Friday, October 31, 2008

McSame is desperate: starts insulting everybody

John McCain is desperate. I will accept whatever decision the voters make on Tuesday. But can someone answer this question for me: why would the voters choose to continue with more of the same? The effectiveness of fear and smear? American Racism?

The old man is so desperate that he has decided to start insulting people who have nothing to do with the Obama campaign.

Here is the latest from the AP 50 minutes ago:

McCain charged that Obama, bidding to become the first black president, "began his campaign in the liberal left lane of politics and has never left it. He's more liberal than a senator who calls himself a socialist," he added in Hanoverton, Ohio, a reference to Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont.

Senator McCain, Bernie Sanders is the kind of man who you will never be. He is honest and defends the interests of working class Americans. You, Sir, defend the interests of the filthy rich and the big corporations. In other words, sir: YOU ARE A PIECE OF SCUM.

Ibero-American Summit Leaders Urge U.S. to End Cuba Embargo

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Latin American leaders are urging the United States to repeal its 47-year-old trade embargo against Cuba.

The leaders say the "unilateral" embargo is unacceptable and harms the Cuban people.

The leaders made the statement on Friday, the final day of the IberoAmerican Summit in El Salvador.

The move came after the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday asked the U.S. for the 17th year in a row to lift the embargo.

Source: CNN

Petrobras, Cuba to Explore for Oil Close to Florida

Bloomberg

By Joshua Goodman and Jeb Blount

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA and Cuba's state-run petroleum company have signed an agreement to explore for oil off the communist island's coastline about 100 miles from Key West, Florida.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed the agreement with his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, at a ceremony today in Havana. Petrobras, as the Brazilian company is known, and Cuba Petroleo, or Cupet, will explore Block 37, which begins three kilometers (1.9 miles) from the Carribbean resort town of Varadero and is close to Cuban onshore oil fields.

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A president who wanted to spread the wealth

And John McCain does not want to talk about him!

"We grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it is honorably obtained and well used. It is not even enough that it should have been gained without doing damage to the community. We should permit it to be gained only so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community. … The really big fortune, the swollen fortune, by the mere fact of its size, acquires qualities which differentiate it in kind as well as in degree from what is possessed by men of relatively small means. Therefore, I believe in a graduated income tax on big fortunes, and … a graduated inheritance tax on big fortunes, properly safeguarded against evasion, and increasing rapidly in amount with the size of the estate."

Theodore Roosevelt

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JG: I am no big fan of Teddy, because he was the first original Yankee imperialist of the late 19th Century. He and his Rough Riders were most unwelcome in Cuba in 1898. But his beliefs on big swollen fortunes and a graduated income tax were right on target.

Vote NO on Amendment 2

This Tuesday, November 4th, Floridians will have the opportunity to vote on Amendment 2, which would amend the Florida Constitution to define marriage and limit it to partnerships of a man and a woman. Americans United For Separation of Church and State opposes Amendment 2 and urges you to vote NO!

Florida is home to a diverse population with a wide range of religious beliefs, yet passage of Amendment 2 would impose a single religious definition of marriage upon all Floridians via constitutional fiat. We believe that each religious community should decide whether or not to sanctify marriages of same-sex couples based on its own doctrines and teachings. Regardless of where anyone stands on the issue of same-sex marriage, passing Amendment 2 would harm religious liberty in Florida and the right of the beliefs of all faiths to be regarded equally by the government.

Marriage should be decisions should be left to couples, their clergy, and their religious beliefs — not the State of Florida. Floridians must defend religious liberty and reject this amendment! For more information on why you should vote no, please visit http://www.sayno2.com/ or http://www.votenoon2.com/.

When you go to the polls on Tuesday, REMEMBER: NO on Amendment 2!

Raul receives Lula


Photo: Granma

Cuba expects new US president to lift embargo

October 30, 2008

By EDITH M. LEDERER

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Cuba's foreign minister says his government expects the next U.S. president to respond to overwhelming international demand and lift the 47-year-old U.S. trade embargo against Cuba.

After the U.N. General Assembly supported repeal of the economic and commercial embargo by its highest margin ever — 185 to 3 with 2 abstentions — on Wednesday, Felipe Perez Roque said in an interview that the winner of the Nov. 4 election should heed the message.

"We expect that the new president will change the policy toward Cuba after nearly 50 years," he told the Associated Press.

The United States has no diplomatic relations with Cuba, lists the country as a state sponsor of terror and has long sought to isolate it through travel restrictions and a trade embargo. The embargo, imposed in 1962, has been tightened during President Bush's two terms.

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has said he would be willing to meet with Cuban leader Raul Castro without preconditions and would ease restrictions on family related travel and on money Cuban-Americans want to send to their families in Cuba.

Republican nominee John McCain has called the offer to meet "the wrong signal," but also has said he favors easing restrictions on Cuba once the United States is "confident that the transition to a free and open democracy is being made."

Perez Roque said the vote in the 192-member General Assembly was "a clear signal of the feeling of the international community in favor of the normalization of the relations between the United States and Cuba, and in favor of the lifting of the embargo."

Following the U.S. election, he said, "we hope for the full normalization in the relations between Cuba and the United States."

He said Cuba proposed to the Bush administration acting together against drug trafficking, human smuggling and illegal immigration but this proved impossible "because the current government is opposed and its policy towards Cuba is a change of regime."

He said Cuban President Raul Castro has said on several occasions "that we are ready to begin conversation between both parties, of course based on respect, sovereignty and the right of each country to follow its own way."

In his speech to the General Assembly, the 43-year-old Cuban minister said the U.S. embargo is older than "everyone in my generation."

"Seven out of every 10 Cubans have spent their entire lives under this irrational and useless policy which attempts, with no success, to bring our people to their knees," Perez Roque said.

The new president "should decide whether he will admit that the blockade is a failed policy that ... causes greater isolation and discrediting of his country" or whether the United States will continue "to try to defeat the Cuban people through hunger and disease," he said.

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JG: The Cuba embargo, like the acts of torture practiced by the Georg W. Bush's thugs in Guantanamo, are CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. He may escape the hanging noose that he deserves, but he can never escape the condemnation and repudiation of the civilized world.

The demise of a hero with mud feet

Alberto N. Jones
October 30th, 2008

As the world watches how Sen. John McCain presidential campaign sinks to the ocean floor as other majestic ocean liners did before, his masterly construed torture victim myth drags down with it, an important portion of the American supremacist culture mentality, represented by Tarzan, Superman, Rambo etc., who single-handedly have dominated millions of people perceived and depicted as inferior through their Aunt Jemima image.

Desperate and increasingly loosing control over the course of his presidential campaign, Sen. John McCain is proving his willingness to do anything, go anywhere or do whatever it takes to lead him to victory.

In his most recent stump speech in Pennsylvania, he sounded like any PR executive, shamelessly promoting himself as having served his country since he was seventeen and blatantly reminding us of his scars, as if they were a license to enter the path of eternal glory.

The painful reality that he and his adoring war mongering followers seem unable to accept, is that his most serious wounds, scars and disability, are the result of him being shot out the skies over Hanoi, during his 10th or 12th bombing raid, dropping tons of high explosive bombs on an open city with millions of inhabitants who never did him or his country any harm, without ever questioning the cruelty of his actions.

Conversely, what would have happened, if one or more of the nineteen hijackers who cruelly drove their planes into the twin towers had chickened out, parachuted and was captured on a New York or DC street? Would they have been given a chance to talk about their wounds, torture or open a counseling practice anywhere?

In 1965 I was able to see first hand the horrors and cruelty of wars as I visited Dresden, a cultural jewel of Germany with nominal military and transportation value, which was savagely demolished and reduced to rubble on February 13-15, 1945, a mere 12 weeks before the end of WW II, by raids of over 1300 fighters planes, light and heavy bombers, who mercilessly dropped 4000 tons of high explosives and firebombs, setting ablaze 13 square miles of a densely inhabited city, incinerating and suffocating over 50,000 men, women and children.

What could I say to one of my laboratory co-worker, who tearfully described this monstrosity to us, as he remembers his mother leaving their basement in search of food and water, never to be seen again?

With just a few weeks away from the end of the WW II which was heralded on daily allied radio newscasts, how can anyone explain or justify this mass murder, except as an act of premeditated revenge for the heinous crime committed by Germany, when they viciously bombed Coventry in 1940?

Most historians concur, that if the victors of WW II had been others than the allied forces, the commanding officers of the RAF, USAF, Churchill, Roosevelt and other high ranking government officials, would have shared the bench and indicted with such notables as Goering, Ribbentrop etc. all and prosecuted for war crimes at Nuremberg.

Further in that same speech and in a clear attempt to disqualify Sen. Barack Obama as commander-in-chief, Senator John McCain reaffirmed that he is “Tested”, not so his opponent; and as proof of his qualifications, he reminded the world of him sitting in the cockpit of his fighter-bomber airplane during the Cuban Missile Crisis, waiting for orders to take off and empty his bomb well.

But who was it, that Sen. John McCain was willing to bomb into oblivion?

On that fateful November 22, 1962, just in the city of Guantanamo, there ought to be at least, three to five thousands former and actual employees of the now infamous Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba, who had contributed tens of thousands of years of loyal services in administration, service, maintenance or construction for the United States Department of Defense, before, during and after every military conflagration that this country have been involved in.

What threat had my seven month old daughter and her neighbors posed to anyone, that justified Sen. John McCain willingness and proud memories of his readiness to incinerate these individuals as those in Guernica, Coventry or Dresden?

Was it not this sense of impunity that made Hiroshima, Santo Domingo, Cambodia, Panama, Grenada, the Falklands, Iraq or the Bay of Pigs, an integral part of human shameful history?

Sen. John McCain quest to succeed at whatever price, have made him an unreliable, volatile and dishonest partner, willing to shift side anytime, anywhere, as it was seen with his close friend Lieberman, Guilliani or Romney, who he was willing to junk without a blink in favor of Sarah Palin, a poorly read neophyte, world affairs challenged student, six grade level sound bite, ghetto type lexicon and the rabid right winger he needed to appease his ultra-right wing fundamentalists critics.

