Barbados Nation newspaper reports Cuban election as if it is free and democratic

Above: Prime Minister Owen Arthur holds hands with a ruthless dictator and friend

by Cliverton

Barbados Nation news organisation today reported the current Cuban election without any context or reference to the dictatorship of the Communist Party, or to the increasing Cuban government sponsored terrorism against dissidents and their families. The Nation did not mention that hundreds if not thousands of opposition activists have been arrested, beaten and imprisoned in the last few years or that the Cuban military controls over 60% of Cuba’s economy and actively backs a group of ‘official’ candidates. The Nation did not mention that Cuba jails more journalists per captia than any country outside of China. (Then again, North Korea doesn’t have any journalists to jail.)

But hey… what’s a few details like truth and accuracy mean to The Nation when ‘first world’ Barbados is still begging Cuba for medical care handouts?

Cuba: One big island plantation

…Make no bones about it: Cuba is an island of slaves. What else does one call a place where the people eat what one man feeds them; work at what one man decides that they work on; march when one man tells them to march; say what one man tells them to say and think only what one man tells them to think. What else do you call a place where the people are kept from progressing as individuals, where the people are kept away from information, where people are isolated from the rest of the world?

Cuba is just one big island plantation.

… Val Prieto

Yes, I know that Cuba was raped in the first half of the 20th century by American corporations. Yes, I know that the American blockade has been a terrible burden for the ordinary Cuban and that the USA has a double standard with other Communist regimes vs Cuba, especially Red China. And that it is all unjust and Cuba’s history is a prime example of the worst in American hegemony and the politics of starvation. I know all about the plight of the ordinary Cuban.

None of that excuses the Cuban Communist thugs. None of that excuses The Nation Newspaper when it ignores the murders, torture and abuse of ordinary Cubans who want true democracy and individual rights and freedoms.

Here’s the news of the Cuban election according to The Nation. You should read it at The Nation here, but we have to reprint the whole thing because The Nation often changes or deletes articles…

Cubans go to the polls

HAVANA Cuba,Oct. 21, CMC – Cubans go to the polls on Sunday in the first of several votes leading up to the expected re-election of President Raúl Castro in February next year.

More than 90 percent of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island’s 8 million voters are expected to choose in Sunday’s poll from the 30,000 candidates for the 168 municipal councils.

Officials said some of the winners will be selected to run later for provincial Legislatures and for the National Assembly of People’s Power most likely in a final round of balloting in February. The Assembly then selects the Councils of State and Ministers, the standing bodies of the Legislature, and their president, the country’s highest office. Castro was elected to those posts in 2008 and is widely expected to be chosen for a second five-year term.

The Cuban President,proposed during a Communist Party gathering in 2011 that all top offices be limited to two five-year terms. But it is not totally clear whether his 2008 term would count, or even whether the proposal was put into effect. Analysts say while official candidates usually win more than 90 percent of the vote, they have noticed an increasing number of blank or null ballots in recent elections.

Dissidents have also reported some small incidents surrounding preparations for Sunday’s balloting.

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25 responses to “Barbados Nation newspaper reports Cuban election as if it is free and democratic

  1. 110

    Yes Cliverton you said it , “why did the USA distance themselves from Cuba”
    They have depressed their own people, no freedom, etc

  2. Green Monkey

    “Barbados Nation newspaper reports Cuban election as if it is free and democratic”

    That’s ok BFP. Local and international media report on US elections as if they are free and democratic as well, even though in recent years they have been crooked as sh!te.

    http://undergrounddocumentaries.com/?s=election+fraud&submit.x=0&submit.y=8

  3. Mirna

    I wonder how the Cuban people is benefiting from the 600.000 oil barrels a day they get from Venezuela plus the millions of dollars Venezuela pays Cuba for all the so call doctors and sports coaches that live in Venezuela. They are the ones working but is The Castros that get paid.Is not the Cubans that are ripping these benefits is The Castros. It’s about time that the world begins to worry and do something about the Cuban people and stop supporting those dictators. Shame!

  4. Canadian Tourist

    Why do I vacation in Barbados when Cuba is cheaper? Because I’m not a leftard and have a conscious.

