Monday, May 31, 2010

Important vote may be coming up for H.R. 4645

There are some reports that H.R. 4645, The Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, will be coming up for a vote in the Agriculture Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in June. It would legislate important reforms for our failed policies toward Cuba.

If Barack Obama can rein in the right wingers inside his own party, (a.k.a. The Gang of 66), it may have a chance for passage.

Contact your member in the U.S. House of Representative and ask that he/she support the enactment of H.R. 4645.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Tampa to work on boosting ties to Cuba

St. Petersburg Times

By Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Friday, May 28, 2010

TAMPA — Saying it will boost the city's economy, the City Council on Thursday agreed to bring together local and national officials to work on a plan for improving Tampa's relations with Cuba.

"What needs to happen is a unified, concerted effort," said council chairman Tom Scott. "All parties should come together and map out a strategy."

The council voted to invite Mayor Pam Iorio and representatives of the Hillsborough County Commission, the Tampa Port Authority, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority and the Tampa area congressional delegation to develop a plan.

"It's so obvious that we have an opportunity in our community to generate business for the city of Tampa through this relationship," said council member Linda Saul-Sena.

The measure passed 5-0, with council members Mary Mulhern and John Dingfelder absent.

"We need to get off the dime and get something going. Forget the politics in Washington," said council member Joseph Caetano.

The move came after the council heard from members of the World Trade Center, a Tampa organization that promotes global business; and Al Fox, creator of the Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation.

"Tampa must be more active and more aggressive in becoming a trading partner with Cuba," said Steve Michelini, managing director of the center. "We're not here talking about whether the current administration in Cuba is going to remain or not, but whether Tampa should become more active."

Michelini and Fox said that even with the 48-year-old federal embargo in place, options exist to expand trade of agricultural and other products through the Port of Tampa, and establish direct flights to Cuba from Tampa International Airport.

"This is not a federal issue. This is a local issue," Fox said. "Cuba is open. We're shutting ourselves out."

Tampa port officials have previously resisted efforts to develop a trading relationship with Cuba. Efforts to add direct flights to the island nation from Tampa are ongoing.

Shortly after taking office, President Barack Obama eased restrictions on travel to Cuba for Americans with family there.

That prompted U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, to begin discussions with federal officials about bringing charter flights to Cuba from TIA. Currently, only Miami, New York and Los Angeles offer direct flights to Cuba.

In a letter sent last year to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Castor said 66,963 Cuban-Americans call the Tampa Bay area home, making it the fifth largest Cuban-American community in the United States. Cuban-Americans in the Orlando, Lakeland and Sarasota bring the total to more than 100,000.

Based on that figure, Michelini said, flights from Tampa could generate $420,000 a month in airport taxes, as well as revenue for hotels and restaurants.

"All that revenue goes to the economic engine of the Miami/Dade community," he said. "We'd like to see some of that come to Tampa."

Don Barco, owner of the King Corona cigar bar in Ybor City urged the council to do all it can to push for economic relations with Cuba as other cities have done.

"If they can do it, we can do it," he said. "In these bad economic times, Tampa can really use the money. I ask you to keep trying."

Janet Zink can be reached at jzink@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3401.

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JG: As the article states, shortly after Barack Obama took office, Rep. Castor's office began discussions about airline flights to Havana from Tampa International Airport. It has been two years now. What is the status of those talks and why is it taking so long to get federal bureaucrats off their fannies and DO SOMETHING. Are they too busy with Obama's fake 'Change You Can Believe In'?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Argentinean Doctors Send Letter of Gratitude to Fidel Castro

Cuban News Agency

HAVANA, Cuba, May 26 (ACN) The General Secretary of the Tatu Proposal organization, which groups young Argentinean doctors who graduated in Cuba, handed Cuban Vice President Esteban Lazo a letter addressed to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

The document expresses the gratitude and the commitment of all graduates from the Havana-based Latin American School of Medicine to unconditionally serve the needy.

Prensa Latina news agency reports that, during a meeting with groups in solidarity with Cuba and the Association of Cuban Residents in Argentina, Lazo denounced an ongoing anti-Cuba media campaign led by the United States and its European allies. He added that the history of the Cuban Revolution is one of generosity and love for life, but he noted that Cuba will never yield to pressure or blackmail.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Repectful talks with ANYONE, dictates and impositions from NO ONE!

Some in the capitalist controlled mainstream news media are making much of the recent talks of the Cuban government with the Catholic Church inside the island.

They are so desperate for any kind of "victory" against Cuban Socialism that they are seeing something where nothing exists.

If the talks can contribute to the betterment of Cuban society, they ought to be encouraged and applauded.

There are people in the Barack Obama administration and the American press who have bad intentions toward Cuba. They seek dominance and impositions from abroad. The Cuban government should continue defending the island's national sovereignty and independence and place a big stop sign in front of these meddlers from abroad. Cuba for the Cubans!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cuba to improve conditions of prisoners: source

Cuba's President Raul Castro attends a meeting of the National Assembly in Havana December 20, 2009. Credit: Reuters/Enrique De La Osa

Esteban Israel
HAVANA
Sat May 22, 2010 10:45pm EDT

(Reuters) - Cuba has agreed to move political prisoners held in far-off jails to facilities closer to their hometowns and transfer sick prisoners to hospitals, a dissident said on Saturday, following talks between Catholic Church leaders and President Raul Castro this week.

Guillermo Farinas, on a hunger strike for 88 days demanding ill prisoners be released, told Reuters in a telephone interview that he received the news from a bishop who visited him in the hospital where he is being fed intravenously.

A Catholic Church source, speaking on condition his name not be used, confirmed what Farinas said. "Everything appears that is what will happen," he said.

Cardinal Jaime Ortega and Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba Dionisio Garcia, who heads the Cuban Bishops' Conference, held a four-and-a-half-hour meeting with Castro in Havana on Wednesday which they both described as positive.

Farinas said Prelate Juan Dios Hernandez, the auxiliary bishop of Havana, brought him the message from Ortega after the cardinal was informed by the government that measures were being taken as agreed in the meeting.

"These are first the transfer of all the prisoners to their respective provinces of residence, and the transfer also of all sick prisoners to hospitals," Farinas said.

He said he was told a second meeting would be held next week toward "resolving the situation of the prisoners."

There was no immediate word from Cuban officials.

Wednesday's meeting was the Cuban Catholic Church leaders' first talks with Castro since he took over the presidency of the Communist-ruled island from his ailing elder brother Fidel Castro in 2008.

"The Church is interested in there being some kind of relief in the situation of the prisoners, which could include the freeing of some of them, and that is what we're talking about," Ortega said during a news conference on Thursday.

He said the subject was being discussed seriously, but neither he nor Garcia offered specific details of what steps the Cuban government might take over the political prisoners.

The cardinal added the talks would continue.