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JG: U.S. Senator John McCain is not a war hero. He is a mentally unstable WAR MONGER who would engage the United States in a nuclear war. What can one say about a person who has joked about bombing Iran? McCain is an extremely dangerous demagogue who does not deserve to even visit the White House.

0.30 percent GDP contraction is the final nail in McCain's coffin.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Miami anti-Cuba right wing nuts get nuttier

In the streets of Miami's Little Havana, which McCain visited today, there was one word for the kind of change promised by Obama.

"Comunismo," said Michael Garcia, 30, the son of Cuban émigrés who works at his family-owned accounting business.

"The things that Obama say scare me because that's everything that Fidel said. These things are associated in my mind with going down the path to communism."

"Obama is saying 100% the same things that Castro was saying before 1959," said Nerty Piscola who left Cuba as a teenager in 1969.

"If Obama takes power, you are going to see all the people going to the fields to cut sugar cane," said Lazaro de Jesus, a sign painter.

The McCain campaign show their desperation when they appeal to this kind of SCUM.

Source: guardian.co.uk

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McCain Mob Harasses Obama Supporters in Miami

In Miami, John McCain just concluded his "Joe the Plumber" rally at Everglades Lumber.

After the rally, we witnessed a near-street riot involving the exiting McCain crowd and two Cuban-American Obama supporters. Tony Garcia, 63, and Raul Sorando, 31, were suddenly surrounded by an angry mob. There is a moment in a crowd when something goes from mere yelling to a feeling of danger, and that's what we witnessed. As photographers and police raced to the scene, the crowd elevated from stable to fast-moving scrum, and the two men were surrounded on all sides as we raced to the circle.

The event maybe lasted a minute, two at the most, before police competently managed to hustle the two away from the scene and out of the danger zone. Only FiveThirtyEight tracked the two men down for comment, a quarter mile down the street.

"People were screaming 'Terrorist!' 'Communist!' 'Socialist!'" Sorando said when we caught up with him. "I had a guy tell me he was gonna kill me."

Asked what had precipitated the event, "We were just chanting 'Obama!' and holding our signs. That was it. And the crowd suddenly got crazy."

Source: www.fivethirtyeight.com

Neither hunger nor disease…

… will defeat the people of Cuba in their defense of their sovereignty and national independence.

The vote at the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly is now history. Never has a government been condemned or repudiated by a bigger margin in the history of international relations. 185 nations, a new record, supported the Cuban resolution. Only tiny Palau and the Zionist entity supported the U.S.

The U.S. is totally alone and isolated when it comes to trying to enforce their discredited and genocidal blockade. The whole world repudiates the empire.

The hate that the U.S. government spouts every day against tiny Cuba is much greater than the hate expressed by Germany’s Third Reich toward the Jews.

John F. Kennedy started the embargo and gave the final go ahead for the Bay of Pigs fiasco. What dark blots in the life of the martyred president those two things constitute.

One day the U.S. will have decent and honest leaders. Obama has promised to continue the embargo. Not a very good way to start his presidency. I do no support him on continuing the failed policies of ten of his predecessors.

Brazilian Prsident visits Cuba today

Havana, Oct 30 (Prensa Latina) Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will arive in Cuba Thursday to express his solidarity with the Island's people and government, after the damaged caused by the path of hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Lula's agenda here will include the signing of a contact of participation in the production of hydrocarbons between CUBAPETROLEOS and Petrobras Middle East B.V., a PETROBRAS' subsidiary, Granma newspaper reported.

Also on the agenda are opening the Havana venue of the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency, APEX, and official talks with Cuban President Raul Castro.

Cuba's Foreign Minister Speech at the United Nations General Assembly on October 29, 2008 (In Spanish)

Ni bloqueos, ni huracanes podrán desalentarnos

Intervención del ministro de Relaciones Exteriores, compañero Felipe Pérez Roque, bajo el tema 19 de la agenda del 63 periodo de sesiones de la Agnu, titulado "Necesidad de poner fin al bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero impuesto por los Estados Unidos de América contra Cuba", en Nueva York, 29 de octubre del 2008

Señor Presidente;

Querido Padre Miguel D’Escoto. Saludo otra vez su elección y su presencia en este debate. Usted encarna aquí hoy la voz de los pueblos, la voz de los humildes. Usted puede, Padre, contar con Cuba.

Señores delegados:

Como cada año, desde 1992, comparecemos ante la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas para reclamar el levantamiento del ilegal e injusto bloqueo impuesto por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos contra Cuba desde hace ya casi cincuenta años. Siete de cada diez cubanos han pasado toda su vida bajo esta política irracional e inútil, que intenta sin éxito poner de rodillas a nuestro pueblo. El bloqueo es más viejo que el señor Barack Obama y que toda mi generación.

La votación que tendrá lugar dentro de unos minutos ocurre en circunstancias muy particulares, tras el paso devastador por Cuba de dos poderosos huracanes, cuando solo faltan seis días para las elecciones en Estados Unidos y en el escenario de una profunda crisis financiera internacional frente a la que ninguno de nuestros países es inmune.

Más de 500 mil viviendas y miles de escuelas e instituciones de salud afectadas, un tercio del área cultivada devastada y una severa destrucción de la infraestructura eléctrica y de comunicaciones, entre otros daños, es el resultado de fenómenos naturales nunca antes vistos y que constituyen una prueba de los efectos del cambio climático para los países del Caribe.

Si la pérdida de vidas humanas fue mínima, ello fue el resultado del enorme esfuerzo realizado previamente por las autoridades y el pueblo, que permitió evacuar y proteger en lugares seguros a 3.2 millones de personas. A fin de cuentas, era Cuba y no New Orleans cuando el huracán Katrina.

Pese a los cuantiosos daños y la devastación provocada por los huracanes, a ningún enfermo en Cuba le ha faltado asistencia médica y todos los niños cubanos y los 30 mil jóvenes de 125 países que estudian becados en nuestras universidades están ahora mismo asistiendo a clases. Nadie ha quedado ni quedará abandonado.

En nombre del Gobierno y el pueblo cubanos, quisiera expresar nuestro profundo agradecimiento a todos aquellos que, de una forma u otra, manifestaron su solidaridad y respaldo a Cuba en esta dramática coyuntura. Hasta la fecha, hemos recibido ayuda procedente de 64 países.

En contraste con la amplia solidaridad recibida y con las afirmaciones hechas aquí esta mañana por el representante del gobierno de los Estados Unidos, a cuyas palabras daré debida respuesta más adelante, en contraste con ello, el gobierno de los Estados Unidos ha respondido con su habitual cinismo e hipocresía. Mientras se negó a acceder a nuestra solicitud de que nos permitiera comprar a empresas norteamericanas con créditos privados, aunque fuera por seis meses, alimentos y materiales indispensables para la reconstrucción, por otro lado ha intentado orquestar una burda campaña de propaganda con la que pretende acusar a nuestro Gobierno de no ocuparse de su pueblo.

Cuba, por su parte, ha actuado apegada a sus tradicionales posiciones de principio. No podemos aceptar una supuesta ayuda de quienes han recrudecido el bloqueo, las sanciones y la hostilidad contra nuestro pueblo.

Cuba no ha solicitado al gobierno de los Estados Unidos que le regale nada. Simplemente hemos pedido que se nos permita comprar.

La Administración del presidente Bush miente una vez más a la comunidad internacional. Miente cuando declara haber otorgado licencias por 250 millones de dólares para ventas agrícolas a nuestro país tras el paso de los huracanes. Las ventas de alimentos existen desde el año 2001, y no son —como se ha pretendido explicar aquí— una decisión posterior a los huracanes para ayudar a Cuba después del paso devastador de estos fenómenos meteorológicos. Las ventas existen desde el año 2001, y adquirir estos productos es únicamente posible bajo estrictas medidas de supervisión y tras un enrevesado y burocrático proceso de otorgamiento de licencias caso a caso por parte de numerosas instituciones del gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Cuba, además, tiene que pagar al contado y por adelantado. La realidad es que el gobierno de los Estados Unidos ha puesto cada vez más obstáculos para limitar dichas compras.

Si al gobierno de los Estados Unidos realmente le preocupara el bienestar del pueblo cubano, el único comportamiento moral y ético sería levantar el bloqueo impuesto a mi país, violatorio de las normas más elementales del Derecho Internacional y de la Carta de las Naciones Unidas.

Para que se tenga una idea de la magnitud de las afectaciones que ocasiona cada año al pueblo cubano la política de bloqueo, solo en términos económicos, bastaría con indicar que su impacto en un año casi equivale a la estimación de los daños ocasionados de conjunto por los huracanes Gustav y Ike.

Los huracanes son fenómenos naturales que se agravan en las condiciones del cambio climático y el calentamiento global. Lamentablemente, no pueden ser evitados. El bloqueo es una política genocida e ilegítima. A diferencia de los huracanes, las autoridades norteamericanas sí pueden ponerle fin y evitar al pueblo cubano su prolongado sufrimiento.

El bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero impuesto por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos contra Cuba es el principal obstáculo tanto a la recuperación del pueblo cubano tras el paso de los huracanes como a nuestro desarrollo económico y social.

Cálculos muy conservadores revelan que el daño directo acumulado que ha provocado el bloqueo a Cuba supera los 93 mil millones de dólares, casi dos veces nuestro Producto Interno Bruto. Al valor actual del dólar, ese monto equivaldría a no menos de 224 mil 600 millones de dólares. No es difícil imaginar lo que Cuba habría alcanzado si durante estos casi 50 años no hubiese estado sometida a esta brutal guerra económica a escala planetaria.

