Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Babies born in Cuba have a better survival rate than babies born in the U.S.

U.S. Ranks Low For Newborn Survival

By Danielle Dellorto - CNN

POSTED: 9:53 am EDT August 31, 2011
UPDATED: 11:01 am EDT August 31, 2011

(CNN) -- Babies born in Cuba, Malaysia, Portugal, and the United Kingdom have a better chance of surviving the first month compared to those born in the United States, according to researchers at the World Health Organization and Save the Children


Complete story

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JG: The reson for that is dog-eat-dog U.S. capitalism!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Dayron Robles - Liu Xiang video



JG: The video clearly shows that Dayron Robles interfered with Liu Xiang, not once, but twice. His comments today, at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, that "being Cuban cost me hurdles gold medal" shows very poor sportsmanship on his part.

Michelle Bachmann goes to Miami to kiss the asses of the gusanos

The Minnesota congresswoman paid a midday visit to the Bay of Pigs Museum and then became the latest in a long line of candidates to stop by the Versailles Restaurant, where she pledged to "stand up against our enemies like the communist Castro brothers in Cuba."

Read the rest of the Palm Beach Post article.

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JG: God save this country if Michelle Bachmann is ever elected POTUS. The Republican Party has been taken over by nuts!

Monday, August 29, 2011

A tribute to Pete Seeger

AMERICAN MASTERS | Pete Seeger: The Power of Song | PBS


If I had a hammer


Where Have All the Flowers Gone?


Guantanamera

Saturday, August 27, 2011

End the Cuba Embargo

The Ledger

Published: Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.

The Obama administration's recent decision to give $20 million of taxpayer money to organizations that tell us that they are going to bring "democracy" to Cuba is a total waste of resources and time. We know that — as usual — that money will probably end up in the pockets of the Miami anti-Castro right-wing extremists. Since this huge taxpayer money giveaway started many years ago, more than $150 million have gone down that rat hole.

Although President Barack Obama has enacted some timid and weak reforms in our Cuba policies, the fact of the matter is that, like George W. Bush, Barack Obama continues to support a failed economic embargo against the Caribbean nation. Last October, the United Nations General Assembly condemned it by an overwhelming vote of 187-2. All our NATO allies voted against the United States. Only Israel supported the U.S.

It is time to put an end to the Cuba embargo.

JORGE R. GONZALEZ

Winter Haven

Friday, August 26, 2011

Barack Obama makes the Cuba embargo a very profitable and thriving capitalist business

The country is in a downward economic spiral, but not for Barack Obama and his band of gangsters. They keep on extorting money from unsupecting American businesses.

Read: JPMorgan Chase will pay $88.3 million settlement to the U.S. Treasury Department for apparent violations of the genocidal Cuba embargo.

Hey Miami Gusanos: you ain't going to overthrow Cuba's goverment from Calle Ocho sitting at a table in Versailles. At least the anti-Gaddaffi rebels had cojones. You don't! All you do is promenade your parrot, Luis Posada Carriles, to squack and ask for "contributions."

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cuba rejects Barack Obama's and Hillary Clinton's intimidation attempt

Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

ON August 18, for the 30th time, the U.S. Department of State included Cuba on the spurious list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, with the sole objective of discrediting our country and having a continued justification for the cruel and repudiated blockade policy against Cuba.

The government of the United States, which has historically practiced state terrorism, extra-judicial executions, the kidnapping of persons, murder using drone aircraft, torture and illegal detentions; which has established secret prisons; which is responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians as the result of its wars of occupation and conquest in Iraq and Afghanistan, and which is systematically bombarding sovereign states such as Libya, does not have the minimum moral or any other right to judge Cuba, a country which has an impeccable history of combating terrorism and which has been, moreover, a systematic victim of this scourge.

The U.S. government is acting as if it had not constantly protected the self-confessed criminal Luis Posada Carriles, an individual whom it has not wanted to try on terrorism charges, despite the overwhelming evidence in its possession.

Posada Carriles, in conjunction with Orlando Bosch Avila, the recipient of a presidential pardon by George Bush Senior, is the mastermind of the horrific sabotage of a Cuban passenger plane in full flight, which caused the death of 73 innocent people. He is also directly responsible for the death of Italian tourist Fabio Di Celmo during the bomb attacks on Cuban tourism facilities in 1997. Today Luis Posada Carriles is free to walk the streets of Miami, after having been absolved from any terrorism charges in a farcical trial in El Paso, Texas.

At the same time, as irrefutable evidence of its double standards, the U.S. government continues to unjustly hold and punish our five Cuban anti-terrorists in its prisons.

