The Voice Of Your Rights

Yoani Sánchez inaugurates a series of interviews on the channel Deutsche Welle Latin America: The Voice of Your Rights. (Video capture)

Yoani Sánchez inaugurates a series of interviews on the channel Deutsche Welle Latin America: The Voice of Your Rights. (Video capture)

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, 4 April 2016 — What to do when you have a loudspeaker in your hand? Since 2007 when I started my blog Generation Y, this question has haunted me. Often the visibility does not benefit those who need it most and the protective umbrellas provided by access to international organizations only reach a few. To occupy the microphone to broadcast only your own speech is a wastefulness that is a monologue more than an informative work. The Voice of Your Rights, the new interview program I will host on the Deutsche Welle Latin American TV program seeks to bring the megaphone to those who need it most.

With 40 episodes filmed in Panama City, the new space hosts a guest list essential for those who want to know our region and learn about the stories of its people. Environmental activists, women who fight against femicide, human rights organizations that denounce prison overcrowding and groups addressing child labor from all viewpoints are some of the themes that will be addressed by the people with whom I will share the studio in the coming weeks.

My role in this program, which has as its protagonists those who are trying to open a window where the door is closed, is not only for a professional challenge in my career as a journalist, but part of a personal commitment to the most silenced in every society. The cameras and the power of audiovisual media will serve to make their projects more effective and their lives less dangerous.

64 thoughts on “The Voice Of Your Rights

  1. World Capitalism is a resounding failure. People from middle income countries and worse leave their country illegally to seek fortune in the Rich countries of the World. They risk their lives not so much because of oppression, but, because of the promise of a better life. Capitalism is the reason for the great inequality in the World. Yet, erroneously, many political dissidents blame their governments for the reason their home country cannot generate enough wealth to raise the standard of living of citizens. More time than not, it is not the government to blame, it is the apartheid system of capitalism that keeps countries from developing. It is a masterful system that way. Resources necessary to sustain life are dominated by the Rich countries of the World by de facto because a minority of their citizens control 50% of all the money that circulates in the World. Money=resources…whoever has the most money rules the World. The best protection against this Imperialism is to defend country sovereignty and independence and not by allowing the country to be seduced by the promise of conveniences and quick fixes to economic problems created by scarcity. Democracy is the best way for any political system to serve its people. But, over dependency on foreign products, services and loans can destroy a middle income country. The free market has been made unsustainable because of scarcity and the natural laws of Man cannot be allowed to be enjoy without oppression because of scarcity. The needs of many needs to take precedence over the needs of the few. Capitalism has to be taken apart to be able to create a more inclusive world.

  2. The Cuban escaping from the “worker paradise” is like a never ending movie. People do not flee from freedom and prosperity. The desperation of the Cuban people keep increasing, as they look for any means to escape from the hellish place of the island of Dr. Castro, regardless of the consequences.

    Video of Cuban Rafters Reaching US Soil Goes Viral
    https://panampost.com/antonella-marty/2016/04/08/video-of-cuban-rafters-reaching-us-soil-goes-viral/

    Viewers See What It’s Like To Flee Castro’s Cuba Successfully

    Antonella Marty April 8, 2016 at 5:54 pm


    The 21 rafters reached the Florida keys on April 1, 2016.

    The Emotions and feelings seen in this video are almost beyond description.
    Cuban men, women and children in a boat bearing the slogan “God is with us” arriving to shore with smiles, surprise and excitement.

    The most touching moment of the video is when the group gets off the raft and begin to walk up the beach. Some fell to their knees in the sand, others kiss and hug each other, others cry over a long journey that began who knows how long ago.

    Cubans still want to get off the island. The search for a land of freedom does not stop even if the obstacle is a concrete wall, or a sea full of sharks. Many of refugees — Cuban or otherwise — would rather die than continue to survive in the oppressive misery of a totalitarian government. Literally millions of Cubans have sought escape routes to leave the island rather than continue under persecution and state prohibitions.

    Central planning, violation of civil liberties, free markets and private property prohibition, enslavement, persecution and political monopoly: these are some of the principles governing Cubans’ daily lives — the same that once ruled both East Germany, the Soviet Union and many other laboratories of a failed communist experiment.

    From 1902 until Castro seized power, the island used to receive thousands of workers from around the world. But since the start of the revolution, that process has been reversed. No sane person has Cuba in mind as their final destination, whether that be for business, retirement or otherwise.

    Cuba’s protectionist systems do not generate any kind of “protection” to industry or to the national economy. This socialist system provides “protection” for civil liberties, but instead produces a long list of political prisoners while monopolistic political parties engage in violence and constraint.

    We have seen Obama’s visit to the island and the “reforms” taken by the Castro regime. But can we talk about changes in Cuba when political prisoners still exist? Can we talk about changes if Cubans are not free to choose for themselves?

    Neither socialism nor public spending, monetary emissions, the elimination of newspapers nor the detention of political prisoners are the solution to a poverty that statist leaders intend to remedy.

    Antonella is founder and project coordinator of the Youth Foundation for Liberty in Argentina. She has worked as an intern at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Cato Institute, The IFEF, and Cedice Libertad. Follow her @AntonellaMarty.

  3. So you’re disappointed Humberto, you won’t be the first señor en blanco. However I think there’s a lesson here. In the present situation more can probably be done from outside than any overt action in Cuba, Sending remittances, tractors and many other things there isn’t as exciting, but that’s what is needed as a basis that’s coming, maybe very soon…

  4. HMM! THE SILENCE BY THE LEFTISTS ON THIS MATTER IS DEAFENING! ESPECIALLY FROM THOSE WHO TAKE AMERICANS TO CUBA ON A “FUN FILLED TRIP”! OPPORTUNISTS!
    SUN SENTINEL: Boycott Carnival cruises to Cuba, until Cuban Americans are allowed to board, too Daniel Vasquez Boycott Carnival cruises to Cuba – by Daniel Vasquez — Carnival plans to launch cruises to Cuba next month. Wonder if the corporation will hang the appropriate warning signs at all entrances? The ones that should read: “No Dogs. No Cubans.” That’s right. Carnival cruises to Cuban are set to begin May 1. But some Americans are banned from boarding: Cuban Americans. The irony. The cruelty. The ultimate ‘dis to all Americans, courtesy once again of the Castro brothers.

