Monday, April 30, 2012

Cuba's Jaime L. Cardinal Orteaga Speaks



Published on Apr 26, 2012
 
Jorge Dominguez, Vice Provost for International Affairs at Harvard University, moderated a discussion on the role of the Catholic Church in Cuba with Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, and Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston. The Cardinals discussed the important role the Catholic Church has played in Cuban history and the active role it plays in social services today. This event was co-sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

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JG: Jesus said in his Sermon at the Mount:  "Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the Children of God."

Did you hear that Barack Obama? LIFT THE CUBA EMBARGO!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

More on the Miami Terrorist Bombing

FBI investigating fire at Cuba travel company in Coral Gables

The FBI and ATF have joined the investigation into a “deliberate” fire at the Coral Gables office of a Cuba travel company.

Terrorist's Fire-Bomb Cuba Travel Agency

 


 

Miami Terrorists Fire-Bomb Cuba Travel Agency

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (WSVN) -- Fire investigators are examining the charred remains of a Coral Gables business believed to have been the target of a fiery attack.

Vivian Mannerud suspects that someone tossed a Molotov cocktail at the building where she has operated an international charter flight business that specializes in trips to Cuba since 1982. Most recently, the Archdiocese of Miami hired the company, Airline Brokers Company Inc., to transport 300 people from South Florida to the island for the Pope's historic visit, at the end of March.

Mannerud received a call from the alarm company at 3:15 in the morning, Friday. She arrived on the scene to find her business gutted and charred with the windows blown out. "Very, very sad," she said. "It's horrible, but it's just hard," she said. "It's a sad thing for my country."

Mannerud spent most of Friday afternoon sobbing outside of her business, as investigators looked through the rubble and cleaned up the scene. "It might have been intentional," said Mannerud, convinced that someone purposefully set her company up in flames. "I can only tell you what my gut is telling me."

She was finally allowed into her business to retrieve a computer hard drive which, she says, she needs to file a report with the Department of Homeland Security.

The business has been controversial for many years, sending thousands of people to their native Cuba, and some have shown negative feelings toward it in the past. Mannerud believes someone may have hit the building with a Molotov cocktail, but stops short of naming any possible subjects. "There's people that do not agree with the charter flights to Cuba and will go to any lengths to stop them," she said.

The ATF, FBI and Fire Marshal enlisted the help of a K-9 unit to sniff out accelerants or anything else suspicious inside the structure. The trained dog sat down several times, signifying it found something, which put officers on alert.
The business owner said she has been targeted in the past, but she is not alone.

Three separate incidents occurred in 1996, in which companies who do business with Cuba were attacked by fire bombs. Mannerud said, "In my 32 years of business, I've seen this happen to many other people."


Mannerud plans to rebuild these offices. She said she is not giving up on what she does, and she believes in providing those charter flights to Cuba. "I will continue, if I have to sit on this sidewalk and write things with a chalkboard," she said.

Investigators have cleared the scene. They will take everything they extracted from the scene and send it in as evidence. It can take weeks before it is determined whether or not the blaze was intentional.

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JG: Cuba Journal has contacted the White House. See Below.

A Miami, Florida, business which specializes in travel to Cuba was fire-bombed last night.

What is the comment or reaction of the White House?

Signed,

Jorge R. Gonzalez


Publisher/editor of Cuba Journal

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Top Two Cuban Baseball Players Today


Jose Dariel Abreu - Cienfuegos



Alfredo Despaigne - Granma


The photos are courtesy of Radio Rebelde which has a very interesting article titled Principales Peloteros liderean Coeficiente JAS de la Serie 51.

More Great Photos: Industriales vs Cienfuegos

The quarter finals between Industriales and Cienfuegos are tied. Each team has won one game.

Click here to see more great photos from Cubadebate.

Grandfather of fake Cuban exile U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was ordered deported


The Republic of Columbus, Indiana, reports the following:

LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ  Associated Press

Miami — An  immigration  judge ordered U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's maternal grandfather deported back to Cuba in 1962, according to federal records obtained by The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request.

Pedro Victor Garcia eventually was allowed to stay in the U.S. permanently when Congress passed the Cuban Adjustment Act in 1966. But it's unclear what happened in between.

Read more...

Cuatro Gatos or 150 gatos?

I do not like the Miami Herald. That is a well known fact. It is a reactionary newspaper and it is stridently anti-Cuba. It is full of gusano "reporters."

But some times you have to read what people that you do not like are saying, just to stay informed of all the available opinions and news.

Yesterday, one of the premier gusanos who writes at One Herald Plaza, Juan Tamayo, wrote about Cuban diplomats in Washington will host emigres for talks on U.S. policy toward the island.

I was invited, but I am not attending, and here is my reason. There are more than one million Cubans leaving outside the island.  150 Cubans meeting at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington D.C. is a very tiny number of Cubans. Could it be that these 150 are under the direct control of the Cuban government? I do not know. I am too independent to be controlled either by the Cuban government or the United States government.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What Karl Marx Did Not Say. The Problem of Sectarianism.


I am not a Marxist expert. I am just a humble person expressing his beliefs and opinions.

Karl Marx did not say “White workers of the world, unite!”

Karl Marx did not say “Black workers of the world, unite!”

Karl Marx did not say “Brown workers of the world, unite!”

Karl Marx simply said “Workers of the world, unite!” That umbrella includes everyone who sells his labor and works for a living, rather than clip bond coupons and then takes them to the bank. Capitalists do not sweat their brow.

But in today's world the problem of sectarianism is very big and it keeps on growing. Sometimes it seems to me that just about every person wants to form their own little group. They see the trees but do not see the forest. They all want to have “rights” but no one seems interested in responsibilities.

Those who promote sectarianism are the TRUE ENEMIES of the working class.

Those who promote the interests of so-called "people of color" are committing great errors.

The Spanish Republic of the 1930's was overthrown because socialists, communists, anarchists, syndicalist, republicans, liberals, progressives and many other groups were each marching under their respective flags of sectarianism. The fascists, the nazis and the capitalists were all united under the banner of the Generalissimo and a corrupt and reactionary church. You know the rest of the story.

Can you believe that in the United States of the XXI century there are communists (CPUSA) and socialists (SPUSA) who are defending the capitalism of Barack Obama? They say that, he is the lesser of two evils. What these dummies fail to realize is that unbridled capitalism is the REAL evil that we have to fight and defeat. Otherwise the labor exploitation, and the scams and frauds of modern-day capitalism will continue unabated.

Barack Obama is a capitalist. Mitt Romney is a capitalist. I know one person who used to contribute posts at Cuba Journal, who was more interested in defending the race of Barack Obama, than in defending ALL of the working class masses or defending Cuba. He saw the trees, but he did not see the forest.

Divided we fall. Unless there is true unity under the banner of ALL of the working class, the enemy will keep on winning, and keep on laughing all the way to the bank.

Let us not forget that Barack Obama continues the genocidal Cuba embargo/blockade. He does not deserve the votes of the working class.

The Best Photos About Cuban Baseball Always Come From Cubadebate

Click on this link: Industriales abre con victoria el play off. (+ Fotos y Video)

The Blue Lions (Industriales) defeated the Green Elephants (Cienfuegos) in their first quarter-finals game at Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana.

Jose Dariel Abreu could not do a thing against the excellent pitching of Odrisamer Despaigne.

Blogger has a new "look." So far, I do not think it is an improvement.

Cuba Journal will look the same when you access it and look at it, but the construction and editing of a new post has been made more cumbersome and complicated.

The editor/publisher is not in charge, Google (and Blogger) are.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Alfredo Despaigne: The New Cuban Home Run King

Yesterday was the last day of the regular season for the 51st Cuban National Baseball Series.

Alfredo Despaigne connected his home run number 36 to become the undisputed Cuban home run king.

Tomorrow, the playoffs for the 51st Series start.

The teams who will play in the quarter finals are as follow:

Western Region: Matanzas vs Sancti Spíritus; Industriales vs Cienfuegos.

Eastern Region: Villa Clara vs Granma; Las Tunas vs Ciego de Ávila.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Dragon


The Dragon is the next spacecraft for the exploration of The Last Frontier. It is manufactured by Space X, a private U.S. company.

The following story is from the Brevard Times.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

SpaceX Falcon 9 To Launch Dragon Capsule April 30, 2012

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The second SpaceX demonstration launch for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program is scheduled for Monday, April 30, 2012 following the completion of NASA's flight readiness review,. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule will liftoff from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. There is a single instantaneous launch opportunity at 12:22 p.m. EDT.

During the flight, SpaceX's Dragon capsule will conduct a series of check-out procedures to test and prove its systems, including rendezvous and berthing with the International Space Station (ISS). The primary objectives for the flight include a flyby of the ISS at a distance of approximately 1.5 miles to validate the operation of sensors and flight systems necessary for a safe rendezvous and approach. The spacecraft also will demonstrate the ability to abort the rendezvous. After these capabilities are successfully proven, the Dragon will be cleared to berth with the ISS.

Related: NASA gives all-clear for SpaceX launch April 30

What the Capitalist Businessmen of Amnesty International Do With Their Time


JG; When you receive a letter from them asking you for a "donation" this is what you will get for your money.

About Elections

Times change. Many countries throughout our imperiled planet are changing. It is time that peaceful change should come also to both Cuba and the United States.

It is time that both neighboring countries to the south and north of the Florida straits institute truly democratic elections.

An election where you have only one party is not a free election. An election where you have two branches of the same party is not a democratic election either.

It is time for both countries to modify their constitutional charters so any type of citizens party can be created without interference from the ruling elites. And those ruling elites should not put election obstacles, so that their citizens can freely elect their choice of candidates.

In the United States, the two branches of the Capitalist Party alternate holding the reins of power. In Cuba, only one party, the Cuban Communist Party rules always. No opposition is allowed.

Neither the United States nor Cuba can call themselves democracies. They are effectively one-party states. In the U.S the capitalist ruling elites disguise the dictatorship of Big Capital. It is easily digested by the gullible, the uneducated, and the non-intelligent masses. The Democrats and the Republicans are not two separate political parties. They are just two branches of the same tree. They represent the interests of Big Capital and not those of the working class. Those are my beliefs.

In the last century, to my knowledge, only two elections can truly be called democratic in the U.S. One in Minnesota, where Independent Jesse Ventura was elected governor of that northern state, and another contest in Vermont where Independent Socialist Bernie Sanders was elected to the U.S. Senate seat from that state. The two ruling branches of The Capitalist Party lost those two elections. That was democracy in action. That happens only once in a blue moon.

When the two branches of The Capitalist Party, the Democrats and the Republicans, alternate “winning” an “election,” the electoral process can not be deemed as truly a democratic process. The two branches constantly prevent minor parties from participating in the political process. The most vivid example is when minor parties candidates are denied access to “debates.” Only the candidates of the two branches of The Capitalist Party can participate in those debates. Those “elections” are a huge farce.