The rare meeting, which received wide coverage in the official media, followed Ortega's successful mediation between the Communist authorities and female relatives of imprisoned dissidents earlier this month hat allowed them to resume weekly marches without being harassed by government supporters.

The Vatican's foreign minister, Archbishop Dominique Memberti, is due to visit the island next month as Cuba is facing increasing economic difficulties and international attention on human rights abuses in the country.

Political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo died in February after a hunger strike.

Memberti is expected to press authorities to release political prisoners whom the government brands as mercenaries and subversives in the pay of the United States.

Local human rights organizations put the number of political prisoners in Cuba at around 200, while Amnesty International says there are around 60 prisoners of conscience.

(Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Silvio Rodriguez concert in Wahington D.C

Cuban music legend Silvio Rodriguez has confirmed his concert on June 19 at 7:30 P.M. (EST) in DAR Constitution Hall in Washington , D.C.

For the first time in his career, 63-year-old Rodriguez will play in concert in the U.S. capital. Tickets will go on sale to the general public May 28 at 10:00 A.M. (EST) through Ticketmaster. He will be featuring his latest album Segunda Cita (Second Date).

In an attempt to better U.S.-Cuba relations, the U.S. government has recently approved Rodriguez visa. Rodriguez first performance in the U.S. will be on June 4 in the Carnegie Hall in New York City .

Rodriguez is the creator of the music style Nueva Trova Cubana (New Cuban Trova), a music movement that emerged in the mid-1960s blending traditional folk music with progressive and insightful lyrics. This music style along with his creator have influenced generations across the world for almost four decades.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Cuban Parliament against Racist Law in Arizona

Cuban News Agency

HAVANA, Cuba, May 20 (ACN) The Cuban Parliament is proclaiming its solidarity with those who’re facing the brutal violation of their human rights in the United States, after the enactment in the state of Arizona of “a law of deep racist and xenophobic nature.”

A Declaration issued by the Commission for International Relations of the National Assembly of the People’s Power, published on Thursday by Granma newspaper, denounces that that law allows the police to use the racial profile to arrest any person if they have "reasonable suspicion" that he or she is an illegal immigrant.

The text adds that, in fact, immigrants without documents are criminalized, thus creating an atmosphere of persecution against immigrants in general, who from now on will be constantly submitted to arbitrary detentions, searches and humiliation, including deportation to his or her country of origin.

The declaration also expresses concern about the implications of this law –which could spread throughout the US territory- for millions of human beings that in this region are forced to go to the United States to look for better living conditions for themselves and their families.

“We can’t help but call the attention to the fact that, while walls are built and laws like these are approved –which try to close the doors to immigrants from the territories stolen by force from the noble Mexican people, the Cuban Adjustment Act remains valid, a permanent encouragement for disorganized migration and to desertion, which has claimed the lives of hundreds of Cubans over dozens of years”, concludes the Declaration.

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JG: The hysteria in right-wing conservative circles is reminiscent of the actions of the Third Reich in the 1930's. Write to President Obama and denounce this racist law and join the Arizona boycott.

Seattle Joins Arizona Boycott

Write to the Cuban Five! Express your solidarity!

As everyone knows, the Cuban Five are in American jails thanks to the witch hunt conducted by the Bill Clinton administration.

If there ever was a kangaroo trial and a supreme travesty of justice, it was the event that took place in Miami which was disguised as a court proceeding. It was conducted in an atmosphere of hysteria and hatred. The Clinton's, both Bill and Hillary, have an intense dislike for Cuban Socialism. The first mistake committed by the Obama administration was to appoint Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

If you want to write to the Cuban Five to express your solidarity, here are their prison addresses:

Gerardo Hernández

Birthday: June 4

#58739-004
U.S.P. Victorville
P.O. Box 5300
Adelanto, CA 92301

Antonio Guerrero

Birthday: October 16

#58741-004
FCI Florence
P.O. Box 6000
Florence, CO 81226

Ramon Labañino

Birthday: June 9

#58734-004
U.S.P. McCreary
P.O. Box 3000
Pine Knot, KY 42635

(NOTE: the envelope should be addressed to "Luis Medina," but address the letter inside to Ramon)

Fernando González

Birthday: August 18

#58733-004
F.C.I. Terre Haute
P.O. Box 33
Terre Haute, IN 47808

(NOTE: the envelope should be addressed to "Rubén Campa," but address the letter inside to Fernando)

René González

Birthday: August 13

#58738-004
FCI Marianna
P.O. Box 7007
Marianna, FL 32447-7007

Aroldis Chapman vs Stephen Strasburg

Chapman

Strasburg

Cuban born pitcher Aroldis Chapman has an extremely difficult task ahead of him if he wants to be the equal of Stephen Strasburg, the 2009 U.S. number one overall amateur draft pick. They are both headed for The Show soon.

Aroldis is currently pitching for the Louisville Bats and Stphen is pitching for the Syracuse Chiefs. Both teams play in the Triple-A International League.

Both Aroldis Chapman and Stephen Strasburg are very talented pitchers, but right now Strasburg is way ahead of Chapman.

They both have played in eight games in the minor leagues, all of them as starters. Aroldis pitched 40.2 innings and Stephen pitched 40.1 innings. Aroldis struck out 48 and Stephen struck out 49.

Those are the statistics where they are equal to each other.

Here are the statistics where they are unequal:

1. Strasburg has total control of his pitches. Chapman can be very wild at times.
2. Strasburg won 6 games, Aroldis won 4 games.
3. Strasburg's ERA is 0.89, Chapman's is 3.98.
4. Strasburg has allowed 17 hits. Chapman has allowed 39 hits.
5. Strasburg allowed 9 runs, 4 of them earned. Chapman allowed 21 runs, 18 of them earned.
6. Strasburg gave 10 bases on balls. Chapman gave 24 BB's.
7. The batting average of Strasburg's opponents was .123 while the batting average of Chapmna's opponents was .257.

Like they say in tennis: Advantage Strasburg!

Can you imagine a game where they were competing against each other? That duel would be a sellout game for sure and a big thrill for all baseball fans. Bring it on!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

South Carolina GOP U.S. Senator gives Marco Rubio $343,000.00

The Orlando Sentinel

By Scott Powers

4:07 p.m. EDT, May 19, 2010

Republican Marco Rubio's Senate candidacy in Florida has been buoyed by a U.S. senator from South Carolina who has showered Rubio with praise, contacts and an unprecedented amount of money.

Campaign-finance experts say they've never seen anything like Sen. Jim DeMint's efforts on behalf of Rubio.

DeMint, a Republican who has said he wants to surround himself with a nucleus of ideological conservatives in the Senate, has set up a personal political-action committee called the Senate Conservatives Fund to sponsor candidates. Rubio, a former Florida House speaker, has become a primary benefactor.

