Posts Tagged ‘Cuba’

“Chan Chan” by Compay Segundo

November 10, 2008

“Chan Chan” is an original song by the late Cuban artist Compay Segundo. It’s the opening track on the soundtrack to Buena Vista Social Club, a fascinating movie that documents the story of several Cuban jazz musicians. Buena Vista Social Club is available on NetFlix and is highly recommended. You’ll love it, and if it doesn’t work out for you, put your hand out like the rest of the country in hopes the government will bail you out of your situation.

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Cuban Taekwondo participant faces lifetime ban after kicking referee in face.

August 25, 2008

CNN/SI

BEIJING (AP) — A Cuban taekwondo athlete and his coach were banned for life after Angel Matos kicked the referee in the face following his bronze-medal match disqualification.

Cuban coach Leudis Gonzalez offered no apology for Matos’ actions during the men’s over-80 kg (176 pounds) match.

Matos was winning 3-2, with 1:02 in the second round, when he fell to the mat after being hit by his opponent, Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov. He was sitting there, awaiting medical attention, when he was disqualified for taking too much injury time. Fighters get one minute, and Matos was disqualified when his time ran out.

Matos angrily questioned the call, pushed a judge, then pushed and kicked referee Chakir Chelbat of Sweden. Matos then spat on the floor and was escorted out.

“He was too strict,” Gonzalez said, referring to the decision to disqualify Matos. Afterward, he charged the match was fixed, accusing the Kazakhs of offering him money.

“This is a strong violation of the spirit of taekwondo and the Olympic Games. The sanctions are the following and are effective immediately: Lifetime ban of the coach and athlete in all championships sanctioned by the (World Taekwondo Federation) and at the same time, all records of this athlete at the Beijing Games will immediately be erased,” said the announcer, reading a WTF release.

In his first match, Matos defeated Italy’s Leonardo Basile, then beat China’s Liu Xiaobo 2-1 in the quarterfinals. But he lost to South Korean Cha Dong-min in the semis to land in the bronze-medal match.

“To me it was obvious he was unable to continue,” Chilmanov said. “His toe on his left foot was broken.

Ohio judge: state must change means of execution as 2 of 3 drugs used can cause pain.

June 14, 2008

Notice the posters behind him. Kind of speaks for itself. Perhaps the judge would prefer execution by firing squad, the favorite of his boy Che Guevera in the background. Bullets are quicker and cheaper than the methods Ohio uses now, plus you can eliminate hindrances like a court system….if you’re following the Che/Castro methods.

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A judge in Ohio says the state’s method of putting prisoners to death is unconstitutional because two of three drugs used in the lethal injection process can cause pain.

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said Tuesday the state’s lethal injection procedure doesn’t provide the quick and painless death required by Ohio law.

Burge said Ohio must stop allowing a combination of drugs and focus instead on a single, anesthetic drug.

The ruling is likely be appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Ohio has executed 26 inmates since it resumed putting prisoners to death in 1999.

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Cuba to abandon salary “equality”

June 12, 2008

Somewhere, a bunch of middle and upper class people who have no concept of the poverty most Cubans live in, are wailing. Cuban officials are apparently catching on to what free-market advocates have known for decades. Marxism has been berry, berry bad. Good for Cuba.

Cuba to abandon salary equality

Cuba is to abolish its system of equal pay for all and allow workers and managers to earn performance bonuses, a senior official has announced.

Vice-Minister for Labour Carlos Mateu said the current system – in place since the communist revolution in 1959 – was no longer “convenient”. He said wage differentiation should improve production and services. President Raul Castro has introduced a series of reforms since succeeding his ailing brother Fidel in February.

Writing in the communist party newspaper Granma Mr Mateu said workers would receive a minimum 5% bonus for meeting targets but with no ceiling on salaries. Managers could earn a 30% bonus if the team working under them increased production, he said.

The minister pointed out that the current wage system sapped employees’ incentives to excel since everyone earned the same regardless of performance.

“It’s harmful to give a worker less than he deserves, it’s also harmful to give him what he doesn’t deserve,” the newspaper article said.

But the impact in terms of purchasing power will be limited, the BBC’s Michael Voss in Havana says.

The average wage in Cuba for everyone – from doctors to farm labourers – is about $20 (£10) a month. Even before the recent sharp rise in oil and food prices Cuba was spending billions of dollars on imports, and that bill is likely to rise sharply, our correspondent says.

So far most of the reforms announced since Raul Castro took over the presidency have involved lifting restrictions such as the bans on mobile phones and computers.

The latest change is a more fundamental challenge to Marxist economic orthodoxy, our correspondent adds.

Cubans “allowed” to buy personal computers

May 7, 2008

Yeah, that socialist paradise is finally allowing citizens to buy computers for personal use, which is actually sort of quick, given how recent the invention of the personal computer was. See, communism just needed a fair chance to show how it could prosper. Castro, his brother, and the rest of those visionaries can’t die soon enough.

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