Cuba should amend its constitution to abolish the “one party” rule. Then the rest of the world can start calling Cuba a democracy, but if they adopt the same system that operates in the United States, the political processes will be prostituted, as happens too often in the land of Lincoln.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Emite el Gobierno cubano Declaración sobre la Cumbre de las Américas


18 Abril 2012

Declaración del gobierno revolucionario: Por la segunda independencia

En Colombia, Cartagena de Indias, quedó demostrado que hay un abismo creciente entre “Nuestra América” martiana y “el Norte revuelto y brutal que nos desprecia”. Allí se produjo una rebelión de la América Latina y el Caribe contra la imposición de “un gobierno y medio“, que ejercía un veto imperial a los párrafos del proyecto de Declaración Final de la llamada Cumbre de las Américas que reclamaban el cese del bloqueo y la exclusión de Cuba de los eventos hemisféricos.

Desde la anterior Cumbre del 2009 se disiparon las ilusiones sobre la política del presidente Obama, se abrió una brecha entre sus discursos y sus actos, no hubo mayor cambio en la política hacia América Latina y el Caribe, el bloqueo a Cuba continuó e, incluso, se endureció en el sector financiero, pese a la condena internacional y el voto abrumador de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas, con el objetivo de “provocar hambre, desesperación y el derrocamiento del gobierno” lo que ahora se conoce como “cambio de régimen”.

El ALBA se reunió el 4 de febrero pasado, en Caracas, en ocasión de conmemorar la heroica Rebelión Cívico-Militar de 1992, adoptó una Declaración sobre la Soberanía Argentina de las Malvinas, otra sobre el bloqueo y consideró injusta e inaceptable la imposición de la exclusión de Cuba de estos eventos. El presidente Correa afirmó resueltamente que de no resolverse esta cuestión, Ecuador no asistiría a la Cumbre de Cartagena, lo que sacudió a la región. Esa valiente posición fue el preludio de lo ocurrido.

El presidente Raúl Castro Ruz dijo allí: “Yo quiero agradecer a Ustedes, presidente Correa, a Evo y a todos Ustedes estos planteamientos… Es un tema de vital importancia, tienen toda la razón. Nosotros jamás hemos reclamado que se tome una medida como esa, pero no por eso vamos a dejar de apoyar esta que consideramos muy justa”.

El presidente de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, quien nos visitó, de manera respetuosa, y recibió como respuesta del presidente Raúl Castro Ruz que Cuba, en caso de ser invitada a la Cumbre, asistiría, como siempre, con todo respeto, apego a los principios y a la verdad, tuvo el mérito de introducir directamente el tema del bloqueo y la exclusión de Cuba.

El presidente Evo Morales, que había sido el primero en cuestionar dicha Cumbre en la reunión de febrero del ALBA en Caracas, dio la batalla en Cartagena y afirmó “estamos en una etapa de desintegración. No es posible que un país pueda vetar la presencia de Cuba, por tanto, no hay integración y con la ausencia de Ecuador, como una ausencia justa en protesta al veto de Estados Unidos hacia Cuba, ¿de qué integración podemos hablar?”.

El presidente Chávez, el 13 de abril pasado, exclamó “ahora, en verdad, si estos dos gobiernos, Estados Unidos y Canadá, se niegan a discutir temas tan profundamente consustanciados con el ser de la América Latina y el Caribe, como el tema de Cuba, de la hermana Cuba, de la solidaria Cuba, o el tema de las Islas Malvinas, ¿para qué más Cumbres de las Américas entonces?; habría que acabar con esas Cumbres. Antes, había escrito: “Clamamos, igualmente, por el fin del vergonzoso y criminal bloqueo a la hermana República de Cuba: bloqueo que, desde hace más de 50 años, ejerce el imperio, con crueldad y sevicia, contra el heroico pueblo de José Martí”.

Daniel Ortega, en masivo y juvenil acto de solidaridad con Cuba, el 14 de abril, en Managua planteó: “yo creo que es el momento del gobierno de los Estados Unidos para escuchar a todas las naciones latinoamericanas de las más diversas ideologías, de los más diversos pensamientos políticos; desde los pensamientos más conservadores hasta los pensamientos más revolucionarios, pero ahí están todos coincidiendo en que Cuba tiene que estar presente en estas reuniones o no habrá próximas Cumbres llamadas o mal llamadas de las Américas”.

Resultó impresionante la sólida postura unitaria de Nuestra América en torno al bloqueo, la exclusión de Cuba y a las Malvinas. Fue esencial la firmeza y la dignidad de la Presidenta de Argentina en la defensa enérgica de esas causas.

Nos sentimos orgullosos cuando la presidenta de Brasil, Dilma Rousseff defendió con serena dignidad ante Obama, que la Patria Grande solo puede ser tratada como igual y confirmó la postura común en apoyo a Argentina y a Cuba.

Los líderes de los países del Caribe mostraron la solidez de la Comunidad del Caribe (CARICOM) y que esta y la América Latina son igualmente indivisibles. Su defensa de la soberanía argentina de las Malvinas y su tradicional y categórico respaldo a Cuba fue trascendental.

Las fuerzas de izquierda, los movimientos populares, las organizaciones sindicales, juveniles y estudiantiles, las organizaciones no gubernamentales reunidas todas en el Congreso de los Pueblos, en Cartagena, expresaron emotiva solidaridad con Cuba. La Reunión Interparlamentaria de las Américas adoptó una condena a la exclusión y el bloqueo a nuestro país.

Estados Unidos subestimó que el 2 de diciembre del 2011, en Caracas, en el Bicentenario de la Independencia, bajo el liderazgo de Chávez, en el 55 aniversario del Desembarco del Granma, había nacido la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC), lo que el líder de la Revolución Fidel Castro Ruz anticipó en febrero del 2010, al escribir que “ningún otro hecho institucional de nuestro hemisferio, durante el último siglo, refleja similar trascendencia”.

Cuando se eligió en esa primera Cumbre a Cuba, como Presidente de la CELAC en el 2013, el General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz declaró: “con las decisiones que aquí adoptamos y con el trabajo conjunto de los últimos tres años, reivindicamos más de dos siglos de luchas y esperanzas. Llegar tan lejos nos ha costado esfuerzo, pero también sangre y sacrificio. Las metrópolis coloniales de antaño y las potencias imperiales de hoy han sido enemigas de este empeño”.

Obama tampoco parece entender el significado de la victoria bolivariana del 13 de abril del 2002 ni de que, precisamente ahora, se cumplen diez años del golpe de estado organizado por su predecesor, con el apoyo de la OEA y del gobierno español de Aznar, contra el presidente Hugo Chávez, con el que se pretendió aniquilar a la Revolución Bolivariana y asesinar a su líder. Como le recordó el canciller venezolano Nicolás Maduro, mirándole a los ojos, en memorable discurso en la Cumbre de Cartagena, el gobierno norteamericano persiste en la conducta de intervenir en los asuntos internos de Venezuela y de apoyar a los golpistas convertidos ahora en candidatos electorales.

El presidente Obama debería percatarse de que la Cumbre de Cartagena no fue propicia para aconsejar democracia a Cuba. Menos si quien pretendió hacerlo estuvo allí totalmente aislado, obligado a ejercer un veto imperial por falta de ideas y de autoridad política y moral; se dedica a la demagogia, en camino a unas elecciones escabrosas. Mejor, debiera ocuparse de sus guerras, crisis y politiquería, que de Cuba, nos ocupamos los cubanos.

Estados Unidos nunca quiso debatir acerca de las terribles consecuencias para América Latina y el Caribe del neoliberalismo ni sobre los inmigrantes en Estados Unidos y Europa separados de sus familias, retornados cruelmente o asesinados en muros como el del Río Bravo. Tampoco aceptó jamás hablar de los pobres que son la mitad de la Humanidad.

El imperio y las otrora metrópolis coloniales no escuchan a los “indignados”, a sus ciudadanos y minorías que viven en la pobreza en esas sociedades opulentas, mientras salvan con sumas exorbitantes a banqueros corruptos y a especuladores. En la superpotencia, el 10% de las familias controlan el 80% de la riqueza. Esos recursos son suficientes para resolver los problemas del planeta.

Lo nuevo en Cartagena es que buena parte de los gobiernos, con naturales diferencias y distintos enfoques, demandaron un modelo alternativo que privilegie la solidaridad y la complementariedad frente a la competencia fundada en el egoísmo; procure la armonía con la naturaleza y no el saqueo de los recursos naturales ni el consumismo desenfrenado. Pidieron que se asegure la diversidad cultural y no la imposición de valores y estilos de vida ajenos a nuestros pueblos; que se consolide la paz y se rechacen las guerras y la militarización.

Hicieron un llamado a recuperar la condición humana de nuestras sociedades y a construir un mundo donde se reconozca y respete la pluralidad de ideas y modelos, la participación democrática de la sociedad en los asuntos de gobierno, incluida la consulta de las políticas económicas y monetarias; se combatan el analfabetismo, la mortalidad infantil y materna, las enfermedades curables. Se reclamó el acceso tanto a la información libre y veraz como al agua potable; se reconoció la exclusión social y que los derechos humanos son para el ejercicio de todos y no para usarlos como arma política de los poderosos.

El gobierno de Estados Unidos esta vez tuvo que escuchar, no una voz casi única como fue durante décadas, ni una escasa minoría hasta hace poco. Ahora, fueron mayoría los pueblos que hablaron en la Cumbre por boca de sus Presidentes y Jefes de Delegaciones para dar este debate imprescindible, o a través de la actitud de los que no fueron. La Cumbre tuvo que ser censurada porque el imperio escucha con oídos sordos.

En Cartagena, quedó al desnudo la Doctrina Monroe de “América para los(norte) americanos”. Como si nadie recordara el engaño de la Alianza Para el Progreso, en 1961, y de la Iniciativa Para las Américas o ALCA, en 1994; han querido timarnos ahora con la “Alianza Igualitaria”.

Como predijo, en un evento internacional en la misma Cartagena, el 14 de junio de 1994, el Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz las llamadas Cumbres de las Américas sólo han beneficiado al Norte.

José Martí, cuando juzgó una reunión similar, en Washington, hace 105 años, escribió: “después de ver con ojos judiciales los antecedentes, causas y factores del convite, urge decir, porque es la verdad, que ha llegado para la América española la hora de declarar su segunda independencia”.

Durante el propio evento, el ALBA hizo oficial y público que, sin un cambio radical de la naturaleza de estas Cumbres, no asistirá más. Otros líderes continentales, también lo han advertido.

De la OEA, ese cadáver insepulto, ni hay que hablar.

A la República Argentina le asiste el derecho inalienable de soberanía sobre las Islas Malvinas, Georgias del Sur y Sandwich del Sur y los espacios marítimos circundantes.

