Things you wouldn’t understand about Hialeah unless you lived there

Although the majority of my childhood was spent in Little Havana, I did live in Hialeah for a few years. Not to mention all the time spent visiting family and friends who lived in Hialeah during my formative years. Hialeah is a special place, to say the least. And unless you have lived there, a difficult place to understand.

Here are 22 about la Ciudad que Progresa you wouldn’t understand unless you lived there.

Dani de la Osa in Thrillist:

22 Things You Don’t Understand About Hialeah (Unless You’re From There)

When most people think about Hialeah, they… um, laugh. Then they think about Spanglish-inspired business names, excessive car honking, people selling groceries in the parking lot, and sweet mom-and-pop eat spots. And they might be right, but what they don’t know is there are certain things only people raised in the Floridian Havana will understand about Hialeah. Here are just a few… the icing on the bocadito, if you will.

1. Don’t you ever dare confuse East Hialeah with West Hialeah
That’s like confusing a Blood for a Crip, or Chicken Kitchen for Chicken Grill.

2. Driving through West 49th St is NEVER a good idea
It doesn’t matter how bad you need that batido from El Palacio De Los Jugos.

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6. Our street grid makes perfect sense
It’s the rest of the county’s that’s messed up.

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13. Getting flowers from your boyfriend doesn’t mean you’re special
It means there was a guy selling them for $5 at the last red light he hit on the way to your house. And that he probably cheated on you.

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16. We like big butts
Check that: we like big NATURAL butts. Don’t come around Hialeah with those implants, there, “Mami.”

17. Cargo shorts, sandals & button-down shirts are completely acceptable gym attire
And are actually the required dress code at Porky’s.

[…]

20. You NEVER leave the house to get your hair cut, nails done, or teeth cleaned
Because all those people make house calls. And work for cash. And their contact info is guarded with more secrecy than the codes to the nuclear football.

See them all HERE.

Reports from Cuba: Castro conquers Miami with cannon blasts

Luis Cino Alvarez in Cubanet via Translating Cuba:

Castro Conquers Miami With Cannon Blasts

A friend was telling me, horrified, that last Friday at the Hard Rock Café in Hollywood Beach, Florida, Cuban reggaetoneros [musicians who perform the musical genre of Reggaeton]–from the Island and from ‘over there’, no way to tell anymore what with all the going and coming–put on a show. The lineup consisted of El Chacal, El Taiger (spelled just that way, not “Tiger”), Diván, Chocolate, Harrison, and Descemer Bueno (the only one of them whom I would classify as a musician).

This Cubatón (Cuban-style reggaeton, guachineo included) spectacle was aptly titled The Cannon Blast, as it was an explosion of “Made in Cuba” vulgarity and bad taste.  And there will be other such events, many more, in Florida.

To my friend it was all a joke (or a nightmare): The crème de la crème of the reggaetonero set–who would have to include also Yakarta, Baby Lores, Misha, Insurrecto, the detestable Osmany García, and Gente de Zona–profanely performing their low-class crudities, with their sinister appearance and annoying taca-taca beat, on a stage that has recently featured artists such as Don Henley, War, America, ZZ Top and Daryl Hall and John Oates.

No need to be surprised. This particular cannon blast and those yet to come are part of the none-too-slow colonization by the Castro regime of Miami and indeed all of South Florida.  They want to turn it into a type of Hong Kong, to exploit and emotionally blackmail it with nostalgia for fatherland and family. Not satisfied with maintaining their failed regime at the expense of remittances from emigrés and exiles, the Castroites also–in an effort to stir up problems, debase the milieu, and collect even more dollars–send over infiltrators from the G-2, scam artists, provocateurs, short-fused jokers, propagandizing academics, know-nothing cameleons del tíbiri tábara (from the back of beyond and staying out of trouble),TV shows, and…reggaetoneros.

