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    Five Cuban rafters die at sea in attempt to leave country

    Five Cuban rafters die at sea in attempt to leave country
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2011-12/10/c_131298548.htm

    HAVANA, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Five Cubans died at sea during an illegal attempt to leave the island in a home-made raft, while another 18 were rescued by the army and oil workers, the Interior Ministry announced Friday.

    The boat capsized in the turbulent sea, killing four crew members Thursday morning. Another rafter died when he jumped into the sea shortly before the boat arrived at the coast, according to the ministry's report.

    The report said coast guards aided the other shipwreck survivors, 14 men and four women, when their ship landed on the northern Cuban coast. The survivors received quick medical care and were then sent to hospitals in Havana and Matanzas.

    The group of at least 23 rafters left from a place in the northern province of Artemisa in the last days of November, the report said.

    A joint group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces and the Interior Forces are currently undertaking an intense aerial search along the northern coast for possible survivors or bodies.
    Again the backdrop of the Castros tyranny “reforms” greeted by the mainstream media, Cubans continue to risk their lives to escape from workers paradise. Five more victims of the Castro brothers, the cause of this tragedy.

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    Re: Five Cuban rafters die at sea in attempt to leave country

    From 1959 through 2010, some 50,000 Cubans managed to escape from the island, mostly by sea in small boats and makeshift rafts keep afloat by using inner tubes and disregards tires as floating devises. The estimate number of the victims is based in Dr. Armando Lago research, data from the Oceanographic Institute of the University of Miami and the University of Havana, and reports by the U.S. Coast Guard.

    The .U.S. Coast Guard estimates that only one in four “balseros”(rafters) who have attempted to escape has been successful, 25% have been captured and many of them send back, and 50% have died in the attempt. The estimate number of casualties that died at sea attempting to escape is over 100,000.

    Dr. Armando Lago received his master and doctorate in economics from Harvard University. He had a distinguished career as university professor, and a specialist in the field of international transportation. Among other things he was co-author with Maria Werlau of the book "The politics of psychiatry in revolutionary Cuba", 1991. His life’s legacy was to help build the Cuba Archive.

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    Re: Five Cuban rafters die at sea in attempt to leave country

    There are no US embargo boats in the area to pick of some of these escapers and bring them to the US for sanctuary? Oh wait. People aren't noble like that.
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    Re: Five Cuban rafters die at sea in attempt to leave country

    The mainstream media bias continues to talk about how wonderful is life in Cuba, at the same time that these tragedies are happening. Lefties try to paint the Castros’ regime as a wonderful place to live, except that they have opted for living someplace else. If that is the case, why 200,000 thousands Cubans have risked their lives on makeshift rafts to escape from Dr. Castro island paradise?

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    Re: Five Cuban rafters die at sea in attempt to leave country

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandokan View Post
    The mainstream media bias continues to talk about how wonderful is life in Cuba, at the same time that these tragedies are happening. Lefties try to paint the Castros’ regime as a wonderful place to live, except that they have opted for living someplace else. If that is the case, why 200,000 thousands Cubans have risked their lives on makeshift rafts to escape from Dr. Castro island paradise?
    *wink wink* They were not escapists. But dirty, scurvy pirates just waiting for their time to go to the botton of Davy Jones locker.

    Just like all the pirates trying to escape Libya.. Err.. Did I say escape. I meant plunder. At least we have fleets of ships patrolling to deal with those dirty scoundrals. MAN im stupid.
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    Re: Five Cuban rafters die at sea in attempt to leave country

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandokan View Post
    The mainstream media bias continues to talk about how wonderful is life in Cuba, at the same time that these tragedies are happening. Lefties try to paint the Castros’ regime as a wonderful place to live, except that they have opted for living someplace else. If that is the case, why 200,000 thousands Cubans have risked their lives on makeshift rafts to escape from Dr. Castro island paradise?
    i'm a lefty and i don't believe cuba is a wonderful place to live. they do have decent healthcare, however.

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    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Five Cuban rafters die at sea in attempt to leave country

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    i'm a lefty and i don't believe cuba is a wonderful place to live. they do have decent healthcare, however.
    Sure they do. If you don't die in a raft running away from that hellhole as fast as you can.

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    Re: Five Cuban rafters die at sea in attempt to leave country

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandokan View Post
    The mainstream media bias continues to talk about how wonderful is life in Cuba, at the same time that these tragedies are happening. Lefties try to paint the Castros’ regime as a wonderful place to live, except that they have opted for living someplace else. If that is the case, why 200,000 thousands Cubans have risked their lives on makeshift rafts to escape from Dr. Castro island paradise?
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    Re: Five Cuban rafters die at sea in attempt to leave country

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    Where?
    Most recent articles I can find about Cuba talk about how its getting better to lease land and raise cats. Not joking.

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    Re: Five Cuban rafters die at sea in attempt to leave country

    Yah, I don't see any mainstream bias in favor of Cuba at all.

    It's always funny to see conservatives talk about the rafters coming to America as proof that Cuba is a hellhole. Do you guys just literally forget about Mexico entirely? The last time I checked that place was pretty capitalist, and there are a few people trying to get out of there too... like millions of them. Isn't it strange how conservatives will talk about illegal immigration all day, but only care about the economic condition they came from when the immigrants are from Cuba. It the worst kind of selective memory and hypocrisy.

    Add on top of it that the U.S. actively adds to Cuba's economic pain by putting up an embargo that absolutely no honest and informed person believes is about democracy and human rights. The embargo came directly out of a spat between Cuba and the U.S. about Cuba's domestic control of property rights shortly after Castro took power. Castro ended up nationalizing the U.S. companies in Cuba and the U.S. placed the embargo in response. The message: if you won't let our companies exploit and overcharge your people we will do our best to stop them from reaping the benefits. America is only keeping the embargo up because they are afraid of seeing another economic system succeed (its the only thing that explains why the U.S. can be buddy buddy is a much more repressive country like Saudi Arabia).

    That's not to say I'm Castro's biggest fan. He should have delivered on his democratic promises in the same way he did his economic one. The left will never be able to forgive him for that, especially considering how good that could have looked when combined to just how much he helped the poor in his country.

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