Those who yearn for a more "egalitarian" and "equitable" system of medical care "like the one in Cuba" are not familiar with the extraordinary saga of Cuban physician Dr. Dessy Mendoza Rivero. But they should be! "¡Dengue! La Epidemia Secreta de Fidel Castro," the title of his book, is one they should read. But they won't!
Cuban dictator Fidel Castro does not want what happened in the Soviet Union and its former satellites in the years 1989-1991 to take place in Stalinist Cuba in the 21st century. Following the lead of what happened in the U.S.S.R., the enslaved people of the Eastern bloc-Warsaw Pact nations threw off the yoke of tyranny and their communist governments toppled one after the other.
Ex-president Jimmy Carter's visit to communist Cuba has renewed the calls for normalization of relations with the workers' paradise from many quarters from statist politicians who have admired Fidel Castro for decades to exporting firms like Archer Daniels Midland, which salivates at the prospect of taking its agribusiness to Cuba all of them placing potential profits above freedom.
The latest news, as reported by UPI and carried in the NewsMax.com wires, has not underestimated the seriousness of the infection caused by the West Nile virus. Indeed, in Louisiana, which has already reported five deaths so far, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who doubles as the head of the state's tourism agency, announced on Aug. 6 that cans of insect repellent will be made available free of charge at visitor centers located near the state's borders.
The tragic Elian Gonzalez affair, which has been used so skillfully by the Clinton administration (until the violent pre-dawn raid), will be used, mark my words, for the appeasement of Fidel Castro and for trying to establish normal relations with his brutal communist regime.
Although it is not yet mid-autumn (and we are already experiencing record low temperatures in certain areas of the country), presidential candidate Al Gore, you can be sure, will continue to preach about the perils of global warming, ozone depletion, and the burning of fossil fuels.
Open Letter to Georges M. Halpern, M.D., Ph.D., Academy for International Medical Study (AIMS), Great Neck, N.Y.. Dear Dr. Halpern: Thank you for your repeated entreaties to accompany you in your "AIMS Brings You Cuba!" adventure. You should know that as a pragmatic decision to obtain hard cash, American physicians are welcomed in communist (fascist) Cuba, but Fidel Castro does not allow freedom-loving Cuban-Americans to participate in those indoctrinating cultural/medical exchanges. Nevertheless, I would like to give you some suggestions for your upcoming trip to Cuba.
On Dec. 4, 2002, the Associated Press (AP) reported how Fidel Castro has given up smoking his beloved cigars, despite the Caribbean Island fame and investment in that tobacco product. Now Castro is critical of rum drinking as well, in the name of advocating for the well-being and public health of his people.
Victor Dreke and the Real Story of the Escambray Wars
On Nov. 13, 2002, Victor Dreke, a Cuban Communist Party official, and a man accused of committing war crimes during the Escambray wars of the early 1960s in Cuba, spoke at a North Miami forum hosted by Florida International University.
As we pointed out in Part I of this article, in Cuba all natural resources are at the disposal of the Revolution i.e., Fidel Castro and his ruling elites. Cuban ecologists who speak out are quickly silenced, and so national treasures like the tropical forests of the Ciénaga de Zapata, the marshland areas adjacent to the Bay of Pigs, are being destroyed, and with them, their exotic flora and fauna.
While the Cuban lobby in Congress, led by the Progressive Caucus and the Democratic Socialists of America and even some misguided Republicans, like Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., in an ungodly alliance with the well-financed captains of agricultural industries and mega-corporations (e.g., Archer-Daniels-Midland, Cargill and confreres in the agribusiness industry) (1-3) continue to clamor for opening Cuba to economic exploitation in collusion with Cuba's communist regime a silent degradation and destruction befalls Cuba's once beautiful flora and bountiful fauna.
Out of the shadows, a little-known but powerful organization has stepped out this new millennial year advocating a more accommodating stance with the communist regime of Fidel Castro.
Almost weekly I'm receiving solicitations for "People to People" Cultural Exchanges from physician groups or sundry other organizations travelling to communist Cuba. The latest invitation has been from none other than Mary Jean Eisenhower, the CEO of People to People International. She is the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
June 14, 2001
Mary Jean Eisenhower
Chief Executive Officer
People to People International
Dear Ms. Eisenhower,
Regarding your editorials "Bush's Cuba Pickle(1)" (May 9) and "Our Man in Havana(2)" (May 16): While the U.S. embargo has not forced Fidel Castro's capitulation, with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 it has limited his capacity to subvert his Latin American neighbors, while forcing him to liberalize economic policies in order to remain in power. He has been forced to divert funds from his subversive military machine, limiting his capacity for terrorism and subversion, including his assistance to the Colombian FARC narco-terrorist rebels.
April 17, 2011 commemorates the 50th anniversary of America’s disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
During 1960, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower watched with trepidation the establishment of an authoritarian regime in Cuba unfriendly to the United States, only 90 miles from American shores.
This article was originally published in the Macon Telegraph on January 5, 1992 and is republished here for readers of HaciendaPublishing.com.
This article was originally published in the Macon Telegraph on December 7, 1991 and is republished here for readers of HaciendaPublishing.com.
Editor: This is in response to the letter by the Rev. Roy Bourgeois regarding the slaying of six Jesuit priests and two female employees of the rectory of the Catholic University in Central America on Nov. 16, 1989. This heinous act is not excusable, and it should never have happened.
This article was originally published in the Macon Telegraph and News on March 20, 1990 and is republished here for readers of HaciendaPublishing.com.
This article was originally published in the Macon Telegraph and News on February 21, 1989 and is republished here for readers of HaciendaPublishing.com.
This article was originally published in the Macon Telegraph and News on August 23, 1987 and is republished here for readers of HaciendaPublishing.com.
Editors: I was rather shocked after reading the letter written by members of the "Central Georgians for Central America." As a naturalized citizen who escaped at the age of 13 from the communist island of Cuba, I have firsthand knowledge of the difference between living in a communist country and in a democracy.