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Miami-Dade blogger’s Cuban slant draws fans

Posted March 01, 2005 by Cubana in Cuban Americans.
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By Jennifer Mooney Piedra, The Miami Herald

MIAMI (AP) ó Valentin “Val” Prieto has few memories of Cuba: the lone plum tree in the backyard of his home in Oriente province, a frail neighbor who regularly slipped him candy through the chain-link fence ó and the day his whole family cried.

Though only 3, Prieto remembers that 1968 day. His whole world changed as he said goodbye to his island home ó a bittersweet choice his family made to flee Fidel Castro’s communist regime.

Prieto’s story is not unusual in Miami. But the way he tells it is. Several times a day, the 40-year-old Prieto ó a project manager for a South Miami architectural firm ó logs onto his home computer as “Babalu blogger,” one of the first Cuban Americans to chronicle the exile experience in the fast-developing genre known as blogging.

From one-liners to longer, more passionate tales, Prieto routinely files posts onto his web log, [url=http://www.babalublog.com]http://www.babalublog.com,[/url] about anything and everything Cuban. Especially, its infamous dictator.

“I wanted to have a place where people who don’t know anything about Cuba can come and read the reality,” said Prieto, who added that there are only a few bloggers who write solely on Cuban issues. “I wanted to demystify the myths and clear up the misconceptions about this culture.”

Since Prieto launched his Babalu blog in June 2003 ó named after a saint worshipped in Santeria, the Afro-Cuban religion, and made popular by singer Desi Arnaz ó the site has become a favorite to many computer junkies around the world.

Hits to the site come from as far away as Japan, Switzerland and Australia. Each day, about 1,000 people drop by, Prieto said.

Readers often post remarks to Prieto’s blogs, either thanking him for what he’s written, criticizing him for his conservatism or asking him for more information on the topic.

One of the regular visitors to the site is A.M. Mora y Leon, a California journalist who uses a pseudonym to protect her identity because some of the topics she writes about are controversial.

Leon enjoys reading Prieto’s blogs because his posts are unique and offer readers an insight into Cuban life, which, she said, is nearly impossible to find on the Internet.

“All over the Internet you can talk to people in rice paddies in southeast Asia, on the dusty plains in India and even in China, but you can’t talk to anyone in Cuba,” Leon said. “But Val is the closest thing to it. He fills that gap.”

Prieto’s introduction to blogging happened by chance.

Up until a few years ago, Prieto said, he didn’t even know he could write.

But as the blogging phenomenon continued to gain popularity, Prieto became curious. He surfed the Internet, reading blog after blog.

“I was hooked,” he said.

He was also shocked by the lack of posts about his country.

“There was nothing about Cuba in all the different blogs I read,” Prieto said. “I decided to change that.”

From current events making news on the island to meaningful Cuban holidays, there is little that goes unwritten in Prieto’s world of blogging.

Most of what Prieto writes about is his reaction to news happening in Cuba, which he sees on television news or reads in newspapers or wire reports. He has little family remaining in the country and rarely speaks to anyone on the island, he said.

But some of his most treasured posts, he says, are the stories he remembers being told by his parents and grandparents about life before Castro.

He also gets inspired by flipping through old photographs of his parents walking through the streets of Havana, or his late aunt Amanda, a beautiful Cuban movie star who died at 17.

“I was young when I left there,” Prieto recalled. “What I know of the life there is what I know from my parents.”

Some of the stories, however, aren’t happy ones.

Soon after Castro took control of Cuba, Prieto’s father was imprisoned for making oil lamps.

When he was released, the family had no choice but to move to the United States. The freedom they had while living in Miami’s Little Havana, and then a neighborhood near the airport, was a nice change.

Both of Prieto’s parents worked three jobs, trying to make ends meet for their two children.

But the family missed their home in Cuba and believed they would one day return.

That day has never come, though.

Growing up in Miami, Prieto said, it was hard to forget his homeland. Everywhere he’d go, from Little Havana to Hialeah to Westchester, he’d be reminded of the country he left.

His blog is the perfect outlet, he says, to vent his feelings of anger and sadness.

One of his most recent posts reflected on the valor of Cuban patriot, Jose Marti. In another, he praised Cuban graffiti artists for painting anti-government slogans that read “Down with Fidel” on a hospital in Placetas.

During the holidays, Prieto is on the computer more than usual informing his readers on Cuban traditions, such as cooking lechon, a pig, in La Caja China, Chinese roasting box, for Nochebuena, Christmas Eve. He also explained why nibbling on 12 grapes on New Year’s Eve is good luck and tales about The Three Kings, or Los Reyes Magos.

Whatever subject he writes about, Prieto said, he feels that he is making a difference by enlightening readers about his life, the country he loves and misses, and the tyranny that plagues it.

“I’m doing what I set out to do,” Prieto said. “Open some eyes, open some ears, open some hearts.”

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On March 01, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

“All over the Internet you can talk to people in rice paddies in southeast Asia, on the dusty plains in India and even in China, but you can’t talk to anyone in Cuba,” Leon said. “But Val is the closest thing to it. He fills that gap.”


I guess Leon isnt looking hard enough,I speak to over 20 people a day that live in Cuba,it really isnt that hard at all to find those in Cuba to talk with.

Great journalism…blah.

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On March 01, 2005, Dana Garrett wrote:

I can’t get the link (http://www.babalublog.com) to work.  Is there a better one?

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On March 01, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

Just type it in as I did,it’ an okay site,to one track minded for my taste though.

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On March 01, 2005, PABLOPUEBLO wrote:

I get it!! so,even the shortage of my “free"time,I will link
with Prieto blog,that is good idea, I see many blogs from
Brazilian people living in Europe,in UK in particular,south
africans,the zambians,etc,but the cubans in exile,without
political sense,have not even seen one.SO,congratulations,good man.

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On March 02, 2005, GregoryHavana wrote:

After having read the Blog of Val Prieto, it strikes me as simply another ignorant Cuban-American raised in the parochial world-view of Miami, ranting about the evils of Castroism and the spreading cancer of Chavez’ influence in Latin America. (In case you did not notice, Val, Chavez won and election by a larger margin then your own US president. If someone really wants to know and understand Cuba, they should not read his commentaries from a far, but actually visit Cuba themselves and draw their own coclusions. Where as Val may have been born in Cuba, he has spend his entire life growing up in the US. I, on the other hand, was born outside Cuba and have now been living in Cuba for ten years. To all of you interested in Cuba, Val’ analysis is superficial at best. But DO NOT BELIEVE ME! Come to Cuba yourselves!