En abierto desacato a la voluntad expresa de la comunidad internacional y a dieciséis resoluciones consecutivas de la Asamblea General, el gobierno de los Estados Unidos adoptó durante este último año nuevas y más duras sanciones económicas contra Cuba; arreció la persecución contra la actividad de las empresas cubanas y de otros países; desplegó una demencial cacería contra nuestras transacciones financieras internacionales, incluso cuando intentamos realizar nuestros pagos a los organismos de las Naciones Unidas. Su ensañamiento ha llegado al extremo de bloquear los sitios de Internet que tengan vínculos con nuestro país.

Por otro lado, Washington incrementó a niveles sin precedentes el apoyo financiero y material a las acciones para derrocar el orden constitucional cubano. A tal fin, aprobó 46 millones de dólares adicionales destinados a la subversión interna en Cuba y otros 39 millones para mantener las ilegales transmisiones de radio y televisión contra nuestro país. Sólo esos fondos superan en ocho veces el monto de la supuesta donación ofrecida al pueblo cubano tras el paso de los huracanes.

En un Informe elaborado por la Oficina de Auditoría del gobierno norteamericano, publicado en noviembre del 2007, se reconoce explícitamente que de los 20 programas de sanciones aplicados a diferentes países, el bloqueo contra Cuba constituye el conjunto de sanciones económicas más abarcadoras jamás impuestas por los Estados Unidos.

Señor Presidente:

El amplio y documentado informe presentado por el Secretario General con la contribución de 118 países y 22 Organismos y Agencias Internacionales, me releva de insistir aquí en los ejemplos que prueban que no hay aspecto de la vida económica y social de Cuba que no esté afectado por el bloqueo norteamericano.

Desde la imposibilidad de acceder a insumos y equipos para la cirugía cardiovascular infantil, o de tomógrafos imprescindibles para la oncología moderna, hasta la persecución con multas y cárcel a los ciudadanos norteamericanos que viajen a Cuba e, incluso, a las agencias turísticas que lo promuevan. El gobierno de los Estados Unidos debería explicar a esta Asamblea por qué considera como enemigos a los niños cubanos enfermos del corazón.

Mienten cada año ante esta Asamblea los representantes del gobierno de los Estados Unidos cuando repiten que no existe tal bloqueo, y que sus medidas no son las principales causantes de las carencias y sufrimientos que a lo largo de estos años ha padecido y padece el pueblo cubano.

Señores delegados:

El bloqueo no es exclusivamente una cuestión bilateral entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos. La aplicación extraterritorial de las leyes norteamericanas y la persecución contra los legítimos intereses de empresas y ciudadanos de terceros países —de los países que ustedes, señores delegados, representan ante esta Asamblea—, es un tema que concierne a todos los Estados aquí reunidos.

El bloqueo viola también, de manera flagrante, los derechos del pueblo norteamericano. Quebranta su libertad de viajar, consagrada en la propia Constitución de los Estados Unidos. El Departamento del Tesoro ha endurecido en los últimos años su estricta política de rechazo a las licencias para intercambios religiosos, profesionales, culturales y estudiantiles entre el pueblo norteamericano y el pueblo cubano.

El bloqueo impide, además, las relaciones normales entre los cubanos que residen en los Estados Unidos y sus familiares en Cuba.

Señor Presidente:

Dentro de unas horas será elegido un nuevo Presidente en los Estados Unidos. Este deberá decidir si admite que el bloqueo es una política fracasada, que cada vez le provoca un mayor aislamiento y descrédito a su país o si persiste, con obcecación y crueldad, en intentar rendir al pueblo cubano por hambre y enfermedades.

Desde esta tribuna, señores delegados, lo reitero:

Jamás podrán doblegar al pueblo cubano. Ni bloqueos, ni huracanes podrán desalentarnos. No habrá fuerza humana o natural capaz de someter a los cubanos. Si se quiere un ejemplo, ahí están esos cinco héroes cubanos, luchadores contra el terrorismo, que han cumplido ya una década de injusto y cruel encierro en cárceles norteamericanas, y que son un símbolo de la determinación de nuestro pueblo de defender con dignidad su libertad e independencia.

Agradezco a los oradores que me han antecedido por sus palabras de solidaridad y aliento con el pueblo cubano, por su defensa del derecho de Cuba, que es hoy también el derecho de todos los pueblos aquí representados, por su defensa de la Carta y del Derecho Internacional.

Rechazo, letra por letra, las afirmaciones realizadas aquí por el representante del gobierno de los Estados Unidos.

A usted, señor, le digo que ustedes, los representantes del gobierno de los Estados Unidos en esta sala, deberían sentir vergüenza; ustedes están solos, en la más profunda y absoluta soledad. El mundo está con nuestra pequeña isla rebelde.

Y le aclaro, señor, no somos antinorteamericanos, somos antimperialistas; no profesamos a su pueblo odio, ni espíritu de revancha. Consideramos a su pueblo también víctima, como nosotros, de la política ilegal y absurda de su gobierno.

Se necesita, señor, algo más que poderío y fuerza militar —ustedes deberían saberlo ya—: se necesita autoridad moral.

Ustedes tienen la fuerza, es verdad; pero nosotros tenemos la razón.

Ustedes no tienen argumentos, ustedes repiten cada año la misma sarta de ideas inconexas y superfluas; nosotros tenemos todos los argumentos, están en los documentos aquí distribuidos y están en nuestras palabras.

Su Secretaria de Estado no viene a esta Asamblea, a este momento, no solo por arrogancia, es que no tiene nada que decir; hay también temor y vergüenza en esa decisión.

Ustedes amenazan; nosotros no amenazamos jamás. Nosotros solicitamos apoyo a esta Asamblea, con respeto y con hidalguía.

Ustedes usan la mentira; nosotros usamos la verdad.

Ustedes castigan a nuestros niños, a nuestros ancianos, a nuestros enfermos; nosotros no culpamos a su pueblo, su pueblo es víctima también. Les ofrecimos nuestros médicos dispuestos a arriesgar sus vidas y a ofrecer su talento cuando el huracán Katrina, para salvar vidas y aliviar el dolor; ustedes no lo permitieron. Un día deberán responder por esa decisión.

Su Presidente dejará en unos días su cargo. Apretó el bloqueo contra Cuba a límites insospechados, llevó la guerra económica contra nuestro pueblo a niveles esquizofrénicos, nos amenazó con el cambio de régimen; sin embargo, se va sin lograrlo, es el número diez que habrá pasado por aquí repitiendo la misma política fallida e ilegal.

Es verdad que hace falta un cambio en los Estados Unidos y sus políticas. Es verdad que we need a change, y es verdad también que hay que cambiar el mundo en que vivimos, el de la imposición y el chantaje, y hay que construir un mundo donde se respete el derecho de todos los pueblos.

Le digo a usted que no se puede engañar a todo el mundo todo el tiempo, como afirmó el gran Abraham Lincoln, respetado también y a quien rinde tributo nuestro pueblo.

Usted ha dicho que su política es harto conocida, y es verdad. Su política es harto conocida, lo que no se conoce es por qué ustedes la mantienen ante el rechazo universal y de su propio pueblo.

Usted ha dicho que ustedes defienden el derecho de realizar comercio con los países que deseen.

Ustedes pueden decidir no realizar comercio con un país, pero ustedes no tienen derecho a perseguir a sus empresarios porque quieran comerciar o invertir en Cuba, y mucho menos a perseguir a los empresarios de otros países con la Ley Helms-Burton y con otras legislaciones extraterritoriales.

Usted pide que esta Asamblea no examine la resolución que Cuba ha presentado. Nosotros insistimos a la Asamblea en la importancia y la necesidad de discutir esta resolución y aprobarla, porque aquí no solo se dirime el derecho de Cuba, sino el derecho de todos.

Usted ha hablado de una "danza de los millones", ha repetido una retahíla de cifras y de millones que supuestamente ustedes han ofrecido.

Es verdad que nos ofrecieron 5 millones cuatro veces y lo rechazamos, porque nuestra dignidad no se puede comprar ni con 5, ni con 500, ni con 5 000, ni con 500 000 millones. Se lo advertimos, si esa es la ilusión.

Usted ha dicho que son inaceptables las palabras del embajador Jorge Bolaños, jefe de la Sección de Intereses de Cuba en Washington. Yo se las repito otra vez aquí, una por una: "El bloqueo es una política genocida e ilegal y debe ser levantado de inmediato, respetando el clamor dieciséis veces ya expresado por esta Asamblea."

Finalmente, señores delegados, quisiera compartir con ustedes el sentimiento que embarga en este momento a nuestro pueblo, que allá en nuestra isla sigue de cerca este debate.

Cuando mi hijo nació, en 1995, ya esta Asamblea General votaba contra el bloqueo norteamericano contra Cuba; ya mi hijo tiene 13 años.

Cuando nació mi hija en el año 2000, ya esta Asamblea había votado ocho veces contra el bloqueo; ya mi hija tiene 8 años.

¿Hasta cuándo los niños y los jóvenes cubanos tendrán que esperar para que se haga justicia?

¿Hasta cuándo el pueblo cubano, que ha recibido el apoyo unánime de esta Asamblea, tendrá que esperar para que se reconozca su derecho y se haga justicia?

¿Hasta cuándo los jóvenes norteamericanos tendrán que enfrentar el que se les multe y se les encarcele por intentar visitar nuestro país, conocer nuestras universidades y nuestros estudiantes?

¿Hasta cuándo se considerará delito para un ciudadano de otro país, de los que ustedes representan señores delegados, intentar comerciar o invertir en Cuba?

¿Hasta cuándo se intentará rendir por hambre y enfermedades a esos niños que, como mis hijos en Cuba, sueñan y creen que un mundo mejor es posible; un mundo donde se respete la dignidad, la independencia y la libre determinación de todos los pueblos?

El representante de los Estados Unidos ha pedido a esta Asamblea no apoyar nuestra resolución.

Nosotros les pedimos a ustedes, con todo respeto, apoyar a Cuba, apoyar nuestro derecho, apoyar nuestra resolución.

En nombre de ese pueblo cubano, mil veces heroico, que a pesar de las adversidades no ha sido ni será derrotado, al cual no han podido bloquearle ni matarle la esperanza y la alegría, invoco nuevamente la solidaridad de esta Asamblea.

