Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What Does Ubuntu Mean?

“An anthropologist proposed a game to children in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the children that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run, they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats.

When he asked them why they had run like that when one could have had all the fruits for himself, they said, ‘UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?’ (‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: ‘I am because we are.)”

Source: http://ipauk.tumblr.com

That, my friend, is what Socialism is.

Uncle Sam's H8 War Against Havana Club

Poor fellow!

For more than 52 years he has tried to destroy Cuba.

He will fail on this effort too!

Cuba Charges Spaniard in Oswaldo Paya's Death

PETER ORSI, Associated Press

10:09 a.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2012


HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has charged a Spanish citizen with the equivalent of vehicular manslaughter in a car accident that killed prominent dissident Oswaldo Paya and another government opponent, official media said Tuesday.

Angel Carromero, who was behind the wheel of the car that was carrying Paya when it crashed July 22, "has been accused of the charge of homicide while driving a vehicle on public roads," Communist Party newspaper Granma said.

Under the penal code, a person convicted of violating traffic laws or rules resulting in the death of another can be sentenced to one to 10 years in prison.
In videotaped testimony played for journalists Monday, Carromero said he lost control of the car when it suddenly entered an unpaved area of road under construction and he slammed on the brakes, causing it to skid.

An investigation found that Carromero was speeding and failed to heed traffic signs warning of the construction, and Cuban authorities had hinted that charges might be forthcoming. Another dissident, Harold Cepero, also died in the crash.

A spokeswoman for Spain's Foreign Ministry said her ministry had not received any notification of a change in Carromero's status. She spoke on condition of anonymity in line with department policy.

Granma said Carromero and Swedish citizen Jens Aron Modig, who was also riding in the car when it crashed, entered the country July 19 on tourist visas. Both are affiliated with conservative political parties in their home countries and have said they came to Cuba to bring 4,000 euros ($4,900) to Paya and help organize dissident youth wings.

Cuba's government considers the small opposition groups to be subversive, and objects to foreign-based efforts to support them.

Granma said Modig had been allowed to return to Sweden "in spite of the illegal activities he carried out and the violation of his migratory status."
On Tuesday he tweeted: "Have European soil under my feet. So nice!"
Presented to foreign journalists the previous day, Modig apologized for his conduct.

"I understand that these activities are not legal in Cuba and I would like to apologize for having come to this country to realize illicit activities," he said, according to a Spanish translation of his comments.

Associated Press writers Andrea Rodriguez and Anne-Marie Garcia in Havana, Ciaran Giles in Madrid and Louise Norstrom in Stockholm contributed to this report.

Monday, July 30, 2012

WAKE UP MOTHERS! Obama and Hillary Abandon Diplomacy and Choose War!

NYT and The Ledger: U.S. Abandons Diplomacy on Syria in Favor of Toppling the Assad Regime

Please help to make sure that the USA has leaders that promote PEACE, rather than WAR.

Mothers of America: Do you want your children to become the cannon-fodder for Obama and Hillary's new unconstitutional war in the Middle East? It will be a war against either Syria or Iran.

Hillary, Panetta and Romney have visited Israel. They were lying the ground-work for the new war. The two capitalist U.S. parties want to star a new war to get the country out of the current economic depression that it finds itself in. Mothers of America: these corrupt capitalist politicians WANT YOU to contribute your children and their blood.


Let Obama, Romney, Panetta and Hillary send their own children to their pet wars.

I did not invent that we are in an economic depression. So says the 2008 Nobel Prize in economics: Paul Krugman. It took WWII for the U.S. to get out of the Great Depression. Democratic and Republican Party politicians want to start this war to get the country out of Great Depression II.

Yanet Bermoy Gives Cuba First Medal in London Olympic Games

July 30 2012, 10 :10 am GMT 

Guantanamo's Venceremos Newspaper –- Cuban judoka Janet Bermoy opened the table of medals for Cuba in the Olympic Games in London on Sunday by winning the silver medal in the 52-kilogram category.

Bermoy, World Champion in Egypt in 2005 and silver medalist in Beijing 2008 in the 48-kilogram division, lost to North Korea's Kum Ae An, who improved her performance in Beijing, where she got the silver medal.

The 25-year-old Cuban judoka beat Mongolia's Bundmaa Munkhbaatar by wazari in the first combat.

She also defeated Marie Muller (Luxembourg) by a yuko resulting from two "shidos" for passiveness of her contender, in the second fight.

 Source: Prensa Latina and Venceremos.cu

One Irresponsible Driver and Two Irresponsible Passengers

A Florida printed newspaper reported the following this past Saturday:

Havana Cuban authorities on Friday blamed driver error for the car crash that that killed [two citizens], saying that the Spanish man behind the wheel was speeding and braked too quickly upon entering an unpaved construction zone, causing the vehicle to careen out of control.