Cuba recuerda que la Patria Grande no estará completa hasta que el hermano pueblo puertorriqueño ejerza su derecho inalienable a la autodeterminación y Puerto Rico, esa nación latinoamericana y caribeña, sometida por Estados Unidos al colonialismo, alcance su plena independencia.

Con un sólido consenso de soberanía regional y defensa de nuestra cultura, dentro de nuestra rica diversidad; con casi 600 millones de habitantes; con enormes recursos naturales; Nuestra América tiene una oportunidad para resolver los graves problemas de extrema desigualdad en la distribución de la riqueza y puede, con su fuerza ya evidente, contribuir al “equilibrio del mundo”, a la defensa de la paz y a la preservación de la especie humana.

Para ello, frente a los intentos de dividirnos y descarrilarnos que otra vez vendrán, necesitará mantenerse unida.

Nadie olvide en el Norte, que hace 51 años, el pueblo cubano defendía ya, a estas mismas horas, una Revolución Socialista en las arenas ensangrentadas de Playa Girón, y que, desde entonces, “todos los pueblos de América fueron un poco más libres”.

La Habana, 18 de abril del 2012

(Tomado del diario Granma)

Mensaje de René González al pueblo de Cuba



Publicado por Raisa Martín Lobo en 9:38 AM

El luchador antiterrorista René González, uno de los Cinco Héroes condenados en Estados Unidos, reiteró su disposición a seguir la larga batalla por la justicia en un mensaje en que agradece al pueblo de Cuba su solidaridad.

Mensaje de René González al pueblo de Cuba

14 de abril de 2012

“Año 53 de la Revolución”

Mensaje a mi pueblo:

Queridos compatriotas:

De regreso al mundo del absurdo tras una muy breve visita a la patria que ha suscitado en algunos las más diversas elucubraciones -muchas de un nivel de insania que sólo los detractores de nuestra sociedad pueden ejercitar- es tiempo de saldar una deuda con nuestro pueblo a través de estas palabras.

No van dirigidas a quienes esperaban criticarnos anticipando que mi estancia en Cuba se convirtiera en un acto político y ahora lo hacen porque resultó en un ejemplo de discreción; ni a los que auguraban que no regresaría y ahora se buscan las más disímiles racionalizaciones porque lo hice. Se trata del elemental deber ante un pueblo que recibió como suyo el alivio que significó este paréntesis, muchos de cuyos hijos en el mejor espíritu solidario y generoso esperaban seguir mi visita. Sólo a estos últimos las debo.

Como bien se informó la solicitud de mi viaje a Cuba tuvo un carácter humanitario en el marco de la letra y el espíritu de la figura jurídica de libertad supervisada. No se trató ni de un favor ni de una demanda política, sino de una situación prevista por las leyes y cuya solución fue tramitada en el más estricto apego a las mismas.

En el mismo ánimo de respeto a la legalidad que nos ha guiado desde el principio de este proceso era imprescindible que no convirtiéramos mi estancia en la patria en algo que no se ajustara a la naturaleza de tal solicitud. En ello iba nuestra palabra y se ponía en juego el espacio moral que durante estos años hemos conquistado, los Cinco, en esta historia.

De lo anterior se desprende la poca exposición que se dio a la visita, y que puede haber parecido sorprendente para algunos. Estamos seguros de que esta explicación será comprendida por todos los que nos quieren, y que veían en mi estancia la posibilidad de algunas demostraciones públicas de regocijo y alegría.

Las limitaciones que impuso la naturaleza de mi viaje hicieron esto imposible, más allá de lo que se pudo propiciar espontáneamente en algunos lugares en que mi presencia era ineludible por razones de obligado agradecimiento o pasadas vivencias; añadidas las restricciones de tiempo dadas por el encuentro con mi familia y el compartir con mi hermano enfermo; motivo directo de mi viaje.

De mis breves andares por nuestras calles y del contacto espontáneo con parte de nuestro pueblo me traigo recuerdos imborrables, que me sirven de inspiración y me dan fuerzas. De cubanos de todas las procedencias recibí en estos días un cariño fluido, sincero, respetuoso de la condición de mi visita y de la discreción que requería, expresado en todas las maneras posibles.

Sé que a través de cada uno de esos compatriotas me estaba llegando el afecto de los millones que hubieran querido estar al tanto de nuestra estancia. A todos -tanto los que me privilegiaron con su contacto como los que no- les quiero expresar mi profundo agradecimiento ya sea por sus muestras de generoso respeto como por sus expresiones de solidaridad y buenos deseos para con mi hermano.

De regreso al mundo del absurdo me dispongo a seguir en esta larga batalla porque se nos haga justicia. Era imprescindible que mi conducta en Cuba fuera de extrema moderación. Era impensable que no regresara. Me traigo en el corazón las intensas vivencias de estos hermosos catorce días junto a mi pueblo, con el que algún día celebraremos el regreso de los cinco.

Por lo pronto a todos, en nombre de mi familia y en el propio, llegue nuestro más profundo agradecimiento.

Y en nombre de los cinco, les reitero que no les fallaremos y seremos siempre dignos de ustedes.

Un fuerte abrazo.

René González Sehwerert

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

U.S. Senator Bingaman Discusses U.S. relations with Cuba

US diplomacy with Cuba were discussed in a recent Senate meeting.

"It is past time to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and end the embargo," states Bingaman.

According to the Senator, policy with Cuba has been heavily dictated by Cuban Americans while ignoring the example set by other Latin American countries, who openly trade with the communist country.

"We are out of step with our policy with Cuba. People who want to see our government change it's diplomacy with Cuba will (also) see changes in our policy with Cuba", says Bingaman.

Source: The Burque Blotter

Time to include Cuba

Los Angeles Times Editorial

April 17, 2012

Once again, Cuba was absent from the Summit of the Americas. Yet the communist nation might as well have attended the gathering last weekend in Cartagena, Colombia, because it took center stage, despite U.S. efforts to focus on other issues.

Ecuador'spresident refused to attend the summit in protest of Cuba's exclusion. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Brazil'sDilma Rouseff, both moderates rather than left-wingers, said there should be no more Summits of the Americas without Cuba. A leftist bloc of nations that includes Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia and some Caribbean countries said it won't participate again unless Cuba does. And the meeting ended without a final joint declaration because the United States and Canada refused to agree to language specifying that Cuba would be invited to future summits.

The controversy should serve as a wake-up call to the United States: The policy of banning Cuba from the gathering of the hemisphere's leaders for nearly 18 years is backfiring. It hasn't led to regime change any more than the 50-year-old U.S. trade embargo on Cuba has; it hasn't persuaded President Raul Castro or, before him, his brother Fidel to embrace democratic reforms, hold free elections or abandon human rights abuses. Instead, it has fueled frustration among Latin leaders. Today, the United States is the only country in the hemisphere that has not restored diplomatic relations with Havana. Even the Organization of American States, sometimes called an instrument of U.S. foreign policy, cleared the way for Cuba to return to the group in 2009.

The Obama administration has denied that its goal in excluding Cuba is to keep Cuban American voters in Florida happy during a presidential election year. Whatever the reason, the position is not playing well with leaders in the region, who see embargoes and political isolation as anachronistic policies from the Cold War era.

The United States should abandon its push to keep Cuba from attending the Americas summit. Engagement, not isolation, is the best way to encourage change without alienating allies.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Hillary Clinton at the Havana Bar & Lounge in Colombia


Secretary of State Clinton partied at Café Havana, but won’t consider lifting embargo against the REAL Havana

JG: She is a woman who has no self-respect.

Summit of the Americas says NO to the United States & Canada

The Summit of the Americas ended with a total repudiation of Barack Obama's Cuba policies. It also rebuffed the Prime Minister of Canada. Cuba will not accept pressures from their two northern neighbors. The island will not surrender its sovereignty to imperialist powers.

The Latin American and Caribbean nations must continue with the orderly creation of CELAC, where both the U.S. and Canada will be excluded. The OAS is a dead horse.


Division on Cuba ends Summit of Americas @ Canada.com

April 16, 2012

Political leaders from the Western Hemisphere ended their summit Sunday seriously divided over the contentious issue of Cuba, as Canada and the United States blocked an attempt by Latin American nations to bring the communist Caribbean country into their fold.

The weekend summit ended frostily when the leaders of more than 30 countries failed to produce a final declaration about their work.

The reason for that failure was that the leaders were unable to reach a consensus on a key issue - the Latin American countries want Cuba to be invited to the next summit of the Americas in three years, in Panama.

Cuba has not participated in the Organization of American States (OAS) - the backbone of the summits - since the early 1960s but had indicated it was interested in attending this year's gathering at the Colombia seaside resort city of Cartagena.

The following report is from Cubadebate:

Cuba: la ganadora silenciosa de la Cumbre de las Américas

Artículo completo de Reuters por Pablo Garibian

16 Abril 2012


No se alcanzaron acuerdos trascendentes, reinaron las divisiones entre latinoamericanos y estadounidenses y hasta algunos presidentes se fueron dando un portazo, pero quedó una silenciosa ganadora de la Cumbre de las Américas: Cuba.

Por primera vez en la historia, presidentes izquierdistas y conservadores de la región limaron sus asperezas y se plantaron frente a Estados Unidos exigiendo que el Gobierno de la isla sea sumado a las reuniones continentales.

Aunque el reclamo fue vetado por Estados Unidos con apoyo de su vecino Canadá, renovó las presiones sobre Washington y sobre la patrocinadora de la cumbre en Cartagena, la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA).

“(Pasamos) del llamado consenso de Washington, el proyecto neoliberal que se nos quiso imponer, a un naciente consenso sin Washington para la unión de América Latina”, dijo el domingo Nicolás Maduro, canciller de Venezuela, país que es el principal aliado de Cuba en el hemisferio.

La sorpresiva unidad de Latinoamérica -una región dividida durante décadas entre ideologías de izquierda y de derecha- muestra la menguante influencia de Washington.

Estados Unidos se opone a incorporar a Cuba en las Cumbres de las Américas porque asegura que La Habana no muestra avances democráticos y políticos suficientes para reintegrarse a la OEA, de donde fue expulsada en 1962 poco después de que estallara la revolución de Fidel Castro.

Y mantiene un embargo comercial sobre la isla de cinco décadas que algunos dicen que es arcaico.

“Cuba seguramente volverá a tener protagonismo en otro tipo de convocatorias que se van a abrir, mientras que Estados Unidos pasará a sufrir el aislamiento y el señalamiento que ha vivido Cuba”, dijo el analista en asuntos internacionales Vicente Torrijos, de la Universidad El Rosario de Bogotá.

Para una parte de Latinoamérica, la OEA es un sistema de diplomacia dominado por Washington que no ha logrado mantenerse al ritmo de los cambios en la región.