DeMint's fund, known as a congressional leadership PAC, has provided more than $103,000 in direct contributions and indirect fundraising expenses for Rubio through March 31, the most recent campaign finance reporting deadline.

DeMint's fund says it has raised an additional $240,000 in individual campaign contributions forwarded to Rubio's campaign, fueling his Senate bid with a total of $343,000 so far. That's about 1 of every 20 dollars of the $7 million that Rubio has raised so far for the race.

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JG: The GOP and their associated right-wing conservative crowd will spend a "mint" from DeMint to buy the Florida U.S. Senate seat. Do not be confused or fooled, Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek both support the anti-Cuba agenda of the Miami Mafia. I will not vote for either one. There are alternatives: an independent candidate, a minor party candidate or write-in NOTA or leave your vote blank for that race, as your only way of protesting the two poor choices that Tweedledee and Tweedledum are giving the Florida voters.

Cuba announces its National Pre-Selection Baseball Teams for Haarlem Tournament and University Championships

La Semana Beisbolera de Haarlem, el V Campeonato Mundial Universitario y el Mundial Juvenil contarán con equipos cubanos, según explicó Higinio Vélez, director nacional de béisbol. El 7 de junio se concentrará la preselección universitaria, en Villa Clara, y la de Haarlem, en Sancti Spíritus y a partir del 24 efectuarán seis partidos de preparación, a puertas abiertas, en el Latino y el Nelson Fernández. Estas dos quedaron integradas así:

Universitarios.- Receptores: Yaimel Alberro, Yosvani Alarcón y Frank Camilo Morejón. Cuadro: José Dariel Abréu, Lerys Aguilera, Dary Bartolomé, Héctor Olivera, Yoilán Cerce, José Miguel Fernández, Adonis García, Dayán García, Yorbis Borroto, Alexander Guerrero y Aledmis Díaz, Jardineros: Alfredo Despaigne, Leonis Martín, Yoennis Céspedes, Henry Urrutia, Ramón Lunar y Jorge Jonson. Lanzadores: Vladimir García, Miguel Alfredo González, Yadier Pedroso, Ismel Jiménez, Odrisamer Despaigne, Alexander Rodríguez, Dalier Hinojosa, Miguel Lahera, Armando Rivero, Yunier Colón y Yander Guevara. Mentor: Eduardo Martín. Auxiliares: Luis Jova y Omar Linares. Entrenador: José Elosegui.

Haarlem.- Receptores: Rolando Meriño, Yulexis La Rosa, Osvaldo Arias y Eriel Sánchez. Cuadro: Yunier Mendoza, Yoenni Southeran, Joan Carlos Pedroso, Mario Vega, Danel Castro, Vismay Santos, Donal Duarte, Rudy Reyes, Dainer Moreira y Alexander Ayala. Jardineros: Alexei Bell, Andy Zamora, Ariel Sánchez, Reutilio Hurtado, Edilse Silva y Serguei Pérez. Lanzadores: Ángel Peña, Luis Borroto, Ciro Silvino Licea, Yoelkis Cruz, Yoandry Portal, Freddy Asiel Álvarez, Maikel Folch, Robelio Carrillo, Raudel Lazo, Norberto González, Duniel Ibarra y Alberto Soto. Mentor: Germán Mesa. Auxiliares: Bárbaro Marín y Gerardo Simón.
Entrenador: Julio Romero.

Source: Granma

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

US and Cuba hold talks on oil spill

Washington Post

By PAUL HAVEN
The Associated Press
Wednesday, May 19, 2010; 12:18 PM

HAVANA -- A U.S. State Department official says U.S and Cuban officials are holding "working level" talks on how to respond to the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill that is believed to be dumping some 5,000 barrels of crude a day into the Gulf of Mexico.

The talks are the latest sign that concern is growing that strong currents could carry the slick far from the site of the spill, possibly threatening the Florida Keys and the pristine white beaches along Cuba's northern coast.

They are also a rare moment of cooperation between two countries locked in conflict for more than half a century.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity due to lack of authorization to comment publicly.

Total Incompetence

In 2005 we saw the total incompetence of the George W. Bush administration when facing the devastating results of Hurricane Katrina. The federal government abandoned its citizens and 1,836 Americans lost their lives because of the Bush administration's incompetence.

Fast forward five years. Today, we are faced with another huge disaster caused by a BP oil-drilling-rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Previous to this ecological disaster, the Barack Obama administration had joined those who want to “Drill, Baby, Drill.” Like George Bush before him, the Barack Obama administration does not seem to be able to deal effectively with this huge disaster. Obama seems to be saying: “It's not my problem, it's BP's problem.” Incompetence re-visited!

The turtles and the dolphins are already beginning to wash up dead on the shores of Louisiana.

Yogi Berra would say: “It is like déjà vu all over again.”

Has Homo Sapiens started a slow descent into extinction?

Cuba on Gulf Oil Spill Alert

Periodico 26

Havana, May 15, (RHC).- Cuba’s environmental authorities are closely monitoring the extend of oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the Deep Water Horizon oil platform accident.

Director of the Environmental Department of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Orlando Rey, who described the situation in the area as a disaster, said that Cuban waters have not yet been affected by the oil spill. However, he said, we need to follow it closely because of the influence of elements beyond human control, like ocean currents, winds and weather events.

At least 13 million liters of crude oil have been dumped into the sea, nearly 200,000 gallons per day, in an area, which according Rey, is one of the richest regions in the planet regarding marine biodiversity.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The violent fanatics at Vigilia Mambisa vent their anger and hatred toward Varela's CD's

Source: http://varela1.blogspot.com/

The Miami right-wing fanatics are at it AGAIN!


Europe has no Moral to Question Cuba, says its Foreign Minister

Cuban News Agency

HAVANA, Cuba, May 17 (ACN) Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said in Madrid
that the European Union (EU) has no moral authority to speak on the human rights situation in
Cuba.

Rodriguez Parrila, in an interview to the Telecinco television channel, stressed that Cuba, as a sovereign nation, does not recognize Europe any moral authority to deal with that type of thing.

He warned also that as long as there is the so-called EU Common Position on Cuba, adopted in 1996, a full normalization of ties between the Caribbean nation and the 27 nations comprising the EU will be impossible to achieve.

Rodriguez Parrilla acknowledged, however, that Spain is a valid interlocutor, in its capacity as rotating president of the Union during the current semester, reported Prensa Latina news agency.

He said that there are prisoners in Cuba as anywhere in the world, people that had a trial for illegal acts punishable under previous laws and sanctioned in ordinary proceedings in civilian courts.

“Nothing to do -he said- with the commissions or military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay or Abu Ghraib, of which Europe has not said a word” denounced the Cuban Foreign Minister.

