Thursday, August 10, 2006

Cuba Denounces US Pirate Airways

Havana, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has exposed the US pirate satellite signals broadcasting to the Island in violation of national and international law, which call for the overthrow of the Cuban Revolution and annexation of the Island.

Most of the broadcasts are plagued with destabilizing, interfering, subversive content and increasing calls to engage in terrorist activities, warns an editorial Wednesday in Granma daily.

The newspaper says the drive is in line with the annexation plans of US President George W. Bush.

Granma also lists, as part of this anti-Cuba drive, the distribution of computers, shortwave radios, satellite dishes, decoders, fax machines and photocopiers to US mercenaries on the Island.

The US has enormously increased funds allocated for these plans and for radio and TV stations, disrespectfully named for Cuban National Hero Jose Marti.

Such US behavior violates the Cuban Constitution and the agreed upon regulations of the International Telecommunications Union.

ITU by-laws state that the signatories are to use fair telecommunications to facilitate peaceful relations, and promote international cooperation between peoples as well as socio-economic development.

The editorial condemns the US Administration s double standard: severely sanctioning pirate satellite TV signals in its territory while encouraging them in Cuba by illegally supplying appropriate technology.

Illegal use of service also involves smuggling satellite and card receptors into Cuba via tourists or Cuban residents overseas, violating local customs regulations.

Broadcasts involve large volumes of commercials with misleading pictures of capitalism, along with anti-Cuba messages, and extending to pornographic material with children and teenagers.

Granma termed it worrying that a large number of people in the world "consume" such satellite TV and cable broadcasts through pirating access to such services, which is severely condemned in all nations.

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