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Cuban Cyber Rebels Undermine Government Restrictions

All you need to be a modern Cuban rebel is a digital camera, a memory stick, and an underground internet connection. Today, the New York Times highlighted "cyber rebels," Cubans that are rendering state control of the internet ineffective.

In February, university students captured compromising video of the president of the National Assembly. When confronted by fervent students about Cuba's travel ban, the president answered that if everyone who wished to travel could, there would not be enough airspace for the planes. The absurd video spread like wildfire on the digital underground, damaging the party leader's reputation.

The article discusses other manifestations of dissent that are passing from "flash drive to flash drive." Officially, there is only one cyber cafe in Havana, which costs $5 per hour, one-third of the average Cuban monthly salary, but the people are effectively using the black market to get around the government's control.

The cyber rebels say that the underground internet is the only aspect of Cuban life not regulated by the state. Do you think that a swelling movement could eventually lead to more freedoms in Cuba? Or, do you think the government will react harshly, as the Iranians, who plan to shut off the internet completely during legislative elections.


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cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Oh and another little fact for us women. The "regular" female citizens in Cuba get a ration of 10 maxi pads per month.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I certainly hope you post my links, because I feel they are important for people to see what Communism does.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Oh and I would like to point out also that in America, Cubans are predominately Republican. I wonder why that is :ponder: Since it seems that Liberty and Peachy seem to think the "free health care" is so great, Perhaps you would be intersted in reading this blog Or perhaps you should check these pictures out So I suppose here is to the Fidel revolution.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
You know Liberty, very rarely if ever do you pop in and say something like that to anyone on the Conservative perspective.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Thanks for offering you perspective PeachyKeen19!
mrktmstr mrktmstr 9 years
It's too bad that I had to stop by this thread and read Peachy's comment. I couldn't put into words how completely *^&*&** up that is..
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
"Cuba isn't perfect but many of us admire Fidel and the Cuban government for being courageous and standing up to the American bullies." Next time I am in Miami I will remember that.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 9 years
Excuse me, my family is from the caribbean and the doctors in Cuba are truly some of the best, that's not some myth. Many have received there education and/or practice medicine in Canada as well as provide medical services to other neighbors in Latin America. It isn't "smoke and mirrors" as the U.S would like to have people believe. Cuba isn't perfect but many of us admire Fidel and the Cuban government for being courageous and standing up to the American bullies. Viva Cuba, Viva la Revolucion!
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
"One example never represents the whole story." - I tend to believe that my examples represent the whole story. :)
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Yeah, I agree cine_lover. One example never represents the whole story.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Liberty, what is up with killing my buzz? ;) Besides that, on the Michael Moore topic, I don't think he accurately portrayed their health services. He just happen to show the top hospital in the country. Seems a bit biased to me.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
I think Michael Moore's point was to raise the issue that even in a country as desperate as Cuba, individuals still have access to certain medical services.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Hey, I thought Michael Moore said Cuba was the place to be? :ponder:
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
I'm not sure, what would "a better form of socialist" do?
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