A news item in Wednesday's Granma said that Nguyen Duong Thai, deputy
director of the Vietnamese Customs Department, had donated to the Cuban
Customs Administration 50 computers and 11 printers "to potentiate the
computerized development of Cuban Customs, for the purpose of
safeguarding the integrity and security of our borders."
(logo) In recognition of the gift, Gen. Pedro Ramón Pupo Pérez, the
Cuban Customs chief, gave his Vietnamese counterpart a diploma.
Let's see if the donated equipment will detect the future introduction
into Cuba of "cellphones, laptop computers and other communications
equipment" similar to the ones that, according to the New York Times and
other Washington sources, were being distributed to unidentified Cubans
by an also unidentified American tourist, before his arrest on Dec. 5.
The man was later described as "a subcontractor" thrice or four-times
removed from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),
whose avowed goal is "to hasten the peaceful transition to democracy in
How he managed to slip all that electronic equipment past Customs at the
Havana airport is, as the song lyrics go, "a puzzlement."
As of early Wednesday, Dec. 16, no new developments on the matter had
been reported from either Washington or Havana. To keep up with the
news, read The Miami Herald. To catch up on Cuban Customs regulations,
–Renato Pérez Pizarro.
December 16, 2009
Cuban Colada (17 December 2009)