Cuba's offer to U.S. students should ...

Cuba's offer to U.S. students should be a lesson for us all

There are 54 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 10, 2007, titled Cuba's offer to U.S. students should be a lesson for us all. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Someone offers you something for free. The first thing you want to know is what's the catch? That's the first question that came to mind as I listened to U.S. students talk about receiving a free medical ...

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TonyAmerican

Shreveport, LA

#1 May 10, 2007
Tammy, I'm surprised that you are falling for the stupidity of socialism. Castro & his thug regime are using these NAIVE students .This should be stopped!DEATH TO SOCIALISM & CASTRO!
Susie

United States

#2 May 10, 2007
You have no clue, do you?
Curt

AOL

#3 May 10, 2007
Great article Tammy. It is great there are at least some intelligent flolks out there!
pudbert_Savannah GA

United States

#4 May 10, 2007
Ditto the first two posts.
TonyAmerican

Shreveport, LA

#5 May 10, 2007
Well you certainly aren't one of them. You are fools.Castro & his brother are murderers a FACT that can not be disputed.
Freeman

United States

#6 May 10, 2007
I just think you are a victim of the communist propaganda. Just one think, do you know who is paying for those students?..the 10 million of slaves who live in Cuba. They are starved, with no hope for the minimum of rights that a human can have.
Let say you work for 2000 dollars x month, and I pay you 20 dollars,... where the rest go ?, to support the communism and guerrillas.
Finally, even do we pay the medicine and education, you can easily die because most of the professional has been rented(to make money and propaganda), and no medicine is available for Cubans.

Ask also for the 3 poor black that where assesinated in one day without any right for a fair trial...
" I prefered to pay...for my freedom

God bless you

“CUBA Y PUERTO RICO HERMANOS”

Since: Dec 06

Marco Island,Florida

#7 May 10, 2007
Freeman wrote:
I just think you are a victim of the communist propaganda. Just one think, do you know who is paying for those students?..the 10 million of slaves who live in Cuba. They are starved, with no hope for the minimum of rights that a human can have.
Let say you work for 2000 dollars x month, and I pay you 20 dollars,... where the rest go ?, to support the communism and guerrillas.
Finally, even do we pay the medicine and education, you can easily die because most of the professional has been rented(to make money and propaganda), and no medicine is available for Cubans.
Ask also for the 3 poor black that where assesinated in one day without any right for a fair trial...
" I prefered to pay...for my freedom
God bless you
An excellent post.Well said Sir!I also prefer to pay for my freedom!
Ziva

Chatsworth, CA

#8 May 10, 2007
No catch? I suppose from your point of view there’s no catch unless of course it bothers you to be an apologist for a murdering dictator who:

• Enslaves his citizens and denies them all Human Rights, including the right to travel freely around their own country--also known as apartheid.

• Imprisons anyone who challenges the regime. There are about 300 such persons serving long prison terms. Have you heard of Dr. Biscet, a Cuban doctor, a devout Christian and follower of Martin Luther King, Jr. currently serving a 25 year prison sentence for peacefully protesting the lack of Human Rights in Cuba? He also happens to be black as are the majority of political prisoners in Cuba.

• Has been denounced by international Human Rights organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, Genocide Watch.

If allowing yourself to be used by that dictator doesn’t bother you then yes, for you there is no catch, but don’t fool yourself; that medical education comes with a very high price tag for Cubans.

“CUBA Y PUERTO RICO HERMANOS”

