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Is This A Reason Why Fidel Castro — April 28, 2016

Is This A Reason Why Fidel Castro

was always talking about Yankee Imperialism?   A bunch of smugglers were taking his fruits of labor out of Cuba to work in the United States of America. Should all of the seventeen  players who entered illegally into the USofA,  be on a list of those who need to be returned to their country of origin, to legalize their right to remain in America?

Talented Cuban baseball players paid a South Florida smuggling ring a percentage of their contract totaling  millions of American dollars, to leave the communist island in “secretive ventures that included phony documents, false identities and surreptitious boat voyages to Mexico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, federal prosecutors say.”

Toronto Blue Jays
Spring Training 2013 in Dunedin, Florida

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¡Déjalos quejarse! — December 1, 2015

¡Déjalos quejarse!

 

Carbonel Carbonell shared Carlos Bello González’s photo.

That is flight PA 422 HAV MIA. Carlos Bello González came on that flight in 1960. Pan American and a free and democrátic Cuba, always in my heart and memories forever.

Carlos Bello González's photo.
Photo by Carlos Bello González                                      April 22, 2014
Una perspectiva de los viejos cubanos que vinieron en el 1960 vista por los cubanos que vinieron del 1980 en adelante… Ahora que está de moda criticar a los viejos cubanos, vale la pena abrir el álbum familiar. 

LOS VIEJOS CUBANOS

AUTOR DESCONOCIDO

Ahí están bajando del avión, en los años 60, con sus ropas de domingo y una sonrisa nerviosa, todavía mojada por las lágrimas de la partida.

A muchos, sobre todo a los jóvenes, les cuesta entender que en la década de 1950, incluso con la dictadura Batistiana, Cuba era un mejor lugar para vivir que Estados Unidos.

En lo social. En lo económico. En lo humano. Acostumbrados a una cultura mediterránea en todo su esplendor y tolerancia, con una creciente permeabilidad entre clases, razas y credos, no es difícil imaginar el desgarramiento, el temor y la amargura de aquellos exiliados que al buscar apartamento tropezaban con un letrero de 
“No Cubans”, “No pets”.

La más pujante clase media de América Latina recogiendo tomates y aguacates en Kendall y Homestead. Miami, que hoy es un campo de contradicciones, era un campo a secas. El rencor desfigura. 

Esa primera década de refundación a partir de cero debió constituir una descomunal prueba para un pueblo que ya casi tenía en sus manos un porvenir envidiable. Basta mirar las ruinas para comprobar lo que estaba en pie. 

Pasamos la página del álbum y vemos a nuestros héroes con carro del año, casa propia y los hijos a punto de entrar a la universidad. La bonanza de un lento sacrificio. Y las arrugas prematuras. Y la consternación de las ilusiones que se fueron en sobrevivir con dos trabajos. En morderse la lengua en inglés y español. En poner las dos mejillas muchas veces. Ya perdida la esperanza de volver. 

Es natural, pues, que odien a Fidel con saña inmisericorde y fanática. Y que ese odio con frecuencia paralice su razón. Porque la razón que les toca comprender es salvajemente injusta.

Sobre esos hombros encorvados se levanta una callada y preservadora lección. Del pastel de guayaba a la devoción constitucional, del taburete a la guayabera, esas canas coronan una larga batalla por nuestra identidad. 

Académicos, campesinos, comerciantes, artistas, médicos, pícaros y mártires, soñadores y pragmáticos, ricos y pobres, restituyeron a la nación el patrimonio dilapidado por Fidel. 

A ratos, el país de sus sueños es más concreto que el país real. Ellos guardaron la receta y recordaron la canción. 

En la última página del álbum, con el cuello almidonado y el pelo fragante a agua de colonia, tienen el candor de las piedras lavadas por la tormenta. 

Los viejos cubanos: clave y aliento. Ellos horadaron en la roca, con uñas y dientes, las puertas que yo encontré abiertas. Ellos protagonizaron, a noventa millas, toda una epopeya de reafirmación nacional. Déjalos quejarse.
Déjalos refugiarse en sus pesares. La taza de café se les demora en las manos mientras leen las noticias de la isla . Y vuelven a oler las magnolias de desaparecidos patios. Y en el frío cristal de la tarde vuelven a tocar el rostro de sus muertos. 

Los viejos cubanos, curtidos a la intemperie. Déjalos que sean como son. ¡Porque son la sal de nuestra tierra!

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Sergio G. Rodriguez Puig
Sergio G. Rodriguez Puig We arrived on a Sunday afternoon, October 2nd, 1960 in exactly the same Pan Am DC6B as this one.

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Alberto Hernandez
Alberto Hernandez Dec 30 1965 in united flight to Miami next day national to NY. I was 8yrs old I still remember like it was yesterday

Magda Rodriguez
Magda Rodriguez I arrived in a Pan Am fly May 14, 1961, on mother’s day with my 2 1/2 year old little girl. I still remember my family looking at us with tears in their eyes through, (what was call La Pescera), becaause we were separaated by a glass wall from our love ones. Very sad, but I had to get my little girl out of communist Cuba. We all reunited later on!!!

