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Cuba's "revolutionary" tourists pick fruit, haul rock
Reuters ^ | Thu Jul 6, 2006 10:08am ET | Esteban Israel

Posted on 07/06/2006 10:48:21 AM PDT by DigitalVideoDude

CAIMITO, Cuba (Reuters) - They do not come to Cuba for the beaches and tropical mystique that draw more than 2 million other visitors each year.

Instead they come to spend their vacations working in the countryside under a blazing sun, eating rice and beans and sharing a room without air-conditioning or toilet with seven others.

They are so-called revolutionary tourists who arrive each year from about 50 countries for a "total immersion" in one of the world's few remaining socialist countries.

"I call it a revolutionary vacation. I dedicate my free time to doing something concrete for the Cuban revolution," Carlo Sarpero, a 26-year-old shop keeper from Genova, Italy, explained, as he repaired a school.

Cuba will receive more than 1,200 foreign "brigadistas" this summer for its "social-political" tourism program.

The Caribbean island's government does not measure the program's impact in monetary value, like that of sun and beach tourism which brings in more than $2.5 billion a year, but in political terms.

"A big majority of those who participate become activists in Cuban solidarity groups in their countries," said Gabriel Benitez of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), the program sponsor.


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Hope I did a good first post...
1 posted on 07/06/2006 10:48:25 AM PDT by DigitalVideoDude
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To: DigitalVideoDude

Fine post.

And I don't have a problem with Castro fleecing idiots for free labor.


2 posted on 07/06/2006 10:49:56 AM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: coconutt2000

Very useful idiots.


3 posted on 07/06/2006 10:50:59 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: DigitalVideoDude
This is a great idea. Now it will be easier to pick out the truly stupid
4 posted on 07/06/2006 10:51:05 AM PDT by bybybill (`IF THE RATS WIN, WE LOSE)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

Sounds almost like a Holiday in Cambodia.


6 posted on 07/06/2006 10:51:34 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Down with Half-Assery!)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

Can I get these morons to come over and clean my yard for the revolution? Shoosh, you really have to be stupid to spend your own money to pick fruit for free. These guys had to go to college to be this stupid, you can't get that stupid naturally.


7 posted on 07/06/2006 10:52:03 AM PDT by tigtog
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To: DigitalVideoDude
...working in the countryside under a blazing sun, eating rice and beans and sharing a room without air-conditioning or toilet with seven others.

 Why is this image not working for me?
 

8 posted on 07/06/2006 10:53:17 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: coconutt2000

2300-something years ago one Aristotle taught that both the number and the variety of idiots are infinite. AND HE WAS RIGHT!


9 posted on 07/06/2006 10:54:32 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: DigitalVideoDude

Good post. I wondered where all the democrats went...!


10 posted on 07/06/2006 10:54:45 AM PDT by cardinal4 (Allah is the opium pipedream of a desert pedophile...Freeper Ax)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

Carlo Sarpero sounds like a pendejo especial.


11 posted on 07/06/2006 10:55:10 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

Simple. You're not mentally deranged.


12 posted on 07/06/2006 10:55:21 AM PDT by Clara Lou (A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality. --I. Kristol)
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To: DigitalVideoDude
I dedicate my free time to do something concrete for the Cuban revolution...

At least he does not claim to be doing anything concrete for the Cuban people! That, of course, would require deposing Fidel!

13 posted on 07/06/2006 10:56:32 AM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: DigitalVideoDude
Instead they come to spend their vacations working in the countryside under a blazing sun, eating rice and beans and sharing a room without air-conditioning or toilet with seven others.

Interesting that they only want to vacation in the people's paradise - and then go home. Why not move there permanently?

14 posted on 07/06/2006 10:57:03 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: DigitalVideoDude
PT Barnum was an optimist.

I'm thinking it's more like every 1.3 seconds.

15 posted on 07/06/2006 10:57:47 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999 !!!)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

Ya done good, DVD.

The astounding and brazen lunacy shown here by these "turistas" is that they spend a goodly sum getting to Cuba to help the poor when these goobers could stay home and help the poor and needy in their own cities or towns. But, as usual with leftists, that would not satisfy their everlasting itch for self-serving false piety and sanctimony.


16 posted on 07/06/2006 10:58:11 AM PDT by JeeperFreeper
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To: DigitalVideoDude
"I call it a revolutionary vacation. I dedicate my free time to doing something concrete for the Cuban revolution," Carlo Sarpero, a 26-year-old shop keeper from Genova, Italy, explained, as he repaired a school.

