Yoani is denounced by her Italian translator

Yoani Sánchez’s Italian-language translator for the past six years, Gordiano Lupi, on Friday (May 9) published an article blasting the Cuban blogger for being arrogant, mercenary, and greedy. Its title: “Yoani Sánchez: Her new journal is my freedom.”

Lupi, 54, is a respected translator, having translated into Italian works by José MartÌ, Heberto Padilla, Virgilio Piñera, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Alejandro Torreguitart Ruiz, and many others.

The article, which appeared in the independent website Il Gazetin, is so revealing — coming from a man who knew Sánchez for a long time — that Progreso Weekly has translated it from the Italian and is publishing it here. Our translator’s clarifications appear [in brackets.]

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Yoani Sánchez has terminated her contract with [the Italian daily] La Stampa and has made me a free man who, until yesterday, could not say what I thought, in view of the fact that I translated her. Now that I no longer have any connection [with her] and that the interests of the world’s richest and most rewarded blogger are in the hands of her agent, Erica Berla, I can remove the pebbles from my shoes. They were hurting me.

I made the mistake of believing in Yoani Sánchez’s cause, believing it to be a David-against-Goliath struggle, a struggle that came from the grassroots to strike at the power, an idealistic struggle for the freedom of Cuba. I realized — through bitter disappointments — that Yoani’s opposition was a dead letter, not to say [an opposition] of convenience, as if to make the world believe that in Cuba there is freedom of speech.

I began to wonder if Yoani was not so much an agent of the C.I.A. — as her detractors say — as [an agent] of the Castro family, paid to blow smoke in people’s eyes.

But even if none of this were true, it would be enough for me to realize that I was dealing with a person whose foremost interests are not at all idealistic. A blogger who leads a tranquil life, who nobody in Cuba knows and nobody harasses, who is not threatened, imprisoned or silenced, who has no problem entering or leaving her homeland.

Because of her pretty face, I was the target of insults and threats from Italian supporters of Castro and communists for taking part in a nonexistent struggle, a dream of freedom hoped for by many, but certainly not by her, who thought only about the money that came from awards and contracts.

At this point, I do not know if Yoani Sánchez is an agent of the C.I.A. or the Cuban Revolution. I do not know, and do not care to know. I only know that she is not the person I thought she was. That’s enough for me.

One episode, above all, should have opened my eyes to reality. Over a year ago, I sent my mother-in-law to Yoani’s house to ask for some clarifications about [Yoani’s] trip to Italy. Well, they made her wait on the staircase. They didn’t even invite her into the entrance hallway. Very strange behavior for a Cuban of the people.

I should have believed my mother-in-law when she told me, “Those people are not fighting for the freedom of Cuba. They’re only interested in filling their pockets.” I didn’t believe her, and I was wrong.

I believed in an ideal fight that didn’t exist. In reality, Yoani Sánchez’s intention has always been to become rich and famous. Now she has achieved that. Now that she has distanced herself from me, I have lost the right to re-enter Cuba, while the princess-blogger buzzes like a blowfly between Havana and Miami. The word “butterfly” does not describe her. “Blowfly” is a more fitting term.

Now Yoani S·nchez will open a “farlocco” [phony] newspaper, as we call them here in Italy. Somebody else can translate it from Cuban, I cannot. A phony newspaper like [publisher Walter] Lavitola’s “Avanti,” with all due respect to Lavitola. She and her little friends will start a daily that nobody in Cuba will read, because it will be available only online.

But what does Yoani care? To her, it’s enough that someone finances it, that it is read in Miami and Spain, that the Cuban community continues to be deceived by a nonexistent paladin.

So far, we’ve traveled together, dear Yoani. Now we stop. I continue my journey alone, far from your ambitions. It still involves Cuba, true, which is part of my life, although many Cubans have disappointed me.

I shall try not to think about it, out of respect for my wife, who is a Cuban of the people and has nothing to do with your bourgeois arrogance. And then, as Fidel Castro said, history will decide. Let’s see who it will absolve.

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  • curveball7

    Many have realized she was a self-serving phony from the get go. I’m glad others are now seeing her for who she really is.

  • HumbertoCapiro

    THERE IS TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY! LET Yoani Sanchez RESPOND TO THIS
    LETTER BY Gordiano Lupi! WHAT IS VERY INTERESTING IS THAT THE CASTRO
    FAMILY OLIGARCHY LOVES TO DEFAME AND ATTACK ANYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH
    THEM AND THIS STORY HAPPENS TO COINCIDE AROUND THE DATE WHEN Yoani
    Sanchez IS TO LAUNCH HER NEWSPAPER OUT OF CUBA! COINCIDENCE? YOU
    BE THE JUDGE!