Rodriguez Parrilla, who heads the Cuban delegation to the VI Euro-Latin American Summit, expressed optimism that this forum will decide tomorrow the full observance of the principles of international law, the non-interference in internal affairs and the sovereign equality of the states.

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JG: Mr. Rodriguez is completely right. Neither the European Union nor the United States have any morals with which to criticize Cuba. Who committed the atrocities and tortures at Abhu Graig and Guantanamo Naval Base Prison? The United States government did! Apparently Barack Obama can not control or order his bureaucrats to close Guantanamo prison, because it remains open. Who knows if tortures are continuing there against the "enemy combatants."?

18 May 1895: "I lived inside the monster and I now his entrails"


Jose Marti was not only a strong and valiant leader in the cause for Cuban independence from the forces of colonialist Spain, he was more than that. He was a strong anti-imperialist fighter. He foresaw the big threat which the United States presented to the new republics in our America.

One of his most famous letters is the one which he started to write to his friend Manuel Mercado. He wrote it one day before his death in combat against the military forces of Spain.

In his letter Marti writes: "I lived inside the monster, and I know his entrails." For those who do not know who was he writing about, he was telling us of his life in the United States.

Below is the full letter of Cuba's Apostle of Independence.

Carta inconclusa de Martí a su amigo Manuel Mercado

Campamento de Dos Ríos, 18 de mayo de 1895.

Sr. Manuel Mercado

Mi hermano queridísimo: Ya puedo escribir, ya puedo decirle con qué ternura y agradecimiento y respeto lo quiero, y a esa casa que es mía y mi orgullo y obligación; ya estoy todos los días en peligro de dar mi vida por mi país y por mi deber —puesto que lo entiendo y tengo ánimos con que realizarlo— de impedir a tiempo con la independencia de Cuba que se extiendan por las Antillas los Estados Unidos y caigan, con esa fuerza más, sobre nuestras tierras de América. Cuanto hice hasta hoy, y haré, es para eso. En silencio ha tenido que ser y como indirectamente, porque hay cosas que para lograrlas han de andar ocultas, y de proclamarse en lo que son, levantarían dificultades demasiado recias para alcanzar sobre ellas el fin.

Las mismas obligaciones menores y públicas de los pueblos —como ese de Vd. y mío,— más vitalmente interesados en impedir que en Cuba se abra, por la anexión de los imperialistas de allá y los españoles, el camino que se ha de cegar, y con nuestra sangre estamos cegando, de la anexión de los pueblos de nuestra América, al Norte revuelto y brutal que los desprecia,—les habrían impedido la adhesión ostensible y ayuda patente a este sacrificio, que se hace en bien inmediato y de ellos.

Viví en el monstruo, y le conozco las entrañas:—y mi honda es la de David. Ahora mismo, pues días hace, al pie de la victoria con que los cubanos saludaron nuestra salida libre de las sierras en que anduvimos los seis hombres de la expedición catorce días, el corresponsal del Herald, que me sacó de la hamaca en mi rancho, me habla de la actividad anexionista, menos temible por la poca realidad de los aspirantes, de la especie curial, sin cintura ni creación, que por disfraz cómodo de su complacencia o sumisión a España, le pide sin fe la autonomía de Cuba, contenta sólo de que haya un amo, yanqui o español, que les mantenga, o les cree, en premio de oficios de celestinos, la posición de prohombres, desdeñosos de la masa pujante,—la masa mestiza, hábil y conmovedora, del país,—la masa inteligente y creadora de blancos y de negros.

Y de más me habla el corresponsal del Herald, Eugenio Bryson:—de un sindicato yanqui—que no será—con garantía de las aduanas, harto empeñadas con los rapaces bancos españoles, para que quede asidero a los del Norte;—incapacitado afortunadamente, por su entrabada y compleja constitución política, para emprender o apoyar la idea como obra de gobierno. Y de más me habló Bryson,—aunque la certeza de la conversación que me refería, sólo la puede comprender quien conozca de cerca el brío con que hemos levantado la Revolución,—el desorden, desgano y mala paga del ejército novicio español,—y la incapacidad de España para allegar en Cuba o afuera los recursos contra la guerra, que en la vez anterior sólo sacó de Cuba.—Bryson me contó su conversación con Martínez Campos, al fin de la cual le dio a entender éste que sin duda, llegada la hora, España preferiría entenderse con los Estados Unidos a rendir la Isla a los cubanos.—Y aún me habló Bryson más: de un conocido nuestro y de lo que en el Norte se le cuida, como candidato de los Estados Unidos, para cuando el actual Presidente desaparezca, a la Presidencia de México.

Por acá yo hago mi deber. La guerra de Cuba, realidad superior a los vagos y dispersos deseos de los cubanos y españoles anexionistas, a que sólo daría relativo poder su alianza con el gobierno de España, ha venido a su hora en América, para evitar, aún contra el empleo franco de todas esas fuerzas, la anexión de Cuba a los Estados Unidos, que jamás la aceptarán de un país en guerra, ni pueden contraer, puesto que la guerra no aceptará la anexión, el compromiso odioso y absurdo de abatir por su cuenta y con sus armas una guerra de independencia americana.

Y México, ¿no hallará modo sagaz, efectivo e inmediato, de auxiliar, a tiempo, a quien lo defiende? Sí lo hallará,—o yo se lo hallaré.— Esto es muerte o vida, y no cabe errar. El modo discreto es lo único que se ha de ver. Ya yo lo habría hallado y propuesto. Pero he de tener más autoridad en mí, o de saber quién la tiene, antes de obrar o aconsejar. Acabo de llegar. Puede aún tardar dos meses, si ha de ser real y estable, la constitución de nuestro gobierno, útil y sencillo. Nuestra alma es una, y la sé, y la voluntad del país; pero estas cosas son siempre obra de relación, momento y acomodos. Con la representación que tengo, no quiero hacer nada que parezca extensión caprichosa de ella. Llegué, con el General Máximo Gómez y cuatro más, en un bote en que llevé el remo de proa bajo el temporal, a una pedrera desconocida de nuestras playas; cargué, catorce días, a pie por espinas y alturas, mi morral y mi rifle;—alzamos gente a nuestro paso; —siento en la benevolencia de las almas la raíz de este cariño mío a la pena del hombre y a la justicia de remediarla; los campos son nuestros sin disputa, a tal punto, que en un mes sólo he podido oír un fuego; y a las puertas de las ciudades, o ganamos una victoria, o pasamos revista, ante entusiasmo parecido al fuego religioso, a tres mil armas; seguimos camino, al centro de la Isla, a deponer yo, ante la revolución que he hecho alzar, la autoridad que la emigración me dio, y se acató adentro, y debe renovar conforme a su estado nuevo, una asamblea de delegados del pueblo cubano visible, de los revolucionarios en armas. La revolución desea plena libertad en el ejército, sin las trabas que antes le opuso una Cámara sin sanción real, o la suspicacia de una juventud celosa de su republicanismo, o los celos, y temores de excesiva prominencia futura, de un caudillo puntilloso o previsor; pero quiere la revolución a la vez sucinta y respetable representación republicana,—la misma alma de humanidad y decoro, llena del anhelo de la dignidad individual, en la representación de la república, que la que empuja y mantiene en la guerra a los revolucionarios. Por mí, entiendo que no se puede guiar a un pueblo contra el alma que lo mueve, o sin ella, y sé cómo se encienden los corazones, y cómo se aprovecha para el revuelo incesante y la acometida el estado fogoso y satisfecho de los corazones. Pero en cuanto a formas, caben muchas ideas, y las cosas de hombres, hombres son quienes las hacen. Me conoce. En mí, sólo defenderé lo que tengo yo por garantía o servicio de la Revolución. Sé desaparecer. Pero no desaparecería mi pensamiento, ni me agriaría mi oscuridad. Y en cuanto tengamos forma, obraremos, cúmplame esto a mí, o a otros.