Since: Dec 06

Marco Island,Florida

#9 May 10, 2007
Freedom for Dr. Biscet in Cuba,an Afro-Cuban,sentenced to 25 years in Castro's prison...just for requesting human rights for Cuba!
Please help us free Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet unjustly sentenced to 25 years in a communist Cuban jail. Biscet is an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience. Dr. Biscet, is a follower of the Dalai Lama, Thoreau, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. and wants to bring democracy and justice to Cuba. Please help us tell the world about Dr. Biscet! Go to www.biscet.org
Friday, March 23, 2007
Dr. Elias Biscet – Doctor in Cuba - Appeal from The International Society for Human Rights
http://www.ishr.org/index.php...
March 23 2007, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
"Dr. Elias Biscet’s (born 1962)“crime” was among others to document the government’s abortion methods and to publish the book “Rivanol: A method to destroy life” in April 1998. In this book he accuses the health authorities of numerous forced abortions."
Posted by The International Committee to Free Dr. Biscet at 11:12 AM 0 comments
Dr. Biscet featured at Human Rights Exhibition "Fields of Shame"
March 23, 2007 International Society for Human Rights
http://www.ishr.org/index.php...
"Among the most prominent prisoners that are portrayed in the exhibition is the Cuban Doctor Oscar Elias Biscet. The non-violent, committed Christian was sentenced to 25 years of prison for founding a human rights organisation that demands civil rights and the end of Fidel Castro’s 26-year autarchy. Even though he was threatened and tortured in prison, the Christian civil rights activist’s spirit is not broken."
Monday, March 19, 2007
From Human Rights First: Send a letter to Raul Castro, re: Four Years Since Cuba Crackdown: Release Activists Still in Prison - Dr. Biscet included in
From Human Rights First: Send a letter to Raul Castro, re: Four Years Since Cuba Crackdown: Release Activists Still in Prison - Dr. Biscet included in list
http://action.humanrightsfirst.org/campaign/C ...
"It has been four years since 75 peaceful human rights activists and independent journalists were rounded up by Cuban authorities, summarily and unfairly tried, and sentenced to prison terms of up to 28 years."
On Fourth Anniversary of Clampdown, Rights Group Calls for Release of Prisoners - Dr. Biscet included in list
From a communique of March 19, 2007 by Human Rights First.
http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/media/hrd/200 ...
"Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet is a physician and president of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights, which peacefully promotes human rights and the rule of law. In reprisal for his human rights activities, the 41-year-old Dr. Biscet was sentenced to 25 years in prison and has been held in some of the harshest conditions, including in punishment cells and solitary confinement."
Posted by The International Committee to Free Dr. Biscet at 10:58 AM 0 comments
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Family of Prisoner of Conscience, Dr. Oscar E. Biscet Gonzalez, Make An Urgent Appeal For His Life
From Dr. Biscet's website
March, 3, 2007 Elsa Morejón, Licensed Registered Nurse and wife of Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet González, president of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights and prisoner of conscience...more
Posted by The International Committee to Free Dr. Biscet at 2:38 AM 0 comments
Labels: Biscet, Cuba, Elsa Morejon
Fears grow in Cuba for well being of jailed pro-life dissident
From the Indian Catholic
March 3,2007
Fears grow in Cuba for well being of jailed pro-life dissident
HAVANA(CNA): Elsa Morejon, the wife of prominent pro-life activist and political prisoner Oscar Elias Biscet, has issued an urgent appeal for medical treatment for her husband and for his transferal out of the harsh conditions of the prison cell where has been held for refusing to collaborate with the Castro regime and renounce his principles.
Henry Gomez

Troy, MI

#10 May 10, 2007
Ziva said all that needs to be said. This column is a joke. I wonder where Tammy Carter is going to be when the Cuban nightmare finally ends and the truth can no longer be ignored. Probably in the same air-conditioned office she's sitting in now while 11 million people suffer, with here head up her ass.
Mary Amado

Fort Wayne, IN

#11 May 10, 2007
How wonderful it is! I just wonder why are they risking their lives trying to escape? Ah, it is probably just another Hollywood trick and people really think that there are Cubans coming to the USA in rafters.
XoXoXo
Mauro

Orlando, FL

#12 May 10, 2007
If cuba is so good, why are people taking rafts and risking their lives to leave the island?
JMB

Hollywood, FL

#13 May 10, 2007
I was an Student in one of havana Universities, and let me tell you, tell this Americans in Cuba that take a little walk into real cuban streets at night or at any hour and they will taste not the gunshots, but the sttabing, fihgtings, robbings, and maybe with luck they may walk out alive the neighborhood, and if they want ot know better go on an live like the Cubans in Cuban Houses with their food ration-notebook.
Next time you travel, please pay attention and look with your eyes, it seems to me you don't know what you are doing or saying.
Frances

