Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Amnesty International calls for more freedom in Cuba

March 16 - The human rights group Amnesty international appealed to Cuban President Raul Castro to release political prisoners and scrap laws that restrict fundamental freedoms, using the seventh anniversary of a major crackdown on dissent to call for change. 

Amnesty was especially critical of Cuban laws that make vague offenses like "dangerousness" a jailable crime. Police are allowed to arrest somebody who has committed no crime if they can show the person has a proclivity to be dangerous in the future, Amnesty said.

"Cuban laws impose unacceptable limits on the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly," Kerrie Howard, Americas deputy director at Amnesty International, said in a statement Tuesday. Howard said Cuba "desperately needs political and legal reform to bring the country in line with basic international human rights standards."  More

The Ladies in White continue their protests and once again the regime sends their thugs to harass them

March 16 - The Ladies in White staged a silent march through Havana again on Tuesday as part of a week of protest to mark the anniversary of the "Black Spring" crackdown of 2003 when the Castro regime imprisoned 75 opponents, many of whom still remain in jail.

Mobs organized and directed by Cuba's state security, followed the Ladies in White yelling insults at them.

But the courageous women were able to complete their march.


Juventud Rebelde finally said something true; but it was removed shortly thereafter

March 16 - Cuban TV has been broadcasting a series of programs about the alleged attempts against the life of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

It is called "El que debe vivir" (The one who should live).

But when Juventud Rebelde announced Sunday's segment, the title was changed to "El que debe morir" (The one who should die).

It was removed a short time later, but not before someone was able to copy it from Juventud Rebelde's digital version.

More Castro sympathizers sign the "I accuse the Cuban government" document

March 16 - Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar and singers Ana Belén and Luis Manuel, all considered sympathizers of the Castro regime, have joined more than 5,000 other persons from around the world, who have already signed the document "I accuse the Cuban government."

The signers are asking for the release of all Cuban political prisoners.
Click here  to sign. The petition is available in several languages

Charter companies going to court to try to block payment to Ana Margarita Martínez

March 16 - Eight charter companies that provide air travel between the U.S. and Cuba are seeking to block an order requiring they help pay a $27 million award won by Ana Margarita Martínez who said she was tricked into marrying a Cuban spy. 

Martinez won a 2001 default judgment against Cuba and successfully sued the companies in 2007 to help indirectly collect the money from the island. 

Martinez wants the air charter companies to pay her money they owe companies in Cuba. In a hearing scheduled Tuesday for federal court in Miami, the charter companies are expected to ask a judge to halt any payments to Martinez. The companies say Martinez's efforts could put them out of business and hurt the ability of Cuban-Americans to visit relatives on the island. The Miami Herald

Yoany Sánchez: Cuba's Revolutionary Heroes With Suitcases of Cash in Their Water Tanks?

March 16 - On March 6 we reported information we had received from inside Cuba indicating that Gen. Rogelio Acevedo, president of the Cuban Institute of Civil Aviation (ICAIC) was caught with $13 million hiding in a water tank at his home and he was going to be fired, but that the government didn't want to make a big scandal out of it.

Two days later Cuba's official newspaper, Granma, confirmed that Acevedo had been replaced by another general.

Today, Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez writes about this and many other things that are happening in Cuba. Yoani Sanchez

Spanish judge wants the arrest of ETA terrorists hiding in Cuba and Venezuela

March 15 - Hugo Chavez on Monday defended a group of Basque separatists who arrived in Venezuela years ago, saying he is certain they aren't involved in terrorism. 

A  Spanish judge is seeking the arrest of six members of the Basque separatist group ETA and six Colombian rebels for a variety of alleged crimes, saying many of them are likely in Venezuela or Cuba. 

Tensions have risen between the two countries since Spanish Judge Eloy Velasco announced an investigation turned up evidence that Chavez's government facilitated collaboration between ETA and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. Both groups are classified as terrorist organizations by the European Union and the United States. The Miami Herald

Pablo Milanés: "We will have to condemn Castro if Fariñas is allowed to die"

March 15 -  Pablo Milanés, one of Cuba's best known singer, song-writer, and who up to know has always been a supporter of the Castro regime, told El Mundo newspaper in Spain that "Fidel Castro will have to be condemned, from a humane point of view, if Guillermo Fariñas dies. The ideas should be discussed and debated, but not jailed."

Milanés told the paper that Cuba's revolutionaries are passed their time and that "history has to advance with new ideas and new men."

