Former Cuban pitcher Conrado Marrero, dies in Cuba at 102
April 23 -
Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the
Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living
former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana on Wednesday. He was
102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday.
Marrero’s grandson said he died in the early afternoon.
“He woke up in the morning and it was like he wasn’t there. He wasn’t
reacting,” Rogelio Marrero told The Associated Press.
“Connie” Marrero, as he was known in the States, was renowned for his
control and for his presence on the mound despite standing just 5 feet 5
inches tall and weighing 158 pounds.
What Marrero lacked in heat he made up for with a tricky repertoire of
breaking balls, knucklers and other off-speed pitches. He also had a
quirky windup that Felipe Alou once likened to “a cross between a
windmill gone berserk and a mallard duck trying to fly backwards.”
In interviews with the AP in recent years, Marrero recounted the
highlights of a career facing off against Hall of Famers such as Mickey
Mantle and Larry Doby. Beating the New York Yankees was especially
gratifying, he said. He also recalled struggling against left-handed
batters in general, and southpaw slugger Ted Williams in particular, a
frustration shared by plenty of his contemporaries.
New York Daily News
Vows to Come Home 'Dead or Alive'
April 23 -
Alan Gross, the American subcontractor jailed in Cuba, has vowed that he
will return to the United States within a year "dead or alive" and is
pleading for the White House to intervene, his lawyer said Wednesday.
In an interview from Havana, attorney Scott Gilbert told NBC News'
Andrea Mitchell that after more than four years in 23-hour lockup, his
client can't face the thought of another decade behind bars.
"He will return to the United States before his 66th birthday, dead or
alive," Gilbert said on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" after meeting
with Gross and Cuban offcials.
Gross, 65, lost 11 pounds during a nine-day hunger strike earlier this
year. It was unclear if his pledge meant he might undertake another one.
"I think Alan can be volatile, as would be anyone confined in this
situation. And I take Alan's statement not as a threat but as expression
of extraordinary frustration and determination and, and as he said to me
yesterday, continued hope."
Gross, a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID), was arrested in 2009 while trying to establish an online
network for Jews in Havana.
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for subversive activities.
Gilbert said that Cuban officials reiterated their offer to begin talks
about Gross' possible release with no pre-conditions, but the U.S. has
"We have asked the president to engage," Gilbert said. "We believe the
administration should do whatever it takes to free Alan, who was in Cuba
in the first place on U.S. government business."
Gross spends all but one hour a day in a cell with two other men, his
lawyer said. He is allowed two short phone calls a week and his meals
are "limited and mediocre," he said.
"He does not intend to endure another year of this solitary
confinement," Gilbert said.
fined $5.9 million for travel to Cuba
April 21 - A major
Netherlands company that handled the travel of 44,430 people to and from
Cuba will pay $5.9 million to the U.S. government to settle a complaint
that it violated the trade embargo on the island, the U.S. Treasury
Department has announced.
Treasury’s announcement said CWT B.V. had continued to do business in
Cuba after it became majority-owned by U.S. entities in 2006, and
therefore was subject to the U.S. Trading With the Enemy Act.
The fine appeared to be one of the largest assessed on a travel agency
for Cuba embargo violations, although several foreign banks have had to
pay hundreds of millions of dollars to settle alleged violations.
CWT B.V. was part of the Netherlands-based Carlson Wagonlit Travel, a
global leader in travel. CWT specializes in business travel, operates in
more than 150 countries and reported $21.4 billion in total sales volume
in 2009, according to its website.
Treasury did not identify CWT’s U.S. buyers in 2006. One Equity Partners
II, L.P., a subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase, and JPMorgan’s Chase Travel
Investment, were listed in business reports as holding some ownership
interests in CWT in 2010.
U.S.-owned companies doing business in Cuba or with Cuban entities are
required to have special licenses issued by Treasury’s Office of Foreign
Assets Control (OFAC), which enforces U.S. sanctions on all foreign
CWT’s possible violations took place from Aug. 8, 2006 to on or about
Nov. 28, 2012, “dealt in property in which Cuba or its nationals had an
interest” and involved trips by 44,430 people, Treasury said in a
OFAC said the base penalty for the case was $11,093,500, but that was
cut to $5.9 million because CWT voluntarily reported the apparent
violations, halted them, cooperated with U.S. investigators and took
“significant remedial action.”