For the record, it’s not that the head honchos of the regime are aware of the damage they do with the reggaetoneros, thus employing them in a macabre plan to penetrate the exile community and turn Miami into one big Hialeah, full of homeboys and every day becoming more like Marianao or Arroyo Naranjo. Save for the minister Abel Prieto, he of such exquisite taste, the top bosses don’t seem to mind the proliferation of reggaeton. On the contrary, their children and grandchildren, as lacking in good taste and class as their parents and grandparents, go crazy to the beat and enjoy it to the max.

Pertaining to music, the bosses export what they have. This is what there is.

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Real life in communist Cuba in 2017: It sucks

John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Reality Bites: Living in Communist Cuba in 2017

“The difference between the communist and capitalist systems is that, although both give you a kick in the ass, in the communist system you have to applaud, while in the capitalist system you can scream.” – Reinaldo Arenas, Before Night Falls, 1993

In the debate over U.S. – Cuba policy the discussion often times pretends that the crimes of the Castro regime are a thing of the past. This does not reflect the current reality of living in this communist country. Fidel Castro died on November 25, 2016, but his equally ruthless brother Raul Castro had already been in charge since July 31, 2006 when Fidel became deathly ill. General Raul Castro formally took power on February 24, 2008 and repression worsened.

Cubans who did not sufficiently mourn Fidel Castro’s death were arrested and jailed. Cuban physician Eduardo Cardet, jailed since November 30, 2016, was sentenced to three years in prison in March 2017 for giving a critical assessment of Castro’s legacy.

During General Raul Castro’s tenure politically motivated arbitrary detentions of opposition activists increased exponentially, along with political violence, and the murder of prominent dissident leaders.

In 2016 there were new prisoners of conscience behind bars and 9,940 politically motivated arbitrary detentions over the course of the year. By comparison in 2009 there were 869 arbitrary detentions documented. Religious repression escalated in Cuba in 2016 including the beating of pastors, the confiscation of Churches, some were demolished by the dictatorship.

Rising violent repression against political dissidents in Cuba, including crippling and disfiguring machete attacks, became a high profile regime tactic starting in 2013. The case of Sirley Avila Leon in May of 2015 is well documented, even if it is not widely well known.

The murder of prominent opposition leaders such as Orlando Zapata Tamayo in 2010, Laura  Pollán in 2011, Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, and Harold Cepero in 2012 happened under General Raul Castro’s tenure. Refugees have been killed trying to leave Cuba, shot in the back by Castro’s secret police, as recently as 2015.

Continue reading HERE.

Google goes live in Castro’s apartheid Cuba: What could possibly go wrong?

Google has become the first internet company to go live in apartheid Cuba. In a country where internet access is prohibitively expensive and only a small percentage of the population has access to the spotty and painfully slow connection provided by the dictatorship, Google’s Global Cache can certainly make a difference, as The Miami Herald reports:

Cubans can access Google sites faster now that Google Global Cache (GGC) service is available on the island, an internet analysis firm announced Wednesday.

“GGC nodes in Cuba finally went active in the past 24hrs,” Doug Madory, director of Dyn Research, wrote in an email. “It is a milestone as this is the first time an outside internet company has hosted anything in Cuba.”

But unfortunately, there is a kicker (there is always a kicker with anything that involves the apartheid Castro regime) to this new speedy internet experience Google is providing Cubans. The speed is coming primarily from Google caching large amounts of data on servers located on the island instead of having to go to servers located outside the island.

And guess who owns and controls these servers (emphasis mine)?

Google Global Cache allows users to store content from Google services such as Gmail and YouTube on local servers, in this case those of the state telecommunications monopoly ETECSA. The agreement between Alphabet, Google’s parent company, and ETECSA was signed in Havana in December.

“This will only improve Cuban users experience with Google webpages, with the most notable improvement being in loading YouTube videos,” Madory explained. “Video is very traffic intensive and caching popular videos locally will improve load time and relieve strain on ETECSA’s congested international links.”

In layman terms, the Cuban dictatorship will now be storing all the Google data generated by Cubans on the island on its own servers. All emails, videos, photos, and documents Cubans run through Google services will be sitting on a Cuban State Security server under the full control of the Castro regime.

