Sunday, March 21, 2010

Cuba’s hidden numbers.

For decades, the Cuban propaganda’s system has been questioned the transparency of western media about the most circumstantial and unpredictable topics: from Iraq to the moon, but never questioned many of the hidden statistics from its own soil. If Cubans trusted in their media, they were living on the moon, gravitating around another planet and in a time space where everything stand still.Cuba hidden numbers

Let’s face it. They fulfilled to silenced Cuba’s society as a whole, but they also fulfilled the questionable achieve of making their own people suspicious about what their own media is telling. A growing number of Cubans doubt about what their libels are saying about everything.

For a long time, that propaganda’ system captured western media, but today the little voice of our dissidence is getting into the center stage of the game: Castro’s propaganda is not ruling anymore around the world and they are nervous. But still, within Cuba Castro is blocking the truth and hiding many numbers and actual facts happening on daily basis.

Where are the statistics about the hidden Cuba? How many crimes are committed in its capital city and in every province? What is the impact of the black market in Cuba’s economy? How many suicides did happen in Cuba in 2009?

In the eastern provinces of Cuba are the highest percentages of suicides with especial incidence in women under domestic violence. Why doesn’t Cuba publish that statistic? Castro’s propaganda is always mentioning those numbers in US and western societies were those numbers are open to the public scrutiny. Why doesn’t Castro make a public statement about those numbers? Those statistics are in the hands of the highest officials in the Ministry of Health of Cuba. They know those numbers. Then, why don’t they open those numbers to the public opinion? What are they afraid of?

Where are the statistics about accidental deaths in Hospitals, nursery’s homes and prisons? Where are the statistics about criminality, sexual assaults, domestic violence, pornography and prostitution in Cuba?

What is the actual amount of prisoners in Cuba’s prison system? How many auto mutilations are happening inside that system? Cuba never releases statistics about the total amount of prisoners under any category and how many people is facing death penalty. What are they afraid of?

Castro’s propaganda system talks about mercenaries, CIA agents and imperialists but in those societies to whom he is pointing out those numbers is openly in the newspaper and websites, ready to the hands of their own citizens and also to Castro’s propaganda system. The question is: why don’t let in reciprocity to know yours? What are you afraid of?

Mariela Castro is the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education in Havana and an alleged activist for the Lesbian and Gay Community in Cuba. So, Mrs Mariela Castro, why don’t you let know to everyone inside and outside Cuba how many gays and lesbians suffered confinement in the well-known concentration camps of the 60’s known as UMAP? What are you afraid of?

How many people in Cuba is facing death penalty and why? Why do Cuba’s government hide those numbers? What is the percentage of unemployment and sub employment in Cuba? What is the external debt of Cuba? And, by the way, don’t tell to me, Castro, tell your own people in Cuba. What are you afraid of?

There are too many question, I just want to add a last one and very important. For a long time frame Cubans heard about some “Funds of the Commander in Chief” which came out occasional and accidentally on the pages of its own media. What are those funds? Where are those funds? How have been those funds use throughout the last 50 years? They never published those numbers and how the “commander in chief” (in low capital letter, by the way) has wasted in 50 years of tyranny. What are you afraid of?

To point your finger to others, Castro, you need to speak clear and loud about your own history of lies, misleading and “secrets”. What are you afraid of?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Letter to Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Mr Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper: Letter to Prime Minister of Canada

Before everything, let me introduce myself, Sir. My name is Juan Martin Lorenzo, I am a Cuban born citizen and since 2003 I am also a proud Canadian. I arrived to Canada at the beginning of 2000 as part of the skilled workers and professionals plan. Canada opened its doors when my life and my hopes were lost in a land where the dreams of a better future are extinguished by a brutal totalitarian regime.

Today, Cuba is leaving Cuba. Our youth had lost its faith for a better future in our land. They are watching beyond the blue waters of our beautiful shores to fulfill their dreams. They are not belonging anymore to Cuba.

Canada is not the most dreamed place to go for Cubans, but it is a land of hope and it is an immigrant’s dream land. Like me, many other Cuban fellows had arrived and build their future from scratch. Canada is a land of immigrants as you know.

In the other hand, Cuba is the third overseas destinations for Canadians after UK and France, and without any doubt it was the source of Canada’s biggest culture goods trade surplus in 2002. That surplus arose due to a $ 1.4 billion in exports, of this $ 1.2 billion can be accounted in publishing and printing exports, traced to a project to provide textbooks to Cuban students funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Statistics Canada provides a truthful and detailed list in how Canada had been involved with Cuba. For instance, another prominent cultural export include DVDs and Compact discs, especially Cuban music labels such as EGREM have used Canadian disc-pressing plants to mass-produce the works of popular musicians.

Overall, according to Statistics Canada, our fellow Canadians spend an estimated $ 103 a day in Cuba. Moreover, there is an increase of Canadians travelling to the island if we compare same time frames: 607 thousands in the first quarter of 2009 against 504 in 2008, what means an increase of 20.4 percent. And Cuba has been the second most important destination for Canadians in the last year 2009.

