Friday, February 6, 2009

Odds and ends

  • Reuters covers the Cuba discussion at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

  • Editor and Publisher writes about the Herald’s plan for the day of Fidel Castro’s death. An editor discusses a “three-ring binder with every possible scenario for when Fidel dies. Calling-tree diagrams. Bank accounts. Satellite phones. Fixers. Fast boats.” Fast boats?

  • Why do Medicare fraudsters flee from Miami to Cuba? The Herald’s Myriam Marquez takes a stab at an answer.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely on the "fast boats" comment. And for good reason.

I feel it prudent to write this anonymously - also for good reason.

As a journalist who works in Cuba quite often, I can tell you that many of us believe that when the "announcement" comes, the island will be completely sealed - no one in or out. In that situation, the only way to gain entry will be via "fast boat."

About a year-and-a-half ago, when the world was absolutely certain that Castro was about to die and rumors in Havana and the outlying areas were running rampant, a group of us had made such plans - for getting out of Cuba. We were already on the island when the speculation began. Preparations were made. We would be hidden at a safe house in order to stay beyond our allotted visa time. When our coverage was done, the plan was to head out of Cuba via boat, from a location outside Havana.

The media industry is quite prepared. We've done it before in any number of nations.

"Fast boats" are simply one of many methods to accomplish the goal.