What could possibly go wrong?

Reports from Cuba: The Fidel Castro Fair

By Ivan Garcia in Translating Cuba:

The Fidel Castro Fair

The wood charcoal embers are slowly browning half a dozen kebabs with vegetables, pineapples and pieces of pork, while, on a shelf, the flies are hovering around the steamed corn cobs.

From very early in the morning, Jesús, a chubby mulatto with calloused hands, gets on with cooking chicken, pork fillets and sautéed rice, to sell later in his small mobile shop positioned in a large car park, at the main entrance to the International Book Fair in Havana.

A line of kiosks with aluminium tubes and coloured canvas tops offer local favourites, like bread with suckling pig, ham and cheese sandwiches, jellies, mineral water and canned drinks.

“My kiosk specialises in dishes from San Miguel de Padrón.  But the truth is that in this particular fair, sales are sluggish. Mainly because the organisers prohibited the sale of alcohol. You can forget about books and all that intellectual shit, you have to give Cubans beer and reguetón if you want them to feel happy – the rest is secondary”, says Jesús.

Thursday February 16th started off rainy in Havana. Idelfonso, a self-employed clown, looks up at the overcast sky and mutters, “if it starts raining again, they’ll have to take the circus and its tent away, because no-one will bring their kids in bad weather. This fair has been pretty bad for us. No-one has any money, and those who do prefer to spend it on books and food”, he says, in his bear get-up.

In different parts of the car park, private businesses rent out inflatable toys for fifteen pesos for the kids to bounce about for thirty minutes, and five pesos for a quick ride on a horse.

“Many families don’t come to buy books. They would rather their kids enjoyed themselves playing with the equipment. There are hardly any amusement parks in the capital”, says Rita, who deals with charging for the horses.

Families and groups of friends lay towels out on the grass and picnic on a hill from where you get a unique view of the city across the bay.

Gerard, a young man with tattooed forearms, feels uncomfortable. He tells his wife to go off with the kid to play with the inflatable toys while he complains about the lack of any beer.

“These people are really party poopers. Whose idea was it to stop selling lager and nips of rum? I can’t imagine it was because of Fidel Castro’s death, as the bloke has been pushing up daisies for over two months now”, moans Gerard, knocking back a lemonade as a temporary solution to the matter.

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Cuba and Fake News: It ain’t what you don’t know about Cuba, it’s what you think you know that ain’t so

Dr. Javier Garcia-Bengochea tackles the decades of Fake News about Cuba in the Orlando Sentinel:

Social justice in Cuba? No racism? #FakeNewsCuba

It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you. It’s what you think you know that just ain’t so … Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige paraphrasing Mark Twain.

It’s called fake news. For decades, Cuba has promoted a false narrative regarding its revolution. A receptive media have dutifully perpetuated this lie and Americans remarkably suspend all critical thinking regarding Cuba, accepting this deception categorically.

What Americans think they know about Cuba just ain’t so. Here’s the #FakeNews:

Cuba is a socialist country. Wrong. Cuba is a totalitarian white male military dictatorship that insulates itself from accountability to the Cuban people through the enormous bureaucracy of the Cuban government.

The Cuban government “owns” Cuba’s industries. No, the military owns these, particularly the tourist industry run by Raul Castro’s son-in-law (a general). Virtually every aspect of licensed travel by the U.S. Treasury to Cuba is controlled by the military (who are white). Tourism funds the repression.

There is social justice in Cuba. Nope. The dictatorship has institutionalized an apartheid between foreigners and Communist Party elites — Cuba’s 1 percent — and “ordinary” Cubans. How? Through two currencies, a valuable one for the former and a worthless one for the latter, who are mostly black and brown.

