Cuba lives on as Fidel lies dying

Fidel Castro has been dying for half a year now, and yet Cuba continues to stand strong resisting US imperialist power. Almost 1/2 a century of US imposed war on the island, and it will be Castro’s digestive tract that will finally bring Cuba’s great leader down, and not some CIA exploding cigar, poison placed in his food, or some other terrorist plot launched by the gusanos of Miami and their US government handlers.

The corporate media at home made most of us think that Castro was merely some sort of island Ceausescu. They had us believing that it was only Fidel and his mad charisma that made Cuba a non-capitalist country, all against the desires of its people. But surprise, there is no movement to restore capitalism there, no celebration at the nearing death of Castro. Instead, there has been a strengthening of Fidel Castro’s example, as more and more people in more and more Latin American countries, have fought to move themselves into the anti-capitalist camp headed by Fidel.

Centuries of ‘free enterprise’ have brought lives of poverty and disease to most throughout Latin America. Beat down with truncheons of the police, military, and death squads, now the people have begun to find the beginnings of an opening to rebel once again, and seek another road. The Left throughout South America has begun to rise, and as they have, they have gravitated toward the example that Fidel Castro and Cuba have shown them.

At the beginning, Fidel Castro was a doctor who actually cared about the health of the people he was trained to treat. Throughout, his political guidance has strongly tried to incorporate medicine and medical care for people in the policies he fought for. He was a doctor who cared for his patients, and not for his stock portfolio.

He is a great man, and once again we find ourselves with a leader whose life example was built on armed struggle, and not just pacifist liberal mouthings by some guru or another. He has more in common with George Washington, than with Martin Luther King. He is more John Brown, than Gandhi. He led, but his message was that one must physically resist oppression, and not just turn the other cheek.

So what happens after Fidel Castro dies? Check out this yahoo article to find out how the situation is actually currently unfolding.

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15 Responses to Cuba lives on as Fidel lies dying

  1. Jonah Jonah says:

    For those of y’all who don’t speak Spanish, the term “gusano” is translated in Spanish/English dictionaries an meaning worm. The more correct term would be the blowfly maggots on rotting meat. Probably the most accurate description of those guys.

    I try to be nice to just about everybody, really I do. One time my dad was chewing out my brother Lee and sister Audrey for something, paused in the middle, looked straight at me and said “does the attorney for the defense have anything to add?”

    I suppose being knee-jerk always defend the underdog is a lot less onerous a title than being a knee-jerk always defend the overdog.

    But these guys, and their friends like Ollie North and Eden Pastora? Naaahhhh… They ARE blowfly maggots on the rotting carcass of the world….

  2. Avatar Michael Slivka says:

    Here’s a ocopy of a recent article from the Miami New Times (their equivalent of our famed “Independent”), about current conditions in Cuba. Seems that the locals don’t quite appreciate their “workers paradise”. I guess that’s why they keep risking life and limb on their rubber rafts to get to Miami.

    Our Woman in Havana

    Press Time
    With Fidel on his death bed, journalist Carlos Otero is more critical than ever
    By Our Woman in Havana
    Article Published Jan 11, 2007

    Carlos at his home in Havana Carlos Rios Otero is trying to write a note, but his black pen has run out of ink. He shakes it furiously, tries to scribble on a piece of thin white paper, and then tosses it on the table.
    He shoots the pen a nasty glare, grabs it again, and flings it high into the air.

    Carlos is frustrated. The pen is just one more thing that doesn’t work in Cuba.

    He is trying to change that, one word at a time. He is the rarest of rare on the island — an independent journalist.

    But this writer doesn’t work for a state-run communist-mouthpiece rag like Granma or Juventud Rebelde. His articles are penned sometimes by candlelight, always in longhand, on the unused side of printed sheets of paper. When he’s finished, Carlos whispers his words across crackling phone lines to Miami, where Cuban exiles make sense of them and put them into magazines read by other exiles around the world. Sometimes he appears on Spanish-language radio stations like Radio Mambí (710-AM).

    He hopes he doesn’t get caught. “It’s a brutal way to live,” Carlos says matter-of-factly.

    We’re sitting around a table in the back yard of Carlos’s house, a 100-year-old Mediterranean-revival with an iron gate, peeling paint, and pink roses growing in the courtyard. The dry pen is lodged in an overgrown bush. The table is covered with a threadbare red cloth that is pockmarked with holes.

    Carlos’s wife, Irene — shy and tired-looking — brings us coffee in delicate floral-patterned demitasse cups. She offers a glance that apologizes for not offering more.