United States

#15 May 10, 2007
How silly you are. It is wonderful you can actually leave your country without restrictions from your government. Cubans can't. You get 3 meals a day. Wonderful! An average Cuban would be lucky if they get one a day.
You are priviledged compared to the average Cuban. Not to mention you are free, they are not.
When was the last time you made a genuine Cuban friend, not the government spies hanging on those foreign catering institutions.
Sound you quite indoctrinated already.
You love Cuba.But tell me, why do you think there are so many, literally dying to take your place here in the U.S.?
Why does Cuba has the 3rd highest suicide rate in the world?(see UN figures) Don't sound like they are very happy.
You are just a pawn in a propaganda war.
Ask regular Cuban people, if they are not too afraid to speak to you "Useful Idiot" what they think of their hospital care? If you can get away from your "minders" please visit a hospital in Cuba. Not the type catering to foreign students, government elites or tourist.
So you love the isolation. There are political prisoners right now in that very soil leaving in terrible conditions and yes, forced isolation.
Your shallowness and stupidity makes me sick!
Gerrardo Sanchez

Fort Collins, CO

#16 May 10, 2007
Tammy,
People in Cuba are in extreme poverty with shortages of food and basic necessities. How do feel about taking something free from them? As a doctor, do you expect to come to the U.S. and make a big salary?
Screw you. You are being used by Castro. Hope you don't get sick.. Most of Cuba's doctors are in Venezuela.
julian

United States

#17 May 10, 2007
Tammy,
You might need a real MD to take your Temperature.Are you for real. If the US Blockade is indeed so devastating and restrictive, how come tourist
like you have great meals, places to shop, and decent hotels,
You want to know facts and see the (true not made up living conditions).Link to www.therealcuba.com .
Take good hard look at the lovely picture, especially the University Of Havana ones.
Maybe these future MD's can bring some aspirings to their new Cuban Neighbors,although I doubt that it will make their agony go away any time soon....
caml

Seffner, FL

#18 May 10, 2007
JMB wrote:
I was an Student in one of havana Universities, and let me tell you, tell this Americans in Cuba that take a little walk into real cuban streets at night or at any hour and they will taste not the gunshots, but the sttabing, fihgtings, robbings, and maybe with luck they may walk out alive the neighborhood, and if they want ot know better go on an live like the Cubans in Cuban Houses with their food ration-notebook.
Next time you travel, please pay attention and look with your eyes, it seems to me you don't know what you are doing or saying.
For heaven's sakes, pay someone to edit your comment!!

“CUBA Y PUERTO RICO HERMANOS”

Since: Dec 06

Marco Island,Florida

#19 May 10, 2007
caml wrote:
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For heaven's sakes, pay someone to edit your comment!!
Perhaps,but she is telling the truth;and that is far more important,don't you believe?
NYDUMAS

New York, NY

#20 May 10, 2007
I am a cuban-merican, raised in the Washington Hts section of Manhattan(I hope you know this place). Two yrs ago I went to my native Cuba in my father's company. We had a very disagreeable experience with the"free health system" of Castro. If you want to see what hospitals really look like in Cuba, go to realcuba.com . My father is a senior citizen and no hospital we have ever been, were in such conditions. Cubans do not have minimun quality healthcare, as for you a foreigner, resented with the American way of life there are top-notched hospitals in the island, Apartheid 90 miles from U.S.coasts. Bravo!

“CUBA Y PUERTO RICO HERMANOS”

Since: Dec 06

Marco Island,Florida

#21 May 10, 2007
NYDUMAS wrote:
I am a cuban-merican, raised in the Washington Hts section of Manhattan(I hope you know this place). Two yrs ago I went to my native Cuba in my father's company. We had a very disagreeable experience with the"free health system" of Castro. If you want to see what hospitals really look like in Cuba, go to realcuba.com . My father is a senior citizen and no hospital we have ever been, were in such conditions. Cubans do not have minimun quality healthcare, as for you a foreigner, resented with the American way of life there are top-notched hospitals in the island, Apartheid 90 miles from U.S.coasts. Bravo!
Well said!I had your same experience,the first time I returned to Cuba!

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