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"Cubans are better off without the U.S. ever being allowed near the country."
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Cuba is a bizarre and atmospheric place - the most fantastic country I've ever been to. It feels frozen in time. Go, before it changes and becomes like everywhere else.
Fiona Tomlinson, News Editor, Channel 4, UK
We live only
to discover beauty.
All else is a form of waiting.


Remedios, north of santa Clara
Par-lay voo French ?
« Never have I been in a country whose atmosphere of daily life is so charged with powerful and contradictory emotions. No visitor can remain unmoved, and many are moved to bitter-sweet tears that blend sublime joy with overwhelming pathos. » Mark Cramer, Culture Shock ! Cuba

« In the end, the reason why the administration doesn't want any travel to Cuba is simple.
It doesn't want the American people to understand, ten minutes after their arrival,
that
they have been fooled by their government about Cuban reality. »
Philip Peters, former member of the State Department under Reagan and Bush (the elder), vice president of the Lexington Institute

Cuba's own weather forecasts for the island > here <
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Remedios in Villa Clara, small town, lovely casas, stupendous culture Santa Clara, its Che, its casas Our recommendations in 65 towns and villages, barrios, bateys and bohios Close to La Habana, nature calls Vinales, its karst mogotes, cave exploring, treks and music

A casa close to the water, the sea or a beach ? Choose from these destinations
In the west / occidente :
Guanabo there for the beaches
Matanzas on the bahia
Port of Hope
In the central part of Cuba, select from :
100 Fuegos
Ze Mouth of the Guaurabo
On the Bay of Pigs
In the east Oriente :
Hatuey was right
Don't spoil it
La Herradura on the rough
Manzanillo by the bay
Playa Siboney
Puerto Padre
Santiago de Cuba
Recent pages & sections :
Amancio [Las Tunas]
Cojimar, Papa's old hangout
Guaimaro [Camaguey]
Guanahacabibes (Pinar del Rio)
Guardalavaca Map + Mas
Parque Lenin, Havana's 18,000 hectares of nature

Playa Baracoa & Playa Salado west of Havana
Sagua la Grande [Villa Clara]
Varadero [Matanzas]
There are no rental casas in Cayo Santa Maria : see Caibarien or Remedios] Cayo Coco & Cayo Guillermo : try Moron], Cayo Largo : islands offshore reachable by plane from Havana], Playa Santa Lucia : stay in Nuevitas] for Baconao : sleep in Playa Siboney]. These areas feature mainly resorts catering mostly to visitors with all-inclusive packages purchased in Cuba and abroad.

COUCH POTATOES ARE NOT MEANT TO KNOW THIS
] Through its Mision Milagro established by Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez in 2004, Cuban doctors have given their time and talent to operate for cataracts over 3 million patients from El Salvador, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina and República Dominicana, among others ] Cuba’s education index is equal highest in the world, along with Australia, Finland, Denmark and New Zealand ]Cuban labs have developed vaccines to prevent cancer tested in 86 countries, making these some of the world medias' best-kept secrets, even though cancer kills 8 million people per year ] Over the past 20 years, Cuba has sold its pharmaceutical products in 26 countries working with labs in China, Spain and Canada including a meningitis vaccine, one against dengue and another to prevent Aids ] Cuban doctors have treated half a million Haitians since the Jan 2009 earthquake ] Cuba has saved more lives in the developing countries than all the G-8 countries together ] More than 24,000 victims of Chernobyl continue to receive treatment in Cuba 25 years after the Ukrainian nuclear disaster ] Cuba was the only country in the world with sustainable development in 2006, says the World Wildlife Fund ] Cuba has planted 137 million trees, 5th largest total in the world in 2008 for the United Nations' billion tree campaign ] In Cuba, 43% of national and provincial parliamentary seats are held by women, the third-highest level in the world after Rwanda (51%) and Sweden (47%) ] In the May 2010 election, one third of the 15,093 municipal ridings were won by women
NOT IN THE WORLD'S MAJOR NEWS MEDIA

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary. George Orwell

Today the world is run by three of the most secretive institutions in the world : The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization, all three of which, in turn, are dominated by the U.S. Their decisions are made in secret. The people who head them are appointed behind closed doors. Nobody really knows anything about them, their politics, their beliefs, their intentions. Nobody elected them. Nobody said they could make decisions on our behalf. Arundhati Roy