"They have turned into reactionaries of their own ideas. That's why I have said that we need a new revolution, because we have many stains. The huge sun that was born in in 1959 has become full of stains while getting older," he said.

The truth is that the "huge sun" was buried, not born, in 1959 when the Castro brothers and their gangs of murderers came to power.

It is a shame that it took Pablo Milanés 50 years to realize that.

In an interview with Miami television on Monday night, Fariñas thanked Milanés for his comments.

"I think he could get in trouble because he didn't accuse the government, he accused Fidel Castro directly and that in Cuba is not allowed," Fariñas said.

Chávez admits that he met in secret with Colombian terrorist Raul Reyes

March 15 - Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez admitted today that  he met in secret with FARC leader Raúl Reyes in Caracas, when Chávez was already president of Venezuela.

Reyes was killed during a bombing raid by Colombian army 2 years ago.

The meeting between Chávez and Reyes took place at "La Casona, the official residency of the president of Venezuela.

"I met in secret with him at La Casona while I was president, he came through the back door," Chávez said.

The meeting, according to Chávez, was at the request of then Colombian President Andres Pastrana, but hours later Pastrana denied that he had asked Chávez to meet with Reyes.

" I think that President Chávez's memory is failing him. Neither President Pastrana, nor the government of Colombia or myself, as Peace Commissioner, ever asked Chávez to meet with Raúl Reyes," said Camilo Gómez, who was acting as Peace Commissioner during the Pastrana government.

Chávez didn't say when the meeting between him and the Colombian terrorist leader took place.

Ladies in White march with the mother of Orlando Zapata; the Castro brothers send their thugs to stop them

March 15 - The Ladies in White held their weekly march through Havana streets on Sunday and were accompanied by Reina Luisa Tamayo, the mother of Cuban martyr Orlando Zapata Tamayo.

According to a report sent by independent journalist Carlos Serpa Maceira, government organized mobs were waiting for the Ladies in White at the University of Havana, where they began chanting "The streets belong to Fidel."

"These paramilitary mobs have been sent to the streets to attack innocent women who are only asking for the release of their relatives, who are currently in Castro's jails," said Serpa.

Serpa sent two photos. In the first one, the mother of Orlando Zapata is shown leading the march together with Laura Pollan, leader of the Ladies in White.

The second photo shows the paramilitary mob assembled at the University of Havana.


 We told you that was the real reason why Ramiro Valdes went to Venezuela

March 14 - When Cuban dictator Fidel Castro sent Ramiro Valdes to Venezuela, with the pretext that this criminal was going to solve Venezuela's energy crisis, we told you that the real reason was that Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez was very concerned that the recent student protests in that country had received immediate coverage on social networking sites, like Twitter and Facebook and he wanted to see what could be done to block access to the Internet the same way that Valdes has been able to do in Cuba.

A few weeks after Valdes' visit, Chávez seems ready to start implementing  his recommendations.

Here is a report from the Associated Press:  Hugo Chavez called for regulation of the Internet on Saturday while demanding authorities crack down on a critical news Web site that he accused of spreading false information. 

In a televised speech, Chavez said: "The Internet can't be something free where anything can be done and said. No, every country has to impose its rules and regulations," Chavez said. 

He singled out the Venezuelan news site Noticiero Digital, saying it had posted false information that some of his close allies had been killed. 

Chavez called for Venezuela's attorney general to take action immediately against the Web site. "This is a crime," he said of the site's reports.
There was no immediate reaction from the Web site, which is a popular outlet for critical news and commentary in Venezuela.

Also on Saturday, Franco Silva, president of Venezuela's state controlled telecommunications company CANTV, said that the government is working to implement a single network access point (NAP) to the Internet.

According to Silva, this will provide a more efficient service to Venezuelan users, but the truth is that there are many other ways to do that.

What it will really do is allow the Chávez regime to have a much greater control of who can and cannot access the worldwide network and censor any information that the regime doesn't like.

Photos of the funeral of Orlando Zapata Tamayo (UPDATED)

March 14 - Miscelaneas de Cuba has received a CD with 45 photos of the funeral of Orlando Zapata Tamayo

March 13 - Libertad Digital has more photos

Fariñas to Lech Walesa: "Lay a wreath for me when Cuba is free"

March 13 - Cuban dissident hunger striker Guillermo Farinas has asked Polish anti-communist icon Lech Walesa to lay a wreath on his grave when Cuba is free, the former Polish president told AFP. 