But, there are more to crunch especially in the private sector boomed by the official policy of the government of Canada toward Cuba. Canadians companies have been investing and making business, taking serious advantage of their American competitors absent thanks to the embargo.

Based on what Maclean’s Magazine published not too long ago, roughly 40 Canadians companies have opened offices in Cuba since 1991, being Sherritt Inc the first of them. The Canadian Embassy in Havana has counted more than 17 joint ventures signed and more than 20 under negotiations lately.

I can mention a few of them: York Medical, who was a pioneer in this business with Sherritt; Wilton Properties Ltd signed joint-venture with Grand Caribe (a Cuban hotel developer) to build 11 hotels throughout the Caribbean country.

Other companies like Pizza Nova, a Torontonian franchise and Delta Hotels and Resorts of Toronto, mining companies like Holmer Gold Mines Ltd., MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd., and Caribbean Resources Inc signed joint-ventures with the government of Castro.

By its own, Sherrit invested $ 1.5 billion in Cuba’s nickel industry and in coastal oil and gas production. I would like to submit you to Sherritt’s website and you will find that only in gas and oil, the Canadian company had spent until September an amount of 31 million and had a projection of 59 million until the end of 2009. I don’t know the latest numbers unfortunately.
As you can see, and these are basic numbers, the most visible and I could say the tip of the iceberg in Canadian investment in Cuba, the numbers are escalating higher and higher every year. I think you could add a few more of your own.

The Cuban community in Canada is growing year by year thanks to the attention of the authorities of this country toward the highly skilled Cubans, unfortunately we cannot tell the same thing about the attention showed by this country, its citizens and especially the government of Canada of which you are its Prime Minister toward the daily violations of Human Rights in my homeland.

International prestigious Institutions and organizations like Amnesty International, who has a branch in Canada, and Reporters without Frontiers had condemned loud and publicly on daily basis those practices of the Cuban government. But still Canada, its citizens, its media and you as Prime Minister are in silence. That makes you an accessory in the daily crimes Castro is committing in Cuba. A few timid and laconic words have been heard from your office recently about the last development in my native land, the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo. Too shy and in a very lower tone I would say.

According to the official website of the Government of Canada, which I am quoting here:

“Canada supports a future for Cuba that fully embraces the fundamental values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Canada’s approach is to engage with all elements of Cuban society, including both government and civil society, with the objective of advancing democratic values and a liberalization of the economy.”

Mr Prime Minister, I am not questioning the legality and morality of any investment in Cuba, but said that I argue that it has to be accompanied with an effort to push Cuba toward the establishment of a democratic and transparent government.

My question is: Is the government of Canada doing something in that direction?

Again, I would go back to what the website of the government of Canada is claiming:

“Canada takes every opportunity to make clear to the Cuban regime our serious concerns about human rights practices on the island. We consistently call on the Cuban government to release all political prisoners and to dismantle the limits on freedom of expression. “

Is that true? And how can we know our Prime Minister is pushing in that direction?

How many times did you, Mr Harper, question Cuba’s ambassador in Ottawa about the visible and outstandingly cruel violations of human rights in Cuba?

How many times did you make a public statement about those issues?

How many times did you condemned through your diplomat personnel in Havana?

Moreover, are you assisting our civil society who is struggling to find moral, political and financial support in this democratic world?

It doesn’t help too much a public figure and a democratic politician as you are, and even a Democracy like Canada, to deal too much with a totalitarian state.

It is really outrageous how our Canadian government and the media in Canada ignore Cuba. Canada was, as Mexico, the only two countries who never broke their diplomatic ties with the Caribbean island. But that doesn’t move a millimetre to Castro’s government to acknowledge the fact. Actually, if you read every single reference about the embargo and diplomacy from Cuba’s perspective, it looks that was only Mexico who had kept diplomatic ties the last 50 years. Let me tell you clearly, Mr Harper: No western society will obtain any compliment from Castro in any possible way.

Canada had kept a policy of engagement, but it hadn’t make any difference with Cuba’s government either. Canadian companies are probably the more represented in Cuba in all areas of its economy. Big and small companies with huge investment and millions of dollars spent every year. But it doesn’t matter to the government of the island to pay in time, or to give any preference to Canadians. In fact, there are millions of dollars frozen in Cuba’s hands that had refused to free for more than one year. So, where is the laudable Canadian policy of engagement?

Meanwhile, the Canadian media ignores every single aspect of Cuba beyond hotels and sunny beaches. It is only touristic Cuba who keeps its attention busy. It doesn’t matter Cuba owes millions to Canadian investors. Cuba is only a place for a holiday, not a source of bad news.

It is absolutely a Canadian Apartheid. Day after day you search helplessly and you find nothing or the well-known touristic report about oasis Cuba. It looks like our country only exists as Canada’s exclusive resort. Castro’s government had exploited it with that factor in mind.

Bad news about Cuba doesn’t report dividends to the huge paradise’s business. Bad news about Cuba means to all the investors in Cuba’s touristic industry less Canadians travelling to Cuba and less money in their pockets. So, there won’t have any bad news to the Canadian market.

