Friday, February 8, 2013

Odds and ends

  • Granma publishes the list of those elected to the National Assembly that will be seated February 24.

  • From the Latin America Working Group, a petition urging President Obama to end Cuba’s designation as a “state sponsor of terrorism.”

  • Reuters on the possibility that the Cuban Adjustment Act might be debated and revised as Congress considers immigration reform.

  • Cuba Standard: Attorney Jose Palli on the “Unbearable lightness of Cubanology.”  “Rather than focusing on helping the Cuban people to widen what most of them see as a window of opportunity by freely and fully interacting with them,” he writes, “we foolishly and conceitedly argue against any such interaction…We do not even ask ourselves if the collapse we wish upon them is what the Cuban people want to have to live through: We rather act as if they have earned and deserve it.”  While we’re on the topic, there’s this from Professor Jaime Suchlicki.

  • The Herald’s Mimi Whitefield profiles Vivian Mannerud, ABC Charters president whose office was firebombed last April in an apparent act of domestic terrorism.

  • From Metronews (Toronto), an awful story about a Canadian who fell in love with a Cuban, married him, sponsored him for a visa and brought him to Canada, only to have him rob her and take off como Matias Perez within days of his arrival.  When she reported it to authorities, they responded that her case is “one in 10,000.”  In the article’s comments, a civic-minded Cuban living in West Palm Beach says that anyone thinking of such a marriage should “think it 10 times before doing it or call me,” and he provides his phone number. 


Anonymous said...

Well, the fact that young lady, or any other Cuban, only has to prove they are Cuban to qualify, makes it clear no one has to claim persecution or ask for 'political asylum' as the Cuban right-wing policitians and their supporters scream all the time. So they are not breaking any laws by returning to Cuba to visit. Also, while it's true the terrible situation many Cubans face is what motivates their leaving the island, it's also true this is, in large part, the result of the Cuban government's oppresive, restrictive and unpopular policies, economic or otherwise. However, if political asylum were to be the basis for the Cuban Adjustment Law, then most Cubans who have benefited from it, including many, many members of the 'exilio histórico' would not qualify. Those came on the Freedom Flighs, Camarioca etc. would not qualify. Just swearing never to set foot in Cuba again as long as the Castros are in power, or expressing a strong dislike for Communismo in the USA, does not turn you into a political refugee. So no matter what they may claim, Cubans have had the same reasons for leaving the island during most of these 54 years. Economic considerations, things going from bad to worse, were alway part of the equation. Had Castro brought economic bonanza, development and turned Cuba into another Sweden, even under a dictatorship, there would be practically no Cubans out. Only those who were truly persecuted due to their political activities would be in Miami. Very few.

Antonio said...

Poor Canadian lady. This exact thing happened to a close Mexican friend of mine about 12 years ago. His Cubana wife left him in Mexico and he did not even get a goodbye note. He later heard that she resurfaced in Miami, as this guy probably will.