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On March 02, 2005, Dana Garrett wrote:

Here’ a link that works:

http://www.babalublog.com

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On March 02, 2005, Dana Garrett wrote:

I read some of the articles on the blog.  They seemed quite superficial.  I saw no serious analysis of Cuba on them at all.  They were mostly cheap shots at Castro (e.g. the pic of Castro being flushed down the toilet). 

Why exactly is this blog so popular?  Why would the Miami Herald take such bathroom humor seriously?  Those questions are the only two interesting aspects of the blog. 

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On March 02, 2005, yumaguy wrote:

Yep, just another strident exile with an ax to grind and no grip on reality. grin I feel sorry for these people. Sure, it sucks to forcibly leave your homeland. It’ especially traumatic when you’re a child. But childhood memories tend to be overly romanticized.

GET OVER IT. YOU CAN’T SPEND YOUR ADULTHOOD WALLOWING IN NOSTALGIA!!

I’ve only been to Cuba 3 times but I think I know enough to realize the situation is way more complex than the exile community portrays it.

To wit: this guy’ disgusted when Santana goes to the Oscars with a Che t-shirt. Sure, tacky fashion choice. But guess what? ALMOST EVERY CUBAN HOME I VISITED IN HAVANA HAS A PICTURE OF CHE. A picture of Che in the home is more common in Cuba than a picture of Jesus Christ!

Now I don’t care for Che in one way or the other. I never got the mystique aura around him although the picture Korda took of him is a very cool looking one. grin But I deal with reality folks! How will this guy be able to deal with this fact? Denial? Excuses? Rationalizations? Rhetoric? Bullshit? Who is he trying to kid?

My gut feeling is this: if these folks ever had an opportunity to go back because, say, the bearded one croaks tomorrow. . . they would be in for some MAJOR cognitive dissonance. grin  The country and the people they will see (many of them darker in color, in shades of mulatto to straight up black) won’t dovetail with the notions they have inside their heads. The country has moved on past them, irrevocably, for better and for worse.

I think they will be bitterly disappointed. I think they will end up staying in Miami and living the typical American grind because that’ what they know. You live your life forwards not backwards. THERE IS NO GOING BACK!

The sooner the older generation of strident exiles and revolutionaries dies off, the sooner the U.S. and Cuba can move on to the next chapter of their relations. . .

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On March 02, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

Well said Greg!

Lets face facts,we know Cuba has some areas that needs changing,but so does every country in the world including the US.

I for one was born in the US and have visited Cuba a few times.

I am not blind,I see what’ going on and most of all listen to those who live in Cuba,and to tell you the truth while they complain about certain things within the government,none of them wish to leave their country,as one man put it to me while interviewing him.

“Sure we need some changes made,but even without the changes,we get along just fine,we work hard and do the best we can,we aren’t starving to death as those claim we are,nobody has died from starvation under Castro,in fact history shows he has done more for Cuba then the leaders before him,I am fine living in my country with MY people”

Those are the exact words of a 23 year old man I interviewed in Cuba,I emphasize his age so you can see the opinion of a younger generation Cuban in Cuba.

I know more about Cuba and it’ history then Mr. Preito who was born there.

I will not lie, I too at one point in my life was all against Cuba and it’ government from listening to the whispers of my own parents and Cuban exiles,but all that changed as I got older by doing what every young generation Cuban American living in the US should do,and that is studying the history of Cuba before Castro.

I came to my own conclusions from studying and visiting Cuba ask any Cuban if they prefer a life with Castro or Prio or Machado and see what they say!

I didnt mention Batista for the simple reason that here in Miami you will most likely run into a son or daughter of Cuban parents who were part of the Batista rich gang who raped Cuba and it’ people!

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On March 02, 2005, GregoryHavana wrote:

I wonder if Val Prieto would dignify these critical comments with a response in his blog. It would be edifying. Or maybe the audience that he is interested in are the people who have never been to Cuba and thus naivly believe his exaggerated views and his axe to grind.

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On March 02, 2005, GregoryHavana wrote:

Val…
  You might be interested in reading some ongoing commentary on the Havana Journal that is focussing on your blog. After reading the Miami Herald article, I quickly went to your website, thinking I would in fact find something fresh and unique with respect to Miami perspectives on Cuba. To say the least, I was disappointed, because the perspective in your ongoing commentary is as stale as soda crackers being sold on any street corner in Havana. The view you put forward can be found in any number of exile journals, radio stations, etc. The bottom line is that until you actually go to Cuba and spend a signficant amount of time on the island, you really can’t speak about or portray Cuban reality, only a distorted Cuba through the warped Miami looking glass. A case in point: anyone who is familiar with the political culture of Cuba knows that Che Guevara is held in high esteem throughout the island, even by people who are not sympathetic to the present government. For you to demonize him shows how unconnected with Cuban reality you are.
  Val, all I can say is put your money where your mouth is and visit Cuba for a while…it might enlighten you. But then of course, your own government in the United States does not let you travel there. I guess it is easier for you to write from the dark.
Respectfully,
Gregory

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On March 03, 2005, PABLOPUEBLO wrote:

I am quite surprised after reading some postings,I am wondering
myself is there is another island named Cuba,and different from
my beloved island.THose people are talking about another land
or they pretend to tell stories.The blog of Prieto,let me tell
you firstly,that I don’t know who Prieto is,and I was for the
first time on his blog yesterday and I am currently living in
Europe,but I wanna say that the blog is sweety,relaxed,with a
criticism,but factual.It is not essential blunder.So to me,
the blog is just a cuban,relaxed site.

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On March 03, 2005, PABLOPUEBLO wrote:

fIRST OF ALL,let me say I am a cuban,I lived some years of
my precious life in Africa,in Singapur and am currently living
in Europe over the last 6 years,so In the same way I have found
ranted speeches in some critics of Castrism,it seems to me some
of the posting over this theme are ramblant and ranted ones.The
blog of Prieto is relaxed,it is critic,but factual.-

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On March 03, 2005, Val Prieto wrote:

” guess Leon isnt looking hard enough,I speak to over 20 people a day that live in Cuba,it really isnt that hard at all to find those in Cuba to talk with.

Great journalism…blah.”

Did it ever occur to you that I have my reasons for not announcing to the world that I communicate with people in Cuba?