Nuestro pueblo confía en la decisión que ustedes habrán de tomar dentro de unos minutos. En nombre de Cuba, les solicito votar a favor del proyecto de resolución titulado: "Necesidad de poner fin al bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero impuesto por los Estados Unidos de América contra Cuba".

Muchas gracias (Aplausos).

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

United Nations General Assembly condemns Cuba blockade by a vote of 185-3


Today, for the 17th year in a row, the United States government was placed on the bench of the accused, and was convicted by the community of nations by a very wide margin.

This is a symbolic vote. There is no veto at the General Assembly, so the U.S. couldn’t prevent the vote which condemned them. And with their typical Yankee imperialism arrogance, the fascists who run the Bush administration will ignore the results of the vote. But the fact that even the NATO allies of the U.S. voted in favor of the Cuban resolution says it all.

Shame on you Uncle Sam for continuing the genocidal Cuban blockade!

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Radio Rebelde

Cuba jamás será doblegada

29 de Octubre de 2008, 12:15 p.m.

Naciones Unidas.- El ministro cubano de Relaciones Exteriores, Felipe Pérez Roque, afirmó hoy ante las Naciones Unidas que el bloqueo de Estados Unidos, mantenido por casi medio siglo, jamás doblegará al pueblo de su país.

Al intervenir en la sesión anual que durante 17 años ha debatido las sanciones económicas, comerciales y financieras de Estados Unidos contra Cuba, el canciller señaló que en breve será elegido un nuevo presidente en ese país.

Este (el nuevo presidente) deberá decidir si admite que el bloqueo es una política fracasada, que cada vez le provoca un mayor aislamiento y descrédito a su país o si persiste, con obcecación y crueldad, en intentar rendir al pueblo cubano por hambre y enfermedades.

Desde esta tribuna lo reitero: jamás podrán doblegar al pueblo cubano, aseveró.

Ni bloqueos, ni huracanes podrán desalentarnos. No habrá fuerza humana o natural capaz de someter a los cubanos", expresó.

Si se quiere un ejemplo, ahí están esos cinco héroes cubanos, luchadores contra el terrorismo, que han cumplido ya una década de injusto y cruel encierro en cárceles norteamericanas, y que son un símbolo de la determinación de nuestro pueblo de defender con dignidad su libertad e independencia.

En nombre del pueblo cubano, mil veces heroico, que a pesar de las adversidades no ha sido ni será derrotado, invoco nuevamente la solidaridad de esta Asamblea, agregó Pérez Roque.

El discurso del Ministro antecedió la votación, por 17 años consecutivos, de la resolución Necesidad de poner fin al bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero impuesto por los Estados Unidos de América contra Cuba.

En nombre del pueblo cubano, que confía en la decisión que ustedes habrán de tomar, les solicito votar a favor del proyecto de resolución, concluyó.

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Reuters: U.N. votes against U.S. embargo on Cuba for 17th year

U.N. General Assembly President: U.S. is 'sick and obsessed '

Yesterday, the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations addressed that august body during their 63rd annual meeting.

Miguel d’Escoto, a Nicaraguan, called the economic blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba, an expression on their part of a "sickness and obsession" against the island.

"Simply, the government of the United can not tolerate a place like Cuba, to stand up as a solidarity heroine and defender of the values which the world needs for the survival of the human species," said D’Escoto.

The Nicaraguan politician and priest expressed that what good is it to have the General Assembly, when votes which express the wishes of 95% of the members of the United Nations, are ignored by the intended recipient.

The useless Cuba embargo

Editorial

Los Angeles Times

America's economic sanctions on Cuba, now 50 years old, are a failure.

October 29, 2008

Among New York's rites of autumn -- the marathon, the rainbow of leaves in Central Park, the sudden profusion of wool overcoats -- a new one has emerged at the United Nations. In each of the last 16 years, the General Assembly has voted to condemn the United States for its embargo of Cuba. This year's ceremonial vote takes place today, and if it's anything like last year’s, it will be overwhelming. Only Israel, the Marshall Islands and Palau stood with the U.S. in the 184-4 tally last October.

Washington doesn't and shouldn't design its laws around U.N. opinion, but it's instructive to learn what even this country's closest allies think of the Cuban embargo. Colombia, one of only a handful of Latin American countries whose government remains firmly pro-U.S., stated in a U.N. report on the issue that it "thinks this kind of action should stop and that member states should move ahead with building relations of friendship." In the same report, the European Union said that it and its member nations "have been clearly expressing their opposition to the extraterritorial extension of the United States embargo."

More astonishing than our willingness to raise the ire of nearly the entire world with our embargo is that it has survived this long in the face of overwhelming evidence of its failure. For 50 years, this country has been trying to produce regime change on the island by strangling it economically. Last we checked, a Castro was still in power, and even the economic devastation wrought by the two worst hurricanes in Cuba's history weren't spurring mass popular uprisings. U.S. sanctions worsen poverty and its attendant ills but only strengthen the Castro regime, which can blame all of the country's problems on Washington rather than addressing their true cause -- Havana's misguided economic policies.

The presidential election offers a rare opportunity for change. John McCain favors business as usual with Cuba, but Barack Obama believes that Cuban Americans should have unrestricted rights to travel to the island and send remittances. It is absurdly contradictory to allow Americans to travel freely to Iran and Venezuela, which are genuine security and economic threats, but not to Cuba, which poses no threat at all. U.S. ideals would be more influential if Cubans were more frequently exposed to them by American visitors; our interference with remittances, meanwhile, hurts only the poor.

Cuba is an anti-democratic country with little respect for human rights, and its leaders must be held to account. But targeted sanctions that punish the regime without punishing the people would be far more effective than the blunt instrument of an embargo. Obama's proposals don't go far enough, but they're a good start.

Important U.N. vote today

October 29, 2008

Today, the United Nations General Assembly will vote on the resolution introduced by the Republic of Cuba titled "Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba".

We will bring you the results of the vote as soon it is reported.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Spanish Ballet of Cuba in Holguin

Ahora.cu

By Radio Angulo Digital / Tuesday, 28 October 2008 / redaccion@ahora.cu

The Spanish Ballet of Cuba concluded its program of activities on Sunday in the city of Holguin after presenting its last performance in the Ismaelillo movie-theater, as part of the celebration of the special Solidarity with Ibero America in Cuba Event, that took place from October 24 to 28.

Sponsored by Prima Ballerina Alicia Alonso, the prestigious dance company was founded in 1987 under the name of the Spanish Dance Ensemble, later known as the Spanish Ballet of Havana, and finally, by resolution of the Ministry of Culture, as the Spanish Ballet of Cuba in 2000.

Currently directed by one of its former first dancers, Eduardo Veitía, the company's management has confirmed its presence in Holguin by offering performances, even in the places hardest hit by Hurricane Ike.

The Spanish Ballet of Cuba recreates not only classic flamenco but also popular and fusion dance as representative elements of the genre worldwide. It has received numerous awards in Cuba and at international festivals.

"The Phantom", its latest work, particularly captured public attention in Holguin, where there are also artists dedicated to recreating this genre of dance.

Generous donation of St. Kitts and Nevis to Cuba for hurricane relief


St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas handed over the check to the Resident Cuban Ambassador Her Excellency Ana Maria Gonzalez.

SKN Vibes

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, OCTOBER 28TH 2008 (CUOPM) – A EC$100,000 cheque for the Government and People of Cuba to assist in the aftermath of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

St. Kitts and Nevis has many students attending several universities around Cuba and in handing over the check, Prime Minister Douglas said the contribution is to be used in the recovery and reconstruction work in Cuba after the hurricanes last month.

Ambassador Gonzalez thanked Prime Minister Douglas and the people of the twin-island Federation for the gesture of solidarity on behalf of the Cuban government and people.

She labeled the kind gesture as encouraging and important in the wake of the terrible disasters which damaged over 500,000 homes. Damage was estimated at US$5 billion.

Attending the ceremony were Chief Secretary, Mr. Joseph Edmeade; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Security, Mrs. Astona Browne and Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr. Erasmus Williams.

The Cuba Alumni Association of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Parents Association and the St. Kitts-Nevis Association of Solidarity with the Cuban Five are collaborating to bring to the attention of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis the dire need to provide tangible assistance to the people of Cuba in their time of great need.

To facilitate assistance, the Embassy of Cuba has established the “Hurricane Donations to Cuba Account” at the Bank of Nova Scotia. The account number is 10012045.

A spokesman for the Almuni Association said individuals and organisations should make their contributions to that account. In addition, the Associations will be holding special fund raising and other activities to bring greater awareness to the plight of the people of Cuba.

In asking the general public to donate generously in support of the cause, the spokesman noted that the Government and People of Cuba has been of great assistance in the development of St. Kitts and Nevis, providing free university education, medical services and technical support to the Government and People of the Federation over the years.

Cuba: A Hurricane Named Blockade

Ahora.cu

By Frei Betto / RHC / Tuesday, 28 October 2008 / redaccion@ahora.cu

On October 29, the UN General Assembly will vote on the Cuban resolution that seeks a suspension of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States government against Cuba since 1959. Before the vote, they will hear a report on its content from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

It will be the 17th time the UN deals with this issue. In 2007, 184 of the 192 UN member nations voted in favor of the resolution to end the blockade. Unfortunately, UN resolutions are not of obligatory compliance, except those from the Security Council.

The fact that the majority of the countries have condemned the blockade 16 times represents a show of support for the island and a moral defeat for the White House whose arrogance is evident for not taking into account the international community, which repudiates the US hostility.

The blockade is an octopus with extraterritorial tentacles that violates international law, especially the Geneva Convention, which makes it a type of genocide. Businesses, banks and citizens that maintain economic, commercial and financial relations with Cuba are persecuted. As another example of what the US government did against China during the Olympics, it also blocked websites related to Cuba.


