRC debate in Geneva under an agenda item on “human rights situations requiring the council’s attention.”

    The independent Washington-based democracy watchdog is accredited – via the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – to participate at HRC sessions.

    But Berti said it was public knowledge that Paya was not a representative of “so-called NGO, Freedom House,” implying that she should therefore be silenced.

    One by one, delegates from Venezuela, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, China, Egypt, Pakistan and others spoke in favor of Cuba’s position.

    Other members, including the U.S., Canada and European nations, spoke in support of allowing Paya to speak.

    Later in the session, Berti lashed out at Freedom House, calling it “a machine of subversion” that “answers to the CIA.”

    He said the group’s funds come from the State Department and USAID, adding that its “links to known terrorists are well-known.”

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/days-obama-visits-cubas-allies-try-block-dissident-speaking-un-human

  16. KING OBAMA’S US-CUBA POLICY AT IT’S FINEST! MR. OBAMA COULD NOT EVEN GET THE CASTRO TO ACCEPT FREE WI-FI BY GOOGLE!

    CAPITOL HILL CUBANS: Today, the Castro regime arrested Carlos Amel Oliva (below), head of the youth wing of the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU), a major dissident organization. He is being accused of “anti-social” behavior. On Friday, Amel Oliva had participated in a meeting in Miami with Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor. He returned to Havana on Sunday. The Castro regime will continue pushing the limits of the President Obama, as it has concluded he’s driven more by legacy than lives. Thus, Castro now wields all the leverage.
    http://www.capitolhillcubans.com/2016/03/young-cuban-dissident-who-met-with-ben.html?m=1

  17. SUPPORT CUBAN ARTIST/ACTIVIST Tania Bruguera’s PROJECT IN CUBA!

    This project will only be funded if at least $100,000 is pledged by Thu, Apr 7 2016 12:00 PM PDT.
    324 backers – $31,422 pledged of $100,000 goal – 22 days to go

    An institute in Cuba and an online platform which hosts international artists and activists to foster civic literacy and policy change –
    About this project

    (Para subtítulos en español en el video seleccione cc en la parte superior derecha de la imagen)

    “The Institute is about creating bridges of trust where there is no fear of each other; to create a peaceful and considered response where there is violence; to create a place where people with different political views can come together to build a better country.” Tania Bruguera, Cuban, artist, founder.

    INSTAR (Institute of Artivism Hannah Arendt)

    INSTAR is both an online platform and a physical institute.

    We are inviting artists and activists from around the world to collaborate with Cubans to create peaceful tools for policy change and civic literacy.

    The physical institute is located in Havana, Cuba and the online platform will have its base in New York City.

  18. GET READY FOR CASTRO 2.0 WITH THE HELP OF KING OBAMA!

    CNN (Video): Cuba: Pride triumphs over frustration – By Bill Weir

    Not long ago, listening to “Sympathy for the Devil” while wearing tight pants could get a young Cuban thrown into one of Fidel Castro’s prisons. But soon, the Rolling Stones will play Havana. The concert will be free; the pants, tight. Not long ago, showing off bat-and-glove skills for an American scout could get a young Cuban yanked from his field of dreams to toil in a field of sugar cane. But soon, the island’s best will face a Major League team while Barack Obama watches from the stands. For one thing, the Paris of the Caribbean may be the world’s sexiest ruin, but it is still a ruin.

    The ’50s-era Fords and Chevys may be charming, but Havana’s ’50s-era water and power make for a life of endless frustration. The Old City’s plumbing is in such bad shape, they have to ration water — in the tropics.

    Meanwhile, the Cuban government still demands 51% ownership of any foreign-owned business. How many American companies are willing to spend millions to partner with a communist regime unable to guarantee running water?

    Outside of Havana, much of the country lives like it’s the 1850s, eating what they grow. Since the government has allowed folks to open restaurants or Airbnb-friendly “casa particulars,” an entire generation is getting its first taste of capitalism.
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/14/travel/wonder-list-bill-weir-cuba/index.html

  19. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL : Six facts about censorship in Cuba – By Josefina Salomon – 11 March 2016

    To mark the World Day against Cyber Censorship on 12 March, here are six things you should know about free speech, the internet and online censorship in Cuba.