    Here’s an idea: Carnival can use leftover signs from the 1960s, the ones commonly found plastered on apartment and motel buildings that proclaimed: “No Pets, No Kids, No Cubans.”

    Oops. Forgot. Carnival allows kids. And service dogs. Just no Cuban Americans.

    Of course, some travelers may be giddy about the opportunity to visit Cuba for the first time in 50 years. But the cost is not worth it. In any form.

    Much of the money spent on food, booze and cigars by visitors to Cuba will go directly to the violent and oppressive government, now run by Fidel’s little brother. The money will hardly help the Cuban people.

    The biggest rub: The ban on Cuban Americans boarding a Carnival cruises was negotiated by the Cuban government, the U.S. Treasury Department and Carnival Corporation.

    That means the Obama Administration is fine with discrimination against Cuban Americans — whose parents and family were forced to flee Cuba without any belongings while running to outpace flying bullets from Fidel’s goon squads.

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/todays-buzz/sfl-boycott-carnival-cruises-to-cuba-until-cuban-americans-are-allowed-to-board-too-20160411-story.html

  5. YOU DEAL WITH THE CASTRO OLIGARCH MAFIA? GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!

    CBS NEWS SOUTH FLORIDA: Lacking approval, cruise line cancels more Cuba voyages – by Gene Sloan

    That’s the lesson that small-ship operator Pearl Seas Cruises has been learning in recent weeks as it has been forced to cancel one long-planned sailing to the island nation after another due to a lack of Cuban government approvals.

    Pearl Seas announced last July that it would launch 10-night cruises from the USA to Cuba this spring on its single ship, the 210-passenger Pearl Mist. Six sailings were planned for March and April, and Pearl Seas began taking bookings for cabins at fares that started at $7,810 per person.

    But as customers have been finding out in recent weeks, the line was selling the trips without permission from the Cuban government to operate them, and as the sailing dates neared, the permission did not materialize as the line expected. The cancellations began.

    The first sailing to be canceled was a March 6 departure, followed by March 16 and March 26 departures. In recent days, Pearl Seas has added sailings scheduled for April 5 and April 15 to the list of those it is dropping. Holding out hope for a last-minute Cuban approval, the line has been canceling the sailings one-by-one as the sailing dates approach, sometimes with just a few days notice.

    The sailings would have been the first from the USA to Cuba in decades. But now it looks like industry giant Carnival Corp.’s new Fathom brand could be the first to offer such trips. Fathom received approval last month from the Cuban government to operate voyages to the country and will kick off bi-weekly sailings from Miami on May 1. Like Pearl Seas, Fathom had begun selling the trips even before it had the approval.

    Unlike Pearl Seas and Fathom, most cruise lines hoping to add Cuba trips from the USA have been waiting for Cuban government approval before starting to sell them. Cruise operators that have been pursuing such an approval include the parent companies of Oceania Cruises and Royal Caribbean.

    http://www.wtsp.com/mb/news/nation-now/lacking-approval-cruise-line-cancels-more-cuba-voyages/127275880

  6. THE CASTRO FASCIST LAW PREVENTING CUBAN CITIZENS (they dont recognize other citizenship)! GUESS THIS IS THE SEGMENT OF THE LAW THEY ARE USING TO PREVENT CUBANS IN THE DIASPORA TO ENTER CUBA VIA THE SEA! AND CARNIVAL CRUISES IS OK WITH IT!

    “Entering or leaving port or navigating in territorial waters without the corresponding dispatch or authorization from the Port Authority or violating the conditions set forth therein”

    CUBAN LAW: DECREE-LAW ON VIOLATIONS INVOLVING THE OWNERSHIP AND OPERATION OF BOATS IN THE NATIONAL TERRITORY – OFFENDERS WILL BE SANCTIONED WITH FINES AND CONFISCATION OF BOATS AND GOODS ON BOARD – There have recently been repeated violations of the existing regulations on the ownership and operation of boats, mostly medium and small size, with the purpose of using them for illegal migration and other illicit activities that are extremely harmful to public interests.

    According to the Decree-Law passed on July 19, 1999, which will be in force ensuing its publication in the Official Gazette, the following acts shall be considered violations:

    Building boats in the absence of due authorization from the corresponding Port Authority.
    Repairing boats without due authorization from the corresponding Port Authority.
    Using materials and means from illegal sources for the building, repair and operation of boats.
    Owning or operating boats which are not duly registered with the corresponding Port Authority Registry.
    Transporting boats on land without a permit issued by the appropriate Port Authority or violating the conditions set forth therein.
    Being in the possession of boats for which the legitimacy of ownership cannot be ascertained.
    Entering or leaving port or navigating in territorial waters without the corresponding dispatch or authorization from the Port Authority or violating the conditions set forth therein.
    Loading or unloading persons or objects regardless of the established regulations or in unauthorized places.
    Docking, anchoring and keeping boats outside of the established or authorized location.
    Failing to comply with the physical safety and security of boats.
    Violating the regulations for access to boats located in port.
    Transferring control of a boat without prior authorization from the corresponding Port Authority.
    Navigating in restricted areas without the proper authorization or failing to comply with the conditions set forth therein.
    Violating any other regulation established by national institutions involved in the operation of boats.

    Anyone who commits or allows others to commit any of the violations described above will be fined the amount established for each case, taking into account the seriousness of the violation.

    The violations contained in paragraphs b), j), k) and n) are considered minor and will be sanctioned with fines of 500 to 1500 Cuban pesos. The violations contained in paragraphs e) and i) are considered serious and will be sanctioned with fines of 1000 to 5000 Cuban pesos, as will the repeated commission of minor violations and the commission of more than one minor violation at a time.