An Interior Ministry statement aired on the afternoon news said the two passengers, Harold Cepero and Oswaldo Paya, were not wearing seat-belts and were on the back of the car, which sustained the brunt of the impact when it hit a tree at high velocity.

ABC News also reported it.

El Fanaticismo de Barack Obama

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sorry, Raul! Obama is too ARROGANT to talk to Cuba as EQUALS

Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:43pm EDT
* Raul Castro Offers to talk with United States as equals

* Hostile U.S.-Cuban rhetoric heats up

By Marc Frank

HAVANA, July 26 (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro accused the United States on Thursday of seeking an overthrow of the Cuban government similar to Arab Spring countries, while reiterating his government's willingness to negotiate with its decades old foe.

"“The day they want (to talk) the table is served," Castro said in a nationally televised address on one of the biggest days in Cuba's political calendar.

“"I have already informed them through diplomatic channels. If they want to talk, we will talk ... but as equals ... We are going to talk about the same themes (democracy and human rights) in the United States," he said.

Cuba: London 2012

La delegación cubana que intervendrá en los XXX Juegos Olímpicos, izo esta mañana, día de la Rebeldía Nacional, su bandera en la Villa Olímpica de la ciudad londinense, en Inglaterra, el 26 de julio de 2012. AIN FOTO/Marcelino VAZQUEZ HERNANDEZ/

U.S. Venues For 2013 World Baseball Classic Announced

MLB Press Release

U.S. Venues For 2013 World Baseball Classic Announced

San Francisco’s AT&T Park Will Host Semi-Finals and Final;
Marlins Park to Welcome Second Round Pool;

First Round Games to Be Held at D-backs’ Homes Chase Field,
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced the United States venues for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which will be played at sites throughout the world in March.

The Semi-Finals and Final of the 2013 World Baseball Classic will be staged at San Francisco’s AT&T Park and hosted by the San Francisco Giants.

Second-round games will be held at Marlins Park, which is currently in its inaugural season, and hosted by the Miami Marlins.  First round competition will be played at both Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale and hosted by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

San Francisco will make its debut as a host city for the World Baseball Classic, succeeding San Diego’s PETCO Park (2006) and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (2009) as the host of the Semi-Finals and Final.  AT&T Park, which is currently in its 13th season as the home of the Giants, has hosted Major League Baseball’s 2007 All-Star Game and the World Series in 2002 and 2010.

Miami will be a second round host venue for the second straight World Baseball Classic, having also done so in 2009 at Dolphin Stadium.  Marlins Park is a state-of-the-art retractable roof ballpark in the heart of Miami, renewing the legacy of the Orange Bowl in Little Havana.

The homes of the D-backs, Chase Field and Salt River Fields, will serve as host venues for the first round.  This is the second time that World Baseball Classic contests will be played at Chase Field, which hosted in 2006, when Scottsdale Stadium also welcomed first round games.  Chase Field hosted the 2001 World Series and the 2011 Midsummer Classic.

“We are very pleased to partner with three franchises that will prove to be outstanding hosts of the 2013 World Baseball Classic,” said Paul Archey, President of World Baseball Classic, Inc. “The Giants, the Marlins and the D-backs share our commitment to continuing the game’s remarkable global growth, and their world-class cities and ballparks will welcome the unique brand of enthusiasm inspired by the World Baseball Classic.”

“Miami, Phoenix and San Francisco are three culturally diverse, baseball-loving cities,” said Timothy Slavin, a member of the WBCI Board of Directors. “We’re confident each of these communities and venues will provide an unforgettable experience for players and fans from around the world.”

International venues that will host 2013 World Baseball Classic games, pool composition and game dates will be announced in the weeks ahead along with information regarding ticket availability.

Venues hosting games during the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers were announced previously, and include Armin-Wolf-Baseball-Arena in Regensburg, Germany; Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City, Panama; XinZuang Stadium in Taipei, Taiwan; and Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida.

Recuerdan En Cuba El Día De La Rebeldía Nacional

59th Anniversary of the Attack Against The Moncada Barracks

El Blog De La Polilla Cubana: Las Ideas No Se Matan

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

U.S.A Reaffirms Blockade Policy Against Cuba

The U.S. government reaffirmed its blockade policy against Cuba by imposing a fine on a company in this country for doing business with the Caribbean island. The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Treasury Department (OFAC) forced the company Great Western Malting Co. to pay 1 347 750 USD for allowing the sale of barley malt to Cuba between August 2006 and March 2009.

According to OFAC, the company made several transactions of this product with the government of Cuba through a foreign subsidiary.

The communique says that the corporation did not have an adequate mechanism for detecting the violation of the regulations imposed against the Caribbean nation.

Recently, the Treasury Department punished the Dutch bank ING with a fine of 619 million USD for facilitating transactions with Cuba.