A 'tool' is not always just one of those things you keep in your repair box at home.
17 posted on 07/06/2006 10:58:11 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Man was made in the image of God, not pond scum)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

Do they have African slave nostalgia trips too?

Manual labor the tropical sun, oh joy.

Mrs VS


18 posted on 07/06/2006 10:58:13 AM PDT by VeritatisSplendor
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To: DigitalVideoDude
White guilt slumming.

They do it in America too. They mingle around a homeless shelter or soup kitchen, like they're visiting a zoo.

Then it's back in the limo to the air-conditioned penthouse to tell their friends about their adventure amongst the poor.

This twist just adds that "associated with mass murderers" tinge of danger which really wows the wine and brie audience.


19 posted on 07/06/2006 10:59:43 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

But they still aren't getting the full Cuban Revolution experience. They are missing the part where "Che" selects a few of them and has them shot for insufficient dedication to the cause.


20 posted on 07/06/2006 11:00:26 AM PDT by LexBaird ("Politically Correct" is the politically correct term for "F*cking Retarded". - Psycho Bunny)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten; Clara Lou

"...sun and beach tourism which brings in more than $2.5 billion a year..." I wonder what their accomodations are like?

"...eating rice and beans and sharing a room without air-conditioning or toilet with seven others...."

There's two mental images which I can't reconcile in the commie workers' utopian paradise of Father Casrto.


21 posted on 07/06/2006 11:00:33 AM PDT by butternut_squash_bisque (The recipe's at my FR HomePage. Try it!)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Probably the first legitimate work the bulk of these scumbos have ever done in their lives. Perhaps they will discover the "magic" of how the Thief in Chief took the richest country per capita in Latin America and turned it into the second poorest (after only Haiti) in just 50 years.


22 posted on 07/06/2006 11:00:47 AM PDT by laconic
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To: DigitalVideoDude

More evidence that slavery persists in the modern world because some people like being slaves.


23 posted on 07/06/2006 11:01:10 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

Thanks for posting this "good news" thread.

I'm already enjoying the schadenfreude of contemplating these poor dumb b*stard lefties sweating their hides off in the Cuban sun, eating poorly, and best of all, sleeping in wretched conditions!

I'm sure there's a platoon of Canucklehead losers involved, and I can hardly wait for ten years to pass and for these useful idiots to have to admit that they were wrong!

Love that schadenfreude!


24 posted on 07/06/2006 11:01:22 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: DigitalVideoDude
Hope I did a good first post...

Yes, well done. You've been here a long time without starting a thread, haven't you? I did my first one a few days after joining, and didn't know how to search properly, so it was a dupe that got pulled in about 1 minute! You've put your waiting to good use.

25 posted on 07/06/2006 11:01:54 AM PDT by American Quilter (Equal laws protecting equal rights...the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country. -- Madison)
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To: GSlob
2300-something years ago one Aristotle taught that both the number and the variety of idiots are infinite. AND HE WAS RIGHT!

True. And P. T. Barnum isolated the sucker reproduction rate in the 19th century. Socialism may be more secure than one would rationally expect.

26 posted on 07/06/2006 11:02:00 AM PDT by Gumlegs
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To: dead

ROFL!


27 posted on 07/06/2006 11:05:03 AM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("By the time I'm finished with you, you're gonna wish you felt this good again" - Jack Bauer)
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To: Lazamataz

Honors to you for first Barnum reference in a socialism thread.


28 posted on 07/06/2006 11:05:11 AM PDT by Gumlegs
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To: DigitalVideoDude
"I call it a revolutionary vacation. I dedicate my free time to doing something concrete for the Cuban revolution," Carlo Sarpero, a 26-year-old shop keeper from Genova, Italy, explained, as he repaired a school.

Hey! Simple tool! the "revolution" is twice as old as you are!

I don't think you get to call it a "revolution" when it's the same-old-sh1t for nearly six decades.

Sounds like stagnant status quo to me. Where the freak is the freaking "revolution"?

29 posted on 07/06/2006 11:05:42 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: coconutt2000

LOL. He's like the commie Tom Sawyer!


30 posted on 07/06/2006 11:07:02 AM PDT by rake (Okinawa!)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

useful idiots.. why don't they stay there permanently if it's such a life changing experience?


31 posted on 07/06/2006 11:08:24 AM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: Gumlegs
Honors to you for first Barnum reference in a socialism thread.

