Saturday, September 1, 2012

Cuba won't allow refugee’s son to come to Canada

While many Canadians' image of Cuba includes sandy beaches and tropical drinks, one St. John's resident paints a very different picture.
Yadier Perez Leon arrived two years ago after escaping his native Cuba by boat. It was a harrowing journey, during which the craft ran out of gas, leaving them stranded on an island for two weeks.
They eventually landed in Florida, after being discovered by the US Coast Guard. After months of bureaucratic processing, Canadian officials approved him as a refugee in February.
Now Leon wants his 5 year-old son to join him.
As a refugee, he has one year to bring relatives to Canada. But Cuban officials are making it tough. Despite repeated dealings with the consul in Montreal, the government there won't allow the boy to leave.
Leon says their resistance stems from a long-standing grudge.
During the communist revolution led by Fidel Castro in 1959, people had their property taken away. Leon's grandfather owned a large farm and a lot of livestock, all of which was seized. His family continued to express disagreement about this over the years.
According to Leon, the Cuban government can make life difficult for those who show dissent.
Several years ago, the island nation was struck by a hurricane. While other residents received government assistance to rebuild, his mother did not. Leon was incapacitated at the time, following a bad motorcycle accident, and was unable to help.
Discouraged and bedridden, it was then that he made the decision to leave.
"I say, 'Okay, Yadier, you need to get out (of) the bed, make yourself strong,'" said Leon, who is now learning to speak English in St. John's. "You need (to) go outside this country because you don't have too much time in the life. In this country, you don't have any opportunity."
Now Leon wants the same opportunity for his son.
"This boy, my little son need me, the only father he have," said Leon, whose wife died only two days after giving birth to their child. "And I need him."
He hopes getting the word out will help resolve the situation.
"Please, call everyone in the world, everyone in this country," said Leon. "Everyone hear this situation, help me for my son stay with me as soon as possible."


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Cuba growing less food than 5 years ago despite agriculture reforms

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba is producing less food than it did five years ago despite efforts to increase agriculture production, the government reported on Friday.
Some export crops and farm output aimed at substituting food imports registered minor gains, but overall output last year remained below 2007 levels, according to a report issued by the National Statistics Office (
The government has also reported that food prices rose 20 percent in 2011.
Cuban President Raul Castro has made increasing food production a priority since he took over as president from his ailing brother, Fidel, in 2008.
The communist country imports up to 70 percent of its food and is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to boost production of rice, beans, coffee and milk and reduce imports.
Domestic production of two Cuban food staples has increased, the government said. Rice production reached 566,400 tonnes compared with 439,600 tonnes in 2007, and farmers produced 133,000 tonnes of beans with 97,200 tonnes in 2007.
To stimulate production, Castro has decentralized decision-making, opened up more space for farmers to sell directly to consumers and raised prices the state pays for produce. He has stopped short of allowing market forces to take hold and drive production.
Marino Murillo, who is leading efforts to steer Cuba's state-dominated economy in a more market-friendly direction, announced in July that a government effort to reduce state bureaucracy in the agriculture sector had recently been completed.
Speaking to the National Assembly, he outlined plans for separating quasi-cooperatives from the state and allowing them to operate like private cooperatives. These operations, formed by state-run companies in the mid-1990s on 30 percent of Cuba's arable land, have performed poorly.
Murillo also said at that time that a land-lease program begun in 2008 involving some 170,000 farmers would be expanded to allow up to five times more land per individual.
Private farmers produce the bulk of the food in Cuba on a fraction of the land. This has led farmers and agricultural experts inside and outside the country to call on the state to pull back further and let market forces drive the sector.
(Reporting By Marc Frank; Editing by Toni Reinhold)

Democrats quaking in front of Blondie, Kelly, Josie…(and yes, Harry!)

Of course Dirty Harry was good--but Republican Convention star Clint Eastwood has starred in many better movies:
Amazingly the MSM is aflame with movie critic (and flaming pinko) Roger Ebert's denunciation of Eastwood's gig. As if Ebert represents an impartial--or mainstream, main-street American--viewpoint! The guy's always been a flaming pink and diehard Democrat.
Great Kelly's Heroes' song by the way.
Along with, Good, Bad, Ugly
So enough with these negative waves, man!

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