The two spoke by telephone on Thursday, several hours before Farinas was hospitalized in critical condition after losing consciousness in his third week of fasting to win the release of 26 political prisoners who are in need of medical treatment. 

"I was concerned, I tried to convince him to break off the hunger strike. I told him that in order to build a free Cuba they will need people like him alive," said Walesa, who led the Solidarity trade union that defied and ultimately defeated communist rule in Poland. 

But Walesa said the 48-year-old cyberjournalist was adamant in continuing his hunger strike. 
"He replied: 'if I die, I ask you to lay a wreath on my grave when Cuba is free'."  Read more

Brazilian government: "We deal with the slave masters, not the slaves"

March 12 - For weeks, Cuban dissidents have been asking Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, to intercede with the Castro brothers to release the 26 political prisoners who are in very bad health and help save Guillermo Fariña's life.

"We believe that you can intercede with the Cuban government to end a situation that further tarnishes the efforts to create a true community of Latin American and Caribbean states focused on the rights of their citizens," they wrote.

For several days, the Brazilian government kept saying that Lula had not received any requests from the dissidents.

When they delivered their request directly to the Brazilian Embassy in Havana, the Lula government finally had to respond, and their response indicates that the current Brazilian government is only interested in dealing with the oppressors, not the oppressed.

"We have relations with the governments, not with the dissidents. The Brazilian government doesn't relate to dissidents in Cuba or any other countries,"  said Marco Aurelio García, Lula's adviser for international affairs.

"If we express an opinion in favor of the dissidents, it would be counterproductive," he said.

Sure, counterproductive to the businesses that Lula wants to establish in Cuba in partnership with the Castro brothers to take advantage of the only slave force in this Hemisphere.

And to think that this fat drunk was elected president of Brazil as the candidate of the Labor Party! They should change its name to the Slave Traders Party.


Fidel Castro's own words demonstrate, once again, what a hypocrite he is





FIDEL CASTRO - 08-18-1981



Click here to read more Veritas  (H/T Val Prieto Babalu)

Big fight erupts at a baseball game in Cuba

A big fight took place at the Huelga Stadium in the city of Sancti Spiritus, involving baseball players, fans and police.

The fight began when one of the players was hit by a pitch and he run after the pitcher trying to hit him back with his bat.

It escalated from there.

Wall Street Journal: Cuba Hunger Strikes Stir Ire

March 11 - Back-to-back hunger strikes by Cuban dissidents have brought international condemnation to the island's communist government and stirred political turmoil for some leaders friendly to Cuba. 

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, whose government is becoming a major investor in Cuba, has faced an avalanche of criticism at home and abroad after defending Cuba's right to imprison political opponents and appearing to dismiss the plight of the protesters.

On Thursday, the European Parliament voted to condemn Cuba for the "avoidable and cruel" death of Orlando Zapata, a 42-year-old laborer who died on Feb. 23 after an 86-day strike for better jail conditions. The statement also decried the "alarming state" of Guillermo Fariñas, a dissident journalist who stopped eating after Mr. Zapata's death, to press for the release of 26 ill political prisoners. More

European Parliament condemns the "avoidable" death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo

March 11 - The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday strongly condemning the "avoidable and cruel" death of Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata and voicing its concern at the "alarming state" of another prisoner, Guillermo Fariñas. MEPs also repeat their call to the Cuban government for the "immediate and unconditional" release of all political prisoners and urge the EU to begin a "structured dialogue" with Cuban civil society. 

Parliament, which approved the resolution by 509 votes to 30 with 14 abstentions, strongly condemns the "avoidable and cruel" death of political dissident Orlando Zapata, after a hunger strike of 85 days, and expresses its solidarity and sympathy with his family. MEPs also condemn the pre-emptive detention of activists and the government’s attempt to prevent the family of Orlando Zapata from holding his funeral and paying their last respects.

“No more will we permit a person who fought for his rights and those of everyone to die in a Cuban jail or in any other spot without raising our voice strongly and firmly demanding that he be saved,” Spain’s Luis Yañez said on behalf of the Socialist caucus.
The resolution, which was tabled jointly by several political groups in Parliament - the EPP, Socialist, Liberal, Conservative and Reformist, Green and Europe of Freedom and Democracy - calls on the Cuban government for the "immediate and unconditional" release of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience and deplores the absence of any "significant signs" of response by the Cuban authorities to the calls by the EU and the international community for all political prisoners to be released and for fundamental freedoms to be fully respected.