“Me asombró hoy escuchar el discurso de José Miguel Insulza en Cartagena. Pensaba que quien hablaba en nombre de la OEA, se ocuparía al menos de reclamar el respeto a la soberanía de los países de este hemisferio que a lo largo de siglos fueron colonizados”, dijo el ex presidente cubano Fidel Castro, en un comentario publicado en Cuba Debate el domingo por la noche.

“La Cumbre de Cartagena tiene escenas que no serán fáciles de olvidar”, sostuvo.

ADIOS AL PATIO TRASERO

Las críticas contra la OEA llegaron al punto en que 33 países del continente, con la intencional ausencia de Estados Unidos y Canadá, crearon en Caracas a fines del año pasado la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC).

Aunque la idea del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez de reemplazar a la OEA con el nuevo organismo es bastante ambiciosa, al menos la CELAC le restará algo de influencia a la organización con sede en Washington.

“Parece que Estados Unidos todavía quiere aislarnos del mundo, piensa que va a seguir manipulando a Latinoamérica, (pero) eso va terminando”, dijo el presidente boliviano, Evo Morales, en una entrevista con la cadena de televisión Telesur.

“Yo siento que es una rebelión de países de América Latina frente a Estados Unidos”, agregó.

Hasta hace dos décadas, Washington lideraba el continente y la mayoría de las economías latinoamericanas estaban alineadas a las políticas de su mayor socio comercial.

Pero la indiferencia de Estados Unidos en los últimos años, combinado con una mayor solidez de las economías de la región y el creciente peso comercial de China -ya es el principal socio comercial de Brasil y de otros vecinos- instalaron el sentimiento de que Washington ya no es indispensable.

“Hay un mundo que se nos abre a la región muy interesante, con muchas posibilidades y que por lo tanto hoy nuestro destino no está atado de ninguna forma a una decisión norteamericana”, dijo en una reciente entrevista con Reuters Diego Guelar, ex embajador argentino en Washington.

“Nosotros fuimos el patio trasero, hoy la realidad no es así”, agregó.

Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua y Venezuela resolvieron no participar en las próximas Cumbres de las Américas en las que Cuba no sea invitada.

“Al final de cuentas no es ningún favor que se le estaría haciendo a Cuba, sino un derecho arrebatado que se le estaría reconociendo a Cuba”, sostuvo el presidente de Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, que estuvo ausente en Cartagena en apoyo a la isla.

(Con información de Reuters)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

We will have to waint until monday to see Barack Obama wearing a guayabera

Va a lucir como un fósforo apagado!

Boston:com: The Stubborness of Barack Obama

By Frank Bajak and Vivian Sequera

Associated Press / April 14, 2012

Boston.com

CARTAGENA, Colombia —
A summit of 33 Western Hemisphere leaders opens Saturday with the United States and Canada standing firm, but alone, against everyone else's insistence that Cuba join future summits.

U.S. President Barack Obama has been clinging stubbornly to a rejection of Cuban participation in the summits, which everyone but his northern neighbor deems unjust.

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JG: He will be a one term President, just like his predecessor, the Peanut Farmer.

Friday, April 13, 2012

An elevator for a Motor Home that Mitt Romney would be proud of!

As Barack Obama Becomes More & More Capitalist and Less & Less Progressive, His Income Tax Payments Are SHRINKING!

The president and first lady reported a joint adjusted gross income of $789,674 last year and paid $162,074 in total federal taxes, or about 20.5%.

He is getting very close to the tax rate that Mitt Romney pays.

My son pays higher taxes than Barack Obama. He works for a living!

Leon Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution


“During the first two months of 1917 Russia was still a Romanov monarchy. Eight months later the Bolsheviks stood at the helm. They were little known to anybody when the year began, and their leaders were still under indictment for state treason when they came to power. You will not find another such sharp turn in history especially if you remember that it involves a nation of 150 million people. It is clear that the events of 1917, whatever you think of them, deserve study.”
--Leon Trotsky, from History of the Russian Revolution

Regarded by many as among the most powerful works of history ever written, this book offers an unparalleled account of one of the most pivotal and hotly debated events in world history. This book reveals, from the perspective of one of its central actors, the Russian Revolution’s profoundly democratic, emancipatory character.

Originally published in three parts, Trotsky’s masterpiece is collected here in a single volume. It serves as the most vital and inspiring record of the Russian Revolution to date.

About the author

Leon Trotsky was a key leader of the Russian Revolution. Forced into exile in 1928, Trotsky devoted the rest of his life to fighting the degeneration of the revolution and rise of a new dictatorial regime. Vilified and isolated, he fought an uncompromising battle with the Stalinist bureaucracy, defending the revolutionary and internationalist principles upon which the revolution was based. In 1940, he was murdered by an agent of the Stalinist regime.

Reviews


“[T]he greatest history of an event that I know.”
--C. L. R. James

“In Trotsky all passions were aroused, but his thought remained calm and his vision clear.... His involvement in the struggle, far from blurring his sight, sharpens it.... The History is his crowning work, both in scale and power and as the fullest expression of his ideas on revolution. As an account of a revolution, given by one of its chief actors, it stands unique in world literature.”
--Isaac Deutscher

“[I]t’s hard to keep potent historical truths bottled up forever. New data repositories are uncovered. New, less ideological, generations of historians grow up. In the late 1980s and before, Ann Druyan and I would routinely smuggle copies of Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution into the USSR—so our colleagues could know a little about their own political beginnings.”
--Carl Sagan

Available at Haymarket Books

If You Like Cookies and Tin, Here Is a Beutiful One

Calderon Says Cuba, Mexico Friends Again


By Jeff Franks

HAVANA | Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:56pm EDT

(Reuters) - Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared Mexico and Cuba friends again on Thursday at the end of a visit that included talks with Cuban leader Raul Castro to patch up strained relations between the two countries.

Calderon, speaking to reporters as he prepared to leave Havana for Haiti, said the problems of the past had been replaced by a new cordiality, affirmed by the signing of accords to increase cooperation in areas such as oil and healthcare.

He also condemned the 50-year-long U.S. trade embargo against Cuba.

"Through this official visit, Cuba and Mexico have begun a renewed stage of our relationship," Calderon said at the Havana airport.

"They have been two extraordinary days for Cuba and for Mexico in that their mutual affection has been found again."

Calderon met with President Raul Castro on Wednesday and had what he described as "a frank, open dialogue befitting the leaders of two sister countries."

Both agreed it was time to restore their long friendship even if, as Calderon said on Wednesday, they did not agree on all matters.

"The friendship of Mexicans and Cubans is something that will last forever, beyond any situation," Calderon said. It was not known if he met with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who is Raul Castro's older brother and was succeeded by him in 2008.

Mexico once prided itself on having warm relations with Cuba despite the hostility of the United States, its superpower neighbor, toward the island's communist government.

But when conservative Vicente Fox was elected Mexico's president in 2000, he took a less sympathetic line toward Cuba which led to a series of spats with Fidel Castro.

They clashed over human rights, and in 2002 Fox told the revolutionary leader that he could attend a Mexican-hosted diplomatic summit, but had to leave before then-U.S. President George W. Bush arrived.

'VILE TRAITOR'

Fidel Castro recorded the conversation, then made it public in an embarrassing episode for Fox.

Fidel Castro, who is 85 but has a long memory, called Fox a "vile traitor" for the incident in a 2009 column published in Cuba's state-run media.

That same year, Calderon, who succeeded Fox in 2006, angrily cancel led an official visit to Cuba after the island government suspended flights between the two countries at the height of a health scare over swine flu.

Now, said Calderon, both he and Raul Castro had "agreed to increase trade and investment," as well cooperation in health, education, culture and sports.

Trade between the two countries total led $373 million in 2011, the Mexican government said.

Among the accords signed was a non-binding letter of intent for state oil company Pemex to look into "the possibility of participating and investing in the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons" in Cuba's part of the Gulf of Mexico contiguous to Mexican waters, Calderon said.

The non-binding nature of the letter of intent means there is no guarantee Pemex will proceed with the evaluation.

"Pemex does not have the capital and/or technology for their own development so I do not see how they would do it in Cuba," said Cuba oil expert Jorge Pinon at the University of Texas.

"If they do it, it would be totally political."

A consortium led by Spanish oil company Repsol YPF is drilling the first of what could be a series of wells in Cuba's part of the Gulf of Mexico, where Cuba says it may have 20 billion barrels of oil.

The U.S. Geological Survey has estimated a more modest 5 billion barrels.

According to Mexican press reports, the two governments were to discuss Cuba's debt of more than $400 million to Mexico, but Calderon did not mention it.

He condemned the U.S. trade embargo and praised Cuba for its role in forming CELAC, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, a hemispheric organization created in 2010 that Cuba and its socialist ally Venezuela have promoted as an alternative to the U.S.-dominated Organization of American States.

Calderon flew to Haiti from Havana and was to go to Cartagena, Colombia, for the Summit of the Americas, which the OAS has helped organize.

Cuba, which is a former member of the OAS, was not invited to the hemispheric summit despite a strong push by several left-leaning Latin American countries, led by Ecuador, to have it invited. The United States, which will be represented by President Barack Obama at the event, strongly opposed inviting Cuba.

(Additional reporting by Rosa Tania Valdes and Nelson Acosta; editing by David Adams and Mohammad Zargham)

Lets Sing a Song for the Honor and Glory of Cuba

Troubadours sing to and for Cuba in Santiago

Ozzie Guillen Is a Man of Unquestionable Courage


To live in the most fascist city, and cesspool of the United States, and to say "I love Fidel Castro," adding "You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that motherfucker is still there." you have to have big cojones.

Many non-Cuban Latinos share Guillen's positive view of Castro

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Photo that Barack Obama and his Miami Fascists @ Babalu Blog Don't Want You to See

Batista's soldiers executing a rebel by firing squad in 1956.

Source: Wikepedia

It has been reported on the Internet, that General Fulgencio Batista, was admitted as an honorary and secret member of the Democratic Party of the United States.

Where did Barack Obama learn to do extra-judicial executions? From the General!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Barack Obama

Jorge R. Gonzalez ‏ @PolkCubiche @Twitter

Barack #Obama has been a disaster as POTUS! The voters will fire him in November 6, 2012. LIFT THE #CUBA #EMBARGO, YOU DUMMY!

1:19 PM - 11 Apr 12

Ozzie Guillen is Very Lucky that The Miami Terrorists Did Not Put a Bomb in His Car

Salon.com

Guillen’s pro-Castro candor

The Miami Marlins' manager is lucky to get a suspension. Not so long ago, he might have received a car bomb.

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 6:30 PM EDT

By Jefferson Morley


There’s not much reason to doubt that baseball manager Ozzie Guillen admires Fidel Castro. He said so five years ago in an interview with Men’s Journal. When asked to name the toughest man he knew, Guillen replied, “Fidel Castro. He’s a bull—- dictator and everybody’s against him, and he still survives, has power. Still has a country behind him. Everywhere he goes, they roll out the red carpet. I don’t admire his philosophy; I admire him.’’