CWT is a “commercially sophisticated international corporation and
travel services,” the Treasury statement noted, “but failed to exercise
a minimal degree of caution or care regarding its obligations to comply
with OFAC sanctions against Cuba.”
And now this! Cuba's condom shortage raises
fears of imminent health crisis
April 18 -
From potatoes to deodorant, toilet paper and bottled beer, Cubans have
come to accept chronic shortages as an inevitable part of life after
more than half a century of communist rule.
Now a shrinking supply of condoms has upset residents of the Caribbean
island nation and alarmed health officials who are worried by the
possibility of an increase in sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted
Pharmacies in the central province of Villa Clara began running out of
condoms in the middle of last month, according to Cuban bloggers
reporting on the crisis, with shortages spreading to other towns and
villages, and suburbs of the capital Havana in recent weeks.
One of the worst affected areas, the observers say, is the city of Santa
Clara, which already has one of the highest rates of HIV infection on
the island. They say that Cenesex, the state-run Cuban national centre
for sex education, which is headed by President Raul Castro’s daughter,
Mariela, has ordered the dwindling supplies to be allocated to areas of
greatest need, including known carriers of HIV.
As a result, regular citizens visiting pharmacies in search of condoms
are finding empty shelves, according to evidence collected by Havana
blogger Polina Martínez Shvietsova, who conducted an ad-hoc survey.
She said called a number of pharmacy owners in several areas, who all
told her: “We don’t have any, and we don’t know when we’ll get some.”
Other analysts warned of the health risk. “The people in the street,
[those] making love in houses of rent, godforsaken corridors, in parks,
these are sources of possible chains of infection,” said one anonymous
man quoted by Cubanet, a Miami-based independent network of bloggers and
So far there has been no official reaction from the Cuban government to
the reports. One local official blamed problems with supplies from China
in an interview with the Villa Clara newspaper Vanguardia this month but
provided no answer about when the situation would ease.
But Juan Carlos Gonzalez, director of the state-run wholesaler Ensume,
which is responsible for obtaining and supplying most of the nation’s
government-subsidised condoms, told the newspaper there were more than a
million condoms in the company’s warehouses and that the problem was the
result of his workers being unable to meet demand. Continue reading
Humberto Fontova: Cuban Twitter — The
April 16 - It’s not often
that a U.S. government agency gets caught red-handed abiding by its
charter and performing its publicly-avowed and legislatively-approved
duties. But last week the AP “broke” a long and breathless story from
Havana that nailed the USAID (United States Agency for International
Development) for just that.
In their own words, “a secret plan aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist
government,” was courageously exposed by the AP’s intrepid Havana
Such is the magnitude of the scandal that a red-faced and snarling
Senator Patrick Leahy is now chairing hearings on Capitol Hill where he
grills USAID director Rajiv Shah on his agency’s “cockamamie!” plan.
The diabolical cloak and dagger scheme hatched in 2008 during George
Bush’s term (which may account for Democratic Senator Leahy’s dudgeon)
amounted to setting up a “Cuban Twitter” named ZunZuneo (Cuban slang for
a hummingbird’s tweet) in order for Cuban youths to text each other
without snooping by Castro’s KGB-mentored secret police.
Caught your breath back? Yes, amazingly such a scheme somehow escaped
the imaginations of Ian Fleming, John Le Carré and Tom Clancy.
In sum, a brief effort was made (lasting from 2008-12 and involving
68,000 of Castro’s hapless subjects) to allow Cubans (who pre-Castro
enjoyed more phones and TVs per-capita than most Europeans) to
communicate with each other in the same manner as do teenagers today in
such places as Sudan, Papua New Guinea and Laos.
Understandably this scheme to facilitate a tiny window of freedom for a
tiny fraction of their subjects greatly alarmed Cuba’s Stalinist rulers.
