Skip to comments.Boston Globe: Cuba's lessons on caring for children (Barf Alert)
Posted on 03/11/2002 1:54:07 AM PST by Cincinatus' WifeEdited on 04/13/2004 2:07:31 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
IF THERE IS one society in North or South America where President Bush's goal to leave no child behind is a reality, it can be found in Cuba, 90 miles off the Florida coast in one of the few remaining communist states in the world. That is the conclusion of 24 Bostonians who just returned from a week in Cuba where we focused on how Cuba raises and nurtures its kids.
(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...
No matter how great the crimes progressives commit, no matter how terrible the future they labor to create, no matter how devastating the catastrophes they leave behind, the world outside the faith seems ever ready to forgive them their "mistakes" and to grant them the grace of "good intentions." [End Excerpt]-David Horowitz
It is bilge like this that aids Castro in his stranglehold on Cuba. These people are enablers of the worst stripe- I wonder if they would care to live in Cuba, not as one of the elite, but as a common citizen?
Am I hallucinating or did I just read this article?
I had to pick myself up off the floor.
we can learn something from the Cubans - about how to raise our kids here, how to instill in them self-respect and cultural pride, and how to give all of them a chance to be happy, creative, and productive adults.
Yes, if we want those results, do the opposite of Cuba. Has this guy heard of Armando Valladeres, Noble Alexander, et al?
Uh... I'm doing that now without any "inspiration" from Cuba
Oh no, they don't want to be one of the masses they want to be like the Kennedys.
With the full court press the LIBERAL media's given every tom, dick and harrieta that's gone down to kiss Casto's butt, I can see how you'd feel that way.
It reminds me of Big media's non stop push during Aparthied. Now look at those countries and just try to find Big media covering it. LIBERALS want us all to wear blinders.
The three rotten jerks who wrote this pap do not stop to consider the meaning implicit in this one phrase. Why does anyone have to have dibs on that which is simply available in capitalist society. The government proscribes consumers from the simplest of provision by their unlawful rule. The rule is not only unlawful but cruel, and these idjuts can't see it. I know there must be upstanding Bostonians. They were key to our independence from King George. But now? I have little respect for a country who would force their professionals into a life of poverty and prostitution to get dibs on a glass of milk.
Pissant fellow travelers or imbecile dupes - you make the call!
Umm, Doc, does the word "Potemkin village" ring a bell?
American Women Meet With Castro ``It was certainly exciting to meet with him. He is a very charming and eloquent man,'' said Jeffords, who traveled here with the university's Center for Women and Democracy.
A: The problem with the lifting of travel restrictions is that the Cubans control it because they issue the visas. They can put quotas. They can decide to allow only the tourists going to Varadero and Cayo Coco and ensure they have very little contact with the Cuban people. And all that will do, initially, is fill the government coffers and build up the regime. It's ironic because what you need is for the government to respond to the current economic crisis by opening up, by letting Cubans own and operate their own businesses, by letting them invest, letting them stay at hotels. [In Cuba,] the economy is shrinking. It is too dependent on tourism and remittances. Their way of fixing the problem is to fill up the hotels. A far preferable way . . . would be to grow the economy by letting the people invest in their community by starting small businesses -- not just restaurants and taxis and services, but also . . . creating products. You have natural capitalists in Cuba, and the proof of that is in the cars they have and how they take care of them. If allowed to work independently, they would create wealth through their own labor . . .[End Excerpt]
I lives in a sugarcane field and work fifteen ours a day.
De bugs and snakes are so bad. Send me a raft. Elian
Oh, they're just Castro-haters.
Boston Globists looking for approval from the 43rd Street mothership.
Eyes Wide Open--[Excerpt] At the conference exhibit hall, the L.A. kids mounted a photo exhibition showing the underbelly of America. There were bleak images of life on an Indian reservation, of the homeless in Los Angeles. It was an eye-opener to some South Africans, who thought everyone in America was rich. "They were absolutely shocked," said Lynn Warshafsky, executive director of Venice Arts Mecca In turn, the L.A. group was surprised at the degree of anti-American sentiment, something they had to process. "They had to ask themselves questions they'd never asked before" about how others see them, Warshafsky said. [End Excerpt]
For Eamon, the highlight was hearing Fidel Castro speak. "I had thought of him as seriously evil. I realized he's not evil, he's doing what he thinks is best. He has this sort of demeanor about him. Whether you like him or not, you respect him. It opened my eyes."
the mothership is gone and the dnc has adopted the loser prison colony and its tactics--goals--leader--ambition/methods too!
Yep. Gotta get up early to fool you! (/sarcasm)
Communism has made a complete mess out of Cuba that will take a long time to sort out. PJ O'Rourke has it right; these guys don't know which end is up.
A FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF CHILD ABUSE, CASTRO STYLE.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Published: Friday, May 5, 2000
Author: Armando Valladares
I was in solitary confinement in Fidel Castro's tropical gulag - where I spent 22 years for refusing to pledge allegiance to the Communist regime-when I heard a child's voice whimpering, "Get me out of here! I want to see my mommy!" I thought my senses were failing me. I could not believe that they had imprisoned a child in those dungeons. Later on, I learned the story of Robertico.
He was 12 years old when they arrested him. A captain in the political police had left his gun in his open car. When he returned to the car he saw the child playing with it. He slapped Robertico and took him into custody. The child was sent to an adult prison in Havana, where he was condemned to spend the rest of his youth. He would not be released until he reached the age of 18.
Robertico was sent to a gallery with common criminals. Within a few days, those soulless prisoners raped him. He sent several days in the hospital for treatment of rents and hemorrhages as a result. By the time he was released, his file had been stamped "homosexual" and he was taken to the prison area reserved for this classification.
Robertico was so slender that his body fit through the bars of the cells. One night he slipped out to watch cartoons on the guard's television. When he was discovered, he was sent to the punishment cells. He was taken out of those cells three times a week for injections because he was suffering from a venereal disease. A guard told me he was so young he did not even have pubic hair.
When I think of Elian Gonzalez, Robertico always comes to mind. This is the Cuban society to which Elian may return: a society where all rights are violated in the interest of subordinating all individuals to the will of the supreme leader.
Sadly, some in America still believe that the Cuban revolution was a triumph of good. It is worth remembering that many also refused to believe the horrors of the Nazi extermination camps. Then, the world had to wait for eyewitness accounts from journalists and photographic evidence from their camera crews before finally accepting the horrible reality of what had happened.
Many other Americans seem to believe that even if savage things once happened under Fidel Castro, the situation has now changed. Yet the same dictatorship, which sanctioned the abuse of Robertico and has tortured thousands of political prisoners, is still wielding absolute power over the Cuban people. Fidel Castro has never recanted or apologized for the atrocities that have been reported by those who have escaped his grasp. And there is a stream of evidence that the brutality and repression continues. Last month the United Nations Human Rights Commission condemned Cuba, for the eighth time, for its systematic violation of human rights. Amnesty International and the U.S. State Department have done the same.
It is standard practice around the world to transfer the custody of children to the surviving parent when the other dies. That is what is normal. But Cuba is not a normal place. If Elian is returned to Cuba, he will be sent back to a place where most people dream every day of escape. It is an island prison where a cruel tyranny has now lasted almost half a century. A fifth of the country's population - around two million people - have fled, and more than half-a-million have been courageous enough to apply for visas to leave.
Outside of Cuba, Elian will grow up as a free person with a free conscience. But if he returns, he will be "reprogrammed," as Castro himself has made clear. The Cuban government has already shown the world the residence where psychiatrists and psychologists will instruct Elian on how to despise and hate anyone who is against communism - including his own mother, who gave her life to bring him to freedom. In a few years she'll be nothing but a traitor to the Revolution. If Elian returns to Cuba his father will have no authority whatsoever to make decisions related to his education. Cuban "law" gives that authority to the Communist government.
Children are indoctrinated in Cuba from the moment they start to read. They are taught that the Communist party is owed loyalty above everything else. And they are taught that they must denounce their parents if they criticize or do anything against the Revolution or its leaders. For Elian, absolute control by the Communist party will begin in elementary school with the so-called "Cumulative School File." This is a little like a report card, but it I not limited to academic achievements. It measures "revolutionary integration," not only of the student but also of his family. This file documents whether or not the child and family participate in mass demonstrations, or whether they belong to a church or religious group. The file accompanies the child for life, and is continually updated. His university options will depend on what that file says. If he does not profess a truly Marxist life, he will be denied many career possibilities.
From his elementary school days on, he will hear that God does not exist, and that religion is "the opium of the masses" If any student speaks about God, His parents will be called to the school, warned that they are "confusing" the child and threatened. The Code for Children, Youth and Family provides for any parent who teaches child ideas contrary to communism. The code is very clear: No Cuban parent has the right to "deform" the ideology of his children, and the state is the true "Father." Article 8 of that same code reads, "Society and the state work for the efficient protection of youth against all influences contrary to their Communist formation." It is mandatory for all Cuban children over the age of 12 to do time in a Communist work camp in the countryside. Away from all parental supervision for nine months at a time, children there suffer from venereal disease, as well as teenage pregnancy, which inevitably end in forced abortion.
When the reprogramming plan for Elian is complete, we will see him repeating the slogans of the Revolution. He will have lost his liberty, his ability to dream, his youthful innocence, and perhaps even hope, and should he ever do anything that angers the regime, we must hope he will not end like Robertico, cornered in a cell, calling for his mother. This time, she will not be able to save him.
These people are liars of the worst kind. Maybe if they are good little communists, they will get the ultimate treat, which is la jaba, or "the bag", which is an extra monthly ration of rice, soap, and toilet paper.