As a Canadian just imagine your country and your people with restrictions to travel abroad for reasons of opinions, earning a miserable salary that never reach $20.00 per month, with a double currency and salaries in the one currency you cannot buy anything available, where resorts, hotels, any exclusive golf court or touristic premises aren’t for the citizens of the country, win only one political party, one man in power for more than 50 years, and no freedom of any kind to express disagreements at any level of the society.

And then, you have the paradisiacal oasis on the hands of any traveler: indifferent, irreverent and unconscious of all surrounding him. We are not asking any law to ban Canadians for travelling to Cuba. We are not asking to the Canadian government to disengage and break diplomatic ties with our country.

We are requesting to Canada at a whole: Canadian government, Canadian media and Canadians themselves to pay a little more attention at what is happening in Cuba beyond luxuries hotels, sunny beaches and old American vintage cars. That is the only think we are requesting.

Recently, we lost a political prisoner there: Orlando Zapata Tamayo after 85 days of hunger strike. We are claiming public and loudly condemnation to that fact from the Democratic world where we are living and from our democratic representatives in power. You are the one who I can reach. I am asking you a public statement to the Cuban authorities, a public and clear statement of condemnation and more visible support toward our civil society there.

I will go further, we are asking for a formal nomination to The Ladies in White, a group of wives and female relatives of Cuban political prisoners who last Thursday were attacked by a mob of Cuban security agents violently, to the Nobel Peace Prize. You as a political leader and the Prime Minister of Canada are in an outstandingly position to make that especial request, and would be an extraordinary accomplishment to you as a humanitarian as well as a great supporter of Democracy worldwide.

I will hope I will hear soon your voice. Our small Cuban community will be thrill and proud of you. You can count with my support as well.

I want to thank you in advance for your time and your patience with this humble and proud Canadian.

Sincerely yours,

Juan Martin Lorenzo

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ups and downs of the troubadour.

Ups and downs of the troubadour

January brought to Cuba the news of the political prisoner Orlando Zapata and with it, the wave of condemnation against the old regime has been growing as a huge tsunami. Castro is not safer anymore. Parliaments, politicians, government and artists had condemned the old tyrant loudly. It was time.

Now we are in March and other new voices were added to that chorus with a different flavour and different nuance. The last one has been Pablo Milanes. Now, that is an important at too many levels.

Pablo Milanes is one of the initials voices of Cuba new songwriters brought by the 60’s and the new born process known as “revolution” ended in a dictatorship. With Silvio Rodriguez, Pablo Milanes is a brand in Cuban new music. The musician didn’t say a word about Zapata’s but expressed clearly some big remarks about Guillermo Fariñas’ hunger strike toward the Cuban political prisoners jailed in the Caribbean island.

Pablo Milanes said in Spain: “Fidel Castro must be condemned from the human point of view if Fariñas die”. I remarked the words “human point of view” because for my point of view Milanes is playing here the role that every social climber or upstart plays in every tyranny.

I’m not refusing to acknowledge neither his talent not his rights to express his honest opinion about Cuba, but a big cloud of doubts shadow his remarks because his past behaviour toward Castro’s tyranny. He has been that wicked weathercock pointing everywhere the wind is blowing and carefully choosing his words about Castro.

Today, he came with that tongue twister about that “human point of view” condemnation of Castro. Does it mean there is no political condemnation, Pablo? Why do you remark the “human point of view” and not clear and openly a simple condemnation? Is there any possible difference between the two’s?

He also added: “History must move forward with new ideas and men”. Good to hear from you but still I have some reticence about your remarks. The trouble I’m having with you, Pablo, is the long story of ups and downs in your remark throughout Cuba’s history with Castro. And I don’t really understand you.

With a past in the UMAP (concentrations camps for political dissidents and homosexuals in the 60’s) and being for so long repressed in the 60s, isn’t it enough for a more clear statement toward Cuba’s tyranny?

You added a few words that make me feel suspicious about your remarks: “That’s why I had said we need another revolution because we have black spots. The huge sun born in 1959 has been filled with spots as times goes by.”

That sun was filled with spots since the very beginning with the suppression of all political party of the opposition and the suppression of the freedom of speech. It is a fact well-known for so long that your remarks sound fake and hypocrites.

And it is not the first time you had done some remarks to later change your statements. So, as Silvio made some a couple of weeks ago, I guess this was the time when you needed a little space on the news in Spain to make more up to day your concerts there.

I don’t know, we all don’t know how far you have gone and how sincere and honest you are today. You lost your voice long time ago, we only can enjoy your talent but always take your remarks with a little bit of salt. After all, we had witnessed too many ups and downs about you and Silvio Rodriguez. Time would say the truth.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Outsider’s Vices.

“We have other people’s vices in front of our eyes and ours in our backs” SenecaOutsider vices

For the last 50 years, Cuba had capsized its foreign policy to blame outsiders about everything: plagues, disastrous plans and economic collapse. Nothing has escaped the pointing finger, and the US embargo has been the first line in every list of complains.

