Monday, February 16, 2015

Historic??? "Conan Storms Cuba Ahead Of Late-Night Competitors"

Sound the trumphets..........drum roll please.......The media and the late night show business is all abuzz about Conan O’Brien's show being filmed in Cuba.

Historic?? according to whom?

 This doesn't mean anything to the average Cuban in Cuba or the millions of Cubans in exile.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Fallon may have taken NBC’s Tonight Show to Phoenix and Los Angeles – but Conan’s in Cuba

The episode is intended to give O’Brien’s audience a rare glimpse into Cuban daily life, said show representatives in confirming the report to Deadline.
O’Brien’s show is known for its road trips, having previously filmed in Ireland, Finland, and Toronto as well as New York, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. His remotes are a signature thing, including last week when O’Brien and Steven Yuen visited a Korean spa, and that Lyft ride Conan took through Hollywood with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart that went viral late last year.
In December, President Obama announced he would normalize relations with Cuba, despite continued criticism from hardliners particularly in South Florida’s fiercely conservative Cuban expat community.
Scott Pelley also made news that day when he anchored the CBS Evening News from Cuba, detailing for viewers the new rules loosening trade and travel restrictions that are part of the normalization push after a half-century of isolation and sanctions against the communist country. Conservatives also complained that Obama excessively used his presidential executive authority to achieve a policy goal without involving Congress.
NBC’s Brian Williams and ABC’s David Muir followed Pelley to Cuba the next month. And now, Conan’s making late-night history.
Conan’s been talking about traveling to Cuba for a couple of months. He waited until now to go film the episode because his show does not do a live episode on President’s Day, giving him the needed travel time for the trip.

Top 10 list of what to buy when traveling to Cuba!!!!

The Conan O' Brien staff can take some pointers on what to buy while in Cuba:

1) El cafe Cubano suggest to barter on this first item. The American public and media are fascinated with all the 1950's car roaming all over the Island. To take advantage of this time warp cozy feeling, El Cafe Cubano suggest that you trade for one of those CLASSIC CARS in exchange for a  BOAT(make sure their is enough gas in the tank to make it to Miami). This will be a big hit for local Cubans! The US and Cuban government will get a big Kick out it. This is key for better US-Cuba relations.

2) Leave your CELL PHONE home and BUY ONE in Cuba!!! Use the local hotspots for WIFI and connect to those back home!!!!! Snapchat and twitter away dude...

3) Buy t-shirts(El Cafe Cubano has set up a t-shirt store in anticipation) at the El Cafe Cubano trade relation store. Make sure you buy one of these and wear all around Cuba and with pride:

"Mi cago en fidel"

"Mi cago en la revolucion"

"Gusanos Rule"

"Calle Ocho Rules"

"Soy un comemierda tourista"

"Luis Posada Rules"


Make sure you take a picture with your t-shirt at the Plaza of the Revolution in Cuba and post it to Facebook!!!!

4) Ask the concierge at the hotel your staying and ask him where Versailles is located , where you can go to drink Cuban coffee, and where you can eat pastelitos!!!

5) If you acquire one of those classic 1950's cars, you need to stock up at your local Cuba Auto supply store for spare parts!!!!!!

6) Guys buy a Mankini(nutcracker bathing suit) and wear it on the beach at Varadero! You will will be a BIG hit with all the local Cuban women, no matter the beer belly(JUST HAVE CASH!!!)

7) This is for you ladies......Dress all in WHITE(You can buys this at The El Cafe Cubano store also) and hang out with the Ladies in White while they do their weekly walk a long to church. Make sure you wave and yell real loud at the security.

8) A MUST..........purchase a handgun while in Havana!!!

9) Instead of eating out, save money go to the local store and stock up on meat, diet coke, water bottles, snacks and chips!!!!

10) Forget about the $100 rule(El Cafe Cubano has inside information).....go ahead and stock up on Cigars and rum, as much as you can, just slip the customs guy a $100, then wink, and you should be fine brother!!!!!