    Finally, the violations in paragraphs a), c), d), f), g), h), l) and m) are considered very serious, as are the repeated commission of serious violations and the commission of minor and serious violations at the same time, and all will be sanctioned with fines of 3000 to 10,000 Cuban pesos.

    Moreover, depending on the seriousness of the violation and its consequences, the competent authority may impose the confiscation of the boat and goods on board that are the property of the transgressor; crossing and coasting vessels will be exempt from this measure.

    As an additional measure, the Harbor Masters may temporarily or definitively suspend permits, designations or authorizations that have been issued.

    http://www.cuba.cu/gobierno/d210799i.html

  7. Hi Josh! It´s actually very simple: Fidel did the revolucion – y muerte para muchos por medio siglo – because he wanted power. The justifications are always propaganda, demagoguery. My guess is that he didn’t want to share power with Che or anyone.
    Che looks kinda cool on T-shirts because people know absolutely nothing. Che was a brute. He was also a doctor – here you can swear by all the santos you can think of – and did exactly the opposite of what he’d sworn.
    If you’re looking for a mission in life, clearing away misconceptons is both noble and useful…

  8. HMM! MAYBE DEAR yngso, THEY CAN START BY PUTTING THIS INFORMATION ON THEIR WEB SITE! BUT THEN, THAT WOULD BE BAD PUBLICITY FOR THEM! REGARDLESS, THEY ARE GETTING THE BAD PRESS ANYWAY!

    MIAMI HERALD: Carnival cruise to Cuba discriminates against a class of Americans – by Fabiola Santiago – APRIL 7, 2016

    The Carnival Cruise Line website beckons: “Be the first to cruise to Cuba in over 50 years. Visit our sister Fathom Travel and reserve your spot now.” There’s not one mention that Cuban Americans need not apply. I’m a believer in free travel, so I proceeded to book an October sail, my U.S. passport in hand.
    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/fabiola-santiago/article70622582.html

  9. CAPITOL HILL CUBANS: Carnival Should Follow Former Norwegian CEO’s Lead – Sunday, April 10, 2016
    Note the stark contrast between Norwegian Cruise Line’s rejection of Tunisia’s discriminatory practices vs. Carnival’s acquiescence of Cuba’s discriminatory practices.
    From The Algemeiner: Norwegian Cruise Line Cancels Tunisia Stops After Country Bars Israeli Tourists
    The Norwegian Cruise Line announced Tuesday that it is canceling all of its remaining port calls to Tunisia and ceasing all future port calls there in response to the Tunisian government’s refusal to allow a group of Israelis to disembark the Norwegian Jade ship in the Tunis-based port of La Goulette on Sunday.

    About a dozen Israelis were denied entry and singled out among hundreds of tourists. “[Cruise staff] were very elusive,” said Ed Glina, a Canadian tourist on the ship who witnessed the incident and stayed on board in solidarity with the Israelis.

    “They said they got an email from the immigration department in Tunisia stating Israelis were not allowed to get off the ship. They were not given any reason why Israelis were not allowed off the ship—they indicated that in previous months when they had been to Tunisia, Israelis were allowed to get off—and that they didn’t know why this was happening,” Glina said, the Canadian National Post newspaper reported.

    In a press statement released Tuesday and provided to JNS.org, the Norwegian Cruise Line expressed outrage over the incident.

    “We want to send a strong message to Tunisia and ports around the world that we will not tolerate such random acts of discrimination against our guests,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s CEO. “We are outraged by this act and the fact that we were not notified in advance of this practice. We apologize sincerely to our guests who were affected and want them to know that we have taken the appropriate action in response.”
    http://www.capitolhillcubans.com/2016/04/carnival-should-follow-former-norwegian.html

  10. Hello, my name is Joshua DeJesus. I am currently in a class about Che Guevara at John Carroll University. I wanted to post some questions here for the Cuban community to respond to, if that is okay. This is for strictly research for a paper I have to do in the class. Here they are:

    1.) Was it right for Fidel to send Che to places where he probably know he might fail, or did he think he had a chance to bring about change?

    2.) Did failure prompt Che’s motivation for trying to provoke revolutionary change or was it something even deeper that he wanted to prove to himself?

    3.) Even though Che had failed during two revolutions he tried to start, how come after his death he was still revered an icon?

    4.) Did Fidel want Che to fail or was failure inevitable?

    5.) What was the relationship like between Che and Fidel like leading up to the Bolivian revolution? Did it prompt Che for failure?

    6.) Why and how did Che fail? Could he have been successful in the Congo or Bolivia for example?

    7.) Were there outside factors that may have contributed to Che’s ultimate failures?

    8.) Do you, someone you know, or others still today see Che Guevara as an icon like he was during the Cuban revolution? And Why?

    9.) Why do you believe that Che was revered an icon, even though he had done some gruesome things?

    10.) What is the public perception of Che Guevara nowadays within the Cuban community? Explain.

  11. Ok, so even if Carnival gets you there, what will happen if you try to go ashore? I agree that Carnival shouldn’t be a Cuban agent, but realistically what do you hope to achieve?

  12. ABC NEWS SOUTH FLORIDA: Protests planned against Carnival for banning Cubans – Cubans in Miami outraged over Carnival’s willingness to follow Cuban law – By Victor Oquendo
    MIAMI – Carnival Corporation faces criticism for what some are calling discriminatory business practices, after the company decided to comply with the Cuban government’s request to ban Cuban-born tourists. The company’s advertisement: “Be the first to cruise to Cuba in over 50 years. Visit our sister Fathom Travel and reserve your spot now.” The Cuban government stands to make money out of the port fees. French cruise line Ponant announced Thursday that they will begin sailing from Miami to Cuba in 2017. For now, each Carnival passenger will be paying $283 in port fees. Cubans and Cuban-Americans said they were planning protests. The Democracy Movement has one planned April 12 at the Carnival Corporation building and on May 1, they welcome boaters to join them at the Miami Yacht Club to protest on Biscayne Bay when the first cruise ship sails to the island.
    http://www.local10.com/travel/protests-planned-against-carnival-for-banning-cubans

  13. DEAR Omar Fundora!! 56+ YEARS OF “WONDERFUL” NEWS ON THE CASTRO “GOVERNMENT” CALLS FOR THE SAME AMOUNT OF OF THEIR DIRTY LAUNDRY! JUST TRYING TO CATCH UP DEAR!

