Thursday, December 26, 2013

IBAF releases new baseball rankings for 2013

The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) has released the new baseball rankings for the year 2013.

LAUSANNE (SUI) - For the first time in nearly five years, and since the implementation of the World Baseball Ranking system by the International Baseball Federation in 2009, there is a new leader in the world of baseball.

A highly productive year by USA Baseball registered enough ranking points to surpass the previously top-ranked Cuba, which had reigned over the baseball world since the first rankings were calculated in 2009. (IBAF)

To sum it up:

1) USA
2) Japan
3) Cuba

The Caribbean island's baseball program is encountering huge difficulties. The Dollar Chasers (called "defectors" by the Yankee imperialists) are now a common problem. It is very difficult for Cuban baseball to survive. It is a poor country that can not compete with the money-hungry imperialists who rule MLB, Major League Baseball, in the United States.

Cuba has always accused the Yankees of "stealing" its players. I agree. When it comes to money, the Yankees have no morals or ethics.

The best Cuban baseball players continue to stay in the island. They have DIGNITY!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Cuba will eliminate the convertible peso, which used to be pegged to the U.S. dollar.


Convertible Peso, CUC.

GOOD RIDDANCE! It was a huge scam, reminiscent of a capitalist con job!

Andrea Rodriguez is reporting from Havana the following:

Cuba will eliminate the convertible peso. 

"On Friday, Vice-President Marino Murillo told parliament that the peso pegged to the dollar, known as the CUC [convertible unit of currency] would eventually disappear, the first time that the government has explicitly said that."

He did not said when the change would go into effect.  

Friday, December 20, 2013

Far-right Cuban-American U.S. Senator Robert Menendez introduces bill to impose additional sanctions with respect to Iran

JG: The bill was introduced yesterday and acted on today by New Jersey Cuban-American Mafioso Robert Menendez, Number #1 CUBA SCUM in the U.S. Senate.

S.1881 - A bill to expand sanctions and to impose additional sanctions with respect to Iran, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] - (introduced 12/19/2013)

Latest Major Action: 12/20/2013. Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

COSPONSORS:

Sen Ayotte, Kelly [NH] - 12/19/2013
Sen Begich, Mark [AK] - 12/19/2013
Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] - 12/19/2013
Sen Blunt, Roy [MO] - 12/19/2013
Sen Booker, Cory A. [NJ] - 12/19/2013
Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD] - 12/19/2013
Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] - 12/19/2013
Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] - 12/19/2013
Sen Coons, Christopher A. [DE] - 12/19/2013
Sen Corker, Bob [TN] - 12/19/2013
Sen Cornyn, John [TX] - 12/19/2013
Sen Cruz, Ted [TX] - 12/19/2013
Sen Donnelly, Joe [IN] - 12/19/2013
Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] - 12/19/2013
Sen Graham, Lindsey [SC] - 12/19/2013
Sen Hagan, Kay [NC] - 12/19/2013
Sen Johanns, Mike [NE] - 12/19/2013
Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] - 12/19/2013
Sen Landrieu, Mary L. [LA] - 12/19/2013
Sen McCain, John [AZ] - 12/19/2013
Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] - 12/19/2013
Sen Pryor, Mark L. [AR] - 12/19/2013
Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] - 12/19/2013
Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] - 12/19/2013
Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] - 12/19/2013
Sen Warner, Mark R. [VA] - 12/19/2013

JG: Two more Cuba SCUM, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, are partners in crime in regards to this proposed bill. President Barack Obama has vowed that he will veto the project if it passes in the U.S. Congress. All of the above cosponsors are prominent members of the Warmongering Caucus in the U.S. Senate.

Another question that we have to ask ourselves is if Menendez is being used as the front straw-man by the influential New York Jewish Lobby of Schumer and Gillibrand. Jews control most of the wealth in the United  States, and this project is a pro-Zionism bill, designed to advance the interests of genocidal Israel. The Jewish, lobby both inside and outside the U.S., is trying to start a new war against Iran. It could go nuclear in an manner of hours, if we allow the Jewish Lobby to prevail.

