Thursday, September 30, 2010

Uruguay and Paraguay against Washington’s Blockade of Cuba

Cuban News Agency

HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 29 (ACN) Uruguay and Paraguay joined on Wednesday the increasing condemnation expressed during the debates of the UN General Assembly against the US blockade of Cuba.

Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro addressed participants in the plenary meeting, which on Wednesday concluded the general analysis of its 65th ordinary period of sessions.

The minister expressed his country’s condemnation of the threat to use force, of all kinds of terrorism and all kinds of violence, and of the implementation of coercive measures contrary to the UN Charter.

In this regard, he cited the commercial, economic and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba, which he firmly condemns, the Prensa Latina news agency reported.

He added that that siege constitutes a unilateral measure contrary to Cuba, to international law, and to one of the dearest principles of his country’s foreign policy: the peaceful solution of controversies.

Paraguay also criticized at the United Nations on Wednesday the blockade against Cuba and demanded Washington to release the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters incarcerated in the United States.

Paraguayan Foreign Minister Hector Lacognata condemned at the General Assembly of that international organization the coercive economic measures aimed at preventing countries from exerting their sovereign right to decide their own political, economic and social systems.

He also underlined the condemnation to the unilateral implementation of measures against Cuba and reiterated Paraguay’s support for the resolutions adopted by the United Nations to put an end to the blockade of the Caribbean island.

That siege infringes the fundamental norms of international law, the principles of sovereign equality of states, the non-intervention and non-interference in internal affairs, the freedom of trade and navigation, and self-determination, he pointed out.

The minister demanded Washington to adopt the necessary measures to free the five Cuban heroes unfairly imprisoned in US jails, who have denounced the violation of their human rights.

Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Ramon Labañino have been incarcerated in the US since 1998 for monitoring the activities of Florida-based, anti-Cuban terrorist groups, with the purpose of preventing their criminal actions.

The coming nightmare: the U.S. war racket

“Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other [war]. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

James Madison
4th US President


Since the end of World War II the U.S. government has promoted one war after another. The Cold War, Korea, South Vietnam, Gulf War #1, Gulf War #2 (Iraq), Afghanistan, Pakistan, and now the U.S. is busy promoting, with the help of the Israeli Zionists, a future war against Iran.

War has become an extremely lucrative business for U.S. capitalists. Social problems are growing exponentially in the U.S. because our government chooses to fund and promote militarism and wars.

Using the pretext of “National Security” to fight a foreign enemy, i.e. terrorism, our constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties are being undermined every day. Democracy and liberty will perish in the United States and will be replaced with an Orwellian 'War is Peace' regime, whose sole reason for existence will be the promotion of even more wars.

Cuba warns that Obama continues U.S. blockade policies

Cuba reiterated yesterday that the United States government has no intentions to change its blockade against the island, nor will they comply with the resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly in that respect.

Cuba's permanent United Nations delegation released a press note entitled “The government of President Obama: continuity with blockade policies."

Source: Granma

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JG: It is a great disappointment, but no great surprise, that Barack Obama, an African-American, chooses to advance hate-like policies similar to the ones promoted by the Ku Klux Klan against blacks in the United States. Obama chooses to promote hate policies against Cubans. Is the man a closet racist? Or is his fanaticism more in tune with promoting barbarian American capitalism? The Nazis and the KKK were great promoters of hate. Is Obama following the same trail?

Supporters of Cuba embargo pour millions into congressional coffers

The Florida Independent reports the following:

9/30/2010

Chairman Howard Berman [of the House Foreign Relations Committee], as well as 13 other Democrats and seven Republicans committee members, receive contributions from the US-Cuba Democracy PAC (USCD), a Miami-based organization that opposes easing any restrictions related to Cuba. These committee members represent Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Texas.

The bulk of the PAC contributions were made to the chairman and vice-chairman, and the chairmen and members of the Western Hemisphere, Terrorism Nonproliferation and Trade and the International Organizations Human Rights and Oversight subcommittees that address issues involving Cuba-U.S. relations.

OpenSecrets.org data show that since the 2004 election cycle the US-Cuba Democracy PAC raised over $2.7 million, and according to a Public Campaign report released in November 2009, more than $1.7 million of that money has gone to federal candidates. Overall, individuals and organizations that support the embargo have contributed close to $11 million dollars to 337 federal candidates since 2004.

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JG: Message to Floridians: On November 2nd, do not vote for any politician or candidate that supports and gets money from USCD. I will not vote for Marco Rubio or Kendrick Meek, and I plan to write-in NOTA (None Of The Above) for the Florida U.S. Senate seat.

USCD pays lots of $$$ to its U.S. Congressional Whores.

UNICEF: Cuba, sin desnutrición infantil

Uno de los principales logros de Cuba estaría en la escolarización del 100% de los niños hasta 9º grado.

BBC Mundo

martes, 26 de enero de 2010 - 21:15 GMT

Fernando Ravsberg

La Habana

La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (Unicef), en su balance del año 2009 informó que en Cuba no existen problemas de desnutrición infantil severa. Se convierte así en el único país de América Latina en lograr semejante meta.

José Juan Ortiz, representante de ese organismo en La Habana, aceptó conversar con BBC Mundo sobre ésta y otras peculiaridades de los niños cubanos.

Según su opinión, lo que ocurren en Cuba se debe a que "hay una voluntad política" en el país.

Afirma que incluso la desnutrición infantil es menor que en países del Cono Sur con economías más fuertes y explica que "en los extremos de América Latina están Guatemala con el mayor problema y Cuba sería el país en el que está más controlado".

¿Hasta qué punto Cuba logra evitar la desnutrición infantil?

La desnutrición severa no existe en Cuba aunque hay algunos focos en las provincias orientales y en los barrios de La Habana con menor desarrollo, sobre todo en casos de embarazos de adolescentes. Sin embargo, están muy controlados por los programas de lucha contra la anemia y de atención a las embarazadas. Además existe un programa de detección de casos desde la primera infancia en las escuelas.

De todas formas estamos atacando estos focos con un programa dirigido a 24 municipios y un presupuesto de US$8,5 millones. Con la FAO (Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación) trabajamos para mejorar los hábitos alimenticios de los cubanos, ya que en Cuba se come mal.

El cambiar hábitos culturales en la nutrición ayuda porque algunas de las carencias que detectamos no se deben a la falta de alimentos sino a su mal uso.

¿Cómo confirman ustedes que estos datos son objetivos?

En Cuba nuestro trabajo es muy fácil. La sociedad tiene buena capacidad técnica y el análisis estadístico es tan profundo que sabemos exactamente dónde están los focos y las necesidades. Por otra parte, nosotros trabajamos en el terreno y por lo tanto conocemos la realidad específica, no sólo dependemos de lo que nos dicen.

¿No podría el gobierno cubano estar engañándolos?

No, ni somos tan tontos ni el gobierno cubano es tan malo. Los datos los constatamos exactamente igual que en cualquier otro país, usamos la misma metodología en Cuba que en Guatemala, Zambia o en España.

El lunes salgo para las provincias orientales y Camagüey a controlar los programas sobre el terreno, nos reunimos con el Poder Popular, con los ministerios y con los usuarios, es decir con la población. Es difícil que no conozcamos la realidad cuando de 24 funcionarios de Unicef, 22 son cubanos y todos tienen hijos o sobrinos.

¿Qué otras peculiaridades tendrían los niños cubanos?

El primer beneficio es la educación. En el mediano plazo la Unicef tiene como objetivo lograr la igualdad de género en la escuela. En Cuba se consiguió hace un montón de años, la escolarización es al 100%. Hay programas educativos de 0 a 3 años y hasta la Universidad es gratuita.

Luego la Salud, garantizada a los niños y niñas, desde antes de nacer, con el control de la salud materno-infantil. La situación es paradigmática en este terreno siendo un país del sur.

Aquí no hay ningún niño en la calle. En Cuba los niños son todavía una prioridad y por eso no sufren las carencias de millones de niños de América Latina, trabajando, explotados o en redes de prostitución.

Usted utiliza la palabra "todavía", ¿es que esos logros podrían perderse?

Es indudable que la situación económica es muy dura, la crisis afecta a todo el planeta y a Cuba de una manera brutal. Pero recalco que "todavía" en Cuba la situación de la infancia es mejor que en la mayoría de la región.