As the result of acts of terrorism organized, financed and perpetrated from U.S. territory – in many cases with the complicity of the U.S. government itself – 3,478 Cubans have lost their lives and another 2,099 are living with disabilities.

This political manipulation of an issue as sensitive as combating terrorism is also an insult to the memory of the victims of the criminal acts of September 11, 2001, an event which prompted solidarity and the offer of unconditional aid on the part of our government and people.

Cuba demands that the government of the United States punish the real terrorists currently resident in that country, free the five Cuban heroes and end its policy of blockade and hostility toward our country, a policy which militates against the legitimate interests of both peoples.

Havana, August 19, 2011

Translated by Granma International


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JG: How come Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton do not say anything about the U.S. continuing to give refuge and protection in Miami to international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles? Because that duo in Washington D.C. are a couple of hypocrites!

A big applause for Cuba. I repudiate and condemn the actions of Barack Obama and his partner in crime, Hillary Clinton!

Bring back the WPA

Barack Obama doesn't get it. FDR did. Today we are going through the greatest U.S. economic calamity since the Great Depression. Up to 25 million people are either underemployed or unemployed.

The GOP is not going to defeat Obama in 2012. The economy will defeat him if he doesn't wakeup.

Put people back to work with a new Work Progress Administration. Forget about all the silly ideas of Milton Friedman.

And Barack Obama should stop going on TV and saying “everything is fine.” Herbert Hoover said that too!

Computers

Little to report on the Cuba issue, so I turn to other things, at least until the World Baseball Cup starts on October 1st.

Giving instructions to a computer is more fun – and important – than giving instructions to your wife. The computer never complains. Your wife might do that, which can be the cause of innumerable problems.

That is the reason why in 1968 I chose to go into computers. At that time, it was a growing field.
The PC revolution was yet to come.

I was working for a man who was a typical Republican and who was very narrow minded. His business would eventually fail. I had a dead end job.

I started and self financed – at night – a 69 week course with a private Business College, after having found innumerable errors and mistakes in a correspondence course out of Chicago. 30 students started the course at the vocational school. We lost most of them when we got to binary numbers. I stuck with it. One night a light bulb went on on my brain, and I was able to grasp the new concept, which is central to any computer. I was one of only three who graduated “with honors.”

Back then we did not have desktop or laptop computers. My first job was with a small company. They had an IBM 360 Mod 20. It did not have hard disks. All the data was stored in 80 column punched cards. We had a large room with probably millions of those cards with all the data. If they had had a fire, the company would have lost all their data. Luckily, it never happened.

If I remember correctly, the memory on that computer was either 4K or 8K of CPU memory. Today we have USB memory sticks with 8 Gigabytes which you can buy for $10. Writing programs that would fit in the tiny computer memory was both a challenge and great fun at the time.

Eventually I would become a programmer-analyst. I spent 25 years doing that with various companies.

Now I am happily retired, in Florida. My first laptop was an IBM Thinkpad and my second a superb Acer. I learned how to program my PC's. I also have a removable disk drive that has 291 Gigabytes of storage. I will never run out of storage space. I taught myself C++ and write an occasional program. I do it for fun, not for money.

If is truly amazing the evolution that we have witnessed in computers after the advent of the PC. Man has evolved and so have computers. We control our own destiny.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Gira de Pablo Milanés por los Estados Unidos


MIAMI, FL (8 de julio de 2011) - ¡"Único, Histórico, Icónico"! El cantautor
cubano Pablo Milanés regresa a Estados Unidos tras una década de ausencia.

Dos veces ganador del Grammy®, Milanés llega para presentar siete
espectaculares conciertos en las ciudades de Washington-DC, Miami, Nueva
York, Boston, Oakland, Los Ángeles y San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"Me encantaría intercambiar emociones y sentimientos con todo el público
Latinoamericano con los que estoy seguro compartiré momentos inolvidables",
manifestó Milanés de este regreso tras diez años de ausencia de los
escenarios norteamericanos.

Las fechas confirmadas de esta histórica gira, "Único, Histórico, Icónico",
son:

Viernes, 26 de agosto, Teatro Warner, Washington,
DC

Sábado, 27 de agosto, American Airlines Arena, Miami

Jueves, 8 de septiembre, Gibson Anphitheater, Los Ángeles, CA

Sábado, 10 de septiembre, United Palace, Nueva York

Domingo, 11 de septiembre, Teatro Orpheum, Boston

Jueves, 15 de septiembre, Teatro Paramount, Oakland, CA

Sábado, 17 de septiembre, Teatro Bellas Artes, San Juan,
Puerto Rico

Pablo Milanés viajará con seis virtuosos músicos que componen su propia
agrupación musical lo que hará inigualables estas noches que estarán llenas
de una gran excelencia sonora, lírica como interpretativa.

