Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ortega-Lazo: A choreographed tribute to a choreographed shrine

According to western media around 4 thousands Cuban gathered along Havana Bay to pray tribute to the Virgin of Charity of Cobre (Virgen de La Caridad del Cobre), a catholic religious icon who has travel all along Cuba for the past 16 months in the first religious display permitted, since the 1950s, by a government that for too long considered the Catholic Church its ideological enemy.
Is it today?
Is this the Church who in 1998 in Santiago de Cuba, in front of thousands and in the voice of Archbishop Pedro Meurice, with the presence of the Pope John Paul II let’s not forget that, challenged the Castro’s clan presence in power and the communist ideology as the centre of Cuba’s society?
Let’s not forget what Monsignor Pedro Meurice said then:
"I introduce as well, an increasing number of Cubans who have confused the nation with a party, the nation with the historical process that we have experienced in recent decades and culture with and ideology. They are Cubans who reject all at once without discern. They feel uprooted rejecting what it is from here and overvalue the foreigner. Some consider this as one of the deepest causes of internal and external exile."
So, has been all of that vanished from Cuba society today?
Are there no more an ideology, “a group of people who reject all at once without discern”, a number of Cubans who have confused the nation with a party?
Then, why paramilitary hordes attack a group of pacific women who only hold a flower in their hands? Why dissidents are jail in punishment cells and beaten only for practicing what it is a recognised human right recognised by United Nations and subscribed by Cuba’s government?
Then, why right now Ivonne Malleza Galano had been transferred to a high security prison in Cuba?
Does Cardinal Ortega know those facts or he is acting a role in this satirical courtship with Cuba’s authorities?
With the presence of the “Vice President” Esteban Lazo and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in the Mass the show has its stakes high. The last name is the person who, in an event in his ministry, has declared to Cuba’s propaganda system agents they have to assault the social networks in order to vanish any clue of dissent with the party who had claimed the ownership of the nation.
Remember Monsignor Pedro Meurice’s words now?
What it is pretty sad is the presence in that choreographed show of Thomas Wenski, archbishop of Miami, the center of the nearly 2 million-strong Cuban exile community that fled the island after the 1959 coup that put Fidel Castro in power.
Wenksi said to reporters: "I've been able to come here today as a way of expressing the fact that the Cuban people wherever they are, are still one people".
Yes, Monsignor Wenski, we are still one people, even when Cuba’s authorities still don’t recognise that and hold discriminatory laws against us, do you remember that?
What it had happened yesterday was the first state-run cynical show to get ready for the big one coming next year: the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Cuba.
Twisting what I say in the post about North Korea: this is the rehearsal for another choreographed show... next year

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Kim Jong Il: a death choreographed

The picture could tell the whole story. On your left you can see the original picture that North Korea sent though the TV signals to the world. But... for some strange reasons (not too strange if you know what I mean), the North Korean authorities switched fast the image with a little touch of Adobe Photoshop to the one on the right.
OK, I admit it: not too fast to the sharp eye of The Telegraph to notice that, for some “not too strange” reasons, the group of 6 men on the left were “removed” with some virtual pixels of snow for some North Korean cyber-artist.
If the choreography went so far to remove such a silly details, what’s really going on in that strange country?
How far the authorities of North Korea had gone to sell a picture perfect about the mourning of a dictator who sank millions of people in hunger, meanwhile his generals, family members and himself were pretty well served?
Today, whatsoever, Cuba’s state media had ignored such a goofy detail and had rendered the so-expected tribute to a dictator who kept the North Korean on his hard grip.
Will be that the rehearsal for another choreographed death in the Caribbean soon?
Do you know to whom I am talking about, right?