Algunos dicen que la educación es una forma de adoctrinar a los niños cubanos.

Los niños y las niñas tienen el derecho a ser protegidos y por lo tanto el Estado y la familia tienen que velar por ellos. No hay ningún Estado que no ideologice a sus hijos, unos persignándose y otros diciendo "seremos como el Che".

La dirección en la educación existe en todos los sistemas educativos, la ideologización del niño en todos los países se da desde que nace hasta que muere. El Estado y la Familia nos dice lo que es bueno y lo que es malo.

¿Qué ocurre con los adolescentes cubanos, están protegidos también?

El reto en Cuba es grande porque se trata de la generación que nació en el Periodo Especial (crisis de los 90), a ellos les tocó la época dura. Es necesario priorizarlos a nivel de salud, porque aún no logramos reducir el embarazo adolescente en Cuba, a pesar de tener preservativos e información.

¿Qué niveles de prostitución y suicidio hay entre los adolescentes?

Hay niveles de prostitución menores que los de los países que detectamos como "situación grave". Ese es otro de los estereotipos criminalizando la situación cubana radicalmente injusto. El número no es especialmente alto.

No puedo dar las cifras pero las conocemos porque estamos trabajando junto con el Ministerio del Interior en centros de educación integral para menores.

Respecto al suicidio no tengo información pero te puedo asegurar que el nivel de suicidio juvenil ha crecido en todo el mundo, pero es un problema mayor en los países desarrollados.

¿Cuáles serían los retos en el futuro?

En base a la capacidad técnica del país se podría avanzar mucho en la calidad a todos los niveles, en la educación, en la sanidad, calidad de vida, calidad de disfrute de todos los derechos. Lo que ya se ha conseguido hay que mejorarlo y consolidarlo.

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JG: You will never see the mainstream news media of American imperialism publishing an article like this. Because of their never ending hate toward Cuba, they concentrate on the negative stuff. The U.S. mainstream news media gets paid lots of $$$ by NED and USAID to denigrate Cuba.

Luis Posada Carriles and Francisco Chávez Abarca, terrorism errand boys for the U.S. government

Read the excellent article by Machetera.

Without a doubt, if you worked for the CIA, you are a "good" terrorist!

Barack H. Obama continues to give refuge and protection to Luis Posada Carriles.

Chairman Howard Berman is criticized heavily for his inaction on H.R. 4645

Howard Berman, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has been criticized heavily for canceling a mark-up discussion and vote on H.R. 4645. The criticism is strongly deserved.

Sarah Stephens of the Center for Democracy in the Americas said that "I think it's a shame that when real economic and political changes are taking place right now in Cuba, that neither the President nor Congress is able to acknowledge them until after the November elections."

The United States Cuba Policy and Business Blog asked why Chairman Berman (D-Ca), in a Democratic controlled Congress, with a Democratic President, cannot in this congressional term get the travel ban bill to the House floor for a vote? Actions speak louder than words, Mr. Chairman. My Jewish relatives have one expression for your postponement, "Feh!" (A yiddish term for disgust and disapproval).

That blog also reminded its readers on the same post that “in the 2010 election cycle alone, even Chairman Berman accepted more than $10,000 in campaign contributions from the anti-travel and pro-embargo crowd.”

That statement is very true. Maybe Chairman Berman can explain to the American people how he can, at the same time, be nice to the forces of goodness, those who want to reform our failed Cuba policies, and at the same time be nice to the forces of evil, those who want to continue the travel ban to the island, and who want to continue the genocidal blockade against the Cuban people.

Why did Chairman Berman accept more than $10,000.00 from the Miami fascists?

Last, but not least, is the fact that Barack Obama is not committed to reforming our failed Cuba policies.

The “change” that he promoted during the 2008 campaign turned out to be fake change. He is AWOL on new and changed Cuba policies. He has only enacted timid, rather than real reforms.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

En Tres y Dos (1986)


Review Summary by The New York Times

The retirement of a popular Cuban baseball star is the fictional topic of this interesting sports drama with snippets of archival footage and references to real games -- like a victory against the New York Yankees in 1959. There are even interviews with real Cuban sports heroes worked into the storyline. As excitement at Havana Stadium mounts, and salsa music animates the stands, the retiring player (Samuel Claxton) remembers his past career and personal life in flashbacks. Meanwhile, all the games of the final playoff between the Industriales and Villa Clara will be played in the stadium on this day -- a real "win or die trying" challenge. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

Artículo en Español sobre El Tres y Dos

JG: Probably because of the U.S embargo against Cuba, I could not find it for sale in the United States. END THE HATE, OBAMA!

Viaja hoy a Puerto Rico equipo Cuba de béisbol


CubaSi.cu

29/09/2010

La selección cubana de béisbol que participará en el premundial de Puerto Rico, viaja hoy a territorio boricua para buscar la clasificación al torneo del orbe y los continentales de Guadalajara, ambos el próximo año.

Según la página digital Jit los 24 jugadores cubanos (dos receptores, siete jugadores de cuadro, cuatro jardineros y 11 lanzadores) intervendrán en cinco partidos continuos a partir del primero de octubre en la primera fase del certamen.

Agrega que Cuba, que comienza el calendario competitivo contra Venezuela, siempre jugará en horario estelar a las 7:30 de la noche.

Los contrarios de la Mayor de las Antillas que siguen en el grupo B del certamen son Antillas Holandesas, Argentina, Nicaragua y Canadá, por ese orden.

La sede de los partidos contra venezolanos y canadienses será el estadio Paquito Montaner, de la ciudad de Ponce, donde Cuba tiene gratos recuerdos porque allí ganó los juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe de 1993.

El parque Roberto Clemente, en Carolina, será escenario del pleito ante Nicaragua, mientras que el Isidoro García, en Mayagüez, acogerá los cotejos contra los equipos de Argentina y Antillas Holandesas.

Serán 12 las naciones que disputen los seis cupos mundiales y los siete boletos panamericanos, luego de la retirada de México.

Por el grupo A aparecen Puerto Rico, Estados Unidos, Panamá, Colombia, Aruba y República Dominicana.

El programa del evento dado a conocer por su Comité Organizador fue valorado como positivo por la Federación Cubana de Béisbol y será validado mañana en el congresillo técnico del torneo.

Fuente AIN

The work of Cuban artist Mario Perez

La Muerte de Jose Marti

Salto del Hanabanilla

Central Park Havana

Trolleys in 1940 Havana

Morning Comes

Prado y Neptuno

Visit the artist website at onecubanartist.com

IN SPANISH: U.S. Terrorism against Cuba

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Watch the three videos of Part 2, published in Cubadebate.

Cuba Says Fired Workers Won't Be Left Defenseless

Sep 28, 2010 11:39 am US/Central

PAUL HAVEN, Associated Press Writer

HAVANA (AP) ― Cuba on Tuesday gave details of the severance packages it will offer state workers who lose their jobs in massive government layoffs slated for the next six months, reassuring a jittery public that nobody will be left defenseless amid the historic economic reboot.

Many of those fired will receive an offer of alternative work, and can appeal to labor authorities if they are not happy with it.

For those who cannot find new work immediately, the state will pay severance of 60 percent of their salary for up to three months, depending on their seniority, according to an article in the Communist Party newspaper Granma.

"Cuba will leave no one defenseless," reads the red-letter headline above the article.

The newspaper has been the preferred conduit of information on the most sweeping economic changes in Cuba since the early 1990s. No senior Cuban official, including President Raul Castro, has spoken publicly about the layoffs since they were announced on Sept. 14.

It was not clear what will happen to workers after the three-month severance period is up. Many outside economists and Cuba experts have expressed doubts that the private sector will be able to absorb so many workers — one-tenth of the island's labor force — in such a short time.

When it first announced the layoffs, Cuba said it was also reforming the economy to allow for more private enterprise. Since then, the government has said it would encourage a wide-range of small businesses, allow islanders to hire employees not related to them and even give credit to new entrepreneurs.

The changes have been welcomed by many, but there is also fear that they will cause upheaval in a nation where people are not accustomed to fending for themselves.

Cuba's communist government employs some 84 percent of the work force, paying workers about $20 a month in return for free education and health care, and nearly free housing, transportation and basic food.