After all, it wasn’t easy converting a free and prosperous nation with a
higher per-capita income than half of Europe, a flood of immigrants from
same and the first Mercedes dealership in the Americas into a
totalitarian pesthole that repels Haitians and features a glorious
rebirth of communications by bongo-drum and transport by oxcart.
Well, the news was barely broken by Castro’s U.S. media allies when, as
mentioned, Castro’s U.S. legislative allies picked up the signal from
Havana and erupted in outrage—not against the KGB-mentored censorship by
a terror-sponsor mind you. But against the U.S. attempt to foil it. No.
This is not your father’s cold war.
Senator Patrick Leahy, true to his historic role as U.S. legislative
messenger for Castro’s every whim and wish, promptly denounced the
program as “dumb, dumb, dumb.” “What in heaven’s name are you
thinking?”‘ Leahy complained to Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC about the USAID
scheme. “This makes no sense at all.”
What really “makes no sense at all” is Senator Leahy’s hypocritical
carping during the hearings and to Andrea Mitchell–who, by the way– is
famous for gushing that “Fidel Castro is old-fashioned, courtly—even
paternal, a thoroughly fascinating figure!”
Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig's Untold Journey to the Dodgers
April 15 - In a no-tell motel
on Isla Mujeres, eight miles off the coast of Cancún, Yasiel Puig’s
escape had come to a halt. Confined to a corner room at the end of a
shabby horseshoe-shaped courtyard, he could only wait and hope, for his
value to be appraised, his freedom to be bought. There was nothing
personal about it, no loved one vowing to pay any price, only the
calculus of a crude business. What was this gladiator-size man, with the
Popeye forearms and the XXL chest, actually worth—to the people
bankrolling his defection from Cuba, to the smugglers now holding him in
Mexico, to the agents and scouts who would determine the U.S. market for
his talents, to the baseball team that might ultimately write the check?
For close to a year Puig had been trying to force an answer, to extract
himself from Fidel Castro’s state-run sports machine, which paid him $17
a month, and sneak across the tropics to a mythical north, where even
benchwarmers lived like kings. Two, three, four times, maybe more, he
had risked everything and fled, only to be detained by the Cuban
authorities or intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard—each failure making
the next attempt more urgent. Finally, in June 2012, the 21-year-old
outfielder left his home in Cienfuegos, on Cuba’s southern shore, and
set off by car for the northern province of Matanzas, just 90 miles from
Florida. He was traveling with three companions: a boxer, a pinup girl,
and a Santeria priest, the latter of whom blessed their expedition with
a splash of rum and a sprinkle of chicken blood.
They were met at the water’s edge by a cigarette boat, long and narrow
and fast, which instead of racing straight to Miami took them west and
then south, following a 350-mile arc to the Yucatán Peninsula. Under
Major League Baseball’s byzantine rules and the U.S. Treasury
Department’s outdated restrictions, the only way for a Cuban ballplayer
to become a free agent—and score a fat contract—is to first establish
residency in a third country. That detour is a fiction, winked at from
all sides, and one that gives traffickers command over the middle
crossing. The five men piloting Puig’s vessel, mostly Cuban Americans,
belonged to a smuggling ring whose interests ranged from human cargo to
bootleg yachts to bricks of cocaine. At least two were fugitives—one, on
the run from a federal indictment in Miami, was alleged to have extorted
Cubans traveling this very route. They were all in the pocket of Los
Zetas, the murderous Mexican drug cartel, which charged the smugglers a
“right of passage” to use Isla Mujeres as a base. Continue reading
Los Angeles Magazine
Cat-and-mouse secrecy game plays out daily in Cuba
April 14 - Cuban dissident
Berta Soler says she and other members of the Ladies in White were
handing out toys to children at Trillo Park in Havana when a State
Security officer detained them and seized the 60 to 70 toys.
Soler said she protested that the women bought the toys legally in
Havana with money received legally from supporters abroad. But the agent
told her, “Berta, don’t play the fool, because you know those toys come
from Miami, the terrorists.”