“After having read the Blog of Val Prieto, it strikes me as simply another ignorant Cuban-American raised in the parochial world-view of Miami, ranting about the evils of Castroism and the spreading cancer of Chavez’ influence in Latin America. (In case you did not notice, Val, Chavez won and election by a larger margin then your own US president. If someone really wants to know and understand Cuba, they should not read his commentaries from a far, but actually visit Cuba themselves and draw their own coclusions. Where as Val may have been born in Cuba, he has spend his entire life growing up in the US. I, on the other hand, was born outside Cuba and have now been living in Cuba for ten years. To all of you interested in Cuba, Val’ analysis is superficial at best. But DO NOT BELIEVE ME! Come to Cuba yourselves! “

My parochial world view has never seen a blog written by a Cuban in Cuba. Why is that, Gregory? You think that because youve been living in Cuba for ten years it makes you an expert? The Cuba you live in is but a mere shadow of the Cuba you COULD be living in had it not been for one fidel castro. the economy is tanked, the infrastrucure is crumbling, apagones, Cubans leave the country in DROVES just so that they can help their families survive by sending money. The makeshift rafts are only going one way, after all.

You should definitely check out some of the Venezuelan bloggers before Chavez puts an end to their right to think and write, Perhaps youll learn a thing or two about the “election” over there.

How can you live with yourslef being such a complete hypocrite, Greg? I mean, here you are on Havana Journal, enjoying the freedom to read and write whatever you wish while living in a country where its own people arent allowed to do the same? Add to that the fact that this here “Journal” advertises travel to Cuba, a lo CAPITALISTA, and you still come here and profess the beauty of castro’ dilapidated island? And then have the gall to tell people to come to cuba. Wtf, man, are you part of el ministro de turismo?

That is pathetic.

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On March 03, 2005, Val Prieto wrote:

“I read some of the articles on the blog. They seemed quite superficial. I saw no serious analysis of Cuba on them at all. They were mostly cheap shots at Castro (e.g. the pic of Castro being flushed down the toilet).

Why exactly is this blog so popular? Why would the Miami Herald take such bathroom humor seriously? Those questions are the only two interesting aspects of the blog. “

Forgive me, Dana, for being so superficial. Next time Im posting a picture of castro going down a toilet, a fate which one day is certain, Ill think of you and provide an in depth ecumenical anylises of same.

My blog is popular because I know how to write, Dana. I dont just come onto a little message board and howl at the moon. Perhaps you should surf my blog a bit more, search the archives and not just give it a perfunctory scan.

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On March 03, 2005, Val Prieto wrote:

“Yep, just another strident exile with an ax to grind and no grip on reality. grin I feel sorry for these people. Sure, it sucks to forcibly leave your homeland. It’ especially traumatic when you’re a child. But childhood memories tend to be overly romanticized.

GET OVER IT. YOU CAN’T SPEND YOUR ADULTHOOD WALLOWING IN NOSTALGIA!!

I’ve only been to Cuba 3 times but I think I know enough to realize the situation is way more complex than the exile community portrays it.”

Perhaps I do have an axe to gring, Robledo. Forgive me for the misfortune of being born Cuban.

I dont know what you want me to get over. Maybe you can go to Cuba like a tourist and not have it affect you. me, I refuse to be a tourist in the country where I was born. And I refuse to be complicit in Cuba’ tourism apartheid. And please, dont tell me it doesnt exist, because you know very well that it does.

“Now I don’t care for Che in one way or the other. I never got the mystique aura around him although the picture Korda took of him is a very cool looking one. grin But I deal with reality folks! How will this guy be able to deal with this fact? Denial? Excuses? Rationalizations? Rhetoric? Bullshit? Who is he trying to kid?”

Im not trying to kid anyone. If you deal with reality as you say you do, then you should be well aware of the fact the Che was a cold blooded murderer. This denial and these excuses and rationalizations and rhetoric you speak of are only coming from you. You are projecting.

“I think they will be bitterly disappointed. I think they will end up staying in Miami and living the typical American grind because that’ what they know. You live your life forwards not backwards. THERE IS NO GOING BACK!

The sooner the older generation of strident exiles and revolutionaries dies off, the sooner the U.S. and Cuba can move on to the next chapter of their relations. “

I for one do not plan on moving to Cuba. I know, as well as every other single strident exile knows, that the real Cuba is long gone. Replaced by one man’ egomaniacal and myopic reality.

And btw, good US/Cuba relations could begin as early as right now. Only one man stands in the way of that.

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On March 03, 2005, Val Prieto wrote:

Young Cuban,

For every one person you can quote as saying he would never leave and Cuba is great and castro is awesome and yadayadayada, I can show you ten that say the exact opposite. So what’ your point?

And please, the Batista argument is old and completely boilerplate. Its a standard off the shelf argument of the moral relativist.

My blog is a podium for MY opinions. You dont have to read it or agree with it. there’ a back button on you browser, you can use it if ever you fell in its depths again.

Perhaps instead of whining on a shitty little message board, you can take the time and put forth the effort and spend the money to start your own Pro-castro blog. Spend your days drinking the Kool-Aid without asking whats in it and write post after post apologizing for the very same man and ideology that ruined a country.

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On March 03, 2005, Val Prieto wrote:

“I wonder if Val Prieto would dignify these critical comments with a response in his blog. It would be edifying. Or maybe the audience that he is interested in are the people who have never been to Cuba and thus naivly believe his exaggerated views and his axe to grind.”

Greg, the chances of me linking to this forum are nil. You can try to bait me all you like with your inane commentary, but it just aint gonna happen.

Remember, just because you have traveled to Cuba does not make you an expert on all things Cuban.

And Im curious, why is it that you are so adament about getting people to visit Cuba now? Do you get a commision or something, like a good capitalist?

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On March 03, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

Did it ever occur to you that I have my reasons for not announcing to the world that I communicate with people in Cuba?

Cant understand why anyone would hide such a thing?
What are you part of some US C.I.A backed organization?
Or are you just another of those who support the embargo & restrictions all the while sending cash to Cuba,what is it they call people like that,hypocrits,yeah that’ it.

Im not trying to kid anyone. If you deal with reality as you say you do, then you should be well aware of the fact the Che was a cold blooded murderer. This denial and these excuses and rationalizations and rhetoric you speak of are only coming from you. You are projecting.

If Che was a murderer,then what was Hubert Matos?
You really think he was some poor sap who didnt know what was going on? He didnt kill anyone? He’ was an angeL?
Gee folks,another hypocrit!
Keep kidding yourselves!

I’m past the whole Che thing as in war (which what it was) both sides have a green card to do what they wish to one another,people,it is war,you know,like the one the US is in right now in Iraq for no reason,get the picture?