    • sharondika

      But he is NOT part of this ‘oligarchy’…did you even read the complete [2] article[s].

      • me

        that tone is set in the article to make it legitimate, otherwise it would be just another official story. whether she is a “castro’s smoke curtain” or a “CIA agent” (those definitions make me laugh), i couldn’t care less. this letter is too convenient for the government. anyways there is no conclusive anecdote, the story about the author’s mother in law is totally irrelevant.

      • cuca

        The owner of this digital shit storm ARUCA WAS a well known communist with direct conection to the cuban government and who operated the planes that travel to the island from Miami. He even had a radio show that was openly Fidelist…

        This page may actually be designed to receive and collect information about users by cuban intelligence agencies…. BEWARE OF BELIEVING THIS CRAP!!

        • We decided to keep this comment posted. Normally we would have trashed it without approving it. But, it’s an example of the intelligence and the lunacy that inhabit the mind of many when it comes to the Cuba issue. It is sad, we know. Important to note: they hide behind masks; in this case a false email address and no names, of course.
          Alvaro F. Fernandez

      • Vittorio Boffa

        indeed! Lupi has translated her blog for La Stampa, which is a newspaper own by the Agnelli family, that is, by major share-holder of the Fiat-Crysler group.

    • Jesus Miguel Hernandez

      100% agree

      • Le pregunte “te esta dando plata el gobierno Americano?” Absolutamente no – nada. Those were her words. I have excellent hearing and I can hear not only what a person tells me over the phone but where they go silent. That silence is deafening. La tipa me mintio Jesus Miguel. Do me a favor man and tell Humbi (Humberto) because he wants to beat me up because Yoani has a discrepancy problem. Vete y pegale a ella Humbi – no a mi. http://syndicatednews.net/yoani_usaid/ Again, I repeat “I report what people say and do”. I neither put words in their mouths nor do I pick them up and move them where I want them. They’re autonomous.

    • You’re mistaken. She lied to me about her funding sources 2 years ago and I didn’t wait until now to say so. I’ve been saying so all along. Those of you that wanted her to be your Joan of Arc just didn’t want to believe it. Yoani is not for the people of Cuba. She is a shrewd politician that will eat the very source that feeds her as she’s done with Lupi.

      • HumbertoCapiro

        DONT YOU THINK syndicatednews THAT DEFAMING AND SPREADINGLIES ABOUT SOMEONE LIKE YOU ARE DOING WITH YOANI SANCHEZ WITHOUT A REAL NAME AND PHOTO THAT CAN BE VERIFIED IS KIND OF COWARDLY DEAR? WHY SO AFRAID TO POST AS YOURSELF DEAR? DO YOU HAVE A LINK TO YOUR ALLEGATIONS DEAR? PROOF OTHER THAN YOUR “WORD” DEAR?

        MIAMI HERALD: Blogger Yoani Sánchez gets by with a lot of help from her friends -Along Yoani Sánchez’s far-flung route, universities, media groups and others have picked up the tab for her airfare, lodging and such. – by MIMI WHITEFIELD And ANDRES VIGLUCCI

        Some of the stops on Sánchez’s tour have been the result of seat-of the-pants planning undertaken by her grass-roots supporters, who helped her take advantage of longstanding invitations from colleges and universities, human-rights groups, journalism organizations and tech conferences to cobble together a schedule and find funding for plane tickets and hotels.

        Her flight from Havana to Brazil was covered by business supporters of a film festival that planned to screen a documentary in which she appeared. Another film festival took her to Prague. A Mexican university paid for her travel to Mexico City. The IAPA put up Sánchez, volunteer chair for Cuba ofthe group’s Freedom of the Press Committee, at its three-day conference in nearby Puebla, IAPA Director Julio Munoz said.

        Her flight from the Netherlands to Miami? Paid for by her sister Yunia, a pharmacy tech who emigrated from Cuba two years ago, friends and supporters said. Her Miami point person? Her brother-in-law, José Antonio García, who does have some local connections because he works for the Miami-based Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, an independent spinoff of the Cuban American National Foundation, though leaders say neither group funded her visit.

        “There was no grand plan or scheme going on here,’’ said Maria Werlau, a Cuban exile activist in New Jersey who hosted a dinner for Sánchez and a group of her collaborators, most of whom had previously met only on the Internet. “Everything was pretty much put together on the fly.

