Monday, October 31, 2011

#44 is too imcompetent to face the growing economic crisis

A GREAT VICTORY FOR PALESTINE!

News media throughout the Internet are bringing us great tidings of joy.

"The general assembly decides to admit Palestine as a member of UNESCO," said the resolution adopted by 107 countries, with 14 voting against and 52 abstaining.

"This vote will help erase a tiny part of the injustice done to the Palestinian people," Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki told the assembly as the vote took place.

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas submitted the request for membership of the UN General Assembly in September, and the Security Council is to meet on November 11 to decide whether to hold a formal vote on the application.

As a permanent UN Security Council member the US has a veto that it says it will exercise at the Council, but no one, [including the Yankee imperialists], has a veto at UNESCO [or the General Assembly].

Arab states braved intense US and French diplomatic pressure to bring the motion before the UNESCO executive committee in October, which passed it by 40 votes in favor to four against, with 14 abstentions.

The Palestinians previously had observer status at UNESCO.

LONG LIVE PALESTINE!

The facts of the matter: Marco Rubio is a typical capitalist politician: HE IS A LIAR!

The spin meisters at Marco Rubio's office are working overtime trying to contain the scandal surrounding Marco 'Baby Face' Rubio.

No matter what he or his spin handlers are saying, the facts of the matter are this: Marco Rubio's family left Cuba in May 1956, when the U.S. favorite political puppet, General Fulgencio Batista, was murdering the Cuban people right and left. He is only a "refugee" from Cuba's darkest seven years.

Like George W. Bush, when he invaded Iraq, Rubio has built his life and fake ideas on a LIE.

Would you buy a used car from this man? BUYER BEWARE!

Paisaje de Cuba

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Unholy Alliance

The vote at the United Nations General Assembly, on October 25th of the present year, saw the mighty American Empire receive the condemnation and repudiation of the overwhelming majority of the civilized countries of the world.

Today, during the second decade of the XXI century we are witnessing two immoral and unethical nations join forces in an unprecedented act of arrogance.

We do no not have to accept the valid norms of international law; they seem to be saying contemptuously. We are mighty, and therefore, we can do as we please. Might make right, they proclaim.

But these two nations are totally alone in the world, witness of the 186-2 vote at the U.N. They are the proud and evil successors of Germany's Third Reich.

How come the mighty American Empire dos not condemn the weapons of mass destruction secretly possessed by the genocidal Israeli Zionists? If you kiss the ass of the empire, is it O.K.?

The United States and Israel today are totally evil, and they bring death and destruction to the four corners of the world. Will this evil duo be, one day, responsible for the total destruction of Mother Earth?

That will only happen if we let them continue with their evil designs and course of action.

ARISE, yee all peoples of the world! Bestow on this evil duo the moral condemnation that the U.S. and Israel so richly deserve.

The mighty Roman Empire no longer exists. One day, the mighty U.S. Empire will also pass into oblivion.

Florida Capitalists are Desperate. They Turn to Gambling.

Where gambling goes corruption surely follow (see Nevada and New Jersey).

I was not surprised to read in the local printed media that a huge gambling conglomerate named Genting Corporation, a Malaysia based company, is willing to invest $236 million dollars in gambling facilities in Dade and Broward Counties in the state of Florida.

U.S. supported Cuban Dictator General Fulgencio Batista let the American Mafia come into Havana with their corrupt casinos in the 1950's.

The Cuban people wised up and they expelled General Batista and the American Mafia on January 1st., 1959, Cuba's Day of National Liberation.

Batista died in a Portuguese colony, forgotten by all. The American Mafia hightailed it to Miami, Florida, where they still reside.

Cuba surges to second place in Gold Medals at the 2011 Pan American Games

Cuba, a small country with barely 12 million inhabitants, is now in second place in Gold Medals (52) at the 2011 Pan American Games. USA is in first place (86), but that country has 300 million inhabitants. In Cuba, all citizens can participate in sports activities, thanks to the Socialist nature of its government. In the USA, with its greedy Capitalist system, you have to have have a rich uncle to be able to participate in sports.

28 titles are being disputed on the penultimate day of competition, according to Prensa Latina.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Police Brutality Intesifies Against Anti-Capitalist Protesters

Joseito Fernandez: Guantanamera - Entrevoces , Havana , Cuba

Click here to go to You Tube to see it in a very wide screen

Also, do not miss Entrevoces versions of Chan Chan and El Manisero.

Entrevoces is a very talented group. They have many videos in You Tube.
ENJOY THEM!


12th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf, Germany, www.modfestivals.org;
June 10-15, 2011; Live recording.
This is a service of Choral Festival Network www.choralfestivalnetwork.org;
Concert Kaisersaal Kloster Füssen June 13

Cuba Wins Five Gold Medals in Boxing at the 2011 Pan American Games

Roniel Iglesias (azul) ganó la semifinal del boxeo en los 64 kg de los Panamericanos de Guadalajara Foto: Ismael Francisco

CubaDebate Article

Today, Cuba has risen to third place in total medals (77) at the 2011 Pan American Games.

Cuban musicians embrace their Haitian roots

The members of the Creole Choir of Cuba aren't just Cuban fans of Haitian music: They're ethnic Haitians, descended from refugees who fled to Cuba in the early 1800s and settled in the city of Camaguey. Courtesy photo.

North County Times
(Serving North San Diuego & SW Riverside Counties)

By JIM TRAGESER jtrageser@nctimes.com North County Times | Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 6:00 am |

Creole music is to Haiti what son is to Cuba, flamenco to Spain, blues or bluegrass to the United States.

Both the language and the traditional music of Haiti are called Creole, and both the language and the music are uniquely Haitian mixtures of the French spoken by the European colonizers of the western half of the island of Hispaniola and the numerous languages brought to Haiti by slaves from Africa.

So to find a musical outfit called the Creole Choir of Cuba (playing Tuesday at Mandeville Auditorium at UC San Diego) is a bit like finding a blues band in Belgrade or a bluegrass band in Japan.

Except the members of the Creole Choir of Cuba aren't just Cuban fans of Haitian music: They're ethnic Haitians, descended from refugees who fled to Cuba in the early 1800s and settled in the city of Camaguey. Their music is their way of embracing their heritage and keeping it alive.

Emilia Diaz Chavez, the choir's founder and director, said in an email exchange (with the assistance of a translator) that Cubans celebrate their family ethnic histories in ways that would seem familiar to most Americans.

"In Cuba, many events celebrate the cultures of various ethnic groups, and Haitian culture also has several special spaces dedicated to it, such as 'the Feast of Fire' in Santiago de Cuba, 'Eva Gaspar' in Ciego de Avila and 'The Days of Haitian Culture' in Havana."

According to the band's official biography, the Creole Choir was formed in 1994 by Diaz Chavez out of the existing Haitian ethnic singing groups, which she wrote are popular even among Cubans not of Haitian descent.

"They want to know information about the Haitians and their descendants in Camaguey. The stories of our journeys here, which are diverse and adventurous. Culturally, there is much to know because we are the country's oldest Haitian dance group, based in Camaguey for over 80 years."

Living in a nation like Cuba, known globally as one of the most musically rich cultures, pays dividends even for a band such as the Creole Choir, Diaz Chavez wrote.

"Music is part of the life of the Cuban people. Every day is filled with cheer and dancing in our community, so it is a natural inspiration for our work."

And the two islands' music developed along similar paths, particularly in the religious traditions that fused Catholicism with African beliefs.

"There are many similarities between musical Cuban Santeria and Haitian Vousdous as to the ritual ceremonies and the act of singing to their respective gods. The ceremonies in Haiti are more holy, or 'Iwas,' which is something that our parents have passed to us and our generation now safeguards."

One of the challenges of trying to preserve Haitian music from Cuba is trying to keep up with current developments in Haitian popular music. Diaz Chavez wrote that this can be difficult.

"It is not possible to follow the Haitian music scene directly from my house because I do not hear much the broadcasting directly. We keep a connection through music recorded and obtained in Haiti or other countries that is passed to our friends who live outside Cuba and brought to us. When we were in New York in June, although only in town for 24 hours, our priority was to find music to bring back to Cuba to aid us in our work. That music is shared in the Haitian community in Cuba. There is also a lot of Haitian music produced in Cuba which we have access to."

And while the universal access of the Internet has been slower to make its way into Cuban society than elsewhere in the West, with the ability of young people today to hear music from any part of the world, Diaz Chavez said she does not think this exposure to various folk music will weaken the appeal of local folk styles.

"Each musician has his own charm, and our identity is based on geography."

Marco 'The Idiot' Rubio: he doesn't want you to fly to Cuba from Tampa

St. Petersburg Times

Rubio defends his stand against more Cuba flights

By Steve Huettel, Times Staff Writer

Posted: Oct 27, 2011 02:38 PM

TAMPA
– Sen. Marco Rubio and Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce officials chose not to rekindle a battle over new flights to Cuba.