President Raul Castro has said the state can no longer afford such deep subsidies. He says he wants to lay off 1 million workers in the next five years, and has complained that Cuba is the only country in the world where people expect to get paid for not working.

The goal of the reforms is to both trim government payroll and spur a private sector that will increase taxes paid into state coffers. The government has said the changes are not meant to signal a break with socialism or an embrace of free-market capitalism.

Source: cbs2chicago.com

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JG: That is the big difference between the leaders of the U.S. and the leaders of Cuba. In the U.S. they will throw you out to fend for yourself on the streets. In Cuba, the government will not abandon a single person. Cuba has a system that is based on 'people helping people.' Cuba has to continue to resist and fight the desires and policies of Yankee imperialism.

United States Cuba Relations: The Berman Fiasco

United States Cuba Policy and Business Blog

September 29, 2010

As many of you have learned or may not know yet, there will be no markup vote on HR. 4645 in the House Foreign Affairs Committee today. http://www.hcfa.house.gov/press_display.asp?id=761 Chairman Howard Berman (D-Ca) demonstrated what we have argued all along, that he is not really committed to passing this legislation. Excuses, excuses, excuses, and then the calendar will run out. As the Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation, www.responsiblecubapolicy.org had pointed out to me and others, how could a Republican Congressman who as a freshman, Jeff Flake (R-Az), in a Republican controlled Congress back in 2000, got the full House of Representatives then to pass legislation lifting the travel ban (the effort regretfully did not get far enough to become law)? Yet, Chairman Berman (D-Ca), in a Democratic controlled Congress, with a Democratic President, cannot in this congressional term get the travel ban bill to the House floor for a vote? Actions speak louder than words, Mr. Chairman. My Jewish relatives have one expression for your postponement, "Feh!"*

I know many are frustrated about this turn of events. However, it reveals another important lesson in understanding the reality of what we face politically on any issue in America. In Washington DC, there are three classes of people that actually determine what happens in our country. There is the political donor class. Then there are the voters. And then there is everyone else. Who do you think Congress listens to first? Who do you think Congress will spare or favor when tough decisions have to be made?

Now until there is real, transformational, campaign finance reform in our country, issues like the travel ban and Cuba will be driven and controlled by political donors. Remember in the 2010 election cycle alone, even Chairman Berman accepted more than $10,000 in campaign contributions from the anti-travel /pro-embargo crowd. On Monday, a key Washington DC Capitol Hill newspaper, The Hill, published an op-ed written by distinguished retired two star general Paul Eaton, pointing out the stupidity of our travel ban on Cuba,

http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/121197-the-cuba-travel-ban-50-years-of-a-bad-idea

As it was responded to General Eaton:
"Dear General Eaton, the travel ban a bad idea? where? on Capitol Hill? Its the million dollar giveaway in PAC donations every election cycle courtesy of a group of approximately 1000 mostly wealthy hardline Cuban Americans! They could care less whether our rights to travel or American foreign policy gets wiped on the floor by the rest of the world in the process. Sir, all your arguments are correct, rational, and logical. But who pays attention to that? And the Congress, well, most have never even travelled to Cuba to evaluate our policies there firsthand. The Cuban people have enough to deal with besides our adding to their difficulties with our stupid, failed policies. But who really knows or cares on the Hill?"

And you see, that is the challenge before us, to prove and demonstrate politically that the majority of this country, including Cuban Americans, want our policies changed with Cuba, beginning with the stupid travel ban. To this end, a political action has been established called the United States Cuba Political Action Committee. More about that PAC in future postings. But the premise is simple; a small group of wealthy and influential hardline Cuban Americans and their businesses presently fund the travel ban and the embargo through their political donations. They are approximately less than 1000 in number. Americans who want to travel to Cuba number more than 100,000 and are from across the country, including Florida. Once this constituency gets organized and plays the Washington DC game, it will do it better and more profoundly than the current competition. We can show that the political power of a small donation of say, $25.00 is greater than that of the $5000.00 donor, when that $25.00 is multiplied by a factor of 100,000. And then we will have the money to politically succeed. Those of you who have written letters, emails, traveled to DC, and made telephone calls, get ready to get your checkbooks out. That is of course, if you want to win. - Tony Martinez

* A yiddish term for disgust and disapproval

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JG: Howard Berman is a bigger disappointment than Barack Obama. The Democratic Party is a spineless animal. Democrats are nothing but a bunch of pussies. They are only interested in money.

U.S. continues being the biggest bully in the planet

Homo Sapiens, the name we give to our species, faces innumerable and very grave problems in the world we are living today. Our leaders could choose to sit down in a friendship table and try to come up with solutions which would benefit everyone. They could promote peace. They could offer socially responsible policies.

But for the capitalist leaders of the United States that is unacceptable. They want blood, they want war and mayhem, they want greed, they want hate, they continue drinking from the cup of arrogance.

No other U.S. president was elected to office with so much hope from his followers as Barack H. Obama was. What a great disappointment he has been. It is understandable why so many people in the U.S. no longer bother to excessive their right to vote. The leaders of the U.S. are contributing to the possible destruction of our planet.

Many of them call themselves Christians, yet they forget that Jesus told us to 'Love One Another.' Jesus didn't owe a thing, yet we continue craving never ending acquisitions of worthless junk.

For close to 52 years now, Yankee imperialism has sought the destruction of Cuba. They are obsessed with returning the exploitation of man by man to my beloved island. Do not give up Cuba, or you will become another Puerto Rico, where people have to deal with never ending crime and live behind barred windows and walls. Do not let the Yankee imperialists come back. Continue defending what is yours. Do not give up one inch to those who want to destroy you.

Accept the fact that you will have to work harder. Do you want to become an “entrepreneur” so you can screw your neighbor, families, and friends? Continue in the path of 'people helping people' and continue to make our island prosper. It is O.K. to make mistakes along the way.

Jose Marti would be proud that Cuba is today free and sovereign.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nine corrupt Gang of 66 Democrats block tomorrow's vote on H.R. 4645

As I predicted recently, tomorrow's vote on a mark-up of H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, has been blocked by nine corrupt Gang of 66 Democrats who serve in the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC).

They did it twice in 2007 and they will do it again in 2010. They will take the cash that the US-Cuba Democracy PAC (USCD) sends to them regularly as payment for their anti-Cuba votes. The group of scum Democrats in the HFAC are:

Berkley, Shelley
Engel, Elliot
Faleomavaega, Eni
Giffords, Gabrielle
Green, Gene
Klein, Ron
Miller, Brad
Sherman, Brad
Sires, Albio

Engel, Klein, and Sires also have the distinction of being among the Top 15 Whores of USCD in the U.S. Congress.

Do not vote for any of the Gang of 66 in November. Kendrick Meek, in Florida, also does not deserve your vote for the U.S. Senate. It is better to write-in NOTA than give your vote to this corrupt group of Democrats. They represent the William Jefferson and the Rod Blagojevich branch of the Democratic Party. They always say: "Show me the money."

American imperialism = hate + arrogance

If you look today at how the American empire behaves toward other countries, nothing much has changed since January 1st, 1959.

Heavy doses of hate plus arrogance are the fuel which moves the engine of the capitalist government of the United States. If you are a country that has a government that tries to improve the daily lives of its people, you will find the United States government in opposition. They will use terrorism, torture and other unspeakable acts to put a stop to an improvement in people's lives. People are to be exploited, not helped.

We have the cases of Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Ecuador and others. They have governments that try to help its citizens. Who foments and directs subversion and destabilization programs against those countries governments? The United States of America.

Retired generals urge U.S. to lift Cuba travel ban

Laura Rozen, at Politico, reports the following:

Nine retired U.S. military officers are urging that the U.S. travel ban to Cuba be lifted.

In a letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.), retired generals Paul Eaton, Robert Gard, John Castellaw, John Hutson, David Irvine, John Johns, Stephen Xenakis, and retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson argue that Cuba does not pose a threat to the security of the United States. Eaton currently serves as a senior advisor to the progressive National Security Network, and Wilkerson was an advisor to former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Berman’s committee is scheduled to hold a markup of legislation on the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act (H.R. 4645) Wednesday at noon.

Cuba celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution


In a multitudinous act that started this morning at 8:00 a.m. in front of the former presidential palace of Dictator Fulgencio Batista, Cuba celebrated today the 50th Anniversary of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, which were formed at the beginning of the triumphant Cuban Revolution.