  5. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926-2012 AND SEE MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS

    Integrity Legislation is great , until you see what it will reveal to the public and the World .The Massive Fraud and the massive amount of money for the Ministers and the Lawyers.
    To open the Books, will have to rewrite Barbados History and remove many from UWI , like Sir Hillary Beckles for his cover up and non speaking of the true owners and the sellers with out right to do so by any law on Earth. look at the amount of Sir s and QC s in this ,,, Put them all in a room and no one leave until they talk the truth with proof.
    Enjoy Barbados but dont buy any thing nor invest with out clear title not good 20 year fraud title made up by lawyers street rules to get your funds that are non refundable .To make new laws to cover fraud is not law nor truth. Enjoy your stay in Barbados , but dont buy NOTHING and dont SIGN nothing.

  6. Jack Bowman

    The Green Monkey intervenes: “That’s ok BFP. Local and international media report on US elections as if they are free and democratic as well, even though in recent years they have been crooked as sh!te.”

    Wrong, and in any case not the point.

    The point: I can stand on a street corner in downtown Washington DC or London or Ottawa or Paris or Madrid and hand out bits of paper to passers-by that say “I think the leaders of this country are idiot sociopaths” and NOTHING will happen to me, except that a few people might laugh.

    You want to try doing that on a street corner in downtown Havana? Your life will immediately become so f€cked up that it will hardly be worth living. And your entire family, of course, will be damned unto the seventh generation. They can check in any time they want, but they can NEVER leave.

  7. Green Monkey

    Re Bowman’s rant…..

    I made no claim in my post as to whether or not it was just as safe to stand on a street corner in Havana and call the dear leader a sociopath as it would be to do the same in London or Ottawa. However, everyone is free to just watch the videos I linked to in my post of Oct 22nd above and decide to what extent the US is in any position to criticise other countries for fraudulent election practices.

    The can also read this:

    Rigged Elections for Romney?
    October 22nd, 2012

    By Michael Collins

    A group of independent researchers caught a pattern of apparent vote flipping during the 2012 Republican primaries that consistently favored Mitt Romney. A form of election fraud, vote flipping occurs when votes are changed from one candidate to another or several others during electronic voting and vote tabulation. (Image: Dean Terry)

    Vote flipping is difficult to detect because the vote totals remain the same for each precinct. In one of several possible scenarios, an instruction is given to a precinct level voting machine or to a county-level central tabulator. The corrupted totals from precincts are sent from county election officials to state elections board and published as final results. (Primary documents for this article: Republican Primary Election 2012 Results: Amazing Statistical Anomalies, August 13, 2012 and 2008/2012 Election Anomalies, Results, Analysis and Concerns, September 2012).

    The group’s analysis is based on raw data from primary sources, local precincts, and state and county election records. The pattern of vote flipping raises serious doubts about the Romney victories in the 2012 Republican primaries in Wisconsin and the Ohio. Apparent vote flipping was demonstrated in the group’s paper for at least nine other 2012 Republican primaries as well.

    The findings showed a consistent pattern of increasing votes and vote percentages for Romney in the precinct vote tally. The pattern emerges when precinct vote tallies are presented by candidate based on the size of a county precinct.

    Wisconsin, for example, is represented in the graph below. Moving from the smallest to largest precincts, you can see Romney’s percent of the vote takes off and those of the others drop after about 7% of the votes are counted. Romney’s percentage of precinct votes goes up (the upward slope of the green line) while those of the three other candidates decline.

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    Why attribute the anomaly to intervention rather than an innocent trend? Consider what happens when there is no opportunity for human intervention through voting machines or central tabulators. Ohio has a variety of computerized voting systems. The results are recorded by computer at the precinct level and transferred to a central tabulator operated by election officials. Similarly, the vast majority of votes in Wisconsin are cast using electronic voting machines and central tabulators. However, eight counties still use paper ballots that are counted at the precinct level. The paper ballot counties have no central tabulators. They show no pattern of vote flipping. (See Figure 3: WI Outagamie County in document 2008/2012 Election Anomalies, Results, Analysis and Concerns, September 2012)

    New Hampshire offers an even better comparison between precincts that use central tabulators (hand counted paper ballot precincts) and those without. Watchthevote2012.org, a citizen voting rights group, deployed volunteers at 27 precincts on election night to witness all aspect vote counting. Additional data was added for the 79 paper ballot-no tabulator precincts (See “NH Primary Vote Count for Jan 10, 2012” at http://www.watchthevote2012DOTcom ).

    The graphs below reveal the Romney pattern of vote flipping in precincts with electronic voting machines and central tabulators. No such pattern shows up in areas with hand-counted paper ballots. (Note, Watchthevote2012.org figures for the precincts differ from the published figures by state election officials.) See the graphs illustrating the difference at this link.