Val unless you defended this country at war as I did,I suggest you stay calm and do not retort with a foolish comment,trust me,I have seen the injustice of my country with my own eyes,way deeper then you’ll ever know.

Blog all you want,I personally don’t give a damn,while I am actually trying to do some good for the betterment of Cubans in Cuba and for US - Cuba relations,you sit there behind your desk degrading the very place you are from,thats what all Cubans in Miami have done for years,talk trash, not just about the government,but of their own countrymen,mierda it’ what it’ called,it’ a shame how the Cubans in the states not only hurt their own with supporting restrictions,but the real damage in which they cannot see comes from their mouths!

Internet warriors make me laugh,keep up the good work as I always need a good laugh.

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On March 03, 2005, Val Prieto wrote:

Cant understand why I would hide the fact that I may communicate with people in Cuba via the internet? Are you that naive that I have to explain it to you?

the reason I take on Che guevara in my blog and not matos is because you dont see college kids wearing Huber maots tshirsts now, do you? they havent made any film glorifying him like theMotorcyvcle Diaries, have they? Thats the reason I take on che.

You dont like what I write? TOUGH SHIT, dude. Like I said, start your own blog and write your own little lefty crap. I dont care. I certainly wont read it becuase it wont have anything I havent read before day after day. Its all strawmen and boilerplate arguments.

And dont give me the whine about unless I defended this country or not, man. You did your duty and Im thankful you did, pero no me lo saques en cara.

Keep traveling to Cuba and giving the Ministry of Tourism, err, wait, the Ministry of Defense, your hard earn dolares, dude. You are only easing the symptom and not the disease. Slap on all the bandaids you want, it wont help stop the bleeding.

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On March 03, 2005, Dana Garrett wrote:

Val Prieto:

>>the reason I take on Che guevara in my blog and not matos is because you dont see college kids wearing Huber maots tshirsts now, do you? they havent made any film glorifying him like theMotorcyvcle Diaries, have they? Thats the reason I take on che.<<

Are you saying that if students were wearing Matos T-shirts you would be denouncing him as a mass murderer?

Would you also denounce Orlando Bosch as a terrorist if people wore T-shirts w/ his image on it?

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On March 03, 2005, Val Prieto wrote:

Dana,

That is a strawman that youre building simply to tear down. Luckily, students would probably never get to wear Huber Matos shirts because the liberal university cadre would be all over them in protest. Matos was a murderer, of course, but just not for their side.

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On March 03, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

If the US was to invade Cuba and you were asked to join in the invasion,would you?

Val it’ been over 40 years since the US stopped trading with Cuba,has it worked?

What makes you think strenghting the restrictions will work now?

Val the problem here isnt the US against Cuba,it’ Cubans in Miami vs Cubans in Cuba,as long as the exile leaders continue to enforce bogus restrictions on Cuba,the more Cubans suffer,so you are basically telling me it is okay to make an entire nation suffer because you have an issue with one man?

Look at it like this Val,US blocks,China comes in and helps Cuba and not to mention every other small carribean island as of late.

Val look at whats really going on amigo,take a closer look and you will clearly see what’ in store for the future of the US & Cuba,it’ really quite scary if you ask me.

Now this could of been avoided if the US would of controled it’ ego a bit more.

Do not kid yourself Val,the future of Cuba will continue the same way even after Fidel has passed on,why? Because the exiles allowed it,not anyone else,the chance for a better relation with Cuba might already be tarnished for good because of the US’ political chess games.

 

 

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On March 03, 2005, Dana Garrett wrote:

Val,

No, it’ not a straw man. It’ a paired-example-by-hypothetical argument.  It’ a perfectly legitimate way to argue. 

Matos interests me less than Bosch, the person you omitted in your reply.  So I’ll repeat the question:

“Would you also denounce Orlando Bosch as a terrorist if people wore T-shirts w/ his image on it?”

Of course, you could just denounce Bosch anyhow since there is arguably good evidence that he has committed acts of terrorism.  Do you care to show some moral consistency and denounce Orlando Bosch for committing acts of terrorism?  Or will you lose some of your fans on your blog if you do?

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On March 03, 2005, Val Prieto wrote:

YoungCuban,

You are entitled to your opinion on the matter and while I do not agree wholeheartedly with it, I respect it.

What I dont understand is how anyone can truly think the US lifting the embargo will automatically cure all of Cuba’ ills.

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On March 03, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

“And Im curious, why is it that you are so adament about getting people to visit Cuba now? Do you get a commision or something, like a good capitalist?”

I have had the pleasure to meet Greg while in Cuba and I can tell you that he is a wonderful person who is TRULY trying his best to make life in Cuba better for EVERYONE.

I believe what Greg is trying to tell you is to visit Cuba with an unbias attitude and look around without being so judgemental and then make come up with your own conclusion on Cuba,to not continue your make on Cuba solely based on on the experieneces of others or the continuing sad Cuba slaughtering whispers of the exiles.

Take it in for yourself.

I can tell you that your comment anout Greg is way off the mark Val,he lives like any other Cuban on the island,he doesnt have more then the avergae Cuban just because he’ Canadian and happens to be married to a hottie of Cuban woman…lol Sorry Greg but your wife is hot my friend! jajajaja

The man breathes and sleeps Cuba,probably more then any Cuban born citizen and if you knew how many countless sleepless hours he works on Cuban social issues for the better,you would be kissing the ground he walks on.

What have you done for Cuba and YOUR countrymen?

Nada,just continue to talk smack degrading your own,what a shame!

I feel what has happend is that people think Cuba is Fidel,what a sad mistake,Cuba is Cuba and to truly understand the Cuban way,you MUST go to Cuba,speak to Cubans,learn Cuba and most of all learn Cuban history before Castro so you can get a better understanding of Cuba and it’ way.

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On March 03, 2005, Val Prieto wrote:

Dana,

I will denounce Bosch right here and now as being a terrorist. 

That good enough for you?

And one thing Id like to make clear, while the newspaper article may refer to them as “fans”, they are actually “readers”. I dont write about things expecting every one to agree with me. It’ a venue for my writing and my opinions. I dont tailor my posts to get any more or any less people reading the blog. I write what I feel and what I want to express.

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On March 03, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

“What I dont understand is how anyone can truly think the US lifting the embargo will automatically cure all of Cuba’ ills.”

Val I ask you if you have studied Cuban and world history?

Val it really is quite simple to understand.

Do you think for one minute if the entire island of Cuba nd it’ citizens were against Castros ways he would of been in power for so long?

Have you not learned anything from Cuban & world history?

