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One hundred lies told by Cuba’s Fidel Castro: Part 2 - This is the second installment in a 15-part series written by Cuban American engineer Humberto (Bert) Corzo exclusively on Babalú (see Part 1): “The word is not to conceal the truth, but to say it” – José Martí. Why this topic is called One Hundred Lies told by Fidel Castro? Because he affirms the opposite of what is in his mind, he disguises his thinking by making his pronouncements look like another thing. Because the fake promises he made breaking his word. Of him we can say that “He lies more than he speaks the truth.” In order to understand Fidel Castro’s actions, it is necessary to understand him as he really is, not as people want him to be. He is a man with two faces, one is the face of a revolutionary who promise prosperity, democracy and the restoration of Cuba’s 1940 constitution. The other is the face…
Reports from Cuba: Two days in a Havana hospital ‘suspected of dengue’ - Luz Escobar reports in 14yMedio from Havana via Translating Cuba: Two Days in a Havana Hospital ‘Suspected of Dengue’ Patients are kept under mosquito nets, with fans that they brought from home and with laptops, tablets or mobile phones to pass the time. First there was the fever and then the rash broke out. The nine-year-old girl arrived at the 19th of April Policlinic in Havana at noon, last Tuesday. She was diagnosed the minute she crossed the clinic threshold: “That is dengue, she will be admitted,” said the emergency room doctor categorically. The little girl had been infected with the annoying companion that these days spreads through the neighborhoods of the Cuban capital. Dengue fever, the viral disease inseparable from the warm months on this island, crowds the consultations and the hospital wards, without official announcements or national statistics about its presence. After being diagnosed, the girl waited with her mother to…
Using misery and hunger to rule a people: The metaphysics of Cuba’s ‘Special Period’ - Translation: It is better to cease to exist than to cease to be a revolutionary. – Fidel Castro Cuba’s socialist Castro dictatorship knows when people are hungry and struggling to survive, they have little time to think of freedom and human rights. This concept is the true foundation of Cuba’s communist revolution: using misery and hunger to rule a people. Miguel Salas in Diario de Cuba: The Metaphysics of the ‘Special Period’Cuba’s subaltern president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, recently declared on national television that the “Special Period”  was “a great act of collective creation, with firm leadership that never gave up”.Despite the numerous criticisms of the metaphor used to characterize this diffuse period (which officially began in 1990, but whose end has never been fully clarified) it is the first time that Díaz-Canel has actually conveyed a really interesting idea, one which points to a profound understanding of the nature of the…
Setting the record straight: When Venezuela’s economy began to implode [infographic] - A recent Brookings Institution paper concludes that Venezuela’s economic downfall began years ago. The former Maduro regime’s corruption and mismanagement pushed the country — once the wealthiest in South America — into a downward spiral of shrinking oil exports and rampant inflation. According to the report, when analyzing several socio-economic outcomes in Venezuela over time, “it becomes clear that the bulk of the deterioration in living standards occurred long before the [U.S.] sanctions were enacted in 2017.” Even the regime-controlled Central Bank of Venezuela reported 850% inflation in 2017 and confirmed that Venezuela’s GDP has declined in every quarter since the start of 2014. The three graphs below demonstrate Venezuela’s ongoing economic and social crisis: IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The political opinions that are expressed in the re-published articles from other information media are not necessarily shared by the editors of ReporteroCubano.Net. | Visit the source for more information
Colombia’s Marxist terrorist rats are burrowing themselves into Venezuela - Pinilla: IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The political opinions that are expressed in the re-published articles from other information media are not necessarily shared by the editors of ReporteroCubano.Net. | Visit the source for more information