That makes me just like Hitler.

32 posted on 07/06/2006 11:10:04 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999 !!!)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

Once the old bastard has gone for his just rewards Cuba could reap a huge financial windfall for Peeing on the Dictator's grave tourism packages - I think I would sign up for one of those! (I'd also like to own the beer concession nearby LOL).


33 posted on 07/06/2006 11:12:06 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...
(Reuters)...in one of the world's few remaining socialist countries.


34 posted on 07/06/2006 11:14:46 AM PDT by weegee (Seasons greetings and happy holidays this June-July!)
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To: DigitalVideoDude
I call it a revolutionary vacation. I dedicate my free time to doing something concrete for the Cuban revolution," Carlo Sarpero, a 26-year-old shop keeper from Genova, Italy, explained, as he repaired a school.

How frickin stupid can a human being get... numb nut you go to Cuba to help the revolution because you think the revolution helps "up" the poor vs the capitalist that "hold down" the poor ... an what do you find... that after close to 50 years after the revolution most ever body in Cube is poor and there are far more poor in Cuba then in the capitalist country I bet you despise... if you really want to help the poor up... help them be free capitalist

35 posted on 07/06/2006 11:19:27 AM PDT by tophat9000 (If it was illegal French Canadians would La Raza back them? Racist back their race over country)
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To: DigitalVideoDude
"A cheap holiday in other people's misery." - HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN (Sex Pistols)


36 posted on 07/06/2006 11:19:46 AM PDT by weegee (Seasons greetings and happy holidays this June-July!)
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To: tophat9000

Only in the West do they believe that Bush imprisons his political enemies while at the same time CHAMPIONING Fidel Castro.


37 posted on 07/06/2006 11:20:56 AM PDT by weegee (Seasons greetings and happy holidays this June-July!)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
"some people like being slaves."
Of course they do. Aristotle taught that some are born that way and not good for anything else.
38 posted on 07/06/2006 11:21:11 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: DigitalVideoDude

What, Castro doesn't offer an optional add-on inner tube float across the shark infested Fl strait, with a thrilling faux apprehension by Cuban gun boats and a simulated summary execution? Now THAT would be a part of the revolutionary experience to remember forever.


39 posted on 07/06/2006 11:22:01 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

Slave labor for Fidel.


40 posted on 07/06/2006 11:23:53 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer
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To: DigitalVideoDude

Wait, where's Sheehan in all this. I thought she preferred living with Chavez and Castro?


41 posted on 07/06/2006 11:26:20 AM PDT by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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To: Constitution Day

Just think of the fun they could have at Club Gitmo!


42 posted on 07/06/2006 11:31:36 AM PDT by talleyman (Kerry & the Surrender-Donkey Treasoncrats - trashing the troops for 40 years.)
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To: DigitalVideoDude
I knew some Vatos from Northern New Mexico who were doing this way back in the 70's. But they sure as hell weren't picking sugar cane and moving rocks. They came back toned, tanned, and able to field-strip an AK-47 blindfolded.
43 posted on 07/06/2006 11:33:03 AM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Technically, we're all Republicans)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

"They only pick the fruit that Cubans don't want to pick..."


44 posted on 07/06/2006 11:33:04 AM PDT by talleyman (Kerry & the Surrender-Donkey Treasoncrats - trashing the troops for 40 years.)
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To: DigitalVideoDude
They are so-called revolutionary tourists who arrive each year from about 50 countries for a "total immersion" in one of the world's few remaining socialist countries

Leave it to Rooters to call Cuba a "socialist" country.

45 posted on 07/06/2006 11:41:46 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (My head hurts.)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

See what happens when you forget your American Express card??


46 posted on 07/06/2006 11:41:50 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: DigitalVideoDude
It's a memorable first post dude.

"I dedicate my free time to doing something concrete for the Cuban revolution," Carlo Sarpero, a 26-year-old dullard and waste-of-humanity from Genova, Italy, said.

47 posted on 07/06/2006 11:45:48 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Lazamataz

Doesn't everything?


48 posted on 07/06/2006 11:54:34 AM PDT by Gumlegs
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To: Doc91678
How many houses has Jimmy Carter built for Castro?


49 posted on 07/06/2006 11:56:31 AM PDT by weegee (Seasons greetings and happy holidays this June-July!)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

LOL! I'd sign-up for one, too.


50 posted on 07/06/2006 12:01:03 PM PDT by butternut_squash_bisque (The recipe's at my FR HomePage. Try it!)
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