What do Cuban’s think of Presidents?

Saturday 1421 – 4 May 2013

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I’m in Cuba… YAY!!!!  IT’s a place I’ve long wanted to visit before it changes too much.

I’ve come here with a group called Traveleyes and if you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know a bit about the organisation because I wrote about my trip to Sorrento with them last year.

For those of you who are new to my blog Traveleyes is a travel company that provides holidays for Visually Impaired and sighted people to travel together. It was started by a man called Amar Latif who is himself visually impaired. The VI’s pay more than the sighted people because the sighted people act as sighted guides during the holiday ; not a carer just a sighted guide.

Today I’m paired up with Dave and we negotiated how we wanted to spend this day in Havana which was a free day from the set itinerary. Yesterday we spent the day on a city tour here in Havana and that gave us some ideas about what we might like to do with this day. Traveleyes is all about co-operation and flexibility between the  sighted guide and the  visually impaired person; negotiating what you want to do with these free days so that you both get to do some of what you want with your day..

So today we visited the Museo de la Revolucion  or Revolution Museum which is just across the road from the hotel where we are staying. It was clearly symbolic putting this museum in the former Presidential palace of the much hated dictator Batista. I don’t have the time or the internet access to write about what a terrible tyrant he was, suffice to say that when he was in power the rich became very rich indeed and the poor, who were largely illiterate then, became very, very much poorer.

The mural you see at the top of the post is placed just inside the main entrance to the museum.. As soon as I saw it I determined that it would feature in this post.

No more words from me, just the pictures.. but do read the words and you will see how hated the American Presidents ( and America’s puppet Batista)  have been here in Cuba..

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Catch up with you next week… though heaven knows when I might have internet access again… which is great !!!

You can find my photography blog Photomania here

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Some Peoples Obsession with “False Flags”

Saturday 1422 – 27th April 2013

Ok hold on everybody as I can feel a bit of a rage coming on.

Be yourself

I met a man last year who became a friend. We share a passion against injustice and for making the world a better place for each and every inhabitant of this extraordinary planet. He lives for most of the time in L.A which is probably enough to addle anyone’s brains.  ( not that I am suggesting his brains are addled you understand!)

The photo above is of a cat I photographed in Mallorca recently and I added the words for him..  he is very much himself; decidedly a one-off.  He inspired me to live more in the moment and rekindled my need to be more of an activist.

So where does the rage come in. Well this week he wrote on his blog about the media and how they are always trying to “sell” you something which I completely agree with, but then he posted a link to a video .

This video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qNsnCVuE2C4  which shows how actors, who are amputees, are used by the US military to train soldiers in mock battles to aid realism.  Horrible! The amputees are bloodied up to make it look as though they have just lost their limbs in battle. The video is labelled  “Amputee actors help make Boston Marathon Bombing Hoax look real! ”

The video is nothing to do with the Boston Marathon bombing. 

The person who posted the video makes a comment below ( well a lot of comments actually )  “This is a video clip havf8 used to help convince me of the lies being told about the Boston Marathon Bombing and the actors who helped make it seem so real.”  and there are lots of other links to video clips of the event with commentary, none of which is at all convincing.

The individual who posted it has posted many similar videos

I am no lover of the American Government and their warmongering ways,  which it’s said requires a war every 10 years to keep it’s arms industry going and yes I think they are highly manipulative but I do not believe every time something like the Boston bombing happens it’s a “False Flag”. ( definition at the end of this piece) In other words that the US Government orchestrated and organised the Boston bombing.

My friend, who I know to be a seeker of truth, seems to be easily taken in by the frankly sometimes ridiculous videos and theories that abound after such an incident . ( I have watched many and read much over the past weeks) This surprises and saddens me very much because the work he does in exposing truth and encouraging others to wake up to what is really happening in the world is important and I believe he discredits that ( certainly in my eyes) by associating himself with people like the man who posted the video above.

If a person wants to believe that everything is a conspiracy by the government then he/she will seek out others who think the same and opinions can always be found that will “fit” as information can be interpreted and misinterpreted at will. Do your own research but you will find opinions and “proof” online that every domestic incident of terrorism, shootings etc has been orchestrated by the government to keep America in fear. I don’t think there is any need to do that as I’m sure Americans are already in enough fear caused by the financial crisis – manipulation enough there by the government? 

Personally I believe there are people who have a grudge against America ( really against the American Government?) ) because of the way it has set itself up as the policeman of the world, that thinks it knows what is best for every country in the world.

Why is it so impossible to believe that individuals might commit crimes like the Boston bombing? or the Sandy Hook school shootings?   It doesn’t seem impossible to me at all.

I say let’s get on with the real business of highlighting poverty, fighting against real injustice and for peace. We must keep our minds open and flexible…

The internet is a wonderful invention but real care needs to be taken in how you sift through the information and misinformation you find there and remember just because it’s on the internet doesn’t mean it’s right or real!

 

we all live in the centre of our own reality ( used)

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Definition of False FlagFalse flag (or black flag) describes covert military or paramilitary operations designed to deceive in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities, groups or nations than those who actually planned and executed them. Operations carried during peace-time by civilian organisations, as well as covert government agencies, may by extension be called false flag operations if they seek to hide the real organisation behind an operation.”

Further posts of mine about war etc

https://hellenjc.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/1000-days-without-trial-americas-shame/

https://hellenjc.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/witnessing-the-internet-exposing-the-very-worst-in-people/ 

https://hellenjc.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/guns-what-are-they-good-for/

https://hellenjc.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/naming-the-dead/

You may or may not see posts from me for the next 2 weeks as I’m going to be away and may not have internet access.. How exciting !!

You can find my photography blog Photomania here and I hope you’ll pop over and take a look if you haven’t already..

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