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  1. I smoke those cigars, drink that rum and visit that country whenever I want. Not sure what he's talking about... 🤷🏼 When it comes to their hotels...Just say ño.
  2. Article dated September 5th in Granma...the Official Body of the Central Committee of the Communist Party in Cuba! I gave it a rough translation into English, with the link to the original article below. Abrirán gradualmente las fronteras de Cuba a partir del 15 de noviembre Teniendo en cuenta el avance en el proceso de vacunación en Cuba, su efectividad demostrada y la perspectiva de que más del 90 % de toda la población concluirá los calendarios de vacunación en noviembre; se preparan las condiciones para abrir, gradualmente, las fronteras del país a partir del 15 de n
  3. It's pretty simple. They spend all their treasure on development of vaccine instead of food production or other basic necessities that we just take for granted. A tropical island with so much land that imports most of its food. WTF! But as far as the efficacy of the Cuban vaccine goes, I was on a Signal video call with a friend's mom a few days ago. She had just had her 3rd dose and had a low grade fever, aches, runny nose, pains and chills 24 hours after and was fine the following day. Similar symptoms I had after the 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The difference is she didn
  4. Found this on Twitter via Project Inventario @invntario They've been compiling the dates and locations of all the protests and corrobrating them with video and photos. Here's a link to their Google Map. Manifestaciones en Cuba, domingo 11 de julio 2021 One of the issues they are dealing with is placing the photos and video with the correct dates since a lot of dropped well after the protest occured - when ETECSA turned data back on. So each mark on the map is only placed once they have actual evidene that it occured at a specific date and time. They have also been doing
  5. I was traveling by train from Providence to Boston with friends for a birthday celebration. The conductor welcomed me and my friends aboard and when we pulled out of the station, announced to the whole train that there was a birthday celebration had joined the train. At some point, an older gentleman came up to me, asked if I was the "birthday boy", wished me good health and gave me a congratulatory birthday cigar. This was the first cigar I would ever smoke. When we got home, I asked my dad if it was OK for me to smoke it. He said it was fine, gave me matches and the same ashtray
  6. As @Nino pointed out in earlier comments when he mentioned the Eastern Bloc countries, these guys are key to how these fights are won. With enough people protesting and in the street, it is not unlikely that a portion of those that have the power (the guns) start to realize that they too are hungry, they too have family who can't get medicine, they too go home to dark houses, etc. In other words, they are not any different from those they are fighting...and are fighting for something that isn't worth fighting for. They might not want to see the massive changes many envision: But they k
  7. From what I could find out, these videos were recorded yesterday. No idea on location. To me, these look like MIG-21 and the helicopter looks like a MIL Mi-17 or newer. Someone with better knowledge of Soviet era helicopters might know better as to what it is. Hopefully just a show of force.
  8. Thanks for pointing out his channel. Alain Lambert has done amazing work for years. He was one of the first people I ever saw live-streaming in Cuba (all the way back in 2016 and 2017). I've been a fan for some time. Anytime a celebriety came to Cuba, there he was following them and filming it and usually got a chance to ask them a question or two. He would travel outside of Havana to as far as Santiago to film the Carnival (where he got arrested during a live stream), Christmas in Remedios, etc. He was filming and livestreaming during hurricane Irma. He then started meeting averag
  9. I don't know what blame one could assess on the US for import tariffs on food and medicine. If it was somehow punitive, they would assess it only on those passengers entering from the US when in fact, everyone pays it regardless of country of departure. It is, as you said, a profit making venture. Agreed. It is the equivalent of pissing on a forest fire.
  10. Cuban leadership just announced during their "Mesa Redonda" this evening that it will allow unlimited importation of food, hygiene products and medicine via passenger flights w/ no tariffs (import duties) through December 31st of this year. I should point out there was no mention of lifting the restrictions on the number of flights from countries they previously identified as being COVID risks. 🤔
  11. Believe it or not, Cuba's Prime Minister just got off national televison talking about the energy crisis and explained how the blackout and the frustrations that they cause are very likely to continue. Keep in mind that the blackouts the Prime Minister decided to talka about is one of the things that really lit the proverbial match in San Antonio de los Banos...the first town to see protests. One resident in San Antonio de los Banos told a CNN reporter that they have been enduring blackouts for weeks at a time in excess of 12 hours a day. Diaz Canel is up next. Maybe he'll talk abou
  12. I saw the same video and saw a similar "description" albeit a bit different. This particular description mentioned the same however one of the commenters pointed out that the "officers" likely include men who are forced to partipate by their CDR or force public repudiations (repudios) and could also include younger men who have been (supposedly) rounded up in the last few days for military service, which is compulsory in Cuba for a period of 2 years (between 17 and 28 years old. I say supposedly because even though there are videos of young men being taken out of their homes by force, we ha
  13. The Cuban government is without a doubt lying when they say there thave been no protests today. There certainly have been. However, it has been over one hour since the rumors started online (as of 3PM PDT) that the city of Camagüey was liberated and as of now, everything online seems to indicate otherwise. For now.

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