 I cast my lot and solidarity with the Palestinians!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December 18, 1958: Fomento is the first city liberated in Las Villas province by the rebel column of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara


Che enters liberated Fomento

The end of the dictatorial government of US-supported despot General Fulgencio Batista was only two weeks away.

Historical record published by Granma

JG: The Cuban revolution was an endeavor and the struggle of all the people of Cuba, but the role played by Argentina-born revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara was very significant. Never has existed a more courageous person than Che. Glory to his memory.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Yulieski Gourriel and the Industriales Blue Lions are having a big slump


Yulieski Gourriel
Industriales

According to an article by baseball writer Sigfredo Barros, published in Granma on December 10, the Industriales are suffering a bad slump. They face the possibility of being eliminated from the second round of Cuba's 53rd National Baseball series.

According of the statistics of Misandry Rodríguez Hernández, the Blue Lions from the capital city of the island had last year a batting average of .270 with 13 home-runs and 120 scored runs, in addition to having 246 hits in 27 games.

Now, the average has gone down to .233 with only 64 hits and 21 less scored runs.

Their new stellar player this year, Yulieski Gourriel, formerly of the Sancti Spiritus Roosters, only has three home runs and 14 RBI's.

These things happen in baseball, and eventually, they will recover.

Update: As of today, Dec. 17, 2013, the team and Yulieski have recovered a little bit. Yulieski has an average of .282 with four homers and 23 RBI's. The average for the Industriales is .249.    

Monday, December 16, 2013

A big rebuke to the BIG BROTHER mentality of the Obama administration

A federal judge has ruled that the collection by the National Security Agency of the telephone records of millions of Americans violates the right of citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures by the federal government. One more time the Barack Obama administration has been shown to violate the civil liberties of U.S. citizens. He is much worse than Richard Nixon. If he continues he should be impeached.

Fidel meets with his biographer, Ignacio Ramonet

Photo: Estudios Revolución

Juventud Rebelde article

The meeting, which lasted more than two hours, was on December 13, 2013.


LANDSLIDE! Socialist Michelle Bachelet wins more than 60% of the votes for president of Chile

Congratulations! Onwards to building the socialism of the XXI century.

The Guardian: Chile election victor Michelle Bachelet pledges major reforms

New president to raise corporate tax and overhaul education after landslide win over conservative Evelyn Matthei.

Here is an excerpt of what Bachelet said after her 62% victory:

"Chile has looked at itself, has looked at its path, its recent history, its wounds, its feats, its unfinished business and this Chile has decided it is the time to start deep transformations," Bachelet told a jubilant crowd of supporters on Sunday night as confetti rained down. "There is no question about it: profits can't be the motor behind education because education isn't merchandise and because dreams aren't a consumer good."

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Nelson Mandela laid to rest

Sibongile Khumalo of Agence France Press has given us an excellent report.

"Mandela's casket was buried at a family plot in his rural boyhood home of Qunu."

JG: Mandela was one of the greatest revolutionaries of the twentieth century.

Socialist Party candidate, Michelle Bachelet, is expected to win the presidency of Chile today

One more nail in the coffin of out-of-touch, greedy and corrupt capitalism.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Cuba issued its first Christmas postage stamps in 1951




The U.S. would follow 11 years later.
Source: Linn's Stamp News
December 16, 2013

JG: Scott catalog # for the two stamps (one cent & two cents) 
are Cuba 469-470.

I was seven years old and I remember them very well.

Cuba Journal wishes to all a very happy holiday season in 2013. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Raul Castro paid his respects today before the casket of Nelson Mandela


Photo: Granma Daily

Elian Gonzalez speaks out at Ecuador's World Festival of Youth and Students

Elian had harsh words for the United States on Tuesday as he recalled his mother's deadly journey.