At a high cost, the government of Cuba has managed to open small fissures in the blockade, such as purchasing some food items from the US. However, the companies that sell to Cuba face a huge bureaucracy, above all because the purchases have to come via a third country, since the blockade prohibits direct relations between the US and Cuba. The buyer is forced to pay in advance and can’t sell its products to US importers; thus the boats return empty to the ports.

The recent hurricanes, Gustav and Ike, caused lots of damage to the island. Farming areas were devastated, 444,000 homes were damaged including 63,000 totally destroyed. The Cuban government asked the White House for a six-month blockade truce for humanitarian reasons. To date, there has been complete silence from the White House on the request. The White House publicity machine tries to camouflage the presidential silence with a series of lies, like the offer of 5 million dollars to the Cuban hurricane victims.

But, what does that amount represent compared to the US$ 46 million that US-AID received this year to finance mercenary groups dedicated to terrorism against Cuba? And another 40 million was budgeted to maintain radio and television broadcasts against Cuba.

Despite the blockade causing more damage than the hurricanes, Cuba is resisting and mobilizing its cooperatives to repair the damage caused by nature and boost agricultural production thanks to recent measures that offer farmers land where sugar was once produced.

Besides having the government as a sure buyer, Cuban farmers will be able to sell direct to the consumer. Without fixating on its own navel, Cuba reiterates its international solidarity and sends doctors to the victims of the hurricanes in Haiti and maintains doctors and professors in more than 70 countries, the majority poor.

History is something that surprises us each day: Who would have imagined a year ago, that Cuban socialists would be observing the financial crisis on Wall Street and that the most capitalist state on Earth would contradict its own discourse and intervene in the market to try and save banks and businesses? What’s left of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception that states there is no salvation outside of the market?

Carlos Alberto Libânio Christo, better known as Frei Betto (born in 1944, Belo Horizonte, Brazil) is a Brazilian writer, political activist, liberation theologist and Dominican friar. He was imprisoned for four years by the military dictatorship in 1969 for smuggling people out of Brazil as part of an ongoing series of attacks by the government on the church.

In addition to work on eliminating hunger in Brazil, Frei Betto is involved in various aspects of Brazil's politics. He currently works for the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, for whom he is considered a spiritual advisor and mentor.

Frei Betto is often said to be a supporter of Fidel Castro and frequently visits Havana in an effort to repair relations between the two nations. The two men collaborated on "Fidel and Religion", a book detailing Castro's views on Christianity.

Cuba, the U.N. and the U.S. Election

Huffington Post

Posted October 28, 2008 | 09:59 AM (EST)

By Sarah Stephens

Just six days before our election, when the UN General Assembly votes to condemn the US embargo against Cuba, it will toss into the center of our political debate a powerful reminder that the next president must attend to America's debilitated global image.

Every president since Eisenhower has tried to kill or topple Fidel Castro and to replace Cuba's government and economic system with something more to our liking. But when Fidel Castro retired earlier this year, he left power in a peaceful succession, on his own timetable and without the violent upheaval that US policy makers had predicted since the 1960s.

Preventing this transition has always been the goal of the US embargo, which imposes sanctions more comprehensive than any we impose on Iran, Sudan, or Syria. But it didn't - and still, this flawed and futile embargo lives on.

UN Members are now digesting a report compiled by the Secretary-General that measures the impact of our sanctions in chilling detail.

The embargo hurts Cuba's health care system. Last year, it forced Cuban children with heart conditions to wait for needed operations because a US-based firm, Boston Scientific, has refused - as it must, under U.S. law - to sell needed devices to Cuba's William Soler Pediatric Hospital. It prevented the purchase of spare parts for diagnostic equipment used in cancer detection, and delayed the delivery of 3 million syringes for vaccinations against communicable diseases. It forced Cuban medical authorities to buy antiretroviral drugs from secondary suppliers in grey markets, at significantly higher prices - straining an already thin public health budget.

The embargo also takes food off the table in Cuban homes, by blocking the government's access to imported seeds, fertilizers, and spare parts for farm machinery, and by imposing exotic payment rules that add tens of millions of dollars to its bill for importing food from overseas.

In other words, the sanctions we aim at Cuba's government actually hit and hurt the health and diet of the Cuban people instead.

But the embargo is more than a bilateral matter between Cuba's government and ours. US law reaches companies and countries across the globe in an effort to bend their policy to our will, rallying the rest of the world to Cuba's side

Brazil calls our policy a violation of international law. Mexico condemns the embargo as an abandonment of diplomacy. Colombia, our closest ally in the region, says of the US embargo "this kind of action should stop." The European Union, now negotiating directly with Cuba on human rights, objects to the extra-territorial reach of our sanctions. China calls on us to negotiate our differences directly with Cuba. Russia - without a trace of irony - refers to the embargo as "a remnant of the cold war."

It is no wonder that last year's sanctions vote went against America 184-4. Only Israel, Palau, and the Marshall Islands stood with us. Every one of our European allies, Canada, Japan and Australia, and nearly all of Latin America (save El Salvador, which was absent) deserted us. It will happen again this year. Already, close to one-hundred fifty countries filed statements with the Secretary General for this year's debate that bear witness to our isolation.

This is where ten American presidents have left us - with an embargo that imposes cruel hardships on the Cuban people, a diplomacy that isolates the United States from the rest of the world, and a Cuban government proudly preparing to celebrate its fiftieth year in power.

Given the enormous diplomatic and domestic challenges the new administration will face, some might ask "why fix Cuba policy now"? In fact, no action would cost us less and do more to recapture our image and influence in Cuba and around the world than tearing down the embargo. The way forward is to legalize trade and travel, and to engage Cuba in areas like migration, drug interdiction, and academic exchange, all with an eye toward normalizing relations between the governments.

No matter who wins the election in November, the eleventh president of the Cuba embargo must also be the last.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pelosi visits Miami to support the Democratic opponents of three anti-Cuba GOP representatives

Eager to expand her majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, Speaker Nancy Pelosi ventured deep into Republican territory Thursday, campaigning on behalf of the Democrats looking to oust Miami's three Republican members of Congress.

Complete article.

¡Si esto no es BLOQUEO, es GENOCIDIO!

El 6 de abril de 1960 el entonces Subsecretario de Estado adjunto para los Asuntos Interamericanos, Lester Dewitt Mallory, escribió lo siguiente en un memorando discutido en una reunión encabezada por el Presidente de Estados Unidos: «No existe una oposición política efectiva en Cuba; por tanto, el único medio previsible que tenemos hoy para enajenar el apoyo interno a la Revolución, es a través del desencanto y el desaliento, basados en la insatisfacción y las dificultades económicas. Debe utilizarse prontamente cualquier medio concebible para debilitar la vida económica de Cuba. Negarle dinero y suministros a Cuba, para disminuir los salarios reales y monetarios, a fin de causar hambre, desesperación y el derrocamiento del gobierno».

USA = HATE Inc.

Rally for Cuba in Australia

Green Left Weekly reports that about 60 Cuba solidarity activists of the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society gathered outside the U.S. consulate in support of the Caribbean island. They called on the Australian government to provide financial and material aid to hurricane-devastated Cuba and to support Cuba’s motion to the United Nations General Assembly on October 29 for the lifting of the US economic blockade against it.

Che Guevara Memorial Chess Tournament starts tomorrow in Cuba


Jit Online

Tres miembros del Buró Político presiden ceremonia inaugural

Ramiro Valdés, José Ramón Balaguer y Abel Prieto encabezaron el acto, en el Museo de la Revolución.

Por: Eyleen Ríos López

La Habana (25 Oct).- LOS MIEMBROS del Buró Político Ramiro Valdés, José Ramón Balaguer y Abel Prieto presidieron hoy la apertura del torneo ajedrecístico Tras las huellas del Che, que comienza el lunes entre organismos del Estado.

En el Salón de los espejos del capitalino Museo de la Revolución, el acto incluyó un cotejo a “ciegas” entre los Grandes Maestros Lázaro Bruzón y Leinier Domínguez, quienes acordaron tablas tras 22 movidas de una defensa Siciliana en que el primero dispuso de figuras blancas.

El duelo, considerado inédito en el contexto continental, siguió a las emotivas palabras de Aleida Guevara, hija del legendario combatiente, considerado principal promotor del juego ciencia en la isla.

Esta es una tarde llena de emociones y alegrías, dijo, y resaltó la permanente presencia de su progenitor en el diario acontecer del pueblo cubano, gracias a la Revolución de la que se declaró profundamente agradecida.

Los porqués del evento, dedicado a una iniciativa original del propio Che en 1961, fueron mencionados antes por el Gran Maestro y presidente de la Federación Cubana, Silvino García, quien repasó los principales momentos convertidos en expresión del desarrollo de la disciplina en el país.

La aplaudida actuación del prestigioso pianista Frank Fernández, la entrega de los títulos de Gran Maestro a Aryam Abreu y Zirka Frómeta y un homenaje al escritor Eduardo Heras León, actuante con en equipo de las FAR en la justa de hace 41 años, también integraron el programa.

El certamen tendrá acciones en el Palacio Central de Computación y reunirá a 33 equipos de centros laborales y otros 12 de estudiantes de diferentes niveles.

On San Juan Hill, US glory meant Cuban humiliation

Taiwan News

By WILL WEISSERT

Associated Press

2008-10-26 08:06 AM

Forget the embargo. If you really want to know where U.S.-Cuba relations went wrong, head to San Juan Hill, site of the battle that decided the Spanish-American War.

On a series of ridges overlooking Cuba's second-largest city, American soldiers and volunteers _ including future president Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders _ fought alongside Cuban insurgents to beat the Spanish on July 1, 1898. Yet U.S. commanders then stopped armed Cubans from entering Santiago, fearing looting, and negotiated peace with Spain. The U.S. finally granted Cuba independence only after reserving the right to intervene militarily on the island at will.

"It's a sad moment in our history," said Marta Hernandez, of Santiago's City Historian's office.

It's a historical disconnect that still rings true 110 years later _ and helps explain why both countries couldn't even agree on emergency aid after the recent hurricanes Gustav and Ike wreaked havoc across the island.

