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Student Protest in Cuba.

Students from ISA (Superior Institute of Art) are protesting in this video for the censorship and lack of freedom and for the bad food.

The video got subtitles in Spanish and will soon have subtitles in English. To select subtitles go to right bottom corner and turn on

subtitles.

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Yoani Sanchez and other bloggers taken by Cuban secret police.

The well known Cuban bloggers Yoani Sanchez , Claudia Cadelo and Orlando L Pardo were taken by force by the state security police of the Castro regime,

Yoani on telephone interview mentioned

“Fui secuestrada al peor estilo siciliano, con violencia verbal, física, llaves de inmovilidad, rodillazos”.

(I was sequester in the worst Sicilian mafia style, with verbal and physical violence, they immobilize  and beat us.)

They were trying to participate in a march-performance against no violence that was performed in Vedado at 23th street in front of the Yara movie theater.

After been beaten they were release. It seems the intention was so that they will not be able to participate in the peaceful march against No violence.

This is a video of  the non violent performance executed as planned

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Freedom beautiful freedom!

Here is a performance in Cuba. Yoani Sanchez and many others use a minute to express freely

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVV1Q6qT8Kk

What follows is a translation of what Yoani Sanchez said.

Cuba is an island surrounded by sea and is also an island surrounded by censorship. Some of the information control and especially the Internet have opened up some cracks with blogs. In the wake of alternative blogosphere and is known to a good part of the Cuban population. We are a … accentuate the awakening of public opinion.

The authorities consider the technology as a wild horse to be tame. The independent bloggers want to run freely. Difficulties in disseminating our sites are many. Passed from hand to hand and thanks to flash memory, CDs, the obsolete diskettes the content of the blogs  goes through the island.

Internet is becoming a public forum of discussion where the Cubans are writing opinions. The real island is starting to be a virtual island that is more democratic and more pluralistic. Unfortunately these winds of free expression in the Internet have only just started to show up in our watchful reality.
Let us not wait for the authorization to enter the internet. To have a blog or to write an opinion.

It is time to jump the wall of control.

See this blog post by Yoani

http://desdecuba.com/generationy/?p=472

and this other blog post by Claudia

http://octavocercoen.blogspot.com/2009/03/one-minute-of-freedom-per-person.html

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Monte Rouge.

This is a Cuban short comedy poking fun at Cuban state security.

I wonder how funny they think it was?

Unfortunately there is no English subtitle so Spanish is required.

The discussion is because the state security have rationed  microphones  so he is being assigned only two microphones! :D

 

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiV-2BW7OUA

 

 

Part 2  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dVEsi7Gy-4

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L’État c’est Moi (I am the State).

” Le Roi Soleil or the Sun King, Louis believed in the Divine Right of Kings” that is a fragment of Wikipedia’s entry for Louis XIV of France.

He was considered the archetypal absolute monarch of early modern Europe. World history has a way of recycling old cliches and old phrases acquired a new dressing and are rediscover or reinvented and rephrase.

 

larevolucionsoyyo

I am the revolution

 

 

Just as in France, King Luis came to signified the epitome of absolutism so is in Cuba Fidel Castro in modern days a symbol of absolute and ruthless power. He also as manifested in one of his last reflexion unequivocally that the “honey of power” belongs to him. It is his divine right because he had sacrificed to get it!

“La miel del poder por el cual no conocieron sacrificio alguno, despertó en ellos ambiciones que los condujeron a un papel indigno. El enemigo externo se llenó de ilusiones con ellos.”

“The honey of power for which they had made no sacrifice awoke in them ambitions that led them to an unworthy role. The external enemy was filled with illusions about them.”

This evoke images of conquest of stealing of usurpation, of power, of corruption! and link that to the above image of the poster in red and blue “I am the revolution” gets my thoughts to remember French absolutism.

Must we all humans learn the same lessons over and over again?

It will be nice if people could assimilate lessons from other people’s history but unfortunately it does not happen that way. We are bound to repeat someone else’s error to follow some else’s steps and to draw new lessons.

Let Cuba be a warning to all those who love freedom. A poster case to show the dangers of modern absolute power. None should have the right to rule everyone else with absolute power.

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Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

 

castrohoneyA few days after the earthquake in Cuba’s executive mansion, we are still feeling the aftershocks.

Carlos Lage Davila (Vice President of the Council of State of Cuba) and Felipe Perez Roque (the foreign minister of the Republic of Cuba) both wrote letters recognizing errors and renouncing to positions in the central committee of the Cuban communist party and national assembly (legislature).

This improvised mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Looks more like the result of a request by the head of the government, a request like “I am going to make you an offer you can’t refuse”. (Right, from the movie”the Godfather”).

Many people believe that the reason for the elimination had to do more with them getting too dangerously close to Fidel Castros’s jar of honey ( The honey of power).

 

 

 

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Fidgeting on Mount Olympus.

yoani3Yoani’s site generationy seems to be down fortunatelly I have a copy of her post

so people can  read here while the site is down.

 

“Yesterday, with my lunch half eaten, a friend called to ask if I had seen the 1:00 pm news. No, I never chew while watching this type of program, it’s fatal to the digestion. Mixing red beans with the announcement of the changes in the Council of State and Ministers, would have resulted in a mortar of incalculable consequences. Even so, it bothered me to have missed the news and to find out—in bits and pieces—the changes that happened up there. The “official notice,” published in the newspaper Granma, is long and full of language that puts me to sleep. In short, various ministers and members of the Council of State have been replaced; this fall from grace has been rumored, even in the streets, for some months. It didn’t even surprise me that one of the replacements, Carlos Valenciaga, was not mentioned, or that the military uniforms ended up with a greater presence at the highest level of the administration. People are trying to find, in these changes, the depth and wisdom of a game of chess, but to me it seems like a game of “blind man’s bluff.” I don’t believe the wished-for and necessary reforms that people were waiting for, were to have new ministers installed. If the intention was to stimulate progressive measures, no functionary in charge of a ministry could have slowed them down. The intention, however, has been to delay the changes, to dull them, to buy time in the game of politics, while we lose months and months of time in our lives. Who will convince Marcos, who already has GPS for crossing the Straits of Florida, that the new ministers will pave the way to enable him to fulfill his dreams in his own country?vehicle1  The announcement yesterday did not shorten the long lines to get a new nationality in front of the Spanish Embassy, nor the number of young girls who offer their bodies in exchange for a way out of here. Calling the new chancellor Bruno instead of Felipe has little influence on the degree of hopelessness. Changing the instruments doesn’t mean much, if the symphony being performed, and the director of the orchestra, are the same as before.”

 

The picture’s caption reads

“The unstoppable vehicle of change”

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