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Tourist Apartheid Persists in Cuba

Commented Nov 7, 2011 at 19:41:49 in World

“Gayle should have realized she was being stopped not because she was dark but because they thought she was Cuban -- andat that time international hotels and restaurants were reserved for foreign tourists to bring badly needed currency into the country precisely so that Cubans could benefit from all the services that the Cuban government -- unlike ours -- provides.”

Humberto Capiro on Nov 7, 2011 at 23:21:37

“LOVE THAT karenlee!! DEEP!

YOUTUBE : CUBAN Documentary - "Wishes on a Falling Star"

The Castro brothers face their certain end, an uncertain future hangs over the island. Some people are afraid, many cannot wait, but all shudder and hope that the changes will be positive.This documentary leads the audience through the discovery of this hope, through a tourist's camera which looks to be turned off and oblivious to the conversation at hand, yet is focused on candidly capturing each person's wishes..
Clandestine underground shops, businessmen experienced in all things illegal, dodgy pimps, mothers who force their daughters into selling their bodies -- the hidden face of the State which welcomes tourists into its luxury resorts is openly displayed beyond censorship's control.
One special guide is Yoani Sanchez, the independent blogger, a leader of the new, peaceful revolution -- the revolution of ideas. The internet is its main instrument, while the government attempts to limit computer use with any means possible in a pushing and pulling of ideals. In the interview, recorded in a secret location, the young writer speaks about her country's ruin, and where Raul's reforms have no effect on everyday life.
Castro's supporters and dissidents, young and old -- none deceive themselves that the star of the revolution will shine on for much longer. And this is what this project focuses on: the wishes on a falling star.

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Tourist Apartheid Persists in Cuba

Commented Nov 7, 2011 at 19:37:22 in World

“part three (sigh)
They were also around for numerous hijackings and the US government's declaration that another Cuban mass migration to the US like the one that occurred in 1980 would be declared an act of war and the US would respond in kind, forcing the Cuban government to make sure that people did not jump into the sea en masse hoping to get to the Land of Milk and Honey where they believed the streets were paved with gold. They know perfectly well why they can't just hop on a boat.
But they also know that most of you, poor readers, don't know any of this. So they keep raking in the money via their European PayPal accounts and ""prizes" in the tens of thousands of dollars for her blog -- and then complain when they can't spend a little of it in a place they knew perfectly well they couldn't.
end for now”

Comrade Komar on Nov 7, 2011 at 21:41:36

“Very insightful. Those with money complain most.”

Humberto Capiro on Nov 7, 2011 at 20:24:38


"People who hide behind anonymity to make personal attacks should be barred from responsibl­e sites." (see comment here)”
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Tourist Apartheid Persists in Cuba

Commented Nov 7, 2011 at 19:36:37 in World

“part two (since we don't have as much space as the Cuba-bashers like Yoani do)
--Yoani and her husband certainly knew before they played this little game that while Cubans with the money to pay for it can go into hotels, restaurants and other places that were originally set up and formerly reserved for foreign tourists to bring money into the country to help pay for all the services that all Cubans --including Yoani and her husband --get, like subsidized (free or nearly free) housing, health care, education, food, and so many other services it would make you drool to think of having them here -- there have always been laws regulating who can get on a boat (or airplane) without a passport and traveling papers. Why? Precisely because it has been in the US government's interest to lure Cubans to leave the island ILLEGALLY (while making it very difficult to do so legally) so the revolutionary government would look bad. That's what the Cuban Adjust Act that lets Cubans enter and stay in the US without any visa or documentation --but with lots of benefits -- is all about. Yoani and her husband were around in the summer of 94 when that same Cuban Adjustment Act plus a tightened US blockade and the demise of socialist trading partners caused tens of thousands of her countrymen and women to lose their lives at sea.”

Humberto Capiro on Nov 7, 2011 at 23:34:46


Cuba Urged To Let Church Leader, Family Leave Island-Monday, November 7, 2011 Monday, November 7, 2011

HAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- The leader of a major Cuban network of independent churches and his family have urged Cuba's government to let them leave the Communist-run island following years of harassment, including imprisonment, Christian rights activists told BosNewsLife Monday, November 7.

Pastor Omar Gude Perez of the growing 'Apostolic Movement', his wife and two children were granted asylum in the United States in July but were refused permission to exit Cuba, said advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

"We are deeply concerned at the news that Cuban officials have once again declined to issue the Gude family an exit visa," added CSW’s Special Ambassador Stuart Windsor in a statement to BosNewsLife.

Pastor Gude, served almost three years of a six and a half year prison sentence on what his supported called "trumped up charges". He was released on "conditional liberty" earlier this year but is reportedly prohibited from preaching or from traveling outside his home city of Camaguey.