But during a visit here Thursday, the Miami Republican bristled at a reporter's suggestion that he tried to block flights from Tampa to protect Miami travel businesses.

"The idea that I'm a friend of the fly-to-Cuba-from-Miami crowd is absurd,'' he said at a press conference. "No one would criticize someone going to Cuba to see their dying mother. What we're opposed to is expansion of these new flights from Miami or anywhere else. The add more money to the (Castro) regime.''

In February, Rubio proposed an amendment to a Federal Aviation Authority funding bill that would have prohibited any additional flights between the United States and countries, such as Cuba, designated as "state sponsors of terrorism'' by the State Department.

At the time, charter flights to Cuba were restricted to three gateway cities: Miami, New York and Los Angeles.

Chamber CEO Robert Rohrlach fired off a letter to Rubio, saying that [he] benefited his hometown of Miami at the expense of Tampa Bay and four other Florida metro areas that were seeking non-stop flights to the island nation.

"I sincerely hope that you will withdraw (the amendment) in order to more accurately reflect the resolve of the entire state as opposed to the interests of a few.''

The amendment failed in the Senate. Tampa International and airports in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville and Key West subsequently won federal approval for Cuba flights. Charter companies now fly twice weekly from Tampa International to Havana. Two additional weekly flights — one to Havana and one to Holguin— start in November.

Contact Steve Huettel at huettel@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3384.

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JG: Florida voters ought to have their heads examined for having elected this idiot to the U.S. Senate.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cuba consoles itself with a bronze medal as it defeats Mexico 6-0

Well, at least Cuba got a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games.

This time the Cuban batters came alive with home runs by Alfredo Despaigne, Jose Dariel Abreu and Yulieski Gourriel which secured their victory.

Canada defeated USA for the Gold Medal by 2-1.

BOXSCORE

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The U.N. Adopts Republic of Cuba Resolution Against the U.S. Blockade by a Vote of 186-2

For the twentieh year in a row, the General Assembly of the United Nations approved by a vote of 186-2, the resoluiton of the Republic of Cuba which calls on the United States to put an end to the blockade/embargo against Cuba.

Only the United States and Zionist Israel voted against it.

Since 2009, the new emperor of the United States, Barack H. Obama, has been repudiated and condemned for three years in a row by a total majority of the civilized nations of the world.

He should also be condemned for his Mafia-like executions in Pakistan and Lybia.

He has never told the world how he feels being totally alone, like his buddy George W. Bush.

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Washington Post:
UN member states condemn US embargo of Cuba for 20th consecutive year


Bruno Rodriguez quote: "Why doesn’t President Obama’s administration take care of the U.S. problems and leave us Cubans alone to solve ours in peace?"
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DECLARACIÓN DEL MINISTRO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES DE LA REPÚBLICA DE CUBA, BRUNO RODRÍGUEZ PARRILLA, SOBRE EL TEMA "NECESIDAD DE PONER FIN AL BLOQUEO ECONÓMICO, COMERCIAL Y FINANCIERO IMPUESTO POR LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMÉRICA CONTRA CUBA". NUEVA YORK, 25 DE OCTUBRE DE 2011.

Señor Presidente:

El 13 de noviembre de 1991, esta Asamblea General tomó la decisión de incluir en el programa de su siguiente período de sesiones, el examen del tema titulado "Necesidad de poner fin al bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero impuesto por los Estados Unidos de América contra Cuba".

Eran los momentos en que Estados Unidos se disponía, con cruel oportunismo, a apretar el cerco contra la isla que luchaba sola, mediante la llamada Ley Torricelli, la cual cercenó nuestro comercio de medicinas y alimentos con las subsidiarias de compañías norteamericanas asentadas en terceros países. Fue ese el acto oficial que hizo notoria y pública la aplicación extraterritorial de las leyes del bloqueo contra terceros Estados.

Hubiera parecido imposible entonces que, 20 años después, esta Asamblea estaría hoy considerando el mismo asunto, tan estrechamente vinculado al derecho de los pueblos a la autodeterminación, al Derecho Internacional, a las reglas internacionales del comercio, a las razones por las cuales existe esta Organización.

Se trata ya de uno de los temas tradicionales de la Asamblea General, que convoca los pronunciamientos más reiterados, con el apoyo más categórico y abrumador, y que muestra con mayor nitidez el aislamiento incómodo del país agresor y la resistencia heroica de un pueblo negado a ceder sus derechos soberanos.

Durante dos décadas, la comunidad internacional ha reclamado invariable y sostenidamente que se ponga fin al bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero de los Estados Unidos contra Cuba. Lo ha hecho por medio de las resoluciones que cada año se aprueban casi unánimemente, de las decenas de apelaciones de Jefes de Estado y de Delegaciones que se refieren al tema en el Debate General de alto nivel de esta Asamblea, y de los pronunciamientos de casi todos los organismos internacionales y agrupaciones de Estados, en particular los de América Latina y el Caribe.

En 1996, la Ley Helms-Burton amplió de manera inédita las dimensiones extraterritoriales del bloqueo y codificó integralmente el "cambio de régimen" y la ulterior intervención directa en Cuba. Nadie conoce que el "Plan Bush para Cuba", del año 2004, haya sido dejado sin efecto.

El Informe del Secretario General dedicado a este tema, que recoge los pronunciamientos de más de 160 países y organismos especializados del sistema de las Naciones Unidas, ilustra con abundantes datos la persistencia de esta política criminal y sus efectos directos sobre la población y la economía cubanas.

El daño económico directo ocasionado al pueblo cubano por la aplicación del bloqueo supera ya los 975 mil millones de dólares, calculado al depreciado valor del dólar frente al oro.

La Convención contra el Genocidio de 1948, en su artículo 2 inciso b tipifica como acto de genocidio y cito "la lesión grave a la integridad física o mental de los miembros del grupo" y en su inciso c, y cito "el sometimiento intencional del grupo a condiciones de existencia que hayan de acarrear su destrucción física, total o parcial".

Los objetivos del bloqueo han sido, según el memorando del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos del 6 de abril de 1960 "provocar el desengaño y el desaliento mediante la insatisfacción económica y la penuria [...] debilitar la vida económica de Cuba negándole dinero y suministros con el fin de reducir los salarios nominales y reales, provocar hambre, desesperación y el derrocamiento del gobierno".

Estados Unidos nunca ha ocultado que su objetivo es derrocar al gobierno revolucionario y destruir el orden constitucional que el pueblo soberanamente defiende, lo que el ex Presidente George W. Bush llamó "cambio de régimen" y que ahora alcanza nuevas dimensiones.

Señor Presidente:

A pesar de la falsa imagen de flexibilidad que pretende trasladar el actual gobierno de los Estados Unidos, el bloqueo y las sanciones permanecen intactos, en completa aplicación y se ha acentuado en los años más recientes su carácter extraterritorial. Como rasgo distintivo del período del presidente Obama, se refuerza la persecución a las transacciones financieras cubanas en todo el mundo, sin respeto a las leyes de terceros países ni a la oposición de sus gobiernos.

Cuba continúa sin poder exportar e importar libremente productos y servicios de tipo alguno hacia o desde los Estados Unidos. No puede utilizar el dólar norteamericano en sus transacciones, incluidos los pagos a la Organización de las Naciones Unidas y otros organismos internacionales. Tampoco puede tener cuentas en esa moneda en bancos de terceros países o acceso a créditos de bancos en Estados Unidos, de sus filiales en terceros países y de instituciones internacionales como el Banco Mundial o el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo.

La prohibición de comerciar con subsidiarias de empresas estadounidenses en terceros países permanece inalterable. Los empresarios de otras naciones interesados en invertir en mi país continúan siendo sancionados, amenazados o incluidos en listas negras.

Los organismos internacionales, los programas y agencias del sistema de la ONU no escapan a esta política, al obstaculizar el gobierno de los Estados Unidos la cooperación que estas entidades prestan a Cuba, incluida la destinada a áreas de sensibilidad extrema.

La incautación, en enero de 2011, de 4 millones 207 mil dólares del financiamiento del Fondo Mundial de Lucha Contra el SIDA, la Tuberculosis y la Malaria, para la ejecución de proyectos de cooperación con Cuba destinados a combatir el síndrome de la inmunodeficiencia adquirida (SIDA) y la tuberculosis, así lo demuestra.

Como resultado de la denuncia de Cuba, el Departamento del Tesoro estadounidense emitió una licencia general en mayo de este año para liberar dichos fondos, la cual vencerá el 30 de junio de 2015. Pero, el hecho mismo de que los recursos de esta organización humanitaria requieran, para llegar a Cuba, de una licencia del gobierno de los Estados Unidos muestra, además del designio de utilizar a estos programas tan sensibles como rehenes de su política de agresión contra mi país, un flagrante irrespeto a las Naciones Unidas y a las instituciones que la integran.