Castro’s propaganda regime is pretty good twisting news, statistics and actual facts to the point where fact and fiction live together their own “life”. We had been witnesses the last few weeks about the unleashed propaganda against the death of the Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata. What it was a crime, a cruel death in Castro’s hands, became suicide, an act of mercenaries and even an expendable death.

But every single economic flop in Castro’s government is attached to the US embargo. Rare deceases, plagues in crops and cattle, shortages of any kind and even natural disasters had been blamed in the name of the embargo.

As result, Cuba is always pointing out somewhere else to blame, slash out and stir controversy. Nobody has escaped from that punishment, even close “friends” of Cuba like Lula da Silva, who was bitterly slammed by Castro a couple of years ago about the “ethanol case”. Today, the flamboyant President of Brazil is paying his tribute to the old tyrant helping him with his words about Zapata.

Leftists like Lula never remember that the old butcher Castro is short in memory and never care about others when the time comes to save his own skin. Before him was the former Mexican President Vicente Fox. And the list will never end until Castro will be seated in his tyrannical throne.

Today, Lula is catching heat worldwide with his shameful declarations about Zapata’s death, especially his remarks about “criminals” in hunger strike. The question here is: who is the criminal in Cuba? The one who let Zapata died without move one finger.

The cynicism is at so high level in blood in Cuba’s government that they transferred the Cuban dissident a few hours before his death to one of the highest profile hospitals to tape how some doctors were giving Zapata, almost dead at that moment, their last “help”. All that after 85 days of refusing to acknowledge his hunger strike because it was in Castro’s backs.

In Castro’s eyes: Copenhagen, the rings of Saturn or maybe the earthquake in Haiti. That is the lesson western democracies have to learn about Cuba, and prevent in Fariñas’ case.

Yesterday, the European Parliament condemned Castro’s regime. It is time to move on and do whatever is in their hands. It is time to help Cuba and its battered civil society. The clock is ticking in Fariñas’ hands.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Internet: a Cuban political prisoner.

The US Treasury Department has announced it will issue licenses to companies that export instant messaging and other personal Internet services to Cuba.  The move follows comments made earlier this year by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Internet freedom is now a fundamental principle of American foreign policy.Internet, a cuban political prisoner

Well, internet freedom is a fundamental principle in every democratic country, but Cuba isn’t it. Internet in Cuba is in Castro’s hands that uses it for his well-oiled propaganda machinery to blame dissidents, blast US policies and sell Socialism paradise, but never bring a grain of truth about our country.

Internet is a political prisoner in Cuba. The worldwide network is banned from people’s hands and cell phone companies, which in Cuba mean only one run by the state, are subject of espionage and surveillance. We could watch recently how Castro taped dissidents with hidden cameras and caught private phone conversations without any court order. Of course, there is no court order in Castro’s land. There is only his personal command what it is needed.

So, the whole idea about the use of the internet technology in Cuba is barely useless. Cuba has a few bloggers with a great impact outside our little island, but within Cuba people are unaware about who they are and what they are doing.

The most important point: Can a cell phone or computer bring down a regime?

No. A cell phone and internet are only a support to divulgate and spread information. No government could be brought down without a strong dissident movement well organized and with a clear agenda. And that, Mr. Obama, doesn’t exist in Cuba yet.

We have a small group of dissident weaken by imprisoning, surveillance and repression: an important group of them in prison for long years and many living isolated in the middle of a society completely bombed by a powerful propaganda system. Outside Cuba, the whole system is handled by Castro’s agents: twitter, websites and blogs are shackled to his fist.

US Administration is acknowledging the powerful success of Iranian anti-government protesters in getting their message out following Ahmadinejad's re-election. But the truth is: there was a big and strong anti-government movement in Iran meanwhile in Cuba is almost inexistent.

Our civil society needs to be organized and then all those technological gadgets could play their role. The latest months, Cuba’s government had created their own OS platform, their own Google searching machine and it could be tighten every single corner loose to our civil society to reach the world. So, I pop up the question again: can a cell phone or computer bring down a regime?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

In Memory of Orlando Zapata Tamayo.

Tell the truth

Tell, at least, your truth 

And after,

Let whatever may, happen:

That they break your beloved page,

That they knock down your door with stone throws,

That the people pile up in front of your body

As if you were

A sage or a corpse

Heberto Padilla

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Carta a Zoe Valdes.

Sra. Zoe Valdes

Desde hace semanas estaba por escribirle. He tratado de encontrar por todas las vías posibles su correo electrónico, alguna vía no publica de hacerle llegar mi humilde opinión de emigrante cubano. No digo exiliado, porque nunca hice gala de disidente, ni de opositor político en Cuba. Naci con eso que en Cuba llaman Revolución y todos sabemos es solo una tiranía.Carta a Zoe Valdes

Desde niño aprendí a honrar la valentía de los que, con espíritu libre, lanzaban su voz al viento y decían sus verdades al costo de su vida. Crecí en una familia profundamente arraigada a Dios. Mi padre un sencillo maestro de primaria, profundamente devoto a Dios, y lanzado a la calle por su profundo pensamiento católico. Mi madre una mujer valiente, profundamente honesta y rayana en lo contestataria, lanzando su verdad a los cuatro vientos no importara lo que le pudieran traer de vuelta. Yo herede de ellos una gran parte de mi padre, y una pequeña porción de mi madre.