The condemnation by the European Parliament will make it more difficult for Latin leaders, like Lula, to continue their support of the totalitarian regime in Cuba.

Lula, the hypocrite, is criticized for his double standard regarding Cuba

March 10 - Brazil's president is coming under criticism for his deference to the Cuban government regarding the island's political prisoners and hunger strikes over human rights.

A Cuban dissident on hunger strike to demand the release of ailing political prisoners accused President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday of complicity with "the tyranny of Castro." At home, Brazilian pundits blasted Silva while a political ally called the president's words disappointing. 

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Silva said that "we have to respect the decisions of the Cuban legal system and the government to arrest people depending on the laws of Cuba, like I want them to respect Brazil."

Brazil's president went on to say a hunger strike cannot be used as a pretext to free people from prison, despite the fact that he himself engaged in a hunger strike as a union leader during Brazil's military dictatorship. More

A t-shirt stained with the blood of Orlando Zapata Tamayo

March 10 - In this photo, sent from Cuba by independent journalist Carlos Serpa Maceira, the mother of Cuban martyr Orlando Zapata Tamayo shows one of his t-shirts stained with blood marks, after one of the beatings that he suffered while in prison.

And then you have to hear those criminals running Cuba's government claiming that no one has ever been tortured in Castro's Gulag.

Lula compares Cuba's dissidents to Sao Paulo's common criminals

March 10 - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told the Associated Press that ""We have to respect the determinations of Cuba's judiciary and government in detaining people under Cuban legislation, as I would want them to respect Brazil's. I  wish that (the detention of political prisoners) did not happen, but I cannot question the reasons why Cuba detained them, just as I wouldn't want Cuba to question why there are prisoners in Brazil.  I believe that a hunger strike cannot be used as a pretext for human rights to ask for the freedom of prisoners. Imagine if all the bandits that are jailed in Sao Paulo begin a hunger strike and ask for their release."" he said.

The hypocrite, who is now president of Brazil, carried out several hunger strikes in protest against his country's 1964-1985 dictatorship.
Read more (Spanish)

Sean Penn thinks this is Cuba: He wants to send to jail journalists who call Chávez 'dictator'

March 9 - If Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn had his way, any journalist who called Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez a dictator would quickly find himself behind bars.

Penn, appearing on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday, defended Chavez during a segment in which he detailed his work with the JP Haitian Relief Organization, which he co-founded.

"Every day, this elected leader is called a dictator here, and we just accept it, and accept it" said Penn, winner of two Best Actor Academy Awards. "And this is mainstream media, who should -- truly, there should be a bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies."

Penn didn't say what should happen to himself and all those in the mainstream media, who refer to Fidel and Raul Castro as "presidents," when in 51 years they have never allowed a free election in Cuba.

I wonder how many years in jail would I get if in addition to calling Hugo Chávez a dictator, which he is, I also call Sean Penn an ass hole who licks the bloodied boots of fascist dictators, like Chávez and Castro. Read more

Granma confirms what we published last Saturday: Gen. Rogelio Acevedo has been fired (UPDATED)

March 9 - 6 PM Update - I heard more from my Cuban source today and he explained how this whole scheme works.

Drug traffickers come to Cuba to launder their money. Once they go through Cuban Customs, they drop a suitcase full of money at a prearranged place.

Later, custom agents "find" the abandoned suitcase, open it and see that it is full of cash.

Right then, the suitcase is confiscated and the money goes to Cuba's Central Bank, which in turn will pay the narcos their cut, some of it in cash some of it in services like allowing them to land in Cuba under the protection of Cuba's armed forces.

What Gen. Acevedo was allegedly doing, was keeping some of the money for himself. And Don Fidelone doesn't like his peons cutting into his business.

When some of the drug traffickers began complaining that they had dropped more money than what the Central Bank was reporting, Don Fidelone ordered his Mafia goons to keep an eye on the general.

And that's how they found $13 million hiding inside a water tank at his home.

The Godfather doesn't want a scandal to come out of this, so the general is being sent home and he will become invisible, like Roberto Robaina, Felipe Perez Roque, Carlos Lage and many other before him.  It is an offer that Acevedo can't refuse, since he knows very well what the alternative is.

