Monday, July 30, 2007

Odds and ends

  • Just as the “Sicko” publicity begins to die down, the U.S. government seems to be preparing a lifeline. Michael Moore says he is being subpoenaed; Reuters reports it’s not quite so. At Babalu, they are cheering the feds on, which surely adds to Moore’s delight and sense of victimhood.

  • In El Nuevo Herald, Manuel Cereijo defines what’s needed to build democracy and markets in Cuba, and then tells el exilio that “we have to take new and different initiatives” and employ “different, visionary, daring tactics.” Which initiatives and tactics, he doesn’t say. Manuel, can you write a little more?


leftside said...

Re: Moore, apparently the US feels it is more important to send a lesson to any other journalist who dares to go down there, do some filming and present more uncomfortable facts from Cuba.

On the statistics, check out how the "retail sales of goods" more than doubled last year. Maybe some of the jump is a result of the appliances being distributed by the Govt. But "nutritional" retail, ie. food also doubled.

I also noted that more than 400,000 Cubans stayed at domestic 4 or 5 star hotels last year. Another million stayed in 3 star hotels. 579,000 of them stayed at "villas turisticas." But I thought all the good hotels were for foreigners only??

leftside said...

Also, despite the drop off in total # of international tourists, the hard currency income still increased last year. Probably a result of more 4 and 5 star hotels coming on line. Some of them are amazing!

Mambi_Watch said...

These vague suggestions by Cereijo were immediately denounced this morning by Radio Mambi hosts Armando Perez-Roura and Ninoska Perez-Castellon.

They weren't even going to bring it up (a tactic they do well) until a regular caller mentioned it. The caller proceeded to read some lines, but the hosts told him not to.

They said it was like "vinegar" in the morning.

The hard-line attitude does not tolerate such alterations to intransigence. This is a harmful position that Ros-Lehtinen and the Diaz-Balarts accept.

And, also a position that voters in '08 should take into consideration.