Salí de Cuba buscando una vida que allá no se puede vivir: libertad para el pensamiento y posibilidades económicas para una vida digna. Nunca fui un disidente aun viviendo en una familia que disentía en casi todo con el régimen, por lo que no reclamo ese nombre a mi persona, ni ningún merito a mi vida de exiliado. No me llamo a mi mismo exiliado, aunque lo sea en todas los niveles de la vida: espiritual, humano y divino. Pero uno no puede reclamar lo que no fue capaz de hacer en su propia patria: yo soy sencillamente un emigrante.

Soy un gran lector de su obra, he leído todo y cada uno de sus escritos, aun los de menos brillo y pureza. Un artista es lo que es: un espejo que pasa por la vida, refleja la imagen que vivimos y la proyecta en mil fragmentos imaginados, divinos y transformados. Comercial y exitoso, humilde y olvidado, el arte no tiene sellos, ni parcelas divinas, todo es permitido y bienvenido, y usted es una mujer de talento. Yo admiro su obra, y admiro mucho de lo que ha hecho bondadosamente viviendo fuera de nuestra hermosa tierra.

Hoy, dolorosamente he leído unas líneas en su blog que me causan tristeza, una profunda decepción y una enorme pena por usted. Desde hace semanas he leído con incomprensión sus ataques personales a Yoani Sanchez. Palabras como “santa de la secta”, “bicho”, etc. Vivimos en este mundo, Señora Valdés, no para poner etiquetas a las personas, ni para señalar con el dedo el mal que encontremos en los otros. Estamos en este mundo para mirar la luz, como lo dijo Martí, y dejar atrás las manchas del sol que nos calienta.

Nadie es dueño absoluto de la verdad. Ni usted ni Yoani Sanchez. Solo Dios es omnisciente. Usted y yo y Yoani somos simples mortales en paso por este mundo para dar lo mejor a él. Los tres apuntamos con el dedo acusando a Castro de desigualdades, maldades y crímenes, acusándolo por lo que es: un tirano. Los tres reconocemos el objetivo común de nuestro paso por la vida: mejorar el país en el que vimos la luz por primera vez. Lo demás es solo la simple vestidura mortal que nos hace a cada uno diferente.

En su artículo de usted, el último que me ha causado tanta ira y pena, dos sentimientos tan profundamente ajenos uno del otro, lanza un venenoso ataque a la bloguera cubana, a Coco Fariñas en plena huelga de hambre y a toda la disidencia y el pueblo de Cuba que piensa diferente de usted. Usted, de facto, se ha hecho diferente al pueblo que hoy lucha por todos.

Señora Valdés, es usted la que reclama ser la “santa de la secta”. Reconózcalo de una vez y por todas y al menos encontrara paz espiritual con la vida y con Dios. Lo que ha escrito hoy en su blog es despreciablemente tan bajo, como el ataque bochornoso de la prensa castrista contra un hombre humilde como Zapata. Usted, se ha erigido en la Ubieta que tenemos por acá con esas palabras soeces sobre Fariñas.

Me pregunto yo, y le pregunto a usted frente a Dios: ¿sabe usted lo que es una huelga de hambre, y de sed además? ¿Ha experimentado el dolor, la fatiga, la mordida que el organismo siente cuando falta el agua, nos sobrecoge la sed y el alimento que nos hace vivir? ¿Ha hecho la prueba de estar 3 días, tres únicos días sin probar un ápice de una tostada de pan, del pan que debe ser nuestro cada día?

No se puede jugar con el dolor ajeno, ni cuando es involuntario en Africa por la miseria, ni cuando es por la libertad como hoy ocurre en Cuba. Soy uno de los tantos cubanos que en twitter ha retransmitido su mensaje de aliento a Cuba y al mundo en estos últimos días. Soy de los que ha transmitido su escrito en la letra de su amiga sobre su visita a nuestra amada tierra, aun cuando hay cosas con las cuales totalmente no coincido.

He sido de los que sobre bases diarias he transmitidos vía twitter notas de su blog, del de Yoani y del de cada cubano que he encontrado con un pedacito de su verdad en este mundo que es internet. Somos casi 3 millones dispersos alrededor del mundo, pero muy pocos se toman el esfuerzo de dedicarle un minuto de su pensamiento a Cuba y lanzar ese sentimiento a través de los redes sociales en internet.

Cada movimiento disidente y pro-democracia en este mundo ha tenido hombres valerosos, de acción, personas humildes que engrosaban su nombre en la gran marea contra el opresor, y también ha habido oportunistas, segundones y aprovechados. Los movimientos democráticos en el mundo que han obtenido el éxito han sido los que han sabido sumar, olvidándose de las espinas y las manchas de algunos de sus afiliados. El momento de la lucha es momento de unir, no de señalar con el dedo al que se cree culpable. Culpable somos todos: usted y yo y cada cubano que no ha levantado su voz en Cuba.