        “She does not have a staff. She could probably use one,’’ Werlau said, laughing.

        http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/06/3327812/blogger-yoani-sanchez-gets-by.html#storylink=cpyhttp://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/06/3327812/blogger-yoani-sanchez-gets-by.html

        • Humberto and I have communicated and I am certain that he now realizes I am an actual human being and not an avatar. It is a sweet sentiment to want to have an icon to look up to but this one is not Joan of Arc.

          Yoani is a shrewd, sophisticated, well rehearsed politician. I don’t mind if she wants to declare her candidacy and run for the office of President of Cuba.

          My objection is that she fools the public with the little peasant blouses and mid calf cotton skirts and the long hair. It’s an image engineered to provoke emotions that subliminally prompt people ‘to want’ to give her money.

          One look at those outfits and even the poorest woman is going to hand over her last few dollars. Where she is duplicitous and I am disappointed is that she said she clearly and without hesitation told me that she received no governmental funding.

          That was not true. That was a blatant lie. She now gets a lot of funding from private sources because those that want someone ready to run for office, realize that “the jig was up”.

          Unfortunately, they didn’t speak up in time to explain the wiki-leaks statements. Instead, Cuban community leaders have stuck their heads in the ground.

          Everybody has to relax. Remember that the public has a short memory. She’ll come out, be contrite and apologetic, bat her eyelashes, pout her lips the way she’s known to do and we’ll all forgive her.

          Following week? We’ll all be walking behind a Yoani for President of Cuba banner and we’ll all parade down Lincoln Road in South Beach Miami.

      • HumbertoCapiro

        Ruthie DiTucci!! IS IT ETHICAL THAT YOU ARE COMMENTING HERE IF YOU ARE A REAL “JOURNALIST”?? UNDER “SYNDICATEDNEWS”??

  • cuca

    The owner of this digital shit storm is a known communist with direct conection to the cuban government. This page may actually be designed to receive and collect information about users….BEWARE!!

  • cuca
  • cuca

    This page may actually be designed to receive and collect information about users by cuban intelligence agencies…. BEWARE OF BELIEVING THIS CRAP!!

    • HumbertoCapiro

      THAT SOUNDS GREAT! I WOULD FEEL VERY FLATTERED!

      • Humberto, I’m glad that you are flattered by Cuca’s suggestion. Then as I asked you on the phone, I ask here again publicly… Why don’t you come on SyndicatedNews.NET RADIO and make your feelings known. I know Yoani would love some one to stand up for her right now. It would be a very kind gesture indeed.

        By the way, the reason my writing is not entertaining and lacks a “punch line” is because my purpose is to present both sides of the coin and let the reader draw his or her own conclusions. I don’t try to “urge” people into thinking what I think. I leave my thoughts out of it. My humor on the other hand, is sarcastic as all get out but I don’t apologize for that either because in serious matters we often need a little levity because the tension is so intense.

        Most of what we’ve published on SyndicatedNews.NET are complications (for comparison) of flattering material her supporters publsihed versus unflattering material her detractors published. Both sides are offered because “we’re not taking a side”. People truly can think for themselves if given both sides of an issue. http://syndicatednews.net/yoani_usaid

        And now that we’re all aware of what the NSA is capable of in reference to warrantless phone tapping, etc., I know copies exist of our phone calls where she knows I asked those questions and she knows her answers. I held everything she told me in check until now. I didn’t stand by her side but in her defense, I did remain quiet on the subject.

        Very similarly to the Nixon era, this Administration uses people with the frequency of using tissues for a runny nose. Once used, they just want the trash emptied. Don’t ignore that just like Yoani, Alan Gross also worked on ZunZuneo.

        That man turned another year older last week on May 2 and he is sitting in a Cuban prison cell with 11 years left on a 15 year sentence. Yoani on the other hand is posing for pictures seated next to Vice President Joe Biden sipping tea. Again, I offer photos of both of them “sitting”. You be the judge!

        Have you all forgotten that the same Obama Administration that sent Alan Gross to work on ZunZuneo in Cuba is the same Obama Administration she claimed to have nothing to do with?

        That’s why I asked her to deny or confirm – whether or not Michael Parmly was lying to the White House or if she was lying to me. Wikileaks reports show the opposite of what she said to me. Here is the link for your perusal. Both Parmly and Sanchez can’t be telling the truth when they’re saying the exact opposite of one another:

        http://www.cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07HAVANA622&q=parmly%20sanchez%20yoani

        My direct tweets were clear as well… I asked her to “face this, don’t ignore it – either defend or deny it”. She remained quiet.

