Monday, January 3, 2011

The Cuban nightmare begins its 52nd. year
52 years ago, the nightmare of the Cuban people began.
They believed the promises of a young and charismatic leader who promised free elections in 6 months; respect for the 1940 Constitution; complete freedom of the press and respect for human rights among many other things.
He told Cuban mothers that they would never had to cry again, but they have been crying ever since.
He asked the Cuban people "¿Armas para qué?,"  (Arms for what?) implying that there would never be a need again to take arms against a dictatorial government, and instead turned Cuba into a military fortress and even allowed a foreign power to install nuclear missiles in the island
He betrayed everyone of his promises and implemented a brutal totalitarian regime that would make him dictator for life.
And 52 years later, the Cuba is still suffering from his betrayal.
Here are some videos of what Cuba has become under his brutal dictatorship:
Cuba's unhappy New Year, by Pong
What the "experts" ignore about public health in Cuba before Castro
Dec. 31 - Nowadays, it seems that anyone who goes to Cuba for a few days and is taken by the hand by a Cuban government "guide" to tour the hospitals that Castro has built, not to treat Cuban citizens, but to treat foreign patients that pay his regime with hard currency, can become an "expert" who is qualified to make a documentary or write a lengthy article about the "excellent" healthcare that Cubans receive thanks to Castro's "robolution."
But what these "experts" ignore is that even 100 years ago, 50 years before the current nightmare of the Cuban people began, Cuba had an excellent public health and on top of that, its citizens didn't have to become slaves and lose all their rights in order to enjoy that healthcare.
Here are excerpts from a presentation titled "Tropical Diseases in Cuba" by Dr. E. B. Barnet, read before the American Public Health Association on December 6, 1911:
"The state of public health in Cuba is, without doubt, admirable. And if to this we add, that in the country districts, in the expanse of the plains, in the thickness of the woods, and on the margins of the rivers, the traveler may move and rest in confidence and ease, because he is not threatened by poisonous serpents, nor poisonous insects, nor dangerous animals; it is not too much to say that Cuba is a land of promise which offers to its natives and to foreigners who visit its shores the products and benefits of a privileged soil and the necessary guarantees of health and life.
Professor Le Dantec in his excellent work on Exotic Pathology, on studying the health conditions of the Northern and Southern States of the American Union, establishes the general law, which he considers applicable to all the colonies of the Antilles, which he expresses in the following terms. The warm regions of America are not colonies fit for population by the white race. They are colonies for agricultural exploitation; but they are above all colonies for population by the negro race and half breeds. The learned professor of exotic pathology of the Medical School of Bordeaux, could not have imagined that, in the course of time, and as the result of sanitary measures which have not yet become general in his country, the island of Cuba would offer to the world an even lower death rate than that of France, and would furnish to white immigrants from all countries more certain guarantees of health than any of the French or other European colonies throughout the world, with the only exception of Australia."   Read the entire presentation by Dr. Barnet here
WikiLeaks Vindicates Cuba “Embargo”
Dec. 30 - The Wikileaks cables have revealed that nations that sell to Cuba on government credit get stiffed. In other words, we have a confirmation of what has been evident — for those with eyes to see — for a long time: Castro does not pay his debts. This explains why the so-called “U.S. embargo” of Cuba has saved the American taxpayer hundreds of millions of dollars — because it has saved him from being cheated by Castro.
The embargo on Cuba is a “so-called” embargo because this unilateralism in U.S. foreign policy does not prohibit commerce with Cuba, as would a genuine embargo. In fact, for going on a decade now, the U.S. has ranked as one of Cuba’s top food suppliers and its fifth biggest trading partner. In 2008, for example, the U.S. sold $710 million worth of products to Castro’s fiefdom and has transacted more than $2 billion worth of business with Cuba in the last decade. The key here is that, since 2001, the so-called U.S. embargo has merely stipulated that the Castro regime pay cash up front through a third–party bank for all U.S. agricultural products; no Export-Import (U.S. taxpayer) financing of such sales is allowed.  Read more at the realcubablog
WikiLeaks: Cables spotlight health woes in Castro's Cuba
Dec. 30 - In one Cuban hospital, patients had to bring their own light bulbs. In another, the staff used ``a primitive manual vacuum'' on a woman who had miscarried. In others, Cuban patients pay bribes to obtain better treatment.
Those and other observations by an unidentified nurse assigned to the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana were included in a dispatch sent by the mission in January 2008 and made public this month by WikiLeaks.
Titled "Cuban healthcare: Aquí Nada es Facil'' -- Nothing here is easy -- the cable offers a withering assessment by the nurse, officially a Foreign Service Health Practitioner, or FSHP, who already had lived in Cuba for 2 ½ years. Read more at the realcubablog