Americans believe San Juan Hill ushered in the American century. The battle solidified Roosevelt as a can-do American president, an image repeatedly invoked by Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.

But Cuba's communist government claims it was yet another example of U.S. aggression in Latin America. The country balked last month at US$6.3 million in unconditional hurricane relief, arguing instead that the U.S. should lift its 46-year-old trade and travel embargo.

It wasn't always this way. One of the largest San Juan Hill monuments, erected in 1927, trumpets the battle as a "brilliant exploit in which the blood of the brave and true Cuban Insurgent and that of the generous and noble American Soldier sealed a covenant of liberty and fraternity between two nations."

On Feb. 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in Havana harbor while protecting American interests there, killing 267 American sailors and drawing the United States into a four-month war with Spain. About 15,000 soldiers and volunteers from Maj. Gen. William Shafter's Fifth U.S. Army Corps fought several battles for the high ground above Santiago, including San Juan Hill, closing off eastern access to the city. At least 205 Americans were killed and 376 wounded.

The most-famous American participant, Lt. Col. Roosevelt, resigned as assistant secretary of the Navy to join the volunteer Rough Riders. He led a much-celebrated charge up San Juan Hill that launched his political career.

But that covenant of liberty and fraternity quickly fell on hard times, as U.S. interventions helped saddle Cuba with a string of weak and corrupt governments. By the 1920s, U.S. companies controlled two-thirds of Cuban farmland, and America's prohibition era solidified the island's image as a hard-drinking, heavy-gambling den of sin just beyond Miami.

Then came Fidel Castro. After his bearded rebels toppled dictator Fulgencio Batista on New Year's Day 1959, Castro invoked the independence war and proclaimed that this time no foreign army would keep him out of any Cuban city. His brother Raul _ who became Cuba's president in February _ spent the next few weeks leading firing squads on San Juan Hill, executing Cubans who opposed the new government.

"When Fidel came down from the mountains he didn't go to Havana, he went to Santiago first," said Alejandro Ferras, an 87-year-old who fought with the Castro brothers. "That was an answer to history. That was an answer to 1898."

Since then, the Castros have peppered their speeches with reminders of how the "Yankees kept Cubans out of Santiago." By 1962, Washington had imposed its trade and travel restrictions.

Many Cubans believe their country would eventually have won freedom from Spain without Washington's intervention.

"Americans don't have a clue what the Cubans are talking about and it's not because of malice," said Louis Perez, a University of North Carolina history professor and author of books on Cuba. "They just have a version of history that they learned since elementary school about Teddy Roosevelt and San Juan Hill and how the Americans liberated Cuba."

In Cuba, Roosevelt has been all-but forgotten. There's virtually no mention of him among the San Juan Hill monuments.

"Roosevelt. I know he was in Cuba, but nothing else," said Mireya Cuadra, a caretaker at the park surrounding the hill. "Wasn't he president?"

Instead, Cubans remember Gen. Calixto Garcia and his Cuban troops, dozens of whom were killed supporting Americans forces.

A stroll on tidy stone paths through battleground monuments offers stunning views of the Sierra Maestra but also reveals how differently the two sides remember one battle: Americans wounded and killed are listed at the top of the hill, while the names of Cuban victims settle for the bottom, where plaques detail how belittled Garcia felt by U.S. arrogance.

Some U.S. academics say the communist government has rewritten Cuban history books that once taught that U.S. forces helped expedite the independence struggle. But Perez countered that the event continues to have an important impact on Cuban society, and that the Castros were products of _ not the sources for _ Cuban anger about San Juan Hill.

Today, a sculpture commissioned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts still stands over the battlefield, honoring volunteers from its 2nd and 9th Infantry regiments. Lists of Americans killed and wounded are everywhere.

The high ground has just a single statue honoring the unidentified Cuban or "Mambi" soldier. But at the hill's base, bronze and stone engravings contain excerpts of a July 17, 1898, letter Garcia wrote to Shafter, resigning after learning armed Cuban forces would be barred from Santiago.

"We are not a wild people who ignore the principles of civilized warfare," Garcia wrote. "Like the heroes of Saratoga and Yorktown, we respect our cause too deeply to disgrace it with barbarity and cowardice."

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JG: When will they ever learn?. More than 110 years after San Juan Hill the Yankee imperialists still don't get it right. Who do they think they are? Why are they so intent in demonstrating that they are nothing but a bunch of arrogant S.O.B.'s?

When will they ever learn to 'LIVE AND LET LIVE'?

Learn from the friendly relations between Taiwan and China! Invest in Cuba! Be a good neighbor!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

U.N. Special Rapporteur: United States military commissions unlikely to produce fair trials

United Nations

22 October 2008 – The United States’ system of military commissions planned for suspects currently detained at Guantánamo Bay is not likely to reach international standards about the right to a fair trial, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned today.

Martin Scheinin, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism, told the General Assembly’s third committee (social, humanitarian and cultural) that a visit to Guantánamo Bay in December last year confirmed his misgivings concerning the operation of the military commissions.

“I find it highly unlikely that they would be able to provide a trial that meets the standards of international human rights law concerning the right to a fair trial,” Mr. Scheinin said.

He said one of his concerns was confirmed when the US Supreme Court, the country’s highest court, found earlier this year that laws establishing the military commissions were unconstitutional for their denial of habeas corpus – or the legal opportunity to challenge someone’s detention – to suspects held at Guantánamo Bay.

Speaking to journalists after presenting the report, Mr. Scheinin said he expected that, regardless of whether Barack Obama or John McCain wins next month’s election to be the next President of the US, the new administration will take steps to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay.

He said, in response to a reporter’s question, that he based that observation on the public statements of Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain strongly criticizing Guantánamo Bay.

Mr. Scheinin also visited Spain in May this year, and he told the General Assembly’s third committee today that the Iberian country deserved credit for its efforts to encourage a human rights dimension to its response to terrorism.

“Nevertheless, I also identified matters of concern,” he said in his statement, adding that one of them was the continued use of incommunicado detention for terrorism suspects, despite recommendations to the contrary by a number of human rights bodies.”

The institution of incommunicado detention should be completely eradicated, in part because it would strengthen the credibility of counter-terrorism measures by law enforcement bodies, Mr. Scheinin said.

It would also enhance assurances that those falsely accused of ill-treatment of terrorism suspects could be cleared, the Special Rapporteur noted.

He told journalists that he expects to visit Tunisia very soon, and several requests for visits to other countries remain pending, including those sent to Algeria, Egypt, Malaysia, Pakistan and the Philippines.

Guayaba: El más cubano entre los dulces


BuenavistaVCuba Weblog

17 de octubre de 2008

Por: Richard Roselló. *

Muchos lo adjudican a la “raspadura”, ese dulce del argot popular criollo obtenido de la fabricación del azúcar de caña en Cuba. Y es porque nació en el siglo XVI, en viejos trapiches, las primeras producciones semiindustriales para la exportación a España.

Pero la “raspadura” tuvo su bautizo en la región oriental del país del siglo XIX. Ese turrón de azúcar sin purificar fue el dulce popular, consumido por su baratez, durante el pasado y presente siglo cubano.
Si bien mucho antes de la “raspadura” patentada al mercado, existía otro dulce genuino cubano de la tierra adentro. Los cubanos lo hemos probado y a veces ignorado su placentero sabor. Se les ve en todas partes, fuera y dentro de los mercados vendidos por merolicos. Nos referimos al más cubano entre los dulces. No es el masa real. Ni el pan de gloria. Ni la gazeñiga. Es la barra de guayaba, autóctona de nuestra región. Uno de los primeros dulces cubanos patentados. Aunque con poco mérito en la exportación marítima fue entre los primeros en alcanzar prestigio en el mercado nacional y mantenerse invicto por casi dos centurias.

Las primeras referencias sobre conservas de guayaba aparecen en un anuncio del periódico, Diario de La Habana. Al adentrarnos en su fecha de 1816, descubrimos en su oferta una recién inaugurada tienda de repostería y confitería sito en calle O’Reilly, no.111. En ella se ofertaba ese nutritivo y agradable dulce para los habaneros, entre otros dulces y conservas nacionales como extranjeras.

Cuba, un país de frutas.

A partir de 1820 Cuba es una exportadora de frutas en conservas hacia los Estados Unidos. El ramo de dulces tuvo tan extraordinario giro que cinco almacenes de La Habana estaban atestadas de cajas de dulces y de frutas en conservas alimenticias.
Las siembras de semillas importadas crecieron a un ritmo acelerado: sapotes blancos, chirimoyas de Guatemala, guanábanas de Puerto Rico, los anones, guayabas del Perú, mameyes de Santo Domingo, caimito, las ciruelas de distintas clases del país y de México, mamoncillos de Isla de Pinos, la toronja, la lima, limones, melones de agua de Castilla, el mango de la India, piñas, cocos, papayas, tamarindo y plátanos… reservan con la fertilidad de la tierra cubana una prospera y futura industria de conservas en la isla.

Señalan antecedentes que desde el siglo XVII Santiago de Cuba exportaba dulces de frutas hacia tierra firme: Portobelo y Cartagena. Según Levi Marrero en su: Cuba: economía y sociedad. (T. XI, p 148).

En 1830 los habaneros, Francisco Arrufat y José Barnet, se convencieron que las deleitosas frutas cubanas tenían un mercado seguro idearon su conservación mediante el método Appert. La nueva legislación sobre patentes industriales, ya en vigor permitió la concepción de una exclusividad por 10 años, con el compromiso de abastecer, además, toda la isla.

Con la fabricación de conservas La Habana se abre a todos los mercados y sus variedades de frutas estarán presentes junto a otros platos en la mesa de la alta burguesía. La pasta y la jalea (mermelada) de guayaba se habían incorporado a la interminable oferta de encurtidos, conservas, vinos y dulces de restaurantes, hoteles, reposterías y panaderías.