    The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba in December 2014 brought renewed hope for an end to the US economic embargo, which has had a dire impact on the human rights of ordinary Cubans. But while tourists flock to the island to experience its romantic, old-world charm before it “changes”, less romantic is its history of restricting freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, still shown in the authorities’ determination to stifle dissent.
    1. Freedom of expression can land you in jail in Cuba.

    Graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado, known as “El Sexto”, found this out when he was locked up for most of 2015 for painting the names of Raúl and Fidel – the names of the Castro brothers who have been in power since 1959 – on the backs of two live pigs. He had planned to release the animals as part of an artistic performance but, before he could, he was accused of desacato (contempt) and thrown in prison for 10 months. He was never formally charged or brought before a judge.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!
    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2016/03/six-facts-about-censorship-in-cuba/

  20. UNTIL THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY IS OUT OF THE PICTURE COMPLETELY AND FREE, MULTI-PARTY ELECTIONS IN CUBA ARE HELD LIKE IN BURMA, NOTHING WILL CHANGE! AND VERY FEW PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES WILL RISK THEIR MONEY WITH A MAFIA!

    NY TIMES: Culture Gap Impedes U.S. Business Efforts for Trade With Cuba – By VICTORIA BURNETT

    MEXICO CITY — They have gone to Cuba with plans to build houses. To assemble tractors. To buy apps from young programmers. Even to import charcoal made from the sicklebush that grows in vast stretches across the island. But 15 months after American prospectors began swarming Havana, filling hotels and hiring consultants, only a handful have inked deals to do business with the once-forbidden island.Eager to show results, the Obama administration in late January made the biggest breach yet in the embargo by permitting Americans to trade with state-owned companies, which control much of Cuba’s commerce and are run, mostly, by the military.

    As President Obama prepares to visit Cuba this month, the lack of trade with the former foe threatens to sap momentum from the process of building relations. It is also a reminder that beyond tourism — which satisfies Cuba’s need for foreign currency and the desire of Americans to visit the island — the countries have very different visions of economic engagement.

    “The litmus test of normalization is trade and investment,” said Robert Muse, a Washington lawyer who specializes in Cuba-related law. “That’s how the Obama legacy will be judged.”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/world/americas/culture-gap-impedes-us-business-efforts-for-trade-with-cuba.html?_r=0

  21. I wonder where more women keep government posts (minister and deputy minister level): in Cuba or in the USA?

  22. HMM! MAYBE CUBAN PUNK BAND Porno Para Ricardo SHOULD OPEN FOR THE ROLLING STONES! GUESS KING OBAMA’S US-CUBA POLICY IS WORKING WONDERS!

    MIAMI NEW TIMES: MEMBERS OF CUBAN BAND PORNO PARA RICARDO DETAINED UPON RETURN TO CUBA – BY ALEXANDRA MARTINEZ

    Gorky Aguila and Lia Villares, members of Cuban rock band Porno Para Ricardo, were detained Wednesday afternoon for 24 hours upon returning to Cuba’s Jose Marti Airport. The activists were coming back from Miami, where they performed shows at Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center.

    “When they got there, they were stopped, checked, and held in a waiting area without being able to talk to anyone,” says Danilo Maldonado Machado, an artist known as “El Sexto” and a good friend of the band.

    Maldonado immediately took to Facebook and filmed an hourlong live video of his reaction to the news.

    “If anyone knows of where Lia Villares is, let us know,” he says, wiping away tears. “My brothers, if we live through this, let’s get rid of these dogs in power. Free Lia Villares.”

    Aguila and Villares have since been released, according to Maldonado.