March 9 - On Saturday, we told you that we had received information from a very reliable source inside Cuba, that Gen. Rogelio Acevedo, president of the Cuban Institute of Civil Aviation (ICAIC), was going to be fired from his post because agents of state security found $13 million inside a water tank at his home.

Today, Granma, the mouthpiece of the Cuban regime, is confirming our story.

Gen. Acevedo has been replaced by another general, Ramón Martínez Echevarría.

According to Granma, the Cuban regime will assign Acevedo "other duties."

We normally don't like to publish rumors, but this one came from a very reliable source that has been right so far on everything he has said, and that is why we decided to publish it.

By doing so, we were able to give you the information 3 days before the Castro regime made it public. No wonder the Castro brothers are so afraid of the Internet.

 Click here to see the official announcement in Granma.

(See our Saturday post below)

March 6 - I have received information from a reliable source inside Cuba that Gen. Rogelio Acevedo, president of the Cuban Institute of Civil Aviation (ICAIC), was caught in money laundering. 

According to these sources, agents from state security found US$13 million hiding inside a water tank at Acevedo's home.

The regime doesn't want to cause a big scandal over this incident.

Acevedo will be asked to resign and sent home quietly under a "plan pajama," similar to a house detention.

While searching for a photo of Gen. Acevedo, I visited this page that Granma has with photographs of Cuba's generals: Granma

A photo that used to be there, of Gen. Acevedo with Cuba's dictator Fidel Castro, is now gone.  However, the text is still there.

Danny Glover finally opened his mouth in defense of those Cubans in jail....get your barf bags ready

March 8 - Actor Danny Glover joined 13 other "personalities" who signed a letter today to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Home Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, asking for a visa for the wives of two of the five Cuban intelligent officers who are currently in U.S. jails after being convicted of spying.

The letter to Clinton and Napolitano were sent in commemoration of the International Women's Day.

Giving a visa to Olga Salanueva and Adriana Pérez "will show to the world that we are represented by a government that wants better relations with other countries and respect basic human rights," said the letter.

In addition to Glover, some of the other "personalities" who signed the letter include Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond, California; former congressman Esteban Torres; Noam Chomski; Angela Davis; Wayne Smith, former head of the US Interest Section in Cuba during the Jimmy Carter government; the former Catholic Bishop of Detroit Thomas Gumbleton and Joan Brown Campbell, the former Secretary General of the World Council of Churches, who was very active in support of the kidnapping and forced return to Cuba of Elian González.

As expected, none of these sub-human pieces of cow manure said one word about Cuban martyr Orlando Zapata Tamayo, about Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas, currently in a hunger strike, or any of the innocent Cubans languishing in Castro's Gulag.

That fabulous Cuban Healthcare Part II

March 8 - “My nation is hardly perfect in human rights. A very large number of our citizens are incarcerated in prison, and there is little doubt that the death penalty is imposed most harshly on those who are poor, black, or mentally ill. For more than a quarter century, we have struggled unsuccessfully to guarantee the basic right of universal health care for our people. …but Cuba has superb systems of health care and universal education.” (Speech by Jimmy Carter at the University of Havana on May 14, 2002 which was broadcast throughout Castro’s island-wide fiefdom and trumpeted worldwide by all “news” agencies that earned Havana Bureaus.)

Thus did a former President of the United States prostrate himself before a regime that jailed and tortured political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin’s and murdered (in absolute numbers) more political prisoners in its first three years in power (out of a population of 6.4 million) than Hitler’s murdered in its first six years (out of a population of 70 million.) Not to mention that Pres. Carter’s host insulted his nation as “a vulture preying on humanity!” and came within a hair of nuking it.

Fox News: Honoring a Cuban Freedom Fighter

The hypocritical silence of the Hollywood elite after the murder of Orlando Zapata Tamayo.

Not one word from Oliver Stone, Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, Sean Penn and the other useful idiots.

The truth about the left's health care paradise

March 4 - Liberals pushing for free health care often site Fidel Castro's fiefdom as evidence of how to do it right. Problem is, foreign leaders, celebrities, patients and media are shown only the good stuff that is maintained for PR purposes and for the Cuban elite.

Humberto Fontova wrote about this for us in "Cuba's Free and Fabulous Health Care." If you haven't read it, please do -- it is a great tutorial on the truth about Fidel's glorious hospitals.

In his piece, Fontova mentions a site called "The Real Cuba." The site gives the real story about what's going on at the Left's island paradise. The page on Cuban health care is sobering. Here are a few photos from "The Real Cuba" -- if you first think you're looking at photos from Auschwitz, don't be surprised.