    It’s a critical time for Carlos and all independent journalists in Cuba. As Fidel Castro’s illness becomes more mysterious by the week — it’s cancer, it’s not cancer, he’s got a colostomy bag, he’s dead and cryonically frozen — Cuban exiles crave news from the island more than ever before.

    Years ago Carlos and Irene were young professionals with a baby girl. They could graciously entertain guests — she was a teacher, he was a specialist in agriculture economics who once worked for the government. Carlos’s father was a revolutionary, and Carlos himself fought in Angola.

    He was rewarded with a post in the Ministry of Sugar — an important government office because sugar was, and remains, one of Cuba’s few commodities. But in 1983, he criticized the regime, saying the communist model didn’t work. At first, Castro overlooked Carlos’s comments because of his family’s revolutionary ties. But then the young man made similar remarks in 1986 and again in 1990. He had waded into the dangerous waters of activism in Cuba — he started and joined several groups calling for change.

    The government began to pay attention. He was removed from his job and ostracized by the Cuban bureaucracy. The fallout extended to his wife’s job and their daughter, now age 21, who has not been able to enroll in college because of her parents’ activism — even though she’s a top student.

    If Hollywood were to film a movie about Carlos’s life, he would be played by Lou Reed. When he dons his sunglasses, Carlos is a dead ringer for the singer (circa 1985 Honda scooter ads); he’s cool and calm, and more than a bit paranoid about the world around him.

    Carlos began his underground reporting sometime in the 1990s; all media in Cuba is state-run and has been for 48 years, so his dispatches are all on the down-low. He is published regularly on http://www.nuevaprensa.org, an exile-run Website in Miami. When his phone line isn’t too fuzzy with interference, he calls dispatches into Miami radio stations and, on occasion, Radio Martí. This past year he was quoted in a report about the sorry state of Cuban journalism published by the international group Reporters Without Borders.

    He achieved rock-star notoriety in Cuba and around the world this past December 10, when he and a dozen other dissidents marched in a Havana park to commemorate International Human Rights Day. A mob attacked the demonstrators, and a Spanish news agency photographed Carlos being restrained by a half-dozen government-supported thugs.

    During our visit, Carlos shows me a photocopy of the picture and then pulls out a few dog-eared magazines. They contain his writing, but many of his articles are mere briefs about how conditions are deteriorating on the island. Longer stories just aren’t easy to report or write. It’s a bit sad and surprising to see that a man is risking his life for this.

    “It’s hard to have sources in Cuba,” admits Nancy Perez Crespo, manager of Nueva Prensa Cubana in Miami. “And sometimes they don’t even have paper to write on.”

    Like many of Cuba’s journalists, Carlos doesn’t usually see his own work, especially if it runs on a Website. He can’t afford to use the Internet (it costs about six dollars per hour, about half of the average Cuban’s monthly salary). Besides, the Internet is so tightly controlled on the island it’s unlikely that Carlos would be able to get near a computer without harassment.

    “He’s risking his life every time he gives us information,” says Perez Crespo.

    Yet he writes. He writes about political prisoners who are slowly dying inside Cuba’s jails; he writes about the failed distribution of rice cookers to citizens; he writes about the country’s dengue fever crisis. He shows me a piece he is working on; this one is about Castro’s health.

    “His life is in limbo,” Carlos says. Then he laughs, as it hits him. “Castro is in limbo, just like the Cuban people.”

    Carlos’s house, located in Santo Suarez, a quiet and once gorgeous Havana suburb, is alternately grand and decrepit. It’s filled with books, empty plastic jugs, and some withered root vegetables. At least one room is devoid of any furniture.

    Carlos never knows when things will worsen in Cuba, and his stockpiles just might allow him to survive the next rough patch. Indeed this winter he couldn’t afford meat for a traditional New Year’s Eve meal, and he fretted about his phone bill. (Those dispatches abroad are costly; calls to the United States, for example, are about $2.80 per minute).

    He’s trying to amass a reference library for budding journalists and anyone interested in human rights. So far it fills three meager shelves.

    After talking for a few hours, we decide to visit another independent journalist, Jaime Leygonier, who lives down the street. Carlos’s neighborhood is something of a hotbed of dissident activity, with activist and doctor Darsi Ferrer also living nearby. Before we walk out the door, Carlos looks around outside. He wants to know if anyone is watching.

    He continues to peer from side to side as we walk down the street together. When we arrive at Jaime’s house — another once-great abode with tired furniture — the new host sums it up in a few words: “We’re half-crazy with paranoia here.”