This year the OFAC and the Department of Commerce has fined three U.S. and foreign companies, in compliance with the regulations of the blockade against Cuba, which has cost the island over 975 billion USD.

Cuba Journal Says:

In November:

No Bama and No Mittens


Cuban GDP grew 2.1 pct in 1st-half 2012

HAVANA, July 23 | Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:17am IST
(Reuters) - Cuba's gross domestic product grew 2.1 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period in 2011 and the communist-ruled country has continued to post a positive trade balance, Economy Minister Adel Yzquierdo said on Monday.

The official Prensa Latina News Agency, reporting on a closed-door meeting of the Cuban National Assembly, said the overall results were considered positive.
Government officials have said the goal is to achieve 3 percent GDP growth in 2012.

The economy grew 2.7 percent in 2011 despite tough austerity measures imposed by President Raul Castro beginning in 2009.

Yzquierdo said trade continued to perform positively, without giving any details. Cuba reported a $4 billion trade surplus in 2011.

Cuba's Parliament Approves New Tax Law

Havana, July 24 — The Cuban parliament has approved a new tax law designed to cope with the country's growing private sector.

The Tax System Act, which stipulates 25 categories of taxes, will come into force in January 2013 and put an end to Cuba's current tax regime established in 1994, reported Xinhua.

Unlike its predecessor, the new tax law include articles on private-sector profits and employment, ownership of agricultural lands, land transactions, as well as personal income.

However, Cuban Finance Minister Lina Pedraza said the tax on personal incomes and housing ownership would not be implemented soon since "conditions are not yet mature".

Pedraza said the new tax law, the result of extensive consultations lasting for seven months among lawmakers, academics, and officials, was "more flexible" and would be applied "gradually" so as to ensure the national income and promote sectors conducive to socio-economic development of the country.

Cuba's private sector has witnessed rapid growth since the authorities loosened control in a bid to revitalize the country's stagnant economy.

Latest figures showed Cuba's private-sector workforce grew to 390,000 at the end of June, up nearly 3,000 from the previous month.

Source: NY Daily News

See also: Aprobada nueva Ley Tributaria por el Parlamento Cubano

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cuba Baseball Uniforms

Ernest Hemingway: “My mojito in La Bodeguita. My daiquirí in El Floridita”

Yuliesky Gourriel - MVP of the 2012 Honkbal Week

Monday Morning Update on 2012 Honkbal Week

Team Cuba had to fight hard at the right time because their backs were against the wall. It did fight convincingly at the end, and it went undefeated for four straight games. First it had to play the always very strong and dangerous Dutch team and it beat them 4-0. And then it had to deal with the much improved Puerto Rican team. It was sweet revenge time after the criollos ignominious loss in the first game of the tournament.

This is what we, Cuban baseball fans, hope and expect next year at the 2013 World Baseball Classic. It promises to be the biggest brawl since the Thrila in Manila. Do not underestimate the team from the island that gave the world a Roberto Clemente.

Cuba's hitting was a little weak in the beginning, but a new generation of Cuban pitchers, proud successors to Pedro Luis Lazo and Norge Luis Vera, rose to the occasion. The win in the semifinals against USA, has to be called a “Win by Committee.” Cuba sent seven pitchers to the mound and the last three were rookies to “big time” international competition. This was their time to shine, and they came through and delivered a great performance of relief pitching. The Dutch were stunned.

To me, the most exciting game was the win against Japan. They were the champions of WBC 2006 and WBC 2009. Cuba walloped them 12-1. Their version of Murderers Row (Gourriel, Cepeda, Despaigne and Abreu) came through with a .467 average in that key game. Bravo!

A big round of applause for Victor Mesa. He proved that he is a great manager. Look at his superb performance this year with the Matanzas Cocodrilos in Cuba's 51st National Series. And big congratulations to Yulieski Gourriel for being selected the MVP of this year's Honkbal Week.

Last but not least, there is one page where you click and look at all the box-scores of this year's tournament and all the detailed play-by-play. Click here to go to the Wikepedia page for the 2012 Honkbal Week.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cuba is the new Champion of Honkbal Week 2012

It defeated Puerto Rico 4-2 a few minutes ago. More on Monday.

See the following post titled "Monday Morning Update."

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Great Post at Havana Journal

Rob Sequin has given us a great post with a beautiful old map of Cuba at his always popular Havana Journal blog. Don't miss it. Click on the link.

