Monday, September 29, 2008

El Loquillo, en el Periodico de Catalunya

Cuando hay tantos con cerebros fláccidos, columnas vertebrales de gelatina, y voluntades atrofiadas, se hace fundamental que personas como el Loquillo salgan al ruedo y llamen las cosas por su nombre, por feo que este sea.
Gracias, Loquillo, por cantarlas como son.

Los 'frikis' de la izquierda
JOSÉ MARÍA Sanz, 'Loquillo'

Con la estela del reciente estreno de Che, el argentino, los reportajes sobre el personaje se suceden un día sí y el otro también. En una de las múltiples tertulias televisivas se le califica de símbolo de la izquierda que lucha por la libertad. Creo que nunca una palabra como libertad ha sido utilizada tanto por aquellos que no la practican, y también pienso: ¿quién no ha sido abducido alguna vez por la figura del mítico personaje y se ha sentido revolucionario por un día? El contertulio en cuestión parece un miembro de la Conferencia Episcopal hablando del Papa y los dogmas de la fe. Hablando de las luces, se olvida de las inevitables sombras.
Convertido hoy en icono pop, me pregunto qué pensaría el Che del rock and roll como cultura. ¿Hubiera secundado la detención de Gorki Águila, líder del grupo cubano de rock Porno para Ricardo, por criticar la revolución? Una revolución que forma parte del imaginario de una generación que en algunos casos se niega a afrontar la realidad: que su revolución se ha convertido en una dictadura. Me pregunto si somos inocentes de nuestros pecadillos ideológicos de juventud. Mi generación también cayó subyugada por el Frente Sandinista, y ya ven cómo ha terminado la fiesta.
Hay quien vive entre los restos del naufragio, sigue creyendo que el enemigo se llama Occidente, mira a otro lado cuando Rusia invade Georgia a la sombra de unos Juegos Olímpicos en un país que se pasa los derechos humanos por el forro y, al ver en directo el ataque a las Torres Gemelas, suelta: "Ya era hora de que les tocara a ellos". Esa izquierda que arremetió contra las acusaciones de Oriana Fallaci; la misma que dejó solo al profesor Robert Redeker después de publicar un artículo en Le Figaro, lo que le ha costado vivir en la clandestinidad, o que se calla cuando España vende armas a Irán
En mi única visita a Cuba acompañé a unos jóvenes músicos hasta los servicios, donde me entregaron una cinta con sus canciones, a espaldas del comisario político, mientras miraban por encima del hombro. Así que, cuando escucho a los trasnochados guardianes del santo grial, les digo que vayan a otro con el cuento, que ya tenemos una edad.

(cortesía de Ernesto, de Penúltimos Días)

What do you call this guy?

Really, what do you call a guy who uses the name of a dead soldier to advance his own agenda even though both parents of the deceased man have asking him to refrain from doing so?
What do you call him, when he screams Me too!, I also have a bracelet! and he's even incapable of remembering the name of the soldier whose bracelet he's so opportunistically sporting?
What do you call B'rak Hussein Obama?

(lifted from Ms Calabaza's blog, which is full of great material)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Liaisons dangereuses

Concierto benéfico y clandestino....


Porno Para Ricardo y La Babosa Azul se han visto obligados a suspender el concerto programado para el día de de hoy, que planeaban conducir en beneficio de las víctimas de los huracanes Gustav e Ike en Cuba.

La causa de la suspensión de este concierto benéfico ha sido una afección en la garganta que esta padeciendo Ciro, ya que el tratamiento médico recomendado exige reposo absoluto de la voz por tres semanas.

El concierto se había preparado con ayuda de los amigos de las dos bandas, y se había ya recogido una buena cantidad de donaciones que serán enviadas a las zonas afectadas tal y como se planeaba hacer al final del evento musical para ser distribuida entre los damnificados directamente y en sus manos sin intervencion del gobiero. Para esto se cuenta con la ayuda de muchos ciudadanos cubanos y extranjeros, de la iglesia, y de personas que a título personal y anónimo se han ofrecido para llevar las donaciones a los damnificados.

Por otra parte, ahora podemos revelar que se han hecho envíos anteriores con la ayuda de Yoani y un extenso grupo de amigos y que todas las donaciones fueron entregadas en sus propias manos a personas perdieron lo poco que tenían, y que la ayuda consistió en ropas, articulos para recien nacidos, alimentos enlatados y dinero, a pesar de que a ambos lados del estrecho de la Florida hay quienes dicen que en Cuba no hay nada que comprar y que por tanto los cubanos de la isla no necesitan dinero.

La Babosa Azul, Porno Para Ricardo, y los verdaderos amigos de la población se han dedicado a demostrar lo contrario, tanto, que la dictadura persigue hoy mas que nunca a las personas que venden alimentos en la “bolsa negra” y los estan encarcelando sin siquiera una caricatura de jucio. Tambien podemos decir, que los precios del mercado clandestino en Cuba son sensiblemente mas bajos que los del gobierno.

Es de señalar que tanto los músicos como sus amigos son tambien víctimas de estos huracanes y de la tiranía y que sacrifican lo poco que tienen para darlo a alguien que esta en una situacion aún peor que la de ellos. Si no son barridos por un huracán, son entonces acosados por el huracán estacionario de la tiranía. En una verdadera tradición del “resolver” cubano se las han arreglado para destruir las barreras erigidas por la dictadura para que la ayuda no pudiera llegar a la población, y han roto el ciclo de miedo y de limitaciones impuestos por el sistema sobre el cubano “normal”, tomando en sus propias manos la distribución de la ayuda.

El país tiene que ser reconstruido completamente en libertad y democracia.
El país tiene que florecer, sin la interferencia de dictadores momificados, sabelotodos, o la negatividad de los “expertos y cubanólogos” y sin la arrogancia y actitud condescendiente y perdonavidas de aquellos que piensan que ellos saben lo que es “bueno” para los cubanos, sin siquiera preocuparse por tratar de comprender que es lo que los afecta en la isla de Cuba y sin ponerse en sus gastados zapatos por menos por unos cinco escasos minutos.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

English for Spanglish speakers

At Mr. Ts's blog, there's an interesting article where the author touches upon a mention of the "ambition of John McCain" in a comment left on his blog about last night's presidential candidates debate.

Words in English do not carry the same connotation than they usually convey in Spanish.

Ambition, for example, is commonly accepted in English as a character trait generally viewed in a positive light, as in a person who is always taking his/her standing grounds of today as the departing point of tomorrow for the goal of personal betterment.

In the limited Spanish of some, or in Spanglish, "ambición" is just taken and understood in a way that is not only related -or not related at all- to the English accepted usage, but to a limited accepted usage of its Spanish equivalent: the unskilled Spanish speaker will only recognize it as a synonym of "greed", in Spanish "avaricia". I have seen many Spanglish speakers cringe -and yes, there's such a thing- when one talks about one's ambitions; they automatically assume that one is taking about being greedy.

Of course, greed is one type of ambition, but not all ambitions are about greed.
The personal ambition John McCain has to become President of the United States, for example. Or to be fair, the ambitions harbored by B'rak Hussein Obama while he is vying for that very same position. Of course, John McCain looks ambitious in his presidential goals, and B'rak Obama looks as ambitious as John McCain, but his particular ambition looks spiced and spiffed up with the arrogance and cockiness of those who are out there to steamroll others to death. And that's worse than greed.

Ditch the Spanglish. Learn Spanish and English. And enrich your vocabulary in both languages.

B'rak Punchingbag Obama



These are highlights of the smackdown.

Friday, September 26, 2008

In the red corner

John McCain, going on versus B'rak Hussein Obama, in the blue corner....

That's what I just got in my favorite poison dispensing joint (a café, dont be so ill-minded)
The surprise decision comes after a unilateral suspension of campaign activities by McCain. After the "no deal" on the economic bail-out, and the monumental -and bi-partisan- Washington tantrums of last night, I think that McCain will question the good will and the aptitude (and attitude) of B'rak Obama to solve this country's problems and economic woes.

It will be an interesting thing to watch on TV....
The show must go on, boys and gals.

No se olviden que John McCain es de Coco Solo (en serio)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Brutality and ignorance go hand on hand.

Macca ended his concert in Tel-Aviv a short while ago, and all the monsters who wanted to silence the musician with death and shrapnel had to contemplate how Jews and Arabs alike were swept of their feet by the ex-Beatle.

Not surprisingly, not a single senior Palestinian (terrorist) leader had ever heard of Paul McCartney or the Beatles. Old or young, they are just concerned about hate. They were even angry and pacing with unrest when younger Palestinians -or Palestinians who d not have anything to do with "the organizations" saluted Macca on the streets of Belen, and even waved old albums to be signed.

No, totalitarians and extremists do not like that. To be fair, they Beatles were as forbidden in Israel as much as they were in Cuba.... the Israelis knew who he was and they accused the band of being a corrupting influence for their youth, Castro not even that, he declared the Beatles a symbol of rebellion and freedom, of sensual individualism and therefore, enemies of his "revolution". The Cuban police, the Palestinos, who are led by the Palestino en Jefe Fidel, well... they were as ignorant as the real Palestinian terrorists. Or as Paleolithic as they are.

I recall being stopped once by a cop who called his superior and said: Agarramo a ete con un dico de uno pelú americano. Eto é diversionimo ideólogico jefe.
¿que hacemo con ete, lo pelamo, l'entramo a patá, o le rompemo lo dico? Sadly, they broke my records. I would have traded a forceful haircut and a beating for the integrity of my records. But I went home unharmed.

In Israel, the authorities seem to have gotten in tune with the times, 43 years too late. Not in Cuba, when the Palestinians keep on being terrorists, cringing to the sight of Gorki and Porno Para Ricardo and their rebel songs as much as the "others" cringed today at the sight of Paul McCartney and his band delivering a message of peace and hope.

Mandela

The Queen of Spain certainly has a sense of humor. She adopted a donkey and called it Mandela, very appropriate. She didn't call it Raul because she was sternly warned by the "animal police" that she could be charged with animal abuse.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

How much would you pay for your freedom?

That would me my rhetorical question to all of those, while living in freedom questions both smugglers of Cubans and the Cubans who pay to be smuggled into the United States. Or better, how much do you think your freedom is worth?
After listening to their answer, I would ask them why is that they think that others do not deserve the same freedom? Did you fight for your freedom or did you pay for it?
A plane ticket counts as paying for it, not as fighting for it.

So, if some other Cubans choose to pay smugglers we should welcome them to freedom, as much as others were welcomed when they arrived here. One good question would be to see how many of them have American visas and the Cuban government denied their exit permits. That's a pretty common situation. Another good question would be to ask them how desperate were day to leave Cuba, and why.

It's always easier to blame the victims, and it's no different from blaming a beautiful woman for being raped. Brutality hits only those who cannot defend themselves. The smuggling of Cubans is the modern day equivalent of the Underground Railroad, and let's not forget that many slaves also paid for being smuggled out to freedom.

There is one responsible for this death, his name is fidel castro. His system, coupled with the Dry Foot Wet Foot illegal regulation, written by Clinton, sustained by Bush, and acclaimed by one too many xenophobes and Cubanophobes, constitute the frame of actions and conditions under which Cubans need to be smuggled out of Cuba, and the cause of death for many of them while in the process of gaining freedom.

The Coast Guard has been denounced many times for shooting at crafts carrying Cubans to the United States, ramming them, and brutalizing the refugees. At this point, there should be an independent investigation to conclude who or what produced the injuries that eventually led to the death of this person, and the only way to establish responsibility is through the American justice system, with interviews to all witnesses. Was the person killed by a smuggler, by another refugee, or was it killed as a result of the actions of boarding the vessels by force?

Those questions can only be answered fairly with a complete independent investigation, and nothing short of that.

These are the news:

Cuban Refugee Dies During Smuggling Operation
39 Other Cuban Refugees & Alleged Smugglers Are Being Held On Coast Guard Cutter
Man Who Died Suffered A Head Injury
MIAMI (CBS4) ― Federal authorities are investigating how a Cuban refugee headed for the U.S. died from a head injury on his voyage.

Customs and Border Protection officials intercepted three boats carrying 33 Cubans and 7 alleged smugglers in the waters south of Key Largo late Tuesday night. Coast Guard authorities boarded the boat shortly after and discovered that one of the migrants, an adult man, had a severe head injury.

Coast Guard officers performed CPR on the injured man and then used a helicopter to airlift him to Opa Locka. However, he didn't make it and waiting paramedics pronounced him dead at 3:00 a.m.

The other 39 people, including the alleged smugglers, are on board Coast Guard cutters while federal authorities investigate.

These were luckier:

Cuban Refugees Forced To Swim To Freedom
BOYNTON BEACH (CBS4) ― More than three dozen Cuban refugees are safe after a desperate swim for freedom.

The group of about 40 Cuban men and women came ashore early Sunday morning on the beach at Ocean Ridge near Boynton Beach. Ocean Ridge police said all appeared to be in good condition.

One of the refugees told a Palm Beach television crew that the boat they were in started taking on water and sinking off the Boynton Beach Inlet. They were all forced to dive in the water for safety and make their way to shore.

After being processed by agents from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection the group will most likely be allowed to stay in the U.S. due to the 'wet foot-dry foot' policy which allows Cubans who reach U.S. soil to stay and seek residency.

A visit to the astrologer

Time ago, I went to see an astrologer in Havana.
Last night, my friends went, a different astrologer, the same prediction.
Met with the same despair by my friends.

"He, the devil, will not last a century, but more than ninety years, Castro"
"His brother, the bloodied weakling of the family, will die before his elder brother"

Honestly, I heard that I decided that I had have enough. The harassment was on the upswing, I felt "hunted" and haunted. I left. I didn't want to grow old walking through ruins, being free only inside. I wanted total freedom. Not that I needed the encouragement of the dire astrological prediction. I was just fed up of la mierda comunista. And so are my friends.

These are uncertain times, if you will....

Negatives

No, it's not old school photography.
It's just the fist banging on the table.
It's the scream, the profanity, the door slammed.
It's what the Cuban tyranny tells Yoani.
She asked for permission to go to Spain again, and again it was denied. No cheap excuses this time around. Just a no.

(thanks to Claudia for reporting via phone from Havana, please tell Yoani that I have an article about her that came out on "Hispanic" that I will scan and send her today)

Hector Palacios on travels, remittances, haters, and dividers.

Hector Palacios and Gisela Delgado returned to Cuba after traveling the world for 11 months, the maximum allowed by the Cuban Junta, in case they give one a "white card" to leave, or not deny one the right to enter your own country.

In a very interesting interview with "el Nuevo Herald", he says:

"Le pedimos al Congreso que permita venir los cubanos a Cuba, porque el contacto pueblo a pueblo es fundamental para conseguir el cambio en el país'', manifestó Palacios. "Y también pedimos que se permitiera el envío de remesas, porque no es concebible impedir que se le mande dinero a un pueblo hambreado... eso termina dañando al gobierno de Estados Unidos, no al de Cuba''.

Sus intercambios con los exiliados cubanos en Miami y otras regiones estadounidenses le convencieron de que la mayoría de sus compatriotas "es ajena al odio con que los identifica la propaganda oficial del régimen, y está dispuesta a participar en la reconstrucción del país''.

"Tenemos que resolver definitivamente esta separación entre exilio y pueblo cubano, porque ambos son la misma cosa'', enfatizó. "Todos tenemos los mismos derechos y sufrimos por igual, los de adentro y los de afuera''.

The above fragment is clarifying, but then you will have people who will condemn him because he wants travel to Cuba and remittances done in all freedom and for the benefit of the Cuban people. He implies that just a minority of people thinks otherwise, and that yes, those are the ones who hate the Cuban people and try to wedge exiles from Cuban in the island. Of course, there will be some that will accuse Hector Palacios, a political prisoner, and his wife Gisela Delgad, a Lady in White, of whatever their feeble minds can concoct.

Monday, September 22, 2008

La Babosa Azul

Nuestros amigos de la Babosa Azul, una poderosa banda alternativa presentan su proyecto musical independiente en la escena rockera de la Habana. En este caso se trata del ambicioso proyecto paralelo de Ciro Díaz Penedo, el guitarrarista y co-compositor de Porno Para Ricardo.

El sonido de la Babosa Azul es innovador y potente. La banda tiene un formato rockero tradicional -guitarras, bajo, batería- reforzado por un trompetista, ademas de otros músicos invitados dándole una gama de sonidos que no se encuentran normalmente en el rock cubano.

Ciro es la voz principal de la banda, y se expresa con gran teatralidad y con un carácter muy distinguido, fuera de lo que el genero rockero nos tiene acostumbrados, por lo cual no es aventurado decir que en la Babosa Azul el experimento comienza con el uso de una tradición que va del teatro al absurdo, pasando por el rock y la declamación poética en la voz principal de Ciro y en los coros que hacen el resto de los integrantes de la banda. Ciro trae su experiencia de Porno Para Ricardo, la banda mas afilada de Cuba en términos expresivos, que ha llevado al punk a una verdadera experimentación en un medio hostil para ellos: Cuba.

Tambien miembro de Porno Para Ricardo, el baterista Renay Kairus forma parte de la alineación de la Babosa Azul, trayendo un sonido muy definido por la calidad del tiempo y el ritmo, que mantiene como un metrónomo y con un poder absoluto en la secciones rítmicas de las dos bandas, que completa en este caso con el bajista Durley Peña. Renay es un musico versátil, con una participación muy importante como guitarrista en un proyecto acústico de la Babosa Azul.

El trompetista Carlos González Pachecho asegura que el sonido de la Babosa Azul tenga una referencia propia dentro del universo rockero cubano. Su desempeño es claro y experimental, y siempre sorprendente dentro del genero, marchando por su propio camino y al ritmo de su propio metro dentro de lo que ya se define como el sonido del rock cubano.

La banda tiene un punto interesante en el trabajo de guitarras, que comparten Ciro y William Martínez, ambos con una trayectoria muy definida como guitarristas con sonido y estilo muy propio.

Tambien Carlos se aventura en el bajo y la guitarra, Renay, muy versátil como baterista tambien toca las guitarras, William cuenta con una amplitud de talentos musicales y toca batería, bajo y guitarras, y Ciro toca tanto el bajo como la guitarra, lo cual permite que la Babosa Azul adopte distintos formatos dependiendo del tema que esten interpretando.

En este momento la Babosa Azul tiene dos discos finalizados, uno es “Idioteces Urbanas” que se puede comprar en la tienda del website, que es una explosión de diez temas rockeros y el otro es “Cuando amanezca el día”, un proyecto unplugged de doce temas basado en las canciones del polaco Jacek Kaczsmarski y del legendario cantor ruso –desaparecido en 1980- Vladimir Vysotsky. Este ultimo es un disco completamente político, con letras muy metafóricas y fue patrocinado por la embajada de Polonia en Cuba y se puede descargar gratuitamente en a seccion de discografía. Hay dos proyectos que estan aún en la fase creative: “No digas nada”, un album que nos trae al Ciro solista acompañado a veces por los miembros del proyecto, y otro de material inédito -todo parodias- que tratará del género de la comedia política en el rock.

Lia reports from Havana.

This is what she saw.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

El secretario de bodegas habla...

Carlos Gutierrez, the same secretary of commerce under whose watch 34 states do business with the tyranny of Cuba, does not want you to help your family in need in Cuba.

This is what I got from the press:

There was talk of lifting the travel ban to the island for 90 days, but Gutierrez believes that would cause too much chaos. He also said allowing for a 90-day increase in the amount of money that can be sent to suffering family members would be a waste.

So, why is he concerned about the CHAOS that this would cause for the Castros? Is that his problem? Who the hell appointed him to police Cuba and keep it orderly for Castro? Who is he to say that it would be a waste to send money to my family or yours?
Secretary, why is that the USA is not sending aid to Cuba like it does to other countries, in spite of the desires of its governing junta, as the USA did with

And we know whom he got this line from:
"What we are hearing from Cubans in Cuba is they don't need money because there's nothing to buy," he said.
The guy's from Miami, not from Cuba.

The only people in Cuba who don't want Cubans in the island with dollars are the Castros, since they will not be able to instill fear on them or to impose hunger onto them as a method of control.

In Cuba people can buy a lot of stuff with dollars in the blackmarket, which is an anticastro activity par excellence.
But to know that you must have to know something about Cuba, Carlitos, and you don't.
This is just a sample of the utter inhumanity of the bi-national regime that Cubans in the island are suffering. No travel, no money, separation, hunger as a method of control -endorsed by both the Cuban regime and its firebrand "enemies".
This is the pressure cooker theory at its best: "make them hungry to control them, make them hungry to make them revolt, make them hungry to punish them because they didn't revolt".

The most pathetic thing is that Cubans here are being stripped of the sacred right to help their own in need, all in the name of an ideology. That's is exactly what the Cuban government wants, to use the Cubans of the island as pawns, as pieces of a macabre chess game, and to keep them hostages. The Cuban government blackmails the USA in front of the international community with impunity, and no, the US government does not punish the Cuban goverment for that, it allows the regime of Havana to abuse its own people a tad more.

Ah, the Cuban tyranny said no to the US aid.... what about growing a set of cojones and say: all Cubans can go to Cuba and carry whatever the hell they want to help whoever they want to help in Cuba?
What about to send the Sixth Float or the Marines to distribute aid to the people of Cuba and to break the yoke of fear and hunger impossed on them by the tyranny of Castro? Oh no, that's too much chaos!

What about using the Guantanamo Base to launch planes to every single airport of Cuba and distribute aid and help, medical services, and shelter to the people of Cuba? Wouldn't it be great to show to the world the inhumanity of the regime?

Why can this be done in Asia, and not in Cuba? Just because it would create chaos and too much waste?

Well, whoever can swallow that excuse is simply an enemy of the Cuban people, and a traitor.

La hambruna que viene

or the hunger to come....

That's the most pressing fear that regular Cubans have now, that the worst part is still to come in the form of a pandemic and a demonic hunger combined. The hurricane season is far from over, and the government has not taken a single step to alleviate the situation in the island. The informal and independent markets are empty. The prices are being gouged, and there's no state sponsored effort to guarantee food, milk, water, or medication to the victims of the two hurricanes that barreled over Cuba in the past few days.

The talking heads of the government just seem concern on spewing safely manufactured cliches, without answering any concerns of the population or offering any real solution. Raul Castro has not even bothered in speaking to the population of his country about the horrible situation that Cuban face, and there's no indication that the government has even take any measures to address a logical consequence of the destruction of the country's agriculture: hunger.

The tyranny is using the threat of a famine to try to blackmail the U.S of A. into lifting the embargo and it's playing with the xenophobic fears of the politicians making clear that they cannot control a massive exodus if such famine were to occur. The only way hunger will not be a reality in Cuba would be if Cubans from abroad could travel to Cuba without restrictions and if they could deliver the much needed help themselves, in whatever shape, mode, or form they decided that is more convenient, as independent people helping their own.

But here is where the Cuban tyranny jumps and does everything that is in its powers to prevent those contacts to happen, since they would be the beginning of the demise of the tyranny, specially in these times of crisis. Luckily for the Castro's there's a sector of the political powers in the United States who would rather have a testicle burnt with sulphuric acid than seeing Cuban helping Cubans. For some strange political contortion they have bundled the embargo, the remittances, and the trips to Cuba together as if they were the same, when clearly they are not.

I would love to know why some sectors have to do the work of Castro, going against the Cuban family in the most inhuman ways of all. First of all, the extended Cuban family has been redefined by some bureaucrat to reduce it to parents and siblings. Then they decided to violate the rights of the citizens of this country -or at least of some of them- by limiting remittances and controlling travel. In the meantime, you could be an Iraqi and send money to your family in the old country or travel to it, when there's a war going on and terrorist groups operating in their territory. No limitations!

Oh, no... With Cuba it's different.
Some "Cubans" actually advise the United States against allowing Cubans to travel to the island, to send money to their relatives, and even against bringing legally to the United States members of their extended families. All with the excuse that otherwise that would be like writing a check to the Castros' piggy bank.

At this point, when Cubans need more help to survive the effects of the hurricanes, they face a lot of restrictions from every possible part, starting with the ones imposed on them by the tyranny, and ending with those who are imposing to them with the "goal of getting rid of the tyranny" while at the same time they become collaborators of the enslavement of the Cuban people by proxy and tyrants -no matter how petty and laughable- by conviction and vocation.

This is the right time to aid the Cuban people, and to question the Cuban tyranny as per its motivations to use the need of the Cuban people as a blackmail tool to pressure the international community and the United States. Also, we should be questioning the US government and its advisers about Cuba on why are they not declaring a humanitarian emergency on Cuba and using the armed forces to deliver the the tyranny refuses to accept, as it was done in Indonesia during the tsumani and in Myanmar during the monsoon. That would be an interest answer.... don't you think? The answer they will not give you is "because it would get rid of the Castros!". These politicians are not about to end their careers just because you want a free Cuba and much because your heart sinks when you see your countrymen starving.

One can safely say that a famine in the largest island in the Caribbean will generate an unprecedented exodus, and only a minority of the Cuban population will remain in the island: the ill, the elderly, the orphans, who are the weakest members of society, and a core of communists who are just going to exploit them even more. Cubans will have to flee to every corner of the world, again. Still, we will have American-Cubans saying "no money to Cuba" and "those newcomers are not like us, they are not political refugees" as if one could dislodge communism (politics, cause) from its disastrous result (economics, effect) It's also interesting to see how many countries offered shelter to deposed dictators of all stripes, but no country in the world demands from the Castros that they step down and live the country.

The famine to come will be even more disastrous than the effects of the hurricanes and the effects of 50 years of communism. Cuba will descend to the eight circle of hell -or literally disappear from the map- if we do not step forward and stop the politicos and the Cuban tyrants dead on their tracks, now.

American Embassy attacked in Yemen

The American Embassy in Yemen was rocked by the explosions of one or two car bombs.
The blast(s) killed six Yemeni guards, three Yemeni civilians, and one Indian civilian. Also, six terrorists were killed.
Heavy gunfire followed the blast(s) for at least ten minutes. It's another wonderful day in the Middle East.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Paul Aguila, Gorki McCartney

Both of them are disliked by guys with bushy beards.
Fidel Castro hates Gorki, Omar Bakri hates Macca.

Fidel Castro and his lil'bro' Raul have jailed and harassed Gorki.
Bakri wants to kill Paul.

Fidel Castro banned the Beatles in Cuba, Israel followed suit.
Fidel Castro allowed for a statue of John Lennon to be erected in Havana, Israel invited the surviving half of Lennon-McCartney to perform in Tel Aviv. Both States claimed that the Beatles were a corrupting influence for their youth. Porno Para Ricardo is a corrupting influence to Cuban youth, according to the regime, and whilst Israel have embraced Paul, well.... the Palestinians not so much, unless you count an embrace by a fellow wearing a bomb-vest.

The followers of Gorki are beaten up by the Palestinian Police in Havana -the castroite occupation army of the capital- and Palestinians are threatening to kill Paul McCartney and the concert goers, via homicide bombers, seventy-two-virgin-seeker mad-men, going a step further of their Cuban homologues.

I am telling you, those two foursomes, the Beatles and Porno Para Ricardo, they are trouble.

Porno Para Ricardo en la pagina del Loquillo

Ayer recibimos la gran noticia de que el Loquillo le ha dado otro patadón en el culo a Raul Castro y su tiranía colocando el video del Rompeolas -la versión de su clásico interpretado por Porno Para Ricardo- en su sitio web oficial. Disfruten de esa página y no pasen por alto descargar "Con elegancia", un trabajo excelente del Loco cantando temas musicalizados de grandes poetas, casi al final de su sidebar a la izquierda.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Help needed

Please donate to or volunteer with the American Red Cross, or other organizations for the relief efforts in Texas. Fortunately, we can do that orderly and following the procedures in place, without the idiotic restrictions that apply to Cubans. Do not forget that there are also people that are in a very difficult situation in Louisiana, too.

011 31 70 + number: calling The Hague

One wonders about the duplicity (or is it dupe-icity?) of organizations such as the UN.
When the Myanmar Junta decided not to accept humanitarian aid not long ago, the "organization" let go a sight of dismay, and following some international outcry, kind of force fed humanitarian aid on Myanmar going counter-grain to the desires of the Junta.

With Cuba, well... The interim tyrant is perfecting the rejection art to levels unknown before the Myanmar Junta's little stunt, and he have surpassed the Asians at that game. When it comes to Cuba, the UN doesn't sight, it just take lovelorn glances to the (two) dictator(s) of the island and ignores the plight of the population.

At this point we better call The Hague and reserve twin cells for the Castros, and a whole slew of holding pens for the Generals. They can very well be accused of criminal embezzlement, crimes against the civilian population, genocide, and yes, ethnic cleansing for abandoning the population to their own fate. If it worked for the Balkans, I don't see why it doesn't work for Cuba. Maybe is the sun and the mojitos.

Also, it's very interesting to remember how the Navy dispatched aid loaded ships to Indonesia, Thailand, and Myanmar even when they were not very welcomed by those governments during the Tsunami and the recent disasters in Myanmar. But they don't go a mere few steps outside Guantanamo base to help the Cuban population in distress or send their ships to disembark all over Cuba with aid, which at the same time will effectively topple the regime. No. Apparently the beaches in Asia are more attractive.

At this point, the President of the United States owes some answers to the Cuban people, both from the island and in exile:

Why hasn't the Navy responded to the humanitarian crisis next door?
Why the American government has not pressured for the international repudiation of the Cuban Junta?
Why is that there's no operation in course to assist the Cuban population?
Why American vessels and planes are not touching land in Cuba to deliver help in spite the opposition of the tyranny?
Why aren't unarmed American soldiers delivering the much needed relief that the tyranny denies to the Cuban people?
Why the American government is not calling for the immediate arrest of the Castros and their top military and civilian cadres?
Where's the international pressure?

Any answers?
Silence is not an answer. Any lack of answers, evasive statements, and the such should be interpreted at their face value....

Friday, September 12, 2008

Going tribal

The politics of this country are going tribal, and for extension, the whole country is going tribal, even if some of us refuse to be part of any tribe.

Space, place, and pace of politics have become a tribal battleground. Look around, and you can see the war paint on their faces, hear their chants, and their feet stomping on the ground while they dance to the rhythm of political slogans.

The democratic party and the republican party are both going tribal.

Either you are an Obamunista, or a Clintonista, tribes that have reached a truce before they go cannibal on each other again. Wait and see. They already ate all the other tribes in their path, and want to force mental slavery on the survivors.

In the republican camp, either you are a Paulista (not related to Brazilian football) or you are a Georgian (related to the loyalists of King George) or Mac-Pal, or whatever else is in the spectrum. Now they have a wide cast of characters, that include Tancredistas, Newtonians, and reconstructed or unreconstructed Reaganistas. Ultimately, they have been all corralled under a big confederation of tribes, until they go mau-mau on each other.

In none of the camps is any space for what once was the pride of America: the independent thinker. No, they would love to wipe away any vestiges of individualism, and they would love to have you marching to the voting station in a very compact block. You cannot walk on the opposite sidewalk, even if you go in the same direction, you cannot walk alone if you chose to. No. They want you to be part of a large contingent, as your individuality didn't count. It really doesn't, at least not for the polticians. If they all carry black umbrellas you cannot carry one with psychedelic designs or with an abstract painting on it. You either part of one of the big tribes, or you are nihil.

I prefer to be nihil.

The political tribalization of this country will inevitably lead to its political trivialization in the international arena.

Yoani y la calma....

Yoani describe la "calma" y el panorama cubano despues de la tormenta. Ademas, que se puede hacer para ayudar.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

What are they going to do with that money in....

....Kenya?

Obama's step-grandmother -a notion that does not exist in the American law when it describes the Cuban family- was robbed. Or her house was.....

"These are just people ... who think that Obama has been sending me a lot of money," said Sarah Obama, the Illinois senator's 85-year-old step-grandmother."

Of course Obama belongs to the ranks of those who deny help to his own, and he's not parting with his funds anytime soon to send a penny to Kenya.... because, why on Earth are they gonna buy with that money in Cuba, sorry I mean in Kenya?

I know for sure that both in Cuba and Kenya there are thriving black markets that allow the "natives" to live independently of the Castros, the Odingas, and the Obamas. And unless one's agenda is to perpetuate castroism, money really comes handy for Cubans (and Kenyans) in need.

Ask Obama's half brother if you don't believe me.

calling a spade a spade


The memorial at the Pentagon calls a terror attack a terror attack.
The politically correct stone placed at the Twin Towers site in New York skirts around the words "terror attack" which are nowhere to be found in the inscription.

"....it is just the tip of the iceberg...."

El Herald carries a series of articles and several photo-galleries depicting the disasters in Cuba.
I wonder how people can contemplate these photographs an react with utter indifference and even think that is morally acceptable to deny help to Cubans, just because it doesn't go hand on hand with their doctrine of "starving the slaves to bankrupt the slave master" as KillCastro once famously said. Well, let me break the news to you, the tyranny is not a tad weaker because Cubans are suffering, it's easy to control destitute people, the hungry, the scared, the homeless and the needy, when the government send a few cops or soldiers on the streets their PR machine works wonders with their groupies.
Donate, whatever you can afford, to anyone in the affected areas in Cuba. Send money to your family, friends, and other relatives, and yes, keep the contact alive, now that they need you more than ever.
Never mind the "minders", they help their families here when we are hit by a hurricane. Do the same for your family and friends.
Now, tell me that this is not worse than Katrina in New Orleans and Mississippi.
Besides the wishful thinking of the "cubanologues" who are speculating about infight between fidel castro and his brother raul and those who see this as the culmination of the pressure cooker scheme, there's another current: those who fear that this will provoke a massive exodus of Cubans towards the United States.
To those potential newcomers, I say: Welcome!

Never forget


Never forget 9/11

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Talking the talk, and walking the walk

The Cuban American National Foundation moved quickly in taking advantage of the new "aid rules".
They are sending direct help to Cuban families in dire straits -or the ones rendered homeless, since basically everyone in Cuba is dire straits- through Western Union.
The program will send a $100.00 gift that will make all the difference in the world for a family in distress, and which is something that we all can afford.
I wonder if this gesture is going to demonize Jorge Mas Santos and Joe Garcia even more.
Remember, the most important resource of a future free Cuba are its inhabitants, and those we need to help to survive today, so they can thrive tomorrow. They have carried the burden of living in a floating prison, but they will be the ones reconstructing the country in a future of freedom.

The countryside is ravaged, the cities too.

The images coming out of Cuba are simply horrifying.
Also horrifying is that a sector of people cannot understand that the devastation caused by those storms will not affect the tyranny on the most minimal level.
The people of Cuba is today poorer and more unprotected than they were a week ago.
Famine will reach the standards of an pandemic, and the lack of sanitary conditions can elevate exponentially the risk of an epidemic break-out. The population has to seek shelter in government facilities, thus being even more controlled by the repressive forces and the military. They thousands that are hungry and homeless are also powerless, and they are by no means able to revolt, as some proponents of the pressure cooker theory expect.
No, the armed forces are more in control now.
Their solid buildings are minimally affected.
Their food, fuel, and equipment supply has been replenished by the military of Russia and Venezuela, and they are ready to "assist" the Cuban people, which by the way implies to keep them under the heel of their boots.
The situation is ideal for the tyranny to survive:
The people of Cuba is famished, powerless, isolated, and depending on the government for everything.
Farming and other independent activities have been wiped off, by the forces of nature, therefore the regime "saved repressive resources", while being able to control the rationing of foods.
Cuba is now a big concentration camp. People have to scrounge for any food, and the government can control the masses -remember the theory of socialized misery- at ease.
In the meantime, politicians keep on politicking, turning their back to the Cuban people, without understanding that Cuba just left the leagues of Haiti, to join the category held by North Korea.
Remember Pol Pot's Cambodia?
Similar.
Just with a more refined killing fields system: the sea.
My prediction is that a mass exodus is about to happen.... once the hurricane season ends, we will see more desperate Cubans taking the seas.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

brothers not helping brothers

It's not only those fine fellows who do whatever they need to do to keep you from helping your family in Cuba, even in these times of dire needs. Of course, they run to help their families here in the states even if un vientecito platanero blows a patio chair. But your family is not that great or that deserving of help, since hey, they live in Cuba and they should be starved as a matter of (their) principles to topple the dictatorship. They are not as good as their families, and y'all should know that well.
It happens that they are not alone.
They have a brother in B'rack Hussein Obama, the closet Muslim, who is also a star in that of turning his back to his own brother. Literally.

More hurricanes.

The season is far from over.
There are more hurricanes forming in the Atlantic, and given the regime of winds and streams in the area, they are likely to hit Cuba at one moment or another.
In the past, hurricanes of this category were not a disproportionate danger for the Cuban population. A few measures of caution here and there, to preserve lives, homes, cattle and agricultural fields, and Cubans could cope with the storms in a pretty much normal way, unless a real big one came with high winds and tidal waves. The loses were always minimal, and fixable with national resources.
Enter hurricanes fidel and raul. After 50 years of continuous destruction, the infrastructure of the country is so damaged that even category 1 hurricanes pose a huge danger to Cuba.
For example, take a look at this former luxury building in Miramar:

Look at the well preserved structures around it. The building is the Rio Mar, in Miramar, it's falling down. It sits at Primera and Zero, in Miramar, just on the waterfront. Imagine the effect of five story waves on this structure. Trivia fact: Porno Para Ricardo once rehearsed there.
Where the regular population lives is not a concern for the tyranny. And this is Havana, not a lost town in the middle of the Cuban coutryside, where nothing has been done in ages.
Then the worst danger happens when the sun starts shining again after the storms. The water that penetrated the structures start dilating the materials with the heat. The stability of the structures is severely compromised -taking into account that these buildings are miraculously standing afoot- and that's when most of the building collapses happen.
For an assessment on what's happening again in the country side just visit Yoani's blog. She's got a chronicle of what Hurricane Gustav did to Pinar del Rio, and how she participated in an effort to give some relief to the victims of the hurricane.
Again, trust no politician, from here or any representative of the tyranny from there to give relief to the Cuban population. Find your own ways to send help. Anything you can send is badly needed. In the meantime, the Cuban population suffers, while the tyranny rejects American help. The restrictions to send remittances and to travel to Cuba are still on. It's very clear that the only ones who care for the Cuban people are the individuals who give to them, and not those whose life seems to revolve around gazing their own navels and who spend time "politicking". Take the relief efforts in your own hands if you want to see a result.

Monday, September 8, 2008

...my Muslim faith, er, my Christian faith!



Or how to show who you really are in 11 seconds.
(try to save before his campaign orders Youtube to take it down)
Of course, the video was already taken down.
What else will be suppressed in the event Obama makes it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.?
Will blogs be suppressed?
Freedom of assembly, thought, expression, or speech?
I will find the video again, and post it.
Ah, the wonders of Youtube.... they took it down, they reposted it....

Hurricane's out, hurricane's in

Cuba is being buffeted again by another hurricane, in addition of hurricane fidel and hurricane raul. This time around it's Ike. It has to be bad.... because it was under Ike's presidency that it was considered an ok idea to allow castro assault Cuban society and take power by force.

Under Ike's guard the revolutionary "tribunals" were instituted, and the destruction of Cuban society was implemented as a method of control of the population, laying the foundations for the longest dictatorship ever in modern history. A blind eye was turned to Cubans at that time, and another blind eye is turned to them as this time as well.

At this moment, we should keep on doing what we have been doing before: try to get help to Cubans in the island without the intervention of governments, politicians, and limelight seekers. Just find your way of sending some help to whoever in the island, and tell them to give some to an unknown from the areas in distress. The whole island, if you will, is in freaking distress, so that's not that difficult.

And remember, politicians, toilet-less dictators, drunken tyrants, and limelight seekers do not do favors.
They want something in exchange, usually your liberties.
Let's help Cubans in a truly Cuban fashion: the do it yourself fashion.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Bob is back on the saddle

Y'all know that I have a soft spot of admiration for that old school journo, Bob Novak.
When he got hit with the bad news of the brain tumor, I felt a blow and I recognized for the first time, that that feeling of immortality that all teenagers have has vanished in me -the grown up.
My first writing act of today was to write a short note to Bob to wish him a fast recovery, but since I forgot to ask Bob permission to reproduce in this blog his first post-operatory column, I will link it for your reading pleasure.
With no more preambles: Bob Novak.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

NYTimes Saturday Profile: Gorki

September 6, 2008
THE SATURDAY PROFILE
From the Cuban Underground, a Punk Rocker’s Protest Reverberates

By MARC LACEY
SOME people march to protest their government. Gorki Luis Águila Carrasco, the lead singer of a Cuban punk rock group called Porno para Ricardo (“Porn for Ricardo”), vents his discontent by gyrating at a microphone, clutching an electric guitar and spewing out some of the most off-color, ear-splitting lyrics around.

Amid the string of expletives that he bellows in his underground concerts in and around Havana are bold criticisms of Fidel and Raúl Castro, the past and present leaders of the island. So outspoken has he become that the authorities recently charged him with “social dangerousness” and hauled him off to jail.

Turns out, though, he will sing again. After his detention drew international outrage, including a condemnation from the Bush administration, the Cuban authorities dropped the charge, which could have led to four years in prison. Instead they convicted him of public disorder and fined him 600 pesos, or $28 — more than a month’s salary in Cuba.

“I feel even more hate for this tyranny,” Gorki, as he is universally known, said to reporters after he was freed. He then likened his release to walking from a small jail cell into a larger one.

With a mane of curly black hair that is as wild as his persona, Gorki is by no means the only outspoken artist in Cuba. Other rebellious singers and painters, though, are more discreet when it comes to the upper crust of the Cuban leadership. They criticize the system in a way that does not get too personal.

Not so Gorki, who rails against Cuban Communism, scoffs at the revolution and lambastes in no uncertain terms Fidel Castro, who turned 82 last month, and his younger brother, Raúl, 77, the longtime defense minister who took over the presidency in February after Fidel fell ill. And Gorki does all of it in a near scream.

“The Comandante holds elections, which he’s invented to keep power,” he says of Fidel Castro in “El Comandante,” one of his signature songs. “The Comandante wants me to go vote so he can keep [expletive] my life.”

In a shout, he sings: “The Comandante wants me to work and he pays me a miserable salary. The Comandante wants me to applaud after he’s spoken his delirious [expletive]. Don’t eat [expletive], Comandante, for you are a tyrant and no one can stand you.”

Gorki has received backing from more traditional critics of the government, such as Elizardo Sánchez, who leads an unauthorized human rights group that Havana tolerates, and Yoani Sánchez, an outspoken blogger who wrote recently of Gorki, “he sings, sways and shouts in his bloody rock lyrics what others mutter with fear.”

THE Cuban government has remained quiet about Gorki’s recent legal troubles. Some supporters have spoken up, though. Walter Lippmann, an American who runs an e-mail news service that collects material critical of Washington’s embargo on Cuba, recently wrote, “He helps clarify the precise meaning of the word ‘punk’ in the term ‘punk rock.’ ”

Gorki’s recent jail stint was not his first. In 2003 he was convicted on a drug charge and spent nearly two years in custody. He condemns that arrest as a setup by a young woman who pretended to be a fan but really worked for state security. In that case, he emerged from custody even angrier than before.

A self-taught musician and the father of a preteen girl, Gorki, 39, once told an interviewer that he grew up listening to American and English rock, particularly Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and the Clash. “My dad never liked rock ’n’ roll,” he said, “and since he knew that this type of music brought me problems, he used to advise me to listen to other bands.”

His mother, an outspoken critic of the government, and his older sister left Cuba years ago for Mexico. Gorki married while he was in jail in 2003 so that he and his wife could have conjugal visits. They are separated now but share time with their 12-year-old daughter, Gabriella. “I try to tell her who I am, why I say the things I say,” he said.

A decade ago, he organized Porno para Ricardo — named for a friend who loved pornography but could not get enough of it because of a government ban.

At a recent concert Ricardo himself, a 50-ish man who dresses like a transient, arrived pushing a bicycle and carrying a half-empty bottle of rum. He quickly became the life of the party.

Gorki’s words are not the only rebellious thing about him. He had his nose pierced and often wears a T-shirt that calls 1959, the year of the Cuban revolution, a “year of error.” He was named after Maxim Gorky, the Russian author and founder of literary Socialist Realism.

The band’s raucous rehearsals take place in the small apartment in the Playa neighborhood of Havana that Gorki shares with his 75-year-old father, Luis. The place is devoid of furniture, and the room in the back where the band gathers has egg boxes on the walls to help reduce the noise.

Concerts are held on the sly. Word of the next performance is spread through text messages or whispers. A few months back, it was in a remote location on the outskirts of the capital.

The group arrived at 5 p.m. to warm up. A few hours later nearly 100 people had gathered, most of them young counterculture types who knew the words to song after song.

One of the teenagers in the crowd, who wore a Nirvana T-shirt, identified himself only as Daniel and said he was an aspiring punk rocker himself. Porno para Ricardo is one of the few bands in Cuba that has the guts to tell the truth, he said.

The group played for about two hours, taking one short break to allow a band member, Herbert Domínguez, to vomit off to the side — the result, it appeared, of too much rum.

“I am against everything that limits my personal liberty,” Gorki declared in an interview this year. “The level of unpopularity of the Castro tyranny is so great. It’s obvious. You breathe it. It’s dense. But the people are afraid.”

GORKI does not appear afraid. His recent songs include one called “Dinosaurs,” which refers to the Cuban leadership. Another, “El General,” lambastes Raúl Castro as a farce. After his release from prison, he told a reporter that he was at work on a follow-up to “El Comandante,” the song about Fidel Castro, which will be called “El Comandante II.”

Although Gorki is the front man, his fellow band members — Ciro Díaz Penedo on guitar, Renay Kayrus on drums and Mr. Dominguez on bass — are similarly rebellious. As a logo for their group, they use a Soviet hammer and sickle transformed into a pornographic image.

While Gorki was in jail, Mr. Díaz attended a concert of Pablo Milanés, a noted and far more conventional singer-songwriter, to press for his bandmate’s release. He and some friends unveiled a banner that said “GORKI” and began shouting the singer’s name. A dozen or more men in plain clothes moved in quickly, according to witnesses, pummeled Mr. Díaz and another man and whisked them away to a police station for questioning.

That episode prompted a response from the Bush administration, which has made no secret of its disdain for the Castro brothers.

“We condemn the regime’s violent attack on peaceful concert-goers and arrest of Mr. Águila,” Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, who left Cuba as a boy with his family in 1960, said of Gorki. Mr. Gutierrez said the authorities’ actions violated the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Raúl Castro signed just days after replacing Fidel in February.

Left unsaid by Mr. Gutierrez was whether he had ever listened to Gorki’s music.

The International Herald Tribune also reproduces the article.

CNN interviews Gorki

Morgan Neill from CNN interviews Gorki.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

El Rompeolas


El Rompeolas es un tema de Sabino Méndez compuesto para el Loquillo, del cual Porno Para Ricardo hace una poderosísima versión. La frase “no me hables del futuro, es una ilusion, cuando el rock’n roll conquistó mi corazón” da a esta canción un tema profundamente libertario. El Rompeolas de Barcelona se transforma en el Malecón habanero, donde se mira al mar en busca de la libertad que se nos niega en una ciudad ocupada por un brutal cuerpo de policia y paramilitares que bien pudieran ser una tropa extranjera. Es un tema profundamente anticonformista, con un optimismo que va desde el deseo de que una rubia te mire al pasar hasta alcanzar la libertad absoluta. Todo un himno rock, el cual por cierto fue dedicado por el Loquillo a Gorki la noche misma de su liberación –aún no lo sabía, ni tampoco sabía que Porno Para Ricardo la tenía montada- en un multitudinario concierto en la ciudad de Bilbao

Gorki, interviewed by Behar

Gorki on the political prisoners, his jailing, and more... He speaks about his meetings with Biscet, and other political prisoners, the future, his total disdain for the tyranny. Feel free to download the audio, it's worth to be listened to several times.
Rolando Behar interviews Gorki for Radio República, La Voz del Directorio Democrático Cubano, in Spanish.
(Courtesy of Tania Quintero)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Audio, in Spanish

We got a couple of hours ago two audio files from sources in Cuba, one is the "soundtrack of the beating" at the concert and audio from Gorki's dad just at the front door of the Tribunal when Gorki was leaving the building fresh from his kangaroo trial. This is the link to the audio, that we posted at Porno Para Ricardo's website. The intention is to prevent the communists from doctoring these materials, so "evidence" can not be manufactured from these reels.

In the audio taken at the concert, one can hear very clearly the chants Gorki, Gorki, and then the government thugs that come shouting at them and even the sound of the blows.

The other one, is the audio of Gorki's dad, outside of the Municipal tribunal, and he describes Gorki's situation and sanction -the six hundred pesos fine- he was nervous, but firm, and one can hear the shutters of the cameras, he explain that the accusation was changed from a politically motivated "social dangerousness" to "disorderly conduct" due to the "noise" of the band's rehearsals. He also explains that Gorki was thrown in jail in a "manufactured trial" in 2002, when he was accused. Then you can hear the chants of Gorki, Gorki, and the clappings when it's anounced that they had to transfer Gorki to the Seventh Station of the National Police to be liberated. The police asked for "sanity".

Gorki's dad describes that his son was a victim of chivateria from a very particular neighbor and the "delegado". It's a very interesting interview, and if you speak Spanish you will have a good insight of what life in Cuba is for Gorki. Specially hilarious is the comment about a wall being damaged by the sound of Porno Para Ricardo, if they had that kind of power, they would have more wattage than Black Sabbath!

La Bête Noire

Well, I started a new blog, called La Bête Noire which will give a voice to bloggers and would be bloggers in Cuba with no internet connection or a spotty connection....
In that blog, young Cubans will be able to post about their lifes and experiences.
Join us for the ride.

Updates

A few updates....

The legal counsel for Gorki advised -the same I had told him in my first conversation with him after he arrived home from the Tribunal, not to appeal the sentence he was given (the famous 600 pesos fine) because it's a complicated process which could attract even more unwanted attention from the authorities onto him. Honestly, I thought that it would be also lengthy and costly and that would distract the band from their most important endeavour that is their creative work and it would not make a difference, we all know where Gorki stands, and what his position is, so communist-legalese formalities are not needed.

Another thing, the album is almost to be released.
The lads are already working on new material, for a future album.
And check often and soon, you're going to have some new web pages to add to your favorites.

Also, Spanish rocker, El Loquillo, dedicated his song El Rompeolas to Gorki, on the same night of his liberation. He talked about Gorki and his plight as a rebel rocker in Cuba in the middle of his concert in Bilbao. At that time, he didn't know that Gorki and Porno Para Ricardo had made a cover of that song, since Gorki is a fan....

a quick anecdote...

I just have to tell y'all thanks again for all the support.

I am also using the occasion to thanks all of those who remained silent during this ordeal, now we know where they stand.
On these days, I have been extremely busy, and as the days pass, the nature of the messages I receive has also changed. I typically have to answer a lot of letters of fans, concerned people, and journalists.

This last group has two requests, either interviews with the band, or interviews with me. As my friends and acquaintances know, I have declined all requests for interviews, and I have encouraged the boys and gals of the press to interview the members of the band instead.

One persistent journo started asking me questions the other day, and I told him that I conduct interviews, I don't give interviews....
Another one asked me a question which in the free world would have been the most normal thing to ask about a rocker: "Who is Gorki Aguila and Porno Para Ricardo's publicist?"

He thought that I was the publicist for the band, and when I say that I wasn't, he asked me who was it.

My answer:
Raul Castro is the publicist for the band, I would like to thank him for having made them a global phenomenon way beyond the geographic limits of Cuba -and the numerous "Cubas" that exist in exile- through to his ruthless repression, attempted gagging, and constant harassing.

Help!

Time to help Cubans in need is here -again.
Since there are policies instrumented but in Cuba and the USA to prevent people from helping people in the case of Cuba, we need to resort to the unique spirit of Cubans, and to to our resolve to do things under the harshest conditions.
No, this is not a campaign. This is just a call to your attention.
Try to help your fellow Cubans whose houses and lives have been shattered by Gustav, with the help of Fidel and Raul.
Find a way. An unorthodox way, if you must and will.... There's so much help needed specially in rural regions of the Isle of Pines (that's its real name, fidel) and the province of Pinar del Rio.
Send money or medications or clothing or whatever you see fit with somebody you know that is going to Cuba, to be given to a family in need.
Help a stranger, be a real Cuban.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

In Galicia....

They hate the che-loving mayor, they love Porno Para Ricardo, and they tell you the story in Spanish and Galician....
(the authors of the blog are readers of Porno's page)