Varios proyectos de cooperación ejecutados por el Organismo Internacional de Energía Atómica también han sido víctimas del bloqueo.

En medio de la supuesta flexibilización para que viajen a Cuba algunos grupos de norteamericanos, en fecha muy reciente el Departamento del Tesoro denegó también licencias de viajes a Cuba a dos importantes organizaciones no gubernamentales estadounidenses que durante varios años han cooperado con instituciones cubanas en la esfera de la salud. Esta decisión podría impedir que lleguen a su destino donaciones de medicamentos a los que nuestro país no tiene acceso producto del bloqueo.

La verdad es que la libertad de viajar de los norteamericanos sigue cercenada y que Cuba sigue siendo el único destino prohibido.

Señor Presidente:

En repetidas oportunidades los representantes de los Estados Unidos han señalado aquí que el tema que hoy discutimos es una cuestión bilateral y que, por tanto, no debe ser tratada en este foro. Probablemente repitan hoy este falaz argumento.

Los hechos demuestran su inconsistencia. Ciudadanos y compañías de numerosos Estados miembros aquí representados han sido objeto de sanciones por establecer relaciones económicas con Cuba.

¿Qué son, si no, muestra de la extraterritorialidad de dicha política, las multas impuestas el 18 de agosto de 2011 a la subsidiaria de la empresa naviera y de transporte francesa CMA CGM por ofrecer servicios de contenedores a Cuba? ¿Cómo pudieran calificarse las exigencias de la sucursal europea PayPal, empresa encargada de facilitar las transacciones electrónicas por Internet, a la firma alemana Rum Co para que sacara de su página web el ron y el tabaco cubanos?

Los ejemplos sobre la extraterritorialidad, como se aprecia en la respuesta de Cuba contenida en el mencionado informe del Secretario General, son innumerables.

Señor Presidente:

Las declaraciones más recientes sobre Cuba del Presidente Obama han dejado anonadados a no pocos observadores, pero no nos sorprenden. Al ofrecimiento del gobierno de Cuba de establecer un diálogo sobre todos los temas de interés de la agenda bilateral, la respuesta del Presidente Obama ha sido, nuevamente, el rechazo solapado, bajo argumentos absurdos y condicionamientos inaceptables que nunca han funcionado. Su postura es vieja, repetitiva, anclada al pasado, es como si, en vez del Presidente elegido para el cambio, hablaran sus predecesores, incluso republicanos. Parecería desinformado, desconocedor totalmente de lo que hoy sucede en nuestro país, de nuestra historia y cultura.

Cuba hizo el gran cambio en 1959. Al precio de 20 mil vidas, barrió a la dictadura de Batista, el hombre fuerte de los Estados Unidos. Después ha seguido cambiando cada día y debido a su capacidad de permanente renovación es que ha resistido. Otros no resistieron porque no cambiaron y se anquilosaron o porque se desviaron. Ahora, Cuba cambia y cambiará resueltamente todo lo que deba ser cambiado dentro de la Revolución y dentro del socialismo. Más Revolución y mejor socialismo.

Lo que no ha cambiado durante 50 años, Mr. President, es el bloqueo y la política de hostilidad y agresión de Estados Unidos, a pesar de que no han funcionado, ni van a funcionar.

Pero lo que el gobierno de Estados Unidos quiere que cambie, no va a cambiar. El gobierno de Cuba seguirá siendo "el gobierno del pueblo, por el pueblo y para el pueblo". Nuestras elecciones no serán subastas. No habrá campañas electorales de 4 mil millones de dólares ni un Parlamento con un 13% de apoyo de los electores. No tendremos élites políticas corruptas separadas de la gente. Continuaremos siendo una democracia verdadera y no una plutocracia. Defenderemos el derecho a la información veraz y objetiva.

Seguiremos conquistando "toda la justicia". Protegeremos la igualdad de oportunidades de cada niño y no abandonaremos a nadie. No renunciaremos a nuestras políticas sociales. La salud y la educación seguirán siendo universales y gratuitas. Aseguraremos el derecho al trabajo y a la jubilación digna y la seguridad social. Seguirá habiendo salario igual a trabajo igual. Protegeremos a la maternidad y a la discapacidad. El ser humano seguirá siendo lo primero y más importante. Defenderemos nuestra cultura. Continuaremos creyendo en los valores humanos. Será garantizado el ejercicio de los derechos humanos a todos los cubanos.

La economía tendrá que ser eficiente pero seguirá al servicio del hombre. La vida de la gente es y será más importante que los datos macroeconómicos. Las políticas económicas continuarán siendo consultadas al pueblo. Las consecuencias de la crisis económica global se compartirán entre todos. Seguiremos redistribuyendo la riqueza para que no haya ricos ni pobres. No admitiremos la corrupción, la especulación, ni quitaremos el dinero a los trabajadores para salvar bancos. Continuaremos buscando la participación en nuestra economía de compañías extranjeras sin exclusión alguna.

Señor Presidente:

Bastaría revisar lo recientemente divulgado por Wikileaks sobre el trabajo del Departamento de Estado y las Embajadas estadounidenses en todos los países, orientado a entorpecer las relaciones políticas, diplomáticas, económicas, comerciales y de cooperación con Cuba. Resultan vergonzosas por su contenido, las informaciones que revelan la preocupación, interés y persecución a la humanitaria labor de las brigadas médicas de Cuba que prestan su noble y desinteresado servicio a millones de personas en decenas de pueblos hermanos.

Los vínculos familiares y el limitado intercambio cultural, académico y científico que existen entre Estados Unidos y Cuba, demuestran hoy cuán positiva sería la expansión de estos vínculos para beneficio de ambos pueblos, sin las trabas y condicionamientos impuestos por Washington. La propuesta de Cuba para avanzar hacia la normalización de las relaciones y expandir la cooperación bilateral en diversas esferas sigue en pie. Estaría igual en el interés común la solución recíproca de asuntos humanitarios pendientes.

¿Por qué el gobierno del presidente Obama mejor no se ocupa de los problemas de los Estados Unidos y nos deja a los cubanos resolver en paz y tranquilos los nuestros?

Uno de los Cinco luchadores antiterroristas cubanos acaba de cumplir, hasta el último minuto, los 13 años de su injusta condena, pero se le impide ahora regresar a Cuba a unirse con su familia, mientras los otros cuatro permanecen bajo cruel e injusta prisión política. La burda corrupción del proceso legal y la conducta ilegal del gobierno, en relación con este, es ampliamente conocida y ha sido bien documentada. ¿Por qué no los liberan en un acto de justicia o, al menos, humanitario?

Señor Presidente:

Debo trasmitir la profunda gratitud del pueblo de Cuba a todos los países que durante 20 años han expresado con su voz y su voto la necesidad de poner fin a las sanciones unilaterales más injustas, prolongadas y abarcadoras de la historia, que tanto han afectado a millones de cubanos.

En nombre de Guillermo Domínguez Díaz (16 años), de Ivis Palacio Terry (18), de Randy Barroso Torres (17) y de Adrián Izquierdo Cabrera (12), que han sufrido cirugías conservadoras y pasado meses enyesados en sus camas por no disponer de prótesis extensibles pediátricas, las cuales se producen en los Estados Unidos o bajo sus patentes, y en nombre de María Amelia Alonso Valdés (2), Damián Hernández Valdés (4) y Dayán Romayena Lorente (12), quienes padecen de tumores del sistema nervioso central y necesitan tratamiento con Temodal que es norteamericano y está protegido por su patente;

En nombre de mi pueblo abnegado, generoso, optimista y heroico, y para bien de la comunidad de naciones y del "equilibrio del mundo", les solicito apoyar el proyecto de resolución L.4 titulado: "Necesidad de poner fin al bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero impuesto por los Estados Unidos de América contra Cuba".

Muchas gracias

Today, the U.N. General Assembly will condemn again the U.S. for its Cuba blockade/embargo

Today, for the 20th year in a row, the United Nations General Assembly will vote on a resolution presented by the Republic of Cuba titled "The Necessity to Put an End to the Economic, Commecial and Financial Blockade Imposed by The United States Against Cuba."

Last year the vote was 187 nations in favor, and only two nations, the United States and Israel, voting against it.

There are more civilized countries in the world. There are only two nations that are immoral, unethical and uncivilized. The Yankee empire will receive the condemnation and repudiation that it so richly deserves. Barack H. Obama is as dishonest as his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Come back later today to this post to find out what the final vote was. (186-2)

LONG LIVE CUBA!

Juventud Rebelde: G-77 condena en la ONU bloqueo de EE.UU. a Cuba

Marco Rubio is dishonest and a liar

NPR finds new discrepancies in Rubio’s family history

Monday, October 24, 2011

USA defeats Cuba 12-10 in semifinals at the 2011 Pan American Games

Things didn't go well for Urquiola
Photo: Ismael Francisco, PL

This was a disaster game for Cuba. Yadier Pedroso, the best pitcher that Cuba has right now, should have been the starting pitcher.