Annual Pastors for Peace Aid Caravan en Route to Cuba

Tamara Hansen, left, and Gail Walker carry a Cuban flag as they cross from Hidalgo to Reynosa as part of the Pastors for Peace organization Thursday July 19, 2012 at the Hidalgo International Bridge in Hidalgo. Citizens cross the US border into Mexico on route to Cuba to deliver 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba and defy the US trade and travel blockade. The aid includes computers, pencils, hammers, plumbing pipes, solar panels, medications.
Gabe Hernandez | gabrielh@themonitor.com
The Monitor
Serving the Rio Grande Valley of Texas since 1909
July 19, 2012 11:03 PM
Five buses full of humanitarian aid and 60-plus caravanistas crossed into Mexico on Thursday morning, shrugging off the risks of the Tamaulipas roads amid their 23rd annual defiance of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba.

This year’s aid journey began last week, when caravanistas departing from Canada decided to challenge the U.S. policy and bring the aid through the United States instead of sending it from Canada, which has no embargo on Cuba.

“We chose to collect that aid and send it with the Pastors for Peace caravan to Cuba through the United States as an act of civil disobedience,” said Tamara Hansen, coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba.

The embargo “is stopping educational supply, medicines and sports equipment from arriving to the hands of Cuban people,” she said.

The U.S. State Department declined to comment for this story, referring to an online outline of U.S. policy toward Cuba.

“I encourage people to get involved next year in the 2013 caravan to Cuba because we are going to be doing this every year until the U.S. ends this inhuman and criminal policy,” Hansen said.

The caravanistas experienced difficulties at the British Columbia-Washington border. But verbal persuasion from Pastors for Peace lawyers and the group’s co-director, Gail Walker, convinced border agents that the majority of their cargo was humanitarian aid, rather than commercial goods. And as for the rest of the cargo — the sports equipment — agents relented and let it pass after a 24-hour protest by the caravanistas at the border.

On Monday the group gathered in the First Christian Church in McAllen while they worked with Mexican customs to cross into Mexico.


In October, the United Nations General Assembly condemned the decades-old U.S. embargo on Cuba, with Canada and 185 other countries in opposition.

Only the U.S. and Israel backed “this inhuman and immoral” embargo, Hansen said. “So we are standing together not only as a group of caravanistas and our supporters in Texas, but as a worldwide movement demanding to end this cruel policy against Cuba.

The Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, the parent company of the project of Pastors for Peace, was expecting more progress from the Obama administration on ending the embargo.

“We were hopeful; that has not happened,” Walker said. “We continue to push and hope in the near future in can happen.”

But the group has no expectation of seeing the embargo lifted should presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney beat President Barack Obama on Election Day, Walker said.

“I suspect (Romney) will hold the line of his predecessors on the Republican ticket,” Walker said. “I don’t see him actually making things easier.”
The group opposes the licensing policy to travel to Cuba that has been eased for Cuban-Americans.

Because people must apply for a license and get the permission of the government, “that means they can dictate who can go, when they go, what they take,” Walker said. “Our position is licensing is never appropriate because you can’t license love. You can’t license solidarity with people.

“That is why we maintain this very strict policy against licensing,” Walker said.


Mario Jorge, 49, a Rio Grande Valley engineer who left Cuba when he was 8, thinks the embargo “probably outlived its usefulness” but understands the reason the U.S. had to establish it.

“The Cuban government is very oppressive,” Jorge said. “There is no freedom of religion, there is no political freedom.”

There is not financial freedom, either, Jorge said.

The European companies that are doing business in Cuba pay the government for the labor, and then “the Cuban government subcontracts the labor and they pay them measly wages,” Jorge said.

“I suppose the U.S. position is not allowing U.S. companies to go and use the Cuban people as slaves,” Jorge said.

The embargo isn’t very effective anymore because European companies and other countries do business with Cuba, Jorge said. The policy is “an excuse for the Cuban government to blame their own inadequacies on” the U.S.

But “from a philosophical stand point, I support the U.S. position,” Jorge said. “We don’t want to be part of that oppression of the Cuban people,”

The caravanistas were welcomed in the Mexican side of the bridge by members of the Communist Youth of Mexico and the Communist Party, which is not registered as a political party with Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute.


En route to the coastal city of Tampico, Tamps., the group must pass by San Fernando, the area some 90 miles south of McAllen where the bodies of 72 migrants were found in the summer of 2010. In the spring of 2011, more than 190 more bodies were found there in shallow graves. The Zetas were blamed.
But “we are not afraid because we are going to be with our Mexican brothers,” Manolo de los Santos, national coordinator of the caravan, said in Spanish.
Martha L. Hernández covers health, business and general assignments for The Monitor and El Nuevo Heraldo. She can be reached at mlhernandez@themonitor.com and (956) 683-4846.

Joe Torre to manage Team USA in 2013 World Baseball Classic


MLB Press Release

06/14/2012 12:05 PM EST

DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced Thursday that Joe Torre has been named manager of Team USA for the 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC).

Currently Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations, Torre will be making his debut in red, white and blue next March for the third installment of the WBC. Dates and locations are to be announced, but first-ever qualifiers are set to be held in September and November of 2012 across four international venues.