Los boletos ya están a la venta en Ticketmaster.com. En Los Ángeles, además
de Ticketmaster, están disponibles en LiveNation.com, FYE, Wal-Mart y La
Curacao. Asimismo, en el mismo Gibson Anphitheater a partir del 1 de septiembre.

Más Sobre Pablo Milanés en: http://www.bonnetmedia.com/id47.html

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Capitalist parasites

Multimillionaire Florida governor, Rick Scott receives what the average Floridian does not have, a $30 dollars per month health insurance policy that covers ALL all of his family.

Read the story

He says -- like all conservatives -- cut everyone's entitlements except mine!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Team Cuba for the 2011 Baseball World Cup

Catchers:

Ariel Pestano (VCL), Yulexis La Rosa (VCL), Frank Camilo Morejón (IND), Yosvani Alarcón (LTU) and Lorenzo Quintana (PRI)

Infielders:

José Dariel Abreu (CFG), Ernesto Molinet (MAY), Héctor Olivera (SCU), Yoilan Cerce (GTM), Yorbis Borroto (CAV), Rudy Reyes (IND), Yulieski Gourriel (SSP), Michel Enríquez (IJV), Aledmis Díaz (VCL) and Erisbel Arruebarruena (CFG)

Outfielders:


Alfredo Despaigne (GRA), Frederich Cepeda (SSP), Giorvis Duvergel (GTM), Dariel Álvarez (CMG), Alexei Bell (SCU), Rusney Castillo (CAV) and Yoandri Urgellés (IND)

Pitchers:

Vicyohandri Odelín (CMG), Miguel Alfredo González (ART), Vladimir García (CAV), Norberto González (CFG), Freddy Asiel Álvarez (VCL), Miguel Lahera (HAB), Yulieski González (HAB), Odrisamer Despaigne (IND), Yadier Pedroso (ART), Jonder Martínez (ART), Julio Alfredo Martínez (PRI), Dalier Hinojosa (GTM), Yosvani Torres (PRI), Misael Siverio (VCL), Robelio Carrillo (VCL) and Alberto Soto (GRA)

Source: Cubadebate

Wikipedia Page (XXXIX Baseball World Cup)

A response to a Washington Post editorial

They never learn! Do they?

A Washington Post editorial continues to call Allan P. Gross "a U.S. Agency for International Development subcontractor." Goebbels, in his grave, must be very proud of that prominent American Newspaper. Repeat a lie many times and the gullible fools will soon start believing that it is the truth, Hitler's minister of propaganda once told the world.

The facts of the matter are that Allan Gross was and is a covert agent of the United States government sent surreptitiously to subvert and to try to de-stabilize Cuba.

He got what he deserved!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Constant bickering in Washington D.C.

Standard and Poor's has downgraded the credit rating of the United from AAA to AA+.

"The downgrade," S&P said, "reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government's medium-term debt dynamics."

It is a constant food fight between:

1) Democrats and Republicans.

2) The executive branch (the President) and the legislative branch (the U.S. Congress).

Can't these people behave like responsible adults? Can they agree on anything? Are they dysfunctional?

Eighty-four percent of Americans are either dissatisfied (56 percent) or angry (28 percent) with Washington, a record high in CBS News/New York Times polling. Link

Friday, August 05, 2011

A Huffington Post article that you should read

Senator Bernie Sanders: Why I Voted No on the Deficit Deal

Run! Bernie! Run! Run as an independent against Barack Obama, who is no different from George W. Bush.

A choice between Obama and Romney is no choice at all. They represent the status quo, the corporations and the rich!

In Havana, no one likes Barack Obama much anymore

www.wbez.org

by Achy Obejas | Jul. 28, 2011

A visitor from the U.S. in Havana will, eventually and undoubtedly, be asked, “What’s going on with your president?”

The debt ceiling chaos overtaking Washington right now isn’t what baffles the Cubans. The very idea of a debt ceiling mystifies them, especially since Cuba lives on debt, and things like the national budget are not really discussed in much detail here. In fact, Cubans seem generally convinced the Washington mess is mostly theater and that all will work out – whatever it is that has to work out – before the Aug. 2 deadline. My constant concern with finding out what was going on back home did little but amuse them.

But Barack Obama, now sidelined in the most defining moment of his own presidency, seemed to elicit head scratching and perplexed looks.

In its own way, that’s quite a change from the way Cubans have been viewing American presidents since I began to travel to the island as an adult in 1995. Though Bill Clinton had initially been greeted with hope, by 1995 his response to the Cojímar exodus – including allowing the tightening of the embargo – had earned him criticism and suspicion.

