The fact that something we take for granted, Freedom, is not given to the Cuban people is simply a crime against humanity. It is for the reason of the ‘F’ word that I cannot in my heart of hearts agree with Fidel and his government. Until they are big enough to set their people free then I will never see eye to eye with the regime. They simply have to set their people free, they have had to follow him for 50 years or so, without so far, too much open complaint. And besides, he owes it to them.
Ed, Fidel had many chances to give his people freedom but that would put his job in jeopardy. Now if he does ANYTHING other than act as an old man, he will put Raul’s job in jeopardy and that would bring everything crashing down.
Don’t hold your breath for freedom in Cuba until Fidel Castro is gone and don’t hold your breath for an end to the Embargo until George Bush is gone. So, it could be a couple more years of the same old thing.
When all things are said and done I think you’re right…, if they are not going to be big enough or man enough not to see beyond the length of their own noses then they deserve everything that will be said and written about them.
The people of Cuba will put right all the wrongs in due course, of this I am sure.
In fact, I think the longer the Castro brothers try and hold out the more likelyhood that there’s going to be a messy end. They are starting to remind me of an ageing rock band that don’t know when they’re cool anymore. They’ve kind of lost touch with their fans big time. They did their hits and once they were loved, the longer they keep releasing the same old tunes the less people will buy. They will become a sad old joke, they still have the opportunity to release one more, LAST great song. What do they not understand?
That freedom might be closer than you think, I made some calls today to Cuba, to different people in the know, I was told that “Manolo” Code name for Fidel, Has had a relapse and is very ill tonight.
Am waiting for more verification ,from a relative which is real close to where he is.
Let’s hope 2008 will be a year of Celebration, drinks are on me In Miami.
Just got back from Cuba 2 days ago. Talk on the streets is that “el jefe” is recovering but will never return to power. He will merely serve as an elder statesman, and prop up “li’bro’ until his eventual demise and the ensuing power struggle .
Mako, good summary but isn’t that common knowledge around here?
Wajiro, no more news on the rumor?
Nothing else pub. Except he hasn’t being seen by anyone, and he was a no show at the national assembly, all that appears are articles saying he wrote them on The Granma Newspaper. But that also is in doubt because the style is not his so ?????????????????
About the freedom in Cuba…. I wish any of you and any of Cubans would visit the former socialist countries to talk to people over there… and see what kind of freedom they are going to have if they give up on socialism.
People there have now freedom of speech, a chance to vote whoever… but they do not have the basic human rights they used to have and used to take for granted:
jobs, homes, free health care, education, safety, social security when old…etc.
I say after seeing it: It is better to be obedient to your Parents…. as long as they take good care of you. There is nobody starving in Cuba.. I have asked many about that.
Freedom is good for nothing if you have no job and money to buy food… Look at the statistics about criminality in those countries…f.e. in CR I could read there are about 1500 persons commiting suicide every year…
You have been reading the Granma too long. “There is nobody starving in Cuba”??? and there are no political prisoners and the casas particulares and paladares are not over taxed and all Cuban have enough money and permission to vacation in Varadero???
PLEASE at least think about the “other side of the coin” before you post such propaganda.
I’m reminded of two great dictators of teh 20th century in the 1970s. - Franco and Tito.
When Franco was near his end, he brought back the monarchy to Spain, even tho he disposed them in the 1930s because he felt that brought the greatest chance to stability to his country. (I remember visiting Spain in mid 1970s and it was like a powderkeg ready to explode)
Tito on the other hand did nothing. It took longer for Jugoslavia to explode than I expected, but we all know how that went.
Lets hope that Fidel follows Franco’s example (although I’m not holding my breath for it to happen)
I solely believe my own eyes (that is why I travel so much).... Yes…I am asking a lot of questions any place I visit… There are not people in Cuba that are starving… Why nobody would tell me during 20 years?
Yes, there are people in jails as you say.. not only in Cuba….try to study the law…you will see ..Every government all over the world is protecting their interests and punish people for organizing others against their system…some of them are killed without any trial…. how do you feel about John Lennon death? How about Miammi 5? Why are they in jail…if usa is a country of political freedom…
Freedom simply does not exist.
Whenever it comes to this word it reminds me of a story I experienced in Europe. It is funny, of course..(smile)
One guy turned on a public water focet and was watching it for hours…. when police arrested him, he protested saying: I gave the water freedom!
Ask a hundred people separately: what freedom means to you… you will be surprised….
Now I know where you are coming from. EVERYTHING is a conspiracy to you. EVERYONE hides the truth from you and you are the only one who knows the real truth. Conspiracy theories never stand up because something can always be taken out of context or some false information introduced.
There are no UFOs. Oswald killed Kennedy. Terrorists flew the planes on 9/11. Fidel Castro is always right.
Oops. three out of four ain’t bad.
So, for the record, this site is NOT FOR CONSPIRACY THEORIES. So, go ahead and consider me part of the conspiracy since I won’t allow discussion of stupid stuff like that.
If you want your “freedom” go start your own forum. I will start deleting off-topic conspiracy theories.