        Did Obama or Biden come forward to quell this poopstorm? Not yet. Did he have someone give a calming statement on his behalf to get people off her back? Not yet. And sadly, it may never come to pass. I can only hope that these two are truly gentleman and do the right thing by Yoani. Frankly, if she was “set up” as many think… she’s been set up by this Administration not by Castristas.

        You don’t see this Administration releasing that elderly gentleman do you? No.

        By the way, to my friend Humberto and others… I don’t publish anything I haven’t already corroborated or for which I have already obtained copies of the evidence in my articles, in case I’m called to produce it. Hence, my publications arent’ cute, funny or entertaining. They’re factual and sometimes factual material is very hard to swallow.

        Notice there isn’t much entertaining material on my Jahi McMath material either, mostly medical and legal reports for both sides. I had people write insulting notes to me because they swore up and down that she was not taken to the hair dresser’s nursing home. I am looking at the receipt for the medi-vac that flew her. http://syndicatednews.net/mcmath_passed_away/

        There isn’t much entertaining material in my “Child” article about Trayvon Martin either. When I first got the call that miserable rainy night, I jotted ‘CHILD’ on the cover of the case file because he was a child. I never tried to make him into a man. He was a kid and his case file will be forever filed under kid with a cross reference to Trayvon Martin. I am also the only journalist that used his death scene photo exactly as his body was photographed.

        I used that photo because unlike mainstream media that would have you think he was a ‘big bad man’, Trayvon Martin had yet to develop secondary sexual characteristics (a noticable Adam’s Apple, underarm and genital area hair or even a man’s voice).

        On his chin he still had the fuzz typical of a teenaged boy – not a man. That’s why I used that photo. Was I criticized? Hell yes. Did I do it anyway? You betcha. I wanted the public to see what a dead child looked like. I didn’t want them to think of the incident like so many movies that show a shooting then break for commercial. This was real life and that’s how I showed it. These are not for the faint of heart (sign in to flickr.com to see it – it’s free):

        https://www.flickr.com/photos/66466318@N08/sets/72157630143842692/

        I did the same in the Jeffrey Dahmer case, OJ Simpson, Selena Quintanilla, Casey Anthony Case, Michael Dunn and countless others. I don’t try to make the writing entertaining. My job is simpler than that. I merely report both sides. And here are the photos for the Boston Bombing. They’re not the mamby pamby sanitized version the American public was shown while playing ‘God Bless America’ in the background. This is what truly happened the day of the Boston Race bombing. Again, not for the faint of heart:

        https://www.flickr.com/photos/66466318@N08/sets/72157633408471624/

        Oh yes, and those feet by themselves? They belong to a person that was taken to the hospital “without them”. EMT’s thought they were leaving someone’s shoes behind, unfortunately, the person’s feet were still in them. Now that’s real life. And notice that some of the people’s torso’s and faces are facing one direction while what’s left of their mangled legs are facing another. That’s real life.

        So again, please don’t kill the messenger. I’m only bringing material to the table. Once I’m not here, another messenger will come with the same message but the message will not change by attacking me. I’m only ‘the poster’.

        By the way, news media around the world, reported this story days ago and they have nothing to do with whomever is the owner of this “digital sh*t storm”.

        • HumbertoCapiro

          DEAR Ruthie DiTucci ! IT SEEMS TO ME THAT YOU ARE UPSET THAT Yoani Sanchez HAS NOT RETURNED YOUR CALL OR E-MAIL TO COMMENT ABOUT Gordiano Lupi’s OPEN LETTER! NOW YOU ARE ON A CAMPAIGN TO DISCREDIT HER BY POSTING ON COMMENT SECTIONS LINKS AND COMMENTS! IS THIS ETHICAL JOURNALISM?? IT SEEMS THAT JUST LIKE Lupi YOURE USED TO GETTING WHAT YOU WANT AND HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE WITH Yoani! THIS TYPE OF YELLOW JOURNALISM IS NOT TO MY TASTE AND WOULD NOT BE PART OF IT IN ANY WAY! BUT THANKS FOR THE INVITATION TO BE ON YOUR SHOW!

          • Again sweetheart, stop directing your pissy attitude at me. You and I already settled our differences. Stop acting like a bully online. That’s hypocritical. Don’t borrow a page from the Yoani book, please. I NEVER expected her to answer my twitter message at all. I knew from the little interaction I had that there was something amiss. There were too many inconsistencies. I never said a word – Lupi did – go kick his ass! By the way – he’s about 6’4. So take your macho over there. You look like a p*ssy attacking a woman online. Especially when it’s over something your icon did – not something I did. I kept my mouth shut. Another thing, she’s really busy so her memory’s a little off. I take notes and I have a very sharp memory. When what she said to me 2 years ago doesn’t gel with what she told him and others – there was bound to be an unraveling somewhere.

