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How and Why Castro Rules!!
Posted: 04 January 2006 09:19 PM   [ Ignore ]
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If one searches and reads enough, all the answers are out there.
Castro and comrades have ruled for 47 years. How? Fear!!
It is not the attraction of socialism, the bright lights of the future that keeps people in line. The following is an exerpt from an article written by the commies themselves, this year.

RubÈn Perez, vice coordinating national of the CDR, informed that the organization counts today with more than 133 thousand committees of blocks and 17 thousands 512 of zones, to which 245 thousand Cubans are integrated eight million, the 95.8 percent of the total of the population.

245,000 block captains are able to RAT on their fellow Cubans. This means that virtually every block in every city is watched. Chuck

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Posted: 05 January 2006 01:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Chuck…Before you continue to talk as if you really understood Cuba, you should come down here and enlighten yourself. Simple minds produce simple explanations. If fear was all that kept Fidel in power, how is it that systems with great fear mechanisms collapsed (ie. Eastern Europe)? Moreover, the CDRs do more than simply “rat” on people. You are more than welcome to make critical arguments of the Cuban system, but at least ensure that they have some intellectual sophistication. I hope you are a better plumber (as you said this was your profession) than you are a critic of the Cuban system.

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Posted: 05 January 2006 06:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Okay,so every block has a CDR member, so you mean to tell me,that everyone else on the block is afraid of one man on the block?

Hardly makes sense to me, that would mean if Cuban’ wanted to,they could beat the living sh*t out of that blocks CDR member and overthrow them easily!

Doesn’t that make more sense then basically telling me (son of Cuban parents) that my people are nothing but scared pu**ies!

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Posted: 05 January 2006 06:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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The reason that the systems with great fear mechanisms collapsed (i.e. the countries of Eastern Europe which had a socalist system imposed on them) is that the impositor of that fear mechanism had a new leader (Mikhail Gorbachev) who said he would not invade those countries if their peoples decided to go in another direction. Those peoples therefore lost their fear and overthrew their governments in the main peacefully. The situation in Cuba is much more complicated in that the Revolution was (generally) welcomed at first and Castro has been very astute in playing on the Cuban people’ fear of what might happen if he were no longer in charge.

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Posted: 05 January 2006 11:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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YoungCuban,

Cubans are lovers, not fighters. Also, even if one or two blocks did rise up for change, there are many neighbors who don’t want change and the military would come in and “quiet” things down.

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Posted: 05 January 2006 02:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Cubana…From the intrinsic logic of your own argument, you are admitting that the fear which Cubans have is not as much a fear of their government, but fear of the possible post-Fidel chaos and the extreme Right wing policies of the Miami oligarchy once the charismatic leadership Fidel is gone. This fear DOES exist in Cuba, and the Miami exiles, with their anachronistic and heavyhanded position, do nothing to abate this fear. But this is not a fear of the government per say. In fact, if you have ever been on the street, most Cubans speak quite freely about what thy think of their system, pro or con. Moreover, following your logic, if the Eastern European regimes collapsed because there was not longer the threat of invasion from Russia, then since there is no threat of invasion of Cuba by Russia, one would think that the system would also collapse. Is it so hard for you to admit that, notwithstanding its defects and shortcomings, that the Cuban system actually has the grudging support of the majority of the population? It seems to me that when systems lose the support of the people they inevitably collapse, or have to resort to widespread and ostentatious violence to keep the people in line. Believe me, there is no widespread, ostentatious violence in Cuba, and in my work I travel the entire island. The Cubans are tired, the situation is difficult, and they are waiting for an improvement of the system, but they are not living in a state of terror. Any person who has spent time in Cuba can see this.

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Posted: 05 January 2006 02:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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So Chuck, what is it called when you round up a couple hundred people and put them in a US military concentration camp called Guantanamo, without lawyers, without charges, and keep them there indefinitely, maybe even torturing them once in a while? The US base in Guantanamo is much more of a gulag than anything you can point to in Cuba…. The the precious blood of US soldiers is running it.