Y ahora, puesto delante lo de interés público, le hablaré de mí, ya que sólo la emoción de este deber pudo alzar de la muerte apetecida al hombre que, ahora que Nájera no vive donde se le vea, mejor lo conoce y acaricia como un tesoro en su corazón la amistad con que Vd. lo enorgullece.

Ya sé sus regaños, callados, después de mi viaje. ¡Y tanto que le dimos, de toda nuestra alma, y callado él! ¡Qué engaño es éste y qué alma tan encallecida la suya, que el tributo y la honra de nuestro afecto no ha podido hacerle escribir una carta más sobre el papel de carta y de periódico que llena al día!

Hay afectos de tan delicada honestidad...

Al día siguiente, 19 de mayo de 1895, Martí cae en combate en Dos Ríos
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Cuba letting drivers rent buses, make money

Rosa Tania Valdes

HAVANA
Mon May 17, 2010 2:20pm BST


(Reuters) - The Cuban government has begun renting its smaller city buses in Havana to the bus drivers in another minor move under President Raul Castro to ease the state's hand in Cuba's socialist economy.

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Cuba marks 50th anniversary of Castro-Hemingway meeting

2010-05-16 10:42:40

HAVANA, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Cuba has held cultural celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the first meeting between former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and late American writer Ernest Hemingway.

The four days of celebrations ended on Saturday, coinciding with the date when exactly 50 years ago, Castro and the Nobel literature laureate personally met in Havana during a fishing tournament.

"I truly admired his thirst for adventure," Castro said in 2005.

Hemingway spent long periods of time in Cuba, especially in "Finca Vigia," an old farm on the outskirts of Havana.

Hemingway left the Vigia farm for New York in 1960. He committed suicide on July 2, 1961.

The farm was turned into the Hemingway Museum in 1962 where more than 22,000 of Hemingway's books, photos, films, hunting trophies, guns, and other personal items are on display.

Editor: Zhang Xiang

Saturday, May 15, 2010

U.S. Judge Kathleen Cardone gives another break to Miami terrorist Luis Posada Carriles

Posada Carriles recibe permiso para no ir a la vista judicial en Texas

WASHINGTON, 14 de mayo.— Demasiado terrorista para volar y supuestamente muy viejo para el recorrido en carro, Luis Posada Carriles no estará presente ante el Tribunal en el Paso, Texas, para la próxima vista del caso el 2 de junio del 2010. La jueza Kathleen Cardone le concedió un permiso para que pueda comunicarse desde Miami por teléfono.

El abogado de Posada había pedido autorización para que su cliente no tenga que ir desde Miami hasta El Paso a la vista oral. Por su historial de terrorismo y los 73 cargos de homicidio que tiene pendiente en Caracas en relación con la voladura de un avión de pasajeros de Cubana de Aviación, Posada está en la lista de los que no están autorizados a volar dentro del territorio estadounidense (la famosa "no fly list").

Posada tendría que ir por carretera a El Paso desde Miami. Su abogado alega que, por razones médicas relacionadas con su "avanzada edad", su cliente no está en condiciones de hacer una travesía de tres a cuatro días. El jurista también se queja del costo del viaje.

Posada enfrenta cargos de perjurio en relación con un trámite administrativo de inmigración que hizo en el 2005. La solicitud de extradición presentada ese mismo año por Venezuela sigue pendiente ante el Departamento de Estado, y el gobierno de Estados Unidos aún no ha respondido. Tampoco ha presentado cargos de homicidio o de terrorismo contra Posada Carriles. Hasta ahora, Washington prefiere limitarse a acusarlo de mentiroso, y de esa manera trata de ampararlo de los cargos de asesinato. (Cubadebate)

Cuba monitors oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

HAVANA, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Cuban scientists are keeping a close eye on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after the collapse of the oil rig Deepwater Horizon on April 20, the Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) said on Friday.

"The expansion of the oil spill poses no immediate threat to Cuba, but its movement proves unstoppable so far, therefore we should keep an eye on it," Orlando Rey Santos, an expert from the CITMA said on Friday in Havana.

Santos said that the movement of the oil spill depends on many complex and unpredictable factors, especially ocean currents, winds and climate events, which could push the oil to Cuban shores.

He stressed that the Gulf of Mexico is one of the areas with rich marine biodiversity. The wetlands and countless birds moving along the coasts of the United States and Mexico are endangered by the damages caused by the disaster.

The Cuban expert estimated that 13 million gallons (49.21 liters) of oil have been spilled since April 20.

Interviewed by the CBS, Doug Suttles, chief operating officer of one of the responsible parties, the British Petroleum (BP), acknowledged that the leak can not be controlled within a week.

The manager also admitted that there are doubts about the precise amount of oil leaking into the sea. It was initially assessed at 800,000 liters per day, but now BP officials fear that the amount has been underestimated.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cuba and Venezuela denounce before the U.N. Security Council the protection which the U.S. goverment gives to Miami terrorist Luis Posada Carriles

In a rare appearance before the United Nations Security Council, the governments of Cuba and Venezuela denounced the protection which the U.S. government provides to Miami terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, Cuban daily Granma reports.

Luis Posada Carriles has a long history of terrorist activities, which includes being the intellectual mastermind of the placing of a terrorist bomb aboard a Cubana de Aviacion airplane, which took the lives of 76 innocent civilians off the coast of Barbados in 1976.

The United States government has a policy of hypocrisy and double standards when it deals with "terrorist" atrocities. If you are employed by the C.I.A. you are considered a "good" terrorist.

Luis Posada Carriles is being charged with entering the U.S. illegally. The U.S. government has failed to bring any charges of terrorism against this piece of Miami scum.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Cuba's Silvio Rodriguez set to play Carnegie Hall

By ANNE-MARIE GARCIA (AP)

HAVANA — Cuban folk icon Silvio Rodriguez has been booked to play at Carnegie Hall during his first U.S. tour in more than 30 years, but his office said Thursday that Washington has yet to approve his visa.