El origen del dulce de guayaba

El dulce de guayaba llegó a tener tan buena aceptación nacional que en su lugar de origen Puerto Príncipe (Camagüey), se creó un gran depósito especializado de envase de hoja de lata para distribuir a pequeñas industrias nacidas al calor del dulce de vuelta arriba. Otra competidora fue la de Caraballo en Bainoa (Holguín) de 1837 quien alcanzó gran reputación en el país.

Las frutas se hizo tan abundante en la isla que muchos pidieron licencia para establecer fábricas y puestos de ventas. Si bien a producción de dulces y conservas alcanzaba una modesta contribución a la exportación de la isla.

Al crearse en 1847 en La Habana la exposición pública de las industrias, artes y otros ramos, la elaboración de la pasta de guayaba, experimenta una paulatina calidad de su dulce, envase y presentación que le darán prestigio.

Como resultado de ello, el dulce de guayaba se conserva en cajas de fragante cedro, en botes de cerámica, en latas barnizadas por dentro y en bayamesas tuzas a mediados del siglo en que hay un despegue de las ciencias y las artes en Cuba. Sus precios no excedían de 1$ la caja y 9 $ la docena. Desde entonces unas 60 fábricas de conservas comenzaron a producir con gran calidad y éxito en una acelerada competencia.

Prueba de ello es la medalla de Oro obtenida por “La Sin Igual”, una fábrica en calle habanera de Lamparilla en la exposición de Matanzas en 1872 y en Viena 1873 por sus productos de pastas y jaleas de guayaba, en cajas de todos tamaños, y su pasta de guayaba cristalizada.

No es la única. “La Esperanza”, una industria ubicada en Santa Clara alcanza premio en la exposición internacional de Filadelfia y Matanzas en 1877 por su conserva de guayaba en caja prensada. Uno año después, “La Dominica”, situada en La Habana, obtiene otro premio en París.

Durante esos periodos sobresalen industrias que elaboran en sus producciones de pasta de guayaba. “La Tomadita” y “La Luz” en Marianao, en 1871. La de Iturbe y Sobrino en San José de las Lajas (1891), el 2do Pavo Real de R. Wilson en calle Compostela no. 70, “La Dominica”, en Mercaderes y O’Relly, la primera de su clase en La Habana (1851 aun producía en 1874, ‘’La Ambrosia” en 1904, ‘’Romero y Julieta” (1908) y “La Aurora” en 1909 y otras más contribuirán a una mejor comprensión de la exitosa y presencia del dulce de guayaba en Cuba.

* Periodista independiente cubano.

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CUBAN PASTELITO DE GUAYABA

Foodnetwork.com

Recipe courtesy of Felipe Valls

Show: The Best Of Episode: Pastries and Danish

Cook Time: 50 Minutes

Level: Intermidiate

Yield: 16 pieces

Ingredients

* 2 (16-ounce) cans Guava shells in syrup
* 4 ounces water, plus more as needed for moisture
* 12 ounces unsweetened butter or lard
* 1/2 teaspoon sal
* 1 pound all-purpose flour
* 1 egg, beaten with 1 ounce of water
* 1 ounce simple syrup (equal amount water and sugar, heated until sugar dissolves)

Directions

In a blender or food processor, add all guava shells and half the syrup from one can. Process until it reaches a smooth consistency. Put puree in a medium saucepan and cook at low heat until reduced to a very thick consistency. Let guava cool and then fill into pastry bag. In a medium mixing bowl, add 4 ounces of water, 2 ounces of butter, and salt and mix until smooth. Then add flour and work well until all ingredients are incorporated. Continue to add water, a little at a time, working the dough until a medium-hard consistency is reached. Form dough into a ball and let rest for 15 minutes. Roll the dough into a flat square, about 1/2-inch thick.

Place the remaining butter in the middle of square and pat down by hand to form a square about one-half the size of the dough square. Fold over the 4 corners of the dough, 1 at a time, overlapping each other so that a sealed envelope is formed enclosing the butter. Dust with flour and roll out to form a rectangle about 1/4-inch thick. Now fold 1/3 of the rectangle dough towards the middle and the remaining 1/3 over those 2. Let dough rest for 15 minutes. Now repeat process above of rolling out and folding in 3, 2 more times, resting 15 minutes between each.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Roll out a final time into a rectangle and fold 1/4of the dough on each side to the middle and then fold 1 more time down the middle to form 4 flaps in the fold. Let rest for 15 minutes. Roll out to a rectangle to about 1/8-inch thick. With a knife, cut the flattened dough into a 4-inch wide strip by length of your baking sheet. Lay strip on sheet pan lined with waxed paper and put filling lengthwise in the middle in continuous stream about 3/4-inch in diameter. Spray edges of strips with water and cover with another 4-inch strip of dough the same size as bottom. Press the edges together by hand very softly all the way around. Brush top with egg wash and bake for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with a simple syrup over the top and bake for another 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from oven and cut crosswise into 16 pieces.

Capitalism’s Failure

Over the last eight years of the inept and corrupt Bush administration we have witnessed the leaders of the nation and businesses while they proceeded to literally loot and destroy this country.

Anything-goes Capitalism is an abject failure. The top 2% of economic ladder, those who do not know what an honest day’s of work is, have proceeded to amass huge fortunes with their swindles and their frauds.

An when the house of cards that they built based on dubious schemes and greed came tumbling down, they ran to the government yelling: “Intervene in the markets! You need to bail us out!” The ex-chairman of Goldman Sachs proceeded to give them their ‘treats’ before October 31, while at the same time he tried to hide their criminal ‘tricks.’

Capitalism, as practiced in the United States, is a huge failure. We continue to spend $10 billion dollars in Iraq per month for the benefit of the military industrial complex. The damages that the Republican Party has done to this country are incalculable and immeasurable. We are witnessing a country and an ideology that is bankrupt, both fiscally and morally.

Will the Democrats be any better? If he is elected president, will Senator Obama be a savior like FDR in the 1930’s? We have heard his great eloquence. Americans will judge his acts after January 20, 2009.

Stefano Guastella: Holguín, Oriente di Cuba


Aldia.cu
El Sitio de la Televisión Cubana en Holguín
Instituto Cubano de Radio y Television

Holguín a Italia en un libro

By Stefano Guastella

Cuando empecé a escribir el libro en Italiano "Holguín - Oriente di Cuba. La storia, i luoghi, i personaggi", la pregunta que me hice fue "¿por quién lo escribo?"

Me dije, seguro en Italia hay muchas personas que aman a Cuba, pero la mayoría de los turistas italianos prefieren ciudades como La Habana, Varadero, Cayo Largo...

Pero, yo quedé "embrujado" con Holguín, de sus lugares, de su historia, del cariño de la gente. Claro que mucho fue por influencia de mi actual esposa, holguinera orgullosa, que me enseñó muchas de estas cosas.

Con los años mi cariño por Holguín creció siempre más, hasta animarme a conocer quiénes eran aquellos valiosos personajes del pasado, como El General Calixto García, Doña Victoriana de Ávila o Manuel Dositeo Aguilera. En fin me gustó profundizar en la historia de esta provincia y de sus 14 municipios.

Todo esto me provocó intentar escribir un libro totalmente dedicado a Holguín. Fueron indispensables los artículos en Español que encontré en la web, como el de Pancho, el burro de Mayabe, que traduje al Italiano gracias al artículo encontrado precisamente en ALDIA.

Fueron necesarios seis meses para llegar a realizarlo, pero hoy estoy contento, porqué este libro está a disposición gratuita de muchos italianos que así podrán leerlo y apreciar más esta ciudad y su maravillosa provincia.

La respuesta a la pregunta que me hice hace seis meses fue muy sencilla: "lo escribo para mi, porqué soy Italiano, pero Holguín es como si fuera mi segunda ciudad"

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Granma International

L'Avana. 15 Ottobre 2008

UN LIBRO ITALIANO SU CUBA

Holguín, Oriente di Cuba: la storia, i luoghi, i personaggi …

10 Ottobre 1868.

Una data importante per Cuba, dove nella finca de La Demajagua, a Manzanillo, attuale provincia di Granma, un certo Carlo Manuel de Céspedes dette il via alla prima insurrezione Cubana contro il dominio Spagnolo.

Vi chiederete forse, cosa c’entra Holguín e la sua provincia con questo avvenimento.

A quel tempo (1868) Holguín era sotto la giurisdizione di Bayamo, la città dove fu formato il primo governo della “Repubblica in armi”.

E proprio a Holguin, 20 giorni dopo, il 30 Ottobre 1868, avvenne l’assedio della città da parte dei ribelli indipendentisti, chiamati Mambises….

Questo libro, a cui ho lavorato dal 29 Marzo al 15 Settembre 2008, (mia moglie si chiede ancora che cxxxo mi alzassi a fare tutti i giorni alle 5 del mattino…), è un mio atto d’amore verso Holguin e la sua provincia. Una città che ormai sento anche “mia” dato che è li che si trova una parte della mia famiglia e dove si trovano alcuni miei amici.

Ho “messo insieme” il testo, traducendo svariati articoli scovati su Internet e riguardanti la storia e i personaggi della regione.

Ho diviso il libro in tre parti: nella prima si parla della storia dei vari municipi della provincia, nella seconda si parla di alcuni luoghi, non necessariamente…turistici, nella terza si parla di alcuni dei personaggi più famosi nati o vissuti a Holguin, non necessariamente…. umani (vedi la storia di Pancho, l’asino di Mayabe).

Credo di essere il primo in Italia che ha tradotto e creato un libro interamente dedicato a questa provincia Cubana (spero di non essere smentito).

Il libro è disponibile per tutti in Download Gratuito a cui potrete accedere dal mio sito: www.concubanelcuore.it … oppure dall’accesso diretto su lulu http://www.lulu.com/content/3571959

Ho comunque messo anche la possibilità, (per chi non ama le versioni elettroniche..), di acquistare la versione stampata (si accede sempre dai siti sopra segnalati).