No one, of course, has been hated more than George W. Bush in recent years. Besides the restrictions imposed on travel and remittances, Bush appointed James Cason, now the mayor of exile-heavy Coral Gables, Fla., as head of the U.S. Interests Section, the embassy in all but name, and his antics were legendary. Besides his recklessness in ensnaring dissidents in activities that eventually got a bunch jailed, Cason was best known for running electric signs across the embassy in 2000 that said things like, “Democracy for Cuba” and “Cubans, rise up!” – an outrageous breach of protocol, no matter what anyone may think of Cuba’s government.

Fidel Castro, of course, responded in typical over-the-top fashion, razing the road in front of the embassy building and constructing an outdoor stage with scores of flag posts designed to obstruct the view of the embassy. Officially called the José Martí Anti-Imperialist Plaza, the Cubans informally refer to it as the “protestordomo,” because it’s been the site of hundreds of anti-U.S. rallies sponsored by the Cuban government.

Naturally, when Obama was elected, just about anyone would have had a better reception in Havana than the prior American president. But Barack brought particular things that made him more appealing than the average Democratic president of the behemoth to the north.

First, he’s black – an inspiration to the multitudes of Cubans of color, as was the case with people of color throughout the world. (Curiously, though Fidel had practically endorsed Obama in his commentaries, the government – in 2008 run by brother Raul – was well aware that Obama’s election put the lie to a good deal of propaganda about American racism, and that was a bit unnerving.) Second, he was going [to] end the wars, close Guantánamo and bring an era of greater cooperation with Latin America that, everyone hoped, would also mean improved relations with Cuba.

Then, of course, there’s the story that supposes that Barack is Cuban. Before the 2008 election, rumors ran rampant that Obama’s mom got pregnant while on a solidarity tour of Cuba, his real father a man from the town of Sagua la Grande, and then rushed home and married Obama Sr. to cover it up. Just the vaguest chance that the president might be Cuban made him a big fave out on the streets of Havana.

Three years later, though, no one wants to lay claims to him.

Sure, he’s lifted some travel restrictions and laws regarding family reunification and remittances. But the wars continue, and Libya – a traditional ally of Cuba’s – is now feeling Obama’s bombs. And Guantánamo remains active, and Latin America has been almost completely ignored.

“¿Qué pasó?” the Cubans ask, sadly and sincerely.

And me, I have no answers at all.

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JG: Obama has been a huge disappointment to, not only the Cubans in the island, but to many Americans who believed back in 2008 that he represented 'change you can believe in'. What he did was proceed to sell us a big bottle of "cure all" magical elixir like the one peddled in the Old West by itinerant scam doctors.

There are those like "Political Affairs" -- the theoretical journal of CPUSA -- who say that we have no choice but to vote for him because he is the lesser of two evils, meaning that the Republicans would be much worse. That is a fallacy. Barack Obama is 100% capitalist and he is just as bad as any Republican. You are still voting for an evil person. The execution Mafia-style of Bin Laden tells you much about Obama. If America is truly a 'nation of laws' he should have been brought back to the U.S. to face justice, just like Israel did with Adolf Eichmann.

Under Obama, unemployment and the national debt have soared, he extended the Bush tax cuts for the super-rich, continued the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and did not close that huge internment camp in the illegal Guantanamo Naval Base. Obama defends the interests of the big corporations. He is no different than George W. Bush. I will not vote for him in 2012.

Cuba's Supreme Tribunal ratifies the sentence imposed on U.S. covert agent Alan Gross

Ratifica el Tribunal Supremo Popular sentencia contra el ciudadano estadounidense Alan Phillip Gross

La Sala de los Delitos contra la Seguridad del Estado del Tribunal Supremo Popular emitió resolución definitiva en la que desestima la impugnación realizada por el ciudadano estadounidense Alan Phillip Gross y su abogada contra la sentencia dictada por el Tribunal Provincial Popular de La Habana.

Gross había sido declarado culpable del delito de Actos contra la Independencia o la Integridad del Estado y sancionado a 15 años de privación de libertad, en juicio oral y público celebrado el pasado 4 de marzo, en el que se demostró que introdujo en Cuba, de manera ilegal, medios de infocomunicaciones para crear redes internas, como parte de un programa del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos dirigido a promover acciones desestabilizadoras en el país y a subvertir el orden constitucional cubano.

La sentencia del Tribunal Supremo rechaza de manera argumentada los elementos de inconformidad expuestos por el acusado y su letrada contra la decisión de la instancia provincial, quienes tuvieron la oportunidad de exponerlos de forma directa ante los jueces que conocieron del caso, en ocasión de la vista pública que a esos efectos les fue concedida por el máximo órgano judicial del país, el 22 de julio.