The Cuban government Web site Cubadebate, where Fidel Castro posts his written essays, announced that the U.S. tour would also take Rodriguez to Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Puerto Rico.

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Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso to visit New York in June

By ANNE-MARIE GARCIA (AP)

HAVANA — Cuban prima ballerina Alicia Alonso will return next month to New York and the American Ballet Theater, one of the places where she got her start in dance seven decades ago, for an early celebration of her 90th birthday.

The National Ballet of Cuba said Friday that U.S. authorities have approved a visa for the grande dame of Cuban dance and she will visit the American Ballet Theater on June 3 for a celebratory version of Don Quixote featuring three principal casts. The show is part of the company's season-long commemoration of its 70th anniversary.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Texas Sees Red: Port of Houston gets permission for shipping containers to Cuba

Shipping container cranes in the Port of Houston

The Texas Tribune

by Julian Aguilar

April 28, 2010

Texas is poised to become the nation’s leading trade partner with communist Cuba after the Port of Houston Authority gained permission for its container vessels to sail to the island nation.

Trade experts are confident that Texas will be now able to carve out for itself a larger slice of the United States’ total trade with Cuba, which was estimated at $521 million in 2009, down from $710 million in 2008. Last year, $85 million in goods was sent to Cuba from Texas, a distant second to Louisiana’s $241 million. Parr Rosson, the director of Texas A&M’s Center for North American Studies, says that a previous policy prohibited container cargo making its way to Cuba from any state other than Florida — and trekking container-sized cargo to Florida for shipment, he says, was not cost-effective.

But the recent policy change, approved weeks ago by the U.S. Commerce Department, the Bureau of Industry and Security and Cuba’s state-run Alimport import agency, means that TEU (20-foot equivalent) containers and FEU (40-foot equivalent) loaded with food staples and other approved products can move through the port.

“We are thrilled. This is the first time in a very long time that we have been able to move cargo directly from Texas,” says Ricky W. Kunz, the vice president of the Port of Houston Authority’s Origination Division. “This will allow those exporters who have licensed commodities … to be more competitive with states that are east and northeast of here.”

The policy change came to light after French shipping company CMA-CGM, which has a U.S. office in Norfolk, Va., made the agreement with Alimport and was granted a two-year license. The news was announced to a group of trade representatives who congregated in Houston on April 21 for the Texas-Cuba Trade Alliance’s workshop on trade with the island. It came as a surprise to many, underscoring the fact that the United States’ easing of trade restrictions with Cuba has unfolded quietly.

The Trade Sanction Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 opened restrictive trade with Cuba for the first time since the U.S. enacted an embargo against the communist regime of former Cuban President Fidel Castro. In January 2002, 30 metric tons of U.S. wheat were shipped to Cuba in the aftermath of Hurricane Michelle — the first shipment since the embargo, says Jeff Moseley, the president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership. Since then, the U.S. has become Cuba’s fifth-leading trade partner.

The Houston port’s new development should only bolster U.S. and Texas trade. “We would just very respectfully say that, as Houston goes, so goes the state of Texas. … The port of Houston is ranked first in the U.S. in foreign-waterborne tonnage and second in the U.S. in total tonnage,” Moseley says. “And Texas has been No. 1 in foreign trade in the United States since 2002.”

The future of Cuba

The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, which would open up travel to Cuba and loosen financial restrictions on trade. Current policy mandates that Cuba pre-pay for its goods via a third nation’s banking system — a retaliatory measure imposed by the U.S. in 2005 after Cuba jailed dissidents and blocked anti-government propaganda, Rosson explains, The bill, which awaits action by the House Committee on Agriculture, would save businesses money by allowing them to circumvent foreign banks that currently charge to transfer the money.

"The potential economic impact on our nation and region is really too great not to proactively explore restoration of trade with Cuba,” Moseley says.

Proponents of easing trade restrictions argue that expanded tourism would bolster the Cuban economy, allowing the nation to improve its famously deteriorated infrastructure. The money could be funneled to fix buildings, pave roads, fix plumbing and rehabilitate farmlands whose soil is too unhealthy to produce crops. Rosson estimates that tourism to Cuba produces $2.2 billion for the country annually, second only to its main export, nickel, which hauls in $2.7 billion. But he cautions that the Cuban people will have their say.

“So far, their response to [the proposed loosening of travel and trade restrictions] has been a little bit lukewarm,” he says. “I bet deep down they would like to see this happen, but at the same time, they’ve seen a lot of these things move through Congress before, but with no action. They are also a little bit disenchanted with the current administration. I think they were expecting bigger changes.”

The Cubans aren’t necessarily waiting on the U.S. Moseley says Cuba is now listed on the Virtuoso Luxe report’s list of top emerging destinations for travel, and Rosson describes fierce competition in agriculture sales to Cuba from Canada, Brazil, Venezuela and China. In an ironic twist, the U.S. also faces a challenge in its latest capitalist venture in the Caribbean from a country it fought for nearly a decade over communism: the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The country, an emerging model of socialism and capitalism blended together, is a main exporter of rice to Cuba.

After Castro

Jonathan Brown, a professor in the University of Texas’ Latin American Studies program, urges prudence and patience when envisioning a post-Castro Cuba. For more than two years, Fidel’s younger brother Raul Castro has served as president. Brown described the younger Castro as a figure struggling to emerge from his older brother’s shadow — a second-in-command who, perhaps symbolically, proved incapable of even growing a beard in the age of the mighty barbudos (bearded ones) at the height of the Cuban revolution. But Raul is still a capable — if brutal — leader, Brown says. Raul Castro ordered executions during the Castro regime’s military tribunals after the revolution and still effectively guards the Cuban Communist Party’s doctrine. Even if he dies or loses or power, Cuban exiles likely won’t be able to take back their country. Instead, Brown surmises, the military branch of Cuba, the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR), will keep the country as close to its current state as long as possible.

“I think that what the FAR would do is preserve the revolutionary ‘achievements’ and not turn back the clock to 1959,” he says. “I think that they will also stand as a bulwark against any Cuban Americans who wish to go back to Cuba, the land of their birth, and reclaim their property. They will probably welcome back Cuban Americans with their dollars, but they won’t expect them and they won’t allow them to take back their properties.”

The FAR is not only trained in military operations, Brown adds, but is educated in Europe on business practices and “partners with foreign investors and various industries.”

Until more headway is made, the Port of Houston will continue in its mission of what Moseley calls achieving peace through commerce. “We would argue that you find peace through free trade,” he says, “and that’s the best way to promote trade relations.”

Marco Rubio toes the line of the Miami fascists

Right-wing Human Events has published an interview with the presumed nominee of the GOP for the U.S. Senate seat from the state of Florida, Marco Rubio.