"After receiving asylum in the US in July, the couple was informed by government officials that they would not be issued exit visas, or “white cards”, as they are called in Cuba," CSW said.


Humberto Capiro on Nov 7, 2011 at 23:02:08

“karenlee said : "Yoani and her husband --get, like subsidized (free or nearly free) housing, health care, education, food, and so many other services it would make you drool to think of having them here -- "


WIKILEAK DOCUMENT: Cuban healthcare: Aquí Nada es Facil

A Cuban woman in her thirties confides, “It’s all about who you know. I’m okay because I am healthy and I have ‘friends’ in the medical field. If I didn’t have my connections, and most Cubans do not, it would be horrible.” She relates that Cubans are increasingly dissatisfied with their medical care. In addition to the general lack of supplies and medicines, and because so many doctors have been sent abroad, the neighborhood family physicians now care for 300-400 families and are overwhelmed by the workload.

YOUTUBE : Cuba Hospital Calixto Garcia Hospital Emergency Room - Poor state of the main Emergency Room in central Havana, right in front of the University of Havana, Cuba. Notice the bloody head of the man in the hallway. Even worse, the nurses/doctors in the last room showing lack of hygiene, no gloves, the family member holding back the old man but the hospital staff won't touch the patient.
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Women of the Tea Party: Who Are You, and What Do You Want?

Commented Sep 16, 2010 at 15:33:52 in Politics

“I'm not convinced the Tea Party movement represents anyone's interests, much less women's. If they are really basing themselves on the Boston Tea Party concept of no taxation without representation, wouldn't today's equivalent be for all people who pay taxes on salaries that just barely cover their household expenses (including rent or mortgage, utilities, food, clothing and other basics) to be refusing to pay taxes and telling the IRS to send their bills to those who are reaping billion dollar profits and the corporate heads who took million dollar bonuses out of the taxes paid by low income families??? How is it that the Tea Party Organizers haven't grabbed onto such an obvious issue, if they are really worried about the working class????”

silverball on Sep 16, 2010 at 16:36:46

“read thomas frank's "what's the matter with kansas"...excellent read on how the republiCONS have been able - for the past several decades - to convinced voters to vote AGAINST their interests.....the tea party is is perfect astro-turf organization that is financially supported by the koch can it not be in everyone's best interests to allow the bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire??? (plus now all the republiCONS and some democrats want to be deficit hawks and pay for them...gee where were they when bush got us into two wars - unpaid for - two significant tax cuts (part of our deficit problem now) and the drug giveaway to big pharma (remember, we can't negotiate for cheaper prices like the verterans administration)....keep them for the middle class (themselves) but why keep them for the top 2% of the country that earns approx 20% of the entire country's income???....DUH.....the more the republiCONS and tea partiers get in office, the less regulation and social "understanding" we will have...they are the christian taliban....oh, and did i mention that we were NOT born a christian nation??? some history on the founding can live your life how you wish...but don't make me live it too.....that's my the constitution....”

hangdogit on Sep 16, 2010 at 16:05:10

“"I'm not convinced the Tea Party movement represents anyone's interests."

Just Koch & other corporations.”

catcancook on Sep 16, 2010 at 15:58:31

“That is the point. They don't even know They don't make sense! Do we really want them to govern? They are very religious and that really their agenda but they think we don't realize their transparent attempt to hide this little fact. So, Mama Grizzly wants all women to just have babies and elect her our lead mouth piece. Palin thinks her foray into politics has been Divinely Guided from know who! Holly Hogwash!!!”

Royucker on Sep 16, 2010 at 15:55:14

“who would get to decide what is appropriate number for "basic" household expenses?”

jonjen on Sep 16, 2010 at 15:54:46

“Oh, but that's "class warfare" and "punishing the prosperous" - the right wing's buzzwords of doom.”

calumetkid on Sep 16, 2010 at 15:52:14

“Good point, but that is exactly what the Tea Party is all about. Hurry, you can join in today. Now you know!”
Cuban Economy Worsens, Citizens Face Toilet Paper Shortages

Cuban Economy Worsens, Citizens Face Toilet Paper Shortages

Commented Aug 12, 2009 at 02:21:25 in World

“Objective??? Is that a sick joke? You can say anything you want about the quality of Arenas' writing, but please, let's not pretend there is ANYTHING objective about what he wrote concerning Cuba.”