Read the complete story

Cuba To Hike Tax on Foreign Goods

July 17th, 2012

HAVANA - Cuba will soon implement a new tax on imported goods.

On July 17th the national radio station of Cuba, Radio Rebelde, revealed that the government plans to introduce a new import tax on goods brought into the country.

From September 2012 all Cuban nationals who leave the country more than once a year will be required to pay an import tax of at least 10 Cuban Pesos (CUP) per kilogram of imported goods. Tourists to Cuba will also be liable to pay the tax on commercial goods, which will be imposed upon their first arrival.

Currently, the import taxes on goods brought into the country are set at 0.50 CUP per kilogram, with pre-set duties for selected items, such as kitchenware and televisions.

The tax changes were first revealed in the Gaceta Oficial de Cuba, and were dated July 2nd.

I'm Back in the Saddle Again!

I'm back in the saddle again
Out where a friend is a friend
Where the longhorn cattle feed
On the lowly gypsum weed
Back in the saddle again

Monday, July 09, 2012

Cuba Journal Ceases Publishing

Thank You to all the faithful readers in many, many countries. Many will wonder why we are doing this. It is simple: POLITICS SUCKS!

Friday, July 06, 2012

July 5, 2012: USA Baseball Tops Cuba in Havana, 4-3

July 5, 2012


Written by  IBAF

After a 16-year hiatus in the international friendly series between the two traditional baseball powers, Cuba and the United States weren't about to let a rain delay of nearly two hours spoil the drama between the lines.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning when Michael Conforto (Oregon State) launched a grand slam and was able to hold off a furious rally late in the game by Cuba to hold on for a 4-3 win in the first contest of a five-game series.

"I am very proud of this group and what we accomplished tonight," Team USA manager Dave Serrano said. "It was an exciting win for a team that had to work through some tough circumstances, traveling in the morning, going through customs and then having a long delay before the game. They fought through it and stayed together though.

"Being able to have two great ambassadors in the sport of baseball meet up after such a long layoff was special. I thought tonight's game showed the world why these two countries should play each other each and every year."

Despite having to wait out a lengthy pregame delay, pitching in front of a raucous crowd at Latin American Stadium and facing a Cuban lineup featuring all of its big-name stars, Jonathon Crawford (Florida) rose to the challenge out-dueled Yadiel Pedroso to lead the Collegiate National Team to its first win over Cuba since 1996 and first over the Cubans in their home country since 1993 in Sancti Spiritus.

Crawford finished with 6.1 strong innings, striking out six, walking two and allowing just two runs on four hits. He matched Pedroso pitch-for-pitch in the early goings as both hurlers tossed zeroes up in the first five frames.

In the top of the sixth though, Team USA finally started to put some pressure on offensively as Kyle Farmer (Georgia) and Trea Farmer (North Carolina State) singled and walked, respectively, to put two runners on base and force Cuba to make a move to the bullpen.

Although Johnny Field (Arizona) greeted Joel Suarez with a long drive to left, it fell just shy of the wall on the warning track for the second out of the inning. A heads-up play by Farmer and Turner ensued, however, as they were both able to tag up and advance 90 feet into scoring position.

That would turn out to be a big play in Thursday's game as Cuba then decided to intentionally walk D.J. Peterson (New Mexico) to load the bases with two outs. That decision immediately proved fruitful for Team USA as Conforto turned on a 1-1 slider from new relief pitcher Norberto Gonzalez and deposited it five rows deep into the rightfield stands for a grand slam.

Holding a 4-0 lead all of a sudden, Crawford continued to keep the momentum on the U.S. side of the field as he retired the side in the home half of the frame on just four pitches.

Cuba wasn't going to go down without putting up a fight, however, and Frederich Cepeda got his team on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run homerun that just evaded the glove of a leaping Austin Cousino (Kentucky) over the 380-foot marker in left-center.

The next batter singled through the right side of the infield to end Crawford's evening, but Daniel Berg (UCLA) came out of the bullpen to induce an inning-ending, 5-4-3 double play and keep the damage to the minimum.

Cuba kept the pressure on in the eighth, taking advantage of a pair of U.S. miscues in the field and using a two-strike sacrifice bunt to put two runners in scoring position with just one out.

Yulieski Gourriel then punched an RBI single back up the middle, but a strong throw from Cousino in center held Cuba to just one run on the play.

Team USA then turned to Bobby Wahl (Mississippi) to escape the jam and he struck out both Alfredo Despaigne and Jose Abreu swinging with the tying run at third and go-ahead run at first to keep the U.S. lead intact.

The Cubans threatened again in the bottom of the ninth with Cepeda drawing a leadoff walk but Wahl did his job again, getting Alexei Bell to fly out to left and Erisbel Arruebarruena to hit into a game-ending, 4-3 double play.