Tourists use one currency (CUCs) pegged to the U.S. dollar. Cubans are paid (by law) in the second worthless currency. The latter can pocket tips in CUCs. Consequently, neurosurgeons rush through brain surgeries to park cars, drive taxis and bus tables for tips. Most doctors, lawyers, teachers and engineers leave their professions altogether. This slavery few Americans even notice. It’s disgraceful.

There is no racism in Cuba. Ha! As one white regime official put it on page 119 of UCLA professor Mark Sawyer’s book, “Racial Politics in Post-Revolutionary Cuba,” “It is simply a sociological fact that blacks are more violent and criminal than whites. They also do not work as hard and cannot be trusted.” This was 2003; enough said.

Free health care and education for all. Sorry. University professors and managers in tourism are overwhelmingly white and connected to the generals. Most university students must join the communist party.

There are hospitals for foreigners and Communist Party elites and those for everyone else. The former are for medical tourism with Cuba’s best doctors. The latter have no sheets, soap, toilet paper, electricity, medicines or even Cuban doctors — they are imported from Africa.

Where are Cuba’s doctors? Those not driving cabs are “rented” to foreign countries for $10,000 monthly. The chattel slave doctors are paid a few hundred CUCs while their families are held in Cuba. Ditto for thousands of Cuban nurses, social workers and teachers. Human trafficking is the dictatorship’s largest source of hard currency — by far.

Continue reading HERE.

Death toll in Venezuela protests rises to 31, over 1,000 peaceful demonstrators arrested

As peaceful protests in Venezuela complete their fourth consecutive week, the puppet dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro continues its violent and deadly terror against peaceful demonstrators. With Maduro’s strings being pulled by his puppet masters in Havana, the Venezuelan regime is responding to protests and dissent in the exact same way Cuba’s apartheid regime responds to protests and dissent.

Naky Soto in Caracas Chronicles:

The assault on non-violence

Your daily briefing for Tuesday April 25th. Translated by Javier Liendo

The country is in such a mess that there are doubts about the official death toll for Monday. Most outlets talk about two confirmed casualties, while Avenida San Martín, on the West side of Caracas, was literally under fire. The current death toll for the protests rose to 31. Arrests, which numbered 1,365 through Sunday, have now swelled with dozens more. It’s been an episode marked by deinstitutionalization and repression, both allowed by None-budsman Tarek William Saab, discriminating murders by political affiliation and suggesting submission as the protesters’ best shot at facing dictatorship.

Why more deaths?
Runrun.es reported that at least 18 people were killed in El Valle on Thursday the 20th, in murky circumstances. A story that nine people died electrocuted out of the 11 initial circulated widely, but is highly unlikely according to experts. The truth is that it’s been four days and still no authority has bothered to offer an official account of the events on Calle Cajigal; they’ve simply repeated chavismo’s standard propaganda that any protesting dissident is a terrorist.

Monday morning
That propaganda line inspired the Division Against Organized Crime, an elite corps within the National Police that has no authority on public order and protest management, to repress a group of citizens gathering in La California seeking to join the opposition’s Plantón (sit-in) on Monday morning. The PNB discarded dissuasion and jumped straight to violence, and their questionable involvement was made even worse by the fact that citizens were committing no crimes. Two people were seriously injured and four were arrested, maybe for the crime of bleeding after being shot by pellets.

The remaining balance
Although Barinas state lawmaker Maribel Guédez reported that paramilitary groups murdered three people during protests in Barinitas, only Renzo Rodríguez (54) appears on official records, shot in the chest as two more people were wounded. In Mérida city, Jesús Sulbarán, a Mérida Governor’s Office employee, was killed by a shot in the neck, while six other people were wounded during the same incident. Governor Alexis Ramírez claimed on VTV that: “There were snipers on the buildings in Mérida,” while mayor Carlos García alleged that paramilitary groups responsible for violence were wearing Primero Justicia shirts. In any case, the Prosecutor’s Office has already assigned prosecutors to investigate these events. The opposition sit-in was repressed in at least 11 of the cities where it was held.

