The Cuban government hates my corrupt government, so the question why would any sane individual do this, comes to mind. The last time I was in Cuba the marijuana my friends showed me was horrible and they felt lucky to have it. The situation sucked. I decided then and there that I would bring cultivation information in Spanish along with good seed stock to Cuba. Hopefully by the time mobs of tourists come they will know how to produce fantastic buds for them to buy.
This is one of the most heated times to go to Cuba politically – for quite some time. The American and Cuban governments like to fuck with each other, somebody at the U.S. Special Interest building (there is no recognized embassy in either country) got the bright idea to pick at the festering scab that is Cuba/USA relations, and decided to put a sign-measuring four feet in diameter with the numbers 75 illuminated in lights next to a big snowman and Santa with Feliz Navidad and sleigh and reindeer, etc. in Christmas lights. The 75 signifies the number of political dissidents imprisoned in Cuba last year. The person/persons responsible should be ashamed of themselves, fired or better yet, taken to Afghanistan or Guantanamo Bay and stoned to death by Taliban warriors. Who are they to pass judgment? They are hypocrites and illuminate something that is none of their business, just for the sake of propaganda and to simply fuck with the Cubans out of patriotic ignorance or perhaps, boredom? The CIA have many times that number of human beings in cages in Guantanamo Bay as well as millions of American citizens incarcerated. More prisoners than any other country. The Cuban response to the 75 sign? Two weeks prior to my departure CNN showed part of the response – first they erected an American wall of shame directly across from the American X-mas display on the Malecon. The wall is 10 feet high and 60 feet long with Abu Gharib prison torture photos, with fascistica – made in U.S.A. at one end and a swastika at the other. Shocking and stunning all at the same time, brilliant! Then, in the street they painted a 40 foot chicken that looked like an American eagle, squawking with a blue t-shirt on, with a big letter “B” for Bush. Also they played loud music and speeches out of huge speakers at the Americans for a couple of hours a day. Then, they raised a large Cuban flag and a banner with a picture of Donald Rumsfeld driving a sleigh, dropping bombs, and shouting to his reindeer, “CA-Son los derechos humanos? Bombardear Bien derechos a humanos” which, loosely translated means, “ Oh go on – see the people, bomb straight at the people. Another billboard has a child writing a letter. A U.S. soldier holds his gun to the child’s head. The letter says “Y para el Nuevo quiero no le tiren mas bombas a mi casa y que no torturen mi papa”. Which translated means “For the new year I want that no tyrant drops bombs on my house and that noone tortures my papa”. At the top of the billboard it said, “ happy new year: Abu Gharib * Fallujah * Kirkut * Guantanamo”, with swastikas between the names.