Monday, December 19, 2011

North Korea and Cuba: The reinvention of the Matryoshkas

Someone could think there are not too many resemblances between the small Caribbean island and the secretive and mercurial regime in the Korean peninsula. But they would be wrong, for many reasons too.
Today the whole world was stunned by the news coming from North Korea: Kim Jong Il died... last Saturday. Meanwhile the western media tries to dig into the secretive death of one of the craziest regimes in the planet; Cuba just woke up with a little statement from the official Communist Party newspaper giving not a hint of what was going on through the minds, and thoughts, of the best friend of that Asian regime in the Western Hemisphere.
The point is: it is not good news for the Castro’s monarchy in this very moment.
Beyond all that, what it came to my mind was that little Russian nesting dolls named Matryoshkas. It is crazy, right?
Not too much. Just think how curious are those sets of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other. You lift one and you get the next one ready to play: maybe in a different color, a different shape or small detail in some place... but the same.
They are the same. Just let me dig a bit more in it, if you don't mind.
The Kim Jong saga’s regime had requested to all their citizens to call them “Dear Leader” and all of them had to wear a little button with his face on their shirts. 
Well, I remember when I was in Cuba, a few years ago, the Secretary of the Communist Youth in my last job sent a letter to Fidel Castro - in one of those moments when the organization of young communists has the “initiative" to write a letter of support for something - and he had to change its header “Commander in Chief” as the communists call Castro with “Dear Fidel”, or a one more appropriate "Dear Commander in Chief".
Pure coincidence? I don’t think so!!!
In both, North Korea and Cuba, the education system is more an indoctrination camp rather than a school system. Their citizens are subjects rather than regular people with civil and human rights. There aren’t any democratic elections, any freedom of opinion and expression, any freedom to hold their own opinions without any interference, and absolutely any freedom of peaceful assembly and association in both: Cuba and North Korea.
In both countries the change of power should be sought as a change of a name within a family dictatorship: Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and now Kim Il Un in North Korea; in Cuba: Fidel Castro, Raul Castro and many are speculating Mariela Castro Espin or some of the Castro’s family clan members could be the next person in charge after the historic figures in the island.
For sure, nobody knows. The truth whatsoever is both countries are more like those little wooden figurines in Russian tradition, where you pull one and you can see the other one underneath: with a slightly different name, some superficial differences but, in essence, the same.
So, here we have it. The reinvention of the Matryoshkas in North Korea could be the prelude of what could happen in Cuba very soon.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Petition To Jack Dorsey (founder and CEO of Twitter) and the Cuban-American Congresspersons



What follows it is a formal PETITION to Jack Dorsey and the Congresspersons US House of Representatives by a group of Cuban exiles, daily users of Twitter, in order to investigate the improper use of Twitter by the Cuban Government. I reproduce literally the English translation of the Petition.


To sign it, please click here => GO PETITION 


Dear Sir Jack Dorsey

Dear Sirs Cuban-American Congressmen

The undersigned, wish to draw attention of public opinion on an issue that we consider serious: IMPROPER USE OF SOCIAL NETWORKS, SPECIFICALLY THE TWITTER, by the Castro government.

We denounce the Cuban government, which severely restricted the use of Twitter to private citizens on the island, is introducing its own employees en masse in the same, with the avowed purpose of controlling (1), following instructions to do a very precise issued by the Communist Party of Cuba (2) in what have been called the #cyberwar, and that basically takes place in #Cuba hashtag 

We denounce these profiles exhibit suspicious behavior such as: use of a common avatar (3) to conduct media campaigns, same time input and output of the network, stubborn defense and seamless of the repressive policies of the Castro government, and tacit recognition of the existence of leadership and discipline among them (4), in summarizing the behavior of an organized gang, rather than random individuals. (5)

We denounce that within this group of profiles Castro highlights some real names, clearly identifiable as journalists, Communist Party officials, government officials, agents and spies uncovered Cuban security for themselves or members of the budgeted units "Youth Club" ( 6) especially designed for this purpose of agitation and propaganda apparatus and supervised by the Communist Party of Cuba in order to "tame the wild horse of the Internet" as once said Telecommunications Minister Ramiro Valdes Cuba.

Denounce the use of clearly fascist hashtags like #hoynosalen (7) and other campaigns of incitement to extreme physical violence, which occur when the Ladies in White and dissidents are demonstrating is occurring or an act of repudiation in Cuba, prompting in networks is what is happening there in the street.

For all this ..

We call on the Cuban-American congressmen to investigate whether due to the age of laws relating to the embargo against the dictatorship, created when there were still social networks such as we know, has created a legal vacuum, which is being exploited by tyranny and if these activities mentioned betray the spirit of those laws, by allowing a non-democratic government and included in the list of state sponsors of terrorism becomes an American company, a weapon and ram their propaganda and repression.

We also call on the Cuban-American congressmen to investigate

-If these Cuban officials used Twitter to impersonate the true will of the Cuban people, to justify the repression of peaceful dissent in Cuba, make apology in the same cheering and applauding the beatings, arrests and rallies of repudiation that suffers, and to lie, defame, slander and even a serious threat to life (8) and safety of those who oppose the military dictatorship of the Castro brothers.

-If these Cuban government officials encourage criminal acts in third countries, serving ay echo hassle considered terrorist groups such as ETA, the FARC and Hezbollah and undemocratic governments like Syria, Iran and Venezuela

-If these government officials use a social network Cuban American to defame this country, its form of government and its leaders, while encouraging rebellion in it, and propaganda to the 5 Cuban spies, convicted and confessed , prisoners in U.S. jails.

-If the current demonization of Cuban dissidents, but it is a score before the world public opinion, exploring and creating at the same time the ground for more harshly punish, if necessary, to those people.

Furthermore we asked the Twitter company based in American territory to investigate:

-If you are broadcasting mass messages from Cuba, not from private homes, but from government offices prepared for this purpose, which would be tested if they had all the same IP, and if this is a clear violation of the rules of use of a social network designed for and by individuals

If these state-Castro offices are responsible for the massive creation of clones and controls, accounts that make mass spamming of the regime media flooding the network with their slogans, verbal abuse and apology for the violation of basic human rights the island and constantly harassing other users.