"Just like her, many others have died attempting to go to the United States. But, it's the U.S. government's fault. Their unjust embargo provokes an internal and critical economic situation in Cuba."

"But, despite that, Cuba, even with all its problems has progressed over the years. The progress we've made is all thanks to Cuba's courage, our dignity, our continued fight for a more just model." (CNN)  

More than a handshake is needed by Barack Obama

Thousands of words have been written about the handshake seen around the world.

The fact of the matter is that it does not amount to much. Both George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama have basically followed the same policies toward Cuba, even if #44 introduced some cosmetic changes that do not amount to a hill of beans.

Both Dubbya and Big Ears are certified professional haters of Cuba. The Cuba Revolution snatched the most important real estate that the Yankee imperialists "owned" in the Caribbean.

Barack Obama offered hope and he delivered nothing. Raul Castro would be very stupid if he trusts that kind of person.

As long as the imperialists continue the genocidal Cuba embargo, correctly described inside the island as a blockade, there will not be good relations between the two close neighbors on the Florida straits.

The USA is the aggressor and Cuba is the aggrieved party, and neither Barack Obama nor John Kerry are really interested in negotiations on what is important.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cuba Journal repudiates and condemns the statements made today by U.S. Representative Ileana "La Loba Feroz" Ros-Lehtinen

When she was little, she was never taught to be civilized and to shake hands with people. She is an ugly specimen of the female gender.

She represents the extreme fascist elements who were kicked out of Cuba on January First, 1959.

A handshake does not constitute a policy

My message to Raul: Barack Obama is not worthy of trust! What he wants is to return dog-eat-dog capitalism to the island.

Raul Castro's speech at the Nelson Mandela memorial service




Army General Raul Castro
President of the Council of State & Ministers
Republic of Cuba

English Translation

Mandela es símbolo supremo de dignidad y de consagración

Presidente Jacob Zuma:

Familiares de Nelson Mandela:

Altos Dignatarios:

Hermano pueblo de Sudáfrica:

Rendimos emocionado tributo a Nelson Mandela, a quien se reconoce como símbolo supremo de dignidad y de consagración inclaudicable a la lucha revolucionaria por la libertad y la justicia; como un profeta de la unidad, la reconciliación y la paz.

Junto a sus compañeros de lucha, dirigió a su pueblo en la batalla contra el apartheid, para abrir el camino hacia una nueva Sudáfrica, no racial y unida en la búsqueda de la felicidad, la igualdad y el bienestar de todos sus hijos, para superar las secuelas del colonialismo, la esclavitud y la segregación racial.

Ejemplo de integridad y perseverancia, encabezó luego el esfuerzo dirigido a la eliminación de la pobreza, la reducción de la desigualdad y la creación de oportunidades para todos.

Mandela es un ejemplo insuperable para  América Latina y el Caribe, que avanzan hacia la unidad e integración, en beneficio de sus pueblos, respetuosos de su diversidad, con la convicción de que el diálogo y la cooperación son el camino para la solución de las diferencias y la convivencia civilizada de quienes piensan distinto.

La Humanidad no podrá responder a los colosales desafíos que amenazan su propia existencia, si no lo hace mediante una nueva concertación de esfuerzos entre todas las naciones, como la vida de Mandela preconiza.
Cuba, que lleva en sus venas sangre africana, surgió en la lucha por la independencia y por la abolición de la esclavitud y, posteriormente, ha tenido el privilegio de combatir y construir junto a las naciones africanas.

Jamás olvidaremos el emocionado homenaje de Mandela a nuestra lucha común, cuando nos visitó, el 26 de julio de 1991, y dijo: "el pueblo cubano ocupa un lugar especial en el corazón de los pueblos de África".

