Friday, October 26, 2007

Odds and ends

  • In today’s Herald’s story on Cuba’s decision to put the Bush speech in Granma and Cuban television, dissident Vladimiro Roca says, “In the past, they would summarize speeches or quote the parts they liked that suited their purposes…I’ll tell you this: Something is behind this. If I only knew what.”

  • At Penultimos Dias, Ernesto checked out Radio Marti’s web coverage of the speech, found “stone age” technology, and wonders what the station does with its money.

  • Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, in calling for the President to give Oscar Elias Biscet the Medal of Freedom, compared Biscet to “Colonel” Antonio Maceo. Manuel Tellechea reacts to the demotion, and to the comparison.

  • The Economist on prospects for economic reform in Cuba: an expectation that the government’s first moves will come in late December. El Pais says Cuba is “at a crossroads,” and notes that Cuban media have not covered the recent debate and the the ideas for change that came from it.

15 comments:

Fantomas said...

From Abajofidel.com Fantomas


me ha llegado mueva informacion desde Cuba, discurso Bush ha traido mas divisiones entre los hardliners de la dictadura y los mas moderados

el infighting esta en su apogeo...NO SOBREVIRAN...

El discurso de Bush exposed them even more

Developing...

Anonymous said...

since no one watches Mesa Redonda and no one reads Granma -- except for that crackpot leftside -- the regime felt completely safe doing what it did.

Juan Cuellar said...

Fantromas ha dado en la llaga.
Lean este articulo que acabo de postear en mi blog Un poco de historia.

Anonymous said...

It is quite obvious to any thinking person, as many dissidents are, that Bush's speech favors Castro's strategy and strengthens the position of hardliners within the govt., the armed forces and the party. Bush is no fool, he knows what he is doing and Castro loves what Bush is doing. NO reason to celebrate. That is why they published the speech. To instill fear among more progressive people who want change and a democratization of the system. In addition to that, God knows what intelligence info Bush had at his disposal regarding behind the scenes developments in Cuba, and decided this speech was what was needed. Whatever was going on, was not to the Administration's liking. This speech has put a stop to whatever move, palace coup or conspiracy some key persons in Cuba may have entertained. No ones wants to be seen as a Bush servant. If something does not have the USA's blessing or direction, it will be sabotaged by the president in a clever, intelligent way. This is the way I see, without excluding other possibilities.

leftside said...

Re: Huddleston, has there ever been a USIS station chief who actually agreed with the US policy AFTER spending some time in Havana?

Manuel and Charliebravo deserve some credit for calling out Ileana Ros_Lehtinen for her baseless, racist comparision between Maceo and Biscet.

BTW, there is a great piece by Luis Sexto on the Juventud Rebelde site. He calls for a "rapid adaption of organizational forms" in agriculture.

Fantomas said...

leftside any adaption will have to be carried out by ALL CUBANS ..the ones inside and outside the island..

our homeland is ours .... not of a particular group OGF GANGSTERS(48YEARS) ...

We left BECAUSE OF THE REGIME ...REGIME GONE EVERYTHING RETURNS TO NORMAL

METETELO EN TU CABEZA DE ALGODON

Anonymous said...

Fantomas, you are not REAL Cuban.. probably don't know salsa, and certainty are uglier fatter and more stupid than are REAL cuban

jose said...

Bush's speech feeds the communist propaganda machine talking points like a real trooper, making the ruling elite in Cuba proud, I am sure.

jean said...

I have to wonder if Bush and the hard liners realize just how oxymoronic their rethoric really is.


The Cuban tragedy is invisible to most of the world thanks to the likes of the hard line and this President (Do you think Latin America would really "listen" to BusH). Thank you Mr. President, said the Castro Brothers and theri cronies.

antonio said...

The thing that strikes me about this is how very overstated and exaggerated the observations are. And how utterly clueless Bush sounds.

Fantomas said...

Anonymous said...
Fantomas, you are not REAL Cuban.. probably don't know salsa, and certainty are uglier fatter and more stupid than are REAL cuban

LOL. Fantomas is a martian ...so in order to be cuban I have to be skinny , black and know how to salsa

let me ask you ...do you know where Cuba is located if I give you a map..

give me your e mail I will send you a photo of the man behind the mask

Juan Cuellar said...

Hey Phil, What about Armando Hart Davalos piece in your compendium?¿Por dónde empezar?......?Que?
Or La Vanguardia.com article by Fernando Garcia? La Vanguardia en semi-retaguardia

To much to swallow? Then, only then, Bush speech starts to make sense. Historically speaking about the dimise of communism in Eastern Europe.

Juan Cuellar said...

In my previous message I misspelled the word "demise."

Anonymous said...

so if Bush had come out praising Raul and the hard-liners that would have strengthened the "reformers" -- you all have it so ass-backwards it's pathetic...

Anonymous said...

So if Bush is so stupid and his speech will not be heard and or it will do absolutely nothing towards Cuba's freedom. Then why the heck are so many blogs making it their priority?

If you don't like something you tend to ignore it and not talk about it.

If you're all so damned concerned about Cuba's freedom and want the world to know the truth, why don't you all scream as badly as you're screaming about Bush, with regards to the horrors going on overthere.

Turn the page already, regarding Bush's speech.

Gees, I hear it all the time, the loud Miami Cubans, blah blah blah, but you've all taken this speech and complained about it just as much as the Miami Cubans do when they don't like something. Many of you sit there and redicule them and you're doing the same things they do.

Es verdad que ningun mono se ve su rabo.