    I THINK THE IDEA OF PUSSY RIOT IN CUBA IS GENIUS!

    THE GUARDIAN UK: The woman trying to change Cuba’s cultural landscape – and stay out of jail
    Tania Bruguera raised more than $100,000 to open the Institute of Art Activism in Havana, where Pussy Riot are the first artists-in-residence – by Hannah Ellis-Petersen
    In the past decade, few have been more of a thorn in the side of the Cuban government than Tania Bruguera. The Havana-born artist’s staging of provocative works condemning repression and championing freedom of expression in her troubled home country has repeatedly landed her in jail – including as recently as last year; in custody she has been the subject of both physical and psychological interrogation at the hands of the Cuban authorities.

    But nothing, it seems, can keep Bruguera down. She is about to embark on her most politically agitative project yet – one which she hopes will change the cultural landscape of Cuba for ever.

    Following an online fundraising campaign that raised more than $100,000 (£70,000), the artist is to open the Institute of Art Activism in Havana, the first “safe haven for freedom of expression” in Cuba. From September, the first artists-in-residence will be the Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot, who are no strangers to using art as a way to challenge government censorship.

    With Cuba opening up to the world through restored diplomatic relations with the US and welcoming foreign corporations into the country, Bruguera said it was essential that Cubans had a place they could freely deliberate over the direction their country was heading.

    “This is the moment of change in Cuba, when we have a moment as activists and artists in to challenge what is being proposed for our country,” she told the Guardian. “I do believe in the power of art to change society but I know this cannot be done alone, and it takes a long time. It is now or never, and that goes beyond my personal safety, my personal quality of life.”

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/10/the-woman-trying-to-change-cubas-cultural-landscape-and-stay-out-of-jail-tania-bruguera-pussy-riot

  14. SUGGESTION ON HOW TO FIGHT BACK VIA Maria Werlau : U.S. citizens/residents born in Cuba should prepare to be part of a probable class action lawsuit against Carnival for discrimination. I did this today and suggest it: Go tohttps://www.fathom.org/cruise-to-cuba/ for dates for the cruises to Cuba, then call 1-855-932-1711 and try to book a cruise (they give you 3 days to hold a reservation before a deposit is required). Take note of the name of the rep and all details such as date, room type, and price. Once they confirm the space and you are ready to book, they will ask you if you were born in Cuba and reject your booking. Let them know (I suggest, politely) that you object to this offensive discriminatory practice and, then, email them through the site, specifically stating that your booking was rejected due to your place of birth, Cuba. Save the confirmation. Pass this to your friends and family, have them do the same. Let’s all connect later to plan joint action.

  15. Humberto: I think you need a Santeria doll that represent the Cuban government. I never see you post anything good about the changes that are taking place in Cuba. You must be on the payroll of the right wing group of criminals hiding from the Cuban People’s justice (metaphorically speaking) between the legs of the Empire. Cuba si !, Yanqui No! “We will eat our crocodile eggs and roast our rodents and eat them before we lick the Empire Boots again” (an unknown Cuban Patriot)

  16. It’s encouraging to see that the Damas en Blanco aren’t only angry shouters, but optimists who believe that change is coming sooner rather than later…

  17. Investment – such an alien concept for Socialists -. to keep industries or anything else functioning is just spending money that Socialist rulers “need ” to put in their “panama” accounts, so it’s “only natural” that everything is crumbling.
    Toilet paper, hmmm, makes me think about Venezuela. That’s the first domino, about to fall over soon.Then, what about Cuba and, I’m afraid to say it, Brazil?

  18. Yes Humberto, this is just one more spasm of the dying, one more futile attempt to resist inevitable change. We know that change doesn’t come from officialdom, but water is seeping into the cracks in a dam that is much weaker than some people want us to think it is…

  19. YOUTUBE ALJAZEERA : People & Power – Cuba’s Ladies in White – After 53 years of revolution, Cubans are increasingly exasperated by the restrictions imposed on them by the country’s change-averse communist regime. In spite of, or perhaps because of, recent modest economic reforms, activism is growing as the government’s opponents overcome their fear of arrest and take to the streets. But it is not easy. Today, even the church based Ladies in White — a group of women relatives of imprisoned activists – say they are routinely spied on and arrested. Nevertheless, inspired by the Arab Spring, the Ladies are determined to keep up their protests, sensing that the regime’s grip on power is fading and that sooner rather than later it will be forced to give way.
    After 53 years of revolution, Cubans are increasingly exasperated by the restrictions imposed on them by the country’s change-averse communist regime. In spite of, or perhaps because of, recent modest economic reforms, activism is growing as the government’s opponents overcome their fear of arrest and take to the streets. But it is not easy. Today, even the church based Ladies in White — a group of women relatives of imprisoned activists – say they are routinely spied on and arrested. Nevertheless, inspired by the Arab Spring, the Ladies are determined to keep up their protests, sensing that the regime’s grip on power is fading and that sooner rather than later it will be forced to give way.

    YAHOO NEWS: Cuba: Remembering founder of Ladies in White movement – Tim MacGabhann – Al Jazeera – 9 April 2016

    La Havana, Cuba – The ashes of Laura Pollan, the talismanic leader of Cuba’s Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) human rights movement, were recently laid to rest under a pine tree on Havana’s Quinta Avenida.