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Posted: 05 January 2006 08:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Chuck,

If you are just trying to be confrontational, your comments will no longer be welcome here.

ALL of the Havana Journal members that have posted replies to your comments are trying to give you an education about Cuba.

If you do not want to learn about a culture that is very different (better in some ways and worse in some ways) than ours here in the US, please don’t waste our time.

We all understand that most Americans have A LOT to learn about Cuba and that there is decades-old misinformation in the US about Cuba but you have to have an open mind about our help.

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Posted: 06 January 2006 12:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Cuba is such a polemic topic, being a stubborn hold-out in a world that has abandoned the idea of utopia. Cuba provokes because it insists that, contrary to what Maragret Thatcher said (TINA - There is No Alternative), there is in fact an alternative to the dog-eat-dog free-market society that the United States government wants to impose on the rest of the world. It is obvious that Cuba does not have all the answers, but its mere survival provokes us to reflect upon how human society can organize itself and the pitfals of trying to acheive radical change. Cuba allows us to also see the common errors of a planned society, so that we can learn from them and continue to improve our conception of a better world. Thus, I think anyone has the right to criticize Cuba, just as they also have the right to defend Cuba. The important thing is that criticism is well thought out and constructive, and also that defending Cuba is not done blindly and dogmatically. Being an admirerer and defender of the Cuban Revolution, along with living in Cuba, I see it as an ethical obligation to defend what merits defending, and in good faith criticize what merits critisism. Only in this way will a clear picture of the Cuban experiment emerge… Having lived in Cuba for more than 10 years, my honest and sincere conclusion is that the positive outweighs the negative in regards to the acheivements of the Cuban Revolution. And for that reason I defend Cuba….

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Posted: 08 January 2006 06:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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An mportant concept to understand if one is to understand Cuba is the fortress mentality syndrome. Basically, when a country feels under seige, as Cuba has since 1959, it will feel paranoid and will overreact to perceived threats or risks of instability. The Unites States government, having a pathological obsession to overthrow the little island that stood up to it, creates this political trauma within Cuba. I agree with ElaineMiami’ comment that Cuba could have done so much more if the embargo and hostility had not existed. For all of you who defend the policy of the US government, the question I pose to you is very simple: Why isolate Cuba and at the same time embrace Vietnam, China, and other authoritarian states? This is an irrefutable case of hypocrasy and double standard that reveals the reasons for picking on Cuba have NOTHING to do with democracy or human rights, but political influence from the Right wing in Miami. If I am wrong, I challenge anyone to show me how.

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Posted: 09 January 2006 08:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Glite’ lies:

1. The dissidents are not spies but independent journalists, independent librarians and other democrats who are working for the peaceful transition to a democratic Cuba.

2. The independent journalists do not receive a lot of money from the US interests section but small payments for their articles from sites such as Cubanet.

3. Cubans are made to attend the May 1 parage in Havana. They are bussed in from their work places, often meeting in the early hours of the morning. As most Cubans have to work for the government they are in danger of losing their jobs if they do not attend.

4. The whole country of Cuba is a gulag. Cubans have to get permission from their governement to leave the country and return. That tells me everything I need to know about a country and its system that it cannot trust its people to return.

5. Cuba does NOT provide medicines to its people. The much-vaunted health service is currently in a state of crisis and it is nearly impossible to obtain the required medicines in the state pharmarcies unless one has Convertible Pesos or connections.

