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Fulgencio Batista president, and dictator who twice ruled Cuba (1933 – 44, 1952 – 59) suspended the 1940 constitution and Congress, canceled the elections, and dissolved all political parties. It was a corrupt and brutal dictatorship that set the stage for his overthrow by Fidel Castro on Jan. 1, 1959.
Tourists at Beaches in Varadero, enjoying the paradise that Castro has built for them
Cuban rafters trying to leave the MESS that Castro has created for them
THOUSANDS FLED THEIR HOMELAND FOR THE US, OFTEN ON DANGEROUS MAKESHIFT RAFTS.
Elian Gonzalez Elian leaving the hospital after being rescued on Thanksgiving day 1999 Elian and his mom, Elizabeth Broton, before their ill fated boat trip to Florida
Elian with major league pitcher Orlando 'El Duque' Hernandez. Wouldn't that be another nice memory from his Miami days? Elian in Miami playing with other children Police sent by Janet Reno, pointing an automatic weapon at Elian to make him go back to Cuba
Elian has now become the dictator's pet. He shows him to his foreign friends as if Elian was a trophy
He is forced to salute and forced to read speeches written by Castro himself April 5, 2010 - Ten years after
The block's rationed-food stores ("No potatoes today," a smiling young woman said. "Maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day"). Everyone had a little ration book, listing how many grams of what each person could buy. It allowed one roll of bread per person per day. "You get chicken maybe four times a year," a man said, "but certainly twice.
While Tourist Children playing…. Cuban children are been taught how to use a rifle to defend the country
Cuban children and their parents, sleeping outside their homes trying to escape from the heat, because there is no electricity to power fans or air conditioners. Castro blames the lack of oil for the continued interruptions in the electric power systems. But how can that be possible when his puppet, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, sends more than 90,000 barrels of oil daily at incredibly low prices? The answer is that Castro resells most of the oil that he receives from Chavez, instead of using it to benefit the Cuban people.
www.therealcuba.com/FreeEducation.htm - Pictures of Pioneers
The Cuban Capitol is just like the U.S. Capitol
Cuba announced on Monday, 9/14/10 it would lay off "at least" half a million state workers over the next six months, allowing them to start their own businesses or work for private companies. AP on Sept.14 th said Cuba's communist leaders have already determined what workers should do, detailing a plan for them to raise rabbits, paint buildings, make bricks, collect garbage, pilot ferries Below are some pictures of businesses there now
Cuba officially became an atheist nation in 1962. Christmas holiday was celebrated until 1969, it was stopped by Fidel Castro when he decided it was interfering with the sugar harvest. Christmas is being celebrated as a holiday in Cuba again for the past 3 years.