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    Election fraud has been a part of politics in the United States throughout its history. From the disenfranchisements of minorities and immigrants to the wide array of suspected election fraud in the 2004 presidential election (addressed in the first of the videos at my link above), the perpetrators of election fraud lurk in the shadows awaiting the every-four-year, high-yield opportunity to select the next president of the United States. Vigilance, citizen monitoring, and public discussion are the only protections we have left.

    Full article at:
    http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2012/10/22/rigged-elections-for-romney

    .

  8. 158

    Say what you will about Cuba but the fact is that democracy there is on the way up. albeit belatedly. Contrast that status with ours here in Barbados wherein our democratic institutions are under siege and on the way down to a failed state.
    Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court Louis D. Brandeis said “…government teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.“
    History has clearly evidenced that no country becomes a ‘failed State’ overnight, it creeps up in degrees. Social norms have to be discarded, the population has to be dehumanized and authority and rule of law challenged and vanquished.
    Cuba on the way up and we here??? Where do you think we are going?

  9. I’ll have to wait till morning. Barbados is slipping, like a glacier about to provoke an avalanche. The government has lost touch with what is primarily imperative. The City Needs Night life, reads the October 19th front page of the Advocate. No! It does not! It needs people to plant and work the fields, like they have never worked before.

  10. Rastaman

    @CLB: Are you and your children willing to plant and work these fields and hills?

  11. 158

    Rastaman I am willing to pay you and your children and for that matter anyone and their children to work my fields and plant. So what’s your point? Because I offer jobs it necessarily means that in order to do that me and my children have to work at the offered jobs too? Steupse. Grow up.

  12. runner

    The Nation reports on Cuban elections and BFP waxes about the good life in Iran under the Shah. Oh well , ignorance is always bliss

  13. Green Monkey

    One of the most glaring problem with American elections right now is the lack of transparency in the the electronic voting machines which by far count most of the votes.

    They are open to all sorts of fraud being perpetrated without sufficient means to audit their results and provide recounts. The software is proprietary and the source code is not allowed to be viewed by election officials or those government officials certifying the machines.

    The machines have proven to be easy to hack into in order to change results. At least one credible computer programmer is on record as testifying that he was asked by his boss to write some voting machine code to flip votes between candidates when a sequence of hidden buttons was pressed. He thought it was just an exercise to demonstrate the inherent weaknesses of voting machines and to alert officials to the ease with which the machines’ results could be manipulated. He testified that his boss informed him after he turned in his work that his code was to be used in actual voting machines to throw the vote in a particular election to the Republican candidate.

    There is no physical record such as the traditiional voters ballots that exists to do a recount fraud or machine error is suspected (and there is plenty of evidence of both). There is only the initial total provided by the machines or the tabulators (computers that total up the votes from the memory cards removed from the individual voting machines after polls close)on election day.

    There is strong evidence that voting machine manipulation along with other underhanded techniques were used to steal the 2004 vote for George Bush. It’s all explained in more detail in the video I link to below. If you are a US citizen I would advise you to watch this video from beginning to end. If you are a Democrat be especially aware that a company associated with Romney has been buying interests in a voting machine company that will be counting the vote in Ohio (one of the critical states in a Presidential race where the candidates are close to even in the polls). Google: “Romney voting machine ohio votes” for more info.

    Watch this video;.
    http://undergrounddocumentaries.com/uncounted-the-new-math-of-american-elections-full-version/

    See also the other videos at the link from my post of Oct 22nd above.

  14. Jack Bowman

    Jesus Harold Christ on a Bike …

    Green Monkey refers to “Bowman’s rant.” Was it really a “rant”, Mr. Monkey? Or was it simply an irrefutable observation? Do you think that every single counter-argument is a “rant”?

    The answer to this question is: yes, you do. And don’t post rubbish from YouTube, dolt. Just write your f€cking case so we can see whether you’re an idiot or not. WRITE it.

    Every single country on the planet has logistical problems with elections. Every. Single. One.

    The difference … it’s good that they built the Berlin Wall, so we could stop untold millions of Western Europeans flooding into Eastern Europe to enjoy the benefits of the workers’ paradise. Every day I read in the newspapers that 75 Americans died in the Caribbean Sea in their fruitless and fatal quest to get to the Cuban paradise. And the Arizona desert is littered with the corpses of Americans who were only trying to get to Mexico.

    You’re well named, Mr. Monkey. Your watch stopped when? In about 1967? Grow the f€ck up.