The CDR's were formed to combat the terrorist activities of the imperialists in Washington D.C. and their foot soldiers, the Miami gusanos.

In this historical act, which was carried live by Cuba Vision International, the first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, Fidel Castro, gave a lively speech. He is looking stronger and stronger. The evil hate-mongers who populate the capital of the empire have not prevailed against him.

We will add the appropriate links when they are published, especially another great poem by Yoerkis.

Text of Fidel's speech (in Spanish)

Video of Fidel's speech.
Duration: 42 min, 20 sec

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Una foto histórica de la creación de los CDR

Creación de los CDR: Antiguo Palacio Presidencial,
28 de Septiembre de 1961.
(Foto Liborio Noval)

(La Habana, 1934). Uno de los más importantes fotógrafos cubanos de todos los tiempos. Se inició en 1951 en una agencia de publicidad y trabajó luego del triunfo de la Revolución en los periódicos Revolución y Granma (fundador de este último). Corresponsal de guerra en Viet Nam y Nicaragua. Posee más de 30 premios nacionales e internacionales, y decenas de exposiciones personales y colectivas.

More great photos by Liborio Noval: Cuba Amaneciendo

La canción de los CDR


Canción

De cara a cara con el porvenir,

qué meta puede hablar,

si no es la meta de vencer o morir.


En cada cuadra un comité,

en cada barrio revolución,

cuadra por barrio, barrio por pueblo,

país en lucha: revolución.


Desde las cuadras crece mi país,

se desarrolla y se proyecta así,

qué importa el reto, la respuesta es:

en cada cuadra un comité,

en cada barrio revolución,

cuadra por barrio, barrio por pueblo,

país en lucha: revolución.


Desde que el sol rompió su molde,

y el enemigo su consuelo,

ya desde entonces la respuesta fue:

en cada cuadra un comité,

en cada barrio revolución,

cuadra por barrio, barrio por pueblo,

país en lucha: revolución.


Desde la sierra a la ciudad,

tanto en el monte como en el mar,

cuadra por barrio, barrio por pueblo

a la vanguardia va el Comité.


(Eduardo Ramos)


Wide Screen Version

Version #2

Cuba Va !! Silvio Rodriguez

La revolución cubana tiene futuro. CUBA VA, CUBA VENCERÁ (My favorite!)


Décimas para los CDR, de Yoerky Sánchez Cuéllar

De la ONU retornaba

el Comandante aquel día

y una fuerte algarabía

en las calles se observaba.


Mientras el pueblo escuchaba

al héroe firme y gallardo

cada palabra era un dardo

de luz, verdad y humanismo.


Por eso el imperialismo

mandó a poner un petardo.

Pero el petardito aquel

no provocó ningún susto,

y hasta podría ser justo

darle las gracias a él

porque al oírlo, Fidel

tuvo una nueva razón

para, desde ese balcón,

fundar, ante tanta ofensa,

los Comités de Defensa

de nuestra Revolución.


Cinco décadas más tarde,

los cederistas venimos

al lugar donde nacimos,

donde fracasó el cobarde,

donde en cada joven arde

la misma pasión aquella

que fue dejando una huella

contra el odio del verdugo

porque rompimos el yugo

para ponernos la estrella.


Cincuenta años ¡qué obra

tan genuina nos alumbra

cuando la patria se encumbra

frente a cualquier maniobra!


En este acto que cobra

dimensiones altruistas

faltan cinco cederistas

que desde el suelo norteño

protegían nuestro sueño

de elementos terroristas.


Los jefes de esa comarca

deben estar intranquilos

porque saben que los hilos

del terrorismo los marcan,

Francisco Chávez Abarca

muchas historias revela

como alumno de la escuela

de Luis Posada Carriles,

quien hace planes hostiles

contra Cuba y Venezuela.


Aunque le llamen "derrota"

a un triunfo lleno de luz,

aunque pongan en la cruz

al héroe digno y patriota.

Aunque manden una flota

con sus marines y naves,

aunque dominen las claves

de la subversión más cruel,

no han podido con Fidel,

ni podrán con Hugo Chávez.


Cederistas, cuando el mundo

está al borde de una guerra,

pidamos paz en la Tierra

sin desmayar un segundo.


Solo el sentir más profundo

puede hacer que ese gobierno

nos aleje de un invierno

tan frío y espeluznante

que supera lo que Dante

representara en su Infierno.


Cinco décadas después

regresamos a esta plaza,

y Cuba entera se abraza

en sus dignos comités.


Si nuestra batalla es

una batalla sin cierre,

cuando el imperio se entierre,

más enérgicos y enteros

entre sus sepultureros

estarán los CDR.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Oil Exploration Map of Cuba - June 2010


This map of Cuba shows the areas where foreign companies are exploring for oil in the island and adjacent seas. Click on the map twice to make it much larger.

The five companies are:

PDVSA (Venezuela)

SINOPEC (China)

SHERRITT (Canada)

ZARUBEZHNEFT (Russia)

PETROVIETNAM (Vietnam)

The art of Ronald Espinosa Nieto

Inoportuna Musa

Entre Ciclones

Olé

The Artist

Nombre: Ronaldo de Jesús Espinosa Nieto  [ Ronald ]

Fecha de nacimiento: 7 de Diciembre de 1961

Lugar de nacimiento: Ciudad Habana. Cuba

Estudios Realizados: Licenciatura en Economía (Universidad de La Habana, 1991)

Formación Artística: Autodidacta

Miembro del Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales


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JG: A very talented Cuban artist who was born 20 days after I left Cuba.

The top 15 U.S. Congress political whores of the US-Cuba Democracy PAC

The chart below lists the top 15 receipients of contributions from the US-Cuba Democracy PAC and its network of donors.

Member – Individual Contributions – USCD PAC Contributions
Grand Total

Rep. Lincoln Diaz-­Balart (R-­Fla.) -- $361,964 -- $5,000
$366,964

Rep. Mario Diaz-­Balart (R-­Fla.) -- $354,176 -- $10,000
$364,176

Rep. Ileana Ros-­Lehtinen (R-­Fla.) -- $240,050 -- $0
$240,050

Sen. John McCain (R-­Ariz.) -- $183,415 -- $0
$183,415

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-­N.J.) -- $153,300 -- $12,500
$165,800

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-­Fla.) -- $140,149 -- $15,000
$155,149

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-­Conn.) -- $102,550 -- $10,000
$112,550

Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-­Fla.) -- $88,000 -- $15,500
$103,500

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-­Fla.) -- $48,700 -- $27,000
$75,700

Rep. Albio Sires (D-­N.J.) -- $27,150 -- $25,000
$52,150

Rep. Ron Klein (D-­Fla.) -- $39,700 -- $11,000
$50,700

Sen. Harry Reid (D-­Nev.) -- $37,795 -- $12,000
$49,795

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-­N.J.) -- $28,100 -- $11,500
$39,600

Rep. John Salazar (D-­Colo.) -- $13,600 -- $23,500
$37,100

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-­N.Y.) $12,950 -- $20,500
$33,450

Source: www.publicampaign.org

Team Cuba to the 2010 pre-world and pre-panamerican baseball tournaments in Puerto Rico

Team Cuba

Los peloteros cubanos fueron abanderados este lunes en el Memorial José Martí.Autor: Roberto Morejón Rodríguez/AIN

Abanderan equipo cubano de béisbol en el Memorial José Martí

Date: October 1-13, 2010

Place: Various cities in Puerto Rico

Catchers: Ariel Pestano Valdés; Yulexis la Rosa Águila.

Infielders: José Dariel Abreu Correa; Alexander Mayeta Kerr; Héctor Olivera Amaro; Yulieski Gourriel Castillo; Yorbis Borroto Jáuregui; Michel Enríquez Tamayo; Aledmis Díaz Serrano.

Outfielders: Alfredo Despaigne Rodríguez; Yoennis Céspedes Milanés; Frederich Cepeda Cruz; Alexei Bell Quintero.

Pitchers: Pedro Luis Lazo Iglesias; Norge Luis Vera Peralta; Miguel Alfredo González Puebla; Freddy Asiel Álvarez Sáez; Vladimir García Escalante; Yulieski González Ledesma; Yadier Pedroso González; Norberto González Miranda; Jonder Martínez Martínez; Dalier Hinojosa Hernández; Ismel Jiménez Santiago.