    Jaime used to be a teacher. That career disappeared when he was arrested for writing about Cuba for foreign publications. His relationship with his daughter was also affected by his anti-government stance; when he and his wife split up, they waged a nasty custody battle that was later published in international human rights journals.

    “Due to Leygonier’s dissident views, his daughter’s elementary school has taken a position in the mother’s favor and has refused to acknowledge his parental authority, denying him access to the school premises and the opportunity to speak with his daughter,” wrote the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) in 2004.

    These days Jaime also writes for publications around the world and receives a few dollars in return.

    Jaime and Carlos are among the lucky independent reporters in Havana. They have phones, which means they can call their dispatches to people “outside.”

    Around the time I met with Carlos just before Christmas, acting Cuban President Raul Castro appeared on state-run television at an event at the University of Havana. He told students they should debate “fearlessly.” Raul didn’t say anything about freeing the journalists who “fearlessly” tried to report; indeed there are no indications he will encourage a free press.

    Just days before my trip, the Cuban government issued new rules for foreign journalists — including an edict that said a reporting visa could be revoked “when [the reporter] carries out improper actions or actions not within his profile and work content; also when he is considered to have violated journalistic ethics and/or he is not guided by objectivity in his reports.”

    The situation, of course, is worse for independent reporters in Cuba. The island jails more journalists than any other nation except China. There are 27 journalists currently imprisoned on the island, according to the IAPA. This past December, Raymundo Perdigón Brito was sentenced to four years in prison, convicted of “conduct that is in manifest contravention of the standards of socialist morality.” Also that month, 21-year-old Ahmed Rodríguez Albacia was arrested at home in Havana, and according to the IAPA, police confiscated a mini tape recorder, a computer, a fax machine, two radios, a flashlight, cassette tapes, pencils, sheets of paper, CDs, books, and magazines during a raid on the man’s house.

    Maybe the fact that Carlos doesn’t have notebooks, a computer, or a working pen is a good thing.

    New Times is not disclosing the name of Our Woman in Havana because she traveled to Cuba without the proper visa required to report there.

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  3. Avatar Jonah says:

    Yeah, the government-sponsored thugs do that in Colorado Springs, too. Only they don’t wear the Made in Cuba label on their sleeves. Maybe you should understand, Anarchists are universally hated by governments the world over. Your journalist friend is actually lucky, he has the support of a different government that Cuba. Of course, his “second government” represented by the Exiles also have representatives that do the same thing in for instance Nicaragua, like Eden Pastora, who also runs death squads in the neighboring countries of Panama and El Salvador, but he himself is just another puppet of the same regime who keep the so called “Bush Dynasty” in power. And keep the right wing mini-terrorists here in Colorado alive and thriving.

    It is ONLY because of our resistance movements that the government of the US doesn’t yet have the same powers they whine about the Cuban government having. Look at the advances they made in the past two years toward getting their way. They have journalists on trial today, the cases in court TODAY for reporting on their machinations. The PATRIOT II has been in effect long before the Tame Duck congress of last month passed a bill authorizing it. The Tancredo Owens Coors cartel has succeeded in getting a college professor fired for the !!Crime!! of quoting other works in his HISTORY classes and publications. The so-called crime of Historical Revisionism, (read my post about the Alamo, to get a hint of how ridiculous, yet brutally terroristic, that issue is)… because he quoted a number of the number of Native Americans who died from smallpox that isn’t accepted by the Official History approved by the government. This while the official counts don’t even match up, and some confusion comes from the fact that Measles, another imported disease, is equally deadly to Natives. I know because I almost died from it myself. I think the only reason I didn’t is because I have Old World ancestry as well.

    But those punks got the guy fired. And they have set their sights on anybody who receives any type of public assistance, whoaah pardner, this is getting to the point where anybody who has received the Nutrition Assistance program or whatever the nom du jour is for the free lunch program. Take it another step (and the fringies of the T/O/C cartel have, just look at the CS District 11 board) and anybody who has received Public Education, should be muzzled by the freaks who think they run the country.
    Why don’t they actually run it the way they like(yet)? Because there is still a resistance in America. And you can bet whatever percentage of your Ass you want that we AIN’T giving up. Some of my “old world” relatives are Irish. There’s a Celtie term you might have heard “ferdarin” which roughly translates as “bet me, sucka”

    And I personally am just eat up with the ferdarin.

