Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CUBA - A GAMBLE ON CUBA THAT'S WORTH TAKING and CUBAN YOUTH'S SZECRET COMPUTER NETWORK

A gamble on Cuba that’s worth taking from NPR   LISTEN TO THIS STORY FROM THE ALL THINGS CONSIDERED PROGRAM at this link!

EXCERPT:

President Barack Obama’s surprise announcement Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba would seek to normalize relations after a 55-year chill — and after 18 months of secret negotiations assisted by Canada and encouraged by Pope Francis — is a gamble worth taking.
 
“Isolation has not worked,” the president said. “We will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests.”

DETROIT NEWS - CUBAN YOUTH BUILD SECRET COMPUTER NETWORK

EXCERPT:

Havana — Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can’t access.

Home Internet connections are banned for all but a handful of Cubans, and the government charges nearly a quarter of a month’s salary for an hour online in government-run hotels and Internet centers. As a result, most people on the island live offline, complaining about their lack of access to information and contact with friends and family abroad.
 
 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WHAT'S IT LIKE TO LIVE IN CUBA NOW? JULIA COOKE'S EXPERIENTIAL " THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE" REVEALS THE NEW CUBA

NPR : WHATS LIFE IN THE NEW CUBA REALLY LIKE



Now that Fidel Castro's dictatorship has been taking over for a few years by his brother Raul Castro, and time has gone by, enough to open relationships between Cuba and the United States, one does wonder what it would be like to visit in Cuba... or even LIVE there!

Is it as impoverished as we hear? 

How do people get out of Cuba?  Who has to stay?  Are artists special?  

One thing I learned from this book is that there are tourists from all over the world who visit Cuba today, and that the tourists bring money to spend with them. money that is much needed.  The Communist lifestyle has guaranteed people good educations and medical care, though there are sometimes shortages of certain foods.  Maybe only the tourist areas have gotten a paint job.  Is the Communist Experiment that is Cuba a success or failure?  Would you give up the risks of Capitalism for life in this country?

Some Cubans  leave the country to work but they must come back, and apartments are difficult to get, so if you're not careful, some distant relative may show up for a visit and just never leave.

I enjoyed Julia Cooke's book and if you're in the reading mood around CUBA, as I have been, you'll find this another perspective to consider.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MARITA LORENZ on THE JFK ASSASSINATION CONSPIRACY

SOME EXCERPTS and SOME EXTRAPOLATIONS from Missy

page 128  Jimmy Hoffa wanted to destroy Bobby (Kennedy) but it was decided that killing JFK would solve that problem.... Carlos Marcello (Mafia) hated the Kennedys and felt betrayed by the failure to oust Castro and restore the casinos to his men in Cuba....

page 132 - 133 (With "Frank Sturgis" and some others, Marita went on a car ride to Dallas...  They didn't tell her who they had to kill, they just said "This is the BIG ONE!" They registered at a motel as a hunting party - all those weapons!  They also had a lot of disguises.  She was the only woman.)

page 135) "I had proven I could be a soldier where it mattered and now I was being called a broad by some fat mob guy who had probably ass-kissed other mob guys to become whatever the hell he was..."  (The mob guy turns out to be Jack Ruby.  Marita says she knew Lee Harvey Oswald as "Ozzie.")

BUT MARITA GOT OUT OF THERE.  She went instead to Florida to be with her daughter and her daughter's nanny and then flew on to Newark to visit her faithful and loyal mom, and heard of the assassination that had just occurred when the plane landed.

page 138)  "As I have testified, I believe we were all part of an assassination team, heavily armed, well-trained.  Ozzie was probably part decoy, part throw-away.  Undoubtedly he was a shooter, as has long been assumed.  However, the clandestine illegal activities taking place on home soil would shock even the most sophisticated and cynical American citizens."

Sunday, May 17, 2015

MARITA AS OFFICIAL MISTRESS FOR GENERAL MARCOS PEREZ JIMENEZ

EXCERPTS From the book "MARITA"

ON BEING THE MISTRESS OF GENERAL MARCOS PEREZ JIMENEZ

page 114)

"I would be Marcos' official mistress, a not unpleasant thought.  I enjoyed his company.  He planned to spend most of his time with me, though it was obvious that he would not divorce his wife.  He had considered brining me into his home on Pine Tree Drive since his wife lived in Lima, Peru, most of the time, bust she visited hum often enough that he could not risk my being there.  Instead he would use my place and our relationship to relax in a way he had not been able to previously.  He also planned to change his life, enter, at least for the immediate future, into a relationship that as committed....

The relationship with his wife (and children) was similarly distant.  Sex with his wife was a duty in Latin America, a mistress is for physical pleasure, but enjoys the privileges of a wife.  Both are compatible so long as neither objects to the arrangement each knows to exist.

page 115)  For both religious and financial reasons Marcos would not divorce his wife.  In their world, it was natural for them to stay together.  She had wealth, servants, every luxury she might desire.  He did not flaunt his mistresses or embarrass her with his intimate activities.

page 116)  I was delighted with the house.  I agreed to the arrangement and Marcos arranged a celebration of our new status in our new home.  I thought it was a house warming.  He and his friends considered it a formal announcement of my becoming the General's mistress.  The only difference between the event and a wedding reception was that there would be no wedding ceremony preceding it.

It was a odd evening.  The happy couple was feted and toasted by almost fifty (50) men on Marcos birthday.  (He gave her a special ring to seal the deal.)  He slipped the ring from his finger and placed it on my own, a sign to all his followers that I was to be treated with greater respect than his wife.  It was also a final, visible sign that I was his possession.

page 124)  (December 1962 - Marcos was to be deported to Venezuela via Robert Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General based formally on the theft of $13 million he tried to smuggle out of that country on his last trip.  He waited in jail and lost 40 pounds.  He paid the guards $200 a day to use the phone to call her.

page 125)  (December 1963 Marcos had to leave and she arrived at the airport only to see an emaciated man being led up a ramp to the plane in handcuffs.  She ran down the runway with their daughter, Monica, in her arms crying but was led away in handcuffs...)

And a week after Marco's extradition, the rug was pulled out from under me.  I lost everything - my home, car, Monica's trust, everything.... I was broke.  I was homeless.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

DEAR FIDEL FILM - MARITA'S STORY

Marita and Fidel's relationship lasted only 8 months. She has a son with Fidel, one of his many children.



English subtitles... Spanish... German...

Due to her multilingualism Marita applied and was accepted to be an airline stewardess for Pan American but being Kept by General Marcos Perez-Jimenez prevented her from taking the job.

This documentary that came out after her books has some new revelations, including a document on what happened to her when she was abducted and "aborted."  Marita says that when the CIA recruited her they showed her bloody pictures of a dead baby and also told her she was made sterile by the operation.  (As it turns out neither thing was true.)