No one cared about that macho thought because Guillen was skipper of the Chicago White Sox at the time. As the newly hired manager of the Miami Marlins, Guillen repeated the notion to Time last week–”I respect Fidel Castro,” he said. “You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that [expletive] is still there”–and he found himself on the brink of unemployment.

As Miami’s Cuban-American talk radio hosts whipped up a storm of protest, the Marlins denounced Guillen and suspended him for five games. On Tuesday the chastened manager repudiated his statements, said Castro was a bad man, and apologized “on my knees.” With Guillen’s job hanging in the balance, most sportswriters attributed the controversy to his big mouth: He is known for insulting gays and admitting he likes to get drunk often.

But Guillen’s real problem is Cuban Miami, where enforcing the anti-Castro party line is a more popular pastime than baseball, not the least because the Marlins owners arranged to stick the city’s taxpayers with the bill for their new $640 million ballpark in Little Havana while depriving local residents of legal parking spaces. The combination of Guillen’s candor, Miami politics, and the Marlins’ arrogance is what has brought the Cooperstown-bound skipper to the brink of being fired.

The city has never shown much tolerance for people who say nice things about Castro. In 2000, Jim Mullin, editor of the city’s alternative weekly New Times, compiled a chronology of violent intolerance that has few parallels in modern America. In 1975 a Cuban American man was murdered after advocating closer relations with Castro’s Cuba. In 1978, an anti-Castro talk radio host had his legs blown off by a car bomb because he dared criticize his fellow exiles for resorting to violence. In 1983, the Little Havana branch of a Miami bank was bombed because one of its executives had negotiated with the Castro government for the release of 3,600 political prisoners. In 1998, a bomb threat emptied a concert hall during a performance by Compay Segundo, a 91-year-old musician made famous by the movie “The Buena Vista Social Club.” All told, Mullin found more than 40 instances of bomb threats and explosions directed at people who had somehow offended the anti-Castro orthodoxy.

A 1994 Human Rights Watch report on the sorry state of free speech in Miami concluded, the city is “dominated by fiercely anti-Communist forces who are strongly opposed to contrary viewpoints.” The HRW reports linked these forces to “acts of repression ranging from shunning to violence.” The reports found “significant responsibility” by the government at all levels, including “direct harassment by the government and government support of groups linked to anti-free speech behavior.”

That tradition continued this week when two local politicians injected themselves into the controversy by calling for Guillen’s firing. The call was echoed by a vigilante group known as Vigilia Mambisa, which describes itself as “a hard-line, right wing, Anti-Castro, Anti-Communist group of dedicated Cuban-American demonstrators … known for their rapid response to calls for protest aired on Miami Spanish-language stations.” The group is calling for a boycott of the Marlins until Guillen is fired.

The problem is Miamians are already boycotting the Marlins. The team ranked 28th out of 30 major league teams in attendance last year. Dario Moreno, a professor of political science at Florida International University, said, “I don’t think this is a free speech issue. There’s a lot more tolerance than there was 30 years ago.” Moreno noted that south Florida’s three Cuban-American congressional representatives and the state’s Cuban-American senator have not called for Guillen to be fired.

“This has more to do with the Marlins and a community that invested large sums of money in their stadium over the objections of lots of people,” Moreno said. “The promise was that they would bring the community together and give us something to be proud of. It’s not working out very well.”

Moreno says he thinks Guillen may be able to keep his job if the Marlins muzzle Guillen (good luck with that) and reach out to the community. “The baseball fans are willing to let this one go by if he just promises to not talk politics,” Moreno said.

“As a Christian, I accept his apology,” said Alberto Muller, a former newspaper columnist who spent 15 years in a Cuban prison. “But in Miami, not everybody is a Christian.” Muller thinks Guillen will be fired.

A Miami Herald online reader survey found 57 percent of 2,500-plus respondents saying Guillen’s five-game suspension was sufficient punishment. If Guillen only loses his job for expressing admiration for Fidel’s toughness, it will be a sign of civic progress. Not long ago, he might have lost his legs or his life.

Abril 11, 1895: José Martí y Máximo Gómez Desembarcan por La Playita de Cajobabo

Dicha grande

Recuerdan desembarco de José Martí y Máximo Gómez por La Playita de Cajobabo, el 11 de abril de 1895

Armando Hart Dávalos
digital@juventudrebelde.cu
10 de Abril del 2012 22:12:41 CDT


En la noche del 11 de abril de 1895, envueltos en la oscuridad, con el mar tormentoso y bajo lluvia gruesa, en un bote con el timón perdido se aproximan a la tierra cubana José Martí y Máximo Gómez, junto a otros cuatro patriotas. Como un alivio, en medio de tanta adversidad, una luna roja ilumina el momento del desembarco en una pequeña playa pedregosa en la costa sudoriental, que Martí nombra en su diario como La Playita, al pie de Cajobabo. En ese mismo diario define emocionado ese primer contacto con la tierra cubana con la frase «Dicha grande».

Se inicia un recorrido por el territorio de su amada Cuba que duraría 38 días hasta su caída en combate en Dos Ríos y que hoy recordamos, en el aniversario 117 de aquel desembarco, con respeto y admiración, como parte de la memoria sagrada de la patria.

Al desembarcar en Cuba, Martí estaba consciente que debía enseñar con el ejemplo y sin ser un guerrero asumió el reto de venir a encabezar, junto con Gómez y Maceo, la guerra de independencia que había organizado y convocado. Ese sentido ético es la razón más profunda para venir a Cuba y poner su propia vida en la balanza del peligro: «El hombre de actos —había dicho él— solo respeta al hombre de actos (…) ¡La razón, si quiere guiar, tiene que entrar en la caballería! y morir, para que la respeten los que saben morir».1 Estaba consciente de que ese era el único modo de ejercer con sus ideas una influencia mayor para el presente y futuro.

Como he señalado antes, el valor de su decisión heroica está en que ella constituía una exigencia de la tarea política y revolucionaria que se había planteado. Guiado siempre por principios éticos, sabía que era necesario predicar con el ejemplo incluso a riesgo de su propia vida.

Se ha convertido en una necesidad para la cabal comprensión de los procesos en marcha hoy en Estados Unidos profundizar en el pensamiento martiano, que nos ofrece una visión precisa de la época que le tocó vivir y de la historia de aquel país a fines del siglo XIX, sus costumbres, su acelerado desarrollo económico, los procesos electorales inescrupulosos y corruptos, las carencias en su vida espiritual junto a la más nítida y fascinante descripción de las ideas que se gestaban en esa nación en la antesala de su estreno como potencia imperialista, precisamente con su irrupción en la guerra que libraban los cubanos contra España para despojar a esta de los restos de lo que fuera su imperio colonial en América y en Asia.

Impresiona comprobar lo acertado de sus previsiones, veedor profundo, de una intuición y capacidad de análisis y de proyección de futuro realmente sorprendentes.

Hoy es más necesario que nunca antes promover los valores humanistas presentes en el pensamiento de nuestro Héroe Nacional y en la cultura cubana como escudo eficaz para defender nuestra unidad y nuestras conquistas y rechazar las campañas injerencistas y distorsionadoras de nuestra realidad, que en Europa y Estados Unidos se fraguan para aislar y destruir la Revolución.

Estamos conscientes de la importancia decisiva de esta batalla que libramos no solo por Cuba y su pueblo bloqueado y agredido, sino también por todos los que aspiran a un mundo de paz, igualdad y justicia con alcance verdaderamente universal.

Han transcurrido 117 años de aquel acontecimiento y hoy el legado ético, político y filosófico de José Martí se ha convertido en un referente indispensable para encontrar los caminos prácticos que nos permitan salvar a la humanidad y a la naturaleza de una debacle de proporciones incalculables.

Por eso, podemos afirmar que Martí sigue vivo y actuante entre nosotros y que, al igual que la Generación del Centenario ayer, que no lo dejó morir a los cien años de su natalicio, cuando Fidel Castro lo proclamó como el autor intelectual de la Revolución Cubana, estamos llamados a preservar su rico legado para las generaciones presentes y venideras y a promover desde la familia, la escuela, y los medios de comunicación masiva, sus ideas patrióticas y antiimperialistas y a darles continuidad a sus enseñanzas éticas y políticas en el relevo más joven.

1 José Martí: “Discurso en conmemoración del 10 de Octubre de 1868”, Nueva York, 10 de octubre de 1890, en Obras completas, t.4, Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, La Habana, 1991, p. 252.

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Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the Left Front has emerged as the leading presidential candidate on the left of the French political establishment

By Alex Lantier in Paris

10 April 2012


Polls show him receiving roughly 13.5 percent of the vote, up from 6 percent in December. After organizing his March 18 “seize the Bastille” rally in Paris, he is holding a series of rallies across France.

News outlets carry continuous coverage of Mélenchon and his key social demands: a 20 percent increase in the minimum wage to €1,700 (US$2,230) a month, a 100 percent tax on income over €360,000 (US$472,000) per year, and the nationalization of banks and energy firms. He has called Washington the top international threat to the world and repeatedly denounced bankers.

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Giant Billboard for the Cuban Five Is Raised in the Heart of Miami


10 Abril 2012

La semana pasada dijimos que estábamos trabajando en un plan secreto que sería una sorpresa para todos. Pues ya la sorpresa es noticia. Se trata de una valla anunciadora de Radio-Miami y la Alianza Martiana, en la que se reclama la libertad de los Cinco cubanos anti-terroristas injustamente presos en cárceles norteamericanas.

La valla está situada en la primera calle del South West de Miami y la 17 avenida, en el mismo corazón de la Pequeña Habana. El texto es en inglés e invita al pueblo miamense a conectarse con la dirección electrónica radio-miami.org a ver el video Freedom, donde el Presidente del Parlamento Cubano Ricardo Alarcón expone en idioma inglés el caso de los Cinco.

Hasta ahora, sin novedad en el frente. Veremos que pasa mañana con los Iracundos de Miami y la libertad de expresión.

Cubadebate

11 De Abril 2002 Huyen Los GOLPISTAS de Miraflores

More Bad Deeds by the United States and Israel

“Last year, ... the U.N. Committee on Disarmament and International Security adopted a resolution that called for stronger measures to prevent the militarization of space, and another that reaffirmed the 1925 Geneva Protocol against the use of poisonous gases and bacteriological warfare. Both resolution passed unanimously, with two abstentions: the United States and Israel. In practice, U.S. abstentions amounts to a veto.”