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Posted: 09 January 2006 11:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Cubana, with his obtuse arguments, has once again made an appearance: To begin, it is desrespectful for you to obliquely say that Glite lies. Do you know Glite? Glite most likely believes what is stated, and thus you are somehow assuming that Glite is disingenuous with absolutely no basis to back up your assertion. This is an an error both in logic and ethics, something that characterizes the rest of your assertions. Lets move on. 1. There are many dissidents in Cuba, the majority of which are not in jail. The 75 dissidents that were imprisoned received money and equipment from the U.S. Interests Section, directly in contravention of an explicit and publically know Cuban law. Those dissidents that kept their distance from the U.S. Interests Section were not imprisoned. Everyone knew the rules, those that chose to cooperate with the interventionist government of George W. Bush faced the consequences of a law they previously knew about. Nobody forced them to accept the money or go to the US Intersts Section. 2. The imprisoned dissidents DID receive money and other equipment from the U.S. Interests Section. It has been caught on video tape and photos (unless you want to argue that the Cuban intelligence service is so sophisticated it can fabricate video and photos). 3. Cubans are not made to attend the May 1st Celebrations. I live in Cuba and I can tell you that MOST of my neighbors DID NOT attend the May Day celebrations. Moreover, if Cubans were forced to attend, we would have had more than 3 million participating in Havana (the population of the city) instead of the one million). But of course, somehow Cubana, who does not, nor ever has, live in Cuba can come up with these inane assertions. My wife is a Cuban judge in the high court of Havana. She is NOT a member of the Communist Party nor was she forced to attend the march. How do you explain that, Cubana? Oh right, your response will be “GregoryHavana lies…”. 4. Regarding your Gulag dribble…obviously you do not know what a Gulag is. Anywone who has ever visited Cuba can see that, although it is a country with restrictions, it is NOT a Gulag. You show pure ignorance over the seriousness of the term Gulag. By the way, it is true that Cubans need permission from their government to travel, but you do not mention that the vast majority actually receive permission to travel. My neighbors, who do NOT work for the government, just returned from a trip to Miami. No problem from the Cuban government. 5. Cuba DOES provide medicins to its population. Sometimes they are in short supply, but medicines are always found. Just read the on-the-ground reports on the Cuban health system for the World Health Organization to see that the Cuban health system works much better than the capitalist alternatives in Latin America. To conclude, Cubana DOES NOT LIE (I think that sadly Cubana actually believes what he says), but Cubanas arguments are lacking in both fact and logic.

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Posted: 09 January 2006 03:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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ElaineMiami…Good point about the freedome to travel. In fact, Cuba is the ONLY country that American Citizens are not allow to travel to by the US Government. In fact, a US citizen is allowed to travel to REAL totalitarian states like North Korea or Iraq under Sadam, or Afganistan under the Taliban…but not Cuba. Bizarre indeed and a sad state of affairs for the United States, the country that promotes itself as the banner of freedom and democracy. And then of course there is Guantanamo…

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Posted: 09 January 2006 03:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Actually Chuck, notwithstanding the embargo, Cuba does a BETTER job providing food, housing, water, sanitation, electricity, education, and health care to all of its citizens than that vast majority of its capitalist counterparts in the Third World. If you don’t believe me, look at the United Nations statistics (UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, UNESCO). If you are serious about debating and learning about Cuba, take the time to do the homework.

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Posted: 09 January 2006 03:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Chuck..have you forgotten then even before Katrina, many in Louisiana did not have running water?

I have friends who lived in the “bayou” and the government for years upon years promised to dig and build a waterline towards their necnk of the woods, and guess what?

They never did!

You can find many small cities/areas in the US who STILL dont know what a “in house” toilet is,without having to go do their business in an “out house”.

Let’ not get into the whole water and electricity debate when speaking of Cuba,sure Cuba has problems to fix when it comes to running water and electricity,but so does their neighbors Jamaica (I have a home their,so I know)Haiti,Santo Domingo,Bahamas,Brasil and many others, so why the hard on against Cuba when it comes to water and electricity?

If you’re such a humanitarian,please go scream about all those countries who have the same problems going on,if not STFU!

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Posted: 09 January 2006 11:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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glite,

Chuck is on a short leash.

I have asked him (and I ask everyone) to post facts and opinions not just argumentitive comments or “bomb” throwing.

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