Cuba’s slave masters want their slaves to know how much they are spending on their healthcare

Cuba’s apartheid dictatorship wants its slaves to know that although their healthcare is “free,” there is a cost associated with it. The regime’s hospitals have begun to give their patients “symbolic” invoices to show them how much the government is spending on their healthcare. In other words, Havana’s slave masters wants its slaves to know how much of their slave labor profits is going to keeping the slaves healthy so they can continue producing revenue for the slave masters.

Karina Martin in PanAm Post:

Cuban Hospitals Begin Telling Patients There Is No Such Thing as Free Healthcare

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A report from Cuban television noted that Cuban medical institutions have begun to provide their patients with symbolic bills with the actual cost of services rendered.

Miosotis Moreno, director of Economics and Planning at the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) clarified that the health services will not start actually charging their patients, but the account is “symbolic”.

“It is not the intention that the services will be charged … It is only so that the people feel the commitment with the services that we are offering today, how we do it, what the cost is to the Ministry of Public Health and the country,” the official said.

According to the National Television News, the bill seeks to help the Cuban people know “that the services in our health system are free [for users], but cost [the system].”

“Most Cubans were born with the Revolution and we never worry about how much a surgical operation costs, or a clinical analysis, or an ultrasound, not to mention many of the other medical services that the population receives,” said the program’s director in the report.

“This way it is convenient, it is educational, it is a better way to give recognition to what we have done … It allows institutions also to really see what we are investing, it forces us to be more aware of the costs, which for a long time has been something that has not been given the right importance,” said a professional interviewed in the report.

The report was aired on Saturday, March 18, during the Noticiero del Mediodía.

Cuba, under the tenure of Raul Castro, has pledged to continue with its socialist economic policies, but has begun to allow limited free market reforms.

Cuba is living in an age of uncertainty, in the wake of Fidel Castro’s recent death, and Donald Trump‘s election as president of the United States. Trump has vowed to take a hard line on the island’s Communist regime.

Despite Obama’s immigration policy change, Cubans continue to throw themselves to the sea

Imagine living in a country where the misery and oppression is so unbearable and suffocating that throwing yourself into the sea is considered a viable alternative to remaining there. Imagine knowing that your escape attempt is almost certain to fail and if you do make it out, there is no other country that will take you in. Imagine living in a place where diving into the shark-infested waters of the Florida Straits to never be seen or heard from again is preferable to staying. This is the choice so many Cubans have faced for nearly 60 years and continue to grapple with today.

Frances Martel in Breitbart:

Cubans Still Fleeing on the High Seas, Months After Obama Nixes Wet Foot/Dry Foot

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President Barack Obama’s last-minute decision to repeal the executive policy known as “Wet Foot/Dry Foot” has deterred many, but not all, Cuban nationals seeking refuge in the United States. According to the U.S. Coast Goard, dozens of Cubans have attempted the escape since their rights in the U.S. were no longer guaranteed.

Capt. Aldante Vinciguerra, chief of response for the Coast Guard 7th District, told the Associated Press that authorities had apprehended 65 Cuban nationals on the high seas since the day President Obama announced that Cubans would no longer receive political asylum in the United States automatically, January 12. Most will be repatriated, and 27 already have, according to Martí Noticias. That outlet notes that another 52 Cubans were detained in U.S. ports of entry between January 12 and mid-March as an extra precaution to implement the policy.

The repeal of Wet Foot/Dry Foot does not mean Cubans cannot appeal their deportation, citing a material risk of political persecution at home. Cuba is a communist dictatorship notorious for flagrant human rights abuses against Christians, political dissidents, and professionals enlisted in the nation’s $8-million-a-year medical slave trade. Those who are fleeing Cuba due to the extreme poverty and lack of economic opportunity on the island created by decades of reliance on the Soviet Union and communist mismanagement do not benefit from this exception.

“We discourage anyone from taking to the sea and attempting to reach U.S. soil illegally,” Vinciguerra told the AP. “They are risking their lives with very little chance of success.”

The number of Cuban nationals attempting to flee to the United States had increased dramatically between 2014 and January 2017 as a direct response to President Obama’s “normalization” policy towards Cuba, which called for the acceptance of dictator Raúl Castro and economic rapprochement with his regime.