Recuerdo su entrañable amistad con Fidel Castro, símbolo de la hermandad entre africanos y cubanos, quien expresó: "Nelson Mandela no pasará a la historia por los 27 años consecutivos que vivió allí encarcelado sin ceder jamás en sus ideas; pasará porque fue capaz de arrancar de su alma todo el veneno que pudo crear tan injusto castigo; por la generosidad y la sabiduría con que en la hora de la victoria ya incontenible supo dirigir tan brillantemente a su abnegado y heroico pueblo, conociendo que la nueva Sudáfrica no podría jamás construirse sobre cimientos de odio y de venganza".

¡Honor y gloria eternas a Nelson Mandela y al heroico pueblo de Sudáfrica!

Muchas gracias.

Related: Mandela and Fidel: What is not being said

A friendly handshake, but the U.S. needs to do more than that



Obama shakes hands with Raul Castro at Mandela memorial service


Two Milestones for Cuba Journal

1) Today we celebrate our 8th birthday.

2) This is our 9,000 post.

Hopefully, one day the Cuba embargo will be history! 188 countries demand it!


LIFT THE EMBARGO!


Monday, December 09, 2013

Cuba and Russia sign an agreement to forgive $29 billion of the island's Soviet era debt

It was reported by Marc Frank (Reuters) from Havana.

Cuba will pay $3.2 over ten years.

Link to the article.

Lopez-Levy: The U.S. Cuba Embargo: Making Diplomacy Impossible

Obama administration officials say that they want to improve ties
between the U.S. and Cuba,
but the U.S. restrictions on Cuban finances have made it impossible
to keep its interests section in Washington, D.C. open.
(Image: scottmontreal / Flickr)

Click here to read Arturo Lopez-Levy article at Foreign Policy In Focus.

Friday, December 06, 2013

British tourist cruiser Thomson Dreams arrives in Havana


Cuba's Council of State declares days of official and national mourning for the death of Nelson Mandela


Declara el Consejo de Estado Duelo Oficial y Duelo Nacional

Con motivo del fallecimiento del entrañable amigo y ex Presidente de la República de Sudáfrica, Nelson Mandela, el Consejo de Estado de la República de Cuba ha decidido decretar Duelo Oficial a partir de las 6:00 a.m. del día 6 de diciembre hasta las 12:00 de la noche del 7 de diciembre, y Duelo Nacional durante el día 8.

Mientras estén vigentes el Duelo Nacional y el Oficial, la bandera cubana será izada a media asta en los edificios públicos e instituciones militares.

Durante la vigencia del Duelo Nacional quedan suspendidos todos los espectáculos públicos y actividades festivas.

5 de diciembre de 2013

Granma, Organo Oficial del Partido Comunista de Cuba

Alicia Alonso - Giselle

Thursday, December 05, 2013

In Memoriam, Nelson Mandela. The world loses a great leader.


18 July 1918 - 5 December 2013

Elian Gonzalez turns 20 tomorrow. Read his interview.

Elian Gonzalez from the blog Quinquenio de Luz

Click here to read the complete interview at the Havana Times


Excerpts:

Elian declares himself an atheist, but tacitly confesses that his admiration for his mentor Fidel Castro borders on a kind of religious faith.

He is currently studying industrial engineering. 




U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders: "Freedom of speech does not mean freedom to buy the United States government"

Cuba won't budge on jailed American covert agent, insists on prisoner swap


Josefina Vidal, director general of Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
in a Dec. 5, 2012, file photo.
Enrique De La Osa / Reuters


Applause for Josefina.

Here is what she said:

"The Cuban government reiterates its readiness to immediately establish a dialogue with the United States government to find a solution to the case of Mr. Gross on a reciprocal basis, and which addresses the humanitarian concerns of Cuba relating to the case of the four Cuban anti-terrorist fighters in prison in the United States."

Barack Obama does not like two-way-street dialogues. He wishes to dictate to people. Allan Gross will have to continue serving his sentence for violating Cuban laws.