“Send Them Back!” When the New York Times Cracked the Whip Against Uppity “Law-Breaking” Refugees! - ”America is a country where the rule of law rules. This picture( a U.S. Marshall pointing a genuine assault rifle at a screaming, terrified 6 year old Hispanic immigrant, whose mother had just drowned or been eaten alive by sharks) illustrates what happens to those who defy the rule of law and how far our government and people will go to preserve it. Come all ye who understand that.” (The  New York Times’ Thomas Friedman.) WHOO!–WHOO!  “TAKE  THAT!– you uppity  latino ingrates!”  But The New York Times’  Tom Friedman (who had a meltdown/tantrum on CNN last week  railing against  President Trump’s “racism” and “xenophobia”) had barely started  venting his spleen against  those insufferable Hispanic refugees.   No siree!  Friedman’s rage against  those loudmouthed , over-entitled and ungrateful  “Latinos” and his passion  for the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law was barely spent : “One only hopes that this affair…
Survivors of religious persecution tell powerful stories - Nyima Lhamo, the niece of Tibetan religious leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, seeks the truth about her uncle’s death in Chinese custody in 2015. For that she and family members were detained and continue to face harassment by authorities. She is among the survivors of religious persecution who shared their stories at the State Department’s second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington. Some risk retribution at home. But they speak out to fight restrictions on religious freedom around the world. “This conference that the Department of State has organized and participated in by many governments gives me hope,” Lhamo said. Jeffrey Meyers, a rabbi at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 congregants were murdered in 2018, said, ”It is only through … compassion, empathy and one-on-one relationships that the artificial fences that we create to exclude anyone not like us will dissolve.” Meet a few others…
Is there an avalanche on the way for lawsuits against foreign partners of Cuba’s Castro, Inc.? - Bacardi building, Havana From our Annals of True Social Justice Bureau Thus far nine lawsuits have been filed in U.S. courts against companies that are profiting from property stolen from Cubans by Castro, Inc. Some analysts who expected a flood of lawsuits see this as a very “slow start.” But others see it as the calm before a storm. A lengthy and very detailed article in the Arnold and Porter website (aimed at the legal profession) outlines the reasons for the “slow start” and predicts that an avalanche of lawsuits might soon be on the way. The closing paragraph sums up the reasons for this prediction. Although the number of Title III lawsuits filed so far has been smaller than expected, given the large potential damages and interest available to successful claimants, more lawsuits can be expected, especially if the early cases are resolved in ways favorable to plaintiffs. Some…
Persecution of the faithful in Iran - “All people from every place on the globe must be permitted to practice their faith openly — in their homes, in their places of worship, in the public square — and believe what they want to believe,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said July 16 as he opened the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. That freedom of worship is not happening in Iran. The Iranian regime continues to harass, interrogate and arrest Baha’is, Christians, Sunni Muslims, Zoroastrians, Jews and other religious minorities, according to the Department of State’s 2018 Report on Religious Freedom for Iran. The strict, authoritarian Iranian regime governs the theocratic republic with laws and regulations based on Ja’fari Shia Islam. These prohibit Muslim citizens from changing or renouncing their religious beliefs. Examples of the Iranian regime’s crackdown in 2018 include: 142 Christians arrested across multiple Iranian cities in December 2018. At least 40 members of the Baha’i faith arrested…
Cuban American Irina Vilarino raises big cash in run to win back FL-26 House seat for Republicans - Miami Republican and Cuban American Irina Vilarino exceeded expectations, bringing in nearly $300,000 in campaign contributions during her first quarter of fundraising. Vilarino is running to unseat Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who won the seat in 2018 after the retirement of Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Floridian Press reports: Freshman Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) has found her match in her upcoming reelection bid, and her opponent has just exceeded all expectations.In the battle for Florida’s Congressional District 26 seat, the once-Republican chair could turn red again as Irina Vilarino has amassed over $270,000 in her first quarter. So far, she is the only Republican that has filed to unseat Rep. Mucarsel-Powell.Commenting on the achievement, Vilarino expressed that she was “overwhelmed by the generosity and commitment of my donors to our cause and all we believe in.”She added that “from the very beginning of our campaign, I have made it clear that the…