Los que están en nuestro país cualesquiera que sean, incluso el más oscuro oportunista de filas, que los hay entre bloggers y la tradicional disidencia, se juegan mucho más que su libertad, su vida. Los que están allá no tienen la oportunidad de la democrática replica a sus acusaciones: cada día tienen a un ejército de espías, desacreditadores y cazadores de margaritas cortándoles las alas. Esta no es hora de desunir, sino de aunar voluntades.

Esta no es hora de clamar para nadie quien es el blog de la oposición y quien no lo es. Los que están allá, así hablen de “papas” o de vidas sacrificadas por la libertad de Cuba son más importantes que todos los 3 millones de cubanos que vivimos fuera del monstruo. Una letra de cualquiera de ellos: disidentes y blogueros, son más importantes que sus palabras en su blog, en sus libros y en las entrevistas que consigue en los medios.

Los que vivimos fuera no podemos reclamar nada para nosotros mismos. Somos nosotros los que tenemos que reclamar la voz de los que se alzan dentro de Cuba. Si uno de ellos, como la señora Yoani Sanchez, es el centro de reunión y comunión de los cubanos tenemos que sentirnos orgullosos y profundamente conmovidos, no por Yoani ni por ninguno de ellos, sino porque por primera vez en mucho tiempo los cubanos hemos encontrado un punto común de encuentro.

La polémica entre usted y la bloguera de Cuba es, sencillamente, un aparte a lo que es imprescindible preservar hoy para la disidencia. Me pregunto, ¿es que usted no estuvo en Cuba? ¿Por qué sencillamente no se dirigió personalmente a Yoani y aclaro privadamente sus diferencias?

El venir hoy, después de los sucesos tan tristes de la muerte de Zapata, a estar reclamando lo que no se es se puede clasificar redondamente como espurio, desgraciadamente oportunista y profundamente despreciable. Mucho más cuando la otra parte implicada en su polémica no tiene ni la más remota oportunidad de su merecida replica. Y, eso, señora Valdés, se llama en mi país que es el de usted, y en el mundo: cobardía y oportunismo.

De una vez y por todas, es mejor que de continuar por la trayectoria oblicua por la que se encamina se dedique a su labor literaria y podamos disfrutar de algunos otros de sus libros y definitivamente deje de abrir la boca cuando se hace inoportuna la ocasión: Cuba ya ha tenido demasiadas disensiones para acabar el cerco de Castro, no haga más difícil y dolorosa esa tarea.

Y no olvide, un artista siempre es y será un ciudadano, y como ciudadano será valorada su obra. Preferible es su silencio que la herida mortal que causa la inoportuna interferencia. Recuerde siempre las palabras sabias de Tagore: La elocuencia es una cualidad que sería más apreciada si se pudiera demostrar en silencio.

Yo la invito a que se una al coro por una Cuba unida con todos y para el bien de todos, como dijo el Apóstol, y deje sus rencillas particulares para cuando la tengamos en nuestras manos.

Sinceramente, si usted se une a ese común objetivo continuara teniendo el preciado placer de un asiduo lector suyo. De otro modo, lo siento señora, me duele demasiado mi país para corresponder con su egoísmo.


Juan Martin Lorenzo

Friday, March 5, 2010

Franklin Brito or the illogical logic.

Franklin Brito is a farmer from southeastern Venezuela. He is also, since July 2009, an extreme case of the new intolerance state in which Venezuela is turning today. Since July, Brito has been on a hunger strike outside of the offices of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Caracas. The world outside Venezuela, with a few significant exceptions, has ignored Franklin Brito from the pages of the newspapers, worldwide telecasts and media agencies.Franklin Brito or the illogical logic

Today, Brito is what Orlando Zapata was before his death: a lost name in Chavez’ soil, or what it is turning Chavez’ soil. Socialism in its more primarily status has been transferred from Castro’s Cuba to the new totalitarian Venezuela with Chavez.

As I said in a post before: Cuba needs that Venezuela’s opposition wins the battle against Chavez. An Cuban opposition and, especially in the case of Orlando Zapata, found good friends in the hands of many good Venezuelan people on the social networks worldwide and particularly in twitter.

Cubans need Venezuelans, and Iranians people. We all need each other to fight our rulers in our countries. We need to share our hands and fight together against each of them: Castro, Chavez and Ahmadinejad.

It is time to help Franklin Brito in his fight against Chavez tyranny. I’m posting some of the links I had found in the news about his case. Some of them had been given to me for a group of Venezuelan friends. I ask of every one of you to hold out your hand and spread the news.

All together can help to save a life and bring back Democracy to our people. Today, Brito is in a military hospital under a court order signed by the Public Prosecutor's Office in Venezuela. He was a free man. He is neither a prisoner nor a mental patient as some reptilians are claiming with some delusional psychotic theories. But today, he is a political prisoner in Chavez’s hands.