    The former English and Spanish literature teacher had spent the last eight years of her life leading massive protests on that spot, agitating for the release of the 75 journalists and political dissidents sentenced to life in jail on treason charges during the so-called Black Spring arrests of 2003.

    “Pine trees never stop growing, and nor will her ideas. So it was the perfect place for her to rest,” smiled her daughter, also called Laura Pollan, a 48-year-old single mother and former business owner.

    The timing of the memorial service, however, landed its attendees in jail.

    “We had chosen the date as the 13th anniversary of the Black Spring arrests,” she explained. “That anniversary and Obama’s visit to Cuba were enough for the authorities to want to send a message. The police were waiting for us outside our houses on Sunday.”

    The family says that the arrests were the latest in a long line of aggressive acts against them. Indeed, Pollan attributes her mother’s death in 2011 to one particularly violent act of repression.

    “I was with her and 30 other Damas de Blanco in Santiago de Cuba in August of that year,” she recalled.

    “We had gone three blocks from a church there when we ran into a crowd of paramilitaries, who gave us a terrible beating. Our principles are based on Gandhi’s, so we don’t fight back, but this was a ferocious attack.

    “I saw photos later of somebody pressing my mother against a wall, scratching and biting at her wrist. Soon after this, she fell ill, and died in hospital.

    “There’s no way of proving this for sure, but the government was scared of my mother. They knew she could move people.”

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/cuba-remembering-founder-ladies-white-movement-102732682.html

  20. IN CUBA THEY ARE SHORT ON EVERYTHING! TOILET PAPER, POTATOES, YOU NAME IT! YOU WANT SOCIALISM? BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

    THE GUARDIAN UK: Cuba running low on beer as thirsty US tourists descend – Shortages prompt island’s main brewer to consider opening a new plant and importing beer from outside the country to keep pace with growing demand – The ubiquitous fridges that dispense beer in Cuba’s bars, cafes and petrol stations are running out of the island’s favourite Cristal and Bucanero brands as a surge in American tourists and the proliferation of new private watering holes put the nation’s main brewery under strain.

    Brewer Bucanero needs a new plant to keep pace with demand from tourists and a burgeoning private restaurant sector that competes with state-run outlets for supplies, Mayle Gonzalez, a sales executive at the company, said on Saturday..

    Bucanero, a joint venture between the Cuban government and Belgium’s Anheuser Busch InBev, also makes the Communist-led country’s most widely consumed brew, Cristal.

    Local media reported that Cuba’s breweries signed contracts this week for more than 33m cases of beer at a business in Havana, considerably more than their current production capability will allow. Bucanero is reportedly planning to import 3m cases of beer from Dominica to keep up with demand.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/10/cuba-running-low-on-beer-as-thirsty-us-tourists-descend

  21. DEAR yngso ! IT’S A CASTRO MADE LAW! JUST LIKE THE ONE ON DANGEROUSNESS! THERE IS NO RHYME NOR REASON!

    “Under Cuba’s “dangerousness” law, authorities can imprison people who have not committed a crime on the suspicion that they might commit one in the future. “Dangerous” activities include handing out copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, writing articles critical of the government and trying to start an independent union.”

    http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/02/27/imprisoned-dangerousness-cuba

  22. Thanks Humberto, but why? This doesn’t apply to me personally, but I believe it’s important to discover the reasons behind the superficial news and information. If somebody knows a subject well, it should be possible to at least suggest the most plausible reason(s)…

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  25. Even the policemen are getting the hell out of the Island of Dr. Castro. The exodus hemorrhage of Cubans continues unabated.

    Cuban Rafters Dressed In Police Uniforms Reach The Coasts Of Florida
    http://translatingcuba.com/cuban-rafters-dressed-in-police-uniforms-reach-the-coasts-of-florida-14ymedio-mario-penton/

    Mario Penton
    Posted on April 6, 2016

    A video posted Monday on the social network Facebook shows the arrival of 26 Cubans to the Florida Keys, aboard a rustic raft. The recording, published by the user Jose Carrera, reflects the moment when the raft touches land with the illegal immigrants on board, among them two men dressed in the uniforms of Cuba’s National Revolutionary Police (PNR).

    Hector Joel Carrera, one of the rafters who appears in the video, commented to this newspaper by phone that the group left from Guanabo, on the coast north of Havana, at midnight last Saturday. There were 25 men and one woman on the boat, which was at sea for more than 30 hours, he said. During the crossing they tried to avoid the Cuban and United States Coast Guards, and so they used the engines only at night.

    “The problem is that in Cuba building a boat is a crime, if you are caught taking it the sea you lose everything. That happened to us twice on land,” Carrera explained to 14ymedio, The rafter said that this was the group’s fourth attempt to get to the coast of the United States. On a previous occasion, the raft was intercepted by the US Coast Guard after traveling 75 miles from the island.

    With regards to the two supposed police officers in a group of rafters, Carrera explained that the uniformed officers collaborated along with the rest of the migrants on the construction of the craft. One of the policemen was nicknamed “The Captain,” for his rank within the PNR, the rafter explained, and he added that everyone knows very well “the system in Cuba and what is happening, even the police themselves.”

    This newspaper has not been able to contact any of the men in uniform.

    Carrera says his main motivation to jump into the sea and reach US territory was “economic.” “In Cuba I was a rastero (truck driver), I didn’t live badly, however it wasn’t enough to support my family, to buy shoes for my children,” he adds. Remaining on the island are his four children and his wife.

    “Over there, even though I work I can’t buy necessities for the family, because the work is not valued. Here, on the other hand, things are thrown away: clothes, shoes, backpacks,” he said with enthusiasm.

    According to the rafter, who is currently living in Tampa with relatives who have taken him in, his main goal is “to learn English to be able to work hard,” and financially help the relatives he left behind.

    The fear that the Cuban Adjustment Act will be repealed with the process of the reestablishment of relations between the United States and Cuba, has ignited the flow of migrants from the island. According to the Coast Guard, so far this fiscal year, which began 1 October 2015, 2,562 Cubans have been intercepted in the Florida Straits, including 269 in February.