The Coast Guard documented a 117-percent increase in the number of Cubans intercepted trying to reach the United States on makeshift nautical vessels between December 2013 and December 2014, when President Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Castro. Upon being caught, Coast Guard officials reported that Cubans were increasingly taking to harming themselves, including instances of Cubans drinking from gallon jugs of bleach to avoid being sent back to Cuba.

While the Associated Press reported an increase in violence on the part of Cuban refugees at the time, they failed to note that the violent acts were largely acts of self-harm.

Continue reading HERE.

Weekend at Raul’s

Actually, it’s been a lot longer than a weekend. Spanish tourist, José Carlos Díaz Fernández died in Cuba in what’s being reported as a traffic accident. That was on March 8th. But the bereaved family hasn’t been able to navigate the bureaucracy of the “Worker’s Paradise” to get the body repatriated to Spain.

La Voz de Galicia reports, that no date has even been set to send the body. It is reported that Díaz Fernández had trip insurance. Apparently there is no coverage to protect one from the slow moving and indifferent Castro dictatorship.

Buyers of trips to Cuba be warned.

Reports from Cuba: To live as third-class citizens

By Ivan Garcia in Translating Cuba:

Cuba: To Live As Third Class Citizens

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On a wooden shelf are displayed two bottles of liquid detergent, a dozen packs of Populares cigarettes, a packet of coffee, and, on a hastily-drawn poster, a quotation from the deceased Fidel Castro.

Past 10:30 am, the hot bodega [in this case a store where rationed items are sold] is like a steam oven. Luisa, the saleswoman, seated on a plastic chair, tries to start up a rusty residential fan. In the background can be heard the baritone voice of an announcer narrating a soap opera scene.

In the bodega’s storeroom, stacked in random heaps, are 10 or 12 bags of rice, a half-empty container of vegetable oil, and several bags of powdered milk that the State provides exclusively for children younger than 7 years of age and for individuals who possess medical documentation of having cancer or some other grave illness.

Sitting on the stoop at the store’s entrance, two dirty guys knock back mouthfuls of rum from a small jug while a stray dog, old and ragged, urinates on the door. The monotony of the surreal panorama is broken when the saleswoman hurls a piece of hose at the dog to frighten it away.

After a while, customers begin arriving, nylon bags dangling from their forearms and ration books in their hands.

To all who were born in Cuba, the regime sells 7 pounds of rice, 20 ounces of black beans, a pouch of coffee blended with peas, a half-pound of vegetable oil, and 1 pound of chicken per month–and on a daily basis one bread roll, almost always poorly made.

This subsidized market basket, if consumed in small portions at lunch or dinner, will probably last 10 or 12 days. After that, for the remainder of the month, people are on their own. Housewives and mothers who, after getting home from work, must turn on the stove should be given prizes for creativity.

To feed a family requires 90 percent of the household income. Those who make a low salary (which is the majority of the population) have no choice but to purchase average to low-quality merchandise offered by the State. Those who receive remittances from family or friends abroad in hard currency can purchase higher-quality products.

The ration book, which was implemented in March 1962, is the reason that thousands of Cubans have not died of hunger. Although what they eat remains a mystery.

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The Democrats making fools of themselves against Judge Gorsuch

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Like most of you, I have to make a living and can’t sit in front of the TV watching Supreme Court hearings.

Let me congratulate Judge Gorsuch for having the patience to hear partisan questions from Senator Feinstein and Senator Leahy.

Nevertheless, let me recommend that you go back and try to find Senator Graham’s intervention.

Senator Graham went back and reminded everyone of The Biden Rule of 1992 and its cousin The Schumer Rule of 2008.   Those were the days when the Democrats said that no president should ever nominate a candidate to the Supreme Court in an election year.

He also reminded everyone of Senator Reid’s decision to strip the 60-vote rule for judges in 2013.

It was a good lesson for all to watch.