  4. Avatar Michael Slivka says:

    Here’s Part I of the New Times story from “Our Woman in Havana”, published January 4, 2007. At least our dissident journalists have computers and websites….

    It’s not often that I get to stand on a street corner in Old Havana and talk to an 81-year-old man (who is selling Granma, the state-run newspaper, no less) about Fidel Castro’s asshole.
    “What do you think happened to him?” I ask.

    “Well, it’s not his rectum,” my new friend, Rene, says. He pauses. He nods. I nod. The word rectum hangs in the air.

    “Maybe it’s his intestine. But if he got only a bit of his intestine taken out” — Rene holds up his thumb and forefinger two inches apart — “then he wouldn’t be laid up this long. No, I think he got a lot of his intestine taken out.” Rene holds his hands about a foot apart.

    A beret-clad policeman stands on the corner, a few feet away. I wonder if Rene will get in trouble for talking about Fidel’s bowels in public. Rene moves closer to me. “Things have to change here,” he whispers.

    Forget about baseball. The new national sport in Cuba is speculation — about Fidel’s health, about Raul’s capabilities as president, about Cuba’s future.

    Ralph Amat, a pissed-off American who has finally gotten his Cuban wife out of the country after seven years of paperwork, sums it up nicely: “Everybody is just waiting for that bastard to die.”

    The difference between Cuba five years ago — when I last visited — and Cuba now couldn’t have been more stark.

    Everywhere everyone spewed about how this was the worst holiday season ever (no pork cutlets for Nochebuena, don’t even think about an entire pig), worse than the Special Period after the collapse of the Soviet Union, worse than anything anyone had ever seen. People openly panhandled in the streets — something unseen five years ago. Buildings everywhere are peeling, crumbling, disintegrating into the streets. Internet, cell phones — hell, even phones — are nonexistent for regular Cubans. Even acting president Raul Castro went on national TV while I was there to carp about how bad the transportation and food situations were. “In this revolution, we are tired of excuses,” he grumbled.

    On the street, all it took was a “How’s Havana?” or a simple “How are you?” to launch a bitter rant.

    “Transportation? Horrible,” Rene said. “Food? Terrible.”

    A taxi driver told me he doesn’t make enough money in one month to buy a new pair of pants. “Look at these,” he said, disgusted, rubbing his finger on his thigh. His khaki pants were nubby and frayed.

    Paranoia, never in short supply in Cuba, has ratcheted up to uncharted levels. No one, of course, wanted to give me — a white woman from Miami — his or her last name for this article; some didn’t want to give their names at all. Especially in public.

    “We can’t talk here,” said Daniel, a 39-year-old parking attendant I met in the shadow of the capitol building. “You can get five years in prison for talking bad about Fidel.”

    The busy, bright street suddenly filled with creepiness. We retreated to a dark bar. Like many people I spoke with, Daniel is worried about the future. On one hand, he said, there is hope: Raul recently said he would like to begin a dialogue with the United States. The recent visit from U.S. congressmen — six Democrats, four Republicans, headed by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Rep. William Delahunt (D-Mass.) — was seen as another positive step.

    On the other hand, Raul, who heads the military, is perceived by many as more of a hard-ass than Fidel, people said.

    “All Raul wants is war,” Daniel said. “And Cubans don’t want war.”

    Whatever happens, Daniel hopes to someday have a girlfriend. It’s nearly impossible now because most Cuban women want to date and marry foreigners. And even if he meets a woman, he can’t take her back home to spend the night.

    “I sleep in the same room as my mom,” he said, embarrassed.

    The general consensus is that Fidel is history. Everyone acknowledges he is sick, ill beyond the point of returning to power.

    So people wait. They wait, as they have done for years, for buses and for bread, for medicine and for visas. This time, they hope, the wait will be worth it.

    “I want to see what’s next for Cuba,” said Pedro, a genial taxi driver who chatted about how he watched America TeVe (Channel 41) out of Miami the night the government announced Fidel was sick.

    Pedro’s view of Cuba was the most optimistic. He has a vision for a more socialist democracy, along the lines of Spain’s. He’s trying to position himself to take advantage of the changes: He plans to rent out a room in his house, he’s experienced at hooking up pirated DirectTV, and he’s working on his Italian, just in case. (He speaks four languages already.)

    The gloomiest vision of Cuba came from Nelida, a weary fortuneteller in the moribund town of Regla, just outside Havana.

    “What’s in Cuba’s future?” I asked as she shuffled the cards. Behind her a black Santería doll in a wildly colored dress stood on a faded table. It was stifling-hot inside Nelida’s tiny apartment, and she looked at me seriously as she tapped a card.