MadridFrank on Aug 12, 2009 at 02:31:45

“Truth is always the basis of objective thought.Arenas lived the lie of the revolution.Cuba=Democracia ya!”
The Bush Hangover: Guantanamo Undercuts Our Protests of North Korea

The Bush Hangover: Guantanamo Undercuts Our Protests of North Korea

Commented Jun 9, 2009 at 15:41:28 in Politics

“No one likes to see two young women sentenced to 12 years at hard labor anywhere in the world -- but there have been some bothersome thoughts in my mind as I've read the articles about this case. No one, not even the liberal media (you wouldn't expect it of the rest) has even looked at the question:"Did they do it? Are they guilty?" Reports say they were found having entered Korea illegally, but claim it was "by accident". No bad motives. How unfair for them to be punished.
But then you find (in Truthout) that the women were arrested March 17 along the China-North Korean border after top officials in Pyongyang said they had encroached on North Korean soil WHILE REPORTING A STORY ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING BY KIM JONG IL'S REGIME.
Oh. A little detail left out of all other reports of this story I've seen, which talk about "political motives" for their arrest and imprisonment, but don't mention that the Korean government may be furious at what they would consider infamous slander against their country. The little I know about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has always indicated a very puritanical culture. The idea that some individuals were carrying on human trafficking would be bad enough. That the government itself ("by Kim Jong Il's regime") was accused of doing so must have sent them right over the top. The women may be lucky they weren't sentenced to life in prison or the firing squad.”
The Murder of Dr. Tiller, a Foreshadowing

The Murder of Dr. Tiller, a Foreshadowing

Commented Jun 1, 2009 at 14:13:10 in Politics

“Those who are truly horrified, as I am, at the cold-blooded murder of a doctor by someone who feels he is saving babies by killing doctors who perform abortions, might also want to think twice about the "dissidents" and "alternative bloggers" in Cuba who are getting so much misguided liberal attention. One of the best-known "dissidents", Oscar Biscet, is extolled on the anti-abortion blogs and websites as a true hero for standing up against Fidel Castro. Why? Because his main complaint about revolutionary Cuba is that women are entitled to abortions through Cuba's free, universal health service.”
How Huff Post Readers Can Help Cuban Bloggers

How Huff Post Readers Can Help Cuban Bloggers

Commented Jun 1, 2009 at 14:05:03 in World

“I agree that making the US government end their blockade should be the number one priority, but it would not be because that way "the Castro brothers wouldn't last long". Why should that be our goal? They have done a tremendous amount of good for their country, and realistically statistics indicate that they can't live much longer anyway. That's not the question. There are eleven million people in Cuba, not just two men. The blockade hurts the 11 million, not the two. Blocking food and medicine and the amenities of life of 11 million people in a vain attempt to get them to overthrow their chosen form of government is unbecoming a country that calls itself "democratic".”
How Huff Post Readers Can Help Cuban Bloggers

How Huff Post Readers Can Help Cuban Bloggers

Commented Jun 1, 2009 at 13:58:25 in World

“Which "human rights" are you referring to? The RIGHT to have at least a roof over your head and food in your stomach? To consider health care a fundamental human right, not a commodity for those who can pay for it? The right to all levels of education (even post-graduate) based on your ability, not on your parents' income or unpayable loans? The right of a woman to control her own body without fear her doctor may be shot by some crazed religious fundamentalist?
While you are talking about rights, why not look at Articles 22-26 of the UN Charter on Human Rights -- the articles never mentioned by people in the US because they are not considered rights here, but rather commodities. Sorry to mention the US, but if we are talking about "rights" we need to look at which ones are put into effect in Cuba that are not granted in our own country.”
How Huff Post Readers Can Help Cuban Bloggers

How Huff Post Readers Can Help Cuban Bloggers

Commented Jun 1, 2009 at 13:52:30 in World

“The "alternative bloggers" perform at the service of US and European interests. We all want people to have more information via the internet -- but Cuba is attempting this in a responsible way, providing FREE access for as many people as possible, via their work places (be it academic, sports, culture, medicine, journalism.
Someone has to pay for the satellite links. If it's not the individual paying a private for-profit ISP, as we do in the US, it's the government. So Cuba prioritizes: eg, a medical network that downloads all new medical information daily and makes it available to all medical personnel around the country.
The bloggers we hear about are in it for themselves, receiving income via PayPal (they ask for donations on their blogs) and hidden contributions (Yoani's blog is backed by a neo-Nazi group in Germany, and probably USAID).
Do you ever see the same media talking about the dozens of REVOLUTIONARY bloggers on the island, or even those solely focused on ecology or art? No, we are only asked to support "alternative" bloggers. Alternative to what? Alternative to free quality healthcare as a human right? to the right of a woman to get equal pay for equal work, to have children when she decides? To the right of every person to equal education at all levels?
THINK before you support these "alternative" bloggers. You might not like the world that would be created in Cuba if they (and the US) got their way.”
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CNBC's Clueless Mark Haines Calls Me "Clueless" on Morning Joe: I Respond