The March 15 incident reflected the cat-and-mouse game played almost
daily by dissidents, supporters abroad who send them assistance and the
security agents of a communist government that views most such aid —
even toys — as “subversive.”
That’s why, several of the foreign supporters argue, they must use a
measure of discretion when sending aid to democracy, human rights or
Internet freedom activists in Cuba — enough to ensure it reaches the
right people on the island but not so much that it raises suspicions of
“When State Security seizes laptops or even copies of the [U.N.’s]
International Declaration of Human Rights, you have to use some
discretion,” said Frank Calzon, head of the Center for Cuban Democracy
The issue of secrecy in efforts to help Cuba’s civil society hit front
pages last week when The Associated Press reported that the U.S. Agency
for International Development had created a “secret” Twitter-like
platform for Cubans. USAID said the program was not secret, only
“discreet” because of the “nonpermissive environment” on the island.
Calzon said he did not mind talking about the precautions he takes in
helping Cubans because his center no longer receives U.S. government
grants for Cuba programs, and suspects that Havana knows them anyhow.
He stopped keeping important documents in his office after three
break-ins in which thieves rifled through files but took no valuables,
Calzon said. He keeps four shredders in his office and has it swept
occasionally for eavesdropping devices.
Over the years he used foreigners visiting Cuba and other ways to
deliver tens of thousands of shortwave radios, books and human rights
declarations, Calzon said, “all things that would not be a problem in
any normal society.” Continue reading
The Miami Herald
ends hunger strike in Cuba
April 14 - U.S. government
subcontractor Alan P. Gross, jailed in Havana for more than four years,
called off a weeklong hunger strike late Friday but said there will be
“further protests” against his treatment by the Cuban and U.S.
“My protest fast is suspended as of today, although there will be
further protests to come,” Gross was quoted as telling his Washington
lawyer, Scott Gilbert, in a statement released by the family’s public
“There will be no cause for further intense protest when both
governments show more concern for human beings and less malice and
derision toward each other,” the statement quoted Gross as saying.
Gross added that he had suspended his hunger strike, launched April 3,
because his mother asked him to stop, according to the statement. She
will be 92 years old on April 15, the first day of Passover.
He had told Gilbert earlier this week that he was not eating food but
was taking liquids, and that he had lost 10 pounds, on top of the 100
pounds he shed after his arrest in Havana on Dec. 3, 2009.
The 64-year-old development specialist from Potomac, Md., is serving a
15-year sentence for delivering communications equipment, paid for by
the U.S. Agency for International Development to Cuban Jews. The
equipment would have allowed direct access to the Internet, bypassing
government filters and monitors.
Gilbert reported Tuesday that Gross had told him he started the fast
after learning of an Associated Press report that USAID had launched a
secret Twitter-like platform after his arrest, despite the risk that it
would complicate his situation in Havana.
A Cuban foreign ministry official said the next day that her government
was “concerned” about the hunger strike, saying he was imprisoned in a
hospital to ensure proper medical care.
The Miami Herald
Ideas to Cuba
April11 - The Castro regime
appreciates that Communism cannot survive the free flow of
Cubans have lived on an information desert island for more than 50
years. Ten million people, once a vibrant part of the world — in tune
with it and contributing to it, receiving information and even
immigrants — were cut off soon after Fidel Castro took over in 1959.
That the world has done nothing to help them after five decades of
oppression is an outrage.
What is not an outrage is that the United States Agency for
International Development tried four years ago to circumvent Communist
censorship in Cuba by setting up a text-messaging network that Cubans
could access. This “Cuban Twitter” was a ray of hope that should be
Not apparently by the Associated Press and others who have cried foul.
The news agency exposed the program last week under the headline “US
secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest.” This week the U.S.
Senate got in on the act with a hearing at which Democrats took the
agency to task. It is passing strange that journalists and legislators
whose trade depends on a free flow of information should get a bad case
of the vapors when Cubans are given access to each other and the outside
world. Let’s concentrate, however, on why USAID’s action should be
applauded, not denigrated.