    “Suffering,” she said. “Sadness and suffering and change.”

    I left her with ten dollars and a promise to someday return, hoping that when I do, her predictions won’t have come true.

    Yet the tourists — mostly German, French, and Spanish — still go. There are fewer Americans these days, but they are there, hiding behind their dog-eared Lonely Planet guides and mojitos. Some have a passing curiosity about Fidel, but many are happy to see Cuba in all its communist Disneyland glory.

    “I want to see it before it changes,” was the common refrain.

    The tourists all gaze at the few restored buildings and well-kept plazas, sighing romantically. Men gawk at the prostitutes — who are still there, just a little more low-key after several crackdowns — and the women still blush when Cuban men with seductive eyes ask them to dance.

    They shake their hips stiffly to the salsa band belting out a cover of Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are,” not knowing the band has been placed in that bar by the government, paid by the government, controlled by the government.

    Some tourists seem to be baffled as to why certain things aren’t available upon request like in other Caribbean getaways — pineapples, newspapers, three-quarters of a menu at some restaurants — but they shrug and move on.

    They do buy cigars and rum by the bagful, and when unleashed on the Havana airport for their departure, they swoon at the last few things for sale on Cuban soil.

    “Hey,” called one excited American tourist to her friends before an early-morning flight to Cancun. “They have a Che Swatch watch over there!”

    It took everything I had not to walk over and slap her. I thought of Rene, the newspaper vendor, who had worked for Che Guevara in the government during the early Sixties. He turned down a good job in New York in those heady days after the revolution, telling the employer he wanted to stay on the island because “there are good things in Cuba’s future.”

    Even though his country is in shambles, Rene remembers Che with fondness. “I’m not a Fidel-ista,” he said. “I’m a Che-ista.”

    Tourists shuffled by, taking no interest in Rene’s newspapers. The police officer in the beret moved on. An exhausted-looking Cuban man hauled some two-by-fours past us in a wheelbarrow. I grew sad as we talked; Rene seemed to embody all the surreal contradictions and nonsensical paradoxes of his homeland.

    Now, at age 81, Rene survives on a meager pension, tourist tips gleaned from working four hours a day, and some family cash from Miami.

    Viva la revolución.

    Next week: Dissident journalists in Cuba do their jobs without notebooks, pens, or food.

    New Times is not disclosing the name of Our Woman in Havana because she traveled to Cuba without the proper visa required to report there.

  5. Avatar Tony Logan says:

    Michael, I’m glad to see that you are still posting with us. Please do us a favor though if you can, and post the links to articles and not paste them whole.

    And BTW, we already read the New York Times, so it’s not like we are not already informed of their sorry ass views. After all, they are the paper of note in the US, and we get bombarded with their drivel all the time, without any assist by you.

    You act as if we are ‘brainwashed’, Dude, simply because we have not had enough access to the NYT editorial board! Get real! It’s hard to escape the constant barrage of pro-capitalist propaganda living here in the US, is it not? It comes in all shapes and forms. From Glenn Beck to Murdoch to the NYT to Time Magazine, etc.

    As to ‘reporters’ being mistreated in Cuba? What planet are you from? They get murdered down in droves throughout Latin America. And that’s in addition to reporters that are deliberately murdered by the US armed forces in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

    As to Cuban dissidents against their government getting roughed up? Well go figure, Michael? It is not an ideal situation there, as the US has been waging war with that country since the late ’50s, when Castro helped make the Cuban Revolution come off.

    And the decades before that did not endear the US to Cubans neither. Your ‘ Cuban dissidents’ are most often viewed by many Cubans as traitors working for a foreign power that is actively trying to destroy Cuba. And aren’t they doing just that?

    In a situation of war, democracy often suffers. Michael, if you want to see more democracy in Cuba, then get your own government to stop waging war against the people there.

    I, too, would like to see the ruling strata there open itself up, but if they do allow that now, any countering voices would most likely be funded and backed by the CIA. No doubt that doesn’t bother you and your friends una jota, but it does bother others who actually do favor real Cuban democracy, and not just corporate dictatorship like we have in America.

    Might I suggest that you would be more interesting, Michael, if you wrote out your opinions in your own words rather than being merely a paste up artist for others’ Right Wing opinions. Put some time and thought into your posts her, and even if we disagree with what you have to say, we can have a polite discussion about current affairs rather just being assaulted by the likes of the Times and Glenn Beck. I’d like to think of you as a real person, and not just a continuation of our own domestic propaganda machine.