None-budsman
On Sunday, Tarek William Saab ratified his approval for solitary confinement as a valid punishment for prisoners. Each new message he dedicated to the “internal sanction” against Leopoldo López was worse than the last, confirming that Human Rights are another discretionary matter for chavismo.

Yesterday he called for peace despite also being responsible for this recent wave of protests, not only because he validated a denounced coup d’État, but because he also violated legal protocols and decided on behalf of the Moral Republican Council he presides, as if it was up to him only. His perspective is that “those who called for these protests seem eager to bring back 2014.” He described those protests as “terrorist and sinister,” as if people died because of demonstrations themselves, rather than repression. Tarek even made a rhetorical question: “What do they want? Do they want Venezuela to turn into a graveyard?”; but it already is —he’d know that if he checked on Prosecutor’s Office records.

Continue reading HERE.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) meets with Cuban dissident leader and human rights activist Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet

From the offices of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL):

“Today I had the honor of meeting with human rights activist and recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, Dr. Óscar Elías Biscet. Dr. Biscet’s actions and words continue to inspire those living in Cuba under the repressive Castro regime, and others around the world who are beaten and bloodied for expressing their ideas, living out their faith, or disagreeing with their government’s leaders. Dr. Biscet will be the first to tell you that nothing has changed in Cuba – just this year he was arrested and detained for his affiliation with an organization that supports democratic policies in Cuba and the Americas. I commend Dr. Biscet for standing strong against a dictatorship that continues to oppress its own people, and I look forward to working with him in the days ahead to bring hope and freedom to the people of Cuba.”

Cuba’s apartheid regime sentences dissident Lady in White to 3 years in a Castro gulag

Obama may be gone as president, but his Hope and Change policy of embracing Cuba’s apartheid regime continues to bear rotten fruit. Yesterday morning, Cuban dissident and Lady in White Micaela Roll Gilbert was given a 3-year sentence in a Castro gulag. Her crime? Bumping into and knocking down a State Security agent as she herself was being taken down to the ground by another State Security agent.

14yMedio has the report (translation by Translating Cuba):

Lady In White Sentenced To Almost Three Years In Prison For Alleged Crime Of ‘Attack’

Lady in White Micaela Roll Gibert, 53 years old.

On Tuesday morning the Court in Havana’s municipality of Diez de Octubre, confirmed the prosecutor’s request of two years and eight months in jail for Micaela Roll Gibert, 53.

The woman, a member of the opposition group Ladies in White, is charged with the crime of attack, alleging that she knocked down Luanda Mas Valdés, an official form the Ministry of the Interior (MININT), during an arrest.

According to Berta Soler, the leader of the women’s group who spoke with 14ymedio, the incident took place on May 1, 2016, when Roll Gibert left the headquarters of the Ladies in White.

“Roll was beaten by two cops. When they put her inside the bus to take her to the police station, one of the officers twisted her arm and knocked her down. As she fell, Roll took with her another police officer who was trying to repress her,” explained Soler.

The officer who fell, Mas Valdés, did not appear in this Tuesday’s trial and according to Soler, they explained to those present that she was “nine month’s pregnant” and “has high blood pressure.”

“The trial was finally held without the presence of the officer making the accusation and instead the court accepted an affidavit, taken at the house of Mas Valdés moments before the trial,” adds Soler.

According to the opposition leader the trial was rigged, prepared by State Security.

“It’s one more woman they are going to send to prison,” says the activist, who notes that some time ago a State Security official proposed to Roll Gibert that she “collaborate with them.”

“When she refused him, they warned her that her life would become a nightmare,” Soler adds.

Soler says that Micaella Roll Gibert’s 16-year-old daughter was expelled from the School of Nursing because of her mother’s activism and another of her children, a son, was fired from his job in retaliation against his mother.

The Lady in White also denounced that other women from the movement are “still missing since early this morning.”

“We do not know where the Ladies Yolanda Ayala, María Josefa Acón and Gladys Capote are,” says Soler.