Durante la tramitación del asunto, Alan Gross ha contado con todas las garantías y derechos sobre el debido proceso judicial previstos en la Constitución, las leyes cubanas y los instrumentos internacionales relativos a estos temas. En tal sentido, ha recibido el tratamiento decoroso y humanista que corresponde, tal como el propio Gross ha reconocido expresa y públicamente en reiteradas ocasiones.

Como parte de esas garantías y derechos, se le ha facilitado el contacto sistemático con sus familiares y el acceso regular a la asistencia y atención por parte de funcionarios consulares de la Oficina de Intereses de los Estados Unidos en nuestro país.

Source: Cubadebate

Reuters: Cuba's Supreme Court upholds 15-year sentence for Gross

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Do not be a victim of the gimmicks and frauds of Bacardi

Bacardi IS NOT genuine Cuban rum. It is manufactured in Puerto Rico, a United States colony, which it euphemistically calls a free-associated state.

Because President Barack Obama has continued the Cuba embargo (enough reason not to vote for him in 2012) you can not legally buy genuine Cuban rum in the United States. You have to travel to Canada, The Bahamas, or Mexico to buy Havana Club, which is the only genuine Cuban made rum.

Bacardi produces a fake Havana Club. It is made in Puerto Rico. Don't be a dummy and fall for this gimmick/fraud from Bacardi.

CIA Files on Invasion of Cuba Released

The Houston, a supply ship for the CIA's invasion force, was sunk by Cuban T-33s on the morning of April 17, 1961
(CIA photo)


Escambray

by PL — last modified Aug 02, 2011 04:30 PM

Pressured by a lawsuit, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on Monday released another group of files of its so-called official history of the U.S.-organized invasion of Cuba 50 years ago at Playa Giron.

However, the CIA still refuses to declassify the fifth of five volumes that make up its history of the April 1961 events, known in the United States as the Bay of Pigs invasion.

The release of four volumes of the secret CIA papers was in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the independent National Security Archive on the 50th anniversary of the failed attack.

"These are among the last remaining secret records of this act of U.S. aggression against Cuba," said Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuba Documentation Project at the Archive, according to a press release on the archive's website.

Volume 2, posted on the Archive website on Monday, is "Participation in the Conduct of Foreign Policy," and contains details on CIA negotiations with Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and the United Kingdom on support for the invasion.

"Volume 5 is a rebuttal to the stinging CIA's Inspector General's report, done in the immediate aftermath of the paramilitary assault, which held CIA officials accountable for a wide variety of mistakes, miscalculations and deceptions that characterized the failed invasion," the Archive press release says.

The National Security Archive obtained the declassification of the ultra-secret Inspector General's report in 1998.

"Volume 3 of the Official History was previously declassified under the Kennedy Assassination Record Act; and volume 4 was previously declassified to the CIA historian, Jack Pheiffer, who wrote the study in the late 1970s and early1980s," Kornbluh said in the press release.

The Archive will post a detailed assessment of the declassified history, along with two other volumes, the press release said.

CIA Sued for 'Holding History Hostage' on Bay of Pigs Invasion

The National Security Archive: CIA Forced to Release Long Secret Official History of Bay of Pigs Invasion

Highly Recommended: The Great Debaters

Directed by Denzel Washington - Starring Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker.

Weinstein Company - Rated PG13 - 124 min - Inspirational Drama - Region: 1 (USA & territories, Canada)

Drawing inspiration from the true story of a temperamental debate coach who molded the students of a small East Texas college into a formidable team that gave even Harvard's elite squad a run for their money, Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters features the director himself as the ambitious educator, and Forest Whitaker as the resentful father of a student whose loyalties now lie almost exclusively with his coach. Melvin B. Tolson (Washington) is the kind of educator who truly recognizes the remarkable power of knowledge. An outspoken Wiley College professor who boldly challenged the discriminatory Jim Crow laws of the 1930s, Tolson's recognizes that his young debate students possess the spark of a new generation. Convinced that they could invoke great change if given the confidence and tools needed to do so, the tireless educator implores his students to take responsibility for the future while furtively attempting to protect them from his clandestine role as an organizer for the Southern Tenant Farmers Union. Chief among Tolson's promising young students is a 14-year-old prodigy named James Farmer, Jr.