I can assure you that Fidel is in power to this day because the Cuban people agree with his ways,although many if not all may call for some sort of change by the Cuban government they truly are behind the revolution.

Do not think for a minute that Cubans have been brain washed,scared into following the government,Cubans are not as feeble minded as you believe, on the contrary,you will never find a stronger will of a person then a Cuban will.

If Cuba “needed” to be freed from Castro the Cubans on the island would of taken him out a power a longggggg time ago,the reality is that they support their leader (good or bad)and the exiles cannot come to terms with that.

Lifting the embargo would help the relationship with Cuba tremendously,but most of all it would help the Cuban people,it can even possibly open the doors to democracy in Cuba in the future,but to enforce it will only validate everything Castro has been telling his people for 46 years,and he’ right like it or not!

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On March 03, 2005, Dana Garrett wrote:

Val,

>>I will denounce Bosch right here and now as being a terrorist. That good enough for you?<<

That works for me.  smile

>>And one thing Id like to make clear, while the newspaper article may refer to them as “fans”, they are actually “readers”. I dont write about things expecting every one to agree with me. It’ a venue for my writing and my opinions. I dont tailor my posts to get any more or any less people reading the blog. I write what I feel and what I want to express.<<

Well, that’ the way to do it.  Good for you.

Some questions:

1.  Do you support the embargo?  All of it, some parts but not others?

2.  How about the Bush travel ban?  You’ve already said that you don’t want to travel there, but should there be a LEGAL ban against USA citizens traveling there?  Do you like Bush’ version of the travel ban or the pre-Bush version?

3.  Do you support trade w/ Cuba restricted to food and medicine?  Is that restriction too stringent or is it not strict enough?

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On March 03, 2005, Val Prieto wrote:

Young Cuban,

Greg baited me into coming here and was neither cordial nor nice in the matter. that he lives in cuba? Coņo, que bueno. I hope he enjoys it and appreciate his work on “social” issues.

that said, just as Greg wishes me to understand his point of view in visiting Cuba, he should understand mine. I will not be complicit in the subjugation of the Cuban people by giving castro a single red cent. Take that as you will. Remember, while Greg has been living the Cuban life for ten years, I have lived it longer and deeper.

I can wait to visit my homeland until the day there is no longer an apartheid.

I dont need to travel to Cuba to know Cuba. i dont need to study a history that I have already studied and learned. I have more than enough family and friends on the island that let me know exactly what their situations are.

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On March 03, 2005, Val Prieto wrote:

Dana,

1. I not only support the embargo, but Im in favor of tightening it. As a friend of mine from the island told me just yesterday, “Put a fleet of warships around the island and strangle the bastard.”

2. As long as the tourism apartheid exists on the island, I support a ban on Americans traveling to Cuba.

3. the trading of food and medicines is a whole other issue. I support the export of humanitarian aid via food and medicine to the island, I do not support the trading of actual commodities for profit as it exists presently.

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On March 03, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

Answer me this Val.

Do you truly deeply feel the US is trying to help the Cuban people?

Do you think their motives is to get Castro out of power and hand over Cuba back to it’ people?

Val you seem to be a very intelligent person,I am sure you MUST agree that the US’ ONLY interest in Cuba is to be able to control the money making areas that Cuba has to offer,don’t you agree?

To think that once Fidel dies the revolution dies with him is obsurd,do not think that the Miami Cuban American politicians are going to waltz into Cuba expecting the open arms of Cubans on the island,they will NEVER be welcomed.

I asked you earlier,would you if asked by the US help/fight in the invasion of Cuba?

Val as Biggy Smalls said “It’ all about the Benjamins” lol

The US does not care and has never cared for the Cuban people,they have always ONLY cared for their economical profits made from Cuba,and the people know this and that is why Cuba will not change even after Fidel,it is the way it has been even before Castro and it is the way it will remain after he’ gone.

 

 

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On March 03, 2005, yumaguy wrote:

Val, dude grin

You’ve just got to let it go! Your masturbatory obsession with Castro is simply pathetic.

It’ time for you to become a well-adjusted adult and move on with your life. I know your type. You probably have assassination fantasies where you get to blow Castro away in the head and all the Cuban people and Miami-Dade community jump for joy as one and line up to kiss your ass and build a statue of you next to Jose Marti’. . .  grin

But some people choose to live their life with actions. . . not memories, not power fantasies, not “aņoranzas”, not blogs. That’ why I go to Cuba, blockade or no!

Some of the lefties that post here are in denial but I’ve always stated the situation really sucks over there. But guess what? It really really sucks in nearby Haiti, and it sucks in Venezuela, Bolivia, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, Gaza Strip, Russia, Chechnya, and it sucks in SO MANY other places. So why does Cuba get unique treatment?

I know why. Because you are a SUCKER. You give the Republican party your loyalty and what has your “special-interests” group gotten in return? Money? Power? Subsidies? First dibs on property rights when the country is liberated? You people have virtually NOTHING to show for your loyalty. Stamp LOSER on your foreheads for me. grin

Get it? Bush took out Saddam in 3 weeks. He could take out Fidel in 3 DAYS. Why doesn’t he do it? Because he doesn’t have to. Because you and your kind are SUCKERS. And because it’ the black gold that the “capitalist gringo” cares about, not the tobacco leaf or the sugarcane.

So yes in the game of life, you rolled a snake-eyes. My condolences. But you know what? That doesn’t give you the right to impose your issues on other people. It’ called sour grapes dude. Put it this way: do the families of 9/11 victims have a right to dominate U.S. policy towards Egypt & Saudi Arabia (most of the 9/11 terrorists were Egyptian or Saudi)?  Hell no!!

You have a choice: lose the hard-on for Fidel and get over whatever other childhood issues are still lurking from your exile experience. Moving out of Miami-Dade would probably help and traveling around the world is a great way to open your mind.

OR, stay where you are, stewing and simmering with resentment, sour grapes, etc. That behavior is just SO productive and adult-like, LOL!  grin

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On March 03, 2005, Val Prieto wrote:

Gracias, Robledo, spoken like a true Pionero.

I wont justify your myopic comments with a response.

Young Cuban,

If anyone asked me to join and fight in an invasion to liberate Cuba I would. Although with many compunctions as I would be fighting fellow Cubanos.

I agree that the US serves in its best interests. What country doenst?

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On March 03, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

1. I not only support the embargo, but Im in favor of tightening it. As a friend of mine from the island told me just yesterday, “Put a fleet of warships around the island and strangle the bastard.”