Noam Chomsky
HEGEMONY OR SURVIVAL:
America's Quest for Global Dominance
Metropolitan Books,
Harry Holt and Company, New York, 2003


About Noam Chomsky:

“Judged in terms of the power, range, novelty, and influence of his thought, Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive.”
-- THE NEW YORK TIMES

“For anyone wanting to find out more about the world we live in... there is on simple answer: read Noam Chomsky.”
--THE NEW STATESMAN. “12 Great Thinkers of Our Time.”

“Chomsky's 9-11 was practically the only counter-narrative out there at a time when questions tended to be drowned out by a chorus, led by the entire United States Congress, of “God Bless America.” ... It is possible that, if the U.S. goes the way of nineteenth-century Great Britain, Chomsky's interpretation will be the standard among historians a hundred years from now.
--THE NEW YOURKER

“Reading Chomsky is like standing in a wind tunnel. With relentless logic, he bids us to listen closely to what our leaders tell us—and to discern what they are leaving out. ... Agree with him or not, we lose out by not listening.”
--BUSINESS WEEK

“For nearly thirty years now, Noam Chomsky has parsed the main proposition of American power—what they do is agression, what we do upholds freedom—with encyclopedic attention to detail and an unflagging sense of outrage.”
--THE UTNE READER

“Chomsky ... is a major scholarly resource. Not to have read [him] is to court genuine ignorance.
--THE NATION

Monday, April 09, 2012

Yoenis Cespedes - 2009 World Baseball Classic

This baseball card is currently selling at eBay for
$42.99 US Dollars.

Jose Dariel Abreu Is Chasing the Record of Alfredo Despaigne

Photo is courtesy of BaseballdeCuba.com

Despaigne has 35 home-runs, Abreu has 32.


Could Abreu win the Triple Crown? He is leading Despaigne in Average (.386 vs .340). But he is behind in RBI's. He has only 92.

Despaigne is leading in Home Runs (35) and RBI's (100). Alfredo is Cuba's new 100/30 Club member.

They are Cuba's best two baseball players right now, so anything can happen. It is going to be fun watching them compete in April.

Armed neo-Nazis patrol the streets of Sanford, Florida, looking for race riots

The Raw Story

By Muriel Kane

Friday, April 6, 2012 19:14 EDT


Heavily armed neo-Nazis are said to be patrolling the streets of Sanford, Florida to protect “white citizens in the area” in case of race riots.

According to a blog at the Miami New Times, the patrols were initiated by Jeff Schoep of the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement in response to the shooting of African-American teen Trayvon Martin by self-appointed neighborhood vigilante George Zimmerman.

“We are not advocating any type of violence or attacks on anybody,” Schoep insists, “but we are prepared for it. We are not the type of white people who are going to be walked all over.”

“Because nothing diffuses racial tension,” blogger Michael Miller comments wryly, “like gun-toting racial separatists patrolling an already on-edge commnity.”

Schoep is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremist hate groups, as “a neo-Nazi true believer since age 10 who has managed, largely by luck, to end up heading one of the largest explicitly Hitlerite groups in America. Schoep’s group is known for the crudeness of its propaganda, the violence it works hard to provoke, and the faux SS outfits that have caused many other neo-Nazis to deride NSM members as ‘Hollywood Nazis.’”

Schoep’s group is best known for the rally it staged against “black crime” in an inner-city neighborhood of Toledo, Ohio in 2005. NSM members had to be rescued from an angry crowd by the police, and the day ended with some local residents attacking police and 100 being arrested. The NSM considered this outcome a great success.

Schoep asserts that he and the Florida residents he has recruited are acting “totally within the law” and that their patrols “wouldn’t intimidate anybody” and are simply meant as a “show of solidarity with the white community down there.”

He says he decided to launch the Sanford patrols following an offer by the New Black Panther Party to pay a $10,000 bounty for a citizen’s arrest of Zimmerman, which he took as proof that “the possibility of further racial violence… is brimming over like a powder keg ready to explode into the streets.”

“We are a white civil rights organization,” Schoep said of the National Socialist Movement, describing himself as a while equivalent of Reverend Al Sharpton. He added that he wasn’t even taking sides on the shooting because Zimmerman is “half Hispanic or Cuban or something. He certainly doesn’t look white to me.”

Los Cocodrilos de Matanzas are the first Cuban Baseball team to qualify this year for the 51st National Series Playoffs


Los Cocodrilos de Matanzas se convirtieron en el primer equipo que consigue su pase a las rondas finales de la 51 Serie Nacional y, al mismo tiempo, implantaron un récord de victorias para un conjunto con ese nombre, al conseguir ayer su éxito número 50 a costa de los Sabuesos de Holguín.

Los yumurinos, con el mejor average de la justa, 595, ya resultan inalcanzables para el ocupante del quinto lugar de la zona occidental, Pinar del Río, al cual solo le restan por efectuar ocho desafíos. En el supuesto caso de un empate, matanceros y vueltabajeros igualaron a tres triunfos en su serie particular, pero los primeros tienen seis carreras de ventaja. En la pasada Serie, Matanzas finalizó con balance de 34 triunfos y 55 fracasos, en el puesto número 14.


Source: Granma

Estadio Latinoamericano en La Habana

Photo: CocoBeisbol

Fidel Castro: Canadians were always respectful of our country

JG: The same can not be said of the Yankee imperialists. Starting with Dwight D. Eisenhower and ending with Barack H. Obama, they all thought that they owned Cuba.

IN YOUR DREAMS! YOU FOOLS!


Reflexiones de Fidel @ CubaDebate

Las ilusiones de Stephen Harper

8 Abril 2012 20


Creo, sin ánimo de ofender a nadie, que así se llama el Primer Ministro de Canadá. Lo deduzco de una declaración publicada el “Miércoles Santo” por un vocero del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de ese país. Son casi 200 los Estados, supuestamente independientes, que integran la Organización de Naciones Unidas. Constantemente cambian o los cambian. Muchos son personas honorables y amigos de Cuba, pero no es posible recordar los detalles de cada uno de ellos.

En la segunda mitad del siglo XX tuve el privilegio de vivir años de intenso aprendizaje, y apreciar que los canadienses, ubicados en el extremo norte de este hemisferio, fueron siempre respetuosos de nuestro país. Invertían en esferas de su interés y comerciaban con Cuba, pero no intervenían en los asuntos internos de nuestro Estado.

El proceso revolucionario iniciado el 1º de Enero de 1959 no implicó medidas que afectaran sus intereses, los cuales fueron tomados en cuenta por la Revolución en el mantenimiento de relaciones normales y constructivas con las autoridades de aquel país donde se llevaba a cabo un intenso esfuerzo por su propio desarrollo. No fueron, por tanto, cómplices del bloqueo económico, la guerra, y la invasión mercenaria que Estados Unidos aplicó contra Cuba.

En mayo de 1948, año en que se creó la OEA, institución de bochornosa historia que dio al traste con lo poco que ya quedaba del sueño de los libertadores de América, Canadá estaba lejos de pertenecer a la misma. Ese status se mantuvo durante más de 40 años, hasta 1990. Algunos de sus líderes nos visitaron. Uno de ellos fue Pierre Elliott Trudeau, brillante y valiente político, muerto prematuramente, a cuyo sepelio asistimos en nombre de Cuba.

Se supone que la OEA sea una organización regional integrada por los Estados soberanos de este hemisferio. Tal afirmación, como otras muchas de consumo diario, encierra un gran número de mentiras. Lo menos que podemos hacer es estar conscientes de las mismas, si se preserva el espíritu de lucha y la esperanza de un mundo más digno.

Se supone que la OEA sea una organización panamericana. Un país cualquiera de Europa, África, Asia o de Oceanía, no podría pertenecer a la OEA por poseer una colonia, como Francia en Guadalupe; o los Países Bajos, en Curazao. Pero el colonialismo británico no podía definir el status de Canadá, y explicar si era una colonia, una república, o un reino.

El Jefe de Estado en Canadá es la Reina de Inglaterra Isabel II, aunque esta deposite sus facultades en un Gobernador General designado por ella. De ese modo cabe preguntar si el Reino Unido es también parte de la OEA.

A su vez, el honorable Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Canadá no se atreve a decir si apoya o no a la Argentina en el espinoso tema de las Malvinas. Expresa solo beatíficos deseos de que reine la paz entre los dos países, pero allí Gran Bretaña posee la mayor base militar fuera de su territorio que viola la soberanía Argentina, no se excusó por haber hundido el Belgrano que estaba fuera de las aguas jurisdiccionales establecidas por ellos mismos y provocó el sacrificio inútil de cientos de jóvenes que cumplían su servicio militar. Hay que preguntarle a Obama y a Harper qué posición van a adoptar frente al justísimo reclamo de que se reintegre la soberanía de Argentina sobre las islas, y se deje de privarla de los recursos energéticos y pesqueros que tanto necesita para el desarrollo del país.

Me asombré realmente cuando profundicé en los datos de las actividades de las transnacionales canadienses en América Latina. Conocía el daño que los yanquis le imponían al pueblo de Canadá. Obligaban al país a buscar el petróleo extrayéndolo de grandes extensiones de arena impregnadas de ese líquido, ocasionando un daño irreparable al medio ambiente de ese hermoso y extenso país.

El daño increíble era el que las empresas canadienses especializadas en búsqueda de oro, metales preciosos y material radioactivo ocasionaban a millones de personas.

En un artículo publicado en el sitio web Alainet hace una semana, suscrito por una ingeniera en Calidad Ambiental,que nos introduce más detalladamente en la materia que incontables veces se ha mencionado como uno de los principales azotes que golpea a millones de personas.

“Las empresas mineras, el 60% de las cuales son de capital canadiense, trabajan bajo la lógica de aprovechamiento máximo, a bajo costo y corto tiempo, condiciones que son aún más ventajosas sí, en el sitio donde se instalan, se pagan mínimos ingresos tributarios y existen muy pocos compromisos ambientales y sociales…”

“Las leyes de minería de nuestros países [...] no incluyen obligaciones y metodologías para el control de impactos ambientales y sociales.”

“…los ingresos tributarios que las empresas mineras pagan a los países de la región son en promedio no más del 1.5% de los ingresos obtenidos.”

“La lucha social en contra de la minería, especialmente la metálica, ha venido creciendo a medida que generaciones enteras han visualizado los impactos ambientales y sociales…”

“Guatemala tiene una fuerza de resistencia ante los proyectos mineros que es admirable, gracias a la apropiación que tienen los pueblos indígenas del valor de sus territorios y sus recursos naturales como herencias ancestrales invaluables. Sin embargo, en los últimos 10 años, las consecuencias de esa lucha se han visualizado en el asesinato de 120 activistas y defensores de los Derechos Humanos.”

En el mismo artículo se va señalando lo que ocurre en El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua y Costa Rica, con cifras que obligan a pensar profundamente en gravedad y el rigor del saqueo despiadado que se va cometiendo contra los recursos naturales de nuestros países e hipotecando el futuro de los latinoamericanos.