Cuban American baseball player Yonder Alonso’s inspiring story about leaving Cuba and coming to America

Oakland A’s first-baseman and Cuban American Yonder Alonso has written an incredible piece about his family’s harrowing escape from communist Cuba and his family’s struggle to survive in a new country. The story of his parent’s tireless commitment to provide him and his sister a better life in freedom and an opportunity to realize the American dream will not only inspire you, it will leave you in tears. It is a familiar story to many of us whose parents gave up everything and fled the Castro dictatorship so we could grow up in freedom and have a chance to realize our dreams. Even the dream to become a Major League baseball player.

Yonder tells his story in the form of a letter to his younger self. It is a must-read story, whether you are a Cuban American or not.

Via The Players’ Tribune:

Letter to My Younger Self

Dear eight-year-old Yonder,

I need you to stop crying. I know you’re scared. I know you don’t know what’s going on. I know you’ve never been on a plane before — you’ve never even seen a plane before. And you’re afraid of heights. Which is ironic because right now, you’re scared that the small propeller plane carrying you, your sister and your parents isn’t flying high enough. It’s flying way too close to the ground.

But it has to. Because if it doesn’t, somebody might spot you and you might get caught.

Look around you. The inside of the plane is cramped, and it’s just the four of you and the pilot. No bags. No luggage. No lights. It’s dark and loud. But if you tune out the sound of the propellers humming outside, you can hear Mom and Dad crying, just like you are. And your little sister, Yainee, is quietly sitting next to you — wearing her little white dress like the princess she is — just along for the ride.

You think you don’t know what’s going on? She has no idea.

But both of you need to just trust Mom and Dad. They know what they’re doing, and they have a plan.

You’ve probably noticed that the plane has already started flying a little higher. That’s because you’ve left the coast of Havana. It’s safe now. Soon, the sun will come up and shine in through the left side of the plane, and the farther you get from the Cuban coast, the closer you’ll be to your new life in America.

Yes, Yonder. You’re going to America.

I know. Mom and Dad haven’t even told you yet. When Dad came into your room at 3:30 a.m. and woke you up, all he said was, “We’re going on a trip.” He didn’t tell you to pack anything. He just told you to grab your stickball bat and get in the car.

Your parents didn’t tell anybody they were leaving until the very last second. They couldn’t. It had to be a secret because if the government or the police had found out that your parents were planning to leave, they would have have thrown them in jail.

That’s why there were so few family and friends back at the airstrip to say goodbye.

Did you notice how they were taking photos in the dark with those disposable Kodak cameras — the little yellow ones? Well, in a few years, you’ll see those photos. You’ll notice that in them, nobody is smiling. Their eyes will be dotted bright red from the flash, but you’ll still be able to see the tears in them. Everybody will just look.…

Well, they’ll look the way you feel right now.

Scared to death.

But I want you to take the fear you’re feeling, and multiply that by 100.

That’s how scared Mom and Dad are.

They’re about to start over in a new country where they don’t speak the language — none of you do — and they’ll have to build a new life for themselves, and for you and Yainee. And they’ll have to do it from scratch.

I know you’re probably waiting for me — for somebody — to tell you that everything is going to be O.K. That life in the U.S. is going to be amazing. That all of your family’s dreams are going to come true and you’ll all live happily ever after.

But it’s not that simple.

Your parents are basically leaving poverty for poverty. When you land at the airport in Miami, your family will be met by U.S. immigration. The officers will ask your parents some questions, and after a lot of paperwork they’ll basically say, “Welcome to America.” And you’ll be free to go.

But free to go where?

And free to do what?

Remember, you have no luggage. No possessions. You have only the clothes on your backs … and your stickball bat. Your parents have almost no money. No jobs. No place to live.

But that’s O.K., because Dad’s a hustler.