  26. HMM! DEAR yngso !! MAYBE YOU SHOULD WATCH THE NEWSMAX VIDEO! BUT JUST IN CASE, HERE IS A BACK UP!

    MIAMI HERALD: The Carnival website beckons: “Be the first to cruise to Cuba in over 50 years. Visit our sister Fathom Traveland reserve your spot now.” There’s not one mention that Cuban-Americans need not apply. I’m a believer in free travel, so I proceeded to book an October sail, my U.S. passport in hand. When I tell her it says I was born in Cuba, she asked me to hold. She returned to read me a statement from the legal department: “Current Cuban law prohibits Cuban-born individuals from entering Cuba via ship or other sea vessel, regardless of U.S. citizenship status. For that reason, at the present time, Fathom cannot accommodate Cuban-born individuals. When I tell her it says I was born in Cuba, she asked me to hold. She returned to read me a statement from the legal department: “Current Cuban law prohibits Cuban-born individuals from entering Cuba via ship or other sea vessel, regardless of U.S. citizenship status. For that reason, at the present time, Fathom cannot accommodate Cuban-born individuals.”
    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/fabiola-santiago/article70622582.html#storylink=cpy

  27. HMM! I WONDER WHAT THE LEFTISTS WILL SAY ABOUT THIS! PROBABLY NOTHING! THEIR HERO CASTRO CAN DO NO WRONG!
    I ask has Carnival violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act? Carnival is not allowing American citizens of Cuban origin on their cruise itineraries to Cuba because the Castro government is not allowing us to enter the country via cruise ships. This is discriminatory. Title II of the act prohibits American “places of public accommodation” from discriminating on the basis of “race, color, religion, or national origin.” Place of birth, naturally, would fall under “national origin.” In federal caselaw, the U.S. Supreme Court held that foreign flagged cruise ships were subject to federal statutes which prohibited discrimination against U.S. citizens.

    Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, or national origin in certain places of public accommodation, such as hotels, restaurants, and places of entertainment. The Department of Justice can bring a lawsuit under Title II when there is reason to believe that a person has engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination in violation of Title II. The Department can obtain injunctive, but not monetary, relief in such cases. Individuals can also file suit to enforce their rights under Title II and other federal and state statutes may also provide remedies for discrimination in places of public accommodation.
    https://www.justice.gov/crt-22

  28. So why can’t Cuban-Americans travel with Carnival, Humberto? It would be nice if you tell us what the article doesn’t say once in a while…

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  30. YOUTUBE: Newsmax Prime | Mauricio Claver-Carone on Carnival refusing to allow Cuban-Americans to sail to Cuba – Executive director of Cuba Democracy Advocates joins Newsmax Prime to discuss Carnival Cruise Lines refusing to allow Cuban- Americans born in Cuba to sail on their new cruises to Cuba.

  31. Cuba has had one of the most literate populations in Latin America since well before the Castro revolution. Cuba national illiteracy rate was 18% in 1958, ranking third in Latin America. Cuba was the Latin American country with the highest budget for education in 1958, with 23% of the total budget earmarked for this expense. This data is found in the archives of Cuba’s Ministry of Education.

    The female percentage, in relation to the total student population, was the highest in the Western Hemisphere including the US. According to the United Nations Statistics Division yearbook of 1959, shows Cuba having 3.8 university students per 1,000 inhabitants, well above the Latin America median of 2.6.

  32. GUESS GOOGLE LOVES THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY LIKE KING OBAMA DOES! THEY PUT UP WITH THE CENSORSHIP IN CUBA!

    BREAKING: Google Pulls Search Engine Out Of China – The switch means Google is no longer censoring search results for its Chinese visitors. Whether Chinese Internet can actually access Google.com.hk is another matter. It may be blocked by the Chinese government. – Mar. 22, 2010, http://www.businessinsider.com/google-pulls-out-of-china-2010-3

  33. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION GAVE THE OK IN 2009 FOR U.S. TELECOMMUNICATIONS TO DO BUSINESS WITH THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA BUT NOTHING EVER HAPPENED! THEN GOOGLE OFFERED FREE WI-FI TO THE CUBAN PEOPLE! AGAIN THE CASTRO CLAN SAID NO! WHY CANT KING OBAMA GET FREE INTERNET FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE? HE IS ONLY LOOKING FOR THE US/CUBA DEAL AS PART OF HIS LEGACY! DUH!

    CAPITOL HILL CUBANS : Why Did Google Succumb to Cuba’s Censorship?

    Initially, Google offered to provide free, uncensored Internet for the Cuban people. Kudos for that. The Castro regime shamefully turned them down. Instead, the Castro regime allowed Google to partner with a local (and loyal) Cuban artist, Kcho, who considers Fidel “his father.” Thus, the opening of the Google + Kcho Mor center at his studios in Havana, which was supposed to a Google-sponsored technology zone and WiFi hotspot. But unless Google sponsors censorship technology, it’s clearly not in control. Reports from Cuba have noted that the center has been given priority use by Ministry of the Interior (‘MININT’) officials and trainees. The MININT is home to Castro’s intelligence services. Thus, the Google + Kcho Mor center has become a playground for Cuba’s spies and future cyber-warriors.

    Furthermore, after passing various security checks, when regular Cubans finally get to enter the center, they are treated to censored online access.

    Webpages like Cubaencuentro, Revolico and 14ymedio remain blocked.

    Thus, Google has now officially become an extension of Cuba’s censors.

    Are these the American values the Obama Administration purports to be promoting?
    http://www.capitolhillcubans.com/2016/04/why-has-google-succumb-to-cubas.html?m=1

  34. This is a good idea. In the Caribbean and Latin America there is plenty to be angry about.
    1. Drug trade
    2. Human Rights violations.
    3. Corruption
    4. Political oppression
    5. Racism
    7. Imperialism
    8. inequality (in education, wealth and money, political representation, socially)
    9. Violence
    10. Health issues
    11. Hunger

    Man…this new venture of Yoani can run around the clock and still will not be able to cover all the latest important events going on in Latin America. Can I apply for a job Yoani :) :) :) ….