Once the score was 7-0 in favor of the United States, I knew that it was going to be very difficult to win that game. Cuban pitching was very weak, and the mighty Yankees prevailed at the end.

Cuba now will have to wait until the 2013 World Baseball Classic to try to avenge this sad loss in international competition.

Cuba will play today for the bronze medal at 3:00 p.m, and the USA will play Canada for the gold medal at 8:00 p.m.

BOXSCORE

Update: Cuba won the Bronze Medal and Canada captured the Gold Crown.

Cuban Painting Gets Artist Into Trouble


This Sept. 27, 2011 photo shows a painting depicting Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, titled "El Gran Abuelo," or "The Great Grandfather,"' by artist Pedro Pablo Oliva, in Oliva's home in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Oliva proclaimed his loyalty to Castro's revolution, his support for its goal of social equality and his gratitude for cultural largesse that nurtured his development into an internationally celebrated painter and sculptor. He even did a turn as a delegate in the regional assembly of the western province of Pinar del Rio. But when Oliva criticized harassment of dissidents and suggested there might be room for a party other than the Communist, he was abruptly expelled from the assembly, accused by his parliamentary colleagues of counterrevolutionary behavior. He found himself with no choice but to shutter his home-based community workshop after the government withdrew its support.
(AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

AP Article

Oh! Oh! USA scores five runs in the second inning

Errors continue to bedevil Team Cuba. USA has scored five runs in the top of the second inning and things do not look good right now for the criollos.

We will bring you details as they happen.

Cuban pitching is not performing well. They have used three pitchers in three innings.

Cuba is also not hitting. This is a formula for disaster. Only a miracle will save Cuba, and I do not believe in them.

Two more runs for USA. Cuba has a big zero and the Americans have seven runs now.

Get out your rabbit's foot.

My Adobe flash plug-in is crashing every ten minutes.

4:27 p.m. Three complete innings have been played. USA 7, Cuba 2.

The audio from es.justin.tv is extremely poor.

USA has scored two more runs. Cuba's fourth pitcher commits a wild pitch. This game does not look winnable for Cuba.

Cuba brings in its fifth pitcher. USA 11, Cuba 2. Things don't look good right now. USA gets ready to K.O. Cuba.

USA scores one more run. USA 12, Cuba 2.

Rudy Reyes, home run with one on base. USA 12, Cuba 4. End of four complete innings.

5:37 p.m. USA 12, Cuba 5.

5:53 p.m. After six complete innings, Cuba leaves the bases loaded. USA 12, Cuba 6.

6:11 p.m. USA 12, Cuba 7. (End of 7th inning. Cuba is the home team)

CUBA SCORES TWO MORE RUNS: USA 12, Cuba 9.

CUBA SCORES ONE MORE RUN: USA 12, Cuba 10.

Final Score: USA 12, Cuba 10.

Cuba will have a chance to fight for a bronze medal tomorrow.

U.S. Ambassador in Syria Runs TO SAVE HIS LIFE!

The New York Times:
U.S. Ambassador to Syria Leaves Damascus
Amid Threats to Safety


THERE ARE UNCONFIRMED REPORTS THAT
BARACK H. OBAMA IS PLANNING TO SEND
UNMANNED U.S. DRONES TO ASSASSINATE
THE SYRIAN PRESIDENT.

Very Funny Cartoon From Cuba

Click on the graphic to enlarge it

Translation of the four scene squares:

#1: The emblem at the top left states: Cuba Blockade, followed by the Uncle Sam character who is saying: "The vote [at the United Nations General Assembly] regarding the embargo says: "In relation to the Cuba Blockade..."

#2: "... this year, will be as always..."

#3: "... it will be a tie..."

#4: "... on one side, it will be me [Uncle Sam]; on the other side will be the rest of the world."

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JG: Uncle Sam knows very well, that tomorrow, at the United Nations General Assembly, when Cuba's resolution proposal is put to a vote, Uncle Sam will be left probably alone, with only the support and vote of the genocidal Israeli Zionists. Barack H. Obama will be, one more time, naked before the world. THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES!

... AND CUBA WILL NEVER KNEEL BEFORE THE EMPEROR!

Reflexiones de Fidel: El papel genocida de la OTAN

CubaDebate

24 Octubre 2011

Esa brutal alianza militar se ha convertido en el más pérfido instrumento de represión que ha conocido la historia de la humanidad.

La OTAN asumió ese papel represivo global tan pronto la URSS, que había servido a Estados Unidos de pretexto para crearla, dejó de existir. Su criminal propósito se hizo patente en Serbia, un país de origen eslavo, cuyo pueblo tan heroicamente luchó contra las tropas nazis en la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Cuando en marzo de 1999 los países de esa nefasta organización, en sus esfuerzos por desintegrar Yugoslavia después de la muerte de Josip Broz Tito, enviaron sus tropas en apoyo de los secesionistas kosovares, encontraron una fuerte resistencia de aquella nación cuyas experimentadas fuerzas estaban intactas.

La administración yanki, aconsejada por el Gobierno derechista español de José María Aznar, atacó las emisoras de televisión de Serbia, los puentes sobre el río Danubio y Belgrado, la capital de ese país. La embajada de la República Popular China fue destruida por las bombas yankis, varios de los funcionarios murieron, y no podía haber error posible como alegaron los autores. Numerosos patriotas serbios perdieron la vida. El presidente Slobodan Miloševiс, abrumado por el poder de los agresores y la desaparición de la URSS, cedió a las exigencias de la OTAN y admitió la presencia de las tropas de esa alianza dentro de Kosovo bajo el mandato de la ONU, lo que finalmente condujo a su derrota política y su posterior enjuiciamiento por los tribunales nada imparciales de La Haya. Murió extrañamente en la prisión. De haber resistido unos días más el líder serbio, la OTAN habría entrado en una grave crisis que estuvo a punto de estallar. El imperio dispuso así de mucho más tiempo para imponer su hegemonía entre los cada vez más subordinados miembros de esa organización.

Entre el 21 de febrero y el 27 de abril del presente año, publiqué en el sitio web CubaDebate nueve Reflexiones sobre el tema, en las que abordé con amplitud el papel de la OTAN en Libia y lo que a mi juicio iba a suceder.

Me veo por ello obligado a una síntesis de las ideas esenciales que expuse, y de los hechos que han ido ocurriendo tal como fueron previstos, ahora que un personaje central de tal historia, Muammar Al-Gaddafi, fue herido de gravedad por los más modernos cazabombarderos de la OTAN que interceptaron e inutilizaron su vehículo, capturado todavía vivo y asesinado por los hombres que esa organización militar armó.

Su cadáver ha sido secuestrado y exhibido como trofeo de guerra, una conducta que viola los más elementales principios de las normas musulmanas y otras creencias religiosas prevalecientes en el mundo. Se anuncia que muy pronto Libia será declarada “Estado democrático y defensor de los derechos humanos”.

Me veo obligado a dedicar varias Reflexiones a estos importantes y significativos hechos.

Proseguirá mañana lunes.

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Fidel Castro blasts NATO's 'genocidal' role in Libya

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JG: I agree with Fidel. It is very sad to see Barack H. Obama turn NATO into a gangster-ism instrument.

TODAY AT 3:00 P.M. Cuba vs USA at the 2011 Pan American Games


Many, many, thanks to my friends at BaseballdeCuba.com for letting me "borrow" their graphic. I hope that all the Cuba Journal readers will visit them often. THEY DO A GREAT JOB!

Barack Obama continues his hate campaign towards Cuba

Cuban flags fly at half mast beside the
United States Interests Section in Havana.
(Desmond Boylan / Reuters)

Los Angeles Times Editorial

Stop spamming Cuba

"An American company last month began sending thousands of unsolicited text messages a week to cellphones in Cuba under an $84,000 annual government contract. That's dumb."

Poor fellow, that POTUS; the way he is going shows that he is destined to become A ONE TERM PRESIDENT. People, including me, thought that he was honest and intelligent. How wrong we were! He lost my vote in 2012 a long time ago.

I wonder how much of a "commission" he got from that $84,000 contract?

Continue reading from the LAT Editorial:

October 24, 2011

For more than 25 years, Radio and TV Marti have served as a reminder of America's failed policy toward Cuba.

The stations were launched in 1985 as a way to crack Fidel Castro's control over mass media. Since then, they have become little more than a financial black hole. The government has spent nearly $500 million on, among other things, a twin-engine plane, a blimp and a satellite to beam broadcasts into Cuba. The broadcasts, however, are rarely seen or heard. Castro has successfully jammed the stations' signals, and denounced Washington's efforts as a violation of international treaty obligations.

So it's disappointing that the U.S., which in recent years has taken steps to improve relations with Cuba, has opted to sustain and expand these anachronistic broadcasts that serve no purpose other than to placate Cuban exiles in Miami and stoke Castro's anti-American rants.