-If these accounts are being manipulated by various people throughout the day, from different sites and if they are making improper use of tools such as Tweetdeck, Twitterfeed on, etc. to keep broadcasting 24 hours a day, as bots

-If these accounts are violating the rules of Twitter in terms of violence and threats: You may not post or send direct threats of violence or specific other. Illegal use: You may not use the Twitter service for any illegal purpose or promoting illegal activities. International users agree to comply with all local laws regarding online conduct and any acceptable content. Accounts in series (9): You may not create multiple accounts for purposes harmful or abusive. Bulk account creation will result in suspension of all accounts. or Spam (10): You may not use the Twitter service for the purpose of sending spam.sobre especially if updates are mostly links and not personal updates

To this we must add that the dissent uses the network because it is the only avenue available to citizens because the government in Cuba has a monopoly on the press so they would not be applicable to all measures depriving the island's IP network access, but just want to take measures with the Castro government officials who make a bad use of these new technologies

Therefore we urge both the owners of Twitter as the Cuban-American congressmen and other competent authorities to take notice of this matter and put an end to these abuses as soon as possible, using existing legal instruments or creating new ones if necessary given the seriousness of the facts

Attached to the blog created for this purpose the evidence we have gathered to justify our claims

We appreciate your cooperation



Note: Please visit the original PETITION's website to get the whole information. Here => GO PETITION !!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Freedom Fireworks for Cuba

These are the lights of the Freedom Fireworks threw as seen from Havana City, Cuba by the fleet of Cuban exiles to commemorate the International Day of the Human Rights and the flagrant violations by Castro's ancient regime.

This is the Beginning of the End to Castro's Era.

Cubans from outside and inside will be together soon without anymore barriers and discrimination!

Cuba will be to all Cubans... again !!!!




Note: Pictures taken by Orlando Luis Pardo from Havana and sent via Twitter through his account @OLPL
         Video taken from YOUTUBE Uploaded by user => elenavmolina on December 9, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cuba: Vespers of the International Day of Human Rights

I known, Vespers is the evening prayer service in the Western Catholic Church. According to the Wikipedia: “The word comes from the Greek ἑσπέρα and the Latin vesper, meaning "evening”. And about obscurity and secrecy, very attached to evening activities in autocracies as in religion, it is what I am going to talk.
Two days before December 9, Cuban authorities have begun to “get ready” for the International Day of Human Rights. From the island, dissident voices, independent journalists and some blogger are reporting a massive deployment of security forces around the already controlled houses of dissidents, and specially the group of women known as Ladies in White. Human Rights activists, independent journalists and dissidents as a whole have been advised by the political police (well known as G2 in Cuba) not to go out to the streets and celebrate the day.
This is how Cuba’s government accomplishes what they already had signed under Unite Nations headquarters: worthless scraps of paper, that’s what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights means for the old and the “new” Castro’s regime. Those are the reforms under Raul Castro.
Today, Twitter and all the social networks have been reporting detentions, movement of security forces around the homes of prominent dissidents like Sara Marta, kidnapped not too far by Cuban police and around the houses of the Ladies in White members.
At the same time, one of the women who participated in a protest in the Central Park in Havana last week (watch the video above) is still missing. Ivonne Malleza Galano has been kidnapped also by Raul Castro’s security forces. Her whereabouts are unknown and Cuban activists and dissidents are concern about her.
In the video, you could also watch how people shout to the police when they spread tear gases and violently detained the three women. This is how Cuba accomplishes its international compromises under United Nation and how Cubans live their everyday life.
Something you should not pass over it: the faces of fear of the men watching how the police are beating and spreading gases on the women.
It is amazing, but in Cuba women are stepping up in their resolution to bring down Castro’s walls of repression.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook CEO and creator.