Manager: Eduardo Martín Saura.

The GOP and the top 2% Super Rich want to continue screwing Americans

I say screw the Super Rich before they can continue screwing America's working class. The Republican Party wants to continue the tax-cut bonanza that George W. Bush gave to the Super Wealthy.

Robert Reich, who was the 22nd United States Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, from 1993 to 1997, points out the following facts in an excellent article, published on Sunday in the San Francisco Chronicle, where he asks an excellent question, even it is a very long one:

“Who deserves a tax cut more: the top 2 percent - whose wages and benefits are higher than ever and among whose ranks are the CEOs and Wall Street mavens whose antics have sliced jobs and wages and nearly destroyed the American economy - or the rest of us?”

I say let us bring on class warfare! Let the right wing nuts accuse us of being socialists or communists. The issue is about fairness and social justice. A vote for a Republican in the November elections means that, if you belong to the working class, you basically will be screwing yourself with your own vote.

Obama has brought the coming November debacle on himself. His “change you can believe in” was a fraud. He has governed like a Republican, especially on the Cuba issue. In cases like this the people turn out and vote for the real thing, rather than the fake Obama closet Republicans. They are DINO's.

Mr Reich also points out that:

1) “But [the proposed continuation of the tax cuts for the top 2% Super Rich] would blow a giant hole in the budget - $36 billion next year, $700 billion over 10 years. Millionaire households would get a windfall of $31 billion next year alone.”

2) “The $1.3 trillion George W. Bush tax cut of 2001 was a huge windfall for people earning more than $500,000 a year. They got about 40 percent of its benefits. The Bush tax cut of 2003 was even better for high rollers. Those with net incomes of about $1 million got an average tax cut of $90,000 a year. Yet taxes on the typical middle-income family dropped just $217. Many lower-income families, who still paid payroll taxes, got nothing back at all.”

I say it is time to have a Workers Party like the one they have in Brazil. The Republicans and the DINO's are whores to the Super Rich, Wall Street, the Banks and the Oil Companies. They do not represent the working class of America.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Calls continue at the United Nations against the U.S. blockade of Cuba

The president of Suriname, Desire Delano, stated that his country is deeply concerned by the persistence of the U.S. blockade against Cuba, which the U.S. has maintained for half a century, which aims to change the political, economic and social development of the island.

“These coercive measures, -- she stated -- cause difficulties and have severe effects on the development and well being of the Cuban people”

The president of Dominica, Nicholas Liverpool, emphasized the necessity of multilateralism and cooperation between states. “These challenges can only be surpassed in a world environment where respect exists for the integrity of other countries, for the non-interference in the national affairs of others, for the respect of sovereignty and the right to free determination. In that respect, Dominica calls for the discontinuance of the economic blockade of Cuba.”

For Stephenson King, the prime minster of Santa Lucia, anachronisms still exist in the world, and one of the them is the U.S. blockade against Cuba, he stated.

The White House did not respond to the comments of these chiefs of states.

Source:
Juventud Rebelde: Prosiguen los llamados en ONU contra el bloqueo a Cuba

How Cuban American Hard-Liners Influence Congress With Campaign Contributions

Public Campaign Action Fund

Download the full report

Since the 2004 election cycle, a network of Cuban-American donors and political action committees (PACs) has donated in excess of $10 million to more than 300 federal candidates in order to thwart any changes in the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Recipients are Democrats and Republicans, House and Senate members, rank-and-file members and party leaders. Contributions are sometimes coordinated and mutually reinforcing. These donations were often targeted to members of Congress who changed their positions on U.S.-Cuba policy to align them with opponents of change, sometimes within days or a few weeks of making the switch.

With support growing for reforms of U.S. policy toward Cuba, including lifting the ban on travel by all Americans to the island, and with congressional hearings on travel to Cuba about to take place before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the question is whether reasoned policy or old-style politics driven by the corrosive influence of campaign donations will prevail.

In the most extensive analysis of hard-line Cuban-American campaign donations to date, Public Campaign has made visible the following facts and findings. To preserve the U.S. embargo of Cuba, the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC and the network of hard-line Cuban American donors:

* Made donations of $10,777,692 since the 2004 election cycle

* Gave to at least 337 federal candidates through the PAC, 53% of whom received reinforcing individual donations from hard-line Cuban-American donors

* Vastly increased Cuban-Americans’ donations to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) even as the DSCC has underperformed in overall fundraising compared to a similar point in the 2007-2008 election cycle

* Provided significant resources to their champions (with contributions aggregating as high as $366,964), who include fifteen top recipients. Some of these champions recycle contributions to, or raise money for, other members, thereby building their power base to help stop Cuba policy changes

* Targeted donations to recipients whose voting record shows a shift in their position on Cuba policy, including seven who took money and switched their positions on dates that were in close proximity to one another

* Provided, through the PAC and the network of donors, more than $850,000 to 53 members of Congress who recently publicized their opposition to changes in the policy just weeks before a key committee hearing on travel to Cuba

This report begins with a summary of the scope of this hard-line network, sections on both the momentum towards changing Cuba policy and the response from the hard-line community to counter that momentum, and a detailed analysis of the different ways in which they use campaign contributions to press for their views. The report closes with recommendations for policies to address the overarching problem of money in politics.

*Upon further review of Rep. Jim Marshall's (D-Ga.) voting record, he should not have been included in the earlier version of this report. The report has been updated to reflect this change.

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JG: Further proof that the U.S. has the best politicians money can buy. We have a money democracy. You give me cash, I'll vote the way you recommend. It is a rigged system. Money is king.