Reciprocity yes, impositions NO!

Look to what has happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. The emperor wanted to have immunity from prosecution while he continues to commit atrocities.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Ending the Cuba Travel Crisis

Miniature flags displayed on the dash of a car in Havana
(AP Photo - Franklin Reyes)

Irrational US policy is keeping hundreds of thousands of Cubans from spending the holidays with their families.

Tom Hayden - The Nation

December 3, 2013

There is an opportunity for President Barack Obama to begin rolling back our Cuba sanctions policy by finding a bank willing to do business with Cuba so that hundreds of thousands of Cubans can spend the holidays with their families. The main reason the Cuban Interests Section in Washington DC cannot process visas and passports is because no bank is willing to handle the financial transactions. The reason the banks are afraid is the US sanctions policy and Cuba’s listing on the global terrorism list. So the irrational US policy has come full circle: Obama's policy of expanding and normalizing purposeful travel to Cuba is prevented by Obama's embargo policies. It's an opportunity to begin lifting the embargo, but chances are the administration is too timid, for now, to fully undo its own senseless policy.

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JG: The author is right. I have given up personally on Barack Obama. He doesn't have guts. He is a pussy with no spine. He is more interested in getting donations from the Miami fascists. We will have to wait until we have a responsible POTUS in the oval office.

Declaración de la Directora General de Estados Unidos del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores



We will have a link to the English translation when Cuban media offers it

English Translation by Granma International

Washington Post article


Click to enlarge

Cuba will participate in the Caribbean Baseball Series


Cuban newspapers have announced that the island will participate in the 2014 Caribbean Series. It will take place from February 1st to the 7th, 2014, at the stadium Nueva Esparta of Margarita Island, Venezuela.

The island nation will be represented by the Villa Clara team, the current Cuban Baseball Champion. Other countries that will participate will be Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

Cuba has been crowned champion of the series seven of the 12 times that it participated before 1960, when the revolutionary government banned professional sports in the island. (Prensa Latina)

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Richard Nixon toasts the US favorite "democrat" in Havana

Richard Nixon (left) toasts General Fulgencio Batista (right)

This is the type of government that Barack Obama would like to re-install. 

A willing U.S. covert agent in Cuba appeals to Barack Obama

Only fools believe that Allan Gross was a US "contractor." He was a covert U.S. agent. And he was also a fool.

He was willing to do what his masters in Washington D.C. told him to do: destabilize the Cuban government in the island by establishing illegal Internet connections inside the Caribbean nation.

He broke Cuban law and he has to suffer the consequences.

The U.S. media continues to blabber the official line of the Yankee imperialists.

Here is what the U.S. media reported today in the Washington Post:

"The former U.S. government contractor said he fears that his country has abandoned him and personally appealed to Barack Obama to intervene in his case."

You are correct Allan. Your POTUS has abandoned you after using you. There is a lesson in this for all of us to learn.

Do not ever trust Barack Obama. He will use you and then discard you. I still get, once a month, letters from him asking for money.

Obama does not want to admit that he made a mistake. His imperial arrogance prevents him from doing that.

The solution: Obama pardons the remaining four of the Cuban Five and Cuba pardons Allan Gross.



Monday, December 02, 2013

Cuba Journal highly recommends this post at Jimmy C's Point of View: A Twofer- Answering Jaime Suchlicki and the Miami Herald

Tittle:

A Twofer- Answering Jaime Suchlicki and the Miami Herald

Click on the link above.

Corporations

I'll believe

corporations

are people

when

TEXAS

executes one

57 Years Ago

On December 2, 1956, Fidel Castro and 83 followers land on the coast of Oriente province aboard the Granma, to start the final chapter of the Cuban Revolution.

On January 1, 1959, US-supported puppet General Fulgencio Batista would flee the island with his tail between his legs.

CUBA WOULD BE FINALLY FREE!