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Colome Ibarra, Alias Furry, the Enriched General. By Leon Padron Azcuy. Colome Ibarra's Son "Visits" Padron Azcuy. By Frank Correa.
  
15-01-2014

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Colome Ibarra, Alias Furry, the Enriched General
By Leon Padron Azcuy
Translating Cuba - Cubanet
January 14, 2014

HAVANA, Cuba – The Cuban Military’s upper echelons are enriched with multiple businesses right in the faces of Cuban citizens. In the block between B, C, 29 and Zapata streets, Army Corps General Abelardo Colome Ibarra, popularly known as “Furry,” exhibits part of his family patrimony which is booming.

The minister gave his son José Raúl Colome a beautiful two-story house here to use — as do other residents of that area — to rent to foreigners. José Raúl also owns the STAR BIEN restaurant, one of the most patronized by Havana’s elite.

Located at No. 205 29th between B and C, this restaurant was recently renovated to become a jewel of the capital’s culinary establishments, competing in price and quality with the best restaurants in the hotel sector of the capital.

According to some sources who preferred anonymity, the site was acquired behind the scenes, and adding the costs of restoration, equipment, atmosphere, service and decor, the property is valued at no less than 100,000 CUC (about $110k US).

It has an excellent economic management based an admirable job of marketing and promotion, having priority in the plans of Havanatur and Cubatur (two tourism companies run by the Cuban military) over prestigious restaurants and private establishments such as La Guarida and Gringo Viejo, to cite just two examples.

Meanwhile Havana collapses

Every night tourist buses can be observed at STAR BIEN, which is also surrounded by a long line of the luxury cars owned by the diplomatic corps accredited in Havana, or by well-known artists, athletes and other figured who frequently go there to eat the delicious menu items.

Some residents who found employment at this place, when interviewed, avoided commenting for fear of losing their salary which is obviously higher than in State-owned restaurants. However one of watchmen at Colomé’s properties, whose name I omit for his safety even though he no longer works there, dared to tell me, “It’s humiliating to see that most of the businesses of ordinary Cubans closed or never prospered, because of the weight of the limitations they faced, while the military’s businesses bloom like daisies.”

While a significant number of houses collapse like soldiers in a war, General Colomé’s family, always loyal to the dictatorship, owns several luxury properties, in addition to those mentioned. They also own a comfortable apartment in the building on 705 B Street between 29th and Zapata, a gift from José Raúl to his mother, where the children of the elite communists are taught English and which is sometimes used for holiday accommodations.

It’s a travesty that these generals of Communist Cuba have divvied up our land like a piñata, while leaving for the starving people the rotten slogan: Socialism or Death.

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Colome Ibarra’s Son “Visits” a Freelance Journalist
By Frank Correa
Translating Cuba - Cubanet
January 14, 2014

HAVANA, Cuba - On Monday afternoon freelance journalist Leon Padron Azcuy was visited at his home, 860 25th Street, between A and B streets in Vedado, by José Raúl Colome, son of Army Corps General Abelardo Colomé Ibarra, Minister of the Interior, on the occasion of an article published in Cubanet on this family’s properties and its ownership of the Starbien restaurant on 19th Street.

According to what José Raúl Colomé told the journalist, the General is very upset with what is reflected in the article and promised to handle the matter personally .

Colomé’s son protested to Padrón Azcuy because, he said, this information had damaged him, to which the reporter replied, on the contrary, now the audience’s desire to taste the delicious dishes had been increased by the promotion.

Although he suspected State Security would visit him at any moment, given the news, the reporter never thought he would be visited in his home by the protagonist of the article.

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21-12-2014Despite Its Beauty, Cuba Isn't Quite Ready For Tourists. By Scott Simon.
20-12-2014President Obama's 'betrayal' of Cuban democrats. The Washingon Post Editorial.
20-12-2014Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Courting dictators won't lead to democracy.
20-12-2014Here's what Cuba really needs, Mr. Obama. By Rosa Maria Payá. The Washington Post.
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18-12-2014Fidel Died. By Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo. 
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16-12-2014To Fight Ebola, Cuba Is Sending Its Biggest Export - Doctors. By Benny Avni. NW.
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13-12-2014The Counterrevolutionary Activities of the Associated Press. By Reinaldo Escobar. 
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13-12-2014A "Clandestine" Meeting with Ernesto Londoño from The New York Times. By Miriam Celaya.
11-12-2014Cubas Dissidents Have a Bone to Pick with the New York Times. By José R Cardenas.
10-12-2014Cuba: Authoritarianism is Also a Popular Culture. By Yenisel Rodríguez Pérez. HT. 
10-12-2014Venezuela's willing accomplices. By Carlos Alberto Montaner.
09-12-2014The Dark Side of Cuba's Ebola Economy. By James Bloodworth.
09-12-2014What I Said at FIU - seminar on The Power of International Solidarity. By Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo.
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08-12-2014Government Mission – Neutralize the Venezuelan Opposition. By VenEconomy. LAHT.
07-12-2014How Cubans Make Ends Meet: What New York Times Editorials Miss. By Ivan García. 
07-12-2014In Cuba There are Fewer Rural Schools Than in 1958. By Michel Suárez.
07-12-2014Internet in Cuba only for the rich -- or resourceful. By alexandre Grosbois.
06-12-2014Alan Gross, The New York Times And The Spies. By Mario Felix Lleonart. 14ymedio. 
05-12-2014The New York Times writer gets Earful from Cuba dissidents. By Guillermo I Martinez.
03-12-2014How Many More Will Have to Die in Venezuelan Prisons? By VenEconomy. LAHT.
03-12-2014Let him go now! Miami Herald Editorial.
01-12-2014Ernesto Londoño and The New York Times travel program to Cuba and Iran.
01-12-2014"People-to-People" Trips Are Insulting. Capitol Hill Cubans.
30-11-2014Cuba: Access to WiFi or When Ingenuity is Penalized. By Juan Juan Almeida.
30-11-2014Cuban teen in the military returned to a certain Death. By Helen Aguirre Ferré. MH.
29-11-2014Kill, Already, If You Are Going to Kill. By Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo.
28-11-2014An Epidemic of Editorials. By Fernando Damaso.
28-11-2014Cuban Health Care Workers' Motives: Idealism or Necessity? by Jeovany Jimenez Vega.
28-11-2014Silence Enables Violence Against Cuba's Dissidents. By Capitol Hill Cubans.
27-11-2014Situation in Venezuelan Prisons Worsens. By VenEconomy. LAHT.
25-11-2014A Thorn in the Side of the Venezuelan Dictatorship. By VenEconomy. LAHT.
24-11-2014Street vendors are the last card in a clandestine business deck whose purpose is pure survival. by Lilianne Ruiz.
24-11-2014Leaving Cuba: From Dreams to Reality. By Veronica Vega. HT.
24-11-2014The Iran-Cuba-Venezuela Nexus. By Mary Anastasia O'Grady. WSJ.
24-11-2014Where There's Smoke. By Fernando Damaso.
23-11-2014Fees for Americans a sore spot in Cuba travel. By Paul Guzzo.
22-11-2014Is Cuba Shilling for North Korea in the Congo? By Capitol Hill Cubans.
21-11-2014Cuba refuses to tear down its wall. By Maria C. Werlau. MH.
20-11-2014A New Anniversary, 495 years since the founding of Havana. By Fernando Dámaso.





 
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