Mr Mark Zuckerberg:
I am a Cuban programmer living in Toronto, Canada. I also am fluent in three languages: my native Spanish (because I am a Cuban born), English and French. Last year in an interview you gave to Wired Magazine you said, about your mission with facebook you said:
“For me and my colleagues, the most important thing is that we create an open information flow for people”
You also listed, in the same interview, your personal interests as "openness, making things that help people connect and share what's important to them, revolutions, information flow, and minimalism".
I guess you defined very well your own interests as well as mine. I’m glad you did in that way. As you see, we share a lot of personal similarities, at least in our personal life. Of course, I hadn’t achieved the huge professional success you had done though.
I am also a Human Rights activist through internet social networks like Twitter and, of course, Facebook. In both I have a similar account (@jmarloren in Twitter and the same nick in your brand Facebook) in which I spread my messages against tyrannies like Iran, North Korea and my own country, Cuba. I am also a furious oppositor to Hugo Chavez and his network of allies, who only are harvesting with opportunism and corruption the possibilities that Democracy had gave them in all those countries.
Last week, in Havana, Cuba, the regime headed by Fidel Castro’s brother, Raul Castro, had created a brand of your own Facebook. I guess even without your knowledge. Castro’s copycat facebook hasn’t been created to bring “an open information flow for people” as you said in the interview I already mentioned above.
 Cuban copycat Facebook even had been brought to light in a meeting with Cuban official bloggers, those who only spread Castro’s point of view and usually use your Facebook and Twitter to spread lies, offenses and to persecute all our independent voices in Cuba. They even didn’t dare to invite our small but very active group of independent bloggers in Cuba, among them the most prominent Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez.
And by the way, let me not forget this, it was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez, which shows not only who really is acting behind those names in Facebook, Twitter and internet, but also how political biases had influenced the very beginning of that “social network” internationally branded by yourself and now stolen by Castro's regime.
Some Cubans, like me, and many others have been trying to reach you throughout your Twitter account to advice about this topic I guess you should know. But also to let you know that the creation of that copycat Facebook in Cuba is only for Cuban agents: the only ones who have internet connection in Cuba, and their poisoned bias purposes.
Neither Cubans living abroad nor our own citizens in Cuba could open an account in that copycat Facebook. You can guess then who are the ones who are managing and supervising that “network” ( a network of fears?), and who are the ones who are opening accounts there.
The fact they tried to give, originally, the Cuban “social network” the same HTTP sub domain FACEBOOK branded by you showed that it is a violation of the international law, acknowledged by them when they changed as fast they noticed our tweets through Twitter to you, as the ones I sent you today and I quote here:
@ceoMarkZuck Mark Zuckerberg, did u know #Cuba government copycat your own brand #facebook ?
@ceoMarkZuck And you know #Cuba gov is using that copycat #facebook as an segregationist tool against Cubans, their own ppl?
@ceoMarkZuck You said in Wired Magazine: "The thing I really care about is the mission, making the world open." #Cuba #facebook
@ceoMarkZuck Well, #Cuba gov is making its own copycat #facebook to make Cuba more isolated from the world: a virtual apartheid
@ceoMarkZuck I hope I will hear your own opinion about that !!!
Originally they use this HTTP removed immediately:  facebook.ismm.edu.cu with is a flagrant violation of International Laws. Now, they had acknowledged this HTTP address for the faked Facebook: http://neko.uclv.edu.cu 
I hope I will hear you about this very sensible matter to us, and I truly believe to yourself too. After all, nobody wants to be related with tyrannies and tyrants.
Sincerely,

Juan Martin Lorenzo

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The "little sparrow" of Havana

Svetlana Alliluyeva Stalin was the only daughter of Joseph Stalin. Her life was spent in the shadow of the man who helped to forge Soviet communism, led the nation to victory in World War II, and was held responsible for killing more people than Hitler.
Much-married, restless, quarrelsome and elusive, she was Stalin's "Little Sparrow" and wrote of his somber temperament, defected to the US, returned to the U.S.S.R., and finally came back to rural Wisconsin where she died alone this Nov. 22 of colon cancer.
Probably her last words were, to a local newspaper in US: "I will always be a political prisoner of my father's name”
And she was.
How much of this “little sparrow” can we find in the little Benjamin(a) in Cuba?
Left alone without the protective umbrella of his father and uncle in Cuba, how would be the life and adventures of Mariela Castro Espin who is holding a seat in some obscure Cuban institution because her last name?
When she won’t have the privileges and the commodities of her last names attached, would she become stranded, confused, lost in her memories and hatred?
Would she refuse to use her father and uncle’s last name and became probably her husband or someone else?
Would she write any memoir condemning her and Cuba’s past under her famous relatives?
Who knows?
What we know, certainly, it is she will be a “political prisoner of” his father and uncle’s name because she is part of their sombre history over Cuba.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Italy: a refuge to Castro’s family?

It is not the first time we see Alex Castro in Italy sharing hands with local artists. Of course, Italy is very close to Fidel and Raul Castro, don’t forget Mariela Castro Espin has a flamboyant husband who is Italian (Paolo Titolo, look at the front picture of this post) who is, by the way, not surprisingly... a photographer. What a coincidence!!!
Alex Castro is... a photographer!!! ... for the Cuban Ballet in some Cuban official websites, in others he is under the payroll list of the ICRT (Cuban Television Institute – belonging to Cuba’s government). As a matter of fact, it is not important to which staff Castro’s breed belongs, the important here is to check how the Castro’s clan is behaving in Cuba, controlling every single aspect of Cuba, moving around, getting into positions of privilege and sparing a very nice time under the “tag” of “representing Cuba around the world.
Of course, they are not paying their trip to Holland or Italy with their own money. Here, you can check how Alex Castro has been visiting Italy sponsored by Italians artists, and I guess with the “salaries” his father is giving to him in Cuba:


As you can see, the propaganda about the old exhibition of photography by Alex Castro is sponsored by the Embassy of Cuba in Italy. I also believe that Castro Espin’s husband is helping a lot throughout all this “diplomatic” relationships between Italy and Cuba. And here it is a post in one of those newspapers in Italy referencing Alex Castro Soto del Valle in his way through it => Gazzetta di Parma.
The question arisen is: how much money this Benjamin is getting from his business in Italy?
Ah, that one was the last exhibition of Alex, the new one if here, look at it:


It is a brand new “exhibition” of a non-self-made man whose family usually calls real self-made Cubans “parasites”. Remember, Mariela?
It is obvious: you first get a liar rather than a lame.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Recycling Cuba in Venezuela

Now that the gold is reaching Venezuela it is important to remember then who are in charge in that country. Journalists, opposition leaders and Venezuelans have been pointing out the increasing tendency to hand down to Cuban officials settled in Miraflores and other Venezuelan governmental dependencies what Chavez swore when He got in power: get in charge of Venezuela.
What it is more really significant it who are the Cubans officials, or former Cuban officials in charge of Venezuela. Most important: what is their role in Chavez’s government?
Well. I didn’t make a mistake when I said “former”. It looks like Fidel Castro and his successor in the throne, the second brother – he always had came as a second – Raul Castro are recycling old former high-ranked Cuban officials in Venezuela’s government... as consultants.
Again, you have to question the consultant category when you see, for instant, Barbara Castillo, the former Minister of Domestic Trade in Cuba (or Interior Trade as remember here, in this website => Cuba’s Government) working close to Chavez, demanding rather than suggesting what to import or to do in Venezuela, as you can see in this documents I found in internet => Freedom in Venezuela    
It is a big naivety to suggest Barbara Castillo Cuesta is just a simple consultant in Chavez’s government. And by the way, Castillo Cuesta was exonerated to continue as the Minister of Domestic Trade, according to GRANMA (the official newspaper of Cuba’s Communist Party), and I quote as it had been written in this Cuban website=> Cuba A la Mano:
Diario Granma informa que a propuesta del Buró Politico del Comité Central del Partido, el Consejo de Estado acordó liberar del cargo de ministra de Comercio Interior a Bárbara Castillo Cuesta, quien actualmente cumple “una importante tarea internacionalista asignada por el Consejo de Estado”.
Translated:
GRANMA informs that by a suggestion made it by the Politburo of the Central Comitte of Cuba’s Communist Party, the Council of State agreed to exonerate of his duty as Minister or Domestic Trade to Barbara Castillo Cuesta, who nowadays is carrying out “an important international task appointed by the Council of State”.
Everybody knows who was in charge at that time => Fidel Castro, and even behind closed doors today. Cuba never changes.
The question is, who is really in charge in Venezuela? Is Chavez accomplishing what he swore under law when he took power in front of millions of Venezuelans that he is ruling Venezuela to their own Venezuelans?
How many other “consultants” are giving away orders to Venezuelans Ministers and officials?
And by the way, Barbara Castillo Cuesta never accomplished anything in Cuba, what is she going to accomplish in Venezuela?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Like a Farm

I read “Animal Farm” in 2008, here in Canada, when I was trying to find “1984” - another work of George Orwell. I knew Orwell novels long time ago, just as references and never as a book I could touch with my fingers, and enjoy even the squeaky sound of their pages as they went through them when you read.
Suddenly, I understood why Orwell and his works were banned in Cuba.
“Animal Farm” addresses not only the corruption of the so-called “revolution” by its leaders but also how wickedness, indifference, ignorance, greed and myopia destroy any possibility of a Utopia=Cuba. Orwell’s novel shows how potential ignorance and indifference to problems within a social process identified as “revolution” could allow horrors to happen, if a smooth transition to a people's government is not achieved.
And that it’s Cuba.
Fidel Castro was raised to power in 1959 and one by one dismantled all the traces of democracy-to-be that possible could be arose by any potential opponent group within the movement he headed to power. Opposition leaders were accused to betrayed the revolution, thousands of opponents to Castro ended their lives in the fire squads without appeal in court, the middle and high class, business owners, intellectuals, artists and hundreds of thousands people escaped from what not too long was a promess to Democracy.
The country was drowned in an era of censorship, repression to any sign of dissidence to any other word or thought but those throw it, loudly and in endless public speeches, by Castro.
Someone had said: look back in every man background and you will find the source of his future behaviour. Fidel Castro’s father was a landowner of a big farm in the eastern province of Cuba, Oriente The farm was named “Biran”. And Angel Castro behaved like any landowner at that time: a tougher and stingy man who never knew the word “NO”.
From him, Fidel Castro inherited his pettiness, the arrogance in his persona that never had allowed others to point their fingers on him, and the haughtiness we all known nowadays. He studied in Jesuit colleges where frugality and severity were the most important virtues. Because of that frugality in his younger age, I truly believe Fidel Castro developed his self-centered persona.
“Biran” then was too small, too meaningless to him. He didn’t want to be a landowner of a small farm in a far province from the capital of Cuba. He wants to be, of course, a landowner, but instead of his father’s farm he wants Cuba.
Since 1959, Fidel Castro had held the Caribbean island like his father held his farm. He wrote the laws and made the tools to control the country. He creates, one by one, the Commandments to keep order and ensure his elementary leadership... within Animal Farm=Cuba.
Remember “Animal Farm” in Orwell?
It is a fable we cannot forget. These are the seven original commandments written by Orwell in that work:
1.    Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
2.    Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
3.    No animal shall wear clothes.
4.    No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5.    No animal shall drink alcohol.
6.    No animal shall kill any other animal.
7.    All animals are equal.