And you feel everyone in Cuba feels the same way? Dude I have known many who have risked their lives crossing the sea only to go back to Cuba as the harsh reality of living in the US kicked them in the ass,as ALL said “In Cuba I had more then here” your friend has yet to experince the US way of life and has no clue to how it truly is.

2. As long as the tourism apartheid exists on the island, I support a ban on Americans traveling to Cuba.

So what you are saying that it is okay for our US government to “Dictate” to us that we cannot travel freely to Cuba as our constitution says we can?

Does that not sound a bit familiar to you? Sure does to me,dictating is dictating no matter where it’ from!

3. the trading of food and medicines is a whole other issue. I support the export of humanitarian aid via food and medicine to the island, I do not support the trading of actual commodities for profit as it exists presently.

Sure lets stop everything from going to Cubas,why not? As long as we here in the US have it all,hypocritical to say the least.

People piss and moan about the lack of everything missing in Cuba,I wonder why that is? Think about it!

Did you know even if you have a piece of machinary built 90% of (example) German parts, and 10% of US parts is used, it cannot be sold to Cuba no matter what country built it?

WTF kind of crap is that! Sounds like dictatorship to me but at a global level!

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On March 03, 2005, Dana Garrett wrote:

>>I dont need to travel to Cuba to know Cuba.<<

Here’ the thing.  I’ve never been to Cuba, but I also know people who live there.  They e-mail me and tell me about Cuba.  There are things they don’t like; others they do.  Some of the things they like we don’t have in the USA and that mystifies them (e.g. universal health care).  It mystifies me as well.  So my position is like theirs: I live in a nation that provides social goods I like and others I donít like. 

My friends usually tell me that Cuba isnít anything like the prison depicted by some hardliners in the exile community.  Yet those hardliners also allege that they have friends and relatives in Cuba who claim that many of the most extreme allegations about Cubaís government are true.

Who is to be believed? 

I believe the entire “Iíve been there and you havenít” and “I know people from there and you donít” arguments are not very fruitful for discussion purposes (although it provides interesting biographical information).  The reason is quite simple: two people can often look at the same phenomenon and draw two different conclusions about it.  Thatís why I prefer to hold discussions not on the basis of personal experience but on the basis of accessible information. 

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On March 03, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

“If anyone asked me to join and fight in an invasion to liberate Cuba I would. Although with many compunctions as I would be fighting fellow Cubanos”

Thank you,you have told me everything I need to know.

I wasnt even born Cuban but I’d be damned if I would ever take up arms against Cuba,I would not bow down to the US to snipe at a family member of mine in Cuba,or any Cuban for that matter!

This my friends IS THE SAD REALITY!

D.Robeldo hit the nail on the head with his post!

Cuba’ future is not going to be a US lead invasion,it will come down to a civil war,Cubans vs Cubans,or better yet,Miami Cubans vs Cuba Cubans.

How it must suck to be a puppet of US politics that one would dare raise arms against their own.

Again,D.Robeldo hit the nail on the head!

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On March 03, 2005, Dana Garrett wrote:

>>Miami Cubans vs Cuba Cubans<<

That one was already tried.  The score was Fidel 1 the Invaders 0. 

Therefore, the Miami Cubans have resorted to Plan B for 40 years: get Washington DC to do it.  Only, that isn’t happening either. 

Plan C is: Wait for Castro to die of natural causes, claim his death from old age is really an exile victory, and hope that a spontaneous revolution or coup will occur in Cuba afterwards that will be friendly to the USA.  But neither the revolution nor the coup will occur.

Wonder what Plan D will be.

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On March 03, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

Pland D will probably be much like Pan C,wait for Fidel to pass,but then have washington send in their troops and try to convince Cubans to join the US as a common wealth country/state,i.e. Puerto Rico. as soon as they have complete control of the island.

Then “place” in power who THEY see fit which will ONLY outrage the Cubans and perhaps a repeat of a new form of revolution?

Now the major issues isnt against Cuba,it will be with against those countries who have invested billions in Cuba as the US would probably try to place sanctions against them as well for helping Cuba when asked not to invest in nor help Cuba.

China has deeply invested in Cuba,do you think China is going to lay down to the US if the US invades Cuba and their investments in Cuba?

It’ much deeper then it really seems,the pawns are in place and Fidel has played the best game of political chess against the US in history, which will prove to be nothing but a headache for the US IF they ever tried to invade,take over,control Cuba.

Come on Val,see some light behind all this madness man,it isnt about Fidel anymore,but you seem to be hard up against Cuba because of Fidel and Fidel alone,realize with open eyes that Fidel isnt and probably hasnt been the sole problem maker on why Cuba is the way it is today.

In a fight both sides are at fault,period.

I can give you 4-5 simple reasons why the USA truly doesnt want to ever see a totally free from restrictions Cuba (not now,not ever) unless they control the majority of these areas.

 

 

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On March 03, 2005, yumaguy wrote:

“D.Robeldo hit the nail on the head with his post!”

<chuckle>  Thanks dude, but I’m not that good.  grin

Just a few more comments since I didn’t mean to dominate the discussion here. In my travels to Cuba, NOT ONCE did any Cubano ever confide to me (once we got talking about stuff and I told them I was a Yuma from NYC), “gee, we really appreciate how the South Florida exile community is looking out for us. They’re the only ones who get the problem!”
LOL!  wink

And as for the apartheid tourism excuse, well all I can say is that attitude rules out most third and second world countries as a travel destination. Socialist dystopia or not, the tourism industry throughout the world usually has little benefit for the locals. Go to a resort in DR and you’ll see what I mean. Let’ not even discuss the “good old days” when Varadero was Cuba’ version of the Hamptons for wealthy Americans or Havana was a sperm receptacle for half the U.S. Navy. . .

As for Dana’ comments, no one can tell. And that’ why Cuban politics is so fascinating. . . and Fidel isn’t giving any hints. Only once the crazy guy croaks will we know for sure if the Revolution had any substance to it or it was just being held together by this arch-powermonger. . .

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On March 03, 2005, Val Prieto wrote:

Do you honestly believe in fidel’ and chaves’ rhetoric that the US is going to invade those countries?

I mean, you have to be pretty naive to think that any administration, given the love you all show fidel and his cronies, would commit political suicide by doing that.

Meanwhile, you guys continue to bitch and moan about us strident hardline exiles but continue to travel and promote the traveling to Cuba. And the prisoners of conscience be damned. By traveling to Cuba, you are condoning castro’ encarceration of political prisoners. And, please, dont give me the “they were US patsies” thing, as you yourselves have wanted more things American to enter the island by lifting the embargo.

