With that said, I present you with some facts to keep in mind, so at the very least, you can say you made a conscious and informed decision about whether show your support and not blame something so easily disguised in a fog of ambiguity.

The Castros literally run Venezuela:

• Last year, Venezuela's former ambassador to the United Nations, Diego Arria, told El Nuevo Herald that "Venezuela is an occupied country. The Venezuelan regime is a puppet controlled by the Cubans. It is no longer Cuban tutelage; it is control."

• According to the Wall Street Journal, "Cuba controls all the levers of state security and intelligence that help chavismo keep a lid on dissent." This means that not only are there Cuban military personnel present in substantial quantities in Venezuela but there are Cubans holding high-ranking positions in the Venezuelan government.

• Maduro was educated and groomed for the position he currently holds in Venezuela at Cuba's special school for political leadership, Escuela Ñico López, in the '80s.

• According to the Washington Times, not only do Maduro and other high-ranking officials travel to Cuba when summoned by the Castro brothers but these officials have been caught on tape reporting to Fidel and Raul. They have been recorded talking about how they planned on following through with Fidel Castro's advice to "get rid of these bourgeois elections because [voters] make mistakes [and] here, with elections the way they are, we could be struck down. They could knock the revolution down."

Eliminating the communist regime in Venezuela will weaken the communist government in Cuba and could finally lead to an end of communism on the island:

• Former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela Otto Reich said in an interview that the unrest in Venezuela "absolutely" can spread to Cuba if those vital oil subsidies are interrupted.

• Venezuela provides Cuba with more than half of its energy. Venezuelan oil is Castro's lifeline. Cut the umbilical cord and change is imminent. Communist Cuba is not in a position to survive another energy shortage.

• It behooves us all as Americans — Republican, Democrat, blanco, negro, chino, o tarru — to be a voice advocating freedom and standing against oppression, no matter where it may occur. But as a Cuban-American living in a city with the highest population of Cubans and Venezuelans in the United States, this particular situation hits closer to home. We are not only united as Latinos but our cultural kinship is one well-documented throughout history. A Venezuelan designed our flag and was promptly executed in front of thousands for fighting the Spanish during the Cuban Revolution for independence. Roberto Torres, a legend of Cuban music, is most famous for his rendition of "Caballo Viejo," a Venezuelan folk song that every Cuban knows by heart. Eight of the 15 paternity suits tu Tio Pepe has had in the past ten years have been filed by Venezuelan FIU students con tremendas nalgas and/or pechugas. Our history runs deep.

This intersecting of our cultures continues to this day. We are literally fighting the same fight against the same enemy regime. It's time that we look beyond the distractions and the bullshit and recognize as a community the same thing those Mexican Spurs fans in San Antonio understood as they stood up for my right to yell obscenities at Manu Ginobili. We are brothers.

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..............every other ethnic group uses AMERICA so why not the CUBANS and VENEZUELANs ?

we can't fix the Post Office because we are so busy fixing IRAQ and UKRAINE, and the CONGO and now VENEZUELA, and then next week EGYPT and the MIDDLE EAST, and after all that the US gets shit on anyway

people don't even have enough R E S P E C T to speak english let alone reimburse this country for what they cost US.........the original immigrants came and showed their respect and BUILT AMERICA and the immigranst today come and take as if they were entitled and could care less about respect

the MELTING POT is overflowing


funny how this clown says he hates the world latino being used to refer to so many cultures but then refers to all asians as chinos. ignorant exiled probably has never stepped foot in cuba like the rest of the gusanos


the writer of this article is so bitter like every other gusano exiled from miami. no wonder filth like you and the rest of your exiled family got your asses kicked out. miami is the sewers of latin america. all the crap goes straight there.


Sobrino: looks like you're missing the whole point of the story and can not get your head out of your culo.

One of the points of being in a free nation is that every person has the right to choose what they want to believe in and, as you and I are doing, given their piece of their mind without expecting some type of represalia from el govierno is one of those rights (-please see the little book called "Constitution of..."). I understand that you might feel like te pusieron el dedo en el culo when they burn flags and all of that, but anybody with common sense know that they did not do it towards the Cuban people, but towards the Regime, as Pepe tried to make very clear here, actually, I think that was the whole point of the article!!

So take a chill pill and keep pushing towards whats right. If my flag was the one burning down, I would definetly try to understand the motives behind the scenes and in this case, it does not take much to figure it out.

I always thought that Rubio es un comepinga until I saw his video from c-span talking about this matter. I invite you to see it so that you can get a better idea of what you are talking about.

If you are going to talk about heritage, then I invite you to read some history, get informed and think about how the people from the "old days" felt when they kept changing their flags until what they are today.

Comepinga Rubio video: (yes, even after this video I still think the same of him)



The Cuban flag represents the people both on the island and in exile, not the tyrannical government. At this point you can argue that a similar level of government oppression can be attributed to the symbolism of the Venezuelan flag, as the same thing that happened in Cuba decades ago is slowly happening to our Venezuelan brothers and sisters. 

Throughout Miami, there have been beautiful displays of Venezuelan patriotism with flags on cars, signs, ball caps, and houses that I do not associate in any form to the Chavez/Maduro  take-over of Venezuela (even though they've worn those unfortunate flag themed tracksuits). Flags belong to the people, not to the Castros, not to Maduro. Many years after these dictators are gone these symbols of our heritage will still represent us all; they should not be desecrated.


@Sobrino  I would agree with you if los hijos de puta chavistas hadnt changed their flag. They added an additional star and a crest to the original 7 star venezuelan flag.

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