Trump holds White House meeting with victims of religious persecution in Cuba, Iran, China, and other countries - More than two dozen victims of religious persecution from several countries met with President Trump at the White House on Wednesday. The meeting brings attention to the ongoing persecution of individuals for their religious beliefs that continues throughout the world. Included among the 27 visitors were Christians from Cuba, who continue to suffer brutal and violent persecution by the socialist Castro dictatorship. Via Fox News: President Trump met with dozens of victims of religious persecution at the White House on Wednesday as part of an ongoing effort by the administration to push for religious freedom abroad.Twenty-seven people, including Christians from Burma, Vietnam, North Korea, Iran, Turkey, Cuba, Eritrea, Nigeria, and Sudan, Muslims from Afghanistan, Sudan, Pakistan and New Zealand, Jewish persecution victims from Yemen and Germany, a practitioner of Cao Dai from Vietnam and a Yazidi from Iraq all joined the president in the Oval Office as part of a four-day conference, called…
Beto, stop lying about the country - It would be better if we could talk to each other.  However, it’s hard to do when Beto speaks so poorly about the country.   I like what Rich Lowry wrote about this:      Beto O’Rourke — the losing Texas candidate for the US Senate who bootstrapped his way into becoming a losing presidential candidate — had a message for refugees who had come to America: Your new country is a hellhole.The former congressman told a roundtable of refugees and immigrants in Nashville last week: “This country was founded on white supremacy. And every single structure that we have in this country still reflects the legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression.”Just in case the newcomers were inclined to believe that they had escaped to the greatest country on Earth — an open, dynamic, generous society that, whatever their struggles now, will afford them opportunities unimaginable back home — Beto was there…
Sixteen years after the death of the Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, the Cuban dictatorship still bans her music - Via Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter: Remembering Celia Cruz: 16 years after her death the Queen of Salsa’s music still banned in Cuba“Forgiving is not forgetting. Forgiving is remembering without pain.” – Celia Cruz  16 years ago today on July 16, 2003 Cuban music and freedom icon Celia Cruz passed away after a battle with cancer. She was 77 years old. This woman made the decision to live and sing in freedom, and in order to do that Celia had to leave Cuba during the Castro dictatorship. When her mom was ill she tried to return to see her in 1962, but was barred from entering the country by the regime. When her mother died Celia was blocked by the dictatorship from attending her funeral. This act of vindictive cruelty fueled her distaste for the Cuban dictatorship. When she went to the Guantanamo Naval Base three decades later she picked up…
Reports from Cuba: Artemisa municipality records up to 30 admissions a day for dengue - Bertha K. Guillen reports in 14yMedio from San Cristobal (Artemisa) via Translating Cuba: Artemisa Municipality Records up to 30 Admissions a Day for Dengue Special school of San Cristóbal, Artemisa, which health authorities have equipped to hospitalize patients with dengue. An outbreak of dengue keeps Public Health authorities on alert in San Cristóbal, in the province of Artemisa. Up until now seven people have been confirmed as carriers of the virus, but more than twenty are admitted under suspicion, as an official from the Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in the province confirmed to 14ymedio. “We are equipping an admitting room in the special school with a capacity for 40 people, there all the conditions are set up to avoid the illness being spread, the number of admissions suspected of dengue vary between 18 and 23 people daily, although in recent weeks we have reached up to 30,” said another employee of…
Meme of the Day: When the waiter is taking too long to bring you the Cuban bread - IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The political opinions that are expressed in the re-published articles from other information media are not necessarily shared by the editors of ReporteroCubano.Net. | Visit the source for more information
