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naaman fletcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 06:58 PM
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Cuban diplomat in Mexico has defected to U.S.: report
MIAMI (Reuters) - A Cuban diplomat who disappeared with her husband from her post at the Cuban embassy in Mexico last month has told relatives they are "safe in the United States," the Miami Herald reported on Saturday.

Yusimil Casanas, 25, who worked in the passport section of Cuba's Mexico City embassy, and her husband Michel Rojas, 32, disappeared on March 17 and the embassy car assigned to them was found parked near the U.S. embassy in the Mexican capital, the Herald said, citing family members.

Working in the passport office is not exactly a "diplomat", but I still wonder why anyone would want to leave such a paradise.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 07:02 PM
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1. Greed and ambition come to mind.
Jumping to a new team can lead to a better contract. Perhaps she was even "groomed" for the change. Perhaps we will hear a lot more about this "brave initiative" in days to come.
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protocol rv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 11:44 PM
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2. That's right.
Statistics show Cubans who leave Cuba are a lot more ambitious than the ones who stay, as a general rule. This is one reason why Cubans in the USA are much more educated and wealthier than other minorities from Latin America - except Venezuelans ;-)
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 12:44 AM
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3. Is that why Miami has such a high crime rate? nt
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 12:47 AM
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4. The early Cuban arrivals WERE wealthy, and they took over Miami
and some of them moved to other large cities in Latin America, Spain, etc.

Of the ones who came, they came knowing that when they got here, they were going to be welcomed into the country, with no immigration service agents chasing them down and putting them in jail, as they do ALL people from other countries who arrive without appropriate papers.

Cubans are instantly accepted here, through provisions of the Cuban Adjustment Act, they are given instant access to work visas, social security, US taxpayer-funded Section 8 Housing available until they make a comfortable enough income, they get food stamps, allowing them adequate food, they get free medical care, even financial assistance for education, etc., etc., etc. The list goes on forever. The Cuban community is per capita OLDER than other Latin American/hispanic immigrants, with fewer children, and their children tend to remain with their parents longer than in other hispanic groups.

They are most surely wealthier. The fact they are more educated is because they simply have had far better opportunities to GET educated than other groups. It's clearly not because they are brighter, God fobid. That would NOT be the case.

These stats have been gathered, analyzed, published.

National Cubans in their own homeland are also more educated than in other countries, due to their world famous educational system which allows people to follow their interests through the university level, or other forms of training. They are acknowledged as the best per capita in Latin America. Surely you knew that.

Our own fascist idiots in Miami and our other hog right-wingers aspire to overthrow the educational system in Cuba and privatize the schools which will put everything back as it was, with the poor being unable to send their children to school all over again, as it was before the revolution.

Congratulations to the world of a-holes for their total disrespect and intentional viciousness toward people who don't want their greedy, brutal style of government.
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protocol rv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 07:50 AM
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5. My analysis shows
The crime rate in Miami isn't unusually high. It's much higher in the black population and other poor classes. I really don't care if National Cubans are more educated than people in other countries. The Cubans who left in exile are smarter, more ambitious and do much better. This is due to a very simple reason - Cuba suffered and suffers from brain drain. The smart Cubans leave because they do have ambitions (other than the smart Cubans who decide to play it safe, become party members and steal like crazy to satisfy their ambitions).

What the Cubans want is very hard to tell - they don't get to vote in free and fair elections. People like you don't have the foggiest idea of what they want. At least I say what they want is hard to tell. So tell me, why do you oppose a national referendum held by Cubans to see if they want to change their constitution and toss that piece of trash they have now into the dustbin of history? :-)
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Mika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 08:11 AM
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6. A person like this has high propaganda value.
Look at how the story is being fabricated already. He's been promoted to a "diplomat" already.

Such a person will be guaranteed a six figure position on the UofM Cuba Transition Project or FIU's Cuba Studies Group or with Frank Calzon's Center for a Free Cuba or any of the myriad of highly paid (w/our tax dollars) "free Cuba" programs the wingnuts are fleecing us with - not to mention the high fee speaking tours to the CANF and to the Brigade 2506, etc etc. Who knows.... maybe Mr Obama will have him in the honored guest section at the next state of the union speech.

It will most definitely be a topic of discussion at the Estefans Cuba B.C. fundraiser for Obama.

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protocol rv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 02:45 PM
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7. he's a super high class diplomat
You need to get used to it. By the time he's finished, he'll be the second foreign deputy minister in charge of passport stamps. But isn't it interesting that communist nations in Eastern Europe had to build walls, mine fields, put in a lot of barbed wire to keep their people from running away, and when the wall collapsed, they all ran and eventually the governments fell one by one like dominoes.
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