The United States and Cuba will square off again at 8 p.m. on Friday night at Latin American Stadium with Marco Gonzales (Gonzaga) and Ordrisamer Despaigne set to battle it out on the mound.

National Turk: U.S. Baseball Team Visits Cuba

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Ernest Hemingway's Favorite Havana Hangout For Mojitos, La Bodeguita Del Medio, Celebrates Its 70th Birthday

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The Havana Reporter

By Martha Andrés, Photos: Vladimir Molina

Havana – In the center of Havana’s colonial district, tucked between tall buildings
on each side, the Bodeguita del Medio restaurant and bar beckons to passers-by
with its unusual sign, advertising what continues to be a unique spot in Cuba.
Locals and visitors drop in to taste one of the delicious Cuban dishes prepared
here; sip a delicious, world-famous mojito cocktail, listen to traditional Cuban
music and enjoy warm, friendly service. Songs like “Guantanamera,” “Chan Chan”
and “Hasta siempre, comandante” are staples for the ever-present musicians as
diners enjoy roast pork, exquisite black beans, rice and other favorites.

Graffiti on the walls, doors, and columns testify to the celebrities from all over the
world who were won over by the bohemian atmosphere of La Bodeguita. Their
signatures blend in with thousands of others.

According to Alejo Carpentier, the eminent Cuban novelist, as Paris’s
Montparnasse became decadent, that it was when La Bodeguita sprang up, and
like any meeting ground for bohemians, it has been the venue ever since for love
affairs, romance, happiness, dreams and more.


Cuba Journal is pleased and happy that with this post we have reached an important milestone: 8,100 posts. It is Mojito Time for me. I will drink one this afternoon to remember Papa Hemingway.

Cuba's Radio Reloj Celebrates Its 65th Birthday

Radio Reloj is one of Cuba's superb radio stations. It always keeps you well informed and you never have to put up with commercial advertising garbage.

Democracy Is On The March?

WOW! Democracy is blooming in Mexico. I was so happy that I decided to buy my local newspaper yesterday, Fourth of July, to read the good news. Here is what I found:

Mexico City – Thousands of people rushed to stores Tuesday to redeem pre-paid gift cards they said were given to them previously by the party that won Mexico's presidency, inflaming accusations that the week-end election was marred by widespread vote-buying. At least a few cardholders were angry, complaining that they didn't get as much as promised or that their cards weren't working.


JG: LOL! “Gimme, gimme, something free.” Unconfirmed reports claim that both Obama and Romney have contacted Visa and Mastercard with inquiries about discounts on a million gift cards.

Have no fear, democracy is blooming everywhere, cleverly marketed. Marx who?

Mike Farrell Writes to Obama

July 5, 2012

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500-0004

Dear President Obama:

Though I fear your staff protects you from letters such as this, I write in the hope that one of our voices leaks through. I am one of thousands of people around the world who ask that you make a humanitarian gesture that is also a meaningful step to reduce international tensions: grant Executive Clemency and cause the release of the Cuban 5, who have been wrongly held in our prisons for nearly 14 years.

Together with a number of colleagues in the arts who speak as Actors and Artists United for the Freedom of the Cuban Five, I ask for the release of these five men: Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Ramón Labañino Salazar, Rene González Sehwerert, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez and Fernando González Llort.

Release them because they are sons, husbands, brothers, poets, pilots, college graduates and artists who have committed no crime against the United States.

Release them because they came to this country unarmed and never posed a threat of any kind to US National Security.

Release them because they came here only to monitor the activities of violent Cuban exiles, who operating from bases in Miami of which our government is well aware, were planning violent actions against innocent people in Cuba.

Release them because they were trying to prevent more brutal acts against against their country and save innocent lives.

As you are aware, Mr. President, yesterday was our Independence Day, a day many politicians use to celebrate our nation's laws, its history, and its people. For many of these same politicians, supporting the so-called “war on terror” is used as a way to demonstrate their patriotism.

That being so, it is an act of profound hypocrisy for our government to continue the incarceration of these heroic men who put themselves at risk to stop the very terrorism we claim to find so abhorrent.

Therefore, I respectfully ask that you reverse this mockery of justice and use the powers conferred on you by our Constitution to do the right thing and allow the Cuban 5 to return home to their loved ones.


Mike Farrell

Is Fidel's New Book (Argentina Edition) Made With Pages Made Out of GOLD?

Here is the information I got by visiting this website:

US$ 112.50

And here is some additional information from this website:

Buenos Aires, 18 jun (PL) La edición argentina del libro "Fidel Castro Ruz, Guerrillero del Tiempo", de la periodista y escritora cubana Katiuska Blanco, será presentada hoy en esta capital, confirmaron fuentes del Partido Comunista (PCA).