Farmer's father, James Sr. (Forest Whitaker), is a renowned scholar and an important presence in the emerging student's life. Yet despite his formidable reputation, James Sr. has not yet learned how to truly harness the power of knowledge through action and assertion. James Jr. has seen the raving effects of racism all around him, and longs to live in a future where no one must be in fear simply because of the color of their skin. Other talented debaters on Tolson's team include fiercely independent student Henry Lowe (Nate Parker), and Samantha Brooke (Jurnee Smollett) -- the first ever female ever to join the Wiley College debate team. While most educators may not have recognized the remarkable potential of assembling such a disparate team, Tolson's unique vision truly set him apart from the pack as the team begins to experience a series of consecutive victories on their road to challenging Harvard at the National Championships. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

JG: Every actor in this riveting and inspiring drama gave an excellent performance. The final scene could not have been done any better. There are movies that we watch once, and there are movies that we want to see over and over again. This is one of them. Add it to your DVD library. Not recommended for conservatives and Tea Baggers.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Ignorance on Cuba, a Way to Reinforce U.S. Blockade/Embargo


Escrito por Redacción Digital Radio Florida

Miércoles, 03 de Agosto de 2011 14:07

Havana, Aug 3 - Ignorance contributes to perpetuate the U.S. economic blockade on Cuba, Benjamin Ramos, member of the Venceremos solidarity brigade, told Prensa Latina.

In statements formulated at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, Ramos stated that many Americans support the blockade because they ignore the truth about the Caribbean nation.

For that reason, this is not only an economic, financial and trade, but also political and media blockade, the latter silences this country's achievements and maximize falseness on a nonexistent social repression.

"We, the members of the Venceremos Brigade, condemn that White House policy, imposed for almost 50 years and foster a movement for informing of the reality," stated Ramos, who traveled for fourth time to Cuba.

Referring to the Cuban-U.S. relations, he said they are not the best, because Washington has created a war in multiple ways against the Havana government and its social project.

We also reaffirmed our willingness to continue the struggle for the prompt release of five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in U.S. prisons since 1998.

Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernandez and Rene Gonzalez are currently serving harsh sentences for alerting on violent plans against Cuba planned from U.S. territory.

The members of the U.S. Venceremos solidarity brigade concluded the visit to Cuba, where they worked voluntarily in agriculture, received first-hand information about the situation in Cuba today.

Source: Prensa Latina

Paypal y eBay imponen el bloqueo contra Cuba en Alemania, afirma diario


Cubadebate

3 Agosto 2011

El diario Die Welt reconoce que las acciones de Paypal y eBay contra comerciantes en Alemania que venden productos cubanos en Internet “son groseramente ilegales”.

El diario criticó las acciones contra los propietarios alemanes de un sitio web que vende habanos cubanos, quienes fueron víctima del bloqueo de sus transacciones y el cierre de su cuentas en PayPal, empresa que extendió las sanciones norteamericanas contra Cuba al territorio alemán.

La sucursal europea de PayPal, una empresa que se encarga de facilitar transacciones electrónicas por Internet, exigió a la firma alemana Rum & Co de sacar de su página web habanos, ron y otros productos provenientes de Cuba.

El pretexto para tomar tal decisión ha sido el bloqueo de larga data que EE.UU. impone contra Cuba, que por lo general prohíbe a las compañías estadounidenses hacer negocios con la Isla. “Pero no hay tales restricciones en contra de empresas de la Unión Europea y, eBay, con sede en California, ha permitido antes que las transacciones relacionadas con Cuba sean ejecutadas por los europeos”, dice el diario.

Thomas Altman, quien vende los habanos y rones cubanos a través de su tienda de Internet, dijo a Die Welt que “PayPal ha cerrado su cuenta a pesar de sus protestas, por lo que le es imposible vender sus productos”.

Un portavoz de PayPal confirmó al diario alemán el cierre de la tienda de Altman y la cuenta de varios comerciantes, afirmando que su actuación se debe al cumplimiento de las políticas de su empresa matriz en EEUU.

Sin embargo, no ofreció alternativas para los comerciantes como Silke Wolf, quien dijo que había perdido hasta un 60 por ciento de su negocio a través de PayPal.

“Este ha desaparecido y no tenemos sustituto”, dijo a Die Welt, especulando que la medida fue calculada en realidad para proteger a las empresas comercializadoras de rones estadounidenses.

Los vendedores agraviados afirman que están reflexionando sobre sus opciones legales y que valoran la posibilidad de establecer una demanda colectiva.

Lothar Harings, de la firma de abogados Graf von Westphalen y un experto en comercio internacional, cree que esa demanda podría tener éxito. Aseguró que las acciones de eBay son “groseramente ilegales” en Alemania.

“EBay está violando la legislación comunitaria, sobre todo la de la UE, al imponer extraterritorialmente las regulaciones del bloqueo”, dijo Harings.

Las regulaciones, que permiten explícitamente a los europeos hacer negocios con Cuba, se han formulado en respuesta a las sanciones de EEUU contra Cuba, concluye el diario.