What it is logical in a normal and democratic country: the civil rights to protest. It is illogical under Hugo Chavez’s regime. The well-known story in Cuba is being repeated in Venezuela. Let’s help Franklin Brito as well as our friends in Cuba.

List of websites and news about Franklin Brito (English and Spanish):

Venezuela: The Interrupted Hunger Strike of Franklin Brito

IACHR provides measures to protect for Franklin Brito

FRANKLIN BRITO kidnapped from OAS branch in Caracas, Venezuela. Video.

College of Psychologists concerned about treatment of Franklin Brito

Brito: They can let me die like Zapata

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cuban Minister of Inferior Affairs.

Before Bruno Rodriguez was the little puppet Castro dangled in the boxed building in Havana handling the foreign affairs of a tyranny of 50 years, there were Perez Roque, Roberto Robaina and an army of others repeaters of the dictator in Chief. I have to make a clear distinction: the minister who has his office there doesn’t handle any Cuba’s affair, as I said before he is only the passing by puppet seated in a chair within a tyrannical monarchy.Cuban Minister of Inferior Affairs

Let say it clearly: in Cuba nobody handle affairs outside Castro’s household. Ministers are actual marionette pulled from Castro’s Heaven on earth, wherever he is: in a wheelchair or in the golden throne of Cuba.

But on these days, the little puppet Bruno is parroting here and there with the same military language inherited by all the generations of puppets in his Ministry in charge. Mercenaries, CIA agents and media wars against Cuba are the handy terms this apprentice minister is barking in the UNO Human Rights Commission.

You heard right, Human Rights but where? Probably in Vienna, en the Moon or Saturn, but it doesn’t stop him to be pecking meaningless words about “agents paid by the United States as dissidents in Cuban territory”.

Where are the agents, buffoon? Could be in the dungeons of Castro where around 200 political prisoners had been forgotten by western democracies?

The first decade of this XXI Century has passed and this clown, probably extracted from the era of dinosaurs, is still repeating the old Castro’ speeches of the 60’s, 70’s... I mean, move on, scarecrow.

For 51 years, Cuba government has been blaming US, CIA and any imaginable agency in this world about any given disaster in its history. The real media war has been held in Havana against Orlando Zapata’s memory, his mother and his colleagues in Cuba’s dungeons.

Reptilian libels, false prophets and Machiavellian lackeys have been repeating a script too many times staged that nobody in this world believes anymore.

Zapata’s death is the result of intolerance and fear of Cuba government. That intolerance causes Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs to blame every single corner of the planet, meanwhile the government of Havana is hiding his ostrich’s head anywhere is possible on Earth.

Zapata, for sure, won’t be forgotten. Ministers like Bruno Rodriguez, who only handle inferior affairs in Cuba, will be buried in the dark as happened with Perez Roque, Robaina and many others when his utilitarian value will be wasted.

So, look up, little crow, and be prepared to write some poems like Carlos Aldana. Or maybe you could paint some whimsical pictures depicting any still life. Or perhaps, you could help Carlos Lage in his dirty tasks as proctologist. But for sure, you will be forgotten as every little piece of machinery Castro had thrown away when its utilitarian time has been reached.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Expendable Lives, Ubieta?

Expendable Lives A reptilian specimen in Castro’s propaganda machinery brought to Cuba the Machiavellian term of “dispensable dead” to Orlando Zapata Tamayo. For 50 years, that government has treated its dissidents as counterrevolutionaries, mercenaries and CIA agents. Today, we are witnessing the deepest shame in Cuba’s journalism history. It never happened before that a public servant blames the victim in the name of his victimizers. To go farther in the offense, the official libel of the tyrant, in the writings of one of his lackeys, called him a “expendable dead” as if a human being could be expendable. It looks like it is in the name of Castro.

TV stations, official newspapers and websites with the help of the bunch of his well-known lackeys had thrown all the scum on their arsenal to destroy the name and the memory of a humble and brave man: what a shame.

Meanwhile Cuba’s government is stepping up its attack against Zapata’s memory, the same government and the same propaganda’s machinery is “forgetting” the 40 deaths in Havana Psychiatric Hospital: neither a video nor a word about those poor patients who died due hypothermia and hunger. They weren’t claiming anything. They weren’t dissidents and prisoners of conscience as Amnesty International declared Orlando Zapata. They weren’t in any hunger strike. But all of them died by hunger and hypothermia.

The parallelism jumps immediately: Orlando Zapata’s case brought all the baggage of scum publicity through Castro’s media, and his hyenas are roaring hatred and blasphemies. Meanwhile, about the mental patient’s deaths nobody says a word. There is no video, no doctors and paramedical personnel making any statement. It is the hypocrite silence of the crows.

Where were the doctors in their cases? Where were the cameras, microphones and security personnel? Where was Ubieta with his despicable version of their deaths?

Two months later Havana is in silence about their deaths. Two months later Havana is despising a Human Being as an “expendable dead”. Does it mean those people in Havana Psychiatric Hospital were “expendable lives” also?

