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  9. False friends in Washington

    Friday 24 May 2013

    by John Haylett

    Life is good for Yoani Sanchez and Berta Soler, who are feted throughout their world tours denouncing their native land, but other Cuban dissidents have not fared so well.

    Unemployment and eviction from his home for rent arrears are the rewards enjoyed by Gilberto Martinez, who settled in Spain three years ago.

    Martinez is one of 115 Cubans whose opposition to the socialist system led to their imprisonment and subsequent release following talks between the Havana government and the Catholic church.

    Cuba and Spain agreed that the released prisoners could remain in their homeland or start a new life in Europe.

    Martinez, 115 compatriots and 600 family members opted for Spain, where he, his wife and three children made their new home in Alicante.

    Then prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s government undertook to provide the Cuban immigrants with a home, food, health care, transport, school materials and job training.

    But things changed when Zapatero’s social-democratic government gave way last December to Mariano Rajoy’s right-wing People’s Party and the Cubans learned the harsh reality of capitalist freedom.

    Martinez has been unable to find work – not surprising since Spain has 23 per cent unemployment – and has existed on a monthly allowance of 995 euros (£852) from the Spanish government and the Red Cross.

    Rajoy has axed that allowance along with countless other benefits on which Spanish citizens rely, while over 30,000 tenants have been evicted from their homes.

    “They brought us over under false pretences. We’re on the street. We’ve gone from one place to another. The truth is that the politicians take care only of themselves and fix nothing,” said a bitterly disappointed Martinez.

    “Now we receive no aid of any kind. If I had been told in Cuba what’s happening in Spain, I would have stayed home,” he added.

    “All I ask now is that you send me back to Cuba,” Martinez told the Spanish conservative daily paper El Pais.

    Some supporters of the Cuban revolution may believe that the misfortunes of the Martinez family are self-inflicted and that they deserve their fate.

    Indeed, the blogosphere features references to him as a lemon squeezed by the US and now discarded once he is no longer in Cuba where he can be used for Washington’s political purposes.

    However, this would be a particularly hard-hearted response in light of a catalogue of problems that could bring tears to a glass eye.


  10. From the USA:

    Dear FirstName

    Federal bank regulators have proposed a rule that would place strong restrictions on the eight biggest banks in the country. The new rule requires these banks to maintain a larger buffer to cover any risky bets – which ensures that they don’t gamble with our money. Federal bank regulators are requesting feedback from you, the public, on this proposed rule. Please co-sign our letter to tell them that they’re on the right track – and demand that big banks stop gambling with our money.

    Petition: “Big banks shouldn’t gamble with our money. Twenty percent of America’s net worth was destroyed in the 2008 financial meltdown – that should never happen again. I am co-signing the Grayson-Conyers letter to make sure big banks stop gambling with my money.”


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  15. We kunnen allemaal kleine helden zijn

    “Kleine helden” van de Spaanse auteur Almudena Grandes vertelt het verhaal van zo’n twintig bewoners in een gemengde volkswijk in Madrid: arm en rijk, alleenstaanden en gezinnen, jong en oud, met en zonder hond. Ieder heeft zijn eigen leven, eigen geluksmomenten en eigen sores. De crisis heeft echter vat op iedereen. In “Kleine helden” zien we hoe de crisis in Spanje heeft huisgehouden: werkloosheid, bezuinigingen, sluitingen, faillissementen, huisuitzettingen en uitbuiting om de prijzen laag te houden en klanten te trekken zijn aan de orde van de dag. Lees meer: http://www.doorbraak.eu/we-kunnen-allemaal-kleine-helden/

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