It does reveal anything new about his political philosophy. The GOP in the state of Florida is a party that has been effectively taken over by political extremists and religious fanatics, like the Tea Baggers.

Sounding very much like the mythological parrot of “Polly Wants a Cracker” Rubio gives us his tired political rhetoric such as: “When Cuba joins the rest of the civilized world in how it treats its people, [we will lift the Cuba economic embargo]. That is freeing political prisoners, it means free and fair elections.”

Miami right wing extremists, which by and large are the political supporters of former General Fulgencio Batista living in exile, have been giving us this hyperbole during the last 51 years. The score is Cuba, 51, Miami extremists, 0.

The Cuban people, in my opinion, do not wish to go back to the political elections of Grau, Prio and Batista, and certainly do not want the money-democracy of the United States where, save for FDR and Lincoln, we have never had a president who served the interests of the people. They serve the interests of big capital.

Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek take the dirty cash of Miami based U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC. I will never vote for them. Will I vote for Charlie Crist? I don't know, but he would do less harm than the other two in the U.S. Senate.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The bad news continue!

Cuba’s Sugar Harvest Worst in 105 Years

Latin America Herald Tribune

HAVANA – The current sugar harvest is Cuba’s worst since 1905, Communist Party daily Granma said on Wednesday, two days after President Raul Castro fired the minister responsible for the industry.

The sugar ministry has failed to implement the changes needed to address chronic problems, the newspaper said.

Sugar Minister Luis Manuel Avila Gonzalez was dismissed this week after roughly 16 months in the job. The official account said he asked to be relieved after acknowledging “deficiencies” in his job performance.

Avila was replaced by Deputy Minister Orlando Celso Garcia Ramirez.

Granma said the sugar ministry “suffered a lack of objectivity” in its planning and projections for the current season and that officials’ mistakes could no longer be “masked” by blaming the weather or other external variables.

Last year’s harvest was more than 850,000 tons short of the official forecast, the daily said, following a downward trend that set in after the sector enjoyed an “encouraging upturn” in 2005-2008.

“It is not by chance that the harvest is closely followed, that its unfavorable results are noted and painful. Putting it back where it should be is indispensable,” Granma said, calling sugar part of Cuba’s heritage.

The Cuban sugar industry underwent a major overhaul between 2002 and 2004, when the number of refineries was slashed from 156 to 61, more than 100,000 jobs were eliminated and the amount of land planted with sugarcane shrank from 2 million hectares (4.9 million acres) to around 750,000 hectares (1.85 million acres).

Cuba produced 1.4 million tons of sugar in the 2008-2009 season, earning more than $600 million from exports of the sweetener. EFE

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

U.S. embargo against Cuba is imprudent (Rep. Michael Honda)

The Hill

By Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.) - 05/04/10 10:26 AM ET

Although it’s infamous for socialism, cigars and salsa, few people know that Cuba was recently the United States’ largest rice export market, is the fifth-largest export market in Latin America for U.S. farm exports and holds $20 billion in trade with America over a three-year term. Our economy could benefit mightily from better relations, yet we alienate this potential ally.

When I traveled to Cuba on a Congressional delegation recently, it became clear that the embargo is imprudent politically, economically and socially. Everyone we met with — U.S. and Cuban government officials, trade organizations, journalists, cultural attachés, foreign diplomats and rural farmers — confirmed this point.

Politically, now that Latin America stands beside Cuba — as evidenced by diplomatic reinstatements with holdouts El Salvador and Costa Rica, and the reintegration of Cuba into the Organization for American States and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States — the U.S. risks ruinous relations with countries that see the blockade as backward. The U.S. is already marginalized: CLACS explicitly bars U.S. participation.

The impact of this Latin tack toward insularity is not insignificant. Consider grandstanding by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who rebuffed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s efforts to bring Brazil on Iran sanctions while courting Cuba’s leadership. Lula, capitalizing on Cuba’s appetite for growth, proposed investments in industrial, agriculture and infrastructure projects, including ports and hotels, and an agreement with Brazil’s oil company.

We will see more of this. The Cubans are seeking suitors. Like the Bank of the South, Latin America’s attempt to wean countries off U.S. institutions like the World Bank, the longer we keep Cuba at arm’s length, the more likely Brazil and others will take our place.

The longer we keep Cuba listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, an allegation roundly criticized by diplomats, the more we risk the credibility of our national security regime and reputation in the region.

Economically, the case for cooperation is even clearer. Despite the trade embargo, there is some engagement. Cuba continues to rely on U.S. agriculture. Since 2002, we have been Cuba’s largest supplier of food and agricultural products, with Cuba purchasing more than $3.2 billion in products since 2001.

This agricultural reliance is in jeopardy, which puts American farmers at risk. In 2008, U.S. food imports to Cuba totaled $712 million, declined to $533 million last year and are declining this year. Cuba, having witnessed strong economic growth in the early 2000s at 11 percent and 13 percent, is now struggling to make ends meet, slipping below 2 percent growth in 2009.

Beyond foodstuffs, other natural resources offer potential for partnership. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that Cuba owns 9 billion barrels of untapped oil, along with 9 billion cubic meters of natural gas. The Cuban government cites higher oil numbers, at 20 billion barrels. Either way, there’s money to be made, and Cubans welcome participation from countries that can help them tap and market the oil. While the U.S. disengages, countries such as Brazil, Russia, Venezuela and China are talking. We are clearly missing investment opportunities.

Socially, Cubans emphatically embrace the cultural convergences between our countries. Their love of music, art, dance, history and architecture is ubiquitous, drawing 2.5 million tourists annually to Cuba, 800,000 of whom are Canadian. If the travel ban were lifted, 2 million Americans are expected immediately, growing to 4 million. This is hardly surprising. Havana retains the Caribbean’s largest, oldest and best-preserved Spanish colonial architecture. The city’s charm is intoxicating.

We should expand cooperation on education, medicine, science and sports through nonpolitical, people-to-people exchanges. President Barack Obama has the authority to return the rules for academic, science, religious and other “purposeful travel” so that exchange can flourish again. This is how we rebuild relations.

None of this negates the sobering negatives characterizing U.S.-Cuba relations. Cubans remain poor, irrespective of education (at nearly 100 percent literacy) or health care (everyone is covered, for everything). The government is inadequately serving the population and there is a palpable, public rethink surfacing within society, from government officials to academics to farmers. Reform is coming, though not as soon as, or in the form that, the U.S. prefers. America’s annual $60 million in democracy-building, which is covertly distributed for explicitly stated regime change, exacerbates the problem by goading the government, jeopardizing the safety of reformers and marginalizing the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. The U.S. penchant for positioning Cuba-related communiqués as primarily human rights reprimands resonates rankly as an inconsistent singling out.