Cubans have no independent press. The three national newspapers and
eight television stations are under the control of the Communist party.
Only 5 percent of Cubans have access to the Internet, according to the
watchdog group Freedom House. This 5 percent is presumably the
percentage the regime thinks it can count on.
What Cubans have, in other words, is 24/7 Castro propaganda. The reason
is very simple. As with all totalitarian regimes, Communism cannot
survive the free flow of ideas. If people under Communism were exposed
to alternative viewpoints, not even the most ruthless police state could
hold them back.
Senator Marco Rubio (R.,
Fla.) put it succinctly at an event, on the Internet and Cuba, that the
Heritage Foundation hosted with Google two years ago: “The regime is so
afraid of sharing information because they can’t survive it.”
This is the kind of 'dialogue' that Venezuelans can expect from the
Venezuelan students beaten, stripped and humiliated by paramilitary
hoodlums inside their own university
April 3 - Venezuelan students
who were planning to hold a peaceful protest on Thursday, were attacked
with tear gas by Venezuela's NAZIonal Guard, while paramilitary hoodlums
organized and armed by the Maduro regime, known as 'colectivos',
attacked, stripped and beat several of them inside the campus of the
Venezuelan Central University known as UCV..
You can see several pictures
and a video here:
Brutal attack by Venezuela's NAZIonal Guard against Maria Corina Machado
and her followers
April 1 - Venezuelan troops
dispersed opposition demonstrators with tear gas on Tuesday and blocked
anti-government activist Maria Corina Machado, recently stripped of her
seat in the National Assembly, from reaching the legislature.
National Guard soldiers surrounded a rally of opposition sympathizers
who had planned to march into downtown Caracas to protest at Machado's
expulsion from Congress, preventing them from leaving and clearing the
square with tear gas.
Parliament stripped Machado of her post last week on charges she
violated the constitution by accepting an invitation from Panama to
speak against the government of President Nicolas Maduro at a meeting of
the Organization of American States.
The opposition leader dismissed that process as an illegal maneuver by a
dictatorial government and vowed to attend a session of the legislature
on Tuesday. She was stopped from doing so by a line of troops several
blocks from the parliament.
"I want to thank every citizen for their support and strength!" she said
on Twitter as her supporters gathered.
"Today I am more a deputy than ever, and I will continue to be one until
the people decide otherwise."
Anti-government protests began in the South American OPEC nation of 29
million in mid February over shortages of basic items and high crime
levels. The protests have decreased in intensity in the last few weeks
as opposition demonstrators grow weary.
The director of local pollster Datanalisis said this month that Maduro's
approval rating dropped to 41.5 percent in March from around 47 percent
in February, according to local media. Continue reading
Citizens protesting against the regime on March 28 in Havana's famous
Rubio: How Cuba is exporting repression to Venezuela
March 29 -
Excerpted from the Florida senator’s Feb. 24 remarks on the Senate
floor, following a speech by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).
from Iowa bragged about a number of things that he learned on his trip
to Cuba that I’d like to address.
He bragged about their health-care system — medical school is free,
doctors are free, clinics are free, their infant-mortality rate may be
even lower than ours.
I wonder if the senator was informed, No. 1, that the infant-mortality
rate of Cuba is completely calculated on figures provided by the Cuban
government — and totalitarian regimes don’t have the best history of
accurate reporting. I wonder if he was informed that, before Castro,
Cuba was 13th in the whole world in infant mortality.
I wonder if his hosts informed him that in Cuba there are instances
reported, that if a child only lives a few hours after birth, it’s not
counted as a person who ever lived and therefore doesn’t count against
the mortality rate. I wonder if he was informed that in Cuba, any time
there’s any problem with the child in utero, the mothers are strongly
encouraged to undergo abortions.
I wonder if they spoke to him about the outbreak of cholera that they’ve
been unable to control, or about the three-tiered system where
foreigners and government officials get health care much better than
what’s available to the general population.
I heard about their wonderful literacy rate. Here’s the problem: They
can only read censored stuff. They’re not allowed access to the
Internet. The only newspapers they’re allowed to read are Granma or the
ones produced by the government.