We'll have more in the upcoming issue of Townhall Magazine. Click here for the complete article

A video of Havana B.C.

Havana in the late 1950s, before Castro and his band of human termites came in and destroyed it.


Watch Castro's Gestapo abusing young Black Cubans

Castro's police beating a group of young Black Cubans. At the end, they pull one of them from the patrol car to beat him one more time, even though he is handcuffed.

I am sure that when Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, Naomi Campbell and the Black Caucus see this video, they'll be very proud and will send e-mails congratulating the "white masters' in Cuba for a job well done.
Click here  to see the video.

This is not Auschwitz, this is the psychiatric hospital in Castro's Cuba (UPDATED)

March 2 - These photos were taken at Havana's psychiatric hospital, known as Mazorra, in early January of this year and taken out of the island by people who risked their lives to show the world what really is happening in Castro's Cuba.

These are several of the more than 40 patients who died of hypothermia at the hospital, when temperatures near freezing hit the area where Mazorra is located.These patients died because of the negligence of those in charge of this hospital, and after they died, hospital officials threw them on a table, one on top of the other, like bags of garbage at the local dumpster.

This is the fantastic healthcare that Cubans receive, according to Michael Moore and other useful idiots.

Patients are treated worse than animals. It is the cruelty of that brutal regime that has been oppressing the Cuban people for more than 51 years, while the dictator murdering and oppressing Cubans is referred to as "president," and embraced by Latin American leaders who were democratically elected.

Many show marks that indicate that patients were beaten before they died.

This is why you can't believe what foreign correspondents write from Cuba

Feb. 28 - I remember when in 2007 a producer of ABC 20/20 contacted me because they were planning a segment on healthcare in Cuba.

At first they told me that ABC had a bureau in Havana and they could get any information, that I thought would be needed, to show the reality of Cuba's healthcare.

But ABC's bureau in Havana refused to do anything that would be considered "controversial" by Cuba's totalitarian regime.

They were willing to take videos of Cubans rolling cigars; dancing; playing baseball; walking on Havana's Malecon or anything else that would not enrage the Cuban dictatorship.

When asked if they were willing to interview Cuban dissidents, their response was: NO WAY.

Then a few days later they came back with this incredible proposal: "Well, we are willing to interview some dissidents, but first we will have to ask the Cuban government for permission."

After that, we knew that working with ABC's bureau in Cuba would be a waste of time and went ahead to try to get the pictures and videos that were required without using them.

Thanks to the courage of Dr. Darsi Ferrer, who is currently languishing in a jail in Castro's Gulag, ABC was able to get what it wanted.

But that was not the end of it!

When the Cuban regime found out that ABC was preparing a segment about the reality of Cuba's healthcare, they threatened to close ABC's Cuba bureau, even though it had not participated in any way on the 20/20 segment.

In my personal opinion, closing that bureau would have been a good idea, because it would have saved ABC money on something that was completly worthless, at least from a news standpoint.

But the big honchos at ABC felt a different way. They accepted Castro's blackmail and at the end, what was supposed to be a 15 minute segment became a 4 minute blurb announcing another 20/20 program the following week about socialized medicine in the UK and Canada. Only a 10 second video was shown, from about 30 minutes that was filmed by Dr. Ferrer.

Later, thanks to the effort of Humberto Fontova, all the videos were shown on Fox News, which doesn't have a bureau in Cuba and cannot be blackmailed by the Castro brothers.

I bring all that now because of an article in today's Miami Herald about how foreign correspondents lie, when they report from inside Cuba, in order to be able to stay in the island.

Here is the Miami Herald article.

11 Cuban political prisoners have died in hunger strikes since the Castros took power

Feb. 28 - Fidel Castro served only 18 months of a 15-year prison sentence for leading an attack on the Moncada Army Barracks.

Dictator, Fulgencio Batista caved to public demands and freed all the attackers.

During their captivity, they had enjoyed privileges for political prisoners -comfortable living conditions, visitors, plentiful reading materials, and participation in group sports.

During the 51-year Castro regime political prisoners have been subjected to very harsh conditions, hard labor, and appalling treatment, including torture, lack of medical attention, and even killings by guards. Many have resorted to hunger strikes demanding humane treatment; sadly, some have paid with their lives.