  6. Avatar Michael Slivka says:

    Please review the article headings and footers….they are from the Miami New Times, their local alternative weekly, not the anti-capitalist New York Times (who are most likely shedding tears over the “heroic” Fidelito and his poor, failed “people’s revolucion”). You already know my views on the inherent inefficiencies and lack of motivation in any socialist system, and the superiority of capitalism (and just ask any of the millions of Cubans who escaped to Miami since 1959, and continue to do so). Rather than beat a dead horse, I thought that I would allow the victims of this “great man and liberator” to speak for themselves.

  7. Avatar Jonah says:

    Would those be the millions the Reaganites tried to ship anywhere but here? Like the ones who were engaged in the ultimate free-lance work, dope and murder? (Not like there’s a hell of a lot of difference between the terms)

    But Dr. Fidel had a cunning plan, he did. (like Blackadder and Baldrick, only they’re fictional constructs,)

    Seems some of those refugees yearning to breathe free really weren’t anything like dissident political prisoners, were they?
    Shit, man, I KNOW some of those cats.
    I really should send some money to a couple of their commissary accounts too. When ever I get the bread.

    Or how many of those poor, dejected refugees are the Bautista regime’s lieutenants, UnterKapos or however you would put the description for hitmen and bagmen?

    But Dr Fidel got them out of his country, most of them don’t want to go back, because America has more opportunity for their particular form of capitalism as well.

    About the only way they would go back is if Uncle George were to offer them the kind of power and prestige they have in the crime syndicates here.

    And the reason they have been in detention, HERE, after completing whatever sentences for whatever crimes they committed HERE, in a precursor to the Guantanamo type concentration/slash/torture/soon/slash/to/slash/be/extermination centers, is a couple of quirks in the Immigration laws.
    Castro and his people can’t have them, and don’t want them. The US government doesn’t even want immigrants who AREN’T criminals. They even criminalized the act of being an immigrant. But the US can’t deport them back to Cuba because people like you say they are all political refugees.
    Amazingly enough that refugee status didn’t apply to Salvadorenses who tried to escape the Death Squads closely allied with Your Favorite Exiles there. No, no, the Reaganites whined, They are only seeking economic advantage, and then sent them back. To be killed. BY THE ALLIES OF YOUR FRIENDS IN MIAMI.

    But your Capitalist friends can’t bring themselves to do that to Cubans.

  8. Avatar Jonah says:

    And they weren’t better off under the free market reign of Bautista either. How do you think Dr Fidel got to his position in the first damn place?

    Oh and some of those allies of your friends, Ollie North, Richard Secord, Admiral Poindexter, et alia? How are they doing? hmmm let’s see ..
    Ollie and company all got pardoned by your president’s daddy as soon as he got in office. And the investigation of your president’s daddy’s boss Saint Ronald the Very Good was closed by his executive order, vraiment?

    Ollie does a “historical” documentary for a DumFox auxilliary, it’s called War Stories. Secord and Poindexter have government jobs too. Not as public as Ollie working faithfully for the Bush Regime in the Ministry of Truth, as a freelance.
    Poindexter’s job, do you recall what it is,? Hmmm? the add ons to Echelon is it not?

    I thought somebody identified you as a Libertarian. The libertarian party opposes Echelon, wiretapping, secret torture, arrest, detention and execution without a trial or a warrant even.

    Say hello to ol’ ollie when you see him. I have some Marine friends who remember his betrayal of their comrades in Lebanon… they have a message they tell people to put in Ollie’s ear whenever possible.
    They say that a real Marine would understand it, but ollie would anyway.

    The message: Three words Ollie… Semper Fi BITCH.

    Oh and he might want to upgrade that 60 thousand dollar security system he put on his house at OUR expense.
    Some of these guys are actually trained killers. And they sound very angry.

    Maybe Ollie can hire some of his buddies from Miami to help him out with that….

  9. Avatar Tony says:

    Michael, the New York Times is not an anti-capitalist newspaper as you assert. In fact, it is the most important big business newspaper in capitalist America, the capitalist paper of note for the US Empire you are so supportive of.

    Sorry about my mistake. While distracted, I saw the paper, New Times, while scrolling down all the pasted material, and misread it as the New York Times in my mind. This goes to show why it is so much better to post the link instead of pasting something so long, which you did twice, I might add.