So, call me what you wish. I sleep well at night knowing that in the least, what I write in my blog isnt just fidel bashing, but I post news about cuba FROM cuba and help at least a few people focus on her issues.

I wont apologize from my convictions, comrades. Not ever. Like I have said, if you dont like what I write, dont read it. Start your own blog if you want, but dont bother me with your “fidel is bad but” diatribe. Been there, done that.

This will be my last visit here, I wish I could say it’ been nice, but well, you know.

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On March 03, 2005, Dana Garrett wrote:

>>I wont apologize from my convictions, comrades. Not ever.<<

No one asked you to apologize, just explain and provide cogent arguments for them. 

>>Like I have said, if you dont like what I write, dont read it.<<

We are perfectly aware what our rights are. 

I don’t know why you keep repeating this sentence.  You have a blog.  We visited it.  We wrote our impressions about it here.  You heard about it and responded.  We asked for your views and why you hold them.  You replied.  We replied to your replies.  And then, oddly, you give us permission not to read your blog.  I’m sorry, but I don’t get that.

>>Start your own blog if you want, but dont bother me with your “fidel is bad but” diatribe. Been there, done that.<<

Ah, I see.  There is only one acceptable analysis: Fidel is bad, period.  You’ll just close your ears to all else.  Apparently, you are not the kind of person open to nuanced views.  Itís stright up Good vs. Evil for you, like in cartoons for children.

>>This will be my last visit here, I wish I could say it’ been nice, but well, you know.<<

Well, that’ a pity.  I wanted to interact w/ you here, learn about your views and why you hold them.  I would do it on your blog but, frankly, some of your readers are so shill that I couldn’t stand wading through all the invective ad hominems. 

That’ a pity.  Best of luck to you.

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On March 03, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

Val that is exactly the wrong thing to do,to run from what you believe in,but of course you have had to grow up in an enviroment filled with track stars,just as the rich got the hell out of Cuba and ran from the problem to only save themselves is what you are doing now.

Good luck Val,I hope one day you can see beyond the curtain that has been placed in front of you by your parents,exiles and the US.

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On March 03, 2005, yumaguy wrote:

I think I was a little too hard on him. Sorry guys. grin

Next time, I promise to behave and not be on full flame mode.

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On March 04, 2005, Cubana wrote:

Wow! What have I started? I never imagined that by posting that article from the Miami Herald about Val Prieto’ website that I would be kicking off such a diatribe! Apologies publisher! It just shows how polarised are the views on Castro and his regime.

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On March 04, 2005, GregoryHavana wrote:

Cubana…And how polarized views are on Bush and his “regime”’ foreign policy towards Cuba. You should not forget the other side of the coin. I, by the way, was the one who informed Mr. Prieto of this debate on Havana Journal with a direct email to him. It definitely livened things up. Healthy debate is never a bad thing and nothing that one should apologize for.

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On March 04, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

Cubana no apologies needed,I believe we are all adults here.

“It just shows how polarised are the views on Castro and his regime”

There is the main problem,way to much concentration on Castro and not enough concentration on the Cuban poeple as a whole.

Fidel is NOT Cuba,the Cuban people is what makes Cuba such a wonderful place,not one man or woman,a collaboration of spirits of an entire nation.

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On May 20, 2005, Songuacassal wrote:

Dana, Greg, YoungCuban… wow it’ been awhile… and it seems like nothing’ changed wink! Anyhow, I was surfing for info on today’ historic event in Cuba and ran into a blog on Babalu here in Havanajournal. Anyhow, glad to see the three of you together I thought I’d say hi and then some.

As for the historic event… here’ the site: http://www.asambleasociedadcivilcuba.info/ How do you like them apples?

My three cents:
I for one, prefer babalu over this site as Pablo put it “It’ relaxed,with a criticism, but factual.” Most importantly it’ Cuban in essence and in attitude, (hence, why I haven’t been around HJ).

Greg: Che’ still a murder… but at least you’re a gentlemen. Sorry we never finished our debate.
Dana: well… nevermind…
Young Cuban: Dude, I have my own blog… man… it’ not that hard… If the US embargo is biting your butt about world opression… you have the freedom and the right to make your voice heard.

Finally:
“Fidel is NOT Cuba.” Therein lies the problem and the ignorance. FIDEL IS THE CUBA THAT THE CUBAN PEOPLE HAVE BASEING THEIR ENTIRE EXISTANCE ON. He’ been Cuba for the past 40 something years. He has been their thoughts, their voice, their parent, their punisher, their bank wallet, their tyrant, their provider and their pressure cooker/convertible pound “savior.”

Many Cubans are indeed 23, but they never got to vote, or to openly disagree with the Revolution. You see the great differance here is this: as an American citizen you may not like any given American President or policy, but like it or not as a US Citizen you have a right, a vote, and a voice with laws and practices giving you the freedom express your concern. No it’ not perfect, but please enlighten me as to how it’ at par or inferior to Cuba. This isn’t about communism Vs. capitalism, it’ about opression vs. freedom. And if health care and education is suppose to counter the balance, then damn it: “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Nice seeing you guys again.

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On May 21, 2005, GregoryHavana wrote:

Songuacassal…
Good to hear from you too. My condolences regarding the “historic” asamblea that you were trumpeting. The organizers said that 500 people would attend representing 360 organizations when in fact only 120 attended (according the the Miami Herald). Of course you could say that the Cuban government scared people away, that that is a spurrious argument for two reasons: 1. When people really and passionately believe in something, government intimidation will not stop them from taking a stand, and 2. The obstacles set up by the Cuban government were minor and few and far between. In fact, the government decided to tolerate the event. Any assembly and invisted James Cason, listens to a taped message of George W. Bush, and links with exile groups in Miami loses credibility in the eyes of many many Cubans, including those that might not support Fidel. We can see this by the stance of Osvaldo Paya’ group. So much for your historic event…better luck next time.

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On May 22, 2005, Dana Garrett wrote:

Gregory, you raise some good points. 

As I think about the lackluster numbers that attended the event, I am reminded of the Latin American Studies Associationís international conference in Los Vegas held in October of 2004 to which 65 Cuban academics were invited.  Invited, but the USA government wouldnít let them attend. 

http://www.dailycal.org/particle.php?id=16488

Itís important know exactly who these people were.  They were University Professors, mostly sociologists, but they were not allowed to attend on the bogus grounds that since the university system in Cuba is public, these professors are Cuban government employees (an odd point since many USA professors work for public universities as well).  It then required a considerable leap in logic for the State Department to make its next claim: as government employees these professors would act as agents of the Cuban Communist Party in the USA spreading dangerous Marxist propaganda.  The peals of laughter that this phony and contrived concern evoked by those who followed the story could be heard almost everywhere except in a few pockets of hard-line exiles in Miami and Union City. 