Last month, an American company began sending thousands of unsolicited text messages a week to cellphones in Cuba under an $84,000 annual contract with the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which runs the stations. The texts repackage Radio and TV Marti content, such as Major League Baseball scores and invitations to join Internet chats. The strategy is the cyber equivalent of dropping propaganda leaflets on the island. It is ineffective and, according to Cuba, illegal. Moreover, it ignores the fact that less than 10% of Cubans — or roughly 1 million— own cellphones, and that Internet access in Cuba is among the lowest in the world and is strictly regulated by the government.

Surely Washington doesn't think that spam is going to threaten the Castro brothers' firm grip on power. And certainly it must know that Cuba isn't hermetically sealed from the outside world. More than 2 million tourists from Canada, Latin America and Europe pour into Havana each year, and pirate satellite dishes make U.S. television stations, including Univision, accessible to those Cubans with means and courage.

Congress ought to stop pretending that Radio and TV Marti remain relevant. And if President Obama is interested in reaching the Cuban people, he should push Congress to lift the travel ban. Person-to-person contact, not spam, is the way to win the hearts and minds of Cubans.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Team Cuba at the 2011 Pan American Games

* Jose Abreu
* Yosvany Alarcon
* Freddy Alvarez
* Barbaro Arruebarruena
* Alexis Bell
* Rusney Castillo
* Frederich Cepeda
* Alfredo Despaigne
* Giorvis Duvergel
* Michel Enriquez
* Miguel Gonzalez
* Norberto Gonzalez
* Yulieski Gonzalez
* Yulieski Gourriel
* Dalier Hinojosa
* Miguel Lahera
* Jonder Martinez
* Frank Morejon
* Vicyohandry Odelin
* Hector Olivera
* Yadier Pedroso
* Ariel Pestano
* Rudy Reyes
* Alberto Soto

Why does the U.S. government needs to encrypt baseball signals to Cuba?

Barack Obama and his band of Mafia executioners must think that the Cuban people or its legitimate government are STUPID.

The following excerpts are from an article by Cuban gusano Juan Tamayo, who publishes his dribble at the The Miami Herald, which everyday publishes nothing but garbage about Cuba.

-- beginning of excerpts --

Think baseball.

The mystery began Oct. 10, when a Web site that tracks U.S. government spending on Cuba programs reported that an Israeli firm had won a contract to broadcast Radio/TV Martí programs to the island via satellite.

Worth up to $1 million, the agreement requires RRsat Global Communications Network to provide Radio/TV Martí with the capability of encrypting its satellite TV signal.

CubaMoneyProject.org, a Web site run by Tracey Eaton, a U.S. journalist who was based in Cuba for several years, highlighted the contract’s mention of encryption but did not comment on why TV Martí needs it.

-- end of excerpts --

The truth of the matter is this:

Yankee imperialism and its associated boot lickers hate Socialism. They can not forgive Cuba for having fought a revolution which kicked the imperialists out of the island.

Unless you are an alien dummy who just landed from Mars, you know that encrypted radio and TV signals are the means by which the C.I.A. sends messages to its mercenaries inside Cuba.

End of mystery.

The C.I.A. mercenaries in Libya just conducted another Mafia-style execution. Barack Obama better be careful: what goes around comes around! He may become the unfortunate recipient of a "present."

Cuba Defeats Puerto Rico 8-7 in ten innings

Team Cuba

Cuba prevailed against Puerto Rico in the bottom of the 10th inning with a key hit by Jose Dariel Abreu which brought home the winning run.

Cuba will rest the next two days and will play in the semifinals against either Mexico or the Dominican Republic.

BOXSCORE

Juventud Rebelde: Cuba vence 8-7 a Puerto Rico con un final polémico en el béisbol panamericano

Friday, October 21, 2011

After three innings, Cuba 5, Puerto Rico 1

More later...

4:56 p.m. Cuba 5, Puerto Rico 2, Top of the fifth inning.

4:59 p.m. Cuba 5, Puerto Rico 5, Top of the fifth inning.
GAME TIED.


I have to go. RESULTS TOMORROW.

The Lies of Florida Senator Marco Rubio?


by The Associated Press

MIAMI October 21, 2011, 10:37 am ET


MIAMI (AP) — Florida's freshman U.S. senator and rising GOP star Marco Rubio is fighting back against allegations he embellished his family's history by claiming his parents were Cuban exiles.

Rubio's website says his parents came to America following Fidel Castro's 1959 takeover, and he has always publicly identified with the exile community. In turn he has maintained a strong and loyal political following within its Miami hub.

But media reports Thursday revealed his parents emigrated to the U.S. in 1956, when Cuban dictator Fulgencia Batista was still in power and Fidel Castro had just been released from prison and exiled in Mexico. Rubio's father was a bartender at a Havana hotel when he and his wife left, and Rubio's staff said he came for economic reasons.

The story was first reported by the St. Petersburg Times.

Rubio responded to the report with a statement saying his parents had tried to return to Cuba in March of 1961 in hopes that things were improving on the island post-revolution but quickly left because they did not want to live under communism.

"My parents are from Cuba. After arriving in the United States, they had always hoped to one day return to Cuba if things improved and traveled there several times," he wrote. "In 1961, my mother and older siblings did in fact return to Cuba while my father stayed behind wrapping up the family's matters in the U.S. After just a few weeks living there, she fully realized the true nature of the direction Castro was taking Cuba and returned to the United States one month later, never to return."

The return date is significant because it means Rubio's family planned to return to the island just as more than a thousand Cuban exiles from Miami were preparing for their doomed April 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion in order to topple Castro's fledgling government.

Even if his parents were initially hopeful that things would be better under Fidel Castro, they would have been among the many Cubans who later fled the country after supporting the revolution and opposing the corruption under Batista.

Source: TPM

Cuba defeats Canada 9-5 in the second game at the 2011 Pan American Games

Jose Dariel Abreu is congratulated by his teamates
Photo: AP

Based on the stellar performance of Jose Dariel Abreu, who had four RBI's with his Grand Salami in the third inning, and the magnificent explosion of 18 hits from Team Cuba, the Caribbean nation easily defeated the nine-squad from Canada by the score of 9-5.

Frederich Cepeda and Alfredo Despaigne also connected home-runs.

This was a dangerous game for Cuba. Canada always fights very hard, but this time they fell short.

Cuba has qualified for the baseball semifinals of the Pan American Games. But first it has to play Puerto Rico at 14:00 today. Los Portorros have two loses and no wins in Group B. Cuba must not become overconfident in this game.

BOXSCORE

Juventud Rebelde: Cuba derrotó 9-5 a Canadá en el béisbol panamericano

Thursday, October 20, 2011

20 de Octubre de 1868: Toma de Bayamo por los Patriotas Cubanos

Día hermoso aquel 20 de octubre de 1868 en que las tropas de Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, al tomar la ciudad de Bayamo, entonan por primera vez La Bayamesa, con letra escrita por Perucho Figueredo, que luego se convertiría en nuestro Himno Nacional. Cultura y Nación se fundían en un abrazo para convertirse en un concepto inseparable a lo largo de la historia de Cuba, un concepto que habla de música y poesía, arte y rebeldía unidos en el fragor del combate.

De aquella fecha diría nuestro José Martí en Patria, en 1892: "Para que lo entonen todos los labios y lo guarden todos los hogares, para que corran de pena y amor las lágrimas de los que lo oyeron en el combate sublime por primera vez; para que espolee la sangre en las venas juveniles, el himno a cuyos acordes, en la hora más bella y solemne de nuestra Patria, se alzó el decoro dormido en el pecho de los hombres".

No podía escogerse mejor fecha. Según lo estipula el decreto No. 74 de 1980 firmado por el Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, aquel día de combate y arte representaría el Día de la Cultura Nacional.

Psalm 2012

Obama is my shepherd and I am in want.
He maketh me lie down on the unemployment line.
He leadeth me besides still factories.
He threatens and bullies small nations.
He destroyeth my soul....
Yea, tho' I walk through the shadow of recession
I anticipate no recovery
for he is with me....
Surely despair and poverty shall follow me
all the days of my life
and I shall dwell in a sub-prime mortgaged house forever.

Cuba seeks UN help to end US economic blockade

MmegiOnline

EPHRAIM KEORENG
Staff Writer

Cuba will next Tuesday request the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to intervene so the United States of America (US) can lift the economic blockade it has imposed on the Caribbean island nation.


Addressing a press conference in Gaborone yesterday, Cuban ambassador to Botswana Ramon Medina said the economic blockade against Cuba is intensified despite repeated demands by the international community, especially the UN General Assembly, that it be stopped.

He said last year, 187 member states voted in favour of the resolution entitled "Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba". Ambassador Medina said measures taken by President Barack Obama on the travel and remittances by Cuban imigrant's do not change the complex framework of laws, regulations and provisions of the blockade policy against Cuba. He said US citizens are still prohibited from traveling to Cuba, save for a few exceptions.