    Another thing. There are not “millions of Cubans who escaped to Miami’. That implies at least 3 or more million people who would have immigrated from that country for better opportunities here. Wikipedia correctly lists that hundreds of thousands left since the Cuban Revolution. Why? Because they could. The US allowed them to, whereas they have not allowed citizens of other LA countries to do so in such liberal numbers.

    Immigration from Cuba to the US did not start with the Castro era. But whereas the US opened up its gates after Castro came to power, before that it was not the case so far fewer were able to flee their poverty stricken island towards the dollars. We should remember that about 1/3 of the US population fled during and after the American Revolution, Michael.

    Your remarks about Cuba show that you haven’t a clue about life in Latin America. There, people are much more victims of the US and all its sorry cut throat allies in the region, than is the case of the population of Cuba. I hope that you open your mind some, and think about the realities of the world. Hope to see you post more of your thoughts on current events to this blog in the days ahead.

    Best wishes to you, and feel welcome to discuss the issues with us as you like. I hope to write something about ‘communism’ soon, and I’m sure you ‘ll feel the need to criticize what I have to say. I just wish that you don’t do it by posting a 3 foot long paste of another anti-communist article without adding much to it. Your own input in your own words has much more value.

  10. Avatar Michael Slivka says:

    And I missed you too, Tony! The holidays, and the need to attend to my own small scale capitalist endeavors, have not allowed me the time to respond to your posts recently.

    According to my research, well over 1 million Cubans had emigrated to the US by the 1990 census (The World Almanc, 1993). According to the Florida International University website (www.fiu.edu), over 750,000 Cubans had come here between January 1, 1959 (Castro’s rise to power) and 1990. In 1980 alone, over 125,000 Cubans arrived during the Mariel boatlift. Castro had to do something to relieve the political pressures of the rioters at Mariel, so he let them leave his island prison (but decided to empty out his prisons and insane asylums at that time too, thus the “Scarface” phenomenon…..thank you for pointing that out, Brother Jonah; but what in the world does Colonel North have to do with any of this???).

    As far as my Latino cred….I lived in the greater Miami area for 22 years (1977 to 1999), and was married into a Colombian family for the last 7 of those. As the majority of the Cuban emigres were of the middle and upper classes, who selfishly rebelled when Castro seized their worldly assets in the name of the revolucion, they quickly began to prosper and gain political power in their new home, but being Latino, they refuse to assimilate, feeling it beneath their pride to speak English except when absolutely necessary (and since the population of Miami is only about 2 million, they control the political process there). There was nothing left for this poor green eyed blond white boy to do but to move out here to Colorado Springs, to be wi’ da’ otha’ white folk.

  11. Avatar Marie says:

    Michael, we green-eyed blonde capitalist Libertarian sorts must stick together! We are of the same tribe!

  12. Avatar Tony says:

    Michael, I just wrote a comment about how the US foreign policy delivers up huge numbers of refugees all over the world. Don’t you think that might have something to do with why so many upper and middle crust Cubans fled to the US when given an open invitation by the US government to do so?

    Cuba became a war zone thanks to the US, but unlike with other refugees, the US opened its gates with Welcome for them. So the worst and sorriest element of Cuba flooded in, and that was way before Mariel, too. American immigration policy lets the immigrant scum in (torturers, embezzlers, assassins, etc.), and blocks out the decent ones and rounds those up like animals.

    And you want to keep overstating the numbers of Cubans that fled. FYI, only about 4% of Hispanics in the US are Cuban-Americans, or American-gusano background, since there is some doubt whether traitors to their Cuban patria really should even be called ‘Cubans’ in any shape or form nowadays. That leaves 96% of American based Hispanics that were actually refugees from somewhere else than Cuba. People flee for economic reasons, and most of those leaving Cuba did for that reason, too. Not purely political ones.

    I don’t want to be too harsh on some of these Cubans. Not all got the best deal during the Revolution. But the leadership of that community are the biggest skunks of Spanish speaking folk in the whole world. Plus, they have been joined by many other wealthy and non-wealthy thugs from places like Venezuela, Nicaragua, Colombia, and so on. No surprise that the Miami area leads the US in amount of violent crime there. They have a lot of imported criminals amongst the population.

    Michael, I get the feeling from your stated ‘credentials’, that even with all your time spent living in Miami and being married to a Colombian and all, that you still don’t speak or understand Spanish very well, and as a result have to resort to conversations with the type of gusano that spoon feeds you anti-communist dope with a big scoop. They all have such sad sob stories, and most of them are full of exaggerations, lies, and total crap.