I hope this helps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Arresto con violencia de mi hijo, Daril Ferret

En la tarde de ayer efectivos de la policía en Pinar del Río arrestaron con violencia a mi hijo mayor, Daril Ferret, el mismo que la Oficina de Intereses en La Habana le negó la visa de entrada a EEUU, invitado a participar en un evento organizado, entre otras instituciones, por autoridades del Condado de Miami. Negativa de visa en medio de un contexto donde le brindan el beneplácito de entrar a territorio de EEUU a infinidad de funcionarios y familiares de la cúpula de la dictadura asesina de los Castro. Sobra señalar el por que de la represalia policial contra mi hijo. No obstante, somos de los que no pedimos clemencia ni a unos ni a otros. Nuestra frente la mantenemos siempre en alto al costo que sea.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


La Habana, Cuba -- Miami, EEUU -- San Juan,Puerto Rico
Después de sendos encuentros en la ciudad de Miami, con miembros de la comunidad de cubanos allí radicados y con Cubanos Unidos de Puerto Rico, representantes de la oposición en la isla y en el exilio, convocamos oficialmente a trabajar para realizar una Cumbre Paralela el próximo mes de abril a propósito de la VII Cumbre de las Américas a realizarse en Panamá.
Invitamos a todos los cubanos a trabajar mancomunadamente para que la voz de la sociedad cubana, comprometida con las libertades fundamentales y el bienestar de nuestros compatriotas, esté presente en este cónclave hemisférico.
YO SOY CUBAes el lema con el que acudiremos a esta importante cita de las Américas.
Una Cumbre Paralela se celebrará también en La Habana de forma simultánea.
Esperamos la participación de todos los cubanos
Nota: en las redes sociales utilizaremos el hashtag#YoSoyCuba
Miami, Florida. 10 de febrero de 2015

Monday, February 09, 2015

"Netflix brings its streaming video service to Cuba"

Netflix in Cuba? According to "Freedom House  puts Cuba's Internet availability at just 5 percent of the population"
So the communist dictatorship elite will only have access to Netflix, and AGAIN the Cuban people get screwed.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix began selling its Internet video service in Cuba Monday in what appears to be a largely symbolic move driven by the recent loosening of U.S. restrictions on doing business with the communist-run island.
The expansion probably will generate more publicity for Netflix Inc. than new subscribers because only a small fraction of people living in or visiting Cuba have the high-speed Internet access needed to stream movies and TV shows.
The audience with fast enough Internet service to get Netflix consists primarily of international executives, foreign media workers and high-ranking government officials. Many more Cubans have access to relatively fast internet connections if they work for state businesses authorized to have the service, but their online activities are monitored. Streaming videos at work is among the activities that could trigger disciplinary action
Most Cuban incomes are meager, too, making Netflix's $8-per-month service an unaffordable luxury for most of the island's 11 million residents. A ban on making U.S. payments also remains in effect, requiring anyone in Cuba who wants to subscribe to Netflix to set up an international payment method.
Credit card use by Cubans is virtually unknown, though both MasterCard and American Express recently announced plans to begin processing payments by their U.S. card holders while visiting the island.
Despite those obstacles, Netflix evidently wants to establish a toehold on Cuba now with the hope that Internet service will improve, household incomes will rise and diplomatic relations with the U.S. will continue to thaw. Moving into Cuba isn't likely to cost Netflix a significant amount, given that the Los Gatos, California, company already has been programming for Spanish-speaking audiences since expanding into dozens of Latin America countries in 2011.
Netflix now has more than 5 million subscribers in Latin America, accounting for nearly 10 percent of its 57 million customers worldwide. About 39 million of those subscribers are in the U.S, but Netflix is now experiencing its fastest growth internationally.
Things have been going so well internationally that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings plans to complete the company's expansion outside the U.S. by the end of next year. By then, Netflix expects to be streaming in 200 countries, including China, if the company can get the necessary approvals.
Investors apparently don't view Cuba as a particularly promising market for Netflix. The company's stock dipped 85 cents to $443.51 in afternoon trading Monday.
Only about 27 percent of Cuba's population currently has access to the Internet, according to Internet Live Stats, which uses information from the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations and the World Bank to estimate the world's Internet users. Another estimate by the group Freedom House puts Cuba's Internet availability at just 5 percent of the population.
Much of Cuba's Web surfing occurs in hotels or government internet centers with connections too slow to stream videos. That kind of access typically costs $4.50 per hour or about a quarter of the normal monthly wage. Most Cubans currently use the Internet time to email friends and relatives abroad.
Hundreds of thousands of Cubans entertain themselves by sampling a wide range of U.S., Spanish and Latin American films and television series copied onto DVDs and USB memory drives. The pirated content makes it possible to watch an entire season of a TV series for as little as $1.