          • HumbertoCapiro

            BULLY?? ANOTHER CAMPAIGN DEAR? TYPICAL CASTRO APOLOGIST! BUT GRACIAS FOR THE INTENT, JUST SHOWS YOU THE TYPE OF “JOURNALIST” YOU ARE DEAR! CIAO!!

          • You’re annoyed because like thousands of other saps, you thought she was St. Yoani. The outfit, the long hair, the sandals. It was all to evoke emotion and get people to give her money. I told you she was working both sides and that she wouldn’t board a flight for less than 10k. I was right – you were wrong.

            Personally I gain or lose nothing with her. What I was surprised with was how cunning she was but then again for a trained spy, that’s the very least we should expect considering how much they probably invested in her. By the way, remember the peasant outfits? She only wore those when she had her hand out. Once she counted her money, she wore her “real” clothing. So much for all of us that invested time or money in her. I only invested some time. I’m fine with it. And now Cuba is open – have you visited yet? It’s gorgeous. Watch out for the beach evening mosquitos though, they’ll kick your ass.

          • Our electronic phone and skype doors are completely open to you. I don’t care what time of the day or night you want to talk – we’re here and we will treat you with the same care and respect that we’re treating you here. Notice that when you slammed me with BS you couldn’t prove, I called you calmly, respectfully and kindly. I didn’t call hysterically trying to prove a point or get you to change your mind. I invited you to come air your grievances and that door remains open whenever you wish to come on. We will absolutely treat you with the same care and respect that we gave her. Our respect for her was absolute and genuine. You would get no less.

            Besides, this is just a hiccup. She’s a well rehearsed politician. She’ll hire a spin agency and she’ll be back in the saddle in no time. She’s got the taste of power – trust me – she’ll never give it up. Watch how she comes out swinging. Watch!

  • Jesus Miguel Hernandez

    Castros brothers always liked to blackmail people, artists, politics, etc, who knows what happened when her mother went to Cuba, the MININT knew she was in Cuba .

    • NOSOYMARIPOSA

      LOOK WHAT IS GOING ON IN NEW YORK METRO COMMERCIALS! YOANI’S PICTURE AND WORDS ARE USED AS PROPAGANDA AGAINST EMBARGO, FAVORING MORE UNILATERAL ACTIONS FROM USA TO HELP CASTRO-TIRANY TO CONTINUE…

  • Alberto Teran

    An attempt by Castro’s agents to discredit her, specially now that she’s coming out with the new news magazine. SHE IS A BRAVE WOMAN AND A HERO TO MOST CUBANS THAT HAVE NO VOICE.

    • Prince Kapone

      I met Mrs. Sanchez when I was doing a study abroad in Cuba through the University of Washington. The first thing I did upon entering her home was to examine her book shelf, which was full of right-wing books, particularly Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand. She showed us her underground magazine, which was full of Christian propaganda. When I asked her if she felt like she was a traitor for conspiring against Cuba with foreign entities opposed to the Revolution, she said she was a patriot. I asked her what kind of patriot works with imperialists who want to subjugate and exploit Cuba for their own benefit and she denied that the Western powers were imperialists. Then she said “It’s not like I’m working for the CIA.. Nobody has ever approached me and told me they were CIA and asked for me to work with them.” At that point I had to out her on blast. I told her that as an intellectual and a political activist she should be better informed on how the CIA operates. They are secret agents and they do not disclose their true identity or that they work for US intelligence. They come posing as an NGO agent most commonly. The CIA and US intelligence set up NGO front organizations that disguise themselves as human rights groups, but are really working to secure US interests. She is an idiot and a fake. What kind of revolutionary follows Milton Friedman ans Ayn Rand?

    • Prince Kapone

      Further, I didn’t one Cuban there who knew who she was or cared about what she was talking about. The only dissidents I met there were afro-cubans who felt that the revolution had started favoring white cubans in the tourist industry.

  • NOSOYMARIPOSA

    I am not surprised. From her first articles I always realize there was smoke in her words!