  35. From 1899 to 1958 the illiteracy rate dropped from 72% (Census of 1899) to 18% (Cuba’s Ministry of Education archives) for persons older than 10 years of age, a remarkable achievement. Cubans were not just literate but also educated

  36. Obama fostered myths about Cuba’s health and education systems
    http://www.examiner.com/article/obama-fostered-myths-about-cuba-s-health-and-education-systems

    Hans Bader
    March 30, 2016

    http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/image_content_width/hash/84/59/8459a7a88e5adaf21f91e23e55ee54eb.jpg?itok=aoLkRI5U
    President Obama with the communist dictator of Cuba
    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    In Cuba last week, President Obama gave glowing praise to institutions in that communist country that did not deserve it. Obama naively called Cuba’s “system of education” an “extraordinary resource” that “values every boy and every girl.”

    But there’s nothing “extraordinary” about Cuba’s flawed educational system. Children are taught by poorly-paid teachers in dilapidated schools. Cuba has made less educational progress than most Latin American countries over the last 60 years. According to UNESCO, Cuba had about the same literacy rate as Costa Rica and Chile in 1950 (close to 80%). And it has almost the same literacy rate as they do today (close to 100%). Meanwhile, Latin American countries that were largely illiterate in 1950 — like Peru, Brazil, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic — are largely literate today, closing much of the gap with Cuba. El Salvador had a less than 40% literacy rate in 1950, but has an 88% literacy rate today. Brazil and Peru had a less than 50% literacy rate in 1950, but today, Peru has a 94.5% literacy rate, and Brazil a 92.6% literacy rate. The Dominican Republic’s rate rose from a little over 40% to 91.8%. While Cuba made substantial progress in reducing illiteracy in Castro’s first years in power, its educational system has stagnated since, even as much of Latin America improved. Educational attainment is particularly lackluster among Afro-Cubans, judging from a recent New York Times story.
    Click link above for full article.

  37. YOU WANT SOCIALISM? YOU BETTER THINK BEFORE WISH THAT!
    DAILY MAIL UK (Photos) : Life in the slow lane: Photographs capture the pace of life in Cuba after three generations of socialism have left people unable to grasp the concept of service and efficiency – By COREY CHARLTON
    These incredible photographs offer a compelling insight into the relaxed pace of life that has developed in Cuba after more than three decades of socialism. Despite the fast changes that are happening in Cuba following its thawing of relations with the U.S., the population is still taking life very slowly – as captured here by photographer Valerio Berdini. Mr Berdini said: ‘The headlines speak clear – change is imminent; expectations are high. What the analysis does not seem to touch on is the Cubans.
    ‘In Cuba time passes at a different pace, days do not have the rhythm of a western society. Workers are not taught the concepts of services, efficiency or excellence.
    ‘Competition, the driving force of a capitalist society, is unknown in an economy where, for almost 60 years, people are used to earning their [meagre] salary regardless of their productivity.
    ‘There are few objectives and fewer rewards, the little money is spent in tiny undersupplied shops. People aren’t seduced by adverts. The photos show people queuing for food, taking breaks from work and letting the day pass by.’
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3517320/Life-slow-lane-Photographs-capture-pace-life-Cuba-three-generations-socialism-left-people-unable-grasp-concept-service-efficiency.html

  38. THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY HAS BEEN DOING BUSINESS WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD FOR OVER 56 YEARS! TELL THE “EMBARGO” STORY TO THE LEFTISTS! THEY BELIEVE IN ANYTHING SOCIALIST COMMUNIST! INTERESTING THAT IT WAS UNTIL THE FALL OF THE SOVIET UNION DID THE CASTRO CLAN YELLED ABOUT THIS!

    WASHINGTON POST: Don’t expect the Cuban government to be grateful when the embargo lifts – By John M. Carey
    Don’t expect quid pro quo from Cuba. – The Castro regime has been decrying the U.S. trade and travel embargo for decades. Now that diplomatic relations have been restored, is the Cuban government looking to fast-track normal trade relations with the United States? No. Since February 1962, the U.S. embargo has been a political asset for Cuba, and the Castro regime is loathe to see it disappear. The Castro government has conceded little in exchange for the many U.S. overtures toward normalization in the past year. Political prisoners remain in Cuban jails. The Internet remains expensive, slow and hard to access. And as reported here in the Monkey Cage, there’s a “second embargo” — the wall created by Cuba’s own taxes and regulations, which deter potential foreign investors as well as Cuba’s private sector. Cuban laws prohibit commercial advertising, but billboards decrying the U.S. policy still line the highways. Leaving Havana’s airport, travelers see a large billboard with the image of a giant noose encircling the island — an “O” for the last letter of “BLOQUEO” (“blockade”), the regime’s preferred term to describe the U.S. trade and travel restrictions. The caption reads: “The longest genocide in history.”
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/04/06/dont-expect-the-cuban-government-to-be-grateful-when-the-embargo-lifts/?postshare=2191459988660850&tid=ss_fb-bottom

  39. NEW AUDIO/VIDEO PROGRAM IN DEUTSCHE WELL HOSTED BY YOANI SANCHEZ! (Spanish Only)

    DEUTSCHE WELL RADIO/VIDEO PROGAMA “LA VOZ DE TU DERECHO” por YOANI SANCHEZ: Activismo medioambiental: una vocación peligrosa – El activismo medioambiental conlleva altos riesgos para quienes lo ejercen en Latinoamérica. Quienes alzan su voz para defender espacios y poblaciones enteras se enfrentan a situaciones que van desde la estigmatización en los medios de comunicación, hasta las amenazas y el asesinato. Con este tema inaugura Yoani Sánchez una serie de entrevistas para DW.
    http://www.dw.com/es/activismo-medioambiental-una-vocaci%C3%B3n-peligrosa/av-19161202

  40. THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA GETS PAID TO SEND THEIR POORLY TRAINED DOCTORS ABROAD WHILE THEY PAY THE DOCTORS A SLAVE SALARIES!