Apollo 50 Festival brings moon landing to Washington - The Washington Monument is being transformed into a rocket ship for three nights. The National Air and Space Museum on July 16 projected the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket onto the monument to kick off its “Go for the Moon” show. The display, which will be live evenings through July 18, leads into the Apollo 50 Festival, marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Apollo 50, a presentation by NASA and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, will run on the National Mall in Washington July 18–20. It includes NASA and LEGO Group exhibitions and talks by scientists, engineers and International Space Station astronauts. The moon projected onto the Washington Monument on July 17 (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)The Apollo 11 spaceflight landed astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin — both Americans — on the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969. President Trump in December 2017 signed a directive that provides…
Daughter of Uighur scholar fights for his freedom - Jewher Ilham is the daughter of a prominent Uighur academic arrested by Chinese authorities. (© Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Jewher Ilham was 18 when she and her father were set to board a plane to visit the United States in 2013 and Chinese authorities stopped and arrested him. At her father’s insistence, Jewher got on the plane without him. She has spent the last five years trying to free her father, Ilham Tohti, who was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for advocating respect for Uighur culture. Jewher and Tohti are Uighur Muslims. Her father is an internationally known writer and economist in Beijing who wrote about cross-cultural issues between Uighurs, Han and other Chinese ethnic groups. “He wanted to create a bridge to help people understand each other,” said Jewher, who was in Washington attending the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The July 16–18…
U.S. Commission on Int’l Religious Freedom blasts Cuba’s dictatorship for banning travel for Christian pastors - Christian evangelical pastor Alain Toledano Valiente was denied permission to travel to the U.S. for an event on religious freedom by the Cuban dictatorship. Religious persecution is alive and well in socialist Cuba. Via CNS News: Cuban Regime Slammed for Preventing Pastors From Attending State Dep’t Religious Freedom EventCuba’s communist government has put to rest any doubts about its violations of religious freedom by preventing four Christian leaders from attending this week’s religious freedom ministerial at the State Department, a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said on Tuesday.Cuban authorities reportedly barred four Protestant leaders from traveling to Washington for the event – billed by the State Department as the biggest event of its kind ever – either turning them back at the airport at the weekend or refusing them permission earlier to leave.“If the denial of religious freedom in Cuba was ever in question, the Cuban…
They write letters . . . : Ricardo Bofill fought for human rights in Cuba - Ricardo Bofill A letter to the editors of The Miami Herald by the Executive Director of the Center for a Free Cuba, John Suarez: Ricardo Bofill, the founder of the human-rights movement in Cuba, passed away in Miami on July 12. Friends of freedom owe him a debt of gratitude. On Jan. 28, 1976, a new type of struggle for freedom was initiated when Bofill founded the Cuban Committee for Human Rights.The committee began to document human-rights cases and send them to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Amnesty International and other organizations at a time that executions were taking place.These reports led to a visit by the U.N. Human Rights Commission to Cuba in 1988. Bofill was able to reach Cubans on the island in large numbers through Radio Martí, informing them they had a right to meet with the visiting delegation. Many victims…
Socialism in action: Cuba’s Castro dictatorship begins rationing electricity - After sixty consecutive years of socialist rule in Cuba, the once advanced and modern island nation is just a shell of what it was in 1958. The tyrannical and corrupt communist Castro dictatorship systematically destroyed the nation's economy, society, and infrastructure. CubanReporter.Net - EditorsFrom BabaluBlogLinCu Information Services While the Castro family dictatorship is worth billions of dollars, Cuba’s aging electrical grid is falling apart. The Castro regime has directed little money to the grid's maintenance or modernization, leaving Cubans to suffer rolling blackouts (via Xinhua): Cuba announced late Tuesday it will ration electricity nationwide till at least next Saturday due to unexpected failures in several power generation plants.A sudden failure in different generation units of the country's most important power plants caused a nationwide shortage of 760 megawatts, resulting in electricity cuts, said Cuban Minister of Energy and Mines Raul Garcia. “The average time for the rationing in the last…