  • NOSOYMARIPOSA

    PLEASE, LOOK WHAT IS GOING ON IN NEW YORK METRO’S COMMERCIALS! YOANI’S PICTURE IS THERE CALLING ATTENTION FOR MORE TALKINGS WITH ASESSIN CASTRO-TIRANY

    • Humberto, respetuosamente… como sabes que ella no dio permiso que usaran esa foto? Ella te lo dijo? Te pregunto, no para desafiarte. Sinceramente pregunto porque la agencia (cual no tiene caballo en esta carrera) tiene prueba y una firma aprobando el uso de la foto. Otro tema en lo cual ella misma se contradice o posiblemente los que trabajan con ella estan mintiendo?

      Humberto, respectfully… how do you know she did not authorize her image to be used? Did she tell you that? I’m asking, not to be defiant but because the ad agency has no horse in this race. They produced a sign off sheet with a signature for the use of that image. Another example of how she contradicts herself. or possibly those that work with her are lying?

      • HumbertoCapiro

        DEAR Ruthie DiTucci ! IT SEEMS RATHER ODD THAT YOU ARE STILL HIDING UNDER THIS syndicatednews AVATAR! IS THIS ETHICAL TO BE “COMMENTING” AND ATTACKING Yoani Sanchez IN SUCH A MANNER AND HIDING? BELOW IS PROOF THAT SHE DID NOT APPROVE OF HER IMAGE TO BE USED IN THE NYC CAMPAIGN BY THIS GROUP CubaNow. IN ADDITION, SHE HAS BEEN QUOTED (see video link below) THAT SHE IS AGAINST UNILATERAL LIFTING THE CUBAN “EMBARGO” WITHOUT CONDITIONS FOR THE CASTRO CLAN! DOES THIS ANSWER YOUR QUESTION DEAR?

        MIAMI HERALD: Cuba trade embargo and the politics of deception – BY FRANK CALZON
        Sadly, the photo of Yoani Sánchez, copied from the Internet, has been used without her permission on more than one occasion, and some have published collections of her blogs despite her copyright over her work. But to use Yoani Sánchez, without her permission, for a campaign that presents a distorted vision of Cuba’s reality, and which asks President Obama to unilaterally lift sanctions against the Castro dynasty, is not the only worrisome part of the CubaNow initiative.The public face of CubaNow, Ric Herrero, refuses to make public the cost of the publicity campaign, and more troubling, the source of the funds that make it possible.

        http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/14/4114774/cuba-trade-embargo-and-the-politics.html

        VIDEO INTERVIEW: NO QUIERO QUE EL EMBARGO SE LEVANTE SIN CONDICIONES/DONT WANT THE CUBAN EMBARGO LIFTED WITHOU CONDITIONS – Yoani Sanchez – Casa Blanca: Yoani Sánchez da detalles de entrevista con legisladores cubanoamericanos Publicado 20 marzo 2013. La bloguera Yoani Sánchez se reunió hoy con legisladores cubanoamericanos en Washington. Como parte de la visita a la capital estadounidense la laureada periodista visitó también la Casa Blanca. Karen caballero conversó con Yoani durante su visita a la residencia presidencial.

        http://www.martinoticias.com/media/video/20699.html

        • I changed the logo to my face. Is this acceptable or am I wearing the wrong glasses or perhaps my hair is not combed to your satisfaction?

        • Otra cosa querido Humberto… It’s ‘you’ that should wait until everything is sorted and laid out on the table. It’s foolish as a business man to go off on defending what you’re unfamiliar with. When the smoke clears and the dust settles, I promise you that unless she’s got a really good spin doctor to fix this one, you may have to rethink this. Give her a chance to surface and catch her breath. But you Humberto, you have a business that you should protect. Blindly protecting someone without the facts could put you in a position of ridicule. Gordiano Lupi is respected the world over for far more years than people even knew she existed. What you don’t understand because you’ve never lived or worked in Europe (3 years for me in the Baltic), you’re unfamiliar with his clout and reputation. Having Lupi come out like this is like having the Pope come out and say you didn’t wipe your *ss. Stop defending – wait until the facts come out – then decide if you still want to hold your position. You may still want to – but then again, you have a business. You have a reputation to uphold too. Please behave like a business man in this matter and not like a love sick teenager.

          • HumbertoCapiro

            Ruthie DiTucc!! THAT LINK OF WIKILEAK IS PRETTY WEAK IF YOU ASK ME! PUN INTENDED! INTELLIGENT PEOPLE CAN READ ALL ABOUT HER ONLINE AND MAKE UP THEIR OWN MIND! HAVE YOU DONE SUCH “THOROUGH” REPORTING ON THE CASTRO FAMILY OLIGARCHY MAFIA? THEY ARE THE REAL BAD GUYS IN THE CUBA ISSUE! AND THANK YOU FOR DISMISSING MY INTELLECT DEAR! ANOTHER CAMPAIGN?

            AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Cuba urged to revoke repressive laws and release prisoners of conscience- 16 March 2010

            Amnesty International on Wednesday called on the Cuban authorities to revoke laws that restrict freedom of expression, assembly and association and to release all dissidents unfairly detained by the authorities. The organization also urged President Raúl Castro to allow independent monitoring of the human rights situation in Cuba by inviting UN experts to visit the country and by facilitating monitoring by other human rights groups. “Cuban laws impose unacceptable limits on the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly,” said Kerrie Howard, Americas Deputy Director at Amnesty International. “Cuba desperately needs political and legal reform to bring the country in line with basic international human rights standards.

            “The long imprisonment of individuals solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights is not only a tragedy in itself but also constitutes a stumbling block to other reforms, including the beginning of the dialogue needed for the lifting of the US unilateral embargo against Cuba.”

            Several articles of the Cuban Constitution and Criminal Code are so vague that they are currently being interpreted in a way that infringes fundamental freedoms.

            Article 91 of Cuba’s Criminal Code provides for sentences of ten to 20 years or death for anyone “who in the interest of a foreign state, commits an act with the objective of damaging the independence or territorial integrity of the Cuban state”.

            According to article 72 “any person shall be deemed dangerous if he or she has shown a proclivity to commit crimes demonstrated by conduct that is in manifest contradiction with the norms of socialist morality” and article 75.1 states that any police officer can issue a warning for such “dangerousness”. The declaration of a dangerous pre-criminal state can be decided summarily. A warning may also be issued for associating with a “dangerous person”.

            Local non-governmental organizations have great difficulty in reporting on human rights violations due to restrictions on their rights to freedom of expression, association and movement. International independent human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, are not allowed to visit the island.

            http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/cuba-urged-revoke-repressive-laws-and-release-prisoners-conscience-2010-03-17

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  • Two years ago when she was interviewed at SyndicatedNews.NET, lied repeatedly about the source of her funding. Now, 2 years later, when asked directly on Twitter to admit or deny what has appeared in wikileaks, she simply skipped the Tweet. We confronted her again with the wikileaks material that state that she is indeed up to her neck in USAID connections. I asked her to either defend what appeared in wikileaks or deny it. Her silence is the loudest admission I’ve ever heard…

    • HumbertoCapiro

      KEEP THE CAMPAIGN GOING Ruthie DiTucc!! AT LEAST YOU HAD THE COURAGE TO PUT A REAL PICTURE DEAR! THAT BAD OLD USAID IS QUITE THE STORY!

      • Yoa.ni will soon learn that when Obama is through with her and he can’t use her anymore he will throw her under the bus. You no tengo pelos en la lengua. I have never spoken from behind the anonymity of computer screens or avatars. I have always identified myself clearly. And you are right Humbi… Yoani will soon see that she is an absolute pawn. Already all the big shots that were wanting to have their picture taken with her are nowhere to be seen now that $he has to explain her funding!

        When we finally got our question accepted by the White House about yoani’s funding the spokesperson turned in his resignation. what a coincidence…

  • Querido Humberto, ‘Focus boy, focus!’ No te hagas nene. It smells of desperation for you to try to throw shade at anything at all rather than face the ugly reality that Yoani has a few flaws and now people are coming out of the woodwork with the details. Deal with that amigo mio… that’s the real matter at hand not my logo. I just sent you 3 photos of me. La tipa tiene que defenderse o negarlo. She’s chosen to do neither. Lo vienen diciendo hacen años y nadie queria oirlo. Let her run for President of Cuba – I’ll vote for her and I’ll give her well priced publicity! LOL Please Humberto, you’re getting your bloomers in a twist man, relax!

  • yep, sort of new this from the beginning

  • Oh yes – another thing “Humbi” I have never defamed her. I have only printed what came out of “her” mouth or from “her” laptop. I’ve never put words in her mouth or said something that defamed or maligned her in any way. I’ve merely reported on her conduct and compared what she said 2 years ago, what she said last year and what she’s saying now. That’s not defamation my man, that’s mathematics!

  • Humbi, can I go get some lunch? I’m asking because if I step away from here, I think you’ll take advantage and bad mouth me and think I shut up. It will only be because I left the room. it’ll take me 10 minutes to read all these threads when I get back to know whether I have to deal with your snotty remarks or not. Nicole Henry is singing on http://www.live365.com/stations/syndicatednews (I love her – she’s a big Miami hit). Truly enjoy her singing.