OpenSecrets.Org: US-Cuba Democracy PAC Contributions to Federal Candidates

OpenSecrets.Org

Election Cycle Year: 2010

U.S. House of Representatives

Ackerman, Gary (D-NY) $3,500
Adler, John H (D-NJ) $4,000
Altmire, Jason (D-PA) $4,500
Andrews, Robert E (D-NJ) $3,500
Arcuri, Michael (D-NY) $3,000
Austria, Steve C (R-OH) $1,000
Baca, Joe (D-CA) $6,000
Barrow, John (D-GA) $3,000
Bean, Melissa (D-IL) $3,000
Berkley, Shelley (D-NV) $2,500
Berman, Howard L (D-CA) $7,000
Bilirakis, Gus (R-FL) $2,000
Boccieri, John A (D-OH) $4,000
Boehner, John (R-OH) $2,500
Bonner, Jo (R-AL) $1,000
Boustany, Charles W Jr (R-LA) $1,000
Boyd, Allen (D-FL) $4,000
Brady, Kevin (R-TX) $2,000
Braley, Bruce (D-IA) $2,500
Bright, Bobby (D-AL) $1,000
Broun, Paul Jr (R-GA) $1,000
Burton, Dan (R-IN) $3,000
Butterfield, G K (D-NC) $1,000
Cao, Joseph (R-LA) $2,000
Carnahan, Russ (D-MO) $2,000
Carney, Chris (D-PA) $4,500
Carson, Andre (D-IN) $3,000
Chandler, Ben (D-KY) $1,000
Childers, Travis W (D-MS) $1,000
Conaway, Mike (R-TX) $1,000
Connolly, Gerry (D-VA) $6,500
Cuellar, Henry (D-TX) $2,000
Dahlkemper, Kathleen (D-PA) $5,000
Deutch, Ted (D-FL) $3,500
Djou, Charles (R-HI) $1,000
Donnelly, Joe (D-IN) $2,000
Engel, Eliot L (D-NY) $7,500
Foster, Bill (D-IL) $2,000
Foxx, Virginia (R-NC) $1,000
Giffords, Gabrielle (D-AZ) $2,000
Graves, Sam (R-MO) $3,000
Green, Gene (D-TX) $1,000
Griffith, Parker (R-AL) $1,000
Grisham, Michelle Lujan (D-NM) $1,000
Guthrie, Steven Brett (R-KY) $1,000
Halvorson, Deborah (D-IL) $4,500
Hare, Phil (D-IL) $4,500
Hastings, Alcee L (D-FL) $2,000
Heinrich, Martin (D-NM) $3,000
Higgins, Brian M (D-NY) $1,000
Issa, Darrell (R-CA) $1,000
Jenkins, Lynn (R-KS) $2,000
Kennedy, Patrick J (D-RI) $1,000
King, Steven A (R-IA) $2,000
Kirkpatrick, Ann (D-AZ) $3,000
Kissell, Larry (D-NC) $5,000
Klein, Ron (D-FL) $10,000
Kosmas, Suzanne (D-FL) $5,000
Kratovil, Frank M Jr (D-MD) $4,000
Lance, Leonard (R-NJ) $1,000
Lee, Christopher J (R-NY) $1,000
Lipinski, Daniel (D-IL) $1,000
Lujan, Ben R (D-NM) $3,000
Maffei, Dan (D-NY) $2,000
Malone, Joseph Daniel (R-MA) $5,000
Markey, Betsy (D-CO) $1,000
Marshall, Jim (D-GA) $3,000
Massa, Eric (D-NY) $1,000
McCaul, Michael (R-TX) $2,000
McCotter, Thad (R-MI) $4,000
McIntyre, Mike (D-NC) $2,000
McMahon, Michael E (D-NY) $8,000
McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (R-WA) $2,000
Mica, John L (R-FL) $1,000
Miller, Brad (D-NC) $3,000
Murphy, Patrick J (D-PA) $6,000
Murphy, Scott (D-NY) $5,500
Murphy, Tim (R-PA) $2,500
Neugebauer, Randy (R-TX) $2,000
Olson, Pete (R-TX) $1,000
Pallone, Frank Jr (D-NJ) $1,000
Pascrell, Bill Jr (D-NJ) $1,000
Pence, Mike (R-IN) $3,000
Perlmutter, Edwin G (D-CO) $2,000
Posey, Bill (R-FL) $1,000
Price, Tom (R-GA) $2,500
Quigley, Mike (D-IL) $2,000
Rehberg, Denny (R-MT) $3,500
Reyes, Silvestre (D-TX) $1,000
Rohrabacher, Dana (R-CA) $1,000
Royce, Ed (R-CA) $1,000
Ryan, Tim (D-OH) $1,000
Salazar, John (D-CO) $2,500
Schauer, Mark (D-MI) $6,500
Schiff, Adam (D-CA) $2,000
Schmidt, Jean (R-OH) $1,000
Schrader, Kurt (D-OR) $5,500
Schultz, Debbie Wasserman (D-FL) $5,000
Sherman, Brad (D-CA) $1,000
Shimkus, John M (R-IL) $2,000
Shuler, Heath (D-NC) $5,500
Sires, Albio (D-NJ) $7,500
Skelton, Ike (D-MO) $6,000
Smith, Adrian (R-NE) $2,000
Smith, Chris (R-NJ) $1,000
Space, Zachary T (D-OH) $3,500
Sutton, Betty Sue (D-OH) $1,000
Teague, Harry (D-NM) $1,000
Terry, Lee (R-NE) $2,000
Thompson, Glenn (R-PA) $2,000
Tiberi, Patrick J (R-OH) $1,000
Wasinger, Robert Kirk (R-KS) $4,000
Whitfield, Ed (R-KY) $3,000
Wilson, Charlie (D-OH) $1,000
Wittman, Rob (R-VA) $1,000
Wu, David (D-OR)

U.S. Senate

Begich, Mark (D-AK) $2,500
Bennett, Robert F (R-UT) $2,500
Blunt, Roy (R-MO) $2,500
Burr, Richard (R-NC) $2,500
Casey, Bob (D-PA) $5,000
Corker, Bob (R-TN) $1,000
DeMint, James W (R-SC) $1,000
Ellsworth, Brad (D-IN) $1,000
Gillibrand, Kirsten (D-NY) $5,000
Grassley, Chuck (R-IA) $5,000
Hodes, Paul W (D-NH) $2,500
Isakson, Johnny (R-GA) $1,000
Meek, Kendrick B (D-FL) $7,500
Menendez, Robert (D-NJ) $7,500
Merkley, Jeff (D-OR) $5,000
Reid, Harry (D-NV) $5,000
Risch, James E (R-ID) $1,000
Salazar, Ken (D-CO) ($2,000)
Shelby, Richard C (R-AL) $1,500
Tiahrt, Todd (R-KS) $5,000
Udall, Mark (D-CO) $1,000
Vitter, David (R-LA) $1,000

Saturday, September 25, 2010

International Community Demands End of US Blockade of Cuba at United Nations

Cuban News Agency

HAVANA, Cuba, Sept 25 (ACN) The international community urged the United States on Friday to put an end to the almost 50-year-old economic blockade of Cuba during the 65th ordinary period of sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Granma newspaper reports that the demand was made by the representatives of Bolivia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Laos.

Bolivian President Evo Morales demanded Washington to end its hostile unilateral policy that violates the human rights of millions of people.

“I have respectfully asked President Obama to lift the economic blockade of Cuba and of Gaza, Palestine. It is in his hands to end this violation of human rights,” Morales noted.

“We believe the economic blockade is unjust and unjustifiable. It must be lifted,” said Namibia’s Hifikepunye Pohamba, who also supported the decision of last July’s Summit of the African Union to urge the White House to end the blockade against the Caribbean island.

Then, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe said: “We join the Non Aligned Movement and other well-intentioned countries that have demanded the immediate elimination of this blockade.”

Haiti’s Rene Preval pointed out that the blockade has to end “because it goes against the values that promote freedom of trade.”

Choummaly Sayasone, from Laos, said this unilateral policy “is a clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations and international law.

That’s why, in the interest of the Cuban and American peoples, it is time to put an end to it.”

Aroldis Chapman 105 mph pitch vs. the Padres 9/24/2010



To see the wide screen version of You Tube click here.

The index for Fidel Castro's 'La Victoria Estratégica' is now complete

It can be accessed by clicking here and an entry has also been placed on the right side column of links of Cuba Journal.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Oscar Arias and the Cuban Revolution

Juventud Rebelde

By: Álvaro Montero Mejía

2010-03-16 | 11:42:25 EST

To be faithful to an old ritual, Oscar Arias is once again levying an attack against the Cuban Revolution. It is one of his old traditions fuelled by his bitterness against one of the most profound and unprecedented social processes of our time.

If his statements against the economic blockade are brushed aside —that the most powerful nation on Earth exerts against a small country on the continent, the harshest in history—, Arias has never used some of the many forums that he has attended in his life to condemn thousands of innocent deaths that the continued U.S. aggression has caused to Cuba, nor the thousands of acts of sabotage against the production efforts of a poor developing country, nor has he been sympathetic regarding the hundreds assassination attempts on Cuban leaders and dirty tactics such as biological warfare, including using swine fever or hemorragic dengue fever, unleashed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) against Cuba, killing hundreds of people and causing immense economic damage.

In the countless forums he attends to voice his antiwar rhetoric, he has never taken the opportunity to demand the release of the five Cuban political prisoners being held in U.S. jails and victims of "a judicial system of questionable independence," to use his own words, but better say, a twisted and perverse judicial system, held in solitary confinement, unable to see their families, and only for committing the crime of fighting against terrorist actions that are carried out daily against Cuba from the U.S.

Oscar Arias, you have never been seen —nor will be— providing a gesture to dignify yourself as a man of principle; able to recognize that huge share of humanity accompanying most of the Cuban Revolution over 50 years. Your solidarity has never sided with the agrarian reform, urban reform, the most developed health system across the continent, the rigorous intellectual training of children, adolescents and young adults, or with the tens of thousands of doctors, teachers and professionals scattered around the world, struggling for the gift of life, welfare, literacy and culture, that the unequal and unsupportive world denies them.

So you must be either mean or immensely ignorant when you say “that in practice, Cuba applies their solidarity only to its supporters.” In all these years, Oscar Arias, you have supported, without missing any chance, blockers, saboteurs, murderers and aggressors, mercenaries, hired scribes, whose sole aim is to defeat and surrender Cuba and attain its destruction. So there is no need to call you “the empire lackey" because you have raised by yourself the issue of lackey.

But in all as far as your diatribe is concerned, one faces several difficulties. In Costa Rica, the common person knows exactly who you are, but elsewhere you are considered to be a great personality. So for whom do we write? Outside, people must think we are mad when we say you are an egotist or a narcissist, and a person capable of lying without hesitation.