    FORBES MAGAZINE : Barack Obama Extols Cuba’s Slave-Labor Medical Care – by Paul Roderick Gregory (research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University)

    Barack Obama, fresh from his historic opening to Cuba’s Castro brothers, was effusive in his praise of Cuba’s socialized health care system. Speaking to a town hall in Argentina, Obama gushed: “Medical care–the life expectancy of Cubans is equivalent to that of the United States, despite it being a very poor country, because they have access to health care. That’s a huge achievement. They should be congratulated.” According to the definition, Cuba’s vaunted medical care system is built on slave labor. Cuban medical personnel are coerced by a dictatorial state and inadequately rewarded from the profit they generate (Marx’s surplus value), which accrues primarily to the Castro dictatorship. As pointed out by a Cuban doctor who served overseas before defecting: “We are the highest qualified slave-labor force in the world.”

    The World Affairs Journal explains why Cuba’s health care professionals are coerced into slave labor by Cuba’s totalitarian state:

    “With the state the sole employer, health professionals are forbidden from leaving the country without permission; issuing them proof of their medical studies and credentials is punishable by law. When they are sent on a foreign mission, they must leave their families behind as hostages to their return. With the average monthly salary of a doctor only around $25, barely guaranteeing subsistence, the system ensures a steady pool of temporary workers, ‘exportable commodities’ primed for exploitation.”

    Widely heralded as an act of international goodwill, Cuba sends thousands of its doctors and nurses abroad, largely to Latin America and Africa. But pro-Cuba propaganda masks a much more important economic benefit. Health care professionals are Cuba’s biggest export, far outpacing tourism and sugar. Since 2008, medical exports have brought in more than three times the revenues from tourism and produce more income than any other branch of the economy. Cuba receives more than $8 billion from sending doctors and nurses abroad annually. Thus, revenues from medical workers abroad account for more than 10 percent of Cuban GDP. If Russia survives through its petro dollars, Cuba gets by with its Castro care dollars.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2016/04/05/barack-obama-extols-cubas-slave-labor-medical-care/#4ab256593522

  41. Very good! Will you interview people via Skype? The ones who have the most to tell are unlikely to be able to travel to Panama. Make sure you get the show on YouTube, that tv station doesn’t have much exposure. If you start criticizing the powerful it will have less.

  42. IT’S GREAT TO BE A RICH COMMUNIST!
    HUFFINGTON POST: Castro Inc.: Cuba as Family Business – by Daniel Williams — In Cuba, the Castros have been especially brazen in transferring important pieces of the economy to themselves and associates. The clearest exhibit is a government organization called Grupo de Administración Empresarial SA, the “Business Administration Group,” which operates state-owned companies that account for at least half the business revenue produced in Cuba, including 40 per cent of foreign currency earnings from tourism and imports. GAESA owns the best hotels on the island, most retail store chains, rent-a-car companies and import agencies. It is set to build a new tourist complex along Havana’s old port and run a new port and free-trade zone being constructed west of the city. These are big-ticket items of Cuba’s economy.

    GAESA is a family firm. It is headed by Luis Alberto Rodriguez, Raul’s son-in-law. He’s also an army general and Raul, of course, is the comandante en jefe. If you want to make money in Cuba, Rodriguez holds the keys to the vault.

    This all represents Cuba’s emerging profile as a family-military dictatorship. Raul was Defense Minister when his brother Fidel ruled Cuba. Over the years, he has sprinkled military officers throughout key positions in the economy.

    In the 1990s, when the Soviet Union broke up and Moscow left Cuba to its own devices, Cuba collapsed into a decade of deprivation known euphemistically as the “Special Period.” Raul, looking for ways to replace the old Soviet barter arrangements that had buttressed the country’s economy, dispatched military officers to negotiate investment deals with foreigners. Among them were mobile phone ventures and rents of free-trade zones plunked into former Soviet-built military bases. He sent elite Soviet trained officers to hotel and accounting schools abroad and encouraged them to read motivational business management books.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-williams2/castro-inc-cuba-as-family_b_9609386.html

  43. THE CASTRO OLIGARCHY MAFIA THUGS GETTING OUT OF THE BUS AND CHASING THE LADIES IN WHITE LIKE BEES! THIS WAS YESTERDAY!
    VIDEO: ULTIMA HORA! Represión este domingo 48 de #‎TodosMarchamos‬ – Firma y Comparte!!!!

  44. HAVANA TIMES INTERVIEW : Yoani Sanchez on Castro and Obama’s Key Moment – By Carlos F. Chamorro – April 1, 2016
    Through a Skype connection that came and went, we spoke with Yoani about how Cubans live – those in the party, those in the streets, and those who are dissidents; the thawing of diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana, amid hope and outsized expectations; and the uncertainty of a country “that can go two steps forward and three steps backwards.
    Yoani, what’s the final assessment of Cubans regarding Obama’s visit to Cuba? I imagine there are several different visions.
    YS: Yes, the government has one account, which seems to be fairly critical and negative judging by the reflection and the comments made by Fidel Castro; these were pretty aggressive against Obama. Another final balance is that of everyday Cubans who have invested a lot of hope and illusions in the outcome of this visit. People think that “Saint Obama” will solve all our problems. And there’s yet another set of conclusions on the part of the opposition, the critical sector: this group received a huge boost from Obama’s meeting with them, but they want a little more – stronger pronouncements regarding human rights, freedom for the political prisoners, and other changes.
    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!
    http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=117863

  45. I’ve been looking for a post from you since Obama’s visit. Did I miss it? Thanks.

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