  15. Lost it?

    Oh Dear Jack!
    The word fuck and a very unnecessary personal attack on GM?
    I think we got both your messages without the histrionics.
    You tube and other references could be helpful, so keep them coming GM

  16. Green Monkey

    Every single country on the planet has logistical problems with elections. Every. Single. One.

    Nice try Bowmam, but when poor, hispanic and black precincts (i.e, the voters are much more likely to vote democratic) have a highly disproportionate share of “logisitcal” problems and overall all the “anomalies” as in 2004 seemed to favour the Republican side that excuse looks pretty damn weak.

    I bet you are one of the naive and gullible Americans (or perhaps American sympathizer) that accepted the reassurances from the US state propaganda outlets, i.e. the corporate mainstream media, that in 2004 when the election exit polls didn’t match the actual vote given by the unauditable and unverifiable voting machines that for the first time in history, the exit polls were wrong and must have used some flawed methodology. Never mind that if this happened in some 3rd world country with a government considered unfriendly to US interests, US politicians would have been braying like jackasses from the rooftops of Washington that it was clear evidence of election fraud by a corrupt and anti-democratic regime.

    To readers other than Jack Bowman; watch the video from my post earlier today and the other videos I linked to in my October 22 post and make up your own mind who makes more sense me or Bowman. Bajans might be especially interested in the black accountant from Georgia, Athan Gibbs, who designed an electronic voting system that was unique among US electronic voting machines in that it created a paper record of each vote which was to be verified as accurate by the voter and deposited in a ballot box to be kept in a case a recount was necessary (impossible with the machines that still don’t create a paper record). He seemed to be making some headway with his plans to inform various state election authorities of the advantages of using his auditable and verifiable electronic voting machines and gaining some interest in his equipment until he met an untimely death in a traffic accident in March 2004. His story is mentioned in the video I linked to in my earlier post today. Or you can read about him here: http://www.verifiedvotingfoundation.org/article.php?id=1626

    Finally @Jack Bowman

    You clearly have me confused with someone who gives a sh1t what you think of me. I write what I write and link to what I want to link to. That’s the beauty of the internet I can share other peoples research and insights without having to spend multiple hours putting together a treatise that meets your internet posting standards. I’ve told you before if you don’t like what I post, save yourself from a potential stroke or burst blood vessel and ignore it – or alternatively feel free to tell the world why you think is meaningless drivel.

    ,

  17. Jack Bowman

    The always witty monkey concludes: “You [Jack Bowman] clearly have me confused with someone who gives a sh1t what you think of me. I write what I write and link to what I want to link to.”

    I don’t have you confused with anyone, Mr. Monkey. I know for certain that you’re the kind of cretin who can only make a point by cutting-and-pasting the opinions of others, who are usually morons.

    Do yourself a favo[u]r, Monkey: try to write 800 words of cogent prose that doesn’t include a YouTube link to an idiot. Just try it as a mental experiment. Argue your case, dolt, in writing. Clarity of writing is always a reliable index of clarity of thought. Give it a go. Let’s see how good you are at it.

  18. 158

    Jack, jack, Jaaaaccckkkkk….you are disturbing the natives with irrefutable home truths….please…flog them once in a while as necessary, but not repeatedly. They will become resentful and the lessons will be lost. PS…there is a Government paid bounty of $20.00 for every monkey tail presented at the Ministry of Agriculture.

  19. Green Monkey

    BFP readers think of how Bajans would react if they were to learn that in this upcoming election, shortly to be announced by PM Stewart, they would no longer be using paper ballots, but they’d be voting on touch screen machines that were supplied by a few businesses belonging to prominent BLP supporters in the business community who were on record as having made financial contributions to the BLP and voicing their confidence that the BLP would win the election. Furthermore imagine if you heard that among various companies that were owned by OSA, was a company that also had taken an ownership interests in one of these voting machine suppliers.

    The machines could easily have been designed to produce a paper printout for each voter to verify his/her vote was correct and which could then be placed in a ballot box to be kept on hand as a means of auditing the results presented electronically should they appear questionable or statistically anomalous. The ability to have a paper audit trail is considered a necessity for electronic machines used in financial and banking transactions where money is involved. However, in the case of our example scenario, our BLP connected voting machine suppliers assure us that in the matter of counting votes in a supposed democracy its not that important, so this option would not be provided on our voting machines as it was just an unnecessary frill.