Here in Costa Rica, most of us are aware of the millions of public money you have invested in strengthening your image to convince the ordinary people that you are a great man, a great figure of universal recognition. Those who know you can recognize closely your advantages, but above all your misery, and that is how we have seen you in many opportunities, speaking with enthusiasm about yoursef. Here we know that you are able to condemn others, for the behavior patterns of which you are a living example. You say: "I have always struggled for a Cuban transition to democracy,” and then speak of “pluralistic regime” and of “proving that I can learn to respect ... especially the rights of your opponents.” And with a finishing touch adding that “in a democracy, if one has no opposition, one must create one.”

In Costa Rica, the true democrats and patriots struggle now for a “Costa Rican transition to democracy,” the same you have taken care to undermine and shatter. It turns out to be, to put it simply, that you flagrantly violated the Political Constitution and submitted the Judicial Power to your discretion in order to get reelected; killed the independence of the Legislative Power and bribed with millions some wretched members of Parliament ; participated in the NAFTA referendum despite the constitutional and legal clear prohibition and what is more, you did it along with the US ambassador; and both terrified factory workers ...lackeys?

Up here we know that you encouraged the systematic destruction of very fertile forests with a decree declaring " of public interest" the open pit gold mining and thus selling its operation to a multinational consortium, "lackeys?; we know that you violated trade union rights by expelling a legitimate Board of Directors from the docks of Puerto Limon, in order to place another formed by scabs addicted to huge foreign interests moving in the granting of such docks to a private corporation... "lackeys?

Well, perhaps you could explain to the honest people in the the world the reason why you snatched arbitrarily from me the television program called "Diagnostico" that for 17 years I anchored on channel 13; and for its guests, it was acknowledged as one of the best in-depth programs in our country that was awarded the "Joaquín García Monge” National Prize. Or was it that my simplicity prevented me from appreciating that with its closure, you had decided to create the opposition you did not have?

You can continue playing the "tough guy" whenever you attack Cuba, while turning a blind eye to the thousands of political prisoners that the U.S. empire has spread throughout the world, kidnapped from their countries, isolated and unknown, deprived of their most elementary rights, tortured and abused as a substantive part of the shames of our time.

I want to finish by parodying a phrase I read many years ago and now it fits very well: "Oscar Arias and the Cuban Revolution; or the annoying proceedings of the dry straw before the fire."

Curridabat, March 12th, 2010

After four rounds at Khanty-Mansiysk

Four rounds have been played at the 2010 World Chess Olympiad at Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

Cuba is currently in 14th place. 160 teams from 153 countries are competing.

Not a bad performance for Cuba, so far. Argentina is in 18th place, Mexico is in 23th place and Brazil is in 29th place.

Russia's Team 2, Georgia and Vietnam lead the tournament.

Cuba will play Italy in the fifth round.

Link to current positions web page.

Cuba's performance page.

Yankee imperialists terrorist plans against Cuba continue

Complete English translation of the original Spanish article. Added on 09/26/2010.

In an article published today by Granma, the official Cuban newspaper talks about the plans of Yankee imperialism against Cuba. Here is a quick translation of some of the key pints in the article:

The declarations of Francisco Chávez Abarca and the plans being plotted against Venezuela, reveal the continuity of the terrorist actions against Cuba and open new questions about the continuation of the complicity between the CIA, the Cuban American National Foundation, Luis Posada Carriles and the anti-Cuba U.S. Representatives in the American Congress.

In Miami Florida, known terrorists receive secure refuge and raise funds, open bank accounts to finance terrorist activities inside the island and U.S. territory is being used by those who promote, plan and commit criminal acts against Cuba, and many of those individuals have been on the payroll of the CIA or the FBI.

Luis Posada Carriels was an 'honored guest' on February 27th and 28th of 2010 at the annual convention of the terrorist organization Alpha 66. He proposes to return to the plans of violent and paramilitary activities against Cuba.

Although the leaders of that organization signaled that their strategy is to feign being a political, civilian, and pacifist group, they ratified that terrorism is their main line of action and will be used to destroy the Cuban Revolution. They proposed to collect funds, to buy new boats, and to load them with artillery and machine guns to land in Cuba, or to attack the coasts of the island.

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JG: All the terrorist and paramilitary activities against Cuba have ALWAYS been financed and directed by the United States government. Barack Obama is not any better or different than George W. Bush. His administration continues to give refuge to Luis Posada Carriles in Miami, and ignores the activities of violent terrorist groups like Alpha 66.

As I mentioned in a post yesterday, their never ending hate is the fuel of choice of the Yankee imperialists. They are active sponsors of state-sanctioned terrorism.

One day they will have to pay for their numerous crimes throughout the world.

Ichiro makes Major League history!


Ichiro Suzuki became the first player in Major League history to have 200 or more hits per season for 10 years in a row. Ichiro has accomplished this great achievement while playing for the Seattle Mariners. Ichiro has gone out to bat and contributed in a way that may never be repeated.

Universo Béisbol: Ichi-san: Cooperstown también será tuyo… aunque a muchos les duela

Thursday, September 23, 2010

VERY IMPORTANT: Hearing next Wednesday, Sept 29, on H.R. 4645, at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

In case you believe I had too many Cuban mojitos in my CJ post previous to this one, here is the info:

FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP NOTICE

COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20515-0128

Howard L. Berman (D-CA), Chairman

September 22, 2010

TO: MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

You are respectfully requested to attend an OPEN markup of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, to be held in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building (and available live, via the WEBCAST link on the Committee website at http://www.hcfa.house.gov) for the purpose of markup of the following legislation:

DATE:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

TIME:

12:00 p.m.

MARKUP OF:

H.R. 4645, Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act.

By Direction of the Chairman

Is H.R. 4645 becoming a huge farce?

If you asked me, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, are acting behind the curtains (à la The Wizard of Oz) to make sure that H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act never becomes a U.S. law.

They are using the Allan Gross excuse. Those evil communists in Havana are keeping our cuddly contractor in jail. The guy was only trying to sell sweets and matzoh balls to the Jewish community in Cuba. Hillary and Barack are definitely sabotaging the proposed bill.

Hillary is much more evil than Barack Obama, who is a huge fraud, with his 'change you can believe in' scam of 2008.

They are already priming the main stream capitalist news media to report that since the GOP is going to take over Congress in November "the House Foreign Affairs Committee [has] placed the legislation on its calendar for a vote next Wednesday. But even if the committee approves it, getting the measure through Congress this year will be difficult with so little time and so much other work left for lawmakers to do."

These are the same jokers who were telling the country in January that the law would be passed by June of this year. Politicians in the U.S. Congress probably take a couple of BS pills every night before they go to bed.

Barack Obama's scam is now complete. What will he think up next for 2012? He is a much bigger fraud than Bill Clinton ever was, and he did it with no BJ's. Give him credit for that.

As for Mr. Gross. Cuba should bring him to trial for being a U.S. covert agent, who willfully violated the letter of Cuba's Public Law 88. The evidence against him is abundant. On conviction, sentence Mr. Gross to 30 years in jail.

Hate: American Imperialism's Favorite Fuel

The similarities between Germany's Third Reich and and the crop of eleven U.S. presidents,which started in 1956 (Eisenhower through Obama) is startling.

Because it emerged triumphant in WW2 and the cold war against the Soviet block, the U.S. has become an extremely arrogant power. It is nowadays the world's number one bully, ably assisted by their buddy and ally, racist and war-mongering Zionist Israel. It goes around the world giving its inhabitants of our planet, wars, death and destruction. It all started in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Hitler was obsessed with the Jews. His hate consumed him. The same has happened with the Magnificent Eleven of the United States. Remove the word Jews and insert the word Cuba.

The Pearl of the Antilles was the playground of all the scum produced by the United States. They had a dutiful water-carrier by the name of General Fulgencio Batista. The American Mafia ran the casinos and the brothels for the imperialists.

But then, like the popular song goes inside Cuba, “En eso llegó Fidel” (“And then Fidel arrived”). The Yankee imperialists hate Fidel more than Hitler and the Nazis hated the Jews. You could plausible argue that the Americans are the successors of carrying out every conceivable policy that is based on evil practices.

We know of the their tortures throughout the world and other depravities like water-boarding. They used napalm Against innocent civilians in South Vietnam, and their water-carriers in Tel Aviv have used phosphorus bombs against Palestinian civilians. They have no shame. They enjoy doing it. They have no morals and no ethics.