    Lia and Gorky’s music is known for criticizing and satirizing the Castro regime without holding anything back. Gorky, the frontman of the group, was arrested in 2008 in Cuba for “social dangerousness.” At the time, Cuba was in the throes of its “Cuban 5” campaign, hailing five Cuban spies who infiltrated America as heroes, demanding their immediate release. On the island, Gorky’s ironic arrest garnered national attention including a New York Times story. He was eventually found guilty of the lesser charge of “disobedience” and fined $600 pesos, about six weeks’ salary. But that hasn’t stopped the band from speaking its mind. Porno Para Ricardo’s 2013 song “El Comandante” directly chastises the Castros, telling them not to “eat so much d*ck.”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.miaminewtimes.com/music/members-of-cuban-band-porno-para-ricardo-detained-upon-return-to-cuba-8312460

  23. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen of Florida: Castro Regime Shows True Colors in Recent Editorial, Says Ros-Lehtinen – Mar 9, 2016

    Castro Regime Shows True Colors in Recent Editorial, Says Ros-Lehtinen
    “I call on the President Obama to take note of these declarations by the Castro regime, and cancel his trip to the island later this month.”

    (Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement after an editorial in the official newspaper of the Castro regime demanded the Obama Administration cease meddling in Cuba’s internal affairs. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

    “It comes as no surprise that Cuba demands the Obama Administration cease meddling in its internal affairs after the Administration consistently gave the Castro regime everything it requested without demanding anything in return during the negotiations. This hasn’t been the only written tantrum by regime-run media. Last month the same outlet, the regime’s mouthpiece of a newspaper, Granma, declared that receiving the visit of a sitting U.S. President, ‘dismounts the myth’ of human rights violations in Cuba, conveniently ignoring that there were 8,616 documented political arrests in 2015 alone and that arbitrary detentions rose to a five-year high in January of 2016.

    “The Castro regime demonstrates in writing and in deeds that it is not interested in changing its repressive ways, rendering moot the purpose behind the Administration’s impetus for the negotiations. I call on the President Obama to take note of these declarations by the Castro regime, and cancel his trip to the island later this month. The Castro regime continues to be a flagrant violator of human rights, and no amount of cultural or economic exchanges will transmute its oppressive nature.”

    https://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/press-release/castro-regime-shows-true-colors-recent-editorial-says-ros-lehtinen

  24. KING OBAMA WANTS THIS US-CUBA DEAL AT ALL COSTS!
    US NEWS AND WORLD REPORTS: Obama’s Cuba Trip Up – The president’s decision to visit Cuba now sends the wrong message. – By Lawrence J. Haas — President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Cuba in two weeks in an oddly timed excursion that, in many ways, encapsulates all that’s wrong with the philosophy, goals, and priorities of his administration’s foreign policy. Simply put, it’s the wrong trip, to the wrong place, at the wrong time, and under the wrong circumstances. Still, Obama’s trip is troubling. It will cap off more than a year of efforts through which the president deployed his usual array of questionable global strategies – appeasing the regime in question, downplaying its human rights record and ignoring its growing ties to America’s adversaries – in hopes of changing Cuba’s behavior.

    “I believe that we can do more to support the Cuban people and promote our values through engagement,” Obama declared in December 2014 in announcing that he was changing America’s “relationship with the people of Cuba.” The United States, he said, would work to reestablish U.S.-Cuba relations, reopen an embassy in Havana, review Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terror, and increase “travel, commerce, and the flow of information” between the two nations. As he did with, among others, Tehran and Moscow, Obama reassured Havana of his good intentions, offered to re-write bilateral relations if Havana responded in kind, and provided a financial reward up front.

    But just as Tehran grabbed the sanctions relief of the U.S.-led nuclear deal without changing its hostile approach toward Washington, and just as Moscow secured U.S. concessions over missile defense in Eastern Europe while remaining belligerent, so too is Havana pocketing U.S. largesse without changing its stripes. Unfortunately, Obama is responding to Havana as he did to Tehran and Moscow – showering the Castro regime with still more rewards while ignoring its spit-in-your-eye behavior.

    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/world-report/articles/2016-03-08/president-obamas-trip-to-cuba-is-misguided

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