You know what I mean. You basically helped him run his illegal business out of your family’s apartment in Cuba. You delivered packages for him all over town. He figured a kid was less likely to get hassled by police in the street, so he’d give you the stuff from the stash under his bed and you’d put it in your bag and make the deliveries. Lemons to Mrs. Maria’s house. Onions to the family at the end of the street. Potatoes. Beans. Limes. Dad always had something stashed and ready to sell — things people needed because the government-issued rations booklet (la libreta) that most families relied on to survive was only good for a bare minimum of groceries each month. And after families had used up their booklets, most couldn’t afford much more food from the local bodega.

But Dad had connections.

He was a baseball player in Cuba, so he was a little bit of a celebrity. Everybody knew who he was, including all the farmers. So he bought and traded for goods under the table — goods that most people either couldn’t afford or couldn’t get because they were in such high demand. He basically ran a black market for discount fruits and vegetables from his bedroom. He could have gone to jail for it. But because he was helping people, nobody reported him. Plus, like I said, he pretty much knew everybody.

How do you think he got the plane you’re on right now?

He knew a guy.

But in America, he doesn’t know anybody.

Continue reading HERE.

Reports from Cuba: Tell us, General, what is Plan B?

Miriam Celaya in 14yMedio via Translating Cuba:

Tell Us, General, What’s Plan B?

The Venezuela of “XXI Century Socialism” is wavering and threatening to collapse. It’s only a matter of time, soon, perhaps, as to when it will tumble. And since the economic and political crisis of the country has slipped from the government’s grasp, President Nicolás Maduro, in another irrefutable demonstration of his proverbial sagacity, under the advice of his mentors of Havana, has opted for the most coherent path with the nature of the regime: increase repression and “arm the people.”

Such a strategy cannot end well, especially when thousands of street protesters are not only motivated by the defense of democracy, but also by the reluctance to accept the imposition of forced present and future poverty for a nation that should be one of the richest on the planet. Decent Venezuelans will not accept the imposition of the Castro-style dictatorship that is trying to slip in their country.

Thus, “Maduro-phobia” has become viral, people have taken to the streets and will make sure that they will stand in protest until their demands are met, which involve the return of the country to the constitutional thread, to legality, to the rule of law, that is to say, without Maduro.

As the Venezuelan crisis increases in its polarization, Nicolás Maduro, allegedly elected by the popular vote, continues to accelerate his presidential metamorphosis into a person of the purest traditional Latin American style, capable of launching the army and hundreds of thousands of armed criminals against their (un)governed compatriots who have decided to exercise their right to peaceful demonstration.

So if it is true that the terrible decisions of the Venezuelan government are guided by and directed from the Havana’s Palace of the Revolution, the intentions of the Cuban leadership are, at least, very suspicious. Such recommendations from the Cuba’s high command would drag the Chávez-Maduro regime directly down an abyss, and Venezuela toward the greatest chaos.

That is to say, if the Castro clan really ordered Maduro to radicalize a dictatorship and to cling to power against the will of the majority of Venezuelans, by applying repression and force to achieve it, even though this would mean the end of the “socialist” regime in Venezuela -with the consequent total loss of petroleum subsidies for the olive green cupula, as well as the income capital sources from health professionals services- would be a challenge to logic.

Such a strange move, in addition to Raúl Castro’s significant absence at the recent ALBA political meeting held in Havana as a show of support for the Venezuelan government, the official reluctance to directly accuse the US government of the popular expressions of rejection against the regime of Nicolás Maduro inside and outside Venezuela, the suspicious silence or minimization of the facts on the part of the Cuban official press about what happens in Venezuela, and the unusually circumscribed condemnation pronouncements “to the regional rightist coup” – which, in any case, have stemmed from the Cuban government’s political and mass organizations and other non-governmental organizations, and not directly from it –we can only speculate about the possible existence of secret second intentions on Cuba’s part.

It would be childish to assume that the Cuban government does not know the magnitude of the crisis of its South American ally, given that – as it has been transcended by testimonies from authorized sources in various media over the years – both the army and the repressive and intelligence Venezuelan bodies are widely infiltrated by Castro’s agents, so it may be assumed that the regime’s political strategists have some idea of a solution, at least in what concerns Cuba.

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