In questo caso potrete godere anche della bella copertina realizzata dal mio “grafico di fiducia”, Filippo.

Dato che ho finito di scrivere il libro in un momento molto particolare per Cuba e soprattutto per Holguin, devastata dal ciclone IKE che ha colpito in particolare alcune delle città descritte nel mio libro (Gibara e Banes ad esempio), ho deciso di utilizzare la possibilità di vendere le copie stampate per poter fare qualcosa di utile.

Ogni copia stampata acquistata, destinerà 3 euro per la popolazione di Holguin, porterò tutto quello che riuscirò a raccogliere direttamente nel mio prossimo viaggio a Cuba previsto per metà Dicembre.

Non so ancora se li utilizzerò per un ospedale, per una scuola, per aiutare delle famiglie bisognose, dovrò rendermi conto della situazione di persona per poter decidere la maniera di impiegarli.

Qualunque cifra venga raccolta (anche se fosse solo 1 euro) potrà essere utile per poter aiutare qualcuno.

Se poi, anche chi preferisce scaricare il download gratuito, volesse comunque partecipare a questa iniziativa…basterà che mi contatti a info@concubanelcuore.it

Spero di non averVi annoiato e….Vi auguro una buona lettura…

Stefano Guastella.

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JG: Thanks to my good friend Stefano, in Italy, for letting me know about his new book about Cuba. More than ten years ago he visited Cuba and fell in love with the island and a beautiful Holguinera, Yani. Of that union was born a cute Italo-Cubana, Ylenia. This is his second book. Congratulations Stefano!

October 25, 1958: Fidel's statetement to the Cuban people is read from Radio Rebelde


Frente a la conjura de Batista y el imperialismo yanki

Declaraciones de Fidel leídas por Radio Rebelde el 25 de octubre de 1958.

Comunicaciones recibidas del Frente No. 2 Frank País informaban la posibilidad de que la zona de Nicaro, donde están instaladas las plantas de níquel del gobierno americano se convirtiera en campo de batalla.

Hace tres días, la dictadura, sorpresivamente, sin que hubiera motivo militar alguno, retiró las tropas que tenía destacadas en aquel punto. Siguiendo la práctica acostumbrada, los rebeldes tomaron inmediatamente el territorio abandonado por el enemigo, ofreciéndoles a los empleados y funcionarios de la planta completas garantías para seguir operando.

Pues bien: en el día de hoy, el mando rebelde interceptó una orden del coronel Ugalde Carrillo, disponiendo que sus fuerzas desembarcaran de nuevo en la Nicaro, lo que va a producir inevitablemente un choque.

Todo esto forma parte de una maniobra de Batista, en complicidad con el embajador Mr. Smith y varios funcionarios del Departamento de Estado Americano para propiciar la intervención de Estados Unidos en la guerra civil de Cuba.

La dictadura en su desesperación está tratando de producir un incidente grave entre los rebeldes y los Estados Unidos.

El primer intento tuvo lugar a principios de julio, cuando el Estado Mayor de la dictadura, de acuerdo con Mr. Smith, retiró sus tropas del acueducto de Yateritas que abastece de agua la base naval de Estados Unidos en Caimanera y solicitó de las autoridades allí radicadas el envío de soldados a ese punto del territorio nacional para protección del acueducto. Batista y Mr. Smith pretendían buscar un choque entre marinos norteamericanos y rebeldes.

Una gran campaña de opinión en toda la América, la actitud responsable y serena de las fuerzas rebeldes frente a aquella provocación evidente y las gestiones del Frente Cívico Revolucionario propiciaron una solución diplomática del problema. Los marinos norteamericanos se retiraron sin incidente alguno. Un hecho intrascendente, ocurrido en días pasados de modo fortuito, vino a dar aliento a la conjura de la Embajada Americana y la dictadura de Batista contra la soberanía del país. Dos norteamericanos y siete cubanos que trabajan en la Texaco se encontraron en el camino con una emboscada de patriotas cubanos que esperaban el avance de fuerzas enemigas. Por motivos estrictamente de seguridad, tanto para dichos empleados como para nuestras fuerzas, los tripulantes del vehículo fueron retenidos y trasladados a lugar seguro; no porque fuesen norteamericanos o cubanos sino sencillamente porque cuando una emboscada es descubierta por civiles y estos no la denuncian inmediatamente a las fuerzas de la tiranía, para evitar que caigan en la emboscada, la dictadura toma represalias contra ellos; si por el contrario los civiles denuncian nuestra posición, ésta puede ser rodeada por fuerzas superiores y atacada. Es por eso que en estos casos se retiene a los civiles en algún lugar seguro, por razones de seguridad tanto para nuestra tropa como para ellos, por el tiempo que dure la operación. No se puede llamar secuestro a ese acto; nadie fue a detener a esos empleados a sus trabajos; no se exigió absolutamente nada a cambio de su libertad y fueron tratados con todas las consideraciones. Eso fue sencillamente lo que ocurrió. Se les puso en libertad tan pronto el comandante de la columna retiró las fuerzas nuestras del camino. Pues bien: aprovechándose inmediatamente de este incidente, como quien está buscando el menor pretexto para inmiscuirse en los asuntos internos de Cuba, Lincoln White, vocero del Departamento de Estado norteamericano, formuló unas declaraciones insultantes para los patriotas y que encierran en su contenido una amenaza abierta contra la integridad de nuestro territorio y la soberanía de nuestro Pueblo.

La dictadura de Batista ha asesinado a más de un ciudadano norteamericano. Ha detenido y hasta golpeado periodistas de ese país. Sin embargo, el Departamento de Estado ha guardado silencio frente a esos hechos, no informando de ello a la opinión pública norteamericana. Bastó en cambio este simple incidente para que Lincoln White lanzara una serie de amenazas y acusaciones contra el Movimiento 26 de Julio.

Simultáneamente se produce el abandono por parte de las fuerzas de la dictadura, del poblado de Nicaro y tres días después cuando los patriotas han ocupado dicho territorio la dictadura ordena a sus tropas desembarcar de nuevo.

Ahora están tramando escenificar una batalla en el mismo terreno donde están enclavadas las plantas de níquel del gobierno de Estados Unidos donde puedan derivarse daños materiales a las mismas y buscar un pretexto al envío de tropas norteamericanas. Es un plan similar al que se fraguó con el acueducto de Yateritas.

Queremos denunciar estos hechos ante la opinión pública de los Estados Unidos y de América Latina. Es la peor traición que pueda cometer un gobernante con su propia patria.

¿Por qué las fuerzas de la dictadura abandonaron las plantas de la Nicaro si no estaban siendo atacadas allí por los rebeldes?

¿Por qué ha ordenado de nuevo un desembarco en dicho punto? ¿Qué relación tienen estos hechos con las agresivas declaraciones de Lincoln White?

El mando rebelde no ha estado nunca animado por sentimientos de animadversión ni hostilidad hacia los Estados Unidos. Cuando un grupo numeroso de ciudadanos norteamericanos fueron retenidos al norte de la provincia de Oriente a fin de que pudieran contemplar los efectos de los bombardeos a la población campesina con bombas y aviones de procedencia americana, este mando tan pronto conoció el problema ordenó la inmediata entrega de dichos ciudadanos a las autoridades de su país por considerar que no debían ser molestados por los errores de su gobierno.

Cuando di esa orden se encontraba presente en la Sierra Maestra un periodista norteamericano, que la trasmitió inmediatamente a las agencias cablegráficas. El incidente último con dos ciudadanos de ese país fue puramente fortuito y por las razones antes explicadas. La presencia de los siete cubanos retenidos en compañía de ellos, es prueba de que no lo inspiró ningún motivo de nacionalidad. Si Lincoln White califica de atentado a las normas civilizadas la retención de dos compatriotas suyos, que fueron tratados con toda decencia y puestos en libertad tan pronto cesó el peligro, para ellos y para nuestros soldados, ¿cómo calificar la muerte de tantos civiles cubanos indefensos asesinados con las bombas y los aviones que el gobierno americano envió al ejército del dictador Batista? Los ciudadanos cubanos, señor White, son seres humanos igual que los ciudadanos norteamericanos, sin embargo, jamás ha muerto un norteamericano con bombas ni aviones cubanos. Usted no nos puede acusar a los patriotas cubanos de esos actos; en cambio nosotros sí podemos acusarlos a usted y a su gobierno.

La guerra que está sufriendo hoy nuestra Patria ocasiona pérdidas y molestias no solo a los ciudadanos norteamericanos sino a todos los residentes del país. Pero esta guerra no es culpa de los cubanos que queremos recobrar nuestro sistema democrático y nuestras libertades sino de la tiranía que hace siete años oprime nuestra patria, que ha contado sin embargo con el apoyo de los embajadores norteamericanos.

Nuestra conducta está expuestas a la luz pública. En el territorio liberado por nuestras fuerzas no hay censura. Los periodistas norteamericanos nos han visitado infinidad de veces y pueden hacerlo cuantas veces lo deseen para informar libremente a la opinión pública de ese país nuestra actuación; porque la única fiscalización que toleramos de nuestros actos y de nuestra libre determinación es la de la opinión pública de nuestro pueblo y del mundo entero.

Bueno es advertir que Cuba es un país libre y soberano; deseamos mantener con los Estados Unidos las mejores relaciones de amistad. No queremos que entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos surja nunca un conflicto que no se pueda resolver dentro de la Razón y el Decoro de los Pueblos. Pero si el Departamento de Estado Americano continúa dejándose arrastrar por las intrigas de Mr. Smith y Batista e incurre en el error injustificable de llevar a su país a un acto de agresión contra nuestra soberanía la sabremos defender dignamente. Hay Deberes con la Patria que no se pueden dejar de cumplir cueste lo que cueste. A un país grande y poderoso como los Estados Unidos no lo honran las palabras y amenazas que entrañan las últimas declaraciones de usted. Las amenazas tienen virtualidad entre la gente cobarde y sumisa, pero no la tendrán jamás con los hombres que estén dispuestos a morir en defensa de su Pueblo.