We heard about Alan Gross, who is not a prisoner. He is a hostage. I
heard allusions to the idea that maybe there should be a spy swap.
Here’s the problem: Gross was not a spy. You know what his “crime” was?
He went to Cuba to hand out satellite radios to the Jewish community.
Let me tell you what the Cubans are really good at: shutting off
information to the Internet and to radio and TV and social media. And
they’re not just good at it domestically, they’re good exporters of
these things. They’re exporting repression in our hemisphere right now.
Leopoldo Lopez is the former mayor of a municipality in Caracas. The
National Guard of Venezuela pulled him into an armored truck last week.
You know why? For protesting against the government of Venezuela, which
is a puppet of Havana, completely infiltrated by Cubans and
military-affairs agents from Havana. Continue reading
New York Post
of protesters returned to Plaza Altamira, ignoring the soldiers sent by Maduro
March 17 -
Thousands of peaceful demonstrators returned to the Plaza Altamira,
hours after the regime of Nicolas Maduro sent more than a thousand
soldiers and dozens of military vehicles to "liberate the Plaza."
The evening demonstration
started with women dressed in white and praying the Rosary around 5 PM
They were later joined by
thousands of peaceful demonstrators that surrounded the heavily armed
People parked their cars on
the street and joined the demonstrators.
"There were more
demonstrators in Altamira tonight, than in any previous night", one of
the demonstrators posted on Twitter.
regime ordered overnight the militarization of Chacao and Altamira
March 17 -
9:30 AM - Venezuelan troops stormed a Caracas square on Sunday to evict
protesters who turned it into a stronghold during six weeks of
demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro.
National Guard soldiers fired tear gas and turned water cannons on
hundreds of demonstrators who hurled rocks and some petrol bombs before
abandoning Plaza Altamira, in affluent east Caracas, which has been the
scene of daily clashes.
Some soldiers rode into the square on motorbikes, rounding up a dozen
demonstrators, Reuters witnesses saw. One flashed a "V" for victory as
he was driven away, another shouted "Help!" Read more
-Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro ordered the army to take over the
Plaza Altamira in the pro-opposition Chacao district of Caracas, where
anti-regime protests have been taking place daily for more than a month.
Soldiers in armored vehicles
went into the Plaza overnight and removed barricades.
Diosdado Cabello, president
of Venezuela's General Assembly of puppets, said at 5:30 AM on Monday,
that Plaza Altamira and Chacao had been "liberated."
that brainwashing doesn't work?
Dec. 7 - Elian González after
14 years of brainwashing: "Fidel Castro for me is like a father. I
don't profess to have any religion but if I did my god would be Fidel
Castro. He is like a ship that knew to take his crew on the right path"
Ladies in White protest in Havana and stopped from marching in Holguín
Dec. 3 - Video of a protest
by the Ladies in White on Sunday December 1 at Parque Gandhi in Havana
and an attempt to march in Holguin, but were stopped by Castro's police
is brutally attacked by Castro's police for expressing her opinions
Nov. 4 - Anonymous Venezuela
has a warning: This is the future of Venezuela unless they get rid of
Maduro and the other puppets under the control of the Castro brothers.
Sáncez's presentation at Google Ideas Summit
October 26 - Yoani Sánchez
explains how Internet without Internet is used by Cubans inside the
Learn how you can help
promote Internet without Internet in Cuba:
The Real Cuba
Also on Twitter:
@WebPaqsforCuba On Facebook:
Paquetes Web Para Cuba
Learn about a new
technology that allows Cubans in Cuba have access to websites banned by
the Castro regime and how you can help:
The Real Cuba
Also on Twitter:
@WebPaqsforCuba On Facebook:
Paquetes Web Para Cuba
another act of repudiation against members of UNPACU
Oct. 9 - This took place in
Cardenas on Sunday October 6, 2013
to see the video
Cuban authorities are worried about web paqs circulating inside Cuba
Sept. 13 - Tweet from Yoani
"Authorities worried because
of "packages" or "combos" with a collection of audiovisuals in the black
As I have said before,
projects like Web Paqs for Cuba are the best way to bypass the
blockade at the Internet, put in place by the Castro dictatorship to
prevent Cubans in the island from knowing what's happening inside Cuba
and in the rest of the world.