Monday, February 02, 2015

"Venezuelan Security Head: Chávez Died Months Before Official Announcement"

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The former head of security for Venezuela’s Second in Command has defected to the United States, accused his old boss of running an international drug cartel, and now claims that deceased dictator Hugo Chávez Frías died months before the official announcement of his death, hidden from the public eye by current Venezuelan leaders who used his name to pass legislation convenient for them under Chávez’s name.

Leamsy Salazar is the highest ranking military official in the history of Venezuela to defect. Before taking on the position of leading security personally for Diosdado Cabello, the leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly and second-in-command in the nation’s Socialist Party, he served as the head of security for Hugo Chávez. In this position, he reportedly told U.S. officials, he witnessed how the current government in Venezuela hid the news of Chávez’s death from the public for months.
According to Guillermo Cochez, an ex-ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Salazar told U.S. officials that Chávez died in December 2012 — not March 2013 — this week, after he was confirmed to have arrived in the United States to work on an indictment in the New York Southern District Court against Cabello.

The tweet reads: “Leamsy Salazar confirms that Chavez died at 7:32 PM on 30 Dec 12. How many lies have they told to hide that he was dead. Shameless.”
Argentine news outlet Infobae notes that, if this allegation is true, the current Venezuelan government would have to explain who approved dozens of legislative initiatives and executive orders previously believed to have been signed by Chávez between December and March 5, the date of his official death. “Those in charge of this public manipulation would have benefitted politically and economically with the signing of mandates allegedly validated by the dead commander,” the paper reports.
As head of Chávez’s security services, Salazar held a beloved position in the dead leader’s private court. In footage from Chávez’s multi-hour television program Aló Presidente unearthed by Latin American media sources, Chávez can be seen heaping praise on Salazar as a “humble and great soldier of our marine forces.”

The Venezuelan government has not responded to the allegations regarding Chávez’s death, but have responded to the cartel accusation. Salazar is planning to testify in New York, according to reports, that Cabello is the capo of the Cartel de los Soles, named after the Venezuelan military uniform due to the high number of members believed to also be serving in Venezuela’s armed forces. The Cartel de los Soles specializes in trafficking cocaine in Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States. The government of Cuba has also been implicated in aiding Cartel members with finding trade routes in the Caribbean less accessible to law enforcement.
“Imperialist hands are behind this,” said President Nicolás Maduro of the allegations in a trademark extensive speech Tuesday, warning, “A hell of solitude awaits whoever betrays the revolution.”
U.S. State Department officials have not remarked on the Salazar comments in detail, but William Brownfield, the State Department’s top anti-narcotics official, has not ruled out the veracity of Salazar’s alleged testimony. Salazar’s claim, Brownfield told the press, “is not inconsistent with that narrative. That is as far as I am inclined to go.”
In addition to Salazar, eight other members of President Maduro’s personal security force have deserted Venezuela and defected to the United States, according to reports in Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional.