The Only Way to Cuba is with the CIA, pt. 3


A towering and iconic figure in Latin American, revolutionary and world politics. It’s really true this time. As Fidel himself has said, “If assassination attempt (over 600) survivals were an Olympic event, I would get the gold medal.”    fidel-castro-displays-mur-009 RIP.







Since CNN could not find one Cuban to talk to in Havana at 2am, they have on their anti-Castro reporter, Rafal Romo from its Latin American bureau in Atlanta.

First question. “What do you think Cubans will say when they hear about Castro’s death?” Gee, I guess going out into the street in Havana and asking them would be too much trouble. After all, in a city that never sleeps and people are up and around all night (my biggest complaint when I was trying to sleep there) they could not find one person. But as Romo says,”They will never tell you the truth because they are afraid.” All righty then, let’s use the words, “they will probably say/think, might do, all the while showing people celebrating in Miami and call it journalism.

Cut to Havana, to a dark street and CNN’s local reporter. “Gee, Patrick, what do you think people will say when they find out?” And guess what? Patrick couldn’t find one person on the street to talk to either! 2 AM is a very popular time to be out and on a Friday night, no less. They all used to hang out under my hotel window so why didn’t he go to the window of Room 324 at the Hotel Plaza? Plenty of people there. So now he will also talk in the conditional case. Cut to celebrations in Miami and back to Romo talking about the “government schools” which Cuban children were forced to attend where they were fed endless government propaganda year after year and made to memorize Castro’s speeches and Cuban revolutionary history. imagesOh, those poor kids. When Americans go to government schools (known as PUBLIC schools in the USA) none of us were forced to do any of this. Not memorize the first lines of the Declaration of Independence, nor the Gettysburg Address, nor countless dates in American history, no, none of that. Only countries under the boot of dictators do that. Hey, wouldn’t this have been a perfect time to do one of those Jaywalking segments, interviewing American tourists in downtown Havana where Patrick (since he couldn’t find any Cubans) could ask about history and current events and show the Cubans what a real education looks like? But no, according the background where Patrick is, Havana is empty at 2 am and Patrick is pissed he was woken up by this news and now has to stand on a rooftop in a dark Havana instead of a warm bed. With no real news to report and Rafal having brought up the subject of indoctrination, this would have been a perfect time to discuss the literacy rate which is the highest in Latin America (better than in all those “free” capitalist countries), 9th in the world while the US, the richest country in the world languishes at 45th. But no, that would change the narrative. Nothing to see here, no one to talk to, even if they could they would lie so just talk to me and Patrick, and we’ll tell you how it really is living under a murderous regime…

Well, if you excuse me, I have to go now and see what one of those fake news sites have to say.

As I leave you, CNN is doing that Jaywalking bit in Little Havana in Miami where he is talking to 20 year olds (I mean, who else is up at 2 am?)

imagesAll those original anti Castro exiles are old or dead now and certainly not up at 2 AM, no matter what the reason) who are using these words to analyse the situation: communist, Hitler(!), freedom, death squads, human rights, go Trump. That’s what you get when kids are forced to go to government schools, right Secretary DeVos?

Stay tuned…..


Well this is NEW and NEWS!

CNN has Robert Miller on from the Cuban Solidarity Campaign, saying nice things about Cuba. When asked why he is the only one who is saying positive things, he talks about mass media propaganda. He goes on that no matter whether they were pro or anti-Castro, the Cubans are proud about what have achieved in spite of the sanctions and worldwide hostility – nearly 100% literacy rates, the highest in Latin America, full access to health care, free education. When asked about human rights violations, he says how can an American ask this when they have their own issues and brings up Chile, Argentina, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, etc. and the place of the US’s very own human rights violation site right down the street in Guantanamo, Cuba (oh my, the irony!)  and compares the recent US elections where money plays such an important role as a human right violation in what is called a democracy.

“You are telling us only one side of the story”, CNN says accusingly, right on script and without a shred of irony as if CNN hadn’t been doing just that for hours. All in all, he held his own in the face of hostile questioning. They said they’ll bring him back but you can tell they’re already sorry and who the hell invited an opposition voice to talk about censorship in a totalitarian non-democratic country? Off with their head or at least their job. Can’t have people start thinking…Jaywalking wouldn’t be funny anymore.



If God intended us to vote…..

The even larger problem is that there is a kind of chronic complacency that has been rotting American liberalism for years, a hubris that tells Democrats they need do nothing different, they need deliver nothing really to anyone – except their friends on the Google jet and those nice people at Goldman. The rest of us are treated as though we have nowhere else to go and no role to play except to vote enthusiastically on the grounds that these Democrats are the “last thing standing” between us and the end of the world.


The wisdom of the bars ……

I never saw this piece – I kinda stopped paying attention when he told me to vote for Clinton- but it’s so prescient. I figured a system candidate is a system candidate and since it’s rigged, they chose Clinton, you know woman and all just like they chose Obama, you know a black man and all. The faces don’t really matter. Let’s shake the system up! Or pretend to. But these words are exactly what I hear in bars. I have been asked what am I doing in all these bars and here is the story. When I go to the States, I often meet my friends for dinner in places that have bars. Since I’m often early (I have nothing but time in the summer) and they often late, I find myself sitting at the bar talking to the man/men next to me.mars-bar I deliberately come early just for these conversations. It’s always a man. And these are the things they say. For years. Long before Bush and Obama. Of course, I’m talking about bars in working class cities, all of them dying with shitty schools and a huge drug problem and no future. Just look at the cities where Trump won: Detroit, Pittsburgh, etc. And having nothing else to focus on since they aren’t working much this is what they believe: “There is a sense that the power has slipped out of their hands, that their way of doing things is no longer how things are done. This monster, the “Feminazi,”the thing that as Trump says, “bleeds through her eyes or wherever she bleeds,” has conquered us — and now, after having had to endure eight years of a black man telling us what to do, we’re supposed to just sit back and take eight years of a woman bossing us around? After that it’ll be eight years of the gays in the White House! Then the transgenders! You can see where this is going. By then animals will have been granted human rights and a fuckin’ hamster is going to be running the country. This has to stop!”

Needless to say, I have to be peeled away from the bar when my friends finally show up. I’m going to the States this summer, so you can read it all on my blog. Man, will I have material! The World After Trump.

Oh Yeah……….?

So Macmillan Publishing asked me to record an ESL passage in native speaker English for their textbook. $50 an hour, how could I say no? Besides, this may lead to a glittery new career. Next time, I’ll ask for a limo. Anyway, I’m sitting in the studio, signing my contract and talking to another native speaker who is going to do the same thing. Right off the bat, he asks me if I voted absentee. I said yes and you look like you want to know who I voted for so I’ll tell you it was Jill Stein.”

He says, “I knew it!, you sound just like a Stein supporter.”

“In what way?”I wanted to know since the only thing I said was that I voted for her.

“It’s the tone of your voice,” he said. Go Jill! Notice the tone..