Commented Feb 4, 2009 at 13:28:29 in Business

“I'm so glad you said what so many of us have been thinking. In California, a teacher retired with disability gets under $2000 a month (no health care included), and must PAY TAXES on that small amount. And all I can think is, Why should we pay taxes so that our money -- which isn't enough to cover basic necessities anyway -- can be used to pay multim-million dollar salaries and "bonuses" to the people who caused this problem in the first place?? One part of me says, "Well, if we want to give Obama a chance to get us out of this mess, this isn't the time for a tax-payers' revolt". But the other side says: our money isn't going to further the ideals Obama may very well have: it's going to provide more and more luxuries for those who can't spend out money quickly enough for their satisfaction anyway.”
Sen. Clinton Champions Women's Health Worldwide

Sen. Clinton Champions Women's Health Worldwide

Commented Dec 1, 2008 at 14:11:34 in Politics

“"but for a majority of the world's population, her unique quality may be her gender". That has to be a ridiculous comment for someone writing for Huffington Post. Albright and Rice are both women -- their international politics were terrible. Hillary Clinton's gender consciousness, not her gender, is what might make a difference.”

castaway5555 on Dec 1, 2008 at 14:37:58

“Excellent note ...”
Should the Government Bail Out the Big Three U.S. Automakers? HuffPost Bloggers Weigh In

Should the Government Bail Out the Big Three U.S. Automakers? HuffPost Bloggers Weigh In

Commented Nov 21, 2008 at 13:48:28 in Business

“Forget about the auto industry CEO's -- let's look at the WHOLE bailout question. We need a taxpayers' revolt. Why in the world should any of us earning under $50,000 (as almost all other teachers like myself are) pay ANYTHING in taxes when our tax dollars are going to pay tens of millions of dollars in salary and perks to the men who caused this crisis in the first place? A worker who does a bad job is fired. Why are these failed CEO's still on the payroll, or given payoffs to retire? Someone needs to organize a TAXPAYERS' REVOLT which says "NOT ONE DIME IN TAXES UNTIL THE SUPER-WEALTHY ARE CUT OFF. Let THEM pay our taxes!”
An Open Letter To Joe Lieberman

An Open Letter To Joe Lieberman

Commented Nov 20, 2008 at 14:09:42 in Politics

“Sorry, but it sounds to me as though all of you are simply trying to make the best of a bad thing; giving it a positive twist so the horror of a man like Lieberman heading the Homeland Security Committee doesn't have to sink in. Lieberman is totally unscrupulous, totally unprincipled. Forget the fact that there is no reason that he is likely to vote like a Democrat just because he is allowed to nominally remain one. He didn't vote like a Democrat even when he was one. And I think the writer and most readers forgot or never new how Joe Lieberman got into office in the first place: the ultra-rightwing Cuban-American National Foundation (CANF) -- which in turn was a creation of the rightwing Republican Heritage Foundation -- needed a candidate to run against a liberal Democrat in Connecticut who had had the gall to say he favored having normal relations with Cuba. So they picked and paid for Lieberman to run against him. Their financing was what enabled Lieberman to win. And that was at a time when CANF was not split regarding tactical questions--it was pure Republican, hate-Castro. So what can you really expect of a man with that background? It' snot that Lieberman CHANGED -- he was never where liberal Democrats would wish he were. And he never will be.”

djnoll on Nov 20, 2008 at 14:41:51

“Consider this: do you think that if Janet Napolitano is Sec. of Homeland Security that she would let some sniveling, self-serving party traitor stop getting done the work that needs to be done just because he is the Senate Chair? She will run him into the ground, guaranteed. She has not let either Republicans or Democrats call the shots when she thought what needed to be done in Arizona for its safety and security, and they have come to both respect her and work with her to help make the state safer. Lieberman is no match for such a force. If she is nominated and confirmed, I wish him luck. She is one tough lady and does not tolerate people like him well.”
So, Who Would Joseph Heller Vote For Next Tuesday?

So, Who Would Joseph Heller Vote For Next Tuesday?

Commented Oct 30, 2008 at 18:25:19 in Politics

“"Catch-22" has not only become PART of the vernacular, it has become an indispensable part. How many things do we encounter in our everyday lives that can ONLY be described by saying, "Well, the Catch-22 is..."? For much of my life I've been communicating with Spanish-speakers, and you cannot imagine what it has been life trying to explain certain situations in Spanish, without having the ready phrase "Catch-22". I hope Joseph Heller's daughter will consider asking people to write in to her their personal "Catch-22's" and then do a book of them!”