What it is very interesting is how in Orwell’s novel, and in Fidel Castro’s Cuba, the commandments were changed with a very clever twist.
Corrupted by their absolute power they hold over the farm, Napoleon=Fidel Castro put additions to some commandments to benefit THE PIGS=Castro’s clan while keeping them free of accusations of law-breaking. Here are the new rules written:
1.    No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.
2.    No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.
3.    No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.

Eventually the laws are replaced with "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others"
Isn’t sound familiar to you?
Castro has been managing Cuba as Napoleon handled the animal in Orwell’s story. Laws, partisanships, repression, vigilance, corruption and absolute power held in one hand. He wasn’t the landowner Angel Castro was in “Biran”, but in Cuba. It is as plain as that.
That’s why “1984” and especially “Animal Farm” is banned from Cuba’s educational and book publishing system.
Any coincidence and similarity between them are not strictly casual, you can bet.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The thin line between objectivity and detachment in the western media anchored in Cuba.

February 27 2011, BBC published in its website the following report about the crackdown of Cuba Ladies in White march in Havana:
“Supporters of Cuba's communist government have confronted the opposition Ladies in White group as its members tried to march in Havana.”
That is the lead under the headline BBC reported from Havana and was published in its website, as you can read in this link => Cuba 'Ladies in White' protest blocked.

It is actually interesting how the western media had diminished throughout all these years the reports and statements made by the opposition in Cuba. Words like “alleged” or “the opposition say” are shielding the timid and pale reports of western reporters in Havana.
In the same report, for instance, BBC added a very clever paragraph which is the picture-perfect as how CNN, BBC and others hook their news about Cuba avoiding their own reporter involvement:
“The communist authorities say such demonstrations are spontaneous reactions by ordinary Cubans, but the opposition say they are orchestrated by the government.”
They don’t want to dig their hands in murky waters as you can tell. But here it’s the thing. From the same acts of repudiation reported by BBC as act of confrontation between “supporters” of Cuba’s government and the opposition, in this case the Ladies in White, the BBC’s reporter could find easily who is the actor in that drama who is, without any doubt, lying... if that BBC’s reporter is interested to be truthful and objective.
The picture in this post shows Mirta Cuervo, a very regular “volunteer” – it is the way Cuba’s officials use to tell those who are involved in those acts of repudiation – in many of thos confrontational acts that BBC had reported from Havana.
The personal address of Mirta Cuervo is: Street 28 Number 168, Vedado. Her phone number is: 833 7644. Besides, Mirta Cuervo’s husband, Amador del Valle Portilla, is the former Vice-Minister of Transportation in Cuba.  Both live far away from where the so-called confrontation reported by BBC happened. But the pictures are there and everywhere in internet, Twitter and all the social networks.
Could BBC tell they didn't know when a big name as Amador del Valle was involved in it?
It is pretty illustrative how BBC, CNN and others don’t care a thing to really dig into the actual Cuba. The facts were there, waiting for them to reveal what the opposition in Cuba had said over and over to all these years to these news channels.
I guess more that objectivity, it is actually cold bloody detachment.

Note: The picture and data were taken from Cuba RepresorID blog. I guess BBC and CNN have to check it out frequently.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What CNN and BBC never report about Cuba !!!

This is the kind of picture you won’t ever find as a headline in CNN or BBC, even when those big giants sources of news have reporters in Havana. And it is happening today.
Placetas is a little town in the very center of Cuba, a town where independent journalist Donaida Perez was arrested today by members of Cuban police. With her was also arrested Yris Perez Aguilera, the wife of one of the most prominent dissident in that town: Luis Garcia Perez “Antunez”.
Events like this happen every day in Cuba. Dissident violently arrested. Governmental hordes surrounding opposition leaders’ houses and threatening their families, included children, women and older family members.
But the reporters of those western media are not move to report, even to send a short sentence to their headquarters.
Today, Yris Perez Aguilera had to go to her doctor appointment, and Donaida was there in her house, surrounded since yesterday by Cuban security forces. They were threatening to arrest them if they dare to get out Perez Aguilera’s house, knowing she have to go to check a cyst on her head caused by a beating under Cuban police’s hands.
Isn’t it sound familiar to how the Nazis persecuted the Jews in Germany in the 40’s?
But the CNN reporter doesn’t dare to waste his time to travel beyond Havana’s premises. Sorry, maybe he just gets a picturesque raid to take some pictures in Varadero and get a nice sunbath on its golden sands.
Today, BBC and CNN are not sending any headline about this. I guess, that is not news to western media or they are just accessories in the same crime together with the Castro’s clan.
You bet!!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mariela Castro Espin touring Amsterdam