(Tomado de The Local, Alemania)

Alicia Alonso conmueve el Bolshói

Azari Plissetski, quien fuera partner de la Prima Ballerina Absoluta Alicia Alonso rinde tributo en la gala realizada en el Teatro Bolshoi de Rusia. Foto: AP

Por sus noventa años de vida, la universal bailarina cubana recibió un homenaje en el Teatro Bolshói de Moscú

Juventud Rebelde
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3 de Agosto del 2011 12:02:33 CDT

La bailarina cubana Alicia Alonso celebró su cumpleaños 90 en el Teatro Bolshói de Rusia. La leyenda del ballet cubano superó 10 mil kilómetros de La Habana a Moscú para asistir a una grandiosa fiesta, organizada en su honor por numerosos admiradores de su talento. La aparición de Alonso en el palco central del Bolshói provocó una verdadera sensación: el público se levantó y aplaudió durante varios minutos, detalló la agencia rusa ITAR-TASS.

Los espectadores vieron varios fragmentos de una película documental dedicada a la vida de Alonso. Las secuencias de la cinta, que grabaron para siempre la brillante carrera de la destacada artista, provocaron clamorosos aplausos de los reunidos en la sala.

Después del prólogo tan emocionante, el telón se levantó y comenzó el concierto de gala del Ballet Nacional de Cuba, que el elenco de la Isla dedicó a su fundadora. Los bailarines interpretaron fragmentos de El Lago de los Cisnes, Coppelia, Don Quijote, así como varias miniaturas coreográficas originales. El público fue muy sorprendido con la variante masculina de la interpretación de La muerte del cisne de Saint-Saens por el ballet cubano. Los solistas del Teatro Bolshói, Svetlana Zajárova y Andréi Uvárov también hicieron su aporte a la fiesta, bailando un fragmento de la Carmen-Suite.

Al final de la velada salió a la escena Alicia Alonso. Su amigo y colega, Vladímir Vasíliev, colocando una enorme cesta de flores a los pies de la legendaria bailarina, dijo que no sabe de otros ejemplos de la actuación tan duradera en la escena, ni éxito tan grande en el mundo. Estoy muy feliz, porque el destino me dio la posibilidad de ser copartícipe de la creación artística de esta artista única en su género, reconoció el bailarín y coreógrafo ruso.

Alicia, quien bailó en 1957 por primera vez en Teatro Bolshói, reconoció al público que las emociones se desbordaron de su caudal, y que se siente como Alicia en el País de las Maravillas y espera con impaciencia nuevas reuniones en Moscú.

U.S. Senator Lifts Hold on $20 Millions in Cuba Subversion Funds

By Redaction AHORA / redaccion@ahora.cu / Wednesday, 03 August 2011 11:19

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and the U.S. State Department settled their dispute over the 20 millions in funds for subversive programs in Cuba.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who had placed a hold on the money, said Tuesday that the department provided answers about oversight of the program and he had stopped blocking the funds, AP reported.

Established in 1996, the alleged aid program has come under question amid reports of grantees misusing money and little U.S. scrutiny.

Leahy, who is chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on State Department and Foreign Operations, has not been the only lawmaker to challenge the program. Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., had blocked the distribution of the $20 million on April 1, arguing this type of programs have cost 150 million dollars to American taxpayers and requested the Government Accountability Office(GAO) to do further research "on the legal base and the effectiveness of these operations.

While the economic crisis is sentencing hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens to poverty, Washington continues channeling tens of millions of dollars into plans of interference whose ineffectiveness is well known.

The USAID programs aimed at Cuba and comprising "investments" in anti-government groups and intelligence have ineffectively cost $150 million from the 90s.

According to Kerry himself, U.S. funds were utilized to artificially mobilize protest in Cuba through deeply penetrated dissident groups, to the point that American money is in fact helping to "finance" Cuban state security bodies.

Criticizing USAID’s activities, Kerry condemned the use of coded communications, secret codes and pseudonyms, all characteristic of intelligence operations, ordering an investigation into widespread fraud within the program.

Kerry has stated that there is no evidence that the programs are helping the Cuban people, and that they would seem to have done little more than to provoke the Cuban government into arresting a U.S. government employee. / RHC

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JG: The $20 million in USAID money is another huge welfare check for the Miami gusanos.

Yoani 'Queen of Whining' Sanchez continues her artistic performance

One more time, Yoani Sanchez publishes her daily dribble of whining at the feminazis premier publication, the HuffPo.