Primera impresa en Latinoamérica y el mundo, después de La Habana, la publicación de la obra corrió a cargo de Cartago Ediciones S.A. y su lanzamiento tendrá lugar en la Casa Patria Grande Néstor Kirchner, precisó a Prensa Latina el secretario adjunto de la organización partidista, Víctor Kot.

JG: So, my question is: are communists in Argentina and Cuba trying to become millionaires very quickly? 

Sorry, Fidel, but I will not pay that much for your book, but I will continue denouncing the Yankee imperialist's blockade/embargo of Cuba.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

For the Fourth of July I Bought a TeeShirt

My dad was born in that city. I hope to visit soon.

Caravana por la Paz a Cuba cruzó frontera Canadá-EE.UU.

Autoridades aduanales estadounidenses intentaron impedir el paso de la ayuda humanitaria desde Columbia Británica hasta el estado de Washington.

Juventud Rebelde
2 de Julio del 2012 9:50:56 CDT
La 23 Caravana de Pastores por la Paz a Cuba cruzó exitosamente la primera frontera retando el bloqueo estadounidense a Cuba, a pesar de los intentos en la Aduana de impedir que la ayuda humanitaria canadiense —que incluía material médico, bicicletas y sillas de ruedas— entrara a territorio de EE.UU.

JG: A big applause for PASTORS FOR PEACE!

Favorite Mercenary of USA & European Union

Cuba May Choose Among 77 Players For Their National Team to the 2013 World Baseball Classic

Receptores (Catchers): Lednier Ricardo (CMG), Fran C. Morejón (IND), Yosvani Alarcón (LTU), Yenier Bello (SSP), Ariel Pestano (VCL), Yulexis La Rosa (VCL), Ángel Tamayo (HOL), Luis Castro (IJV), Danger Guerrero (MAY).

Jugadores de cuadro (Infielders). 1B: José D. Abreu (CFG), Yordanis Samón (GRA), Joan C. Pedroso (LTU), Alexander Malleta (IND) y Yoenni Southeran (GTM). 2B: Héctor Olivera (STG), Dayán García (ART), Juan C. Torriente (IND), Yoilán Cerce (GTM) y José M. Fernández (MTZ). 3B: Luis Y. La O (STG), Raúl González (CAV), Rudy Reyes (IND), Yurisbel Gracial (MTZ), Yulieski Gourriel (SSP) y Míchel Enríquez (IJV). SS: Yordan Manduley (HOL), Roberto C. Ramírez (MET), Erisbel Arruebarruena (CFG), Alexander Guerrero (LTU), Aledmis Díaz (VCL) y Yorbis Borroto (CAV).

Jardineros (Outfielders). CF: Rusney Castillo (CAV), Guillermo Heredia (MTZ) y Roel Santos (GRA). LF: Edilse Silva (STG), Alfredo Despaigne (GRA), Frederich Cepeda (SSP), Yasmani Tomás (IND) y Yuniet Flores (VCL). RF: William Luis Campillo (CMG), Alexei Bell (STG), Yadiel Hernández (MTZ), Urmaris Guerra (GRA), Irait Chirino (IND) y Serguey Pérez (IND).

Lanzadores (Pitchers). Yadier Pedroso (ART), Miguel Lahera (ART), Vladimir García (CAV), Yander Guevara (CAV), *Norberto González (CFG), Noelvis Entenza (CFG), Vicyohandri Odelín (CMG), *Leandro Martínez (GRA), Dalier Hinojosa (GTM), Pablo Millán Fernández (HOL), Danni Aguilera (IJV), Odrisamer Despaigne (IND), Yoelkis Cruz (LTU), Jorge A. Martínez (MTZ), Joel Suárez (MTZ), Yoanni Yera (MTZ), Erlis Casanova (PRI), Danny Betancourt (STG), Ismel Jiménez (SSP), Freddy A. Álvarez (VCL), *Yasmani Hernández (VCL), Alain Sánchez (VCL), Antonio Romero (IND), *Darién Núñez (LTU), *Robelio Carrillo (VCL), Alexander Rodríguez (GTM), Alberto Soto (GRA), Lenier Rodríguez (MAY), Frank Madan (CMG), Yohan Hernández (MTZ) y Carlos Juan Viera (LTU).

*Lanzadores zurdos. (Lefties)

Source: Cubadebate

Editan Guerrillero del Tiempo en República Dominicana

SANTO DOMINGO, 1 de julio.— La librería Cuesta pone a la venta desde este lunes un título que aviva el apetito del lector por acercarse al ser humano que es el líder de la Revolución cubana. Esta edición dominicana de Fidel Castro Ruz: Guerrillero del Tiempo, de la escritora y periodista Katiuska Blanco, fue realizada en la Editora Búho de Santo Domingo, informó Prensa Latina.

