Castro retires: Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez “relieved”

Ganma, Cuba's official news site, has just announced that Fidel Castro has given up his presidency of the country. On hearing the news we immediately called our Observer in Havana, blogger Yoani Sanchez, to get her reaction. As the news had not yet been broadcast on Cuban TV or radio, Sanchez was unaware of the declaration and gave an initial reaction of "a sense of relief". She said she believes that the Cuban system could now evolve into something similar to the Chinese regime.

It was 3am in Cuba. Commentary by telephone from Yoani Sanchez, 32, our Observer in Havana. See her blog.

I didn't know. They announced it on the internet first to let the foreign media know. Few Cubans have online access, so they don't know about it yet. I'm listening to the radio now, which programmes all though the night, and they're still talking about the Ghanaian president's visit to the island, not Castro.

The Cubans have been waiting for this news to come any day now. At over 80-years-old and in bad health, it was unlikely that Fidel Castro would carry on governing the country. But honestly, the question of a new head of state is not people's greatest concern right now. We're too preoccupied with the problems of daily life.

The transition has been gradually going on since the announcement that Raul Castro would act as interim president in July 2006. Fidel's brother has made plenty of speeches about much-needed reforms for the country, but nothing's really changed. Raul's only made cosmetic changes, notably economic ones, which don't help the population at all.

Maybe things will change now. For me and the young generation, this news comes as a great relief. We've never had another president, and we saw him as an obstruction to our country's development. I'm not saying that's what everyone thinks; for some this will be a huge shock.

Fidel is a symbol. We hope that his departure will close a chapter of history for the country and help the Cuban government to aim for more political and economic liberty. I do think the country will force its leaders to move on, because we've really had enough, we need a change. But I'd say that the most likely scenario is that we see a Chinese-style regime imposed in Cuba: the development of economic productivity while political liberty is kept to a minimum. And, remember, Castro's announced that he'll no longer be head of state, but not that he'll resign as first secretary of the communist party. So it's possible that he'll still have a strong influence in the government."



"My cigar's gone out!"

By Paco Rives, known as 'Mermadon', 19 Feb. 2008


“Zombie Fidel”

Posted Fernando Torelly, 19 Feb. 08

“The great retirement”

Posted by Bel Bosck i Bagué (‘Subversion de Luxe'), 19 Feb. 08


"Original Hipster"

I created this while reading about Castro's announcement to retire. I was reading the various takes on Castro's announcement in the news and thought it would be interesting to point out an unusual "contribution" by Castro. Youth in Los Angeles (where I live) have adopted many accessories Castro wore in the seventies: the "Castro-style" cap, thick rimmed glasses, and full beard are all very trendy with hipsters here."

Posted by Molly McClurg, 19 Feb.08

Tribute to Fidel

Posted by Union de Juventudes Comunistas de España, 19 Feb. 08


Castro attack Yoani Sanchez BLOG

Nueva desinformacion del estado Cubano para detectar enlaces con YAONI SANCHEZ

El gobieno del actual presidente por Raul Castro despues de aprovecharse de las falsas insinuaciones de mostrar cambio sobre la sitema dictatorial heredado por su hermano Fidel Castro a mostrado su naturaleza de no acceder a tales cambios.

El estado cubano (a intereses de una sola persona "su presidente militar") ademas de mostrar abiertamente su posicion intransigente como el anterior gobernador cubano Fidel Castro no permitiendo la salida de la ciudadana Yoani Sanchez, se ha dedicado a bloquear dentro de Cuba el blog mas visitado en toda la historia de ese pais, para mas con una paciencia de parte del lector si visita dicho blog se vera como el estado cubano ha plagado de "trolles internautas" dicho Blog, sembrando el desanimo y la contienda de dichos participantes mediante supuestos "no cubanos opinando o atacando a yoani por su premio" o simplemente ofendiendo directamente a sus participantes

Asi mismo tambien estan apareciendo links de contactos para Yoani Sanchez como el siguiente

Una de las estratagemas del actual sistema de trolles para sembrar la confucion es copiar los nick de los participantes y dar mensages con intenciones a la contienda.

About The Glass Roof

Written by:Reinaldo Escobar in Desde Aquí

The ex-president Fidel Castro has just published a prologue of the book "Fidel, Bolivia and Something More" in which he denigrates the blog Generación Y, which my wife writes on the internet. From the first day she has put her full name (which he omits) with her photo in view of the readers in order to sign the texts that she writes for the sole purpose, confessed repeated times, of vomiting everything in our reality that nauseates her.

The ex-president disapproves of the fact that Yoani has accepted this year's Ortega and Gasset prize for digital journalism. arguing that this is something fostered by imperialism in order to drive the waters of it's mill. I recognize the right of this man to make this comment, but I permit myself to make the observation that the responsibility implied in receiving a prize will never be comparable to that of awarding it, and Yoani, at least, has never placed a medal on the chest of any corrupt official, traitor, dictator or murderer.

I make this clarification because I remember perfectly well that it was the author of these reproaches who put (or ordered put) the Order of José Martí on the most terrible and undeserving of all possible lapels: Leonid Ilich Brezhnev, Nicolae Ceausescu, Todor Yivkov, Gustav Husak, Janos Kadar, Mengistu Haile Mariam, Robert Mugabe, Heng Samrin, Erich Honecker and others that I have forgotten. I would like to read, in the light of these times, a reflection that justifies those inappropriate honors that, to drive the water of other mills, sullied the name of our apostle.

It's true that the name of the philosopher Ortega y Gasset can be equated with elitist and even reactionary ideas, but at least, in difference from those decorated by the author of the prologue, he never launched tanks against his nonconformist neighbors, or built palaces, or imprisoned anybody that thought differently than him, or left his followers in the stockade, or amassed fortunes with the misery of his people, or constructed camps of extermination, or gave the order to shoot those who, in order to escape, jumped over the wall of their patio.

Others cigars gone out is neded

¡¡¡Tell me cuando cuando cuando J.M. Aznar cigar´s gone out!!!


The question is: Who smoke the cigar now??

Great joke by mermadon