Castro’s regime is use to blame and despise dissidents. For him, our citizens have a utilitarian value, and it is proportional to their aligning with the official policy of the regime. The others are completely expendables and out of his game.

The picture above this post shows some of the casualties happened in Havana Psychiatric Hospital and never has been published by Castro’s propaganda.

Are them expendable lives, Ubieta?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mojitos and Cuba Libre for Canadians.

Mojitos and Cuba Libre for Canadians

Canadians vacationing in Cuba are usually too busy sipping mojitos and frolicking in its beaches to consider last week's tragic death of the Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo. But it is a powerful reminder of the island's repressive system, and illustrates the Cuban government's continued and blatant disregard for human rights and civil liberties.

Orlando Zapata Tamayo, a 42-year-old carpenter and plumber, stopped eating Dec. 3 to protest the conditions of his detention, and died in a hospital in Havana last Tuesday. He is the first political prisoner to starve himself to death since 1972, when Pedro Luis Boitel, a student leader and poet, suffered the same fatal end.

For the Cuban dissident movement, there is going to be a 'before' and an 'after' in the murder of Orlando Zapata. But for Canadians, Cuba will continue being the sources of sun and vitamin K, a well inspired “mojito” and the golden color attached to their skin, the only witness of their travel to the prisoner island.

Cuba doesn’t count to Canadians. It is not a country, it is not a system, it doesn’t exist beyond the sunny beaches and their splendid resorts. Almost 1 million Canadians visited Cuba last year, how many of them really know the actual Cuba: a minority.

The same phenomenon happens with the newspaper and media in general: Cuba is completely erased from them. Even after Zapata’s death, reported by the entire planet, referenced by the farthest newspaper in the world in India, in Canada the news barely appeared in a few headlines of some newspapers.

And the worst scenario in Quebec, the Canadian province by excellence travelling to Cuba, with 730 thousands who traveled last year, two of the many websites who reported the death of the Cuban dissident almost repeated the same shameful arguments brought by one of the most reptilian propagandist of the regime: someone named Ubieta.

Lame in arguments and originality, those reports are the shame of the province whose preferred destiny to travel is Cuba. How could people travel to another place without at least get in touch of what is happening in that place? How many Canadians are shamefully politically not-oriented? How could you be so ignorant to unknown your social environment, not to be involve somehow and in some way to the out world?

But Canadians are. They go to Cuba, enjoy “mojitos” meanwhile their skin is being toasted by the harsh sunlight and return home: this big “oasis” named Canada to write racists and prejudiced reports about a man who died after 85 days in hunger strike, asking for a little piece of freedom in his homeland.

How hurt that Canada in our Cuban hearts !!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Crows over Cuba.

50 years of manipulation and propaganda had made Cuba the oasis for left-wingers who comes to our country and praise what in other latitudes they blamed and condemn. From Garcia Marquez to Nordimer, Nobel Prizes are raining over Cuba and without any flush in their faces and souls they are blathering with Cuba’s rulers in front of the victim’s body: Orlando Zapata Tamayo.Crows over Cuba

Days before Orlando Zapata’s death, Mrs Nordimer refused to acknowledge the letter a group of wives and families members of political prisoner send to her. It looks like the Nobel Prize her talent had deserved it is only the result of her ideological mind not the command of her racist heart: after all she probably writes for her white left-winger readers and not for her mixed homeland, South Africa.

About Gabriel Garcia Marquez everything has been said. Gabo is per se the caviar leftist we all know. Communism only exists in his mind when he visits his closest friend Castro. Meanwhile he is confined in his comfortable shell with millions and wine. Real Socialism is for the plebs, his books and the speeches with Castro.

More insulting and completely a shame, Lula da Silva, the flamboyant President of Brazil didn’t even talk in front of the media the same day when Zapata’s funeral was held in Cuba. His hypocrisy went as farther to raise his voice against US’ embargo to Cuba meanwhile he kept his mouth shut not to say at least a soft word of regret about Orlando Zapata’s death in front of Raul Castro.

A long list of celebrities, Nobel Prizes, western personalities and politicians are accomplices of that crime. They are accessories of Zapata’s death, and still today they are unable to raise their voice to express the simple gesture of condolence toward his mother Reina Maria.

Where was Sean Penn pursuing his name as a “journalist” for Vanity Fair with an exclusive interview with the old tyrant? Where is the Black Caucus of US Congress? Where was Lucius Walker and Pastors for Peace when Zapata was dying in Havana?

Why didn’t those people do any hunger strike to help Zapata’s claims? Where were them? On the surface of the moon?

For 50 years Cuba doesn’t have a voice in this world. Its voice has been kidnapped by Castro. And today his propaganda machinery is booming against a man who only fault was to raise his voice for a better Cuba. The crows pecking over Zapata’s death body have to shut f... off and pay respect at the honour and bravery of the simple man who became a National Hero by his convictions.

As our National Apostle Jose Marti said: Freedom lives of respect.