Cuba’s brutal repression highlighted at OAS’s ‘Captive Nations Week’ - John Suarez From our Bureau of Widely Ignored Significant Events The Organization of American States is holding a special session this week on “Captive Nations.” Naturally, this event is being ignored by American and European mainstream news media. Yesterday, at the opening of this conference, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro made the following observation: “Cuba is a defining example of a captive nation. The communist dictatorship not only enslaves, represses, tortures, assassinates, persecutes, intimidates & forces into exile its people, but also exports these totalitarian practices to the rest of the region.”  Sirley Avila Leon, victim of a brutal machete attack in May 2015,was one of the conference participants yesterday. She met with Representative Alan Lowenthal of California’s 47th Congressional District, and he learned about what had happened to her in Cuba. Sirley Avila Leon and Rep. Alan Lowenthal The Center for a Free Cuba distributed copies of it’s reports…
Cuban engineer who escaped communism goes on to play a role in the Apollo 11 moon landing - Cuban NASA engineer Miguel Hernandez It is yet another one of those great stories of a Cuban who escaped the chains of socialism in communist Cuba and went on to realize great achievements in the U.S. and for America. We never tire of them. Rick Jervis tells the story of his uncle, Miguel Hernandez, via Yahoo News: My tio’s unlikely journey from communist Cuba to key figure in Apollo 11 moon landingI didn’t know my tío, Miguel Hernandez, very well growing up.He lived in Houston, Texas, which, for a Cuban American kid like me growing up in Miami, was as faraway and foreign as Anchorage or Reykjavik. I knew he was my mom’s first cousin and we called him “Chichi.” He would visit Miami at least once a year with his wife, Tere, and two sons, Michael and Jorge Luis, who were slightly older than me. We’d all play baseball or hit…
Reports from Cuba: ‘Available,’ the official Cuban euphemism for the unemployed - Marcelo Hernandez reports in 14yMedio from Havana via Translating Cuba: “Available,” the Official Cuban Euphemism for the Unemployed Low wages, the desire to emigrate and the informal labor sector are some of the reasons for not having a permanent job. Official terminology in Cuba has its forbidden words. A lot of missing terms that can not be used by national officials, ministers or media. That forbidden vocabulary includes concepts such as crisis, femicide or unemployment. For Cubans who do not work, despite having the age and physical conditions to do so, the Government prefers the phrase “available workers.” Although the official figures place unemployment below 3% on the Island, it is enough to walk the streets on a weekday during working hours to see the large numbers of people who are doing nothing. Of the 7,173,150 Cubans of working age reported in 2017 by the National Office of Statistics and Information…
Protecting religious freedom: ‘Inaction is not an option’ - “Where religious freedom is protected, other freedoms may also flourish,” Sam Brownback, ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, said July 15. CubanReporter.Net - EditorsFrom ShareAmericaLinCu Information Services Brownback spoke in the Hall of Remembrance at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington at an opening event for the U.S. Department of State’s second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The ministerial meeting is bringing together hundreds of religious leaders, governments, survivors of religious persecution and civil society organizations July 16 to 18. The United States is committed to “protecting this common human right,” the ambassador told survivors of religious persecution. “Inaction is not an option.” The Holocaust Museum memorializes the genocide of Jews during World War II and hosts programs to counter religious persecution and prevent genocide. “This right to believe or not to believe is core to who we are as humans,” Brownback said. “This is the place for us to remember.…