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How Congress can send a strong message to the diplomats of Cuba’s apartheid regime in DC

Ana Quintana and Jackson Ventrella in The Daily Signal:

How Congress Can Send a Strong Message to Cuban Diplomats in DC

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Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., have reintroduced a bill to rename the street outside the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., after Oswaldo Payá.

This bill conveys a sense of solidarity with the Cuban people whose rights have long been abused by their corrupt and evil government.

Human rights violations continue in Cuba, despite what proponents of President Barack Obama’s Cuba policy believe. It has been two years since the Obama administration attempted to normalize relations with the Cuban government.

But what has actually changed?

Attempting to normalize relations has only bought tourists a cozy island getaway and some commodities like cigars and rum to bring back with them. It has given the Cuban people nothing.

Since 1961, the Cuban government has oppressed and imprisoned dissidents simply for disagreeing with the regime. Today, this is still the case. There is no freedom or prosperity in a place like this.

More importantly, there are no protections for even the most basic of human rights. Any dissent in Cuba is met with imprisonment, violence, and even death.

Payá was one of those people.

Payá, the founder of the Christian Liberation Movement, established himself as one of the most well-known dissidents in Cuba. Tragically, his life was cut short before he could see his dream of a freer and democratic Cuba realized.

In 2012, Payá died in a car accident when his car was run off the road. His incredible story includes intentionally staying on the island, even after having the opportunity to leave in 1980 on the Mariel boatlift.

The independent Human Rights Foundation has found the Cuban government culpable for his death.

Continue reading HERE.

Cubans now being billed for “free” medical care

Wonderful "free" hospital
Wonderful “free” hospital

The Castro dynasty has always constantly reminded their enslaved subjects of their debt to the so-called “Revolution.”

In fact, Castro, Inc. has spent more than five and a half decades defending its repressive laws as “necessary” for sustaining the so-called “free” benefits of health care and education.

This week King Raul took the reminding to a whole new level.

From now on, Cubans will be presented with a “symbolic” bill every time they receive any medical care.

The bill will itemize the cost of every visit or procedure, to remind Cubans how lucky they are not to have to pay.

Knowing how Castro, Inc. works, this must mean that “free” health care is probably about to be phased out.

And you can be sure that the costs itemized in these bills will be hugely inflated.

After all, aren’t there enough Cuban Yo-Yo’s abroad who have the means of paying for the healthcare their relatives receive in Castrogonia?

"Free" medical facilities
“Free” medical facilities

From Q Costa Rica:

A report from Cuban television noted that Cuban medical institutions have begun to provide their patients with symbolic bills with the actual cost of services rendered.

Miosotis Moreno, director of Economics and Planning at the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) clarified that the health services will not start actually charging their patients, but the account is “symbolic”.

“It is not the intention that the services will be charged … It is only so that the people feel the commitment with the services that we are offering today, how we do it, what the cost is to the Ministry of Public Health and the country,” the official said.

According to the National Television News, the bill seeks to help the Cuban people know “that the services in our health system are free [for users], but cost [the system].”

“Most Cubans were born with the Revolution and we never worry about how much a surgical operation costs, or a clinical analysis, or an ultrasound, not to mention many of the other medical services that the population receives,” said the program’s director in the report.

“This way it is convenient, it is educational, it is a better way to give recognition to what we have done … It allows institutions also to really see what we are investing, it forces us to be more aware of the costs, which for a long time has been something that has not been given the right importance,” said a professional interviewed in the report.

The report was aired on Saturday, March 18, during the Noticiero del Mediodía.

Continue reading HERE (if you care to encounter two more short paragraphs, one on King Raul’s “reforms”, the other on fear of the Trumpinator).

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“free” waiting room

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Another day in Cuba’s Socialist Paradise: Cuban schoolteachers quitting their jobs in droves

Just another day in the Socialist Paradise so loved and admired by Bernie Sanders and his Berniebots…

Rosa Magdalena Avila Carballo in PanAm Post:

Why Cuban Schoolteachers Are Quitting their Jobs Massively

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MAYABEQUE, CUBA — Teachers and other education professionals started leaving their jobs at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year in Cuba’s Mayabeque province. Over the next few months, many followed suit.

This year’s figure constitutes the biggest exodus of teachers since 1998, according to a source from the Provincial Education Directorate.

