Saturday, July 23, 2016
"Cuban dissident Guillermo "Coco" Farinas Hernandez, declared hunger strike and thirst, demanding the dictator Raul Castro cessation of beatings of nonviolent opposition in Cuba, Coco in 2010, staged a hunger strike that almost did away with his life. For this protest they were released political prisoners of the Group of 75 of the Black Spring of Cuba and the European Parliament awarded him the Sakharov Andrei Prize for Freedom of Conscience."
"El disidente cubano Guillermo "Coco" Farinas Hernández, se declaró en huelga de Hambre y sed, exigiendo al dictador Raúl Castro el cese de las golpizas a los opositores noviolentos en Cuba, Coco en el año 2010, protagonizó una gran huelga de hambre que casi da al traste con su vida. Por esta protesta fueron liberados los prisioneros políticos del Grupo de los 75 de la Primavera Negra de Cuba y el Parlamento Europeo lo galardonó con el Premio Andrei Sakharov a la Libertad de Conciencia."
Where are Chanel, Vin Diesel, The Kardasians, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Usher, Ludicris, Conan O'Brien, Paris Hilton, Naomi Campbell, Questlove, Carmelo Anthony, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, Kevin Costner, Robert Redford, Danny Glover, and Harry Belafonte?
NOWHERE of course, because when it comes down to beatings, hunger strikes, and lack of FREEDOM, it's NOT COOL enough for them!
Thursday, July 21, 2016
While reading this article concerning Venezuelans crying at the sight of food, it brought back a vivid memory of a similiar experience! Back in the early 1980's, my father had a family member visit us from Cuba(never knew the exact details to why?). This family member apparently was with the so called revolution , I could feel the anxiety within my family with the anticipation of his visit. Well, we pick him up at the airport and we stop by a grocery store and we all go in all together, I suddenly notice this family member from Cuba SCREAMING at the top of their lungs RUNNING up and down the aisles saying:
"I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MUCH FOOD IN MY LIFE, EVERYTHING FIDEL HAS SAID IS A LIE"
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
As a proud American, we celebrated 4th of July with a barbeque with family members to give thanks to this GREAT country and for the FREEDOM that we have!
During the cookout, a family member(rarely talks about this) starting recounting the days that he was a political prisoner in Cuba, and the atrocities committed against them by the Cuban dictatorship. The sad thing is 57 years later, the world is clueless about all the atrocities that have happened in Cuba and to Cuban families.
Hey wait a minute.......I thought the normalization circus, the filming of the Fast and Furious, all the Hollywood elite visiting Cuba would automatically prosper Cuba and Cubans?
Well..... it's not the crazy Cuban exiles saying this, it's the Cuban dictatorship saying this:
During the economic turmoil of the early 1990s, power cuts in Havana were so routine that residents called the few hours of daily electricity “lightouts.”
Now, grim economic forecasts; the crisis in its patron, Venezuela; and government warnings to save energy have stoked fears among Cubans of a return to the days when they used oil lamps to light their living rooms and walked or bicycled miles to work because there was no gasoline.
Addressing members of Parliament last week, Cuba’s economy minister, Marino Murillo, said the country would have to cut fuel consumption by nearly a third during the second half of the year and reduce state investments and imports. His comments, to a closed session, were published on Saturday by the state news media.
Cuba’s economy grew by just 1 percent in the first half of the year, compared with 4 percent last year, as export income and fuel supply to the island dropped, said Mr. Murillo.
“This has placed us in a tense economic situation,” he said.
Weak oil and nickel prices and a poor sugar harvest have contributed to Cuba’s woes, officials said. Venezuela’s economic agony has led many Cubans to wonder how much longer their oil-rich ally will continue to supply the island with crucial oil — especially if the government of President Nicolás Maduro falls.
Those fears grew last week after Mr. Murillo warned of blackouts and state workers were asked to cut their hours and sharply reduce energy use.
“We all know that it’s Venezuelan oil that keeps the lights on,” said Regina Coyula, a blogger who worked for several years for Cuban state security. “People are convinced that if Maduro falls, there will be blackouts here.”
President Raúl Castro of Cuba acknowledged those fears on Friday but said they were unfounded.
“There is speculation and rumors of an imminent collapse of our economy and a return to the acute phase of the ‘special period,’” Mr. Castro said in speech to Parliament, referring to the 1990s, when Cuba lost billions of dollars’ worth of Soviet subsidies.
“We don’t deny that there may be ill effects,” he added, “but we are in better conditions than we were then to face them.”
Mark Entwistle, a business consultant who was Canada’s ambassador to Cuba during the special period, said that despite its dependency on Venezuelan fuel, the island’s economy is now more sophisticated and diversified than it was before the Soviet collapse.
Besides, he said, Cuba has “this phenomenal social and political capacity to absorb critical changes.”
Still, some are perturbed at the prospect of power cuts. None of the Havana residents interviewed over the weekend had experienced power failures in their neighborhoods.
In an unusually blunt speech to journalists this month, Karina Marrón González, a deputy director of Granma, the official Communist Party newspaper in Cuba, warned of the risk of protests like those of August 1994, when hundreds of angry Cubans took to the streets of Havana for several hours.
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