"Just one choice, only one" - sounds off Mariela Castro
A smiling face for the old Cuban regime?

A facelift and a young piece of fresh air to what it is the oldest dictatorship in the planet?

Mariela Castro Espin is nowadays the "first daughter" in the ancient regime in Havana, and maybe ... something else?

Could be. What everybody knows, at least in the democratic world of internet, is her rocky start in Twitter.Used to be in charge of that role ("first daughter" in a country where only one voice counts), Marielita sounded off from the very beginning. After received an outstandingly "welcoming" from the exile Cuban community in the social network, and a very suggestive tweet from Yoani Sanchez through Twitter, our "first daughter" went through what it is the only thing  accomplished within Cuban officials campus: insults and old crappy propaganda.

To know what we can expect of those specimens you only need to read one tweet, and here there is what  the well trained "first daughter" came out:

@CastroEspinM Despicable parasites: did you receive the order from your employers to respond to me in unison and with the same predetermined script? Be creative.
By the way, did you notice she twisted her nickname in Twitter putting her first prominent last name first instead of her name?

Is it to claim attention to her blue blood heritage directly from his uncle and father?

It is an eye-opener to those in the worldwide media what happened then, but it is not a surprise for Cubans. Castro Espin, as she prefers being called herself, is only made through the establishment because her blue collar name. Very different from Yoani Sanchez who is a self-made woman by her own merits and her own talent.

Here we are talking with different personalities. One is that "first daughter" who is travelling the world only as the pretty face tourist of an old regime, walking the Amsterdam's famous red-light district. Back in Cuba she doesn't even dare to share the same experience, and the words are different... of course.

It is different to give a welcoming smile to prostitutes in the well educated Europe, back in Cuba the welcoming to prostitutes (called jineteras) is in the police's stations, with harassment and days in jail if they don't tip their captors.

Beyond all that what it is left is the actual face of this "first daughter", not so far from what we know in others similar "revolutionary" monarchical systems in Libia or South Korea. Sons and daughters only grow from the ashes of their own father, and never beyond how they behave and beleive.

It sounds cliche but it is always true, as we saw here. It remember me what Aleksander Kwasnievski said:

Every man is responsible only for his own acts. The sons do not inherit the sins of the fathers. But can we say: that was long ago, they were different?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Los humanos derechos de los hijos de dictadores

“Los mitos no acuden a la complicidad de nuestra razón, sino a la de nuestros instintos” – André Malraux.
No importa el lugar, espacio, tiempo, las dictaduras comparten los mismos síntomas ideológicos, el mismo carácter de represión a todos los derechos de pensar, opinar y vivir una vida independiente del aparato represor, del autócrata de turno, del individuo devenido divinidad, mito intocable, figura omnipresente en la sociedad paralizada.
En estas sociedades asfixiadas, donde el hombre se mueve como hormiga arrastrando su vida como ese pequeño insecto arrastra un peso 10 veces superior a su verdadera estatura, haciéndole olvidar de paso sus derechos esenciales a la existencia, a la vida personal, puntualmente individualizada, en estas sociedades, repito, el único ciudadano elevado a la categoría humana suelen ser el propio dictador, su entorno de familia, el enjambre de pequeñas figuras oficiales que le tejen su red de poder, lo hacen vivir con estatura de gobierno. Ellos viven la vida que las hormigas no tienen.
Y es así como que ese ciudadano común devenido vocero automático, cabeza "pensante" - simple repetidor -, voz permitida y permisible , sin ningún otro talento personal que su interna o externa conexión con el poder, deviene una categoría diferente, con diferenciado grado de movilidad, relativa independencia y humana libertad, deviene la casta que goza de todos y cada unos de los derechos del enjambre de hormigas que es la sociedad estratificada, por debajo de él.
Y entonces nos aparece este tipo de turista político, que un día se pasea en una carroza del carnaval brasileño, sin ser mediáticamente hermoso, pero divinizado por el aura de su apellido, y su indistinguible “fidelidad” carnal a su familia autócrata. ¿Se acuerdan de Aleida Guevara?
O, tal vez, logran reclamar un papel relativamente moderno, de místico defensor de supuestas minorías como lo es el caso de Mariela Castro. Por supuesto, siempre y cuando esas minorías no se conviertan en herejes políticos y condenen al tío, padre, hermano, sobrino sentado en el trono omnipotente del poder.