Now when we hear hard-line exiles and the USA government conjure excuses about the Cuban government making it difficult for people outside of Cuba to attend the “historic event,” I canít help but laugh at the claim.  Even if it is true that the Cuban government made it difficult for people to attend, the hard-line exiles that supported not allowing Cuban scholars to visit the USA to talk about sociology are in hardly in any moral position to grumble about any alleged governmental difficulty some people experienced attending a conference explicitly about overthrowing the Cuban government. 

Apparently, the hardliners are incapabincapable of feeling any embarrassment about their undeniable hypocrisy.

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On May 22, 2005, Songuacassal wrote:

Hi don’t normally reply… but I’ll make an exception…

Greg: you read the Miami Herald? That’ interesting and somewhat impressive! I’ll have to see what Granma has to say -Oh wait I already did and they didn’t even mention the event… fancy that. And it’ such a shame that the Cuba gov. denied those coming from Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic as tourists, but allowed the USA to be there (darn Yanqui imperialists… I mean terrorists… no wait… Miami Mafia… whatever… come on in). Yet, as always this works out for Fidel, it labels the Asamblea as yuma influenced, and because after this rejection these three countries are now seeking to lift the diplomatic sanctions against Cuba. That’ two for Fidelito.

Speaking about numbers: It was actually about 200 that showed on Friday, about 100 that showed on Saturday. (Source: Andrew Rodriguez, Associated Press writer, Havana Cuba.) It’ still a far cry from 500, but it’ more than zero.

“So much for your historic event…better luck next time.”

Therein you words lies my point: there WILL BE a “next time.” History is a process born from a single changing event. Were you, who are in Cuba, not surprised that the gov. allowed this rally? Aside from Paya who had signatures and not rallies, what other event like this have you seen in Cuba that questions the gov? Perhaps the women in white (in response to the 75 arrested), or the protest by the Malecon in 2003… but that’ about it. Then, think about places like England and the US, the difference in protesting is as staggering as the differences in freedom. Jose Marti once wrote that “only opression should tremble at the full exercise of freedom”, unfortunately this has yet to be true.

Dana: That’ nice… but can we as a people for once stop being so black and white, cut and dry about life. BS is BS no matter who, what, where, how, or why the source: be it the US or be it Cuba. If what you alleged is true then shame on the US, but since we’re talking about Cuba, then let us not loose our focus and forget to shame Fidel as well. US misaction does not justify Cuban misaction: an eye for an eye will make the world blind. If what you allege is true then the US was wrong, and if what I am saying is true then Cuba is wrong too.

I won’t be replying to this post anymore, but thanks for the chat guys.

“No hay muerte que no se transforme en vida, ni gran esclavitud de que no surja una grandiosa redenciûn.”
-Jose Marti

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On May 22, 2005, GregoryHavana wrote:

Songuacassal…
It is odd that you have decided not to respond to the post. I assme it is due to a fear of cogent arguments contrary to your own. Too bad. But then again, it is this actitud pendeja that caracterizes a large number of the Miami Cuban community. Your brief foray into our debate was nevertheless appreciated…

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On June 06, 2005, PABLOPUEBLO wrote:

You are prodding each other in a naughty manner,hey! I would like
to say first,something touched me a lot, and it is Parochial,in
its religious term,I praise the adjective Parochial,in respect
to a point of view of any standpoint,parchial could be seems
ain’t enough,as I said in my earlier comment about Prieto blog,
it seems to me a factual,critic but factual blog,and something
in Prieto feelings is nice to me,it is his “saudade” for his and
also my beloved Cuba,No Place like Home,Man.That is nothing but
the Truth and when Prieto’ blog say that the cuban economy is
faltering,that is true,when he say that the fredoom for my—
fellows there is very restricted that is true,It seems to me that
we must find the way out of this undesirable situation,prodding
iach other instead.

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On June 06, 2005, PABLOPUEBLO wrote:

I have forgotten to say, sorry,that in some aspects I buttress
Prieto viewpoints,in others No,for instant,despite some negatives
features in his character,he had very positive ones,so to me,
Guevara has my respects,I am not Carlos Santana,who,by the way is
one of my preferred musicians,I am not campaigning pro ChÈ,just
I am saying that For Me he has another reading,different from
the one is common in Miami-dade,I live in Holland,I speak Dutch,
but I am a very cuban guy,guy not gay,and I respect the Miami
point of view in this and another issues and demand them the same
degree of respect to my views.-

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On June 06, 2005, GregoryHavana wrote:

I wonder if people like our friend Val Prieto thinks Posada Carriles should be brought to justice in Cuba or Venezuela…. I wouldn’t be surprised if he wanted a street to be named after him.

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On June 07, 2005, PABLOPUEBLO wrote:

‘the murderer nature of Posada is blatant,so it seems to me that
  Val concurs in this issue.Posada is an anticastro dude and that
  is not his problem,when he is very in troubles is just when is
  notorious that he masterminded the Coward and sinester blast of
  a unarmed,commercial plane,I have my kith and kin in Miami-Dade
  and a few of them consider Posada as a Hero,but me don’t.Posada
  action killed my fellows cubans and other fellows creatures,FOR
  Nothing,Castro is still there,of course Posada masterminded this
  bastard and murder action,but the cia masterminded Posada himself.I wanna see Posada behind bars for the rest of his life,
  He deserves that,natuurlijk,after a fair trial,this is my point
  and so help me GOD.

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On June 07, 2005, YoungCuban wrote:

I read Val’ blog on a daily basis,and can understand his pain and suffering,but what I cannot understand is how foolishly Cuban exiles continue to believe in the US and their policies against Cuba,as if it has done anything to rid Cuba of Castro.

Even if Castro was to fall tomorrow,history will show Castro beat the US at their own game,beat every Cuban exile against him by a large margin.

Lets face it,the US has never and will never try to take Castro out of power,it’ a much larger plan then what it seems in order to make Cuba a US state or US run island like Puerto Rico.

And before any of you hard liners bash me for my comments,think about it clearly,who else can afford to pay for ALL the much needed construction that is needed in Cuba,from roads,to electrical plants?

But that all comes with a price,the price of making Cuba a US state!

To me,let the US stay right where they are,Cuba doesnt need the US to do a damn thing for them,they havent so far so why start now?

Castro=US placed,no if and buts about it!