Amid the acrimony, the U.S. and Cuba are cautiously coordinating on areas of mutual interest, such as migration, counter-narcotics and disaster preparedness. The U.S. must build on this sooner than later, before others opt in while we opt out. Cuba is not the enemy. She may frustrate American proclivity for democracy promotion, but her behavior is nothing near as nefarious as that of certain U.S. allies elsewhere.

The time is now to engage. Cubans are increasingly confabbing about reform while we sideline ourselves from the conversation.

U.S. Media Misrepresents Cuba's Human Rights Record

The Huffington Post

Heidi Boghosian

Posted: May 4, 2010 04:05 PM

In the wake of the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, the mainstream United States media published a slew of stories condemning the so-called human rights violations that led to his hunger strike. While Tamayo's death is a tragic occurrence, such factual misrepresentation compounds the tragedy by exploiting the death for political ends.

United States criticisms of foreign state abuses of power often ring hollow. This is especially true when the criticisms are directed at a nation that has suffered from a half-century-long economic embargo and unconstitutional travel ban by the greatest economic power in the world. It also carries little weight coming from a media that pays scant attention to treatment of the ever-expanding U.S. prison population and human rights violations that take place within our own borders.

The political motivation behind this media onslaught is clear. During the Bush Administration, the United States paid Cuban "dissidents" to criticize the Cuban government. Since the overthrow of the U.S.-aligned dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, over $20 million a year has been funneled to anti-Castro activists and media outlets in both countries. Now the media is utilizing a tragic incident to browbeat the Communist government of Cuba.

The National Lawyers Guild has long opposed this double standard toward the Cuban government and calls on the media to recognize U.S.-propagated human rights abuses, particularly in Latin America. Since 1946, the U.S. government has operated the School of the Americas (now the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in Fort Benning, Georgia). The 61,000 graduates of the School have been trained in torture techniques and have gone on to overthrow democratically-elected governments in several Latin American nations. These coups and the regimes that follow them have involved massive human rights violations, with hardly any coverage from U.S. media.

Infractions of human rights anywhere are unacceptable, but Cuban prison officials acted properly when Zapata decided to go on a hunger strike. The mainstream media should turn its attention to real human rights violations and deadly foreign policies in this country and elsewhere.

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JG: Everyone who is informed and educated knows that the stance of the United States government in regards to human rights is based on hypocrisy and double standards. The government of George W. Bush actively supported torture and other atrocities in Guantanamo Naval Base prison and the administration of Barack H. Obama, despite all the hype, has failed to close that shameful place. Guantanamo belongs to the Cuban people and should be returned to its owners.

Both Bush and Obama have given refuge and support to two international terrorists, Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles. They both stroll in Miami, enjoying the "freedom" given to them by their Washington, D.C. paymasters.

The U.S. does not have the high morals needed to give human rights lectures to anyone. Orlando Zapata was a common criminal who had a death wish. I will not shed a tear for him.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Office of Cuba Broadcasting gives the Miami fascists juicy 'welfare' checks

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting is the federal agency which controls Radio and TV Marti, which broadcasts capitalist propaganda toward the “oppressed” people of Cuba.

That office is plagued with cronyism, malfeasance and individuals who do not adhere to high standards of journalistic principles.

This Office of Cuba Broadcasting is how the executive and legislative branches of the United States government reward the Miami gusanos for their never ending attacks on the Cuban government.

The American taxpayer is being ripped-off by this so called “office.” All it accomplishes is giving juicy 'welfare' checks to the vive bien in Miami.

It is a perfect example of capitalist political corruption on a very high level.

The racist and imperialist mentalities of U.S. Army Generals during the turn of the 19th Century

U.S. General James H. Wilson, military governor of Matanzas province during the military occupation of Cuba , (1898-1902) : “If my views are carried out into effect, Cuba will be in the [U.S.] Union within ten years.” [JG: what an ignorant!]

U.S. General William Shafter: "Why, those people [in Cuba] are no more fit for self-government than gunpowder is for hell."

U.S. General Samuel Young: "the [Cuban revolutionary] insurgents are a lot of degenerates, absolutely devoid of honor or gratitude. They are no more capable of self-government than the savages of Africa."

Source: The War of 1898, The United States & Cuba in history & historiography.
Louis A. Pérez
The University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

JG: Rabid racism and Yankee imperialism statements like these do not help the United States gain very many friends around the world in the 21st century. I wonder what are U.S. generals saying today about the “savages” in Iraq and Afghanistan? Arrogance and empire, thy name is United States!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Millions March in Cuba to Celebrate International Workers’ Day

Periodico 26

Havana, May 1, (RHC).- Millions of Cubans marched through the streets and plazas of the island to commemorate International Workers' Day on Saturday. In Havana, for nearly two hours, more than one million filed through the Plaza de la Revolución José Martí, past Cuban President Raúl Castro who was presiding over the festive march along with other leaders of the Revolution.

The Secretary General of the Confederation of Cuban Workers (CTC), Salvador Valdés Mesa, delivered a brief message at the start of the march in the Cuban capital. He called on the island’s workers to show their support for the country’s revolutionary process and officially launched the march at 8:10 a.m. The final bloc of the march -- made up of 52 huge Cuban flags, representing 52 years of the Cuban Revolution -- filed past the podium a little before 10 a.m., local time.

In Santiago de Cuba, the island's second largest city, more than 800,000 marchers filed through the Plaza de la Revolución Antonio Maceo. Millions of young and old, many wearing red, blue and white t-shirts -- the colors of Cuba’s national flag -- took to the streets in all of the island’s provinces to celebrate the most important date on the calendar of the international working class.

Preside Raúl Castro desfile por el Primero de Mayo en la capital cubana

El presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros Raúl Castro preside la multitudinaria marcha en la Plaza de la Revolución en La Habana

Juventud Rebelde
digital@juventudrebelde.cu
1 de Mayo del 2010 7:50:04 CDT

El General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz, presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros, preside el multitudinario desfile en conmemoración por el Día Internacional de los Trabajadores, que acaba de comenzar en la capital cubana.

Desde horas muy tempranas estudiantes, jóvenes, obreros y profesionales llegaron al multitudinario desfile para dar un sí por la Revolución Cubana, y denunciar las mentiras orquestadas por las hegemonías mediáticas.

Este primero de mayo es una muestra de la realidad que se vive en Cuba, de las verdades que todos los cubanos están dispuestos a defender, porque han sido ejemplo del sistema social que podemos construir.

Cuba celebrates May Day

Today is International Workers Day. Cuba will have a big celebration at the Jose Marti Revolution Plaza in Havana, as well as in many other cities of the island.

The website of Juventud Rebelde, is streaming the Cubavision International video of the event, which is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m.

Click here to access the live video.

We will publish photos, news reports, etc. later on.