El diálogo, sin embargo, es solo un monólogo escuchado en el mundo alejado a la isla, fuera del alcance del común ciudadano. Lejos, muy lejos de los que arrastran la carga de la vida para que seres como estos sirvan su té humanista en occidentales charlas, en alguna lejana Alemania, en la pintoresca Holanda, en la entretenida Europa y la culta sociedad de escuchadores de izquierda, que todo lo aplauden.
Para esos, los derechos del hombre se limitan a su libertad personal, a sus posibilidades puntuales en un país que solo reconoce fidelidades a prueba de sangre, filial se entiende. Son estos hijos de papa, que hablan de libertad de opinión, libertad de criterios, libertades de viajar y hacer un tour en Italia con su esposo extranjero - como el caso de la señora Mariela Castro -, o convertirse en experto beisbolero si se es hijo del hombre que es dueño del team nacional de pelota, como en el caso de Antonio Castro.
Por supuesto, aquí no importan la experiencia y el conocimiento en materia de beisbol. No interesa que no sean diplomáticos de escuela, que solo defiendan el sector homosexual alineadito a la política oficial del gobierno. Por supuesto, no van a defender los derechos gays de Reinaldo Arenas, figura anticastrista por esencia, o de alguna figura que no les reconozca su humano derecho a vivir por encima de otros. Esos, no cuentan, son derechos que no pueden pertenecer a la izquierda.
Estos hijos del poder autócrata defienden sus hermosas casas, su viajes pagados por el gobierno dictatorial, sus hoteles en Jamaica, en campos de golf de turísticos resortes caribeños, las profesionales charlas por Alemania, Europa occidental, o la bolivariana Venezuela donde defienden, a ultranza, el cierre de periódicos independientes, de la oposición, para crear esa libertad finita acotada por los vínculos de sangre que existe en Cuba.
Esos son los humanos derechos que hoy, y ayer, han defendido los hijos y parientes de cualquier dictadura en nuestro planeta tierra. Son iguales, y distintos, quizás porque en el oriente medio, en Libia, viajan y estudian en Londres, o porque les permiten algunos lujos occidentales en Corea del Norte, donde incluso pueden acceder a Twitter, y decir una que otra palabra no “elegante” contra sus padres enraizados hasta la muerte en el trono del poder.
Pero son iguales cuando hablan de los derechos de sí mismos, y por supuestos ignoran el de los demás. Cuando hablan de derechos se refieren a los suyos, no a los de las hormigas trabajadoras que circulan por las calles de un país que ellos no recorren. 

Hablan de los derechos de sus iguales a la altura de su mismo poder, de esos que circulando en sus refrigerados autos por las calles miran desde lejos a los que arrastran su vida a duras penas. Estos que viajan por otras calles, se visten con otras prendas, usan otros peinados y perfumes, no requieren supervisión y pagos de aeropuertos para otros, ni permisos especiales de aduana o largos minutos de esperas en oficinas de emigración para otros, ni documentos que avalen su viaje, o su salida y entrada.
Esos son los otros, los inexistentes. Las hormigas que no necesitan de humanos derechos.
Por supuesto, nada pagan. Un dedo divino salda cuentas y regalos, gastos todos de un turismo político de paseos y charlas. Ignoran limitaciones alimenticias, "bloqueos" de los que complementan sus occidentales charlas y quejas. Viven la aventura del mito que hablaba Malraux, ese que apela a los instintos y no a la razón. A sus instintos de su propia raza levantada sobre las espaldas de otros. A la defensa a ultranza de su “humano” derecho a sobrevivir por encima de la sobrevida de los otros, de ese torrente de pequeñas criaturas que nunca lograrán comprender, ni representar, y que aplastan con gestos y palabras.
Para ellos, para su poder mediático y su palabra divina, la hormiga ese animalito fastidioso pero tremendamente necesario… para pagar sus costosos lujos de libertad limitada. Y así se deben interpretar, sin esperar mucho de ellos, sin siquiera la pequeña esperanza de la humanidad perdida, posible de recuperarse en algún mejor futuro. Sin siquiera hacerles mucho caso a lo que dicen, mas allá de registrar su culpa y recordar, nunca olvidar sus palabras en el posible futuro.
Estos seres son miserables en su rastrera existencia. No viven su propia vida, alargan la de los que le prestaron sus libertades por filiación sanguínea, y tratan de disfrutarla, en toda la extensión de su fisiología, hasta crear del mito sagrado la leyenda necesaria para su subsistencia.
Como decía el escritor francés, acuden a la complicidad de los instintos, no de la razón. Son simples parásitos. Insectos desechables en el tracto intestinal de una sociedad enferma.
O en muy buen cubano… Mierda !!!!