Sergio G. Rodriguez Puig
Sergio G. Rodriguez Puig My flight was 412, here is my ticket…

Sergio G. Rodriguez Puig's photo.
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Silvia De Quintana Mendez
Silvia De Quintana Mendez Y yo llegue el 18 de noviembre 1960…!!! Aterrizamos en NYC! No tengo ni idea del vuelo, tenía 2 años y un mes exactos!

Manuel J Acosta
Manuel J Acosta Ojala que yo hubiera podido venir entonces

Héctor F. Cadena
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Finally It Is Time For The U.S. To Change Its Policy Regarding Cuba — December 17, 2014

Finally It Is Time For The U.S. To Change Its Policy Regarding Cuba

Obama Announces New Era for U.S., Cuba

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In a speech at the White House on Wednesday, President Obama announced that the United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than 50 years. Read more… http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2014/12/17/alan-gross-released-from-cuban-prison.html?via=twitter_page
Colombia pedirá a embajador de EE.UU. respeto por asuntos internos El embajador Kevin Whitaker dijo el pasado miércoles que la destitución de Gustavo Petro podría erosionar el proceso de paz en La Habana. — December 13, 2013

Colombia pedirá a embajador de EE.UU. respeto por asuntos internos El embajador Kevin Whitaker dijo el pasado miércoles que la destitución de Gustavo Petro podría erosionar el proceso de paz en La Habana.

La canciller colombiana, María Ángela Holguín, anunció este jueves que conversará con la secretaria de Estado adjunta de EE.UU. para Latinoamérica, Roberta Jacobson, sobre unas declaraciones que dio el nominado embajador de ese país Kevin Whitaker, sobre la destitución del alcalde de Bogotá, Gustavo Petro.

Another nosy American is sticking his nose in the internal affairs of a foreign country. Mr Whitaker, the firing of an incompetent mayor is not a condition for making peace with terrorists. As long as the FARC and its allies continue to attack innocents and soldiers defending posts in Colombia, there will be no peace in this South American nation. Mr. Whitaker, just go back to your office and apologize to the nation on live TV.

HOTEL CALIFORNIA by Vocal Sampling in Habana, Cuba 15 March 2012 — November 1, 2013
The Catholic Church is Planting the Seeds of Democracy in Cuba. — April 13, 2012

The Catholic Church is Planting the Seeds of Democracy in Cuba.

Coat of arms of Cuba. Español: Escudo de Cuba....
Coat of arms of Cuba. Español: Escudo de Cuba. Русский: Герб Кубы. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Tim Padgett/TIME

“The church is doing more to plant the seeds of democracy on the island than the U.S.’s 50-year trade embargo against Cuba ever did.  And when the Castro’s are in their graves, it’s a good bet the Cuban church will still be on its feet.”

It’s time for America to get over its 50-year tantrum.

Few will mourn this regime.

 

By Michael Reid/ECONOMIST

“ON JULY 31st 2006 Cuban state television broadcast a terse statement from Fidel Castro to say that he had to undergo emergency surgery and was temporarily handing over to his brother.  This statement  marked the start of a slow but irreversible dismantling of  “socialism” in one of the few countries in which it survived into this century.

Raúl Castro, who formally took over as Cuba’s president in February 2008 and as first secretary of the Communist Party in April 2011, is trying to revive the island’s economy by transferring a substantial chunk of it from state to private hands.

He has abolished a few of the many restrictions that pervade Cubans’ lives.

He has also freed around 130 political prisoners.

His government has signed the UN covenants on human rights. Repression has become less brutal, though two prisoners have died on hunger strikes.

Cubans grumble far more openly than they used to, and academic debate has become a bit freer.

BUT

Calls for democracy and free elections are still silenced. The Communist Party remains the only legal political party in Cuba.

Raúl Castro has repeatedly dashed the hopes of many Cubans that the hated exit visa, which makes it hard (and for some, impossible) to leave the country, will be scrapped.”

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2109772,00.html

http://www.economist.com/node/21550418

Winning Ugly in Venezuela by Peter Wilson — February 26, 2012

Winning Ugly in Venezuela by Peter Wilson

Hugo Chávez, President since 1999.
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CARACAS — Hugo Chávez does not filter his words. The Venezuelan strongman made headlines when he called former U.S. President George W. Bush “the devil” at the United Nations, and when he claimed former Peruvian President Alan Garcia was a thief, an embarrassment, and a scoundrel. That trait has endeared him to many Venezuelans, who like their president’s flamboyant, straight-talking ways. It could also prove to be his downfall in this year’s presidential election, scheduled for Oct. 7.

Peter Wilson

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