"As a result of the strict and fierce enforcement of these laws and other normative provisions, Cuba continues to be unable to: freely export or import goods and services to or from the United States, use the US dollar in its international financial transactions and have bank accounts in US dollars in banks from third countries," he said.

Medina said that the extra-territorial application of the blockade has been extraordinarily reinforced as shown by the strengthening of the sanctions and persecution against third countries' citizens, institutions and companies to establish economic, commercial, financial or scientific and technical relations with Cuba.

"Thus, the US government arrogates itself the right to decide on matters that relate to the sovereignty of other states," he charged.The Cuban envoy said Cuba cannot access bank credits from banks in the US and their subsidiaries in third countries. He added that they are unable to also get credit from international financials institutions like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other financial institutions.

"From March 2010 to April 2011, there were significant multi-million fines imposed to US and foreign banking institutions for engaging in operations connected in one way or the other with our country. These kinds of sanctions have a dissuasive effect and in the case of banks in particular, entail breaking relations with Cuba and or forcing Cuban transactions to be made under more precarious conditions," he said.

He also complained that the blockade violates human rights of US citizens who are not allowed to travel to Cuba.Medina said the direct damage to the Cuban people by the implementation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the US against Cuba until December 2010 based on the current prices and calculated in a very conservative way, amount to over 104 billion US dollars.

The Cuban ambassador said his country is requesting governments committed to "the norms of the multilateral trading system, to the freedom of trade and navigation and to the rejection of extra-territorial application of a national law to vote on Tuesday, October 25, in favour of the draft resolution at the UN General Assembly which demands the lifting of the blockade".

Cuba and the United States have been at loggerheads since the 1961 Bay of Pigs when the US tried to invade Cuba, accusing president Fidel Castro of bringing Socialism to its doorstep.

Cuba conquers U.S. in tense volleyball semi-final

Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:11am EDT

By Rex Gowar


GUADALAJARA (Reuters) - Cuba's volleyball women beat arch-rivals the United States 3-1 in a highly charged semi-final at the Pan-American Games Wednesday to keep their title defense on track.

The holders will meet Olympic champions Brazil, whom they upset in the previous final at the 2007 Rio de Janeiro Games and who eased into Thursday's final beating the Dominican Republic 3-0 in the second semi-final.

The Americans had looked destined to go down quickly after losing the opening two sets 25-17 and 25-16 but hit back to take the third 27-25 before Cuba wrapped up the fourth 25-21.

"I think we played a good game today and established a difference from the beginning," said Cuba captain Yusidey Silie, whose team rocked their opponents with some fierce serving.

The majority of the crowd that packed the arena were rooting for the Cubans in a Mexican show of Latin solidarity, but U.S. captain Cynthia Barboza shrugged off the partisan support.

"I think the fans here are great, they bring a lot of energy," she said. "They haven't really been cheering for us all tournament," she added with a laugh. "But we love playing here."

Volleyball clashes between the U.S. and Cuba now rival baseball as an arena for the two nations' intense rivalry.

Cuba, coached by Juan Carlos Gala, blasted a number of aces and their aggressive serving was a constant edge.

"Cuba put a lot of pressure on us with their serves, a lot of heat. I think in the third set we adjusted well," U.S. coach John Banachowski said.

"I'm proud of the way our team fought today, especially in the third and fourth sets ... now we're going to refocus and set our sights on winning the bronze tomorrow," added Barboza of the playoff with the Dominican Republic.

Cuba will look to retain their title with a raw squad including five 19-year-olds, among them the powerful Gyselle Silva, one of several players on the team with a strong and accurate spike.

(Editing by Ian Ransom)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Yoani Sanchez en un momento importante!

Cuba defeats Venezuela 5-4, but has to sweat it out at the end.

Photo: Cubadebate

This was a tough and ugly game for the criollos, but at the end they prevailed 5-4.

Cuba scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning, and would add another three runs on their sixth inning. The score Cuba 4, Venezuela 0. The criollos probably thought that it was going to be an easy game.

Then came the unlucky seventh inning for Cuba. They committed a monumental error. Their opponents took advantage of it (the Cuban defenses faltered and its relief pitching collapsed), and mounted a four run rally. Tied game. Cuba 4, Venezuela 4.

Alberto Soto pitched one good inning of relief on the eighth and on the ninth Cuba brought in their ace reliever, Yadier Pedroso. He allowed one hit and gave one free pass.

The Cubans were able to hold the Venezuelans and win the game.

Cuba will play Canada tonight at 19:00.

Boxscore

Cubadebate: Cuba debutó con triunfo en el béisbol panamericano

Juventud Rebelde: Cuba vence con susto a Venezuela en el béisbol panamericano

Cuba scores early

Watch live video from beisbolcubano on es.justin.tv

3:46 p.m. Cuba 1, Venezuela 0 - Bottom of the first inning.

4:44 p.m. Score still the same. Bottom of the fifth. Cuba at bat.

5:10 p.m. Lost the streaming video signal.

5:19 p.m. Cuba is ahead 4-0 on the bottom of the six inning.

5:41 p.m. Cuba 4, Venezuela 2.

5:43 p.m. Cuba 4, Venezuela 4. Cuba committed a costly error at the beginning of the seventh inning.

5:54 p.m. After seven complete innings: Cuba 4, Venezuela 4.

6:15 p.m. Cuba 5, Venezuela 4. Bottom of the 8th inning.

CUBA WINS THE GAME 5-4.

Today at 3:00 P.M. Cuba vs Venezuela at the Pan American Games

Click here to see it at es.justin.tv via BaseballdeCuba.com.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is scheduled to pitch for Cuba.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Black Man comes to the U.S. to experience the "American Dream"

Photo: Ángel Franco/The New York Times

Many students who were placed at the packing plant found themselves working grueling night shifts on speeding production lines, repeatedly lifting boxes weighing as much as 60 pounds and financially drained by low pay and unexpected extra costs for housing and transportation. Their complaints to the contractor running the program on behalf of the State Department were met with threats that they could be sent home."

Read the New York Times article.

Man in Black Pants is admitted to Ladies in White

Credit: Reuters/Enrique De La Osa

INCREDIBLY FUNNY!

Baseball at the 2011 Pan American Games


Click here to go to the Wikepedia Page.

There will be two groups of nations competing at the 2011 Pan Am Games.

Group A: Mexico, Panama, United States and the Dominican Republic.

Group B: Puerto Rico, Cuba, Canada and Venezuela.

Cuba's first game will be on October 19 at 14:00 against Venezuela.

Beethoven Forever

Click on the graphic to enlarge

The Netherlands Captures the Gold Medal at the Baseball World Cup

The Netherlands has proven that it is a good quality baseball team. It defeated Cuba on Saturday night 2 to1 – for the second time in a row on that week – and captured the gold medal at the 39th edition of the Baseball World Cup, which was staged by the International Baseball Federation in Panama.

A silver medal is nothing to be ashamed for Cuba, but in 2011 the Dutch proved that they were the better baseball team. Cuba will have to say what “them bums” from Brooklyn used to say: “wait till next year.” They should console themselves that they were not brought down by the once mighty Yankees. American baseball is now a days a sorry spectacle of greed.

The Netherlands is today the new name in baseball. But Cuba will come back. Don't count her out yet.

There is no doubt that a very high number of “defections” by Cuban baseball players, who constantly chase the almighty dollar, has hurt what once was a baseball powerhouse in the Caribbean.

The capitalist in the United States love to commit theft, and they have "stolen" a lot of good Cuban baseball players.

BOXSCORE

Dutch Daily News: The Netherlands win IBAF Baseball World Cup

Cubadebate: Aroma de tulipanes, frustración de cubanos (+ Fotos)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cuba Makes Bold Move to Develop Oil Resources

Chinese-built oil drilling rig (Photo: Reuters)

St. Kitts Nevis Observer

Friday, October 14, 2011


By Kenneth Williams and Geno Marcello

Cuba is hoping to boost its faltering economy by launching a full-scale oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Florida. Experts say Cuba has 20 Billion barrels of undiscovered oil reserves. Proven true, Cuba would be in the top 20 oil producing countries.

The announcement came from Cubapetroleo, the state oil monopoly, through a dispatch written by Marc Frank for the Financial Times in Havana. According to Mr. Frank, seven exploration wells are planned in Cuba's Gulf of Mexico up to the end of 2012.

A new Chinese deep-water rig owned by Saipem, a unit of Italian oil company Eni SpA, left its shipyard in late 2010 to begin working with the Cubans. The rig was built specially to get around the 10 percent limit on American technology which is required under the embargo.

Reports are circulating that some companies have opened bids for well casing. Some work has also been done in Miami and is continuing to prepare for the exploratory wells.

Embargo foes in Washington D.C. are supporting legislation that would let U.S. groups participate in Cuba's offshore oil plans for development. Supporters of the embargo are creating laws that impose sanctions on any foreign groups that defy the embargo.