CUBA USED TO BE THE ONLY COUNTRY OUTSIDE THE REAL WORLD ORDER
Video from the BBC
Cuba Solidarity Campaign
Free the Five - The BBC has finally noticed
More US citizens (400,000+ expats) are legally visiting Cuba on direct flights from Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Pittsburgh, San Juan and Tampa. Link
AUTHORIZED TRAVEL PROVIDERS MAY 01-2014— LIST HERE
Cuba is credited with saving more lives in the developing countries than all the G-8 countries together. The book.
News from UK's The Guardian
'Cuban Five' trial "took place in a venue where there was extensive community hostility to Cuban govt." - Amnesty International" Jurist.org 17.10.10 ::: Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (Ret.), former Chief of Staff to US State Secretary Colin Powell speaks for the Cuban Five ain.cu 09.11.10
Author Lea Aschkenas
Since the U.S. is the only country in the world prohibiting its residents to visit Cuba, author Lea Aschkenas is suggesting ways to go anyways.
Page here.
ain.cu story
What's behind Fidel's speech ? Michael Voss "analyzes". (Voss if he knew ? ; ) BBC 08.08.10
Cuba's Green Revolution
Cuban TV program charts 638 assassination attempts on Fidel Castro The Telegraph 11.03.10
They're in business now — Reuters 17 May 2010
No other country has endured more acts of terrorism against civilian targets than Cuba. The book
Cuban Police Training
Wonder why the US has invaded Haiti ?
ain.cu story 070510
Fidel, at 2:30 in the morning says to his favourite capitalist : Hey, I feel pretty good. Let’s go wake up some ambassadors ! The Walrus
guardian.co.uk story
Fidel's first column on World Government as managed by the 120-member Bilderberg Group. 170810 Here
Now exiled to Spain, they took money, goods and services from US diplomats — disguised as "dissidents". Counterpunch.

" The effort that the American government and media have expended to demonize Fidel Castro and undermine the island's socialism always struck me as vapid. Was this the same America that props up, arms, trains, and otherwise creates evil dictators the world over ? " Source
Diverging points of view on opening Cuba to US citizens
Whoa, it's an invasion ; )
::: US citizens and expats expected to travel to Cuba in 2011. White House Press release here

::: Practically, what it means here

::: But a nutcase is trying to turn back the clock to George Bush's era here

::: and 13 Democrats vote for the Miami Mafia against their President here.

Viva the new Cuba. Let free trade and tourism thrive. Its the American way. Down with right wingers.

The entire 140-acre pea crop on my farm was sold to Cuba three years ago and I would love to travel to Cuba for a vacation and meet the people.

We have Everything to gain by restoring normal relations with Cuba.

European nations cannot be allowed to dominate trade with Cuba because of just a few right-wing American hold-outs.

Open trade with Cuba is a Win-Win situation for the US.

jorr, fodors.com/community, 140411

I cannot see how it is likely a win-win for Cuba. The U.S. Mafia - Meyer Lansky and the boys - absolutely controlled the country's crime, prostitution, murders, drugs, drugs, drugs, extortions, betting, etc etc.

Don't you somehow imagine that the mob in NY and Atlantic City and Vegas is not standing near the shore awaiting a return to corrupt Cuba once again ?

To bring casinos, drugs, extortion once again as has worked so beautifully in the U.S.

How will that be a "Win" for the people of Cuba ? They are better off without the U.S. ever being allowed near the country.

merckxxx, fodors.com/community, 140411



The best democracy money can buy here.

" The worldwide capitalist crisis : we have no other choice than unite to confront it. " — Raul Castro
Believe nothing — Buddha

Large photos : The bay of Baracoa © chuchy.zoy.org [mouseover to see :] A wedding (boda) in Habana Vieja's Catedral © sogestour



Where did visitors to Cuba come from in 2013 ?
Mostly from Canada with 39% of arrivals or 1,079,558 (+2,9% over 2012).
England 150,776 (-2,9%), Deutschland 113,535 (+6%)
France 95,986 (-6%), Argentina 95,521 (-4,8%), Italia 92,426 (-8,8%),
Mexico 83,559 (+9,4%), España 72,484 (-12,1%),
Federacion Rusa 69,292 (-19,4%) and Venezuela 44,638 (+23%),
were the most prevalent countries in 2013 [Jan-Nov].

Chile 37,001 (+31), Colombia 33,282 (+5,8%), Netherlands 32,054 (-8,6%),
Switzerland 20,287 (+3,1%), China 18,928 (+16,3%), Peru 18,329 (-6,1%),
Brazil 16,720 (+8,5%) and Austria 14,508 (+15,3%) + other countries 692,273 (-3,6%)
represented the majority of the 2.7 million tourists in 2013.
From the
USA ? ± 20% of "other lands" or 126,916 — a non-verifiable guestimate.
For the 0th year in a row, Cuba had 2 million visitors — 20% more than in 2008.

In 2013, 112 airlines used Cuba's 10 international airports arriving from 57 cities worldwide.
International hotel chains operate 71 properties
(28,449 of the island's 60,000 hotel bedrooms) on the island.

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