House Foreign Affairs Committee hears how repression continues unabated in communist Cuba - No amount of cosmetic changes to Cuba’s socialist dictatorship can hide the fact that the Cuban people continue to suffer brutal repression under the Castro regime. Michael Volpe in Al Dia: Cuba continues to be repressiveWhile there is a new president of Cuba, little has changed in that country when it comes to human rights and press freedom.Cuba’s record on human rights remains the same even though the Castro brothers appear to no longer be in charge. The House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing entitled “Human Rights in Cuba: Beyond the Veneer of Reform.”The head of the committee is Aldio Sires, a Democrat from New Jersey, and this issue is personal to him. “I left Cuba and came to the United States when I was 11 years old,” Sires said during his opening remarks. “Despite great progress over the last six decades to improve quality of life all over the world,…
The surveillance state: Uighur oppression in Xinjiang, China [video] - CubanReporter.Net - EditorsFrom ShareAmericaLinCu Information Services More than 1 million Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim ethnic minorities are held in camps and forced to renounce their religious beliefs. Those who are not imprisoned are under constant surveillance as China systematically destroys their culture. IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The political opinions that are expressed in the re-published articles from other information media are not necessarily shared by the editors of ReporteroCubano.Net. | Visit the source for more information
Things are not as bad as they seem in socialist Cuba. . . - Santana in El Nuevo Herald: “Miguel says that in 2018, the economy grew more than what was announced.” “Wow girl… I thought you looked a little more plump.” IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The political opinions that are expressed in the re-published articles from other information media are not necessarily shared by the editors of ReporteroCubano.Net. | Visit the source for more information
Cuban government blocks phone lines of UNPACU dissidents - Jose Daniel Ferrer From our Annals of Tropical Social Justice Bureau Castogonia’s Ministry of the Interior is blocking the phone lines of at least twenty Cuban dissidents. Although the dissidents pay in full the exorbitant monthly rates charged by Castro, Inc.’s communications monopoly ECTESA, their phones lines are simply turned off. No explanations, no excuses, no refunds. So, not only is this a violation of human rights, but also a form of thievery. Naturally, since none of these dissidents can afford cell phone service, their accounts are paid from abroad. But Castro, Inc. slaps a surcharge for that. For the vast majority of Cubans — who earn only about 20 dollars a month — the amount of money being stolen from them by Castro, Inc. is almost inconceivable. The $200 per line monthly rate is the equivalent of TEN MONTHS of income for the vast majority of Cubans, including these…
The Cubazuela Debacle: Cuba’s Castro regime struggles to keep its Venezuelan puppet dictator in power - It was a bold move by Cuba’s Castro dictatorship to colonize Venezuela, a much larger country with infinitely more natural resources. But as the tragedy in Venezuela unfolds, it appears the Cuban dictatorship may have bitten off more than it can chew. Juan Antonio Blanco in Diario de Cuba: Cubazuela’s Diplomatic DebacleCubazuela’s diplomatic strategy to bolster the Maduro regime had several footholds: the complicity of Federica Mogherini, the PSOE under Pedro Sánchez, AMLO in Mexico and the Government of Uruguay. Together they have worked with Havana on a containment strategy to impede humanitarian intervention and ensure that any sanctions are more symbolic than effective.But this approach required scenarios rendering credible the contentions that half or more of Venezuela  ‘s problems stem from the opposition’s “stubbornness”  and the “cruelty” of the external sanctions. To legitimize these specious suggestions, the “dialogue in Oslo” was convened. Meanwhile, they undertook the task of securing…
Castro dictatorship prohibits evangelical pastors from leaving Cuba for religious freedom event in the U.S. - In spite of all the media’s tales of “reform” and “change,” Cuba’s socialist dictatorship continues its religious persecution of Christians on the island and denying Cubans basic human rights. Via Martí Noticias (my translation): Cuban regime prohibits evangelical leaders from traveling to the U.S.On Sunday, Cuban authorities stopped five pastors from protestant denominations from traveling to Washington to attend an event on religious freedom organized by the U.S. government. The presidents from Assemblies of God and the Evangelical League of Cuba, Moises Prada and Alida Leon Baez, along with those from the Baptist Church in the East and West, Dariel Llanez and Josue Legar respectively, were not allowed to leave the country to participate in the event. Pastor Alain Toledano was also not allowed.Leon Baez told Radio/Television Martí what happened on Sunday morning at terminal 3 of the Jose Martí International Airport in Havana. “An official came up to me…