La presencia de Dilma Rousseff, de regreso a su país, con escala en Washington, servirá para que Obama se persuada de que aunque algunos se refocilan pronunciando melosos discursos, Latinoamérica está lejos de ser un coro de países demandando limosnas.

Las guayaberas que usará Obama en Cartagena es uno de los grandes temas de las agencias noticiosas: “Edgar Gómez [...] ha diseñado una para el presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, que la exhibirá durante la Cumbre de las Américas”, nos cuenta la hija del diseñador, y añade: “Se trata de una guayabera blanca, sobria y con un trabajo manual más notorio de lo habitual…”.

De inmediato la agencia de noticia agrega: “Esta camisa caribeña tiene su origen en las orillas del río Yayabo, en Cuba, por eso inicialmente se llamaban yayaberas…”.

Lo curioso, amables lectores, es que Cuba está prohibida en esa reunión; pero las guayaberas, no. ¿Quién puede aguantar la risa? Hay que correr para avisarle a Harper.

Fidel Castro Ruz

Abril 8 de 2012


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JG: No one can deny that Fidel is NUMERO UNO when it comes to history. I did not know that the 'guayabera' was originally called a yayabera, because it originated on the shores of the Yayabo river, in Cuba.

Again, Fidel is 100% correct, when he says that the fact that Guayaberas will be able to attend the Summmit of the Americas, but not Cuba, is something that is, in itself, laughable.

The "progressive" fools of the Democratic Party in the U.S., when Obama farts, they applaud him! And if you dare to oppose Mr. Big Ears, they will accuse you of being racist.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Former hard-line exiles return to Cuba to talk

Washington Post

By William Booth, Updated: Friday, April 6, 9:53 AM

HAVANA —
The setting was historic. The looming 18th-century Seminary of San Carlos in Old Havana. The attendance remarkable. A hall packed with professors, dissidents, clergy, bloggers, leftists, diplomats. The subject matter once unthinkable.

Just after Pope Benedict XVI left Cuba last week, the Catholic Church hosted a talk by Miami millionaire Carlos Saladrigas, who politely but directly said here in a public forum that socialism — the bedrock of the revolution — wasn’t working anymore on the communist-run island.

After his first visit to Mexico, Pope Benedict stopped in Cuba, formerly an officially atheist country.

“To be honest,” Saladrigas said later, “who could have thought such a meeting possible? Not me. Never.”

But the meeting was clearly a sign that there is cautious but visible change on the island.

Saladrigas, a Cuban exile entrepreneur and former hard-liner who has flourished in Miami, said that “big changes in the next few years” were inevitable, and he advised young Cubans to stay put. Although Saladrigas said that Cuba’s state-run economy needed to be opened to free enterprise, the 63-year-old investor also blamed the U.S. government and the anti-Castro Cuban exiles and their politicians in South Florida for perpetuating a standoff that has hurt Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits.

“Change is not easy, I know this personally,” he said.

“This was an event of tremendous importance, the first time that a prominent Cuban from aboard could express these thoughts in a large forum,” said Oscar Espinosa Chepe, an independent Cuban economist who attended the meeting. He remarked that Saladrigas and the dozen people who stood at the microphone criticized both the Cuban and U.S. governments — and even offered a few solutions — in voices respectful and calm.

There were tough questions, too, directed at Saladrigas. Participants asked how the Miami exiles could really help Cuba while still supporting the 50-year-old embargo. The questioners wanted to know how U.S.-style capitalism could replace Cuban socialism, without turning workers into wage slaves and leaving the most vulnerable at the mercy of the markets.

In the past three years, President Raul Castro has begun to open the Cuban economy to its citizens. The government now allows small businesses — like car washers, shoe cobblers, pizza makers — to operate, even hire employees, though it restricts the size and ambition of the enterprise.

The streets these days are filled with legal bazaars (and some blackmarketeering) as fledging entrepreneurs dip their toes into the capitalist stream. Some neighborhoods in Havana look like a perpetual garage sale.

The for-profit produce stalls are piled high with fresh fruits and vegetables; the government bodegas that issue staples like rice, beans and oil still serve as a valuable safety net in a country where the average monthly wage is $25, though they feel less vital and look empty.

The state is trying in fits and starts to trim its unproductive workforce. It is beginning to shutter state-run cafeterias and has even floated the idea of ending ration cards. Fallow lands have been offered to free-enterprise farmers, though they complain they can’t get access to tractors or fertilizers. Citizens can now buy and sell their cars — just not new cars — and their homes, too.

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JG: The Miami comecandelas are beginning to realize that they haven't accomplished ANYTHING since January First, 1959.

Bambinazo #34: HE BROKE THE BAT!

Photo: Ismael Francisco

Alfredo Despaigne, when he became Cuba's new Home Run King, broke the bat. He hit it that hard. And then on the eighth inning he improved that record with home run #35.

May he have many more!

Raúl Castro’s Keynote Address to the Young Communist League

Compañeras, compañeros, delegates and guests,

It has been a good Congress, which actually began last October with the open meetings attended by hundreds of thousands of young people and continued with the evaluation meetings conducted by organizations from the rank and file as well as the municipal and provincial committees where the agreements were shaped that would be adopted in these final sessions.

If there is one thing we’ve had plenty of during the little over five years that have passed since Fidel made the closing speech at the Eighth Young Communist League (YCL) Congress, on December 5, 2004, it’s been work and challenges.

This Congress has been held in the midst of one of the most vicious and concerted media campaigns launched against the Cuban Revolution in its fifty years of existence, an issue to which I will necessarily refer later on.

Although I was unable to attend the meetings held prior to the Congress, I have been informed of the essentials of every one of them. I am aware that there has been little talk about achievements in order to focus on problems, looking internally and without spending more time than necessary on the analysis of external factors. It’s a style that ought to permanently characterize the work of the YCL in contrast to those who tend to look for the mote in their neighbor’s eye instead of expending such an effort on their own tasks.

It has been rewarding to listen to many young people directly linked to productive activities proudly and simply explaining the work they’re doing, barely mentioning the material difficulties and bureaucratic obstacles that affect them.

Many of the shortcomings analyzed are not new; they have accompanied the organization for quite some time. The previous congresses adopted corresponding agreements and yet they’ve been reiterated to a greater or lesser degree, which proves the lack of a systematic and thorough control of their completion.

In this sense, it is fair and necessary to repeat something reiterated by comrades Machado and Lazo, who chaired many of the assemblies: the Party feels equally responsible for every flaw in the work of the YCL, most especially for the problems concerning the policy with cadres.

We cannot permit that, once again, approved documents become dead letters or shelved like memoirs. They should be a guide for the everyday work of the National Bureau and for every member of the organization. You have already agreed on the basics, now you should act on them.

Some are very critical about the youth of today while forgetting that once they themselves were young. It would be naïve to pretend that new generations are the same as those of the past. A wise proverb says: A man resembles his own time more than that of his parents.

Cuban youth have always been willing to meet challenges. They have proven it in the recovery from damages caused by hurricanes, confronting the enemy’s provocations and defense-related tasks; I might mention many more examples.

The average age of Congressional delegates is twenty-eight. All of them have grown up during these hard years of the Special Period and have participated in our people’s efforts to preserve the main achievements of socialism in the midst of a very complex economic situation.

It is precisely because of the importance of fully informing the vanguard of our youth about our economic situation, that in consideration of the positive experience resulting from the analysis of this same issue by the members of the National Assembly [of People’s Power], the Politburo Commission decided to offer the YCL municipal assemblies a report describing the present situation and its prospects, in all its crude reality. Over thirty thousand members of the YCL received this information, as well as the main leaders of the Party, the mass organizations and the government at various levels.

Today, more than ever before, the economic battle is the main task and focus of the ideological work of the cadres, because the sustainability and the preservation of our social system rest upon this work.

Without a sound and dynamic economy and without the removal of superfluous expenses and waste, it will neither be possible to improve the living standard of the population nor to preserve and improve the high levels of education and health care ensured to every citizen free of charge.

Without an efficient and robust agriculture that we can develop with the resources available to us, — without even dreaming of the large allocations of times past — we can’t hope to sustain and increase the amount of food provided to the population, that still depend so much on the import of products that might be cultivated in Cuba.

If people do not feel the need to work for a living because they are covered by excessively paternalistic and irrational state regulations, we will never be able to stimulate a love for work nor will we resolve the chronic lack of construction, farming and industrial workers; teachers, police and other indispensable trades that have steadily been disappearing.

If we do not build a firm and systematic social rejection of illegal activities and different manifestations of corruption, more than a few will continue to enrich themselves at the expense of the labor of the majority, while spreading attitudes that directly attack the essence of socialism.

If we maintain inflated payrolls in nearly every sector of national life and pay salaries that fail to correspond to results achieved, thus raising the amount of money in circulation, we cannot expect prices to cease climbing constantly or prevent the deterioration of people’s purchasing power. We know that the budgeted and business sectors have hundreds of thousands of excess workers; some analysts estimate that the surplus of people in work positions exceeds one million. This is an extremely sensitive issue that we must confront firmly and with political common sense.

The Revolution will not leave anyone without shelter. It will strive to create the necessary conditions for every Cuban to have a dignified job, but this does not mean that the State will be responsible for giving work to everyone after providing several job offers. Citizens themselves should be the ones most interested in finding socially useful work.

In summary, to continue spending beyond our income is tantamount to consuming our future and jeopardizing the very survival of the Revolution.

We are facing really unpleasant realities, but we do not close our eyes to them. We are convinced that we need to break away from dogma and assume the ongoing upgrading of our economic model with firmness and confidence, in order to set the foundations for the irreversibility and development of Cuban socialism, which we know constitutes the guarantee of our national sovereignty and independence.

I know that some comrades sometimes get impatient and wish for immediate changes in many areas. Or course, I’m referring now to those who want this without intending to play the enemy’s game. We understand such concerns that generally stem from ignorance of the magnitude of the work ahead of us, of its depth and of the complexity of the interrelations between different elements in the functioning of society that will be modified.

Those who are asking us to go faster should bear in mind the list of issues that we are studying, of which I have mentioned only a few today. We cannot allow haste or improvisation in the resolution of a problem to cause a still greater one. With issues of strategic magnitude in the life of the entire nation we cannot let ourselves be driven by emotion and act without the requisite integration. As we have said, that is the only reason we decided to postpone a few more months the celebration of the Party Congress and the National Conference that will precede it.

This is the greatest and most important challenge we face: to ensure the continuity of the work built in these five decades, the same that our youth have assumed with full responsibility and conviction. The slogan for this Congress is “Everything for the Revolution,” and that means, first and foremost, strengthening and consolidating the national economy.

