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originally posted by: crazyewok
I dont think many thought did think he was a good leader.
Just that most of us thought it was not the USA place or business to interfere.
Se dice que en hasta 600 ocasiones intentaron atentar contra el Comandante. ¿Qué hay de verdad y de leyenda en este aspecto?
-Esa cifra es exagerada. Nunca han cometido un atentado contra Fidel, tan sólo han planificado algún ataque, pero los que realmente tuvieron posibilidades de llegar a producirse no llegan a 100. Yo fuí durante muchos años el encargado de prevenir estos atentados y velar por su seguridad. Precisamente fue aquí, en Galicia, donde viví una de las situaciones más extremas. Fraga llevó a Fidel por lugares muy peligrosos a nivel de seguridad. Los vecinos salían de las casas con comida y querían dársela al líder. Tuve que probar todos los productos para comprobar que no estaban envenenados.
“My family was a revolutionary family,” Sanchez told me during a recent interview. As a young student, he was selected to join Castro’s personal guard. “It was one of the best security detachments in the world,” he told me. No threat to Castro ever “penetrated our [security] ring,” Sanchez said.
originally posted by: suvorov
Fidel protected Cuban children from Western pedophiles. Good job Fidel
March 16, 2013 2:43 PM
How Cuba became the newest hotbed for tourists craving sex with minors
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These stories are the result of a joint investigation by Toronto Star reporters Robert Cribb, Jennifer Quinn and Julian Sher, and El Nuevo Herald reporter Juan O. Tamayo.
The 50-something Canadian steps inside a downtown bar, his left arm wound tightly around the waist of a young prostitute as he flashes a sly grin. A winking bartender welcomes him like an old friend.
“It’s hard not to be inspired by this,” Michael says, looking over his companion for the night. “And that,” he adds, his eyes pointing to one of the other young women in the bar. “This is the promised land.”
Michael, a retiree from Vancouver Island, spends up to six months a year in Havana, where he says he has discovered easy access to young women willing to ignore age differences — in exchange for as little as $30 for the night.
Foreign tourists, especially Canadians and Spaniards, are travelling to Cuba in surprising numbers for sex — and not just with adult prostitutes. They are finding underage girls and boys, a joint investigation by The Toronto Star and El Nuevo Herald has found.
Havana’s conspicuous scenes of street-level prostitution are the outward face of a hidden prostitution trade in minors, some as young as four, some with families complicit in their exploitation, the newspapers found.
Cuba holds unique allure for Western sex tourists. It is closer and cheaper than other sex destinations, such as Thailand. And HIV rates are lower than in other Caribbean sex tourism hotspots, such as the Dominican Republic or Haiti.
While the size of the island’s underage sex market remains a mystery — the communist government denies it is a problem and fosters the image of an island free of the social ills that plague other nations — it clearly goes on.
• A confidential Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) report in 2011 showed Cuba was one of the main destinations in the Americas for Canadian sex predators, along with the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Brazil and Mexico. More than one million Canadian tourists visited Cuba last year.
• Cuba’s government “made no known efforts to reduce the demand for commercial sex,” noted the 2012 version of the U.S. State Department’s annual report on global Trafficking in Persons (TIP).
• The 2003 version noted that some officials of Cuban state enterprises such as restaurants and hotels “turn a blind eye to this (child) exploitation because such activity helps to win hard currency.”
• A dispatch by U.S. diplomats in Havana in 2009 noted that “some Cuban children are reportedly pushed into prostitution by their families, exchanging sex for money, food or gifts,” but gave no overall numbers.
Pimps, cabbies and tourist hotel staffers can procure discreet meetings with underage prostitutes, according to the RCMP report.
“That’s prohibited here in the hotel,” a security chief at a Havana hotel told a journalist posing as a tourist in search of underage girls. But, he added helpfully, they can be found “in houses waiting for the call from pimps.”
Today, prostitution may well be the most profitable job in an island where the average monthly salary officially stands at less than $20 and a bottle of cooking oil costs $3.
But Garcia argues that there’s more to prostitution on the island than poverty — that most Cubans dream of meeting a foreigner who will take them away from the island’s grinding isolation.
“They see that this girl married some Italian and now she’s dressing nice, fixing up her mother’s house – it’s the illusion that you can get ahead if you prostitute yourself … the illusion of leaving the country, the illusion of a visa,” he said.
Garcia said he knows two 12-year-old girls currently working the streets and has heard of 11-year-olds. Havana lawyer Laritza Diversent said she knew of one nine-year-old girl who “was groped lasciviously” for cash.
Age of consent
The State Department’s TIP report has classified Cuba as a “Tier 3” country — the worst of its rankings — when it comes to combating sex trafficking every year since 2003.
originally posted by: ElectricUniverse
a reply to: crazyewok
But opening business with a communist dictatorship only enriches the dictatorship and immoral foreigners who don't care about Cuban suffering and only care for money, and for prostitution, including that of minors.