“The accumulation of teachers who left classrooms this 2016-2017 period exceeds 250 … and in this province alone!” said a source speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Educators left their schools in three stages: at the end of the last school year, during the first week of September and then throughout the following months — all arguing they receive extremely low salaries.

A primary and secondary teacher earns between 450 and 500 Cuban pesos, or about US $20 a month.

In the last 10 years, wage increases for teachers amounted to around US $3. Meanwhile, workloads and responsibilities were multiplied due to a lack of educators.

At the beginning of 2016-2017 school year, the Ministry of Education of the province was silent about the exodus of teachers.

Some also reportedly left due to a lack of “appropriate conditions to exercise their profession,” poor quality of food in schools and difficulties in getting to and from work.

As the problem has grown, increasingly fewer people are entering the teaching field. Though there is a teacher training school in the Mayabeque province, “Pedro Albizu Campos,” which this year welcomed 600 students, many have abandoned the career path altogether.

“The teachers we currently have in schools throughout the province are mainly older than 50,” the source said.

Yailen Sanchez, a student, said to be a teacher is to die of hunger, and that she would never pursue the profession. Instead, she chose gastronomy.

“Maybe I can work in tourism,” she said, “which is where teachers are going, because they pay better.”

Teachers receive more dividends for private, off-the-books services often taught out of their homes. Others resort to fraud, or are allowed to receive gifts from students to improve their grades after difficult exams.

Continue reading HERE.

Imprisonment of dissident Eduardo Cardet should cost Cuba its seat on UN Human Rights Council

It was enough of a sad and perverted joke that Cuba was allowed to have a seat on the UN Human Rights Council in the first place. Over the last six decades, the apartheid Castro regime has been a prolific and cruel violator of human rights and has committed countless crimes against humanity. But to allow them to remain in that seat after just handing down a 3-year sentence in a Castro gulag to dissident Eduardo Cardet simply for expressing criticism of dictator Fidel Castro is truly a travesty and a mockery of this institution.

John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Cuba should be removed from UN Human Rights Council until Castro frees Eduardo Cardet

“So long as the Castro government jails Eduardo Cardet, a prisoner of conscience, we call for the complete removal of Cuba from this Council.” –  Hillel Neuer of UN Watch, addressing the UN Human Rights Council, March 20, 2017

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Eduardo Cardet Concepción, prisoner of conscience and Christian Liberation Movement national coordinator, was sentenced to three years in prison today. Meanwhile at the United Nations Human Rights Council his plight was referenced in an oral statement by Hillel Neuer of the nongovernmental organization UN Watch. Speaking out for the Cuban dissident drew an angry protest from the Castro regime’s diplomats that interrupted the courageous speaker.

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From the Christian Liberation Movement website:

Today Eduardo Cardet was informed of the sentence to three years in prison that was dictated by the court that tried him on March 3, 2017 in Gibara, Holguin. Eduardo Cardet told his wife, the sentence is based on manipulated data, without taking into account the testimony of defense witnesses. Cardet’s family will appeal the ruling

Listen to Yaimaris Vecino’s testimony in Spanish.

Eduardo Cardet has been jailed since November 30, 2016 for speaking critically of Fidel Castro following his death. Amnesty International declared him a prisoner of conscience on January 31, 2017.

Continue reading HERE.

Cuban dissident Eduardo Cardet gets 3-year prison sentence

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Anyone who knows how the Castro regime operates knew exactly what to expect from Dr. Cardet’s trial.

But the real news in this case is not the fact that Dr. Cardet was found guilty by a kangaroo court and sentenced to several years in prison.

The real news is that the Castro regime continues to pull stunts like this with total impunity as hordes of tourists continue to pour into the island.

On Monday March 20, at a United Nations meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, a representative of the human rights group UN Watch denounced Cardet’s imprisonment and called for Cuba to be removed from the UN Human Rights Council.

As always, the Castronoids immediately tried to stifle discussion of this issue, and they were joined by their close friends from Venezuela, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Bolivia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Venezuela’s complaint had all the earmarks of Castrobabble, straight from the Guidebook for Colonial Lackeys published by the Ministry of Truth in Havana: “We reject what has been said by this political organization called UN Watch. They use this session to address political issues which have nothing to do with promoting human rights.”