Cuban youth are destined to take over from the generation that founded the Revolution, and in order to lead the masses with great strength, a convincing and mobilizing vanguard is required, for mobilization through personal example; a vanguard headed by firm, capable and prestigious managers, true leaders, not improvised ones; leaders who have passed through the irreplaceable forge of the working class where the most genuine values of a revolutionary are bred. Life has eloquently shown us the dangers that come with the violation of that principle.

Fidel said it clearly in his closing remarks at the Second YCL Congress, on April 4, 1972, and I quote:

“No one will learn to swim on the ground, and no one will walk on the sea. A man is shaped by his environment; a man is made by his own life, by his own activity.”

And he concluded: “It is by creating that we will learn to respect what work creates. We will teach respect for those goods as we teach how to create them.”

This idea that he stated thirty-eight years ago, and that was surely received with an ovation by that Congress, is another clear example of agreements that we reach and then do not fulfill.

Today more than ever we need cadres capable of carrying out effective ideological work that cannot be a dialogue of the deaf nor a mechanical repetition of slogans. We need managers who reason with sound arguments, without considering themselves the absolute owners of the truth; who know how to listen even if they don’t like what some people say; who are capable of examining other peoples’ views with an open mind, which does not exclude the need to energetically refute with sound arguments those views considered unacceptable.

Such leaders should foster open discussions and not consider discrepancy a problem but rather, the source of the best solutions. In general, absolute unanimity is fictitious and therefore, harmful. When contradictions are not antagonistic, as in our case, they can become the driving force of development. We should deliberately suppress anything that feeds pretense and opportunism. We should learn to work collegially, to encourage unity and to strengthen collective leadership; these features should characterize the future leaders of the Revolution.

There are youth all over the island with the necessary disposition and capacity to take on leading positions. The challenge is to find them, to train them and to gradually assign them greater responsibilities. The masses will take it upon themselves to confirm whether the selection was right.

We observe that progress is being made in the ethnic and gender composition of the organization. In this sense, we can neither afford regression nor superficiality; the YCL should always work on this. By the way, I recall that this was another thing that we agreed upon thirty-five years ago, in the First Party Congress; but we left its accomplishment to spontaneity and did not follow up on it as we should have, even when this was one of Fidel’s first statements since the victory of the Revolution and one he repeated a number of times.

As I told you at the beginning, this Congress has coincided with a huge smear campaign against Cuba, a campaign orchestrated, directed and financed by the centers of imperial power in the United States and Europe, hypocritically waving the banner of human rights.

They have cynically and shamefully manipulated the death of an inmate sentenced to jail on fourteen counts of common crimes, who by design and thanks to a repeated lie and an interest in receiving economic support from overseas was turned into a “political dissident,” a man who was incited to go on a hunger strike with absurd demands.

Despite our doctors’ efforts he died, something we also regretted at the time, and we denounced the only beneficiaries of this event, the same who are currently encouraging another individual to persist on a similar path of unacceptable blackmail. The latter is not in prison, despite all the slander. He is a free person who has already served his sentence for common crimes, specifically for assault and battery against a woman who is a doctor and director of a hospital, who he also threatened to kill, and later an old woman, nearly seventy years old, who as a consequence had to be subjected to surgery to remove her spleen. Just as in the previous case, everything is being done to save his life; but if he does not modify his self-destructive behavior, he will be responsible, together with his sponsors, for the outcome we also do not wish to see.

It is disgusting to see the double standard of those in Europe who keep a complicit silence about tortures in the so-called war on terrorism; who allowed clandestine CIA flights carrying prisoners, and even permitted the use of their territory for the establishment of secret prison centers.

What would they say if in breach of ethical standards, we had forcibly fed these people, as they have done habitually in many torture centers, including the one they have at the Naval Base at Guantánamo? By the way, these are the same who in their own countries, as we see on television almost on a daily basis, use police agents to charge on horseback against demonstrators, to beat them and shoot at them with tear-gas and even bullets. What do they say about the frequent abuse and humiliation to which they subject their immigrants?

The major Western press not only attacks Cuba; it has also initiated a new modality of implacable media terror against political leaders, intellectuals, artists and other personalities all over the world who speak out against fallacy and hypocrisy, and simply examine events with objectivity.

Meanwhile, it would seem that the standard-bearers of the highly vaunted freedom of the press have forgotten that the commercial and economic blockade against Cuba and all of its inhumane effects on our people is in full force and even reinforced; that the current U.S. Administration has not ceased in the slightest the support for subversion; that the unfair, discriminatory and interventionist Common Position adopted by the European Union, sponsored from the inception by the U.S. government and the Spanish far right-wing remains in place, calling for a regime change in our country, or to put it bluntly, for the destruction of the Revolution.

More than half a century of permanent combat has taught our people that hesitation is synonymous with defeat.

We will never yield to blackmail from any country or group of countries, no matter how powerful they might be, and regardless of the consequences. We have the right to defend ourselves. If they try to corner us, they should know that we will defend ourselves, first of all with truth and principles. Once again we shall keep ourselves firm, calm and patient. Our history is rich in such examples!

That’s how our heroic mambises fought in our independence wars of the nineteenth century.

That’s how we defeated the last offensive of ten thousand fully armed troops sent against us by [Batista’s] tyranny, initially confronted by barely 200 rebel fighters who under the direct leadership of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, and for seventy-five days, — from May 24 through August 6, 1958 – waged more than a hundred war actions, including four battles in a small territory of between 406 and 437 square miles, that is, a smaller area than that of the City of Havana. That great operation determined the course of the war and just a little more than four months later the Revolution was victorious. This inspired Commander Ernesto Che Guevara to write in his war diary, and I quote: “Batista’s army ended this final offensive over the Sierra Maestra with its backbone shattered.”

Nor were we frightened by the Yankee fleet facing the coasts of Playa Girón [Bay of Pigs] in 1961. It was under their very nose that we annihilated their mercenary army in what would be the first defeat of a U.S. military expedition on this continent.

And we did it again in 1962, during the October [Missile] Crisis. We did not give an inch despite the brutal threats of an enemy aiming their nuclear weapons at us and gearing for action to invade the island; nor did we flinch when the leaders of the Soviet Union — our main ally at that extremely difficult juncture, and upon whose support the fate of the Revolution depended — negotiated a solution to the crisis behind our backs. They respectfully tried to persuade us to accept inspection, on our national territory, of the withdrawal of their nuclear weapons, and we responded that such inspection could eventually take place on board their ships in international waters, but never in Cuba.

We are sure that it would be very difficult for worse circumstances than those to repeat themselves.

More recently, the Cuban people offered an everlasting example of their capacity for resistance and their self confidence when, as a result of the demise of the socialist camp and the dismemberment of the Soviet Union, Cuba suffered a 35% drop in its GDP; the reduction of its foreign trade by 85%; the loss of markets for its main export items such as sugar, nickel, citrus and others whose prices plummeted by half; the loss of soft credits with the subsequent interruption of numerous crucial investments like our first nuclear power station and the Cienfuegos refinery; the collapse of transportation, construction and agriculture as we abruptly lost the supply of spare parts for equipment, fertilizer, animal food and raw industrial materials, causing hundreds and hundreds of factories to be paralyzed and the sudden quantitative and qualitative deterioration of food supplies for our people to levels below those recommended for adequate nutrition.

We all suffered those warm summers of the first half of the 1990’s, when blackouts exceeded twelve hours a day due to the lack of fuel for electricity generation. And, while all this was happening, scores of Western press agencies, some of them without bothering to conceal their jubilation, were sending their correspondents to Cuba with the intention of being the first to report the final defeat of the Revolution.

Amidst this dramatic situation, no one was left to their own fate; this gave further evidence of the strength stemming from the unity of a people when they defend just ideas and a work built with so much sacrifice. Only a socialist regime, despite its deficiencies, can successfully pass such a huge test.

Therefore, we’re not losing any sleep over the current skirmishes in the offensive by international reactionaries, coordinated as usual, by those who can’t bring themselves to understand that this country will never be crushed, in one way or another, and that we would prefer to disappear, as we demonstrated in 1962.

This Revolution started only 142 years ago, on October 10, 1868. At the time, it was a fight against a decadent European colonialism, but always under the boycott of emerging U.S. imperialism that did not want our independence and waited for the “ripe fruit” to fall in its hands by “geographic gravity.” It finally happened after more than three decades of war and enormous sacrifices made by the Cuban people.

Now the external actors have exchanged roles. For over half a century we have been attacked and continuously harassed by the now modern and most powerful empire on the planet, assisted by the boycott implied in the insulting Common Position, which remains intact thanks to the pressure of some countries and reactionary political forces in the European Union with various unacceptable conditions.

We ask ourselves, “why?” And, we believe simply that it is because essentially the actors remain the same and they do not renounce their old aspirations of domination.

The young Cuban revolutionaries understand perfectly well that to preserve the Revolution and socialism, and to continue being dignified and free, they have many more years of struggle and sacrifices ahead of them.

At the same time, great challenges hang over humanity and it is up to the youth, in the first place, to tackle them. They should defend the survival of the human species, threatened like never before by climate change, a situation accelerated by the reckless production and consumption patterns engendered by capitalism.

Today, we are seven billion people on earth. Half of these are poor, while 1.02 billion are going hungry. It is worthwhile to ask oneself what will happen by the year 2050 when the world population climbs to nine billion and the living conditions on the planet have deteriorated even further?

The farce that concluded the most recent climate summit, in the Danish capital last December, proves that capitalism with its blind adherence to market laws will never solve this nor many other problems. Only conscience and the mobilization of the people, the political will of governments and the advancement of scientific and technological knowledge can prevent man’s extinction.

To conclude, I’d like to refer to the fact that on April next year it will be half a century since the proclamation of the socialist nature of the Revolution and of the crushing victory over the mercenary invasion at Playa Girón. We will celebrate these extraordinary events in every corner of our country, from Baracoa where they tried to land a battalion, up to the western-most end of the nation. In the capital, we will have a people’s march and a military parade, activities in which all workers, intellectuals and youth will be the principal protagonists.

Within a few days, on May 1st, our revolutionary people throughout the country, in public squares and in the streets that belong to them by right, will give another resounding response to this new international escalation of aggression.

Cuba does not fear lies nor does it kneel to pressure, conditions or impositions, from whichever direction. It defends itself with the truth, which always, sooner rather than later, ends up being known.

The Young Communist League was born on a day like this, forty-eight years ago. That historical April 4, 1962, Fidel said:

“Believing in youth is seeing in them not only enthusiasm but capacity; not only energy but responsibility; not only youth, but purity, heroism, character, willpower, love for their homeland, faith in their homeland! Love for the Revolution, faith in the Revolution, and confidence in themselves! It is the deep conviction that youth are competent, that youth are capable; the deep conviction that great tasks can be placed on their shoulders.”

That’s how it was yesterday, how it is today and how it will continue to be in the future.

Thank you very much.

Source: Machetera