The irony of it all

Cuban immigrants who live in Miami or New Jersey may be, in the future, defying the orders of those cities' top Cuban Mafia leadership, who currently is composed of Ileana 'La Loba Feroz' Ros-Lehtinen, Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart, Roberto Menendez (NJ) and Albio Sires (NJ).

Reuters reports that some Cuban citizens in the island may be “turning to relatives in the United States, home to 1.5 million Cuban emigres” to help them finance and start “businesses” inside the Pearl of the Antilles.

Will those “relatives” in the U.S. be the recipients of acts of intimidation by extremist and terrorist organizations headquartered in Miami?

Magnus Carlsen arrives in Khanty-Mansiysk


This photo, courtesy of Chess Base, shows chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen of Norway on his arrival at Khanty-Mansysk for the 2010 World Chess Olympiad. Magnus is ecstatic over his new acquisition, a children's chess book taught with cartoon animals. The young Chess Grandmaster is currently ranked number one in the world with an ELO rating of 2826. The live top list of provisional world chess rankings is provided by Hans Arild Runde at Chess.LiveRating.Org.

In the first round, Cuba easily defeated New Zeland, 4-0. The Cuban team is composed of Chess Grand Masters Lazaro Bruzon(2679), Yuniesky Quesada(2614), Fidel Corrales(2599) and Holden Hernandez(2563). They won easily over their opponents, who had ELO ratings of 2282 to 2200.

After the first round, Cuba is in the sixth place. See team rankings link.

2010 Chess Olympiad Pictorial: Arrivals, opening and day one

Cuba Team Results

Cuba Journal readers should use the last link to see the Cuba reults after the various rounds.

The Peace Boat visits La Habana


Two women look at the ship of the Peace Boat organization, anchored in Havana's bay, Cuba, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. Peace Boat, a Japan-based non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights, and equal and sustainable development, arrived in Cuba during the International Peace Day, on a trip aimed at strengthening bonds of friendship. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)


People look at the ship of the Peace Boat organization, anchored in Havana's bay, Cuba, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)


Cuba's former President Fidel Castro, left, attends a meeting with members of the Peace Boat organization in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Prensa Latina)

JG: Peace is something that is anathema to U.S. imperialists. They rarely promote Peace. The activities that they promote were and are manifested in South Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan.

1960 - Bobby Fischer vs Mikhail Tal

Bobby Fischer vs Mikhail Tal

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cuban dance legend, Alicia Alonso, invites Obama to Havana festival

(AFP) – September 22, 2010

HAVANA — Cuban dance legend Alicia Alonso has invited US President Barack Obama and his family to attend an international ballet festival on the island, under US economic embargo for almost five decades.

"I would like to invite the president of the United States to come to the Cuba Ballet Festival with his wife and his adorable daughters to see the beauty of the art, love and life," said Alonso.

Exceptionally the festival from October 28 to November 7 will host both the American Ballet Theatre, which has not performed in Cuba for more than 50 years, and members of the New York City Ballet.

Alonso, who celebrates her 90th birthday in December, began her classical career dancing with both those companies in the early 1940s. She is now the director of the Cuban National Ballet.

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JG: Like all good Cubans, I have deep respect and love for the island's prima ballerina assoluta, but Barack Obama is a fanatical capitalist, who is sworn to destroy -- like his ten predecessors -- Cuban Socialism. Times are tough for Cuba right now, but this is not the right time to make concessions. Barack Obama has continued the genocidal Cuba blockade. He is intelligent, but he is not a person who is worthy of our trust.

Operation Mongoose: U.S. sponsored terrorism

An objective of U.S. President John F. Kennedy was the removal of Fidel Castro from power. To this end it implemented Operation Mongoose, a US program of sabotage and other secret operations against the island. Mongoose was led by Edward Lansdale in the Defense Department and William King Harvey at the CIA. Samuel Halpern, a CIA co-organizer, conveyed the breadth of involvement: "CIA and the U. S. Army and military forces and Department of Commerce, and Immigration, Treasury, God knows who else — everybody was in Mongoose. It was a government-wide operation run out of Bobby Kennedy's office with Ed Lansdale as the mastermind." . The scope of Mongoose included sabotage actions against a railway bridge, petroleum storage facilities, a molasses storage container, a petroleum refinery, a power plant, a sawmill, and a floating crane. Harvard Historian Jorge Domínguez stated that "only once in [the] thousand pages of documentation did a U.S. official raise something that resembled a faint moral objection to U.S. government sponsored terrorism." The CIA operation was based in Miami, Florida and among other aspects of the operation, enlisted the help of the Mafia to plot an assassination attempt against Fidel Castro, the Cuban president; for instance, William Harvey was one of the CIA case officers who directly dealt with the mafiosi John Roselli.

Dominguez wrote that Kennedy put a hold on Mongoose actions as the Cuban Missile Crisis escalated, and the "Kennedy administration returned to its policy of sponsoring terrorism against Cuba as the confrontation with the Soviet Union lessened." However, Chomsky argued that "terrorist operations continued through the tensest moments of the missile crisis," remarking that "they were formally canceled on October 30, several days after the Kennedy and Khrushchev agreement, but went on nonetheless." Accordingly, "the Executive Committee of the National Security Council recommended various courses of action, "including ‘using selected Cuban exiles to sabotage key Cuban installations in such a manner that the action can plausibly be attributed to Cubans in Cuba’ as well as ‘sabotaging Cuban cargo and shipping, and [Soviet] Bloc cargo and shipping to Cuba." Peter Kornbluh, senior analyst at the National Security Archive at George Washington University, raised the point that according to the documentary record, directly after the first executive committee (EXCOMM) meeting that was held on the missile crisis, Attorney General Robert Kennedy "convened a meeting of the Operation Mongoose team" expressing disappointment in its results and pledging to take a closer personal attention on the matter. Kornbluh accused RFK of taking "the most irrational position during the most extraordinary crisis in the history of U. S. foreign policy", remarking that "Not to belabor the obvious, but for chrissake, a nuclear crisis is happening and Bobby wants to start blowing things up."

Historian Stephen G. Rabe wrote that "scholars have understandably focused on...the Bay of Pigs invasion, the U.S. campaign of terrorism and sabotage known as Operation Mongoose, the assassination plots against Fidel Castro, and, of course, the Cuban missile crisis. Less attention has been given to the state of U.S.-Cuban relations in the aftermath of the missile crisis." In contrast Rabe wrote that reports from the Church Committee reveal that from June 1963 onward the Kennedy administration intensified its war against Cuba while the CIA integrated propaganda, "economic denial", and sabotage to attack the Cuban state as well as specific targets within. One example cited is an incident where CIA agents, seeking to assassinate Castro, provided a Cuban official, Rolando Cubela Secades, with a ballpoint pen rigged with a poisonous hypodermic needle. At this time the CIA received authorization for thirteen major operations within Cuba; these included attacks on an electric power plant, an oil refinery, and a sugar mill. Rabe has written that the "Kennedy administration...showed no interest in Castro's repeated request that the United States cease its campaign of sabotage and terrorism against Cuba. Kennedy did not pursue a dual-track policy toward Cuba....The United States would entertain only proposals of surrender." Rabe further documents how "Exile groups, such as Alpha 66 and the Second Front of Escambray, staged hit-and-run raids on the island...on ships transporting goods...purchased arms in the United States and launched...attacks from the Bahamas."

Source: Wikepedia

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JG: What goes around comes around. JFK and RFK paid for their crimes. They were assassinated.

Iran, Cuba aim to bolster ties

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) meets with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Tuesday.

Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:30AM

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls for bolstering ties with Cuba, noting that the two countries have enjoyed sustained ties for more than three decades.


Ahmadinejad made the remarks in a meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Tuesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's annual session in New York.

The Iranian chief executive also said that he accords respect to former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and his revolutionary spirit.

Rodriguez, for his part, voiced his country's support for the Islamic Republic and said Castro likes the Iranian nation and respects Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

President Ahmadinejad also met with his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales on the same day and discussed pathways that would benefit both countries.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ahmadinejad had separate meetings with Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba and King of Swaziland Mswati III.

The two African states expressed interest in furthering ties with the Islamic Republic and stressed how essential the expansion of relations is to them.

President Ahmadinejad has travelled to New York to attend the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly. He addressed the forum on Tuesday.

Source: Press TV