Loosely translated from Marti Noticias:

Doctor Eduardo Cardet, national coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba, who was sentenced to three years in prison two weeks ago, and his sentence has just been ratified by judicial authorities.

Cardet was arrested in November, shortly after the death of dictator Fidel Castro.

He has been found guilty of “aggravated assault” for resisting arrest, and of “disrespect” for sharing expressions of relief over Fidel’s death with “the wrong people” during a brief visit to Miami.

Cardet’s family plans to appeal this sentence, but doesn’t hold out much hope, even though Amnesty International and UN Watch have both called for his immediate release.

Whole story HERE in Spanish

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Dr. Cardet and “the wrong people”

 

Reports from Cuba: A year after Obama’s visit, Cubans feel disillusioned with his legacy

Luz Escobar reports in 14yMedio via Translating Cuba:

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy

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It rained when the presidential plane touched down on the tarmac at Havana’s Airport. On 20 March 2016, Barack Obama began a historic visit to the island that awakened hopes and sparked questions. One year after that visit, Cubans are taking stock of what happened and, in particular, what did not happen.

The tenant of the White House evoked waves of enthusiasm during his tour of Havana’s streets. His official agenda included talking with young entrepreneurs, he appeared on a comedy TV show, he visited a private restaurant, and he met with representatives from civil society. They were intense days during which popular illusions reached historic records.

However, Obama’s decision to eliminate the wet foot/dry foot policy before the end of his term in January, caused that sympathy to plummet. Now, inquiring about his legacy on Cuban streets leads to answers mostly filled with criticism, resentment or a sense of betrayal.

“I lost my life,” Luis Pedroso, a soundman by profession, tells 14ymedio, He sold all his property to pay for an illegal trip to the United States. He left Cuba for the Dominican Republic, and then crossed Mexico and arrived at the border in Nuevo Laredo, on 12 January when the immigration policy that benefitted Cubans was no longer in force.

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“What did he do that for?” asks Pedroso, about the act of the Democrat. “We Cubans gave him our hearts and he betrayed us,” he says. The man sleeps on the couch of his sister’s house waiting to “make money again to leave.” He thinks “Trump is less sympathetic,” but perhaps, “will get more loyal.”

The months following the presidential visit, the emigration of Cubans to the United States continued its growing trend. More than 50,000 Cubans entered US territory during fiscal year 2016, according to the Office of Field Operations of the Customs and Border Protection Service.

Norma works as a saleswoman in a private coffee shop in Havana’s Chinatown. She recalls that in the days when Obama was on the island, “people were going crazy all over to try to see him.” She was among the hundreds of people who crowded along the Paseo del Prado when word spread that The Beast (Obama’s armored car) would pass by with the presidential family.

The woman was especially hopeful about the economic benefits that could come from the trip. “It seemed that everything would be fixed and that we self-employed workers would be able to import and bring products from over there,” she reflects. But, “everything is stuck,” is continues.

The entrepreneur would like to bring an “ice cream machine” from the United States, and “ask for a loan or find an investor who wants to put money into a small business.” However, the customs restrictions imposed on the Cuban side make commercial imports difficult, and there is no easy way to send supplies to the island from the United States.

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Revisiting Cuba’s first political cartoon

The modernized version:

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The original and a little history by Lauzán (my translation):

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The first Cuban political cartoon was born in 1848. It took place in the shadows; from the bathroom of the Tacón Theater. Before the performance started on that night, someone named Cirilo Villaverde began passing out flyers with a cartoon. The image was a cow with Cuba written on it being milked by the recently appointed governor General Federico Roncaly. To the left the previous governor, Leopoldo O’Donnell was walking away quite satisfied while other members of the colonial administration waited for their turn to milk the poor animal. The cartoon was well received by the public. To whoever asked him, Villaverde claimed he had found the flyers in the bathroom. He said he felt it would have been a shame to leave them in that humid place, so he passed them out to the joy of the audience.

Continue reading (in Spanish) HERE.