El libro recoge en dos volúmenes conversaciones con Fidel, donde relata y analiza el periodo histórico que antecede a la lucha armada contra el dictador Fulgencio Batista hasta la entrada triunfante de las tropas rebeldes a La Habana.

La particularidad de esta edición está en la selección de citas de personalidades como el coronel Francisco Caamaño Deñó, el expresidente Juan Bosch, el poeta Pedro Mir, y fragmentos de una carta de José Martí a Máximo Gómez.

La venta precede la visita de la autora a la República Dominicana, donde hará la presentación de este título en Santo Domingo, así como en Santiago de los Caballeros y Baní, ciudad donde naciera el Generalísimo Máximo Gómez. La edición dominicana está brevemente presentada por Hamlet Hermann, autor y exguerrillero a las órdenes de Francisco Caamaño en la década de 1970, quien destaca del libro la enorme devoción con que el líder de la Revolución cubana consideró siempre la solidaridad y el internacionalismo, sobre todo con Dominicana.

Fidel, dice Hermann, sintió el deber ineludible de reciprocar lo que habían hecho por la independencia de Cuba el Teniente General Modesto Díaz, los generales Luis, Francisco y Félix Marcano, así como el Generalísimo Máximo Gómez.

Source: Granma

Link to Librería Cuesta

Overpriced Croquettes? I pass!

The Miami gusanos and Goya will not see any of my money at their new and beautiful Marlins Park. The only thing that city offers is Cuba hate. I will not join them.

I pass!

Marlins Park review by Mop-Up Duty.

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Monday, July 02, 2012


¡Viva España Coño! Campeón del Euro 2012

Tremenda pateadura. Spain demolished Italy 4-0 yesterday.

El pobre negrito de Italia estaba llorando.

One Man's Opinion

So you think that because your capitalist CEO decides to give you a 10% commission on the income that you bring in to his corporation, because of your capacity to labor for a living, he is doing you a “big favor”?

What a fool you are! Your boss is not taking any risks. He goes to a capitalist bank and borrows other-people's money so he can exploit you.

Here it is in the simplest of terms: You labor for 30 days, or maybe even a year. You bring to your capitalist boss' corporation the sum of $1 million dollars in profits. The sales that you bring in are normally a multiple of that profit.

Now, your boss gives you the promised 10%. Your take is $100,000.00. Uncle Sam and all the myriads of governments that he creates (state, county, city, miscellaneous “districts” like schools, etc.) take from you a big chunk of that. You are lucky if if you are left with $50,000.000.

Your boss, because of the tax cuts that Bush, Obama, and the U.S. Congress give to capitalist millionaires and billionaires, only pays a tax-rate of 15% on his income. Your boss and USA capitalism screw you every day of the week. I say pass the following law: (don't hold your breath), give the workers 50% of the profits that they bring in to the place where they labor.

It will never happen, unless there is a violent Revolution. Capitalists will continue screwing you 24/7/365.

The people in Czarist Russia, China, Vietnam, Cuba were smart. The Revolution was successful. The workers took control of the means of production.

What a genius Karl Marx was in explaining how capitalism works!

I, Amateur Philosopher

There is nothing hidden or unrevealed about the meaning of our existence. We are born, we live, we die.

There is no unseen higher power that governs our lives. We are the masters and helmsmen of our own destiny. No one traces it for us. We become what we want to become.

Matter is the only thing that is present everywhere and can be seen everyday. I can touch it, therefore matter exists. You can't touch "spirits" or so called Gods. There is no absolute proof of their existence.

Applause for Karl Marx: "Religion is the opium of the masses."

We need only three things in the material world: shelter, clothing, food. They keep you alive.

Visual arts and reading superb books nourish our intellect and our brains. They are the extra gravy in our lives.

The search for truth and knowledge should be the only endeavors that we pursue without tiring.

Science is the only activity that should guide and govern our lives. Charlatans are the scourge of mankind. Avoid them.

Money corrupts people. Politicians, of the capitalist kind, suck.

Fortune and fame are illusions, not solutions.

Every species eventually becomes extinct. Every planet eventually becomes barren and desolate.

Is Homo Sapiens really using his brain when he wages war against his own species, or should it be renamed Homo Stupidus?

Live life to the fullest and enjoy it. We are here only for a short period of time. If we are lucky, have the right genes, and live a healthy lifestyle, we may break 100 years. But don't bet or count on it. The only thing that you need in order to die is to be alive.

There is nothing guaranteed in our lives. We all have to help to build the world that we want to have.

There will be great joys and great miseries along the way. If you fall down, get up as fast as you possibly can. Don't dwell on past errors and mistakes.

If it sounds too good to be true, it is not worth considering. Reason is the only golden rule. THINK.

Do not help destroy our world. Make it better than it was before you arrived.