Some exploratory work by Seposi in 2004 revealed the presence of hydrocarbons when a well was drilled, but not in a commercially viable quantity. Since that first well, however, other seismic work has revealed 15 sites with a high probability of oil.

Cuba's oil advisor Manuel Marreo Faz estimates the country has over 20 billion barrels of oil in its offshore areas. The U.S. Geological Survey is much more conservative, putting the figure at 4.6 billion barrels. Cuba presently produces 60,000 barrels of oil per day and imports 115,000 barrels daily from Venezuela.

Observers report the Obama Administration has declined to denounce Cuba's drilling plans and seems to favor limited cooperation, said Frank.

The Obama Administration said recently that it would allow U.S. firms that handle and clean up oil spills to operate in Cuban waters should the need arise and also granted approval for executives from the Houston-based International Assn. of Drilling Contractors to visit Cuba recently. Association President Lee Hunt told the Financial Times he was impressed by Cuba's preparations to date as well as its regulatory regime in the wake of the BP oil disaster.

Hunt pointed out, 'This is one gulf shared by three countries. We are promoting cooperation between their industries to insure the unfortunate events that occurred in Mexico and more recently in the United States do not happen here.'

Jorge Pinot, a visiting research assistant at the Cuban Research Institute of Florida International University, said more efforts should be made to wean Cuba from energy dependence on Venezuela while insuring safety. He called on the U.S. to give oil companies working in Cuba access to equipment and technology that would allow (the development) of Cuba's hydrocarbon resources in a safe and responsible manner.'

Cuba defeats Canada 8-2 and Panama 7-2 and advances to the gold medal game tonight


Canada's and Panama's gold medal hopes were dashed on Friday when Team Cuba beat the Canadians 8-2 and followed that with a victory over Panama by the score of 7-2.

Cuba and the Netherlands ended the finals with the best records, six wins and one loss, and will play for the gold medal game tonight at 19:30.

Here is how Team Cuba batters performed vs Canada:

Castillo (5-2), 1 triple
Bell (4-1), 1 RBI
Cepeda (4-3) 2 RBI's, 1 double, 1triple
Despaigne (4-2) 1 RBI 1 double
Gourriel (3-1) 1 RBI, 1 double
Abreu (4-2) 2 RBI's, 1 home run
Enriquez (2-1)
Pestano (4-2) 1 RBI, 1 double
Arruebarruena 1 RBI, 1 double

Team Cuba had 15 hits. Vicyohandri Odelin was the winning pitcher and did not allow an earned run on the last tree innings of the game.

GO CUBA!

Boxscore against Canada

Boxscore against Panama

Wikipedia 2011 World Cup Page

Granma: Hoy, por el oro frente a Holanda

Friday, October 14, 2011

Stop Corporate Greed!

USAID heavily redacts one of its documents relating to its subversive activities inside Cuba

Click on the document to enlarge it

Read the story at Along The Malecón

In Spanish: Message of René González to the People of Cuba


«Todavía tenemos cuatro hermanos a los que tenemos que rescatar y que necesitamos que estén junto con nosotros», afirmó René

Juventud Rebelde
digital@juventudrebelde.cu
14 de Octubre del 2011 0:34:37 CDT


(Versiones Taquigráficas del Consejo de Estado)

Estas palabras son para mi pueblo, al que se las debo desde el día en que salí de la cárcel y que no han podido ser enviadas por las circunstancias que rodeaban la necesidad de que tuviéramos un viaje seguro antes de que pudiéramos dirigírselas.

Es difícil, realmente, dirigirse a un pueblo que se quiere tanto y del que uno se siente parte, a través de una cámara, pero necesitaba comunicarme con ustedes y decirles cuánta gratitud tenemos por todo lo que han hecho, explicarles que nos hemos sentido muy acompañados por los miles de mensajes, las cartas de los niños, de todos los colectivos de trabajo y de estudio que desde Cuba nos han enviado sus mensajes, el apoyo que nunca nos ha faltado y que nos ha alimentado en estos años de injusticia, que ya son demasiados.

Para mí este momento de felicidad que compartimos es, sencillamente, un paréntesis en una historia de abusos en la que todavía no se ha hecho un ápice de justicia. El hecho de que yo esté ahora fuera de la cárcel solamente significa que se agotó una avenida de abusos al que había sido sometido; pero todavía tenemos cuatro hermanos a los que tenemos que rescatar y que necesitamos que estén junto con nosotros, con sus familiares; que estén entre ustedes dándoles lo mejor de sí y no en esos lugares en que están, donde se levantan, se despiertan cada mañana, van a un comedor en el que no deben comer, andan entre gente que no deben andar, y realmente necesitamos seguir esta lucha para sacarlos a ellos adelante.

Para mí esto es solamente una trinchera, un lugar nuevo en el que voy a seguir luchando para que se haga justicia y los Cinco podamos regresar junto a ustedes.

Quiero mandar un saludo especial a los familiares de los otros cuatro hermanos, que realmente me han conmovido a través de su alegría. Realmente llega profundo cuando uno habla por teléfono con una persona que sabe que tiene a su hijo preso, a su esposo preso y recibe la libertad mía como si fuera la libertad de uno de los suyos. A mí, realmente, eso me conmueve y me compromete, y tenemos que seguir haciendo esta lucha, porque ellos no merecen estar donde están.

A todo mi pueblo, a todos los que en estos años nos han acompañado en todo el mundo, que han sido miles, a través de los cuales hemos podido poco a poco ir rompiendo este bloqueo informativo, ir rompiendo el silencio que las grandes corporaciones de la prensa han hecho sobre el caso, les extiendo, de parte de los Cinco, mi más profundo agradecimiento, mi compromiso de seguirlos representando a ustedes como se lo merecen, que en definitiva es lo que estamos haciendo los Cinco, porque no somos solamente Cinco, somos un pueblo completo que ha resistido durante 50 años, y gracias a eso es que nosotros estamos resistiendo todavía, porque nos inspiramos en ustedes, porque sabemos que los representamos y nunca les vamos a fallar y siempre estaremos a la altura que ustedes se merecen.

Un abrazo para todos.

Les queremos los Cinco desde dondequiera que estemos.

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JG: The Cuban Five are the big shame for Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack H. Obama and Yankee Imperialism.

The Netherlands defeats Cuba 4-1 in a short game

Photo: BaseballdeCuba.com

In a game that was only seven innings because of a quadruple rain delay yesterday that postponed the playing of four scheduled World Cup matches, the squad from The Netherlands, always a very dangerous and quality team, defeated Cuba yesterday by 4-1.

The starting pitcher Orlando Yntema only allowed one earned run. Cuba could only come up with five hits, two apiece by Despaigne and Gourriel and one by Cepeda. The Dutch connected six hits, two of them being home runs. Cuba's starting pitcher, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, allowed four earned runs. Team Cuba committed one error.

Because it was an officially shortened game, there was no winning or losing pitcher.

Cuba has to defeat Canada today in order to advance to the Gold Crown game on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m.

It is a MUST WIN game for Cuba today.

BOXSCORE

Thursday, October 13, 2011

René González sale de las mazmorras del imperialismo yankee



Silvio Rodríguez feliz por liberación de René González

Rainout at the Baseball World Cup. Calendar Readjusted.



Four games were canceled yesterday due to rain at the 39th edition of the Baseball World Cup which is currently being played in Panama.

The restructuring that this weather event dictates is as follow: the remaining games will be seven innings each. All of the remaining teams will have to play a doubleheader on Thursday and Friday.

The game for the Gold Medal will be on Saturday with the two teams that have the best records. Cuba remains in first place with four victories, followed by The Netherlands with three victories and one defeat.

Tournament Wikipedia Page

IBAF Page

In Spanish from Juventud Rebelde:

Más allá de reprogramar los partidos, se ha tomado la decisión de jugarlos a siete entradas, porque todos los equipos tendrán que efectuar un doble juego entre jueves y viernes.

Luis López Viera
luislopez@juventudrebelde.cu
13 de Octubre del 2011 8:45:17 CDT


Tras la inoportuna suspensión por lluvia de la jornada del miércoles, la Federación Internacional de Béisbol anunció una reestructuración del calendario en la Copa Mundial, con sede en Panamá.

Pero, más allá de reprogramar los partidos, se ha tomado la decisión de jugarlos a siete entradas, porque todos los equipos tendrán que efectuar un doble juego entre jueves y viernes. ¡Ay, mamá! ¿Qué les parece?

La excepción será el partido sellado entre Holanda y Australia, el cual se completará desde el momento en que fue detenido, con empate a una carrera por bando a la altura del séptimo inning.

Veremos si la lluvia no sigue lacerando esta Copa Mundial, que parecía una cosa y terminó siendo otra, muy por debajo de la efectuada hace dos años en Europa.