You can learn more about Web
Paqs for Cuba and how you can get involved in this project at
La Singularidad Cuba (Español)
The Real Cuba
(English) Twitter and
at the Hijas de Galicia Hospital, Luyanó, Havana, Cuba
July 8 - Video taken in April
of this year at the Hijas de Galicia Hospital, one of the hospitals for
Cubans who do not have hard currency to pay the Castro brothers.
Very different from the
hospital where they took Micahel Moore and the hospitals that are used
by foreigners who pay with dollars.
Click here to see the video
video shows Bahamian guards brutally abusing Cuban rafters
June 15 - June 15 - This
clandestine video taking inside a Bahamian jail, shows a guard kicking
and insulting Cuban rafters who were trying to reach the United States
and ended up in the Bahamas.
There should be a tourism boycott of the Bahamas, unless the Bahamian
government orders the arrest and prosecution of this brutal thug and
stops abusing Cuban rafters who are risking their lives in search for
Click here to see the video
Yoani Sánchez about the Web Paqs for Cuba project
about Paquetes Web Para Cuba
Visit our page about
Paquetes Web Para Cuba
You can also visit us on
Facebook to find all information about the Internet Web Paqs for Cuba, a
project to help the Cuban people have access to the websites that are
blocked by the Cuban regime.
Make sure to click on 'Like"
as a sign of support
Paquetes Web Para Cuba
daily ABC has an article about the false myth of Cuba's healthcare
Foto de la
versión impresa del reportaje en ABC
March 17 - On Thursday of
last week, Carmen Muñoz a columnist for Spanish daily ABC, called me to
ask for permission to use the photos at therealcuba.com for an article
about the false myth of Cuba's healthcare.
I was able to send her many
of the photos on high resolution to use on the print edition of the
The article was published on
Sunday on ABC and is also on their web page at
Cuban blogger Orlando Luis Pardo about Paquetes Web Para Cuba
Our new page:
Fidel Castro, the
World's oldest terrorist
My interview with
March 29 - I was interviewed by Ed Kasputis, of Baseball PhD, about
baseball in Cuba before Castro and about the two Cubas, the one for
foreigners and the one for regular Cubans.
Ed did a previous program with Mr. Sports Travel of San Diego, CA, about
the five top international baseball destinations and was surprised to
find out that the #1 destination was Cuba.
He received some nice pictures of Cuba and was ready to book a trip when
he saw therealcuba.com and changed his mind.
He interviewed me as part of a program about the new Marlins Stadium and
I was able to talk about baseball in Cuba before Castro and then we had
a long chat about what is the reality of life in Cuba under Castro.
The program lasts 53 minutes, if you are not a baseball fan and just
want to hear my interview about Cuba use your mouse to move the dial to
here to listen
Listen to Fidel Castro
For those who think that the Cuban people chose the system imposed by
the Castro brothers, here are some of the things that Fidel Castro said
and promised when he gained power
photos of Cuba's prisons, missile installations, military bases and
A look at
Havana before the Castro brothers destroyed it
We have new photos of
Havana taken in October of last year
Oct. 9 - A friend sent me around two dozen photos of Havana that he took
at the beginning of this month.
Some of them are very sad, because they show how Havana has been
completely destroyed by this gang of human termites.
Some others are hard to believe, including this one of goats having
"lunch" off the dumpsters on a Havana street.
to see them
Socio-Economic Conditions in Pre-Castro
Dec. 17 - Cuba Facts is an ongoing series of succinct
fact sheets on various topics, including, but not limited to, political
structure, health, economy, education, nutrition, labor, business,
foreign investment, and demographics, published and updated on a regular
basis by the Cuba Transition Project staff at the University of Miami.
Click here to learn the truth about Cuba's Health, Education,
Personal Consumption and much more in pre-Castro Cuba.
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