The main stream media keeps saying that Orlando Zapata is the first Cuban political prisoner to die as a result of a hunger strike, since Pedro Luis Boitel died in 1972. But that information is incorrect.

There are eleven, not two, political prisoners who have died in Cuban prisons in hunger strikes.

Cuba Archive has photos and a detailed description of all the 11 Cuban prisoners who have died during hunger strikes in Castro's Gulag. (Document is on PDF format)

Lula takes a bath with the murderers of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, by Pong

Lula had a great time meeting with Cuba's walking corpse

Feb. 24 - Less than 24 hours after the death of Cuban prisoner of conscience Orlando Zapata Tamayo, Brazilian President Lula da Silva had a very friendly meeting with his murderers.

Lula met with Cuba's walking corpse and his brother, made jokes, laughed a lot and never asked a question about their latest victim.

Orlando Zapata Tamayo was a prisoner of conscience.

Luis Inacio Lula da Silva is a president without a conscience.

Big difference between the Cuban patriot and Lula.

Maybe some day, Lula will have to defend his love affair with the oppressors of the Cuban people, and his probable defense will be: "I don't remember, I was drunk most of the time."

Cuba's free and fabulous healthcare

Feb. 23 - The Castroite propaganda in Sicko so outraged people cursed by fate to live in Castro's fiefdom that they risked their lives by using hidden cameras to film conditions in genuine Cuban hospitals, hoping they could alert the world to Moore's swinishness as a propaganda operative for a Stalinist regime.

At enormous risk, two hours of shocking, often revolting, footage was obtained with tiny hidden cameras and smuggled out of Cuba to Cuban-exile George Utset, who runs the superb and revelatory website The Real Cuba. The man who assumed most of the risk during the filming and smuggling was Cuban dissident -- a medical doctor himself – Dr. Darsi Ferrer, who was also willing to talk on camera, narrating much of the video's revelations. Dr Ferrer worked in these genuinely Cuban hospitals daily, witnessing the truth. More importantly, he wasn't cowed from revealing this truth to America and the world. (A recent samizdat reports that the black Dr. Ferrer is currently languishing in a Cuban prison cell --not far from Gitmo, by the way-- undergoing frequent beatings.

Originally, ABC's John Stossel planned to show the shocking smuggled videos in their entirety, during a 20/20 show. Alas, on Sept. 12th 2007, the 20/20 show ran only a tiny segment on Cuba's "real" healthcare, barely 5 minutes long and with almost none of the smuggled video footage. What happened?   Humberto Fontova


Popular protests during the funeral of Cuban patriot Gloria Amaya González

This video was taken during the funeral of Gloria Amaya González, the mother of Cuban prisoners of conscience Ariel and Guido Sigler.

Her sons were allowed to attend the funeral for a few hours.

Ariel Sigler is very ill and is currently so weak that he had to be transported in an ambulance and had to use a wheel chair because he cannot walk. The Castro brothers still refuse to set him free.

When the two brothers were taken back to jail, you can hear people yelling "Asesinos," "Abajo Fidel," "Abajo la dictadura."

Gloria Amaya fought every day for the freedom of her sons. She died while they were still being jailed by the criminal regime that holds power in Cuba. Click here to see the video

Do you want to know why is there an energy crisis in Venezuela?

Jan. 29 - Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez blames the drought for the severe energy crisis that has forced his government to implement electricity rationing n the country.

According to Chávez, the drought has dried up reservoirs and rivers that fuel Venezuela's hydroelectric plants.

But the same severe drought has affected Venezuela's neighbor, Colombia, without causing a crisis.

The real reason for Venezuela's energy crisis is that the lack of maintenance at the country's hydroelectric plants, has caused most of them to operate at only 40 or 50% capacity.

The largest power companies are state-owned CVG Electrificación del Caroní (EDELCA) and Compania Anonima de Administracion y Fomento Electrico (CADAFE) accounting respectively for approximately 63% and 18% of generating capacities.

For over a year, technicians who work at the CADAFE Planta Centro hydroelectric plant, located in Moron, in the state of Carabobos, have been warning that it is in a state of semi-destruction and that many of the country other plants are in similar condition and there is a possibility that vthe entire power grid could collpase.

But the warnings were ignored by Chávez, who has dilapidated 800 billion dollars since he came to power setting up puppet regimes in Central and South American countries; buying arms, fighter planes and ships to prepare for an imaginary invasion and trying to keep Cuba's economy from collapsing.