    That means recounts are an impossibility. There is no option but to accept that the totals presented by the machine at the close of the poll is accurate no matter how statistically anomalous or downright impossible the machine’s total might appear to be. E.g in one case among several given in the documentary “The New Math of US Politics” (linked above) in one US voting precinct with only a few hundred people registered to vote in that community one voting machine recorded several thousand votes for George Bush in the 2004 election. In other cases in precincts which would tend to vote for the Democratic candidate, the machines recorded statistically anomalous and significant numbers of “undervotes” where the voters chose to vote on relatively minor issues on the ballot that day but suspiciously left blank the choice for president.

    Because there is no possibility of double checking the results by a recount, the only option is to go with what the voting machine presents, no matter how wacky it seems, and no matter if it turns out that the voting anomalies always seem to favour the candidate who is pals or a business partner with the voting machine companies’ owners.

    Bear in mind also that various IT security specialists and computer studies professors in academia had been able to get hold of some of these machines, examine them and run tests on them, and publicly expressed concerns that they were vulnerable to hacking and to having unauthorized software changes made which could be used to manipulate the vote totals.

    Now how well do you think Bajans in general, other than maybe the BLP die hards, would accept that as a proper way to run and election in a country that calls itself a democracy.

    How to hack a voting machine. Video from Princeton University.

  20. Green Monkey

    BFP, could you please release the my post from a few minutes ago which has again gone to moderation.

    Thanks

  21. BFP

    Thankyou GM. I’ll post that as an article in the morning when I get home from night shift.

    M.

  22. BFP

    GM: I can’t find any recent comment by you in the spam bucket or being held for moderation. Please refresh your browser and tell me if it is there now. I hope it is. Your comments are very good and detailed so you really should do them off line in Word or something so you won’t lose them when the net misbehaves. They are too good to lose!

    Marcus

  23. Green Monkey

    Hi BFP,
    It’s the one with the Youtube video about how to hack a voting machine that I was referring to. I see that it is showing up now “without the held for moderation” label I thought I had seen on it before,

  24. Green Monkey

    Exit polls. They work fine everywhere else, but in 2004, they no longer worked in the USA without some extra “adjustments” for some strange reason.

    Was the 2004 Election Stolen?
    By Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
    Rolling Stone

    Thursday 01 June 2006

    SNIP

    Over the past decades, exit polling has evolved into an exact science. Indeed, among pollsters and statisticians, such surveys are thought to be the most reliable. Unlike pre-election polls, in which voters are asked to predict their own behavior at some point in the future, exit polls ask voters leaving the voting booth to report an action they just executed. The results are exquisitely accurate: Exit polls in Germany, for example, have never missed the mark by more than three-tenths of one percent. [17] “Exit polls are almost never wrong,” Dick Morris, a political consultant who has worked for both Republicans and Democrats, noted after the 2004 vote. Such surveys are “so reliable,” he added, “that they are used as guides to the relative honesty of elections in Third World countries.” [18] In 2003, vote tampering revealed by exit polling in the Republic of Georgia forced Eduard Shevardnadze to step down. [19] And in November 2004, exit polling in the Ukraine – paid for by the Bush administration – exposed election fraud that denied Viktor Yushchenko the presidency. [20]

    But that same month, when exit polls revealed disturbing disparities in the U.S. election, the six media organizations that had commissioned the survey treated its very existence as an embarrassment. Instead of treating the discrepancies as a story meriting investigation, the networks scrubbed the offending results from their Web sites and substituted them with “corrected” numbers that had been weighted, retroactively, to match the official vote count. Rather than finding fault with the election results, the mainstream media preferred to dismiss the polls as flawed. [21]

    “The people who ran the exit polling, and all those of us who were their clients, recognized that it was deeply flawed,” says Tom Brokaw, who served as anchor for NBC News during the 2004 election. “They were really screwed up – the old models just don’t work anymore. I would not go on the air with them again.”

    In fact, the exit poll created for the 2004 election was designed to be the most reliable voter survey in history……

    Full article at;
    http://archive.truthout.org/article/robert-f-kennedy-jr-was-2004-election-stolen

  25. yatiniteasy

    Cuba`s elections are as honest as Venezuela`s was when Chavez went from defeat at 6 pm on Oct 7th to glorious victory a few hors later, with a margin of plus 10 %.The world believes this was a fair an honest election…how could it be when the CNE is controlled by Chavez, the voting machines and systems were purchased by Chavez and run by his people.
    Makes you want to vomit.