Listen to what she is complaining about this time: "The mansion on 17th between J and K streets had been restored: new aluminum and glass windows, retouched paint, and an expanded number of chairs for the long wait. Nothing in this recently retouched institution, yesterday, indicated that they would be easing the restrictions to enter and leave the country."

WOW! When a Cuban government 'oficina' is remodeled, they are supposed to make Yoanis' job of constant whining easier?

Cuba is doing the right thing in keeping an eye on those who want to bring Cuban socialism down! If the U.S. imperialists send more covert agents to the island (a la Allan Gross) have them serve a stint at the Havana jail! Every country in the world has a right to protect its national sovereignty.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

A Bad Debt Deal!

U.S. President Barack Obama has capitulated totally to the Tea Party extremists and the GOP.

What ever happened to his promised "balanced approach"? He abandoned it! He is an easy pushover, no-spine whatsoever. The super rich will continue their never-ending party. They don't have to contribute a nickel to cutting the National Debt.

Why have a fake Republican in the White House? Obama's base will abandon him and Romney will easily defeat him in 2012.

In the beginning I was in favor of this "deal," but after listening to the arguments of the Congressional Progressive Caucus -- they fought bravely -- I switched to a rotund NO!

Here is what Reuters says:

The phony-as-a-$3-bill debt deal

Maybe Washington can start paying invoices with $3 bills — because the “dramatic” agreement to “reduce the national debt” is as phony as a three dollar bill.

Weeks of nearly round-the-clock negotiations among the White House, House and Senate have led to an “historic” debt deal that consists almost entirely of fluff, doublespeak and empty promises.

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Monday, August 01, 2011

CRY! CRY! Babalusians!

In only thirty and a few more days, Floridians will be able to fly to Havana from the city of Tampa. We will no longer have to give a nickel to that cesspool called Miami. We will no longer have to suffer the antics of the gangsters who run its international airport.

The ultra-right-wing reactionaries and Batistianos who publish Babalu Blob are already venting their usual hate propaganda against our beautiful island and the city of Tampa. They will have to take a double dose of Maalox from now on.

Goebbels, the minister of propaganda for the Nazis, and the Babalusians have a lot in common. They both believe that if you repeat a lie a million times, (i.e. Fidel Castro is a dictator), people (the dumb ones, at least) will soon start believing it as the ultimate truth.

The Babalusians live in a 'make-believe' and 'wishful thinking' world! That is why they have to live in Miami. Cuban society rejected them in 1959, and still rejects them today.

Below is the report from TampaBay.com.

By Steve Huettel, St. Petersburg Times Staff Writer
In Print: Thursday, July 28, 2011

TAMPA — The first nonstop flights between Tampa and Cuba in a half-century will start in two months.

Miami-based ABC Charters announced Wednesday that it received authority from the Cuban government to fly from Tampa International Airport to Havana. The company will start in September with one weekly round trip and add a second in October, said president Tessie Aral at an airport news conference.

Round-trip fares will be in the range of $399 to $459, she said. American Airlines will operate the flights using Boeing 737-800 jets with 145 seats.

"I will be so thrilled to unify families with their families in Cuba,'' Aral said.

More than 80,000 Cuban-Americans live in the Tampa Bay area, the third-largest population in the United States after South Florida and metro New York. They will primarily benefit from the new flights.

For years, Cuban-Americans in Central Florida have had to drive or fly to Miami, which, along with New York and Los Angeles, was one of only three federally approved gateways for Cuba flights until March.

"This is the last piece of the puzzle,'' said U.S. Rep Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, who worked for years to make Tampa International a gateway for Cuba flights. "For too long families have had to travel to Miami in order to get to Cuba. They have had to spend extra money for hotel rooms and plane tickets . . . making an already expensive journey even more cumbersome.''

The Obama administration announced a rules change in January to let more U.S. airports qualify for nonstop flights to Cuba. In March, Tampa International was among eight airports named as new gateways.

The changes also loosened travel restrictions by allowing cultural, educational and religious groups to sponsor trips without getting permission for every trip. General-purpose tourist visits remain a violation of U.S. law.

The new rules reignited fights over the U.S. relationship with Cuba, with South Florida members of Congress leading the charge.

Republicans Mario Diaz-Balart and David Rivera introduced amendments that would return Cuba travel policy to rules set by the Bush administration: Cuban-Americans could visit family members no more than once every three years and remittances to families would be limited to $1,200 per year.

Tampa International officials were almost giddy over landing a new route to its thin roster of international nonstop flights. The last Tampa-Havana service was about a half century ago, before the Cuba trade embargo was enacted in 1962.

"This is a monumental and historic day,'' said airport CEO Joe Lopano. "It is a great day for our Cuban American community.

Information from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald was used in this report. Contact Steve Huettel at huettel@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3384.