Cuba marcha al frente en la tabla de posiciones con cuatro éxitos sin fracasos. Detrás se ubican Holanda (3-1), Panamá (2-2), Canadá (2-2), Australia (2-2), Estados Unidos (1-3), Venezuela (1-3) y Corea del Sur (1-3). La final será el sábado entre los dos equipos de mejor ubicación.

Cubadebate: Polémica reestructuración de calendario de Copa Mundial de béisbol

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Los Aullidos de la Batistiana Loba Feróz

Cuando la medianoche llega y la luna se deja ver claramente, ella se pasea lentamente y cabizbaja por los jardines colindantes a la Cámara de Representantes del Congreso de los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica.

La saliva de su frustruación cae lentamente desde sus colmillos y de los labios de su boca torcida.

Los ratones, ratas, lagartijas u otros reptiloides corren desesperados, en una bien harmonizada sinfonía de lamentaciones. Ahí viene, tal parece que ellos dicen. ¡Huyan!

¡Auuu!

“Los Marcianos Llegaron Yá"

Cuba defeats USA 8-7 in the Quarterfinals of the 2011 Baseball World Cup



It was a very close game, but in the end Cuba prevailed 8-7 over the American squad and it has now eight straight victories and no losses.

Here is how the Cuban batters performed: Castillo (5-3), Bell (4-1), Cepeda (4-3) Despaigne (4-2) Gourriel (4-3) Abreu (4-3) Pestano (4-1), Arrebarrena (4-1). Total numbers of hits for Cuba: 17. Despaigne connected a home run, and Abrue and Castillo had doubles.

The winning pitcher for Cuba was Norberto Gonzalez, his first victory in the tournament. Yadier Pedroso pitched the last three innings and was credited with the save.

Cuba will play today at 8:30 p.m. against Panama at Omar Torrijos Stadium.

BOXSCORE AND PLAY BY PLAY

Cuba celebrates eighth win,
Team USA almost out of the final

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Reclaman a Barack Obama la libertad completa para René González

René González, uno de los cinco antiterroristas cubanos.
Foto: Juventud Rebelde

Juventud Rebelde
digital@juventudrebelde.cu
11 de Octubre del 2011 10:05:46 CDT


Artistas estadounidenses enviaron una carta al presidente Barack Obama para exigir la completa libertad de movimiento del antiterrorista cubano René González, confirmó este martes en un comunicado el Comité Internacional por la Libertad de los Cinco Cubanos, informa PL.

La misiva forma parte de la campaña Actores y Artistas Unidos por la Libertad de los Cinco Cubanos y reclama.

Entre las personalidades que rubricaron el mensaje están Edward Asner, Jackson Browne, Peter Coyote, Héctor Elizondo, Mike Farrell, Richard Foos, Danny Glover, Elliott Gould, Greg Landau, Francisco Letelier, Esai Morales, Michael O Keefe, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Sarandon, Pete Seeger, Andy Spahn y Haskell Wexler.

René González, arrestado en 1998 y sentenciado en 2001 a 15 años bajo cargos de conspiración, salió en libertad el pasado 7 de octubre después de cumplir su sentencia, pero una jueza de Florida le negó permiso para viajar y reunirse con su familia en Cuba.

No solo la orden para que cumpla tres años adicionales bajo libertad supervisada en Estados Unidos es extraordinariamente punitiva, sino que además constituye un insulto gratuito que agrava aún más las ya deterioradas relaciones entre ambos países, recalca la carta.

La decisión suma un mayor dolor a la familia de este hombre pues tendría que prolongarse la separación por tres años más, agrega la nota, citada por el Comité Internacional y fechada en Oakland, California.

Durante los 13 años que René González permaneció en una prisión federal norteamericana, el gobierno de Washington le negó a su esposa Olga Salanueva visas de entrada para visitarlo, recordó la asociación de solidaridad con el pueblo cubano.

La misiva a Obama advierte que si González permanece en Estados Unidos su vida corre peligro ante la agresividad de organizaciones violentas anticubanas asentadas sobre todo en Miami.

Los actores y artistas le preguntan al Presidente: ¿Cómo se garantizará la integridad física de González en medio de un ambiente que genera inseguridad?

El presidente Obama recientemente declaró que está abierto a nuevas relaciones con Cuba. Pues tiene la oportunidad para ello si le permite a González reunirse con su esposa, hijas y padres en Cuba. Sería el tipo de gesto que podría preparar esa nueva relación, afirman los firmantes.

El actor Mike Farrell apuntó: Yo rezo para que el presidente Obama entienda la injusticia cometida contra René González y otros de los Cinco Cubanos en nombre de juegos políticos. González ha cumplido su injusta sentencia y ahora se le debería permitir reunirse con su familia, dijo.

La vida del antiterrorista cubano René González corre grave riesgo si autoridades federales persisten en la decisión de que deberá cumplir un castigo de libertad supervisada en Estados Unidos, alertó también el director de la Revista Areito, Andrés Gómez.

El 16 de septiembre la jueza Joan Lenard, del Tribunal Federal de Distrito del Sur de la Florida, sancionó que González tenía que permanecer tres años adicionales sin salir de este país una vez terminada una condena de 13 años.

Abogados habían solicitado al tribunal que esos tres años González por razones humanitarias pudiera regresar a Cuba para reintegrarse a su familia. El patriota cubano forma parte del grupo conocido internacionalmente como Los Cinco Héroes, junto a Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, y Fernando González.

Los Cinco, como identifica la solidaridad internacional a esos luchadores contra el terrorismo, fueron arrestados el 12 de septiembre de 1998 en la ciudad de Miami. Un proceso irregular y viciado celebrado allí los condenó en 2001 a penas que van desde la doble cadena perpetua hasta 15 años.

Tonight, Cuba vs USA in the Quarterfinals of the 2011 Baseball World Cuba

October 11, 2011

Cuba finished in first place of Group 2, with 7 wins and no losses. USA finished in fourth place of Group 1, with 4 wins and 3 losses.

The game will be played at 8:00 p.m. in the Omar Torrijos Stadium.

The game will be streamed live at es.justin.tv.

GO CUBA!

Monday, October 10, 2011

DOCUMENTAL: PEDRO LUIS LAZO EL MEJOR PITCHER CUBANO DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS

La Rampa, Vedado, La Habana, Cuba

AP Interview: Cuba won't unilaterally free Allan Gross

Associated Press

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ , 10.10.11, 08:21 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY -- The United States should not expect Cuba to make a unilateral humanitarian gesture to release an imprisoned American government contractor, a senior Cuban official said Sunday.

Cuban Parliament President Ricardo Alarcon told The Associated Press in an interview that to expect such a gesture on behalf of Alan Gross "would not be reasonable."

Gross was sentenced to 15 years in prison in March for crimes against the Cuban state. He was arrested in December 2009 after getting caught illegally bringing communications equipment onto the island while on a USAID-funded democracy building program.

Cuba's Supreme Court upheld Gross' sentence in August, and U.S. efforts turned to winning his release on humanitarian grounds. Both his elderly mother and adult daughter are battling cancer and his family has suffered financial hardship since his arrest, says his wife, Judy Gross.

During a visit to Mexico, Alarcon said the U.S. government "should get a good armchair and sit down to wait" if it is hoping for a humanitarian release.

"To expect a unilateral gesture wouldn't be reasonable," Alarcon said.

He also had harsh words for former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who visited Cuba in early September to negotiate Gross' release. Cuban officials rebuffed his efforts, and Richardson went home without seeing Gross.

Alarcon said Richardson went to Cuba on a private trip and not as part of a U.S. mission. Richardson's trip "was like doing amateur diplomacy, and that doesn't exist, that's Bill's invention," Alarcon said.

Richardson has said he was invited to the island by Cuban officials to negotiate Gross' release.

Alarcon said Richardson suggested the U.S. and Cuba conduct a swap between Gross and Rene Gonzalez, one of five Cuban nationals convicted in 2001 as part of the "Wasp Network" that sought to spy on U.S. military installations in South Florida. Gonzalez has dual U.S.-Cuban citizenship.

Gonzalez was released Friday after 13 years in prison but a judge has ordered him to serve three years probation in the U.S. before returning to Cuba.

Cuban officials say the five attempted to prevent terrorist attacks on the island by monitoring Cuban exiles and tried to place operatives inside the campaigns of anti-Castro politicians. They were convicted of espionage and of trying to infiltrate U.S. military bases.

"Richardson has entangled everything because I can't believe someone would seriously think that there could be a negotiation between Rene Gonzalez ... a man who was about to complete his sentence ... and a man who is just about to start serving his," Alarcon said.

He said Gonzalez's life is at risk if he remains in South Florida, especially after U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican from Florida, said Gonzalez "has American blood on his hands."

"Not only is his life at risk ... but someone could be interested in provoking an incident with him to have the judge send him back to prison," Alarcon said.

Alarcon said sending Gonzalez back to Cuba would be in the best interests of both the United States and Cuba, and he also urged the Obama administration free the four other members of the ring still in prison.