    Most other Latino ethnic groups stay away from these sorry Miami rateros, as far away as they can. They are out here with you, the green eyed, Blond boy, in Colorado and other locales without having to tolerate the noxious presence of the semi-fascist Cuban, South Florida crowd. Cuban background Latinos from South Florida are very atypical of Latin American immigration to the US as a whole. In short, they are more culero than Latino.

    By the way, I raised a Colombian family (2 step kids) in my first marriage that lasted 10 years, and unfortunately, most of the extended family now have gravitated to Miami. I understand why they did so, but I think it is a sad mistake for them to have done what they did. They have begun to pay for it, too, I think.

    Hey! Thanks for reminding me that I need to give them a call, Michael. Want to tell Jose that if he gets too sick of Cuban gusano crap, to maybe fly over to Venezuela and get a breath of fresh air. You, too, Michael. Did you ever visit Cuba? If not, why not? You were living right there beside it all the time?

  13. Avatar Jonah says:

    What Mr North has to do with it, and by consequence/ collateral damage, Mr Bush and Mr Bush Jr, is the Exiles in Miami, and the Eden Pastora thugs, and the now-imprisoned ex-puppet dictator of Panama, and The Salvadorans, and the Medellin crowd in Colombia/Peru, and al Qaeda and the late lamented Saddam Hussein, and Hezbollah were all involved in that multi-mega faceted Axis of Evil know affectionally in America as the Iran-Contra scandal. It would take several books to sort out ALL the details of that monumental rip-off that has left literally hundreds of thousands of dead people in its wake.

    Mr North and his fellow propaganda Scheisse-meisters at DumFox have tried to spin the Iran-Contra just in the past Congress-critter selection, portraying Mr North as a Great Visionary Hero, and the “Al Gore Conspiracy” as being responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

    Hey, if they want to link themselves right in to that mess, I welcome the opportunity. They want to spin it, I say, lets give it a few extra pumps and get that spin cycle going, baby! One of the things an Agitator does on a washing machine, you know, beats the clothes and keeps beating them until they come clean…

    I got the title of Agitator a long time ago.

    And why the Marine vets are pissed at Mr North is very much related, because in that twisted funding deal for all sides of their Death Squad nightmare, INCLUDING your Exile “Heroes”, some of the money and weapons were brokered through Hezbollah. and of course Israeli sources too. Hezbollah, if you recall, were the ones who pulled the trigger in two separate incidents in Beirut, where quite a large number of American Marines were killed by car bombs hitting their compounds at the airport and at the American Embassy. While and at the same time, yet simultaneously in a coordinated kind of coincidence, Mr North and the law firm of Bush, Reagan and Casey were making money by selling the weapons and gadgets and filtering money for ALL the sides involved. Including selling weapons to both Iraq and Iran in their war.

    That, Michael, is called Profiteering. It is one of the really hideous hallmarks of Capitalism taken to its extreme.

    Mr North has also been active, as a sort of unofficial Ambassador, in the recent election campaigns of Sr. Pastora and the across-the-Isthmus-Capitalist-freaks-getting-their-collective-head-handed-to-them
    event in Venezuela.

    Semper… Fi…. Bitch.

  14. Haven’t contributed in awhile….thought I would add the words of Miami based Cuban rock group Nuclear Valdez, about the filth, Castro, that destroyed their island paradise:

    Summer

    “War fell upon an island
    When a single handed man
    Raped the land of simple men

    In the year
    Nineteen fifty nine
    Red was more than just a stain
    It became hunger pains

    As they fley away up high
    Tears fell from the sky

    It rained and it rained
    and it rained
    All summer

    Hope soon becomes a poison
    Working in a factory
    Sewing dreams to memories

    Far away in a dying place
    A wife will miss her husband’s face
    Curse her race for their disgrace
    As they flew away up high
    Tears fell from the sky

    It rained and it it rained
    And it rained and it rained
    All summer……”

    Listen to the album. You will understand why it is no doubt better than to be dead than red.

    Hope you are dead, Fidel Castro.

  15. Avatar jonah says:

    Still hoping to Dance on Somebody’s Grave, Michael?

    Why not go dance on the freshly dug graves of some kids who died of nothing short of poverty? I’ve known several right here in America.

    This wouldn’t be some sort of “Sicko” comment from you, would it?

    Apparently there were enough Cubans who didn’t agree that living under the American Puppet Bautista Regime was exactly “paradise”, to defeat them AND their American backers in taking control of THEIR country.

    Maybe if you would consider the FACT that the very rich don’t have some kind of natural right to claim ownership of every thing and every person?

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