    • HumbertoCapiro

      GO AHEAD! MAKE MY DAY DEAR! THOSE WITH THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST Yoani Sanchez ARE PULLING AT STRAWS! MAYBE Gordiano Lupi SHOULD TAKE HER TO COURT SO WE CAN SEE WHAT IS REALLY BEHIND HIS PERRETA! DOUBT IF THE BAD OLD USAID WILL BE GOOOD ENOUGH DEAR! CIAO!

      • kert

        oye, socotroco, LEELO AQUI PARA QUE TE ENTERES:

        YOHANI ES UNA SINVERGUENZA, CODICIOSA Y SIN TALENTO.

        • HumbertoCapiro

          I LOOOOVE BEING CALLED A “SOCOTROCO”!! HOW SWEET OF YOU Kert! DID YOU SEE THIS VIDEO OF Yoani Sanchez IN CHICAGO?? SHE WAS MASTERFUL AS ALWAYS!! I HOPE Ruthie DiTucci GETS TO SEE IT TOO! HERE IS THE LINK!
          YOUTUBE: Yoani Sanchez, 13th Annual Gus Hart Lecture in Spanish

          • kert

            I don’t care what this video says. It’s all theater… and bad theater, at that… SOCOTROCO.

            Sigue gozando la apretadera que te esta dando la Virgen del blog, cogiendote a ti y a todos los comemierdas que le dan credito, para lo que le da la gana.

          • HumbertoCapiro

            AWWW! POBRECITO Kert! SIN NOMBRE DE VERDAD NI FOTO QUE SE PUEDA VERIFICAR! Y ME VAS A DECIR COMO PENSAR, A QUIEN APOYAR Y CONQUIEN ACOSTARME? WHY ARE YOU SO AFRAID TO SHOW WHO YOU REALLY ARE DEAR!

  • Querido Humbi, trust me that they will wind up in court eventually. A shocking public blow like this does not slink away quietly. However, I don’t think any of us want to be on either side of that issue because it will prove heartbreaking. We are all, quite unaware of the details in this case and there is no reason for them to share them with us until the case goes to trial. Will it go to court? You betcha!

  • Humbi, Querido, she’s been invited to speak for herself. She refuses. Don’t take my word for it – sit with a bit of patience and read what Lupi wrote slowly and carefully. It is not insulting – it’s direct. You have to wonder what kind of behavior she must have exhibited to him that made him dare to write that. As the years progressed, he got to see her from a vantage point that few are privileged to witness. You remind me of those mourning women that are hired by Italian families so that the neighborhood can hear their wailing. For someone not benefiting from her money, you sure are annoyed that she’s been knocked off her pedestal. Don’t forget that we put her there.

  • Curveball7, I did not realize what or who she was. She took me hook, line and sinker because I interview people with an open mind, heart and arms. I don’t cross my arms, sport a raised skeptical eyebrow and expect them to open up.

    I truly am open and let the person talk but they often forget what they said a few years ago, then again last year and a few days ago. I don’t forget, not only because I’ve a sharp memory but because I take notes. In fact, I’ve never printed anything she’s said unless it came directly out of her own mouth.

    This year, we downloaded every single YouTube that featured her and compared them year to year. She says one thing to the Cubans in Miami, another thing to the people of Mexico and changed her tune again in Spain.

    For Lupi to be this furious and adamant, there has to be some serious material behind his fury. In my case she only lied to me a few times but I have no horse in the race so I don’t give a damn. Frankly, it entertains me because if she had played her cards right, I would have continued supporting her and writing about her.

    Lupi on the other hand invested 6 years of his life into promoting her and feels very foolish. And worse, she comes in and out of Havana now and Lupi and his wife (who is Cuban) will never be able to return to Cuba again.

    By the way, when I caught her in a lie – I didn’t expose her. I kept my mouth shut. But when a forensic finance auditor began examining the funding she actually admitted to plus the funding she doesn’t admit to; he said flat out… “this is all nonsense… if not illegal but the worse news I have for you is that a lot of these funding organizations are also going to feel taken and they’re going to be reversing their contributions”.

    That’s when I knew there was something terribly wrong because the auditor and I have no horse in this race. I’ve seen him examine other situations and he’s never said anything this harsh.

    Then when I read Lupi’s letter. It actually confirmed what the auditor had told me. By the way, we’re calling all the wonderful folk that marched along with her and sang her praises. They’re all running for cover and letting her twist in the wind.

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