Take a look at these photos of the CADAFE Planta Centro and see why there is no electricity in Venezuela.

It is not El Niño! it is not the drought! IT IS THE STUPID SYSTEM THAT DOESN'T WORK!

Yusnaimi was released on Thursday afternoon. Listen to our interview with her

Dec. 10 - Yusnaimi Jorge Soca, the wife of Dr. Darsi Ferrer, was released on Thursday afternoon, approximately 7 hours after she was arreste by Castro's Gestapo when she tried to participate in a march to commemorate the International Human Rights Day.

Last night, I was a guest on Conversa Cuba Companioni on Blog Talk Radio and was able to reach Yusnaimi at her home in Havana and she explained everything that happened on Thursday.

Listen to the audio:


Postcard from Las Piedras, Cuba

In “Slums of Havana” Award -winning journalist David Adams takes viewers in a journey through the decaying infrastructure of Havana, and the conditions under which many there are forced to live due to a shortage of adequate living spaces. Reporte Virtual


On the 15th. Anniversary of "El Maleconazo"
August 5 - We have received photos that have never been never published before, of the protests that took place in Havana on August 5, 1994.
Karel Poort, a reader who lives in Holland, was visiting Havana for the first time on that date and was able to take dramatic photos of what happened.
I want to thank Karel for sharing these photos with us. Click here to see the photos and a video EL MALECONAZO

It was difficult, but they got there

May 20 - Getting the Marti t-shirts to Cuba hasn't been easy.

This weekend they finally reached some of the dissidents who will help distribute them.

Some of the t-shirts were distributed in Havana and others were sent to Cardenas and Holguin.

I want to thank Dr. Darsi Ferrer and the Plantados for the great help they have provided me with this project and I also want to thank all our readers who have contributed to this effort.

We are having more t-shirts printed and I'm looking at different ways of getting them to Cuba.

This photo was taken last weekend when several of the dissidents got together to receive the first t-shirts.

From left to right: Dr. Darsi Ferrer Ramirez, Rafael Leyva Leyva, Carol Susent Cruz and Pedro Moises Calderin.

Rafael and Carol live in Holguin and took several of the t-shirts to be distributed there.

We want to thank the following readers who have contributed to our campaign:

Ruth E. Cooke - Diego Trinidad III - Daisy Varela - Miguel Beltra - Marco Polo - R. Duval - Dona Flores - Henry Agueros - Christopher Glick - Elena Borkland -

Odalys Fabregas - Fernando Dominicis - Zivainla Sahl - Alfredo Zayas - Andy Grubbs - R. Campanioni - Ana J. Martinez - Liliana Quincoses - Pete Guevara - Constantino Peña - Angel Valdes - José A. González-Posada - Francisco A. Gómez

If you want to help with the t-shirts and postcards projects, please send a donation:

You can also send a check to: The Real Cuba - P.O. BOX 835308 - Miami, FL 33283-5308

Click here to learn more about our projects for 2009

Racism in Castro's Cuba

This documentary about racism in Castro's Cuba was aired Sunday, April 26, on Channel 41 in Miami.

Click here (In Spanish)

On April 4 we updated our Find my Friend page
Please check to see if someone is looking for you, or if you can help any of those who are looking for friends or relatives

Fidel Castro, a vulgar liar in any language

Click to hear Castro lying in English
Click to hear Castro lying in English with Portuguese subtitles
Click to hear Castro lying in English with Spanish subtitles
Click to hear Castro lying in Spanish and also in English

A video of Havana in the 1930s, long before the Castro gang came in and destroyed it
A tour of the city of Havana, in the 1930s filmed by Andre de la Varre.
Compare it with the Havana of today, 50 years after the Castro brothers and their gang of human termites came in ad destroyed everything.
Socio-Economic Conditions in Pre-Castro Cuba
Dec. 17 - Cuba Facts is an ongoing series of succinct fact sheets on various topics, including, but not limited to, political structure, health, economy, education, nutrition, labor, business, foreign investment, and demographics, published and updated on a regular basis by the Cuba Transition Project staff at the University of Miami.
Click here to learn the truth about Cuba's Health, Education, Personal Consumption and much more in pre-Castro Cuba.
Play soccer with Fidel
Grab the SOB and throw him as hard as you can. Move the mouse and you'll see him fall as if he was on his way to Hell.
Video of Castro's police beating a Cuban man near the University of Havana
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