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A dream achieved – finally "The Nation" magazine gets Americans into Castro’s slave camps

27 Oct

Join us this winter as we travel to Havana, Cuba, and its surrounding regions for a unique experience specially curated for fellow Nation travelers. Recent historic changes in US policy toward the island nation promise to make this a particularly inspiring and extraordinary time to experience the people, politics, culture, and history of Cuba in a way few ever have before.

 Your journey will include an extensive and stimulating daily program and five nights at one of Havana’s most storied four-star hotels, located just a block from the Malecón, a broad esplanade and seawall that stretches five miles along the Caribbean Sea in Havana. We’ll also travel to the scenic Viñales Valley to spend two nights with a Cuban host family at their casa particulare—their private home—which will offer an opportunity to closely interact with residents of the community. The travel dates are January 15–22.

Tour stop 1:  Site where Raul Castro executed opponent

After out chartered jet lands Friday afternoon at Havana’s historic José Martí International Airport, we will spend our days meeting with prominent Cuban professors, government officials, physicians, community activists, farmers, urban planners, business owners, journalists, and artists. Our evenings will be filled with exclusive concerts by renowned musicians, private showings at artists’ studios, and performances by students of Cuba’s internationally acclaimed dance institutes.

We will tour museums with eminent art historians, wander through the markets of Old Havana, experience the scenic beauty of the Pinar del Río province, and savor traditional Cuban food and spirits at the island’s finest restaurants and organic farms.

Tour stop 2:  Food lines for meatless meals reduce carbon footprint

While traveling under The Nation’s license issued by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control to promote people-to-people contact, you will be accompanied by Cuba expert and Nation contributor Sujatha Fernandes. Dr. Fernandes is professor of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City and author of Cuba Represent!, which examines the forms of cultural struggle that arose in post-Soviet Cuban society. In addition, your hosts will include Charles Bittner, The Nation’s long-serving academic liaison, and Collin Laverty, author of Cuba’s New Resolve: Economic Reform and Its Implications for US Policy. Laverty has visited the island over 100 times, frequently guiding members of the US Congress and their staffs on official fact-finding missions. During the entire week, you will be escorted by a bilingual Cuban tour guide.

The all-inclusive cost of this weeklong tour is $5,550/$5,950 per person (double/single occupancy), and it includes round-trip chartered airfare from Tampa to Havana, five nights at a four-star hotel in Havana, two evenings at a private residence in the Viñales Valley, airport transfers, health and evacuation insurance, Cuban visas, all ground transportation within Cuba, guided tours, seminars, lectures, entrance to Cuba’s preeminent museums and attractions, several private music concerts, dance performances, almost all your meals (including libations), and many other captivating activities and events.


Additional details and the complete itinerary may be found at

Scan and email registration forms to Charles Bittner

Or call 617-833-1435.

Top Libertarian Musings of the Week — from Free Range Libertarians (Mainly Not Paid to Muse or Be Libertarians)

7 May
Julian Hassan ·

Washington, D.C./suburban Virginia

I think the country is pretty close to dictatorship. Now I don’t see it concretely happening just yet, but the spiritual requirements are almost in place…the spiral requirements of decay and servitude. We have a candidate that the public largely perceives as untrustworthy, but she is the most popular frontrunner. Then on the sidelines, there are the socialists cooing. Outside that, radio silence. Ask yourself, what can happen to such a society? What is left on the table? If the present state of affairs continues, will America the Brave preserve itself or descend further?


All the talk about transgender issues, with Bruce Jenner’s announcement in the news, has gotten me thinking. Could it be that wanting to change gender is a reaction to buying into gender stereotypes?

Jenner says he feels “like a woman,” but how does a woman feel? Since he’s not a woman, he couldn’t possibly know, but I am a woman, and I still don’t know. I only know what it feels like to be me. Perhaps he identifies more with other woman than other men. That’s fine, but being a man doesn’t keep him from doing that. Perhaps he prefers women’s clothing. Can’t he be a man who prefers clothing styles that are marketed to women? Women (and men) are defined biologically, but in all other aspects, they are a varied group (even if there are some characteristics that most women have and most men do not, and vice-versa). Some are more feminine than others. Some love shopping and fashion. Others love sports. Most women would fall into the “Feeling” category (as opposed to the “Thinking” category, where most men fall) on the Myers-Briggs personality chart, but about a quarter of women fall into the Thinking category, and about a quarter of men fall into the Feeling category. It seems to me that Jenner’s view bolsters the idea of gender stereotypes and suggests that men who don’t identify with the mainstream “male image” must not really be men.

I have generally identified more with men throughout my life, although I identify strongest with other “Thinking” women. I was a tomboy growing up. I like sports. I hardly ever cry. I like to be comfortable and prefer men’s clothing. (I hate the women’s t-shirts, that look kind of like men’s t-shirts with the comfort removed.) But I’ve never thought that maybe I’m not really a woman. I am me, who happens to be a woman, and I’ve never shied away from being the kind of woman I am, even if some people thought it wasn’t feminine enough.

I think anyone who wants to have transgender surgery should be allowed to do so, but I feel sorry for them if it is only because they have felt so locked into the stereotypes that they think they have to “fix” themselves to fit in.


This is going to offend many people in Liberty…But ‪#‎sorrynotsorry‬
My friend Joe McKinney asked, “What’s one unpopular belief among your social circles that you have?” Most of the responses were about policies and gray areas in our ideology. However here is my response:
[I think matters less what ideas we entertain and more so how we conduct ourselves especially in pursuit of spreading those ideas. Principles matter most. I fear most of us would rather take the easy route and allow the ends to justify the means]

Here’s a few:I do not Stand with Rand, he is a hypocrite. And btw once he started caving into statist policies I deleted anything I ever posted in support of him.
I don’t like the way certain so-called “liberty organizations” exploit interns/volunteers and then toss them aside when they are done (I will not name them, but I will also never work with them)- what value is being created?

I think the Liberty movement is a facade to perpetuate the Neo-Con agenda- we are foolish to think that compromising our founding principles will allow us to further Liberty in the long run. [They are just using us as cogs in the machine.]

I think it is disgraceful how we treat women in the movement- I hate how we [women] stay silent and don’t support each other just “for the good of the movement.”

I don’t believe we should adopt leftist-statist tactics lest we become oppressors ourselves. Fuck Rules for Radicals and other methods of coercing, manipulating and transgressing against our fellow man.
***And finally….let me share with you the single MOST reprehensible thing I ever heard. [It was literally so disgusting, that although I will always be Libertarian it made me reconsider being part of this “Movement”]:
You know how there are people who are passionate and knowledgeable about Liberty, however they lack social graces? I believe we ‘endearingly’ call them “aspies”, “derpatarians”, “asperger kids.” Well I heard that when these wonderful, well intentioned and often highly intelligent people give up their time and resources to volunteer…the way we “deal” with them is to “stick them in the back and make them lick stamps.”

These things are not why I signed up to be a Liberty activist….I came here to stop bullies, not to support them or become one myself. I think we need to stop splitting hairs about pie-in-the-sky ideas and focus more on actually honoring our principles in practice.