Cuban Dissident Allowed Conditional Release From Prison

(RTTNews) - A leading Cuban dissident who had been sentenced to 20 years in jail has been released conditionally,reports quoting Havana's opposition campaigners said on Thursday.

Egberto Angel Escobedo Morales jailed for 'espionage and enemy propaganda' walked out a free man without having to complete the full term of his sentence.

According to Cuban officials,Morales was arrested and later tried for illegally entering a military counter-intelligence unit on July 11, 1995,in order to gather information'for opposition purposes.'

However, Morales' release is not connected to the deal hammered out between the Cuba government and the country's Catholic church which resulted in the release of 52 political detainees in June.

40 of them have already left for Spain along with their families while 11 others who are still in prison have refused to leave Cuba even after their release from jail.

Despite hard evidence, the Cuban government led by Raul Castro has remained in denial over the existence of political prisoners in the Caribbean nation.

Meanwhile, the umbrella organization of dissident outfits in Cuba, The Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), has confirmed Morales' release from prison.

Authentic Cuba Travel Announces the Official Escorted Cuba Tour to the 27th International Jazz Festival of Havana 2011

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In collaboration with the Cuban Institute of Music and the Organizing Committee of the International Jazz Festival of Havana “Jazz Plaza”, Authentic Cuba Travel has announced the 27th International Jazz Festival Official Escorted Cuba Tour 2011
(PRWEB) January 3, 2011
Toronto- based Authentic Cuba Travel, under the auspices of the Cuban Institute of Music and the Organizing Committee of the International Jazz Festival of Havana “Jazz Plaza”, has announced the 27th International Jazz Festival of Havana Official Cuba Tour 2011.
The jazz Cuba tour will take place from December 14 to December 21, 2011, and will travel to the best preserved historical cores in the Americas and UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Havana City, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad City. The tour also features a visit to Las Terrazas eco-community in Sierra del Rosario, established as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Tour participants will enjoy premium seats at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 27th edition of Jazz Festival of Havana, and rub shoulders with prestigious International and Cuban Jazz musicians. The complimentary Jazz Pass, provided by Authentic Cuba Travel, will grant tour participants unlimited access to all concerts, venues and events across Havana city,
The first international edition of the jazz festival took place in 1981 at a House of Culture located in Havana’s municipality of Plaza (from which the event took its name). Under the presidency of renowned jazz master Chucho Valdes, winner of 7 Grammy awardy Carcassés, José Luis Cortés, Harold López-Nussa , Ernán López-Nussa and Lázaro Valdés. Late night jams are a nightly occurrence and have provided interesting match-ups such as Roy Hargrove sitting in with percussion legend Changuito and others.
There’s also a space for younger talents who will soon be making their mark on the jazz world such as Elmer Ferrer, Yazek Manzano, Jesus Fuentes, Toni Perez, Alexis Bosch, Mario Hernandez, Toni Rodriguez and Jorge Chicay.
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Cuba’s Soap Subsidy Goes Down the Drain

Enrique De La Osa/Reuters

It’s becoming more expensive to live — and keep clean — in Cuba, where the average wage hovers around $20 a month. Soap, toothpaste and detergent were set to be cut from monthly ration books as of Saturday, joining other items the government recently concluded were nonessential, including cigarettes, salt, peas and potatoes, The Associated Press reports. The government says the cuts are necessary to continue free or heavily subsidized education, health care, housing and transportation programs. “It’s already hard to make ends meet as it is, and this is only going to make it harder,” said Elias Conde, a 38-year-old father of two. “But we’re used to them taking things away. Today it’s soap, and tomorrow it’ll be something else.”